Man United mystery man: ‘He could be a rock star… have you seen his hair?!’

first_img ‘Marouane Fellaini could be a rock star… have you seen his hair?!’ 1 Each week a leading band or musician takes our Starting XI Q&A. And in the hot-seat this week, Squeeze legend Glenn Tilbrook…Who would be the most rock ‘n’ roll signing your club could make?Wayne Rooney because he’s a great player and everyone has seen him on karaoke.If your club was a song or a lyric, what would it be?“And when they were up, they were up. And when they were down, they were down. And when they were only halfway up, they were neither up nor down”  (The Grand Old Duke of York)Which football stadium would you most like to play a gig at (that’s not your club’s home ground)?Barcelona’s Camp Nou. I was lucky enough to see them play there twice earlier this year and the atmosphere was immense!Which footballer has the most potential to be a rock star?Marouane Fellaini… have you seen his hair?Brit award or Premier League trophy?Haha. Brit Award.When you were a kid, which football and music posters did you have on your wall?The Beatles, David Bowie, Marmalade and The Tremeloes. I didn’t get football until I started taking my kids to see Charlton…then the penny dropped.Elvis was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Michael Jackson the king of pop… Who’s the king of football?Lionel Messi.If you were in charge of your club’s dressing room stereo, what tunes would you put on before a big game and why?Anything by Max Miller or Chas ‘n’ Dave. Everyone must sing along to Chas ‘n’ Dave.Which signing got you most excited and which player’s departure broke your heart?It was a shame when Scott Parker left Charlton (that’s my team). And when Ronaldo left the Premier League. I’m excited by young Martin Odegaard, who has just been signed by Real Madrid. He could be a great player.Which footballer would you refuse complimentary tickets to one of your gigs?Diego Costa.What’s the best/worst football song ever recorded?World in Motion is great, Barnesy’s rap! And obviously Three Lions is brilliant. Down in the Valley by Squeeze has a brilliant intro, then when the song proper starts it all goes wrong. Oh well. I’ve got a soft spot for the old school tub thumper ‘Back Home’.last_img read more

FA lead Roy Hodgson tributes after 40 years in management

first_img1 Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has paid a glowing tribute to England boss Roy Hodgson as he reaches the 40th anniversary of his first managerial appointment.Hodgson, who will lead England to the Euro 2016 finals this summer, moved into management when he took charge of Swedish side Halmstad in 1976.The 68-year-old’s long and varied career has seen him oversee 19 teams in eight countries. Inter Milan, Liverpool, Fulham and West Brom are among the clubs he has managed while he has also led the Switzerland, Finland and United Arab Emirates national teams, as well as England.Dyke told “Roy is a great example to any aspiring coach that being open to new experiences and cultures can really develop you as a person. His CV is quite remarkable and it is hard to think of another coach of his stature that has been prepared to learn and grow the way he has.“According to the record books he started in Sweden in 1976 and here he is about to take England to the European finals in 2016, still inspiring and encouraging young players – good young English players.“What a fantastic achievement – 40 years coaching at the level he has puts him up there with the great English coaches, much revered people like Sir Bobby Robson, Dave Sexton and Don Howe.”Hodgson ended his playing career, spent largely in the English non-league system, to become a manager at the age of 28. He made an instant impact by winning two titles with Halmstad and two more with Malmo.Other highlights include leading Inter to the UEFA Cup final, Fulham to the final of the Europa League and Switzerland to two major tournaments.He has been England manager since 2012 and, although his future beyond this summer is uncertain, Dyke believes he has been a superb ambassador for the country.Dyke said: “I am constantly amazed by supporters’ reaction to Roy if you go to a game with him. He is genuinely liked.“It is fascinating – wherever we travel people from different countries seek out Roy to share an experience they had of watching one of his sides, or talking to him about a player he once would have managed, or a coach that he knew.“He’s probably done more for the FA’s international relations than anyone!“We’re very proud that, as England manager, Roy celebrates 40 years of coaching at the highest levels of our game. Long may it continue.” Roy Hodgson and Greg Dyke last_img read more

This line up to help Chelsea beat Man City in quest for silverware?

first_img 11 2. Branislav Ivanovic (centre-back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11 Chelsea v Man City is live on talkSPORT at 4pm (GMT) on 21 February.After defeat in Paris on Tuesday night, is the FA Cup now Chelsea’s only realistic chance of winning any silverware this season?Although the Blues are far from out of the Champions League following their 2-1 first leg loss to PSG, Guus Hiddink’s side have a fair bit to do if they are to not only redeem themselves in the second leg, but also match the team’s heroics of 2012 by going on and winning the entire tournament.The FA Cup surely provides a much more realistic chance of a trophy for Chelsea at the end of this season, however they will still have to face up to at least one of Europe’s elite clubs if they are to reach Wembley on 21 May.The Blues must overcome Manchester City at Stamford Bridge if they are to progress in world’s oldest football competition, and this could be their line up for the game on Sunday…Take a look at our predicted Chelsea line up v Manchester City by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 6. Abdul Baba-Rahman (left-back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 8. Oscar (attacking midfielder) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 13. Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 22. Willian (right winger) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (left-back) 12. John Obi Mikel (defensive midfielder) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 24. Gary Cahill (centre-back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 19. Diego Costa (striker) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 21. Nemanja Matic (defensive midfielder) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11 17. Pedro Rodriguez (left winger) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11 11last_img read more

Former USC athlete joins diverse list of Rhodes scholars

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The scholarships, the oldest international study award available to American students, provide two or three years of study at Oxford University in England; winners will begin their studies in October. Many of the winners stand out, not only for their academic prowess, but also for their achievements outside academia – in sports, in the military or as volunteers. Bhatty, a University of Chicago graduate and now a law student at Yale University, is a sometime poet and hip-hop artist. She also serves as an English-Urdu translator for detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; she does that work via telephone. Winner Reed Doucette is a senior at the University of Southern California and was on the basketball team that made it to the NCAA’s Sweet Sixteen last season; another recipient, New York native Adam M. Levine, is an accomplished light heavyweight boxer. CHICAGO – A translator for Guantanamo Bay detainees, a boxer from the Bronx and an ultimate Frisbee player were among 32 Americans selected as Rhodes scholars for 2008, the scholarship trust announced Sunday. Winners were chosen in a tough selection process from among 764 applicants for the coveted, more than century-old scholarship, whose past recipients include former President Bill Clinton. “I was actually shocked,” said Isra Bhatty, 23, of Glenview, about receiving a call Saturday telling her she was among this year’s winners. “I was really thankful and a little overwhelmed.” Bhatty was one of three winners who attended or graduated from the University of Chicago. last_img read more


first_imgThe roadsigns diverting traffic away from Milford which have left traders outraged.Business owners in Milford are fuming after bungling council officials left a barrage of road-signs diverting traffic away from the town.The signage, which is located at the LIDL supermarket junction, diverts traffic to the Harry Blaney Bridge out of the town.The signage gave no indication that people could still continue on and carry about their business or visit Milford. The barrage of road-signs diverting traffic away from Milford.Traders are furious at the loss of visitors into the town and are blaming Donegal County Council for the calamity.And even worse is the fact that the diversion signs are due to remain in place until August 15th.A number of local businesses contacted the council yesterday at 2pm but are still awaiting a reply.John McAteer, editor and co-owner of the Milford-based Tirconail Tribune newspaper, said people are fuming locally. “This is nothing short of a shambles and the council need to rectify this as soon as possible.“People coming into the town, either locals or strangers, had no idea they could continue into Milford as it was not affected by the diversion.“Business owners are understandably outraged by this mix-up. It’s difficult enough for small traders to make a living in today’s tough economic climate without the council adding to their woes with this kind of incompetency,” he said.  FURY AMONGST BUSINESSES AS COUNCIL ROADSIGNS BYPASS MILFORD! was last modified: August 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County CouncilFuryMilfordroadsignstraderslast_img read more


first_imgPete Friel, Chartered Education, Rathmullan, Ellevyn Irwin, Click Clinic, Buncrana and Christy Lynch of Efficient Renewables Ltd. Muff who will be flying the flag for Donegal at the regional finals of Ireland Best Young Entrepreneur which will take place on Donegal Town Public Service Centre on Monday 10 November at 7pm.Three young Donegal entrepreneurs are flying the flag for the county at the regional finals of the inaugural ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ competition, which is offering an investment prize-fund of €2 million.The Regional finals will take place next Monday in Donegal Town Public Service Centre.All under the age of 30, the local business owners and new start-ups are going head-to-head with other winners from Sligo, Leitrim and Longford. They’re competing for a chance to win a place at the national final in Dublin this December, in a competition co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Office Donegal.Launched by the Government earlier this year, Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition is an integral part of the Action Plan for Jobs 2014.It is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through the 31 Local Enterprise Offices around the country.The Donegal winners, who have been selected to represent the county at the regional finals, are: • Pete Friel, Chartered Education, Rathmullan and winner of Donegal’s Best Young Entrepreneur and Donegal’s Best New Start Up category• Ellevyn Irwin, Click Clinic, Buncrana and Donegal’s Best New Idea category winner• Christy Lynch of Efficient Renewables Ltd. Muff winner of Donegal’s Best Established Business with a New Add On.The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D. told Donegal Daily, “Central to our plans for jobs and growth is supporting more businesses to start-up.“Part of this plan is also fostering a stronger culture of entrepreneurship and promoting start-up business as a career option for young people. “That is what is behind this new competition to find the best young entrepreneur in the region also ultimately ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur.The Head of Enterprise with Donegal County Council, Michael Tunney told Donegal Daily, “Our winners are proudly ‘flying the flag’ for the county, competing against other young entrepreneurs in the region for a place at the prestigious national final.“But the benefits of entering the competition don’t end there.“Throughout Ireland, over 400 finalists have already benefitted from intensive business boot-camps and mentoring programmes at local level, so the impact of the IBYE programme will be seen for many years to come Mayors and Cathaoirligh of all participating local authorities are being invited to attend, along with representatives of the business community.For all the latest news and results for the ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ competition, visit or search #ibye on social media.THREE DONEGAL ENTREPRENEURS SHORTLISTED IN SEARCH FOR ‘IRELAND’S BEST YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR’ was last modified: November 3rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessEnterprise IrelandGovernmentinvestmentIreland’s Best Young Entrepreneurjobsnewslast_img read more

£73m-rated Blues star: I will ‘100%’ stay at Chelsea

first_img Thibaut Courtois in action for Chelsea Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says he is “100 per cent” certain to stay with the club despite the absence of Champions League football next season.The 23-year-old Belgium international has been linked with a move to Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain, while Real Madrid are reportedly lining up a £73 million move.But he told Le Parisien: “I have never had any contact with PSG.“I have played a lot against PSG recently – twice last season, again this season in a friendly and twice more in the Champions League this year. They are a good club who win their league easily.“Me, I like playing in England. Paris is a very good club but I am happy at Chelsea.”PSG, indeed, have won their domestic title for the fourth straight campaign.Chelsea’s defence of their Barclays Premier League title was in stark contrast – they lie ninth with two matches to go and have missed out on the Champions League.But, asked for the percentage chance of him staying at Stamford Bridge, Courtois said: “I have a contract for three years, so I will say 100 per cent.“Rumours affect any club where things are going badly. People think the top players want to leave because they are not in the Champions League.“Everyone knows it is our fault we will not play in that competition next year. It has happened to Manchester United and to Dortmund, to not play in the Champions League, and it is heartbreaking.“This year, we have not defended our title well like we needed to. We must regather our forces to return stronger and get back to the Champions League.” 1last_img read more

Chelsea to resist Mourinho raid, Guardiola wants £200m City overhaul – GOSSIP

first_img Transfer rumours and paper review Here are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Reports are varied over how much Jose Mourinho will be paid in his deal to become Manchester United, with the Daily Express quoting £10million-a-year, while the Daily Mail claim he will earn £15m-a-year in the Old Trafford hotseat.It is also reported the Portuguese coach will get a £5m bonus if he guides the Red Devils to Champions League glory, and £2.5m for the Premier League title. (The Independent)Chelsea will issue a ‘hands off’ warning to Mourinho over Brazil international Willian, following his soon-to-be announced appointment at Man United. The ex-Blues manager Mourinho is reported to be plotting a £60m move to make Willian his first signing at Old Trafford hotseat. (Evening Standard)United and Chelsea are also set for a battle over Sporting Lisbon midfielder £47million-rated Joao Mario. Mario has distanced himself from the rumours, however, saying he is fully focused on Portugal’s Euro 2016 campaign. (Daily Express)The Blues are confident of re-signing striker Romelu Lukaku, who wants to leave Everton ‘to win titles’, for £65m, having sold him to the Toffees for £28m two years ago. (Daily Mirror)?Pep Guardiola wants a complete overhaul of Manchester City’s squad this summer and has urged club chiefs to give him a £200m war chest to buy up to eight players. (Daily Mirror)Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is expected to become Guardiola’s first City signing next week in a deal worth roughly £20m. (Daily Mirror)Meanwhile, City midfielder Yaya Toure apparently wants to be a part of Guardiola’s revolution at the Etihad Stadium. The Ivorian star has reportedly rejected offers of £30m from Chinese clubs Shanghai SIPG and Jiangsu Suning, and also has no interest in joining Inter Milan. (The Guardian)Liverpool may look to raid Southampton once more as they eye up a move for £25m-rated forward Sadio Mane, after the Reds’ top summer target Mario Gotze revealed his intention to stay at Bayern Munich. (Daily Star)Martin Skrtel’s agent says the 31-year-old defender is “90% sure to leave Liverpool” this summer. Turkish side Besiktas is a possible next destination for the Slovakia international. (ESPN)Tottenham have begun talks over a move for Basel forward Breel Embolo, 19, who has scored 21 goals in 61 leagues appearances for the Swiss giants. (Daily Express)The agent of Newcastle star Georginio Wijnaldum admits the Dutchman is considering his future at St James’ Park and could leave the club this summer. The 25-year-old has been linked with a £12m move to Roma.  (Newcastle Chronicle) And here are the latest headlines…?Phil Neville EXCLUSIVE: I’m leaving Valencia and want to be a manager, but I could never turn down Manchester UnitedJose Mourinho is a FANTASTIC manager who will adapt to Manchester United, Carlo Ancelotti tells talkSPORTEXCLUSIVE: Carlo Ancelotti reveals how Gareth Bale’s agent interfered at Real MadridRomelu Lukaku transfer latest: ‘He should stay at Everton one more year’, claims former team-mateExclusive: Carlo Ancelotti accuses owners of Manchester United and Arsenal of prioritising finances over winningManchester United transfer news: Jose Mourinho wants to take Willian from Chelsea in stunning £60m raidLiverpool face competition from Bayern Munich for Schalke winger Leroy SaneManchester United hold talks with £30m-rated Roma defender Kostas ManolasNapoli hold talks with Gonzalo Higuain as Arsenal and Chelsea interest intensifiesLiverpool make bid for Alberto Moreno replacement, confirms Lorient presidentJuventus willing to swap Simone Zaza for Southampton’s Graziano PelleLeicester leading Premier League chase for Inter Milan defender Jeison Murillo 1last_img read more

Chelsea and Manchester City battle for Switzerland defender

first_imgChelsea and Manchester City are fighting it out for Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner.The Swiss star has been with the Italian champions for eight years but it is reported he would consider a move away this summer.Arsenal have been linked with the right-back in the past, while Bayern Munich too have expressed an interest.However, according to Tuttosport, it is Chelsea and Manchester City who will battle it out to sign Lichtsteiner.Incoming Blues boss Antonio Conte worked with the 32-year-old at Juventus and he is keen for a reunion at Stamford Bridge.Manchester City, meanwhile, are also pursuing the player after Pep Guardiola added him to his list of summer targets. 1 Stephan Lichtsteiner defender would consider a move away from Juventus last_img

‘Just pay Roma whatever they want!’ Chelsea fans desperate to sign Belgium star

first_imgRadja Nainggolan saw his stock rise on Friday when he netted a long-range stunner for Belgium. The Red Devils were playing Wales for a place in the semi-finals of Euro 2016 when the reported Chelsea target opened the scoring from outside the box. The 28-year-old midfielder currently plays for Serie A side Roma and he could cost at least £40million to lure away from Stadio Olimpico. The strike was his ninth goal in 51 appearances in all competitions for club and country in 2015/16 and Blues fans want Antonio Conte to go all out to get him – see below: 1 Reported Chelsea target Radja Nainggolan scored a stunner for Belgium against Wales last_img