New Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has insisted that his personal brand of discipline can work with Premier League players. He has emphasised the importance of training hard during the week to give the team every chance of winning on the weekend. He admitted that while his new players were shocked by the new training regime he was happy with the commitment shown towards the new regime.

 

Fifa has confirmed that German company GoalControl will supply the goal-line technology for next year’s World Cup in Brazil, providing it passes the trial at this summer’s Confederations Cup in the same country. The GoalControl-4D system uses 14 high-speed cameras located around the pitch, all directed at the two goals.

 

Ex-Reading manager Brian McDermott has become the favourite to take the hot-seat at Leeds United after Neil Warnock stepped down after Monday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Derby. Warnock will remain in the game and thinks he still has ‘one more challenge’ in him.

 

QPR defender Chris Samba took to twitter to apologise for his performance during the 3-2 defeat away to Fulham but found himself the victim of abuse from angry fans. His wages were called in to question but it was the alleged racially aggravated comments that hurt him most. “I am only human, words hurt,” he said.

 

Real Madrid and France legend Zinedine Zidane says Gareth Bale has impressed him more than any other player in Europe this season. “He’s unique. He makes things look easy, his pace is frightening, his acceleration is unbelievable because of his ability to go through the gears in very little space. Plus, he’s very good technically which is also important. We must not forget that he plays football very well,” he said.

 

Former England international goalkeeper David James is set to join Icelandic club IBV. The 42-year-old left League One side Bournemouth by mutual consent last month.

 

David Beckham has admitted he has not given up on playing for England again, despite not being included in the set-up since March 2010 when he was an unused substitute against Egypt.

 

Leighton Baines has played down the importance of his sides tie with Tottenham this weekend. Many had marked the game as make or break in Everton’s battle for a top four place but the England international feels that even if they lose they can finish ahead of their London opponents.