Retirement looms for Le Tissier

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Matt Le Tissier will retire at the end of the season if Southampton do not offer him a contract extension when his current deal runs out in May.

Matt Le Tissier will retire at the end of the season if Southampton do not offer him a contract extension when his current deal runs out in May.

The Southampton midfielder, who has suffered a series of niggling injuries over the last three years, will not look for another club if Southampton do not offer him an extension to his present contract.

"I don't know what the future holds at the moment but if I do not play here then I will not play anywhere else," he said. "I have not heard anything about a new contract and I would not really expect anything will be done now until the end of the season."

That means Le Tissier's last game could be his testimonial against an England XI at the St Mary's Stadium on 14 May, when the opposition will contain a host of former England internationals including Alan Shearer, Ian Wright, Stuart Pearce, Chris Waddle, Peter Beardsley, Tony Adams and Dion Dublin.

Peter Schmeichel, the Aston Villa goalkeeper, has sold his majority shareholding in the Danish club Hvidovre.

The former Denmark international took over the club two years ago but said: "It's not compatible to play top-level football and be a club owner. I've learned I'm a footballer first and foremost and I intend to concentrate on playing as long as possible.

"I became club owner a couple of years too early. I still have a lot of ideas for Danish football but they're impossible as long as I cannot be involved on a daily basis."

Another Danish goalkeeper, Stephan Andersen, is hoping to secure a move to the Stadium of Light. The Under-21 international excelled for Sunderland in Thursday night's reserve team victory over Leeds at York.

"We will just have to wait and see what happens with Sunderland," Andersen said. "But it's obvious that Sunderland are a very attractive club for me."

The Udinese midfielder Martin Jorgensen could miss Denmark's warm-up friendly against Ireland on 27 March because a of thigh injury. The Dane picked up the injury in a Serie A game against Internazionale on 24 February and has been receiving regular treatment.

Halifax, favourites for relegation to the Nationwide Conference, look set to be without their manager, Alan Little, for at least another three or four weeks as he needs more time to recover from an operation to remove his appendix.

The Nationwide League Third Division strugglers had hoped that the former York and Southend manager would return quickly after undergoing surgery last week, but it now appears that a ruptured appendix has poisoned his system.

Efforts by the Football Association to secure their chairman, Geoff Thompson, a Fifa vice-presidency look set to end in failure.

The four home nations can nominate one person between them as a Fifa vice-president – and Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have all asked the current incumbent, David Will, to remain in his post for another four years.

Will has been a Fifa vice-president since 1990, and the English FA were reportedly keen to have their own man take over the role as they continue efforts to establish a greater presence on football's governing bodies.

Will, who has been handed the task of chief investigator on the panel that will look into allegations of financial mismanagement at Fifa, the world game's governing body, said: "I had indicated that I would not be pushing for re-election and if the four home nations wanted me to step down then I would do so. As it has turned out Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have all approached me and asked me to continue."

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