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Top 10 managers that should replace Fergie

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2013 by jackpinnock

We are all fully aware that Fergie’s incredible tenure as gaffer as Manchester United is not going to last forever. Here are the top 10 managers that should be considered to replace him.

Steve Bruce

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The former Red Devils stalwart and current boss of Championship side HullCity has had plenty of managerial experience. since retiring in 1998, he has previously coached at Sheffield United, HuddersfieldTown, Wigan Athletic, CrystalPalace, BirminghamCity and Sunderland.

His manager style is simple, if you don’t concede, you don’t lose games. However, will his style of play suit with the Old Trafford faithful?

Mark Hughes

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Another former player in the pipeline, and another who has had plenty of experience. After his illustrious career, mainly with Manchester United and Chelsea, Mark Hughes has previously managed Blackburn Rovers, ManchesterCity, Fulham, QPR and the Welsh national team.

However, what is different about him to Bruce, his attacking ambitions and motive to score plenty of goals will surely attract the Red Devils. One stumbling block maybe, there has been no real success with Hughes, especially with QPR and Fulham.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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As known by the Man United fans as the ‘baby faced assassin’, Solskjaer is now managing in his native Norway, with Molde. He also managed the Man United reserves for a short stint, before taking the Molde hot seat. During his playing days, he was considered a legend with every club, scoring 237 goals in 382 appearances with Manchester United, Molde, and Clauseenengen.

I think it’s obvious that everyone associated with the Red Devils will have Solskjaer back in a heartbeat, but one issue that may occur, experience. He has only been in the management business since 2008, and would surely need some more matches under his belt.

Jurgen Klopp

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Another young manager, who is a very good candidate to consider, Jurgen Klopp. Still very young for a gaffer, at the tender age of 45, the German gone on leaps and bounds with Borussia Dortmund. Winning the double in the 2011-2012 season is his career highlight, and regular qualification for the Champions League is another incredible achievement.

Despite his youth for a manger, I defiantly think that Klopp has all of the credentials to succeed Ferguson, and take the reigns at Old Trafford.

Laurent Blanc

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Former player Blanc who first job in management was with Ligue 1 side, Bordeaux, did an extraordinary job, winning 60% of his matches and leading them to a league and cup double. The French national team was his next destination, guiding them to the top of Euro 2012 in the qualifying stages, and reaching the Euro 2012 quarter finals.

Now without a job, the Frenchman is now looking for the right opportunity, however, it has been known for players and board members to be frustrated with Blanc at times. Can he be the right man at Manchester United?

Joachim Loew

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The stylish German has many admirers, and is possibly favourite to replace Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid. However, he suits Manchester United down to the ground. He has previously managed Stuttgart, Austria Wien, and Fenerbache, but his notoriety comes from managing the German national squad. Semi finalists at Euro 2012 and 2010 World Cup are his most coveted achievements.

Nevertheless, for him being recognised as one of the best managers on the planet, has he under achieved with Germany? Is this good enough for Manchester United?

David Moyes

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Probably the favourite to replace Sir Alex, David Moyes has emerged as one of the best mangers in the Premier League. Since he took over in 2002, he has guided Everton to countless top 10 finishes, not to mention on a minimum budget. His greatest accolade, was guiding Everton into the Champions League for the first time in their history.

The stumbling block is Moyes has already declared that he is a keen admirer of the German Bundesliga, and would not managing in the Geramn topflight, could he really turn down the Red Devils for Germany?

Ryan Giggs

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The Manchester United legend, who has chalked up 926 appearances for the Red Devils, would be a competitive contender for a place in the old Trafford dugout. The winger knows United inside out, and knows what suits Manchester United, and what doesn’t. Despite undergoing his UEFA coaching badges, Giggs has no managerial experience. Could the Welsh wizard bring more success to Manchester that what Sir Alex did?

Eric Cantona

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The controversial Frenhman is just as much as a legend as Giggsy. The dream signing from Leeds United made 143 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 80 goals. His only involvement in management is with the French beach soccer side. Currently director of Footbal with newly formed New York Cosmos, the extravagant midfielder would defiantly be welcome back at Old Trafford.

He is well known for lashing out at a CrystalPalace fan after being sent off. Is controversy surrounding Cantona what Man United really need?

Jose Mourinho

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Despite all of the great managers and Manchester United legends that have been mentioned, this is the man every Red Devils fan wants to see take to the helm. His early retirement as a player has rewarded him with being the very best manager in the world. Winning 20 trophies in with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, he is the first manager to win the traditional top three European league championships.

His record speaks for itself, and is by far and away the best candidate to replace the great Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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West Ham target 3 more signings in January

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

After the imminent home coming of midfielder, Joe Cole, from Liverpool, West Ham gaffer Sam Allardyce has set his sights on three more transfer targets in the January transfer window.

It was confirmed on Twitter by Jack Sullivan, son of Hammers owner David Sullivan, that three enquires have been made for players in England, Brazil and Germany.

The players thought to be in question are Aston Villa full back, Stephen Warnock, F.C. Twente’s centre half, Douglas and Stuttgart hitman, Martin Harnik.

Warnock, who has just completed a short loan spell at Championship outfit Bolton Wanderers, is out of favour at Villa Park, and his Premier League experience is thought to be the key factor for Big Sam’s interest.

25 year old, Douglas is out of contract with F.C. Twente this summer and is believed to be keen on a switch to the Premier League. However, the Samba star has many other admirers in the top flight, with arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Newcastle and Everton waiting in the wings to grab his signature.

Harnik, who has scored 30 goals since joining German Bundesliga side Stuttgart in 2010, is a £5million target for the East London club, however, as he is still contracted to Stuttgart until 2016, a sum closer to £7million is thought to be the asking price. With strikers Carlton Cole and Andy Carroll misfiring, and Modibo Maiga said to be leaving the club for either Newcastle or Marseille, Big Sam would like to add Harnik, as he can player as a striker or a winger, and with the Hammers in desperate need for firepower, is Harnik the answer?

With injuries mounting, and a dip in form, West Ham hope to add strength in depth in order to consolidate Premier league survival, and maybe even compete for a top ten place.

F.A. Cup- Aldershot

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2012 by jackpinnock

Aldershot Town’s reward for narrowly scrapping past Fleetwood Town in the F.A. Cup second round is a very winnable Third round home tie against either the winners of Rotherham United or Notts County respectively.

Consequently, this was the end of Fleetwood manager Micky Mellon’s tenure, as a run of three straight defeats, and a disagreement over loan signings left Mellon’s contract terminated by mutual consent. He leaves Fleetwood 7th in the Npower League 2 table after promotion from the conference.

Dean Holdsworth’s men, who have gone no further than the fifth round, won 3-2 against the Lancashire side at Highbury.

The shots were unfortunate to go 1-0 down after a rapid start, but after 10 minutes, Fleetwood’s Junior Brown put the Lancashire outfit ahead after a fantastic cross by Fleetwood midfielder, Alan Goodhall.

10 minutes later, the Shots found themselves deservedly level when star striker, Danny Hylton intelligently left a stray pass too top scorer, Craig Reid, who laid the ball back too Hylton, whose fierce drive with his weaker foot was not match for Fleetwood keeper, Scott Davies.

A moment of pure brilliance from midfield enforcer, Peter Vincenti put Aldershot 2-1 up at the break when his 35 yard curling effort deceived Davies in the Fleetwood goal, as the ball dipped underneath the crossbar.

Fleetwood’ David Ball, and substitute Jamie Milligan wasted glorious opportunities to put the Higbury outfit level in this all important cup tie, but on 75 minutes, a classic counter attack saw the ever present, Danny Hylton, go past goalkeeper Davies, and from an acute angle, managed to squeeze the ball home and put the Shots 3-1 up with 15 minutes to play.

Aldershot was running down the clock with relative ease, however, the Hampshire side conceded a late goal to build the nerves of every associate with Aldershot. A Steve Gillespie shot deflected into the skies, Shots keeper Jamie Young came out confidently to collect, only to spill the ball into the path of David Ball who simply could not miss.

Nevertheless, Aldershot managed to hang onto the vital win and book themselves a place in the Third round of the F.A. Cup. Holdsworth mentioned that this win was @quite unexpected’, but he also said “he is pleased to have gone through”.

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Brighton Dev. 1-4 Swansea Dev.

Posted in Football, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2012 by jackpinnock

Brighton development manager Luke Williams said there was too much quality in the Swansea team for his players to handle after the Seagulls slumped to a 4-1 defeat at the AMEX stadium.

Williams said “There was a lot of quality out there, particularly in the Swansea side, and there finishing was outstanding, and if you’ve got players like Danny Graham in your side, you expect that”.

Williams, whose side had the tightest defence in the League 2 South Development league until this game, also added “When Swansea overloaded us in midfield, we struggled to cope, and the quality of the finishing compared to ours was the big difference”.

Swansea, who until this match were the lowest scorers in the division, struck first when midfield maestro Kurtis March’s piledriver was no match for goalkeeper Dan East.

The Swans’ second came shortly afterwards, when a stunning 25 yard free kick from Lee Lucas was too hot to handle for East.

Brighton’s best chance in the first half came from winger, Kazenga LuaLua, when his fierce drive from just outside the box was expertly saved from Swans’ shot stopper, David Cornell, so the south coast outfit found themselves 2-0 down at the interval.

The second contained a plethora of goals, firstly a rasping shot from Swansea hitman, Danny Graham, who is looking to get back into Michael Laudrup’s first team, was brilliantly turned away from East, only for him to parry it towards wing wizard Rory Donnelly who headed home to the Swans 3-0 up.

Brighton captain, Torbjorn Agdestein and striker Shamir Goodwin both came close to reducing the deficit, however, Donnelly forced a mistake from defender, Matthew McGiveron, who’s cross found Graham, who tapped home to claim maximum points for the away side.

Anton Rodgers gave Brighton a late consolation from LuaLua’s cross, with a sublime finish from the edge of the box, but it was too little too late, who’s first game at the AMEX came to a grinding halt.

Agdestein said that “the players were very sloppy, and that you have to give credit to Swansea, because when they got their chances, they took them.”

Brighton will be looking for a positive response in the next game, as they travel to bottom side Barnet.

Everton 2-2 Liverpool

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2012 by jackpinnock

Despite his comments made in the press before the Merseyside derby, Everton manager David Moyes still believes that most managers would agree with him about Luis Suarez’s theatrical diving, and that the Liverpool forward was a lucky man to even stay on the pitch in this thrilling 2-2 draw.

Suarez wasted no time in silencing his critics when his first goal came after just 14 minutes.  Spanish left back, Jose Enrique’s low cross found the feet off the South American, whose drilled shot took a wicked deflection off Everton’s Leighton Baines.

Suarez doubled his tally 5 minutes later, when Leon Osman’s foul on Liverpool’s promising young winger, Raheem Sterling, lead to Suarez glancing a tremendous header past Tim Howard from a superb Steven Gerrard free kick.

However, David Moyes’ men responded in dramatic fashion, and in the space of 14 minutes, the tie was all square.

First, Leon Osman’s drilled effort took a slight deflection off summer signing Joe Allen and past Brad Jones’ goal.

Then, on 35 minutes, exciting talent Kevin Miralles’ cross was expertly controlled by the returning Maroune Fellaini, whose low cross was latched onto by former Rangers striker Steven Naismith to put the Toffees on level terms.

With the loss of Miralles at the interval, Everton lost their flair and creative spark in the second half, and Liverpool capitalised on that in the second half, with good possession play, and creating multiple chances.

At the start of the second half, Sterling had a golden opportunity to put the Reds back in the lead, with a one- on- one chance that he wasted, much to the disappointment of Suarez, who felt the ball should have been squared to him to put Liverpool 3-2 ahead.

Man of the match Suarez then angered much of the Everton faithful when his late challenge on veteran defender Sylvain Distin should have been more than just a bookable offence.

However, another referee howler was to come on the 93rd minute when Steven Gerrard’s free kick was met by Argentinian defender Sebastien Coates, whose header reached Suarez, who tapped in, only for the fourth official and referee Andre Marriner to judge it was offside.

Liverpool chief Brendan Rodgers was surprisingly grateful for the point despite Marriner’s decision by saying “overall, it’s a good point at a difficult place, and its anpther strive forward”.