This week highlights began with a rant from Patrick Barclay (Daily Telegraph) over his fears for 2009. Included in his concerns were that English teams will dominate Europe to such an extent that it even bores them, that the bankruptcy laws in football need reform, and that football ensures the equivalent of failed bankers getting bonuses never happens.
Martin Samuel (Daily Mail) was next up dissect the turmoil at Manchester City. Samuel’s questioned how much money Mark Hughes should be given if the owners intend to replace him in the summer. Calling on Sparky to think bigger, the pundit claimed that players such as Craig Bellamy and Scott Parker are too small fry for City’s lofty ambitions.
The last topic up for debate was the future of Carlos Tevez at Manchester United. Paul Hayward (Guardian) argued that United are playing a good game in the transfer negoatitions in trying to see that Kia Joorabchian ails to cipher off any cash from the deal into his already deep back-pocket. But such tactics, Hayward conceded, will likely see the departure of the Argentine, perhaps to Real Madrid. Patrick Barclay piped up with his disgust that Carlos Tevez, still under third party ownership, is allowed to be currently playing for United calling it “a scandal.”