The Diary has always known that the readership of Campaign is wide-
ranging, all-embracing, eclectic even. From runners through to chief
executives of multinationals, from students hungrily searching for that
crucial first post to fully fledged directors who divide their time
between Soho and Hollywood.
But now we are most delighted to report that Terry Venables - yes, the
former England coach and now ‘director of football’ at the First
Division club, Portsmouth - has joined our happy band of close
Here he is, as featured in an edition of last week’s Observer, with a
well-thumbed copy of this esteemed organ nestling snugly on his desk
alongside the usual office paraphernalia (a telephone) and, what,
probably a few match reports, some job offers and a handful of legal
documents from one A. Sugar Esq.
Tel’s favoured reading matter was exposed as a result of his appointment
as guest editor for Campaign’s footie stablemate, Four Four Two. A
photographer was sent to take some shots of him and promptly rumbled the
Pompey boss’s secret.
‘So, he’s a reader, then?’ we asked Tel’s literary agent (yep, he has
one, apparently), Jonathan Harris. ‘What’s his favourite bit?’ we
persisted. ‘Is it Letters? Private View? The Diary, even?’
‘Erm...I’ll have to get back to you on that one,’ Harris said, somewhat
‘No, but he does read Campaign, doesn’t he?’ we pleaded.
The return call came as a relief. ‘Well, he enjoys looking at the new
campaigns and the creative work,’ Harris confirmed. ‘And it’s probably
the only chance he has of discovering where Gary Lineker is playing
So there. We told you so. He does read Campaign. He does he does he does
he does he does.