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Carl Fletcher in tears after Plymouth sack manager

It's been emotional! Fletcher in tears as sacked Plymouth boss talks about departure

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10:52 GMT, 2 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:13 GMT, 2 January 2013

Carl Fletcher has tears in his eyes as he talked about getting the sack as Plymouth manager on New Year's Day.

Fletcher, 32, was axed on Tuesday after kicking off 2013 with a defeat at Bristol Rovers.

The Pilgrims have won just one of their last 15 matches and an emotional Fletcher, during an interview with the BBC, admitted he is unsure about whether he will stay in football.

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Fired! Carl Fletcher was sacked as Plymouth Argyle manager on New Year's Day following the 2-1 defeat at Bristol Rovers

Fired! Carl Fletcher was sacked as Plymouth Argyle manager on New Year's Day following the 2-1 defeat at Bristol Rovers

Fletcher took over as player-manager at Home Park in November 2011. He announced his retirement from the game to concentrate on his managerial duties in May but is considering pulling on his boots again if he does stay in the game.

Fletcher won 17, drew 27 and lost 26 of his 70 matches at the Plymouth helm as player-manager and then manager.

A club statement read: 'Plymouth Argyle Football Club have parted company with manager Carl Fletcher.

'The team’s recent results have not been good enough and, with the club’s Football League future paramount, the Argyle Board felt that a change was necessary now as we head into an important part of the season.

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'The owner and the Board would like to thank Carl for all he has done for the club, as a player and a manager.

'Carl helped keep us in the Football League last season and we will never forget that huge contribution he made to Argyle’s history.

'He leaves with our best wishes for his future career and will always be welcome at Home Park.

'The Board will now seek promptly to appoint a new manager with significant experience of football management.

'The club will be making no further immediate comment to this announcement.'

LEAGUE MANAGERIAL DEPARTURES THIS SEASON

August 24 – Andy Thorn (Coventry)
August 28 – John Sheridan (Chesterfield)
September 19 – Terry Brown (AFC Wimbledon)
September 22 – Gary Waddock (Wycombe)
September 24 – John Ward (Colchester)
September 28 – Steve Kean (Blackburn)
October 3 – Paul Groves (Bournemouth)
October 9 – Owen Coyle (Bolton)
October 12 – Eddie Howe (Burnley)
October 23 – Dougie Freedman (Crystal Palace)
October 24 – Neale Cooper (Hartlepool)
October 24 – Paul Jewell (Ipswich)
October 26 – Paul Cook (Accrington)
October 29 – Alan Knill (Scunthorpe)
November 3 – Ian Holloway (Blackpool)
November 7 – Michael Appleton (Portsmouth)
November 21 – Roberto Di Matteo (Chelsea)
November 23 – Mark Hughes (QPR)
December 1 – Micky Mellon (Fleetwood)
December 15 – Mark McGhee (Bristol Rovers)
December 26 – Sean O'Driscoll (Nottingham Forest)
December 27 – Henning Berg (Blackburn)
December 28 – Mark Robson (Barnet)
December 29 – Keith Hill (Barnsley)
January 1 – Carl Fletcher (Plymouth)

Jonny Wilkinson keen to earn British Lions place for tour of Australia

Lionheart Wilkinson is ready for one last roar Down Under to end painful memory of 11 years ago

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UPDATED:

22:05 GMT, 3 October 2012

Jonny Wilkinson retired from Test rugby at the end of last year and he doesn’t regret doing so, despite fearing that he would. But he is ready to make an exception to that decision, in order to fill the career void which is ‘niggling’ him.

The former World Cup-winning England fly half wants to play for the Lions again, next summer, when they go back to Australia – scene of the near-miss in 2001 which remains raw in his memory.

A month ago, upon being confirmed as the head coach for the 2013 tour, Warren Gatland revealed that he would consider selecting Wilkinson even though he is no longer involved in the international game. Now, the iconic No 10 has declared his readiness to answer the call if it comes.

Ready to roar: Former England fly half Jonny Wilkinson is keen to go to Australia with the British Lions

Ready to roar: Former England fly half Jonny Wilkinson is keen to go to Australia with the British Lions

At the age of 33, he remains a potent force in France’s Top 14 league, where his assured exploits guided Toulon to six straight wins at the start of this season, before they lost last weekend, while he was rested. Should Wilkinson maintain his fine form at Biarritz on Saturday, and in the weeks and months ahead, he could make a compelling case for inclusion in the Lions squad.

While Gatland has various stand off contenders, from Ireland’s Jonny Sexton to Rhys Priestland of Wales and Toby Flood or Owen Farrell from England, none of them possess the Test pedigree that Wilkinson can offer. It is impossible to discount the notion that he could make the cut after standing down from England duties – just as Lawrence Dallaglio did in 2005.

And Wilkinson has the will to join the crusade Down Under, as he indicated on Wednesday. ‘There’s no way I could say no,’ he said. ‘In terms of what that represents, everything about it, it’s enormous – such a fabulous thing.

‘The joy is the fact it doesn’t have to come with international rugby. You start, you give it everything and you finish and say thanks very much. For me, that is the beauty of it. It doesn’t matter where you come from. You have got six weeks, get your boots on and get into it.’

First taste: Wilkinson's first Lions Tour was in 2001 with the narrow defeat to Australia

First taste: Wilkinson's first Lions Tour was in 2001 with the narrow defeat to Australia

Reflecting on Gatland’s encouraging remarks, he added: ‘It’s difficult for Warren Gatland. People are going to ask him questions and he’s going to respond with respect. I’m focused on having a massive season at Toulon, but selection is out of my control. I appreciate I’m playing in France – not so much out of sight, out of mind, but a little bit further away – and there are a lot of guys doing a lot of good things in home nations rugby at the moment.’

Eleven years ago, Wilkinson was the Lions’ first-choice fly half in the pulsating series against the Wallabies which ended in an agonising 2-1 defeat after the tourists had claimed a sensational victory in the opening Test in Brisbane.

Recollections of that disappointment remain painfully fresh to this day and provide an obvious focal point for his ambitions now. The chance to go back to Australia and right that wrong would be a prospect to savour.

Ultimate disappointment: Wilkinson falls to his knees after his the Lions lost the Third Test match against Australia in 2001

Ultimate disappointment: Wilkinson falls to his knees after his the Lions lost the Third Test match against Australia in 2001

'It is niggling away at me,’ he said, about the lack of a Lions series win on his CV. ‘In 2001, I sat in the changing-room after the third Test and it felt like a World Cup Final loss. As disappointments go, it was up there, definitely.

'So much had gone into getting to a position of having a shot at it. It’s like trying to run a marathon, getting to the 25th mile and someone saying, “That’s it”. To complete one you need to go right back to the start, knowing how hard the 25 miles were and knowing you could fall after 10 miles next time, like we did in 2005.

'Australia were on fire at the time and that first Test was incredible. The second Test was incredible up to a point and the third Test was just a great game. Knowing we had a shot, the disappointment was ridiculous.’ Yet, for all his desire to take part in one last epic tour, Wilkinson harbours an ‘element of realism’ about his hopes of a call-up.

‘I’m a 33-year-old foreign player in France,’ he said. ‘I’m not England’s mainstay fly-half, leading the team. All I can do is play and see if I fit into those plans. If I don’t, I’ll just have to make the best of what I’ve got here which, let’s face it, is good enough.’

Winning kick: Wilkinson 2003

Now: Wilkinson with the cup

Then and now: Wilkinson's drop kick won the World Cup for England in 2003 against Australia, and he holds the trophy nine years later in France

On Wednesday, his status as an ambassador for the 2015 World Cup in England took him to a cemetery here, perched on a hill above the glistening Mediterranean, to lay a wreath of roses at the grave of William Webb Ellis – credited as the founder of rugby.

The trophy named after him was once more within Wilkinson’s grasp, as it was famously in 2003, when his extra-time drop goal gave Sir Clive Woodward’s team their last push to global glory.

Later, the former Newcastle prodigy spoke of his deliberations about the future – about whether or not to keep playing when his current contract with Toulon expires at the end of this season.

New life: Wilkinson is making a name for himself in France's Top 14 with Toulon

New life: Wilkinson is making a name for himself in France's Top 14 with Toulon

‘The decision is so difficult,’ he said, before explaining that his priority is to bow out on a high, not fade away.

‘It scares me more than anything that someone should turn around and say, “We’ll take him on because he is this guy, he did this in the past, he hangs around, he signs a few things, he doesn’t get angry, seems to be relatively patient” – that that might count more than what I’m doing on the field.’ At this stage, there is precious little chance of that scenario coming to pass.

Wilkinson also outlined his desire to progress from playing into coaching, in a mentoring role akin to that of Dave Alred, his own kicking guru over so many years. He has already been assisting the other kickers at Toulon and in time that yearning to pass on accumulated wisdom will become all-consuming.

But for now, he won’t consider becoming a player-coach. For now, he remains a player of considerable quality. For now, while he is still going strong, he wants to be a Lion again.

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Did Kevin Pietersen betray his captain by advising South Africa how to dismiss Andrew Strauss?

Did Pietersen betray his captain by advising South Africa how to dismiss Strauss

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UPDATED:

22:53 GMT, 18 August 2012

The Kevin Pietersen controversy took a sensational twist amid claims the England batsman 'betrayed his captain' by sending texts to his South African opponents with advice on how to dismiss Andrew Strauss.

Pietersen, who is fighting to save his international career, has maintained the messages were just 'banter'.

But the Sunday Times claims one text message from Pietersen is understood to have suggested during the second Test at Leeds that South Africa's bowlers go round the wicket at Strauss.

Text shame: Kevin Pietersen may never play for England again

Text shame: Kevin Pietersen may never play for England again

Dale Steyn dismissed Strauss by using the tactic in the first innings.

Morne Morkel, who received the
messages intended for Steyn, also dismissed Strauss in the same fashion
during the first Test at the Oval.

The ECB will also ask Pietersen about a vile four-letter attack on Strauss.

At least one text – sent by the
South African-born England batsman to opposing South African players –
referred to team mate Andrew Strauss as a 'doos'. In Afrikaans the
word literally means 'box', but it has a slang application of 'dumb
c***'.

The message,
thought to be one of a series, cost Pietersen his place in the crucial
final Test against South Africa at Lord's. And the disclosure of its
obscene content will deepen divisions within the England team and
further infuriate Strauss, who was also born in South Africa.

Although 32-year-old Pietersen issued a carefully worded apology after the scandal broke last week, he has been warned he will not even be considered for England duties again unless he divulges the full content of all the texts.

A source close to the England dressing room said: 'If he refuses to show the contents of the texts then he's finished and if he does show the texts then he's probably finished anyway.'

Unimpressed: Andrew Strauss during the Test on Saturday

Unimpressed: Andrew Strauss during the Test on Saturday

Pietersen is understood to have sent
the messages to South African stars AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn
during the second drawn Test in Leeds that culminated in a press
conference in which Pietersen highlighted divisions within the dressing
room.

He later
described the text as 'banter between close friends', but Strauss
admitted he felt 'let down' by his highest profile player.

In a further embarrassment, it has also become clear that Pietersen spent the Monday night of England's defeat in the first Test in a London wine bar close to his Chelsea home with members of the victorious South African team.

While his own team-mates licked their wounds, he was spotted in Brinkley's, a favourite haunt of Chelsea players – including his friend Frank Lampard – alongside Steyn and de Villiers and a handful of others.

Tensions between the batsman and the
England management have been especially acute after cricket chiefs
refused his demands that he be allowed to pick and choose his Test and
one-day appearances so he could accept a contract worth more than
1.5million to appear in the Indian Premier League.

Encounter: Dale Steyn (right) was one of the players Pietersen met in the wine bar

Encounter: Dale Steyn (right) was one of the players Pietersen met in the wine bar

Pietersen's fall from grace overshadowed the deciding third Test, which saw England facing a struggle despite his replacement Jonny Bairstow making 95.

If England lose or draw the match, they will lose their world No 1 ranking to South Africa.

The Mail on Sunday has learned the source of the original texts leak is a member of the official South Africa tour party, despite denials.

On Wednesday, the tourists' captain Graeme Smith said claims that the existence of the texts had been deliberately made public were a 'load of rubbish'.

On Saturday night the England camp said it had no further comment and Pietersen's spokeman could not be reached.

Slaven Bilic accepts Lokomotiv Moscow post

Bilic snubs Premier League return as Croatia boss takes up Lokomotiv Moscow post

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UPDATED:

11:07 GMT, 14 May 2012

Slaven Bilic has snubbed the chance to return to England after accepting the managerial post at Lokomotiv Moscow.

The former West Ham and Everton defender had been linked with a move back to the Barclays Premier League after announcing his decision to relinquish his Croatia managerial duties after this summer's championship.

But the Russian club reveled on Monday that Bilic will take charge of Lokomotiv Moscow following the Euros.

From Russia with love: Bilic will join Lokomotiv Moscow after the Euros

From Russia with love: Bilic will join Lokomotiv Moscow after the Euros

'I'm very glad we were able to sign a contract with such a top coach,' Lokomotiv president Olga Smorodskaya told the club's website.

'Bilic is one of the best coaches in Europe, and we had to beat many clubs, including those from the English Premier League, in order to sign him.'

The 43-year-old Croat, who had signed a three-year deal with the Russian giants, replaces Portuguese coach Jose Couceiro, whose contract was not renewed following a disappointing season.

Lokomotiv, who lost to city rivals Spartak 2-0 in the season's finale on Sunday, finished seventh and missed a spot in the Europa League next season.

Jamie Pitman sacked by Hereford and replaced by Richard O"Kelly

League Two strugglers Hereford axe boss Pitman and bring in O'Kelly for relegation fight

Axed: Hereford United have sacked manager Jamie Pitman

Axed: Hereford United have sacked manager Jamie Pitman

Hereford have sacked manager Jamie Pitman – despite beating AFC Wimbledon 2-1 at the weekend.

Richard O'Kelly, one of the club's former assistant managers – has returned to take charge of the club's relegation battle.

The League Two strugglers are just two places and two points above the relegation zone.

A club statement read: 'Hereford United have decided to relieve Jamie Pitman of his first-team managerial duties.

'The club directors have decided to make the change after a disappointing run of results which has left the team 21st in League Two.'

O'Kelly said: 'I'm excited to be given this chance and it's great to be back at Hereford. It's a very special football club for me and I'm determined to make sure the club starts to achieve its potential.'

Pitman's dismissal ends the 36-year-old's lengthy association with Hereford.

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A former midfielder who enjoyed two
playing spells with the Bulls between 1996-98 and 2002-06, Pitman was
promoted from club physio in October 2010 and placed in temporary charge
of team affairs following the sacking of Simon Davey.

Just two months later he was handed the reins until the end of the 2010/11 campaign following a successful start to his tenure.

And Pitman was rewarded further last April when he penned a two-year contract before duly going on to stave off relegation and keep Hereford in League Two.

But the club have lost confidence in his abilities to do that for a second successive season.

Hereford chairman David Keyte said: 'Although
everybody has been working very hard, we felt we needed someone fresh to
get things going for the remaining 12 matches.'

Hereford are expected to make an announcement about a new first-team manager later today.

Jamie Pitman sacked by Hereford

League Two strugglers Hereford axe boss Pitman amid relegation fears

Hereford have sacked manager Jamie Pitman – despite beating AFC Wimbledon 2-1 at the weekend.

Axed: Hereford United have sacked manager Jamie Pitman

Axed: Hereford United have sacked manager Jamie Pitman

The League Two strugglers are just two places and two points above the relegation zone.

A club statement read: 'Hereford United have decided to relieve Jamie Pitman of his first-team managerial duties.

'The club directors have decided to make the change after a disappointing run of results which has left the team 21st in League Two.'

Pitman's dismissal ends the 36-year-old's lengthy association with Hereford.

A former midfielder who enjoyed two playing spells with the Bulls between 1996-98 and 2002-06, Pitman was promoted from club physio in October 2010 and placed in temporary charge of team affairs following the sacking of Simon Davey.

Just two months later he was handed the reins until the end of the 2010/11 campaign following a successful start to his tenure.

Football League blog

And Pitman was rewarded further last April when he penned a two-year contract before duly going on to stave off relegation and keep Hereford in League Two.

But the club have lost confidence in his abilities to do that for a second successive season.

Hereford chairman David Keyte said: 'Although
everybody has been working very hard, we felt we needed someone fresh to
get things going for the remaining 12 matches.'

Hereford are expected to make an announcement about a new first-team manager later today.

Six Nations 2012: Charlie Hodgson set for England recall

Right Charlie! Hodgson set for England recall after Flood blow

Charlie Hodgson last started a Test
for England three-and-a-half years ago, but in a week when other
30-something players have refused to abandon their international
careers, his may be about to take a major twist.

Sportsmail understands that the
Saracens fly-half has strongly considered retiring from Test rugby in
order to allow the next generation of No 10s to emerge. However, if the
31-year-old had resolved to quit, he is surely having a re-think now.
All of a sudden, more caps appear to be within his grasp.

He can handle it: Hodgson could step in for England after Flood's injury

He can handle it: Hodgson could step in for England after Flood's injury

Last month, Jonny Wilkinson announced he was standing down from England duties. That removed the incumbent fly-half from the national team and Toby Flood was primed to reclaim the position which had been his for more than a year from March 2010.

Now his participation in the early part of the Six Nations is thought to be in jeopardy. As exclusively revealed by Sportsmail yesterday, the 26-year-old has a knee injury and is expected to be missing from the Leicester team to play Wasps at Welford Road tomorrow, with Billy Twelvetrees on standby to deputise. Flood could be out for six weeks.

At every turn, there are gifted rookies jostling for the right to step up and take on the conductor’s role in the England team. Principal among them is Owen Farrell, the Saracens stand-off and son of England assistant coach Andy. His remarkable goal-kicking prowess suggests he is all but impervious to pressure at the age of 20.

Farrell Jnr could be entrusted with orchestrating England’s attacking game in the Six Nations opener, but a Calcutta Cup clash in Scotland is an occasion which could significantly harm an over-exposed young talent. Furthermore, this is not an isolated matter of identifying the man to wear the No 10 shirt.

The entire England midfield is in a state of flux. So much for best-laid plans. Interim head coach Stuart Lancaster had identified a 10-12-13 combination of Flood, Farrell and Manu Tuilagi as the right blend of experience and youthful energy, line-breaking potency, playmaking authority and kicking class. Instead, he is bracing himself to be without the injured Tuilagi for the trips to Edinburgh and Rome, while Flood’s damaged knee may also leave a void.

Injury blow: Flood could be out for six weeks

Injury blow: Flood could be out for six weeks

So Hodgson is back on the radar. That
last start in a Test came in Auckland in June, 2008, when he was
targeted by the marauding All Black centre, Ma’a Nonu. His defensive deficiencies were exposed and it appeared that his England career was
over.

Yet, he worked on his tackling and eventually forced his way back
into contention, playing against the Barbarians and in midweek tour
matches in Australia and New Zealand in 2010.

There were replacement appearances that autumn and as recently as last
summer, but he remained firmly behind Flood and Wilkinson in the ranks.

Now, if Lancaster does need to install a stop-gap fly-half for the
start of the championship, he must consider Hodgson, who remains the
finest distributor in the domestic game. The national coach may even
choose to fill the holes in midfield with a ready-made unit from
Saracens in the form of Hodgson at 10, Brad Barritt at 12 and Farrell
at 13.

Saracens have often lamented the fact that their players have been
largely overlooked by England. Soon, there may be a mass exodus for the
Six Nations squad, with Hodgson, Farrell, Barritt, Matt Stevens,
Mouritz Botha, Andy Saull, Dave Strettle — and possibly Ben Spencer and
Alex Goode — all in the mix.

Jordan Turner-Hall of Harlequins and Twelvetrees could be considered for
the No 12 slot if Farrell is backed to start at fly- half. Henry
Trinder — who has been keeping Mike Tindall out of the Gloucester side —
is a prime contender at outside centre and Bath’s Matt Banahan provides
a wrecking-ball midfield option.

Kenny Dalglish must haul Luis Suarez into line

Dalglish has responsibility to Liverpool and football to bring Suarez into line

Of all the things Kenny Dalglish has done since resuming managerial duties at Liverpool, few have been as important or impressive as the manner in which he has restored unity to a previously fractured football club.

It was like this during the good times. Times such as when Bill Shankly claimed the second best team in Liverpool was his own club’s reserve side.

Dalglish — a Scot — has Merseyside pride and honour written right through him. If he tried to hide it he couldn’t, and anyway, he doesn’t try.

But now that Luis Suarez has been banned for eight matches and fined 40,000 for his racist comments directed at Patrice Evra, Liverpool’s manager ought to be taking stock of exactly what it means.

Protective role: Kenny Dalglish (right) has supported his striker Luis Suarez from the start

Protective role: Kenny Dalglish (right) has supported his striker Luis Suarez from the start

All the way through a saga that began moments after Liverpool drew at home to Manchester United on October 15, Dalglish has promised Suarez the club’s support and protection. And it continued on Tuesday night with a tweet from Dalglish saying: ‘let’s not let him walk alone.’ But it would be remiss of Anfield boss not to realise that the Uruguayan now needs educating.

As has been well documented throughout this unfortunate affair, in South America the word ‘negro’ or ‘negrito’ is offensive only if used in conjunction with an aggressive preceding adjective.

Hence Suarez’s claim to the media in his home country that he had uttered a word also used by some of Evra’s own South American team-mates.
In Uruguay it is not unusual for men and women to have the nickname of El Negro or La Negra without any racist undertones.

Obdulio Varela, the 1950 World Cup-winning captain and one of Uruguay’s most revered footballers, is known as El Negro Jefe or ‘The Black Chief’. But the FA have deemed all this to be insufficient mitigation and it is easy to understand why.

Flashpoint: Suarez and Patrice Evra (right) at Old Trafford

Flashpoint: Suarez and Patrice Evra (right) at Old Trafford

It is worth remembering that Suarez — a grown man of 24 — played in the Dutch league with Ajax for three years prior to his move to Liverpool last January. It is difficult to believe he did not spend some of that time adapting to the nuances of north European culture.

Equally, at his own club, Evra plays and socialises with South Americans such as the Brazilians Anderson and Rafael and Fabio da Silva. Are we really to believe that these team-mates routinely address the Frenchman in terms that could be deemed racially offensive

Whatever the case, Suarez has been found guilty by the FA this week of using racist language — not on one occasion, but throughout that game.

Evra may have been accused by the governing body in the past of providing an account that was ‘exaggerated and unreliable’ when relating his version of a clash with Chelsea groundstaff in 2008. But on this occasion the FA have found substance to his allegations and Liverpool should accept that, though they showed little sign of doing that on Tuesday night.

Key player: Suarez has netted eight times in all competitions this season

Key player: Suarez has netted eight times in all competitions this season

Dalglish is right to be vexed that it took the FA more than two months to reach a conclusion. That is too long.

Nevertheless, he now has a responsibility to Liverpool and indeed to football to ensure that Suarez understands the grave nature of the offence. It may well be that Suarez’s remarks carried no malice. Only he knows whether that is the truth. What is relevant here is that those comments were unacceptable and must not be repeated.

In America, Liverpool’s owners have observed proceedings. They have indicated privately that Suarez has their support, but sources close to John W Henry have suggested that the last thing he would desire is for the business he acquired a year or so ago to be associated with something of this nature.

GAMES HE COULD MISS

Assuming Luis Suarez appeals against his eight-match ban, he is likely to be available for Liverpool’s matches up to and including the trip to Manchester City on January 3.

If he appeals but loses, he will probably miss both legs of the Carling Cup semi-final, before returning against Manchester United … and Patrice Evra.

EIGHT GAMES HE MAY MISS
Jan 6…… Oldham (h) FA Cup
Jan 11……Man City (a) CC SF (1)
Jan 14….. Stoke (h) PL
Jan 21….. Bolton (a) PL
Jan 25…….Man City (h) CC SF (2)
Jan 28…. FA Cup 4th round
Jan 31……Wolves (a) PL
Feb 6…… Spurs (h) PL

AND WHAT COMES AFTER…
Feb 11……Man Utd (a) PL

To the Americans, the image of their club is almost as important as results and one imagines they would wish Dalglish to be seen to be tackling the Suarez issue appropriately.

As a player, Dalglish always seemed oblivious to the tittle-tattle that went on around him on a football field. Vinnie Jones — then of Wimbledon — is once thought to have threatened to rip Dalglish’s ear off and ‘spit down the hole’. The Liverpool No 7 never flinched.

Dalglish is not lacking when it comes to an understanding of football politics, however. At the age of 60, there is not much he has not seen. After the horrors of Hillsborough 22 years ago, he also has the benefit of perspective.

As Liverpool manager, he is right to stand by his player. He knows Suarez better than most. But Dalglish must also do what he can to ensure this never happens again.