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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

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- "...Meanwhile, Liam Miller will effectively be putting himself in the shop window if he features against Nigeria.
- The 28-year-old was released by QPR at the end of the domestic season and is looking for a new club, with Hull thought to be interested in him.
- The former Manchester United midfielder would like to be playing Barclays Premier League football following his spell at Loftus Road.
- "I finished up there and hopefully in the next couple of weeks there will be something sorted," he said. "There are one or two places I'd like to be and being in the Premier League would be great.
- "It was frustrating at QPR. After the manager (Paulo Sousa) left I didn't play the last four or five games.
- "I didn't really know myself what happened but we were all disappointed to see the manager go because all the players liked him
." Breaking News

The Guardian - Public inquiryDennis Bailey, former professional footballer who now coaches young people in the West Midlands
Interview by Nicholas Milton The Guardian, Wednesday 27 May 2009

How did you become involved in coaching disadvantaged young people?

I played for quite a few league clubs (including Watford, Birmingham City and QPR). After my football career was over, I became a self-employed coach. My church, Renewal, in Solihull, was looking for a way of connecting with young people in local schools, so I volunteered. Many of the children come from tough backgrounds. After one match, a kid robbed the local shop.

What's the best thing about coaching disadvantaged kids?

Helping them develop social skills through the sport. Football is a great medium for encouraging kids to take responsibility and work as a team. It also builds confidence and leadership, on and off the pitch.

And the worst?

Many of the kids at first can be difficult to control. They tend to swear a lot and spit, and often disagreements over the ball end in fights. I don't automatically get their respect, but it really helps being a footballer rather than their teacher or parent. They relate to you on a different level. And football teaches them to play by the rules.

What difference have you made?

I've banned swearing. As a result, their language is moderated, they have stopped fighting, and teachers tell me their concentration and schoolwork have improved.

You are the last player to have scored a hat-trick against Manchester United in a league match at Old Trafford. What do you remember about that match in 1992?

I was playing for QPR. United were top of the league. My team-mate, Andy Sinton, scored an early goal, then I got another before they pulled one back. After half-time, they piled on the pressure, but against the run of play I scored our third. Their confidence collapsed after that and I snatched my hat-trick in the last minute. Following that 4-1 defeat, United struggled to regain their winning form and Leeds beat them to the league title.

Can more be done to help disadvantaged kids become professional footballers?

We need more talent scouts from every level in the game to visit schools, as well as the amateur leagues.

Name a president for Britain

My pastor, David Carr. He's a charismatic leader who loves people.

• Dennis Bailey can be contacted through Renewal in Solihull. www.renewalcc.com

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