England assistant coach Steve Holland will have caused the FA acute embarrassment by being photographed alongside the suspended Dario Gradi.
The picture also features Crewe’s assistant boss Neil Baker and stadium announcer Andrew Scoffin, on whose Twitter account it appears.
It was taken at the Crewe testimonial dinner for Baker at which Holland, who built his reputation at Chelsea before becoming Gareth Southgate’s full-time assistant in 2017, was the guest speaker.
England assistant coach Steve Holland (right) was photographed alongside Dario Gradi
Crewe’s director of football Gradi, 76, was responsible for bringing Holland to the club as a coach and acting as his mentor there, including a spell when he stepped down as manager so Holland could have an opportunity in the role.
Gradi’s reputation in football has since been tarnished beyond repair with Crewe — where he has been since 1983 and spent 24 years as manager — being at the centre of football’s sex-abuse scandal.
He has been banned from involvement in all football since the FA began their child abuse investigation in December 2016. Former Crewe coach Barry Bennell has been jailed for 31 years on 50 counts of abuse.
Gradi being at the testimonial for his long-time assistant Baker does not breach any regulations. But appearing in a picture alongside Holland at such a sensitive time is unfortunate to say the least for the FA. The FA declined to comment.
Adidas donated of a pair of Mo Salah’s boots to the Egyptian collection in the British Museum
Adidas say their donation of a pair of boots worn by Mohamed Salah to the world famous Egyptian collection in the British Museum is not a blatant PR stunt.
But that claim is rather undone because they are only on show until Liverpool’s Champions League final against Real Madrid a week on Saturday.
It is a month until the World Cup kicks off but already the rucks have started between the TV networks.
BBC and ITV made strong representations to the FA complaining about Sky Sports News being allowed to ask numerous questions at England manager Gareth Southgate’s TV conference before they were given an opportunity.
The FA say Sky were taking the conference live.
The Spanish Tourist Board should be indebted to England boss Gareth Southgate
The Spanish Tourist Board should be indebted to Southgate revealing to the media that he let his hair down in Magaluf before Euro 96 in answer to a Sportsmail question about him allowing his squad to go where they wanted on their short break this week.
Magaluf, now a tired old party venue in Majorca, could not have bought the publicity it has received around Southgate wanting his players to enjoy themselves — like he did — before the hard work starts.
Graves’ Hundred error
BBC Two have agreed to clear TV schedules for Colin Graves’ brainchild, the Hundred
It has emerged that BBC Two have already agreed to clear their early evening schedules on Thursday nights for their few live Hundred games starting in 2020.
This type of commitment suggests hapless England Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves should have sold the entire tournament to terrestrial TV, as was the original plan, rather than mainly take Sky’s money.
Full free-to-air coverage for the Hundred would have helped redress the balance from the ECB selling all live domestic Test cricket to Sky — the over-riding reason why beleaguered Graves says the sport no longer attracts young people.
Only the FA, who have car manufacturer Vauxhall as one of their major England sponsors, could have announced the World Cup squad via social media featuring youngsters on public transport.
The FA explanation was that the Under 17s, one of the target markets for the Twitter/Facebook/YouTube initiative do not drive.
Under 17s were the FA’s target market for the England World Cup squad announcement
The walk up Wembley Way before the FA Cup final on Saturday should be a sublime experience for all fans. Instead, the approach to the ground is a complete eyesore.
The arch is surrounded by huge cranes as Quintain’s property development work continues on ugly building sites right up to the concourse.
Perhaps the FA’s plan to sell the ground was not such a bad idea after all.
The walk up Wembley Way before the FA Cup final should be a sublime experience for all fans
Author: Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.