It was the final day of the Premiership season last night, an event traditionally billed as a 'family affair' of sorts over the years.
And naturally, after a long and highly memorable season, the likes of Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres all took the chance to soak in the atmosphere of the fans and allowed their little ones to run amok all over the pitch!
A Wayne Rooney goal helped England beat Ukraine 1-0, which combined with a surprising 2-0 win
for Sweden over France, means that for the first time since 1996, England have won their group at a
It is all coming up roses for Roy Hodgson at these European Championships.
Arsenal will be trying their best to give Julio Cesar a thoroughly miserable time today. The 33-year old Brazilian keeper has been one of the rare plus points for the relegated team this season, often keeping them in matches with great reflex saves and his command of his penalty area.
Harry Redknapp is well aware that Premier League teams will be looking at some of his better players and knows that some of them will not be keen on trying to fight their way out of the championship.
Arsenal should defeat relegated QPR comfortably today as they aim to secure third place and a Champions league spot. QPR on the other hand will be reeling from the relegation they confirmed last weekend against Reading.
Harry Redknapp has already confirmed that he will stay with the club in the Championship next season and chairman Tony Fernandes has stated that promotion back to the top is not guaranteed in one or even two seasons.
Lukasz Fabianski has been an Arsenal player long enough to know all about the bitter rivalry between the Gunners and Tottenham Hotspur. The fact that the spuds have been pushing for a top four finish and Champions League football recently, while Arsene Wenger has been struggling to keep Arsenal there with very little money, has made this all the more tasty recently.
I can't fault the amount of goals that Olivier Giroud has scored for Arsenal this season, but he doesn't seem to have the urgency of a top-class attacker. I especially get exasperated with his post-miss performances; the blowing of cheeks; the holding his head in his hands; his banging of fists on the ground.
There were reports back in January that Arsenal were considering hijacking the transfer of the French striker Loic Remy from Marseille to QPR. Harry Redknapp was splashing the cash in a desperate attempt to halt his team's slide out of the Premier League and into the Championship. Although Remy has scored three goals in his five games, his presence does not look like it will be enough.
We do not know if Arsenal tried to sign Etienne Capoue from Toulouse in January, but he could have been the player Arsene Wenger was referring to when he said that a club had rejected a late transfer window offer for one of the Arsenal targets. Toulouse had sold Sissoko to Newcastle, and would have been left very light in midfield if they had also sold Capoue.
The notion of a club's fans booing and jeering their own side, their manager, the board and anyone else locally they don't like was probably initiated by the fans of Woolwich Arsenal in the 19th century. (For more, see The Crowd at Woowlich Arsenal)
It sometimes seems as if Arsenal do the scouting for all of the other teams in the Premier league, because once stories hit the papers about some player that Arsenal have been watching, then the likes of Tottenham are usually being linked with them. It is common knowledge that Arsenal are looking to bring in a strong and defensively minded midfielder in January because of the recurring injury problems of Abou Diaby.
If Arsenal are serious about signing the West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame as a permanent or temporary replacement for the injury prone Abou Diaby, then Arsene Wenger might need to act sooner rather than later, as the new QPR manager Harry Redknapp has identified the 25-year old Senegal international as the man to help him avoid relegation from the Premier league.
Football manager sackings are like buses in the Premier league this season, with two coming along at the same time this week. Arsenal could benefit, if the so called new manager syndrome kicks in for Chelsea and QPR this weekend. The bookies must have made a killing on Chelsea being the first club to sack their manager, as the early season favoutites were Liverpool, Southampton and Reading.
Every time Arsenal face Tottenham, we have stories hitting the press from their players or back room staff, claiming that Arsenal's time is up and the Spuds are about to become a top three or four club. Yesterday it was the motormouth, William Gallas, and today the assistant manager Steffen Freund is putting his case forward.
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Right, extended Christmas blogging break over, lets get back into this. QPR v Spurs then. Or Redknapp Rangers v AVB Hotspur as the media are billing it.
I don't buy into all this "Redknapp knows our weaknesses" hype the media are pushing. Any manager with half a brain can pick out a team's weaknesses and strengths, it's having the players to be able to exploit the weaknesses whilst containing the strengths that matter.
The arrival of the former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has made a significant difference to the fortunes of QPR in the last few weeks. Even though they still remain bottom of the table, they have collected several points since the arrival of Redknapp. Redknapp said a few weeks ago that he would like to strengthen the squad in the January transfer window by bringing in a few and selling several players.
Harry Redknapp signed a player: Loic Remy (6.0) has scored his first Premier League goal, and QPR is undefeated in five games, which is exciting but also kind of disorienting in the way that Redknapp teams with their cavalier ......
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Harry Redknapp was always a kidder. Not interested in tactics, just go out and play, enjoy yourselves lads. Do me a favour. He came out on top in the tactical battle at Loftus Road yesterday, his QPR team retreating deepintotheir own half to restrict the space and deny Spurs the room to play. Dull but effective.
Harry Redknapp seems to beresignedto losing out on Loic Remy the French Internationalstriker who it seems will either stay atMarseillesorjoinNewcastlenear the end ofJanuary. Loic Remy didn't even want to talk to Redknapp And the QPR manager has been up front and has revealed that Remy didn't even want to speak to him [.
This video is doing the Twitter rounds today and it's definitely worth a squirt: Here's then-West Ham manager Harry Redknapp schmoozing with fans at a conference, suddenly finding himself forced into defending a ruddy-cheeked 17-year-old Frank Lampard when a Hammers fan who was presumably paid off by Scott Canham gets uppity and questions just why 'Arry let youth prospects Scott Canham and Matty Holland go in lieu of sticking with 'crap' Lamps because of his family ties.
QPR boss Harry Redknapp has admitted he would love to bring out-of-favour midfielder Joe Cole to the club in January, but only if a cut-price deal can be struck with Liverpool. The Hoops are currently rock bottom of the Premier League, eight points adrift of safety and are strong favourites for the drop.
Out of favour Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole is set to be Harry Redknapp's first signing as QPR manager when the January transfer window opens. The 31 year old has struggled to establish himself under Brendan Rodgers after he returned from a season long loan spell at Lille in the summer and now Redknapp hopes to take Cole to Loftus Road on loan for the rest of the season according to the Daily Express.
Harry Redknapp gets a lot of grief for not caring much about tactics and his inability to spell, use a computer or write above the level of a two-year-old. But after getting QPR their first win of the season, Adel Taarabt reveals the secret of Redknapp's managerial success.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp has called Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole a top player but insists that he has not made an enquiry for him yet. Redknapp bought Cole through the youth system into the first team at West Ham and now as he looks to save West London club Queens Park Ranger from relegation he has praised the former Chelsea man but says that he has not made enquiries about any potential transfers.
Harry Redknapp swapped his comfortable place on the Match of the Day sofa this week for the altogether more pressurized cauldron of uncertainty that is the Queens Park Rangers hot seat.
Nearly as many managers have come through the revolving doors at Loftus Road as players in recent years, quite an achievement when you consider that the R's have assembled virtually a new team in each of the last three seasons.
Queens Park Rangers unveil new manager Harry Redknapp who faces a daunting task keeping the club in the Premier League. The Loftus Road club are bottom of the Premier League with four points from 13 games and seven points from safety.
"We've got to do better to give ourselves any chance of getting out of this mess," said Redknapp, who replaced the sacked Mark Hughes at the weekend.
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Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has responded to reports linking him with the vacant manager's position at Blackburn Rovers. Blackburn have found life difficult after being relegated from the Premiership, and Redknapp has moved quickly to distance himself from the vacancy.
"It's not something I would look to do or look to do in the future.
When Daniel Levy sacked Harry Redknapp in May, It would have been difficult to find a manager so contrastingly different from his predecessor than the one appointed, Andre Villas-Boas. The Portuguese is a young and enthusiastic prodigy who never played professionally, while Redknapp is a 64 year old veteran of the game, having played and then managed extensively across England (a three year spell in America aside) for the past forty-seven years.
Former Spurs boss says Theo is the one to replace van Persie by AM Harry Redknapp has said that
Theo Walcott should settle his differences with the club and sign a news contract. He believes that
Walcott has it in him become a ‘big fish' at Arsenal. Here is what the former Tottenham boss said
The ex-Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is still pronouncing that Spurs will finish above Arsenal,
despite his departure from White Hart Lane this summer. Redknapp threw away a massive lead over
Arsenal at the end of last season and ultimately lost out on a place in the Champions League, but
he still thinks Arsene Wenger's team [.
I can't quite understand it myself and most Arsenal fans are feeling pretty good this week with
the news that Harry Redknapp has been sacked by Spurs. This is credit to a manager who has made our
neighbours a genuine threat for the first time in what feels like forever. And yet, most Spurs fans
are happy too!
The new televisual advert for FIFA 13 (demo available from 11th September, game released 28th
September) has just been dumped in our laps, so here it bloody well is who knew 'Arry Redknapp was
2011-12 was a big season for Tottenham's Harry Kane and one in which he chalked up his first
senior appearance for the club as well as his debut first team goal. While his team mates started
training yesterday, Harry has been busy with the England under 19's, scoring in their latest match
against France at their version of the Euros.
LONDRES, Inglaterra (EFE).- El portugués André Villas-Boas ha sido nombrado
nuevo entrenador del Tottenham Hotspur, en sustitución deHarry
Redknapp, confirmó hoy el club inglés.Villas-Boas, de 34 años, se incorpora al club del
norte de Londres cuatro meses después de que fuera despedido por el Chelsea
debido a los pobres resultados del equipo.
The SpAVB Scale .... click to enlargeWith AVB reportedly being on "the cusp" of becoming out new
manager, starting with Redknapp getting fired on the 13th June, this chart shows various points of
the AVB Saga over the last few weeks.
It's based on the sort of stories in the media, the source quality, the frequency of stories and