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May 5, 2006

Talking Football: Hush-hush policy is the right one

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The News Review:

* Confident start by McClaren eases doubts
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | England job not for me -…
* Flavour of the month
* Talking Football: Hush-hush policy is the right one
* Troubled Wembley chief to stay in his post
* Hiddink signs two-year Russia deal
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Russia make Hiddink appointmen…

Confident start by McClaren eases doubts
Telegraph.co.uk – May 5, 2006
Most England managers leave the building in times of emergency, not enter it. McClaren’s arrival as England head coach certainly contrasts with his predecessors. He has got the scandal out of the way before taking the job, having confessed to an affair with a secretary last Saturday in a well-managed exercise of clearing skeletons from cupboards. The manager of the 15th-best side in the Premiership certainly did not ride into Soho Square on a wave of euphoria, for all his impressive achievement in steering Middlesbrough to next week’s Uefa Cup final. A BBC survey of England fans yesterday found that three-quarters were against Sven-Goran Eriksson’s assistant coach becoming head coach when the Swede departs after the World Cup… Perceived as a footballing No 2 and clearly second choice for the job, McClaren sounded encouragingly at times like a No 1 of genuine substance yesterday. His enthusiasm for the job, his pride as an Englishman in being appointed, patently shone through. Results on the road to Euro 2008 will dictate whether the fans and media take to him but it was an assured start. Making light of the FA’s wooing of Scolari, McClaren said: “The FA had to pick the best man for the job and I believe they have. I have the knowledge, the experience. I have taken part in big games, won big games, and been successful with whichever club I have been to. “I’ve worked with the top players and that is essential for this job.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | England job not for me -…
BBC News – Apr 28, 2006
I am not the coach, and will not be (England’s) coach. “I don’t want this situation involving England because in two days during which I was not coach, I never agreed to anything, my life was invaded. My privacy was totally under siege… I think his decision has something to do with his sentimental connection with Portugal. “When someone has the opportunity that he has with England and refuses it then we have an obligation to try to keep him – and it’s not an obligation – we want to do it. We are going to try to keep him, at least until Euro 2008. “After his decision today he is very popular in Portugal and Portuguese people would be very happy to have him for another two years at least.

Flavour of the month
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 22, 2006
To be fair to him, he is the one English manager with experience of international football and if he gets the job, he might turn out to be very good at it. But if he has pipped rivals Alan Curbishley and Sam Allardyce at the post, one has to suspect that the Football Association selection panel have been operating on a flavour of the month basis. The FA said they would not be swayed by weekly Premiership results when choosing Sven-Goran Eriksson’s successor and if McClaren is appointed, they will deny that it has anything to do with his efforts at Middlesbrough. Yet in my mind, there is no question that if he gets the job, it will be because he has turned round Boro’s season in the past few weeks. No one was even talking about him when his team were thrashed 7-0 by Arsenal in January. Then it was all Allardyce and Curbishley, who have ceased to be favourites since their clubs started to go into reverse gear. McClaren, however, now looks as though he might win a couple of trophies and therefore will probably be seen as the safe option… Allardyce, McClaren and Curbishley are not at clubs where they could hope to win the Premiership and challenge for Champions League titles but, if an Englishman is wanted, it will have to come from one of those three. As much as the FA deserve criticism for dillying and dallying, I can understand how awkward it has been for them. Ideally, they would have waited until after the World Cup but had they done so, the new man would have had almost no time to prepare for the Euro 2008 qualifiers, which begin right at the start of next season. Whoever gets the job, one thing is certain. It will be a gamble. Perhaps not of Wayne Rooney proportions, but a gamble all the same.

Talking Football: Hush-hush policy is the right one
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 14, 2006
Guus Hiddink has rejected a cup of tea in favour of a large bowl of caviar and Stuart Pearce is now seen as the outsider he always was. What should be the worst-kept secret in football by now is still the very best. Not only are the same names in the frame, but so are the same issues. English, British, English-speaking or extraterrestrial alien? International success, international experience, European club experience, domestic club experience or Tord Grip? If the leaks are correct and the decision-takers themselves are not in agreement, then they are merely reflecting the divided views of the nation. Only one thing is certain. There is no outstanding candidate. If Arsene Wenger walked out on Arsenal tomorrow, he would be an unbackable favourite… In February Steve McClaren was ducking flying season tickets, now he has outlasted Sam Allardyce in the UEFA Cup and Alan Curbishley in the FA Cup. Only Martin O’Neill has escaped the intense scrutiny of his day-to-day performance. One hopes the final decision has nothing to do with results against FC Basle and Charlton Athletic, neither of whom are in England’s Euro 2008 qualifying group. Barwick and Co will have spent more time looking into the eyes than the CVs of the chosen few. They have interviewed the right managers, they are looking for the right man. There is no blueprint for selecting England coaches. It remains the biggest game in town.

Troubled Wembley chief to stay in his post
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 13, 2006
Following an emergency meeting of Wembley National Stadium Ltd (WNSL) directors in London yesterday, Cunnah was given a vote of confidence to carry on in his role. The move is a surprise as Cunnah had been expected to be made the scapegoat for embarrassing delays and gaffes which have blighted the redevelopment scheme. Two weeks ago he had to admit that the stadium would not be ready for any of the matches or events planned for the stadium in 2006. Although Multiplex are being blamed for the late delivery of the stadium, Cunnah and WNSL chairman Michael Jeffries have been criticised for their failure to supervise the project properly. Multiplex and WNSL are set for a legal battle over who should bear the brunt of £183 million of cost over-runs… Two weeks ago he had to admit that the stadium would not be ready for any of the matches or events planned for the stadium in 2006. Although Multiplex are being blamed for the late delivery of the stadium, Cunnah and WNSL chairman Michael Jeffries have been criticised for their failure to supervise the project properly. Multiplex and WNSL are set for a legal battle over who should bear the brunt of £183 million of cost over-runs. Against that background Cunnah’s future looked to be in real doubt going into yesterday’s meeting. And his position looked in even greater jeopardy when he was not invited to attend the talks.

Hiddink signs two-year Russia deal
CNN – Apr 14, 2006
4 million) per year. The 59-year-old Dutchman’s contract goes through to Euro 2008 in Switzerland and Austria, with an option to extend to the 2010 World Cup. Hiddink, who was also linked with the England coach’s job, will be the first foreigner to lead Russia. Yuri Syomin resigned as coach in November ater his team failed to qualify for the World Cup despite not losing a game with him in charge. Hiddink, who has just led PSV Eindhoven to a sixth Dutch title, also coaches Australia part-time, taking them to their first World Cup finals in 32 years. He led the Netherlands to the semifinals of the 1998 World Cup, and then guided South Korea to the same stage four years later… The 59-year-old Dutchman’s contract goes through to Euro 2008 in Switzerland and Austria, with an option to extend to the 2010 World Cup. Hiddink, who was also linked with the England coach’s job, will be the first foreigner to lead Russia. Yuri Syomin resigned as coach in November ater his team failed to qualify for the World Cup despite not losing a game with him in charge. Hiddink, who has just led PSV Eindhoven to a sixth Dutch title, also coaches Australia part-time, taking them to their first World Cup finals in 32 years. He led the Netherlands to the semifinals of the 1998 World Cup, and then guided South Korea to the same stage four years later. Post-Soviet Russia have qualified for the finals of the World Cup or European Championship four times, but have never advanced past the group stage. Hiddink has also coached Spanish teams Valencia, Real Madrid and Real Betis; and Turkey’s Fenerbahce.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Russia make Hiddink appointmen…
BBC News – Apr 12, 2006
Hiddink formally signed a two-year contract on Friday that will run through to the end of Euro 2008. “I’m glad that this is off my chest,” said Dutchman Hiddink, who will coach Australia at the World Cup in Germany. “Everything has been sorted out. ”

Football Union of Russia chief Vitaly Mutko said: “We worked very hard to find a candidate for this position but we decided to go with Guus Hiddink. ”

Hiddink had been tipped to succeed Sven-Goran Eriksson, who will step down as England coach after the World Cup.

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