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Liverpool having better season than last year – Glen Johnson

No trophies and seventh in the league… but Johnson insists Liverpool have improved

By
Dominic King

PUBLISHED:

06:15 GMT, 9 April 2013

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UPDATED:

06:15 GMT, 9 April 2013

Glen Johnson insists Liverpool's season has been 'clearly better' than the last campaign which ended with them winning a trophy and qualifying for Europe.

Liverpool, whose hopes of top six finish were dented by a 0-0 draw with West Ham, never threatened to repeat their exploits of last year in knockout football when they reached both domestic cup finals, winning the League Cup against Cardiff.

Bar a huge turn of events, it is almost certain they will miss out on a place in the Europa League next year, too, as they are running out of games to overhaul Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton.

Luis Suarez

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard

Woe: Liverpool failed to break down a dogged West Ham defence at Anfield last weekend

Johnson, though, is adamant that Liverpool – who are set to surpass the points tally of 52 they accrued 12 months ago – have made far greater progress under Brendan Rodgers than the Barclays Premier League table would suggest.

'I wouldn't say it (has been) so close but so far,' said the England right-back. 'It is clearly a better season than last season. Brendan is looking to improve the squad and we have got a better squad than we did have. He will look to improve again in the summer.

'If we can nick the goals we need from games (like against West Ham), we will be right in amongst it (next season).'

When asked why he felt it was a 'clearly better season', Johnson replied: 'It's a few things. You look at the squad, the feeling that there is around the place, the football that we are playing – 8 times out of 10, we have been battering teams.

Past glories: Liverpool won the Carling Cup last season but will finish this campaign without a trophy

Past glories: Liverpool won the Carling Cup last season but will finish this campaign without a trophy

'That wasn't the case last season. We won a trophy last season and, of course, that was fantastic. Everyone wants to win. That's what we are in the game for. But in terms of getting Liverpool back where they belong, we want to be back in the top four.'

Johnson, who has been one of Liverpool's most consistent performers under Rodgers, believes it is vital for the club's critics to look at this season in isolation, as he is adamant there will be significant improvement when things are fully settled.

'Brendan was brought in to rebuild the squad and put Liverpool back into the places that it should be (as a club),' said Johnson. 'He wants to put us back in the top four but he wasn't asked to do that in his first season. This season has been a step closer to that.

Main man: Glen Johnson (centre) praised manager Brendan Rodgers for his impact at the club

Main man: Glen Johnson (centre) praised manager Brendan Rodgers for his impact at the club

'Everyone – players, staff, fans – would love us to be back in the top four but if we improve on last season then it is a step in the right direction. We are still pretty close to the top four. If we can start nicking games like West Ham, we are going to be right in amongst it.'

Meanwhile, Liverpool target Toby Alderweirled has stated that he would prefer a move to Anfield this summer. The Belgian defender is expected to leave Ajax and has been courted by a number of English clubs, including Newcastle and Everton.

'I do not want to play for an English club in mid-table,' said Alderweirled. 'Unlike Newcastle, Liverpool meets my criteria.'

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FA Youth Cup: Liverpool 3 Leeds 1 – Steven Gerrard gives thumbs up to Kop kids

FA Youth Cup: Liverpool 3 Leeds 1 – Gerrard gives thumbs up to Kop kids

By
Dominic King

PUBLISHED:

20:56 GMT, 28 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:11 GMT, 28 February 2013

Liverpool's Academy is brimming with
talent and Jordon Ibe, one of its most gifted pupils, showed why he is a
name to note by firing his side into the FA Youth Cup quarter-finals.

Ibe, who was brought to Anfield in an
initial 500,000 deal from Wycombe Wanderers in December 2011, scored
twice as Liverpool ran out 3-1 winners against Leeds to set up a trip to
Hull City in the next round. Jack Dunn completed the scoring in injury
time after Lewis Cook had pulled one back.

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Hot shot: Liverpool's Jordan Ibe scores the opening goal

Hot shot: Liverpool's Jordan Ibe scores the opening goal

Liverpool's Jordan Ibe celebrates his strike

Take that: Liverpool's Jordan Ibe celebrates his strike

Though Leeds – who had the backing off more than 250 hardy souls from Yorkshire – showed signs of promise in the opening exchanges and finished strongly, they had no answer when Ibe went impressively through the gears in the space of 10 first minutes to take the tie away from the visitors.

Frank McParland, Liverpool’s Academy Director, said: ‘It was a really physical game and I am just pleased we have come through it. Leeds were strong and had more experience and were older than most of our boys.

‘It is great to be in the next round and, of course, Jordon’s performance was excellent. He has been doing really well for the reserves this year and with him being 17, he can play in this competition next year. He took his goals really well.’

Playing on the left-flank and looking to dovetail at every opportunity with Jerome Sinclair – who became the youngest player in Liverpool’s history when he had a brief run out in the Carling Cup against West Brom last September – it was not difficult to see why Ibe is held in such regard.

High jump: Liverpool's Jordan Ibe tangles with Alex Mowatt

High jump: Liverpool's Jordan Ibe tangles with Alex Mowatt

Top man: Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard was at the match

Top man: Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard was at the match

He showed great poise in the 29th minute
to skip inside a challenge, after being teed up by Dan Trickett-Smith,
and rifle a shot through the legs of Leeds defender Afolabi Coker, that
left keeper Eric Grimes with no chance.

If the manner in which he dispatched that was impressive, his second
goal was even more so. When Liverpool midfielder Jordan Rossiter won a
challenge deep inside his own half, Ibe had no other option but to set
off on a run.

Such was his change of pace, though, he left Leeds’ Alex Purver trailing
before slaloming around Corey Roper to crack a drive past Grimes. Ibe
went on Liverpool’s tour to the USA last summer and, if he maintains
this progress, another call up to Brendan Rodgers’ squad will not be far
away.

This, however, was not a one-sided contest. Leeds, who came into this
tie having suffered just one defeat all season, started brightly and had
a goal correctly disallowed in the 24th minute when substitute Eoghan
Stokes was adjudged to have fouled Liverpool keeper Ryan Fulton.

Liverpool struggled to find a rhythm in the second half yet Leeds could
not make their domination of possession pay. Cook gave hope of a late
comeback when he cracked a shot past Fulton after being teed up by Alex
Mowatt but their pursuit of an equaliser left them susceptible to a
quick break.

So it proved in injury time when Dunn and substitute Kristoffer Peterson
combined to leave the first named with the easy task of finishing from
six yards.

Too much: Leeds' Lewis Walters was distraught at being substituted

Too much: Leeds' Lewis Walters was distraught at being substituted

Cool head: Kristoffer Peterson flicks the ball past Leeds keeper Eric Grimes

Cool head: Kristoffer Peterson flicks the ball past Leeds keeper Eric Grimes

Watching brief: Liverpool assistant manager Colin Pascoe

Watching brief: Liverpool assistant manager Colin Pascoe

Video: Ibe's sensational solo effort

Wilfried Zaha transfer latest: Manchester United to wrap up 12m deal

Man United set to beat Arsenal to Zaha with Fergie ready to wrap up 12m deal

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

10:25 GMT, 20 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:25 GMT, 20 January 2013

Manchester United hope to have a 12million deal to bring Wilfried Zaha to Old Trafford wrapped up early next week.

The transfer of the 20-year-old forward will represent the biggest cash advance from a Premier League club to a Championship club in history – bigger than the fees paid to Southampton by Arsenal for Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

On his way: Zaha is expected to complete his move to United next week

On his way: Zaha is expected to complete his move to United next week

Palace have always held out for 12m citing the fact Walcott had only played a few games for Saints in 2005 and that Oxlade-Chamberlain had not played at a higher level than League One before his move.

Zaha will earn 35,000-a-week at Old Trafford but will be sent back to Palace on loan until the end of the season. Arsenal are the other club in for him but he is expected to opt for United.

Star: Zaha has been in fine form this season for Palace

Star: Zaha has been in fine form this season for Palace

Zaha has been tracked by United boss Sir Alex Ferguson ever since he impressed in Palace's shock Carling Cup win at Old Trafford back in November 2011.

The Ivory Coast-born star has been in sensational form for Palace this season and made his England debut against Sweden in November.

Lee Peltier backs Rafael Benitez to make Fernando Torres good

Rafa will work his magic on Torres… but I'll be at my best too, insists Leeds skipper Peltier

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UPDATED:

22:56 GMT, 18 December 2012

Leeds captain Lee Peltier is backing
his old Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez to make Fernando Torres smile
again, but insists the Spain striker will hold no fear for him at Elland
Road on Wednesday.

It is more than six years since
Benitez handed Peltier a debut with his hometown team in what was then
the Carling Cup, although the young defender was on his way to Yeovil
the following summer when Torres arrived at Anfield in a 26.5million
deal for what proved to be the best spell of his career.

The 26-year-old Liverpudlian is not
surprised that Benitez's appointment at Chelsea has seen his fellow
Spaniard score five goals in the last four games, and is relishing the
prospect of taking on Torres in the Capital One Cup quarter-final clash.

Belief: Lee Peltier says Rafael Benitez will be able to get Fernando Torres firing

Belief: Lee Peltier says Rafael Benitez will be able to get Fernando Torres firing

'I don't fear him,' said Peltier.
'Obviously I've got to be on my guard and play to the best of my ability
against a top-class player like that, but it brings out the best in
you.

'If anybody's going to bring Torres
back to form, then Rafa's the man. He brought him over to the English
game and Torres' best years were under Rafa.

'He's been going through a sticky
patch for whatever reason, but there's no doubt he's a top-class striker
and he's proved that to the world. At any point he could score a goal.

'I don't really know what's changed in
him since Liverpool. I don't know if he's had problems personally or
with the manager. All I can say is that at Liverpool he looked like he
was enjoying himself and playing with a smile on his face. Maybe that's
the reason.' Three of Peltier's four appearances for Liverpool came in
this competition, starting with a third round tie against Reading in
October 2006.

Despite Benitez's intense rivalry with
Chelsea during those years, he understands why the manager moved to
Stamford Bridge and does not think he will be affected by the hostile
welcome.

'I'm sure he can handle it,' said
Peltier, who is expected to play despite a slight groin strain. 'He's a
manager with plenty of experience and he's been around a long time. I'm
sure he won't let that get to him.

'Anything can happen in football so
Rafa to Chelsea didn't surprise me. They're a big club and he's a good
manager, so why not

'I was at Liverpool for 10 years and I worked under
him for quite a bit. He gave me my Liverpool debut so I've got a lot of
respect for him. He's one of the top managers out there.'

Not yet: But Peltier is determined to be at his best against the Spaniard

Not yet: But Peltier is determined to be at his best against the Spaniard

Although
Leeds have already knocked out Everton and Southampton on their way to
the quarter-finals, Peltier acknowledges that beating the European
champions would be 'a bigger scalp'.

Seeing neighbours Bradford City shock
Arsenal last week and then Chelsea having to travel halfway around the
globe for a World Club Cup defeat to Corinthians has given Neil
Warnock's team hope that they can spring another surprise.

'Everybody expected Arsenal to go there and win by five or six so all credit to Bradford,' said Peltier.

'There's a lot of pressure on Chelsea.
They will be expected to beat us but we won't go out without a fight.
There are a lot of players here who would love to go out and play in
front of a full house in a Wembley final.

'The way we play when we put pressure
on teams, we keep going at them and it's relentless. If we start off
like that, we can get Chelsea on the back foot and that will give us a
big chance.'

Arsene Wenger will NOT be sacked insist Arsenal but club chief Ivan Gazidis is set to face fans" fury at Emirates event

Wenger will NOT be sacked insist Arsenal but club chief Gazidis is set to face fans' fury at Emirates event

By
Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

12:17 GMT, 12 December 2012

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UPDATED:

16:40 GMT, 12 December 2012

Arsenal are throwing their unequivocal backing behind underfire manager Arsene Wenger.

An increasing number of Gunners supporters are calling for the French manager's head after a difficult start to the season and club chief executive Ivan Gazidis will face a hostile audience tonight at the Emirates Stadium when he hosts a drinks reception for the Arsenal Supporters Trust.

The pressure on Wenger intensified last night as Arsenal were dumped out of the Carling Cup by League Two side Bradford.

Stand by your man: Arsene Wenger watches his side crash out of the Capital One Cup at Bradford last night, but the manager will continue to enjoy unwavering support

Stand by your man: Arsene Wenger watches his side crash out of the Capital One Cup at Bradford last night, but the manager will continue to enjoy unwavering support

HE'S USELESS!

Which Arsenal played has been dubbed Useless Read/watch Sportsmail brilliant new video column by clicking here…

But the 63-year-old is under no danger of losing his job despite their recent slump.

The Gunners board remain 100 per cent behind Wenger, who is continuing with his plans to bolster the squad in next month's transfer window.

Wenger has an excellent relationship with the club's hierarchy, who are in no doubt the Frenchman remains the right man to lead Arsenal.

The board's unwavering support of Wenger will anger a growing band of supporters who feel it is now time for a change.

A right old coating: Wenger watches his side slump at Bradford's Coral Windows Stadium last night's cup

A right old coating: Wenger watches his side slump at Bradford's Coral Windows Stadium last night's cup

Bradford City supporters v Arsenal

Ivan Gazidis

Hat-trick: A Bradford fan celebrates last night (left) but Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis will face a hostile audience at a supporters' event at the Emirates Stadium tonight

Arsenal will complete an eight-year trophy drought if they fail to win any silverware this season, a statistic deemed not good enough by some fans.

Nevertheless, Wenger's position remains one of the safest in European football despite the club's problems.

WENGER MUST GO… THIS ARSENAL FAN HAS DECIDED ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Matt Fortune

By the time this piece is written, I'll need a bath. No, something more, a cleansing of the soul, perhaps. Forgive me Arsene, for I have sinned.

Here goes… Wenger out.

Defeat to Bradford, a team ranked more than 60 places lower than Arsenal, was humiliating for a club of this stature.

Forget their current form, injuries or any other extenuating circumstances, it was a shameful night for all involved.

The League Cup quarter-final result will go down in history, the lead in those 'It's happened before' newspaper items many years from now.

'Valley of despair', one headline screamed. Valley of the damned, I'd prefer. It was the final straw.

Click here to read the full Matt Fortune article…

Arsene Wenger will NOT be sacked insist Arsenal but club chief Gazidis is set to face fans" fury at Emirates event

Arsene Wenger will NOT be sacked insist Arsenal but club chief Gazidis is set to face fans' fury at Emirates event

By
Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

12:17 GMT, 12 December 2012

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UPDATED:

13:24 GMT, 12 December 2012

Arsenal are throwing their unequivocal backing behind underfire manager Arsene Wenger.

An increasing number of Gunners supporters are calling for the French manager's head after a difficult start to the season and club chief executive Ivan Gazidis will face a hostile audience tonight at the Emirates Stadium when he hosts a drinks reception for the Arsenal Supporters Trust.

The pressure on Wenger intensified last night as Arsenal were dumped out of the Carling Cup by League Two side Bradford.

Stand by your man: Arsene Wenger watches his side crash out of the Capital One Cup at Bradford last night, but the manager will continue to enjoy unwavering support

Stand by your man: Arsene Wenger watches his side crash out of the Capital One Cup at Bradford last night, but the manager will continue to enjoy unwavering support

HE'S USELESS!

Which Arsenal played has been dubbed Useless Read/watch Sportsmail brilliant new video column by clicking here…

But the 63-year-old is under no danger of losing his job despite their recent slump.

The Gunners board remain 100 per cent behind Wenger, who is continuing with his plans to bolster the squad in next month's transfer window.

Wenger has an excellent relationship with the club's hierarchy, who are in no doubt the Frenchman remains the right man to lead Arsenal.

The board's unwavering support of Wenger will anger a growing band of supporters who feel it is now time for a change.

A right old coating: Wenger watches his side slump at Bradford's Coral Windows Stadium last night's cup

A right old coating: Wenger watches his side slump at Bradford's Coral Windows Stadium last night's cup

Bradford City supporters v Arsenal

Ivan Gazidis

Hat-trick: A Bradford fan celebrates last night (left) but Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis will face a hostile audience at a supporters' event at the Emirates Stadium tonight

Arsenal will complete an eight-year trophy drought if they fail to win any silverware this season, a statistic deemed not good enough by some fans.

Nevertheless, Wenger's position remains one of the safest in European football despite the club's problems.

WENGER MUST GO… THIS ARSENAL FAN HAS DECIDED ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Matt Fortune

By the time this piece is written, I'll need a bath. No, something more, a cleansing of the soul, perhaps. Forgive me Arsene, for I have sinned.

Here goes… Wenger out.

Defeat to Bradford, a team ranked more than 60 places lower than Arsenal, was humiliating for a club of this stature.

Forget their current form, injuries or any other extenuating circumstances, it was a shameful night for all involved.

The League Cup quarter-final result will go down in history, the lead in those 'It's happened before' newspaper items many years from now.

'Valley of despair', one headline screamed. Valley of the damned, I'd prefer. It was the final straw.

Click here to read the full Matt Fortune article…

Tottenham fans told by police "Yid Army" is ok

EXCLUSIVE: Sing what you want! Police back Spurs fans over 'Yid Army' chant after racism claims

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UPDATED:

14:29 GMT, 8 November 2012

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Metropolitan Police have reassured Tottenham they will NOT face prosecution over their own supporters use of the word 'Yid' in matchday chants.

The police have clarified their stance over whether the club's supporters could be investigated for making racial slurs given the anti-Semitic nature of the word 'Yid'.

Club supporters often sing songs featuring the expression, and on Thursday the club released a statement defending their fans right to use the expression.

And the Met have advised Tottenham chants such as 'Yid Army' will not lead to prosecution on the basis that it is used with no 'deliberate intention to cause offence'.

Spurs' conversations with police come after the Society of Black Lawyers threatened to report the club to the police if they were not seen to be doing more to ensure the term is no longer used.

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A 'Yid Army' Spurs flag

Tottenham Hotspur fans celebrate in the stands

Traditional support: A Tottenham fan cheers on his side at Wembley during 2008's Carling Cup victory

Jermain man: Defoe limbers up during Spurs training session at their Enfield HQ

Jermain man: Defoe limbers up during Spurs training session at their Enfield HQ

SPURS STATEMENT

'The club does not tolerate any form of racist or abusive chanting.

'Our guiding principle in respect of
the “Y-word” is based on the point of law itself – the distinguishing
factor is the intent with which it is used ie if it is used with the
deliberate intention to cause offence.

'This has been the basis of
prosecutions of fans of other teams to date. Our fans adopted the chant
as a defence mechanism in order to own the term and thereby deflect
anti-Semitic abuse. They do not use the term to others to cause any
offence, they use it a chant amongst themselves.

'The club believes that real
anti-semitic abuse such as hissing to simulate the noise of gas chambers
is the real evil and the real offence. We believe this is the area that
requires a determined and concerted effort from all parties and where
we seek greater support to eradicate.'

Chairman Peter Herbert originally said that if chants including the
word continue, he would ask police to bring a prosecution for racism.

The club responded with a strong
defence of their supporters’ use of the word but Herbert has blasted back, accusing the supporters of casual racism.

‘The argument sounds like it is 40
years old,’ he said. ‘I’m deeply saddened that a football club that
represents such a diverse area has taken such a view. I don’t want to
have to take my children to a football match and expect to hear
anti-Semitic chants.

‘Tottenham Hotspur Football Club
obviously just don’t get it. It’s almost like saying if a woman refers
to another woman in a derogatory fashion then it is OK.’

Herbert added: ‘What we are trying to
do is change a culture. What we are saying to Tottenham is, “Maybe this
was OK 50 years ago – but it isn’t now”.

‘Even if it comes from Tottenham
supporters, it remains casual racism. We understand it is a difficult,
and for some an uncomfortable, stance to take, but we feel it is the
right stance.’

Smiles better: Tottenham's William Gallas Emmanuel Adebayor and Jan Vertonghen during a training session

Smiles better: Tottenham's William Gallas Emmanuel Adebayor and Jan Vertonghen during a training session

Tottenham then issued an impassioned defence of their fans’ right to use the term ‘Yid’ in their matchday chants.

Spurs are steeped in Jewish tradition and large sections of their support refer to themselves as ‘Yids’ in matchday songs.

In a
statement: ‘The club does not tolerate any form of racist or abusive
chanting.

'Our guiding principle in respect of
the “Y-word” is based on the point of law itself — the distinguishing
factor is the intent with which it is used, i.e. if it is used with the
deliberate intention to cause offence.

High profile: Incidents involving John Terry and Luis Suarez brought focus on racism in football

High profile: Incidents involving John Terry and Luis Suarez brought focus on racism in football

High profile: Incidents involving John Terry and Luis Suarez brought focus on racism in football

Baddiel

Baddiel

Lineker

Lineker

Herbert

Herbert

SOCIETY OF BLACK LAWYERS' PLAN

A minimum six to nine-month ban for racial abuse, rising to a five-year ban for a third offence

Any fines going directly to Kick It Out to fund grassroots anti-racism initiatives

The creation of representative associations for black players, managers and coaches

Guidance for referees to send off players using racist abuse and the power to call off games where the crowd is using such abuse

A 20 per cent quota at all levels of the FA, PFA, clubs as well as football agents and referees

Racial abuse to be a matter of gross misconduct incorporated into players’ contracts

Clubs to invest in the personal education of all players, including university or college education

Recording referees and assistants during matches to pick up any possible abuse by players.

A
system for reporting racial incidents to be set up with details of
these incidents, both on and off the pitch, published each year

'This has been the basis of
prosecutions of fans of other teams to date. Our fans adopted the chant
as a defence mechanism in order to own the term and thereby deflect
anti-Semitic abuse. They do not use the term to others to cause any
offence, they use it as a chant among themselves.

‘The club believes that real
anti-Semitic abuse such as hissing to simulate the noise of gas chambers
is the real evil and the real offence.

‘We believe this is the area that
requires a determined effort from all parties and where we seek greater
support to eradicate.’

Former Spurs stars Gary Lineker and Ledley King have previously condemned the mimicking of the gas chambers by away supporters.

Tottenham have traditionally been
well supported by members of the Jewish community. Many fans do not
consider references to their faith as offensive. Others,such as comedian
David Baddiel, however, do.

Last year Baddiel
launched a campaign, supported by Lineker, to stamp out use of the word 'yid' in football
chants which mock Jewish and Tottenham supporters.

The Society of Black Lawyers is involved in talks to create a Black Players’ Association
with some professionals, claiming the football authorities are not doing
enough to represent them or to tackle racism in the sport.

The PFA recently introduced its own six-point action plan but the society says this will prove 'ineffective'.

SUPPORTER COMMENT: SORRY BUT THE Y-WORD BELONGS TO US

As a youngster growing up supporting Spurs, it took me some time to realise the word 'yid' was an offensive racial slur. I'd never heard it used in a derogatory sense at White Hart Lane, only ever as a collective term – yid army – and as a positive identifier.

If a player was good, he was a yiddo.

But its significance soon became apparent. Though far from the abhorrent gas chamber hissing of some away fans, it's still sensitive. Context is important, though, and its reclamation as a positive term at the ground should not be ignored.

The Society of Black lawyers says use of the word yid, including the tone adopted by Spurs fans, amounts to casual racism. Perhaps they have a point. Perhaps simply substituting the word would be the answer. But Spurs fans are unlikely to take kindly at being told what to do by an external body, especially as it is largely considered a positive, rather than offensive, chant.

David Baddiel tried to stamp out its use by Tottenham supporters but, despite his own Jewish faith, the views of a Chelsea fan were never likely to be accepted by the Spurs majority.

If the word yid really is to be kicked out of White Hart Lane, it would need concerns to be raised from within the Spurs-supporting community, rather than outside pressures.

Andrew Magee, life-long Spurs supporter

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Nani set to leave Manchester United after Sir Alex Ferguson "amateur" blast

EXCLUSIVE: Nani set for Old Trafford exit after Fergie blasts 'amateurish' winger

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UPDATED:

16:51 GMT, 2 November 2012

Manchester United winger Nani looks set to leave Old Trafford next summer after manager Sir Alex Ferguson took him to task for throwing away his team's Carling Cup tie at Chelsea on Wednesday night.

Nani's future at United has been in some doubt since talks over a new contract collapsed during the summer.

And now the Portuguese winger has told friends that he feels there is little chance of a reconciliation after Ferguson blamed him for conceding possession in the run up to Chelsea’s equaliser in the last minute of normal time on Wednesday.

On the way out: Nani in training at Carrington on Friday morning with the Manchester United squad

On the way out: Nani in training at Carrington on Friday morning with the Manchester United squad

Ferguson was publicly critical of Nani for his error after the game, saying he should have run the ball to the corner flag. United – 3-2 up at the time – went on to lose 5-4 in extra-time.

Now a source close to Nani revealed: 'There was an argument between Ferguson and Nani after the game.

'Ferguson told him that losing the ball like that was an amateurish thing to do and that a really great player would never have done that.

Final warning: United manager Sir Alex Ferguson takes training on Friday morning

Final warning: United manager Sir Alex Ferguson takes training on Friday morning

'Nani was already told that if he ever did it again then he would be on his way.'

It is understood that Nani has felt for some time that his place in Ferguson’s plans is under threat and has told friends that he expects to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season.

The official line from United is that the door is still open for the 25-year-old in terms of a new contract but not at the 130,000-a-week level he has been hoping for.

Bust-up at the Bridge: Fergie blamed Nani for the defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday night

Bust-up at the Bridge: Fergie blamed Nani for the defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday night

Dougie Freedman named Bolton boss

Freedman the new Bolton boss as Crystal Palace lose legend

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UPDATED:

14:48 GMT, 23 October 2012

Dougie Freedman is set to be named the new Bolton manager after leaving Crystal Palace.

Bolton offered Freedman a three-year deal worth 1.5million to become their new boss on Monday night and the Scot held talks on Tuesday.

Palace said in a statement: 'Crystal Palace Football Club can confirm that first-team manager Dougie Freedman has joined Bolton Wanderers.

Palace of dreams: Dougie Freedman has had a superb start to the season

Palace of dreams: Dougie Freedman has had a superb start to the season

FREEDMAN FACTFILE

November 2007 – Appointed Crystal Palace reserve team manager while still playing for first-team

March 2010 – Retires from football, ending a 16-year career including two spells at Palace spanning 10 years

March 2010 – Returns to Palace as assistant to Paul Hart with the club in administration

June 2010 – Retained as Palace No 2 following George Burley's appointment as manager

January 2011 – Named Palace manager after being initially appointed as caretaker following Burley's New Year's Day sacking

May 2011 – Palace finish six points clear of relegation in 20th place having been 23rd and three points adrift when Freedman took over

November 2011 – Guides Palace to a memorable Carling Cup win at Manchester United

January 2012 – Palace narrowly miss out on a trip to Wembley after being beaten on penalties in their Carling Cup semi-final tie against Cardiff

May 2012 – Palace finish 17th in Championship

September 2012 – Named Championship manager of the month after picking up 13 points from a possible 15 and guiding Palace to fourth place

October 2012 – Leaves Palace to join Bolton

Palace playing career: Games 360 Goals 106

Managerial record: P90 W32 D27 L31 W%35.56

'The board of the club would like to
put on record their thanks to Dougie for all his efforts over the past
couple of years and their disappointment over the events of the past few
days.

'The search for a replacement starts immediately.

'The team at tonight's game against Barnsley will be taken by assistant manager Lennie Lawrence and first-team coach Curtis Fleming.'

Palace had put out a statement earlieron
Monday rejecting Bolton's approach for Freedman, but changed their
stance once the 38-year-old Scot made it clear that he wanted to leave
Selhurst Park.

Sportsmail understands Bolton made contact with Palace on Saturday night before making their interest formal.

Palace owner Steve Parish is now keen on handing Steve Coppell a fifth stint at the club in a new-look football managerial set-up, though not necessarily as the next boss.

There could also be a role for ex-Palace striker Mark Bright, who works for the BBC.

Whether Coppell, who is director of football at Crawley Town, is keen on a return to Palace remains to be seen.

Caretaker boss Jimmy Phillips will be
in charge for Bolton's game at Wolves on Tuesday night but Freedman,
who was handed his first managerial job by Palace in January 2011, will be in place for Saturday's trip to Middlesbrough.

Neighbours Blackburn suffered another
setback in their hunt for a successor to Steve Kean when Fulham refused
a request to speak to their first-team coach Billy McKinlay.

Blackburn have switched their sights to McKinlay after failing to prise Tim Sherwood, also an ex-Rovers player, from Tottenham.

Fulham insist they will allow
McKinlay to speak with Blackburn only once a compensation package has
been agreed, but the Championship club hope that McKinlay will force the
issue.

The 43-year-old Scot would bring in former Rovers striker Chris Sutton as his right-hand man.

Reunion: Crystal Palace could offer Coppell a role at Selhurst Park

Reunion: Crystal Palace could offer Coppell a role at Selhurst Park

Dougie Freedman set for Bolton as Crystal Palace eye Steve Coppell reunion

Freedman is Bolton bound as Crystal Palace court former manager Coppell

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 22 October 2012

Bolton offered Dougie Freedman a three-year deal worth 1.5million to become their new boss on Monday night as Crystal Palace look to offer Steve Coppell a fifth stint at the club.

Palace had put out a statement earlier in the day rejecting Bolton's approach for Freedman, but changed their stance once the 38-year-old Scot made it clear that he wanted to leave Selhurst Park.

Palace of dreams: Dougie Freedman is enduring a stellar campaign at Selhurst Park

Palace of dreams: Dougie Freedman is enjoying a stellar campaign so far

FREEDMAN FACTFILE

November 2007 – Appointed Crystal Palace reserve team manager while still playing for first-team

March 2010 – Retires from football, ending a 16-year career including two spells at Palace spanning 10 years

March 2010 – Returns to Palace as assistant to Paul Hart with the club in administration

June 2010 – Retained as Palace No 2 following George Burley's appointment as manager

January 2011 – Named Palace manager after being initially appointed as caretaker following Burley's New Year's Day sacking

May 2011 – Palace finish six points clear of relegation in 20th place having been 23rd and three points adrift when Freedman took over

November 2011 – Guides Palace to a memorable Carling Cup win at Manchester United

January 2012 – Palace narrowly miss out on a trip to Wembley after being beaten on penalties in their Carling Cup semi-final tie against Cardiff

May 2012 – Palace finish 17th in Championship

September 2012 – Named Championship manager of the month after picking up 13 points from a possible 15 and guiding Palace to fourth place

Palace playing career: Games 360 Goals 106

Managerial record: P90 W32 D27 L31 W%35.56

Sportsmail understands Bolton made contact with Palace on Saturday night before making their interest formal.

Palace owner Steve Parish is now considering a move for Coppell once Freedman's move has been ratified.

Parish is keen on including Coppell in a new-look football managerial set-up, though not necessarily as the club's next boss.

There could also be a role for ex-Palace striker Mark Bright, who works for the BBC.

Whether Coppell, who is director of football at Crawley Town, is keen on a return to Palace remains to be seen.

Caretaker boss Jimmy Phillips will be
in charge for Bolton's game at Wolves on Tuesday night but Freedman,
who was handed his first managerial job by Palace in January 2011, could
be in place for Saturday's trip to Middlesbrough.

Neighbours Blackburn suffered another
setback in their hunt for a successor to Steve Kean when Fulham refused
a request to speak to their first-team coach Billy McKinlay.

Blackburn have switched their sights to McKinlay after failing to prise Tim Sherwood, also an ex-Rovers player, from Tottenham.

Fulham insist they will allow
McKinlay to speak with Blackburn only once a compensation package has
been agreed, but the Championship club hope that McKinlay will force the
issue.

The 43-year-old Scot would bring in former Rovers striker Chris Sutton as his right-hand man.

Reunion: Crystal Palace have offered Coppell a sixth stint at the club

Reunion: Crystal Palace could offer Coppell a sixth stint at the club