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110 sport


This issue footballing legend Dean Windass tackles the new soccer season and why the 2012 Olympic dream will be good for the country.


Time to bring on the young guns


England’s best players simply not performing out in South Africa. Ultimately though, the responsibility has to rest with Capello. Discipline is important, but


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his regime has been completely over the top. There’s been talk of him banning mobile phones and not letting players leave dinner until the last person has finished, and I can see how this would create unrest among the squad. Players need to use mobiles


to keep in touch with family and friends. It’s hard being away from them when you’re in another country, so it helps players to relax. And I don’t know about


anyone else, but when I finished my meal as a player all I wanted to do was watch Emmerdale and go to bed – not wait around for the last player to finish.


he World Cup was a massive disappointment,


Capello will have to change with


things up and get some convincing results, or he won’t last long. Fortunately, there’s now a great opportunity for the young rising stars to get involved and stake a claim for 2014. To be honest, I think it might


now be time for Gerrard, Terry, Lampard and co to step down. They’ll be 33 or 34 years old at the next World Cup, whereas they’ll be a lot of young talent fit and raring to go then. It’s time to let the youngsters have a go. Although


the Premiership


has only just got underway, those youngsters like Lennon, Milner and Wallcott are already catching the eye and should be given the chance to become England regulars. Domestically everyone’s got


their eyes on the title race and I think the top four at the end of the season will be Manchester United,


Manchester City,


Arsenal and Chelsea – but not necessarily in that order. You can’t see Chelsea losing


many games – particularly against sides that aren’t in that group – whereas Arsenal and Manchester City will drop more points against lesser sides. That said, I was very


impressed with Man City when they played Liverpool. Money doesn’t


guarantee


but they played together well and looked like a proper team, rather than just a collection of expensive players. Can they win the league?


Well, they’ll be up there, and I think they’ll definitely secure a Champions League place.


success,


boys. Blackpool started fantastically with a 4-0 win at Wigan, but got brought back down to earth with a bang when they got hammered 6-0 by Arsenal. It’s tough for any team coming up into the Premiership. Paul Jewell used to say that you had to accept you’d get a drubbing from one of the big teams every now and then, but the key was in how you responded to that. I think Ian Holloway has the right attitude. He’s a fantastic manager, knows what to expect and he wants his team to have a go. More than that, I love his interviews. He’s always honest, always humorous and always entertaining. I really do want to see Blackpool stay up because we need characters like Ian in the top flight.


...the future’s orange F


Over the summer there has been a lot of coverage of ‘the countdown to London 2012’, with the Olympics now less than two years away. Person- ally, I can’t wait. I think that the event will give the country a lift, boost the economy and – perhaps best of all - encourage a lot of kids to take up sport.


The one thing that really helped me as a lad was that I played sport. It takes you away from doing daft things. My kids play a lot of sport, so they don’t end up hanging around on street corners. If you can encourage more children to get into sport it can only improve the world. The one thing about the Olympics that does worry me, however, is that there are big question marks over whether there will actually be a British football team competing. If there isn’t one, it will be a huge disappointment – particularly as we’re the hosts. I hope there might be some solution to that. If we can get a proper British football team together, it would be the icing on the cake.


The future’s bright...


ollowing Blackpool’s start to the season, it has reminded me of my time at Hull and Bradford when we were the Premiership new


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