Liverpool's Hodgson Says Club `Overstaffed,' Mirror Says: Soccer Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.

Dead Wood

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson says an excess of players is hampering his plans to rebuild the club, the Daily Mirror said.

Hodgson inherited a bloated squad when he took over in July, with many having no chance of making the first team, the Mirror said.

“We were unbelievably overstaffed when I came to the club and, if the truth be known, we still are overstaffed,” the Mirror quoted him as saying.

Albert Riera, Diego Cavalieri and Damien Plessis have all left Anfield, with Alberto Aquilani, Philipp Degen, Nabil El Zhar and Emilian Insua out on loan and Hodgson admits more moves must be made, the Mirror said.

Tough for Becks

David Beckham says the past six months have been the “toughest of my career,” the Sun said.

Beckham, 35, ruptured his left Achilles while on loan at AC Milan in March, ending his dream of playing in a fourth World Cup.

“Not playing for six months is really tough,” the Sun quoted him as saying. “It’s the first time that’s happened to me in my life. But it’s made me realize how much I love the game.”

Beckham hopes to play 20 minutes tomorrow in his return to the Los Angeles Galaxy, the Sun said.

Bruce for England?

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce said he’d be interested in replacing Fabio Capello as England manager in two years, the Mirror reports.

Capello will leave his post after the 2012 European Championship and Bruce feels he, and fellow Premier League bosses Harry Redknapp, Roy Hodgson and Sam Allardyce would all be perfect candidates, the Mirror said.

No Giggs

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has ruled out any chance of midfielder Ryan Giggs taking over as coach of the Wales national team, the Independent said.

John Toshack resigned yesterday and the Welsh Football Association had Giggs’s name at the top of its wish list, though it was felt he preferred to concentrate on his playing career, the Independent said.

“I spoke to him. It will not happen,” the newspaper quoted Ferguson as saying, adding it would be impossible for the midfielder to do both.

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