English Premier League

Di Canio the first major casualty of sack race as season kicks into gear

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The new football season may only be a few weeks old but already we are starting to see some movements on the 'Managerial Merry-go-Round'. We are not even in October yet but Paolo Di Canio has already become the first major casualty in the Premier League having been given the sack as manager of Sunderland.

Clubs hit panic button as eight Football League managers depart in February

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February may be the shortest month of the year but there was still more enough time for the Sack Race merry-go-round to gather pace. As the business end of the season draws closer, plenty of chairmen and owners were clearly getting twitchy during February, with a number of managers finding themselves out of work entering [.

Little Britton (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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The first cup final of the weekend and the Premier League triumphs, in the most romantic of situations for Swansea and Laudrup. Wembley was a wonderful setting for both winners and losers who seemed to appreciate the situation that the Capital One Cup has put them in this season. Capital One actually managing to help someone out financially.

Off Pitch Exploits: Good Week/Bad Week

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GOOD WEEK Breakfast In Bed, Craig Levein's: Speaking about his unofficial role as the Scotland NT manager's pet player, James Morrison confirmed to The Telegraph, "That's all I can say. I give him breakfast in bed." To keep things in context, Morrison admitted his gaffer might play favourites with him, but it's only 'cos he needs the [.

West Brom boss Steve Clarke doesn’t sound like a broken record, but a broken gramophone

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The Premier League is now into its third decade, but this might just be the first time that a gramophone has been mentioned in a post-match interview. West Brom boss Steve Clarke is the man who needs to upgrade his audio system. Traditionally, people who repeat themselves sound like a broken record..

Arsenal manager admits midfielder worry

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Arsene Wenger admits that Abou Diaby long-term absence from Arsenal's midfield left him concerned about the player's ability to return to full fitness.

Diaby, 26, made only five appearances across all competitions for the Gunners in an injury-plagued campaign last season but has made a strong comeback this season.

Rodgers: “One or two” deals both ways

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has explained that his squad his likely to undergo one or two changes from both an incoming and outgoing perspective.

It is unclear which players the Reds will bring in and which ones will be offloaded, but Rodgers has previously been linked with moves for U.S.

QPR Heading for the Drop

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Queens Park Rangers are 3/1 to be relegated this season; that is something you should put your money on, if you are thinking of placing a bet on football, this autumn.

With a terrible start to the new campaign, the wheels are soon going to fall off at Loftus Road.

Boss, Mark Hughes, will be sacked before Christmas at this rate, as owner, Tony Fernandes, loses patience with a man who seems incompetent, despite the wealth of talent now at the club.

Will Tottenham finally get a win under AVB?

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If you are looking for bankers to put in an acca then Spurs looks suitable material at 1.53 with Paddy Power to beat West Brom on Saturday (25th August 2012). The Baggies last win at White Hart Lane came in November 1984, since then they have lost six and drawn two of their visits to north London.

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Spurs are a top priced 1.53 with Blue Square and Paddy Power to beat West Brom and the stats suggest they will do just that. The Baggies last win at White Hart Lane came in November 1984, since then they have lost six and drawn two of their visits to north London. They also have a poor record in the capital winning just three and losing 22 of their 33 trips to London in the Premier League.

Premier League Betting: Easy Starts And The RVP Factor

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The new Premiership season is finally upon us, and their are some fascinating clashes in an action packed weekend which throw up some decent punting opportunities (all football bets here). Arsenal v Sunderland On Saturday, Arsenal are general 1.

Reds boss hails attacking trio

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers distinguished the attacking trio of Luis Suarez, Stewart Downing, and summer signing Fabio Borini for special contribution in the 3-0 destruction of Gomel at Anfield in the Europa League last night.

Downing, who had scored the decisive goal in the 1-0 first leg win in Belarus last week, did not appear on the score sheet yesterday evening but was a handful in initiating chances along with Suarez.

Sir Alex critical of PSG spending

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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has questioned the rationality of Paris St. Germain's massive summer spending, hoping that UEFA's rules bring a halt to the French club's relentless spree.

The latest big name to join PSG is Brazilian starlet Lucas Moura, who cost €45 million in a deal strck with Sao Paulo earlier this week.

Blues boss reveals striker discussion

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Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has shed light on pre-season talks with Romelu Lukaku, insisting that the club is fully committed to the development of the temperamental young striker.

Lukaku infamously refused to take much credit for Chelsea's Champions League and FA Cup double last season, explaining that his involvement was not sufficient for him to celebrate the glory.

Reds boss hails defensive duo

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodger has revealed that he is counting on Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger to continue being the defensive cornerstones of the club as he looks to turn the club's fortunes around.

The Reds have struggled in the Premier League in recent years, with last season's eighth place finish leading to the dismissal of former boss Kenny Dalglish.

Liverpool ace keen on Rodgers’ plans

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Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Liverpool's prospects of reaching a new long-term deal with Luis Suarez are strong due to the forward's belief in the former Swansea manager's football philosophy.

Rodgers became synonymous with a fearless attacking style at Swansea last season and after speaking to Suarez in recent days, the gaffer is thrilled to discover how excited the Uruguayan star is to bring that brand of football to Anfield.

Youngster eyes Reds’ starting XI

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Liverpool starlet Jonjo Shelvey has targeted a regular starting XI spot under Brendan Rodgers' next season and while he knows that the task is uphill, the 20-year old is ready to battle for it.

Shelvey recently signed a new long-term contract to stay on at Anfield but shortly after expressing his delight at the deal, he revealed his ambitions of cracking the starting line-up on a consistent basis during the 2012-13 campaign.

Midfielder thrilled with Liverpool training

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Liverpool youngster Jonjo Shelvey has expressed his delight at the manner in which new manager Brendan Rodgers runs his training sessions.

Shelvey, 20, recently signed a new long-term deal at the club and having worked with Rodgers in training for almost a week now, he is convinced that the boss has the right vision to turn Anfield into a fortress of strong attacking football.

Rodgers hints at “real exciting” transfer

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has maintained his previous stance regarding limited transfer activity at the club this summer but has revealed that the Reds are close to unveiling a significant new addition to their squad.

Rodgers' calm approach to transfer activity, or a lack thereof, at Anfield this summer has been questioned by many but the manager believes he can put a stop to all that with a signing that Liverpool faithful would be delighted with.

Manchester United

If I were United’s Gaffer

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If I were the Gaffer I'd change everything. I am far from the pragmatic type and I generally throw caution to the wind. I believe in attractive attacking football and like Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona, I believe the best defence is an attacking team that loves a high percentage of the ball and who [.

Manchester United’s players can expect to do some pre-season vomiting

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David Moyes is set to make his first mark on Manchester United by implementing a gruelling pre-season boot camp. Everton players will testify to Moyes' tough fitness regime, including his infamous 'Horseshoe Runs'. The intensive sprint sessions often leave players retching and barely able to stand by the time they've finished.

Tour 2012 continues

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Quick round up of the latest tour news. As you know, we've moved into Europe now with Valerenga of Norway. The match itself was 0-0, thanks to a combination of missed chances and a goalkeeper blocking shots almost as if he made a living that way. But the more important news was the return of Nemanja Vidic, out since early last season, who completed an hour of play.

FC Dallas

Fabian Castillo Out for Leon Match

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Fabian Castillo missed Sunday's 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders FC due to a hamstring injury and the FC Dallas forward/midfielder has continued to recover this week. However, according to Dallas gaffer Schellas Hyndman, Castillo will miss Sunday's friendly with Club Leon of Liga MX, better known as the Mexican First Division.

Hyndman: Marcelin Being Left Behind for Vancouver Game Not Disciplinary Matter

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Some FC Dallas fans were left scratching their heads when before Wednesday's 2-0 win at Vancouver that holding midfielder James Marcelin had been left back in Dallas for what was termed a coach's decision. FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman elaborated on that situation a bit by phone on Thursday night and here's what the ex-SMU gaffer had to say.

Jair Benitez & Andrew Jacobson Missing Practice on Thursday Little Cause for Concern

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Left back Jair Benitez and central midfielder Andrew Jacobson both didn't train for FC Dallas on Thursday morning, but according to FCD gaffer Schellas Hyndman this is hardly cause for concern as both starters picked up small knocks in Saturday's 1-0 loss to Los Angeles and were held out of training as a precautionary measure heading into Sunday's road match at Portland.

Hyndman: Early Returns on De Guzman Solid

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Sure, one game is truly one of the shorter sample sizes in soccer to judge a new player's performance on but when asked how he thought Julian de Guzman, 0acquired one week ago from Toronto FC, fared in his FC Dallas debut on Wednesday night at San Jose, Dallas gaffer Schellas Hyndman offered a ringing endorsement of his new holding midfielder.

Hyndman Weighs in on the Firing of John Spencer in Portland

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Schellas Hyndman will be the first to admit he doesn't know John Spencer, the former Houston assistant who was relieved of head coaching duties in Portland on Monday personally. However, the ex-SMU gaffer does have a great deal of respect for Dominic Kinnear's top lieutenant and after practice on Tuesday, he had the following to say about Spencer being let go by the Timbers, a side FCD will face for the second time this season next Saturday at FC Dallas Stadium.


Man City made to sweat by QPR again, 3-1

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The scoreline is flattering. This was a QPR side that made its ambition clear enough with its number of signings. It was Man City doing all the early pressing forcing corners and set pieces, one of which Yaya Toure scored from after Carlos Tevez's shot caromed off Bobby Zamora and fell to the big man.

Man City made to sweat by QPR again, 3-1

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The scoreline is flattering. This was a QPR side that made its ambition clear enough with its number of signings. It was Man City doing all the early pressing forcing corners and set pieces, one of which Yaya Toure scored from after Carlos Tevez's shot caromed off Bobby Zamora and fell to the big man.

Pardew blames big name injuries for Cardiff capitulation, and Debuchy throws toys again

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Speaking in his post match interview after Newcastle United's abject 4-1 capitulation to the Bluebirds Red Dragons of Cardiff, Alan Pardew blamed injuries to top players for the defeat. In a fairly confusing message from the Grey Gaffer, he also blamed the attitude of the squad because they thought they should have brought the big [.


Arsenal players to go on loan

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There are a number of players being mentioned who could be on the verge of leaving Arsenal for loan deals to give them some much needed playing time. 19-year old striker Benik Afobe would be happy to do this but would, obviously, rather get his chance in the first team. "If the gaffer wants me [...]

Five Questions: Revolution at Impact

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The Revolution begin a three-game roadtrip on Wednesday against the expansion Impact in Montreal. (Photo: Kari Heistad/

It's often said that the best antidote to a humbling loss is a quick turnaround.

Well, the Revolution will get that on Wednesday at Stade Saputo.

The Rest

Fabio Capello thought Newcastle defender Steven Taylor was a midfielder

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Former England manager Fabio Capello turned down the chance to watch Newcastle's Steven Taylor claiming he was "all right for midfielders", the player has claimed. The centre-back has been called up to the England squad as a late replacement for the injured Gary Cahill. But an international career seemed an entirely remote prospect last season [.

Blind Blatter Gives American Soccer A Tongue Lashing

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QPR Report Tuesday: Les Allen Turns 75...Mackie and Bothroyd Talking re QPR...QPR Beat Cardiff...OTD Flashbacks: Diaz for Holloway?... Frank Sibley Debut...Mart

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QPR's Les Allen Turns 75

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- QPR (and every other Premiership Club) 25 Man Squads have to be announced today.

Sunday vs Houston: The more things change, the more they stay the same

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It's been an odd week or so at the corner of 71st and Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview, Illinois. Marco Pappa is out. The Fire decided to take the transfer fee from Dutch club SC Heerenveen instead of keeping his MLS rights. There were rumors swirling about that this was because they were interested in Carlos Bocanegra, which you know by now signed with Racing in the Liga Adelante; the Spanish second division.

Five Questions: Revolution at Sporting K.C.

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The Revolution will need Lee Nguyen to deliver another solid game with first-place Sporting K.C. waiting for them at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park come Saturday. (Photo: Kari Heistad/

From the frying pan and into the fire.

Three days after getting grilled by the expansion Impact, the Revolution jump into the flames against conference king Sporting K.

Shelvey Signs New Reds Deal

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Jonjo Shelvey has signed a new long-term contract at Liverpool and is now looking to earn a regular role under Brendan Rodgers.
The 20-year-old linked up with the Reds in 2010 after bursting onto the Football League scene at Charlton Athletic.
He has been eased into the first-team set-up at Anfield, with a loan spell at Blackpool last season allowing him to get important minutes under his belt at a competitive level.

Premier League News Links: Swansea Signs Defender Chico Flores From Genoa

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The Gaffer will be a happy man this morning after Swansea City announced the signing of 6'2″ defender Chico Flores from Genoa. The centre-back will be a perfect replacement for Steven Caulker who has returned to Tottenham after being on ...

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