Divorce is not necessarily inevitable but the relationship between Alan Pardew and Newcastle United is becoming increasingly strained. If a fifth straight defeat the team's ninth in 12 games can hardly have enhanced his job security, at least one manager was happy.
Like Pardew, Garry Monk faces an uncertain future and has had to cope with dressing room unrest but this win will go a long way towards banishing Swansea's lingering relegation worries.Continue reading...
Like the rest of the Lancashire players, Simon Kerrigan will have mixed feelings about Peter Moores's reappointment by England when they go through a last series of pre-match preparations with him before Sunday's County Championship fixture against Warwickshire at Old Trafford.
"He'll be great for England, he's the best coach I've ever worked with, and I don't think you'll find anyone at Lancashire who says anything different," said the left-arm spinner from Preston. Kerrigan recognises that his road back to working with Moores again as part of the England set-up must be a long one after the trauma of his surprise Test debut against Australia at The Oval last August. He will inevitably miss a mentor who has been so central to his technical and personal development.Continue reading...
Even by the Onion's standards, 'George. W. Bush Debuts New Paintings of Dogs, Friends, Ghost of Iraqi Child That Follows Him Everywhere' is pretty strong. Up there with 'Cockatiel Can't Take A Punch' and 'Amish To Give Up: "This Is Bullshit," Elders say'.
Any advance on those?
Sunderland are unchanged for just the second time in Gus Poyet's tenure, while the Chelsea team has a couple of rotations as expected, with Petr Cech having a blow ahead of the Champions League big one, while Eden Hazard is left out as well. Still, that's a solid enough team out there for Jose Mourinho.
Schwarzer; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Salah; Eto'o. Subs: Hilario, David Luiz, Mikel, Lampard, Torres, Schurrle, Ba.
Football really is an utter nonsense, sometimes. After ten months of toil, money, training, skill, blood, sweat, tears, snot, all manner of other bodily functions, expertise, experience, thought, planning and everything hanging on the basic notion that the best team will eventually win out, it might turn out that the pivotal figure in the final few weeks of the title race was Connor Wickham. Which will be funny, but will also make a mockery of us all.
The erstwhile Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds loanee, who of course damn near signed for Liverpool a couple of years ago, of course scored twice against Manchester City in the week to give Sunderland the most unlikely point you'll see in some time, which is probably too late to save them from the Sarlacc pit of relegation , but did basically knock City out of contention for the league, something utterly remarkable not withstanding.
Manchester City's midweek toils against the division's bottom club should serve as a warning to Chelsea, who aspire to reclaim leadership of the division for one night at least with an onerous fixture list ahead. José Mourinho will balance his selection with the Champions League semi-finals to come and next weekend's trip to Liverpool stretching his squad's resources. Sunderland must seek to repeat their resounding 3-0 success of November 2010 in these parts, but they did eliminate a strong Chelsea team from the League Cup in December. Gus Poyet is back in familiar territory. He will be craving an unfamiliar result.Continue reading...
Teenage winger has impressed since call-up to senior side
Wigan's Easter story is not quite one of resurrection, but the Super League champions and their coach, Shaun Wane, continue to offer the rest of the competition a seasonal example of no-nonsense renewal.
Wane has had to cope with an exodus of players at the end of each of his two seasons in charge and not any old players, either, but key figures. The half-backs, Thomas Leuluai and Brett Finch, left in the autumn of 2011, and after last year's Grand Final and Challenge Cup double, the star full-back Sam Tomkins followed them down under to the National Rugby League, along with Pat Richards and Lee Mossop, while Harrison Hansen was sold to Salford.Continue reading...
1962 Born in Macclesfield
1983 Makes his county debut as a wicketkeeper for WorcestershireContinue reading...
'SLC expressed surprise and disappointment' at approach
England want Paul Farbrace, who won the World Twenty20 with Sri Lanka, to be the assistant to Peter Moores, the new head coach, but were unable to unveil him as part of their dream team at Lord's because his current employers have yet to agree to release him from the remaining 18 months of the deal he took up with them late last year.Continue reading...
Planned by the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG) the "Celebration of the 96" on Mondayis intended to remember those who died at Hillsborough and at its heart will be a game between ex-Liverpool greats (BT Sport 1, 1.30pm). The home team will be manged by Kenny Dalglish and include Jamie Carragher, Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman, Peter Beardsley and John Barnes, while the internationals, managed by Gérard Houllier, will feature Luis García, Markus Babbel, Jan Molby, Dietmar Hamann and Vladimir Smicer. Proceeds from the event will be split between the HFSG and the Liverpool FC foundation.Continue reading...
Nowhere in the survival manual is there the provision for unmarked opponents at set-pieces just two or three yards from goal. And as Fulham passed up another shot at salvation, they could reflect upon not one but two glaring defensive oversights.
You need not look very far to see why Fulham are living in fear for their Premier League lives. Seventy-seven goals conceded tells a grisly tale and the devil here was in the detail. From two whipped Christian Eriksen free-kicks, Fulham singularly failed to pick up first Paulinho and later Younès Kaboul and they meted out the punishment.Continue reading...