Football: Liverpool chase Kohler

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ROY EVANS wants to take Jurgen Kohler, the veteran German World Cup centre- back, to Anfield from Borussia Dortmund. The Liverpool manager hopes to strike a bargain for the 32-year-old defender, who has been recommended to him by Karlheinz Riedle. Kohler previously played in Italy for Juventus.

Tottenham's physiotherapist, Tony Lenaghan, has resigned to spend more time with his family. "For the past six years at Spurs, and several prior to that, family life has been virtually nonexistent," he said. "I feel it is time to have a rest, recharge the batteries and spend some quality time with the family."

Birmingham's manager, Trevor Francis, is likely to turn down the chance to sign a new two-year contract at St Andrew's this week in favour of putting pen to paper on another one-year roll-over deal.

David Gold, Birmingham's club chairman, has been involved in lengthy talks with Francis, who has been working on a roll-over deal since joining Birmingham in May 1996. Gold said: "He seems happy with the one-year roll- over deal he was on and I expect that he will choose that again ahead of the offer of a two-year contract. That is not a disappointment to me. I have every confidence that Trevor wants to stay on as Blues manager."

Gold has made a fresh plea to the club captain, Steve Bruce, to stay after he emerged as a strong front-runner to take over as the manager of their First Division rivals Sheffield United this week.

Bruce is understood to be on the shortlist for the post at Bramall Lane after missing out on the manager's job at his old club, Norwich City, earlier this summer.

Gold is hopeful that the former Manchester United central defender will opt to stay with Birmingham. "I will do everything that I can to keep him. I see next season as a great opportunity for this club."

Bruce, 37, has just signed a 12-month contract with Birmingham, but it includes a clause that allows him to talk to other clubs about moving into management.

Allan Evans has been appointed senior coach at Stoke by Brian Little, who he worked under at Aston Villa. However, he will not be Little's No 2 this time. That job went to Tony McAndrew, who has worked with Little since they were at Darlington together.