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April 8, 2006

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The News Review:

* FA confirms new delays at Wembley
* Independent Online Edition > This Britain
* World Cup scouting – Darius Vassell
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Who is going to get Sven’s…
* ireland.com / Today / Sport / Soccer
* NI’s Euro home games are sold out
* If only the England team had performed as well as their supporters …
* Edwin won’t take United deal for granted

FA confirms new delays at Wembley
BBC News – Mar 31, 2006
Work on the stadium will not be completed in time for an England friendly in August and two Euro 2008 qualifiers in September and October. The Community Shield on 13 August will be moved – probably to Cardiff. An FA statement said: “It is clear that the construction of Wembley Stadium is significantly behind schedule. ”

Rugby League’s Challenge Cup final on 26 August has also been moved to Twickenham. The FA statement added: “We do not want to set deadlines on when the stadium will open and be faced with the constant speculation surrounding this as we approach individual fixtures.

Independent Online Edition > This Britain
Independent – Apr 1, 2006
“Multiplex is entitled to substantial and legitimate extensions of time under the terms of its construction contract which will extend the contract completion date until at least September 2006,” the company said in a statement yesterday. But WNSL and the FA said that they were confident that Multiplex was fundamentally to blame for not having the venue ready on time. “You only have to see what’s not ready to realise this isn’t about spec changes,” one source said. “The drainage isn’t finished, the roof isn’t done and there was a problem with a rafter that cleared the site. Multiplex changed steel contractors, which was down to them and cost time, and altered the reinforcement of the arch base. They changed their deadline three times and missed it. This cannot be blamed on spec changes that are common to any project of this kind… Eight football matches scheduled for 2006 will also be moved, starting with the FA Cup final on 13 May, which had already been switched to Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. The Football League’s three play-off finals will also be in Wales, as will the Community Shield, on 13 August. An England friendly the same month, and England’s opening two home games in the Euro 2008 qualifying rounds, against Andorra in September and Macedonia in October, will probably be moved to Old Trafford. The FA will still make money from the games at the alternative venues, albeit less than at the 90,000-capacity Wembley. The FA had been due to make the first £40m repayment in September on the £433m of loans it took out to build the £757m stadium. It has started talks with its bankers to renegotiate. “Further to recent meetings with Multiplex and WNSL, it is clear that the construction of Wembley Stadium is significantly behind schedule,” the FA said in a statement.

World Cup scouting – Darius Vassell
BBC News – Mar 30, 2006
A ?2m move to City has rejuvenated the pacy striker and he has flourished alongside Andy Cole and more recently Georgios Samaras. Vassell has not featured in an England squad since October 2004 and has not played for the national team since missing the vital kick in a penalty shoot-out against Portugal in the European Championship. But the 25-year-year-old has proved he has the ability to make the grade at international level, grabbing six goals despite only starting four times in his 22-cap career. Vassell needs a hernia operation but would surely postpone that if asked to go to Germany. Back to top

DARIUS VASSELL – THE FORM GUIDE

Vassell has benefited from an injury-free season at Eastlands. His confidence has been restored after a disastrous end to his Villa career and his partnership with Cole has blossomed… TimLik, via 606 messageboards. In tournaments like the World Cup I believe you need strikers who will definitely score goals like Owen and Rooney, and although Vassell is a good player, I don’t think he is the right man at the minute. if he puts in alot of work next season then he could be in contention for Euro 2008 as an alternative to Owen and Rooney. Swindogg, via 606 messageboards. Vassell works hard and helps to create so many chances for the team but for a frontline striker, he simply doesn’t score enough. Don’t get me wrong, when Vassell and Cole play together they really seem to compliment each other but Vassell seems to be a confidence player and if it’s not rolling for him, he suffers. I’m still glad he’s a Blue though.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Who is going to get Sven’s…
BBC News – Mar 30, 2006
Also Stuart Pearce and Steve McClaren as outside shots. ”

Sam Allardyce: 26 March – “I don’t think there is another manager in this country who has achieved as much as I have. ”

Guus Hiddink: 24 March – “I’ve decided to stop as trainer with PSV at the end of this season, and that’s about it. ”

Peter Taylor: 24 March – “My meeting was about the role, but I’m sure Alan Curbishley’s meeting would have been for the role. ”

Fabio Capello:24 March – “Within three years I will pack in coaching at club level and then I want to realise the dream I have always had inside me – England… Joe Szekeres ,
England

I think it should be the best man for the best job and that man should be Guus Hiddink, because of his experience. Tommy Jacobson,
England

My heart says Pearce but my head says McClaren, so give Pearce the experience as no 2. What was the point of McClaren being no 2 to Sven if he doesn’t get at least the Euro 2008 qualification to prove himself?

James Lankester,
Bristol

The best manager in the world is available, and must want the job or else he would take over at Newcastle. Martin O’Neill is the man! Give him four years and he will deliver the World Cup. Steven Lord,
England

Martin O’Neill is the only man for the job, but if the FA want to take Bryan Robson off our hands feel free JH, Redditch, England

Real Madrid shortlist: Jose Mourinho, Rafael Benitez, Arsene Wenger, Carlo Ancelotti, Fabio Capello and Marcello Lippi. England shortlist: Sam Allardyce, Guus Hiddink, Alan Curbishley, Steve McClaren and Stuart Pearce. Need I say more?

Nigel Kotani,
England.

ireland.com / Today / Sport / Soccer
Irish Times – Apr 3, 2006
“You can see it in the players? body language that they?re happy,” Staunton enthused yesterday. “I?ve asked them to go about things in a certain way and they just get on with it. Not once has someone had to question or challenge me and I?m delighted with that. “Talking to the media has been a big issue,” the manager continued. “The players were a bit wary in the beginning as there are some lads in there that are very shy and conscious towards you lot. But they came back delighted (from Monday?s continental style briefing), just as you were. ”

Indeed, the fresh approach to media relations, not to mention the presence of returning wet sponge marvel Mick Byrne, are just two of a number of off-field adjustments lending substance to the refreshing ambience at base camp… The lads will then have a good rest as it?s going to be a big year for some of them when we resume after the summer. ”

Again adamant not to read too much into Wednesday?s result, Staunton warned that similar principles should be applied to Germany?s Italian disaster. Juergen Klinsmann?s side, who Ireland face in their opening Euro 2008 qualifier in September, were humbled 4-1 in Florence. Germany’s top newspapers have since laid into Klinsmann and his players and are predicting a debacle for the host nation at this summer’s World Cup finals. The manager was also heavily criticised for omitting the experienced Christian Woerns from Germany’s World Cup plans following remarks about Klinsmann?s management style. “Look, I?m not reading too much into 3-0 for us either,” said Staunton when quizzed about Germany?s performance. “All I know is our players played on the front foot and put Sweden on the back foot and never let up.

NI’s Euro home games are sold out
BBC News – Apr 5, 2006
The opening Euro 2008 qualifier against Iceland at Windsor Park is five months away yet all tickets for NI’s six home qualifiers in the group have been sold. The IFA were over-subscribed for the home games and had to conduct a ballot. “People are saying, where is the fan base if we have a larger stadium? I find this amazing,” said Boyce. “We are having to disappoint at least 2,500 people who wanted to see these qualifiers as we haven’t got the seats. “These matches are all sold out… “These matches are all sold out. This once again proves that Northern Ireland are on the up and up with demand before the matches start taking place. ”

Boyce added that his personal preference would have been for a stadium in Belfast and not the former Maze Prison site which is being advocated by the government. However, Boyce and his IFA colleagues have already taken an official decision to support, “in principle”, the government’s plan to house the proposed stadium at the Maze. “Northern Ireland football has to move forward. We need a new modern, ultra-purpose stadium. “Whatever happens I hope the fans get behind us as there are an awful lot of people who want to see Northern Ireland play.

If only the England team had performed as well as their supporters …
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 7, 2006
“The real fans have been absolutely superb. “I haven’t used the term ‘yob’ yet, but I’m going to now. Those arrested are not England fans, they are drunken English yobs who do the same thing back home. “The next challenge is to change the way we deal with the drunken yob culture we see in our cities on Friday and Saturday nights, because if we can deal with that we will have no arrests in Austria and Switzerland [at Euro 2008]. “Mr Thomas said more than 80,000 fans travelled to Gelsenkirchen for the match against Portugal and all but a handful behaved impeccably. It was the largest movement of England fans ever. By contrast, the biggest movement during Euro 2004 in Portugal had been 50,000… “I haven’t used the term ‘yob’ yet, but I’m going to now. Those arrested are not England fans, they are drunken English yobs who do the same thing back home. “The next challenge is to change the way we deal with the drunken yob culture we see in our cities on Friday and Saturday nights, because if we can deal with that we will have no arrests in Austria and Switzerland [at Euro 2008]. “Mr Thomas said more than 80,000 fans travelled to Gelsenkirchen for the match against Portugal and all but a handful behaved impeccably. It was the largest movement of England fans ever. By contrast, the biggest movement during Euro 2004 in Portugal had been 50,000. Mr Thomas said that during the weekend there had been 224 arrests, including 105 English, though most of those were “preventative” due to drunkenness and those detained were released soon afterwards.

Edwin won’t take United deal for granted
Ireland Online – Apr 8, 2006
Ferguson hopes that by the summer of 2008, either Kuszczak, Tim Howard ? who will spend this season on loan at Everton ? or Ben Foster, who could still return to Watford for a second year, will have established themselves as a plausible candidate to replace Van der Sar as United?s first choice. However, Van der Sar feels he will play a part in United?s short-term future only if he maintains the kind of form he produced in his first season at Old Trafford last term. ?I currently have a contract until 2007 ? and while I saw some stories about an extension, I have not spoken to anyone about it,? said the 35-year-old. ?All I can do is perform the same way I did last season. If I do that I will be happy, and my manager will be happy as well. ?Van der Sar is back in Amsterdam this weekend, the city where he spent seven largely successful years operating behind Ajax?s defence, for the annual four-team tournament… It was widely assumed this summer?s tournament in Germany would mark the end of the road for him internationally. Yet, smashing the all-time Dutch appearance record, the veteran goalkeeper has committed himself to Marco van Basten?s side until Euro 2008 in an effort to put the misery of what happened in Germany firmly behind him. ?The first week after the World Cup was hard, because I was carrying over a lot of feelings from what happened in Germany, and the disappointment is always a little bit more acute when you are captain,? he said. ?But then I went on holiday, spoke to a few people and started training again. ?It doesn?t take long to get the feeling back that you want to carry on doing the thing you love most of all, which is playing football. That is why I have decided to carry on.

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