IT'S NO surprise to Scoop that our very own Rohan Ricketts has made quite an impression on the good people of Coventry City. The winger has enjoyed rave reports in the two matches he's played during his loan spell so far and he set up one of the Sky Blues' goals at Burnley in midweek. This report taken from Coventry's official website just about sums it up - as ever, Rohan isn't suffering from a lack of confidence. From www.ccfc.co.uk - Ricketts had the local media in stitches with his quick wit but also demonstrated a desire to succeed which will hopefully lift his new teammates following a poor run of results. 'I like to play in central midfield, off the front man but I will play wherever I am told to. I can play on the left or the right and I can dribble, run with the ball. I’ve got pace, a lot of energy. I like to work hard for the team and I hope to bring attacking qualities to Coventry.'
All the best Rohan - Scoop is watching (and listening!!).
HEARD the one about the four men who couldn't take off a necklace? Those four men - Clive Allen, assistant Lennie Houchen, physio Geoff Scott and the fourth official - had Paul O'Donoghue standing around for what seemed an age at Wednesday's reserve game after the defender was sent to the sidelines by the referee. The problem? Paul has forgotton to take his chain off! It looked like the offending necklace was for the chop as Geoff disappeared to the dressing room but, thankfully, Clive did the business and took a standing ovation. It was just about the highlight of the second half as we led 4-0 before Lee Barnard completed his hat-trick late on for the 5-0 final scoreline.
SCOOP doesn't like to tell tales on those poor lads from the national press but there can be no hiding place for Darren Lewis of The Mirror this week. Press Officer John Fennelly asked for one final question before putting an end to Jacques Santini's pre-Bolton press briefing and Darren put it to Jacques that he might know quite a bit about one of Bolton's top players - one Youri Djorkaeff. It had slipped Darren's mind that the French star had actually moved on to Blackburn! The joke wasn't lost on Jacques, who suggested that Darren had perhaps mistaken him for Mark Hughes. Suffice to say, there were no more questions...
WHO SAID footballers can’t cook? When Robbie Keane popped into the Spurs Lodge canteen recently, just before the usual lunch rush, and asked the chef to knock him up a quick poached egg on toast, the response wasn’t too favourable!
Chef was busying himself with more interesting culinary delights and was unable to fulfill Robbie’s order, so the Irish striker did the obvious thing - and made his own lunch! Scoop just happened to walk through to find Robbie over a pan of boiling water poaching his egg and, having seen my quizzical frown, then claimed chef didn’t know how to cook a poached egg.
That wasn’t the end of the egg saga though. A couple of days later, Scoop was once again in the right place at the right time as Jamie Redknapp asked chef if he could do him scrambled egg on toast. Okay, so it wasn’t quite as close to lunchtime as Robbie’s request had been, but chef wasted no time at all to produce Jamie’s order!
Preferential treatment for the skipper? Just don’t tell Robbie!