Sacked Fulham boss Jokanovic ready for management returnby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSacked Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic is ready to return to football.Jokanovic was sacked by Fulham last month and already looks refreshed and recharged and is looking forward to his first Christmas with his family in years.“I am open, I am looking around and I am one of the first coaches to lose my job but I can be one of the first to get a new job,” he told the Mirror. “It will be a strange situation for me because I can enjoy Christmas with my family, spend some time with my children and it will be a little bit different to so many past Christmases!“I’ve had four years with no rest, I’m not tired but I also try to find something that is interesting and a plan to be successful. I live a good life, it’s not about money, I want to find a way for success.“I am rested, I am ready and hope to find something interesting for myself. I want to carry on working, it’s my profession and I hope I will find work for the next 20 years. Where? This world is so big that I cannot give you answers.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino hints he needs to sell before buyingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has hinted he needs to sell before buying in January.Pochettino concedes his squad is currently overloaded.He explained, “We have a full squad. “I think we have 28 in the squad. I think it’s impossible to sign players if we have no space. We don’t have enough spaces at the moment, so it makes no sense to talk about signing players.”
Really? Southgate surprise new name on Man Utd shortlistby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland coach Gareth Southgate is on the managerial shortlist at Manchester United.The Daily Mail says United have added Southgate to the list of potential managers to take over in the summer as they are becoming increasingly concerned that Mauricio Pochettino will stay at Tottenham.Southgate signed a new contract to stay on as England manager until the end of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar following the Three Lions’ success in Russia.A chance to jump ship may prove difficult following his recent contract renewal with the national team, and while Southgate has been added as a viable option to take over at United, the Red Devils are wary of his experience at club level.Prior to his success with England, Southgate has only had one spell at club level where he managed Middlesbrough for three years between 2006 and 2009. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Theo Hernandez insists AC Milan can finish in top fourby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan fullback Theo Hernandez insists they can finish in the top four this season.The Rossoneri sacked Marco Giampaolo after losing four of the opening seven games. Stefano Pioli has taken charge and will make his debut this weekend against Lecce.“It’s obviously better for a Coach to start the season rather than come in, but these things happen in football,” Theo told Sky Sport Italia.“We now have a Coach who I consider to be very good and I’m sure we’ll do well together. I didn’t know him before, but he likes to play good football and has clear ideas.“The first thing he said was that we need to work hard and provide a reaction to bring the fans back on side. I work every day to earn my place in the starting XI and want to write history with Milan.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Aston Villa boss Smith warns Man Utd off McGinnby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa boss Dean Smith has told Manchester United to forget about John McGinn.McGinn is believed to be on a shortlist of players United want to sign over the next two transfer windows.But Smith said: “The big clubs can come calling but they’ll get a short, swift reply! He’s a player we want here at Aston Villa.“His value shot up from the moment he stepped out onto the Villa Park pitch and showed just what a player he is.He has an unbelievable energy level and a big, big heart, but people don’t see the technical side of it as well – he’s got that in abundance.”McGinn is contracted to Villa until July 2024, so the midlands club are under no pressure to sell.Smith added: “He’s a really top player and pivotal to us getting promoted last season. He’s continued that form in the Premier League and his value would have certainly shot up.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Everton fullback Digne: Silva can be among best in the worldby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton fullback Lucas Digne insists manager Marco Silva has the players’ full confidence.The Toffees picked up only their third league win of the campaign last weekend after beating West Ham 2-0.”He gave a lot of confidence to the players and very good advice,” Digne told the Liverpool Echo, in reference to the West Ham clash. “For me he is one of the best coaches I’ve had and I am sure he can be one of the best in the world.'”The mood [in the build-up] was perfect.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Verne LundquistCBS officially announced that longtime SEC play-by-play announcer Verne Lundquist will step down following the 2016 season, and the network confirmed reports that ESPN’s Brad Nessler will be Lundquist’s replacement in 2017. Lundquist, who has been with CBS since 2000, will remain with the network and continue broadcasting college basketball and golf. Verne Lundquist steps down from SEC ON CBS following 2016 season. Brad Nessler to succeed Lundquist starting in 2017 https://t.co/o4cehY3Gm7— CBS Sports PR (@CBSSportsGang) May 31, 2016Verne Lundquist will continue calling regular-season college basketball, the NCAA Tournament and golf for CBS in 2017.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) May 31, 2016This will be an adjustment for college football fans. “Uncle Verne” is a fall staple as the play-by-play voice of the SEC. Nessler is a pro though, and should be a more than capable replacement.
Bill SimmonsBill Simmons isn’t done ripping his old employer. Earlier this week, the former ESPN star accused Stephen A. Smith and other Worldwide Leader reporters of leaking anti-Tom Brady material to help the NFL in its Deflategate case. Now, he’s going after the network’s reporting.Saturday, Simmons criticized ESPN for publishing a timeline of Deflategate that includes Chris Mortensen’s report that 11 of the 12 balls used in the first half of New England’s contest against the Indianapolis Colts were “significantly underinflated.” Mortensen’s original report stated that 11 of the 12 balls were underinflated by 2 pounds per square inch – and it was later corrected after the Ted Wells report. The correction stated that 11 of the 12 balls were underinflated, ranging up to 2 pounds per square inch.Clearly, Simmons doesn’t think the piece of news should be included at all.ESPN’s DeflateGate timeline includes Mort’s 11 of 12 “significantly deflated” report like it was true. Hilarious.https://t.co/b1MuJrctYs— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) July 16, 2016At this point, it doesn’t look like Simmons is going to stop blasting ESPN any time soon.
Germany international forward Max Kruse says he turned down an offer from Liverpool earlier this summer.Kruse, 31, was a free agent this summer after the expiration of his contract at Werder Bremen, where he spent three productive seasons.He registered 12 goals and 14 assists in all competitions in his last season in Bremen, and has hit double figures of goals in six of his last eight seasons. 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? Kruse has also played 14 times for Germany, scoring four times.He has since joined Turkish giants Fenerbahce after fielding calls from a number of clubs, and he claims Jurgen Klopp’s side were one of them.”During the transfer period, I’ve received lots of offers and one of them was Liverpool,” Kruse told BeIN SPORTS Turkey.”But I decided to join Fenerbahce because I believe I will be very happy there.”I spoke with a lot of players during that period and I am happy about my decision.”Vastly experienced and comfortable playing in a similar role to that occupied by Roberto Firmino at Anfield, Kruse may have offered a useful alternative to the Brazilian and given Klopp more freedom to rest and rotate his much-vaunted front three.Liverpool aren’t thought to be targeting any big-money signings this summer, with Klopp largely happy with his squad.The long-awaited return to fitness of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the emergence of youngsters like forward Rhian Brewster have added an extra layer of depth to a strong starting eleven.Whether or not Liverpool make any signings in the closing weeks of the transfer window, Klopp’s squad will be pushed hard right from the start of the season as a packed schedule awaits.With friendlies against Napoli and Lyon to come first, they will play in the Community Shield against Manchester City and the UEFA Super Cup with Chelsea either side of their opening Premier League fixture against newly-promoted Norwich.Klopp has complained about the hectic nature of his side’s itinerary in recent days, claiming that his squad is being strained beyond reasonable levels by the demand for non-stop football all through the year. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Unai Emery has attempted to downplay concerns after Alexandre Lacazette limped off just 12 minutes into Arsenal’s Emirates Cup clash with Lyon.Lacazette took an early blow to his ankle against his former club and attempted to run it off, but was in discomfort as he was replaced by young winger Reiss Nelson.Lyon went on to win the match 2-1 behind a pair of second-half goals from Moussa Dembele. 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? With the Gunners’ Premier League opener against Newcastle just two weeks away, manager Emery expressed his belief after the match that there wasn’t much to worry about.”The doctor said to me he’s going to check tomorrow,” Emery said in his post-game press conference.”It’s in his ankle. He’s going to be assessed over the next few days – it’s not serious.”Still, Arsenal fans may be slightly troubled by the sight of Lacazette limping through the mixed zone in a protective boot following the game.Lacazette limping through the mixed zone with his foot in a protective boot. pic.twitter.com/mv0CkP1Ptz— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) July 28, 2019The 28-year-old forward does not have any history of ankle injuries, so Gunners fans should be confident at least that it isn’t a recurring issue.He missed six weeks during the 2017-18 season with a knee injury but was close to ever-present for his club last year, registering 19 goals and 13 assists in 49 appearances.His developing relationship, both on and off the field, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was one of the rare bright spots in a difficult season for Arsenal, and he will be key if they are to improve this time around.The prospect of a front three with Aubameyang and likely club-record signing Nicolas Pepe is an exciting one for the club, and the thought of losing Lacazette so soon after the Pepe news broke will be concerning for fans.Emery has two more pre-season games to prepare his squad for the new campaign following the Lyon clash, with matches against Amiens and Barcelona sure to provide contrasting challenges.Arsenal then start their Premier League campaign on the Sunday of the opening weekend, travelling to face Steve Bruce’s Newcastle in a match always likely to draw memories of the famous 4-4 draw back in February 2011.Both teams could look significantly different by then with transfer activity expected at both clubs before the deadline on August 9.Arsenal are still be on the trail for Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney among others, while Newcastle are expected to make signings following a summer of disappointing exits.Their new record signing Joelinton will be hoping for a less memorable debut than his first outing in a black and white shirt in pre-season.The Brazilian forward won a penalty – which Miguel Almiron saw saved – before conceding one at the other end to help Preston North End to a 2-1 victory on Saturday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.