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October 28, 2006

Paper View: ‘Razor Blades’

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The News Review:

* McClaren quizzes squad over slump
* Campbell unimpressed by treatment from McClaren
* UEFA could drop action against FA
* Paper View: ‘Razor Blades’
* Hiddink has friend at the top in Putin
* McClaren keeps in touch
* MK Dons’ Morgan seeking new club

McClaren quizzes squad over slump
BBC News – Oct 27, 2006
McClaren aims to clear the air before the Holland friendly on 15 November. England received widespread criticism after the defeat in Zagreb, which followed September’s goalless draw with Macedonia. McClaren had employed a 3-5-2 formation to compensate for injuries to Steven Gerrard and Owen Hargreaves, but the system did not pay off and England struggled to find any impetus going forward while finding themselves exposed at the back… The players were understood to have welcomed the chance to meet the management team and McClaren plans to keep in touch with the squad on a regular basis before they officially meet again before the Amsterdam friendly next month. He already seen many of his squad in action since the Croatia defeat and postponed a research trip to the US, where he planned to study Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren’s training techniques. England remain top of their Group E Euro 2008 qualifying group but have the same number of points as Macedonia and Croatia and Israel, who also have a game in hand.

Campbell unimpressed by treatment from McClaren
Ireland Online – Oct 28, 2006
McClaren has been on the road this week to meet his England players and listen to their feedback on the defeat in Croatia. The former Middlesbrough boss has held a number of different meetings around the country with players and members of his coaching staff. England were beaten 2-0 in Croatia last month in a Euro 2008 qualifier and could only draw 0-0 at home to Macedonia in their previous game. And Campbell, who insists he has rediscovered his love of the game under Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth, was not impressed by his treatment from McClaren. The 32-year-old told The Independent: ?New management are looking in a different direction and I can understand that ? but through respect and class how I was told was not the best. ?The former Arsenal defender, who won 69 caps, only discovered he would not be part of McClaren’s plans for his first squad to face Greece in August when he picked up a message on his answerphone. The England boss has always insisted he does not want to lose contact with his players between international fixtures… The 32-year-old told The Independent: ?New management are looking in a different direction and I can understand that ? but through respect and class how I was told was not the best. ?The former Arsenal defender, who won 69 caps, only discovered he would not be part of McClaren’s plans for his first squad to face Greece in August when he picked up a message on his answerphone. The England boss has always insisted he does not want to lose contact with his players between international fixtures. And Campbell insists he has not yet had a conversation with McClaren to clarify why an England career which lasted 10 years has been ended. He continued: ?Ten years of playing football, putting your body on the line and playing amazing games for your country ? qualifying and playing around the world to make sure the country moves in the right direction ? and the least he could have done was speak to me properly. ?I was told I wouldn?t be in the squad ? but just speak to me, have a proper conversation. It?s the least I deserve.

UEFA could drop action against FA
Ireland Online – Oct 26, 2006
Soho Square chiefs will fly out to Nyon and vigorously defend the reputation of England fans following UEFA?s decision to launch an investigation into the trouble which occurred prior to this month?s Euro 2008 qualifier with Croatia. Having already collected a number of statements from fans who felt they were the victim of inadequate local policing measures, the FA feel they are in a position to fight the charge, which they believe to be totally unjust. If the case goes against them, punishment ranges from a small fine to ground closure, although the latter penalty seems highly improbable given the relatively small scale of the problem. UEFA officials have already accepted that once all the evidence if collated, there is a possibility the case could be thrown out altogether. ?Since the Charleroi incident at Euro 2000, the behaviour of English fans has been exemplary,? said UEFA spokesman William Gaillard… ?We will go to UEFA with a very strong case and the intention to clear ourselves,? said FA director of communications Adrian Bevington. ?The charge has come as a surprise because we do not believe it is justified. ?In conjunction with the UK police and government, the FA works very hard with opposing nations ahead of every fixture, to ensure appropriate plans and measures are put in place for our supporters. ?Unfortunately, we do not believe the agreed plans were followed by the Croatian authorities in Zagreb and this led to a bottleneck at the turnstiles when they were suddenly closed twice before the game. ?As a result of the bottleneck, riot police baton charged the England supporters closest to the turnstiles and a number of them suffered injuries. ?

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Paper View: ‘Razor Blades’
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 28, 2006
Proving he was old enough to shave, Davis brandished his disposable triple flexi-power blade with lubrastrip following a blazing row and a series of “insulting text messages” that came after the club’s 2-0 defeat to Everton last weekend, the paper reports. Manager Neil Warnock did not see the incident. “It sounds like rubbish,” he says. “A lot of argy-bargy” is how Akinbiyi describes it. “I don’t know where you get all this from, but you write what you have to write,” the striker says. “There was a row that lasted about two minutes in the changing room, but I’m not saying if he did or didn’t pull out a razor… ” The source goes on: “When it comes to any manager, the view of the board has always been to let them get on with it. But the day will come when we may not be that way inclined any more. “Steve McClaren has asked his England players to tell him their views on this month’s Euro 2008 disasters, The Sun reports. “Mac and assistant toured the country’s club’s after the shambles against Macedonia and Croatia,” it says, without mentioning the words ‘three’, ‘five’ or ‘two’. The Sun also reports that bung-buster Lord Stevens wants another month “to nail a Premiership manager and a high-profile agent for illegal dealings”. The former Met Police was given until the end of November but needs added time. A source close to the investigation says: “There’s a real feeling that they are getting very close to proving something significant.

Hiddink has friend at the top in Putin
The Age – Oct 27, 2006
Putin said the greater problem laywith too many foreigners being allowed to play in Russia’s domesticleague. “It’s not about the new coach, it’s about the way soccer isorganised in Russia,” Putin said. “The coach that came to Russia towork on a contract basis is a good specialist and he proved it inpractice by working in various countries in the world. Hiddink has led both the Netherlands and South Korea to theWorld Cup semifinals. This year, he took Australia to the secondround. Russia qualified for the 2002 World Cup and the 2004 EuropeanChampionship but failed to advance to the second round… This year, he took Australia to the secondround. Russia qualified for the 2002 World Cup and the 2004 EuropeanChampionship but failed to advance to the second round. The teamfailed to reach this year’s tournament in Germany and has one winand two losses in three Euro 2008 qualifiers under Hiddink. Putin said the Russian league should impose a quota on foreignplayers. “This number should be limited because when a nationalteam is being composed, there is nothing to compose it from,” Putinsaid. “This excessive quantity of (foreign) players suppresses thegrowth of young and talented players.

McClaren keeps in touch
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 28, 2006
Not only were the results a huge disappointment, but the way England played also drew a lot of criticism and McClaren has gone on a tour around the country to talk to players about how things can be improved. The England coach, who has said he wants to maintain contact with the team throughout the season, organised get togethers in the north-west and in London. He has also made an effort to travel around the country since he took over the role in the summer to develop relationships with Premiership managers. England play Holland on Nov 15 in a friendly while the next qualifier is a difficult away tie in Israel in March and McClaren will be keen to keep in touch with players throughout the winter… Not only were the results a huge disappointment, but the way England played also drew a lot of criticism and McClaren has gone on a tour around the country to talk to players about how things can be improved. The England coach, who has said he wants to maintain contact with the team throughout the season, organised get togethers in the north-west and in London. He has also made an effort to travel around the country since he took over the role in the summer to develop relationships with Premiership managers. England play Holland on Nov 15 in a friendly while the next qualifier is a difficult away tie in Israel in March and McClaren will be keen to keep in touch with players throughout the winter. But his apparent openess with players has raised concerns of player power within the squad, an issue that dogged Sven-Goran Eriksson’s time in charge.

MK Dons’ Morgan seeking new club
BBC News – Oct 26, 2006
“It’s a bit unexpected to be honest but it’s happened now so I’ll just have to get on with it,” said the 21-year-old. “The club has said I’m available to speak to another club and if I agree a deal with them then I can go for free. Morgan is currently on loan at Wrexham – the club he left to join the Dons more than a year ago – and has not ruled out a permanent return. “I’ve got three weeks left at Wrexham on my current loan deal,” added Morgan, who made his senior international debut in the 3-1 Euro 2008 qualifier win over Cyprus. “(Wrexham manager) Denis Smith knows my situation, he hasn’t yet come to me and offered me a contract but if he did I’m sure we’d sit down and talk about it. ”

However, Morgan believes making his Welsh bow will add to his value for other clubs. He hopes he will make the Wales squad to face Leichtenstein in a friendly next month to enhance his chances of finding a new club… “The club has said I’m available to speak to another club and if I agree a deal with them then I can go for free. Morgan is currently on loan at Wrexham – the club he left to join the Dons more than a year ago – and has not ruled out a permanent return. “I’ve got three weeks left at Wrexham on my current loan deal,” added Morgan, who made his senior international debut in the 3-1 Euro 2008 qualifier win over Cyprus. “(Wrexham manager) Denis Smith knows my situation, he hasn’t yet come to me and offered me a contract but if he did I’m sure we’d sit down and talk about it. ”

However, Morgan believes making his Welsh bow will add to his value for other clubs. He hopes he will make the Wales squad to face Leichtenstein in a friendly next month to enhance his chances of finding a new club. “If I can manage to get into the squad then that puts me in the shop window and hopefully some clubs will be able to come and watch the game and have a look at me.

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