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    Vieira - uncertain future.
    VIEIRA UNCERTAIN OVER CITY FUTURE

    Patrick Vieira has no idea whether he will still be at Manchester City next season.
    The veteran Frenchman was a calming influence in the latter weeks of the Premier League season as City claimed a prized top-four slot and will be on the bench tomorrow as they look to end that 35-year wait for silverware by beating Stoke in the FA Cup final at Wembley.
    But beyond the final two games against Stoke and Bolton next week, Vieira does not know where his future lies.
    His contract at City expires this summer and the 34-year-old is not sure whether he will be staying.
    "I really don't know," he said. "Anything can happen.
    "I just want to enjoy the cup final.
    "I am really proud of what we have achieved over the last few days. If I am part of it next season I will be happy and excited, if not I will be grateful to have been involved."
    Should City triumph, Vieira would become one of an exclusive club that have collected five winners' medals after winning the cup four times as an Arsenal player.
    Indeed, his last act at Arsenal was to score in the 2005 shoot-out against Manchester United in Cardiff.
    Arsenal have won nothing since. And their chances of ending that run over the next few years are going to be reduced if City start collecting silverware, as Vieira is sure they will.
    "If we go through the season without winning the FA Cup it would be difficult for us to accept," he said.
    "This is the start of a new era, a really successful time.
    "But the first trophy is always really important because it marks the start of everything. It would give more belief to the squad as a whole."
    Having left Milan for Manchester, it seems Vieira has merely abandoned one soccer powerhouse for another.
    By tea-time on Saturday, one half of the city could be celebrating a 19th league title and the other England's second most important domestic competition.
    For some that is cause for irritation. Vieira feels it is a sign of strength.
    "It is fantastic for Manchester as a city to have two big clubs," he said.
    "It reminds me of Milan because that was a fairly small city as well and yet it had Inter and AC.
    "Now Manchester can look forward to the same kind of rivalry."

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    Bernstein - no guarantee over Capello successor.
    NO GUARANTEE OF ENGLISH BOSS

    Football Association chairman David Bernstein has refused to guarantee Fabio Capello's successor as England manager will be English - but admits he would prefer not to appoint another foreigner.
    Capello's contract expires after Euro 2012 but Bernstein would not be drawn on the timescale for finding a replacement - or whether he would rule out appointing another foreigner.
    "I cannot confirm that he will be English," said Bernstein. "I think there is a desire for the manager to be English but I wouldn't want to close the situation and we have to judge it at the time.
    "I would not say at this stage that he has to be English, I would say at this stage it would be preferable.
    "It is an important element, but not the only criteria, I clearly recognise there is a desire in this country to have an English manager when Fabio leaves."
    Meanwhile, Bernstein admitted the controversial fixture scheduling that will see the FA Cup final and the likely Premier League title decider both take place on Saturday could be repeated next season.
    Bernstein confirmed the Euro 2012 finals next year could mean top-flight league fixtures being played on the same day as the FA Cup final again - which is traditionally the last match of the season.
    The final is also like to kick off at 5.15pm instead of the historic 3pm start.
    Stoke manager Tony Pulis has criticised the scheduling which will see this season's FA Cup final between his side and Manchester City potentially overshadowed by Manchester United clinching the Premier League title at Blackburn just minutes earlier.
    Bernstein said on Thursday: "The situation arises not because of the Premier League, but because of Champions League considerations and the fact the Champions League final takes place at Wembley in two weeks.
    "We won't be able to have the game at the end of the season next year because of the European Championships and the need for the gap between the league and Euros.
    "In the course of time, and it won't be next season - I can say that now unfortunately - we will certainly be looking to get the FA Cup on its traditional day."
    He added: "We think we will be moving to a later FA Cup final kick-off, at 5.15pm which is potentially more popular with viewers.
    "There was some reluctance in research to do that but all in all, it is a good move that will increase the TV value of the competition."

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    Muntari - will not be joining the Black Cats.
    BLACK CATS PASS UP MUNTARI OPTION

    Sunderland have decided not to take up an option to buy on-loan midfielder Sulley Muntari on a permanent deal and confirmed the Ghana international will return to Inter Milan immediately.
    Muntari has failed to impress since moving to Wearside in January and Sunderland boss Steve Bruce will look elsewhere for reinforcements in the summer.
    The 26-year-old former Portsmouth star contributed to the Black Cats' winner at Bolton last week - his shot was bundled into his own net by Zat Knight - but has otherwise disappointed and will not feature for the club again.
    Bruce said: "Sulley has been a great professional in his time here and naturally we'd like to thank him for his contribution to our season and wish him all the best for the future."

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    Dalglish - permanent Liverpool deal.
    COMOLLI: DALGLISH IS LIKE WENGER

    Liverpool's director of football Damien Comolli has likened Kenny Dalglish to Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger in terms of their philosophies on football.
    The 60-year-old Scot was confirmed as permanent manager on a three-year contract, having turned around a foundering season after replacing Roy Hodgson in January with the team struggling in 12th in the Premier League.
    Comolli worked for Wenger for seven years as a European scout but already in just over four months alongside Dalglish he has seen similarities.
    "The first thing is the quality of the football. Kenny insists on quality of passing and movement on the pitch," said the Frenchman.
    "Secondly, when you are talking about individual players they both like intelligent players who can see things.
    "When Kenny talks about players, he talks about whether they can see a pass in the final third. What about their vision? That's something Arsene talks about.
    "They both have a massive ability to give confidence to the team and to the players. They bring self-belief into the young players by saying 'You are good so that is why you are playing'. That gives fantastic confidence to young players.
    "The other thing they say is 'Don't do anything different to what you have been doing. It doesn't matter that you're at Anfield or the Emirates, just play your normal game. If I pick you it's because you are good enough'. That's a fantastic approach Kenny has got with young players.
    "His man-management of the squad has been tremendous. He has this ability to breed confidence in the senior players and to relax the young players and make them feel comfortable when they are playing the biggest game of their lives.
    "That's been the most impressive thing for me."
    Dalglish is very familiar with the younger players at the club as, prior to his appointment in January, he was an ambassador for the academy and watched hours of youth team games and training sessions.
    He has integrated the likes of John Flanagan (18) and Jack Robinson (17) as well as pushing the merits of midfielder Jonjo Shelvey (18) and Martin Kelly (21).
    And with owners Fenway Sports Group keen to lower the average age of the squad and start finding greater value for money in signings Dalglish's influence has not gone unnoticed.
    "If you take the 20 youngest players who have played in the Premier League this season we have three - Jonjo, Jack Robinson and John Flanagan and that is all credit to Kenny," said Comolli.
    Dalglish stressed that although confirmation of his appointment had taken a while coming, it had not been a concern as all he was focused on was improving matters on the pitch.
    Now it has been sorted he has no plans to change the way he has been working alongside assistant Sammy Lee and coach Steve Clark, who has also signed a three-year contract having arrived with Dalglish in January.
    "The fact it has only happened now does not take away from our devotion or dedication to get results," said the Reds boss.
    "The place is much more stable now than it was before, the supporters have smiles on their faces and it is up to us to keep them there as long as we can.
    "But we are not going to sit here and shout our mouth off about what we are going to do."

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    Adams - back at Port Vale.
    MICKY ADAMS RETURNS TO VALE

    Micky Adams has returned as manager of Port Vale, it was announced today.
    The 49-year-old left Vale Park in the new year to manage his boyhood club Sheffield United.
    But he failed to keep the Blades in the npower Championship and was sacked on Tuesday after winning just four games since his appointment.
    Adams now returns to Port Vale, who finished 11th in League Two this season.
    "I always said that Sheffield United would be the only club to tempt me away from Vale and ultimately, I let my heart rule my head," Adams told Vale's official website.
    "I have followed Vale's fortunes closely since I left in January and no-one is more disappointed than me that the club did not achieve promotion this season."
    The club's chairman Bill Bratt said: "When we learned that Micky had become available, it was clear that he was our preferred candidate.
    "I have always found Micky to be an honest and up-front character and although I am disappointed for him personally that things did not work out at Sheffield United, their loss is most definitely our gain."
    Mark Grew had been in caretaker charge at Vale Park. Jim Gannon had taken over from Adams but only lasted just over 10 weeks in the job.

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    Kilkenny - expected to move on from Elland Road.
    KILKENNY SET TO LEAVE LEEDS

    Leeds United chairman Ken Bates expects Neil Kilkenny to leave this summer while Mike Grella and Federico Bessone have been transfer listed.
    Kilkenny is out of contract and although it has been mooted that both parties could still concur on new terms, Bates insists Leeds' financial position is unlikely to change.
    The Australia international has been a regular in manager Simon Grayson's first team on the back of promotion, but Bates does not believe he will be a Leeds player next season.
    Bradley Johnson is another regular who is a free agent this summer, although Bates has again acknowledged that for a deal to be agreed his demands need to be reduced.
    Two players set for the Elland Road exit door are Grella and Bessone, who had spells with Swindon Town and Charlton Athletic in League One respectively last term.
    Charlton manager Chris Powell has already expressed an interest in keeping former Swansea defender Bessone at The Valley for the new campaign.
    The pair are contracted to Leeds next season, but Bates admits they no longer feature in the club's plans and are free to move on during the close season.
    "We'll be talking to their agents, but I don't think there'll be any movement on our side. Kilkenny will probably be moving on and we wish him luck," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
    "Bradley, I don't know. He wants to stay at Leeds and the manager would like him to stay at Leeds but not at the kind of money his agent was looking for.
    "Grella will not be playing for us anymore. One or two clubs are looking at him and we won't stand in his way.
    "Similarly, Bessone won't be figuring in our plans for next season and already one club has expressed an interest in him. We're a helpful club in that respect.
    "If someone doesn't fit into our plans then we sort them out."

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    Evans - new signing at Hull.
    HULL POUNCE TO TAKE EVANS

    Hull have revealed midfielder Corry Evans has made his loan move from Manchester United permanent.
    The 20-year-old has signed a deal that will keep him at the KC Stadium until 2014 after the clubs agreed an undisclosed fee.
    The Northern Ireland international made 18 appearances for the Tigers during a loan spell this season - scoring on his debut against Reading and finding the net twice thereafter.
    Hull manager Nigel Pearson also added Joe Dudgeon to his squad on Wednesday.

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    Graham Dorrans - almost back in training.
    DORRANS ON THE WAY BACK

    West Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans is poised to return to training next week after more than two months out of action with an ankle problem.
    But Baggies head coach Roy Hodgson has ruled him out of the final Barclays Premier League clash of the season at Newcastle plus Scotland's programme of summer internationals.
    Dorrans has been sidelined since sustaining the injury during training in early March.
    Hodgson said: "The good news is Graham might be able to join in training next week, which would be very good.
    "It will be good to get him back involved on the training pitch before he goes away for the summer break.
    "But there is no chance he will play against Newcastle and he won't be involved with Scotland.
    "It would be madness for him to play for Scotland because he has not played for months."
    Hodgson will have skipper Chris Brunt and defender Steven Reid available for Saturday's home encounter with Everton.
    Midfielder Brunt and Reid have missed the last two games against Aston Villa and Wolves with hamstring and calf problems respectively.

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    Bruce - will remain patient.
    STRIKER SEARCH TO TAKE TIME - BRUCE

    Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has admitted he may have to remain patient as he attempts to recruit the strikers he wants to take the club to the next level.
    The Black Cats' hopes of securing a top-10 Barclays Premier League finish this season have been severely dented by Darren Bent's unexpected departure for Aston Villa in January and the injuries which have hit Asamoah Gyan, Danny Welbeck and Fraizer Campbell.
    With Welbeck only on loan at the Stadium of Light from Manchester United and Bruce not expecting Sir Alex Ferguson to allow him to leave, and Campbell expected to miss most of next season with another knee problem, there is little doubt where the manager's main focus will be as he attempts to strengthen his squad this summer.
    However, he knows he will not be the only top-flight boss hunting for frontmen - derby rivals Newcastle, for example, are looking for a replacement for Andy Carroll, who made a 35million switch to Liverpool a fortnight after Bent's defection.
    In the circumstances, Bruce believes he may have to wait for the merry-go-round to spring into action before he can make his move.
    He said: "We are doing our job and looking at what is available and what's not available, but there is nobody, really, not yet.
    "I don't think teams have made their minds up yet, especially the big ones - and it is usually the big ones who cause the knock-on effect, if they are going to change their strikers, for example.
    "We will see what develops."
    Both Sunderland and Newcastle have an interest in Lorient's Kevin Gameiro, although he has indicated he is looking for Champions League football, while on the domestic front, Cardiff's Jay Bothroyd has been mentioned in dispatches and they were today linked with Roman Pavlyuchenko of Tottenham.
    But the Black Cats are searching far and wide and while Bruce's forays into the South and Central Americans markets during his time on Wearside have proved less successful than earlier in his career, he is considering a wide range of possibilities.
    While recruitment plans will account for much of the club's work during the close-season, Bruce and his medical staff will also try to get to the bottom of the plague of injuries which has decimated the squad this season.
    Sheer bad luck has played its part in that catalogue, but the number of serious knee problems in particular has prompted the Black Cats to analyse every facet of their training regime in an effort to identify any contributory factors.
    Bruce said: "I have had a meeting with our medical people, and there are only nine people in the squad who have completed more than 60 per cent of the games, which is a horrible statistic.
    "It has been one of those horrible years. We could say, 'We are doing this wrong', 'Is the pitch is wrong?', 'Is training wrong?', 'Is this wrong?'.
    "At the end of the day, five or six of the injuries we have had are trauma injuries - Michael Turner, for instance, hits the post; David Meyler against Manchester United; Fraizer Campbell against Manchester City - all of them happen on a Saturday, which you can't do anything about."
    Meanwhile, midfielder Meyler, one of those who has been laid low by a knee injury this season, is to spend a month in America working with the Vermont-based specialist who helped Chelsea's Michael Essien fight his way back from cruciate ligament damage, and Campbell will follow him when he reaches a similar point in his rehabilitation.

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    Curtis Main - Middlesbrough move.
    BORO DEAL FOR CURTIS MAIN

    Middlesbrough have handed a one-year deal to teenage striker Curtis Main.
    The 18-year-old, who became the youngest player to represent Darlington at senior level at just 15 in May 2008, has signed a 12-month contract with the option of a further year.
    Manager Tony Mowbray told the club's official website: "I saw enough of him in a couple of days' training with us to know he's got potential.
    "If I compare him to other lads at a similar age level to him who we already have here, he looks physically ready. He's a powerful lad and what we will try to do is mould him into a first-team player over the next couple of years.
    "But we are signing him for the reserve-team level and he will train with [reserve team coach] Steve Agnew and the other younger pros. It's an opportunity for him and it's up to Curtis to take it."

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