Blackpool manager Lee Clark saw his team relegated from the Championship after a 1-1 draw with Reading during the weekend.
This was yet another disappointing campaign for the club, but the supporters were always confident of avoiding relegation. They have now slipped to the third tier of English football for the first time since 2007. This resulted in a lot of fans turning up against the owners, who have been singled out as the reason for this relegation. The club’s brief moment in the sunlight came in they were promoted to the Premier League through the play-offs.
However, it is reported that the club did not invest the huge windfall that they have since received in terms of television money. They relegation to third tier is likely to cause a huge change within the club in order to get back to the top divisions. Despite those items, manager Clark reckons that it may be difficult to win back some section of supporters who have completely turned against the club and its owners. A large sets of supporters were not even prepared to watch the match against Reading after Blackpool went on the verge of relegation following Rotherham winning against Brighton and Hove Albion. (more…)
Ronald Koeman knows that Chelsea would be hurting quite a lot after losing their pre quarter final tie in Europe versus Paris Saint-Germain and they would be firing from everywhere this weekend when they take on Southampton at their home ground.
The Chelsea fans are a little annoyed at the moment as they had not expected that Champions League elimination, not at such an early stage for sure. They are having a go at the club management.
Jose Mourinho is being absolutely slammed, but, according to Koeman, the Blues boss does not give a damn to the criticism.
Koeman was Mourinho’s colleague when both of them were working alongside at Barcelona.
There is mutual respect between the two and it was clear from the way Koeman spoke about his counterpart in the pre match press conference.
The Southampton manager was quoted as saying, “The greatness does not come without criticism. If you are world class, you are going to have to deal with negatives as well and knowing Jose, I am sure he would not be flustered a single bit. He does not mind people coming at him”
“And, I don’t think this defeat in Europe has harmed his reputation. He has a lot of achievements to show in his CV and he has also earned respect of the players over the years. Whichever player he has worked with would be impressed with him. You go and ask anyone and you would get the same thing to hear.” (more…)
Paul Pogba at the age of 21 is making a name for himself at a huge scale as the French midfielder was named as the best young player during the 2014 World Cup and he is regarded to be as one of the best young players in the entire world.
MassimilianoAllegri has even tipped Paul Pogba to one day become the next big thing as a player that is only capable of leading his club but also his country as there has never truly been a French player who can even compare to ZinedineZidane but Pogba could be that player.
Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid are the clubs that have seemed to be most interested in signing the French midfielder from Juventus and the coach of the Italian team has already admitted in saying that if a good enough offer is launched for Pogba then he could leave Juventus. (more…)
Bayern Munich midfielder Luis Gustavo has claimed that the Brazilian national team are slowly evolving under new boss Dunga, who is in charge of the team for a second spell.
The former World Cup winning captain returned to the national team job after the Brazil FA sacked Luiz Felipe Scolari following a very disappointing tournament. Dunga has immediately tried to ring the changes may recalling a number of important players and also youngsters were new to the team. Players like Kaka and Robinho are some of the names who were absent at the World Cup but have featured in the recent squads announced by Dunga. (more…)
Frank Lampard has made a huge impact during his loan stay at Manchester City as the veteran midfielder is mostly being used as an impact substitute player but even with the limited amount of time that Lampard has on the pitch; somehow he manages to make the most of it by scoring goals and making noteworthy performances.
The experienced midfielder scored his 174 Premier League goal a few days ago when Manchester City defeated Southampton with a scoreboard of 3-0. One of those goals was netted by Lampard who entered the pitch at the 65th minute.
Lampard is expected to join the MLS side New York City in January but after having gone through such an impressive stay with Manchester City, there are rumors that his contract could be extended as Lampard has been receiving praise from players everywhere.
“For me, what makes Frank Lampard special is how professional he is in training. You see him at training: He is the first to arrive on the training ground and the last to go home. He won everything with Chelsea, he’s a legend in football and he’s still playing like he’s 18 years old.” Pablo Zabaleta said as he praised his teammate Frank Lampard.
Sergio Aguero is another player that did not hesitate in expressing just how much of an impact Lampard has made since arriving to the Etihad Stadium a few months as the Argentine forward said:
“He’s been a really important player for us, a key player. Whether he starts the game or comes on in the second half, he’s played a really key role in most of the games he’s featured in. It would be fantastic if he could stay, he’s a Premier League legend and it’s been a real pleasure for me to line up alongside him’’ Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero said.