Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

January 19, 2004

Grip on the future

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The News Review:

* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Man Utd | Ferdinand launches appeal
* Ferdinand to appeal but starts ban on Tuesday
* The reluctant Ranger
* Grip on the future
* Whittingham is top of the class
* James welcome back in big time
* Analysis: Americans waste chances, settle for draw with Denmark.
* Nicholl set for N Ireland job
* The first galactico
* On the spot: Paul Ince
* Lennon leads tributes as Larsson prepares to exit
* Should Spurs twist or stick
* Scottish Cup: Growing pains
* Butt Ready to Leave United

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Man Utd | Ferdinand launches appeal
BBC News – Jan 19, 2004
Club support

In a statement on Friday, Manchester United reiterated their support for Ferdinand and said they respected his decision to start serving his suspension during the appeal. “The decision follows discussions between the club, the players and his
lawyers,” the statement explained. “Whilst Rio Ferdinand accepts that he missed an unannounced drugs test
and publicly apologises for that, he continues to maintain that he did not miss
the test deliberately and that he did not have any reason to avoid it. ”

If he is unsuccessful, the England defender is sure to miss the rest of the domestic season and Euro 2004. Indeed, as things stand, he would be out of the game until 20 September. But with England due to begin their Euro 2004 campaign
against France in Lisbon on 13 June, Ferdinand knows he would be clear to play if his suspension
is halved. Since the punishment was announced, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has stood by the defender, regularly picking the England international for Premiership and FA Cup games… ”

If he is unsuccessful, the England defender is sure to miss the rest of the domestic season and Euro 2004. Indeed, as things stand, he would be out of the game until 20 September. But with England due to begin their Euro 2004 campaign
against France in Lisbon on 13 June, Ferdinand knows he would be clear to play if his suspension
is halved. Since the punishment was announced, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has stood by the defender, regularly picking the England international for Premiership and FA Cup games.

Ferdinand to appeal but starts ban on Tuesday
abc.net.au – Jan 17, 2004
The 25-year-old England centre back received his ban in December and was fined 50,000 pounds ($117,655) for failing to undergo a drugs test at United’s Carrington training ground on September 23. If his appeal fails Ferdinand will miss the rest of the United’s season and England’s Euro 2004 campaign. “Whilst Rio Ferdinand accepts that he missed an unannounced drugs test, and publicly apologises for that, he continues to maintain that he did not miss the test deliberately and that he did not have any reason to avoid it,” United said on their website. Ferdinand said: “I would like to apologise for my oversight in missing my drugs test. “I do feel strongly that I have given an honest account of the circumstances which led to my mistake and I believe that the verdict and the ban are wrong. “I want to get back playing for Manchester United and England as soon as possible and if starting the suspension now will help, then I am prepared to suffer it. ”

Ferdinand’s ban was originally due to start on January 12 but the deadline for him to decide whether he wished to appeal was later extended until January 19… “We recognise our own responsibilities in this matter and our important role in fighting the abuse of drugs in football and society at large. ”

Ferdinand passed a doping test 36 hours after he should have taken the original one. The FA ruled him out of England’s final Euro 2004 qualifier in Turkey on October 11 after his missed test, but allowed him to keep playing for United, a decision criticised by FIFA president Sepp Blatter. The world’s most expensive defender, Ferdinand became a cause celebre in domestic and international football, while the FA was widely criticised for its handling of the affair. Ferdinand’s exclusion from the decisive game in Istanbul prompted threats of an unprecedented strike by his England team mates. Without him England secured the draw they needed to qualify for Euro 2004 but Ferdinand would be sorely missed by manager Sven-Goran Eriksson in Portugal in June, and by United, who are top of the Premier League and through to the second round of the Champions League. A date for the appeal hearing has yet to be set.

The reluctant Ranger
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jan 18, 2004
“I’m under contract with Auxerre for another six months,” he insists. “There’s still a lot of work for me to do here, so I don’t want to say, ‘That’s it, I’m off to join this club or that club’, I just want to concentrate on my job. ” When pressed on whether or not Rangers’ claims were correct, he squirms: “It’s not possible for me to say if there is or isn’t a deal in place with Rangers. Right now I just want to concentrate on recovering from my (knee) injury. When I am playing again — in a few weeks — it will be possible to say more. ” Boumsong’s cautious words are at variance with those who call the shots at Rangers: manager Alex McLeish, chairman John McClelland, and honorary chairman David Murray. All have expressed their delight at capturing one of France’s most promising young players last month… If I manage to achieve as much as he has, it’d be unbelievable. When I look back at his career and see how consistent he has been, I know what the benchmark is for me. ” Yet the reality is that Boumsong is very much knocking on Desailly’s door and could even take the Chelsea defender’s place at Euro 2004. Jacques Santini, the France manager, has admitted he is concerned by the captain’s injury problems and lack of matches at Stamford Bridge, and Boumsong — along with Lilian Thuram and William Gallas — is a leading candidate to step into the centre of defence alongside Mikael Silvestre. “For now my objective is to make sure I go to Port-ugal,” insists Boumsong, who scored his first goal for France in the Euro 2004 qualifier against Israel in October. “If I was in the starting line up against England it’d be a dream come true, but there is a lot of competition in the France squad and few players are sure of their places. In any case, I can assure you that Desailly is not finished,” he adds.

Grip on the future
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jan 18, 2004
Uncommonly well prepared by Andersson’s detailed briefing, Sweden negated Beckham and company in a deliberately cluttered midfield and had the better of a 1-1 draw. If you can’t beat ’em, hire ’em. Andersson has just been appointed assistant to Sweden manager Lars Lagerback, but does not replace the outgoing Tommy Soderberg until after the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal. England have poached him in the interim. Capped 19 times at right-back in his playing days, Andersson has since coached in Switzerland (Young Boys), Sweden (Malmo) and Saudi Arabia (FC Ittihad). His first assignment for England will be to report on their rivals in Group B at the finals, probably starting with Croatia, who play Germany in Split next month. Andersson played for Tord Grip at Malmo, and it was Eriksson’s “eyes and ears”, as Grip is called, who brought his old friend aboard.

Whittingham is top of the class
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 18, 2004
He went out of his way to talk to me from day one and he is still really helpful, giving me advice and telling me what to do. “Whittingham may have been granted a second chance in football. But he has proved this season that he clearly does not need to be offered an opportunity more than once. After England Under-19s were knocked out of last summer’s European championships, he arrived home to what he expected to be a diet of reserve and youth football, only to be told my new manager David O’Leary to repack and join the first team for a pre-season in Sweden. He says: “I didn’t have a clue what would be going on with the new gaffer. But we all knew of his record at Leeds, bringing through the young lads, and were hoping he would do the same here. When I came back from the Under-19s, he just told me that he wanted to have a look at me, to see if I was any good… “Whittingham, who played one full game against Leeds last season, along with a sprinkling of substitute appearances, was on the bench for the England Under-21s against Turkey last October and hopes that his promotion from the Under-19s will prove permanent. As a left-sided player currently playing in central midfield, one might suspect that England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson would pay a visit to Villa Park to run an eye over him. Whittingham laughs at the prospect of gatecrashing the Euro 2004 squad, saying he is more interested in cementing his Villa place. He is still adjusting to the tempo of the Premiership, saying: “The biggest lesson I have learned is not to dally on the ball. Take one more touch than you should and you know you are going to get whacked. So you do the first thing that comes into your mind and I have learned that the best players know where the next pass is before they get the ball. “There will be plenty of those out there wearing the red of Arsenal today.

James welcome back in big time
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 17, 2004
He will want to be back in the team for today’s crucial match with Blackburn, nestling one place below, in 16th. The midweek victory that brought a first win in 15 games for City was not a statistic of which James was aware. He maintained more than once yesterday that he has not watched Premiership football this season. A change of living arrangements has meant that he has only just had satellite television installed – “for the American football” – and Sven-Goran Eriksson’s promise that he would pick a First Division goalkeeper has left him incurious. “I have to express my ignorance of the Premiership – I just haven’t been following it,” James said. “Basically because I wasn’t playing in it and didn’t anticipate being in it, so I didn’t have much interest. I haven’t watched it on television… “City have also signed the Icelandic goalkeeper Arnt Gautur Arason, 28, until the end of the season. Keegan said that when he replaced David Seaman he was looking for an English goalkeeper to maintain the balance in the squad, although James is likely to start today behind a defence of two Frenchman, a German, and China’s Sun Jihai, that has conceded 32 goals this season. He will surely secure his England status for Euro 2004. However unfamiliar the Premiership looks, he remains the only Liverpool old boy still in international football.

Analysis: Americans waste chances, settle for draw with Denmark.
SoccerTimes – Jan 18, 2004
His replacement, Josh Wolff, coming off more than a year of injuries, had little impact. Today’s match was about giving Arena a camp for early training to his out-of-season Major League Soccer players, a look at some younger and fringe players, and giving ESPN something to program against the National Football League playoffs. To put things in perspective, Denmark can field a powerful national side, witness its defeat of England 3-2 in Manchester last November, and is a group favorite in the upcoming Euro 2004 competition. Unfortunately, that team is a far cry from the one that coach Morten Olsen brought to California. Among today’s starters, only defender Per Nielsen and midfielder Morten Wieghorst played against England. Actually, Denmark divides its national squad into an “A” and “league” teams. The latter took the field today… Made two good saves on the Danes’ only real shots. Did what was asked of him. Defender Chris Albright – 5: Playing an unfamiliar position, did not do badly. Made some errors, but none were costly. Defender Eddie Pope – 6. 5: The kind of match you would expect from the U.

Nicholl set for N Ireland job
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 19, 2004
Interviews can be disconcerting and there were some difficult questions posed but I replied to them satisfactorily. “Nicholl was favourite to get the job 10 years ago but the committee opted to nominate Bryan Hamilton. “In hindsight I may not have been ready for it but I’m now more experienced and, frankly, desperate to manage my country,” said Nicholl. Louis Saha has spoken for the first time about his £12 million transfer to Manchester United and admitted that he regretted having to pressurise Fulham into letting him make the move he hopes will win him a place in the France Euro 2004 squad. The striker, 25, is in Manchester this week to complete a medical and discuss personal terms after Fulham finally agreed to sell him but he will not meet up with his new team-mates and manager until Friday morning when they report for training after a break in Dubai. Saha told the French newspaper L’Equipe: “I have been waiting for a month and a half to join Manchester United. It was a really long time… “Nicholl was favourite to get the job 10 years ago but the committee opted to nominate Bryan Hamilton. “In hindsight I may not have been ready for it but I’m now more experienced and, frankly, desperate to manage my country,” said Nicholl. Louis Saha has spoken for the first time about his £12 million transfer to Manchester United and admitted that he regretted having to pressurise Fulham into letting him make the move he hopes will win him a place in the France Euro 2004 squad. The striker, 25, is in Manchester this week to complete a medical and discuss personal terms after Fulham finally agreed to sell him but he will not meet up with his new team-mates and manager until Friday morning when they report for training after a break in Dubai. Saha told the French newspaper L’Equipe: “I have been waiting for a month and a half to join Manchester United. It was a really long time. I had to put pressure on Fulham, which did not please me because I love the club.

The first galactico
The Observer – Jan 18, 2004
Signed from Barcelona for ?40 million three years ago, he was crucial to Real Madrid’s mission of bringing the world’s best players together at one club. He talks to John Carlin about rivalry with Beckham, why he and his model wife fancy a move to London, what it feels like to be hated by the fans who once loved him and his dreams of leading Portugal to Euro 2004 glory Sunday January 18, 2004. That may also be taken as a compliment… The fee was a then world record sum of ?40 million. Roy Keane, a big admirer, was not alone at the time in remarking that it was cheap at the price. Other players have defected from Barcelona to the old enemy, but none was so esteemed. On his first return to the Camp Nou dressed in white, six months after what the Bar?a faithful consider to be the vilest act of treachery ever perpetrated, one of the banners greeting Figo read: ‘We hate you so much because we loved you so much. ‘ Hate rained down on him that day from the 100,000 souls, at Europe’s biggest stadium, and it has not abated in the four games since. Last year, more than hate, they threw all manner of missiles each time he went to take a corner, including a bottle of whisky and the head of a suckling pig.

On the spot: Paul Ince
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 17, 2004
“Inter made me grow up, have responsibilities. I was still a bit of a boy at United. I proved to myself, to United and to the English people that a player like me, not the most gifted technically, could go out to Italy and be a success through sheer hard work and determination. “Ince returned to Liverpool. Again there was an acrimonious parting of the ways in 1999. “I wanted to stay at Liverpool but Houllier said to me, ‘We’ve got Marc Vivien Foe coming in, you can stay but you’re not going to start. In three months if things don’t pan out, I’ll bring you back in’… They don’t want fourth – they want the title. Liverpool should be up there challenging. “He looks at Owen and thinks England can prosper at Euro 2004. “I’m patriotic, I want them to do well. If eight of the 11 perform 100 per cent, England have a chance of winning the thing, but they can’t be so reliant on Owen and David Beckham. I have a villa in Portugal.

Lennon leads tributes as Larsson prepares to exit
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jan 18, 2004
Whether he opts for La Liga or the Premiership, Barcelona or Newcastle, when he leaves at the end of the season, his absence will leave a huge hole at Parkhead. Not only on the pitch but also off it. It is easy to forget the impact that Larsson has had in human terms at Celtic Park. He will be missed not only as a player, but as a man. His closest friendship is probably with Paul Lambert, the club captain, yet all his teammates take comfort in looking across to the Swede as they prepare for a big game. “There will be a big gap there because we are close,” said Neil Lennon… He handles that really well. ” Lennon, like Larsson, has benefited from retiring from international football. A petition is underway in Sweden begging Larsson to return and play at Euro 2004, but he is unlikely to be swayed by emotion and will surely stick to his decision. Lennon, too, is of a mind to remain in an international retirement provoked by death threats made to him, despite the glamour group for World Cup 2006 that pits Northern Ireland against England and Wales and the appointment of a new manager, probably Jimmy Nicholl, currently No2 at Dunfermline.

Should Spurs twist or stick
Squarefootball – Jan 17, 2004
It is clear that Scottish football can?t supply the kind of challenge that one of the countries top managers will undoubtedly crave, and it is logical that he will leave eventully. However, there is no real reason why he would leave a team who are progressing well in Europe, and are top of their domestic league for a club who may well be in the first division when he arrives, there?s a challenge and there?s professional suicide. The next manager put up for consideration was Wales boss Mark Hughes, following his sides failure to qualify for Euro 2004 many pundits have said that he could be looking for a club job, and where better to start than a Premiership side? While Hughes could be the man to steer Spurs back to their glory days it is not very likely. Yet another of Britain?s excellent young managers, he has show his desire to take Wales to their first championship finals for more decades than the fans care to remember, and won?t leave unless he?s pushed. The final stumbling block is the club them selves, it is unlikely they will want to appoint someone who has no experience of domestic management, despite his obvious talent. There has been some, limited talk of appointing a foreign man, while this has worked for teams like Chelsea and Arsenal, it is a tactic unlikely to appeal, remember Gross? If Spurs are going to bring in a manager with the club in its current state it seems that they will have to find one who is out of work and looking to make a return at any level. There is a huge list of people who fit the bill, but very few the club will actually consider hiring… Peter Reid has been in this situation twice before taking over a struggling side and trying to turn them around, and so would be the perfect man for the job, if he had succeeded. His outrageous sacking by Leeds aside, Reid?s last few years at Sunderland showed that he may not be a manager who can take a team to the top half of the league. Leaving the facts to one side, the fans would not provide him with a warm welcome, and with things as they are the last thing the club needs is to lose the faith of their supporters. Sadly for all concerned popularity amongst the fans could also rule out Glen Roeder. Staying with the out of work theme the final manager for consideration is Terry Venables. Another man to be shown the door by Leeds for no firm reason he could prove to be the Spurs savior. But as with so many of the rumors this looks like another dead end, the decision-making men won?t want to bring in someone who has been out of the game (Leeds aside) for so long, and may be wary of his punditry interfering with his main duties.

Scottish Cup: Growing pains
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jan 18, 2004
The ridicule peaked at the end of last season when Wilkie was even-handed in his incompetence during the title run-in, with glaring errors against both halves of the Old Firm. Scorn has become something of a rite of passage for the traditional British centre-back since the Daily Mirror turned Tony Adams into a donkey and opposition fans brayed “ee-aw” at every blunder while welcoming him to their stadiums by throwing carrots. Wilkie has not had to endure anything quite so vitriolic, but he has a sense of Scotland waiting for him to do something stupid. “I have noticed it more this season, and I think it is because of the Celtic and Rangers games last season. Now, away fans seem to think when I get the ball I am going to do something like lob my own goalkeeper. They do get excited a wee bit more this season than last. They shout at me more, give me more abuse… He says that players require until their late 20s to master it in terms of concentration and anticipation. He has no doubt that Wilkie was exposed to international football too soon; Craig Levein at Hearts has expressed the same view regarding Andy Webster, but sympathises that there are precious few genuine candidates around for Vogts. Wilkie admits he went into the first leg of the Euro 2004 playoff with Holland fearing for his international future. He had been dropped after a shaky showing against the Faroes and felt that knives were being sharpened again. “I knew there would be people wondering why I had been picked. That’s why I am so glad that everything went well that day, it could have been the end of my international career. I knew before the Faroes game at home that because I was coming in for (Steven) Pressley I had to play well, and I didn’t play well.

Butt Ready to Leave United
This Day – This Day (subscription) – Jan 17, 2004
Confirmation that Butt’s transfer request has been accepted by Sir Alex Ferguson is sure to attract the attention of most Barclaycard Premiership managers. Ferguson has previously suggested he has fielded more inquiries about the combative midfielder than any other player under his charge and Birmingham, Everton, Tottenham and even Manchester City are bound to be interested. Judging by the pre-Christmas comments of Middlesbrough boss Steve McClaren though, it is Ferguson’s former assistant who will be first in the queue. “He would be the perfect player for us,” McClaren claimed on December 21… “If there was any possibility of getting him I would be first on the phone. “Nicky is someone I know very well. He has not been happy at not getting in the side and all he wants to do is play football. ” A United stalwart for 11 years, Butt was the first of the famed ‘Class of 92’ to break into Ferguson’s first-team squad and is entitled to a testimonial.

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