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Sergio Aguero plays pool in Manchester pub – pictures

Aguero sinks the reds (again): Right on cue, City's 38m star joins locals for game of pool in Manchester boozer

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

10:36 GMT, 11 April 2013

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UPDATED:

11:17 GMT, 11 April 2013

We've all been there – sipping a pint in your local pub waiting for that bloke to finish playing pool so you can get a game.

But what would you do if the guy sending you potty was none other than Sergio Aguero

Manchester City's 38million striker isn't the kind of person you'd expect to bump into as you enjoy a post-work drink down your boozer.

Yet, at just before 6pm yesterday, that's exactly what happened in the Woodley Arms in Stockport.

Pool party: Sergio Aguero lines up a shot at the Woodley Arms in Stockport

Pool party: Sergio Aguero lines up a shot at the Woodley Arms in Stockport

Eye on the balls: Aguero focuses on the game against his opponent

Eye on the balls: Aguero focuses on the game against his opponent

Vision: Aguero takes aim inside the boozer

Vision: Aguero takes aim inside the boozer

Vision: Aguero takes aim inside the boozer as part of an advert being filmed for Puma

Rumours had been circulating that the Argentina ace was going to pop in and around 100 locals got to see him up close.

City boss Roberto Mancini doesn't need to worry about Aguero's post-training habits, however. His visit was part of an advert being filmed by his sponsors Puma.

The player has already spent time being filmed on an all-weather pitch at a nearby sports centre before heading for his game of pool.

VIDEO No chance of a quiet game of pool in this Stockport pub…

Fans descend on Stockport pub to see as Sergio Aguero play pool…

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Famous face: Aguero looked like he enjoyed his visit to the pub

Famous face: Aguero looked like he enjoyed his visit to the pub

Technique: Aguero at the table

Technique: Aguero at the table

Aguero – who scored the winner in Monday's Manchester derby at Old Trafford – was brilliant with the City fans, signing autographs and posing for pictures before driving away in his Aston Martin Vanquish.

Jamie Taylor, manager of the Woodley Arms (and a confesses United fan), was delighted with his pub being used for the event.

He told the Manchester Evening News: 'You couldn’t say No, could you He’s a great player and I was as giddy as anyone when he came through the door.

'A lot of our regulars are City fans
so it’s been a great afternoon for them and something I’m sure we’ll be
having a bit of banter about for a long time.

'He
was pretty handy pool player as well. We’ve got a pool league down here
and if he fancies a regular game he’s welcome any time.'

Local Bob Marston, 70, added: 'Word was spreading like wildfire and I got the call and came straight down.

'I'm
off down to Wembley on Sunday – I was impressed with his pool skills
and hopefully he’ll be in similar form against Chelsea.'

Winner: Aguero fires home against Manchester United - leaving Phil Jones shocked

Winner: Aguero fires home against Manchester United – leaving Phil Jones shocked

Flying high: Aguero celebrates his winner against United at Old Trafford

Flying high: Aguero celebrates his winner against United at Old Trafford

Grant Holt commits future to Norwich

I'm staying put: Norwich striker Holt says he is not leaving Carrow Road

By
Lee Bryan

PUBLISHED:

12:01 GMT, 2 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:01 GMT, 2 March 2013

Grant Holt has put an end to speculation over his future by committing himself to Norwich.

Rumours had been circulating that Holt was set for a move to Celtic after he bought a house in his hometown of Carlisle.

But the striker has denied any talk of a move away from Carrow Road.

Going nowhere: Grant Holt says he is staying at Norwich

Going nowhere: Grant Holt says he is staying at Norwich

He said: 'There’s been a lot of talk about me leaving but it’s all news to me. Yes, we’ve bought a house, but just for the schools.

'It means a lot of driving but I’m used to that.

'I signed a three-year contract last year and will see it through. I will stay for as long as the manager and club want me.'

Brendan Rodgers claims Luis Suarez will not leave Liverpool

Suarez isn't going anywhere, vows Rodgers as Liverpool chase European place

By
Andy Hampson, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

10:23 GMT, 26 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:23 GMT, 26 January 2013

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has no concerns about star striker Luis Suarez's commitment to the club.

The Uruguay international is enjoying an outstanding season having scored 20 goals for the Anfield outfit.

That has led to speculation that other clubs could move in for the 40million-rated forward if the Reds' absence from the Champions League continues.

Staying put: Brendan Rodgers says his star striker Luis Suarez will remain at Anfield even if they miss out on the Champions League

Staying put: Brendan Rodgers says his star striker Luis Suarez will remain at Anfield even if they miss out on the Champions League

Liverpool are currently seventh in the Barclays Premier League and facing a battle to regain a place in Europe's elite competition.

But Rodgers is confident Suarez shares his vision for the club and does not believe the 26-year-old's future on Merseyside depends on whether they qualify or not.

Don't walk away: Rodgers says he has no reason to doubt Suarez's commitment, despite rumours of a big money move

Don't walk away: Rodgers says he has no reason to doubt Suarez's commitment, despite rumours of a big money move

Rodgers said: 'Luis had a terrific season last season and he had an opportunity to leave in the summer, and probably would have had a ready-made excuse with a new manager coming in, but he never did.

'He committed to the club. He sees the vision going forward, and he believes in that.

'He knows it won't happen overnight. He has had a brilliant season with 20 goals until now, and hopefully there are many more to come.'

Sharp shooter: Suarez already has 20 goals this season

Sharp shooter: Suarez already has 20 goals this season

Suarez signed a long-term contract at Anfield in August.

Liverpool face a big week with an FA Cup fourth-round tie at Oldham followed by Premier League away trips to Arsenal and Manchester City.

Rodgers is determined to keep firing on all fronts.

He said: 'When you are a club like this you are judged on your trophies, and we want to improve in the league as well.'

Manchester City keep watching Sampdoria"s Pedro Obiang

City stay hot on the heels of Sampdoria's Obiang with Chelsea and Spurs also keen

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UPDATED:

22:49 GMT, 10 December 2012

Manchester City continue to track Sampdoria’s Spanish midfielder Pedro Obiang.

The 20-year-old has been watched by the likes of Tottenham and Chelsea, while a number of other European clubs have expressed an interest.

Obiang, who has made 12 appearances this season, joined Sampdoria in 2008 from Atletico Madrid, and speculation has been mounting since the begining of the season that he could return to his homeland.

In demand: Pedro Obiang has a host of clubs, including Man City, on his trail

In demand: Pedro Obiang has a host of clubs, including Man City, on his trail

But last month his agent claimed his Italian club, who are 13th in Serie A, were under no pressure to sell.

Jose Miguel Gonzalez said in November: 'We know that several Italian, English and Spanish clubs are following him, but Pedro is a mature guy and is thinking only about Sampdoria.

'We are excited about the interest of other clubs, there are many rumours, but we have not spoken to anyone.

'It’s early to talk about the market, Pedro works with humility and wants to help the team to climb up the table. Among February and April we will see what happens.

'Samp is the team which have focused on him and we will always be grateful to them.'

Roberto Mancini is also interested in Corinthians midfielder Paulinho. The Brazil international, 24, is valued at around 16m but City's boss may have to sell first.

Martin O"Neill tells Sunderland players not to take Premier League spot for granted

Don't take top flight spot for granted, O'Neill tells Black Cats

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UPDATED:

22:37 GMT, 30 November 2012

Martin O'Neill has warmed up for his one-year anniversary as Sunderland boss by warning his players not to take their place in the Barclays Premier League for granted.

Twelve months ago this weekend, the Northern Irishman agreed to succeed Steve Bruce with the aim of turning around the fortunes of the club he supported as a boy.

But when Sunderland head to Norwich on Sunday, O’Neill knows his team could be in the bottom three — if both Aston Villa and Southampton win — after winning just two of their 13 League matches.

Vigilance: Martin O'Neill told his players not to take their Premier League place for granted

Vigilance: Martin O'Neill told his players not to take their Premier League place for granted

Such a run was the same as Bruce achieved at the start of last season and O’Neill thinks the club has to realise it can take time to become an established top-flight force.

‘It bothers me that you spend two or three years in the Premier League and suddenly you are a Premier League side,’ said O’Neill, who was forced to scotch rumours he had quit after the 4-2 loss to West Brom.

‘I had this conversation with the chairman at Stoke (Peter Coates) a few months ago. Never for one minute does he think Stoke are an established Premier League side. It is always a fight.

‘We need points on the board. But that is cheap talk, you have to go out and do it in every single game.’

O’Neill heads in to his anniversary without Lee Cattermole. The dressing-room leader is expected to be out until the new year with medial ligament damage in his knee.

And O’Neill, who suggested he is looking to add to his squad in January, added: ‘A year in charge Sometimes I feel like it has been three months and other times, of course, it seems as if it has been a decade.’

Blow: Lee Cattermole is out until the new year

Blow: Lee Cattermole is out until the new year

Manchester City team spirit is back, says Roberto Mancini

Mancini smells team spirit after Villa romp but City boss says champions can improve

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UPDATED:

15:50 GMT, 18 November 2012

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini felt the spirit of last season was returning after the champions regained top spot in the Barclays Premier League.

City may have benefited from one hugely contentious and pivotal refereeing decision, but by full time there was no doubting their superiority as they reached the summit with a 5-0 thrashing of Aston Villa.

After much criticism over performances, reports of disharmony and speculation over various club matters, moving top for the first time this season was highly satisfying for Mancini.

All smiles: Roberto Mancini was delighted with his side's victory over Aston Villa

All smiles: Roberto Mancini was delighted with his side's victory over Aston Villa

And as he reflected on that feat in the aftermath of the game at the Etihad Stadium, the Italian did not know rivals Manchester United would lose in the evening to ensure they remained there.

Mancini said: 'In our mind we found good spirit like last year and with all the problems we've had these two months, for 45 minutes we are on the top and this is very important.

'I think we can improve more. Like I said against Tottenham (last week), I saw the spirit we had last year.'

The flair and momentum which carried City to that memorable first title in 44 years last season has certainly not always been evident this term.

But their durability has not been in question and even amid rumours of crisis – fuelled by an admittedly poor showing in the Champions League – they have remained unbeaten in the Premier League.

Their overall unbeaten sequence in the competition now stretches to a club record 18 matches and they have not lost in 36 home league games going back almost two years.

Their latest victory came after assistant referee Adrian Holmes controversially flagged for handball against Andreas Weimann as David Silva swung in a corner early in the second half.

Referee Jon Moss pointed to the spot amid much bemusement and protest but Sergio Aguero coolly slotted the penalty to add to Silva's scrambled opener.

Carlos Tevez added a second penalty and the two Argentinians then doubled their tallies as Villa wilted.

City will now hope to carry some momentum into their midweek glamour clash with Real Madrid, even though their Champions League task seems a forlorn one.

After collecting just two points from their first four games, City must beat Real and Borussia Dortmund and hope other results go their way to reach the knockout phase.

Mancini said: 'They are two different competitions.

In the driving seat: Carlos Tevez enjoys his cheeky goal celebration after scoring a penalty

In the driving seat: Carlos Tevez enjoys his cheeky goal celebration after scoring a penalty

'On Wednesday we play against one of the best teams in the world, with a fantastic history.

'We want to do a good job. I think we have few chances to go through but it is important to do a good job.'

Aguero expects City to play like they have nothing to lose.

The 24-year-old, who has now scored four goals in his last three City games, said: 'It's a good game. The truth is we have to win so we are going to go out and win however we can.

'We will have to see the other results but in the meantime the important thing is to play how we have been doing and do our best to win.'

Another pleasing aspect of the performance for City – whose position was further enhanced by defeat for third-placed Chelsea – was their clean sheet.

Power Serg: Aguero strikes City's fourth past Villa keeper Brad Guzan at the Etihad Stadium

Power Serg: Aguero strikes City's fourth past Villa keeper Brad Guzan at the Etihad Stadium

The defence, formidable last season, has been under fire this term but they have now shut out opponents in four of their last six league games.

Aguero said: 'Scoring goals is good but last season we were champions on goal difference, so it's important that we don't concede and try to score a lot.

'The result I think was very good. We needed to win and now we are calm and in good spirits.

'With Chelsea having lost their match, we are very happy.'

After surrendering a two-goal lead to lose to Manchester United last week, defeat was another painful one for Villa.

It left Paul Lambert's young side in the bottom three with just nine points from 12 games and still searching for momentum.

But Villa did have their moments before Silva forced in the opener after 43 minutes and Lambert could not escape the thought the outcome might have been different without the first dubious penalty.

Smells like team spirit: Mancini believes his champions can improve but is delighted they are back on top spot

Smells like team spirit: Mancini believes his champions can improve but is delighted they are back on top spot

Lambert said: 'I have been saying for the last few weeks, the lads are giving it everything they have got.

'In the first half Joe Hart made a world-class save to keep it nothing each.

'We had some chances and coming here is a difficult place.

'City are a top side with some really fantastic players, so take nothing away from them, but I am just disappointed the officials were not strong.

'The lads will be fine, they always have been. They will bounce back strongly.'

Alan Pardew on Demba Ba: His faith makes him perfect professional

Alan Pardew: Brilliant Ba's faith makes him the perfect pro

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 2 November 2012

Signing Demba Ba in the summer of 2011 was a complete no-brainer for me and Newcastle United.

I still have contacts at West Ham, friends throughout the club who told me all about Demba. After watching his performances for West Ham, I was convinced he had the right attitude and characteristics. More importantly, he was a player who would score goals at this club.

One of the things I wanted to check out was his injuries. I had heard the rumours, and there was the failed medical at Stoke, but he trained every day at West Ham and they didn’t perceive it would be an issue.

Loving life: Alan Pardew enjoys working with Demba Ba

Loving life: Alan Pardew enjoys working with Demba Ba

Other than the fact there is a picture of his knee which doesn’t look very well, I wasn’t bothered. I’ve not even seen the picture. That’s not to say that at some time in his career it won’t have an effect on him, but he has trained every day with us, too. That is all I need to know.

As a man and a footballer he is strong, clear management material and a leader who tells you how it is. I like all of those attributes in a player.

He is a big leader in the dressing room and I want him here for years, to take the club forward.

Demba is one of a number of Muslim players at Newcastle United. We have as many as eight, and it is a very important part of our club.

Some don’t portray it openly, some do, and Demba is a strong believer who follows the traditions, perhaps more than others, and I respect that.

Their lifestyle makes for great professional footballers because they don’t drink, they live correctly and are absolutely perfect ambassadors for their religion. It is nice to listen to their opinions, too.

There are players who aren’t religious who live just as well. But this group’s focus on their life, career, profession and success is very important to them, and it is not just about how they live, eat, sleep or conduct their lives.

Perfect: Pardew hailed Ba's determination and professionalism

Perfect: Pardew hailed Ba's determination and professionalism

We have thought about building a prayer room for all faiths within St James’ Park which can be used on match days. It is right and we are still trying to nail a place down within the stadium and are investigating the issue to make sure we get it right.

Demba has shown great determination to get where he is today and I see that every day. I see it in negotiations with him. I think he has been hurt by the whole process and he wants to prove to people he is a top player.

I would like to think we have helped him do that at Newcastle United. We are one of the first clubs to offer him security. We all want Demba to stay at Newcastle and we’re working on trying to secure his future at the club.

Graeme Jones must stay at Wigan, says Roberto Martinez amid Burnley job link

Jones must stay, says boss Martinez as Burnley eye Wigan No 2 to replace Howe

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UPDATED:

09:15 GMT, 17 October 2012

Roberto Martinez has issued a hands off warning to Burnley as the Wigan manager battles to keep hold of his No 2 Graeme Jones.

The Latics assistant of four years is believed to be on the shortlist of candidates to take over at the Championship club following Eddie Howe's departure to Bournemouth.

Jones was also pursued by former employers Swansea earlier this summer, but Martinez is determined to retain his services at the DW Stadium.

Don't go: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez wants to keep hold of his assistant manager, Graeme Jones

Don't go: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez wants to keep hold of his assistant manager, Graeme Jones

‘It’s always a massive compliment when other clubs see the good work that you are doing at your football club,’ Martinez told the Wigan Evening Post, speaking ahead of this weekend's game against his former club Swansea.

‘That’s the case for players and it also applies for the staff as well, in this case Graeme

'I’m sure he’ll take the rumours on board, but he won’t let it affect his work in preparing for Saturday’s game.

‘It’s something that goes with the territory when you are involved in football.

‘When you do the right things, this sort of thing comes along – the same as when you don’t do the right things, other things come along.

‘What we have to do is keep focused on the job we have to do here, and the goals we have set ourselves to achieve this season.

‘This is a really important time at our football club, and it could turn out to be a significant building block in our legacy as a football club.'

Elena Baltacha scotches rumours of retirement

Baltacha rubbishes rumours of retirement as she eyes return next year

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UPDATED:

16:28 GMT, 16 October 2012


Return: Elena Baltacha, who played for Great Britain in the Olympics, has scotched rumours of retirement

Return: Elena Baltacha, who played for Great Britain in the Olympics, has scotched rumours of retirement

Former British number one Elena Baltacha has put aside thoughts of retirement and revealed she is fully intending to return to professional tennis next season.

The 29-year-old has not played since the Olympics, where she announced she was planning to have foot surgery that would keep her out for six months and could signal the end of her career.

But, after going under the knife earlier this month, Baltacha is ready to put in the hard work needed to return to full fitness, although she admits her body may have other ideas.

The Scot said: 'I do really want to come back. Over the last couple of months I've realised I do want to compete again.

'The competition is the one thing I really miss about it, when it's 4-4 in the third set and 30-30. You can't really replace that playing a game of cards.

'But it all depends on my recovery. I remember when I had my back surgery when I was 19 and it wasn't really that much of a blow because you recover so quickly. But I'm 29 now and it's completely different.

'So we'll see what my body says. If I can't come back then I'll accept it and move on and look forward to getting on with the next part of my life.'

Baltacha is no stranger to injury and illness having battled back problems and a chronic liver condition but she has enjoyed significant success over the last three years in particular and reached a career-high ranking of 49 in September 2010.

Her inactivity has seen her drop to 134th and she will not be back on a tennis court for at least another six weeks following the operation to remove a bone fragment.

Progress: Baltacha beat Karin Knapp in the first round at Wimbledon but was knocked out in the second

Progress: Baltacha beat Karin Knapp in the first round at Wimbledon but was knocked out in the second

Baltacha has enjoyed her break, though, which has enabled her to devote a lot more time to her tennis academy for girls from disadvantaged backgrounds in Ipswich.

She said: 'At the moment I'm really enjoying being at home and not getting on another plane. And once I'm up and about again I'll be back at the academy. I love seeing the girls and I'm learning and developing as a coach.

'And I'm so looking forward to Christmas, and having a tree. I've never had one before because I normally have to leave home on Boxing Day.'

The baton in British women's tennis has been passed to the new generation this season, with Heather Watson and Laura Robson now the country's top two players and making waves on the WTA Tour.

Robson, 18, reached the fourth round of the US Open and became the first British player for 21 years to make a WTA singles final in China last month.

New girl: Laura Robson reached the fourth round of the US Open this year

New girl: Laura Robson reached the fourth round of the US Open this year

That feat was then surpassed by 20-year-old Watson, who on Sunday ended Britain's 24-year wait for a WTA singles champion with victory in Osaka to take her just into the world's top 50.

Baltacha is thrilled to see the two young players thriving and believes the friendly rivalry will push them forward, as it did for her and Anne Keothavong.

'It's so good to see them doing so well,' said Baltacha. 'I'm really delighted for both of them.

'I remember my rivalry with Anne, seeing what she achieved and thinking, 'I can do that, I can be better'. It really drives you on.'

Solskjaer not interested in vacant Bolton manager"s job

Solskjaer not interested in vacant Bolton manager's job

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UPDATED:

13:16 GMT, 15 October 2012

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant managerial role at npower Championship club Bolton.

The former Manchester United striker, who is currently in charge of Norwegian champions Molde, has been repeatedly linked with the job at the Reebok Stadium following Owen Coyle's dismissal last week.

However, the 39-year-old says he has no plans to leave Molde before the end of the season, although there is just over a month to go.

Not for me: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, currently in charge at Molde in his native Norway, is not interested in the vacant Bolton job

Not for me: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, currently in charge at Molde in his native Norway, is not interested in the vacant Bolton job

'There will always be speculation when someone in England needs a new manager,' he told Norwegian newspaper Romsdals Budstikke.

'There are surely 20 names who have been linked with Bolton now and it's natural that mine is among them. But it's not for me.

'Blackburn, Bolton, rumours crop up all the time. But I'm not that bothered about them.

Vacancy: Owen Coyle was sacked by Bolton earlier this month

Vacancy: Owen Coyle was sacked by Bolton earlier this month

'I'm absolutely certain I will see out the season here (with Molde), I can promise that.'

Solskjaer had already turned down an approach from Aston Villa earlier this year after holding talks with the midlands club, while he has also been named as a potential successor to Steve Kean at Blackburn.