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Changing room chat: McLeish takes solace in his dream XI

THE timing wasn’t ideal, coming days after his sacking by Nottingham Forest after just 40 days in charge, but Alex McLeish popped up on Sky Sports last Friday night to reveal his Dream XI, selected from players he has managed over the past 19 years.

THE timing wasn’t ideal, coming days after his sacking by Nottingham Forest after just 40 days in charge, but Alex McLeish popped up on Sky Sports last Friday night to reveal his Dream XI, selected from players he has managed over the past 19 years.

The former Scotland boss deemed only one of his compatriots worthy of inclusion – Barry Ferguson – but there was a large Rangers contingent, and Franck Sauzee from his Hibs days also got the nod. Lorenzo Amoruso, pictured, was selected at centre back and McLeish recalled on the Fantasy Football Club programme: “Amoruso was a long-haired Italian who spent more time in front of the mirror than he did in training! He shot a lot of balls into the car park, so I made sure my car wasn’t anywhere near the ground when he was playing! He was a really solid defender, though.”

McLeish’s Dream Team: Joe Hart; Stephen Carr, Artur Numan, Lorenzo Amoruso, Craig Moore; Barry Ferguson, Franck Sauzee; Seb Larsson, Ronald de Boer, Claudio Caniggia, Michael Mols.

Corrigan shirty on Hart short sleeves

FORMER Manchester City No 1 Joe Corrigan has criticised Joe Hart for wearing short sleeves.

Hart, the current City keeper, blundered in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Southampton when the ball slipped from his grasp for Steven Davis to stab home.

“Why, with the ball being as shiny and moving so much, do goalkeepers wear short-sleeve shirts?” Corrigan said. “If you look at the (Southampton) goal from behind, it shows the ball hit Joe in the area which was not covered by the goalkeeping shirt, so situations like this will happen.”

Hat-trick each for Pencaitland four

THE South Amateur Cup threw up a strange stat at the weekend when East Lothian side Pencaitland put 12 past Duns Amateurs – with the visitors boasting four different hat-trick heroes. Despite only being 2-1 down at half-time in the third-round tie, Duns caved in after the interval, conceding eight goals in a 29-minute spell. Jamie Brown, Paul Harvey, Joe Murray and Geo Cunningham were the Pencaitland players who would have been left to fight over the match ball. . . if amateur clubs had the luxury of being able to spare one!

 

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