Sportsday: Wednesday, 11 September as it happened

Giovanni Trapattoni leaves Republic of Ireland job, county cricket updates, Raikkonen confirmed at Ferrari.

11 September 2013 Last updated at 18:46

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  1. 1845: 

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  2. 1840: 

    The Football Association is "disappointed" with Stuart Pearce's criticism of players attitudes towards England Under-21s.

    The ex-boss accused Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Phil Jones of "apathy" for not playing in the European Championship over the summer.

    "The FA are disappointed with the comments of Stuart Pearce with regard to squad selection this summer," a statement read.

    "Squads were selected for the summer tournaments and decided upon by the coaching staff, including Stuart Pearce. The players were then advised accordingly which squads they were in. It is unfair to criticise individual players."

  3. 1832: 
    Matthew Hoggard

    Leicestershire captain Matthew Hoggard says he has already shed tears over his decision to retire this month.

    The former England player, 36, tells BBC East Midlands Today that he has not lost his love for the game but says bowling is getting harder and harder and he needs to listen to his body.


    Nathan Gent: England fans need to realise the team we have isn't good enough to win a World Cup and won't be for some time.

    Russell Reynolds: #Hodgson played his teams the same way at Fulham, West Brom, and Liverpool. Not surprised by lack of creativity and passing.

  5. 1821: 

    Cheshire beat Cambridgeshire by 129 runs to win their first Minor Counties Cricket Championship in six years.

    Cheshire captain Daniel Woods declared on 303-5 during the morning session of the fourth and final day, setting Cambridgeshire 382 for victory.

    Paul McMahon's men look beaten at 204-9, but Lewis Bruce and Samuel Rippington proved to be an obstinate 10th-wicket stand as the light faded before their partnership was ended.

  6. 1812: 

    Irish businessman Denis O'Brien will continue to part-fund the Republic of Ireland's manager's salary.

    O'Brien helped to pay Giovanni Trapattoni's wages for his five-and-a-half-year reign.

    "Denis O'Brien has confirmed that he will continue to stick with this project for the next two years at least," FAI chief executive John Delaney told Irish state broadcaster RTE. "We have the firepower to go to the market to try and get ourselves a manager."


    Tony Hall: I agree with lineker last night was poor, RH seems to be copying the tactics he used at Liverpool, we all know how that ended.

    Chris Dales: Remember Hodgson's West Brom playing sublime football? Me neither. We need to accept that functional is as good as it gets.

    Aidan Williams: Don't see what the fuss is about @GaryLineker's comments. Made fair points and praised the team. He's entitled to his own views.

  8. 1802: 

    Salford say they have completed the paperwork for the signing of Rangi Chase from Castleford Tigers.

    The stand-off's move to Hull FC fell through a year ago after difficulty in getting a new visa.

    But the club who are changing their name next season said in a statement: "Salford Red Devils can confirm that New Zealand-born England international Rangi Chase has had his application for a visa approved by the UK Border Agency."


    John: Love Gary but how can he [Hodgson] be doing a good job if his team cannot pass the ball - let alone use the pitch width?

    Chris Ward: Michael Carrick can hold and pass a ball yet doesn't get a look in. He is much needed in the current team.

    Joshua Heslop: The lack of great, technically gifted England players coming through is our biggest problem.

  10. 1753: 

    Rain has interrupted the third one-day international between England and Australia after 15.1 overs at Edgbaston.

    In the play that was possible, England slipped to 59-3, with Michael Carberry, Kevin Pietersen and Joe Root all out.

    Play has to resume by approximately 2030 BST for there to be enough time for a result.

  11. 1749: 

    Dutch rider Bauke Mollema wins stage 17 of the Vuelta a Espana, but Vincenzo Nibali retains the overall lead.

    The relative times of the top four in the general classification were unchanged, with Italy's Nibali leading American Chris Horner by 28 seconds.

    Ireland's Nicolas Roche moves up from sixth to fifth place after finishing 10th in Wednesday's stage, but trails Nibali by three minutes and 43 seconds.

  12. 1745: 
    Younis Khan

    Younis Khan scores an unbeaten 52 as Pakistan cut Zimbabwe's lead to 131 after day two in Harare.

    Pakistan are on 163-3 following Younis's unbroken 67-run stand with captain Misbah-ul-Haq (27 no).

  13. 1741: 

    Irish Football Association chief executive Patrick Nelson is confident Windsor Park will be rebuilt on time and to budget, despite concerns over the governance of the IFA.

    On Tuesday, Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin said she will not provide £26m funding for the redevelopment until the IFA has "appropriate governance".

    Nelson says: "I'm confident we'll be able to get to a place where DCAL are happy and we're happy."

  14. 1737: 
    Chris Burke

    Derby County still want Birmingham City winger Chris Burke.

    The Rams had been looking at the 29-year-old Scotland international over the summer before Blues took up a one-year option in his contract.

    "Chris is one we have talked about, certainly," said Rams boss Nigel Clough.

    "But it depends on player availability and all sorts of other things. We have already made some enquiries this week so we have a couple of people thinking about things and a couple of clubs have said they want to hang on and see what happens so we have to be patient."

  15. 1734: 

    Surrey end day one of their Division One match with Somerset on 195-8

    BBC London's Mark Church: "A fascinating opening day at Taunton that saw Somerset's bowlers take a grip on proceedings but then Surrey staged a late fightback from Gareth Batty and Stuart Meaker with the bat.

    "After winning the toss and batting first Surrey had been reduced to 130-7 after tea with Craig Meschede the pick of the bowlers with three wickets. But Batty and Meaker then put on 64 for the 8th wicket until Batty fell just before the new ball was taken for 39.

    "When bad light and rain brought an early end to proceedings Surrey were 195-8 with Meaker unbeaten on 30. First priority tomorrow for Surrey will be 200 and a first batting point and then as many more runs as possible before their bowlers go to work with the ball."

  16. 1732: 

    Sussex end day one of their Division One match with Yorkshire on 276-9.

    BBC Sussex's Kevin Smith: "This was a day which Yorkshire will feel they shaded after electing to bowl first, yet, still an element of disappointment that they weren't able to dismiss Sussex for around 200.

    "There was a distinct lack of application amongst the top Sussex order as they slipped to 137-6, but a stand of 74 between Ben Brown and Steve Magoffin allowed them to recover close to what appears to be a par score.

    "Yorkshire's bowlers were steady throughout, with Ryan Sidebottom taking 3-44."


    Former England striker Gary Lineker's comments [see 1641 BST entry] have got you talking. Lineker has backed national manager Roy Hodgson in the wake of England's uninspiring goalless draw away to Ukraine on Tuesday, but has criticised the team's passing during the World Cup qualifier in Kiev. Is Lineker right? Tweet #bbcsportsday

    Josh Carter: Gary Lineker should stop criticising and start supporting the team. Never heard anyone so critical of the team.

    David Robinson: I agree with Lineker that Michael Carrick should be in the England team, but he isn't their best passer - that's Steven Gerrard.

    Austin Nkem: It's easy to criticise from outside. Lineker should try his hand at coaching and see how easy it is. England are not Spain.

  18. 1721: 

    James Vince plunders his third County Championship century of the season as Hampshire have the better of the opening day against Worcestershire at New Road.

    Coming in at 23-2, after two early strikes from Alan Richardson, Vince made an unbeaten 106 out of the visitors' promising total of 197-3 before weather ended play for the day.

  19. 1719: 

    Owais Shah makes an unbeaten 83 as Essex close on 186-4 on a rain-hit opening day against Kent.

  20. 1716: 

    Republic of Ireland striker Paddy Madden: Was a honour to get the chance to work with trapattoni :) Very thankful to him for giving me opportunity to get my first senior cap :)

    Midfielder David Meyler: I'd like to say thank you to Mr.Trapattoni and all his staff for giving me my first cap. Enjoyed every moment of it. #COYBIG

    Midfielder Jeff Hendrick: I'm thankful to Trapattoni for giving me a few senior international caps and have enjoyed been part of his squad and working with him

    Striker Cillian Sheridan: Good man The Trap. Brief as it was, proud to have been managed by one of footballs most successful mangers!

  21. 1713: 
    Landon Donovan

    USA midfielder Landon Donovan says he is proud of the team's World Cup qualification, after they secured their passage to Brazil with a 2-0 victory over Mexico in the early hours of this morning.

    Donovan earned his 153rd cap in the match, and scored the USA's second goal. He returned to football in March after a self-imposed sabbatical, during which he missed several World Cup qualifying matches.

    "Obviously, the bulk of the credit goes to the guys who have put in so much work. But it's really fun to be a part of it. This certainly never gets old," Donovan said.

    If the 31-year-old LA Galaxy player travels to Brazil it will be the fourth World Cup of his career.


    Is Gary Lineker right to be concerned about England's passing? Is he right to back Roy Hodgson? Tweet #bbcsportsday

    Alan Simon: Lineker's being diplomatic now but he said what many feel, that Hodgson's England are boring and lack imagination.

    Jason Hancock: Gary is right, but does not say why? These players are perfectly capable of passing for their clubs.

    Alex Rousseau: England won't be at the business end of tournaments until kids are developed properly. That takes time.

  23. 1702: 
    Borna Coric

    Croatia teenager Borna Coric admits he cannot beat Andy Murray unless the Scot is injured if they meet in the Davis Cup.

    The 16-year-old US Open boys' champion could face Great Britain's Murray in a single's match Umag for a World Group play-off.

    "I don't think I can win - only if he injures himself," Coric says. "I haven't played a five-set match, so if I'm playing it's going to be tough."

  24. 1657: 

    Nottinghamshire end day one of their Division One match with Middlesex on 161-2.

    BBC London's Kevin Hand: "It was a slow first day as Nottinghamshire's batsmen resisted the overcast conditions that Middlesex hoped would aide their bowlers when winning the toss.

    "Only 161 runs were registered in the 70 overs that were possible but the hosts would have expected more than the two wickets they claimed.

    "With the new ball available not long into the second day there is still a chance of a clatter of wickets. But the visitors will hope to plod on to put scoreboard pressure on when they take the field."

  25. 1656: 

    Derbyshire frustrate Division One leaders Durham on a rain-shortened first day at the County Ground, finishing on 99-1.

    Chris Rushworth bowled Ben Slater for 13 as Derbyshire's first wicket fell with 13 on the board.

    But any hopes the visitors had of more wickets were cut short as Paul Borrington (30 not out) and Wayne Madsen (32 not out) put on 66.

  26. 1653: 
    Paul Horton

    Openers Paul Horton and Luis Reece help Lancashire reach 92-0 against Leicestershire before rain halts play on day one at Old Trafford.

    Horton (42 not out) and Reece (31 not out) gave the hosts a solid start before bad weather set in with the match only 21 overs old.

    If Lancashire win and collect 19 points from the match they will confirm their promotion to Division One.

  27. 1652: 

    Guernsey's Les Nicolles Prison has had its football team entered into the island's Sunday Soccer League.

    The Prison Lions FC team consists of inmates and prison officers and will play all their games at home.

    "They're really buzzing about it. It's a good vibe for the prison," David White, the physical educator at Guernsey Prison, says. "I's their 90 minutes of freedom."

  28. 1648: 
    Marco Tardelli

    "That's life," Marco Tardelli said as he left his post as Republic of Ireland assistant boss.

    The former Italy striker, who left his post along with boss Giovanni Trapattoni by mutual consent, tells the Irish Independent: "We had nearly six years in the job and it was a great time. Right now I'd like a month off,"


    What do you think of Match of the Day host Gary Lineker's comments that England boss Roy Hodgson is doing a good job but their inability to pass the ball is a major concern?

    Let us know using #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  30. 1644: 

    Scottish Championship side Dundee sign former Celtic and Hearts striker Craig Beattie on a one-year deal.

    The 29-year-old left Barnet in the summer following their relegation to the Conference.

    "There has been a lot of doubters about Craig recently but I really believe in the player," manager John Brown told Dundee's website.

    "A fit Craig Beattie will cause havoc for our opponents throughout the season."

  31. 1641:  
    Gary Lineker, BBC SportFOOTBALL
    England manager Roy Hodgson

    Former England striker Gary Lineker backs national manager Roy Hodgson after Tuesday's goalless draw against Ukraine. Lineker had tweeted during the World Cup qualifier in Kiev: "We're seeing a lot of one touch football. England have a touch. Ukraine have a touch. England have a touch. We're on the precipice here. Keep the ball."

    But the former Tottenham and Everton player followed up those remarks by making it clear on Wednesday he is fully supportive of Hodgson. He tweeted: "Had lots of requests re England from the press. Best done here so here you go: Decent result from a team missing a few key players. My only criticism, but it's a crucial one, was the inability to pass the ball accurately.

    "Effort, defence, tactics, spirit, all sound. Roy Hodgson can't be blamed for some of England's finest having a bad night. With injured players returning his options will be greater. He may play [Michael] Carrick as he's the only natural holding player we have, as well as our best passer. But who to leave out? Age old dilemma. Finally, I'd like to make it clear that I'm fully supportive of Roy and think he's doing a good job. Onwards."

  32. 1639: 

    Melissa Reid warms up for Friday's World Triathlon Championships with victory in the World Aquathlon event at Hyde Park.

    The 22-year-old para-triathlete led after the swim and put in a strong showing on the run to finish in a time of 40 minutes and 15 secondds.

    "There's not as many competitors in the aquathlon so I used it as a training run," she tells BBC South West Sport. "It helps to race the course and being able to pull away in the run was nice."

  33. 1628: 

    Wakefield terminate their dual-registration partnership with Doncaster after a row between their head coaches.

    Doncaster boss Tony Miller claimed that Wakefield counterpart Richard Agar "wanted to pick the team for me" after a Championship play-off defeat by Dewsbury.

    "This is a ludicrous comment," Agar told the club's official website. "At no stage did I ever try and pick his team.

    "The underlying issue here is that they are sour because we pulled back Kyle Trout and Liam Kay to play for us on Sunday in what they described as a meaningless game."

  34. 1624: 
    Simon Cox

    Republic of Ireland international Simon Cox: I would like to thank Mr Trapattoni for the chance to play international football. It's a shame we couldn't get what we all wanted, qualification. Now lets wait and see who the @FAIreland give the job to.

  35. 1622: 
    Fernando Alonso

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso says he welcomes Kimi Raikkonen's return to the team, after it was announced that the Finn will take over from Felipe Massa next season.

    "I'd like to welcome my new travelling companion," Alonso said in remarks posted on the Ferrari website. "Together, starting next year, we will have to tackle a very demanding technical and racing challenge."

    The Spaniard, who came second in the Italian Grand Prix last weekend, also had some words of gratitude for Massa, his team-mate since 2010. "I want to thank Felipe for all the support he has given me and the team during this journey we have made together over all these years," Alonso said.

    "It will not be easy to say goodbye to a team-mate like him."

  36. 1618: 

    Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul resigns after their World Cup dream was ended by a 2-0 loss to Cape Verde Islands over the weekend.

    They only needed a draw to reach the play-offs.

  37. 1617: 

    European Rugby Cup has discussed the breakaway European cup announced by English and French clubs.

    ERC says that that all stakeholders - including representatives of the French and English clubs - are committed to making a new agreement on the future of the European competitions which in effect could save the Heineken Cup.

    But crucially, ERC says that the current points of difference - including the share of central revenues, qualification and season dates - would all be discussed, which is what the English clubs have been calling for since June last year.

  38. 1612: 

    BBC Radio Lancashire's Andy Bayes: Blackburn Rovers midfielder David Dunn will miss Saturday's visit to Burnley after having minor knee surgery.


    You can have your say on Kimi Raikkonen coming back to Ferrari on the bottom of Andrew Benson's piece.

    Robokopthe3rd says: I think this is exactly what Alonso needs (though he may disagree). FA is a great driver, but needs competition in his team to make him sharper in qualifying and racing, otherwise he will become more dull (in racing achievements).

    F1neutral says: One has to feel sorry for Alonso. He has been the best driver, by some distance, over the past few years... and his underperforming team have just given him more to contend with.

  40. 1606: 

    "Never go back to an old love, they say

    "Yet that is what Ferrari have done in signing Kimi Raikkonen to partner Fernando Alonso for the 2014 Formula 1 season," our chief F1 writer Andrew Benson says.

    "For those on the outside, it is an enticing prospect. Two of the four men recognised as the best drivers in the world - the others being Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel - will be in the same team."

  41. 1605: 

    An independent tribunal hearing match-fixing charges against Stephen Lee ends with the tribunal chairman reserving judgment until a later date.

    Former world number five Lee denies the allegations which relate to tournaments in 2008 and 2009. If found guilty, the 38-year-old could be given a lengthy ban.

  42. 1559: 
    Jessica Ennis_hill

    Jessica Ennis-Hill hopes to return for the indoor season at the start of 2014 after missing the World Championships with an Achilles injury.

    "The rehab's going well and I'm just building back into training. I think I'm on course, it's just taking a little bit of time after backing off training and allowing it to heal," she says.

    "I'm having to take it as it comes at the moment, but my plan is to come back for the indoor season next year. I hope to do an indoor season."


    Who should be the next Republic of Ireland manager? Tweet #bbcsportsday

    Harry Browne: Ireland's next manager? Needs to be knowledgeable and young. Plus they need to be Irish this time. Chris Hughton? Roy Keane?

    Steenkash: The RoI were lucky to get in a manager like Trapattoni, the new candidates are going to do no better.

    Russell Reynolds: Trapattoni failed horribly at Euro 2012, showed he was tactically inept and didn't realise the talent available to him.

  44. 1551: 

    "Winning the Premiership title in 2011-12 elevated Quins to the top tier of English rugby and every team will automatically, albeit subconsciously, raise their game - the Quins players have to be able to match that throughout a season."

    Read Jeremy Guscott's Q&A on the BBC Sport website.

  45. 1545:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCOMING UP

    Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter and the Sun's Shaun Custis join Mark Pougatch from 1900 BST on BBC Radio 5 live sport to discuss the fallout from Tuesday's World Cup qualifiers and what the future holds for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

  46. 1544: 
    Jack Wilshere

    England boss Roy Hodgson says Jack Wilshere's lack of match fitness was the reason for a disappointing personal performance in the 0-0 draw in Ukraine.

    The Arsenal midfielder did not have a full pre-season campaign after two injury-hit seasons.

    "Jack is still looking for full fitness," says Hodgson. "That is why we took him off in the second half.

    "We certainly saw a much more effective Jack against Moldova, but he still did his work against Ukraine and, tactically, did all the things I asked of him."

  47. 1541: 

    "Many would argue Trapattoni fulfilled his job spec, and the man himself is adamant he leaves the Republic in much better shape than he found them."

    BBC Sport Northern Ireland's Thomas Niblock looks at Giovanni Trapattoni's reign as Republic boss.

  48. 1538: 

    County Championship Division One, Taunton - day one.

    Somerset v Surrey (125-6)

    BBC Radio Somerset's Anthony Gibson: "An absorbing afternoon's cricket, in which only 63 runs were scored in 33 overs, as Somerset's bowlers probed and Surrey's batsmen dug in.

    "Hard to say what a decent score would be on a pitch offering something to both seam and spin, but Somerset will be much the happier of the two sides at this stage."

  49. 1536: 

    County Championship Division One, Hove - day one.

    Sussex (237-7) v Yorkshire

    BBC Sussex's Kevin Smith: "Yorkshire's dominance in this match has been diluted following a recovery of sorts.

    "When Matt Prior was removed for 23, Sussex were 137-6, however, Ben Brown and Steve Magoffin have added 73 so far and shown the earlier batsmen what is possible given some application.

    "Brown has reached a very good fifty, his first in the championship since May, capitalising after being dropped by Lyth when on 14.

    "Yorkshire remain on top but if Sussex can somehow muster around 300, that will represent what is probably a par score and leave the visitors feeling frustrated."

  50. 1535: 

    County Championship Division One, Lord's - day one.

    Middlesex v Nottinghamshire (153-1)

    BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle: "Nottinghamshire added 80 runs without losing a wicket during the afternoon session, to reach tea on 153 for one against Middlesex at Lord's.

    "Steven Mullaney's resurgence as an opening batsman continues, having moved on to 82 not out.

    "With a recent century at The Oval under his belt, he is only 18 away from completing a 'London double' this season, but should have been stumped on 72 after venturing down the wicket against Ollie Rayner.

    "Michael Lumb has moved to an unflustered 52, with Notts well poised for a huge first innings score."

  51. 1534: 

    Chris Coleman should keep his job at Wales boss for the Euro 2016 qualifiers, believes former international striker Ian Rush.

    "You have to back him. In the modern game, people can be guilty of looking for instant success, and success sometimes does not happen," the ex-Liverpool player says.

    "But who is going to do it instead of Chris, if they want someone Welsh in charge? Give him another two years and see what he can do. It starts from now, if we are serious about doing something for Euro 2016."

  52. 1531: 
    Dean Powell

    Frank Warren, Joe Calzaghe, Lennox Lewis and Anthony Ogogo pay tribute to boxing trainer Dean Powell, who has died at the age of 46.

    Powell spent 25 years in boxing as a trainer, cornerman and matchmaker.

  53. 1526: 

    Former Republic of Ireland left-back Ian Harte: Delighted to hear the news.. #Comeonyouboysingreen #trappout

    Bournemouth defender Harte, 36, has previously said departed Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni did not know he was Irish. The former Leeds player won 63 caps for his country but was never named in a squad under the Italian.

  54. 1521: 

    England are expected to drop plans to bid for the Euro 2020 final and semi-finals at Wembley after confirmation that Istanbul wants to host the climax of the tournament.

    The Football Association, according to Press Association Sport, will however proceed with a bid to stage group games and a quarter-final. Istanbul announced the move after the Turkish city lost out in its bid for the 2020 Olympics.

    Uefa announced in January that Euro 2020 would be held in 13 cities, with the semi-finals and final played at the same stadium.

  55. 1517: 
    Melissa Hyndman, Celtic Dragons coach

    Is this the Alex Ferguson of netball?

    BBC Sport speaks to Wales players and boss Melissa Hyndman about her impact after helping them to eighth place in the world rankings.


    Michael Doherty on Facebook: Thanks for some fantastic memories, but sadly like Jack, you stayed too long, but both of you were a credit to yourselves and Ireland, we will never forget you. Come back home Mick McCarthy, Ireland awaits you.

    Ruairi O Laoire on Facebook: Trap did a decent job with a limited squad but was too negative. I'd be happy with David O'Leary now. Keano won't want this job for at least 10 years.

  57. 1505: 

    Phil Jagielka thinks his partnership at the heart of the England defence with Gary Cahill is improving.

    "The partnership is getting better, definitely," the Everton centre-back said. "To play two games together in quick succession makes life easier.

    "It's been quite a few times that Gaz and I have played together so hopefully if we can stay fit and in-form, we can keep on putting that England jersey on and be as good together as possible."

  58. 1502: 
    England's Kevin Pietersen

    England, already one down in the series, are 33-2 after eight overs against Australia in the one-day international at Edgbaston. Kevin Pietersen goes cheaply for six and his departure brings Joe Root to the crease.

    There is live text commentary for this match on the BBC Sport website now.


    Jacob Harris: Can Ferrari build an engine? Is the pope Catholic?

    Nawang Gyeltshen: Raikkonen - hired, fired, and hired by Ferrari.

  60. 1458: 

    Kimi Raikkonen has been speaking on the Ferrari website about his return to the Italian team.

    "I am really happy to be returning to Maranello where I previously spent three fantastic and very successful years," the Finn says.

    "I have so many memories of my time at Ferrari, memories which have stayed with me these past years, first and foremost, winning the World Championship title in 2007, which was really unforgettable.

    "I can't wait to be driving a Prancing Horse car again and to reacquaint myself with so many people with whom I had such close links, as well as working with Fernando [Alonso], whom I consider a great driver, in order to bring the team the success it deserves."

  61. 1454: 

    Lots of shouts for former Northern Ireland international Martin O'Neill to become the next manager of the Republic of Ireland. Who is your choice? Tweet #bbcsportsday

    JC: Ridiculous shouts for Fergie to be next Ireland manager. Martin O'Neill the only man for it. If he will take it.

    Ryan Dooney: Martin O'Neill should be first candidate. Free agent at the minute and would bring back the passion that's needed.

    Fintan Murray: Chris Hughton, but he wouldn't give up the day job.

  62. 1452: 
    Darren O'Dea

    Republic of Ireland defender Darren O'Dea: Trapattoni is a legend in the game. It was an honour to play for him!

  63. 1449: 

    Championship side Sheffield Eagles are looking for help to avoid folding following a stadium setback.

    Their Don Valley Stadium home is being closed and their hopes of playing at the newly developed Sheffield Hallam University sports complex have been ended.

    A club statement read: "This has led to an emergency situation where the very future of the Eagles has been thrown into doubt.

    "In its hour of need the club is appealing for one off assistance to allow it to survive the closure of Don Valley Stadium."

  64. 1444:  
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match SpecialCRICKET

    On Michael Carberry's run out: "Kevin Pietersen called loudly for the run but there was never a run there. Carberry has sacrificed himself for the team and you have to feel very sorry for him."

    England have recovered to 25-1 after 4.4 overs. There is live text commentary for this match on the BBC Sport website now.

  65. 1443: 

    Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill rued Tom Croft's luck after the England flanker was ruled out for the rest of the season for club and country.

    "We felt it was relatively innocuous but the ACL was ruptured," Cockerill tells BBC Radio Leicester.

    "It's horrendous bad luck for Tom because it is only last year that he came back from a very bad neck injury and did so well for England and the Lions as well.

    "But these things happen. Tom will make a full recovery but it's his season over. It's a blow but we have just got to get on with things."

  66. 1438: 
    Patrice Evra

    France's second-half turnaround away to Belarus in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier was inspired by Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, who gave a rousing half-time speech despite being on the bench for the whole match.

    "Patrice gave a good speech in the dressing room, a man's speech. He said we had to play, to relax," team-mate Franck Ribery said.

    France winger Mathieu Valbuena added that there was a "great silence in the locker room" at first. "The message from Patrice Evra buoyed us," Valbuena said. France, trailing 1-0 at half-time, won 4-2 to keep alive their hopes of qualifying.

  67. 1436:  
    Conor McNamara, BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    "When Giovanni Trapattoni joined, Irish football was at a low ebb, they hadn't qualified for a tournament for a long time. He got them to Euro 2012, considering the players at his disposal that was as good as he was going to achieve.

    "These qualifiers haven't gone well. They had to win their two games this week and they lost both. He had to go.

    "FAI chief executive John Delaney named a shortlist of people he thinks will be in contention - Chris Hughton, Mick McCarthy, Brian McDermott. He mentioned Roy Keane but there was a snigger.

    "Their next meaningful game won't be until September 2014 so there's no particular rush."

  68. 1428: 

    Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi says he is "very happy" to score his first international goal at the age of 31.

    Ameobi, winning his fourth cap for Nigeria, struck in Tuesday's 4-1 friendly win against Burkina Faso.

    "I have finally scored and I am very happy with the goal," he tells BBC Sport.

    "I've wanted it to go like that for a long time and for it to have gone like that was a dream come true."

  69. 1427: 

    Bad start by England as Michael Carberry is run out for one. England 5-1 after eight deliveries at Edgbaston.

    You can read a separate live text commentary for this match on the BBC Sport website now.

  70. 1424: 
    Lionel Messi

    Argentina became the first South American team to qualify from the group for the World Cup with a 5-2 victory over Paraguay in the early hours of this morning. They lead the group with 29 points, and two games left to play. The two-time World Cup winners have not gone past the quarter-finals since 1990, last lifting the trophy in 1986.

    Barcelona forward Lionel Messi scored twice during the match, both times finding the net from the penalty spot. Paraguay were already eliminated and sit at the bottom of the South America group.

    "We are on track, but we need to keep improving," Messi said after the game. "We found the road to victory, which gives us peace of mind."

  71. 1423: 

    Republic of Ireland defender Richard Keogh praises departed manager Giovanni Trapattoni but accepts it was time for a change at the top.

    "I have a lot to thank him for, he gave me my debut for Ireland," he tells BBC Radio Derby. "With the campaign, maybe it was time for a change. But he's been great for the country and he leaves with his head held high."


    Mike Gara: Roy Keane walked out on the ROI in 2002. He should never be offered the manager's job.

  73. 1416: 

    Latest scores from the Division One and Division Two games that started earlier:

    Derbyshire 99-1 v Durham

    Middlesex v Nottinghamshire 104-1

    Somerset v Surrey 90-5

    Sussex 171-7 v Yorkshire

    Kent v Essex 81-3

    Lancashire 92-0 v Leicestershire

    Worcestershire v Hampshire 143-2

  74. 1415: 

    Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has collaborated with a Harvard Business School professor to analyse his successful management style.

    The Harvard Business Review has published the findings in its October edition under the headline "Ferguson's Formula". The study includes Sir Alex's own account of his strategy during 26 seasons in charge of Manchester United.

    "Before I came to United, I told myself I wasn't going to allow anyone to be stronger than I was. Your personality has to be bigger than theirs. That is vital," he advises.


    Simon Aindow: I'm going to miss Hoggy's yeoman-like yokel features and his shaggy mop top. All is well tho, there is always Ryan Harris now.

    Alan Simon: Matthew Hoggard was the unsung hero of your 2005 Ashes win, 16 wickets but unfairly cast in the shadow of Freddie Flintoff.

    Mark Henry: A classic Hoggard moment was the boundary he hit in the #Ashes in 2005, at Trent Bridge, leaving #England on brink of victory.

    Keep your memories on Matthew Hoggard coming on Twitter using #bbcsportsday.

  76. 1409: 

    Australia win the toss and opt to bowl in the rain-delayed third one-day international against England at Edgbaston. Live text commentary is on the BBC Sport website now.

  77. 1407: 

    Catalan Dragons name their squad for Friday's Super League play-off game at Hull FC.

    Injured trio Louis Anderson, Jason Baitieri and Daryl Millard are all out, but Olivier Elima returns from an injury of his own.


    Plenty of support for Martin O'Neill to become the next Republic of Ireland manager, while some fans would like to see Sir Alex Ferguson come out of retirement. Tweet #bbcsportsday

    Josh: Are we just going to link Sir Alex with every job now he's not United manager? He's retired. Move on. Never going to happen.

    Iain Quenault: I would like to see David O'Leary.

    Colin Bundred: Why would anyone want the ROI job? Fans and media have totally unrealistic expectations.

  79. 1402: 
    James McCarthy

    New Everton signing James McCarthy says he may not have completed his £13m move from Wigan but for Giovanni Trapattoni.

    Midfielder McCarthy was given permission by Trapattoni, who left his role as Republic manager after five years on Wednesday, to report late for international duty last week so he could complete the transfer.

    "I'm thankful that he allowed that to happen," said 22-year-old McCarthy. "With the time at such short notice it might not have happened."

  80. 1357: 

    Play will start at 1420 BST in the rain-delayed third one-day international between England and Australia at Edgbaston.

  81. 1356: 

    England's Heather Knight will miss the tour to the West Indies next month after tearing her hamstring in the final match of the women's Ashes.

    "I'm looking at two to three months out, but fingers crossed I'll be there [for the return Ashes series] in January," she tells BBC Radio 2.

  82. 1353: 

    In the latest Savage Says, the BBC Sport pundit says England's "deluded" fans have unrealistic expectations.

    "England fans should be on a high. Sometimes they've got to realise they're no Spain, Brazil or Argentina," the former Wales midfielder adds.

  83. 1345: 
    Tom Croft

    England flanker Tom Croft will miss the whole of the Six Nations campaign with a knee ligament injury.

    The 27-year-old, who missed much of last season with a neck injury, will miss the entire club season with Leicester Tigers with the injury picked up in Saturday's Premiership opener against Worcester.

  84. 1342: 

    BBC Sport's Adam Mountford has sent this picture from Edgbaston, where rain delays the start of the third one-day international between England and Australia. Play was due to begin at 1400 BST.


    Guy Crick: We need to pick players who are playing well in the BPL than just those at top clubs e.g. Nathan Redmond over Ashley Young.

    Rupert V-Alexander: More than happy for the England team to be a GB team whilst Bale's about!

    Josh Hall: Can easily see England missing out qualifying for Brazil. Fundamental lack of creativity & flair. Can't win on pace alone.

  86. 1340: 
    Leon McKenzie

    Former Norwich City striker Leon McKenzie will look to maintain his unbeaten start in boxing in his second professional bout on Saturday - although his opponent is yet to be named.

    "It's in my blood. I'm pretty good at it. Come 14 September I'll be looking for my second win," the 35-year-old tells BBC Radio Norfolk.

  87. 1336: 

    Former Scotland captain Andy Nicol does not think English and French teams will go through with their breakaway European tournament.

    However he believes they are right to push for change in Heineken Cup qualifying rules.

    "What they are doing here is a bit of brinkmanship. I don't think they are saying we are definitely not doing the Heineken Cup as we know it next season," he says.

    "I think they have a point in certain aspects of the European game."

  88. 1330: 

    Football Association of Ireland: "A living football legend, a true gentleman and a pleasure to have worked with. Go n-éirí an bóthar leat Giovanni."

  89. 1325: 

    Former Wales international turned BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage has been talking to BBC Radio Wales about their 3-0 home defeat by Serbia.

    Savage thinks the FAW cannot let Chris Coleman stay in charge too long if results do not improve and has warned against letting his tenure drag on as they did under John Toshack.

    He thinks Wales cannot afford to overlook Premier League players like James Collins despite the defender's refusal to join the squad for the Serbia game.

    Matthew Hoggard

    Matthew Hoggard, who has announced his retirement, won the Ashes with England in 2005. What are your memories of his playing career?

    Let us know on Twitter using #bbcsportsday or on text via 81111 (UK only).


    Who should be the next manager of the Republic of Ireland? Tweet #bbcsportsday

    Dean The Dream: Roy Keane. Young, hungry and with a point to prove. FAI would never be brave enough though.

    Andre Sharma: Trapattoni was a good servant to Irish football. He only lost 25% of his matches in charge and has developed younger players.

  92. 1319: 

    On Matthew Hoggard's retirement, Leicestershire chief executive Mike Siddall says: "Everyone at Leicestershire wishes Matthew and his family the very best for the future following his retirement.

    "He has had a massive influence at the club during the four years he has been here, not least captaining the county to its third T20 Trophy win at Edgbaston in August 2011. His wicked sense of humour and Yorkshire wit will be missed by all."

  93. 1318: 

    Retiring Leicestershire captain Matthew Hoggard releases the following statement: "I want to thank all of my family, friends, my past opponents, the PCA and both Yorkshire and Leicestershire for the support and dedication that they have shown me over the course of my career.

    "Playing cricket professionally and, of course, playing as part of the national side is a dream that nearly every young boy growing up in Yorkshire shares.

    "I feel truly honoured to have been given such incredible opportunities and I am grateful to everyone that I have worked alongside for the past 17 years."

  94. 1316: 
    Matthew Hoggard

    Leicestershire captain and former England international Matthew Hoggard announces he will retire at the end of next week.

    The 36-year-old will quit the sport after next week's clash with Hampshire in the County Championship.

  95. 1314: 
    James McCarthy

    Midfielder James McCarthy is holding a news conference at Everton following his £13m move from Wigan Athletic.

    Reacting to his international manager Giovanni Trapattoni leaving the Republic of Ireland, McCarthy says: "It's a blow. I'm a bit gutted to be honest because he was a good manager.

    "You look at his record and how well he has done for Ireland. We were in good contention to qualify for the World Cup, but unfortunately we slipped up."


    Tommy Scott on Facebook: I'm sick of statements made by people like Steve Staunton banging on about a small pool of players etc. The pool of players is not the issue, it's the refusal to change his tactics or drop poor performing players. There is a real lack of desire in our play sometimes. That has to change and while the players should also be held accountable, the manager thinking his players played well in defeat is hardly encouraging them to put more effort in. O'Neill for me!

    Eoghan McGinley on Facebook: The problem with Ireland is that we play too many sports when we're young, and the community emphasis of our own sports, Gaelic football and hurling, means that it can be a tough choice to quit these to focus on soccer.

  97. 1310: 
    Kimi Raikkonen

    Ferrari confirm that Kimi Raikkonen will join Fernando Alonso in the driver line-up for the next two seasons.

  98. 1309: 

    County Championship Division One, Taunton - day one.

    Somerset v Surrey (61-4)

    BBC Radio Somerset's Anthony Gibson: "Very much Somerset's morning. After winning the toss and making an untroubled start, Surrey lost three wickets with the score on 31, including the prize one of Hashim Amla - caught by Kieswetter down the leg-side off Meschede for 0.

    "Chawla trapping Solanki with the googly last ball before lunch was the icing on the Somerset cake."

  99. 1307: 

    County Championship Division One, Derby - day one.

    Derbyshire (95-1) v Durham

    BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson: "Durham put Derbyshire in on a green top that was expected to deliver wickets, but with the constant threat of rain in the air, Derbyshire made a decent fist of it and were 95-1 at lunch.

    "The man to go was Ben Slater, who lost his off-stump to Chris Rushworth when he was on 13. But Derbyshire will have Paul Borrington back at the crease after lunch on 30, while Wayne Madsen, the leading run-maker in division one this summer has 28."

  100. 1306: 

    County Championship Division One, Hove - day one.

    Sussex (117-5) v Yorkshire

    BBC Sussex's Kevin Smith: "Title-chasing Yorkshire have had a very good morning reducing Sussex to 117-5 after Anthony Gale won the toss.

    "However, the hosts have been guilty of some poor shots epitomised by Hamilton-Brown, who after hitting part-time spinner Kane Williamson for two sixes, was then promptly bowled middle stump, on the stroke of lunch.

    "Much rests with England's Matt Prior for the home side who's unbeaten on 10. The Yorkshire bowlers have been steady with Liam Plunkett taking 2-20."

  101. 1304: 

    County Championship Division One, Taunton - day one.

    Somerset v Surrey (61-4)

    BBC London's Mark Church: "A good morning for Somerset but a tough session for Surrey. After winning the toss and batting Dominic Sinley on his first-class debut and Rory Burns started solidly and did not look in too much difficulty.

    "But Craig Meschede trapped Sibley LBW for 10 and followed that up by having Hashim Amla caught down the legside without scoring. Burns then fell for 21 and Surrey suddenly found themselves 31-3.

    "Vikram Solanki and Zander de Bruyn looked to steady the ship but on the stroke of lunch Solanki was LBW to Piyush Chawla for 14 and Surrey went to the break with the scoreboard reading 61-4."

  102. 1301: 

    County Championship Division One, Lord's - day one.

    Middlesex v Nottinghamshire (73-1)

    BBC London's Kevin Hand: "Middlesex may rue the decision to field first after Nottinghamshire reached 73-1 at lunch on day one at Lord's.

    "There is cloud cover, and the 10.30 starts in September played a large part, but the pitch doesn't appear to have any great pace at this stage and the hosts need early wickets in the afternoon to keep the visitors in check."

  103. 1258: 

    BBC Sport commentator Joel Taggart says Northern Ireland's 3-2 defeat in Luxembourg was "a new low".

    "The players looked sheepish, keen for the sanctuary of home and well aware of the embarrassment the result had brought," Taggart says.

  104. 1258: 

    The London Evening Standard's Patrick Barclay on England's goalless draw in Ukraine: "Had Alan Hansen been watching last night's match with Gary Lineker, he would have been able to remind the England legend of the late, great Jock Stein's advice on international football: wear a boiler suit during qualifying and then you can bring out the dinner jacket for the tournament itself.

    "Lineker was, of course, entitled to pour scorn on the creative and stylistic aspects of the performance in Kiev — and right to draw attention to England's often infuriating lack of care in possession. But the main aim had been to deny Ukraine three points and, in this respect, they were more than workmanlike.

    "More of a cutting edge will be required when Montenegro come to Wembley next month and if they reach the World Cup, they will need different sorts of football."

  105. 1254: 
    Shane Long

    Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long: Legend of the the game and took Irish football to the next level, thanks for everything Mr Trapattoni.

  106. 1251: 

    Mario Balotelli, whose penalty against Czech Republic secured Italy's World Cup qualification last night, has thanked Juventus fans for their support during the match, which was played at the Turin team's stadium. An ordinarily hostile crowd instead cheered the AC Milan player throughout the match.

    "They were all Juventus fans, I applaud them, I thank them very much, I wasn't expecting it," Balotelli said after the game.

  107. 1247: 

    "Giovanni is a lovely fella, very shrewd. Two poor results cost them qualification and it was time to move on," former Republic midfielder Jason McAteer told Sky Sports.

    "It's important to get the right man now to bring the good players coming through.

    "Mick McCarthy coming back would be fantastic but I think Mick is enjoying the day-to-day management at Ipswich and that, for me, would rule him out. Martin O'Neill, with his man management skills, would be an ideal candidate."

  108. 1246: 

    BBC Sport's Adam Mountford at England v Australia one-day international in Birmingham: Umpires are talking to the groundsman at Edgbaston. Not raining at the moment and fingers crossed for play to start at 1400 BST.


    Paul in Maidenhead on 81111: Give ROI job to Sir Alex. He has time on his hands now and he would put the Irish press in their place while a team was rebuilt.

    Andy in Brixton on 81111: Trapattoni deserves a lot more credit than he is getting. Fans seem to believe Ireland should be qualifying for every major tournament and playing glorious attacking football along the way! Like so many managers, he is a victim of unreasonable expectations.

    Anon on 81111: Martin O'Neill has to be a big favourite for the job. Half their squad's from Northern Ireland so a NI manager would be a good idea!

    Please include your names on any texts you send to us.

  110. 1241: 

    Thomas Bach yesterday became arguably the most powerful man in world sport after being elected as the new president of the International Olympic Committee.

    "What the IOC needs is an evolution, adapting to our world which is changing faster than ever. But we do not need a revolution because president Jacques Rogge has established very strong foundations and has left a great legacy."

    He has been speaking to BBC Sport about his plans for the job.

  111. 1240: 
    Bristol Rovers proposed new stadium from above

    A judicial review has been requested over Bristol Rovers' plans to move from the Memorial Stadium to a new ground.

    The League Two club said the legal application, by traders and residents, questioned the validity of planning permission granted to Sainsbury's for the Memorial Stadium site.

    The club says it needs to sell its ground to Sainsbury's to fund the move to a 21,700-seat stadium in Frenchay.

    A High Court judge will now decide whether to proceed with the review.

  112. 1235: 

    Former Republic of Ireland international Steven Reid: Trapattoni's gone then. Can't argue with the job he did qualifying for the Euros and play-offs. But he has come out with some stupid comments at times and communication could have been a lot better."

  113. 1230: 

    Bournemouth vice-chairman Jeff Mostyn says he would be interested in taking over as chairman from Eddie Mitchell.

    With Mitchell stepping down last week, and Russian owner Max Demin keen to keep a low profile, former chairman Mostyn says he will front up if asked.

    "I'll do everything I'm asked to do and if Max and the board take on a different role then I'd be more than willing," Mostyn told BBC South.


    Who should be the next Republic of Ireland manager? Tweet #bbcsportsday

    Ryan Dooney: Next ROI manager? 1 Martin O'Neill, 2 Chris Hughton, 3 Rene Meulensteen. I'd take any of those.

    Ride Now: How about Iain Dowie? He isn't going anything now.

    Mark Lee: Alex Ferguson should not be counted out. Unbelievable manager.

  115. 1228: 
    Simon Amor

    Simon Amor is appointed as the new England Sevens head coach.

    The 34-year-old former captain of the team has been director of rugby at London Scottish since 2010.

  116. 1225: 

    Steve Staunton wants to see an Irishman or Briton replace Italian Giovanni Trapattoni as Republic of Ireland boss and thinks Martin O'Neill is a strong contender.

    "He's got more experience than anybody out there, so it wouldn't be a bad shout," Staunton says. "He's managed Celtic for five years and done really well up there, and at other clubs he's done really well, so that wouldn't be a bad choice. Who knows what the FAI have in mind, but Martin would be up there high on the list.

    "I would like to see an Irishman get it or somebody who's from these islands, who knows what the Irish boys are about and knows the mentality. The FAI has a tough job now."

  117. 1223: 

    Steve Staunton, who was Giovanni Trapattoni's predecessor, thinks Republic of Ireland expectations are sometimes "unrealistic".

    "I'm not really that surprised after the two results we had because we all knew this month was crucial for qualification," Staunton told Sky Sports News.

    "We're always expected to qualify ever since Jack Charlton's era. Expectations have to be managed and controlled but sometimes they are unrealistic.

    "But you can only work with the players you've got and unfortunately our players at this moment in time... we haven't got the biggest pool in the world."

  118. 1217: 
    Franck Ribery

    Franck Ribery was modest after scoring twice in France's 4-2 World Cup qualifying victory over Belarus. "I scored at the right time, when the team needed it, but I'm not the saviour," said the 30-year-old Bayern Munich player.

    France had been 1-0 down at half-time, but a flurry of goals in the second half ended a record goal drought for Les Bleus, who had played more than 500 minutes of football without scoring. They are level on points with Group I leaders Spain but having played one game more than the world champions.

    Ribery added: "We are especially pleased to have put in a great second half. We hadn't scored in a while."


    Shenelly Aslan on Facebook: Roy Keane for Ireland job

    Robert Craven on Facebook: Trapattoni's run was a solid one and generated €10m in qualifications for Irish soccer. The problem is the Republic of Ireland's squad to a man play outside the top 10 clubs and just aren't good enough - whoever comes in will have a huge task to turn mediocre players into something worthwhile. My choice Louis van Gaal.

    Alex J Rhodes on Facebook: Get Mick McCarthy back in

  120. 1211: 

    New Crystal Palace signing Jack Hunt breaks his ankle in training and is ruled out for the rest of the year. The 22-year-old right-back has yet to make an appearance for the club after signing from Huddersfield for £2m.

    Hunt wrote on Twitter: "Absolutely devastated to have broken my ankle in training (on Monday)."

  121. 1211: 

    In the FAI statement, Giovanni Trapattoni says: "I would like to thank John Delaney, Paddy McCaul, Michael Cody and the FAI board for their support and friendship over the last five and a half years.

    "I would also want to thank all FAI staff members, including the backroom team and the players who have been great to work with during the last three campaigns. I wish them well in the future and hope that the job we have done leaves everything in a good place for my successor to take over."

  122. 1210: 

    FAI chief executive John Delaney continues: "This particular World Cup campaign has been disappointing but Giovanni leaves us with a group of good young players which should form the basis of the squad that the new manager will use for the European Championship in France 2016 when 24 teams qualify."

    The statement adds: "The board of the FAI will meet in due course to discuss the process of appointing a new manager."


    Who should be the Republic of Ireland's next manager after Giovanni Trapattoni left the job by 'mutual consent'? Tweet #bbcsportsday

    Robert Tubman: Martin O'Neill far more likely to take the Northern Ireland job one day than the Republic one. Can't see it happening.

    Adam Hughes: Trap was a step up from Steve Staunton, now get O'Neill in to carry on the improvement.

    Tim Young: Not Mick McCarthy! We need him at Portman Road.

  124. 1208: 

    In the Football Association of Ireland's news release, chief executive John Delaney says: "We thank Giovanni Trapattoni, Marco Tardelli and Fausto Rossi for the last five and a half years during which we qualified for our first major tournament in 10 years and were close to qualification for 2010 World Cup in South Africa after the play-off in France."

  125. 1202:  
    Former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane, BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL
    Mick McCarthy

    "I think Mick McCarthy would be perfect for the job. Martin O'Neill would raise morale if he was given the job. From knowing Mick and how he works, he'd be the one for me. Chris Hughton would also be a very good appointment."

  126. 1159:  
    Former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane, BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    "It's been coming. There's been a feeling in Ireland that he's been on borrowed time since the Euros. There has been a lot of ill feeling towards him and it is time to change.

    "His record at home is worse than Steve Staunton's, who got a lot of stick. Away from home he got us solid, difficult to beat and that's what he did with the Irish team that was very good - that's what needed to be done after Staunton left. The style was one negative factor a lot of people didn't like."

  127. 1158: 

    Following his departure as Republic of Ireland boss, Giovanni Trapattoni said: "I want to thank everyone in Ireland who has given us their support during our time here which has always meant a lot to us.

    "We leave this country with emotion because we understand the Irish supporters who have a well-deserved international reputation and they have our utmost respect."


    Lots of backing for former Aston Villa and Celtic manager Martin O'Neill to be the next Republic of Ireland manager. Who is your choice? And what now for 74-year-old Giovanni Trapattoni? Has he got one more job left in him? Tweet #bbcsportsday

    Paul Thompson: Unfortunately the trap door has opened for Giovanni. It was inevitable. Surely Martin O'Neill has the job if he wants it?

    Aidan Curran: Martin O'Neil would be good, Sir Alex Ferguson an interesting option or Roy Keane as a fun option - if only for entertainment value.

    Ian Ridpath: King Kenny could well be an outsiders tip to take the vacant managers seat in Ireland.

  129. 1150: 

    Northern Ireland midfielder Oliver Norwood was brutally honest following their 3-2 defeat by Luxembourg.

    "There's a feeling of embarrassment from the performance. We were awful," the Huddersfield player told BBC Sport.

    "It's a timely reminder of where we're at. That was awful. We've been outplayed, they were better than us."


    Phil Bailey: Roy Keane the next Republic of Ireland manager?

    Rian Hoskins: Martin O'Neill would be a good choice as his man management can help bring back players who were marginalised under Trapattoni.

    James Ash: Trapattoni gone. Fair enough. He's had a fair crack at trying to get ROI qualified for something.

  131. 1147: 
    Martin O'Neill

    Former Northern Ireland international Martin O'Neill is the early bookmakers' favourite to replace Giovanni Trapattoni.

    The ex-Celtic manager is unemployed since being sacked by Sunderland in March.

    Mick McCarthy, Brian McDermott and Chris Hughton could be other frontrunners. Who do you think will and should get the job?

    Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday, text us on 81111 (UK only, please include your name) or leave a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  132. 1141: 

    Harlequins prop Paul Doran-Jones cannot wait to make his home debut - against the side he left this summer, Northampton.

    The 28-year-old England international joined Quins this summer after two years with the Saints.

    "If it could have been drawn up, this is probably how I would have wanted it," he tells BBC London 94.9.

    "It will be tough for both sides but it will be a great experience for me, with a packed house at the Stoop hopefully."

  133. 1140: 

    The Republic were still in contention for the World Cup until their two defeats, 2-1 by Sweden at home and 1-0 in Austria, over the past week.

    Mathematically they can still qualify, although they would need several unlikely results to go their way, including winning in Germany and Austria losing to the Faroe Islands.

  134. 1138: 
    Giovanni Trapattoni

    Giovanni Trapattoni replaced Steve Staunton as Republic of Ireland boss in 2008 and initially stabilised them following Staunton's disastrous reign.

    The Italian led the Republic to the 2010 World Cup play-off, which they lost in extra-time thanks to Thierry Henry's infamous handball, and then to Euro 2012.

    However a catastrophic Euro 2012, where they lost all their games, and their failed 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign have resulted in the 74-year-old leaving his job.


    Giovanni Trapattoni has parted company with the Republic of Ireland after 63 games in charge. The Republic are fourth in their World Cup qualifying group with 11 points from eight games.

    So who is your choice to take over next? Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday, text us on 81111 (UK only, please include your name) or leave a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  136. 1134: 

    The Football Association of Ireland confirms that Giovanni Trapattoni and assistant Marco Tardelli have left their roles by mutual consent after an amicable meeting.


    Guy Crick: We need to pick players who are playing well in the BPL than just those at top clubs e.g. Nathan Redmond over Ashley Young.

    Rupert V-Alexander: More than happy for the England team to be a GB team whilst Bale's about!

    Josh Hall: Can easily see England missing out qualifying for Brazil. Fundamental lack of creativity & flair. Can't win on pace alone.

  138. 1129: 

    Manager Giovanni Trapattoni leaves the Republic of Ireland job by mutual consent.

  139. 1126: 

    Latest scores from the Division One and Division Two games that have started today:

    Derbyshire 33-0 v Durham

    Middlesex v Nottinghamshire 31-0

    Somerset v Surrey 24-0

    Sussex 37-1 v Yorkshire

    Kent v Essex 15-1

    Lancashire 12-0 v Leicestershire

    Worcestershire v Hampshire 22-1

  140. 1122: 

    Bologna owner Albano Guaraldi says he is ready to listen to offers to sell the Italian club. Guaraldi has endured a tumultuous relationship with the club's fans and admitted he regrets buying the club in the first place.

    "If a serious buyer comes along, I'm ready to sell Bologna," said Guaraldi, who took over the club in April 2011. Bologna are 15th, two games into the Serie A season.


    Rob in Nottingham on 81111: How about having sister teams in lower leagues akin to Red Bull and Toro Rosso? Big teams form an agreement with a lower league team to supply young players to their respective team. It's a win win.


    Please keep your thoughts coming on how the UK's national football teams can improve after some indifferent and disappointing World Cup qualifying campaigns.

    Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday, text us on 81111 (UK only, please include your name) or leave a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  143. 1114: 
    Jenny Jones

    British snowboard legend Jenny Jones has taken time out of her Winter Olympic training schedule to answer your questions.

    The triple X Games gold medallist is set to compete in Sochi in February in a new event called slopestyle and could win Britain's first Winter Games medal on snow.

    Send in your questions via #askJennyJones on @BBCSport on Twitter or the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  144. 1111: 

    Northwich Victoria manager Lee Ashcroft fails in an appeal and is banned for 10 matches for abusing a female opposition coach.

    An independent Football Association commission found Ashcroft guilty of using abusive and/or insulting words in a game with Gresley FC on 12 January. Ashcroft, 40, said in May he would appeal against the ruling.

    In addition to the ban, Ashcroft has also been fined £800.

    An FA statement says: "Ashcroft denied the charge. However, on Tuesday at a personal hearing, the Independent Regulatory Commission found the charge proven."


    Street Team Steve: Scotland slowly starting to improve and develop a system players are comfortable with. Future looking brighter.

    Jon Bagby: 16/17 year olds should have been identified now to take national team forward, questions need to be asked why they aren't playing in EPL.

    Chrissy Selway: I go to every Welsh game and we need new ideas, Coleman is a nice guy but has no tactical sense or player management.

  146. 1105: 
    Mario Balotelli

    Italy's newspapers are celebrating after the Azzurri qualified for Brazil with two games to spare. But Cesare Prandelli's team didn't make it easy for themselves, falling behind in the first half before securing a 2-1 win over the Czech Republic, former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli among the scorers.

    La Gazzetta dello Sport: "Italy took the most winding road, but reached the finish line... Prandelli's Italy have played better on other occasions, and Kozak scared them. But the happy ending arrived."

    La Repubblica's headline reads: "Mission complete: Italy to Brazil". The paper adds: "Italy had to suffer before celebrating but, once again, have demonstrated their clear superiority over their rivals in the group".

    But La Stampa says Italy should have been better in front of goal: "It would all have been more straightforward if Balotelli had not wasted so many scoring chances."

  147. 1103: 

    Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says playing under Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan made him "feel like a lion".

    The 31-year-old striker says the Portuguese boss "dragged things out of me that no other coach has done before", as the two combined to win the Italian league.

    The Paris St-Germain star thinks "nobody is worth" the £85.3m that Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale and advises the Welshman that he will need to show "patience" to succeed in the Spanish capital.

    BBC Radio 5 live profiles Zlatan Ibrahimovic from 2030 BST on Wednesday. You can watch the full interview with him on Football Focus at 1215 BST on Saturday 21 September, on BBC One.

  148. 1100: 

    West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke is holding a news conference ahead of his team's game at Fulham on Saturday.

    He says midfielder James Morrison (groin strain) is a doubt, while Czech Republic forward Matej Vydra (hamstring) is ruled out.


    John in London on 81111: It may get me a lot of abuse but I think we need to face facts and realise that none of the individual nations are good enough but a British team could be. Increased competition for places can only be a good thing!

    Sim in London on 81111: RE Tom 10.38. The difference between here and Spain and Germany is that here lower league football is actually relevant. The championship is one of the highest attended leagues in Europe. To just shoehorn a few academy teams into the lower divisions would be an insult to the football league and the fans who follow and love it.

  150. 1053: 

    Widnes Vikings chief executive James Rule becomes a part-owner of the club and joins the board of directors.

    The former Hull FC chief executive, who joined the Vikings 18 months ago, says: "I didn't hesitate. I believe we have huge potential and I am excited about playing a part in the realisation of that potential."

  151. 1047: 
    Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper

    Goalkeeper Steve Harper bids farewell to Newcastle United at his testimonial against an AC Milan legends team tonight. Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand and Rob Lee are all expected to feature for the Magpies, while five-time European Cup winner Paolo Maldini will turn out for the Italians.

    Harper, 38, joined Hull City in July after 157 league appearances for Newcastle over 20 years.


    Tom in Cornwall on 81111: There's a simple solution to all of this: if you look at the likes of Spain and Germany, the big clubs such as Real, Barca, Bayern and Dortmund all have reserve or academy teams in the lower leagues giving them a chance to experience proper first-team football. Why aren't we doing that? Yes it might cause a few niggly problems with the promotion process, but it's nothing that's going to disrupt the Football League. It's all for the greater good.

    Keep your thoughts coming on how the home nations can improve.

  153. 1038: 

    Hearts hand assistant manager Billy Brown a short-term contract after the experienced coach returned to the club on a voluntary basis. Brown has signed a deal until the end of January after he began his third coaching spell at Tynecastle by working without pay.


    What do the home nations need to do to qualify for a major tournament? Tweet #bbcsportsday

    Dave: Why do we automatically expect Scotland, Wales and NI to beat 'small' countries when their resources are also small?

    Dom Hartley-Farr: I think the problem with Wales is the manager, no disrespect to Chris Coleman.

  155. 1027: 
    Super League Dream Team

    "Sam is an extraordinary individual, extremely gifted and the best attacking runner in the world of rugby league. He runs at angles where most players would fall over and his agility and balance is phenomenal."

    BBC Sport pundit Robbie Hunter-Paul, who won the Grand Final three times during his playing days at the Bradford Bulls, assesses the Super League Dream Team.

  156. 1023: 

    Premiership Rugby, which represents top-flight English clubs, says other teams are welcome in their breakaway tournament - but they will go ahead with an Anglo-French cup if no-one else joins them.

    "If we can't reach an outcome involving all the European clubs, we at least have to set up a competition involving the English and French clubs," chief executive Mark McCafferty said.

    "If others want to come into that competition, then we can look at that, but we have to get on and prepare."

  157. 1020: 

    Saracens chairman Nigel Wray says they will give the fans what they want after English and French clubs announced a new European tournament.

    The two countries' clubs will not play in the Heineken Cup next season and have invited the other European clubs to join their new cup.

    "To me, the one person always neglected in these discussions is the customer. What do they want?" Wray told ESPN.

    "They don't want more and more games - they want big games. And that applies to everything in life - the big concerts, the big songs, the big sports games. They don't want to see meaningless games. If that is what the customer wants, then that is what you've got to give them."

  158. 1016: 
    Tomislav Pacovski

    How often have you seen a kick-off retaken? That happened to Macedonia last night against Scotland - after referee Fredy Fautrel noticed that keeper Tomislav Pacovski was not even on the pitch four seconds into the second half of the World Cup qualifier.

    You can watch the video on the BBC Sport website.


    Chris Rutherford: English players are reluctant to take lead roles. Many good team players but behind Spain and Germany who have 11 leaders.

    M A Bennett: I can understand Hodgson defending his players but seriously I've seen more quality in League One games. Just not good enough.

    Richard Elliott: An England manager that can't seem to see England's problems on the pitch. Is that really what we need?

  160. 1010: 

    Japanese Sports Minister Hakubun Shimomura has been put in charge of preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The government is also considering building an agency for sports administration ahead of the Games.

    Former featherweight world champion Prince Naseem Hamed has been in Yemen to open the Arab Boxing World Championship. The tournament is being held in conjunction with a conference on national dialogue aimed at easing hostile divisions between different groups in the country.

  161. 1004: 
    Netherlands striker Robin van Persie

    Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal wants his team to make an impression at next year's World Cup after two goals by Manchester United striker Robin van Persie in a 2-0 win in Andorra confirm their place in Brazil.

    "We have done the job," says Van Gaal. "We could not have qualified quicker for the World Cup than the way we did.

    "In Brazil we want to achieve. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience. At a tournament like the World Cup, being the national coach is an exceptional job."

  162. 0958: 

    Scotland winger Ikechi Anya comes in for special praise following the 2-1 win over Macedonia from BBC Sport pundit Pat Nevin.

    The 25-year-old Watford player, who came through the Glenn Hoddle Academy after being rejected by Oxford and Wycombe, scored on only his second international appearance.

    "How many do you give him out of 10?" former winger Nevin said. "When was the last time Scotland had a forward with real pace? Not just someone who is a bit quick.

    "He's the first one we've had for almost a generation and, boy, does it make a difference."

  163. 0951: 

    British riders top the world rankings in show jumping and dressage, the first time they have held them simultaneously.

    A week after Ben Maher was named show jumping world number one, Charlotte Dujardin reclaimed her dressage ranking.

    Britain currently have the world number two in eventing, William Fox-Pitt.


    Edson Malele: No coach in the world will give a chance to a poor player and for that matter most of the English youngsters are fair.

    Paul Warren: Use all the u21s now ready for 2022. Experience of two WC and euro tourneys will make us better than single player promotions.

  165. 0944: 
    Floyd Mayweather Jr and Saul Alvarez

    Floyd Mayweather Jr says his track record will prove pivotal in Saturday's light-middleweight unification fight against Saul Alvarez in Las Vegas.

    Mayweather has won all 44 of his fights, while Mexican Alvarez, 23, has 42 wins and a draw from 43 contests.

    "I've got a lot more experience than he has at this level. I think that is going to play a major key," says the 36-year-old American.

  166. 0941: 

    Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers and Burnley issue a joint statement ahead of Saturday's east Lancashire derby.

    "We encourage all supporters attending this game to respect each other and the authorities," it says.

    "An east Lancashire derby between our two historic clubs is always a special occasion and we hope Saturday's Championship game will be remembered for the action on the pitch and the positive backing of both sets of supporters."


    Allen Green: MOTD regularly highlights English talent at club level, so the problem is simply the players don't knit well internationally!

    Joe Wedgwood: Scotland look promising under Strachan. England lack creativity, Walcott must start performing on big stage too.

    Tom Newstead: Wilshere also jumping on "job well done" band wagon! "Could've nicked a few goals"...?! We had one shot on target all night!

    Will England make it to Brazil? Why are the home nations struggling? How do Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland fans feel about their managers? Tweet #bbcsportsday

  168. 0936: 
    Michal Bilek

    Czech Republic coach Michal Bilek resigns after his side's World Cup dreams were all but ended with a 2-1 defeat by Italy.

    They now sit in fourth, four points off second place, with two games remaining in qualifying Group B.

    "I have not met the goal we have set for ourselves and... I offer my resignation," the 48-year-old said in a statement.

  169. 0927: 

    Durham take a 14.5-point lead over Yorkshire into their home Championship Division One game against Derbyshire. Pace bowler Jamie Harrison is back in Durham's squad after overcoming an ankle problem.

    Yorkshire have an unchanged squad as they look to keep the pressure on their title rivals by beating Sussex at Hove, but the home side will be strengthened by the likely inclusion of England wicketkeeper Matt Prior.

    Third-placed Middlesex, who are 28.5 points behind Durham, must manage without seam bowler Corey Collymore, who has flown home to the Caribbean for personal reasons, as they take on YB40 finalists Notts at Lord's.

    Bottom club Surrey face Somerset, the team immediately above them, in a match which neither can afford to lose.

  170. 0925: 

    New Zealand name a 17-man training squad ahead of the World Cup, with rugby union-bound Benji Marshall not included at his own request.

    The 2010 Golden Boot winner is set to join Super Rugby side, the Blues.

    Former Wigan half-back Thomas Leuluai, now of New Zealand Warriors, is also in the squad.

    "We're naturally disappointed to not have Benji available for World Cup selection," said selector Tony Iro. "We understand the circumstances and wish him well."

  171. 0922: 

    European Rugby Cup, which runs the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup, will meet all parties concerned on Wednesday in Dublin following Tuesday's breakaway announcement.

    Top-flight clubs in England and France say they are to set up a new tournament to replace the Heineken Cup from next season, with teams from the other European countries invited to join.

    They are unhappy with the differing ways teams qualify for the cup and how proceeds are shared.

  172. 0916: 

    There was a big story from the world of Formula 1 overnight, with Kimi Raikkonen agreeing to join Fernando Alonso at Ferrari in 2014.

    The Finn, who won the world title with Ferrari in 2007 but was replaced by Alonso at the end of 2009, has signed a one-year deal with an option for 2015.

    Raikkonen, 33, will replace Felipe Massa, who announced on Twitter that he will leave at the end of the season.

  173. 0911: 
    Brett Seymour

    Castleford Tigers sign Australian half-back Brett Seymour on a one-year deal.

    The 28-year-old was released by Hull FC earlier this year after crashing his car while suffering from depression.

    "I'm looking at this as a fresh start," he tells BBC Radio Leeds. "A one-year deal gives both parties a chance to look at each other and, if things are going well, I'm sure we can sort a new deal."

  174. 0907: 

    England midfielder Jack Wilshere on England's 0-0 World Cup draw with Ukraine: "I think it is a job well done. It is a tough place to come, we had a game plan that we stuck to and we could have even nicked a few goals, but in the end I think it was a fair result.

    "We have two qualifiers coming up at home and we expect to win our home games. If we win those we are going to be on the plane to Brazil, so that was a good point.

    "It was probably my biggest international game so far, my first really tough one away from home, it was a World Cup qualifier, in a hostile atmosphere and it was good for me."

  175. 0906: 

    More from BBC Monitoring on Ukraine's draw with England.

    Amid claims that the home side were too cautious, winger Andriy Yarmolenko said: "When we went onto the pitch we played to win. Although, judging by the game, I cannot say that either of the teams deserved a victory in this match."

    Ukrainian newspaper Segodnya said in an article entitled "God saved England" that "higher powers kept the English goal intact" when Ukraine had opportunities to score. "This is not the best outcome, but not the worst either," the paper said.

  176. 0905: 

    BBC Monitoring have been looking at the reaction in Ukraine to their draw with England.

    Ukraine midfielder Yevhen Konoplyanka says his team should have won: "Of course, we should respect the opponent, but I think we lost two points.

    "We had more opportunities, we controlled the game, and the opponent had a good opportunity only at the 92nd minute of the game. So, if we take into account that we played against England then a draw is a good result. But if we judge by the game, we should have won."

    That was not the opinion of coach Mykhaylo Fomenko, however, who said his team did well to achieve a draw: "That was a point gained. Let us not forget that we played against a team that represents the elite of European football, and it was clearly seen on the pitch."

  177. 0902: 
    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    "I always put myself second - I like to make others happy. Wherever I have played, I have won. But I only feel satisfied if my team-mates, the fans, everyone is happy. I have a big heart," Zlatan Ibrahimovic is nothing like his public persona as BBC Sport's Ben Smith finds out.

  178. 0901: 
    Scotland's Ikechi Anya

    Scotland's Ikechi Anya labels his first start for Scotland as "perfect" after opening the scoring in a 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Macedonia on Tuesday.

    The 25-year-old Watford player adds: "I was lucky to start and luckily I had a good game. It was perfect.

    "When you go on the pitch, you just focus on giving it your all. Sometimes you play good and sometimes you play bad. Luckily for me, things went well. But it's not just about me - it was an amazing team performance."

  179. 0850: 

    The latest round of County Championship matches begin later and Lancashire have the chance to clinch promotion back to Division One as they face win-less bottom club Leicestershire at Old Trafford.

    Victory with a minimum of 19 points will be enough to send the Red Rose county up, just 12 months on from relegation, but they will be without skipper Glen Chapple (hamstring).

    Zimbabwe pace bowler Kyle Jarvis comes into the squad and batsman Simon Katich makes his final appearance before returning to Australia.

  180. 0844: 

    USA, who overcame Mexico 2-0 in Ohio, and Costa Rica, who drew with Jamaica in Kingston, qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

    Ten teams have now qualified: Brazil (hosts), Japan, Australia, Iran, South Korea, Netherlands, Italy, United States, Costa Rica and Argentina.


    Darren Painter: I think the main reason for the home countries struggling is the intake of foreign players to the Premier League.

    Gaynor Nash: It's obvious. Too many players from home nations are not getting enough Premier League/Scottish Premiership playing time.

    Andrew: I'm Scottish and our problem is we are not giving our young players a chance playing in the first team.

  182. 0830: 

    Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill says his team's performance in the 3-2 World Cup qualifying defeat by Luxembourg was "unacceptable".

    "We did not deserve anything out of the game - Luxembourg were better than us," O'Neill said. "We have no right to think we are better than them. Our energy and work-rate was not at the level required.

    "We were fortunate to go ahead and we didn't learn from that. Then after we get level, we lose from a set-piece."

    Northern Ireland have won one of their eight qualifying games.

  183. 0827: 
    Wales defender James Collins

    Manager Chris Coleman says West Ham defender James Collins refused to join the Wales squad before the 3-0 defeat by Serbia on Tuesday.

    Coleman claims he invited the 30-year-old former Aston Villa player to join the squad after suspension and injury ruled out Ashley Williams and Sam Ricketts.

    "James explained to me that he didn't want to come into the squad after being on stand-by because psychologically he was disappointed," said Coleman. "But that's not the attitude I'm looking for."


    England still have it all to do to qualify for the World Cup, while Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland cannot qualify. Why are the home nations struggling?

    Will England make it to Brazil? Is Chris Coleman the right man to lead Wales forward? Is the future bright for Scotland under Gordon Strachan? What now for Northern Ireland? Tweet #bbcsportsday

  185. 0817:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    "England may have achieved one of the two acceptable results available to them when they landed in Kiev on Sunday, but the fact remains that the only teams they have beaten in Group H so far are Moldova and San Marino.

    "They have put off overcoming the likes of Montenegro and Poland - and of course Ukraine - until the point where it matters most.

    "So, despite the healthy outlook and the favour of home advantage, England must break a habit to secure the results they need to guarantee automatic qualification."

  186. 0812: 

    So how do the national newspapers rate England's performance in Kiev?

    "This was one horrible performance by England, highlighting many technical flaws, but this was also one sweet qualifying point against their Group H rivals," writes the Daily Telegraph.

    The Daily Express: "England held on for a precious World Cup qualifying point - but their chances of making Brazil 2014 remain on a knife edge."

    And the Guardian writes: "A draw, Roy Hodgson will inevitably say, represents a satisfying night and, in one way at least, he would be justified."

  187. 0810: 

    England will definitely be at next summer's World Cup if they beat Montenegro and Poland - both at Wembley - in their final two qualifying games after securing a 0-0 draw away to Ukraine on Tuesday.

    But manager Roy Hodgson says he is "surprised" with the negative reaction to the result. Former England striker Gary Lineker tweeted: "We're seeing a lot of one-touch football. England have a touch. Ukraine have a touch. England have a touch... "

    Hodgson said: "Before the game, the feeling among a lot of people was that a draw would be a good result. I'm surprised to hear what I thought was a good performance and result might be being seen as an underwhelming performance."

  188. 0800: 
    England captain Steven Gerrard

    Welcome to Wednesday's Sportsday Live where we will reflect on a night of mixed results for the home nations in World Cup qualifying and also preview the return of the Premier League on Saturday.

    The United States and Costa Rica might have booked their tickets to Brazil 2014, but England still have it all to do after an uninspiring goalless draw away to Ukraine. Wales and Northern Ireland both lost, but Scotland won in Macedonia.

    The penultimate round of country cricket fixtures start, with Lancashire having the chance to clinch promotion back to Division One as they face win-less bottom club Leicestershire. We will have all updates from all seven fixtures across both divisions as well as all the latest breaking sports news.

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