Reports – Turkish giants to compete for Man United outcast

first_img 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.last_img

Video: See Anthony Martial’s individual highlights v PSV Eindhoven

first_imgWith 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…last_img

SACKED! Brentford axe head coach Marinus Dijkhuizen just eight games into the Championship season

first_img1 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.”last_img read more

Wenger takes blame for League Cup exit – ‘I played too many experienced players’

first_imgArsene 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 1last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp issues demand to Liverpool players ahead of Sunderland trip

first_img 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.last_img read more

Video: Own goals galore! Peterborough and MK Dons left red faced by comical blunders

first_imgHIGHLIGHTS: 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 Peterboroughcenter_img 1last_img

Chelsea and Liverpool interested in former Arsenal defender – reports

first_imgFormer 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 last_img

Clinton wins endorsement of civil-rights leader Lewis

first_imgATLANTA – 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!last_img read more

Bush set to offer housing aid plan

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe plan is also expected to exclude any borrower whose introductory rate expires before Jan. 1. About $57 billion in subprime loans are scheduled to be “reset” at higher rates in the final three months of this year, according to estimates by First American Loan Performance. Mortgage companies could also exclude borrowers whom they conclude are making enough money to afford higher monthly payments. Barclays Capital – extrapolating from a similar program recently unveiled in California – estimates that only about 12percent of all subprime borrowers, or 240,000 homeowners, would get relief. “From what I’ve heard, I don’t see anything that leads me to believe we will see an increase in loan modifications,” said Eric Halperin, Washington director of the Center for Responsible Lending, a nonprofit group that has studied the subprime problem. The plan is being announced as fallout from the mortgage crisis seeps into the political arena. Until recently, few candidates talked about subprime loans, and few bankers and traders on Wall Street paid much attention to mortgage-crisis declarations on the campaign trail. But with the meltdown growing worse, housing prices still plunging and many economists worrying about a recession, Bush and his Democratic opponents are now racing to come up with answers. `Far less than they need’ Democratic presidential candidates complained that the White House plan was overly narrow. “It seems that President Bush is going to give struggling homeowners far less than they need,” Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York said in a statement Monday. “With news accounts using terms like `whittled down’ and `limited’ to describe the scope of the Bush plan, it appears that the president is pushing a freeze for a very narrow group of borrowers.” Clinton visited the Nasdaq stock market in New York on Wednesday and assailed Wall Street firms for the mortgage mess. She called for a 90-day moratorium on subprime foreclosures and a rate freeze that would apply to all borrowers current on payments and some who have fallen behind. Despite the criticism, the Bush plan is a significant change in an initial reluctance to impose solutions. As recently as a month ago, Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. argued that lenders should try to work out new terms on a case-by-case basis. But Paulson and federal banking regulators became increasingly impatient with the industry’s failure to produce a systematic, rapid approach to evaluating borrowers. Sheila C. Bair, head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., proposed a comparatively radical plan to permanently freeze rates on all subprime loans. Paulson rejected that idea, but began to push for a standardized approach that would temporarily freeze rates for many borrowers facing upward adjustments on their monthly payments. Administration officials emphasized that the rate freeze was only one part of a broader plan. Bush will also ask Congress to temporarily expand the authority of states and localities to issue tax-exempt mortgage-revenue bonds to help people refinance their mortgages. Treasury officials are also pushing the industry to come up with a streamlined way to help subprime borrowers refinance with a more conventional, lower-rate mortgage. Subprime loans typically come with high interest rates, and were originally intended for people with poor credit histories. But some analysts say more than one-third of all subprime borrowers could have qualified for cheaper conventional loans at the outset. But there was no sign Wednesday that Bush’s plan would contain new commitments by lenders to help people refinance. Absent any new approaches, borrowers would still be largely on their own to find better deals. Heat on GOP candidates Republican presidential candidates have seemed reluctant to propose government rescue plans, seeing them as a bailout. But they are feeling the heat nonetheless, and some are joining Paulson’s effort to help people in danger of losing their homes. “You don’t want to reward speculators,” said Sen. John McCain of Arizona, a Republican presidential candidate. “You’d like to take each individual case on its own, but there’s no time to do that. What’s important is to stop the bleeding.” John Edwards, a Democratic presidential candidate and former senator from North Carolina, on Wednesday proposed a seven-year freeze in subprime interest rates, as well as a new fund to help distressed borrowers. Edwards also called for a change in bankruptcy laws that would give homeowners far more bargaining power in negotiating new terms. Swing states impacted Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois jumped ahead of many of his Democratic presidential rivals in September, offering detailed recommendations that included a government rescue fund, changes in bankruptcy law and a new tax credit on mortgage interest for people who do not itemize their taxes and cannot currently deduct their interest payments. Adding to the political pressure, many of the states that are hardest hit by mortgage defaults and falling home prices are important election swing states. They include Florida, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania. The first two primary states, Iowa and New Hampshire, have not been particularly hard hit by the housing crisis, but two of the states with early nominating contests – Florida and Nevada – have among the worst problems in the country. “Even though foreign policy has been dominating the election for the past year, economics will pay a bigger role next year,” said Howard Glaser, a mortgage industry consultant who worked in President Clinton’s administration and is an adviser to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. “Not only will the specific mortgage and housing problems intensify, the ripple effects on the economy will also magnify.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The Bush administration reached an agreement with the mortgage industry Wednesday on a plan to freeze interest rates for up to five years for a portion of the 2million homeowners who bought houses in the past few years with subprime loans. The plan, hammered out after weeks of talks among Treasury officials, mortgage lenders and Wall Street firms, would allow distressed borrowers who are current on their payments to keep their low introductory rates and escape an increase of 30 percent or more in their monthly payments when the rates expire. Democratic lawmakers and presidential contenders criticized the plan for being too timid and promoted more-ambitious proposals of their own. The agreement, to be formally announced today by President Bush, is expected to contain numerous limitations that would exclude many – if not most – subprime borrowers, according to industry executives who have seen it. It would exclude those who are delinquent on their payments – about 22 percent of all subprime borrowers, according to First American Loan Performance, an industry research firm. last_img

DANIEL’S COMPANY IS STRICTLY IN THE MONEY WITH €3M PROFITS

first_imgDaniel 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’donnellprofitslast_img read more