Chelsea have angrily and publicly rejected City's advances for John Terry, claiming their captain "has reiterated his total commitment" to the Blues, but Terry's silence has been deafening.
Terry could have defused the situation with a
few words or even a press release saying he would stay at Stamford Bridge.
Instead, he has kept his counsel amid talk of a £32m bid
from Manchester City and a wage package close to a
quarter of a million pounds every week.
Clearly something is afoot, but Early Doors is mystified as
to why Terry would consider moving to Eastlands.
The standard argument is that no normal person would be
criticised for changing their job if their new employer offered to double their
wages. In fact, you would think there was something wrong with them if they did
But Terry is already paid £130,000-a-week, which Chelsea are prepared to
increase £150,000-a-week. So he is not in the same position as Joe Public: he has
the financial autonomy to do what he wants.
This isn't a
moral argument about 'obscene' wages. Football is a hugely popular sport and
Terry happens to be very good at it. If somebody wants to pay him millions of
pounds a year to play it, that seems fair enough.
It is an economic argument. Terry is worth about £50
million. He can pretty much do whatever he wants to do with that money. What,
exactly, is the marginal benefit to him of the next million?
Listen to Toronto Raptors basketball player Andrea Bargnani,
who said at the weekend he did not know what to do with all his cash.
"I've had so much money since I joined the NBA - 20
million in the first four years," he said.
"I cannot even manage to think about what to do with it.
I'm not someone who buys eight Rolls
Royces and I don't have strange
needs or material dreams."
ED does not know if John Terry has strange needs or
material dreams, but it imagines Terry does not need that ninth Rolls Royce.
What his money does buy him is freedom to decide
his own destiny.
Which leads ED to wonder why he would leave his
position as captain of Chelsea to go to Manchester City? Wouldn't
he rather win the Champions League and finally atone for his slip in the 2008
final in Moscow?
It has been suggested that Chelsea's
refusal to match City's offer is
somehow disrespectful to Terry, but their reluctance to pay him £225,000-a-week
hardly means they do not value him - it is simply because not even Roman
Abramovich's bulging wallet can afford
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While football fans were reading far too much into their
team's friendly win against Loughborough
Dynamos, the real sport was going on at Cardiff
in the first Ashes Test.
England's nailbiting survival showed the doubters exactly
why you can play for five days and still draw - it allows one team to get
completely outplayed and still take part in a thrilling finale.
Aussie skipper and all-round mongrel Ricky Ponting got the
hump with England's time-wasting tactics, with 12th man Bilal Shafayat coming out every over to
supply James Anderson with new gloves.
compounded the Aussies' dissatisfaction
by claiming Anderson
needed fresh gloves in consecutive overs because he "spilt drink" on
the first replacement pair.
Unless it was
absinthe, whose fumes could have provoked an untimely hallucination, ED doubts
said liquid had much effect on Anderson's performance.
Needless to say,
Early Doors loved every cynical minute of it. It was cricket's equivalent of taking the ball to the
corner flag or withdrawing the multiball system during injury time.
Each sport has its own unwritten set of gamesmanship rules. In
cricket, it seems that it is OK to make lewd comments about your opponent's mum, use your fingernails to raise the seam, rub
dirt on the ball, chuck jelly beans on the wicket and try to hit the batsman in
But a bit of timewasting is just not cricket.
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QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Micah Richards on not knowing whether
he had been laid low by H1N1 flu or his mammoth booze intake: "At first I
thought it was a really bad chest infection, or maybe alcohol poisoning. I felt
so weak that I couldn't move or eat.
My friends had to bring me drinks in bed. When I was told I had swine flu all
sorts of things started going through my mind. You see on the news people dying
of it. My club have been very understanding. I'll
get some stick from the lads when I do return - they will probably all turn up
to training in surgical masks."
FOREIGN VIEW 1: Former Fluminense defender Leandro left the club after only
four months following threats of violence from fans angry about his below-par performances.
me, threatening, saying they would beat me up," Leandro told TV Globo, going
on to allege a club insider could have been involved.
my home number and only a few people have it, so for me it's someone from inside," said Leandro.
Fluminense hard core fan interviewed on the same programme but not identified
said fans often follow players from training to see what they do in their
Leandro left Fluminense, security guards fired shots into the air to disperse a
crowd of about 30 fans who interrupted a practice to complain about a defeat
and attacked one of the players.
FOREIGN VIEW 2: The president of the Japan Football
Association has slammed the country's
J-League as boring.
JFA chief Motoaki
Inukai said he had obtained data showing Brazilian soccer players shoot
"60 times more often" than their Japanese counterparts.
informed by the Brazilian FA that players in that country have taken around
300,000 shots at goal before turning professional," Inukai said.
"Here in Japan
it's only about 5,000. That's 60 times less."
FOREIGN VIEW 3: Copa Libertadores finalists Cruzeiro had
striker Ze Carlos sent off a Brazilian record 15 seconds after kickoff for
elbowing Atletico Mineiro's Renan
during the Belo Horizonte
"I slipped, went to control the ball,
turned and my arm hit Renan in the face. I even said sorry but I ended up being
sent off," a distraught Ze Carlos said. "It was not on purpose."
COMING UP: What with no cricket and no cycling, the only
sporting sound you'll hear today is
an indistinct whingeing noise from the other side of the globe. That and the
grunts of a few assorted tennis aces as tournaments get under way in Prague, Stuttgart, Palermo and Bastad (snigger).