McClaren gives up England job
London: Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren has given up his coaching role with England’s national team to concentrate on his club duties.
McClaren, who has been one of England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson’s assistants since 2001, said the decision was not connected with the resignation of English Football Association chief executive Adam Crozier on Thursday.
“I have decided to step down from my role to concentrate fully on the affairs of Middlesbrough Football Club,” McClaren said on Friday.
“This is purely my own decision. Indeed it is a decision I have been considering for some time as my role with Middlesbrough — which must of course be my first priority — has taken up more time.”
Srichaphan culture envoy
Bangkok: Tennis star Paradorn Srichaphan will be appointed as a cultural ambassador for Thailand and honoured with a diplomatic passport, the government announced on Friday.
Deputy Prime Minister Korn Dabbaransi said the title would be bestowed on Thailand’s newest sporting hero on November 11 in a ceremony at Government House.
Paradorn’s father and coach, Chanachai, will also be granted a diplomatic passport, he said.
The deputy premier said Paradorn and his father would also receive $ 69,280 worth of free travel on national carrier Thai Airways over the next 12 months.
Rome: Franco Carraro, president of the Italian football association (FIGC), is to meet national team boss Giovanni Trapattoni on Monday to discuss the country’s poor run of results.
Trapattoni’s job could be in danger following the 1-2 loss to Wales in a Euro 2004 championship qualifier earlier this month, a defeat that leaves the Italians facing an uphill battle to qualify for the Portugal tournament.
Italy have only won two of their last 10 matches and were knocked out of the World Cup in the second round by South Korea this summer.
Hanif Pak’s new batting coach
Karachi: Former Pakistani Test legend Hanif Mohammad has been appointed batting coach to the national side for upcoming tours to Zimbabwe and South Africa in a bid to reverse their woeful recent record at the crease, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said Friday.
“The objective is to improve the technique and patience of the batsmen in the current team and Hanif was a champion in both these areas,” PCB media spokesman Samiul Hasan said. “Hanif will serve as batting coach during the two-match Test series in Zimbabwe and then fly to South Africa for two Tests in December.”
Fake tickets on sale
Hong Kong: Organisers of a cricket tournament were blaming recent bad weather on sluggish ticket sales — then they learned that more than 1,000 fakes printed in mainland China had allegedly been sold on the black market.
“It’s very sad — this is not a commercial enterprise,” Hong Kong Cricket Association chairman Mike Walsh said on Friday.
The two-day Hong Kong sixes tournament is intended to benefit youth sports programmes here.
Melbourne as host
Melbourne: The southern Australian city of Melbourne will host the 2005 artistic gymnastics world championships, the Victoria state government announced on Friday.
“What lessons we learn from staging the world championships will ensure we’re even better prepared to host gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games in March 2006,” Victoria sports minister Justin Madden said. The November 2005 event, to be staged over 11 days would attract the best gymnasts from more than 50 nations.
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