From Singapore to Gateshead - 09/05/2003

From Singapore to Gateshead

Iíve just flown home from Singapore and once again I had a great time. Not sure what all the hassle about SARS is, saw a few people at the airport wearing the surgical masks Ė so I just couldnít help myself from coughing and spluttering all over them. Seriously though, itís not as bad as itís made it, maybe in China but certainly not in Singapore.

Iím back up for the Tyne Tees show on Sunday and then on Sunday night Iíve got a 'talk-in' organised by Steve Wraith. Itís at a club called ĎSutherlands Ė The Venueí, which Iím told used to be called the Windy Nook Social club, doors open at 6.30pm and the comedian; Mike Cash is on stage at 7.30. Itís £10 on the door and that price also includes a chicken in the basket meal. Thereís also a limited number of VIP tickets available at £25 Ė this includes a three course dinner and an extra hours drinking until midnight, you also get the dubious pleasure of chatting with yours truly! If you fancy it, Iíd love to see you down there.

Itís a bit of a culture clash, from Singapore to Gateshead, but Iím glad to be back. In working for ESPN Iíve seen a massive amount of Premiership football Ė and I must admit to sweating a bit when we dropped down to fourth place. We deserve Champions League football and for me, we deserve third place, so it was great relief to get the three points from the Birmingham game and then to find out that BOTH Liverpool and Chelsea had been beaten. There had been a chance that Chelsea and Liverpool could have both qualified by playing out a draw at Stamford Bridge Ė it doesnít bear thinking about, and now we donít have to!! Looking back at the nights we had in Rotterdam and Milan, and some good games at St. James, I canít wait for the competition to start again. The team will have matured and gained great experience, no doubt we'll have a couple of big signings in the summer so weíll have a stronger squad Ė itís looking good. Hope to see you Sunday.

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