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Roman Pavlyuchenko joins Lokomotiv Moscow in 11m deal

Roman returns to Russia as Spurs striker agrees 11m Lokomotiv switch

Roman Pavlyuchenko has finally forged a way out of Tottenham after Lokomotiv Moscow agreed a 11million fee with the north London club, according to reports in Russia.

The 30-year-old striker will travel to Moscow tomorrow with the view to completing a medical on Thursday.

From Russia with love: Pavlyuchenko has agreed a move to Lokomotiv Moscow

From Russia with love: Pavlyuchenko has agreed a move to Lokomotiv Moscow

Sportsmail revealed last week that
the Russian club had lodged am 8m bid, so the leap in price will be
considered good business by Tottenham's hierarchy.

Pavlyuchenko scored 42 times in 114 appearances for Spurs since joining from Spartak Moscow for 13.8m in 2008.

Nicky Barmby doing it his way at Hull

On the road: Barmby is back home and doing it his way …yet again

Nicky Barmby goes back to Middlesbrough on Monday. He”s been back before but this time Barmby returns to Teesside as a manager, Hull City’s manager.

Not a permanent manager as yet, but an interim one whose work in the interim period since Nigel Pearson departed for Leicester City means that Barmby should be permanent imminently.

There was a meeting on Friday in Hull that was expected to confirm Barmby’s new status. We await confirmation.

Hometown boy: Nicky Barmby is now in charge of the team he supported as a boy

Hometown boy: Nicky Barmby is now in charge of the team he supported as a boy

BY THE WAY…

On September 1st 2001, Barmby started for England in Munich against Germany – the 5-1. A decade on only three of that starting XI – David Seaman, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes – have officially retired.

Barmby’s history suggests nothing should be taken for granted.

But the signs are that the 37 year-old born in Hull likes the hierarchy at the KC Stadium and that they like Barmby.

One obvious reason for this is that Hull City have just won their last four games. That winning sequence has seen Hull move from tenth place in the Championship to fourth. They have gone from being 13 points off automatic promotion to four points off it.

“The club wants Nick to stay and he seems to be enjoying the role so we will see what happens in the future,” said Adam Pearson last week.

Pearson’s title is director of football operations; Hull are now owned by the locally-based Allam family. They are prepared to be patient. As Pearson added: “Football these days probably isn’t tuned into something like this. The norm is if a manager gets a couple of results then he is appointed immediately.

“But Nick said right from the very start when he took the job on a temporary basis that he wanted to do it his way.”

Those two words “his way” served as a reminder that Barmby has rarely been the norm. One of the best players ever to emerge from Lilleshall, Barmby seemed destined to be one of the first golden crop of Manchester United youngsters reared by Alex Ferguson.

Instead, in April 1991, Barmby chose Tottenham.

“I was going to sign for United, but I went to Spurs for a week and it just felt good,” Barmby explained a couple of years ago.

“Though I loved it at United, it just felt right. Terry Venables showed interest, Gazza was there, Chris Waddle, Gary Lineker. It was a very difficult decision, Alex Ferguson had shown great faith and I loved my time there. But I was in the Spurs first team at 17; the things I learnt were incredible.”

Dream team: Barmby was part of the England team that beat Germany 5-1 in Germany in 2001

Dream team: Barmby was part of the England team that beat Germany 5-1 in Germany in 2001

It was the first public evidence of decision-making that challenged the expected trajectory.

Neatly, Barmby’s first-ever senior goal came in a 2-2 draw against Middlesbrough at White Hart Lane. It was October 1992; Teddy Sheringham was Tottenham’s other scorer.

Robbie Mustoe and Paul Wilkinson had given Boro a two-goal lead. Barmby scored in the next game, too – at Plough Lane against Wimbledon. Names, dates and places that show Barmby’s Giggsian longevity.

It was to just-promoted Middlesbrough that Barmby went after Tottenham. He cost 5.25m; the northern lad wanted to be nearer family.

Barmby would never move south again, but he did move. He was top scorer in his first season at the new Riverside Stadium. But it was with seven goals and after 15 months, Barmby moved to Everton. This time the fee was 5.75m.

Local hero: Barmby celebrates with Dean Windass after scoring for Hull

Local hero: Barmby celebrates with Dean Windass after scoring for Hull

He stayed three and a half years at Goodison Park before, for 6m in 2000, he became the first player in 41 years to be signed directly from Everton by Liverpool. Not the norm.

Barmby was part of that Gerard Houllier team that won the Uefa Cup, FA Cup and League Cup in the same season but by August 2002, Barmby was at Leeds United.

Venables was there, as he had been at Spurs and England – Barmby won 23 caps – but when Leeds were relegated from the Premiership in 2004, Barmby was on the bench.

He had just turned 30 and having collected several major clubs, another such move would have been unsurprising. But Barmby did it his way. He moved to his hometown club, who were in the third division at the time and helped transform Hull City into a Premier League club.

All the while he collected managers, 24 of them, and experience. Now he is a manager himself. “I’ve got to be my own man,” he said one game in. It’s not in doubt.

So good, they named it once

How often does the Wall Street Journal report on Rotherham United A guess is not very often but it did last week.

Three years after leaving Millmoor for the Don Valley stadium – in Sheffield – Rotherham have announced that their new ground, based in Rotherham, will be called the New York Stadium.

Fresh start: An artist impression of the proposed New York Stadium home of Rotherham United

Fresh start: An artist impression of the proposed New York Stadium home of Rotherham United

An old part of Rotherham is called New York and the new stadium is built on land where a former foundry constructed the fire hydrants that dot the American city’s streets. These are strong connections and Rotherham United’s stadium will join past, present and future. It opens next season. So, boom-boom, start spreading the news.

Royston Drenthe gives David Moyes selection headache

Drenthe gives Moyes selection headache after rescuing Everton

They said there would be problems. Royston Drenthe’s short career has been crammed with such controversy, from arguments with Jose Mourinho to going on strike at Hercules, that many judges warned his arrival at Goodison Park would give David Moyes headaches.

Fortunately for Moyes, the headaches have not been on a par with the ones Drenthe caused Real Madrid’s hierarchy – car crashes and clashes with the management were recurring themes in the Spanish capital – but his latest display has ensured things will not be easy for Everton’s manager.

Here’s why: after Drenthe had leapt off the bench to help rescue a point in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Norwich, many Evertonians headed home wondering why Moyes had chosen to name him as a substitute rather than unleash him from the start.

Making a difference: Royston Drenthe came off the bench to help earn Everton a point

Making a difference: Royston Drenthe came off the bench to help earn Everton a point

Everton, after all, are not blessed with a raft of creative players and Drenthe’s spiky, speedy manner on the pitch has a habit of making things happen. Already a cult hero in some Blue quarters, there is absolutely no disputing he has talent.

But there is another, infuriating side to Drenthe. The one that squanders possession at vital moments to allow opponents to pilfer late goals or gets himself needlessly sent-off, examples of which have been shown this season against Manchester City and Chelsea, in the Carling Cup.

So what does Moyes do He needs a creative spark but, equally, he can’t run the risk of jeopardising Everton’s difficult position with a maverick that might go missing. For the moment, it would appear Drenthe still has to earn his manager’s trust.

‘What we want are players who can make a difference,’ said Moyes. ‘We want them to entertain but for the right reasons. There will be periods in the game when the defensive side of things is not the biggest part of Roy’s game.

‘But we had to get back into this game and it was the time for Roy to be most effective. Sometimes in the Premier League, the harder side of it is the defending. You are away from home, you have got to dig and keep in the game.

Headache: David Moyes has to work out the best way to play Drenthe

Headache: David Moyes has to work out the best way to play Drenthe

‘If we have the ball all the time, Roy would be okay. When we don’t have the ball, we have got to make sure we have people who are going to win it back. When the games are like the way they were here, then Roy is terrific. He ran at them and created some nice opportunities.’

It was Drenthe’s run and shot that allowed Leon Osman to nick a draw for Everton when all appeared lost. They lost their way in spells after Grant Holt put the visitors ahead before the break and opponents with a little more savvy than Norwich might have inflicted great punishment.

Still, there was no complaining from Norwich manager Paul Lambert. Come the end of the season, the point they won at Goodison could transpire to be of huge importance and he will not allow his squad to get distracted from their ultimate aim.

‘I don’t want to keep having a go and get relegated,’ said Lambert, when asked whether he would continue to keep playing two strikers.

‘We don’t want to do that. At Norwich, we always try and go on the front foot. But I want to stay in the league.

‘I never look too far ahead, just the next game that’s coming up. Whatever happens come May is going to happen. You just have to try your best to stay in it. An attacking philosophy only works if we can get results.’

Everton v Norwich match zone

Nicklas Bendtner issues apology

“I have let so many people down” – Bendtner issues apology after police run-in

Sunderland”s on-loan striker Nicklas Bendtner has issued a humbling apology following a string of embarrassing gaffes by the Denmark international.

Bendtner caused a scene in a Copenhagen takeaway after his credit card was declined and has now said sorry to fans following his alleged car-wrecking spree.

In his statement Bendtner, 23, asks for forgiveness from Black Cats fans as well as aplogising to Sunderland hierarchy for his actions.

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I”m sorry! Bendtner has issued an apology to the Sunderland fans

He said: “Dear friends, fans, Sunderland and family. The past couple of weeks have seen me involved in several incidents that have attracted much negative attention from the media.

“The latest incident involves two of my team-mates and me who were picked up by polite and friendly English policemen this morning as CCTV footage allegedly shows us in the process of damaging parked cars after a wet night out on the town.

“This case now has to make its way through the British system of justice and a verdict is expected by February next year. In connection with all these incidents I have to make one thing very, very clear.

“I am extremely sorry for all of this. I apologise sincerely that I have allowed myself to get involved in things that are interpreted in such dramatic fashion. I fully assume responsibility for not distancing myself from these incidents before they got out of hand.

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Plenty to ponder: O”Neill has a major headache despite making a winning start

“The error is mine alone and I am sorry that I have let so many people down. Basically I am a normal guy with an extraordinary job.”

At least three cars are believed to have been damaged in the incident, which took place just days after Sunderland lost to Wolves at Molineux.

Police are understood to be analysing CCTV as they bid to assess the full extent of the damage.

Nicklas Bendtner statement in full…

“Dear friends, fans, Sunderland and family. The past couple of weeks have seen me involved in several incidents that have attracted much negative attention from the media.

“After the friendly international versus Finland I was part of an unfortunate incident at the team hotel where I more or less was portrayed as a violent character. Anybody who knows me can testify that I am not. Police in the end decided not to press charges.

“In connection with a birthday celebration with my girlfriend I was part of an incident at a pizzeria in downtown Copenhagen where my credit card got rejected. I bet you all know the feeling but in this case it was also described in the media.

“The latest incident involves two of my team-mates and me who were picked up by polite and friendly English policemen this morning as CCTV footage allegedly shows us in the process of damaging parked cars after a wet night out on the town.

“This case now has to make its way through the British system of justice and a verdict is expected by February next year. In connection with all these incidents I have to make one thing very, very clear.

“I am extremely sorry for all of this. I apologise sincerely that I have allowed myself to get involved in things that are interpreted in such dramatic fashion. I fully assume responsibility for not distancing myself from these incidents before they got out of hand. The error is mine alone and I am sorry that I have let so many people down. Basically I am a normal guy with an extraordinary job.

“I tend to forget this at times but deep down I know these things. And it does not serve as an excuse for me letting myself get caught up in this.

“My family, my son, my precious girlfriend and football are the most important things in my life. And this is what I will have to focus on 100 per cent.

“My primary objective right now is to get rid of my injury and get back into full fitness for Sunderland and Denmark. I hope you will understand that I now promise to concentrate fully on football and only football. My focus has to be here – and not anywhere else.

“It means that I in the upcoming time won”t be involved in extracurricular activities – like too many parties or interviews about my persona. Trust takes time to build – and I now can see how quickly it disappears.

“I admit my sense of judgement has been less than perfect lately. Going forward I will do all I can do in order to honour the trust that you, my fans, my friends and my lovely family show me every single day. Nothing short of the best is good enough for you and it is something I haven”t produced for you lately.

“See you – on the pitch. Warm greetings, Nicklas.”