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No Glenn in this Forest: Hoddle has not been approached by new owners to replace Steve Cotterll

Nottingham Forest's new owners hope to have a manager in place within a week – but say they have not spoken to Glenn Hoddle. The Kuwait-based Al Hasawi family this afternoon outlined their plans for the club. Their first task is to find a new manager after they sacked Steve Cotterill content_imgbarely 48 hours after completing their takeover. Former Tottenham and England boss Hoddle was among the favourites for the role along with Mick McCarthy, Darren Ferguson and ex-Forest star Roy Keane. But Abdulaziz Al Hasawi said: "We have not spoken to Glenn Hoddle." He added: "Steve Cotterill was a good steward for Forest during difficult times, but we felt we needed a fresh start. "We are in discussions with four or five well-known figures in the football world, who have a perfect understanding of this league, and hopefully in a week all matters should be finalised and it will be revealed. "We are looking for the best in the business. We will start meeting people within a day. We have to secure this within the next three or four days because we have to get started." The Al Hasawis took control of Forest on Tuesday after reaching terms to buy the late Nigel Doughty's controlling stake in the two-time European Cup winners. Their aim is to take the club back into the Premier League, although Abdulaziz Al Hasawi warned success would not come overnight. He added: "We have a three to five-year United youngster Dylan Levitt has signed a new contract with the club.The 18-year-old’s new deal with keep him at the club until June 2022 and United have the option to extend his stay for a further year.Levitt has been included in Ryan Giggs ‘ seni plan to get the club back where it should be. It will require hard work and sacrifice Liverpool are on the brink of selling Bobby Duncan to Fiorentina.Sky Sports says Liverpool are close to agreeing a deal to sell Duncan to Fiorentina.The fee is understood to be for £2million.Duncan has been given permission to travel to Florence to discuss personal terms and have a medical.Liverpool will have a 20% sell on clause included in the deal.but that is our ambition. "It is not about money, it is about ambition. Football is in our blood. "We are in a different league but we have hopes that someday we will be playing Manchester City and Manchester United." Now read more

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Newcastle United fans organise protest against Mike Ashley’s ownership of the club

A group of angry Newcastle United fans are planning a protest march about Mike Ashley's running of – and are hopeful over 1,000 fans could turn out in support. The Time 4 Change group have grown more and more frustrated with Ashley's ownership after several high-profile – and controversial – decisions by the club's hierarchy. The decision to change the name of St James' Park, the agreement to have payday loan company Wonga as the club's principle shirt sponsor and – most puzzling of all – have all angered Magpies fans. And Time 4 Change feel now is the time for action. The group told the Newcastle Chronicle: "We have felt utter frustration, like many other fans, at the way the club has been run by Mike Ashley." They added: “What is of real concern to us now is repeated club statements appear to suggest it lacks direction, ambition and is failing loyal fans who have put so much time, loyalty and money into supporting the team. "The club has been through bad times before, but since finishing in fifth place, the club has revised and budgeted its targets down for two consecutive seasons." While they accontent_imgknowledge that one protest march is unlikely to spark wholesale .The Japanese playmaker underwent his medical examinations before signing for the recently-promoted LaLiga Santander side, with a potential move to Real Valladolid having cooled.Kubo will spend the remainder of the season on-loan at Mallorca. Acuerdochanges at the club, they do feel it could have a unifying effect amongst supporters who they have say have become divided during Ashley's tenure. “We are not naive enough to think one march will suddenly make Ashley pack up and sell up," they said. “The march, however, can be very significant symbolically, especially if it manages to unite the fans. “Just as it has on a small scale during the organisation of this march, it is a wonderful way of bringing people who had not previously met together, and realising we share so many things in common and can gain strength in unity. “If Ashley has been successful in anything during his reign it has been his unerring ability to divide and conquer the supporters; be it the fragmentation of the singing section in level seven which led to tensions elsewhere omelu Lukaku wants to leave Manchester United this summer.The Belgian attacker is not happy at being second fiddle to Marcus Rashford at Old Trafford.Under boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Lukaku has regularly found himself on the bench when all attackers in the ground with other fans, or his ability to create amateur accountants out of passionate football fans.”

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Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson feared blood clot on lung would kill him

Paul Robinson has revealed how he feared he would die when he suffered a blood clot on his lung. Robinson developed a blockage in the main artery to his lung . was initially told to go home by A and E staff and says he was saved by the quick thinking of Rovers’ doctor Duncan Robertson. Robertson sent him back to hospital where doctors told him he could have died. “It was a Sunday night and my chest started getting really tight and I started coughing up blood,” said the former England international. “Our lads were away at Cardiff and I phoned the doc and said something is not right. “He said, just to make sure, to pop down to my local A and E. So he sent me down with a diagnosis and text message and told me to give it to the doctor and they’d do all the checks. “I was there for a couple of hours and they sent me home as they said I was all right because it was just where they had put the tubes down my throat for my back operation. “But that night I was getting more and more chest pains and the next morning I was coughing up a lot more blood. I just felt like I had a huge man stood on my chest. “So I had the sense to phone the doc back again and he sainchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano insists manager Pep Guardiola will not skip out on his contract.With City’s title defence in ruins following Friday night’s 3-2 defeat at Wolves , the Blues’ chief has come out to insist that Guardiola is d ‘That’s not right’ and told me to get back to the hospital. “But as I was going back, he phoned and says Luis Aragones had the biggest impact on his career.The Spaniard announced his retirement on Wednesday and, as such, he has been facing a number of questions about his playing days.”All of my coaches influenced my career,” Villa said to Radio MARtold me to go to Leeds General Infirmary because it was Easter Monday and they would have the people there to look after me. “’Am I going to die?’ was my first question. I was told ‘yes’, you could have died, but ‘no’ you’re not because we’ve caught it this early. “The doc at Blackburn was brilliant. For him to diagnose it over the phone like he did, I’m very grateful to him.” Robinson’s brush with death at Easter put his recovery back six months and he claims he has felt like a “90-year-old smoker with asthma” because he had to go on Warfarin to thin his blood and dissolve the clot. “For the first couple of months, I literally couldn’t do anything,” he said. “I’d get out of breath just walking up stairs, it was quite scary really. My nan is 92 and she came round to see me. I went for a walk outside and she came with me, but was streets ahead of me. “It was a bit scary, a bit surreal. I felt like a 90-year-old smoker with asthma.” Robinson is building up his fitness and soocontent_imgn hopes to be in contention to make his first Rovers appearance since December. “I’ve done my running and work in the gym and I’ve started my own pre-season programme,” he said. “I’ve had the gloves on a couple of times before, but now I can dive around and it feels great.”

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Everton 2-1 Fulham: Fellaini to the rescue

Everton's season has long been on the critical list, but Marouane Fellaini provided some dramatic, emergency resuscitation to keep their FA Cup dream alive. The Blues midfielder breathed fresh impetus into a campaign that had taken on a deathly pallor, with a brilliant winning goal in their tense fourth round showdown with Fulham. Fellaini produced his dramatic winner on 73 minutes, just as it seemed the Blues were once again to be struck down by their fatal weakness in front of goal. And if his fine header offered safe passage into the fifth round and a first victory over Fulham in this competition in eight attempts, then it provided much, much more for this sickly club. In what has seemed a season of stagnation and bitter frustration for both club and fans, the allure of Wembley and the thrilling sensations a lengthy cup run brings, offers a special kind of relief, as their assistant boss Steve Round admitted in the joyful aftermath of victory. "It was a hugely important victory, because a good cup run lifts confidence and brings something special to the club and the supporters," he explained. "The manager spoke in the dressing room beforehand about just how important this competition is in the history and tradition of this club, and we did that tradition proud with our spirit tonight." Moyes' side certainly showed a desire and determination that has been lacking on home turf at times this season, to recover so admirably from the devastating blow of lrefuse to sell him this summer.The Belgium international, who is out of contract in 2020, has informed the Blues where he wants to play next season.That destination would be Real Madrid, where Hazard is keen to link up with Zinedine Zidane.Chelsea alosing an early, controversial, goal to the visitors' first real attack. Mind you, it took something special for Everton to shrug off the shackles that have too often restrained them this season, with both their goals containing a touch of magic. Fellaini's winner, with time running out and frustrations rising, was outstanding, as he utterly destroyed Fulham's season with one powerful leap and a fine looping header from Landon Donovan's cross. The Belgium international midfielder produced a dominant display in the middle of the park to foil Fulham's gameplan of playing through their skipper Danny Murphy. It leaves the visitors contemplating the remainderhe Europa League final against Arsenal.Kante, who missed the final two games of the season after injuring a hamstring against Watford earlier this month, joined teammates for training at Cobham on Wednesday.”We are trying to recover Kante,” said Sarr of a season that will now be merely a grim struggle through the mid-table morass of the Premier League… which accentuates how important this game was for both clubs. Fulham had seemed to gain the upper hand on 11 minutes when referee Howard Webb judcontent_imgged that Damien Duff's shot – from Murphy's fine pass – had been blocked deliberately by John Heitinga's flailing arm, to allow the visiting captain an assured conversion from the spot. Yet the home team responded superbly, and were worthy winners, even if they yet again required a worrying number of chances before they found the net. In no particular order, Shane Duffy, Tim Cahill, Magaye Gueye, Duffy again, Fellaini twice and Donovan all had chances, before Argentinean loan signing Denis Stracqualursi proved the unlikely source of an equaliser on 27 minutes. The striker has struggled to adapt to English football, but there is no doubting his energy and enthusiasm… as his tearful celebration illustrated. And maybe we shouldn't doubt his technique either, because his was a fine header from Landon Donovan's cross to beat Fulham keeper David Stockdale from 12 yards. This was perhaps Everton's best display of the season, and they could have won even more comfortably, had Cahill not twice hit the bar. But Fellaini's finish was good enough to win the tie, and provide the perfect tonic to a season in which the Blues fans can now dare to dream once more.

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Brendan Rodgers may have ended Simon Mignolet’s Liverpool career, says Everton’s Tim Howard

Brendan Rodgers may have signalled the end of Simon Mignolet's Liverpool career, claims Tim Howard. Howard knows how difficult it is to try and come back at a big Premier League club and he never recovered when Sir Alex Ferguson axed him at Manchester United. says Rodgers has only added to the prcontent_imgessure on by taking him out of the firing line. “I feel for Simon, even though he's a Red,” said Howard, who was speaking to promote his autobiography, 'The Keeper'. “It's hard for a goalkeeper. I think the quote is 'taking the goalkeeper out of the spotlight', but I think it only sheds more light on him. “I don't agree with it. I think you have to go with a goalkeeper and appreciate there will be ups and downs, especially in this league. It's so fast, riker Ahmed Kutucu admits he has ambitions of playing for Manchester United.The 19 year-old is making headlines in Germany this season.”The Premier League is a beautiful and special league and one day I want to play there,” he told Fanatik.“The fanit's so rough, it's a tough league for goalkeepers. ot to have worked with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.Rooney reckons England’s golden generation would have “won everything” if they had Guardiola as manager.Speaking on his personal podcast, Rooney said: “You look at our team ten years ago and a“I feel for him, it's not easy. It's a big confidence position, and not just for the goalkeeper to have confidence. "When you take a goalkeeper out of the team and then you bring him back, does the team have confidence in him? Does the team have confidence in him? “I'll be honest and I think it's a hard road back now. I think when you get taken out of the team, sometimes there's no way back. “It's unfortunate for a goalkeeper, but that's how it is. You can't come on and play the last 20 or 30 minutes and put a good shift in and win a few tackles. It's all or nothing with goalkeepers.” Howard also praised David De Gea for coming through at United when he suffered a difficult start to “I'm very impressed with him, partly because I want through that too and I had to leave,” said the US international. “It was great to see them stick with David. He was younger than I was when he went there and it's massive pressure and I think he's done brilliantly.” In pictures – Bournemouth 1-3 Liverpool: Was Brendan Rodgers right to drop Simon Mignolet?3000+ VOTES SO FAR

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Man United’s Daley Blind looking to follow in father Danny’s footsteps and become Louis van Gaal’s leader

Daley Blind wants to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a leader for Louis van Gaal, . The United boss named the £14m midfielder’s dad Danny as the best leader he has had in his sides during his 23-year coachingcontent_img career. Blind’s father was captain of LVG’s Champions League-winning Ajax side in 1995 and was his sidekick at the World Cup in Brazil with Holland. But with a need for players to take control on the pitch following the departures in the summer of Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra, Van Gaal has said he is on the lookout for candidates in his squad and Daley, who was the Dutch Player of the Year last season, could eventually be up to the job. After naming Danny as his No.1 leader, the Reds manager added: “Maybe his son is better (as a player) but he is stilleper Mark Schwarzer believes Manchester United could handle the departure of David de Gea.Indeed, the Aussie says De Gea might not get the deal he wants with mistakes creeping into his game.He told Goal: “They will have to come to a decision at some not a leader. But that is a process.” Daley, who is in constant contact with his dad saw Van Gaal’s words. “I read it,” 24-year-old Daley said. Daley Blind's career in pics: “I hope I become a bit of a leader like my dad was, but I am still young. I am still improving and this is a new era for me, coming to a new area. “But I can be that (a leader). I have to learn it and have to keep it up but I am learning every day, including about being a leader.” Blind junior was promoted to the Holland senior squad under Van Gaal and had two seasons learning the United manager’s way at international level before joining the Reds in August. But despite that background he says he has not become a key figure in getting Van Gaal’s philosophy across. “That’s being done all by themselves,” he added. “Van Gaal is just doing that with everyone separately and as a group. I am not the key player in the communication. “There is a building process going on but in the last few games we pilan captain Riccardo Montolivo has taken aim at his old club after announcing his retirement.Montolivo confirmed his decision yesterday.And he later revealed to Corriere dello Sport: “When [former coach Rino] Gattuso preferred to move [defender Dalayed the first half really good and in the second half we were not so good. “We have to improve. “That is something we have to work on but we are still working hard on it in training. “I think the players are getting used to it (Van Gaal’s methods). The players like to work with him. Everyone is picking it up very well. “Training is very hard and very serious and we improve every day and you could see that in the first half against Everton. “We have seen that in the first half but now we have to see it over 90 minutes. The play is better though. “It’s important to do it 90 minutes if you want to beat the big clubs. I don’t think one single game is easy in the Premier League. “You saw that against Everton. We have to keep that up and everything’s going to be all right.” Goalkeeper David de Gea was the standout figure in a breathtaking finale last Sunday against Everton but it was Angel Di Maria who set up the victory scoring the first and registered an assist in Radamel Falcao’s first goal for the club. “Angel’s amazing. He is an excellent player. He can score goals, make assists, he can keep the ball very well,” said Blind. “I am very pleased we have him in our team. “He is very important to us but we have to do it with everyone though, as a team.”

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Spurs “serious title contenders” insists beaten Baggies’ boss

West Brom manager Roy Hodgson insisted Tottenham are "serious title contenders" after they beat his men to close within three points of Manchester United. Jermain Defoe scored the 63rd-minute winner against West Brom to move Harry Redknapp's side five tters have begun the search for Nathan Jones’ replacement.Stoke are sacking Jones because of his disastrous nine-month reign and they are bottom of the Championship with just two points.The axe could fall today and the Potters’ hierarchy were keen topoints clear of fourth-placed Chelsea with a gamsewhere.Olmo was one of the breakout stars of the European Under-21 Chcontent_imgampionship as he helped guide Spain to glory.His performances put him in the sights of United, who are looking at how they can freshen up their squad.But Mundo Deportivo says his ae in hand. Tottenham 1-0 West Brom: Daily Mirror match report  Spurs face enforced shopping trip after Gallas joins walking wounded  Tottenham face an injury crisis after Sandro and William Gallas limped off with calf strains, but Baggies boss Hodgson insisted they are still capable of taking their Premier League challenge all the way. "Spurs are serious title contenders and they are putting pressure on the two Manchester clubs to keep winning," he said. "They are getting some distance between themselves and the chasing pack of Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool." Tottenham have now lost only one league game in their last 17 and scored in 18 successive Premier League matches – a new club record. They next play in the league next Wednesday, in a rearranged home fixture against Everton. "We're there or thereabouts," said Redknapp. "We've just got to keep believing and keep going with it. You never know do you? Nothing is impossible. "It's been a great first half of the season for us. The amount of points we've got has been amazing considering we lost the first two games. We've just got to keep going and see where we end up." Redknapp could now be forced to buy a new centre-back in the January transfer window after the injury to Gallas. "Sandro tore a calf, so that'll be a long one, and Gallas as well," he said. "It didn't look very good. They'll have scans [on Wednesday]." Hodgson insisted his side had not targeted Gareth Bale after four of his players were booked for fouling the Welshman. "The thing about Bale is that he runs away at great speed and when people try to tackle him they trip him up," he said. "Five bookings for us is ludicrous. "If every team came to White Hart Lane and played as fairly as we did then Harry would be turning cartwheels."

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West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says he is the “most sophisticated” manager in the Premier League

Sam Allardycerpool ace is often the subject of rough treatment from defenders, but will have the help of VAR in the Premier League this season.He told CNN: “I don’t like it … that’s my answer, always. I don’t like it. I love football how it is”It’s like that we has stepped up his row with Louis van Gaal, claiming he is the most sophisticated manager in the Premier League. angered the Dutchman after played out claiming it was their long ball tactics which ultimately led to Daley Blind's late equaliser. It prompted to hit back in a rather bizarre press conference yesterday, armed with a dossier of statistics to hand to memberton fullback Jonjoe Kenny has enjoyed his first month with Schalke.The 22-year-old played the full 90 minutes as David Wagner’s side cruised to a 5-0 win over SV Drochtersen/Assel in the first round of the DFB-Pokal.”I like the way we play a lot, Iers of the media to try and disprove Big Sam's claims. However, Allardyce has one one step further, claiming he is the furthest ahead of ALL the Premier League bosses with his managerial nous. "I don't think there is any coach more sophisticated than me anymore," said Allardyce. "That's not trying to criticise any other coaches but there is only Arsene Wenger who has done it longer than me. "They may well have gaincontent_imged more experience by managing abroad like Louis van Gaal, Ronald Koeman and people like that but, in this country, with the experience they've got, I don't think there is any coach that would be in that position as more sophisticated. I'm just as good as everybody at this stage. "That comes from the amount of time you do the job, how much experience you gain in the job and how much knowledge you strive for on a regular basis to keep the cutting edge. In pictures: West Ham 1-1 Manchester United "The cutting edge is what's new in football, what's the next level, where is it going to be, how can you find it, how can you implement it into your club. "I've always been that way inclined. I've never stood still and it's probably why I am still here managing in the Premier League for the last 13-14 years." West Ham travel to Southampton this evening, looking to stay in the hunt for European football, while host Burnley at Old Trafford. Is Sam Allardyce the most sophisticated manager in the Premier League?0+ VOTES SO FAR

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Leicester boss set to seal Delfouneso loan

Leicester boan’t escape the daily grind by sipping on posh Lavazza coffee. The Italian brand, which is the clubs’s official supplier, is available throughout the Emirates.However, the club’s hardworking behind the scenes crew are told to sup instant coffee on masan-of-the-match after coming from the bench to inspire Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Southampton.”Honest to God, I’ve been trying to come back and wanting to come back for years,” said the 30-year-old former Liverpool and West Ham centre-forward. “I wouls Nigel Pearson is set to sign Aston Villa striker Nathan Delfouneso on loan today. The Foxes have agreed a deal to take the England under-21 international on loan for a month. Delfouneso, 20, is poised to make his debut against league leaders Southamptocontent_imgn tonight.

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See no evil: Luis Suarez gets full Liverpool backing over FA Cup handball despite church condemnation

Luis Suarez has received the full backing of Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre over t, according to a report. However, it's possible that higher powers are taking a less charitable view of Suarez's 'flexible' moral stance, with a Mansfield reverend reportedly 'incensed' by the handball, which he identified as an indisputable sign of 'evil'. The Press Association says Ayre expects Suarez to be unaffected by this latest controversy and has slammed claims made by Mansfield's chairman that he had himself been 'embarrassed' by the Urumouth will avoid relegation this season.The Cherries are currently 18th with 14 games remaining in the Premier League.Eddie Howe’s side were also knocked out of the FA Cup by the Gunners on Monday, but Arteta has nothing but sympathy for the South Coguayan striker's actions. The PA report continues: The fall-out rumbles on… even a Methodist minister from the Nottinghamshire town has waded into the debate, criticising the "evil" of a lack of sportsmanship in football in general. But Ayre, who dismissed claims by Stags chairman John Radford he was embarrassed by Suarez's actions, said the striker had nothing to worry about. "There have been plenty of decisions which have gone against Luis this season," he said. "These things seem to follow Luis around and it's unfortunate, but he has our full support. "He's a fantastic player who makes a huge contribution to the club. "Knowing Luis, it won't affect him as he's a very strong character." On Radford's claims, Ayre added in the Liverpool Echo: "I was surprised when I read his comments because Mansfield's manager and players showed a lot of dignity after the game.content_img "It's nonsense to say that I was embarrassed." Suarez's handball prompted , to question the values of the modern game. "I have long thought that the game of footbal any individual awards “won’t change me”.Van Dijk won UEFA’s Player of the Year at the end of last month, being awarded the title ahead of football greats Lionel Messi, of Barcelona, and Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo.After helping Liverpool win l suffers from two evils, too much money and a lack of sportsmanship," he told the Nottingham Post. "I watched the game on TV and both my wife and I were incensed. "On this occasion the player I believe knew he had done wrong by his reactions following the incident, but felt he either did not want to do the decent thing or felt under too much pressure from what the team and manager's reaction might be. "I accept the referee made the decision but the player could have been a real gentleman and owned up to it."

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Liverpool vs Man City hero Philippe Coutinho now worth a “frightening” amount gushes boss Brendan Rodgers

Yaya Toure saw his hopes of a title defence suffeNeco Williams for his performance against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup.Critchley says the right-back was one of the most “dangerous” players on the pitch during the 1-0 victory. “It was a brilliant bit of play [for the goal] but that’s Neco,” Critchr a damaging blow – at the hands of his own brother. Kolo Toure , with the exception of one beautifully-worked goal, leaving Kolo to celebrate and commiserate with Yaya. But it was “sensational” Philippe Coutinho and his wonder goal that earned a huge win and Coutinho his manager’s highest praise. ’s knack of schange manager during the season.The Sun says manager Unai Emery has untcontent_imgil the new year to turn things around at Arsenal.Club executives believe the next four Premier League games against Southampton, Norwich, Brighton and West Ham are a golden opporcoring spectacular goals continued with his stunning late strike as Liverpool moved up to fifth with victory. And their manager Brendan Rodgers said it was “frightening” what Coutinho, who joined Liverpool for £8.5million from Inter Milan three years ago, was now worth on the transfer market. “I think he’s a star in the Premier League already,” said Rodgers. “He joined us for £8.5m three years ago – it’s frightening to know what he could be worth now. “He’s a joy to watch and now he’s started scoring goals. He’s a kid who has so much ahead of him in the game. “He’s 22 and people forget he came to us at 19. He is a sensational footballer and to beat Joe Hart from that angle and with that power was phenomenal. “His technique is at a high high level, so he’s going to score a lot more goals.” Liverpool’s win was all the more impressive given they did not get back from Turkey until 4.30am on Friday, following their . “We got in at 4.30am on Friday and were back home at six,” said Rodgers. “To prepare yourself for a game against the champions after that is no mean feat. “So you have to take your hat off to them, because the performance was at a really top level. I have nothing but admiration for them.” Jordan Henderson opened the scoring for Liverpool with an equally impressive strike, before Edin Dzeko equalised for City. But Coutinho clinched the win late on, with City missing the chance to close the gap on Chelsea, who now have a game in hand and their five-point lead intact. Who'll finish higher in the table this season?5000+ VOTES SO FAR

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Talking Italian: Paolo Di Canio ‘in discussions to replace sacked Reading boss Brian McDermott’

Paolo Di Canio is desperate to play Russian roulette with his managerial future – by going for the vacant job at joint-bottom Reading. Di Canio is understood to have had talks with the Premier League relegation candidates on Monday. following Saturday's home loss to Aston Villa, which left the Berkshire club level on points and goal difference with last-placed Queens Park Rangers. The Italian, who , was at Reading’s game with Villa. McDermott seemed very low after the match, , as it is believed he feared the worst. have lost four successive Premier League games and only goals scored keeps them off the bottom. Ex-West Ham and Charlton boss Alan Curbishley is also among thecontent_img bookies’ favourites, while reappointing former Reading manager Steve Coppell – now at Crawley – would be popular with many fans. Royals' Russian owner Anton Zingarevich decided to axe McDermott despite him getting the club promoted last season, and will now install a manager in the hope of giving Reading a lift over the final 10 games. McDermott was called in on Monday and, while he believed his time was running out, was still shocked at how quickly the axe came down, leaving him “distraught.” Reading’s players sensed the sack was in the offing but believed McDermott might have been given the week. The now-managerless club travel to Manchester United, the runaway league leaders, and Arsenal in their next two games. Zingarevich clearly feels a new face will transform things and give them a better chance, having resisted making a change around Christmas time. Di Canio had a stormy time at Swindon and was seen as a potential for West Ham in the future. But if the Reading job is offered, then he may gamble on trying to them up and take the quick route into Premier League management. Reading striker Jason Roberts has paid tribute to McDermott, 51, took over as caretaker manager at the Madejski Stadium in 2009 before being named full-time boss the following year. He guided Reading back to the top flight last season for only the second time in their history but has been relieved of his duties following a poor run of form. Roberts, who expects to miss the rest of the season with a hip injury, believes McDermott will make a quick return to the game. He told Sky Sports News: “He’s a football man and a good man and I just think at this moment in time we take stock of what he has achieved and place on record our thanks. “I as an individual player and I’m sure the others would like to place on record their thanks for what he and his (backroom) team have achieved for us.” Mark Hughes, dumped by QPR in November, and Nigel Adkins, sacked by Southampton in January, have also been linked the Reading job. Roberts would not be drawn on who he would welcome to the Madejski Stadium, saying: “It’s not a decision we are party to. “All we can do is concentrate on what we do on the pitch and on the training ground and do our best for Reading – I don’t think anyone would say anything different. “What we need to do is make sure we leave Reading in a good position, I think Brian McDermott has done that and I think we owe it to the club and owe it to Brian as much as anyone – to the owners, the fans and to ourselves to do the best webramovich in Austria on Wednesday night.The Russian billionaire was in attendance for his team’s 5-3 win over RB Salzburg.And Lampard says Abramovich was happy with Chelsea’s display.’It was good to see him. I obviously know him from my playing days, can and that will never change. “What we need to do is work hard and try and keep Reading in the Premier League because that is the goal. “I think even Brian McDermott would say the same Norwich City could turn Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle if their move for Jordan Rhodes falls through.The Canaries have balked at the £7m fee for Rhodes quoted by Sheffield Wednesday.The Daily Mail says City have turned their attention to Gayle.The 28-year-old excelled on loan at West Bromwich Albion last season.thing, no matter what happens – whether you are in the team or not in the team, whoever is managing the team – we’re here to perform for Reading Football Club and try to keep us in this league. “It’s frustrating from my point of view to not be able to be out there on the pitch helping the boys but I know they are as committed as they can be and will be in the future as well.” Reading announced on Monday night that academy head Eamonn Dolan would take charge of first-team matters going into the weekend, and confirmed first-team coach Nigel Gibbs had also left the club.

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Pictured: Returning West Ham striker Andy Carroll dislocates finger in defeat at Everton

Crochis season.The Reds sit top of the Premier League table after winning all eight of their opening matches to stretch their record to 17 consecutive wins in the competition.”One thing I learnt about Jurgen quite econtent_imgarly was the way that he manages that tked front man Andy Carroll has injured himself – again. But never fear it's only a dislocated finger. Tell that to Carroll though who was clearly in a lot of pain after suffering the injury Despite having to have the wayward digit relocated by the side of the pitch – much to boss Sam Allardyce's anguish – the 25-year-old can see the funny side. Posting a image on his Instagram account said: "Where's he pointing!!!" Before the posting the after pic: &quorgivable for Premier League fans to know little about Brighton and Hove Albion’s history. Prior to 2017, the club hailing from a picturesque seaside town in the county of East Sussex spent only four seasons of their 116-year existence in the top-fligt;And boom back in place!!" Record-signing Carroll has endured a nightmare campaign for the Hammers. Sidelined with a foot injury for much of the season, the lanky striker Carroll has been a busy boy on Instagram this weekend.

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Premier League: 5 things to watch out for this weekend as Chelsea prepare for title party

While the top is done and dusted, the battle for Premier League survival intensifies this weekend. all but wrapped up the title for Jose Mourinho's men and there will be a carnival atmosphere at the Bridge on Sunday afternoon when Palace are in town. But those at the other end of the table will not be in party mood with seven sides realistically in danger – and that includes Newcastle. Whether QPR and Burnley are too far adrift remains to be seen but the picture at the bottom will no doubt look different once again come Monday night after Hull's clacontent_imgsh with Arsenal. Here are five things to watch out for this weekend. Sorry Magpies edge closer to drop Is this the weekend where poor season hits crisis point? The Magpies' slide down the Premier League table has been alarming and they travel to the King Power on the back of SEVEN straight defeats. While Mike Ashley continues to take the brunt of fans' anger, there is no doubt that John Carver is struggling at the helm. In the 15 league games under his stewardship, the Magpies have won two – and lost 10. That is relegation form. Another defeat here and will go within one point of Carver's men and on current form, you'd back the Foxes to win it. With Hull and Villa also improving, it appears the two north-east sides are in gravest danger of joining QPR and Burnley in going down. You can't imagine Carver being in the dugout come August and right now, the team's hopes are equally as bleak. Crowning of the champions Following the Emirates choir's dig at Mr. Mourinho and his players, "Boring I think is ten years without a title. That's very boring," snapped the Special One. Arsene was understandably unimpressed. The Arsenal support can sing whatever they like – and so can the rest of the league – but over the course of the campaign have been the best. Most wins, least goals conceded, second-most scored. The stats don't lie. And no matter what they say Wenger, Van Gaal, Pellegrini or Rodgers would bite your hand off to be as "boring" as the Blues right now. Palace are a decent side on the road and will provide a threat to spoil the party this weekend but as we have seen time and time again, Mourinho relishes the big occasion – and will do once more. When the champagne corks are popped on Sunday afternoon, the Portuguese will no doubt raise a toast to his players for their achievements. And the subsequent celebrations definitely won't be boring. United getting back to winning ways As impressive as were in defeat at Chelsea a fortnight ago, Yes, they had plenty of the ball again and passed it well but what good is that when you've been beaten 3-0? All of the possession was in and around Everton's over Champions League opponents Ajax was about “heart”.Spurs reached the final at the expense of Alderweireld’s former club.And the Belgian said, “Mentally it was not easy. “If you find you’re 2-0 down, you know you have to make three. The fact thabox and Tim Howard had one save to make, denying Wayne Rooney in the second-half. They jabbed and jabbed but it was the Toffees who delivered the heavy blows – and Kevin Mirallas' third (with the aid of some help from the linesman) was a knockout for Louis Van Gaal. – their only tactic seems to be using the aerial threat of Marouane Fellaini. But what happens when that isn't working? They have the ideal opportunity to get back to winning ways when West Brom visit Old Trafford and they should do so with relative ease – but everything is not as rosy as it seemed a few weeks ago. Battle of the bosses in Claret Sean Dyche will keep believing but last week's defeat to Leicester was surely the moment faint hopes of survival ended. The Clarets are rock-bottom, five points from safety and you just can't see them scoring – never mind winning two games. Dyche has done his reputation wonders this season and even if they are relegated, the Burnley support will continue to adore him. The same cannot be said for the side they visit tomorrow, There is an argument about what can West Ham fans realistically expect – but after how well they started, the Hammers faithful have every right to be disappointed. One win in 12 isn't good enough and they're now beneath Everton, who were in the relegation mix a matter of weeks ago. It could be farewell for whoever loses at Upton Park. If Burnley lose and results elsewhere go against them, they'll be as good as down. Should the visitors emerge victorious, Big Sam's Olympic dream will surely be over – and the search for his replacement will intensify. Rodgers' Reds bid farewell to awful April What a bad 10 days for Brendan RodgerFormer Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong is enjoying Manchester United’s struggles.United meet the Gunners on Monday night.“I’m really enjoying it,” Frimpong told Meta Ratings.“Manchester United are having a bit of trouble at the moment, but it’s good to see [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer and Frank Lampard are playing the young players, and giving them a chance.”s and Wembley disappointment against Aston Villa was followed up by a dour goalless draw with West Brom last Saturday. If that was bad, The Reds failed to make a clear opening with Daniel Sturridge still out and Mario Balotelli at his idle best – touching the ball once in 20 minutes before his second-half withdrawal. They won't make up the ground on the top four and Rodgers must ask himself how much of a benefit Europa League football would be to his side. QPR at home would usually resemble an easy three points but the visitors have it all to play for and must start winning. It's been a season to forget for Liverpool, often falling short in the biggest games, but it is not acceptable to just down tools with a few weeks remaining. Will Liverpool ever win a league title under Brendan Rodgers?2000+ VOTES SO FAR

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Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke increases Gunners ownership after buying more shares

Arsenal majority shareholder has purchased two more shares in the club. It strengthens his grip on the Gunners, as they bid to try and get back to challenging for the Premier League title again next season. It has been a decade since they got their hands on the trophy, and Kroenke, along with the rest of the board, will reportedly back with funds to try and fund a title charge this summer. They are still very much in the hunt for second spot, despite Kroenke has backed Wenger to stay at the helm at the Emirates in the past, and the side's impressive second half to the season will see him get another crack at the whip next term. His case will be strengthened further, should they land their second successive FA Cup against Aston Villa in the final next month. with friends about how Heung-min Son was destined to become a star.Many of you know Son now as the electric, goalscoring machine for Tottenham Hotspur.But not so long agocontent_img he was an upcoming South Korean talent who was trying tand Manchester City both agree over paying a suitable price for Harry Maguire.Leicester City are demanding their Premier League rivals break the transfer record for a defender in order to sign their imposing centre-back.The Foxes have been engaged ino make his name in EuropWill Arsenal win the league next season?1000+ VOTES SO FAR