Thierry Henry's future at Arsenal may be hanging in the balance but after their Champions League disappointment there was no disguising the Frenchman's burning passion for the club.
After enduring such a defeat as Arsenal's at the Stade de France on Wednesday night, most players would be forgiven for being terse and reticent.
Henry, by contrast, had to almost be dragged onto the coach to the airport, such was the Arsenal skipper's desire to praise his players, vilify the final referee Terje Hauge and even disparage many of his Barcelona opponents.
In fact, Henry, perhaps the greatest player in Arsenal's long history, did nothing to support rumours that he is set to move to the Catalan city, beyond his insistence that he would announce his intentions before the World Cup finals which begin on June 9.
The 28-year-old said: "I will make the decision before the World Cup, very soon." Asked if the defeat by Barcelona would affect his future, Henry replied: "No, no, not at all." n Peter Taylor last night withdrew from contention to become Charlton Athletic's new manager.
The Hull City manager announced he would be staying at the KC Stadium next season, despite being interviewed for the Addicks vacancy.
Taylor looked a firm favourite to replace Alan Curbishley but he has now declared himself committed to the Tigers. Mick McCarthy and Colchester boss Phil Parkinson have also been linked with the Charlton post. n Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock will have to watch the Blades' first two matches back in the Premiership from the stands after being hit with a touchline ban.
The Football Association handed Warnock a six-match suspension, although four of those are suspended, and fined him £1,000 after being sent from the dug-out in United's match against Leeds on April 8. The Blades boss had a heated exchange with Leeds counterpart Kevin Blackwell before remonstrating with fourth official Paul Robinson and a police officer had to usher him down the tunnel.
* Portsmouth defender Linvoy Primus has signed a new two-year contract.
But the club have confirmed they will not be offering new terms to several out-of-contract players, including former Birmingham City midfielder Aliou Cisse.
Former Liverpool goal-keeper Sander Westerveld, striker Vincent Pericard, defenders Gary Silk and Liam Horsted, and goalkeeper Andrea Guatelli have also left the club.