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Football: Anelka must realise grass is not always greener on the other side; VIEW FROM THE SOFA.

Byline: Steve Palmer

Bolton v Liverpool

Sky Sports 1, 12pm

BOLTON forward Nicolas Anelka will be facing one of his former employers at the Reebok Stadium this afternoon, but the scenario is nothing new for this footballing nomad.

Anelka has been through more clubs than I have had hot dinners (I've only had six hot dinners, you see - I very much enjoy cold meat platters).

The man know as The Incredible Sulk has fallen in and out of love with Paris-Saint- Germain, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City and Fenerbahce.

So, how long until another mood swing sees the frowning Frenchman put in a transfer request at Bolton? Some people are never happy.

The last time I visited my barber, John, he was in tremendous form and being extremely critical of women.

"You see Steve, women spend all their time moaning about what they haven't got, and then when they get it, they don't want it anymore. They're not wired up properly, mate."

John is one of the wisest men I have ever met and rarely gets anything wrong, but in this case he could have applied his argument to plenty of males as well as females.

For so many people the grass is always greener on the other side. That is a saying that really rings true.

A lot of proverbs and sayings in regular usage are complete nonsense. For example: "Too many cooks spoil the broth."

What tosh. You can never have too many cooks when it comes to preparing broth.

If you've got a surplus of cooks then one can concentrate on getting the broth at the perfect temperature, one can work on concocting a tasty seasoning to sprinkle on the broth, another can prepare a selection of suitable dips for the broth, one can fashion some side orders and nibbles to complement the broth, one can lay the table and set the napkins ahead of the broth being served, and one can do the washing up after the broth has been eaten.

The more cooks there are on duty, the higher quality the broth will be. If you've got any cooks at a loose end and without a specific task, they can sing cheery songs to raise the morale of the working cooks, probably resulting in an even better standard of broth.

So, that saying is twaddle, but the green grass one certainly isn't. Anelka has a grass-is always-greener-on-the-other-side mentality.

Lots of people spend their entire lives suffering because they are constantly looking for greener grass, before they suddenly realise that the grass they have been sitting on for ages is as green as grass gets.
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