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December 2, 2006

Rooney’s ‘suffering’ could hurt England in the future

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The News Review:

* Stan must earn laurels | Republic Of Ireland | International |…
* Don’t count me out of comeback
* Hiddink hints at return
* Rooney’s ‘suffering’ could hurt England in the future
* Scotland to face Finland B test
* Fans fury over Republic tickets
* RTÉ.ie Sport – Blades prevail in basement battle

Stan must earn laurels | Republic Of Ireland | International |…
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 1, 2006
Terry Venables’ cheeky-chappy image apparently went against him and instead the task of qualifying for Euro 2008, when Ireland will be fourth seeds, has been handed to a manager with no experience. Kerr was shown the door because Ireland did not make it to Germany 2006, but as the FAI seem set to hand Staunton a four-year contract, failure to reach Euro 2008 may not necessarily mean the sack though he inherits the weakest Ireland squad since the Republic came of international age at Euro 88. During his distinguished career as an international player Staunton seemed to regard speaking to the media as enjoyable as a visit to the dentist to have a wisdom tooth extracted. Kerr’s fall-out with the media did not help his job prospects and in some respects it would make sense for Robson, who has almost made an art form of handling the press, to front this side of the business, but the media and fans inevitably want to hear from the manager not an assistant. Comparisons have been made with Marco van Basten (Holland) and Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany), who became international managers with no experience. The difference is that they have Ruud van Nistelrooy and Michael Ballack to select while Staunton has Graham Kavanagh and Clinton Morrison… Terry Venables’ cheeky-chappy image apparently went against him and instead the task of qualifying for Euro 2008, when Ireland will be fourth seeds, has been handed to a manager with no experience. Kerr was shown the door because Ireland did not make it to Germany 2006, but as the FAI seem set to hand Staunton a four-year contract, failure to reach Euro 2008 may not necessarily mean the sack though he inherits the weakest Ireland squad since the Republic came of international age at Euro 88. During his distinguished career as an international player Staunton seemed to regard speaking to the media as enjoyable as a visit to the dentist to have a wisdom tooth extracted. Kerr’s fall-out with the media did not help his job prospects and in some respects it would make sense for Robson, who has almost made an art form of handling the press, to front this side of the business, but the media and fans inevitably want to hear from the manager not an assistant. Comparisons have been made with Marco van Basten (Holland) and Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany), who became international managers with no experience. The difference is that they have Ruud van Nistelrooy and Michael Ballack to select while Staunton has Graham Kavanagh and Clinton Morrison.

Don’t count me out of comeback
NEWS.com.au – Nov 30, 2006
article-tools –> By David Lewis November 30, 2006 12:00am GUUS Hiddink, world football’s most coveted coach, last night revealed that a surprise return to lead Australia to the 2010 World Cup could be on the cards. Speaking about Australia for the first time since the Socceroos’ heady adventure at Germany 2006, the Dutch miracle maker told The Daily Telegraph in an exclusive interview that he will "consider" all his options once his contract with Russia – the nation he is steering inexorably towards Euro 2008 qualification – is up in 19 months time. Hiddink also hit back at Socceroos keeper Mark Schwarzer over his attack on his man management skills. At the same time Hiddink disclosed he remains in regular contact with Australia’s interim coach Graham Arnold, star players Lucas Neill and Mark Viduka, and several FFA bigwigs. On his possible return to the green and gold, Hiddink hinted: "I have ruled nothing out at this stage. I have great thoughts of my time with the Socceroos and great respect for the team… The team is responding well and I’m enjoying it. "
Australia, who reached the last 16 in Germany before falling victim to an Italian con job in the last minute of their round of 16 clash, would face intense opposition from South Africa, South Korea, the Netherlands, and in all likelihood Russia. Not to mention a raft of other possible suitors in the quest to bag Hiddink. Barmy over Arnie Hiddink remains an avid advocate of Graham Arnold – the coaching "mini me" he has fashioned in his own likeness. Talking just moments after the official launch of his autobiography Dit Is Mign Weereld (This Is My World) in Amsterdam, Hiddink added: "I’m in regular contact with Graham and I like the way he’s been adapting to his job and the way he has got Australia playing. "I saw the match with Ghana in London (a 1-1 draw earlier this month) and I was impressed. "Graham is doing a great job.

Hiddink hints at return
NEWS.com.au – Nov 29, 2006
article-tools –> David Lewis November 29, 2006 11:00pm GUUS Hiddink, one of world football’s most coveted coaches, yesterday revealed that a surprise return to lead Australia to the 2010 World Cup could be on the cards. Speaking about Australia for the first time since the Socceroos’ heady adventure at Germany 2006, the Dutch miracle maker told The Courier-Mail he would consider all his options when his contract with Russia ended in 19 months’ time. Hiddink has been steering the Russians inexorably towards qualification for the Euro 2008 finals. He also hit back at Socceroos keeper Mark Schwarzer over his attack on Hiddink’s man-management skills and disclosed he was still in regular contact with Australia’s interim coach Graham Arnold, star players Lucas Neill and Mark Viduka, and several Football Federation Australia bigwigs. On his possible return to the green and gold, Hiddink said: "I have ruled nothing out at this stage. "I have great thoughts of my time with the Socceroos and great respect for the team. Anything is possible because I have a plan to coach at the World Cup in 2010 and of course my contract with Russia is until the middle of 2008… "He has got to the Asian Cup finals and that shows they are going in the right direction. "He has learned a lot and is developing himself. "
Not to mention a raft of other possible suitors in the quest to bag Hiddink. "I know the players are also impressed with him, so I see no urgency (for the FFA) to find somebody who has a higher profile. "
Hiddink’s tome is not about self aggrandisement with most of the proceeds to be ploughed into the Guus Hiddink Foundation, a charity that helps better the lives of under-privileged kids in South Korea. Mark my words
Hiddink takes umbrage at blunt assertions in Mark Schwarzer’s recently released World Cup retrospective that his man management skills were wanting and that his insistence on keeping players in the dark over team selections until only hours before kick off time was counter productive. The Middlesbrough keeper was dropped twice in a month by Hiddink – against Greece and Croatia – as Hiddink sought to wring every millilitre of commitment from Schwaerzer and long-time adversary Zeljko Kalac.

Rooney’s ‘suffering’ could hurt England in the future
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 29, 2006
Surprise, surprise. Some had minor knocks and bruises that may have eased, yet the over-riding suspicion was of a widespread time-out being called, giving players a breather during a period crammed with significant Premiership and European games. McClaren and Barwick must convince clubs that a Rooney scenario will not re-occur, that they can be trusted with luminaries. McClaren will need all his leading lights for the Euro 2008 qualifier in Israel on March 24, a daunting-looking tie. Clubs, meanwhile, will focus on looming Premiership games and, for some, Champions League quarter-final first legs. A trip to Tel Aviv or a rest before massive club commitments? Some managers may be tempted to withdraw support when they remember how Rooney “suffered” for England… Some had minor knocks and bruises that may have eased, yet the over-riding suspicion was of a widespread time-out being called, giving players a breather during a period crammed with significant Premiership and European games. McClaren and Barwick must convince clubs that a Rooney scenario will not re-occur, that they can be trusted with luminaries. McClaren will need all his leading lights for the Euro 2008 qualifier in Israel on March 24, a daunting-looking tie. Clubs, meanwhile, will focus on looming Premiership games and, for some, Champions League quarter-final first legs. A trip to Tel Aviv or a rest before massive club commitments? Some managers may be tempted to withdraw support when they remember how Rooney “suffered” for England.

Scotland to face Finland B test
BBC News – Nov 28, 2006
Scotland manager Walter Smith will name a similar B squad to the one that drew 0-0 with the Republic of Ireland. Smith will also hold a two-day gathering with the full squad that week ahead of the March Euro 2008 double header against Georgia and Italy. The Scots currently top qualifying Group B and take on Georgia at Hampden on 24 March. The national side received a boost with news that Everton defender Gary Naysmith will return to full training this week after recovering from a knee ligament injury. Naysmith has missed 10 matches after being injured against Newcastle in August. The defender is not expected to feature for the Toffees against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday… The national side received a boost with news that Everton defender Gary Naysmith will return to full training this week after recovering from a knee ligament injury. Naysmith has missed 10 matches after being injured against Newcastle in August. The defender is not expected to feature for the Toffees against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Everton physio Mick Rathbone said: “Gary is fine, is doing absolutely everything we have asked. “He has been blasting the ball around and we just want to ease him back into full training.

Fans fury over Republic tickets
BBC News – Dec 1, 2006
The matches are to be played at Croke Park, headquaters of the GAA, because of the redevelopment at Lansdowne Road. Alan Hunter, secretary of the Irish Football Supporters Association, said they were being asked to pay now for all four games, at 70 Euro each. “For me and my two boys that’s 840 Euro – two weeks before Christmas,” he said. “It is undoubtedly the prawn sandwich brigade which is being targeted by the FAI… “This is an opportunity lost by the FAI to motivate families to come to Croker. ”

The Republic’s matches are against Slovakia, Wales, Cyprus and Germany. The supporters body said they would meet to discuss the matter and planned to organise a boycott if the policy was not changed.

RTÉ.ie Sport – Blades prevail in basement battle
rte.ie – Nov 28, 2006
The match was a physical, bruising one, and in the 30th minute United defender Claude Davis hobbled off and was replaced in the centre of defence by Leigh Bromby. Both teams were painfully lacking in finesse going forward and it was difficult to see how either would score a goal from open play. The home side were perhaps lucky not to concede a penalty in the 36th minute when Nade sprung the offside trap and latched on to a header from Alan Quinn, only to be flattened by Hornets goalkeeper Richard Lee just after he had stabbed the ball wide of goal. Referee Martin Atkinson gave a goal-kick, leaving United boss Neil Warnock perplexed on the touchline. At the start of the second half, Nade outpaced Mackay on the left and cut into the penalty area, but his right-footed finish was poor and went well wide of the right post. The France Under-21 international came even closer in the 51st minute, when he was desperately unlucky not to give his team the lead. Nade eluded his marker Jay DeMerit to meet Derek Geary’s perfect right-wing cross with his head, but United were dismayed to see the ball bounce back off the right post with Lee beaten.

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