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August 30, 2006

McClaren’s England plan taking shape

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The News Review:

* Rehhagel must prove he is still the king
* Terry ignites England to start McClaren era with a bang
* German Soccer | 16.08.2006 New Coach Löw Stays Loyal to Germany’s…
* McClaren’s England plan taking shape
* FA paid price for Eriksson folly
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Sunderland | Sunderland upbeat on…
* O’Neill: Baros has future at Villa
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Lafferty in NI qualifiers…

Rehhagel must prove he is still the king
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 16, 2006
Only Denmark, who had not even qualified for the 1992 European Championship but went on to win it after Yugoslavia were barred from competing because of civil war, have a story to match. It took a long time for the hangover to clear and, when it did, the chances of Greece qualifying for only their second World Cup finals had gone. They finished fourth in their group behind Ukraine, Turkey and Denmark, although had Rehhagel’s men won what seemed a straightforward opening fixture, they would at least have made the play-offs. Instead, two months after muscling past France and the Czech Republic and wrecking what was supposed to have been Luis Figo’s farewell to international football, they lost to Albania.

Terry ignites England to start McClaren era with a bang
Guardian Unlimited – Aug 17, 2006
There cannot be too many smoother evenings than this in his life. A 4-0 win, with all the goals struck before the interval, was the best result recorded by anyone in his first outing in the post since Walter Winterbottom’s men crushed Northern Ireland 7-2 at Windsor Park 60 years ago… England players had reported that training sessions were more demanding than they had been under Sven-Goran Eriksson and that may have contributed to the purposefulness here. The domination was emphatic yet also measured as the team controlled the action. No one, even so, had anticipated a rapidly established lead against opponents whose uncanny resilience was the key to triumph at Euro 2004. Jermain Defoe, with much to prove after being omitted from the World Cup party this summer, split the Greece back four with a beautiful pass through the inside-left channel after 30 minutes and Lampard, in recovery from his World Cup sorrows, surged through to finish with the substantial help of a deflection off Paraskevas Antzas. The visitors’ centre-half had already been traumatised, with even Crouch, alert to his slowness, threatening to sprint beyond him. The Liverpool forward contributed in more familiar fashion in the 35th minute. Downing’s cross was deflected to Lampard and, once Nikopolidis had parried a Lampard effort, Crouch pounced to net from close range.

German Soccer | 16.08.2006 New Coach Löw Stays Loyal to Germany’s…
Deutsche Welle – Aug 16, 2006
The pressure is on for the result to be a good one what with Germany’s Euro 2008 qualifiers beginning on September 2. Germany will expect and Löw will have to deliver. Germany failed to win a single match at Euro 2000 and Euro 2004 but that has not stopped Löw thinking positive for the 2008 edition in Austria and Switzerland. “We failed in our goal to win the World Cup so we want to bring the Euro 2008 title back to Germany,” said Löw, whose young team will face the Republic of Ireland in Stuttgart in the first game of a long haul towards those finals. “We can’t bask in the World Cup euphoria forever but we can take confidence from the fact that we can compete with the top teams. This young team is not at the end of its development.

McClaren’s England plan taking shape
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 26, 2006
It was such a bright idea that it did not burn out until the day he knocked on the door of a Division One training ground, wearing his tracksuit and carrying a set of cones. Now England’s Steve McClaren, who would never put his chin in an area where it would be likely to be met by a left jab, has modified the plan by inviting himself to watch club training sessions. But the concept behind it is the same as Taylor’s: to foster better relationships between the England manager and the clubs and to bring him closer to his players. What he is aiming for is a Club England, in which players feel as at home as with their Premiership teams. And the fact that Jose Mourinho did not chase McClaren out of Chelsea’s Cobham headquarters on Monday suggests that the clubs have not rejected it out of hand… “As an example, McClaren admitted that he decided to play Steven Gerrard on the right wing in his first game in charge against Greece only 10 days ago after talking to his Liverpool manager, Rafa Benitez. Mind you, for Saturday’s opening Euro 2008 qualifier at Old Trafford, McClaren could play Gerrard in goal and still expect to take three points from Andorra, who have won only three matches in their history. A marginally tougher encounter faces England the following Wednesday against Macedonia in Skopje, where they struggled to win 2-1 in a Euro 2004 qualifier in September 2003. At the back of McClaren’s mind might be the fact that England have traditionally performed badly in September fixtures, which was why he wanted the Greece friendly before the start of the season. That 4-0 win has, like many England performances, been blown out of all proportion, as if it somehow compensated for the poverty of this summer’s World Cup performances. McClaren side-stepped the bandwagon by saying: “It was an encouraging start for me. The way we play is not set in stone.

FA paid price for Eriksson folly
BBC News – Aug 29, 2006
Eriksson’s critics, and they now easily outnumber his supporters, point angrily towards a reported ?25m bill for the Swede leading England to three major tournament quarter-finals and ultimately failure. Barwick’s backing for Eriksson is a typical show of loyalty and understandable. There is no mileage in the Football Association chief executive raking over the coals of England’s farcical World Cup campaign when the message must now be of a bright new era under Steve McClaren. But there is no argument that when the final bill was added up, it represented far better value for Eriksson than it did for the FA… Eriksson failed at crucial times. He picked a desperately unfit David Beckham at the 2002 World Cup. He was thrown by Wayne Rooney’s injury in the Euro 2004 quarter-final defeat against Portugal. And he presided over a 2006 World Cup campaign that was little short of a debacle. Eriksson’s squad selection and tactics were fatally flawed, and his whole demeanour smacked of a man either bursting with misplaced optimism, or a man de-mob happy at the prospect of leaving someone else to shovel up the muck after his circus had left town. The normally ice-cold Swede suddenly became chatty, even chucking in the odd gag and becoming an almost happy-go-lucky character.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Sunderland | Sunderland upbeat on…
BBC News – Aug 25, 2006
But he refused to comment on reports linking former Manchester United skipper Roy Keane with the post. “We are in negotiations with someone who has not yet said yes and has not said no,” Quinn said. “Nothing has collapsed but nothing has been finalised either. There is an outside chance the new man could be in charge for Monday’s game. ”

Sunderland play West Bromwich Albion on Monday and it had been expected that 35-year-old Keane, with Brian Kidd as his assistant, would be in place then. A club statement has said the Black Cats were in discussions with a high-profile figure and Quinn added the would-be manager “will be a world-class attraction any club would be proud to have”… He added: “We are still confident that it is on track. ”

Keane and Kidd worked together during their time at Old Trafford before the latter left his post as assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson to take over as manager of Blackburn. The 57-year-old Kidd also had a spell in charge of Leeds and formed part of former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson’s coaching set-up until a forced break from football to overcome prostate cancer prior to Euro 2004. "It looks like he’s coming into Sunderland at just the right time" Sunderland defender Clive Clarke

He would act as the experienced head to help guide Keane, who played with Quinn during their international careers with the Republic of Ireland. The Irishman also share the same lawyer and agent in Michael Kennedy. If Keane is appointed it would be the former Nottingham Forest and Celtic midfielder’s first steps into management after injury ended his glittering playing career in June 2006. He faces a tough challenge at Sunderland with the club bottom of the Championship after four consecutive league defeats after their relegation last season.

O’Neill: Baros has future at Villa
Ireland Online – Aug 23, 2006
I think, if he thought he would be in our plans ? which he most certainly would be ? then he would want to stay. ?There is talk of German and Italian sides supposedly being interested, but I wouldn?t want him to go at this stage. How concrete is the interest? Since I?ve been here I?ve not heard anything new and what I would want to do at this moment is dissuade him from going. ?He showed the player he can be in Euro 2004, and I think he would know that as much as anyone else. That?s what he has got to get back to. ?Unfortunately he?s had this injury which has caused him a lot of problems. He left here perfectly okay to go and play in the World Cup and when he came back here he was unfit… ?There is talk of German and Italian sides supposedly being interested, but I wouldn?t want him to go at this stage. How concrete is the interest? Since I?ve been here I?ve not heard anything new and what I would want to do at this moment is dissuade him from going. ?He showed the player he can be in Euro 2004, and I think he would know that as much as anyone else. That?s what he has got to get back to. ?Unfortunately he?s had this injury which has caused him a lot of problems. He left here perfectly okay to go and play in the World Cup and when he came back here he was unfit. The good thing is he?s back in training and said he didn?t feel so bad.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Lafferty in NI qualifiers…
BBC News – Aug 23, 2006
There is no place in Sanchez’s squad for strikers Andy Kirk, Dean Shiels and Peter Thompson. Birmingham City captain Damien Johnson is suspended for both qualifiers after being dismissed against Austria in the World Cup qualifying series. Under Sammy McIlroy, Northern Ireland failed to win a game in their Euro 2004 qualifying campaign. But Sanchez expects his side to be competitive in their group this time. “Nothing will be decided on the first match but we want to get off to a good start,” said the NI boss. “It is a campaign of 12 games and there will be a down somewhere along the way. “I hope there are more highs than lows and that we can do something in this group.

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