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Steve Clarke and West Brom staff play powerchair football

It's West Brom's worst performance of the season… Clarke and Co were 'hopeless' against the Baggies' Powerchair team

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

16:54 GMT, 4 April 2013

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UPDATED:

22:48 GMT, 4 April 2013

West Brom manager Steve Clarke might have exceeded expectations in his first season in charge, but that was before he came up against his toughest opponents yet – the club's Powerchair Team.

Sporting Club Albion, run by the Midlands side's Albion Foundation, will take their place in EPFA Power Championships League, Powerchair's equivalent of the Champions League, in Paris this summer.

Powerchair football is for people with disabilities, who use powered wheelchairs, a regulation-size basketball court with goals, and a 13-inch ball.

We were hopeless: Steve Clarke admitted Powerchair football is harder than it looks, with him and his West Brom backroom staff taking on the club's Powerchair side

We were hopeless: Steve Clarke admitted Powerchair football is harder than it looks, with him and his West Brom backroom staff taking on the club's Powerchair side

Clarke

Powerchair

European adventure: Sporting Club Albion, with captain Chris Gordon shaking Clarke's hand, will compete in the EPFA Power Championships League this summer - the equivalent of the Champions League

European adventure: Sporting Club Albion, with captain Chris Gordon shaking Clarke's hand, will compete in the EPFA Power Championships League this summer – the equivalent of the Champions League

To warm up, they took on Clarke and his backroom staff, who have led Albion to eighth in the Barclays Premier League, in a game of Powerchair football.

Held at the club's Barclays Spaces 4 Sport Community Sports Hall, Clarke, his assistants Kevin Keen and Keith Downing, as well as goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely, took on the Powerchair side – with Keen seeing red for a professional foul.

Baggies boss Clarke admitted the sport was far tougher than it looked, saying his side were hopeless.

Inspire: Sporting Club Albion gave Clarke and Co a difficult time in their Powerchair football match

Inspire: Sporting Club Albion gave Clarke and Co a difficult time in their Powerchair football match

Red card: Clarke joked he was looking at disciplining assistant Kevin Keen after he was sent off in the match

Red card: Clarke joked he was looking at disciplining assistant Kevin Keen after he was sent off in the match

Tough battle: David Lewis of Sporting Club Albion holds off WBA goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely

Tough battle: David Lewis of Sporting Club Albion holds off WBA goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely

He said: 'I went to watch them training three weeks ago and was really impressed.

'I did think: “I can do that,” so I challenged them to a game against our backroom team.

'But if you have a go, it's really difficult.

'We were hopeless, and Kevin Keen was sent off which presents me with another internal disciplinary problem.

'The boys and girls make it look really easy. Believe me, it's not.'

Dean Saunders issues McDonald"s ban on Wolves players

Eat like Ennis! McDonald's is off limits to Wolves players as Saunders clamps down

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

08:36 GMT, 11 January 2013

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UPDATED:

13:51 GMT, 11 January 2013


Big Macs banned: Dean Saunders wants his Wolves players to eat properly

Big Macs banned: Dean Saunders wants his Wolves players to eat properly

New Wolves manager Dean Saunders has ordered the club's players to stop eating at McDonald's.

The former Wales striker takes charge of his first game at Molineux tonight, against Blackburn, and wants to get his squad in shape.

He has issued a set of strict rules to keep his team in top condition as they prepare to recover from a disastrous spell under Stale Solbakken.

He said: 'Without discipline you have
nothing. Football is a watered-down version of the army and in the army
they make you do things you don’t want and you have to obey orders.

'The
overall thinking of it is that when we go into battle – when it really
matters – and you get instructions, you comply with the instructions you
are given.

'You are all
together as a group. And you get used to obeying instructions and
respecting authority. It keeps everybody together on the same sheet.

'If
you go into war and two soldiers do their own thing, they get the rest
killed. Obviously we are not in the army but there have to be rules in
place.

No entry: Wolves players must not visit McDonald's after training

No entry: Wolves players must not visit McDonald's after training

'They include not
being late for training, not leaving your training kit on the floor,
being in for treatment on time, living your life properly, not going
away from here into McDonald’s. Eating like an athlete.

'I
don’t think Jessica Ennis stops off at McDonald’s on the way home, I
don’t think so looking at her. That’s discipline – to be able to say
“No” to things that don’t make you play very well.

'You need to respect your team-mates and respect authority. If the manager tells you to do something, do it!

New rules: Saunders has told his troops that Olympian Jessica Ennis (below) wouldn't eat at McDonald's

New rules: Saunders has told his troops that Olympian Jessica Ennis (below) wouldn't eat at McDonald's

Olympic heroine Jessica Ennis

'I’m not an old school manager, really. Graeme Souness packed in because of it. It’s harder and harder to discipline players – they just look at you sometimes and go, “What are you on about”'

Saunders believes the Wolves players will soon appreciate his stern stance.

He explained: 'Most footballers like discipline. They like to know where the line is. And they don’t like to see other people not adhering to it.'

Sir Alex Ferguson referee watch: Manchester United manager loses his temper briefly

Fergie ref watch: After his haranguing of Dean and co, how did Sir Alex behave on the touchline for clash against West Brom

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UPDATED:

01:24 GMT, 30 December 2012

It seemed like Sir Alex Ferguson was on his way to giving another set of officials the full treatment during Manchester United's 2-0 victory over West Brom at Old Trafford.

But although he did start shouting at assistant referee Andy Garrett over the award of a throw-in, he soon made up with him.

These pictures show the Red Devils boss giving Garrett an earful before later making him laugh, along with fourth official Phil Dowd.

Sir Alex Ferguson shouts at assistant referee Andy Garrett

Just joshing: Ferguson laughed with him afterwards

Making up: Sir Alex Ferguson shouts at assistant referee Andy Garrett… but then joked with him afterwards

Time for a chat: Garratt giggled while Ferguson chatted to fourth official Phil Dowd

Time for a chat: Garratt giggled while Ferguson chatted to fourth official Phil Dowd

The officials would have been wary
after the United manager's incredible rant at Mike Dean and his
assistants during the side's 4-3 win over Newcastle on Boxing Day.

He strode on to the pitch to harangue
Dean about Newcastle’s controversial second goal and then berated both a
linesman and the fourth official.

But because the referee did not
include the incidents in his match report he is believed to view
Ferguson’s comments as within the boundaries of reasonable
communication.

Dean did not report him because he did not feel there was abusive language or any questioning of his integrity.

Caught between a rock and a hard place: Dowd was sandwiched between Fergie and the United mascot

Caught between a rock and a hard place: Dowd was sandwiched between Fergie and the United mascot

Manager watch

Wenger v Pardew

Pardew was banned for shoving an assistant referee this term but kept his hands to himself yesterday. Wenger stayed seated.

Hughton v Mancini

While Hughton was a silent witness to defeat, Mancini was furious with Nasri's red card, though he was sanguine at the time.

Jol v Laudrup

Laudrup remained in control amid doubts over Fulham's goal. Jol knew he and his players were to blame for defeat.

Lambert v Martinez

Lambert kept cool despite another thrashing. His rival appeared annoyed by refereeing decisions but reined himself in.

McDermott v Allardyce

A feisty game but neither tangled with the officials. McDermott stood in his technical area while Big Sam stayed seated.

Pulis v Adkins

Both were animated but well behaved throuighout. Pulis was asked to retreat from the touchline in the second half, and did.

Martin O'Neill v AVB

Little to move Andre VIllas-Boas, who sat through most of the game. Martin O'Neill prowled his technical area as usual.

Graham Poll: Alex guilty of abusing his power

Alex guilty of abusing his power

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UPDATED:

23:25 GMT, 28 December 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson, like all the great
managers, has a certain presence that gives him the kind of power that
can be used as a managerial tool.

But it is also something that can be
used to intimidate, so with that power comes responsibility. Alex knows
he is revered, just as he knows others will copy him, and he must not
abuse that position.

Scott free: Fergie wasn't charged for his actions during the clash at Old Trafford

Scott free: Fergie wasn't charged for his actions during the clash at Old Trafford

In what he said in his press conference yesterday he was missing the point, because it's not always what you say but how you say it that matters.

And that aggression, the fingerjabbing, the sheer anger in his face, is every bit as wrong as actually insulting the referee. Alex might deny it, but it's the truth.

A player can be cautioned for dissent by action as well as the spoken word and that is what should have happened at Old Trafford on Boxing Day. Alex should have been disciplined.

He was quite clever on the day. Mike Dean feels they had a reasonable exchange but the television pictures showed Alex was far more aggressive towards the fourth official and the assistant referee. His behaviour was intimidating, but you are far less likely to get in trouble for having a go at one of the assistants than you are the ref.

Dean is getting a fair bit of criticism for not raising the issue in his report but it was up to the fourth official and the assistant to report the incidents to Dean in the first place. I can understand why they didn't. They probably felt he had enough to worry about on the pitch.

But they should have spoken to Dean at the time because that kind of exchange with Alex will be intimidating no matter how confident a person you are. Ultimately, though, the assistants are not to blame here and I don't blame the Football Association either. They were powerless to act. No, the fault lies with Alex.

Brian McDemott claims Christmas is ruined

Furious McDemott claims Christmas is ruined after Man City's late triumph

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UPDATED:

18:57 GMT, 22 December 2012

Reading manager Brian McDermott claimed his Christmas had been ruined after Manchester City scored a late winner against his side he felt should not have stood.

Gareth Barry headed home in injury time as the champions snatched a last-gasp 1-0 win to deny the bottom club what would have been a hard-earned Barclays Premier League point at the Etihad Stadium.

McDermott felt Barry illegally jumped on the back of one of his players as he leapt to reach David Silva's cross but referee Mike Dean saw nothing untoward.

Heartbreak: Gareth Barry struck late to deny Reading a point

Heartbreak: Gareth Barry struck late to deny Reading a point

Dean had been similarly unmoved when Jay Tabb went down in the area after a collision with City youngster Karim Rekik during a second half Reading counter-attack.

When asked about the winning goal, McDermott said: 'Absolute joke. We have had that a few times this season and even the Tabb penalty – it was a penalty.

'We have had three or four of those, we have had a handball goal against us and an offside goal against us – all of which have cost us points.

'To get that wrong – I have just said to him (Dean) he will be gutted he's missed that.

'He hung in the air, but you can hang in the air all day long if you are on someone's back.

'It's an absolute cert foul, it cannot be anything else.

'But listen, the bottom line is we are Reading. We are a small club in this league punching above our weight.

'That will be irrelevant to you guys because Man City have won, but it is not to us.

'We love this club we have got, we have got a real passion. We will fight, we have 20 games to go, but we certainly deserved a draw today at least.'

He later added: 'But just to let you know, that has just ruined my Christmas.'

A seventh successive defeat was harsh on Reading but McDermott, whose side have accumulated just nine points from 18 games, is determined to battle on.

He said: 'We have to take consolation from that, we have to take the positives because that is what you have to do. We have got to move on.

'I honestly thought we were going to get something. Even in the first half there were a couple of incidents where we might have got something on the break.

Outrage: Brian McDermott says Christmas has been ruined for him

Outrage: Brian McDermott says Christmas has been ruined for him

'I'm really disappointed for our fans today and really disappointed for the players because they didn't deserve that.'

Despite McDermott's frustrations after a resilient defensive display, City were the superior side throughout.

The hosts created numerous chances but lacked a cutting edge and manager Roberto Mancini was again left to bemoan his side's wastefulness.

The Italian said: 'I think we deserved to win but when you are in the last two or three minutes of extra time, it could be difficult.

'These games, if you don't score in the first half when you have a lot of chances to score, I think they can be strong.

'They played well, they defended well, for 90 minutes with all players behind the ball. We didn't find space to score.

Distraught: Reading players wonder what went wrong after conceding

Distraught: Reading players wonder what went wrong after conceding

'When you have one chance, you have to score. In the end, I am happy with the victory but we had a big problem.'

The match was City's last home game of 2012 and they won it in a manner in keeping with the rest of the year, notably last season's title decider.

The win denied Manchester United the opportunity to open up an eight-point lead at the top of the table and Mancini was pleased with the character shown.

He said: 'In this we have improved a lot. We want to recover so when we are losing we try until the end to score, to recover the game.

'Our character is strong. Sometimes you can win, sometimes you can't but I am very happy because we have recovered a lot of games like today.

Complaint: McDermott was unimpressed with his side not being awarded a penalty

Complaint: McDermott was unimpressed with his side not being awarded a penalty

'But it is more important to score before. If not my heart is not strong.'

Mancini had a different opinion on Barry's goal to McDermott. 'No foul, absolutely not,' he said.

Striker Mario Balotelli did not play having missed some training sessions this week through illness.

Mancini was not concerned about reports the 22-year-old had been spotted elsewhere in Manchester today.

He said: 'Mario is ill. I don't know where is now. For one week he was ill.

'He came to the training ground yesterday because he wanted to train but he couldn't.

'I can't close him in his house, it is impossible.'

Mark Clattenburg returns for Liverpool v Fulham – Graham Poll on Premier League referee appointments

Clattenburg returns to the middle… and he'll be under extra scrutiny

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UPDATED:

07:30 GMT, 21 December 2012

Referees perform under massive pressure and very close scrutiny every weekend. I cannot think of another job where every single piece of work is analysed and rated with a mark.

There are two people who are in the stadium to assess and rate the team of match officials performance.

One acts as a referee observer and is usually a former top level referee who has the task of ensuring that the referee applies laws of the game as well as give feedback on the technical aspects of the four officials' performances.

The second is in attendance as a Professional Game Match Officials Match Delegate and they are former players, managers or administrators who are asked to look at the game from the ‘users’ perspective.

Back in action: Mark Clattenburg returns this weekend and takes charge at Anfield

Back in action: Mark Clattenburg returns this weekend and takes charge at Anfield

This weekend Simon Barker, Kenny Hibbitt and Iffy Onuora are among the former players and former manager Peter Shreeves are on duty.

They are supposed to give the referee a balanced approach; too lenient and the former referee will pull him up, too slavish to law and the former player will question the impact on the game.

It is an interesting system which I think applies too much pressure on an already beleaguered referee, who really just needs a friendly ‘coach’ who he can open and honest with.

They need to be able to develop their skill and overcome difficulties rather than two people there to award a mark, who will highlight deficiencies and will affect their grading and possible future appointments.

Ones to watch this weekend…

Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City (Saturday, 3pm)
Referee: Lee Mason Games: 10, Yellow Cards: 29, Red Cards: 0.

WHO'S IN CHARGE…

Saturday
Man City v Reading – Mike Dean G11, YC39 RC1
Newcastle v QPR – Kevin Friend G9, YC33, RC1
Southampton v Sunderland – Howard Webb G12, YC45, RC2
West Brom v Norwich – Martin Atkinson G14, YC57 RC0
West Ham v Everton – Anthony Taylor G11 YC20 RC3
Wigan v Arsenal – Jon Moss G8 YC23 RC1

Sunday
Chelsea v Aston Villa – Phil Dowd G11, YC34, RC2

This weekend, the main focus will surely be on the holding and blocking ‘dark arts’ after the Marouane Fellaini head butt so where better to start than White Hart Lane.

Mason will be expected to do a better job at detecting and punishing holding at set pieces with Stoke City than Mark Halsey did last weekend.

Ryan Shawcross’ arms could be clearly seen across Fellaini’s waist as the Stoke defender held him from behind.

Making a point: Referee Lee Mason will have to keep on top of the 'dark arts' at White Hart Lane

Making a point: Referee Lee Mason will have to keep on top of the 'dark arts' at White Hart Lane

Halsey's ‘reward’ is to be fourth official at Wigan on Saturday and then drive to Carlisle United on Boxing Day!

I expect Mason to adopt the policy of delaying the taking of the kick from being taken while he warns players not to hold but that is proving ineffective.

Also, given that Stoke are the away team, it will be easier for Mason to award a penalty against them than if they were playing at The Britannia. I trust I don’t have to explain why…

Liverpool v Fulham (Saturday, 5.15pm)
Referee: Mark Clattenburg G8, YC31, RC4

Clattenburg steps back after two weekends as fourth official in which he failed to avoid controversy by reporting Gareth Barry for offensive language after the Manchester derby.

He comes back with a live game and will undoubtedly be under pressure to award Liverpool their first penalty of the season and will have to be on his best form to keep Luis Suarez out of his notebook.

The good news for Clattenburg is that however this game goes, he is appointed to another top flight game just four days later between Aston Villa and Tottenham… and that is another televised game!

Swansea City v Manchester United (Sunday, 4pm)
Referee: Michael Oliver G10, YC20, RC1

There will be plenty of interest in young Oliver's handling of Manchester United as he has unfairly been highlighted as one who favours them.

Although they lost at Wolves the first time he refereed the league leaders, he has refereed them three times since and they have won them all.

Nothing unusual there but with Oliver refusing to give a clear Fulham penalty in the 1-0 United win late last season at Old Trafford eyebrows were raised.

United stand: The spotlight will be on young referee Michael Oliver at the Liberty Stadum

United stand: The spotlight will be on young referee Michael Oliver at the Liberty Stadum

Then this season, Oliver gave United a penalty after a clear dive by Danny Welbeck in the home win against Wigan and rumours persisted.

It is really tough establishing yourself as a young official at this level and Oliver (who is an excellent referee) would like to lose this reputation, so he could do with an incident free game at The Liberty Stadium.

Arsene Wenger should have substituted Jack Wilshere – Graham Poll

Wenger should have followed Ferguson's lead and taken Wilshere off

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UPDATED:

06:18 GMT, 5 November 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson again proved he is a more savvy manager than Arsene Wenger on Saturday when he replaced Tom Cleverley with Anderson soon after his final warning from referee Mike Dean.

The game was not an overly physical contest but was littered with strong fouls which required cautions – eight of them – and felt like a game which would not finish with 22 players on the field.

The misconduct started with Jack Wilshere unnecessarily making a very heavy challenge in just the 13th minute and Dean had no option but to show the yellow card despite it being the Arsenal man’s first foul.

Dismissed: Jack Wilshere was sent off for Arsenal against Manchester United

Dismissed: Jack Wilshere was sent off for Arsenal against Manchester United

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Players often look incredulous at being cautioned so early, stating that it is only their first offence, but if the tackle is reckless it must be cautioned.

Ashley Young and Michael Carrick soon followed the Arsenal midfielder into Dean's notebook before Cleverley became the fourth player in the book in the first half for a poor challenge on Santi Cazorla.

Dean was clearly in control but with United only one goal to the good and Arsenal in the ascendancy the game had an edge to it which needed watching.

Dean issued what was clearly a final warning to Wilshere in the 54th minute after another poor challenge on Robin Van Persie. Then, showing consistency and common sense, did the same to Cleverley in the 56th minute after Cleverley brought Wilshere down. Both fouls could have been cautioned and probably would have been had they not already seen yellow.

Within four minutes Cleverley was substituted by Ferguson but Wenger failed to react despite a clearly tiring Wilshere being in danger of a red card. Before another ten minutes had elapsed, Wilshere flew into Patrice Evra and left Dean with no choice but to dismiss him.

Wise move: Tom Cleverley was subbed after receiving a yellow card

Wise move: Tom Cleverley was subbed after receiving a yellow card

I have spoken to Wenger regarding interaction between players and referees and he has always preferred to allow players to act as they feel and accept the consequences of their actions.

Maybe that’s why he left Wilshere on when it appeared to me fairly obvious that he was heading for an early bath.

GOOD WEEK
BAD WEEK

Referee Michael Oliver
Michael Oliver (above) and Anthony Taylor who refereed the live Sunday games at Loftus Road and Anfield respectively. Both are establishing themselves after being promoted to the select list in 2010. It takes a few years to be accepted by all parties but these two are showing that new referees can prosper on the elite list and there is hope for the future.

Kevin Nolan of West Ham United
Assistant referees are instructed to give the benefit of any doubt, where one exists, to the attacker when judging offside. Given how close the call was when Kevin Nolan (above) finished so expertly for West Ham, Peter Bankes cannot have been certain and so should have kept his flag down, especially when Nolan was onside.

Cambridge City 0 MK Dons 0: Dominant Dons unable to make chances count

Cambridge City 0 MK Dons 0: Dominant Dons unable to make chances count

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UPDATED:

22:54 GMT, 2 November 2012

MK Dons were unable to make the most of their dominance as their FA Cup tie at Cambridge City finished goalless.

Stephen Gleeson headed against the post from Adam Chicksen's cross before the frame of the goal came to the hosts' rescue again with seven minutes left as Luke Chadwick's terrific strike crashed back of the upright.

On the ball: MK Dons' Dean Lewington in action with Cambridge City's Luke Allen

On the ball: MK Dons' Dean Lewington in action with Cambridge City's Luke Allen

The visitors were left frustrated by their Southern League opponents, for whom Zac Barrett was heroic in goal.

The two sides now face a replay at stadium:mk.

Burnley rebuff Bournemouth move for former Cherries manager Eddie Howe

Burnley rebuff Bournemouth move for manager Howe

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UPDATED:

00:11 GMT, 12 October 2012

Approach: Burnley manager Eddie Howe

Approach: Burnley manager Eddie Howe

Burnley chief executive Lee Hoos has
confirmed the club have received an 'unwanted approach' from npower
League One side Bournemouth to talk to their manager Eddie Howe.

Howe managed the Cherries for two
years before moving to Turf Moor last January and was immediately linked
with the post following Paul Groves' exit last week.

It is understood that Bournemouth
chairman Eddie Mitchell felt a deal was 'close' to bring Howe back to
Dean Court, despite earlier rebuttals from both Hoos and Howe himself.

But Hoos said in a statement tonight: “Bournemouth have made an unsolicited and unwanted approach for manager Eddie Howe.

'Burnley Football Club would like to stress that no agreement has been reached and Eddie Howe is still Burnley manager.

'No permission has been granted for Bournemouth to speak to Eddie.'

Howe is contracted to Burnley until the summer of 2014.

The last time a manager left a Championship club to take a job in the division below was when Simon Grayson moved to Leeds from Blackpool in 2008.

Northern Ireland 1 Luxembourg 1

Northern Ireland 1 Luxembourg 1: O'Neill's side denied victory after late equaliser

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UPDATED:

20:50 GMT, 11 September 2012

Northern Ireland had to accept a demoralising draw against Luxembourg after a match they dominated ended with the visitors scoring a heavily deflected equaliser in the 86th minute.

Things had started so promisingly for Michael O'Neill's side, with Dean Shiels claiming his first international goal with a deft finish in the 14th minute.

The hosts had nearly all of the meaningful chances, with three efforts disallowed by the officials and Chris Brunt hitting the post before Daniel Da Mota's shot squirmed home via Ryan McGivern's shoulder.

More to follow….

Box of tricks: Shiels (right) celebrates with Kyle Lafferty after scoring for Northern Ireland

Box of tricks: Shiels (right) celebrates with Kyle Lafferty after scoring for Northern Ireland