Roy Hodgson Finds An Innovative Way To Deliver Bad News
It takes something to top the most bizarre controversy an England manager can encounter, but it does look like we have a winner here. With John Terry having called time on his England career, the media wondered if it was the right time for Rio Ferdinand to step back into the set up. Speculation and debate has been rife over whether the Manchester United defender deserves to reclaim his spot. His former national and club team mate Gary Neville did indicate in a very ‘not so subtle’ way, that Ferdinand wouldn’t make it. It seemed after as if that message didn’t carry through very well. Now however, Roy Hodgson has made it all very clear literally to the public and that too, while he was travelling by the Tube. The England manager let slip to a curious fan that he wouldn’t be selecting Rio Ferdinand in the near future. He has since apologized for his indiscretion and has tried calling the defender up.
“I have tried to get in touch with Rio today. I am disappointed that a stray conversation has been reported in that way. I didn’t say Rio’s career was over. I might have admitted, foolishly I guess, and I only have myself to blame, that I wasn’t going to choose him in this squad. I am just disappointed this could be seen as a lack of respect to Rio which is something I would shy away from. I have the utmost respect for him, as a person and a player”, said Hodgson.
Andre Villas Boas Demands More Respect For The Europa League
It may have to do something with the fact that he’s won it, nevertheless Andre Villas boas has spoken about his ire at the lack of respect shown in general for the Europa league. His predecessor Harry Redknapp famously played second or even third string squads in the competition and even described it a ‘punishment’, but AVB insists that Tottenham are fully focused on it this time. Tottenham have an away trip to Greece this time with Panathanikos lying in wait.
The Spurs Boss also prudently drew comparisons between the Europa league and the Champions League, making a valid point – “For us to go on and eventually win the Champions League we have to get used to playing in these situations, both physically and mentally,” he said. “I am always to field the strongest team possible. And that can be a benefit in the learning process.”
Stuart Downing Won’t Go Down Without A Fight
Not having had the best of starts for Liverpool this season, winger Stuart Downing found himself criticized by his manager in the press about a week back.
Brendan Rodgers had said – “Stewart is a good guy and a good lad who came here for an awful lot of money, It hasn’t quite worked out for him as he would want it. The big challenge for him now is that commitment to the cause to fight, because he has the qualities. He has a wonderful left foot but what is important is that it is more than talent. Talent alone is not enough. You have to work hard, you have to fight for the shirt. We have seen that in a number of the young players and if you don’t do that then in the longer-term you won’t be here. It is as simple as that really.”
Stung by the criticism, the former Aston Villa man has decided to fight it out for a place in the squad. And should he win his spot back in the Liverpool squad, it’d prove to be quite a masterstroke by Brendan Rodgers, this one.
Klopp Gives Up English Dream
Jurgen Klopp watched his Dortmund team deliver a fantastic performance against Manchester City at the Etihad stadium. Post the 1 – 1 draw which the current Bundesliga holders should have won, Klopp was pleased as punch and hailed Germany as the country to be at as far as football was concerned. He also declared that his dream of coming to manage in England was dead. Should he stick to his word, Borussia Dortmund might get their version of Sir Alex.