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Matthew Stevens beats Neil Robertson in Kaikou Open semi-final

Stevens nicks final two frames to squeeze past Robertson into first final for five years

By
Steven Donaldson

PUBLISHED:

14:08 GMT, 2 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:08 GMT, 2 March 2013

Matthew Stevens reached his first ranking final in five years after winning the last two frames to secure a 6-5 win over Neil Robertson in the Haikou Open in China.

The Carmarthen 35-year-old finished with breaks of 60 and 51 respectively to overhaul his Australian opponent and book his place in his first final since the 2008 Bahrain Championship.

The match was not without controversy after referee Eirian Williams incorrectly replaced the balls following a Stevens foul in frame four, with Robertson winning the frame and levelling at 2-2.

Held his nerve: Matthew Stevens beat Neil Robertson in a final-frame shootout

Held his nerve: Matthew Stevens beat Neil Robertson in a final-frame shootout

Wolves 1 Watford 1: Sako rescues Saunders after fans voice their anger at board

Wolves 1 Watford 1: Sako rescues Saunders after fans voice their anger at board

By
Neil Moxley

PUBLISHED:

21:42 GMT, 1 March 2013

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UPDATED:

23:59 GMT, 1 March 2013

Bakary Sako struck an equaliser three
minutes into added time to wreck Gianfranco Zola’s hopes of an 11th
away victory of the season.

The winger hit a right-foot shot beyond debutant Jonathan Bond after a long throw caused chaos in the visitors’ area.

Bjorn Sigurdarson flicked on the ball and Sako did the rest, claiming his 10th goal of the season.

Late show: Bakary Sako scored last-gasp equaliser for Wolves

Late show: Bakary Sako scored last-gasp equaliser for Wolves

Match facts

Wolverhampton: Ikeme, Doherty, Johnson, Gorkss, Robinson, Hunt (Cassidy 64), Henry (Davis 70), O'Hara, Sako, Sigurdarson, Doyle (Ebanks-Blake 64). Subs Not Used: De Vries, Edwards, Ward, Batth.

Booked: Sigurdarson.

Goals: Sako 90. Watford: Bond, Doyley, Nosworthy, Ekstrand, Cassetti, Abdi, Chalobah (Hogg 82), Battocchio, Anya (Pudil 84), Deeney, Vydra (Forestieri 78). Subs Not Used: Bonham, Yeates, Murray, Geijo.

Booked: Abdi.

Goals: Abdi 41.

Att: 18,571

Ref: Paul Tierney (Lancashire).

But it was not enough to pull Wolves clear of the relegation zone as they had been chasing the game since four minutes before the interval.

Almen Abdi — one of Watford’s controversial Italian loanees — struck a delightful free-kick from the edge of the area as the division’s top scorers looked to put three points between themselves and third-placed Hull City.

Protests had been planned outside the stadium before kick-off to voice concern about Wolves owner Steve Morgan’s stewardship. But the multi-millionaire had eased their anxiety by appearing before a group of supporters in midweek. He admitted making mistakes and apologised. The group which gathered under the statue of Wolves legend Billy Wright was no more than 50-strong and soon dispersed.

The air of relative calm around the stadium would have changed had Matej Vydra’s seventh-minute shot that deflected off Roger Johnson found the net.

Shortly afterwards, Bond, who had been promoted after Manuel Almunia was forced out with a hamstring injury, produced a superb double-stop.

Neat strike: Almen Abdi scores for Watford

Neat strike: Almen Abdi scores for Watford

Watford's Almen Abdi celebrates his goal

Watford's Almen Abdi celebrates his goal

He blocked Kevin Doyle’s fierce drive and then got to his feet quickly, palming Sigurdarson’s follow-up shot over the bar.

The value of that save was seen four minutes before the interval when
Watford took the lead. Karl Henry tried desperately to rob Vydra of the
ball as he advanced to the edge of the penalty area.

But amid a cluster of bodies the Czech fell to the ground and referee
Paul Tierney awarded the free-kick. Midfielder Abdi took responsibility,
curling his shot around the wall and past Carl Ikeme’s outstretched
right hand.

Bond then saved well from Doyle shortly before the hour but at the other
end, Ikechi Anya missed with a side-foot effort from six yards out and
Ikeme pulled off a superb tip-over from Christian Battocchio’s
long-range effort.

Watford may consider this two points dropped, but while the Football
League considers closing the loophole that allowed them to sign a dozen
players on loan from Udinese last summer, Zola’s men are still closing
in on promotion.

Tottenham players targeted by laser pen at Leeds, FA launch investigation

FA launch probe after Tottenham players and referee are targeted by laser pen at Leeds

By
Neil Moxley

PUBLISHED:

02:04 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

02:04 GMT, 29 January 2013

The Football Association has contacted Leeds United after Spurs' players were targeted by lasers during their FA Cup defeat at Elland Road.

Right-back Kyle Walker was one of the victims along with referee Kevin Friend as Neil Warnock's side booked themselves a fifth round trip to the Etihad to face Manchester City following their 2-1 victory.

Friend mentioned the incident to the fourth official and also in his match report and now the authorities want Leeds' view before deciding what action to take.

Laser guided: Walker was targeted while taking a corner kick

Laser guided: Walker was targeted while taking a corner kick

There is no suggestion of any sanctions at this stage. The FA want to establish the facts of the situation before deciding whether to take the matter any further.

A spokesman said: 'We are aware of what took place and have contacted Leeds to request their observations in relation to this.'

Cupset: Championship side Leeds beat high-flying Tottenham

Cupset: Championship side Leeds beat high-flying Tottenham

Neil Warnock says Charlie Morgan must have been watching Didier Drogba

Warnock joins those putting the boot into ball boy Morgan, and says he must have been watching Drogba

By
Ian Ladyman

PUBLISHED:

13:50 GMT, 27 January 2013

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UPDATED:

14:11 GMT, 27 January 2013

Leeds manager Neil Warnock has accused controversial Swansea ball boy Charlie Morgan of reacting like Didier Drogba at the Liberty Stadium last week.

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard is facing an FA charge after kicking the ball from beneath the 17-year-old towards the end of the teams’ Capital One Cup semi-final on Wednesday night.

The incident has divided opinion in football and Warnock didn’t pull any punches in his programme column for today’s FA Cup tie against Tottenham at Elland Road.

Warnock was scathing over Charlie Morgan's reaction

The oldest ball boy in history: Warnock was scathing over Charlie Morgan's reaction

The Leeds manager said Morgan must have been mimicking Drogba

Drogba's influence: The Leeds manager said Morgan must have been mimicking Drogba

Warnock wrote: ‘It was interesting to see Hazard’s sending off.

‘He obviously kicked the ball and caught the oldest ball boy in history.

‘I think the lad must have been studying Drogba over the years when you saw his reaction.

‘All that said, I’m sure Hazard will take his punishment because he was out of order.’

Meanwhile, new Leeds owners GFH Capital have reassured Warnock that he will be given cash to spend this week if striker Luciano Becchio leaves before the end of the transfer window.

A statement in today’s programme said: 'He will only be allowed to leave this week if we have an offer that is considered acceptable and in the best interests of the club.

‘If that happens proceeds will be re-invested in the team.’

Becchio submitted a transfer request last week after Leeds rejected offers from two foreign clubs.

Rafa Benitez threatened to sue me the last time I crossed him, says Neil Warnock

Benitez threatened to sue me the last time I crossed him! Warnock reveals motivation ahead of Chelsea clash

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UPDATED:

09:41 GMT, 18 December 2012

Neil Warnock is looking forward to squaring up to Rafa Benitez as the last time they went head to head the Spaniard threatened to take him to court.

Warnock was Sheffield United manager in 2007 when he admitted he would 'never forgive' Benitez for picking what he deemed a weakened team in Liverpool's final away game of the season against Fulham.

The Blades needed Benitez's Reds to get a result against Fulham, who were in the relegation zone, but the Londoners won the game 1-0, a result which saw them survive at the expense of United.

Head to head: Rafa Benitez and Neil Warnock (right) have a history

Head to head: Rafa Benitez and Neil Warnock (right) have a history

Warnock's criticism of Benitez led to the Spaniard's legal team sending an email warning of possible legal action were he to be mentioned again.

Warnock, preparing his Leeds side to take on Benitez and Chelsea in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, said: 'The last time I heard from Rafa he was threatening to sue me in an email if I mentioned it again.

'Enough water's passed under the bridge. I don't want to give you any more ammunition than you've already got.

'It's
one of those things that disappoints you in life and you have to get on
with it really, but you get disappointments in every walk of life and
I've made my feelings clear on how my feelings have been over the last
few years and nothing will change that.

Back on track Chelsea travel to Elland Road after a 1-0 loss to Corinthians

Back on track Chelsea travel to Elland Road after a 1-0 loss to Corinthians

'I
think it (the email) had his name on, I think it was his solicitor on
who was threatening legal action and I've got it in a scrapbook at home.

'I've no idea (if they will shake hands), I haven't thought about it yet, I was too worried about Ipswich (last Saturday).'

Warnock also believes there is no loyalty to managers in football, but has no regrets about turning down the Chelsea job in the early nineties to remain at Notts County for that very reason.

Ken Bates – Warnock's current chairman at Leeds – offered Warnock the job in 1991, but after guiding Notts County to the top flight following successive promotions, he decided to stay put. Warnock was sacked two years later.

'I don't have any regrets really because your life shapes around decisions really and I was a northern lad and I thought going beyond Watford was the end of the world in those days,' he said.

'I went down twice, once to the ground and once to Ken's farm in Beaconsfield and I was stuck on the motorway for five hours on both occasions and it didn't seem to be me really, so there are a lot of issues.

Game on: Warnock hasn't always seen eye to eye with Benitez but he thinks the Spaniard was right to take the Chelsea job

Game on: Warnock hasn't always seen eye to eye with Benitez but he thinks the Spaniard was right to take the Chelsea job

'I wanted to stay loyal to a group of players who had been fantastic for me.

'If it was a different way round, why do managers say loyal, you get the sack anyway, why not go and take the opportunity Good luck to you. I've nothing about this loyalty thing now. My advice to young managers is if you get the chance, go.

'You get kicked in the teeth if you stay so you can't win either way.'

After going through nine managers since Roman Abramovich bought the club from Bates in 2003, the Blues are seemingly the perfect example to illustrate Warnock's point.

Benitez has been hired as manager on
an interim basis until the end of the season, but with the Spaniard
being out of work since he left Inter in 2010 Warnock feels he was right
to accept the role.

'I don't blame Benitez for taking the job,' Warnock added before saying tongue-in-cheek.

'He'd been out of work for quite some time, if it were me I would be there like a shot.

'I
wish I could have had Chelsea now, yes, I should have got it this time!
After Roberto left, he hasn't had an Englishman in the job, has he'

Wally Downes West Ham departure was Sam Allardyce decision

I decided Downes departure, says Allardyce after promoting Hendon

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UPDATED:

11:41 GMT, 14 December 2012

Sam Allardyce has confirmed he decided Wally Downes should leave West Ham.

The 51-year-old first team coach parted ways with the club earlier this week and is currently agreeing severance terms.

Ian Hendon, West Ham's under-21s coach, will step up to replace Downes, and his position will be filled by Nick Hancock, head of the under-18s, until the end of the season.

Happy Hammers: Downes (right) celebrates Modibo Maiga's winning goal against Chelsea with assistant boss Neil McDonald (left) and Sam Allardyce (second right)

Happy Hammers: Downes (right) celebrates Modibo Maiga's winning goal against Chelsea with assistant boss Neil McDonald (left) and Sam Allardyce (second right)

Allardyce's relationship with Downes
appeared strong as the two celebrated ecstatically during the 3-1 win
over Chelsea earlier this month.

But the West Ham manager said: 'I can confirm he has left. /12/14/article-0-166E9EDF000005DC-410_468x349.jpg” width=”468″ height=”349″ alt=”Change of plans: Sam Allardyce has promoted from within to fill the void left by Downes with Ian Hendon joining the first team coaching staff” class=”blkBorder” />

Change of plans: Sam Allardyce has promoted from within to fill the void left by Downes with Ian Hendon joining the first team coaching staff

Allardyce inherited defensive coach Downes from former boss Avram Grant after he
was installed as manager by co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan at
the start of last season.

Downes, a midfielder, played more than
200 times for Wimbledon and was credited with being a key part of the
club’s Crazy Gang spirit. He
later managed Brentford.

Wally Downes leaves West Ham

Downes leaves post as West Ham first team coach with immediate effect

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UPDATED:

19:19 GMT, 11 December 2012

Wally Downes has left his position as first team coach at West Ham with immediate effect.

The 51-year-old, who joined the club in 2010 as defensive coach, was appointed in the role after Sam Allardyce replaced Avram Grant following relegation to the npower Championship in 2011.

Happy Hammers: Downes (right) celebrates Modibo Maiga's winning goal against Chelsea with assistant boss Neil McDonald (left) and Sam Allardyce (second right)

Happy Hammers: Downes (right) celebrates Modibo Maiga's winning goal against Chelsea with assistant boss Neil McDonald (left) and Sam Allardyce (second right)

Allardyce is understood to rate Downes
highly and spoke publicly of his regret at not appointing him as No 2
at Ewood Park during his his stint as Blackburn boss.

A
founding member of Wimbledon's Crazy Gang, after his career ended in
1988, Downes has backroom experience at Crystal Palace, Brentford –
whom he managed between 2002 and 2004 – Reading and Southampton.

On the move: Wally Downes has left West Ham after two years at the club

On the move: Downes has left West Ham after two years at the club

Leeds sign Australian striker Patrick Antelmi

Leeds snap up Aussie striker Antelmi on two-year deal after snubbing Portsmouth

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UPDATED:

22:01 GMT, 4 October 2012

Leeds have signed Australian striker Patrick Antelmi from under the noses of Portsmouth.

Antelmi, 18, was due to join the League One side last week after flying in but he was offered a two year deal at Elland Road.

Getting his man: Leeds manager Neil Warnock signed Patrick Antelmi on a two year deal

Getting his man: Leeds manager Neil Warnock signed Patrick Antelmi on a two year deal

Kevin Blackwell takes Bury job

Bury turn to former Leeds boss Blackwell after poor start to season

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UPDATED:

14:47 GMT, 26 September 2012


New appointment: Kevin Blackwell is the new manager of Bury

New appointment: Kevin Blackwell is the new manager of Bury

Kevin Blackwell has been appointed as the new manager of Bury, taking the reins from caretaker Peter Shirtliff.

He returns to Gigg Lane having previously served as a goalkeeping coach and assistant manager under Neil Warnock in the late nineties.

Blackwell, 53, who has previously managed Leeds United and Luton Town, was last in charge of Sheffield United between 2008 and 2010.

In a long playing career stretching over two decades, Blackwell kept goal for Barnet, Boston United, Scarborough, Torquay United and Plymouth Argyle, among others.

Bury have started the season poorly after previous manager Richie Barker left for Crawley Town on the eve of the season and are currently bottom of League One after a winless start.

Michel Vorm to sign new Swansea City contract

Vorm again: Swansea set to tie down Dutch keeper to new four-year deal

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UPDATED:

08:48 GMT, 20 September 2012

New deal: Swansea keeper Michel Vorm

New deal: Swansea keeper Michel Vorm

Holland international goalkeeper Michel Vorm is set to end speculation over his future by committing to a new four-year contract at Swansea.

Vorm, 28, was voted the club's player of the year in May after his first season in the south Wales and has been attracting interest from Liverpool – who are managed by former Swans boss Brendan Rodgers.

But, according to Wales Online, Vorm will sign a new deal in the coming days after chairman Huw Jenkins confirmed that talks with the player had progressed well.

Vorm, a 1.5million signing from Utrecht last summer, currently has a contract running until 2014.

Swansea are also hoping to commit Welsh international defenders Ashley Williams and Neil Taylor to new deals in the near future.