Richardson linked with Accrington exit

The future of Accrington Stanley boss Leam Richardson has been thrown into doubt today amid reports he may quit the club, reports the Lancashire Telegraph. 33-year old player-manager Richardson, who was only appointed full-time boss at the Store First Stadium in November, is believed to be considering his position at the club despite guiding Stanley to safety this season. It is understood that Richardson could link up again with former Stanley boss Paul Cook at Chesterfield, who yesterday let four members of his backroom staff leave the club. Assistant Manager…

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Hughes to make Hartlepool contract decisions

Hartlepool manager John Hughes has begun the process of deciding which player will be offered contracts for next season, reports BBC Sport. Pools were relegated from League One this season after a disappointing campaign at Victoria Park. As a result of that poor start Neale Cooper left the club in October 2012, and was replaced by former Falkirk and Hibernian manager John Hughes. Unfortunately the damage had already been done and the Monkey Hangers never looked like getting out of the League One relegation zone. But an encouraging finish saw…

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Is Bale’s time up at White Hart Lane?

For the past couple of seasons, he’s been at the heart of everything that Tottenham have done right, and his impressive goal haul this campaign has helped him to win the coveted PFA Player of the Year award. It’s safe to say that without Gareth Bale, Tottenham can look pretty ordinary, but as his stock rises, does the likelihood of his departure?. Spurs are currently in a hotly-contested race to qualify for next season’s Champions League along with London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea and with Bale returning from injury, it…

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Jones wants to score more Man Utd goals

Manchester United defender Phil Jones says he aims to score more goals for the club, according to Sky Sports. The England international missed two glaring opportunities for United against Arsenal on Sunday, and found the net just twice in 107 matches for previous club Blackburn Rovers. But the 21-year-old is keen to improve on the goal scoring side of his game as he enjoys an extended run in Sir Alex Ferguson’s starting XI. Jones said: “The first one [chance against Arsenal] was easier, I think I should have put that…

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Havelange steps down after FIFA ethics probe

Joao Havelange has stepped down as honorary president of FIFA after it was revealed that he had received bribe money, according to Sky Sports. The world governing body’s ethics committee singled out the Brazilian as having received cash for favours – along with executive committee members Ricardo Teixeira and Nicolas Leoz, who have already resigned from FIFA. But president Sepp Blatter’s conduct was not called into question, with FIFA Adjudicatory Chamber chairman Hans-Joachim Eckert simply labelling his handling of the case as “clumsy”. Blatter said: “I also note with satisfaction…

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Rodgers keen to play down hype around Liverpool starlet Coutinho

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes that too much could be expected of Phillipe Coutinho, says ESPN.co.uk. The Brazilian playmaker has settled well into Premier League football since his January move from Inter Milan and set up two goals in the 6-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday evening. But the Reds boss is wary of piling too much expectation on the 20-year-old as he begins his Anfield career. Rodgers said: “We build up players in the country and put them on a pedestal and then quickly nail them down. He’s…

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Di Canio apolgises for Sunderland horror show at Aston Villa

Paolo Di Canio has issued an apology to Sunderland fans after his side’s crushing 6-1 defeat at relegation rivals Aston Villa on Monday night, according to The Guardian. Christian Benteke’s hat-trick helped Villa move level on points with Di Canio’s side – who had Stephane Sessegnon sent off in the second-half – in the Premier League table. And the Black Cats boss branded the Villa Park loss as “humiliating”, going over to the visiting supporters at the final whistle to hold his hands up to his team’s lacklustre performance. Di…

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Lampard prepared for testing week with Chelsea

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is ready for a testing week, as the Blues’ marathon season reaches its crunch point. Sunday’s comfortable 2-0 victory over Swansea at Stamford Bridge put Rafael Benitez’s side back into third spot, and into pole position to clinch one of the remaining two spots on offer for Champions League qualification next season. Lampard scored in that match, and he prefers pressure games to dead rubbers at the end of the season. As quoted in the Daily Mirror, the England midfielder said: “I think it’s good for…

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Liverpool stalwart Carragher to join Sky Sports team

Sky Sports have announced their own new signing for next season, with retiring Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher joining the team of the Premier League broadcaster for 2013/14. Carragher is retiring from football next month, and will be swapping his football boots at Anfield for the Sky studios across the country. The 35-year-old will join Gary Neville, Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Souness on the punditry team next season, and will be a regular on both Super Sunday and Monday Night Football. He has previous punditry experience, having been part of the…

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Evra believes van Persie deserved better treatment on Arsenal return

Patrice Evra believes Robin van Persie deserved better treatment from Arsenal fans on his first return to the Emirates Stadium, reports the Daily Telegraph. The Dutchman returned to north London at the weekend, and almost entered the wrong dressing room on his arrival at the ground, before converting his 25th Premier League goal of the season from the penalty spot. The 1-1 draw at Arsenal ended the Red Devils’ hopes of beating Chelsea’s all-time Premier League points record in a single season. However, van Persie has won his first title,…

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Man City striker Tevez dismisses Boca reports

Despite rumours of being part of a Roberto Mancini cull of his playing squad, Carlos Tevez seems content to stay at Manchester City, ESPN has learned. The 29-year-old has admitted he would love to finish his playing career in his native homeland of Argentina, preferably with the club at which he started his professional career, Boca Juniors. However, the former Corinthians and Manchester United striker doesn’t feel his market value will enable a successful bid from Boca in the summer. He has hinted at returning to South America when he…

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Webb and Bernstein appointed to FIFA anti-racism board

Eurosport understands FIFA’s new anti-racism and discrimination task force has been set-up, with familiar English faces on the board. David Bernstein and Howard Webb are on the 12-man governing body, and will be part of the first meeting of the new group which will take place in Zurich next week. Webb is one of England’s top referees, and was in charge of both the Champions League final and World Cup final in 2010. Bernstein is the current chairman of the FA, and has overseen suspensions for the likes of Luis…

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Borini believes he can fill gap at Liverpool left by Suarez ban

Fabio Borini hopes to prove he can cover for Luis Suarez at Liverpool while the Uruguay striker sits out his 10-game ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, Sky Sports has reported. Borini has had an injury-hit first season at Anfield, only recently returning from more than two months on the sidelines with a dislocated shoulder but he marked his comeback with a goal in the 6-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday evening. It was the Italian’s first Premier League goal and he intends to use it as a springboard…

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FA board could veto England comeback for Chelsea captain Terry

John Terry may have revealed he was open to returning to the England set-up under manager Roy Hodgson but the Football Association could prevent the Chelsea captain returning to the international fold, the Daily Mail has reported. The FA’s Club England board could overrule Hodgson if he named Terry among his next squad, the newspaper claims, with end-of-season friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil to come next month. If Hodgson wanted to include Terry, however, he would have to seek approval from his superiors – FA general secretary…

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Man City line up signing of defender Novaretti

Manchester City have already started their summer transfer business, according to the Daily Mirror, by moving for the free transfer signing of Argentine defender Diego Novaretti, currently of Mexican outfit Tolouca. The 27-year-old is said to have agreed a switch to the Premier League once his current contract expires this summer, reports in Italy have claimed. Novaretti began his career in the second division of Argentinean football, with Belgrano, and attracted attention from across South America thanks to his performances at the club. However, he left in controversial circumstances, walking…

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West Ham keen on cut-price deal for Everton’s Jelavic

West Ham could tempt Everton into selling misfiring striker Nikica Jelavic as Sam Allardyce seeks a cheaper alternative to on-loan Liverpool centre-forward Andy Carroll, the Daily Mirror has reported. The Hammers tried to buy Jelavic from Rangers before he moved to Goodison Park in January 2012, but following a storming start to his career on Merseyside – with 11 goals in 16 games in the second half of last season – Jelavic has struggled to hit the target in this campaign, scoring only once in his last 18 appearances and…

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QPR owner Fernandes criticises players’ attitude after Premier League relegation

Tony Fernandes, owner of Queens Park Rangers, has accused the club’s players of only being in it for the money after relegation from the Premier League was confirmed, the Daily Telegraph has reported. The newspaper adds that Fernandes did not hold back in his criticism, laying in to the highly-paid QPR squad for a season of under-performance that has seen the R’s succumb to the drop with three games to go. Rangers were relegated along with Reading on Sunday after a goalless draw between the sides left them unable to…

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Tottenham hope to beat Liverpool to Ince signing

Tottenham Hotspur are keen to sign Blackpool winger Thomas Ince from under the noses of long-term suitors Liverpool, the Daily Mirror has reported. The newspaper claims that Spurs want competition and cover for Aaron Lennon, who has endured an injury-hit campaign, and left Tottenham short in wide areas during his long absences. Ince is capable of playing on either flank and would cost £6.5m for whichever club wins the fight for his signature. Liverpool attempted to re-sign Ince in the January transfer window but could not agree a fee with…

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Man City owner expected to set up MLS franchise in New York

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan, the owner of deposed Premier League champions Manchester City, is expected to be named next month as the winner of the licence to set up a new Major League Soccer franchise in New York City, the Daily Telegraph has reported. The team is to be known as New York City FC and will provide the existing side in the area, New York Red Bulls, home to Tim Cahill and Thierry Henry, with local competition. A stadium has not yet been constructed for the new…

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Aston Villa boss Lambert hails hat-trick hero Benteke

Paul Lambert has lavished praise on Christian Benteke after the Aston Villa striker scored a hat-trick in a 6-1 win over Sunderland that boosts the club’s hopes of securing their Premier League status, BBC Sport has reported. The treble took Benteke to 22 goals in all competitions this season, his first in English football, and moved Villa five points clear of Wigan Athletic, who occupy the final relegation place after both Queens Park Rangers and Reading succumbed to the drop on Sunday. The Latics do however have a game in…

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Paris Saint-Germain confident of snapping up Arsenal boss Wenger

Paris Saint-Germain believe Arsene Wenger will agree to leave Arsenal and move to Ligue 1 at the end of the season to replace Carlo Ancelotti, the Daily Telegraph has reported. The newspaper adds that members of the PSG hierarchy have confirmed privately that Wenger has agreed to take the position, bringing an end to his 17-year tenure at the Gunners that has seen the club claim three Premier League titles and four FA Cups and reach the Champions League final in 2006. Wenger personally has been named Premier League Manager…

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Hewitt must take his opportunity says Ipswich skipper

Ipswich Town captain Carlos Edwards has said that young full-back Elliot Hewitt must seize his opportunities when starting in the first team, according to the eadt.co.uk website. The 18-year-old made only his second league start of the season for the Blues in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Birmingham which mathematically assured Championship football for Mick McCarthy’s team next season. Hewitt joined Ipswich from League Two side Macclesfield where he spent two seasons. And, despite finding starting chances difficult to come by at Portman Road, especially with the presence of loanee Richard…

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Schmeichel disappointed after Watford defeat

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has admitted to This Is Leicestershire that Friday’s 2-1 home defeat to Watford is a big blow to their dwindling promotion hopes. The loss left City two points behind Nottingham Forest and sixth-place Bolton meaning that their play-off hopes now lie out of their own hands, even if they pick up a victory at Notts Forest on Saturday. And, with Bolton only picking up a point at Cardiff, Schmeichel knows it was an opportunity lost. “This was a big opportunity missed,” admitted the son of…

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Ward keen on permanent Nottingham Forest move

On-loan defender Elliot Ward says he would relish a permanent move to Nottingham Forest, but is fully focused upon helping the club’s promotion push going into the closing stages of the Championship season, reports This Is Nottingham. The 28-year-old has played much of the season at The City Ground in two separate loan spells from Premier League club Norwich City, being unable to feature for Chris Hughton this season. But the London-born defender has been enjoying life under Forest manager Billy Davies, who arrived at the club in February. “I…

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Arsenal target Victor Valdes to stay at Barcelona

Arsenal’s summer transfer plans have already been dealt a blow, after it was revealed that target, FC Barcelona goalkeeper, Victor Valdes is unlikely to be sold this summer. Valdes has publically declared his intentions to leave the Camp Nou after making just shy of 600 appearances for the team over the last decade, and he has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League after speaking to Four Four Two about his admiration of English football. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s search for a new goalkeeper is well publicised…

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