Joey Barton’s Bartonology: Mourinho, Hodgson and transfer windows

first_imgJoey Barton was in the studio on Friday as he co-hosted Drivetime and was faced with a series of topics to give his opinion on.Among the subjects put forward were Jose Mourinho, Roy Hodgson and Mike Ashley – as well as One Direction and Labour leader candidate Jeremy Corbyn.Below are some of the responses Barton gave …Joey Barton on … Roy Hodgson:“I’m very, very surprised he stayed in a job after the last World Cup. It was abysmal; I think everyone knows it was abysmal.”Joey Barton on … the transfer window:“It should stop at the start of the season. It is unfair – you’re business should be done before the season and I don’t think there should be a January window either. You sign in the closed season and that’s it.“I also think that clubs should not be allowed to get rid of managers. You have a manager at the start of the season and if you sack them at some point there’s a points deduction.“We need to give managers more time – we have a severe depth problem in great managers and it’s mainly because they’re fired every five or six weeks or when results go against them.”Joey Barton on … Jose Mourinho:“I would be very, very fearful of him. He’s a very smart man and has probably though four or five moves in the future.”Joey Barton on … Mike Ashley:“Mike Ashley said things at the end of last season that he was going to do and, no matter what you feel about him, he’s been almost true to his word so credit to him.“He’s done better this year. Newcastle have recruited really well in this window – Florian Thauvin is a really good signing from Marseille. I think Mitrovic looks like the number nine they’ve been crying out for.”last_img read more

Real Madrid star to be handed new contract after Man United move collapsed

first_img Keylor Navas 1 Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas is to be rewarded with a new contract after his move to Manchester United fell through.The 28-year-old was on the cusp of heading to Old Trafford in the summer as part of a deal which would have seen David De Gea go the other way.However, the transfer collapsed in the final hours of the window and Navas remained at Madrid.And now, according to Marca, the Costa Rica international will be rewarded with a new deal after staying put in Spain.United have already extended De Gea’s contract at Old Trafford and Madrid are now to follow suit with their own number one.last_img read more

West Brom manager says he has not fallen out with Spurs target

first_imgWest Brom boss Tony Pulis denied any rift with Saido Berahino but insisted the striker must improve his attitude.The striker was a substitute for the eighth straight game as Albion beat Newcastle 1-0 as Pulis said pre-game he had let himself down and was lucky to be on the bench.He also hinted at problems with Berahino behind the scenes although it is understood there has been no specific flashpoint with the 22-year-old.He threatened to strike after two deadline day bids from Tottenham were rejected and has scored just three goals since the summer transfer saga.And, after Darren Fletcher’s winning header, Pulis insisted while Berahino will not be fined his demeanour needs to get better.“Sometimes supporters don’t realise and understand exactly what goes on behind the scenes,” he said.“I always want the team to be a team, the supporters, the players, the management side, the directors, everyone together.“Sometimes Saido does things that break away from that. He’s been told, but he’s been fine as you’ve seen today his reaction coming on was absolutely fantastic.“He worked socks off and he’s fine – no problems. At times you have to make him understand it’s about the group and about the team.“It’s more a reminder it’s about the group. You’ve got to look and understand Saido’s had almost five months where he’s not prepared himself or got himself ready and prepared to play in the team.“He’s a terrific player and he’s got great ability and that great knack, even today coming on, of getting in great positions.”When asked further about a potential fallout, Pulis responded: “What happens is between me and Saido”. West Brom beat Newcastle at the Hawthorns and the Baggies boss said of the victory: “We played well today and it’s really pleasing we got the result, I don’t think anyone can argue that we were the team to win the game.”last_img read more

Manchester United seek striker in January and Real Madrid star eyes Manchester City move – it’s the transfer rumours and paper review

first_img1 Transfer rumours and paper review Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers…Real Madrid superstar Isco is hoping to pave the way for a move to Manchester City. (Mirror)Roma are looking to sign Arsenal full-back Mathieu Debuchy. According to Italian publication Football Italia, Roma are busy scouring the market to find a long-term replacement for 34-year-old Douglas Maicon. (Daily Star)Arsenal are preparing to make a £15million move for Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot according to reports. (Express)Lorenzo Insigne is being pursued by both Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain, according to his agent, but appears set to stay with Napoli for now as they chase a first Serie A title since 1990. (ESPN)West Ham will make a cut-price January bid for Leeds United prospect Sam Byram, whose contract expires at the end of the season. (Telegraph)Newcastle United’s bid to sign Henri Saivet could be in danger after the player expressed concerns about the Magpies’ Premier League position. (Newcastle Chronicle)Swansea are planning talks with Ajax coach Frank De Boer afterhis surprise declaration of interest in succeeding Garry Monk. (Mirror)Manuel Pellegrini has no plans to bring in another central defender in the January transfer window, insisting Manchester City can win the title without their inspirational skipper Vincent Kompany. (Manchester Evening News)Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is ready to hit the January sales for a new striker who can help save his job. (The Sun)Mino Raiola is planning talks with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in an attempt to convince him Mario Balotelli deserves a chance to revive his career at Anfield. (Daily Mail)And here’s the latest talkSPORT headlines…Arsenal transfer news: Deal could be done within ten days, confirms Arsene Wengerlast_img read more

Matt Le Tissier: Arsenal foe Fraser Forster has turned Southampton’s season around

first_imgSouthampton legend Matt Le Tissier believes the Saints can dream of a Europe again thanks to the return of goalkeeper Fraser Forster.The England international stopper returned from ten months out with a knee injury in January, and has kept four clean sheets in four games since; putting in the performance of his career to seal a 0-0 draw with Arsenal on Tuesday.Ronald Koeman’s side suffered in his absence – They claimed only six league victories this season and earlier in the campaign went on a run of eight defeats in ten games.But Southampton have rekindled their push for Europe since his return, and Koeman branded the goalkeeper ‘magic’ after he made ten saves to thwart a rampant Gunners side at the Emirates Stadium.“Not in one-and-a-half years managing Southampton has a team created what Arsenal created in opportunities today…he was magic tonight,” he said. “He is with the [England] national team and he is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League and maybe in Europe.”And speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, St Mary’s hero Le Tissier agreed Forster has made the difference and could well have turned their season around.“We had a very poor run earlier this season, but all of a sudden Fraser Forster comes back in and we get four clean sheets, ten points in four games and everything looks so much different,” he said.“We’ve got West Ham just above us and we will go to within touching distance if we beat them on Saturday. Then we’ve got Swansea, then Chelsea at home and then a massive game against Bournemouth away.“Looking at the fixtures on paper, they’re pretty good over the next few weeks, so we’ll be looking to climb a little bit higher than that hopefully.”Asked if Saints can push for Europe, he added: “I don’t see why not. Anything is possible this season, it’s just been incredible, Leicester have thrown it all wide open and it really is the most fascinating season in the Premier League’s history since 1992 when it started.”last_img read more

Klopp admits he will head back to Liverpool feeling “s***” after League Cup loss

first_img The Reds lost 3-1 on penalties as Lucas, Coutinho and Lallana all missed 1 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted he would be heading back to Merseyside feeling “s***” following the League Cup final penalty shootout defeat to Manchester City.Philippe Coutinho took the game to extra time with an 82nd minute equaliser after Fernandinho gave City the lead.The game went to penalties and Liverpool’s first was coolly scored by Emre Can but Willy Caballero then sprung into life to save from Lucas, Coutinho and Adam Lallana.Despite his disappointment, Klopp said his players will pick themselves up quickly – with a league clash against City at Anfield coming as soon as Wednesday night.“We have so many games, do you think I go home and close the door and stay there for four weeks?” he said.“You have to feel a defeat, you can’t say it is not important. It is how it is. You know you can fall down but you have to stand up.“Only silly idiots stay on the floor and wait for the next defeat, we will strike back 100 per cent.“You have to feel how it is to lose. It Is really not the best moment but tomorrow morning we can change everything.“Don’t worry, we will go on and we will get better – we have to go the hard way, that is how it is. If we carry on and work really hard, there is light at the end of the tunnel. It is really important. Tonight we feel rubbish, s***.”Klopp, who was forced into an early defensive reshuffle as Mamadou Sakho suffered a head injury, also defended his penalty takers and explained that Daniel Sturridge could not be amongst the five players selected.“He had cramp in the last few minutes and could not walk – it was no option, everyone who was available took a penalty,” he added.last_img read more

Military chief: U.S. not stretched too thin for Iran attack

first_imgWASHINGTON – While military action against Iran is a last resort, the U.S. has the resources to attack if needed despite the strains of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the top U.S. military officer said Thursday. Navy Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the focus now is on diplomacy to stem Iran’s nuclear ambitions and its support for insurgents in Iraq. But, he told reporters, “there is more than enough reserve to respond (militarily) if that, in fact, is what the national leadership wanted to do.” Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons could set of an arms race in the Middle East. “The risk of an accident or a miscalculation or of those weapons or materials falling into the hands of terrorists seem to me to be substantially increased,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Appearing together before reporters for the first time since Mullen became chairman on Oct. 1, they expressed concern about Iran and Turkey – hot spots commanding attention even as the military focuses on the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both leaders warned of serious repercussions if Congress were to pass a nonbinding resolution labeling as genocide the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians in the final years of the Ottoman Empire, around World War I. “I don’t think the Turks are bluffing. I think it is that meaningful to them,” Gates said. “I think there is a very real risk of perhaps not shutting us down” in terms of access to Turkish airspace for resupplying U.S. troops in Iraq, but of at least restricting it,” the Pentagon chief said. At the same time, Gates said the U.S. and the Iraqis are “prepared to do the appropriate thing” in acting against the rebel Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, that has conducted raids into Turkey from northern Iraq. The Turks have expressed frustration about the lack of action by the U.S. against the group. The Turkish parliament this week authorized the government to send troops across the border to go after the Kurdish rebels.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

Suspect sought in Long Beach machete attack

first_img 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“We ultimately activated SWAT,” she said. “The suspect was not located.” The victim was treated and released from an area hospital. Pratt would only describe the suspect as a man in his 60s. “He has been identified. It’s just a matter of time before we catch up with him,” she said. By City News Service Police on Sunday said it is only “a matter of time” before they apprehend a man who reportedly attacked and wounded another man with a machete during a dispute at a Long Beach home. Police were dispatched to the scene in the 1600 block of West Pacific Coast Highway at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, said Long Beach police spokeswoman Nancy Pratt. After one man attacked the other with a machete, the victim ran out of a home and called police, Pratt said. last_img read more

Champions League draw: Man City face PSG in quarter-finals

first_img1 Manchester City have been drawn against Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.City defeated Dynamo Kiev to reach the last eight of Europe’s elite competition for the first time.PSG, meanwhile, knocked Chelsea out as the French team look to add the Champions League to their domestic Ligue 1 title, which they wrapped up in record time with eight games still to play.Elsewhere, defending champions Barcelona will take on La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid will play German outfit Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich tackle Benfica.The quarter-final ties will be played over April 5/6 and April 12/13.Champions League quarter-final draw in full:Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester CityBarcelona v Atletico MadridBayern Munich v BenficaWolfsburg v Real Madridlast_img read more