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David Haye return Manchester June 29

Haye announces Manchester return after growing tired of waiting for Klitschkos

as he beat British rival Dereck Chisora at West Ham's Upton Park stadium, with his belief at the time that the success would lead to a fight with Vitali for the WBC belt.

Return: David Haye announced that he will fight in Manchester on June 29

Return: David Haye announced that he will fight in Manchester on June 29

British former WBA heavyweight boxing champion David Haye and his trainer, Adam Booth

David Haye announces his return to the boxing ring

That was not to be but Haye is now ready to go in search of the mandatory challenger tag by beating an opponent in June.

Haye's trainer, Adam Booth, has confirmed talks are ongoing with five fighters, all ranked in the top 15, none of whom are British. The Klitschko brothers are not among the five though.

'I believe they have their strategy for this year and it doesn't involve me. Instead of sitting around and waiting another year I want to get back in there,' Haye said.

'Why wait around and stagnate when you don't have to I'm happy to be back – a year is long enough time to wait for someone to phone you. I want that heavyweight title back and I will get it.

Back again: Haye will fight in Manchester, scene of his victory over Audley Harrison in 2010

Back again: Haye will fight in Manchester, scene of his victory over Audley Harrison in 2010

'I was hoping Vitali would be a man of his word and fight me after I did what he and his team wanted me to do and beat Dereck Chisora.

'We have been sitting around, waiting for the phone to ring, but that hasn't happened. We have sent some e-mails but they have fallen on deaf ears.'

Haye felt he was in line for a title fight against Vitali late last year after his display in beating Chisora in the fifth-round of their fight in impressive style, but it did not come to fruition with Manuel Charr selected ahead of Haye.

'The Chisora fight was a carrot dangled by Vitali Klitschko,' Haye said.

Knockout: Haye was last in the ring when he stopped Dereck Chisora in the fifth round at Upton Park

Knockout: Haye was last in the ring when he stopped Dereck Chisora in the fifth round at Upton Park

Knockout: Haye was last in the ring when he stopped Dereck Chisora in the fifth round at Upton Park

'He said, 'You beat Dereck Chisora and I will fight the winner', you can look back on the footage. I knew it would be a good fight [with Chisora] and the British public wanted to see it. Dereck is a tough guy and has the style that can give many people a few problems.

'A lot of people actually tipped Dereck to beat me, winning on points was never an option and I said that to anyone who would listen.'

Haye maintains he will not fight purely for money and is more interested in collecting titles, claiming a spell out of the ring which saw him make an appearance in the ITV reality TV show 'I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here' has seen his fan-base swell.

Jungle fever: Haye made an appearance on I'm A Celebrity... Get me out of here!

Jungle fever: Haye made an appearance on I'm A Celebrity… Get me out of here!

Jungle fever: Haye made an appearance on I'm A Celebrity... Get me out of here!

'The fans all over the world, wherever I travel to, people want to see me back in the ring and ask me when they can see me. Well, on June 29 they will be able to see me do it,' Haye said.

'I want to get out there and put on a good show – 100 to 200 times a day people are walking up to me in the street.

'Strangely a lot of them are people who have never actually seen me fight live and I have reached out to a different demographic now after doing the TV show last year. It is a nice opportunity for me to do what I do best and knock someone out for the millions of my fans around the world.

Brawl: Haye and Chisora came to blows in Munich before settling their differences in the ring

Brawl: Haye and Chisora came to blows in Munich before settling their differences in the ring

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'I'm in it for the right reasons – I don't have to box. That is the difference between myself and a lot of the other heavyweights out there who have to box to pay the bills.

'I'm in it because I genuinely want to do it, I don't need to do it. I want to win that title back and I'm willing to put my body through the pain of a hard training camp to secure this fight.'

Defeat: Haye lost to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg but blamed the result on a broken toe (below)

Defeat: Haye lost to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg but blamed the result on a broken toe (below)

David Haye's broken toe after the fight

Michel Platini: A summer World Cup in Qatar is not possible… it has to be staged during the winter

Platini: A summer World Cup in Qatar is
not possible… it HAS to be staged during
the winter

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

19:03 GMT, 20 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:04 GMT, 20 March 2013

UEFA president Michel Platini has once again stressed his belief that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar must be held during the winter.

Platini echoed comments made by Britain's FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce yesterday that the searing heat in the Asian country will make playing football unbearable.

'In the summer, at 50 degrees, you can not possibly play football in Qatar,' Platini said in an interview with Germany's leading sports magazine Kicker.

Unconvinced: Michel Platini believes the 2022 World Cup cannot be played during the summer

Unconvinced: Michel Platini believes the 2022 World Cup cannot be played during the summer

This is not the first time the former France midfielder has stated his opposition to holding the Qatar tournament in the summer and he is supportive of a winter break for domestic championships.

Platini also responded to FIFA president Sepp Blatter's comments that the decision to stage Euro 2020 across the continent would rip the 'heart and soul' out of the tournament.

European football's governing body announced in December that it had taken the unprecedented step of hosting the event in several cities throughout Europe.

And Platini defended the decision, saying: 'The name European fits better than ever, as the Euros will be held for the first time in Europe.'

'Heart and soul': FIFA chief Sepp Blatter doesn't agree with Platini's plans for the Euros

'Heart and soul': FIFA chief Sepp Blatter doesn't agree with Platini's plans for the Euros

Steven Taylor puts off Asmir Begovic during Newcastle v Stoke

VIDEO: Watch Taylor put off Begovic by clowning around before Cabaye free kick

By
Angus Paterson

PUBLISHED:

00:24 GMT, 11 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:12 GMT, 11 March 2013

Steven Taylor is known as an eccentric sort and he proved why on Sunday as Newcastle faced Stoke.

The Newcastle defender was spotted clowning around in front of Asmir Begovic as he tried to put the Potters keeper off before Yohan Cabaye's free kick.

And maybe it worked, because the French midfielder sent a peach of a strike over the wall and in to the top corner.

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Sneaky: Steven Taylor (centre) put off Asmir Begovic (left) before Yohan Cabaye's goal

Sneaky: Steven Taylor (centre) put off Asmir Begovic (left) before Yohan Cabaye's goal

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has once again urged England manager Roy Hodgson to take a look at the centre back.

The 27-year-old, a former captain of his country at Under-21 level, was one of the stand-out performers as the Magpies fought back from a goal down to defeat the Potters 2-1 in the Barclays Premier League at St James' Park.

Pardew said: 'He was immense today. Steven Taylor gave a performance of England standard today.

'They really do need to have a look at him at centre-half because I think it's a problem position for England and his performance against [Peter] Crouch and everything else that they threw at us today – because we had no height in the team.

Belief: Alan Pardew thinks Roy Hodgson should consider the defender for England

Belief: Alan Pardew thinks Roy Hodgson should consider the defender for England

'Steven Taylor had to do everything today on that side of it and he was brilliant.'

Taylor's hopes of winning recognition at senior international level have not been helped by a succession of injuries over the years, although he has been on the fringes of the squad in the past.

Pardew admitted earlier this season that keeping the Greenwich-born, Tyneside-raised defender fit is something which may require a tailored approach.

However, he has few doubts about his ability and firmly believes he has what it takes to warrant serious consideration.

Clowning around! Steven Taylor puts off Asmir Begovic

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Harry Redkapp confident QPR will not be relegated

Redknapp confident that QPR will survive… despite only winning once this season and being eight points from safety

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UPDATED:

19:04 GMT, 30 December 2012

Manager Harry Redknapp came out fighting after his QPR side were beaten 3-0 at home by Liverpool.

Bottom-of-the-table Rangers put in an abject first-half performance against the Anfield club, being taken apart by two-goal Luis Suarez.

QPR head into 2013 in big trouble and eight points from safety, with Redknapp yet to kickstart the revival many expected when he got the job last month.

Plenty of work to do: Harry Redknapp has it all to do if QPR are to avoid the drop

Plenty of work to do: Harry Redknapp has it all to do if QPR are to avoid the drop

The veteran boss himself has criticised his players since taking over, particularly after the pre-Christmas loss to Newcastle, but tonight he had changed his tune.

'I still feel we'll be okay,' he told Sky Sports 1.

'I think we will look to get one or two in, there are some good lads here anyway, I think it's possible. It's my belief we'll be okay.'

Redknapp had previously said he would not encourage owner Tony Fernandes to spend next month if his side remained in trouble, but tonight gave a nod to a change in policy, believing new players could make survival possible.

Frustrated: A dejected Adel Taarabt of QPR sees another game go by without a win

Frustrated: A dejected Adel Taarabt of QPR sees another game go by without a win

'It's not easy getting players in at this stage at the bottom of the league, but if someone is up for the challenge, it's a great chance,' he said.

'We need new faces and if we get the right players we can make a real effort. We have some hard games to come but there is a long way to go. You could have 10 games to go and need 20 points and it can be done.

'Don't give up, we have to keep believing, keep going. Those that are with us are with us, those that aren't, we'll try and do something.'

Rooted to the bottom: Taarabt reacts after a chance on goal is wasted

Rooted to the bottom: Taarabt reacts after a chance on goal is wasted

The former Tottenham boss also stood by his players when asked if they had not tried against Liverpool.

Suarez went past QPR's defenders at will and Liverpool should have had more than their three, but Redknapp would not condemn his men.

'It's difficult,” he said. 'It's easy to sit there and say there's no fight. It's easy to say that. We got moved about by better players. Suarez… What can you do when he does that to Clint Hill

'I think it's easy to say it was a lack of effort. We started the season getting beat five by Swansea. You can only get the best out of what you've got.'

Paul Lambert believes Aston Villa will be fine

We'll be fine! Lambert admits Villa feeling negative after another rout but believes in his side

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UPDATED:

20:36 GMT, 29 December 2012

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert was downcast after watching his side beaten 3-0 at home by fellow strugglers Wigan but still said his team would be 'fine'.

Since winning 3-1 at Liverpool on December 15, Villa have suffered three heavy defeats in a row, conceding a total of 15 goals and failing to score once themselves.

Only a last-minute Stoke equaliser against Southampton kept Villa out of the relegation places and Lambert said: 'The last three results have certainly hurt us.

Struggle: Paul Lambert cannot seem to get Villa firing

Struggle: Paul Lambert cannot seem to get Villa firing

'Everyone was positive after the Liverpool win but there is now a negativity after these three defeats.

'I understand that feeling but I have a belief that Aston Villa will be fine. The big disappointment is that there are a lot of experienced players out of the team.

'Andreas Weimann had to play at the last minute against Wigan despite having a leg injury. Once we get everyone back in January we will have to wait and see what happens.

'We had a decent spell in the first half when we looked like ourselves. We had a couple of half chances but in the second half there was no creativity. That was hard to take for sure.

'I will speak to the chairman to see what is happening in regard to bringing in some new players.

'I always knew it was going to be a massive job at Villa. It is a massive football club with a great tradition.

'This club has been in a survival battle for the last couple of years.

'The forthcoming Capital One Cup semi-final is not something that I have not really thought about to be honest. The bread and butter is the league. It always is. We are in a fight but so are the other teams.'

Despite their dire situation, Lambert paid tribute to the Villa fans.

He said: 'Since I've been here the fans have been brilliant with myself and the team.

Dejection: Villa's players seem to have lost heart in recent matches as games slipped away from them

Dejection: Villa's players seem to have lost heart in recent matches as games slipped away from them

'I never criticise the crowd here at Villa Park because they are behind the team. All we can do is our very best for the club. The fans have been brilliant and have gone away as hurt as we are. We have to stick together.

'I've been beaten up badly both as a player and as a manager. It happens. It was disappointing to lose to Wigan as it was an opportunity to climb the table.

'Spurs and Chelsea are fine teams but Wigan was an opportunity to pull away, especially at home. That is the disappointment. To be turned over 3-0 at home certainly hurts everyone.'

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez was in an upbeat mood after goals from Ivan Ramis, Emmerson Boyce and Arouna Kone gave his side a comfortable win.

He said: 'It was a really tense game before it started as both Villa and ourselves are in a similar position. We tried to play in the right way and the result was very important.

'In terms of the performance I thought it was similar to that we showed against Everton and Arsenal in the last two games.

'We were very clinical in both boxes and defended well, keeping (Christian) Benteke quiet. He is a footballer who can make a difference at this level. We covered this threat really well and had very good concentration.

Off-colour: In the past few games Christian Benteke has not been at his best

Off-colour: In the past few games Christian Benteke has not been at his best

'At the other end I thought we had even more opportunities to score in the closing stages. The players applied themselves in a great manner to get the result.

'This season I thought we started very brightly but then had a few difficult moments, particularly in November and December when we have had to cope with a lot of injuries and suspensions.

'This has been tough not to get the rewards on the pitch and its put a lot of pressure on the players.

'Not many foreign players can come into this league and cope with the physical side of the game.

'The know-how is important and the likes of Kone and Ramis are good examples how they have adapted. Being able to play in Germany and Spain has helped them a great deal.

'I was really impressed with Kone and I think he could have scored another couple of goals. But it will have boosted his confidence.

'Unfortunately we are losing players to the African tournament and other managers will tell you how difficult it is to lose important players at such a crucial stage of the season. I am sure that other players will come in and take the opportunity to shine.'

Michael Laudrup would lead my Premier League special XI – Martin Keown

Premier League Bootroom: Laudrup's the leader of my surprise packages

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 25 December 2012

Christmas is a time for good things so I’ve picked an XI who have played exceptionally well this season. Some have received more plaudits than others but all have surprised in one way or another. And all have done something a bit special this season.

Christmas Crackers XI

Goalkeeper: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)

It was a surprise that Guzan was selected ahead of the very experienced Shay Given at the start of the season but Paul Lambert should be commended for his choice. Guzan has dealt well with the pressure of Given lurking in the background and played with real self-belief. Five clean sheets for a team that has struggled is no mean feat.

Right back Pablo Zabaleta (Man City)

He has seen off Maicon and Micah Richards to become the champions’ No 1 right back. Zabaleta is Mr Dependable. Close behind him as a surprise package is Carl Jenkinson, whose improvement for Arsenal has been amazing. His performances are not apologetic anymore and he deserves to be in the Arsenal starting XI.

Left back: Leighton Baines (Everton)

Only one candidate in this position. Everything has come together for Baines, who gets better and better each year. The precision of his decision making when he goes forward has improved. The weight and timing of his passes are excellent. Add to that his crossing and free kicks and he has to be in my side.

Must have: Leighton Baines has been superb as usual, from his crossing to his decision making

Must have: Leighton Baines has been superb as usual, from his crossing to his decision making

Centre backs: Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), Sebastien Bassong (Norwich)

Vertonghen
has become the leader in Spurs’ defence. He dictates the line and has
shown great leadership to help Andre Villas-Boas implement his
high-pressing system. He is good on the ball too and has proved to be a
very good signing.

Bassong
left Spurs in the summer for Norwich and has been the key to their
improved defensive performances. He was caught ball-watching too often
at Tottenham but has been dominating as Chris Hughton’s side have kept
five clean sheets. He has also chipped in with three goals.

Midfield: Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Oscar (Chelsea), Marouane Fellaini (Everton)

Cazorla has arrived in English football and been a joy to watch. You have to admire his ambidexterity. It’s impossible to distinguish which foot is his strongest. Defences are fearful of his through passes and are now standing off him, which has seen him shoot more.

Oscar is another summer import and is a lovely footballer. He seems unperturbed by anyone around him — people try to dispossess him but they can’t. He has an effortless style, is always looking for the ball and is going to be a phenomenal player. He, more than anyone, has brought a change in Chelsea’s style of play.

Fellaini has benefited from Tim Cahill’s departure as the Belgian is now playing further forward. He brings the ball down on his chest like Niall Quinn used to — he plucks it out the air with such great control. He then uses his huge frame to protect the ball. He’s playing with extra inspiration this season and is scoring crucial goals.

Liquid: Santi Cazorla can play with either foot, is creative, clever and something special

Liquid: Santi Cazorla can play with either foot, is creative, clever and something special

Front three: Michu (Swansea), Christian Benteke (A Villa), Robin van Persie (Man Utd)

The transition Michu has made since arriving from Spain has been incredible. He keeps performing and is very cool in front of goal. Quality players find time on the pitch and he does that in the box. He has given a boost to Swansea’s attacking threat.

Benteke is so fast and powerful and has justifiably kept Darren Bent out the side. I haven’t yet seen a defender who knows how to handle him.

Van Persie was under pressure after a big-money move to United from Arsenal but he has been excellent and there seems to be a real hunger in him. He wants trophies and that motivation is helping drive the rest of the United squad.

Magic Michu: The attacker is cool as a cucumber in front of goal

Magic Michu: The attacker is cool as a cucumber in front of goal

Coach: Michael Laudrup (Swansea)

Following Brendan Rodgers was not going to be easy at the Liberty Stadium. Yes, it took the players some time to get used to his ways, but Laudrup has taken them on to another level, particularly going forward. That is no mean feat.

Another level: Michael Laudrup has driven the players forward at the Liberty Stadium

Another level: Michael Laudrup has driven the players forward at the Liberty Stadium

What's the score

Fixtures

Fixtures

Rafa Benitez: I"ve succeeded at Chelsea already by getting Fernando Torres scoring

Benitez: I've solved Roman's 50m problem by getting Torres scoring again

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UPDATED:

22:26 GMT, 22 December 2012

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez insists he has already succeeded in one of his main tasks since being given the job of managing Roman Abramovich’s team until the end of the season — rekindling the fire in Fernando Torres.

The Spanish striker struggled for form after his 50million move from Liverpool but he has been rejuvenated under his former manager, with six goals in his last five games.

Benitez, appointed by Abramovich as
interim manager partly to get the brooding Torres to justify his price
tag, says confidence, self-belief and a changing role have contributed
to the resurgence of a player who had looked set for a January move.

Well done, Fernando: Benitez congratulates Torres and Eden Hazard after Chelsea's Capital League One Cup win at Bradford

Well done, Fernando: Benitez congratulates Torres and Eden Hazard after Chelsea's Capital League One Cup win at Bradford

‘It’s the little things that make the difference,’ said Benitez. ‘I know Fernando is playing a lot of games but he has more confidence now and is scoring goals.

‘We’ve told him to go high around the box rather than go too deep when we are in possession, because we have players like Hazard and Oscar who can work behind him.

‘Fernando understands and is trying to do that. He’s a player who can run behind defenders — all he has to do is what he is used to doing. He was always trying hard. Maybe now he is trying hard in the right position.’

Benitez is in the unfamiliar position of being unable to plan for the future, having been guaranteed only seven months in the manager’s seat until club owner Abramovich decides on his full-time replacement for the sacked Roberto di Matteo.

But the Spaniard gave the broadest hint yet that Torres will be joined by another striker in January, with Daniel Sturridge seemingly on his way to Liverpool in an expected 12m move.

Atletico Madrid’s Colombian hot-shot Radamel Falcao, who tore Chelsea apart in the pre-season Super Cup and is regarded as the best forward in Europe after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, is believed to be a shoo-in at Stamford Bridge. But not, Benitez is at pains to stress, to the detriment of Torres.

New relationship: Torres and Benitez at the Club World Cup in Japan last week

New relationship: Torres and Benitez at the Club World Cup in Japan last week

‘Fernando knows that in a top side if you want to compete and challenge for all trophies, you need competition,’ said Benitez. ‘It will be important to have different options. It will be better for him and better for the team. The problem in January is always who is available.’

The transformation of Torres, who scored 65 goals in 102 league appearances at Liverpool, is in his demeanour as well as his boots.

'When you talk to him at the end of training, you can see that he has his confidence back,’ said Benitez. ‘He’s getting closer to how he was at Liverpool, that’s clear.'

What is less clear is whether Abramovich will be prepared to splash as much cash — Falcao will cost almost as much as Torres —without the cushion of Champions League revenue. ‘People will remind us for sure in February that they are in the Champions League and we are in the Europa League but you have to win the tournament you are in,’ said Benitez. ‘It’s important for us to send out the right message.’

He will also have to seek permission from the Chelsea hierarchy to arrange the recall of on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku from West Bromwich. Benitez sees Lukaku, 19, as a viable understudy for Torres.

The 6ft 3in Belgian was signed by Chelsea for 18m in 2011 but started only four games last season before being loaned out. He has impressed this season, and on Saturday he showed why he could be Chelsea’s next Didier Drogba with a dramatic late winner — his sixth goal so far this term — as Albion beat Norwich 2-1. West Bromwich boss Steve Clarke said: ‘Romelu’s a big talent and has a big future in the game.’

Looking good: Lukaku celebrates his winner for West Brom against Norwich

Looking good: Lukaku celebrates his winner for West Brom against Norwich

Benitez insists morale has not dropped as a result of Chelsea becoming the first Champions League holders to bow out at the group stage, before losing the Club World Championship final in Japan. Having used the word ‘trophies’ repeatedly when succeeding Di Matteo, he has to take the lesser cup competitions seriously.

But will the likes of Falcao be prepared to join without the glamour of Champions League exposure ‘It’s not only about the Champions League,’ Benitez claims. ‘Top-class players do not look for a top club just for one season. I know that the club will try to do the best for the team, not just for the present but for the future. What this means in terms of money, I’m not sure.’

As they prepare to host improving Aston Villa on Sunday at the start of a frantic holiday programme, Benitez is mindful of how the rest of Europe is winding down.

While he does not advocate a winter break, he thinks the fixture list should at least be curtailed, saying: ‘I can understand the tradition but why four games in 10 days and taking a risk on players Why not two’

In theory, this should be the last time he has to deal with such mid-season congestion. Unless, that is, his short-term deal turns into a more lengthy tenure in West London. Could it happen

‘In life there are no guarantees,’ says Benitez. ‘My ambition is to win every game, do well and wait and see what happens.'

QPR owner Tony Fernandes: Mark Hughes sacked because Harry Redknapp became available

QPR owner Fernandes says fear of missing out on Harry forced him to sack Hughes

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UPDATED:

15:11 GMT, 18 December 2012

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes admits he would probably have given Mark Hughes more time had he not feared losing out on Harry Redknapp.

The Welshman was sacked last month after the west Londoners failed to win any of their opening 12 league matches, with a 3-1 home defeat to fellow strugglers Southampton proving the final straw.

Redknapp was quickly installed as Hughes' successor, with the Hoops boss revealing he had been just hours away from taking control of the Ukraine national team.

Sacked: Hughes failed to win any of his first 12 league games with QPR this season

Sacked: Hughes failed to win any of his first 12 league games with QPR this season

The interest in Redknapp appears to have forced Fernandes' hand, with the QPR chairman revealing he was not prepared to risk losing out on the former Tottenham boss.

'Harry is a special manager,' he told the club's official website, www.qpr.co.uk.

'If he wasn't available, I would probably have persevered with Mark, but Harry is a fantastic manager.

'I've known him for years going back to when he was at West Ham. Harry being available swung it for us.'

Motivator: Redknapp has got the best out of Adel Taarabt since taking charge at Loftus Road

Motivator: Redknapp has got the best out of Adel Taarabt since taking charge at Loftus Road

Motivator: Redknapp has got the best out of Adel Taarabt since taking charge at Loftus Road

He added: 'We're all in this together. No shirking. Let's see what Harry and the boys do.

'It's up to the 11 guys on the pitch to make it happen for us now.

Belief: QPR owner Tony Fernandes is confident that the club are moving in the right direction

Belief: QPR owner Tony Fernandes is confident that the club are moving in the right direction

'If we can pick up a couple more wins before the new year, we're back to where we were this time last season.

'Coming off a win and three draws, there's a bit of renewed confidence about the place now.'

QPR are unbeaten in four matches since Redknapp's arrival and picked up their first league win of the season against Fulham on Saturday.

The R's are still only five points adrift of safety though, and remain in danger of going down.

There had been suggestions that relegation to the Championship could see Fernandes leave Loftus Road – something he has been quick to deny.

'Come what may, in May, we'll still be here,' he said. 'I'm firmly committed to the club. I'm not someone who's going to run away from things, there are still a lot of good things happening.

'The training ground is well on track and the stadium plans are progressing. We're hopeful of getting category two status in the Academy.

'There's no change to our off-the-field strategy. There are lots of good things going on.'

Tough test: QPR must aim keep up their good run against out-of-form Newcastle

Tough test: QPR must aim keep up their good run against out-of-form Newcastle

He added: 'We inherited a club that needed a hell of a lot of work and we'll continue to progress with our short, medium and long term goals.

REDKNAPP'S RESULTS
Sunderland 0-0 QPR – 27 NovQPR 1-1 Aston Villa – 1 DecWigan 2-2 QPR – 8 DecQPR 2-1 Fulham – 15 Dec

'I'm a strong character who has been through a hell of a lot in life.

'The aviation business isn't for those with a weak heart.

'But I've got to say, the run of results – before Harry came in – really affected me.

'It's been really tough.

'I'm the leader and it's a great shame that after so much honest effort, we are where we are in the table.'

Arsene Wenger and Arsenal players deserve more time – Martin Keown

Have faith! Wenger and Arsenal players deserve more time to rectify situation

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UPDATED:

01:27 GMT, 13 December 2012

Arsene Wenger knows he needs to put things right at Arsenal. No-one will know that more than Arsene Wenger himself.

The future without Wenger at Arsenal is unthinkable. The manager has rebuilt his side, so we should give the new team time to show they can bounce back from adversity.

Undoubtedly the talent is there. Young players such as Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs and Wojciech Szczesny should be given time.

United front: Now is the time for manger, players and fans to stick together

United front: Now is the time for manger, players and fans to stick together

Now is not the time to judge this team –
and it would be unfair to pin all of the blame on the current squad.
There is this feeling the defeat at Bradford leaves them at a crossroads
but I don't subscribe to that.

They should be given the chance to prove they have the ingredients to overcome their current difficulties. This is a new team – let's see how they can cope. Wenger is hugely loyal to his players. He will stick by them through thick and thin.

But trust me, you will only get so long under Wenger. Once that belief gets switched to another player then it is very difficult to regain it. The defeat against Bradford will hurt to the core.

He sent out a strong team – one which included captain Thomas Vermaelen, who missed the final penalty – with the intention of winning comfortably.

Head down: Wenger refused to blame his players after their defeat

Head down: Wenger refused to blame his players after their defeat

It is in times of adversity that Wenger will learn the most about his players and the players will learn most about each other.

We nearly went out of the FA Cup against Port Vale in 1998, only scraping through on penalties. We raised our game after that and won the Double that season.

So, write Wenger off at your peril. He's proved his doubters wrong on many occasions – he did last season when he led the club to third. I, for one, would not be surprised if he does it again.

Laugh it up: Bradford fans enjoyed a great day out at Arsenal's expense

Laugh it up: Bradford fans enjoyed a great day out at Arsenal's expense

Jonjo Shelvey praised by Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers

Stand-in Shelvey hailed after leading Liverpool to victory at West Ham

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22:20 GMT, 9 December 2012

Brendan Rodgers hailed Jonjo Shelvey’s ‘outstanding’ performance as a lone striker in place of the suspended Luis Suarez after Liverpool’s 3-2 victory at West Ham.

But the Liverpool manager played down his side’s chances of securing Champions League football next season despite moving to within four points of the qualification places.

Rodgers said: ‘It’s a brilliant win for us. You’ve seen the two different ways you can play the No 9 role.

Main man: Jonjo Shelvey was praised for his performance in Liverpool's win over West Ham

Main man: Jonjo Shelvey was praised for his performance in Liverpool's win over West Ham

‘In this country it’s always been traditional — the target man.

‘But 20-year-old Jonjo Shelvey was dropping into midfield, combining to make the fourth man and being a threat when he was in the box. Great credit to him because there was a lot of pressure on him, people trying to compare him to Luis Suarez.’

Asked if he had feared the loss of the 13-goal Uruguayan would prove critical, Rodgers replied: ‘You guys did. For us there was no drama. My focus was about the collective. We must share the goals, we must share the workload. I had great belief we could create goals and score goals. Even without Luis you’ve seen the quality in the team and the fight.’

However, he was cool on the suggestion they could be playing in Europe’s elite competition next year.

Winning moment: Shelvey's shot looped in off West Ham defender James Collins to give Liverpool victory

Winning moment: Shelvey's shot looped in off West Ham defender James Collins to give Liverpool victory

Rodgers added: ‘We’re just trying to build our momentum. Certainly over these past couple of months we’ve been progressing and just let’s see where we finish. This is a club that’s one of the biggest in world football and everyone knows where it should be.

‘It’s a very tight league this season and we’re certainly one of the top teams.

‘We didn’t have the best start but it’s more about how you finish.

‘For us, we’ve supposedly had an unbelievably bad season up until now, so once we really hit form we’ll be all right.’

Shelvey meanwhile is confident the team will continue to improve. He pressured James Collins into putting the ball into his own for the winner.

'I'm going to claim it (the goal), but the main thing is we got three points and it is important we kick on,' Shelvey told Sky Sports.

Setback: West Ham's Mohamed Diame will be out for 12 weeks with a hamstring injury

Setback: West Ham's Mohamed Diame will be out for 12 weeks with a hamstring injury

'I played it (No 9) against Young Boys. I'm not a stranger to that role.

'We got a new manager (in the summer) with a different way of playing.

'It is very exciting to be in it and the longer the season goes on the stronger we will become.'

Sam Allardyce said he feared influential midfielder Mohamed Diame would be out for up to 12 weeks after suffering a serious hamstring tear.

The West Ham boss said: ‘It doesn’t take a medical expert to know it’s a serious hamstring tear when you fall and stop the way he did.

‘I’d expect it to be anything up to eight, 10, 12 weeks.’

The Senegalese was expected to be a target for clubs in the January transfer window and Allardyce conceded that his inability to pass a medical could be a ‘silver lining’.

But he added: ‘I’d sooner have the aggravation of agents and people trying to buy him and have him playing for us than do without him.’