Headline news…

Headline news in the prem…

Friday 24th April

RAFA ISSUES RALLYING CALL 

Rafael Benitez will send his players out to face Hull City this afternoon urging them not to give up on their title dreams.

Despite a potentially damaging 4-4 draw with Arsenal in midweek, Benitez feels the last-gasp goal netted by Yossi Benayoun to secure a point against the Gunners could yet prove crucial come the end of the campaign. 

  
And with the opportunity to move back to the top of the table with victory at the KC Stadium later today, the boss insists there is still time for a couple more twists and turns in this year’s enthralling title battle. 
  
“As a manager, when you have experience you know that each point is very, very important,” said the Liverpool manager. 
  
“For me, 3-3 with five minutes to go, with the belief we could score again was the key. To concede again was a big shock for us. 
  
“So to come back again and make it 4-4 was massive in terms of the confidence and what that can do for us. The point could still be crucial at this point of the season. 
  
“After the game everyone was really disappointed. But now the message is clear; to keep going, to keep the belief because you never know what might happen in football. We cannot give up. 
  
“We have to keep going until the end. 
  
“Three points in the next game is the most important thing now, then we can see what happens. That’s the only way.” 

 

  • Southampton have announced they will appeal having been effectively relegated after being docked 10 points by the Football League. The ruling comes after Saints’ parent company went into administration. Four points off safety with two games to go, Saints will lose 10 points if they stay up in the Championship, and if they do not avoid finishing in the bottom three then the points penalty will take effect next season.
  • New Ipswich Town manager Roy Keane believes they can gain promotion from the Championship to the Premier League next season. The ex-Sunderland boss has signed a two-year contract at Portman Road. “Three or four weeks ago I thought, if the opportunity came up, I was ready for it,” Keane told a news conference. “I would like to try and do it (win promotion) in one year, if I was not up for it I would be walking my dogs. I think my dogs needed a break.”
  • Everton chief executive Robert Elstone says he is disappointed at the ticket allocation given to the club for the FA Cup final against Chelsea on 30 May. The FA announced on Thursday that both clubs will receive 25,000 tickets for the game. Wembley has a 90,000 capacity meaning that 40,000 tickets will be given to what is called “the football family”. “We are obviously disappointed at the number of tickets we have received,” Elstone told the Everton website.
  • The proposal to create a two-tier English Premier League could be discussed at the league’s Annual General Meeting in June. Chairmen from England’s top-flight met on Thursday but BBC Scotland has learned Bolton chairman Phil Gartside’s proposal was not formally discussed. If Gartside’s plan did garner enough support, it could pave the way for Celtic and Rangers to play in England.
  • Major League Soccer (MLS) will receive £6.8m as part of the agreement to extend David Beckham’s loan to AC Milan until the end of the season. Beckham is with Milan on a timeshare deal, but will rejoin Los Angeles Galaxy on 1 July until Christmas.
  • Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says Gary Neville and John O’Shea will miss the “next few weeks” after picking up injuries in the 2-0 win over Portsmouth on Wednesday. Ferguson said: “They are both looking at being out for weeks, because of two pretty bad tackles on them. We’ve had a bad time at right-back but Wes Brown is coming back.”
  • Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Robin van Persie will miss Arsenal’s UEFA Champions League clash with Manchester United next week, while Guus Hiddink has announced that Ricardo Carvalho will miss Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg tie against Barcelona.

 


 

Gone to Press

If you thought a few months away from football had calmed Roy Keane down, you were badly wrong.

The Daily Mirror report on his stinging criticisms of the managerial careers of Steve Bruce, Mark Hughes, Paul Ince and Bryan Robson. The new Ipswich boss says in the Daily Express: “Who are the managers you are talking about? Steve Bruce and Mark Hughes? They have potential but anyone can have that. They haven’t won any trophies.”

In The Sun he says: “Until an ex-team mate from mine from ’94 goes on and really achieves something, then I would not agree about them being a successful manager. You need a bit more than some of those managers have achieved yet.” Meanwhile, in the Daily Star they say that Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to become the next manager of Chelsea, with contract negotiations currently being finalised. He won’t be as fun as Keane though.

In The Times they reckon that Rafa Benitez will annoy Sir Alex Ferguson this summer by trying to poach Carlos Tevez from under his nose. In The Sun, Michael Carrick begs Tevez not to walk away from Old Trafford: “We want him to stay, Carlos is a top player. He has scored some very imporatnt goals for us over the last few years.”

Advertisements

~ by awbroady on April 25, 2009.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: