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July 2000 News
26 July 2000
Keegan - No.10
Kevin Keegan was invited to No10 Downing Street with Prime Minister, Tony Blair, to promote the lauch of the Football Foundation, a new initiative to get football played in schools again. It's part of a drive to give more money for facilities to play football, cricket, and rugby. Given the superstars wages these days, you'd have thought more teachers and parents would be pushing their children forward anyway, but grown ups don't always see it that way, do we ? There was to be a 'blaze of publicity' but it was largely ignored by all the papers except 'The Daily Telegraph', which put it on their front page. See Keegan to kick off No 10 sports drive.
Firey Falkirk Fergie
Sir Alex Ferguson (Falkirk) has updated his autobiography 'Managing My Life', and in the process is making the front pages of all the papers for his views on Arsene Wenger, Ken Bates and David Beckham. Sells books, I guess. See BBC SPORT MAN UTD Fergie slates Wenger and Bates and Football365
19 July 2000
Falkirk's Fergie's Firm
Sir Alex Ferguson (Falkirk) was featured in yesterday's 'The Times' newspaper saying he does not intend going back on his plan to retire in two years time. The Times reports Sir Alex as saying,
6 July 2000
One from mid-June this, but I got tied up watching Euro 2000. It's just to say that Jim Smith (Boston United) has won a two year contract to remain as Derby County's manager, so well done Jim ! See http--www.dcfc.co.uk-press-index.asppr_id=819
5 July 2000
What a difference a minute makes. 4 minutes into the time played after 90 miutes Dino Zoff's Italy were looking like surprise winners of Euro 2000, thanks to Delvecchio goal in the 55th minute. Everyone was waiting for the final whistle andwriting the obituary of the French World Cup winning side, then, before you can say Silvian Wiltord it was 1-1. David Trezeguet got the Golden Goal for France and suddenly the Italian players were sprouting enough salt water to boil a bowl of spaghetti.
'It was the worst night of my life' said Dino. Now Dino is quitting the post as Italian coach due to the critical words of the politician, Silvio Berlusconi. Most of Italy was pleased with the runners-up position, which seemed barely achievable at the competition's outset, so perhaps once the sulk is over Dino will return.
See the match report at BBC SPORT EURO2000 EURO2000 France win Euro 2000, Dino's comments on the match at BBC SPORT EURO2000 ITALY Euro woe for proud Italy, and the story of the resignation at BBC SPORT EURO2000 ITALY Zoff quits as Italy coach.
Yorath Off (to Sheffield Wednesday)
Terry Yorath (Leeds United squad), Gabby's Dad (!), has followed Peter Jewell from Bradford City to Sheffield Wednesday to be his first team coach. It seems Terry has also worked before with Peter Shreeves when Wales just missed out in qualifying for the World Cup Finals. Terry was manager of Wales for five years. See Sheffield Wednesday Football Club - The Official Web Site.
Dalglish Releashed (...pretend you're Sean Connery before saying this one !)
To be fair John Barnes himself said that Kenny Dalglish (Celtic squad) stood by him before being sacked, nevertheless, one can't help but feel some sympathy for Martin O'Neill for sweeping the decks clear of directors of football. Last season two Directors of Football took over the manager's job (Bryan Hamilton (Linfield) of Norwich City being the other).So, although he won Celtic the Scottish League Cup, Kenny's been given the hoof. See http--www.celticfc.co.uk-newsdesk-latest_news-jun_29_1939_2000.shtml
Bruce Rioch (Aston Villa), who resigned from the post as Norwich City's manager back in March has returned as manager of Wigan Athletic. These press conference quotes from Bruce Rioch can be found at Wigan Athletic Official Web Site.
very delighted to be here, and when I came up here and
John [Benson] showed me the facilities, I thought they
were quite outstanding, and very impressive, and overall
a club going in the right direction. They were
unfortunate last season not to achieve promotion and we
need to take them to a stage further."
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