Thursday, 26 May 2011

Unveiled: Ryan Giggs’ New Workout DVD

Ryan Giggs showcased his top tips for staying in tip top physical condition in his yoga DVD ‘Giggs Fitness’ last year, which detailed some of the United veterans secrets to staying fit and strong.

And the evergreen star  has proved this season that he’s still got the legs to play football at the highest level whilst still finding time for a bit of bed hopping.

But it is his psychological condition that has come under question ahead of the climax to United’s season in the Champions League Final this weekend.

The furore surrounding the revelations about the Welshman’s private life has cast a shadow over Saturday’s fixture and was obviously playing on the mind of his manager on Tuesday.

Sir Alex threatened to ban a journalist from Friday’s Champions League final press conference for asking a Giggs-related question during the club’s media day.

Giggs is expected to feature in the starting line up against Barcelona, with Ferguson putting faith in the midfielder’s wealth of experience to shrug off his off the field troubles.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

No Return of the Mac at Upton Park

Steve McClaren has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant managerial position at West Ham United following Avram Grants sacking last weekend.

The former England boss is eager to return to work after being sacked by Wolfsburg in February and was considered to be one of the frontrunners for the job.

However, in a statement to Sky Sports News the 50-year-old revealed he does not want to be in the frame for the Upton Park role.

'It is very flattering to be linked with a club of West Ham's size and historic stature, also one that has tremendous fans,' he said.

'However, at this moment in time I do not wish to be considered for the position. But I wish everybody at West Ham all the very best for the future.'

Chris Hughton and Sam Allardyce have also been linked to the position, with West Ham co-owner David Gold saying the club are eager to appoint a new manager as soon as possible.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Fergie to ban his Players from Using Twitter?


Sir Alex Ferguson has hit out against twitter, labelling the micro-blogging site a 'waste of time'.

A number of the United players are regular twitter users, but their manger does not share their enthusiasm for the site.

Speaking out about twitter he said, 'I don't know why anybody can be bothered with that stuff.'

'How do you find the time to do that? There are a million things you can do in your life without that. Get yourself down to the library and read a book. Seriously, it is a waste of time.'

The United manager's comments also seemed to suggest he is considering banning his players from using the site following the negative attention that one of Wayne Rooney's tweets attracted this week.

Emphasising the need for caution regarding twitter Ferguson stated that, 'We as a club are looking at it because there can be issues attached to it. And we don't want that.'

Rooney only recently joined twitter, but his posts have come under close scrutiny and made front page news of one newspaper this week when he responded to an abusive message.

The 25 year old striker was accused of threatening one of his followers on Wednesday when he tweeted, 'I will put u asleep within 10 seconds hope u turn up if u don’t gonna tell everyone ur scared u little nit. I’ll be waiting.'

Monday, 16 May 2011

Man-chest-hair Roo-nited


Wayne Rooney celebrated Manchester United’s record league title success in unique style by shaving his chest hair into the number 19.

The 25-year-old scored the penalty that gave Manchester United a 1-1 draw at Blackburn on Saturday which earned them the point needed to win the Premier League with a game to spare.

Rooney posted a picture on Twitter proudly displaying his new chest artwork following the celebrations at Blackburn to the surprise of his team-mates.

Michael Owen was stunned by Rooney's new look tweeting in response that 'None of us thought Wazza would send that picture! He is madder than we thought!!!'

Securing Manchester United's 19th league title had an added bonus for Rooney as it puts them one over Liverpool's title-record.

Speaking after the game he said, 'Winning the Premier League is an incredible feeling and to get that 19th title to become the most successful English club is brilliant.'

'Of course for me personally, being an Everton fan, it's even more special 19 times. It's a great feeling for the whole club, the team, the fans, everyone.'

'After the year I've had, with the ups and downs, this is for the fans and the team.'

Monday, 9 May 2011

Ancelotti to Need a New Jobby?


Chelsea are set to end their season trophyless following this weekends 2-1 league defeat against Manchester United and as a consequence Carlo Ancelotti looks set to lose his job as manager of the Blues.

The Italian enjoyed a great start at Chelsea guiding his side to a FA Cup and Premier League double in his first season, but he has failed to recreate the same levels of success in this campaign.

This season the Blues have endured their worst season since Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich took ownership of the club and Ancelotti is now expected to face the axe.

Ancelotti has stated his desire to see out the remaining year of his contract, but conceded the decision is out of his hands.

Speaking to reporters Ancelotti said, 'I have another year on my contract and I would like to stay but it is the decision of the club. We have two more games, we wait and see.'

'The club will take a decision at the end of the season, we will arrange a meeting after the end of the season.

'I don't know what the owner (Roman Abramovich) thinks about the season but in my opinion we could have done better.'

'I am honest to say that Chelsea didn't do its best this season but sometimes that can happen. Last season we had a fantastic season, this year it was a little bit different.'

Are Carlo's days numbered at Chelsea?

Friday, 6 May 2011

Time to Go-mes?

Tottenham’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League were extinguished last weekend as Heurelho Gomes added to his long list of goalkeeping gaffes.

Chelsea were allowed back into the game thanks to a costly error by the Brazilian keeper in which he fumbled an ambitious shot from Frank Lampard after Spurs had led for the majority of the first half.

The mistake has fuelled suggestions that Tottenham need to sacrifice Gomes for a more consistent keeper if they want to retain their status as a top Premiership side.

Gomes made a similar high profile error in the second leg of Tottenham’s Champions League quarter final match against Real Madrid which ended any hope of a miraculous comeback.

After the game he admitted 'This was not my first mistake and I know it will not be the last' and his words have rung true.

Despite his shortcomings Harry Redknapp has spoken out to defend his gaffe prone keeper.

'He’s a top goalkeeper. He had a little dip in form when he first came but we stuck by him then,' said Redknapp. 'We have to back him up and get Tony Parks (goalkeeping coach) to keep him believing.'