Friday, 17 August 2012



Rangers manager Ally McCoist vows to fight a Scottish Football Association charge of bringing the game into disrepute. McCoist was issued with a notice of complaint last Friday relating to comments he made about the SFA's judicial panel in April.

Ibrox chief executive Charles Green has also been hit with a disrepute charge after claiming bigotry was one of the reasons for Rangers being denied entry to the Clydesdale Bank Premier League. Both had to respond to the charges by today.

McCoist says: "I spoke to our lawyer yesterday. I can't speak for Charles, who is putting a response in today as well, but certainly from my own point of view I'll be fighting the claim that I brought the game into disrepute."

Neil Warnock says he turned down the chance to manage Wolves at the last-minute after receiving a phone call from Leeds chairman Ken Bates, offering him a job at the West Yorkshire side. The former Sheffield United manager says Wolves targeted him in February, after Mick McCarthy was sacked.

"I would have taken it. I wanted the opportunity to keep them up," Warnock tells the Yorkshire Evening Post. "It was an opportunity but when I went to speak to them I was driving there and the chairman [Bates] rang me. He didn't want to interview me. He just said 'come over and join us.'"

Leeds open their Championship campaign against Wolves this weekend.

West Brom manager Steve Clarke insists he bears no grudge towards Liverpool, despite being sacked by them this summer. Clarke says he was fired from the Reds's coaching staff rather than leaving of his own accord following Kenny Dalglish's dismissal after a poor season.

West Brom open their Premier League season tomorrow against Liverpool and Clarke says: "I've got no grievance whatsoever with Liverpool. I had a fantastic time there and obviously after Saturday I'll wish them well for the season."


Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand is fined £45,000 after an Independent Regulatory Commission found proven a charge of improper conduct in relation to a comment posted on Twitter, the Football Association confirm.

"The Commission decided that the comment was improper and brought the game into disrepute. In addition, the Commission found that the breach included a reference to ethnic origin, colour or race," says an FA statement.

Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton hopes to bring in another seven players ahead of the club's opening League One match against Bournemouth tomorrow.

Appleton signed 10 players yesterday - all on one-month contracts. Reading goalkeeper Mikkel Anderson is expected to join on loan today, as will Chelsea midfielder Conor Clifford. Appleton is also working on loans for winger Jordan Obita from Reading and Celtic defender Josh Thompson. Other trialists include former Crystal Palace and Stoke midfielder Tom Soares.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given his thoughts on the attitude and behaviour of Olympic athletes, compared to footballers.

He says: "The Olympics is a great example that we have seen, of people trying to get to their best. But that is the same for you and me, the fight of life is to be as good as you can. In the Olympics, because it is sport at the top level, you see that even more so because they have to wait for four years to have a chance to show how good they are.

"In football it is different, believe me it is not easy to be at the top of your job every three days. I am not sure the Olympic athletes will be capable of doing that, so it is a different problem."

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis says there is a still a chance he could sign Michael Owen.

"I've always said he's a good player and someone I think people in the club would like to have around. Michael hasn't gone anywhere and it's still a possibility. There's still stuff happening and going on. Whether we can do a deal or not is another matter." he said at a press conference this morning.

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