Konstanz, BRD: I am struggling with a very erratic wi-fi connection in the attic of this traditional German guest house. If any difficulty arises, the proprietor's wife (who seems to be in charge) pretends to speak only German and I can't get beyond 'Ihre wi-fi ist kaput. Alles ist nicht in ordnung.'
Hence it has been a struggle to keep up with developments at The Valley. However, I gather that Pravda is reporting that we had a £300,000 offer for a left-back from Bournemouth turned down. This has three interesting implications:
1. That there is a left back at Bournemouth worth that sort of money.
2. That Bessone is thought not to be the answer.
3. That we have enough readies to think of splashing 300k on a defender.
There has also been a restructuring at Sparrows Lane. This is being spun as giving Chris Powell the resources he needs to finish the job, but a heretical interpretation is that it provides a potential alternative should things not work out next season.
Given that we have England v. Switzerland tonight and that the border with the land of the cuckoo clock runs through the town, it was interesting that at dinner last night locals spent half the meal mocking the Swiss, telling poor jokes about them and denouncing them and all their works.