ONE BONUS OF football being played in every country in the world is that there are plenty of places for ex-pros to earn a wage staying involved in the game. Former Cork City hero George O’Callaghan is now the manager of Malaysian side Sabah and wanted to make a splash by signing a well-known player.
He was able to convince former Liverpool and Leeds winger El Hadji Diouf to sign for him and this newspaper headline captures the magnitude of the transfer well.
According to the New Strait Times newspaper, O’Callaghan also has his eye on strikers Eamon Zayed and Roy O’Donovan. I wonder how many ‘MARQUEE SIGNING’ headlines we’ll see in Malaysian papers in the future.
It’s surprising the last line of Diouf’s Wikipedia intro didn’t scare O’Callaghan off.
‘During his nine-year international career, he scored 21 goals in 69 caps; he has also garnered a large amount of notoriety for a series of controversial incidents.’