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January 10, 2004

Neville spells out importance of Eriksson

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The News Review:

* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | British rivals’ fixture…
* Eriksson must go for his football failings
* Sports | Columns | Luis Bueno | PE.com | Southern California News |…
* Neville spells out importance of Eriksson
* A day in the life
* Palios the first victim of Soho saga
* TRANSFERS: Deadline Day: All the major moves
* Cole ready to take over from Scholes
* Ballack rejects fitness problems talk
* Nicholl remains NI job favourite
* spiked-life | Column | Offside, 8 January
* Time for a change, Sir Bobby
* Philip on Monday: Troubled Tyson toppled
* UEFA Cup – News & Features – News Specific
* Waterford News & Star (printer friendly version)
* SI.com – Writers – Marcotti: Company’s fraud kills Parma dream -…
* Gascoigne released from hospital
* Mornar wants Rangers offer

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | British rivals’ fixture…
BBC News – Jan 9, 2004
Security concerns, player availability and tactical thinking are all factors. Wales will be without Ryan Giggs for the opening two matches, which take place in September and October, and would prefer to have their star player available when they play England. The Manchester United wing was handed a ban after being found guilty of improper conduct during the Euro 2004 Championship qualifying play-off match against Russia. Security concerns will not be addressed by the respective police forces until the fixture list has been finalised.

Eriksson must go for his football failings
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 8, 2004
Ray Parlour would understand. His alleged links to Manchester United and his certain courting by Chelsea suggest that he is missing club management and from England’s point of view if he does leave this week, as I am sure he will, it could be a blessing in disguise… I remain far from convinced by his achievements and though he has not done a bad job, he inherited a good young squad and you have to ask why – the 5-1 win in Germany notwithstanding – he has not shaped it into something more exciting. You also wonder what he actually does, since even the players say he hardly takes any training, he is totally non-motivational and from my own personal experiences in interview situations it has been very difficult, if not impossible, to get anything from him. Anyone who manages England can expect to undergo close scrutiny and criticism from the media and fans and on the basis of Euro 2004 they have every justification to express their dissatisfaction. The team did not play to their strengths, were ridiculously cautious and defended far too deeply. Some of the errors were so basic and so inexcusable – the lack of a strategy to keep out free-kicks and defending so deeply that the back four were almost stepping on goalkeeper David James’s toes – that you cannot help but question the tactics of the coach. Really, that sort of stuff is not rocket science.

Sports | Columns | Luis Bueno | PE.com | Southern California News |…
Press-Enterprise – Press-Enterprise (subscription) – Jan 9, 2004
Euro 2004 will be held in Portugal and World Cup qualifying will begin in earnest around the globe. But at the club level, there will be plenty of headlines to keep the soccer fan busy. Here’s a quick look at the clubs that local soccer fans should keep their eyes on in the upcoming year: • D… Not quite the United you’d expect to see, D. United will have one of the hottest commodities in the world defend its colors next season. Freddy Adu, the best American soccer prospect ever, should make his professional debut April 3 against San Jose. In 2003, Adu starred for the United States’ under-17 and under-20 squads in their respective world championships and signed his pro contract with Major League Soccer.

Neville spells out importance of Eriksson
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 9, 2004
Before the Swede, Neville said, lay a time of uncertainty. Four different managers and an atmosphere in which, he said, “you didn’t know whether you were coming or going, we were changing systems, tactics, squads, ideals”. Put like that, it was not hard to see why Neville found the alternative to Eriksson so unthinkable. He castigated those he thought had an agenda against Eriksson and challenged them to come up with a better way of running the national team. “Do you not accept that we should have a football manager for England for a long time that can give continuity and stability?” he asked. “Isn’t that the way success is bred?”advertisement… ” Paul Scholes may have called time upon his international career, and Phil Neville has not been selected for this squad, but there are no signs that Gary Neville, or David Beckham for that matter, have any intention of leaving the stage before their time. Neville talked confidently about playing on long into his thirties – he turns 30 in February – and said that the prospect of representing his country at Euro 2008 in Switzerland “wouldn’t be ridiculous”. The sense of a great opportunity missed at Euro 2004 still seems to burn strong within the older members of the squad. Beckham and Michael Owen flew back after Tuesday night’s Real Madrid friendly and the long process starts again. “You feel as though you’re closing in on the top of the mountain and then you fall back down to the bottom and you have to start again,” Neville said. “And you have to wait two more years in international football. “Two more years of preparation, and there was no doubt whose presence will define that time for Neville and his team-mates.

A day in the life
Guardian Unlimited – Jan 8, 2004
But not everyone is happy about it. Jim McClellan reports Thursday January 8, 2004… It has been suggested that cameraphones might turn everyone into potential paparazzi. There are instances of famous people being caught out by the new technology. Last year, Dutch footballer Patrick Kluivert’s denials that he had been up late partying before a big Euro 2004 qualifying game were undermined when fans sent to a local radio station cameraphone shots of the striker enjoying himself at a rave. Some analysts in the US are unconvinced the gadgets will catch on. But Ito suggests that cameraphones may have a wider appeal (especially to older users) than text messaging. Hook agrees and predicts increased sales over the next year, as prices fall and the technology improves. He points out that new handsets capable of taking higher resolution pictures are on the way.

Palios the first victim of Soho saga
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 8, 2004
But at that meeting Palios did not tell Thompson that an effort had been made on his behalf to get the News of the World to keep Palios’s name out of the newspaper in exchange for information on Eriksson’s affair. Thompson, a very religious man, sets a high store by the truth. He once told me that Adam Crozier, the previous chief executive of the FA, had to go because he had allegedly not been entirely truthful with Thompson. So yesterday, when he received Palios’s phone call, he was not surprised and had no problem accepting his resignation. Gibson, the former award-winning journalist and sports editor of The Sunday Telegraph, has also offered to go and this will be put to the 12-member FA board when they meet in emergency session at 2pm on Thursday… Eriksson has publicly claimed he did not mislead anyone, neither confirming nor denying the relationship as part of his policy of never commenting on his private life. The FA source said: “Before this affair I did not hear a single colleague talking of getting rid of Eriksson but now I would say a majority are against him. This whole affair has reopened old wounds, such as his previous affair, the way he was given a pay rise of £1 million a year and an extension to his contract after it emerged he had been talking to Chelsea while England only got to the quarter-finals of Euro 2004. If Greece can win that competition, then the question arises: is Eriksson all that wonderful a manager that we have to have him at all costs?” The lawyers’ report will go to the FA board on Thursday. Thompson is so worried about a media frenzy that day at the FA’s headquarters in Soho Square that board members have not been told where the meeting will take place and it might be moved to a secret location.

TRANSFERS: Deadline Day: All the major moves
Squarefootball – Jan 9, 2004
Andreas Jakobsson (Brondby – Southampton) ?1m; Tall, powerful Swedish international defender. Imposing and good in the air. Impressive at Euro 2004, valuable for The Saints. Juninho (Middlesbrough – Celtic) Free; One-time Boro Brazilian hero, out of favour with McClaren, now inherits Larsson?s number 7 shirt for a new set of fans to worship him. Diomansy Kamara (Modena – Portsmouth) ?2m; Senegalese international forward with a fight on his hands to get in the team ahead of Yakubu and Fuller. Needs to focus, not be flash, etc etc. Aaron Lescott (Stockport – Bristol Rovers) Free; Former Aston Villa trainee leaves Stockport to join high-flying Rovers, where he was a success on loan last year… His goals are needed at Moleniux. Gonzalo Sorondo (Inter Milan – Crystal Palace) Loan; Uruguayan defender who struggled to feature for Inter. Clearly not intimidated by his new manager?s good looks. Nicola Ventola (Inter Milan – Crystal Palace) Loan; Once a golden boy in Italian football, saw his career slide so far that he was Tore Andre Flo?s partner last season at Siena. Still a good player. Reto Ziegler (Grasshoppers Zurich – Spurs) Undisclosed; Another product of the combined and bulging Spurs contact books.

Cole ready to take over from Scholes
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 9, 2004
He has won 17 caps, 15 as substitute, and never started a competitive game. He went to Euro 2004 and did not play a minute. However – on the back of.

Ballack rejects fitness problems talk
Expatica – Jan 9, 2004
“Everything is fine. There is neither a diet plan nor anything else. I have not seen a doctor lately or made a blood test,” he added. Ballack’s statement comes in the wake of a report by the Bild daily from the same day that the 27-year-old had bad blood levels, was told to eat no more meat and even faced gout if his condition deteriorated further. In an interview with Kicker sports magazine, Ballack dismissed speculation about his general lack of fitness, and vowed that his team Bayern Munich will attack the frontrunners Werder Bremen once the Bundesliga resumes at the end of the month… There were also concerns he did not have the leadership qualities everyone expected from him. Ballack admitted that he had not played at his top level so far this season, but said that Munich’s results should not be measured by his performance alone. “The most important thing is that Munich are still playing in all three events (Bundesliga, German cup and Champions League),” said Ballack, adding that the national team had also reached its goal of qualifying directly for Euro 2004. Ballack admitted that given its autumn form Munich stood only a “10 per cent chance” of beating mighty Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16, but he expressed his optimism that the Bundesliga champions will do much better when the action resumes on 31 January. “If we play up to our potential then the chances (of beating Madrid) are much greater.

Nicholl remains NI job favourite
BBC News – Jan 8, 2004
“I am still very
confident we will have the new manager in place before the end of the month. ”

The IFA has yet to decider whether the job will be full-time or part-time. Previous boss Sammy McIlroy quit the role to take over at Stockport County at the end of the Euro 2004 qualifying
campaign, which saw the Irish finish bottom of their group. The new manager will be in place for the 18 February friendly against Norway at Windsor Park. Dunfermline boss Jimmy Calderwood has said he would not stand in Nicholl’s way if he was offered the international position. Nicholl looked set to take charge of his country in 1994 but could not agree terms with the IFA, after which Bryan Hamilton accepted the job. The new Northern Ireland manager faces a tough task reviving the fortunes of a side that last scored a goal 14 games ago and have slipped to 122th in the world rankings… Previous boss Sammy McIlroy quit the role to take over at Stockport County at the end of the Euro 2004 qualifying
campaign, which saw the Irish finish bottom of their group. The new manager will be in place for the 18 February friendly against Norway at Windsor Park. Dunfermline boss Jimmy Calderwood has said he would not stand in Nicholl’s way if he was offered the international position. Nicholl looked set to take charge of his country in 1994 but could not agree terms with the IFA, after which Bryan Hamilton accepted the job. The new Northern Ireland manager faces a tough task reviving the fortunes of a side that last scored a goal 14 games ago and have slipped to 122th in the world rankings.

spiked-life | Column | Offside, 8 January
Spiked – Jan 8, 2004
Remember Lee Bowyer? The ‘boozing, pot-smoking, violent, racist, cowardly, unapologetic, lying, odious’ scumbag as the Daily Mirror famously described him. ‘How are we to attract black and Asian fans to the Boleyn when we sign someone like Bowyer?’ asked anti-racist campaigners. A more pertinent question might have been: ‘How are we to attract fans of any colour if West Ham get relegated?’As it transpired, Bowyer’s tenure at Upton Park did not ignite the race war in east London that some had predicted, but nor did it save West Ham from the drop. ‘I am following my heart’, said Bowyer when he signed for West Ham. However, as soon as the Hammers were relegated Bowyer forgot all about his heart and joined Newcastle United. Ironically he was subsequently criticised by Sir Bobby Robson for trying to avoid trouble. ‘In trying to present a clean image of himself, Lee’s not been as effective’, complained Robson… Really? The England rugby team’s winning-ugly mentality is admirable but, let’s face it, it’s not that difficult to be world champions in a sport that hardly anyone plays. The England football team is full of players who know all about winning (plus a few Liverpool players), but the truth is that their international opponents are considerably tougher. A quick glance at the Euro 2004 roster – which includes France, Italy, Holland, Portugal, Germany, Spain, and the Czech Republic – tells us that this is a far more competitive tournament than rugby’s so-called World Cup. Which brings me to my New Year’s resolution. I’ve decided to initiate the Jonny Wilkinson backlash. Is it just me – and I fear it might be – or does anyone else find Wilko crushingly dull? Like Michael Owen, he’s way too clean-cut to be a proper sporting hero in the Maradona or George Best mould. After England’s World Cup victory he should have been out caning the amber nectar all night long, but instead he went to bed early.

Time for a change, Sir Bobby
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 9, 2004
Over the last few months, I would guess Bobby has phoned his dear wife, Elsie, more than his chairman, Freddy Shepherd. To have a strained relationship with your chairman is stressful enough, but to be fighting some of your players as well is a task that is beyond even the most experienced of managers. Five or six wins on the bounce is the best answer, but that is not an easy thing for any Premiership team to achieve. In the summer in Portugal during Euro 2004, one morning I had a long breakfast with David Pleat, who was then with Tottenham, and Sir Bobby. A real football conversation. Bobby asked me how I was handling my life outside of football management and did I miss it? I could see he was very interested in my reply… To have a strained relationship with your chairman is stressful enough, but to be fighting some of your players as well is a task that is beyond even the most experienced of managers. Five or six wins on the bounce is the best answer, but that is not an easy thing for any Premiership team to achieve. In the summer in Portugal during Euro 2004, one morning I had a long breakfast with David Pleat, who was then with Tottenham, and Sir Bobby. A real football conversation. Bobby asked me how I was handling my life outside of football management and did I miss it? I could see he was very interested in my reply. I told him the best thing was to try to be one step ahead and to leave of your own choice, rather than have other people make that decision for you.

Philip on Monday: Troubled Tyson toppled
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 8, 2004
Only time in my life I’ve ever known real fear because it as sure as hell wasn’t a human sound. So why did I get up? It was the only shot at the title I was ever going to get. ” Whether or not you believe boxing to be a `genuine sport’ or that Tyson should have been allowed back through the ropes after being convicted of rape, this one-time `bad man’ was a pathetic sight as he half-crouched in defeat after Williams decked him with 26 unanswered blows. “I was expecting to be introduced to a ferocious monster and he turned out to be lovely. `How was your flight over?’ he asked in his little quiet lisp. `Is the hotel OK for you? You must miss your family, have you phoned the children?’ Then we got into the ring, the bell rang, and never, ever in my whole life have I seen such a change come over a man.

UEFA Cup – News & Features – News Specific
uefa.comUEFA.com – Jan 8, 2004
“Goalkeepers can lose skills very quickly, but they can regain them just as fast,” he said. “I’ve got plenty of work to do, but once I get a handful of games under my belt I’ll be back to my best. ” Other rewardsThese words are sure to please France coach Jacques Santini, who admitted he would contemplate replacing Barthez as his No1 for UEFA EURO 2004™ if he did not start playing club football regularly again. The former AS Monaco FC custodian insists, however, that international football is not his primary concern. “All I am worried about now is doing my best for Marseille,” said Barthez. “If I work hard every day and play well for Marseille, other rewards will hopefully arrive. ” Important presenceMeanwhile, the Marseille players are hoping that Barthez’s experience and charisma will help breathe new life into a season that has been in steady decline for two months.

Waterford News & Star (printer friendly version)
Waterford News – Jan 9, 2004
The year began back in the Spring time with WIT regaining their place at the very top of the Third Level Colleges Hurling ladder when the saw off CIT in the Fitzgibbon Cup final at the Ragg in Tipperary. After an average league campaign Waterford saw off a weak Kerry side before they traveled to Thurles to take on Limerick in the semi final of the Munster Senior Hurling Championship, as the Deise made their first defence of the title for 39 years. On the day the cameras were barred by the safety officers and those not in attendance missed an absolute cracker. Again Waterford got off to a wonderful start and looked to be on their way to victory after only 20 minutes. However, back came Limerick and in the end neither side could argue with a share of the spoils. A great game that finished 4-13 apiece. If the drawn game was an absolute cracker then the replay was the very opposite… On the International front it was a largely disappointing year for Irish football. It began with Brian Kerr getting the nod to replace Mick McCarthy as Irish Manager. And for much of the year it looked as if the man with the Midas touch was about to weave his magic once more and steer us to the Euro 2004. But in the end it came down to a home tie against Russia and an away fixture in Switzerland to decide our fate. A draw in Dublin and a loss in Switzerland was not enough and yet again we have missed out on the promised land of the major championships. In the Premiership Man United again ruled supreme after Arsenal slipped up, Roman Abramovich started the Chelski Revolution by spending ?120m on a line of big names.

SI.com – Writers – Marcotti: Company’s fraud kills Parma dream -…
SI.com – Jan 10, 2004
Its future will probably be as a yo-yo club between Serie A and Serie B. It will be a hard pill to swallow for Parma fans, who are used to higher aspirations, but in the long run it’s the only way the club will survive. The game has offered up quite a few tales of financial ruin and collapse in recent seasons, and more often than not the men who run the clubs have been to blame, as well as the game’s watchdogs, who failed to monitor the situation with enough severity. In this case, however, Parma fell victim both to the greed and dishonesty of its owners and the incompetence of those charged with monitoring Parmalat. And the sad conclusion is that the victims — more than Parma, its players and supporters — are the thousands of Parmalat employees who are now jobless, as well as the tens of thousands of investors who believed in the company and saw their investment crumble into nothing. Barca is desperate, coach Frank Rikjaard doesn’t know where to turn and this is very much a crapshoot… Barca is desperate, coach Frank Rikjaard doesn’t know where to turn and this is very much a crapshoot. But for Davids it’s a chance he can’t waste if he wants to play a part at Euro 2004. BAD WEEK: For Inter striker Mohamed Kallon, banned for eight months after testing positive for nandrolone. This is far from an open-and-shut case, however. Kallon was tested three times in the space of a few weeks, and his positive result was sandwiched in between two negatives. Given that nandrolone only works if it is taken regularly over time, these results would appear to make no sense at all.

Gascoigne released from hospital
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 8, 2004
Rafael Benitez, the Liverpool manager, says he will need a new midfielder after confirmation that Vladimir Smicer will be out for six months. After the 1-0 defeat to Porto in Toronto, it emerged that the Czech international had sustained severe ligament damage just weeks after coming back from Euro 2004. Manchester City also need reinforcements after new goalkeeper Geert de Vlieger was ruled out for the entire season. The Belgium international ruptured an Achilles tendon in Friday’s 3-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux, just 20 minutes into only his third game for the club since his arrival from Willem II. Middlesbrough have confirmed that Boudewijn Zenden has joined them on a free transfer from Chelsea. Zenden, 27, spent last season on loan at the Riverside and has now signed a one-year deal… Despite Villa bringing in £8. 72 million in prize money for finishing sixth in the Premiership last season, Ellis has asked manager David O’Leary to dig into the well of home-grown talent at the club to bolster his first-team squad. A joint statement from the Aston Villa Shareholders’ Association and Villa Fans’ Combined said: “It appears Mr Ellis feels better qualified than our manager to judge the potential of our youth players and sees them as an excuse not to invest like our competitors have. “Our worry, as shareholders, is the board’s inability to provide the correct balance in order to achieve decent business results. “In spite of their concerns, Villa have agreed a £100,000 fee with Racing Club Strasbourg to sign their Czech Republic international central defender, Vaclav Drobny, 24, on a season-long loan deal. Leicester have beaten off interest from Sunderland to secure the services of striker Nathan Blake, 32, who was released by Wolves this summer, on a one-year deal.

Mornar wants Rangers offer
BBC News – Jan 8, 2004
Portsmouth are among a number of clubs interested, but Augustincic thought that there were bigger options than the English Premiership club. He claimed that Anderlecht were also interested in re-signing Mornar. The player, who does not require a work permit because he holds a Belgian passport, is ideally suited to the British game, according to his agent. He has hit nine goals in 14 domestic matches after starting the season as a back-up player and wants his club future sorted as soon as possible so that he can prepare for the Euro 2004 finals… He claimed that Anderlecht were also interested in re-signing Mornar. The player, who does not require a work permit because he holds a Belgian passport, is ideally suited to the British game, according to his agent. He has hit nine goals in 14 domestic matches after starting the season as a back-up player and wants his club future sorted as soon as possible so that he can prepare for the Euro 2004 finals.

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