Derek Davis' Football Chatter

TODAY is the last Chatter for a little while as I set off for sunnier climes.As I settle into my deckchair with a cold beer I will be content in the knowledge that plans are afoot to make next season a much happier one for Blues fans in general and for us that cover Town.

TODAY is the last Chatter for a little while as I set off for sunnier climes.

As I settle into my deckchair with a cold beer I will be content in the knowledge that plans are afoot to make next season a much happier one for Blues fans in general and for us that cover Town.

So as I won't be able to give you the Town news, even before it happens, but as a treat let me give a glimpse of the headlines you won't be seeing.

The Blue announce a pre-season tour to Azerbaijan, which includes a game in Kazakhstan before jogging over mountains to reach their hotel as Town look to revolutionise their pre-season and sell a few extra new shirts.


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Richard Wright finally signs and is immediately followed by Tommy Miller, Marcus Stewart, Jamie Clapham, Martijn Reuser, Tony Mowbray, Titus Bramble, Matt Holland and James Scowcroft while Jim Magilton admits he will give it one last go.

“I'm looking to rekindle the spirit of 2000 and I reckon these lads could do a job,” he said.

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Ipswich sign Ronaldhino, which isn't that much of a shock when you think about it. The Brazilian reveals he once drank a pint of Guinness and has strong links with Liverpool after playing against his amigo Stevie Gerrard many times.

Speaking exclusively to a Spanish football magazine he says he was attracted to the Blues because of their disciplinary record and admits initial contact was made when he missed the vital game against Espanyol due to suspension for a red card after kicking out at an opponent.

Rod Stewart offers to relay the Portman Road pitch with turf from his own front lawn after a sell-out audience stamp their feet in anger when he mistakenly sings 'You're Celtic, United but baby I've decided City are the best team I've ever seen.”

Skipper Jason De Vos is carted off in a team-mate's 4x4 after his wife finds him planting light bulbs in his garden. “I'm just trying to be more energy efficient,” he screams.

Ronaldhino breaks a leg after new ball-winning midfielder Simon Walton crunches him on the first day back in pre-season training.

Frank Yallop changes his mind about allowing David Beckham to come back to England on loan during LA Galaxy's off season but insists it can only be to his old club Ipswich Town. Becks says he would love to join the Blues but only of his old mate Richard Wright has signed.

A freak electrical storm forces the plane carrying Ipswich Town's touring party into making an emergency landing at Schiphol Airport, Magilton insists Alan Lee and Gary Roberts don't leave his side as they go on a cultural sightseeing tour of Amsterdam.

The Blues are pipped to the signature of Francis Jeffers by Tranmere Rovers.

NOT answering your mobile while on holiday can have serious consequences to your international career as Gabriel Agbonlahor found out to his cost.

The Aston Villa forward was left out of the England Under-21 squad for the European Championships after failing to get in touch with the Football Association.

The FA left messages for Agbonlahor but when they were not returned he was not included in Stuart Pearce's 23-man squad for the finals in Holland next month.

THE latest financial report from Deloitte & Touche predicts a Premiership footballer will be earning £200,000 a week by the end of the decade.

Other key points included were:

n Premiership clubs' total wage costs for 2005/06 increased by 9% - (£69million) to £854m - the year before the clubs' total wage costs reduced by 3% for the first time in the history of the Premier League.

Average annual gross annual earnings for a Premier League player next season estimated at £1.1m (2005/06: £0.9m).

Championship clubs' total wage costs for 2005/06 increased by 5% to £228m with the overall wages/turnover ratio remaining 72%.

Premier League revenues are set to exceed £1.7billion next season, the first year of new broadcasting deals - £680m higher than the next highest-earning league, Italy's Serie A.

The 92 English clubs' revenues increased by 4% (£66m) to £1,860m - Premier League clubs' revenues increased by 3% (£45m) in 2005/06, an average of £69m per club.

The gap between the average Premier League and Championship club's revenue was a record £56m in 2005/06 and is likely to increase to over £70m next season.

The Chatter will return in earnest towards the end of July.

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