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October 2001 News
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Francis 'Resigns'- Mills and Barron Take Over
Trevor Francis was sacked by 'mutual consent' by his beloved Birmingham City. In spite of bringing the club to within a whisper of their first major trophy in 37 years, and finishing 5th in Division One last year, the pressure was increasing on Francis to improve this season's performance.
The club are 10th in Division One, but recent results have been disappointing, including a 6-0 dumping out of the Worthington Cup to Manchester City when Darren Huckerby scored 4 goals.
Tensions between Trevor and the Birmingham Directors have long been high, and Trevor needed to be persuaded to stay on 18 months ago, when the politics got on top of him at that time. After six years and 20 million pounds spent in transfers, Trevor has failed to bring home the dream of Premiership football, which has eluded Birmingham for 15 years. They have never been a Premiership club.
Francis has helped Birmingham reach the Division One Play-Offs for three seasons running, and took them to the Worthington Cup Final last season. Liverpool won that one, on their way to an unprecedented Cup treble.
The caretaker manager role is handed jointly to two 70-71 players - Jim Barron (Nottingham Forest squad) and Mick Mills (Ipswich Town). The players were coaches at the club, and stand to get the full time post if results go well.
See BBC SPORT BIRMINGHAM CITY
Birmingham's big decision
Yorath Takes Over
Terry Yorath (Leeds United squad) has stepped up from the position as coach to take over from Peter Shreeves (70-71 unconfirmed) as manager. Shreeves has held the managers post for just six months. Presently the side are one off bottom in Division One, having won just once in the opening 13 games. Though Terry is the caretaker manager, he has not ruled out the possibility of applying for the full post.
Terry has a better looking daughter, Gabby Logan, who is a presenter on ITV's' On the Ball' and 'The Premiership.
Taylor Returns !
Well I like to think you can't keep a good man down. Peter Taylor (Southend) has returned to re-group his career at Brighton and Hove Albion. Brighton are presently 3rd in Division Two, having finished as Division Three Champions last season. Three weeks ago Leicester City sacked Peter and appointed Dave Bassett as manager with Micky Adams as his coach. It is Mickey Adam's post that Peter has now filled.
Turner Stands Down
Graham Turner (Chester City) - 'Mr Hereford United' to the newspapers - has decided to stand down in his role as the Conference side's manager, whilst he concentrates on sorting out the club's financial problems. Graham will continue as Director of Football, and is also the owner and Chairman.
It seems Graham has 18 months to find 1.3 million pounds - hold on perhaps I can find it under this chair ... no all I can see is an empty ballpoint pen casing and a bookmarker, sorry. Graham has described his role as, 'a labour ... rather than a labour of love', and recognises he was 'wearing too many hats'. (Try selling a few - might raise a tenner!) The club are presently 13th in the League.
Reported in 'The Non-League Paper' 14 October 2001. See HU-FC.co.uk
Dave Bassett (Walton and Hersham) has returned to the Premiership as manager. Dave has previously managed Wimbledon, Watford, Crystal Palace (no matches), Sheffield United, Crystal Palace (again), Nottingham Forest, and Barnsley.
Dave has developed a reputation for turning teams around from relegation definates to survivor possibles, though not necessarily always succeeding in keeping the team up. Dave was last in post at Barnsley in December 2000.
The appointment could not be more urgent. Leicester have just sacked their manager (see below) and in the only game they played since lost 6-0 at home in the Worthington Cup 3rd Round. (I knew I could sneek this result onto the site somewhere !!!)
Couple of Commentators to add. Graham Taylor (Lincoln City) was at hand on Radio 5 for the England v Greece match this Saturday. and last night Yorkshire Television had expert comments in the studio for the Worthington Cup matches from Rotherham United manager, Ronnie Moore (Tranmere Rovers).
Williams Out !
Bill Williams (Gillingham) has been sacked and there has been a mass staff clear out as Kingstonian go into administration. Last year the Ryman Premiership side were on the verge of the 5th round of the FA Cup under then manager Geoff Chapple.
At the time they were in the Conference League, but were relegated at the end of the season perhaps due in part to the distractions of their Cup run. Chapple left and Bill Williams took over having previously been manager of the Conference side, Dover Athletic.
Bill's team lost 7 of their first 12 League games, but a humiliating FA Cup defeat to Jewson Wessex side, Brockenhurst was the final straw, so Bill stood down. Steve Sedgeley has taken over.
Falling gates and expensive staff costs had to be rationalised with wage bills estimated at three times that which the club could afford. After 14 games the side are struggling in 14th place (one below Maidenhead United, the town of my youth).
Story from 'The Non-League Paper' 7 October, 2001. no.81.
Docherty Supports Jim Smith
This story appears at Sky Sports - Tommy Docherty on Jim Smith
Sven Sven Sven
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A timely release for what I'm told is a dreadful record, 'Sven, Sven, Sven' by Bell and Spurling on the Eternal lable has ensured that the novelty record has debuted in the UK charts at no.7. James Masterton, Chart-Music-Guru writes these comments at www.dotmusic.com
England Qualify !
In a moment that defied all of England's 1970's World Cup qualifying games, England were actually ... dare I say it ... lucky !!! But it was luck they had earned.
England were 2-1 down after 90 minutes against Greece at Old Trafford. Germany had already finished their match 0-0 to Finland, and were in the automatic qualifying place.
Then, Teddy Sherringham won a dodgy free kick 25 yards out 3 minutes into injury time. David Beckham, the celebrity England Captain, steps up. He scores in front of his own club team fans, with the most perfect strike imaginable.
Fiction hasn't written a story this good.
Sven-Göran Eriksson (Karlskoga) is being called 'a lucky manager'. This isn't true, he's taught his players how to win their quota of luck. In the post-match interviews, both Beckham and Sven-Göran talked of the 'character' of the England players. This 'character' was Sven-Göran given.
Peter Taylor (Southend United), who recently was the caretaker manager of the England National Team, has been sacked as manager of Leicester City. After just eight games of the season, Peter's side were lying bottom of the Premiership. This continued a dire spell of form by Leicester City in the second half of last season. Before the season began, Peter was the bookmakers' favourite to lose his job before the season was out, when the side went bottom it was a matter of time.
The sacking has come at a natrual break, as the domestic League was closed down in favour of the World Cup Qualifiers. With Premiership news being quiet, the football journalists have been able to fully concentrate on speculation as to who will take over.This has include two of the site's World of Soccer Stars. Harry Redknapp was an early favourite, but has today ruled himself out. The fans' favourite is George Graham.
Taylor Strikes ?
Gordon Taylor (Bolton Wanderers), the chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association has been in the news daily. The football players are arguing that they deserve their share of the increased money in football following the new television deals. It seems that although they do not presently have less money than the previous deal, their proportion of the deal has dropped from 5 to 1 per cent.
As the players realise that we are unlikely to give a stuff about the amount of money the overpaid big stars earn, they have attempted to tell us the extra money is for ex-players whose careers have been cut short by football injury.
The action threatened does not mean the games will not be played, merely that they will not be televised.
Incidentally, one discussion I heard on the subject stated that Gordon is the best paid Trade Union leader in the country, as he reportedly earns 458,000 pounds.
See Gordon Taylor - Football365.com which reports:
Dave Bassett (probably Walton and Hersham) has proposed that the only way Sheffield will have a regular Premiership side, is for United and Wednesday to United. This is as likely as a united Glasgow.
See Bassett - Football365.com which reports:
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