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I'M NOT DUBLIN YOUR MONEY; Roy won't give Dion any special wage deal.

BLACKBURN boss Roy Hodgson Roy Hodgson (born August 9, 1947) is an English football manager. He is currently the head coach of the Finnish national team.

Hodgson is probably best known for guiding the Swiss national team to the 1994 World Cup and Euro 1996; before that Switzerland had not qualified
 is set to fork out close to pounds 7million for Coventry striker Dion Dublin Dion Dublin (born 22 April 1969 in Leicester) is an English footballer currently with Norwich City. He was capped four times for England. Dublin started his career and made his name as a goal-scoring centre forward but in recent years has shown his versatility by becoming an  - but he will not break the Ewood Park Ewood Park is a football stadium in Blackburn, Lancashire and the home of Blackburn Rovers football club. The stadium, which opened in 1890, is an all seater facility which holds 31,367 people and has a pitch size of 115 x 76 yards.  wage structure to secure the deal.

England international Dublin will now discuss personal terms with with Blackburn after the clubs agreed an initial pounds 5.9m fee, rising to pounds 6.75m depending upon appearances.

He signed a new contract at Highfield Road in the summer which was believed to be worth pounds 20,000- a-week.

But Rovers manager Hodgson, who has already spent nearly pounds 13m on Kevin Davies This article is about the football player. For the director, see Kevin Davies (director).
Kevin Davies (born March 26, 1977 in Sheffield, England) is an English football player who currently plays for Bolton Wanderers as a striker.
 and Christian Dailly Christian Edward Dailly (born October 23 1973 in Dundee, Scotland), is a Scottish professional football player. He currently plays for Southampton on loan from West Ham United. , says he will not be held to ransom by the former Cambridge and Manchester United forward.

Hodgson said: "I'm confident that we have a good club to sell to Dion but there are always personal terms. We have a wage policy and a wage structure here, and while I consider it a very generous one, it's still a wage structure.

"I'm only hoping that the type of wage demands he's going to make are going to be within our bounds.

"I don't have any reason for believing that it's not going to be the case but we'll have to wait and see.

"I'm not prepared to recommend to Jack Walker that we should throw out all our policies and principles for a player, no matter how much I want him or like him."

Dublin's acquisition would be a timely boost for Blackburn, who will shortly have Chris Sutton For other uses, see Chris Sutton (disambiguation).
Christopher Roy Sutton (born 10 March 1973 in Nottingham, England) is an English former footballer.

In his career, Sutton played for Norwich City, Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea, Celtic, Birmingham and Aston Villa.
 suspended for four games and have Martin Dahlin Martin Dahlin (born April 16 1968 in Uddevalla) is a former Swedish football player. He is the son of a Venezuelan father and Swedish mother. He was born in Uddevalla, but lived as a child in Lund.  on loan to Hamburg.

Hodgson, whose side are fourth from bottom of the Premiership, added: "The fact that Coventry have accepted our offer is a nice step forward but there's still a long way to go before completion

"We're going to be trying to persuade him that his future lies here, that there's a bit of work to be done before he signs a piece of paper.

"But at least we're in the happy situation of knowing that if we can persuade him to sign here, the deal can be done."

Dublin stalled over a new deal before signing an improved contract during the close season and Coventry chairman Bryan Richardson revealed it was a term in his agreement which led to his pending departure.

Richardson, who claims a replacement for Dublin is already lined up, said: "We've always been reluctant to sell Dion Dublin but he had a clause in his contract which said if we received an offer in excess of pounds 5million, we were duty bound to give him the right to talk to that club.

"We have to be clear about obligations to the club and that is if you sell somebody such as Dion Dublin you have to bring a player in who is available, who you can afford, and that you really think is the one that you want.

"In this particular case we think we've achieved those three items with one player and certainly it is our intention to bring that player to a conclusion within the next few days.

"They contacted us last week to ask if we were prepared to sell him, and we have been negotiating hard with them over the last few days. The situation is now outside of our control - it is down to Dion and his advisers and Blackburn Rovers to work out a package which is acceptable.

"People will understand that if you get pounds 7million, which is pretty much what it will be, for a player who is 30 in three or four months' time that is probably full value."

Meanwhile, Blackburn will be without winger Jason Wilcox Jason Wilcox (born July 15, 1971 in Bolton, Lancashire, England) is a former professional footballer who played as a left winger.

Wilcox began his career at Blackburn Rovers, clocking up over 300 games and scoring 33 goals for the Lancashire club.
 for several weeks after it was revealed he needs a hernia operation.

Tim Sherwood Tim Sherwood (born 2 February 1969 in St Albans, England) is a professional footballer. He has played for Watford, Norwich City, Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth and Coventry City. , Jeff Kenna Jeffrey Jude Kenna (born August 27, 1970 in Dublin) is an Irish international football defender, who was captain of Derby County in season 2005–06. He has won 27 international caps.

Kenna has played his entire club career in England, beginning at Southampton in 1989.
, Billy McKinlay William "Billy" McKinlay is a Scottish former footballer and current Reserve Team Manager of Fulham in London, England. Career
One of the products of the Dundee United's highly efficient scouting and coaching network in the west of Scotland, McKinlay was signed from
 and Sutton all require fitness tests before tonight's Worthington Cup Worthington Cup may refer to:
  • The Football League Cup, an English professional football trophy, known by this name when sponsored by the Worthington brand of beer between 1998 and 2003.
  • The Worthington Trophy, a Canadian military award.
 third round tie at Crewe.

Blackburn are already missing Garry Flitcroft Garry William Flitcroft (born November 6, 1972 in Bolton, Lancashire, England) is a former English football player.

Flitcroft's career started in 1991 with Manchester City, for whom he had played for most of his career, albeit having a brief spell at Bury in March 1992.
, Kevin Gallacher Kevin Gallacher (born November 23, 1966 in Clydebank, Scotland) is a former professional footballer and now a sports pundit. He is the grandson of legendary Celtic forward Patsy Gallacher. , Sebastien Perez, Marlon Broomes Marlon Broomes (born November 28, 1977 in Birmingham) is an English footballer, currently playing for Stoke City in the English Championship. His most natural position is at centre-back, although he can also play at left-back as well.  and Jim Corbett.

Hodgson said: "It's fair to say that the gods aren't smiling too kindly on us at the moment.

"We just seem to face one major injury problem after another.

"It's no way to prepare for any game and I just don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)

"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party.
 how I'll be able to piece a team together to play Crewe."

Middlesbrough boss Bryan Robson
For the 1970s footballer of the same name, see Bryan 'Pop' Robson.

Bryan Robson OBE (born 11 January, 1957 in Chester-le-Street, County Durham) is an English football manager and former player.
 has admitted he'd love to bring Juninho back to the Riverside Stadium - if he could find a spare pounds 20million.

The Brazilian, who spent 18 months with Boro before moving to Atletico Madrid, has struggled to secure a place in the Spanish side's first team.

He suggested in a recent television interview that he may return to the Premeirship one day.

Robson said: "If there was a possibility of signing Juninho some time then we'd definitely look at it because he's a world-class player, and the fans loved him here.

"But I think it's a long way down the lane for that to happen.

"I saw his interview and he was really positive about Middlesbrough, which is very nice. A lot of people were trying to say that the so- called superstar players who have been at this club didn't particularly enjoy it, or didn't want to be at the club or that we couldn't hold on to them.

"Juninho was very complimentary to the club, and I don't think Ravanelli, Juninho or Emerson would have left the club if we hadn't been relegated.

"If anyone has a spare pounds 15million to pounds 20million that would be very helpful in bringing him back.

"He's a quality player, but it's all hypothetical. You don't know if Atletico Madrid are willing to release him.

"He was unfortunate to have a bad break of his ankle, which didn't help him, and he missed out on the World Cup, which he was desperate to play in."


1969: Born Leicester, April 22.

1988: Joins Norwich City from non-League Oakham United on April 24.

1988: Signs for Cambridge United on a free transfer on August 2.

1991: Hits the national headlines by scoring two goals in a 4-0 FA Cup upset against Sheffield Wednesday.

1991: Member of the Cambridge side that wins promotion from the old Division Three in May.

1992: Moves to Manchester United for pounds 1million on August 7.

1992: Breaks his leg in a match with Crystal Palace in September.

1993: Howard Kendall quits as Everton boss after an attempt to sign Dublin is blocked.

1994: Moves to Coventry City for pounds 2million after failing to hold down a first-team place at Old Trafford.

1997: Sent off at Blackburn for the second successive season. Suffers a seven-match ban for being sent off three times in 1997.

1998: Wins first of three England caps in the 2-0 defeat against Chile in February.

1998: Left out of the England World Cup squad in May.

1998: Signs a five-year deal with Coventry worth pounds 1million a year in July.

1998: Coventry agree to sell him to Blackburn in a pounds 6.75million deal.
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Author:Gardner, John
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 28, 1998
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