Football Diary
by Patrick O’Connor

OVER the next few days all attention will be on the transfer window which closes on Wednesday.

Speculation will be rife over who is going to be transferred and for how much but it has been managers who have been mainly in the news in the last week.

Take for instance, Neil Warnock, boss of Premier League newcomers Queens Park Rangers.

Supporters may have been somewhat surprised to hear his comments after QPR were knocked out of the Carling Cup, losing 2-0 at home to League One side Rochdale.

“I don’t think people care about the competition,” said Warnock, reflecting on an attendance of just 4,775.

When asked if he was pleased to be out of the competition he replied: “Yes. They should revamp the cup.”

Warnock is known for his blunt, no-nonsense approach and he pulled no punches when he went to say: “I’m not disappointed to be out. The competition is not a priority for us.”

No doubt he will feel that his job is to keep QPR in the Premier League  and he added: “If I can’t get motivated for the competition I can’t blame the players if they can’t.”

Difficult to argue with his view but Warnock needs to remember that spectators pay good money to watch a football match and expect a certain level of commitment from professionals in return.

Strange goings-on at Championship club Derby County where a statue outside their Pride Park stadium of former manager Brian Clough and his assistant Peter Taylor has had to be repaired after turning yellow!

The bronze monument, which was unveiled last August, gradually changed colour over several months.

It was made by sculptor Andrew Edwards who commented: “It wasn’t just a little yellow – it was sunshine yellow.

“Bronze has a large copper content and naturally changes as it ages. Normally it goes darker or green, and occasionally it can have red spots. But I’ve never known a statue go yellow before.”

Mr Edwards went on: “The monument seems to have a life of its own – as befits the two characters in some ways. It’s unconventional to say the least.”

Clough, who died in 2004 and Taylor, who died in 1990, led Derby County to the Football League championship in 1972.

Love the comment from under-fire Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger after his side beat Udinese to progress in the Champions League: “We live in a society where everybody has an opinion on everything. I’m like somebody who flies a plane for 30 years and I have to accept that somebody can come into the cockpit and thinks he can fly the plane better than I do.”

Nearly every football club in the land would love to have Wenger as its pilot.

Also getting flak off his critics is the Ipswich manager Paul Jewell after their 7-1 Championship hammering away to Peterborough.

Jewell said that was “ashamed and embarrassed” and that he was “lower than I’ve probably been for a long, long time.”

Now the club is to offer free coach  travel to supporters going to Blackpool on September 10.

Chief executive Simon Clegg said the offer was “a show of our gratitude to our fans after enduring last weekend’s defeat at Peterborough. I think it’s fitting that we look to cover the costs of the coaches.”

Question is, what do Ipswich offer if they get hammered 7-1 at Blackpool?

Jewell’s head?