London Lite Thursday, 1 October 2009 47 DESTROYTHEREDSBREAKING NEWS... Harford and Luton reach end of roadLUTON TOWN have parted ways with their manager, Mick Harford, by mutual consent after a disappointing start to the season in the Blue Square Premier. The first-team coach, Alan Neilson, will take over as caretaker until a full-time replacement is found for the Hatters, currently eighth in the Conference table. Gary Sweet, Lutons managing director, said: The entire board are incredibly disappointed to part company with Mick. It was an incredibly tough business decision that was made with a very heavy heart. Mick has been a wonderful servant. This club is far stronger now than it was when he joined. Harford took over at Luton in January 2008 with the club in administration. They were docked a total of 40 points as they tumbled out of the League. Raikkonen in F1 quit threat FORMER world champion Kimi Raikkonen may walk away from Formula One after being replaced by Fernando Alonso at Ferrari. The Finn, who pipped Lewis Hamilton to the title in 2007, will quit if he fails to find a competitive drive for next season. Raikkonen, who did not rule out a move to rallying in 2010, said: I wouldnt go to any of the small teams where I wouldnt have the chance to fight for the title. Thered be no point. Ferrari confirmed yesterday that double world champion Alonso had agreed a three-year contract. Alonso confirmed he would leave Renault today, adding: I think this will be my last team, leaving Ferrari is always a step backwards. NEW PAL FOR BUTTON: PAGE 42 HOOP DREAM: PAGE 45 Madrids patience pleases Pellegrini REAL MADRID coach Manuel Pellegrini praised his side for their patience after they overcame a difficult first half against Marseille to record a 3-0 triumph at the Bernabeu. Madrid found it tough to make any headway in the opening period against a well-organised and determined Marseille side, who also had their chances to take the lead before the break. But the whole match changed in a six-minute spell around the hour mark when Madrid scored three times, Cristiano Ronaldo (right) netting twice to take his tally for the season to nine and also winning the penalty that allowed Kaka to score the other. A pleased Pellegrini said: Id like to highlight the patience of the team. We cannot expect in 45 minutes to solve all the problems that Marseille caused, but the team continued searching until we found the two or three decisive plays that we needed. Meanwhile, Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal has revealed the injury Arjen Robben picked up in Wednesday nights goalless Champions League draw with Juventus is serious. The Holland winger, signed from Real Madrid in August, limped off just before half time in the Group A clash and Van Gaal fears he may be out for several months. I think that he has a serious injury, said Van Gaal. I believe Arjen who tells me its serious. BY JAMES GOLDMAN FULHAM v BASLEFULHAM REFEREE MICHAEL WEINER (GER) POSSIBLE LINE-UPSPOSSIBLE LINE-UPS FULHAM 4-4-2 BASLE 4-4-2 Schwarzer Pantsil Konchesky BairdHughes DempseyMurphy Schwarzer StrellerFrei AbrahamSafari Cabral Cagdas ChipperfieldCarlitos JohnsonJohnson Costanzo Stocker GreeningWeretopof thegroupwithsixpoints from two games, in a good position, and now we go back to the Premier League for the Liverpool game on Sunday. We have to be better against Liver- pool. They are a very good side who had a tough result yesterday. They will be up for it and they are a big club, so we will have to respond again when we play them. Coach Ancelotti conceded: It was a good result but perhaps not a good per- formance. We have time to rest and to prepare well for this important game against Liverpool. We will not play like we did today. We will play better, for sure. EUROPA LEAGUE GROUP E TONIGHT, LIVE ON ITV4 FROM 8PM (KO: 8.05PM) KEY MEN MARK SCHWARZER FULHAM The big Aussie will be crucial to Fulhams chances tonight as boss Roy Hodgson struggles to deal with a goalkeeping crisis at Craven Cottage. Fulham hope UEFA will permit them to register Pascal Zuberbuhler, the 38-year- old former Basle keeper, for tonights clash as a series of injuries have left them with only two fit goal minders. CARLITOS BASLE The Portuguese playmaker stars on the left wing for Torsten Frings side and will pose the biggest threat tonight. Full-back John Pantsil will need to be on his guard if he is to deal with this prospect, as his pace and skills can mesmerise defenders. Carlitos is also lively from set- pieces and netted the first goal in a 2-0 success over Roma. Murphyslaw saysFulhamwill overcomeinthe brushwithBasle DANNY MURPHY insists Fulham can end their three-match losing streak with a Europa League win over Swiss side Basle tonight. Murphy accepts: Losing three on the run is not nice and its not good for confidence, but you have to put things into perspective. One of those games was against Manchester City in the Carling Cup, a game we had no right to win given the money theyve spent. We gave them a good match too. The other defeat was against Arsenal who always finish in the top four. Theyre potentially two of the best teams in Europe. You cant get too despondent, even though I dont like the stat. Sometimes you have to look a bit deeper. The lads are happy after their performance on Saturday and its given us a platform to build on. Its early in the season and were not at that point where were thinking Oh my God. The Arsenal defeat gave everyone that bit of belief. Murphy, who is expected to lead a side containing several first-team regulars tonight, adds: I believe very strongly that we can qualify from this group. Then its a bit of luck because of the draw with the teams coming in from the Champions League. Then its a lottery. But getting through this group would be a good achievement. 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