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Joleon Lescott wants Manchester City to treat him with respect

Sign me up, or let me leave, says Lescott as City defender urges club to show him respect

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

07:12 GMT, 20 April 2013

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UPDATED:

07:16 GMT, 20 April 2013

Joleon Lescott hopes Manchester City will treat him with respect when it comes to deciding his future.

The England defender is close to entering the last year of his contract with the FA Cup finalists and has yet to fix up a new deal.

He has told the Daily Telegraph that he wants to stay, but claims he is not naive enough to think that is assured.

New deal: Joleon Lescott hopes Manchester City will treat him with respect

New deal: Joleon Lescott hopes Manchester City will treat him with respect

New deal: Joleon Lescott hopes Manchester City will treat him with respect

And, with the World Cup on the horizon, the former Everton man wants a first-team place to show national boss Roy Hodgson that he is up to the job.

He said: 'If someone said when I signed here “you're going to win the Premier League, get to two FA Cup finals and represent your country in the Euros” I'd have snapped their hand off.

'So now to go into the final year of my contract uncertain about my future is quite strange. I'd love to stay. My wife's pregnant, we've just moved house, the kids are happy at school. But I'm not naive. When you've achieved all that and you're going into the last year of your contract your future might be elsewhere.

'I can't afford to go into a World Cup year being uncertain of whether I'm going to play [regularly] here.

England ambition: Lescott wants to be a regular in World Cup year

England ambition: Lescott wants to be a regular in World Cup year

'I feel I've done enough for the club to demand a bit of respect in terms of they come and tell me what they want, whether it's a new deal, which I would be delighted to sign, or [to go] elsewhere.

'I'm very respectful of the club with what they've done for me, how they were persistent when Everton were digging their heels in to keep me. I owe a lot to the club. I also feel I've done enough to demand a bit of respect to not see speculation about my future.'

David Moyes picture Playboy model Hannah Elizabeth, Sara Beverly Jones Tony Bellew fight Liverpool Echo Arena

Moyes eyes a couple of strikers! Everton boss poses with blonde beauties before Bellew's bout

By
Lee Bryan

PUBLISHED:

02:55 GMT, 31 March 2013

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UPDATED:

03:01 GMT, 31 March 2013

David Moyes was grinning like a Cheshire cat on Saturday – and for good reason.

After watching Everton see off Stoke thanks to Kevin Mirallas' splendid strike at Goodison Park, the 49-year-old Scot proved he's still got it, sandwiching himself between a couple of glamour girls at Liverpool's Echo Arena.

Moyes was there to support Toffees fan Tony Bellew in his bout against Isaac Chilemba – which ended in a draw – but he got a little more than he bargained for in his ringside seat.

Blonde ambition: David Moyes is grabbed by a pair of Betfair beauties at the Echo Arena

Blonde ambition: David Moyes is grabbed by a pair of Betfair beauties at the Echo Arena

Everton skipper Phil Neville was quick to tweet the picture, saying: “Moyes at the boxing, go on son! That's how your Boss rolls” is he in bellews corner'

Playboy model Hannah Elizabeth, pictured left in the picture, remarked on the social network site: 'howlin that I was sittin next to David Moyes ringside n got a pic on his knee with my @SaraBeverley #LEG'

Her pal Sara Beverly Jones – an actress, presenter and promotional model – added: 'Me and @misshannahelizx on David moyes knee! Ha my face! … Add your own caption.'

In this case, we think a picture tells a thousand words…

Rickie Lambert agrees new deal with Southampton until 2016

Lambert 'over the moon' after agreeing new two-year deal with Southampton

By
Simon Peach, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

18:40 GMT, 21 March 2013

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UPDATED:

23:47 GMT, 21 March 2013

Southampton striker Rickie Lambert has extended his stay at the club until 2016.

The 31-year-old has established himself as a firm fans' favourite at St Mary's since joining from Bristol Rovers in August 2009.

Lambert has scored 101 goals for Southampton and his 13-goal haul this season makes him the top English scorer in the Barclays Premier League.

Delight: Rickie Lambert was 'over the moon' to agree a fresh deal with Southampton

Delight: Rickie Lambert was 'over the moon' to agree a fresh deal with Southampton

The striker's contract had been due to expire at the end of next season but has now been extended by a further two years.

'I'm over the moon to sign with Southampton for another three years,' Lambert told the club's official website.

'I am already enjoying myself massively at this club and the aim now is to stay on for another three years and help push the club on further than where it already is.

'There is a lot of ambition in this club for the next few years and that is one of the main reasons that I have signed the contract – and that is why I want to end my career here.

'The core of players who have been together for two or three years are going to be here for another three or four years and that is a really good feeling.

'We all have the same ambition and [executive chairman] Nicola Cortese's ambition for this club drives us all on as well, so it really helps the club with where we are now and it will help with where we want to go.'

Lambert's contract extension follows recent new deals handed to Morgan Schneiderlin, Jason Puncheon and Kelvin Davis – others to have played a key part in Southampton's rise from npower League One to the top flight.

'Rickie Lambert is a very special player for Southampton Football Club,' Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino said.

Goal scorer: Lambert's strike against Liverpool on Saturday was his 13th in the Premier League this season

Goal scorer: Lambert's strike against Liverpool on Saturday was his 13th in the Premier League this season

Lambert

He added: 'To have scored over 100 goals is a remarkable achievement, and one which he has made possible thanks to hard work and dedication.

'In my time at the club I have been impressed by his mentality and commitment to improving himself in training – attributes that have allowed him to adapt to the Premier League so well.

'I am delighted that Rickie has committed himself to the club for a further three years, and have no doubts that he will continue to deliver for Southampton as we look to push on to the next level.'

Michael Appleton new Blackburn Rovers manager

Appleton is Blackburn's third manager this season… and they are his third club of campaign!

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

18:31 GMT, 11 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:37 GMT, 11 January 2013

Blackburn have confirmed the appointment of Michael Appleton as their new manager.

Appleton becomes Rovers' third boss this season despite only taking over at Championship rivals Blackpool two months ago.

The 37-year-old former Manchester United and Preston midfielder, who began the season in charge of League One Portsmouth, has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal at Ewood Park.

Third time lucky Appleton succeeds Steve Kean and Henning Berg

Third time lucky Appleton succeeds Steve Kean and Henning Berg

Ashley Westwood, first-team coach under Appleton at both of his previous two clubs, will join him as assistant.

In a statement released by Blackburn, Appleton said: 'I am delighted to
be joining such an historic club. This is a fantastic opportunity for me
and I am excited about the challenge we have ahead of us.

'I can't wait to start working with what is a very talented group of players.

'I'd like to thank everyone at Blackpool for their efforts during my
time there and the chairman for allowing me to come here. I wish them
all the best for the future.'

On a roll: Blackburn have won three on the spin under caretaker Gary Bowyer

On a roll: Blackburn have won three on the spin under caretaker Gary Bowyer

Rovers' managing director Derek Shaw said: 'We are delighted to welcome both Michael and Ashley to the football club.

'They are both highly regarded within the game and we are confident that
they have the drive and ambition to take this club forward.

'We will do everything in our powers to support them in our quest to make an instant return to the Premier League.'

Blackburn Rovers crisis: players revolt, Shebby Singh under pressure

Revealed: From boardroom split to player revolt, the inside story of crisis engulfing Blackburn

Senior players revolt after poor start to season
Derek Shaw wants controversial Shebby Singh out
Club no closer to naming successor to Henning Berg

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UPDATED:

09:07 GMT, 31 December 2012

Crisis club Blackburn are in greater disarray than ever after being rocked by a bitter boardroom split and a growing revolt among senior players.

Managing director Derek Shaw flew to India at the weekend to try and convince the club’s owners Venky’s to end the farcical reign of their global advisor Shebby Singh.

Former Preston chairman Shaw, an experienced football administrator, has become increasingly frustrated at being marginalised by Singh and has brought matters to a head by confronting the owners over it.

Controversial: Blackburn's global advisor Shebby Singh is under pressure

Controversial: Blackburn's global advisor Shebby Singh is under pressure

While Shaw fights his own personal battle, and tries to oust the controversial Singh, Venky’s are facing just as big a problem trying to quell mounting unrest in a disillusioned dressing room.

Several senior players were reluctant to drop into the Championship, after last season’s relegation, but relented after Singh urged them to give it until Christmas for the club to demonstrate their ambition about trying to bounce straight back.

Most feel that, far from seeing
evidence of Singh’s predicted revival, Blackburn have continued to
decline after the shambolic handling of appointing a successor to Steve
Kean.

The mood was not
helped by the presence of untried Asian coach Judan Ali at their
training ground at the end of last week, and several are now ready to
jump ship and seek a move in the January transfer window.

Though Singh denied Ali was about to
become part of the coaching team at Ewood Park, the continuing fiasco of
the management set-up at Blackburn, a contentious issue that has been
allowed to tear the club apart ever since Sam Allardyce was sacked, has
caused ructions at board level and in the dressing room.

Protest: Blackburn fans make a point

Protest: Blackburn fans make a point

When the vilified Kean finally decided he’d had enough earlier this season, Shaw is understood to have favoured a move for Blackpool boss Ian Holloway but was overruled by Singh, who bizarrely went for Henning Berg, despite the former Blackburn defender being sacked for almost relegating Lillestrom.

That was the last straw for Shaw and
prompted his trip to India for showdown talks with Venky’s, while
Blackburn’s players have been just as dismayed by the ensuing decline in
fortunes that prompted Singh to acknowledge his folly and axe Berg
after just 10 games in charge.

With little sign of the
desperately-needed managerial know-how being recruited, other than
suggestions that one-time Aston Villa caretaker-boss Kevin MacDonald
might be added to the coaching staff, several disaffected players are
now ready to push for a move in the next few weeks.

Singh appeared on BBC Radio
FiveLive’s 606 phone-in on Saturday night and flew into a rage after
being quizzed about his input on the training pitch.

Co-presenter Darren Fletcher asked if
he had taken training on Friday, and it clearly touched a nerve, as
Singh shouted down the line:
‘Oh come on, give me a break. How stupid is that Surely no-one believes
that. I did not take training yesterday. That is really stupid for
anyone to even think that.

‘That is downright stupidity to even
suggest that. I was at the training ground because of my
responsibilities, but on the pitch, I have no involvement whatsoever.
Listen to me, I did not take training.’

Singh appeared to confirm that he was at loggerheads with Shaw and also took the rap for the disastrous appointment of Berg.

Asked to define his role, he said: ‘It
is difficult to explain when it is not a conventional title, but I am
pretty much trying to put the club back on a proper footing. I am
fighting enemies from inside and outside the club. Inside every club,
you find that not everyone is fighting the same cause. Individuals have
their own agenda. This is common everywhere you go.

Over and out: Blackburn sacked Henning Berg after ten matches in charge

Over and out: Blackburn sacked Henning Berg after ten matches in charge

‘I make the decisions, with the owners’ blessing and endorsement. It upsets a lot of people, but unfortunately that’s the way it is. The final decision about appointing Henning Berg was mine, but results were very poor and performances were not the best. A decision had to be made on how long you can put up with that.

‘You always think you have made the right decision, but it doesn’t always work out. I do not agree that 57 days was not long enough. It was 10 games. To me, 10 games is a lifetime. I got it wrong on that one. I will hold my hands up and say that, but it is not the end of the world. We still have to soldier on, and the team can still progress.’

Singh attempted to clarify the situation over Ali, saying: ‘I had a chat with him nine weeks ago, and he was interested in visiting the club to see how things were done. He came here to observe training and how the club functioned. Every coach wants to know that as part of their education.

'The timing (of his visit) was not right, unfortunately, but he is a friend. We enjoy talking about football, but it was not the plan that he would be part of the coaching set-up, and I don’t know why people think there is something happening.’

Lewis Holtby wanted by Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham

Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs line up to sign wantaway Schalke midfielder Holtby

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UPDATED:

10:19 GMT, 30 December 2012

Wanted man: Holtby has signalled his intention to leave Schalke

Wanted man: Holtby has signalled his intention to leave Schalke

Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby will talk with Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham in January to discuss a possible move in the summer.

The Germany Under 21 captain has refused his club's offer of a new deal and his immediate ambition is to move to the Premier League.

All three English clubs are fighting for the midfielder and will be queuing up to open talks in the new year, according to the Mirror.

The 22-year old already has British
connections; his father is English and Holtby was eligible to play for
England before he declared for his country of birth, Germany.

Schalke has been a key scouting
territory for Arsenal this season and Holtby featured in their group
stage clashes in the Champions League.

The Bundeliga outfit were hoping he would follow another Arsenal target, Holland striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar, in committing his future to the club, but board member Horst Heldt was forced to concede defeat.

Gunner get ya: Arsenal are in the hunt for Holtby's signature

Gunner get ya: Arsenal are in the hunt for Holtby's signature

'We had hoped Lewis saw his future at Schalke beyond the end of this season,' said Heldt. 'But he has made a personal decision that we respect.

'We are sure he will give everything between now and the end of the season.'

Arsenal target Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa wants Manchester United move

My dream is to play for United! Arsenal target Yanga-Mbiwa would rather Old Trafford move

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UPDATED:

16:12 GMT, 29 December 2012

Arsenal target Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has admitted he dreams of playing in the Premier League – but for Manchester United.

The Montpellier central defender has said United are his preferred choice and his career ambition is to play for the league leaders.

Gunner get ya! Yanga-Mbiwa is wanted by Arsenal, but dreams of playing for Man United

Gunner get ya! Yanga-Mbiwa is wanted by Arsenal, but dreams of Man United

'My dream is to play wearing the shirt
(of United) at Old Trafford,' he told France Football. My favourite
club, without a doubt, is United.'

'In my dreams, I am sliding on my knees towards the corner at the stadium. I am scoring a decisive goal from a corner, a header. That would be alright!'

The 23-year old was linked with a move to the Emirates in the summer, after lifting the Ligue 1 title with Montpellier, but a deal failed to materialise.

Montpellier meanwhile are barely recognisable from their phenomenal season last term, despite having managed to claw themselves from 16th to 11th in the table.

Losing Yanga-Mbiwa would represent a colossal blow for the champions, who have already lost defender Cyril Jeunechamp to a year-long ban, for striking L’Equipe journalist Jose Barroso in the face, after he took offence to an article Barroso published in November.

On the move The defender would love to switch to the Premier League

On the move The defender would love to switch to the Premier League

Alex McLeish appointed Nottingham Forest manager

Forest fans vent anger as McLeish lands manager's job ahead of Di Matteo just ONE day after O'Driscoll axing

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UPDATED:

23:18 GMT, 27 December 2012

ROUGH JUSTICE

Read Joe Ridge's Football League Blog for his opinion on Sean O'Driscoll's sacking just five months into the job

Nottingham Forest have confirmed the appointment of Alex McLeish as their new manager – just a day after parting company with Sean O'Driscoll.

The former Birmingham and Aston Villa boss will begin work tomorrow and will take charge of Saturday's npower Championship encounter with Crystal Palace at the City Ground.

The Scot, who will be presented to
the media following training tomorrow morning, welcomed the opportunity
to return to management at a club lying eighth in the second tier.

Wanted: McLeish has been out of a job since he was sacked as manager of Aston Villa on the final day of last season

Wanted: McLeish has been out of a job since he was sacked as manager of Aston Villa on the final day of last season

'I'm really looking forward to working with Nottingham Forest,” McLeish told Forest's website.

'I've had time away from the game and now feel refreshed and ready to go.

'The fact that a club of Forest's magnitude has offered me a job excites me greatly – it's a wonderful opportunity.

'I can't wait to get started and I'm
looking forward to meeting the players, talking to them and taking my
first training session.'

'I'm delighted to welcome Alex to our
club and look forward to working with him,' Forest chairman Fawaz Al
Hasawi added.

'Alex took Birmingham to promotion from the Championship and has great experience of working in the Premier League.

'He's hungry for more success and I
believe he's the man who can help us fulfil our ambition of making it to
the Premier League.'

The 53-year-old McLeish, who has also
had spells in charge of Rangers and the Scotland national team, had
been out of work since being dismissed by Villa in May, after finishing
just two points above the relegation zone in the Premier League.

Shock: Roberto Di Matteo was a surprise contender for the Forest job

Shock: Roberto Di Matteo was a surprise contender for the Forest job

Missing out Roy Keane was in the stands for the match against Leeds United at the City Ground

Missing out Roy Keane was in the stands for the match against Leeds United at the City Ground

News of McLeish's appointment was met with a lukewarm reception in Nottingham.

A local newspaper poll ran a list of
candidates in the wake of O'Driscoll's shock exit and McLeish
received no votes by way of support.

A number of supporters also took to Twitter to voice their frustration after being linked
with the likes of Roy Keane and Roberto Di Matteo, who lifted the Champions League
trophy with Chelsea last season.

Clency
Lebrasse ‏(@Clency) posted: 'McLeish McLeish Is this a joke! Why
are forest raiding the brummie poundland for a boss Such an anti-climax
after hopes of a big name.

Harsh Sean O'Driscoll was sacked after Forest beat Leeds 4-2

Harsh Sean O'Driscoll was sacked after Forest beat Leeds 4-2

Ruthless: (From l-r) Fawaz Al-Hasawi, Abdulaziz Al-Hasawi and Omar Al-Hasawi are determined to reach the Premier League

Ruthless: (From l-r) Fawaz Al-Hasawi, Abdulaziz Al-Hasawi and Omar Al-Hasawi are determined to reach the Premier League

A RUTHLESS REGIME

New manager Alex McLeish may not feel too secure in his new position with how the Al-Hasawi family have treated his predecessors.

The Kuwaiti-based owners sacked Steve
Cotterill just two days after taking control of the club in July 2012.

Cotterill survived just nine months at Forest.

Sean O'Driscoll, who was sacked after a convincing win against Leeds on Boxing Day, parted ways with Nottingham Forest after joining the club five months earlier from Crawley Town.

Ben
List ‏(@ACosmicHobo) added:'McLeish is a boring dour man who plays dour
boring football. They'll be no more 4-2s at the City Ground this year
🙁 #nffc'

Nick Pickard ‏(@nickp210) said:
'Don't understand the appointment of Alex Mcleish, why would you get rid
of O'Driscoll for him. We will be going back to hoof ball again'

Simon
Ackrill ‏(@simon_ackrill) was slightly more positive, adding: 'Not the
biggest fan of mcleish but we've certainly appointed worse! Just gotta
get behind the team and the new gaffa #COYR #nffc'

Ex-Chelsea chief Di Matteo
was the most popular choice but the former Italy international is
believed to be holding out for a post in the Premier League.

McLeish, who left Aston Villa under a cloud after fans reacted angrily to the former Birmingham boss' poor run of results, has remained in good shape and hopes to catapult his new club into the Premier League, a feat he performed with Birmingham City in the 2008-09 campaign.

Derided: McLeish left Aston Villa under a cloud after a poor run of form

Derided: McLeish left Aston Villa under a cloud after a poor run of form

Derided: McLeish left Aston Villa under a cloud after a poor run of form

Roberto Martinez backs David Moyes for European role

Martinez hails rival Moyes as he backs Everton boss for successful stint abroad

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 25 December 2012

Roberto Martinez believes that Everton manager David Moyes would be a success if he pursued his ambition to manage abroad.

Moyes, whose fifth-placed team host Martinez’s Wigan on Boxing Day, said last week that he would one day like to test his abilities in a European league, citing the Bundesliga as a preferred option.

Euro adventure: Roberto Martinez says David Moyes would be a success abroad

Euro adventure: Roberto Martinez says David Moyes would be a success abroad

Euro adventure: Roberto Martinez says David Moyes would be a success abroad

And Martinez is convinced that he would prosper after a decade at Everton overcoming the Premier League’s challenges.

He said: ‘David has been there 11 seasons, a man of knowledge and experiences that he’s built up over the years — and always finding the solutions to have a competitive team reaching the target that they need to achieve.

'It makes him capable of going anywhere in the world, that’s very clear.'

Romelu Lukaku wants West Brom stay

Let me learn at West Brom says Lukaku as loan star eyes Baggies stay

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UPDATED:

23:08 GMT, 23 December 2012

Romelu Lukaku does not start every game, is bullied in training and works for a manager who drops him, even when he plays well.

Yet the Chelsea teenager loves life on loan at West Bromwich Albion. So much so that, not only does he want to stay for the rest of this season, he is planning another campaign in the Black Country.

West Brom head coach Steve Clarke has fielded hundreds of questions about whether the Belgium striker will be staying.

Staying game Lukaku has pledged his desire to remain at the Baggies

Staying game Lukaku has pledged his desire to remain at the Baggies

But five minutes with Lukaku was all
it took for the youngster to scotch any notion that he might call a
premature end to his stay at the Hawthorns.

'I want to stay here,' he said. 'So many people have asked me in the last few weeks, “Are you staying”

'I've had a lot of contact with
Chelsea and I've told them I'm happy here. 'I have a great rapport with
the manager. He challenges me mentally. If I don't play, it's
challenging me to do more. I want to develop. For me, it is a one-year
loan. Then it may be another year again because I need to play as much
as I can.

'I can learn here. I can improve
here. It's my ambition and the players want me to improve. Jonas Olsson
bullies me in training, but I love it. Last year I had Alex, John Terry
and David Luiz against me. 'Now I have Jonas, who I think is one of
the best defenders in the league.'

On Saturday, Lukaku's 82nd- minute
header sealed a 2-1 win over Norwich for Clarke, whose team go into
Christmas level on points with third-placed Arsenal. The 18m signing,
though, has other long-term goals.

'Chelsea know I'm a player who is hungry to play and they will benefit from that in the future,' he added.

'It is my parent club. I love the
club. I don't have any problems with them. 'My ambition is to start in
the first eleven in every game for Chelsea.'