Football: Moyes makes Forest wait

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The Independent Online
DAVIE MOYES will stand by promotion-chasing Preston - and make Nottingham Forest wait on a decision about his managerial future.

Moyes stayed tight-lipped about his dilemma last night, but he is the first choice to become the new manager of relegation- bound Forest who want a quick decision from him. Forest need to know the successor to Ron Atkinson soon, but Moyes plans to see out the season at Second Division Preston where they could yet win promotion.

Moyes, 36 on Sunday, wants to see the job through either by automatic promotion or via the play-offs. He will know his - and his team's - fate shortly and is in no rush to decide as he does not want to disrupt his team's promotion attempts.

If that means Forest look elsewhere Moyes will take that risk, but it is possible that the result will be delayed until the end of May. Moyes knows the potential of Preston and the financial plight at Forest, but he would need large financial backing from the North End board if they go up.

Kevin Keegan's England are back in the world's top 10 again. His first game in charge was a 3-1 win against Poland in a Euro 2000 qualifier at Wembley. That victory has helped to take them up to 10th in the Fifa rankings. Scotland have dropped two places as have Northern Ireland, and are now 28th and 69th respectively. Wales have slipped from 77th to 82nd while the Republic of Ireland are down to joint 44th.

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