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November 5, 2004

Scotland begin search for new manager

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The News Review:

* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
* Is there life in football after drugs?
* De Boer bids Ibrox farewell
* Scotland begin search for new manager
* SOCCER : Totti’s assault scars night of goals and surprises
* Top clubs are oven ready for slice of reality
* Eriksson eyes Carragher
* Pires summoned to Paris meeting

Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – Nov 5, 2004
While Arsene Wengers men will be determined to get back to winning ways, they will have to do so without England defender Sol Campbell. Campbell, who was ruled out of last Saturday’s draw against Southampton and missed Tuesday’s Champions League tie against Panathinaikos, is struggling with a calf problem. His injury is said to be related to the Achilles injury sustained at Euro 2004 in Portugal, which ruled him out for the first few weeks of this season. Ian Dowies Crystal Palace have hauled themselves off bottom place in recent weeks and now lie 14th in the table. While Arsenal do battle at Palace, Jose Mourinhos Chelsea welcome high-flying Everton in a crunch top-of-the-table clash. David Moyess Everton currently lie third in the table, and a win over Chelsea would see them draw level with the Londoners on points. Everton scrapped out at 1-1 draw with Aston Villa last weekend but know wins and not draws are what count at the business end of the Premiership… David Moyess Everton currently lie third in the table, and a win over Chelsea would see them draw level with the Londoners on points. Everton scrapped out at 1-1 draw with Aston Villa last weekend but know wins and not draws are what count at the business end of the Premiership. “We were disappointed not to have won, but we kept our run going and stayed in third place,” Moyes said of his team. Chelsea are on cloud nine after becoming the first team to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League midweek with a 1-0 win against CSKA Moscow. Arjen Robbens goal gave Chelsea their fifth straight win since their shock defeat at the hands of Manchester City in the Premiership earlier this month. Mourniho says there is better to come from the not fully-fit Robben. “Robben and Damien Duff were two players playing for one position earlier in the season, but now they are playing together because of their quality and the quality of the team.

Is there life in football after drugs?
BBC News – Nov 5, 2004
Still hopes to return. RIO FERDINAND

Manchester United’s England defender was hit with an eight-month suspension after he missed a drugs test in September 2003. The ban meant Ferdinand missed England’s Euro 2004 campaign in Portugal and the start of the season with Manchester United. Ferdinand returned in September and has been in outstanding form at Old Trafford, as well as resuming his England career successfully. DIEGO MARADONA

To some the greatest player ever, to others the flawed Argentine genius whose memory will always be blighted by drug abuse. Won the World Cup with Argentina – some may say single-handedly – in Mexico in 1986… He managed to revive his career and even arrived to play in the Scottish Premier League with Dundee and Rangers. Regained his form to such an extent that he was selected for Argentina’s squad in the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan. Did not escape controversy there, when he was fined ?1,500 and given a two-match international ban after being sent off during the 1-1 draw with Sweden – even though he was not actually playing. He became the first player at a World Cup to be red-carded without actually playing, when he was dismissed for dissent while sitting on the substitutes bench. SHANE NICHOLSON

Nicholson was banned in 1998 for refusing to submit to a random drugs test. He was sacked by his club West Bromwich Albion, but returned to football with Chesterfield in 1999 after a successful rehabilitation. He moved on to Stockport, Sheffield United and Tranmere before rejoining the Spireites this summer.

De Boer bids Ibrox farewell – Nov 5, 2004
I hope the SFA takes stock and will treat Rangers more fairly. “Peter Lovenkrands is another who will return for Rangers this evening, having been absent since March 28 with a knee problem. The player has declared that there is still time for him to prove to the Denmark manager, Morten Olsen, that he should be included in his squad for the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal. The Hearts manager, Craig Levein – whose name has been linked with the vacant position at Leeds United – has his own concerns about a Dutch player, in his case Mark de Vries. The player’s agent, Armando Doorn – whose utterances have exasperated Levein in the past – has been quoted as saying that de Vries would be entitled to an increase in salary after playing 80 games for the club, a statement which has led some to speculate that his cash-strapped club do not want him to trigger the bonus payments. Levein, though, said: “I’ve not been told by anyone in the boardroom that I’m not allowed to play any players… The Brazilian World Cup player is evidently trying to stir up a bidding war with Bolton Wanderers by telling a newspaper in his native country that he could yet move to Glasgow if a suitable salary package was negotiated. The Celtic manager, Martin O’Neill, was not at the club’s pre-match press briefing yesterday but the first team coach, Steve Walford, said: “There’s no change as far as I’m aware regarding Rivaldo. I don’t know if he’s spoken to his agent again. “We’re after a good player but I’m not sure about a big name. We want somebody who will come in and perform for Celtic and that doesn’t necessarily mean a big name. “In this evening’s other Scottish Premier League fixtures Kilmarnock meet Aberdeen at Rugby Park and Dundee are at home to Livingston, whose coach, Alan Preston, is urgently hoping for a solution to the club’s financial concerns.

Scotland begin search for new manager
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Nov 5, 2004
We respect contracts and have loyalty to employees. Under that situation, there may have been a court action if we had gone ‘on the steps’ and indicated we no longer wanted Berti as our manager. “That is not the way we do things. We have acted with due prudence and saved potential court costs of several hundreds of thousands of pounds by acting in a proper manner. Delay can be worthwhile if there are business matters to be talked out. ” The main name being touted, at least in some quarters of the media, is Walter Smith, the former Rangers and Everton manager. The man who is thought to be the fans’ choice is Gordon Strachan, the former Scotland player, who has been on a sabbatical from management since leaving Southampton last April… We did review the position as we said we would. We engaged Berti for two tournaments. He reached the play-off, as many commentators expected, in the first one (Euro 2004) so it was only fair to let him go into the new tournament. The first three matches were very close together. ” Taylor called for former Scotland players to develop a taste for coaching so that they might soon have an input to make, as Marco van Basten is presently doing for Holland and Jürgen Klinsmann for Germany. “One of the things we are keen to do is find an accelerated route for senior international players from when they end their career and move into management,” Taylor said. “Players who have committed so much to Scotland and achieved a lot at the top end of international football need to be encouraged.

SOCCER : Totti’s assault scars night of goals and surprises
International Herald Tribune – Nov 5, 2004
Once more, Juventus has triumphed by a solitary goal and a team ethic that yields nothing. Juve can almost empty its own stadium in Turin, yet commands respect for the economy of its style, and for the concentration that ultimately outlasts opponents. But not all Italians deserved to be admired Wednesday. Francesco Totti disgraced his nation and himself during Euro 2004 when he spat into the face of a Danish opponent. He went unpunished during the match but was banned after the Danes watched the video and complained. On Wednesday, the same Roman got away with an act even more despicable as Roma drew with Bayer Leverkusen.

Top clubs are oven ready for slice of reality
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Nov 3, 2004
You’ll play 49 matches unbeaten, go to Old Trafford and get mugged 2-0 by some of the worst refereeing decisions in living memory. But — and I’m giving you this as a guarantee — you can hit Fergie with a pizza. What do you say?” Maybe they could introduce a sliding scale for those who do not wish to concede the full three points. Take a draw and you get to skim a couple of bread rolls off Gary Neville or stick pineapple chunks up Roy Keane’s nose. Not that the menu has to be limited. Accept a five-goal hammering and you get two swings at Ruud van Nistelrooy with a shoulder of mutton. If Riley is the referee, it will probably be the best offer you get… Sir Alex Ferguson’s trawl through Arsenal’s recent history of misdemeanours cannot outweigh that on this occasion — unlike last year. In the middle remains Riley, who is not a cheat but is clearly not very good and should not have been placed in charge of a match as contentious as the one at Old Trafford, considering his baggage. Riley is malleable, as he proved during Euro 2004 when he refused to believe that such a big team as Germany needed persistently to foul Latvia to get a 0-0 draw, missed a string of decisions that should have favoured the little guy and went home, along with both teams, before the quarter-final stage. If any good is to come from the match at Old Trafford, cheating and the need for superior officials must both be addressed. First, we must nail the lie that there is anything clever in winning a penalty by false means. Cheating is cheating. David Beckham’s dunderhead apologists now reap what they sowed when equating deceit with intelligence.

Eriksson eyes Carragher – Nov 5, 2004
Meanwhile, Eriksson has sent a good luck message to England’s Under-17s, who face Spain in tonight’s semi-final of the UEFA Championships in Tours. Not since Campbell, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Robbie Fowler were in their Under-18 pomp in 1993 have any England team reached a final. England’s hopes of breaking down the skilful Spanish rest on the attacking prowess of Aston Villa’s Shane Paul, the midfield guile of West Ham United’s Kyel Reid, the defensive excellence of David Wheater from Middlesbrough, and Crewe Alexandra’s Billy Jones. If they win, England will play either France or Portugal in the final on Saturday.

Pires summoned to Paris meeting – Nov 4, 2004
Pires, 31, has been critical of Domenech?s managerial style on several occasions since the appointment after Euro 2004, the most recent row erupting after the Arsenal star was substituted at half-time in the World Cup qualification victory over Cyprus last month. As well as the public criticism of his manager, the agenda includes Pires?s donning of a garment bearing the logo of sports goods manufacturer Puma during a television interview ? a situation that has raised the ire of France sponsors adidas, and which the Federation?s chief described as a ?provocative? move. Simonet said: ?We will listen to what he has to say and we will discuss with him all the things we don?t like in his behaviour. He will be heard soon, probably in the next few days. ?Robert does not refuse the money coming from the contracts signed by the FFF.

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