“Get him on a plane and bring him back,” the United faithful sang the last time Cristiano Ronaldo revealed he wasn’t happy at Real Madrid, citing that the club chiefs knew “why.”
It says so much for the fondness the Portuguese still has in the memories of United fans who Ronaldo has repeatedly said were the only group of football fans that genuinely love him.
In the wake of his latest silent mudslings with Madrid administrators over their inability to shield him from Spanish tax authorities, the 33-year old appears certain that this time he really truly wants to leave the Galaticos.
As expected, Franchise-loving Ed Woodward and his board members in charge of the Red Devils transfer dealing have started pulling every available string to make the Portuguese’ inner boy’s heart desire and those of the stand occupants at Stretford End come to pass.
But do they really need him? Does a club on the journey to build a sustainable squad capable of at least winning major trophies need an ego-massage-needing prodigal son that will of course grant them goals and maybe a couple of trophies but will likewise end up impeding the growth of the coming generation of Old Trafford’s beacon bearers? Continue reading UNITED MUST RESIST OLD COOKIE RONALDO
Pep Guardiola has not had the best introduction to English football in the current campaign.
He has struggled to achieve a level of consistency required to win the league titles. Even though he has been immensely successful wherever he has been, Guardiola has not been able to produce the goods so far at Manchester City. Former Manchester United star Scholes, though, reckons that it is only a temporary phenomenon and that Guardiola should be back among the trophies sooner rather than later. He has also surprisingly backed the Spaniard to take over the England managerial role in the future.
England have had a tradition of appointing foreign managers without second thoughts. The likes of Eriksson and Fabio Capello are some of the high profile foreign managers to have coached the England national team. Even after these two names did not achieve major successes, the England FA did try to go after names like Luis Felipe Scolari and Jose Mourinho before failing to get both. Continue reading Paul Scholes Backs Spaniard for the England Managerial Role
England manager Gareth Southgate is concerned that he will get only one full training session from his players ahead of the friendly with Germany.
After an extended absence of international games, Southgate is preparing to take charge of his first game as the permanent England manager when the national team take on archrivals Germany in a friendly game. It will be a tough test for the former Middlesbrough manager, especially as it is against the reigning world champions. England may struggle to get the best preparation possible, as a hectic fixture schedule in the English Premier League may prevent Southgate from getting a number of top players available for preparation earlier.
Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, and Manchester United are the clubs involved in action as part of the ‘Super Sunday’ just three days prior to England’s game against Germany. England are taking on Germany on March 22 followed by a match against Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier three days later. Continue reading Gareth Southgate Concerned about Lack of Preparation Ahead of Germany Friendly
England manager Gareth Southgate believes that the national team should do a lot more in order to bridge the gap between the England national team and the world’s best.
Southgate recently took charge of the national team on a permanent basis after impressing on an interim basis following the departure of Sam Allardyce. The former Bolton manager step down from his role after just one game. However, it appears that the managers alone are not responsible for the poor performance of the team for several decades. Southgate says that the players will also have to step up if England are to become a force in world football.
The club go to the World Cup qualifying games in March consistently falling behind the top teamsin the world ranking tables. England are 13th in the world ranking and it is one of the lowest positions that the national team has occupied in recent memory. It has been down to a combination of poor form coupled with the Euro 2016 being a disaster. Continue reading Southgate Wants England to Do Much Better in Order to Improve World Rankings
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
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.
Continue reading Gareth Southgate Wants Exciting Play From the England Team
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 boss Roy Hodgson is expected to step up his preparations for the Euro 2016 by calling up around 40 players who are expected to be involved in the preliminary squad. Around 30 players will be travelling with an extensive staff for the Euro 2016.
However, the manager will take a look at around 40 players before trimming down his options. The players are expected to be called up for action at the training base in Burton. This meeting is going to be a discussion for the upcoming major event. Hodgson is expected to convey his ideas to the team about matters like objectives and playing style.
It has been reported that Hodgson may convey the upcoming tournament while also looking at the recent international friendlies against France and Spain. While the friendly against France ended in positive fashion with a 2-0 win, the friendly against a confidence less Spain was rather disappointing. England were defeated 2-0 and will be hoping to avoid such poor results at the tournament itself. There are a number of strong favourites and dark horses to win the Euro 2016. Despite their strong performance in the qualification rounds, England are not considered as potential challengers for the title. Getting past the quarter-finals will be seen as a successful tournament for starters. Continue reading Roy Hodgson is expected to step up his preparations for the Euro 2016
Brazil did not have a memorable World Cup in 2014 as they were humiliated in their home turf after being knocked out by Germany in the semi-finals by Germany with a final scoreboard that was displaying 1-7 in favor of the German side and this ultimately finished with Luis Felipe Scolari abandoning his managerial position in the national team.
Getting knocked out from the 2014 World Cup is not the only embarrassing thing which occurred for the South American country as there are a number of incidents that are still affecting the Brazilian nation. Continue reading Brazil still feel the side effects
Tottenham forward Harry Kane recently made his debut for the England senior team and marked it with a goal. He has been regarded as the next big thing to lead the England line-up.
However,Kane took the strange decision of joining up with the England under 21 team even after making his senior debut. Apart from potentially causing a burnout in the summer,Kane is also risky his place in the senior team. It could be taken up by strikers like Berahino and Charlie Austin, who have had excellent campaigns themselves. Kane was close in the running for the PFA player of the year award after having scored 30 goals in all competitions.
Kane’s goal tally is mightily impressive considering that he had not been a first-team regular at Tottenham until midway through the first half of the campaign. England under 21 manager Gareth Southgate says that he has seen a lot of promise from the young Tottenham forward, who he expects to thrive at the European under 21 Championships. One of the primary reasons forKane to join up with the U21 team is to complete the job that started with his goals. England are taking a very promising team to take part in the U21 championships. Continue reading Tottenham forward Harry Kane recently made his debut for the England senior team