Everton's Champions League final hopes 'just a dream'

By David Prentice on May 23, 08 12:11 PM in Journalists

"YOU grow up dreaming of games like this, but Everton were never going to get there," said Wayne Rooney, on his first Champions League final.

Sad, but true. And you know why? I'll answer with another question

How many Manchester United players earn less than £50,000 a week? Just one, Patrice Evra, and he's set for a bumper new deal.

How many at Everton earn over £50,000 a week? None.

Final curtain for Motty

JOHN MOTSON'S a lovely man, but his days as a top class commentator have long gone.

His performance during Saturday's Cup Final was squirmingly bad.

"Portsmouth think they've scored!" he screamed, anticipating a linesman's flag which never came - and was never going to.

That faux pas was followed by the declaration: "He's got to go. He's off," when Niko Kranjcar was about to receive a yellow card. Poor Motty had him mixed up with the already cautioned Herman Hreidarsson.

There were rumours that this was Motson's last Cup Final. We can only hope for his sake the reports are true.

Kenyon so lacking class

IF ever one moment summed up the contrast between the heritage and history of Manchester United and the crass coarseness of the modern Chelsea, it came on Wednesday night.

United's presentation party was led by the distinguished and respected Bobby Charlton, a staunchly one-club man who modestly declined to place a winner's medal around his neck.

Chelsea's was preceded by Peter Kenyon, a "lifelong United fan" who scuttled away to Stamford Bridge in 2004 and couldn't crane his pudgy neck out quickly enough to receive a loser's medal from Michel Platini.

* BRAZIL named an astonishing 74-man squad last week for the Olympics.

When a newspaper counted the number of English players who started Premier League matches one weekend last season, it came up with the figure 67. And the day Titus Bramble and Darren Moore play for England you know we have problems.

Any wonder we haven't won a World Cup for 42 years and failed to qualify for Euro 2008.

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