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Greg Dyke announced as new FA Chairman

Former Man United director Dyke voted as new FA chairman, replacing outgoing Bernstein

By
Charles Sale

PUBLISHED:

11:30 GMT, 21 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:54 GMT, 21 March 2013

Former Manchester United director and TV mogul Greg Dyke has been voted through as the next FA chairman, replacing the outgoing incumbent David Bernstein.

Dyke, 65, will replace Bernstein when he leaves the post after two-and-a-half years in July – and takes the helm from Saturday July 13.

Dyke told the FA website: 'Football has always been a big part of my life whether playing 11-a-side on Sunday mornings or six-a-side on Thursday evenings.

Main man: Former United director Dyke will take the helm at the FA

Main man: Former United director Dyke will take the helm at the FA

'I was brought up in a household where my father was much more interested in whether or not you had won at football than whether you had passed your exams. In my case that was just as well.

'I still turn out to play six-a-side some Thursday evenings although at my age I seem to spend more time injured than playing.

'I supported my local team Brentford as a kid where my elder brother was a junior, watched York City while at university and followed Manchester United whenever I could.

'I got involved in how the game was run
when I was first involved in buying sports rights as Chairman of ITV
Sport in the late eighties and later at the BBC.

Game over: Bernstein's (left) tenure at the FA will soon come to an end

Game over: Bernstein's (left) tenure at the FA will soon come to an end

'I learnt a lot in the years when I was on the Board of Manchester United and have seen the other side of the professional game at Brentford.'

The FA said in a statement: 'The Football Association Board has today unanimously approved the nomination for Greg Dyke to be appointed independent FA chairman.

'Dyke, 65, will take over as chairman from David Bernstein when he leaves the post after two-and-a-half years in July – subject to approval by the FA council. The appointment will take effect from Saturday, July 13.

Football man: Dyke's local team while growing up was Brentford

Football man: Dyke's local team while growing up was Brentford – where he became non-executive chairman in 2006

Football man: Dyke's local team while growing up was Brentford

'This follows a recruitment process led
by FA independent director Roger Devlin (chairman of the nominations
committee) with fellow board members Roger Burden and Keith Lamb.

'In a high-profile broadcasting industry career, Dyke has worked as director general of the BBC and managing director of London Weekend Television.

'Dyke has had a long background in football. He was a director of Manchester United in the late nineties and since 2006 he has been non-executive chairman of Brentford Football Club, the team he supported as a boy. He will relinquish this role at the end of the season to take up his new post at the FA.'

Red alert: United director Gill (seen with Dyke) is also on the FA board

Red alert: United director Gill (seen with Dyke) is also on the FA board

Carl Fletcher in tears after Plymouth sack manager

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

PUBLISHED:

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)

Harry Redknapp says he will return to management for a top job

I'm good enough! Redknapp insists he'll come back for a top job

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UPDATED:

09:20 GMT, 26 August 2012

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Harry Redknapp is hoping to return to manage at the top level in England after starting the Barclays Premier League season without a club.

The 65-year-old was sacked by Tottenham in June after four years at the helm at White Hart Lane.

Redknapp still has the same enthusiasm and love for the game and while insisting he is not rushing to return, he admits he would come back for the 'right job' which would most likely be in England.

Waiting: Harry Redknapp says he will return... if offered the right job

Waiting: Harry Redknapp says he will return… if offered the right job

He told Five Live's Sportsweek programme: 'I've managed good players at Tottenham and at Portsmouth and at West Ham.

'Honestly, I enjoy working with good players to be honest with you.

'When you've been working with top players it's very difficult to work with inferior players if you like.

'I think I am capable of managing at the very top level so we'll see what comes up.

Shaky start: Redknapp's replacement at Spurs, Andre Villas-Boas

Shaky start: Redknapp's replacement at Spurs, Andre Villas-Boas

'England is home to the grandkids and everything else is here – it would be difficult unless it was the right offer (abroad) I really fancied and was a special offer.

'Other than that I would look to manage in England in the future.

'I love it, I love the Premier League, I enjoy English football and I enjoy being in England.'

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce eyes winning start against Aston Villa

Allardyce wants winning start from new boys West Ham against Lambert's Villa

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UPDATED:

12:49 GMT, 17 August 2012

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West Ham's Sam Allardyce is hopeful of getting Premier League life off to a winning start but insists his side will not take Aston Villa for granted.

The Hammers secured their return to the top flight via the play-offs last season, bouncing back at the first attempt after relegation under Avram Grant.

First up for the east Londoners are Villa and, while quietly confident of three points, Allardyce rejected the notion that the fixture is an easy one.

Hammer time: West Ham are looking to mark their return to the top-flight with a win over Aston Villa

Hammer time: West Ham are looking to mark their return to the top-flight with a win over Aston Villa

'Everybody thought that Cardiff City at home was a comfortable start last season and we got beat 1-0 in the last minute,' he said.

'I don't think there is any kind of comfortable start in the Premier League.

'I think there is a possibility that we can get off to a good start if we give a good performance.

'What we are looking for a good performance by our players and that might give us a chance to win the first game here at Upton Park at the start of a new Premier League season.

'I think we all need to be a little apprehensive, certainly myself because it doesn't matter how good or bad I think we are, I won't really know until we play Barclays Premier League games.'

While West Ham will be making their return to the top flight, the match will also mark Paul Lambert's first match at the Villa helm since leaving Norwich.

'I am expecting a pretty determined and well organised side,' Allardyce said.

Start me up: Sam Allardyce is wary of the threat Paul Lambert's Villa side will possess

Start me up: Sam Allardyce is wary of the threat Paul Lambert's Villa side will possess

'Paul's record in terms of moving into a new club and producing results almost immediately stands there in front of everybody.

'I think that he will get them playing a system that suits the players and playing the best they possibly can play.

'For us it's about making sure we are on top of our game because we're obviously playing a well-established Premier League side.

'While we have got some players with Premier League experience, it's been a year since we have been there.

'We are looking forward to getting back there and hopefully we can deliver in terms of expectations and, of course, try and win as many games as we can, starting with the first one.

'The first game is as important as the last game, and if you can win the first game it gets everybody off to a nice, pleasant start.

'You try and get three points in the bag and try and move forward.

'It builds the confidence of all the players at a club and it gets rid of any anxiety anybody may have, or at least reduce what they have of can they really reproduce in the Premier League and produce performances, as last time we were there we were relegated.'

Jack Collison will miss Saturday's opener after aggravating an existing knee injury towards the end of last season, which has seen him miss pre-season.

Fellow Wales international James Collins is fit to face his former club after a groin injury, but manager Allardyce revealed his summer signings from overseas, Alou Diarra and Modibo Maiga, will not start.

Watford confirm Sean Dyche sacking as Gianfranco Zola waits

Watford confirm Dyche sacking as Zola waits in the wings for Hornets chance

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UPDATED:

17:45 GMT, 6 July 2012

Watford's new owners have officially confirmed the sacking of manager Sean Dyche, with Italian Gianfranco Zola now set to be installed as his successor.

The Hornets have ended Dyche's 12-month tenure at the helm after he guided the club to an 11th-placed finish in the npower Championship last term.

His replacement is likely to be former West Ham boss Zola after the Pozzo family, who completed their takeover from Laurence Bassini last week, suggested in a TV interview that he would take charge at Vicarage Road.

Game over: Dyche has been sacked by Watford - despite a fine season

Game over: Dyche has been sacked by Watford – despite a fine season

A statement from the new owners on the club's website read: 'Watford football club confirms that it has terminated the contract of first-team manager Sean Dyche, with immediate effect.

'On behalf of the club, the Pozzo family acknowledges that Sean's positive contribution to Watford FC dates back long before his appointment as manager in June 2011.

'His achievements under difficult circumstances mean that he will rightly be held in high regard by Watford supporters.

'Everyone at the club extends their warmest wishes to Sean for the future.'
Dyche, who made more than 230 appearances for Chesterfield as a centre-half in the 1990s and had spells at Bristol City and Millwall, joined Watford in 2002.

Back in the game: Zola has been out of football since leaving West Ham

Back in the game: Zola has been out of football since leaving West Ham

He went on to make 72 appearances in three years as a player and, after two years at Northampton, returned to Vicarage Road as youth-team coach in 2007.

Dyche was made assistant to Malky Mackay in 2009 and succeeded him as boss in 2011.

His departure paves the way for Zola to return to English football following his two-year spell with the Hammers in May 2010.

Giampaolo Pozzo had hinted at the 45-year-old's appointment on Monday, telling Sky Italia: 'Zola We are on the right path and hence, I believe he will be our new coach. We have a verbal agreement.'

Harry Redknapp wants Tottenham to offer him a new contract

Sign me up! Redknapp urges Spurs to end uncertainty and offer him new deal

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UPDATED:

16:59 GMT, 5 June 2012

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has urged the club to hurry up and offer him a new contract – if they think he is worth it.

The 65-year-old picked Spurs up from the bottom of the Premier League to an eighth-placed finish after taking over in October 2008 and has since achieved two fourths and a fifth spot in his three full seasons at the helm.

His contract expires next summer, though, with talks over a new deal having stalled earlier this year amid speculation linking Redknapp with the job of England boss before Roy Hodgson was appointed Fabio Capello's successor on May 1.

Wanting to sign: Harry Redknapp has urged Tottenham to offer him a new deal at the club

Wanting to sign: Harry Redknapp has urged Tottenham to offer him a new deal at the club

A run of one win in 11 games from February saw Tottenham relinquish third place in the standings – which ultimately cost the north London club a Champions League berth following Chelsea's surprise triumph in this year's final.

The contract situation has since shown no sign of resolving itself, with reports suggesting all may not be well between Redknapp and chairman Daniel Levy and that the manager could be on his way out of White Hart Lane.

The former West Ham, Portsmouth and Southampton boss insisted such talk was wide of the mark, but warned the club the uncertainty was not good for anyone.

Good season: Redknapp guided Spurs into the top four and only missed out on the Champions League after Chelsea won the competition

Good season: Redknapp guided Spurs into the top four and only missed out on the Champions League after Chelsea won the competition

'I've never had a problem with Daniel Levy,' he said. 'I've probably got on as well with Daniel as I could any… People keep talking about our relationship. I've never had a minute's problem with Daniel Levy in terms of falling out with him or whatever. I don't even know where that comes from.

'The simple situation is, I've got a year left on my contract. It's up to Tottenham whether they want to extend that contract or not. If they don't extend it and I go into my last year, it's not an easy one when players know you've only got a year left.

'It's not a case of me looking for security. What it's about is players knowing you've only got year left on your contract and knowing that it doesn't work, basically.

The decision maker: Redknapp says he has a good relationship with chairman Damiel Levy

The decision maker: Redknapp says he has a good relationship with chairman Damiel Levy

'I think it's a situation of, 'well, he might not be here next year'.

'You don't let players run into the last year of their contract if you think they're any good, and you don't let managers run into the last year of their contract if you think they're any good.

'It's up to Tottenham. If they think I'm okay and I've done a decent job an deserve an extension, they'll give it to me.

'If Daniel doesn't think I'm worth it, that's up to him, that's up to the club. There's nothing I can do about it.'

On suggestions he could be heading to Qatar, he responded: 'I don't speak to anybody else – I'm under contract at Tottenham. I keep seeing something about Qatar – I've never even been to Qatar in my life!'

Holland playmaker Rafael van der Vaart admitted it was vital the manager signed a new – ideally long-term – deal, insisting sustained success was linked to stability.

Asked if it was crucial Redknapp signed on, the 29-year-old said: 'Yeah, I think so. He is doing a fantastic job, so I don't see any problems.

Backing his manager: Rafael van der Vaart says Redknapp is vital to Spurs

Backing his manager: Rafael van der Vaart says Redknapp is vital to Spurs

'I think he's going to sign a new contract – I hope so – and I think it's also good for every team when they have a manager who's there for many years. So I hope he stays.'

Van der Vaart's own future has been the subject of speculation in recent days, with German club Schalke reportedly keen to acquire his services.

Asked if there was any chance of him leaving north London, he said: 'No, I don't think so. There's always interest. But I'm happy in England and I want to stay.

'In football, you never know, and that's what I wanted to say and nothing more.'

Avram Grant leaves Partizan Belgrade

Avram exits Partizan after just five months in charge despite delivering title

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UPDATED:

22:19 GMT, 14 May 2012

Avram Grant has left Partizan Belgrade after less than five months in charge of the Serbian club.

The former Chelsea and West Ham manager led Partizan to their fifth consecutive league title but lost three times against fierce rivals Red Star Belgrade.

Grant, 57, informed the club on Monday he wanted to activate the release clause in his 18-month contract.

On the move: Grant has left Partizan after just five months at the helm

On the move: Grant has left Partizan after just five months at the helm

Terry Connor warns Stale Solbakken that Wolves will expect an immediate Premier League return

Connor warns Solbakken that Wolves will expect an immediate Premier League return

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UPDATED:

15:02 GMT, 12 May 2012

Terry Connor believes new Wolves manager Stale Solbakken will be under pressure to guide the club straight back to the Barclays Premier League.

Former FC Copenhagen and Cologne boss Solbakken has been announced as Mick McCarthy's successor and will be unveiled to the media on Monday.

Interim boss Connor failed in his attempt to keep Wolves in the top flight and will be aiming for his first win in 13 attempts in tomorrow's encounter at Wigan.

Ending on a high: Terry Connor hopes to beat Wigan in his last game at the Wolves helm - but has warned his successor about expectations at the club

Ending on a high: Terry Connor hopes to beat Wigan in his last game at the Wolves helm – but has warned his successor about expectations at the club

He said: 'Whoever was in charge, there would be big pressure to get back. We'll be no doubt one of the favourites to return so there'll always be pressure on.

'Wolves is a big club with a lot of tradition. We want to play in the Premier League. Whoever took over would have found themselves under pressure to deliver Premier League football.

'Stale will want to win some games and get us out of the Championship as soon as possible.

'He'll come into a club that's ready to turn their fortunes around. I think there's a good platform here to work from.'

Connor was one of the candidates to replace McCarthy but will have no problem reverting to being one of the Wolves backroom team – a role he has filled for 13 years.

He knows results under his command did not aid his hopes of being given the job full-time.

New boss: Stale Solbakken will be unveiled as Wolves' new manager

New boss: Stale Solbakken will be unveiled as Wolves' new manager

Connor said: 'I'm just a man who works for Wolves. I was asked to work for 13 games as manager and, on Sunday, I will complete that.

'I was told that after that time, the club would make decisions for the good of the club. They made their decision and I always said I would abide by their decision.

'I'll meet Stale on Monday and I'll offer every assistance I can from that day on going forwards.

'I'm a football man and I know, if you draw four games out of 12, it's not going to put you in the best light for the job.

'That is the case no matter what's been done on the training pitch, or what people are saying like how well I've worked with people behind the scenes. Results are the most important thing and I understand that.'

Connor is keen to finally notch up a win after seeing Wolves collect just four points from a possible 36 under him.

He said: 'That's why I can't relax on Sunday, the players want to win and I want to win a game of football.

'Between us, we'll go to Wigan and give it our best shot. We want a win and a positive end to the season. I want the players to win it for themselves – not me.'

Winger Michael Kightly is unlikely to be available after being unable to train this week because of a groin strain.

Terry Connor says relegated Wolves were not good enough

We were not good enough! Upset Connor concedes relegated Wolves lacked quality

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UPDATED:

18:34 GMT, 22 April 2012

A distraught Terry Connor admitted Wolves were not good enough for the Barclays Premier League after suffering relegation as a result of their 2-0 loss at home to Manchester City.

Connor was clearly upset and holding back the tears in his post-match interview.

He replaced Mick McCarthy at the helm at Molineux but in his time in charge the team have failed to win and relegation was confirmed on Sunday.

Down: Terry Connor could not keep Wolves afloat

Down: Terry Connor could not keep Wolves afloat

He told Sky Sports 1: 'It’s tough – a raw day.

'We knew coming in we had to try and win it – it is raw for the players, staff, supporters and everyone connected to Wolves. It probably will be for a few days.'

Of the fans, he added: 'They were superb today and for the majority of the season they’ve been great.

'Today is a raw, emotional day. I understand they’ll be hurting over the next weeks to come.'

Connor praised the side’s commitment today but he was honest in his assessment of Wolves over the season.

'The lads gave everything over the course of the season,” he said. “It’s obvious we haven’t been good enough.

Not good enough: Connor admitted Wolves lacked quality over the season

Not good enough: Connor admitted Wolves lacked quality over the season

'But we need to be competitive in the final three games. We have to show absolute integrity.

'Over 35 games we were not good enough to stay in the league.'

Connor insisted he had no regrets and added: “I’ve been very honest in what I’ve tried to do with players and the club.

'I have nothing to reproach myself from over the last 10 games. The reason we’ve failed today is over 35.

'I just want to get through to May 13th and get as many points as possible. I need all the players to commit to that and then sit down as a club and plot the future.'

Chelsea reopen talks over Hulk with Porto

Chelsea use trip to Portugal to reopen talks with Porto over 85m Hulk

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 27 March 2012

Chelsea have reopened talks with Porto over their long standing interest in forward Hulk.

The Stamford Bridge club have used the Champions League trip to Portugal to hold further talks with Benfica’s bitter rivals with a view to agreeing a fee for the Brazil player.

Sportsmail reported earlier this month how both clubs were in advanced discussions over a big money summer move for Hulk — who has an 85million release clause written into his contract.

Target: Will Chelsea get their man

Target: Will Chelsea get their man

Agreeing a fee for the forward is the main stumbling block towards a deal, with Chelsea unwilling to activate the hefty release clause.

But it is understood there is now a willingness from Porto to strike a deal that will see the star leave in the summer.

However, the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas has cast a shadow over a deal that looked a near certainty a few weeks ago.

There remains a willingness from Chelsea to complete a swoop for Hulk, who had agreed to make the move to west London this summer before Villas-Boas’ departure. But it is now unclear whether the 25-year-old is still keen on moving without Villas-Boas — with whom he worked at Porto — at the helm.