Shearer tells Man Utd fans: Your club’s still a messby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England captain Alan Shearer says Manchester United fans shouldn’t get carried away with victory at Cardiff City.Shearer wrote for The Sun: “The club is still a mess and one good performance doesn’t change that.”Five goals for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired is obviously a positive — but you can’t get too excited about them beating a newly-promoted team who are battling relegation.”And let’s be clear, it’s no coincidence that the board at United sacked Jose Mourinho with a favourable run of fixtures on the horizon.”The timing is no shock as they would have wanted to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the best possible chance of getting off to a good start.”Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Newcastle is a great run for a new manager — it would have been very different if they had the likes of Chelsea or Tottenham coming up.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Lampard switches Chelsea focus towards Ajax and Lilleby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard knows his side must get positive results in their coming Champions League games.Despite chances to win the match and a missed penalty, the Blues suffered a 1-0 home loss to Valencia in the first game of the group stages.It is a tough blow for Lampard, who knows they must get three points in their next away games at Lille and Ajax.He said the following to Chelsea’s official website after the Valencia game: “The reality of losing the first game at home makes the rest of the games more important, particularly when they come next back-to-back away from home [Lille and Ajax].”We need to have a strong focus on getting a result in one of those games now.”It’s still a group I think teams will take points off each other because all the teams are strong.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd manager Solskjaer: De Gea focus has returned after contractby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskajer says David De Gea has his focus back after signing a new contract. The goalkeeper committed to the club for another four years on Monday.And Solskjaer was always confident the Spaniard would stay at Old Trafford.”Most of the time we get to keep the ones we want to keep,” said Solskjaer.”The more I got to listen and speak to David, I was pretty confident we were going to make it.”David is delighted. I think you could see by his performance [in the Premier League win] against Leicester that he had made up his mind. You could see the focus in his eyes again.”You do feel very secure with a focused David behind you.”He’s really worked hard this season. He’s still young. Edwin [van der Sar] signed for us when he was 35, so I’m sure David will be part of a successful United team.”
TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Holloway: Leeds boss Bielsa right to hold back Nketiahby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer QPR boss Ian Holloway insists Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is right to hold back on-loan Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah.Holloway wrote for the Mirror: “Marcelo Bielsa is doing the right thing by keeping Eddie Nketiah on the bench – and bringing him on to score goals.”He’s not starting because he is inexperienced – but he is brilliant at what he does in the moment. In 90 minutes he might not give you what he is giving you as an impact off the bench. That’s clever management.”I’m very aware that being a manager you have to put people in the right position and that is part of your skill. So I would give Marcelo Bielsa credit that Nketiah is coming off the bench and scoring.”Some young players who start regularly lose their efficiency. They think they are ready for the 90 minutes but they aren’t quite.”I fully understand what Bielsa is doing and fully respect it – because he has been a manager for a long, long time.”At the minute – I wouldn’t change a successful situation. Nketiah is still a very, very young man and every time he comes on, he scores. So why change anything?”
Diego Maradona has bid an emotional farewell to Dorados after he called time on his spell at the Mexican second division club to focus on his health.Dorados confirmed on Thursday that the Argentina icon would step down from his role as coach as he prepares to undergo shoulder and knee surgery.The former Argentina boss was appointed in September 2018, and led Dorados to the final of the both the Apertura and Clausura, but lost on both occasions to Atletico San Luis, therefore missing out on promotion to Liga MX. Article continues below 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? And, taking to his official Instagram account, the 58-year-old has thanked Dorados and their fans, as well as clarifying the reasons for his departure.”I wanted to make it clear that my departure from Dorados has to do with my health,” Maradona posted on Friday.”Unfortunately I have to step aside and leave the club, where they made me feel at home. I thank all those who are part [of the club], from President Antonio Nunez, to the fans, who always accompanied us.”To my technical team, and to all my players, who reached two consecutive finals for promotion. But today I have to think about myself, and my health.”The doctors ask me to stop, because the years go by and every time it hurts more. I have to do two operations that I have been postponing for a long time.”None are risky, but it takes time and rest to be able to do them, and I believe that this is the moment. I thank all those who always think of me. I trust that we have left the club on a high, and tell Dorados and the people that we are united forever.”
Christian Eriksen could “slot into Liverpool’s team”, says Dean Saunders, with the Reds considered to be in need of someone that can make them “more productive”.The general consensus is that Jurgen Klopp would welcome another playmaker onto his books.A move to bring Philippe Coutinho back to Anfield from Barcelona has been mooted, but there has been a mixed response to reports linking the Champions League winners with the Brazil international. 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? Saunders believes Liverpool could set their sights closer to home if looking to land a proven creative influence, with Danish star Eriksen being heavily linked with a switch away from Tottenham.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has conceded that a lot of interest is being shown in a player entering the final year of his contract, and it could be that a transfer scramble is sparked at some stage.Former Reds striker Saunders told talkSPORT when quizzed on whether Liverpool will spend their budget this summer and who they might target: “[They could] spend it maybe… I think Eriksen could slot into Liverpool’s team; somebody like Eriksen.“That type of player who will make their midfield a bit more productive.”Eriksen, who is said to be registering on the recruitment radar of Madrid rivals Real and Atletico, has admitted that he could be tempted to take on a new challenge this summer.He has told Ekstra Bladet on his future plans: “I feel that I am a place in my career where I might want to try something new.“I have the wildest and deepest respect for everything that has happened at Tottenham – I will not be negative. But I have also said that I would like to try something new.“I hope there will be a resolution during the summer. That’s the plan.“In football you do not know when a resolution will happen. It can happen anytime. Everyone wants the best to it to happen as soon as possible, but in football takes things time.”Eriksen has been with Tottenham since 2013, taking in 277 appearances for the club and recording 66 goals – along with a healthy number of assists. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Leganes have acquired defender Kenneth Omeruo from Chelsea on a permanent transfer, the clubs have announced.Omeruo, 25, starred with Leganes on loan last term, making 31 appearances for the club, 30 of which were starts. Earlier this month, Goal reported that Chelsea were holding out for £6 million (€7m/$8m) for Omeruo, but the Blues have accepted a bid of around £4.6m. 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? Omeruo at Leganes, as I wrote. Fee around £4.6m. Huge cumulative fees coming into #CFC https://t.co/5kz2hIqGgW— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) August 13, 2019Omeruo signed for Chelsea in 2012 from Standard Liege, but was never able to make the breakthrough into the first team at Stamford Bridge. The Nigeria international took in several loan stints during his time at Chelsea, including with ADO Den Haag in the Netherlands and Middlesbrough in England, as well as Kasımpasa and Alanyaspor in Turkey.But Omeruo found a home at Leganes in his final loan spell with the Blues, and parlayed his strong performances last term into a permanent move. Earlier this summer, Omeruo spoke of his desire to leave Chelsea to further his career. “I think now’s the time for me to leave, to find a place, to be my own man,” he said. “I’m married with a baby now, so I need stability.”Chelsea have done amazingly for me, and for my family as well, but it’s time for me to reach my potential and get where I think I deserve to be.”Though Chelsea have been unable to bring in any players this summer due to a two-window transfer ban, there could still be more players leaving the club. Tiemoue Bakayoko, Kenedy and Davide Zappacosta are all candidates to leave the club before the European transfer window slams shut in early September.Due to the club’s transfer ban, Christian Pulisic is the only new arrival at Stamford Bridge this season, with the American signed in January and loaned back to Borussia Dortmund for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.Following a 4-0 loss to Manchester United on the Premier League’s opening weekend, Chelsea will take on Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul on Wednesday.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)No college football coach has been close to as successful as Nick Saban over the last 10 years or so. Alabama’s head coach has led the Crimson Tide to several national titles and SEC championships.CBS Sports published today a ranking of the most-overrated and most-underrated head coaches in the sport, based on anonymous voting from coaches.Saban, unsurprisingly, was not voted one of the most-overrated coaches, but one rival coach did call him out with a fiery quote.The rival coach is accusing Saban of cheating.“If you had the No. 1 recruiting class in the country every year [you’d win like Nick Saban]. He shows up at every single game with a better roster than the teams he ‘s playing. … If you count cheating and getting the best players in the country as part of running a program, he’s the best in the country. It’s like saying an NFL coach is the best coach in the league if he gets 25 first-round picks every year.”Oh boy.Saban and Alabama do dominate the recruiting circuits like no one else, but calling him out for “cheating” is pretty bold.Any guesses on who that was?
PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)Urban Meyer was suspended – not fired – by Ohio State after the school’s board of trustees spent 12 hours deliberating the findings of a two-week investigation into how he handled allegations of domestic violence against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. But Meyer has been getting trashed since the announcement – partially because of what’s in the report itself and partially because of the way he handled the press conference.Meyer, when asked what “message” he’d have for Courtney Smith, gave what many believe to be a less-than-satisfactory answer. “I have a message for everyone in this, I’m sorry we’re in this situation.”Urban Meyer probably should’ve prepared a little better for a possible question about what message he’d like to send to Courtney Smith. Because “I’m sorry we’re in this situation” is a pretty lousy message for Courtney Smith.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) August 23, 2018Since Meyer uttered those words, countless articles have been written, suggesting that the Ohio State coach still doesn’t “get it” when it comes to domestic violence. A number also suggest that he should have been fired.But there could be another reason Meyer didn’t apologize to Courtney Smith.Maybe he just flat-out doesn’t believe she was a victim of domestic violence.To be clear, I have no idea what Meyer believes – his actions Wednesday night left us all a little confused. But if Meyer doesn’t actually believe that Zach Smith abused his wife, he wouldn’t feel the need to apologize to her. Right? He also wouldn’t feel the need to include anything about her in his opening statement. After all, if he believes she lied, then he also believes that she’s the reason he’s in this mess.In Ohio State’s report, Shelley Meyer, Urban’s wife, is reported to have contacted the police to “seek more information” about the Zach Smith investigation. She reportedly didn’t tell Urban because she had doubts about the “veracity” of her claims.OSU findings: Shelley Meyer called the Powell police to seek more information about investigation of Zach Smith. Shelley says she didn’t relay Courtney Smith’s allegations to Urban Meyer because “she had doubts about the veracity of Courtney Smith’sallegations.”— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 23, 2018During Meyer’s paid administrative leave, a number of his family members stayed active on Twitter – including his daughter Nicki. She retweeted a number of tweets in regards to Jeff Snook’s reports – including the one suggesting that both Zach Smith’s mother and Courtney Smith’s mother don’t believe that Courtney Smith was abused by Zach Smith.Of course, Nicki Meyer and Urban Meyer aren’t the same person – and she may have just been defending her father during what was surely a tough time for their family. But there’s no evidence to suggest that any member of the Meyer family actually believes Courtney Smith – at least not at this point.Because of the legal aspect of the situation, we may never know what Meyer truly believes. But he certainly passed on an opportunity to show some remorse on Wednesday night, and that’s a little curious.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game 35-31 at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The first version of the 2018 College Football Playoff rankings won’t be coming until October 30, but there’s nothing stopping us from taking our best guess as to what they’d look like right now. After five weeks, let’s take a look at the 10 teams we think would be at the top of the list.Alabama hasn’t had the toughest schedule, but there’s no doubt that the Crimson Tide looks like the best team in the country, yet again. Nick Saban’s move to name Tua Tagovailoa the team’s starting quarterback has led to Alabama having one of the most formidable offenses in the country.The other team in last year’s national title game, Georgia, has looked dominant as well. The Bulldogs would probably be No. 2 right now.Clemson likely has the wins to be No. 3, but the Tigers might have a quarterback problem after Trevor Lawrence’s injury and Kelly Bryant’s departure. They’re a team to watch moving forward.The No. 4 team would probably be Ohio State after its big win over Penn State on Saturday night. Let’s take a look at what we think the top 10 would look like:AlabamaGeorgiaClemsonOhio StateOklahomaLSUNotre DameAuburnWashingtonWest VirginiaThere’s a lot of football to be played over the next four weeks – and remember, the first version of the playoff rankings never looks similar to what we see at the end of the season. But so far, there’s a lot of familiarity at the top.