2019 July

Boyz Toon men: Newcastle starlet Ameobi says it’s time he took the stabilisers off

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Sammy Ameobi has ordered Alan Pardew's Europa League kids to grow up quickly. The Toon's continental aden’s World Cup could be entered jointly with New Zealand in light of the tournament’s recent expansion, reports, /.Earlier this year, Fifa upsized the elite international women’s soccer tournament from 24 teams to 32, and the increased requirements fventures have provided welcome openings for fringe youngsters whose natural habitat is the fringes of boss Alan Pardew's squad, and the manager will lean heavily on his development players night. With Newcastle already qualified for next year's knockout stages, Pardew will take no risks and rest plenty of senior pros with an eye on notching a first Premier League away win at Fulham on Monday. The Geordies must win in France to top the group, but even that may not save them from being drawn against one of the eight teams who will be parachuted into the last 32 after finishing third in their Champions League groups. European fixtures and injury troubles have allowed the Iikes of 20-year-old Ameobi and fellow midfielders Gael Bigirimana, 19, and Shane Ferguson, 21, to gain valuable experience and offered hope they have a long-term future on Tyneside. He said: “We have to be as good as a Yohan Cabaye or a Hatem Ben Arfa or a Demba Ba to stay in this team and now we have to take the responsibility on like they have. We can’t look to them always. “When we were young kids, we could make mistakes and no-one came down on us. Now we’re starting to learn that we have to affect games and be an effective part of the squad. “It is a big part of the transition and a really tough thing to get your head round. "To be honest, I embrace the challenge. You have to. How the group stands                     P   W  D   L    GF  GA   Pts Bordeaux     5    3   1   1     8     5     10 Newcastle    5    2   3   0     7     3      9 Bruges         5    1   1   3     5     9      4 Maritimo      5    0   3   2     2     5      3 “In myself, I feel I’m past the stage of being the kid with no expectations they send on to run at defences. "Now I have to prove that, week in, week out. I want to be a player who makes a difference.” But Ameobi, whose elder brother Shola has been a Newcastle stalwart for over a decade, says coming into a side that's been out of form in the past few weeks has been tough, and that it is time for the youngsters to push their games on to another level. has lifted the mood around St James' Park after four straight defeats in the league, and Ameobi added: “It’s been great to get my opportunity to play but I can’t lie – it feels slightly different to how it did three weeks ago. “Back then, I was getting my chance and everyone was on a high. I was playing well and this and that. But we’ve hit a wall. “When the team are doing well, it’s a lot easier to come in. "When you’re not doing so well, the confidence isn’t as high. "If you want to get the top, it’s the kind of thing that we have to put up with it. You just need to be strong and push past that negative stage. “When results aren’t going your way, as a young player you feel you have to be a lot more safe [in your play]. It’s tAnjorin 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 Cheough because you want to express yourself, but you don’t want to lose the ball and cost the team.” Pardew has made it clear to his squad what he expects against a Bordeaux side in October's reverse fixture. Sammy Ameobi revealed: “The manager had us in on Sunday and said that he wants us to come first. “Bordeaux are a great team. I’ve never been to France before, so I intend to go out and see the sights if we get the chance, but the game is obviously the most important thing. “I’ve loved the experience of this competition. Travelling and everything, it’s been brilliant. "Seeing new places that I’ve never been to has been absolutely fantastic – and long may it continue.” Probable teams Carrasso; Mariano, Henrique, Planus, Tremoulinas; Saivet, Sanecontent_img, Plasil, Maurice-Belay; Jussie, Gouffran Elliott; Tavernier, Perch, Williamson, Ferguson; Amalfitano, Marveaux, Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi; Shola Ameobi, Ranger.

Woodgate’s “I’m not good enough” confession

Jonathan Woodgate admits he needs d to take the Chelsea job if it becomes available. The Derby manager is the favourite to takeover from Maurizio Sarri, who is expected to be allowed to join Juventus.And Redknapp, who is also Lampard’s uncle, thinks Lampard might not get a better oppto up his game after failing to sparkle for new team Stoke. The England defender ended an injury-hit spell at Tottenham to join Tony Pulis’ side on a free in the summer. Despite avoiding the sort of knocks that have plagued his careers, Woodgate has failed to hold down a regular place in the Potters’ starting line-up. He admits that fact is not surprising, as he has failed to live up to his own ­standards since arriving at the Britannia Stadium. He said: “My form hasn’t been up to scratcontent_imgch. I have high standards and when you don’t play so well, you get disappointed. “I need to up my game – and hopefully that will improve the team too. “At the start of the season I was playing well, so I just don’t know what it is now. “I pickory over Leicester City.The England international was under pressure taking the early spotkick.But having missed his previous penalty against Crystal Palace, Rashford converted for the only goal of the game. It was a relief for Rashford and his teammed up a couple of niggly injuries and it may be that, but it’s one of those things that every ­footballer goes through. “You just have to be strong and get over it.” Woodgate is hoping for a start against Tottenham at home on Sunday, having been recalled to Stoke’s starting 11 for the win at Everton last weekend.

Jack Wilshere sees bright England future under Roy Hodgson

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Jack Wilshere insists the future is bright for go up against Harry Maguire.The two Englishmen and former teammates will face off against each other as Leicester play Manchecontent_imgster United.Maguire switched from Leicester to United this summer in a big money degiants are in contact with Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho.Sky Deutschland says Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain all have made initial enquires about Sancho.But they have been knocked backal.And Rodgers wants to see what his star English football. The debate about the paucity of young English players making the grade at the top level has intensified in recent weeks. England boss Roy Hodgson has claimed he has only a pool of around 30 or 40 international-class players to choose from and only a fraction of the record £630million that was spent by Barclays Premier League clubs during the summer transfer went on British players. The days of the 'golden generation' are long gone, and even though he is 21-years-old, Wilshere is often seen as the only player of the current crop capable of becoming a genuine world-class player. He denies that is the case, however. "There is a lot of pressure, but I think it's not just me – there are a lot of other players such as Tom Cleverley and Jack Rodwell who are all gifted players who bring hope to England in the future," the Arsenal midfielder told Zapsportz.com. Although injuries have disrupted his international career, Wilshere has excelled whenever called upon by England. It did not take long for him to be labelled the next Paul Gascoigne, but he has no problems dealing with the pressure that comes with such a tag. "Although it's a lot of pressure, I think that's part of playing football and being part of the England team and people expect you to deliver," he said. "You have to live with the pressure and the criticism if you don't deliver."

England U21 v Belgium U21 Preview: Henderson takes inspiration from Gerrard

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Jordan Henderson is looking to team-mate Steven Gerrard for inspiration ascontent_img he prepares to skipper England Under-21s in a key Euro qualifier. The Liverpool Carling Cup winner spent an “emotional” night after the penalty shoot-out win at Wembley, and is now concentrating on his responsibilities with the U-23s. He even took a call from England boss Stuart Pearce asking him to “make sure the lads are right” for the clash with Belgium at the Riverside Stadium. “Gerrard is a role model for any young captain. He is a great inspiration to me and hopefully it will help me to lead by example,” said Henderson. The former Sunderland midfielder has had the value of his £20million transfer fee questioned but said: “There is a lot of room for improvement and I am working on it every day in trainini Minamino admits his move from RB Salzburg to Liverpool came as a surprise.The Japan midfielder moved to Anfield for £7.25million on January 1 and made his debut when he started in the 1-0 home win in the Merseyside derby against Everton in the FA g. “I’ve enjoyed my football and experienced new things moving to Liverpool. I have enjoyed it and keep working hard to improve as a player. “That fee is not really a burden. I don’t worry what other people think. I’m focussed on what I want to achieve so it doesn’t affect me. I have a good manager who believes in me.” cHenderson war.Foot Mercato says Lemar and Atletico are prepared to split this month – though the club’s determination to rake in the €72m they paid to AS Monaco 18 months ago for him is proving difficult.Spurs are in contact – but have no interest in matchingas talking as The FA celebrated 3m places filled on The FA Tesco Skills Programme since 2007. For more info go to /skills

Kevin De Bruyne calls a ballboy “motherf****r” – something he picked up at Chelsea?

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Kevin De Bruyne's Chelsea career never really took off. The always-in-need-of-suncream Belgian didn't get much of a shot . Still, it worked out for everyone in the end. Despite only a handful of first team enko is facing a spell on the sidelines after having knee surgery.The 22-year-old Ukraine left-back, who has played seven times for City this season, has had treatment in Spain.It is another blow for City, who are already without centre-back Aymeric appearances between 2012 and 2014, still got Wolfsburg to pay £18m for his services… and De Bruyne left with one key lesson learned. Never give ballboys an easy ride. In the final few minutes of Wolfsburg's 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt, De Bruyne wanted the ball back pretty quickly – and so felt justified in yelling at the ballboy. His exact bellow at the Under-16 Eintracht player: "Give me the ball, you motherf****r!" Charming. Seeing as he shouted at the teenager in English rather than German, we're assuming he picked up this behaviour at Chelsea. After all, the Blues have a track record with ballboys.… Eden Hazard Not averse to if he doesn't get the ball back quickly enough: Jose Mourinho Once blamed a defeat against Newcastle on . Also felt the need to , the big meanie: Diego Costa OK, it was before he actually signed for Chelsea, but you car Kylian Mbappe.On his 69th birthday, Del Bosque was asked about his opinion on a potential Mbappe move to Real Madrid.”He is a player that I like very much,” he replied.”[He iscontent_img] very good and guarantees a lot of goals.”Meanwhile, Real Madrid criticin see why the has fitted in like a dream at The Bridge: Did De Bruyne learn this at Chelsea?500+ VOTES SO FAR

Scotland 1-3 England player ratings: Was Jack Wilshere your man of the match?

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A brace from claim bragging rights over their oldest enemy. Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain headed Roy Hodgson's side into the lead after 32 minutes, with Rooney doubling the vistors' advantage two minutes into the second half. Hull City's Andrew Robertson and Rooney then traded late goals as England's post-World Cup winning streak continued. But who was your man of the match? Here are John Cross' Scotland and England player ratings from Celtic Park: Scotland – The Cardiff keeper made good early save from Welbeck. No chance on England's opener. Was subbed at half time to give Gordon a run out. – The Norwich full back loves to get forward but really struggled defensively. Welbeck gave him all sorts of problems. Exposed down the right. – Born in Brighton to a Scottish Dad, his determination often gets him through but England's forwards exposed him with their movement. – Raw and determined but game still needs work. The Dumfries-born centre half lost Oxlade-Chamberlain badly on England's opener. – His progression is remarkable. Looks an excellent player already and an even bigger prospect. Good defender, good on the ball, reads the game well. Chipped in with a late goal. – Scored a stunning winner against Republic of Ireland, but got lost this time. Welbeck's power and strength intimidated him. – Midfield warrior, the Scotland captain put himself about but some of his distribution was poor. Struggled to handle England's midfield. – Booked. Took out at Oxlade-Chamberlain at the start of the second half. Stick to rugby, Charlie. Could have gone in a competitive game. – Lightning quick winger never reached the by-line or get beyond Clyne. Didn't pose enough of a threat and didn't makWomen’s Super League side West Ham have signed 23 year old versatile forward Martha Thomas from French club Le Havre.Hammers boss Matt Beard said he was “excited” to bring in a player who he can use as a striker, winger or have drop back into midfield.”One thing about Martha is that she is a brilliant finisher. I’m looking forward to working with her,” he added.e an impact. – The adaptable Everton man always puts in a shift but didn't create enough danger or make chances. Couldn't make an impact. – The Derby County striker was very disappointing. Got very little service and rarely troubled England. Hooked at half time and no wonder. , for Marshall, 46 mins, 6 , for Brown, 46 mins, 6 , for C Martin, 46 mins, 5 , for Anya, 61 mins, 5 , for Hanley, 66 mins, 6 Gallery: The best pictures from Scotland x-x England England – Only his second start, what a return to Celtic Park. Rarely tested but made a smart save from Mulgrew's header. Good display. – Had another impressive game. Great pace up and down the flank, defending well and linking up in attack. England have a new right back. – Looked solid at the back. Headed and tackled well. Gets better with every game for England. Given a breather at half time. – Had a solid game. His form has been poor this season but this will have done him no harm. Should have scored from a second halcontent_imgf header. – Took an early whack which clearly troubled him but wanted to carry on. Good defensively but maybe restricted getting forward. – MotM. His wonderful diagonal ball to set up Oxlade-Chamberlain's header was the pass of the game. He is relishing this deep role for England. – Busy and energetic, he got around the midfield with great energy. Linked up well with Wilshere to make sure England won midfield. – After starting wide, he tucked inside and did well enough. He was neat and tidy on the ball without really threatening. Subbed at half time. – Headed in a wonderful goal to give England the lead. Always does well for England. Good game even if he was rugby tackled by Mulgrew. – Scored his 45th and 46th England goals to move ahead of Jimmy Greaves. Won't be long until he becomes England's leading goalscorer. – Had great early chance but was thwarted by Marshall. Wup between Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling and Liverpool defender Joe Gomez.The Three Lions teammates went head-to-head during Liverpool’s win over Manchester City at Anfield, before meeting up at St George’s Park the following day.Emotions orked hard and showed good physical strength. Subbed early after he ran himself into the ground. : , for Cahill, 46 mins, 6 , for Downing, 46 mins, 6 , for Shaw, 66 mins, 6 , for Welbeck, 66 mins, 6 , for Oxlade-Chamberlain, 80 mins, 6

David Beckham was one of football’s great players behind all the celebrity razzmatazz

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as one of English football's all time greats. But what sets Beckham apart has been the way he helped take football to a whole new level. helped make football sexy, made football the new rock and roll and helped turn a whole new generation into football fans. In fact, Beckham ushered in a new era in football. From the moment he launched that incredible shot from the halfway line down at Selhurst Park to single-handedly firing England to the World Cup finals in 2001, no-one else has been able to Bend It Like Beckham. Films have made been made about him. Beckham has become an icon rather than a football star. And yet at the heart of everything is a truly gifted player with a wonderful charm and gift to ensure there is no-one else quite like him. Beckham has played for the biggest clubs in the world, has the showbiz wife, family life and ability to transcend football to establish himself as one of the most inAC Milan goalkeepr Pepe Reina hopes to earn a late career return to the LaLiga.But he concedes it’s a long shot.”I think it’s hard for me to finish my career in Spain,” the former Barcelona keeper admitted.”If God wants it and everything goes well, maybe I can coach there.”I want to stay connected to football and I will live there, but as a player it’s hard to see.”fluential people in the world. He is a mega star who has seen his career rise from the boy born in Leytonstone on May 2, 1975, to realise his dream of playing for Manchester United to go on to win 115 caps for England. Beckham has also played for the great clubs around the world like Real Madrid, AC Milan, Paris Saint Germain and he even helped develop "soccer" in the US by joining LA Galaxy in the US. When Beckham does something, people sit up and take notice and it becomes an item on the main news, let alone the sports bulletin. Behind the scenes, he is kind and genuine. He endeavoured to give away his latest wage deal with PSG to charity as he is so wealthy that he is happy to give something back. But behind all of the megastar, one thing is easy to overlook: his ability as a footballer. Let no-one tell you differently as all of the tributes come out in the next few days. Beckham is one of football's greats. His ability to cross a ball, take a free kick and pass puts him up with the best. Pele, Messi and Maradona are thought of as the greatest of all time. But they will all tell you that Beckham has special qualities as a footballer. You couldn't possibly reach this level without outstanding ability. He is also a leader on the pitch, an inspiration and a colossus. He enjoyed amazing success for Manchester United and became the first British player to be celebrated as a champion s he has worries after victory over Norwich City.Carragher admitted their defence is a “bit of a worry” after their 4-1 win over Norwich to start the Premier League season.He told Sky Sports: “The reason we are questioning it is because this was the in four different countries. You don't get that through being just good looking. But of course he is devilishly handsome as well. Plus he has an ability to charm and entertain. He is also proud to be a family man even if that means being the husband to a Spice Girl, living life in the glare of publicity and always being expected to be on duty 24/7. Beckham has had some crazy ups and downs. Being hit by the flying Fergie boot in the dressincontent_imgg room. Becoming public enemy No1 after being sent off in the 1998 World Cup. The highs of lifting trophies with Manchester United and Real Madrid. Whatever he does next will bring a guaranteed success. Because that is what Beckham does best. He brings a quality, charm and intensity that is unparalleled within the game.

Drogba uncut: The full Q&A from Didier’s interview on life, the universe and everything Chelsea

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Didier Drogba gave a fascinating insight into his Chelsea career, plans for the future and his highs and lows. Here is the full interview in Q&A form. "No it is not." "First of all thank you for coming here today and spending some time with me and I didn't want to do a big thing, with a big announcement, but I just want to say Saturday was my last Chelsea game and it has been a fantastic eight years. It's been a pleasure and an honour to wear the blue shirt and to achieve everything we did here, all these trophies. The best for me was to finish on a high with this Champions League Final. It was the best of the best, the creme de la creme as we say in French." "Not yet, I will have time to make my decision, but the most important thing for me was to stop all these rumours about playing or not for Chelsea next year. It was important, not that I am getting tired of all the questions, but I think it is good for everyone to know at a certain point this is the end of eight years of constant improvement, constant big moment, like for me to play for Chelsea was the best thing that could happen to me in my life. Not only as a player but as a person. "Of course I have played in many team, good teams, great team with great people. But I never spent eight years in a club so for me it was a kind of experience and I think it is the experience which helped me to become a better player, a much better now than what I was before, because of the important of the games you play here. You have to become more mature, you get use to the pressure so you develop a few skills that I didn't think I could have and what you saw in my game all these years – I think you have seen some improvement, I hope from the time where I needed to understand the English game. "From there to now I think there is a big change and I am very happy to listen to all these people I had around me, all the players, all the managers, who gave me all their support, always trying to help me when times were difficult. That happens in football and in life, in general, so really those eight years really change me and improved me as a man. "Really I made a lot of friends here, which  very difficult normally in football, and they will be my friends for life because we made history here all together and for me the most important thing that will stay in my head is that we made history for the club, for the fans and for ourselves." "It was very difficult and for example if we didn't win the Champions League it would have been very difficult for me to leave because we have been chasing this trophy for eight years, since I am here and we were always close to it. We even saw the cup in Moscow, walking by it, and we could not touch it and that was the challenge for the boys for the guys who were in Moscow. The guys who were in Moscow wanted to go back and win it. "So I'm really happy because it is important as a man, not only as a player, as a man to fix some targets and try to achieve them. We wanted to win the Champions League and we did everything to do that. It cost us the league, we were out a long time ago. Some decisions put the club in a dangerous situation, because we had to win the Champions League just to play in the competition next season. But I think it was worth it." "No they have tried. They tried hard enough. Again my decision is not based on what the club offered me or not. It is not based on money because to stay here was not a question of money, as people claimed. It was not a money situation here we never spoke about money. It was mainly discussions, to find agreements always and I have always been happy with what I have here with contracts, and my family were happy, so it's not about the money. "It's just this I think it's time. When you do eight years trying to achieve the best thing. When you are looking for something like the Cl for years and years and you finally get it, what's next?" "No. I think the club I could stay as long as I was performing. And as long as the club wanted me. It's not like they don't want me no more. I don't think so. It's my decision and we sat down all together and everybody understands that, the boss, Ron (Gourlay) and everyone on the board they respect my decision and I know what I did for them and they know what they did for me." "It was very difficult because for most of them, I would not say we created Chelsea, but we started a new era and we were lucky to be part of this from eight years ago. Even the boys like Frank and JT and Carlo Cudicini who were here before that. Because of the performances they put on in the seasons before, I was able to come to the club, and we built something really strong on terms of identity. "And now we go everywhere in the world and everyone knows about Chelsea. You go to Afirca people speak about Chelsea, I see kids wearing shirts in the streets. India, everywhere, Chelsea is a brand and we are very proud to have achieve what we have done in this eight years. None of this would have been possible without the big boss, Roman Abramovich. If he had not been here, there would have been less chance for me to be at this club. So the best way to repay him was to win the Champions League." "No I wont play for another English club. I owe too much allegiance to to Chelsea. My blood is blue. I am too much attached to Chelsea. My blood is blue! I won't change." "I want a new challenge. The challenge for me when I came here was to become a better player, and over the years I adjusted my challenge with what I did the seasons before. I always tried to do some challenges for me. I need a new challenge. I have done everything here, everything, and I was lucky to score in a lot of Cup finals, and in the last one as well. "It's a nice feeling, a fantastic feeling, and I'm going to find a new challenge for me. I will decide, I will take time to make the right decision. My wife will go and relax a bit, even though there national teams games. I will make the right decision when I have to." "Obviously I played with Anelka for many years. And also because it was difficult to see him leaving, that's part of football and life. Yes, he is happy there. He is trying to do his best to help the club. The only thing I can say is that my decision hasn't been made. I really want to keep thinking about what happened on Saturday rather than talking about China, America, or I don't know. "Really, I am so happy because it is my first Champions League final that I won. Since I was a kid I was dreaming of this kind of moments, the scenario was just perfect until the penalty! It's like a movie, like a movie. Even today I still want to be in Munich in that stadium, cheering and celebrating with the fans. It was too quick the first time. I wanted it to be longer." "I would have stayed if we hadn't won the Champions League. That was my challenge, what I wanted to achieve. The Boss gave so much for this club, has done so much. Everybody speak about buying players, expensive players but nobody speaks about the facilities at Cobham. We have one of the best in the world, to improve the Academy. He is really trying to develop this club, not that it wasn't a big club, an ambitious club before. But as the players we always try to improve, try to do this for the club." "Under contract. It would have been different because my contract situation wasn't the same as now. Now the challenge would have been different." "The last two days I was feeling more 40 than 24! Now I feel really good, to be able to play a final at 34, and play extra time, and to give what I gave, I think I can be proud of myself. Not that no player did it before. I am really happy that I had the chance to do it and make a difference." "A few months ago, even a few weeks I would have described this season as the worst of my Chelsea career. There was the knock on my head which was for me very hard to recover from. In football the good thing is things can change in a second. For example in 2008 I hit the post just before extra-time and after that I got the red card and we lost on penalties. This year two minutes before the end I scored a header and we went to extra-time. In football it can change very quickly. So from the worst season in my Chelsea career we got to the best ever." "Everybody knows the man who gave me the strength and the man who I've learned a lot from was Jose as a human being and as a manager I think I learned a lot from him. He gave me this winning attitude, this desire to make history, he gave us this. He's a winner and we have it our DNA now. It would have been nice to win it for him but we didn't we tried so many times. "But as I said after the game this Champions League is for all the managers who have been herding transfers, with Kieran Dowell of Everton an early target.The midfielder had seemed destined for a move to Huddersfield Town, but a last-gasp approach from Derby could change his destination.Cocu is wasting no time shaping his team after succeedie chasing this trophy. I speak about Jose because he was obviously very important to me in my first season here at Chelsea, but the one who spent less time as a manager here is the one who won who won the Champions League.  He is a Chelsea legend, the way he managed to change the attitude and the mentality of the players is enormous because we were not in good shape mentally. "That's why I always say that communication is important. You can put a player on the pitch and give him 30 games but if he doesn't feel the belief or communication is right he will never perform." "Robbie talked to us individually and collectively when he took charge and then we had to do everything to save our season. It was the worst season and for the old players it was very difficult to accept that as winners that we are. For the new players coming and seeing this situation knowing that Chelsea were always in the first two or three in the League was difficult as well. Everybody had to look at himself and change the way we behaved and our attitude for the good of the group." "At that time, there was a few moments in my head that I thought I would have to go. But as I always say, I wasn't made with him. I want to be clear, I'm a professional. I always respect a manager's decision. I can be upset but with me because I'm not performing and I'm on the bench. Everybody wants to play on the pitch. You will not see anyone who is happy to be on the bench or not in the squad. I respect the manager's job and he decides whether a player is good or not." "Andre is a friend. It's difficult. It feels strange to know that he's gone and he didn't give to Chelsea what he really wanted to. I feel we are all responsible for this – the players, the club, the team. We're all responsible. As a team when you don't win, it's easy to point the finger at the manager because of the risk of his job. But we all know inside us and we all know, each one of us, inside us, that we are responsible for this." "He said that he understood my feelings, he respected my choice and I told him that I would be a Chelsea player forever. We spoke for the last few days and we keep talking again because he's a good man, a very good man because he gave me everything. He gave everything to my family, gave them the chance to have a comfort and a nice lifestyle which is fantastic because when you remember I came from the Ivory Coast where I didn't have all these things. My family can benefit from all these things and maybe he doesn't know but he helped a lot of people." "I think Robbie is in the same situation as me because I think he's going to speak to the board and the owner and see what is good for him and for the club. But no matter what happens now, he has made history. I don't know what's going to happen but if he stays or he goes now then he is even more of a Chelsea legend. The job he did was great and exceptional." "Maybe. But it's not something I'm thinking about now because I still want to play. I have learnt a lot from all these managers. The most important thing is the communication for a manager. Maybe the mental skills are just as important. If a player is not right in his head then in his mind it's difficult for him to give his best." "Of course. The expectation from the fans and from the owner himself will be the same as we did Saturday. So, now we set up something when you come toave announced the loan signing of Leicester City winger Fousseni Diabate.The Foxes are yet to confirm the move and it had been reported in France there was an issue with the relevant paperwork, which was submitted just before Monday’s 11pm deadline.H Chelsea you will have to try as a minimum to do the best. You have to get into the Champions League final or to win it and that's what the club has to do to be a Barcelona, AC Milan or Real Madrid in Europe. We only have one Champions League and we need more." "I don't know. I know he's a very good player but that's not for me to decide. The only thing I know is that we have  very good strikers here already. If another one comes there's going to be a big squad and big competition for other teams." "Everybody knows Fernando is a very good player. An international player. He's been through difficult moments here. It happens to everyone. The good thing is he has our support. He always had and I know next season he's going to improve, he's going to be better. "My first few seasons here were difficult for me. Now I can't complain but my first few seasons were very difficult. It's not easy to play for Chelsea. Chelsea is in good hands with Fernando. Of course we will need new strikers but Torres will do the job, he will do it. He will do it, no doubt." "I would, but there's one thing missing. The Cup." "It makes me proud. With time, you always see the character, the good things or the bad things of a man. When I came here you didn't know me, my English wasn't what it is now. I'm not saying it's the best but it wasn't what it is now. "It was easy for some people to take advantage of this in some situations. People like it when there's a bit more drama. I think it was a big misunderstanding. I didn't realise the culture was different from where I was playing. Cultures are different, the games are different, the referees are different, they referee in a different way. "You just have to see the Champions League. It's a different way to referee again. It tocontent_imgok me time to adapt. For some people it's quick, for others it takes time. For me it took time. Today I am really happy. People can see I am not that person they thought I was in the beginning. "To carry the Olympic torch is… I don't know if there are enough words to describe it. My only disappointment is that I can't do the Olympic Games. I wish with the Ivory Coast national team we could come and play. If it was Wembley I'm sure we would win." "I feel when we did that people were not really happy that Chelsea beat Barca and they were expecting us to lose at the NC and that was why they were focusing on me being on the floor. I think we deserved to win that game not because we dominated the game because we didn't but maybe our desire was more than theirs. I think we really wanted to win this game because we the semi final against them. Our desire was stronger than their qualities. That's why we won. "I was a bit surprised because with the critics, even if it is true that I went onto the floor. If I go on the floor it is because someone touched me and there were fouls that the referee didn't give but I was never alone. Yes, my team mates were defending and I was alone against four or five defenders. I think when some players who play in that situation and that position as a lone striker like I did against Barca, it would be easier for them to explain to you why I was so many times on the floor." "I need to sit down and make the right decision. I don't know, I don't know." "The fans, because my relationship with the fans…" "Sorry, sorry! I have to say I'm really happy that we can sit down together today and exchange and I'm really happy that we did some articles together and you know me better and understand me, and I understand the English press. I will really miss the fans. It's not common as a player to hear the fans want you to stay. It is not everywhere. "I think, I'm lucky to have this special relations with the fans. I will miss them but they will always be in my heart." "I don't know. Jupp Heynckes said I'm a good actor so maybe me!" "The thing is I have to say thanks to my parents for the way they educated me, also to my friends – my real friends – the people around me. They never see me as a star. They see me as the one they saw growing up or the man they spent time with who does simple things and I try to teach this to my kids. I come from an amateur team where we had to clean your boots and come with your own kit, prepare it yourself, so maybe it is something you get and never lose. "I have respect for the people who work in the club and everyone this is something that I have already and I don't know why I should change or pretend to be someone I am not. I prefer to be myself and make mistakes but have chances to correct them rather than pretend to be someone and be totally fake." "I would love to work as an ambassador with the UN, it is very exciting working with Zidane and Ronaldo, it's really important for me and the work they are doing in the world is worth doing it, trying to save lives and reduce poverty. There will never be enough people to do this kind of thing." "That's what football can do and can achieve. Today I can speak to people, I'm not sure that if I was working in a different world I would have the same chance to have some influence. That is why I am lucky and feel special because I can help people." "I don't count how much, but for me it's not given away it's giving to people who need it. Maybe people need it more than me or my kids, I always say that whatever I can do to help them smile a little bit." "When we lost in the Champions League semi-final against Liverpool in the first season, the ghost goal. I think that was season we could have really achieved something big for the club by winning Premier League and Champions League." "I was far away!" "I feel bad because in a way because of me and because of us because people speak about this guy Ovrebo and it was a bit difficult for him after this game and it is only football, but sometimes we attach too much importance to it, as I did that day. I'm not saying I was right to do it again or that I would do it again, but I had something in my head and I wanted to achieve the win so much that when it went wrong the emotions got the better of me." "The first title at Bolton." "The FA Cup vs Manchester United, the first one at the new Wembley, scoring in extra-time. It was also the first time we won the FA Cup. Then Saturday, of course. There is more moments like this, but it is difficult to choose." "I felt 'we did it' because everything was so like the green lights was everywhere. The keeper had saved three penalties, all I had to do is score." "I was like… we've done it. We did it. Because everything was so, like… the green lights everywhere. Petr had saved three penalties before that so, for me, it was ours. I just had to go and score and that would be it. I knew. I had a good feeling, a good feeling walking up to the ball." "Yeah, because I was saying to Arjen Robben that I'd been in that situation before. A few months ago I was in the same situation. So I know how they felt. I know how they felt. So I went to see them. We tried to celebrate 'normally' while they were on the pitch, but once they were off we could go wild. But we had to respect them before. They are really good players and losing on penalties, really, is not… it's difficult, it's difficult." "When we win games, everybody says the senior players are doing well. When we don't win, they're old. When a manager is sacked, 'they sacked the manager'. But, I really think that, when a manager comes here, it's because he's sat with the owner, with the board, and they've decided they have some targets, some objectives, to achieve. And if they don't do it, that gives a reason to the boss to do what he has to do. But never a player. "I'm a player and I'd never want some players to have an influence on a manager. It's not good for the team. It's not good for the team at all." "Which Jose?" "I thought you were talking about Jose Bosingwa… No, no, what happened that day was one of our special moments in the dressing room. I can't talk about this. But, really, during eight years – even in the last few days – I'd never be surprised with things that happen in this dressing room. "I've seen things that make me think: 'Wow.' Fantastic team. A fantastic team. Really, crazy moments and there's always something new. Something new, always. In eight years, I was always learning new things."

Roberto Martinez hails Jose Mourinho as one of the best managers in the world

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is delighted to have Jose Mourinho back in the Premier League, hailing the Chelsea manager as one of the best in the world. Despite this, the Spaniard admits he will only be satisfied if he secures three points when the two sides meet on Merseyside tomorrow evening. have drawnn will not leave for anything less than an “indecent offer”.The prolific forward has emerged as a target for Arsenal and Everton.Raman told Rheinische Post: “The offer must be indecent. “Of course, it is an incentive to bring in money for several new their opening three league games under Martinetch has popped up at Norway’s Aalecontent_imgsund.Mutch, still only 28, arrives after spells in South Korea and the USA on a free transfer. He has signed to the end of 2020.”Jordan is a class player who has the potential to become the best midfielder in the Eliz, who will welcome new signings James McCarthy and Gareth Barry into his squad for the match at Goodison Park. Mourinho's return to Chelsea has yielded seven points for so far. Martinez said: "He [Mourinho] is one of the best managers in world football, there is no denial of that. "Our league wants that and it is good for everyone to have the best at each job. "One thing is playing a certain way, and the other is being very good at it – it needs time and I have been very impressed in the way we have played the first three games. "The players have shown real strength in trying to do things in a different way and we have done things very well. "(But) in football you can only consider satisfaction when you win the three points. "You need to do that." Martinez will be without the services of Romelu Lukaku tomorrow as the Belgium forward is on loan from Chelsea.

Axed Mario Balotelli must have ‘more hunger’ to get back into Italy squad, insists Emanuele Giaccherini

Emanuele Giaccherini has told Mario Balotelli to show more hunger to win back his Italy shirt. New coach Antonio Conte has left out from his first two squads, The former Juventus boss called up Graziano Pelle after he scored five goals in his last seven games. And , who is recovering from an ankle injury, reckons Balotelli must show the same determination as "The coach wants players who sacrifice themselves," he told tuttomercatoweb. "He doesn't love individuals but the team. He appreciates the spirit of those who work hard every day to make winning a possibility. Mario is a great player, but must have a bit more hunger. "The same desire as Pelle? "Exactly. He has been scoring lots of goals for years and now he is being content_imgrepaid for all the sacrifices he has made." Giaccherini suffered an ankle injury at Burnley last month and, after a visit to Italy this week, is hoping to be back in action next month. "I'll be back in November," said the £6.5m signing from Juventuslf as a first teamer.The 18-year-old Scot impressed in his first start against Liverpool in the FA Cup in midweek – then repeated the same level of performance against Everton in the 4-0 Premier League canter at the weekend.Mount has promised to he. "I have to keep the protective cask on for another two weeks. Next week I will return to begin rehabilitation again. A bit on the bike, in the pool and then we will see how things go from there. "It is a shame – I had been playing. After a year of getting used to the Premier League, though, I am ready to do well with Sunderland." Will Mario Balotelli eventually gel with Liverpool's style of plafeat to Udinese as “embarrassing”.Bonetti was unimpressed by Milan’s players on the day.He told TMW: “Milan was indeed a disappointment. “I must say that it was embarrassing for the attitude. In football you don’t only play nice, you need toughness ay?6000+ VOTES SO FAR

FA Cup preview special: News and views from more of the third-round ties

Fed-up Coventry fans are to use their FA Cup clash with Southampton as a protest against unpopular owners Sisu. The Sky Blues – winners of the competition in 1987 content_img– have sold just 6,000 tickets, including 1,500 to Saints fans. Hundreds are expected to gather outside the Ricoh Arena to vent their anger against the hedge fund owners. Some will only go in to watch the game 15 minutes after kick-off – while others have vowed to carry on protesting outside for the whole 90 minutes. Coventry are bottom of the Championship and boss Andy Thorn knows he is in impossible position. He said: “I am on record as saying I feel for the fans because they want the best for the club, as we all do. “We want everyone to come and enjoy themselves and it would behe new season.Lampard says he took the job with his eyes wide open.”Things surprise you in football management every day but the situation has been exactly what I expected,” Lampard tells Sky Sports. “I knew about the transfer ban, I knew Eden Hazard nice if they were in the ground but I understand what they are saying.” Championship leaders Saints will use the game to give fringe men a game, especially as top scorer Rickie Lambert is banned. *** Forget Manchester United, Fleetwood boss Micky Mellon claims his side have got their dream tie against neighbours Blackpool, writes David Anderson. Mellon says no other game could match the excitement generated in the fishing port by today’s Fylde Coast derby. Some of Mellon’s staff played for the Seasiders, while chairman Andy Pilley supports them. “It’s a dream tie for obvious reasons,” said Mellon, who was a cult figure at Bloomfield Road under Sam Allardyce in the 1990s. “I played for them, as did my assistant and my goalkeeping coach, the proximity between the clubs, the fact we haven’t played each other for 32 years and because it’s the FA Cup. I don’t think we could have got a better tie. Manchester United would come closest. But this for us, because it’s on the Fylde Coast against our neighbours, is a great tie. “If Manchester United were coming, yeah, of course, it would be fantastic, but would they send a full-strength side? With Blackpool, we’ll have a proper head-to-head.” Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston does not share Mellon’s enthusiasm for Saturday’s 5,500 sell-out clash at Fleetwood’s Highbury Stadium, claiming he does not want it to distract the Tangerines from their main goal of winning promotion. Mellon added: “I know Karl very well from my playing days there and I get on with him but he wouldn’t get excited about Christmas. “It was strange of Karl to do my team talk before the game, but thanks very much.” *** Chris Gunter insists Marlon Harewood can batter Leicester – and he’s got the bruises to prove it. The Forest defender is backing new signing Harewood, 32, to give the Foxes a fright after terrorising his own team-mates having joined to the end of the season. “Marlon has been a very tough opponent on the training ground and it will be a relief to see him taking it out on ­somebody else," said Gunter. "He is a big, big guy and it’s probably only Wes Morgan in our dressing room who would fancy his chances when it comes to knocking him about a bit.” Foxes chief Nigel Pearson insists a Championship club could win the competition as top-flight teams eye Europe. He said: “There’s a chance to go far if we take it.” *** Dagenham & Redbridge striker Brian Woodall admits the only thing he knows about FA Cup opponents Millwall is their supporters’ reputation for trouble. But then he had to look up his own club on the internet when they came to sign him last summer. Woodall, 24, said: “I was born in Germany – my dad was in the British Army – and I never really spoke English until the family moved to Coventry when I was 18. “When I was told the club were interested I didn’t know who they were so I looked them up on the internet. I just know Millwall for their fans.” Darius Henderson will play for the Lions, despite facing GBH charges over a New Year’s Eve incident. *** Wrexham frontman Jake Speight believes an FA Cup upset could be on the cards as the Weine.The Mirror says United are determined to stop Real Madrid derailing Ol Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans for the new season with a late move for Pogba.United are refusing to budge on their stance that the Spanish giants will have to pay £150million to talsh non-Leaguers face ­Championship side Brighton. It is 20 years since Wrexham famously humbled top-flight Arsenal 2-1 in the third round. And Speight reckons there could be another upset, albeit not as big, against Gus Poyet and his men at the Amex Stadium. He said: “We have shown what we are capable of by beating Brentford in the previous round and making them look a very ordinary side. “We’ll be going with nothing to fear – and in every game so far we have been encouraged to go for it.” The ex-Bradford and Mansfield forward added: “I have played in Football League sides that are not as good as our team.” *** Ipswich boss Paul Jewell has let out a “don’t throw me to the wolves” plea. The Portman Road chief is under mounting pressure and fans of the Championship strugglers have voted by a landslide for him to be sacked by owner Marcus Evans in a local newspaper poll. Ipswich, who travel to fellow Championship side Hull on Saturday in the third round of the FA Cup, have won just two of the last 12 games. Jewell, who has been given a vote of confidence by chief executive Simon Clegg, said: “Look at my record. I’ve taken two clubs into the Premier League, and kept them there. I’ve also got to a Cup Final. Don’t throw me to the wolves yet.” The ex-Bradford, ­Sheffield Wednesday, Wigan and Derby manager is coming up to a year in charge of Ipswich following the sacking of Roy Keane. He admitted: “The team hasn’t worked out anywhere as good as I’d hoped.” *** Reading’s Brian McDermott put his hand in his pocket this week and wants John Madejski to do the same. McDermott put £50 behind the bar for Royals fans in a Cardiff pub before their 3-1 defeat on Monday. Now he hopes his chairman will ­sanction an improved wages offer for Mali winger Jimmy Kebe, who has still not signed a new deal on offer. “We’re trying to do a deal but it’s up to Jimmy,” said McDermott, whose side entertain League One promotion chasers Stevenage in the FA Cup on Saturday. “Everyone has a price. I don’t want Jimmy to go.”

Swansea’s Europa League hopes dealt blow as Nathan Dyer and Jonathan de Guzman set to miss out

Swansea's hopes of qualification for the Europa League group stages were dealt a blow as Nathan Dyer and Jonathan de Guzman were ruled out of their play-off tie against Romania's Petrolul Ploiesti. host the Romanian cup winners at the Libery Stadium on Thursday, but Dyer will be missing after picking up a hamstring injury in the 4-1 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday. De Guzman, who missed the opening day thrashing by the champions, is still ruled out after sufferinl be offered a contract extension if they qualify for the Champions League.The Swede’s current deal runs to June.”With Ibra his contract is six months with a clause inserted of automatic renewal in case we make it into the Champions League,” Maldini g concussion on international duty with Holland. Boss Michael Laudrup, whose side face a trip to Tottenham on Sunday in the Premier League, is for the European clash, and he admitted the Romanians are an unknown quantity. "People can’t expect another 4-0," he said. "Even against Malmo, it was tight in the first half before we pulled away. “And normally ties are settled in the second leg – that’s why I alwaew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.The young pair were outstanding in their Champions League triumph last season.”Both Andy and Trent [Alexander-Arnold] on the other side had incredible seasons,” Warnock told Liverpoolfc.com.”I think last seasonys prefer to play the second leg at home. “Plus, the big difference in this game icontent_imgs that I already knew some things about Malmo and Swedish football in general and I don’t know much about Ploiesti." Vorm, Amat, Taylor, Flores, Williams, Britton, Shelvey, Michu, Bony, Hernandez, Lamah, Routledge, Monk, Ki, Canas, Rangel, Pozuelo, Tremmel, Richards, Davies, Donnelly

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew ready to come out fighting to save Toon job after dour run of form

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Alan Pardew is ready to come out battling after being written off as Newcastle boss. is in meltdown after losing 10 of their last 15 games, and shipping 11 goals without reply in heavy defeats to Everton, Southampton and Manchester United. Almost 90 per cent of fans called for their manager’s head in a poll this week, but Pardew says he has to take the flak on the chin, and show his strength of character in a bid to turn things around in the final five games of another rollercoaster season on Tyneside. He insists fans are right to criticise as he struggles to stir a response from his troops, and said: “You conduct a poll in the wake of getting beaten by Everton, Southampton and Manchester United, and it’s going to be pretty obvious what’s coming out of that poll. I have to accept that. “The point of being the manager of this football club is that you need tocontent_img have a resilience about you. You need to be able to accept criticism, take it, come back and produce your best.” Even with their bad run, Newcastle are on course to achieve their goal of a top-10 finish, while at the same time balancing the books off the pitch. Despite that, the Toon boss knows his popularity has hit rock bottom with fans – just two-and-a-half years after enjoying a 95 per cent Toon Army approval rating when the his ed star Ander Herrera has been listed on the Paris Saint-Germain official website.Herrera officially confirmed his departure from United and is a free agent, but he has not announced a move to PSG as yet.Eagle eyed fans spotted that “Herrera 21” on tside was riding high in the table. Pardew, the Premier League’s second longest-serving boss added: “It’s difficult for all managers. "If you look at my own position, the job that I’ve done since I’vined Evo-Stik Southern Premier side Gosport Borough on loan for the remainder of the season.Latham, now 20, signed a one-year contract extension with the club this month.He has previously enjoyed loan spells at Dorchester Town and Havant and Waterlooe been here – we’re safe in the Premier League but I’m under huge pressure and it’s been said a ‘dead man walking’. “It doesn’t go away in the Premier League. You really are living one six-game period to the next.” Team News : Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Odemwingie, Nzonzi, Palacios, Whelan, Arnautovic, Crouch. Charlie Adam is hoping to play despite needing an operation on a broken nose. Stephen Ireland has recovered from illness but Matthew Etherington is out. : Krul, Santon, Williamson, Coloccini, Yanga-Mbiwa, Ben Arfa, Tiote, Anita, Gouffran, De Jong, Cisse Newcastle keeper Tim Krul could return. Loic Remy has returned to training, but will not be risked. Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko are out. : Mike Jones : Match of the Day, BBC1, 10.30pm Are Newcastle right to stick with boss Alan Pardew?0+ VOTES SO FAR

Louis van Gaal has ‘had his time’ and is WRONG man for Manchester United, says Robbie Fowler

Robbie Fowler thinks Manchester United have made a mistake in not appointing Ryan Giggs – claiming incoming boss Louis van Gaal is "too old". Van Gaal is with Giggs taking a role as his number two. But Fowler beli a new season at Leicester City.Fuchs is about to begin his fifth season at City after signing a one-year contract extension this summer.He said, “I’m very happy, I feel very comfortable and I’m looking forward to working with Brendan. He has been eves should have been given the top job and admitted his doubt over the upcoming appointment. told talkSPORT: "I don't know if Louis van Gaal is the right man for Man United. He's had his time. It might sound silly, but he's too old. "You can't argue with his credentials and what he has achieved but they should have gone for a young, vibrant manager. "They should have just given the job to Ryan. It's one of the biggest jobs in football but Giggs knows the club, he knows what's expected and everything about the club. "I’m not saying that as a Liverpool fan who thinks, ‘let’s get the young manager in and hope that he fails’. I want young British managers to do very well because it’s good for British football as a whole." Meanwhile, Van Gaal has been after David Moyes' ill-fated reign. The Red Devils have taken a huge £35million hit after missing out on Champions League qualification and vice chairman Ed Woodward is demandiack Allan Saint-Maximin.The 22 yecontent_imgar-old has come off a difficult season under Patrick Vieira at Nice – and has been ignored by France coach Didier Deschamps this week.However, his reputation remains intact across Europe.While Milan are keen, Nice-Matng they bounce straight back. Speaking to investors, he said the next manager will have to “absolutely to get straight back into the Champions League. You will see this reflected in transfer market.” Is Van Gaal the right man for Man Utd?10000+ VOTES SO FAR

Stadium mystery: Three charged with fraud following probe into allegations that Tottenham spied on Olympic officials

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The ugly tussle between West Ham and Tottenham over the future tenancy of the Olympic Stadium will be at the centre of a court case relating to allegations of espionage… Three people have been charged with fraud over allegations of unlawful obtaining of information linked to the Olympic Park, Scotland Yard has said, according to a report by the Press Association. Detectives have been investigating claims made by West Ham United Football Club and the Olympic Park Legacy Company. Richard Michael Forrest, 30, Lee Stewart, 39, and Howard Hill, 58, are all due to appear in court on November 28. The investigation surroundscontent_img allegations that Tottenham Hotspur Football Club spied on Olympic officials during its stadium bid. Forrest, from Crawley, West Sussex, and Stewart, from Esher in Surrey, are both accused of conspiracy with Hill to commit fraud by false representation. Hill with Atletico Madrid.On-loan from Chelsea, there is talk of Morata being recalled following the Londoners’ transfer ban this summer.But he told AS: “I do not know. There are contracts. My thing is to put myself on the field to med the board for their treatment of Ernesto Valverde.Valverde was sacked and replaced by Setien on Monday.Laporta took to social media to declare: “Beyond that I like Setien as a coach, it is clear that the project of this board of directors, based play. What is clear is, from Stockport in Cheshire, is accused of conspiracy with the other two men to commit the same offence. They will all appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later this month. Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) chairwoman Baroness Ford claimed in November last year that Spurs had all 14 members of her board monitored by private investigators. The north London club denied putting officials under surveillance. , but that collapsed in October last year. Tottenham had already lost out to West Ham in the race to become the OPLC's first choice to move into the stadium after the Olympics. Challenges by Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient, plus an anonymous complaint to the European Commission, led to fears that court action could drag on for years while the stadium remained empty.