TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sacked Southampton chief Les Reed in line for FA jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSacked Southampton chief Les Reed is in line for the FA’s technical director’s post.The Daily Mail says Reed is a strong contender to become the FA’s new technical director as they aim to make an appoint before January.He will take over from Dan Ashworth, who is poised for a similar role at Brighton in the new year.Reed, 66, who left his role as Southampton’s head of football development last month after eight years, is vastly experienced and one of a number of candidates to be interviewed.The FA also spoke to Les Ferdinand but QPR’s director of football ruled himself out of the reckoning. They also considered Kevin Thelwell, who fills a similar role at Wolves.
Arsenal escape FA charge for Alli bottle incidentby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are unlikely to be punished by the FA after Dele Alli was struck with a water bottle thrown from the stands at the Emirates.The Gunners are scouring CCTV to try and identify the culprit.As it was an individual rather than a group, the FA will assist Arsenal in their investigation rather than punish them.Alli was struck after scoring Spurs’ second goal in their 2-0 win over Arsenal in the EFL Cup quarter-final. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ranieri driving Fulham bid for Besiktas defender Vidaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham boss Claudio Ranieri is reviving his plans for Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida.Le 10 Sport says Ranieri wants to boost his defensive options and is eager to bring Vida to London.The Italian has been tracking Vida since his time in charge of Leicester City.The Cottagers are ready to bid for the Croatia international, confident of landing Vida for a realistic fee.Besiktas, in the midst of financial difficulties, need to sell to balance the books this month.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle owner Mike Ashley in Mexico sale meetingby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United owner Mike Ashley has reportedly met with two Mexican businessmen about the club’s sale.The Newcastle owner has been looking for investors to take over the club, but has so far failed to attract any serious offers.Ashley held a meeting in London last week, claims the Athletic, but the talks are believed to have come to nothing.He is said to have come across as “rude” and it now seems the negotiations will not progress further.The Mexicans had harboured an interest in buying Newcastle since watching the film Goal! in which fictional footballer Santiago Munez – of Mexico – earns a trial at the club and goes on to become a professional.
TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Anfield will play host to Liverpool Womenby Ian Ferris20 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool Women will play a Women’s Super League game at Anfield for the first timeVicky Jepson’s side will play Everton during Women’s Football Weekend, which has been scheduled for the next men’s international break.”It’s important that if you support Liverpool you get down and support the women’s team,” Jepson told BBC Sport.It will be the first time Liverpool Women have played at the 54,074-capacity ground since an FA Cup semi-final defeat by Arsenal in 2013.”It should be exciting for the fans given we have a big Liverpool family,” Jepson said.”There is still a long way to go just like any women’s team but we are certainly moving in the right direction.”We are being backed and moving towards where we need to be.”The Reds usually play their home games at Tranmere Rovers’ Prenton Park, which has a capacity of 16,587.
Update: Based on this earlier tweet from the account, it appears Johnny Unitas’ son John Jr. runs it. It’s unclear if he was the one who tweeted back at the Buckeyes fan, but it is interesting. Thanks for having me on the show @ScottGShow1057 @Transamerica @120Sports @DunbarArmored @TheGrandBmore #winningqb https://t.co/iNNmYgSWE8— Golden Arm Award (@GoldenArmAward) December 9, 2015John Unitas Jr joined the show earlier to announce the 2015 @GoldenArmAward. Check out this years winner here: https://t.co/zcbofw9rbk— Scott Garceau Show (@ScottGShow1057) December 8, 2015Earlier: Today, Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook was named the winner of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually to the top senior collegiate quarterback. After the news emerged on Twitter, an Ohio State fan named Matthew Gaskill tweeted at the award’s official account and mocked Cook for his perceived slight of Buckeye legend Archie Griffin after the Big Ten Championship [email protected] Good thing Unitas isn’t around to be disrespected by @Connor_Cook03 @MSU_Football— Matthew Gaskill (@MatthewGaskill) December 8, 2015Gaskill’s tweet is actually pretty run-of-the-mill. But the response from the Unitas Award Twitter account was anything but. It has since been deleted, but we have a screenshot. Okay then. Not only did the person running the account use an aggressive response, they personalized it as well. See that “Stick to RE” at the end? That’s referring to Gaskill’s career in real-estate, which he mentions in his Twitter [email protected] Hey, intern. It wasn’t a knock on Unitas. If you followed football and the guy who won your award, you’d get the reference— Matthew Gaskill (@MatthewGaskill) December 8, 2015What a time to be alive indeed.
Twitter/@OhioStateFBIn the latest Ohio State football video, two more Buckeye underclassmen officially “lose” their black stripes and become recognized as full-fledged members of the team.At OSU, freshmen must practice with a black stripe on their helmets until they earn their keep. Getting your stripe removed is a major milestone, which this Ohio State football video captures well.Today, on the final day of training camp, true freshman running back Demario McCall and redshirt freshman defensive end Rashod Berry shed their stripe. Both players earned the cheers and admiration of their teammates. Each gave a brief speech after Meyer called them up.Awesome way to end fall camp! Demario and Rashod welcome to the Bucks! pic.twitter.com/I4LEzOKILt— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 20, 2016During the week, freshmen quarterback Dwayne Haskins and first-year cornerback Rodjay Burns also had their stripe removed. They joined the first eight players who lost their black stripe earlier this summer or in the springtime.These eight have earned the right to be called Buckeyes. pic.twitter.com/1rPM18wKm3— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 13, 2016Congratulations to Demario and Rashod. Buckeye fans, who do you think will be next?
Mohamed Salah toiled with the after effects of his shoulder injury at the start of this season, says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.A deft finish from the Egypt forward opened the scoring for Liverpool in the Premier League leaders’ 2-0 win at Wolves last time out and moved him on to 14 goals for the campaign in all competitions.Five of those have come in the past two weeks and Klopp believes the 2017-18 PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Season is now firing on all cylinders – not that this was always the case in the months after his ill-fated grapple with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “He is young enough to involve a lot more things in his game. It’s not just speed, it’s not just finishing, it’s keeping the ball,” Klopp told reporters at a news conference ahead of Newcastle United’s Boxing Day visit to Anfield.”But you need your body for that and that was the only problem with Mo at the beginning of the season. Part of his body was still not perfect.”If you work in an office and your shoulder is not 100 per cent, it’s okay. If you are a professional football player, it just takes 10-15 per cent away.”He’s still a world-class player but we knew we had to wait until the moment when everything was fine again.”Klopp has made a subtle change to Salah’s role in Liverpool’s much-vaunted forward line this season, meaning the 26-year-old has often been stationed in a central attacking position as opposed to his customary spot on the right wing.”It’s good. He had to adapt a bit to a slightly different position. Not that different, but slightly. We need his link-up play,” the former Borussia Dortmund coach explained.”He still has that desire and the speed in the first few yards, which is impressive. And of course, he is a very important part of our finishing situations.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
The title race is back on thanks to Leroy Sane’s winning goal for Manchester City against Liverpool on Thursday night, in what was a fascinating battle between two of the world’s best coaches.There were plenty of things to talk about after the match at the Etihad Stadium, and yet the Arsenal and Chelsea games were arguably even more revealing, showing the tactical problems emerging for both Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery.Here, Goal looks at five points you might not have noticed during the midweek action… Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Liverpool fail to master Man City’s pressPep Guardiola’s team put in arguably their best defensive performance since his arrival at the club. His front five held their nerve in a high block, pressing the ball superbly but also leaving the centre-back alone, preventing Liverpool’s midfield from gaining any real control of the game.However, Liverpool should have worked out an alternative strategy much sooner than they did.Jordan Henderson does not have the technical ability to receive the ball against such a crowded City press, and yet Liverpool persistently tried to pass around their hosts rather than look for a longer out-ball. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane could have done more to affect play (rather than wait for their midfielders to solve the problems), while Roberto Firmino should have dropped deeper to help Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum.Liverpool’s goal was the only time in which they successfully outmanoeuvred the City press to create space in the final third. It was also the only time Mane dropped and tucked inside, turning a City midfielder deep inside his own half.By the time the Reds equalised Jurgen Klopp had brought Fabinho on, which turned the game in their favour thanks to the Brazilian’s sweeping long diagonal passes. However, the visitors should have attempted this much sooner; given that Dejan Lovren is poor on the ball, it made sense for the full-backs to pull wide and make themselves available for longer passes than go straight over the top of City’s blockade.Hesitancy – to take risks with longer passes, to change things tactically – cost Liverpool the game.High pressing shows Hasenhuttl’s impactAfter the 0-0 draw with Chelsea, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl praised the “good mixture” of defensive styles used by his team at Stamford Bridge, and indeed their seamless transition between periods of high pressing and sitting deep was testament to the new manager’s tactical coaching.Saints look organised, disciplined, and hungry, suggesting they have what it takes to avoid the drop this season. Their 3-4-2-1 allowed the two inside forwards, Nathan Redmond and Stuart Armstrong, to push on and press the Chelsea defence, a big feature of the opening 20 minutes when Saints bombed around the pitch, refusing to let the hosts settle into a rhythm.It set the tone for the match: Southampton’s wing-backs stepped up to prevent Eden Hazard from turning on the ball, while their high energy levels ensured they could counter-attack on occasion (particularly after Shane Long replaced Danny Ings, the Irishman holding up the ball with greater dexterity). To sit back for 90 minutes would have allowed Chelsea to gradually move through the gears and grind out a win.But the visitors read the pattern of the game superbly and were happy to drop into a 5-4-1 when appropriate. Chelsea’s rigidity certainly helped, and yet credit goes to Hasenhuttl for his defensive strategy; their shape meant Hazard was triple marked by the right wing-back, right sided centre-back, and right central midfielder, all without Southampton losing balance in the centre of the park.Sarri must buy Eriksen-esque playmakerChelsea are nullified too easily these days, and that’s because Maurizio Sarri’s tactics are predictable; not only do they always line up in a 4-3-3 (with the same roles for every position each week), no player is given the freedom to roam out of their role. It’s all too static, piling pressure onto Eden Hazard to produce some magic from the left.The solution, judging by their performance against Southampton, is to sign a new left-sided central midfielder and a right winger. Ross Barkley is unable to take a game by the scruff of the neck, instead drifting around the left half-space and only occasionally showing for the ball. Chelsea need this role to be filled by a genuine playmaker, a Christian Eriksen-type who will persistently confound his opponents with his movement and incisive one-touch passing.If they cannot introduce fluidity in this position, then perhaps it should come from the right. The Blues were at their most dangerous when Willian darted infield and began to link with Barkley and Hazard as a No.10 – and yet he only did this two or three times. The 4-3-3 formation does not have space for an out-and-out No.10, which is why, traditionally, one of the wingers is inverted into this space.Chelsea need to enter the transfer market. Right now, it’s all too easy to track the runs, to hold a defensive shape and to make them look flat.Brighton unmask perils of West Ham’s 4-4-2In each of West Ham’s last six matches they have won every game in which they held the minority of possession, while they failed to win (losing two, drawing one) each time they held the majority.This run of form highlights why Manuel Pellegrini’s 4-4-2 formation is only suitable when West Ham are able to play on the counter-attack; if holding the ball for long periods, there simply is not enough cover on the flanks.Pablo Zabaleta and Aaron Cresswell held very high starting positions throughout their 2-2 draw with Brighton, Felipe Anderson and Robert Snodgrass rarely tracked back, and with only two central midfielders there was not a spare man to shift out wide and provide cover. Altogether this made the Hammers highly vulnerable to breaks down the wings, which is exactly what happened to earn Brighton the two corners from which they scored.Alarmingly, just two minutes after the second goal, Brighton’s left-back Bernardo went clean through on goal and should have scored. All he had to do to get into that position was jog unchallenged down the left and beat a panic-stricken Zabaleta.Trouble for Arsenal with no Ozil or RamseyThe 4-1 win over Fulham flattered an Arsenal side that could easily have gone 2-0 down at the Emirates, and once again it was Unai Emery’s tactical mistakes in the first half that set the tone for a clumsy performance by the hosts.The 3-4-3 system was too flat, meaning Arsenal struggled to connect the midfield with the attack; the absence of a linking No.10 forcing them to pass in a U-shape down the flanks – despite central midfield being Fulham’s most vulnerable zone of the pitch.Their completed passes map (below) shows the remarkable extent to which Arsenal simply avoided central attacking midfield. Alex Iwobi drifted too far out to the left, making him an impossible target for Granit Xhaka or Matteo Guendouzi, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang played on the shoulder of the last defender even though the Gunners were not attempting balls over the top.It was all far too disconnected, improving slightly in the second period when Emery switched to a 4-3-3; the third body in central midfield briefly helped sew things together.But it also gave Fulham greater success on the counter. Facing a back four, suddenly the visitors could play a more direct game, feeding Aboubakar Kamara once Claudio Ranieri changed to a 4-4-2. All in all, it was a sloppy, awkward 90 minutes for Arsenal – and a clear sign that life without Mesut Ozil or Aaron Ramsey – who scored the crucial third goal from the No.10 space four minutes after coming on – could be tough for Arsenal. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri believes their Supercoppa Italiana clash with AC Milan will serve as practice for the knockout rounds of the Champions League as they bid to avoid a repeat of recent disappointment in the annual showpiece. The Bianconeri, again runaway leaders in the Scudetto race, take on the team they beat 4-0 in last season’s Coppa Italia final in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.Despite having won both Serie A and the Coppa Italia in each of the previous three seasons, Juve have failed to triumph in the Supercoppa in three of the last four years and lost to Milan on penalties in 2016. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “It’s difficult to figure out why, as we lost both on penalties to Napoli and Milan. I hope tomorrow will be different and that we can be more concentrated,” Allegri said on Tuesday.”There are 22 points separating the teams in Serie A, but those don’t matter here and it’ll be an important test for us. We must learn that playing a one-off match is different to a league situation.”The main hope is that we don’t go to extra time, as we want to get it done within 90 minutes. This is good practice to prepare for elimination rounds.”Last training before the final #GiveItAll pic.twitter.com/Rvgf24gjtY— Blaise Matuidi (@MATUIDIBlaise) January 15, 2019Juve will face Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League as they bid to win the competition for the first time since 1996.Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined from Real Madrid in a €112million move in July, has lifted that trophy five times in his glittering career.Asked if Ronaldo has brought a winning mentality to Juve, Allegri replied: “He’d have to win something first to prove that. Cristiano is accustomed to winning, he has won four of the last five Champions Leagues and many more trophies.”Ronaldo is the best player in the world and an added bonus for us. The situation has certainly improved with his presence, although Juve already had great strikers.Abbiamo iniziato il 2019 con il piede giusto! Avanti cosi verso il prossimo obiettivo! #finoallafine pic.twitter.com/JOnTZ7gFwJ— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) January 12, 2019″However, let’s not forget that Juve have played two Champions League finals in the last four years and they were against what at the time were the best teams in the world. When it comes to that tournament, you need good luck too.”The Scudetto is one of our objectives, as are the Coppa Italia, the Supercoppa and the Champions League. We want to reach the end of the season with as many trophies as possible.”Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is reportedly poised to agree a deal to join Juve at the end of the season. However, Allegri refused to talk about the Wales international.”I won’t talk about the transfer market, because Ramsey is an Arsenal player and I cannot discuss him at all,” he said. “The Juventus squad is fine as it is.”