Dave Whelan
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"David "Dave" Whelan"

is a former professional association football/football player with Blackburn Rovers F.C./Blackburn Rovers and Crewe Alexandra F.C./Crewe Alexandra who now owns Wigan Athletic F.C./Wigan Athletic. He is the former owner of JJB Sports and the current owner of the DW Stadium where Wigan Athletic and Wigan Warriors/Wigan Warriors RLFC play.

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Sven-Goran Eriksson would have been sacked by now if it was up to me.

Michael rang to say thanks for trying to sign him.

Ringing up was a wonderful gesture. He made time to speak to me once he made it clear he was going to Tyneside. Our move was not a publicity stunt. I was even prepared to put a clause in that would allow him to move at Christmas.

But I needed the right club to come back to. People could have looked at me and thought Bradford was a fluke. The next job needed to be a success.

Let's see someone in charge with feeling for the game and let's make sure England are coached by an Englishman.

I know it is easy to criticise and I accept it is a difficult job managing England but the man in charge must be passionate and realise he owes it to the nation to win the World Cup.

I would like 20 players registered with a salary cap, a figure that each team agrees on.

Soccer should take note.

The whole system and pattern of play under Sven is flawed. We seem to have lost the plot.