Another slow news day amongst the traditional media, as many journalists apparently enjoyed a day off for Mother's Day. Bert van Marwijk's 26-man squad is expected to be announced later today. 

Wellington Phoenix

Worthwhile reading this written from a New Zealand perspective on the fate of Wellington Phoenix. The view is put strongly that a merger with an Australian consortium, and for a new 'club' to play out of Australia, “would mean death” for professional football in New Zealand. Michael Burgess goes on to write that “The only merger the Phoenix should be looking at is with Auckland City, or another Auckland based operation, if there was the cash. That might work, with a few more games in the Queen City — nothing else will.”

Late on Friday, Wellington Phoenix issued a statement saying they're “not selling” even though David Gallop confirmed he had met with Wellington Phoenix owners and a party cashed-up and interested in buying the license. 

Mile Jedinak

Agency reports of Mile Jedinak's header which gave Aston Villa an advantage after the first stage of the Championship play-off match against Middlesbrough. The second match will be held on Wednesday. Reuters report here with their photo (we know we had him two days ago also, but this is such a good one of Captain Socceroo). 

Leroy George

Leroy George has won Melbourne Victory's 'Victory Medal' for best player of the season, as voted by the players, pipping Rhys Williams to the post by one vote. 

Heather Garriock

Congratulations to Canberra United coach, Heather Garriock, on the birth of her third child. She knows having three kids under 5 will be challenging; she learned some lessons from her rookie season as coach; and says in the next W-League season she will be the 'real Heather Garriock'. 

Russian football

The only new item in the News Corp sites is a syndicated report via Agence France Presse on Russian football hooligans and their relationship with President Vladimir Putin. Another one worth a read - especially if you're heading to Russia. 

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