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Jodie Taylor simultaneously ruined Scotland’s European Championship debut and sent English optimism levels soaring courtesy of a master class in intelligent movement and perfectly weighted finishing.
Such attributes brought the Arsenal striker a hat-trick as Mark Sampson’s England suggested their status as one of the favourites to win Euro 2017 is anything but overblown.
Additional goals from Ellen White, the outstanding Jordan Nobbs and Toni Duggan rather cruelly Andrei Vasilevskiy Womens Jersey highlighted the disparity between the sides on an evening when England’s strength in midfield left Scotland chasing shadows and Taylor became the first woman to score a hat-trick for the Lionesses in a major finals.
She attended the post-match media conference along with Sampson and the match ball. “It meant a lot,” said Taylor, who has overcome a series of injuries, including a particularly serious knee problem in recent years.
“Jodie’s world class, simple as that,” Sampson said, “but the whole team were outstanding, very efficient from back to front. http://www.officialtampabaylightning.com/Adidas-Alex-Killorn-Jersey It’s exciting for me to watch this team play, to see how good we can become over, hopefully, the next five matches.
“We’ve found a way to enjoy these pressured occasions. We’ve got to keep working hard and we’ve a difficult game against Spain on Sunday but we’re completely confident we can become the best team in the world.”
It must have made chastening viewing for Anna Signeul, Scotland’s manager, down in the technical area and Nicola Sturgeon up in the posh seats.
At first Scotland’s first minister would have been cheered when, after only 20 seconds, Jane Ross tried her luck with a 30-yard shot that the England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley looked mighty relived to put over the bar for a corner.
If that offered Sturgeon any cause for optimism, it was soon dampened. Almost immediately England’s right-sided combination, Lucy Bronze and Nobbs, began causing Scotland multiple problems.
Appropriately, Bronze’s through pass created England’s opener for Taylor. With Scotland holding a dangerously high line, the right-back initially looked to have played in Fran Kirby but, Authentic Aaron Burbridge Womens Jersey instead, the Chelsea forward – famously dubbed England’s “mini Messi” by Sampson two years ago – took out two markers courtesy of a fabulous dummy. It left Taylor clean through and the pacy striker proceeded to shoot England ahead.
The Lionesses believe that, since finishing third in the 2015 World Cup in Canada, their fitness levels have risen by 23% courtesy of much intense physical conditioning from Ben Young, who has worked with the England rugby union team. They certainly looked in daunting shape as Scotland could, at times, have been forgiven for wondering if qualifying for their first major tournament had really been such a good idea after all.
They fell further behind when another slice of Kirby skill saw her hacked down by Rachel Corsie. Nobbs took the free-kick which Signeul’s defence failed to clear. http://www.sanfrancisco49ersauthorizedstore.com/aaron-lynch-jersey-elite As the ball ricocheted around the box, Bronze sent a header goalwards that was hacked off the line before Taylor gave another reminder of her predatory instincts by lashing home from six yards.
Ifeoma Dieke and Vaila Barsley, Scotland’s normally robust centre-half partnership had been deconstructed well before White claimed the third. It involved Jill Scott shooting from distance, goalkeeper Gemma Fay doing very well to tip the ball on to the bar and the on-rushing White immediately pouncing on the rebound and crisply redirecting it beyond her.
Tartan-clad fans attempted to lift their team’s morale with a few choruses of Flower of Scotland http://www.sanfrancisco49ersauthorizedstore.com/ahkello-witherspoon-jersey-elite while also unfurling a banner in their VIP guest’s honour emblazoned with “Happy Birthday Nicola”. Sturgeon turned 47 on Wednesday and as the interval whistle final blew Dieke and company probably felt double that age.
Admittedly the ever industrious Ross menaced sporadically but the lone striker was far too isolated and must have felt increasingly envious of the sort of service Taylor and White enjoyed.
Antonio Conte has finally put pen to paper on a new contract at Chelsea, whom he steered to the Premier League title in his first year in English football, Adidas Craig Smith Authentic Jersey to ease any immediate concerns over his future, though the Italian has not extended his commitment to the club beyond the next two years.
Chelsea confirmed the deal as the manager and his squad left for Beijing and a three-match pre-season tour of China and Singapore, on Tuesday evening with Conte describing the team’s achievements last year as “something amazing” in the club’s statement. The director, Marina Granovskaia, hailed the 47-year-old’s “incredible success” with the new contract reflecting the board’s “belief that he can continue to deliver results both domestically and as we return to European competition in the Champions League”.
Yet the reality that the deal, first mooted before the FA Cup final in May and believed to be the most lucrative offered in the club’s history at around £9.6m a year, stretches no further than 2019, http://www.authenticnashvillepredators.com/authentic-calle-jarnkrok-jersey when Conte’s original contract was due to expire, is intriguing. The Italian had been expected to sign an extension to 2021 but has cut a frustrated figure this summer while Chelsea have struggled to reinforce after last year’s title-winning squad and before that return to Europe’s elite club competition.
Manchester United stole a march on them to secure Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, a player Conte had coveted, while interest in the likes of Leonardo Bonucci came to nothing and Alex Sandro has yet to be secured from Juventus. The relationship between manager and board was strained, too, by Conte’s decision to inform Diego Costa, by text message, that he had no future at the club, potentially damaging the club’s bargaining position over his sale in the process. Talks with Atlético Madrid over the striker’s departure remain ongoing.
The board have mobilised over the last fortnight to secure Antonio Rudiger and Tiemoué Bakayoko for significant fees but, with Costa granted permission to miss the trip, Chelsea travelled to China with Michy Batshuayi – a bit-part player last year – as their only senior striker of note. The hope is they will deflect Milan’s interest in Álvaro Morata to secure the Spain forward from Real Madrid ahead of the new campaign, and still manager to prise Sandro from Juve. But, Authentic Cam Fowler Womens Jersey with Nemanja Matic expected to leave and Eden Hazard currently recovering from ankle surgery, the process of strengthening the team is at a fledgling stage with the start of the title defence only 25 days away.
There is still time for Chelsea to make waves in the transfer market and secure the players Conte believes can make them competitive in the Premier League and Champions League next term, but the closed season has been far from plain sailing. The manager has at least been marginally appeased by the club’s decision to sanction the arrivals of two compatriots to his coaching staff, with Paolo Vanoli joining as an assistant head coach and Davide Mazzotta working as an assistant and in player analysis. Steve Holland departed Stamford Bridge in May to join Gareth Southgate’s coaching staff on a full-time basis.
Chelsea will play Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Internazionale – the club whose interest in bringing Conte back to Italy had served to unsettle at times last season – in China and Singapore, with the champions content at least that any fears their head coach might move on this summer allayed. http://www.officialsanaheimducks.com/Adidas-Andrew-Cogliano-Jersey “I am very happy to have signed a new contract with Chelsea,” said Conte. “We worked extremely hard in our first year to achieve something amazing, which I am very proud of. Now we must work even harder to stay at the top.”
The Italian steered his side to a club record 13 consecutive league victories as autumn turned to winter, secured a Premier League record 30 victories over the entire campaign and also reached the FA Cup final, all at a club who had just endured the worst season ever experienced under Roman Abramovich’s ownership.
“Antonio achieve incredible success last season, adapting to English football very quickly and leading us to the Premier League title,” added Granovskaia. “This new contract reflects our belief that he can continue to deliver results both domestically and as we return to European competition in the Champions League.”
Manchester City want to buy Napoli’s Pepe Reina in a transfer which, if successful, would mean the end of Claudio Bravo’s torrid time at the club.
City are understood to have made an initial bid of around £2.5m for the 34-year-old, Anthony DeSclafani Womens Jersey who spent nine years at Liverpool, and has also played for Barcelona, Villlarreal, and Bayern Munich. He would offer Pep Guardiola, the City manager, vast experience.
If Reina does arrive it means Bravo’s troubled City career will end after only a season. It will also pose further questions of the judgment of Guardiola regarding goalkeepers. When taking over as head coach last summer the Catalan decided Joe Hart, the incumbent No1, was not good enough . This led to Bravo’s recruitment and Hart going on a season-long loan to Torino.
The Chilean proved a disastrous choice, making a series of errors that directly led to City dropping crucial points. Earlier in the close season, http://www.authenticcincinnatireds.com/Adam-Duvall-Jersey Guardiola acknowledged his mistake by buying Ederson from Benfica for £34.69m to be his new first-choice.
Given Reina played more than 250 times in the Premier League for Liverpool, helping the club capture the FA Cup in 2006 and come close to winning the Premier League title three years later, Guardiola may allow him a chance to challenge Ederson for the starting berth. It is believed Napoli will listen to an offer closer to £4.5m for Reina, who joined the Italian club, initially on loan, in 2013.
Hart, meanwhile, is close to a move to West Ham United after taking a medical with the east London club on Monday. The England goalkeeper is set to join on a season-long loan deal.
City arrived in Houston on Monday for the start of their summer tour of America. Alex Gordon Womens Jersey Guardiola’s side face Manchester United on Thursday in a International Champions Cup fixture. Bravo was not with the squad but this is because he is on holiday following Chile’s Confederation Cup campaign.
The Manchester derby takes places at the NRG Stadium and will be the first to be staged overseas. City and United should have played each other in China last summer in a friendly. However the unreliable nature of the pitch at Beijing’s National Stadium led to the game’s cancellation.
Guardiola’s squad for their three-match tour includes Samir Nasri , Eliaquim Mangala and Jason Denayer , http://www.authentickansascityroyals.com/Alcides-Escobar-Jersey despite all appearing to have no future at City under the manager. Wilfried Bony , who is in the same category, was left behind, as was Fernando, the Portuguese midfielder.
Kelechi Iheancho, the striker who may leave for Leicester City, did not travel to Houston, either. Leroy Sane and Yaya Touré were also not with the main party but are expected to arrive separately while Bernardo Silva, the £43.6m purchase from Monaco, is on a break, too, following Portugal’s participation in the Confederations Cup.
At about 8pm last Thursday, Nathaniel Chalobah, then still of Chelsea, posted on Instagram a picture of the former Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace defender Fitz Hall. The subject of several weeks of transfer rumour linking him with Swansea, Southampton and Watford, Jarell Martin Youth Jersey perhaps this, finally, was a clue to Chalobah’s next move. Either that, or he just likes Fitz Hall. No words accompanied the picture, though for some reason there were three alarm clocks superimposed upon it.
Within half an hour a group of Watford fans on an internet forum had proved, using the grain of wood in a table, the shade of magnolia on the wall, a tiny section of visible armrest and an old and apparently unrelated club video, that Hall and thus Chalobah himself was at their team’s training ground, a process that was at least as entertaining to watch as the majority of the Hornets’ games last season and certainly involved more creativity. At 11pm, the cat now being some distance from the bag, the player’s transfer was officially confirmed.
The following day Monaco’s Tiemoué Bakayoko posted, again on Instagram, a picture that also turned out to be of another club’s training ground. It required rather less detective work to work out the subtext of this one, given that it featured an actual pitch, http://www.officialgrizzliestore.com/authentic-25-chandler-parsons-jersey.html Chelsea’s badge (and, indeed, their manager) was visible, and Bakayoko had decorated the image with four large arrows and several repetitions of the word “soon” in bold capitals. In case anyone required further help, the player had previously posted a picture of himself on the Eurostar with an English textbook. His move was announced on Saturday. Both players, as it happens, are central midfielders, the Frenchman arriving at Cobham hours after Chalobah’s departure to take his place in the Chelsea squad, or at least a much more lucrative and high-profile version of it.
There was something telling about the two pictures, which had revealed not only the identity of the players’ next employers but deeper truths about English football itself, and in particular about the one club the two deals had in common.
Both photographs were attempting to do the same job, in the same place. To find the stories they disclosed, one required a bit of effort; the other did all the work itself and then, to make sure everybody had noticed, Andrew Adams Authentic Jersey attached some fireworks and set itself on fire. One was a whisper, the other a wailing klaxon – a klaxon clad in blinking neon and accompanied by a team of Red Arrows jets scribing key words in the sky using multicoloured vapour.
Had two different clubs been involved, one could have been criticised for refusing to do the hard work, for only recognising talent after it has been hyped to the heavens. Yet Chelsea, with six FA Youth Cup wins in the last eight years, boast the best and busiest youth system in England. They had spotted Chalobah as a 10-year-old and nurtured his talent through 12 years, half as many loan spells and 97 England caps at a variety of age groups, culminating last year in him making one start and nine substitute appearances for them in the Premier League. And then they lost him, for an initial £5m, before moving for someone four months older, eight times as expensive and carrying a different passport. Chelsea did the hard work. Then they undid it.
A club should consider a £40m signing not as a source of pride but as evidence of dismal failure. Effective scouting operations should be able to get by without an outsized chequebook. Though Corentin Tolisso and Alexandre Lacazette, whose moves are two of the biggest of this summer so far, had both spent their entire careers at Lyon, http://www.officialgiantsfootballs.com/Bobby-Rainey-Jersey-Cheap the rest of the window’s 10 biggest transfers to date had all changed clubs at least once already. The two biggest sales by English teams, Romelu Lukaku and Michael Keane, had previously been owned and disowned by Chelsea and Manchester United respectively. Logically the aim must be to catch the best young players on the first rungs of the ladder, before they make their names and inflate their values.
But perhaps, sometimes at least, it isn’t. It could be that clubs find global audiences particularly appreciative of the teams most crammed with expensively assembled headline players, and therefore more keen to clothe themselves in their branded leisurewear and consume the products of their official noodle partners. In other words, for elite, globally-renowned football clubs, spending more money leads directly to earning even more money. So Chelsea might have been disappointed to lose a brilliant young midfielder for a pittance, but on the plus side it gives them the chance to buy him back in the future, when he is a bit more famous and a lot more expensive.
Or maybe it’s just a British thing. Many years ago the nation’s finest goldsmiths could have decorated the crown jewels with Manx agate, http://www.officialgiantsfootballs.com/Brad-Wing-Jersey-Cheap Cornish amethyst and Blue John from Derbyshire and still their creations would have evoked awe and wonder. Instead, though, we plundered the most splendid gemstones from across the globe, brought them home and swiftly mounted them upon the nearest sceptre. Whether on a football field or a monarch’s head, we are a people that appreciates objects of great beauty and quality – especially if they are extraordinarily valuable and used to be somebody else’s.
Romelu Lukaku faces a challenge to adjust to the demands of playing for Manchester United, according to the club’s new captain, Michael Carrick.
Carrick moved to Old Trafford from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006 and is now the club’s longest-serving player following Wayne Rooney’s departure to Everton. Lukaku, meanwhile, Anthony Sherman Womens Jersey played his first game for United in a 5-2 win against LA Galaxy in Carson City on Saturday, the opening game of a five-match pre-season tour.
Lukaku, who joined from Everton for £75m, failed to score but appeared to settle instantly – though Carrick was quick to emphasise the pressure that comes with playing for the 20-times English champions.
“The jump is massive,” Carrick said. “I found that myself coming from Tottenham. It’s a massive jump. You can’t really explain to people until they’ve gone through it. I’m sure he’ll find the same. http://www.chiefsofficialsauthentic.com/CHIEFS-BISHOP-SANKEY-JERSEY But having Premier League experience is a massive bonus. He’ll know how things work week to week. It’s just about dealing with the pressure.
“It’s early days. It’s one week’s training and 45 minutes against Galaxy so you can’t come to any conclusions. We know what he is all about, there are no surprises. We all know exactly what he brings and that is why he is here. He is not going to change his game because he has come here. He does what he does best and obviously he’s been brought here to score goals. I am pretty certain he will do that this season.”
Lukaku has 85 Premier League goals since 2012, second only to Sergio Agüero, and is the main replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored 28 goals for United last season.
Carrick was reluctant to draw parallels between the two players. “Ibra was terrific for us but Rom is his own man. Authentic Austin Romine Womens Jersey When I came it was Roy Keane who came up [in comparison] but I’m my own man. Whoever comes in, you’re always your own man. I don’t want to compare them at all because it’s not fair to do that.
“He’ll be judged like anyone else: on what he does through the season and I’m sure he’s ready for that. The scrutiny will go up a level from what he’s used to. I’m sure he’s prepared for that and I’m sure he will do well.”
Carrick is adamant United have to challenge for the league title next term. “We’ve got to feel that. It’s up to the manager whether more players come in or whether they don’t. That’s not for us to worry about. That’s got to be the aim. We have to challenge the best and be the best. It has to be that philosophy at this club no matter what happens, http://www.authenticyankeeshop.com/authentic-3-babe-ruth-jersey.html this season is no different. We finished last season with a trophy. We’ve got a good feeling going into this one. We’ve got the Super Cup coming up pretty quick, so we’ve got to be focused on that really and then the season ahead.”
The United goalkeeper Sergio Romero has signed a contract extension until 2021. The Argentina international, 30, joined United on a free transfer in 2015 and started May’s Europa League final victory over Ajax ahead of David de Gea.The United squad fly to Utah on Tuesday, where they will play Real Salt Lake.
Of all the tributes to Daniel Levy and his iron-fist-in-the-iron-glove negotiating style Sir Alex Ferguson’s is surely the most memorable. Dealing with the Tottenham Hotspur chairman, Ferguson recalled, Bobby Clarke Womens Jersey “was more painful than my hip replacement”. It should be noted, too, that Ferguson got what he wanted from Levy. Despite all the agonies he was able to take the striker Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham to Manchester United in 2008.
Many people in the game do not get what they want from Levy. The very mention of his name can have agents and players letting out mournful signs before they launch into stories about how they thought they had a deal only for Levy to make an eleventh-hour revision to his demands.
Levy has been driving football folk to distraction since 2001 and that has included plenty of Tottenham personnel. He is a friendly, clubbable kind of guy, whom Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham manager, has described as “shy, sensitive and funny”. But when Levy sits down to negotiate, http://www.officialflyersteamonline.com/Boyd_Gordon_Jersey even with people he likes, it is as if he puts on the blinkers. Relationships count for nothing. His side of the deal is all that matters.
There is an old line on Levy that says he goes to work during a transfer window only on deadline day, such is his fondness for brinkmanship and last-minute business. It is tongue-in-cheek. Levy is confronted by a ceaseless barrage of issues and right now the biggest one involves keeping Pochettino’s team together. It is a challenge he will confront with relish.
Tottenham have agreed to sell the right-back Kyle Walker to Manchester City for £50m – plus £3m in add-ons – but in terms of incoming deals they have been quiet this summer and it has been for a simple reason. Jason Kidd Authentic Jersey Pochettino’s best XI have hit such heights over the past two seasons and polished their reputations to such an extent that the manager cannot see anyone on the market at an affordable price who would represent an upgrade.
The key word is ‘affordable’. Levy’s basic weekly wage ceiling is set at £100,000 and he also has the new stadium build to finance, the cost of which has risen to £800m. Show Pochettino an improvement, for example, on Mousa Dembélé or Dele Alli who earns less than £100,000 a week and would not break the bank in terms of the fee and he would take him. The reality is that the player is not out there.
Pochettino wants to add depth to his squad and it is clear that he needs to do so, particularly when the club’s desire to move on Moussa Sissoko and, possibly, Georges-Kévin Nkoudou is taken into account. Érik Lamela’s fitness is another issue. The winger, who has not played since last October because of a hip complaint, is doing rehabilitation work and he will miss the opening weeks of the season at least.
There was a time in the not too distant past when the club’s fans would be clamouring for action in terms of transfers and fretting about a lack of activity. http://www.mavericksteamonline.com/Jose_Juan_Barea_Jersey It is not the case these days and that speaks volumes for the team which has been built for them, not to mention the work of Pochettino. Other managers and sets of supporters have felt the frustration.
Levy’s trick has been to enjoy elite-level performances from his players over a sustained period on less than elite-level wages. Harry Kane, for example, has won the Premier League’s Golden Boot for the past two seasons and, as such, he can lay claim to being the best striker in England. He is at the top of the Tottenham pay scale but it is stating the obvious to say that he could earn significantly more elsewhere. So could all of the club’s big names.
The company that owns Leicester City and funded the club’s rise to become 2016 Premier League champions has been accused of multimillion-pound corruption in the operation of its business in Thailand. King Power, Authentic Cliff Pennington Youth Jersey owned and run by the Leicester chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and his son Aiyawatt, is alleged to have corruptly short-changed the Thai government of its agreed share from the company’s lucrative duty free franchise at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport.
King Power International, which owns Leicester, is accused of criminally failing to pay the Thai state 14bn baht (£327m) from the operation of the airport franchise, whose original grant in 2006 required 15% of the income to be paid to the government. The lawsuit – a copy of which was seen by the Guardian – was filed by Charnchai Issarasenarak, deputy chairman of a government anti-corruption subcommittee. He alleges that King Power colluded with airport employees to pay the government only a 3% slice of the duty free takings.
King Power bought Leicester City for a reported £39m in 2010, when the club were in the Championship, and then loaned the club more than £100m on players, wages and bankrolling losses, which were written off after the club won promotion to the Premier League in 2014.
Explaining the legal action to reporters in Thailand, Charnchai said: “We ask the court to accept this lawsuit as a criminal lawsuit, http://www.officialangelsproshop.com/Cj_Wilson_Jersey and use the law to punish those who commit wrongdoings. We also ask the court to consider seizing all the 14.29bn baht from them to the state. Nobody should ever gain [anything] from this said amount ... This case causes substantial damages to the state and is a very severe case.”
Two other King Power group companies owned and run by the Srivaddhanaprabha family have also been accused of corruption in the legal action, along with a senior King Power executive. Fourteen officials working for Airports of Thailand have also been named in the action. The lawsuit alleges corrupt misconduct and a failure to act with honesty and integrity.
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha established King Power in 1989 with one small shop in Bangkok, then attained major wealth in 2006 when his company was granted the exclusive franchise for duty free sales at Suvarnabhumi airport, Authentic Clinton Portis Youth Jersey said to be the 12th busiest in the world. At the time the prime minister of Thailand was Thaksin Shinawatra, who was later ousted in a military coup. The successors and bitter rivals to Shinawatra, who owned Manchester City from July 2007 to September 2008, remain in charge of the country.
The lawsuit alleges that the requirement on King Power to pay 15% of the revenues to the government was agreed when the contract was signed in 2006. The current prime minister of Thailand, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, has been named by Charnchai as a witness in the case, along with 32 other people; 50 documents have been submitted in support.
Charnchai has said that he is preparing a further four cases against King Power, which he expects to file in two months. A court decision on whether to accept the first case is expected on 25 July, according to reports.
“Filing a lawsuit against someone isn’t fun,” Charnchai said, “because they can counter-sue us, but we have checked accuracy and are ready to be counter-sued. We don’t do this based on a personal [issue], but it is about the nation.”
Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, the Leicester vice-chairman and chief executive of the King Power group, was reported in the Bangkok Post to have denied that the company had breached any laws over the 11 years since it was granted the duty free franchise at the airport. http://www.footballredskinsprostore.com/Darrell_Green_Jersey_Cheap Asked by the Guardian via Leicester City whether he would confirm the details of the case and respond to the allegations, the club replied to say that Aiyawatt had declined to comment.
The Airports of Thailand president, Nitinai Sirisamatthakarn, was reported by the Bangkok Post to have denied the allegations, saying that King Power had adhered to its contract and paid the correct government fees according to the space occupied at the airport.
It is not clear what impact the case could have on Leicester City if it proceeds and succeeds and King Power become liable to pay huge amounts of money to the government. http://www.footballredskinsprostore.com/Clinton_Portis_Jersey_Cheap Premier League rules prohibit people from owning more than 30% or being a director of a club if they have been convicted of a criminal offence of dishonesty, but neither Vichai, Aiyawatt nor any other Thai director of Leicester has been charged personally.
At the end of last season, Alexis Sánchez was approached by an Arsenal team-mate who wanted to know what was happening with the striker’s new contract. 12th Fan Womens Jersey “Are you going to stay with us next season?” he asked. Sánchez barely broke stride and completely blanked him.
The story will doubtless raise a few smiles among journalists, who are well used to getting that sort of treatment from players post-match. But from one team-mate to another?
Sánchez is a man who gives little away and it is said his agent, Fernando Felicevich, who does all the talking. http://www.seahawksofficialsproshop.com/Ahtyba-Rubin-Jersey The forward can sometimes be detached or prickly and when the players said their goodbyes for the summer no one in the dressing room could say with any certainty that they would line up alongside Sánchez again.
The aforementioned episode suggested it did not look good and Arsenal are confronted by a situation that is bleak and familiar. Sánchez, who has one year to run on his contract, wants out and although Arsène Wenger will not admit so in public, he knows it in private.
In a rare interview on 30 June, Sánchez said he had made up his mind about where he would play next season but he had to keep it to himself. http://www.seahawksofficialsproshop.com/Arthur-Brown-Jersey “It’s clear but I can’t tell you anything,” he said before Chile’s appearance in the Confederations Cup final against Germany. It seemed significant he could not say whether it would be at Arsenal. He has given no indication at any stage that he wants to stay at the club.
The 28-year-old is understood to have asked for £400,000 a week – or £20.8m a year – to re-sign and he and Felicevich must know Arsenal will not pay that. An unrealistic wage demand goes hand in glove with the exit strategy. Arsenal, meanwhile, are strongly pursuing Monaco’s left-sided forward, Thomas Lemar.
Sánchez’s rider to remain at the club might not be unrealistic in the broader market context. Authentic Adam Oates Womens Jersey In January, he would be allowed to agree pre-contract terms at an overseas club for a free-agent move in the summer and in that scenario, he could expect to receive the amount – or something similar – that the club would save in transfer fees as a signing-on bonus or even built into his salary. Given he could command a fee of about £50m, it is fair to assume the figure would not be insignificant.
It has been reported Sánchez has the offer of £400,000 a week from an unnamed Chinese club and Felicevich has used it as leverage in discussions with Arsenal. It has also become clear he has felt empowered to ask for the money his client would stand to receive as a free agent.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has helped to set the bar in this area. The striker joined Manchester United on a Bosman transfer last summer and leaked details of his contract showed he agreed to be paid a basic salary of €420,000 (about £367,000) per week.
Bayern Munich have balked at the figures involved for Sánchez but Paris Saint-Germain are still in play, even if it might be smarter for them to wait until January – at least for financial reasons. Sánchez, though, has his mind made up and it is set on Manchester City, where he would be reunited with Pep Guardiola, the manager who took him from his first European club, Udinese, to Barcelona in 2011.
Arsenal are not convinced Guardiola wants him, that City’s interest is concrete. They have noted how Guardiola started Sánchez in only 20 of the 38 La Liga matches during their one season together at Barcelona, although Sánchez did suffer from various fitness problems.
But being forced to sell their star player to a Premier League rival – as they did with Robin van Persie to Manchester United in 2012 after he had refused to extend a contract that had one year to run – is the nightmare scenario and they are resolved to do anything other than that.
It adds up to a standoff, with the ace in Sánchez’s hand being the refusal to sign another contract. http://www.officialbruinsprostore.com/brad-marchand-jersey-for-sale-c-8.html In that case, Arsenal could still get another season out of him and they could tell themselves they would be saving the difference between his £130,000-a-week wage and the one for which they would have him re-sign. They have offered him £275,000 a week, which represents an annual increase of £6.5m. Yet the sum would be dwarfed by what Arsenal could receive as a transfer fee this summer.
Eric Dier is open to the prospect of a move to Manchester United and the club are pushing hard to make it happen, despite the Tottenham Hotspur chairman, Daniel Levy, having categorically ruled it out.
Ed Woodward, the United executive vice-chairman, spoke with Levy at the start of the close season and registered their interest in Dier, Allen Barbre Youth Jersey who sees himself as a defensive midfielder, although he played in Tottenham’s defence for most of last season.
It is understood Woodward made a bid for the England player – on the instructions of José Mourinho – but Levy knocked it back. Furthermore, Levy made it plain he was not interested in selling Dier and United ought to take this as his final word on the matter.
United, who have announced that Michael Carrick will take over as the captain after Wayne Rooney’s departure, http://www.eaglesofficialsshop.com/Brandon_Brooks_Jersey_Cheap have refused to do so, particularly after their efforts to look elsewhere for the defensive midfielder Mourinho has demanded encountered problems.
They thought they were close to a deal for Nemanja Matic but their hijacking of Chelsea’s move for Romelu Lukaku has soured relations and made the Matic transfer difficult to complete. Lukaku joined United from Everton on Monday for a fee that could rise to £90m.
Dier, who admitted in 2010 while at Sporting Lisbon that it would be difficult to turn down United if the chance came to join the club he supported as a boy, Dalton Pompey Womens Jersey has been Mourinho’s No1 midfield target this summer and Levy may face a dilemma when United’s offer is broken down. They are considering making a second offer of £50m for the 23-year-old and would more than double his £70,000 weekly wage, taking it beyond Tottenham’s £100,000 ceiling.
If Levy were to block Dier’s transfer, what would he do about his salary? It would be impossible to come close to matching United’s offer without breaking Spurs’ wage structure and Levy will not do this for fear of encouraging other players to ask for large rises.
Dier, who is under contract until 2021, was displaced as Tottenham’s first-choice defensive midfielder by Victor Wanyama, who was signed from Southampton in June last year. Dier played mostly in central defence as part of a back four or back three but wants to secure one position – defensive midfield. He knows Mourinho would play him in his favoured role.
Tottenham are prepared to sell one player from their first-choice XI – Kyle Walker, the right-back who is a target for Manchester City, but negotiations have become protracted as Levy believes he is in a powerful position, which is always bad news for the potential buyer.
Levy wants at least £50m and feels it is fair in terms of the market. The 27-year-old was the best right-back in the Premier League last season, according to the Professional Footballers’ Association, http://www.officialbluejaysproshop.com/Bj_Upton_Jersey who named him in their team of the year. Walker is entering his prime years; he is tried and tested in English football and his Englishness adds a further premium. City, meanwhile, look to have missed out on another right-back target, with Dani Alves likely to join Paris Saint-Germain.
Mauricio Pochettino could replace Walker, who has four years to run on his contract, with Kieran Trippier and the Spurs manager could use the fee from the sale to strengthen his squad. Pochettino would be less willing to cash in on selling Dier.
If nothing else, it was a more polished performance than the first time Wayne Rooney staged his own press conference, on a January evening in 2003 and the occasion of his first professional deal for Everton. Antti Raanta Youth Jersey At 17, Rooney was so unprepared for the barrage of flashing cameras the words stuck in his throat and his audience could hardly hear him speak. David Moyes told him off for chewing gum and there was an awkward moment, after his first uncertain words, when he reached for the bottle of water on his table. Rooney was about to swig straight from it until Moyes intervened. “Pour it in the glass, Wayne,” came the advice.
Fourteen years on, it was a very different Rooney taking his seat in the People’s Club Lounge at Goodison Park, holding up the No10 shirt – the possession of Romelu Lukaku until recently – and telling the story of how he had kept the negotiations of his transfer from Manchester United a secret even from his closest family.
The explanation was that his dad, Wayne Sr, would have been so excited “he would not have been able to keep it in”. The same for his mum, Jeanette. http://www.authenticrangersstore.com/adam-graves-jersey_c-445.html “I didn’t tell Kai [his eldest son] either because he was going to school and I didn’t want him speaking to his mates,” Rooney reported. “It was literally once everything was agreed and the paperwork was through that I told everyone. Kai just jumped on me. It was the happiest I’ve ever seen him. My dad, too. Obviously he’s an Evertonian and he’s been going to Manchester to watch me for the last 13 years. Now he’ll just have a five-minute drive.”
It would need a flint heart not to appreciate the symmetry that had brought Rooney back to the club where he has been both loved and reviled – once kissing the United badge directly in front of the stand where he was now talking – and now wants to play his way back into the crowd’s affections.
Approaching 32, Rooney was quick to make the point he was here to win trophies, not because Goodison represented “a retirement home”, but there was also an admission that he could understand why people suspected his career had been in decline – “certainly the last year” – and it did not need long in his company to realise that his one season with José Mourinho in Manchester had become a personal ordeal.
“November,” Rooney replied to the question of when he had started to think he had to cut himself free from Old Trafford. “I started the season doing OK. I’d done well, I had a bad game at Watford away, and that was it [out of the team].”
And after that? “The hardest part was actually lifting the two trophies, the League Cup and the Europa League. You don’t feel like you deserve it because you haven’t been part of the games. That was hard. You’re naturally happy because you have won but you don’t celebrate as much as if you were on the pitch.
“It was just a frustrating time. It was the first time in my career I didn’t play. I was on the bench and that’s not me. I needed to play but I was also the captain of Manchester United so I needed to stay positive around the place and try not to bring any negativity. Al Macinnis Womens Jersey I spoke to José in January to see what his opinions were and he always said he wanted me to stay and help the team until the end of the season. I did that. But I knew I had to leave for my career.”
Moving to a suite overlooking the Goodison pitch, Rooney made it clear he had abandoned his wish to reinvent himself as a midfielder and would be leading from the front for Ronald Koeman’s team.
Beyond that, there is next year’s World Cup and the sense, perhaps, that his England career should not be talked about in the past tense, after all. “If I had gone to China, which was an option, then I would have called it a day,” Rooney said. Not on Merseyside, http://www.authenticbluesstore.com/alex-pietrangelo-jersey_c-436.html though. “I want to play for England. You can’t get in the England squad because of what you have done before. You need to be playing well to represent your country. I understand that and I respect that. That’s what I have to do now.”
The second coming will begin at home to Stoke City on 12 August but it would be wrong to assume his return to Old Trafford on 17 September is the fixture that will mean the most to him in the coming season.
Chelsea have strengthened their defensive options by completing the signing of Antonio Rüdiger on a five-year contract from Roma, with the Germany defender joining the Premier League champions for an initial £29m.
The fee for the 24-year-old could rise as high as £34m with add-ons for a player who has won 17 caps for Germany and made four appearances in their triumphant Confederations Cup campaign in Russia, including starting in the final against Chile, which they won 1-0.
Rüdiger moves to England after two years at the Serie A club, whom he initially joined on a season-long loan from Stuttgart, Authentic Antti Raanta Womens Jersey and will help fill the void left by John Terry’s departure for Aston Villa under freedom of contract. Chelsea also sold Nathan Aké to Bournemouth for £20m.
“It’s a great feeling because not every player has the opportunity to join a huge club like this,” Rüdiger said. “I am looking forward to meeting up with my new team-mates and I’m very proud to officially become a Chelsea player.”
The Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, had made clear the need to reinforce the team’s back-line in readiness for their return to the Champions League, http://www.authenticrangersstore.com/adam-graves-jersey_c-445.html and had initially hoped the club would succeed in luring either Virgil van Dijk or Leonardo Bonucci to Stamford Bridge.
Yet the valuations placed on those players by Southampton and Juventus respectively had prompted Chelsea to consider other options with Rüdiger, for all that he cost Roma an initial £3.5m plus a further £7.9m when making his move permanent last summer, a more attractive option.
“We are pleased to be able to bring in a player of proven quality who adds to our defensive options,” the Chelsea technical director, Authentic Al Macinnis Youth Jersey Michael Emenalo, said. “Antonio is still young but is experienced at club and international level and possesses all the requisite attributes to thrive in the Premier League. We have been aware of him for some time and we are confident he will fit in well with the squad.”
Rüdiger, who was the subject of racial abuse by Lazio fans at the Rome derby in March, has most often been used at centre-half, but could operate at right-back if required. The 6ft 3in defender would appear to be competing most obviously with César Azpilicueta as the right-sided of Chelsea’s three centre-halves in Conte’s favoured system, though the Italian is hoping to have at least two senior players competing for each place in his starting lineup.
Terry, who has signed an initial one-year deal at Villa Park, was only a bit-part player last season and could yet be followed by Kurt Zouma in departing the club, http://www.authenticbluesstore.com/alex-pietrangelo-jersey_c-436.html despite the 22-year-old French defender apparently being resistant to a loan move. Chelsea have also welcomed the talented young defender, Andreas Christensen, back from a two-year loan spell at Borussia Mönchengladbach to bolster their options.
Conte has been frustrated this summer at the club’s apparent toils in the transfer market, with Willy Caballero, who moved on a free transfer from Manchester City, and the teenager Ethan Ampadu, from Exeter City, Chelsea’s only arrivals prior to Rüdiger. Meanwhile, a deal has been agreed in principle for the Monaco midfielder, Tiemoué Bakayoko, for around £40m and negotiations continue with Juventus over their left wing-back, Alex Sandro, who would cost a club record £61m.
Chelsea had hoped to eclipse any club record again by re-signing the striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton before the player opted to join Manchester United. Conte had targeted Lukaku as his first-choice replacement for the outgoing Diego Costa and while his exasperation was initially made clear to the Chelsea hierarchy, who failed to complete a deal for the Belgian, his ire is now increasingly directed at the player and his agent, Mino Raiola.
The champions must now decide whether to reignite their long-standing interest in Real Madrid’s Álvaro Morata – who had previously been targeted by United – or bid for the Torino forward, Andrea Belotti, whose buy-out clause is set at £87m. There is interest, too, in Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez though the hierarchy at the Emirates stadium would be reluctant to lose the Chilean to rivals from across the capital.
The Goodison Park roof was not quite wrenched from its fittings when Wayne Rooney made his return to Everton colours but perhaps it loosened enough to sow the seeds for what passed two years later. Aaron Donald Authentic Jersey Rooney had felt some apprehension before donning the kit for Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial in August 2015, aware that his presence had hardly been greeted with universal joy on those annual visits with Manchester United; when it came around, though, the applause was warm and the chants from the Gwladys Street Stand were lusty enough. If nothing else, it suggested that on both sides the old feelings might not be so difficult to reawaken.
It is a safe bet that the decibel levels will be far higher when Rooney steps out for Everton against Stoke on 12 August, assuming throats have soothed since a home friendly with Sevilla the weekend before. Everton’s support had, broadly, been split over the notion that a player whose departure in 2004 left long-term scars might sign back on with the winter of his career nearing; the likelihood of a reunion grew steadily since that toe was dipped back into the water at Goodison and there is a sense now that a picturebook development of this kind should be embraced.
Rooney has played that side of things well – “I’ve kept it quiet for the last 13 years but I’ve been wearing Everton pyjamas at home with my kids,” he told the club’s in-house television channel after his transfer was confirmed – and only a minority of hardliners in Liverpool’s blue half would doubt his authenticity. More pertinent is what exactly Rooney can offer and what he represents. http://www.losangelesramsauthorizedstore.com/alec-ogletree-jersey-elite The improvements wrought by Ronald Koeman last season have been followed up on by sharp use of Farhad Moshiri’s funds and a keen anticipation of the post-Romelu Lukaku era. It is not overly damning to state that the sense of purpose around Everton is brisker than at any time since the mid-1980s; upwardly mobile arrivals like Davy Klaessen, Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford and Sandro Ramírez fit a certain mould and in some respects the addition of a forward who turns 32 in October appears divergent.
If Ramírez is firing, Yannick Bolasie fit by January and Ross Barkley suitably engaged, it is difficult to see where Rooney might find a niche. Ademola Lookman’s rapid progress cannot be overlooked and then there is Tom Davies, whose strides of last season will be expected to continue. Gylfi Sigurdsson may yet join them from Swansea. All can operate at the tempo Koeman demands while Rooney, A'Shawn Robinson Womens Jersey although not the physical wreck depicted by those who tiresomely lampooned him during his later years at United, cannot be expected to complete a full season at that kind of tilt. Practically, his greatest use might lie in the versatility that has been as much a curse as a blessing in recent seasons; Rooney has more than enough quality to influence games from across the forward line or playing behind a centre?forward, even if only in bursts. Over a long campaign, that blend of experience and adaptability should have ample benefits.
All of this is to second-guess Koeman’s intentions for Rooney but also to speak blindly of Rooney’s own plans. It is clear he wishes to play more football but the end he is aiming for may supersede everything else. Winning silverware with Everton would be “the pinnacle”, he said – the crowning point in a career that has brought 11 major titles. Not everybody in the squad will feel that way, at least not as viscerally. Rooney has changed in the past 13 years but Everton are changing quickly, too; should their stadium move to Bramley Moore dock go through in the next half-decade, their identity will have morphed decisively from that of the club that had never held serious hope of seeing their prodigal son’s best years. He embodies, albeit in the most interrupted of ways, continuity; the value of somebody for whom the badge signifies everything, and who just happens to be England’s best player of this millennium, should transcend the pitch.
“We should be winning trophies and I think we’re taking steps to being involved in trying to win some,” Rooney said. It is a reminder that the stakes are higher here than when Thierry Henry returned to Arsenal in 2012, already a serial winner with the club and bearing no burden of unfinished business, or when Robbie Fowler enjoyed a euphoric first half-season back at Liverpool six years previously. Everton are a club growing into their new skin and, http://www.officialauthenticlions.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_AMEER_ABDULLAH_JERSEY.html having had his successes elsewhere, Rooney cannot afford to be seen as a wallflower in their effort to reach the next level. Yet Koeman is shrewd enough to have calculated his gamble to an infinitesimal degree; should it come off, then the ardour that cautiously reignited two summers ago will reach a temperature nobody had thought possible.
Manchester United believe they have deflected Chelsea’s frantic attempts to hijack Romelu Lukaku’s proposed move to Old Trafford and are set to confirm the Belgian’s signing in a deal valued at £100m, which would also incorporate Wayne Rooney’s return to Goodison Park.
Lukaku is understood to have undertaken a medical at the UCLA campus in Los Angeles, where he has been on holiday with his friend and future club-mate, Adam Gotsis Authentic Jersey Paul Pogba. United hope to announce the transfer on Saturday, with the player to meet up with his new team-mates in the city on Sunday when they touch down to begin a five-match pre-season tour of the United States. The deal will be worth an initial £75m plus a further £15m of easily attainable add-ons linked to achievements and appearances.
Rooney, who is notionally valued at around £10m, would also return to Merseyside after a glittering 13-year career at United, swelling the whole value of the deal on the table to nine figures. Chelsea had tabled their own offer for Lukaku’s services, seeking to re-sign a player they had sold for £28m in 2014.
Yet, while the Premier League champions felt their proposal was roughly equivalent to that on offer from Old Trafford, Everton disagreed, http://www.denverbroncosauthorizedstore.com/andy-janovich-jersey-elite with the Rooney element complicating the process. While the former England captain and United’s record goalscorer was never formally considered to be returning to Goodison Park in part-exchange, his valuation had in effect been built into the Lukaku deal, pushing the overall value of United’s offer to the £100m Everton had always been seeking for the 24-year-old striker. The London club could not provide the same Rooney element in their own proposal and were clearly unwilling to inflate their bid to meet Everton’s overall valuation.
Even by Friday night, however, Chelsea had feared Lukaku’s representative, Mino Raiola, was intent on pushing his client towards Old Trafford, where he successfully moved Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic last summer. The London club, when submitting their bid, Albert Wilson Authentic Jersey had indicated they were unprepared to match the agent fee – apparently amounting to eight figures – on offer to Raiola from United and, instead, felt as if they had presented Lukaku with a simple choice: push to join the club for whom he had initially been so anxious to play again, albeit against his agent’s financial interest; or sign for United in the knowledge Raiola will secure a bigger fee from the deal.
The player, it seems, has opted for the latter. Antonio Conte, who had targeted Lukaku as his first-choice replacement for the outgoing Diego Costa, will be infuriated by his club’s failure to complete a deal, though, while his exasperation was initially made clear to the Chelsea hierarchy, his ire is now increasingly directed at Raiola and Lukaku. The champions must now decide whether to reignite their long-standing interest in Real Madrid’s Álvaro Morata – who had previously been targeted by United – or bid for the Torino forward, Andrea Belotti, whose buy-out clause is set at £87m. There is interest, too, in Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez though the hierarchy at the Emirates stadium would be reluctant to lose the Chilean to rivals from across the capital.
Conte has been frustrated to date with his team’s progress in the transfer market, http://www.kansascitychiefsauthorizedstore.com/alex-smith-jersey-elite but the champions are close to confirming the arrival of Tiemoué Bakayoko from Monaco, and Antonio Rüdiger from Roma with both players due to undertake medicals.
Romelu Lukaku was due to have his medical in Los Angeles on Thursday night before sealing a £75m move to Manchester United, with the striker expected to join José Mourinho’s squad when they arrive in the city on Sunday for the club’s five-game pre-season tour of America.
Lukaku has been holidaying in California with United’s Paul Pogba, who is a good friend and who has the same agent, Mino Raiola. The 24-year-old was due to fly back to England on Friday for pre-season training with Everton.
However, as Mourinho is intent that Lukaku should be confirmed as United’s second summer signing as soon as possible, Authentic Andrei Vasilevskiy Womens Jersey the manager has decided this is the best way to push the transfer through. The move means that, barring a last-minute hitch, United will have landed Lukaku ahead of Chelsea despite the west London club believing they were in pole position to prise him from Everton.
Chelsea maintained the stance even after news broke on Thursday that United were sure they were closing in on the player.
If Lukaku does complete the transfer he will follow Victor Lindelof, the central defender who moved from Benfica to United for £30m last month. Mourinho is still intent on adding a central midfielder and, possibly, http://www.officialtampabaylightning.com/Adidas-Alex-Killorn-Jersey a wide forward. Wayne Rooney is expected to leave United for Everton, with his presence on the flight to the west coast on Sunday in the balance.
Scoring goals was United’s biggest problem last season as they ended the league campaign with 54, comfortably the lowest of the top seven sides. The top three all scored more than 80 goals and United’s inability to see off teams led to damaging home draws against Swansea City, West Bromwich Albion, Bournemouth, Hull City, West Ham, Burnley and Stoke City.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored 17 goals in the league – Juan Mata was the second highest scorer on six – but the Swede ruptured a ligament against Anderlecht in April and was not offered a new contract. United were interested in signing Antoine Griezmann but the French forward decided to stay at Atlético Madrid.
Antonio Conte had identified Lukaku early on as his replacement for Diego Costa, Aaron Burbridge Womens Jersey with their confidence forged on a belief that the Belgium striker’s preference has always been to rejoin the club he left in 2014 for £28m. Atlético Madrid are expected to make a bid for the Spain forward, though it remains to be seen whether they match Chelsea’s valuation.
Losing out on Lukaku would represent a significant blow and place further strain on Conte’s relationship with the board. Reports in Belgium have suggested the manager has spoken to Lukaku in recent weeks, outlining where he sees him in his plans and stressing the player’s significance to Chelsea’s approach. Conte had envisaged the deal being completed before his squad return for pre-season training on Monday.
He has been frustrated by Chelsea’s inability to add to his squad, with only Willy Caballero, on a free transfer from Manchester City, confirmed.
Asmir Begovic, Nathan Aké, Tammy Abraham and John Terry have departed, http://www.sanfrancisco49ersauthorizedstore.com/aaron-lynch-jersey-elite either on permanent or long-term loan deals. Conte, who infuriated the hierarchy by texting Costa to inform him he was no longer in his plans, has pinned much on Lukaku’s addition, and the onus is now on the board to lodge a bid with Everton.
The alternative options for Chelsea would be Álvaro Morata, whom United had targeted only to drop their interest after Real Madrid refused to lower their asking price of €90m (£79m), or the Torino forward Andrea Belotti.
United are still hoping to sign Nemanja Matic from Chelsea but that deal may not go through if United complete the Lukaku signing. United are prepared to pay £40m for the Serbia midfielder but the Premier League champions are not ready to sanction that sale before they have signed Tiemoué Bakayoko from Monaco. Chelsea have agreed a fee with Roma to sign the Germany defender Antonio Rüdiger.
The rest of Scottish football will never tire from laughing at Rangers. If that seems harsh, it is the natural reaction from a phase led by Sir David Murray in which the Ibrox club made it their business to lord success and extravagant spending over all before them. Rangers’ largesse came at the cost of unpopularity; not that they cared one jot. Big business, too big for Scotland, heading for another stratosphere. Which indeed they were; just not in anything like the form Murray promised.
On Wednesday morning, a supreme court ruling cast yet another cloud over that now discredited Murray regime. The conclusion that Rangers errantly used employee benefit trusts to pay their players is another blow to the institution’s reputation. If Rangers want to argue they are the same club as pre-liquidation – and vehemently, they do – at least a degree of contrition would be useful. Alex Killorn Womens Jersey And, of course, rightful anger towards what Murray oversaw. This had deep consequences for Scottish football as a whole, not just his own club, as others chased an unattainable dream. The game has arguably never fully recovered.
Rangers seriously undermined the competitive element of Scotland’s national sport with their actions albeit, by suffering insolvency, ploughing through the lower tiers and being reduced to a laughing stock, they have probably suffered enough. The current quest for trophy-stripping and the like reeks of tribal distaste rather than some overriding quest for sporting fairness. But if clubs themselves genuinely feel differently they should come out and say so in prompting proper debate regarding sporting sanction. To supporters, removal of euphoria more than a decade later isn’t really feasible; in fact, it is pointless.
This proved quite the 24 hours in the world of Rangers. Humiliation in Luxembourg on Tuesday may well rank as the worst result suffered by a British club in European competition. http://www.officialtampabaylightning.com/Adidas-Andrei-Vasilevskiy-Jersey Progrès Niederkorn, who finished fourth in their domestic league last season, overturned a 1-0 defeat in Glasgow by winning the second leg 2-0. Before the night was out, the Rangers manager, Pedro Caixinha, was photographed standing in a bush while gesticulating to angry supporters.
Amazingly, this was not even the biggest ignominy of Rangers’ week. Caixinha, the Portuguese who is prone to speaking in soundbites, used pre-match media duties to suggest his players should treat the Europa League first qualifying round tie in Luxembourg like a cup final. Alarm bells should have rung from that moment on. By full time on Tuesday, it was difficult to see Caixinha sufficiently recovering his own reputation; this was as low a footballing point as Rangers could hit.
Amongst other blunders was the sale of Barrie McKay, one of Scotland’s brightest prospects, to Nottingham Forest for around £500,000 after a contract impasse and the banishing of the winger to train with the reserves. Aaron Lynch Womens Jersey A prime asset had been lost incredibly cheaply. Caixinha’s recruitment, with a heavy emphasis on the Portuguese market, doesn’t scream that vast improvement will be forthcoming. Nor, indeed, does the manager’s hard-line approach to pre-season or any player he deems unworthy of inclusion. Revolts have started for less.
That Caixinha is in position at all is reflective of Rangers as still a club in need of serious repair. A close connection between Pedro Mendes, the manager’s agent who previously played for Rangers, and certain board members looks to have proved highly significant. Why else, one wonders, would Caixinha have appeared on the Ibrox radar?
Quite what impact being bounced out of Europe has on this scene will be a matter of great intrigue; one has to presume it will be significant. http://www.sanfrancisco49ersauthorizedstore.com/aaron-burbridge-jersey-elite Dave King, the absentee chairman, is yet to bestow anything like the wealth he promised upon his popular takeover. King even strangely claimed that directors’ loans were responsible for summer signings; at a time when vast amounts of season ticket income had been banked. Despite an earlier retail impasse with Mike Ashley – that has now been resolved – for Rangers to be living from handouts remains as ominous as it is bizarre.
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