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Lewis Hamilton warned by Sir Jackie Stewart not to get carried away with own importance – F1

Don't get carried away with your own importance, Lewis! Legend Stewart fires warning to Mercedes star

By
Ian Parkes, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

15:48 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

16:01 GMT, 29 January 2013

Sir Jackie Stewart has urged Lewis Hamilton not to get carried away with his own celebrity if he is to propel Mercedes forward this year.

Hamilton last week embarked on a new era in his Formula One career at Mercedes after six seasons with McLaren, a team he initially joined at the age of just 13.

There is no doubt Hamilton has taken a significant gamble, but the need to savour pastures new has been his driving force in signing up to the German manufacturing giant for the next three years.

Lewis Hamilton

Sir Jackie Stewart

In black and white: Lewis Hamilton must find the right balance to win titles, according to Sir Jackie Stewart

It is also almost certain Hamilton will enjoy greater freedom off track than was the case at McLaren, considering the emphasis placed on sponsorship commitments by the Woking-based marque on their drivers.

However, three-times champion Stewart feels Hamilton needs to make sure such liberty does not go to his head.

Hamilton can boast a pop-star girlfriend in Nicole Scherzinger and an array of friends from the music world, while there are suggestions he is planning on making his own music.

Bearing in mind Hamilton's desire to transform Mercedes into a winning team, Stewart is hoping the 28-year-old does not let his focus drift elsewhere.

New kid on the block: Hamilton ended his lengthy association with McLaren to join Mercedes on a three-year deal

New kid on the block: Hamilton ended his association with McLaren to join Mercedes on a three-year deal

Stewart said: 'Personally, if I'd been Lewis, I wouldn't have left McLaren. 'But as a 28-year-old, he should know what he is doing now.

'You just have to be damn careful you don't get carried away with your own importance, your own celebrity, or your own schedule outside of being in the cockpit. It can be quite intoxicating.

'What Lewis needs to do is have more consistently good drives, never mind the mechanical issues, and he shouldn't be distracted, something he should keep in the back of his mind.

'It's about who you hang out with, what you do in your off time, how you are committing your off time towards your real time – and your real time is being a racing driver.'

Famous faces: The British racer can boast a pop-star girlfriend in X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger

Famous faces: The British racer can boast a pop-star girlfriend in X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger

Such efforts will be noticed by team principal Ross Brawn, who has been accustomed to working with one of the greats in seven-times champion Michael Schumacher.

Although the last three years failed to produce the results hoped for by Schumacher prior to stepping back into retirement, the German was renowned for his meticulous and methodical nature in working with his engineers.

Stewart added: 'The Ross Brawn factor is important. 'He knows how to do it, and Lewis will have to work with him and depend on him, and Lewis, in time, will have to deliver.

'Ross has worked with drivers who have really delivered. He worked with Schumacher from Benetton all the way through, and he knows how much Michael put in.

'Therefore he will think Lewis will have to put as much into that team, time-wise, commitment-wise, not just race-time wise, as Michael did.

That's going to be quite demanding, but there's no reason why he shouldn't go straight in and be competitive up front, not at all.'

With just one victory in the last three years, though, since Mercedes returned to F1, the pressure is on both Brawn and Hamilton to deliver.

'Daimler (Mercedes' parent company), are only interested in being up front and being the best,' said Stewart.

'If they're not going to be that, it's a five-minute decision for the Mercedes-Benz board to withdraw from motor racing if there's another recession and they're not selling cars. 'In that respect, they're slightly vulnerable.'

Didier Drogba returning to Chelsea to train

Drogba's coming back to Chelsea… but only to train ahead of Africa Cup of Nations

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11:43 GMT, 11 November 2012

Didier Drogba is heading back to Chelsea…. but only to train after the season with Shanghai Shenhua in China ended.

The Blues legend wants to maintain fitness in the build-up to the Africa Cup of nations tournament which begins in January.

The striker's last kick in a Chelsea shirt was the final penalty to win the Champions League final last May.

Comeback kid: Drogba is hoping to train with his former team-mates

Comeback kid: Drogba is hoping to train with his former team-mates

And he could be gracing the Cobham training ground once again, if he receives permission, of course.

Drogba said: 'It will first be necessary that I ask permission to Shanghai and Chelsea also.

'If everyone agrees, it is possible I will go and train there until the African Cup starts.

'But that is all it will be.'

Out on a high: Drogba's final appearance for Chelsea was in the Champions League final

Out on a high: Drogba's final appearance for Chelsea was in the Champions League final

Nick Powell can replace Paul Scholes, says Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson

Powell is ready made Scholes replacement, says United boss Sir Alex

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13:53 GMT, 16 September 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson is tipping Nick Powell to eventually replace Paul Scholes at Manchester United.

Powell is presently 699 United appearances and 154 goals behind Scholes following his scoring debut in a 4-0 win over Wigan.

Yet in pure age terms, he is actually in front of the legendary midfielder.
Scholes was approaching his 20th birthday when he made his first-team debut for the Red Devils.

New kid on the block: Powell scored on his debut for United

New kid on the block: Powell scored on his debut for United

It was an eye-catching start all right, netting twice in a League Cup tie at Port Vale to launch one of the most illustrious careers English football has ever known.

Powell was not even born at the time. But already the teenager shares a couple of traits with his new team-mate.

His superb goal means the 18-year-old's debut will be remembered. And, just like Scholes, he is not comfortable talking to the media. Not that Ferguson is fussed about that.

'Nick Powell is going to be a really good player,' he said. 'He has a great temperament, is two-footed and quick. He is a good physical specimen and has terrific vision.

'We hope Powell fills Paul Scholes' boots. For an 18-year-old boy it has been a terrific day.'

Although he accepted an invitation to speak to Manchester United's own TV channel after the game, not even MUTV could put Powell at ease as the former Crewe man tiptoed into the limelight.

'When I first came out onto the pitch, the crowd scared me a little bit,' he said.

'I am only used to 5,000 people every now and then. It is a great feeling but I will keep myself on the ground.'

Powell did admit he is learning a great deal from training alongside Scholes.

'It is unbelievable. He has so much experience,' he said. 'He came off when I came on but it was great to be on the pitch with the lot of them, especially Scholes making his 700th appearance for United.'

Scholes prodded United in front at the start of the second half, with Javier Hernandez and another debutant Alexander Buttner also on target before Powell struck.

Evergreen: Veteran Scholes was on the scoresheet again for United

Evergreen: Veteran Scholes was on the scoresheet again for United

Evergreen: Veteran Scholes was on the scoresheet again for United

Latics boss Roberto Martinez reacted angrily after the match, claiming – perhaps with some justification – that Danny Welbeck had dived to win United an early penalty and should later have been sent off for a rash tackle on Franco di Santo.

That pales into insignificance, though, against the serious potential for trouble at Anfield next Sunday when United become the first visitors to Liverpool since this week's damning judgement on Hillsborough.

The deaths of 96 supporters at the FA Cup semi-final in 1989 has been used as a baiting tool by United fans, who had been taunted for years about the Munich tragedy, in which eight of their own players were amongst the 21 who lost their lives.

Previously, Ferguson has written to supporters urging them to moderate their behaviour and spoke at length about the common threads that unite England's two most successful clubs on Friday.

However, although it was sung only once, a clearly inflammatory song was aired by a section of the Stretford End yesterday, prompting an immediate reaction from both club and fans' groups.

A United spokesperson said the club 'deplore' such songs.

In a statement, United said: 'The manager has made the club's position very clear on this matter. It is now up to the fans to respect that.'

The fear is that in a powder keg atmosphere, made worse by last season's racism row involving Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez, will not take much to spill over into something particularly distasteful.

Stroll in the Park: United were comfortable victors over Wigan - new boy Buttner was in the goals too

Stroll in the Park: United were comfortable victors over Wigan – new boy Buttner was in the goals too

Stroll in the Park: United were comfortable victors over Wigan - new boy Buttner was in the goals too

It has led to the Manchester United Supporters Trust to take the unusual step of appealing for calm.

'Following this week's developments and release of revelatory information on the Hillsborough tragedy, MUST wishes to make it absolutely clear that just as we condemn chants mocking the Munich air disaster we also condemn any chants relating to Hillsborough or indeed any other human tragedy,' said chief executive Duncan Drasdo.

'We did hear the usual anti-Liverpool chants at the match today but we're pleased to say there was nothing that was specifically referencing Hillsborough.

'Any attempt to suggest otherwise is irresponsible given the forthcoming fixture between the clubs and furthermore risks needlessly upsetting the bereaved families further at a time when they are understandably trying to find closure.

'We enjoy a fierce rivalry but these issues transcend that rivalry. We agree 100 per cent with the statement made by Sir Alex Ferguson – this is the time for supporters of these two great clubs to represent their clubs with the integrity and honour that our glorious history demands.'

Martin Samuel: Brendan Rodgers – you"ll never work alone

In the era of the owner-manager, you'll never work alone

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This has been football's summer of the owner-manager. Meet the new kid on the block.

The most important employee at the club used to be the man who picked the team. Now it is the man who picks the team from which the team is picked. And that isn’t the manager. Not any more.

Changing rules have created changed empowerment. It is not enough to know what is best for the team these days. The manager may think he needs a centre half, but this information is factored in with other policies, cash expectancy, the rafts of red tape now wrapped around what was a simple process of buying the best fit for the starting XI.

Clubs like Manchester United seem very old hat these days.

Working conditions: Brendan Rodgers has endured a tricky start to his reign as Liverpool manager

Working conditions: Brendan Rodgers has endured a tricky start to his reign as Liverpool manager

Ask the best qualified football person
at the club to identify the areas requiring improvement, then act on
his opinion: where is the strategy in that Far better to do it the
Roman Abramovich way.

Sugar daddy knows best.

Except there are not that many
owner-managers with Abramovich's resources, who can afford to get it
wrong (Luiz Felipe Scolari, Andre Villas-Boas, Juan Veron, Andriy
Shevchenko) and right (Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Didier Drogba,
Eden Hazard), and sometimes by accident (Roberto Di Matteo) with such
dramatic changes of direction yet still remain successful.

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Many clubs therefore resort to plan B.
Bean counter knows best; or Billy Beane counter knows best if your
owner happens to be a disciple of the statistical-financial analysis
method known as Moneyball.

Take Liverpool. If we are to believe
John W Henry’s open letter to supporters this week, the club were tied
in knots this summer pursuing a transfer policy of such fiendish
complexity and vision, that they were left with one top-class forward in
Luis Suarez, yet remain on course for success.

So, to borrow a phrase from Henry’s
side of the water, shall we cut the crap There are reasons to be
positive about Liverpool, but few were contained in Henry’s missive.

Liverpool did not fail to land Clint
Dempsey or anyone else this summer, due to an evangelical belief in
financial fair play. Liverpool 2012 were not greatly disadvantaged by
the mistakes of Tom Hicks or George Gillett, either, although they were
plentiful at the time.

And Liverpool certainly did not end up
light on strikers due to a long-term plan so sophisticated that the
Fenway Sports Group — in football for less than two years and confessed
novices — understand it, but those who have followed the game all their
lives remain mystified.

Put simply, a very rich man was burnt
in the transfer market last summer, feels he did not get value for money
and has determined it will not happen again. He blames those he
considered to be experts and will no longer trust mere football
expertise.

Sadly, his manager, Brendan Rodgers,
now counts as an expert, too. So while Rodgers is one voice having a say
on transfer policy, he no longer carries the argument without various
stamps of approval, meaning Liverpool’s spending is managed by
committee. A committee that inadvertently overlooked the need for goals.

That is what often happens with
committees. Somebody thinks somebody else read the memo, and then it
gets put to the bottom of the out-tray, and this one was on holiday and
that one didn’t see it as his remit or was too worried to speak up in
case he said the wrong thing, and the rest have four different opinions
and the next thing you know Suarez is leading the line solo and
Manchester United have signed Robin van Persie; because the manager
wanted him.

Close-knit team: Gone are the days when the manager was the most important employee at a football club

Close-knit team: Gone are the days when the manager was the most important employee at a football club

There will be a lot of this now that
UEFA have given the owners an excuse to say no. Time was that the board
alone took responsibility for resisting the manager’s wishes. It was an
executive call and the chairman had to front up. Now the big chief hides
behind bigger chiefs.

‘We are avowed proponents of UEFA’s
financial fair play agenda that was this week reiterated by Michel
Platini, something we heartily applaud,’ read Henry’s statement to fans.
‘We must comply with financial fair play guidelines that ensure
spending is tied to income.’

And the extra 1million required to secure Dempsey from Fulham would have influenced that how

Are we to seriously consider that
Liverpool are within 1m of being thrown out of Europe, or that the club
do not employ one business brain capable of moving numbers between
columns to satisfy UEFA over such a comparably inconsequential sum

Leeds used to be the under-investors'
alibi, now it is Portsmouth. ‘We don’t want to end up like Leeds,’ the
chairman would note sagely, as if there was no middle ground between
taking a 100m punt with money you don’t have and managing steady
decline.

‘What has happened at Portsmouth
demonstrates the need for prudence,’ it is now added, as if correlation
exists between investing money without strings attached, and giving and
demanding repayment almost in the same breath.

The Manchester City project would be
grievously flawed if Sheik Mansour was only loaning, rather than
gifting, a portion of his vast wealth. Unreasonably swift owner
reimbursement killed Portsmouth; not thoroughly reasonable ambition.

Supporters love to believe they are being consulted and that is what Henry’s open letter offered; the illusion of a partnership.

Keeping a close eye: Liverpool owner John W Henry was forced into releasing a statement this week

Keeping a close eye: Liverpool owner John W Henry was forced into releasing a statement this week

Henry was ‘as disappointed as anyone’
that Liverpool could not find another striker. The difference being that
he had the power to influence the process, while just ‘anyone’ didn’t.
Indeed, little of what Henry said stood up to much scrutiny.

‘Spending is not merely about buying
talent,’ he added. Oh yes it is. That is all it is about. What else is
there to spending, other than the acquisition of talent

The talent can be groomed for the
future, or come ready to start next Saturday. But there has to be
talent. If not, what are Liverpool actually buying

‘These are the first steps in
restoring one of the world’s great clubs to its proper status,’ Henry
insisted, ‘there is a clear vision at work.’ No there isn’t.

What is clear about stating a
preference for a young manager, and then appointing 60-year-old Kenny
Dalglish; or buying a player for the British record transfer fee, Andy
Carroll at 35m, and then appointing another manager, Rodgers, whose
preferred style of play would plainly find no role for him

Where is the vision in letting Carroll
go on loan for a paltry 1.5m payment, without finding an adequate
replacement This isn’t a plan, it’s a grope in the darkness.

Rodgers said he would not work with a
director of football, but has instead seen a committee of transfer
overseers installed around him. David Fallows and Barry Hunter have been
recruited from Manchester City as senior scouts — they are not yet
available for work, but one presumes can answer a telephone and give
advice on the QT — while Michael Edwards is Liverpool’s head of
analytics. There are now a lot of voices in Henry’s ear.

Taking its time: Steven Gerrard and some other reliable Reds have looked unsure of themselves

Taking its time: Steven Gerrard and some other reliable Reds have looked unsure of themselves

The deal for Joe Allen from Swansea
City took longer than expected because of an internal debate over
whether he was worth 15m, and somebody told Henry that Dempsey was too
old to command 6m, and it wasn’t Rodgers.

This is another consequence of
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Similar struggle: Andre Villas-Boas

Abramovich was years ahead of his
time. Thanks to Platini, the era of the owner-manager has arrived. Henry
did not much fancy Dempsey at 6m, so did not make any great attempt to
sign him, yet Rodgers’s input could at least be detected in buying
Allen and Fabio Borini.

Daniel Levy, chairman of Tottenham,
would appear to be taking the practice a stage further. The most forlorn
plea of the summer came from his manager Villas-Boas.

‘The window should finish at the
beginning of the season,’ he said. ‘It’s extremely unfair for players,
clubs and managers as they prepare.’

Of course, the transfer window could
as good as finish at the beginning of July, no matter the actual
deadline. It just needs a club to do their business early, something
Levy will never sanction in case he misses the sniff of a deal. So he
holds out on Luka Modric until the last moment, and signs Dempsey and
goalkeeper Hugo Lloris so late that they miss the game with Norwich
City.

The deal for Joao Moutinho becomes
such a scramble that it does not get done at all. Funny that,
considering he was the one player Villas-Boas appeared to covet.

And where is Villas-Boas in
Tottenham’s recruitment policy It is hard to say. He got Mousa Dembele
from Fulham, but did not start him against Norwich. Now Villas-Boas says
there is no guarantee Lloris will get straight into the team, provoking
immediate talk of discontent from France, where the former Lyon
goalkeeper has joined up with Didier Deschamps’ national squad.

Villas-Boas’s behaviour suggests the players he did get were hardly priorities.

So did Levy want Lloris and Dembele so
badly that these deals were struck ahead of that for Moutinho; or did
he not really fancy Moutinho, dragging his heels until the transfer was
timed out

Obstructions including a 15 per cent
slice of third-party ownership were blamed for hindering the Moutinho
negotiation, yet a way to avoid that would have been to get the process
started earlier, when Villas-Boas joined, and when there would have been
months, not hours to iron out the wrinkles.

Welcome to the world of the
owner-manager, where your pound buys more — or less if some suit in the
back office doesn’t like what he’s seen on YouTube.

Swearing isn't caring

The most bizarre view advanced at the Paralympic Games concerns cyclist Jody Cundy and his furious, expletive-strewn reaction to being disqualified from the one-kilometre time trial. Apparently, it showed how much Paralympic sport matters.

To pursue this logic, a foul-mouthed outburst directed at the referee during an Under 11 football match this weekend is merely a demonstration of passion and reveals junior really cares about the outcome.

Sledging from some pot-bellied slip fielder in the Sunday fourths would be another example of a sportsman announcing the importance of his sport. As we know, this isn’t true.

Treating the officials or an opponent with basic courtesy and respect does not mean you care less. Belligerence does not mean extra significance. In the search for meaning and message at the Paralympics, some people need to emote less and think more.

Temper, temper: Jody Cundy turned the air blue at the Velodrome after being disqualified

Temper, temper: Jody Cundy turned the air blue at the Velodrome after being disqualified

It's a sad state of affairs

When Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson
conceded defeat, saying Real Madrid was the player’s great love and he
could no longer obstruct his dream. Now, three years on, Ronaldo says he
is sad and the club know why.

Despite his protestations to the
contrary on Tuesday, he is believed to want to up his wages from
13million annually to nearer 25m.

Seriously, if it is not enough to
earn tens of millions playing for your favourite club, who are also the
Spanish champions, sadness might not be your problem. It’s time to pack
it in.

Uncertain future: Cristiano Ronaldo claims he is unhappy at Real Madrid, but hasn't explained exactly why

Uncertain future: Cristiano Ronaldo claims he is unhappy at Real Madrid, but hasn't explained exactly why

Man, we love City
UEFA may not approve of Manchester City but they are not above making a
few quid off their back. The first issue of Champions magazine this
season had Roberto Mancini on the cover. This time last year it was the
newly acquired Sergio Aguero. What would UEFA have done to promote their
tournament with its tired elite, repeating the same old fixtures, if
City had not come along

Arsenal will meet Olympiakos in this season’s group stage. Just as they did in 2011. And 2009. Fascinating.

A true Blue Yeah right

Following his hat-trick against Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup, it is no
surprise that Colombian striker Falcao of Atletico Madrid is being
linked with a switch to England.

‘It’s very likely,’ said his father,
Radamel Garcia. ‘He has always wanted to play in the Premier League,
ever since he was a boy he has loved Chelsea. I spoke to Falcao
yesterday. The release clause in his contract is about 43million, but
he doesn’t want to talk figures.’

No, he very much sounds the loyal
sort. And not at all opportunistic, which is nice. (/09/04/article-2198312-14C6D660000005DC-649_634x413.jpg” width=”634″ height=”413″ alt=”Give me a hug: Radamel Falcao has, his father claims, loved Chelsea since he was a boy” class=”blkBorder” />

Give me a hug: Radamel Falcao has, his father claims, loved Chelsea since he was a boy

Big money but no big crowds

Hulk, the Brazilian striker, has gone to Zenit St Petersburg for a fee
of 32million. A similar sum was paid for Axel Witsel from Benfica this
summer.

Yet Zenit’s last home gate for their
match with Rubin Kazan was 20,500, roughly the average for Nottingham
Forest this season. Last season’s mean was 19,687.

No doubt Michel Platini will take
great delight in telling his new friends in the east that their numbers
do not add up; or maybe he won’t.

Money movers: Axel Witsel and Hulk have moved to Zenit St Petersburg for about 60m

Money movers: Axel Witsel and Hulk have moved to Zenit St Petersburg for about 60m

Money movers: Axel Witsel and Hulk have moved to Zenit St Petersburg for about 60m

Same old argument

Roy Hodgson will quite probably be berated for his assertion that Frank
Lampard and Steven Gerrard can play together. The difference is that
unlike Sven Goran Eriksson, who created this problem, he might be
prepared to coach such an arrangement.

Fabio Capello made it work, too, on
the way to the 2010 World Cup when he used them in different parts of
the midfield — Lampard guarding, Gerrard wide forward — in a successful
qualifying campaign.

Arsene Wenger: Trust me (but is Olivier Giroud the new Gervinho?)

Trust me, says Wenger… but is Giroud the new Gervinho

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21:30 GMT, 26 August 2012

Arsene Wenger called for Arsenal's supporters to trust his judgment as Robin van Persie's departure was once more keenly felt at the Britannia Stadium.

Wenger's attack followed up last week's blank against Sunderland by firing another one in the Potteries during a goalless draw with Stoke as the replacements for the departed RVP failed to find their cutting edge.

Feeling the strain, Arsene: The Arsenal boss has called on fans to trust him

Feeling the strain, Arsene: The Arsenal boss has called on fans to trust him

Neither Lukas Podolski nor Olivier Giroud convinced and there was little from Gervinho on a day when defences were on top.

But Wenger asked for patience after the final whistle, saying the Gunners will make good that loss by several players chipping in, saying: 'I'm having the same questions now with Robin van Persie as I did when Thierry Henry left.

Under fire: But Wenger has eased the growing pressure on new boy Giroud

Under fire: But Wenger has eased the growing pressure on new boy Giroud

'Last season I had to answer, “Why do you play Van Persie as a centre forward” And you don't have to convince me that we have lost an exceptional player. I was the first to say that.

'We have to get around that by sharing more of the goals than we did before with Van Persie. If Giroud scores 20 and Podolski scores 20, we will get goals. I'm convinced about that.

New kid on the block: Podolski is still finding his feet at Arsenal

New kid on the block: Podolski is still finding his feet at Arsenal

'We have to share them around. But, a month ago, they did not know each other. The understanding is missing, but it will come.

'We have work to do on the training ground but you can feel the potential. The understanding can come quickly. But the more it is spoken about, the bigger the problem becomes.

'Giroud should not think he is a replacement for Van Persie in the number of goals. We want to play as a team and if we play well as a team, we will score goals.'

Olivier Giroud v Gervinho

The ill-will between the two clubs was never far from the surface but failed to flare up as the teams, well managed by referee Lee Mason, just about kept their tempers.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis said: 'I'm pleased with a point, although we were disappointing going forward. We looked unbalanced, but our commitment was first-class. As a club, we must never become blase about taking a point from the likes of Arsenal.'

Newcastle v Tottenham live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Newcastle v Tottenham – the action from the Sports Direct Arena as it happens

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Follow Sportsmail's coverage on the opening day of the new Premier League season as Newcastle host Tottenham at the Sports Direct Arena. Alan Pardew's side will look to build on their highly impressive fifth place finish last season but face a Spurs team under new management in Andre Villas-Boas. Send me your thoughts on the action here at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

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New kid on the block: Gylfi Sigurdsson is set to make his Tottenham debut

New kid on the block: Gylfi Sigurdsson is set to make his Tottenham debut

Sondre Rossbach"s Manchester United arrival on hold

Norwegian starlet's Old Trafford arrival delayed after ankle op

Norwegian goalkeeper Sondre Rossbach's pending arrival at Manchester United has been put on hold following an ankle operation.

The 16-year-old son of former Norway keeper Einar Rossbach was recommended by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

New kid on the block: Sir Alex will have to wait for Rossbach's arrival

New kid on the block: Sir Alex will have to wait for Rossbach's arrival

Chris Eubank Jnr beats Jason Ball

Eubank Jnr comes through tough test with narrow points win over Ball

Chris Eubank Jnr maintained his unbeaten record with a narrow points win over Jason Ball in Sheffield.

Eubank, 22, was given a fright in what was just his second professional bout as Ball finished the stronger.

But the Brighton fighter, who is following in the footsteps of his famous father, was awarded a 58-56 victory on the scorecards.

Boxing clever: Chris Eubank Jnr (left) beat Jason Ball in Sheffield

Boxing clever: Chris Eubank Jnr (left) beat Jason Ball in Sheffield

'I did what I had to do and came away with the win. I only used my left hand,' said Eubank Jnr.

'In training a few days ago I jarred my right and knew I wasn't going to be able to use it tonight. But I'm not going to pull out of fights with injuries.'

Eubank Senior, who supported his son from ringside, said: 'For him to beat a fighter of his experience with only one hand is exceptional. I'm happy.'

On the same bill, Kid Galahad beat Jason Booth for the vacant WBC Intercontinental super-bantamweight title.