A thing that I totally plan to do on a daily basis, I swear.

So we should probably talk about the Roberto Mancini press conference thing, right? I have to say that David Platt mask was scary. I’m pretty sure if an infant had been in the room at the time, he or she would have burst into tears and hit the glass door trying to get the hell out of there. It also provided a brief glimpse into what Platt might look like with long, luscious hair. Not bad, in fact.

Anyway, good times. Not up there with the best gags in the world. And most papers got in the spirit of the joke—making fun of himself for skipping the last few pressers with Platt in his place, and trying to make amends with a bit of silliness. Except the Guardian couldn’t help themselves and crowed in this in the subheader: “Man City boss Roberto Mancini took the bizarre decision to wear a David Platt mask in a press conference at Carrington.” Come on, really? Bizarre? Obviously a stones-throw from erratic, and part-and-parcel with “patterns of bizarre behaviour”? Come off it, for once.

The big story though today is Jen Chang’s sacking at Liverpool. The Daily Mail was the only paper to report on it, in keeping with the general reticence of the English papers to go after one of their own (Chang was the former Soccer editor at Sports Illustrated):

Liverpool’s controversial communications director Jen Chang has left the club following the Twitter storm with spoof blogger ‘Duncan Jenkins’.

The club were forced to apologise to Jenkins, real name Sean Cummins, for the ‘inappropriate actions’ of Chang, after they met in a Manchester restaurant.

You can read the back story here and here.

This is probably the appropriate action, but hopefully Chang will be able to get back in the game as soon as possible. His writing for SI was among the most insightful on the site, if it appeared there altogether too infrequently. We need journalists writing stories, not doing de facto investigative jobs for clubs or acting as their PR flacks.

Finally, the the Premier League chairmen have failed to reach a deal on salary caps and FFP measures. The Indy:

Barclays Premier League chairmen are split over how to introduce cost controls to England’s top flight despite broad support for some measures.

Although a majority of the 20 clubs who attended a shareholders’ meeting today are supportive of bringing in financial controls, major differences of opinion remain over what form these should take.

The meeting at the Premier League’s headquarters ended with no decision taken, and league’s executives will now try to draw up some detailed proposals on a range of options ahead of a meeting in February.

The can’s been kicked, but chances are there will be some sort of action on this, particularly if the football league acts on FFP as well.

That’s all I got. Byeee.