You know all those newspaper articles which sneer at blogs like this one for peddling unsubstantiated rumours, as if journalists wouldn't think of indulging in such practices? Next time anyone writes this, quote example back at them.
The sports pages of most national newspapers wouldn't exist without unsubstantiated rumours being printed. They're the lifeblood of so-called sports journalism. The broadsheets keep their consciences clean by reporting what the tabloids are saying - see The Observer's Tales from the Tabs column, which looks at possible football transfer rumours. But the Independent on Sunday has surpassed itself today. It reports...
Alan Curbishley will replace Martin Jol as Tottenham's manager next month
And who is the source for this exclusive nugget? A White Hart Lane insider? A friend of Alan Curbishley? No, the source is an unnamed North London Taxi Driver. You couldn't make it up.