Fantasy Bob understands with regret that Carlton will be unable to secure the services of Jose-Maria Olazabel as their overseas amateur for next season. Apparently the talented all-rounder and former Test player has had to withdraw from the final stage of negotiations with the Carlton management.
This follows the announcement by Monty Panesar, captain of the victorious European Ryder Cup team, who returned from his glorious success in the Somme-like mud holes of Celtic Manor to pronounce that Ollie would be taking over his own mantle, leading the troops in the trenches in the next campaign planned for Chicago in 2012. Although the event is not planned until 2012, Ollie will require to devote the whole of 2011 to choosing the most tasteless clothing for the squad.
Speaking to FB after his victory Monty, still the best left arm spinner never to have one of golf's majors, said, 'Choosing the right clothing is important. For once we outdid the yanks where it matters, I reckon the true awfulness of our lilac cardigans this year was worth at least 3 points. I recognise that Ollie's unavailability will be a big disappointment to everyone at Carlton. Ollie would have scored a packet of birdies on the Grange Loan course. But it is important that we stuff the Yanks again and Ollie's presence in the slips will be vital. By the way have you seen Nick Faldo about? - I need to rub his nose in it.'
FB understands that Carlton top brass have identified a list other promising targets who could be approached for the prestigious position of overseas amateur. He will keep his small band of faithful readers informed of further developments as he hears them.