Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fulham Rule out O'Leary

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fulham Rule out O'Leary

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Byline: LEO SPALL

DAVID O'LEARY has not made it on to the Fulham shortlist of potential successors to Jean Tigana.

Fulham are considering fewer than 10 candidates for the managerial vacancy, which will arise in the summer when the Frenchman's contract expires.

O'Leary has been out of football since leaving Leeds last year but Fulham are looking for someone with a track record working on a limited budget.

Former Watford and Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli has also failed to make the shortlist.

One player likely to depart in the summer is French midfielder Steed Malbranque who, it emerged today, has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave for around u5million when Tigana's reign ends. Other players, including Steve Finnan and Edwin van der Sar, are also thought to be considering their futures.

ARSENAL today signed the first part of a u200million deal to build flats on land close to the site of their new ground at Ashburton Grove.

The agreement, with builders Wilson Connolly Holdings, will see the construction of more than 650 apartments on separate developments in Lough Road and Drayton Park, along with a number of commercial buildings.

With the second and final part of the deal expected to be signed in the next few weeks, construction is due to start later this year.

Arsenal director Danny Fiszman said: "We are looking forward to working on these two developments, which are of major significance to Islington and Arsenal."

TOTTENHAM midfielder Simon Davies says he dislikes playing in defence because it is boring.

The 23-year-old was a makeshift fullback for Wales in the 4-0 defeat of Azerbaijan. The win stretched their lead at the top of Group Nine to five points but Davies said: "It's not the most exciting job but it's something you've got to do from time to time.

"I was a bit nervous because I didn't want to look an idiot in front of 72,000 people. …

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