TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Monaco sudden new favourites to land Chelsea midfielder Cescby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Monaco are sudden new favourites to land Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.L’Equipe says the 31-year-old will sign on the dotted line for the Ligue 1 outfit.It would see the Spanish midfielder renew acquaintance with Thierry Henry, the pair having played together at Arsenal.Henry took his first managerial job at the Principality side in October on a three-year contract.Fabregas is yet to start a Premier League game almost halfway through the season.
TagsOpinionAbout the authorAndrew Maclean FollowShare the loveHave your say Anderson Exclusive: Karanka can lead Nottingham Forest beyond Clough shadowby Andrew Maclean10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCross-generational comparisons of sporting greats are fervently argued across social media every day. In basketball, it’s Lebron James vs. Michael Jordan. In tennis, it’s Roger Federer vs. Pete Sampras. Amongst football players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s abilities are constantly equated to those of Diego Maradona and Pele.But what about football managers? How do the current crop rank with the greatly revered, often mythologised, coaches of yesteryear?According to Viv Anderson, former Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough was implementing ‘tiki-taka’ some 30 years before Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona revolution and would have no problem managing in today’s continental game.Charismatic, intelligent, and at times controversial, Clough revolutionised Forest during his 18-year tenure at the club. It might seem hard to fathom for fans relatively new to the Premier League, but in the late 1970’s, Forest were the kings of England and Europe – twice.Given English football’s reputation as physical and direct, it would be easy to assume Forest scrapped their way to glory. But that wasn’t Cloughie’s style. He despised the long-ball tactics of his contemporaries, having once famously said: “if God had wanted us to play football in the clouds, he’d have put grass up there.”Anderson started both European Cup finals against Malmo in 1979 and Hamburg in 1980 and said it was Clough’s unorthodox tactics in the latter that helped steer Forest to victory.When asked if Clough could excel in today’s game, Anderson told Tribalfootball:”Absolutely 100 per cent. Because he believed in playing football in the right way, the pass and move. They were always entertaining. Although I think he would have to adapt because you have to do a lot more media than back in his day. “You have to remember he played one up front in a European Cup final 30 odd years ago, so he was forward thinking more than any other manager than I can think in those times. I can remember playing in that final with five midfielders and one up front and we went ‘what is this?’, but we got on and managed to win. Would he able to manage now? Yes in a heartbeat.”I think Forest had a team of people who were comfortable on the ball, play it through and it wasn’t kick long or long balls, it was always to feet and I think it’s very, very similar to how Pep Guardiola plays his football. So I think there are a lot of similarities to how he [Clough] played and how Pep Guardiola plays.”Clough remonstrating in the City Ground dugout still burns strong in the memory of older Forest fans. To them, the Middlesbrough native, who passed away in 2004, represents the ever-passing golden years, a time when the club were feared and respected, a stark contrast to the last two decades spent outside of the English top-flight.In Anderson’s opinion, Forest’s struggles derive from their failure to recover from Clough’s departure in 1993, comparing their plight to the current situation at Manchester United, who in December sacked their third manager since the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.Forest have made the play-offs only twice since their return to the Championship in 2009/10, but supporters remain hopeful that this could be their season. Under the leadership of former Real Madrid defender Aitor Karanka, who lead Middlesbrough to promotion in 2015/16, Forest are four points off the play-off spots in seventh. And with further investment from Greek owner Evangelos Marinakis this month, Anderson believes the club can return to where he believes they belong.”Its like Manchester United. The Cloughie shoes and the Alex Ferguson shoes are big shoes to fill,” added Anderson, who played over 300 times for Forest.”And they’ve had several managers, both clubs, trying to get the right balance. Hopefully Karanka is the right man to take Forest forward. “I think it helps that they’ve got some money with this Greek owner. So hopefully he can put a little bit more money in to get them where they want to be because a side like Nottingham Forest should be in the Premier League and they’ve been out of their far too long. So hopefully he’s the one to guide them forward.”Forest will face Premier League giants Chelsea in the third round of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.Viv Anderson MBE was speaking to Tribalfootball to promote the partnership between ‘Playonpro’ and ‘REDSTRIKE’.Click here to find out more information on Playonpro.
Southampton boss Hasenhuttl eyeing Everton winger Lookmanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is eyeing Everton winger Ademola Lookman.The pair worked together last season at RB Leipzig, where Lookman spent time on-loan.Now Hasenhuttl is ready for a reunion with the England U21 international, who is pushing for regular first team football.Lookman said just this week, “Football is football. I love playing football and I am glad to do that every single day. It is not a case of me being sad. I am just happy to play football”People said at the time I was crazy to go to Germany but I saw it as another experience and another learning curve for me. I’m glad I did go.”I learnt about being more of a goal threat and showing what I can do. Showing my worth to the team – that is the next step for me.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea boss Lampard admits Mourinho his biggest influenceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard admits Jose Mourinho has the biggest influence on his coaching.Despite also playing under Claudio Ranieri, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Carlo Ancelotti, Rafa Benitez and Guus Hiddink, it is Mourinho who made the biggest impression on the fledgling Chelsea boss.”I’ve been influenced by all the managers I’ve played under but probably Jose (Mourinho) as much, if not more, than anyone else,” Lampard told Sky Sports News.”He was the one at the point of my career when my performances and mind set got better, giving me a lot of confidence within the team.”So I try to act like that with my players now, trying to have a personal relationship with them which means driving them every day to be better, trying to help them to be confident and understand what they need to do to keep going up the levels as a player.”So I took a lot from Jose but I certainly don’t want to be typecast as trying to be a Jose person because I am my own person.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Vine/Josh ParcellUNC and other ACC schools have done a great job of honoring legendary Tar Heels coach Dean Smith since his passing, but the opening to today’s game at the Dean Dome may be the best tribute yet. UNC, which is playing its first game at home since losing Coach Smith, ran his signature “four corners” offense in its first possession. Even better—Brice Johnson scored on the play.That is just about the coolest thing you’ll see in college basketball today. Well done, Tar Heels. [@JoshParcell]More: The Only 13 Teams That Can Win The Playoff In 2015
UEFA say they are “very concerned” by Inter’s apparent failure to follow the European governing body’s protocol on racist chants. Fans at the San Siro hurled monkey chants at Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly during Wednesday’s match, according to Carlo Ancelotti.Three announcements were made over the loudspeaker imploring fans to stop the chants, but they continued unabated. 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? According to UEFA’s protocol, the match should have been suspended at that point but instead the game was allowed to continue. The Napoli bossAncelotti pointed to that policy in an angry press conference following the match. “There was a strange atmosphere, as we asked three times for play to be suspended, they had announcements with the speaker three times,” Ancelotti said.”We asked three times for some action to be taken, but the match continued. We keep being told play can be halted, but when? After four or five announcements?”Maybe we have to take matters into our own hands next time and stop play ourselves. They’ll probably make us lose the game if we walk off, but we are prepared to do it.”In a statement released on Friday, UEFA along with world players’ union FIFPro, pointed out that the match should have been halted. “FIFPro and UEFA are very concerned by this unacceptable racist incident and by what appears on the surface to be a failure to respect the widely-recognised three-step anti-racism protocol,” the statement partially read.”Koulibaly, a French-Senegalese defender, was subject to racist chanting and, despite announcements made by the stadium speaker, the chants did not stop.”Moreover, it seems that Napoli’s coaching staff had already informed the referee several times of racist chants.”Both organisations are of the opinion that the racist chants towards Koulibaly, who had to leave the pitch after receiving a second yellow card, are unacceptable and have no place in football.”Inter will be forced to play two games behind closed doors as a result of the chants, a punishment that UEFA and FIFPro welcomed. “Both organisations applaud the prompt actions taken by Italy’s football authorities, who sanctioned FC Internazionale with the next two matches to be played behind closed doors and, additionally, with a partial closure for FC Internazionale’s third home match,” the statement said.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United have momentum as they look to close the gap on the Premier League top four.Solskjaer became the first Man Utd manager to win his first five matches in charge with victory over Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday.Four successive victories in the Premier League have helped the Red Devils narrow the gap on the top four to six points having been 11 points off the pace when Solskjaer succeeded Jose Mourinho last month. 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? Yet, when asked about what the team could achieve this season Solskjaer was wary of setting targets, though the Norwegian does feel his players are hitting top form just at the right time.”I think the players are getting confidence and the feeling is that we have momentum,” he told reporters. “It’s about keeping it up and let’s see where it takes. We’re always good towards the end of the season anyway.”I’m not going to say top-four is our target because my target is the next game, but my target is also a certain way of playing. That certain way of playing will get us to where we belong in the end. I can’t say ‘if we get top-four it’s a success, if we don’t it’s not a success’. It depends on the performances. You can never ever control the result as a footballer.”Solskjaer has taken his players to a warm weather training camp in Dubai ahead of their next Premier League game against third-placed Tottenham at Wembley next Sunday.Mauricio Pochettino’s side convincingly beat United 3-0 at Old Trafford in August but Solskjaer has played down talk of revenge.”You never like to lose games but I don’t think you look at it as revenge,” Solskjaer added. “You never do. You’re playing against one of the top teams. Tottenham have performed fantastically this season, they’ve got a great way of playing.”But we’re at Wembley, we’re playing against one of the top teams, it doesn’t need motivation. It’s not about what’s happened before. It’s this game and these 90 minutes.”They’ve performed really well over a few years now and they’ve been towards the top of the league. There will be loads of things we need to look at both as individuals – you’ve got [Harry] Kane, one of the best strikers in the world, [Christian] Eriksen one of the best playmakers, you’ve got [Heung-Min] Son, [Dele] Alli – and we have to look at the team unit and how we play against them.”But, as I said, we don’t go to Dubai and just prepare for Tottenham. We have to prepare for the rest of the season and it’s how we fare against Paris Saint-Germain, how we fare against Liverpool, because they are the top teams of Europe now.”Solskjaer was also keen to play down his personal achievement of making the best start by any Manchester United manager in the club’s history.The Norwegian can also emulate the achievement of Sir Matt Busby by winning his first five league matches in charge next weekend, but the former Cardiff boss isn’t concerned.”I don’t care,” he said. “Not now. I might sit down in 20 years’ time and look at whatever records I have. I never look back. Never ever. When I’m in a position, never look back on what I’m doing that way.”Yeah, you reflect and you try to improve but you never get complacent and think ‘I’ve done this or that, I’ve done well’. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Barcelona should ignore what happened with Neymar in the past, according to Carles Puyol, as they potentially look to sign the Paris Saint-Germain forward.Neymar, 27, could be set to leave the Parc des Princes this close season after sporting director Leonardo confirmed the star was for sale at the right price.The Brazil international left Barca in a world-record €222 million move two years ago, but he has been strongly linked with a return to Camp Nou. 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 Former Barcelona captain Puyol, who won 18 trophies with the club, said the past should have no impact on the La Liga champions’ decision.”In the end, you have to value the present, not so much the past,” Puyol said on Monday, via Spanish media.”If the player is on the market and you need him, you don’t have to be thinking about what happened a few years ago.”Neymar has still starred in two seasons with PSG, but both campaigns have been hampered by injuries.The Brazil star also recently missed out on the Copa America following an injury against Qatar in a pre-tournament friendly, although Brazil went on to win the tournament on home soil by topping Peru in the tournament finale.However, Puyol believes the star forward can still deliver plenty for Barcelona.”Neymar is a great player who can make a difference,” he said.”He’s not been able to play his best football [at PSG] because of injuries, but he still has a lot to give to football.”Camp Nou legend Lobo Carrasco isn’t on the same page as Puyol when it comes to the Brazilian however, declaring the club must get its priorities right.“I do not want Neymar to come in,” Carrasco told El Chiringuito.“Barca needs to have a Puyol. With the signing of Neymar, Barca would lose even more at the back.” While a return to Barcelona remains uncertain, Neymar’s future at PSG appears in serious doubt after he failed to report on time for pre-season. The Ligue 1 champions declaring appropriate measures will be taken as a result – though Neymar’s father is adamant the club were aware of his son’s plans.
ORLANDO, FL – DECEMBER 2: A UCF Knights spirit team member waves the flag after a score in the third quarter of the ACC Championship against the Memphis Tigers at Spectrum Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)UCF’s Demetreius Mayes was arrested on Tuesday, after being accused of rape by a fellow student.He was bonded out of jail this afternoon, and apparently did not feel like speaking with the media when he emerged.WESH reporter Bob Hazen was at the scene when Mayes emerged. He photographed the suspended Knights player running across John Young Parkway after leaving jail.pic.twitter.com/oiv4FZ2HbH— Bob Hazen WESH (@HazenWESH) September 19, 2018According to Hazen’s report, Mayes was granted $10,000 bail. As he ran across the street, Hazen says that Mayes said “God’s got me.”More on the Demetreius Mayes arrest, from the Orlando Sentinel:“Demetreius Mayes, 18,is accused of raping an intoxicatedperson who police said he met at an off-campus party Saturday.The victim described accepting a ride from Mayes and several other men after the party, and being taken to a room on campus by Mayes. The victim then detailed waking up later, undressed, while being penetrated by Mayes, according to an arrest affidavit.When the victim stood up to leave, the victim said Mayes blocked the door, according to the affidavit.”Mayes reportedly claimed that the victim consented to sex, and that he stopped when she asked.Mayes told police he met the victim at a party off campus and took the victim back to his UCF apartment, according to the affidavit. He said the victim consented to sex.When Mayes penetrated the victim, he said the victim said, “I can’t do this.” Mayes told police he stopped and let the victim get dressed before unlocking his bedroom door.According to the affidavit, the victim and a roommate said they drank alcoholic beverages at their apartment before leaving for the party where they met Mayes and had additional drinks. The victim described being intoxicated prior to leaving the party.Mayes’ teammates said they saw him bringing the victim up to his room, and banged on his door to stop him “from making a big mistake,” per the report.After learning of the incident, head coach Josh Heupel suspended Mayes indefinitely from all team activities, as the investigation goes on:New: Statement from #UCF head coach Josh Heupel after the arrest of redshirt freshman linebacker Demetreius Mayes. pic.twitter.com/lDx5GuVihq— Jason Beede (@therealBeede) September 19, 2018We’ll have more as it comes out.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A former Ohio State football assistant coach is reportedly a candidate for a head coaching position in the state of Ohio.Stan Drayton, a former Ohio State running backs coach who’s currently on Tom Herman’s staff at Texas, is reportedly a head coaching candidate.Bruce Feldman reports that Drayton has emerged for the Akron job.“Stan Drayton, an Ohio native who worked at OhioState, is also getting consideration for the Akron head coaching job, per source,” he reports.#Texas assistant Stan Drayton, an Ohio native who worked at OhioState, is also getting consideration for the #Akron head coaching job, per source.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 12, 2018Drayton, 47, has been on Texas’ staff since 2017.He served as an assistant coach at Ohio State from 2011-14.