Really? Man Utd player claims ‘90%’ of squad AGAINST Mourinhoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveA senior player says Jose Mourinho has lost “90 per cent” of the Manchester United locker room, it has been claimed.The Sun says backroom staff who have fallen out with the Portuguese boss are confident they will outlast him at the club.Mourinho branded Paul Pogba a “virus” infecting the dressing room after United drew 2-2 at Southampton two weeks ago.Yet one star seen as loyal to Mourinho is said to have told pals following the Saints game that 90 per cent of the squad no longer back the manager.And morale is believed to have fallen so far since then there are fears United could get a hiding at Liverpool.One member of staff who had a run-in with the manager is reported as saying: “I’ll be here long after he’s gone.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
DONE DEAL: Barnsley sign Fulham striker Cauley Woodrowby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarnsley have signed Fulham striker Cauley Woodrow on loan until January, when the deal will become permanent.The 23-year-old scored eight times in 54 league appearances for the Craven Cottage side.The former England Under-21 international also had loan spells with Southend, Burton and Bristol City.Woodrow, who could make his debut against Scunthorpe on Saturday, will replace Tom Bradshaw after he joined Millwall on Thursday. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Valencia coach Marcelino accepts he’s under pressureby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia coach Marcelino accepts his job is under review.Los Che drew 1-1 at home to Real Valladolid at the weekend, heaping more pressure on the head coach.”My job strengthens me and it gives me comfort,” he said. “I do not feel anything else because we are not winning at the moment and all I want to do is win.”I have never been given an ultimatum; it is a personal matter.”We are winners and when we do not win, we cause disappointment.”The other day [against Valladolid], we deserved to win but we just were not capable of turning it into a victory.”That is what saddens me the most.”It has happened to us a lot just lately and when it happens frequently, we begin to feel disillusioned.”I was already aware of the meeting before the game and I am not worried because if the owner decides he wants to get rid of the coaching staff then there is nothing I can do about it and I have to respect his decision.”I am convinced that we are on the right track and because of that I am optimistic and confident that our luck will soon change.”We have scored 17 goals from 263 chances.”This is something that has to change; it cannot last forever.”
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Leicester likely to field fringe stars against Lutonby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City will ring in the changes as they face off against Luton Town in the Carabao Cup.With the club chasing a high Premier League finish this season, it is understandable they are willing to rotate their squad for a cup game against a lower division side.Brendan Rodgers will give chances to several of his fringe players and youngsters.Players who could feature in the game include Danny Ward, James Justin, Wes Morgan, Christian Fuchs and Demarai Gray.These players are either not in the squad for most Premier League games, or often find themselves on the bench.
Erick FowlerIt’s possible that no one will have a better National Signing Day than the Texas Longhorns. Charlie Strong already has several four-star commitments in the fold, and Manor (Tex.) five-star linebacker/defensive end Erick Fowler just flipped his commitment to UT after being pledged to LSU since June 2015. Reporter Victor Diaz is on the scene at Fowler’s announcement ceremony and has video. Manor’s Erick Fowler chooses #UT. Big get for the Longhorns. pic.twitter.com/NghaFU7N7j— Victor Diaz (@VictorOchoDiaz) February 3, 2016Manor is the No. 7 outside linebacker in the 2016 class according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.
When Steven Bergwijn left the Ajax academy at the tender age of 13, a career as a professional footballer seemed like a distant dream at best. But, whereas leaving the Amsterdam giants would be the end of the road for most players in that age category, it was only the beginning for Bergwijn. PSV were quick to let the versatile attacker know they would happily take him on board, and even though the move meant he would no longer be playing in his native Amsterdam, travelling back and forth to Eindhoven was not much of an obstacle. Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “Leaving Amsterdam wasn’t that difficult to be honest, because my parents always supported me and drove me to Eindhoven and back all the time,” Bergwijn told Goal and Voetbalzone. “It did take a bit of time to get used to my new surroundings. You obviously end up in a different city, with different people. But they gave me a warm welcome.” Once fully integrated into the PSV academy, Bergwijn hit the ground running and he would soon make a name for himself at international level, too. The forward played a key role in Netherlands’ run to the final at the Under-17 Euros in 2014 and was voted player of the tournament after three goals in four appearances. Inevitably, Europe’s finest came knocking, but the ambitious youngster had no intention of leaving Eindhoven just yet. “No, I did not really consider leaving,” he added. “I was obviously still quite young and I really wanted to make it into the first team here.” And making it into the first team he did. Bergwijn was handed his first-team debut in the KNVB Beker win over Almere aged just 18 years and 21 days, before making his Eredivisie bow toward the end of the season. He would soon find out that there was a significant difference between breaking into the first team and becoming a key figure, however. “I would play one day, then sit on the bench the next and be back with Jong PSV again another week,” the forward continued. “That was quite difficult for me. You just have to be patient, though. PSV always wanted me to take things one step at a time and take it easy. “But in the end, you’ve all got to do it on your own. I never doubted myself. I have always been saying that I would make it as a professional player.” One of the coaches taking Bergwijn under his wing during those difficult days was Ruud van Nistelrooy and he has not forgotten about the former Manchester United striker’s influence. “I worked with him at the U-19 team and he was part of the coaching setup in 2017-18 as well,” the Netherlands international continued. “I learned a lot from him, especially when it comes to finishing.” Van Nistelrooy himself, meanwhile, has been impressed with Bergwijn’s development in recent years. “I think he’s shown great development over the last three years,” the current PSV U-19s boss said. “He’s playing more and more minutes every season. He’s playing every game now, he’s decisive with goals and assists. “He’s got a lot of personality as well, he’s got a very strong character, so he’s definitely one of the players with great potential.”With 15 goals and 13 assists from 41 appearances in all competitions in 2018-19, there is no denying Bergwijn has indeed become a decisive player for PSV under head coach Mark van Bommel. “I have a good relationship with Van Bommel,” the winger went on. “It’s hard to describe what it is that makes him such a good coach. Sometimes it almost feels like he is one of us. He knows what’s on our minds and what we’re thinking about. “He obviously used to be a player himself as well. That definitely makes a difference. It just helps in the relationship between players and coach.” His sublime performances have earned Bergwijn comparisons with Memphis Depay, another attacker who came through the ranks of the PSV academy, and he feels honoured to be likened to the club’s all-time record sale. “I’ve heard that comparison a lot of times,” he went on. “Memphis is a fantastic player, so it’s a compliment if people say that.” The inevitable next step would be a move abroad and his coach would not be surprised if Bergwijn commanded a similar transfer fee as when Depay joined Manchester United for an initial price of €34 million back in 2015. “It’s always difficult to compare players, but Memphis was playing more or less in the same position and has similar characteristics,” Van Bommel stated. “It could be possible that a club pay almost the same amount for Steven as they did for Memphis. “But the transfer market always changes, it also depends on which club is after a winger. Of course, wingers are always interesting, but it’s hard to say whether he will go for about €40m.” Manchester United are one of the clubs that have been credited with an interest in signing Bergwijn, with Tottenham, Inter and Ajax all believed to be keeping a close eye on his situation, too. Following in the footsteps of Depay and moving to Old Trafford might be an intriguing option, but the 21-year-old is in no rush to make a move and has no plans of leaving PSV for just any club. “Manchester United are definitely a nice club,” he admitted. “I am still only 21 and I am in no rush to leave PSV. It would have to be a good club that have a clear plan with me. “I also think that when you join a new club, perhaps a better team, you automatically raise your game because of the level of the other players on the training pitch. “If something good comes up, then yes, I would be ready for it. If that doesn’t happen, I will happily stay at PSV. I am happy here and feel comfortable at this club.” Regardless of whether a transfer happens this summer or not, Bergwijn is not afraid to set the bar high when it comes to his personal objectives. “I would love to win the Champions League, the Euros and the World Cup, all of them,” the gifted forward went on. That might be easier said than done, but there’s no denying Bergwijn has a knack for winning silverware. At the tender age of 21, the PSV star has already won three Eredivisie titles as well as two Johan Cruyff Shields.And it would be foolish to bet against Bergwijn adding to that in the years to come, be that with PSV or one of Europe’s superclubs.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: (R-L) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talk on the field prior to their game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ohio State and its football program are currently dealing with a major scandal. The Buckeyes are undergoing an investigation into Urban Meyer and how the domestic violence accusations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith were handled.The Ohio State-Michigan rivalry never sleeps, though, even amid a scandal. That’s what social media is suggesting, anyway.The Barstool Ohio State Twitter account tweeted out a photo this morning, taking a shot at the Wolverines.The tweet said, “They say Urban Meyer lied, but Michigan’s been lying for years.” It included a photo of Michigan’s “Those Who Say Will Be Champions” slogan.They say Urban Meyer lied, but Michigan’s been lying for years. pic.twitter.com/OAJikDJnEf— Barstool OSU (@BarstoolOSU) August 7, 2018Former Ohio State football star Michael Thomas reacted to the photo with the following tweet:“ON EVERYTHING #GOBUCKS,” he tweeted.ON EVERYTHING ?? #GOBUCKS https://t.co/0AgRwGtQDU— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) August 7, 2018Urban Meyer has not lost to Michigan as Ohio State’s head coach.The Buckeyes and the Wolverines are set to play on Nov. 24 at noon. This year’s game is taking place in Columbus, Ohio.
DALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 06: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns looks for an open receiver against the Oklahoma Sooners in the first half of the 2018 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 6, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)The Oklahoma Sooners, the No. 7 team in the country, entered the Red River Rivalry game against Texas with College Football Playoff aspirations. They’re probably out the door after the defensive effort OU put forth on Saturday afternoon.Through three quarters, Texas has put up 45 points and 423 yards of offense. The Longhorns have had their way with the Sooners through the air, to put it mildly. Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger is 18-of-24 for 272 yards with two touchdowns. He’s also rushed for three more touchdowns on the ground. It’s currently 45-24 in favor of UT.Oklahoma’s offense has been solid, but it hasn’t been enough to stay with the red-hot Longhorns. Texas has punted just one time through three quarters.Oklahoma’s defense has been so bad that a number of Sooners fans left after the third quarter. They’d seen enough:There are Oklahoma fans starting to leave the stadium right now. Some of them have given up.— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) October 6, 2018OU fans pouring out of the Cotton Bowl with almost 14 minutes left.— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) October 6, 2018It’s all adding up to a likely Texas win in the Red River Rivalry game for the first time since 2015. Oklahoma had won six of the last eight contests between the two.It also gives Texas a huge leg up in the Big 12. The Longhorns have lost a game, but it came against Maryland in a non-conference game.It’s going to be a long week – and year – in Norman.Update: Texas wound up winning the contest, but it wasn’t without drama. Oklahoma scored three touchdowns in the final nine minutes to eventually tie the game at 45-45. The Longhorns needed one final drive – capped off by a field goal from Cameron Dicker – to emerge victorious.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass in the second quarter of the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State moved to 6-0 on the season yesterday. The Buckeyes pulled away from Indiana in the second half and won 49-26 on Homecoming.Dwayne Haskins delivered another monster performance at quarterback, keeping himself in the Heisman conversation. Haskins completed 33-of-44 passes for 455 yards and six touchdowns.In doing so, he just missed surpassing the Ohio State single-game passing yardage record of 458, held by Art Schlichter.For the season, Haskins has thrown for 1,919 yards and 25 touchdowns against just four interceptions. He’s rolling, and he doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.Responding to a tweet from the OSU football account last night, Haskins reiterated that he and his team are not finished yet.“We’re going to do what we have always done. Put our head down and work.. #GoBucks #Brotherhood,” he tweetedWe’re going to do what we have always done. Put our head down and work.. #GoBucks #Brotherhood https://t.co/IckQgT2op6— Dwayne Haskins, Jr? (@dh_simba7) October 7, 2018Ohio State plays Minnesota, Purdue and Nebraska in its next four games. Those should be three relatively easy wins.The next test for the Buckeyes appears to be at Michigan State on Nov. 10.
You can add another name to the list of college football head coaches that’ve been fired this season.Central Michigan University announced this evening a change in its football program.John Bonamego, Central Michigan’s head football coach, will not return in 2019.Central Michigan Announces Football Leadership Change https://t.co/oA9DOi3UsI— CMU Football (@CMU_Football) November 24, 2018From the school:“Making a leadership change is a difficult decision, especially when you know that coach has given his all to CMU,” Alford said. “After conducting a 360-degree evaluation of the program, it was clear that a change is needed if we are going to compete for and win championships. We greatly appreciate all that John has done for his alma mater and wish him the best moving forward.”Bonamego just finished his fourth season at CMU with an overall record of 22-29 and a MAC record of 15-17. The Chippewas were 1-11 overall, 0-8 in conference action this past season.Cory Hall will provide leadership for the program until a new head coach is named.Central Michigan went 1-11 this season.