2019 November

Picture special: The 50 best pictures from Manchester United v Manchester City

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It's kind of an oxymoron, but the world's most optimistic Manchester City fans will go to bed dreaming tonight after their heroand’s 6-0 win over Bulgaria in Sofia on Monday.Home supporters were heard chanting racist taunts and pictured giving Nazi salutes with the match having to stopped twice.After the game, Chilwell posted on social media: “We arrived at the stadium lases' 2-1 win over Manchester United. "Is eight points down with six games left, the gap we overhauled to pip United to last season's title, really all that different to 12 points behind with seven to go?" they will ask us tomorrow. "Well, yes," we will all reply, while silently aware that football is a funny old game. James Milner's strike rmanent manager, says chairman Ron Martin.Former Tottenham and QPR assistant Bond kept the Shrimpers in League One after taking over from Chris Powell for the final six gamcontent_imges of the season.Martin hopes to confirm an appointment by the end of the weekfrom distance, and Masters-friendly celebration, got the ball rolling, an own-goal Phil Joned did his damnedest to claim levelled matters and then title-winning hero Sergio Aguero wrote another famous entry in his Eastlands CV late on. for Martin Lipton's match report and for David McDonnell's player ratings. We've got some brilliant photos, so take a minute to click through our gallery.

Alan Pardew says Newcastle United have had no new bids for Yohan Cabaye but will face fight to keep him

Alan Pardew has told Newcastle fans to expect more dark days in the transfer market after confirming Arsenal had not returned with another bid for Yohan Cabaye. The French midfielder was the subject of a £10million bid from Arsenal on Sunday, leading to the player being left out of the Toon's , claiming he was unsettled. And Pardew admitted Newcastle don't hold all the cards when it comes to keeping their star attractions, as PSG are set to rival , and are struggling to add the players needed to improve the St James's Park squad.  "I think the situation with Yohan is an ongoing situation and we will take each day as it comes," said Pardew, "There's been one bid and I've turned that down, and that's really all I'm going to cocio Pochettino.There are some fans and pundits who believe that Pochettino is on the edge of losing his job.Spurs have endured a poor start to the season, while they were defeated 7-2 at home by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.However, Sherwoodmment on that today. "We're the sort of club that is not in the bracket where we can dictate a transfer. "We sometimes have to respond, because we are not in the position where we have got the luxuries of Tottenham or Liverpool. "For us, we're poised waiting to see what happens, and we want to make sure we bring in one or two players that affect our first team." Pardew believes the transfer window will finally kick into life as deadline day draws closer, and has spent time this week running the rule over various transfer targets – mainly in France, which has proven a good source of talent. But is aware he faces a battle against time to recruit the pln their first friendly of the summer is a concern for Marco Silva.According to the Everton website, the winger will undergo a scan to see the extent of the injury, but the club are hoping that it isn’t anything serious.The forward had sustained the aayers he needs, with on-loan Loic Remy still the club's only signing of the summer after he joined from QPR. "This is the big week where everything comes up," he said. "I do think there will be business this week across the board, and I certainly hope we're part of it." Pardew has still not decided whether to include Cabaye in Saturday's hocontent_imgme clash against former club West Ham United, but his hand may be forced by injuries to both Jonas Gutierrez and Cheick Tiote.

Mike Ashley orders Rangers board to repay £5million loan as Newcastle owner goes to war

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has turned his guns on the new Rangers regime by requisitioning a general meeting and asking for his £5m loan to be repaid in full. the Sports Direct tycoon made the highly aggressive move one week AFTER the Ibrox club’s interim chairman Paul Murray and director John Gilligan travelled south to open ‘peace talks’ at his Shirebrook HQ in Derbyshire – but five days BEFORE cops raided the premises as part of a probe into the commercial activities of former owners Craig Whyte and Charles Green. In the letter, which is dated April 29, Ashley demands to know the ‘precise details’ surrounding the recent delisting of the club from the AIM Stock Exchange, a move which was triggered when Dave King teamed up with other high profile shareholders to successfully remove Derek Llambias and Derek Leach from the boardroom. He also proposes resolutions which if voted through, would force the new regime to hand back a £5 million crisis loan which was agreed between Ashley, Llambias and Leach in January. In pictures – Newcastle fans protest In exchange for the cash Ashley will hand back security over all the crests and badges, the club’s Murray Park training ground and Albion Street car park and the Edmiston House facility. Record Sport can also reveal that Ashley had a negative security clause written into the deal struck with the previous board, which means Rangers cannot use security of Ibrox stadium in order to raise funds with any third parties. The letter was sent two weeks ago, but Ashley has been complaining that he is still awaiting a response. A source close to Ashley said last night: “This is a message to Dave King and his associates to put up or shut up. The board and the fans own more than half of the Rangers shares, so they have the power to vote this through – if they have the money. “All they have to do is find the £5 million that he gave them in January and he will release security on the various brands, Murray Park, the car park and Edmiston House. “It’s a very simple situation. If they really want to change the relationship with Sport Direct they will vote for a change. “If they, in fact, are happy for Sports Direct to have security over the club’s assets they will vote down what Mike Ashley is proposing.” It’s understood the club has 28 days period in which to respond to the request for a general meeting. Last night a Rangers spokesman said: “The board have received the request and are considering it with our advisers.” Ashley’s attempt to force a general meeting is the latest twist in wrangling between Rangers and the controversial owner, who holds a 8.92 per cent stake in the Ibrox club. The first meeting between the new regime and Ashley’s camp took place on April 22. The talks saw Murray and Gilligan travel to Sports Direct’s base seeking a renegotiation of the terms of the club’s commercial contracts. Those initial discussions were described as ‘amicable’ even though Murray and Gilligan left without reaching an agreio.Lukebakio has been outstanding on-loan this season with Fortuna Dusseldorf and his form has attracted major interest from across the Bundesliga.However, France Football says Lille are also keen and see him as a replacement for Nicolas Pepe. Pepe iement on a fairer deal. And the situation took another dramatic twist on May 4 when the Record revealed Ashley's retail factory had been raided by Scottish cops, looking for paperwork relating to their investigations into Whyte and Green. The Record has now obtained the letter Ashley sent days before the raid, in which he seeks to disengage from his involvement in Rangers – bar keeping a finger in the merchandise pie. Ashley tightened his grip on the club’s retail division after agreeing his latest loan deal with the previous board in a deal which saw him up his stake to a whopping 75 per cent. If the cash is repaid ’s share of the business will drop back down to 49 per cent. Ashley also demands answers on how the club’s Nominated Adviser was no longer willing to be appointed and what steps were taken to find an alternative Nomad. And he wants full details of the most recent econtent_imgmergency bail-out – a £1.5m loan from the Three Bears consortium of Douglas Park, George Letham and George Taylor. He states that the club should take no more than 10 days of the passing of his £5 million pay-off resolution to put the cash into his bank account. Ashley is entitled to call for the meeting of shareholders because he owns more than five per cent of the club. Last year MASH lent Rangers £3 million, which was subsequently paid off by a £5 million loan put up by Sports Direct – tying up the security of the club’s assets with the firm. The deal that set up the current trauma involved a £10 million provision by Ashley in January, of which only half was drawn down on for working capital and repayment of the previous £3 million loan. In return, Sports Direct grabbed control of another 26% of Rangers’ retail operation and will benefit from shirt sponsorship income. Security was provided in the form of virtually all of e towards the Europa League.Van Basten criticised United’s team selection for last night’s 0-0 draw at AZ.“It is a very large club, with a lot of money, but they simply look down on this type of competition. I think that’s a shame, as AZ would alsothe club’s assets apart from Ibrox Stadium itself.

Savage backing Welsh double this weekend

Robbie Savage is Strictly backing a Welsh double this weekend – Gary Speed’s sideFootball Club’s bid to trademark the word Liverpool in products and services has failed due to its “geographical significance”.The club submitted the request, which has been rejected by the Intellectual Property Office, to protect fans from fake good to beat Norway and him to stay in BBC’s hit dance show. Savage said: “I think the future for Wales is as bright as my teeth! Gary has done brilliantly since taking over as manager and with Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Craig Bellamy we should have too much for Norway.” Strictly rules prevent contestants from canvassing but Savage appealed to the Welsh public to vote with their feet this weekend. “If I stay in I get tcontent_imghe chance to dance at Wembley Arena next week, which would be quite something. “Iester United midfielder Paul Pogba has dropped his wage demands to smooth negotiations with Real Madrid.That’s according toOkdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, while speaking on El Chiringuito.”Pogba is practically done,” he insisted.”The first to a only got to Wembley twice as a player!”

Warnock: I would have kept Rangers up

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Neil Warnock says he would have kept QPR in the Premker League – and says new signings will be a priority for his successor Mark Hughes. Draws! Santa Cruz! Shouts of Leslie! Top 10 things QPR fans can expect under Mark Hughes  Sewer rats! Monkey feet! Pinnochio! The wild world of Warnock  The former Manchester City, Wales and Fulham manager was named as fiery Warnock's successor today. Warnock told The Independent: &qu last season was not up to standards.As well as hoping for a better individual performance next season, Matic is determined to help the team better our sixth-placed finish from 2018/19.“It was not a good season for all of us, as we know,” he said. ot;Will a new manager make a difference? Not as much as new players will. "If you haven't got the players you can't win games, that's another fact of life in football management. "I just wish I had the chance to bring in the ones I wanted, both in the summer, and this month." Warnock claims more experien Mount insists their Champions League run isn’t over.The Blues’ Champions League hopes for this season are hanging by a thread after they were beaten by Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.The German champions won 3-0 in the first leg at Scontent_imgtamford Bridge tced club owners would have realised "there would have been no problem securing a Premier League future" had he been given the go-ahead to make the signings he wanted. "But no doubt the chairman has had a string of agents in touch telling them their man could do a better job."

Blackburn fans postpone latest protests

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There will be no organised protests at Blackburn's next two home games, it has been confirmed. With the club struggling near the foot of the Barclays Premier League, a section of Rovers supporters have been demonstrating against manager Steve Kean and owners Venky's at several Ewood Park fixtures this term. However, organiser Glen Mullan has revealed that communication between protesters and the t’s situation at Real Madrid.Real boss Zinedine Zidane hinted Bale was no longer in his plans following Sunday’s loss to Real Betis, in which the Wales international remained a substitute.The 29-year-old has been linked with Manchester United and Totclubclub are still working on securing Angel Gomes to a new contract.The Red Devils recently announced that Tahith Chong had committed to the club for the foreseeable future.But Gomes still does not have a new contract, which could mean his future lies e have improved and the action will be brought to a temporary halt for the crucial visits of West Brom on Saturday and Bolton on Tuesday. "We are in advanced discussions with the club and we are very, very pleased with the progress that has been made," Mullan told the Lancashire Telegraph. "(Ewood Park stadium manager) John Newsham and (Blackburn deputy chief executive) Paul Hunt's attention to detail over the last couple of weeks has been exemplary. "There will be no organised protests this weekend before, after or during the game. "We are not cancelling the protests, we are postponing them for the next two games, after discussions with the club and with (director of Rovers sponsor WEC Group and Blackburn fan) Wayne Wild as well. "We ask everyone to get behind the team for these two very winnable football matches. "Six points is the most important thing, while we remain committed to trying to open up lines of communication with the club for the fans that can stay there for a long time. "Wcontent_imge want a line of communication that will be permanently open."

Transfer news, rumours and gossip from Friday’s papers

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VIDEO: Check out the Brazil striker Arsenal want to sign in January  VIDEO: Villa bring in Portugal striker Berbatov tops Fergie hit-list after cup shocker  West Ham pair to be offered big-money China moves  will make a £5m bid for Crystal Palace striker in January. Eagles right-back Nathaniel Clyne is also attracting Premier League interest, with Aston content_imgVilla thought to be keen. (Daily Mail) has has signed an 18-month contract at — a year after quitting the game because of a knee injury. (Daily Mail) say they are back in the hunt to sign (The Sun) and are poised to make offers for Bristol City winger in January. (The Sun) are set to move for former Arsenal full-back who is a free agent. (Daily Mail) are on the trail of Schalke's £2million-rated The Peruvian full-back, 21, is currently on loan at St Pauli. (The Sun) manager Neil Warnock has lined up West Brom striker as an alternative January transfer target to Jermain Defoe. (Daily Express) are keen on Spurs defender who has lost hi coach Carlo Ancelotti was pleased to beat Hellas Verona 2-0. Arkadiusz Milik scored twice on the day.“At this moment, it is important to show solidity and maturity, both of which I saw this evening,” Ancelotti told Sky Sport Italia.“On a tacticis place to Kyle Walker. (Daily Mail) Meanwhile, are looking for another centre half and have been linked with androphy.Sarri was pleased with their 1-1 draw at Europa League semifinal at Eintracht Frankfurt in last night’s first-leg.He said: “I want to reach the final against any team, Arsenal or Valencia. It’s exactly the same for me, who we play. I don’t want (Daily Mail)

Benitez of the Bridge! Chelsea confirm Rafa will replace Di Matteo as ‘interim’ manager

Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of Rafa Benitez as 'interim first team manager' until the end of the season. The Spaniard will replace in the Champions League. Chelsea said on their official website: "The owner and the Board believe that in Benitez we have a manager with significant experience at the highest level of football, who can come in and immediately help deliver our objectives. "The 52-year-old Spaniard is due to meet the players at the training ground in Cobham tomorrow. "The two-time UEFA Manager of the Year comes with outstanding pedigree. He began his managerial career in his homeland, most notably at Valencia where he built a reputation as one of Europe's top coaches by winning the Spanish League twice and the UEFA Cup. "He then spo Tomori has surprised him.Tomori, 21, has already made 15 appearances for the Blues this term, helping turn Frank Lampard’s men into title contenders.And Zola feels former Blues manager Maurizio Sarri – as well as himself – might have missed a trickent six years at Liverpool and led them to their fifth European Cup and an FA Cup." The length of Benitez's contract appears the clearest indication yet of Abramovich's determination to land Guardiola once the former Barcelona boss completes his one-year sabbatical. Tonight's announcement was also the culmination of a breathless 24-hour period that was extraordinary even by Chelsea's standards.content_img What be Anil Murthy has hit out at the press after a chaotic start to the season.Before their Champions League win at Chelsea, Murthy was asked directly if he had apologised to the players on behalf of club owner Peter Lim over the sacking of Marcelino.But gan last night with Di Matteo finally axing Fernando Torres against Juventus, ended this evening with the arrival of the man who made the £50million flop one of the best strikers in the world but became a man largely disliked among his new club's supporters. In between all that, Di Matteo joined the ever-increasing list of men to be ruthlessly sacked by Abramovich, who is now on his ninth manager in a little over eight years. In a statement issued by the League Managers Association, Di Matteo said: "It was an honour for me to be appointed manager of a club that I loved playing for and one that is so close to my heart," he said "I am extremely proud of the successes and trophies that we were able to bring to the club in recent months. "Lifting Chelsea's first Champions League trophy, in Munich, was the best achievement in club history and without doubt the highlight of my career to date, both as a player and manager. It is a memory I will treasure for the rest of my life. "I have a deep and unreserved passion for Chelsea football club and I would like to sincerely thank all of the staff, my players and of course the Chelsea fans, for their tremendous and unconditioned support in the intense time I have been the manager at the Bridge. "I wish all of them every success for the rest of the season and beyond." to relive how a busy day of firing and hiring unfolded on our MirrorFootball live blog.

Messi mistake! New book reveals Manchester City once made £30m bid for Lionel by accident

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Manchester City once made a £30million bid for Argentine superstar Lionel Messi – by accident! A breakdown in communication between club officials on the day that Sheikh Mansour completed his £210m takeover of the club in August 2009 was behind the sensational offer to Barcelona for the best player in the world. Barcelona rejected the proposal – and within hours the Blues had agreed the £32m capture of Brazilian star Robinho from Real Madrid. The extraordinary episode has been revealed in a new book detailing the history of the Premier League champioouth boss Eddie Howe feels their 2-2 draw with Chelsea has them well placed to push away from the dropzone.Howe was able to welcome back from injuptain Hugo Lloris is back in training.The club’s captain has been absent with a shoulder injury.His loss coincided with the poor form of Paul Gazzaniga.Spurs boss Jose Mourinho will be delighted to welcome Lloris back in goal, but it may be a couple ry both Nathan Ake and Jefferson Lerma for the point.Asked how he assessed where the Cherries were in tens. Former City chief executive Garry Cook details the mix-up in ‘The Manchester City Years’ by Gary James. City had made already made a failed bid for Fernando Torres and had attempted to hijack Manchester United’s deal with Spurs for Dimitar Berbatov. But senior club officials based in Manchester, London and Abu Dhabi were formulating Sheikh Mansour’s plans by telephone. And Cook explains: “He (an executive) made a comment like ‘it’s all getting messy.’ “Via the telephones and other communication lincontent_imges, this somehow translated into ‘get Messi.’ “An offer was made for Lionel Messi of about £30million. Needless to say, it was rejected.”

Manchester City’s boss Manuel Pellegrini out to win Capital One Cup for fans who didn’t want him

Manuel Pellegrini is convinced he has won over Manchester City’s fans with his thrilling brand of football. The last time were at Wembley, for the shock 1-0 FA Cup final defeat to Wigan, their fans showed their loyalty for doomed boss Roberto Mancini and contempt for his imminent successor. Among the songs of support for Mancini that day in May were vitriolic chants including “You can stick your Pellegrini up your a***” as Blues fans made clear their opposition to the looming managerial change. Ten months on, Pellegrini has ensured those fans who were hostile to his appointment are now firmly behind him – City aiming to tie up the first leg of an improbable Quadruple by beating Sunderland and Asked what had changed since that day at Wembley, when his name was derided by City fans, Pellegrini laughed and said: “Well, I hope at leasdefeat of Southampton.Hardy, who arrived last week from Brentford, notched two impressive finishes to help Neil Critchley’s side earn a 5-0 win at the Academy in Kirkby on Monday night.Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones and substitute Liam Millar also fount the songs! “I know what happened last year. I think Mancini deserved the support of the fans, because he won the titlcontent_imge here for the first time in 44 years. “Everyone knows how passionate the fans are here. But I felt that from the moment I arrived, they accepted what the club did and I think they are very happy with the team this year, the way we play and to be in another final. “So I’m absolutely sure that all the supporters will back our team and be supporting us the whole match.” Asked if City’s swashbuckling style of play, scoring 118 goals already this season, had made it easier for him to win the fans over, Pellegrini said: “I suppose that’s an important reason. “For any supporter of any club, they want to go to the stadium and see their team scoring goals. This season has maybe been special in that sense, because in a lot of competitions we have betor Moses admits he expects to be on the move this summer.Moses has just completed a six-month loan with Fenerbache and is being linked with Inter Milan.“I had a very enjoyable experience, but I won’t be here next season. I am leaving Fenerbahce,” en scoring a lot of goals, and I think the way that we play [with style] is also very important.” Pellegrini does not need to remind his players of the danger of underestimating supposedly weaker opponents, such as Sunderland. City’s players paid the price for doing that against Wigan last year – although by that stage Mancini had lost the dressing-room. This time, the City squad are united behind Pellegrini and are determined to make up for last season’s disappointment by securing the first trophy of the quietly-spoken 60-year-old Chilean’s reign. And Pellegrini is convinced his players will not be burdened by the painful memory of last season’s shock at the hands of Wigan and are simply focused on winning on Sunday to further endorse City’s new-found status as a major club. “I’m absolutely sure that not one of the players who played in that final will be thinking about that this year,” said Pellegrini “Everything is different now. “I don’t want to say which things are different, because that’s not my duty, but I’m absolutely sure that they are just thinking about the final against Sunderland and not what happened in the past.” Jose Mourinho was the last boss to win the League Cup in his first season in English football, back in 2005 with Chelsea. Pellegrini knows winning this weekend could be a huge boost to his side’s hopes of adding the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League, despite needing to overturn a 2-0 deficit at Barcelona to progress in the latter. “Of course it would be a big achievement to win it, because it’s not easy when you’ve just arrived from another league and you don’t know a lot about the players, about the club, about the other teams,” he said. “I think it’s always important for a manager to have a title to his name. I’m sure that we’re doing the right things, in the right way, to try to win this trophy and to try to fight for the other titles this year. “The feeling if you lose is not the same as if you win the game, so I think it’s very important for the team to have a winning mentality and to have an ambitious mentality. Both of those things start from winning the Capital One Cup, and then trying to win other titles.” Capital One Cup Final: Probable teams Pantilimon; Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov; Toure, Fernandinho; Nasri, Aguero, Silva; Negredo. Mannone; Bardsley, Brown, O'Shea, Alonso; Cattermole; Johnson, Ki, Colback, Giaccherini; Borini. Who'll win the Capital One Cup Final?1000+ VOTES SO FAR

Liverpool target Barcelona starlet

Liverpool are interested in Barcelona’s emerging 20-year-old forward Cristian Tello. The Spain Under 20-s striker is out of contract at the end of the season and is being tracked by a number of clubs including Benfica, Valencia and Malaga. Barca boss Pep Guardiola is keen to keep Tello, and has promoted him from the Barcelona B team this year. The young forward has already featureMariano Diaz is digging in his heels at Real Mcontent_imgadrid.While he is being encouraged to find himself a new club by Real management, the striker has other ideas.El Codane Iqbal was on the bench for Manchester United U23s last night.United lost 2-0 to Prem 2 leaders West Ham at the Chigwell Construction Stadium on Monday evening. United coach Neil Wood included Iqbal in his matchday squad, with the 16 year-old midnfidencial says Mariano is reluctant to depart Real – despite his lack of action this season.Indeed, driving the push for Mariano to leave is coach Zinedine Zidane.But for the moment, the striker only sees his future with Los Merengues.d for the first team and scored on his first La Liga start last month, but Liverpool are now keen on bringing him to Anfield. Transfer news, rumours and gossip from Saturday's papers

My word! Young man AVB must learn from Fergie, says Wilkins

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Under-fire Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas should learn from Manchester United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson's handling of his senior players, according to former Blues assistant boss Ray Wilkins. Villas-Boas opted to leave England internationals Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole out of his side for last night's 3-1 Champions League defeat at Napoli, a result which heightened speculation that the Portuguese may be on borrowed time at the London club. Napoli 3-1 Chelsea: Lavezzi and Cavani give Villas-Boas the Blues  Wilkins, who was surprisingly dismissed from his role as Carlo Ancelotti's right-hand man in November 2010, hopes Blues owner Roman Abramovich will give Villas-Boas time to succeed but thinks Ferguson's management of established stars such as Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand while bringing through younger players is an example he should follow. "It's very important that when Andre is dealing with the senior players that those discussions have to take place," Wilkins told Sky Sports News. "You see how well Sir Alex Ferguson manages the likes of Scholes and Giggs and Ferdinand, he manages them magnificently well – not only the playing time but also as human beings. "There has got to be conversation and if Andre is asking for their opinion, then he shouldn't be too shocked when the opinion comes back because they are very powerful and very strong personalities, these guylighted with the breakthrough of 19-year-old defender Jeremy Ngakia.The academy graduate made his debut in the 2-0 defeat at hoth Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes.That’s according to reports in Italy, who claim discussions between the Portuguese international’s minders and United took place today.Gazzetta dello Sport’s Nicolo Schira reported the latest update on Twitteme to Liverpool on January 29 before making his second appearance against the same opposition on Monday.He said: “He deservs he's dealing with." Wilkins admitted he was surprised at the omission of Lampard, Cole and midfielder Michael Essien from the line-up in Naples. "I didn't understand the selection policy because Ashley Cole in my humble opinion is one of the best left-backs in world football, so I didn't quite see the point of putting a right full-back (Jose Bosingwa) across to the left side," he added. "I didn't quite see [a reason for] the exclusion of Frank Lampard or Michael Essien. "It's a great shame as well that the best leader in the country isn't playing for Chelsea at the moment, and he's undergoing surgery on his knee. John Terry is so vital to Chelsea it's almost embarrassing." Wilkins believes any improvement in Chelsea's form is dependent on them sorting out their defensive problems. "The defensive display last night wasn't good enough. It's been a problem they have had all year," he said. "They have used several formations at the back because of injuries and suspensions so it's not been easy to keep a regular back four, but they haven't as a unit performed well enough. "Ninety-nine per cent of winning teams start from the back and they defend properly. Chelsea are no different, when they're winning stuff, they're very solid defensively, at the moment they're a little bit shaky." Wilkins insisted Chelsea would be "back to square one" if Villas-Boas was sacked. He said: "If they were to get rid of him it only means someone else coming in, the players that he's bought might not be this [new] guy's cup of tea, so it's all back to square one again. If they're going to give Andre the opportunity for three years, let him do it and see how they go.&qcontent_imguot;

FA confirm investigation into Norwich striker Cameron Jerome’s allegation of racist remark from Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci

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Cameron Jerome is at the centre of a race row with Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci, with the FA to investigate after receiving the referee's report. reacted furiously following a first-half clash with the Italian centre-back, prompting referee Mark Clattenburg to speak to both players and both managers. Norwich boss Neil Adams said: "Cameron alleged a racist remark was made to him on the pitch and that’s why he reacted so much. "Clattenburg spoke to both players at half-time with a ­rep from both clubs present and has been in to take statements. "He will send a report to the FA and the Football League. He said he couldn’t take any action during the game because he didn’t hear what was said. "But, of course, we will be backing Jerome all the way – and I’hester United want to add two more young English stars to their summer spending spree.The Red Devils are expected to announce the signing of Crystal Palace and England U21 fullback Aaron Wan-Bissaka on Friday.And they won’t stop there, according to Tm sure Leeds will back their player, too. "We obviously believe him and I do not think Jerome would have reacted the way he did if nothing had been said. "The matter will be dealt with through all the proper channels. I spoke to Jerome at half-time to make sure his head was right and he dealt with it well.” Leeds manager Darko Milanic said: “I haven’t spoken to the player yet, but I will do later. "So it’s very difficult for me to comment on something I didn’t hear and don’t know anything about." Norwich, who have now gone five games at Carrow Road without a win, took the lead on the hour when Scotland defender Russell Marcontent_imgtin was left unmarked to head home winger Nathan Redmond’s corner for his first goal of the season. But lead lasted barely four minutes as Leeds hit back. Skillful Brazilian midfielder Adryan capped a hugely impressive first start by supplying t defender Harry Maguire says he will improve over the course of this season.The 26-year-old has looked impressive in his six games for United so far”I definitely feel like it’s the modern game, bringing it out from the back and it’s something I do thhe through ball that sent striker ­Souleymane Doukara clear to score his fifth goal in 11 games.

Walcott warns Spurs: We’re coming to get you!

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Theo Walcott warned that Arsenal had Tottenham firmly in their sights after he set up the Gunners' winning goal in tonight's 2-1 victory over Newcastle at Emirates Stadium. Arsenal 2-1 Newcastle: Gunners come from behind again to win in stoppage time Tweet my Goal! The best gags from Arsenal 2-1 Newcastle John Cross's Big Match Verdict: Newcastle's London struggles continue, but Pardew still has plenty to celebrate about this season Meanwhile Robin van Persie had the last laugh on Newcastle after an incredible finish to the match. Arsenal captain van Persie appeared to taunt his fellow Dutchman Tim Krul after Thomas Vermaelen grabbed a dramatic winner in the FIFTH minute of injury time. That sparked a mass brawl between both sets of players as Arsenal celMauro Icardi appears set to stay with Inter Milan.The striker’s wife and agent has been confirmed as a member of the Tiki Taka show for nexcontent_imgt season.“She should be confirmed,” a Mediaset spokesman told reporters on Wednesday.“We’re in talks right now, but we should reach an agreement.”It’s suggested Icardi won’t be leaving Italy with Wanda Nara now committed to a Mediaset contract.ebrated another incredible fight back to put themselves within a point of bitter rivals Tottenham in third place. Referee Howard Webb booked both van Persie and Newcastle keeper Krul as the game finished on a high for Arsenal and bitterness for Alan Pardew's men. Van Persie had a running row with Krul during the game after accusing the Newcastle keeper of time wasting as the visitors desperately tried to hang on for a point. The Gunners went behind to a precise finish from Hatem Bna want to buy Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this week.The Mirror says Barca are targeting a new frontman with Luis Suarez injured and see Aubameyang, 30, as the perfect candidate ahead of Friday night’s transfer deadline.The Gabon marksmen Arfa in the first half but they were level 55 seconds later when Robin van Persie scored, again from Walcott's assist. Vermaelen popped up in the 95th minute to rifle home Walcott's cross from close range to snatch all three points, and the England international was in bullish mood at the full-time whistle. "Tottenham have got to be watching over their shoulders now," Walcott told Sky Sports. "We were great defensively and we know we can always score goals. With the squad of players we've got, we've got players coming back we can go further than that (third place) and that's what we're looking to do." "It's been an up and down season, but it's the way you finish, and that's the most important thing." He added: "We're just getting our jobs right. Defensively we've been fantastic. We know we can always score goals but lately we've not been conceding too many, and that stat's fantastic." The match marked the first time a team had come from behind to win in four successive Premier League matches, and matchwinner Vermaelen said: "We showed the mentality of fighters. It's the fourth time we've come back from 1-0 down. "In the second half we were pushing and pushing. We knew we had to be patient and in the end we will score a goal, and that's what happened today." Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger pointed to his side's "relentless effort" as the key to securing their fifth straight league win. "It was a game of absolute commitment on both sides, you have to give credit to Newcastle as well," Wenger said. "It needed something special to beat them tonight. And what beat them tonight was our relentless effort just to win the game, and we just did not stop, and in the end we won it." Asked if he felt at any point that the win might not come, the Frenchman replied: "Never. I said to my assistant in the final minute: 'One more attack and we will score', so much was my belief." Asked about the performance of man-of-the-match Walcott, Wenger said: "He was outstanding from the first to the last minute. It's one of the best, best games I've seen of Theo because I felt tonight he had absolutely everything in his game – combined well, crossed well, was always in the game. "He's making good progress; he's an intelligent boy. People forget he is very young – 23 years old." Newcastle boss Alan Pardew said: "Unfortunately, those sort of defeats are galling. Arsenal are a team in form, they pushed and they pushed and got the result in the end. "We switched off after we scored, we gifted them a goal but it's difficult because they are a tough team. We put such an effort in. "The keeper is going to take his time. Maybe he took a bit long on one or two but we have that at home ourselves."

Crystal Palace welcome back Kagisho Dikgacoi but Damien Delaney is still out for Southampton match

Midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi is set to make his comeback for the Eagles having served his one-game suspension in the home defeat to Swansea last weekend. While the news of Dikgacoi's return is welcome, there's still plenty for boss Ian Holloway to ponder with defender Damien Delaney still out because of an ankle problem. Elsewhere, midfielder Yannick Bolasie (hamstring) is still sidelined and captain Paddy McCarthy (groin) continues his rehabilitation, along with forward Glenn Murray (knee). Midfielder Jonny Williams and defender Jack Hunt (both ankle) are long-term absentees but fit again winger Jerome Thomas could be in contentiielding no less than four takeover offers.Thcontent_imge Sun says one group involves former Manchester City othe game of Dani Ceballos since succeeding the sacked Unai Emery.On-loan from Real Madrid, Ceballos was the best player on the pitch in victory over West Ham earlier this week.He was the player with the most touches (121) and the most passes completewner Thaksin Shinawatra.A Chinese businessman was shown round Selhurst Park and the club’s training ground last month.It is understood the individual ison to start. Speaking about the visit to St. Marys, Holloway insists his team need to be smarter in attack, "It's vital the lads keep their mind on doing what we want – to have decent possession – but we have to create chances." Speroni, Gabbidon, Moxey, Mariappa, Campana, Guedioura, Bannan, Thomas, Jedinak, Chamakh, Jerome, Gayle, Puncheon, Alexander, O'Keefe, Phillips, Kebe, Kagisho Dikgacoi.