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Duff: Newcastle nightmare behind me

Posted Saturday, February 27, 2010 by PA

Damien Duff heads back to the north-east to face Sunderland on Sunday having put his Newcastle nightmare firmly behind him. The Republic of Ireland winger endured a tough spell at St James' Park, with an injury-hit three years culminating in last season's relegation when his final-day own-goal against Aston Villa sealed the Toon's fate. But Fulham manager Roy Hodgson rescued Duff at the star...Full Story »

Richardson could help England - Bruce

Posted Saturday, February 27, 2010 by PA

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has urged Kieran Richardson not to turn his back on the chance of a surprise World Cup call-up. Having played much of his football as an emergency left-back in recent times, Richardson has made no secret of his desire to line-up in his preferred central midfield role. However, Wayne Bridge's decision to declare himself unavailable to England boss Fabio Capello and ...Full Story »

Fergie ponders leaving Rooney out

Posted Saturday, February 27, 2010 by PA

Sir Alex Ferguson is considering whether to leave Wayne Rooney out of his Carling Cup final starting line-up. Rooney has been in explosive form recently, following up his Champions League double against AC Milan with two more goals in the midweek win over West Ham. That took his overall goal tally for the season to 27, just 15 short of the amazing number Cristiano Ronaldo contributed to Manc...Full Story »

Fergie hails Brit spender O'Neill

Posted Saturday, February 27, 2010 by teamtalk.com

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed he is a big admirer of Martin O'Neill's 'Buy British' policy for Carling Cup final opponents Aston Villa. The Aston Villa line-up which Manchester United face in Sunday's Carling Cup final could contain seven British players. With another player, Richard Dunne, hailing from the Republic of Ireland, it is a testament to O'Neill's determination to place his fai...Full Story »

Moyes hopeful of Europa return

Posted Friday, February 26, 2010 by PA

Everton manager David Moyes saw his side crash out of the Europa League but hopes they can recover and seal a place in the competition next season. At least that would be some consolation after second-half goals from Miguel Veloso, Pedro Mendes and substitute Matias Fernandez gave Sporting Lisbon a 4-2 aggregate victory and a place in the last 16. Moyes said: "We will do our best. It is a ...Full Story »

Capello holds Bridge hope

Posted Friday, February 26, 2010 by PA

Fabio Capello is refusing to close the door on Wayne Bridge's World Cup dream. The Manchester City left-back confirmed on Thursday that he would not be available for selection for this summer's tournament, claiming his position in the England squad was now "untenable". Bridge's decision related to the alleged affair between his former Chelsea team-mate John Terry and Vanessa Perroncel, the m...Full Story »

Wenger doubt over Van Persie return date

Posted Friday, February 26, 2010 by PA

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Holland coach Bert van Marwijk is being too optimistic in claiming Robin van Persie could be back in action by the start of April. Van Persie has been on the sidelines since damaging ankle ligaments on international duty with the Dutch back in November. Van Marwijk claimed that the forward could be back playing at the beginning of April. "I would love t...Full Story »

Hoddle and Eriksson on Nigeria short list

Posted Friday, February 26, 2010 by PA

Former England managers Sven-Goran Eriksson and Glenn Hoddle are on a five-man short list to be the new coach of Nigeria, a spokesman for the national federation has confirmed. Hoddle managed England at the 1998 World Cup, where they reached the last 16 before being knocked out on penalties by Argentina, who are Nigeria's first opponents at the 2010 World Cup. Eriksson led England at the 200...Full Story »

Martinez blasts refereeing standards

Posted Thursday, February 25, 2010 by PA

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez claims the Barclays Premier League is being made to look a laughing stock by poor refereeing decisions. Martinez is still annoyed that Tottenham's opening goal in their 3-0 win at the DW Stadium last weekend was allowed to stand. Goalscorer Jermain Defoe was in a clear offside position when he received the ball and Martinez felt his strike changed the game. T...Full Story »

Mancini denies heat is on

Posted Thursday, February 25, 2010 by PA

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini denied he was under increasing pressure after his expensively-assembled side crashed out of the FA Cup at Stoke. City paid the price for Emmanuel Adebayor's sending off as they were overpowered 3-1 by the Potters in extra time at the Britannia Stadium. The result effectively ended City's hopes of winning silverware this season and left them to concentrate...Full Story »

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