Victor Valdes 1 Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes is eyeing up a move to Fenerbahce.The former Barcelona man has been left in the wilderness at Old Trafford after falling out with Louis van Gaal.talkSPORT told you last week that Sevilla were close to signing Valdes but pulled out of the move at the last minute under the orders of manager Unai Emery.And now, according to Catalan newspaper Sport, Fenerbahce could be tempted to sign the 33-year-old but may face competition from city rivals Galatasaray.Should Valdes decide to join Fenerbahce, he will join up with former United stars Robin van Persie and Nani.
With Wayne Rooney out for the foreseeable future, Man United manager Louis van Gaal opted to start £36million acquisition Anthony Martial against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League.The match was lost 2-1 as Hector Moreno and Luciano Narsingh saw the Dutch side come from behind after Memphis Depay’s opener, but how did Martial do on his full debut?One eagle-eyed fan took the time to record his highlights and by all accounts he looked pretty handy.The 19-year-old’s pace and power is evident. He’s strong but also, while dribbling, exudes an elegance, which belies his muscular frame.He could perhaps do with some work on his first touch and his aerial ability but his work-rate proved an excellent asset, too.You can see the French forward’s display above…
1 Marinus Dijkhuizen has been sacked as head coach of Brentford, with Lee Carsley placed in charge for the rest of the season.The Dutchman was only appointed the summer, replacing Mark Warburton in a controversial restructuring of the club.Warburton had enjoyed a highly successful period at Griffin Park, leading the Bees to promotion from League One and into the Championship play-offs last season.But he departed at the end of campaign after being involved in a disagreement with owner Matthew Benham over the future direction of the club.With Benham keen on the use of mathematical modelling and statistics, Dijkhuizen was seen as the ideal ‘innovative’ coach to succeed Warburton.But after a difficult start to the season, Benham has already lost faith in the 43-year-old.Brentford have won just two of their eight league games this season – and been dumped out of the League Cup by Oxford – and Saturday’s defeat at home to Sheffield Wednesday left them 19th in the Championship table.That proved the end for Dijkhuizen and his assistant Roy Hendriksen, who were told of their departures at a meeting on Monday morning.Development coach Carsley was immediately placed in temporary charge of first-team affairs for the remainder of the season.The former Everton midfielder will lead the team for the first time for Tuesday’s Championship visit of Birmingham.A Brentford statement read: “Brentford Football Club can confirm that the Club, Head Coach Marinus Dijkhuizen and his assistant, Roy Hendriksen, have parted company.“The Club would like to put on record its thanks to Marinus and Roy for all their efforts during their time at Griffin Park.“Lee Carsley has been promoted to Head Coach until the end of the season when the position will be reviewed.“Lee has vast experience of the English game and has hugely impressed with his work with the Club’s Development Squad. He will be assisted by Paul Williams.”
Arsene Wenger shouldered the blame for Arsenal’s embarrassing League Cup exit at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday, saying he brought too many senior players to the clash.The Gunners were blown away by the Championship side, who were worthy victors as goals from Ross Wallace, Lucas Joao and Sam Hutchinson sealed a brilliant 3-0 home win on Tuesday night.Having never won the competition, Wenger’s 19-year wait for a League Cup trophy goes on, but their defeat came at an even bigger cost.Already injury-hampered Arsenal lost England internationals Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott to injuries in the first 20 minutes, with the pair set for scans on muscle injuries in the next 48 hours.The duo were a part of an experienced side at Hillsborough, with Petr Cech, Per Mertesacker, Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud all named in the starting XI and the boss was left to rue his selection.“I have to manage the workload of the players and at the end of the day I still think I maybe brought too many experienced players here,” he said.“We lost two players and after that I had Gabriel [Paulista] and [Nacho] Monreal on the bench but I couldn’t bring them on because I couldn’t afford to lose any more players.“I am concerned, we have a big game on Saturday [against Swansea], we have Bayern in the Champions League coming up, already now we are short.“To lose two players tonight is damaging for us, two offensive players. Ideally we would have loved to win, but with the squad we have got now, we cannot keep in all the competitions.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger 1
Jurgen Klopp 1 Jurgen Klopp has called on his Liverpool players to show greater consistency ahead of the midweek trip to Sunderland.Results have been mixed since Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers at Anfield, with the German overseeing four victories, three draws and three defeats.The 1-0 win over Leicester on Boxing Day was the club’s first in four Premier League games and came directly after a woeful 3-0 defeat at Watford.Sunderland will provide Liverpool’s next test at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday and Klopp wants the game to represent the start of a consistent run of form.“There’s no doubt about the individual quality of the players, there’s no doubt about the character,” he said.“What we have to create is a stable level of performance, that’s what we have to work on.“Now the next station is Sunderland and we have to go there and be concentrated from the first second, like we were against Leicester.“(It was) a really good start in that game – I was happy about this – and now we have to do it again.“That’s the thing. If we do this, then we can get results in a row. But it’s no presents, we have to work for it.”Klopp, whose side are 10th in the table, has emphasised the importance of securing three points against Sunderland rather than trying to “show how football should be”.And he is confident his men will take the right mental approach as they face a side currently struggling in second-bottom place.“Now we have to play against Sunderland and we don’t want to go there and show how football should be,” Klopp said.“We’ll go there and want to win – that’s what we have to show.“There’s no reason to doubt the mentality of the team (or worry) that they’ll maybe think ‘it’s only Sunderland’ or anything like that. How I know them, nobody in the team is like this.“We want to improve our situation, we want to develop, and we want to get more points in this very, very important moment in the league, the end of December, January. There are so many points in the end of December and January.“It’s unbelievable and you should take every one you can.”Liverpool are likely to be without striker Divock Origi for Wednesday’s match.Klopp has admitted it would take a ”miracle” for Origi to recover from the hamstring injury he suffered during the Leicester contest and he is expected to join frontman Daniel Sturridge on the sidelines as he works his way back to match fitness from a similar problem.Jordon Ibe has returned to training after illness and a late decision will be taken on his involvement, but fellow midfielder James Milner is still out with a calf injury.
HIGHLIGHTS: Leeds 1-1 MK Dons MK Dons defender and own goal scorer Antony Kay It was own goals galore in the Championship this weekend as both Peterborough and MK Dons were left red faced by these hilarious errors.Adrian Durham’s beloved Posh were one of the victims, Jack Baldwin nodding past his own stranded goalkeeper with an unwanted touch, yet they still emerged 3-2 victors over Sheffield United thanks to West Ham loanee Martin Samuelsen’s stunning solo winner late on.But it wasn’t such good news for MK Dons, who dominated their clash at Leeds but were forced to share the points in a 1-1 draw thanks to Antony Kay’s headed own goal with just three minutes remaining.Check out both goals below!HIGHLIGHTS: Sheffield United 2-3 Peterborough 1
Former Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen wants to leave Barcelona and return to England, according to reports in Spain.The defender left north London for the Nou Camp in the summer of 2014 after the Spanish champions splashed out £15m.But since then the Belgian has made just seven league appearances as injuries have prevented him from settling in.And now, according to fichajes.net, Vermaelen is itching for a return to the Premier League.The 30-year-old is confident a club in England will snap him up and Barcelona are willing to listen to offers.Chelsea and Liverpool are reportedly interested, as are Southampton and West Ham. 1 Thomas Vermaelen
ATLANTA – Hillary Rodham Clinton won the endorsement Friday of Rep. John Lewis, a hero of the civil-rights struggle, in a blow to Barack Obama in the battle for black support for the Democratic presidential nomination. “Without reservation or any hesitation, I am proud to endorse Hillary Clinton to be the next Democratic nominee to be president of the United States,” Lewis said at an appearance with Clinton at Paschal’s Restaurant, an Atlanta landmark of the civil-rights movement. The New York senator called the Georgia congressman one of the people she admires most in the world. “I see my campaign as a continuation of John Lewis’ life work,” the New York senator said. Clinton spoke Friday night at a banquet honoring a program to increase voter registration in neighboring South Carolina. The South Carolina Voter Education Project was founded in 1965 to overcome white Democrats’ efforts to keep blacks from voting. The South Carolina program is the only one still operating, said Lewis, who spoke before her at the event in Columbia. During the “last two presidential elections, we have seen the right to vote tampered with and outright denied to too many of our fellow citizens,” Clinton said. She called for reforms including making Election Day a federal holiday and allowing felons who have completed their sentences to vote again in federal elections. Clinton said she is against laws requiring voters to have picture IDs, adding that they are meant to exclude eligible voters instead of cutting fraud. They amount to a modern-day poll tax, she said. “We have got to stop this rollback of voter rights in America,” Clinton said. Obama spokesman Bill Burton, responding to Lewis’ endorsement of Clinton, said: “Barack Obama has great admiration for John Lewis and understands his long relationship with Bill Clinton. He looks forward to his support when Barack Obama is the nominee.” Obama has the backing of another civil-rights leader, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who said in March that the Illinois senator has his vote.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Daniel O’Donnell showed he’s not all songs and footwork as accumulated profits at his entertainment firm topped €2.9 million.New accounts lodged by the Kincasslagh man to the Companies Office show that DOD Promotions Ltd’s accumulated profits decreased by €102,150 from €3.008m to €2.906m in the 12 months to the end of October last.The dip in profits in 2014 followed DOD Promotions Ltd recording profits of €215,554 in 2013 and a profit of €219,000 before exceptional items in 2012. The drop in profits is not confirmation the firm made a loss last year and may be attributable to Daniel taking a larger salary from the firm last year, though no details on salaries are provided.And his profits are set to rise even more with the launch of a new album as well as his appearances on Strictly Com Dancing.DANIEL’S COMPANY IS STRICTLY IN THE MONEY WITH €3M PROFITS was last modified: October 14th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:daniel o’donnellprofits