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Arsene Wenger rages after FA Cup defeat: "Don"t insult my players"

Wenger on the warpath: Raging Arsenal boss comes out fighting and tells critics 'don't insult my players' despite FA Cup humiliation

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12:41 GMT, 18 February 2013

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UPDATED:

15:55 GMT, 18 February 2013

Arsene Wenger has launched an impassioned defence of his team and tactics in the wake of Arsenal's humiliating FA Cup defeat by Blackburn Rovers.

Wenger couldn't hide his anger during a press conference on Monday morning, but is coming under increasing pressure as the club face an eighth successive year without silverware.

The Arsenal manager has defended his team selection and laughed at the suggestion he isn't taking the world's oldest club knockout competition seriously.

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Anger: Arsene Wenger attacked his critics at a press conference yesterday

Anger: Arsene Wenger attacked his critics at a press conference yesterday

Wenger press conference

Wenger press conference

Wenger said: 'I've been accused of not taking the FA Cup seriously. I've won it four times. Tell me who has won it more than me. Tell me, one name.

'I've been accused of not putting out a strong enough team – this is an insult to those who started the game, 11 internationals.'

Arsenal face a huge task to progress
into the quarter-finals of Europe's elite competition with last year's
beaten finalists standing in their way.

The players looked downcast as they arrived for training on Monday morning at the club's London Colney base, knowing that anything other than victory in the Champions League on Tuesday night against Bayern Munich would effectively end their season.

Under fire: Wenger has defended his record in the competition - despite leaving some key stars on the bench

Under fire: Wenger has defended his record in the competition - despite leaving some key stars on the bench

Under fire: Wenger has defended his record in the competition – despite leaving some key stars on the bench

Cheer up! Mikel Arteta leads a group of players onto the training pitch including Olivier Giroud, Francis Coquelin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Cheer up! Mikel Arteta leads a group of players onto the training pitch including Olivier Giroud, Francis Coquelin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

But Wenger has impressed on his players that they must put the defeat by Rovers behind them, and has also denied reports that the club are about to hand him a new two-year deal.

He said: 'That is the wrong information and I work for 16 years in England and I think I deserve a bit more credit than wrong information that has only one intention: to harm,' the Arsenal boss said.

'If it is good information which comes from nowhere it is all right, but this is wrong information that comes from nowhere and it is completely wrong.'

Wenger then became involved in a heated exchange with a journalist, adding: 'I look at you not because you give information, I do not know if it is you, I do not know where the information comes from. Why do you look at me I just thought you had given this information out.

Double trouble: Wenger with Jack Wilshere

Double trouble: Wenger with Jack Wilshere

'Here this is a pre-match conference
for the Champions League, if you want to talk about Saturday, that press
conference has been made after the game.

'Can we get some questions about tomorrow's game, that would be very nice.'

Wenger also confirmed Per Mertesacker is back in the matchday squad but Laurent Koscielny is unlikely to return for the clash at the Emirates.

Meanwhile, Mikael Silvestre, whom Wenger
signed from Manchester United in 2008 and made 43 appearances in the
Gunners’ defence, tweeted a tongue-in-cheek picture of an empty Arsenal
trophy cabinet, calling on Patrick Vieira to return to the club to help
his former manager.

Isolated: Wenger is under fire as Arsenal look to go another season without silverware

Isolated: Wenger is under fire as Arsenal look to go another season without silverware

All in it together: Arsenal's players train on Monday

All in it together: Arsenal's players train on Monday

Vieira, who played 406 games for the club over nine seasons, is rumoured to be the favourite to replace Arsenal’s head of youth development Liam Brady.

Silvestre said: '@OfficialVieira go back to London and give Arsene a hand bro ! #rolemodele #legend #AFC #mcfc'

Silvestre, 35, who will play for either the Portland Timbers or Seattle Sounders in the upcoming MLS season, pointed to the fact that Arsenal have not won a trophy since moving to the Emirates Stadium from Highbury in 2006.

Rovers revenge: Blackburn dumped Arsenal out of the FA Cup - 12 months after they were beaten 7-1 at the Emirates

Rovers revenge: Blackburn dumped Arsenal out of the FA Cup – 12 months after they were beaten 7-1 at the Emirates

Rovers revenge: Blackburn dumped Arsenal out of the FA Cup - 12 months after they were beaten 7-1 at the Emirates

Fans replied angrily to the
defender’s message, with one Twitter user posting: 'Thanks for all your
help in addressing that during your time at the club Mikael, one of our
worst signings ever.'

Another wrote: 'For someone who was
so bad when playing for Arsenal, you've really got some nerve posting
that. Disrespectful fool.'

Vieira is currently in a football development role at Manchester City, where he ended his career in 2011.

Mikael Silvestre

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Aston Villa youngsters must respond bravely against Tottenham, says Paul Lambert

Villans to heroes! Lambert demands thrashed kids to show their heart against Spurs after Chelsea humiliation

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 25 December 2012

Paul Lambert has ordered an instant response from his wounded youngsters as the Aston Villa manager attempts to banish memories of a crushing defeat at Chelsea.

Villa are at home to Tottenham on Boxing Day, three days after losing 8-0 at Stamford Bridge – the heaviest defeat in the club’s 138-year history.

‘They know my feelings on it,’ rapped Lambert. ‘You don’t need to be Einstein to tell them what went wrong. We told them they have a few days to get over it and then get going again.

Feeling Blue: Aston Villa were 'beaten up' by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

Feeling Blue: Aston Villa were 'beaten up' by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

I eight Christmas: Villa's thrashing was the biggest in their long history

I eight Christmas: Villa's thrashing was the biggest in their long history

‘They’ll come out of the traps against Spurs, I know. I expect a reaction. Whoever’s playing, we have to atone for that.

‘They’ve done it before. They were
beat heavy at Man City (5-0 in November) and then went on that little
run. You take the criticism and you bounce back.

'There’s no point feeling sorry for
yourself. There are too many people coming to watch on Boxing Day. So we
have to bounce back.’

It looks like the players who were
crushed by Chelsea will be given the chance to redeem themselves, but
only because Lambert has no choice.

Charles N’Zogbia and Darren Bent are out with knee injuries, and there is still no return for Gabby Agbonlahor.

And with Karim El Ahmadi having
joined Morocco ahead of his country’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign,
Lambert is short of options.

Must do better: Paul Lambert has demanded a reaction next time out

Must do better: Paul Lambert has demanded a reaction next time out

His first job is to ensure his young
players are not scarred by their experiences this season, which
culminated in the thrashing by Chelsea.

Villa have conceded 32 goals in 18
Premier League games and are just three points clear of the relegation
zone. Dion Dublin, on BBC’s Match of the Day 2, branded it ‘the worst
performance in the history of the club, ever’.

‘I’ve been absolutely tonked before, as player and manager,’ said Lambert. ‘You just try and win the next game.

‘It’s about how they react. That’s
the mark of good players and a good team. I don’t think it will affect
them long-term. It’s up to myself and my back-room staff to ensure it
doesn’t.

'I won’t have a problem doing that, because they’re really hurt. None of them will be feeling great. I know how to handle it.’

Danny Cipriani blasted by Sale Sharks chief Brian Kennedy

If you don't put your body on the line you'll be axed! Cipriani slammed by furious Sale chief

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UPDATED:

22:15 GMT, 22 December 2012

The multi-millionaire owner of relegation-threatened Sale Sharks blasted his coaches, players and, most notably, Danny Cipriani, for their current plight on the eve of Sunday’s crucial Aviva Premiership game at London Wasps.

Brian Kennedy, who has made his vast fortune through home improvements and building products, has bankrolled the Cheshire club for the past decade.

But he finally lost patience on Saturday night, with his club adrift at the bottom of the Premiership having won just once in 10 games, and now lying six points away from 11th-placed London Irish.

Criticism: Danny Cipriani has been slammed by the Sale Sharks chief

Criticism: Danny Cipriani has been slammed by the Sale Sharks chief

The final straw for the Scot was last week’s 62-0 humiliation at Toulon, a performance that persuaded Kiwi John Michell, appointed as a short-term troubleshooter, to drop former England star Cipriani not just from the starting XV but from the whole match-day squad to face a resurgent Wasps unbeaten at Adams Park this season.

Kennedy is in full support of his coach’s decision, even though he sanctioned the big-money, high-profile summer signing of the wayward star after a tempestuous, two-year spell at the Melbourne Rebels.

‘Danny didn’t want to tackle last week,’ was the club owner’s damning verdict on the stand-off once expected to be Jonny Wilkinson’s natural successor for the England No 10 jersey. ‘It’s the coaches decision, but if you can’t defend then there’s no place for you in Premiership rugby.

‘Danny had a dreadful game in defence last week. And if you’re not prepared to put your body on the line for this club, who pay your wages and give you the chance to play at the highest level each week, then you won’t be in the squad, will you

‘You just have to watch Danny’s game at Toulon to understand why he’s not playing against Wasps.

Enraged: Brian Kennedy lashed out at several targets, including Cipriani

Enraged: Brian Kennedy lashed out at several targets, including Cipriani

‘Toulon are a great side full of great players, but no Premiership team should lose by 62-0 to any side, at any time. Some of the players have paid the price for it, and that includes Danny Cipriani.’

Kennedy’s anger is not exclusively aimed at his supposed playmaker. He argues that everything has been in place for the club to succeed and that his coaches and players have let him down.

It led to the demotion of former director of rugby Bryan Redpath to head coach, with chief executive Steve Diamond taking over playing affairs and to the arrival of Mitchell, but little has changed in terms of results.

‘It’s ironic, isn’t it,’ says Kennedy. ‘We have a new stadium, one of the best grounds in the Premiership, and we definitely have the best training facilities in English rugby at Carrington, on a par with Manchester City. I expected us to be pushing hard for a top-four position this season, especially with the signings we made in the close season.

‘So what’s gone wrong It’s not the ground. It’s not the training facilities. It’s not the support given to the club in terms of investing in players. Are we being delusional I don’t think so. So it is either down to the players, the coaches or a combination of them both.’

Paid the price: Kennedy was furious with Cipriani after the club's 62-0 defeat by Toulon

Paid the price: Kennedy was furious with Cipriani after the club's 62-0 defeat by Toulon

Kennedy refuses to contemplate relegation to the Championship just yet as the season reaches the halfway stage in the Aviva Premiership this weekend, but he does concede his team are in trouble and he wants a massive response today at Wasps.

‘I’m not allowing myself to plan for relegation because that would be a negative mindset that would only strengthen our chances of going down,’ he explains. ‘But I will admit our position is perilous and that’s not a word I use lightly. I expect the Sale Sharks to show some pride and dignity at Wasps, to show that they care and that they are angry and hurting. I know I am.

‘We should be a top club, but we’re rock bottom and unless we do something about it, starting at Wasps, we will stay there.’

Coach Mitchell, meanwhile, looks likely to be return to South Africa where his partner lives and where lucrative TV work beckons in February. His departure is earlier than initially thought when Sale snapped him up. Yet this appears to be the least of Kennedy’s worries.

‘I’m delighted if we have John for a day, or a week, or a month,’ he says. ‘Right now we need all the help we can get.’

Sunday's Wasps v Sale match is subject to a pitch inspection.

Sale Sharks media chief slams fans on Facebook for complaining after 62-0 defeat

You f*******! Sale media chief slams fans on Facebook and Cipriani loses place in squad

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UPDATED:

14:22 GMT, 21 December 2012

The woman in charge of Sale's social media operation appears to have lambasted the club's moaning fans as 'f*******' on Facebook in the wake of the club's crushing 62-0 Heineken Cup thrashing to Toulon.

Fans reacted with outrage after Holleh Nowrouz appeared to slam fans who complained the club should spend more time on training than on blogs and social media sites.

Humiliation: Sale were hammered by Toulon in the Heineken Cup

Humiliation: Sale were hammered by Toulon in the Heineken Cup

Sharks supporters hit back on blogs and
forums, one angry fan wrote: 'Well thats just about typical from this
franchise. Utter shambles, kick anybody out who cares about Sale / the
fans, replace them with utter F*******, who have no idea…brilliant.'

Paying the price: Cipriani has been dropped by Sale

Paying the price: Cipriani has been dropped by Sale

The reversal was the club's heaviest Heineken
Cup defeat as the French outfit showed their title credentials with a
crushing victory at Stade Felix Mayol.

Meanwhile, Danny Cipriani's future at Sale has been thrown into doubt after Director of Rugby John Mitchell sensationally axed him from the 23-man playing squad that is set to be announced.

The news comes as a massive blow to Cipriani who had hoped to resurrect his career in England after he cut short his spell at Melbourne Rebels.

The 25-year-old fly-half has paid the price following Sale's humiliation at the hands of Toulon.

He returned home early from a spell in Australia where controversy stemmed from late-night antics including a broken curfew and a suspension instigated by his team-mates.

After some patchy form Down Under, with particular concerns about defensive vulnerability, Cipriani's fresh start in English rugby had been seen an opportunity for him to revitalise his career and his reputation.

Arsenal need shake-up after Bradford humiliation

Arsenal need shake-up at every level following Wenger's worrying comments after Bradford humiliation

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UPDATED:

01:17 GMT, 13 December 2012

Perhaps the most worrying aspect of Tuesday's defeat at Bradford was Arsene Wenger's post-match comments that his team could not be 'faulted for effort'.

Take that at face value and he is saying that his almost first-choice XI playing to their best could not beat a League Two side. How has it come to this

Why does Arsene now preside over his weakest squad in 16 years at Arsenal The answers can be found in the way the club is run. No longer do we have passionate supporter-owners in the boardroom like Danny Fiszman and David Dein to drive the club forward.

Plenty to ponder: Wenger claimed he couldn't fault Arsenal's performance against Bradford

Plenty to ponder: Wenger claimed he couldn't fault Arsenal's performance against Bradford

Instead, we have a long-distance owner and an ageing boardroom with every member well past 70. Ivan Gazidis is a good chief executive but he seems overly focused on financial austerity and strategising about football's financial regulation rather than concentrating on getting Arsenal's bloated wage structure and patchy transfer dealings back on track.

Arsene's total control over all football matters has unfortunately compounded this situation. His inability to delegate or seek help from others has resulted in a stale environment where best practice is no longer to the fore.

Paying the penalty: League two Bradford knocked the Gunners out

Paying the penalty: League two Bradford knocked the Gunners out

Arsenal need an overhaul at every level starting with the appointment of new board members who can get the football direction of the club back on track and the manager once again playing to his strengths.

This includes instructing him to invest the considerable resources that have recently been kept in reserve. Arsene Wenger is Arsenal's greatest ever manager and always will be, but unless drastic action is taken to shake up the club and his approach, then there is sadly going to be an unhappy ending.

Unhappy ending Could Wenger's time be coming to an end at Arsenal

Unhappy ending Could Wenger's time be coming to an end at Arsenal

Manchester City v Manchester United: European knockout will help Blues – Sir Alex Ferguson

Try keeping your squad happy now, Mancini! Ferguson fires warning at rival following City's European humiliation

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UPDATED:

10:51 GMT, 7 December 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini will have an impossible job keeping his players happy after the defending Barclays Premier League champions crashed out of Europe.

City have one of the biggest – and by far the most expensive – squads in the Premier League.

Ferguson reckons playing fewer games will be an advantage to City in the title race, but believes Mancini will struggle to keep his players happy.

Exit: Manchester City crashed out of Europe this week - but Fergie reckons it will hand them an advantage

Exit: Manchester City crashed out of Europe this week – but Fergie reckons it will hand them an advantage

Sorry, Sir Alex but you're off target

Sir Alex Ferguson claimed rivals Manchester City get a 'lot of penalties' but since the start of the 2010/11 season both City and United have been awarded the same number of spot kicks.

The Manchester clubs have won 21 penalties each, with Chelsea (16) up next and Liverpool and Tottenham (13) rounding out the top four.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's Manchester derby, Ferguson said: 'It's an advantage for City. It gives
them a full week to prepare for their League games and obviously they
will be playing less games.

'I think they would rather have European football because any big team wants to play in Europe all the time. From that disappointment though
comes a definite advantage.

'Having said that they have to keep all their
players happy as they have a big squad. That's an encumbrance to them in
terms of picking the right team because everybody will want to play.'

Defeat: United were beaten in midweek by Cluj but their passage to the last 16 had already been secured

Defeat: United were beaten in midweek by Cluj but their passage to the last 16 had already been secured

Ferguson also said City are given
far too many penalties. The champions have been awarded 21 spot-kicks
since the start of the 2010/11 campaign.

'They have scored lots of goals late
in the game and they do get lots of penalties,' Ferguson added. 'If we
got that many penalties there would be an inquiry in the House of
Commons.'

Tom Cleverley will undergo a scan on his calf injury on Friday. The 23-year-old limped out of United's 1-0 Champions League defeat to Cluj on Wednesday, leaving him doubtful for Sunday's clash with City.

Scan: Cleverley limped out of United's defeat against Cluj on Wednesday

Scan: Cleverley limped out of United's defeat against Cluj on Wednesday

Ferguson added: 'Tom Cleverley is having a scan today. It is a calf. We shall see.'

Ferguson also revealed that Shinji Kagawa and Nemanja Vidic, who have both suffered knee injuries, are struggling to be fit in time for the derby match at the Etihad Stadium.

He said: 'I thought Kagawa may have a chance but he is still a bit short. He won't be available until Sunderland next week.

'Nemanja Vidic is certainly doing well in training. It is just his own confidence to play. He will be ready for Sunderland.'

United's defence has come under scrutiny following the 4-3 victory at Reading last week. And Ferguson admitted set piece defending has been worked on at the training ground since.

He said: 'Manchester City will have expected us to work on it (defending set pieces). I am sure they have (attacking them).'

Republic of Ireland 1 Germany 6: Humiliation for the Irish as Germans canter to victory

Republic of Ireland 1 Germany 6: Humiliation for the Irish as Germans canter to victory

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UPDATED:

20:54 GMT, 12 October 2012

Ireland suffered an embarrassing night in Dublin as Germany trashed Giovanni Trapattoni's men 6-1.

The hosts were quite simply hapless as the Germans showed they mean business in World Cup qualifying.

More details and pictures to follow

Happy days: German players after Miroslav Klose scored their fourth goal

Happy days: German players after Miroslav Klose scored their fourth goal

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Eye for goal: Marco Reus scores Germany's opener

Eye for goal: Marco Reus scores Germany's opener

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At the double: Reus makes it 2-0 for Germany in Dublin

At the double: Reus makes it 2-0 for Germany in Dublin

Why Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio"s humiliation of his goalkeeper Wes Foderingham is just the latest in a line of colourful incidents

Brilliant and bonkers: Why Di Canio's humiliation of his goalkeeper is just the latest in a line of colourful incidents

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UPDATED:

11:49 GMT, 3 September 2012

Twenty minutes in to the game, you’re not playing
especially well and you’ve already had to pick the ball out of your net twice.

Despite these setbacks, the last thing you expect is to be dragged off by your
boss and publicly humiliated in front of the whole stadium – after all, there’s
still 70 minutes for the team to turn it around, plenty of time.

Not if your manager happens to be a firebrand like
Paolo Di Canio. This was the fate to befall Swindon goalkeeper Wes Foderingham
on Sunday when his side found themselves 2-0 down in 20 minutes at Preston.

Humiliation: Di Canio dragged his goalkeeper, Wes Foderingham, off after 20 minutes of Swindon's defeat at Preston on Sunday, with the side trailing 2-0

Humiliation: Di Canio dragged his goalkeeper, Wes Foderingham, off after 20 minutes of Swindon's defeat at Preston on Sunday, with the side trailing 2-0

The stopper was hauled off and ranted at by the colourful
Italian as he walked unceremoniously back to the changing rooms. And the
embarrassment continued after the final whistle, with Di Canio launching into a
spectacular character assassination before the television cameras.

According to Di Canio, Foderingham was not only ‘one of
the worst players I have ever seen at a football match’ but also ‘the worst
professional… I have ever seen.’

As we all know, this outburst was just the latest
incident in the colourful career of Di Canio. Here, Sportmail looks at five
more of the Italian’s blood-boiling, temple-throbbing moments.

The Alcock
Incident

Just before half-time at Hillsborough and Sheffield
Wednesday against Arsenal is coming to the boil. An altercation between a dozen
players ends in Di Canio and Martin Keown being shown red cards by referee
Paul Alcock.

Understandably, both are aggrieved but at least Keown
leaves the field with a shred of dignity. Not so Di Canio, who, in one of the
most replayed moments in Premier League history, erupts like Mount Vesuvius and
shoves the official in the chest as though the protagonist in a slapstick play.

Alcock, who had been out of action with a bad back,
didn’t help himself by falling so theatrically he almost robbed himself of all
sympathy. A funny moment often overlooked – and pointed out by this video – is
how Nigel Winterburn, who clearly didn’t want to let the incident lie, flinched
like a petrified kitten at Di Canio’s inferno glare.

He was banned for 11 matches, fined 10,000 and moved on
at the end of the season, as Big Ron Atkinson reflected: ‘I have managed a few
nutters in my time, but Di Canio takes the biscuit.’

I want to go off!

One of the most bonkers games of the Premier League era,
so fitting that its maddest player should take centre stage. West Ham against
Bradford finished 5-4 as the Hammers fought back from 2-4 down to record a
breath-taking victory – but an amusing sub-plot involved Di Canio and his
frustrations with referee Neale Barry.

So annoyed was the Italian that Barry turned down not
one, but three, stonewall penalties he demanded manager Harry Redknapp sub him
off. After much gesticulation and finger jabbing, Di Canio broke down on the
half-way line, appealing to the dug-out to put him out of his misery.

So when West Ham did finally get a penalty and the chance
to reduce the deficit to 3-4, Di Canio wasn’t going to be denied. He snatched
the ball from Frank Lampard, who had already set it on the spot, and demanded
to take it himself.

Frank did the sensible thing – clearly a perceptive
reader of body language, and after getting a close-up look at Di Canio’s vocal
chords, he surrendered the ball and took cover behind three Bradford defenders.
Thank God the penalty went in.

The Salutes

A devoted Lazio fan as a teen, despite growing up in the
AS Roma hotbed of Quarticciolo, Di Canio sought solidarity with the club’s
Ultras – the feared ‘Irriducibili.’

In his autobiography, he recalled being tear gassed and
beaten by police, and pelted with bricks by rival fans, as he travelled around
Italy and Europe with the firm.

So when, in 2005, he scored for Lazio in the
Rome Derby he made a bee-line for his terrace comrades and greeted them with a
Fascist salute, his tattoos honouring Benito Mussolini on his shoulder plain to
see.

It confirmed many people’s assumptions that Di Canio’s
political view were more 'extreme' than most in the game.

Controversial character: Di Canio gives a straight-arm salute to the Lazio Ultras after the Rome Derby in January 2005

Controversial character: Di Canio gives a straight-arm salute to the Lazio Ultras after the Rome Derby in January 2005

Altercation with
Leon Clarke

After hanging up his boots and following the Samurai
teachings of Hagakure and Bushido in an effort to curb his brimstone
temperament, Di Canio took up his first managerial post in 2011. It’s fair to
say that most people did not expect that post to be with League Two Swindon
Town.

And it’s certainly not been dull. In the first month of
the season, Swindon went down 1-3 at home to Southampton in the League Cup and
fitness coach Claudio Donatelli decided the underperforming players needed a training
session the following morning as punishment.

Clarke, who had been at the club just 11 days, took exception
to the thought of sprint training and shooting practice, and mouthed off as he
left the field. A moment later, Di Canio was pushing him down the tunnel, the
pair at each other’s throats. Guess who won Clarke had a two year contract –
he played just two games.

Sent to the stands

There’s something about Macclesfield that brings out the
worst in Di Canio. Both matches against the Silkmen in Swindon’s promotion
campaign led to that legendary temper flaring.

In September, the Robins lost 2-0 at Moss Rose and in a
typically microphone-busting, ten to the dozen post-match interview, Di Canio
strayed into the murky waters of football philosophy with this bizarre dog
analogy:

‘With some players, if he has a Chihuahua character, I
can’t make a Chihuahua into a Rottweiler. He could be a proud Chihuahua but he
remains a Chihuahua. So many players at the moment are Chihuahuas away from
home. This is the truth.’ Indeed.

And in the return match in January, which Swindon won
1-0, he was banished to the stands for ranting when his side weren’t awarded a
free-kick which led to this wonderful, gabbling post-match interview.


P.S. But not forgetting the genius and the sportsmanship

Di Canio's best goals for West Ham

THAT goal at Old Trafford

A moment of great sportsmanship at Goodison Park

Paolo Di Canio rants at keeper Wes Foderingham

He's the worst! Furious Di Canio hauls keeper Foderingham off after just 20 minutes

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UPDATED:

08:32 GMT, 3 September 2012

Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio launched into an astonishing rant at keeper Wes Foderingham after hauling him off during his side's 4-1 defeat to Preston on Sunday.

The 21-year-old was substituted after just 21 minutes with his side 2-0 down and headed straight for the tunnel.

Di Canio's public humiliation of Foderingham comes just a week after he went more than 1,000 minutes without conceding a goal.

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Rant: Paolo Di Canio hauled Wes Foderingham (right) off against Swindon

Rant: Paolo Di Canio hauled Wes Foderingham (right) off against Swindon

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When asked why he withdrew Foderingham so early, the Town boss said: 'Because he was one of the worst players I have ever seen in a football match. He is a player like the others.

'Why can’t we change the goalkeeper Is the goalkeeper is an element who plays on with another team because he has a different colour on his shirt I know my players, I know Wes – he was the crappy player even against Stoke.

'Today what he did, it’s not only the mistake that can happen to everyone. The arrogance later, when he started moaning to the others, that was the worst thing for me because it let me realise that a player doesn’t recognise his mistakes that was clear miles away, that was a rubbish mistake.

'I said to him “now calm because we have to keep going”, we give the ball straight away to them and then start again moaning to the others.

'Today he started behaving as the worst professional; arrogant, ignorant in some way – not as a person, as an athlete – I have ever seen.

'If he doesn’t come out and say sorry to the fans, for the professionalism in general, he is out from my team. I don’t want any argument from the fans ‘we play Oxford, we have a season’ – no.

'I don’t mind because this is my rules and [Leigh] Bedwell did very, very well. Maybe he behaved like this because the window’s closed. Another question mark.

'I’m ready to bring in a goalkeeper. I’m ready to ask my chairman if he doesn’t go out and say sorry to everybody because this has to come from the stomach and from the heart.

'If he doesn’t think he made a mistake in the way he behaved he has to think who he is Cech

'He was nothing until the day he joined me, not the club but me. He didn’t have one second as a professional, nobody wanted him because he’s 181cm. In English football everybody want 199 like the f***ing Preston goalkeeper.

'He should have his career cut and you know that is true, but just because we believed in him and there is no importance in that because he is very good – thanks to him because he did well last year – he forgot everything. He is arrogant, he’s still 20. He thinks he’s untouchable.'

Foderingham was at fault for Preston's opener after five mintues when he failed to cope with a challenge from Stuart Bevon, allowing Akop Sodje to open the scoring.

Nicky Wroe added a second before Foderingham was replaced by 18-year-old Bedwell.

Beavon made it 3-0 just before the break before Raffaele De Vita pulled a goal back in the 57th minute.

John Welsh’s 30-yard effort sealed Preston’s win.

Robin van Persie returns to scene of 8-2 humiliation to make Man United debut

What a difference a year makes as Van Persie returns to scene of 8-2 humiliation

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22:06 GMT, 24 August 2012

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22:06 GMT, 24 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Robin van Persie begins his Manchester
United career in earnest when he makes his home debut against Fulham in
the Barclays Premier League on Saturday. Whether he realises that an
anniversary is at hand is another matter.

After the disappointment of Monday
night's defeat at Everton, Van Persie is sure to start for his new club
at Old Trafford, a year to the weekend since one of the most
demoralising experiences of his footballing life.

Spot pain: Van Persie misses a penalty in 2011

Spot pain: Van Persie misses a penalty in 2011

Manchester United 8 Arsenal 2 perhaps stood out as the most remarkable scoreline of a series of peculiar results in matches between the top teams last season.

The fact that Manchester City won 5-1 at Tottenham on the same day – August 28 – and ended up being overshadowed perhaps illustrates the point.

What is more pertinent, though, is the fact that day – more than any other – revealed to Van Persie just how far Arsenal had fallen behind a team they used to consider rivals for the top position in the Premier League.

When placed in that context, it's hard to understand anyone who criticises the 29-year-old's decision to swap London for Manchester.

Van Persie played and missed a penalty that day.

All smiles: Van Persie and Michael Carrick in training

All smiles: Van Persie and Michael Carrick in training

On Saturday he returns to that particular pitch for the first time. In all likelihood he will partner Wayne Rooney, the United centre forward who scored three of his team's eight goals a year ago.

The two men did spend 22 minutes playing together at Goodison Park on Monday night after Van Persie was sent on as substitute to help chase the game against David Moyes's team.

On Saturday, however we should be able to form some idea of just how this partnership is going to work

'I'm excited about watching it myself,' said United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. 'Robin is a very, very good player and he brings a maturity to us up front. 'I am looking forward to starting him …when he starts. It's important that he brings something to the team. His goals record last year was fantastic. I hope he can do this for us and give us more of an edge.

'Wayne got 30-something last season and has been improving on his goalscoring for the last two or three years.

'We need a contribution from all the strikers. Chicho (Javier Hernandez) is capable and Danny Welbeck gives us something different. We have fantastic options and that's part of the attraction now.'

Hot shots: Wayne Rooney (right) and Van Persie

Hot shots: Wayne Rooney (right) and Van Persie

Last season at Arsenal, Van Persie carried the load of sole goal-scoring responsibility. The Holland star scored 30 times in the league, a staggering 22 goals ahead of the club's second highest scorer Theo Walcott.

At Old Trafford, Rooney scored 27 league goals and, even though he was backed up by 10 from Hernandez and useful single-figure contributions from Welbeck (nine), Nani (eight) and Dimitar Berbatov (seven), it is clear that both members of United's new strike partnership will be quite glad to see each other.

Ferguson – still vexed by losing last season's title on goal difference – has already vowed that his team will score more times than last season's 89.

With Rooney and Van Persie, one would imagine United certainly have a chance.

How they line up will certainly be intriguing and perhaps provide a pointer for the season. The talented Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa impressed against Everton and it is hard to see him being left out, meaning that there is room for only one of Welbeck, Nani, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia.

Threat: Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa

Threat: Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa

'Shinji's goalscoring record is better than most players in that position,' said Ferguson. 'His past two years at Dortmund showed that. I think that will come. I think he will score goals for us.

'He will also create chances as he did on Monday. That shows he has the vision and passing ability to open up defences.

'You need a full squad at this level. We have 27 or 28 players.

'There are lots of games and you pick up injuries. We have a strong squad and we are going to use it. There will be opportunities for all the players to contribute to whatever we go on to achieve.'

Ferguson revealed none of the four injured central defenders absent against Everton will be available. Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand trained on Friday but neither will make it, meaning Michael Carrick continues in defence with Paul Scholes in midfield.

But it will be at the other end of the field that the intrigue lies this afternoon.

Fulham actually scored five times themselves in beating Norwich last weekend, but that stroll in the sun could well be a distant memory by 5pm.