Tuesday 23 January 2018

Warnock in frame to take Owls reins

Neil Warnock
Neil Warnock

NEIL WARNOCK, who once joked that if he ever became Sheffield Wednesday manager he would do his best to get them relegated, may be given the job of keeping them in the Championship.

The 65-year-old former Sheffield United manager is a shock contender to replace Dave Jones, who was sacked on Sunday with the Owls in the Championship's bottom two.

Warnock has long been admired by Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric, who almost persuaded him to manage Portsmouth eight years ago.

Mandaric is considering selling Wednesday, but knows the club's value will plummet if they return to League One and believes Warnock can save them.

Hodgson claims World Cup draw 'like a box of chocolates' as he plays down English fears

ENGLAND manager Roy Hodgson borrowed a line from the hit movie 'Forrest Gump' to describe his thoughts ahead of Friday's draw for the World Cup finals.

England are not one of the top seeds and could find themselves in the same group as hosts Brazil, world champions Spain or Germany.

"We will hope for the best but it is like Forrest Gump and his box of chocolates," Hodgson said. "We will open it up and see what we get, then try and digest it."

While their fans will chew over England's opposition, Hodgson said that he was equally concerned with where his side would play in the vast South American country.

The southern cities like Sao Paulo will be relatively mild in the Brazilian winter, but matches in northern venues such as Recife, Fortaleza or the jungle city of Manaus will be hot and humid and could favour some Latin American and African sides.

"You always hope the draw is going to be kind to you in terms of where you are going to be asked to play," added Hodgson.

"There are venues in Brazil that will be harder to play in than others. I'm more concerned, if anything, by the venues than by the teams we draw."

Lennon handed Aberdeen cup test

CELTIC will host Aberdeen in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.

Neil Lennon's men have come out on top in both league meetings this season, while the Dons have booked their place in the last four of the League Cup.

Rangers were also handed a home tie and will take on the winners of the replay between Ayr United and Dunfermline.

Celtic, meanwhile, have taken up the option to postpone a match in January to have a mini winter break. Kilmarnock's visit to Parkhead has been moved back to a midweek date, meaning Celtic will not play between January 5 and 18.

Irish Independent

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