There is only one football-related
story this sleepy international week, and Early Doors is not talking about Peter
Shilton's eagerly-anticipated Salsa on Strictly.
But ED gets the feeling it
will have plenty more opportunities to talk about John W Henry's prospective
takeover of the Anfield Knickerbockers.
Instead, let us focus on a
matter potentially of even greater significance - Roberto Mancini's unlikely
emergence as the Premier League's hardest man.
Despite his suave manner and
penchant for foppish scarf-wearing, the Italian is the snarling
embodiment of old school football management.