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    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Norwegian title success

    Sir Alex Ferguson has cautioned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer against heading straight back to England following his Norwegian title success with Molde.
    Ferguson always felt that of the long-serving members of his Manchester United squad, Solskjaer was the most likely coach.
    The long-serving United boss offered Solskjaer the opportunity to coach the reserve side at Old Trafford when he retired from the game in 2008.
    After a two-year apprenticeship Solskjaer returned to his former club Molde in December, triggering an instant reversal in fortunes to a team that finished last season in 11th spot.
    At the weekend, he was confirmed as a league champion, the 38-year-old clinching Molde's first title in their 100-year history.
    The achievement brought an immediate link to the present vacancy at npower Championship outfit Portsmouth, and a more obvious suggestion he could eventually replace Ferguson at United.
    However, the Scot believes a man who will forever have a place in Red Devils' folklore due to his injury-time winner in the 1999 Champions League final, should enjoy his time at home before opting to make a return to England.
    "It is possible (he could return as boss in England)," said Ferguson. "It just depends when.
    "I don't think he should rush into it because experience is good and the experience he has got at Molde is a very good one.
    "He comes from the area. His wife and family are all back home there.
    "He has won the championship and there is no need to hurry.
    "The time will come and the timing will be important but he is easily capable of coming into English football."
    Ahead of his own side's Champions League encounter with Otelul Galati at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, Ferguson recalled how Solskjaer made such a positive impression during his own 366-game career at United, which yielded 125 goals in addition to the one he is most famous for.
    "My knowledge of Ole as a student of the game is quite clear; every game he played and every training session he took part in he always wrote it all down," said Ferguson.
    "That tells you his dedication to learn the game and also his attention to meticulous detail.
    "That gives him a great start because you need dedication and sacrifice to go into management these days.
    "He was a great player and a very nice person. Players will respond to him."
    Ferguson revealed he jumped the gun with his congratulations, texting Solskjaer prior to the 2-2 draw with Stromsgodset on Sunday that secured Molde a place in next season's Champions League.
    "All the players have been in touch," said Ferguson.
    "I texted him on Saturday thinking he had won the league but he was playing on Sunday.
    "It is a great achievement considering this is his first year.
    "He had a great spell with our reserve team so he wasn't coming into the job blind but it is fantastic news."

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    Jake Livermore: West Ham had been keen to take him on loan

    Harry Redknapp has revealed that Tottenham paid an inflated fee for Scott Parker in order to keep Jake Livermore at White Hart Lane.
    Spurs snapped up England international Parker over the summer following a protracted chase.
    It was expected that Livermore would head in the opposite direction, with the Hammers keen to cover the loss of an influential midfielder.
    Redknapp was reluctant to part with the 21-year-old though, even on loan, and admits Tottenham upped their offer for Parker in order to push a deal through.
    "I like Jake. He's a fantastic boy and he's an established player now," Redknapp told London 24 of a player who has already made 12 appearances this season.
    "West Ham wanted to take him and, in the end, he didn't want to go anyway. It didn't happen and I'm pleased to have him here because he's important for us.
    "He'll play in midfield and do a job anywhere for you. I think he has a good future.
    "We paid more money for Scott in the end rather than throw Jake in as part of the deal."
    Livermore is expected to line up for Spurs in Thursday's Europa League clash with Rubin Kazan with Redknapp - who will be absent from the game after undergoing a minor heart operation - confirming that a number of youngsters will be given another opportunity to impress.
    "We've played some of the younger kids in Europe and they've come in and done well - people like young Tom Carroll, Andros Townsend, Jake Livermore and Harry Kane," he said.
    "They've all had a go at it and they've all acquitted themselves well.
    "We'll keep doing the same thing. I'll play those lads and one or two who are coming back to fitness, so they'll come out and play for us in Russia on Thursday."

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    Tevez: An apology could mend bridges with Mancini

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has offered Carlos Tevez a route back into his team - if he apologises for events in Munich.
    Tevez has been frozen out of the first-team picture since Mancini claimed the Argentinian refused to play in the Champions League loss at Bayern Munich on September 27.
    Mancini has been quoted in an Italian newspaper saying he would welcome Tevez back from his current isolation if an apology was forthcoming and reiterated his thoughts at a press conference on Tuesday evening.
    Speaking ahead of Wednesday night's Champions League game at Villarreal, Mancini said: "We are here to talk regarding the game.
    "I said only my opinion. In life everyone can make mistakes but it is important to apologise in every situation.
    "These are the crucial words, these easy words, when you make some mistake in life."
    It is the first time Mancini has spoken significantly on the matter since the night in question five weeks ago.
    After an exhaustive investigation, City last week found Tevez guilty of refusing to play and four other breaches of contract.
    He was fined four weeks' wages, although that was later reduced to two following intervention from the Professional Footballers' Association.
    Tevez is still thought highly likely to appeal against the verdict having contended throughout that he only refused to warm up.
    Representatives for Tevez, who still have a week to formally announce whether the player will appeal, chose not to comment on Mancini's latest remarks.
    Tevez has blamed a "misunderstanding" for the whole fiasco and did apologise to supporters for that the morning after the game.
    Without Tevez, City secured their first win in the Champions League with a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Villarreal at the Etihad Stadium a fortnight ago.
    Mancini feels that late Sergio Aguero winner has changed the complexion of Group A heading into the final three games.
    City now have four points and are just three behind group leaders Bayern and two below Napoli.
    Mancini said: "That goal was really important. It is not easy to play against Villarreal.
    "They are a good team, used to playing in the Champions League.
    "Also when they played against us in Manchester they did very well.
    "Many top teams have played at El Madrigal and had big problems.
    "The supporters are very close to the teams and Villarreal when they play at home are a strong team.
    "For this reason I think tomorrow will be a tough game. If we want to win we must play a very strong match."
    City's European form has not been as eye-catching as their domestic progress with Mancini's side five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League.
    But even though he boasts a star-studded squad, several of whom have Champions League experience, Mancini does not feel that should be a surprise.
    While his team have now been installed as Premier League favourites, Mancini is keeping ambitions for the Champions League relatively modest.
    He said: "It is the first time in the Champions League for us and we would like to go to the second stage. It is the first time as a team.
    "The first games against Napoli and in Munich were difficult, and the same against Villarreal.
    "The Champions League is good for this - every game is hard.
    "It is harder than the Premier League. It is a difficult tournament, a very strange tournament.
    "Tomorrow will be the fourth game and I hope we can do better. The target is to go into the second stage."
    Morale is certainly sky-high among the squad with 36 goals scored in just 10 domestic league games but Mancini will not allow his players to relax.
    He said: "We are top of the table, we can play Champions League.
    "The squad is a good squad but if we want to stay at the top for a long time we need to improve.
    "We need to continue to work hard but now we have good confidence."

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    Paul Lambert: Could boost Norwich's squad

    Norwich boss Paul Lambert has refused to rule out making moves in the January transfer window.
    The Canaries have impressed upon their return to the Premier League and are currently in eighth spot.
    However, Lambert is ready to add to his squad in the New Year to help consolidate their start to the campaign.
    "January has been spoken about; we might need a hand - it can give you a lift," Lambert told the Norwich Evening News.
    "We made a decision at the start that we would bring in lads we roughly knew, until we got a foothold and then see what happens."
    Lambert bought mainly British-born players in the summer and he admits he has concerns over signing overseas players as it takes them longer to settle at a new club.
    "I needed lads who I knew and who knew the British game," added Lambert. "It helps them get to know each other.
    "If you're a foreign lad coming into a dressing room, I know from experience it can take you a little bit to get used to a different culture and a different way.
    "We have to try and be in and around it in January. If we can add to it then we will, but that's a lot easier said than done because you tend to find prices go sky high in January. But we need a hand."

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