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FA consider Rio for FIFA role

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has emerged as a surprise possible choice to be the Football Association's candidate for Britain's FIFA vice-presidential position.

The FA is drawing up a list of potential contenders after FA vice-chairman David Gill, the Manchester United director, ruled himself out.

Ferdinand now plays for QPR Credit: PA Images

Ferdinand is one of several names under consideration, according to an FA source, despite the fact the former England defender is still playing for QPR. Other former players who are being considered by the FA are Graeme Le Saux, Paul Elliott and David James.

The governing body is keen to harness the pulling power of a high-profile former player, but if ex-England and Manchester United defender Ferdinand is to show any interest in the role he would have to be sure he could fit the duties around his playing schedule.

Whoever is chosen, they will have to stand for election next March against opponents being put forward by Scotland and Wales - probably SFA president Campbell Ogilivie and Welsh FA president Trefor Lloyd Hughes.

UEFA member countries will then vote for the person to succeed Northern Ireland's Jim Boyce, who is stepping down in June.

Le Saux, the former Chelsea and England full-back, already has an FA role sitting on its inclusion advisory board, as does Paul Elliott, another former Chelsea defender. Both also have existing links with UEFA.

Former England goalkeeper James is currently player-manager of the Kerala Blasters side in the Indian Super League and has been a regular pundit on television.

Boyce has stated he has no plans to run for the post again, while the Welsh FA believes it is their turn to have a person in the position, never having had it before in nearly 70 years since it was established.

The Welsh had been under the impression there was a gentleman's agreement to let them have the post for the next four years, but FA insiders say any rotation deal was scrapped when FIFA reforms meant the vice-presidency had to be voted on by all UEFA member nations rather than just the four home associations.


Giggs confident over youth policy

Ryan Giggs insists Manchester United will never abandon their traditions or their youth policy.

The former player - one of the United's greatest youth products - also hopes to manage the club again in the future.

Giggs had a spell as interim manager at the end of last season and, after retiring as a player, remains at Old Trafford as assistant to new boss Louis van Gaal.

Van Gaal's arrival over the summer coincided with the spending of £150million on new players.

With Academy graduate Danny Welbeck also being sold to Arsenal, there are fears priorities could be changing at a club with a proud record in youth development.

Giggs, speaking at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester, said: "The club will never change. The history of the club is to play exciting football, always give youngsters a chance, keep to the traditions of the club.

"Okay Danny has left, which is obviously disappointing because you never want to see a homegrown player leave but this is a manager who gave (Clarence) Seedorf his chance, (Patrick) Kluivert his chance, (Andres) Iniesta his chance, Xavi, Thomas Muller - he has got a track record of giving young players a chance."

Welbeck joined Arsenal earlier this month. Credit: PA


United paid £5.2m to Moyes and coaching team

Manchester United may have suffered a difficult time on the pitch last season but the club have reported a record annual revenue of £433.2million and a £23.9million profit for 2013/14.

Manchester United paid out £5.2m in compensation to David Moyes and some of his coaching team Credit: PA Images

The annual figures also show that the club paid out £5.2million in compensation payments to sacked manager David Moyes and some members of his coaching team.

The figures do not include any financial losses incurred from failing to qualify for Europe for this season.

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