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There was something about the recent spectacle of Steve McClaren, the manager of the Dutch team FC Twente, being interviewed by a local TV channel which seemed to sum up our confused national relationship with foreign languages. Here was an Englishman who had accepted a relatively high-profile job in mainland Europe. But instead of attempting to learn to communicate in the local language, he had simply decided to speak English to the interviewer in a Dutch accent.

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The famous female sports psychologist who has worked behind the scenes for Luiz Felipe Scolari in his greatest personal triumphs said she is ready to come to Chelsea to help the Brazilian establish a rapport with his new players. Regina Brandao told The Independent yesterday that she believed the new Chelsea manager would use her to help his new players adapt to having the World Cup-winning coach as their new leader.

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A four-man shortlist for the job of manager at Blackburn Rovers was drawn up last night, with the club hopeful of having Mark Hughes' successor in place by the end of the week.

Book of the Week: England Managers by Brian Glanville

There were misgivings when the Football Association appointed a manager with a strange accent and an imperfect grasp of the English language, but in Brian Glanville's estimation Alf Ramsey became the best of England's 12 full-time man-agers to date "by a nautical mile". In his long journalistic career, Glanville has not only observed them at work but has also known them well too. He is not a man plagued by self-doubt, yet his analysis is hard to fault – Don Revie was "almost pathologically thin-skinned", Graham Taylor was "tactically compromised", Terry Venables was appointed "too late" and Steve McClaren was the "reductio ad absurdum of England managers". He expresses his views in elegant style, spiced (some would say a little too richly) with a sprinkling of Italian phrases. It comes as no surprise to learn he has known Fabio Capello "for some 35 years", and is a fan. Let us hope his judgement of the present incumbent is as acute as his view of the previous 11.

Matthew Norman: Whose eco-disaster is it, anyway?

At the risk of boring my dwindling and treacherous army of readers beyond endurance, I must return to the climate-change warriors of the tabloid press. Of all the myriad subjects that engage columnists on right-leaning red tops, this is the great unifier. Every single one has no shred of doubt that it's a giant global conspiracy conceived by lefty governments – not least the Bush White House – to diddle the taxpayer. I will not regurgitate the all-time favourite. Far too often have you read how Tom Utley, the Daily Mail's resident Archimedes, assuaged fears of rising water levels by explaining that when the ice in his G&T melts, the liquid doesn't spill over the side.

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John Terry received the perfect pick-me-up after his Champions League final misery by being restored as England captain for the friendly international with the United States at Wembley tomorrow evening.

How Macca mucked it up for the media too

Journalists and players are missing out on Euro 2008, but the former England boss will be making the trip after all. Jonathan Brown reports

Sport on TV: McClaren ties himself in knots with his own spin

Brian Clough talked about going into politics, and as a big Labour man Alex Ferguson might have been similarly tempted if things had turned out differently. And you could have seen it – tub-thumping old-school politics conducted with heart and passion.

Rio leads England in Paris

England coach Fabio Capello has appointed Rio Ferdinand as captain for tomorrow evening's friendly international with France in Paris.

Beckham the enigma looks past moment of history

Between fixtures at Pizza Hut Park and Dick's Sporting Goods Park, the most famous footballer in the world will be at the Stade de France tomorrow for a poignant moment of history. That he will become only the fifth English footballer of all-time to win 100 caps for his country hardly seems to matter anymore, because, until now, history has never accommodated a figure quite like David Robert Joseph Beckham.

Southgate hailed by chairman for Boro overhaul

Middlesbrough announced yesterday that they have sold out their allocation for Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final against Cardiff City at the Riverside as the club's chairman, Steve Gibson, showered praise on his young manager, Gareth Southgate. In his second season in management, and having lost both main strikers, Yakubu and Mark Viduka last summer, Southgate "has done terrifically for us," Gibson said. "I can't emphasise enough how ugly the job was that I gave him."

McClaren 'really excited' by challenge of job overseas management

Steve McClaren claims he has turned down offers to manage overseas but insists he is willing to move abroad or even step down into the Championship.

Missing: the great English manager

Where are the successors to Ramsey, Revie, Clough and Paisley? As the English national team begins a second spell under the stewardship of a foreign coach, Glenn Moore examines the reasons for perhaps the most baffling and worrying trend of modern English football – the almost complete failure of Englishmen to succeed in management at the very highest level

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