Max Rushden is in for Johnny Vaughan for an entertainingly irreverent take on football fandom.The host is joined in the studio by Gavin Woods and Alex Brooker to preview the day’s Premier League football and they chat to player-turned-agent Barry Silkman.
Stoke City midfielder Stephen Ireland will be a January target for former clubs Aston Villa and Newcastle when he returns from injury.Ireland is currently sidelined with a hamstring problem and, during his absence, Bojan, Xherdan Shaqiri and Marko Arnautovic have made the attacking midfield positions their own, with the likes of Jon Walters and Ibrahim Afellay ready made replacements.The 29-year-old has not started a Premier League game all season and last featured in the top-flight as a substitute in the win over Swansea back in October, but he has a contract at the Britannia until 2017.Ireland has played for both Villa and Newcastle before and could once again offer them much-needed experience – possibly on loan. 1 Stephen Ireland
10 6. And, continuing with Chelsea, Diego Costa’s assist for Oscar was the first he has set up in his last 20 games, in all competitions, for the Blues 10 4. After his stunning strike against Crystal Palace, seven of Willian’s eight goals this season for Chelsea have come from outside the box 2. Dele Alli, compared to Steven Gerrard after his performance against Everton, has scored or assisted six goals in his last seven Premier League appearances, with three goals and three assists 7. West Ham secured a Premier League double over Liverpool for the first time since the 1963-64 season 10 10 10. Finally, Aston Villa midfielder Carles Gil scored the Premier League’s 500th goal of the 2015-16 season 10 10 10 10 10 10 9. After winning a penalty against Bournemouth, Jamie Vardy has now won two more spot kicks than any other player since the start of the 2014-15 Premier League season, with seven 8. Over half (51.4%) of the Premier League goals scored by Andy Carroll, who nodded in West Ham’s second, have been headers (19 out of 37) 1. Wayne Rooney is now the second highest goalscorer, behind Alan Shearer, in Premier League history, with 188 goals to his name, and the second all-time top scorer for Manchester United (238) after his flick finish in the victory over Swansea City 3. Match-winner Sergio Aguero has now scored against 24 out of the 28 different Premier League clubs he has faced since arriving at Manchester City in July 2011 It might not have been the highest scoring Premier League weekend, but there was still plenty to talk about.Wayne Rooney reminded supporters of his legendary status in England’s top flight after a sublime back-heel finish in Manchester United’s victory over Swansea City saw the striker leap further in the record books, while Dele Alli’s performance against Everton resulted in some going so far as to describe the midfielder as the ‘best since Steven Gerrard’.And talkSPORT has rounded up a selection of the most exciting facts and figures from the first Premier League weekend of 2016, with the pair above making an appearance on the best stats from the past two days.Click the yellow arrow above, right to reveal all… 5. Meanwhile, Willian’s club team-mate Eden Hazard, who limped off with what looked to be a groin injury against Crystal Palace after only 15 minutes, has now gone 2289 minutes without scoring a goal for Chelsea
Charlie Austin has joined Southampton in a £4m deal from QPR 1 Southampton have announced the signing of Charlie Austin in a £4m deal from Queens Park Rangers.And the Saints’ Premier League rivals are devastated to have missed out on the striker.The 26-year-old was out of contract at Loftus Road in the summer, and Ronald Koeman acted quick in the January transfer window to secure what could be the best deal of the current window.Austin had been linked with an array of clubs from England’s top flight, including Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United.So predictably, the above sides, and more, are not pleased by the deal.Have a read of the reaction, on Twitter, from the Saints’ domestic rivals below.
Cardiff City defender Bruno Ecuele Manga is a target for Lyon, Lorient and St Etienne but he insists his priority is to play in the Premier League.The 27-year-old, who arrived from Lorient in 2014, has made 38 Championship appearances for the south Wales club so far.Now, according to sources in France, three Ligue 1 clubs – including his former employers – all want to take him back across the channel.However, the Gabon international says he has no intention of leaving England and instead wants to try his hand in the Premier League.He hopes that will be with Cardiff – currently five points outside the Championship play-offs – but concedes he might consider offers should they fail to get promoted.He told Le10sport: “[Interest from other clubs] touches me enormously. I spent four beautiful seasons in France. It’s good.“But the priority is clear: To impose myself and play in the Premier League. With Cardiff if possible.“This is what I want most. After that, I do not close the door to other European championships either. If there are attractive opportunities elsewhere, I would study them too of course.“But my hope is really to play in the Premier League, primarily with Cardiff or elsewhere if unfortunately we do not go up.” Bruno Ecuele Manga 1
It was first versus sixth at the KC Stadium Hull moved two points clear at the top of the Sky Bet Championship after being held to a 0-0 draw by fellow promotion contenders Sheffield Wednesday at the KC Stadium.The Tigers, held goalless last time at home by another top six side in Brighton, went closest when Sam Clucas struck his shot against the post in the second half.Wednesday had almost taken the lead in the first period when a long-range shot from Fernando Forestieri came back off the bar.The Wednesday forward was sent off in stoppage time when he was shown a second yellow card for simulation.The first effort on target came from Hull’s Curtis Davies after 15 minutes but it was at the wrong end.The central defender got a foot to a Barry Bannan shot which was going wide and steered it towards his own goal but McGregor was in the right place to block with his leg.Robert Snodgrass went close shortly after when he controlled a deep cross to the far post but his shot from a tight angle was saved by Keiren Westwood.McGregor tipped over a free-kick from Forestieri from over 30 yards out which had been awarded when the forward was fouled by Dawson with half an hour gone.Forestieri went even closer ten minutes before half-time when his dipping shot beat McGregor but came back off the bar.Abel Hernandez forced Westwood to reach high to palm out his shot from the edge of the area.Clucas was denied by the post after 65 minutes when he shot from the edge of the area after exchanging passes with Jake Livermore.The visitors cleared the loose ball for a corner but Davies headed just wide as the home side saw another opportunity go begging.The Wednesday goalkeeper was brave when he got up to tip the ball away under pressure from substitute Chuba Akpom and then got to the loose ball before Hernandez with ten minutes remaining.Forestieri was sent off in stoppage time when referee Tim Robinson showed him a second yellow card for simulation when he went down after a Dawson challenge just five minutes after being booked for a foul. 1
Louis van Gaal is confident Marcus Rashford will cope with his new-found fame, saying the Manchester United teenager’s attitude matches the remarkable aptitude displayed over the past week.The 18-year-old has gone from relative unknown to one of the country’s most feted players in a matter of days, having been given a surprise first-team opportunity last Thursday.Anthony Martial’s hamstring complaint ahead of the Europa League tie with FC Midtjylland saw Rashford thrown in a the deep end – an opportunity the striker capitalised on in style, netting twice as United won the do-or-die last-32 second leg 5-1.As if that was not enough, Rashford netted another double at Old Trafford on Sunday as title-chasing Arsenal were defeated 3-2 – a fairytale that could be continued if Martial fails to recover in time for Wednesday’s match with Watford.“First, I think that the media have to let him in peace and rest,” Van Gaal said of Rashford.“When you are in front of his house and that kind of stuff, I don’t think that is beneficial for a boy of 18 years old.“Give him the time also to be 18 years old and we shall guide him also in that way, but he is a very modest guy so I don’t think that shall be the problem.“But of course when you have so much attention of the media, it can go in another way, but I believe that he shall keep his feet on the ground.“Too much attention is not always easy to deal with,” the United boss added. “And, of course, it is remarkable and I can understand that you are praising him, but he still has to show his consistency.”Van Gaal is doing his best to help Rashford deal with his new status, along with the other four youngsters handed a United debut last week.That focus on youth has been borne out of necessity due to United’s lengthy injury list, although Martial, Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian could return and add more experience for Watford’s visit.Wednesday’s Barclays Premier League match offers United the chance to extend their winning run to four matches in all competitions, but those hoping for more touchline dramatics from Van Gaal look set to be disappointed.Much of the talk after the win against Arsenal was about Van Gaal hitting the deck during a bizarre touchline spat with fourth official Mike Dean, when the United manager attempted to illustrate his frustration at Alexis Sanchez’s supposed diving. The 18-year-old has gone from relative unknown to one of the country’s most feted players in a matter of days The footage has gone viral and it is not the first time the Dutchman has gone over the top on the sidelines, which he compared to his touchline high-kick when Ajax coach during the 1995 Champions League final following a challenge by AC Milan defender Marcel Desailly on Jari Litmanen.“It was too emotional and that’s why you have to deal with the fourth referee, and the referee and the authority of referee,” he said of the most recent incident.“I think that I have to control my emotions, like I say to my players always.“That is why I have apologised but I don’t feel sorry for it because it is me. I think at that time maybe I was right.”Sunday’s colourful outburst certainly appeared to warm the hearts of some doubters, with a rare chorus of ‘Louis Van Gaal’s red and white army’ heard at Old Trafford.“It is not part of my philosophy because I don’t think you can influence the game from that spot,” he said, when asked if he would return to the touchline.“I know (I can influence the fans from there) but I am not a clown, I am Louis van Gaal. I am a human being, a professional manager.“Part of my philosophy is that my players have to think on the pitch and not the manager, but I want to help them.“Sometimes I help them with these actions or something like that, but I help them more to train in the brain with what I have said – and I have been training already for 18 months – (so) that they see the solutions on the pitch.“That’s why I am not dong that because I have the experience that you cannot influence the game. The players can influence the game by themselves.” 2 2
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Bingo! We’ve got him,” police Maj. Gen. Wimol Powintara said. Neil was being driven to Bangkok, about 130 miles away, Wimol said. Wimol declined to give details of the arrest, saying a news conference would be held in Bangkok later in the day. Shortly before the arrest, Wimol said police rushed to the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima on Thursday night after receiving credible information that Neil had fled there. Residents said they had spotted the Canadian near the home of a Thai man who police say had helped Neil to meet boys in the past, Wimol said. Neil lived in Thailand from 2002 to early 2004, police said. By Sutin Wannabovorn THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BANGKOK, Thailand – A Canadian schoolteacher suspected of pedophilia was arrested today in northeastern Thailand after an international manhunt that included the release of his unscrambled Internet photos to the public. The suspect, 32-year-old Christopher Paul Neil, had been hiding in the town of a Thai friend who used to arrange some of his sexual liaisons with boys, police said. Thai authorities issued an arrest warrant Thursday for Neil after determining that he may have sexually abused boys in Thailand, in addition to the dozen Cambodian and Vietnamese boys, some as young as 6, whom Interpol suspects he abused. At Thailand’s request, Interpol also issued an international wanted persons notice for Neil. The so-called “Red Notice” from the France-based international police agency was to be circulated worldwide requesting the subject’s arrest so he can be extradited. The Thai arrest warrant was based on the testimony of one boy, who said he was lured to Neil’s apartment in Bangkok by a Thai man, Wimol said. The boy was one of three Thai youths, aged 9, 13 and 14 at the time, who contacted police Wednesday after seeing Neil’s photograph on television. They claimed he had paid them to perform oral sex on him in 2003, Wimol said earlier, adding that the Canadian allegedly also had sex with at least one other underaged male. The boys said the suspect showed them pornographic images on his computer at his apartment in Bangkok, and paid them each $16 to $32, Wimol said. Neil has taught at various schools in Thailand, South Korea and Vietnam since at least 2000.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
UP to 50 people at the Largo Foods crisp factory could lose their jobs as part of cutbacks at the company in west Donegal, donegaldaily.com has learned.Staff have been told in meetings that the jobs will go before Christmas.Management at the company – the same firm behind the recent controversial ‘sexist’ Hunky Dory adverts – are to meet the affected staff in one-on-one meetings over the next few days. Tonight local TDs Pearse Doherty and Thomas Pringle have expressed concern at the prospect of more job losses in Gaoth Dobhair.The crisp factory accounts for a quarter of the jobs on the Udaras na Gaeltachta industrial estate in the parish.The move – the company has yet to make a formal announcement – comes just ten weeks after a high-profile launch of a Tayto-branded tortilla snack. There was a promise of 35 jobs back in June – but we understand the new crisp “isn’t doing well” in the market and the stores are “packed with them.”At that time the company said it had 190 staff. The company has been given huge government grants. One insider told donegaldaily.com: “A lot of the jobs these days are part-time and we were told the jobs will be going before Christmas.”TD Pearse Doherty said: “This looks like bad news for the area and I will be seeking a meeting with the company about this.”GAOTH DOBHAIR JOBS BOMBSHELL AS CRISP FACTORY AXES STAFF was last modified: September 20th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gaoth Dobhairhunky dorysjobs axedlargo foods
The hugely popular Healthwise Pharmacy Customer Care Event kicks-off this Friday.The annual event is extremely popular with customers and the event will be held over two days this weekend.The Customer Care Event starts on Friday and ends on Saturday and a large crowd is expected to descend on the store to avail of some of the outstanding offers in-store. With a whopping 20% off ALL Christmas products is an ideal time to take advantage and get some early Christmas presents this weekend.just around the cornerHealthwise Pharmacy have loads of fantastic giveaways. HEALTHWISE PHARMACIES HOST CUSTOMER CARE EVENT THIS WEEKEND was last modified: November 19th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeaturesHealthwise Pharmaciesnews