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Paolo Di Canio has resigned as Swindon manager after his position became "untenable"

Di Canio resigns as Swindon manager after his position became 'untenable'

By
Joe Ridge and Ralph Ellis

PUBLISHED:

19:28 GMT, 18 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:13 GMT, 18 February 2013


Gone: Paulo Di Canio

Gone: Paulo Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio’s turbulent 18 months as manager of Swindon came to an end on Monday night when the fiery Italian walked out.

Di Canio, who won promotion in his first season, revealed he had resigned a week ago but gave the club’s prospective new owners seven days to get the green light from the Football League for their takeover.

When a 5pm deadline came and went last night with the deal — lined up to prevent the club going into administration — still uncertain, Di Canio decided it was time to go.

The 44-year-old had been threatening to walk out for more than a fortnight after star midfielder Matt Ritchie was sold to Bournemouth for 500,000 without his approval.

The statement said: 'In my previous press statement on 1st
February, I said that I was considering my future, as my position with
the club had become untenable, after I found out that Matt Ritchie had
been sold without my consent.

'As I had previously stated, there
have been a number of broken promises made by the club over the time
that I have been Manager of Swindon Town. Despite these problems, I have
delivered everything and more that was asked of me, by achieving
promotion last year as Champions and competing this season for promotion
to the Championship and being just 3 points from top place a year
earlier than expected.

'I did not resign immediately, nor
publicise my resignation after I had formally confirmed it, as I did not
want to jeopardise the negotiations for the sale of the club and I
wanted to listen to what the proposed new owners plans were.'

Hero: Swindon fans had done everything they could to keep Di Canio

Hero: Swindon fans had done everything they could to keep Di Canio

Di Canio won 44 of the 75 league games he was in charge at Swindon, and his resignation will spark interest from bigger clubs who are looking for a new manager.

The statement continued: 'Following discussions, my representatives put forward a proposal that
would secure my future at the club until at least the end of the season
and quite possibly beyond as well. This proposal actually reduced the
Clubs contractual liabilities to me in the interest of saving Swindon
Town FC. At a meeting last Friday the proposed new owners accepted and
said they were very happy with the new terms.

'I entered into a temporary arrangement with the proposed new owners
to continue in my role as Manager but all this was agreed subject to
Football League approval for the purchase of the Club being granted by
5:00pm on Monday 18th February.

Money: Off-field financial problems have begun to dog Swindon

Money: Off-field financial problems have begun to dog Swindon

'At the time of issuing this statement, I have had no further contact
from the proposed new owners and I have been told that unfortunately
Football League approval has not been granted yet and therefore my
temporary arrangement has ended and my resignation stands.

'This is all I wish to say for the time being other than to thank my
Technical Staff and the players for their fantastic professional
behaviour and attitude in achieving what they have done up to today,
also thanks to the Swindon Town supporters for the incredible support
they have shown me and the team throughout my time as Manager.

'I wish the best of luck to the supporters, the players and my Technical Staff for the future.'

Undermined: Di Canio felt the sale of Matt Richie was the last straw

Undermined: Di Canio felt the sale of Matt Richie was the last straw

Swindon currently sit sixth in League
One, just two points off the automatic promotion places — but Di Canio
wanted more backing to reach the Championship. Instead, he lost his top
player and his plans to recruit more were shelved.

Swindon’s owners put the club up for
sale in mid-January, revealing they had debts of around 13million and
warning they might have to go into administration.

That fear was eased when a consortium
agreed a deal to take over, but so far its leader, Oxford-based
businessman Jed McCrory, who bought Southern League club Banbury Town
six months ago, does not have Football League backing for his plans.

Di Canio’s position will be of
interest to West Ham, where he is the fans’ favourite to take over if
the club fail to agree a contract with Sam Allardyce when his deal runs
out in June.

Mohamed Bin Hamann resigns as FIFA issue life ban

Bin Hamann resigns from all positions in football as FIFA issue new life ban to disgraced former Blatter rival

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17:17 GMT, 17 December 2012

FIFA has imposed another life ban on former presidential challenger Mohamed Bin Hammam, who has resigned from all his positions in football.

The world governing body said the 63-year-old Qatari had been banned for life by FIFA's new adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee.

The ban is not in connection with allegations of bribery while campaigning against Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency but for 'conflicts of interest' while president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Banned for life: Bin Hammam was the president of the Asian federation

Banned for life: Bin Hammam was the president of the Asian federation

FIFA said in a statement: 'Mr Mohamed Bin Hammam, FIFA executive committee member and AFC president, has resigned from all his positions in football with immediate effect and will never be active in organised football again.

'This results from a resignation letter of Mr Bin Hammam addressed to FIFA and AFC dated December 15, 2012.

'In view of the fact that under the new FIFA code of ethics, the FIFA ethics committee remains competent to render a decision even if a person resigns, the adjudicatory chamber decided to ban Mohamed Bin Hammam from all football-related activity for life.

Rival: Blatter (centre) was present at the Club World Cup final on Sunday

Rival: Blatter (centre) was present at the Club World Cup final on Sunday

'This life ban is based on the final report of Michael J Garcia, chairman of the investigatory chamber of the FIFA ethics committee.

'That report showed repeated violations of Article 19 (conflict of interest) of the FIFA code of ethics, edition 2012, of Mohamed Bin Hammam during his terms as AFC president and as member of the FIFA executive committee in the years 2008 to 2011, which justified a lifelong ban from all football-related activity.'

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley plans to rename Ibrox: CHARLES SALE

Sports Direct Arena Mk II! Ashley in bid to rename Rangers' iconic Ibrox stadium

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22:46 GMT, 28 November 2012

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is understood to be in negotiations with Rangers for naming rights to the Glasgow club’s iconic Ibrox Stadium.

The proposed deal would lead to one of football’s most famous stadiums, which opened in 1899, being renamed the Sports Direct Arena to promote Ashley’s sports retail empire.

Rangers have been exploring image rights deals since the Charles Green-led consortium took over the troubled club last June, shortly before they were demoted to the Third Division.

What's in a name: Mike Ashley is in talks over the naming rights of Ibrox

What's in a name: Mike Ashley is in talks over the naming rights of Ibrox

What's in a name: Mike Ashley is in talks over the naming rights of Ibrox

However, any move to rename the stadium is certain to anger many Rangers fans, even given the club’s financial plight.

Indeed, many would never acknowledge Ibrox being called anything else.

Ashley caused fury on Tyneside a year ago by renaming Newcastle’s own historic St James’ Park as the Sports Direct Arena, to showcase the branding opportunities to potential naming rights partners.

But Newcastle reverted back to St James’ Park last month in a bid to appease growing supporter concern about another re-naming —to the Wonga Arena — after a new 32million shirt sponsorship deal was signed with the controversial short-term loan company who charge huge interest.

Now, despite that setback, the opportunity to have his company name on an even more world-renowned football venue greatly appeals to Ashley, who is expanding his Sports Direct business in Scotland.

Something to tell us

Former Brazil captain Zico announced
his resignation as coach of Iraq following a contract dispute, just
after he shared a conference panel with England manager Roy Hodgson at
the Soccerex conference in Rio, which discussed international football.

Exit: Zico has quit as manager of Iraq following a contract dispute

Exit: Zico has quit as manager of Iraq following a contract dispute

Trash room talking

The peace talks between Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck and the 16 elite referees following the false Mark Clattenburg racism allegations took place in a meeting room in the budget Hampton by Hilton hotel wing of St George’s Park.

However, the officials each have luxury rooms in the alternative upmarket Hilton accommodation at SGP during their regular training camps. These have moved from Warwick University, where the referees had to double up in basic student rooms.

Rad deal

Ronnie Radford’s iconic 1972 winning goal for Hereford against Newcastle is such an FA Cup staple that Conference sponsors Blue Square Bet are pledging to give the non-League club 500 for every fan who finds the top corner of the net in a recreation of the Radford strike taking place at Edgar Street tomorrow.

Stadium solution close

The future of the Olympic Stadium will become clearer on Wednesday when West Ham are expected to be finally named as preferred bidders following a legacy process branded a ‘farce’ by UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner.

There is optimism a solution can at last be reached in the financial wrangling over who pays what for transforming a 500million track-and-field arena into a multi-sports stadium that could cost a further 200m.

Up for grabs: West Ham set to be named preferred Olympic Stadium bidders

Up for grabs: West Ham set to be named preferred Olympic Stadium bidders

Negotiations now surround only the final 20m to 30m of the spend with the Government hopeful the London Legacy Development Corporation, plus West Ham and Newham Council, will contribute more — along with Whitehall — to make the numbers stack up.

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Woman's touch

Heather Rabbatts, the first woman and mixed-race member of the FA board, has emerged as a contender to succeed David Bernstein as FA chairman next May.

And Rabbatts’ chances are improved by the other FA independent director Roger Devlin ruling himself out by being on the nominations panel.

Football League chairman Greg Clarke is another being linked with the FA job as well as the Premier League chairmanship, although London 2012 vice-chairman Sir Keith Mills could have his pick of both positions.

Miami mover

Ricardo Teixeira, the disgraced former FIFA executive committee member for Brazil exposed for taking bribes from the body’s now defunct former marketing partners ISL, has retired to Miami.

FIFA insiders do not expect him to return to Brazil because he would face questioning on a variety of corruption issues involving millions of pounds. Teixeira’s successor on the FIFA ExCo, Marco Polo del Nero, has had his home raided by Brazilian Police investigating alleged links with a criminal organisation.

Sunderland deny Martin O"Neill resignation reports

Sunderland move swiftly to deny claims O'Neill offered to walk away after West Brom defeat

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15:28 GMT, 25 November 2012

Sunderland have been quick to deny reports that manager Martin O'Neill offered his resignation in the wake of the club's home defeat to West Brom.

The Black Cats, who have won twice in their last 20 Premier League games, were booed off by fans after suffering a 4-2 reverse against the in-form Baggies, leaving them just three points above the relegation zone.

It was then claimed that the Northern
Irishman, who has been in charge less than a year, had offered to end
his three-year deal with the club.

Up against it: Martin O'Neill has not offered to quit Sunderland, say the club

Up against it: Martin O'Neill has not offered to quit Sunderland, say the club

But Sky Sports reported on Sunday morning that the club had told them O'Neill had 'unequivocally not resigned'.

Speaking after Saturday's defeat, the 60-year-old seemed positive.

He said: 'We have a lot of work to do, we accept that. What I don't want is players getting concerned and worried because we have lost the last couple of games here and suddenly everybody is against us.'

He then added: 'I don't mind getting beaten four or five-nil if it means that we are trying to turn a deficit back around again. There was always that possibility that West Bromwich Albion would maybe get a third goal.

'As it turns out, Simon Mignolet made a really good save after we had got off to a good start in the second half, so that kept us going.

'But we have to show that fight and determination throughout the whole season, not for one, not for two games, three games.

'If we had got something out of this, that would have kept it going. As it turns out, it has knocked us back again, but we will go and we have got to be prepared for Tuesday now.'

Sir Norman Bettison "resigned before being dismissed after attempting to influence Hillsborough talks"

Hillsborough police chief 'quit before being dismissed after trying to influence talks over role in disaster'

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16:19 GMT, 8 November 2012

Resigned: Sir Norman Bettison resigned after allegedly trying to influence talks over his part in the Hillsborough scandal

Resigned: Sir Norman Bettison resigned after allegedly trying to influence talks over his part in the Hillsborough scandal

One of Britain's most senior police officers, Sir Norman Bettison, resigned after learning he faced a possible dismissal having attempted to influence talks about the role he played in the Hillsborough scandal, documents have revealed.

Sir Norman contacted the chief executive of West Yorkshire Police Fraser Sampson before a meeting at which officials made the decision to refer him to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for alleged misconduct after the Hillsborough Panel’s damning report, according to minutes of the West Yorkshire Police Authority..

The conversation with Sampson would be enough to warrant Sir Norman’s sacking if it was proved he obstructed the ‘integrity of the complaints handling process’, the minutes indicate.

The IPCC had already announced that they were investigating a number of police officers involved in the 1989 disaster.

Sir Norman, who was the chief constable of the West Yorkshire Police until his resignation this month, is included in that list.

The former police chief was accused in the Hillsborough Panel’s report of being one of the main perpetrators in attempting to deflect blame from the police and emergency services to fans at the game.

Last month, the IPCC also announced that it was investigating claims that Sir Norman tried to influence the decision-making process of the police authority’s committee which were investigating the disciplinary matters against its senior officers, according to The Independent.

In the previously unseen minutes obtained by the PoliceOracle.com website via a freedom of information request, it was revealed that Sir Norman was not being accused of attempting to prevent the referral to the IPCC, but how that referral would be made.

According to the minutes, Sampson was asked to give the details of the conversation to the committee deciding Sir Norman’s fate on September 15.

Tragedy: 96 people died during the disaster in the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest

Tragedy: 96 people died during the disaster in the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest

On October 3 – at a private meeting – the minutes indicated that the conversation between Sir Norman and Sampson could result in ‘gross misconduct’ and dismissal if proved true.

When the committee was set to meet again three weeks later, on October 24, Sir Norman, who had led West Yorkshire Police since 2006, resigned, and it is believed he may have been suspended.

Labour MP Maria Eagle has already accused Sir Norman of being part of a ‘black ops’ unit set up to deflect blame from the police in the disaster which left 96 dead.

She also claimed that Sir Norman 'boasted' about cooking up lies to blame Liverpool fans for their part in the disaster.

Sir Norman denies these allegations.

But pressure had been mounting on Sir Norman following the initial publication of the independent panel’s report.

The damning report condemned the police’s response to the incident and their tampering with accounts subsequently.

Sir Norman, who said he had no plans to step down as chief constable in March 2013, said he left ‘not because of any allegations about the past, but because I share the view that this has become a distraction to policing in West Yorkshire now and in the future.’

His resignation means he will not face any misconduct charges, and Sir Norman has said he would cooperate fully with the IPCC inquiry.

Bettison was unavailable for comment on Wednesday evening.

Chaos: The Hillsborough Panel's report condemned the police's handling of the incident both during and after

Chaos: The Hillsborough Panel's report condemned the police's handling of the incident both during and after

Hillsborough: Sir Norman Bettison resigns from police

Hillsborough police chief quits ahead of hearing amid allegations of 'boasts over lies'

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15:02 GMT, 24 October 2012

One of Britain's most senior policemen – Sir Norman Bettison – who allegedly 'boasted' about cooking up lies to blame Liverpool fans for the Hillsborough disaster has resigned.

The chief constable of West Yorkshire Police was being urged to quit after devastating allegations about his integrity and had originally said he would leave the force next year.

But he tendered his resignation ahead of a meeting on Wednesday morning which was to consider his role in the aftermath of the 1989 tragedy, which he investigated for South Yorkshire Police.

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Under investigation: Sir Norman Bettison

Shadow Transport Maria Eagle

Allegations: Merseyside MP Maria Eagle said in
parliament that West Yorkshire Police's chief Sir Norman Bettison
'boasted' about smearing Liverpool fans in 1989 and chose to 'concoct' a
falsehood

Families of Hillsborough victims were celebrating as they believe Sir Norman had been at the heart of a police cover-up that blamed their loved-ones for causing the deaths of 96 fans.

Sir Norman said he had never blamed the fans for the tragedy and defiantly added: 'There’s nothing I’m ashamed of'.

'First, and foremost, the Hillsborough tragedy 23 years ago left 96 families bereaved and countless others injured and affected by it,' he said.

'I have always felt the deepest compassion and sympathy for the families, and I recognise their longing to understand exactly what happened on that April afternoon.

'I have never blamed the fans for causing the tragedy.'

It came after Shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle told Parliament Sir Norman revealed a 'plot' to help 'concoct' a false version of events for the tragedy in a pub conversation with a survivor.

He has long been accused of smearing fans in the wake of
Hillsborough, when he was a chief inspector with South Yorkshire Police
at the time.

Ms Eagle used
parliamentary privilege, which protects her from being sued for
defamation, to make the allegations which were based on new evidence
from a witness who discussed the disaster with Sir Norman.

Sir Norman dismissed reports of the
conversation saying: 'The suggestion that I would say to a passing
acquaintance that I was deployed as part of a team tasked to “concoct a
false story of what happened”, is both incredible and wrong. That isn't
what I was tasked to do, and I did not say that.'

Sir Norman said the police authority
and some of the candidates in the forthcoming PCC elections made it
clear that they wanted him to go.

'I
do so, not because of any allegations about the past, but because I
share the view that this has become a distraction to policing in West
Yorkshire now and in the future.'

Margaret Aspinall, chairwoman of
the Hillsborough Families Support Group, welcomed the announcement but
said Sir Norman's pension should be frozen while the investigation takes
place into the police cover-up highlighted by the Hillsborough
Independent Panel.

Tragic: Liverpool fans try to get away from the crush

Tragic: Liverpool fans tried to get away from the crush in the stadium in the 1989 tragedy

She said: 'I'm absolutely delighted he's gone but as far as I am concerned he should have been sacked.

'I would now like to know what payments and pension he's going to get.

'Any financial benefits should be frozen until the outcome of the investigation into the cover-up.

'This is not the end of it, the next thing is to make sure his role is properly investigated.'

Mrs Aspinall, who lost her 18-year-old son James in the disaster, said the families had 'no vendetta' against the former chief constable.

'He's not the only one who we believe took part in this cover-up. But as a senior officer he should have been honest from the very beginning,' she said.

'He allowed the families to suffer for 23-years while knowing the truth all along.'

Maria Eagle, a Labour Merseyside MP, said he had 'always denied any involvement in the dirty tricks campaign' but she alleged he was behind the 'black propaganda' campaign.

She quoted from a letter from John Barry, who was at Hillsborough for the FA Cup semi-final tie that led to the death of 96 Liverpool fans.

Pleased: Chair of the Hillsborough Families Support Group Margaret Aspinall (pictured at Westminster last week) welcomed the news but said Bettison 'is not the only one involved in this cover-up'

Pleased: Chair of the Hillsborough Families Support Group Margaret Aspinall (pictured at Westminster last week) welcomed the news but said Bettison 'is not the only one involved in this cover-up'

The letter, written in 1998 to a solicitor for the Hillsborough Family Support Group, was copied to Ms Eagle in 2009 and she has been given permission to make it public.

Ms Eagle said Mr Barry was studying part-time at Sheffield Business School where one of his fellow students was a 'middle-ranking police officer'.

Mr Barry wrote: 'He told me that he had been asked by his senior officers to put together the South Yorkshire Police evidence for the forthcoming inquiry.

'He said that 'we are trying to concoct a story that all the Liverpool fans were drunk and we were afraid that they were going to break down the gates so we decided to open them.'

Ms Eagle said: 'Mr Barry confirmed to me in the covering letter in 2009 that the middle-ranking police officer to whom he referred is Norman Bettison.'

Earlier this month the chief constable said the recent uproar made him 'reflect' on 'what is best for the future of policing' in his force area.

In September he was forced to issue a humiliating apology after saying
Liverpool fans were partly to blame for what happened.

He said his role was never to 'besmirch' the fans and said the Reds' supporters were in no way to blame for the disaster.

Chaos: Thousands spilled onto the turf to avoid the crush that was happening in the stand

Chaos: Thousands spilled onto the turf to avoid the crush that was happening in the stand and for years Liverpool fans were wrongly blamed for the problems

He
faced calls to resign from the families of victims for criticising
fans' behaviour despite an independent panel clearing them of
wrongdoing.

Sir Norman, 56,
said he would retire from his 225,000 post on March 31 next year,
despite being recently granted an extension to his contract.

It
remains to be seen whether he will receive any extra pay off over his
gold-plated public sector pension of up to 150,000 a year.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating Sir Norman's conduct in the aftermath of Hillsborough.

It came as it was revealed more than 1,400 police officers face investigation over the Hillsborough disaster.

The names of 1,444 serving and retired officers have been given to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for its probe into the 1989 tragedy which killed 96 fans.

Labour MP Keith Vaz, the chairman of the Commons home affairs committee, revealed the number handed over by South Yorkshire chief constable David Crompton.

Tribute: A man lays flowers at a memorial to the 96 people who died in the Hillsborough disaster. The 1,444 officers face a rpobe from the Independent Police Complaints Commission

Tribute: A man lays flowers at a memorial to the 96 people who died in the Hillsborough disaster. The 1,444 officers face a rpobe from the Independent Police Complaints Commission

He said: 'This is a huge number of names, more than we expected.'

Home Secretary Theresa May said during a debate on the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report which vindicated the fans, that the number pointed to the 'enormity' of the controversy.

She promised that a ‘thorough and wide-ranging’ IPCC probe would focus on ‘potential criminality and police misconduct in respect of police officers, both serving and retired’.

The debate took a dramatic twist when Labour MP Maria Eagle read out a letter from a witness on the day which implicated Sir Norman Bettison, the current chief constable of West Yorkshire, as being part of a conspiracy involving police trying to ‘concoct a story that all the Liverpool fans were drunk’.

The allegation – made using parliamentary privilege – could add to the pressure on Sir Norman to be sacked and stripped of his pension, which he is due to receive when he retires in March.

Mrs May said the Government was considering fast-tracking laws to compel police to give evidence to a new investigation by the IPCC watchdog. ‘This includes proposals to require current and ex-police officers who were maybe witnesses to a crime to attend an interview.’

Recent controversies involving newspaper phone hacking and potential sexual abuse had undermined the public’s confidence in police, she said. Mrs May paid tribute to the 96 Hillsborough victims, their families and survivors.

She said: 'Their persistence and indomitability has been an inspiration and I offer them the commitment the Government will do everything in its power to move them from truth to justice.'

VIDEO: Bettison resigns after claims he 'boasted about smearing Liverpool fans'

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Craig Levein sacking would cost 700,000

That's rich! 700,000 is the cost of getting rid of Levein after Scotland shambles

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22:48 GMT, 17 October 2012

The SFA face being hit with a 700,000 bill to get rid of World Cup flop Craig Levein — after passing on a chance to ditch him for nothing.

And the man at the Hampden helm when Levein was hired now believes the Scotland boss should resign, saving the national game a fortune and salvaging some of his own reputation with a grand gesture.

Levein is Scotland's highest-paid national team manager in history and, with almost two years of his contract remaining, will be in line for a mammoth pay-out if the Association sack him.

Heading out Craig Levein could be sacked as Scotland manager

Heading out Craig Levein could be sacked as Scotland manager

Yet there was an option to release him for nothing after we failed to reach the Euro 2012 finals — an option not taken as SFA chief executive Stewart Regan hailed the ‘considerable progress’ made in finishing third in our qualifying group.

With our World Cup 2014 campaign now in tatters, the national game can kiss goodbye to an expected windfall of up to 10million for each of the teams making it to Brazil. The financial realities have prompted former SFA chief executive Gordon Smith, part of the panel who hired Levein, to call for his resignation.

Smith told Sportsmail: ‘I think he should walk away with his dignity intact. It would be a nice gesture because it would represent a financial saving for the game — at a time when money is crucial.

End of the road: Scotland suffered their second straight defeat in Belgium

End of the road: Scotland suffered their second straight defeat in Belgium

‘He would get kudos for resigning, as opposed to being sacked. I think he has to realise things haven’t worked out and he will be leaving, one way or another.

‘He is on a decent salary and, if he is sacked, there will be a pay-off. His contract had an option that was renewed after the last campaign.

‘I believe our campaign is over. Most people felt we had to pick up something from our last two games. Two teams in our group now have 10 points and we have two.

‘I believe we have a good group of players, so the common denominator is the manager and that is why we are not in a position to qualify.

‘Now it will be down to the SFA themselves to make a decision.’

Over and out! Scotland hit rock bottom but Levein still won"t quit

Over and out! Scotland hit rock bottom in Belgium but Levein says he still won't quit

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23:32 GMT, 16 October 2012

Craig Levein ignored the growing clamour for his resignation despite watching Scotland hit rock bottom of their World Cup group.

Although he defiantly insisted: ‘I won’t quit’, his position now appears untenable after the nation’s dreams of Brazil 2014 finally died here.

Defeat to a classy Belgian side saw two goals in two minutes from Christian Benteke and Vincent Kompany break Scots’ resistance — and pressure will now mount on SFA chief executive Stewart Regan to bring Levein’s ill-fated 35-month reign to an end.

Shaken to the core: Craig Levein can't hide his disappointment as he shakes hands with Allan McGregor after defeat in Brussels left Scotland at the foot of Group A

Shaken to the core: Craig Levein can't hide his disappointment as he shakes
hands with Allan McGregor after defeat in Brussels left Scotland at the foot of Group A

Macedonia’s victory over Serbia left the Scots bottom of Group A with just two points from four matches and the grim prospect of 16 years without appearing at a major international finals.

The Tartan Army made their feelings clear when they unfurled a banner reading ‘Strachan SOS’, with Gordon Strachan the fans’ choice to replace the under-fire Levein.

Despite a pitiful campaign so far, the Fifer was in denial after last night’s 2-0 defeat, making it clear he won’t walk away from his 400,000-a-year post, despite a growing feeling he has reached the end of the road.

Levein said: ‘No, not at all. I’m very proud to be the Scottish national team manager and I want to continue to do so.

‘I’ve been in football long enough to understand when the players are trying at their maximum and when they are trying to do their best for each other and the team.

‘Absolutely tonight, and on Friday night in Wales, they did everything they could. They didn’t have any energy left at the end of the match. They have done everything possible to try and get a result for Scotland.

‘I understand that we are bottom of the group. But I absolutely look at the performances and I can tell you we definitely deserved something from the match on Friday evening.

‘The players gave everything they could to win the game and something outwith their control had an influence on that.

Low point: Scotland players trudge off after a comprehensive defeat

Low point: Scotland players trudge off after a comprehensive defeat

‘I see again tonight a group of players who are hungry and desperate to do well. So, as long as that is the case, I am quite happy to be working with these players.’

Under contract until June 2014, Levein’s position would now appear hopeless.

Friendlies either side of Christmas against Luxembourg and Estonia beckon, but the real decision surrounds the next qualifier at home to Wales next March.

‘All I can tell you is that I want to remain as the manager,’ said Levein, who is under contract until June 2014. ‘That’s what I want to do.

‘Other than that, you will have to ask other people the questions you are asking me.

‘We are looking at a situation where we have to improve as a nation and a country in our production of football players. Belgium are the perfect example.

‘They have a system in place and if you stick with it you have the opportunity to produce players we were playing against tonight.

‘That’s something I feel is really important. So I will do the absolute best I can.

‘They are doing their best for me. They are doing their best for the country and, as far as I am concerned then, 100 per cent, I want to work with them.’

Daniel Levy will make Blackburn pay for Tim Sherwood

Levy will make Blackburn pay up to 3m if they want old skipper Sherwood to replace Kean as boss

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 29 September 2012

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will demand hefty compensation from Blackburn Rovers if they want Tim Sherwood as their new manager.

Levy handed a new long-term contract to Sherwood, a former Rovers title-winning captain, in the summer and the 43-year-old has an important role at White Hart Lane as a technical co-ordinator overseeing the club's youth programme.

Rovers need a new manager following Steve Kean's resignation on Friday and Sherwood is seen as a leading contender because of his previous history with the club, most notably skippering the 1995 side that won the Premier League title.

Top target: Blackburn want Tim Sherwood to replace departing boss Steve Kean

Top target: Blackburn want Tim Sherwood to replace departing boss Steve Kean

Just a minute! Daniel Levy (left) will make Blackburn pay if they want Tim Sherwood

Just a minute! Daniel Levy (left) will make Blackburn pay if they want Tim Sherwood

He survived a cull of backroom staff at Spurs following the departure of Harry Redknapp in the summer and Levy could want as much as 3million to allow him to move to Ewood Park.

Levy is regarded as one of the canniest operators in the Premier League and would have asked for 5m compensation from the FA had they appointed Redknapp while he was in charge at Spurs.

Other contenders for the Blackburn job include former Wolves boss Mick McCarthy, another Rovers favourite Garry Flitcroft, now in charge of non-league Chorley, and current caretaker Eric Black.

A decision may not be made for the next fortnight while the financial wrangling that has accompanied Kean's acrimonious reign is settled.

The Scot, who had to fight a hate campaign by fans after succeeding the popular Sam Allardyce, described his position as 'untenable' in his resignation statement.

Earlier this season, he revealed the club had signed three players he had not even seen play.

Out: Kean said he was 'forced out' by Blackburn's owners

Out: Kean said he was 'forced out' by Blackburn's owners

Derided: The Scot was not a popular figure at Ewood Park and fans staged regular protests against him

Derided: The Scot was not a popular figure at Ewood Park and fans staged regular protests against him

Joe Dunne appointed new Colchester manager

It's a Dunne deal as Joe is appointed Colchester boss

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08:32 GMT, 27 September 2012


Local hero: New Colchester United manager Joe Dunne during his playing days

Local hero: New Colchester United manager Joe Dunne during his playing days

Joe Dunne has been appointed manager of Colchester United on a permanent basis following the sacking of John Ward on Monday.

Dunne, 39, had taken temporary charge following Ward's exit but the club's board has wasted little time in giving him a long-term deal.

The Irishman is a legend at Colchester, having made 193 appearances in two spells at the club between 1996 and 2003.

Dunne, who also played for the Republic of Ireland at Under-21 level, had a four-match spell in temporary charge in 2009 after the resignation of Paul Lambert.

His first match in charge will be the home fixture with Hartlepool United on Saturday, as the U's bid for their first win of the season.

Chairman Robbie Cowling issued a statement on the club's website: 'I am sure you will all join me in wishing Joe all the best in his new job.

'It was not an easy decision to part company with John Ward because he had worked so hard to achieve so much for Colchester United Football Club.

'However, it was an easy choice when it came to selecting John's successor.

'Joe has been with Colchester United for sixteen years as a player, youth team manager, reserve manager, assistant manager, caretaker manager and now he is first team manager.

'Joe takes charge of Colchester United when the club's long term prospects are the best they have ever been but at a time when the short term future is one of its most challenging.

'In the short term, the club has to adjust to the new salary capping rules that have forced us to drastically reduce our playing budget and no manager can be expected to improve its first team squad with significantly less money to spend on players.

'However, the long-term future is much brighter.

'The investments we have made in our facilities and in the youth set up will pay dividends in the not to distant future and the land that the club owns in Tiptree could, if planning permission is granted, provide funds to put the club on a stable financial footing and allow it to continue those types of investments into the foreseeable future.

'Therefore, I ask each and every one of you to get behind Joe and the team and to give them your full support.'

Dunne first joined Colchester from Gillingham in 1996, having spent six years and made 115 league appearances at Priestfield.

His time at Colchester was punctuated by a brief stint at Dover and he won many plaudits at Layer Road for his uncompromising approach to defending.

When a knee injury brought his career to a premature end in 2003, Dunne fell back on the coaching qualifications gained during his playing career to become Colchester's Under-17 and youth team coach.

In 2007, he moved up to looking after the reserve team, as well as various first-team coaching duties under Lambert.

Most recently, Dunne was assistant to Ward during his two-year spell as manager.