JUNE 24 – SHORT CORNERS-WORLD SOCCER NEWS AND NOTES

JUNE 24 – SHORT CORNERS-WORLD SOCCER NEWS AND NOTES

FRENCH PRESIDENT TO INVESTIGATE L’IMPLOSION
French president Nicolas Sarkozy is to hold a government meeting on Wednesday to get to the bottom of the implosion of the national team and their disgrace at the World Cup.

“The President wants any decisions to be taken calmly and without haste,” a government spokesman told the press. “Knowing the interest he has in football, you can imagine that he isn’t indifferent to what happened.”

Sarkozy is scheduled to hear striker Thierry Henry’s side on Thursday, as the government investigation begins.

Prime Minister Francois Fillon, sports minister Roselyne Bachelot and junior sports minister Rama Yade will join the president to discuss the events that took place in South Africa.

“Those responsible for this disaster must accept the consequences, first the players, then the team management and after them the football federation,” Bachelot told Europe 1 radio on Wednesday.

The French Football Federations is said to be preparing to launch it’s own investigation.

France captain Patrice Evra, also plans to have his say.

“I promise to tell the truth about every minute of what I went through,” said Evra. “French people need to know the truth because the France team belongs to them and nobody else.”

“The French need to know what happened to bring us to where we are,”

Evra, who was stripped of the captaincy in the lead-up to the South Africa match, said that he would have explained to the French public earlier, but was not allowed to do so.

“It’s time for us to apologize. It hurts even more because that could have been done on Monday. I could have done it as the team captain but the coach would not let me.”

France, midfielder Florent Malouda, didn’t ask permission.

“We are not proud of what we have done. I do not know what we will have to do to earn forgiveness.

“I would like to apologize on behalf of all the players. We’ll be discussing things among ourselves. There’s a lot of tension in the squad, which is not ideal for preparing an important game.”

LIVERPOOL SET TO NAME HODGSON, MAY LOSE DALGLISH
Roy Hodgson has returned to England from South Africa in order to finalize a deal that will make him Liverpool’s new manager, according to multiple sources.

Hodgson, who has been working for the BBC covering the World Cup, was waiting to see if England crashed out of the World Cup before committing to Liverpool, as he was thought to be the odds on favorite to replace Fabio Capello if the Three Lions didn’t make the Round of 16.

Manuel Pellegrini, Martin O’Neill and Alex McLeish were all rumored to have been considered for the post, but Hodgson had a succesful stint on a small budget at Fulham and last season got the Craven Cottage side all the way to the Europa League Final.

Now it looks certain that Hodgson will leave Fulham to take the reigns at Liverpool, who have been without a manager since Rafa Benitez departed the club to take up the manager position at Inter Milan last month.

The Anfield club appointed Kenny Dalglish and club managing director Christian Purslow the responsibility of finding a new manager and the two decided that Hodgson was the best choice for Liverpool.

Many reports out of the UK, however, say Dalglish, a legendary figure at Liverpool, does not think Hodgson is the right man to take the Reds forward and is said to have wanted the post for himself.

MANCINI SHOPPING FOR CITY
Manchester City head man Roberto Mancini is looking to pull some money out of the clubs deep pockets and has his eye on some of the most sought after players available; Milos Krasic, Edin Dzeko and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

City recently completed the signing of Jerome Boateng from Hamburg but show no signs of slowing the summer spending.

“We are used to raised prices, but in reality we cannot buy dozens of players.” Mancini is quoted in Tuttosport. “Of course we aim to strengthen. Krasic or Dzeko? One really interests us, the other doesn’t. Who? I cannot say.”

It may not be an easy task for Mancini though, as CSKA Moscow midfielder Krasic was taking offers from Serie A sides Juventus and Inter Milan, while Wolfsburg striker Dzeko seems to be the target of every major club in Europe.

Rumors have been swirling that Ibrahimovic, who played at Inter for Mancini, could be headed to the City of Manchester Stadium for a reunion with his former boss. Some stories even suggest that there is a swap deal in the works with Robinho being mentioned.

“In my opinion,” Mancini said. “Ibra is the best striker in Europe,”

COLE NOT IN SIR ALEX’S PLANS AFTER ALL?
It appears that Manchester United are not interested in Joe Cole.

The out of contract midfielder was cut lose by Chelsea this summer and has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs. Manchester United rose quickly to the top of that list, but various reports now suggest United have said they have no intention of offering Cole a deal.

“The BBC stated that “although Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been a long-time admirer of Cole, a senior club source at Old Trafford said he would not be making a summer move to sign him”

This may be all smoke and mirrors though, as earlier in the week rumors were rampant that Cole had signed a deal with Arsenal, but people close to Cole insist that they want to wait to the World Cup is over to discuss anything.

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