League division

21st January 2000 at 00:00
MUCH disappointment at Diary Towers as David Blunkett distances himself from attacks on Sheffield Wednesday's beleaguered manager Danny Wilson. The Education Secretary has been peddling backwards faster than Wednesday's defence under pressure from a particularly precocious under-9s team.

Blunkett, of course, was one of four Sheffield MPs supposed to have signed a letter calling for Wilson to be sacked following Wednesday's lamentable Premiership performance - the club's Hillsborough stadium is in his Brightside constituency. Now he says he never did.

Pity, because it was a perfect exampleof intervention in inverse proportion to success - Blunkett's modus operandi at the DFEE. And what was the result? An immediate 2-0 win over Bradford on Saturday. But ease the pressure and they struggled to a 0-0 draw against first division Wolves on Tuesday in the FA Cup.

The Diary suggests Blunkett up the stakes with a full raft of measures - starting by sending in OFSTED and setting targets for the club. Mind you, there will always be those that complain you shouldn't take league positions seriously, even in the Premiership. After all, they're just based on raw data, aren't they?

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