Baines: Martinez is a ´terrific´ manager

Leighton Baines has described potential Everton manager Roberto Martinez as a “terrific” boss.

The defender, who has been rumoured to be on new Manchester United boss David Moyes’ transfer radar, believes the Spaniard has the qualities to succeed at Goodison Park.

Baines, who is currently in Brazil with the England squad, told the Liverpool Echo: “Roberto Martinez has been linked with the job. He is a terrific manager so we will just have to wait and see.

“Thankfully we are in camp so I am keeping it at the back of my mind for now and concentrating more on England.”

Fellow Everton defender Phil Jagielka is also with the national side and he added: “Everton is a massive club and hopefully we can get a fantastic manager. I will be delighted whoever comes in.”

England’s friendly against Brazil at the Maracana on Sunday had been thrown into doubt when the newly-refurbished stadium was adjudged to be unsafe.

However, this ruling has now been overturned and the game will go ahead as scheduled.
Fri 31 May, 2013
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Gervinho: I want to stay at Arsenal

Arsenal forward Gervinho has dismissed speculation linking him with a move away from the Emirates Stadium.

After a disappointing season in which the Ivorian failed to establish himself as a regular starter at the Emirates Stadium, he has targeted an improvement in the next campaign.

As well as wanting to become a fixture Arsene Wenger’s line-up, Gervinho also wants to remain at the club for some years to come.

“I have a contract until 2015 with Arsenal and I intend to honour it,” he told Sky Sports.

“There is always speculation in the papers, but I am looking forward to a good holiday and to come back to Arsenal.

“I want to win my place in the starting line-up week in, week out.”
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, who made just 12 appearances for Arsenal last season, has been linked with a return to the Grand Stade Lille Metropole or Turkish side Fenerbahce.
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Gervinho: I want to stay at Arsenal

Arsenal forward Gervinho has dismissed speculation linking him with a move away from the Emirates Stadium.

After a disappointing season in which the Ivorian failed to establish himself as a regular starter at the Emirates Stadium, he has targeted an improvement in the next campaign.

As well as wanting to become a fixture Arsene Wenger’s line-up, Gervinho also wants to remain at the club for some years to come.

“I have a contract until 2015 with Arsenal and I intend to honour it,” he told Sky Sports.

“There is always speculation in the papers, but I am looking forward to a good holiday and to come back to Arsenal.

“I want to win my place in the starting line-up week in, week out.”
The former Lille man, who made just 12 appearances for Arsenal last season, has been linked with a return to the Grand Stade Lille Metropole or Turkish side Fenerbahce.
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Is Luis Suarez set to leave Liverpool this summer?

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has hinted that he wants a move away from Anfield

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has hinted that he wants a move away from Anfield

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has again hinted that he wishes to move away from Anfield.

Suarez is currently on international duty with Uruguay, but it does not seem to have stopped speculation about his future.

Hint

Suarez told press: “It’s a good moment for a change of environment because of all I’ve been through in England, where I haven’t been judged as a player but based on other things.

“I had a hard time, very hard, and the things that have been said are lies. One has limits and the family also suffers. It is nothing against Liverpool, on the contrary, I feel very comfortable at the club, but I have a daughter and I do not want to hear bad things about her father”

He went on to say: I do not know when I’m going and I do not know if I’m staying. If I stay it is because it is a great club but also in turn I know that it is difficult because of the harassment I get from the press.

“They treated me bad and it would be understandable if one day I go to my club (and the media are waiting for him) but I cannot walk my baby, the paparazzi are always there.

“My reason for leaving is not the money. If it were the money I would have left already. My family, my image, that’s what matters to me most”.

Spain

Speculation has been rife in the past few weeks that Luis Suarez could be making the move to Spain with Real Madrid. His agent recently came out and said that the striker is happy at Liverpool, but his most recent statement suggests he could still be on the move.

It seems that what he says in the media is a ploy to force a move away from Liverpool. He has previous of this sort of tactic at Ajax and it would not surprise me if Suarez did now leave the Reds this summer.

Jekyll and Hyde

Luis Suarez is such a Jekyll and Hyde character. He is without doubt one of the most talented footballers in the Premier League, yet he has this habit of hitting the self-destruct button. He has been involved in a number of controversial incidents in his time in England.

The latest being the ridiculous biting of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. Suarez gets involved in these sorts of incidents, yet claims that all the English media judge him on his bad behaviour rather than his football.

What do you expect Luis? He really does not help himself. If he stayed away from controversy and behaved himself then the media would just be talking about his football ability, not his poor behaviour.

As I have mentioned in the past, he has the hallmarks of a flawed genius at times. He is often brilliant, but sometimes crazy.

Brilliant

Take away the silly behaviour and you have a brilliant footballer, who has the ability to win a football match almost his own. Suarez finished second in the Premier League scorers charts last season with 23 goals, despite missing the last four games of the season through suspension.

Suarez is the shining light in the Liverpool team. Without him, Liverpool would have struggled badly this season.

Support

Throughout his Liverpool career Liverpool fans have supported Luis Suarez, even when he has not deserved their support at times. It seems that Luis Suarez is about to repay that support by leaving Anfield, that is gratitude for you.

From reading the messages boards and talking to Liverpool fans the consensus seems to be that enough is enough. Although Reds fans obviously rate the striker highly they are being realistic and many are saying he should now leave the club.

A big transfer fee would allow Brendan Rodgers money to spend and attempt to strengthen his team for next season.

Move on

No man is bigger than Liverpool Football Club and that includes Luis Suarez. Heroes have left before and been replaced, most notably Fernando Torres in the recent past. Luis Suarez is no different at all.

If Luis Suarez does leave Liverpool, at least the club will not have to deal with the controversy that the striker seems to cause anymore. Luis Suarez the footballer will be a big loss to both Liverpool and the Premier League, but Luis Suarez the person will definitely not.

Will Luis Suarez leave Liverpool this summer?

Fri 31 May, 2013
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Van Gaal to quit after Brazil

Louis van Gaal has announced he will resign as Netherlands coach after the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Van Gaal is in his second spell as Dutch head coach, having taken over from Bert van Marwijk in July 2012, and has led his country to the top of their qualification group, having won their first six games.

Currently nine points clear of second-placed Hungary, the Netherlands’ place in Brazil looks assured and Van Gaal has now confirmed it will be his last foray in management, “unless an attractive club from the Premier League” comes forth.

“I took over as national coach with the ambition of going to a World Cup or a European Championship,” he said.

“I have never done this before and I am doing everything to make sure I can achieve it. After that I will leave.

“I am constantly having to borrow other coach’s players and I don’t enjoy that.

“At the end of the day, what I love is being with my players every day and working with them on the pitch.”

Van Gaal previously managed the national side between July 2000 and February 2002, before being sacked for failing to qualify for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.
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Wolves appoint Jackett

Wolves have announced the appointment of former Millwall manager Kenny Jackett as the club’s new boss.

Jackett resigned from his position at The Den last month after more than six years in charge, in which he led Millwall out of League One and consolidated their position in the Championship.

The 51-year-old – who has also managed Watford and Swansea City since retiring as a player in 1990 – was ecstatic to be named as the new boss at Molineux on Friday.

“I am both proud and delighted to have been appointed head coach at Wolves, and am really looking forward to the challenge ahead,” Jackett told the club’s official website.

The ex-Wales international will be immediately tasked with helping Wolves out of League One, after the club suffered successive relegations from the Premier League and the Championship.

But he will have to deal with the departures of several key players before anything else, with Wolves needing to slash their wage bill before looking to build a squad capable of winning promotion.
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FIFA elect first female ExCo member

Lydia Nsekera was elected to the FIFA Executive Committee at the body’s annual congress on Friday, becoming the first woman to be selected.

Nsekera has been the president of Burundi’s Football Association since 2004, and was also appointed to the International Committee in 2009.


The 46-year-old was running against Australia’s Moya Dodd and Sonia Bien-Aime of the Turks and Caicos Islands for the spot, which was set apart for a female after president Sepp Blatter committed to adding women to the FIFA ExCo.
“It’s a historic day for football and a great day for women,” Dodd said.

“I’d like to contribute to the best governance of the game, and to fight against match manipulation and discrimination.

“Football is the sport everybody loves; no-one should be excluded. And we should not only protect the game, but also fight against discrimination outside of football.”

There was a sourer moment for Blatter, however, as Mark Pieth, an Swiss lawyer managing FIFA’s reform process, called on the president to reveal his salary in order to promote greater transparency in the organisation.

Speaking in front of 209 FIFA executives, including Blatter, Pieth said: “A key remaining issue in transparency is the remuneration of key officials. These did not come overnight for other organisations either but FIFA needs to catch up.

“I would like to invite the president and members of the executive committee to take this step as it would send a crucial message to their constituencies and to the wider public that they have nothing to hide.

“It is unfortunate that this Congress may not be able to take a decision on age and term limits either. These may not be the most fundamental of reform issues but they send a symbolic message.”
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Brighton´s Poyet investigation continues

Brighton and Hove Albion have confirmed the internal investigation into Gus Poyet and his coaching staff is continuing.

Poyet, along with assistant manager Mauricio Taricco and first-team coach Charlie Oatway, were suspended from their duties earlier this month after comments made by the former Chelsea midfielder.
He appeared to intimate he may need to leave the Amex Stadium in order to manage at a higher level, something which the club feel may be a breach of his contract.


Chief executive Paul Barber said on Brighton’s official website: “The club’s internal processes involving Gus Poyet, Mauricio Taricco, and Charlie Oatway continue. We are conducting these matters reasonably, in light of all the circumstances.


“These processes will take as long as is necessary and, as I have explained previously, the club will not be making any public comment on the matter until we are in a position to do so.

Brighton are also still in the process of investigating an incident in the play-off semi-final second leg against Crystal Palace, where excrement was found in the visiting dressing room.

Barber explained that, while this caused a significant amount of bad press, many of the details had been exaggerated.

“This issue generated very negative press coverage, inconvenience to our visitors for which we have apologised, as well as speculation and rumour, much of it exaggerated or untrue,” Barber said.

“To be clear, the incident was confined to the floor and to the paper dispenser area of one cubicle in the visitors’ dressing room toilets.

“No ‘messages’ were scrawled on the floor or anywhere else. And it remains a slight possibility that this was not a deliberate act of vandalism as attempts had been made to clean up the area before the issue was brought to our attention.

“Numerous club employees and contractors need access to the tunnel area of our stadium to do their jobs.

“There is no evidence that a member of the club’s staff was responsible. Equally, we cannot be sure who was.”

Brighton lost the play-off semi final to Palace, with Ian Holloway’s men going on to win the final and secure Premier League football next season.
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Heynckes dismisses Real Madrid agreement

Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has dismissed claims he has agreed to take over as manager of Real Madrid.

Outgoing Bayern midfielder Anatoliy Tymoshchuk had suggested that the German was “99 per cent” certain to join the Spanish giants in the wake of Jose Mourinho’s departure.

However, speaking ahead his side’s DFB-Pokal final clash with Stuttgart on Saturday, Heynckes said no such deal had been confirmed.

“I do not know where Anatoliy got this from,” he said.

“Of course we joke around and everything about those rumours, but I do not know why he thinks that it is a done deal.

“If I am going to be in a good mood I will talk about it tomorrow (Saturday). If not I will make an announcement in the first week of June.”

As well as Heynckes, Carlo Ancelotti is another name to have been linked with the vacant post at the Bernabeu with the outgoing Mourinho likely to make a return to former club Chelsea.

Heynckes, who will be replaced by Pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena ahead of next season, can wrap up the treble for Bayern with a win over Stuttgart in Berlin on Saturday.
Fri 31 May, 2013
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Suarez not for sale, insist Liverpool

Liverpool have insisted Luis Suarez will stay at the club despite comments from the striker indicating he is ready to leave.

The former Ajax forward has caused much controversy since his move to Merseyside, and sparked further outrage by biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in a Premier League match in April.

Suarez was banned by the FA for 10 matches following the incident and this week indicated that he wants a transfer, with the media attention surrounding him and his family the primary reason for his decision.
However, the Anfield outfit stressed they are not looking to sell the Uruguay international, adding that Suarez has not informed the club of his wish to leave.
A Liverpool spokesperson said: “Luis Suarez is not for sale. Neither Luis or his representatives have communicated these feelings directly to Liverpool.
“The club remains supportive of Luis and expect him to honour his contract. The club will not be making any further comment at this stage.”
Suarez has made 96 appearances since joining Liverpool in January 2011 and has been prolific in front of goal, scoring 51 times in all competitions.
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