By JOHN BOSCHINI
Juan Carlos Osorio was all set to coach the Honduran national team, and looked primed for a return to the United States this summer in charge of a new team, but Osorio is still in Colombia and Honduras is still searching for a manager after a dispute over Osorio's arrival date led the former New York Red Bulls head coach to pass on his first national team job.
Osorio turned down the Honduran job last Friday after initially agreeing to accept it, in large part because of the Honduran federation's insistence that he join the team sooner than in June, which is when the sides originally agreed he would take over in order for him to see out his contract with Colombian side Once Caldas. Once the Honduran federation let it be known it would prefer Osorio join sooner, Osorio declined the position.
Osorio is an MLS coaching veteran, serving as an assistant with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars in 2000/2001, head coach of the Chicago Fire in 2007 and head coach of the New York Red Bulls in 2008/2009.
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WEST BROM FIRES DIMATTEO
After a promising start to his Premier League campaign with a victory over Arsenal and draws against Manchester United and Tottenham, Roberto Di Matteo's tenure as manager of West Bromwich Albion came to an abrupt end over the weekend.
"This has been a tough decision but we, as a Board, believe it is the right one to give the Club the best possible chance of remaining in the Premier League," the West Brom said in a statement.
Di Matteo, 40, became the fourth Premier League manager to be sacked after a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City ran West Brom's league win-less streak up to nine games. Di Matteo, who was hired in the summer of 2009, was put on "gardening leave" which means he will remain on payroll but will no longer serve as manager. First-team coach Michael Appleton will take over in the interim.
INTERPOL NOT INVESTIGATING ARSENAL/NEWCASTLE DRAW
Interpol is refuting claims that it is investigating Newcastle's stunning comeback against Arsenal over the weekend. French media outlets reported Sunday that German officials alerted the International Criminal Polic Organization of unusual betting patterns during halftime when Arsenal held a commanding 4-0 lead.
"Interpol is not aware of any request for for assistance and any investigation would be conducted by national authorities. Interpol's general secretariat has not been asked to provide any assistance in this matter," an Interpol spokeswoman told The Telegraph.
The English Premier League also said it has not received any notice of an investigation into the game or referee Phil Dowd.
GERRARD RULED OUT OF ENGLAND SQUAD
England will be without Steven Gerrard when the Three Lions face off against Denmark on Wednesday. Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish confirmed that Gerrard, who would have captained England in the absence of Rio Ferdinand, picked up a groin injury in Liverpool's 1-0 victory over Chelsea on Sunday. Liverpool was angered by Gerrard's participation in England's friendly with France in November where the midfielder aggravated a hamstring injury.
BAFANA BAFANA CONSIDERING NAME CHANGE
The South African Football association is considering changing the name of its national team from Bafana Bafana. 2010 World Cup Chief Danny Jordaan will lead a three-man investigation into the name change after the SAFA ran into issues trying to copyright the name. In 1994, a local businessman patented the name and the association's attempts to copyright it were struck down in 2002.
BLATTER CONFIRMS SUMMER WORLD CUP FOR 2022
After drawing international critcism for voicing his support for moving the World Cup to winter in 2022 to avoid the scorching heat of Qatar, FIFA President Sepp Blatter backtracked on those claims, saying the Qatar World Cup will be played in the summer.
"Everything is settled now for summer and all 64 matches will be played in the territory of Qatar," Blatter told the BBC.
What do you think of these stories? Disappointed to see Osorio not take the Honduras job? Did Di Matteo deserve the sack? Think England will miss Gerrard's presence? Is the matter of when the 2022 World Cup will be played finally settled?
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