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Jamie Oliver to do Manchester City match food

City unveil latest recipe for success… getting Jamie Oliver to do the cooking!

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Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

15:53 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:16 GMT, 10 January 2013


What a turkey: TV chef Jamie Oliver

What a turkey: TV chef Jamie Oliver

Manchester City have been linked with every star player around the world but a celebrity chef has become their latest big-name signing.

TV chef Jamie Oliver has signed a five-year deal with the club to provide matchday food for supporters at the Etihad Stadium.

The 37-year-old, whose 30-minute meals are known to take about 90 minutes to prepare, will provide food for all public concession stands, as well as the hospitality areas and the City Square fan zone.

The deal will begin for the start of next season — so it’s good old pies, pasties and pints until then.

Tom Glick, chief commercial and operating officer, told the Manchester Evening News: 'It is our ambition to create a world-class customer experience for everybody who visits the Etihad Stadium. We are looking forward to working with these two leading brands as we continue to develop our stadium to achieve this aim.'

Nigel Harris, managing director of Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts added: 'Fabulous Feasts has proven over the last couple of years that we can deliver world class food on a grand scale.

'Our passion for providing tasty food to the public is second to none and so we’re enormously excited to be working with Manchester City to offer what we believe will be the best stadium catering in the Premier League.

'We’ve been in discussions with the club for many months and we now have a dedicated team in place to ensure that the hospitality at the Etihad Stadium is truly something special.'

Tucking in: City fans' options are about to soar at the Etihad Stadium

Tucking in: City fans' options are about to soar at the Etihad Stadium

Hungry for more City are defending their Premier League crown this season

Hungry for more City are defending their Premier League crown this season

Meanwhile, Gareth Barry is determined to ensure that Arsenal are shocked by more than just Mario Balotelli’s new hairstyle this weekend as Manchester City aim for a first league win at the Gunners since 1975.

'I wasn’t aware it had been so long,' the England midfielder told. 'Football is like that sometimes but 37 years is extraordinary. Records like that are rare but are there to be broken.

'We have to go to the Emirates, play as well as we know we are capable of and see if we can put an end to our poor run of league results on their ground.'

Tony Book was in charge when City secured a 3-2 triumph at Highbury in 1975. They did win a League Cup quarter-final at the Emirates last season but have not actually scored a league goal at Arsenal since DaMarcus Beasley’s effort in the 3-1 defeat in 2007.

Bogey team: City have not won at Arsenal since 1975

Bogey team: City have not won at Arsenal since 1975

Arsenal impressed at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season when they were unfortunate to find themselves held to a 1-1 draw.

'They surprised me just how good they were that day,' said Barry.
'They will be disappointed they’ve not played as well as that more often this season.

'We know there is a need for us to keep winning games because seven points (to leaders Manchester United) is not a small gap and we can’t allow that to increase.

'But sometimes the pressure can actually flip around to the team in front and the one chasing can go into games more relaxed.

'We’re not going to let it overly worry us at this point.'

Jamie Oliver

Arsenal to talk with Southampton about Luke Shaw transfer

EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal step up pursuit of 5m-rated Shaw with talks to be held TODAY

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UPDATED:

22:24 GMT, 31 December 2012

If Arsene Wenger has anything to do with it, Luke Shaw will be Arsenal’s next Saint.

Gunners officials will use New Year's Day's trip to St Mary’s to hold talks with Southampton in their attempts to land the 17-year-old left back.

Arsenal will make an offer for Shaw this month and it is hoped Tuesday’s discussions will pave the way for the club to end their two-year quest to land the latest jewel to emerge from Southampton’s ultra-productive academy.

Shaw thing: Luke Shaw has been tipped to be better than Gareth Bale

Shaw thing: Luke Shaw has been tipped to be better than Gareth Bale

'We produce some technically-gifted players but not as many as Southampton,' said Wenger. 'It is exceptional what they have done. The three wingers [Gareth Bale, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott] and Luke Shaw, that is a good way to study what they have done.

'The question of Southampton’s academy set-up is a very good one because they have done a fabulous job.

'Why It is down to the quality of their scouting, the quality of their coaching and education. They have fantastic scouting.'

Wenger and his chief scout Steve
Rowley knew they had to have Shaw – tipped to be even better than Bale –
as soon as they first saw him.

Arsenal saw a summer offer rejected by Saints chairman Nicola Cortese,
who knows the youngster will soon be worth a small fortune. Chelsea, are
also keen.

Whether he can resist Arsenal’s
advances this month remains to be seen, but what is for certain is that
Shaw is an England regular in the making.

Should Shaw arrive at the Emirates Stadium, he will not be short of a friendly face willing to take him under their wing.

Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain both make emotional first returns to the club that gave them their big break on Tuesday.

The elder of the two's impact on the Gunners has been well-documented this season – but his fellow former Saint has had to bide his time.

Saints made it easy: Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have both taken the step into international football after moving to Arsenal from their first club Southampton

Saints made it easy: Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have both taken the step into international football after moving to Arsenal from their first club Southampton

An exceptional first campaign with Arsenal resulted in him gatecrashing England’s Euro 2012 squad. But only now are we starting to see the form that persuaded Roy Hodgson to take a punt on Oxlade-Chamberlain in the summer.

The 19-year-old was excellent in Saturday’s win over Newcastle, scoring his first Premier League goal of the season in the 7-3 win.

And his return to the form that made him England’s joker in the pack last summer does not surprise his manager, who insists he knew Oxlade-Chamberlain would be a top player the minute he set eyes on him.

‘The first time I watched him was on tape, he was at that level where he played he looked lightning quick and a good dribbler as well and we like that,’ said Wenger.

‘I had enthusiastic reports about him and we sent different people and everybody said he is something special.

‘When I saw him you could see in his movement and first touch that he had something special. ‘

Arsene Wenger praises Southampton"s youth set-up

Cheers for Theo and Ox! Wenger praises Saints youth set-up ahead of St Mary's trip

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UPDATED:

10:59 GMT, 31 December 2012

Arsene Wenger has lavished praise on Southampton's youth policy as Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain prepare to make their returns to St Mary's tomorrow.

The Arsenal manager has found the south-coast club a valuable market place in recent seasons, signing Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain from the Saints.

The duo both went on to earn England call-ups within months of their high-profile moves to north London and have since established themselves as important members of Wenger's plans.

Homecoming: Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain were both products of the Southampton youth system

Homecoming: Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain were both products of the Southampton youth system

But the Gunners pair are not the only top Premier League players to have come through the highly-respected Southampton academy.

Gareth Bale, Chris Baird and Wayne Bridge have all gone on to have well-established top-flight careers after being nurturing at Southampton.

And the club's consistency in nurturing young talent has not gone amiss by Wenger, whose side face Nigel Adkins' men tomorrow.

'The question of Southampton's academy set-up is a very good one because they have done a fabulous job,' said the Frenchman, whose side have won four successive Premier League matches.

'Why It is down to the quality of their scouting, the quality of their coaching and education. When you look at what Bale is doing, and Walcott.

'And now they have they players like Morgan Schneiderlin, they have brought some players of top, top quality and they work well. They have fantastic scouting.'

Striker: Walcott scored a hat-trick during Arsenal's 7-3 win over Newcastle

Striker: Walcott scored a hat-trick during Arsenal's 7-3 win over Newcastle

Arsenal will be expected to make it five league wins on the spin down on the south-coast, particularly after the 6-1 mauling of the newly-promoted side earlier in the season.

But after a disastrous start to the campaign, that very nearly cost Adkins his job, Southampton have improved significantly – though they still go into the clash against Arsenal in the bottom three.

And speaking after Saturday's 7-3 trouncing over Newcastle, Wenger has fired a warning to his players, saying: 'They are not comfortable [opponents], Southampton.

'I saw them against Fulham, I will watch them against Stoke (on video), but from what I've heard they played very well.'

The Ox: Oxlade-Chamberlain was also among the Arsenal scorers against the Geordies

The Ox: Oxlade-Chamberlain was also among the Arsenal scorers against the Geordies

He added: 'They are a team that has learned in the Premier League now. Usually you find in February or in January a different team to what you see in August or September.

'We will train on Sunday and Monday and go to Southampton on Monday night to prepare the game. It is another game that is very important over the Christmas period.'

Meanwhile, what is shaping up to be the busiest January transfer window in Wenger's managerial career also kicks off tomorrow.

Thierry Henry, who is currently training with the Gunners, is expected to sign a short-term loan deal – but Wenger insists the clash against Southampton will come too early for the Frenchman.

'He has just come back from holiday and is a bit short to play on Tuesday night,' added Wenger.

DAVID LLOYD TEST DIARY: Rolling Stones fan Bumble says – It"s only an England Test victory in India… but I like it, like it, yes I dooo!

BUMBLE TEST DIARY: Rolling Stones fan Bumble says – It's only an England Test victory in India… but I like it, like it, yes I do!

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UPDATED:

12:57 GMT, 26 November 2012

MOVE OVER LOCK AND LAKER, IT'S THE MONTY AND SWANNY SHOW

Well, everyone is thrilled. You win some and lose some in Test cricket but that was a fabulous performance from England, individually and collectively. The two spinners bowling in tandem was reminiscent of Laker and Lock in their prime. Monty and Swann took 19 wickets in the match between them! Magic. England are sitting pretty and now have 10 days to absorb everything.

Spin twins I: Australian Jimmy Burke, caught Tony Lock (first slip) bowled Jim Laker for 33. The pair bowling in tandem was an effective weapon for England

Spin twins I: Australian Jimmy Burke, caught Tony Lock (first slip) bowled Jim Laker for 33. The pair bowling in tandem was an effective weapon for England

Spin twins II: England's Monty Panesar (left) is congratulated by team-mate Graeme Swann after taking his fifth wicket during the third cricket Test against India in Dubai on February 5, 2012 (FILE IMAGE)

Spin twins II: England's Monty Panesar (left) is congratulated by team-mate Graeme Swann after taking his fifth wicket during the third cricket Test against India in Dubai on February 5, 2012 (FILE IMAGE)
REUTERS/Philip Brown (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Tags: SPORT CRICKET)

BROAD IS STRUGGLING AND I'D KEEP BELL OUT

England will look at making two changes. Ian Bell could come straight back in but I would want assurances that his mind is in India and not back in Birmingham with his baby boy. And the selectors need to talk to Stuart Broad, who is under the weather and looks as though he needs a break. He is trying his guts out but is only bowling at 80mph when he can reach 90mph. Stuart is vice-captain, so he is part of the management team – therefore he will be part of the final decision but he is honest enough to admit when he is struggling.

HARBHAJAN AND DHONI IN A SPIN AT BACKLASH

There will be an almighty backlash in India. All the newspapers will be selecting the team for the next Test and questioning the captain, MS Dhoni, and the living legend that is Sachin Tendulkar. The Indian team will be confused now because they have just produced a raging turner and been shaken to their boots by English spin! And they played three spinners themselves in Mumbai but it didn’t work.Harbhajan Singh looks a shadow of his former self and expect him to make way.

MS Dhoni

Harbhajan Singh

Under pressure: Captain MS Dhoni (left) and Harbhajan (right) are facing a backlash in India follow defeat

LIVING IN A BATSMAN'S PARADISE

India are now likely to produce a batsman’s paradise for the Third Test in 10 days’ time in Kolkata, where India have made 600 in their last three Tests. When it’s flat as a pancake, England’s bowlers can struggle but even if it is a draw, England would have snapped your hand off for 1-1 going in to a decider. If it is flat, there should be confidence in the England batting line-up that they can just be selfish and help themselves to big runs.

VICTORY I LIKE IT, LIKE IT, YES I DO!

I’ve got to finish with the Rolling Stones. I’ve seen them three times now in London and Cardiff and they are simply awesome, the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world! My favourite tracks Gimme Shelter and It’s Only Rock n Roll…and I like it, like it, yes I do!

Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger

Keith Richards

Keith Richards

Ronnie Wood

Ronnie Wood

Wannabe rocker: Sportsmail's David 'Bumble' Lloyd

Wannabe rocker: Sportsmail's David 'Bumble' Lloyd

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Jack Collison gives West Ham a shot in the arm by declaring himself fit for play-off final

Collison gives West Ham a shot in the arm by declaring himself fit for play-off final

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18:16 GMT, 17 May 2012

Jack Collison has handed West Ham a major fitness boost ahead of Saturday's npower Championship play-off final.

The Wales midfielder scored twice in the 2-0 semi-final first-leg win in Cardiff a fortnight ago, but was expected to miss out at Wembley after dislocating his shoulder in the second leg.

However, after receiving intensive treatment, Collison returned to training today and is set to be involved in the big promotion decider against Blackpool.

'Everyone who has been playing recently is fit, the squad is strong and we just have one final day to select the side,' said manager Sam Allardyce.

Boost: Collison is fit for Wembley

Boost: Collison is fit for Wembley

'It's been a bit of a long wait since we played Cardiff but we are rested, eager and hopefully we can give our best performance of the season.'

West Ham go into the clash as short-priced favourites having thumped eight goals past Blackpool in their two meetings this term.

And despite accusations of over-confidence emanating from the Blackpool camp, Allardyce has backed the Hammers to handle the pressure.

'It's a one-off game,' he said. It's a fabulous game to be involved in, particularly for the players.

One-off game: Allardyce

One-off game: Allardyce

'We are the favourites with all the pressure on us, so we have to handle that as we have done all season. Hopefully we can deliver and beat Blackpool for third time this season.

'But it won't be easy, we will treat them with the utmost respect and make sure we try to expose the weaknesses they have in their side if we can and as early as we can.

'We've got to live with the pressure to spur us on to give us our best performance. The pressure should bring the best out of us and not be one of those games where we actually freeze on the big stage.'

James McClean thanks Martin O"Neill after Ireland call up

EXCLUSIVE: McClean thanks O'Neill for keeping him on the 'straight and narrow'

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UPDATED:

21:53 GMT, 7 May 2012

Sunderland sensation James McClean has thanked boss Martin O'Neill following his Euro 2012 call-up.

The 23-year-old former Derry City player, who was in the League of Ireland a year ago, joined Sunderland in a 350,000 deal and has been a sensation under O'Neill since the turn of the year.

McClean told Sportsmail: `He has been tremendous to me. He presented me with my opportunity to play in the first team and I think I took full advantage of that. He's kept me on the 'straight and narrow' since then and has helped me improve as a footballer.

Revelation: James McClean has be a key performer for Sunderland since Martin O'Neill came in

Revelation: James McClean has be a key performer for Sunderland since Martin O'Neill came in

International bow: McClean made his international debut this season

International bow: McClean made his international debut this season

'I try to work hard on my game week in and week out in order to improve and I think that has worked for me. Martin O'Neill's appointment has certainly boosted my confidence levels and I can't thank the man enough.

'To be called up to represent Ireland has always been a personal dream of mine and to be associated with players who I have watched myself is very special. I can't wait to join up with the squad and start to focus on the Championships.

'I've got a seat on the plane to Poland, that was always the first priority. Now it's all about repeating what I do at Sunderland at international level and, hopefully, get a chance to play in a game or two. It's been a fabulous year for me for so and, fingers crossed, let's hope it's not over just yet.'

Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni, who looked unlikely to name McClean in his squad two months ago, called him yesterday morning to tell him the good news.

And the midfielder added: `I was contacted by the manager this morning and he told me I was in the squad to go to the European Championships, I couldn't believe it.

'He asked me not mention it until the official announcement was made in the afternoon, so for someone who likes to talk a lot, it was a bit of a challenge for me to keep my mouth shut for a change.

Thankful: McClean has thanked manager Martin O'Neill for his help this season

Thankful: McClean has thanked manager Martin O'Neill for his help this season

'Obviously I was delighted to get the call. It's yet another dream come true for me but this selection caps what has been an absolutely fantastic year for me.

'It really has been an amazing rollercoaster ride for me. To have joined what I consider a top Premiership club and make my debut for Sunderland was absolutely fantastic.

'To then make by international debut was also very special and to have been voted Sunderland's 'Young Player of the Year' was yet another great boost for me.

'But to have now been selected onto the Irish squad to play in the European Championships has really capped what has been a fabulous year.'

Northampton 21 Leicester 35

Northampton 21 Leicester 35: Tigers run continues as Flood shines against Saints

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UPDATED:

16:37 GMT, 14 April 2012

Main man: Toby Flood

Main man: Toby Flood

England fly-half Toby Flood kept Leicester on course for an eighth successive Aviva Premiership final with a fabulous performance at Northampton.

Flood, who has dropped to third in the England fly-half pecking order, proved he was back to his best with a 25-point haul as Leicester demolished their great rivals at a sell-out Franklin's Gardens, chalking up a fifth successive bonus-point win, a Premiership record.

Flood scored two of the Tigers' four tries in the win – he also kicked three conversions and three penalties – with the others coming from wingers Alesana Tuilagi and Horacio Agulla.

Northampton's tries came from England pair Lee Dickson and Chris Ashton, with Ryan Lamb kicking three penalties and Stephen Myler a conversion.

The ground was heaving and the tension even greater than usual for this midlands derby after a series of controversial matches between these two sides in recent times.

Northampton, who had won their previous two matches, made one change, with lock Samu Manoa replacing Mark Sorenson. But they were without four big guns, Dylan Hartley, Clark (both banned) Courtney Lawes and Wood.

Leicester, who started the day in third place after a fantastic run of eight wins in nine games, had to make a late change, full-back Scott Hamilton replacing captain Geordan Murphy. George Chuter took over as captain.

Leicester also recalled England scrum-half Ben Youngs after a one-match ban.

Northampton led 6-0 after 13 minutes thanks to two penalties from fly-half Lamb.

It could easily have been more but
Manu Tuilagi pulled off a brilliant try-saving tackle on opposite number
George Pisi, who also got a bad bounce from a chip ahead after Hamilton
failed to deal with the danger.

Chase: Chris Ashton of Northampton races Julian Salvi and Manu Tuilagi

Chase: Chris Ashton of Northampton races Julian Salvi and Manu Tuilagi

Leicester also had a lucky escape when Hamilton was again slow to deal with a bouncing ball in his own 22, but the game swung Leicester's way straight from the restart after Lamb's second penalty.

Lamb's attempted clearance was charged down by Leicester centre Anthony Allen and Flood pounced to score under the posts before adding the conversion.

Two minutes later Leicester led 14-6 after a brilliant piece of skill by Agulla, who chipped a defender, caught the ball and off-loaded inside to fellow winger Alesana Tuilagi, who went under the posts to make the conversion easy for Flood.

Leicester had another escape when flanker Julian Salvi just did enough to put off Ashton with the line at his mercy, while at the other lock George Skivington had a try chalked off for a forward pass by Allen.

Fierce Leicester pressure led to a
penalty for Flood but that was cancelled out by Lamb's third penalty,
which came after Agulla had come to Leicester's rescue with a great
try-saving tackle on winger Paul Diggin after splendid work by Dickson
and Ashton.

Forward thinking: Lee Dickson of Northampton breaks with the ball

Forward thinking: Lee Dickson of Northampton breaks with the ball

Leicester shot out of the blocks after half-time and fierce pressure led to their third try after just four minutes, Youngs putting Flood through a hole near the posts. Flood's conversion made it 24-9, and while he was short with a long-range penalty minutes later he made no mistake with one from 40 metres.

It was turning into the Flood show and he almost scored a third try but was beaten to his chip over the line by Foden.

In the 54th minute, Agulla scored Leicester's bonus-point try, beating Diggin in the right corner after more fierce pressure in the Saints line. Flood missed the conversion.

Northampton hit back six minutes later when Dickson scampered over after great work by his forwards and replacement fly-half Myler added the conversion.

Northampton should have scored again in the 63rd minute but Ashton fell over making a pass when he should have gone for the line.

Flood's third penalty in the 70th minute made it 35-16 before Tigers replacement prop Martin Castrogiovanni was sin-binned for a professional foul, and with two minutes left Ashton's hard work was rewarded with a try from Myler's chip.