Swansea to reflect on Monk’s time in charge ahead of managerial decision

Swansea City are set to “reflect” on Garry Monk’s spell as manager so far before making a decision on the former defender’s future at the club, reports South Wales Evening Post. The interim player-manager, who has made 226 appearances at the Welsh outfit so far, earlier this week urged the board to clarify his future in the position. Chairman Huw Jenkins has now stated that the two will attend a meeting before deciding whether Monk should take the role on a permanent basis. “Over the next couple of weeks we…

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Carragher: Fans can’t complain about Chelsea tactics

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says Liverpool fans shouldn’t moan about the tactics used by Chelsea in the league clash on Sunday, Sky Sports News has reported. Liverpool were beaten 2-0 on Sunday thanks to goals from Demba Ba and Willian, with manager Brendan Rodgers joking that Mourinho’s side had ‘two buses parked’ throughout the game. But speaking on Monday Night Football, ex-Reds defender Carragher said supporters can’t complain because his former club have played exactly the same way in the past. “I’ve done it playing for Liverpool. I remember…

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Liverpool set to rekindle interest in Southampton star Lallana

Liverpool could be set to reinstate their interest in Southampton and England star Adam Lallana, according to The Telegraph. Liverpool are looking to strengthen their squad ahead of their return to Champions League football next season, and Lallana is thought to be wanted at Anfield in order to fit in the spot behind the SAS squad – Suarez and Sturridge – in the north west next season. Lallana has been at Southampton for almost 14 years now, but his impressive form this season has seen him reach the senior England…

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West Ham interested in Sunderland defender Bardsley

West Ham are interested in Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley, according to The Sunderland Echo. Bardsley has proven one of the most popular figures at the Stadium of Light during his time in the north east, but is expected to leave the Black Cats in the summer regardless of whether or not the Wearsiders keep their top flight status. That news has put the Hammers on alert, with boss Sam Allardyce keen to sign the former Man Utd youngster. Bardsley is out of contract in the summer, along with seven other…

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Mata: Man Utd fans deserved win

Juan Mata believes that Man Utd’s 4-0 win over Norwich in Ryan Giggs’ first game as manager was a result that the fans deserved, as he writes the latest edition of his weekly blog for ManUtd.com. The win marked the Red Devils’ third in four games, and ensured a resounding triumph in Giggs’ managerial debut after taking over on an interim basis from former boss David Moyes. The result matched the outcome in last season’s Old Trafford fixture, as well as when the two met in the Capital One Cup…

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Arsenal star Walcott set to miss start of next season

Arsenal star Theo Walcott looks set to remain out of action until beyond the start of next season, according to The Independent. The former Southampton player suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Gunners’ FA Cup Third Round clash with north London rivals Tottenham back in January. Walcott missed the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after being controversially excluded from then-boss Fabio Capello’s final squad, and has already been ruled out of England’s World Cup campaign in Brazil this summer as well. The 25-year-old…

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Jerome and Kightly set to leave Stoke

Stoke City are set to offload striker Cameron Jerome and winger Michael Kightly when they return from loan spells this summer, according to the Stoke Sentinel. The East Midlands club hope that their departure, as well as Matthew Etherington’s, can remove at least £100,000 of their weekly wage bill, as they look to make some new signings for next season. Jerome has spent the season on loan at Crystal Palace under Tony Pulis, his former manager at the Britannia Stadium. In that time, he has scored two goals in 30…

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Oxlade-Chamberlain could miss FA Cup final

Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a slight doubt for the FA Cup final after manager Arsene Wenger revealed he has an inflammation of the groin, the Independent has reported. Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has scored three goals in 20 appearances for Arsenal this season, watched Monday’s 3-0 win over Newcastle United from the stands, and after the game Wenger admitted that he is unlikely to feature in either of their two remaining Premier League games, but should be fit for the World Cup. He said: “He [Oxlade-Chamberlain] has an inflammation of his…

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Liverpool target Southampton captain Lallana

Liverpool have identified Southampton Adam Lallana as one of their major transfer targets for this summer, where they hope to add strength and depth to their squad, according to the Daily Telegraph. Lallana, who has spent his entire career at Southampton barring loan spells, has been the subject of considerable speculation throughout this season, with many rumours linking him with a move to Manchester United along with highly-rated Saints teammate Luke Shaw. The 25-year-old is now seen by many as one of England’s top midfielders and highly likely to go…

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Wenger praises Arsenal spirit after win

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised the spirit his side have demonstrated after they moved to within touching distance of another season of Champions League football with a 3-0 victory over Newcastle United, writes Sky Sports. There were few chances early on at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal looked to capitalise on Everton’s defeat to Southampton on Saturday, but the Gunners did take the lead on 26 minutes when Laurent Koscielny touched in from close range following a free-kick. That breakthrough settled Arsenal and they were comfortable from then on,…

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Man City breach FFP rules

It has been confirmed by UEFA that Manchester City, along with several other European clubs, have been found guilty of breaching its rules on Financial Fair Play (FFP), according to ITV Sport. The rules on FFP state that no club in Europe should make losses of more than €45m over a two-year period, while the sanctions for a breach could range from a fine to squad restrictions in European competitions, although expulsion from any competition is an unlikely outcome. Paris St.Germain, who have spent big in recent seasons to help…

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Everton defender Baines to be fit for Man City clash

Everton have been handed a boost ahead of Saturday’s game against Manchester City with the news that left-back Leighton Baines is winning his race to be fit to start, the Liverpool Echo has reported. Baines was taken off towards the end of Saturday’s 2-0 defeat away to Southampton after picking up a knock to his knee, but the club say that he is likely to be fit to face the title hopefuls after responding well to treatment. An Everton statement read: “Leighton Baines is set to be fit for this…

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Mourinho to contest FA misconduct charge

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has denied an FA charge of misconduct relating to his comments which followed his side’s recent 2-1 home defeat to Sunderland, BBC Sport has reported. The game, which took place on April 19, saw Chelsea lose to a late Fabio Borini penalty, and afterwards Mourinho offered his ‘congratulations’ to referee Mike Dean as well as Mike Riley, currently head of the Professional Games Match Officials Board. He said: “Congratulations to Mike Riley, because he’s the referees’ boss. What they are doing during the whole season is…

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Man United keeping manager options open

Manchester United are considering other candidates to succeed David Moyes as manager despite Louis van Gaal being the favourite to take over, according to Sky Sports. Following David Moyes sacking last week, the Manchester club have held positive talks with Dutchman Louis van Gaal who will be coaching the Netherlands at the World Cup. The 62-year-old will step down after the World Cup this summer and has been strongly linked with Tottenham and Manchester United but the Red Devils are still considering other candidates. Despite not being confirmed, it is…

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Pulis to field strongest side against Liverpool

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis has stated that he will field his strongest side when his team face title chasers Liverpool next week, Sky Sports reports. Now that Crystal Palace look to be secure in their bid for Premier League survival, it was thought that a younger side would be fielded for the rest of the season. Although Pulis has assured title rivals Manchester City and Chelsea that he will be picking a strong team against League leaders Liverpool. “I think it’s my responsibility to pick the strongest team, and…

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Zabaleta: City can handle pressure

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has said that he believe his side can handle the pressure on his team as they prepare for a close finish for the Premier League title, Sky Sports reports. League leaders Liverpool were stunned 2-0 by Chelsea on Sunday in a result which once again blew the title race wide open and allowed City back into the fray. The Sky Blues now trail the top by three points and are just a point behind second placed Chelsea with a game in hand on both sides,…

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Keane rules out Man United return

Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane has ruled out a return to the club as part of the management team, according to Sky Sports. The 42-year-old is currently the Republic of Ireland assistant manager but has been linked with a return to a key role on the Manchester United staff. Louis van Gaal is currently the favourite to succeed David Moyes at Old Trafford but Keane has already ruled himself out of the running despite admitted he would like a return to management. “People keep asking me, ironically, about other…

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Walcott won’t rush comeback

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has insisted that he will not rush himself back from a serious knee injury he suffered in January, according to Sky Sports. The 25-year-old ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the FA Cup third round and was stretchered off, ending his season and World Cup hopes. The Arsenal forward has stated that he will only return when fully fit and may even miss the start of next season. “I am not pushing myself to be fit for the World Cup or anything like that,” said Walcott.…

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Olic flattered by Stoke interest

Wolfsburg striker Ivica Olic has said that he is ‘very proud’ to have drawn interest from Stoke but insists he is happy in Germany, Sky Sports reports. Stoke made no secret of wanting to bring the Croatia international to the Brittania and the heavy interest caused the forward to consider his long-term future at his current club. Despite opting to stay with Wolfsburg by signing a contract extension, Olic has thanked Stoke for their admiration of his ability. “I have spent a lot of time weighing up both offers. I…

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Howard: The ‘real’ Everton will face City

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has claimed that the ‘real’ Everton will return for their match with Manchester City on Saturday, Evertonfc.com reports. The Toffees need just a point to confirm European football for the club next season but the race for Champions League football is still on. Howard believes the Blues showed an ‘uncharacteristic’ performance when they lost 2-0 to Southampton last weekend and is now ready to welcome City to Goodison Park for the penultimate game of the season. “Those games take care of themselves,” said Howard. “It will…

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Lindegaard: Giggs can be Man Utd’s Guardiola

Anders Lindegaard has praised Ryan Giggs for his early work as interim Manchester United manager and suggested the former Wales international could emulate Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, according to the Daily Telegraph. Lindegaard has written a column for a Danish betting website in which he revealed the effect of Giggs’ team talk prior to United’s 4-0 win over Norwich City on Saturday. Lindegaard added that Giggs has long had the authority of a manager. “Ryan Giggs has always held a kind of professional distance to his teammates,” Lindegaard said. “He…

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Allardyce’s future in doubt at West Ham

Sam Allardyce could be on his way out at West Ham after one of the club’s owners declined to offer his support to the manager, ESPN has reported. West Ham fans have grown disgruntled with Allardyce and sang anti-Allardyce songs during the Hammers’ 1-0 defeat against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. It was West Ham’s fourth straight defeat and with two games to play the London club are five points clear of the bottom three. “I am not saying anything now,” co-owner David Sullivan is quoted as saying. “We’ll discuss…

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Ramsey praise for Liverpool’s Suarez

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has praised PFA Player of the Year Luis Suarez after the Liverpool striker won the award on Sunday, Sky Sports has reported. Ramsey was nominated for the Young Player of the Year award but lost out to Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, while Suarez took the senior prize having also been nominated last year. “His quality is there for everybody to see,” Ramsey said of Suarez. “He’s just a magnificent player. “When you think he missed the first five or so games of the season and to score…

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Championship Analysis – Home not where the heart for Birmingham

Birmingham’s winless run at St Andrew’s stretched to 17 matches after a 3-1 defeat to Leeds. It was a result that saw the Midlands club dragged into the Championship’s bottom three on the penultimate weekend of the season as the relegation scrap reaches boiling point. Yeovil’s brave resistance ended on Friday at Brighton, while Barnsley’s defeat at Middlesbrough also condemned the Tykes to League One football next season, but Birmingham are one of five clubs – separated by three points – that could yet fill the third relegation slot. The…

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