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David Moyes will discuss Everton future in New Year

Moyes set to open talks over Everton future in the New Year

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22:50 GMT, 27 November 2012

David Moyes given the first definitive answer about his future plans by revealing he expects to begin discussions over a new contract in the New Year.

The Everton manager has seven months remaining on his current deal and so far this season he has brushed off questions about his intentions by insisting his priority was getting his team moving forward.

He is relaxed about the situation and will be happy to get the January transfer window out of the way before discussions begin.

Set to talk: David Moyes expects to discuss his Everton future in the New Year

Set to talk: David Moyes expects to discuss his Everton future in the New Year

Moyes, whose side host Arsenal this evening, has made it clear that personal finance or length of contract will not be thorny issues when talks with Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright commence – it will be more a case of Everton’s ambitions going forward.

‘I would probably wait until we have got over January and see how things go,’ said Moyes. ‘I want to see what we’re going to do, where the club are looking to move to in the future. And that’s what I’m really looking for. It’s probably going to be after the New Year before (we speak).’

Everton have made huge progress during the 10 years Moyes has been at the helm but, mindful of the treatment Arsene Wenger has received in recent weeks, he is mindful of not overstaying his welcome. That said, he is puzzled as to why the criticism of Wenger has been so strong.

Moving in the right direction: Everton have made a good start to the season

Moving in the right direction: Everton have made a good start to the season

‘Supporters might decide they want a change from managers who have been there a long time but I think that’s wrong because you are not going to get any stability at the club and will probably waste a lot of money chopping and changing all the time,’ said Moyes.

‘Arsene has done a great job getting them in the Champions League every year. Of course their supporters want trophies but you look at their stadium and it is unbelievable. Only one or two clubs in the country would not be envious of that stadium.

‘He has put down something that is going to be there for a long, long time. Arsene is part of that. He has seen the club through the transition from Highbury to The Emirates and continually got a team that has made the Champions League.

‘Ok, they’ve not won the league or cups but they have always been up there. Arsene can go as long as he wants. Arsene Wenger will be the one who decides what he does at Arsenal. I don’t think it will be the board or supporters.’

Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann outspin India in their backyard – Lawrence Booth

Panesar and Swann outspin India in their own backyard

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05:45 GMT, 26 November 2012

This is an England win to rank with any. Derided after Ahmedabad, they appeared ripe for more humiliation here, with MS Dhoni demanding a track tailor made for his spinners. And if the result was largely the work of four players, England were not in the mood to be picky.

They have thrashed India inside 10 sessions in their own lair. Apparently heading for a rout, this series, gloriously, is now back in the balance.

For Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann there will be memories to last a career. Jimmy Anderson may have struck with the second ball of the match when he swung one into Gautam Gambhir’s pads, but England’s spinners hit back with 19 wickets. More than that, they outbowled the Indian spin trio.

Spin twins: Swann (right) and Panesar (left) mopped up the final few wickets for England

Spin twins: Swann (right) and Panesar (left) mopped up the final few wickets for England

The general wisdom, most authoritatively expressed on Sunday evening by Kevin Pietersen, was that Panesar in particular bowled a couple of mph quicker than the Indians.

But it has also been the case that Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh offered almost no support at all to the steady Pragyan Ojha. Ashwin’s line was wrong for most of the match, while the selection of the ageing Harbhajan looked like what it was in advance: pure hubris.

Sure, Panesar’s pace suited a pitch that, crucially for England, had more bounce in it than the surface at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad. But he and Swann were also more accurate, conceding 2.66 an over to the 3.61 leaked by India’s spinners.

Dhoni, watching it all impassively from behind the stumps, never had any control. A rupee for his thoughts.

Much of this, of course, was down to the differing qualities of Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen. Perhaps the most definitive statement of the match came not when Pietersen eased his first ball through extra cover on Saturday afternoon, but before that, when Cook decided to attack Ojha.

The six he hit over long-on struck all kinds of psychological blows, not least because it told India that their banker could no longer be guaranteed to cash in his chips.

Chipping in: Swann was able to support Panesar with his wickets

Chipping in: Swann was able to support Panesar with his wickets

Main man: Panesar bowled very well in both innings

Main man: Panesar bowled very well in both innings

After that, Cook and Pietersen put together a partnership of 206 that was all the more watchable for its contrasts. Pietersen’s genius is of a bums-on-seats style: to be at the Wankhede on Sunday morning was a genuine privilege. But Cook’s talent is no less remarkable. It’s just different.

As if to prove the point, both men completed their 22nd Test hundreds – a seminal statistic in the annals of English batsmanship – within a couple of overs of each other.

There is a long way to go. You sense that all India need to do to recreate English doubt is to produce a slow turner – not a bouncy one, as here in Mumbai – and things could change. Equally, England could do with runs from a few of the unusual suspects.

But it doesn’t do to carp in these circumstances. Four days ago, England were down and out. Suddenly, they’re dreaming of the impossible.

Arsenal set Theo Walcott deadline for contract talks as Arsene Wenger plans January clear-out

Tell us you're staying by end of November: Arsenal set Walcott deadline for contract talks as Wenger plans January clear-out

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09:52 GMT, 30 October 2012

Arsenal want a definitive answer from Theo Walcott over his contract dispute by the end of November.

Gunners chiefs are planning a final round of talks with the forward's representatives next month, with both parties still hopeful of reaching an agreement.

If a common ground cannot be reached then Walcott will be made available during the January transfer window.

Juventus are monitoring the contract stand-off, as are Liverpool and Chelsea.

In the running: Theo Walcott (centre), who will enter a final round of contract talks with Arsenal next month, gives team-mates Jernade Meade (left) and Francis Coquelin the slip during training at London Colney yesterday

In the running: Theo Walcott (centre), who will enter a final round of contract talks with Arsenal next month, gives team-mates Jernade Meade (left) and Francis Coquelin the slip during training at London Colney yesterday

Set for a rise Walcott (right), wants an improvement to his 60,000-a-week deal, challenges Wojciech Szczesny, also back from injury, during training yesterday

Set for a rise Walcott (right), wants an improvement to his 60,000-a-week deal, challenges Wojciech Szczesny, also back from injury, during training yesterday

Walcott could head an Arsenal clear-out in an attempt to boost their coffers even further during the January sales.

Marouane Chamakh, Andrey Arshavin, Johan Djourou and Sebastien Squillaci are also set to be made available.

Chamakh is wanted by former club Bordeaux, while Brazilian club Internacional are also interested in the Morocco striker.

However, 28-year-old Chamakh's possible return to France is being scuppered by his 50,000-a-week wages.

He is keen on a return, but Bordeaux
are only willing to offer him a deal worth half that and Chamakh is
unwilling to take such a drop.

Arsenal substitute Andrey Arshavin before the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Arsenal FC and FC Schalke 04 at Emirates Stadium on October 24, 2012

Arsenal's Marouane Chamakh celebrates after scoring against Leyton Orient during a FA Cup fifth round replay at the Emirates Stadium in March 2011

Pointing at the exit: Arshavin (left) and Chamakh (right) are set to feature – with Walcott – in a January clear-out

Johan Djourou in action v Man City

Arsenal's French defender Sebastien Squillaci in action v Leeds United at The Emirates Stadium, in January 2011

Leaving party: Djourou (left) and Squillaci (right) are also believed to be heading out of the Emirates in January

Meanwhile, Fulham are interested in
Arshavin, while the Russian would also have options in his homeland.
Napoli are interested in signing Switzerland defender Djourou.

January's planned auction is a
continuation of Arsenal's semi-successful summer clear-out which saw
unwanted players such as Manuel Almunia, Carlos Vela and Henri Lansbury
leave on a permanent basis, while Nicklas Bendtner, Denilson and Park
Chu-young all left on loan.

Supporters will hope funds raised from
the planned January cull will be made available to Arsene Wenger to
strengthen his squad, particularly after the summer losses of Robin van
Persie and Alex Song.

Walcott is seeking a major improvement on his current 60,000-a-week deal, which expires at the end of this season.

Sportsmail understands that the
Southampton Academy graduate wants 100,000-a-week to keep him at the
Emirates – a deal that would now make him the club’s highest earner.

Wenger, however, is reluctant to go beyond their current 75,000-a-week offer.

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Theo Walcott of England and Aldo Junior Simoncini of San Marino England v San Marino Pictures Andy Hooper

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Theo Walcott of England and Aldo Junior Simoncini of San Marino England v San Marino Pictures Andy Hooper

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England v San Marino at Wembley Stadiun - Theo Walcott of England and gets clattered by Aldo Junior Simoncini of San Marino. England won the game 5-0.

Crash, bang, wallop: Walcott missed five weeks of this season after this crunching challenge from San Marino keeper Aldo Junior Simoncini during England's 5-0 win at Wembley last month Pictures: ANDY HOOPER

Walcott receives treatment for a serious injury to his abdomen during the World Cup qualifier at Wembley Stadium

Chest pain: Walcott receives treatment for a serious injury to his abdomen during the World Cup qualifier at Wembley Stadium

Walcott and his manager continue to have alternative views over how the forward fits into the Arsenal team.

Wenger prefers to play Walcott on the
right wing, but the England star, keen to utilise his pace, believes he
would make an effective centre forward.

Last month, Walcott said: 'It is a
case of having trust in me up front. I was signed as a striker and it is
about time, I want to play up front. I have learnt my game on the wing.
When you look at what I did last year I think I can do even more.
Hopefully I will be given the opportunity. I am desperate for it.'

Walcott has started only two of his 10
Arsenal games this season, and only one match – the Capital One Cup
thrashing of Coventry City last month – since his contract stand-off
with the club.

Walcott is poised to make his first
Arsenal start for five weeks against Reading tonight, after returning
from the chest injury he suffered on England duty against San Marino
earlier this month.

Roberto Mancini still keen on Daniele De Rossi

Mancini is still keen on 30m De Rossi as City boss prepares for crucial week

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21:51 GMT, 24 August 2012

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Roberto Mancini admitted on Friday that the next seven days will shape Manchester City’s season and confirmed he has not given up on prising Daniele De Rossi away from Roma.

In a stance that will shift the spotlight once more on to football administrator Brian Marwood, Mancini insisted he needed ‘two or three’ more signings before next Friday’s transfer deadline to sustain a challenge in the Premier League and Champions League.

One of them may yet be Roma and Italy midfielder De Rossi, despite a public declaration earlier this week that he was staying put.

Ready for the challenge: Manchester City welcome 'a title challenger' to Etihad on Sunday

Ready for the challenge: Manchester City welcome 'a title challenger' to Etihad on Sunday

Ready for the challenge: Manchester City welcome 'a title challenger' to Etihad on Sunday

Sportsmail revealed that was more an
attempt to allay public disquiet than any definitive statement on his
future, and Mancini appeared to echo the belief that Roma would be
hard-pressed to turn down a pre-deadline bid.

Asked if he was convinced by De
Rossi’s pledge, Mancini, who ruled out another approach for Liverpool
defender Daniel Agger and denied any interest in Inter Milan’s Maicon,
smiled and said: ‘I don’t know about this. It is difficult, but I don’t
know what can happen. From my experience, while the window is still
open, anything can still happen for every player.’

A 30million asking price could
still prove an obstacle to a deal going through, just as Athletic
Bilbao’s near-32m valuation of Javi Martinez looks like proving
prohibitive. Mancini is aware Bayern Munich’s pursuit of Martinez has
hit a snag over how the fee should be paid but fears the cost is ‘too
high for us’.

In demand: Roma star Daniele De Rossi in training this week

In demand: Roma star Daniele De Rossi in training this week

The City manager, who is close to
adding 23-year-old Swansea winger Scott Sinclair to 12m acquisition
Jack Rodwell, is still demanding action to guard against a repeat of
last season’s European woes.

‘If we are going to do something in the Champions League, we need to improve,’ said Mancini.
‘In the Premier League, you can make some mistakes and lose one game, or
one goal, but still have time to recover. In the Champions League, this
is not the case.

‘The reason I want to improve the squad now is because I want to improve for the Champions League.

Attacking talent: Despite Sergio Aguero's injury, City have plenty of options going into the match

Attacking talent: Despite Sergio Aguero's injury, City have plenty of options going into the match

Attacking talent: Despite Sergio Aguero's injury, City have plenty of options going into the match

Attacking talent: Despite Sergio Aguero's injury, City have plenty of options going into the match

‘If we are to be competitive on both
fronts, we need maybe two or three more players. The Premier League and
Champions League are at the same level, then you have the FA Cup and
League Cup.

‘When you think of that, and realise
that in January we will lose Yaya and Kolo Toure and Abdul Razak to the
Africa Cup of Nations, it is clear we could have a serious problem.’

With Sergio Aguero out injured, Mario
Balotelli is in line to reclaim a starting place against Liverpool on
Sunday. Mancini despaired at the way Balotelli picked up two yellow
cards in quick succession at Anfield last season and admitted he is
still unsure what to expect from his maverick striker.

Breaking into a broad smile, after
being asked if he noticed a new maturity about the Italy striker at this
summer’s European Championship, Mancini said: 'Mario is the same. The
Euros may have helped him improve his ways, but I don’t think he can
change too much in one month.'

Fabrice Muamba to have minor operation

Muamba career still in the balance with Bolton star to have fresh operation

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06:05 GMT, 9 August 2012

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Fabrice Muamba has been told he needs more heart surgery if he is to have any hope of resurrecting his playing career.

The Bolton midfielder is in Belgium for specialist treatment, five months after he 'died' for 78 minutes on the pitch at White Hart Lane during an FA Cup match.

The 24-year-old visited leading cardiologist Pedro Brugada in the hope of being told he will one day play football again.

Hoping for more: Fabrice Muamba is desperate to resume his playing career

Hoping for more: Fabrice Muamba is desperate to resume his playing career

While there has been no definitive answer, according to the Mirror newspaper, Muamba is expected to have 'a minor but necessary procedure' on Thursday.

Ahead of the operation, the former England Under 21 international's girlfriend Shauna took to Twitter.

She said: 'Thank you guys for the support if it is Gods will @fmuamba will play again even better and stronger than before. Faith can move mountains.'

She later added: 'For all your kind words thank you so much @fmuamba and I really appreciate it. Promise to update at the end of the week xx.'

Recovery: Muamba 'died' for 78 minutes during an FA Cup match at Spurs

Recovery: Muamba 'died' for 78 minutes during an FA Cup match at Spurs

Speaking in an interview with Piers Morgan on American news channel CNN, Muamba recently revealed he had enjoyed a 'kickabout' with players including Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson and Sunderland's Kieran Richardson during a recent visit to Dubai.

He said: 'I was on holiday and I was staying in a hotel and there were quite a few footballers in the hotel as well. The staff of the hotel usually play against the visitor so I was by the pool and I heard they were playing football.

'Then I went across and saw other footballers playing and I told my friends and Shauna – I told her “I am sorry but I am going to play football”. She goes “are you sure” and I say “yes” and I just went in there.'

It"s the making of Mario Balotelli! Man City"s problem boy is helping to usher in a brave, new era for Italy

It's the making of Mario! City's problem boy helping to usher in a brave, new era for Italy

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23:11 GMT, 30 June 2012

As he stood tall, shirt off, torso rippling and the colour of his skin proudly exposed, Mario Balotelli seemed keen to make a point in Warsaw's National Stadium on Thursday.

Was it a riposte to the Gazzetta dello Sport cartoonist who had depicted him as King Kong prior to the England match Was it a final, definitive answer to Italian fans who had racially insulted him and displayed banners saying 'No to a multi-ethnic national team' two years ago in a friendly match against Romania

Sitting comfortably: Mario Balotelli takes a break during training

Sitting comfortably: Mario Balotelli takes a break during training

Middle man: Balotelli is always centre of attention

Middle man: Balotelli is always centre of attention

Balotelli may have been unwilling to explain his behaviour following the glorious second goal that ultimately finished Germany's Euro 2012 challenge but what is clear is that a 21-year-old footballer, Ghanaian by ethnicity but Italian by birth and adopted by white Italian parents, is ushering in a new era for the Azzurri at the European Championship.

Seasoned Italian correspondents cannot remember a black Italian ever having had such an impact on the nation's popular culture. For while Andrea Pirlo is the outfield leader of this entertaining team and goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon the vocal driving force, its vitality and future is represented by Balotelli.

Cesare Prandelli, the man who has guided what many considered a mediocre team to the brink of a glorious victory in today's final against Spain in Kiev, is now reaping the rewards of investing so much faith in a player who might have been considered too volatile to integrate into a squad playing tournament football.

The coach praises the job Roberto Mancini has done with Balotelli at Manchester City, but his compatriot had been reduced to declaring the striker 'finished' after his red card against Arsenal as recently as April.

Mario Balotelli of Italy looks on during a training session

Mario Balotelli of Italy looks on during a training session

Thirsty work: Balotelli and Daniele De Rossi

Thirsty work: Balotelli and Daniele De Rossi

However, Prandelli, who dropped Balotelli from his squad in March because of his indiscipline at City, took the risk and now receives the rewards. On Friday he grinned as Italian journalists applauded him into a press conference and now his job is to puncture excessive expectations.

He cautions against defining Balotelli as the symbol of a multi-racial Italy. 'I don't think we can solve racial problems just through one game, just because Mario Balotelli scored,' he said. 'He's not so much the symbol of the team, the shirt is the symbol of the team. And he is Italian. Full stop.'

But at times Balotelli still seems something of an outsider. After the win against Germany he sought out his adopted mother, Silvia, who wept as she embraced him. It was the most moving image of the tournament but while that was happening most of his team-mates had walked over to the Italian fans and were dancing an excited jig together in the middle of the pitch – without Balotelli.

It may be more realistic, however, to measure what Balotelli and Prandelli represent in football terms. Last Sunday, having beaten England at Kiev's Olympic Stadium, Prandelli spelt out his footballing philosophy. And it felt like a challenge to Roy Hodgson's England.

'A lot of Italian coaches want to start playing football now, not just playing for the result,' said Prandelli. 'We have this mentality – we want to play. This is the way football's going in the future and I think Italian sides will want to play as we are.'

And of England 'We tried to bring them out of their defence, but they didn't want to come out,' he said. It is the ultimate irony. Just as the English finally learn how to defend, thanks to former AC Milan and Inter coaches, the rest of the world embraces attacking football.

The makeover Prandelli has given the Italian game is similar to that which Jrgen Klinsmann achieved for Germany at the 2006 World Cup, foundations on which Joachim Low's team have built impressively, notwithstanding their defeat on Thursday night.

The task is greater though for Prandelli, the former Fiorentina and Parma coach. The caricature of Italian football would have it that cynicism abides on the pitch – this is the nation that invented catenaccio and revered Claudio Gentile – and off it.

Strike a pose: Italy's Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring his second goal against Germany

Strike a pose: Italy's Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring his second goal against Germany

Clinical: Balotelli heads home against Germany

Clinical: Balotelli heads home against Germany

The 2006 Calciopoli fixing scandals has been followed by the latest betting scandal, Scommessopoli, which has embroiled current Juventus coach Antonio Conte and defender Domenico Criscito, who was withdrawn from the current squad because of the investigation.

Leaving aside that Italy's greatest successes in 1982 and 2006 came in the wake of match-fixing scandals, Prandelli presents a different face of Italian football. He even dropped Daniele De Rossi in March for elbowing a player. 'I wanted to display good football, something really pleased with. we have taken our methods,' he said.

Prandelli already has a groundswell of sympathy in Italy death of his wife, Manuela, his childhood sweetheart, from cancer five years ago. Here he has been emgaging and quirky. After victories, he and his coaching staff have set off in the small hours of the morning to walk to a Krakow monastry – the first time they completed the entire 15 miles on foot – as a pilgrimage of thanks.

The great AC Milan coach Arrigo Sacchi, Fabio Capello's mentor, has said that Prandelli is revolutionising their game and 20 million Italian viewers tuned in to watch the Germany match, a statistic that has made the coach proud. 'Before this tournament everyone was more concerned with a Juventus-Milan game than the national team,' said Prandelli. 'Now we're getting results and everyone is supporting the team.'

It helps if you have the metronomic passing of Pirlo, the energy of De Rossi and Claudio Marchisio and explosiveness of Antonio Cassano.

The youthful spirit and inspiration, though, is all from Balotelli. And while Serie A is routinely derided by little Englanders, Italy does have a habit of producing players who can actually pass the ball to each other.

As for Prandelli, he is all smiles for now. A month ago, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti was so disillusioned with the latest scandal engulfing the game, he said it might be better if Italian football was suspended for three years. Prandelli, it seems, saw a politician eyeing a bandwagon.

'I simply said I don't agree with this view of football,' he said. 'We like to play fair. And if you think as Prime Minister or as a Government that the Italy team does not represent its country in a proper way then perhaps it's better for us to stay at home.'

Prime Minister Monti is presumably glad they did not. On Friday he confirmed that he would be flying to Kiev to attend the final. It seems Italian football is worth watching after all.

Mark Lawrenson slams Liverpool owners

American way isn't working for Liverpool! Lawrenson lays into owners as legend says top four is out of reach

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10:03 GMT, 29 May 2012

Mark Lawrenson has hit out at Liverpool's owners over their search for a new manager and dismissed their chances of reclaiming a place in the top four of the Premier League.

The Reds have been without a boss since sacking Lawrenson's former team-mate Kenny Dalglish at the end of the season.

The painstaking process of finding Dalglish’s replacement has dragged on for almost two weeks but, as yet, Fenway Sports Group have not reached a definitive decision.

Talks: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez (left) met Liverpool owner John W Henry

Talks: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez (left) met Liverpool owner John W Henry

Principal owner John W Henry held talks with Wigan boss Roberto Martinez in Miami last Thursday and, Liverpool also want to talk to Swansea’s Brendan Rodgers, who was in America at the weekend to see Wales’ game against Mexico.

Martinez is also wanted by Aston Villa and Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has set a deadline of this Thursday for the Spaniard's future to be sorted out.

Martinez and Rodgers top a list of Liverpool targets that includes up to 12 names with former boss Rafa Benitez, Jurgen Klopp and Andre Villas-Boas also linked with the position.

Lawrenson, who won a host of trophies with Reds between 1981 and 1988, wrote in his column for the Daily Mirror: 'I know Liverpool’s owners are going about the search for a new manager the American way, but they’ve got it wrong.

'I can’t believe they are doing it so publicly. They have basically let everyone know who is on their short-list and who they want to interview.

'That might be the way they do things in America, but this is England and we do things differently.

Sort it out: Mark Lawrenson is unhappy with Liverpool's search for a boss

Sort it out: Mark Lawrenson is unhappy with Liverpool's search for a boss

'They must have had misgivings about Kenny Dalglish for some weeks before they sacked him and yet they didn’t line up a replacement.'

Liverpool lifted the Carling Cup and lost in the FA Cup final to Chelsea. But they finished the season in eighth position in the Premier League, behind Merseyside rivals Everton, 37 points behind winners Manchester City and 17 points off fourth-placed Tottenham.

Lawrenson added: 'The club are at a crossroads and I would argue they are even further off finishing in the top four now than they were at the start of last season.

Axed: Kenny Dalglish (left) was shown the door after a disappointing campaign

Axed: Kenny Dalglish (left) was shown the door after a disappointing campaign

'The big five of Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham will all strengthen and it’s going to be hard for Liverpool to catch them up. If anything, they are going backwards, not forwards.

'I look at next season and I think the best they can hope to finish is sixth – don’t forget they’re also in the Europa League and playing Thursday-Sunday affects the dynamic of the team.

'Looking longer term, they aren’t going to be able to attract the best players if they are not in the Champions League and they are going to have to either decide to build a new stadium or refurbish Anfield – both of which will cost a lot of money.'

Chelsea bid for Battersea Power Station site

Chelsea planning 60,000-seater stadium after bidding for Battersea Power Station site

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12:30 GMT, 4 May 2012

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13:00 GMT, 4 May 2012

Chelsea have confirmed they had submitted a bid to acquire the Battersea Power Station site in order to build a new 60,000-seater stadium.

The Blues announced they and property development partner Almacantar were hoping to acquire the 39 acres of land they could redevelop if they decide to relocate from Stamford Bridge.

The clubs plans include preserving all the significant aspects of the power station itself.

For sale: Chelsea hope to buy the Battersea Power Station site

For sale: Chelsea hope to buy the Battersea Power Station site

Chelsea said in a statement: 'Battersea Power Station is one of London's most famous buildings and has the potential to become one of the most iconic football stadiums in the world.

'Our joint bid was submitted in accordance with the sales process established by the joint administrators for the site. The process could run for a number of months.

'We are not the only interested parties and there is no certainty that we will be successful.'

Chelsea cannot move from Stamford Bridge unless they can convince fan-led group Chelsea Pitch Owners, who own the land beneath Stamford Bridge, to sell them back the freehold.

That was something they failed to do at an extraordinary general meeting of CPO back in October.

The statement added: 'We also appreciate that we have many significant hurdles to address if we are to build a new stadium on the site, including winning the support of our fans, the CPO shareholders and local Wandsworth residents, as well as securing the approval of Wandsworth Council, the Greater London Authority and heritage authorities.

'We must also stress that making an offer for the Battersea Power Station site does not mean the club has made a definitive decision to leave Stamford Bridge.

Home: Chelsea currently play at Stamford Bridge

Home: Chelsea currently play at Stamford Bridge

'Working with architects and planning experts, we have developed a plan
to preserve all the significant aspects of Battersea Power Station.

'The four iconic chimneys and wash towers along with the Grade II*
listed west turbine hall and control room will be restored and retained
in their original locations and provide a unique architectural backdrop
to a world-class stadium with a capacity of around 60,000 seats.

'Following feedback from fans, our initial plans include a 15,000
all-seated one-tier stand behind the south goal, likely to be the
biggest one-tier stand in football.

'Also as suggested by many fans, the stadium proposed is rectangular in
shape with four separate stands. The design includes a bigger family
area and more room for disabled supporters.

'As well as a new home for our club, the development would include a
town centre with substantial street-level retail shops, affordable
housing and offices – all of which would benefit Wandsworth and bring a
significant number of permanent jobs to the area.

'We would also make a significant contribution towards the Northern Line
Extension, a new high-volume transport link proposed for the area.

'We will keep our fans updated as the process develops.'

FA shifts blame onto IFAB for lack of goal-line technology after Juan Mata farce

FA shifts blame on to world powers for lack of goal-line technology after Mata farce

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10:26 GMT, 16 April 2012

The Football Association insists it is desperate to bring in goal-line technology amid the storm over Juan Mata’s ghost goal.

The Chelsea forward was awarded his strike in the FA Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham – despite replays clearly showing the ball had not crossed the line.

It is the latest in a long line of controversies that have left fans calling for video technology to aid match officials.

Back of the net: Juan Mata was awarded a goal against Spurs despite his shot being cleared off the line

Back of the net: Juan Mata was awarded a goal against Spurs despite his shot being cleared off the line

Who saw what The views each of the officials had of the incident at Wembley on Sunday

Who saw what The views each of the officials had of the incident at Wembley on Sunday

And in response to the latest outcry, the FA says it has been fighting for its introduction since the turn of the Millennium.

A statement read: 'The FA has led the calls at IFAB (International Football Association Board) for the introduction of goal-line technology for over a decade, and we reiterate our desire to see it introduced as soon as possible.

'No other single body has called as strongly for its introduction as the FA.

Ghost goal: Benoit Assou-Ekotto clears the ball off Tottenham's line

Ghost goal: Benoit Assou-Ekotto cleared the ball off Tottenham's line only to see the goal awarded

'The FA is not responsible for the introduction of goal-line technology in isolation and awaits the outcome of the next IFAB meeting on July 2.'

FIFA have announced that final tests on goal-line technology will begin later this month, before a definitive decision on the matter is made by football's governing body in July.

The IFAB last month approved two systems to go into a second round of testing in match scenarios before either can be sanctioned for use in competitive fixtures at the meeting on July 2.

Disbelief: Spurs' players protest the awarding of the goal

Disbelief: Spurs' players angrily protested the awarding of the goal to referee Martin Atkinson

And FIFA confirmed on Sunday that tests with Hawk-Eye or GoalRef will begin before the end of April and continue throughout May.

'The latest planning meeting for test phase two was held on Friday, and the second phase of tests will commence before end of April, and will continue throughout May,' a statement read.

IFAB must be satisfied with the speed and accuracy of Hawk-Eye or GoalRef before high-tech aids for referees can be deployed in football for the first time.

Gift: Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata (left) celebrates scoring his 'goal' to put Chelsea two in front

Gift: Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata (left) celebrates scoring his 'goal' to put Chelsea two in front

Sony Corp's Hawk-Eye is a camera-based ball-tracking system successfully deployed in tennis and cricket. GoalRef, owned by a German-Danish company, uses a magnetic field with a special ball.

Both systems send a signal within a second of the ball crossing the line to the referee, who will retain the power to make the final call.

Martin Atkinson, the FIFA-accredited referee who awarded the FA Cup goal on Sunday, will be one of UEFA's goal-line assistants for Howard Webb at Euro 2012.

Goal-line technology will be tested in April, say FIFA

Goal-line technology will be tested this month, say FIFA after Chelsea 'goal'

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20:34 GMT, 15 April 2012

FIFA have announced that final tests on goal-line technology will begin later this month, before a definitive decision on the matter is made by football's governing body in July.

The announcement comes in the wake of Chelsea's 'ghost goal' against Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday, when replays showed that Juan Mata's strike had clearly not crossed the line, despite a goal being awarded.

Ghost goal: Benoit Assou-Ekotto clears the ball off Tottenham's line

Ghost goal: Benoit Assou-Ekotto clears the ball off Tottenham's line

The International Football Association Board, the game's rule-making body, last month approved two systems to go into a second round of testing in match scenarios before either can be sanctioned for use in competitive fixtures at a meeting on July 2.

And FIFA confirmed on Sunday that tests with Hawk-Eye or GoalRef will begin before the end of April and continue throughout May.