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October 2002 News
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Joe Royle has return to management after what he has termed his 'sabbatical', filli ng the post left by George Burley at Ipswich Town. The club are presently 17th after 14 matches, and the priority for Joe is to secure safety from relegation.
Joe is the club's 10th manager since the 2nd World War, and Ipswich managers have a terrific reputation. Two - Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Bobby Robson - went on to become England managers, and are responsible for England's two highest placings in the World Cup ! (Winners in '66 and 4th place in 1990 respectively.) As well as being knighted.
George Burley had been hailed a hero when he took Ipswich Town up to the Premiership and the club finished at an all time Premiership high in 5th position, reaching the UEFA Cup. But last season the club were relegated in 18th place, and though George was not sacked immediately, a poor start to this season, has brought in the changes.
Joe was last manager at Manchester City in 2000-2001, when unlike George, he WAS sacked after a Premiership relegation in 18th place. At that time, there was an air of disbelief that a manager with such a reputation at the club could be sacked, but the appointment of Kevin Keegan in his place was vindicated after the club ran away with the Division One Championship in the new season.
Joe has a two and half year contract and has not ruled out promotion in a play-off place, this season.
Jack and Bobby
Thanks to Kåre B for spotting this article at Guardian Unlimited Football News Your questions answered Leo McKinstry. Leo McKinstry is the author of 'Jack and Bobby' a biography of the brothers Jack Charlton and Sir Bobby Charlton. This is only some edited highlights, so please follow the link for the full interview...
What a Wonderful World !
Whilst agreeing that the World can be wonderful, I'm not entirely sure I want hear a Bob 70-71 Star to sing about it... Last month this site reported Ron Atkinson's participation on a new album (see news), well a few more details have emerged.
Called 'In a League of Their Own', it is given a track by track review by Paul Connolly in today's 'The Times' newspaper. In fact, Big Ron has three tracks on it, 'That's Life', 'Come Fly With Me', and 'When the Rain Begins'. What I didn't know was that Alan Mullery also has two tracks on the album, 'What a Wonderful World' and 'Pennies From Heaven'. Heavens !
Cartoonist Tony Husband jokes that the album is surely as surely can be destined for the bargain bin, when that moment comes I may well do a review of the album myself. Meanwhile, Connolly natrually slates the album, but the closest he gives to a thumbs up is to ex-Leeds United ironic hero, Chris Kamara, who covers the Van Morrison classic 'Brown Eyed Girl'.
Of further interest to this site is a track from the ubiquitous Gabby Logan - daughter of 70-71 Star, Terry Yorath (Leeds United). Gabby duets with jocular ex-Rangers star and co-presenter of Monday's 'The Premiership', Ally McCoist. Their song is the appropriately titled 'Somthin' Stupid'.
The Times article features a picture of Alan Mullery sat at the piano with Chris Kamara and Ally McCoist, and points out that only some of the money goes to charity - which means this project was seriously intended to make the stars money ! Other stars on the cd are Frank Sinclair, Matt Jansen, and Dion Dublin - who does a sax solo.
(Picture from www.game.uk.com)
Good to see two new computer football management games feature Bob 70-71 Stars.
A true life knight, Sir Bobby Robson is the face on the cover of 'Total Club Manager 2003' made by EA Sports and officially licensed by the FA Premier League. 'Welcome to the hottest seat in sport' goes its logo. Curiously, adverts featuring a ponderous 69 year old Sir Bobby do not look at all out of place in teen computer game shops and magazines.
Meanwhile, a rival game by 'FourFourTwo' magazine ( www.442.rivals.net ) is promoted by a quote from another senior Bob 70-71 star, Ell Tel - Terry Venables (QPR). "It's as realistic a game as you want it to be," quoth he.
The advert in this month's magazine features a still from the game with the daughter of 70-71 Star, Terry Yorath (Leeds United), namely Gabby Logan. Computer simulated evenings with Gabby seems like a great idea to me - but don't quote me on that, her husband is a rugby player and my wife might over hear.
The game appears to be some kind of colaboration between FourFourTwo:Touchline Passion Software and SCI Games Limited, and was developed by Bubbal Systems Limited.
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