Football365 Football News, Views, Gossip and much more.... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 22:14:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Liverpool 2-1 Bordeaux: Christian aid Thu, 26 Nov 2015 22:09:52 +0000 Liverpool qualify for the Europa League …

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Christian Benteke scored an excellent first-half goal as Liverpool came from behind to beat Bordeaux 2-1 and qualify for the Europa League knockout stages.

The Belgium international’s goal in first-half added time proved decisive after James Milner’s earlier penalty had spared the blushes of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, whose needlessly-conceded free-kick for time-wasting had allowed Henri Saivet to score.

In addition to his goal Benteke had a further two ruled out but ultimately his contribution was enough to send the Reds to Switzerland next month needing only a point against Sion to top Group B, although their place in the next round is already guaranteed after Rubin Kazan’s win over the Swiss.

Benteke’s brilliance in front of goal would have been welcomed by Klopp, especially as Daniel Sturridge’s anticipated presence on the bench did not materialise after the striker was sent for a scan on his foot after complaining of discomfort in training.

In almost three years the 26-year-old has missed almost as many matches (68) as he has made appearances (70).

Benteke was brought in over the summer, at a considerable £32.5million cost, by former manager Brendan Rodgers who wanted a forward he could rely on for a whole season having suffered from Sturridge’s injury problems for most of the previous campaign.

The Belgium international, who was left on the bench for Sunday’s victory at Manchester City, has had his niggles since arriving but a fourth goal in his last nine appearances suggests he is more than capable of fulfilling the consistency requirement for his new boss.

Consistency is still an issue which dogs Mignolet, however, and that was all too evident on the night.

Just 13 minutes in he came out of his area to head the ball but directed it straight into the patch of Clement Chantome and only a block by Kolo Toure prevented the midfielder shooting into an empty goal.

Worse was to follow 20 minutes later when the Belgian goalkeeper’s dithering, something which has been commonplace throughout his time at Anfield, proved costly.

Seemingly unable to find a team-mate to release the ball to he held on to it for 22 seconds – more than long enough for referee Alon Yefet to penalise him with an indirect free-kick, which was tapped to Saivet who drilled home.

Equally soft was the award of Liverpool’s equaliser when the incredulous Ludovic Sane was adjudged to have fouled Benteke.

Even Klopp looked doubtful, pulling a face and turning to face the Main Stand so as not to watch as Milner converted from the spot – Liverpool’s first penalty in 23 matches.

If that was generous Benteke’s strike seconds before half-time was glorious, cushioning Nathaniel Clyne’s pass out of his feet and instantly smashing a shot past Cedric Carrasso.

The goal allowed Liverpool to control the second half with Benteke, Milner and Jordon Ibe all going close but Mignolet was rarely troubled at the other end.

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Klopp unsure of extent of latest Sturridge injury Thu, 26 Nov 2015 20:56:53 +0000 Daniel Sturridge has 69 Liverpool appearances …

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Jurgen Klopp is waiting for scans to discover the extent of the 427th and latest injury sustained by Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.

On his comeback from a knee injury suffered before Klopp’s tenure, Sturridge took part in full training on Wednesday after being named as a substitute against Manchester City last weekend.

However, the striker complained of a problem with his foot on Thursday morning as the club engaged in preparations for their Europa League clash against Bordeaux at Anfield, and was sent for scans as a result.

Klopp told BT Sport that he must wait for the result of said scans to discover how long Sturridge will be out for, if at all.

“I cannot say much about this, we trained in the morning and went to the hotel and he had to leave,” said the German. “We need to wait for the scan, at this moment I can’t say any more.”

The setback is Sturridge’s eight separate injury since joining Liverpool in January 2013, with the 26-year-old suffering the following knocks over the last two-and-a-half years:

  • Groin strain in February 2013
  • Torn ankle ligament in November 2013
  • Sprained ankle in December 2013
  • Thigh muscle strain in September 2014
  • Hamstring injury in November 2014
  • Hip injury in April 2015
  • Knee injury in October 2015

Sturridge, who has made 69 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions, has missed 58 games as a result of his injury record.

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Qarabag 0-1 Tottenham: You’re a wizard, Harry Thu, 26 Nov 2015 20:16:51 +0000 Tottenham qualified for the Europa League …

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Tottenham qualified for the Europa League knockout stages after a goal from Harry Kane helped them beat Qarabag 1-0.

The England striker, a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up with Spurs facing Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea less than 72 hours later, nodded in the winner with 12 minutes remaining.

It meant Tottenham’s longest-ever journey for a competitive fixture – a 5,000-mile round trip to the capital of Azerbaijan – proved worthwhile as they made the last 32 with a match to spare.

What was shaping up to be a frustrating evening, with both Son Heung-min and Dele Alli denied by the woodwork, was finally settled by in-form Kane’s ninth goal in six games.

Played in front of a boisterous partisan crowd, and with barely 100 visiting fans in attendance, Tottenham’s first chance fell to England new boy Alli.

But unfortunately the midfielder could not repeat his Wembley stunner against France when meeting Kieran Tripper’s cut-back and scuffed his shot wide.

Son and Toby Alderweireld had deflected efforts saved by Ibrahim Sehic before Alli headed Christian Eriksen’s corner into the arms of the Qarabag goalkeeper.

Kane endured a tough first half with Tottenham’s final ball repeatedly failing to reach him, although he did hit a snap-shot from the edge of the area which had Sehic scrambling as it flew narrowly wide.

The hosts were intent on sitting deep and keeping men behind the ball, but they spurned a glorious in first-half stoppage time when a two-against-one break ended with Dani Quintana firing too close to Hugo Lloris.

That let-off seemed to give Spurs a lift and moments after the interval Eriksen let fly with a shot which just missed the target.

Qarabag were still proving to be a nuisance on the counter, though, and Quintana saw one curling effort shot deflected wide before forcing a decent save from Lloris with a 20-yard drive.

Tottenham probed for a winner and Alli’s shot from Kane’s inside pass was repelled by Sehic before, on the hour mark, Son unleashed a cracker from the edge of the box which clattered off the crossbar.

Ten minutes later Alderweireld’s ball over the top found Alli at the far post but his volley came back off the foot of Sehic’s right-hand post.

But moments later Kane made the breakthrough, after Son flicked on Eriksen’s corner, the England striker getting the final touch to nod the ball over the line and ensure Tottenham’s European adventure continued into 2016.

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Wilson leaves Man United to join Brighton on loan Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:27:00 +0000 Louis van Gaal really doesn’t like …

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Brighton have secured the season-long loan signing of Manchester United striker James Wilson, leaving the Premier League side with two recognised strikers.

The 19-year-old, who was tipped as one of 10 Premier League players who needed a loan move, will stay at the AMEX Stadium until May where he will try and help unbeaten Brighton’s push for the Premier League.

Boss Chris Hughton told the club’s official website: “We have been keen to add a striker, and James has been our number one target for some time, so we are absolutely delighted to have completed the deal.

“James is an exciting young striker, and we hope that this move will prove to be very good for all parties involved.

“He is very highly thought of at Old Trafford and he has been in and around the first-team picture at Manchester United since Ryan Giggs gave him his debut the season before last.

“There was a huge amount of competition from rival clubs to sign James on loan and it has been another great team effort to secure his signature.

“I now hope he will help us maintain our excellent start to the season, and bring additional goals to the squad.”

The Seagulls are the only team to remain unbeaten in the Football League this season and take on Birmingham on Saturday.

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Koeman backs Long to replace suspended Pelle Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:03:43 +0000 Ronald Koeman says Shane Long is …

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Ronald Koeman says Shane Long is capable of replacing the suspended Grazian Pelle when Southampton face Manchester City.

Boss Koeman believes Long can lead Saints’ line in Saturday’s Premier League trip to the Etihad Stadium, with 14-goal Pelle banned after picking up five bookings this term.

Long returned to club action after ankle trouble and helping the Republic of Ireland qualify for Euro 2016 for the 1-0 home loss to Stoke, deployed in behind lone striker Pelle.

This weekend though the 28-year-old should have his chance to stake a claim for a central role moving forward.

“You’ll always miss a player that regularly starts,” said Koeman of Pelle’s absence.

“But we can certainly cope, if we couldn’t I would be doing something wrong, because we’re only talking about one player in the squad.

“Shane’s a different player, with different qualities but also a very dangerous front player.

“He was a long time injured, he played 90 minutes last weekend and he will start again.

“Our style will be the same, that we try to play football, to build up from the back, but of course in direct play it needs to be changed a little bit.”

Long stepped into the breach in Pelle’s absence in Southampton’s creditable 1-1 draw at Chelsea in March last season.

Koeman believes former England captain John Terry’s post-match endorsement that day underscores Long’s qualities, that he hopes will shine through again on the road this weekend.

“Graziano’s the top-scorer in the team, but last season we played without him at Chelsea away and had a good result,” said Koeman.

“I still remember what John Terry said after the game that ‘we found it so tough to play against Shane Long’.

“So hopefully we can see the same again now.”

Manchester City have not lost two successive home league games in seven years, but enter Saturday’s clash off the back of their 4-1 Etihad Premier League loss to Liverpool.

City’s 1-0 midweek Champions League loss at Juventus, coupled with an injury spate, leaves the hosts desperate to claw back some form – but by no means panicking, according to Koeman.

“Teams like City are used to having that pressure about winning games,” said Koeman.

“Even for City it’s difficult handle the number of injuries they have now.”

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Ranieri hopes ‘champions’ Vardy and Mahrez stay Thu, 26 Nov 2015 18:58:26 +0000 Claudio Ranieri believes Jamie Vardy and …

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Claudio Ranieri believes Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez should stay with Leicester as they look to establish themselves among the Premier League elite.

The boss has outlined his vision with the club the shock leaders of the Barclays Premier League ahead of Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash with Manchester United.

Vardy will break the league’s consecutive scoring record if he nets in an 11th straight game against United after equalling Ruud van Nistelrooy’s achievement with the opener in last week’s 3-0 win at Newcastle – which took City top.

Both Vardy and Mahrez have been linked with moves from the King Power Stadium after excelling this season but Ranieri believes his plan for the Foxes can convince the pair to stay.

He said: “I think we are building a very good construction. I understand if somebody wants to go but I believe in the next year Leicester, slowly, slowly, can grow up and battle with the top.

“At moment we’re very happy and also Jamie is happy with us and he can continue to show his strength with us. Jamie, Riyad, everyone.

“This is our project. I spoke to the owners not now, in July (about it). People believe in me – I believe in me too.”

Vardy is the league’s 13-goal top scorer – after netting just five times last season – and Ranieri praised his character with the former Fleetwood striker on the brink of history.

He said: “Jamie is now a champion. He has to take confidence in this. For me he is a champion if he thinks more about the team and not himself. Maybe I would like the other players to think about Jamie, that is what I would like to see on Saturday.

“In football all strikers have good moments and bad moments. Now everything is okay but it’s important to see Jamie when everything is wrong. He’s a strong character because comes from non-league.

“The record is for everybody, Jamie is the tip of the iceberg.”

Ranieri is likely to pick an unchanged line-up with just Matty James unavailable, although the midfielder has returned to light training following a long-term knee injury.

Meanwhile, Leicester have confirmed their security measures for the visit of United following the terror attacks in France.

There will be a strict no readmission policy, no storage available within the stadium for baggage, fans must have photo ID to collect tickets and no cans or bottles will be admitted into the ground. The club have also asked supporters to arrive early for the 5.30pm kick-off.

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Neil happy to keep changing Norwich style Thu, 26 Nov 2015 18:52:49 +0000 Alex Neil knows Norwich must continue …

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Alex Neil knows Norwich must continue to change the way they play to succeed and survive in the Premier League.

The Canaries host Arsenal on Sunday following promising displays away against both Manchester City and then Chelsea, but neither of which returned a positive result.

Neil opted for a more pragmatic approach in the last home game, which yielded a 1-0 win over Swansea.

The Scot believes Norwich must remain flexible if they are to avoid being dragged into a relegation dogfight.

“Over recent weeks, we have found a decent balance, but we can still improve,” Neil said at a press conference.

“We are going to have to be a team that changes our style from week to week to get results.”

Neil added: “We will be regarded as one of the smaller teams in the league, but even when so-called bigger teams come to our place, they have been happy to sit behind the ball, soak up pressure and hit you on the counter attack and that sort of surprised me.

“You would have thought that some of them would have come here and tried to impose themselves, go toe-to-toe but that has not been the case and has been quite surprising.

“Teams have got themselves into a method of counter-attacking on a regular basis and so stick to their principles, regardless of who they are playing against.

So that is something new for us, coming up against sort of the bigger teams, with them being happy to surrender the ball and it how you make best use of that.”

Arsenal were beaten at West Brom last weekend, but recovered with an impressive midweek victory over Dynamo Zagreb in the Champions League.

Neil knows full well what challenge awaits his side, who are just three points ahead of the relegation zone heading into the weekend’s games.

“Arsenal will want to put points on the board,” he said.

“They have had a good season and are the hardest attacking team to stop.”

Neil confirmed Norway midfielder Alex Tettey was out with a groin injury suffered while away on international duty.

Captain Russell Martin is expected back in the squad having missed the Chelsea match through personal reasons.

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Mails: Arsenal are signing Paul Pogba. Yep. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:25:54 +0000 Also, Louis van Gaal can learn …

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LVG: Bad at decision-making
I have written in previously, stating that van Gaal’s decision-making has struck me as bizarre at times and I think it’s a point worth re-iterating, not just after last night’s performance, but in respect of this season in general. Some of the choices he makes are just downright baffling and it is so difficult to work out the reasoning behind them. A handful of these are:

  1. His team selections: The continued faith in an under-performing (for United, at least) Rooney, using players out of position, consistent omission of better alternatives, alienating new signings before complaining about their form…I could go on here
  1. Transfer dealings: Keeping and ignoring Valdes and Johnstone then signing Romero as well, completely ignoring the lack of (regularly fit) centre-backs, selling two senior strikers and buying a (very promising but still only) 19 year old winger/forward as the only alternative, sending Januzaj out on loan and selling Nani and di Maria then moaning that you’vegot no pace in attack.
  1. Tactics: I don’t have a problem with having a plan B or C of “hoof it up to the big man” but that plan quite strongly relies on three things; 1) him actually being in the box 2) accurate crosses then going into the box and 3) other players trying to get into the box to pick up the knock-downs. Fellaini’s introduction last night saw fewer attempts to actually pick him out in attacking (not just forward) positions with crosses, and Rooney dropping even further back. Whereas earlier on we seemed to be crossing quite regularly, when through balls and playing off the shoulder of the last man would have been more effective.

I get that he has massively improved both our defending and possession stats and I am grateful for that. But why have such a myopic view of our situation? Can we really only improve one aspect of our game at once? I can live without the excitement of thrilling attacking football as long as we’re picking up three points, but against sides that are happy to cede possession, drop deep and play on the counter, these tactics clearly don’t work.

The kind of football we play now is neither effective nor entertaining and we won’t achieve anything other than a reasonably respectable finish in the league and a very short run in the trophies. Now, I’m not saying that would be a tragedy or that we should be winning the league/a cup, but it’d be nice to appear like we’re actively trying to win, rather than boring the opposition into submission. The team feels like it can achieve more than it is and is being stifled by this uber-disciplined approach; just take a few risks and aim a bit higher, Louis.
Ted, Manchester


Louis should learn from Ranieri
First-off, I’m a Spurs fan with little interest in Man Utd or LVG. That being said, I can’t help but share my personal observation about the man. This thought came to me at first back during the world cup when he was hailed as a genius for only using 2 subs before finally bringing on Tim Krul for Penalties. It worked and LVG took the plaudits with glee. To quote Benedict Cumberbatch’s depiction of Sherlock Holmes, “The frailty of genius, it needs an audience”.

The trouble is, that wasn’t genius. He didn’t know it would work. It was a gamble. It might have worked equally well just to replace some tired legs half an hour earlier and they might’ve wrapped up the game without the need for a shootout.

Van Gaal isn’t a genius, merely an egotist. He desperately wants to be lauded by pundits and newspapers for “tactical genius” so makes changes (e.g. Rooney in DM, moving Depay around, Young at Wing Back). If he makes enough of such changes, eventually one will work and he’ll get that warm glow inside when he reads those words.

Matches like last night highlight this. Last night none of his tactical switches or tinkering worked. Man Utd were a confused shambles and were actually lucky not to lose really.

To see it done properly, step forward Mr Ranieri, the original Tinkerman. Earlier in the season he lost his left-back to injury so went from a very successful 5-4-1 to a good ol’ 4-4-2. Yep, swapped his LB for a CF! They won. It wasn’t a tinker to make the back pages, it was a tinker to win a match. Therein lies LVG’s problem, he is tinkering because his ego needs the plaudits that will come his way when his tinkering comes good.
Thom, (Hoping Poch stays clear of this tinkering nonsense and just keeps Spurs winning by working bloody hard), Bristol-based Spur


Shut up, Paul
Is anyone else getting seriously annoyed with Scholes. I’m not a Man Utd fan but grew up in the era of Fergie dominance and naturally hated Utd but had respect for the quality of their players.

Scholes was one of the best and for a time potentially the best midfielder in the world. But you never heard from him. I’m sure Utd fans would have loved to hear from him after some of those wonderful games or watched a sit down interview with him. But no, the lad was apparently crippled with shyness. It was quite endearing and cemented his place as just an ordinary Joe.

Now we know different, the reason he never spoke was that he wasn’t being paid to. Since he’s retired he’s never stopped spouting opinions left, right and centre. This is a man who can’t stop criticising his former club yet turned down the offer to coach them under David Moyes. He’s also turned down the chance to manage Oldham so clearly doesn’t fancy putting his own neck on the line.

He was on the Salford documentary holding court in front of hundreds of fans and rarely seems to be off the tv these days so the crippling shyness seems to have been cured. I’m guessing the pay checks help. It all strikes me as very disingenuous.

His criticism of Martial is what really annoyed me last night, claiming he wasn’t bothered when he missed a chance or even when he scored. His calm demeanour when he scored was exactly what he was being praised for when he started scoring for Utd as it implies a confidence of a natural goalscorer and an unwillingness not to get too carried away. I’m not sure that picking on a 19 year old is very constructive.

Scholes is coming across as someone very bitter and I don’t really understand why.  Interested to know what the Utd fans think about his recent opinions.


Guy <3 Wayne
Hi Silvio Dante, long time reader and big fan.

I do hate to keep banging a tired drum, but… I just wanted to pick up on the assertion that if Rooney “isn’t doing anything good then he’s just taking the place of someone who can run and make something happen”. I had to double check my info, but I do believe there were 10 other players out there last night, some in particular who also failed to deliver.

He dropped back into midfield because the midfield weren’t creating anything and he can do better. But sadly that doesn’t mean the much acclaimed and –  according to many on this site – superior forward options were actually better at offering movement.

We all know the focus is on possession as a means of defence and control, which can slow things down a lot. But we did create some nice opportunities. We just didn’t finish them off (Martial and Lingard particular culprits, let alone our corner routines).

What I don’t really get, if I’m honest, is why when we’ve established an approach that works and creates good football we revert to previous type in a game like this that was effectively must win!

Still, it’s been a lot worse. And it will get better.
Guy S


Mandzukic? Pah
Shaz (good strikers aren’t unicorns)
lost his argument when he said Giroud hold-up play was rubbish. You can be an armchair manager but you have to at least watch football to comment and you clearly have not watched Arsenal and Giroud.

And because its nice to add facts:

Giroud Whoscored – 6.93
Mandzukic Whoscored – 6.7 (6.61 in the league)

We definitely need someone slightly worse than what we already have.

Higuain however…
Rob A (we will sign a young Spanish/German attacking midfielder and a right back) AFC


Dear MC,

Whilst reading about Paul Pogba in Winners and Losers today it suddenly dawned on me. Arsenal are going to sign Paul Pogba. It literally can’t not happen. Wenger saved his money in the Summer as he has a pre-arranged agreement with Pogba’s representatives and will need to save up the full amount of money to buy him, hence the delay. It really will be the second coming (of Vieira) and the player Wenger wants the most. Dropped into this current Arsenal team we literally will be unstoppable over the next few years. I literally can’t wait. Wenger, you really are a very clever man as I never saw this coming.
JazGooner (Alongside Ozil… Er… I’m spent. #WelcomePaul)


Great article on the Coq replacements today
and I would be happy with any of those.

I wonder if you could please mail it to Arsene Wenger because I have a feeling that with Wilshere back in January, he will most likely be going for that well know Spanish player, Noah Juan.
Adonis Stevenson, AFC


Ings will only get dearer
I have just seen that the fee for Danny Ings’ transfer from Burnley to Liverpool will be set by a tribunal likely to sit in January 2016. For those with short memories he joined the club in June 2015.

Since then he has been out of the side, fought his way in, scored some goals, got selected for England and suffered a major injury. All before the FA even arranged the tribunal meeting date.

How on earth can that happen in this day and age? Football is supposed to be a multi-million pound business but it operates like a parish council.
Micki (if my fee was set by tribunal I would have the pay the team to play) Attridge


No love for Barca
With reference to the Champions League Winners and Losers from this morning. I find it impossible to enjoy Barcelona and their famous frontline.

The front three of Messi with his (alleged) growth hormones and (alleged) income tax irregularities, Neymar with one of the murkiest transfer deals in history and Suarez(!) is just so hard to love.

This alongside a general feeling of negativity towards the club with their hounding of the referee, transfer bans and the original diving Busquets.

I just fear that there is no-one out there good enough to knock the smug grin off Dani Alves.
Jon, (they used to pay UNICEF, they’re now paid by Qatar Airways) London


Johnny Nic
Johnny Nic bemoaning a team for lacking the ephemeral “passion”? You could not make it up.
– Mr. F, MUFC

Ooo, burn
Personally, I’d rather be Arsenal (13 league titles) as opposed to Chelsea (4 titles) any day of the week.
Graham Simons, Gooner, Norf London

Losers: Daniel Storey
In comparing Bayern Munich and Barcelona, Daniel Storey cites the standard of Bayern Munich’s domestic competition in raising a question about their ability to win this season’s Champion’s League.

Given that Barcelona have just beaten their (likely) closest domestic rivals 4-0 away from home and a less than stellar performance from the other two Spanish Champions League entrants in this year’s competition, why isn’t the current quality of La Liga similarly being used to question Barca’s chances?
Peter (can’t be bothered) Corcoran

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Merson offers to help Grealish through struggles Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:51:22 +0000 Merse has offered to act as …

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Paul Merson has offered to act as mentor to Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish. Because that is bound to end well.

Grealish has come in for criticism this week after being pictured partying following Aston Villa’s 4-0 defeat to Everton on Saturday.

Remi Garde has labelled the Englishman “unprofessional”, and former Villa man Merson – who had his own problems during his playing career – has offered his help to the 20-year-old.

“I think he needs to sit down with someone who’s been in that position,” Merson told Sky Sports. “I’d like to sit down with him.

“I’d like to sit down with him for an hour and say ‘you’ve got unbelievable talent’.

“This lad is a good player. It soon goes and it will quickly go. And if you’re a football fan and you’ve got anything in you that makes you like football then it’s the best job in the world playing it.”

“Someone has to sit him down to say ‘this goes very quickly’.

“George Graham said the same to me when I was doing the same and worse than Grealish.

Merson hopes Grealish takes his punishment seriously, adding: “He’s got the best job in the world.

“Who doesn’t want to play in front of 40,000 fans every week? And I hope it is hurting him today training with the kids and it’s not a laugh and a joke.

“I’d love to sit down with him for an hour and tell him my experiences.”

Merson believes Garde is to blame for Grealish’s discrepancies, saying: “I blame Remi Garde, Grealish should have been on the bus home.

“He knew that player wasn’t going out for a meal, he should have told him that he had spoilt his weekend so he would spoil it for him too.

“Remi Garde is cutting his nose off to spite his face, Grealish should have been fined two week’s wages and told to prove himself.

“Villa need all their talented players on the pitch, Grealish could have been inspired to win those wages back in bonuses.”

Never change, Paul.

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Stoke City and Man City fans urged to donate kits Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:33:24 +0000 Stoke City are to support a …

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Stoke City are to support a football kit amnesty on behalf of leading football recycling charity Kits4Causes at their game against Manchester City at the Britannia Stadium on December 5.

Stoke City’s Community Trust is encouraging supporters to donate any old or unused football equipment to help disadvantaged people both locally and internationally.

A number of collection points will be set around the Britannia Stadium ahead of the game.

Kits4Causes accept anything that can be worn or used for football including shirts, shorts, socks, training jackets, footballs, boots, cones and bibs.

It is not just Stoke City kits that can be donated. Any item of football clothing can be used from a professional level to Sunday League kits.

All kit and equipment kindly donated will then be distributed between a number of local, national and international charities to help those less fortunate.

Since being founded in 2009, Kits4Causes have sent over 37,000 football shirts to 40 different countries and supports a range of social development schemes here in the UK and abroad including education projects and HIV/AIDS awareness amongst many others.





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