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On Monday Alan Shearer was being touted as a potential new Blackburn manager and now another former goal machine has been linked with the position.

  • Henrik Larsson celebrates after his team Landskrona Bois scored against Degerfors in their Swedish football league

    Eurosport – Henrik Larsson celebrates after his team Landskrona Bois scored against Degerfors in their Swedish football league

Ex-Swedish striker Henrik Larsson, who made himself a legend at Celtic before successful spells at both Barcelona and Manchester United, is the shock new name in contention for Steve Kean’s old job, according to the Daily Mail.

Larsson is currently in charge of Swedish second division club Landskrona but he has told them that he will not renew his contract as he eyes a job in England.

Another name mooted is British-born Indian coach Judan Ali but he could prove to be unpopular with Blackburn fans who are already unhappy with the club’s owners Venky’s.

About Larsson, the Mail states that he “remains a huge name in the game and has commanded respect in Sweden after opting to take his first job at a lower level and keeping the club clear of relegation.

“He is good friends with former Barcelona managers Pep Guardiola and Frank Rijkaard, and has been working with a similar system to Barca’s at Landskrona.

“Larsson, who led Celtic to a famous victory over Blackburn on their way to the UEFA Cup Final in 2003, already has his full UEFA Pro Licence and his coaching methods are admired in Sweden.

“His stay there will come to an end this season and he is now under consideration for a role with a big Championship club.”

If Blackburn did go for Larsson they would have to pay compensation but nothing that would be debilitating.

“Larsson’s release clause is £65,000 but that will not be a problem to Blackburn’s owners if they decide to go ahead with an official approach,” notes the Mail.

Elsewhere, and across the papers there are reports that Darren Bent will hold “showdown” talks with Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert about his future. The Midlands’ club record £24m signing publically expressed his disappointment at being left on the bench against West Brom last Sunday.

Free agent James McFadden is set to sign for Sunderland. The Scot has impressed after training with Martin O’Neill’s squad, while the Stadium Of Light manager is keen to strengthen his side. (Daily Mirror)

Fulham boss Martin Jol is looking to add to his threadbare midfield by signing former Middlesbrough player Mickael Tavares . The French-born Senegal midfielder is a free agent but Jol worked with the 29-year-old at Hamburg. (The Sun)

Many of the papers say that the pressure is growing on QPR boss Mark Hughes after 2-1 home defeat to West Ham left them rooted to the bottom of the table. The Daily Mail even goes so far as to say that Harry Redknapp is being ‘lined up’ as a replacement.

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Curtis Woodhouse during a photoshoot early in his boxing career

Curtis Woodhouse spent 2002 battling the likes of David Beckham on the football pitch. Ten years later, he has won his first boxing championship.


Woodhouse scored a majority decision victory over Dave Ryan in Rotherham on Friday to win the vacant English light-welterweight title and improve his record to 17-4 since turning pro in 2006.

Even more impressive is the fact that Woodhouse, now 32, continued to play football at non-league level until becoming manager of Sheffield FC, the oldest remaining football club, in May of this year.

Woodhouse made 104 league appearances for Sheffield United after joining the Blades from the York City youth ranks before playing top flight football with Birmingham City who he joined in 2001.

Stints at Rotherham, Peterborough, Hull and Grimsby followed, before he declared he was “falling out of love” with football and began training to box.

After outpointing Dean Marcantonio over four rounds in his September 2006 in-ring debut, before deciding to juggle both sports by signing for Rushden and Diamonds.

He soon had his boxing license suspended after being convicted for assaulting a police officer while drunk in an incident from April 2006.

After re-gaining permission to box, Woodhouse built his record to 10-0 until a first pro defeat came in a six-rounder against Jay Morris in Belfast.

He would later gain revenge on Morris and lost his highest profile fight until the Ryan title win, outscored in a 12-round fight to undefeated prospect Frankie Gavin in July 2011.

“Boxing has always been my first love, even as a kid,” Woodhouse said when joining the pugilistic ranks.

“I love fighting… Rather than get locked up for it, I might as well get paid for it.”

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The Ukrainian league was shocked on Saturday when a fan leapt from the crowd and attempted to choke a linesman.

The incident happened during Chernomorets Odessa’s 1-1 draw against Metalist Kharkiv.

The referee and his assistant went to the technical area to talk to Chernomorets coach Roman Grigorchuk, who was upset by the award of a corner against his side.

The assailant then sprinted onto the pitch and grabbed the linesman round the neck.

Stewards and riot police quickly wrestled the man to the floor, but he continued to struggle violently as he was led off the pitch.

Despite the disturbing episode, play continued and the match was completed normally.

It ended 1-1 after Metalist substitute Willian scored a late equaliser with a ‘scorpion kick’ reminiscent of Colombian goalkeeper Rene Higuita, who pulled off the trick against England at Wembley.

“It was a beautiful goal – quick thinking – there was nothing else I could do,” Willian told Globo Esporte.

“The goalkeeper saved the ball and I was a bit ahead of it, so I allowed my body to go forward and shot with my heal. It was similar to the save of Higuita.”

Evander Sno plays for the Netherlands at the 2008 Olympics

NEC Nijmegen midfielder Evander Sno suffered a cardiac arrest during their game at Feyenoord but was able to walk off the pitch after his defibrillator resolved the problem.


“Evander (Sno) had a cardiac arrest which was followed by a shock from his internal defibrillator,” Feyenoord doctor Casper van Eijck said.

“And the shock is what he felt and that terrified him, which I could see in his eyes on the pitch.

“He was transported to a hospital because the defibrillator caused arrhythmia (abnormal heart beat) so he has to stay there for the night.”

Sno had the defibrillator fitted after suffering a cardiac arrest playing for Ajax Amsterdam’s reserves in September 2010 when he was revived by the use of an external defibrillator.

The 25-year-old Dutchman, who started his career at Feyenoord before spells with NAC Breda, Celtic, Ajax, Bristol City and RKC Waalwijk, was substituted after 34 minutes of Saturday’s Dutch league match which Nijmegen lost 5-1.

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2012 Manchester United Nani

The Daily Mail and The Sun both report that the winger punched reserve-team player Davide Petrucci in an astonishing incident this week.

The pair exchanged words after a hefty challenge in training at Carrington.

Nani is said to have confronted Petrucci in the gym later and appeared to land a punch on the 20-year-old Italian.

It is the latest episode in a sorry year for Nani, who has lost his status as a first-team regular for United.

The Portuguese international stayed at Old Trafford in the summer despite speculation linking him with a move away – a £25m move to Zenit St Petersburg reportedly stalled over wages.

He has failed to turn his fortunes around, and this week’s incident could persuade manager Sir Alex Ferguson that the 25-year-old’s future lies elsewhere.

Ferguson has not yet decided what action to take, but a parting of ways seems ever-more likely.

Nani’s contract expires at the end of next season, and talks over an extended deal have broken down. United would look to sell rather than face the prospect of losing a highly-rated asset on a ‘Bosman’ free transfer.

The club have not commented on the training-ground incident.

Meanwhile, Ferguson Alex Ferguson has admitted he never felt Nemanja Vidic had recovered full fitness after his cruciate ligament injury.

The United skipper attempted his comeback in pre-season after snapping his ligaments in Basle last December. But just four games into the Premier League campaign, the Serbian has been forced to go under the knife again for further surgery that will keep him out for two more months.

It is a grievous blow to United, who are already without Chris Smalling and Phil Jones and are left with just two fit senior central defenders, but Ferguson is not entirely surprised at the turn of events and he said: “I don’t think he was ever 100 per cent. I noticed a couple of times in training that he was limping a little bit. Then he started feeling tightness in his knee.”

He added: “He wanted to carry on and in that situation that is what tough guys can do.

“Obviously the main operation was to correct the cruciate but when you do cruciates there is always the danger that the cartilage or meniscus is damaged also and that was the case.”

It means Rio Ferdinand will partner Jonny Evans against Tottenham at Old Trafford this evening, with Birkenhead-born rookie Scott Wootton acting as cover.

Under the circumstances, it is understandable why Ferguson might hope Roy Hodgson does not call Ferdinand back into the England fold when he unveils his squad for the World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Poland next Thursday.

Ferguson said: “I wouldn’t think he’ll get called up. I think Roy made his decision for the Euros and I can’t see him changing that.

“It would be difficult for him to go to Rio now and welcome him back. If that happens, it’s entirely up to Rio in terms of what he wants to do.”

At least United have an unbeaten home record against Tottenham that dates back to 1989 to comfort them. And there is also the potential for Wayne Rooney starting alongside Robin van Persie for the first time, even if Ferguson insists he does not know what his best strike partnership is going to be.

“It is early doors but at the moment I don’t know where I am going in the sense of what my best partnership will be,” said Ferguson. “Probably the strongest part of the club will be in the striker department. It (Van Persie’s arrival) should give everyone a push.”

“Danny Welbeck is in the same position as Javier in that they are not the first-team choices at the moment. That doesn’t mean to say it will stay that way because competition is always healthy and them being the kind of young lads they are will be desperate to establish themselves.”

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Richard Wright (PA)


David Bowerman, 35, has pleaded guilty to 33 charges of fraud worth a combined £5m. He encouraged investors, including the former England international, with the promise of huge returns, only to lose their money.

As well as Wright being swindled out of £400,000, he also left his own mother out of pocket by £36,000, while Chelmsford City Football Club’s ex-chairman Peter Stroud lost more than £1m.

Bowerman’s guilty plea, however, did not elicit any sympathy from Stroud.

“He may have pleaded guilty,” Stroud told the Essex Chronicle, “but I don’t think this is a sign that he is taking responsibility for what he has done.

“Pleading guilty gives him a shorter sentence – that is all it is about.

“To four counts he hasn’t even pleaded guilty. He targeted whoever he could, he is an absolute low-life.”

Bowerman has not yet been sentenced, but has been remanded in custody by Judge David Turner QC.

Prosecutor Anthony Swift explained in court: “Some of the money which went to a company Shearer Hare, which was a betting company, was to fund his gambling addiction and he also bought cars.”

Bowerman’s counsel, Christopher Kerr, told the judge: “He knows it will be a lengthy sentence.”

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2012 Italian GP McLaren Hamilton


In March this year Lewis Hamilton moved from his adopted Switzerland to the casino principality of Monte Carlo, and little more than six months on, the Brit has made the biggest gamble of his career so far.

The 27-year-old has severed ties with McLaren that famously date back to the age of nine, when he told then team boss Ron Dennis that he would one day drive his cars. He did so for six years.

From 2013, he will drive for Mercedes. He will be rewarded handsomely for it – the deal is believed to be worth up to £60m over the course of his contract – but the gamble is whether it does his career any good.

Hamilton has, in effect, flipped a very expensive coin to decide his future.

He will have talked extensively to both his current employers and his future ones about their plans before making the switch, and Mercedes will have had to make a compelling case in order for him to leave his boyhood team. But whatever was said in those discussions, Hamilton is taking a leap into the unknown.

The money may have been a consideration, but it will not have been the over-riding one. Besides, Hamilton’s legacy as a multiple champion will be worth considerably more than a little boost to his paypacket right now. Hamilton has long insisted that it is championships, not cash, that he craves.

McLaren offer stability and familiarity – and, in a sporting situation where very little is guaranteed, and the margins have rarely been finer, they are the nearest thing to a sure bet Hamilton could have had.

Over Hamilton’s time at the team, there have been troughs of form and moments where the car was an also-ran – but they have been brief, and since his arrival into the sport, Hamilton is the only driver with at least one grand prix victory to his name every season.

Equally, it’s also true that since his 2008 world championship, he has spent three years outside the top three at the end of the drivers’ championship, and, as things stand this season, he is on track to miss out once more.

Hamilton likes to challenge himself, and will hope that a new team helps him find an extra gear. There is plenty in his favour – a long-time friend in team-mate Nico Rosberg, a guru of a team principal in Ross Brawn, and a team with the budget, clout and, perhaps most importantly, a supply of their own engines – to give Hamilton a winning chance. 2013 may not be an instant success, but when Formula One adopts a new chassis in 2014, the suspicion is that Mercedes will be better-placed than McLaren to adapt.

But if next year Mercedes sit where they are this campaign – occasionally competitive, but often scrapping for the last few points available on race day – then Hamilton’s notoriously thin patience could be tested.

McLaren have responded quickly and decisively – and, in the circumstances, in the best possible way.

Sergio Perez is the brightest young talent in the sport, and, given his own long-standing ties with Ferrari, they have done well to acquire him before the Scuderia swapped him for Felipe Massa.

He is still just 22, but will develop quickly alongside Jenson Button, and brings with him new markets and new financial opportunities. Perez is sponsored by Telmex, the Mexican company owned by Carlos Slim, who is worth a reported £44bn. McLaren, based in Britain and backed in the Middle East, will evolve once more.

Both sides will try to take the positives from the decision – it may yet prove that both Hamilton and McLaren find themselves better off apart.

But there is one clear loser from Friday’s news – the seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher.

The German came back to the sport in a sensational move three years ago, and apart from brief flashes of brilliance, his return has been an anti-climactic and often error-strewn one.

Despite being 43, he did not appear ready to return to retirement.

But ultimately his towering reputation and long relationship with Brawn was not enough to save him. Mercedes feel they need a player of the very highest calibre to help them make the final step forward in the sport. Schumacher was no longer that man.

Hamilton might just be. He’s placed his £60m bet.