David Beckham in no hurry to pick new team

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David Beckham has been linked to clubs in France, Australia and Asia, but he's in no hurry to make a decision about his next move.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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David Beckham has been linked to clubs in France, Australia and Asia, but he's in no hurry to make a decision about his next move.

LONDON — Nearly a month after leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy, David Beckham is considering “a number of serious proposals” but is in no rush to find a new team.

He has been linked to clubs in France, Australia and Asia in what would be the final chapter of the illustrious career of the 37-year-old midfielder and former England captain.

A “host of clubs” have made offers, Beckham’s management company said in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday, but it remains “early days in the process.”

“David is in no hurry to make a decision, the key is making the right one as he has always done successfully in his career,” the statement said.

Beckham ended his five-year stint in the United States by helping the Galaxy win the MLS Cup on Dec. 1.

He has said it’s unlikely he will return to the English Premier League, where he starred for Manchester United from 1993 to 2003. Beckham is also reported to have ruled out a move to Australia’s A-League.

The French sports newspaper L’Equipe said Thursday that Monaco, an ambitious French second-division club, has ended talks with Beckham, although his advisers have refused to comment.

“David is enjoying spending quality time with his family over the holidays,” his management company said.

Beckham has also played for Real Madrid in Spain and AC Milan on loan in Italy.

C OACHED HIRED: Second-tier English club has hired former Birmingham and Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish, a day after firing Sean O’Driscoll.

Forest said on its Web site Thursday that McLeish will be in charge for Saturday’s home game against Crystal Palace, and the club is hoping he can replicate his feat with Birmingham and lead the team to promotion to the Champions League.

McLeish led Birmingham to the 2011 League Cup title, but left after the team was relegated that same season.

MANAGER BOOTED: Former Man­chester United defender Henning Berg was fired by Blackburn on Thursday after just 57 days in charge, becoming the third manager to be dismissed by the English club’s controversial Indian owners in just two years.

Berg, a former Blackburn player and Norway international, won just one of his 10 games as manager of the second-tier club, which has slipped to 17th place in the 24-team League Championship. When he took over, Rovers were fifth in the standings as they sought a quick return to the Premier League.

“This decision has been taken following a very disappointing sequence of results,” Blackburn said in a statement, a day after a 1-0 loss at Middlesbrough.

Berg was the second second-tier manager in less than 24 hours to lose his job, with former European champion Nottingham Forest dismissing Sean O’Driscoll on Wednesday.

Premier League champions in 1995 and then an established club in the English top flight, Blackburn has struggled since Indian poultry giant Venky’s paid 23 million pounds (then $36.8 million) for a 99.9 percent stake in the club in November 2010.

The new owners immediately fired Sam Allardyce and replaced him as manager with Steve Kean, a unpopular decision that sparked mass unrest among fans.

The team was relegated from the Premier League last season and Kean resigned in September despite an encouraging start to life in the League Championship. Under the mild-mannered Berg, Blackburn failed to perform despite having one of the strongest teams in the division.

The loss to Middlesbrough was its fifth in its last six games.

“It goes without saying that I am bitterly disappointed to have been relieved of my managerial duties at Ewood Park after just 57 days since my appointment,” Berg said in a statement released by the League Managers Association.

“It was an honor for me to manage a club that is so close to my heart and I now wish all of them (the fans) every success for the rest of the season and beyond.... (The players) have all done their best and unfortunately the results in these 10 games have not reflected their performances.”

Assistant manager Eric Black as well as the first-team coach and goalkeeping coach also departed with immediate effect.


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