Jose Mourinho (file pic). Nick Potts
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Why Man United vetoed Jose Mourinho’s transfer wishlist and all the week's best sportswriting

Plus, how eating disorders are a ‘real issue’ among males.

1. Anonymous and hateful correspondence is not exclusive to Kerry players and management — as extreme as the Sheehy example is. But more eye-raising than the hate mail Fitzmaurice received from the more lunatic fringe of the Kerry support was just how critical and ungrateful a sizeable contingent of the more moderate, mainstream Kerry football public became of his tenure.

The Irish Examiner’s Kieran Shannon on the recent controversy surrouding Kerry GAA.

2. Eating disorders and mental health are still taboo subjects, especially among men and boys, and few open up about their struggles with family and friends or speak about their experiences in the public domain.

In 2016, Rowan Preece ran a 2:26 marathon best, a fantastic achievement, but his journey up to that point wasn’t an easy one, with an unhealthy relationship with food and training ever present. describes how eating disorders are a ‘real issue’ among males.

3. It’s 9am on a Saturday morning late last month and the rain is bucketing down in Ballymun. Leon Reid sits in the dining area of the Travelodge sipping a coffee he’s just retrieved.

It’s a big day for Reid – he’s scheduled to run the 200m at the National Athletics Championships just over the road at Morton Stadium in Santry later in the afternoon.

He’s had a busy week. It was his birthday – he turned 24; he’s looking to do an Irish National Championships indoor and outdoor sprint double; there’s also the significant matter of his transfer from Great Britain to Ireland.

PJ Browne of interviews Irish athlete Leon Reid.

4. The 34-year-old superstar has led the Green Bay Packers to a Super Bowl title and has won a league MVP. He has the highest career passer rating by a full five points over anyone else in league history. But he’s also one of the most thoughtful people in the league, which is why I approached him with this idea: Tell me what you’d do to fix the sport.

The Ringer made Aaron Rodgers NFL Commissioner for a Day.

5. Manchester United did not follow through with some of José Mourinho’s transfer targets because of misgivings about the players he had identified and a decision, from the top of the club, that he should not be allowed to get his way if it meant potentially wasting tens of millions of pounds on a short-term fix.

As the transfer window closed on Thursday with no more arrivals at Old Trafford, new details have emerged that highlight the differences between an increasingly disaffected manager and the people above him, primarily the executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, in terms of the players on Mourinho’s wishlist and whether they would have been worth the money.

The Guardian’s Daniel Taylor gives a good insight into why Jose Mourinho did not get the centre back he seemingly coveted.

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