Jim White

  • Redknapp heads FA’s one-man shortlist

    The FA are in trouble if Harry Redknapp turns them downEven as David Bernstein was setting out the preconditions for the next England manager — preferably English, perhaps British but certainly not another pricey continental buy-in — so his shortlist of potential candidates was shortening.

    First Martin O'Neill, then Alan Pardew ruled themselves out of contention. For reasons of national loyalty, we can assume all seven Glaswegians currently working in the Premier League would not be available. If they are worried about the language gap, if they do not want anything else — as Rio Ferdinand tweeted - "lost in translation", then Roberto Mancini might

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  • Suarez row deepens bitter divide

    Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra will come face-to-face once againThe fall-out from a few ill-spoken words continues. At Wembley, the England coach and FA chairman sit down together to discuss whether the coach is in breach of his contract. Why might he be? Because he spoke out about the sacking of his captain, something he believes should not have happened without his consent.

    And why did the blazers strip his captain of the armband? Well, let's not go there. That is legal territory through which you require the razor-sharp brain of a Joey Barton to tread.

    Meanwhile, in Manchester, the locals are preparing themselves to offer a warm welcome to a visitor

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  • Terry for Euro 2012? Capello must decide

    John Terry and Fabio Capello (PA Photos)

    It is not something we often can do, but hey, let's praise the FA. We should applaud Lord Bernstein and the game's governing body for its swift and decisive action in removing the England captaincy from John Terry pending his trial.

    It was clearly the right thing to do. Hammersmith's aptly named District Judge Howard Riddle had thrown them not so much a puzzle as a mystery wrapped in an enigma. By postponing John Terry's trial until after the European Championship, the judge returned the issue of the player's continuing role as England captain back to the football authorities.

    There they were

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  • Blame Torres for quiet January

    Fernando Torres rues another missed chance

    The bloke who chained himself to the goalposts at Everton is something of a serial protester.

    On Tuesday at Goodison, he unleashed his latest protest about Ryanair's employment policy. Seemingly they charge you extra just to work there.

    Maybe next time he decides to handcuff himself on a football pitch he might do so on behalf of a really important cause: those of us who tuned in to Sky Sports News yesterday hoping for some, well, news. As damp squibs go, the final day of the January transfer window was completely water-logged. We, the viewers, demand something a little bit more dramatic in

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  • Time for indirect action

    Micah Richards gives away a penaltyWatching Phil Dowd ease Liverpool's passage into the Carling Cup final at Anfield on Wednesday night, a refereeing friend of mine asked this: isn't it about time we restored the indirect free kick?

    Under the current rules Dowd had no choice but to give a penalty when the ball struck Micah Richards on the arm. This despite the fact that the Manchester City captain clearly did not intend to handle the ball. Yet, his arms were raised above shoulder-height, so when the ball hit him, Dowd was obliged to point to the spot.

    The trouble is, you try launching yourself in front of a moving football to

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  • Feral fans risk another Cantona attack

    Eric Cantona launches a kung-fu kick at Matthew Simmons (obscured)Seventeen years ago this evening, I was at Selhurst Park to watch Crystal Palace play Manchester United. It wasn't a particularly distinguished game. Andrew Cole had just arrived in Manchester from Newcastle, a signing that somewhat undermines Alex Ferguson's insistence that he has never had much time for the January transfer window. Cole had yet to forge any kind of relationship with his new club's star forward, Eric Cantona. And Cantona spent much of the game looking as if he were unsure the idea would ever get off the ground. He was tetchy and agitated, unhappy with the close attentions of

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  • Silly money on offer at QPR

    Tony Fernandes is hoping to take QPR to the next levelQueens Park Rangers felt moved to clarify yesterday that they were not paying Manchester City £4 million for Nedum Onouha but something closer to £2.5 million. And, now that he is to wear the hooped shirt, the player will not earn £80,000 a week as widely reported in the papers.

    You think they do protest too much. At what point, even in the crazed economics of the Premier League, even if they are paying him a paltry 75 grand a week, will it dawn on QPR and their owner Tony Fernandes that they have been royally ripped off?

    Onuoha, remember, is a player who couldn't even get into Manchester

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  • Career coaches changing the game

    Brendan Rodgers: A leading member of the career coach groupMartin O'Neill's return at Sunderland has raised the number of managers of Premier League clubs who have won European Cup medals as players to three. O'Neill won his with Nottingham Forest, Kenny Dalglish picked up his with Liverpool. The third I will leave you to work out. But it's not Roberto Mancini.

    Three out of 20: just 15 per cent. It is not a huge representation. Indeed, not only do most of our top bosses not have the most significant of all club prizes in their trophy cabinet, half of them did not even play the game at the level they now coach.

    Take the League's flavour of the week.

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  • Redknapp’s Spurs in with a chance

    Harry Redknapp: Will he be the first English manager to win the league since Howard Wilkinson?Are Spurs title contenders? It is the question of the week. Ever since it appeared that the wheels are beginning to loosen on the Manchester City juggernaut, Spurs' serene and steady progress into the top three has been put into new perspective.

    They are no longer merely jostling for a Champions League berth. Now, suddenly, Harry Redknapp is being touted as a genuine candidate to become the first Englishman in 20 years to steer a side to the English championship.

    Even a fortnight ago it seemed a preposterous idea. Back then, City looked invincible. And even if they stuttered, it was only

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  • Old boys’ return papering over cracks

    ScholesThere was a brief flurry of excitement among Tottenham fans this week that, in line with the growing trend among their rivals, Glenn Hoddle might be about to make a comeback for their team.

    Unfortunately, there proved to be no truth in the rumour. Hoddle, it seems, didn't want to go back to Spurs. Not now the returning Ralph Coates snapped up his favoured squad number.

    The recall of Thierry Henry and Paul Scholes to competitive duty this weekend certainly took us all by surprise. Only on Sunday I was confidently assuring a fellow scribe that Alex Ferguson was more likely to play for United

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