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Football: Hoddle limited by lack of world-class players

IN THEIR eagerness to spell out, appraise and amplify the performances of England's national football team many critics reach the erroneous conclusion that responsibility rests entirely with the manager.

Football: Bungs inquiry ends in a sham

TWO MONTHS short of five years after the instigation of the bungs inquiry, during which evidence from 66 people was taken covering over 10,000 pages and at a cost of over pounds 1m, the Football Association yesterday finally delivered its eagerly awaited verdicts on those charged with misconduct - or rather it did not.

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THE FOOTBALL Association announced yesterday that Brian Clough, the former Nottingham Forest manager, will not have to face a disciplinary hearing in the wake of the recent "bungs" inquiry because of his poor health.

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THIS week the Government's Football Task Force alights in Birmingham on the third leg of its 10-city talk-in programme designed to canvass regional opinion about the state of the game. If the Second City is anything like the first two cases, the issue of standing at matches will dominate.
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