The news on Friday afternoon of Dean Ashton’s retirement from football at the tender age of 26 was not a shock to anyone. It was met sadness within the game and beyond, with observers ranging from Piers Morgan to Arsene Wenger quick to offer their sympathy and support to the West Ham striker. While we all shake our heads in disgust at the obscene wages that are paid to Premier League footballers, it seems that there is no price one can put on having their career cut short on something that was beyond their control. However there are murmurs from Ashton that legal action may be taken, giving this tale of one man’s woe an unfortunate and sinister edge.
Following Tottenham Hotspurs’ meagre exit from the Carling Cup at the hands of Manchester United’s reserve side, Harry Redknapp bravely refused to attend the post match press conference. Instead sending one of his countless coaches and long-time compadre Kevin Bond to face the music. Harry had bigger fish to fry, with press conferences later on in the week where he can play conductor rather than field questions regarding the inepitude of his Tottenham side on a night where a cup semi-final was in their grasp. The East-End boy can enlighten us with his opinions on Portsmouth’s dwindling fortunes, and talk up Spurs chances of earning Champions League football next fall. Whist glossing over his own squad’s glaring deficiencies.