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The England coach, Steve McNamara, is to join the coaching staff of the Sydney Roosters, but is to continue to take charge of the national team on a part-time basis.

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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.

Sport on TV: Write or wrong, Dunphy outshines dull Rangers

Eamon Dunphy, Millwall midfielder turned acerbic controversialist, is always good value – and so it proved on last Sunday's South Bank Show (ITV 1). In one of his occasional sporting forays Lord Bragg of the Big Quiff, Carlisle United fan turned Arsenal season-ticket holder, was exploring David Peace's dark, gritty novel about Brian Clough's 44 days in charge at Leeds, The Damned United.

Sir Alan Sugar: would you like sugar with that?

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Gerrard happy to embrace new era of pragmatism

New era, a fresh start, an air of excitement. All the usual phrases were in place yesterday as England's players were asked their immediate impressions, after just one evening together and one training session, of the Capello regime. But one comment, made by Steven Gerrard and referring to the England head coach's maiden address to his squad on Sunday night, as they met at the five-star seclusion of the Grove Hotel on the outskirts of Watford, stood out. "He never once mentioned individuals," Gerrard said. "It was all about the team winning. He wants to instill a winning team."

Captain Marvel clinging on for survival as storm clouds gather

The man from County Durham has been familiar with many tests of his indomitable spirit ever since, as a five-year-old, he would make the daunting climb from the family's house in the village of Witton Gilbert, along with his dad Brian, sister Susan and golden retriever Shane, up to the football pitch at the top of the hill for a kickabout. In a playing and managerial career famed for battles with adversity – "a miracle of commitment", as Sir Alex Ferguson once observed – surely his current difficulties at Sheffield United do not compare with relegation at Middlesbrough,the threat to his authority when Terry Venables was seconded to assist him there or relegation at West Bromwich Albion? Apparently they do. "This is the toughest challenge I've had as a manager," Robson said after training on Friday.

Alan Pardew: Captain's example can take England to semis

In his first column for <i>The Independent</i> the West Ham manager argues that Eriksson's team will have a good tournament... but not as good as Brazil or France

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Craig Brown: England can reap the reward of Eriksson's consistency of selection

Eight years ago almost to the day, Paul Gascoigne deftly flicked the ball over Colin Hendry's head and volleyed it low past Andy Goram. While Terry Venables and Don Howe rejoiced in the other Wembley dug-out, I sat stunned and tormented, inwardly seeking an excuse, or at least an explanation. Maybe clutching at straws, I came to the reluctant conclusion that England had two more days of rest, thus giving them a decisive edge. In the extended week-long time scale, this, quite frankly, would hardly be significant, but this week it is totally different.

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