On the Ball: Soccer Gossip: Date 10.8.07

Leicester City boss Martin Allen is preparing his players for the new season by making them clean the club’s toilets! Gary Neville on Owen Hargreaves: ‘You will have to go a long way to find someone who is quicker at getting the ball. If you give Owen a job, he will do it’. St Patrick’s Athletic’s Stephen Paisley said Saints shot themselves in the foot as some dreadful defending gifted Odense a heap of goals in their big encounter last week.  Bad news for Leeds United supporters, when the club were hammered with a 15 point deduction before the start of the season. When they face Tranmere, in their first game, United will be 15 points behind their rivals. Shelbourne manager Dermot Keely has hit out at Republic of Ireland boss Steve Staunton for his failure to attend the most important games involving eircom League of Ireland sides in recent weeks.