Sportsday - Friday 8 February as it happened

Reaction to BBC Sport's manager league table, build-up to the weekend's matches and England Six Nations team news.

8 February 2013 Last updated at 19:02 GMT

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  1. 0755: 

    Good morning, and welcome to Sportsday.

    As ever, we start with a selection of stories from our Football Gossip column.

    Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic, 23, has replaced 31-year-old David Villa of Barcelona as the striker at the top of Arsenal's summer hit-list.

    Full story: Daily Mirror

    Frank Lampard has offers from around the world for when his deal expires this summer, and the midfielder currently favours a switch to Premier League leaders Manchester United.

    Full story: Daily Star

    Patrick Vieira, 36, is in line for a surprise return to Arsenal after manager Arsene Wenger spoke to him out about the job of replacing Liam Brady as head of youth development.

    Full story: Daily Mail

  2. 0801:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 5 live sports extraWOMEN'S CRICKET WORLD CUP

    England are 48-6 after 13 overs in pursuit of 148 to win in their first Super Six match.

    You can follow all the action from Mumbai on BBC 5 live sports extra, and on the BBC website's live text commentary.

  3. 0804: 

    Premier League clubs will be punished with a points deduction if they breach new spending controls.

    Each team will not be allowed to make a total loss of more than £105m over the next three seasons and must limit their player wage bills from next season.

    "If people break the £105m we will look for the top-end ultimate sanction range - a points deduction," said Premier League boss Richard Scudamore.

  4. 0807: 

    Frank Lampard says he has no plans to call time on his England career and wants to play in next year's World Cup.

    The midfielder's Chelsea future has been subject of speculation with the 34-year-old in the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge.

    "The World Cup is certainly a target for me and I will try to keep playing at a good enough level to get there," says Lampard.

  5. 0809: 

    Great Britain's hopes of qualifying for their first Winter Olympics since 1948 have suffered a blow after a 6-2 opening defeat by hosts Latvia last night.

    Team GB must top the group in this final qualification tournament, with two matches against France and Kazakhstan to play.


    The Premier League has announced proposals to limit spending, with points deductions possible for clubs that lose more than £105m over three seasons from 2013-14.

    What do you think of the proposals? Do they go too far or are they not strong enough? Let us know on Twitter by using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  7. 0819: 

    It's the fourth and final day of testing in Jerez, Spain, and our live text commentary is already up & running.

    "All eyes will be on Lewis Hamilton this morning," says BBC's Chief F1 writer Andrew Benson.

    "Team-mate Nico Rosberg finally got some good running on Thursday, completing 148 laps in a car that had not managed 30 over the previous two days, and Hamilton will be hoping it is as reliable for him. Hamilton will be trying out Mercedes' new front wing, which Rosberg described as a 'good direction', albeit while also admitting he was 'struggling with understeer'."

  8. 0825: 

    Britain are in action against Portugal in the Fed Cup in Israel.

    Laura Robson is already a set up in the opening match of the tie against Margarida Moura in Eilat.

  9. 0830: 
    Champions League trophy

    Uefa has announced that the cheapest seats at this year's Champions League final, to be held at Wembley, will be £68.

    That's a reduction from £176 when European club football's showpiece event was last held there two years ago.

  10. 0832: 

    A Texan company has filed a lawsuit to recoup $12m (£7.6m) from disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.

    SCA Promotions insured bonuses paid to Armstrong when he claimed his fourth, fifth and sixth Tour de France wins.

    They say Armstrong "perpetuated what may well be the most outrageous, elaborate and cold-hearted lie" in sport history.

  11. 0841: 

    Dimitar Berbatov is a doubt for Fulham's trip to Norwich with a hamstring problem.

    Dutch international Urby Emanuelson could make his first start after arriving on loan from AC Milan at the end of the recent transfer window, while Martin Jol is still to assess the fitness of his 12 players who spent midweek on international duty, with Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz only expected to return on the eve of the trip to Carrow Road.

  12. 0846: 

    Laura Robson has got Britain's Fed Cup tie against Portugal off to a flying start, despatching Margarida Moura 6-2 6-1 in Eilat,

  13. 0851: 

    The Premier League has announced proposals to limit spending over three years from the start of next season. 13 of the 20 top-flight clubs are understood to have voted in favour of the proposals, with Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, Manchester City, Aston Villa, Swansea City and Southampton voting against, while Reading abstained.

    What do you think? Let us know via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Oliver Jones on Twitter: "It doesn't matter what restrictions you put in - clubs will always find loopholes. Undisclosed fees show that"

    Jim White on Twitter: "Limits on spending will just mean Man United will walk the table every year. Only Chelsea and City offer any competition!"

    Olukiran Olukunle on Twitter: "Introducing the FFP rule is very good, especially the wage cap part of it, even though rich clubs will still get richer."

  14. 0854:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 5 live sports extraWOMEN'S CRICKET WORLD CUP

    England are 74-6 in pursuit of 148 to beat Australia in the first Super Six match in Mumbai with 22 overs remaining.

    You can hear live commentary on BBC 5 live sports extra, and keep in touch with live text updates on the BBC Sport website.

  15. 0902: 

    Former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee insists his sport is clean in the wake of the revelations regarding doping and match-fixing in Australian sport.

    "We want to see some evidence and if someone is being caught then show us," Lee said.

    "All I can say is on behalf of the Australian cricket team and anyone who wants to play for their country, everyone is doing the right thing and making sure they are training very hard."

  16. 0906: 

    Former Birmingham City & West Brom striker Geoff Horsfield, who overcame testicular cancer four years ago, has revealed he has had a blood clot on his lungs.

    "I am very, very lucky," Horsfield told the Birmingham Mail. "This came from nowhere, I've never known pain like it, and after what happened with the cancer I know I've had an escape again."

  17. 0915: 

    Reading forward Noel Hunt is back in contention for the Royals' trip to Stoke tomorrow.

    Hunt has missed the last two Barclays Premier League games with an unspecified injury but is in the squad that will travel to the Britannia Stadium.

    Manager Brian McDermott will be hoping Jamaica international trio Adrian Mariappa, Jobi McAnuff and Garath McCleary will have returned unscathed following a midweek draw in Mexico.

    Jason Roberts (hip) and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (shoulder) remain sidelined.

  18. 0920: 

    The Premier League has proposed limits on spending over the next three season, and we're asking what you think via Twitter on the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Sean Ranson on Twitter: "Unless regs are strictly enforced & deals like the Etihad Stadium sponsorship are banned no FFP rules will make any difference"

    Leigh Duffy on Twitter: "Think it's a bit to late now big spenders r making tiny tweaks to squads now not dramatic changes"

    Pipey on Twitter: "Tightly run financially at preset at Reading, completely understand the abstain, won't affect us either way"

    13 of the 20 top-flight clubs are understood to have voted in favour of the proposals, with Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, Manchester City, Aston Villa, Swansea City and Southampton voting against, while Reading abstained.

  19. 0928:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 5 live sports extraWOMEN'S CRICKET WORLD CUP

    It looks like it is going to be a tight finish in Mumbai, as England chase down 148 to beat Australia in the first Super Six match.

    England are 96-7, so listen in on BBC 5 live sports extra and follow the live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  20. 0933: 

    Heather Watson has lost the first set of her Fed Cup match against Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal 6-1.

    Earlier this morning, Laura Robson despatched Margarida Moura 6-2 6-1 in Eilat, Israel.

  21. 0943: 

    Brek Shea could be in line to make his Stoke debut in tomorrow's clash with Reading at the Britannia Stadium.

    Shea is eligible to play in the game after the formalities of his move from FC Dallas were completed this week and Potters boss Tony Pulis will now assess the fitness of the 22-year-old United States winger, who has been recovering from a foot operation.

    Marc Wilson, recovering from a broken leg, may be involved after playing in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday.

  22. 0947: 

    Danny Graham says that Sunderland was the only destination he was interested in during the recent transfer window, following his move from Swansea City.

    "Norwich and Boro were interested in me, but it was always the Sunderland move that I personally wanted to happen," the striker tells the Sunderland Echo.

    "The chance to return home to the North East was a massive attraction for me."

  23. 0953: 
    Paul Gascoigne and John Barnes

    John Barnes has been speaking about his former England team mate Paul Gascoigne on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It's sad to see what has happened to him and we hope he can get some help. Football can always do more to help and what we have to recognise is that for every Paul Gascoigne or Gordon Banks, you still have players who no one has ever heard of who still have problems. There are so many players out there and football is doing all it can to raise the profile of problems."

  24. 1000: 

    What do you make of the Premier League's proposals to limit spending over the next three seasons? Let us know using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Jeet Kotedia on Twitter: "It's a good thing. It will stop teams like Man City and Chelsea buying their way to winning trophies."

    Tom Edwards on Twitter: "In what other business is it acceptable to make losses of £105m over 3 years? Any other business would be shut down."

    Jay on Twitter: "Just like there's a key for every lock, there's a way out for every rule. Happens with taxes and will happen with FFP."

  25. 1004: 

    Sir Alex Ferguson is unhappy that Phil Jones' bout of shingles, which kept the Man United defender out of this week's England Under 21 game, became public knowledge.

    "What about doctor confidentiality?" said Ferguson. "We are disappointed with that.

    "It is something we have to address, the FA is a big organisation, things can leak from a lot of different places.

    "But that was a conversation between our doctor and theirs, and shouldn't have gone any further."

  26. 1012: 

    England have lost a thriller in Mumbai by just two runs. Chasing 148 to beat Australia in the Super Six match, Colvin edged Osbourne through to wicketkeeper Fields with the thinnest of touches.

    It was a brave effort from England, who were 39-6 at one stage and a determined last-wicket stand got them even closer, but it was not to be.

  27. 1016: 

    James Haskell replaces Ben Morgan for England's Six Nation match against Ireland in Dublin this Sunday.

    Coach Stuart Lancaster has named Haskell at blindside flanker, with Tom Wood moving over to number eight in the only change to the side that started last Saturday's win over Scotland.

    Team: Alex Goode, Chris Ashton, Brad Barritt, Billy Twelvetrees, Mike Brown, Owen Farrell, Ben Youngs; Joe Marler, Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, Geoff Parling, James Haskell, Chris Robshaw, Tom Wood.

  28. 1021: 

    Heather Watson has lost her Fed Cup match against Michelle Larcher de Brito in Eilat, Israel.

    The Portuguese player took the second match of the tie 6-1 6-4 to level things up after Laura Robson's earlier victory.

  29. 1025: 

    Southampton left-back Luke Shaw is a doubt for tomorrow's clash with Premier League champions Manchester City.

    The 17-year-old picked up a ligament problem ahead of his England Under-21s debut against Sweden in midweek, while fellow full-back Nathaniel Clyne, another to drop out of Stuart Pearce's squad, may also be unavailable.

    Gaston Ramirez and Guly do Prado are also possibly out, while Jose Fonte is sidelined. Adam Lallana could make his first start since suffering a knee injury on 8 December and recent signing Vegard Forren could make his debut.

  30. 1032: 

    England coach Stuart Lancaster has been explaining his decision to leave his centre pairing of Billy Twelvetrees and Brad Barritt unchanged despite the availability of Manu Tuilagi following his return from an ankle injury.

    "A lot of the players performed very well and with Manu coming back into the equation it gave us some selection decisions," Lancaster said.

    "But with the centres playing well last week and Manu still returning to match fitness, having not played for the last four weeks, he and others will give us great options from the bench in what I am sure will be a physical encounter."

  31. 1034: 

    Paul Lambert believes Aston Villa need at least five wins & a couple of draws out of the remaining 13 to avoid relegation.

    With Villa on 21 points & without a win since mid-December, Lambert says that victory at home to West Ham is essential.

    "We must stop conceding so many unnecessary corners. It's time we turned our good performances like last week at Everton into wins. We need at least 5 wins but that also depends on how other teams are going."

    Lambert said that Richard Dunne has had another setback with his groin problem & will return to the USA for further treatment. 'It's a blow because we miss his leadership & experience. He's weeks away from playing for us."

  32. 1042: 

    What do you make of the Premier League's proposals to limit spending over the next three seasons? Let us know using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Tony Gath on Twitter: "FFP will now just give advantages to teams with large stadiums"

    Ben Wilks on Twitter: "They should be introducing ticket price caps as well as capping spending. Unfortunately it looks like fans will be charged more"

    Nick KCCO on Twitter: "I just hope new financial restrictions will help youngsters be given more of a chance to help future English/British teams."

  33. 1045: 
    Vincent Kompany

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany may be in contention for the Premier League champions' visit to Southampton tomorrow.

    Kompany has been sidelined by a calf injury that was expected to keep him out until after next week's FA Cup fifth-round tie with Leeds.

    "We are optimistic," said manager Roberto Mancini. "He trained yesterday, and two days ago. After today we will decide."

    Mancini also confirmed Yaya and Kolo Toure will be available after Ivory Coast's earlier than expected exit from the African Nations Cup.

  34. 1049: 

    Here is today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official

    Name the 7 players who have scored over 250 points in the Five/Six Nations?

  35. 1058: 

    Melbourne forward Kevin Proctor has been ruled out of his side's World Club Challenge clash with Leeds Rhinos later this month after sustaining a knee injury in the Storm's warm-up match in Geelong.

  36. 1100: 

    England coach Roy Hodgson has refused to comment on a possible England return for Rio Ferdinand.

    "It seems to me all I ever do is answer questions about Rio," Hodgson said.

    "I am not prepared, every time we play, to keep revisiting something which I have revisited at every single press conference for the last 10 months."

  37. 1107: 

    DJ Campbell moves to Blackburn Rovers on loan for three months from Queens Park Rangers.

    The Premier League side have a recall clause that can be activated after the first 28 days of the deal.


    What do you make of the Premier League's proposals to limit spending over the next three seasons? Let us know using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Chinmay2603 on Twitter: "Overall economy is struggling. Players don't understand what common man has to go through to make ends meet. Wage cap is must."

    Tim Collingwood on Twitter: "It could have a huge knock on effect to youth development as teams look to build rather than buy. Good news for England?"

    Thomas Adoyi on Twitter: "The financial cap will curtail player influence in terms of of skyrocketing wages & ultimately keep the clubs healthier."

  39. 1121: 

    Brazilian club Gremio are to ban their fans from performing their famous 'avalanche' celebration after eight supporters were injured last month when a fence collapsed.

    The celebration involves the crowd behind the nets charging en masse to the front of the stand after a goal is scored.

    "We have to face the facts after what happened. There's no alternative but to install seats," club president Fabio Koff tells Brazilian media.

  40. 1126: 

    Great Britain win the first set of their doubles game against Portugal 6-2.

    Judy Murray's squad are one of 16 sides competing to gain promotion to World Group II.

  41. 1133: 

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini refuses to concede the Premier League title to leaders Manchester United.

    "The season is long," he says. "Nine points today could be nothing.

    "With 13 games to play it's important we believe and continue to try and win all of our games. Maybe we won't win 13 but... United were better than us until now and have nine points more, but in three months everything can change like last year."

  42. 1144: 

    Great Britain win the doubles game against Portugal 6-2 6-1 to take a 2-1 victory.

    The team face Hungary on Saturday and, if they are successful, progress to a play-off on Sunday.

    Judy Murray's squad are one of 16 sides competing to gain a promotion spot to World Group II.


    What do you make of the Premier League's proposals to limit spending over the next three seasons? Let us know using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    David Whittaker on Twitter: "Spending should not be limited in the Premier League, we will miss out on the best players."

    Brad89Lewis on Twitter: "everyone saying FFP is the way forward; it's a way of keeping the big boys rich and the poor boys scraping the barrel."

    Ratty on Twitter: "Spending limits are necessary, if clubs keep spending the way they do, they will run into major trouble in the future."

  44. 1154:  
    BBC sports news correspondent Gordon Farquhar on Twitter:OLYMPICS

    "LOCOG's [London 2012 organising body] penultimate set of accounts show an operating loss of £53m. Have deferred £70m plus in revenue and say should at least break even.

    "LOCOG's budget for the games was around £2.4 billion, raised largely from private sector. Spent a further £800m on Government's behalf."

  45. 1202: 

    Sunderland winger James McClean (ankle) is almost certainly out of Saturday's Premier League clash with Arsenal.

    However, defender Carlos Cuellar (hamstring) could be back, although the game could come too soon for midfielder Lee Cattermole (knee) despite his return to training.

    Provisional squad: Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, Rose, O'Shea, Kilgallon, Bramble, Cuellar, Mangane, N'Diaye, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Larsson, Johnson, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Fletcher, Graham, Wickham.

  46. 1209: 

    Rugby players Sonny Bill Williams and Quade Cooper win their fights on a boxing card in Brisbane, Australia.

    Former All Black Williams beat South African Frans Botha on points in a 10-round fight for the vacant WBA International heavyweight title, while Wallaby fly-half Cooper knocks out his opponent in the first round of his professional boxing debut - a cruiserweight fight against a car accident investigator.

  47. 1214: 

    Burkina Faso's star player Jonathan Pitroipa is set to play in Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations final against Nigeria after his semi-final red card looks set to be reversed.

    Pitroipa was sent off against Ghana for two yellow cards. But, referee Slim Jdidi has said he made a mistake giving the second yellow card for diving.

    "Everyone realised that this referee did not officiate well," Caf president Issa Hayatou says. "They've told me the referee has sent a letter saying he got it wrong."


    What do you make of the Premier League's proposals to limit spending over the next three seasons? Let us know using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Tim Bennett on Twitter: "Premier League not going far enough. Bring in earning caps (on wages & image rights) to make it affordable for spectators."

    Dave_Holybrook on Twitter: "Man Utd have now got every other team over a barrel as they have the greatest revenue in the Prem. So smaller clubs in trouble"

    Ben Styan on Twitter: "Spending cap! About time! But will other countries follow suit or will all the best players leave to places without caps?"

  49. 1222: 

    The Tunisian Football Federation accepts the offer of resignation made by head coach Sami Trabelsi.

    Tunisia failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations after missing a late penalty in their final match, a 1-1 draw against Togo. Trabelsi was appointed in March 2011 and led Tunisia to the quarter-finals of the 2012 tournament in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

    The Federation say they have identified three possible successors, and will interview them in the coming days. The three are Nabil Maaloul, a former African Champions League winner with Esperance, Khaled Ben Yahia (manager at El Gawafel Sportives de Gafsa) and Maher Kenzari.

  50. 1227: 

    Day four of Formula 1 pre-season testing at Jerez is suspended due to an unsafe track caused by a hole developing next to a kerb.

    You can read the latest news on the live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  51. 1231: 

    The Rugby Football League announces Oldham player David Cookson has been banned by UK Anti-Doping for six months after being found guilty of breaching the RFL's anti-doping regulations.

    Cookson, a 24-year-old centre or second rower, provided a sample containing the stimulant methylhexaneamine.

    His suspension is back-dated to August 31, 2012 and ends on February 28.

  52. 1239: 

    Ashley Young (knee) returns to the Manchester United squad after a five-match absence for Sunday's Premier League game with Everton.

    Phil Jones (shingles) and Michael Carrick (hip) are available after recovering from the problems that saw them pull out of the England under-21 and senior England teams.

    Provisional squad: Lindegaard, De Gea, Amos, Rafael, Smalling, Evans, Vidic, Ferdinand, Jones, Buttner, Evra, Cleverley, Giggs, Anderson, Scholes, Carrick, Kagawa, Young, Nani, Valencia, Hernandez, Rooney, Welbeck, Van Persie.


    What do you make of the Premier League's proposals to limit spending over the next three seasons? Let us know using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Steven Atkinson on Twitter: "Spending cap controls costs for clubs, does that mean the consumer will benefit as ticket price hikes won't go up? Doubt it."

    SJC961 on Twitter: "Clearly spending needs to be limited in the PL, look at QPR, if they go down they'll really struggle to pay all their wages."

    Michael Levinsohn on Twitter: "It's not a wage cap it just stops clubs spending more than they earn."

  54. 1252: 

    Mark Cavendish wins the Tour of Qatar and takes the final stage. It is his first victory since joining Omega Pharma-QuickStep from Team Sky.

  55. 1256: 

    Testing re-commences on day four at Jerez as quick-drying cement is used to plug the hole in the circuit.

    You can read the latest news on the live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  56. 1303: 

    The Royal Mail issues a set of 11 stamps featuring some of British football's biggest names to mark the 150th anniversary of the rules of the Football Association being established.

  57. 1308: 

    QPR defender Chris Samba on Twitter: "Training before we set off to Wales for our game tomorrow against Swansea, must win the three points."


    What do you make of the Premier League's proposals to limit spending over the next three seasons? Let us know using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Graeme Lambert on Twitter: "I think Premier League costs controls are a step forward but should have cap on how much ticket prices rise to fans don't pay."

    Nathan Ashcroft on Twitter: "As far as restraints go I think teams should be allowed to make their own mistakes, adds another level of interesting risk."

  59. 1318: 

    Glasgow forward and former New Zealand international Angus MacDonald retires because of a serious neck injury.

    The 32-year-old has been limited to four appearances, three off the bench, since joining Warriors last summer following a spell in Japan.

  60. 1318: 

    Ever wondered how your favourite football club's boss would fare in a league table of managers? Has changing the man in charge made a difference to their fortunes this season?

    A study by BBC Sport has analysed the number of points returned per game from each full-time managerial spell since the start of the season.

  61. 1324: 
    Sir Alex Ferguson

    There is no surprise that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson tops the table, but there are some interesting findings elsewhere in the list...


    What do you think about football clubs changing manager? Does the BBC Sport study prove the value in football chiefs standing by their men? What is the most surprising finding? Is there any manager higher or lower on the list than you would have expected?

    Can interim managers make good permanent managers? Even if a team is doing poorly, is it risky to back a successor to improve results?

    Let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #managerleaguetable.

  63. 1335: 

    Has Chelsea's decision to get rid of Roberto Di Matteo in favour of Rafael Benitez strengthened the team's push for a top-four spot? Has Ian Holloway delivered better results in charge of Blackpool or Crystal Palace? And if Sir Alex Ferguson has the best, who has the worst record of the season so far? Find out out the answers on the BBC Sport website.


    Here are some of your early thoughts about the manager league table:

    D M Doyle on Twitter: "Pound for pound David Moyes is easily the man. Gets the best out of his team year in year out."

    Daniel Whiteside on Twitter: "Steve Kean joint fifth? Very lucky in points he gained while in charge. Not managerial material for any club."

    NB on Twitter: "Any Bolton fan who would've turned their nose up at McCarthy needs to look at at the manager league table on the BBC Sport website."

    Agree with these tweets? Or does something else stand out in the BBC Sport study? Let us know what you think on Twitter using the hashtag #managerleaguetable.

  65. 1348: 

    Hear commentary from Great Britain's Winter Olympic qualifier against France now on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

    Team GB must win to stand any hope of making it after previously losing 6-2 to Latvia.

  66. 1357: 

    John Terry is out of Chelsea's Premier League match against Wigan on Saturday after suffering inflammation of his knee.

    Goalkeeper Petr Cech (finger) and Demba Ba (broken nose) are expected to be fit, with the striker in line to play with a protective face mask, while Eden Hazard is available again after serving his three-match ban for his dismissal for kicking a ball boy against Swansea.

    David Luiz played for Brazil in mid-week and is available following a calf injury, meaning only John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses due to Nigeria's involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations final, plus long-term absentee Oriol Romeu (knee), miss out.

    Provisional squad: Cech, Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Ferreira, Luiz, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Bertrand, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Marin, Benayoun, Torres, Ba, Ake, Hilario.


    Here are some more of your thoughts about the manager league table:

    Jonathan D-M on Twitter: "Bet Blackburn wished they kept Styve Kean, seventh compared to Appleton's 63rd and Berg's 117th.

    Jamie Savin on Twitter: "Eddie Howe is a god, he's got Bournemouth firing hopefully to the Championship."

    James Connaughton on Twitter: "Regardless of how high he is, Steve Kean was never the man for the job. He should have gone in December 2011."

    Agree with these tweets? Or does something else stand out in the BBC Sport study? Let us know what you think on Twitter using the hashtag #managerleaguetable.

  68. 1406: 

    Great Britain are in action in their second qualifying match for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Having lost their opening match 6-2 against Latvia, they trail 1-0 to France at the end of the first period.

    You can listen to live commentary now on 5 live sports extra.

  69. 1409: 

    We have the answers to today's Question of Sport teaser for you and they are, in order: Ronan O'Gara, Jonny Wilkinson, Stephen Jones, Neil Jenkins, Chris Paterson, Gavin Hastings and David Humphreys.

  70. 1412: 

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is fined £12,000 for comments about assistant referee Simon Beck in the 1-1 draw at Tottenham last month.

  71. 1414: 

    Sunderland striker Connor Wickham joins Championship side Sheffield Wednesday on a month's loan. The England Under-21 player moved to Sunderland in June 2011 and has made 28 appearances for the club.

  72. 1430: 

    France go 2-0 up against Great Britain in a qualifying match for the 2014 Winter Olympics. You can listen to live commentary on 5 live sports extra.

  73. 1434: 

    West Brom issue a statement regarding Peter Odemwingie, who drove to QPR on transfer deadline day without the club's permission. The club says disciplinary action has been taken against Odemwingie, who has accepted his punishment and will resume training with the first-team.

    "This has been an extremely difficult time for the club and it was imperative that we dealt with such a serious matter both fully and correctly," chairman Jeremy Peace says.

  74. 1443: 

    It's 3-0 to France against Great Britain in the qualifying group for the 2014 Winter Olympics. You can listen to live commentary on 5 live sports extra.

  75. 1446: 

    Ireland name an unchanged team to play England in the Six Nations on Sunday after Gordon D'Arcy, Peter O'Mahony and Keith Earls overcome injuries sustained in last week's win over Wales.

    Ireland: Kearney; Gilroy, O'Driscoll, D'Arcy, Zebo; Sexton, Murray; Heaslip (captain), O'Brien, O'Mahony, Ryan, McCarthy, Ross, Best, Healy.

    Replacements: Cronin, Kilcoyne, Fitzpatrick, O'Callaghan, Henry, Reddan, O'Gara, Earls.

  76. 1450: 

    Everton hope midfielder Marouane Fellaini will recover from the hip injury that prevented him playing for Belgium in midweek in time to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

    Phil Jagielka is expected to be involved despite sitting out England's 2-1 victory against Brazil, but fellow defenders Seamus Coleman (thigh) and Tony Hibbert (calf) remain sidelined.

  77. 1500: 

    Rob Capewell on Twitter: "Micky Adams at least top 3 for me, started the season with no owners and in administration. Now we are top of the league."

    Richard Easton on Twitter: "People speaking about Moyes. Has done well but what has he won?"

    martandvic on Twitter: "I think the table looks very unfair on Brian McDermott, had early season issues, but now we are tactically sound."

  78. 1512: 

    Craig Peacock pulls a goal back for Great Britain, who now trail France 3-1 with 16 minutes remaining in the qualifying group for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Live commentary continues on sports extra.

  79. 1520: 
    Peter Odemwingie

    More from the West Brom statement on Peter Odemwingie, as the club confirm he has been disciplined for attempting to talk to QPR over a move without permission: "I understand how my actions have been viewed and want to apologise to the club and our supporters for any distress I have caused," Odemwingie says.

    "I want to reassure everyone at the club and our fans that I will continue to give my all whenever I am selected. We have enjoyed a good season so far and I aim to play my part in keeping the club as high up the table as possible."

  80. 1529: 

    After Great Britain reduce the deficit to 3-2 in their 2014 Winter Olympics qualifying match against France, a defensive error gifts the French team a fourth goal. You can listen to live commentary now on sports extra.

  81. 1532: 

    Liverpool will assess striker Daniel Sturridge over the weekend before deciding if he is fit for Monday's match against West Brom. The England international missed the midweek win over Brazil because of a thigh problem sustained at Manchester City last weekend.

    Raheem Sterling, who also withdrew from international duty, is fit but new signing Philippe Coutinho, who has had his first week of training after his move from Inter Milan, may require more time.

  82. 1540: 

    Great Britain's hopes of qualifying for the 2014 Winter Olympics end with a 4-2 defeat against France, their second defeat in the qualifying period. Reaction and analysis on 5 live sports extra now.

  83. 1546: 

    Former South Africa flanker Jan Ellis, who played 38 Tests between 1965-1976 has died aged 71.

    "Jan Ellis was one of the greatest Springbok loose forwards of any era," South African Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins said.

  84. 1554: 

    Britain's Mark Cavendish on Twitter after winning the Tour of Qatar: "Amazing to have a race full of real gentlemen today, who neutralised a close race so I could rejoin the group after crashing. Thanks to all."

  85. 1600: 

    Trevor Fisher jr shares the halfway lead with fellow South African Richard Sterne in the Joburg Open at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club after seven birdies and an eagle in a 62.

    Both players are 15 under, with five South Africans in the top six.

  86. 1604:  
    BBC Radio 5 live5 LIVE SPORT

    Tonight's 5 live Sport with Colin Murray from 19:00 GMT features the usual Kicking Off section, previewing all the weekend's big football matches with regular guests Pat Nevin and Perry Groves. Joining the team this week is former Burnley and Bolton boss Owen Coyle.

  87. 1608: 

    Liverpool defender Martin Kelly signs a new long-term contract at Anfield.

  88. 1612: 

    More of your thoughts on the Managerial League table currently on the BBC website. You can send in your views using the Twitter hashtag #managerleaguetable

    Tom Fuller on Twitter: "Eddie Howe will be one of the best managers in England in a few years. He's still only 35."

    Chris Reid on Twitter: "It's undeniable that Sir Alex is the most effective. You don't manage over 1,000 games if you're a mug do you?"

    Jonathan D-M on Twitter: "You can't really compare managers as they haven't had the same amount of games and are under different circumstances."

  89. 1617: 

    With the focus on the finances of Premier League clubs, you can assess how the English top flight compares with its German equivalent, the Bundesliga, in Saj Chowdhury's feature on the BBC website.

  90. 1623: 

    The Liverpool Echo features an interview with former Everton striker Duncan Ferguson, who is now coaching the club's young players. The Scot describes how letters from Everton fans helped him cope with his prison sentence in 1995.

  91. 1631: 

    Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has been talking to BBC Radio Solent, and says his injury-plagued spell at Portsmouth helped shape his managerial career.

    Howe played just twice for Pompey because of injury but says the time spent on the sidelines helped him learn from then manager Harry Redknapp. "It was a shame I couldn't contribute on the pitch," Howe says. "But watching from behind the scenes was a valuable learning tool."

  92. 1635:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraFOOTBALL

    Some information about commentaries we have for you over the next few days, starting with tonight, when from 19:30 GMT on 5 live sports extra you can listen to live commentary on the Championship match between Watford and Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road, which kicks off at 19:45 GMT.

    John Acres is your commentator, with summaries from former Palace striker Mark Bright.

  93. 1642:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Tottenham are pushing Chelsea for third place in the Premier League and face Newcastle in tomorrow's lunchtime kick-off at White Hart Lane. You can listen to full live commentary in 5 live Sport with Mark Pougatch from 12:00 GMT. The match starts at 12:45 GMT and Darren Fletcher will be your commentator, joined by former Spurs boss David Pleat.

    Then from 15:00 GMT it's over to Stamford Bridge to see how Chelsea fare against Wigan. John Murray is your commentator, with summaries from former Chelsea midfielder Nigel Spackman.

  94. 1647: 

    Some more comments from West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace as the club report that Peter Odemwingie has accepted a punishment for attempting to talk to QPR about a transfer without permission, and will now return to training with the first-team.

    "We have made our position very clear throughout - both privately to Peter and publicly," Peace says. "Peter has apologised for his conduct to me personally and the club and our supporters as a whole. It was important that we resolved this episode as expediently as possible to enable everyone to focus on the most important issue at this club - competing in the Premier League."

  95. 1652: 

    Scotland forward Johnnie Beattie says Italy are favourites for tomorrow's Six Nations match at Murrayfield, which is live on BBC One, mobiles and online.

    "They are not the team that maybe they were three, four, five years ago," he says. "They are a very, very different animal. We are definitely the pre-match underdogs for this game."

  96. 1657: 

    Some more of your comments regarding the Managerial League table currently on the BBC website. You can have your say using the Twitter hashtag #managerleaguetable.

    Tom Filkins on Twitter: "Nigel Adkins! 2 successive promotions is what most people can't even do on football manager!"

    Alex Dobson on Twitter: "Steve Davis, Crewe Alexandra got us to Wembley in a 19 game unbeaten streak and made two players be worth over £1million."

    Geoff Anderson on Twitter: "Eddie Howe is a genius. Turned around a poorly performing squad into genuine promotion contenders."

    Jennifer on Twitter: "Bolton Wanderers Dougie Freedman 78th, Owen Coyle 87th. Not the improvement most of us were hoping for."

  97. 1659:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCRICKET

    A reminder that New Zealand and England begin a three-match Twenty20 series in Auckland tomorrow and you can listen to ball-by-ball commentary on 5 live sports extra from 05:45 GMT.

  98. 1705: 

    Russian long jumper Tatyana Kotova has been provisionally suspended after a re-analysis of a sample dating back to the 2005 World Championships came back positive, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency announced.

    A statement on RUSADA's website said: "The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), after hearing back from the WADA-accredited Laboratory in Lausanne, initiated a review of a possible anti-doping rule violation by Russian athlete Tatyana Kotova."

  99. 1709: 

    West Brom head coach Steve Clarke insists the return of Peter Odemwingie will not have a destabilising effect on the rest of the squad.

    Clarke said: "I don't think you can say everything is back to normal because what happened, the whole episode, is something that didn't need to happen.

    "(But) I'm really pleased the club have come out with this statement because it gives me the chance as a head coach to move on. That's what myself and the players need to do."

  100. 1714: 

    Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believes his side are well-placed to repeat their treble-winning success of the 2008-09 season come the end of the campaign.

    "I think we're in a good position to lift all three trophies," he told "We've got ambition, desire and talent, which in general are the ingredients you need for victory. I think that, in the Copa del Rey, Champions League and La Liga, we've shown the kind of level that makes us believe we can be champions."


    Some more of your comments regarding the Managerial League table currently on the BBC website. You can have your say using the Twitter hashtag #managerleaguetable.

    Andy Banks on Twitter: "Great to see Mickey Adams in the top 10. Has done a great job at Port Vale considering the financial problems"

    Sam Roots on Twitter: "Technically Howe is the 2nd best manager behind Fergie! We can't complain with that!"

  102. 1730: 

    Rangers manager Ally McCoist has welcomed the increased scrutiny of the club's finances following a year of off-field turmoil. The Glasgow giants this week vowed to defend any claim from finance firm Orlit after confirming they have been in dispute with the Singapore-based organisation over an "insignificant" debt.

    "I don't think that's a bad thing actually," said McCoist. "Because of the recent history and going into administration just about a year ago next week, I'm actually delighted the finances of the club are being scrutinised. I don't have a problem with it at all."

  103. 1736: 

    Lewis Hamilton has given a cautiously optimistic assessment of his new Mercedes after his first proper run in the car in pre-season testing.

    Hamilton, who has joined Mercedes from McLaren, said: "We have some work to do but it doesn't feel like a disaster."

  104. 1741: 

    Mohammad Asif's lawyer has admitted the banned seamer fears his career is over despite an appeal hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport yesterday.

    Asif was one of three Pakistan players banned by the International Cricket Council after being found guilty of fraudulently bowling no-balls - as part of a betting scam - during the Lord's Test against England in August 2010.

    Asked if Asif feared his international career could be over, he told Press Association Sport: "That would be right. Something about that came up [in the hearing]. It's natural I think that he would feel this way. He wants to play cricket again."

  105. 1752: 

    Emmanuel Adebayor missed Tottenham training today, but will still be in the squad to face Newcastle at White Hart Lane tomorrow, Press Association Sport understands.

  106. 1755: 

    Kimi Raikkonen set the pace on the final day of the opening pre-season test in Jerez after a flying late lap in the new Lotus E21.

    The Finn set the time on a short soft-tyre run late in the day, his effort of one minute 18.148 seconds enough to edge out Force India's Jules Bianchi by just 0.027secs. Today's session was interrupted by a red flag early this afternoon when a section of kerbing broke up between turns 10 and 11, forcing a delay of around an hour as running repairs were undertaken.

  107. 1806: 

    Italy captain Sergio Parisse rejects claims that his side will start as favourites in tomorrow's RBS 6 Nations clash against Scotland at Murrayfield.

    Scotland forward Johnnie Beattie earlier claimed Scotland were "absolutely" the underdogs for the Edinburgh encounter.

    The Stade Francais forward said: "I do not agree with Johnnie Beattie. We need to keep on improving, we have only won one important game."

  108. 1812: 

    Hundreds of Galatasaray fans turned out at Istanbul airport on Friday afternoon to welcome Didier Drogba, the Ivory Coast striker who is set to sign a one-and-a-half-year deal with the Turkish league leaders.

    "I'm really happy to be here," Drogba said, in English, in an interview with the club's in-house television channel.

  109. 1820: 

    Could the Premier League learn from the Germans? BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury asks the question in this feature on the Bundesliga which you can read on the BBC Sport website here.

  110. 1828: 

    Coming up at 1830 GMT on the BBC News Channel and on this page, if you refresh it, is Sportsday. The show will include updates on Sir Alex Ferguson's charge, a look ahead to the weekend's Premier League action and Six Nations team news.

  111. 1836: 

    England's Billy Twelvetrees insists he will not be fazed by the prospect of playing against Ireland star Brian O'Driscoll, a player he grew up admiring and dreams of one day emulating.

    "As a centre he is one of those, he is world class and proves it week on week. He's a star in his own right. I'd like to think that I could be there in a few years and I'm just looking forward to proving that," he said.

  112. 1848: 

    Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara has urged his players to build on their Scottish Cup victory over Rangers when they host Hearts at Tannadice in tomorrow's Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

    It will be McNamara's second game in charge.

    "It's been a good start and it gives us something to build on going into this game with Hearts," he said. "The lads have all responded well since I came in last week and it's been good to have a full week working closer with them in training each day."

  113. 1853: 

    Match-fixing investigators in Europe believe governments in Asia are refusing to tackle betting fraud in their own countries.

    European police forces revealed 300 new cases of potential match-fixing in The Hague earlier this week. The games, mainly internationals played outside Europe between 2008 and 2011, are linked to another 380 cases.

    "It is the same crime cartel in Singapore, no doubt about it," said Friedhelm Althans of German police

  114. 1857: 

    BBC Sport's Damian Johnson in Johannesburg for the final of the Africa Cup of Nations reports: "The former Charlton Athletic and South Africa international Mark Fish says it's no surprise to him that tournament minnows Burkina Faso have made the final of the Africa Cup of Nations. They are strong and physical and will provide a stern test for the cup final favourites Nigeria."

  115. 1900: 

    That is it for today on Sportsday Live. Thanks for all your input on the managerial league table. But stay on the BBC Sport website as we have a live text commentary of the clash between Championship high-fliers Watford and Crystal Palace. Sportsday will be back on Monday at 0800 GMT.

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