July 21, 2009
David Beckham's contretemps with a group of angry LA Galaxy fans has seen the ailing of his Stateside move brought into sharper focus. Two games into his return to soccer in the USA and his fraying temper has been on public show. Hollywood scripts are not supposed to end this way.
While his post-match comments following a row in which he “called out” a fan were dipped in his usual PR sheen, the signs are that only a title-winning campaign can save his West Coast reputation once he departs the Galaxy - as he surely will in November.
On leaving the USA, he will likely join The Jam, Robbie Williams and many a British actor in failing to replicate the popularity Stateside that he enjoys in his home country. In a town where style over substance is often the message, Beckham’s failure to deliver on-field success while Major League Soccer dwindles has still made him a target for anger and ridicule.
July 8, 2009
John Terry, the man often described by burbling Sky pundit Jamie Redknapp as a "modern-day gladiator" seems to have got himself involved in some kind of Mexican stand-off between himself, Manchester City and Chelsea. And "JT", the man described as "Mr Chelsea", seems unwilling to go for his gun.
After a decade as a Blues first-teamer, a public lack of commitment to a cause for which he has regularly kissed the badge is somewhat telling. When latest manager Carlo Ancelotti was unveiled on Monday, he spoke of how Terry was "unsellable" while chief exec Peter Kenyon talked of private assurances from the club captain that he would be staying at Stamford Bridge. Yet still no statement from Terry, golfing in Tenerife until he returns on Thursday but seemingly unable and unwilling to go on the record.
But what's this? A "source close to" Terry told Thursday's Sun newspaper that the Londoner now feels "betrayed and unwanted" by Chelsea. How so? "It's unbelievable - even though he's the club captain and one of the Blues' most important players, senior management at the club haven't once tried to talk to him.