Malcolm Glazer had no sooner delisted Manchester United from the Stock Exchange on Wednesday, ending 14 years of trading in the club's shares, than the club announced the arrival of a player who will go some way to easing the huge debts the American has incurred in his takeover.
When Everton's first-team squad reconvened for pre-season preparations David Moyes's players were greeted with specially mounted photographs of themselves positioned above their personal changing-room clothes hooks. It was the sort of touch footballers appreciate. More significantly, the photos represented an olive branch proffered by Moyes.
Steve McClaren's hopes of parading Nicky Butt on the Riverside pitch before Middlesbrough's League Cup semifinal against Arsenal on Tuesday were dashed by the midfielder's reluctance to leave Manchester United. The player has decided he wants to remain at the club and fight for a first-team place.
After the build-up week, Scarborough's match against Chelsea will be easy -- Malcolm Reynolds trusts that any last-minute hitches will be ironed out on Friday - such as the thorny question of how to accommodate everyone in the sub-6 000 capacity grounds where Saturday's tickets, all sold, went for between £10 and £25.