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Mark Cavendish confident of success in 2013

Keep the faith! Cavendish bullish success will come his way in 2013 after switching to Omega

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Mike Dawes

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09:06 GMT, 2 January 2013

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11:16 GMT, 2 January 2013

Mark Cavendish believes the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step team can propel him back to winning ways.

The 'Manx Missile' struggled to make an impact at Team Sky last year before failing to win a medal at the London Olympics.

But the world’s fastest sprinter has been impressed with the set-up at his new employers.

New beginning: Mark Cavendish has joined up with his team-mates

New beginning: Mark Cavendish has joined up with his team-mates

New beginning: Mark Cavendish has joined up with his team-mates

'I have to say that the first approach with the team in Slovakia and Mallorca during the training camp was great,' Cavendish said.

'When you come to a new group, you never know how it’s going to go or how to behave. Instead, with this group there was immediate synchrony.

'Everyone here, staff and athletes, really loves cycling and is psyched to be a part of this group that has such a great history. For me, it’s important to be a part of this and to feel the faith around me.’

Cavendish will join his team-mates for a training camp in Spain later this week before making his debut at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina later in January.

'I will probably anticipate my arrival in Spain by a few days, so I can get right down to hard work,' he added.

VIDEO: New year, new team for Cav…

‘It’s going to be an important training camp, during which we’re going to be doing a lot of work to prepare for the start of the season,

‘2013 already looks like is going to be full of events. I want to do well and give back to this fantastic group that has placed so much faith in me,

‘The heritage of this team is incredible; it’s been around since 2003. I’m proud to wear this jersey that Tom (Boonen) and the other guys on the team have made unique in the group.

‘Now I, too, want to contribute and feel like this jersey I’m wearing is even more my own.’

Birmingham Crystal Palace match report:

Birmingham 2 Crystal Palace 2: Diop pegs back Murray-powered Eagles

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17:32 GMT, 15 December 2012

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17:32 GMT, 15 December 2012

Battling Birmingham fought back from two goals down to share the points with npower Championship promotion hopefuls Crystal Palace.

It looked like it was game over when Palace goal machine Glenn Murray made it 20 goals for the season as he completed his double to make it 2-0 on the hour mark.

But substitute Nikola Vidic and Papa Bouba Diop levelled things up to ensure Lee Clark's men claimed a share of the spoils.

On target: Papa Bouba Diop leaps to head home the equaliser

On target: Papa Bouba Diop leaps to head home the equaliser

Match facts

Birmingham: Butland, Caddis (Hancox 58), Caldwell, Davies, Robinson, Burke (Zigic 65), Reilly, Diop, Elliott (Hall 56), King, Lovenkrands.

Subs Not Used: Doyle, Ibanez, Morrison, Redmond.

Booked: Burke, Lovenkrands.

Goals: Zigic 66, Diop 82.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Ramage, Delaney, Parr, Bolasie, Garvan, Dikgacoi, Zaha, Murray (Wilbraham 82), Moritz (Gabbidon 77).

Subs Not Used: Price, Easter, Moxey, O'Keefe, Appiah.

Booked: Parr.

Goals: Murray 39,60.

Att: 17,158

Ref: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire).

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It was the hosts who showed first
intent, Chris Burke's 18-yard effort bringing Palace keeper Julian
Speroni into action after eight minutes.

Paul Robinson then tried his luck but his effort cleared the bar as the Blues dictated things at the start.

Clark's men had made all the early running but their enthusiastic
approach cost them after 29 minutes when Chris Burke was booked for
bringing down Andre Moritz.

Burke then tried to break the deadlock with a speculative shot from
distance which sailed wide of the target as the hosts continued to
dominate proceedings.

Speroni was in the action again nine minutes before the break when he
saved from Peter Lovenkrands' 12-yard effort, and the keeper was
relieved to see a header from Curtis Davies go wide following a Wade
Elliott corner.

There had been little seen of Palace's swashbuckling style in the first
half but credit had to be given to the Blues' approach that had denied
Holloway's men any space at all.

But having weathered the storm for most of the first half, it was Palace
who took the lead just six minutes before the break when Yannick
Bolasie's break from the right gave Murray an easy tap-in.

It was typical smash-and-grab stuff and Holloway will have been
delighted with the scoreline – if not his side's below-par performance –
at the break.

City picked up where they had left off after the interval, with Burke
again testing Speroni from distance as Clark's men kept up their
considerable efforts.

At the other end, Palace's Kagisho Dikgacoi went close following an Owen Garvan corner.

Elliott was replaced by Robert Hall within 10 minutes of the restart as
Clark signalled a change – and hopefully a change of luck – in front of
goal.

But it wasn't to be as Murray grabbed his second of the afternoon for
Palace on the hour, stabbing home from close range after good work from
Jonathan Parr.

Zigic replaced Burke with 25 minutes to go and within a minute the
striker had grabbed a goal back for the hosts, heading home King's
cross.

And it was 2-2 with eight minutes left when Diop headed home Hall's cross.

India v England third Test: Alastair Cook allowed one slip-up – Nasser Hussain

Captain fantastic is allowed to make one slip-up

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22:00 GMT, 7 December 2012

The third day of a Test is about setting things up and England were excellent again at Eden Gardens. Since losing the toss they have barely put a foot wrong.

You know in India that, barring the completely unexpected, you will get five full days, so there really was no rush for England on Friday morning. Runs need to be made in the first innings on the subcontinent, while you wait for the pitch to deteriorate, and that’s what England have done.

If they had made a quick 400 before being bowled out, England would have let India back into the game, so it was important that they managed to bat on into day four, which again they managed to do expertly.

Rare mistake: Cook was run out on day three

Rare mistake: Cook was run out on day three

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Virtually everything has gone to plan for England but the running out of Alastair Cook wasn’t exactly in the script. He took evasive action but hadn’t put his bat down; however, I think we can excuse the boy his one mistake. After all the hours Cook has batted, he is allowed to have an aberration.

It was the first time Cook has ever been run out in a first-class match which, of course, led to a lot of comments about how lucky he was not to have played too much cricket with me. It’s certainly a surprising statistic and one that perhaps shows that Cook’s meticulous approach extends to his running too.

It was a shame Cook could not reach a double hundred but he will not be too worried about that after single-handedly turning this series around for England.

What started with his second-innings
hundred in Ahmedabad, in a losing cause, has now extended to the point
where he has been on the field for around 90 per cent of the series. No
wonder his brain was a little scrambled when he jumped out of the way of
that ball.

I am a
massive fan of Jonathan Trott and it was important for him that he too
scored runs. He is the glue at No 3 that England had been looking for
and it was ridiculous that some were saying he might be under pressure.

Back in the runs: Trott fell for 87 runs on day three

Back in the runs: Trott fell for 87 runs on day three

India continued to look sloppy in the field but their spinners, Ravi Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha, were a bit better. You could see that they were trying to vary their pace and learn from the success of Monty Panesar.

If two Indian spinners are trying to copy an English one on Indian pitches then that is some compliment to Panesar and England.

Rory McIlroy"s former rival Oliver Fisher misses out on US Tour

The sorry story of Rory's ex-rival: Fellow Brit Fisher misses out on US tour after final-hole bogey

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22:30 GMT, 4 December 2012

Sad story: Oliver Fisher won the Czech Open in 2011

Sad story: Oliver Fisher won the Czech Open in 2011

When Oliver Fisher and Rory McIlroy turned pro in successive years in 2006 and 2007, it appeared a close call as to which of the pin-ups of the amateur game would enjoy the more successful career.

What has happened in the space of 24 hours in America summed up how things transpired.

McIlroy was named the US Tour Player of the Year in a vote of his peers, while Fisher, in a valiant effort to get on the American circuit next year, bogeyed his final hole at qualifying school to miss out by a shot.

It was rough on the 24-year-old Londoner, who had birdied the previous three holes to give himself a chance.

Now Fisher has to decide whether he wants to play on the US Tour's reserve circuit, the Web.com Tour, and earn his privileges for the regular tour, or return to the European Tour.

With a trophy bearing his name and 2million in career earnings, Fisher is hardly a failure.

It just must feel like that every time he looks at his old amateur rival.

As for McIlroy, he became the youngest to be named Player of the Year since Tiger Woods in 1998, and the second European in a row to win following Luke Donald in 2011. 'It's always nice to be recognised by your peers, and particularly when you think who has won this award in the past,' said McIlroy.

Contrast: Rory McIlroy has gone on to greatness

Contrast: Rory McIlroy has gone on to greatness

After a few days in Aspen, Colorado with his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki, the 23-year-old has moved on to Boston, where he conducted a teleconference while being driven on the freeways.

In between losing him as he went through tunnels, he revealed that a more businesslike approach had paid full dividends these past 18 months, and acknowledged that Wozniacki's dedication to her sport had rubbed off on him.

'Seeing how hard she works definitely flipped a switch for me,' he admitted.

'I think after winning the US Open last year I realised that my career had gone up a level, and I needed to become a little more professional and businesslike.'

Opposites: McIlroy was named US Tour Player of the Year

Opposites: McIlroy was named US Tour Player of the Year

Meanwhile, as one Fisher was missing out at Q-school in California, another – Ross, no relation – was breezing through, finishing second behind South Korea's Lee Dong-hwan. Englishman Fisher, 32, saw his career nosedive last year after being part of the winning Ryder Cup team at Celtic Manor in 2010.

'This year has been a work in progress,' he said, referring to a couple of runner-up finishes in Europe. Fisher hits it long and high, and it would be no surprise to see him revive his career in America.

Also clutching a tour card is American Erik Compton, the bravest man in professional golf. He underwent two heart transplants before his 30th birthday, but nothing, it seems, will stop Compton, now 33, pursuing his dream.

Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez develops iPad coaching app

Save Chelsea's season There's an app for that! New Blues boss Benitez has a secret weapon for masterminding his tactics

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14:29 GMT, 26 November 2012

Some managers are sticklers for a wipeboard and coloured marker pens, while others might swear by a magnetic pitch and coloured discs to get their laboriously thought-out tactical musings through to the players.

Not so Rafael Benitez – he takes a wholly more high-tech and sophisticated approach to his team talks.

The new Chelsea coach has helped develop an iPad app designed especially for coaches – and he hopes it'll help in turning the club's season around.

Tactics board: The Globall Coach iPad app, which Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has helped develop, allows managers to plan formations and tactics

Tactics board: The Globall Coach iPad app, which Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has helped develop, allows managers to plan formations and tactics

Thinking man: Rafa Benitez was installed as interim Chelsea manager last week following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo

Thinking man: Rafa Benitez was installed as interim Chelsea manager last week following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo

The Globall Coach app comes in three
versions – 'Lite' for school and Sunday League gaffers at 4.99,
'Premier' for those who take it slightly more seriously at 50 and
'Elite' for those with UEFA qualifications at 300.

Looking a bit like an old Football
manager game, it allows coaches to manage their squads and try out
different on-pitch scenarios and formations.

You can also bring in virtual cones
and flags for training ground routines in case the strikeforce needs
additional shooting practice.

And after the final whistle, the app can help analyse where it all went wrong – or right.

All-out attack: Will Chelsea stick to their policy of full throttle attacking play under Benitez

All-out attack: Will Chelsea stick to their policy of full throttle attacking play under Benitez

The Spaniard has had plenty of time to
think about tactics, having been out of employment for two years before
being brought in as Chelsea's interim boss following the sacking of
Roberto Di Matteo last week.

And talking about his new gadget with
tech website Pocket-Lint, he said: 'A lot of people have iPads now. But I
haven't seen anything like this program.

'A lot of them have a PC, which they
can use to download videos, etc. But to go to the pitch with this, this
level of information and the way you can change everything, I haven't
seen this.'

Benitez said he could only have dreamt
of such technology when, as a young coach, he spent hours meticulously
studying video tapes on upcoming opponents and transfer targets.

'When I was a young coach, I had two VHS video players and I was using both to prepare my case for my players,

'I would spend maybe five hours in the
morning to prepare clips. With this technology you can do things like
that [snaps fingers].'

Zonal marking The Globall coaching app allows managers to fine-tune all aspects of their side's tactics, including positioning from set pieces

Zonal marking The Globall coaching app allows managers to fine-tune all aspects of their side's tactics, including positioning from set pieces

He added that the app will make things clearer for the players as well.

'The other thing is that I have been
at a lot of top sides and they have a lot of foreign players, sometimes
it's difficult to communicate.

'Liverpool had 14 nationalities. And,
at other teams, I've seen a translator on the pitch explaining the
exercises during the training sessions.

'With this you can show them the exercises yourself.'

Globall Coach Lite is available on iPad to download from the iTunes store for 4.99.

More information on the other, advanced versions are available at www.globall-coach.com

Australian Masters 2012: Adam Scott beats Ian Poulter

Scott pips Poulter for Australian Masters to end trophy drought after final-day surge

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11:40 GMT, 18 November 2012

Adam Scott edged out playing partner Ian Poulter in a final day shootout to break a 15-month tournament drought and claim his first gold jacket at the Australian Masters in Melbourne.

Scott took on one of the fiercest competitors in world golf and beat him in a head-to-head battle at Kingston Heath, with the world No 5 overturning a one-shot deficit on the final day to win by four strokes at 17 under par.

The Australian's final round score of 67 was five shots better than Poulter's, with the pair finishing well clear of the rest of the field.

Late surge: Adam Scott pipped Ian Poulter to the Australian Master in fron of his home crowd

Late surge: Adam Scott pipped Ian Poulter to the Australian Master in fron of his home crowd

New Zealanders Gareth Paddison and Mark Brown had a close battle for third place, but had to settle for a share of the spoils some eight shots behind Scott.

Scott and Poulter went shot for shot over the first 11 holes, but the Englishman made bad mistakes on the two par fives on the way home that ultimately led to his downfall.

Poulter opted for a hybrid out of a fairway bunker at the 12th and could only move the ball forward 20 metres into more sand, before finding a greenside trap with his approach shot and settling for a bogey.

That put him two behind Scott and when he shot over the back and failed to get up-and-down at the 14th, the Australian's advantage was out to three.

Scott only had to make pars over the concluding stages to hold on and he did so with relative ease, before holing a birdie putt on the last to hammer the final nail into Poulter's coffin.

He did receive a minor scare when his playing partner birdied the tough par-four 16th to get back within two, but Poulter inexplicably missed a simple two-foot putt on the 17th green to give that shot back and put the result beyond doubt.

Such an anti-climatic finish seemed nigh-on impossible earlier in the day as the duo battled back and forth for supremacy over the front nine in a final-round pairing that felt more like a matchplay event.
Scott made a brilliant birdie-birdie start to go from one behind Poulter to one in front, but the Englishman fought straight back.

No cigar: Poulter missed out on the godl jacket

No cigar: Poulter missed out on the godl jacket

Sand trap: Scott battled hard on the final day to pull away from his playing partner

Sand trap: Scott battled hard on the final day to pull away from his playing partner

His approach at the third was stone-dead as he tapped in for birdie to tie it up, before edging one clear yet again when Scott failed to get up-and-down from a tough bunker at the fourth.

Scott then made three consecutive birdies starting at the sixth, with the pick of those coming at the par-four seventh when he rolled in a long putt for three to match Poulter's tap-in birdie and then cheekily mocked the Englishman's reaction from yesterday when he did the same thing to the Australian.

The pair shared birdies at the short par-three eighth and, as the wind increased later in the day, so did their scores.

However, Scott remained steady on the way home, with Poulter's meltdown on the two longest holes on the course proving the difference between the two players.

Queenslander Adam Crawford shot the best round of the day, with his 65 catapulting him up the leaderboard to finish in fifth at six under, while Peter Senior and Michael Hendry were a further two shots back in a share of sixth.

There were no final-round heroics from Graeme McDowell, as the Northern Irishman and third-highest ranked player in the field could only close with a 71.

That was good enough for him to share eighth spot with David Bransdon at two under.

Gracious: Poulter congratulated Scott after his win

Gracious: Poulter congratulated Scott after his win

What is going wrong at Aston Villa?

As Lambert prepares for old club Norwich, Sportsmail asks what's gone wrong at Villa

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21:30 GMT, 25 October 2012

What is going on at Aston Villa Paul Lambert was appointed in the summer to take the club forward with a fresh, bold approach.

But two wins in 24 matches paint a depressing picture.

In the club's last 38 games, equivalent to a league season, Villa have won just 32 points, which would have seen them relegated in every year but one since the Premier League began.

As Lambert prepares to welcome his former club Norwich, what are the problems Villa face and, more importantly, what is the solution

Slump: Paul Lambert is hoping to pull his side out of a rut by beating former club Norwich on Saturday

Slump: Paul Lambert is hoping to pull his side out of a rut by beating former club Norwich on Saturday

Randy Lerner

He arrived with a five-year plan in 2006, aiming to catapult Villa into the Champions League.

After MBNA, the credit card company he inherited, was bought by Bank of America for $35billion (21.7bn), he had the cash to do it.

Under Martin O'Neill, results improved markedly, but so did the investment.

Ultimately, the gamble failed. The American billionaire suffered during the financial crash and the ambition has been scaled back.

Lerner 's interest has been questioned by supporters, as he is infrequently seen at Villa Park these days.

Committed Randy Lerner's dedication to the Aston Villa cause has been questioned by some supporters

Committed Randy Lerner's dedication to the Aston Villa cause has been questioned by some supporters

But he has to live in Cleveland, Ohio, to comply with criteria that allow his children to attend the colleges of their choice.

Suggestions that he is becoming bored appear flawed.

He sold the Cleveland Browns, the NFL franchise he inherited from his father, for $1bn (620million) this month.

American football was his father's passion. English football remains his passion, though following an investment of more than 200m and a significant decline in his personal fortune, he is attempting to make Aston Villa self-sufficient.

But after years of excess with regard to player contracts, that's easier said than done.

Darren Bent

When the England international was signed from Sunderland for 24m in January 2011, it was made clear by Gerard Houllier, Villa's manager at the time, that he had been bought to score from chances created by Ashley Young and Stewart Downing.

Both have since left. Is it any wonder that Bent's goals are drying up

He has always been a taker of chances, rather than a creator of them.

Drying up: Darren Bent (right) has been stripped of his captaincy and left on the sidelines by Lambert recently

Drying up: Darren Bent (right) has been stripped of his captaincy and left on the sidelines by Lambert recently

And his statistics demonstrate that. In the opening match of the season at West Ham, he touched the ball just 19 times.

It was a similar story last week at Fulham. Is that Bent's fault Is Paul Lambert using him to Villa's best advantage

After nine goals in 15 matches following Bent's arrival, Lerner nicknamed him The Mailman – because he always delivered.

The post has certainly been a little slower of late.

The sacrifice of quality

Former boss Alex McLeish highlighted an unpalatable truth in a Sportsmail interview last month.

Aston Villa cannot continue to sell players of the calibre of Gareth Barry, James Milner, Young and Downing without results deteriorating.

Other seasoned performers such as Brad Friedel, Carlos Cuellar and Olof Mellberg have simply walked away from the club for nothing.

Add to that the loss of club captain Stiliyan Petrov, happily now in remission from his battle against leukaemia, and here is the backbone of a team that could justifiably be asked to make an impression on the top six.

The kids aren't all right

Villa have one of the best records in the country for developing young talent.

Barry, Gabby Agbonlahor, Craig Gardner, Gary Cahill and Liam Ridgewell are established Premier League performers, nurtured by Bryan Jones and his academy team at Bodymoor Heath.

A lot is expected of the latest crop – perhaps too much – and they are being pushed to operate at a level that is beyond them.

Pastures new: The likes of James Milner (left) and Ashley Young have moved on from Aston Villa

Pastures new: The likes of James Milner (above) and Ashley Young (below) have moved on from Aston Villa

Pastures new: The likes of James Milner and Ashley Young (pictured) have moved on from Aston Villa

Pastures new: The likes of James Milner and Ashley Young (pictured) have moved on from Aston Villa

It is asking a lot for Barry Bannan, Eric Lichaj , Marc Albrighton, Andreas Weimann, Nathan Baker, Nathan Delfouneso and Ciaran Clark to step up all at the same time.

No other Premier League club have blooded as many youngsters at the same time.

And it's causing Villa pain to find out if they are up to it.

Paul Lambert

Taking over from McLeish, who earned 11 points with two wins in his first eight games in charge, Paul Lambert started from a position of strength.

But in his first eight matches, Lambert has won only one game and accrued five points. Apart from Bent, where are the stars

In the past Villa have had names such as Stan Collymore, Dion Dublin, Paul Merson, Steve Staunton, Gareth Southgate, David James, Dwight Yorke and Mark Bosnich.

They had stars in abundance. Not any longer. New sigings Matt Lowton (from Sheffield United), Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord), Christian Benteke (Genk), Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord), Joe Bennett (Middlesbrough), Ashley Westwood (Crewe) have all been given a platform.

Aston Villa have one of the youngest sides in the top flight.

The supporters recognise that the club had decent young players of an unknown quality. But Lambert has signed more of the same.

He says there is no directive from above to marginalise the high-earners, however his treatment of Bent does appear strange.

Struggle: Lambert (left) has yet to deliver results for Villa

Struggle: Lambert (left) has yet to deliver results for Villa

Comments made by the Villa boss during the summer were positive beyond belief.

Now Bent has been stripped of the captaincy and dropped. Since Lambert took over there does appear to be more hunger.

More desire. More energy. But it's absolutely worthless unless all that is transformed into points.

Conclusion

Unless there is a significant improvement in the next two months, Lambert and Lerner will have to revisit their claret-and-blueprint.

If Lambert's gamble on youth backfires, it will cost Lerner a huge amount of money replicating what he did two years ago when Houllier was in charge, finding the players who can keep Villa in the Premier League.

But if, on the other hand, nothing is done, Villa cannot say the situation hasn't been coming.

The writing has been on the wall for some time. In claret and blue letters 10 feet tall.

Billy McKinlay"s move to Blackburn Rovers off after fans" protest

Fan power forces Rovers to pull plug on McKinlay's proposed move to Blackburn

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21:47 GMT, 23 October 2012

Blackburn have pulled the plug on their attempt to appoint Fulham's first-team coach Billy McKinlay as their new manager following protests from fans.

The club's global advisor Shebby Singh hoped to appease supporters in the wake of Steve Kean's unpopular reign by installing a former player as his successor, and had already tried to bring in Tim Sherwood from Tottenham.

Right hand man: McKinlay is currently the assistant to Jol at Fulham

Right hand man: McKinlay is currently the assistant to Jol at Fulham

But the move backfired over McKinlay's
lack of managerial experience and suggestions – denied by sources close
to him – that he remains friends with Kean from their time together at
Fulham.

'Supporters are not willing to put up with another experiment,' said Glenn Mullan, chairman of the Blackburn Rovers Action Group.

'Talk of Billy McKinlay and Tim Sherwood, who are both coaches with no managerial experience, has sent supporters into meltdown.'

Fulham had already rejected Blackburn's initial approach for 43-year-old McKinlay on Monday, and the threat of more boycotts by disgruntled fans has convinced Singh to look elsewhere.

Caretaker boss Eric Black, who has failed to win in four games since Kean's departure, will again be in charge for Wednesday's game at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

Blackburn want Tim Sherwood by Saturday

Blackburn hopeful of securing Sherwood as new boss in time for next game

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22:06 GMT, 15 October 2012

Blackburn hope to appoint Tim Sherwood as their new manager before they travel to play Derby on Saturday.

The Championship club are in talks with Tottenham after having an initial approach rejected by their chairman Daniel Levy.

Rovers return: Tim Sherwood is close to taking over at old club Blackburn

Rovers return: Tim Sherwood is close to taking over at old club Blackburn

Just champion: Sherwood won the Premier League title with Rovers during his playing days

Just champion: Sherwood won the Premier League title with Rovers during his playing days

Rovers chiefs have started putting
together a compensation package, such is their growing confidence of
luring Sherwood back to the club he captained to the Premier League
title in 1995.

When questioned last month about the vacancy, Sherwood said: 'That's all they are – just rumours. That's all I know about it.

'I've got a great job where I am. There is nothing to consider. It's just speculation. I love what I do. I'm happy at the football club, it's a great project.'

Alan Shearer, recommended for the job by former boss Kenny Dalglish, is another option.

Shearer, who scored 112 league goals for the Lancashire outfit during his playing days, previously turned down the opportunity to take over at Ewood Park before Paul Ince's ill-fated spell.

Liverpool 0 Stoke 0: Match report

Liverpool 0 Stoke 0: Rodgers still seeking first home win after Potters frustrate Reds

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16:19 GMT, 7 October 2012

Liverpool endured a frustrating afternoon at Anfield as Stoke's renowned battlers fought their way to a goalless draw.

A stalwart defensive display made it five draws in seven matches by Tony Pulis' men, while a point will be scant consolation for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

It could have been worse for Liverpool, who twice almost pushed the self-destruct button, but ultimately this will be viewed as another disappointment in a stop-start season.

Nowhere to go: Luis Suarez tries to keep the ball away from Dean Whitehead

Nowhere to go: Luis Suarez tries to keep the ball away from Dean Whitehead

MATCH FACTS

Liverpool: Reina, Wisdom, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson, Gerrard, Allen, Sahin (Assaidi 79), Suso (Cole 67), Suarez, Sterling.

Subs not used: Jones, Henderson, Coates, Carragher, Borini.

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Walters, Nzonzi, Whelan (Whitehead 20), Adam (Edu 80), Kightly (Etherington 63), Crouch.

Subs not used: Sorensen, Jones, Upson, Jerome.

Booked: Huth, Kightly, Shawcross, Adam, Walters, Whitehead.

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire).

Attendance: 44,531.

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Rodgers made eight changes from the
side beaten by Udinese on Thursday, after which he called his players
'lazy', and one of his targets, Stewart Downing, was not even on the
bench.

Liverpool had been on the receiving
end of a kicking from their manager in midweek, and got another one at
Anfield at the hands of Stoke, who took their renowned physical approach
across the line of legality on plenty of occasions.

But if Liverpool were keen to escape the sharp edge of their manager's tongue, they hardly helped themselves.

Twice, goalkeeper Jose Reina
attempted to pass the ball out to a midfielder; twice, Stoke scented a
weakness and pounced, and twice it was only the reactions of the
Spaniard which saved Liverpool.

Stoke had clearly anticipated Reina
would refuse to launch the ball long, and the first time it was Nuri
Sahin who conceded possession, giving Charlie Adam a chance to humiliate
his former employees.

The Scot advanced toward goal, but Reina was quickly out of the blocks to narrow the angle and parry the shot.

Frustration: Suarez was feeling hard done by after being brought down

Frustration: Suarez was feeling hard done by after being brought down

Liverpool committed the same mistake
again soon afterward. This time it was Steven Nzonzi snapping into the
challenge as another Reina pass went awry and Michael Kightly tried to
flight the ball into the goal, but the keeper recovered to turn it over
at full stretch.

Having passed up those chances, Stoke
reverted to type, striking long balls and stopping their opponents by
foul means as often as fair, and the game disintegrated as a spectacle.

Making his point: Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has a word with referee Lee Mason

Making his point: Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has a word with referee Lee Mason

Liverpool's frustration increased,
while the away fans chanted 'You're not famous any more', and all that
there was to give the Reds fans some hope before the break was a
sweeping shot by Steven Gerrard turned aside by Asmir Begovic, and a
toe-poke from Daniel Agger that bounced wide.

Proper football threatened to break
out in patches in the second half, as Stoke toned down their challenges,
and it was Liverpool who had just about all the chances, although none
were clear-cut.

Remember: Peter Crouch was one of two former Liverpool players in the Stoke starting XI

Remember: Peter Crouch was one of two former Liverpool players in the Stoke starting XI

First, a terrific combination between
Gerrard and Luis Suarez was just thwarted. Gerrard then picked out Glen
Johnson's run with a pass of arrow-like precision, but his England
team-mate, on the run, could not keep the shot down.

A run of genuine brilliance by
Suarez, the most gifted person on the pitch by some distance, nearly
brought a superb goal, but he just bent the shot wide of the angle.

Tussle: Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling and Stoke's Jon Walters get stuck in at Anfield

Tussle: Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling and Stoke's Jon Walters get stuck in at Anfield

Raheem Sterling was presented with
perhaps Liverpool's best opportunity after Agger's driving run, but he
tried to drill it inside the near post and only found the side-netting.

Suarez then showed the best and worst
of his talents in the space of a couple of minutes, first with a dive
in the penalty area that was embarrassingly obvious, then bursting down
the right and powering a shot against the outside of a post from a tight
angle.

Committed: Former Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam slides in on Joe Allen

Committed: Former Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam slides in on Joe Allen

Martin Skrtel nearly snatched a
winner at the end when he hooked Joe Cole's ball back across goal, but
it dropped, agonisingly for Liverpool, the wrong side of the post.

A dreary goalless draw at home will
hardly provide much succour for Rodgers – and Michael Owen, missing an
Anfield return due to injury, can only be thankful he was not playing.

Getting them going: Steven Gerrard tries to drive Liverpool forward

Getting them going: Steven Gerrard tries to drive Liverpool forward

Taking a tumble: Luis Suarez goes down under a challenge from Dean Whitehead

Taking a tumble: Luis Suarez goes down under a challenge from Dean Whitehead