Football: Palace are a lost cause, says Noades

Click to follow
The Independent Online
RON NOADES, the former Crystal Palace chairman who still owns the club's Selhurst Park ground, denied yesterday that he was part of a consortium that was planning to buy the club.

"The club's a lost cause," said Noades, who is now the owner and manager of Third Division Brentford. "All the good work I did there has gone out of the window."

Noades sold Palace last year to Mark Goldberg for pounds 22.8m. In recent weeks the club's financial situation has deteriorated despite the sale of players such as Matt Jansen to Blackburn for pounds 4.1m. It is believed that Goldberg still needs to raise substantial new funds in order to resolve the current crisis.

Noades may be tempted to return only if Goldberg fails to secure that funding and the club goes bankrupt. However, Noades maintained yesterday: "The last thing I want to be involved in, at the age of 61, is sorting out someone else's problems."

Liverpool have denied claims that Michael Owen could become a Lazio player. Italian sources suggested that Owen had confirmed an agreement that if he ever left Anfield, the Rome side would be the first he would talk to.

Liverpool discounted the claims as "fabrication", spokesman Ian Cotton saying: "Michael has assured us that he has not made any agreement with any club to talk to them now or in the future."

West Ham Ham insist they have no intention of signing two South Korean internationals.The Hammers were reported to have paid an Asian record transfer fee of pounds 3m for striker Choi Yong-Soo, and pounds 1m for midfielder Kim Doh-Keun. The club said, however, that they were simply allowing the players to train with them.

All 75,000 tickets to see England's Euro 2000 qualifier against Poland on 27 March were sold out inside 36 hours. The Wembley spokesman, Martin Corrie, said: "This is undoubtedly the fastest selling game we've seen here."

The former Atletico Madrid coach, Colin Addison, is the new manager of Scarborough, currently bottom of the Football League. Addison, 58, has left Merthyr Tydfil to sign a contract until the end of next season.

The Nottingham Forest winger, Andy Gray, has joined Second Division Preston on a month's loan which could lead to a permanent switch. The Scotland Under-21 international moved to Forest from Leeds for pounds 200,000 last summer but has struggled to make an impact at the City Ground.

Southampton have signed Farense's Portuguese Under-20 international striker, Dani Rodrigues, for pounds 170,000.