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Arsenal financial figures show 123m in the bank after 17m six-month profit

Arsenal fans up in arms about unspent 123m cashpot while rivals leave them in the dust

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Protests: Arsenal fans have grown frustrated with a lack of spending compared with high ticket prices

Protests: Arsenal fans have grown frustrated with a lack of spending compared with high ticket prices

The Arsenal Supporters' Trust (AST) said
the figures highlighted the need for the club to spend more money on
team strengthening.

An AST spokesman said: 'These figures
contain few surprises. They show that Arsenal yet again made a profit
from the sale of their best players and that the club has large cash
reserves.

'Arsenal fans have contributed to this financial health through paying some of the highest ticket prices in world football. A further improvement in the club's financial strength is expected when new TV monies and commercial deals come on stream in 2013 and 2014. AST members want to see this money used for more, and better, investment in the team'

'The results also show the club does spend considerable money on wages, approximately 150m per annum. But the football decisions made on player investment, player selection and player wage levels are not delivering a more competitive team.

'The AST believes the club are financially well set to improve on the decline of the last few seasons. The remaining question is whether it has the boardroom leadership and football decision making expertise to make the money count.'

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to manage Manchester United but not as Sir Alex Ferguson"s replacement

You cut me up I’ll bleed red! Solskjaer wants United job… but not as Fergie’s successor

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UPDATED:

14:57 GMT, 29 November 2012

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he’d love to manage Manchester United, but doesn’t want to be Sir Alex Ferguson’s immediate replacement.

The former United striker has calved out a successful managerial career in Norway, winning back to back titles with Molde.

Solskjaer, who made 366 appearances for the Old Trafford club has been linked with a number of jobs in England, including Aston Villa and Blackburn.

Make mine a Treble: Members of the famous 1999 United squad, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Peter Schmeichel, Denis Irwin and Andrew Cole talk with Sir Alex Ferguson after the unveiling of a statue to the United boss

Make mine a Treble: Members of the famous 1999 United squad, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Peter Schmeichel, Denis Irwin and Andrew Cole talk with Sir Alex Ferguson after the unveiling of a statue to the United boss

The 39-year-old managed the Manchester United reserves before heading home to Norway and says he would love to return to Old Trafford and take the top job – but not for a few years yet.

He told FourFourTwo: 'I can say that I’m not stupid enough or naive enough to be able to do that job.

Success story: Solskjaer has won back to back titles with Molde

Success story: Solskjaer has won back to back titles with Molde

'Every player who has played for Man United would hope that they become such a good manager that they could get that job.

'If that’s to happen I’ve got to work hard in many, many years and learn, get the experience and let’s see later on.’

Solskjaer carved his name into Manchester United folk law as a super-sub, with his most famous goal coming in the dying seconds of the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich in Barcelona.

Making history: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates scoring the winner for Manchester United in the 1999 Champions League final

Making history: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates scoring the winner for Manchester United in the 1999 Champions League final

And he is keen to gain the affections of the United faithful once more – but this time as manager.

He added: 'As young managers, when you come to a tough period you’ve got to get through that one to show the Man United board, Man United supporters that you might be the right man.

'I’ll have to get through hard times before I think about that one. I’m always going to be a Man United supporter, you cut me up I’ll bleed red.

'Any kid’s dream is to play at Man United if you have a Man United heart. When you get too old to play, the next best thing is to be the manager.'

Jack Butland could be sold by Birmingham

Birmingham prepared to sell Butland if Paladini's takeover falls through

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UPDATED:

22:21 GMT, 14 November 2012

Jack Butland will be sold by Birmingham City in the New Year, unless Gianni Paladini's takeover of the club is successful.

The England international has yet to play half a-season for Lee Clark but with the cash reserves dwindling, the keeper will be sacrificed to ensure the St Andrew's club can continue to operate.

Butland has agreed a five-year deal last year and Birmingham rejected a 6m offer by Southampton for the teenager during the summer.

Heading out Jack Butland could be sold by Birmingham

Heading out Jack Butland could be sold by Birmingham

Liverpool are also interested but Birmingham will be in a position to rebuff any interest should the second bid by Paladini's consortium be accepted by acting chairman Peter Pannu.

The offer, which is for an initial 20m backed by a further 10m, is being consideration in Hong Kong by owner Carson Yeung and Paladini's accountants are currently undertaking due dilligence.

Bid: Gianni Paladini

Bid: Gianni Paladini

The former QPR chief executive said: 'We want to get a deal done very soon because we don't want to lose any players in January.

'I am hopeful that we can get something agreed within the next ten days.

'I still believe BIrmingham can reach the play-offs and our intention is to sign four or five players in the transfer window to strengthen.

'We have spent a lot of money trying to get this completed and currently we are looking through the books.

'Our intentions have never wavered. We want it done. And we are keen to get it sorted by the end of next week.'

He said: ‘That means delivering a stadium that preferably is multi- purpose, at the heart of the community, and able to host concerts and big set-piece events alongside world-class sport.’

Everton v Liverpool preview – can David Moyes" side stay ahead?

The Mersey mission: Everton are on a high, but can they stay ahead of Liverpool

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UPDATED:

08:37 GMT, 27 October 2012

The late Liverpool manager Bill
Shankly achieved many great things at Anfield, and was also responsible
for one of the most cutting put-downs of Everton.

‘In my time at Liverpool, we had the
two best teams on Merseyside,’ Shankly once said. ‘They were Liverpool
and Liverpool reserves.’

Head to head: Nikica Jelavic and Luis Suarez will square up at Goodison Park

Head to head: Nikica Jelavic and Luis Suarez will square up at Goodison Park

On a mission: Everton Manager David Moyes

On a mission: Everton Manager David Moyes

Derby debut: Liverpool manager Brendan

Derby debut: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

A great line indeed, but one that
Kopites would be reluctant to trot out to their rivals as they head
across Stanley Park on Sunday.

Right now, it is Everton that stand
tall on Merseyside. Having finished ahead of Liverpool last season for
only the second time since their last championship success in 1987,
Everton will lead their neighbours by nine points if they win.

Even the bookmakers have David Moyes’ team as narrow favourites but the question is this: Can this blue supremacy really last

It's match night at Anfield on
Thursday. At the main stand coffee bars, the young servers wear staff
T-shirts with slogans on the back.

‘Liverpool without European football is like a banquet without wine,’ reads one from Roy Evans.

‘It’s not about the long ball or the short ball, it’s about the right ball,’ is another from Bob Paisley.

Such words fit nicely into the
romance of a visit to Anfield. It’s a stadium built to invoke memories.
It still looks the same, the announcer’s voice is instantly recognisable
and he still plays the best half-time music.

Out on the field, though, the modern
Liverpool’s version of Europe is a visit from Anzhi Makhachkala in the
Europa League. There’s not much romance about that.

Young guns: Samed Yesil (left) and Jack Robinson in Liverpool training before Sunday's Merseyside derby

Young guns: Samed Yesil (left) and Jack Robinson in Liverpool training before Sunday's Merseyside derby

Fall guy: Joe Cole (middle) takes a tumble as Sebastian Coates (left) and Jon Flanagan look on

Fall guy: Joe Cole (middle) takes a tumble as Sebastian Coates (left) and Jon Flanagan look on

Under new manager Brendan Rodgers,
there are steady signs of improvement. Liverpool are beginning to keep
the ball better and are defending better. They spend the majority of the
night in the Anzhi half, win on the back of a super Stewart Downing
goal and head to Goodison after three successive clean sheets.

Rodgers knows, though, that his immediate horizons, in terms of tangible progress, are limited.

‘Everton finished ahead of us last
season,’ he told Sportsmail. ‘I have seen reports and read snippets
where they think they can finish in the top four this season.

‘They are obviously very confident. My situation is different. I’m trying to get this team as competitive as I can.

‘The status of this club over many
years meant that it was always at the top. So no opponent was different
to any other. But that level has dropped. The hard work is getting the
club to the top end of the division.

‘Coming in to this job, this club had
finished sixth, seventh and eighth. That’s the reality of where it’s
at, so my focus is only on improvement.’

Rodgers is a wonderfully realistic
man. After a difficult summer transfer window, he knows the current
squad is not good enough for the top four. So if Everton do indeed
remain there, the chances are Liverpool will be in their wake again.

That would certainly be hard to take
but, crucially, Liverpool’s supporters appear to have bought into
Rodgers’ vision of baby step progress. On Thursday his name is sung
before kick-off and again during the second half. His trust in young
players such as Jonjo Shelvey and Andre Wisdom is clearly endorsed by
what looks close to a full house.

On the ball: Joe Allen (right) tries to shake off the attentions of Samed Yesil

On the ball: Joe Allen (right) tries to shake off the attentions of Samed Yesil

Behind you! Allen tries to pinch the ball from Flanagan during training at Melwood on Friday

Behind you! Allen tries to pinch the ball from Flanagan during training at Melwood on Friday

‘Jonjo’s like Bambi on ice when he gets going,’ chuckles one fan. ‘But at least he gives everything.’

Of concern to Liverpool is the
current reliance on two more senior players, Steven Gerrard and Luis
Suarez. The relationship between the two is beginning to look as
fundamental as that between Gerrard and Fernando Torres when Liverpool
last came close to winning the title back in 2009.

For all his faults, Suarez remains a
terrific player and Rodgers has done well to rehabilitate him after the
tribulations of last season. If Liverpool are to prosper, the Uruguayan
and his captain simply must stay fit.

‘We are having more controlled
possession and that’s the important bit,’ said Rodgers. ‘Anzhi was a
difficult game and we did well.’

Sunday, he can be sure, will be more difficult.

Goodison Park is a great place to
watch a derby. It’s a great place to watch any football match. It’s also
a stadium that is acting like a noose round the neck of long-term
Everton progress. In the dug-out, manager Moyes’ guts will churn as he
seeks victory over the enemy. He feels it that badly.

Over time, though, no matter what
Moyes does, a more predictable order may return to Merseyside unless
they find a buyer for the club or leave dear old Goodison behind.

Match-day revenue per season is
17.4m at Goodison. At Anfield it’s 55m and that’s before work begins
to increase Liverpool’s stadium capacity to 60,000.

The gulf is clear. Commercially — at
home and abroad — Liverpool remain a very big club. Everton — a club
that boast only a dozen executive boxes — are somewhat smaller. Last
season Liverpool were shown live on Sky and ESPN 22 times. Everton
featured on nine occasions.

Against this background, Everton’s current supremacy is all the more remarkable.

Keepers' capers: Brad Jones (left) and Pepe Reina in action with the new fluorescent Premier League winter footballs

Keepers' capers: Brad Jones (left) and Pepe Reina in action with the new fluorescent Premier League winter footballs

Iron fists: Pepe Reina punches the ball away

Iron fists: Pepe Reina punches the ball away

Under Bill Kenwright’s ownership, the
club has pushed itself bravely in terms of finance. Everton pay good
wages — Marouane Fellaini earns 75,000 a week — and forthcoming
financial results will show total outlay in that area to be 60m, the
ninth-highest in the Premier League. Everton survive and prosper by
driving hard bargains when they buy players and selling one big name
every summer to keep the bank from the door.

Currently, it’s a model that is keeping them ahead of the Reds but still an inferiority complex remains among some supporters.

There is a perception that the authorities favour Liverpool.

The city council, for example,
recently granted planning permission and imposed compulsory purchase
orders so the redevelopment of Anfield could begin. Everton, meanwhile,
saw their attempt to build a new stadium in Kirkby thrown out by the
government in 2009.

Currently there are intentions to
look at a site on nearby Stanley Park. There was a meeting with the
council about it on Friday.

A buyer for the club would help.
Kenwright would sell for about 120m, but who would want to buy a club
with a stadium barely fit for modern purpose

In the Everton dressing room they are optimistic ahead of the derby.

A friend of one senior player says: ‘We think Liverpool are weak through the middle of defence.’

But Everton have fluffed their lines
against the enemy before, most notably when giving up a 1-0 lead in last
season’s FA Cup semi-final.

Over his decade at Goodison, Moyes has won just three of 20 league games against Liverpool but nobody can fault his ambition.

‘My job is to try (to finish above Liverpool) and I have to look to try to do that,’ he said yesterday.

‘It’s a big ask. Everton’s sole focus
shouldn’t be on finishing above Liverpool. We have to think about
finishing above Manchester United and City. That might sound crazy but
that’s what I’m thinking of.’

The Mersey mission: Everton are on a high, but can they stay ahead of Liverpool?

The Mersey mission: Everton are on a high, but can they stay ahead of Liverpool

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UPDATED:

22:59 GMT, 26 October 2012

The late Liverpool manager Bill
Shankly achieved many great things at Anfield, and was also responsible
for one of the most cutting put-downs of Everton.

‘In my time at Liverpool, we had the
two best teams on Merseyside,’ Shankly once said. ‘They were Liverpool
and Liverpool reserves.’

On a mission: Everton Manager David Moyes

On a mission: Everton Manager David Moyes

Derby debut: Liverpool manager Brendan

Derby debut: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

A great line indeed, but one that
Kopites would be reluctant to trot out to their rivals as they head
across Stanley Park on Sunday.

Right now, it is Everton that stand
tall on Merseyside. Having finished ahead of Liverpool last season for
only the second time since their last championship success in 1987,
Everton will lead their neighbours by nine points if they win.

Even the bookmakers have David Moyes’ team as narrow favourites but the question is this: Can this blue supremacy really last

It's match night at Anfield on
Thursday. At the main stand coffee bars, the young servers wear staff
T-shirts with slogans on the back.

‘Liverpool without European football is like a banquet without wine,’ reads one from Roy Evans.

‘It’s not about the long ball or the short ball, it’s about the right ball,’ is another from Bob Paisley.

Such words fit nicely into the
romance of a visit to Anfield. It’s a stadium built to invoke memories.
It still looks the same, the announcer’s voice is instantly recognisable
and he still plays the best half-time music.

Out on the field, though, the modern
Liverpool’s version of Europe is a visit from Anzhi Makhachkala in the
Europa League. There’s not much romance about that.

Young guns: Samed Yesil (left) and Jack Robinson in Liverpool training before Sunday's Merseyside derby

Young guns: Samed Yesil (left) and Jack Robinson in Liverpool training before Sunday's Merseyside derby

Fall guy: Joe Cole (middle) takes a tumble as Sebastian Coates (left) and Jon Flanagan look on

Fall guy: Joe Cole (middle) takes a tumble as Sebastian Coates (left) and Jon Flanagan look on

Under new manager Brendan Rodgers,
there are steady signs of improvement. Liverpool are beginning to keep
the ball better and are defending better. They spend the majority of the
night in the Anzhi half, win on the back of a super Stewart Downing
goal and head to Goodison after three successive clean sheets.

Rodgers knows, though, that his immediate horizons, in terms of tangible progress, are limited.

‘Everton finished ahead of us last
season,’ he told Sportsmail. ‘I have seen reports and read snippets
where they think they can finish in the top four this season.

‘They are obviously very confident. My situation is different. I’m trying to get this team as competitive as I can.

‘The status of this club over many
years meant that it was always at the top. So no opponent was different
to any other. But that level has dropped. The hard work is getting the
club to the top end of the division.

‘Coming in to this job, this club had
finished sixth, seventh and eighth. That’s the reality of where it’s
at, so my focus is only on improvement.’

Rodgers is a wonderfully realistic
man. After a difficult summer transfer window, he knows the current
squad is not good enough for the top four. So if Everton do indeed
remain there, the chances are Liverpool will be in their wake again.

That would certainly be hard to take
but, crucially, Liverpool’s supporters appear to have bought into
Rodgers’ vision of baby step progress. On Thursday his name is sung
before kick-off and again during the second half. His trust in young
players such as Jonjo Shelvey and Andre Wisdom is clearly endorsed by
what looks close to a full house.

On the ball: Joe Allen (right) tries to shake off the attentions of Samed Yesil

On the ball: Joe Allen (right) tries to shake off the attentions of Samed Yesil

Behind you! Allen tries to pinch the ball from Flanagan during training at Melwood on Friday

Behind you! Allen tries to pinch the ball from Flanagan during training at Melwood on Friday

‘Jonjo’s like Bambi on ice when he gets going,’ chuckles one fan. ‘But at least he gives everything.’

Of concern to Liverpool is the
current reliance on two more senior players, Steven Gerrard and Luis
Suarez. The relationship between the two is beginning to look as
fundamental as that between Gerrard and Fernando Torres when Liverpool
last came close to winning the title back in 2009.

For all his faults, Suarez remains a
terrific player and Rodgers has done well to rehabilitate him after the
tribulations of last season. If Liverpool are to prosper, the Uruguayan
and his captain simply must stay fit.

‘We are having more controlled
possession and that’s the important bit,’ said Rodgers. ‘Anzhi was a
difficult game and we did well.’

Sunday, he can be sure, will be more difficult.

Goodison Park is a great place to
watch a derby. It’s a great place to watch any football match. It’s also
a stadium that is acting like a noose round the neck of long-term
Everton progress. In the dug-out, manager Moyes’ guts will churn as he
seeks victory over the enemy. He feels it that badly.

Over time, though, no matter what
Moyes does, a more predictable order may return to Merseyside unless
they find a buyer for the club or leave dear old Goodison behind.

Match-day revenue per season is
17.4m at Goodison. At Anfield it’s 55m and that’s before work begins
to increase Liverpool’s stadium capacity to 60,000.

The gulf is clear. Commercially — at
home and abroad — Liverpool remain a very big club. Everton — a club
that boast only a dozen executive boxes — are somewhat smaller. Last
season Liverpool were shown live on Sky and ESPN 22 times. Everton
featured on nine occasions.

Against this background, Everton’s current supremacy is all the more remarkable.

Keepers' capers: Brad Jones (left) and Pepe Reina in action with the new fluorescent Premier League winter footballs

Keepers' capers: Brad Jones (left) and Pepe Reina in action with the new fluorescent Premier League winter footballs

Iron fists: Pepe Reina punches the ball away

Iron fists: Pepe Reina punches the ball away

Under Bill Kenwright’s ownership, the
club has pushed itself bravely in terms of finance. Everton pay good
wages — Marouane Fellaini earns 75,000 a week — and forthcoming
financial results will show total outlay in that area to be 60m, the
ninth-highest in the Premier League. Everton survive and prosper by
driving hard bargains when they buy players and selling one big name
every summer to keep the bank from the door.

Currently, it’s a model that is keeping them ahead of the Reds but still an inferiority complex remains among some supporters.

There is a perception that the authorities favour Liverpool.

The city council, for example,
recently granted planning permission and imposed compulsory purchase
orders so the redevelopment of Anfield could begin. Everton, meanwhile,
saw their attempt to build a new stadium in Kirkby thrown out by the
government in 2009.

Currently there are intentions to
look at a site on nearby Stanley Park. There was a meeting with the
council about it on Friday.

A buyer for the club would help.
Kenwright would sell for about 120m, but who would want to buy a club
with a stadium barely fit for modern purpose

In the Everton dressing room they are optimistic ahead of the derby.

A friend of one senior player says: ‘We think Liverpool are weak through the middle of defence.’

But Everton have fluffed their lines
against the enemy before, most notably when giving up a 1-0 lead in last
season’s FA Cup semi-final.

Over his decade at Goodison, Moyes has won just three of 20 league games against Liverpool but nobody can fault his ambition.

‘My job is to try (to finish above Liverpool) and I have to look to try to do that,’ he said yesterday.

‘It’s a big ask. Everton’s sole focus
shouldn’t be on finishing above Liverpool. We have to think about
finishing above Manchester United and City. That might sound crazy but
that’s what I’m thinking of.’

Joe Cole scores for Liverpool reserves on return form injury

Cole ready to feature in Europa clash with Udinese after scoring for Liverpool reserves

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 1 October 2012

Joe Cole could feature in Liverpool's Europa League squad for Thursday’s match against Udinese after marking his return to action with a goal.

Cole, 30, out for six weeks with a hamstring problem sustained on the opening day of the campaign at West Bromwich Albion, played 59 minutes for Liverpool’s reserves on Monday and scored the opening goal in a 3-0 win over Fulham.

Back in action: Cole made his Liverpool return for the reserves

Back in action: Cole made his Liverpool return for the reserves

Arsenal aren"t scared to spend, says Arsene Wenger

We are not scared to spend, says Wenger as Arsenal boss defends transfer policy

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UPDATED:

12:17 GMT, 27 September 2012

Arsene Wenger maintains Arsenal are not scared to spend money – but will always do it 'in the right way'.

The Gunners' parent holding company are set to post their latest set of financial results on Thursday afternoon, which are understood to again show a healthy operating profit and considerable cash reserves.

The joy of six: Arsenal romped to victory over Coventry on Wednesday

The joy of six: Arsenal romped to victory over Coventry on Wednesday

Those will be further boosted by the
24million sale of former captain Robin van Persie to Manchester United,
although also offset against the summer signings of Lukas Podolski,
Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud, who scored his first Arsenal goal in
Wednesday night's Capital One Cup win over Coventry.

Wenger believes the continued positive financial situation at the Emirates Stadium is 'very pleasing', but does represent a delicate balancing act between stability off the pitch and consistency on it.

'We want to spend our money in the right way. We are not scared to spend the money,' said Wenger.

'With some clubs we can't compete on certain players – and for the rest, we only want to bring in players who add something to our squad and give a chance as well to the young players we have.

Cash-flow: Wenger defended Arsenal's transfer policy on Thursday

Cash-flow: Wenger defended Arsenal's transfer policy on Thursday

'We have good players, because to buy one more, we have to get one out.'

'Our numbers are good,' added Wenger. 'Under the actual circumstances this is quite positive because the whole (global) environment is not positive.

'We are very lucky because we have a good support and the income of our gates is very high.

'We have to maintain that by keeping our fans happy and to continue to manage well in the way that we do it.'

Joey Barton fined 420,000

420K! Barton dumped as captain and fined… but QPR wanted him sacked

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UPDATED:

00:28 GMT, 26 June 2012

Joey Barton has been fined 420,000 by Queens Park Rangers, but the club failed in their attempts to sack the midfielder for his Etihad Stadium rage.

And, as Sportsmail predicted on May 25, the 29-year-old has been stripped of the club captaincy as a result of his behaviour during QPR’s final game of the season at Manchester City.

Flash point: Barton kicked out at Sergio Aguero and tried to headbutt Vincent Kompany after being dismissed for elbowing Carlos Tevez

Flash point: Barton kicked out at Sergio Aguero and tried to headbutt Vincent Kompany after being dismissed for elbowing Carlos Tevez

After being sent off for catching
Carlos Tevez with an elbow, Barton, who earns 70,000 per week,
proceeded to lash out at Sergio Aguero and attempted to butt Vincent
Kompany.

QPR’s actions come after the FA hit
Barton with a 12-match ban for his tantrum. Following an internal
investigation into the incident, a club statement read: ‘Queens Park
Rangers Football Club can confirm Joey Barton has been fined six weeks’
wages and will no longer be club captain.

‘The 29 year-old midfielder will also be absent from the club’s pre-season tour of Asia in July.

Dismissed: Barton will miss the first 12 games of the season following his suspension

Dismissed: Barton will miss the first 12 games of the season following his suspension

‘The club has also reached agreement with Barton that if he seriously
breaches the club’s disciplinary procedures again, the club reserves the
right to terminate his contract.’

But while QPR appear to have come down heavily on Barton, the club were
forced to rule out the option of sacking the midfielder for gross
misconduct.

The west London club are determined to ship him out of Loftus Road one
way or another and hoped his violent tirade would have opened the door
to terminating his contract. However, after taking legal advice the club
were informed they did not have sufficient grounds to sack Barton, who
tweeted on Monday: ‘I was reckless and deserved every punishment I
received.

And another thing: Barton squares up to Tevez during the final day match at Eastlands

And another thing: Barton squares up to Tevez during the final day match at Eastlands

‘Money comes and goes, it’s not important to me. Losing the captaincy and missing 12 games is what really hurts.

‘I was stupid and that’s what happens when you do dumb things. I am
confident I’ll bounce back. Cannot wait. I wish to put it behind me now
and help QPR, once available of course, push on towards the top half.’
Nevertheless, manager Mark Hughes will drop Barton from his 25-man

Premier League squad next season and is likely to make him train with
the reserves until he leaves.

Joey Barton stripped of QPR captaincy and fined six weeks wages

Barton stripped of QPR captaincy and fined six weeks' wages for tantrum against City

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UPDATED:

13:03 GMT, 25 June 2012

Joey Barton has paid for his moments of madness on the final day of the season after QPR stripped him of the captaincy and fined him six weeks wages.

Barton was sent off for elbowing Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez during QPR's 3-2 defeat but the midfielder kneed Sergio Aguero and aimed a headbutt at Vincent Kompany before leaving the pitch.

And he's off: Joey Barton saw red after clashing with Carlos Tevez

And he's off: Joey Barton saw red after clashing with Carlos Tevez

A QPR statement read: 'Following a full internal investigation, Queens Park Rangers Football Club can confirm Joey Barton has been fined six weeks' wages and will no longer be club captain.

'The 29 year-old midfielder will also be absent from the club's pre-season tour of Asia in July.

Not finished: Barton kneed Sergio Aguero before leaving the pitch

Not finished: Barton kneed Sergio Aguero before leaving the pitch

'The club has also reached agreement with Barton that if he seriously breaches the club's disciplinary procedures again, the club reserves the right to terminate his contract.'

Barton has already been banned for the first 12 games of next season for his behaviour at the Etihad Stadium.

CEO Philip Beard said: 'It was important that we took our time to make sure we came to the correct decision, which I believe we have achieved.

Still not finished: Barton appeared to aim a headbutt at Vincent Kompany

Still not finished: Barton appeared to aim a headbutt at Vincent Kompany

'Joey's behaviour, which led to his red card at Manchester City, and his subsequent actions were completely unacceptable and we have made our feelings on this matter known to him.

'I am really pleased with the way in which the club and Joey have worked towards reaching a sensible conclusion and we fully believe he will respond to these sanctions in the correct manner.'

Barton said: 'My behaviour was wrong and I accept the punishment that has been imposed upon me as a result.

'I apologise to the manager, my team-mates and of course the QPR fans for my actions. I also apologise to the Manchester City players, staff and supporters.'

Helping hands: Barton is dragged off after his moments of madness

Helping hands: Barton is dragged off after his moments of madness

Barton then took to Twitter, adding: 'I was reckless and deserved every punishment I received.

'Money comes and goes, it's not important to me. Losing the captaincy and missing 12 games is what really hurts.

'I was stupid and that's what happens when you do dumb things. I am confident I'll bounce back. Cannot wait.

'That's all I have to say on the matter. I wish to put it behind me now and help QPR, once available of course, push on towards the top half.'

Euro 2012: Giovanni Trapattoni names Ireland line-up

Week to go and Trapattoni names his team for opening clash with Croatia

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UPDATED:

20:08 GMT, 3 June 2012

Giovanni Trapattoni named his side for the Republic of Ireland's opening match of Euro 2012 – a week before they kick off against Croatia in Poznan.

Coach Trapattoni's extraordinary step means no guessing games in the Monday night's friendly in Hungary will be on tenterhooks for seven days.

Early call: Giovanni Trapattoni named his Ireland side to take on Croatia

Early call: Giovanni Trapattoni named his Ireland side to take on Croatia

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Sunderland's John O'Shea will be particularly anxious to come through unscathed as he plays his first match for almost a month.

Shay Given, Richard Dunne, O'Shea,
Sean St Ledger, Stephen Ward, Damien Duff, Keith Andrews, Greg Whelan,
Aidan McGeady, Robbie Keane and Kevin Doyle are the chosen for the
opening fixture on Sunday.

Preparations: The Ireland squad train ahead of their final warm-up game

Preparations: The Ireland squad train ahead of their final warm-up game

It means a longer wait for
Sunderland's James McClean, who has gone from League of Ireland football
to the European stage via Eppleton Colliery in the space of the year.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill took
an instant shine to the youngster, who also hails from Derry, when he
saw him in a reserve match on his first day in the job.

McClean has not looked back, much to the delight of his club manager, who picked him for his first game in charge.

The match ended with 2-1 victory over Blackburn.

'His emergence and the two late goals that day were the defining point of our season,' recalled O'Neill.

Plenty to ponder: Captain Robbie Keane will lead the line for Ireland

Plenty to ponder: Captain Robbie Keane will lead the line for Ireland

Yet when O'Neill first saw McClean
playing at Eppleton against Manchester United reserves on a miserable
night in early December, he could never have imagined his impact.

'It was a terrible evening,' he said. 'The wind was howling around, it was bitterly cold and the pitch wasn't the best.

'He actually didn't start all that
brilliantly, although he wasn't alone in that. It was hard for everybody
to contend with the conditions but, after a quiet five or ten minutes,
he came into it and what he did, he did pretty well.

'Then when he came on against Blackburn, the first time he got the ball, he got past the full-back and put a cross over.

'It was a dangerous enough ball and
although it was cleared, it gave everybody renewed hope That moment and
the following 10 minutes were really, really important for the football
club.

'He was dying to get involved and from Manchester City onwards, it was all his.'

McClean was signed by Steve Bruce on the insistence of Niall Quinn but never used by the previous manager.

Yet he did not miss a game from the turn of the year under O'Neill.

'Although Trapattoni was initially
reluctant to select a player who was still fresh out of the Irish
league, he eventually made the Italian's squad for the February friendly
against Czech Republic.

O'Neill said: 'It's an amazing story, because he has exceeded all expectations.

'And I'll tell you what's remarkable
– with younger players, you often get a surge but then they taper off.
That never materialised with James.

'He's very easy to manage. He trains
every day and wants to train, to improve. He must take immense personal
pride from what's happened.

'My own view is that I don't particularly care who plays full-back for Spain, James has the capability of getting past him.

'He's just got this inner sense of self-belief.'