Manchester United Lose To Chelsea

Posted by adminNo CommentsJan 20, 2014
Manchester United Lose To Chelsea

A nightmare start to the season has left Manchester United a massive challenge in order to retain their position of English Champions. The Reigning English champions came up against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in a difficult contest. However, a hat-trick saw from Samuel Eto, saw the blue dominate the current English champions. There are many Manchester United fans who have mixed feeling over Manchester Unites manager David Moyes. The club have been spoilt in recent years with arguably the greatest manager of all time (Sir Alex Ferguson) running the club. And have endured tough times this season with devastating losses to Manchester City, West Brom , and now Chelsea. The pressure is firmly on David Moyes and his Manchester Unites team looks out of the running for the Premier League crown.

However, Manchester Unites still remain in the League Cup and Champions league, and face a difficult challenge in both competitions. In the first leg of the league cup Manchester United lost to Sunderland 2-1 and face a difficult challenge to turn the scoreline around. Manchester United have also been draw against Greek side Olympiacos in the knock out round of the competition. David Moyes will be intensely monitored by Manchester United fans over the next few games with the team entering an important period of the season.

The 3-1 loss will have hurt many Manchester United fans with the club with many pundits officially ruling Manchester United out of the title race this season. The upcoming cup competitions look to be the clubs only hope with Manchester United sinking in the league.

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Nicola Courtese Leaves Southampton

Posted by adminNo CommentsJan 16, 2014
Nicola Courtese Leaves Southampton

Southampton are a team that has progressed extremely well over the past few years, having gone from the obscurity of League one, to being in the top 10 of the Premier League. Part of Southampton’s amazing revival has been down to managing director Nicola Courtese. His vision has been praised by many Southampton fans and he had aimed to take the club into the top four. However, after a suspected falling out with owner Katharina Leibherr, Courtese has stepped down from his position.

This decision has shocked a large amount of Southampton fans who have had an amazing time over the past few years. Southampton have spent wisely and have started the season extremely well. The departure of Nicola Courtese has also put the future of many players in doubt. Courtese managed to bring in some impressive signings during his tenure as Chairman and his departure won’t be received well by a number of players. The future of manager Mauricio Pochettino is also in doubt after the resignation of Courtese.

Many people will have worries over the club’s future in the coming weeks and it is important that Southampton find the right person to replace Coutese. This incident has added to the problems behind the scenes at many different clubs. Most notable being Cardiff and Hull who have both have issues off the pitch. Southampton will hope that this doesn’t effect the performance of the team in the future as they aim for a high finish in the league. There are a large selection of different opportunities that are available

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Cristiano Ronaldo Wins The Ballon d’or

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Cristiano Ronaldo Wins The Ballon d'or

The Ballon d’or is a the biggest award for any football player. Football players such as Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho, and Luis Figo have all won the award, and there has been a massive battle between the two biggest footballers in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. This year it was Cristiano who won the award stopping Lional Messi from winning the award for a 5th time.

Both player light up the world with there amazing skill, however, after leading Portugal to the 2014 World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo became the front runner for the award. After a number of stellar performances for club side Real Madrid, and after scoring a hat trick tom send Portugal to the World Cup.

Ronaldo has had to wait patiently for his victory in the Ballon d’or as Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi has won the award for the past four years. Both players have scored a large amount of different goals for their club and have been neck and neck each year. However, this year it was Cristiano’s turn as he managed to beat his rival to the coveted award.

It will be fascinating to see who wins the award next year, as both Messi and Ronaldo look to lock horns again. This year there is a world cup in consideration with both Messi and Ronaldo showing their skills on the big stage. The world cup can turn players into legends, and the world player of the year will be looking to lead his country to glory.

 

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Hull City Owner Allam Quit Threat

Posted by adminNo CommentsJan 16, 2014
Hull City Owner Allam Quit Threat

Hull City have had an excellent start to the season this year, and find themselves as one of the teams to beat this season. There play on the pitch has been outstanding have met all expectations. However, the controversy off the pitch at Hull City has taken away some shine off Hull City.

The controversy has been all about the naming rights of Hull City. Hull’s Chairman, Dr Assem Allan has been trying to change the name of the club from Hull City to Hull City Tigers. The name change has been met with criticism by a variety of different pundits with the majority being against the decision.

A twist has recently been added to the saga, as Chairman Allem has said that he will leave the club if he is unable to leave the club. There is no doubt that this is a tricky issue for Hull City supporters as ¬†Assem Allam saved the club from certain administration in 2010. Allam has backed the club heavily over the years and now Hull find themselves in an incredible position in the Premier League. Hull City manager Steve Bruce has also praised the chairman over the past few weeks. Bruce stated “I think the chairman has put something like 70 million into this club, so without him there wouldn’t be a “Hull City” it would be down the tubes. ”

There have been a number of questionable decisions that have been made over the past few months by football chairmen. Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has been in the press recently after changing the kit and badge of Cardiff City from blue to red. There is definitely a culture behind every football club and the involvement by chairmen is a intricate issue. The owner of a football club invests money into many fan’s beloved clubs and it is difficult to criticize owners. Many football fans will be watching the situation at Hull very closely as the name change look a lot more of a issue than people thought.

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Pepe Mel Appointed West Brom Head Coach

Posted by adminNo CommentsJan 13, 2014
Pepe Mel Appointed West Brom Head Coach

West Brom head coachAfter a turbulent time of managers hiring and firing managers, Pepe Mel has finally been confirmed as the new West Brom head coach. The whole of the footballing world was shocked when West Brom fired previous head coach Steve Clark after an impressive 8th placed finish last season, however, the backroom staff at the Hawthorns thought differently and sacked him after some disappointing results.

Pepe Mel has been given an 18th month deal at West Brom. Pepe Mel’s previous job was in Spain where he was the manager of Real Betis. Pepe Mel is known for his attractive style of football and will try and incorporate this into the West Brom team. Talks with Felipe Mel have been ongoing since December, however, the announcement has now been made, and Mel will work with assistant coach Keith Downing, and goalkeeper coach Dean Kiely.

Mel takes over with the club in 14th position, with West Brom being 4 points off the dreaded relegation zone. West Brom’s sporting director Richard Garlick stated : “I’m delighted to welcome Pepe to the club. His appointment concludes an extensive recruitment process during which we have cast the net far and wide to identify the most suitable candidate top take the club forward.”

“Pepe was a strong contender from the outset due to his impressive achievements and has emerged as our number one candidate.”

“He is a forward thinking coach whose teams are renowned for playing attractive and positive style of football.” Garlick concluded.

As with many new appointments, Pepe Mel may make a positive impact on the West Brom team, however, West Brom are another example of a team who has replaced a British manager with a foreign manager. There are a number of English managers who have lost their jobs to foreign managers. Last season Southampton sacked manager Nigel Adkins. The decision seemed surprising, however, Southampton are one of the in form teams in the Premier League and a formidable force. West Brom will be hoping for the same result with the appointment of Pepe Mel and it will be interesting to see how the Midlands club fair.

Pepe Mel will take over for his first match will be against Everton on the 20th of January and many fans will be watching with intrigue to see how West Brom cope.

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