United need massive investment on new players, says Neville

first_imgBy Mike CollettManchester United, who spent 150 million pounds on new players in the summer, might need to spend another 100 million pounds before they can compete for the Premier League title, according to former defender Phil Neville.United’s defenders have been savaged in the media after squandering a 3-1 lead to lose 5-3 at Leicester City on Sunday but Neville, who won six Premier League titles with United, said he was not surprised at what happened.“I know United have spent 150 million pounds,” Neville told BBC Radio 5 live. “I think there’s another two transfer windows of similar amounts of money needed – maybe 100 million – before they can even think about winning the title.“There are still key positions in the team that need filling.“I think the centre-back position is obviously the key area,” Neville added. “Holding midfield or centre midfield needs addressing too.”The imbalance in the United team was glaringly obvious on Sunday with Robin van Persie, Angel di Maria, Ander Herrera, Radamel Falcao and Wayne Rooney looking dangerous going forward.But United’s defending was shambolic, leaving new coach Louis van Gaal needing to fix the problems urgently if United are going to launch any kind of bid for the top four positions, never mind the title, this season.To add to his problems, Jonny Evans went off injured leaving the ground on crutches and with his foot in a protective boot, while young defender Tyler Blackett, who has played in all five league matches at centre-half was sent off and will be suspended from Saturday’s game against West Ham at Old Trafford.United signed forward Di Maria, midfielder Herrera, defenders Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind in the summer but did not sign a top-class centre back to replace the departed Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic.Neville, who was on the coaching staff at United last season, said there was a good reason for that.“That squad needed quality, not just run-of-the-mill players, they needed world-class players, and there were no world-class centre-backs out there,” he said.“I think that’s why in the next two transfer windows, United might still be looking for that world-class defender.“I am certain Chris Smalling will come good and I have full faith in Phil Jones as well. They’ve bought a lot of foreign players, you don’t get rid of your English spine.”United have made a worse start to this season than they did a year ago when David Moyes was starting his short-lived stint as manager.After five games last season United had seven points and were eighth in the table, five points off the lead.They are currently 12th with five points and one win from five games, leaving them eight points behind early pace-setters Chelsea.If that was not bad enough, they also crashed to one of their most humiliating defeats when League Two (third tier) side Milton Keynes Dons defeated a team containing David de Gea, Evans, Adnan Januzaj, Anderson and the now departed Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez 4-0 in the Capital One (League Cup) a month ago.last_img read more

West Brom’s Dorrans signs new three-year deal

first_imgWest Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans has signed a new three-year contract at The Hawthorns.A 12-month option on Dorrans’ previous deal had already been activated by Albion this summer and he has now put pen to paper on fresh terms that commit him to the Baggies until 2017.The 27-year-old Scotland international has been at West Brom since the summer of 2008.And he told the club’s official website: “I’m happy to get my new contract finalised.“We’ve been in talks for a couple of months and I’m glad to get it over the line. I’d like to thank my agent and the club for getting it sorted out.“I’ve enjoyed my six years at Albion, I’m looking for a testimonial now!“It’s been a good six years and that’s the reason why I’ve signed the extension. I’m looking forward to getting going now for the new season.”Since joining from Livingston, Dorrans has made a total of 167 appearances for Albion in all competitions and scored 25 goals.After only featuring once in the Premier League between September and March last term, he finished the campaign by starting every one of the Baggies’ last 10 games under now-departed head coach Pepe Mel.Dorrans said: “It was a difficult start for me last season but it was about getting in the team and staying in there, and that’s what I’m hoping to do this year.“I’m aiming to get in at the start of this season and stay in the team for the rest of the campaign.” Graham Dorrans in action for West Brom 1last_img read more

Southampton keen to keep on-loan Alderweireld

first_img Toby Alderweireld in action for Southampton 1 Southampton are keen to sign Toby Alderweireld on a permanent basis and are likely to discuss his long-term future in January.A number of Premier League clubs were after the Belgian international in the summer, but new Saints boss Ronald Koeman persuaded him to sign for the South Coast side to “play good football”.The Atletico Madrid defender, who is currently on a one-year loan deal, has helped the south coast club to third place in the Premier League.Koeman’s men thumped Sunderland 8-0 at St. Mary’s last weekend and Alderweireld, who has formed a formidable centre-back partnership with captain Jose Fonte, admits he did his homework on the Saints before joining.“I knew a lot of the players that Koeman had signed before I came here,” the 25-year-old said.“I felt we had a good team so I signed here for a year to play good football, play again and play with good players. You could see that. That’s a quality of the team, not only the 11 guys who play but also those on the bench who can make a difference.”In an interview with saintsfc.co.uk, he added: “Graziano Pelle has been fantastic, but it is not only him. We have Dusan Tadic who was amazing with his assists and on the bench we have good players who came in and made a difference.”last_img read more

Liverpool fans cheered Arsenal’s goals v Spurs and that’s good, says Pochettino

first_img Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Alexandre Lacazette scored Arsenal’s third goal in their 4-2 win over Tottenham Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade huge blow MONEY “And when Arsenal scored their third goal all the Liverpool fans celebrated.“It’s clear we are doing something good. I don’t like it when [our opponents] don’t celebrate because it’s normal to beat Tottenham.”Pochettino also said Arsenal’s players celebrating the north London derby win with changing room selfies is also a mark of respect.Shkodran Mustafi was one of them, who posted a photo on Instagram with the caption: “north London stays red.” Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Popular Football News shining ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED BEST OF Pochettino is not a social media fan and believes changing room selfies are best suited for proper triumphs When Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal ahead against Tottenham, it wasn’t only the thousands inside the Emirates who cheered.On Merseyside, Liverpool fans were also celebrating and that’s a good sign, Spurs’ manager, Mauricio Pochettino, believes.“[Tottenham chief scout] Steve Hitchen was at the Liverpool game against Everton and watched our game beforehand,” he explained ahead of his side’s Premier League match against Southampton. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 2 2 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions no dice Tottenham welcome Kieran Trippier back to the first team and is available for the Southampton game.The right-back has been suffering from a groin injury since early November, while Jan Vertonghen will miss the match through suspension. “When the people celebrate like this, it’s because people respect you and see you as a big club,” Pochettino said.“When we arrived here (in 2014), normally Arsenal were always above Tottenham. But now, for the last two seasons we were above them. It was a massive win for them and of course for us it was a massive disappointment but it (the celebrations) showed the respect that we got in the last few years with our results.“Maybe we still will not win a trophy, as the people say, but the respect for the way we are doing things is the most important thing.”Pochettino was not criticising Spurs’ rivals, however, but believes social media celebrations should be reserved for truly special occasions, labelling himself an old man in the process.“Obviously if you win a trophy, like I won when I was a player, it is a moment to celebrate.“For me, this is my mentality and I don’t want to say it’s right or wrong. If you win, of course celebrate and show the fans you are happy. It’s fantastic — but when you win, when you win a trophy, when you win something special.“In the end, Arsenal-Tottenham, we are 30 points each, we are in a similar position, still a lot of games to play. To be sporting enemies is a fantastic thing, but I don’t want to criticise what people want to do.“Look what happens with it. I go with my dog to the park but the most important thing [for others] is not to share time with the dog, the walk— but to share with [their] followers. I am an old person. Old mentality.” REPLY Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED last_img read more

Five reasons why Chelsea’s season has been disappointing so far

first_img 6 Morata has struggled since arriving at Chelsea PUNISHMENT And “The Italian Job” got off to a flying start with the Blues cruising to victory in the first five games of the season.Playing nice football and getting results, many lauded the job the former Napoli manager was doing.But in recent months Chelsea have hit a stumbling block – and their form at home specifically is a cause for major concern.Stamford Bridge had been made a fortress by Sarri’s predecessors but this has somewhat changed this season.Recent draws at home to Everton and Southampton, along with three defeats at Tottenham and Wolves and at home to Leicester has seen “SarriBall” come crashing back down to earth.Now Chelsea’s hope for a top four finish is under threat from Unai Emery’s Arsenal and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s high-flying United.talkSPORT.com has explored the reasons why Chelsea’s season has been a disappointment so far this term.Striker situationThe biggest issue Sarri faces is his striker problem.Alvaro Morata simply isn’t good enough for Chelsea and is not the man to lead them to Champions League qualification.The Spaniard’s stats are not even that bad this season, having netted seven goals in 22 appearances, but the amount of chances he misses is frightening, and this was epitomised by his timid effort against Southampton which could have won the match for his side.When you look at the rest of the ‘Big Six’, you have Sergio Aguero for Manchester City, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Arsenal, Harry Kane at Tottenham, Manchester United’s high-flying Marcus Rashford and then Liverpool’s devastating, interchangeable front three.Olivier Giroud and Morata are simply not on their level.If Chelsea are to remain in a Champions League position, they need to recruit a proven prolific striker – here are five strikers they could turn to this month. Five strikers Chelsea could sign in January after Maurizio Sarri’s demand 6 Meet Chelsea target Hirving Lozano, the PSV winger who lit up the World Cup Ageing wingersAnother problem Chelsea have is their ageing wingers.At the start of the season, Pedro and Willian had been rotating on the right of Chelsea’s front three and the Spaniard actually netted six goals quite quickly at the beginning of the season.But Pedro is now 31 and the fact he is picking up little injuries that are ruling him out of action shows age is catching up with him.Similarly, Willian is now 30, and although the Brazilian possesses immense talent, he is a lot less prolific than you might think.This season he has scored two goals in 20 Premier League appearances. Throughout his whole Chelsea career the winger has scored just 27 times in 186 league appearances.The numbers are not great and one worrying stat is that Willian has the same number of assists (four) for Eden Hazard as Juan Mata, despite the Spaniard leaving Chelsea four seasons ago.Perhaps the Blues’ new recruit Christian Pulisic can accommodate Hazard better next season. 6 Sarri’s side have had a mixed start to the season Wolves boss refuses to rule out move for Chelsea striker Abraham 6 Unprolific midfieldersAnother problem for Sarri is that his midfielders simply don’t score enough.Jorginho is a creator and his singular goal this season came from the penalty spot. He does not possess a lethal shooting ability whatsoever, which is strange for a player who is so gifted technically.The same can be said of Mateo Kovacic, as the Croatian scored just once for Real Madrid in 78 La Liga matches and has not scored in a blue shirt yet.The one player in the midfield who can get goals is Ross Barkley.There was a period when Barkley was playing brilliantly, scoring in three consecutive games against Southampton, Manchester United and Burnley and looked to have cemented a starting place in the line-up. But his performances have tailed off in the busy festive period and he has struggled to make an impact of late. Chelsea hope talented teen will ignore other interest and remain at the club Kovacic does not find the net often Alonso formMarcos Alonso signed a long-term deal in October and the lucrative contract seems to have made the Chelsea full-back complacent in recent months.The 28-year-old was an essential outlet for Chelsea last season, especially in attack, contributing seven goals and two assists in 33 matches.But the Spaniard has looked sluggish on the left side of the Chelsea defence in recent matches. He lost possession twice in the run up to Wolves’ two goals in their 2-1 defeat and he also hasn’t posed the attacking threat of last year – having only provided one goal so far this term.Sarri seems reluctant to give Emerson a run on the left side due to Alonso’s superior height – but a run out for the Italian and a rest for Alonso could benefit the side significantly. Chelsea fan banned for three years after being found guilty of homophobic chants center_img 6 There was an air of optimism around Stamford Bridge when Maurizio Sarri was named Chelsea boss in July.For years, Blues fans had endured the defensive, albeit highly successful methods of Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte and the desire for a positive change was clear from the Stamford Bridge faithful.The news that Sarri was being hired – a manager with a philosophy of free-flowing, attacking football, was music to the ears of many Chelsea fans. PLEASE STAY Latest Chelsea News Blues bound? Kante has had to adapt to a new position in Maurizio Sarri’s midfield so far this season Wish list blow for villa? Chelsea set to end pursuit of striker and focus search elsewhere FORGET IT 6 Kante conundrumN’Golo Kante is the best defensive midfielder in the world – so why play him in another position?There is no doubting the World Cup winner is improving in his new role –  he has notched three goals this season with his latest being the winner against Crystal Palace, but Chelsea are a much more balanced side when he plays in the middle.Jorginho possesses immense creative talent, but to sacrifice Kante at the expense of the summer signing is wrong and Sarri needs to find a way to change the formation.Kante has to be in the middle of the midfield three with Jorginho on one side and Ross Barkley or Matteo Kovacic on the other.We saw at Napoli that Sarri deployed Jorginho in the same role and everything went through him, but he must find a way to work his magic with Jorginho on the side of a midfield trio or more bad results are inevitable. Alonso has struggled in recent matches It would be wrong to suggest Sarri’s first season in charge has only been negative.Hazard has never been more lethal and is thriving under Sarri’s attacking philosophy even as a false nine, having scored ten goals and created nine in 20 games.Similarly, Cesar Azplicueta has been superb again and is demonstrating impressive leadership qualities to the side.Chelsea’s new shot-stopper Kepa has been impressive since his record £71million arrival from Athletic Bilbao, keeping ten clean sheets in 21 matches and making some stunning saves in the process.But if Sarri’s side are to cement a top-four finish, the priority must be to sort out a goalscorer. Willian has only scored two goals in 20 league matches this term last_img read more

Episode 23: Q&A Part 1

first_imgShare This!In this episode, Angela and Brian answer your questions…well, some of them. You sent so many questions that we had to break it into two parts.Today, we address your Facebook questions. Look out for part 2 in a few weeks!Listen now!– iTunes– FeedBurner (RSS Feed)– TuneInHave a comment or idea? Use #TPPod and tag us on Twitter!Twitter Handles:TouringPlans – @TouringPlansAngela – @AngelaDahlgrenBrian – @YesThatBrianMake sure you subscribe to our podcast so you never miss a future episode!last_img read more

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 8-14 August 2005

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups sponsored by:Onfolio is offering R/WW readers a coupon code entitling the bearer to $30 off apurchase of Onfolio Professionalbefore August 31st (a 30% saving off the normal $99.95 price). To use the coupon, enterit at the time of purchase. Coupon Code: RM857202This week: RSS branding, More Web 2.0 definitions, Spam and fake blogs, MBAs learn about Web 2.0, Techie post of the week.RSS Brand Morphs Into FeedsA lot of interest this week in how the label ‘RSS’ is being usurped by ‘feeds’ or ‘Webfeeds’. Once the accepted brand name for syndication technologies, the big 3 Internetcompanies are all now using theterm ‘feeds’ (or ‘web feeds’ in Microsoft’s case) as their preferred method ofpromoting RSS technologies to their mainstream users. Most other RSS-related companiesare doing the same: Feedburner, Six Apart, Bloglines are just a few high profile examples.And judging by all the comments on my initial post about this, amajority of people feel that ‘feeds’ is a better brand name for Web syndicationtechnologies than ‘RSS’. But still, the term ‘RSS’ won’t go out of usage amongst the geek set. RSS 2.0 is thedominant feed format – and is likely to remain so, unless Google can push their preferredAtom format onto the masses. And the RDF-derived RSS 1.0 will continue to have its fairshare of disciples. Feeds is the way we’ll be promoting all of these formats tomainstream users, but it won’t stop us geeks from continuing our religious battles over RSSvs Atom and so forth 🙂Web 2.0 Definition Rolls OnThere were some very interesting discussions about the meaning of Web 2.0 this week,sparked by Web legend Tim Bray’s post entitled Not Web 2.0. TimO’Reilly replied toBray’s post – see also the fascinating comments thread. I especially liked this commentmade by someone called “pb”:“Web 1 was the period up to the dot bomb. Web 2 is what has been emerging, what hasbeen succeeding, since that big implosion. I believe that this is the way most “average”people — if not the technical elite — will perceive the terms.”I’ll be writing LOTS more about all this in the near future (that message brought toyou by the Subtle Hint Department). For now I just want to point out that the term ‘Web2.0’ seems to be generally accepted now. There still isn’t a canonical definition,despite the best efforts of the Wikipediacontributers. But the conversations about Web 2.0 are helping everyone grok theterm.Spam and Fake BlogsDave Sifry has been running a series ofthought-provoking posts on the “State of the Blogosphere”. I particularly liked the 4thin the series, on the topic of Spam and Fake Blogs. The twomost contentious posts I’veever written on R/WW were on this touchy topic, because it riles people up (includingme!). Dave wrote that Technorati has been “tracking an increase in the number of peoplewho are trying to manipulate the blogosphere.” He goes on to say that spam and fake blogsare almost always created by automated programs, not by people. They’re driven byaffiliate or advertising money and high search rankings. So Dave and others are workinghard to “eliminate economic incentives” for these types of blogs. Of course I heartily endorse and applaud this action by Dave, because as I mentionedin my (in)famous Bots post – these automated spam or fake blogs are polluting the Web andcluttering up search engine results.MBA Blogging SuccessThe results are in for Bud Gibson’s recent blogging bootcamp for Michigan MBA students. Over 6 weeks the students created and maintained blogs that competed with “cleaning and restoration services” websites. The results are interesting. All of the blogs ended up with a Google PageRank of 5, which was better than three of the old school websites. According to Bud, this suggested “that bootcamp sites would come out ahead of these two sites in searches where their content is equally relevant”. The blog sites also had encouraging results in keyword tests.Bud concluded:“The bootcamp results demonstrate that with moderate but systematic effort bloggers can achieve search visibility that outperforms established local players for relevant searches.”This is what could be termed The Good Side of blogs for businesses. The Dark Side is the spam and fake blogs I wrote about above. It seems to be relatively easy nowadays for both sides to gain search engine ascendancy over old-school websites.Nevertheless, it is great that up and coming business people are being taught the value of blogs and social software. You may’ve noticed that in my Weekly Wrap-Ups, I try to highlight non-techie manifestations of Web 2.0 as well as the geeky stuff. If the Web really is a platform, then we want to encourage as many people as possible to build on it.Techie Post of the WeekInstead of a single post, this week I’d like to give a shout-out to the TechCrunch blog. Their regular profiles of Web 2.0companies is exhaustive and wide-ranging.They also have a weekly review of Web2.0 news, modelled on my own Weekly Wrap-Up. But whereas I generally pick a few topics or a theme and drill down, the TechCrunch weekly provides broad coverage. So I think we complement each other in that respect. OK yes, we did have some friendly words about thename of their weekly review – but we’ve sorted that out now 🙂 I recommend you add TechCrunch to your RSS Aggregator.That’s a wrap for another week!center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Hot Tip: Bebo Set to Announce Developer Platform Too

first_imgrichard macmanus Tags:#news#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… We’ve heard from a couple of reliable sources that social network Bebo is about to announce a developer platform very soon. Apparently it will be a “platform API”. The source of these rumors is a Bebo investor, so we think it’s on the mark. Bebo is one of the largest social networks in the world and is above MySpace and Facebook in some parts of the world (e.g. it is number 1 in the UK).Earlier this week we heard that MySpace will launch its 3rd party developer platform in just a few weeks. And of course the instigator of large scale social networking platforms, Facebook, announced their “open platform” in May 2007. Although it turned out to be not quite so open, the Facebook platform has been probably the year’s biggest Web success story to date.So the social network ‘platform wars’ will be well and truly on, once MySpace and now Bebo launch their developer platforms! Watch this space for more on the Bebo news…last_img read more

Missouri opioid drug tracking bill faces challenges

first_img(AP) – Legislation to make Missouri the final state to adopt a statewide monitoring program for prescription opioids continues to face challenges.Republican Rep. Holly Rehder said several amendments proposed by her colleagues on Wednesday would have killed her bill’s chances of passing.One failed amendment would have required the program to track medical marijuana as well.House members ultimately defeated every proposed amendment and voted 110-43 to give the bill initial approval. But if it passes the House it will still need to go to the Senate, where a similar proposal failed to pass out of committee Wednesday.The goal of prescription tracking programs is to help physicians and pharmacists identify potential opioid misuse.Critics cite privacy concerns about a government-run database and question their effectiveness in combatting the opioid crisis.last_img read more