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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Monday 22 September 2008
Sunday 08 June 2008
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.
Saturday 17 May 2008
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.
Saturday 22 March 2008
Tuesday 05 February 2008
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."
Sunday 27 January 2008
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.
Friday 09 June 2006
Sunday 06 February 2005
Saturday 01 January 2005
Monday 08 November 2004
Monday 06 September 2004
Saturday 14 August 2004
Thursday 24 June 2004
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.
Sunday 06 June 2004
Tuesday 11 May 2004
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