We have a new champions for the title of 'the worst football article ever written'. Surprise! It's by the Daily Mail:
Kanchelskis claims Zhirkov took easy option in quitting Chelsea for Russia
Andrei Kanchelskis has accused Yury Zhirkov of taking the easy way out by quitting Chelsea for a £13.2million move to Anzhi Makhachkala.
Update: They've since added some content, something like a quarter of an hour after putting it out on Twitter. The article is still pointless.
That's it. That's the entire thing (or was, at the time of writing). The body of the article fits into a normal tweet with four characters to spare, and is basically the headline. Oh, and there's a picture, too. At best, this is a tweet, not an article, and it'd make a pretty terrible tweet at that. What on earth is going on in the Mail offices? Who signed off on this?
I know most journalists are in a bit of a strop over the whole not getting accreditation thing and that sulking takes up a lot of energy, but really? The Mail can't do any better than that? Would a quote or two not go amiss? Analysis? More filler words? Anything? At least it's succinct, I guess.