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November 4, 2002

Eriksson ‘will not quit’

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The News Review:

* McCarthy under pressure
* CNNSI.com – Soccer – Eriksson could be next after Crozier leaves FA -…
* Rovers Strong On The Home Front
* Eriksson ‘will not quit’
* Italy dismiss Eriksson bid
* Defiant Seaman refuses to quit
* Crozier brightened corridors of power
* Delaney still wants answers
* UEFA Cup: Duff and Cole to face Celtic
* Bruce seeks Sir Alex’s advice
* Hughes keeps faith
* Recovering Bellamy in demand
* McClaren gives up England job
* FA face UEFA charge over fans
* Elvis hoping for a stirring performance as he heads back across the…

McCarthy under pressure
BBC News – Oct 30, 2002
“Maybe we are the two most stubborn people in the world. If that’s the case, that is the case. ”

McCarthy has instigated the talks with the FAI and, while he plans to be in charge of the team for the rest of the Euro 2004 campaign, he does not rule out walking away. “There comes a time when you recognise that enough is enough,” he told The Times. “At the end of it, I’ll do what is good for the team and Irish football. “If it was for the best for me not to be there, I would have to consider it. But I’m still doing the job until something happens to change my mind.

CNNSI.com – Soccer – Eriksson could be next after Crozier leaves FA -…
SI.com – Nov 4, 2002
Athole Still said there “was not a grain of sand of truth” to reports the 54-year-old Swede would be leaving in the wake of a shakeup in English soccer and a reported offer to become Italy’s coach. Adam Crozier, the man who hired Eriksson, resigned under pressure last week as the Football Association’s chief executive. Eriksson’s top assistant, Steve McClaren, stepped down the next day. “Let’s be absolutely frank,” Still said. “In football, anything can happen, anything can change… Eriksson, who led Lazio to the Italian league title in 2000, was seen in Rome Saturday for a reported meeting with Italian federation president Franco Carraro. But the Italian federation denied it was interested in Eriksson or had offered him the job. The federation on Monday also said under-fire coach Giovanni Trapattoni would stay with the team despite a disappointing start in Euro 2004 qualifying. Eriksson, whose only loss with England was the 2-1 defeat to Brazil in the World Cup quarterfinals in Japan, said over the weekend he had no plans to go. “Everything around me may be changing but as far as I am concerned I am staying where I am,” Eriksson said. “I am aware of what has been going on but I have not spoken to the chairman since Adam [Crozier] left. Of course I need to do this.

Rovers Strong On The Home Front
4TheGame – Nov 2, 2002
Middlesbrough, Chelsea, Manchester City and now Tottenham have found Rovers vulnerable as the final whistle approaches, with Jamie Redknapp’s fluke goal securing victory for Spurs. Blackburn’s defeat to Spurs epitomised their inconsistency, but their most consistent performer this season will remember October 2002 for the rest of his life. Midfielder David Thompson was called up for England’s Euro 2004 qualifier with Slovakia after Trevor Sinclair was forced to pull out, although Thompson did not figure in the first team he will be delighted to be part of Sven Goran-Eriksson’s plans. As one Blackburn midfielder’s International career was starting another was announcing his plans to retire. Rovers’ Turkish midfielder Tugay stated his intention to retire from international football after Euro 2004 qualifier against England next April. Thompson and Tugay have performed well throughout the start of the season, and they were central to Blackburn’s emphatic win over Newcastle. Although Blackburn old boy Alan Shearer took his club goalscoring tally over 300 he could not prevent the Magpies from being thumped 5-2 at Ewood Park… Middlesbrough, Chelsea, Manchester City and now Tottenham have found Rovers vulnerable as the final whistle approaches, with Jamie Redknapp’s fluke goal securing victory for Spurs. Blackburn’s defeat to Spurs epitomised their inconsistency, but their most consistent performer this season will remember October 2002 for the rest of his life. Midfielder David Thompson was called up for England’s Euro 2004 qualifier with Slovakia after Trevor Sinclair was forced to pull out, although Thompson did not figure in the first team he will be delighted to be part of Sven Goran-Eriksson’s plans. As one Blackburn midfielder’s International career was starting another was announcing his plans to retire. Rovers’ Turkish midfielder Tugay stated his intention to retire from international football after Euro 2004 qualifier against England next April. Thompson and Tugay have performed well throughout the start of the season, and they were central to Blackburn’s emphatic win over Newcastle. Although Blackburn old boy Alan Shearer took his club goalscoring tally over 300 he could not prevent the Magpies from being thumped 5-2 at Ewood Park.

Eriksson ‘will not quit’
BBC News – Oct 30, 2002
Eriksson has admitted he is concerned over the uncertainty surrounding Crozier, who is at the centre of a power struggle between the FA and Premier League chairmen. But the Swede’s personal manager has moved to end speculation by denying Eriksson would consider his position in the event of Crozier’s departure. “Sven is a professional and his absolute commitment is to the European Championships,” Still told the London Evening Standard newspaper. “Adam was instrumental in Sven’s appointment and they have been an extremely
good team… Speculation is mounting that Crozier could lose his job – which would be a blow to Eriksson, who is still coming to terms with revelations about his private life and recent indifferent results. Crozier was the driving force behind Eriksson’s appointment as England coach and remains his most fervent supporter inside the FA’s Soho Square headquarters. Eriksson has insisted he has no intention of quitting his job, despite recent personal criticism and a stuttering start to the Euro 2004 campaign with a narrow win in Slovakia and a home draw against Macedonia. Related to this story:.

Italy dismiss Eriksson bid
BBC News – Nov 4, 2002
Federation president Franco Carraro has written to FA chairman Geoff Thompson to reject speculation that Eriksson was being lined up to replace Trappatoni. And a potential Italian escape route for Eriksson was closed off after it was announced Trappatoni would be staying until June 2004. A spokesman for the Italian federation, the FIGC, said: “It is not the policy of our federation to make contact with coaches currently under contract. “No one from FIGC has made any contact with Mr Eriksson. ”

Trappatoni’s job was under threat after the Euro 2004 qualifier defeat against Wales in Cardiff, but he has been given support from Italy’s soccer hierarchy. The former Juventus, Milan and Inter coach said: “Carraro asked me to make a real go of it during the rest of the Euro 2004 qualifiers… A spokesman for the Italian federation, the FIGC, said: “It is not the policy of our federation to make contact with coaches currently under contract. “No one from FIGC has made any contact with Mr Eriksson. ”

Trappatoni’s job was under threat after the Euro 2004 qualifier defeat against Wales in Cardiff, but he has been given support from Italy’s soccer hierarchy. The former Juventus, Milan and Inter coach said: “Carraro asked me to make a real go of it during the rest of the Euro 2004 qualifiers. He said: “Everything around me may be changing, but I’m staying the way I am.

Defiant Seaman refuses to quit
BBC News – Nov 1, 2002
“Everybody says you always know when the time is right,” he added. “Hopefully that time is a long, long way away – who knows?”. “All I can do is just get on with it and play my game,” he added. “It is not the end of the world. When I finish football I go home to a happy family. ”

Seaman also stepped into the recent racism row that blighted England’s Euro 2004 qualifier in Slovakia… “It is not the end of the world. When I finish football I go home to a happy family. ”

Seaman also stepped into the recent racism row that blighted England’s Euro 2004 qualifier in Slovakia. Clamp down

The keeper witnessed England team-mates Ashley Cole and Emile Heskey receiving abuse and believes police should clamp down harder on the culprits. “It is getting worse,” Seaman said. “It was quite bad 10 or 15 years ago and it seemed to be sorted out at home and abroad. “But I notice it is coming back and we have got to do something about it.

Crozier brightened corridors of power
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 31, 2002
“A graduate of the Heriot-Watt business school, Crozier, 38, grew up an avid Celtic fan on the Isle of Bute. He had a brief stint selling advertising at The Daily Telegraph which ended under a cloud after he falsified some sales figures. It was to be one of a number of indiscretions that did not hinder a glittering career in business. Not long after he took over at the FA, stories of Crozier’s £300,000 annual salary – with a £100,000 bonus – had been leaked by FA councillors disgruntled with his management style. While the men in blazers grumbled about Crozier’s refusal to wear a tie, the chief executive set about selling off Lancaster Gate – a decision he stylishly announced to an FA meeting under “any other business” – in favour of a move to Soho Square… Until the furore over the Team England contract emerged, one of Crozier’s last public appearances was in the grubby lobby of a Bratislava hospital. He was checking on the condition of two England fans shot in some of the first national team football violence in a year. Days after the incident he watched the England team held to a 2-2 draw with Macedonia in a Euro 2004 qualifier in Southampton, which brought crowd trouble and the threat of missing a major tournament. Crozier has changed a great deal, but the.

Delaney still wants answers
BBC News – Oct 31, 2002
And the former Cardiff player, who is an integral part of Wales’ plans for the Euro 2004 qualifiers, admitted: “I just play for myself and the lads now. ”

Delaney added: “It was nice to come back at Old Trafford after not having
played for a while and to put in a decent performance. “But I’ve still not had any questions answered. I was put in the side so
things have been brushed under the carpet for the moment. “With Ronny Johnsen fit, we’ll see what the manager does… And the former Cardiff player, who is an integral part of Wales’ plans for the Euro 2004 qualifiers, admitted: “I just play for myself and the lads now. ”

Delaney added: “It was nice to come back at Old Trafford after not having
played for a while and to put in a decent performance. “But I’ve still not had any questions answered. I was put in the side so
things have been brushed under the carpet for the moment. “With Ronny Johnsen fit, we’ll see what the manager does. “I didn’t let anyone down at United.

UEFA Cup: Duff and Cole to face Celtic
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 30, 2002
Duff, 23, has been out injured since the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2004 qualifier against Switzerland earlier this month. But he seems certain to play in the first leg of the UEFA Cup tie against the Scottish Champions alongside former England international Andrew Cole who suffered a similar injury three weeks ago. “Damien had a hamstring injury and with those injuries you’re never 100 per cent confident that you’re fit until you get 90 minutes under your belt… “Damien had a hamstring injury and with those injuries you’re never 100 per cent confident that you’re fit until you get 90 minutes under your belt. He’s not been training but we’re told that he’s fit to play. But obviously I won’t reveal my team just now. “The former Rangers manager claimed his side will not be in Glasgow merely to shut up shop and he looked forward to an exciting match against Martin O’Neill’s side. He said: “We’ll be trying to win the game because I’ve got a group of players who always try to win. It should be an entertaining game but we’ll need to score more than one goal because we’ve been conceding lately.

Bruce seeks Sir Alex’s advice
BBC News – Oct 31, 2002
Hughes wants all his players due to play on that day released under the Fifa four-day rule ahead of Wales’ Euro 2004 qualifier with Azerbaijan on 20 November. "

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Bruce intends to seek the advice of Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who faces losing the services of Ryan Giggs. Birmingham chairman David Gold said: “Life is all about compromise and maybe one day Mark will be looking for a
favour from Birmingham City, Steve or Robbie. We do feel a bit aggrieved. ”

The club had a run-in with Hughes earlier this season over the dual roles of Wales assistant coach Mark Bowen… “As a club, what we want is a commonsense solution. Ultimately, we want
Robbie to play in the two games – for Birmingham and Wales – and we believe he
can do that. “Obviously Steve is not happy about it but, not having faced the problem in
the Premier League before, it’s something he is seeking clarification on from
other managers affected by this. ”

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Hughes keeps faith
BBC News – Nov 4, 2002
Both Wales and Newcastle will monitor Bellamy’s fitness over the next fortnight before making a decision on whether he should make the long trip. Bellamy flew to America last week to see a knee specialist, Dr Richard Steadman, who recommended that the striker play no more than one game a week. Hughes wants his squad to assemble on Saturday 16 November before the Euro 2004 qualifier. Several Premiership clubs have matches on Sunday 17 November, but Fifa rules state that clubs must release selected players four days before competitive international matches… Blues president David Sullivan wrote to the Football Association of Wales last week threatening legal action over the decision. That means Savage would miss Birmingham’s match against Fulham on that Sunday. Full Wales squad:

Goalkeepers: Paul Jones (Southampton), Mark Crossley (Middlesbrough),
Darren Ward (Nottm Forest). Defenders: Danny Coyne (Grimsby), Andy Melville (Fulham), Robert Page (Sheff Utd), Mark Delaney (Aston Villa), Darren Barnard (Grimsby), Danny Gabbidon, Rhys Weston (both Cardiff).

Recovering Bellamy in demand
BBC News – Nov 1, 2002
“The opinion is that we treat him gingerly but get him back, so we’ll do that. ”

Robson said that he hadn’t ruled Bellamy out of Newcastle’s must-win Champions League clash away to Feyenoord on 13 November. Should Robson give in to temptation and play Bellamy, he would then not figure the following weekend – if Newcastle follow the medical advice. That could work to Wales’ advantage, as Bellamy would have proved his fitness for international duty and had a week’s rest before facing Azerbaijan. Hughes is already on collision course with several Premiership managers over the release of players for the Euro 2004 qualifier. Fifa’s rules state that players must be released by their clubs four days before a qualifying match for an international competition. Hughes is insisting that Ryan Giggs, John Hartson, Mark Pembridge, Andy Melville and Robbie Savage miss their club games on the Sunday before Wales’ match on the Wednesday… Should Robson give in to temptation and play Bellamy, he would then not figure the following weekend – if Newcastle follow the medical advice. That could work to Wales’ advantage, as Bellamy would have proved his fitness for international duty and had a week’s rest before facing Azerbaijan. Hughes is already on collision course with several Premiership managers over the release of players for the Euro 2004 qualifier. Fifa’s rules state that players must be released by their clubs four days before a qualifying match for an international competition. Hughes is insisting that Ryan Giggs, John Hartson, Mark Pembridge, Andy Melville and Robbie Savage miss their club games on the Sunday before Wales’ match on the Wednesday.

McClaren gives up England job
Calcutta Telegraph – Nov 2, 2002
The deputy premier said Paradorn and his father would also receive $ 69,280 worth of free travel on national carrier Thai Airways over the next 12 months. Trapattoni showdown

Rome: Franco Carraro, president of the Italian football association (FIGC), is to meet national team boss Giovanni Trapattoni on Monday to discuss the country?s poor run of results. Trapattoni?s job could be in danger following the 1-2 loss to Wales in a Euro 2004 championship qualifier earlier this month, a defeat that leaves the Italians facing an uphill battle to qualify for the Portugal tournament. Italy have only won two of their last 10 matches and were knocked out of the World Cup in the second round by South Korea this summer. Hanif Pak?s new batting coach

Karachi: Former Pakistani Test legend Hanif Mohammad has been appointed batting coach to the national side for upcoming tours to Zimbabwe and South Africa in a bid to reverse their woeful recent record at the crease, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said Friday. ?The objective is to improve the technique and patience of the batsmen in the current team and Hanif was a champion in both these areas,? PCB media spokesman Samiul Hasan said. ?Hanif will serve as batting coach during the two-match Test series in Zimbabwe and then fly to South Africa for two Tests in December… ?Hanif will serve as batting coach during the two-match Test series in Zimbabwe and then fly to South Africa for two Tests in December. ?

Fake tickets on sale

Hong Kong: Organisers of a cricket tournament were blaming recent bad weather on sluggish ticket sales ? then they learned that more than 1,000 fakes printed in mainland China had allegedly been sold on the black market. ?It?s very sad ? this is not a commercial enterprise,? Hong Kong Cricket Association chairman Mike Walsh said on Friday. The two-day Hong Kong sixes tournament is intended to benefit youth sports programmes here. Melbourne as host

Melbourne: The southern Australian city of Melbourne will host the 2005 artistic gymnastics world championships, the Victoria state government announced on Friday. ?What lessons we learn from staging the world championships will ensure we?re even better prepared to host gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games in March 2006,? Victoria sports minister Justin Madden said. The November 2005 event, to be staged over 11 days would attract the best gymnasts from more than 50 nations.

FA face UEFA charge over fans
Halifax Today – Oct 30, 2002
“If found guilty, the FA would face the embarrassment of being fined after they claimed violent clashes between Slovakian and England fans in Bratislava were prompted by the home supporters’ racist chanting. However, the FA believe the charge centres around relatively minor indiscretions and minor incidents of damage by England fans. The Slovakian FA face a much stiffer penalty for the racist abuse and could be forced to play their next Euro 2004 match behind closed doors. Apart from violence in the stadium on the day of the game, which prompted a baton charge by police, there were other outbreaks of hooliganism involving England fans in Bratislava itself, in Prague and in the Austrian capital Vienna. As regards the racism towards their players, the FA are trying to persuade Emile Heskey and Ashley Cole to write letters backing up their version of events. PSV Eindhoven are to take the unprecedented step of appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne against a UEFA fine imposed on them for the racist behaviour of their fans in a Champions League match with Arsenal. PSV’s fine was increased from £13,500 to £22,000 after an appeal by UEFA against their own disciplinary body’s original decision… However, Athole Still again made it clear Eriksson is offering his public support to Crozier just when he needs it most amid considerable pressure on his position. Crozier’s future was still up in the air yesterday as leading FA figures gathered for a scheduled meeting of the international committee. FA chairman Geoff Thompson, whose support is crucial to his chief executive, has not yet offered any outward backing or criticism. Thompson has been spending this week evaluating the situation, which has arisen out of frustration among some FA figures at what they perceive to be Crozier’s autocratic management style. Last Updated:

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Elvis hoping for a stirring performance as he heads back across the…
Edinburgh Evening News – Nov 1, 2002
The defender was the Jambos’ hero eight months ago when he shouldered the responsibility to step forward and slot home a late penalty to clinch the points and register the Gorgie outfit’s first triumph in Leith for five years, the famous win also securing Hearts’ place in the top six ahead of the league split. Pressley’s last visit to the home of the Hibees was probably an even prouder experience for the 29-year-old, the centre-half making his first start for his country on home soil in the recent friendly against Canada. Berti Vogts had slotted the Gorgie ace into the centre of his defence for the crucial Euro 2004 qualifying win over Iceland in Reykjavik, Pressley producing the sort of performance which suggests he will now be around the national scene for a number of years and adding considerably to his four caps. Three days later he walked out in the famous dark blue jersey for his first start in Scotland and helped the Scots to a comfortable victory over the Canucks. Now, as he prepares for the second derby of the season, Pressley is hoping that Sunday proves to be another memorable occasion for him down Leith way. “Easter Road is a lovely stadium now and a great place to play,” he said. “There is always a tremendous atmosphere in the derby and I’m really looking forward to it… ” Hearts walloped their city rivals 5-1 the last time the teams met in August to get their season off to a flier, new signing Mark de Vries, who will miss this weekend’s encounter with a hamstring injury, blasting four goals on a historic afternoon at Tynecastle. The Jambos then went on to complete an impressive first quarter of the campaign while Hibs continued to languish in the bottom half of the table. Fortunes have changed considerably since then, though, Bobby Williamson’s outfit surging up the league courtesy of five straight wins while Hearts have not won a league game since beating Dundee United in September. Craig Levein will take his side across the Capital on the back of a poor result at home to Dundee last weekend, although Pressley maintains that 2-1 defeat will have little impact as far as Sunday is concerned. “The Dundee match was a huge disappointment for us as I thought that once we got it back to 1-1 there was only going to be one winner,” he said. “That is what disappointed me the most about the game. In the second half we upped the tempo and played some good stuff but it wasn’t to be.

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