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David Moyes pleased to see Rickie Lambert thriving at Southampton

It's great to see likes of Lambert reach the top level, says Moyes

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Eleanor Crooks, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

08:40 GMT, 21 January 2013

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UPDATED:

09:43 GMT, 21 January 2013

David Moyes hopes Rickie Lambert does not score his 11th goal of the season when Everton visit Southampton tonight but the Toffees boss is encouraged to see the striker doing so well.

Lambert has spent most of his career in the lower leagues with the likes of Macclesfield, Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers but has had no trouble adjusting to the top level.

The 30-year-old's 10 goals make him the joint leading English goalscorer in the Barclays Premier League along with Tottenham's Jermain Defoe, leading to talk of a possible England call-up.

Progress: Rickie Lambert has worked his way through the divisions

Progress: Rickie Lambert has worked his way through the divisions

Moyes said: 'Like a lot of the Southampton players who have moved up through the leagues, he's done very well.

'Some of them have gone the distance with them, some of them have joined in as they've gone along but I think they've tended to keep the soul of the club.

'Rickie Lambert's been a great goalscorer through his career and he continues to do so.'

Players working their way up to the top flight through the leagues have become increasingly rare, but Lambert is not the only one.

Norwich's Grant Holt and Adam Le Fondre of Reading have both made their mark at Premier League level, and Moyes hopes there will be others following in their footsteps.

He said: 'I think it's something we have to try to embrace because if not we're going to be going abroad trying to buy all the players, or maybe clubs such as Everton and Southampton have got them all in their academy systems now.

'I'm now quite sure that's true and I do think it would be great if we were still able to bring in players from the lower leagues.

'We went and got Tim Cahill, Andy Johnson and Joleon Lescott and I think people got the message that we're trying to pick up players from lower down if we can.'

Building blocks: David Moyes appreciates the hard work it takes for players to make it in the Premier League

Building blocks: David Moyes appreciates the hard work it takes for players to make it in the Premier League

Tonight's match will be the first for new Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino, who replaced Nigel Adkins on Friday following his surprise sacking.

Adkins was hugely popular and the decision will have shocked fans and players alike, but Moyes does not think it will make his side's task easier.

The Scot said: 'It's a really difficult one to judge because I actually think Southampton have been playing quite well. I'm not quite sure what effect it will have on the players but when you get a new manager you get on with it.

'I don't think players mope around too long about the manager, and I mean that with real respect for Nigel, but I think players just get on with their job. I would expect them to do that and it will be difficult.

'I don't know what the atmosphere will be like, I would have expected the supporters to have probably been in Nigel's camp because of the work he'd done there.'

Unknown quantity: Leighton Baines and Co will be the first team to play Mauricio Pochettino's Southampton

Unknown quantity: Leighton Baines and Co will be the first team to play Mauricio Pochettino's Southampton

Keri-anne Payne turns back on Stockport for Scotland

Two-time world champion Payne turns back on Stockport for Scotland

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11:58 GMT, 26 October 2012

Flying the flag: Payne is joining her new husband in Scotland

Flying the flag: Payne is joining her new husband in Scotland

Double world open-water champion Keri-anne Payne has announced she has left Stockport ITC for Edinburgh.

Payne, who was edged out of the medals into fourth in the 10-kilometres race in the Serpentine at the 2012 Olympics four years after claiming silver in Beijing, is joining her new husband – London 400 metres freestyle finalist David Carry – who has taken on a job in Scotland following his retirement from the sport.

Payne, who joined Stockport Metro from Rochdale Aquabears after moving from South Africa, is as yet undecided as to whether she will train with Warrender Baths or the University of Edinburgh.

She said: 'The time is right for a change. It's the start of a new Olympic training cycle and the start of a new stage in our lives as a married couple so it is the right decision.

'That said, it was a hard decision to make, I've trained at Stockport Metro for over nine years and the club has done a huge amount for me throughout my career. The facilities, the swimmers and especially the coaches Sean (Kelly) and Lars (Humer) have been fantastic. I have definitely made some friends for life.'

Missing out: Payne was edged out of the medals into fourth

Missing out: Payne was edged out of the medals into fourth at the London Games

Missing out: Payne was edged out of the medals into fourth

England fans show Bulldog spirit in Poland

Fans show Bulldog spirit but feel the pain after Poland clash is rescheduled

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21:44 GMT, 17 October 2012

Plac Zamkowy, Warsaw’s historic hub, was bathed in watery autumn sunlight and busy with tourists as midday chimed.

A group of schoolchildren gathered around Sigismund’s Column to pose for a photograph before visiting the Royal Castle.

Others burrowed down the cobbled streets towards the old-town Market Square, past the mime artists, human statues and those hawking business for restaurants and bars.

All smiles: England fans take in the sights in Warsaw ahead of the match

All smiles: England fans take in the sights in Warsaw ahead of the match

Weather beaten: An England fan with his ticket which was destroyed in the rain

Weather beaten: An England fan with his ticket which was destroyed in the rain

Across the River Vistula, the National Stadium glistened, blissfully unaware it had become the focus of what Polish papers called a ‘National Scandal’.
Inside, the grass was being mown and the tarpaulin roof had been re-opened to help the pitch air. Later it was closed, as if the roof controller was making up for lost time.

In the city centre, with five hours to kick-off, there was little evidence that this was a big match day. England flags hung outside the Bulldog pub but the anticipation was not building.

Some England supporters were trying to work out if it was better to watch the first half and miss the second as they travelled to the airport, or go early to the airport and see the whole game on TV. Others were long gone.

Many were seeking help to re-arrange flights or trying to claim back their 40 ticket, as the FA had promised they could do.

In fact, England’s players have joined with the FA to part-fund the fans’ money-back scheme as a sign of their appreciation for their away support.

Heading home: Some England fans left Warsaw after the rain on Tuesday

Heading home: Some England fans left Warsaw after the rain on Tuesday

Scott Thompson was one of a group of Stockport County fans who had always planned to stay until Thursday but still something rankled about the fact a World Cup tie in a new 400million stadium with a retractable roof had been postponed for rain.

‘We went to watch Stockport at Southport and it was raining but they borrowed a blotter from Lancashire cricket club and got the game on,’ said Thompson. ‘We were in Belarus when it was -14C on a rubbish pitch and they played.

‘The English are used to things going wrong with the weather. We were at Bristol Rovers one night when a game was called off at 7.40pm, five minutes before kick-off.

‘The worst thing with this was the lack of information. They had a state-of-the-art screen, so why not use it to get information across I found out on Twitter. They got it all so wrong.’

Resolute: Around 800 fans stayed in Warsaw to watch England play Poland

Resolute: Around 800 fans stayed in Warsaw to watch England play Poland

Inside the stadium, as the game kicked off under a big top, keeping the sunshine at bay, there were more than 50 St George flags on display and 800 people rattling around inside the section for visiting supporters.

There were many empty seats in the Polish end, too, left by those fans who had travelled from different parts of the country or could not get time off work at short notice.

Kevin Miles of the Football Supporters’ Federation, called for a FIFA inquiry to make sure it does not happen again.

‘We want the process to be examined and questioned,’ said Miles. ‘Never again should we have hundreds and thousands sent home from an expensive trip without seeing a ball kicked.’

England fans were praised by Polish police.

There were eight arrests after the game, for bottle-throwing and damaging police vehicles, but the night seemed to pass without major incident.

Five young players to watch in the League Cup

Scouting report special: These cup kids can become famous five

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22:03 GMT, 27 September 2012

Youth was given its head in this week’s Capital One Cup and youngsters grabbed their chance with both hands. Sportsmail picks out a handful to keep an eye on…

Oussama Assaidi

Liverpool

Has a slight frame but a fierce work ethic and his trickery means it’s just a matter of time before Brendan Rodgers bloods him in the Premier League. The Moroccan winger, who cost 2.5million in August, had a strike-rate of one in three for previous club Heerenveen. Former Morocco coach Eric Gerets, explaining to Adel Taarabt why the QPR man wasn’t in his plans, is reported to have said: ‘Watch Assaidi.’

Oussama Assaidi

Michael Keane

Manchester United

The 19-year-old is the twin of striker Will, who is also on United’s books but currently injured. Born in Stockport, Keane was a full back but is starting to make his name in the centre of defence. Has five caps for England Under 19s and committed to the country of his birth after originally playing youth football for the Republic of Ireland. United’s Jonny Evans said: ‘He has a great future.’

Micheal Keane

Lucas Piazon

Chelsea

The Brazilian joined 18 months ago from Sao Paulo for 7.5million. He signed a five-year deal on his 18th birthday in January and helped Chelsea win the FA Youth Cup last season. He made his senior debut against Wolves on Tuesday, playing 90 minutes wide on the left of the three advanced midfielders. Has poise, skill and awareness but rejects comparisons with Kaka. ‘I am a winger or a second striker and he is a midfielder,’ said Piazon. ‘I think it is because we come from Sao Paulo.’

Lucas Piazon

Serge Gnabry

Arsenal

There has been a buzz around the German since he joined from Stuttgart for 100,000 last year. He is quick, powerful, has excellent technique and an explosive burst of pace and can play wide or behind the main striker. He signed professional terms this summer and made his first-team debut with a sparkling 18-minute cameo against Coventry.

Serge Gnabry

Andros Townsend

Tottenham

Has had more loan clubs than he has made appearances for Spurs and at 21, the jury is still out on the talented and speedy winger. But he did score an excellent individual goal and created the opener at Carlisle on Wednesday night to make a positive impression on new manager Andre Villas-Boas. Looks to have benefited from so many loan spells but needs a run of games for his Spurs career to take off.

Andros Townsend

Rickie Lambert believes he can play for England

I am good enough to play for England, insists Southampton hotshot Lambert

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UPDATED:

22:43 GMT, 3 September 2012

Rickie Lambert has promised to lure Roy Hodgson back to Southampton with more Premier League goals.

Lambert scored one and created one for the Saints against Manchester United on Sunday with Hodgson in the stands as cries of 'Lambert for England' echoed around the St Mary's Stadium.

'You never know,' said England coach Gary Neville on Sky TV, but it proved to be not enough to earn the 30-year-old striker his first international call-up as a replacement for the injured Andy Carroll.

High hopes: Lambert (right) challenges England international Rio Ferdinand

High hopes: Lambert (right) challenges England international Rio Ferdinand

'Maybe not right now but hopefully in the future,' said Lambert. 'That's my dream. That's everyone's dream. It's a serious ambition. I just want to improve every single day at this club.

'At Southampton we've got something good. What we have achieved in the last two years has been magnificent. I think we've got more to come as well.

'We just need to start picking up points and I believe we will.'

It has been a meandering route into the top-flight for Lambert since he was released by Blackpool manager Steve McMahon at the age of 19 before making his name with a blaze of goals at Macclesfield, Stockport, Rochdale – where he forged a brief but lethal partnership with Grant Holt – and Bristol Rovers.

Southampton were in League One when he was signed by Alan Pardew, three years ago, and has been the spearhead as they climbed back into the Premier League, developing and improving his game each step of the way.

Struggling: Southampton are yet to win a game in the Premier League this season

Struggling: Southampton are yet to win a game in the Premier League this season

'When I moved up from League One to the Championship, people were saying: 'He's not going to make it' and that's the best thing I can hear, especially from people who think they know a bit about football,' said Lambert.

'I've always believed in myself. It's not a different game. You still try and score in the same goals and you still play with a round ball. It's not too much different.

'I've got better each season and that's a massive thanks to Southampton but in the last few years my confidence has got so high. I was confident I could do well, honestly.'

Holt can tell his old Spotland strike-partner it is not easy to break into the England set-up from an unfashionable club, especially not when you have worked your way to the top the hard way.

In the goals: Lambert has netted twice this season already

In the goals: Lambert has netted twice this season already

The 31-year-old Norwich centre-forward scored 17 goals last season without international recognition and Hodgson has tended to prefer young, quicker strikers since he took over from Fabio Capello.

Lambert may have impressed as Saints surrendered the lead to lose 3-2 against both Manchester United and City but his England dreams will rest heavily upon his ability to help Nigel Adkins' young team preserve their top-flight status.

'The lads are gutted,' said Lambert. 'There's no getting away from that. I felt confident we could hold out for at least a draw but it wasn't to be. We have to keep our heads up and take confidence from that form.

'Our performances haven't been worrying. We would have liked some points on the board but we're going to keep our spirits high and take confidence from it.

'We'll learn from it. That's twice now when we've been leading in games that we could have got something out of.'

Sale Sharks move to City of Salford Stadium

Sale seal deal to play at new Salford City stadium from next season

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10:56 GMT, 4 April 2012

Sale Sharks have confirmed they will move into the new City of Salford Stadium next season after signing a 25-year lease.

The ambitious Aviva Premiership club will ground-share with Stobart Super League neighbours Salford City Reds at the 12,000-capacity stadium at Barton, which was completed earlier this year at a cost of 26million.

Sale co-owner Ian Blackhurst said: 'This is a tremendous move for Sale Sharks.

New ground: Sale have signed a 25-year lease

New ground: Sale have signed a 25-year lease

'The first-class facilities at the Salford City Stadium will provide a great platform as we aim to become one of the top club rugby union sides in Europe.'

Sale will move from Edgeley Park, the Stockport County ground that has been their home for the last nine years, this summer in readiness for the start of the 2012-13 season.

Sale own Edgeley Park but admit the ground does not meet minimum standards laid down by the Professional Game Board.

Good move: Co-owner Ian Blackhurst labelled the switch as 'tremendous'

Good move: Co-owner Ian Blackhurst labelled the switch as 'tremendous'

Blackhurst confirmed that Stockport will continue to play their home matches at Edgeley Park.

The move has been welcomed by the City Reds, who moved from their old ground, The Willows, at the end of last season.

'It is a real boost for the city of Salford to have an elite club from both codes within its boundaries,' said Salford chief executive David Tarry.

'The deal announced today has significant benefits for Salford City Reds. Success at Salford City Stadium is now a more affordable proposition.'

Dave Jones appointed Sheffield Wednesday manager

Jones lands Owls role and charged with winning promotion

Sheffield Wednesday have appointed Dave Jones as their new manager. The npower League One promotion chasers moved for the former Cardiff boss after sacking Gary Megson on Wednesday night.

Reports surfaced last week that Megson's job was under threat and even victory in the Steel City derby on Sunday was not enough to save the 52-year-old.

Jones and Paul Ince were installed as favourites for the Hillsborough hotseat with chairman Milan Mandaric seeking a swift resolution.

Project promotion: Dave Jones is the new man at Sheffield Wednesday and his brief is to take them up

Project promotion: Dave Jones is the new man at Sheffield Wednesday and his brief is to take them up

He has turned to Jones, 55, who returns to management after he left Cardiff last May following successive play-off defeats which saw them miss out on promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

Jones, who has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract, said: 'This is a fantastic football club and a fantastic challenge for me.

'Promotion is the first ambition and from there is to try and get to the Holy Grail, which is the Premiership.

'I've had a lot of calls asking why I have dropped down to League One but I don't see it that way. I look at the size of the club and think this is a club that can go places.

'After talking to the chairman and seeing what he wanted and what his plans are, I had no hesitation in choosing here because it is a huge club that should not be where it is now.'

Missing out: Jones lead Cardiff to the play-offs in successive years but failed to take them up

Missing out: Jones lead Cardiff to the play-offs in successive years but failed to take them up

Jones has a wealth of experience having taken charge of nearly 800 senior games during a 15-year managerial career.

His first role came with Stockport in 1995 and he guided them to the second tier prior to joining Southampton, earning the LMA Premiership manager of the year award in 1998 during his three years on the south coast.

Jones then moved to Wolves in 2001 and claimed promotion to the Premier League before further success with Cardiff.

Axed: Gary Megson was sacked as manager earlier this week despite winning the Sheffield derby in his final game

Axed: Gary Megson was sacked as manager earlier this week despite winning the Sheffield derby in his final game

During his time in south Wales, Jones led Cardiff to the FA Cup final in 2008, losing to Portsmouth, and the play-off final two years later only to suffer further heartache as they lost to Blackpool.

Chairman Milan Mandaric said: 'Dave is a very successful football manager and I am delighted to welcome him to Sheffield Wednesday.

'It was essential we made a swift appointment with 13 games to go this season and I am convinced we have the right man for this job.

Time for a change: Milan Manderic decided to bring Jones in as Megson's replacement

Time for a change: Milan Manderic decided to bring Jones in as Megson's replacement

'I like his style of football and his approach to the game but more than anything else, he is a builder of clubs and he will help to galvanise Sheffield Wednesday.

'His first objective is to get us out of League One and back into the Championship and then rebuild the club for the Premier League.

'I always look for someone who shares my ambitions and my objectives and Dave Jones is that man.'

Steve Diamond has turned Sale Sharks aorund

Sparkling Diamond a cut above: How Sale chief Steve has turned it around

It was arguably the transfer coup of the year and the most compelling sign yet that a revival is in full swing.

Last month, when Scotland lock and Lion-in-waiting Richie Gray agreed to join Sale, it confirmed the overhaul of the club’s reputation.

Several leading clubs in Europe had coveted the 22-year-old’s signature, but he opted for Sale despite a last-ditch attempt by Saracens to hijack the deal. He agreed to come because of the remarkable work done by Steve Diamond, director of rugby at Edgeley Park.

Coup: Sale have secured the services of Richie Gray

Coup: Sale have secured the services of Richie Gray

When the former Sale hooker came homelast December, he inherited a mess. Ex-All Black Mike Brewer had been dismissed as head coach after a brief, disastrous stint, stalwart fly-half Charlie Hodgson had made clear his desire to leave and he was not alone. Morale was shattered. Sale finished 10th in the Aviva Premiership; the year earlier it was 11th. Elite status was under threatand crowds were down.

Ayear on, Sale are revitalised. They are sixth, with Heineken Cup qualification the realistic target. When Newcastle visit Stockport on Monday, a sign of the times will be that there are different agendas – the home side looking up at the play-off zone with hope, the visitors looking over their shoulders at the trap door with dread.

WhatDiamond has done is comprehensively alter the mood. A raft of signings late last season, including Wales No 8 Andy Powell, was the start and the Gray deal moved the process on. ‘Nobody would have believed that Richie Gray would come here,’ he said. ‘On the day he signed, Saracens put another 100,000 on top of the total – straight up. So it’s not about the money. We had a good chat then I showed him around. I told himwhat we did for Bryan Redpath and Iain Fullarton, who came down from Scotland in previous years.’

Returning hero: Former Sale star Steve Diamond has revived the club

Returning hero: Former Sale star Steve Diamond has revived the club”s fortunes

The over-riding theme is a shift in perception. Twelve months ago, there was a clamour for the exit. Sale still have a way to go to reclaim their status as title contenders, but they are on that path and taking care of business too, with increasing investment coming in and the possibility of a move to Salford City Reds’ new ground by the M60.

‘We’ve got a great set of lads and we’re looking to strengthen in one or two areas,’ said Diamond. ‘In the new year we will announce another signing. I don’t think we’re strong enough to challenge the top four, but a lot of people thought we were a laughing stock and we’ve changed that perception.’

Diamond’s belief was tested last month when his side threw away a 23-7 lead to lose at home to Exeter. He responded by casting doubt on the commitment of his players, especially those who had recently returned from the World Cup. He made them all write to him, outlining the qualities they would bring to the club from that point on.

‘To get the players thinking positively I’ve got a mate who comes in and helps. His name is Damian Hughes. He’s a psychologist who works for Richard Branson and with professional boxers, on how to turn things around when it’s going against you.

Positive thinking: Sale have improved markedly this season

Positive thinking: Sale have improved markedly this season

‘He came in before Exeter and the lads didn’t know what to make of it, but they began to understand, to the point that he came in last Friday, said he would need an hour and after 13 minutes he said, “Right lads, that’s brilliant, see you in a couple of weeks”.’

Sale have responded in style to the Exeter capitulation, winning in Bath and at Agen in France, before beating the latter at home. After the Bath victory, Diamond showed the other side of his philosophy. ‘We went straight to an off licence, fat wallet came out, we filled the bus and had an old-school celebration, like we do sometimes,’ he said.

Diamond doesn’t just hope for a win against Newcastle, he believes it is a certainty. Then there will be a party, to keep fostering the new Sale spirit.

Looking ahead, there is ample cause for optimism.

‘I said at the end of last season, “Forget league positions now, they will say, in May (2012), ‘How the f*** have they done this’”. If we finish sixth, we’ll be in the Heineken Cup. We’ve got a new kit sponsor, a new main sponsor, a new team. If we get the ground sorted, that would be the icing on the cake.’