Proving once more that the world of football never sleeps, here’s more stories from the closed season:
Old Player To Sign?
In a break with tradition, there’s a story doing the rounds that links Walsall to an old England has-been in the twilight of his career. Two sources have told UTS that Michael Owen may have been approached by Walsall.
The old England warhorse is being put out to pasture, and with his legs gone and his scoring boots long since stolen, there may be an ounce of truth in this rumour. Let’s hope the wages aren’t too high or we’ll end up Owen Uncle Jeff more than we can afford.
Old Player Knows When To Leave
Going out on a high, having accomplished his mission impossible with Sunderland’s Premiership survival, Ricky Sbragia reckons it’s time for something new. He’s going to take some time out to consider his next move. How long is Hutch’s contract?
League One Odds
With Gillingham confirmed, the league now has it’s full complement of teams, insolvent or otherwise, and the odds are out. Perennial underachievers Walsall are listed at 9/1 for promotion, comparing favourably with Brizzle, Carlisle and Oldham, but behind Leeds at 4/6, and ahead of poor old Stockport, languishing at 40/1.
Anyone wishing to stake a cheeky tenner could do much better than sticking it on the Saddlers to win the league at (best odds) 50/1. Someone at Ladbrokes has been on the funny stuff, as they’ve got us in at 33/1 for winning.
Club Branches Out
Walsall Council, whose record on planning matters is exemplary and spotless (*cough* Butler’s Passage), think the club may have done a naughty when carrying out some radical pruning on trees outside the Banks’s's’s Stadium to open the new advertising hoarding to the great unwashed on the M6.
A club spokesman defended the action, adding that beforehand, the motorists “couldn’t see the word for the trees”. Well, he might have, if we’d asked, and if he was remotely funny.