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F1 news: Timo Glock axed by Marussia

Glock shock! Marussia dump driver to leave rookie Chilton waiting for new team-mate

By
Phil Duncan

PUBLISHED:

12:31 GMT, 21 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:22 GMT, 21 January 2013

British Formula One rookie Max Chilton is on the lookout for a new team-mate after Timo Glock was surprisingly dumped by Marussia.

Reports gathered on Sunday evening that Glock, who has raced for Maurssia since the team made their debut in 2010, would leave.

And the news was confirmed today with the F1 team citing ‘commercial’ considerations behind their decision.

Your Timo's up: Glock has been axed by Marussia ahead of the new 2013 F1 season

Your Timo's up: Glock has been axed by Marussia ahead of the new 2013 F1 season

‘Timo is a fantastic driver and he has been a very popular member of the team,’ said Marussia chief John Booth.

‘Our team was founded on the principle of benefiting from proven experience while also providing opportunities for young emerging talent to progress to the pinnacle of motorsport.

‘Thus far, this philosophy has also been reflected in our commercial model.

‘And the ongoing challenges facing the industry mean that was have had to take steps to secure our long-term future.’

In a spin: Rookie Brit driver Max Chilton will be looking for a new team-mate after the German (right) was let go

In a spin: Rookie Brit driver Max Chilton will be looking for a new team-mate after the German (right) was let go

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Glock, who made his debut for Jordan in 2004 before spending two seasons at Toyota, wanted a bigger salary but Maurssia need a driver who can bring sponsorship to the cash-strapped team.

The British-based team suffered a hefty financial blow after conceding 10th place to Caterham in the closing stages of the season-finale in Brazil last year.

Bruno Senna, who was dropped by Williams, and Red Bull reserve driver Sebastien Buemi, are among the early favourites to replace Glock.

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton will have a new boss at Mercedes next season after Williams shareholder Totto Wolff joined the team as an executive director.

The 41-year-old Austrian replaces Hamilton’s close ally Norbert Haug who left at the end of last season.

Starting out: Britain's Max Chilton will join the grid for the first time this season

Starting out: Britain's Max Chilton will join the grid for the first time this season

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton will have a new boss at Mercedes next season after Williams shareholder Toto Wolff joined the team as an executive director.

The 41-year-old Austrian replaces Hamilton's close ally Norbert Haug who left at the end of last season.

US Open 2012: Andy Murray beats Milos Raonic

Murray dismantles big serving Raonic to line up US Open quarter-final with Cilic

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UPDATED:

07:10 GMT, 4 September 2012

The furies of Milos Raonic's serve were made to count for nothing as Andy Murray reached a level not seen since the Olympics to dismantle the young Canadian and make the last eight of the US Open.

Swapping the boiling heat of his last match against Feliciano Lopez on Saturday afternoon for a cool evening, the 25 year-old Scot humbled the world number fifteen in exactly two hours 6-4 6-4 6-2, managing to avoid the expected bad weather due to hit American’s Eastern Seaboard.

For the eighth consecutive time Murray is through to a Grand Slam quarter final and now faces Croatian Marin Cilic, who he comfortably defeated en route to the Wimbledon final in July.

Magic Murray: Raonic was brushed aside with minimal fuss at Flushing Meadows

Magic Murray: Raonic was brushed aside with minimal fuss at Flushing Meadows

Raonic threw everything he had Murray but it was not remotely enough thanks to some brilliant returning backed up by an outstanding serving display of his own that never gave the 21 year-old Canadian, regarded as the game’s most dangerous emerging talent, the sniff of an upset.

There was not a single break point against the favourite’s serve after the match was brought forward in anticipation of weather disruption. If Cilic can be beaten for what would be the seventh time out of eight in their meetings then a semi-final against Roger Federer looms.

'I used a lot of variation tonight,' said Murray. 'Milos has got a huge game, a massive serve and I just had to guess sometimes on the returns. I got lucky a couple of times and I hit my passing shots very well, which was important.

'I've only played him one time before, so you start to see things after a few games. But he started serving a lot of big serves and I was just trying to react as quickly as possible. That’s all you can do. I was lucky because sometimes they fly past you and sometimes you get a racket on it. Tonight I got a racket on it.

'It's so important that you focus on
every service game because if you let him back into it you can maybe not
touch the ball on his service for three or four games. I tried to stay
focused for every point and did a good job of that.'

Big hitter: Murray wasn't dominated by Raonic's mighty serve

Big hitter: Murray wasn't dominated by Raonic's mighty serve

Big hitter: Murray wasn't dominated by Raonic's mighty serve

He was delighted to have got through ahead of threatened thunderstorms.

'We found out it was being switched about five minutes after we arrived at the stadium . It throws you a little bit, but both of us agreed to go on at 7.30 because we heard that rain was coming at 9.30. I was glad we got it done before the rain started.

'I expect a tough match against Cilic. I lost against him here in the fourth round in 2009. I've played him a few times. I won against him at Wimbledon in our most recent match. He’s a tough player. He works extremely hard, he’s got a solid game and I’ll need to play very well to beat him.'

The very first point saw a blinding backhand passing winner from Murray that was to set the tone for the night, although it was tense until he managed to get his first break.

Murray's agonised reaction to missing his first break opportunity told of the pressure that the Raonic serve brings to opponents, but as it turned out there would be plenty more as the Olympic gold medallist began to read the serve.

He got Raonic to 0-40 at 4-4 and was
thwarted by serves of 136 mph and 131 mph, but then managed to get in a
rally which was won with a drop shot.

Put it there: The Pair shake hands after the entertaining clash in New York

Put it there: The Pair shake hands after the entertaining clash in New York

Put it there: The Pair shake hands after the entertaining clash in New York

Put it there: The Pair shake hands after the entertaining clash in New York

Moving with fluency, much more so than in Saturday’s sticky win over Lopez, he got the Canadian in trouble again at 2-2 in the second and on a third break point gratefully received a forehand in the net.

For much of the time he made Raonic look ordinary, and it is true that his all-round game does not match his serve, but the margin of victory was still surprising given the hot streaks he is capable of launching.

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All smiles: Murray was watched - as usual - by his girlfriend Kim Sears

All smiles: Murray was watched – as usual – by his girlfriend Kim Sears

Murray had only just walked off the court after taking exactly two hours to wrap up the victory when the rain began to fall, which was fitting on a night when it seemed the Scot could do nothing wrong.

He said: 'It just started raining just now, so it was perfect timing to finish.

'When we got told the match was getting moved a bit earlier, it wasn't so much the match getting earlier that was hard – it's knowing there is possibly going to be showers and stops, which can disrupt the rhythm of the match and can make it tough, especially when you're playing against someone with as big a serve as him.

'It's tough to get into a rhythm when there isn't stops in the match. I was glad I managed to get the match done before the rain came.'

At 21, Raonic is closing in fast on the top 10 and his huge serve and forehand make him a threat to even the game's best players.

He had demolished James Blake in the previous round and it was partly because of the danger posed by the young Canadian that Murray made sure his concentration never wavered.

'I knew going into the match that I was going to have to return well,' the third seed said. 'And then I also had to stay extremely focused and give as few points as possible on my serve away.

'He was always going to come up with some big returns or come to the net a couple of times, get me in tough positions on my serve.

In the limelight: Murray looked unstoppable against Raonic at Flushing Meadows

In the limelight: Murray looked unstoppable against Raonic at Flushing Meadows

In the limelight: Murray looked unstoppable against Raonic at Flushing Meadows

'But I passed really well tonight when I needed to. I kind of made him back away from the net. I had to play extremely solid, and I did that.'

Raonic was left almost in awe of Murray's performance, and he told the Scot so when they shook hands at the net.

Raonic said: 'He said, 'Sorry, I got lucky a few times.' I said, “Don't be sorry – it was simply amazing. Keep it up and you'll do well”.

'Considering what I was able to put into the match, to have somebody that took me out of it and neutralised me and took it even one step further… I haven't really felt in that situation too much when I feel like I'm doing things well.'

Raonic had served 89 aces in his first three matches – substantially more than anyone else in the tournament – and in the first few games Murray struggled to get a racquet on the ball.

Get in there! The heavens opened almost as soon as Murray left the court

Get in there! The heavens opened almost as soon as Murray left the court

Murray's tally of 31 winners and 12 unforced errors was a reflection of his quality, while he was delighted to deny Raonic any chance of a break.

'On this surface, against a big hitter like him, normally you'll have to save some break points,' Murray added. 'But I served really smart today, did a good job behind my serve.

'I did the same at the Olympics. I didn't get broken the last three matches I played there. It's really important to serve well the deeper you go in the tournament. It conserves a lot of energy.

'The first round I served really badly, so there were long baseline rallies. It's physically tiring when you're serving at or 29 per cent or whatever I was serving at in the first match. So I was happy with that.'

Euro 2012: Marco Tardelli says James McClean has a chance of playing for Ireland

McLean's got a shot, insists Tardelli ahead of Ireland's Euro 2012 campaign

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UPDATED:

15:46 GMT, 21 May 2012

Marco Tardelli has refused to rule out James McClean's chances of forcing his way into the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 team.

The 23-year-old Sunderland winger has enjoyed a remarkable six months after emerging from the shadows under Martin O'Neill on Wearside and establishing himself as a first-team regular.

McClean's rise to prominence since his 350,000 summer move from Derry City has been little short of spectacular, and he was recognised at senior international level when he won his first cap as a substitute against the Czech Republic in February.

Chance: James McLean might star for Ireland at Euro 2012

Chance: James McLean might star for Ireland at Euro 2012

Manager Giovanni Trapattoni has worked hard to calm the excitement over the emerging talent, but has been impressed by what he has seen so far, as has his assistant Tardelli.

The former Italy international said: 'He is a good boy. He wants to work because he knows he needs to learn many things.

'He is strong physically and I think he will be for us a good player.'

Trapattoni has signalled his intention to work with the left-sided McClean on the right flank too, having seen him prosper when cutting inside for his club.

It remains to be seen how the manager will use him during the tournament in Poland and Ukraine, but asked if he still has time to win a place in the starting XI, Tardelli was noncommittal.

He said: 'I don't know. He is in the squad, but we have also other players like [Damien] Duff, like [Stephen] Hunt, like [Aiden] McGeady.

'Surely, he is the future, but maybe it is possible also this time.'

Trapattoni and Tardelli put their players through a light training session at a sun-drenched Gannon Park in Malahide this morning.

Hopeful: Robbie Keane should be fit for Ireland's warm up games

Hopeful: Robbie Keane should be fit for Ireland's warm up games

Defender John O'Shea was rested once again as he recovers from an ankle problem, while Keith Fahey and Kevin Foley, who are nursing groin and hamstring injuries respectively, worked away from the group once again, although both are expected to join in within the next 48 hours.

Skipper Robbie Keane was expected to arrive from the United States on Monday, with his hamstring strain still one of the major topics of discussion despite repeated reassurances that it will not be an issue.

Indeed, Tardelli is confident he will be fit to play in Saturday's friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

He said: 'The doctor has spoken to him and with the Galaxy doctor, and he said there is no injury.

'I think he will be ready for the next match. Foley tomorrow or Wednesday will come with us, and Fahey maybe Tuesday. John O'Shea needed two days of rest and I think for the match, he will be ready.'

Tardelli added with a smile: 'Everything is good – also the weather.'

Trapattoni and Tardelli are veterans of numerous campaigns as both players and coaches, with the latter famously a World Cup winner.

Boss: Giovanni Trapattoni will decide if McLean will play

Boss: Giovanni Trapattoni will decide if McLean will play

That experience has already proved vital in guiding the Republic into the finals, and the assistant manager acknowledges it will be important once the squad arrived in Poland with Ireland not having played on the big stage since the 2002 World Cup finals.

Only Shay Given, Damien Duff and Keane of the current squad tasted action in the Far East, with defender Richard Dunne travelling but not making an appearance.

Tardelli said: 'Experience is very important for the players. We have also new players.

'Giovanni and I, we know the tournament because I was a player and was a coach in it, and Giovanni was a player and a manager in this kind of tournament.

'We will speak with the players.'

However, while Tardelli is relishing what lies ahead, he admits the excitement of preparing for a major tournament as a coach does not compare to that of doing so as a player.

He said: 'No, it's totally different, totally different. I preferred it as a player because I was very young. But it's my job and I like it.'

Craig Levein out to poach England youngsters

EXCLUSIVE: Scotland boss Levein sets out to poach England youngsters

Craig Levein is risking the wrath of the FA by trying to poach some of England’s top young players.

To the dismay of FA bosses, the Scotland manager has detailed one of his most trusted scouts to run the rule over emerging talent south of the border – including Chelsea’s Josh McEachran – with a view to fast-tracking them into his senior squad.

Wanted: Chelsea youngster Josh McEachran

Wanted: Chelsea youngster Josh McEachran

How Scottish are they

MATT PHILLIPS
AGE: 20. born: Aylesbury.
England U19 (five caps), U20 (five).
Grandmother Scottish.

CAMERON STEWART
AGE: 20. born: Manchester.
England U17 (four), U19 (five), U20 (one).
Mother Scottish.

JONJO SHELVEY
AGE: 19. born: Romford.
England U16 (six), U17 (seven), U19 (four), U21 (three).
Grandfather Scottish.

JOSH McEACHRAN
AGE: 18. born: Oxford.
England U16 (five), U17 (12), U19 (six), U21 (seven).
Both parents Scottish.

The process has been underway for several weeks and will gather pace in the next few days when Blackpool winger Matt Phillips is selected for Scotland’s February 29 game against Slovenia.

The paperwork for the England Under 20 prospect was extracted from a reluctant FA this week and submitted to FIFA on Tuesday.

Sportsmail understands Hull winger Cameron Stewart, Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and McEachran have also been targeted and will be approached about switching allegiance.

All have been closely watched by Scotland scout Michael Oliver this season and each has done enough to earn a recommendation that their dual qualification be exploited.

Levein, who has little chance of
recruiting McEachran but may fare better with Shelvey and Stewart, is
thought to have angered FA chiefs with his actions.

Defecting: Matt Phillips is expected to be named in Scotland's squad later this month

Defecting: Matt Phillips is expected to be named in Scotland's squad later this month

Arsene Wenger targets Carel Tofiak

Arsenal boss Wenger plans swoop for Ipswich youngster Tofiak

Arsene Wenger is planning a raid on Ipswich Town's youth team for forward Carel Tofiak.

The Frenchman scouted Tofiak – who is happy playing on the wing or up front – during a recent game for Town's Under 18s.

Born in Cameroon, but eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland, the 17-year-old has been raising interest from a number of clubs this season.

Going to Town: Wenger is eyeing a move for Ipswich's Tofiak

Going to Town: Wenger is eyeing a move for Ipswich's Tofiak

And Wenger is hoping his ability to spot emerging talent is on the money once again – but will face stiff resistance from the East Anglia club who will not want to let him go.

Meanwhile Per Mertesacker is today due to undergo a scan on his damaged ankle, but manager Arsene Wenger has already ruled him out of the Champions League game in Milan.

He said: 'We were unfortunate because Mertesacker told me he got like a shot in his ankle and couldn't move at all anymore.

'We are a bit worried about his ankle, I must say, because he goes home on crutches. He has done some ligament damage.

'How deep the damage is, we have to check tomorrow, but for sure, he is out for Wednesday.'

Martin O"Neill backs James McClean for international honours

O'Neill backs Republic of Ireland call-up for rookie winger McClean

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill says rookie winger James McClean should be in the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 squad.

The 22-year-old from Derry has played
in all nine of O'Neill's Premier League games in charge at the Stadium
of Light and has been a revelation solving Sunderland's long-running
left-sided problem.

The 350,000 signing from Derry
City, who was on the fringe of the first team squad under Steve Bruce,
made seven appearances for Northern Ireland Under 21s but has now
pledged his long-term international future to Giovanni Trapattoni's
Republic, who qualified for the European Championships last year.

Emerging talent: O'Neill impressed by compatriot James McClean (right)

Emerging talent: O'Neill impressed by compatriot James McClean (right)

Former Celtic winger Aiden McGeady played in every qualifier and the Spartak Moscow-based Scot has kept Damien Duff, Stephen Hunt, Kevin Foley, Kevin Kilbane, Keith Treacey and Stephen Ward out of the side with his performances on the left wing.

Trapattoni has also been reluctant to thrust young talent like Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy which leaves McClean an outsider just to make the squad for Ireland's friendly at home to Czech Republic this month.

O'Neill said: 'I don't know Giovanni Trapattoni at all and I haven't spoken to him but I've got great regard for what he's done in his career.

'He'll have the players he wants to stay pretty loyal to and those who've got him there through thick and thin and somebody fresh wanting to get in might be difficult. But could he go there on merit Absolutely. I don't see any reason why not.

'I think they have been to watch him. In fact they came to the Chelsea game and I hope they didn't leave at half-time because he played much better in the second half.

James the first: McClean should be capped

James the first: McClean should be capped

'Hopefully at this minute he's making such an impact he'll be watched by someone in the Ireland camp, even if it's not Trap. They couldn't fail to be impressed by him.'

McClean became the latest player born north of the border to pledge himself to the Republic before breaking into the Sunderland side.

Former Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington had hoped McClean's appearances for the under age sides might persuade to move up to full international honours too, but McClean said last month he had always wanted to play for the Republic.

He said: 'My choice is 100 per cent down to football reasons. It's always been my dream to play for the Republic because I've always supported them.

'I'm grateful to Northern Ireland for giving me a chance at younger levels as that has given me the opportunity to progress my career. When the chance to sign for Sunderland I thought that would be a good time to try and get into the Republic's thoughts.

'I just have to follow my heart. I've followed the Republic since I was growing up. My reasons are only football reasons, there's no politics involved.'

McClean had to wait for Bruce's departure to finally make his Premier League debut in O'Neill's first game in charge against Blackburn.

The Derry-born midfielder has scored twice against Wigan and Peterborough – the two sides who came closest to signing him before Niall Quinn hijacked a deal after the Dublin summer tournament – and he has completed Sunderland's last five games.

On Saturday he will travel for his first game at Stoke City where O'Neill is hoping to maintain the impressive run which has taken his side up to eighth.

The Sunderland manager has clearly been impressed with McClean since taking over the Wearside club.

Thoughtful: O'Neill

Recall: Keiren Westwood

Recall: O'Neill (left) could turn to Keiren Westwood (right) for Stoke clash

He added: 'Off the pitch he's a very quiet lad, his family were over for the Middlesbrough game and he took them out with his agent and Pop Robson. They're very appreciative of what's happened to him.

'He's a hero back in Derry but then he only had to make his debut to be that!

'It's great we can find a player in the game that's not cost millions. The number of clubs in quick succession we've been to this season who've said they were close to signing him. Well they didn't get him, we got him and we're really pleased we did.

'He's made a big impact more than any of us could have imagined. I wasn't aware of him until the reserve game against Manchester United and it's great to see the way he's come on.

'He wouldn't have had an apprenticeship in the game and I'm sure there are moments when we have this feeling that if you get to 20 and haven't made the grade you think time's running out but he never lost any faith or hope. It reminds me of when I just wanted to get the boat over here and get to Roker Park.'

Another Ireland international hoping to make an impression on his manager is keeper Keiren Westwood who lost his place to Simon Mignolet after suffering an illness on New Year's Day.

The freebie signing from Coventry, who has been told he can look for a loan deal, could be recalled at the Britannia on Saturday because Belgian international Mignolet has suffered a knee injury.

O'Neill said: 'Simon doesn't complain about anything so when he does then it's something I listen to. There's a bit of bruising and it's causing him a bit of concern so I'll have a look at it in the morning.

'I would have no problem about putting Keiren in the team in the slightest. It'll be a battle for that number one spot over time because I've got three excellent keepers with Craig Gordon also coming back from injury.

'Keiren was unlucky to go out of the team through illness and Simon has done brilliantly. It's a position that I'm very pleased with to have such quality in.'

First on the team sheet: Stephane Sessegnon (right) has been a revelation

First on the team sheet: Stephane Sessegnon (right) has been a revelation

And one player who would appear to be O'Neill's first name on the team sheet is Benin magician Stephane Sessegnon who took his season's tally to six with his midweek headed goal against Norwich.

The diminutive midfielder is one of the in-form players in the Premier League, and although his English is limited, O'Neill has had little trouble getting his message across to him.

O'Neill added: 'I dug my dictionary from my old French O level, checked a couple of words wrote them down and then I showed it to him. I said “you have not paid your fine” because he was late. In the end I told him in English and he understood.

'The only thing I really have to tell him is to go out and play. He's been brilliant with great control of the ball and he's strong and I've been very impressed with him. He's a real gem of a player.

'He has so many different aspects to his game. He nutmegged the fella from about five yards yards in midweek, dear me, and then passed the ball out to Fraizer with the outside of his foot.

'Not everything happens for him and sometimes he'll overdo it once or twice but he does see the game and he does see the picture and see what's happening around him. It's easy to put him in the team. He's got ability.'