Villas-Boas: Our form Has Not Been Good Enough

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has conceded that the form his side have exhibited against the big teams ‘has not been good enough’. The Blues have lost to Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool this season, with their second defeat to the latter coming in the Carling Cup on Tuesday. Villas-Boas has been criticised recently for Chelsea’s slump in form and the team’s next few games could prove vital in their chances…

December 3, 2011

Premier League preview: Chelsea v Newcastle

Chelsea host Newcastle for the second time at Stamford Bridge this term, after the boys from the North took the spoils at their last visit. United won 4-3 in a thrilling Carling Cup encounter in West London last year, with Shola Ameobi netting twice in the upset result over Carlo Ancelotti’s men. A lot has changed at St James’ Park since, with notable differences to the first-team squad being striker…

May 14, 2011

Ferguson Labells Javier Hernández’s Late Booking As An ‘Insult’.

Sir Alex Ferguson blamed Lee Probert, the referee, rather than fatigue or Cheik Tioté’s successful suppression of Wayne Rooney for his side’s failure to win at St James’ Park. The Manchester United manager saw Newcastle United survive a 90th-minute penalty claim when Javier Hernández was given a yellow card for simulation after appearing to fall over Danny Simpson’s outstretched leg. “It was a clear penalty,” said Ferguson. “I thought the…

April 20, 2011

FA Cup preview: Arsenal v Leeds United

Premier League giants Arsenal host Leeds United at the Emirates in the showpiece fixture of Saturday’s FA Cup third round action. Championship club Leeds, desperately fighting to make their way back into the top flight, endured a torrid run throughout December and took just three of a possible 12 points to fall two points adrift of the promotion places. Their struggle mirrors that of Arsenal, who have fallen four points…

January 6, 2011

Other Managers Say I’m Mad:Pardew

Alan Pardew has admitted that he was warned by numerous managers that he would be “mad” to take the Newcastle United job and that he had serious reservations about accepting the post before today signing a 5½?year deal. Pardew was confirmed as Newcastle’s eighth manager in little more than four years but said he almost turned his car around on his way to Tyneside and headed back to London. Unwanted by…

December 10, 2010

Newcastle Set To Name Pardew Manager

Alan Pardew faces a daunting battle for hearts and minds on Tyneside if, as appears virtually certain, he is unveiled as Newcastle United’s latest manager tomorrow. With the club’s players still deeply disappointed by the sacking of Chris Hughton and fans underwhelmed, to put it mildly, at the prospect of Pardew’s arrival the challenge ahead looks sizeable. Fewer than 2% of those polled by the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today wanted…

December 9, 2010