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Friday, 7 April, 2000, 14:44 GMT 15:44 UK
Galatasaray bid for neutral venue
Leeds face the possibility of the second leg of their UEFA Cup semi-final against Galatasaray being switched to a neutral venue.

Galatasaray are to hold a board meeting on Saturday after which they are likely to confirm their intention to write to UEFA due to their fears over possible reprisals against their fans.

Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale has already urged Galatasaray supporters not to travel to Elland Road, believing it would be to everybody's benefit "if they watched the game on television".

Ridsdale's insistence on such a scenario comes in the wake of the deaths of two Leeds supporters during a night of violence in Istanbul on Wednesday.


Tigana confirms Fulham link

Former French international Jean Tigana has confirmed that he has been in contact with Fulham over becoming manager at Craven Cottage next season.

But he denied that he had already signed a deal with the club.

The former Monaco midfielder said that negotiations had taken place and added: "If anything's going to happen it will be next week."

The First Division side are looking for a new manager following the recent sacking of Paul Bracewell.


Iversen hoping to stay

Tottenham's Steffen Iversen is ready to discuss a new deal with the club at the end of the season.

Iversen and his advisers will meet director of football David Pleat to discuss an extension to his contract, which still has two years to run.

"I want to stay here as long as I can. I believe that by staying at Tottenham it will be good for my international career," said the Norwegian striker.

"I'm fairly happy with the way the season has gone."


Collymore's wish

Stan Collymore has announced that he hopes to be back in action before the end of the season - despite suffering a sickening broken leg last weekend.

The Leicester striker's season looked to have come to a premature end when he was stretchered off against Derby last Sunday.

But the England international says he is targeting a return to action against Sheffield Wednesday on May 14.

And he said the broken leg was a minor problem compared to the despair he felt while being treated for depression at the Priory Clinic.

"The illness I had last year was a million times worse," he said.

"This is a setback but many, many players who have had similar or worse injuries have come back very, very quickly."


Ferguson and Yorke scoop awards

Manchester United's supremacy in March has been acknowledged with a double award scoop.

Manager Alex Ferguson won the Carling Manager of the Month Award for a record 11th time as United won three and drew one of their four games while Dwight Yorke claimed the player of the month award.

Trinidad and Tobago striker Yorke's resurgence of form saw him bag six goals in four games, including a welcome hat-trick against struggling Derby.

A combination of Yorke's goals and Ferguson's management has seen the Champions extend their Premiership lead to 10 points, making them clear favourites to capture a sixth title in eight seasons.


City edge towards promotion

Bolton Wanderers manager Sam Allardyce tipped Manchester City to hold their nerve and clinch automatic promotion back to the Premiership after his side had lost a crunch First Division battle at Maine Road.

More than 32,000 fans witnessed a nail-biting local derby with so much at stake, but the Bolton chief reckons City's victory puts them in pole position.

Allardyce said: "They have got strength in depth, and that's so crucial at this stage.

"I have great respect for what Joe Royle has done at City

"I think they will hold their nerve and hang on now to one of those top two spots."

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