France wait for Tigana's future to be resolved
Tuesday 04 March 2003
Jean Tigana will be offered a place in France's international set-up if – or more probably when – he leaves Fulham at the end of the season.
The highly rated coach's progress with the Londoners has been rocky this season but the French Football Federation wants to recruit him as one of national coach Jacques Santini's support team.
Tigana is almost certain to quit Fulham when his contract runs out in the summer, and he has insisted that he will take a year off from the game. However, the French authorities, advised by Michel Platini, want to tempt him to stay in the game and possibly be Santini's long-term successor.
Tigana's coaching skills have been obscured in an unhappy campaign at Fulham this season, with behind-the-scenes strife stalling the club's progress. But the memories of what Tigana did prior to this season's problems at the London club and before that with Monaco means that he is regarded as an outstanding talent in his homeland.
Alf Inge Haaland will have four months of intensive physiotherapy before being given a last chance to salvage his Manchester City career. The Norwegian midfielder was recently informed that he was being put "on notice" by the Maine Road outfit after an injury-plagued two years threatened to bring his career to an end. Haaland brought in the Professional Footballers' Association to act on his behalf in a quest to get the decision overturned.
"If Alfie can prove his fitness there will be no problem with this club," said the City manager, Kevin Keegan. "We are looking at giving him four months of physio and then seeing if he can come out and train. We are all behind him and will give him our full support. But he has to prove his fitness and so far that hasn't happened."
Haaland has yet to decide whether to launch a legal fight against the Manchester United captain, Roy Keane, over the tackle which he believes exacerbated his long-standing knee problem. The Norwegian has not played a full game since the incident, in April 2001, but has been told by his club they have decided not to pursue the matter further.
Mark Bosnich's career is still on hold after both the Football League appeals committee and the Football Association confirmed they have yet to set dates for hearings relating to his positive drug test for cocaine. The Australian goalkeeper, sacked by Chelsea, is appealing against the Premier League's verdict that the termination of his contract did not represent unfair dismissal.
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