McAteer: McCarthy can convince West Ham youngster Riceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Republic of Ireland international Jason McAteer believes new coach Mick McCarthy is capable of securing Declan Rice’s commitment.West Ham utility Rice also qualifies for England and is weighing up his commitment.McAteer told the Irish Independent: “Knowing Mick as I do, it wouldn’t surprise me if Declan Rice decided to represent Ireland now.”However, the way they’re moving, Declan possibly thinks England. Gareth Southgate is doing a really good job and he might want to be a part of that. England have a better chance of winning a World Cup. “But I don’t think he’d play a great deal of football for England. There are four of five midfielders that maybe come before him.”For Ireland, he’d be a key player. He could be a star for us.”Jason McAteer, speaking exclusively for bookmaker comparison platform your-promotional-code.co.uk TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Jorginho reveals Sarri importance in Chelsea moveby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJorginho has admitted Maurizio Sarri made it easier for him to join Chelsea over Manchester City.The midfielder joined the Blues from Napoli at the last second following Sarri’s appointment also from the Serie A giants.And the 27-year-old says he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to reunite with his former manager.He said: “I think it is easier for me because I know how he [Sarri] works and I know what he wants from me on the pitch. It has made me coming here easier.”I think he has already changed a lot. You can see that on the pitch, we’ve improved but there is still room for improvement. We need to keep going, keep improving but keep our feet on the ground and who knows, hopefully, we’ll be able to win something.”
Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has admitted he was too young to fully absorb the methods of ‘the most demanding person he’s ever met’ in Pep Guardiola, during his time at Bayern Munich.The midfielder spent three years under Guardiola in Bavaria, though was twice sent out on loan under the Catalan – first to Augsburg then Schalke.And while the well respected Manchester City boss secured several titles during his time in the Bundesliga, Hojbjerg feels that if he had been older he would have benefited more from Guardiola’s tutelage. 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 the most demanding person, not only coach, that I have ever met,” Hojbjerg told The Times.“He always told me about controlling the game with or without the ball. To make the player you play against react to you, not you to him.“He used to say to me, ‘Pierre, the most important thing is, if they are close to you, go out and if they are open, you go in, but you need to read it.’ He would say: ‘You need to tell me after one minute, how do they play.’“We sit on the bus [at Bayern] after we have won and he sits on the bus watching the game and then he is in his office with two laptops and a television and he is analysing.“Maybe that’s what makes him the greatest. But also maybe that is what makes him lose, because it is too much, he drowns. I don’t judge him but he is the greatest teacher I have had.“We are people who once worked together and cared about each other, so I have respect for him.“I learnt a lot from him, he was a great teacher, but to be honest I had him a little bit too early in my life, in my career. He was so good and on such a high level I still had to adapt to that.“I was 17, 18 and 19. If I was 22, 23, like I am now, I would have had the base, I would not have had to struggle to keep up with some of the best players in the world.“I was too green, I would have told everybody and I even said to him I was ready to play but if I had him as a coach now I would be even better.”As for the present, Hojbjerg is preparing to face off against his old boss’ side when City face Southampton on Sunday, the English champions arriving off the back of two rare defeats.As such, the Saints are preparing for the clash very differently than they would have a month prior.“There is a mental mindset that says, ‘Oh they’re hurt, they’re wounded, let’s go at them,’ and if you get a taste of when they are down, you go for the kill,” Hojbjerg added.“But if City have won 10 games in a row and you meet them, then before the game some players will already say we’ve lost.“Now, when they are wounded, there is a belief that maybe wasn’t there before.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Eleven Warriors/TwitterOhio State five-star wide receiver commit Trevon Grimes will miss the rest of his senior season after tearing his ACL.Grimes suffered the injury on Friday night, and the diagnosis of a torn ACL was reported by 247Sports earlier today.Grimes released a heartfelt statement on Twitter tonight regarding his injury and upcoming rehab.#RoadToRecovery??‼️ pic.twitter.com/YwKRteTFbU— GrimeTime™ (@TrevonGrimes7) October 3, 2016Grimes is a top-20 prospect nationally and the No. 3 wide receiver in the 2017 class. Getting hurt certainly is a disappointing way for him to cap off a brilliant high school career, but he should be good to go in time for next season.Currently, the Buckeyes have the No. 1 recruiting class in the country.
Borussia Dortmund have already tied up deals for Julian Brandt, Thorgan Hazard and Nico Schulz, but Axel Witsel has hinted that there could be more to come.Having missed out on the Bundesliga title to Bayern Munich in 2018-19, Lucien Favre is determined to ensure that his side are better placed to sustain a challenge next term.He already has plenty of quality on his books in the form of Witsel, Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer. 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? Reinforcements are required, though, and Dortmund have moved early in the window to get fresh faces on board.Witsel is impressed with the ambition being shown, but believes that further funds could be invested before the end of the summer.The Belgium international midfielder told BILD: “We’re stronger now we’ve got Julian Brandt, Thorgan Hazard and Nico Schulz.“I played against Brandt in Leverkusen, it was hard work. I’m delighted for Thorgan, too; he’s only going to get better, but they’re all good transfers. We need them, and perhaps there are more on the way.”Dortmund appeared well placed to secure domestic dominance last season, only to suffer an untimely wobble.Witsel said of that experience and how it can serve the club well: “We gave away too many points during the second half of the season, but we’re a young team.“It was still a positive experience because we played a brilliant season. Nobody expected it from us. Now we have to learn from the experience.”Everyone at Signal Iduna Park is determined to right the wrongs of 2018-19 next season, with Witsel confident that Dortmund will be back in contention for major honours at home and abroad.He added: “We want to play an even better season next term.“We’ve got young players, but experienced guys, too. You need that in a title race.“We can win titles and cups, anything is possible!”Witsel returned to European football from China in the summer of 2018 and committed to a four-year contract at Dortmund, with the 30-year-old buying into a long-term project.
Bayer Leverkusen have confirmed the signing of young striker Moussa Diaby from Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.Diaby made 34 appearances across all competitions last season for Thomas Tuchel’s side, scoring four times and registering seven assists.But the France Under-20 forward has now completed a switch to Germany, with Leverkusen signing the 19-year-old for a reported fee of €15million. 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? Diaby becomes Leverkusen’s second signing ahead of the 2019-20 season, following Kerem Demirbay’s arrival from fellow Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, though Julian Brandt has left the club to join Borussia Dortmund, and his newly vacated number 19 shirt will be worn by the new signing.“Moussa Diaby is an extremely quick and technically strong attacker, whose qualities fit perfectly into our playing philosophy.” – Simon Rolfes pic.twitter.com/3STfxK59qT— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) 14 June 2019″The move abroad into one of the best and most balanced leagues in Europe is extremely exciting,” Diaby, who has signed a five-year deal at the BayArena, told Leverkusen’s official website.”I am very curious about Germany, the special football here and the great stadiums. And of course it’s great to be in the Champions League as well.”Leverkusen finished fourth in the Bundesliga last season but were 20 points behind eventual champions Bayern Munich and endured a horrendous start to the campaign that saw them hover around the relegation zone at one point.They were also knocked out of the Europa League at the first knockout stage by Russian outfit Krasnodar on away goals after a 1-1 draw in Germany followed a goalless stalemate away.The additions of Diaby and Demirbay will boost the third most prolific attack in Germany following Brandt’s departure, but they will need defensive additions in order to close the gap to the top, conceding the most goals of any club in the top eight of the league with 52.
Ghana remain winless at the Africa Cup of Nations after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Group F leaders Cameroon at the Ismailia Stadium on Saturday.Kwesi Appiah’s side could only manage a 2-2 draw against Benin in their opening game and they were frustrated again versus a Cameroon side who move on to four points at the group’s summit.Ghana came agonisingly close to sealing all three points in the closing stages when substitute Owusu Kwabena’s powerful drive crashed back off the crossbar. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare However, they will now be under pressure when they face Guinea-Bissau on Tuesday in their final group game. Cameroon, meanwhile, are in pole position to qualify for the last 16 and face Benin on the same day.FULL TIME | Cameroon – Ghana 0-0 #TotalAFCON2019 #CMRGHA pic.twitter.com/Aq6lO5uu9J— CAF (@CAF_Online) June 29, 2019Ghana looked sharper from the outset and should have forged ahead after nine minutes but Thomas Partey blazed over from 12 yards after being picked out by Jonathan Mensah.That was followed soon after by a Christian Atsu effort from distance that fizzed past Andre Onana’s left-hand post.Cameroon belatedly woke from their slumber and twice tested Richard Ofori in the final 10 minutes of the first half.First, the Black Stars goalkeeper blocked Clinton N’Jie’s fierce drive at his near post and he then produced a stunning save to paw away Christian Bassogog’s drive from 10 yards after a flowing move had carved his defence open.Ghana started the second half brightly, with Mubarak Wakaso drilling a strike from distance narrowly past Onana’s left-hand upright.They soon fizzled out, though, with both sides lacking any kind of fluidity in a desperately poor second half. Kwabena came so close to securing a precious win three minutes from time, picking up Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik’s loose ball on the halfway line and charging forward before thundering an effort against Onana’s crossbar, but, in truth, a winner for either side would have been scarcely deserved.
World Cup hero Jose Luis ‘Tata’ Brown has passed away aged 62 in La Plata, in his home country of Argentina.The famous La Albiceleste defender had been battling Alzheimer’s disease for some time, with his family recently admitting the effect the illness had on the former centre-back.Brown, who was affectionately nicknamed ‘Tata’ throughout his career, scored the first goal, and only strike for his nation, in the 1986 Mexico World Cup as Argentina defeated West Germany 3-2. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Late in the match, he dislocated his shoulder but refused to be substituted as he went down in Argentinian football folklore.Fellow national team star Gabriel Batistuta tweeted his condolences about Brown’s death.Gracias José Luis Brown por tu lucha dentro y fuera de la cancha. Acompaño a sus familiares y afectos . Q.E.P.D. Tata . pic.twitter.com/78bZA9cPce — Gabriel Batistuta (@GBatistutaOK) August 13, 2019 Brown played the majority of his career at Estudientes, based in La Plata, making nearly 300 appearances before a move to Colombian side Atletico Nacional saw him recruited into the Argentinian national team.He had a stint at Boca Juniors and Deportivo Espanol prior to the 1986 World Cup but was a surprise selection in the squad for the tournament by coach Carlos Bilardo.Brown was chosen as a back-up for sweeper Daniel Passarella but ended up becoming first-choice and playing in every match of Argentina’s triumphant run.The famous goal in the final against the West Germans came in the 23rd minute, as Brown climbed highest to head home a free kick.He played 36 times for Argentina, appearing at Copa America tournaments in 1983, 1987 and 1989, and retired from playing at club and international level in 1989.Brown’s football journey was not over however, as he embarked on a managerial career which saw him take the reins of multiple teams and also be an assistant coach to Bilardo at Boca Juniors.He also took charge of the Argentina under-17’s team between 2007-09, leading them to second place in the 2009 South American Football Championship, before being bundled out of the World Cup in the round-of-16 at the hands of Colombia.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 5: Head Coach Bret Bielema of the Arkansas Razorbacks talks with a official during a game against the UTEP Miners at Razorback Stadium on September 5, 2015 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Miners 48-13. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)Kansas filled its athletic director vacancy today, tabbing a pretty big name in the college sports world: former Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long. He is likely to make a football hire in his first year, which has led to plenty of speculation about his former Razorbacks hire Bret Bielema.Long, who previously served at Pitt before beginning his near-decade at Arkansas, was relieved of his duties on November 15. Nine days later, the school fired Bielema, after a 4-8 season.Bielema couldn’t quite get over the hump in the SEC West, and replicate the success he had at Wisconsin. He does have a pretty strong resume though, even if he ultimately wasn’t right for the Hogs.Kansas basketball is rolling under Bill Self. It is pretty obvious what Long’s No. 1 job is: fix the Jayhawks football program.David Beaty, who has one Big 12 win and a 3-33 overall record through three seasons, is on the hottest seat in college football entering the year. Long will want to hire his own guy, so short of massive improvement, Beaty is likely done at some point this season.With the Jeff Long hire, there is now plenty of Bret Bielema Kansas speculation online.Bielema himself tweeted about the hire to congratulate his former boss this afternoon.Such a great meeting between a great leader and a great opportunity at Kansas! #Congrats https://t.co/li02o1h218— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) July 5, 2018The tweets came almost immediately after Long was officially announced, from fans and media members.Bret Bielema as the next head coach at Kansas? #RockChalk— Saturday Blitz (@SaturdayBlitz) July 5, 2018Bret Bielema to Kansas, folks— Luke Zimmermann (@lukezim) July 5, 2018Will Bielema have a job in Kansas soon? Stay tuned… https://t.co/Qn16SDn3FF— Robby Gilkey (@RobGilkeyM1) July 5, 2018Expect Bret Bielema too be Kansas new HC within the next calendar year!!! Calling it now!!!— Jonathan Baker (@Jayb_1411) July 5, 20181. Who will Jeff Long’s first hire be as head coach of Kansas football and why is it Bret Bielema?2. If Kansas were to play Louisville, Bobby Petrino would score 100 points just to spite Jeff Long. What are your favorite “revenge game” moments in CFB?— Chris Turner (@ChrisTurnerWTOK) July 5, 2018Alright I’m going to start the rumor.. Bret Bielema to Kansas with Jeff ? https://t.co/tbA21s8W18— RazorNation ?⬇ (@Coach_Calhoun32) July 5, 2018Obviously we still have to see at least a few games from the Beaty-led Jayhawks this fall before this really heats up. It is natural for everyone to identify Bielema as a candidate though.Kansas is a brutal job, and could certainly do worse than someone with Bielema’s record. The style of run-first ball he cultivated and Wisconsin and utilized through much of his Arkansas tenure would actually be a bit against the grain in the spread-dominated Big 12. Bielema’s later Arkansas teams did utilize more of a spread-based system too, though.Right now, the former Arkansas coach is working with the New England Patriots. It is unclear if he wants an immediate return to college—he’s expressed some misgivings with the recruiting process and some other parts of that level—but if a head coaching opportunity is out there, it would be a bit surprising for him to totally shut it down.
If we know one thing about college football, we know that Jim Harbaugh is one of the most frequently discussed topics in the sport. Since his return to Michigan in 2015, Harbaugh has made no shortage of headlines.Through three seasons at his alma mater, Harbaugh is 28-11. After back-to-back 10-3 seasons in 2015 and 2016, he went 8-5 last year, finishing fourth in the Big Ten East. Harbaugh is also just 1-5 against rivals Ohio State and Michigan State.Michigan fans are still very much in Harbaugh’s corner, but questions have arisen about when his team will finally take the next step. Count FS1’s Jason Whitlock among those wondering.During a conversation with Colin Cowherd, Jason McIntyre and Geoff Schwartz on Speak For Yourself, Whitlock called out Harbaugh for being a disappointment.“He’s been a failure so far at Michigan,” Whitlock said. Pressed by Cowherd about whether 10 -win seasons in the Big Ten is a failure, Whitlock responded “Third, third and fourth [in the Big Ten East]. Based off of expectations, Colin…I want to see the proof.”In fairness, Whitlock did say he thinks this is the year Michigan could take a big leap, citing QB transfer Shea Patterson as the reason. But overall, he is taking a wait-and-see approach to Harbaugh.“I actually think this year, with Shea Patterson–he is super talented–they should beat Ohio State this year and should contend for the Big Ten title with Shea Patterson,” Whitlock said. “It’s all there. But I want to see it. We anointed this guy and thought he was going to come in and run roughshod over everybody in college football because he took one team to the Super Bowl and lost.”You can watch all of Whitlock’s comments below.”Jim Harbaugh has been a failure so far at Michigan.” @WhitlockJason pic.twitter.com/DY7BQomdJ0— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) July 24, 2018Listen, what Whitlock said isn’t really anything new about Harbaugh. This topic has been debated ad nauseum all offseason.Our take is that Harbaugh can’t really be considered a failure when you consider what he’s done in terms of reestablishing Michigan’s brand and the ability he’s shown to reel in top recruits. However, have the results on the field been a little disappointing? Probably.This looks like a year he could turn it around though, as long as his team can survive a particularly rugged schedule.