2018 November

Loan danger: Fury as Newcastle prepare to sign “financial predators” as sponsors

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Newcastle are facing a fans' revolt as they prepare to anneekend.The Derby della Madonnina will be held on Sunday.“The Inter we are seeing are a team that aren’t only growing, but have a content_imggreat potential,” Moratti told Passione Inter. “Then, knowing they’re in the hands of Conte, who really knows how to ounce . Mike Ashley has agreed a deal of around £5million for Wonga to be the Toon’s shirt sponsors. The controversial company, already sponsors of Championship club Blackpool and top Scottish side Hearts, offer short-term loans at an APR of 4,214 per cent. Newcastle supporter Michael Martin, editor of the True Faith fanzine, warned he was “close to breaking point”. He said: “The people who run Newcastle, for the fans, have a social responsibility. “I would love them to honestly answer one question: Would you, Mike Ashley, seriously recommend borrowing money from Wonga at those interest rates? If you can’t answer yes then they shouldn’t be our shirt sponsors. “Newcastle is being used to normalise their product. It cheapens and tarnishes the Newcastle United brand. I wouldn’t want my logo next to them, so what do other sponsors think? “This is close to breaking point for me, the one that breaks the camel’s back.” Local MP Ian Lavery has pledged to send his season tickets back if, as expected, the sponsorship deal goes through imminently. Lavery branded Wonga “financial predators who make their money from people suffering from unemployment, low wages and in the greatest financial need.” Newcastle are the latest major company to come under fire for considering a deal with Wonga who offer short term loans at an APR of 4,214 per cent. Wonga is a booming business handing out nearly 2.5m loans last year, and 6m since its launch in 2007. In August, the firm struck a £1m deal with ITV to sponsor Geordie entertainers Ant and Dec’s prime time Red or Black? show. Newcastle cancelled their shirt sponsorship deal with Virgin Media last week, and believe the extra cash they will raise from the new deal will underpin their search for “long term stability” in their finances. The club trails well behind rivals, including Spurs and Liverpool, in attracting commercial revenues, something this deal as well as seeking a sponsor to rename the stadium, is aimed at addressing. Newcastle will tackle the criticism later this week by outlining how the extra cash from the potential deal will be used to benefit the future of the cager Freddie Ljungberg.Ljungberg stepped up to become part of Unai Emery’s coaching team over the summer, having worked with Willock as part of the Under 23s last season. “Freddie is not only such a legend at the club, he’s an unbelievable manager anlub. But the deal with Wonga, the highest profile of 200 payday loans firms investigated by the Office of Fair Trading, has caused a storm of protest. Lavery, Labour MP for Wansbeck, has vowed to return his two platinum club tickets and break off all ties with the club. Lavery, chairman of Ashington FC in Northumberland, said: “Newcastle United will be sponsored by the money of deprived people up and down the country. “If Wonga get this sponsorship through I will not set foot in St James’ Park until it is off the shirts. To have those players running around on that turf endorsing Wonga is an absolute outrage. “I have more and more people coming to see me and saying that as a result of job losses or benefit cuts they are being forced into these terrible but legal money lenders whose interest rates only then trap them into further debt.” Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes has written to Ashley, expressing that he believes the deal is wrong. He said: “I am appalled NUFC are in talks with a legal loan shark company. This is another example of the club’s profit at any price culture, which is destroying the image of the club and the city.” Toon supporter Gordon Ruffell, 54, said: “Wonga taking on a three-year deal makes me very angry.” Fan Paddy Donoghue added: “I suspect the club know the ­feelings against this and don’t care.” Wonga founder and chief executive Errol Damelin has denied they are a “legalised loan shark”. Recession left Wonga quids in Wonga has done roaring trade in the recession, with profits rocketing 269% to almost £46million last year. The company, which only started in 2007, says its success is due to high customer satisfaction and top-notch technology. But critics slam payday lenders such as Wonga for taking advantage of a funding clampdown by the mainstream banks. Wonga offers short-term loans of up to £1,000 and promises to send the money within 15 minutes of it being approved. A stinging annual interest rate of 4,214 per cent is charged, although Wonga dismisses that as irrelevant because it loans cash over much shorter periods. The company was founded by South African-born Errol Damelin, who now lives in London.

Penny pincher: Pardew reckons Newcastle have proved you don’t need to spend big

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Alan Pardew reckons Newcastle have shaken up the Premier League this season – and proved you don’t need to throw tens of millions around to get results. The Newcastle boss has targeted Arsenal in third place, but still reckons it is a “long shot” that his club will end up in the Champions’ League next season. But the fact Newcastle, who were tipped for a poor season last June after selling Kevin Nolan, and with Joey Barton handed a free transfer, have rebuilt on a budget means fans outside the elite clubs “smile” when they see their exploits. In-form Newcastle travel to Wigan today on the back of six wins, and looking to put a six point gap between them and Spurs in fifth, for 24 hours at least. Arsenal are just three points clear in third. Pardew says the nation regards United as a “breath of fresh air” in the top flight, and reckons rivals will be copying their model of financial probity and self sufficiency next season. Pardew said: “You can’t get away from the fact that we’ve shaken up the division. We’ve shaken things up in the right manner, and we’ve done it by playing the right way. We’ve played a variety of different ways this year, and changed things when we’ve needed to. But right now, we’re really playing with a lot of flair in the team. I think that sets us apart from most of the other teams in the division. “Before I came here I wasn’t a Newcastle fan, but you always used to smile when you thought of Newcastle because of the flair players they’d had in the past. This is has always been a club that’s been synonymous with great football, and it’s great to be able to emulate some of that. “It’s about clever content_imgmanoeuvring and getting a good work ethic on the football pitch. That goes a long way in the Premier League. “I still don’t think the ratio of the top teams has changed too much. It’s still going to be difficult for us to break into that top four, and I still think it’s a bit of a long shot. But if we do it, then I certain people will be having a good look at what we’ve done. “The Europa League is certainly not a consolation. Let’s be honest, before the season started there were a few pundits predicting us for a relegation fight. So for us to secure Europe with four games to go is astonishing really, and it gives us the luxury to try to achieve a top-four finish.” Pardew has regularly praised his squad men, and one unsung hero James Perch revealed yesterday he is delighted with his slightly ironic new terrace nickname of Perchinio. Even Pardew used it last weekend in a press conference, and Perch says he is delighted to have played a big back up role this season, stepping into a variety of positions to cover injuries in midfield and defence. Perch said: “I think it started when we were away at West Brom. Since then it has snowballed into my new nickname – and I do enjoy it. When the faithful are singing it on a Saturday afternoon, it gives you a real buzz and it’s really nice to hear. This is something I have never had to deal with before. “John Carver and the other staff call me Perchinho and maybe it’s a bit of a joke, but I have been called a lot worse.” Perch described the atmosphere behind the scenes as “relaxed” and added: “We weren’t expecting to be in this position. We have caught up with the teams you would think at the start would be in the top four, such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs were positives to draw from a tough loan at Leeds United.The striker, who scored in yesterday’s win over Everton, says despite a lack of minutes his time under Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has helped him a lot.”My Leeds experience was good for me, I le. “I don’t know if many people had taken notice of us for most of the season and we have just crept up there. “The calmness comes from the gaffer and his staff. They have managr United to sell him this summer.The Sun says the French World Cup winner has made it clear to United that he wants to join his hero Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.But United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says he does not want Pogba, 26, to led to keep the lads feet on the ground, if you like, but we have in the dressing room who are the type not to get carried away. “We know what we’ve done so far is very good, where we are and where we can be. That’s a good thing with us; we are honest and not going to let anything else effect us. “We have these four games now and will approach them as we have done every one this season – we’ll try to win. If we do that then we’ll see where we end up. “When you are a kid coming through the ranks, you watch any football going and the Champions League is something we all dream of. But it still feels a million miles away. We can’t look beyond Wigan away this Saturday.

French defender Bacary Sagna set to sign new two-year contract at Arsenal

Bacary Sagna is set to give Arsenal a huge boost by signing a new two-year contract. Arsene Wenger expects it to be resolved within the next fortnight after a long-running stalemate over Sagna's future. Sagna, 30, is out of contract at the end of the season and has attracted interest from Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain. Arsenal have been scouting right backs fearing Sagna was off. Even Sagna's team mates feared he was definitely off in the summer but Arsenal have resurrected contract talks and, according to Wenger, there has been a breakthrough. Wenger said: “Yes, that could be decided in next two weeks. It looks positive. It would be a great boost, of course.” , who is rated at 50-50 of being fit to play at Manchester City, believes he is worth one last big contract at Arsenal after staying loyal to the club. Mirror Sport understands that big-spending City have tried to sign him TWICE in the past but, while other top names have left, Sagna has stayed and now wants his loyaltcontent_imgy rewarded. Sagna is likely to get around £70,000-a-week to stay with Arsenal showing more flexibility thesLiverpool have joined the battle to sign Birmingham City teeder has only played 45 minutes in La Liga and in the winter window will go out on loan to get time on the pitch elsewhere.Barcelona know he needs to play for his development but the club will not allow him to have an option to buy in the loan deal. Tnage wonder Jude Bellingham.The 16-year-old is a top transfer target for Manchester United.However, the Daily Star says Liverpool are now in the hunt for the playmaker.It’s claimed United are desperate to land Bellingham ahead of their rivals after being embarrassed in their pursuit of Erling Haaland.e days when they only used to give over-30s the maximum of a one-year extension. France international Sagna has been outstanding this season and knows he could get a bigger pay day elsewhere, especially if he is on a free transfer. But are now clearly optimistic he will stay. Part of the reason was that Sagna wanted to be convinced Wenger was staying and also that Arsenal would be successful again so they clearly feel they are proving their ambition.

Liverpool need to change their recruitment policy not their manager

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That was more like it, Brendan. , top man when it comes to coaching, took Liverpool way beyond ­expectation last season, etc. Heck, there was even a blinding spell of third-person action. “The club has employed someone who, without being arrogant, believes he can get the best out of a senior player or a youth player. He will always maximise talents he has.” Vintage Rodgers. Now, you could be pernickety and go through every signing have made over the last couple of years and wonder how many talents have been maximised. But it would be entirely ­subjective. Was the talent of Iago Aspas maximised or did he just not have much in the first place? Simon Mignolet? Maximised or marmalised? Luis Alberto, Kolo Toure, Tiago Ilori, Mamadou Sakho. How much actual talent is or was there to maximise? And that is just to deal with a handful of the signings of two summers ago. Judging by how many Rodgers leaves either on the bench or at home, last summer’s bunch are going to take a lot of maximising. But Brendan, it seems, is still bullish about the task. When he said “without being arrogant”, he meant “with being arrogant”. Good. That is what Liverpool need. What would serve Rodgers well is to rediscover the characteristics that rubbed some people up the wrong way in his formative Anfield days. That confidence bordering on cockiness, that self-belief, that assurance. Because for alcontent_imgl his defiant words, his team selection bore none of those traits. The man perceived as being too certain of himselt Jovan Malcom.The Arsenal-sides-tracking-West-Broms-Jovan-Malcom.html”>Daily MailArsenal-sides-tracking-West-Broms-Jovan-Malcom.html”> says Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal are all closely monitoring the 16-year-old youngstef looked an uncertain manager. The scrutiny on managers is immense. Just as we saw David Moyes age during his ordeal at Old Trafford (the end of which became inevitable after ­Liverpool’s triumph there back in March), so Rodgers has aged over these last four months. He says he has the support of the owners. He should have. The fact that Rodgers did what he did last season, DESPITE ­continuing recruitment failings, proves he is a top coach. What he did proves it, outstripping David Moyes by deploying Raheem Sterling at the point of the diamond. But recruitment becomes an issue when your need for new talent is urgent. It was not crucial with Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, ­Sterling and Steven Gerrard flying. The Aspas’ of this world did not matter then. Which is why the recruitment ethos at Liverpool has to change. The fabled transfer committee is surely a busted flush. Yes, a manager needs a lot of input from scouts and has to work within the business plan of owners and chief executive. But it MUST be his final call. The growing feeling, though, is that, while Rodgers has sanctioned all the purchases made during his time, he has had to be convinced about a few. That would certainly not surprise in the case of Mignolet. Liverpool’s recruitment – at a cost of £23million in agents’ fees in the last two years – has been ropey over that period. And it has clearly not been all the fault of Rodgers. Too much so-called potential, so little ­established class. Regardless of the result , the owners should keep faith with Rodgers, who sant manager Jody Morris feels the club has transformed it’s reputation this season.Morris believes manager Frank Lampard’s focus on youth has changed perceptions of rival fans.He explained to chelseafc.com: “We’re almost becoming a lot of people’s faays he buys into the “model” at Anfield. That model, he says, is “based on buying players to create them to be world-class”. That is a thankless task. It’s the model that needs changing… not the manager. What should Liverpool do with Rodgers?2000+ VOTES SO FAR

Senzo Meyiwa death: Everton midfielder and South Africa teammate Steven Pienaar responds to tragedy

Steven Pienaar has declared his sadness following Meyiwa, , was shot dead while trying to protect his partner Kelly Khumalo during a robbery. after a gang raided his girlfriend's house close to Johannesburg, Meyiwa was declared dead upon his arrival at hospital. Police have offered a 150,000 rand (£8,500) reward for Arsenal have shelved their search for a director of football.That’s according to Spanish expert Guillem Balague.Speaking on his YouTube channel, the Spanish journalist said: “Director of football is too late for this [transfer window].“Probably they will just, I imagine, park that for aft take Neymar over Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann.He told Esportes Copa, “Neymar now regrets his decision to leave. But Griezmann’s case is even worse. He made a special show only to stay at Atletico Madrid last season and now he content_imgwants to er the summer.“Because, whatever decisions have to be taken, have to be taken now.”anyone who can provide information that could lead to an arrest. "First of all, I want to express my sincere sympathy to Senzo’s family and friends at this very sad time," explained Pienaar, in a statement. "To lose your life at a young age when you have so much ahead of you is tragic and very difficult to understand. "Senzo was a very talented goalkeeper who was well liked by team-mates and opponents alike. "Our nation has lost a popular sportsman and he will be sadly missed."

Sam Allardyce feels West Ham are right to take on the FA over Andy Carroll ban

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Sam Allardyce has defended West Ham's decision to take on the Football Association over Andy Carroll's three-match suspension. The Hammers lost their appeal to have red card against Swansea overturned. remains critical of for sending off Carroent.Mata co-founded the charity which aims to tackle social issues using donations from the football community. Liverpool boss Klopp became the latest high-profile football figure to pledge some of his earnings to the cause, and Mata was quick to resll for an altercation with Chico Flores. The club refused to accept the decision and have taken their case to an independent arbitral tribunal in the pursuit of "justice". And Allardyce is backing their stance and admits the FA's decision made his blood boil. "My reaction was anger and injustice," said Allardyce. "I think the whole procedure – in terms of how we put our case together and the vast swell of people – felt it was unjust and for me the panel has not seen it how they should have seen it and as the evidence we gave. "It's easy to hide behind the regulations or what the law says, but that's an easy way out a Berlin coach.He has resigned as coach of Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin after only 10 weeks in charge.Appointed in late November on a deal until the end of the season, the former striker is returning to his initial role on the club’s advisory board.for me. "Referees often say technically it's this ancontent_imgd that or 'the letter of the law' and that and it grinds on you. "In this case they were looking at it from the view of one thing only: was it an obvious mistake? So we based our procedure on this, and I'm 100 per cent certain it was an obvious mistake. "Howard Webb should have given a free-kick for Andy against Flores. At that stage the whistle blows and there's no incident, so that's an obvious mistake. It's an obvious free-kick."

The Winter Champions: Juventus march on while one of their old guard falls by the wayside

Chest inflated, head held high and with a sly smile on their face, Juventus had thrashed the giant-killers, and it took them less than 30 minutes to secure all three points. Determined to make an impact, the Atalanta side that had defeated both Inter and Napoli this season were hopeful that perhaps they could shock one more giant – Juventus. Unfortunately for them,the dream lasted only 86 seconds. In less than two minutes, Juventus were already 1-0 up. Mirko Vucinic made the most of a defensive error to score the Bianconeri’s first and invoke the image of invincibility whilst an Andrea Pirlo free-kick and a Claudio Marchisio strike secured a 3-0 score line. Atalanta allowed the Italian giants all the space in the world to operate. Slow to close down and overwhelmed by their opponents fierce hunger, the away side attempted to play football but were simply unable to compete. Playing a game that demonstrated their excellence; a Juve win has become somewhat predictable. Almost as predictable as Giorgio Chiellini’s ability to avoid a yellow card regardless of how reckless or tough his challenges may be. In their last eight matches, Juventus have kept seven clean sheets and conceded one solitary goal. With both Inter and Napoli losing their respective games, the Old Lady now sits at the helm of Serie A, seven points clear and admiring her title. Antonio Conte’s men are the Winter Champions. Whilst the Bianconeri celebrated, their former captain and player succumbed to another defeat. On Monday morning the news arrived, Ciro Ferrara had been sacked from his role as coach of Sampdoria. Sporting director Pasquale Sensibile was also gone. The director in particular was greatly disliked by the fans. In their view, he conducted a terrible summer transfer campaign. Certain players brought in such as Simon Poulsen, Lorenzo De Silvestre and Marcelo Estigarribia have largely disappointed resulting in calls for his resignation from the fans who blame him for the club’s failures. For Ferrara, he is a loved man but viewedcontent_img as an inexperienced coach unable to cope with the pressures of a Serie A club. Despite a great start to the campaign in which they collected 11 points in their first five matches, the next seven games saw them manage zero points. Seven consecutive defeats had the fans pulling their hair out and questioning the project. They had reason to be worried. The players dwelled in a constant state of confusion with no apparent understanding of tactics. The defence conceded often due to lapses in concentraan Piero Gasperini has likened Italy’s coronavirus to “the plague”.Gasperini returned to Italy after guiding Atalanta to the Champions League quarterfinals this week after victory at Valencia.”Plague, it’s like the plague,” Gasperini told the Corriertion whilst the notion of collectivity was lost on everyone. The team simply didn’t click. Some say Ferrara was very unlucky. Standing on the sidelines as he watched his side play Palermo, he was hit in the face by the ball knocking his glasses off. Stray balls, injuries to key players and unfortunate refereeing have all contributed t a Chelsea reject!Former Brondby chief scout Flemming Berg admits he recommended Pukki to the Blues.Berg, 47, is now head of elite development at the Danish FA.He told The Sun: “We had one day before the transfer window shut and we needed a striker.”o the negative situation – one that the new coach hopes to improve. Delio Rossi, the former Palermo tactician and the man who briefly guided Fiorentina last year before he was sacked for hitting one of his players, Adem Ljajic, is the new man in charge. Highly respected for his attacking brand of football and ability to develop youngsters, the fans hope his experience will prove the difference. Meanwhile, lowly Siena who sit in last place also decided to sack their coach, SerseCosmi. One of the more confusing decisions, the team may not be performing miracles but were it not for their six-point penalty (due to the Calcioscommesse scandal) then they would be sitting in 14th place – hardly bad for a side that has little money and even less talent. The defence was to be admired and whilst their attack needed work, Cosmi was doing a well enough job to deserve more time at the helm. In his place arrives Beppe Iachini – the man who guided Sampdoria back to Serie A last year. Renowned for his work in Serie B and celebrated for his ability to gain promotion for his sides, Siena present a new challenge – avoiding relegation. Let the drama begin.

Can’t sleep a Winker: Manchester braced for the return of Ronaldo

He's back. Faster. Meaner. Stronger. With slightly less irritating hair, but only slightly. Yes, the city of Manchester is quaking at the return of Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid goal monster is back in town for – his first serious footballing revisit since he transferred out of Old Trafford three years ago. And Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini knows this . Speaking to the Press Association, Mancini said: "I think (it is) not only tomorrow night – I think Ronaldo has a big impact on every game. "One player that scores every game, one or two goals, is an incredible player. "For this reason we should have more attention on him because he is a player that can change the game." Mancini added: "It is my opinion that Real Madrid is the best team in the world – with Barca – and when you play against Real, you play against 11 top players and we should pay attention to all the players because they can score with top players. "It is clear we should pay more attention in some situations but we should play our football. "Football is fantastic because if you play against a top team like Barca and Real Madrid and you play well, you can win." "He feels no pressure" No one knows more than City striker Carlos Tevez, who played alongside the Winker at Old Trafford. Speaking to the PA, Tevez said: "Cristiano is one of the best players in the world and he will play in this game the way he always has done. "He does not seem to feel pressure, and there will be no added pressure just because he is back in Manchester. "Once he gets a chance to face up to you and run at you with the ball he is very, very dangerous and he strikes the ball well too." And the Poacher of the Pampas very nearly suggested that his Argentina team-mate Lionel Messi has serious competition for the title 'world's best player'. Tevez said: "I think it is only right if Cristiano does believe he is the best in the world. "Any guy who gets 37 to 40 goals a season has a right to believe that, and is one of the best in the world, but if you push me I am always going to go on the side of Messi." Mancini on Mourinho Roberto Mancini has tried to play down the idea that the match is some sort content_imgof personal war with his old rival Jose Mourinho, who will be filling out his 100th Champions League team sheet on Wednesday. Speaking to the Press Association, Mancini said: "It was a difficult group when we started and now it is voached Liverpool about Harry Wilson.The Sun claims Eddie Howe wants to sign the Wales international on loan for next season.22-year-old Wilson has been instrumental in helping Derby make the Championship play-off final, which will take place next Monery difficult because we did some mistakes in the first two games. "But we have another two important games and we want to play well. "We don't have a lot of chance to go through but it is important for – nine points behind leaders Liverpool – but boss Pep Guardiola is only concerned with the next game rather then the bigger picture of winning the Premier League.”I am not thinking about how many games we have to win. I know we cannot lose games. I aus to do a good job." Mancini added: "Congratulations to him. To do 100 caps in the Champions League at his age (49) is very important, but I think tomorrow is not Mourinho against Mancini but City against Real Madrid. The players are more important than us."

Stoke boss open to offers for a six-pack of players

Tony Pulis is inviting offers for six of his stars in January as he trims his bloated Stoke squad. The Potters boss will let defenders Danny Collins, Dannwith AC Milan.Mundo Deportivo says Marcelino is being lined up to replace Stefano Pioli as Milan coach at the end of this season.Marcelino met with Milan director Paolo Maldini ten days ago where an agreement was struck. His arrival also has the appry Pugh and Andrew Davies quit, along with midfield trio Tom Soares, Michael Tongue and Diego Arismendi. Pulis said: “They’ve been bacompleted a successful playing return with Arsenal’s U23s.Holding has handed a huge boost to Arsenal manager Unai Emery after playing tcontent_imghe full 90 minutes for the U23s in their 2-2 draw with Everton .Holding, 23, has not featured for the Gunners firstnging on my door so we’ll do our damnedest to get them games.”

Arsene Wenger turns up the heat ahead of Arsenal’s “game of the season” at title rivals Chelsea

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Arsene Wenger claimed his 1,000th game in charge of Arsenal tomorrow is "the game of the season". takes his Gunners to leaders Chelsea seeking to prove they are genuine title contenders. "It is the game of the season for us – it's as simple as that," he said. "We are in a period where every point is vital now, especially against your direct opponents. It is for us the most important game of the season now." Jose Mourinho keeps claiming are not title favourites but Wenger said: "You cannot say the are favourites or not, but they are amongst the teams who are fighting to win the Premier League, nobody can deny that. "If you look at the table, what is very interesting is you have Manchester City, you have Chelsea, you have Liverpool and you have Arsenal – that has not happened for years to fight for the Premier League. "That makes it really interesting. None of these four teams can say they are not going for it, that would be stupid." Wenger declined to respond to taunt that he is a "specialist in failure". The Frecontent_imgnchman said: "I would keep that for myself. Tomorrow I represent my club, I don't represent myself, and I will behave always in respecting the values of our club, and keep my own feelings far away from that." On the occasion of his 1,000th game, Wenger said: "It&aat Blythe Spartans.The 21-year-old was one of the stars of the season in the Under-23s last season and has been spending time at National League North sidBoateng.The striker arrives from Sassuolo in a €1m deal.“I’ve seen a fired-up Boateng,” said Barone.“(Sports director Daniele) Prade did a great job.”Pol Lirola also has signed from Sassuolo.”Lirola’s made over 100 appearances in Serie A. He’s e Blyth under former Toon player Lee Clark.But the keeper has now ended his spell at Croft Park.pos;s a privilege of course to managed 1000 games in the same club and between the moment I met David Dein and he introduced me to Peter Hill-Wood of course a lot has happened at this club. I must say for such a long time the Club has always supported me and I feel already that I'm privileged in that because that's not always usual in our game." Follow today's live blog on 'Arsene Wenger day' with tribute and reaction to the Who is the Premier League era's best manager?11000+ VOTES SO FAR

Jose Mourinho to publish PICTURE BOOK because “there are no words to describe my feelings”

boss Jose Mourinho is to bring out a book about his glittering managerial career – but it will contain only pictures. The Portuguese, who h another Cristiano Ronaldo-type signing.Juve held their annual shareholders’ meeting on Wednesday, where a plan to raise €300m through an increase in share capital was approved.“We’re alwaysthat David Alaba could be sold to Chelsea.The versatile star, who can play left-back, centre-back and central midfield, is wanted by the Premier League giants.The 27-year-old is supposedly the subject of a nearly £60 million bid from Chelsea.However ready to seize every opportunity,” vice-president Nedveas won titles in four different countries, opted to bring out a picture book as "there are no words to describe my feelings.&qcontent_imguot; Publishing company Headline have acquired the rights to the book, with publishing director Jonathan Taylor saying fans will 'relish' the release. He said: "It is a tremendous thrill to be publishing Jose’s very first book later this year. "The great man is personally selecting and captioning dozens and dozens of images (a number of which will be exclusive to the book) which encapsulate his football journey to this point. In pictures: West Brom 3-0 Chelsea "Fans will relish what will be an intimate and unmissable opportunity to understand and further appreciate this giant of the sport." added: "I have been 15 years as a manager. I found it easier to choose 100 photos of my memories than to express it through words as there are no words to describe my feelings of those memories. "Pictures are amazing memories and this book will represent those moments." The book will be released on 8 October. Is Jose Mourinho the best manager in the world?2000+ VOTES SO FAR

Arsenal enter squeaky Gun time after huffing and puffing past Crystal Palace

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Arsene Wenger is facing the biggest test of Arsenal’s season with a midfield dilemma on his hands. Mikel Arteta is banned for midweek Capital One Cup tie against Chelsea, while Mathieu Flamini is a major injury doubt for next Saturday’s crunch with Liverpool. Jack Wilshere was only a second-half substitute in Saturday's , even though he was fit and keen to start, with manager Arsene Wenger using his ankle problems as an excuse to drop him. There are some big decisions ahead and it will be increasingly hard for Wenger to keep all his players happy, even if some are missing for key games. Flamini suffered a groin injury after just eight minutes at Selhurst Park, where Arteta was later sent off, while Wilshere is desperate to play. When you throw Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and the underused Tomas Rosicky into the mix, Arsenal have a wealth of midfield talent which will surely be the key to success. But Wenger also knows will tell us whether his team are the real deal this season. Chelsea followed by Liverpool, a trip to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, and then Manchester United. By the final whistle at Old Trafford on Sunday, November 10, we will know exactly what Arsenal are capable of. They laboured to beat struggling, managerless Palace, but defender Per Mertesacker is desperate to show that they deserve to be top of the Premier League – and want to stay there. The big German said: “The games we have coming up will be the test. We know we have started well this time. “When you compare this to the last three seasons we are in a better position and it feels much better to be where we are now. We are notl affect their performance for Thursday’s Euro qualifier.Hadzibegic reckons Raheem Sterling’content_imgs row with Joe Gomez has been blown out of proportion.Manchester City attacker Sterling will miss England’s 1,000th fixture against Montenegro on Thursday at behind and don’t have to get anything back which gives us more safety. “We are in a strong ­position and we want to keep that. But that is going to be ­difficult.” It was more ­difficult at Selhurst Park than Arsenal expected. They were a bit fatigued after and also perhaps a bit too casual, because ­a Palace side that had lost seven of eight and just seen boss Ian Holloway walk out were supposed to be a walkover. But it took a clumsy ­challenge by Adlene Guedioura on Serge Gnabry to concede a penalty to get Arsenal underway a minute after the restart. Arteta converted the spot-kick but then got harshly sent off 50 yards from goal for pulling back Marouane Chamakh when he went clean through. The Gunners battled on with 10 men, and Olivier Giroud was finally rewarded for his incredible work rate with a close-r West Ham striker Javier Hernandez’s deadline day move to Sevilla.Adrian left the Hammers at the end of last season.”I am bético, but not antisevillista,” the Spaniard told Canal Sur.”I told him that he was going to a very good club that have done range header from Ramsey’s clever cross. Wenger praised Giroud, saying: “I like his spirit. That is what makes him great. He missed some chances but always got the support of our fans because he shows he is ready for a fight. The fact he kept going got him a goal. “We have more points than everyone else so that’s not bad. But some teams have had heavier fixtures than we have had until now. “That is what is facing us now.”

Premier League urged to allow artificial pitches after FA Cup go-ahead

The Premier League has been asked to consider the use of artificial playing surfaces following the FA approval of 3G pitches. The nation’s governing body has endorsed the introduction of third generation surfaces from next season in ALL rounds of its flagship competition, a move that has been popular with cash-strapped clubs across the country. And wicontent_imgth the widespread use of 3G pitches at elite levels in other sports and new advancements in technology, the Premier League has been urged to consider giving its own seal of approval. “Synthetic turf was not designed with one sporesentatives of Bayer Leverkusen defender Jonahan Tah.BILD says the Gunners are ‘already getting serious’ about bringing Tah to England this summer.Tah’s contract carries a €40m buyout clause and it’s suggested he feels it is time to make a move.Howt in mind. It’s properties have thAnjorin and Ian Maatsen are set for new contracts.Midfielder Anjorin and versatile defender Maatsen are on the verge of joining the long list of Blues prospects who have committed to their long-term futures to the club since last summer, says the Chee ability to benefit both amateur and elite clubs across a variety of sports,” said Bryn Lee, commercial director for Bonar Yarns who have recently installed the pitch at table-topping Premiership rugby side Saracens. “In the case of football, 3G is now increasingly seen as a viable option for lower league clubs but that is not to say that the Premier League would not benefit also. All artificial turf has to meet with FIFA regulations making it more than suitable for world class players to play on.” The Premier League and Champions League are both increasingly sensitive to the postponement and abandonment of games, as shown in Benfica’s farcical draw with Olympiakos in this year’s group stage, and the hope is that artificial surfaces would stop league bodies being hit in the pocket.

Ched Evans handed potential route back into professional football with Sheffield United

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Sheffield United could save the football career of Ched Evans. is currently serving a fiveo move on quickly from Saturday’s draw with Norwich City.The result leaves Leicester ten points behind leaders Liverpool, who they will face on Boxing Day.Speaking to the club’s website, Maddison said: “‘We’ll take the point and move on.”They’re down-year sentence after being found guilty of rape in April 2012. But he is scheduled to be released from prison later this year – and is poised to head back to Bramall Lane. Blades representatives have been in contact with Evans, 25, who joined the League One outfit in a £3million switch from Manchester City five years ago. Before his conviction, he notched 35 goals in 42 outings for United three seasons ago – and he has continued to protest his innocence of the offence. Since being againodri during Saturday’s 5-0 thrashing by Manchester City.Wilshere’s dead leg content_imgwas enough to make the West Ham player think that the former Atletico midfielder does not need time to adjust to the physicality of English football.”I’ve got a dead leg. He st his conviction in August 2012, Evans’ supporters have hired a new legal team in a bid to clear his name.

De Gea doesn’t deserve all the stick, insists Friedel

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Brad Friedel has hailed David De Gea for bouncing back from his nightmare start at Manchester United – and says the Spaniard deserves more credit. The 21-year-old joined United for £18m from Atletico Madrid in the summer but made a string of errors as he attempted to settle at Old Trafford. But De Gea has turned it around in recent matches, showcasing the ability which convinced Sir Alster United will be “ready” to come back stronger next season.The Red Devils ended their dismal season with a 2-0 loss to relegated Cardiff City at Old Trafford on Sunday.Despite being well off leaders Manchester City and Liverpool, Lingard believes ex Ferguson to buy him last June. Friedel, who is ­ almost double De Gea’s age, will line up against the United No.1 when the sides meet today. And the 40-year-old said: “The hardest thing for a young goalkeeper is that when you make a mistake you feel like the world is caving in on you. “We know the outfield players are working so hard during the game and you feel terrible when you make a mistake. But the older you get, the easier it becomes to deal with. What I have liked in De Gea is that hiss jumped to the defence of Pedro Chirivella.Ahead of their Champions League clash with RB Salzburg, Klopp also spoke about the risk of his team being kicked out of the Carabao Cup because they fielded an ineligible player in the last round against MK performances ­recently have been very solid. He has made some big saves in some crucial games after getting a lot of stick when he first came. “People need to start ­giving him a little bit more credit. It’s not easy being 21 years old with an £18m price tag on your head, making a mistake or two AND trying to replace ­Edwin van der Sar!” Sheringham Exclusive: Jose is the ideal man to replace Fergie Teddy: Spurs need to prove they can play with the big boys content_img Fergie: It's the last time I'll face Harry as Spurs manager Young warns United to beware of Spurs backlash