“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
Embattled and injury-ravaged striker Daniel Sturridge is believed to be on his way out of Anfield this summer.
The season has been an underwhelming one for the England striker. The team seems to have adjusted to his absence and it would be difficult to become an essential part now.
Sturridge is constantly derided in the media as a player with extreme fragility. It must have affected his confidence and offerings as he has publicly admitted being hurt when he cannot contribute to the team’s success. The resolve of Anfield would be tested this summer if they would keep the player and a few others that have not contributed as much to the team this term.
Sturridge is a very good player when he is fit but with Liverpool keen to build something beautiful now his fitness concerns are a big liability. No player has reached the 21 goals he scored in 29 Premier League matches in the 2013/14 season in recent years, aside his partner Luis Suarez. His goals-to-game ratio is still impressive and he has said he is “the best striker Liverpool has.”
In the last two seasons, the figures of the player have been abysmal. He has scored just two Premier League goals this term and has played less than half of the 35 games. His three-year total is 14 in the league, while stars like Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero have scored 67 and 68 respectively. Little wonder Kane is the preferred option in the England national side. Continue reading STURRIDGE TO REMAIN AT ANFIELD NEXT SEASON?
Gareth Southgate is of the opinion that overpaid players do not have the same edge that makes them successful.
The former Middlesbrough manager recently took over from Sam Allardyce as the new England boss. After having achieved a reasonable amount of success in his few games in charge, Southgate is looking to help England qualify for the World Cup 2018 in style. His time in management is in an era when players are earning in the millions even from a very young age. The rapid expansion of the sport has resulted in clubs paying incredible sums of money, even for young players.
The impact of money in football has been a much debated topic, and Southgate believes that players who earn a lot of money at a very young age start to lose their motivation to win major trophies. He also says that players have been led to believing a hype about the Premier League. Continue reading Gareth Southgate Says Overpaid Players Lose Edge
Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has questioned Gareth Southgate’s methods after the England manager publicly criticised the winger’s commitment for the national team.
The former Manchester United player recently chose the opportunity to play for Ivory Coast, despite having represented England at various levels, in what is seen as a move to get regular international football. As one of the best players with the Ivory Coast national team, Zaha is guaranteed a starting role every time the national team plays. Southgate, though, said that the winger lacked passion when it comes to play for the national team. Zaha has criticised the statement claiming that it was his personal right to represent Ivory Coast.
Despite having appeared for various levels of the England youth teams and, of course, for the England national team in a couple of friendly games, Zaha has been obliged to play for the country where he was born. Zaha represented the England under 21 team in 13 games. Continue reading Southgate Wrong to Question Wilfried Zaha’s Commitment to the National Team
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
Three Lions skipper Wayne Rooney has asked for better relations with the Football Writers Association when he was honoured in a special event after he broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s record at Manchester United.
Rooney said that the English national team would have a higher chance at succeeding in their endeavours if the rife between the players and the media dissipates. When players and the team in general succeed there are praised but when they fail there is widespread ire. Of recent the English team have not been in good form, earning them various labels by the writers.
Rooney himself has been in the public eye since 16-years old. He has been praised when he achieves feats like breaking the 249 goal barrier for United but he has also been ridiculed badly when his form drops below par.
“The younger players now have to understand that the media are a massive part of football. I have seen firsthand since becoming a captain of United and England, players have to realise that the media has a huge influence on the game, and especially on the young England players, they are the ones who have to go out and perform under the huge pressures. Continue reading ROONEY ASKS FOR BETTER RELATIONS WITH FOOTBALL WRITERS
Gareth Southgate has been confirmed as the new England boss and he will be appointed on a permanent basis.
The former Middlesbrough manager was recently involved with the national team on an interim basis after Sam Allardyce had to step down following just one match in charge of the national team. Allardyce was involved in a scandal as he reportedly used his position to gain an advantage and money. Southgate has been involved with the national team in the under 21 levels for several years now, and managing the senior team was seen as a natural step forward.
The 46-year-old recently had an interview with the English FA. Even though there was widespread criticism of this decision, the English FA back to this decision to hold an interview with a manager who helped the national team for four games. Under the regime of Southgate, England managed to beat Scotland and Malta, but there were disappointments along the way with draws against Spain and Slovenia. Continue reading Gareth Southgate Appointed As New England Manager
Former Liverpool and England international Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from football after 19 years.
The 36-year old is the fourth most capped Three Lions player with 114 games under his belt. He was the captain in three of six international tournaments.
“I feel lucky to have experienced so many wonderful highlights over the course of my career. I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my life at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy,” Gerrard said.
Gerrard featured in over 700 games for Liverpool, winning nine trophies before moving to America to play in the Major League Soccer for Los Angeles Galaxy in 2015.
“I fulfilled my childhood dream by putting on the famous red shirt of Liverpool,” ‘captain fantastic’ as he is fondly called said.
Gerrard would not be going straight into football management as he said a move to manage MK Dons came too soon. The proposal to manage MK Dons came as he announced that he would be exiting LA Galaxy at the end of the season.
The player has been linked with a move to Celtic and Newcastle. There are reports of a coaching offer at Anfield – Gerrard is working towards getting UEFA A coaching license, the second-highest qualification required to manage a club.
For now, Gerrard says he would ponder critically about his future before committing.
“I am excited about the future and feel I still have a lot to offer the game, in whatever capacity that may be,” he said.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has downplayed an immediate move for Gerrard to join the coaching crew at Anfield but admits that something would come up in future.
“When something is announced, then we will talk. It is clear that one day in the future there will be something to announce, that is pretty sure too, but until then there is nothing to say.”