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Pompey set for more upheaval

Posted Sunday, February 07, 2010 by PA

Portsmouth could be on course for their fifth owner of a turbulent season. Executive director Mark Jacob has revealed that "two or three groups" have approached the board in the last week with the aim of taking over the Premier League's bottom club. But Jacob admitted Pompey would need to take "every due care" to ensure the proposed owners really do have the funds necessary. Jacob, speaking ...Full Story »

Levein to control discipline - Smith

Posted Sunday, February 07, 2010 by PA

Gordon Smith has revealed Craig Levein will have complete control over disciplining his Scotland players as the Scottish Football Association bid to avoid a repeat of the 'Boozegate' farce. SFA chief executive Smith admitted there had been "confusion" in the wake of the decision to hand lifetime bans to Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor for flicking V-signs at photographers in April last yea...Full Story »

McCoist keen for strikers to play

Posted Sunday, February 07, 2010 by PA

Ally McCoist had hoped Rangers would be cruising into the Active Nation Scottish Cup quarter-finals by the time star strikers Kris Boyd and Kenny Miller made their comebacks against St Mirren. Instead, the Scotland stars were thrown into the action when the fifth-round tie was still deadlocked and neither side managed to find the winning goal. Boyd's return from a hernia operation, in pa...Full Story »

Etherington lives up to Matthews legend

Posted Sunday, February 07, 2010 by PA

Stoke boss Tony Pulis hailed Matthew Etherington's match-winning performance against Blackburn as a fitting tribute to Sir Stanley Matthews. Etherington scored one goal and made another in the Potters' 3-0 win at the Britannia Stadium, on the day the club commemorated Matthews' final appearance in a Stoke shirt 45 years ago. "It was lovely for Matty to score, for a winger to score a goal of ...Full Story »

Coyle frustrated by referee

Posted Sunday, February 07, 2010 by PA

Bolton boss Owen Coyle felt his captain Kevin Davies was denied a clear winner against Fulham this afternoon. Coyle's struggling side were forced to settle for a goalless draw at the Reebok Stadium after Davies had a late headed goal disallowed for a push on Brede Hangeland. Coming moments after Johan Elmander spurned a fine opportunity, it made for a dramatic end to a dreary Barclays Premie...Full Story »

Laws relieved with vital victory

Posted Sunday, February 07, 2010 by PA

Burnley boss Brian Laws hailed "a huge three points" after the Clarets withstood late West Ham pressure to claim their first win in 13 Barclays Premier League games. The win was also the first for Laws since taking over from Owen Coyle and he insisted his side's performance proved they have what it takes to secure survival. Laws said: "It was a huge three points and when you talk about games...Full Story »

Bruce: I'm no quitter

Posted Sunday, February 07, 2010 by PA

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce was in defiant mood after seeing his side extend their winless Barclays Premier League run to 11 games. Kenwyne Jones' 64th-minute header was only enough to secure a 1-1 draw with Wigan at the Stadium of Light, a result which means the Black Cats have taken only five points from the last 33 on offer. Bruce said: "The one thing I am not going to do is give up on it - I...Full Story »

Dunne content with point

Posted Sunday, February 07, 2010 by PA

Aston Villa centre-back Richard Dunne admitted his side were fortunate not to concede a late penalty at White Hart Lane as they hung on for their fourth consecutive Barclays Premier League clean sheet.Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe appeared to be tripped by Villa skipper Stiliyan Petrov but referee Chris Foy waved play on and Martin O'Neill's men gained a point that keeps them "alive" in the hu...Full Story »

We deserved the win - Benitez

Posted Sunday, February 07, 2010 by PA

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez hailed his side's 1-0 victory in the 213th Merseyside derby as "massive". Dirk Kuyt's close-range header 10 minutes after half-time proved the difference as the Reds played the last 55 minutes with 10 men after Sotirios Kyrgiakos was dismissed for a two-footed challenge on Marouane Fellaini. Everton failed to capitalise on their numerical advantage and they had S...Full Story »

Mancini dismayed by Bridge boos

Posted Sunday, February 07, 2010 by PA

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini criticised the Hull fans who subjected Wayne Bridge to a series of personal chants on his return to the side as City lost 2-1 at the KC Stadium. Bridge has found himself in an unwanted media spotlight following the revelations about an alleged affair between former Chelsea team-mate John Terry and his ex-partner, which on Friday resulted in Terry being...Full Story »

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