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Robson presented as new Thailand coach
Armstrong calls 2010 Tour hard and wide open
Montgomerie wary of Woods’ team form
Robson presented as new Thailand coach
Bangkok (AP) -
Bryan Robson promised Friday to bring the same determination and drive
he showed as a player to his new job as Thailand coach.
Robson was officially presented by the Thai Football Association in
Bangkok, and told reporters he would teach an already technically
talented team a “patient passing game.”
Thailand heads into Asian Cup qualifiers next month against Singapore,
and Robson said he would waste no time in getting the team ready.
Thai soccer coach Bryan Robson poses with a team jacket after a news
conference in Bangkok, Friday, Oct. 16. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)
“I give 100 percent to anything I try to do in life, and the one thing
the Thai people can be guaranteed of is I will give 100 percent to try
to make Thailand as successful as we possibly can,” Robson said.
He received a vote of confidence from his former manager Alex Ferguson,
who described Robson as his best captain during his long stint in charge
at Manchester United.
“A marvelous motivator, a great instinct for the game, a powerful
dressing room influence, the best captain I’ve ever had,” Ferguson said
via phone hookup to the news conference. “He can only do well in his
career with the Thailand national team.”
Robson, 52, takes over the Thai job after the resignation of Peter Reid,
who has returned to England to be an assistant coach at Stoke City.
Robson had been out of management since the end of his spell at
Sheffield United last year. He had previously managed Middlesbrough,
Bradford City and West Bromwich Albion.
Robson said he had held discussions with Reid about the strengths and
weaknesses of the Thai team, saying Reid praised the players’ technical
ability while noting the difficulties of management in a society that
frowns upon direct criticism.
“I know that the Thai players have very good technique so I want to try
to play a patient passing game with the team,” Robson said. “Peter said
the one thing Thai players don’t particularly like is really telling
them off in front of team mates.
“I respect the culture of Thailand. For me you have to adapt, you work
with the players to get the best out of them and that’s what I will try
Armstrong calls 2010
Tour hard and wide open
Paris (AP) - With the return of
cobblestones and three punishing summit finishes
scheduled for the 2010 Tour de France,
seven-time champion Lance Armstrong called next
year’s race difficult and wide open.
Armstrong crosses the finish line during an
individual time-trial at the 2009 Tour de France
in Annecy. In a change from this year, the route
for the 2010 race will feature only one time
trial in the penultimate stage. (AP
“I think it will be much more open than last
year because the TTT (team time trial) really
eliminated some people last year and you won’t
have that again,” Armstrong said last Wednesday
after next year’s route was announced. “Whereas
this year you had three or four guys who could
win the Tour, next year you’ll go into the tough
sections with 10 guys.”
The inclusion of some of the infamous
cobblestone sections that make up the
Paris-Roubaix classic will be especially
destabilizing in the race’s early stages, the
38-year-old Texan said.
“I think the first week is potentially
complicating for guys, with the wind and the mix
of the Ardennes and also the cobblestones,” said
Armstrong, who finished third this year
following three weeks of intense rivalry with
then teammate and eventual winner Alberto
Contador. “It’s a very untraditional start to a
Tour. It’s going to be a hard Tour.”
The first complicated bit for the peloton will
come in the race’s third stage on July 6. Riders
will speed over seven cobblestone sectors with a
total distance of 13.2 kilometers (8.2 miles).
The last time Tour riders have faced that
dangerous task was in 2004.
The cobblestones will weigh heavily on
Armstrong’s decision on which races to include
in his pre-Tour preparations, he said. The Tour
of Flanders and Liege-Bastogne-Liege in Belgium
are races he is considering entering, Armstrong
“I think you have to plan your season according
to what you see here, too. I think even a race
like the Tour of Flanders is interesting now
because you don’t want your only cobblestone
experience to be the day you show up here. You
need to practice that so we’ll build the season
around this, too,” Armstrong said.
The race organizers’ decision to stage only a
single individual time trial, a 51-kilometer
(32-mile) race through the Bordeaux vineyards in
the penultimate stage, could work in the
“Based on my time trials this year I have to be
glad there’s less,” said Armstrong, who finished
90 seconds behind Contador in last year’s time
trial in Annecy, and 22 seconds behind the
Spaniard in the shorter time trial at the race’s
start in Monaco.
“That last TT is 51K and the day before Paris
it’s going to be decisive.”
Armstrong, who came back to competition this
year following a 3½-year retirement, named
Luxembourg brothers Andy and Frank Schleck and
British rider Bradley Wiggins, as well as
Contador, as among his toughest potential rivals
Armstrong, who lunched with French president
Nicolas Sarkozy last Wednesday, said he is still
considering whether to compete in the Tour of
California or the Giro d’Italia, races that
conflict on the calendar in May.
“I still don’t know. There’s more things that
factor in there, too, RadioShack being an
American company and California obviously being
an American race,” Armstrong said, referring to
his new team.
One race that likely won’t figure in Armstrong’s
Tour preparations is the grueling Milan-San
Remo, the spring classic he used to stage his
comeback to European racing this year, finishing
in 125th place.
“I think I have another appointment that day,”
Armstrong joked. “A doctor’s appointment or
something, a dentist appointment.”
Montgomerie wary of Woods’ team form
Newport, Wales (AP) - European
Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie believes
that Tiger Woods’ perfect performance for the
United States in the Presidents Cup will make
his own team’s task even tougher next year at
Woods, who missed the Americans’ Ryder Cup
victory at Valhalla last year because of knee
surgery, made the clinching putt in last
Sunday’s 19½-14½ win over an International team
in San Francisco.
Europe Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie
(right) and US counterpart Corey Pavin hold the
Ryder Cup before their exhibition golf match at
Celtic Manor golf course, Newport, Wales,
Monday, Oct. 12. Celtic Manor will host the 2010
Ryder Cup. (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi)
“It was very interesting that he seems to have
his team game down as well as his individual one
now,” Montgomerie told reporters last week at a
news conference at Celtic Manor. “We’re all
thrilled,” he added with hint of irony.
“Five points out of five. There’s never been a
European who has ever achieved that feat in
Ryder Cup play. This will be difficult enough to
try and regain the Ryder Cup without Tiger Woods
(on the American team) never mind if he’s back
to his top form and winning five points out of
five. It makes our job even tougher.”
Appointed in February, Montgomerie now has to
turn around a European team which was outplayed
16½ to 11½ at Valhalla last year.
“So we have to counteract that by playing as
well as we can against him and also the other 11
players on the team. But I think it makes it, I
hate to say it in front of Corey Pavin and our
American friends, but it makes it a better win
if we can regain the Ryder Cup with Tiger Woods
Woods and Steve Stricker won all four of their
matches together in the Presidents Cup but U.S.
Ryder Cup captain Pavin said he hadn’t yet
decided whether they would be paired at Celtic
Manor a year from now.
“It’s not safe to say (that),” he said. “I
haven’t made any pairings yet and you have to
assume that both Tiger and Steve Stricker both
made the team as well. They are both in
tremendous form right now. If you put two
players together who are playing well they are
going to be a tough team to beat.”
Unbeaten in singles matches, Montgomerie has
played in eight Ryder Cups and been on five
winning teams. He and Pavin, who has played in
three, are considered two of the most
competitive team players and both captains said
that would continue next year despite their own
“We were friends before we were made captains of
our respective Ryder Cup teams and will remain
so. Of course this is not an exhibition match,”
“So this is a highly competitive competition
and, the more competitive it is and the more
passion that is brought to it, it just fuels
people watching and viewing the Ryder Cup. But
it’s not OK to cheer for a missed putt and never
has been and never will be.”
Pavin said the two players had frequently shared
dinners but that would all change on the course.
“Colin and I are both very competitive and we
have played Ryder Cup matches against each other
and we both understand how it works. Once on the
tee, it changes into a very competitive match,”
“We are out there trying to beat each other’s
brains in and do the best we can to win our
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