are they now?
Eriksson-Made for England
has been lined up as England's next permanent manager
once his contract with Lazio in Italy has expired in July
next year. Sven-Göran has the rare honour of becoming
England manager without having won an England cap ...
which has happened before, but never has the reason been
that, well, he's not English. Of course things could be
worse, the F.A. could have chosen a Scotsman.
Sven-Göran won the Italian League and Italian Cup with
Lazio earlier in the year, and the European Cup Winners
Cup in 1999. The only blot on his copy book is that
Blackburn Rovers believed they had signed his services in
1997, only to find out he'd done a dirty and signed for
Lazio instead. Overall he has won 12 major trophies
including championships in Sweden, Portugal and Italy and
2 League and Cup doubles.
Bob's 70-71 Pages had firmly nailed it's colours to the
mast saying that the next English manager should be the
most qualified person that could be found - not the next
available Englishman. It comes as a bonus that
Sven-Göran is also a 70-71 player.
As far as I can tell Sven-Göran was with the Swedish
Division Two side, Karlskoga. So not only did our
Sven-Göran not play in the top (Allsvenskan) League, but
the team he did play in were pretty ordinary, too.
Welcome to these pages, Sven-Göran, what ever happens
with the England post your continued presence here is
See BBC SPORT WORLD CUP 2002
Eriksson enjoys huge respect, BBC SPORT FOOTBALL Eriksson 'is
new England boss' and Degerfors IF
Taylor-Made England Manager
Sorry about that
headline, but if I see the joke made ONE more time, I'll
scream!!! ( I've probably even used it myself in the
past) ... Anyway Peter Taylor (Southend) has finally been named as the
permanent temporary England manager, along with someone
who makes the tea, or something, at Manchester United. As
the sacked England Under 21 manager only a year or so
ago, and having so far not actually ever won anything
worth winning, it's a less obvious choice than anyone
seems to be prepared to believe. Anyway, well done Peter
! Things can only get better - as everyone says when they
don't think they will ....
See The Times, Football Unlimited News For one
game only England unveil their dream team and ... BBC SPORT WORLD CUP 2002
Taylor-made for top job (which has the following career breakdown)...
Four successful seasons as player/boss of Dartford in
the Southern League
Enters Football League as assistant manager at
Watford in 1992
Started league career as coach of Southend in 1993
Moved to Dover while continuing as director of centre
of excellence at Southend
Appointed England under-21 coach in 1996
Lost only four of 21 matches as under-21 manager
Appointed Gillingham boss in July 1999
Wins promotion in May 2000
Appointed manager of Leicester in July 2000
Wins Manager of the Month for September after guiding
Foxes to top of the table
Kinnear has got
his first footballing job in a while as Oxford United's
consulatnt. It's a short term contract. As Denis Smith is
supposedly in that role too, one wonders how many chiefs
one club can have ! See Nationwide League Division 2
Teams Oxford News Article
I reported elsewhere that George
appearing in Channel 5 / Sky adverts at present. Well the
campaign also includes a number of other famous people -
Lynford Christie, Margeret Thatcher (spit,spit,spit),
Henry VIII ... Keith Chegwin. Well Kevin
included, too.. The adverts have a large badly drawn
smile over the mouth of the person who would otherwise
look serious or miserable depending on your perspective.
In Kevin's case the advert bares the legend, 'He's just
heard where you can get, 'the Wright stuff', which
apparantly refers to a Channel 5 topical talk show
weekdays at 9am. See www.channel5.co.uk/thewrightstuff .
Lou Macari (Celtic squad) has taken over as
caretaker boss of Huddersfield Town following Steve
Bruce's sacking yesterday. Lou does so with some
reluctance as he is Steve's mate - but is nevertheless
being hailed as a possible permanant successor.Steve had
been talked about as a future Manchester United manager,
and there is little doubt that Huddersfield were aiming
to emulate West Yorkshire locals Bradford City by joining
them in the Premiership. The fact that this has not even
looked likely in the past couple of seasons will have led
to the sacking. See HTAFC.COM News
Steve is a member of the 700+ club. Alan Buckley (Nottingham
is another strong contender for the post.
Joe Kinnear Interview
www.Football365.com included this interview in their e-mail
THE 365 Q&A: JOE KINNEAR (Tottenham Hotspur squad)
Wimbledon Boss On His Plans For The Future, Writing His
Life Story And Handling Football's Prima Donnas
You've been out of the game for about 18 months now -
when can we expect to see you back in management?
"When I'm offered a job! No seriously, I've spoken
to four or five chairmen from first division clubs - I
haven't had any offers from the Premiership - but I
played in the top flight for Tottenham and managed
Wimbledon in the top flight and I don't really want to
come out of it. I've decided to sit still and wait for
the right offer and, fingers crossed, I may get another
opportunity with a Premiership side. That's certainly my
Do you think the fact that you had a heart attack in
March last year has made prospective employers think
twice about offering you a job?
"My health problems may have put people off. It
certainly hasn't helped matters and if it hadn't happened
I would still be manager of Wimbledon. But I'm in better
shape now than I was when I was a manager. I've had an
MOT and had everything cleaned up and I feel in a lot
better condition than prior to the heart attack. It's not
a problem to me, but if it's a problem to club chairmen
there's not a lot I can do about it."
If a Premiership club doesn't come knocking, what else
would you consider?
"I haven't put all my eggs in one basket, I've
worked abroad for seven or eight years and maybe I will
do that again. If I'm not going to get the right job over
here, a job that excites me, then maybe I will start
applying for jobs overseas. I've never applied for a job
in my life, but if the Premiership or a sleeping giant
doesn't come up, then I'll cast an eye abroad and see
what turns up. I'm pretty confident an opportunity will
come my way, but the sad part is that before that happens
someone has to get sacked. That's the dirty side of the
business but that's why we're all crazy football
managers. At any time you could be for the chop."
What about the Republic of Ireland? That's a job you've
long been linked with...
"I was offered the job after Jack Charlton resigned
and it's something I've always had an ambition to do, but
the timing was all wrong. I still had five years on my
contract at Wimbledon and I still wanted five years
working with players on a day-to-day basis and rubbing
shoulders with the Manchester Uniteds and other big
clubs. I wasn't really ready to take on that task. I said
to the people interviewing me that it wasn't a smack in
the face and that it wasn't that I didn't want to manage
the country I played for, but I wanted to stay in the
Premiership. But, in the future, if the job opportunity
comes again, I will certainly consider it."
Your enforced time off has given you the chance to write
your autobiography. What was it like doing the book?
"It was a lot of hard work but it was fun going back
down memory lane. Hunter Davies is a terrific writer.
I've known him since I took him to Tottenham with me to
do The Glory Game 30 years ago so we've been friends for
a long time. He did all the research, I just had to
answer his questions. So I had the easy part."
There are so many football autobiographies on the market
- why should people buy yours?
"The format is a little different from a normal
autobiography because I allowed access to other people to
talk about me, so there are six or seven different people
in the book. Each one has two or three chapters. Whereas
in normal autobiographies the details are all provided by
the person themselves, this is more people I grew up with
and what I was like from their point of view and how
difficult I was to live with and work with. It's just a
different slant. Hopefully, people will like it."
Has the game changed for the better in the 35-odd years
you've been associated with it?
"It certainly has from a financial point of view for
the players, who are in a much stronger position now.
They are much better rewarded. Far better players in my
day came out with nothing, whereas the average player
today can be a millionaire. We earned better money than
the average man in the street, but today players earn
more money off the pitch than on it."
Joe Kinnear's autobiography, 'Still Crazy', is on sale
Howard Wilkinson's second match in charge of England showed
steady progress from the defeat in the first one. This
was England's second World Cup qualifying match in five
days and it ended as a 0-0 draw away to Finland. Wilko
could feel put out that the Finnish goalie wasn't sent
off in the first half for pulling down Teddy Sherringham
as he broke through, and there was a dispute that there
the ball crossed the Finnish goal line in the dying
minutes. One point out of six is a dreadful start to the
campaign, but well done to Howie for stepping in and
steadying the boat as best as he could last night. See Wilkinson's reactions from
and for a match report see The Times.
Just a quick
addition to the Commentators list. Last month about the time
of his auctions at Christie's (See September
ex-Liverpool star Phil Neal (Northampton Town) was heard commentating on one of the mid-week
matches for Talk Sport.
David Webb (See News) left Conference side, Yeovil
Town for league management at Southend. Presently top of
the Nationwide Conference League, Yeovil have turned to
ex-Sheffield United man, Colin Addison to carry on
their successful season. Colin began his career at York
City in 1957, before he moved to Nottingham Forest -
where he went on to score 62 League goals between
1960-66. A short stint at Arsenal followed, before going
to the Sheffield club.
Colin has experienced promotion into the League before as
a player with Hereford United. Colin joined the club from
Sheffield United in October 1971, they were promoted at
the end of that season, and he played in Hereford's first
two seasons in League football. See News from Huish Park which is also providing the
So, farewell then Kevin. Following England's dismal 1-0
defeat to Germany in the first World Cup qualifier and
last match ever at the old Wembly stadium yesterday,
Kevin decided to call it a day as England's manager. In
19 England games Kevin's England won 7 drew 7 and lost 5
- which isn't World Cup qualifying standard (see england fc - and waddle steps up), but he will, of course,
remain a hero on Bob's 70-71 pages. One wonders if the
defeat just a week after his mother's sudden death proved
all too much for the otherwise remarkably resilient
Kevin. Kev had been at the helm for 19 months.
Kevin's final speech as appeared in today's 'Observer'
did more than anyone else to get me this job and I
think they felt after this game that it was the time
to go. The timing may not seem great but it is right
if you feel it in your heart.
"I just felt that I fell short of what was
required in the job. It's a massive job. Lots of
parts I was adequate with and some parts I did very
well, but not in the key part of getting players to
win football matches. I don't want people criticising
me because they think I'm inadequate
"Tactically at this level, results will tell you
that I have struggled. After Euro 2000 a lot of
coaches bit the dust, some of whom had done far
better than me. So I always felt we had to start this
qualifying tournament off well.
"The effort has been there - I could not have
asked more from the lads - but I have not been able
to findthat little bit extra that you need to win
important matches at this level.
"I thank the players for their tremendous effort
and their performance today as, particularly in the
second half, no coach anywhere could have asked for
more commitment. They have always been very
supportive. Their reaction was one of shock. If they
feel responsible then they shouldn't. I just fell a
bit short, it was nothing to do with them.
"I have really enjoyed the job. It has been
stimulating at times. There is someone out there who
can take it onto the next stage that Kevin Keegan
"They can be successful as the players are good
enough. But it requires someone to pull it together
in a different way to the way I have as I must be
judged on results. My one regret is that I wasn't
"They gave me everything I needed to do this job
properly. Whoever gets this job next will have
"I want to spend some time with my family now.
They have always been my top team. Then I will think
about my future. I wouldn't say I will never be
involved in football again, just that I won't be at
"We under achieved at Euro 2000 and my story
looks back on a chapter that's not been successful,
sadly. With it you carry the weight of expectation. I
am the sort of person who is always honest with
"The crowd at the end gave their opinion and
made me realise that they can give you this job - and
they can also take it away. And that is where the
power should be.
"I've wished the team all the best. There is
never a good time to go but I just feel this is the
end of the road for me. I didn't want to outstay my
(See Football Unlimited Breaking News
Keegan quits after tactics flop )
On a more upbeat
note, former Leeds United Championship winning manager,
Howard Wilkinson (Brighton and Hove Albion), is once more called to the
fore to cover as England's manager following a surprise
departure. Howie last stepped in when Glenn Hoddle was
given the boot prior to Kevin Keegan's appointment. He
was in charge for one game on 10 February 1999, and was a
2-0 defeat at Wembly to France when Arsenal player Anelka
scored twice for the World Champions. See england fc - and waddle steps up. See Football Unlimited News Bye
Kevin, Hi Wilko
speculation about the new permanent manager has begun
already. One appointment that would get a Bob's 70-71
thumbs up is Arsene Wenger (Team unconfirmed). Arsene has
not only won a Premiership / F.A. Cup double - which
would be unique amongst England managers, but it would
have the knock on effect of making Arsenal cr*p for the
rest of the season. England have never appointed a
non-Englishman as their manager, but this would be a VERY
good time to start. See Football365.com. Other speculation has also
centered on Peter Taylor (Southend), Terry Venables (QPR) and Nigel Clough (Sons
- though I did make that last one up.
Toshack's Back - Thwarting all the
Well done to John Toshack (Cardiff City squad) who has been appointed
the manager of French First Division side, St Etienne.
Having managed in Spain and Portugal before, John will
know his ASSE from his elbow. After 10 games
Sainte-Etienne are currently 16th in the 18 club League,
which is the highest place in the 3 club relegation zone.
The team have not won in the last 6 matches. Of all the
sites which covered the story the unofficial club site
which offers an English version of the news, or is that
news in a version of English. Here's their unique
coverage of the Toshack news story ...
ASSE never makes the things like elsewhere,
the appointment of the new trainer could not be done
Thwarting all the prognostics and contradicting all
the rumours as well
as the various declarations, it will be finally Welsh
John Toschak who
will take the succession of Robert Nouzaret.
John knows the ASSE well to have faced it at the time
of various European
meetings with Liverpool where it evolved in attack
(95 goals marked
with the reds).
His prize list is rather well packed since he was a
trainer in Sporting
Portugal, Real Sociedad, Real Madrid where the
attack, under his direction
goal 107 times in only one season, record always has
It will ensure also a short moment the Welsh national
joining Deportivo Corogne, Besiktas of Istanbul then
again in Real of
Madrid February 99, replaced at the beginning of year
by Vicente Del
Bosque. By its vision of the play offensive and its
let us hope that John Toschak will be able to give
again colors with
the greens and to thus continue the work of its
predecessor and to give
again to Drill great European evenings of
(See AS St Etienne - Zone verte -
AS St Etienne - Sommaire)
official site is at asse and for the news from an
English site see Football365.com
Keegan and Supermarket Memories
It's unusual to
hear Kevin Keegan talk of his Scunthorpe days, but they cropped
up in this excellent piece from the www.Football365.com newspaper yesterday in the
build up to England's last match at the old Wembly
Stadium this Saturday.
KEEGAN WANTS LASTING WEMBLEY
Kevin Keegan has revealed his desire to take home a
lasting memen to from Wembley after leading England to
victory in the stadium's final game against Germany this
weekend. Wembley has been associated with many of the
fondest memories of Keegan's lengthy career, including
his first game as England boss when the crowd's support
against Poland helped to persuade him become full-time
He has already missed out on snapping up the piece of
turf which marked the spot where Sir Geoff Hurst's
controversial third goal against Germany hit the ground
after striking the bar in the 1966 World Cup final. That
was bought by Chelsea chairman Ken Bates for £20,000 in
an auction, but Keegan will be looking to find something
else to remind him of the stadium before it is knocked
down after Saturday's game.
The England coach revealed: ''Ken Bates took the piece of
turf that I wanted, although I'm not actually sure it was
exactly the same piece of turf as they had the Horse of
the Year Show on after the game. I wouldn't mind
something else from Wembley, although I don't exactly
know what it could be. I looked at the seats the other
day, thinking about pinching one of them, but they are
all plastic seats now. The ones in the Royal Box look OK.
So if you see me with a screwdriver there, then you'll
know what I'm trying to do!''
Keegan certainly admits to being ''a little bit
nostalgic'', given the importance of Wembley to his
career as a player in both club and international
football, as well as a manager.
''For Joe Cole and maybe even Michael Owen when you ask
them in 20 years' time, Wembley will be this fantastic
new stadium that has all these facilities which the fans
and the players deserve,'' he added. ''But it's like
Scunthorpe United to me. My memories of Scunthorpe are
under a supermarket now. The new ground doesn't mean
anything to me, but the old ground did, so it will be
sad. But hopefully there will be some more memories for
me to come.'' He recalled: ''I've got all sorts of
memories of Wembley from the past.''
Sitting on the bench in 1973 when Poland got the draw
when Jan Tomaszewski, the 'clown', was in goal. ''Alf
Ramsey said, 'Kevin, get ready,' and Ray Clemence pulled
my shorts down but it was not me who was coming on.
''The Charity Shield when me and Billy Bremner were sent
off after a clash, that was another disappointment. But
captaining England and walking out there was memorable. I
think that's one thing the captains will miss in the
future because at the new Wembley, they will come out in
the middle near the halfway line.
''That long walk is very special. That's what makes it
pretty unique, I think. You have a lot time to savour
walking out with an England shirt on and I think the
players will miss that.
''The first game as England manager was also fantastic,
as was the FA Cup Final when I scored two goals for
Liverpool against Newcastle.'' Despite all of those fond
memories - with his finest goal at Wembley being a header
against Italy to beat Dino Zoff - Keegan is determined to
ensure that England concentrate simply on victory against
Germany this week.
Although a handful of players were again rested from
training on Wednesday, he remains confident that all 27
members of his squad will be fit for selection for the
opening World Cup qualifier. And he has no worries about
the game being overshadowed by the celebrations to mark
the closure of Wembley before building work begins on the
new national stadium.
''I think it's a fantastic game to close down Wembley,''
said Keegan. ''Obviously it would be more fantastic for
us if we got a result, played well and started off a
World Cup campaign in the right manner. But I think it's
a fitting game for the last game at Wembley and the
players are aware of that. However, they are also very
focused. A lot of this stuff that is going to go on
around them will do just that, it will go on around them.
It will not directly affect them.''
Keegan added: ''Every England game is a big game, isn't
it? That's what I've found coming in to manage. Even when
we played Hungary away in a friendly, it was a big game.
You always need a result and a performance. This one has
just put a bit more cream on it, I suppose, because it's
Germany and because it's the last game at Wembley. It
just makes it a little bit bigger than normal, but what's
the difference between enormous and massive?''
Taylor, Taylor ...
Two of the site's
Taylors won Manager of the Month for September.
Taylor (Lincoln City) who was the Division One
Manager of the Month for September. Watford are 2nd in
the League having dropped only 2 points after 8 games.
They are the only team keeping pace with Fulham, who have
a one hundres per cent record after 9 games.See Watford News Article
In the Premiership
Peter Taylor (Southend) won the honour as his
Leicester City side were surprise early League leaders.
No not Brian, for once,
but Alan Little - Brian's brother (See Sons and Daughters :Brothers) has been sacked as Southend
United's manager. Whilst not strictly speaking a Bob
70-71 player - SUFC Gossip - Comments 2000-2001 had this rather good write up,
so I thought I'd pass it on.
Alan Little has been
sacked as manager of Southend.
29/4/2000. Alan Little's reign
as Southend United manager is over after just 17 months
in the Roots Hall hotseat. The Shrimpers' owner Ron
Martin sacked Little, 45, on Thursday afternoon, just 48
hours before Blues' trip to Third Division high-flyers
Rochdale on Saturday. Announcing his shock decision
Martin said: "Alan Little's contract as the manager
of Southend United has been terminated with immediate
effect. I have relieved Alan of his duties as I do not
consider him capable of doing the job we require.
"We want to get this club back
into the Second Division and we will be appointing a
manager who can motivate the players and achieve this
goal for us. "This is not a slur on Alan's person
because he is an exceptional and genuine person. But we
want results and I have decided to make changes at the
top. This club is underachieving and it needs to
stop!" Martin confirmed that Little's assistant Mick
Gooding would take charge of team affairs at Rochdale,
although he said the club hoped to unveil their new
manager as soon as possible. Hinting that his target may
already be in the employment of another football club,
Martin said: "I have a shortlist of candidates, but
I don't want to mention any names as it may jeopardise
their current positions.
"We will be looking for an experienced manager who
can win us promotion. He will be given money to
strengthen the squad and I want this appointment to be
made quickly as I believe we need continuity at Roots
Hall." The Martin Dawn plc chairman also defended
his decision to dispose of Little, who leaves Blues tenth
in the Third Division table, four points adrift of an
automatic promotion spot. The Shrimpers are also unbeaten
in their last five games. However, Little's full League
record reads: played 64, won 21, drawn 17, lost 26, goals
for 73, goals against 80, points 80.
"I have been thinking about replacing Alan since
last February," said Martin. "I know we have
picked up results in our last few games, but one swallow
doesn't make a summer." Former York City manager
Little still has around 20 months left on his current
contract which could cost the cash-strapped Seasiders as
much as £100,000 in compensation, and Martin confirmed:
"We have made provisions and Alan will be taken care
of." Little was unaware of his fate until meeting
with Martin at 4.20pm on Thursday and he angrily left
Roots Hall soon after. The former Blues midfielder, who
clocked up more than 100 Southend matches during the 70s,
was still stunned at his Thorpe Bay home today (Friday).
He said: "I can't really say anything at the moment.
But my legal people will be visiting the club
today." Little's right-hand man, Gooding, was
equally shocked. "We've been preparing the team as
normal for our match at Rochdale and then this news comes
right out of nowhere." Reserve team coach Rob Newman
said: "This is a right surprise. I'll be gutted to
see the gaffer go as he's a top man and gave me my chance
in coaching which I'll always be grateful for." Star
striker Martin Carruthers, who met Martin for contract
talks yesterday, was equally gobsmacked. "I can't
believe this is happening none of the players
As a matter of interest!With Alan Little in charge
(including friendlies) Played:82 Won:27 Drawn:20 Lost:33.
A win ratio of 33% (I have not treble checked the
New Record for Barrowclough's Frickley Athletic !
difficult to put a positive angle on Frickley's 12-0
defeat at Worksop, as the record was that of highest
defeat in the Unibond Premier League ! Unsurprisingly,
Stewart Barrowclough (Newcastle United squad) resigned after the
match. Incidentally, the Worksop team included ex-England
international, Chris Waddle - a player too old even for
Bradford City these days, but in 'The Non-League Paper'
this Sunday, he was talking of hoping to get a Fisrt
Division team interested in him, or possibly a place in
the England semi-pro team.! Scorchio ! See worksop26_9
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2000 news at the following ...