Derby County manager Paul Jewell is really, really angry at Tottenham Hotspur for allowing club secretary John Alexander handed in the visitors’ team sheet ahead of Saturday’s game at Pride Park instead of the referees. Jewell says:
I take the team sheet in I am the manager and I think the referee deserves a bit more respect. More respect than the club secretary taking the team sheet in. A lot of managers don’t take the team sheet in, but it’s one of my things. I think the manager or one of the senior coaches should represent you. I don’t know who John Alexander is, and I’m not saying John Alexander isn’t a terrific club secretary, but I just didn’t know who this guy was. I don’t expect Juande Ramos to take it in because of the language problem, but certain other members of staff could have done it.
The problem raised by Jewell is that this is no isolated incident:all the major clubs do that. Not that it matters too much but still maybe the bigger clubs should try and stick to the rules, howsoever absurd they may be.