Bruce to be named manager of Sheffield Wednesday todayby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSteve Bruce is expected to be named manager of Sheffield Wednesday today.The vastly-experienced Bruce has been Wednesday’s top target to succeed Jos Luhukay following the Dutchman’s sacking last month after just under a year in charge at Hillsborough.An agreement has now been reached with the former Aston Villa boss on a contract understood to be worth around £2m a year and he will take charge ahead of the weekend’s FA Cup tie with Luton Town.Wednesday will become the tenth managerial role for ex-Manchester United captain Bruce, who turned 58 on New Year’s Eve. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery (almost) confirms he hopes for Denis Suarez dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery could not rule out the arrival of Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez after their FA Cup win at Blackpool.Emery was pushed by reporters about a move for the Spaniard.He began, “I don’t know. “I think the club is working for the possibility to bring in some players who can help us during this next four months of competition. It’s a different situation. If the transfer market can help us find a centre back, the possibility to bring them in is not easy because we also have Mavropanos coming back from injury. “If we have the possibility to sign some important players, we can do it. At left or right wing, perhaps one player can help us in this position. We will only sign players who give us quality. “He was playing as a left or right winger for Sevilla when he was with me.”
Man Utd announce departure of goalkeeping coach Emilio Alvarezby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have announced the departure of goalkeeping coach Emilio Alvarez.Alvarez worked closely with David De Gea at Atletico Madrid before the pair reunited at Old Trafford.No reason has been given for his departure – but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did bring in his own senior goalkeeping coach in Richard Hartis in the summer.Solskjaer said: “I would like to thank Emilio for all his help and hard work since my return to the club. We all wish him well for the future.”Alvarez joined United in 2016 and was an enormous figure of support for De Gea – particularly during the Spain international’s crisis of confidence at the end of last season.Alvarez said: “I will always be proud of belonging to this club. Wishing you every success in your endeavours.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The Michigan Wolverines will certainly be looking for a solid quarterback ahead of the 2015 season, and unfortunately, they’ve got two on campus right now who aren’t eligible to suit up. Former Florida State signal-caller Jameis Winston and former Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty are in Ann Arbor to work with Jim Harbaugh ahead of the NFL Combine. The school tweeted a photo of the duo taking some advice from the new Wolverines head man.QBs Jameis Winston (FSU) & Bryce Petty (Baylor) are preparing for the NFL Combine at Schembechler Hall. pic.twitter.com/2ICM9XMVrc— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) February 17, 2015The NFL Combine takes place in Indianapolis, so perhaps the two are putting in some last-minute work ahead of time. So no, Michigan students, if you think you’ve seen either of these guys on campus, your eyes are not deceiving you.
Urban Meyer Play-CallingDuring a pretty active news dump on Friday, the NCAA announced a rule change for football recruiting, which will allow coaches to send unlimited text messages to recruits. While some don’t believe that it will be a big deal, especially considering the rule has been on the books for sports like college basketball already, one prominent voice in the college football world is not pleased at all: Ohio State’s Urban Meyer. During a press conference today, Meyer didn’t mince words when discussing the new rule.Urban Meyer is much more upset about the texting rule change. “The texting thing is the most ignorant thing I’ve heard in my life.”— Austin Ward (@AWardESPN) April 11, 2016Back on National Signing Day, Meyer described why he doesn’t like the then-proposed rule (via Cleveland.com):“I hear the stuff about texting,” he said. “I want to make this clear why — and this is a high school coach’s and high school player perspective — not college coaches. Who cares about college coaches? That’s not what this is about. It’s about them, and not screwing up a high school kid’s senior year or junior year. If you text someone, you can’t stop that, so you have a phone full of what? Text messages.“If I don’t want to hear from that school they’ll keep hitting me because that’s their job, and usually it’s not them, it’s maybe an intern doing it. So here’s a kid in high school being bombarded with text messages sitting there doing this all day. If it’s social media, you can determine who you want to hear from.”There are ways to block communications from numbers on most phones, but outright blocking a coach may not be the most prudent move for a recruit, especially considering how quickly assistants move around every off-season.Meyer may not like the move, but he will definitely be sending those texts out due time.
Jose Mourinho’s style of management is simply too demanding for some players, according to the Portuguese manager’s biographer Manuel Pereira.Mourinho’s time at Manchester United came to an abrupt end in December, following a 3-1 defeat to rivals Liverpool at Anfield.The Red Devils were struggling to score goals and had their top four hopes slipping away when the decision was made, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stepping into the interim manager role. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? United have not lost since, having come away with six straight victories, including a 1-0 triumph over Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday.The reason for the struggles this season under Mourinho remain a mystery to both the manager and his biographer, though Pereira admitted it was clear the dressing room had been lost by the end.“I’m sure not even Mourinho himself has a clear answer to [what went wrong],” Pereira told Goal. “There were difficulties between him and the responsible persons from the beginning.“He wanted players he never got. This frustrated him because he did not think he could play for all titles with this team.“At the beginning, however, he got along with the players. This was also shown by the success in the Europa League.“By the beginning of this season, however, he lost more and more of the support of the locker room until he was no longer acceptable. You see how big his problems with the team were at the end, when you look at how the team plays now under his successor.”Given what happened at Mourinho’s prior stops, most notably at Chelsea and Real Madrid, that was not a surprise to Pereira, who notes that many players cannot handle Mourinho’s management style for more than few years before things begin to fracture. “Mourinho is a trainer for shorter periods,” Pereira said. “He’s never been in a club for more than two or three years, has success first, and finally gets into a fight because the chemistry inside is not right.“That’s just Mourinho. A very ambitious and demanding coach, but for some players after a certain time, too demanding. They will eventually relax and rest.“That was also the case in Manchester – and foreseeable for me before the season.”Pereira attributed part of the problems to Rui Faria’s departure from the club, though he did note Mourinho’s frustration with the club’s transfers also played a role“[Rui Faria] was something like Mourinho’s right hand, Mourinho’s mirror – a footballer who understood Mourinho’s way of working better than anyone else,” Pereira said. “The separation from him, but also the failed once again transfers were ultimately crucial for Mourinho’s failure.”And Pereira was not surprised United ultimately decided to part ways with the manager, given the circumstances. With the squad dissatisfied, it was a choice between them and the manager with only one outcome possible.“It’s still cheaper to fire a coach than a whole team,” Pereira said. “Those responsible no longer had a choice. The pressure was huge. A club like Manchester United can not settle for sixth or seventh place.“Even if teams like Liverpool or City are stronger: A Champions League course should be able to be reached with this squad.“Although Mourinho did not get every player he wanted, a lot of money was spent without a reasonable return.”
Newcastle have become “a laughing stock under Mike Ashley”, says Micky Quinn, with the decision to let Rafa Benitez leave the club branded “diabolical”.The Magpies have announced that their current manager will be moving on at the end of his contract, which expires on June 30.An apparent reluctance to meet the demands of a proven coach has been widely condemned by a loyal fan base and former players. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Quinn is among those who consider the current regime to be a “nightmare”, with some baffling decisions being made that do the collective cause at St James’ Park no favours.The ex-Magpies striker told talkSPORT of Benitez’s departure: “I’m not surprised at all.“As the days were ticking towards the end of Rafa’s four-year contract and not having anything sorted by this stage, I think it was inevitable he was going to leave.“He is a world class manager, and this guy was the comfort blanket like a baby has to the fans.“Benitez put the pride back in the Newcastle shirt after the appointments, and we’ve had some bad ones, we’ve had under Mike Ashley.“With Rafa leaving, it’s all up in the air again and the fans are devastated.“The Newcastle fans were proud to say he was their manager and that respect was everything at Newcastle, after almost becoming a laughing stock under Ashley.“It’s just a nightmare. I can’t believe a club of this stature can let a manager of that stature go. It’s embarrassing.“It just doesn’t make sense, but it’s Newcastle United.“I know for a fact he loves it up there and he wanted to take the club to the next level, but he’s had no investment compared to a lot of Premier League clubs.“The teams that went down – Fulham and Huddersfield – and Brighton as well, they all outspent Newcastle last year. It’s an embarrassment and it’s the fans who miss out because the club’s credibility goes out the window.“It’s just another farce in the Mike Ashley tenure. The footballing decisions have been diabolical.“He isn’t good enough for Newcastle, he doesn’t care about Newcastle. All the fans want someone like Rafa, who got Newcastle.“Rafa wanted to invest in the youth development, and Ashley wouldn’t even do that – it’s just madness.”The likes of Jose Mourinho, David Moyes and Chris Hughton have been mentioned as potential successors to Benitez, but Quinn is not convinced by any of them, saying: “All the names mentioned, they couldn’t lace Rafa’s boots.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Liverpool defender Joe Gomez claims he would have liked to have been a PE teacher if he hadn’t made it in professional football, and says the subject taught him how to discover his talent at school.Speaking at an event in partnership with EA Sports to reward winners of a national Premier League Primary Stars competition, the England centre-back talked at length about the importance of the subject in terms of bonding and teamwork.The 22-year-old began his youth career with Charlton Athletic in 2007 at the age of just 10, and moved through the ranks at the south-east London club, making his debut for their Under-18 team at just 13. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare In 2014 he made his first-team debut at 17-years-old, and less than 12 months later he was in the red of Liverpool.On paper, his rapid rise from the playgrounds of Catford to the bright lights of Anfield looks like the stuff of dreams, but it was a love of physical education at school that played a huge part in his success story.“PE was my favourite subject in school,” says Gomez. “I wasn’t bad in school, but I wasn’t the smartest, so I think it was the time that I could just enjoy myself and purely have fun. “I think that fun and enjoyment is the main thing in school. If I wasn’t a footballer I would have liked to be a PE teacher.“I knew that I couldn’t let my school affect my football by behaving badly and getting detention and all that sort of thing, so I made sure my homework was done.“Obviously, at that age, your parents emphasise that it’s important that you do well in school, otherwise they might take away your hobby.“It’s really important, not just for the health benefits but just for having fun. Psychologically it’s important that children get a chance to express themselves and sometimes PE is the best way to do that.“I found my talents in PE and it gave me a chance to have fun and enjoy time with my friends, so it is definitely important.”Gomez also talked about learning the basics of sports other than football, and the advantage that gave him as he learned his trade. And it was those skills that laid the foundations for his eventual success both domestically and internationally.“You need to have basic coordination, but having the confidence in yourself from that age – that you can do certain skills – is the main thing that helps you when you get older,” he says.“I loved sports day and all the races, so athletics and running were my other favourite sports.“But football is not an individual sport, and if there is no chemistry within the team, regardless of what talent you have, then you are not really going to succeed. “I think that shows within the team. Where you have got a good bond, you will all play for each other, play for the manager and play for the supporters.“I think it’s important that you are all one – not just within the team, but within the community and the supporters as well.“It’s important that we live our lives the right way, not only for performance but to be role models.“I think it’s important that we do our best to lead an example for the younger generation.“For any kids that want to achieve a dream I think you have just got to ask yourself, is it something you enjoy? That is the fundamental aspect.“If you don’t enjoy it, then you are not going to put that extra effort in to be the best that you can.”To find more information on the Premier League Primary Stars, click here. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 6: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Sanford Stadium on September 6, 2008 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Georgia is stocked at quarterback at the top of the depth chart. However, it could be in some trouble, should third-stringer Stetson Bennett transfer. The class of 2017 signal caller impressed during his first year with the program, and could head to another school at which he can play.Bennett probably doesn’t have a road to meaningful playing time at UGA. Jake Fromm is coming off of a freshman season in which he led the Dawgs to a national championship appearance. He’s being pushed by five-star talent Justin Fields, the No. 2 overall player in the class of 2018.The situation already led one Georgia quarterback to transfer out. Jacob Eason, a former five-star recruit who began the 2017 season as Georgia’s starter before going down for the season with a knee injury in Week 1.Eason transferred back to his native Washington, and will play for the Huskies. There, he’s a potential heir apparent to Jake Browning’s job.Bennett walked on at Georgia last year, turning down some smaller school options to play for the Dawgs. While he didn’t see playing time, coaches raved about his work on the scout team. From The Telegraph:During the postseason, Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker was complimentary of Bennett’s ability to challenge his unit on a daily basis.“Stetson Bennett is a beast, man,” Tucker said. “Stetson Bennett puts a lot of pressure on our defense because he is extremely quick, he’s fast and he can throw. He can throw in the pocket and he can throw on the run, and he’s very, very competitive.”Kirby Smart is open about the impact that a Stetson Bennett transfer would have on his depth chart:“We need to keep Stetson there and help us,” Smart said. “We don’t really have many other guys to be honest. We have two young quarterbacks who will be walk-ons, who we think are good players. But we’ve invested a lot in Stetson with the development he took this spring, and with what he did in bowl practices. I’m excited to see what he can do. We’re encouraging him to stay so he gets that opportunity.Georgia Southern and Middle Tennessee State were among the FBS programs to offer Bennett out of high school. Other lower level programs, including Columbia in the Ivy League, were also in on him.It is unclear whether he will leave Georgia, and what types of schools are interested if he does. Smart’s concern about it tells you what you need to know about his ability at quarterback.[The Telegraph]
ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 01: General view of Michigan Stadium during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 1, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan’s football program is reportedly hiring a longtime NFL assistant coach, as Jim Harbaugh is adding to his staff. The former NFL assistant coach will reportedly be serving as an analyst/assistant coach.Pat Perles, a longtime NFL assistant coach, will reportedly be joining Harbaugh’s staff in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He’ll be serving as an analyst and an assistant offensive line coach.ESPN NFL insider Field Yates had the details:“Michigan is hiring Pat Perles as an analyst/assistant OL coach. A very well regarded longtime NFL coach/scout,” he reports.Michigan is hiring Pat Perles as an analyst/assistant OL coach. A very well regarded longtime NFL coach/scout.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) February 11, 2019Michigan’s coaching staff has had quite a bit of turnover this offseason, with a couple of coaches leaving for other jobs.Harbaugh has made some big hires, too, landing highly-regarded Alabama assistant coach Josh Gattis, who is taking over the offense for the Wolverines.Michigan is coming off a somewhat disappointing 2018 season. The Wolverines started the season with Big Ten championship and College Football Playoff hopes, but ended up finishing 10-3, losing to Ohio State in blowout fashion and to Florida in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.The Wolverines have yet to officially announce this coaching hire.Stay tuned.