As Silvio Berlusconi might note, you can say one thing in public and do exactly the opposite in private. Certainly Berlusconi's employee Massimiliano Allegri did so in the build-up to SaturdayÃ¢ÂÂs Milan derby. The AC Milan coach had been telling all and sundry that this Derby della Madonnina was of much more importance to Inter, who trailed his side by two points at the top of the table.
The date is October 22nd 2010, and the breaking news is that Portsmouth are in serious danger of going out of business for good. Whether you are a fan of the Fratton Park outfit or not, the revelation would not have come as much of a shock.
Ã¢ÂÂShape! Shape! Shape!Ã¢ÂÂ Every week, the manager and the head coach berate their players with a different, repeated piece of advice from the stands. A few months ago, the chant of Ã¢ÂÂSecond ball!Ã¢ÂÂ was seldom off head coach Matthew AtkinsonÃ¢ÂÂs lips. A few months before that, Chertsey TownÃ¢ÂÂs players were urgently and repeatedly advised to Ã¢ÂÂtalk to each other!Ã¢ÂÂ while manager Spence Day was demanding Ã¢ÂÂUse your brain!Ã¢ÂÂ