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  2. Pep Guardiola has claimed that Manchester City will be judged "failures" if they do not win the Champions League. A point away at Lyon on Tuesday night will guarantee qualification for the knockout stages while victory will ensure they progress as Group F winners. Guardiola's side have won both their away fixtures in the competition so far, but he believes it is not enough to satisfy their critics. "For the people who don't love us too much, who use money as an argument, then we have failed if we don't win the Champions League," he said. "For the other people, especially our fans, the people who say, 'OK, we enjoy watching our games, we are happy with what the guys are doing', I am pretty sure they don't have regrets about what these guys are doing for the last 12, 14, 15 months every three days. "That is the best compliment, the best success a team can have. "But we want to qualify [for the last 16], continue that level in the Premier League, being solid away and at home, and arrive in the best condition possible [at that stage] with everyone fit and [ready to] compete. "Then - OK, try it again, why not? And if we go to the quarter-finals and maybe you are lucky to go forward. After that, the competition it speaks for itself. A lot of desires, a lot of wishes we can have at the end. "The competition is so tough, so clinical, to say if you are better you are going to win, if you don't, you are going home." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  3. Mick McCarthy has been confirmed as Republic of Ireland manager. The Football Association of Ireland [FAI] turned to McCarthy after Martin O'Neill stepped down last week following a run of one win in 11 games. He will be assisted by former Wolves boss Terry Connor and Ireland's record goalscorer Robbie Keane, who made his debut under McCarthy during the 59-year-old's first spell in charge. A former Ireland captain who won 57 caps and played at Euro 1988 and the 1990 World Cup, McCarthy succeeded Jack Charlton as Irish manager in 1996. After missing out on qualification for two major tournaments following play-off defeats to Belgium and Turkey, McCarthy led Ireland to the 2002 World Cup. He has signed a two-year contract and will be succeeded by Stephen Kenny after the Euro 2020 finals - Kenny has left his post with Dundalk and take charge of the Ireland U21s. "I'm honoured and excited to be back with the Republic of Ireland. I am delighted that the FAI board and CEO have given me this opportunity to lead the team to Euro 2020," said McCarthy. "I have been involved in club football for the last 15 years, so this will be a new challenge but one that I know well. I'm delighted to have Terry Connor, a trusted colleague and excellent coach, and Robbie Keane, one of the finest players who I had the pleasure of managing, helping me as assistant coaches. "I am looking forward to getting started and embracing this challenge to qualify for Euro 2020, where it would be fantastic to play in front of the Ireland supporters in Aviva Stadium." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  4. Maurizio Sarri has admitted that he doubts Chelsea would keep him as head coach if he went four years without winning a trophy at Stamford Bridge. Sarri's Tottenham counterpart Mauricio Pochettino has managed precisely that feat, with the two coming up against each other for the first time in the Premier League on Saturday. They both share the unwanted distinction of not having won any silverware in their managerial careers, but Sarri admits that his drought probably needs to end if he is to remain in his post. Asked if he would be afforded four years at Chelsea without a trophy, Sarri told Sky Sports: "I don't think so, but I don't know. "It's up to the club - if it's more important to win, or more important to improve the players. "I want to win something, just to avoid this question. Sometimes there are the conditions for winning. Sometimes not. "It's clear he (Pochettino) is a very important coach, with a trophy or without a trophy." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  5. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has categorically ruled out making any signings during the January transfer window. The Spaniard confirmed on Friday that Benjamin Mendy will miss the next 10-12 weeks following surgery. Asked if that might prompt him to look at reinforcing his squad in January, Guardiola said he would not be making any further additions to his squad. "In January, no window. No, no," Guardiola told Sky Sports. "We're not going to spend anything. I am so happy with the squad and the people that are coming back. No, no. "When we created the squad at the beginning of the season it was [so that we] don't go to January [and make transfers] except if you have problems. but I have enough in the squad. I trust all of them. "We are not going to go the market in January, no way." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  6. Paco Alcacer has signed a permanent contract with Borussia Dortmund after impressing on loan from Barcelona. The 25-year-old moved to BVB on a season-long loan in the summer but has now signed a contract until 2023. Alcacer has been instrumental in the Bundesliga outfit's impressive start to the season, scoring nine goals in all competitions so far. "I'm very happy in Dortmund, at BVB and in this wonderful team," Alcacer told the club's website. "Borussia Dortmund was and is exactly the right decision for me. I'll do everything I can to say thank you for your trust!" Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
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    N'Golo Kante pens new Chelsea contract

    Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante has signed a new contract which will take him to 2023. The France international has put pen to paper on a new five-year deal, the club confirmed on Friday. Kante signed for Chelsea in the summer of 2016, following a debut season in the Premier League which ended with a title medal with Leicester City. "I'm happy to extend my time with Chelsea, it has been two beautiful years and I wish for more to come," Kante told Chelsea's official webiste. "Since I came, I completely improved as a player, challenged myself and got some awards I never thought about. I like the city, I like the club and I am happy to be here for more time." Kante won another Premier League title in his debut season with the Blues, before going on to lift the World Cup with France in Russia this summer. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  8. Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton has stated that he is not interested in taking over as Republic of Ireland manager. Martin O'Neill left his role as ROI manager on Wednesday after a disappointing Nations League campaign. Hughton, who played 53 times for Ireland between 1979 and 1991, has been in charge at Brighton since 2014 and has guided them to 12th in the Premier League so far this season. The 59-year-old also worked as Ireland's assistant manager for two and a half years under Brian Kerr. When asked if he was interested in the Ireland manager's job, Hughton said: "No. What I am very interested in is the job that I am doing here. "I have got a group of players that have worked very hard to get into this division and that is where all my thoughts and concentrations are." Under O'Neill, Ireland managed just one win in 11 games since last November and were relegated from Nations League group B without winning a single match. Speaking about Ireland's current poor form, Hughton added: "I think it is probably the normal challenges that come with international football. "You are always going to get periods of time when the squad is particularly strong but over the last few years there have been changing dynamics of the squad. "At international level it is always about qualifying for major championships and that will be the job for the next manager." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  9. Martin O'Neill has stated that he left his role as Republic of Ireland manager "with a heavy heart", having fulfilled one of his "lifetime ambitions" by taking on the role. His five-year tenure as Republic boss ended on Wednesday after Ireland failed to win a game as they were relegated from Nations League Group B. The Football Association of Ireland said O'Neill's departure, and that of Roy Keane as his assistant, was by mutual consent, adding that its board "will meet promptly to discuss the process of recruiting a new manager". In a statement released by the League Managers' Association, O'Neill said: "I have had the great honour of managing the Republic of Ireland national football team for the past five years and it is with a heavy heart that I leave this role. "It was one of my lifetime ambitions to take charge of the Irish senior squad and I would like to thank the FAI board for giving me that opportunity. "I will not forget the night in Lille when we beat Italy to secure the nation's best-ever achievement in the Euros competition, the terrific night we beat the world champions Germany at home in Dublin, or James McClean's goal in that euphoric win against Wales in Cardiff that put us through to the play-offs for this year's World Cup. "The Irish fans have been a source of motivation to myself, the team and the whole backroom staff, embodying the passionate Irish spirit, and I thank them for their fervent support of the team. "I am also very proud of the relationships I have built with the players, who have carried that very same spirit, imbued by the fans, on to the field of play." O'Neill added: "A special thanks to Roy Keane my assistant, an inspirational figure in the world of football, Seamus McDonagh, Steve Guppy and Steve Walford for their brilliant contributions and to those backroom staff at the FAI that were of enormous help to me. "Knowing that the past year would be a transitional phase for the squad, I have capped 12 new players in the last nine games, with the aim that they become significant international contributors in the coming campaign. "To the players, I reserve great praise and admiration for the phenomenal commitment they have shown whilst wearing the Irish shirt. Having had these great experiences in my spell as the Irish international manager, I am looking forward to my next adventure in football." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  10. Wales manager Ryan Giggs has hit out at his "complacent" players after their 1-0 friendly defeat in Albania. Tuesday's loss in Elbasan was Giggs' fifth in nine matches in charge. Wales wasted several chances before conceding a second-half penalty, which Bekim Balaj converted to condemn the visitors to defeat. “The performance was not good enough, we deserved what we got,” said the Wales manager. “We totally controlled the first half and we thought it was going to be easy. It’s nothing to do with hard work or the ability of the players. “Quite simply, it was concentration and complacency. We just turned up thinking we would win, someone would score the goal, someone would get us out of trouble.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  11. The agent of Roma midfielder and reported Manchester United target Lorenzo Pellegrini says his client is not considering a move away and is "only thinking about Roma". The 22-year-old Italy international has a £27m release clause in his contract and has reportedly attracted interest from United boss Jose Mourinho following a fruitful start to the season. However, agent Giampiero Pocetta dismissed speculation that Pellegrini is set to join the Red Devils, despite reports they were ready to make a move for him as soon as January. "I'm sorry that rumours have spread about financial aspects relating to him and his team-mates, that for Lorenzo have never been important," Pocetta told Corriere dello Sport. "He doesn't live for meetings, especially financial ones. "He's getting what he deserves on the pitch, and the rumours about the transfer market have never distracted him nor disturbed him. "Pellegrini is only thinking about improving with, and for, Roma. "These issues don't count for now, it's normal that Pellegrini is liked. Lorenzo is happy though, he's already chosen Roma once. "Then, when it's time, we'll sit down with Monchi [Roma sporting director] again." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  12. Andy Robertson has revealed that he came close to joining Stoke City instead of Liverpool. The Scotland captain joined the Reds for £8m in 2017 following Hull City's relegation and, after a slow start, has become one of Jurgen Klopp's most important players. Robertson, however, has revealed Stoke and their manager at the time, Mark Hughes, were keen to sign the left-back. "Stoke were quite interested in me," Robertson said in an interview with YouTube channel Open Goal. "Mark Hughes had liked me and I think there was a wee bit of chat with them. "So I was thinking they were a really good option; I think they finished top 10 that season and I was trying to get my head on a move to Stoke. "I was thinking they were really keen, and at that point, under Mark Hughes, they were playing good football. They had Erik Pieters; I wasn't sure if I was going in as back-up to him as he was flying that season." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  13. Marouane Fellaini has claimed Manchester United are not far from matching Manchester City's quality. The Citizens beat their city rivals 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium in the final league game before the international break, leaving them eighth in the Premier League and seven points off the top four. However, Fellaini told Sky Sports thatJose Mourinho's side are not as far away from the Premier League leaders as the table suggests. When asked if the result had emphasised a significant gap between the two teams, he said: "I don't think so. I remember when I arrived in England it was a top four, now it is a top six, so every year it is more difficult. "Next season we will see how it changes and in two and three years I think every year it is more difficult, the intensity is higher, so that's why the Premier League is attractive. "Manchester City are strong, but I think they will lose. Ok, they are very good and they have good players but it's possible to beat them. We lost, but we have the second game at Old Trafford and we will see." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  14. Corry Evans has claimed that Northern Ireland can take confidence from their Nations League campaign even if things did not go their way. Valentino Lazaro struck a stoppage-time winner for Austria as Norn Iron lost 2-1 on Sunday evening, making it four defeats out of four for Michael O'Neill's men who have suffered relegation to League C. Evans had earlier scored his first international goal in eight years to cancel out Xaver Schlager's strike, and it had looked like being enough to give Northern Ireland their first Nations League point. "It's always disappointing when you lose the game with the last kick of the ball," the Blackburn Rovers man told Sky Sports. "But we can take a lot of positives out of the performance. "The manner of the way we played; going a goal down we came back to level the game and at that stage it looked like we were the only side going to go win the game, but it wasn't to be. "We have to take great confidence from the way we have been playing in the campaign and take that into the Euro 2020 qualifiers." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  15. Gareth Southgate has described Harry Kane as the "best goalscorer in the world" after the Tottenham Hotspur star's late winner sent England into the inaugural Nations League semi-finals. The Three Lions came from a goal down to secure a 2-1 victory over Croatia at Wembley on Sunday to pip Spain to top spot in group A4 and relegate their opponents. Kane's 85th-minute strike came at the perfect moment for England, and ended an eight-game goal drought with the national team for the captain. Southgate told Sky Sports: "He's the best goalscorer in the world. You're always loathe to take a player off of his ability. "He's our main penalty-taker, leader and his hold-up play is critical. We have huge belief in him and he is so hungry to lead the team further." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  16. Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic has praised England following their UEFA Nations League defeat on Sunday by saying "it's coming home very soon". The Three Lions ran out 2-1 winners over the Vatreni at Wembley to secure their place in the semi-finals of the competition and relegate their opponents. Croatia beat England in the semi-finals of the World Cup last summer and made it clear afterwards that they were irked by talk around England of 'football coming home'. However, Dalic has now suggested that Gareth Southgate's team have the chance to win silverware. "They have a young and fast team. It's coming home, very soon," he told Sky Sports. "I think England showed already at the World Cup. They, I think, exceeded expectations. They have a really young and very fast team, which is very important in modern football. "I'd like to congratulate England on a deserved win and for qualifying for the final four of the Nations League." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  17. Jordan Pickford has claimed that England have got better since reaching the World Cup semi-finals. The Three Lions play Croatia in a winner-takes-all clash in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday, with a place in the last four of the competition up for grabs. Croatia beat England in the semi-finals of the World Cup and the two sides drew 0-0 in a behind-closed-doors match in Rijeka last month. Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the game, goalkeeper Pickford said he thinks England's level has increased since the summer. "I think it had to. We want to progress as a group and progress for England and become better and better. "We couldn't just rest after getting knocked out in the semi-finals; that was the start to move forward and become as good as we can as a group. "We are definitely progressing and the first hurdle was we wanted to beat these top teams in the world. "Some people said we don't beat the top teams and we know we are capable of doing it." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  18. Former Leeds United striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink thinks the Whites will bring another dimension to the Premier League should they get promoted at the end of the season. The retired Netherlands international played for Leeds between 1997 and 1999, quickly establishing himself as a fan favourite before completing a big-money move to Atletico Madrid. In an interview with Sky Sports, the 46-year-old admitted the club remains close to his heart and hopes they will return to England's top flight soon. He said: "It is a club that needs to be in the Premier League. All clubs if they get to the Premier League deserve to be there but I definitely think that Leeds will add another dimension. "They're such a big club, the fans are absolutely amazing and the stadium is always rocking so if they can get themselves to the Premier League it will be better with them in it." Speaking about Marcelo Bielsa, Hasselbaink added: "Bielsa came in with a big reputation. He's been coaching and managing for a long, long time so we knew how he played. We know how he is and what he is about. "Last week I went to see Bielsa in training and had a chat with him and to see what he's doing. Everybody's talking about him - Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino - they are all talking about him. "They are all looking at him and learning from him and that is one of the reasons why I wanted to go and see him as well. "It was very impressive to see him work, to see his methods and to get an understanding, and I think Leeds has got a really bright future ahead." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  19. Ronald Koeman has proudly declared Netherlands to have taken "enormous steps" after they beat world champions France 2-0 on Friday in the UEFA Nations League. The three-time World Cup finalists have failed to qualify for the last two major international tournaments, but have enjoyed a resurgence under Koeman. A draw on Monday against Germany will be enough for them to finish top of their Nations League group due to their superior head to head record with France. Former Southampton and Everton boss Koeman said: "This was a complete match at the very highest level. "I was not expecting a perfect match from our side but that's really what it was. We were very, very good. "I was surprised by the France line-up and the way they played, but our match was perfect. We dominated the match for 90 minutes. "I also did not expect that this team would be as far in their reading of a match. We have shown on such a night that we have made enormous steps. From the beginning to the end we played really well." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  20. Barcelona general manager Pep Segura says Ousmane Dembele is still adapting to life at Camp Nou and that there have been no bids for the France forward from the Premier League. The 21-year-old, who joined the club for £97m from Borussia Dortmund last summer, was not included in the squad for Barca's 4-3 defeat to Real Betis on Sunday after not turning up to training during the week due to a stomach bug. He was also omitted from the squad in October after turning up late for a team meeting before a Champions League game at home to Inter Milan. "There's no problem with Dembele," Segura told Cadena Ser. "It's a normal situation for a young player with a lot of talent who has arrived at a club as big as Barca, full of great players. He had never experienced that before and there's an adaptation process that he has to go through. "He's really young and he's never had to get up to adjust to a playing style like ours. We admit he's finding it difficult. He also recognises that. What we are doing is working as hard as possible so that he can adapt in the best possible way. "It's true that I had a meeting with the agents of Dembele. But yesterday I had three meetings with three representatives. My job is to meet with representatives, they are common things. "As of today we have no offers for Dembele and we have no plans to change the structure of the squad." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  21. Grant Hanley has signed a new contract with Championship leaders Norwich City until 2023. The defender initially penned a four-year deal upon moving from Newcastle in 2017 and has since gone on to make 40 appearances for the Canaries. Hanley is now looking forward to a long future at Carrow Road after being named club captain at the start of the season. "I'm over the moon. When I first heard it might happen I was buzzing and I just wanted to get it done as soon as I could," the 26-year-old told Norwich's website. "From the moment I walked in the door I felt so welcome, everyone around the place from the staff, the fans and the players have been absolutely brilliant, and not just to me but with my girlfriend as well. "She has really settled in and is enjoying living in Norwich which is a big thing for us, so we are over the moon that we can get that bit of security and be here for even longer." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  22. Former England midfielder Joe Cole has announced his retirement at the age of 37. Cole, who won 56 caps for the Three Lions and scored 10 goals, was last playing for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the USA. He began his career at West Ham United, before moving to Chelsea. After seven years at Stamford Bridge, he went on to play for Liverpool, Lille, Aston Villa, Coventry City and then Tampa Bay. After announcing his decision, he said: "After 20 years as a professional, the time has come for me to hang up my boots. It has been a dream come true. All of it. "My favourite thing about being a professional footballer was the feeling you enjoy after coming back into the dressing room after a win. "It will be difficult to replicate that but I'll always remember all of my former team-mates who I shared that experience with. "I've been incredibly fortunate to have played with some of the very best players of my era and even more fortunate to call a lot of them friends. "As a fan, I loved watching wholehearted, skilful players and this is what inspired me. I remembered what was special for me when I was sitting in the stands watching games and I tried to replicate this. "I hope I was able to do this for some of the fans and people who have watched my games over the years. "Winning trophies at Chelsea was particularly special for me. Those memories will live with me forever, as will the chance I had to share them with my family." After calling time on a career in which he won three Premier League titles and two FA Cups - all with Chelsea - Cole said he wanted to move into coaching. "Looking to the future, I want to stay involved in the game," he said. "I feel I can offer a lot as a coach and have really enjoyed the opportunity to undertake some of these duties with the Rowdies. "To lend my experience to help other young footballers achieve their dreams, just like I did, is a big passion of mine." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  23. FIFA's alleged new proposal of a new 'European Super League' which is reported to be set up by 2021 has sparked much controversy within the football community. Fans have expressed their concerns with most suggesting it could be the end of football as we know it. But what is the European Super League and will it succeed or fail? The hypothetical new European Super League would consist of 16 teams split into 4 groups of 4 teams with the top 2 teams from each group advancing to the knockout stages. This would likely replace the current UEFA Champions League but unlike the Champions League, it will only include selected clubs rather than those who qualify through their domestic leagues. The teams that have been reported to be the founding members are Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Juventus, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and the team that is reportedly the head runner of the operation along with FIFA, Real Madrid. It is also alleged to be prepared to feature guest clubs rumoured to be Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Roma and Marseille. The founding members of this alleged new competition will however not face relegation for at least 20 years. Which is the main cause for an uproar with those who are against this proposal. It would mean that even if these selected clubs were to fail year after year and struggle to adapt against the big clubs they will still be regarded as an elite club competing in this 'Super League'. FIFA have also reportedly suggested a Club World Cup to generate more revenue for clubs which would favour the richer clubs more than it would the lesser off clubs as they will be first pick to join this format. Which for years now fans have been protesting against the money involved in football which is hardly surprising considering how teams compare with money to those who haven't got the wealth as others. But what about those clubs who chase European football and succeed at doing so during the domestic season? It is not clear yet as to how this will effect the domestic leagues. When you look back at the 2015/16 season when Leicester City did the unthinkable and won the Premier League at 5000/1 odds. The following season they were playing at Europe's highest level, the Champions League. This was the reward for hard work and determination, which wouldn't guarantee them a spot in the European Super League, if the new proposal went through. It seems that rather than having to be the best in their respective leagues, they need to be a super power or household name, even if they don't do well in their domestic leagues, to be involved within the competition. Rather than having 4 separate groups of 4 teams, it should be made into a league format only of 16 clubs where they play each other twice and as any other league the top club will be champions with the bottom 4 playing in a relegation playoff. In the format of groups, not all teams will play each other. Another thing to add, it seems to be following a similar format to that of the UEFA Nations League where they make the competition a level playing field with the bigger clubs competing with each other as opposed to playing minnows and comfortably winning. If the competition adapts to a few things, than it could have the makings of a great competition but as it is being rumoured to be laid out, it doesn't look like succeeding. As it stands, it will favour the rich and powerful. Share your thoughts about this feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  24. Shola Ameobi has claimed there is "not enough money" going into Newcastle United and more investment is needed to keep the club in the Premier League. The Magpies claimed their first league win of the season on Saturday as Ayoze Perez's goal saw them edge past Watford 1-0. However, they are just a point above the bottom three and fans have expressed their frustrations with owner Mike Ashley, who is looking to sell the club. Ameobi, who made 397 appearances for Newcastle, told Sky Sports: "I totally understand the frustrations because as a fan you want to see investment in the club. "It's important as a club to stay in the Premier League and the way you are going to do that is by bringing in good talent to improve the squad and the team. Those frustrations are founded because there is not enough money going into Newcastle. "If he's not investing there is a big likelihood we could go down. We want to be in the Premier League and as a fan myself it's tough when you see the club languishing towards the bottom of the league and you know the investment hasn't come. "If you look at the amount of goals we have scored it doesn't make great reading. We have had games where we have played well but haven't found the back of the net and you will get punished for that. "It's easy to just look at the strikers but it has been difficult as a team to make the transition. A lot of times we have been sitting back and then it's hard to get support to the strikers. "As a squad we need to get better at getting up the pitch when we have the ball to support the attackers and sustain attacks. It's been hard for the strikers to hold the ball up and when we do get chances we need to put them away. "We have had chances we haven't stuck away and goals change games. When the other team gets the first goal and you are on a run like this it's very hard to see a way of coming back. But it was great to see yesterday they kept plugging away." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  25. Jose Mourinho has admitted that Manchester United were "defensively awful" in the first half of Saturday's 2-1 win against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. Callum Wilson put the Cherries a goal up on 11 minutes and continued to impress, but Anthony Martial levelled the scores 10 minutes before the break. Marcus Rashford then came up with a late winner for United, who have moved into seventh spot in the table, just two points off fourth-placed Arsenal. "It was the whole first half. I said at half-time I was the luckiest manager in the Premier League in a half when it should be like 5/6-2," Mourinho told BT Sport. "We were defensively awful. As a team we didn't press or do any of the week we did in the week. People watching this game will not believe how hard we worked this week. "The first half was a disaster. The second half was much better. We created lots of chances and deserved to score before the 92nd minute." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  26. Claude Puel has claimed that he and his players have a responsibility to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha to “continue the Leicester City he built” as they attempt to put a traumatic week behind them when they take on Cardiff City on Saturday. Srivaddhanaprabha and four other people died when the Leicester owner's helicopter crashed just yards from the King Power Stadium following the game against West Ham on Saturday. The club’s next scheduled fixture was subsequently postponed – a EFL Cup tie at home to Southampton that has been rearranged for Tuesday, November 27 – but the Premier League match away to Cardiff will go ahead as planned. “Playing football has not been at (the) front of our minds this week,” Puel said. “But for this weekend, and all the matches thereafter, we play to honour a man who did so much for our club. “The result is not important, but our desire, our actions to give our best on the pitch to honour our chairman, is the most important thing. “We have a responsibility about the memory and the work he put in place. Vichai made Leicester City into what it is. He made it a family and made a dream and we must continue the Leicester City he built. “We have a responsibility to play for him and perform for him. We will play for him, for ‘Top’ (Aiyawatt, Srivaddhanaprabha’s son) and his family.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
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