WE should have guessed. ‘Sacked mid-May’ is an anagram of Mickey Adams.
OK, there’s an extra ‘e’ in the first name, but we’ll overlook that!
He’ll be hurting for sure. Big time. Blades fans are puzzled and worried. Wondering where they go from here.
They look in a mess and it could be a continued downward spiral. Or, at least, a-not-coming-back-quickly one.
If the Micky Adams appointment was a mistake - and you’d reckon company chairman Kevin McCabe and his men regard it as such in view of this week’s decision - then who is responsible?
And was it a bungled dismissal?
McCabe said on Monday he was going to sleep on a decision over Adams.
He liked to give himself thinking time.
Not much thinking time was required for Kevin Blackwell. Less than an hour after losing the first home game this season, he was on his bike. Pretty quick thinking that!
When Adams didn’t get any backing early this week, we all suspected he was doomed.
There have been plenty of mistakes since United’s Premier League demise.
What is also bad for Unitedites is that not too long ago they seemed to have left Wednesday far, far behind both on and off the field.
It’s looking different now...
McCabe talks, a little naively, about promising youngsters as if they will be the panacea for all ills. Afraid not!
It is a dangerous strategy to think sticking kids in will be the answer next season. Who knows if they’re good enough anyway?
It can be a tough old time finding out, next season.
They counted it all in - but they won’t be counting it all out. It’s gone!
Stunned members of Wombwell Cricket Lovers Society learned this week that £14,000 went missing from the accounts after the death of treasurer David Musgrave.
The discovery, they were told at a special meeting within the last few days, came to light some time after Musgrave died at Christmas, 2006.
They knew something was amiss when there was no cash to pay a local hotel for the big Christmas bash - committee members had to put hands deeply into their own pockets to pay the money owed. On Tuesday, a packed members’ meeting at the Society’s Barnsley headquarters heard the story of the missing money, the failed attempts to retrieve it, the generosity of committee members to enable the Society to continue, the decision to sell memorabilia to raise funds and the decision not to give up hope that it might be tracked down one day.
It has all thrown a shadow over the 60th anniversary of an organisation which has attracted top names as guest speakers to their meetings and continues to do so. In addition, it has funded coaching classes for promising young cricketers with many talented players, including Darren Gough and Martyn Moxon, attending their nets and going on to play county cricket. The financial crisis blew up when it was discovered the £14,000 was missing from the accounts after the death of treasurer Musgrave, a former bank manager. He had been treasurer for 10 years.
This week’s meeting heard that, at Musgrave’s instigation some years ago, money could be saved by not having the accounts audited externally. Fatefully, the committee at the time agreed to this ‘money saving’ suggestion. The members were informed that Musgrave’s family, including his widow, knew nothing about the missing money.
The family’s solicitors told the Society that it was understood Musgrave, shortly before he died, was in the process of transferring the £14,000 from one of the Society’s accounts to another. However, no paperwork for any such transaction ever turned up.
So, after various meetings, a solution appeared to have been reached, the solicitors saying that the £14,119.30p owed would be paid out of the proceeds of the projected sale of the family house by the widow. But the property crash followed. The house remained unsold.
Matters dragged on and on until last year when another firm of solicitors now representing the family, contacted the Society to say the widow had no liability for the outstanding money. Members were told the Society had continued to exist because of the committee’s backing and the sale of all the Society’s memorabilia except the original visitors’ book, from 1952, with its signatures of every speaker including some great cricketing figures.
Members are still hopeful that someone may be able to shed light on what might have happened to the cash -but they’re not holding their breath.