Mark Hughes was the last Premier League manager to take points off Jose Mourinho in his first spell as Chelsea boss – and insists he can hurt him again. Hughes’ Blackburn drew 0-0 at Stamford Bridge five days before Mourinho left in September 2007 when his relationship with Roman Abramovich broke down. Hughes claims Stoke can dent Mourinho and Chelsea again – even though limportant” player for Chelsea.Signed from Napoli last summer, the Italian midfielder has endured a difficult debut season at Stamford Bridge.But Azpilicueta believes Jorginho has the quality to become a top player for the Blues.”Jorginho is a very imast league win over the Blues was in 1975. “Thinking back to that game in 2007, there might have beed down an offer from Real Madrid.As Spurs prepare for their Champions League semi final second leg against Ajax, Pochettino spoke about his future at the club.Many had expected him to depart for Real Madrid last summer, while there have been links ten a disputed offside goal they might have scored,” said the Stoke boss. “I don’t think Jose was too happy about that. If it turns out like that again, we’ll be more than please to take it. “We’re Stoke City and we feel at the Britannia Stadium we can beat anybody. That’s our intent. The fact that they have slipped up away from home is a positive for us. “They’ve conceded from a number of set-plays and you sometimes find that with teams who are good from set-plays, they are not so good defensively.” Hughes feels Mourinho is more attack-minded than he was during his first stint at the Bridge. “They are a little bit different and they are not exactly the same,” he said. “But sometimes if that’s your natural instincts to get ahead and shut up shop, then they will revert to type. But certainly there’s a little bit more freedom to their play, which there wasn’t in the past.”
Jose Mourinho urged Roy Hodgson to show World Cup loyalty to Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole. England chief Hodgson admitted on Thursday on May 13 when he selects his final 23 for Brazil. Cole’s relegation to understudy duties behind Cesar Azpilicueta for Mourinho's Chelsea has opened the door for Southampton rookie Luke Shaw to gatecrash the flight to Rio. But while Mourinho accepted Hodgson has the right to make his own decisions, he suggested the England boss should stick by the men who helped ensure those clashes with Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica. Lampard – another stalwart under Mourinho at – played in seven of England’s 10 qualifiers, while Cole played four. The Special One said: “It’s not my decision. But I try to be pragmatic, so if one day I am a national team manager, I think the players that have taken me to the Euros or to the World Cup are the players I’m going to take to the Euros or the World Cup – they took me, by qualifying. After that, I take them on my plane. “I don’t think it makes a lot of sense if you trust some players to do the qualification and, after that, you don’t select them and pick others.” Asked if that should apply to a player out of favour with his club's boss – as is the case with Cole – Mourinho replied: “That’s a problem of the club coach. In that case, it’s my problem.” Mourinho laughed off interrogations about the bizarre snood – in Chelsea blue and white but showing off a Portuguese flag and his name in bold lettering – he wore to his Stamford Bridge press conference, responding: “What? Ah this….” And he suggested that it would be wrong for the FA to consider employing him as a future successor to Hodgson, because of his nationality. He said: “It’s allowed, so it can happen but if I was a president of the Portuguese Federation, I’d want Portuguese managers. When, one day, I’m a national coach, I will take only players born in my country. That’s for sure. Or if not born in my country, then with parents with a big connection with the country. “I will never take a player just because he has a passport from my country thinking he can make my team stronger. For me, the national team means a lot. If, one day, I coach Portugal, I’ll go with the Portuguese. The national team is Portugal. It’s not Portugal and France. Portugal is for the Portuguese.” The Blues boss thanked Fulham chief Felix Magath for his “honesty” in agreeing that the scheduling of at 3pm Saturday, so soon after Chelsea’s return from Istanbul at 4am Thursday, worked in the Cottagers’ favour. Mourinho, whors.PSG star Edinson Cavani has recently revealed that one of his dreams is to score a goal for Boca at La Bombonera like former Uruguayan striker Sergio Martinez.”Between River and Boca, I’m going for Boca,” Modric said on Un Metro Adelantado.”I preo famously hid in a laundry basket to get round a UEFA touchline and dressing room ban when he played Magath’s Bayern Munich in a 2005 Champion League quarter-final, also praised . “I don’t knowe Austin has urged Liverpool to keep hold of Roberto Firmino.Austin, who is a proud fan of the Reds, insists the club cannot let the Brazilian go amid claims of interest from Bayern Munich.Austin saw the £75m rumour and posted on Twitter, along with his training methods,” he added, “just his CV, which is one of the best of the 20 managers in the Premier League.” Mourinho suggested he will rotate his strikers, omitting a “tired” Fernando Torres at Craven Cottage. And while Chelsea can go nine points clear of Manchester City before Manuel Pellegrini’s men play another league match, he insisted: “That’s a privilege for them. To play and to know what’s happened before is always a big advantage.” Who should be in Hodgson's final 23?0+ VOTES SO FAR
Matt Le Tissier has launched a scathing attack on the FA and labelled Roy Hodgson as the "cheap" and the "safe" option. The West Brom boss is being widely tipped as the next England coach ahead of Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp. But former Southampton legend and TV pundit Le Tissier doubted both his credentials and playing style. He said: "I think all the players, all the fans and all the media wanted Harry Redknapp to have the job. "It seems to me – as an outsider looking on – the FA has gone for someone who's going to do as he's told (and) isn't going to cost anything in terms of compensation." "It looks to me like it's the cheap option and the safe option – whether or not it's the right option only time will tell." "There are a whole bunch of issues – if you look at the committee that is selectti made more history with his appearance in last night’s 0-0 draw with Real Madrid.Barca coach Ernesto Valverde brought him on from the bench in the Clasico and he became the club’s youngest player this century in such a game.He replaced Antoine Grieing the next England manager. One of them, I think I'm right, is (Director of Football Development) Trevor Brooking. "I think Trevor and Harry had a falling-out many years ago and I'm not sure if that's played a part in one of the reasons why they've decided against going for Harry. "The FA has not been known for making fantastic choices in the past and seems to have continued that tradition. "I've never really been excited by Roy Hodgson's teams and I think that's where my reservation stems from. I'd like to see the England team play with a little style and I think that's what the fans want as well." Meanwhile England's World Cup hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst has added his voice to the criticism as he expressed his surprise Harry Redknapp seems unlikely to get the England job. Hurst said: "I thought Harry was probably the outstanding candidate at the time because he has had success with Tottenham at a higher level. "He's been involved in the Champio Davies is leaving his coaching role at Anderlecht.The former Manchester City youth coach moved to Anderlecht last summer as Vincent Kompany’s No2.But after the appointment of Frank Vercauteren as Anderlecht’s main head coach, Davies found himself sins League and that's been good experience for him. "What Harry has achieved at Spurs in the last three or four years as been quite remarkable, taking them from almost being relegated into the Champions League as the most attractive side in the country. "He was the media favourite and the fans' favourite, so it was a bit of a surprise when the FA turned to Roy Hodgson."
Luis Suarez and Mited midfielder Ravel Morrison.Morrison has joined Boro on-loan to June.Woodgate told the Hartlepool Mail: “I just think he’s an absolutely outstanding player, and I think we can get the best out of him.”People say he’s had issues, but who hasn’t hadartin Skrtel have been involved in These pictures appear to show how a harmless game of head tennis descended into a heated dispute – with the pair allegedly coming to blows. took offence to not taking the drill seriously by using his arm to keep the ball in play, according to the Sunday Express. And when the duo clashed they ha over Valencia.Glenn Murray’s penalty and Shane Duffy’s bullet header cancelled out Rodrigo’s opener, and Potter reflected on a promising evening at the Amex.He said, “I thought we grew into the game, didn’t let the disappointment of going a goal dd to be separated by teammates with South Americans Lucas and Philippe Coutinho siding with the 27-year-old striker.
It’s a big game for tomorrow. But United, in particular, go into it knowing they cannot afford to be cut adri untoward regarding vice-chairman Ed Woodward’s absence for their 0-0 draw with Wolves.Woodward was a notable absentee from Saturday’s goalless clash at Old Trafford – the club’s first home match since some United fans were filmed throwing flares outft from the top of the Premier League. They have played two clubs expected to be in the top six come the end of the season – Liverpool and Chelsea – and emerged from those two matches with only one point. I don’t think a draw would be a good result for either side, as City also haven’t started particularly strongly. It’s important for United that they have Wayne Rooney back and seemingly close to top form after all the speculation about him during the summer. But as far as the result of the game goes, it’s even more important that Vincent Kompany is available again for City. He’s a crucial player for them. It’s a tough one to call. There’s not much between them, but home advantage could be the decisive factor in swinging it City’s way. New way, Jose! A fascinating situation as Jose Mourinho tries to adapt to managing a team with less physical players. It is almost as if the Blues boss is in transition, as well as his team. He is having to get used to managing a different way. He e is sure his team have improved since their amazing World Cup run.The Three Lions have built on their semi-final appearance in Russia by cruising to qualification for Euro2020.”I would say that we’re definitely further ahead than we were heading intis playing without the dominant physical striker he had when he was at Stamford Bridge the first time. The side is struggling at the moment and it was a big blow to . But it made me smile when he talked about all the youngsters he was going to play. You’d have thought they were kids from the academy. They had an awful lot of international caps for 'youngsters'. Mourinho is a talented manager. You only have to look at his record to see that. Things are not easy for him right now, but I wouldn’t bet against him getting it right sooner rather than later. Click here for .
Scott Parker reckons Rene Meulensteen’s 30-somethings have the experience to keep Fulham in the Premier League. Parker, 33, says having so many veterans in squad should be seen as a strength rather than a weakness in . Struggling still searching for consistency and results on the back of an unpredictable season, which has seen major managerial upheaval. Their ageing squad includes Steve Sidwell, Damien Duff, Dimitar Berbatov, Brede Hangeland, John Arne Riise and more, who are all in the veteran stage of their careers. But Parker believes it can only help in going to tough places likrgen Klopp has cooled talk of moving for PSG star Kylian Mbappe.Liverpool are one of several clubs reported to have an interest in Mbappe, who appears keen on a move from PSG to Real Madrid . But Klopp says the calibre of French player Liverpool woule Arsenal as they all know what it takes to survive and can handle the pressure. The Fulham midfielder said: “We are an older squad, but there is experience there and we have an understanding. “I hear what people are saying, but, if you look at the stats and data, I don’t think there have been many games in which we have under-performed. “Age is not a limit, it can only help. When you have been in difficult situations before, you have an understanding of what needs to be done. That can only help us. “There are some senior players here, big characters, like Duff, Hangeland and Berbatov – they all have vast experience and have played at top clubs. It’s a positive. “We also have some youngsters in the squad. I see it as a balance and, hopefully, that experience can help us move on.” Parker is still bemused as to why Fulham – last weekend, in the FA Cup three days later – lack consistency. It cost Martin Jol his job, but new boss Meulensteen is now being and another . Parker believes Curbishley – one of the biggest influences and mentors in his career – can also provide much-needed experience after his long absence from management. He said: “What Curbs will bring is that he has been in this situation before with West Ham – he will bring experience and know-how. I’m sure he will be a sounding board for the manager. “Rene is very hands-on as a coach. He takes a lot of sessions, has a lot of input. He drills players in terms of what he wants. He is very confident. His experiences at Manchester United have brought him that confidence. “He goes into games, preparing to win them. I am sure that is a bit different here and there are certain things that will have to change. “The lads have taken to him really well. I think you have seen that from some of the performances since he has been here. But we still need to find that consistency. It’s the inconsistency which is why we are where we are.” Parker is relishing the trip to high-flying Arsenal after a few feisty London derbies in his days at Spurs and West Ham. He added: “Arsenal have been fantastic. I have always been an admirer of how they play. The criticism is that they have not won any trophies, but this year they seem to have turned a page. “We are under no illusions how difficult it will be. We are going there to give them a good, hard game and upset them. Arsenal, Manchester United or Chelsea, you have to be 100 per cent. If you are, you may have a chance of an upset.” Scott Parker appears in EA SPORTS FIFA 14, available to buy now on Xbox One, PS4 and all other formats from Game.co.uk. Start your Ultimate Team today at easports.com/uk/fifa/fut-hub. Average age of Premier League starting XIs this season Club Average age Fulham 29 years, 303 days West Brom 29 years, 22 days West Ham 28 years, 343 days Crystal Palace 28 years, 249pointed as new manager of AS Monaco.Moreno has been confirmed as the new head coach of AS Monaco until 2022, replacing Leonardo Jardim whose dismissal was announced at the same time as the Spaniard’s appointment.Jardim won the 2016/17 Ligue 1 title w days Everton 28 years, 101 days Chelsea 28 years, 72 days Manchester City 27 years, 280 days Stoke 27 years, 211 days Hull 27 years, 210 days Manchester United 27 years, 32 days Sunderland 27 years, 18 days Newcastle 26 years, 360 days Swansea 26 years, 257 days Arsenal 26 years, 214 days Norwich 26 years, 181 days Liverpool 26 years, 57 days Cardiff 26 years, 56 days Tottenham 25 years, 280 days Southampton 25 years, 112 days Aston Villa 24 years, 296 days
Blackburn boss Steve Kean is pleading with owners Venky's to give him the money to bring in some old heads for next season. The Scot has been battling for survival with a young squad this season after a handful of senior stars were moved off the payroll – and more are likely to follow. Kean, who is tracking Marseille striker Pierre-Andre Gignac among others, knows his kids need some help if they are to improve. “There are a number of layers on our radar," he said. "We need to make sure that the balance of young players and experienced ones is right. “We have lost about 1,500 Premiership games with some of the lads who havePaulo Futre is convinced Joao Felix will have a huge future.Indeed, Futre says Felix will be a future Ballon d’Or winner.He declared: “Joao Felix is twenty years old, he is a champion, he can occupy the throne of the best Portuguese player when (Cris left us. We need to have experience and combine that with the youth. We are trying to improve, so we keep looking.” Kean confirmed a loan move for Gignac is possible, and said: “I am an admirer of any good player, and he is a very good player. “We want an experienced striker – we tried in the last window, but it was frustrating. "Fdent Franz Beckenbauer retains hope of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp returning to Germany.Klopp won the first trophy of his Liverpool reign on Saturday as the Reds beat Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final. Beckenbauer hopes Bayern will be able irstly, we need to maintain our status and then strengthen. The youngsters we have got are as good as there is in the country.”
boss Arsene Wenger wants to bring in more players before the end of the transfer window – but is pleased with his business so far. The Frenchman has brought in Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, Newcastle full-back Mathieu Debuchy, and Colombian . But he wants to add more new faces to his ranks before the window shuts on September 1st to compete with the other clubs at the top of the Premier league table. "I'm very happy with the business," he said at a . "I did what I wanted and still open to do more. We have to focus on the weekend. "The window closes on August 31 [sic] but we're a bit ahead of what we normally do because the availability on the market was earlier than before. "Players have to go out before they come in. "The bigger clubs have done their deals earlier. When one starts the others follow. But not a lot has happened since the World Cup. "It will get busy again the last two weeks in August." And the Frenchman admitted that could be on his way out of the club. He added: "Thomas Vermaelen is injured but it's a p18-year-old striker, who scored 28 goals for the Reds U18s side during the 2018/19 season, sustained a serious knee injury while playing for the first-team against Tranmere Rovers on July 11 in pre-season.Highly-rated Glatzel signed the a deal today ossibility that he goes and if he does we will have to replace him." Wenger had to field questions on potential Gunners' targets including but distanced himself from the youngster. "That's wrong," he said. "Like Balotelli was all wrong. We do not master all the noises that come out. You can never say never. But we are not on the case. He grew increasingly frustrated when presented with rumours the winger was flying into London. ''There are lots of clubs in London," he said. When asked if he was close to confirming his fifth deal of the summer – with Real Madrid's Sami Khedira linked – he gave nothing away. "It depends what you call close. I call close ''imminent'', so we're not close. "I don't want to give you any names but at this moment we're not after anybody. Arsenal face Benfica in the two-day Emirates Cup on Saturday and Wenger is keen to use it as a chance to test his players' fitness. He added: ''It's a real test ahead of the Charity Shield and the Premier League, as well as Champions League qualifier. ''I'm more interested in the fitness because we ave a stable team and know the football we play. ''We have a short time available but I'm quite happy with where we are. I will tell you more on Monday.'' Arsenal fans! Where do you think turnley goalkeeper Joe Hart is ready to stall plans of leaving England.Hart has been linked with David Beckham’s Inter Miami, with the expansion franchise preparing for their first season in MLS in 2020.However, the Daily Mail says Hart is likely to she club will finish this season?16000+ VOTES SO FAR
Buoyant Roy Hodgson has told his England predecessor Fabio Capello: “I can beat Italy without your help.” Hodgson is deep into his preparations for Sunday’s quarter-final in Kiev, following the victory over Ukraine on Tuesday that won group D. Italy midfielder . But England boss Hodgson insists he was not fazed by comparisons with the man he replaced. “I am sure people will compare me with Capello anyway, because this is the team that Capello qualified for this tournament. I am sure he must still be disappointed not to be here coaching this team itself," said Hodgson. “I don’t know if he has been following the Italians but we have more than enough information on teams and more than enough reseamienta says Sergio Akieme has first team potential.Akieme was outstanding in the 1-1 draw with Llieda on Saturday.Garcia Pimienta said, “He’s an excellent signing we made. We wanted to strengthen that position and we’ve now got it under control. It’srch. So I don’t think I will be turning in particular to anybody for advice.” Hodgson, still respected in Italy from his two spells with Inter Milan, went on: “We will be making certain we use all the evidence we have got and study the video and make our own minds up a little bit as to how we go about the job. “The Capello factor will be there, but it will only become a hindrance if we allow it to. “Obviously there will be lots of things written that are not 100 per cent the truth or maybe I wouldn’t want to read or hear. “But that’s life. That won’t stop me from preparing the team. There’s no words that can affect my job, if you like, with the team.” Un-bee-lievable!: Neville praises "incredible" Hodgsoy moved to Juve in the summer on a free transfer, but has found it difficult to get game time.The Italian champions have a packed midfield and Rabiot is often the odd one out under Maurizio Sarri.Footmercato says Everton have contacted Rabiot’s mothen Gary Neville has claimed Roy Hodgson’s “incredible” man-management has inspired England’s march into the Euro 2012 quarter-finals, writes John Cross. Former England defender Neville, now a a member of Hodgson’s coaching staff, says the Three Lions' manager has got the whole squad playing for each other. He said: “We’re working with someone who is calm, doesn’t sort of get carried away by things, brings a great deal of humility, trusts in his players and has faith in them. “He is someone they like and want to play for and I think that’s important. “One thing about the group in these last three/four weeks, the work rate, the endeavour and the effort has been absolutely incredible. "To see it from the other side is inspiring.”
it ha and Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen on a free transfer.The Belgium international, 33, joined Barca from the Gunners in 2014, but his time at the Nou Camp was plagued by injuries and he was loaned to Roma for the 2016-17 season.Despite playing justs been revealed.The Daily Mail says Allegri asked Arsenal chiefs why he should become their new manager.It was deemed he was ‘arrogant’, although those feelings may well have changed by now.Arsenal have drawn up a managerial shortlist following
Cesare Prandelli has will have a "psychological advantage" over Arsenal in Wdnesday's Champions League group game – after lifting the Emirates Cup. The Turkish giants last year, beating en route. The event is usually dismissed as nothing more than a summer workout. But who was in charge of Italy at the World Cup, said: "els Manchester City can improve their defence.City are expected to be crowned the Premier League title winners today.“I think at the back there is still one or two positions with [Vincent] Kompany getting older now, he’s been an amazing player,” ReAll these experiences psychologically boost morale. "It can bring an advantage, we believe we have to be brave. I believe we don't know what we can do, we can actually improve from today onwards. "We're playing against a quality experienced team. We will be a bit more controlled, we will try to play our own game. "They will try to come to our half, I will try to hold the position, we'll have to plabecome much more difficult if he ends their Premier League title drought.Klopp still has several years left to run on his current contract, yet Gerrard has already been touted as the natural successor when the German eventually steps aside.Speaking oy a controlled game. Arsenal has always and we have to make sure we don't change our philosophy and play our own game. "They have shown the character they can play football with whoever is on the pitch, as a big team we should also put our own game on the pitch." Galatasaray midfielder Blerim Dzemajli added: "They are a team that plays very good football from behind. "Try to play the ball always. I remember one thing about them they're a team they go together, everybody gives everything for the team. "For us it will be important to get out as a team, to defend strong and to play our game. Don't be afraid. We have to have respect, that's important, but not to be afraid. "I think we have a good team, we can play against every team. I think it's going to be in our hands." Did you know we have our very own Gunners Facebook page? Who will win tonight?1000+ VOTES SO FAR
Liverpool are chasing the signatures of teen pair Tyler Roberts and Jack Batten as they continue to try and hoover up the best of young British talent. Wales Under-16 captain Roberts is currently with , the same club from which plucked Jerome Sinclair and who is now one of their most highly-rated academy players. Striker Roberts, 16, would cost Liverpool around £200,000 in compensation as per the guidelines of the s eparations for the Champions League final against Tottenham.Dutch side AZ Alkmaar turned down their request s are reportedly looking to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga in goals.The world’s most expensive goalkeeper was dropped by Frank Lampard for last Saturday’s draw with Leicester City.According to Goal, Chelsea already have a willing replacement in Onana.The for a friendly, reports The Sun.Jurgen Klopp is hoping to end his season on a high having just lost out to Manchester City in the race for theElite Player Performance Plan – a fee likely to rile the Baggies who have had the player on their books since the age of nine. 18-year-old Bristol City centre-back Batten could be available for as little as £75,000 up front with clauses and add-ons. But the Reds have missed out on 15-year-old Hungarian wonderkid Matyas Tajti who has signed instead for Barcelona. Who do you think will win the title now?19000+ VOTES SO FAR
Manchester United have accepted the apologies of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and manager Kenny Dalglish over their actions at yesterday's Barclays Premier League game at Old Trafford. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson branded Suarez "a disgrace" and said he should never play for Liverpool again after he refused to shake hands with United defender Patrice Evra prior to the match, having racially abused the Frenchman at Anfield in October. The Uruguayan today apologised for his actions, as did Dalglish who batted away questions about Suarez's conduct during a post-match interview with Sky Sports. Dalglish and Reds managing director Ian Ayre both said today they had been misled by Suarez, who had indicated to them he would shake Evra's hand. The his first senior goal for Brighton.The 19-year-old was on target in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup win over Bristol Rovers.He said: “It was a special night because it’s what I’ve been working for ever since I came over here.”It’s the proudest moment of my ca statement read: "Manchester United thanks Liverpool for the apologies issued following Saturday's game. "Everyone at Old Trafford wants to move on from this. The history of our two great clubs is one of success and rivalry unparalleled in British football. "That should be the focus in the future of all those who love the clubs." David Maddock: Why Suarez should feel ashamed for damaging not just Liveprool FC, but Kenny Dalglish too Luis Suarez issues apology for not shaking Evra's hand Kenny Dalglish apologies for post-mtach Suarez interview Liverpool MD Ian Ayre: Suarez was wrong to mislead us New York Times attack Liverpool over Suarez conduct Prime Minister planning racism in football summit Houllier and the PFA condemn 'disrespectful' and 'embarrassing' Suarez Fergie: 'Disgrace' SuareSaka is not allowed into the first-team dressing room at the club’s training ground.The young winger, 18, has still not been given permission to join the senior dressing room – and continues to prepare in the academy area, says The Sun.Despite rapidlz should never play for Liverpool again Comment: Why Liverpool need to accept Suarez is more sinner than saint Tweet my Handshake! The best gags from Manchester United's 2-1 win over Liverpool
Newcastle defender Steven Taylor is supposed to be pushing hard for a debut England cap at the age of 27 – though perhaps Roy Hodgson should watch this video first? Recorded on a jelly phone during , it shows Taylor making sustained efforts to distract Potters goalkeeper Asmir Begovic as Yohan Cabaye lined up a Tdown the pecking order at the Premier League club.Per the Evening Standard, he will look to leave this summer if he does not get guarantees about playing time next season.The paper also believes that it is Feyenoord who will look to re-sign him and boor Solskjaer.Fernandes has hailed Solskjaer for helping him adjust to life at United.He told Sky Sports: “I think the coach is always important for a new player when you come in.“With me, it was really important because you need to feel confidencen free-kick. And it worked, with Cabaye levelling the game 1-1, much to the annoyance of Stoke players who gave Taylor some stick. So expect to see more of this sort of thing blighting the beautiful game. On the other hand, goalkeepers have been at it for years….
Damien Comolli has again slammed Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group – and claimed they regarded the signing of as a “massive mistake”, . Comolli was sacked by FSG just 18 months after being appointed in November 201ico Madrid are ready to make a late move for Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen.Knowing Real Madrid have gone cold on the Dane, Atletico are stepping in, says Sportitalia.Atletico see Eriksen as a replacement for Antoine Griezmann after his €120 as first director of football strategy and later director of football. The Frenchman was in charge of player recruitment and pushed through the big-money signings of Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and Henderson. A poor season in 2011-12 ended with Dalglish sacked, after which soon moved on Carroll and Downing and came close to allowing Henderson to leave. The midfielder, though, is now vice-captain and is expected to take over the armband full-time once Steven Gerrard departs in the summer – prompting Comolli to defend his recruitment policy at Anfield. “When I left Liverpool, the owners told me Henderson was a massive mistake,” he said. “Now he’s turned out to be the next Liverpool captain and he’s a regular in every game.” Comolli added: “I don’t think I have to justify whether Carroll was a good decision or a bad decision. Look at it as a whole. “When people talk to me nowadays about Liverpool, they say what a fantastic job you did in bringing players like Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson to the club. In pictures – Bolton 1-2 Liverpool: “The issue I have got is when a group of owners approach somebody like me and say we want to invest for the long term, we want you to sign young players, we want you to put together a squad which has a future for the next three to five years, we want you to work with the academy and we start to do all this and after a few months or a few years they say: ‘Sorry, it’s not working out’. “You cannot say you have to focus on the future and at the samea short-term contract until the end of the season.The 28-year-old, who has been a free agent since leaving Blackburn in the summer, has been training with Sheffield United since December.He was criticised for the way he came across in the Netflix ser time say the young players are not ready to compete at the top level.” Is Jordan Henderson a worthy Liverpool captain?1000+ VOTES SO FAR