A new era dawned at Leeds United this week with the newly installed owners failing to offer assurances that either the club's best players or the stadium would not be sold, and a stark admission that yet more ''painful'' times remain ahead, with cutbacks of up to £15-million still ahead.
Middlesbrough's chairperson Steve Gibson fears eventually losing his manager, Steve McClaren, to the call of either the Premiership's top trio or the national side in the future, though he envisages him remaining at the Riverside for the time being. “We know Steve might get called at some stage,” said Gibson.
Liverpool are optimistic that Michael Owen will be fit for Sunday's critical Premiership game against Manchester United despite Gérard Houllier admitting he would have risked wrecking the striker's season had he included him against Steaua Bucharest this week.
Wayne Rooney had been and gone, Tomasz Radzinski was dotting his final ''i'' with a flourish and the last of the spring rolls sat soggy and shunned when the man of the moment arrived at the monthly supporters' meal.
Had things gone as planned, Salif Diao would have trotted out in the green of Sedan last Saturday afternoon, side-stepping his side's wild boar mascot on the touchline ahead of a grim relegation struggle at Montpellier.