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Olly Barkley to join Racing Metro 92

Barkley says au revoir to Bath and confirms deal with Racing Metro

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UPDATED:

13:23 GMT, 20 September 2012

French fancy: Barkley will join Racing Metro at the end of the month

French fancy: Barkley will join Racing Metro at the end of the month

Bath have confirmed that fly-half Olly Barkley will move to French club Racing Metro 92 at the end of the month.

The 30-year-old England international will join the Paris-based outfit as a medical joker after Bath's Premiership fixture against Sale at the Recreation Ground on September 29.

Barkley, who is also available for this weekend's visit to London Irish, paid tribute to the Somerset club but said that moving to France was an offer he could not refuse.

'Bath Rugby is in my heart and it always will be,' Barkley said. 'When I no longer play the game, this will be the club I come to watch.

'I will be forever a Bath boy but this, for me, was simply the opportunity of a lifetime and one I just couldn't ignore. I will miss the club always, and I wish all of my mates here the very best.

He added: 'I'd like to thank the club for their understanding, and also the Bath supporters who have been amazing to me in my time here.'

Barkley, who has won 23 caps but does not feature in the current England Elite or Saxons squads, answers an injury SOS for Racing less than a month from launching a Heineken Cup campaign that sees them in the same group as Saracens, Munster and Edinburgh.

Out of favour: Barkley has not played for England since 2008

Out of favour: Barkley has not played for England since 2008

Juan Martin Hernandez is currently on Rugby Championship duty with Argentina, while two other No 10s – Jonathan Wisniewski and Benjamin Dambielle – are nursing long-term injuries.

The move to France brings to an end Barkley's second spell with Bath after he rejoined them from Gloucester in 2009.

His latest stint at the Rec saw him suffer a broken leg on two separate occasions, but he is now fully fit and had appeared to be a key part of a squad under the coaching direction of South African Gary Gold.

'Barks is a great bloke and a top player. I could not have been more impressed with both his attitude and his incredibly professional approach since I arrived at the club,' said Gold.

'Every now and then an offer lands on the table that a bloke just can't refuse. We are sorry to see him go, but he goes with our blessing. He will always be welcome here.'

Bath have also confirmed they have signed hooker Brett Sharman on a short-term loan as injury cover for Rob Webber.

EURO 2012: Sportsmail looks back at England managers" first games ahead of Roy Hodgson"s opener against Norway

Will Roy repeat history We look back at the successes (and failures) of England managers in their opening games

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14:43 GMT, 25 May 2012

As Roy Hodgson prepares to take charge of an England team for the first time against Norway on Saturday, Sportsmail looks back over the starts made by his predecessors in the role.

With Euro 2012 just around the corner, Hodgson needs to get off to a winning start. But not everyone who has come before him has been so lucky, and the former West Brom and Liverpool coach will be praying not to be the first manager to lose his opening game as manager since Alf Ramsey in 1963.

Ready Roy Hodgson (right) is gearing up for his first game in charge of England against Norway on Saturday

Ready Roy Hodgson (right) is gearing up for his first game in charge of England against Norway on Saturday

Walter Winterbottom

Beat Ireland 7-2, Windsor Park, September 28, 1946

Wilf Mannion's hat-trick helped England's first full-time manager launch his reign with a thumping win over a united Ireland team in the British Home Championship.

Tom Finney, Tommy Lawton, Raich Carter and Bobby Langton were also on the scoresheet as Norman Lockhart scored the home team's two goals.

Alf Ramsey

Lost to France 5-2, Parc des Princes, February 27, 1963

Not the best of omen for Hodgson, as England are to face France in the groups stages next month.

England's future World Cup-winning coach took over after a 1-1 draw in the home leg of the European Nations Cup first qualifying round, but could not inspire second-leg success and, indeed, remains the only permanent England manager to lose his first game in charge.

Maryan Wisniewski and Lucien Cossou scored twice apiece and Yvon Douis also found the net, Bobby Tambling and Robert Smith replying for England.

Legend: Sir Bobby Robson has a successful tenure as England manager but only drew his first game

Legend: Sir Bobby Robson has a successful tenure as England manager but only drew his first game

Don Revie

Beat Czechoslovakia 3-0, Wembley, October 30, 1974

In contrast to Ramsey, an ultimately unsuccessful reign was given a false dawn as three goals in the final 17 minutes sank a physical Czechoslovakia side in the opening game of the European Championship qualifying campaign.

Mick Channon's header set England on their way before Colin Bell struck twice.

Ron Greenwood

Drew with Switzerland 0-0, September 7, 1977

Greenwood, hired as a steady hand to manage the fall-out of Revie's regime, opted to build his side around European champions Liverpool and selected six of their players for his first game at the helm – but they could not break down Switzerland in a lacklustre friendly stalemate.

Bobby Robson

Drew with Denmark 2-2, Copenhagen, September 22, 1982

Trevor Francis' double gave England an undeserved 2-1 lead with 10 minutes remaining in their European Championship qualifier, but a solo goal from Jesper Olsen earned the hosts a point. Robson himself labelled his side's share of the spoils a “travesty”.

Graham Taylor

Beat Hungary 1-0, Wembley, September 12, 1990

Gary Lineker began Taylor's reign in rather happier fashion than he ended it, his winner in a low-key friendly win standing in stark contrast to his substitution in favour of Alan Smith in Taylor's last game in charge against Sweden at Euro 92 while one short of Bobby Charlton's record goal tally for the national team.

Terry Venables

Beat Denmark 1-0, Wembley, March 9 1994

Beaming: Terry Venables managed to scrape a victory in his first game in charge

Beaming: Terry Venables managed to scrape a victory in his first game in charge

With no competitive fixtures for two years as England prepared to host Euro 96, Venables was granted license to experiment and took on the Danes with his unconventional “Christmas tree” formation. David Platt scored the only goal as another manager began his reign with victory.

Glenn Hoddle

Beat Moldova 3-0, Chisinau, September 1, 1996

Hoddle's first game in charge was notable chiefly for the debut of future captain and 100-cap stalwart David Beckham as England made a winning start to qualification for the 1998 World Cup.

Nick Barmby and Paul Gascoigne put England in control by half-time and Alan Shearer made the game safe on the hour mark.

Kevin Keegan

Beat Poland 3-1, Wembley, March 27, 1999

Listen up: Kevin Keegan also made a solid start to his time as England manager

Listen up: Kevin Keegan also made a solid start to his time as England manager

A Paul Scholes hat-trick got Keegan off to a winning start, following Howard Wilkinson's one-match spell as caretaker.

The Manchester United star converted Shearer's knock-down and then Beckham's cross to put the hosts 2-0 up and, although Poland skipper Jerzy Brzeczek pulled a goal back, a second headed goal from the midfielder secured victory.

Sven-Goran Eriksson

Beat Spain 3-0, Wembley, February 28, 2001

Repeat Hodgson will be hoping he can emulate Sven Goran Eriksson (left) by winning his first match

Repeat Hodgson will be hoping he can emulate Sven Goran Eriksson (left) by winning his first match

For the second time, Barmby popped up to score the first goal of an England manager's reign.

If that statistic seems incongruous, England's other scorers in a comfortable friendly win are perhaps more improbable still – Emile Heskey netting one of his seven goals in 62 caps before defender Ugo Ehiogu rounded off the scoring as England's first foreign manager made a winning start.

Steve McClaren

Beat Greece 4-0, Old Trafford, August 16, 2006

Off the mark: Steve McLaren managed to get a win in his first game in charge

Off the mark: Steve McLaren managed to get a win in his first game in charge

McClaren made the bold call to axe former captain Beckham from his first squad and began his tenure with a comfortable 4-0 win over a team failing to live up to their status as reigning European champions.

New skipper John Terry, Frank Lampard and Peter Crouch (two) scored the goals but it soon turned sour for McClaren and Beckham had to be recalled before the end of a dismal failed qualifying campaign for Euro 2008.

Fabio Capello

Beat Switzerland 2-1, Wembley, February 6, 2008

Roy's predecessor: Fabio Capello left England in February after falling out with the FA

Roy's predecessor: Fabio Capello left England in February after falling out with the FA

The FA once again looked overseas after axing McClaren, and Capello saw Jermaine Jenas and Shaun Wright-Phillips earn his new employers victory over the Swiss, for whom Eren Derdiyok was on target.

Capello led England to the 2010 World Cup and this summer's European Championship but a second-round exit to Germany crowned a miserable campaign in South Africa and he resigned before the journey to Poland and Ukraine.

London Irish 19 Racing Metro 25: Jonathan Wisniewski puts boot into Exiles

London Irish 19 Racing Metro 25: Wisniewski puts boot into Exiles

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Going nowhere: Darren Allinson makes a lone charge at the Racing defence

An 80th-minute try from David Paice, converted by the immaculate Tom Homer, secured Toby Booth’s men a losingbonus point that provides a flicker of hope, but the prospects of qualification are bleak.

Man of the match Jonathan Wisniewski kicked 20 points for Racing, whose lack of ambition in the first half was at odds with some exciting attacking rugby in the second 40 minutes which culminated in a try for Serli Bobo.

Not today: Exiles

Not today: Exiles” Delon Armitage is tackled by Nicolas Durand

Irish must now secure bonus-point wins over Cardiff and Edinburgh and hope Racing also beat the Pool leaders to stand a chance of qualifying.

Catching on: Santiago Delap fends off London Irish

Catching on: Santiago Delap fends off London Irish”s Jamie Gibson

‘While it’s mathematically possible I will never give up hope,’ said head coach Booth.

‘But if it wasn’t hard enough before,it certainly is now. When pitting your wits against the best sides in Europe you have to be clinical.

‘We didn’t do that, but I’ll be sending my game plans across the channel this week!’

Despite a glut of possession, Irish were unable to generate the quick ball their backs craved and only on rare occasions were the likes of Homer, Delon Armitage and Adam Thompstone able to showcase their running skills.

Homer’s continued brilliance in frontof the posts provided about the only positive for Booth, who saw his side lose at home for the second time in the competition.

The 21-year-old full-back struck fivekicks from five, including a monstrous effort from 56 metres, and is incontention for England caretaker coach Stuart Lancaster’s first Six Nations squad, to be named on January 11.