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Taking Stock: EY’s Varley talks a good game (of football)

TS HAS NOTICED what can only be described as an ‘unconscious excitement’ about the upcoming England World Cup qualifiers. Let’s face it, there’s not usually much conscious excitement about them.

All of the talk yesterday was of “badgers moving the goalposts” – a reference to the creatures’ ability to avoid being culled, offered by environment secretary Owen Paterson.

Today it’s accountants who have let the thought of a Lampard/Gerrard/Wilshere midfield permeate their noggin.

EY UK managing partner Steve Varley is pretty chipper about the firm’s latest results, hence him appearing in intereviews in what appears to vbe every UK publication this morning.

With the flow of IPOs and transaction continuing to be depressed but then picking up in the second half of last year, Varley was quoted in City AM as it being “a game of two halves”.

TS checked through the notes of Accountancy Age’s hacks to find Varley had told them that “it was a year of two halves”.

Maybe Harry Redknapp isn’t the only person pining after the England managerial role.

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