Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi 1 Manchester City new boy Nicolas Otamendi says he always dreamt about playing in the Premier League.The Argentina international swapped Valencia for the Etihad in the summer after spells in his native South America with Velez Sarsfield and Portugal, with Porto.All along his journey the centre-back was focused on arriving in England’s top flight and experiencing everything it has to offer.“I always dreamed about playing in the Premier League,” the 27-year-old said.“I’m very excited about our fans and the atmosphere in our stadium and I’m getting along well with my team-mates and though it takes time, things are progressing well.”
It’s been an incredible start to the season for Tottenham youngster Dele Alli.He’d only played League One football with MK Dons until the start of the new campaign but now, after just 10 appearances for Spurs, he’s made his England debut, coming on as a substitute for Ross Barkley late on against Estonia.To feature so soon for the Three Lions must have been a shock even for the ambitious 19-year-old, and Tottenham fans quickly took to Twitter to praise their new hero after his international bow.You can see how supporters reacted below… Dele Alli makes his England debut 1
Ricardo Moniz Notts County have parted company with manager Ricardo Moniz.Coaches Dave Kevan and Dean Yates have also left the Sky Bet League Two club.The Magpies have won just two league games since October and sit 15th in the table following their relegation from League One last season.Academy boss Mick Halsall and under-21 team coach Richard Dryden will take interim charge of the first team, the club said in a statement.Former Red Bull Salzburg and 1860 Munich boss Moniz, from Holland, lasted under nine months at Meadow Lane, having been appointed in April.County chairman Ray Trew said: “I made it clear when appointing Ricardo that I wanted someone who would bring an exciting, attacking brand of football to Meadow Lane and I think it would be fair to say that in part he has done this, with some eye-catching attacking play on show at times this season.“However, whilst showing considerable flair at times, particularly here at home, I feel that we have lacked a level of discipline and organisation in our defensive play throughout the season which has undermined our efforts and our right to play this free-flowing attacking style.”Moniz’s last match in charge was a 2-2 draw against Morecambe on Monday.Trew added: “My goal for this club is, and always has been, to improve and whilst I by no means want to keep chopping and changing managers, I refuse to let us stagnate and I feel that the time is right for a new approach to reignite our season and get us back on track to where we want and need to be.”SEE HERE: League One news: Martin Ling resigns as Swindon Town boss due to health reasons 1
This column appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on twitter @sportmagukIf I was a young boy in the market for a new grandfather, I reckon I’d be calling Manuel Pellegrini in for a second interview.The Chilean is 62 years old, but at first glance could pass for a man at least a decade older. Under that reassuringly thick mane of hair sits a face like a map – lines everywhere, all somehow meeting to form the quietly benevolent expression that has characterised his time as manager of Manchester City. His skin tone is dark enough to betray his South American roots, while also bearing a pallor that hints at a lifetime of smoking strong tobacco. Fragrant, warming tobacco – the kind that makes you feel better on an icy winter’s night.Pellegrini is not a man to make, nor indeed court, headlines. His one Premier League title was claimed in the shadows, the spotlight shone firmly on Steven Gerrard and the slip that cost Liverpool that elusive maiden Premier League. He is deemed almost incidental to City’s progress or otherwise, his name mentioned only in dispatches as fans speak of Sergio Aguero’s goals, Vincent Kompany’s injuries, Yaya Toure’s unique approach to tracking back.Even in truly beautiful moments – specifically, when Alan Pardew told him to “shut your noise, you f**king old c**t” – Pellegrini has been the silent partner, the straight guy, the stooge.Premier League football is a world of noise. Sky and now BT Sport scream at us weekly, not to mention at each other in an increasingly expensive room. Pundits with little idea what else to do post-retirement bombard us with views we don’t necessarily want, while the few managers who somehow survive a never-ending cull spend much of their time bemoaning the luck and/or decisions that go against them.Some of that noise – we’re looking at you, Herr Klopp – still entertains. But, in the middle of it all, Pellegrini has oozed a dignified, studied tranquillity that has risen above the rabble. If his departure from the Etihad is also one from England, then he will be missed. 1 Manuel Pellegrini
1 Swansea City head coach Francesco Guidolin missed their Premier League win at Arsenal on Wednesday. The Italian, 60, has been admitted to hospital with a chest infection and Alan Curtis will take the reigns in the meantime. In his absence, the Welsh side were 2-1 winners at the Emirates, easing their relegation fears and denting Arsenal’s title hopes. A statement on the club’s official website read:“Swansea City head coach Francesco Guidolin will miss tonight’s Barclays Premier League fixture at Arsenal.Guidolin has been struggling with a chest infection for over a week and after failing to respond fully to medical treatment, was referred to a respiratory specialist at a London hospital this afternoon.The specialist felt that the best course of action was for Guidolin to remain in hospital for a few days to receive further treatment.He is in a comfortable position and is expected to recover fully in a few days.Everyone at Swansea City wishes him a speedy recovery.Alan Curtis will carry out his duties during his recovery period.” Swansea City boss Franceso Guidolin
According to a 2005 federal indictment, the gang traded in narcotics and high-end illegal weapons and stole expensive appliances from construction sites. It also aligned itself with the Mexican Mafia prison gang to increase its narcotics trade and control large swaths of the Valley, according to the indictment. The group became a major target for local law enforcement when reputed member David Garcia allegedly gunned down Burbank police Officer Matthew Pavelka near Bob Hope Airport in November 2003. Garcia is awaiting trial. The federal racketeering case against the gang began in June 2005, when federal and local authorities staged pre-dawn raids against Vineland Boys members. In total, 49 were indicted.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “Quite frankly, I don’t believe you,” the judge said. Family members of the victim, Martha Puebla, 16, sat in a row in the back of the gallery but said nothing. Puebla was killed in 2003 after gang members found out she was going to testify against them. On July 25, while attorneys were selecting a jury for his trial, Covarrubias agreed to plead guilty in Puebla’s murder. In exchange, the U.S. Attorney’s Office agreed not to seek the death penalty against him. Covarrubias also received a 20-year sentence for the attempted murder of Martin Martinez, who was shot and left paralyzed in October 2004, and 10 years for discharging a firearm in relation to his gang activities. Founded in the 1980s by members of a San Fernando Valley-area football team, the Vineland Boys was one of the most prominent and violent gangs in the communities of Burbank, Sylmar and Sunland. A member of a once-powerful San Fernando Valley gang who admitted killing a teenage girl and other crimes to avoid the death penalty was sentenced today to life in prison. In handing down the term for Vineland Boys member Javier Covarrubias, 22, of Sun Valley, U.S. District Judge John Walter called the crimes “most heinous and most despicable.” When the judge asked him if he had anything to say, Covarrubias said, “I’m innocent. That’s all.” He said he only pleaded guilty to spare his family from the hardship of a trial.
WASHINGTON – In-depth polling by The Associated Press and the nonpartisan Pew Research Center shows that in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, no Republican presidential candidate is a shoo-in. Across the three states, tight battles are being waged for voters’ trust on Iraq, immigration and other key Republican issues and for control of pivotal groups including conservatives, white evangelicals and men. And it is Romney, not national front-runner Rudy Giuliani, who is ahead in New Hampshire and fighting for the lead in Iowa and South Carolina – three very different races. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has been surging lately in Iowa, but is having trouble expanding his appeal beyond white evangelical Protestants. Underscoring the tumult so far, only in Iowa do more than half of Republicans – 57 percent – say they strongly support their favorite candidate. That figure is lower in New Hampshire, 49 percent, and South Carolina, 44 percent, in an indication that many have yet to make up their minds. Further complicating Giuliani’s chances, one-fifth of Iowa Republicans and more than one-tenth in New Hampshire and South Carolina say they cannot support him. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAccording to the AP-Pew poll: In Iowa, where the Jan. 3 caucuses will provide the nation’s first votes, Romney has 25 percent support among Republicans, Huckabee 24 percent, Giuliani 14 percent and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson 12 percent. In New Hampshire, Romney has 37 percent, Giuliani 19 percent and McCain 15 percent. The primary is Jan. 8. In South Carolina, where the poll shows voters are less focused on the race, Romney and Giuliani have 19 percent each, Thompson 18 percent, McCain 13 percent and Huckabee 10 percent. Republicans there vote Jan. 19.
West Ham chairman David Gold has told Middlesbrough to ‘dream on’ if they want to sign Michail Antonio this summer.Boro finished second in the Championship last season and will return to the Premier League for the first time in seven years this August.The club have now set about formulating a list of transfer targets for the upcoming summer transfer window to bolster their squad for the new season.Antonio is reportedly high on Middlesbrough’s shortlist after manager Aitor Karanka sent scouts to watch him in action last month.But Gold has now poured cold water on the rumour by tweeting his surprise at Boro’s belief that they can sign the 26-year-old. Michail Antonio scored 13 goals for West Ham this season Evening Standard – Newly promoted Middlesbrough have reportedly identified Michail Antonio as a key target this summer. (Dream on. dg)— David Gold (@davidgold) May 25, 2016 1
Carlo Ancelotti was sounded out about taking over from Alex Ferguson 1 When Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, a number of high profile names were linked with the manager’s job before David Moyes was appointed.Carlo Ancelotti was one of those, but it didn’t happen as the successful Italian had another job lined up.Answering a fan’s question in Four Four Two about the possibility, he said: “After [Ferguson] retired in 2013, he spoke to me, but I had already given my word to Real Madrid.”“Manchester United were too late, But otherwise I would have been interested in going to Old Trafford.”Ancelotti won the Champions League and Spanish Cup in his first season at Real, but lost his job in the second year and will now take over from Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich in the summer.Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho will assume management duties at Old Trafford.
Centre midfield: Hector Herrera – Porto captain Herrera is currently at the Copa America and is being heavily linked with a move this summer. Napoli are also interested but his box-to-box style is clearly something which appeals to Jurgen Klopp. 11 Left back: Jonas Hector – A reliable figure at full-back for Cologne, the Reds have been heavily linked with his signature. He may cost a few bob but the Bundesliga star and German international may well be worth it. 11 11 11 Attacking midfield: Roberto Firmino – The Brazilian got better as the season went on, following his move from Hoffenheim, and will be key again for the Reds. Right back: Nathaniel Clyne – The ex-Southampton star has had a steady campaign with the Reds, theres no reason to ditch him and he could yet improve too. Centre midfield: James Milner – An upturn in form from January onwards should mean his place at Anfield is safe for the foreseeable future. He was a smart acquisition last summer. 11 11 Goalkeeper: Loris Karius – Click the right arrow above to see how Liverpool’s starting XI could look next season… – Simon Mignolets time as Anfield No.1 is, surely, up. Handsome German shot-stopper Karius is set to keep clean sheets and melt some hearts on Merseyside next season. 11 11 Centre back: Joel Matip – A free transfer, the Cameroonian is likely to be a starter for Klopp after being rated as Schalkes best centre-back last season. 11 Attacking midfield: Philippe Coutinho – Interest is high in the Brazilian but Liverpool will do all they can to hold onto their midfield magician. 11 Centre back: Mamadou Sakho – Although, hes had his issues, Liverpool may well keep faith in the Frenchman next season. If he doesnt up his game he could soon find himself on the way out though. Liverpool fans are getting very excited for next season.Jurgen Klopp is preparing for his first full campaign at Anfield and, as well as completing several transfers, appears to be plotting more summer raids.Rumours are rife the club will be signing a new left-back, while the German was spotted checking out Argentina’s 2-1 victory in the Copa America.So, with all the speculation considered, is this how Liverpool could look… Centre midfield: Emre Can – The German international midfielder has been a real hit with Reds fans and has continued his development under Klopp. We can expect more of the same from him next year. 11 Stirker: Gonzalo Higuain – It would be a huge statement of intent should it happen, but rumours, boosted by Klopps appearance at Argentinas victory over Chile at the Copa America, are suggesting Liverpool could swoop for the Serie A golden boot winner.