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AP McCoy is set to release a crime fiction novel

Stranger than fiction: Jockey McCoy set to write crime thriller book

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Marcus Townend

PUBLISHED:

19:26 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

09:59 GMT, 16 January 2013

Is there anything he cannot do AP McCoy might be chasing his 18th consecutive jump jockey title but the iron-man of jump racing is now set to turn his hand to being an author.

Plans for McCoy to produce a crime thriller in November were announced yesterday by Orion, who published his autobiography in 2011.

The jockey will join an established tradition of racing figures who have produced works of crime fiction based on the sport dating back to former royal jockey Dick Francis.

Man of many talents: AP McCoy released an autobiography in 2011 but is a newcomer to the world of fiction writing

Man of many talents: AP McCoy released an autobiography in 2011 but is a newcomer to the world of fiction writing

Others to have tried their luck as authors are Jenny and Richard Pitman, and John Francome.

With a relentless work schedule, it is hard to believe McCoy will have much time to sit at his keyboard but a spokeswoman for the publishers said: ‘AP will be getting advice but will be writing the book himself.’

Jon Wood, Deputy Publisher of Orion Books, said: 'I’m so excited that A.P. McCoy has decided to turn his hand to fiction.'

Champion: McCoy became the first jockey to win Sports Personality of the Year in 2010 and has ridden over 3,800 winners

Champion: McCoy became the first jockey to win Sports Personality of the Year in 2010 and has ridden over 3,800 winners

'With his unrivalled knowledge of the racing world and what it is like to be champion jockey, few are as well placed to create a brilliant new character in this genre.

'I’m sure these novels will have massive success with his army of loyal fans.'

McCoy has won the jump jockey’s title a record 17 times, and has ridden over 3,800 winners with his sights now fixed on becoming the first man to reach a total of 4,000 winners in National Hunt racing.

He said: ‘Having published my autobiography a couple of years ago, this time I will be writing a thriller, which is something very different, but I’m up for the challenge and looking forward to getting started!'

Lance Armstrong doping affair: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson lands role investigating links with UCI

Baroness Grey-Thompson lands role investigating Armstrong's links with UCI

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16:42 GMT, 30 November 2012

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has been named on a three-person panel to assess the Lance Armstrong affair and the role of the International Cycling Union in the scandal.

The UCI in October ratified the sanctions recommended by the United States Anti-doping Agency, who conducted an investigation which concluded Armstrong and his United States Postal Service team ran 'the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen'.

Allegations of complicity and insider knowledge were levelled at the UCI and its leadership – all of which have been denied – and 11-time Paralympic champion Grey-Thompson forms part of the independent commission set up to establish the facts.

Disgraced: Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles

Disgraced: Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles

Australian John Coates, the president of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport assembled the commission, which is independent of the UCI and will be chaired by former Court of Appeal judge Sir Philip Otton Australian lawyer Malcolm Holmes QC will join Lords peer Grey-Thompson on the panel.

Armstrong did not cooperate with the USADA investigation and has been banned for life and stripped of all results from August 1, 1998, including seven Tour de France titles.

Investigating Armstrong: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Investigating Armstrong: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Steven Gerrard should quit leave Liverpool and join "a big international club", says Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Gerrard should leave Liverpool and join 'a big international club', says Ibrahimovic

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06:32 GMT, 14 November 2012

Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic has urged England counterpart Steven Gerrard to quit Liverpool and move to 'a big international club'.

Gerrard is poised to win his 100th cap in this evening's friendly international between the two countries to mark the opening of the Friends Arena in Stockholm.

Ton up: Steven Gerrard set to make his 100th appearance for England in Sweden

Ton up: Steven Gerrard set to make his 100th appearance for England in Sweden

Ibrahimovic is a big admirer of Gerrard but feels he should leave Anfield after more than a decade of loyal service spanning over 600 games.

The Paris St Germain striker said: 'Steven Gerrard is respected throughout Europe and is always the player the coach says to be careful with because he is the one that makes the difference.

'But, although of course Liverpool is a big club, I would like to see Steven at a big international club.

'I would like to see that also for England because it is very exciting when someone goes abroad and shows who he is in another competition.

'For me, a fantastic player can make the difference in every country wherever he plays. I'm pretty sure Steven would do that also.'

Centre of attention: Sweden's captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Centre of attention: Sweden's captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Sweden coach Erik Hamren admits he has little knowledge of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha after his surprise call-up into the England squad.

But he has cautioned against expecting too much too soon from the 20-year-old. Hamren said: 'I don't know about him. I will have some information.

'I have a scout so he can look but, for this game, I haven't been so focused on England because we have only had a couple of days to prepare.

'But I hope I will not have a bad surprise from this player (Zaha). Sometimes you (the media) get carried away. You have to need these heroes and stars and sometimes you make them a star too early.

'Then it is a problem for a player. It is better to make him a star when he is a star because we have seen some examples of that in world football.

'I hope he is not a star tomorrow but in the future, I hope you are right.'

Mick McCarthy confirmed new Ipswich manager

McCarthy targets Premier League return after penning deal to take over at Ipswich

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09:28 GMT, 1 November 2012

Mick McCarthy has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal to take over as Ipswich Town's new manager.

McCarthy had been keen to make a return to the game after being sacked by Wolves back in February and the former Republic of Ireland manager revealed he was delighted to follow Paul Jewell, who left the club last week, into the hot seat at Portman Road.

'I’m obviously delighted to have been given the job as Ipswich Town manager and I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead,' said McCarthy in a statement.

Back in business: Mick McCarthy is set to be named as new manager of Ipswich

Back in business: Mick McCarthy has been named as new manager of Ipswich

'It’s a fantastic football club, with a proud tradition and history and a terrific fanbase. While the long term ambition is to take the club back into the Premier League, it’s clear that the first priority is to get some confidence back into the team and start climbing the table.'

Town chief executive Simon Clegg added: 'I am delighted to welcome Mick and Terry to Portman Road.

'We are under no illusions of the challenge ahead for this Club given our position in the table but we feel we have the right manager to lead that challenge.

Bad start: The Tractor Boys are rooted to the foot of the Championship table

Bad start: The Tractor Boys are rooted to the foot of the Championship table

'Mick has a wealth of knowledge in the game and has shown that he knows how to compete successfully in the Championship in his time at both Sunderland and Wolves.

'While the first task is to guide the Club away from our current position, we believe Mick has all the credentials and drive to eventually bring success back to Ipswich Town.'

Ipswich are currently bottom of the Championship and have gone 12 games without a win.

Bad run: Ipswich sunk to bottom of the table under Paul Jewell

Sacked: Ipswich sank fast under Paul Jewell, who lost his job last week

Both Alan Curbishley and Alan Shearer were also linked with the position, but the Ipswich board felt McCarthy is the right choice to revive the club's fortunes and hope he can steer the club away from the danger zone.

McCarthy will take charge of his first game when Ipswich face Birmingham on Saturday.

Jen Chang bullying Duncan Jenkins claims denied by Liverpool – Charles Sale

Liverpool see red over Chang bullying Duncan Jenkins claims

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09:27 GMT, 13 October 2012

Liverpool director of communications Jen Chang has denied extraordinary allegations made in an anonymous blog on Friday that he had harassed a supporter because his accurate transfer knowledge had cost the club money.

It was claimed Chang had promised to ban the unnamed fan for life, that crazy supporters would put dogs*** through his letter box and make his life 'a living hell', that the supporter might have to move home and that newspapers would 'ruin' his dad's online business.

These threats were allegedly made by Chang at a meeting with the mystery fan – who has the alter ego Duncan Jenkins – in Manchester following Liverpool displeasure at his fake Twitter account.

Bully claims: Jen Chang, Liverpool's director of communications, denies harassing an unnamed fan after he posted information about the signing of Nuri Sahin (pictured) in his blog

Bully claims: Jen Chang, Liverpool's director of communications, denies harassing an unnamed fan after he posted information about the signing of Nuri Sahin (pictured) in his blog

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Chang says the club believed the account
was being fed by an Anfield mole, who provided information about the
signings of Fabio Borini and Nuri Sahin.

The blog also accused a paranoid Chang of bombarding 'Duncan Jenkins' with phone calls and telling him that the club investigation into the tweets had diverted money from charitable projects.

The blog states: 'Everything I've written is 100 per cent true. There is not a single shred of embellishment in this account.'

But Chang, who confirms he did meet the self-styled Slam Dunc in Manchester, said: 'I will not be responding to total nonsense.

'The contents of my tweets that are included in the blog bear no relation whatsoever to the false accusations made by a fictional character.

'There was never any investigation by Liverpool over the tweets.'

Meanwhile, Liverpool's owners, the Fenway Sports Group, are keeping to their data-based Moneyball philosophies by appointing Ian Graham, who has a PhD in biological physics from Cardiff University, as their director of research to make the best use of all the statistics that now emerge from matches and training.

Sound of Lineker's gaffe still ringing in Middle East

Gary Lineker's filmed apology for his crass comment during Al Jazeera's Champions League coverage – that Montpellier players Karim Ait-Fana and Younes Belhanda 'ate grass' as they adopted the traditional Muslim prayer position to celebrate a goal – has helped keep the lid on a controversy that is still bubbling in the Middle East.

Sinfield still searching for Man of Steel

Kevin Sinfield, named on Friday as the England rugby league captain after leading Leeds Rhinos to a sixth Super League triumph, is recognised as his sport's marquee player.

He is inspirational enough to be
invited by England rugby union coach Stuart Lancaster to motivate his
squad. Yet remarkably Sinfield has never made the three-strong shortlist
for rugby league's Man of Steel player of the year award.

That is voted for by the players, some of whom can only be envious of Sinfield's standing in the game.

Top dog: Kevin Sinfield is considered to be rugby league's marquee player

Top dog: Kevin Sinfield is considered to be rugby league's marquee player

Sky's cutbacks put speedway and snooker on backburner

Sky Sports' necessary cost-cutting after their increased 1billion spend on Premier League rights has put coverage of speedway and snooker in jeopardy.

And another pointer towards ESPN dismantling their UK TV sports operation after the loss of their PL packages is the departure of station boss Jeroen Oerlemans.

Frankie leaves it late

Frankie Dettori, having enjoyed the comforts of a night's stay at his chosen five-star London hotel courtesy of the Leaders in Racing conference, texted organisers the next day, four hours before his keynote appearance, to pull out of the event because he was feeling unwell.

Kieren Fallon was called in as a late replacement.

Not up to it Frankie Dettori pulled out of the Leaders of Racing conference because he was feeling unwell

Not up to it Frankie Dettori pulled out of the Leaders of Racing conference because he was feeling unwell

Dettori was also due to have hosted the racing industry reception at his own Frankie's Bar & Grill at Stamford Bridge that evening.

Meanwhile, a bigger surprise than a no-show from a sports star was Manchester City's former gaffe-prone chief executive Garry Cook managing to host a session at the Leaders in Football conference without making a clanger.

Mills' plan faces opposition

Sir Keith Mills' plan to set up a British Sports Marketing Bureau to attract sponsorship rights across all sports following the Olympics has opposition from sports best placed to go it alone.

UK Athletics and British Cycling have doubts and it is understood the country's biggest three sports, football, rugby union and cricket, have reservations as well.

Lionel Messi: Being a good bloke is better than individual titles

Top bloke first, world's best footballer second! Messi wants friends over accolades

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10:56 GMT, 1 October 2012

Lionel Messi hopes to be remembered as a good friend and colleague over and above the best player in the world.

The 25-year-old has won three consecutive world player of the year awards, and is expected to be in the running for a fourth this year after scoring an unprecedented 73 goals in all competitions last season.

'I prefer to win titles with the team ahead of individual awards or scoring more goals than anyone else,' Messi said. I'm more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world.

One of the boys: Lionel Messi is happy to be remembered as a good guy over and above his achievements as a footballer with Barcelona and Argentina

One of the boys: Lionel Messi is happy to be remembered as a good guy over and above his achievements as a footballer with Barcelona and Argentina

'When all this is over, what are you left with When I retire, I hope I am remembered for being a decent guy. I like to score goals but I also like to have friends among the people I have played with.'

Messi is expecting the birth of his first child, a boy to be named Thiago, in the next month, but does not seem to have been distracted on the pitch.

He has netted 10 goals in all competitions so far, under Pep Guardiola's former assistant Tito Vilanova.

The relatively unknown Vilanova appears to have settled in to his new role quickly and the side top La Liga after a perfect six wins from six.

High praise: Tito Vilanova was the first to give Messi a chance in the Barca youth

High praise: Tito Vilanova was the first to give Messi a chance in the Barca youth

Vilanova has been helped by a prior
knowledge of many of the players, including Messi, from his time spent
working in the famed Barca youth academy 'La Masia'.

'I was pleased with the news that Tito
was the replacement for Pep,' Messi added in the interview with Spanish
daily EL Pais. 'I have known him since I was a lad.

'Tito was the first person who had faith in me, because at the time I was a substitute or didn't play, and he was the one who made me starter in the Under 16s.

'I know him well, he's open. He tells you things to your face without any type of problem, I like this.'

One to watch: Messi is wary of countryman Gonzalo Higuain at Real Madrid

One to watch: Messi is wary of countryman Gonzalo Higuain at Real Madrid

Barcelona resume their great rivalry with
champions Real Madrid on Sunday, when Jose Mourinho's team visit the
Nou Camp in La Liga having already overcome the Catalans in the Spanish
Super Cup back in August.

'It's the best feeling to beat Madrid because of the importance attached to it,' Messi said of 'El Clasico'.

'Madrid kill you on the counter-attack,' he explained. 'They have extremely fast forwards, and the link-up between the defence and the attack lasts only five seconds and it is a goal. They don't need to play well to score three against you.

'I am lucky enough to know well (fellow Argentines) Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria. Higuain isn't in the game, touches the ball twice, and scores two goals. Madrid score goals out of nothing.'

Euro 2012: Markus Babbel blasts Germany mole

That's a Low blow! Babbel blasts German mole for leaking manager's secrets

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09:02 GMT, 25 June 2012

Hoffenheim coach Markus Babbel believes Joachim Low has been betrayed by a mole in the Germany camp who keeps revealing the team selection hours before the games are due to take place.

Low's starting XI became public knowledge over six hours before their Euro 2012 quarter-final clash with Greece on Friday, infuriating the coach and members of the team.

Babbel told Sport1 that the leaks are 'frustrating, unnecessary and stupid'.

Mystery: Germany boss Joachim Low does not know who leaked his team news

Mystery: Germany boss Joachim Low does not know who leaked his team news

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Low believes that one of the players' friends or agents is passing on the confidential information and he has already told them to be more careful with who they talk to ahead of Thursday's semi-final clash with Italy.

Babbel hopes that the mole will also have a conscience and realise that what they are doing is jeopardising Germany's chances of glory in Poland and Ukraine.

'We all have the goal of becoming European champions,' he said. 'If there is somebody there spreading things like this, then he is not doing German football any favours.

'At the end of the day, we all suffer because of it.'

Captain fantastic: Philipp Lahm (No 16) has led Germany by example at Euro 2012

Captain fantastic: Philipp Lahm (No 16) has led Germany by example at Euro 2012

Germany captain Philipp Lahm said what is discussed in the team meeting at lunchtime before the game 'should remain within the four walls'.

At a press conference in Gdansk, he added: 'It is a shame when things leak out. The whole nation wants us to go far and it is not an advantage when the team is revealed hours before the game.

'Whoever is revealing this has not understood what sport is. It's definitely a shame.'

Low made four changes to his side for the quarter-final clash, saying he wanted his side to be more 'unpredictable'.

Further alterations can be expected against Italy in Warsaw on Thursday.

Euro 2012: England"s security blunder as key tactics passed to rivals by spy

Revealed: England's security blunder as key tactics passed to rivals by spy

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22:23 GMT, 16 June 2012

Giving the game away: Roy Hodgson was apparently spied upon

Giving the game away: Roy Hodgson was apparently spied upon

England will make an urgent security review of their pre-match preparations at Euro 2012 after a simple blunder involving a curtain almost led to curtains for Roy Hodgson's European Championship hopes.

A Swedish journalist revealed that he was able to spy on England's pre-match tactical team talk before England faced Sweden on Friday – and then pass secret details to the Swedish FA before the kick-off in Kiev.

The Swedes had advance knowledge of
England's tactics and Hodgson's plan to start the crucial group game
with Andy Carroll, a ploy designed to exploit Sweden's weakness against
headers.

They also knew that England would not begin with 18-year-old winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The Scandinavian snooper who broke
the news to his compatriots was able to do so because someone in the
England camp had simply forgotten to draw a blind across a window.

Ola Billger, of the Svenska Dagbladet
newspaper, was working in his room on the fourth floor of Kiev's Opera
Hotel when he realised that his window overlooked a skylight to a
third-floor meeting room where England manager Hodsgon was giving his
tactical talk.

'I grabbed my binoculars and along
with a colleague we were able to watch for about 40 minutes through the
skylight,' Billger told The Mail on Sunday.

'We were not able to hear anything
but it was clear England were talking about how to run through the
Swedish defence and how Sweden would attack through corners.

'It was also clear through videos and the tactics board what the lineup would be, with Carroll starting and Oxlade-Chamberlain not.'

Before the tactical session was over, a member of the hotel staff pulled a drape across the skylight to close off access to the 'spies'.

Billger added: 'I don't know if it was because they realised we'd been watching. But we had a great story for our paper and, of course, we called the Swedish FA for a comment and shared what we'd found.'

Billger says that the Swedish FA's tactical director, former international Reine Almqvist, was 'very pleased to hear the information, especially about the line-up'.

Head for heights: Carroll powered home to give England the lead

Head for heights: Carroll powered home to give England the lead

Carroll opened the scoring with a brilliant header but the Swedes then used the tactical insights supplied by Billger to go 2-1 up and threaten England's European Championship progress.

Adrian Bevington, managing director of Club England at the FA, said that there was 'no evidence whatsoever' of spying by anyone linked directly to the Sweden team.

He added: 'We're very relaxed about what happened and very pleased with the result we got in the match

'I can't say it's something that's causing us great consternation in the England camp.

'It certainly wasn't a security breach and it didn't affect the result thankfully.'

Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims England were fortunate to emerge victorious in Kiev.

Cruel result: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (right) said Sweden were the better team

Cruel result: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (right) said Sweden were the better team

'I think we were the better team against England. I really do,' said the AC Milan star.

'We should be proud of ourselves because we played a good game. We showed courage and were much better in dead-ball situations.'

Midfielder Sebastian Larsson agreed. 'We were definitely better than England. Their equaliser (by Theo Walcott) happens one time in a thousand. It was a shot I should have covered but it hit me and deflected past the goalkeeper.'

Euro 2012: Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni: If I were 15 years younger I"d play!

If I were 15 years younger I'd play! Ireland's 73-year-old boss Trap can't wait for Croatia

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13:26 GMT, 8 June 2012

Giovanni Trapattoni insists he feels like a 20-year-old as he prepares to become the oldest coach to send his team into European Championship finals battle.

The 73-year-old Republic of Ireland boss will set a new record when he heads for the dug-out at the Municipal Stadium in Poznan on Sunday night to watch his team open their Group C campaign against Croatia.

But Trapattoni – who will replaced Austria-born Otto Baric, who had his 71st birthday while leading Croatia at Euro 2004, as the senior member of the managerial club – is confident that his thirst for knowledge and fascination with all that is new in football is keeping him young.

Age is just a number: Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni speaks in Gdynia on Friday

Age is just a number: Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni speaks in Gdynia on Friday

He said: 'It's as if I was 20. I am fresh in head and above all, I am hungry for new situations.

'I watch every game and think maybe I can discover another little situation. I want to know new things. I always want to get to know new things that I didn't know before.

'That is important. A general once said it's an old man who isn't curious about the next news. I think I'm like a 20-year-old – but with more experience.'

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Such is Trapattoni's enduring enthusiasm that he even suggested he could play in the game himself, although only if he were 15 years younger.

He said with a smile: 'I could start the game. If I could return 15 years, I could play also.'

The veteran Italian will instead leave that side of things to the team he has schooled over the last four years for exactly the kind of engagement which lies before them on Saturday.

Victory over Croatia, who sit in eighth place in FIFA's official rankings, 10 better off than their first Euro 2012 opponents, could prove crucial to Ireland's hopes of reaching the knock-out stages of a competition for which they qualified via the play-offs.

On paper, it is arguably their most promising chance of securing a three-point haul with Spain and Italy to come.

The sides drew 0-0 in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium in August last year, and while the Republic are well aware of the quality manager Slaven Bilic has at his disposal despite the withdrawal through injury of striker Ivica Olic, they remain quietly confident.

Countdown: Ireland's squad prepare to face Croatia during a training session in Gdynia

Countdown: Ireland's squad prepare to face Croatia during a training session in Gdynia

Trapattoni said: 'They are ahead of us in the rankings, but we played them in a friendly game and did well.

'Many players play in England, Germany – our team knows their opponent.

'But no result is confirmed until the match is played. I played many times against players who were big, big stars. But I won one-on-one against them. That is a good stimulus.'

From almost the moment Ireland booked their trip to Poland and Ukraine by comfortably seeing off Estonia over two legs, Trapattoni has reminded nay-sayers who have dismissed their chances of progressing of the heroics performed by Greece in the same competition eight years ago.

Otto Rehhagel's side were rank outsiders but ultimately lifted the trophy after demonstrating a cohesion, organisation and commitment which eased them past more talented opposition and took them all the way.

Trapattoni's Ireland have similar qualities and although he is keeping his feet firmly on the ground, he is confident they can make an impact.

He said: 'In my life, my rule is never say never. Obviously, to dream is easy. After there is 90 minutes, 90 minutes, 90 minutes, 90 minutes.

No holding back: Stephen Ward (left) and James McClean challenge for the ball in training

No holding back: Stephen Ward (left) and James McClean challenge for the ball in training

'After five games, maybe the dream comes true.'

If the Republic's ambitions are to be realised, they will need their best players to be fit and healthy and one of them, keeper Shay Given, provided his manager with a timely boost today when he was able to train with his team-mates at the Municipal Stadium in Gdynia once again.

Given's appearances on the training pitch have been sporadic as a result of knee and calf injuries and blistered feet, but there was little sign of any discomfort this morning.

Trapattoni said: 'He was rested, he was not injured, so I have no doubts that he can play.'

Midfielder Glenn Whelan missed the end of the session, but his manager was similarly unconcerned.

He said: 'It was only a knock. He doesn't have a problem.'

Barring any late disasters, Trapattoni will field the same team which started in Hungary on Monday night with John O'Shea, Richard Dunne, Sean St Ledger and Stephen Ward lining up ahead of Given and behind Damien Duff, Keith Andrews, Whelan and Aiden McGeady, with Robbie Keane and Kevin Doyle in attack.

Why Liverpool cannot afford to see the back of these two Kop idols

Why Liverpool cannot afford to see the back of these two Kop idols

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22:05 GMT, 17 May 2012

Down the decades, Liverpool Football Club have always had a strong connection with their city. It has been there in the Boot Room and in the dressing room, in the form of proud sons of Liverpool who have served the club with distinction.

Some have been adopted sons, some were raised rather closer to Anfield.

But they have been ever present, the men who give Liverpool their identity.

Main men: Gerrard and his friend are Liverpool's heartbeat

Main men: Gerrard and his friend are
Liverpool's heartbeat

Before Fenway Sports Group appoint their next manager, having sacked Kenny Dalglish from their offices in Boston, they need to realise how close they are to losing that connection.

Dalglish has been dismissed prematurely in the opinion of this observer, and the two players who continue the Anfield dynasty in his absence have entered the twilight of their careers.

Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher have been the heartbeat of the team for more than a decade but Gerrard is 32 this month while Carragher is 35 in January.

They remain fine players. Gerrard has just been appointed England captain.

But they cannot go on for ever and the club's American owners need to find a way of keeping them at Liverpool in key roles.

When we were kings: Gerrard (right) and Carragher kiss the European Cup in 2005

When we were kings: Gerrard (right) and Carragher kiss the European Cup in 2005

That has been addressed to some extent with Gerrard agreeing to become an ambassador for the club once he can no longer run their midfield.

But for Carragher there is a greater calling that should one day lead him to the manager's office.

He shies away from such talk and is keen to see out the remaining year of his playing contract, but Gerrard predicts his close friend and team-mate will one day manage the club and it is easy to see why.

Here is a man with an encyclopaedic knowledge of world football, someone so good even managers from other Premier League clubs have been known to seek his opinion on a potential transfer target.

He wants to be a manager and goes way beyond studying for his UEFA coaching badges by spending as much time at Liverpool's academy as he does the first-team training base.

No dummies: Gerrard and Carragher are a managerial foundation

No dummies: Gerrard and Carragher are a managerial foundation

But he also has the personality and passion for the job and would command the respect of players – in any dressing room.

When it appears FSG are considering the credentials of managers like Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Martinez – two men still in their 30s – there is an argument for saying Carragher should also be on that list, particularly when Villas-Boas has not proved himself adept at the kind of rebuilding job needed at Anfield.

Dalglish became player-manager at 34, although at a time when Liverpool were among the best sides in Europe.

Yet, with the task facing Dalglish's modern-day successor, it might be too big a leap for Carragher.

However, they should find a role for him in their new coaching team, with a view to him becoming the manager.

Appointing from within has worked for Liverpool in the past, after all.