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Man City pay Guardiola £84m but Chelsea say ‘name your price’

Guardiola daily mirrorPep Guardiola has moved “one step closer” to Manchester City says the Mirror. The paper leads with news that Pep Guardiola  is “poised to join his old Barcelona mates and quit Bayern Munich for Manchester millions”.

It seems odd …

Posted: 17th, December 2015 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Chelsea, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea balls: how much it costs to sack Jose Mourinho

What would it cost Chelsea to sack Jose Mourinho?  The newspapes know.

The Daily Mail says “Roman Abramovich will be forced to pay Jose Mourinho more than £40million“.

The Mirror says sacking Mourinho “could cost £40m“.

The …

Posted: 16th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Chelsea, Money, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Back pages: laughing at Chelsea, mocking Manchester United and dreaming of Leicester

the sun chelseaIn today’s tabloid football round-up, we look first at the Sun, which leads with news of “Revolt” at Manchester United and “Blue Murder” at Chelsea.

“Chelsea’s flops are turning on boss Jose Mourinho,” write Andrew Dillon and Shaun Curtis. …

Posted: 16th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Luis Suarez to Manchester United and other Arsenal and Liverpool clickbait

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Transfer balls: and now for a Daily Star masterclass is utter tosh:

Luis Suarez to Man Utd, Real eye all-star Arsenal duo, Liverpool deal close

 

Story 1: Suarez to Manchester United:

BuzzSport report, United bosses are concerned they

Posted: 16th, December 2015 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Liverpool, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hugh Jackman in Eddie The Eagle is Wonderful

 

At the 1988 Winter Olympics Edward “Eddie the Eagle” Edwards was one of the stars. Each one of his ski-jumps for Great Britain was must-see TV.

 

 

When Eddie soared.

 …

Posted: 16th, December 2015 | In: Film, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Sun takes on Leicester City – and loses

A few words from The Sun’s Charlie Wyett, who has noticed that Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City are top of the Premier League. Can they win the thing?

Writes Wyett:

Ranieri continues to build something special in a different part of

Posted: 15th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Sports, Tabloids | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Former Chelsea player finds cure for baldness

Former Chelsea player David Luiz is worried about going bald. He’s been researching how it can be prevented. Short of dying young with his ringlets still inserted in his scalp, he could do as as other have done and walk …

Posted: 15th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Manchester United and Chelsea start bidding war for Everton’s John Stones

The Daily Express says this January Chelsea will return with a £40m bid for Everton’s John Stones. This is, of course, a complete guess, based on the Chelsea’s failed moves for Stones over the summer. 

The Blues failed with £40m …

Posted: 15th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Chelsea, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jurgen Klopp gets the party started as plucky Liverpool draw 2-2 with mighty WBA

When plucky Liverpool drew 2-2 with big-spending West Bromwich Albion, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp got the party started at a jubilant Anfield. They’ll be talking about his at Anfield for years:

 

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Posted: 13th, December 2015 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Arsenal buy Aleksandr Kokorin (but don’t)

Transfer balls: Arsenal have bought Aleksandr Kokorin. Well so says the Daily Telegraph:

 

Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Aleksandr Kokorin 'done deal' for the Gunners

 

Only, they haven’t. The paper reports:

Aleksandr Kokorin has been linked with Arsenal throughout the summer and autumn but finally seems to be set

Posted: 13th, December 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Arsenal swap Calum Chambers to Everton’s John Stones

Rumours abound that Arsenal are making moves for Everton’s John Stones. The Sunday People adds a layer to the story by claiming Everton manager Roberto Martinez is keen on replacing Stones with Arsenal defender Calum Chambers.

The paper’s Tom Hopkinson …

Posted: 13th, December 2015 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal balls: Giroud ‘axed’ and ‘threatened’ for his own good

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is playing very well. Having scored a hat-trick in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Olympiakos in the Champions League, the Frenchman is feeling confident. But the Daily Star has grim news:

 

Giroud axe

 

Can it be that …

Posted: 12th, December 2015 | In: Arsenal, Broadsheets, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Klopp reveals Liverpool targets

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he will buy…no-one on the January trasnfer window. He wants to give his existing players a chance.

Well, so says the Telegraph – which is wrong. 

But what Klopp actually said was that Liverpool cold

Posted: 12th, December 2015 | In: Broadsheets, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Van Gaal seeks excuses in money but the figures prove him wrong

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Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has news for the club’s fans: your team isn’t as good as it was when it was winning things season on season.

Man United no longer dominate the Barclays Premier League and target …

Posted: 12th, December 2015 | In: Broadsheets, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea boss Mourinho repeatedly linked to Real Madrid return

In an “exclusive” the Sun says Real Madrid want to re-sign current Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. The Real players and fans might not like Mourinho, but the Sun says the club’s president, Florentino Perez, is a big fan.

A source …

Posted: 11th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal name 4-man shortlist of five names

The Mirror says Arsenal have made Southampton’s Victor Wanyama their “winter window priority”. The Kenyan is Arsenal’s “Number 1 target” this January.

 

arsenal transfer target

 

The Bleacher Report says the Arsenal shortlist features four players:

A club “recruitment source” reportedly informed

Posted: 10th, December 2015 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool: Sturridge defies Klopp’s diagnosis

Daniel Sturridge is injured. The Liverpool striker is dogged by injuries. The Sun quotes Jurgen Klopp, Sturridge’s manager at Liverpool: He says: “We need to look at how we bring him into shape.”

It’s all a far cry from what …

Posted: 10th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal: Giroud remains rubbish as Olympiakos rival Liverpool

The plaudits are fulsome for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, whose hat-trick in Greece secured more Champions’ League football for his club.

The Mirror leads with ‘Our Hero’, praising the “much-criticised Frenchman.

John Cross praises the “sensational” Frenchman, before cranking up …

Posted: 10th, December 2015 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch BBC news presenter calls Tyson Fury a dickhead

Posted: 9th, December 2015 | In: News, Sports, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: former player turned pundit caught criticising Van Gaal’s tactics

Former Manchester United player Owen Hargreaves is now a pundit for BT Sport. Unaware that he was on air, Hargreaves provide a lively assessment of his former club’s current game plan as they took on – and lost to – …

Posted: 9th, December 2015 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


BBC refuses to televise Tyson Fury fights

BOLTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30: Tyson Fury speaks at a press conference at the Macron Stadium on November 30, 2015 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

 

The headline is, of course, bunkum. The BBC has not refused to televise Tyson Fury fights because the State broadcaster shows no meaningful boxing, just as it transmits no live Premier League football or club rugby, The Open golf …

Posted: 9th, December 2015 | In: Key Posts, News, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Van Gaal damned but stays beyond 2017

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Who can be blamed for Manchester United crashing out of the Champions League in the group stages? It’s worth noting that this is an improvement on last season, when United failed to even qualify for European football’s biggest tournament.…

Posted: 9th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Broadsheets, manchester united, News, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Manchester United have £144m for Neymar (and anyone else)

Transfer balls: The Daily Telegraph says Manchester Untied are ready to splurge £143,9m on Neymar.

So incredible is the story that Neymar appears to point to it, laughing:

neymar manchester united

 

The paper reports:

It would be a staggering and eye-watering deal

Posted: 8th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Swansea City balls: Gary Monk sacked and Brendan Rodgers returns

Farewell, Gary Monk, manager of Swansea City, soon to be the Swans’ ex-manager. The papers all agree that the affable young Englishman is to be replaced by former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Daily Express says Rodgers return to Swansea

Posted: 8th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United go for Ancelotti (who fishes for Arsenal and Chelsea)

carlo man unitedCAROLO Ancelotti is vying with Pep Guardiola for the Manchester United job. The Sun leads with “CARLO SEES RED – I’d love to be boss of United.”

The Sun shows Ancelotti looking huge and vibrant, massive, hulking presence over Louis …

Posted: 8th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0