Big Man United news! Becks and Fergie to reunite for Old Trafford charity match

first_imgSir Alex Ferguson is returning to the Old Trafford dugout next month to manage David Beckham and a host of other stars in a charity match.For 11 years Beckham was a member of Ferguson’s all-conquering Manchester United team, but the pair had an acrimonious split in 2003 after the Scot accidentally kicked a boot that struck the former England captain above his left eye.Ferguson sold Beckham to Real Madrid four months after the dressing room incident and then criticised the ex-England captain in his autobiography, but the pair are now on good terms.Beckham contacted Ferguson recently to see if he wanted to get involved in a charity match designed to raise funds for UNICEF and the former United manager has accepted the offer.The 73-year-old will manage a Great Britain and Ireland XI, which will be captained by Beckham, at Old Trafford on November 14.It will be the first time the retired Scot has returned to the dugout since calling time on his 26-year reign as United manager in 2013.In the opposing dugout will be Carlo Ancelotti, who managed Beckham at AC Milan and Paris St Germain.The Italian will manage a Rest of the World XI led by former Real Madrid and France star Zinedine Zidane.The other players involved will be announced over the next month. Beckham, who has been a UNICEF ambassador for 10 years, said: “I want a world where children can grow up safe from violence, free from poverty and protected from preventable diseases.“This match gives me the perfect opportunity to raise awareness and vital funds to help reach the children who need it most. I am delighted that my friend Zizou (Zidane) will join me in leading two teams, full of our friends and team mates, at the best stadium in the world.”Former Italian referee Pierluigi Collina will officiate the game, which is being called ‘The Match for Children’.Tickets are now available on the Manchester United website and are priced from £20 for adults and £10 for children. 1 David Beckham last_img read more

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Tottenham striker vows to look after England new-boy Dele Alli after first senior call up

first_imgHarry Kane has promised to look after teenage team-mate Dele Alli when the Tottenham pair meet up with England next week.The striker’s rise from being Spurs’ third-choice striker to becoming one of the most talked about players in the country is well-documented.But Kane’s goal-laden breakthrough season has brought with it increased scrutiny and pressure, making the 22-year-old well-placed to help Alli deal with being thrust into the spotlight.Five months on from playing in Sky Bet League One with MK Dons, the 19-year-old is in line to make his England debut after being called up for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania.“I think he has deserved it – he has been outstanding for us this season,” Kane said of the news.“He has come in and for such a young lad has settled very well. I am sure he is excited and everyone here is very proud of him. I don’t think he can wait to get going.“I congratulated him when the squad was announced. He was absolutely over the moon.”Kane believes this will prove to be just the start of a “long international career” for Alli and he will try to make his first steps as seamless as possible. “I will probably spend most of my time with him there because we are Spurs and I want to look after him, make sure he settles in all right,” Kane said.“That is what it is about. He is really excited about it.“Andros (Townsend) was there (when Kane was first called up), (Kyle) Walker was there, who had been there before.“Obviously me and Ryan (Mason) went in together and were quite new. We kind of hung out together until we got to know the players and trained with them.“Everyone is so welcoming. No one will give him a hard time. We will work hard.“You always wonder what it is like but you soon settle, and he knows St George’s Park from the Under-21s.“It will be fine, just a step up in level and training.” Harry Kane celebrates with Dele Alli 1last_img read more

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Jurgen Klopp interview: ‘It’s Liverpool or Sunderland… what a choice!

first_img*DISCLAIMER: Like Chelsea’s Premier League title defence this season, this is pure comedy. Do not take it seriously!Plenty of Liverpool fans are praying former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp will succeed Brendan Rodgers as boss of the Reds (check out our poll here), but what has the man himself got to say on the matter?Frankly, right now we don’t know, so we got our ever unreliable translator to go to work on a Klopp press conference and you can see the results above.If you do speak German, turn the sound off and read the subtitles with a comedy Steve McClaren foreign accent.last_img read more

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Mark Hughes: Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho ‘has the knowledge’ to turn fortunes around

first_imgStoke boss Mark Hughes has backed Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho to hang on to his job and guide the London club through their current problems.The sense of crisis surrounding the Blues deepened with Saturday’s 2-1 Barclays Premier League loss at West Ham, which saw Mourinho sent to the stands and left the defending champions 15th in the table.Talk has been rife of the Portuguese being not far from the sack ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Stoke in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup – another trophy Chelsea won under Mourinho last season.But Hughes said on Monday at his pre-match press conference: “It’s a period he has the knowledge and understanding to address, and he’ll turn it around.“I don’t think anyone thinks that he won’t.“I don’t anticipate they’ll be in the position they are for too much longer.“Chelsea have quality right throughout the club that will enable them to come through this moment I’m sure.“He says it himself – he’s a top manager and he’s the best manager Chelsea have ever had, so why would they change?”Prior to Saturday’s trouble, Mourinho was recently hit with a £50,000 fine and suspended one-match stadium ban for comments he made about referee Robert Madeley, a punishment against which he is appealing.Asked if he feels Mourinho oversteps the mark when it comes to match officials, Hughes said: “I think sometimes – and we’re all guilty of it – maybe if you’ve had a bad result you’ll try to change the focus to something that has happened in or around the game rather than it being on the result itself.“I think that is what he does – he tries to take the pressure off his players by highlighting a refereeing issue or something else in the game. It has been done by him on occasions as it has by us all.”Stoke, currently one place above Chelsea in the league, had a disappointing Saturday themselves as they saw their three-match top-flight winning run ended by a 2-0 home loss to Watford in what was Hughes’ 100th game in charge. Jose Mourinho 1last_img read more

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George Best: Listen to Man United legend’s last ever interview

first_imgOn the tenth anniversary of George Best’s death, we revisit the Manchester United legend’s last ever interview before his passing – with former team-mate Rodney Marsh on talkSPORT.United will pay tribute to one of their greatest ever players when they face PSV in the Champions League on Wednesday night, with fans set to display a banner reading, “Georgie… Simply The Best”, alongside other tributes to the forward.Speaking with Marsh and co-host Paul Breen-Turner on Drivetime in 2005, Best looked back on his celebrated career, from his glory days on the pitch with United, to being the game’s first celebrity footballer, his views on a young Jose Mourinho and his reaction to being told Brazil maestro Pele considered the Northern Irishman the greatest footballer he’d ever seen.Weeks after his appearance on talkSPORT, Best was admitted to intensive care in London and sadly died on November 25, 2005.During the interview, he was asked what he would want to be remembered for, to which Best replied: “I know what people will think. They’ll forget all the rubbish when I’m gone, and remember the football, simple as that.“I don’t give a toss about anything else – as long as they remember the football. And if only one person thinks I was the best player in the world, that’ll do for me, because that’s what it was all about as far as I’m concerned.”The former European Player of the Year won two league titles in 11 years with the Red Devils, and also scored the winner in the 1968 European Cup final victory over Benfica at Wembley.You can listen to talkSPORT’s interview with the great George Best, in full, above…last_img read more

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The Warm Up – Sunday, December 20

first_imgSam Delaney was in for Max Rushden in this week’s Sunday edition of the Warm Up.Sam was joined in the studio by James Brown, as they take a look back at the weekend’s football action.Former Norwich & Leicester midfielder Darren Eadie joined them on the phone for the latest ‘footballers are nice’.last_img

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West Ham will NOT sell Sunderland and Newcastle target, insists boss Bilic

first_img Andy Carroll Slaven Bilic insists West Ham have no desire to cash in on Andy Carroll this month.Carroll, the Hammers’ record signing, has been linked with a return to his native north east.Newcastle have been tipped to make a move to re-sign the 27-year-old, while former Upton Park boss Sam Allardyce is understood to be keen to take him to Sunderland.Newspaper reports have suggested West Ham could sell Carroll for the right price given his woeful injury record in recent seasons.But Bilic dismissed suggestions the giant striker will be on the move this month when he spoke at a press conference ahead of his side’s FA Cup clash with Wolves this weekend.“The club are not willing to listen to offers,” Bilic said. “We want Andy to stay and perform like he does in most games.“Nobody at the club wants to sell him, he’s a very good player. But whenever he scores a couple of goals the rumours start.“The only way he can stop the rumours is to play badly, which we don’t want him to do.“We don’t want to sell him. He’s very good in the dressing room and I know he’s happy here.” 1last_img read more

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Alan Pardew criticises FA Cup schedule for putting players ‘at risk’

first_img Alan Pardew 1 Alan Pardew has criticised the Football Association’s scheduling of the FA Cup, reiterating his belief their organisation of the competition undermines it and that it also leaves the players involved “at risk”.Crystal Palace visit Tottenham in the FA Cup’s fifth round on Sunday, knowing a draw would extend their fixture list at a defining point in their season and also hamper Spurs, who are competing to win both the Premier League and the Europa League.In the event of a replay they would likely meet again on March 8 – two days after Palace host Liverpool in the league and two before Spurs could compete in the Europa League – unless Palace’s concerns are acknowledged and the schedule changed.Having last month also said the timing of the FA Cup’s third round “devalues” a competition of which he is obviously fond and which he is this season determined to win, Pardew revealed “discussions” were ongoing regarding a potential change of date, and said: “I’d hate to see (replays) go, although the scheduling of them looks poor, for whatever reason that is.“Between the FA and the Premier League, they need to sit down. We are talking about the replay date for this game, and wow, it looks complicated to me. It’s definitely complicated for Spurs.“So both managers would prefer it to get this job done on Sunday. The game is not like that. The replay is in the rules, we’re going to have to deal with that when it turns up.“Perhaps a little bit of foresight should have been there at the start of this season on the scheduling with some of these replays.“I don’t think it has been confirmed yet. There are discussions going on. The scenario looks like a two-day break for us and Spurs. Of course, myself and the Spurs manager (Mauricio Pochettino) don’t think that’s ideal.“We are putting our players at risk. That is not enough recovery time given the amount of effort and capacity we have to play at in the current game.”Palace’s only victories since December 19 have come in the Cup, away at Southampton and at home to Stoke.Pardew has repeatedly spoken of a belief that much of that disappointing run is a consequence of the absence of the injured Yannick Bolasie, and while he refused to confirm if he will be back on Sunday, as had been expected, he spoke of new signing Emmanuel Adebayor’s desire to impress against his former team and of his confidence he can inspire victory.“We are fired up and motivated for him,” said Pardew of a player widely remembered for his performance and provocative celebrations in 2009 when scoring for Manchester City in a defeat of Arsenal, the team he had recently left.“We know it will be Adebayor. It will bring his personality and he will bring quality to the pitch. Spurs fans know that, I don’t have to tell them that.“Cheer him or boo him, whatever they will do, that is part and parcel of the game, part of the fabric of what we love about football. He will cope with the highs and the lows of the game.“We want to put a performance on for him, that gives him the best possible standing to bring his best game to the pitch. If he brings his best game to the pitch he can win it.”last_img read more

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Fantasy Premier League tips: The transfers you should make in gameweek 28

first_img 12 12 12 Out: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) – £9.0m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Olivier Giroud was dropped to the bench on Sunday having not scored in his last five league outings. While he was sat twiddling his fingers, Danny Welbeck netted once again for the Gunners meaning that the Frenchman’s first team spot looks to be under serious threat. In: Danny Rose (Tottenham) – £5.1m – Click the right arrow for more advice – With a goal and an assist in his last two games, Spurs’ attacking left back Danny Rose has shown his ability to pick up points even when his side don’t manage to keep a clean sheet. Out: Andre Ayew (Swansea) – £6.8m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Andre Ayew had a bit of a renaissance period for Swansea in January as he rediscovered some of his early season form by scoring two goals in three games. Now however, Ayew is without a goal in four and his renaissance looks to be well and truly over. 12 Out: Pedro (Chelsea) – £8.8m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Chelsea made the earliest substitution of the season on Sunday, as Pedro limped off the pitch with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Oscar in just the sixth minute. It is not yet known when the Spaniard will return. 12 In: Willian (Chelsea) – £7.1m – Click the right arrow for more advice – If you’re ready to risk putting Chelsea players back into your team, Willian should probably be first in line. By far Chelsea’s player of the season, Willian has been showing his class again in recent weeks, as the Brazilian has picked up a goal and two assists in his last two matches. Out: Odion Ighalo (Watford) – £6.2m – Click the right arrow for more advice – With just the one goal in his last eight matches, Watford’s Odion Ighalo cannot be justified to be taking up one of your striker spots at the moment. Out: Chris Smalling (Manchester United) – £6.7m – Click the right arrow for more advice – He’s only kept one clean sheet since the start of February and is now struggling with injury again. Chris Smalling is simply not justifying his £6.7m price tag at present and needs to make way for more affordable options in your side. In: Michail Antonio (West Ham) – £5.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – You should probably be considering bringing Michail Antonio into your side for his Homer Simpson celebration alone. But if that’s not enough for you, then the fact that he’s priced at only £5.2m and has picked up 26 points in his last four gameweeks should attract your interest. 12 12 In: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – £4.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – With Rooney and Martial both injured, Manchester United have been forced to turn to 18-year-old Marcus Rashford. It’s not worked out too badly so far! If you’re looking for a cheap striker, the £4.5m guy who has scored four goals within the last seven days is probably a good pick. Out: Matteo Darmian (Manchester United) – £5.4m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Now that we know the full extent of Matteo Darmian’s dislocated shoulder injury, we know that he needs to come out of our fantasy teams. 12 A surprise set of midweek fixtures are sneaking up on us once again, with the transfer deadline being set for 18:45 on Tuesday evening.We all have one mate who’s inevitably going to forget about that deadline, so the time to make your Fantasy Premier League changes is now.With no League Cup final to interrupt proceedings, there is a full fixture list spread evenly across Tuesday and Wednesday this week. However, you could be forgiven for being a little confused, as Liverpool and Manchester City face each other once again on Wednesday.Don’t worry though, you will definitely get points for the game this time! That’s just the way the fixture list has panned out.Check out the Fantasy Premier League transfers you might need to make this week by clicking the right arrow above… 12 12 12 12 In: Jose Fonte (Southampton) – £5.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – One of these more affordable options is Southampton’s Jose Fonte. The Saints have kept six clean sheets in their last seven matches and look likely to build on that tally in their next three fixtures against Bournemouth, Sunderland and Stoke. In: Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) – £7.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – And if you’re looking for a replacement for Giroud, why not go for the man who appears to have displaced him? Danny Welbeck has two in two since returning from injury and costs £1.7m less then his teammate.last_img read more

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TDs WELCOME RANDOX INVESTMENT IN DUNGLOE

first_imgDonegal South West TDs Deputy Pearse Doherty and Deputy Thomas Pringle have both welcomed the announcement by diagnostics group Randox that it plans to create up to 540 new jobs at its Dungloe facility, ‘Randox Teoranta’, by 2020.“Randox has committed itself to producing high quality and innovative diagnostic solutions and over these last thirty years, it has grown to become the success story that it is today – a world leader in in-vitro diagnostics, supplying reliable, innovative and sophisticated laboratory instruments and tests to customers in over 145 countries across the globe,” said Deputy Doherty.“Randox plays a pioneering role in laboratory medicine; the company believes that by placing a huge emphasis on research and development, it can continuously improve its existing product range and also develop innovative new ones. It’s no surprise then, that Research and Development remains at the very heart of what the company does today.” “To aid this endeavour, Randox Teoranta opened their diagnostic manufacturing and research and development facility right here in Dungloe back in 2008. This was a monumental vote of confidence in both the workforce and in the community here as a whole, and today’s announcement by Randox to invest significantly in its operations here in Dungloe is yet further evidence of Randox’s firm belief and commitment to doing business in Donegal.“Randox technology – researched and developed here in Ireland – continues to contribute to earlier diagnosis, more accurate treatment and better outcomes for patients, and I think it only right that today we recognise the hard work and commitment of the workers here at Randox Teoranta and I want to wish them every success both now and for the years ahead.”Deputy Pringle said: “I am delighted at the announcement of over 500 hundred jobs at Randox Teoranta, a diagnostic manufacturing and research and development facility in Dungloe, making available these highly skilled jobs by 2020, with over 60 of these to be allocated within a year.“This morning I attended the launch of Randox Dungloe 2020 where this very positive news was officially announced and it was great to be there and witness the positive energy it has injected into the area. “This announcement shows that sustainable jobs can be created in rural Ireland and I hope they will all be delivered within the specified time period and give the area the boost that it needs.” TDs WELCOME RANDOX INVESTMENT IN DUNGLOE was last modified: October 20th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegal jobsjobsPearse DohertyrandoxThomas Pringlelast_img read more

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