Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Return of the Incredible Emile [picture]

Aston Villa are in need of a goal scoring hero to step up to the plate following the news that their top scorer Darren Bent will be out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury and veteran striker Emile Heskey could be the man to heed the call.

Bent’s injury coupled with the end of Robbie Keane’s loan spell means that Alex McLeish short on striking options and the Villa boss has stated that although he is disappointed with the situation, it will provide an opportunity for other squad members to take on the goal scoring responsibility.

Speaking after hearing news of Bent’s injury, McLeish said: 'You don't want to see any player have that bad luck. It is a big loss to us, such is his prowess as a goalscorer, but it gives an opportunity to others.'

'We have other players who have to take the responsibility, players such as Gabby Agbonlahor and Stephen Ireland. That's the great challenge for them.It's also a chance for them to show they can handle that type of responsibility.'

McLeish only has Gabriel Agbonlahor and Heskey to choose between up front for the rest of the season, meaning the big man could well get a chance to impress and build upon the one goal he has already bagged himself this season.

With Rooney suspended for two games and Bent injured the England squad will also be short on strikers for Euro 2012, sparking fears that the Incredible Heskey may come out of retirement for the tournament.

For England's sake, let's hope not!

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Monday, 27 February 2012

Liverpool Carling Cup Artwork!! & Players Twitter Reaction To Victory


Sundays dramatic penalty shootout victory over Cardiff City in the Carling Cup final was Liverpool’s first piece of silverware since the 2006 FA Cup and Kenny Dalglish’s first trophy in his second spell at the Merseyside club. Liverpool were victorious winning 3-2 on penalties after both sides could not be separated after finishing 2-2 in extra time.
Later on Sunday evening Liverpool players took to twitter to tweet their Carling Cup delight to their loyal social media followers.
Charlie Adam (@Charlie26Adam) tweeted his happiness of the great win stating he was “delighted to get first trophy. Support was incredible. Well done to Cardiff too” Adam also posted picture of his Carling Cup medal, one which he may have been surprised to receive after his penalty was sent into orbit.
Other Liverpool players have tweeted their happiness with Luis Suarez (@luis16suarez) tweeting “What a day!! We are champions!! So happy :)” and Glen Johnson (Glen_Johnson) “Unbelievable day!!! Well done boys!!! #CarlingCupChamps”
 Liverpool were also shown support from ex-reds Xabi Alonso (@xabialonso) “#inpepewetrust” and Ryan Babel (@Ryanbabel) “’YNWA”

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

No Shaving Until Torres Scores Campaign [picture]

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Any Chelsea fan thinking of putting off shaving until Fernando Torres ends his goal drought may wish to reconsider, unless they find the thought of looking like Gandalf from Lord of the Rings appealing.
Torres was subbed off after 45 minutes in Chelsea's FA Cup game against Birmingham last Saturday, which marked 20 games and 1,298 minutes since he last scored a goal.

Blues boss Andre Villas Boas has stated that he and the entire Chelsea squad are desperate for Nando to find his shooting boots and suggested that having to fight for a place in the first team could be key to finally getting some goals out of the Spaniard.

'I think everybody is desperate for Torres to score, said AVB. 'Everybody pushes him, praises him in training and it will come with him getting opportunities. His confidence is low but we will have to continue to persist with our belief in his talent.'
'The belief is the same. The only thing that changes is the level of competition for him and maybe that will be the key. More competition will see him push himself that little bit harder and maybe he will eventually reach his goal and targets.'

It is expected that Villas-Boas will drop Torres for the Blues last-16 Champions League game against Napoli after his poor display against Birmingham and the Chelsea boss admitted that Didier Drogba's return from the African Cup of Nation's increases competition for places.

'First, Torres, Drogba and Lukaku will compete in training to be in the team. There's competition in the striker positions and it will be a battle between the three of them. Drogba increases the level of competition. They are all top, top talents.'

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Wolves Hunt for new Manager After Making a Muppet out of Mick [picture]

Wolves Chief Executive Jez Moxey is hopeful that the club can find a new manager in time for their game against Newcastle next weekend, but has stressed the importance of spending the time needed to find the best possible candidate.

Moxey and Wolves owner Steve Morgan have interviewed a number of bookmaker’s favourites for the job over the last couple of days and are continuing interviewing potential candidates over the weekend as they try to ensure their club avoids relegation this season.

Speaking about the hunt for a new manager Moxey stated: 'Our intention has always been to have a new manager installed in time to take charge of the team for the Newcastle match and that remains the case.  But, I stress, we want the right candidate, not the quick candidate.'

'Things are progressing. We are continuing to work to the timetable we indicated at the outset of this process and remain optimistic we will be able to fulfil those requirements.'

The Molineux club are without a manager following Mick McCarthy's sacking on Monday which ended his five and a half years of service for the club.

Speaking in response to McCarthy's dismissal, Moxey stated: 'We felt the team was only going one way and we needed to act. We've got time to get in a new manager and arrest the decline. We felt if we didn't do something we would almost certainly be relegated.'

Luckily Mick has his sideline work as a Muppet look-a-like to fall back on!

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Boas for the Chop [picture]

Andre Villas-Boas could be the latest addition to the lengthening succession of Chelsea manager’s who have been marching orders by billionaire owner Roman Abramovich, following a run of poor results that have seen the west London club slip out of the top four.

Chelsea are without a win in their last five Premiership games and gave what Villas-Boas described as ‘one of our worst displays, if not our worst’ in their defeat against Everton on Saturday, which has seen the Portuguese managers future at the club come under question.

It has been confirmed that the scheduled day off after the Everton game for was cancelled so that Abramovich could have meetings with the players and Villas-Boas to discuss problems with the Chelsea teams recent performances.

Villas-Boas has accepted that qualification for the Champions League is a minimum requirement for his Chelsea side this season if he wants to survive the growing pressure from owner Roman Abramovich and the Blues fans.

'Now we are fifth, level on points with the fourth team. We know exactly what our targets are for the season,' Villas-Boas said.

'There are still plenty of games to play. There is an objective and we have to set out to reach the objective. Champions League qualification is the least you can ask for.'

'We need Champions League qualification and that's what we expect. The objective is first place but first place is not a real objective anymore and neither is second.'

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Thursday, 9 February 2012

Capello Resigns: Player's Twitter Reaction

In typical pre-tournament style England have had another 'crisis' with Fabio Capello resigning as manager in the wake of the John Terry fiasco. For many however include myself gives us a better chance at the Euros than before. Capello will always be a great manager but not a great international manager. England after all was his first national job after glittering spells with Madrid, Juve, Milan and Roma.

Capello looked out of his depth with England and his tactics and selection often came under question.  None more so than in the 2010 World Cup. Capello’s tired tactics of 4-4-2 and reluctance to adapt to a 4-3-3 or 4-3-2-1 formation were the biggest reason for England’s failings.

This said, Capello still has the best win ratio of any England manager, so who could replace him?  Redknapp is the bookies, fans and most of the players favourite to take the job. Our ‘arry would bring a no-nonsense side to England and could get the best out of England’s 'stars'. Other names cropping up are Mourinho (My choice), O’Neil, Pardew and even Glenn Hoddle.

Here’s what some of the England players  past and present had to say on the surprising news  of Capello’s resignation.

Wayne Rooney: Gutted Capello has quit. Good guy and top coach. Got to be English to replace him. Harry Redknapp for me.

Rio Ferdinand: So Capello resigns....what now....

Jack Wilshere: For a young player who was given the chance to play for my country at such a young age ... he has shown great belief and trust in me so I can only thank him... massive influence on my career so far

Gary Linekar I think new man should be English. Players have to be, so should boss. Harry Redknapp the man if he wants it. He can do both jobs until May.

Michael Owen: I don’t know anyone that doesn’t want Harry Redknapp. Surely we will stick to an Englishman as our next manager. And that should run right through the squad from players to tea lady.

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Written by Graham Corking

Monday, 6 February 2012

Feed the Ox and He Will Score [picture]

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has heaped praise upon up and coming star Alex Oxdale-Chamberlain following the eighteen-year-olds central role in the Gunners 7-1 victory over Blackburn on Saturday.

Oxdale-Chamberlain scored either side of the half time break in a performance which prompted his manager to compare him with Wayne Rooney’s early performances in the Premiership and to those of former Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas.

'I feel that is always a brand of top players,' said Wenger. 'They just play. When you saw Rooney start he played like it was natural; the same with Fabregas. They are happy on the football pitch and comfortable.'

'I feel Oxlade-Chamberlain could play central midfield and he could play second striker because he has something that is exceptional, he has a short back-lift and so when he has a shot on goal it's difficult to block.'

'He can go right and left and he is the kind of guy who feels comfortable on the football pitch, not nervous.'

After becoming one of Arsenal's most important players in such a short period of time, Oxdale-Chamberlain has been touted by some to feature in England's senior Euro 2012 squad, but for now he insists he is only concerntrating on keeping his place in the Arsenal starting line-up.

'It would be very nice,' Oxdale-Chamberlain said in response to the suggestion of him making the England team. 'But I must keep my feet on the ground.'

'I have belief in myself and my own ability. I'll keep working hard then I hope the rest will come. I'm in the England Under-21 squad and playing for Arsenal, I'll concentrate on that.'

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Friday, 3 February 2012

Ken Bates Wants You (If You Can Work Miracles) [picture]

Leeds United are stepping up their hunt for a new manager after having sacked Simon Grayson on Wednesday.

Grayson was given the boot following the 4-1 defeat Leeds suffered at home against Birmingham, which was the fifth loss in seven games for the Yorkshire team.

Opinion has been divided amongst the Leeds fans regarding the wisdom of the sacking Grayson when the transfer window has just shut and with no replacement lined up, but Leeds legend Peter Lorimer has stated a fresh start is exactly what is needed for the club.

Speaking about Grayson, Lorimer said: 'The truth is that he hadn’t moved forward from last season. Our results and performances in the main have been poorer than they were during our first year in the Championship and there’s been no real sign of things changing or improving.'

'But bringing a new manager in is a chance to make a go of a campaign which isn’t over yet. We’re very close to the play-offs and by no stretch of the imagination is the situation irretrievable.'

Former QPR boss Neil Warnock, Huddersfield's Lee Clark and MK Dons manager Karl Robinson  have already been linked with the job, but the Leeds Official Website has they have made no approaches to replace Grayson as of yet.

A number of Leeds old boys have been given an outside shout of becoming the next manager of the whites, with Lucas Radabe at 33/1 and Gary McCallister at 50/1.

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Thursday, 2 February 2012

Harry Redknapp: Becks on the Brain [picture]

Harry Redknapp has stated that he spent more time thinking about David Beckham than he did dealing with his Monaco bank account.

Speaking to jurors about a $100,000 cash transfer made in 2003 from Monaco to ex-Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric's US account, Redknapp said: 'We were playing Manchester United at Old Trafford, a massive game for Portsmouth. I was thinking about who was marking David Beckham when I was signing that form.'

The Tottenham boss managed to fit a couple of gags into his testimony including recalling his defence of 21-year-old Peter Crouch in 2001, when he told Milan Mandaric  'He's a good investment, he is improving, he's getting stronger, he's getting taller.'

He also rubbished the suggestion he is a brilliant businessman and claimed he has a history of poor investments stating: 'I'm a fantastic football manager. I'm not a hard-headed businessman.'

However, Redknapp's mood turned sour when he interrupted giving his evidence to to tell detective David Manley: 'Mr Manley, will you stop staring at me. I know you are trying to cause me a problem.'

The case continues.

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