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Nigel Adkins finally faces boyhood team Liverpool

Treat for Saints manager Adkins as he finally gets to face his boyhood team

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 30 November 2012

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins has wanted to face Liverpool for years – and is finally getting the opportunity.

The 47-year-old was a schoolboy at Liverpool when he was a young goalkeeper before eventually signing his first professional contract at Tranmere.

When he was manager at Scunthorpe every time the club were in the third-round FA Cup draw he hoped his hometown club would be pulled out of the bag.

Fun times: Nigel Adkins will enjoy going to Anfield... provided Luis Suarez doesn't run riot

Fun times: Nigel Adkins will enjoy going to Anfield… provided Luis Suarez doesn't run riot

That never happened – but back-to-back promotions has meant he no longer needs to rely on a lucky cup draw to face his former club and will head to Anfield for the first time on Saturday.

Adkins said: 'We will relish going to a big stadium like Liverpool. I have good memories of Liverpool. I remember training with Ray Clemence and saving a penalty from Graeme Souness in a practice game and playing alongside Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish in small-sides games.

'I enjoyed being at Anfield as a player and I’m looking forward to going there as a manager'

The Saints boss learned a lot from his time at Liverpool and their ethics still influence his managerial decisions today.

He added: 'You grow up with the history of Liverpool Football Club. When you are there it models your thoughts – the culture surrounding it. There were close-knit training session in the evenings with the likes of Roy Evans, Ronnie Moran and Joe Fagan around. Bob Paisley would give us a team talk before a FA Youth Cup game.

'They have always had this continuity and the next manager would always come through the system and they kept that continuity which was good. It showed that they had close-knit group of staff who all contribute in a big way.'

He is not the only one at Southampton to dream of going to Anfield. Midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has been a Liverpool fan since his time as an academy player in France. He said when he was growing up in France people either chose the Merseyside club or Manchester United but his mind was made up watching them come back against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final.

Collection duty: Morgan Schneiderlin (right) might pick up a few Liverpool shirts

Collection duty: Morgan Schneiderlin (right) might pick up a few Liverpool shirts

He said: 'I was in an academy in Strasbourg and we were watching the game in the same room, there were just an amazing atmosphere, 40 young players were watching that game. It was an amazing moment and I picked them.'

The 23-year-old has already has his friends in France on the phone trying to persuade him to get various players shirts after the match. He has always been a huge fan of Steven Gerrard and will get his shirt first – but only if Southampton win today.

Schneiderlin added: 'Some friends already called me and said “Morgan bring me the shirt, bring me the shirt”. I'm not focussed on that but I will see at the end of the game if we win I will ask for some shirts. If we lose I will be in the shower as quick as possible and gone.'

If Saints win today you might see a young midfielder running around collecting as many Liverpool shirts as possible after the final whistle.

Andre Villas-Boas says Europa League is not a punishment

Europa League is no punishment! AVB slams English attitude towards tournament

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 3 October 2012

Andre Villas-Boas has rejected talk that the Europa League is a ‘punishment’ for Spurs, describing it instead as a dress rehearsal for Champions League glory.

The Portuguese will once more field a strong side in Athens on Thursday night, despite hosts Panathinaikos appearing to be nearing meltdown.

The Greeks have been beset by internal squabbles but Spurs’ head coach is refusing to follow the lead of Liverpool and Newcastle who have both chosen to field shadow squads in the competition.

Warming up: Spurs players ready themselves to play Panathinaikos

Warming up: Spurs players ready themselves to play Panathinaikos

Former Tottenham chief Harry Redknapp described the Europa League as ‘a nightmare’ but Villas-Boas feels it deserves more respect.

He said: 'I aim to field the strongest team possible. We want to progress in this competition – the overall objective is to win it – and I respect it.

'For us to go on and eventually win the Champions League, I think we have to get used to playing in these situations, playing two games per week, both physically and mentally.

'So I respect the competition. I certainly think that it is viewed as a punishment in England and I cannot understand why.

'It’s a traditional trophy, particularly in England, that’s what surprises me more.

'So many great players won this competition. So many great English players. If you go back to Clemence, Keegan…to our goalkeeping coach Tony Parkes. The list goes on and on.

'In the end, we view it here as an education for the future. I certainly believe that other countries do not approach it like they do in England.'

There was some good news on the injury front, too. Spurs travelled to the Greek capital without Emmanuel Adebayor but Villas-Boas said that he would be in contention for Sunday’s game against Aston Villa.

Brad Friedel has not travelled which means either Hugo Lloris or Carlo Cudicini will start in goal.

Several players are still missing, including Kyle Naughton, Scott Parker, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Jake Livermore and Younes Kaboul.

Serious: Andre Villas-Boas is not mucking around

Serious: Andre Villas-Boas is not mucking around

Spurs players training

The hosts appear to be in disarray. Without a victory in six matches, the Greens have slipped to 12th in their domestic league. The club also cancelled the contract of skipper Kostas Katsouranis on Wednesday after a row with the club’s owner.

'There is a difference between the Panathinaikos of today and the Tottenham of today. Tottenham have a good team today while we have many problems,' said coach Jesualdo Ferreira.

But Villas-Boas was not being taken in.

'It’s not easy for a club of this size to be in the situation they now find themselves,' he said. 'Their players will be full of tension and emotion after what has happened. I expect them to play to their maximum.'

Turmoil: Panathinaikos are in quite a state

Turmoil: Panathinaikos are in quite a state

Ray Clemence snaps achilles in England warm-up

England's achilles heel haunts them again…. as injury strikes coach Clemence in warm-up

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UPDATED:

16:48 GMT, 11 June 2012

Roy Hodgson and the England injury curse has struck again after medics were needed to carry one those training before Le Crunch from the pitch at the Donbass Arena.

Thankfully, though, where before Euro 2012 the Three Lions lost key personal in midfield and defence, this time it was goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence.

In safe hands: Goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence was carried from the pitch during the warm-up after injuring his achilles

In safe hands: Goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence was carried from the pitch during the warm-up after injuring his achilles

The former international stopper was helping put Joe Hart through his paces before the big kick off against France when he suffered a serious achillies injury.

Clemence was helped from the field by physio Gary Lewin in obvious pain with confirmation of the seriousness of the injury confirmed later on.

Rio Ferdinand joked on Twitter: Rod Thornley (team masseur) to warm-up keepers.

Key man: Clemence has been a trusted ally to manager Roy Hodgson

Key man: Clemence has been a trusted ally to manager Roy Hodgson

Clemence, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2005, was admitted to hospital in November before England's friendly with Spain. He was later released.

The stopper won 61 England caps and has served his country as coach under Glenn Hoddle, Kevin Keegan, Sven Goran Eriksson and Capello.

Gary Neville joins England coaching staff

Neville appointed to Hodgson's coaching staff… but it's Gary not Phil

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UPDATED:

13:13 GMT, 14 May 2012

Gary Neville has signed a four-year deal to become part of England boss Roy Hodgson's coaching team.

The former Manchester United defender has forged a career as a respected television pundit since hanging up his boots.

But the 37-year-old has made a surprise return to the game ahead of Euro 2012.

Shock: Gary Neville will be part of Roy Hodgson's coaching staff

Shock: Gary Neville will be part of Roy Hodgson's coaching staff

During a successful playing career he made 85 England appearances, while
winning every domestic honour with Manchester United, and the UEFA
Champions League.

He represented England at Euro 96, Euro 2000, Euro 2004, World Cup 98 and World Cup 2006.

Neville said: 'Roy asking me to be a part of his staff and to
work with the national team is not only an honour but a very special
moment for me.

'I had absolutely no hesitation in accepting this role and I am
relishing the opportunity to work alongside Roy and the team at the
Euros and through to the next two tournaments.'

Experience: Neville won 85 caps for England as a player

Experience: Neville won 85 caps for England as a player

Neville will join coach Ray Lewington and goalkeeper coaches Ray Clemence
and Dave Watson in Hodgson's staff at the European
Championship.

The England Manager said: 'Gary has achieved so much in the game as a player with Manchester United and England.

'He has obtained Uefa coaching qualifications and will be
tremendously respected by the players because of his vast experience as a
player.

'At my first meeting with The FA, I explained that Gary was someone I
wanted as part of my staff. I think it is very important we have a
younger coach who knows the dressing room and is very experienced at
international level.

'That he has represented England as a player at five major finals tournaments will make him an invaluable member of staff.'

Gary Ablett family guests at FA Cup semi-final

Merseyside united: Ablett family honoured, knowing they will never walk alone

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UPDATED:

22:15 GMT, 13 April 2012

Liverpool stalwart: Gary Ablett will be fondly remembered

Liverpool stalwart: Gary Ablett will be fondly remembered

With Fabrice Muamba and Stilyan Petrov at the forefront of everyone's mind, there will be another poignant reminder at Wembley on Saturday of football's ability to rally round in times of crisis.

The family of Gary Ablett, the only footballer who won the FA Cup for both Liverpool and Everton, will be special guests of the FA for the meeting for the fixture between the clubs he served with such professionalism and class.

It will, undoubtedly, be a hugely emotional occasion.

It
is only three months since Ablett, 46, lost his battle with
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma – he was diagnosed in July 2010, shortly after
taking a job as coach at Ipswich – but the support his widow Jacqueline
and three children, Scarlett, Reece and Riley, have received has been
overwhelming.

Such was
the esteem in which Ablett was held by football's fraternity, the
congregation at his funeral included luminaries such as Roy Keane,
Brendan Rodgers, Ray Clemence and Stuart Pearce.

Kenny Dalglish and David Moyes headed huge representations from Liverpool and Everton.

'We never lived that footballer lifestyle,' said Jacqueline, whose
children's footballing allegiances are split between the Reds and Blues.

Cup king: Ablett (third left, back) and Everton celebrate their 1-0 defeat of Manchester United in the 1995 FA Cup final

Cup king: Ablett (third left, back) and Everton celebrate their 1-0 defeat of Manchester United in the 1995 FA Cup final

'We are just a family living in a little village in Lancashire. Gary would leave the house at 8am and say “I'm going to work” and come back around tea time.

Family man: Gary with his family at Goodison Park

Family man: Gary with his family at Goodison Park

Required reading: The Game of My Life

Required reading: The Game of My Life

'But the support has been amazing. Roy [Keane] has been great. People are shocked when you tell them stories about what he is like. Brendan Rodgers is another. The consultants at (the) Christie [Hospital]. We have met the most amazing people. I wish we hadn't… But yes, we have.'

Ablett's memoirs, entitled The Game Of My Life, are published on Monday and his story is heart-warming and heart-breaking, inspirational and tragic.

He was a man who gave his life to football and did everything he could to maximise his talents.

'People say “how did you react when you got told” but for him, the worst part wasn't being told that he had the disease,' said Jacqueline.

'The time when he felt as if he'd been punched in the stomach was when the doctor said to him “you won't be out on the field for a really long time.”

'He really struggled with that. I think he thought he would just get on and deal with the disease, that he would tackle anything like he had done through his career. But to be told that he couldn't get out on the pitch was the big deal for him. He was just a genuine guy. People respected him for that.

'Gary was saying when he was finishing the book what it would be like if the two teams met at Wembley. It was like it was meant to be. '

Gary Ablett: The Game of My Life is released on Monday, published by Trinity Sport Media.

John Terry decision down to Stuart Pearce, say FA

Temporary England boss Pearce given final call on Terry involvement against Holland

Stuart Pearce has been assured he will not be put under pressure by his Football Association employers over the biggest decision he faces in naming his squad for England’s friendly against Holland at Wembley on February 29.

Pearce, in temporary charge of the team after manager Fabio Capello’s resignation, will name his squad on Thursday. And his toughest decision will be whether to choose John Terry alongside Rio Ferdinand at the centre of his defence.

Doing the rounds: Temporary England boss Stuart Pearce will be in charge against Holland at Wembley at the end of February

Doing the rounds: Temporary England boss Stuart Pearce will be in charge against Holland at Wembley at the end of February

Normally, both would be automatic choices. But, while Ferdinand has figured prominently in Manchester United’s recent games, Terry has missed Chelsea’s last four because of injury.

That may give Pearce the excuse not to pick the Chelsea captain, so avoiding the potential embarrassment of Terry lining up alongside the man whose younger brother, QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, he has been accused of racially abusing.

Capello resigned as England manager on February 8 over the FA’s decision to strip Terry of the captaincy while he defends himself against the charge, which he has consistently denied.

Uncertain times: John Terry has missed Chelsea's last four games with injury

Uncertain times: John Terry has missed Chelsea's last four games with injury

While the FA’s insistence that Terry could not continue as England captain was central to Capello’s decision to quit in the run-up to Euro 2012, Pearce will be given a free hand to choose his squad.

Pearce will have an all-English backroom team around him for the visit of Holland, after turning to goalkeeping legend Ray Clemence and under-21s coach Steve Wigley to assist him. The case against Terry will be heard on July 9.

Manchester City want Chelsea teenager Conor Hunte

City target Chelsea teenager Hunte after midfielder shines for England U16

Chelsea are facing a fight to keep hold of one of their prize assets after it emerged Manchester City are tracking teenager Conor Hunte.

Midfielder Hunte was one of the shining lights in England Under 16″s Victory Shield triumph this year, alerting a number of the Blues” Premier League rivals.

Battle ahead: Chelsea must fight to keep hold of youngster Conor Hunte

Battle ahead: Chelsea must fight to keep hold of youngster Conor Hunte

The 15-year-old”s goal and assist in the 3-1 win over Northern Ireland was watched by senior FA figures Trevor Brooking and Ray Clemence

City would be able to lure Hunte away from London for a nominal fee under the new Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP), which will come into force next summer.

The signing would also satisfy the Financial Fair Play rules which the club are desperate to fall in line with before they too come into action.