KLINSMANN PROUD OF US ACHIEVEMENTS

German coach Jurgen Klinsmann has revealed that he remains very proud of his achievements in American soccer.


The German coach spoke at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in Los Angeles recently despite agreeing to it before he was sacked from his job as manager of the men’s senior team.

Klinsmann supervised the losses in the first two World Cup qualifiers hence his sack but insists that he is happy to have developed American football.

“The results will tell in the future if it helped Bruce [current US team coach] to achieve the goals that are set. But I think whenever you have the chance to put your stamp on a programme, you do it with everything you have, and that’s what I tried to do,” he said.

He claimed that he and his team “achieved a lot within the system of US soccer, connecting a lot of dots – even though there are so many out there that are disconnected.” Continue reading KLINSMANN PROUD OF US ACHIEVEMENTS

Tony Pulis Confirms West Brom’s Offer for Morgan Schneiderlin

West Brom manager Tony Pulis has confirmed that the club has made an offer for Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, who has featured in only 11 minutes of league football this season.


Schneiderlin was a £ 25 million acquisition for United in the summer of 2015. He was seen as one of the players who would be able to transform Louis van Gaal’s tactics. After featuring in most of the games under Van Gaal, Schneiderlin was suddenly relegated to the fringes of first-team upon the arrival of Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese did not see Schneiderlin as an integral part of the team.

From the first week after Mourinho’s arrival, Schneiderlin has been linked with a move away from the club. Of late, there has been tremendous interest from Premier League clubs, as they would be getting a player who has a lot of knowledge about English football. Continue reading Tony Pulis Confirms West Brom’s Offer for Morgan Schneiderlin

MAN UNITED SET TO END THE YEAR WELL

Manchester United admittedly has not been as impressive but they have a reason to cheer up as the year ends.


Of recent, Jose Mourinho’s men have started playing attacking football that is interesting to watch. Watching game at Old Trafford is a delight after a few bumps on the way.

With expensive additions like former Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria flopping at Old Trafford and ex La Liga and Ligue 1 star Radamel Falcao not getting the goals, additions by the Portuguese manager have been decent. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been getting the goals, Paul Pogba has been decent, Armenian forward Henrikl Mkhitaryan seem to be finding his rhythm and Eric Baily has been trying for the team.

Marounane Felliani was the top choice over veteran Michael Carrick but Carrick seem to combine well now with Pogba. Ander Herrara has been impressive thus far. The Spain international started the first game but had to wait six games before getting called into action again. His display have been satisfying by many standards under Mourinho. Continue reading MAN UNITED SET TO END THE YEAR WELL

NSPCC: MORE THAN 50 SEX ABUSE CALLS ALREADY

The NSPCC has reported that they have received more than 50 calls within two hours after a hotline was set-up for sex abuse issues by coaches.


The hotline was set-up after four former footballers opened up about being sexually abused by coaches as children.

Paul Stewart, Steve Walters, Andy Woodward and David White spoke about sexual abuse as children in the past, and many more are expected to come forward. The Football Association is reportedly set to meet with Woodward to discuss the allegations, which could have a considerable impact on coaching, and football as a whole. The Shadow sports minister Dr Rosena Allin-Khan has already warned that the scandal could have far-reaching consequences on football in the UK.

All four ex-footballers waved their rights to anonymity in coming out to speak on the abuses. Sports minister Tracey Crouch commended them, saying they showed “incredible bravery” speaking about the abuses.

Forty-three year old former Crewe player Woodward went public about the abuse he suffered as a child in the hands of former Crewe coach and youth football scout Barry Bennell. Bennell has been convicted for sex offences against children for nine years in 1998, but Cheshire Police say 11 people have also come out to reveal sexual abuse as children. Another Crewe player, Walters reveals that Bennell also abused him.

White, who used to play for Manchester City and England, also joined the list accusing Bennell of sexual abuse. The 49-year old man said Bennell abused him between 1979 and 1980 when he was with Whitehill FC junior team.

Stewart, 52 – a former Three Lions player – said a coach, whom he refused to name, abused him everyday for for years before he turned 15. The ex-player was with Blackpool, Manchester City and Liverpool before retiring.

FORMER COACH QUITS FOOTBALL FOR TEACHING

A former football manager Chris Todd has quit professional football for teaching, according to reports from the BBC.


The Welshman is reported to have played over 300 professional football games, and has supervised a team that played in the FA Cup third round. Yet, he decided to quite professional football management for teaching.

Todd, 35, admitted that his students were surprised at his career switch, particularly for someone with so much potential as a manager.

Todd said, “The students all ask me the same thing – why?”

Todd used to manage a side in the National League, Eastleigh. However, he was fired after only four games this term as two ended in losses. That was three months ago.

“It’s a bit of security,” Todd revealed as the reason behind switching to teaching football at a further education centre even at a young age.

“The game in general is starting to change drastically regarding managers; it’s becoming cut-throat at times. Results are everything and there’s no time to bed a manager in and let him grow, it has to be instant success,” he added.

For a player that featured in seven different clubs, playing up to the third tier in English football, he has a bit of experience as a player. He took a brief break when he was diagnosed with chronic leukaemia in 2008. He soon continued until he eventually moved to management. He was in charge of Torquay United, helping them win promotion to the Football League in 2009. He was appointed as a manager at Eastleigh before his eventual ousting.

“The opportunity came about and it attracted me. Getting back on the training ground again, it’s a different adventure for me,” Todd said of his new job. He confessed that he could not afford not working full-time.
“You don’t earn enough money in the lower levels to be able to retire once you finish at 35, that’s a fact.”

Wenger happy with his team

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that he is happy with the way his team is playing at the moment.


He stated that he always believed in the team even when they were facing severe critics. He believes that his players have enough qualities to challenge for the title and that they need to believe in themselves.

The Arsenal manager said that he still have players such as Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck to come back in the team and that this will make the team become even better. He said that there is a good team spirit in the club at the moment and that each player is focused on the club’s objective.

He stated that the club aim this season is to win the Premier League and that he will make everything he can in order to achieve it. He admitted that it would be difficult as the league is quite competitive this season and that all the big clubs have strengthened during the transfer window. Continue reading Wenger happy with his team

Gao Hong Bo says his players have had so much of workload

Gao Hong Bo says his players have had so much of workload in domestic Football in the on-going season that everyone is tired.


As per Hong Bo, in China , to go from one city to the other, long distances have to covered because China is huge not only from the population point of view, but, also in terms of land and spending long time flying after playing matches is really tiresome for the players.

The former striker of Team Dragon said, “In other countries, the cities are nearby and the journey time for the players is not much, but, those playing here have to travel a lot. So, apart from the no. of matches, that’s another factor because you lose a lot of energy when you are on the plane for long durations.”

“Whenever the players come in the middle of the season, I always find them worn out and it’s no different on this occasion. I can’t see anyone in good shape to be honest and that’s why this match and the match next month, both are tough.” Continue reading Gao Hong Bo says his players have had so much of workload

Is Eddie Howe the next Arsenal manager?

It’s been over 19 years since Arsene Wenger was officially appointed as the head coach of Arsenal and even though fans have developed a love-hate relationship with the French tactician, it’s hard to deny that he has become kind of an icon with the Premier League club.


There will be a point in time when Arsenal will have to search for a manager that can replace Arsene Wenger and rumors have been linking Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe with the managerial position in Arsenal.

Eddie Howe is not such a well-known manager as Pep Guardiola or Jose Mourinho but Howe has certainly been attracting the attention of the media as he has been accomplishing very impressive tasks in the past few years.

Back in 2015, Eddie Howe was named as the manager of the decade in the English League Championship and this shows the impact that the English tactician has been having in recent times.

The first club that Eddie took charge of was Bournemouth back on January of 2009 and in his debut season, he managed to rescue the club out of the bottom relegation zone even though they had a 17 point deficit. In the next season, he managed to push Bournemouth to promotion into the League One. Continue reading Is Eddie Howe the next Arsenal manager?

Bournemouth are very intent on stopping Zlatan Ibrahimovic

It appears that Premier League outfit Bournemouth are very intent on stopping Zlatan Ibrahimovic more than world record signing Paul Pogba.


Ibrahimovic has come to Manchester United on a free transfer from Paris St Germain, whilePogba has just been the most sensational news of 2016 after joining the Red Devils for a world record fee of £ 89 million. However, Ibrahimovic has been grabbing equal attention in recent weeks following his debut goal against Leicester City in the Community Shield. Known as a fierce goalscorer wherever he has been, Ibrahimovic is looking to win a league title in his fifth major country.

Eddie Howe received a lot of praise for the way he managed to keep Bournemouth in the Premier League against all the odds. Even though the club had very little transfer money, they managed to remain without any relegation fears throughout the 2015-16 campaign. The second season in the Premier league is always tough for newly promoted teams. If this holds true, Bournemouth need to start picking up points from the first weekend in order to avoid relegation. Howe has challenged his players to keep Ibrahimovic quiet since he sees this as a first step towards success against Manchester United this weekend.
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