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Northampton Town in Talks with New Owners

Terry Lane - Wednesday 24.06.15, 13:19pm

League Two side, Northampton Town FC is in talks with an Indian consortium that is to take a controlling interest in the club, it was announced today.

Chairman David Cardoza said the League Two club has reached initial agreement with new owners who will also buy into plans to redevelop the club’s Sixfields Stadium.

David Cardoza, whose family are the current owners of the club, said:

“Heads of Terms have been signed for new owners who will also become involved in the redevelopment of Sixfields and the land surrounding the stadium.

“This deal will be a very positive move for the football club and its future.  This is exciting news for the club, its staff and the people of Northampton and it will bring significant investment into Northampton.”

Mr Cardoza said that further information will be announced at an appropriate time in the future.

He added: “We would like to thank fans for their patience while due process takes its course and we will issue further updates as soon as we are able.”

Northampton Town Football Club was founded in 1897 and the team is affectionately known as The Cobblers.

The club will begin its 2015 / 16 League Two Season on August 8th with an away fixture at Bristol Rovers, followed by a home game in the League Cup against Blackpool on August 11th. Digg Technorati Blinklist Furl Reddit
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English FA Cup Final 2015 – Arsenal vs Aston Villa @ Wembley Stadium

Terry Lane - Saturday 30.05.15, 10:39am

English FA Cup Final 2015 - Arsenal vs Aston Villa @ Wembley Stadium

English FA Cup Final 2015 - Arsenal vs Aston Villa

Though Aston Villa lost their last two Premier League matches, including a 6-1 thrashing by Southampton, this season’s FA Cup Final sees two inform teams battle it out in what should be an open and exciting game.  Just what the beautiful game needs after a week in the life of FIFA.

With the appointment of Tim Sherwood, Villa woke up from what appeared a season-long slumber under the rudderless leadership of Paul Lambert and the constant threat Randy Learner wanted to offload the club.

As with his previous short stint as caretaker manager of Tottenham Hotspur, Tim Sherwood’s schoolboy enthusiasm doesn’t end on the touchline, where his heart is clearly worn on his sleeve for all to see.  His man-management and passion is sometimes overlooked.  But he has a track record of getting the best out of individual players.  At Spurs it was Emmanuel Adebayor.  At Villa he has given youth a chance in Jack Grealish, got Tom Cleverley playing to his full potential again; and most of all, has Christian Benteke firing on all cylinders.  The Belgian striker has scored eight goals in his last eight matches.

But will Tim Sherwood and Aston Villa be able to stop Arsenal winning the English FA Cup for a record twelfth time? No less than six victories have been under their most successful manager of all-time, Arsene Wenger.

Ahead of the match questions are being raised as to whether Wenger will play Theo Walcott ahead of Olivier Giroud; with former Arsenal player Charlie Nicholas suggesting if Wenger leaves Walcott out, he risks losing the FA Cup and Walcott.  With Danny Welbeck injured, Walcott’s pace could be a threat to a slow Villa defence.

Personally, I think Walcott is settled at Arsenal but with a return to fitness of several attacking midfield players such as Walcott & Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pressure grows on Wenger to keep all of his squad happy.

While other Premier League players are already on their summer holidays or enjoying downtime playing casino games at euro palace or other online games, whoever plays for Arsenal and Aston Villa I am looking to an exciting open game of football that will be full of goals, colour, bright sunshine and passion.

Buzzin Football prediction: 2-1 to Aston Villa.  Benteke and Alexis Sanchez to score. Digg Technorati Blinklist Furl Reddit
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Tags: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain · Alexis Sanchez · Arsenal · Arsene Wenger · Aston Villa · Christian Benteke · Danny Wellbeck · FA Cup · Tim Sherwood · Tom Cleverley

Who will be relegated from the Premier League – Hull City or Newcastle United?

Terry Lane - Saturday 23.05.15, 13:01pm

Tomorrow sees the final round of Premier League matches for the 2014/15 season. As is tradition, all 10 games will kick off simultaneously at 3pm.  But there are only two matches that count for much.  The final relegation place is still to be decided.  Will it be Hull City or Newcastle United?

On the last day of the 2008-09 Premier League season, Phil Brown, then manager, celebrated as Hull City narrowly avoided relegation to the Championship even though they lost to Manchester United.  Instead,  Newcastle United was relegated. This time, former Man United captain, Steve Bruce will be hoping to lead Hull City to victory against his former club while hoping the team he supported as a boy, Newcastle United, lose to West Ham.

Both Hull City and Newcastle United are at home. But the visiting teams may have more to say on the results than normal.  Hull City play Louis Van Gaal’s resurgent Manchester United, but without scoring seven more goals than Arsenal, they are resigned to finishing fourth and playing a qualifying round to enter next season’s Champions League.  However strong a team Van Gaal plays tomorrow the players have nothing to play for, and may well already be thinking of their summer holidays.  West Ham United, on the other hand are managed by Big Sam Allardyce, sacked by Newcastle United in January 2008 and ridiculed by supporters while in charge for less than six months. He may also still be playing for his future, as he will allegedly find out whether his services are still required on Monday following a meeting with his agent and the club. The Hammers are currently 11th in the Premier League and Allardyce’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season.

John Carver took over as Newcastle United manager following the departure of Alan Pardew to Crystal Palace in January.  Carver is a well respected coach and a local Geordie but promoting him to the top job was seen by most critics and fans alike as a cheapskate move by Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley.  The fans wanted a big name, but with Ashley pulling the strings and showing very little ambition to achieve more than Premier League survival, only a large wage would surely make the job an attractive proposition.

But John Carver will win many of the fans back, if only for a short term, if his team were to avoid defeat to West Ham tomorrow.  Though some fans calling football phone-ins have said if Newcastle is relegated it may be for the benefit of the club as a way of ousting Mike Ashley who continues to make a profit from Newcastle all the while they are a Premier League club.

Personally, I can see both Hull City and Newcastle United losing tomorrow, and that won’t be good enough for Steve Bruce and the Tigers. Digg Technorati Blinklist Furl Reddit
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Tags: Alan Pardew · Hull City · John Carver · Louis van Gaal · Man. Utd. · Newcastle · Premier League · Steve Bruce · West Ham

Play like Lionel Messi at La Manga Club, Barcelona

Edwin Huxley - Wednesday 06.05.15, 18:37pm

La Manga Club, Barcelona

La Manga Club, Barcelona

Boasting a galaxy of stars including four-time World Footballer of the Year Lionel Messi and Uruguay superstar Luis Suarez, FC Barcelona continue to set the global benchmark in football and youngsters can discover what it takes to become the best in the world from the club’s top coaches at Spain’s La Manga Club this summer.

Barcelona, who face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals this month, are the team to beat in Spain and Europe this season with the likes of Lionel Messi, Suarez and international teammates Neymar, Andres Iniesta, Pedro and Dani Alves bamboozling opponents with their skills.

With the club’s style of quick passing and free-flowing attacking football, Luis Enrique’s side provide the ideal role model to learn from, and children can train using the same methods as its stars when La Manga Club hosts the Official FC Barcelona Football Club Camp from July 27-31.

Taking place at the luxury resort for the second year running, the camp gives kids dreaming of a future football career the chance to learn some of the secrets of the club and emulate their idols, and is open to girls and boys between the ages of six and 17.

Each day includes five hours’ training from Barcelona’s official coaches, recreational activities and lunch. In addition, those taking part will also receive a diploma for their attendance and training kit, plus the chance to win signed shirts from the club’s star-studded first team.

Prices start at €475 per person for a week-long training programme, while children can attend the football camp on an individual basis including a week’s full board accommodation in the resort’s four-star Las Lomas Village for €950 per person.

Boasting eight international-standard grass pitches, La Manga Club’s extensive facilities has made it a popular destination for some of the world’s football and sporting elite and, in the past year alone, the resort has played host to more than 150 professional teams and around 500 scouts through a range of training breaks, pre-season tournaments and friendly matches.

In addition, the award-winning venue embarked on a new path earlier this year after becoming the first resort in the world to open a High Performance Football Centre, offering professionals the chance to sign up to one of its new comprehensive, fully residential programmes to help showcase their skills and further their careers.

Open to footballers of all nationalities, players training at the La Manga Club High Performance Football Centre are coached, mentored and looked after by the resort’s team of experts including UEFA-qualified coaches, professional sport and exercise scientists, physiotherapists, nutritionists and football analysts to help them reach their full potential.

Widely regarded as Spain’s flagship resort, La Manga Club has been at the forefront of sports and leisure destinations in Europe for more than four decades.

Set in an area three times the size of Monaco, the resort boasts unrivalled facilities as a sport and leisure venue including three 18-hole championship golf courses, a 28-court tennis centre and a 2,000sqm spa and fitness centre. It also offers the choice of a five-star hotel, four-star serviced apartments and townhouses, and more than 20 bars and restaurants.

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Diego Costa to miss Chelsea v Man City Premier League Match

Terry Lane - Friday 30.01.15, 18:33pm

Chelsea are currently still the favourites to win the Premier League 2014/15 season title.  But today they were dealt a massive blow when 26 year-old striker Diego Costa’s appeal to have his three match ban for stamping was rejected.

Costa came to the Premier League last summer in a £32 million transfer from La Liga champions, Atletico Madrid and his 17 goals in 19 Premier League appearances has proved, along with the signing of fellow Spanish international Cesc Fabregas, the difference between the Chelsea of last season and this. But after a stamping incident on Emre Can in the second leg of the Capital One (League) Cup against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night after just 12 minutes, Diego Costa’s three-match ban stands; and he will miss the next three Premier League matches.  Chelsea will now be without their top scorer for the matches against Aston Villa, Everton, and most importantly tomorrow’s top of the table clash against current champions and title challenges, Manchester City.

Apparently Diego Costa had the full backing of his manager and club to appeal the ban.  But for anyone who saw the incident, the appeal was nothing more than hopeful.  Costa has a short fuse and a very aggressive manner.  It’s part of his game.  But on Tuesday he stepped over the line and the stamping incident was vicious and unnecessary.  He also tangled several times with Liverpool hard man, Martin Skrtel.

Chelsea are currently five points clear of Man City; who in turn are five points clear of Southampton in third, and seven points ahead of Manchester United in fourth. Premier league odds at William Hill and other bookies still have Chelsea as odds on favourites to win the Premier League.  But without Diego Costa, the game plan against Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City tomorrow at Stamford Bridge might turn from looking for the victory to go eight points clear at the start of February, to holding out for a draw and a six point lead.

Neither Didier Drogba nor Loic Remy would give Chelsea the sharpness, aggression or focal point of Diego Costa.  So it wouldn’t surprise me if Jose Mourinho set out his formation with a faux no.9 and played five midfielders who could play a more pass and move rotating and free flowing forward movement that also allowed Chelsea to flood the midfield when they lose position.

In the return fixture Chelsea appeared to be in receipt of a victory and a massive three points until Frank Lampard, of all players, came off the bench to score an equaliser for Man City.  Applauded off the pitch b both sets of supports, Lampard looked both emotional and shell-shocked; as did Jose Mourinho.  Questions resurfaced how Chelsea had allegedly refused to offer Frank Lampard a deal in the summer and allowed him to leave on a free transfer.

Furthermore, I personally found it even more shocking that there was no place to keep a great player and servant like Lampard at the club when they resigned Didier Drogba from Galatasaray.

So with Chelsea missing their goal-grabbing, leg-stamping wild super striker, and Frank Lampard having a great season with Man City primarily being used by Pellegrini has a super-sub, tomorrow’s match and possible Premier League title clash between Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho and Chelsea versus Manchester City has just become more exciting.

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Tags: Cesc Fabregas · Chelsea · Didier Drogba · Diego Costa · Frank Lampard · Jose Mourinho · League Cup (Capital One) · Liverpool · Manchester City · Manuel Pellegrini · Premier League

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