Football: Fry moves closer to Birmingham job
First, however, he has to clear the way for his departure from Southend and three hours of talks yesterday with Vic Jobson's board 'resolved absolutely nothing', according to Fry. It is understood that the club are reluctant to allow Ed Stein, his assistant, and David Howell, his coach, to accompany him to St Andrews.
The three hours of talks which Fry had earlier with Karren Brady, Birmingham's managing director, were clearly much more fruitful. 'I'm satisfied in my own mind that they (Brady and David Sullivan, the owner) are as committed as I would be to making this club a success,' he said.
'The potential at City is tremendous,' he said. 'There's no doubt in my mind that this is a Premiership club. When this giant is awakened it will grow so big it will be unbelievable.'
Fry estimated his chances of succeeding Terry Cooper as 'absolutely 100 per cent'. Sullivan has promised to make Fry the highest paid manager in the First Division with a pounds 100,000-a-year contract plus bonuses.
Paul Gascoigne's expected comeback for Lazio against Juventus on Sunday may be put off. Dino Zoff, the coach, is undecided whether to play the Englishman, just recovered from an ankle injury, instead of the German, Thomas Doll. 'We'll draw our conclusions only at the weekend,' he said.
Paul Ince, of Manchester United, has signed a six-year deal worth pounds 2m, leaving Peter Schmeichel, the goalkeeper, as the only leading Old Trafford player still to tie himself to the club long-term.
'But what people must understand is that the agreement under discussion will probably be my last because it takes me up to the age of 35. So it is very important for me.'
John Featherstone, 60, has taken over as Sunderland chairman in succession to Bob Murray, who resigned after sacking Terry Butcher as manager.
Latest in Sport
Three weeks ago as I drove off the Eurostar, I remember thinking what a very long time it was until ...
by Martin Ayres
23 May 2013 05:29 PM
McDowell did brilliantly to land the World Match Play title in Bulgaria last week, but it’s a format...
by Gareth Purnell
23 May 2013 09:13 AM
Wow - what a weekend for British Motorcycle racing!
by Luke Wilkins
22 May 2013 05:00 AM
David Moyes delighted after Rio Ferdinand agrees to stay at Manchester United with new one-year contract
On-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois still believes in Chelsea youth policy
After racist remark, Sergio Garcia fights for reputation as Tiger Woods slams 'hurtful' fried chicken joke
Manuel Pellegrini must decide on futures of Carlos Tevez, Gareth Barry and Joleon Lescott as Manchester City name starting date for new manager
Liverpool striker Andy Carroll delays over West Ham move
- 1 Breaking: Soldier killed in Woolwich machete attack named as Drummer Lee Rigby
- 2 'Sickening, deluded and unforgivable': Horrific attack brings terror to London’s streets
- 4 Woolwich murder: They killed, then they performed - these men should be starved of our attention
- 5 Woolwich attack: The EDL will seek to exploit this evil crime for their own evil ends
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Get the latest on The Evening Standard's campaign to get London's children reading.
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.