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Ronnie O"Sullivan speaks out about snooker quit threat

Take me out of snooker and I couldn't do life: O'Sullivan speaks out about quit threat



12:33 GMT, 7 November 2012

Ronnie O’Sullivan has hinted his sabbatical from snooker could mean 'the chapter’s over'.

O’Sullivan announced on Tuesday that he will not compete again this season, a move attributed by his manager Django Fung to 'Ronnie's own personal problems, his health, travelling, children, family and so on' and one which casts doubt on whether he will be seen on the tour again.

On a break: Ronnie O'Sullivan is on the verge of quitting snooker after pulling out of the rest of the season

On a break: Ronnie O'Sullivan is on the verge of quitting snooker after pulling out of the rest of the season

On a break: Ronnie O'Sullivan (left) is on the verge of quitting snooker after pulling out of the rest of the season

Rugby star Toby Flood: 'It made me ask myself if it was something I really wanted to do. I was very disillusioned. I wasn't enjoying my rugby, my form dipped and, looking back, it was pretty scary.'

Boxer Ricky Hatton: 'I was near to a nervous breakdown, depression, suicidal. Most mornings my girlfriend would have to come downstairs and take a knife out of my hand. I had a knife at my wrists, I was in a really bad way, just hysterically crying for no reason.

Everton striker Victor Anichebe: 'There were plenty of times when I was at a low ebb. To come back after 12 months, get injured again, and then again, I began to ask whether it was worth it. It's hard for people to know what really understand what it is like being injured. It is not just physical, it is mental too.'

Golfer Paul Lawrie: 'I had no energy and didn't want to play or practise. I couldn't get out of bed. I didn't want to be with the kids. I didn't even want to see them. I went through tablets without feeling any more positive. I'd just lie on the couch and watch television.'

Cricketter Tim Ambrose: 'I was awake 24 hours a day, with things going around in my head' he said. 'I was beyond miserable. It felt like I had this duvet that was soaking wet wrapped around me, and I couldn't get it off.'

And speaking on Ronnie O'Sullivan:
Sports Life Stories, a pre-recorded documentary broadcast on ITV4, the
four-time world champion gave an insight into the emotional difficulties
he has suffered during his career.

'The most important thing, the
biggest love of my life, is my snooker,' he said. 'I've never been so
emotionally ingrained in something – in a person, an object, anything –
as I have in snooker.

'I don’t think I suffered with
depression, I don’t think I’m a depressed type of person – I just think I
suffered a depression to do with snooker, and I just couldn’t handle

'I could go out and play, but take me
out of there and I couldn’t do life.

'It was a nightmare, my life just
felt like a bit of a nightmare.'

The problems came to a head in 2001, ahead of his first World Championship win.

'A week before that World
Championship, I was down the doctor's,' he said. 'Then I was in my room
in Sheffield and they said “can you do a radio interview” I felt so
brittle – I said yes, but I thought “how am I going to get through this,
and not let them know that I'm suffering”

'I was blabbering on, spurting words
out, and it was live but I just said, “do you know what, I ain’t feeling
too good. I’m suffering here, talking to you – I’m struggling”.

'I just thought, ‘I can’t hide any more’. I felt like I was going insane.'

No return O'Sullivan has taken several breaks from snooker throughout his career

No return O'Sullivan has taken several breaks from snooker throughout his career

Troubled: O'Sullivan

Troubled: O'Sullivan

The 36-year-old’s career has been peppered with regular threats to retire in recent years, but
O’Sullivan admitted he was driven to continue by the pride of his
father, who remained a key influence on his son’s career even while
spending 17 years in prison for murder.

'I talked about letting go of it but I
just couldn’t do it, I couldn’t walk away because I hadn’t achieved
what I wanted to,' O’Sullivan said. 'I knew if I stopped the snooker, a
lot of my demons would be gone, but I couldn’t walk away.

'My dad said “every time I see you on
the telly, it’s like a visit”. And he had 10 years left, so I had to
play for at least another 10 years. I wanted to walk away, but there was
that pressure there of trying to do the right thing for somebody else.'

Reflecting on a career which has
brought him four UK and four World Championships among 24 ranking
titles, he said: 'I’ve got through it – that’s all I’ve done really.

'All right, I've been successful –
I’ve ticked the boxes, I’ve won the world titles, won this, won that,
become a multiple world champion.'

The most recent of those came in May
of this year and, recalling the win and the emotional celebrations with
his son Ronnie Jr, he said: 'For me that’s like the final chapter. I’ve
done what I’ve had to do. I don’t have to prove myself any more.

'The more they doubt me, the more
it’ll make me want to come back and prove them wrong again, and I don’t
want to have to go through it again. I’ve done it. The chapter’s over.'

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Arsenal would be perfect for Pep Guardiola, says former Barca defender Rafael Marquez

Arsenal would be perfect for Guardiola, says former Barca defender Marquez



06:23 GMT, 10 October 2012

Former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is heading to the Premier League, and Arsenal is the 'perfect' job.

That is the view of former Barca
defender Rafael Marquez, who has spoken to Guardiola 'a few times' during his year-long sabbatical in New York, where the Mexican currently plays
for the Red Bulls.

Time out: Pep Guardiola with Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal at the Ryder Cup

Time out: Pep Guardiola with Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal at the Ryder Cup in Chicago

The 41-year-old Spaniard has also been earmarked for Manchester United and Chelsea but Marquez is convinced that he will be at the Emirates next term.

Wenger was vague on his own future when questioned recently, with the 62-year-old's contract due to expire in 2014.

The Frenchman has faced a difficult time in north London over the past few seasons, with the Gunners struggling to challenge for major honours and having sold a number of their star players.

'[Guardiola] will soon return to the game. I think he'll go to England. He'd be perfect for Arsenal,' Marquez told Spanish radio.

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Bayern Munich aim to beat Chelsea to Pep Guardiola

Bayern Munich aim to beat Chelsea to former Barcelona coach Guardiola



07:47 GMT, 19 June 2012

Bayern Munich have jumped ahead of Chelsea in the race to appoint Pep Guardiola.

Bayern general manager Christian
Nerlinger has held talks with the former Barcelona coach's
agent, according to reports in Germany.

Time out: Pep Guardiola

Time out: Pep Guardiola

Guardiola, aged 41, has taken a 12-month sabbatical from football after guiding Barca to 13 tiles in four years including three La Liga titles and two Champions League triumphs.

Bayern's current boss Jupp Heynckes has just
12 months left on his current contract, and is considering whether to
leave the club when his deal expires.

The Bundesliga club's president Uli
Hoeness stated last month that he would love to appoint Guardiola should
the opportunity arise.

And Nerlinger has held informal talks with his agent – and brother – Pere
Guardiola over the possibility of taking charge for the start of the 2013/14 campaign, according to German newspaper Bild.

Rewarded: Roberto Di Matteo

Rewarded: New Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo

Chelsea wanted Guardiola
to move to Stamford Bridge this summer but
owner Roman Abramovich could not persuade the Spaniard to cancel his planned time out.

The Blues handed a two-year contract to Roberto Di Matteo last month after the Italian guided them to their first European Cup success by beating Bayern Munich.

But Chelsea are still expected to be among the clubs who will move for Guardiola when he decides to make a return to management.

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Roberto Di Matteo close becoming Chelsea"s next manager

Di Matteo close to landing Chelsea job as Guardiola pursuit seems to have failed



21:54 GMT, 6 June 2012

Chelsea have told Roberto Di Matteo they would like him to remain as manager, with sources at Stamford Bridge increasingly confident the Italian will still be in charge at the start of the new season.

Roman Abramovich is now understood to view Di Matteo as a serious replacement for Andre Villas-Boas after trying, and seemingly failing, to persuade Pep Guardiola to cut short his sabbatical after leaving Barcelona to move to Stamford Bridge.

Nearly: Roberto Di Matteo is edging closer to the Chelsea job

Nearly: Roberto Di Matteo is edging closer to the Chelsea job

Nothing has been agreed yet, and last
night it remained unclear as to how long a contract is being discussed
for the man who guided the club to a stunning Champions League and FA
Cup double last month.

Di Matteo may also still have issues.

It will concern him that he could be keeping the managerial seat warm while the club wait for Guardiola. He also has options in Italy.

Relaxing: The Champions League winning boss has been taking it easy during the summer

Relaxing: The Champions League winning boss has been taking it easy during the summer

The Chelsea players would welcome Di Matteo continuing. They told Abramovich as much in Munich after lifting the European Cup.

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Roberto Di Matteo and Eddie Newton face Chelsea axe

Chelsea heroes facing the axe! Di Matteo and Newton know days are numbered



21:59 GMT, 26 May 2012

Roberto Di Matteo and his assistant, Eddie Newton, are being kept in the dark over their futures as Chelsea make one last attempt to lure Pep Guardiola to Stamford Bridge.

With their contracts just weeks away from expiring on June 30, the management duo who delivered the club's finest moment when they clinched the Champions League eight days ago claim they have been left dangling.

Centre of attention: Di Matteo has yet to sign a new deal with Chelsea

Centre of attention: Di Matteo has yet to sign a new deal with Chelsea

'Nothing has changed,' said Newton. 'The situation is that we're contracted to the end of the season, June 30.

'We're still digesting what we've done. But nobody at the club is telling us anything. We all want what's best for Chelsea but we have absolutely no idea what the club thinks that is.'

The new European champions will make one last attempt to land Guardiola this week but seem destined to fail, with the former Barca manager planning to take his sabbatical year in New York.

On the move: Chelsea will make one last bid to lure Guardiola to Chelsea

On the move: Chelsea will make one last bid to lure Guardiola to Chelsea

Aides of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will make their final pitch to the most successful manager in Barcelona's history, who steered them to a Copa Del Rey win on Friday night against Athletic Bilbao, his 14th trophy in four years.

But time is running out if they are to meet their own deadline, having said they would like to make an appointment in the next couple of weeks and, at the latest, before the players report back for pre-season at the beginning of July.

Abramovich had made winning the Champions League the holy grail for Chelsea and paid tribute to those who delivered it for him in the dressing room in Munich last Saturday.

Driving force: Abramovich will make the final call on the next Chelsea boss

Driving force: Abramovich will make the final call on the next Chelsea boss

'Together we have reached our goal,' the Russian said after the penalty shootout win over Bayern Munich.

'Many of the squad have been on a long journey to reach this dream.'

Pressure has built on Abramovich to give Di Matteo the manager's job after he turned around the season. He and Newton delivered the FA Cup as well as the Champions League, which also sealed qualification into Europe's elite club competition for next season.

But Abramovich has not yet given up on Guardiola and Chelsea's hopes rose when the Spaniard suggested last week that he could still be persuaded to take a new job.

Winners: Chelsea celebrate their Champions League triumph in Munich

Winners: Chelsea celebrate their Champions League triumph in Munich

Guardiola had originally considered moving to London for his sabbatical year but is now eyeing New York with his wife, Cristina Serra, and his three children, all under 11.

He wants his children to learn English, which would help them settle if he does move to England for the 2013-14 season, when Abramovich could still want him at Chelsea.

Equally, if Arsene Wenger were to take a boardroom role at Arsenal or if Sir Alex Ferguson were to retire at Manchester United, those clubs would be highly desirable for him.

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Jose Mourinho to tempt Chelsea with 15m Branislav Ivanovic bid

Mourinho to tempt Chelsea with 15m Ivanovic bid as Real boss looks to bolster defence



21:46 GMT, 11 May 2012

No nonsense: Ivanovic

No nonsense: Ivanovic

Real Madrid are prepared to offer 15million for Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

Manager Jose Mourinho wants to toughen up his defence and sees the uncompromising Serbia international as key to his summer plans.

Ivanovic excelled in the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona despite his ninth booking of the season ruling him out of the final.

Mourinho wants him to play at right back though his versatility makes him all the more attractive.

The ‘Special One’ wants another defender to replace former Chelsea veteran Ricardo Carvalho and has also considered Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen.

Chelsea will not let Ivanovic go cheaply but 15m will represent good business for a 28-year-old they bought for 9.7m back in 2008.

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s managerial target Pep Guardiola has reiterated his desire to take a year’s sabbatical after leaving Barcelona, saying: ‘I will rest for a year and then we will see.’

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David Moyes in no rush to leave Everton

Moyes in no rush to leave Everton after Toffees' recent upturn in form



21:30 GMT, 27 April 2012

David Moyes has moved to quell speculation about his future by insisting he will not walk away from Everton this summer to take a break from football.

It had been mooted since Everton lost the FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool at Wembley that Moyes, who last month celebrated his 10th anniversary in charge at Goodison Park, would need to move on and he has been mentioned as being a leading candidate to take over at Tottenham Hotspur, should Harry Redknapp become England manager.

But Moyes, whose side face Fulham this afternoon, says he has no desire to follow Pep Guardiola's example and take a sabbatical, as his enthusiasm for the game and everything that goes with it remains as strong as ever.

No plans: David Moyes is content to remain at Everton

No plans: David Moyes is content to remain at Everton

When asked if he would consider walking out on Everton, Moyes said: 'No. That is not my plan and it is not in my thoughts. I will have a chat with the chairman (Bill Kenwright) at the end of the season and we will see where things go. It will just be a chat generally to see where we are.

'I've not come to that point (of needing a break). Nowadays it is a much harder job and there is a level of pressure at every club. It takes a lot of your time up. But I have always enjoyed my work.

'Maybe some day I will come to that point but I don't think I'm there yet. I thrive on the intensity and I don't know what I would be like if I didn't have it.'

Main man: Nikica Jelavic (centre) has impressed since joining from Rangers

Main man: Nikica Jelavic (centre) has impressed since joining from Rangers

Moyes has rediscovered his zest during the second half of the campaign, thanks in the main to the goals of January signing Nikica Jelavic, and Everton will take a significant step towards finishing in the top seven if they can repel Fulham on Saturday.

He said: 'We've now got a forward who can score but maybe we are lacking a bit of creativity. I can see pictures and directions of where we should be going that will probably help us progress again. That's what I will talk to Bill about.'

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Joey Barton likens Sunderland to Deliverance and takes a Twitter sabbatical

Barton takes Twitter sabbatical, but not before likening Sunderland to Deliverance



22:29 GMT, 24 March 2012

Prolific tweeter Joey Barton has decided to take a break from the social networking site, but the QPR midfielder bowed out in his inimitable style, aiming a broadside at the city of Sunderland.

After airing his frustrations at being an unused substitute for QPR's 3-1 reverse at the Stadium of Light, the controversial 29-year-old said:
'Reminds me of a film this 5under1and place………can't think which one. #thedeliverance.'

Getting to know you: Joey Barton (right) shares a moment with the Sunderland faithful

Getting to know you: Joey Barton (right) shares a moment with the Sunderland faithful

Prior to the match, Barton tweeted his frustrations at not making boss Mark Hughes's first XI.

'All time low………2 ways out. 1.Work hard 2.Worker harder', and 'Very, very disappointed.'

And in what Barton claims will be his final missive for a while, Barton went on to say: 'Going to take a little twitter sabbatical before I say something I'll end up regretting. Have a good few weeks people.'

Speaking his mind: Barton's tweets

Speaking his mind: Barton's tweets

Based on James Dickey's novel, John Boorman's nightmarish 1972 film sees four Atlanta businessmen canoeing along the Cahulawassee River on an ill-fated weekend.

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Josh McEachran Swansea loan move from Chelsea

Swansea eye season-long loan deal for Chelsea youngster McEachran

Swansea are edging closer to deal to sign Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran on loan for the rest of the season.

McEachran has impressed in his second full season with the Blues” and could benefit from regular first-team football at the South Wales outfit.

The 18-year-old could benefit as Arsenal”s Jack Wilshere Chelsea team-mate Daniel Sturridge did from time they spent on-loan at Bolton Wanderers.

Come and get me: McEachran could benefit from a move to Swansea

Come and get me: McEachran could benefit from a move to Swansea

Opportunities will be limited for McEachran following Chelsea”s exit from the Carling Cup last month – during which he damaged his ankle – but could gain valuable experience on a sabbatical under Brendan Rodgers, according to reports in the Daily Express.

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas planning a shake-up of his squad in January and has also identified Jack Rodwell as the first major brick in rebuilding his Chelsea team and is confident he will land the Everton midfielder next month.

The Chelsea manager needs to add youth as well as quality to his ageing side and, Sportsmail understands, he sees the 20-year-old England international as a key part of the process.

Bolton’s Gary Cahill is another player on his shopping list and someone who would certainly be a useful addition to the Chelsea squad given the defensive problems they have endured this season.