TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Moyes eyeing Birmingham jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United and Everton boss David Moyes is eyeing the Birmingham City job.The Mirror says the Potters are on the brink of sacking current manager Gary Rowett following his disappointing six months in the hotseat.Moyes, 55, has been out of work since steering West Ham to safety last season – and walking away from the Londoners having failed to agree a new contract.The Scot has been waiting patiently for the right job to come up.He turned down the chance to take over troubled Turkish outfit Fenerbache in the summer.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Heskey questions Liverpool depth to overcome Man Cityby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmile Heskey believes Liverpool lack the squad depth to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title.Former Reds striker Heskey says Jurgen Klopp’s side will struggle if one of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah don’t score.”It’s a tall order because at this moment in time City have the best squad in terms of depth,” Heskey told Omnisport.”If you take certain players out of City they’ve always got someone who can step in and do a specific job, the way the manager wants him to do it.”Liverpool, if you take Salah, Mane or Firmino out, it’s not quite the same, whereas City have a better blend.”
Arsenal title winner Smith: Martinelli has striker instinctsby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal title winner Alan Smith believes Gabriel Martinelli can play as a striker long-term.He wrote for the London Evening Standard: “Following on from his brace against Nottingham Forest, another two goals last night to soften up Standard Liege spoke of a teenager going places fast. We hear he is better suited long term to a role on the wing, the position where he made his name at Ituano in Brazil. “But his clever movement here suggested otherwise. The near-post dash across his marker to glance home a marvellous header. The skilful shimmy and shot to curl in the second. These aren’t the hallmarks of a winger filling in. They point to a front man with natural goalscoring instincts.”At 18, Martinelli obviously has much to learn. Pitted against better defenders, his hold-up play will need to gain nous. He’ll have to get stronger to protect the ball. But the basic ingredients are in place. He doesn’t need telling how to find space in the box — a wonderful asset for the challenge ahead.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Lampard can’t contain excitement after Chelsea claim ‘huge’ Ajax victoryby Freddie Taylora day agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard could not hide his excitement at his side’s performance and victory over Ajax.The Blues were made to fight hard against last season’s Champions League semi finalists in the group stages.But they emerged with a vital away win in Amsterdam, thanks to a late Michy Batshuayi goal.”It feels huge,” Lampard said.”That always scares me because there’s a lot to do and it’s just six points halfway through the group now but we’re entitled to be excited about how we played tonight.”It can be a bit of a blueprint for us in terms of the work from the midfield players which was outstanding, the work of the wingers was outstanding, the work of the full-backs getting out to top players and stopping them making passes and easy decisions was absolutely outstanding.”I could go through them all – Kurt Zouma, what a performance – but there’s no excuses for us now to dip from that.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Real Sociedad pulled off the shock of the round in La Liga last weekend as they ran out 2-0 winners away to Real Madrid.A Willian Jose penalty gave the visitors the lead before Ruben Pardo secured Real Sociedad’s first victory over Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu since May 2004.Elsewhere, there was finally some local pride for Huesca, who grabbed their first ever home Liga win as Christian Rivera struck to seal a 2-1 win over Real Betis. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Further up the table, meanwhile, third-placed Sevilla salvaged a point against second-placed Atletico Madrid thanks to goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik, who made a flying save to ensure his side didn’t lose ground on Diego Simeone’s men.Click the image below to relive the excitement of another thrilling round of action from La Liga.
Gareth Bale put the confusion surrounding his future to one side on Saturday when he set up Real Madrid’s opening goal against Celta Vigo in La Liga.The game at the Bernabeu was just 12 minutes old when the Wales international bamboozled his marker to spit a shot across goal that was turned home at the far post by Karim Benzema.The assist was the eighth time Bale had been involved in a goal against Celta in just nine games against the team from Spain’s northwest coast, having scored six and assisted twice since arriving in La Liga in 2013. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Real, who are beginning their first full season under the charge of Zinedine Zidane after he returned to the club for his second spell in March, survived a disallowed goal from the visitors’ Brais Mendes to hold onto their lead at half time.Bale missed much of Real’s pre-season before coming on as a substitute in Sunday’s penalty shootout defeat to Roma, a game that finished 2-2 after 90 minutes.8 – Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale has been involved in eight goals (six scored, two assisted) in his nine LaLiga appearances versus Celta. Assist. pic.twitter.com/gwNKzaNQob— OptaJose (@OptaJose) August 17, 2019He almost joined Chinese side Jiangsu Suning last month before the move collapsed, with Real reportedly eager to claim a transfer fee for a player that cost them a world-record sum just six years ago.Zidane is adamant both Bale and fellow fringe player James Rodriguez can consider themselves part of the squad, though he did little to clarify the future of either.”James and Bale are players of the squad,” Zidane told reporters after the match in Rome. “They are both registered, but anything can happen and I, as a coach of Real Madrid, must count on them.”I count on them 100 per cent. James has not been summoned [to the squad recently], but this can change. Even before the end of the transfer window, everything can happen.”Real are looking to win their first La Liga title since 2017 when Zidane’s team overpowered Barcelona to take first place.Last term was an unmitigated disaster by the club’s standards, spending much of the first half of the season flailing in midtable under the doomed reign of former coach Julen Lopetegui.They crashed out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage to Ajax, a defeat that saw Lopetegui’s replacement Santiago Solari dismissed to permit the return of Zidane, three-time winner of Europe’s top prize during his first stint on the Madrid bench.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 2: General view during the game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 2, 2006 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Southern California won 50-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Arkansas’ defensive backfield has taken a hit this evening. One of the Razorbacks’ cornerbacks has announced to retire.Defensive back Byron Keaton announced on Twitter this evening that he’s decided to hang up his cleats.Keaton has played football for 13 years, including three at Arkansas, and he’s ready to move on to the next phase of his life.Here’s his full announcement:#WPS pic.twitter.com/NBEk6EeA8w— Byron Keaton (@BK12THEBEST) May 31, 2018Keaton was a three-star recruit coming out of high school. The 5-foot-10 defensive back is an Arkansas native.The defensive back saw most of his action at Arkansas during the 2016 season, when he was a major part of the Razorbacks’ special teams.Best of luck to Byron moving forward.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 17: UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters do a flyover before a game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas State Bobcats at Razorback Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Bobcats 42-3. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)Chandler Morris is a 2020 quarterback recruit from Texas, whose recruitment is starting to heat up. He is also the son of a prominent college football coach: Arkansas’s Chad Morris.Morris took over the Razorbacks this off-season, after three years rebuilding SMU into a respectable team in the AAC. He’s known for developing high-powered offenses, so we shouldn’t be shocked that his son is apparently a solid quarterback recruit.Since he is still a full class away, he hasn’t been ranked yet. However, big-time college football programs are taking note.Arkansas recently offered Chandler Morris, but they weren’t even the first Power Five program to do so.That would be the school at which Chad Morris really cut his teeth. Dabo Swinney, Morris’s former boss, and the Clemson Tigers extended an offer after a camp earlier this month.Had a great time at Clemson’s camp! Excited to receive an offer to play for Clemson!! #Allin pic.twitter.com/i2R9fOa48S— Chandler Morris (@Chandleram4) June 7, 2018On Friday, Arkansas followed suit. He announced the new offer late last night.Excited to receive an offer from The University of Arkansas! #WPS pic.twitter.com/VrK2dVVMQ7— Chandler Morris (@Chandleram4) June 16, 2018He had to perform before his father made the offer, though. Morris participated at the Razorback Elite QB/WR camp this week.According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, he was a standout quarterback at the event:He enjoyed taking part at the Arkansas camp with his father roaming around the two practice fields interacting with other campers.“It’s fun,” Morris said. “All of the coaches know me. It’s fun to go out and compete.”Morris was one of the standouts of the camp that featured Hog commitment KJ Jefferson and newly offered Jacolby Criswell. He showed good arm strength and a nice touch while operating like a seasoned veteran. He would embrace getting an offer from his father.With those two earlier P5 offers, plenty of others should pour in soon. It seems likely that he’ll be a Razorback in a few years, but you can’t count out the possibility that he’ll want to blaze his own trail.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Alabama head coach Nick Saban wouldn’t reveal who would be starting at quarterback for the Crimson Tide in the season opener against Louisville. We didn’t learn until the offense ran onto the field that Tua Tagovailoa was going to be starting under center.We’re not going to have to wait until game time this week. Saban has officially named Alabama’s starting quarterback for Week 2.It’s Tua Tagovailoa.Saban told reporters today that Tagovailoa, who played extremely well in the blowout win over the Cardinals, will be starting at quarterback on Saturday.Alabama’s head coach added that Jalen Hurts will be used in whatever way is best to help the team win.“I think everybody knows that Tua’s going to start this game and we’re going to use Jalen’s skill-set in the future to help however we feel he can benefit the team,” Saban said.Nick Saban: I think everybody knows that Tua’s going to start this game and we’re going to use Jalen’s skill-set in the future to help however we feel he can benefit the team.— John Zenor (@jzenor) September 3, 2018Saban got upset after Alabama’s win over Louisville when ESPN’s Maria Taylor asked him about his quarterbacks. He said that the media keeps trying to get him to say something bad about one of his guys and it’s not going to happen. Saban later called Taylor and apologized for overreacting.Alabama is set to host Arkansas State at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. E.T. The game will be on ESPN2.
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during warmups before the college football game against the Florida Gators at AT&T Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)When you are the head coach of Michigan, you are judged on a number of things. First and foremost, perhaps, is your ability to beat Ohio State.Jim Harbaugh has not done that yet. He is 0-3 against the Wolverines’ biggest rivals, including a heartbreaking loss two years ago.Appearing on The Dan Patrick Show today, Harbaugh was asked how often he hears about the Buckeyes. His answer? Pretty much daily.“It probably gets mentioned once a day, sure,” Harbaugh said. “That’s a big deal around these parts, always has been, is and always will be.”You can listen to Harbaugh’s full interview with Patrick below.A win over Ohio State on Nov. 24 would do more than change some of the narrative surrounding Harbaugh in Ann Arbor. It would likely clinch the Big Ten East and send the Wolverines to play for the league title.Additionally, it would put Michigan in position to clinch a spot in the College Football Playoff, provided it beats its Big Ten West opponent in the conference championship game.Win that game and Harbaugh might buy himself some time to not hear about Ohio State.