Thursday, 16 July 2009
When Ashton Goes, Where Does That Leave Duxbury?
So, the Newham Recorder has come out and said it, the absence of Ashton from the tour of Austria stinks. Every other member of the first team squad is there - even Behrami - as part of a team bonding exercise, so why has Ashton failed to make the journey? The Newham Recorder have reached the conclusion that Beano is about to roll up his medicare kitbag and move to treatment rooms new.
And if that happens, where does that leave Duxbury? Well, still in charge of course because the guy appears fire proof - who knows what he knows and what damage he could do if cut adrift? But what about those interviews and his assurance that Primadeano was going nowhere. He was very categoric if you remember. "I am not selling Ashton to Stoke".
However, regular readers might remember that I pointed out the escape clause that Duxbury had allowed himself. The Slippery One positioned himself in a such a way that the door was left open for Zola to sell Beano. When Primadeano departs, therefore, Duxbury will be able to claim, "It was a footballing decision made because, after assessing the strengths and weaknesses of his squad, the manager decided that Dean Ashton was surplus to requirements." Anybody fancy a bet?
Posted by Hammersfan at 10:17