Harry Redknapp is urging Liverpool to stick by under-fire boss Brendan Rodgers.Rodgers almost led Liverpool to the title two seasons ago but the club’s failure to secure Champions League qualification or any silverware last term saw his popularity plummet.After a stuttering start to his fourth campaign at the helm, the pressure is building on the Northern Irishman, with one disgruntled fan even setting up a fundraising page to pay for his sacking.But Rodgers has received the backing of former Tottenham, QPR and West Ham boss Redknapp, who feels the 42-year-old has been hindered by matters out of his control and deserves time to get things right.“He has had an almost impossible job there,” said Redknapp, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Two years ago he had Suarez, Sterling, Sturridge – what a forward line those three were – and Gerrard was still playing. Suddenly, he has lost those key players and it is very difficult to replace them.“Brendan is relying on recruitment people at the football club. It is not a one-man band anymore. It is not managers jetting all over the world signing these players. “You have got a scouting system, an analyst. They are bringing players to your attention and you are relying on them an awful lot.“But how do you replace Luis Suarez? He was the best player in the Premier League that year by a mile. “He didn’t want to lose Sterling. You are not going to find players as good as he lost.“I still think Brendan is an outstanding young manager and he will get it right. He needs a bit of time, a result or two, and I am sure they will be fine.”
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers 1 Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wants to see his side taking more risks in attack as they bid to remedy their goalscoring problem.The Reds have netted only three times in their opening five Premier League games this season.Liverpool fans will be hoping for a considerable boost to the tally on Sunday when Rodgers’ men host Norwich, against whom the Merseyside outfit have notched 21 goals over the course of their past five meetings.And Rodgers said ahead of the contest at Anfield: “It is about risk-taking.“I think, for some reason, that wee bit of risk has gone out of our game.“We need to ensure we take those risks in order to create in the game and bring that intensity to it.“The players have been working really hard at that over the last week or so and it only takes that one performance to spin the season around again.”
6 6 Roy Hodgson’s current England contract expires after the 2016 UEFA European Championships, and despite winning 10 out of 10 qualifying matches, the Football Association are waiting until after the tournament itself to decide the manager’s fate.FA chief executive Martin Glenn is keen to avoid a repeat of the Fabio Capello contract situation, where Hodgson’s predecessor was given a new contract before the 2010 World Cup, which ended in debacle but led to the Italian keeping his job until early 2012, despite calls for change.Hodgson’s England have coasted through Euro 2016 qualifying, but memories of the 2014 World Cup flop are still fresh and, should the Three Lions deliver yet another underwhelming performance in France next summer, it would be difficult to envisage the current manager staying on board for the 2018 World Cup.Who could be in the running to be the next England boss?Sam Allardyce, just days after he was appointed the new Sunderland manager on a two-year deal, revealed that he is still reeling after missing out on the Three Lions job in 2006 but would jump at the chance to coach his country, should the opportunity arise again.Then there’s Brendan Rodgers – the recently sacked Liverpool manager who will no doubt be planning his next move. But could England go bigger? After all, Pep Guardiola could be available next summer if he doesn’t extend his future with Bayern Munich…So, let’s take a look at exactly who the top candidates to replace Hodgson are – just click the arrow on the images, above. 6 4. Sam Allardyce – Sunderland manager – The former West Ham United manager recently agreed a two-year deal to become the new manager of Sunderland after Dick Advocaat quit, but has already spoken of his desire to take charge of the Three Lions. Its unlikely that Allardyce is at the top of the FAs wish list, but it wouldnt be a surprise if he were among the candidates being considered. While opinion is split, he did a fine job with the Hammers and much of his criticism throughout his career can be described as harsh. 6 3. Roberto Martinez – Everton manager – Spaniard Martinez is one of the most popular figures in English football management, having spent his entire coaching career in the English game. He achieved the improbable at Wigan Athletic, guiding the Latics to the FA Cup in 2013, and has transformed the way Everton play, earning considerable respect from his peers. His role in developing John Stones into one of the most sought after defenders in England should not be underestimated. He would certainly bring style to the Three Lions and would surely be a hit with the players. However, as a young manager, aged 42, he could be difficult to prise away from domestic football. 2. Harry Redknapp – currently out of work – Back in 2012, then Tottenham Hotspur manager Redknapp was favourite to succeed Fabio Capello, and seemed to be the man most fans wanted. But Hodgson got the gig. The 68-year-old left Queens Park Rangers in odd circumstances in January 2015, just hours after the close of the transfer window, resigning with immediate effect to undergo knee surgery. Having had a break from the game, he could be considering a return to management, and international football could be a welcome break from the intensity of domestic football, but is ‘Arry as appealing after his poor spell with the Rs? And would the FA go for a man who divides opinion so much, and isn’t shy of opening his mouth to the press? 1. Brendan Rodgers – currently out of work – Having been sacked by Liverpool after three seasons in charge, Rodgers will be considering his options, and international football could be inviting. At the age of 42, he is one of the youngest managers in top-flight football and could therefore be a long-term candidate for the job. Rodgers helped develop plenty of English talent during his time at Anfield, including Jordan Hendersons impressive progress and was key in seeing Raheem Sterling become a £50m man. The question is do England want to stick with an English coach? 6 6 5. Pep Guardiola – Bayern Munich manager – With no apparent urgency to sign a contract extension with Bayern Munich, Guardiola looks poised to leave the Allianz Arena at the end of the season. While reports continue to link the Spaniard with Manchester City, this is far from being a done deal, particularly given Manuel Pellegrini was handed a two-year extension in August. Guardiolas possible exit from the Bundesliga would coincide perfectly with the expiration of Hodgsons contract. Its likely, however, that with no new deal at Bayern, that Guardiola already knows where his future lies. Whats more, as with Mourinho, a major stumbling block could be finances, with neither manager to arrive cheap. 6. Jose Mourinho – Chelsea manager – The chances of this happening are slim, but the Chelsea manager is worth a mention. The Blues start to their title defence has been embarrassing, and despite signing a four-year contract extension at the beginning of the new campaign, his future in west London feels far from secure. If he does leave Chelsea within the next season, the question is where could he go? The England job could well be an option, if not the most inviting.
Wayne Rooney has come under fire from all aspects of the football world since the start of the season, with Louis van Gaal even suggesting he may rest his captain.However, Rooney started Tuesday night’s Group B clash with CSKA Moscow and continued to struggle in front of goal for the majority of the match.Boos rang out around Old Trafford when Van Gaal opted to take off Anthony Martial for Marouane Fellaini instead of Rooney, but it was the Englishman who had the last laugh with a fantastic header to snatch victory.The goal was Rooney’s 237th in the Red of United as he drew level with Dennis Law’s record, with only Sir Bobby Charlton left in from of him in the club’s goalscoring charts.See below for the best reaction to Rooney’s performance … 1 [View the story “‘I’m not going to pretend like Wayne Rooney has been exceptional when he hasn’t!’ – Manchester United fans react ” on Storify] Wayne Rooney
1 Chelsea’s struggling season took another turn for the worse yesterday after a humiliating 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.The Blues have now lost eight of their first 15 Premier League games and sit just two points above Saturday’s opponents.Their starting line up yesterday cost north of £200m while the Cherries’ XI, in stark contrast, was valued at around £1.3m.But will Jose Mourinho survive? Or will Roman Abramovich wield his axe? Jose Mourinho
Bournemouth, Newcastle, Stoke and Sunderland are all battling for the signature of Anthony Koura.The striker’s contract with Ligue 2 side Nimes expires in the summer and he is reluctant to pen an extension.Clubs in England have been alerted to the 22-year-old’s availability and have been impressed by his tally of six goals in 15 games this season.According to L’Equipe, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Stoke and Sunderland have all enquired to Nimes regarding Koura’s situation.The French side are aware that the striker is unlikely to sign a new deal and are now open to selling him in January – rather than losing him for free in the summer.?Nimes have placed a price tag of £1.2m on Koura’s head and it is now up to clubs to meet it. 1 Anthony Koura
Jurgen Klopp Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he has held intensive talks with his players about their defending from set-pieces and is demanding an instant improvement.The Reds have struggled all season to protect their penalty area from set-plays.There were more lapses in Saturday’s remarkable 5-4 win at Norwich, and Klopp is determined to put an end to their defensive failings.“First of all, of course we know about this problem. I am sorry to say it is not a problem we can ignore,” he said.“It is obvious we didn’t handle it too well. We are a football team and we always work on our weaknesses.“It is not about the formation because we changed the formation. It is not always about the quality of the set-plays – it is about what we are doing.“We had good talks together – it’s not the first one but hopefully the last one. It is not too late to learn, but now it is time to learn and show we have learned.”Klopp will bid to lead Liverpool into the League Cup final on Tuesday night.The Merseysiders meet Stoke at Anfield in the second leg of their semi-final, which they head into holding a 1-0 advantage.“I’ve heard about the special atmosphere at Anfield in semi-finals and I am really looking forward to it,” said the German.“Let’s take the whole power of LFC and take it to the final.”talkSPORT has live and exclusive national radio coverage of the League Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Stoke on Tuesday night, kick-off 19:45 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Tartars rushed for 323 yards en route to a 48-36 victory over Lawndale at Zamperini Stadium on Friday night. With the win, Torrance (5-3, 3-0) clinched a playoff berth for the fourth consecutive season and is in position for its first league title since 1984, Coach Rock Hollis said. “I figured coming in whoever had the ball last was going to win,” Hollis said. “We knew we were going to have to put up a lot of points to beat them.” Early on, Torrance’s three-pronged running attack of Michael Andrews, Keami Owens, and Ryan Davis was nearly unstoppable. Torrance marched to a 14-0 lead, scoring on its first two possessions of the game. Torrance rushed for 203 yards in the first half for a 34-14 lead. PIONEER LEAGUE: Tartars hold off spirited rally from Lawndale, remain atop standings. By Stephen McFadden CORRESPONDENT In a game that featured two high-powered rushing attacks, Torrance’s double-wing T was simply too overpowering. But after Torrance stretched its lead to 41-14 early in the third quarter, Lawndale (4-4, 0-3) rose to the challenge. The Cardinals scored three consecutive touchdowns to cut the lead to only five points with 36 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Torrance responded with a game-clinching 80-yard touchdown drive for the final margin of victory midway through the fourth quarter on Davis’ 12-yard touchdown run. Torrance quarterback Jack McCormick was 4-for-5 for 64 yards and three touchdowns. McCormick’s four completions and three passing touchdowns were both season highs for the senior. “It’s fun running the ball,” McCormick said. “But it’s nice when I get the opportunity to throw it. We liked our matchups on the outside with their corners playing tight on the run and we were really able to take advantage.” Andrews led all rushers with 146 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. He also caught a 26-yard touchdown pass and returned a kickoff 55 yards for a score. Owens got Torrance on the board with a 6-yard run early in the first quarter. The run capped a nine-play, 80-yard drive. After forcing a three-and-out, Torrance again moved the ball with ease. McCormick connected with Andrews for a 26-yard scoring strike. Lawndale answered on Kelvin Rutledge’s 33-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 14-6. Rutledge, who finished with 140 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries, was a thorn in Torrance’s side all night. On the ensuing kickoff after two personal fouls against Lawndale’s coaching staff, Andrews returned the short kick 55 yards for a score. Thomas rushed for a 10-yard touchdown to give Torrance a 28-14 lead minutes later and McCormick added a 10-yard scoring strike to Erick Kendle to go into the half with a 34-14 lead. Hollis was relieved to get the win, emphasizing the importance of execution. “It doesn’t matter who we play,” Hollis said. “We have to do our job, no matter who it is. “We have to play our game. If we are able to execute our game plan, I am pretty confident that we have a good chance to win every week.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Pearls and Lace, Donegal’s Newest Bridal Boutique has won ‘Best Newcomer’ in the Wedding Journal Awards. The Wedding Journal Reader Awards are firmly established as the leading awards for the wedding industry. Over 170 of Ireland’s finest wedding businesses and suppliers attended the Wedding Journal Reader Awards Gala Dinner in the Gibson Hotel Dublin on 27th May to discover who the readers of Wedding Journal had voted the best in their class! The owner, Carole Boyd told Donegal Daily, ‘We are absolutely thrilled to have won such a prestigous award, especially so soon after opening.“We hadn’t expected to win, so hearing our name called at the awards ceremony was just fantastic and we’ve been overwhelmed since with the good wishes of our customers and the locality.It’s been a fantastic acheivement for us’. A spokesperson for The Wedding Journal said, ‘The standard of bridal businesses increases year on year and we at Wedding Journal are always blown away by the calibre of products and services being offered to couples across the country’.Carole concluded, ‘We would like to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to our brides, our team and our friends and family who have helped make this happen’.Pearls and Lace Bridal Boutique which is located just outside Donegal Town, opened just before Christmas 2014.The boutique which specialises in wedding dresses, bridesmaids and a huge selection of Bridal Accessories has become a must visit for brides to be on their wedding planning journey!For more information and updates visit their website www.pearlsandlace.ie, follow them on facebook, give the girls a call on 074 97 23341 or pop into the store!DONEGAL BRIDAL BOUTIQUE WINS PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD was last modified: June 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeaturesnews
1 James Milner playing against Borussia Dortmund James Milner has praised the Liverpool fans for the role they played in the Reds’ comeback win against Borussia Dortmund on Thursday evening.The Merseyside club were against all odds when the Germans went 2-0 up at Anfield, and it appeared as if Jurgen Klopp’s men would be falling out of the Europa League.However, a spirited second half performance brought goals from Divock Origi, Mamadou Sakho, Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren, and passage to the semi-finals of the tournament.Klopp has taken a lot of the praise for the turnaround in performance, but Milner believes the fans at Anfield created the perfect atmosphere for the amazing fightback.“The way the fans were when we were driving into the game they deserve that victory,” the England international said.“The atmosphere especially in the second half when we got the second goal and drove forward means it is difficult for any team to come here.“When the crowd are like that there are not too many better places in the world to be playing and to be part of a night like that is fantastic.”However, Milner is not taking away from Klopp’s impact in the win, revealing what the German boss said at half-time to catalyse the victory against his former employers.He added: “The manager was brilliant. He was calm. He said, ‘We are not playing too badly. It is a long way back, we have lost the first half but you have nothing to lose, go out and do it’.“I think it was the perfect atmosphere created at half-time to be honest.”