10 months agoNew Inter Milan chief Marotta: Juventus wanted Icardi

first_imgNew Inter Milan chief Marotta: Juventus wanted Icardiby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew Inter Milan sports chief Beppe Marotta admits Juventus asked after Mauro Icardi in the past.Marotta left Juve as general manager in October to join Icardi at Inter.“Asking after players is part and parcel of the job that every sporting director has to do, either directly or through a third person,” Marotta said.“Certainly, also with in mind the idea of moving on Gonzalo Higuain, we might’ve asked after Icardi. However, Piero Ausilio can confirm that we never sat down to negotiate with Inter or discuss costs.“Icardi remains a player at the top level, but there was never anything concrete in an eventual transfer from Inter to Juventus.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoYoung happy Solskjaer keeping Man Utd coaching team together

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Young happy Solskjaer keeping Man Utd coaching team togetherby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United captain Ashley Young is happy to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keep together the majority of the coaching staff after Jose Mourino’s sacking.Solskjaer has retained the services of coaches Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna, who were both promoted to the senior side’s coaching set-up by Mourinho in the summer.Goalkeeper coach Emilio Alvarez, who was drafted in to the club in 2016, has also stayed at the club on the basis of his strong bond with David De Gea.”Carras, Kieran and Emilio have been fantastic,” Young, who has made 16 appearances this season, said.”The training sessions they’ve put on have been fantastic, top notch.”I can definitely see Carras being a manager one day and Kieran has been brilliant stepping up to the first team [from the Under-18s].”He’s taken to it like a duck to water and Emilio is a fantastic goalkeeping coach. It’s nice for them to be here and work under Mick and Ole as well.” last_img read more

10 months agoBurnley boss Dyche warns Arsenal: You’ll be facing reality today

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Dyche warns Arsenal: You’ll be facing reality todayby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche has warned Arsenal to expect a dose of “reality” today.Dyche vowed to continue with his “reality tactics’ when required, as he looks to get his side back on the up.He said: “It’s very simple. If everyone thinks that every team in the Premier League is going to play the beautiful game, at the moment there is only one winner and that is Manchester City.“If we are all going to roll it out from the back and play 600 passes, they win… end of story!“You have to find a way and that’s what we’ve done consistently well here; find a way to be successful.“We’ve had to fight, we’ve had to work, we’ve played some good, productive stuff at times, and always found a way.“That doesn’t change because when you play these powerful clubs, it’s very difficult.“It’s reality tactics, rather than negative tactics, and we’ve tinkered with the side many times before.” last_img read more

10 months agoWolves captain Conor Coady: Stop talking about Europe

first_imgWolves captain Conor Coady: Stop talking about Europeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady insists there’s no room for Europe talk.They go to rock-bottom Fulham on Boxing Day having dropped to 10th after Friday’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool – but they are still just four points off sixth.“We’ve gone from being in the Championship and people are talking about Europe,” said Coady.“We need to make sure we’re level-headed. We want to make sure we look at it game by game.“It (European talk) just doesn’t happen, all the lads will tell you nothing like that has been said in the changing room.“We haven’t looked too much at the league, you can move so much if you win, lose or draw. We’re the same as the boss, we don’t look too much into that. We’ve started the season alright, we’re where we wanted to be, we wanted to keep momentum going from last season.“Up to now it’s been okay but you look at games like Friday, we want to win games. It doesn’t matter if it’s Liverpool or Fulham.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoAgent: I urged Napoli to sign Pavard

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent: I urged Napoli to sign Pavardby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAgent Francesco Di Frisco has revealed he tried to place Bayern Munich signing Benjamin Pavard at Napoli.The defender has just agreed to leave Stuttgart for Bayern this summer.“Did I try to take Pavard to Naples? We talked a lot and tried, but it wasn’t easy,” Di Frisco told Radio CRC.“Even Stuttgart didn’t know until a week ago that he had accepted a contract from Bayern Munich.“There was no offer from Napoli, but they liked him. How hard did Napoli try for him? Interest was there, both from the club and their scouts.“It was a name that Napoli verified immediately. Full-back or central defender? He’s normally a central defender plays as a full-back for his national team.“’Yes’ to Bayern but not a ‘no’ to Napoli? It’s dfficult to say. Ultimately, an offer never came from Napoli, although they conducted themselves very well, as did the lad.” last_img read more

a month ago​Klopp bemused over Liverpool fitness questions

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Klopp bemused over Liverpool fitness questionsby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is not impressed by questions about his side’s fitness.Some pundits questioned whether the Reds had the physical conditioning to keep up with the Italian side.They looked out thought and out fought in a 2-0 loss in the group stages of the Champions League on Tuesday night.When asked about fitness, Klopp said the following to the club’s official website: “There was no physical problem apart from the normal physical problems in a game like this, which is very intense [because] both teams fight hard and all that stuff. It’s not a physical problem tonight.”We have to finish the situations off. How everybody is in life, you need positive moments and you can run forever. “We didn’t have really positive moments tonight. They obviously got the second air, so they could go again. That’s normal, but that was not the reason.” last_img read more

a month agoNorwich boss Daniel Farke: Players didn’t let me down today

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Norwich boss Daniel Farke: Players didn’t let me down todayby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City boss Daniel Farke says they must learn from defeat at Crystal Palace.Farve says that everyone must stick together to make Carrow Road a fortress, following the club’s 2-0 away defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.“It was clear that there would be difficult periods during this season,” he said. “To be competitive at this level is so difficult for us, especially with such a harsh injury situation. We have to stick together and show great commitment and desire.“The players didn’t let me down today, they tried everything and gave their heart. We just weren’t effective enough in using our chances. Carrow Road will be a fortress again next week. We have to go through this difficult time together.”He added: “There were some crucial periods in the game. We had to stand strong in the first 15 minutes and not allow them to have many chances. There was no need to concede the penalty because the striker was facing away from our goal. We have to be a bit more calm.” last_img read more

21 days agoEverton boss Silva urges board not to panic

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Silva urges board not to panicby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva has urged the board not to panic after a slow start to the season.Everton head into Saturday’s game at Burnley on the back of three straight defeats to heap the pressure back on Silva. Asked if he felt he had the backing of director of football Marcel Brands as unrest grows, Silva said: “I understand what you are asking, and we have to be on the same page, we must be.“If you ask me if I feel I am with Marcel, then 100 per cent. It doesn’t make sense for me and for a football club to have a project and then change it because we didn’t win the last three games. You can not do that, it is impossible.”He added: “We inside the club know what’s happened last summer – we have to know because we are football people.“I know what the club asked me as well. I know everything that has happened and for me it is so clear. Stability is so important. If you ask me then I don’t feel anything has changed in the last week. Of course I am not happy, the players are not happy, everyone inside is not happy.“But the club is clear. We showed last summer that we had a project and I’am the manager to handle and work with the players we have.” last_img read more

15 hours agoChelsea hero Nevin tells Lampard: Don’t spend big after transfer ban

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea hero Nevin tells Lampard: Don’t spend big after transfer banby Freddie Taylor15 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea hero Pat Nevin has urged the club not to spend big after their transfer ban concludes.The Blues are currently a six-match winning run thanks in large part to their flourishing contingent of academy graduates.Those youngsters have benefitted from Chelsea’s inability to buy any players until next summer, and Nevin thinks the club must resist ruining their development.He wrote on the club’s website: “Our young side have just deservedly beaten Ajax, the best young side in Europe, at their own ground and it was no fluke, Chelsea were the better team.”If we do the double over them on 5 November, does that then make us the best young side in Europe? If it does, then should Frank take a chance on ruining that progress with a bunch of new signings?”Why for example would you even consider buying, say, another centre-forward when Tammy Abraham has been superb and is absolutely definitely going to get even better? Well there could be a dip in form or an injury, or indeed he might just need a rest at some point.”We have got other strikers already on the roster. Michy’s goals-to-minutes-played figures are off the scale again this season for club and country, but what club or indeed manager would turn down a world-class player if he suddenly became available?”I hadn’t considered it at all this season, because with Chelsea lying fourth in the Premier League, who cares about next season right at this moment? Well the club has to, Frank has to and doing things at the last moment on a whim is generally not considered the best way to bring long-term success to any club. So forward planning is a given.”I suspect there will be a bit of a war chest available to Frank by the summertime, but unlike other clubs around us, such as Manchester United and maybe even Spurs, it doesn’t look like a whole new outfit is needed, just a few little jewels added to make the whole thing sparkle even more.”I wouldn’t be surprised however if the club takes precisely the opposite approach to previous seasons when these acquisitions are considered.”During the ‘Roman era’, how many world-class strikers of a certain age have come to the Bridge with, it has to be a said, varying levels of success? I almost can’t imagine Frank doing that, but I can imagine the scouts being sent out around the planet to find the next hot young thing who would fit into, or more likely grow into, this group and this system.” last_img read more

4-Star QB Recruit Dwayne Haskins Posts Meme Taking Shot At Big Ten, Along With Notre Dame Hashtag

first_imgDwayne Haskins throwing a pass against Michigan.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to throw a pass in the second half against the Michigan Wolverines on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Four-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins is one of the most highly-coveted uncommitted passers in the class of 2016, and there isn’t a lot of clarity when it comes to the schools that he favors. Haskins, who has offers from most prominent programs, has recently visited his home state Maryland Terrapins as well as Rutgers, and has offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, and Wisconsin. None of that kept him from posting a Lion King meme, taking a shot at the Big Ten conference. His tweet also includes a curious Notre Dame hashtag. We’re not sure if he was sent the meme or if he made it himself, or what this says about the schools involved in his recruitment, but it is certainly interesting.#WeAreND pic.twitter.com/maYW9ofCiD— •Ⓜ️ay 3rd• Glo Day (@dh_simba7) May 4, 2015We wouldn’t read too much into this for now, but that probably won’t prevent recruitniks from over-analyzing it. In all likelihood, this was just a harmless joke sent in from a Notre Dame fan somewhere.last_img read more