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James McClean never wanted to play for Northern Ireland – Nigel Worthington

EXCLUSIVE: Worthington reveals McClean never wanted to play for Northern Ireland

qualifier against Italy in Pescara and now, almost 18 months after handing the reins to Michael O'Neill, he admits he would return.

'If the opportunity ever came up again, I wouldn't think twice about taking it,' he said.

'I loved every minute of that job. I loved working with the squad and the people behind the scenes were always terrific.'

While
those supporting Worthington in post are fondly remembered, he failed
to leave much of a legacy among the fans, who complained at his
'negative' tactics.

'Some
people will remember sections of the supporters having a go at me
towards the end of my time but I wouldn't say a bad word against them.

'They
were fantastic, loyal and passionate throughout my time in charge and
there is no better sight in football than seeing 13,500 people inside a
bouncing Windsor Park.'

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Manchester City were embarrassing! Roberto Mancini"s men slammed over limp Champions League exit

City were embarrassing! No passion, no graft, no team-work… Mancini's men slammed over limp Champions League exit

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11:54 GMT, 5 December 2012

Dortmund 1 Manchester City 0

City fail to make Europa League cut – Read John Edwards' match report from Germany

Manchester City have been accused of embarrassing themselves in the Champions League by not trying to win against Borussia Dortmund last night.

Roberto Mancini heads in to Sunday’s Manchester derby in the Barclays Premier League under real pressure after City became the first English team to fail to register a single win in their Champions League group.

Last night’s defeat in Germany left City bottom of their group with just three points and left them without even the consolation of a Europa League spot.

Down and out: Manchester City reflect on their dreadful European campaign in Dortmund last night

Down and out: Manchester City reflect on their dreadful European campaign in Dortmund last night

Now City have been accused of failing to earn their big wages by, among others, their former midfielder Didi Hamann.

The former German international, who played for City between 2006 and 2009 and won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005, said: 'Sometimes if you pay these players big wages it takes the edge off them.

'This is not the first time this has happened to City.

'Anyone can have a bad game but if you have six bad games in Europe – like they did last year – and then six more this season then you have to question their will to win.

'Have they got the will to go the extra yards for their team mates Too often, if it gets tough, they don’t want to go the extra yard.

'If you do that in the Champions League you get found out.

'It’s a tough group but this borders on embarrassing, to get so few points.

Under pressure: Roberto Mancini was powerless to stop City's 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund

Under pressure: Roberto Mancini was powerless to stop City's 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund

'City really don’t have the conviction to play in this league. They had 14 international players used during this game.

'These are the players the manager wanted. You expect better performances than this.

'The gulf between them and Dortmund looked very big.

'Borussia rested some of their top players. The players who came in for City all cost a lot of money. The Borussia players didn’t.

'I saw one team that had the will to win and one that didn’t.

'If I didn’t know beforehand what their position in the group was I would have thought that Borussia had something to play for and City didn’t.

'It was a very disappointing performance from start to finish, apart from Joe Hart.

'Clearly, as Joe Hart said afterwards, things are not right in the camp.'

Mad Mario: Striker Balotelli (right) screams in frustration during the defeat in Germany

Mad Mario: Striker Balotelli (right) screams in frustration during the defeat in Germany

City began last night’s game needing a win to qualify for the Europa League while their opponents had already qualified for the next stage of the main competition.

Despite that, Hamann and fellow SKY TV analysts Glenn Hoddle and Ruud Gullit, were shocked by what they saw from Mancini’s players.

Gullit, who won the European Cup with Milan in 1989, said: 'The managers takes the responsibility when you win and when you lose.

'If the intention was to get out of playing in the Europa League then City did a great job.

'If their intention was to win to get in to the Europa League then they made a fool of themselves.

'It was dreadful. There was no team at all.

'I didn’t see anybody getting mad or angry or even looking like they wanted to do it.

'It was such a bad performance. Even though they didn’t want to play in the Europa League, at least they could have made an effort. At least do something.

'They bought a lot of players for their name. I don’t think they bought players for other reasons.

'I don’t see the reason they bought Maicon. Maybe someone can tell me that.

'They had some good players and they sold them.

'Mancini said after one defeat this season that he knew what the problem was and he would fix it.

'That’s what he said. I have not seen that he has fixed it. I just see them playing worse and worse.

Down and out: Dortmund's Julian Schieber (right) scores the decisive goal past Joe Hart (left)

Down and out: Dortmund's Julian Schieber (right) scores the decisive goal past Joe Hart (left)

'There are lots of things that don’t bode well in this team. If they don’t win on Sunday then they have real problems.

'When things are going wrong it’s the ones that don’t play that cause the problems.

'That is the danger of what’s happening to Man City.'

City were due to train in Germany this morning before flying home to Manchester ahead of their Sunday clash with Sir Alex Ferguson’s United. If they lose at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday they will be six points behind their rivals.

Former England coach Hoddle claimed last night that Mancini’s players don’t understand how to implement the Italian’s tactics.

Hoddle said: 'It concerns me in Europe how City don’t work hard to win the ball back or show passion.

City old boy: Dietmar Hamann

Glenn Hoddle

City critics: Blues' old boy Dietmar Hamann (left) and former England manager Glenn Hoddle (right)

'There is no pressure on the ball. There is nobody giving information. They are playing as individuals.

'Top teams like Barcelona play together and go after the ball together. Man City can’t give teams that much space and time in Europe. If they do they will continue to get picked off.

'They have good players when they have the ball. When they have the ball they want to work and want to have the ball and make an effort.

'But they need to work hard all the time. If they don’t improve this will happen in Europe every season.

'I think Mancini has to look at himself in terms of both sides of the coin – attacking and defending – when you play at this level.

'He went in to a back three in the second half and that is fine. But the players don’t look drilled. They don’t look as though they know what they are doing.

'The full-backs, for example, are getting caught and the full-backs of the opposition are therefore coming on nice and free.

'If you go to playing that system it looks to be causing City a problem.

'They have to be drilled about how they are going to win the ball back in that system and then in the normal system that they play.

'There have to be some questions aimed at the manager and the staff a little bit.

'Are the players switched on to whatever system they are being asked to play I would question that.'

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Chelsea hotel vibe was all wrong, now it is time for Pep Guardiola: Andy Townsend

Chelsea team hotel in Turin was full of bad vibes. It was uneasy and tense. I've never felt an atmosphere like that before…

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13:58 GMT, 21 November 2012

I was staying at the same hotel as Chelsea in Turin. There was a bad vibe. It didn’t feel like a big club building up to a big game together.

I’ve stayed in the team hotel before big games, both as a player and since working with ITV.

No unity: Andy Townsend says there was a lack of togetherness in the Chelsea hotel

No unity: Andy Townsend says there was a lack of togetherness in the Chelsea hotel

There is often time to kill before a
game. The players will be resting, in their rooms. The staff will sit
together and talk football.

But the Chelsea staff seemed disjointed. People were sitting apart, sitting alone or in small groups. It was uneasy and tense.

Beaten man: Roberto Di Matteo looked resigned to the fact he could lose his job after defeat to Juventus

Beaten man: Roberto Di Matteo looked resigned to the fact he could lose his job after defeat to Juventus

The next man Andy Townsend is keen for Chelsea to appoint Pep Guardiola

The next man Andy Townsend is keen for Chelsea to appoint Pep Guardiola

It felt odd. I thought: ‘Are you working together, or are you working apart’

I haven’t sensed an atmosphere around a team like that before.

Chelsea,
like all big clubs, have an army of staff – but it felt like some of
them were keeping themselves to themselves. There wasn’t enough unity.

Is this what happens when you’ve had eight coaches in nine years and more caretakers than my old school

Now I would like them to get on with appointing their man. Get Pep Guardiola, pay him enough money so he can’t say no.

Offer him a contract that says: ‘Get on a flight from New York now.’

There is nothing worse for a dressing room to have a caretaker manager, so I hope Chelsea don’t go down that path again.

Andy Townsend is a former Chelsea captain who made over 130 appearances for the Stamford Bridge club between 1990 and 1993. Townsend now works as a commentator and pundit for ITV Sport.

Sergio Aguero set for Manchester City return within a month

City relief over Aguero as Mancini confirms striker is set to return within a month

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UPDATED:

16:27 GMT, 22 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is expected back in action in less than a month following his knee injury suffered against Southampton on Sunday.

There had been fears the Argentinian had suffered major ligament damage when he fell awkwardly early in the 3-2 season-opening win.

Fearing the worst: Sergio Aguero was taken off injured against Southampton

Fearing the worst: Sergio Aguero was taken off injured against Southampton

But a scan has found no major damage, and City are now optimistic the 24-year-old will be back in contention for the trip to Stoke on September 15.

'I don't think Sergio will be out for long and we are hoping he will be back after the international break which is obviously fantastic news for him and for us,' manager Roberto Mancini told the club's website.

'We were very worried a couple of days ago because we feared he could be out for six months or maybe even more which would have been very bad news.'

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London 2012 Olympics: Thousands of unwanted football tickets remain unsold

Olympics football venues shrink as thousands of tickets go unwanted

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UPDATED:

22:40 GMT, 17 July 2012

Around 700,000 Olympics tickets are yet to be sold, and capacity at a number of football matches has been reduced, organisers said on Monday.

LOCOG said 50,000 tickets are available for non-football sports and a further 200,000 are due to go on sale after being returned by Olympics committees from around the world.

Sell-out Football tickets have been hard to shift

Sell-out Football tickets have been hard to shift

Organisers said there had been around a million football tickets left but these have been cut in half by reducing capacity.

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe insisted that ticket sales were 'not in bad shape' and said about 150,000 football tickets would also be available to schoolchildren through the Ticketshare programme.

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Giro d"Italia: Mark Cavendish"s Team Sky finish ninth on stage four

Cavendish's Team Sky finish lowly ninth on stage four of Giro

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21:30 GMT, 9 May 2012

Team Sky finished a disappointing ninth in the time trial in Verona on Wednesday during stage four of cycling's Giro d'Italia.

They were half a minute behind the winning team Garmin-Barracuda led by Ramunas Navardauskas who finished in 37min 4sec.

Mark Cavendish, who was involved in a bad crash on Monday, was part of the Team Sky bid while team-mate Geraint Thomas is now seventh overall, 21 seconds behind Navardauskas.

Down the order: Team Sky finished in ninth on Wednesday

Down the order: Team Sky finished in ninth on Wednesday

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Mario Balotelli could start against Manchester United – Roberto Mancini

One last chance! Mancini ready to call on bad boy Balotelli for crunch derby clash

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08:16 GMT, 27 April 2012

Roberto Mancini is considering a shock recall for Mario Balotelli in Monday's crucial Manchester derby.

The volatile striker has been suspended since Manchester City played Arsenal, a game in which he was sent off for two bookable offences but also committed a horrific tackle on Gunners midfielder Alex Song.

After the match Italian manager Mancini said he was considering selling his countryman in the summer as he could not put up with Balotelli's bad behaviour any more.

Ready to rumble: Could Roberto Mancini spring a surprise on Monday

Ready to rumble: Could Roberto Mancini spring a surprise on Monday

But in an interview with France Football, Mancini said: 'Despite some stupid things he has done, Mario has done some important things, like his double strike at Old Trafford this season.

'With him anything anything is possible. It’s difficult to say today if I will recall Balotelli but everyone is available and I will make my choice on Sunday.'

The 22-year-old pleaded to stay at City after his latest misdemanour and it appears Mancini has forgiven him.

Back in business: Mario Balotelli could line up in the crucial clash

Back in business: Mario Balotelli could line up in the crucial clash

Mancini admitted: 'It’s like a family when a child does stupid things. The affection of the parents is still there.

'He’s young and he commits big mistakes that can put the team in difficulty.

Double act: Will Balotelli partner Sergio Aguero up top

Double act: Will Balotelli partner Sergio Aguero up top

'But I still think he has great talent and I hope he will be a City player next season. It’s all in his hands.'

City trail neighbours United by three points going into Monday's crunch clash. If they beat their rivals they will go top of the Barclays Premier League on goal difference.

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Mario Balotelli makes up with Roberto Mancini and will not leave Manchester City

Bad boy Balotelli makes up with Mancini and plans to stay at City for two more years

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14:56 GMT, 12 April 2012

Troubled Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has settled his differences with manager Roberto Mancini could stay at the Premier League club for two more years.

Controversy has followed the Italian from his rebellious teenage years at Inter Milan to City where his latest indiscretion was another red card in the weekend defeat by Arsenal.

City have considered selling Balotelli to his boyhood club AC Milan in the summer given his catalogue of bad behaviour.

Latest gaffe: Mario Balotelli was sent off in Manchester City's 'defeat at Arsenal

Latest gaffe: Mario Balotelli was sent off in Manchester City's 'defeat at Arsenal

But Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola has denied the striker will leave, telling Sky Italia: 'I'm in Manchester but it has nothing to do with the transfer market. There is no intention by Manchester City to sell the player.

'He (Balotelli) has always stated that he is happy in Manchester and finding his balance. Of course, that balance is lost when things don't go well.'

City boss Roberto Mancini revealed last weekend that he would consider selling the 21-year-old after he was sent off in the 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat to Arsenal.

Balotelli, who joined City from Inter Milan last summer, later apologised for his behaviour and claimed he would only consider his future at the end of the season.

'I have spoken to Mario and to Mancini,' Raiola said. 'There was a tense time between them but now all is calm.

'Mario has understood his mistakes in every sense, at times he makes mistakes without doing it on purpose.

We can work it out: The striker has made up with City boss Roberto Mancini

We can work it out: The striker has made up with City boss Roberto Mancini

'Much is expected from Mario and his sending off against Arsenal was negative due to his bad performance.'

Reports in Italy have claimed Inter and AC Milan would battle it out to acquire Balotelli's services this summer. However, Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti brushed aside those reports.

'We have followed what has happened with Balotelli,' Moratti said to Sky Italia. 'From a technical standpoint he is very good but we haven't made a move. Honestly, he is not in our plans.'

Raiola does not rule out that Balotelli will return to Italy in the future but insists the player will remain at City next season.

Homecoming Balotelli has attracted interest from Italian giants AC Milan

Homecoming Balotelli has attracted interest from Italian giants AC Milan

'Of course, he misses Italy and it's only normal as his family and his friends are there,' he said. 'Manchester City has no intention of selling him, on the contrary, they want to grow together.

'I think that once Mario decides to return to Italy, there will be a big derby for his services. But right now is not the time, perhaps in one or two years' time.

'Mario has to grow and he will do so in Manchester.'

Balotelli is under contract with City until June, 2015.

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Gareth Bale hamstring injury dismissed by Harry Redknapp

Spurs boosted as Redknapp reveals Bale's set to shake off hamstring concerns

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has played down concerns over Gareth Bale's hamstring injury and is confident that the Welshman will be fit to play against Manchester United on Sunday.

Bale had to pull out of Wales' friendly against Costa Rica on Wednesday after feeling a tightness in his hamstring and reports had suggested he could be out for up to three weeks.

Redknapp denies that is the case, however.

Sildelined: Gareth Bale missed Wales' friendly against Costa Rica with tightness in his hamstring

Sildelined: Gareth Bale missed Wales' friendly against Costa Rica with tightness in his hamstring

'That's absolutely a million miles
wrong,' he said when asked about the reports that Bale was set for a
long-term lay-off. 'He hasn't even got a tear in his hamstring. It's
just a little bit tight but it should be OK. It shouldn't be a problem.

'We will have to wait and see how he is (for the weekend). Hopefully he should be OK.'

The news that Bale could be fit is a
big boost for Redknapp, who is looking for his team to re-establish
their push for Champions League qualification after last week's 5-2
mauling at Arsenal.

Walk of shame: Harry Redknapp wants his Tottenham side to bounce back from their humiliation suffered at Arsenal last weekend

Walk of shame: Harry Redknapp wants his Tottenham side to bounce back from their humiliation suffered at Arsenal last weekend

Tottenham's players have admitted that
the defeat at their bitter local rivals hurt deeply, but their manager
is sure that the loss was just a blip in what has otherwise been an
excellent season.

'We had a bad weekend last weekend but
it was a one-off,' Redknapp said of the Arsenal performance. 'Since the
first two games of the season we have not really had a bad game, even
though we have lost a couple.

'Last week was the first bad day that
we have had but it happens. Everybody has those days. All the clubs have
had them this year and you have to accept that you will have days like
that.'

Oops: Despite Bale's contentious earning of a penalty at Emirates Stadium, it was his former Southampton colleague who stole the headlines

Oops: Despite Bale's contentious earning of a penalty at Emirates Stadium, it was his former Southampton colleague who stole the headlines

Redknapp will be without Scott Parker
for Sunday's game after his dismissal against the Gunners, but the Spurs
boss is hopeful of having Ledley King (knee), Rafael van der Vaart
(calf) and Kyle Walker (ankle) available despite fitness concerns over
the key trio.

'Van der Vaart is hopefully going to
train today. He feels a lot better,' Redknapp added. 'Ledley is not bad.
Hopefully he will come out tomorrow. We will see how he is. Kyle Walker
is OK. He should be OK. He got a knock (against Arsenal) but he should
be fit.'

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Andre Villas-Boas furious after Chelsea blow 3-0 lead, Juan Mata

AVB was furious after we blew 3-0 lead, admits Chelsea star Mata

Chelsea forward Juan Mata has revealed that Andre Villas-Boas gave his side a strong dressing down after they blew a 3-0 lead against Manchester United on Sunday.

United staged a stirring late comeback and Mata, who's stunning volley had put Chelsea 2-0 up, revealed his disappointment and Villas-Boas' fury after the game.

Stunner: Mata's volley put Chelsea 2-0 up

Stunner: Mata's volley put Chelsea 2-0 up

Stunner: Mata's volley put Chelsea 2-0 up

The Spaniard told The Sun: 'I’d have preferred to win and not score.

'The coach was furious after the match. And also the players because in a match like this you’d never think we could waste a three-goal home advantage.

Furious: Andre Villas-Boas saw his side surrender a three-goal lead

Furious: Andre Villas-Boas saw his side surrender a three-goal lead

'How many times will Chelsea be in with a chance to defeat United, winning 3-0 after 50 minutes

'I never believed they could pull level. It was bad news for us and confirmed the race for fourth place will not be easy.'