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Sam Allardyce confirms he wants to keep Andy Carroll at Upton Park after two-goal display

I want him to stay: Allardyce confirms desire to keep Carroll at Upton Park after his two-goal display against West Brom

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

19:44 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:50 GMT, 30 March 2013

Sam Allardyce cautiously underlined his desire to keep Andy Carroll at Upton Park next season after watching the striker fire West Ham to a vital 3-1 victory over West Brom.

Carroll has endured a difficult time in east London since he arrived on loan from Liverpool last summer, but he looked back to his menacing best today, scoring a fine brace which eased any lingering fears of relegation for Allardyce's men.

The 24-year-old fired a bullet header past Ben Foster to put West Ham 1-0 up and he then sealed the victory with one of the goals of the season following Gary O'Neil's strike.

Flying : The on-loan striker celebrates his goal

Loan ranger: Carroll notched his third goal of the season with a thumping header

Carroll watched the ball come over his shoulder after James Collins had sent a long punt up field and he volleyed past Foster with his right foot from a tight angle.

When asked whether he would like to retain the 6ft 3in striker's services next season, the West Ham manager said: 'The answer to that would be yes.

'There is always a possibility. We will look at the end of the season and we will se what negotiations can be done.'

Carroll's time in London has been blighted by injury, but he is now fully fit and judging by today's performance, it will only be a matter of time before he earns an international recall.

Opener: Carroll (centre) heads home O'Neil's cross to give West Ham the lead

In the air: Carroll headed home to give the Iron an early lead

Roy Hodgson omitted Carroll from his squad for the double-header against San Marino and Montenegro, but when the England manager comes to watch the footage of today's game at Upton Park, he will be impressed, Allardyce reckons.

'That was the best we have seen of him here,' Allardyce added.

'Because he has put two goals in, on top of a good performance.

'I hope this kicks him on to being a regular scorer for us in the next eight games.

'He is in a good frame of mind now and finally after a long wait his fitness is good and that's why you are seeing these performances and the goals are coming.'

West Ham are now two points short of the 38-point mark Allardyce thinks the club will need to avoid relegation.

Happy Hammers: West Ham players celebrate Carrol's early effort

Happy Hammers: West Ham now sit six points off the relegation zone with 36 points

The only disappointment for the West Ham boss today was the fact that he is likely to be without George McCartney for the rest of the season after he hobbled off with the same knee injury that had kept him out of the previous four months.

'I would have thought (he will miss the rest of the season),” Allardyce said of the left-back.

'It's a recurrence of the same injury, his medial ligaments, which is a very big disappointment for him and for us.

Downcast: Steve Clarke was disappointed with his side after the 3-1 defeat

Downcast: Steve Clarke was disappointed with his side after the 3-1 defeat

'That was the only downside for us today. Otherwise, it was a great day for us.

'It was a great performance and it takes us ever closer to that safety margin.'

West Brom were poor throughout
today's encounter. Aside from a deflected Romelu Lukaku free-kick in the
first half, Jussi Jaaskelainen barely had a save to make.

The only time the Baggies beat the Finn was three minutes from the end courtesy of a Graham Dorrans penalty.

West Brom boss Steve Clarke said: 'I can have no complaints about the result. West Ham deserved to win.

'It was a difficult afternoon but we haven't had too many of those this season.'

Clarke will speak to Youssouf Mulumbu tomorrow about his red card for petulantly kicking the ball at O'Neil in injury time.

'I said to the group after the game that they must control their frustrations,' the Scot said.

'It doesn't affect today's game but it affects our group and our squad and the next three games.
“We have a small group and it's a big loss for us.

'The time to speak about it is tomorrow. He probably did it out of frustration.'

We weren"t involved in doping, says former Liverpool star Sander Westerveld

EXCLUSIVE: We weren't involved in doping, says former Liverpool star Westerveld

By
Martha Kelner

PUBLISHED:

00:56 GMT, 10 February 2013

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UPDATED:

00:56 GMT, 10 February 2013

Former Liverpool star Sander Westerveld, who played for the top Spanish team now at the centre of doping allegations, has denied using any banned substances during his four years at Real Sociedad.

But the 38-year-old former Holland goalkeeper claimed that 'spaghetti and steak was not enough' to cope with the rigours of European football and he admitted taking permitted supplements.

Denial: Sander Westerveld has denied using any banned substances

Denial: Sander Westerveld has denied using any banned substances

Real Sociedad were plunged into controversy last week when a former president, Inaki Badiola, made allegations of a relationship between the club and 'doping doctor' Eufemiano Fuentes, currently on trial in Spain for breaking public health laws.

Fuentes is alleged to have overseen the doping of hundreds of sportsmen, most notably cyclists. He has also admitted working with unnamed footballers, boxers, tennis players and athletes.

Westerveld, who was at Anfield from 1999-2001 before joining Real Sociedad, where he played until 2005, claimed that permitted intravenous injections were given to aid players' recovery times after matches as a matter of course.

'It all depended on the fixtures and the amount of games you were playing,' said Westerveld.

'There is a lot of legal help you can get. It was routine but not every week. With Champions League football you sometimes had four games in 10 days and needed some extra help.

'You can't do that with only spaghetti and steaks – you need some vitamin injections and then, when the winter kicks in, you need a flu injection and maybe you have a blood test which shows you are lacking iron and you will have an iron injection.'

Westerveld said he is shocked by Badiola's claims that illegal drugs might have been used at the club.

'I will not put my hands into the fire and say doping didn't happen at Real Sociedad but I did not take anything illegal and I would be absolutely shocked if there was any truth to it,' he said.

'I was never given pills without being asked or knowing what they were. Every time you could see what it is. The only pills I took were caffeine, it was just like drinking cups of coffee and Red Bull. I had injections but only for vitamins to assist in recuperation.'

Liam Ridgewell exposed for toilet picture with 20 notes

Toilet roll and 20s… West Brom players stitch up Ridgewell in best way they know how

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UPDATED:

14:19 GMT, 3 December 2012

With toilet roll pouring down from cupboards and a 20 note stuck to the wall, it could only be one player's locker which has been trashed and photographed for posterity on Twitter: Liam Ridgewell.

The West Bromwich defender has been remorseful after the embarrassing picture emerged of him wiping his backside with a wad of 20s.

But it would seem his team-mates have seized upon this as a perfect opportunity to wind-up one of their fellow players.

Bad taste: Ridgewell landed himself in trouble after this picture was leaked

Bad taste: Ridgewell landed himself in trouble after this picture was leaked

The former Aston Villa and Birmingham defender was forced to apologise after the picture was leaked at the weekend.

He claimed the shot was taken to wind up a friend after he won a bet and he never intended for it to enter the public domain.

Ridgewell told The Sun: 'The photo was taken in the privacy of my home around eight months ago as a joke to wind up a mate, who I had just won a personal bet with.

'I only intended him to see the photo but now it’s public, I can understand how it will be viewed. I am sorry for any offence it causes.'

The picture caused anger as Ridgwell earns in a week what the denizens of the West Midlands earn – on average – in a year.

The club distanced themselves from the issue saying it was a private matter.

'This is a private issue for Liam that has become public', a Baggies statement said.

'It does not put the club in a good light and we will deal with the matter internally. Since Liam joined us 11 months ago, his conduct on club duty has been exemplary.'

Wind-up: Ridgewell's locker draped with toilet rolls and a 20 note

Wind-up: Ridgewell's locker draped with toilet rolls and a 20 note

Liam Ridgewell pictured wiping his backside with 20 notes

Ridgewell's bum note: West Brom star apologises after being pictured wiping his backside with pile of 20 notes

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UPDATED:

10:09 GMT, 2 December 2012

West Brom defender Liam Ridgewell has apologised after an embarrassing picture emerged of him wiping his backside with a wad of 20 notes.

The former Aston Villa and Birmingham defender claims the picture was taken to wind up a friend after he won a bet and he never intended on it becoming public.

Ridgewell told The Sun: 'The photo was taken in the privacy of my home around eight months ago as a joke to wind up a mate, who I had just won a personal bet with.

Blunder: Liam Ridgewell was pictured wiping his backside with 20 notes

Blunder: Liam Ridgewell was pictured wiping his backside with 20 notes

'I only intended him to see the photo but now it’s public, I can understand how it will be viewed. I am sorry for any offence it causes.'

The picture showed the 28-year-old squatting over a toilet with nearly 1000 worth of 20 notes scattered over the floor.

Apology: Ridgewell has said sorry for any offense caused

Apology: Ridgewell has said sorry for any offense caused

The West Brom player earns around
20,000-a-week and the picture is sure to anger fans – especially as
that is the average annual salary in the West Midlands – one of the most
deprived areas in the country.

The picture was sent to the newspaper by a fan who asked not to be named, he said: 'The people of West Bromwich earn a fraction of what this idiot earns yet he makes a mockery of his good fortune like this. It makes me sick.

'We’ve always thought footballers were arrogant, overpaid buffoons and this just proves it.’

The club distanced themselves from the issue saying it was a private matter.

They told The Sun: ‘This is a private issue for Liam that has become public.

'It does not put the club in a good light and we will deal with the matter internally.

'Since Liam joined us 11 months ago, his conduct on club duty has been exemplary.'

Graeme Swann set to return for first Test against India

England handed boost as Swann expected to return to squad for first Test against India

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UPDATED:

17:21 GMT, 7 November 2012

Graeme Swann is expected to play in the first Test against India despite returning to England to be with his ill daughter.

A statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board on Wednesday revealed that Swann had already returned home to be with his family.

The 33-year-old spinner is, however, expected to return in time for the start of the four-Test series in Ahmedabad on November 15.

Boost: Graeme Swann (right) is set to return to the England squad for their first Test with India

Boost: Graeme Swann (right) is set to return to the England squad for their first Test with India

'Graeme Swann has returned home to support his family and spend time with his daughter who is currently unwell. Swann will return to India ahead of the first Test in Ahmedabad, commencing November 15,' the statement read.

'This is a personal matter and we would ask for everyone to give Graeme and his family privacy. We will not be making any further comment at this time.'

Swann will therefore miss England’s final four-day preparation match against Haryana, which begins in Ahmedabad tomorrow, to be with his daughter who was born shortly before he flew out to India.

The spinner also missed last week’s three-day game against Mumbai A and while his absence is untimely as England look to complete their preparations ahead of their quest for a first Test series win in India for 28 years, it will throw the onus on Monty Panesar to prove his credentials.

Up for it: Swann has travelled home to be with his ill daughter in England

Up for it: Swann has travelled home to be with his ill daughter in England

Panesar has not played since he and Swann went wicketless in the first innings as England lost the first Test on the tour of Sri Lanka earlier this year.

Swann has, however, previously stated his preference to bowl in tandem with another spinner and the pair enjoyed success together on the sub-continent against Pakistan at the start of the year.

Panesar took 14 wickets in the two Tests he played, with Swann grabbing a further nine, to underline their importance on the slow wickets England are set to face over the next two months.

The duo will now not bowl alongside each other before the first Test, however, after they split the opening two tour games between them.

Swann grabbed figures of three for 90 in the tour opener against India A while Panesar returned three for 64 in Mumbai last week.

Another dimension: Swann's spin will give England more options in the attack

Another dimension: Swann's spin will give England more options in the attack

Liam Gallagher in the bad books: Etihad Stadium match zone

Etihad Stadium match zone: Liam Gallagher in the bad books

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UPDATED:

08:52 GMT, 7 November 2012

GALLAGHER IN THE DOGHOUSE

Liam Gallagher's priorities are 'City, kids, wife' if a chance meeting with Mike Summerbee is anything to go by.

The singer-songwriter was sent out to fetch some late-night apple pie by his wife when he chanced upon City's club ambassador.

'Before long I'd forgotten about the apple pie I'd gone out for and ended up in the pub with him having a few drinks,' revealed Gallagher.

'I ended up in the doghouse with the missus after that.'

A man's man: Liam Gallagher loves Manchester City... and his missus

A man's man: Liam Gallagher loves Manchester City… and his missus

A controversial call

Roberto Mancini made a controversial selection by putting Courtney Meppen-Walter on the bench.

Meppen-Walter was arrested in September on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a man and a woman died in a collision with his Mercedes.

The England Under 17 defender has been bailed as policecontinue their enquiries.

No joke

Ajax's early goal was no laughing matter for the Manchester City supporters who were crammed into the Etihad Stadium but manager Roberto Mancini appeared to see things a little differently.

As Siem de Jong started celebrating his opening goal in the 10th minute, Mancini began grinning towards his players for the defensive blunder.

Bizarre.

Ref rant: Roberto Mancini complained to the officials after City drew with Ajax

Ref rant: Roberto Mancini complained to the officials after City drew with Ajax

A tale of two philosophies

Manchester City's new training academy will soon house up to 400 players and staff, but they didn't have a single homegrown player in the team on Tuesday night.

Ajax, who fielded seven academy graduates for the 3-1 victory over City at the Amsterdam ArenA last month, had another seven on the field at the Etihad.

Despite the vastly different philosophies, City are second in the Barclays Premier League.

Ajax, after defeat at the weekend, are fifth in Eredivisie.

Value for money

The entire Ajax team, including the seven players they had on the substitutes' bench, cost less than 10million to put together.

That's approximately how much Manchester City pay to striker Carlos Tevez in wages over the course of a year.

Yours for 10m... and we'll even throw in the subs: The Ajax squad

Yours for 10m… and we'll even throw in the subs: The Ajax squad

Blackpool manager latest: Portsmouth demand Michael Appleton compensation

Pompey hold out for 200,000 compensation as Appleton edges towards Blackpool

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UPDATED:

11:29 GMT, 6 November 2012

Portsmouth want 200,000 compensation from Blackpool for their highly-rated manager Michael Appleton.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed that Appleton was the leading contender to replace Ian Holloway, who left for Crystal Palace last week.

The Tangerines have made an official approach to Pompey and both clubs are currently locked in talks over a suitable compensation package.

On the move: Michael Appleton is set to leave Portsmouth and replace Ian Holloway as the new Blackpool manager

On the move: Michael Appleton is set to leave Portsmouth and replace Ian Holloway as the new Blackpool manager

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The cash-strapped League One club want 200,000 to release Appleton from his contract, a price Blackpool are hesitant to pay.

But Blackpool owner Karl Oyston,
whose club received in the region of 500,000 from Palace for Holloway,
is confident a deal can be reached.

Oyston moved quickly to snare No. 1 choice Appleton after Holloway's exit.

Pole position: Owen Coyle is favourite for the Blackpool post

In the frame: Former Bolton and Burnley manager Owen Coyle

And it is understood Blackpool chiefs
had already drawn up a shortlist of names to replace their ex-boss well
before Holloway's actual departure.

Holloway made it crystal clear to the
Tangerines hierarchy that he was unhappy with the fact he had only been
given a rolling contract and a minimal playing budget.

And the club felt it was only a
matter of time before their likeable manager moved, hence their decision
to implement plans for a replacement weeks prior to Holloway's exit.

New home: Ian Holloway is the new Crystal Palace boss

New home: Ian Holloway is the new Crystal Palace boss

Drugs in cycling: Marcel Six banned over missed test

Fresh doping woe for cycling as rider Six banned over missed drugs test

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UPDATED:

11:35 GMT, 26 October 2012

A cyclist has been banned for 18 months for refusing to take a drugs test because he wanted to get home to his sick children.

Marcel Six, riding for the Metaltek Scott team in an event at Canary Wharf in May, told the tester that his wife was anxious about his children and this was backed up by evidence of text messages and phone calls.

An independent national anti-doping panel ruled however that 26-year-old Six was still guilty of refusing to provide a urine sample for doping control and banned him for 18 months.

Dark days: Charges against Lance Armstrong have plunged cycling into chaos

Dark days: Charges against Lance Armstrong have plunged cycling into chaos

The panel said: 'Honourable though the athlete's motives may have been, we have no hesitation in finding that his refusal was not based on any compelling justification.

'To be blunt, even if he agreed to race only at the last minute and under pressure, the fact of the matter is that, if he had time to compete in a cycle race, he had to make time to take the test.

'If, as was later the case, he wished to put his family first, then the time to do that was before he agreed to race rather than when he came to be tested.'

The panel did reduce the usual two-year ban by six months after deciding Six was able to demonstrate 'no significant fault or negligence'.

The ban comes in the wake of Lance Armstong being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

The International Cycling Union accepted the findings of a United States Anti-doping Agency investigation which concluded Armstrong and his United States Postal Service team ran 'the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen'.

USADA stripped the 41-year-old American of all results from August 1, 1998, including his record run of Tour triumphs from 1999 to 2005, and issued him with a life ban in August, sanctions the UCI have now ratified.

Nigel Reo-Coker joins Ipswich Town

Reo-Coker joins Championship strugglers Ipswich on short-term deal until January

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UPDATED:

14:34 GMT, 14 October 2012


Free agent: Nigel Reo-Coker left Bolton this summer

Free agent: Nigel Reo-Coker left Bolton this summer

Former Aston Villa and West Ham captain Nigel Reo-Coker has signed for npower Championship strugglers Ipswich.

The 28-year-old midfielder, a free agent after leaving Bolton in the summer, has agreed a short-term contract until January.

'Ipswich is a sleeping giant in the Championship,' Reo-Coker told the club's official website.

'It's a massive club with a great history and tradition. The facilities are first class and there is a terrific fan base. It's the right club at the right time for me and everything has just fallen into place.

'I had a good conversation with the manager (Paul Jewell). He's highly respected in the game for what he has achieved and I know what he's trying to do at the club.

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'Ipswich may be at the wrong end of the table at the moment but it's still early in the season and I'm sure with the manager and players the club have, it's only a matter of time before things turn around.'

Ipswich are currently second from bottom in the Championship with seven points from 10 games. Reo-Coker could make his debut at Hull next Saturday.

Wilfried Zaha worth more than 11m – Dougie Freedman

Just 11m for Zaha That would be a bargain, insists Palace boss Freedman

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UPDATED:

12:52 GMT, 13 October 2012

Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman has claimed any Premier League teams interested in starlet Wilfried Zaha would be getting a bargain if they picked him up for 11million.

The striker has four goals in his last two games for the Eagles and has been linked with moves to Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.

In action: Wilfried Zaha played for England U21s on Friday

In action: Wilfried Zaha played for England U21s on Friday

Zaha, 19, played for England U21s against Serbia in their 1-0 victory on Friday night.

Freedman said: 'I know he is worth more than 11m. You’re getting him cheap if you get him for that.

'Wilfried has dedicated himself to the game and is heading in the right direction. We give young players the chance to play and that’s what he is doing now.

'It’s a matter of time until he plays in the Premier League and let’s hope that is with Crystal Palace.

'As we speak right now he’s on a long contract and he’s very happy.'