Derek Davis' Football Chatter

BLUES chairman David Sheepshanks did not see the last two away games which ended in defeat, as he is hobnobbing in Dubai.Town fans will hope he is seeking a new buyer for the club.

BLUES chairman David Sheepshanks did not see the last two away games which ended in defeat, as he is hobnobbing in Dubai.

Town fans will hope he is seeking a new buyer for the club. Something between £6million and £10m for the shareholding, plus the £33m debts, and of course enough to invest in a new squad, should do it.

But the main reason for Sheepshank's presence at the Soccer Expedia is to promote his company, Alexander Ross, the existence of which the EADT first revealed back in April.

Along with his partner, former FA chief executive David Davies, Sheepshanks is explaining what his expertise can offer governing bodies and other football clubs.

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South Africa has already proved a lucrative market and Sheepshanks is in high demand as a speaker on how to run a football club, and how it can benefit a community.

Of course all the time spent on making Alexander Ross a success, plus his work with the FA and the Football League, means he has paid his own way to the Middle East and not cost The Blues any money, although they could ultimately benefit.

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GEORGE Burley has no concerns about his players showing plenty of fight. In fact, he has had to calm them down a little.

Saints keeper Kelvin Davis and defender Chris Baird came to blows after conceding a third goal in their eventual 4-3 win over Birmingham on Wednesday and the Scot admitted he had to have a word.

JOE Royle always used to say the most important relationship a manager has at a football club is with his chairman.

Perhaps so, as he is the one who hires and fires but surely getting on with the fans has to be pretty high on the list.

Both Peter Grant at Norwich and Billy Davies at Derby have had a pop at their respective clubs' supporters of late with good results.

Grant was livid with the 'on-the-call City' Canaries last weekend but got a great response a few days later when they played Leicester City.

Even though they went a goal down, City fans got behind their team and they came back to win.

Towards the end, Norwich fans were chanting 'can you hear us, Peter Grant?' and it was all good-humoured.

At Pride Park, the Rams' fans were in good voice throughout, although that didn't stop the 900 Town fans being heard, but Davies got the wrong end of the stick at half-time when boos rang out.

He thought they were having a go at his side who were a goal down when in fact the Derby fans were jeering the officials who had rubbed out a Steve Howard 'goal'.

Both sets of fans and managers are all friends together again but I reckon when they do fall out, the two bosses will know in no uncertain terms.

MY thanks to those of you who pointed out Tommy Miller was listed on Ipswich Town and Preston's official websites as being on loan from the Blues to the Lilywhites.

The service provider that looks after both sites has been notified and action taken.

THE winner of the two tickets to go and see Ipswich Town v Burnley tomorrow is Chester Tooke from Felixstowe, who knew that Alan Mahon was the player on loan at Portman Road from Blackburn Rovers before moving to the Clarets - well done Chester.

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