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Fabio Capello: I want to manage in England again

Capello opens door to England return: 'I miss it, the packed stadiums… and Russia has worse problem with foreign players'

By
Adam Crafton

PUBLISHED:

01:31 GMT, 23 February 2013

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UPDATED:

01:42 GMT, 23 February 2013

Fabio Capello has opened the door to Premier League suitors, declaring his fascination for English football and revealing his difficulties adapting to life as manager of the Russian national team.

Speaking through a translator at a question and answer session at the Cambridge Union, the former England boss revealed his strong passion for English football.

He said: 'The Premier League is absolutely fascinating. I would be available and would be flattered to be linked with jobs in this league.

Longing: Fabio Capello admitted he misses England after taking over as the manager of Russia

Longing: Fabio Capello admitted he misses England after taking over as the manager of Russia

'Both my wife and I enjoyed our time in the UK and what I miss about football in the UK is that the stadiums are packed, whereas the Russian league is often half-empty.

'I am used to the media attention from Italy and Spain, and I can handle the newspapers and press here. It is just part of the job. In Russia, it is great because nobody can read the newspapers!

Although Capello is finding the Russian media easy to deal with, the Italian revealed the frustrations he has found as he tries to get to grips with the Russian language.

He said: 'It is not difficult when we train but it is very hard to pass on my emotions and motivation to the players and I have to rely on the translator.

'Before a match, I show the players videos and show them bullet points to get my point across but the translator even has to write these because the Russian language has a different alphabet. Sometimes, the translator relates the concepts but not with the feeling that I want to convey.'

Defender: Capello consistently backed John Terry despite his off-the-field problems

Defender: Capello consistently backed John Terry despite his off-the-field problems

New horizons: Capello hopes to lead Russia to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

New horizons: Capello hopes to lead Russia to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Along with the language-barrier, the former Real Madrid and AC Milan boss has grown frustrated with the small pool of Russian players that he has to work with, believing the influx of foreign players in the Russian league to be an ailment even more chronic than the same issue facing the English Premier League, while the long travelling is also proving problematic.

He said: 'I used to complain that there are only playing 38 per cent of Premier League players that are English but the situation is even worse in Russia on this issue. To attract players to Russia, a lot of money is needed.

'Moreover, many of the best teams with these huge private benefactors are located at the borders of Russia so it is a lot of travelling for me.'

And the former Three Lions boss couldn't mask his surprise that AC Milan decided to pay 21million to take Mario Balotelli back to Italy.

Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli

All change: Mario Balotelli moved from Manchester City to AC Milan in the January transfer window

He said: 'When I found out that Milan were signing Balotelli, I thought it was crazy! But he has been playing brilliantly since arriving, he has had no problems with the referee and he can make a difference, as he has showed with four goals in three games. He’s great – but it’s impossible to manage Balotelli!

'With these players, like I had with Antonio Cassano myself you have to speak to them to explain exactly what they have to do before the game – but within five minutes they do whatever they want anyway!'

Celtic"s Anthony Stokes sent death threats on Twitter

Celtic's Stokes sent death threats on Twitter after allegedly attending benefit for Irish gangster

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UPDATED:

15:43 GMT, 3 December 2012

Celtic’s Anthony Stokes has been sent a death threat on twitter after it was claimed the striker attended a tribute in memory of a notorious Irish gangster.

Stokes, who is also an Irish international, was targeted by a user named @gonzo1690, who said he hoped that the Ulster Volunteer Force, a paramilitary group, would ‘put a bullet’ in his head.

The user tweeted: ‘Hope the UVF put a bullet in your head you f****** p****’.
In the same tweet, the user added: ‘If I ever see you you’re getting smashed ya ****.’

Threat: Anthony Stokes has been targeted on Twitter

Threat: Anthony Stokes has been targeted on Twitter

The 23-year-old is considering reporting the abuse and the death threat to police, tweeting in response to his followers: ‘Do I need to send this to the police or do they just pick up on it’

The attack on twitter came after claims that Stokes, a former Hibs and Arsenal forward, had attended a benefit event for murdered Irish gangster Alan Ryan, a senior figure within the Real IRA, in Dublin.

Ryan was killed last September, executed at close range outside his home.

Celtic fans were quick to unite in condemnation at the abuse. Tam Selleck CSC, wrote: ‘This coward @gonzo1690 just told Stokes he hopes the UVF put a bullet in his head. Won’t be smiling in court.’

Another tweeted: ‘Anybody placing bets on when @gonzo1690 will get a chap on his door from police’

Frankel wins Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot

Fantastic Frankel bows out in style with historic 14th consecutive victory at Ascot

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UPDATED:

16:52 GMT, 20 October 2012

Frankel was at his majestic best as he went in retirement after making it a perfect 14 victories in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot.

The world's highest-rated racehorse, trained by Sir Henry Cecil, won his 10th Group One race with a trademark display of pure brilliance – despite being slowly away from the stalls and running in very testing conditions.

Sent off the 2-11 favourite, Khalid Abdullah's wonder colt took up the running from Cirrus Des Aigles over a furlong out under his ever-present jockey Tom Queally and pulled away from the French raider to win cosily by a length and three-quarters.

Unbeatable: Frankel made it 14 wins from as many races in the Champion Stakes at Ascot

Unbeatable: Frankel made it 14 wins from as many races in the Champion Stakes at Ascot

Frankel factfile

Sire: Galileo

Dam: Kind

Age: Four

Foaled: February 11, 2008

Owner: Prince Khalid Abdullah

Trainer: Sir Henry Cecil

Career earnings: 2,998,302.

Race record: Fourteen wins from 14 starts, including 10 victories at Group One level.

Group One victories: Champion Stakes (2012); Juddmonte International (2012); Sussex Stakes (2012); Queen Anne Stakes (2012); Lockinge Stakes (2012); Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2011); Sussex Stakes (2011); St James's Palace Stakes (2011): 2000 Guineas (2011); Dewhurst Stakes (2010)

Other notable wins: Greenham Stakes (2011), Royal Lodge Stakes (2010).

Cecil said: 'He didn't like the crowd
much but he was very relaxed. He's the best I've ever had. He's the
best I've ever seen. I'd be surprised if there's ever been any better.'

Abdullah confirmed Frankel had run his last race and would to be retired to stud.

He said: 'That is the end of it and he will retire.'

With Frankel missing the break by a
couple of lengths, Ian Mongan on Bullet Train, Frankel's brother and
regular pacemaker, was left looking for his stablemate.

However, Queally let the horse make up the ground in his own time and join the other five runners.

Meanwhile, Cirrus Des Aigles had gone to the front until Bullet Train went on to do the job he is used to.

Cirrus Des Aigles, rated the second
best in the field, tried to stretch Frankel by going on early in the
straight but the great horse was simply too good.

Nathaniel was two and a half lengths away in third.

Hug it out: Tom Queally grabs hold of Frankel's neck after their impressive victory

Hug it out: Tom Queally grabs hold of Frankel's neck after their impressive victory

This was only Frankel's second race
over 10 furlongs, having stepped up from a mile for the first time at
York in August in the Juddmonte International Stakes, sponsored by his
owner.

His previous 12 victories before that
had come over seven furlongs and a mile, and included the 2000 Guineas
at Newmarket, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at this meeting 12 months
ago as well as the St James's Palace Stakes and the Queen Anne Stakes on
this track.

Forget it: Cirrus Des Aigles ridden by Olivier Peslier (right) had no chance of catching Frankel

Forget it: Cirrus Des Aigles ridden by Olivier Peslier (right) had no chance of catching Frankel

Queally said: 'He's just getting more and more relaxed as time goes on. He waited until the gates were open then he was away.

'I was happy all the way but there's
no doubt he's better on better ground. His class showed today. I walked
the track and I was a little worried about the conditions.

'Having walked it in the home straight I knew it wasn't too heavy for him to quicken up.

Royal approval: The Queen watched Frankel win the Champion Stakes at Ascot

Royal approval: The Queen watched Frankel win the Champion Stakes at Ascot

'You want every angle covered and
everything in your favour, so in that respect there was always a little
worry, but he was in great heart today and he looked a lot better than
he did 12 months ago on this day.

'He was so good today, even on that ground.'

Teddy Grimthorpe, the Abdullah's
racing manager, said: 'He's wonderful. He probably wasn't enjoying the
ground as he normally does, but he's produced it.

'I was quite relaxed when he missed
the break. He did it at York and the great thing is he got into a
rhythm. He wasn't pulling, he was just straightforward.

'He had a trouble-free passage, then
it always looked like he was going to win. He had it under control in
the straight and that is him.

Crowd pleaser: Tom Queally and Frankel pass the stands after winning the Champion Stakes

Crowd pleaser: Tom Queally and Frankel pass the stands after winning the Champion Stakes

'I was reasonably cool, but I began to yell a bit. The crowd's reaction is great – the greatest for the greatest.

'Frankel has brought a whole new
generation of people to the sport. He's brought a wider public
recognition of the sport and he's given them something to savour.

'He's the ultimate equine athlete. We've never seen anything like him.

'Prince Khalid said to me he has run
his last race and I think that is the correct decision – he has given us
three sensational years.'

Eyes down: Willie Carson and Claire Balding take in the action

Eyes down: Willie Carson and Claire Balding take in the action

Eyes down: Willie Carson and Claire Balding take in the action

Going gets tough: there had been worries about the state of the track ahead of the big race

Going gets tough: there had been worries about the state of the track ahead of the big race

Full house: It was no course to see the stadium packed to the rafters

Full house: It was no surprise to see the course packed to the rafters

Odds on: Frankel was the huge favourite to win

Odds on: Frankel was the huge favourite to win

Frankel gallops at Newmarket

Frankel on course for Lockinge after racecourse gallop at Newmarket

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UPDATED:

20:03 GMT, 5 May 2012

Frankel, the world's highest-rated thoroughbred, confirmed his well-being with a racecourse gallop at Newmarket on Saturday.

Sir Henry Cecil colt's future had been in jeopardy after he suffered a leg injury on April 11, but he received the all-clear to race on following a positive scan a week later.

The unbeaten four-year-old this weekend moved up the gears in his preperation for the JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on May 19 with a most positive piece of work under Tom Queally.

In fine shape: Frankel enjoyed a racecourse gallop at Newmarket

In fine shape: Frankel enjoyed a racecourse gallop at Newmarket

Frankel, owned by Khalid Abdullah, was put through his paces up the Rowley Mile alongside regular lead-horse Bullet Train and Jet Away.

The son of Galileo took a keen hold for Queally and soon burst clear of his stable companions in his customary exuberant fashion, stretching clear in tremendous style.

Frankel was returning to the scene of one of his finest days on a racecourse when he turned in a simply breathtaking performance in last season's 2000 Guineas.

Cecil's inmate went on to claim the St James's Palace Stakes, the Sussex Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes during an unforgettable campaign which elevated him to the summit of the world thoroughbred rankings.

Cecil said: 'He really enjoyed
himself and was very relaxed. Going down to the start he was switched
off and after the work he had a little bit of a blow – you can't be
anything but pleased.

'He's grown a bit, he's stronger and
he's getting much more sensible. That was the worry, but now he is
settling and maybe there will be more improvement to come.

Report: Frankel with jockey Tom Queally and trainer Henry Cecil (second right)

Report: Frankel with jockey Tom Queally and trainer Henry Cecil (second right)

'I think everything looks good for the Lockinge, before which he will need another two to three bits of work, but at the moment everything is fine.

'If the ground is soft (at Newbury) I don't think that will worry him at all, and we know he gets a mile really well.'

Abdullah's racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said: 'That's a pleasing start to the process, and I hope it will do him a lot of good. He enjoyed it and strode out well.

'He was a little bit keen early on, but then got into his rhythm and showed us that beautiful flowing action.

'The main idea is to get him to Newbury, we are heading that way. He only missed a week and he is catching up nicely. You would have to be very pleased after that.'

Queally said: 'He seems in very good order and it was a nice piece of work.

'It was just a stepping stone to get him to Newbury, you have to remember he is much better than the two horses that went with him, but he did it very nicely.'

Harry Redknapp in court accused of accepting bungs

Redknapp accused of accepting bungs from Mandaric as Spurs manager's trial begins

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp went on trial today accused of receiving offshore bungs from his former employer.

Redknapp – who is the front runner to become the next England boss – dodged taxes on 'substantial payments' while he was in charge at Portsmouth, a jury heard.

Redknapp is accused of two counts of cheating the public revenue when he was manager of Portsmouth.

Appearing in the dock, Redknapp stood accused of receiving two untaxed payments of more than 189,000 from former chairman Milan Mandaric, his co-accused.

In the dock: Mandaric (left) and Redknapp in the court drawing

In the dock: Mandaric (left) and Redknapp in the court drawing

The pair appeared behind bullet-proof glass when he entered the dock for the trial that is expected to last two weeks.

A host of relatives, including Redknapp's son Jamie, looked on from the public gallery as proceedings began.

John Black QC opened the Crown's case
at Southwark Crown Court by telling jurors 'both parties must have
known' they were avoiding taxes.

'These payments were a bung or offshore bonus that the parties had absolutely no intention of paying taxes for,' he said.

Redknapp's 'widespread popularity' was singled out by the prosecution.

'He is currently enjoying what may be described as footballing success,' Mr Black said. 'They (Tottenham) are currently riding high and are placed today as third in the league despite yesterday's result.'

Redknapp is 'unusually talented', the Crown added.

Spurred on: Redknapp arrives at court to face tax evasion charges

Spurred on: Redknapp arrives at court to face tax evasion charges

Family: Jamie Redknapp was in the public gallery to support his father

Family: Jamie Redknapp was in the public gallery to support his father

Redknapp, appearing behind
bullet-proof glass alongside Mandaric, read notes as Mr Black outlined
how the manager received player transfer bonuses under a clause in his
contract.

Mr Black focused on the purchase of
Peter Crouch for 1.25million before he was sold for 4.5m. Redknapp and
Mandaric deny two counts of cheating the public revenue when he was
manager of Portsmouth.

The first charge alleges that between
April 1 2002 and November 28 2007 Mandaric paid 145,000 US dollars
(93,100) into a bank account held by Redknapp in Monaco to avoid paying
income tax and National Insurance.

The second charge for the same
offence relates to a sum of 150,000 US dollars (96,300) allegedly paid
by Mandaric to the same account between May 1 2004 and November 28 2007.

Redknapp, 64, who underwent minor
heart surgery last year to unblock his arteries, is the most successful
English manager in the modern game, having led Portsmouth to FA Cup
success and Spurs to last season's Uefa Champions League quarter-finals.

Serbian Mandaric, 73, is now chairman of Sheffield Wednesday, having previously worked at Leicester City.

Redknapp, of Panorama Drive, Poole,
Dorset, is represented by John Kelsey-Fry QC, while Lord Macdonald QC is
counsel for Mandaric, of Stretton Hall, Oadby, Leicestershire.

Accused: Mandaric (left) denies the charges directed at him

Accused: Mandaric (left) denies the charges directed at him

Redknapp was described as a
'hard-headed businessman' as the jury of eight men and four women were
shown a string of documents and his signature.

Bonuses paid to Redknapp during his
time at the club would total up to 500,000 depending on profits the
club made on player transfers, Mr Black added.

'Harry Redknapp was, it goes without
saying, no ordinary employee,' Mr Black said. He had the 'greatest
capacity to influence the success or failure of his football club', he
added.

The barrister said: 'Talented and
popular he might have been, the Crown say he was nevertheless a
hard-headed businessman, with a financial acumen and pecuniary sense of
his influence to his employers.'

Redknapp initially received 10 per cent of net profit made on player transfers made during his time as part of a clause in his contract, Mr Black said. 'He had a highly lucrative employment contract,' he said.

His contract later changed and it was reduced to five per cent, the barrister said. He was paid about 100,000 when England star Crouch left the South Coast club for Aston Villa in 2002, the court heard.

Manchester United win Christmas Truce youth tournament

Miracle of the Christmas Truce game reconnects with a new generation

Eight o’clock, Friday night, Ypres, Belgium: an 11-year-old boy from Manchester United stands amid the angelic white light of the Menin Gate and reads the Ode of Remembrance.

It is a ceremony that has been staged every night there since 1928, barring four years in the Second World War. Applause, it is stated, is unwelcome.

The hundreds, sometimes thousands, who observe daily do so in brilliant silence. Almost a century on from the carnage that consumed this rural town, it is an act that provokes tears.

In memory: Manchester United remember the First World War dead

In memory: Manchester United remember the First World War dead

Above the United boy, among the thousands of names carved on these walls built in honour of the dead of the First World War — walls pockmarked by bullet holes from the Second — is that of Gerald Rowan. Rowan was this boy’s great, great grandfather.

He died on these Flanders fields in February 1915, seven months into a war meant to end all wars. Gerald Rowan was 21.

Some 24 hours later, in a room packed with adults and around 60 of his peers, the United boy stood up and said: ‘I am honoured to be here.’ He had been preceded by an official from the local club, Ypres FC, who spoke in Flemish, German and English about ‘the absurdity of war’.

French was used too, because FC Lens were here. One of their boys recited the famous poem In Flanders Fields — in English. Prior to that a boy from Borussia Dortmund referred to the ‘horrific history’ all around them — in English.

Then these 11 and 12-year-olds from United, Lens, Dortmund and Racing Genk exchanged presents and handshakes.

Earlier they had played against each other, nine-a-side games on small-sized pitches. They were at it again on Sunday morning, their invigorating enthusiasm spreading across the same yet very different Flanders fields. That vigour means that this, the first Christmas Truce tournament, may become an annual event.

Itwas an idea sparked by Roz Donnelly at the Premier League, who organised and funded it. There are many youth tournaments across the globe but when Brian McClair, the head of United’s youth system, described the weekend as having ‘awe-inspiring moments’ it revealed thatthis is and could be something else, particularly as the centenary of 1914 looms.

History lesson: The Armistice Day football match at Dale Barracks

History lesson: The Armistice Day football match at Dale Barracks

It was outside Ypres on No Man’s Land that German and British troops staged their impromptu truce on Christmas Day, 1914. A ball was produced and at least one game was played. According to a German lieutenant, Johannes Niemann, it ended 3-2 ‘in favour of Fritz against Tommy’.

On Friday the boys of United visited No Man’s Land. Instinct took over, jumpers went down and the 11s played the 12s. ‘I’ve always had a romantic view of football history and what happened on Christmas Day 1914 was remarkable,’ said McClair. ‘It transcended life, universe, everything and they chose to play a game of football.

‘When we visited No Man’s Land and the boys got out a ball and played, that was, well, wow. There’s a connection between football and a terrible part of history. And there’s sadness. These boys now have a direct connection, every one of them is experiencing something new, something they’ll never forget.’

McClair has been coaching boys for a decade. It is his vocation. The same can be said of Ged Roddy, director of youth development at the Premier League. He works closely with Sir Trevor Brooking at the FA. They are men about to change English football culture at this level via the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP). Part of it foresees the likes of United’s boys being tested more regularly against European counterparts.

A fine example: Manchester United academy director Brian McClair

A fine example: Manchester United academy director Brian McClair

That’s on the pitch. Off it, EPPP may see clubs set up their own schools, with Everton expected to be the first. ‘It is a great privilege and responsibility to be tasked with education,’ said Roddy. ‘We have a fantastic opportunity in youth development to do these things.

‘You had the German boy here speaking perfect English. Lessons come in different ways — on the pitch Brian will tell you that he and the United coaches learned something there today. Doing this, you want moments that are inspirational. And at this age the boys are like sponges, they soak it up.’

There was homework on view; the First World War is on the Year 7 curriculum. There were some fine players on show too. United won the final 3-0 against Dortmund, though as their coaches stressed, that was only a part of this. One of Dortmund’s coaches is a former British soldier, Gary Gordon. He saluted ‘the friendly, open atmosphere’ and ‘the boys’ awareness — they are children’.

Heightened awareness of football and everything else, connections fresh and refreshed, the first Christmas Truce tournament can quietly feel pride.

‘Actually not the first,’ was Roddy’s gentle reminder of why all were in Ypres. At the Menin Gate last night, tonight and every tomorrow night they won’t forget that.

They don’t, not here. As Roddy pointed out with a nod of the head: ‘There was a Belgian man at this table who listened to the boys and just wept.’