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7 February 2014 ~
Of the departing Joe Kinnear – who failed to make a single permanent signing for Newcastle in seven months as director of football – Alan Pardew said: "I'm sad to see anybody lose their job. He did a lot of good work here." If the Manager of Year awards include a prize for keeping a straight face while making a comment to the media, Alan can start preparing his acceptance speech.
Badge of the week ~ Invincible Eleven, Liberia
It seems a bit fate-tempty – to fall in with the contemporary vogue for instant adjective creation – to call your football team the Invincible Eleven before they have even kicked a ball. Rather like introducing a conversational sally with the words “There’s a really funny story about that”, or telling a 70s DJ that you hitchhiked to the Top of the Pops studio and do not have a place to stay tonight. The image is of a palm tree listing gently in the warm breeze, underneath which are a wheelbarrow full of balls, a pick and a shovel.
The people in this part of the country, as the motto "Discipline, Courage & Unity" suggests, are expected to make themselves useful from an early age. When a European child reaches their fifth birthday, they will expect to receive a musical teapot or possibly the ophthalmology student group of Sylvanian Families. When a Liberian male child is five he will normally be given a pick axe and shovel and asked to lay a pipe. Expect a hard, physical game if you up against this team. But they are not invincible. Only Captain Scarlet is invincible. Cameron Carter
Residents from the local alpaca farm take in an Anglian Combination match at Wells Town. They'll be mascots next.
from Graham Stewart
"A useful guide to lighting flares. Step 1: don't try it in your kitchen."
Barton Rovers of the Southern League were staying positive during last week's deluge.
from Ross Burton
"Anyone who wondered how David Platt has coped since losing his job with Man City can rest assured: he's doing quite well."
Nicklas Bendtner has his own warm-up routine.
Also in the news this week
Chelsea announce a new kit deal, according to Sky Sports News. Presumably they are also changing their name and badge.
Brian McDermott doesn't know if he is coming or going.
A spectacular own goal in the Copa del Rey.