Pardew proud of Newcastle stint

first_img Press Association The fans turned on Pardew, demanding his resignation and calling for owner Mike Ashley to leave, yet the 53-year-old managed to turn the tide, steering United out of danger and up the table. The reaction of supporters when he finally did leave was mixed. Some claimed he had been harshly treated, others suggested he had made the right move in getting out. Pardew will get some idea as to what the hardcore fans thought of him on Wednesday at Selhurst Park when Palace face Newcastle, not that he is overly concerned. “I’m not expecting or hoping for any reaction,” declared Pardew. “We had some great times together. It was not so great the last year, but on the whole my experience there was great. “I thought I did a good job and walked out with my head held high, and so I’m looking forward to the game. “I’ve still got all my staff there and my players, and they’re close to my heart. “It will be strange because after four years after living every part of that football club and that city, good and bad, it’s emotional. After four years in charge of the Magpies, Pardew quit at the end of December to return to Palace, a club he played for between 1987 and 1991. Pardew’s reign on Tyneside was occasionally a turbulent one, never more so than after the club’s dismal start to the current campaign when they claimed just four points from the opening seven matches to leave them bottom of the Barclays Premier League. “It will be a slightly different game for me.” Pardew will be delighted to see current Newcastle caretaker John Carver again, describing him as a “dear friend of mine”. All sentiment will be put to one side on Wednesday when Palace are likely to be slight favourites to continue their own rise up the table. Joe Ledley’s 55th-minute header at the King Power Stadium on Saturday was enough to give Palace a 1-0 win over Leicester, a fifth victory in six matches under Pardew since he took charge. “It was important we reacted well to the Everton defeat (a 3-2 loss the previous weekend),” added Pardew. “We showed resilience and had to really defend for our lives, and now we have set up the next game against my old team.” Pardew is hopeful a work permit will finally arrive for new signing Papa Souare on Monday following the left-back’s move from Lille at the end of the January transfer window, enabling him to play against the Magpies. Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew faces former club Newcastle this week in the firm belief he departed with his “head held high”. last_img read more

Wenger: Jose showed lack of respect

first_imgArsene Wenger accepts things can get a “bit heated” between rival managers, but feels Jose Mourinho showed a lack of respect when the Chelsea boss said 10 years without winning the title must be “very boring” for Arsenal supporters. There is certainly no love lost between Wenger and Mourinho, the pair having squared up in the technical area at Stamford Bridge earlier this season. The Arsenal boss was given the opportunity to respond when he spoke to the media on Friday morning ahead of the Barclays Premier League match at Hull on Monday night. When asked what he thought of Mourinho’s comments, Wenger replied: “The biggest thing for a manager is to respect other managers. Some people have to improve on that.” Asked if Mourinho should conduct himself with more dignity, the Arsenal manager answered: “Look, everybody lives with his own internal problems and I live with mine. That’s enough.” Chelsea held a press conference later on Friday ahead of the match with Crystal Palace on Sunday, when they could seal the championship. Mourinho was given the chance to respond to Wenger’s earlier statements, but waved away any questions on the matter. Wenger has endured his fair share of touchline bust-ups down the years, the fiery relationship with former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson the subject of many a back page. The 65-year-old, though, believes coaches must eventually put a distance between professional and personal disagreements. He added: “You can have incidents with other managers sometimes. It gets a bit heated when you fight directly with them, but in the end I believe time heals and the important thing is to respect each other as much as you can.” Failure to beat Chelsea effectively ended any already slim hopes of a late title push, the Gunners now some 13 points off the pace after the Blues won at Leicester in midweek, although with a match still in hand. Arsenal could be down to fourth place by the time they kick off at Hull on Monday night. Wenger was asked if he felt the deficit was a fair reflection of the difference between the two sides, with Arsenal having enjoyed a superb run of form in 2015 following a poor start. “That is always very difficult to say because when you fight for the championship, you win some games because you smell you can do it, not because you’re fourth or fifth. It doesn’t always represent the value of the team,” the Arsenal boss said. “The gap is a gap and they have been more consistent than us from the start of the game. They had a very strong start and that kept them going until the end.” Wenger has a near full-strength squad to choose from, with full-back Mathieu Debuchy doubtful because of a hamstring problem. Midfielders Abou Diaby and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could also come back into contention before the end of the season, along with captain Mikel Arteta. “He makes progress week by week, but needs more time,” said Wenger, who expects both Arteta and Tomas Rosicky to agree new deals. Arsenal have been linked with a summer move for an experienced goalkeeper, including Chelsea veteran Petr Cech. Wenger, though, indicated that was an area which he had confidence already. “I believe in the goalkeepers I have,” added the Arsenal boss. “I believe that (Wojciech) Szczesny is a very good goalkeeper and (David) Ospina has come in and done a fantastic job. “You look at the numbers in the Premier League and who is top of all the goalkeepers and you will see it is Ospina.” Press Association Some Gunners fans chanted “boring, boring Chelsea” during last weekend’s goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium, which moved the Blues a step closer to the Premier League title for the first time since 2010. In his post-match press conference, Chelsea manager Mourinho responded by turning the tables back on Arsenal, who last won the English top flight with the ‘Invincibles’ of 2003-2004. last_img read more

Pellegrini: This season was easier

first_img Pellegrini said: “Maybe it is not the most important reason why we failed in this season, because we lost a lot of points against teams that are not stronger than our squad, but against Chelsea or Arsenal or Manchester United if you have restrictions and the other clubs don’t have them, of course it is an advantage. “This year we will all be in the same condition and we will see which is the team that works more to have a strong squad.” UEFA president Michel Platini has suggested FFP rules could be eased in future. This would be welcomed at City, who have found their Abu Dhabi-backed spending limited despite being completely debt free. Pellegrini said: “When we don’t have any debt with anyone, I don’t see why we have restrictions. It is the thing I am glad to review. I never understand the rules of Financial Fair Play.” Before looking ahead, City need to complete this season. Southampton are the final-day visitors to the Etihad Stadium and after five wins in succession to secure second place, Pellegrini wants to continue the run. He said: “We must finish here at home trying to win. “I said to the squad the second position is finished but I don’t think the season is finished. “We have the last game here at home and we must be motivated to win in front of our fans and have a good game and a good farewell to the season. The best way to do it is to win.” Pellegrini claims he had a tougher time in his first campaign as City boss and has just been let down by some rudimentary mistakes this term. Pellegrini’s side fell away badly in the second half of the season, tamely surrendering their Barclays Premier League crown to Chelsea after being joint-top in January. The Chilean is due to meet with club officials to analyse where things went wrong but he insists he has not found the going tougher. The 61-year-old said: “No, I don’t think so. Last season was for me harder than this one because it was my first season here in the Premier League. “This season, for different reasons, we are not the strong squad we played last year. We made a lot of mistakes – especially against teams who are not in a good position, the teams who are in the relegated positions, we lost nine points against them – and we lost at home in both cups. “Maybe we will continue being a high-scoring team but we must be a more consistent team that doesn’t lose points against teams in the relegated positions.” One area where City have been criticised since winning the title last season is in their recruitment, with none of their main summer signings last year having particularly impressed. Eliaquim Mangala has been the chief disappointment after his £42million move from Porto but Fernando and Bacary Sagna have also made limited impact. But City were also constrained by restrictions imposed on them by European governing body UEFA for breaking Financial Fair Play rules. Free of the limitations of a £49million net spending cap they could make a greater impression in the transfer market this summer. Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini does not think he has fallen victim to a managerial ‘second-season syndrome’. Press Associationlast_img read more

Cathro eager to get going

first_imgIan Cathro is relishing the challenge of playing his part in Steve McClaren’s Newcastle revolution. The 28-year-old decided earlier this year that he would leave Spain for family reasons at the end of the season, and while he has ambitions to manage in his own right one day, the offer to work as number two to the Magpies’ new head coach was one which proved too good to turn down. He said: “I wanted a fresh challenge and didn’t want to just sit it out over there and wait for the right manager’s job to come up. “To come into British football as a manager with no experience of working with English-speaking players is perhaps not advisable anyway, so this makes perfect sense.” Cathro is likely to be joined at St James’ by former Derby coach Paul Simpson after the Rams revealed on Sunday evening that he is to leave the club on July 1, and the new-look coaching team faces the task of winning over fans who turned on their club as last season unravelled alarmingly. Owner Mike Ashley reassured supporters that there would be significant investment this summer in an unprecedented television interview on the final day of the campaign, although a concerted search for reinforcements is yet to pay dividends with the first wave of players due back for pre-season training on Wednesday. Cathro left behind a club which will play in the Champions League qualifying rounds, but he has no regrets about doing so. He said: “Steve coming in has brought a freshness and enthusiasm to get the club back to where it should be and serve the love that exists for it. “I’m convinced that it’s a club willing to grow and would be comfortable higher in the league. It’s now ready to do that. “I’m going to watch Valencia in the Champions League and in La Liga and enjoy them playing in wonderful games in great stadiums. “But I’ve no fear of missing out because the intention is to go to that level again. If that was with Newcastle, that would be perfect, but if not, I’ll certainly be back working abroad in the next five to 10 years.” Press Associationcenter_img The former Valencia coach is expected to be formally announced as McClaren’s assistant at St James’ Park later this week, but has already spoken about his reasons for accepting a new challenge on Tyneside. Cathro told BBC Sport: “It’s a forward step to a different type of football. Not stronger or weaker, different.” last_img read more

Hannon calm after Hughes call

first_img Speaking on Channel 4 Racing’s The Morning Line, Levey said: “It did surprise me, to be fair. I would have liked to have seen him go for the championship again. “He’s a great jockey and everyone wants to see a great title fight. If he was in it, it would be great for everyone. “Moving to Hannon’s and riding work with him every day has been a great experience for me and I’ve learnt an awful lot.” Other jockeys with close ties to Hannon include Pat Dobbs and apprentice Cam Hardie. The three-times champion jockey announced earlier in the year this would be his final season, but the 42-year-old has now decided to hang up his saddle earlier than had been anticipated so he can fully concentrate on the training career he is set to embark upon later this year. The decision means Hannon will loose a major cog in his operation in a fortnight’s time, but he is in no rush to appoint an immediate replacement. Instead, the champion trainer will continue to rely on the jockeys already attached to the stable. “He’s been thinking about it for a while, so it wasn’t a surprise to me he has decided to stop after Goodwood and we wish him all the best,” said Hannon. “We’re looking forward to Goodwood, we have a good team and we’re happy with where we’re at. “We have a lot of good lads in the yard who deserve their chance and we’ll continue as we are. “We’re in no rush to do anything different.” One jockey set to profit from Hughes’ imminent retirement is Sean Levey. The South African-born rider, formerly based in Ireland with Aidan O’Brien, has ridden over 100 times for the Hannon stable this season, more than any other jockey apart from Hughes. Levey is likely to play a more prominent role with Hannon from next month, but the jockey would liked to have seen Hughes carry on until the end of the season in a bid to be crowned champion a fourth time. Richard Hannon will not be making any drastic changes to his riding arrangements for the foreseeable future following the news stable jockey Richard Hughes will retire on the final day of Glorious Goodwood. Press Associationlast_img read more

Baines faces three-month absence

first_img Press Association A statement on read: ” Left-back Leighton Baines has undergone a successful ankle operation but is set to be missing for the next 12 to 14 weeks.” Everton revealed just ahead of their Premier League opener against Watford on Saturday that Baines had injured his ankle in training. It is the same ankle on which Baines had surgery in May, a procedure that forced him to miss the final two matches of last season. Toffees boss Roberto Martinez said of Baines’ setback after the 2-2 draw with Watford: ”We don’t know how long he will be out for, but it has been a real disaster. ”We were preparing for the Watford game and in one incident in training, he blocks the ball and it hits him in exactly the same place where he had surgery a few months back. ”It was devastating, because he had worked so hard and looked stronger than ever – I don’t think I had seen him looking as powerful and refreshed in the last two seasons. Then there was this big knock.” Baines could now miss over a dozen Premier League matches for Everton, including the Merseyside derby against Liverpool, as well as five England matches. Roy Hodgson’s men face San Marino, Switzerland, Estonia and Lithuania in September and October as part of their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, while November 17’s friendly against France could also come too soon for Baines. The England and Toffees full-back went under the knife on Thursday to correct the problem he sustained in training on the eve of the Barclays Premier League campaign. Everton confirmed that the injury had been repaired but that the 30-year-old now faces a lengthy period of rehabilitation before he can return to first-team action. center_img Leighton Baines is set to be sidelined for around three months after undergoing ankle surgery, Everton have announced.last_img read more

Eddie Howe looking forward to Chelsea match-up

first_img “It was certainly a nice feeling at the end of the game,” the 38-year-old said, recalling the second of Junior Stanislas’ levellers after Ross Barkley had briefly restored the visitors’ lead at the Vitality Stadium. “Those contrasting emotions in the last few minutes were so extreme. “You hope a result like that can really boost the confidence of the players and that belief system you need to win games or get a point. “Naturally it is a really good challenge for all of us. These are the games you want to be involved in. “You want to be able to compete with the top (managers). He (Mourinho) has a record that is unrivalled. “I didn’t expect to be so close to them (in the table) but I think they are in a false position (14th). I am sure they will pick up points and climb. “We are playing the champions. For me they are one of the best teams in the country. “We are not underestimating the team. We fully respect them as a team and we are going to have to be at our very best to get anything.” The Cherries twice recovered from seemingly lost causes – the second deep into stoppage time – to earn a 3-3 result against the Toffees, salvaging a vital point in their bid for Premier League survival. And Howe believes his players have been buoyed by that performance and are ready to take on Jose Mourinho’s below-par defending champions. Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is relishing the challenge of Saturday’s trip to Chelsea after last weekend’s dramatic draw against Everton. Bournemouth have been struggling with injuries so far this season, with 10 of their squad unavailable for the Chelsea clash. Howe said: “Whenever you get injuries, it is a test and a challenge for your squad to adapt and I think we have done that with the outfield positions. “Certain people have been given opportunities that maybe would not have expected to get them, but they have grasped them in recent weeks. “I think whoever is called upon will step up and help the team.” Bournemouth have been steadily improving over the last month, drawing the last two games, and victory over the champions could move them out of the relegation zone. “The Premier League, for me, has been about picking up points where you can and we have done it in style,” Howe said. “Now it’s about adding wins to those performances. “From our perspective, we are really happy with the last four games apart from the first few minutes against Southampton (2-0 defeat on November 1) where we thought we were poor – we are building momentum.” Chelsea head into the weekend only five points above the Cherries, but Howe reckons the Blues are starting to look like the title-winning team of last season. He said: “It certainly looks like they are back to their normal selves and I thought the way they played against Tottenham (0-0 draw last Sunday) defensively was excellent and I don’t think you can doubt their attacking quality. “Maybe from that perspective we are meeting them a few weeks too late, but from our perspective we are in a good place. “If we are in a good place and we perform then we can compete. When we are preparing for a game, it is always about us.” Howe will be without Harry Arter (hamstring) this weekend but is optimistic the midfielder will not be out for as long as first feared. Winger Marc Pugh (Achilles) has started running again but remains short of match fitness. Press Associationlast_img read more

Defender Dejan Lovren could miss a month of action for Liverpool

first_img Press Association Sport understands the results have shown no ligament damage but the joint is still significantly swollen and bruised and the defender’s recovery is likely to take around a month. With that in mind, the return to training of Mamadou Sakho ahead of schedule is timely. The France centre-back started manager Jurgen Klopp’s first four league matches alongside Martin Skrtel until a knee injury after landing awkwardly against Crystal Palace sidelined him in early November, with the early diagnosis suggesting it could be eight weeks before he was fit again. With a full week of training he is likely to go straight into the team for Sunday’s match at Watford. The Croatia centre-back was carried off on a stretcher and left Anfield on crutches after Craig Gardner’s high follow-through during the 2-2 draw. Lovren had five stitches in the wound on his right knee at the time but had to wait for some of the swelling to go down before he could be scanned by the club’s medical staff. Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has escaped serious injury but is likely to be out for a month with a knee problem sustained against West Brom on Sunday. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Sam Allardyce: Sunderland have only themselves to blame for league position

first_img Press Association The Black Cats gave their Barclays Premier League survival hopes a major boost on Saturday when they beat bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa 3-1 at the Stadium of Light. However, they remain four points shy of safety and Allardyce knows that the pressure will be incessant until they can force their way out of the relegation zone. Sam Allardyce admits Sunderland have only themselves to blame for their current plight. If Wearside was buoyant on Saturday evening, there was a growing acceptance in the West Midlands that Villa’s fate is growing increasingly bleak. However, manager Remi Garde is refusing to throw in the towel. He told the club’s official website, “In life and football, you first have to believe. If you don’t, you have no chance to do it. “Let’s say it is more difficult – I am realistic as well. But in football, you can have a run of winning games.” Both Allardyce and Garde hope to be busy during the transfer window with the Sunderland boss revealing progress is being made, if slowly. Asked if there had been any movement, he said: “Movement? Slight movement in terms of there’s more progress made, but nothing to suggest we are going to sign anybody on the dotted line just yet. “But we are trying in many areas.” He said: “Yes, it’s massive, the pressure is constantly on you at this level and in this position, and you have to accept it because it’s our fault. “We are only under that pressure because of our frailties and what we must do is continue to try to improve all the time by doing what I have said – you have to try to go out in every game and make fewer mistakes than the opposition, and then hopefully you keep a very important clean sheet and at the other end, your goalscorers punish the opposition. “Whether you are playing better than the opposition or not doesn’t really matter. When you get the chance if you score it, it turns the game in your favour whether you deserved it or whether you didn’t.” Sunderland certainly did not deserve the 30th-minute lead they took when Villa skipper Micah Richards inadvertently deflected Patrick van Aanholt’s shot into his own net with the visitors enjoying much the better of the first half. But Allardyce’s men grew into the game and after Carles Gil had drawn the visitors level with a stunning 63rd-minute volley, 33-year-old Jermain Defoe, who had enjoyed little service before the break, made the most of that which came his way after it to restore his side’s lead with 18 minutes remaining and then cement victory at the death. Sunderland face a tough FA cup third round trip to Arsenal next week before heading for Swansea in another six-pointer, and Allardyce knows what his side does against the teams in the lower half of the table is likely ultimately to decide their fate. He said: “It’s not rocket science to know that if you are going to get out of trouble, it’s the teams around you you have got to take the points from more than the bigger sides because the bigger sides, it’s so much more difficult to do that. “If you get one of those or two of those in a season when you are in our position, then you are working a bit of a miracle. That’s your bonus points, then. As long as you have done it against the teams in and around you, then if you do it against the big boys it’s your bonus points.” last_img read more

Meghan Markle makes first public appearance since giving birth

first_imgThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex were absent at the end of the ceremony with local reporters speculating that “perhaps Archie needed them.”Meghan and Harry are absent from the balcony as members of the royal family watch the Queen return after Trooping the Colour. Perhaps Archie needed them.We should see everyone, including the Queen, on the balcony for the RAF flypass— Patricia Treble (@PatriciaTreble) June 8, 2019 Meghan Markle also known as the Duchess of Sussex, made her first public appearance since giving birth to her son Archie on Saturday.Markle attended The Mall to Horse Guards Parade for the Trooping the Colour ceremony held in honor of the Queen’s birthday.She sat alongside Prince Harry, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and Camila Parker-Bowles the Duchess of Cornwall.Wedding nods to Duchess Meghan and Duchess Kate today. The DOC is wearing @McQueen and DOS is in @givenchy.— Omid Scobie (@scobie) June 8, 2019last_img read more