Football Roundup Friday 16th November

Good evening everybody,


It’s Friday evening, for some that means a weekend off, but for some it means you are just about to embark on another busy weekend of work. Whatever you are doing tomorrow there is a big day ahead in football. While fireworks are being set for ignition at The Emirates Stadium tomorrow, there has been plenty going on elsewhere.


For now I’ll stick with Arsenal, as Aston Villa and Belgium international striker Christian Benteke apparently told reporters back home that he dreams of playing for The Gunners. Manager Paul Lambert has since claimed that his comments have been taken out of context, and that ‘the big guy is more than happy’. He moved to assure Villa fans that he is going nowhere, and hasn’t mentioned moving at all.


Much has been made of job security today, with many claiming that the game tomorrow between QPR and Southampton could see one of the managers receiving a P45 by Monday. Both managers have since spoken out about the situation, claiming that they are not worried that they will be rendered jobless as a result of this game.


At the other end of the spectrum, today saw the manager of the month awards handed out for October.

Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates scooped the League 2 award, having guided his team to 3rd and only tasting defeat once.

With 16 points from a possible 18, Sheffield United had a great month, and manager Danny Wilson deservedly picked up the League 1 award.

Middlesbrough fans would be forgiven for dreaming of a long awaited return to The Premier League after watching their team win 4 and draw 1 in October, progressing to the Quarter Finals of the Capital One Cup in the process. Manager Tony Mowbray was rewarded with the Championship’s award as a result.

Last month saw Manchester United knocked out the League Cup by Chelsea, but in the League it was a different story, as the Red devils got the better of the The Blues in London. Victories at hometo Stoke and away to Newcastle added to a great month for Sir Alex Ferguson’s team, meaning he picked up the Premiership accolade.


Many of you may remember Roberto Martinez rejecting a job offer from Liverpool in the summer. The Spaniard has today insisted he was ‘100% right’ in his decision. Wigan currently sit in 14th, one place and one point behind The Reds and the two clubs meet at Anfield tomorrow.


For more on today’s headlines, read the Lunchtime Roundup by Thomas Brooks.


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Lunchtime Roundup Friday 16th November


Afternoon all,

There has been a lot of speculation surrounding David Beckham over the past couple of days whether he would be moving to Australia, but that speculation has now been silenced as Beckham's management team has confirmed that he will not be moving to Australia

Christian Benteke of Aston Villa has revealed that he would one day like to play for Villa's Premier League rivals Arsenal. The 21 year old moved to Villa this summer for a total of £7 million from Belgian side Genk

Roberto Martinez feels that he made the right decision to reject an offer from Liverpool in the summer to stay with Wigan. The Latics are set to face Liverpool this Saturday

Jack Wilshere has asked for the Arsenal supporters to be pateient whilst he returns to full fitness. The Arsenal midfielder had been out for 14 months before playing in Arsenal's 1-0 win over QPR

Middlesbroudh manager Tony Mowbray has been named Npower Championship manager of the month. He guided Boro to five wins and a draw in October to see them sit very happily in 2nd place in the league

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has admitted that the signing of Fernando Torres has not quite worked as he planned it

Staying with Chelsea, The Blues are now stepping up in their chase to capture the signing of Athletico Madrid's star striker Radamel Falcao

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given has said that he would love to play for his boyhood club Celtic before he retires

Hartlepool United have revealed that former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson applied for the vacant managers role at Victoria Park, but Livingston manager John Hughes was appointed instead

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins feels very confident coming into Saturday's must win game against QPR that both he and Mark Hughes will avoid the sack if one of the teams doesn't win. QPR have not been able to muster up a win in the Premier League this season, where as Southampton have only got one themselves

Wolves goalkeeper Wayns Hennessey has been ruled out for the rest of the season as he has undergone a second operation to help repair cruciate ligament damage in his knee


Football Roundup Thursday 15th November

Good evening everyone, by now you should be out of the cold, having endured what seemed like 20 hours of hard labour. All you want to do now is sit back and relax, put your feet up and catch up on the daily goings on in world of football. Enjoy the brew of your choice and have a read of today’s headlines.


Today has been a day of transfer speculation, mainly surrounding Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. The figure being thrown about seems to be around the 40 million pound mark, which maybe inevitably points to Manchester City. Reds manager Rodgers has denied this, saying that Liverpool are looking to add players to their squad rather than selling their best players.


While on the subject of transfers, Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris seems to be increasingly unhappy with his role at the north London club. He said the situation was ‘difficult’ but that he just has to stay professional.


More bad news for Spurs fans, influential midfielder Moussa Dembele seems to have lost his race for fitness ahead of the North London derby this weekend. Manager Andre Villas Boas said the game has ‘come too soon’ for the playmaker. AVB will have to come up with something to beat Arsenal, as he claims ‘We need to finish above Arsenal to finish in the top four, and Daniel(Levy) keeps telling me how important the game is’.


Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini stated today that he is happy at the club and is not looking to move away just yet. He continued to say ‘I want to play for one of the biggest clubs one day, but Everton are an ambitious club, I don’t think they’ll let their best players go just like that’. Many clubs are interested in the Belgium international, including Manchester United and Chelsea.


Another Chelsea target, Radamel Falcao has stated that he is not even thinking about a move away, as he stays focussed on the current campaign with Atletico Madrid. He went on to say he does dream of playing abroad in the future, but now he is thinking only of this season and keeping his performances at the same high standard.


A big topic of debate in the world of football has apparently been top of the agenda as Premier League chiefs met to discuss the financial restrictions being placed on clubs. While the majority of the clubs chairmen showed support for restrictions, there were differences of opinion on how they should be enforced. Arsenal and Manchester United for example feel clubs should be banned from operating at a loss, while others feel the restrictions should only be temporary regarding wage increases. But others feel there should be no restrictions at all, and that an owner should be able to subsidies any loss made by the club. The debate rages on and should hopefully be sorted out over the coming months, as the restrictions would take effect from the start of next season.


For more on today check out the Lunch Time Roundup by Thomas Brooks.

Football Roundup Wednesday 14th November



Afternoon all,

A round up of  the latest football news from this afternoon:

Raheem Sterling and Leon Osman are both set to start and make their England debuts tonight in the friendly against Sweden

The Metropolitan police have today decided that they will no longer investigate the complaint made against referee Mark Clattenburg by Chelsea

QPR are considering making a surprise move to bring former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka back to the Premier League

Staying on the topic of QPR, Joey Barton has said that he would like to make his current loan move to Marseille a permanent deal

Mohamed Diame who currently plays for West Ham is attracting a lot of interest from a lot of clubs including both Everton and Fulham

Everton's Jermaine Beckford currently on loan to Huddersfield has said that he is very happy and wants to stay on loan for the rest of the season

Wolves are considering a move to bring  Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong back to the club on loan

Hartlepool United have appointed Livingston manager John Hughes as their new head coach

Dagenham & Redbridge have signed Jake Caprice on a one-month loan from Blackpool

Former Bristol City chairman Colin Sexstone has become Plymouth Argyle's new director of football

Football Roundup Friday 9th November

Evening all,

A round-up of the latest football news from today:

Theo Walcott is locked in talks with Arsenal, although his situation is likely to be made clear one way or the other next month according to Manager Arsene Wenger

Martin Jol is in discussions with Fulham regarding extending his tenure with the club until 2014

Balu Chainrai has suspended his offer to by Portsmouth, as the clubs Supporters Trust as the clubs preferred bidder

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Hearts in the SPL are in big financial trouble, although Owner Vladimir Romanov could come through with a short term fix for the club to keep them in business over the coming months

Shakhtar Donetsk forward Willian, has reiterated his desire to move to The Premier League with Chelsea

Chelsea have signed (awaiting confirmation from Chelsea website) right back Wallace from Fluminense

Charlton have signed midfielder Courtney Harris on a five-month contract

Swindon Town are set to sign Bolton right back Joe Riley on loan

Alan Pardew is keen to sign former striker Andy Carroll from Liverpool

Former Wolves and Everton forward Michael Branch has been sentenced to 7 years in jail for drugs offences.


Europa League Roundup - Thursday

Liverpool were unlucky the lose to the cash rich Russian side Anzhi Mackhachkala in this evenings Europa League. After Rodgers once again named a largely inexperienced side, they were undone by a clever finish by 6ft 8in giant Lacina Traore on the cusp of half time.

They move down to 2nd in the group after tonights defeat, and take on Swiss side Young Boys in their next fixture at Anfield.

Newcastle United came from 2-0 down in Belgium to earn a 2-2 draw with Club Bruges. The Magpies were 2-0 down in just twenty minutes, although two quick fire goals from Vurnon Anita and Shola Ameobi before half time earned Alan Pardew's side a draw who sit a point clear at the top of Group D.

Tottenham Hotspur overcame NK Maribor 3 - 1 after a hat-trick from Jermain Defoe. Hugo Lloris started in goal for Spurs and gifted a goal to the visitors by kicking the ball directly at the opposition striker who turned it in to make the score 1-1 before half time. A bright moment was at half time as an emotional Fabrice Muamba walked onto The White Hart Lane pitch to a huge round of applause after the former Bolton midfielder encountered a heart attack on the pitch earlier in the year. Spurs sit in 2nd place in the group on 6 points after 4 games.