Gas war winners and losers

FOLLOWERS of any football code know there's a problem when the chairman of a club says he has complete confidence in the coach, which is why Slugcatcher nearly choked on his morning tea when a senior executive of Russia's Gazprom said there wouldn't be a gas price war.

Saying one thing and doing another is the oldest management trick in the book designed to lull a rival in the same way some unsuspecting football coaches have mistaken an axe for a bouquet of flowers.