Featured Matches
Previous
Germany
Argentina
ESPNDeportes Sep 3, 2014 6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Czech Republic
United States
Sep 3, 2014 6:15 PM GMT
Game Details
England
Norway
Sep 3, 2014 7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Philadelphia Union
Toronto FC
Sep 3, 2014 11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
New England Revolution
Sporting Kansas City
Sep 3, 2014 11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Chivas USA
Seattle Sounders FC
Sep 3, 2014 2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Crewe Alexandra
Rochdale
0
3
FT
Game Details
Oldham Athletic
Bradford City
1
0
FT
Game Details
Accrington Stanley
Carlisle United
1
3
FT
Game Details
Barnsley
York City
2
0
FT
Game Details
Fleetwood Town
Morecambe
1
3
FT
Game Details
Notts County
Mansfield Town
2
0
FT
Game Details
Preston North End
Shrewsbury Town
1
0
FT
Game Details
Scunthorpe United
Chesterfield
2
0
FT
Game Details
AFC Wimbledon
Southend United
(3) 3
(2) 3
FT-Pens
Game Details
Cheltenham Town
Oxford United
2
0
FT
Game Details
Crawley Town
Cambridge United
2
0
FT
Game Details
Peterborough United
Leyton Orient
2
3
FT
Game Details
Stevenage
Gillingham
0
1
FT
Game Details
Wycombe Wanderers
Coventry City
0
1
FT
Game Details
Yeovil Town
Portsmouth
1
3
FT
Game Details
Ballymena
Institute
2
1
FT
Game Details
Cliftonville
Linfield
0
0
FT
Game Details
Coleraine
Crusaders
2
6
FT
Game Details
Dungannon Swifts
Warrenpoint Town
0
2
FT
Game Details
Glenavon
Ballinamallard Utd
1
0
FT
Game Details
Glentoran
Portadown
1
1
FT
Game Details
Sp. Belgrano
Huracán
0
1
LIVE 60'
Game Details
Atlético Tucumán
Temperley
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
ABC
CR Vasco da Gama
0
0
LIVE 7'
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
Goianiense
Boa MG
0
0
LIVE 0'
Game Details
Paraná Clube
Sampaio Correa-MA
0
0
LIVE 0'
Game Details
Portuguesa de Desportos
Joinville
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Next

Top 5: First XI costs in Premier League

Transfers 14 hours ago
Read

West Ham fan's fundraiser

The Toe Poke 2 hours ago
Read
 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jan 9, 2007

Rangers and SFA at loggerheads over Smith

Rangers and the Scottish Football Association remained at loggerheads today as Walter Smith's seemingly inevitable return to club football was put on hold.

There seemed little prospect of Smith returning to work for the SFA, given his stated desire to return to his old job at Ibrox.

And it was understood that Rangers remained confident that Smith would return to the club he led to seven league titles, however long the impasse might last.

However the SFA were clinging on to the manager who is under contract to them until the end of the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.

It was in their powers to make life difficult for Rangers and for Smith, if they so wanted.

But as discussions continued behind closed doors at the SFA, it was hard to imagine they focused on anything but the compensation treasure chest which might be unlocked if Scotland release the man who has revived national team fortunes.

Figures ranging from £200,000 to £600,000 have been bandied about, yet both would be small consolation for the SFA if the momentum gained under Smith dissipates under a successor.

And such sums would be laughed off by, for instance, Derby if the SFA were to ask for permission to speak with Billy Davies about replacing Smith.

It is believed that Derby paid more than £500,000 in compensation to Preston only last June to secure Davies' services, since when his stock has risen further.

Assuming there is no U-turn from Smith, Tartan Army supporters and the SFA may have to reconcile themselves with losing a top-class coach and then taking a punt on one of the brightest home-based managers.

Craig Levein of Dundee United might have struggled in the Coca-Cola Championship with Leicester, but with the Tannadice club and with Hearts and Cowdenbeath beforehand he has gathered a legion of admirers.

He would command support, as would Tommy Burns, a long-standing servant of the national team who has worked under Berti Vogts and Smith.

There are also cases to be made for Alex McLeish, who has been out of management since leaving Rangers at the end of last season, and Gary McAllister.

Neither man would require a compensation payment which might appeal to the SFA power-brokers.

Scotland and Rangers were reluctant to update on whatever progress had been made since yesterday's meeting at Hampden Park.

The SFA insisted there was ``no change'' but this was a deadlock with only one foreseeable conclusion.

Within minutes of Paul Le Guen resigning as Light Blues boss last week, Smith emerged as favourite for the job.

Almost nine years have passed since he left the club to join Everton - but with the current team in a state of turmoil, he is seen by executive chairman Sir David Murray as just the man to bring back silverware to Ibrox.

After a difficult spell with Everton, he has fully restored and arguably enhanced his reputation with Scotland.

Smith's side surprisingly top their group, ahead of Italy and France, the two World Cup finalists.

They have come so far under Smith that to lose him at this stage would be agonising.

SFA chief executive David Taylor insists that Smith understands the SFA's stance, even if it goes against his wishes.

And any decision to abandon a half-finished job will not have been taken lightly.

However it may take his resignation to force the SFA's hand, and tonight that looked the most likely way for the stand-off to end.