Date: 22nd September 2008 at 9:54am
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According to the weekend rags it looks like it`s going to be a case of last one out switch off the lights, with many of our players linked with deserting the sinking ship. Michael Owen (Liverpool or Everton), Steven Taylor (Spurs), Oba Martins, Nicky Butt, Damien Duff, Shay Given, Joey Barton, Alan Smith and Shola Ameobi make up the anticipated departures list.

That leaves us with the youth team plus various overseas signings to save our hides from parachute payments and the ignomy of the Championship.

At least we got £12m for Milner though?