Two mentions for the Daily Mail in Football365’s Mediawatch section today:
One has to admire the stubborn persistence of The Daily Mail.
The paper EXCLUSIVELY reported on Tuesday that Spurs were sniffing around Phil Neville. The Mail themselves weren’t so much sniffing, as sticking their nose right into the glass and drawing in the deep, deep, sensual aromas of a surprise transfer move.
They reported: ‘Talks between the clubs are at an advanced stage and Redknapp is increasingly confident of landing the 33-year-old former Manchester United defender.’
This prompted David Moyes to not only slap the Mail down, but punch them in the face before pushing them in a puddle and nicking their dinner money.
“I spoke with Harry Redknapp briefly before the transfer window opened. Daniel Levy and Bill (Kenwright) had an even briefer conversation at our recent game against Spurs and mutually agreed that this would go no further.
“At no time was any offer made – nor would one have been welcomed. Phil Neville is our captain and is an important part of the Everton set-up.”
Now that, to a sensible person, has all the hallmarks of a deal being dead in the water. Luckily, there don’t seem to be any sensible people at the Mail, for they report this morning:
‘Tottenham will not give up their pursuit of Phil Neville despite Everton manager David Moyes warning he has no intention of selling his captain…Preliminary discussions have taken place at boardroom level between Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and his Everton counterpart Bill Kenwright.’
Which part of ‘mutually agreed this would go no further’ is too complicated?
Top work by The Daily Mail website, who reported one of the weekend’s FA Cup shocks thusly:
‘Newcastle suffered the humiliation of a cup exit at the hands of non-league Stevenage Brorough.’
1) They’re in League Two.
2) They dropped the ‘Brorough’ last year.
3) That’s not how you spell ‘Brorough’.
So three f**k-ups in one sentence. Hats off.