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FA wants Englishman to succeed Capello

The next manager of England is likely to be an Englishman, the managing director of the newly-constituted Club England said.

sports Updated: Aug 16, 2010 00:26 IST

The next manager of England is likely to be an Englishman, the managing director of the newly-constituted Club England said on Sunday.

Two of the last three England managers have been foreign with Italian Fabio Capello contracted as boss until the end of the Euro 2012 finals.

He succeeded Steve McClaren who took over from Swede Sven-Goran Eriksson.

Adrian Bevington, the manager director of Club England, a new FA department with special responsibility for overseeing the national team, said the plan was to appoint an Englishman when Capello's tenure is over.

“That is the view in the discussions I have been involved in,” Bevington told BBC radio.

Ferdinand out for two more months

Manchester: Ryan Giggs, who has played for Manchester United more times than anyone else, said on Sunday he would like to manage the club in the future. The winger, who made his United debut as a 17-year-old in 1991 for United, has already started taking his coaching badges with a view to following former United team mates including Steve Bruce, Mark Hughes, Roy Keane and Bryan Robson into management. “My aim would be to manage either Manchester United or Wales,” he said.

Kanoute’s goal seals Sevilla win

Madrid: Sevilla came from behind to beat Barcelona 3-1 on Saturday, in the first leg of the Spanish Supercup football, the curtain-raiser to the season played between league and cup winners.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave Barca an early lead, only for Sevilla to turn the tables in the second half with two goals from Frederic Kanoute and one from Luis Fabiano.

The second leg will be played August 21 in Barcelona.

Aston Villa owner criticises man city

London: Aston Villa's owner has criticised Manchester City over its attempts to sign midfielder James Milner. Randy Lerner, who also owns the NFL's Cleveland Browns, claims City broke Premier League rules in its pursuit of Milner.

Lerner told The Mail on Sunday newspaper that “big, bad Manchester City came along and asked for Milner and we said, 'No, he is not for sale.”'

The American added that “under the rules you have to respect that. Manchester City respected that for two whole days. And then they violated the rules and came in for him again.” Lerner insists Villa is “not a selling club.” The club is looking for a new manager following Martin O’Neill’s exit.

First Published: Aug 16, 2010 00:24 IST