Gary Rowett Confident of Strengthening in January

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett claims that he is certainly confident about strengthening the squad in January.

The club have made a strong start to the season and they are now in a great position to at least finish in the play-offs. However, Rowett is aware that the club needs to spend and strengthen the squad if they are to have any opportunity of finishing in the top six of the table. It is largely because other clubs in the Championship would also strengthen during this period. After having lost the edge in the transfer market over the last few years, Birmingham have been a surprise play-off contender.

Even though a run of three matches without a win towards the end of October has hurt their chances somewhat, it has also shown the need to strengthen the squad in various areas of the pitch. It is highly likely that Birmingham owners will be left impressed with the work done by Rowett. (more…)

Brendan Rodgers Comments on Politics Played by Media

Brendan Rodgers reckons whenever there is an ungainly challenge by one of the Celtic FC players on the opposition and he gets away with anything less than a send-off, the broadcasting channel just keeps showing the footage of that particular moment.

As per Rodgers, if on another day, in a match where Celtic is not playing, an almost same type of challenge is overlooked by the referee, the footage will not come up time and again.

Post Celtic’s previous match by winning which, the Celts advanced to the Cup semis, Rodgers said, “Today they put Craig’s challenge on the screen more than ten times and that for no reason. What are you trying to prove by bringing it on in every 5 minutes?”
“I mean it is like not giving the referee his fair due because he got it bang on. You see the goalie was only stretching, but, due to his timing getting wrong there, it looked the way it looked. To be honest, yellow card was the maximum it deserved and so it got. A send-off was surely undeserving for it.”

Francisco Arce replaces Ramon Diaz at the Paraguayan national helm

Ramon Diaz was in charge of the Paraguay national side from 2014 until 2016, the main reason of why he opted to leave the managerial position of the national team was due to an underwhelming campaign that Paraguay went through during the qualification phase of the Copa America Centenario as they failed to make it past the group stages.

Paraguay was pitted in group A along with Costa Rica, Colombia and United States but could only manage to snatch 1 point from their 3 matches after securing 1 single draw and 2 defeats.

The Paraguayan made a string of uninspiring performances and ultimately concluded with Paraguayan not being able to make it past group A and the coach of that time Ramon Diaz decided to resign.

Earlier in August it was announced that Francisco Arce was the man selected to replace Ramon Diaz as the new manager of the national team.

This is not the first time that Francisco Arce has taken charge of a national team as he used to coach the Paraguayan national side back in July of 2011 but after only being able to collect a number of disappointing results in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, he was sacked. (more…)

Edwin van der Sar criticizes Everton for picking Frank de Boer

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar is of the opinion that Everton could be making the wrong move in going for former Ajax manager Frank de Boer.

After having been in charge of Ajax for six seasons, the Dutchman recently left the job in the hope of getting an even bigger appointment. The prospect of managing in the Premier League, which is regarded as one of the best in the world, will be enticing for any manager and the same seems to hold for Frank de Boer. He has been rumoured as the frontrunner for the Everton managerial role.

After recently parting company with Roberto Martinez, Everton are on the lookout for a new manager. Even though they have the option of going for the former manager David Moyes who is now available, the club are thought to be keen on retaining the attractive style of football built by Martinez. The Spaniard, though, was not at his consistent best and the club were not able to achieve their objectives as a result. Any foreign manager will immediately struggle to adapt at Goodison Park and Everton should be focusing on getting a manager experienced with the league, according to van der Sar. (more…)

Who to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal?

Many fans have been calling for the French manager to step down at the end of the season after Arsenal fail to challenge for the title again.

Indeed, this has been 12 long years since Arsenal last won the title and pressure have been mounting on the Frenchman to leave the manager’s role.

However, there is a genuine question that needs to be asked at this stage. Who is going to replace the Frenchman at the head of the club?

Some fans would have love to see  Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola at the head of the London club but with the German already at Liverpool and the Spanish manager at Manchester City, it is hard to see another quality manager available to take charge of the club.

There have been media reports that Diego Simeone might be approached to take charge of the club. The current Atletico Madrid manager has experienced some success in Spain and would probably make a great manager at Arsenal. However, there are risks that his footballing style might not really suit the Arsenal faithful. Recently, Sam Allardyce has stated that Simeone’s football would be branded as boring in the Premier League. With the Arsenal fans having been used to a certain way of football under Wenger, they might have a hard time adapting to life under Simeone.

Roberto Mancini has also emerged as a possible candidate for the Arsenal job. The former Manchester City boss is also a possible replacement for Arsene Wenger. He won the Premier League title as well as the FA Cup with Manchester City in 2012. He is currently managing Inter Milan.

Some pundits and fans have asked for a former player to take charge of the club. Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry are the names that are often mentioned but in fairness, they will inevitably lack the experience needed to manage a club of this magnitude.


PSG stunned by Manchester City at home

PSG has been stunned by Manchester City in the Champions League Quarter-finals match. PSG who has been used to winning games easily in their domestic league has found it harder to cope with Manchester City.

Most PSG fans thought that they will be thrashing Manchester City easily in this round especially with the English club form being so poor in the Premier League. Paris Saint-Germain dominated possession early on in the game and created chances after chances but was denied by poor decision making or by the Manchester City goalkeeper.

However, they will be awarded a penalty after BacarySagna was judged to having tripped David Luiz in the box. But Joe Hart will successfully stop Ibrahimovic penalty to deny the French champions. Inspired by their keeper performance, Manchester City will take the lead thanks to a De Bruyne goal. He will benefit from an impressive run from Fernandinho.

Manchester City will not lead for long, though. Ibrahimovic will equalize only 3 minutes later. The Sweden striker will benefit from a mistake from Fernando. The latter will kick the ball directly into Ibrahimovic’s foot, and the ball will rebound into the back of the net. This was the easiest goal that the PSG forward will ever score.

After the break, it was more of the same with PSG keeping control of the ball. Rabiot will take advantage of poor defending from Manchester City to score after Ibrahimovic’s shot on goal is deflected by Hart. (more…)

Unfortunately for Chelsea, John Stone’s transfer request was a mistake

For the past few months, Chelsea has seriously been attempting to lure John Stones into Stamford Bridge but have failed on doing so as Everton is trying to keep hold of the young defender for as long as possible.

Chelsea has launched a string of increasing bids which started from of £20 million and their last one was of £30 million but all of these offers have failed as Everton does not seem to be interested in selling their promising young defender.

A few days ago there was an incident which occurred that lifted the hopes of the fans of Chelsea as it was announced that John Stones handed in a transfer request and all signs were pointing towards John Stones becoming a Chelsea player but the Premier League club later responded by saying that this was a mistake and Stones didn’t mean to do that.

Everton’s Roberto Mancini spoke about the current situation involving John Stones and the Spanish manager told the media:” “Since the start of the transfer window, we have resolutely turned down offers from another Premier League football club for our player. The fans, they’re going to play an incredible role in helping John to settle in and to get back to being fully focused on winning football games for Everton’’ (more…)

Dick Advocaat has revealed that he took a U-turn upon his decision to quit Sunderland

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has revealed that he took a U-turn upon his decision to quit Sunderland largely because of his wife being convinced by the club. Advocaat has signed a one-year contract with Sunderland just a few weeks after deciding to quit the club.

He has already achieved legendary status amongst the fans after guiding them to yet another season in the Premier League when all hope seemed lost at the time of his appointment. The 67-year-old said at the end of last season that he would retire from the game, but he has now extended it for one more year.

Advocaat has been used to winning titles throughout his managerial career, but he will now be hoping to avoid another season of a relegation battle at Sunderland. The black cats have so far not made any serious moves in the transfer window. The situation with regard to signing attacking players could be much clearer in the next few weeks when Adam Johnson learns about his fate. The Sunderland winger has been charged with child sex abuse after reportedly having had an affair with a 16-year-old. He is currently able to play for Sunderland, but faces a jail sentence if found guilty. (more…)

Lee Clark saw his team relegated from the Championship

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…)

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