Psychic Bolton predict own defeat, plus managers' top dinner guests

Are the Bolton programme staff psychic? This amazing advert appeared in Sunday’s matchday magazine for the 1-5 thrashing by Chelsea…

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Roberto Mancini could have used some divine inspiration during Tevezgate, so it’s no surprise the Manchester City manager has named The Pope as one of his dream dinner guests.

Bobby Manc told a survey of top managers that he would also invite late Italian easy listening merchant Paolo Mantovani and his City boss Sheikh Mansour to dine chez Mancini.

Harry Redknapp wanted Bobby Moore, Rafa Benitez went for Napoleon and Julius Caesar, while Sven Goran Eriksson picked Barack Obama.

But Tony Adams quashed his dour reputation by opting for Sir Alf Ramsey, Jesus and Scarlett Johansson and – somewhat more predictably – Peter Reid c hose Elvis, Jesus and Angelina Jolie.

Both Steve McClaren and Sam Allardyce wanted Nelson Mandela and another legendary man of peace loved by all, Sir Alex Ferguson.

Most of the bosses went for the greatest boxer of all time as their top guest, clearly not mindful of Steve Bull’s words of a few years back when asked the same question: “I’d invite Muhammad Ali, if he was still alive.”

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DAFT QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“Carlos Tevez is so rich that when he retires he’ll never have to play football again” – ANDY GRAY

“David Silva literally floats around the pitch” – JAMIE REDKNAPP

"When you lose a goal so early, you've always got an uphill mountain" – STEVE CLARIDGE

"It's end to end stuff… all West Brom” – IAIN DOWIE

"If you take that away from him you lose something he definitely has” – IAIN DOWIE

“What Carlos Tevez did was indesplicable” – RONNIE IRANI

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News of a big-name signing at Aston Villa, but possibly not the one fans wanted.

Some 18 months after they were taken down for ‘cleaning’, the letters which spell out the name of Villa’s popular ex-chairman on the Doug Ellis Stand have finally returned, confounding cynics who believed they had been conveniently lost by the Randy Lerner regime.

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Is everything all right with our old pal Stan Collymore?

We only ask because of a Twitter discussion in which Stanloi correctly insisted London was the greatest city in the world, with Sydney and New York trailing in second and third.

Then he added: “Saying that, listening to Blondie's Rapture in a tattooist in NYC whilst having ones eyebrow and nipples pierced is pretty funky.”

OMG TMI, as the kids say.

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