Month: December 2019

I spoke to David Moyes last night… he is DONE FOR at Real Sociedad, insider tells talkSPORT

first_imgGraham Hunter has told talkSPORT that David Moyes’ Real Sociedad tenure is OVER.The Spanish football expert spoke to Moyes on Sunday evening and the ex-Everton and Manchester United boss confirmed his departure.Sociedad, who are 16th in La Liga following Friday night’s defeat to lowly Las Palmas, have yet to announce the news.But Hunter, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Monday, said: “He is done for. I spoke to him at length last night.”Hunter went on to criticise the Spanish club’s handling of Moyes’ departure, claiming it has been a “comedy of errors”.News emerged of the Scot’s sacking on Sunday evening but he was not informed in person as his flight back to Spain, following a brief trip to England, was delayed.Moyes is expected to meet the San Sebastian club’s president Jokin Aperribay on Monday before his sacking is officially confirmed.“While it is difficult to defend the numbers, what he is going to leave behind is a cowardly club,” said Hunter.“It is a really embarrassing and dishonourable way for the club to do this to a guy who had the solutions to this weak, self-indulgent squad’s problems.”last_img read more

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‘England MUST build Euro 2016 around Ross Barkley’, says Three Lions legend Terry Butcher

first_imgFormer England captain Terry Butcher has urged Roy Hodgson to build his side around Everton starlet Ross Barkley as the boss begins his preparations for Euro 2016 next summer.The Everton starlet was one of the stand-out performers towards the end of the Three Lions’ qualification campaign, and seems guaranteed a place in the line-up for friendlies against Spain and France this week.Questions have been raised over the 21-year-old’s defensive work-rate, raising doubts over his future in Hodgson’s possession-based system when the likes of Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson return from injury, but ‘Captain Fantastic’ Butcher insists Barkley’s attacking qualities are too good to miss.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Butcher said: “Ross Barkley impressed in qualifying and he must play, Roy Hodgson must find a place for him in the team.“He’ll have to do a lot more defensive work, chasing and closing down, but it’s his work on the ball is his real quality.“I think he should play and that they should virtually build a team around him.”England travel to face Spain in Alicante on Friday, before hosting France at Wembley on Tuesday in the first group of friendly tests before next summer’s tournament.And after coming through their straightforward qualification group with a 100 per cent record, Butcher believes finally facing top quality opponents ahead of the championship will be vital for Hodgson’s men.“They’ll learn a lot more about each other and as a team in these games,” he added. “If they try to get on the ball and impress and try and do well against Spain and France it will give the players a lot of confidence ahead of the tournament.“It’s nice to play these big teams, because at the end of the day the qualification group was far too easy. You didn’t learn a lot about the England team from those games, they just qualified and made sure they went through.“Games like this will whet the appetite and, if we get a result, it’ll give the team and us confidence that England can do it.”last_img read more

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Champions League news: What do Arsenal and Chelsea need to reach the last 16? Find out here…

first_imgChelsea v FC Porto, Wednesday 9 December, 7:45pm kick off (GROUP G)Chelsea are still hopeful of finishing top of their group as they welcome Jose Mourinho’s former side to Stamford Bridge, but could yet end up third and in the Europa League.What they need: Chelsea and FC Porto are level at the top on 10 points, so whoever wins this clash would seal a first-placed finish. A draw would also see Chelsea qualify, in second place, but a defeat for the Blues would leave them praying Dynamo Kiev fail to beat Maccabi Tel Aviv at home, otherwise Mourinho’s men will be bound for the Europa League. 3 It’s over to you London clubs…Arsenal and Chelsea both require positive results to reach the last 16 after a mixed night for the Manchester clubs on Tuesday.Wolfsburg 3-2 Man UnitedMan City 4-2 MonchengladbachAllow talkSPORT, therefore, to explain what the Gunners and the Blues require to make the next round:Olympiakos v Arsenal, Wednesday 9 December, 7:45pm kick off (GROUP F) – live on talkSPORTSuch has been the Gunners’ dismal form in the competition that victory alone may not be enough to see them progress to the knockout stages. What they need: Arsenal need to win by two or more goals, or seal a one-goal victory in which they have scored three or more. For example, Arsene Wenger’s side would qualify with a 2-0 scoreline or a 3-2. Any win for Arsenal other than 1-0 or 2-1 will see them through. 3center_img 3 Arsene Wenger last_img read more

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‘Dropped three years too late’ – What United fans think of LVG’s decision

first_imgIt could be because Man United play Chelsea on Monday, but fans still raised their eyebrows when Louis van Gaal dropped Wayne Rooney.The manager decided to begin the match against Stoke at the Britannia without his captain, opting for Ander Herrera instead, while Marouane Fellaini replaced Morgan Schneiderlin in midfield.Here, talkSPORT looks at a selection of the online reaction from fans.Will Man United regret the decision to begin with Rooney on the bench? 1 Wayne Rooney is out of the Man United starting line-up against Stoke City last_img

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CONFIRMED: West Brom’s Brunt to miss Euro 2016 with serious knee injury

first_imgNorthern Ireland midfielder Chris Brunt has been ruled out of Euro 2016 after suffering a serious knee injury.The West Brom star was stretchered off during his side’s win over Crystal Palace last weekend following an innocuous challenge from Wilfried Zaha.Scans showed he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and he underwent surgery to repair the damage on Thursday, Brunt is now facing six months on the sidelines, meaning he will miss this summer’s European Championship – Northern Ireland’s first major tournament in 30 years.West Brom boss Tony Pulis told the club’s official site: “It’s a big blow for Chris and everyone is feeling for him right now.“It will be disappointing for us not to have him for the rest of the season because he is a terrific player who gives the team great balance.“But obviously it is made even more cruel because it has denied him a career highlight with Northern Ireland this summer.”Brunt, who had his surgery in Lyon, has 54 caps for Northern Ireland and will miss their games against Poland, Ukraine and Germany in France.He is Albion’s longest serving current player and has made 314 appearances for The Hawthorns club.He was involved in ugly scenes last month after being struck by a coin allegedly thrown by a West Brom fan following 3-1 FA Cup defeat at Reading.Brunt had approached the away end to throw his shirt into the crowd only to be hit in the face.Police, who have made an arrest, are treating the incident as assault. 1 Chris Brunt lies stricken after suffering knee ligament damage playing for West Brom last_img read more

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‘Heartbreak’ reunion misses the ‘Mary’ mark at the box office

first_img“The Heartbreak Kid” also played much wider – 3,229 theaters, about 1,000 more than “There’s Something About Mary,” which still managed to pack in far more viewers. Based on today’s higher ticket prices, “There’s Something About Mary” pulled in nearly 3 million people over opening weekend, compared to just over 2 million for “The Heartbreak Kid.” In limited release, George Clooney’s acclaimed legal drama “Michael Clayton” opened strongly with $704,000 in 11 theaters, a promising lead-in for the film’s nationwide rollout Friday. It stars Clooney as an attorney at a huge Manhattan law firm dealing with personal financial ruin while trying to salvage a class-action case for a corporate client.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! There’s something about a reunion of Ben Stiller and the Farrelly brothers that audiences didn’t want to see. Stiller and the Farrellys’ “The Heartbreak Kid” pulled in a modest $14 million over opening weekend, coming in at No. 2 behind “The Game Plan,” which remained the top flick for the second-straight weekend with $16.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Paramount and DreamWorks had expected more from “The Heartbreak Kid,” which reteamed Stiller with Peter and Bobby Farrelly. The trio collaborated on 1998’s smash “There’s Something About Mary.” The studios had gotten positive reaction from audiences at advance screenings, but reviews for “The Heartbreak Kid” came in much harsher than expected, said DreamWorks spokesman Chip Sullivan. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“We were surprised,” Sullivan said. “The reviews hurt us. We love the movie. We’ve seen it play great. But I think reviews do matter on an R-rated movie.” An update of the 1972 comedy written by Neil Simon and directed by Elaine May, “The Heartbreak Kid” stars Stiller as a man who marries an incompatible bride, then meets the perfect woman on his honeymoon. “The Heartbreak Kid” did manage to come in slightly ahead of the $13.7 million first weekend of “There’s Something About Mary,” which lingered in theaters for months and became one of 1998’s top hits at $176.5 million. Movies hung around longer then, but today’s films tend to live or die based on their opening weekends, analysts said. That bodes ill for “The Heartbreak Kid,” which would need to hold strongly in coming weeks to make good on its $60 million-plus production budget. “The shelf life of films is so much shorter today than it was 10 years ago,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. “You have to make your mark early to sustain yourself in today’s marketplace.” last_img read more

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Thieves target street lights

first_imgAs the cost of copper wire has soared amid growing worldwide demand, Los Angeles officials said Tuesday that thieves have stripped more than $200,000 worth of wire from city streetlamps. Council members Janice Hahn, Tom LaBonge and Jose Huizar called for a city task force to develop solutions that could include tougher penalties or imprinting an identifying stamp on the wire to prevent its resale. “The problem is it not only costs the city money, but it endangers public safety,” LaBonge said at a City Hall news conference. “It compromises the city’s ability to provide street lighting in our neighborhoods.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsCity officials said the problem is primarily in areas around the Los Angeles River and its bikeways, East Los Angeles, South Los Angeles and the Harbor Area. Officials said teams of thieves can strip a light pole of 300 feet of wire within a couple of hours and most are working at night. They are able to get the wire by opening pull boxes adjacent to the streetlights and turning off the power. Police urged the public to call 911 if suspicious activity is observed near streetlights. Cynthia Ruiz, president of the Board of Public Works, estimated that such thefts have cost the city $1million. “That means a $1million cut in city services,” Ruiz said. “With an extra $1million, I could put out 10 more graffiti crews to clean up the city.” Officials with the District Attorney’s Office said one possibility is changing state law to require resellers of copper to register with the state to report any transaction, similar to requirements in effect for the sale of gold. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgLetterkenny Town Council and Bus Eireann are to examine a park and ride facility for people travelling to Dublin Airport from Donegal.Hundreds of commuters are now using the express bus journey to the capital.But commuters cannot park their vehicles at the Letterkenny station as the parking facilities belong to supermarket giant Tesco. With a clamping system in progress, motorists parking for any length of time face paying hefty fines.A deputation from Bus Eireann last night put their case to a meeting of the local council.It was suggested Bus Eireann could strike a deal with Tesco for park and ride spaces but this was ruled out in the current economic climate.It was agreed that the council would examine the need for park and ride facilities again and would hold another meeting on the matter. On a related issue, Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh raised the issue of having to pay to use the toilets at the bus station.He said one disabled woman he knew did not know she needed to pay and had to ask someone for money to use the toilets which she found very embarrassing.He was told the measure was to curb anti-social behaviour in the bus station.However Cllr Kavanagh said there must be other ways of stopping anti-social behaviour rather than charging people to go to the toilet. COUNCIL ASKED TO BROKER PARK AND RIDE DEAL FOR BUS PASSENGERS was last modified: March 6th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bus eireannCllr Jimmy Kavanaghlast_img read more


‘It’s win-win for United because who better to teach our kids?’

first_img Zlatan Ibrahimovic is reportedly keen to join United but only if Louis van Gaal is not there 1 There is a rumour doing the rounds claiming Zlatan Ibrahimovic is interested in joining Man United next season, but only if manager Louis van Gaal isn’t there.The striker has a strained relationship with Van Gaal, which stretches back to their time together at Ajax where the Dutchman was technical director and was described as a ‘pompous ass’ by Ibrahimovic.However, the PSG man also previously explained that working with people he does not get on with it is not a problem as he is a professional.Anthony Martial said he is keen to link up with the player and here is what Man United fans have said on Twitter when the latest Ibrahimovic news surfaced.POSSIBLE IBRAHIMOVIC REPLACEMENTS AT PSGlast_img read more

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Forget about Vardy and go for Everton star, Arsenal legend tells Wenger

first_imgArsenal should move on from Jamie Vardy and turn their attentions to Everton’s Romelu Lukaku instead, according to Paul Merson.After Arsene Wenger all but confirmed that the Leicester striker is set to stay with the Premier League champions, the Gunners legend expressed his desire to see Lukaku at the Emirates next season.Merson, speaking on Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show, said: “If Arsenal come calling for you, and you don’t come in the first 24 hours then you aren’t signing.“I mean, you are talking about one of the biggest clubs in the world. Everybody wants to play for Arsenal.”Lukaku, who bagged a brace for Belgium against the Republic of Ireland in their second group game of Euro 2016, has been linked with a move away from Merseyside all summer.According to Merson, the Belgian would be a welcome addition in North London, provided the fee is right.“I think he’s a bit different, a bit stronger up front which would help Arsenal,” he added.“I can see why Chelsea let him go; he was one of them that needed the ball over the top. But he was a young kid and I think he’s learnt his trade now.“It just depends how much he is.”last_img read more

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