The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Gareth Southgate and Trevor Brooking are being considered by the Football Association as emergency England managers after Fabio Capello resigned last night, the Sun reported.
Brooking, the F.A.’s director of football development, would handle the media side of the job with Southgate, its head of elite development, taking coaching duties for the Feb. 29 exhibition match against the Netherlands, the newspaper said.
Stuart Pearce, the coach of England’s under-21 team, is also in the running, the Sun added. Tottenham’s Harry Redknapp is the bookmakers’ favorite to take the job permanently.
Pearce and Brooking will take charge for the match against the Dutch at Wembley Stadium, the Daily Mail reported. Pearce, who will also manage the Great Britain team at this year’s London Olympics, will be promoted from his under-21 role on an interim basis with Brooking to provide a “soothing” influence, the newspaper said.
The F.A. will tell Redknapp that it wants him to lead a coaching team that the governing body has chosen, the Daily Mirror reported, adding Capello received a 1.5 million-pound ($2.3 million) payoff and his four backroom staff received as much as 1 million pounds between them.
The governing body will put Pearce in temporary charge and retain him as part of a coaching setup that will stay in place irrespective of who is appointed to succeed Capello full-time, the Mirror said.
‘Will to Win’
Redknapp would bring a “hunger, style and will to win” that was missing toward the end of Capello’s tenure, former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson, a soccer analyst for the British Broadcasting Corp., wrote in the Mirror.
“Redknapp understands modern players, is a terrific man manager and you only have to look at how he has coped with top players at Tottenham,” Lawrenson added. “He just has a knack of getting players playing for him.”
Chelsea paid 28 million pounds to fire Carlo Ancelotti in June and hire Andre Villas-Boas as his replacement, the Guardian reported, citing a filing published by Companies House.
The cost of paying off Ancelotti and his backroom staff and compensating Porto for the acquisition of Villas-Boas lifts Chelsea’s spending on the hiring and firing of managers in the last four years to about 64 million pounds, the newspaper said.