The John Terry saga rumbles on and if possible makes less sense today than it did yesterday. New Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti was unveiled and announced that John Terry is at Chelsea for "life." Ok great, but the entire media episode has been manufactured by Chelsea posting a notice that they had turned down an offer for Terry. At no point has City even acknowledged that they made a bid for the England captain.
Absence a denial, and I mentioned back when the club made a denial about Messi that this would come back to bite them, we must presume that City did indeed make a bid. Why the need to create an artificial situation? Did Chelsea feel that Terry might indeed be interested in City and therefore had to publicly announce the bid to attempt to get Terry to make a statement in public professing his continued loyalty to the club? Which interestingly Terry has yet to do. Or... what exactly? It makes absolutely no sense any way you look at this.
If I was John Terry and his representatives I'd be more than a little ticked about the way the situation has been handled.
Nothing official yet from the club but it looks like Jo will spend the season at Everton. In some ways I'm disappointed in this. Not for Jo, it's a good move for him and not for the club long term because we get to find out if Jo can really play in the Premier League. My disappointment is based on the short term of this upcoming season. City have a target of the top 6 and the club's two biggest rivals should be Aston Vill and Everton. We've already "knobbled" Villa by grabbing their captain and Everton's issue is a very thin squad. Helping them out with an additional player is not, I suspect, in our best interests. But lets see how Jo does. As I pointed out when he was signed, the Brazilian plays at his best running diagonally from right to left looking for balls played over the top or through to him. This didn't fit City's personnel at the start of last year so it was not a surprise that he struggled.
Elsewhere... I was kicking the tires mentally on the Michael Owen move and it occurs to me that his acquisition also gives United the opportunity to play Terry Venables' Christmas Tree formation of a 4-3-2-1 with Owen at the point and Rooney and Berbatov playing behind taking advantage of the preferred position of both players. Just something to watch for.