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James McClean never wanted to play for Northern Ireland – Nigel Worthington

EXCLUSIVE: Worthington reveals McClean never wanted to play for Northern Ireland

qualifier against Italy in Pescara and now, almost 18 months after handing the reins to Michael O'Neill, he admits he would return.

'If the opportunity ever came up again, I wouldn't think twice about taking it,' he said.

'I loved every minute of that job. I loved working with the squad and the people behind the scenes were always terrific.'

While
those supporting Worthington in post are fondly remembered, he failed
to leave much of a legacy among the fans, who complained at his
'negative' tactics.

'Some
people will remember sections of the supporters having a go at me
towards the end of my time but I wouldn't say a bad word against them.

'They
were fantastic, loyal and passionate throughout my time in charge and
there is no better sight in football than seeing 13,500 people inside a
bouncing Windsor Park.'

Warren Gatland meets England squad

An awkward squad meeting! Lions coach Gatland sees England players just a day after saying he is reluctant to pick them

By
Joe Ridge

PUBLISHED:

12:38 GMT, 13 February 2013

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UPDATED:

15:53 GMT, 13 February 2013

Warren Gatland has met with the England squad just a day after his comments regarding selection for the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia caused a storm.

The Lions and Wales head coach was with Stuart Lancaster's side at St George's Park for a pre-scheduled meeting on Wednesday just three months ahead of the trip to Australia.

Gatland, who has handed over the reins of the Wales side to his assistant Rob Howley for the ongoing RBS Six Nations Championship while he focuses on his Lions role, told the London Evening Standard on Tuesday that he was reluctant to pick too many Englishmen in his squad.

Causing a storm: Gatland said he is reluctant to pick too many Englishmen

Causing a storm: Gatland said he is reluctant to pick too many Englishmen

The New Zealander was at the National Football Centre in Burton to go through video footage of England's 12-6 win over Ireland on Sunday – a result which has left Lancaster's side top of the Six Nations table after two games.

‘England did well in the autumn,’ the Kiwi told the Standard. ‘And if they do well in the Six Nations, there will be a reasonable contingent of English players.

‘But that brings a certain element of – how do I say it – other pressures. We all know what happened with England at the World Cup and the circus that was created.

On a roll: England have won both of their Six Nations games so far

On a roll: England have won both of their Six Nations games so far

‘It becomes a much greater media focus for the English papers; potentially a negative focus for the Australian papers. And English players are targeted by other countries. They are not always the most popular with other countries because of the history. People like having a pop at them.

‘It’s just being aware of potential issues that may arise. I’ve got to be aware of the possibilities that, if there are a number of English players on the tour, the same sort of things could be instigated, through stings through the media or set-ups trying to create controversy.’

Gatland later insisted that his words were taken out of context.

Backtracking: The Kiwi later insisted his words had been taken out of context

Backtracking: The Kiwi later insisted his words had been taken out of context

‘I would happily pick 15 English players in the first Test at Brisbane if I though they were the best 15 players for the job,’ he told the Daily Telegraph.

‘Hand on heart I would never be able to look myself in the mirror if we didn’t pick a player who deserved to go on Tour because he was English. I just couldn’t do that to any individual. Morally it is just wrong.’

Sean O"Driscoll is the frontrunner for the Blackpool job

EXCLUSIVE: O'Driscoll the shock name for Blackpool job

By
John Edwards

PUBLISHED:

21:31 GMT, 11 January 2013

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UPDATED:

21:33 GMT, 11 January 2013

Sean O’Driscoll has emerged as a shock frontrunner for the Blackpool job and could be confirmed as Michael Appleton’s successor in the next 24 hours.

After agreeing a compensation package with Blackburn for the loss of Appleton, who watched his new team from the stands against Wolves at Molineux, Blackpool were expected to move for Bradford boss Phil Parkinson.

Heir apparent: Sean O'Driscoll is being lined up for the Blackpool job. He was sacked from Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day after beating Leeds 4-2

Heir apparent: Sean O'Driscoll is being lined up for the Blackpool job. He was sacked from Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day after beating Leeds 4-2

But Sportsmail understands they have turned their attention to former Nottingham Forest manager O’Driscoll and are close to striking an agreement to install him as their new manager.

After being controversially sacked by Forest, despite taking them to the fringes of the play-off places, O’Driscoll turned down an approach from Barnsley, after speaking to Oakwell officials but deciding the job was not for him.

Taking the reins at Blackpool is viewed as a different proposition, though, and he looks to be on the verge of a swift return to Championship management, with Parkinson waiting in the wings, should the deal hit a last-minute hitch.

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Quick exit: Michael Appleton (pictured) has left to join Blackburn - he was only in charge at Bloomfield Road for just two months

Quick exit: Michael Appleton (pictured) has left to join Blackburn – he was only in charge at Bloomfield Road for just two months

Rafael Benitez happy to welcome Pep Guardiola at Chelsea

I'll walk away if Chelsea want Guardiola… but only after I've won trophies, vows Benitez ahead of Club World Cup final

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UPDATED:

11:49 GMT, 14 December 2012

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez is happy to hand over the reins to Pep Guardiola – but only after he has won trophies with Chelsea first.

Former Liverpool boss Benitez was appointed as the temporary manager at Stamford Bridge after Robert Di Matteo was relieved of his duties in November, but the Spaniard has come under fire from the Chelsea fans, who feel that Di Matteo has been unfairly treated by owner Roman Abramovich.

Speaking to BBC Sport ahead of Sunday’s Club World Cup Final against Brazilian outfit Corinthians, Benitez said: 'Guardiola has a fantastic record. If he comes and we’ve won a lot of trophies, I’ll be very pleased.'

Welcoming: Rafa Benitez is happy to hand over the reins to Pep Guardiola after winning some trophies

Welcoming: Rafa Benitez is happy to hand over the reins to Pep Guardiola after winning some trophies

Fun and games: Fernando Torres (right) and David Luiz (left) will hope to win the the World Club Cup on Sunday

Fun and games: Fernando Torres (right) and David Luiz (left) will hope to win the the World Club Cup on Sunday

Guardiola, who spent four years managing Barcelona before resigning at the end of last season, is currently taking a break from football and is living in New York.

And although Benitez is aware that he is likely to be replaced as Chelsea manager in the summer, he is desperate to be successful over the remainder of this season, and is aiming to win over the Chelsea support as soon as possible.

Benitez, who has previously won the Club World Cup with Liverpool and Inter Milan, explained: 'When I decided to come, I knew I was signing a contract for six or seven months so I was not thinking about more after these seven months.

'After the improvement of the team, the way I will play and the style I will have, I think a lot of fans will say: ‘Maybe we were too hard and we have to give him the chance to bring the confidence back to the team and the fans.'

King David: Luiz is likely to play at the heart of the Chelsea defence

King David: Luiz is likely to play at the heart of the Chelsea defence

Hopeful: Benitez wants to win over the Chelsea fans, who are unhappy after the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo

Hopeful: Benitez wants to win over the Chelsea fans, who are unhappy after the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo

Champion: Guardiola achieved great success with Barcelona and is being courted by Chelsea

Champion: Guardiola achieved great success with Barcelona and is being courted by Chelsea

P.s. Fernando Torres seems to be soaking up as much culture as he can in Japan as Chelsea gear up for the final of the World Club Cup against Corinthians.

Earlier this week the Spanish striker said that one of the things that inspired him to take up football was a Japanese cartoon named Captain Tsubasa.

This morning Torres was photographed catching up on the news in Yokohama by reading the local newspaper – written in Japanese! Good effort, Fernando.

I can't understand a word! Fernando Torres reads a Japanese local paper

I can't understand a word! Fernando Torres reads a Japanese local paper

I can't understand a word! Fernando Torres reads a Japanese local paper

Wallace signed for Chelsea – who is he?

No, he's not the one that likes Wensleydale… so just who is Chelsea's new signing Wallace

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UPDATED:

14:29 GMT, 5 December 2012

Chelsea are no strangers to Brazilian flair and the latest Samba star to join the ranks is Wallace.

Like Oscar, who arrived in the summer and took England by storm, the Fluminense right-back is not well known outside of his own country.

So, what can Blues fans expect from the fifth Brazilian to join their squad Will he be more David Luiz or Emerson Thome

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Flair: Wallace loves to roam forward from his defensive position

Flair: Wallace loves to roam forward from his defensive position

Stamford Bridge Samba stars

Here are the Brazilians who have left Chelsea:

Alex (86 Premier League apps)

Normally reliable and packing a thunderous free kick, Alex was well liked by everyone in SW6 – apart from Andre Villas-Boas.

The Portuguese manager alienated and then sold the defender, much to the chagrin of the Stamford Bridge faithful.

Juliano Belletti (54)

A cult hero, Belletti was adored by the fans. It helped that he had a penchant for scoring spectacular goals, with one fantastic strike in particular against Tottenham endearing him to the supporters.

Emerson Thome (21)

Only at the club for one year, but popular because of his willingness to put in a shift. Known as 'The Wall', Thome drew nods of approval with his uncompromising tackles.

Mineiro (1)

A bizarre, obscure Avram Grant signing who barely played for the team. He made one other appearance, in the League Cup against Burnley.

First things first – the 18-year-old who cost 5million will arrive for duty at the end of the season.

Wallace officially becomes a Chelsea player in January but will remain at Fluminense until next term.

Although he has been signed while Rafael Benitez is in charge, the deal was put in place while Roberto Di Matteo had the reins at the Bridge.

He made his debut for the first team this year, turning out 18 times to help them win the Brazilian league, the Rio State league and the Guanabara Cup.

He is likely to fit into the Chelsea squad behind Cesar Azpilicueta, with Branislav Ivanovic spending more time in his favoured centre-back position.

When Wallace does play he will get forward a lot – he's not shy of putting in crosses with either foot.

Fans will be glad to know Wallace is putting some research time in, to see how he'll fit in with his team-mates.

He said: 'I used to follow La Liga and its big clubs but now because I'm moving to Chelsea I'm following them more, after the Champions League triumph.

Solid as a rock: Alex was excellent for Chelsea

Solid as a rock: Alex was excellent for Chelsea

'I'm watching every single match apart from when I'm playing or concentrating with my team but I don't miss a chance to see their matches.

He also expects having compatriots Lucas Piazon, Ramires, Oscar and Luiz will help ease him into life in London.

'It's always helpful to have Brazilian colleagues playing by your side because normally they are settled down and can give you some advice and this is important,' he explained.

'Now that I'm moving to London I'll have to learn some English, but I am used to this and they can help me a lot.'

Shaky: David Luiz is not renowned for his defensive aptitude

Shaky: David Luiz is not renowned for his defensive aptitude

He played alongside Piazon for Brazil at the 2011 U17 World Cup in Mexico, finishing fourth.

Wallace has represented his country at U20 level and won the South American U17 Championship last year.

He is heading to Chelsea from the club which Deco, and fan favourite Juliano Belletti departed for in 2010.

It doesn't seem likely he will help Chelsea's defence become any more solid, but Chelsea fans are used to right backs who play similarly – Jose Bosingwa, anyone

12 of the greatest Wallaces the world has ever seen

William Wallace (Braveheart)

Mel Gibson

Danny Wallace (ex man Utd, not to be confused with the comedian, author and DJ)

Rod Wallace

Ray Wallace (Danny, Rod and Ray three are brothers)

Ian Wallace (signed by Brian Clough for Nottingham Forest)

Wallace, from Wallace and Gromit

Wallace, from Wallace and Gromit

Wallis Simpson

Gregg Wallace (Masterchef)

Jessie Wallace (plays Kat Moon in Eastenders)

Kat Moon

Ross Wallace (striker, Burnley)

Danny Wallace (Comedian, author and DJ)

Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace (Big Brother)

Judge Wallace for yourself

If he wants to fit in he should take his cues from Belletti…

Jurgen Klinsmann will face Joachim Low in Germany v USA friendly

Klinsmann will face former assistant Low as Germany take on USA

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UPDATED:

18:39 GMT, 14 November 2012

The apprentice will face the master with Jurgen Klinsmann's USA side set to play his former assistant Joachim Low's Germany in a friendly.

Low took the reins of the German national side in 2006 after Klinsmann had taken the hosts to third place in the World Cup.

The venue for the friendly, on May 29, has not been decided yet.

Hello there: USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann (left) shakes hands with Russia boss Fabio Capello

Hello there: USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann (left) shakes hands with Russia boss Fabio Capello

Germany will be missing several of their star men because some club seasons not have finished.

Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira, for instance, will still be needed by Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid – the final round of La Liga is on June 1.

Germany will play a second friendly in America on June 2, against an as yet unnamed opponent.

Klinsmann brought Low into his Germany set-up after taking over from Rudi Voller and his protege has gone on to great things.

In control: Joachim Low (centre) took over the German side after Klinsmann left

In control: Joachim Low (centre) took over the German side after Klinsmann left

Low took Germany to the final of Euro 2008 where they lost 1-0 to Spain.

He then steered an extremely young side to the semi-final of the 2010 World Cup, where they again came a-cropper at the hands of the Spaniards.

Germany were the nearly-men yet again at Euro 2012, with a Maio Balotelli-inspired Italy putting them to the sword in the semi-final.

Monisha Kaltenborn becomes team principle at Sauber

Lady first! Kaltenborn makes history after taking helm at Sauber

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UPDATED:

08:17 GMT, 11 October 2012

Monisha Kaltenborn has become Formula One's first female team principal after taking over from Peter Sauber at his eponymous team.

Kaltenborn, 41, already held the role of chief executive officer and will immediately take on the additional responsibilities at this weekend's Korean Grand Prix as 68-year-old Sauber takes a back seat.

The move had appeared on the cards when Sauber transferred a third of the team's equity to Kaltenborn as a 'gift' at the end of 2011.

Taking the reins: Kaltenborn will head the team at Sauber

Taking the reins: Kaltenborn will head the team at Sauber

Sauber will remain in his role as president of the board of directors for all Sauber companies and remain responsible for the group's strategic direction.

In a team statement, Sauber said: 'We decided a long time ago that Monisha would take over from me, but we left the timing open.

'Now is a good time for both of us, so this is the right moment to pass on the baton. After all, there have been a number of races I've been unable to attend – most recently the Japanese Grand Prix, where the team put in an excellent performance.

'I'm in no doubt that Monisha has all the necessary skills to be an outstanding team principal, and I'm equally certain she will ensure that the values underpinning the company live on. That is very important to me.'

Podium finish: Kobayashi came third in the recent race in his native Japan

Podium finish: Kobayashi came third in the recent race in his native Japan

Sauber, who first entered F1 in 1993, have enjoyed an encouraging campaign. The Swiss team lie sixth in the constructors' championship after scoring four podium finishes, the most recent at last weekend's Japanese Grand Prix through Kamui Kobayashi.

Indian-born Kaltenborn, who holds Austrian citizenship, initially joined Sauber in 2000 to run their legal department but had moved up to the role of CEO in January 2010.

She said: 'I have set my sights high and am committed to taking the team forward as Peter Sauber would want and leading it on to success.'

Henrik Larsson in frame to take over at Blackburn Rovers

Celtic legend Larsson in frame to take reins at Rovers after impressing in Sweden

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UPDATED:

22:38 GMT, 1 October 2012

Henrik Larsson is the shock new name being considered by Blackburn Rovers to replace Steve Kean.

The Celtic legend has emerged as a candidate after working wonders on a shoestring in his first managerial job in his native Sweden.

Larsson, 41, took his first job in management with Second Division side Landskrona to learn the ropes after finishing his playing career.

Hand it to him: Larsson is building a great reputation in management

Hand it to him: Larsson is building a great reputation in management

The former Sweden international, who
won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2006, wants a job in England
after telling Landskrona he will not be renewing his contract when their
domestic season ends next month.

Blackburn owners Venkys want a high-profile name to get their fans back onside after Scot Kean left the club last Friday.

They have had an official approach for Spurs’ technical co-ordinator Tim Sherwood turned down and are considering other options.

Larsson remains a huge name in the
game and has commanded respect in Sweden after opting to take his first
job at a lower level and keeping the club clear of relegation.

He is good friends with former
Barcelona managers Pep Guardiola and Frank Rijkaard, and has been
working with a similar system to Barca’s at Landskrona.

Larsson, who led Celtic to a famous
victory over Blackburn on their way to the UEFA Cup Final in 2003,
already has his full UEFA Pro Licence and his coaching methods are
admired in Sweden.

Holding the fort: Eric Black is currently in charge at Rovers

Holding the fort: Eric Black is currently in charge at Rovers

His stay there will come to an end this season and he is now under consideration for a role with a big Championship club.

Rovers are fourth in the table, but
the next manager will be under enormous pressure to get them promoted at
the first attempt, following last season’s relegation from the Premier
League.

They are working to a 10-day time frame to replace Kean and Larsson is now one of the serious options being considered.

His name will appeal to Rovers simply
because his standing in the game is so high around the world that it
will appease their furious supporters.

If Larsson does return to the British
game, there will inevitably be speculation linking him with a return to
Celtic in the future.

Eric Black, a former assistant manager
at Parkhead during Larsson’s earlier years there, is in charge of
Blackburn on a caretaker basis and led them to a 1-1 draw at Charlton on
Saturday, but the Venkys want a big name to replace Kean.

Larsson’s release clause is 65,000
but that will not be a problem to Blackburn’s owners if they decide to
go ahead with an official approach.

Staying put: Rovers made an official approach for Sherwood

Staying put: Rovers made an official approach for Sherwood

Kevin Blackwell takes Bury job

Bury turn to former Leeds boss Blackwell after poor start to season

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UPDATED:

14:47 GMT, 26 September 2012


New appointment: Kevin Blackwell is the new manager of Bury

New appointment: Kevin Blackwell is the new manager of Bury

Kevin Blackwell has been appointed as the new manager of Bury, taking the reins from caretaker Peter Shirtliff.

He returns to Gigg Lane having previously served as a goalkeeping coach and assistant manager under Neil Warnock in the late nineties.

Blackwell, 53, who has previously managed Leeds United and Luton Town, was last in charge of Sheffield United between 2008 and 2010.

In a long playing career stretching over two decades, Blackwell kept goal for Barnet, Boston United, Scarborough, Torquay United and Plymouth Argyle, among others.

Bury have started the season poorly after previous manager Richie Barker left for Crawley Town on the eve of the season and are currently bottom of League One after a winless start.

BBC to hit back at Royal Lytham

Brian Barwick: BBC aiming to hit back at Lytham… and they've got Sir Nick to help

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 18 July 2012

When the new BBC director-general, George Entwistle, takes up the reins in September he may well enjoy some autumn sunshine and the reflected glow of a stunning summer for BBC Sport.

With big viewing figures for Euro 2012 and Wimbledon behind them and the Olympics to come, it is possible that the Corporation’s sports viewing figures will swamp the end-of-year audience ratings charts, a timely reminder that sport remains an integral part of what licence-payers want and expect.

On Wednesday, the BBC endorsed that view in celebrating the securing of the contract to broadcast the Olympic Games up to and including 2020.

Driving forward: The BBC will bring all the best pictures when Royal Lytham

Driving forward: The BBC will bring all the best pictures when Royal Lytham

This was a boost for the BBC who no longer televise Test cricket or the FA Cup final, inexplicably have lost the Grand National, the Derby and Royal Ascot, have had their live Formula One coverage sliced in half, controversially moved the sports department to Salford and allowed their on-screen talent to seemingly pop up everywhere.

Next week the BBC will concentrate on things Faster, Higher, Stronger — in the meantime, three other words describe their current approach to televised sport.

Fewer, Bigger, Better is the mantra of an organisation who can’t allow themselves too many fist-fights in the broadcast rights market — and so are in the business of maximising the value of what they have.

The BBC’s recent coverage of Wimbledon proved they can still deliver handsomely when the schedules are opened up, the Centre Court roof is closed, we have ‘our man’ Murray in the final, and there is a genuine confidence about the scale and size of the operation.

Viewer finder: BBC figures will be on the up in the coming weeks thanks to sport

Viewer finder: BBC figures will be on the up in the coming weeks thanks to sport

This week it is the turn of golf’s Open Championship at Royal Lytham to enjoy some of that BBC Sport ‘lurve’ and the R&A expect nothing less.

Earlier this year, Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R&A, pitched in with a well-aimed criticism of the BBC’s commitment to golf in terms of hours and money. The former had ‘dwindled’, the latter ‘plateaued’.

Well, the BBC have responded. They’ve added Sir Nick Faldo to this week’s commentary team and will broadcast upwards of 40 hours of live coverage over four days across BBC1 and BBC2.

On board: Sir Nick Faldo

On board: Sir Nick Faldo

The action will be captured on around 80 cameras and a small army of camera personnel, technicians and production staff will help the BBC comfortably make the cut in terms of quality and content.

And amid all the modern fandangos of HD, red button, mobile and online, reassuringly it will be a celebrated octogenarian gently guiding us through the action.

Peter Alliss remains the signature voice of the sport and listening to him last weekend at the Scottish Open, for me, he still remains the man to beat.

Of course he has his detractors, but just like David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd on Sky Sports’ exemplary cricket coverage, Alliss uses the pedestrian nature of his sport to muse on all things in golf and life — and take us along with him. He sees the sport as representing more than a string of golf shots.

As a precursor to a monumental few weeks in London, the BBC will hope for a special few days of links golf where the heavens may open but there’ll be no roof to close. Just a point to prove.