LITESPORT 34 Tuesday, 27 October 2009 London Lite BENTLEY ANDForgotten duo have a chance to shine BY JAMES GOLDMAN Fergie accepts FA rap over Wiley MANCHESTER UNITED manager Sir Alex Ferguson has accepted a charge of improper conduct following his comments about the fitness of referee Alan Wiley. Ferguson, who criticised Wiley following his teams 2-2 draw with Sunderland at Old Trafford on 3 October, has requested a personal hearing. The date for that has yet to be decided. The United boss, 67, has faced calls for a lengthy touchline ban by the referees union Prospect as a consequence of the comments. Ferguson said after the draw with Sunderland at Old Trafford that 49-year-old Wiley was not fit enough. Although the Scot apologised for the comments on 12 October, he was charged with improper conduct by the FA last week. Ferguson apologised for any personal embarrassment that my remarks may have caused -- and to the FA for going public with my views. He added: I would wish it to be noted that I have always respected Mr Wileys integrity and that I did not state or imply that Mr Wiley is a bad referee. BY NEAL COLLINS Inbrief Strachan eyes new signings GORDON STRACHAN has his eyes on some new signings after being unveiled as the new Middlesbrough manager. The 52- year-old former Celtic, Coventry and Southampton boss was confirmed as Gareth Southgates successor at the Championship club yesterday. He said: I spoke to Boro scout Gordon McQueen, there are one or two players were trying to get sorted out but weve not got to the January thing. Sols County gagging order FORMER England defender Sol Campbell has reportedly been told he must agree to a five-year gagging order by Notts County before they let him continue his career. County are refusing to release Campbells registration and he is calling on players union chief Gordon Taylor to intervene on his behalf. Taylor said: Clearly, Sol needs to express the real reasons behind his departure, and will not agree to a gagging order. Brown ready for Barnstorm MANCHESTER UNITED defender Wes Brown has warned his young team-mates they face a test of character against Barnsley at Oakwell tonight in the Carling Cup. Former Bordeaux midfielder Gabriel Obertan, 20, is set to make his debut with Brown insisting: When you play away from Old Trafford it is never easy. However if you can get over the fear factor, the way we play, it can be very enjoyable. LIVE: Sky Sports 2, 7.45pm. Shteve shigns an extenshion STEVE McCLAREN has signed a 12-month extension to his contract at FC Twente which ties him to the Eredivisie leaders until 2011. McClaren opted to move to Holland to rebuild his career after a torrid spell in charge of England which culminated in the teams failure to reach the finals of Euro 2008. His side finished second last season to AZ Alkmaar and currently lead the way this term, two points clear of PSV Eindhoven. Backe to basics for Eriksson SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSONS former assistant Hans Backe will have talks with Notts County regarding the vacant managerial post at the club. Backe, 57, who was on the shortlist to become the next head coach of the Sweden national team, has spent much of his managerial career in Scandinavia and has won four Danish titles. He has a long association with Eriksson, having been his No2 at Manchester City and the Mexico national side. HARRY REDKNAPP has urged David Bentley and Roman Pavlyuchenko to grab their Carling Cup lifelines this evening, or risk being consigned to the Spurs scrap-heap. The pair were signed for a combined total of 28.8m last summer by Juande Ramos, but after encouraging starts, their careers have drifted aimlessly under Redknapp. Bentley announced himself as a Tot- tenham player with a stunning 45-yard volley almost exactly a year ago against his former club Arsenal. But a dramatic loss of form, allied to the ascent of Aaron Lennon and several off-field controversies, have seen Bent- leys world cave in. A much touted summer move to Aston Villa never materialised, leaving a player, who was once hailed as Eng- lands heir apparent to David Beckham, in limbo. The 25-year-old has played just FIVE minutes of Premier League football this season, but the ankle injury suf- fered by Lennon in Saturdays 1-0 defeat by Stoke, has opened an unexpected windowof opportunityagainstEverton tonight, according to his boss. Its been difficult for players like David Bentley, said Redknapp. But he has to keep working and try to get back in. Every good football club has to have a squad. Aaron Lennon has picked up an injury, so it could be a chance for David to show what he can do. He has to come in and do it. It is a similar tale for Pavlyuchenko, whose arrival following his impressive displays at Euro 2008 was seen as some- thing of a coup. But while his international temmate Andrey Arshavin has become one of the Premier Leagues shining lights, the former Spartak Moscow striker has failed to mount a serious threat to Tot- tenhams established trio of forwards, Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch. The 27-year-old has made just three substitute appearances in the league this season, but does at least have happy memories of the Carling Cup from last term. Pavlyuchenko was the top scorer in last seasons competition, scoring in every round bar the final, and notched his only goal of the current domestic campaign at Donacster back in August. Redknapp has failed to understand how a player who regularly cuts the mustard at international level can look so hapless for his club, and has enlisted the help of Guus Hiddink -- manager of the Russia national side -- to get the best out of Pavlyuchenko. Hes a very laid back guy, Pav, but hes got good ability, Redknapp said. We both feel hes technically such a good player. He needs to be more aggressive. Im looking for a big performance from him. A performance that says you cant leave me out the team now. TONIGHTS CARLING CUP 4TH ROUND FIXTURES (7.45PM) Barnsley v Man Utd Blackburn v Peterborough (8pm) Portsmouth v Stoke Sunderland v Aston Villa Tottenham v Everton (8pm) FA CUP QUALIFYING AFC Telford v Blyth Spartans AFC Wimbledon v Crawley Town Chester v Barrow Eastbourne Boro v T & Mitcham Fleetwood Town v Kidderminster Lowestoft Town v Gloucester Redditch v Kettering Salisbury v Farnborough Fit to burst: Alex Ferguson and Alan Wiley index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html