Hey. Thanks for swinging by. By reading this, you are giving me a rationale for the excuse I will be giving Mrs X for the house being untidy when she gets home. I think come the New Year she will be expecting it to be spotless every day.
Maybe I should rethink this leaving thing again. (*)
So, what's up people? What's been happening in the beautiful world of Bolton Wanderers today?
Well, fresh from his appearance on ITV on Tuesday and also his appearance at T'Reebok at the weekend, Fab Muamba has been giving out defibrillators to the good people of Bolton today. They will be positioned at various locations in the town, including the town hall (politicians have hearts?), the market and what the people of Bolton laughably call a bus station.
Now, I've said before that Fab should be giving more time to this kind of thing and less time appearing at tennis tournaments. It's a personal opinion, but I don't think that Fab has dealt with the situation of not dying all that well. Autobiography, Hello, The Sun, Piers Morgan. A celebrity circuit that he would have had no chance of jumping on if he hadn't collapsed at White Hart Lane. So, I'm happy to see him actually promoting this kind of thing and hope that it continues. I'm not saying that he shouldn't go out and enjoy life. But, next year, maybe do it a little bit more low key. No one will think less of him for that.
Aston Villa, who, you would assume, need all the defenders they can get right now, appear to have slapped a £2million price tag on Stephen Warnock if Bolton want to bring him back to the north west on a permanent basis. That, in and of itself, shouldn't be too much of a bind if Dougie wishes to shore up the leaky defence with one of its best performers.
Naturally, in this day and age, that's not the problem. The problem is the difference in wages that Villa pay him and that we would offer him. And with Sunderland sniffing around, that is a major sticking point. It is known that 'Crazy' Paul Lambert is looking to offload his fringe and beyond the fringe players, of which Warnock is one.
As with OC before him, Dougie's remit has to include balancing the books as well as climbing the table, and even if Warnock took a wage reduction, he may still be looking for for more than we can offer. Which is a shame. I've liked Warnock in the performances that he has given since he joined on loan and it would be a shame to see him go. I'd like him to stay, but fiscal responsibility, as Mrs X Snr keeps on telling me, is more sometimes more important than having that extra pint.
Elsewhere, Ickle Joe Riley, fresh from not joining anyone before the loan transfer window creaked shut, is in the frame for a right back start at Huddersfield after Tyrone Mears followed Mavies into the suspension box. With Dougie, you never know who may play in one position or another from one game to the other. It would surprise me not to see LCY there at the Galpine Smith's Stadium. However, there is little doubt that Riley should be given his chance. The club has made great play in the past few months about the academy, and yet we have seen none of those players appear in the first team recently. Riley acquitted himself well when called on last season, and it is a real head scratcher that he hasn't had a sniff this season so far.
Then again, it's not the only head scratcher this season. I'm surprised Royal Bolton hasn't seen more head scratching injury incidents to be honest.
Right, I'm off for a sausage buttie. Al will be here before the Huddersfield game to give you a preview and I'll be back Monday.
(*) I won't be changing my mind, BTW.
And, as we are getting into the Christmas spirit, here is a video of a song from the BEST EVER Christmas Film. Die Hard. Naturally.