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He has always accepted the pressure with good humour and no bitterness. He is still young and there is a World Cup in him yet

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Too clever by centre-half

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Football: How it always ends in tears

The reigns of England football managers have invariably ended in acrimony. Phil Shaw takes the history lesson

Football: Fans in protest as Bassett's men are cut down

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Football: Birtles tastes the breadline game

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Football: A new chip off the old big 'ead

'I don't find it daunting. All I can ask is that people judge me on what I do, not on what Dad achieved'

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IS MARTIN O'NEILL the most popular man in English football? It's hardly surprising that Leicester fans love him to bits, as they demonstrated with the massive show of support that persuaded him to stay at Filbert Street in the face of Leeds United's advances, and again on Saturday, when the Ulsterman received another ovation before the match against Liverpool, his first at home since deciding he would not leave.

Football: Wilkinson's case for the defence

FA technical director's views on tactics are not necessarily those of the England management. Adam Szreter reports

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.

Football: FA drops Clough `bung' case

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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When prejudice reaches fever pitch

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Football: Libero: Standing room only as the Task Force move in

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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