Israel coach Eli Guttman says he tried to ask Cristiano Ronaldo for advice about how to stop Gareth Bale during Wales' crunch European Qualifier. Bale ...
Southend have confirmed the loan signing of Nottingham Forest winger Stephen McLaughlin. The 24-year-old will remain with Phil Brown's League Two promotion-chasing ...
Ben Reeves pulls out of Northern Ireland squad with calf injury
Northern Ireland defender Ben Reeves has been forced to pull out of the squad to face Finland after picking up a calf injury in Wednesday's 1-0 friendly defeat to Scotland. The MK Dons man played 70 minutes at Hampden but will not play the Finns as Michael O'Neill's side bid to make it four wins from five in Group F of their European Qualifying campaign. Keeper Michael McGovern says the Hampden ...Read more
Sampson moves to Macclesfield
Morecambe have allowed striker Jack Sampson to join Vanarama Conference team Macclesfield on loan for the rest of the campaign. Sampson moved to the Globe Arena in 2013 from Bolton but has found first-team chances hard to come by of late as the Shrimps have Jack Redshaw, Kevin Ellison, Padraig Amond and Paul Mullin in their attack. In total, Sampson has made 58 appearances for the Sky Bet League ...Read more
Graham Dorrans extends Norwich loan stay from West Brom
Midfielder Graham Dorrans will stay on loan at Norwich until May 25 and is determined to play his part as the Canaries look to secure promotion to the Premier League. The 27-year-old Scotland international is at Carrow Road on an emergency loan from West Brom and has extended his stay after his original one-month deal ended following the 3-1 victory over Nottingham Forest at the weekend. Dorrans ...Read more
Proctor suffers broken leg
Accrington midfielder Andy Procter's season is likely over due to a hairline fracture of his leg. The 31-year-old, who is in his second spell with Stanley, sustained the injury in the 3-0 loss to Burton two weeks ago and manager John Coleman has confirmed the news is bleak. "Andy Procter's got a hairline fracture of his leg," Coleman said. "That probably rules Andrew out for the rest of the season. "His ...Read more
Whatmough blow for Portsmouth
Portsmouth defender Jack Whatmough faces six months on the sidelines with a cruciate injury. The 18-year-old centre-half suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage during Pompey's 2-2 draw with Cheltenham last week. Whatmough was already expected to miss the rest of the season but now looks unlikely to be fit in time for the start of next term. The England Under-19 international has made 24 appearances ...Read more
Junior heads to Vale Park
Port Vale have signed Everton midfielder Francisco Junior on loan until the end of the season. The 23-year-old joined the Toffees in the summer of 2012 but has struggled to make an impact at Goodison Park, making just one appearance in the Capital One Cup soon after his arrival. Junior has spent time on loan with Dutch club Vitesse and Norwegian outfit Stromsgodset IF, and will now finish this season ...Read more
Plymouth have signed striker Zak Ansah on loan from Championship outfit Charlton
Plymouth have signed striker Zak Ansah on loan from Championship outfit Charlton until the end of the season. The 20-year-old, who joins Addicks team-mate Tareiq Holmes-Dennis at Home Park, arrived from Arsenal last summer having graduated through the Gunners' academy. He becomes Argyle's second loan signing in 24 hours after they borrowed Everton youngster Gethin Jones.Read more
Malmo fined £73,000 by UEFA for poor pitch in Champions League
UEFA have fined Swedish side Malmo £73,000 for a sub-standard playing surface in the Champions League. UEFA says its disciplinary panel cited "the poor condition of the pitch at the club's three home group stage matches." Juventus players raised concerns about the Swedbank Stadium turf before their 2-0 win on November 26, played three weeks after the spring-to-autumn Swedish season ended. UEFA ...Read more
Mark Warburton puts QPR talk aside to focus on Brentford promotion bid
Mark Warburton says he will not consider a future with QPR or anyone else until Brentford's season is over. The highly-regarded Warburton will be out of work this summer after deciding he would not work within a new management structure due to be implemented at Griffin Park. QPR were linked with the 52-year-old in the wake of Harry Redknapp's departure, and the club's director of football Les ...Read more
Blackburn striker Luke Varney extends his loan stay at Ipswich until the end of season
Blackburn striker Luke Varney has extended his loan stay at Sky Bet Championship rivals Ipswich until the end of the season. The 32-year-old has made six appearances for Town, without scoring a goal, since arriving at Portman Road in February. Under the terms of the loan extension, Varney will also be able to feature in the play-offs should the club reach that far.Read more
If anything 'clubs' should be thankful that Hodgson seems to take a conciliatory approach to this. If I were manager i'd probably be more hard line. It sounds like a lot of injuries were existing niggles except the Welbeck knock.
Niang started really well for Montpellier when he came in January 2014 on loan, got four goals in his first five games - then drove his Ferrari into a tree, got himself into all sorts of trouble with the authorities as a result (endangering life, driving without a license, etc), and tailed off badly from there. A calm atmosphere would seem the best thing for him...
It depends, right? If you make 30 a year and hate your job, is def say take a couple of grand paycut to get a job you like. If on the other hand you make 2 million a year, I'm not sure I'd take a 30% pay cut, unless I absolutely hated it. Those millions are giving you absolute financial security for life, spending a few years in a job you don't like seems a small price to pay for that. In this instance though, I'm not sure there would have been much incentive to take a pay cut. As a professional footballer you obviously want to play, but even if you don't, I can't imagine his life being that hard. He still gets to train with all his team mates every day, I assume he played for the reserve team, and i would assume he had access to everything else the regular first teamers did, so basically all that was missing was the game at 3 o'clock. I wouldn't blame him for what he did, I know I'd have taken big money being on the bench, especially at the end of my career, knowing this would be the last big payday. I just think his excuses run hollow. Did he ever request a transfer? I'd imagine Chelsea would have been happy granting one. And there's probably more to this. Based on the title of his book and the fact that the Dutch team was well know for their players behaviour back then, I suspect he might have been a little difficult to work with a times. Still an interesting article though.
Remember, years ago, cricket had the same problem too many overseas playersto the detriment of the national team. The national team began to win Test matches, when there was a limit, per county , on overseas players. There must be a similar system in place in football. How many potential, Moore's, Greaves's, Chartltons, are oput their somewhere waiting to be discovered only to be overlooked because teams, mainly foreigned owned and foreign managers want instant success. But as you can see in the European Championship English, once again, fail to get through to the finals. Time clubs could only have two or three foreign nationals in their team and the rest are home grown. If we ever want to see 1966 it will be a long wait
I cannot say that I like Costa from his on field persona but I would have him in my team any time. He came to a new league and life and never missed a beat, scoring goals from the start. Hazard is excellent and a pleasure to watch - I have not seen many signs of petulance from him even though he seems to 'enjoy' his fair share of fouls. Terry - surely not the best central defender - if so that is pretty poor. However, I recognize that he is generally still good but sometimes beaten for pace. Not a Chelsea fan at all.
Phil - long time reader of your columns, and usually see them as balanced - but I've got to pick you up on something. Tottenham have drawn five games all season and you are tipping them to draw five of the last 8 - surely flawed logic? Form would suggest Spurs are going to be right in the mix come the end of the season and you appear to have gone for the "hip" angle by looking at Liverpool/Saints.
Also nice to hear Carricks remarks......If anything, Roy needs to build a feeling apart from the club atmosphere to get the best from his players. If Ramos, Xavi, Casillas and Iniesta are united for Spain certainly our boys can do likewise for England.
Ronald Koeman walked into Southampton to be told that the club had sold most of its best players and others had long term injuries. Knowing pundits said they would struggle and some tipped them as relegation candidates. He organised the players who had stayed, added a few useful signings, retained the team's fluent approach and had them competing for a CL place for much of the season. His quiet, unassuming manner and refusal to join in the ref bashing brigade sets him apart from some of the other paranoid egotists in the PL. Alan Pardew, Manager of the Year?? Do me a favour!!