15 June 2011
16 June 2011
Yesterday his move to Liverpool was on 1/10 and is today on 2/5 (or 4/10) -- while his move to Manchester United was on 6/1 (or 24/4) and is now on 7/4. I'm not very much in betting but this intends the chances of Charlie Adam being a Man United player coming season are highten up. And this situation reminds me strongly on the one of Roy Keane back in 1993. He was about to move clubs from relegated Nottingham Forest to Blackburn Rovers, where a certain Kenny Dalglish was manager. On a Friday Keane and Dalglish shook hands and Roy didn't only sign papers because all staff was off at this very Friday. He was told by Dalglish to come back on Monday to sign the contract. Though he travelled home to Cork to celebrate his move with family and friends on Saturday and woke up with a hangover on Sunday when this scene followed:
"I was due back in Blackburn the following day to sign forms. After that I was looking forward to a holiday.
At lunchtime the phone rang. Pat took the call. It was Alex Ferguson. My family was Manchester United daft. 'Roy, it's Alex Ferguson,' Pat shouted. I thought he was winding me up.
'Roy, it's Alex Ferguson here. Have you signed any forms?'
'No, but I shook hands on the deal, and I'm due to sign the forms tomorrow.'
'Why don't you come to Manchester and have a chat with me before you do anything?'
Wow! Manchester United. The Premier League champions. My mam and dad, Hilary and my brothers are all standing in the hall looking at me. Like they're in shock.
'Yes, but I have agreed the deal,' I tell Ferguson.
'You've signed nothing. Come over for a chat.'" (p. 80)
"'Roy, Manchester United are going to dominate the domestic game with or without you. With you we can win in Europe." (p. 81)
"I phoned Kenny Dalglish to tell him that I'd changed my mind about joining Blackburn. He went crazy.
'What the fuck du you mean?'
I told him I'd talked to Alex Ferguson.
'We shook hands on a deal. You can't back out now,' he screamed.
'Look, I'm sorry, I really am,' I told him, 'but I've got my future to think about, I'm entitled to that.'
'You're entitled to nothing except the commitment you made to me on Friday.'
'I'm sorry, if you'd had the forms ready, I would have signed on Friday.'
'Nobody does this to me, nobody does this to Kenny Dalglish. You're a wee bastard and you won't get away with this.' Kenny wasn't cool any longer." (p. 81f.)
"I was going on holiday with Tony Loughlan, Gary Bowyer and Raymond Byrne, three young players I had played with at Forest, the following day. We were going to Cyprus for some sun. I spoke to Alex Ferguson again. He assured me that the choice was mine.
The next morning the phone rang at 6.30. I thought something was wrong at home in Cork. It was Kenny Dalglish.
'You won't get away with this,' he began. 'Blackburn Rovers will sue you for every penny you've got.' He and Alex Ferguson had never got on and this more than anything appeared to be bugging him. He called me names. He repeated that nobody 'fucked' with Kenny Dalglish and 'got away with it'. I told him I was going on holiday, that the matter was closed as far as I was concerned.
'Where are you going?' he inquired.
'Somewhere far away and sunny,' I replied.
'We'll find you and sue you,' he retorted. He didn't - and didn't." (p. 83)
The rest of the story is well known: Roy signed for Manchester United and stayed there for twelve years. Will almost the same story happen with Charlie Adam? Kenny Dalglish, now manager of Liverpool, desperately wants Charlie in his squad since January. With this transfer window had closed Alex Ferguson stated that only Charlie Adam's dead ball deliveries were worth 10 million pounds. Right now I've read that he prepares for a 12 million move, which will top Liverpool's bid on around 2-4 million pounds (as far as I know). We will see what will be the outcome. But one point is certain: It won't make the relationship between Alex Ferguson and Kenny Dalglish any better.