Portsmouth fans set to take control of the club after agreement reached
Administrators said after the hearing that the agreement with the former owner paved the way for the supporters' trust to complete its purchase of the club.
Portsmouth fans set to take control of the club after agreement reached
Administrators said after the hearing that the agreement with the former owner paved the way for the supporters' trust to complete its purchase of the club.
Moyes puts Everton contract talks on hold to open the door to Chelsea job
11:57 GMT, 15 February 2013
21:54 GMT, 15 February 2013
David Moyes has pushed his contract talks back to prevent anything distracting Everton’s bid to qualify for Europe.
The Everton manager has four months left on his current deal and had
indicated he would discuss his future with chairman Bill Kenwright once
the January transfer window had closed, but those talks have been
delayed until the end of the season.
On ice: David Moyes will wait until the end of the season before discussing his future at Everton
Moyes, who earlier this season hinted of his desire to one day test
himself as a coach in Europe, has made it clear all along that decisions
on whether he extends his 11-year tenure at Goodison Park will not be
based on personal reward.
He wants to see whether Everton can keep progressing as a club by returning to Europe for the first time since 2009 and his latest comments are sure to alert Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
‘I’ve had a chat with Bill but my
main reason (for delaying) is I want to see how the team do,’ said
Moyes. ‘I want to see if we’ve got a realistic chance of getting in
Europe, or if we can get to a cup final. I want to see how well we
progress and what we do. I think that’s fair for the club as well.
‘I’m straight with Bill and I tell
him my thoughts. I want it to be purely football now until the end of
the season. I don’t want anything to get in the way and I would hate to
think anything to do with me would. So because of that I’m saying I’ll
be looking to see it in the summer.
Bouncing back: Robin van Persie (right) scored Manchester United's second against Everton
Powerless: Everton's star man Marouane Fellaini could not prevent the Toffees losing 2-0
‘I want to try and get Everton back into Europe. If I can get into a final, I’ll do that too.
‘But I don’t think I need anything
else at the moment to get in the way. The work (here) continues as I
have to make sure what I’m doing is for the future. We’re always looking
at next year and moving on.’
Everton are hot favourites to reach
the quarter-finals but Moyes is no stranger to being the victim of a
giantkilling – one of his most uncomfortable days at Goodison Park was
when Oldham won a third round tie in 2008 – and he is leaving no stone
unturned in his preparations for the trip to Boundary Park.
Moyes said: 'We know what they can do
got. They got a great result against Liverpool in the last round. We
have been knocked by Shrewsbury and Oldham in the past and we don't want
it to happen again.
'They have got Tony Philliskirk and Paul Gerrard
looking after things but I'm sure Oldham will have roughly the same
players that beat Liverpool.
'I think qualifying for the Champions
League would have the bigger impact because of the financial rewards.
If you can get into group stages, look at what has happened to Celtic in
the last six months.
'Obviously we want to win every
competition we enter but qualifying for the Champions League would
change things more for us than winning the FA Cup.'
Eyes on the prize: Moyes will hope to navigate past Oldham's Matt Smith (left) and caretaker manager Tony Philliskirk, pictured with the Budweiser FA Cup
Everton will come up against Jose
Baxter, who left the club last summer. He made history at Goodison when
becoming the youngest player – at 16years and 191 days – to represent
the club in August 2008.
'I'm delighted for Jose,' said Moyes.
'We offered him a contract, gave him
his debut at 16. It's hard for them at that age, as they can get to 19
and 20 and people are wondering where they have gone.
'But he is doing well. I am glad. It was a brave decision to leave but hopefully he will see it as the right move.'
Delighted: Moyes said he was glad to see former Everton man Jose Baxter thriving at Oldham
Window of opportunity closing for Benitez as Chelsea tighten the purse-strings
Ben Rumsby, Press Association
15:44 GMT, 29 January 2013
16:03 GMT, 29 January 2013
Rafael Benitez today admitted he does not think Chelsea will give him any more money to spend before the transfer window closes.
Interim Blues boss Benitez confirmed last week he had told owner Roman Abramovich that his squad was not strong enough to cope with the unprecedented fixture pile-up facing them this season.
But he appears to have given up hope of being allowed to add to the January signing of Demba Ba before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
The well runs dry: Benitez admits there are no more funds for transfers
No more: Benitez isn't expecting to add any signings to Demba Ba
On the way out: David Moyes is said to be a possible replacement for the manager next season
Asked if he anticipated any movement in the final 48 hours of the window, he said: 'I don’t think so but my job is to improve my squad and manage the situation we have.'
Abramovich and the board’s reluctance to back Benitez in the transfer market will reinforce the view that he has become a dead man walking at Stamford Bridge just over two months after succeeding Roberto Di Matteo.
It is understood there is currently no prospect of him losing his job before his contract expires this summer but reports persist that the club are already actively discussing replacing him next season.
Benitez shrugged off the speculation, which has included Everton boss David Moyes being linked with his job.
'My position is exactly the same,” he said, confirming he had held talks with technical director Michael Emenalo in the wake of Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round draw at Brentford.
'I was speaking about football with Michael Emenalo, as normal.
'I will try to do my job as well as I can, and try to do my best every game.'
Rigadin De Beauchene lands Betfred Classic Chase at Warwick
16:02 GMT, 12 January 2013
17:51 GMT, 12 January 2013
Rigadin De Beauchene (5-1) put the icing on the cake of what has been a bountiful start to the month for trainer Venetia Williams when getting up in the shadow of the post to deny Godsmejudge and the gallant Pete The Feat in the Betfred Classic Chase at Warwick.
The eight-year-old put his jumping issues behind him under a determined Robbie Dunne to pull the race out of the fire after he was seemingly booked for third at the second-last fence.
New star: Nigel Twiston-Davies has a leading candidate for Cheltenham
Dunne intentionally steered a wide
course on Rigadin De Beauchene in the straight, a ploy that paid off as
the combination reeled in the battling leaders with 50 yards to travel
to win by half a length.
Williams said: 'Robbie swept wide
into the straight and managed to get the horse to meet the last fence on
a good stride which I think was very important.
'His owner Andrew Wiles hopes he may
emulate his half-brother Miko De Beauchene and win the Welsh National
next season. I think Andrew might have reservations about him going for
the Grand National itself though. He's had issues with his jumping.'
Williams said she was encouraged
about a good run from her gelding after the horse that beat him in the
mud at Lingfield went on to land the Sussex National.
Dunne said: 'We were going a good
gallop when he made a mistake down the back and he also got in tight to a
couple. But overall he jumped much better today, having had a
confidence-booster at Lingfield.'
Noel Fehily was proud of the gallant Pete The Feat whose unbeaten run of five this season was finally broken back in third.
He said: 'It was another very good run. He's jumped from fence to fence and galloped to the line.'
Nigel Twiston-Davies can be forgiven if he starts getting excited about The New One (1-2 favourite) who routed the opposition in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.
So far the only defeat he has
suffered in his career came in the Festival Bumper where he was sixth
but nothing in this Grade Two could live with him.
His jockey Sam Twiston-Davies said: 'The sky is the limit.'
Nigel Twiston-Davies said: 'He seems
to have so much speed and staying power and it's a shame we haven't
really learned anything, as some of the others didn't go in the ground
and he wasn't tested.
'He won but we still don't know
enough about him and that encourages me to look at the programme book
and find another two-and-a-half-miler for him in order to give him some
Sarah Such, joint-owner of the winner,
was out of breath after cheering The New One home and exclaimed:
'Amazing. I can't breath he is absolutely wonderful, a really special
Team Twiston-Davies also took the concluding bumper with Pure Science (5-1), a nine-length winner.
Rocky Creek boosted his claims for the RSA Chase and was cut to 12-1 from 20s for that Cheltenham Festival contest after flooring Highland Lodge in the Betfred Mobile Lotto Novices' Chase.
Paddy Power were impressed with the Paul Nicholls-trained seven-year-old after he readily brushed aside Highland Lodge in the home straight of the three-mile contest to leave that rival exhausted on the run-in.
The pair had taken each other on at the last three of the fences down the back stretch with Rocky Creek nudging into the lead under a confident Daryl Jacob before the second last.
At this point the 7-4 chance jumped to the front where Tour Des Champs fell and brought down the weakening Forgotten Gold. Rocky Creek then forged steadily clear of Highland Lodge, who stopped to a walk on the flat and was caught by 16-1 shot Fill The Power for second.
Jacob believes the winner could be a factor in the RSA given the right underfoot conditions.
He said: 'I had the favourite covered and just wanted him to give me a lead into the straight before pressing on.
'He's a horse for the future and will be a truly super chaser in time. He's a possible Cheltenham horse for sure providing the ground there isn't too quick.'
Ely Brown booked his ticket to the Cheltenham Festival when avenging his 2012 defeat in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Qualifier.
Second to Thehillofuisneach here 12 months ago, Charlie Longsdon's charge travelled well and readily outstayed Holywell and Hada Men by a length and a quarter and four under Noel Fehily.
According to his trainer, Ely Brown needed to win today in order to guarantee a run in the Final at Cheltenham in March.
Longsdon said: 'I said to Noel he had to win again if he was going to get to Cheltenham and after this he certainly deserves to take his chance.
'If he goes up 5lb it will be his ticket booked. He was second here last year and when I looked down today's field I thought it was quite a lot tougher.
'He had a hard race at Aintree. We gave him plenty of time to recover from that and he was pinging after his last outing at Haydock.'
Rody (11-2) earned glowing praise from his pilot Paddy Brennan who described the Tom George-trained gelding as 'as good a jumper as you could possibly wish to see' following his resounding success in the Betfred 'The Bonus King' Handicap Chase.
Giving weight to all seven of his rivals in the two-mile contest, Rody made it three wins from his last four starts as he continually made ground on Eastlake at his fences.
Brennan sent him on rounding the home bend and the combination pulled eight lengths clear, with Kapga De Cerisy a neck back in third. The winner is owned by Tony Dalton and Jennifer Laing who both work for Saatchi and Saatchi.
Laing said: 'He's a happy horse who really likes being at the racecourse. He wasn't as good over hurdles because he used to brush through them, but he gives the fences more respect.'
Brennan added: 'It's his jumping that wins him his races, I've been very impressed with him.'
Flaming Charmer caused a minor shock in the opener, posting a 14-1 triumph for owners Chasing Gold, trainer Colin Tizzard and jockey Brendan Powell.
The five-year-old proved too strong for Thunder Sheikh to deny Timmy Murphy a winner on his first ride back from injury in the Betfred Goals Galore Novices' Handicap Hurdle.
On ground described as soft by the winning jockey, Flaming Charmer outstayed his foes and Powell said: 'He's a nice horse for the future and I think he'll stay further.'
Tom Chadney, spokeman for Chasing Gold, said: 'The reason I bought him was because his dam is Kates Charm who won the Cleeve Hurdle and was a very good mare for Robert Alner.
'We have nine horses spread around the country with seven trainers. It enables our members to watch the horses run wherever they are based.'
Terry's back! Chelsea skipper to play in kids game in race to return from knee injury
14:00 GMT, 8 January 2013
14:11 GMT, 8 January 2013
Chelsea captain John Terry is close to returning to full fitness and may play in the club’s Under 21s side on Thursday, according to manager Rafa Benitez.
Terry has been sidelined for nearly two months since injuring his knee when Chelsea drew with Liverpool.
Benitez revealed: ‘He has been training and we are considering giving him some minutes in the Under 21 game on Thursday.’
In full training: Rafael Benitez has reveled John Terry is close to a first team return
‘We will see how he feels on Thursday
and, hopefully, he can play more minutes in a short time. We will see.
But at least it's a positive thing. Before he was just doing the
warm-up, so we're obviously closer.
‘It depends on his reaction. Thursday
will be a different kind of game, but we will see how he feels. He will
train the day after and, at least then, we can start considering him an
The Chelsea manager, who is under pressure to deliver trophies for trigger-happy owner Roman Abramovich after Pep Guardiola declared his readiness to return to management, also believes the competition for a starting place between strikers Demba Ba, signed at the start of the January transfer window from Newcastle, and 50million striker Fernando Torres will help get the best out of both of them.
Rehabilitation: Terry back in training in the new year
Ouch: The knee injury suffered by Terry has kept him out for two months
Benitez said: ‘They both know they have to compete, and that it’s positive for both of them to have the competition.
'It's always important for any side to have different attacking options, so it’s good to have Demba Ba and Fernando Torres, especially with so many games.’
Ahead of facing Swansea in the first leg of the Capital One cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday Benitez added: ‘We have been playing a lot of games, so it’s complicated for us to prepare at times, but in a top side it has to be like this.
Urgent call: Benitez will be desperate to get Terry back as soon as possible
‘Swansea are a top side, we have a lot of respect for them, it should be a good game for the fan.
‘I will try to do my best for my club and get Chelsea to the final, and win.
‘We are growing and maturing and this experience is allowing us to improve together.’
Benitez also discussed the Ballon D'or, saying: ‘We were talking about that earlier – who decides and how they vote. But maybe you're missing one or two players from this team.
‘When you talk about the Spanish league, you talk about Real Madrid and Barcelona, who are always in the CL and winning it.
‘You see those players in the list. The Premier League is a good league, very competitive, and you can lose against anyone.
‘We had a good example, unfortunately, against QPR. In Spain it's more difficult to see the difference, say, between Barcelona and Espanyol.’
Reprieve for Cipriani as Sale recall fly-half for clash with Worcester
14:13 GMT, 28 December 2012
Sale Sharks have recalled Danny Cipriani, presenting the former England fly-half with a surprise chance to restore his reputation at the club.
He was dropped from the side which lost to his former club Wasps Adams Park last Sunday, and felt the brunt of co-owner Brian Kennedy’s stinging attack, who challenged his commitment.
Despite this, and in the wake of a relatively improved performance during the 25-18 defeat, Cipriani will start tonight against Worcester, in place of Nick Macleod who has a back injury.
Back in the fold: Cipriani has been recalled by Sale
Kennedy blasted the 25-year old, saying: ‘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’
The club’s director of rugby, John Mitchell, also had some cold advice for the player, who has been accused of laziness.
'Danny knows the situation and what’s going on and he knows that there needs to be an improvement in performance,’ Mitchell said.
'He has to improve his defence. Last week against Toulon he defended for 35 minutes and then chose not to do so.'
The onus is now in Cipriani who, blessed with world-beating talent, has failed to prove he can show focus and dedication for Sale.
They currently sit five points adrift at the foot of the Premiership table and have only recorded one win, against London Irish, in their 11 league games.
EXCLUSIVE: From Champions League to Championship Di Matteo joins McLeish in running for vacant Forest job
17:37 GMT, 27 December 2012
Roberto Di Matteo has joined Alex McLeish on the shortlist of candidates to replace the sacked Sean O’Driscoll at Nottingham Forest.
Ambitious Forest bosses are hoping to deflect criticism of the way O’Driscoll’s brief tenure was brought to an abrupt halt by appointing a successor with a Barclays Premier League pedigree.
Former Birmingham City and Aston Villa manager McLeish saw the odds on his appointment tumble, after a rush of bets during the morning, and he is on Forest’s radar.
Shock: Roberto Di Matteo is a surprise contender for the Nottingham Forest job
But Di Matteo is also under close
scrutiny, as Forest give careful consideration to candidates they feel
will capture the public’s imagination as well as spark a concerted push
The view within the City Ground is
that recruiting a manager who rounded off last season by lifting the
Champions’ League trophy in Munich is about as big a statement of intent
as they could make.
Di Matteo cemented his place in
Stamford Bridge folklore by defeating Bayern Munich on their own ground,
in an epic final last May, but it still wasn’t enough to safeguard him
from the sack, as Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich cleared the way for a
possible move for Pep Guardiola in the next few months.
Wanted: McLeish has been out of a job since he was sacked as manager of Aston Villa on the final day of last season
The one-time West Brom manager may
have reservations about dropping into the Championship, but that will
not deter Forest chiefs from outlining their plans and promising him
funds to take them back into the top flight.
Di Matteo and McLeish now appear to
be the two leading contenders, with both due to be interviewed before
Forest make their choice and launch a quest for new signings in the
McLeish has been out of work for
eight months after losing his job at Villa Park. However, with Blackburn
Rovers also looking for a manager, the Scot is likely to be
interested in a position at Ewood Park.
The ex-Villa and Birmingham City chief retains a base in the Midlands and would have little trouble stepping into the role after Forest's owners, the Al-Hasawis, took the decision to axe O'Driscoll and his odds have tumbled this morning.
Out of the running: Roy Keane attended Forest's 4-2 victory over Leeds yesterday
The Kuwaitis have confirmed that they have a meeting with a manager of Premier League experience today and that points towards McLeish being the man most likely at present to succeed O'Driscoll.
However Keane, who was in the crowd to watch Forest defeat Leeds 4-2 yesterday, is aso out-of-work following his sacking by Ipswich Town and remains among the favourites with the bookmakers for the role.
Who's the backpacker flying into Barcelona Guardiola visits his friend Vilanova
11:05 GMT, 23 December 2012
Pep Guardiola had nothing to declare when he flew into Barcelona on Saturday, looking for all the world like just another backpacker.
All Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wants for Christmas is the former Barcelona boss to take over at Stamford Bridge next season but the Catalan won’t be hurried back into work.
Back in Barcelona: Guardiola arrived in the city on Saturday
Guardiola had flown home from New York to visit his Barca successor, Tito Vilanova, who left hospital on Saturday night after throat cancer surgery.
A Barcelona statement read: 'Given the post-surgery progress, Tito
Vilanova has been discharged from hospital on Saturday afternoon. The
Barca coach’s operation on Thursday went as planned.'
We're thinking of you boss: The Barca players sport shirt supporting Tito
And the Barcelona players paid tributes to their manager, wearing shirts with messages of support before their match with Real Valladolid on Saturday night.
Guardiola spent four amazingly successful years as Barcelona manager before handing over the reins to Vilanova earlier this year.
Discharged: Vilanova has been in hospital for an operation
You let the fans down selling Van Persie! Usmanov launches fresh attack on Arsenal
08:57 GMT, 20 December 2012
Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov says Arsenal made a mistake in selling Robin van Persie to Premier League rivals Manchester United.
The oligarch, who has accumulated an 18billion fortune and is believed to be one of Russia's richest men, says it is still his dream to own Arsenal.
And in a rare television interview, the 59-year-old, who already owns a 30 per cent stake in the club but has no seat on the board, gave his full backing to under-fire boss Wenger, who has been fighting calls from fans to quit.
Hitting out: Alisher Usmanov has once again criticised the way Arsenal is run
Usmanov, who earned his fortune in
mining, lumber and business investments and is believed to be
significantly wealthier than Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, said the
Arsenal boss has not had enough support in recent years to keep up with
Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.
Speaking in broken English, Usmanov
told CNBC in Moscow this morning : 'First I did not hear the claims that
Arsene Wenger was against me and the board, and I am surprised about
'Second I always tell Mr Wenger he is
one of the best coaches and football managers in the world but I openly
admit he has many, many difficulties to contend with.
'Today less, but over the last five
years he has not had enough support to provide his conceptions of his
game in Arsenal from the board, either for transfers or for keeping
Usmanov was asked if he would have
done more to keep van Persie who joined United in a 24million deal in
the summer, despite Wenger’s attempts to keep the Dutch striker.
Dutch despair: Usmanov attacked Robin van Persie's sale to Manchester United
The Soviet-born businessman said:
'This decision (losing Van Persie) was a mistake. If I am one of
Wenger’s players I would want to stay for the finish, but he explained
Robin want to go to win trophies.
Asked about his influence in the
transfer window, Usmanov said: 'I never interfere with things over which
I have no control, this question (about buying players) is for Wenger.
'I never ever give instruction to chief executive of my plans I only ask you need my help or not.'
Usmanov also said Arsenal had not made enough capital from its commercial wing and he questioned the operation at the Emirates.
Slump: Arsenal have endured a difficult season so far, summed up by the humiliating Capital One Cup defeat to League Two Bradford
He added: 'If I have big stake in
Arsenal of course I have my opinion what we must do, for example in the
commercial side there are many questions over the effectiveness of
commercial side of Arsenal today. But we will see we will wait and may
be when I wake up some day I have this Arsenal club.
'The cycle of big money might change
tomorrow in football. Everything has a limit, and this cycle of
development (rising wages and transfer fees) may come down.'
EXCLUSIVE: Roman ready to break the bank with 10m-a-year deal for Atletico striker Falcao
22:01 GMT, 13 December 2012
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is prepared to make Radamel Falcao the club's top earner by offering the striker a staggering 10million-a-year contract.
The Colombia forward is the club's No 1 transfer target and the Russian billionaire is determined to ensure the prolific South American becomes the next global superstar to make his way to Stamford Bridge.
Blue could be his colour: Radamel Falcao is the most in-demand striker in Europe
And Sportsmail has learned the West London club will offer the 26-year-old a deal worth in the region of 200,000-per-week, to lure Falcao.
The pay package would eclipse the club's current top earner Fernando Torres, who is understood to earn 175,000-per-week.
The staggering salary underlines how
serious the current Champions League holders are about signing Falcao,
who is viewed as the hottest property in world football.
Meanwhile, Blues starlet Connor Hunte, 16, is close to signing a new long-term contract with the Blues.
The England Under-17 international has been tipped to have a major impact at Chelsea by the club's academy staff.
Manchester City are keen on poaching
the midfielder, who has been compared to Germany international Mesut
Ozil, but Chelsea look to have secured Hunte's future.
Full package: Falcao cost Atletico 38million when he replaced Sergio Aguero
Money talks: Fernando Torres is under pressure at Chelsea, despite the arrival of fellow countryman Rafael Benitez on loan