Aston Villa target high-profile appointment after sacking Steve Bruce

first_imgnews Share on LinkedIn Topics Aston Villa The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Purslow, who spent just over 12 months as Liverpool’s chief executive and later went on to become managing director at Chelsea for three years, is tasked with putting together the shortlist for a position that is likely to attract plenty of interest, especially now that Villa have the financial backing of Sawiris and Edens, who bought a majority stake from Dr Tony Xia, the former owner, in July to put the club back on a stable footing.Bruce’s position as manager came under scrutiny at that time, with reports circulating that Henry was going to take over at Villa Park. Although Bruce managed to ride out that storm, he was never going to survive Tuesday night, when the simmering anger and frustration in the stands came to the surface on the back of a result that left Villa with only one win from their last 10 matches.Bruce was clearly upset and hurt by some of the things that went on off the field, including the cabbage incident, but he said afterwards that he had no intention of resigning and vowed to “battle on”. With Villa still within touching distance of the play‑offs, Bruce could have been forgiven for thinking he was only a few results away from turning things round, yet the reality is performances have been poor for some time and a team with a sprinkling of talented individuals has been playing with no clear identity for too long.In a statement released on Wednesday afternoon Villa confirmed that Colin Calderwood, the assistant manager, has left the club along with Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence and Gary Walsh, who were all part of the coaching staff. Kevin MacDonald, the under-23s manager, will take temporary charge for Saturday’s game at Millwall. Read more Share via Email Deciding the best option was trying to hit Steve Bruce with a cabbage Share on Twittercenter_img Steve Bruce Christian Purslow, who took over as Villa’s chief executive officer at the end of August, met Bruce on Wednesday to inform him that he was being dismissed, a little under two years after he was appointed. Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, the club’s owners, made that decision together with Purslow after coming to the conclusion that the chaotic game against Preston, who are bottom of the Championship, left them with no option but to act.Purslow, working closely with the club’s owners, will now lead an extensive search to find a manager capable of reviving their promotion hopes. Thierry Henry, who was linked with the Villa job in the summer, is likely to be among the candidates. Other names in the frame include Sam Allardyce, out of work since leaving Everton in May, and Brendan Rodgers, the Celtic manager. Dean Smith, who has impressed at Brentford and grew up supporting Villa, could also come under consideration, although it is questionable whether he is the sort of appointment the owners have in mind.Villa, in an ideal world, hope to have Bruce’s successor in place in the lead‑up to time for the home game against Swansea on 20 October, which takes place immediately after the international break, although they are not wedded to that timescale and will not rush a decision that is central to their plans of returning to the Premier League. Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Aston Villa are targeting a high-profile appointment after sacking Steve Bruce following a damaging run of results that made his position untenable in the eyes of the club’s owners.Bruce was relieved of his duties less than 24 hours after the tumultuous 3-3 draw against Preston, during which Villa missed an injury-time penalty, fans called for him to be dismissed and a cabbage was thrown at the 57‑year‑old manager. Share on Messenger Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Bournemouth v Wolves: match preview

first_imgTopics 7 Ivan Cavaleiro Possession WOL BOU Corners Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 Bennett (s 90′) 2 Doherty 1 Boruc 6 Surman Bournemouth 28 Joao Moutinho 9 Jimenez 15 Boly Bournemouth will be glad to return to the comforts of the Vitality Stadium after successive defeats without scoring on the road. Stark contrast to the previous two games at home which they won with an aggregate score of 6-0. Callum Wilson and David Brooks are still missing, though. Wolves will arrive in good spirits after making the quarter-finals of the FA Cup but could miss Diogo Jota, who is struggling with a dead leg. Eddie Howe’s side can close the gap on Wolves to three points with a win. Graham SearlesSaturday 3pmVenue Vitality StadiumLast season n/aReferee Roger EastThis season G6 Y23 R0 3.83 cards/gameOdds H 15-8 A 6-4 D 12-5BOURNEMOUTHSubs from Boruc, Simpson, Mousset, Pugh, Taylor, Ibe, Rico, DanielsDoubtful Stanislas (thigh)Injured Brooks (ankle, Mar), Wilson (knee, Mar), L Cook (knee, unknown), Francis (knee, unknown)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y38 R1Form DLWWLLLeading scorer Wilson 10WOLVESSubs from Norris, Cavaleiro, Giles, Watt, Gonçalves, Traoré, Gibbs-White, Vinagre, Costa, SaïssDoubtful Doherty (knock), Jota (dead leg)Injured NoneSuspended NoneDiscipline Y48 R1Form LLWWWDLeading scorer Jiménez 9 11 Rui Patricio Fouls Share via Email 37 Traore 8 Lerma 8 Neves Match previews Share on Twitter 11 Daniels Substitutes 6 AFC Bournemouth Off target 8 Wolves 2 AFC Bournemouth On target 1 Wolves 9 8 21 Rico WOL57BOU43% 5 Ake Match stats Share on Messenger Wolves 19 Jonny 33 Mepham AFC Bournemouth Share on LinkedIn 29 Solanke Substitutes 18 Jota 44 Surridge Premier League Share on Pinterest Goal attempts resources 10 Ibe 23 Clyne 32 Dendoncker 10 Helder Costa 27 Saiss (s 88′) 9 Mousset Lineups 29 Ruben Vinagre Share on WhatsApp (s 77′) 17 Gibbs-White 10 15 15 Smith 57 43 17 King (s 66′) Share on Facebook 27 Begovic 16 Coady Reuse this content 4 Gosling 24 Fraser 21 Ruddy 25 Simpsonlast_img read more

‘Barca game Atleti’s only chance in La Liga’

first_imgAtlético Madrid ‘Barcelona game Atletico’s only chance to close La Liga gap’ Manasi Pathak 19:39 3/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid Getty Atlético Madrid Primera División Barcelona v Atlético Madrid Barcelona Gaizka Mendieta, formerly of Barcelona, insists that Diego SImeone’s men must win if they are to have any chance of winning the title Atletico Madrid’s encounter with Barcelona represents their only chance to reel in the La Liga leaders, according to former Barca midfielder Gaizka Mendieta.Atleti are five points behind Lionel Messi et al after Barca were held to a 1-1 draw by Las Palmas on Thursday.The two sides will clash this weekend at Camp Nou, with Atleti looking to extend an eight-game unbeaten streak in all competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Mendieta believes the game offers perhaps Atleti’s only chance to close the gap as the season progresses.”It will be a tough game. For Atletico Madrid, it will be about cutting off the points gap, while for Barcelona it will be to keep the distance at the top of the table because the end of the season will be really tough in terms of the title challenge,” he told Goal in an exclusive interview.”Atleti will have this match as the only chance to get closer to Barcelona.”Mendieta spent a solitary season on loan at Barca, but is perhaps best known for his spell at Valencia, where he won the Copa del Rey and the Supercopa de Espana, while he also reached two Champions League finals.Valencia are currently fourth in La Liga, just one point behind Real Madrid, and Mendieta has been impressed with the current crop of players.He said: “I think the performance of Valencia so far has been great. Considering the past few seasons, it has been really good.”What started as a new project, under a new manager and a bit of expectation, it has been amazing. Now, hopefully, Valencia qualify for the Champions League.”MendietaValencia have a remarkable track record of producing major stars, including the likes of David Silva and Paco Alcacer, and gave a debut to talented right winger Ferran Torres earlier this season, with the 18-year-old recording his first assist in the 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao.Mendieta added: “Valencia has always had a great academy. The way they project their youngsters into the first team is great. Ferran Torres is another talented youngster who has come through the academy.”Valencia has always been a club which has broken young talent through the ranks and sold them. This has been their philosophy all these years; it’s great to see them produce great players.”Gaizka Mendieta is in India as La Liga’s ambassador.  La Liga has a following of over 37 million over the globe. Join the conversation at read more

Neymar: I’m not at 100 per cent yet

first_imgBrazil Neymar: I’m not at 100 per cent yet Dejan Kalinic 06:33 5/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar Brazil Getty Brazil Neymar World Cup Friendlies With just three weeks until Brazil’s World Cup opener, the PSG star has admitted he is not yet back to full fitness Brazil star Neymar admits he is not yet 100 per cent fit, three weeks out from the start of the World Cup.The Paris Saint-Germain forward has resumed training as he continues his return from foot surgery, having sustained a broken metatarsal in February.It was expected Neymar would be back for Brazil’s friendly against Croatia on June 3, but the 26-year-old is not quite at full fitness just yet. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “I’m still not at 100 per cent,” Neymar told reporters on Sunday.”This will come with time, although there is still an element of discomfort when I make certain moves.”There are still a few days until my return.”Sunday marked three weeks until Brazil’s World Cup opener against Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don.While he accepted there were some doubts, Neymar also insisted he was ready to go.”I’m ready to play. There’s nothing that can stop me,” he said.”The fear I feel is because I have stopped for three months, but it won’t prevent me.”last_img read more

Crystal Palace sign Getafe goalkeeper Guaita

first_imgTransfers Crystal Palace sign Getafe goalkeeper Guaita Josh Challies Last updated 1 year ago 20:50 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Guaita cropped Getty Images Transfers Crystal Palace Getafe Premier League Primera División The shot-stopper moves to Selhurst Park from Spain and will provide competition for Wayne Hennessey and Julian Speroni at Selhurst Park Crystal Palace have completed the signing of goalkeeper Vicente Guaita from La Liga outfit Getafe on a three-year deal.The 31-year-old will officially become an Eagles player on July 1 when his contract with the Spanish side expires and is Roy Hodgson’s first signing ahead of the new Premier League season.Guaita kept 12 clean sheets for Getafe last season, helping the side finish in eighth place in their first campaign back in the top flight, and started his career at Valencia – making over 100 appearances for Los Che. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Palace have been eyeing a new goalkeeper due to uncertainties surrounding the future of veteran shot-stopper Julian Speroni and first-choice number one Wayne Hennessey. The pair are both out of contract at the end of this month.Wales international Hennessey has stated that he is keen to secure a new deal in south London but the arrival of Guaita will present him with competition for his starting spot.Speaking to the club’s official website, Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish said: “We are delighted to sign one of LaLiga’s best goalkeepers and pleased that we beat off the competition for his signature.”We very much look forward to Vicente joining in pre-season training and helping us push on in the Premier League.”After a slow start to the 2017-18 season, Roy Hodgson took charge at Selhurst Park and led the club away from the threat of relegation, with the Eagles ultimately finishing 11th.last_img read more

Talking Touch – July

first_imgThere was some good media coverage of Touch Football in the month of July, including stories on the 2012 Queensland Junior State Cup and some up-and-coming players achieving great things. To view the stories, please click on the links below. New Touch Seasons Starts Next WeekAfter a brief break following the completion of the summer season, the Whitsunday’s Touch Association (WTA) is gearing up for another big season starting this Monday, July 16 at the Whitsunday Sports Park. Juniors Shine At Touch CarnivalGympie’s four Touch Football teams competing in last weekend’s Queensland Junior State Cup displayed admirable competitiveness during the three-day event.The State Cup, which ran from Friday, July 6, to Sunday, July 8, hosted a record 179 teams and drew crowds in their thousands. Aussie Rep Home It doesn’t get much better than wearing the green and gold against New Zealand.Michael Chapman won’t forget it, after claiming the Touch Football Trans Tasman Trophy. Junior Touch Cup To StayThe Fraser Coast’s unbridled dedication to the Junior Touch Football State Cup has paid off, with organisers pledging to hold the competition here for a further five years.Queensland Touch Association general manager Peter Bevan yesterday announced the deal between the QTA, Fraser Coast Regional Council and Fraser Coast Tourism, in what is a major coup for this area. Chase For Big Cash TouchdownThe Fraser Coast’s bid to claim the rights to the Qld Touch Football carnival for the next five years could be known as early as tomorrow afternoon. U10 In Top Touch At State CarnivalThey may have been the youngest Gladstone team to ever attend a state carnival but the Gladstone Touch Association under-10 showed the older kids just how it’s done.With five Gladstone representative teams attending the carnival, aged from nine to 17, the youngsters were the best-performing Gladstone team to attend the Junior State Touch Football Cup in Hervey Bay over the weekend, finishing ninth overall. Youngsters Show That Winning TouchThe Morning Bulletin, 19/07/2012TOUCH FOOTBALL: James Baartz and Kate Bromley are leading the way for aspiring touch players at the Junior Touch Football State Cup.Local players Baartz and Bromley competed in the event recently and not only delivered impressive performances on the field, but were also awarded the prestigious Scott Notley and Kerry Norman awards by the Queensland Touch Association.Baartz and Bromley were nominated for the awards for their State Cup representation, for their consistent honesty and fairness, and for their high-quality on-field performances to match their off-field demeanour and example. North Rockhampton High student Bromley has been playing competitively in the sport for 12 years and has represented Rockhampton in the State Cup on seven occasions. The modest 16-year-old is honoured to have received the award and encourages others to join the sport.“I don’t play to receive awards or to win anything, I play because I love it and it’s a great sport,” Bromley said.“It’s nice knowing people think I deserve such a great award.”Bromley said the State Cup was a good competition because it offered a lot of teams and age groups and she urged young sports players to join the sport.The competition produced great results for the Rockhampton Touch Association, which had 15 teams competing, nine of which made the quarter-finals. The 16 year girls’ team topped the results, winning the state championships for their division. The 18 year boys made the semi-finals but unfortunately failed to defend their title won last year, losing to Labrador. President of the Rockhampton Junior Touch Association Mick Callow said overall the competition produced a great result for the city’s junior touch representative players. The association is still taking nominations for junior and senior teams, with competition starting mid-August.Students Selected For QueenslandThe Chronicle (Toowoomba), 18/07/2012Four Fairholme Touch Football players have been selected to play for Queensland after their outstanding success at this year’s State Touch Championships.Dominique Du Toit, Meg Jakins and Kristen Currie will wear maroon for the Queensland Under 15 Schoolgirls while Georgina Rackemann was named for the Queensland Open team.Their selections are a just reward after they helped lead Darling Downs to a second place finish at the under 15 state titles.Darling Downs managed to win all of their round games and defeated South Coast in the semi-final, winning 2-0.They faced Metropolitan East in the final and despite leading at half time, Darling Downs were narrowly defeated 4-3 in the final minutes.If you see a story from your local media organisations about Touch Football and would like to see it on the Touch Football Australia website, please email Related LinksTalking Touchlast_img read more

2015 NTL Referee Nominations

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is calling for nominations for suitably qualified referees to be considered to attend the 2015 National Touch League (NTL) and Elite Eight Series from Wednesday, 11 March until Saturday, 14 March 2015.  The event will be held at C.ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. The Open and Senior tournaments will run concurrently over the four days creating an exciting atmosphere with the best players and officials from across the country in all age divisions, with the potential of international teams. The NTL event has proven to be a highlight for the Touch Football community, providing a great opportunity for professional development through experiencing the highest level of Touch Football in the country. The event is also an opportunity for referees selected in the TWC 2015 squad to ensure they are in peak condition leading into the event in late April. For more information, please click on the attached document. Related Files2015_ntl_-_referee_nomination_information-pdfRelated LinksNTL Refs Nominationslast_img read more