Sport Patrice Evra, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United pose with the Carling Cup trophy in the dressing room after their 2006 win

The United captain gave the 2006 medal to former team-mate Giuseppe Rossi

Storrie admits Portsmouth position is untenable

Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie admits his position at the club has become untenable.

Transfer Talk: Smalling wraps up United move

The Fulham defender Chris Smalling's £10m transfer to Manchester United has gone through after the player made the definitive decision to sign for them yesterday after a medical. Arsenal attempted to change his mind but were rebuffed. He will join United in the summer.

Spurs priced out of Van Nistelrooy move

Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham Hotspur manager, admits Ruud van Nistelrooy's wage demands mean the Real Madrid striker is unlikely to arrive at White Hart Lane.

Harry Redknapp: 'Ruud van Nistelrooy's wage demands are too high for Tottenham'

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp admits Ruud van Nistelrooy's wages means the Real Madrid striker is unlikely to arrive at White Hart Lane.

Redknapp hits back at Pavlyuchenko

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp insists Roman Pavlyuchenko will not be allowed to destabilise the club's season after revealing the striker's "head wasn't right" to play in a recent game.

Pavlyuchenko says Redknapp is 'mocking' him

Roman Pavlyuchenko looks as though he could be on his way out of Tottenham in the January transfer window after reportedly claiming in the Russian press that manager Harry Redknapp is "mocking" him by leaving him out of the team.

World Cup will not affect club form says Vidic

Nemanja Vidic will not allow his club form to be affected by thoughts of this summer's World Cup.

No January transfer funds for Tottenham

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has told boss Harry Redknapp he will have to sell players before adding to his squad in next month's transfer window.

Pavlyuchenko to have Roma talks

Roman Pavlyuchenko's agent expects the Tottenham striker's future to become clearer by tomorrow after he revealed he is set for talks with Serie A giants Roma.

Vidic says he's committed to Manchester United

Nemanja Vidic wants to be the rock Sir Alex Ferguson builds his next Manchester United team around.

Pavlyuchenko 'has to leave'

The Tottenham Hotspur striker Roman Pavlyuchenko is planning showdown talks with his manager Harry Redknapp after the international break during which he will "insist" on being allowed to leave the club in January.

Pavlyuchenko will 'insist' on Tottenham exit

Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko is planning showdown talks with manager Harry Redknapp after the international break during which he will "insist" on being allowed to leave the club in January.

Pavlyuchenko transfer refuted by agent

Roman Pavlyuchenko's agent Oleg Artemov insists reports in Russia that his client has already signed a contract with Zenit St Petersburg are premature.

Germany ride luck after Klose tips balance

Russia 0 Germany 1

Stange on brink as Belarus try to avoid 'drubbing'

Another qualifying series comes to an end, and another coach finds his job under threat. To an outsider it looks as though Bernd Stange has done a decent job as coach of Belarus, but promising results towards the end of Euro 2008 qualifying seem to have raised expectations to unrealistic levels.

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