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We need Thierry Henry to coach at Arsenal, says shareholder Alisher Usmanov

We need Henry to coach at Arsenal, says shareholder Usmanov

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UPDATED:

22:47 GMT, 13 December 2012

Billionaire shareholder, Alisher Usmanov, has insisted Thierry Henry should join Arsenal's coaching staff.

It comes following the club's
shameful quarter-final exit of the Capital One Cup at the hands of
League Two Bradford on Tuesday.

Dream team: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Gunners legend Thierry Henry

Dream team: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Gunners legend Thierry Henry

Wenger is contracted to the Gunners until 2014 and is under no danger of losing his job after being handed the full backing of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke and the board.

But Sportsmail highlighted the growing tensions between Wenger and assistant manager Steve Bould over their working relationship.

And Usmanov, who owns a 29 per cent stake in the club and is still fighting for a place on the Arsenal board, is known to think Wenger needs more help within his coaching set-up.

The Russian, 59, says French striker Henry has a 'more important role' than just to return as a player when he comes to the club on loan from New York Red Bulls next month. He said: 'I don't have any powers in terms of decisions at the club but there are a few players with whom I am in contact.

Thierry Henry of the New York Red Bulls

'My favourite is probably Thierry Henry. Thierry should be involved at the club but not as a player. He has another role to play, a more important role.

'Take Patrick Vieira at Manchester City. He is also a symbol of Arsenal but he is helping another club.

We have to avoid that with Thierry. The presence of a champion can radically change the soul of a team.

'That is what Thierry showed last year when he came back to Arsenal but I think that comebacks only succeed once. That's why I think the decision to come back belongs only to Thierry.'

Stan Kroenke has been accused of having no passion for the club by former shareholder Lady Bracewell-Smith

'Why he wanted to be part of Arsenal I do not know': Stan Kroenke accused of having no passion for the club

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UPDATED:

00:29 GMT, 14 December 2012

Former Arsenal director Lady Bracewell-Smith has accused the club`s majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, of having no passion for the club.

The Gunners are currently attracting unwanted headlines for their on-field performances, while manager Arsene Wenger and the club`s board are feeling the heat from supporters regarding their transfer policies.

It is more than seven years since Arsenal won a trophy and questions are being asked about when that drought will end.

Accused: Former Arsenal shareholder Lady Bracewell-Smith took to twitter and accused majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke (pictured), of having no passion for the club

Accused: Former Arsenal shareholder Lady Bracewell-Smith took to twitter to accuse majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke (pictured), of having no passion for the club

Arsene Wenger and Stan Kroenke

Bracewell-Smith, who sold her shares in Arsenal to Kroenke last year but remains an honorary vice president, tonight took to Twitter to criticise the American amid the gloom that is surrounding the club.

'If making money was the motivating factor, surely there are better ways,' she wrote.

'Football is a business of passion and SK has no passion for AFC.

'(Kroenke) shows he cares very little. Why he wanted to be part of AFC I do not know.'

Arsenal were humiliated on Tuesday when they were beaten by Bradford in the Capital One Cup. During that match, Bracewell-Smith tweeted about striker Gervinho, calling him a 'flop'.

Hearts given tax bill extension by HMRC

Hearts given brief respite by HMRC allowing tax bill payment extension

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UPDATED:

20:39 GMT, 13 November 2012

Hearts have been given more time to pay their outstanding tax bill by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, lifting the immediate threat placed on them.

The Edinburgh club tonight said in a statement that they had been granted until December 3 to settle their debts, with their owed amount of 449,692,04 being split over two payments.

The club have also provided HMRC with assurances that future payments would be made in a 'timeous manner'.

Safe for now: The immediate threat to Hearts has been quelled after the club were granted an extension

Safe for now: The immediate threat to Hearts has been quelled after the club were granted an extension

Hearts were last Wednesday served with a winding-up petition and given eight days in which to pay what they owed, putting their future in severe danger.

Hearts revealed the decision was also made possible after a number of senior first-team squad members offered to defer their November salaries, due on Friday, to a later date.

Director Sergejus Fedotovas said: 'We are pleased that we have been granted this extension as it acknowledges the strenuous efforts that are going on to ensure this club continues to contribute to employment, society, community and football in Scotland.

'We have a lot of hard work ahead of us in order to fully rectify our financial position but with further backing and ongoing fundraising by supporters we know that we have a very positive opportunity to create a strong club for the future.'

Thanks: Players agreed to defer their November salaries until a later date

Thanks: Players agreed to defer their November salaries until a later date

The case is just one of many financial issues at Tynecastle and a 1.75million tax case was revealed when a 1.79m share issue was recently launched.

Fedotovas praised the response of supporters to the scheme, which could ultimately lead to supporter ownership, and implored the backing to continue.

The news has come on a day when it was revealed Hearts majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov rebuffed an offer for the club from a group established long before the current perilous position was highlighted.

James Beattie in Accrington Stanley player coach

Accrington Stanley Who are they Former England striker Beattie is in as player coach

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UPDATED:

16:55 GMT, 9 November 2012

Former England striker James Beattie has joined League Two side Accrington as a player-coach, as revealed in Sportsmail.

The 34-year-old, who was released by Sheffield United in the summer, played with new Stanley manager Leam Richardson at Blackburn Rovers.

'Leam has taken over as manager and asked me to come along and play some games and do a little bit in a coaching role,' he told the club website.

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Beattie signs for Accrington

Beattie signs for Accrington on Friday and holds his No21 shirt

Scoring for Everton... Beattie hits the target against Wigan

Scoring for Everton… Beattie hits the target against Wigan

Jumping for Sheffield United... Beattie avoids the challenge of Middlesbrough's Emanuel Pogatetz.

Jumping for Sheffield United… Beattie avoids the challenge of Middlesbrough's Emanuel Pogatetz.

On the ball for England... Beattie joins Sven Goran Eriksson's squad in 2003

On the ball for England… Beattie joins Sven Goran Eriksson's squad in 2003

Beattie, who won five England caps, has signed a contract until January.

He continued: 'I'm delighted to be here and can't wait to get started.

'The coaching role has put another angle on things for me, but I've signed a playing contract so I want to get involved in that as soon as possible.

'If there's anything I can lend to Leam and the coaching staff here then that'll be great.'

Sportsmail's David Lloyd is a director, shareholder and fan of the club. They were famous for the milk advert, when the child says: 'Accrington Stanley Who are they.' James Beattie looks like he knows the answer.

Fans hurl abuse at Arsenal chief after disappointing Old Trafford display

Fans hurl abuse at Arsenal chief after disappointing Old Trafford display

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21:20 GMT, 3 November 2012

Arsene Wenger saw his Arsenal side
suffer a dismal 2-1 defeat at Manchester United – then heard furious
fans direct their anger at the club's chief executive, Ivan Gazidis.

Supporters chanted abuse at Gazidis
after watching Robin van Persie, sold by Arsenal to United for 24
million in the summer, rub salt into the wound by scoring the opening
goal in only the third minute.

Patrice Evra added a second and only Santi Cazorla's goal with the last kick of the game gave the scoreline a false look.

Bad day at the office: Arsene Wenger reacts during the match at Manchester United

Bad day at the office: Arsene Wenger reacts during the match at Manchester United

There were choruses of 'We want our Arsenal back' as unrest continued to grow.

The tirade of abuse against Gazidis comes just days after he, majority shareholder Stan Kroenke and chairman Peter Hill-Wood were heckled at a stormy annual meeting.

Arsenal's fans are disillusioned over a perceived lack of investment in players, the cost of tickets and eight barren years without a trophy.

And yesterday's timid effort at Old Trafford, a defeat which leaves Arsenal nine points adrift of United, who moved a point ahead of Chelsea at the top of the Premier League, has only heightened tensions.

Mark Hughes is not to blame for QPR being bottom of the league, insists Tony Fernandes

Hughes is not to blame for QPR being bottom of the league, insists chairman Fernandes

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23:14 GMT, 1 November 2012

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has again thrown his support behind manager Mark Hughes.

Winless Rangers lie bottom of the
Barclays Premier League having picked up just three points from nine
matches, despite a heavy outlay on new players over the summer.

Fernandes, however, is refusing to panic about the team's position.

Out of luck: QPR's manager Mark Hughes

Only way it up: QPR's manager Mark Hughes

After a battling 1-0 loss to Arsenal last weekend, the Malaysian entrepreneur gave his full backing to Hughes on Twitter and took the same stance on QPR's London Call-In show.

'You can't blame Mark for the position we're in but we're a vastly more consistent team than we were,' said Fernandes.

'The team has got the makings of a great team and Mark can get the best out of them.

'I'm an old fashioned guy that believes in stability and changing things is going to achieve nothing.

'Cream eventually rises to the top. I'm fully behind Mark, as are the shareholders. We haven't had luck but we have enough quality in the squad.'

Hughes succeeded Neil Warnock as QPR manager in January and the team avoided relegation from the Premier League on the final day of the 2011-12 campaign.

Talk show: QPR chairman Tony Fernandes does a spot of translation for defender Stephane Mbia

Talk show: QPR chairman Tony Fernandes does a spot of translation for defender Stephane Mbia

The Welshman recruited a raft of new players over the summer, including goalkeeper Julio Cesar from Inter Milan, Park Ji-sung from Premier League rivals Manchester United and midfielder Esteban Granero from Real Madrid.

But so far this term the London outfit have lost six and drawn three of their nine top-flight fixtures.

Fernandes, who was announced as the majority shareholder at Loftus Road in August 2011, has backed the team to come good and was particularly buoyed by watching the side train on Tuesday.

'We've got tremendous quality at the club,' he said. 'I went down to the training ground and the players' spirit was exciting for me, there was real camaraderie there.

'Some of them are big stars, they love what they're doing here, we think we've made the right decisions.

'We knew we had to strengthen some areas and it seemed to make sense at the time so we went for it.

'I don't regret any of the signings I've made. If you had read interviews I gave at the start of the season I said it was going to be tough because they (the new players) needed to gel.'

Hughes criticised referee Anthony Taylor at the weekend after claiming Mikel Arteta's winner for Arsenal was offside, while Fernandes thinks the R's have been on the rough end of a few decisions this season.

The 48-year-old expressed sympathy for referees but added his voice to a growing number of people wanting to see technology introduced to help the match officials.

'I can't understand for the life of me why administrators won't use technology,' he added.

'The technology is there. At the Grand National, would you have someone there deciding the winner

'I do feel the smaller clubs get the odd rough decision.

'This controversy is going to continue until someone has the guts to go into technology.'

Arsenal v QPR: Gunners have hit wall, says Arsene Wenger

Wenger: At West Ham we were outstanding, and now we've hit the wall… I can't explain it

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UPDATED:

12:33 GMT, 26 October 2012

Manager Arsene Wenger felt his players 'hit the wall' in their back-to-back defeats over the past week but has challenged them to produce a response against struggling QPR on Saturday.

The Gunners had impressed before the international break but then slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Norwich last Saturday which left them 10 points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea before putting on another lacklustre display against Schalke to lose top spot in Champions League Group B.

Jack's back: Wilshere is poised to feature for the first time in 15 months against QPR on Saturday

Jack's back: Wilshere is poised to feature for the first time in 15 months against QPR on Saturday

Those results contributed to a heated annual general meeting at the Emirates Stadium, where Wenger's address restored a sense of calm after chairman Peter Hill-Wood, chief executive Ivan Gazidis and majority shareholder Stan Kroenke were all heckled.

The Arsenal manager believes the players can quickly change the mood with a return to winning ways.

'At West Ham, we looked outstanding going forwards, dynamic and then suddenly had two flat performances. It is difficult to explain,' said Wenger.

'We have hit the wall a little bit in the last two games, and just did not find our rhythm.

'But we have to just focus again on the quality of our game, the way we want to play, and not concede too much against who we play.

'With the quality (we have), the results will come back.'

Wenger continued: 'We have to put what happened to us on Wednesday night into perspective – we know we were not at our best, but we have lost one game in 43 home European games. An accident like that can happen.

'We are still in a strong position in the Champions League, what is important for us now is to bounce back and have a good result in the Premier League.'

England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is hopefully of overcoming the hip injury he suffered as a substitute at Norwich, but Kieran Gibbs (thigh) and Theo Walcott (chest) remain out.

Hit the wall: Arsenal have come unstuck in their last two outings against Norwich and Schalke

Hit the wall: Arsenal have come unstuck in their last two outings against Norwich and Schalke

All smiles: Wenger shares a joke with first-team coach Neil Banfield during Friday's training session

All smiles: Wenger shares a joke with first-team coach Neil Banfield during Friday's training session

Jack Wilshere could again be included in the squad as his rehabilitation from long-term injury continues, as could defender Bacary Sagna, who suffered a broken leg in May.

Wenger hopes the return of the experienced France international will help ease the burden on Carl Jenkinson, whose consistent performances this season have seen him move into the thoughts of England manager Roy Hodgson.

'Jenkinson has done very well, but sometimes we are a bit short in that position because Carl always has to play every single game, so we are happy to have Bac available again and his experience is important as well,' Wenger said.

Bac on track: Sagna is expected to play some part in Arsenal's Premier League clash with QPR

Bac on track: Sagna is expected to play some part in Arsenal's Premier League clash with QPR

Despite QPR's terrible away record, Wenger insists there can be no complacency against Mark Hughes' men.

'From game to game they are improving, you can see that against Everton,' he said.

'You look at their team sheet and they have good players, he is slowly turning them around.'

Midfielder Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal have to cut out the basic errors which have seen them fall behind in each of their last three matches.

'The way we are giving the points away is not good enough,' the Spaniard said.

'We are controlling most of the games, but then we are making mistakes at certain stages of the match which are costing us points and we can't allow that to happen.

'When we face teams like QPR and Norwich they seem to put in a lot of effort and make it really hard for us, but we have to bounce back.'

Stan Kroenke to watch Arsenal twice in four days – Charles Sale

Silent Stan finally makes it back into the Arsenal stands

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22:13 GMT, 24 October 2012

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke is expected — over four days this week — to double the number of times he has watched the team play since his takeover 17 months ago.

Silent Stan was at the Champions League game against Schalke and is due at the Arsenal v Queens Park Rangers Premier League fixture on Saturday, having previously been at only two matches since he became the controlling majority shareholder.

However, Kroenke has not just come over from his Denver base to see his side in action. Conveniently, Arsenal have their annual meeting on Thursday morning and the Kroenke-owned St Louis Rams play an American football game at Wembley against the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Rare show: Stan Kroenke not only watched Arsenal play but, what's more, he's coming back

Rare show: Stan Kroenke not only watched Arsenal play but, what's more, he's coming back

Rare show: Stan Kroenke not only watched Arsenal play but, what's more, he's coming back

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Kroenke’s absence from Arsenal games is all the more mystifying when a club spokesman said on Wednesday the amount of time the owner spends in London over the year adds up to around a month.

Kroenke is likely to be asked at Thursday’s shareholder summit about his intentions for buying the club. He will also be questioned over why he has yet to meet supporter groups, having made a written commitment to do so.

Arsenal’s 76-year-old chairman Peter Hill-Wood will preside over the annual meeting in his usual vague manner. But the club say Kroenke, who announced last year that fans would be seeing a lot of him because his family love coming to London, will answer questions directed at him.

Ref rules

The bizarre regulations of the Professional Game Match Officials are such that top referees including Howard Webb are allowed to do after-dinner speeches during the season but can’t do media activity. Mark Halsey was prevented by the PGMO from contributing to a Jose Mourinho ITV tribute for that reason, yet Webb is allowed to joke during his dinner act about his perceived bias towards Manchester United and that his sons are called Wayne and Rio.

A PGMO spokesman said private dinners were not media-facing events. Meanwhile, Halsey turned down his invitation to the North West Football Writers’ awards dinner last weekend when he discovered that former elite referee Graham Poll was the speaker. Halsey and Poll have long-standing differences.

Not a laughing matter: Howard Webb made jokes about his alleged Man United bias

Not a laughing matter: Howard Webb made jokes about his alleged Man United bias

Racing away

The Jockey Club’s strategy under Simon Bazalgette, to put their 14 individually managed racecourses into four regional commands, has coincided with their two best-known racecourse bosses departing.

Cheltenham’s Edward Gillespie leaves next week after 32 acclaimed years at the helm and Aintree’s Julian Thick has lost his job in re-structuring. A Jockey Club spokesman said: ‘We’re very happy with our senior staff.’ But it is known Lord Daresbury, chairman of Aintree, did not want Thick to go.

Miller's muddle

Maria Miller, the new Culture Secretary, had an unfortunate start to her welcome drinks with the media when she muddled up St James’ Park with St George’s Park.

However, Miller’s arrival has seen an upgrade in the quality of wine served to the media at her cash-strapped department. After bargain basement vino and crisps at recent austerity gatherings, 7.99 bottles of Argentinian red and white were on the table, as well as olives and nuts.

Oops: Maria Miller muddled up St James' and St George's

Oops: Maria Miller muddled up St James' and St George's

Hugh are you kidding

There is a battle looming between Whitehall and Wembley after the FA council gave a thumbs-down to proposed governance reforms that would dilute their influence. FA vice-chairman Roger Burden reported it was now ‘very clear council will find it difficult to support anything that appears to diminish their authority’.

Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson is understood to be livid about the snub, which he described as a ‘massive’ disappointment. And it is expected Robertson will warn of more legislation and the FA being bypassed in grass-roots funding if councillors keep blocking changes.

Yet councillors do not see why the Government should meddle with football if they are not doing so in other sports. Former FA chairman Geoff Thompson brought up FIFA’s strong opposition to Government interference at a Football Regulatory Authority meeting last week.

Paolo Di Canio to stay at Swindon after "positive" talks with new chairman

Di Canio vows to stay at Swindon after 'positive' talks with new chairman

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UPDATED:

13:08 GMT, 23 October 2012

Paolo Di Canio has confirmed he is staying at Swindon after showdown talks with new chairman Sir William Patey.

The Italian was considering his
position after Jeremy Wray – the man behind Di Canio's appointment – was
replaced by Patey on the orders of majority shareholder Andrew Black.

Positive: Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio

Positive: Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio

Di Canio insisted he would need 'reassurances' from the board that they were committed to his plans.

After meeting with Patey, Di Canio told BBC Wiltshire: 'The words that he said to me are more than positive.'

He continued: 'After we spent an hour together, even if I was angry from the game [against Scunthorpe], I was happy thinking about what he said to me about the future and about me.

'I can't wait. We have to think that from now we can work for the future.'

Swindon were placed under a Football League transfer embargo earlier this month after they exceeded the fixed wage and fee cap, which can only be 65% of a club's turnover.

However, Di Canio hit out at the board, suggesting they no longer supported his goal of securing back-to-back promotions, and Patey's appointment prompted concerns the former Celtic, Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham and Charlton striker might follow Wray out of the County Ground.

Manager Paolo Di Canio of Swindon

He added: 'I will keep going but I wanted to be sure. I said some words to make an alert, an alarm about what was going on.

'Some people can take the lines that I am only loyal to Jeremy; I am loyal to Jeremy but I am loyal to the project he proposed to me on the first day.

'The new chairman is committed and there is also the environment around me, which is the club and the fans.

'With Jeremy I can go out for dinner every day for the rest of my life and say thanks, but there is a job.

'I will keep going but I wanted to be sure. I said some words to make an alert, an alarm about what was going on.'

David Bernstein must step down as FA chairman

70 and out: FA close door on Bernstein to trigger chairman search for 150th anniversary

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14:25 GMT, 17 October 2012

The Football Association will start a fresh search for a new chairman after David Bernstein was told he must step down in May.

The current chairman has been fighting to extend his stay beyond the age of 70 – the age limit for the position.

Bernstein needed 51 per cent support from the FA Council to take his fight to continue to a shareholder EGM.

I'm off: David Bernstein (left) with England boss Roy Hodgson

I'm off: David Bernstein (left) with England boss Roy Hodgson

Such is the backing for Bernstein among FA staff that some senior executives might even consider their positions now councillors have blocked him carrying on until the 2014 World Cup.

The FA now find themselves searching for a replacement to start in the middle of their 150th anniversary celebrations.

An FA statement read: 'The FA Council discussed a proposed amendment to the Association’s articles by The FA Board to allow chairman David Bernstein to complete his three-year term limit and remain in post beyond the existing 70-year age limit.

'The board had asked the chairman to continue beyond next May until summer 2014 and it subsequently put forward the proposal to today’s FA council meeting.

'Despite strong support for the
Chairman’s ongoing leadership, in a close vote the council voted against
the amendment on the basis that it would be inappropriate to change
known and agreed rules on an individual basis.'

Bernstein
said: 'I respect the decision and I remain committed to fulfilling my
responsibilities and to building on what we have achieved over the past
two years.

Historic: England have a big year in 2013 with the 150th anniversary

Historic: England have a big year in 2013 with the 150th anniversary

'Next year is a significant one in The FA’s history and I look forward to leading the organisation in the months ahead.'

Bernstein has worked closely with fellow Club England board members Alex Horne, Sir Trevor Brooking and Adrian Bevington to streamline the organisation of the England team and improve relations with FIFA in the wake of the abysmal World Cup bid episode.

Although he proved he was not scared of the world governing body, leading the calls for FIFA reform and calling for the presidential election to be cancelled, Bernstein has won admirers for his sensible approach to the job.

He remained defiant in his dealings with the issue of Terry's captaincy, even though it put him in direct confrontation with Fabio Capello, who subsequently resigned.

It is believed former Liverpool director Noel White, a former chairman of the FA's international committee, led the resistance to the Bernstein bandwagon. He was among those who were concerned about the FA Council just becoming a rubber-stamping body.

The move may create tensions though, with plenty within the FA believing the organisation still needs to shed the staid image so many people have of it.