What Happened Today In EPL – Oct 30 1992
In this blog series – “What Happened Today”, we are going to revive some of the moments from past which will revive moments of the golden history of the league.
Friday papers in the UK covered the issue of lack of goals at Old Trafford as well as Middlesborough’s hunt to find a new striker as well as the latest on various Premier League managers finding themselves in troubled water with Premier League authorities and the coming together of Howard Kendall and Peter Reid in the upcoming fixture between Everton and Manchester City.
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson had £3 million to spend to end the goal famine that threatened to destroy their Premier League championship ambitions. United’s strikers were not producing the goals and the team was labeled as a draw specialist thanks to mainly their inability to score. Ferguson had turned to Scandanavia and Holland in a bid to find that playing with a cutting edge. The lack of goals had already cost them a UEFA cup run and Coca Cola cup campaign and weighted them down in their bid to climb the Premier League table. United had bid £3.6 million for Alan Shearer before pulling the plug fearing an auction with Blackburn Rovers. Mark Hughes’s goals in the recent games and Lee Sharpe being back from injury did provide some relief but a top-level marksman was still required at Old Trafford.
It was not a particularly pleasant week for managers of the Premier League teams. Liverpool’s Graeme Souness was banned for five matches from the touchline and had decided not to appeal against it. Meanwhile, police had revealed that they warned Arsenal manager George Graham about bad language during his team’s stormy coca-cola cup tie against Derby county. Meanwhile, Manchester United’s Alex Ferguson was also in hot waters after being accused of misconduct charge for comments made to Liverpool referee John Richardson during a reserve match against Sunderland. The FA said they were looking into the matter and had asked for a reply from Alex Ferguson.
Middlesborough manager Lennie Lawrence was set to continue another continental striker after the mixed success that week. Dwight Blackson, the 21-year-old from Feyenoord on a week-long trial had made a big impression with his goal for the reserves. He was set to extend the loan period for the striker and thought that buying a striker was his priority. He reportedly had around £1 million to spend and knew that continent was a very efficient market for strikers with even the top strikers rarely costing more than £50000.
Howard Kendall and Peter Reid, the master, and the pupil were set to face each other in a less famous version of Liverpool-Manchester derby. Everton and Manchester City were set to clash that weekend with both the managers going into the game under extreme pressure as well as common links between them in the past. Peter was the midfield driving force behind Everton’s resurgence in the mid-eighties, he worked with Howard against City and after he left stepped into the coaching shoes at the blue side of Manchester. Both the teams had a difficult start to the season with City lying 13th on the table, four points better than Everton who was 18th.
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