Charles Sale: Chelsea captain Terry stirs it up over Buck's Cahill gaffe
00:18 GMT, 5 May 2012
Chelsea captain John Terry made sure that chairman Bruce Buck’s gaffe in getting Gary Cahill’s name wrong received a wider audience than the Stamford Bridge dressing room.
Cahill, who misses the FA Cup final through injury, was appearing live on a Chelsea TV phone-in when the presenter announced there had been a message from Terry asking for his team-mate to ‘tell the viewers about Tim’.
Tim: John Terry highlighted Bruce Buck's Gary Cahill gaffe
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An embarrassed Cahill explained that,
before he made his debut against Manchester United in the 3-3 draw in
February, Buck had come up to him and said ‘Best of luck, Tim’, having
confused him with his near-namesake at Everton.
The Chelsea defender said Buck’s blunder has struck a chord with the players, who now call him Tim as a joke.
Meanwhile Chelsea’s top brass have again snubbed an invitation to sit on FA chairman David Bernstein’s table at the official reception before the Cup final.
Chelsea turned down the opportunity for two representatives to dine alongside Bernstein before the semi-final against Tottenham in protest at the 6pm scheduling of the match ahead of their Champions League semi-final against Barcelona.
The resentment seems to rankle still, although the club say their VIP contingent all want to sit together on three other tables because they have guests to entertain.
Their grievance even included complaining to FA general secretary Alex Horne about their club features in the match programme being relegated to the back of the book. Alphabetical order has promoted Chelsea to the front section of the programme for the final.
Called in: Terry asked Cahill to explain what had happen on the show
City switch implies England are next
The fact that Manchester City have changed their shirt suppliers from Umbro to parent company Nike for considerably more money strongly suggests it is only a matter of time before the swoosh brand agree a similar switch by England.
This is particularly likely as former Umbro sponsorship chief Martin Prothero, who insisted on dedicated Umbro guarantees in the current deal, is no longer involved and the FA will not want to turn down any extra cash on offer.
Thai official finally acts
Thailand's FIFA ExCo official Worawi Makudi has finally taken the legal action he threatened after former FA chairman Lord Triesman implicated him in an alleged World Cup bribery scandal.
Triesman told a parliamentary select committee that Makudi demanded the TV rights for a proposed friendly between England and Thailand in return for his 2018 World Cup vote. Makudi, who called the assertions ‘groundless’, lodged his defamation claim in the High Court this week.
Threatened: Lord Triesman (left) will suffer legal action from Worawi Makudi
Saracens chairman Nigel Wray is showcasing his 10million collection of sports memorabilia in a lavish book A Sporting History, The Priory Collection.
Highlights include WG Grace’s last bat, Sir Stanley Matthews’ 1953 Cup final shirt, Douglas Jardine’s Harlequin cap, LS Lowry’s A Cricket Match painting and an autograph book from the 1936 Berlin Olympics with the signatures of four-gold medal winner Jesse Owens and Nazi monster Joseph Goebbels on the same double page.
WAGs cool on Krakow
Roy Hodgson’s schedule juggling West Bromwich and England duties means he is not expected to see the Euro 2012 base in Krakow before the squad arrive on June 6.
Hodgson is happy with the FA’s planning, including arrangements for WAGs. The FA are not organising a trip for wives and girlfriends but just passing on information about travel company options, and so far there has been little or no WAGs interest in going to Krakow.
Albion bound Claudio Ranieri was overheard on a train talking about West Bromwich
Meanwhile, Claudio Ranieri was overheard discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the West Brom squad on a train to Birmingham yesterday. It suggests the former Chelsea boss was heading to The Hawthorns for an interview.
Chelsea's Battersea contract
Property developers Almacantar have a ‘commercial contract in place’ with Chelsea for their joint bid for Battersea Power Station.
This contrasts with Almacantar’s legal battle over the 400,000 they are claiming for their designs for the aborted Lord’s rebuilding Vision. MCC say they have no written evidence of payment being authorised.