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Strachan Appointed Scots Boss

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2013 by jackpinnock

Former Southampton and Celtic boss, Gordon Strachan has been appointed Scotland manager, replacing Craig Levein.

The no nonsense Scotsman has signed a contract to keep him charge of the Hampden Park outfit until the end of the current World Cup qualifiers and through the duration of the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

In his media conference in which he was unveiled as the Tarten Army boss, Strachan expressed his delight at being appointed of the national side, saying “I’m very proud but also my family are proud. The time is right for me to be able to take a job like this.”

He also added “If you can be successful you can make a nation happy and make a nation proud and that is the priority for me to be able to do that with help from other people.”

“I have the experience, I like working with people, I like dealing with people and I like trying to make people better,” he added, stressing the importance of taking Scotland to the World Cup in Brazil and Euro 2016 in France.

Before appearing as a television pundit for both the BBC and ITV, Strachan’s last managerial job came at Middlesbrough, where his rather unsuccessful spell ended in October 2010, when he left the Teesiders sitting in 20th place in the Championship table.

Other teams Strachan has managed are Coventry City, Southampton and Celtic, where he had his most successful spell as a manager, winning the Scottish league title on three consecutive occasions, 3 league cups, and guiding Celtic to the quarter finals of the Champions League.

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Ba completes Blues switch

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2013 by jackpinnock

Chelsea have matched the release clause in Demba Ba’s contract at Newcastle, for him to become Blues boss Rafael Benitez first signing in the January Transfer window.

The fee is believed to be in the region of £7million, and with Ba keen to speak to other clubs if the clause is met, the Senegalese decided to put pen to paper on a three and a half year deal at Stamford Bridge.

Ba’s career catipulted when at German outfit Hoffenheim, scoring 37 goals in 97 appearances, before a move to London rivals West Ham gave him recognition in the English top flight.

The powerful striker scored an impressive 7 goals in 12 games for the Hammers, but it could not prevent them from being relegated to the Championship, and during the summer of 2011, he moved to Newcastle on a free transfer.

Ba had a very impressive stint on Tyneside, scoring 29 goals in 54 appearances for the St.James Park outfit, and forming a deadly partnership with fellow Senegalese striker Papiss Demba Cisse.

When it was aware Ba was becoming unsettled in the North East, and there was an affordable release clause in his contract, many top flight clubs were monitoring his situation, including Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal.

However, it was Chelsea that captured the talented centre forward, and with Senegal not participating in the African Cup of Nations, and Fernando Torres looking much more like his old self, this could well be the striking partnership of the season.

Aldershot U18 1 – 3 West Ham U18, F.A. Youth Cup

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2012 by jackpinnock

Speaking after West Ham U18 3-1 F.A. Youth cup victory over Aldershot Town U18, manager Nick Haycock expressed his delight of how his players performed, saying that they had ‘risen to the challenge’, but also said it was ‘a hard fought victory.’

Haycock said “In the end it was a great victory. All credit to Aldershot, because I thought they were well-organised, and had a game plan to try and upset us.”

Haycock also added “Sometimes coming away to a smaller club in an environment the boys are not used to, it took them time to adapt. Fair play to them, though, because they avoided a giant killing. It could have gone a different way at various stages of the game, so all in all, I’m pleased.”

A brace from captain, Elliot Lee, and a Jamie Harney header ensured West Ham U18 secured a place in the 4th round draw of the F.A. Youth Cup draw

Aldershot Town U18 boss, Terry Boyle described his side’s defeat as ‘harsh’, and also said he was ‘over the moon with how the players performed’.

Boyle said ” I thought the game was even stevens in the first half, and I actually thought for the majority of the half we outplayed West Ham which was a massive boost from our point of view, second half I think it’s fair to say that they had a little bit more quality in the final third and they capitalised on that, but I still think the score-line flatters them. We were chasing the game a little bit at the end but still managed to create plenty of chances but we were just a little bit too short on the day.”

The first half was fast paced, and intense, as both teams wanted to take an early lead. Aldershot linchpin, Reece Beckles-Richards forced Hammers shot stopper, Sam Baxter into an early save after 5 minutes. Shortly afterwards, Harry Cooksley, who is on the fringes of Dean Holdsworth’s first team plans, produced a free kick that went narrowly wide.

West Ham winger and Republic of Ireland U18 international, Kieran Sadlier, was involved in the Hammers best effort of the first half with a one on one chance that Shots keeper, Luke Williams commanded brilliantly.

On the 50th minute, Sadlier’s scuffed shot fell to Lee, who simply could not miss to put the Hammers in the lead. 1-0 quickly became 2-0 when Nathan Mavila, a summer acquisition from Wycombe Wanderers, swung a vicious corner that was met by the head of defender Harney.

With 15 minutes to play, Shots captain, Adam Brice headed past Baxter’s net after a sublime free kick from winger, Mitch McDonald.

However, Aldershot’s hopes of a remarkable comeback were dashed when the ever dangerous Lee pounced on a Beckles-Richards mistake and finished well to put West Ham safely through to the next round of the F.A Youth Cup.

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Posted in Football, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2012 by jackpinnock

England was in Sweden’s capital city of Stocklolm during the week preparing for their friendly match at the Friends Arena.

The likes of Liverpool winger, Raheem Sterling, Everton stalwart, Leon Osman, Arsenal youngster, Carl Jenkinson and Tottenham Hotspur defender, Steven Caulker have been selected, as well as Crystal Palace wonderkid Wilfried Zaha, who is the first player to picked for the full England squad at Championship level since Jay Bothroyd was picked in 2010.

Zaha’s selection has already sparked controversy, as former Chelsea hitman, Didier Drogba has openly said that Zaha should not play for England and play for the Ivory Coast.

However, Zaha recently said that there weren’t many players better than him. Zaha had quickly denied this and took to Twitter to say “Just to clear things up, when I say I don’t see anyone better than me i just say that to boost my confidence when I get on the field”. “I know there’s players out there better than me so please don’t take my words the wrong way”.

Former Crystal Palace player and fan, Mark Bright, who is now a BBC pundit, also took to twitter and said that “he is the most talked about and most talented player outside the PL in English football !!! “.

England’s last meeting against the Swedes came in the group stage at Euro 2012 in Ukraine when the Three Lions took the lead through a superb Andy Carroll header.

In a blink of a eye, Roy Hodgson’s men were 2-1 down when former Aston Villa legend, Olof Mellberg, scored a surprising brace.

However, a looping effort from Theo Walcott, and a sublime backheel finish from Danny Welbeck enabled England to beat Sweden for the very first time in a competitive match.

Four months on, and Hodgson has selected some younger and uncapped players to fully prepare themselves for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.