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February 13, 2007

Managers rally round McClaren

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The News Review:

* Sporting Life – Football | Bolton v Arsenal Live, Football Scores,…
* Managers rally round McClaren
* Tuesday’s gossip column
* Arsenal move for Carson
* Sporting Life – Football | Bolton v Arsenal Live, Football Scores,…
* Slovakia taking Malta match seriously

Sporting Life – Football | Bolton v Arsenal Live, Football Scores,… – Feb 13, 2007
Ryan Giggs matched anything Brazil could produce, and that is saying something with Ronaldinho and Kaka on the pitch, and youngster Gareth Bale played with maturity beyond his years. Wales held out for an hour before Marcelo’s long-range strike, and Vagner Love’s clever flicked header completed the victory. Wales’ youngsters and lower division players will take this performance with them into more serious Euro 2008 combat knowing that they managed to live with the world’s elite. Bale, Southampton’s 17-year-old starlet, was plunged into the biggest game of his life and never looked overawed, producing control, positioning and tackling that belied his tender years. Here is a youngster John Toshack will find difficulty keeping out of his senior side. Bale came in at left-back, with Sam Ricketts, Mark Delaney and Carl Fletcher left out from the Wales side that lost their Euro 2008 qualifier in the Czech Republic on Saturday.

He told Playradio Sport Weekend: “I believe that Inter will be able to play their Champions League match with 40 turnstiles installed so that will be around 45,000 and then in two weeks, with 60 turnstiles, there will be around 70,000 spectators. “This is what the two clubs have told the Prefect of Milan and hopefully both teams will be able to play in front of their fans. Meanwhile, the Tartan Army are also still waiting to see where Scotland will play Italy in their Euro 2008 qualifier on March 28. The decision on any possible change of venue is expected at the beginning of the week. The southern Italian city of Bari had been chosen for the visit of the Scots but the Stadio San Nicola was one of the grounds declared unsuitable to host spectators after the security checks that were carried out on stadia.

The former Middlesbrough manager has endured stinging criticism from some quarters following Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat to Spain at Old Trafford – a result which stretched the national side’s winless run to four games. After little more than six months in the job it has even been suggested that poor performances in next month’s Euro 2008 qualifiers against Israel and Andorra could place his position in doubt. But Venables, himself a former England manager, insists there are nothing but positive thoughts ahead of the crunch match in Tel Aviv on March 24. “Despite everything that is being said and written, Steve and I are supremely confident – we’re ready for these matches and we believe we will win them,” he told the News of the World. Venables added: “We understand the consequences if we fail against Israel.

Managers rally round McClaren – Feb 13, 2007
We desire for him to be successful. If McClaren does make a success of the England job it would vindicate the LMA’s argument that managers should learn their trade at smaller clubs, as McClaren did. Now 45, the Yorkshireman began coaching in 1992 when he worked with Oxford’s youth team and reserves, even driving the bus, and once hopping out to change a wheel en route to a match. In 1995, Jim Smith paid out £30,000 in compensation to take McClaren to Derby as first-team coach and assistant manager, where he introduced diets, massages and improved stretching.

Tuesday’s gossip column
BBC News – Feb 13, 2007
(Daily Record)

Trialist Tam McManus will have the chance to win a contract with former club Hibernian against Rangers reserves today. (Various)

Kilmarnock will give former Airdrie striker Aime Koudou and midfielder Erik Skora contracts if they shine against St Mirren reserves today. (Daily Record)


England boss Steve McClaren will hold crisis talks with his most influential players – John Terry, Frank Lampard, Gary Neville, Steven Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney – to discuss the friendly defeat by Spain ahead of next month’s Euro 2008 qualifier with Israel. (Daily Mail)

West Ham boss Alan Curbishley has ordered his players to undergo extra training in the build-up to the crunch clash with fellow relegation-threatened side Charlton on 24 February. (Daily Mirror)

Rangers goalkeeper Stefan Klos is facing another knee operation to save his career. (Daily Mail)

Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon will play for Hearts reserves after being left out the first-team after turning down a transfer away from the club.

Arsenal move for Carson – Feb 13, 2007
Carson has impressed at Charlton, but he is understood to be reluctant to return to reserve-team football at Liverpool next season having emerged as arguably the south London club’s most impressive performer in their battle against relegation during this campaign. Benitez’s unswerving backing for Reina, plus the January loan signing of young Italian goalkeeper Daniele Padelli from Sampdoria – a move which is expected to be made permanent in the summer – has left Carson facing a difficult route into the first team at Anfield, and he is likely to be interested by the prospect of a move to Arsenal in the hope that it might enhance his chances of claiming the England No 1 spot before Euro 2008. The former Leeds United keeper rejected a move to Chelsea to seal a £750,000 switch to Anfield from Elland Road two years ago, but with Reina, Padelli and Jerzy Dudek already on the books, Liverpool could be tempted to make a huge profit by allowing him to move to the Emirates. Bolton captain Kevin Nolan is close to agreeing a new four-year contract at the Reebok Stadium, quelling the fears of manager Sam Allardyce that he may opt to move elsewhere in order to break into the England squad. Nolan said: “I have two years left on my deal, but I’m looking to add a couple of years on to that.

Solskjaer’s opener was a moment of pure instinct as the Norwegian tapped home the rebound after Ronaldo had blasted against a post. It was the Norwegian’s first Premiership goal on home soil since April 2003 and a second was not long in coming, although Nemanja Vidic may feel hard done by as his volley appeared to be on target before it looped into the corner off Solskjaer’s back. However, like any striker, the 33-year-old is claiming the goal, taking his seasonal tally to four, one behind top scorer Louis Saha, who is a doubt for France’s Euro 2008 qualifier with Scotland next week after groin and hamstring problems restricted him to a place on the bench. “Look out Louis,” said Ferguson. “It is terrific for Ole to score and great for the fans, who idolise him and take great pride in what he achieves here. “Solskjaer’s achievement is all the more remarkable given his career was virtually written off after a series of knee operations kept him out of action for almost three full seasons.

usBy Chris Roberts, PA SportCeltic defender Stephen McManus has been named as one of three uncapped players in the Scotland squad to face the Faroe Islands and Lithuania in next month’s Euro 2008 qualifiers. Hoops boss Gordon Strachan withdrew the 23-year-old from his country’s Kirin Cup success in Japan at the end of last season. But Scotland boss Walter Smith included him in last week’s training camp and had no hesitation in naming him as part of his 23-man squad for the game at Celtic Park on September 2 and in Kaunas four days later. Motherwell goalkeeper Graeme Smith and Hearts full-back Robbie Neilson have also been named in the squad.

It is a bitter blow for the 22-year-old, who would have made his senior international debut against Greece on Wednesday night before embarking on a first full Premiership season and a UEFA Cup campaign. But Ashton now faces 12 weeks on the sidelines and the miserable prospect of missing some major games for both club and country. He will have to sit out England’s first four Euro 2008 qualifiers, just as manager Steve McLaren is looking to build a new-look side. And West Ham are set to be without their record signing for at least the first 10 league games of the season plus next month’s two-legged UEFA Cup first-round tie. Hammers manager Alan Pardew said: “We are absolutely devastated. It’s a massive blow for Deano and his family, and for everybody here at West Ham United.

usBy Chris HammerFinal Score: England 5 Andorra 0 90+4 mins: The full-time whistle sounds and England have beaten Andorra 5-0 at Old Trafford in their opening Euro 2008 qualifying game. It may not have been the most exciting match in the world but you couldn’t ask for much more than five goals, no injuries, a professional performance and obviously the three points. 90+3 mins: Andorra will be glad to have escaped with just a 5-0 thrashing but for England it’s good enough. 90+2 mins: England are nonchelantly passing the ball around, waiting for the final whistle.

Sporting Life – Football | Bolton v Arsenal Live, Football Scores,… – Feb 13, 2007
usMartin Laursen has been recalled to the Denmark squad after 18 months out with a succession of injuries. The Aston Villa defender was among 19 players named ahead of the Group F Euro 2008 Qualifying fixtures against Northern Ireland and Liechtenstein. “It is fantastic that Martin Laursen has reached this level so soon,” coach Morten Olsen said on uefa. “It has been a nice surprise to see him already at an international level with his club performances this season.

The Irish, in their last international at their famous old ground before it is knocked down and redeveloped, got off to a great start when Andy Reid’s seventh-minute free-kick was deflected in off San Marino centre-back Davide Simoncini. Doyle then netted his first senior goal for his country after 24 minutes when he rose to power home a header from Kevin Kilbane’s cross which looped over Federico Valentini and in off the underside of the crossbar. Kilbane then missed two glorious chances to extend the lead when he first narrowly missed the target from Steve Finnan’s driven cross and then misdirected a header from just six yards following good work by Damien Duff.

Slovakia taking Malta match seriously – Feb 13, 2007
August, 2006 – 18:00 hrs. Slovakia boss Dusan Galis has made it his mission to avoid repeating the mistakes of previous qualifying campaigns when his side kick-off their European Championship assault. Galis is preparing his side for Tuesday’s friendly with Malta, their only warm-up game before their opening Euro 2008 qualifier against Cyprus. Slovakia came within a play-off of reaching their first World Cup since claiming independence from the Czech Republic but went down 6-2 over two legs to Spain last November. But Galis is determined to go one better this time in a group that also includes Germany, the Republic of Ireland, Wales, San Marino and coincidentally the Czechs. “This will be the last game before the beginning of qualification for the European Championship and we want to tune-up positively,” he told profutbal.

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