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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Sat Nov 14 04:34:08 GMT+00:00 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Barthez the bold choice as Schmeichel successor
4. England could go for Ferguson now


Daily RED Trivia  Sat 14th November:

4/11/1953: In Division 1 United win 6-1 at Cardiff City
watched by 26,844 with goals from Dennis Viollet 2, Johnny
Berry, Jackie Blanchflower, Jack Rowley and Tommy Taylor.
Team was: Wood, Foulkes, Bryne, Whitefoot, Chilton,
Edwards, Berry, Blanchflower, Taylor, Viollet, Rowley. 

14/11/1970: United win 2-1 at Nottingham Forest with goals
from Alan Gowling and Carlo Sartori in a Division 1 game
watched by 36,364. Team was: Rimmer, Watson, Dunne,
Fitzpatrick, James, Sadler, Law, Best, Charlton, Gowling,

14/11/1984: Uniteds Bryan Robson scores three times for
England as they beat Turkey 8-0 in Istanbul.


*** FIXTURES ON 14/11/98 ***
             Arsenal  v  Tottenham Hotspur
   Charlton Athletic  v  Middlesbrough
             Chelsea  v  Wimbledon
           Liverpool  v  Leeds United
   Manchester United  v  Blackburn Rovers
    Newcastle United  v  Sheffield Wednesday
         Southampton  v  Aston Villa
     West Ham United  v  Leicester City

*** FIXTURES ON 15/11/98 ***
       Coventry City  v  Everton


Next 3 games: 
Result/Fixture Index:

Sat 14/11 Blackburn   (H) PL
Sat 21/11 Sheff Wed   (A) PL15.00
Wed 25/11 Barcelona   (A) CL 19.45

UNITED Stats v Blackburn:



Date        Opposition                        Score   Pos.   Attend.
15/08/98    Leicester City           Home     D  2-2    11    55,052
22/08/98    West Ham United          Away     D  0-0    11    26,039
09/09/98    Charlton Athletic        Home     W  4-1     9    55,147
12/09/98    Coventry City            Home     W  2-0     5    55,193
20/09/98    Arsenal                  Away     L  0-3    10    38,142
24/09/98    Liverpool                Home     W  2-0     3    55,181
03/10/98    Southampton              Away     W  3-0     2    15,251
17/10/98    Wimbledon                Home     W  5-1     2    55,265
24/10/98    Derby County             Away     D  1-1     2    30,867
31/10/98    Everton                  Away     W  4-1     2    40,079
08/11/98    Newcastle United         Home     D  0-0     3    55,174

Champions League:
**Nov  4 Barcelona 1-2 Bayern Munich 
**Nov  4 Man Utd   5-0 Brøndby

Group D         P  W  D  L  F  A   Pts
Man United      4  2  2  0 16  7   8   
Bayern Munich   4  2  1  1  6  5   7  
Barcelona       4  1  1  2  6  6   4   
Brondby         4  1  0  3  4 14   3   

To be played:
 Nov 25 Barcelona        v  Man Utd
 Nov 25 Bayern Munich    v  Brøndby
 Dec  9 Brøndby          v  Barcelona   
 Dec  9 Man Utd          v  Bayern Munich


"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject:  Barthez the bold choice as Schmeichel successor

Saturday, November 14, 1998

It was plain speaking time for Manchester United yesterday as Jordi Cruyff
confessed he's been an Old Trafford failure for two years and departing
goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel put up World Cup winner Fabien Barthez as the
man to fill his boots.

Cruyff, who earned gushing praise from manager Alex Ferguson as the creator
of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's two goals in the midweek 2-1 Worthington Cup win
over Nottingham Forest, said: 'I have let everyone down at the club in the
previous two years. I have never been available, I have always been injured. The
boss, though, has always stood by me.'

As for France goalkeeper Barthez, Schmeichel said: 'I would look to the
goalkeepers who played in the World Cup for a replacement. There were some
outstanding performers during France 98 and I felt that Barthez was the best.

'Having said that, Raimond Van der Gouw did very well in midweek and maybe
the manager will stick with him and bring in a younger keeper.'

The 27-year-old shaven-headed Barthez anchored the Gallic triumph
outstandingly in France 98. He was also part of the team when Monaco, who,
ironically, are interested in Schmeichel, heaped misery on Old Trafford in the
quarter-final of last season's Champions League.

The flamboyant Barthez would jump at the chance of moving to the Premiership
and Ferguson is a confirmed admirer.

Schmeichel will start fielding offers on his future from next week. He is
expected to ask for at least a £1million signing-on fee, and a move to Monaco
or Marseille, in France, or Holland for two years is likely before he returns to
former club Brondby.

As revealed in Sportsmail, Aston Villa's Mark Bosnich, who played three
League games for United before work permit problems ended his stay, heads
United's list of replacements for Schmeichel .

United are also keen on Ipswich's Richard Wright, who was yesterday called
into the England squad for Wednesday's friendly against the Czech Republic,
and AZ Alkmaar's Dutch international Oscar Moens, who is one of the most
reliable and agile keepers breaking through in Europe at the moment.

Meanwhile, United's current No.2, Van der Gouw, was yesterday rewarded with
a two-year extension to his contract, while the much-€ravelled Tony Coton
becomes goalkeeping coach.

Cruyff has yet to start a Premiership game this season, although he has scored
twice after coming off the United bench at Southampton and Derby and
Ferguson is mulling over whether to unchain the 24-year-old forward from his
customary place against Blackburn today.

Ferguson was full of praise for his performance against Forest, saying: 'I
thought Cruyff was the best player on the pitch. He was superb and created the
chances for Ole.'

It could prove to be an important night in the career of Cruyff, who has shown
his potential only fleetingly since signing from Barcelona.

Cruyff admits that the crunch came in the summer. 'I faced the question: Were
United going to have patience with me?' he said.

'If the answer was 'yes', was I willing to give it another year? It was 'yes' on
both counts and now I am enjoying my football a lot more. It's critical that the
manager shows confidence in you. Alex Ferguson, to be honest, has certainly
done that.'


"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

    By David Anderson, PA Sport

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson will not be
rushed in his search to find Peter Schmeichel's successor.

Ferguson has until the start of next season to find a
replacement for the Danish international goalkeeper, who
will quit United in May, and he will use all that time if he
has to.

United have been strongly linked with Aston Villa's Mark
Bosnich, who started his career at Old Trafford and made
three league appearances before he left because of work
permit problems.

Villa manager John Gregory is resigned to losing the
Australian international, who has also been targeted by
Roma, for nothing when he becomes a free agent in the

And any hope Villa might have had of cashing in on
Bosnich now while he is still under contract appear to have
been dashed by Ferguson.

'We've got until next August to sign someone so we have
got time on our side,' said Ferguson.

'We are looking at things and we will be sending people
abroad and assessing a lot of things.'

Schmeichel, who would like to join Marseille or Monaco,
has suggested French international Fabien Barthez as his
possible successor.


"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"


Peter Schmeichel will leave Manchester United at the end
of the season with a glowing endorsement from Alex Ferguson
ringing in his ears.

'He's without doubt the best goalkeeper I've been involved
with in my playing and managerial career,' said the United
manager. 'He's been incredible - I think he ranks with the
Shiltons and Banks and all the great goalkeepers there
have been, and he's been a major player in the success
achieved by Manchester United over the past eight years.'

The Great Dane's eight-year association with the Old
Trafford club will finish in May, the goalkeeper who turns
35 next Wednesday believing he is unable to cope any
longer with the hectic demands of the English game. He
said: 'The decision has been coming for a while. It just
started as a thought, and over a period of time I've
convinced myself that it was the right thing to do.

'It's not that I've just come in and I'm leaving. At the
end of the season, I've had eight years and I feel I've
done a good job.' Schmeichel has been an integral member
of the United side since joining from Brondby for £550,000
in August 1991, helping the club to four League titles,
including two League and cup doubles. He said: 'I've had
plenty of good times. The first Double-winning team was
probably the best team we've had in my time here - but to
win the Double the second time, after we'd been written
off, was fantastic. 'The way we responded after we hadn't
won a trophy in the previous season and then lost our
first game at Villa Park was great.'


"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

England could go for Ferguson now
    Saturday, November 14, 1998

England could head-hunt a non-English coach if Glenn Hoddle
fails to take the country to the 2000 European Championship

Noel White, chairman of the all-powerful international
committee, indicated yesterday that the FA's next target
will be judged on his managerial track record, not his
place of birth.

White said: 'When the day comes to appoint a successor to
Glenn, we'll be looking for the best managerial
qualifications, irrespective of nationality.'

That would immediately make Scotsman Alex Ferguson of
Manchester United favourite - possibly even for the start
of next season - should he agree to leave Old Trafford and
if Hoddle does not get a minimum of seven points from the
next three qualifiers - against Poland and Sweden at
Wembley, and Bulgaria in Sofia. Also into the frame will
come Frenchman Arsene Wenger of Arsenal.

White added: 'It would be completely wrong for me to
suggest we're looking for a successor to Glenn, who has the
total support of everyone at the FA and we're all highly
optimistic still that England will have a successful
campaign in the Euro 2000.'

That is when Hoddle's current contract runs out, and
Ferguson comes to the end of his at Old Trafford.


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