And now 16 days to go before the end of Rafa’s contract, no news on whether he’ll sign another one or the takeover that has everyone in a state of suspended animation  …, though don’t fret the local paper reckon we’ll have a good start to the season and the fixture list has cheered us all up. Hmm.

Anyway, back on planet earth, it is reported in The Star that Lazio are interested in our club captain Jamaal Lascelles. I’d expect the Nottingham-born centre-half might be a bit too rich for Lazio’s tastes – click here In the same paper it is reported that Rafa has missed out on capturing 17-year-old Sochaux midfielder Lucien Agoume who has gone to Inter Milan – click here

It is also reported in several papers that United have been caught napping in the race for Club Brugge Brazilian striker, 22-year-old Wesley Moraes who looks like joining Aston Villa for 22 millions. Who knows if Rafa was ever interested in the lad though it was previously reported he had met him and he was keen on joining our nut-case club. Its the kind of missed opportunity that boiled Rafa’s piss last summer and is pretty much par for the course given the people who own and run our club.

Anyway …. 16 days to go before we have no manager and a couple of days later the first team returns to training. Looking great eh?