Man United’s £240m Neymar bid takes entertaining new twist as Rihanna gets involved!

first_imgAccording to The Sun, Manchester United are trying to sign Barcelona superstar Neymar for £240m.That amounts to a £140m transfer fee, plus £100m on wages, taxes and add ons.It’s a sensational story, but as one United fan told us, trying is one thing, succeeding is entirely another matter. Just like trying to pull Rihanna.Listen to the entertaining call from Red Devils fan Jonathan in the audio player above.last_img

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FA chief ‘sad and angered’ over Eva Carneiro’s Chelsea departure

first_img1 Football Association board member Heather Rabbatts has expressed her “sadness and anger” at the departure of Eva Carneiro as Chelsea’s club doctor.Carneiro is understood to have parted company with the Blues in the wake of an apparent row with manager Jose Mourinho, who criticised the doctor and her medical staff following the 2-2 draw with Swansea on the opening day of the season.Latest reports claim Gibraltar-born  Carneiro is considering legal action likely and could sue the club for constructive dismissal.Rabbatts said Carneiro had been subjected to verbal abuse and criticism after she went on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard, which meant Chelsea were temporarily reduced to nine men against Swansea as the Belgian star had to leave the field.Head physiotherapist Jon Fearn did likewise and Mourinho said at the time: “I was unhappy with my medical staff. They were impulsive and naive.“Whether you are a kit man, doctor or secretary on the bench you have to understand the game.”In reaction to the news on Tuesday, Rabbatts – chair of the FA’s inclusion advisory board – said: “News of Dr Eva Carneiro’s departure from Chelsea FC makes me feel sadness and anger.“Eva was one of the few very senior women in the game, a highly respected doctor who has acted with professional integrity in difficult circumstances and whose skills have been highly praised by her colleagues, the club and governing bodies.”Carneiro has not been at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground since she was removed from first-team duties shortly after the Swansea game.Rabbatts said she had been effectively demoted for doing her job properly.A Chelsea spokesman on Tuesday said he could not comment on internal staffing matters. Eva Carneiro last_img read more

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Arsenal star reveals he played drunk but still set up goal at Liverpool!

first_imgEx-Arsenal midfielder turned talkSPORT presenter Ray Parlour is never short of a good story, and this one about his early time at the club is a classic.Watch the video above as the “Romford Pele” shares this brilliant story about how he came off the bench for Arsenal after enjoying several pregame pints.Ray went on to win nine major trophies with the club, including three Premier League titles.For more hilarous talkSPORT interviews and callers, subscribe to talkSPORT on YouTube here!last_img read more

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West Ham duo battling to start against West Brom, says Bilic

first_imgAlex Song could make his first start of the season for West Ham against West Brom.The former Barcelona star made his return from an ankle injury with a brief substitute appearance in last weekend’s defeat to Tottenham.Now Slaven Bilic is weighing up whether to stick Song into his starting XI for the Sunday’s visit of the Baggies to replace the suspended Mark Noble.Bilic also has Pedro Obiang available with the Spaniard taking part in full training this week having been sidelined since October due to a thigh issue.“He [Song] is back, he had a long break,” said Bilic.“Now we have two players who are coming back, that is Alex and Pedro Obiang. It is a different situation with the two of them.“Pedro didn’t play for the last four weeks but he’s played enough games and he’s back in training. He looks good.“Alex is back in training and he played 10 minutes against Spurs. He looks good too. His situation is a bit different as his break was much longer than Obiang’s. He didn’t play for half the year.“So we are going to decide before the game. One of them will play as we are without our captain Mark Noble.” 1 Alex Song last_img read more

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£43m summer signings! Premier League’s most disappointing XI so far this season

first_img 11 6. Right midfield: Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) – When the Potters announced the £12m signing of Champions League winner Shaqiri from Inter Milan, the Premier League was shocked and a little excited. With a point to prove in England, the 24-year-old was expected to bring new attacking life to the Britannia Stadium. It hasn’t gone to plan for the winger, though, with just one assist in 11 appearances. He has been bright in the final third, but has sadly left much to be desired. 4. Centre back: John Terry (Chelsea) – Terry played every minute of Chelsea’s 2014-15 title-winning campaign, the first player for the Blues to ever do so in the Premier League and, despite his age, many expected the Stamford Bridge icon to repeat his top form when the reigning champions set out to defend their crown. Over the past four months, this has been far from the case, with the centre back looking out of his depth in what has become a highly vulnerable Chelsea defence. Sadly, his influence in the capital looks to be thinning. 7. Centre midfield: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) – Fabregas almost broke the Premier League’s assist record last season, but what was just as noticeable – if not more so – was his drop in form in the second half of Chelsea’s title-winning campaign. Jose Mourinho will have been hopeful that the summer break refreshed the Spaniard, but it seems to have had no such effect, leaving many wondering, is Fabregas finished at the very top level? 11 11 1. Goalkeeper: Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City) – Fabianski was in outstanding form last season, recording the second highest number of Premier League clean sheets with 12. The Poland international, however, has failed to convince this time around, making a number of errors, and his confidence looks to have taken a worrying hit. 11 11 11 5. Left back: Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) – Van Aanholt was one of the Black Cats’ worst performers at the beginning of the season, with player after player breezing past him on the left wing. While the arrival of Sam Allardyce has seen his form improve significantly, he remains a considerable weak link for Sunderland, making it little wonder that Chelsea weren’t convinced by his potential as a youngster. 9. Left midfield: Memphis Depay (Manchester United) – The Netherlands international waltzed into Manchester with such swagger that supporters must have felt that a special player had been signed. His performances have been far from special to date, however, with Van Gaal opting to drop the winger to the bench after a miserable start to his United career. He has returned to the starting line up recently, but Old Trafford is yet to be wowed by their £31million man. Time is on his side, though. 11 With the festive period approaching, we’ve now seen enough action to fairly determine who has been performing to – and in some cases above – the standard expected and who has much to prove.At the end of October, talkSPORT put together a team of the season, and now we’ve taken a look at the most disappointing XI of the 2015-16 campaign so far.Some may be wondering, surely this line up must be made up entirely of Chelsea players?To find out the XI that have disappointed the most so far this season click the yellow arrow above, right. 10. Striker: Diego Costa (Chelsea) – Costa took no time at all to adapt to England’s top flight after his arrival last summer, but he looks a shadow of his former self this season. With his relationship with Jose Mourinho being called into question following the striker’s bib-throwing tantrum at the weekend, he is becoming a growing problem in south west London. 11 8. Centre midfield: Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) – With the France international repeatedly speaking of his desire to eventually play in the Champions League and revealing that the Magpies ‘did everything to keep me’ in the summer, great things were expected of his performances this term. Sissoko, though, has been one of Steven McClaren’s poorest performers, offering very little in midfield. There can’t be many – if any – Champions League clubs lining up for his signature. 11 3. Centre back: Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United) – The form of Coloccini perhaps hasn’t been a surprise to many; what has been a disappointment, however, is his attitude on the field as the Magpies struggle at the foot of the table. With reports of a training ground row between the centre back and manager Steve McClaren, it may only be a matter of time before the Argentine is stripped of the captain’s armband. 11 2. Right back: Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) – Over the past few seasons, Ivanovic has been one of Chelsea’s most consistent performers, with few attackers getting the better of him. However, the Serb has been in shocking form this season, so much so that supporters were delighted when he was ruled out through injury at the beginning of October. He made his return to the line up against Norwich and will need to seriously improve, particularly with his contract expiring in the summer. 11 11. Striker: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) – Since scoring 27 goals in the 2011-12 season, the Red Devils captain has been on the decline. Most worrying of all has been his form under Louis van Gaal, which is showing few signs of improving, despite being handed the captain’s armband. With Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez leaving in the summer, Rooney was expected to step up, but his Premier League career really could be coming to an unsavoury end, with the Old Trafford faithful having been open in their desire for the England international to be dropped from the line up.last_img read more

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Blackburn complete second signing of the day

first_img Elliott Ward 1 Blackburn have signed defender Elliott Ward from Bournemouth.The 31-year-old, who has put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal, follows Danny Graham to Ewood Park after the Sunderland striker joined on loan until the end of the season earlier on Wednesday.Ward is reunited with Blackburn manager boss Paul Lambert, who signed him during his spell in charge of Norwich.“It has been a busy few days to try and get it done, but I’m really pleased and I can’t wait to get started training and crack on,” Ward told the club’s official website.“I’m looking forward to putting on the shirt and hopefully being involved.“Paul Lambert demands standards and he definitely brought mine up a few notches at Norwich and that’s something I want to get back to on a regular basis.”Ward progressed through West Ham’s academy and after a loan spell at Plymouth joined Coventry for £1million in 2006.He joined up with Lambert at Norwich following a free transfer in the summer of 2010 and had a six-month loan spell at Nottingham Forest before joining Bournemouth in a permanent deal in 2013.last_img read more

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Rebuilding Liverpool – Jamie Carragher on the challenge facing Jurgen Klopp

first_img4 “They have had results against the big sides – and that wasn’t something that we always saw under Brendan Rodgers,” says Carragher.“His record against some of the big teams wasn’t great. So although the team is nearer mid-table than the top of the table, under Klopp that does seem to have turned around.“We talk about his pressing game and winning the ball back – but you have a lot less opportunity to do that against sides who give you more possession.“Against the likes of Manchester City or Arsenal, you expect them to have the majority of the possession. That can play into Liverpool’s hands.”Carragher is unequivocal that the right man is in place for the challenge of revitalising Liverpool. “He’s been a breath of fresh air. He’s brilliant. Not just for Liverpool, but for the Premier League as well, actually.“I know we’re all excited because Pep Guardiola is coming in [at Manchester City], but Klopp is a massive character. That is exactly what a club like Liverpool needs.”The architectThe former Reds defender’s optimism isn’t based on blind faith. Klopp has shown a blueprint of what he can do at Liverpool during his time with Borussia Dortmund.As German football writer Elmar Neveling points out in his biography of Klopp: “The sporting architect of the [Dortmund] success story was Jurgen Klopp. Within three years, he had transformed an average, mid-table team into national champions.”The message is clear: Klopp can win major titles without necessarily having the league’s greatest resources.His Dortmund team not only beat Bayern Munich five times in succession as they won back-toback Bundesliga titles, they also bested Real Madrid 4-1 on their way to the 2013 Champions League final.Yet Klopp is a manager who craves time on the training pitch to drill his players into a team playing the “full-throttle football” he craves.The 31 games that he’s been in charge of Liverpool since arriving in October have rushed by in a blur.Not having time to work with his players because there’s always been another match around the corner has been a clear frustration.The six days off after Liverpool’s Europa League draw with Augsburg last Thursday will have been most welcome.Yet even Klopp can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. The current Liverpool squad has some skilled players, but in Carragher’s view it requires backbone.“I’d go right through the spine of the team, to be honest,” he says on where reinforcements are most needed.“If it were me, I’d be looking at the positions of goalkeeper, centre-back and central midfield.“The centre-forward one is difficult, because if you can get Daniel Sturridge fit you don’t need it as much.”What’s clear is that Klopp didn’t decide to join Liverpool because of the quality of the players he would be linking up with. Other factors were at play.He fitted in superbly at Dortmund because, even more than most football clubs, it was part of a community and a representation of the fans who support it. The bond was palpable.No surprise that Klopp was drawn to Liverpool, then. And no surprise at his shock in November when, after Liverpool went 2-1 down to Crystal Palace, some fans began to exit Anfield.“The goal was on 82 minutes – 12 minutes to go – and I saw many people leaving the stadium,” he said post-match. “I turned around and I watched – my team and I felt pretty alone in that moment.”From the bouncing, bawling ‘yellow wall’ at the Westfalenstadion to fans leaving at one goal down with 10 minutes left to play. Little wonder at Klopp’s alarm. 4 This interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on twitter @sportmagukIf a week is a long time in football, two seasons must feel like an eternity.Liverpool fans can attest to this.Two years ago this month, their team battered Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield.Another 10 straight Premier League wins followed against foes including Manchester United (3-0), Tottenham (4-0) and Manchester City (3-2).That breathtaking title tilt came unstuck in a 2-0 loss to Chelsea – but the real story has been the struggle since.Brendan Rodgers, on such a high at the time, was fired less than 18 months after that season ended.While Liverpool’s removal of Rodgers looks the right decision, it’s easy to have sympathy for him.The blistering run of form in the second half of 2013/14 had precious little to do with Liverpool’s defence.It was all about the midfield and attacking six: Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and – principally – Luis Suarez.In the fifth game of this season, Rodgers’ Liverpool faced Manchester United and he could select precisely none of those players.Suarez and Sterling had been sold. Gerrard had left the club. Sturridge was – and seems to remain – chronically injured. Henderson was also bothered by fitness issues. Coutinho was suspended.What team could possibly cope with such a dramatic change?Before you suspect that this is being written by Mr B Rodgers of Northern Ireland (managerial CV attached), fear not. Rodgers clearly had to go. Results, performances, recruitment (which he was at least partly responsible for) all show that.Why is all this relevant to Liverpool now? Because Jurgen Klopp’s arrival alone can’t change the fact he faces the same problem Rodgers did: Liverpool, post-Suarez, post-Gerrard – and for the first time in many fans’ memories – do not have a truly world-class player in their squad. 77 and 10,000+Yet we had a reminder this month of why Liverpool remains a special club.On February 6, more than 10,000 Liverpool fans cleared out of Anfield 77 minutes into their side’s match against Sunderland in protest over increased ticket fees.Many of those were supporters in the Kop, whose season ticket price would have been unchanged for next season. Yet they walked out in solidarity with their fellow fans in the main stand.Carragher was among those who left, pointing out that while £2m (the amount raised by the price increase) meant relatively little to the club with the ninth-highest revenue in world football, it was a huge amount to Liverpool supporters.The immediate apology, backtrack and freezing of ticket revenue for two seasons by the owners heartened Carragher.“It was fantastic that the club saw sense, because supporters are a big part of the success of the club,” he says.“I just think the owners got it wrong – and Liverpool supporters reacted – but you don’t want to see that happening all the time.“A stand has been made, but let’s hope the club have put it to rest.“You never want to be at war with your owners or the club, because we all want the same things, which is to see Liverpool be successful.”With a new stand set to boost Anfield’s capacity to 55,000, one of the brightest managers in world football in charge and a shot at silverware this weekend, there are bright signs for the future.And while it’s easy for rival football fans to sneer and point out that the Liverpool owners’ backtracking represents fans celebrating still paying a lot of money to watch live football, this is disingenuous.The scale as well as the success of the protest showed off one of Liverpool’s great assets: a clued-up, passionate fanbase who understand that Liverpool is more than just a football club and are fervently motivated given the right cause.Klopp voiced dismay when he saw fans leaving early at Anfield.This month, the exact same thing happening might just have reminded him exactly why he wanted to take on this job in the first place.center_img 4 4 Quality deficiency“The quality of player at Liverpool isn’t what they had before,” confirms Jamie Carragher when Sport asks him what Klopp’s greatest challenge is.“I think Sturridge is really the one top-class player – maybe Coutinho. What Klopp has inherited isn’t comparable to what Liverpool have had in the past.“Also, look at the competition you’ve got now. Liverpool have always been one of the top teams – but you’ve got Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Tottenham now coming up as well. Those teams aren’t waiting for Liverpool.“They’re looking to push ahead. Spurs will have a new stadium, Chelsea are doing the same, Arsenal obviously have their new stadium. They’re all making changes off the pitch that should benefit them on the pitch.“There’s so many teams who have the same ideas and aspirations as Liverpool that it’s certainly not easy for Klopp to just buy a few players and get Liverpool back to the top. It’s going to be really tough.”Despite winning over football folk with his charm and no-bullshit interviews (note to Brendan), Klopp hasn’t found results easy.A popular stat going into Sunday’s League Cup final at Wembley – where his team face Manchester City – is that Klopp has won 13 of his 31 Liverpool games, the same win record Roy Hodgson had at the club.Hodgson was fired before he could play game 32.But those stats don’t tell us everything. Klopp has lost fewer games than Hodgson did, and there have been good performances against Liverpool’s fellow big boys: a 4-1 win over Manchester City, 3-1 against Chelsea (albeit during the Blues’ meltdown), plus respective 3-3 and 0-0 draws with Arsenal and Tottenham.last_img read more

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BOSSES MAY BE BREAKING LAW BY SNOOPING ON FACEBOOK – DONEGAL EXPERT

first_imgJames Arnold Head of EVBI in LetterkennyIrish company bosses may be breaching the Data Protection Act by checking out applicant’s social media pages, a Co Donegal expert has warned.Employment Vetting Bureau of Ireland boss James Arnold says there is a major difference between personal and professional browsing of people on-line.The practise of employers checking out the Facebook and Twitter accounts of potential employees to see their likes and pastimes is widespread. But Letterkenny-based Arnold warned that employers secretly scanning social media pages and forming negative opinions about new job applicants may be breaching the Data Protection Acts.James who is M.D. of EVBI says ‘The problem is quite serious because of two issues – consent and relevance. For what is publicly viewable to an employer in Social Media may not in fact be be useable by an employer to make judgement without the knowledge and consent of the applicant. And what an employer may view may not at all be true.“To form an opinion based on what is seen could be detrimental to a job applicant. An employer’s judgement on a very innocent but inappropriate comment or photo for example, or on what the applicant likes or dislikes can cause an employer to judge the applicant and an applicant’s social life being the conduit for such decision. They may lose out quite unfairly.’He explained that the practise is widespread and in his opinion, sneaky. The applicant is unaware of what is being researched and any opinion being formed if bad, may not be relevant to the employment on offer.Such intrusions can be detrimental to an applicant are conducted without the specific written consent of the applicant, he said.It is estimated that up to 70 % of employers around the world are scanning social media pages without an applicant’s permission to assist their pre-employment screening methods.But unlike many other countries, Ireland’s Data Protection laws have been tightened up since 2014 and those practising what applicants call ‘Snoopy Bosses’ in Ireland may find themselves in serious hot water in the future.Mr Arnold added ‘The need for background verifications is essential for any employer but they have to be done the right way and the background checks must be relevant to the specific employment. “Media/Social Media screening was hardly heard of until 2001 and has been growing exponentially by the massive rise in the use of social media by private users of such media. Besides, the problem is not just about new job applicants but about existing employees earmarked for promotion.“It is perhaps time for employers engaging in such activities to ask themselves if what they are doing is truly ethical. Does it embrace the core values of their organisation?“The Irish Data Protection Commissioner is very tough on compliance and is observing very closely what is going on around employment issues.’EVBI is the Employment Vetting Bureau of Ireland based in Co. Donegal. It conducts independent pre-employment checks and security clearance services for new job applicants on behalf of employers all over Ireland.James who is M.D. of EVBI says ‘The problem is quite serious because of two issues – consent and relevance. For what is publicly viewable to an employer in Social Media may not in fact be be useable by an employer to make judgement without the knowledge and consent of the applicant. And what an employer may view may not at all be true.“To form an opinion based on what is seen could be detrimental to a job applicant. An employer’s judgement on a very innocent but inappropriate comment or photo for example, or on what the applicant likes or dislikes can cause an employer to judge the applicant and an applicant’s social life being the conduit for such decision. They may lose out quite unfairly.’He explained that the practise is widespread and in his opinion, sneaky.The applicant is unaware of what is being researched and any opinion being formed if bad, may not be relevant to the employment on offer.Such intrusions can be detrimental to an applicant are conducted without the specific written consent of the applicant, he said.It is estimated that up to 70 % of employers around the world are scanning social media pages without an applicant’s permission to assist their pre-employment screening methods.But unlike many other countries, Ireland’s Data Protection laws have been tightened up since 2014 and those practising what applicants call ‘Snoopy Bosses’ in Ireland may find themselves in serious hot water in the future.Mr Arnold added ‘The need for background verifications is essential for any employer but they have to be done the right way and the background checks must be relevant to the specific employment.“Media/Social Media screening was hardly heard of until 2001 and has been growing exponentially by the massive rise in the use of social media by private users of such media. Besides, the problem is not just about new job applicants but about existing employees earmarked for promotion.“It is perhaps time for employers engaging in such activities to ask themselves if what they are doing is truly ethical. Does it embrace the core values of their organisation?“The Irish Data Protection Commissioner is very tough on compliance and is observing very closely what is going on around employment issues.’EVBI is just one of a number of organisations which helps employers to fully comply with the Acts.EVBI offers an independent pre-employment screening service for new job applicants -a system whereby a job applicant’s approval and written consent is sought and given.’ said James Arnold.EVBI is a registered Data Processor with the Data Protection Commissioner in Ireland.BOSSES MAY BE BREAKING LAW BY SNOOPING ON FACEBOOK – DONEGAL EXPERT was last modified: July 27th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Southampton to bid for Jordan Amavi after Nice withdraw interest in defender

first_imgNice have withdrawn from the race to sign Aston Villa full-back Jordan Amavi, amid interest from Southampton.The Saints are expected to appoint former Nice boss Claude Puel as their new manager this week following Ronald Koeman’s move to Everton.Puel, who left his position as Nice manager in May, knows all about Amavi having overseen his breakthrough into the first team at the French club before he was sold to Aston Villa last summer.The 22-year-old enjoyed a bright start to life at Villa before he sustained a serious knee injury while on duty for the France Under-21s in November.He did not appear again for the side so could not help in their unsuccessful battle against relegation from the Premier League.Now Amavi’s future is unclear and it has been heavily reported that Nice want to take their former favourite back to the south of France.However, according to Nice Matin, the Ligue 1 club have dropped their interest in the defender, clearing the way for their ex-boss Puel to make his move. Jordan Amavi could be set for a reunion with his former Nice boss Claude Puel at Southampton 1last_img read more

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