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first_img “Obviously you put your own reputation on the line because everybody knows I’ve never been relegated and they were in a dreadful position at the time – but it was a challenge and I do like challenges,” Pulis told BBC’s Football Focus. “Steve Parish was very persistent – I think he spoke to me on three occasions. “I spoke to a lot of people and a lot of people said it wouldn’t be a club to go to for all sorts of reasons. “But I spoke to Sir Alex (Ferguson) and I spoke to (Stoke chairman) Peter Coates and they were really the two – they thought it could be done, it wasn’t an impossible job, they mentioned the crowd and the supporters being 110 per cent behind the club and the team. “Steve came down to Bournemouth and we sat down in the house and that was the first time I thought, ‘I’m going to do this, I’m going to take the challenge'”. Pulis has been linked with managerial posts at QPR and Newcastle this season, with both clubs currently sitting in the bottom three. Tony Pulis says he put his “reputation on the line” by taking the manager’s job at Crystal Palace last season. Press Associationcenter_img Palace languished in the relegation zone with just four points from 10 games when Pulis was appointed, but the former Stoke boss turned the club’s fortunes around, leading the Eagles to an 11th-place finish. The revival earned Pulis the Premier League’s Manager of the Season award in May, but he left the club just 48 hours before the current campaign after failing to resolve disagreements with co-chairman Steve Parish. last_img read more


first_imgJose Mourinho will aim to balance a refreshed team with a winning one when Chelsea, still reeling from the New Year’s Day loss at Tottenham, host Watford in the FA Cup third round on Sunday. “When we had him he was not really ready and finally he looks like he’s almost getting there.” Mourinho is still to ascertain the full extent of Courtois’ finger problem, but has a more than capable deputy in Cech, who may have played anyway. The Blues boss added: “He (Courtois) has a problem in one of his fingers. Let’s see what happens. “I don’t know (if it’s broken). I didn’t ask. I just asked if he could carry on at half-time (at Spurs).” When Chelsea were unbeaten, eight points clear of Manchester City in the Premier League and apparently cruising, thoughts of some turned to a quadruple quest. Now, with a championship title battle in full swing, the FA Cup could be deemed a distraction, but Mourinho’s approach remains. “It’s impossible to go for one trophy, or two, or three, or four,” he said. “It’s only possible to go for the next match. And the next match is FA Cup and we want to try to win the FA Cup. Simple as that. “We don’t choose competitions. We choose the next match and the next match is against Watford. And it’s an important match. “It’s a difficult game. It’s a good team, one of the best teams in the Championship. “We have the experience of the difficulties against teams like Bolton, Derby, teams that we played already this season. “They have a good team. They are fresh. They didn’t play this New Year fixture. “They will go to try to beat us, so we need to be alert because the game is going to be difficult.” John Terry hopes Chelsea will respond to seeing their advantage over defending Premier League champions City evaporate. Frank Lampard, a team-mate of Terry’s for 13 seasons at Stamford Bridge, scored to earn last season’s league winners victory over Sunderland before Chelsea’s defeat at Spurs. “It’s hard to see them claw us back,” Terry said on chelseafc.com. “We were eight points in front and now we’re level on points. “It’s disappointing to have lost that lead but we said in the dressing room we’ll come together, put a run together and hopefully get a lead again.” The defeat could have many ramifications, not least for the title race and Mourinho, who invited scrutiny on the performance of referee Phil Dowd at White Hart Lane and could face Football Association disciplinary action. Cahill could also be punished retrospectively for kicking Spurs striker Harry Kane in the back. Rather than send his front-line players into battle swiftly after a loss which saw Chelsea’s Barclays Premier League advantage wiped out, Mourinho is likely to rotate his options after an arduous festive schedule. “Obviously we are going to rest a couple of players. That’s normal,” he said. “And give a chance to other people to play and to show (what they can do). “Obviously we want to try to beat Watford, but at the same time we have to analyse the players’ condition and make the right decision for them.” Striker Diego Costa and forward Eden Hazard are among the front-line Chelsea players who could be rotated out of the starting XI. Petr Cech could replace Thibaut Courtois in goal, depending on the severity of the latter’s finger injury, while Oscar, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic could also be afforded a rest after the 5-3 loss at White Hart Lane. Rather than turn to youth, like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Dominic Solanke or Lewis Baker, Mourinho is planning to field players who have been on the first-team periphery this term, like Ramires, who has been hampered by a niggling groin injury, but remains an integral figure in the season run-in. “I have players from the first-team and players that we need to have in condition to play,” Mourinho said. “Hopefully Ramires is getting there step by step. He played 45 minutes (against Tottenham). “He’s a player we need and he’s a player we haven’t had for the first part of the season. Press Associationlast_img read more


first_img Anthony Foley’s men stormed out of the blocks but had nothing to show for some terrific build-up play until young flanker Jack O’Donoghue crossed in the 28th minute. Hooker Eusebio Guinazu added a second before the break for a 12-0 lead. Glasgow looked a shell of the side that had surged to the league’s summit, missing 23 players due to a combination of Scotland commitments, injuries and suspensions. They launched a stirring second half fight-back, though, setting up prop Rossouw de Klerk for a fine 59th minute try. Munster responded immediately with a superb Keith Earls score and CJ Stander’s maul try registered the bonus point. Early turnover ball sent Munster’s influential captain Denis Hurley breaking into the Glasgow 22 but John Ryan’s subsequent offload to Duncan Williams went to ground. Peter Murchie and Niko Matawalu then did well to close down the options for man-of-the-match Earls as the Munster centre surged up the left wing. Earls glided through on the right soon after, but Connor Braid crucially got back to intercept a pass from Andrew Conway. Despite their first quarter dominance, Munster remained scoreless with Ian Keatley drifting a 39-metre penalty wide. Matawalu showed brilliant pace and footwork as Glasgow sliced open the home defence on the right, however Munster finally opened the scoring from a clever attack near the half hour mark. JJ Hanrahan took the ball on from a quickly-taken lineout, Keatley swept out to the left where he dummied his way into the 22 and his pass back inside released O’Donoghue on a well-timed run to the line. O’Donoghue’s third successive PRO12 try went unconverted but Keatley added the extras to Guinazu’s 37th-minute effort, as the Argentina international scored off a lineout maul near the left corner. Glasgow found their rhythm on the restart, Braid landing the second of two penalty attempts and from a better return in the scrum and lineout, Ali Kellock and Josh Strauss became more prominent. The gap was suddenly down to just two points after tighthead de Klerk took a great line onto a Braid pass. He barged past Williams and crashed over under the posts with Braid converting. That concession seemed to refocus Munster and Earls, chasing down a pinpoint Keatley kick, delighted the home crowd by using his right instep to flick the ball up into his arms and dive over in the right corner. Keatley was having an off-night from the kicking tee, missing the conversion and also failing to add the extras to Stander’s touchdown. Glasgow rallied in search of a losing bonus point but their luck was out when Lee Jones had a foot in touch before grounding the ball in the 75th minute. Munster moved above Glasgow to the top of the Guinness PRO12 after defeating the under-strength Scots in Cork in a 22-10 bonus point win. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


first_img Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin and Matteo Darmian have all joined the club, but the biggest coup for Robson is the capture of Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich. The midfielder’s experience, leadership qualities, and ball skills make him an outstanding player in Robson’s eyes. “I have always admired him. He has outstanding quality, he can be a big influence at Manchester United this year,” the former United captain said at a Special Olympics event organised by AON in the US. His dogged determination, as shown when he carried on playing in the World Cup final last summer after receiving a nasty cut under the eye, also sets Schweinsteiger apart from his peers, according to Robson. “I like his attitude,” the former United midfielder said. “In the World Cup final someone made a real bad tackle on him and he got up and the next minute someone hit him in the face, he was bleeding, but he wasn’t rolling about. He just got up, got treatment and got on with the game. “He is not just one of these players that falls down, and rolls over the place. “He is a really good character so for someone like myself it’s great to see him in our squad.” Schweinsteiger and the rest of his team-mates flew to San Jose from Seattle on Monday to begin the second leg of United’s tour of the United States. United, who beat Club America in their tour opener on Saturday, take on San Jose Earthquakes at the Avaya Stadium in the early hours of Wednesday morning before playing Barcelona in the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Saturday. Van Gaal’s men then round off their tour with a friendly against Paris St Germain in Chicago on June 30. Van Gaal has headed down a similar route, selling Van Persie to Fenerbahce just 12 months after he was Holland captain under the former Barcelona coach. The United boss released former loanee Falcao after a poor season and last week announced that Valdes, the goalkeeper he gave his Barcelona debut to 13 years ago, would be sold after apparently refusing to play for the reserves last term. “It’s very similar to Sir Alex Ferguson,” Robson told Press Association Sport. “Louis van Gaal has been very successful in his career. He has been a bit ruthless with a few of his decisions lately and that is what good managers do. “At certain stages, managers have to make major decisions and sometimes people have to move on and the manager has got to change things the way he sees it. And that is what he is doing, that’s part of his job – you have to be ruthless at stages. “With Valdes, it didn’t suit the manager, so he has moved him on.” Valdes has been left out of United’s squad for their pre-season tour of the United States and Turkish club Antalyaspor are interested in the goalkeeper’s services. Van Gaal has also acted decisively with incomings. One of the reasons why Ferguson was so successful at United was because of his ability to cold-heartedly dump the players he deemed surplus to requirements. The likes of Roy Keane, David Beckham, Jaap Stam, and Ruud van Nistelrooy were all discarded when the Scot decided they were not good enough or lacked the discipline and commitment he demanded. Press Association Bryan Robson saw a bit of Sir Alex Ferguson in Louis van Gaal when he decided to ruthlessly ditch Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Victor Valdes. last_img read more


first_img Press Association Salomon Rondon faces a race against time to make his West Brom debut as the £12million man battles for fitness. He said: “The first four games of the season are very difficult for us. “To have Man City and Chelsea as the two home games to start with is very difficult, then to play a newly promoted team on their first home game is tough. Then we have a derby with Stoke. “The transfer window is still going on and things are going on behind the scenes so these four games are always going to be difficult. “Watford have signed some good players from abroad and they look strong, they look as if they have brought good players into the country.” The pair could make the trip to Vicarage Road with Pulis hopeful his new boys will be available. “He’s done very well,” Pulis said of Rondon. “Him and Gnabry have spent a lot of time working with the fitness coach. “But Salomon has showed a great attitude, he’s a great lad and we’ve been impressed with him. He reminds me a little bit of Demba Ba in the way he wants to run off shoulders and is quick and strong. “He is that type. He has got that willingness to get to where you want him to be, which is in behind defences. “They have worked hard in the last week or so, the two of them, and I will assess it with the medical team to see if they’re ready, if not to start then for the bench.” Gareth McAuley is also available after a calf injury ruled him out of Monday’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City. The Baggies are looking to recover from their opening defeat, where Pulis admitted he got his tactics wrong, a nd they head to the Hornets with the boss braced for a tough opening. The Baggies’ record buy has been training this week after his switch from Zenit St Petersburg was rubber-stamped on Monday. Albion go to Watford in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday with Baggies boss Tony Pulis running the rule over Rondon’s fitness, along with that of Arsenal loanee Serge Gnabry. last_img read more


first_img Press Association Instead, Sean O’Driscoll came in as Rodgers’ number two, while another former Liverpool midfielder Gary McAllister filled Marsh’s role. “Ability-wise, I could still play but physically I couldn’t play every game at my age,” Gerrard said in the Daily Mail. “I didn’t enjoy being sub last season. I didn’t enjoy not knowing if I would be in the XI or not. ” I might be contradicting myself here but what would have kept me at Liverpool into this season was the chance of shadowing Brendan Rodgers and his staff as well as playing. Those ideas were only mentioned to me after I had announced I was leaving. “I don’t know if I am going to be good enough to be a manager, or a number one, number two, number three or number four. Liverpool replaced coaches Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh in the summer, so they were looking for a new number two, or number three or number four. I would have been tailor-made to fill one of these roles, as well as making myself available as a squad player. “I could have been a good squad player, a good sub, as well as getting management experience that money can’t buy.” The former England midfielder, who had captained Liverpool for 12 years prior to his departure, admitted there are times he yearns to be back playing in the Premier League. “Yeah, I do miss it. I miss everything about it,” he added. “When I switch on the TV and see the stadiums, with 50, 60, 70,000 people – the aggression, the intensity, the tension. I am jealous. I miss the build-up, competing with better players, I miss being Steven Gerrard, Liverpool captain and walking out in front of my people with that pressure and trying to get a result for them. “As much I am enjoying it out here with a fresh challenge, I’d like nothing better than being 25 again and with 10 years ahead of me in the Premier League, playing for Liverpool, but I’ve had my time.” Former Liverpool great Steven Gerrard has revealed he would not have left Anfield over the summer if he had been offered the chance to join manager Brendan Rodgers’ backroom team.center_img Gerrard ended his long association with the Merseyside club, whom he had been with since joining the academy aged nine, to move to the Los Angeles Galaxy having been in and out of the first team over the course of the 2014/15 season. Yet the 35-year-old says he would have accepted a bit-part role and continued into his 18th season with the Reds had he been included in the coaching set-up, which was re-jigged over the summer after assistant Colin Pascoe was sacked and first-team coach Mike Marsh was not offered a new contract. last_img read more


first_img Klopp, formerly in charge of Borussia Dortmund, is favourite to become the new Reds manager after Rodgers was sacked following Sunday’s 1-1 Merseyside derby draw – a move welcomed by Owen along with many other ex-players of the Premier League club. Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group are moving quickly to secure Rodgers’ replacement and have taken steps to sound out Klopp , Press Association Sport understands. “However, I’m not sure that Liverpool need a safe pair of hands at this time.” Former defender Mark Lawrenson also backed Klopp to take the reigns as he wrote in his BBC Sport column: “Whoever it is will have to buy into the mindset of the American owners – they want success, but their model is to try to get that by signing younger players they can train up and, sometimes, sell on. “Jurgen Klopp is the favourite to get the job and he would fit the bill. “At Borussia Dortmund he built a team that were in your face, with good players that he was making better, but he also knew he would have to sell one or even two every year.” Lawrenson added in the Liverpool Echo: “What he did at Borussia Dortmund was special and if he can get Liverpool playing that way, the fans will absolutely love him. “Now, though, Liverpool are as far away from nailing down a Champions League spot as ever they have been. “Carlo Ancelotti is also in the running. But Klopp is a much better fit for the FSG model.” Former midfielder Danny Murphy, however, favours the experience of Ancelotti. “Reading the CVs and what they have done and where they have done it and how many times they have done it, it is a no-brainer really,” he told talkSPORT. “You can’t guarantee success with either guy because you are competing with Manchester City, United, Chelsea and Arsenal. “Ancelotti has done it as a player, he has done it as a coach, and he has done it in different countries. He has done it here already with Chelsea. “He has won the league here, he has won the (FA) Cup here, so he knows this league. That in itself gives him a head start on Klopp.” Press Association Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen believes a hungry Jurgen Klopp would “be the best fit” to replace Brendan Rodgers at the Anfield helm. Klopp has long been seen as the ideal fit at Anfield – he is certainly the popular choice of fans – and even though three-time Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti is available, the overwhelming support is for the German. Owen, who scored 158 goals in 297 appearances for Liverpool in an eight-year spell at the beginning of his career before joining Real Madrid in 2004, told Sportlobster: “If indeed these are the two main men (Carlo Ancelotti and Jurgen Klopp), I would think that Klopp is the better fit for Liverpool at this time. “I think that a younger and potentially hungrier manager in Jurgen Klopp would be the best fit for Liverpool in their current predicament.” The 35-year-old former England international believes having Klopp in charge would bring some much-needed confidence back to Liverpool which was lost under Rodgers. He added: “His appointment would certainly excite the Liverpool fans who had become so disillusioned with Rodgers and in this day and age their part in the whole process cannot be over-estimated. “He would also bring a burning desire to succeed and to take the club from their true position of ‘top six’ to right back in the mix for winning the title and where finishing top four is a given every season. “The other big advantage that Klopp has over Ancelotti is that whereas Ancelotti has generally managed at clubs who were already very successful with a squad full of top players, Klopp took over at Borussia Dortmund when they were in a similar position to that which Liverpool find themselves in now.” Regarding Ancelotti’s record, Owen said: “Nobody can fault Ancelotti’s track record over the years and with a coaching resume that includes Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris St Germain and Real Madrid there can be little doubt that he would be a success at Liverpool. last_img read more


first_img “You question our mentality, I don’t,” he said. “We have to rise above that and show that we can deal with all that and I believe we have to be guided by playing better football and being a real team in every game and show that we can be competitive. “We can have great solidarity in every single game and after that we have a chance. You cannot rule us out after 19 games. We have chance and we want to fight for it. “Maybe when we were top these three times because the other teams did not play at full power and we did. But Man United had huge potential over the years. “We played Liverpool at a time when they had Xabi Alonso, Steven Gerrard and Javier Mascherano in the middle of the park. Look at what all these players have won since. They had fantastic teams. “Manchester United had (Cristiano) Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs over the period and you see what these players have done. Fantastic teams and potential.” Press Association The Gunners will go into the new year at the Premier League summit on goal difference after Leicester and Manchester City played out a goalless draw on Tuesday night. In the past, being top at the turn of the year has often been followed by championship celebrations come May – but not for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger is adamant his Arsenal players have the required characteristics to remain top of the Barclays Premier League table and claim the title. Wenger’s side have been top three times in the previous 14 years before this one but in none of those seasons have they gone on to lift the trophy and s ince 2005, only Arsenal and Liverpool have failed to win the league from top spot on January 1. His unbeaten ‘Invincibles’ were second when 2004 was welcomed in but they overhauled Manchester United to win the crown – and this time round Wenger has backed his squad to show they have the quality to seal a first title in 12 years. “I believe that we are mature enough and that we have the requested quality to fight and compete,” he said. “The most important thing is to feel, at the end of the season, that we have given absolutely everything to be successful. “After that, if somebody has been better than us, we will accept it, but we want to fight to show that we have a chance. “I will remind you that only one team won the league without losing a game. That is Arsenal Football Club. It is not the date (new year’s day) that is decided you win the league. “It shows you that we have a good chance as the statistics show you that eight of the past 11 years the team who was top on new year’s day won it.” Wenger dismissed questions about the mentality of his teams over the years leading to them giving away their lead in the run-in when others such as Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City have turned the position into titles. last_img read more


first_imgDeceased pets have been recovered from a chartered jet that ran into a river at a Florida military base.Officials of the Jacksonville Naval Air Station Jacksonville  confirmed late Sunday that a dog and two cats were recovered in their carriers from the Boeing 737 that crashed into the St. Johns River.None of the 143 human passengers and crew members had serious injuries from the incident which occurred, Friday evening.Despite two failed attempts, rescuers were unable to remove the pets from the cargo area immediately after the landing because that section of the plane was underwater.Instead, divers were sent in Sunday to retrieve the animals.Base officials said another cat that flew in the plane’s cabin was safely removed by the cat’s owner.On Monday, the operator of the plane offered $2,500 to each passenger as a “goodwill gesture.”Miami Air International made the offer to the 136 passengers in an open letter from the airline’s CEO expressing regret for what happened.“We understand and appreciate the difficult experience you endured,” wrote CEO Kurt Kamrad.The Boeing 737 was traveling from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba when it landed at the Florida base, skidding into the river.Related content:Plane crashes into Jacksonville river, 21 hospitalizedlast_img read more


first_imgThe Indian River County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding a driver who caused an accident involving a police cruiser and fled the scene.The incident occurred Sunday around 1:40 am at the intersection of 10th avenue and 21st street in Vero Beach.According to the sheriff’s office, the deputy was transporting an arrestee when a vehicle that appeared to be a white  2012-2016 Dodge flatbed utility truck, failed to stop for the flashing red signal on 10th avenue. The vehicle and the police cruiser then collided, however, instead of stopping at the scene, the truck fled northbound on 10th Avenue towards 23rd Street.The deputy and the arrestee both suffered injuries and were taken to Indian River Medical Center for treatment.Authorities are now asking for the public’s help in finding the driver of the vehicle. The vehicle was said to have a black front bumper, black fenders and a full headache rack on the back with lights. It is also reported to have damage on the passenger side.If you have any information about this incident, please call 772-569-6700 and ask for Public Safety Dispatch.last_img read more