CLARKE: ALLARDYCE WAS PAID OFF

Chairman of the English Football Association Greg Clarke has said that the former Three Lions boss Sam Allardyce was paid off after his contract was “mutually terminated,” reports say.


The job of the former Sunderland boss lasted only 67 days as investigations by the Daily Telegraph reporters revealed Allardyce making indiscreet remarks.

The MPs challenged the FA for their lack of due diligence on Allardyce before he was appointed in July. The FA director of strategy Robert Sullivan joined Clarke to face the House of Commons’ Culture, Media and Sport committee.
“I wasn’t there because I have only been in this post for five weeks but I am assured by board members that they did do due diligence on Mr Allardyce,” said Clarke. He added that significant queries were made before announcing the appointment of Allardyce.

“Significant inquiries were made, we spoke to his former clubs and the League Managers Association – no issues were raised,” Clarke explained in the two-hour session. The FA boss consistently reminded the House that his time in the FA overlapped with Allardyce’s appointment by two weeks. Continue reading CLARKE: ALLARDYCE WAS PAID OFF

The best fantasy football names

Fantasy Football is an important part of every football season, especially for fans. Being able to ‘manage’ a selection of the best players in the Premier League is every fans dream. Apart from selecting your players, another tasks which every fan must go through is naming your team.

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Gareth Southgate Wants Exciting Play From the England Team

As caretaker manager Gareth Southgate¬¬¬ prepares to take charge of his first match with the national team, he says that the players should try to excite fans when they step onto the pitch to face Malta.


After the resignation of Sam Allardyce following just one game, Southgate has been placed in charge of the team at least until the end of 2016. It will mean that the former Middlesbrough boss has the capability to impress the England FA in at least four matches, the first of which will be against Malta. This is expected to be an easy encounter for the English, but Southgate will be cautious given the team’s fragile confidence at the moment.

The problems with the national team in terms of the manager has started to affect the player’s morale. A sold out crowd is expected for game with media focus completely upon striker Wayne Rooney. However, there is the possibility that the 30-year-old will play as a midfielder rather than as a forward. The use of Rooney has been one of the much criticised aspects at club and international level over the last few months due to the poor form of the player. However, he has also received backing from a number of players like John Terry who feel that his performances are a result of not being played in the best position.
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Sam Allardyce wants his team to recover from the 2014 World Cup

England’s disappointing campaign in the 2014 FIFA World Cup saw them finishing in the last spot of group D which consisted of: Costa Rica, Uruguay, Italy and of course England which is currently being guided by Sam Allardyce.


Sam Allardyce wants the English national side to forget about this forgettable tournament for England and just try to focus in what lies ahead.

Besides the mediocre run that England experienced in the past edition of the World Cup, their campaign in the 2016 UEFA EURO’s was also a disaster as they lost to Iceland in the rounds of 16.

The 61 year old manager is giving many of the players who were part of the squad that lost to Iceland, a chance to redeem themselves for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Joe Hart, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Gary Cahill, Eric Dier, Raheem Sterling, Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane all performed against Iceland and they are expected to play a big role for the upcoming qualifiers match for England as Sam Allardyce has faith that they can recover from their recent string of underwhelming performances and defeats. Continue reading Sam Allardyce wants his team to recover from the 2014 World Cup

England national team finding Shortage of Players

A new statistic has revealed that the Premier league only has 34% of players eligible for the England national team.


Manager Sam Allardyce came in as the replacement for Roy Hodgson only now. He has already given a warning that he may be forced to pick reserve players in the hope of filling up the England squad. Even though there is a rule to have a minimum number of homegrown players in a Premier League squad, clubs have largely been utilising English players as reserves. Clubs like Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool have spent large sums of money the season, but most have been on foreign players.

The debate of the Premier league preventing the national team’s success has been going on for several years now. The success of the Premier League has largely been built on foreign managers and players. Allardyce says that it is about time there is a switch in order to benefit the national team. England have not gone beyond the quarter-finals of the major tournament in the last two decadesContinue reading England national team finding Shortage of Players

COLE SAYS WENGER IS THE BEST MAN FOR ENGLAND

Former Arsenal player Ashley Cole said that Arsene Wenger is the best man for the coaching job of England amidst the announcement that Sam Allardyce has been named the successor of Roy Hodgson.


The player, who is currently plying his trade in the Major League Soccer, opines that the Frenchman should have been convinced to take over the team as he was the one who could really turn things around for the team.

The 35-year old plays with LA Galaxy in the United States but reckons that the panel set up to select the next manager of England should have worked around his former boss at the Emirates. He played under Wenger for seven years before his controversial move to Stamford Bridge in 2006. The player who has earned 107 caps with the Three Lions has the info on how things work.
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England draws with Slovakia despite dominating the game

England draws 0-0 with Slovakia despite dominating large portions of the game. Roy Hodgson made 6 changes to the team that beat Wales but this did not prevent England from taking control of the match.


In fairness, Slovakia did not come on the pitch to attack and was happy to sit back and to absorb the pressure.

As it is often the case with England when faced with this kind of opposition, they find it difficult to create clear-cut chances. England, who started with Vardy and Sturridge, up-front struggled to have shots on target as Slovakia put all their players behind the ball.

Roy Hodgson defended his decision to make changes to the team by saying that the team was good enough to win the game. He said that if England had won the game people would not have said anything about the changes he made and that they are criticizing just because they failed to score.

The England managed added that it would not have mattered which players were playing as they would have still come against 11 players in defence. He said it was not easy to play against a team that wanted to get a 0-0 draw and did not try to attack. Continue reading England draws with Slovakia despite dominating the game

Danny Drinkwater has been one of the biggest success stories

Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater has been one of the biggest success stories of the 2015-16 season.


He would have been an unlikely candidate to feature in the England squad at the Euro 2016, but this is now a possibility after helping Leicester City win the league title. Drinkwater was one of the important members of the league campaign and he could have even won the PFA Player of the Year had it not been for the presence of names like Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez. However, there are suggestions that Roy Hodgson may actually drop Drinkwater from the final squad in favour of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.

Wilshere is now once again fit and available for the national team after having spent almost the entire season on the sidelines. In fact, he has had a very poor fitness record over the last two years. Yet, his inclusion in the provisional squad has been surprising to many especially Drinkwater, but the midfielder claims that he will not find faults with the manager if he is not included in the final squad. Drinkwater has been one of the great characters in English football over the last 12 months and his latest statement is a testament to this fact. Continue reading Danny Drinkwater has been one of the biggest success stories

Friction in France as Euros Kick Off

There are reports that at least 36 people have been arrested in Lille, France, following clashes with the French police who are trying to maintain order at Euro 2016. The police claim the arrests were made on Wednesday, and also mentioned that at least 16 people have been taken to the hospital following injuries they sustained.

Flares were set off and riot police charged at the fans using tear gas, even after the continental football governing body, UEFA, threatened to disqualify England if the violence that has been on for days continued. There were a lot of clashes between English, Russian and French fans, attracting condemnation from all quarters. Continue reading Friction in France as Euros Kick Off

Howe wary of the media

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes that sometimes reading too much of the press can bring its own problems – especially in the current day and age, where 24 hours a day needs to be filled on the likes of SkySports and online.  Whilst it’s difficult to stay away from the various sorts of reports and articles, Howe thinks it’s absolutely imperative.


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