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9 February 2012 Last updated at 21:12

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  1. 2100: 

    That's it for Thursday's Sportsday Live. Please keep sending us your news, views and comments via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday. Join us again at 0800 GMT on Friday for all the breaking news and build-up to a busy weekend of sport.

  2. 2059: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Final scores: Glasgow 19-9 Scarlets - Leinster 42-8 Treviso

  3. 2059: 
    FINAL THOUGHTS - WHAT NOW FOR THE FA?

    Graham Taylor: "I think sometimes we've over egged ourselves. The pleasing things is no one is going to do that for the Euros after South Africa and we won't kid ourselves, we won't win it.

    "Having said that there is something because Redknapp is a very populae candidate, he would be most people's selection and that can help galvanise the squad so in one respect our chances will be enhanced by Harry becoming manager."

    David Pleat: "They will pay with a smile on the face but why we can't higher in the world rabnking we can't seem to get ebyond that."

    David Davies: [on Kevin Keegan's England departure] "I went into the dressing room, the players were shocked, two players were in tears, Tony Adams told me to tell Kevin not to go. I took Kevin away from there, I told him not to go to the press, we went in a toilet cubicle and I tried to persuade him to think again but it was ignored.

    "But nothing's change, this is a country where we concenrtrate on club football, but an England manager will get lucky one day soon."

  4. 2054: 
    WHAT NOW FOR THE FA?

    Former England manager Graham Taylor on 5 live: "If you're picking an international squad and if you haven't got four or five captains in that squad then you aren't picking the right team.

    "You look at our current situation and Scott Parker, Capello never spoke to him, and now we're talking about him being captain.

    "Within that squad of players there has to be someone who can put on that armband and lead."

  5. 2049: 
    WHAT NOW FOR THE FA?

    Former FA executive director David Davies on 5 live: "Getting a manager who can support and excite the fans is important but you want a manager that the players respect too.

    "You also want somebody who has earnt their spurs and done it and that surely is the lesson of recent years."

  6. 2046: 
    DISABILITY SPORT

    BBC Sport's Simon Brotherton on Twitter: "GB pair Aileen McGlynn and Helen Scott into Gold medal race tonight in B Tandem Pursuit at World ParaCycling Champs in LA. #bbcsportsday"

  7. 2044: 
    FOOTBALL

    England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce told BBC Sport in October 2011 why he felt managing the full national side was "beyond" him. Pearce claimed he felt "vastly inexperienced compared to where I really want to be as a coach".

  8. 2041: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Everyone has an opinion on England, Capello, Redknapp and any other potential successor it seems - and here's a selection of your tweets. Get in touch with Sportsday Live by using the #bbcsportsday hashtag.

    James Earl on Twitter: Glenn Hoddle? Controversial I know but his academy has been a huge success and he has the charisma and the experience needed #bbcsportsday"

    David on Twitter: "Am I the only one who wants Sven back??? #bbcsportsday"

    Gary Martin on Twitter: "If Harry gets the England job I would like to think Oxlade-Chamberlain will still get his chance! Quality player #bbcsportsday"

    Alexander Lionheart on Twitter: "Big Sam is the best man for the job. True British and will lead this great nation to glory! #bbcsportsday"

    Dan James on Twitter: "Following the likes of Pardew and Big Sam. I'd also like to rule myself out of the England manager's job #bbcsportsday"

    Saqeeb Rajan on Twitter: "Capello to Real, Jose to Spurs, Harry for England...you read it here first #bbcsportsday"

  9. 2037: 
    WHAT NOW FOR THE FA?

    David Davies: "There is a strong case for Roy Hodgson. The problem with him is that he's been hovering around these lists for a long time."

    Graham Taylor: "His [Roy Hodgson] Liverpool experience could be the reason why he hasn't become England manager.

    "When Gareth Southgate was appointed I just assumed that he was coming in at the foot of the ladder and be nurtured and potentially be the next England manager but that doesn't seem to be the case."

    David Pleat: "Now it's all about opportunity - Sam Allardyce's name hasn't been mentioned, and he hasn't changed, it's just about being flavour of the month.

    "Gareth Southgate would take the same line as Stuart Pearce and climb the ladder slowly."

  10. 2028: 
    FOOTBALL

    Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti insists he is not thinking of replacing coach Claudio Ranieri with former England manager Fabio Capello. In an official statement, Moratti says reports he is thinking of replacing Ranieri "now or at the end of the season are without any basis whatsoever" and that rumors he is considering bringing in Capello are "as unfounded."

  11. 2025: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Sean Tull on Twitter: "Re: 1935 Surely Kettering would need the money from gate receipts to pay the "police bill"... bit nonsensical if you ask me #bbcsportsday"

  12. 2023: 
    FOOTBALL

    Match of the Day's Mark Lawrenson says the next England manager has to be English, or British - and it is Harry Redknapp's time. The thing about Harry is that he is very, very good at managing people. And the clue to what the England job is all about is in the title - manager.

  13. 2019: 
    WHAT NOW FOR THE FA?

    Former FA executive director David Davies on 5 live: "I agree with everything that has been said about the job but I do not believe it is the impossible job.

    "Some day someone is going to get this job right.

    "Harry is a very proud Englishman and he doesn't mind telling you that. He has this extraordinary ability of warmth and of inspiring and nurturing young talent."

  14. 2015: 
    WHAT NOW FOR THE FA?

    Former England manager Graham Taylor on 5 live: "My view has always been with international football it's about the managers, supporters and staff pitting their football wits against people from another nation who may not necessarily understand the needs and wants of them.

    "People think if you're a successful club manager you'll make a good country manager but that's not necessarily the case.

    "As a club manager you get to know your players personally, as an internatinal manager you don't really, there's so many differences.

    "It's club versus country and at the moment clubs are winning but that needs to change. The national team is far more important than any club."

  15. 2008: 
    F1

    Britain's Lewis Hamilton says he is "in a good place" ahead of the new season whilst Sebastian Vettel complains of a "loss of grip" following their first experiences driving their 2012-spec cars on the third day of pre-season testing in Jerez .

  16. 2004: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Half-time scores: Leinster 11-3 Benetton Treviso - Glasgow 10-3 Scarlets

  17. 2003: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Rob Lewis Gordon on Twitter: "Jose Mourinho 4 England? if not it has to be Harry Redknapp and he must accept Arry your country needs you!!!!!!!!!#bbcsportsday"

    Daniel Jay Kerr on Twitter: "#bbcsportsday Stuart Pearce guided the U21s to a semi and a final. Surely he is the best man for the job."

    Jon Herbert on Twitter: "Harry Redknapp & Smithy for England Management... imagine the press conferences & motivational speeches! #bbcsportsday #totalentertainment"

    Kevin Rainey on Twitter: "How about Neil Warnock? you can't get more passionate than that... #bbcsportsday"

    Paul Thompson on Twitter: "Can't believe no-one's mentioned Guus Hiddink! Proven intl manager. He got South Korea to SF of the WC for crying out loud! #bbcsportsday"

  18. 2001: 
    FOOTBALL

    Viktoria Plzen defender David Bystron has been suspended for two years by Uefa after testing positive for a banned substance following the Czech side's Champions League win over BATE Borisov in November.

  19. 1959: 
    WHAT NOW FOR THE FA?

    Former FA chairman Lord Triesman on 5 live: "I think it would be difficult to do a job share between the club and the country.

    "Fabio will have weighed it up too, he's an intelligent man, but Stuart is a competent guy, he's learnt a lot and I think after that game at the end of February there will be an envelope with who they'd like to look at.

    "I don't know what the shortlist will be and I don't want to double-guess."

  20. 1956: 
    WHAT NOW FOR THE FA?

    Former Tottenham manager David Pleat "He's listened to what everyone has said he knows the circumstances and he's decided his heart is not in it.

    "It's a problem then if you ask hiim to stay when he doesn't want to.

    "This is his own decision, he's had enough, he's frustrated and I'm quite sure he decided he had enough, and when someone goes down that road it's difficult to ask them to stay."

  21. 1954: 
    WHAT NOW FOR THE FA?

    Former FA chairman Lord Triesman on 5 live: "Between the two of them they decided to part company. It would be fruitless to try and persuade him to stay if he doesn't want to do the job anymore.

    "It's not ideal, I listened to David Bernstein and I think he was the first person to say he wouldn't want to be in this position. You need to get a lot more right than just the issue with the manager. I think David Bernstein will put a huge effort into that.

    "There is also a lot of feeling with Harry Redknapp and his potentiality, he's a phenomenal manager and I've always been honest as a Spurs supporter it feels me with a sense of gloom.

    "I can't imagine it would be a one man shortlist but I can't imagine there will be a lot of names."

  22. 1947: 
    WHAT NOW FOR THE FA?

    Former Tottenham manager David Pleat on 5 live: "Even a manager is an employee, they are the employers. And you have to listen to the chairman.

    "When Capello said those things he was reproaching his employers publicly.

    "I've got a feeling [it was calculated], he saw the situation coming up with the Euros and John Terry and I think there was every chance he said enough's enough and he'll turn up somewhere else somewhere soon."

  23. 1942: 
    WHAT NOW FOR THE FA?

    Former FA executive director David Davies on 5 live: "Those of us who have supported John Terry realised it was impossible for the FA to allow John to lead England at Euro 2012 because of all the noise of the moral circus around the England team.

    "What you want is England to do their very best to give the players the best chance to be successful.

    "It was communicated to him [that John Terry would be dropped as captain] and Capello made it clear that he thought it was the wrong decision. The chairman and board believed that Capello would come back and see the Chelsea and Liverpool game and discuss a way forward.

    "But what happened he gave the fateful interview in Italy, and Capello is no different to the woman who works in the kitchen or the person who cleans up.

    "I feel once Baldini left to spend most of his time with Roma, a crucial link broke down."

  24. 1935: 
    FOOTBALL

    Kettering's Blue Square Premier match against Telford on Saturday will be played behind closed doors due to non-payment of a police bill. Fans are advised not to travel to the game as entrance to the ground will not be permitted.

  25. 1932: 
    WHAT NOW FOR THE FA?

    Former FA executive director David Davies on 5 live: "When this interview emerged last Sunday, I'd been behind the scenes at Chelsea and saw Fabio and I thought that he seemed on edge and he had a brief conversation with Alex Horne.

    "I cannot believe he gave that interview without thinking about it. He's an intelligent man.

    "People always rule themselves out, Kevin Keegan ruled himself out regularly. And actually when you look into someone's eyes and ask them 'do you still want the number one job?' They find it very difficult to turn it down."

  26. 1925: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Cardiff Blues centre Casey Laulala will join Munster at the end of the season. The 29-year-old New Zealander has signed a two-year deal with the Irish side, having played 58 times for Cardiff.

  27. 1918: 
    GET INVOLVED TONIGHT

    Stay with us here on Sportsday Live for all this evening's reaction and coverage following the resignation of England manager Fabio Capello, his possible successor and the future of English football. Get involved and tweet us your views on Twitter with the hash-tag #bbcsportsday

  28. 1914: 
    CAPELLO REACTION

    Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio feels Harry Redknapp would have the backing of 90% of English football fans if he were to take over as manager of the national team. "I am sure he has the experience, the knowledge and also the support of 90% of the people in England because he is the one," he said.

  29. 1907: 
    WHAT NOW FOR THE FA?

    Former FA executive director David Davies told 5 live: "The front page of a national newspaper this morning, not a tabloid, said 'England expects'.

    "People still care about the national football team and manager and the person who gets it will be a national hero."

  30. 1904: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manager Brendan Rodgers says he would have no interest in swapping Swansea for Tottenham after committing his future to the south Wales club by signing a new three-and-a-half year contract."The most important thing for me is to have peace and satisfaction in my job, I don't know where else other than Swansea that I can be as happy as I am," he said.

  31. 1900: 
    STARTING NOW

    Jonathan Overend presents a 5 live Sport special from 1900 GMT tonight asking "What now for the FA?" - David Davies, the former executive director of the Football Association, reflects on the impact of Fabio Capello's resignation as England manager, and looks ahead to who the FA should appoint next....joining Jonathan and David will be the former Chairman of the FA, Lord Triesman, Graham Taylor, David Pleat and Lee Dixon. From 9pm it's "An evening with the Murrays" Jonathan Overend sits down in conversation with Andy, his mum Judy and brother Jamie, to hear the story of one of the country's most successful sporting families.

  32. 1857: 
    FOOTBALL

    Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto says "football is 'just a job" but that commitment and ambition are also high on his agenda."My focus is giving 100% of myself on the pitch to make the fans happy," he said.

  33. 1850: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Have you got a view on Fabio Capello's resignation? Who do you think should be the next England manager? Can England win Euro 2012? Tell us here on Sportsday Live through Twitter with the hash-tag #bbcsportsday

  34. 1846: 
    FOOTBALL

    Leyton Orient have signed Southampton's 25-year-old defender Ryan Dickson on loan until the end of the season.

  35. 1844: 
    FOOTBALL

    Brentford have completed loan deals for West Brom forward Saido Berahino, 18, and Watford defender Adam Thompson, 19.

  36. 1840: 
    FOOTBALL

    On-loan forward Daryl Murphy has not ruled out joining Ipswich permanently from Celtic at the end of the season. "I've really enjoyed my time here. There are still a lot of games left to play this season but that decision is not down to me," he told BBC Radio Suffolk.

  37. 1837: 
    FORMULA ONE

    Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel says he is "happy" after driving his new Red Bull for the first time in pre-season testing at Jerez in Spain. The German said: "So far we can be happy. We had a couple of issues but it's normal when the car is new."

  38. 1831: 
    GET INVOLVEDCAPELLO REACTION & ENGLAND VACANCY

    Gary Coghill: "#bbcsportsday I may be Scottish but for \u00a36mil a year I'd manage England and do anything the fa wanted."

    Hermitspancho: "#bbcsportsday i'm not really reading brooking, wilkinson, warnock and platt for england manager surely? Better pleat than platt!"

    Imran Khan: "Pearce to lead England at Euros and British Team at Olympics? Bit of a schedule for him! #bbcsportsday"

    James Green: "#bbcsportsday Harry for manager, Parker for Captain and Holt for Euro's!!!! :D"

  39. 1825: 
    FOOTBALLCAPELLO REACTION & ENGLAND VACANCY

    Swindon Town manager Paolo Di Canio feels Harry Redknapp would have the backing of 90 per cent of England football fans if he was to become the new national team manager. "I am sure he has the experience, the knowledge and also the support of 90 per cent of the people in England because he is the one," he said. You can hear Di Canio's impression of his friend and former boss Redknapp at his pre-match press conference.

  40. 1821: 
    FOOTBALL

    Everton defender Leighton Baines believes the club's January transfer activity gave them a boost. The Toffees brought in LA Galaxy's Landon Donovan on loan, Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson, Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic and Steven Pienaar on loan from Tottenham. Baines said: "I think January's transfer dealings lifted everyone associated with the club."

  41. 1816: 
    COMING UP ON 5 LIVE

    "An evening with the Murrays" - Jonathan Overend sits down in conversation with Andy Murray, his mum Judy and brother Jamie, to hear the story of one of the country's most successful sporting families.

  42. 1814: 
    COMING UP ON 5 LIVE

    Jonathan Overend presents a 5 live Sport special from 1900 GMT tonight asking "What now for the FA?". David Davies, the former executive director of the Football Association, reflects on the impact of Fabio Capello's resignation as England manager, and looks ahead to who the FA should appoint next. Contributions come from former Chairman of the FA, Lord Triesman, ex-England manager Graham Taylor, ex-Tottenham boss David Pleat and former England defender Lee Dixon.

  43. 1810: 
    FOOTBALLCAPELLO REACTION & ENGLAND VACANCY

    Former Watford and England striker Luther Blissett tells Radio 5 live that he thinks Harry Redknapp will be the next England manager. He said: "I' think he'll take it. It's a very difficult job to tun down for an Englishman if you're offered it. It's one of the top jobs in football."

  44. 1803: 
    FORMULA ONE

    McLaren Formula One team: "Another very positive day's testing complete here at Jerez. Lewis relaxed and happy. Don't read too much into the times. A good start!"

  45. 1759: 
    FOOTBALL

    Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says the club's financial position means he is unable to strengthen his squad with any loan signings. "Every single penny I can use I've used and I can't just fashion some money up from nowhere," he told BBC Devon.

  46. 1757: 
    BOXING

    Amir Khan is hopeful his rematch against Lamont Peterson will be confirmed soon. The 25-year-old, who has been seeking a new fight since losing his light-welterweight belts in controversial circumstances in December, said: " "I've sent a contract to Lamont Peterson and his team and hopefully he can sign it and we can get the fight on. It was a great fight but I thought we deserved a rematch."

  47. 1752: 
    CYCLING

    Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has expressed his relief that a federal investigation into doping allegations against him has ended. Armstrong, 40, said he always stayed confident he would not be charged.

  48. 1747: 
    FOOTBALL

    Swindon Town manager Paolo di Canio performs an impression of friend and former boss Harry Redknapp during his pre-match press conference with BBC Wiltshire.

  49. 1743: 
    FOOTBALLCAPELLO REACTION & ENGLAND VACANCY

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says Harry Redknapp is the "number one choice" to take over from Fabio Capello. He said: "It's obvious. He (Redknapp) hasn't just been talked about now, he's been talked about since he started to be successful at Tottenham."

  50. 1738: 
    GET INVOLVEDCAPELLO REACTION & ENGLAND VACANCY

    Jon Herbert: "Harry Redknapp & Smithy for England Management...imagine the press conferences & motivational speeches! #bbcsportsday #totalentertainment"

    Sports Mad: "Arsene Wenger for England Manager. He doesn't have to spend money and only has to win a trophy every four years #bbcsportsday"

    Daniel Towey: "Rafa inherited a team and won Champions League in his first season. If anyone can do a job at Euros at short notice it's him! #bbcsportsday"

    Ayyub Hans: "I want Redknapp to be England manager but don't want Mourinho to manage Tottenham. I am a Liverpool fan #bbcsportsday"

  51. 1734: 
    ATHLETICS

    Pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale continued her fine start to Olympic year after narrowly losing to world record holder Yelena Isinbaeva in an indoor event. The 20-year-old cleared the same 4.68m height as the Russian in Poland but was denied a Pedro Cup victory on countback.

  52. 1730: 
    FORMULA ONE

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and McLaren's Lewis Hamilton set closely matched times on the third day of the first pre-season test at Jerez in Spain. Lotus driver Romain Grosjean set the pace for a 2012 car, with Vettel second just 0.167 seconds ahead of Hamilton. The fastest time of the day was posted by Nico Rosberg's 2011 Mercedes.

  53. 1725: 
    FOOTBALL

    Brighton & Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet tells BBC Sussex his former employers Leeds United are a great club ahead of their meeting in the Championship.

  54. 1720: 
    FOOTBALLCAPELLO REACTION

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended Fabio Capello's stand over John Terry, insisting the Italian should have had the final say over whether the Chelsea defender remained as England captain or not. He told Arsenal Player: "When the decision came out from the FA, I said that the choice of captain is down to the manager. You (the manager) pick your team, you choose your captain. I did not expect such an extreme situation but it looks like there was already some turbulence there and that was just the final straw."

  55. 1714: 
    FOOTBALLCAPELLO REACTION & ENGLAND VACANCY

    Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas says it will be difficult for the FA to find an England manager to replace Fabio Capello who he believes is one of the best in the world.

  56. 1710: 
    GET INVOLVEDCAPELLO REACTION & ENGLAND VACANCY

    Paul Quinn: "My personal choice for the England manager job would have to be David Platt. I feel he has been integral to Man City's success #bbcsportsday"

    Kevin Rainey: "how about Neil Warnock? you can't get more passionate than that... #bbcsportsday"

    Edward McCosh: "I think a three man team of Pearce, Brooking and Howard Wilkinson would combine 3 perfect management attributes. Then Harry #bbcsportsday"

    Joe Roberts: "Ian Holloway for England manager. Barely speaks English, up-and-down record and is excellent value all round. A perfect fit. #bbcsportsday"

  57. 1706: 
    FOOTBALL

    The Football Association is being urged to investigate the running of Blackburn Rovers after accusations in Parliament that the club is a "shambles". Graham Jones, the Labour MP for Hyndburn, is questioning whether its Indian owners Venky's are "fit and proper persons" to run the club.

  58. 1701: 
    FOOTBALL

    Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson tells BBC Radio Cambridgeshire that he is hoping for a "strong referee" in Saturday's game against West Ham.

  59. 1657: 
    TENNIS

    Former world number five Fernando Gonzalez has announced he will retire from tennis next month. The 31-year-old Chilean will call time on a 12-year professional career which has yielded 11 ATP titles and three Olympic medals after competing at the Miami Masters from 21 March.

  60. 1655: 
    FOOTBALL

    Sunderland's Nicklas Bendtner and Lee Cattermole have been charged with criminal damage after cars were allegedly vandalised close to the home of their arch rivals. Striker Bendtner and club captain Cattermole will face magistrates later this month following an alleged incident in Newcastle city centre in December.

  61. 1654: 
    COMING UP ON 5 LIVE

    Jonathan Overend presents a 5 live Sport special from 1900 GMT tonight asking "What now for the FA?" - David Davies, the former executive director of the Football Association, reflects on the impact of Fabio Capello's resignation as England manager, and looks ahead to who the FA should appoint next joining Jonathan and David will be the former Chairman of the FA, Lord Triesman, Graham Taylor, David Pleat and Lee Dixon. From 9pm it's "An evening with the Murrays" Jonathan Overend sits down in conversation with Andy, his mum Judy and brother Jamie, to hear the story of one of the country's most successful sporting families.

  62. 1649: 
    GET INVOLVED - CAPELLO REACTION

    Jack Stevenson on Twitter: "For me Hodgson is the right man for the job. Tons of experience across the globe and he's managed international teams before. #bbcsportsday"

    David Whalley on Twitter: "Can't understand the Stuart Pearce job clamour, with the U21 talent we've had his record hardly inspires. Harry all the way #bbcsportsday"

    Will Briscoe on Twitter: "#bbcsportsday Mick McCarthy or Ian Holloway for the England, certainly be entertaining press conferences, they'd put others in their place!"

    James Youngman on Twitter: "Rafa Benitez - England games are slow & full enough already! Don't need a manager to take that to the next level. #bbcsportsday"

    BBC Sport Interactive Editor Stuart Rowson on Twitter: "FA would prefer an English or British manager. It helps that the main candidate is English. Get involved on @bbcsport site #bbcsportsday"

  63. 1644: 
    FOOTBALL

    Defender Joe Skarz and striker Lenell John-Lewishave agreed new contracts with Bury. Skarz has agreed a new two-and-a-half year deal, while John-Lewis will remain with the League One team until the end of the 2012/13 season with the option of a further 12 months in his new contract.

  64. 1638: 
    CAPELLO REACTION

    QPR owner Tony Fernandes has been left amazed at the fallout that has taken place this week culminating in the resignation of Fabio Capello.

    The FA decided to act in light of an incident during QPR's 1-0 victory over Chelsea on 23 October at Loftus Road involving Anton Ferdinand. Terry is to now stand trial in July when he will deny a charge of racially abusing Ferdinand.

    Fernandes said: "It's the power of the media, the power of how seriously people take a situation, and strong views.

    "If you had told me then something like this would result in the England manager resigning I would naturally have been surprised."

  65. 1631: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane tells BBC Radio Manchester he wants to see a tougher mental edge in his side after last week's defeat by Huddersfield.

  66. 1629: 
    FOOTBALL

    Blackburn manager Steve Kean expects to reconcile with wantaway captain ChrisSamba but has revealed the defender will miss Saturday's visit of QPR due to injury. "We want to get Chris back on the pitch and make sure he's in the proper physical state," Kean said.

  67. 1624: 
    BOXING

    Heavyweight David Price will fight Sam Sexton for the British and Commonwealth titles vacated by Tyson Fury. Olympic bronze-medallist Price, 28, has a perfect 12-win record (10 KOs) and will be favourite against former Commonwealth champion Sexton.

  68. 1620: 
    FOOTBALL

    Brighton & Hove Albion striker Ashley Barnes tells BBC Sussex that he is thriving off the competition for places at the Championship club.

  69. 1616: 
    FOOTBALL

    George Elokobi tells BBC Radio Nottingham he is ready to play his part in Nottingham Forest's battle against relegation, following his loan move from Wolves.

  70. 1611: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Ryan Jones will replace the suspended Bradley Davies at lock when Wales face Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations in Cardiff on Sunday.

  71. 1607: 
    CAPELLO REACTION

    Tottenham and England player Jermain Defoe tells BBC Sport:

    "Everyone wants Harry to be the next England manager. I think, if you ask him, like he said before, he'll never turn round and say 'no I don't want the job', because it's such a big job to represent your country whether it's managing or as a player, it's special.

    "It's difficult because at the same time we don't want Harry Redknapp to leave Tottenham because of what he's achieved at the club.

    "It's a funny one for me, being English and playing for my country. What I would say is that he's a top manager and if he did get the England job, he'd do well."

  72. 1605: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Got an opinion on the resignation of Fabio Capello? Who do you think should be the next permanent England manager? Do England stand any chance of winning Euro 2012? Tell us here on Sportsday Live through Twitter with the hash-tag #bbcsportsday

  73. 1600: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Leeds Rhinos' Grand Final-winning coach Brian McDermott has called for a later start to the Super League campaign in future as the weather threatens to cause more early-season disruption. McDermott said: "If climate change means that every single winter is going to be under snow for a period of time, we need to look at when we start our competition because it's just madness. It's frustrating."

  74. 1555: 
    AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS

    Ghana have rallied to support team-mate Asamoah Gyan, after his penalty miss against Zambia in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final. The striker missed a vital spot-kick in the last-four tie, before Zambia's Isaac Chansa put the Chipolopolo into the final with the game's only goal.

  75. 1552: 
    COMING UP ON 5 LIVE

    Jonathan Overend presents a 5 live Sport special from 1900 GMT tonight asking "What now for the FA?" - David Davies, the former executive director of the Football Association, reflects on the impact of Fabio Capello's resignation as England manager, and looks ahead to who the FA should appoint next....joining Jonathan and David will be the former Chairman of the FA, Lord Triesman, Graham Taylor, David Pleat and Lee Dixon. From 9pm it's "An evening with the Murrays" Jonathan Overend sits down in conversation with Andy, his mum Judy and brother Jamie, to hear the story of one of the country's most successful sporting families.

  76. 1548: 
    CRICKET

    Scotland head coach Peter Steindl has agreed a three-year contract extension. The 41-year-old has been in charge since 2008 and his new contract will take him to December 2014.

  77. 1547: 
    TAEKWONDO

    World champion Sarah Stevenson's participation in the Olympics is in doubt after she underwent surgery yesterday to repair cruciate ligament damage sustained at a recent training camp in Mexico. The 28-year-old has until the end of May to prove her fitness when the Great Britain selectors will nominate their four-strong squad for the London Games.

  78. 1541: 
    ATHLETICS

    UK Athletics have appointed experienced sprint coach Mike McFarlane as assistant relay coach. The 51-year-old's new role will see him team up with UKA's Olympic coach LloydCowan, supporting the women's 4x100m squad in their preparations for this summer's London Games.

  79. 1537: 
    GET INVOLVED - CAPELLO REACTION

    Matt Wood on Twitter: "Pearce and Lancaster to both keep national jobs after interrim roles? Cant see anyone complaining if that happened! #bbcsportsday"

    Raghavt on Twitter: "Fergie is the man the FA needs.Only manager who can get the best out of the players. #bbcsportsday #FergieForEngland"

    Jason Brown on Twitter: "Redknapp says he hasn't thought about the England job.If that's true, he's the ONLY man in England who hasn't! #bbcsportsday"

    Martyr Heineken on Twitter: "Manager doesn't have to be British. Greece won the European Championship in 2004 with a German coach who did not speak Greek #bbcsportsday"

    Steven Brogarth on Twitter: "#bbcsportsday nobody is mentioning the name of only available top level manager with prem knowledge+experience. Rafa Benitez must be on list"

  80. 1532: 
    CAPELLO REACTION

    Lord Sugar told the BBC News channel: "If I was Harry Redknapp I wouldn't touch the job with a barge pole. It's a grave yard; a place where people last three to four years maximum."

  81. 1526: 
    CRICKET

    The MCC have reaffirmed their commitment to a scaled-down redevelopment of Lord's following a meeting of its committee on Wednesday. Plans to follow the committee's November decision to develop the club's freehold land only, and with its own resources, have taken a step forward following a revised \u00a3110m offer from property developers Almacantar. The offer - of which \u00a310m will be contributed towards supporting young cricketers - will see a residential development of 275,000 square feet on the club's leasehold land at the Wellington Road end of the ground.

  82. 1523: 
    FOOTBALL

    Colchester manager John Ward tells BBC Essex that he is not hopeful of Saturday's game at Walsall going ahead.

  83. 1519: 
    FOOTBALL

    Ipswich manager Paul Jewell tells BBC Radio Suffolk that he was happy to see Saturday's opponents Middlesbrough taken to extra-time in their FA Cup clash with Sunderland on Wednesday.

  84. 1515: 
    FOOTBALL

    MidfielderJack Colback is convinced Sunderland have nothing to fear as they prepare for their enticing double-header with Arsenal. He said: "It's a good opportunity for us. They come up to our place twice and I am sure they will be fearing us as much as we fear them. It should be a good game, the one on Saturday, and hopefully we can progress like we have been doing and keep on winning."

  85. 1512: 
    CAPELLO REACTION

    England's interim rugby coach Stuart Lancaster described Stuart Pearce as "exactly the right person" to take temporary charge of the national team.

    "He is the ideal person to step in because he understands the culture of the environment and when you understand the culture you have the chance to help shape it," Lancaster said.

    "It is a pretty unique situation where England football is at the moment. He is exactly the right person to step into an interim role.

    "The thing that will help him is that he understands the dynamic, he has been involved and he is respected by the players."

  86. 1510: 
    FOOTBALL

    Rangers manager Ally McCoist is waiting to hear whether Daniel Cousin is eligible to re-sign for the club. The Gabon international left FC Sapins in his homeland recently and McCoist is hopeful of being able to bring him to Ibrox in the near future

  87. 1504: 
    CAPELLO REACTION

    Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas insists that his club are not to blame for the chain of events which led to Fabio Capello's resignation as England boss.

    The club wrote to a district judge to ask for John Terry's trial on racial abuse charges to be delayed until after Euro 2012. The judge agreed, prompting the FA to remove Terry as captain for the tournament.

    "We had our preference of course, but I am not sure if it was that preference that made an impact on the court's decision to delay the case," Villas-Boad said.

    "Whatever the consequences of events that ran after, we had nothing to do with it."

  88. 1456: 
    BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

    Jonathan Overend hosts a 90-minute discussion with British tennis's first family as Andy, Jamie and Judy Murray on BBC Radio 5 live tonight from 2100 GMT. The programme will also be available as a podcast.

  89. 1451: 
    ENGLAND VACANCY

    Blackburn manager Steve Kean believes West Brom boss Roy Hodgson's should be considered alongside Harry Redknapp as a possible successor to Fabio Capello as England boss.

    "Harry's got all the people skills and how to deal with the players and a very good record, especially at Tottenham," he said.

    "I'd also say Roy Hodgson. Roy, when he was manager of our club, I think he was interviewed for the England job.

    "He's also managed national teams before and had experience of managing abroad so I also think he would be an excellent candidate."

  90. 1444: 
    ATHLETICS

    Mike McFarlane has been appointed as assistant relay coach to help Great Britain's women's 4x100m relay squad in their preparations for London 2012.

  91. 1442: 
    CAPELLO REACTION

    Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has said that he understands Fabio Capello's decision to quit the England job and has backed Harry Redknapp to succeed the Italian.

    "I admire Fabio in terms of standing by his principle if that is his stance," he said.

    "He must feel very strongly about it to walk away from a team that have qualified for the European Championships.

    "I think Harry should get it.

    "If ever there was a guy at the top of his game, it's Harry.

    "With all the stuff he has just gone through again, he must as tough as an old boot. It strikes me he has got everything needed to manage England."

  92. 1436: 
    FOOTBALL

    Newcastle midfielder Haris Vuckicis to join Championship side Cardiff The 19-year-old Slovenia Under-21 international is likely to be in the Bluebirds squad for Saturday's trip to Leicester.

  93. 1431: 
    FOOTBALL

    Nottingham Forest have signed Wolves left-back George Elokobion loan until the end of the season.

  94. 1427: 
    FORMULA 1

    The Bahrain Grand Prix should be cancelled for a second successive year according to a group of British politicians. Green Party leader Caroline Lucas and seven members of the House of Lords have written to the Times newspaper stating that "given the current dire situation, with daily street protests and the deaths of more civilians, we do not believe that the time is right for Formula One to return to Bahrain." The 2011 race is scheduled for 22 April.

  95.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Stephen Brogarth "Nobody is mentioning the name of only available top level manager with prem knowledge+experience. Rafa Benitez must be on list."

    Hussain Shah: "Bring in Fergie, as much as he hates the FA he can surely do it with great success."

    Dan Sanderson: "I haven't been excited about England since Terry Venables in 1996. Harry's the only man who'd produce national pride again."

    Join the debate onTwitter hashtag #bbcsportsday

  96. 1406: 
    CRICKET

    Pakistan captain Misbah ul-Haq has said that his side's one-day international against Afghanistan on Friday in Sharjah will help the opposition develop.

    "It is important for countries like Afghanistan to play a top team which will help them improve," he said. "We are going to play with our full strength team as they have some good players."

  97. 1400: 
    EURO 2012

    Two roads that are an important part of Euro 2012's transport infrastructure will not be finished in time for the tournament's start according to co-hosts Poland. "It gives me no satisfaction to say that we will most likely not be able to drive through the entire A1 and A4 highway for the Euros, as some stretches won't be ready," said transport minister Slawomir Nowak.

  98.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Daniel Gallagher: "I hope England beat Holland 8-0 and Stuart Pearce gets the job full time."

    Siphiwe Tshabalala: "The FA should try out Pep Guardiola since his future at Barcelona is undecided."

    Stuart Meyer: "The funny thing is, when Redknapp is appointed and we fail at Euro 2012 everyone will be calling for his head!"

    You can join the debate via the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  99.  

    Mark Cavendish:"Well, that's 2 wins from 2 contested sprints with @TeamSky. The lads were incredible at keeping me at the front of a hectic peloton."

  100. 1338: 
    GOLF

    Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy had seven birdies in his last 10 holes to finish the opening round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on six under par, only three behind Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello on Thursday.

  101. 1335: 
    CYCLING

    Tour de France green jersey winner Mark Cavendish secures his second stage win on the Tour of Qatar. Belgium's Tom Boonen retains the race leader's gold jersey with the sixth and final stage to come on Friday.

  102. 1329: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Ireland have made one change from the side that lost to Wales for their Six Nations clash with France on Saturday. Keith Earls returns at outside centre with Fergus McFadden dropping to the bench.

  103. 1321: 
    BBC 5 LIVE

    A 5 live Sport special, presented by Jonathan Overend, begins at 1900GMT tonight asking, "What now for the FA?" David Davies, the former executive director of the Football Association, reflects on the impact of Fabio Capello's resignation as England manager, and looks ahead to who the FA should appoint next.

    From 2100 GMT it is "An evening with the Murrays" as Jonathan sits down in conversation with Andy, his mum Judy and brother Jamie, to hear the story of one of the country's most successful sporting families.

  104. 1318: 
    CAPELLO REACTION

    Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas believes the Football Association will find it difficult to find a manager of Fabio Capello's quality after the Italian's resignation as England coach on Wednesday.

    "It surprised me, it will be difficult for the FA to find a manager of his CV it is one of the best in the world," said Villas-Boas.

    "It is a surprise and a pity to lose a figure of his standing."

    Villas-Boas also said he has not spoken to John Terry about the situation.

  105. 1310: 
    HORSE RACING

    Josh Gifford, the trainer who won the 1981 Grand National with Aldaniti, has died at the age of 70 after suffering a heart attack.

  106. 1307: 
    ENGLAND VACANCY

    England rugby union interim head coach Stuart Lancaster has welcomed Stuart Pearce's promotion to caretaker coach for the nation's football team. Lancaster says he knows Pearce "pretty well" and had a call from him last week, wishing him luck before England's Six Nations match with Scotland.

  107.  
    ENGLAND VACANCY

    Former England striker and MOTD presenter Gary Lineker: "Harry wants it. You can tell from his interview! 'Haven't thought about it'. 'Focused on Spurs'. Just a matter of time. [The FA] Saying tournament plans already in place. In other words 'will not be a problem for new man to be part time until the end of the season.' Reading between the lines 'we are going for Harry but need a shortlist to strengthen our negotiating position for contractual talks. "

  108. 1300: 
    FA PRESS CONFERENCE

    FA chairman David Bernstein was also asked if popular opinion from players and public would influence the appointment of a new England manager: "Of course it will. We want to make an appointment that the public are positive about and excites the fans but we can't be driven by that.

    "It goes without saying that if we only have one candidate then it will be very difficult with negotiations. We have to do it properly and get shortlist together, but we will certainly be including wishes of the fans, who are very important to us."

  109. 1255: 
    FA PRESS CONFERENCE

    More from FA chairman David Bernstein on under-21 coach Stuart Pearce, who has been promoted to take charge of the senior side for the friendly against the Netherlands on 29 February:

    "I want to commend Stuart Pearce. I spoke to him a little earlier and as you'd expect from Stuart his first thought was for his country and managing his country under any conditions at all.

    "He just said to me 'If you'd like me to do it - I'd want to do it'. I was really impressed with his attitude."

  110. 1253: 
    ENGLAND VACANCY

    Former England international Peter Reid on BBC Radio 5 live: "What's happened has happened, what we need to do now is get an Englishman in and that's that.

    "Football is a simple game and if you haven't got the ball you win it back. When they go on about sport psychology it's just a sexy word.

    "You have to get the tactics right and that is a given, but you have to keep those players bright and breezy, the mental alertness is just as important as the physical.

    "His record is fantastic but there is a difference between being a club manager and being an international tournament manager."

  111. 1252: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Simon Jones: "Anyone who is saying Pearce should take over didn't watch u21 euro's, passionate but tactically clueless."

    Ross Langworthy: "Has to be an English manager that's strong enough to ditch the old that failed, and trust the talented young players we have."

    Chris Davies: "Sir Trevor Brooking for England manager, he knows the English game better than anyone."

  112. 1241: 
    ENGLAND VACANCY

    Peter Shilton on the Football Association and Fabio Capello's departure: "I am not sure in this case that they have got it right this time with the timing."

    He added on the decision to remove the captaincy from John Terry: "I am a great believer in that you've got to prove a case first. If John Terry had been found guilty there would not have been an argument."

  113. 1235: 
    FA PRESS CONFERENCE

    FA chairman David Bernstein on Fabio Capello's reaction to the removal of John Terry as England captain: "This was a matter of circumstance and things happened very fast."

    "I do understand that he (Fabio) found it difficult. I did say to him when I spoke to him on the phone that I understood why he might have a problem with it."

  114.  

    Gary Lineker: "Hard to see beyond Harry. They are talking of drawing up a shortlist. I suspect it will be very short."

  115. 1233: 
    FA PRESS CONFERENCE

    FA chairman David Bernstein: "Popular opinion will matter. We want to make an appointment that the public are positive about but we can't be driven by that.

    "You have to do it professionally and with an open mind and you have to put a short list together, we also have to bear in mind the wishes of the supporters."

  116.  
    FA PRESS CONFERENCE

    FA chairman David Bernstein: "We've been working on a code of conduct for some time. We hope to have one in place within the next few months."

  117. 1226: 
    FA PRESS CONFERENCE

    FA chairman David Bernstein: "The new manager will not definitely be English, but there is a preference for an English or a British person. At the end we want the best person, but an English person would have a good start."

  118. 1229: 
    FA PRESS CONFERENCE

    FA chairman David Bernstein on Fabio Capello's time in charge: "It was certainly expensive but it was not a mistake and he did a lot of good for us.

    "The qualifications for the two tournaments were perfectly acceptable. Nobody is going to defend what happened in South Africa.

    "We performed quite well away from home under Fabio and we want to get that dominance at home that other good teams have."

  119. 1227: 
    FA PRESS CONFERENCE

    FA chairman David Bernstein: "A lot has happened in the past eight days and there is no need to rush anything but it will be dealt with in high priority."

  120. 1226: 
    FA PRESS CONFERENCE

    FA chairman David Bernstein: "It's very early days, it all happened less than 24 hours ago but the four of us will sit down to look at this issue very clearly.

    "It will get priority and we will move quickly to get all our ducks in a row on that front."

  121. 1223: 
    FA PRESS CONFERENCE

    FA chairman David Bernstein: "The backing of John Terry clearly wasn't helpful in the way it came across. The language thing has been okay - we got by perfectly well over the years."

  122.  
    FA PRESS CONFERENCE

    FA chairman David Bernstein on the decision to strip John Terry of the England captaincy: "I think we got it absolutely right.

    "The GFA board felt very clearly that going into the Euro with this overhanging was not something we wanted."

  123. 1225: 
    FA PRESS CONFERENCE

    FA general secretary Alex Horne said at the press conference: "Fabio felt that the best thing to do was resign. We thought the best thing to do was accept that position. There was no point having a manager who did not want to be in the job. It was the right decision to accept it [Fabio Capello's resignation].

  124. 1218: 
    FA PRESS CONFERENCE

    FA chairman David Bernstein: "I have worked in football for a long time and I know that the manager is the most important person but there are moments when the board has to step up to the plate.

    "We all believed the John Terry case would be dealt with in March or April and it took us by surprise that it was delayed.

    "We thought the best solution would be for the court to come to a decision and once that changed it changed the whole dynamic of the situation.

    "We could not go into a major tournament with that hanging over us."

  125. 1220: 
    FA PRESS CONFERENCE

    When asked if he had planned to sack Fabio Capello had the Italian not resigned, FA chairman David Bernstein said: "That didn't arise. We had a full and frank discussion and he came to that conclusion.

    "We were very open. It was a private conversation so I don't want to say too much. It was exhaustive."

  126. 1214: 
    FA PRESS CONFERENCE

    FA chairman David Bernstein on Fabio Capello's departure: "It's regrettable. Fabio has had a great record. We had a very frank meeting with Fabio which was very civilised and at the end he decided he had to go." Berstein added the Capello's comments to an Italian broadcaster on the England captaincy "caused conjecture and huge public debate and an unsatisfactory situation".

  127. 1217: 
    CAPELLO REACTION

    Former England coach Fabio Capello has released a statement dealing with his departure:

    "I would like to thank all players, staff and Football Association for the professionalism they have shown during my years as manager of the English National Team," it read.

    "A very special thanks to all the supporter: they've always supported the team and me in our job.

    "I wish all of them every success in achieving all their sporting goals."

  128. 1215: 
    FA PRESS CONFERENCE

    FA chairman David Bernstein: "I'm not going to get into any discussion on any individuals, We will do this as quickly as we sensibly can. It will be interesting to see who comes to us and we'll be putting together a shortlist."

  129. 1211: 
    FA PRESS CONFERENCE

    England under-21 coach Stuart Pearce is confirmed as manager for the senior side's friendly against Netherlands on 29 February.

  130. 1207: 
    FA PRESS CONFERENCE

    FA chairman David Bernstein: "Any reports of storming out are not true and a complete misrepresentation of fact. Fabio has had 100% support throughout his tenure here."

  131. 1205: 
    ENGLAND VACANCY

    Former Tottenham chairman Lord Alan Sugar tells BBC News: "If I was Harry Redknapp I wouldn't touch the [England] job with a bargepole. It's a graveyard. They are in a goldfish bowl."

  132. 1204: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Sean le Beauchamp: "I would like Nigel Adkins or Brendan Rogers. Both play the game the right way and use the strength of all the players!"

  133. 1200: 
    FOOTBALL

    The final of the Africa Cup of Nations has been delayed by 30 minutes because of "technical and logistical reasons". Sunday's match between Ivory Coast and Zambia in Libreville, Gabon will kick off at 2030 local time, 1930 GMT.

  134. 1155: 
    ENGLAND VACANCY

    Football Association chairman David Bernstein and the body's director of football development Trevor Brooking will speak at the media conference scheduled for 1200 GMT. They will be joined by Adrian Bevington, the managing director of Club England, and Alex Horne, the FA's general secretary.

  135. 1151: 
    ENGLAND VACANCY

    Football Supporters' Federation chairman Malcolm Clarke has told BBC Sport that the Football Association should take their time before appointing Fabio Capello's successor:

    "Redknapp appears to be the media choice but whether he's the choice of the people who sit down and look at exactly what's required remains to be seen.

    "I don't think you should appoint any job on the basis of a media clamour. I'm sure the FA will sit down and do that professionally.

    "I'm sure Redknapp has got certain qualities and has certainly had success at Tottenham, but there will be other candidates as well."

  136. 1148: 
    ENGLAND VACANCY

    Tottenham's players have begun their usual Thursday training session at 1100 GMT at their Chigwell, but manager Harry Redknapp was absent. The 64-year-old had told the club yesterday that he would probably not be taking training today as he wanted to rest after being cleared of tax evasion charges after a 13-day trial.

  137. 1142: 
    CAPELLO REACTION & ENGLAND VACANCY

    An FA press conference dealing with coach Fabio Capello's departure and the vacancy left behind will be streamed live on the BBC Sport website from midday, as well as being on the BBC News Channel.

  138.  

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Normal service resumed for Harry Redknapp this morning. Interviews conducted through rolled down car window."

  139. 1134: 
    CAPELLO REACTION

    Former Liverpool and England winger John Barnes believes that England's players need to take some of the blame for Fabio Capello's resignation.

    "Fabio Capello has been undermined," said Barnes.

    "When we qualified for the World Cup we were told Capello was the best manager in the world, and then two games into the tournament we're being told he's the worst manager in the world.

    "You can't let players dictate. If they're not happy with the manager, they have to go."

    Barnes has predicted that Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce will lead the team into Euro 2012 before Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp begins talks about taking over.

    "Harry will distance himself from the job until after the Euros and then he'll talk about it after that, I would think," he added.

    "Stuart Pearce could take them team for the Euros, that way they would go into it under no expectations at all.

    "If you do the job part-time who's to say you won't look more favourably on the players from your club than the ones from other clubs."

  140. 1124: 
    ENGLAND VACANCY

    Bolton manager Owen Coyle has backed Tottenham counterpart Harry Redknapp for the England job.

    "In my opinion, what England need is somebody to go in and get that spirit together, that camaraderie and to be a motivator," said the Scot.

    "Harry Redknapp ticks every box, and he also has fantastic football knowledge. When you put that all together, there is no doubt he is a complete package.

    "The difficulty with that is that he has done such a fantastic job with Tottenham Hotspur. I have no doubt - for me, he would be the perfect choice, but I think Tottenham might have something to say about that."

  141. 1123: 
    RUGBY UNION

    BBC chief sports writer Tom Fordyce: "This is sensible stewardship from Stuart Lancaster. While England were far from flawless against Scotland, their interim coach understands the values of consistency and confidence.

    "The Stadio Olimpico also represents a different kind of test: after the defensive shift against last weekend, this is the new-look team's chance to show what they can do with ball in hand. Team spirit and togetherness, not tinkering, are Lancaster's buzz words."

  142. 1118: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Charlotte Woods: "Where there's an opp for publicity, it's only a matter of time before we spot Mourinho - not a bad alternative...#bbcsportsday"

  143. 1113: 
    CYCLING

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport has banned 1997 Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich, 38, for two years and stripped him of his third-place finish in the 2005 race for blood doping. The German retired from racing in 2007.

  144. 1110: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Kevin Taylor: "Whoever gets the job Harry, Pep or Hodgson, first defeat and the tabloid knives will be out! Poison Chalice! #bbcsportsday"

  145. 1107: 
    ENGLAND VACANCY

    Former Scotland manager Craig Brown believes Harry Redknapp could manage England on a part-time basis - but only until Euro 2012.

    "It should be do-able up until the Euro championships in the summer," he said.

    "But not in the longer term.

    "It would not be ideal. It would devalue the job of national team manager."

  146. 1103: 

    Liam Ryder: "Redknapp would be crazy to leave Spurs now, should take England job after Euros! Pearce for euros, then mourinho to spurs! #bbcsportsday"

  147. 1102: 
    TENNIS

    Briton Anne Keothavong exits the Pattaya Open in Thailand after losing her second-round match to Sania Mirza, 6-4 7-5.

  148. 1056: 

    Harry Redknapp on England: "I was shocked. I was surprised. We knew he would leave in summer. I didn't expect it to happen now.

    "Tottenham have been fantastic. The fans were great in the Wigan game.

    "It wouldn't be right to focus on anything else other than Tottenham. That's my focus.

    "I never thought about it [the England job]. They [the FA] will make whatever decision they want to make and hopefully be right for the country."

  149. 1054: 
    CAPELLO REACTION

    Do you want to know how the media in Italy reacted to their countryman Fabio Capello's resignation as manager of England?

    Gazzetta dello Sport

    "Capello shock resignation - The Italian tactician has felt betrayed by the federation."

    Il Messaggero

    "Capello resigns from the England federation - Dispute with the federation regarding Terry racism."

    Corriere dello Sport

    "Capello resigns. The relationship is interrupted due to the Terry case. Rumours link him to Inter and Anzhi."

  150. 1048: 
    CAPELLO REACTION

    Juventus coach Antonio Conte believes Fabio Capello's resignation as manager will prove to be a "grave loss" for England.

    "I am saddened," Conte told www.tuttosport.com

    "I have great respect and admiration for Capello, a coach that has achieved important things. It's a grave loss for England."

  151. 1044: 
    CAPELLO RESIGNS

    If you get a minute or two, then have a read of BBC chief sports writer Tom Fordyce's views on Fabio Capello's reign as England manager.

    "At least Sven made World Cup quarter-finals. Capello's sole World Cup in charge was as chastening a campaign as qualification had been assured, a joyless trudge from disappointment to humiliation, and it left him fatally compromised for the remainder of his stewardship," says Fordyce.

  152. 1036: 
    ENGLAND VACANCY

    Here is more from Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who earlier ruled himself out of contention for the vacant England manager's position.

    "I am very, very happy here at Newcastle," said Pardew. "We are on a little project here that's going really well and I want to see it through.

    "The passion and everything about this place is why I want to stay here."

    He added: "I do hope it goes to an Englishman, just on a personal level.

    "I think that's important this time, and I really, really hope that Harry and Spurs and everybody sorts themselves out and can do it in a manner in which it works for everybody."

  153. 1033: 
    GET INVOLVED

    David Padmore: "Has everyone forgotten what happened last time we demanded an Englishman to be England manager? #bbcsportsday"

  154. 1027: 
    FOOTBALL

    Dundee United sign Polish goalkeeper Radoslav Cierzniak on a pre-contract.

  155. 1026: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Matt Lane: "Alan pardew has officially ruled himself out of the running for the England job? So have I but that isnt deemed newsworthy! #bbcsportsday"

    Gordon Rycroft: "Who has the experience to take England to Euro 2012? Only Hope Powell...#bbcsportsday"

    Sam Wilson: "Not fussed if the manager is English. If Redknapp doesn't want it, I'd rather have Mourinho or Hiddink than Pearce or Hodgson #bbcsportsday"

  156. 1020: 
    ENGLAND VACANCY

    BBC business editor Robert Peston spoke to the Tottenham manager a few weeks ago. During the interview, Redknapp said it would be difficult to turn down the England job.

    "It's a difficult one. You know I've said so many times it's the pinnacle for any Englishman to want to manage their country... I would like to see an English manager manage England. I would like to see that. When Fabio Capello finishes, I would like to see them give it to an Englishman," Redknapp told the BBC.

    "If it came along it would - it would - it would be difficult to turn it down I think for any Englishman."

  157. 1013: 
    SIX NATIONS

    France will be without scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili for their Six Nations home tie against Ireland on Saturday.

  158. 1012: 
    CAPELLO REACTION

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez said he was not surprised to hear of Capello's departure.

    "I don't think it was a real shock," said the Spaniard.

    "Fabio Capello, everywhere he has been, has been very supportive of his players.

    "You would expect that that wasn't an easy issue for him to accept.

    "It is a real shame, I did feel Fabio Capello was creating something special going into the Euros.

    "We are all aware of what happened in the World Cup and everyone tries to highlight that, but the reality is the England team has shown an incredible progression since Fabio Capello arrived.

  159. 1006: 
    CAPELLO REACTION

    You can have another listen to Spurs director Sir Keith Mills talking about Harry Redknapp's link to the England job on the Today website.

  160. 0956: 
    CAPELLO

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew rules himself out of the running for the England manager's job.

  161. 0949: 
    SIX NATIONS

    England coach Stuart Lancaster names an unchanged team for Saturday's game against Italy in Rome.

  162. 0936: 
    CRICKET

    Surrey and England pace bowler Chris Tremlett underwent a back operation in London on Wednesday. Tremlett was forced to return home early from England's tour of UAE last week after a scan revealed a bulging disc in his back.

  163. 0935: 
    CAPELLO

    There has been no contact between the FA and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp regarding the vacant England job.

  164. 0929: 
    CAPELLO REACTION

    Former Tottenham manager David Pleat on BBC Radio 5 live: "I think someone will be put in place until the end of the season and then deal with it from there.

    "I don't think Tottenham will let him [Redknapp] go during the season and I don't think he will want to go either, but that might change at the end of the season."

    "At his clubs, he hasn't spent a lot of money, he has brought a type of football that the public enjoy and I think that's important.

    "I don't think it's an option to do it on a part-time basis."

  165. 0925: 
    GET INVOLVED

    So what do you think of former England skipper Rio Ferdinand's tweet? He seems to suggest that there was an issue with communication when Italian Fabio Capello was in charge of England. Post your thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

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    Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand: "I think we need an English manager now, we don't need anything else lost in translation....Harry Redknapp would be my choice by a distance."

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    Manchester United striker Michael Owen: "Surely we will stick to an Englishman as our next manager. And that should run right through the squad from players to tea lady IMO."

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    BBC sports news correspondent Dan Roan: "The media circus begins to gather outside Wembley. FA presser at noon Live @BBCNews Channel @bbc5live @BBCSport Online"

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    CAPELLO

    So, the day after the night before. Fabio Capello has left his role as England coach and the search is on for his successor ahead of Euro 2012. The FA is holding a news conference 1200 GMT at which they are expected to provide more information on Capello's departure. We will bring you all the latest.

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    More support for David Beckham getting the job, a call for Ian Holloway to have the nod - for his press conferences alone - and another tweet comes in for Stuart Pearce. Get involved on the great England manager debate on Twitter - hastag #bbcsportsday.

    Tom Richardson: "Beckham a very good call; the nation wouldn't expect as much with such an inexperienced candidate. Less pressure on the squad #bbcsportsday"

    Shaun Pavey: "Ian Holloway please not got anything to prove let him have a go and imagine his press conferences be worth it just for them #bbcsportsday"

    Ryan: "Stuart Pearce as manager for me. A committed young manager, with the passion to inspire the squad. #bbcsportsday"

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    BBC Sport's Clare Balding on Twitter: "Interesting that Twitter is giving the England players a public voice on who they think should be next manager. Has this happened before?"

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    BBC Football's Ian Dennis on Twitter: "Goes without saying English FA press conf on @5Live and BBC website today from 12".

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    CRICKET

    New Zealand completed a 3-0 one-day international series whitewash against Zimbabwe with an emphatic 202-run victory in Napier.

    Brendon McCullum starred with the bat - making an 88-ball 119 as the hosts racked up 373 for eight from their 50 overs, before Zimbabwe were bundled out for just 171 in reply, with Brendan Taylor making 65.

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    CAPELLO REACTION

    Speaking during a visit to Sweden, Prime MinisterDavid Cameron said: "I am sorry to see Fabio go. I think he was a good coach and a good man. I don't think he was right about the John Terry issue. You can't be captain with that question mark that needs to be answered.

    "England now needs a new coach and a new captain and I hope we can get on with that and make the best of the opportunity this summer.

    Asked if Redknapp should take over, he said: "The day when the Prime Minister picks the England coach will be a very bad day for football but I am sure we will find someone really good and I am sure that we will play well when the time comes."

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    FOOTBALL

    Bayern Munich have signed Switzerland forward Xherdan Shaqiri, 20, from FC Basel on a four-year contract commencing this summer.

    "Xherdan will strengthen our team from next season with his football intelligence and dribbling", said Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes.

    "I have been watching him for some time and I am convinced he can become an important player for the club."

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    More tweets to #bbcsportsday that grabbed our attention - what about a referendum for the England manager's job? Dreams of what Jose Mourinho could do for England, and could Stuart Pearce's Great Britain Olympics role come under threat if his involvement with the national side was ramped up? Have your say!

    Andy Young: "I think there should be a nationwide vote, all stadiums become polling stations. We do live in a democracy after all?? #bbcsportsday"

    Johnny Huynh: "I would love to see Jose Mourinho as England Manager! Whip them all into shape. Once he wins La Liga, sign him! #bbcsportsday"

    T9JVC: "If Stuart Pearce becomes involved whether that be manager or otherwise at the Euro's what does that mean for his Team GB role? #bbcsportsday"

  177. 0832: 
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    England strikers past and present have joined the clamour for for Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp to succeed Fabio Capello as manager. Wayne Rooney, Gary Lineker and Alan Shearerare among those already claiming the England crown is a natural fit for the Spurs boss - read more throughout the day on the BBC Sport website and here on BBC Sportsday.

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    Former England manager Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5live: "What I will say about Harry Redknapp [which is to his advantage] is his age [64]. I hoped the offer for the England job came later in my years and not when I was in my mid-40s. It's better if it comes towards the end of you career. Harry also has a very good relationship with players."

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    BBC Radio 5live commentator Mike Ingham: "The country is setting the agenda and all roads lead to Harry Redknapp. The problem is that there will be little room for manoeuvre if he does not want it."

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    Reflections on a crazy 24-hours for Harry Redknapp, another shout for a Stuart Pearce/Harry Redknapp dream team and criticism of Fabio Capello's management style. Have your say on Twitter - please remember to add the hashtag #bbsportsday to your posts.

    Safwaan Nawat: "How things have changed for Redknapp in a day being cleared of any charges and now a strong candidate for the England job! #bbcsportsday"

    Josh Riding: "Stuart Pearce to take charge until end of the season then Redknapp to take charge full time, with the Special One as Spurs manager #bbcsportsday"

    Ben Micklethwaite: "Everything considered, for me, Capello was the worst England manager ever. Just didn't feel right and he never seemed content #bbcsportsday"

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    Former executive director of the FA, David Davies, on BBC Breakfast added: "I believe you should have best person for the job. [Apart from Redknapp] I think Roy Hodgson and Sam Allardyce may be considered.

    "Some will talk about the special person in Madrid [Jose Mourinho]. I'd also love a Frenchman at Arsenal [Arsene Wenger] and a Scot at Manchester United [Sir Alex Ferguson] to be considered."

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    BBC Sports' Dan Roan on Twitter: "Back at Wembley for live updates on the fallout from y'day & FA press conference at noon on The @BBCNews Channel @bbc5live @BBCSport Online".

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    Harry Redknapp taking the England manager's job on a part-time basis would "not be ideal", Tottenham non-executive director Sir Keith Mills has told Radio Four's Today programme.

    He said: "That would not be an ideal scenario because a football manager needs to focus on the job in hand.

    "Harry will be focused on the Newcastle game this Saturday. Managers and players are very single-minded people and two jobs would be quite a stretch for anyone."

    "He has a long-term contract at the club and we would very much like him to stay. The board and the supporters have been very supportive of Harry throughout his trial, the fans were chanting his name at Wigan and it was very emotional."

  184. 0801: 
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    Former FA Chief executive Mark Palios on BBC Radio 5 live: "This had got out of hand. Maybe the FA needs to look at things and see how things were communicated. I'm also disappointed Capello resigned. As a professional I'd hoped he would take the team through the tournament."

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    Worcestershire have re-signed England's Test nemesis, Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal, for part of the 2012 season.

    Ajmal is Worcestershire's second overseas player for the Friends Life T20 campaign and will join Australian Test batsman Phil Hughes, who is signed for the entire 2012 season.

    The 33-year-old said: "I really enjoyed my time at New Road in 2011 and look forward to returning this summer to help inspire the club to Twenty20 success."

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    Calls for a part-time England manager, Jose Mourinho for Tottenham and even a shout for David Beckham to throw his hat into the ring for the big job. What's your view on the England manager's position, and the potential ripple effect in world football? Have your say on Twitter - use the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Stuart Barrow: "Can't England be managed on a P/T basis?! #bbcsportsday #THFC".

    Neelam Khan said on Twitter: "It would be great to have mourinho come back to the PL so redknapp should be #England manager & mourinho should manage spurs #bbcsportsday".

    Toby Leveson said on Twitter: "Why is David Beckham not getting a mention? Great captain, strong leader, knows most players, and he's free in the summer! #bbcsportsday".

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    Former executive director of the FA David Davies on BBC Breakfast: "I think it was inevitable he was going to go.

    "I thought that the longer this [Wednesday's meeting] went on without an announcement, I thought this was the end.

    "Managers have gone for non-footballing reasons. It is right that Capello resigned, but if he wasn't prepared to step down there would have been no other outcome."

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    Tottenham Hotspur non-executive director Sir Keith Mills tells Radio Four's Today programme it is "not a foregone conclusion" that Harry Redknapp will replace Fabio Capello as England manager.

    Sir Keith said: "It is not a foregone conclusion that he will be approached. He loves this club and we're in the top three of the biggest league in the world. It would be a tough decision but it's hypothetical at the moment.

    "I am not surprised [he has been linked with the job] as he is an extraordinary manager and he has done great things at this club. Our position is clear - we want him to stay, the fans want him to stay and we hope he does stay."

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    Should we evoke the spirit of Euro 96 (but didn't we lose that one?), are the FA at fault for Fabio Capello resigning, and should Stuart Pearce be given his chance? Have your say on twitter and add the hashtag #bbcsportsday to your tweets.

    John Dalby said on Twitter: "Interim dream team of El-Tel and Psycho before 'Arry takes over after England win the Euros #bbcsportsday #eng #spiritof96".

    Simon J Garrett said on Twitter: "#bbcsportsday #England Manager Pathetic FA pushed Capello into a corner because he answered a question honestly. Sack the board."

    Mark Lockett said on Twitter: "Wants to see Stuart Pearce as England Manager. Why is he not getting mentioned? He has the heart of three lions #bbcsportsday".

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    BBC Football pundit Garth Crooks on BBC One's Breakfast: "You run the risk of having a foreign coach. I've never known an executive decision to be made and for the employee not to follow it. If Fabio Capello was going to treat the FA decision with such contempt, then I'm not disappointed [he's left]. Good riddance. He did not toe the party line."

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    Fears over Tottenham's season collapsing, chatter about Jose Mourinho returning and even a shout for Arsene Wenger to have the job. It's the great England football debate - get involved on Twitter and use the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    ScottyS23 said on Twitter: "Tottenham's season could be ruined thanks to Terry, the FA and Capello! #bbcsportsday".

    Jason Wakeling said on Twitter: "Harry to job share till after Euros? Mourinho to come back to England but not to a Premiership team? Place yer bets #bbcsportsday".

    Seb Adamson said on Twitter: "The only way I can get remotely excited about #ENG future is if Arsene Wenger if Arsene Wenger replaces #Capello #bbcsportsday".

  192. 0720: 
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    Mark Ryan, Fabio Capello's biographer on BBC Breakfast: "My understanding is Fabio went into the meeting without any advisers or legal team. He didn't think it was a make-or-break meeting about his future. He was left with the fact that he didn't feel particularly wanted, and he had to resign.

    "I'm hearing he didn't want to resign and would only do so if backed into a corner. I'm reminded of the old Italian phrase it takes two to make a marriage. Only one wanted to make that marriage."

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    Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers has signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract and set his objective as keeping the Welsh club in the league for its duration.

    The Northern Irishman, 39, said: "I'm delighted to sign the new deal. I very much appreciate what Swansea as a city, a club and supporters have given me and my family over the last 19 months, so signing the new contract was one of the easiest decisions of my life."

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    Reaction already pouring in to Fabio Capello leaving as England manager. Get involved on Twitter and add the hastag #bbcsportsday to your tweets.

    Adam Hughes said on Twitter: "So Capello has resigned, I don't think 'arry will go there b4 end of season. My money is on a 5 month deal for the euros. Hiddink for me".

    Kunle Ogunmodede said on Twitter: "#bbcsportsday the in-coming Manager has a job to manage the looming crisis in English squad dispassionately if he want to succeed".

    Jordan Rankine said on Twitter: "Mourinho will snap up Tottenham quicker than you can say 'treble' if harry leaves for England post! #bbcsportsday".

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    Fabio Capello's gone and everyone's clamouring for Harry Redknapp. So many big questions to ask. Is he the right man for the job? Who else should be considered to take over? And what would you change if you had the top job in English football? Let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday and we'll publish the best ones throughout the day.

  196. 0700: 
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    Good morning and welcome to a special Sportsday Live on Thursday, 9 February. Yes, we've kicked off an hour early on a critical day for all England football fans. We start with three tales from a gossip column dominated by Fabio Capello quitting as England manager.

    Tottenham are braced for an approach from England for Harry Redknapp but are desperate to hang on to their manager until end of the season. (Goal.com)

    Arrivederci! Capello quits as England boss after meeting with FA. (Daily Mail)

    Fabio Capello resigns as England manager (Daily Telegraph)

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