‘I think you’ve got to let him go’ – Barton believes Everton should let Stones join Chelsea

first_imgJoey Barton believes Everton must sell John Stones to Chelsea if the defender does not want to play for the club any more – but only at the right price.Stones has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park all summer and handed in a transfer request this week to force through the transfer.And Barton, a lifelong Toffees fan, says he would prefer the club allow the England international to leave rather than keep a player who does not want to be there.“If he really wants to go and doesn’t want to play for Everton then I think you’ve got to let him go,” said Barton, who signed for Burnley on Thursday.“I’d never want a player who didn’t want to play for Everton and Everton are the type of club, with that tradition and history, that if you don’t want to play for Everton then they have to let him go and at a price that is good for them.“Do I see this happening before Tuesday? I don’t think so, not after what has been said.“It’s great to see Bill Kenwright, the board and Martinez dig their feet in and say ‘no, we want to keep this boy’. It’s refreshing to see someone stand up to these billionaires.”However, Barton sympathised with the situation the 21-year-old has found himself in and credited Stones for how he has conducted himself during the saga.“I’m very surprised because when I heard about it a couple of months ago I thought it was inevitable,” added Barton on Drivetime.“You can understand John Stones, Champions League, Mourinho, London and all those attractions but equally, he has handled himself with an enormous amount of credit.“Does he need have to play Champions League football? Does he need to challenge for titles week in week out to improve more as a player? Or does he stay at Everton and play another 100 games and then look to progress?“Obviously over the last week it has got a bit messy, I don’t know if that is down to the boy though.”last_img read more

‘Exceptional’ star pleases Arsene Wenger as Arsenal get back to winning ways

first_imgArsenal boss Arsene Wenger has praised Mesut Ozil after his showing helped them defeat Sunderland 3-1 at the Emirates.The Gunners hadn’t won either of their last two matches but managed to claim victory despite another shaky display against the Black Cats on home soil.One man who did impress was German star Ozil though, and Wenger was left to purr over his performance after the match.“He was tremendous again today and it’s just a pleasure to watch,” said the French boss.“We struggled a little bit to find our fluency at times but when the ball comes to him you know things will be more serene and technically right. He gives you hope that something will happen.“He’s an exceptional player and gave the ball for the first goal.“I believe I faced some press conferences where people were being sceptical about him but he has grown and has a real stature now.“It’s very impressive what he is doing.”last_img read more

Chelsea striker a January target for Russian side Spartak Moscow

first_img Chelsea frontman Loic Remy Chelsea striker Loic Remy is wanted by Spartak Moscow in January, claim reports in Russia.The French forward has made just 13 appearances for Jose Mourinho’s struggling team this season as he continues to play second fiddle to Diego Costa.And now, according to Izvesita, Spartak are willing to shell out £14.5million for Remy and the player is understood to be keen on a move away from Stamford Bridge.Spartak are currently seven points behind leaders and city rivals CSKA Moscow in the Russian league and are eager to mount a serious title challenge in the second half of the campaign.Remy is one of several January targets for Spartak, with Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou and Figueirense ace Clayton also on their wishlist. 1last_img

11th hour bid for Barca man? Ajax talent wanted and more LFC news

first_img 5 Liverpool are expected to be one of the busier clubs in the remaining couple of weeks of the transfer window, as manager Jurgen Klopp looks to begin to rebuild the squad in his own image.With Christian Benteke out of favour, and Daniel Sturridge still sidelined with injury, adding some additional attacking power is one of the German’s priorities, but he also has an eye on his side’s frailties at the back.And with the Reds currently eight points adrift of the top four, Klopp knows time is running out if he is to mount a genuine challenge for a Champions League place next season.So who is currently sitting at the top of his wanted list? talkSPORT takes a look… 5 Liverpool to snatch Cristian Tello from Fiorentina’s grasp? – The 24-year-old, who plays for Barcelona in Spain, is currently on loan at Porto in Portugal, but was expected to shortly complete a further loan move to Fiorentina in Italy, with a view to a permanent £6million transfer. You keeping up? But now it appears his whistle-stop tour of southern Europe could be cut short, with Tuttomercatoweb claiming the Reds have stepped in at the 11th hour in a bit to scupper the player’s move to Serie A. Watch this space… 2. Rob Green to replace Bogdan with Klopp having lost faith in current Reds back up? – Wow! The ink is barely dry on Simon Mignolet’s new five-year contract, but the Reds are already being linked with a move for a new goalkeeper. And the shock name in the frame is former England stopper Rob Green. The London club are keen to get Green off the wage bill, and the Evening Standard claim Liverpool are keen on him as number two, with Jurgen Klopp having lost faith in current back-up, Adam Bogdan. But many more Mignolet errors, and Green could swiftly be elevated to first choice. 5 1. Andre Ayew: Boyhood Liverpool fan to seal dream transfer? – Sunderland were thought to be favourites to sign the Ghana international, who joined Swansea only last summer, but it now appears Liverpool have entered the race for his signature, according to French news outlet, L’Equipe. The Swans are adamant they have no plans this month to sell the 26-year-old they signed on a free transfer from Marseille, but the lure of playing for his boyhood favourites may sway the French-born attacker to agitate for a move away from the Liberty Stadium. Anwar El-Ghazi: Ajax Talent of the Year linked with Liverpool – The 20-year-old Ajax starlet is being linked with a move to Merseyside, with the Daily Telegraph reporting that Jurgen Klopp is keen to lure the talented youngster to the Premier League. El Ghazi was named Ajax’s Talent of the Year in 2015, and they would be loathe to lose him at this early stage of his development but, with AC Milan also interested in signing the twice-capped Holland attacker, a bidding war between the pair could yet see him heading to pastures new before the end of the month. 5 5 Shane Long too expensive for the Reds? – Liverpool have had an initial approach for the Irishman rebuffed by the Saints, and the ball is now in their court for them to decide on an improved offer. It was reported the Reds were prepared to pay £8million for the 28-year-old, but the south-coast side are apparently holding out for a figure closer to £12m, despite their weekend signing of Charlie Austin from QPR. It remains to be seen whether or not the Anfield outfit view that as being a little too rich for their blood.last_img read more

Five youngsters pushing for a Man United first team place

first_img Will Keane – Click the arrow, right, to see the other under-21s pushing for a first team place – The striker was recalled from his loan spell with Preston North End on December 31, only to go straight back into the under-21 side. Keane has scored ten goals in six games since his return to Old Trafford, including five against Norwich on Monday (see his fourth below). Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial are in form but Keane should be looked to as a natural goalscoring alternative off the bench. Expect him to feature soon. Axel Tuanzebe – Tuanzebe was promoted to Manchester United’s senior team this season and certainly expect him to be putting the pressure on the first-teamers very soon. He is only 18 but is the ball-playing central defender all managers desire and has followed the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Phil Neville in winning the Jimmy Murphy Award for the best young player for the 2014/15 season. United are thin on the ground defensively with injuries so expect to see Tuanzebe more regularly around Old Trafford. 5 5 Andreas Pereira – Pereira has been a constant fixture on the Manchester United bench this season since scoring on his debut, but has rarely been given an opportunity to shine. He was convinced to sign a new deal in the summer on the promise of more first-team football and has also been denied the chance to go out on loan. He has been the under-21s’ chief playmaker this season when allowed to play and has combined expertly with Keane and Januzaj when the trio have been deployed in attack. Adnan Januzaj – Like Keane, Januzaj is another who was recalled from his loan spell, having had a difficult time at Borussia Dortmund. However, he has only featured once since his return – and that was at left-back. Van Gaal looks uncertain whether he can trust the Belgian, despite him dazzling for the under-21 side. With Memphis Depay struggling, Januzaj’s name on the teamsheet would be celebrated by the United fans. U21s: Five goals tonight for Will Keane. None better than this beauty… #mufc https://t.co/nJRsADysAW— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 8, 2016center_img Manchester United have a long, proud history of youth players graduating to the first team and that is something fans are keen to maintain.Whether it be the ‘Busby Babes’ or the ‘Class of ‘92’, the academy has been responsible for producing some of the finest players England has seen.However, one of the criticisms aimed at manager Louis van Gaal is his refusal to embrace the youth team, something that led to ‘disillusioned’ academy chief Derek Langley poised to quit after 16 years at the helm.The Red Devils’ under-21 side is second in the league under Warren Joyce and recently demolished Norwich 7-0 (see the pick of the goals below).Players such as Paddy McNair, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Guillermo Varela and Tyler Blackett have all had first-team spells under the Dutchman but who are the others pushing for a place?talkSPORT looks at the main contenders to stake a claim for a permanent place in United’s starting XI. 5 5 5 James Weir – Like Tuanzebe, Weir was thrust into the first-team picture by Van Gaal when he was named on the bench for the game against Newcastle earlier in the season. He operates as an attacking midfielder but is fairly versatile, having played on the wing, as a box-to-box midfielder and at full-back. With the likes of Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger unable to play every game, and Marouane Fellaini far from convincing, the 20-year-old will be pushing for his debut sooner rather than later.last_img read more

Joey Barton: BOARD to blame if Man City fail to win silverware this season

first_imgFormer Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton has told talkSPORT the club’s board, not the players or manager, will be to blame if the team fail to bring home any silverware this season.Outgoing boss Manuel Pellegrini will be desperate to end his tenure on a high before he is replaced at the Etihad Stadium hotseat by Pep Guardiola in the summer.Until last weekend the Blues were fighting on four fronts, with their FA Cup fifth round exit at the hands of Chelsea leaving their hopes on the Premier League, Champions League and the final of the League Cup – where they face Liverpool at Wembley on Sunday.City boosted their chances of European progression with a 3-1 victory at Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of their last-16 tie, but Barton believes Champions League glory will be a dream until two-time winning coach Guardiola takes charge.And with the side also a way behind in the Premier League title race, the opinion-splitting ex-City man believes the team have definitely been distracted by the club’s decision to announce Guardiola’s appointment midway through a campaign.Speaking on Drivetime, Barton said: “No, I don’t think City will win the Champions League this season. But I think in the near future, with the appointment of Guardiola and the team he is capable of building, winning the Champions League would be a definite possibility.“I do expect them to progress [into the quarter-finals this season]. They’ve got a very nice draw, as favourable as a draw you can get at this stage of the competition, but you’d expect that if they run into an elite level team like Bayern Munich or Barcelona that they’ll probably just come up short.“It’s a tough season for Manchester City, they’ve got a scrap on to get back in the title race and it’s a strange period for them. I don’t know what it would be like to be in the dressing room knowing that the manager’s about to leave. “It certainly can’t be the optimum of circumstances for you to get everything you need to get out of the players to challenge on four, now three, fronts. You do worry for them.“I’m a huge fan of Manuel Pellegrini, I think he handles himself in times of adversity with real dignity and class, and this will be difficult for him and it MUST affect morale in the dressing room.“Guardiola is going to come and you’re going to have players in the team who aren’t going to be in his plans just because they don’t seem to fit the way he wants the game played.“So those players will have the fear and survival mode on full alert and won’t be 100 per cent focussed on the football.“That’s not a situation created by the manager or the players, it’s a situation created by people in the board room, the people who make the decisions at the club.“If they do suffer…they were challenging for four trophies at one stage and if they do not manage to convert any of those opportunities it will be very easy to point fingers and lay the blame all over the place.“It’s just a bit of a mess for what is now one of Britain’s so-called bigger clubs.”last_img read more

S. Whittier board candidates say it’s time for a change

first_imgStys said part of the problem comes from restrictions in the No Child Left Behind Act. She said state officials are anticipating that by 2014, every district in the state will be in program improvement “because of the way the law is written. “We’re all working hard to work our way out of it, and we have some plans to do that,” Stys said. “But it takes time.” Tafoya, whose three children attend South Whittier schools, said he believes the board hasn’t been very responsive to the community. “The honest reason why I’m running is for my children, plain and simple,” Tafoya said. “I’m an average individual with education, and I have children who need my support. “And there are children in this community who need an advocate’s voice – and honestly, I haven’t seen any changes like that in the past few years.” The forum was organized by the Whittier League of Women Voters. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH WHITTIER – With a new slew of administrators in place, the South Whittier School District is on the cusp of a new era, four school board candidates said Wednesday during a debate at Graves Middle School. Although only two seats are up for grabs in the Nov. 6 elections, all four board hopefuls told about 40 audience members at a candidates’ forum that they are the ones who should help usher in that change. The candidates are longtime incumbent Sharon Stys, 58, current board President Jan Baird, 54, and two challengers – parents Ivan Tafoya, 36, and Josue Alvarado, 26. They were quizzed by audience members on topics like the controversial No Child Left Behind Act, failing schools, top campaign contributors and combating gang activity. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“I know many of you think I have no experience under my belt, but the fact is I was very involved at Rio Hondo (College) in the three years I was there,” said Alvarado, who has sole custody of his 6-year-old son. “It’s through parent involvement that children’s learning is stimulated,” he said. “Most parents leave it to the mother, but as a father, I want my son to see how important it is to his father – it’s so important that I’m trying my best to make sure responsible decisions are being made not just for him, but the entire district.” Baird, who was appointed to her seat four years ago, said the hiring of new Superintendent Erich Kwek and a new team of administrators means the district is “ready to take action.” Of particular note is the fact that five of the district’s schools have been given a “program improvement” designation for failing to meet annual testing targets. “The fact that Graves (Middle) is in its fourth year of program improvement is a major concern for me,” Baird said. “But we’re deciding on a course of action and there are some drastic changes that could happen here that I believe will pull us out of this.” last_img read more

Britney, Kevin Federline back in court

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Each parent will have a day with the boys this weekend, Kaplan said during a short news conference. As Spears attempted to regain custody of her children, her mother, Lynne Spears, announced plans to write a book about raising her family in the glare of the media spotlight. Britney Spears arrived in court giggling Friday but was later heard swearing during a break in a closed hearing that ended with no decision on her bid for shared custody of her two young sons with Kevin Federline. Lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan said the court was expected to issue a written ruling by Tuesday after extensive testimony was presented on a number of issues. Spears did not comment after the hearing. Earlier, she uttered an epithet when a reporter asked how the proceedings were going. Attorney Sorrell Trope, who represents Spears, said “something has changed, but I can’t say what.” He said Spears was pleased, but he declined further comment. last_img read more

SACKED BUNCRANA WORKERS IN LEGAL FIGHT OVER STATUS

first_imgALMOST 30 workers fired from their jobs with an initial offer of less than €2k each as an initial pay-off are set to challenge the legality of the move.AssetCo employees say they now have documents which show they were employed directed by a London company and a bid to have them laid off without proper payment is “illegitimate.”The Lisfannon-based workers had provided 24/7 call centre support to the London Fire Brigade for six years until it closed two weeks ago. The money offered was later withdrawn, say former staff members and so far they have received nothing.Sacked worker Oliver O’Donnell said: “The administrators have been instructed by London Fire Brigade to offer the 29 employees, personally, in writing £55k to be shared between them for vital financial documentation, IT data, Payroll/HR data, and most importantly the methods which were used to manage the 24/7 Fire desk control centre which will then be presumably given to the third party to assist them in the operating of the London Fire PFI Contract.“This payment will not in any way recognise the employment status of ROI employees as AssetCo London Ltd employees. ROI employees are willing to assist LFB and the third party if their employment rights are recognised.“The UK based contractual employees of Assetco London Ltd are still in employment in London having their continued employment transferred to the new third party responsible for the operation of the London Fire PFI Contract. “Donegal employees operated 24/7 call centre from which calls were received directly from London Fire Brigade station in relation to maintenance and repairs of London Fleet of vehicles and equipment.“Over the past 18 months ROI based employees have been paid directly from AssetCo London Ltd (Premier FireServe Ltd) bank account.“Documentation is available, which the ROI Employees believe, clearly demonstrate that they are in effect AssetCo London Limited (now known as Premier FireServe Limited) employees and thus when the London Fire PFI contract was novated to the third party the employment rights of the ROI employees should have been novated as well.“ROI employees have been denied right to their salary, consultation period, notice pay, redundancy and most importantly their jobs.” SACKED BUNCRANA WORKERS IN LEGAL FIGHT OVER STATUS was last modified: November 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:SACKED BUNCRANA WORKERS IN LEGAL FIGHT OVER STATUSlast_img read more

Strachan: Scotland players should be proud after victory in Prague

first_img Gordon Strachan named ten uncapped players over two squads for the matches in Prague and against Denmark 1 Gordon Strachan told his Scotland players they should all be proud of themselves following their battling 1-0 friendly win over the Czech Republic at the Generali Arena.The national team boss named ten uncapped players over two squads for the challenge matches in Prague and against Denmark at Hampden Park next Tuesday night, as he looks to build towards the 2018 World Cup qualifiers which begin later in the year.Midfielder Kenny McLean started for the first time as Ikechi Anya’s goal after ten minutes was ultimately enough to secure the win, and forward Tony Watt and defender Paul Caddis came on late in the game to make their debuts.The visitors had to survive a first-half battering as the home side fought ferociously with pace and power in their bid to draw level, but Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor was in inspired form with a string of saves and his defence helped out after the break to hold out for the morale-boosting win.Strachan said: “There was a lot of players not here you would have expected to be here.“It was a bit of a gamble when you come to places like this when you don’t have a full squad, but the group made it a good night and they can all be proud of what they done, even the ones who didn’t get on.“They had to work hard. They did a double session the other day because we are not a great side but we can turn ourselves into a decent side by working hard. It was good for them.“They keep learning and it was great learning from the first half to the second half, about how small things can change a game.”Asked about Fulham forward Ross McCormack, back for the first time in two years and originally left out of the squad until an injury to Steven Naismith, Strachan sidestepped the individual to stress the collective.The former Celtic boss said: “As I keep saying, the whole squad did themselves favours tonight.“We improved dramatically in the second half.“I don’t think anyone needs to worry about their performance, especially in the second half.”last_img read more