Henry pays tribute to families

Mario Gomez’s agent says the striker is ‘not happy’ about his

current situation, but remains ‘loyal’ to Bayern Munich.

The Germany international has been unable to reclaim his status

as Bayern’s first-choice striker after missing the opening three

months of the season due to an ankle injury.

Summer signing Mario Mandzukic has impressed for the

newly-crowned Bundesliga champions and that has prompted

speculation that Gomez could leave.

The 27-year-old’s representative Uli Ferber confirmed there is

interest in Gomez, but stressed the former Stuttgart forward’s

priority is to force his way back into the Bayern side.

“Of course, Mario is not happy about his current situation,”

Ferber told BILD. “And it’s obvious this cannot be any steady state

for him.

“Mario is loyal to Bayern Munich, the club and the team’s squad.

He is always willing to help the club. He would deserve to see the

manager put him on.”

Ferber added: “There were always expressions of interest in the

services of Mario.

“They were during his years at Stuttgart, right before his move

to Bayern Munich, and right ahead of his most recent contract

renewal. But also right now at this point in time.”

Gomez is under contract at the Allianz Arena until 2016 after

signing his most recent extension last year.

Cresswell, on loan at York since the middle of last month,

sustained an Achilles injury during the Minstermen’s weekend win at

Northampton and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

York boss Nigel Worthington had hoped to keep the 35-year-old,

who started his career at Bootham Crescent, until at least after

their home against Southend on Saturday.

Morgan said: “Cressy is someone I always planned to recall

because we need as many bodies as possible.

“I spoke to Nigel last Thursday and it was agreed Cressy would

return after the game at Northampton.

“Unfortunately he picked up a whack on his Achilles and was

forced to be substituted.

“He has limped around the training ground (on Monday), but still

managed to contribute to the session.

“We aren’t sure on the full extent of the damage, but the

picture should be clearly after his diagnosis on Wednesday.

“When I recalled him I was keen to have his input and experience

on the coaching side, but obviously before the injury I also

considered him as a good option to have within the squad.”

The Daggers went down 1-0 against Oxford at Victoria Road on

Saturday, leaving them still without a win on home soil in five

attempts since Burnett took the reins on an interim basis towards

the end of February.

Just two wins in his 10 games at the helm have also left

17th-placed Dagenham still needing a couple more points to make

sure of their League Two status.

And having scored a mediocre 10 goals in that 10-match spell –

finding the net twice in the same game on just three occasions –

Burnett is keen to see his team sharpen their attacking teeth.

Asked why they are struggling at home, Burnett told Daggers

Player: “I’ve no idea. We’ve got a game plan, we’re trying to get

the ball down and move it quickly. I’m as frustrated as anyone.

“It’s really difficult to put your finger on it but sometimes

teams come here and sit with men behind the ball, we have to be a

little bit cleverer to break them down and create chances.

“We need goalscorers, let’s not hide the fact. At the moment we

haven’t got people who are putting the ball in the back of the net,

but the argument would be are we creating enough chances for them?

Probably not. So that’s the difficult part.”

Sheridan parted company with the Spireites at the end of August

following a disappointing start to the season after relegation from

League One.

However, he delivered silverware during his three years at the

Proavct Stadium as Chesterfield won the League Two title in 2011

and lifted the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last year.

“I hope it goes well for John in terms of the reception he gets

– certainly not the result,” said Cook, who became Sheridan’s

permanent successor in October following Tommy Wright’s spell as

interim boss.

“John is a seasoned professional, he’s had his times at this

club and he’s produced some fantastic nights for this football

club, so I’d like to see him get a great reception.

“I think John’s history and his managerial record at this club

will show what he’s done, which was obtain a championship winning

team and a cup final win at Wembley – and I hope that doesn’t go

amiss on our supporters. I’m sure it won’t.”

Sheridan returned to management with the Pilgrims in January

with the Devon club in the relegation zone. Going into Tuesday

night’s game, Argyle are 19th in the table and three points above

the bottom two.

And Henry admitted he was “humbled” by their dignity.

The American, significantly making his first appearance at the

annual service to remember those who died in the 1989 disaster,

gave a reading before addressing thousands assembled on the Kop at


“I can understand the importance of the 96 to the club,” Henry


“I have been humbled by the dignity and perseverance of the

families in their search for truth and justice.

“It is an honour to be here on this particular day, the first

service since the publication of the Hillsborough Independent

Panel’s report.

“Now there is a real belief that justice will be served.

“This club will always cherish the memory of family and friends

lost 24 years ago today. They will forever be part of Liverpool

Football Club.”

Henry’s reading was followed later in the afternoon by Everton

chairman Bill Kenwright, symbolising the way in which the city had

been united in both grief and the subsequent quest for justice.

“I hope since that day you have known the support of Everton

Football Club for you,” he said.

“I hope by this time next year you will be celebrating the

greatest victory that a team in this country could do.”

Henry and Kenwright were joined by Liverpool chairman Tom

Werner, manager Brendan Rodgers, backroom staff and players in the

Kop in front of thousands of members of the public, some carrying

banners, many wearing the colours of Liverpool and also plenty in

Everton blue.

Many former players who attended, including Kenny Dalglish, who

was also the manager at the time of Hillsborough and returned to

the club for a second spell in 2011, Alan Hansen, who played in the

ill-fated semi-final, and Kevin Keegan.

The arrival of the Hillsborough families, en masse, prompted a

prolonged standing ovation from the members of the public seated

immediately behind them on the Kop.

This was the first anniversary to be marked after the

publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report into the

1989 disaster.

The findings once and for all absolved fans of any wrongdoing in

the tragedy, instead highlighting the failings and subsequent

cover-up by the police and other agencies.

Families had campaigned long and hard for the truth to be made

public and while the report was the first step on that road there

remains a long way to go.

Later this month there will be a preliminary hearing in London

to decide the parameters for a new inquest after the original

verdicts were quashed last year.

That process could realistically take a couple of years but,

unlike this time 12 months ago, the Hillsborough families can at

least now feel fully vindicated that their determined campaigning

for the lies to be exposed will not be in vain.

Margaret Aspinall, chairman of the Hillsborough Family Support

Group, said the cover-up of the disaster “will be a stain on this

nation and certain individuals – and they know who they are”.

She added: “It is a real honour to be able to stand in front of

you today and say after nearly a quarter of a century the real

truth is out, a truth that finally puts the record straight. Now

justice must follow.

“It has taken 8,551 dark days and a report incorporating 395

pages to finally expose what we all knew from day one – the fans

were not blame.”