Some of the stories circulating in the gossip press are sometimes nothing short of hilarious.
Danny Simpson – improved a lot this season
Take the recent story about three clubs wanting Newcastle’s right back Danny Simpson.
The story is that since Newcastle seem to be struggling at the moment, clubs are starting to look at some of the Newcastle players who could be picked up for a bargain price, if Newcastle are relegated.
And which, pray, are two of the three clubs interested in Simpson?
None other than Birmingham and Blackburn, and both of those clubs are lower in the Premier League than Newcastle,
Newcastle have 36 points and in 11th position, Blackburn are in 13th place with 33 points, and Birmingham are on 31 points and second bottom, but they do have a game in hand.
And even if the 1% chance happens, and Newcastle (heaven forbid) are relegated, Blackburn and Birmingham get nowhere near 50,000 home gates that Newcastle do, and you wonder why on earth Danny would want to join either of those two clubs.
And while Birmingham did win the Carling Cup this season, they were one of the few Premier League sides who played their first team in that competition, but we think Newcastle will take note of that, and play their first team next season – we hope so anyway and we may even win it if we do that.
Never thought of that one before, and now watch many other Premier League sides do the very same thing next season.
And there is even a chance that Birmingham will be playing in both the Europa League and the Championship next season, if their form doesn’t take a major turn on the upside, very soon.
Celtic is the third club said to be interested, and they are different.
The Scottish club are always on the lookout for good players at a bargain price, much like Newcastle, and while the Scottish Premier league is hardly one of the better European Leagues, at least Rangers and Celtic are in the European Champions League each season.
It would help if the pure logic of some of these stories is looked at a little more closely, before they are published.