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Harry Redknapp newsflash: Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers is as English as Fabio Capello

PA 13206221 Harry Redknapp newsflash: Liverpools Brendan Rodgers is as English as Fabio Capello

HARRY Redknapp’s autobiography is high on the news cycle. In it, he comes across as bitter at not getting the England job he wanted and thought was his. He says that he’d have picked then Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers to be his number two. Rodgers must be gutted. Still he has to make do with managing Liverpool, one of the world’s great clubs, while Harry led QPR into the Championship.

Rodgers was, of course, born in Northern Ireland. He’s not English. He got his first break into management with Jose Mourinho (not English) at Chelsea. Chelsea managers Avram Grant and Luiz Felipe Scolari (both not English) kept Rodgers on.

So. He could be been on the England management staff, working for Redknapp.

Harry Redknapp believes English managers are as good as, if not better than, their foreign counterparts. The Tottenham manager has long been an advocate of giving homegrown coaches a chance to manage at the highest level in this country and feels that, given recent results, more should be appointed over “sexy names” from abroad. He even claims Ian Holloway’s success in leading Blackpool from the Championship to ninth in the Premier League would be beyond José Mourinho.

He lamented that “English people don’t have the money” to buy football clubs.

Redknapp  told TalkSPORT back in 2010:

“I’m English, who wouldn’t want to manage England. There’s not an Englishman – whether it’s me, Roy Hodgson or Sam Allardyce – who would turn the job down because it’s our country and we want to manage our country. No one is ever going to turn that job down.”

He told the Sun in 2010:

“Should the England job only be for the English? I would back that.”

To recap: Brendan Rodgers is not English.

Posted: 7th, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Harry Redknapp wanted Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers as his assistant England manager

harry redknapp Harry Redknapp wanted Liverpools Brendan Rodgers as his assistant England manager

HARRY Redknapp, the QPR manager once at Spurs has penned the book Always Managing: My Autobiography. You can read extracts in the Daily Mail. In it, he talks about the job of being England manager.

It’s fairly common knowledge that Redknapp was, outwardly at least, in the running to get the England job after Fabio Capello was ousted in early 2012 though, much to the chagrin of every single buddyish journalist on Fleet Street who had been lobbying in unison for months to get their man installed, ‘Arry was thankfully passed over and the top job was given to someone who wasn’t and isn’t a cartoon character.

This obviously still rankles with ‘Arry, who obviously believes that the national game must be in the wrong hands:

“I wouldn’t trust the FA to show me a good manager if their lives depended on it. How would they know? What clubs have they ever run? Who do they speak to who really knows the game? This isn’t about them giving the England job to me or Roy Hodgson, but English football being run by people who really haven’t got a clue. And they get to pick the England manager!”

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Posted: 7th, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal: the best and worst Jack Wilshere puns

ARSENAL’S Jack Wilshere began the weekend smoking a cigarette. He ended it as the Gunners’ goal scorer in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion. The puns came thick and fast. But are they any good? Let’s look at the best and the worst.

The Times:

Arsenal huff and puff their way back to top

 

The Sun creates a horrible headline: “Ciggie Stardust” and his “scoring habit”. Dod you score cigarettes, like you do drugs?

FWivkVQh Arsenal: the best and worst Jack Wilshere puns

 

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Posted: 7th, October 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Surrey police threaten to arrest ‘annoying’ children playing sport in the street

HOW’S that Olympic legacy getting on in Southville Road, Thames Ditton? Not all that well, it seems. Surrey police have issued a notice banning sport in the streets on pain of arrest. It is a criminal offence for children to play sport in the street. Cars had been hit by footballs.
The sports police decree:

 “Playing football or other sports in the street is a criminal offence, particularly if someone is affected, such as being involved in an accident, or where the activity has caused them annoyance, alarm or distress.”

police ban sport Surrey police threaten to arrest annoying children playing sport in the street
Annoying someone by shouting “goal”, pretending to be Jessica Ennis or riding your bike in the manner of Bradley Wiggins is a crime.

An Insp Hollingsworth then spoke:

“The main purpose of the flyer was to identify the concerns and emphasise the obvious dangers involved in playing in the road.”
If that’s so obvious why are the police involved? Isn’t that the job of parents and schools to teach?
The purpose of the flier was to criminalise children’s play and frighten them. He adds:
“Please accept my apologies for the way in which the leaflet put this message across and for any offence it may have caused.”
The Surrey Police spokeswoman said the wording was  “a little bit unfortunate” and that threatening children in their homes was not a misconduct offence by their officers and was not done maliciously.
So. That’s all right, then…

Posted: 7th, October 2013 | In: News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Impossible ping-pong tricks of the day

ping pong tricks Impossible ping pong tricks of the day

IMPOSSIBLE ping-pong tricks of the day:

Posted: 6th, October 2013 | In: Anorak TV, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs: Police evict Tottenham fans for calling themselves Yids as West Ham fans respond with a little Hitler humour

PA 17770714 Spurs: Police evict Tottenham fans for calling themselves Yids as West Ham fans respond with a little Hitler humour

DID the Chant Police arrest anyone at the Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United match? The BBC reported that one Spurs fan was arrested for saying “Yid” at the match. Yeah. First they came for the Yids who called themselves Yids…

This Spurs terror was held on suspicion of committing a public order offence.

The rest of the pubic around him sang song about Yids. They were not arrested.

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Posted: 6th, October 2013 | In: Sports, Spurs | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Adnan Januzaj wants to play for how many teams?

PA 17138495 Manchester United: Adnan Januzaj wants to play for how many teams?

HOW many countries is Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj, eligible to play for?

Sky News:  Januzaj, who is of Kosovan descent, is eligible to play for several different countries already

Daily Mail – SIX

Screen shot 2013 10 06 at 19.09.34 Manchester United: Adnan Januzaj wants to play for how many teams?

Daily Mail – FIVE

Screen shot 2013 10 06 at 19.09.07 Manchester United: Adnan Januzaj wants to play for how many teams?

 

David Moyes:

“The English FA have made their interest in Adnan known. I think he has a choice of three or four countries he can play for. Belgium have already tried to call him up, Albania and Croatia too. I think he would be able to play for England because of ­residency in five years.”

Such are the facts…

Posted: 6th, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs fans tweet an easy win over West Ham United and Arsenal fans say ‘get Wilshere off’

FOOTBALL is a funny old game. The pundits get their opinions picked apart on Match of the Day and in the newspapers because tipping the outcome of a match is no simple science. Arsenal Gent has noticed a few Spurs tweets before Tottenham lost 0-3 to West Ham United:

 

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Posted: 6th, October 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports, Spurs | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal v West Brom: Baggies only turn up to make Jack Wilshere shine

LOCAL news watch: West Bromwich Albion drew 1-1 with Arsenal. What did the clubs’ local papers say?

Islington Gazette (Arsenal):

 

Anelka had cause to regret those misses when the Gunners snatched a 63rd-minute equaliser, with substitute Tomas Rosicky laying off Olivier Giroud’s cross for Wilshere to crack a half-volley that skimmed off the shin of Jonas Olsson and into the bottom corner.

London Evening Standard:

Jack Wilshere’s effort found the back of the net after a big deflection off Jonas Olsson

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Posted: 6th, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Moyes claims credit for Adnan Januzaj and says all Manchester City fans dream of playing for United

PA 17825712 Manchester United: Moyes claims credit for Adnan Januzaj and says all Manchester City fans dream of playing for United

IS Manchester United’s 18-year-old legend -in-the-making Adnan Januzaj English? The Telegraph and Express lead with news that Roy Hodgson, the England manger, wants Adnan to play for the Three Lions.

The Mirror notes:

FIFA red tape means there would be a five-year wait, but the 18-year-old has several options having never been called up for Belgium

So. If the hotshot wants to play for mighty England he can wait until he’s 23. Think he will? The FA rules are that any player not born here must play continuously in England for five years from their 18th birthday. Adnan’s Manchester United contract expires at the season’s end. He might not even be he after that.

 

Young Adnan was born in ­Brussels, Belgium. He’s never represented them. So. He could play for England.

Says United manger David Moyes:

“The English FA have made their interest in Adnan known. I think he has a choice of three or four countries he can play for. Belgium have already tried to call him up, Albania and Croatia too. I think he would be able to play for England because of ­residency in five years.”

 

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Posted: 6th, October 2013 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Januzaj give Moyes the genius that Mark Robbins moment at Sunderland

PA 17825049 Manchester United: Januzaj give Moyes the genius that Mark Robbins moment at Sunderland

MANCHESTER UNITED defeated Sunderland 2-1 at the Stadium of light. Was it easy for Moyes’ marvels. Or were the Black Cats unlucky? Let’s see what the newspaperd said:

Sunderland Echo:

Craig Gardner’s early strike gave Sunderland a thoroughly deserved half-time advantage against the reigning Premier League champions and the lead could have been more handsome.

Emanuele Giaccherini was denied by a magnificent save from David De Gea before the Italian spurned another golden opportunity from eight yards out…

Sunderland got off to a dream start after getting their noses in front in the fifth minute. Emanuele Giaccherini’s cross from the right cannoned off Phil Jones and Nemanja Vidic into the path of Gardner who rifled the ball into the far bottom corner.

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Posted: 5th, October 2013 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The sound of a man being hit on the head by Keegan Bradley’s golf ball

WHEN Keegan Bradley hits spectator on the head with wayward tee shot at Presidents Cup 2013, no-one laughed. And then the “donk” was added and, well, we’re not proud of ourselves…

Posted: 5th, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester City v Everton: The controversial penalty that wasn’t

PA 17823797 Manchester City v Everton: The controversial penalty that wasnt

THIS afternoon Manchester CIty beat Everton 3-1. The match reports were filed. The media went home. But how different are the views offered to readers of the teams’ respective local newspapers? let’s see in Local News Match:

Liverpool Echo:

Man City 3 Everton 1 – Blues unbeaten record ends

A controversial 69th-minute penalty awarded for a foul by Seamus Coleman on Pablo Zabaleta allowed City to seal victory, although Aguero’s penalty was ultimately credited as an own goal by Tim Howard.

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Posted: 5th, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool: Brendan Rodgers look-alike parks his Porsche at single woman’s home

PA 17421713 Liverpool: Brendan Rodgers look alike parks his Porsche at single womans home

THANKS to Lord Leveson’s report on the media, footballer kiss ‘n’ tells have been thinner than Victoria Beckham’s smile. But today the Sun makes a fist at one:

Liverpool boss’s secret visits to love split mum

Secret? Well, not that secret, not if the Sun saw him.

The story is brought to readers by RUTH WARRENDER, STEPHEN MOYES and LAUREN VEEVERS. Yes, just three reporters works on this scoop.

FOOTIE boss Brendan Rodgers has befriended a mum in the middle of a split from her Liverpool fan husband.

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Posted: 5th, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch Manchester United legend Eric Cantona play The Stallion in erotic French comedy Les Rencontres d’après Minuit

eric cantona erotic french Watch Manchester United legend Eric Cantona play The Stallion in erotic French comedy Les Rencontres d’après Minuit

AFTER mucking about playing himself and “a man at a bar” in the likes of Looking for Eric and Jack Says over the years, Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has finally landed the role he was born to play!

Cantona has reportedly been cast as a bearded Gallic lothario, known simply as “The Stallion”, in an erotic French comedy titled Les Rencontres d’après Minuit (which translates as “Meetings After Midnight”).

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Posted: 4th, October 2013 | In: Film, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Smoking footballers photos: Revie’s Leeds United, Bolton’s Lofthouse, Norwich City and Manchester United give Bobby Charlton a cigarette case

SMOKING footballers: A quick look some who took a puff.

Leeds United - 28/04/1969:

PA 716527 Smoking footballers photos: Revies Leeds United, Boltons Lofthouse, Norwich City and Manchester United give Bobby Charlton a cigarette case

Leeds United players celebrate with champagne and cigars in the dressing room after drawing 0-0 with Liverpool, a result which wrapped up Leeds’ first Division One Championship title: (back row, l-r) Mick Jones, Jack Charlton, Paul Reaney, Gary Sprake, Johnny Giles, Paul Madeley; (front row, l-r) manager Don Revie, Peter Lorimer, Billy Bremner, Eddie Gray

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Posted: 4th, October 2013 | In: Flashback, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal: smoking Jack Wilshere employs the Ozil defence – it was for a bet

Ozil Arsenal: smoking Jack Wilshere employs the Ozil defence   it was for a bet

ARSENAL star and English football’s great white hope Jack Wilshere has been pictured smoking what looks like a humble cigarette. Bit of a berk smoking a fag when you’re a professional athlete paid a fortune do a job that others would pay to do but he’s an adult and it’s his life. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says:

“I disagree completely with that behaviour. I need to have a chat with him about that. You don’t do what damages your health as a footballer. You damage your reputation when you do that in public.”

It’s not just the smoking; it’s the opinion of smokers:

“In England especially you don’t need to convince me, because I tried it as a footballer on coaches after a game when you didn’t see each other, there was so much smoke on the coach. But times have changed. And English society is very sensitive to smoking, much more than France, than southern countries, so it’s a bit more shocking here than somewhere else.”

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Posted: 4th, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs fans and other Yids will not be arrested by the language police at West Ham

yids Spurs fans and other Yids will not be arrested by the language police at West HamTHE Daily Mail states:

Spurs and West Ham fans warned they will be arrested if they use the ‘Y’ word at Sunday’s derby

The Y-word is Yids. It is not a taboo. It is a word you can use and explain.

The Mail adds:

The Metropolitan Police have warned Tottenham and West Ham fans they face arrest if they use the ‘Y’ word during Sunday’s London derby at White Hart Lane.

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Posted: 3rd, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Qatar erects statue of Zinedine Zidane head-butting Marco Materazzi and plans for many more

zidane statue qatar Qatar erects statue of Zinedine Zidane head butting Marco Materazzi and plans for many moreWHAT can Qatar do make the place look in tip-top shape for the World Cup Finals? Air-conditioning the stadia would be a start. But before that fans of the beautiful game have erected a five-meter Zidane ‘head-butt’ statue on Qatar’s Corniche.

The 16-foot high monster depicts “two fighting footballers”. Called Coup de Tête, the Glasgow Kiss is the work of Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed. It captures the moment when Frenchman Zinedine Zidane head-butted Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup Final. ZouZou was sent off. Italy won. And Materazzi is still laughing.

The statue used to be an eyesore by the Pompidou centre in Paris. Then Qatar bought it. Jean Paul Engelen, QMA’s director of Public Art, told Doha News:

“Yes, we expect a lot of people to want to take photos with it, and of it. It’s an impressive piece. It’s a huge sculpture, and it’s done in the same style as Greek Mythological statues, but this glorifies human defects instead. It shows that although we sometimes treat footballers like gods, they’re not – they’re just human beings.”

Other unedifying football statues to consider for Qatar:

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Posted: 3rd, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Watch: Zaha didn’t sleep with Moyes and other no-news news

PA 17732705 Manchester United Watch: Zaha didnt sleep with Moyes and other no news news

MANCHESTER United Watch: The non-story of the day is found in the Daily Star:

Wilfried Zaha: I was not caught in bed with David Moyes’ daughter, HONEST!

Says the Star:

MANCHESTER UNITED ace Wilfried Zaha has lashed out at claims he was dropped for bedding boss David Moyes’ daughter.

 

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Posted: 3rd, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester City beaten by a bemused teacher on a Hugo Boss fashion shoot

PA 17799775 Manchester City beaten by a bemused teacher on a Hugo Boss fashion shoot THE media love former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola. But what did the current Bayern Munich coach look like as his side beat Manchester City?

The Daily Mail:

Midway through the first half Pep Guardiola withdrew a notebook from the breast pocket of his classic, threequarter-length navy jacket… [he]looks like a man who has just walked off the set of a fashion shoot for GQ magazine.

Daily Telegraph:

Guardiola, a refugee from a Hugo Boss campaign…

 

He’s stylish. Or as the Daily Mirror see it:

“With his slate-grey woolly jumper and matching regulation drainpipes, Pep Guardiola looks all the world a bemused teacher on a school outing”

Such are teh facts…

Posted: 3rd, October 2013 | In: Fashion, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester Untied discover that for ever is not all that long in the Donbass Arena

HOW well did Manchester United do in securing a 1-1 draw against Shakhtar Donetsk?

The Sun’s Neil Curtis writes:

No English team has ever won in the Donbass Arena.

True. But, then, the Donbass opened on 29 August 2009. Before United visited, Shaktar had beaten Arsenal in 2010 and Chelsea last season.

For ever need not be all that long…

 

 

 

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Manchester City: Bayern Munich destroy the team and their fans give a masterclass in taking the mick

Bayernfans Manchester City: Bayern Munich destroy the team and their fans give a masterclass in taking the mick

ONE problem of playing German sides is that their fans speak good English. They can torment the English fans with strains of “You’re not very good” and memorably at one Arsenal match “Glory, Glory Tottenham Hotspur”. Last night., Bayern Munich’s  Intelligentsia mocked Manchester City’s Poznan celebration as their team won 1-3 in the Champions’ League.

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Arsenal: what really happened at Piebury Corner?

SKY Sports reports that a 30-strong mob of Italian football fans have stormed into a restaurant used by Arsenal supporters, smashing windows, breaking chairs and injuring at least one person.”

Witnesses described how the men, described as Napoli fans, had team scarves tied round their faces and started shouting in Italian at those inside the busy restaurant. One worker at the Piebury Corner eatery described how they had to duck for cover and how one customer had been attacked with a belt leaving “blood all over the floor”…

The gang attacked ahead of the Champions League clash between Arsenal and Napoli at the Emirates Stadium.

The Piebury Corner is on Holloway Road.

So. what happened?

The Mirror sees more:

Up to 100 Italian thugs tore through Piebury Corner restaurant on Holloway Road near Arsenal’s stadium in scenes Tim’s pal Richard Morey described as being like something out of the early 80s

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Posted: 2nd, October 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Football’s 10 most offensive pundits

TOM Cowan and Robbie Fowler are the latest pundits to find that a casual remark or a casual prejudice can get you into hot water.

‘Banter’ is no longer an acceptable excuse for inappropriate sentiments however lightly expressed, and woe betide anyone who steps over the line into heartfelt abusive opinion.

BBC pundit Cowan’s crime was to make disparaging comments about women’s football in a column for the Daily Record, headed ‘And Now A Message From the Dark Ages’. In it, he remarked that “Fir Park should have been torched on Thursday in order to cleanse the stadium after it played host to women’s football”.For this, he has been suspended by the Beeb.

 Footballs 10 most offensive pundits

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Posted: 2nd, October 2013 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0