Spurs linked to player with UCL experience – fans say no thanks because of Eric Dier

first_imgIt appears Southampton’s Victor Wanyama is still keen on leaving the Saints for Tottenham.The midfielder attempted to force a move to White Hart Lane in the summer, but his club were unwilling to sell.However, reports have surfaced in the Sun claiming Wanyama will not extend his contract at St Mary’s which expires in 2017 and will force a move away in January to reunite with former Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino.“It’s not in Victor’s interests to sign an extension.“He loved working with Mauricio and would still like the move to happen.”Tottenham, though, have seen Eric Dier and Dele Alli emerge as a central midfield combination, while Pochettino also has option in Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason.REPORT: DEMBELE ON HIS WAY TO ITALY FOR £10M? Tottenham transfer target Victor Wanyama playing against Chelsea 1last_img read more

Euro 2016: How England should line up, according to Three Lions fans

first_img8 England have done it.They’re through to Euro 2016 after winning all 10 of their qualifying matches after rounding off the process with a 3-0 victory over Lithuania.Roy Hodgson played an ‘experimental’ side in Vilnius as he looks to get the best of his squad when it comes to the finals in France next year.The likes of Jack Butland, Ross Barkley, Jonjo Shelvey, Kieran Gibbs and Jamie Vardy all got starts, while Dele Alli clambered off bench to earn a second cap.But who do fans believe should be in Hodgson’s starting XI when it comes to the tournament next June?We asked our listeners over on our Facebook page what their team would be at Euro 2016 and they didn’t disappoint.1. Roy ’11 Jags’ HodgsonPlenty of fans seem to be keen on a bold new strategy ahead of the tournament. If you have anymore thoughts on who Roy Hodgson should pick in his starting XI over in France, tell us below… 5. Theo Walcott up frontWith his central role at Arsenal finally bearing some fruit it might just be the right time to try the jet-heeled star in the same position on international duty. 8 6. Bring in youthSome top youngsters are making waves in the Premier League this season and some supporters reckon they deserve a shot at glory in France next year. 8 8 4. A midfield role for Rooney?He’s played there before and with his current lack of goals some fans believe the Manchester United star would sever England better in a deeper role. 8 8 3. Four Four TwoWhen it comes to the crunch there is only one formation to bring success to England, right? 8 8 2. All out attackCurrently, England appear to lack a top class defensive midfielder and one supporters wants Mr Hodgson to go with a gung ho attitude when he crosses the Channel next summer. England players celebrate 7. Up the VillaIf the worst comes to the worst at least Roy Hodgson can turn to several Aston Villa stars as Matthew (a Villan if you hadn’t guessed) has suggested.last_img read more

Newcastle flop lined up for Ligue 1 loan move

first_img Emmanuel Riviere Lille want to snap up Newcastle flop Emmanuel Riviere.The striker has been out since the summer with a knee injury but he is now close to a comeback.However, it is uncertain whether the 25-year-old will be part of Steve McClaren’s plans for the rest of the season.And as a result, according Le 10 Sport, Lille have offered to take Riviere on loan in January.The French side are in need of a striker and see the Magpies man as the ideal addition when the transfer window opens.Newcastle may be keen on a deal too as it would allow the Frenchman to earn some much needed game time. 1last_img

Manchester United coach parts company with the Red Devils

first_img1 Paul McGuinness Manchester United have parted company with youth coach Paul McGuinness as the revamp of their academy begins.McGuinness, himself a United academy product and son of former United manager Wilf McGuinness, has been in charge of the Under-18s since 2005 but has seen a dramatic slump in standards, with his side bottom of the Premier League’s Under-18 North Division with only 11 points from 19 matches this season.In a statement released via the club, McGuinness said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to follow in my father Wilf’s footsteps and to serve Manchester United in a variety of roles for a total of 28 years.“I have dedicated my life to each job, from player to education and welfare officer, to Centre of Excellence director and scout, assistant academy director for under-9s to under-16s and later under-17s to under-21s, head coach for the professional development phase and finally youth-team coach.“I will be forever grateful to Sir Alex Ferguson for making my dreams come true and inviting me to represent Manchester United as a player and for the last 23 years as a proud member of staff.”McGuinness, who added he would pursue a future in the game away from United, saw 86 academy products go on to make a first-team debut, with 23 becoming full internationals. McGuinness’ departure comes amid a review of United’s academy ordered by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, following the departure of former head Brian McClair, who became the Scottish Football Association’s performance director last year.During a conference call with investors on Thursday, Woodward said the review was now complete and changes were to be expected. Nicky Butt, who is currently coaching the Under-19s, is thought to be under consideration for McClair’s post while Oxford United manager Michael Appleton has also been linked with the post.last_img read more

Former Premier League boss joins Feyenoord in advisory role

first_img1 Former Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has joined Feyenoord in an advisory capacity as the club look to reverse their slide down the Eredivisie standings.The vastly-experienced 68-year-old has agreed to assist head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst until the end of the season, the Rotterdam-based club have announced.Feyenoord have slipped to sixth in the standings after suffering seven successive defeats, with their last victory coming back at the start of December against Heracles.Advocaat, who will not sit on the Feyenoord bench for matches and has told the club he does not want to be paid, said on www.feyenoord.com: “When (technical director) Martin van Geel approached me on Monday morning asking if I wanted to take on this role I immediately had a positive feeling about it. That feeling has only grown after a number of meetings.“I’m doing this first and foremost because I have a bond with Giovanni.”Van Bronckhorst played under fellow Dutchman Advocaat at Rangers as well as for the Holland national team.Advocaat’s last post was in charge of Sunderland, who he left in October after seven months in charge. He quit the Stadium of Light after a poor start to the season which saw Sunderland fail to win any of their first eight Barclays Premier League fixtures. Advocaat brings to Feyenoord a host of coaching experience at both international and club level, having been in charge of the likes of Russia, Serbia, PSV Eindhoven, Borussia Monchengladbach and Zenit St Petersburg. Former Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat last_img read more

Religious unity urged in Anbar as Shiite leader visits

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Iraq’s Shiites account for about 60 percent of the population, while the Sunni Arabs and the mostly Sunni Kurds make up most of the remainder. Al-Hakim, son and heir apparent of Iraq’s top Shiite politician, struck a note of national unity in Anbar, where a tribal revolt has significantly reduced violence in the vast province and inspired similar uprisings against al-Qaida elsewhere in central Iraq and Baghdad. Al-Maliki’s government has grudgingly supported the uprisings, but has expressed concern that the new Sunni militias must operate under its control. “Iraq does not belong to the Sunnis or the Shiites alone; nor does it belong to the Arabs or the Kurds and Turkomen,” al-Hakim told his hosts in the provincial capital Ramadi, 70 miles west of Baghdad. “Today, we must stand up and declare that Iraq is for all Iraqis.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD – In a major reconciliatory gesture, a leader from Iraq’s largest Shiite party paid a rare visit Sunday to the Sunni Anbar province, delivering a message of unity to tribal sheiks who have staged a U.S.-backed revolt against al-Qaida militants. Ammar al-Hakim’s visit was the latest sign that key Iraqi politicians may be working toward reconciliation independently of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government, which has faced criticism for doing little to iron out differences among the country’s Shiites, Kurds and Sunnis. Sunni Arab Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi visited Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, last month at the holy city of Najaf south of Baghdad. The visit amounted to an unprecedented Sunni Arab endorsement of al-Sistani’s role as the nation’s guardian. Al-Hashemi’s Iraqi Islamic Party also has been distancing itself from militant Sunni Arab groups and has in recent months forged closer ties with al-Hakim’s Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, the country’s largest Shiite party, and the two major Kurdish parties. last_img read more

Around The Fire Lines

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. MAGIC FIRE: About 1,750 acres in northern Los Angeles County, including Stevenson Ranch. Forty percent contained with full containment expected today. About a half-dozen homes damaged. No evacuations and no buildings threatened. San Bernardino County SLIDE FIRE: More than 4,000 acres in Green Valley Lake area of the San Bernardino Mountains, east of Lake Arrowhead. At least 200 homes destroyed, 4,000 homes threatened and several communities evacuated. GRASS VALLEY FIRE: More than 1,000 acres in Grass Valley area northwest of Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains. At least 115 homes destroyed, 1,500 homes threatened and several communities evacuated. Orange County: Major wildfires burning in California, by county, as of Tuesday night: Los Angeles County BUCKWEED FIRE: About 37,812 acres south of Agua Dulce in northeastern Los Angeles County. Eighty percent contained; 32 homes, 17 outbuildings and 40 vehicles destroyed. Four people injured. About 15,000 people and 5,500 homes evacuated. CANYON FIRE: About 4,500 acres in coastal community of Malibu. 75 contained; six homes, two businesses, a church destroyed; nine homes, five commercial buildings damaged. Four people injured. About 1,500 people, including several celebrities, evacuated. SANTIAGO FIRE: About 18,000 acres east of Irvine. Thirty percent contained; several outbuildings damaged. Four minor injuries to firefighters. At least 1,000 people evacuated. San Diego County WITCH FIRE: About 196,420 acres in northern San Diego County between Witch Creek to Rancho Santa Fe. One percent contained; 500 homes, 100 businesses and 50 outbuildings destroyed; 375 other structures damaged, including 250 homes and 50 businesses. Two civilians and 12 firefighters injured. HARRIS FIRE: About 72,000 acres about 70 miles southeast of San Diego, north of the border town of Tecate. Ten percent contained; 200 structures destroyed and 2,500 threatened. One civilian killed, 21 civilians and five firefighters injured. RICE FIRE: At least 7,500 acres in Fallbrook in northern San Diego County. Ten percent contained; 500 homes and businesses destroyed and 30 others damaged. One person injured. POOMACHA FIRE: 20,000 acres on the La Jolla Indian Reservation and in northeastern San Diego County. No containment; 50 structures destroyed and 2,000 threatened. Ten people injured. More than 346,000 homes ordered evacuated as a result of the San Diego County fires. Ventura County: RANCH FIRE: About 47,240 acres in the Castaic area near Piru. Ten percent contained; three homes, four outbuildings destroyed, 500 homes and 50 commercial buildings threatened. No injuries reported. Santa Barbara County: SEDGEWICK FIRE: 710 acres near Los Olivos. Fully contained. No evacuations. No homes destroyed and no reports of injuries. – The Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Musharraf protesters flood Web

first_imgISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Angry over emergency rule, Pakistani students are starting to demonstrate against their military ruler. And they are using the Web as well as the street to make their point. Samad Khurram, 21, said updating his online newsletter, the Emergency Telegraph, has practically become a full-time job. Offering advice on everything from avoiding arrest to staging “flash” rallies and organizing petitions, it is e-mailed to some 6,000 people. “If my family knew what I was doing they would put me under house arrest,” he said. “And they would definitely take away my computer.” Lawyers have been the standard-bearers for dissent since Nov. 3, when the president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, imposed a state of emergency, saying it was needed to address Islamic militancy and stabilize the country. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Most rallies this month have been quickly and often violently stamped out, and thousands of people have been jailed, including former cricket star Imran Khan, considered by many a symbol of the youth movement. Muhammad Naveed, a student from Punjab University in Lahore, said many young people worry about those detained under measures that allow military courts to try civilians. There are signs students are growing more courageous.But for now, many feel more comfortable behind their computers, writing blogs, taking part in chat rooms, updating lists of detainees or lobbying politicians.last_img read more

Under-fire Martinez insists he did NOT have a confrontation with Everton fan

first_img Roberto Martinez is under heavy pressure from the Everton support 1 Roberto Martinez has played down the growing pressure on his position as Everton manager, and insisted a recently publicised meeting with a supporter was NOT confrontational.The Goodison Park faithful have becoming increasingly disgruntled with the Spaniard during what has been another season of underachievement for the Toffees, with Everton currently 14th in the Premier League table.‘Martinez Out’ banners were visible at the weekend’s match at Watford, while footage has emerged online of Martinez involved in a discussion with a supporter at Monday night’s under-21s victory over Chelsea at Southport.(Video courtesy of Everton That)With their conversation not audible in the clip, speculation suggested the manager was targeted by a member of the ‘Martinez Out’ brigade.But the Toffees boss has dismissed any suggestion the exchange was anything other than friendly, insisting he welcomes dialogue with fans.“It is not a confrontation,” he told a press conference on Tuesday.“I always want to know what the fans feel, and I always respect a fan who supports our club who has a genuine interest in the club.“I have enormous respect for people who share passion for the club – Evertonians have been through a lot but now is my third season here and I understand and share their frustrations.“We will never look away from a fan’s opinion – if I have an opportunity to share a few moments with a fan, I will always do that as it is important to know how fans feel.“I have no problems with the passion the fans have towards the team and the club, because that is the strength we have as a club and we will do everything we can to make them proud.“I can understand the frustration. I can understand that in our football club we all share an incredible amount of passion.“We are as disappointed as the fans are. We need to be close together to use each other’s strength.“The only thing that matters to us is to make sure we finish the season really strong and get high up the table.”Martinez admits Everton have been their own worst enemies this season, losing a number of matches they should have won.“There is not such a thing as blame,” he said.“We put a lot of work into assembling this squad which breeds excitement and incredible potential but the reality is we have been really good in certain aspects and really poor in others.“We have thrown really good positions away. Clearly we need to get better.“We are in a significant moment of the season. There is no time to look back but just be as good as we can in the next game.”last_img read more

Slow growth and rising prices worry Wall Street

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champIn a speech Sunday night, former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan added to the market’s ill humor by indicating that “stagflation” – when inflation accelerates and the economy weakens – is a growing possibility, given last week’s data showing spiking consumer prices. With inflation on the rise, the Fed, which has reduced the target federal funds rate three times since the summer, might feel less inclined to lower rates again. Higher inflation is also a problem for consumers, especially during the holiday season. With only a week left until Christmas, sales data have suggested tepid spending by Americans, who are struggling with higher food and energy costs and tumbling home values. “The consumer is two-thirds of our economy. The consumer holds the key to whether we have a recession in 2008,” said Alfred E. Goldman, chief market strategist at A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc. in St. Louis. Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Avalon Partners Inc., said the market is volatile ahead of Friday’s “quadruple witching,” a quarterly occurrence during which contracts expire for stock index futures, stock index options, stock options and single stock futures. The expirations magnified Wall Street’s mood, which has been downbeat because of uncertainty in the market about the effectiveness of the Fed’s actions and the overall economy. “It’s going to be a bumpy ride from here till the end of the year,” Cardillo said. NEW YORK – Wall Street extended last week’s losses Monday as investors remained concerned about flagging growth and rising prices, and were skeptical that a special Federal Reserve credit auction will be a solution. The Dow Jones industrial average fell nearly 175 points and all the major indexes lost at least 1 percent. The Fed offered $20 billion in 28-day credit through an auction Monday. The central bank will not release the results until Wednesday, but the aim of the auction is to encourage commercial banks to borrow from the Fed. That, in turn, is designed to boost banks’ lending to businesses and consumers and keep the economy humming. Last week, the Fed disappointed investors when it cut interest rates by only a quarter of a percentage point, which was less than some analysts expected. Wall Street is pleased that policymakers say they will keep trying to lift market confidence, which has dwindled since home foreclosures started soaring, but the market is so far unconvinced that the auction will be enough. Wall Street started 2007 soaring due to strong merger-and-acquisition activity but found little consolation in deal-making Monday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more