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Holding a candle to Roman

Another milestone for Ken Davy this week as the Simplybiz boss is compared with Roman Abramovich in a Daily Mail sports column.

Although admitting the Huddersfield Town owner has a little less than 7.5bn in the bank, the “Roman of the North” is praised for stepping in to take the club out of administration in 2003. It also mentions Davy’s target for Huddersfield to become a top 30 team by 2008. This could be beyond even Davy’s legendary talents.

“I was wearing elf ears.”

Syndaxi’s Robert Reid on how he spent his Christmas holiday break.

“I’m the ham in the sandwich in between Adair Turner and Anthony Bolton.”

Close IM’s David Sherman on being pictured in MM.

“We’re great at running an insurance company but rubbish at directions.”

Royal Liver’s Steve Burnett apologises for his late arrival at MM’s offices.

“Meeting Money Marketing is like Christmas Day, you treat it with joy and apprehension. Like the thought of Santa’s presents and having to deal with the mother-in-law.”

Park Row’s Peter Sprung.

“Boy from the Bronx makes good.”

Sprung again.

“She’s another Scouser, just like me.”

Sprung yet again about an MM reporter from Crewe.

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