bristolhammerfc wrote:I would have Linda Hunt from NCIS LA playing Sullivan.
Can't do the image thing
|An archive of Cockney Hammer's West Ham-related daily news digests.
DAILY EXPRESS: Arsene Wenger has set Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis a four-day window to sort out the future of Robin van Persie at the end of the season.
THE SUN: Fabrice Muamba has been told by doctors they are baffled by what caused his heart to dramatically stop in the middle of a match. Also: Roberto Mancini has accused referees of being biased towards Manchester United.
DAILY MAIL: David Moyes has led calls for a clampdown on diving and called for cheats to be banned retrospectively.
THE TIMES: The Football Association faces a complex legal and financial battle to extract Harry Redknapp from his Tottenham Hotspur contract if they want him to be the next England manager. Also: Roberto Di Matteo defended Didier Drogba last night against accusations of play-acting during the Champions League semi-final first-leg win over Barcelona on Wednesday and insisted that Chelsea are a fair team.
DAILY MIRROR: Roberto Mancini has blamed poor refereeing for putting Manchester United on the brink of a 20th title. Also: Arsene Wenger has given Robin van Persie a 72-hour deadline to resolve his Arsenal future.
THE GUARDIAN: Arsene Wenger wants to resolve Robin van Persie's future before the Euro 2012 finals. Also: Roberto Di Matteo has fended off speculation that he made a compelling case to be appointed as Chelsea manager on a permanent basis with a pragmatic 1-0 victory over Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final.
THE INDEPENDENT: Roberto Di Matteo yesterday defended Didier Drogba against charges of diving. Also: Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham manager, yesterday admitted that his squad is inferior to Chelsea's - but he is still backing his players to finish above them in the Premier League, come the end of the season.
DAILY STAR: Sir Alex Ferguson has ordered Ashley Young to stop diving.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham manager, admits he understands why the Barcelona hierarchy has identified Gareth Bale as the perfect long-term replacement for left-back Eric Abidal.
Spurs are trying to persuade Luka Modric to sign a new contract that will keep him out of the clutches of Chelsea and Manchester City.
Arsene Wenger has given Arsenal a four-day window in May to seal Robin van Persie's future.
Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel is a target for Spurs and Schalke.
Roberto Mancini will be Manchester City manager next season - whatever the outcome of the title race.
Tony Pulis feels Newcastle could struggle to hang onto top scorer Demba Ba.
There are serious concerns about Steven N'Zonzi's long-term future at Blackburn after a bust-up with boss Steve Kean.
Arsene Wenger has set Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis a four-day window to sort out the future of Robin van Persie at the end of the season.
Arsene Wenger has given Robin van Persie a 72-hour deadline to resolve his Arsenal future.
Roberto Di Matteo has urged Chelsea chiefs to consider giving Didier Drogba the deal he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge.
Leeds boss Neil Warnock last night dumped Republic of Ireland international Darren O'Dea.
Danny Simpson is preparing to quit Newcastle this summer.
Mark Hughes has told Gareth Bale to ignore the advances of Barcelona and stay at Spurs until he is more mature.
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is resurrecting his interest in Manchester City defender Micah Richards.
Paul Pogba will have the final say on his future after Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed Manchester United have agreed terms on a new deal with his agent. Juventus are also chasing the midfielder.
Northern Ireland international keeper Alan Mannus is set to sign on for another 12 months at St Johnstone.
James Fowler insists it's far more important for Kilmarnock to tie down manager Kenny Shiels than it is to sort out his own future.
Danny Lennon believes hitkid Kenny McLean can earn St Mirren their biggest windfall since the sale of Ian Ferguson.
Youngster Furbert handed Hammers chance
National academy striker Jahkari Furbert is to have trials at English Championship side West Ham United.
Bermuda Football Association have been granted $4,329 from the Ministry of Sport to cover the costs of sending Furbert to train with the Hammers.
Furbert, who plays for Dandy Town, received his award at yesterday’s National Junior Youth Sponsorship Programme ceremony at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel.
Several National Academy players have had tryouts with West Ham in recent years including Paul Douglas and Rai Simons, both past recipients of Ministry of Sport grants, and Amar Lewis.
West Ham’s International Academy entered a mutually beneficial partnership with the Bermuda Football Association (BFA) two years ago, which gives the Hammers first pick of the national academy’s best youngsters.
BFA director of player development, Devarr Boyles, said Furbert, a 13-year-old Whitney Institute pupil, had shown plenty of promise while training in the National Academy.
“This is the first time we’ve picked someone (for trials) so young,” he said. “The earlier we can get him into this sort of environment can only bode well for him in making the step up.
“We think he has a chance (to make it) and we’re giving the opportunity to train with a professional football club.”
Junior Minister of Youth, Families and Sports, Diallo Rabain, handed out around $60,000 to 14 different sports governing bodies, at yesterday’s ceremony.
Lansbury looks to impress
Henri Lansbury hopes he has convinced West Ham manager Sam Allardyce that he is worthy of his place in his first XI.
The on-loan Arsenal midfielder returned to the Hammers' starting line-up for the 6-0 demolition of Brighton last weekend and also featured in the midweek 1-1 draw at Bristol City.
With two games remaining of the regular season, and West Ham looking to gain momentum, Lansbury is keen to be involved.
He told the club's official website: "To get back into the team I have had to just keep training hard and looking after myself and keep fit and then take my chance.
"It's the gaffer's choice who plays and all I can do is train and play well and make myself available for selection.
"Hopefully I can continue to show what I can do."
for ever west ham
Can we repeat this day?
The play-offs are looking ever more likely for the Hammers after a vital two points were dropped at Ashton Gate to leave the East Londoners five points behind Southampton in second, with two games left to play. Sam Allardyce has said that it would take a “miracle” for the Hammers to be in second come the end of the season as not only does it rely on Southampton slipping up away at Middlesbrough and at home to Coventry, but the Irons have to go to King Power Stadium, knowing only a win against the Foxes can keep their slim chances of promotion alive and have to win at home against Hull. With the dreaded playoffs looming, let’s look back at West Ham’s previous success in 2005, when they beat Preston at the Millennium Stadium, to gain promotion from the Championship at the second time of asking.
The Hammers finished sixth in the 2004/05 season, coming close behind Preston and Derby County, with Ipswich coming third 12 points ahead of the Hammers. The final positions meant that West
Ham faced Joe Royal’s Ipswich side that finished only two points behind Wigan in second place. The Tractor Boys arrived at Upton Park on the 14th of May 2005 hoping to take a win back to Portman Road but Royal’s men where 2-0 down inside 13 minutes, with Harewood and Zamora scoring for the Hammers. The Tractor Boys fought back to draw 2-2, with an own goal from Jimmy Walker and a late Shefki Kuqi strike earning Ipswich a draw. With the tie in the balance, the Hammers were under enormous pressure going into the second leg, knowing that losing would spell the end of the promotion dream and most likely, the end of Pardew’s West Ham career. The Hammers won 2-0
following two goals from on fire striker Bobby Zamora. The Millennium Stadium awaits.
West Ham watched Derby and Preston draw the next day, which meant Preston secured a place in the final, following a 2-0 win in the first leg. The final was to be played on the 30 th of May, which
gave both teams plenty of time to prepare for what would be the biggest match of their lives, with the prize of Premier League football for the victor.
It was like being a child at Christmas for the two sets of supporters as the big day dawned. 70,275 fans were in the stadium to support their teams in the bid to play in the greatest league in the world.
The stage was set, the fans eagerly anticipating what was set to be a tremendous clash between to heavyweights of football, with both clubs having a decorated history. The teams were lead out to an
almighty roar from the crowd and fireworks as the nerves of both the fans and the players began to set in. The Hammers’ team lined up with Jimmy Walker in goal, Repka, Ward, Ferdinand and Powell at the back, Newton, Reo Coker, Mullins and Etherington in midfield and Harewood and Zamora upfront. Sheringham, Bywater, Dailly, Fletcher and Noble, the only player in the squad for the 2005 play-off final still playing for the club today, were on the bench. Preston kept their same team that drew to Derby in the previous game. The national anthem was sung as the two teams lined up side by side, knowing that a life changing 90 minutes lay ahead of them.
The game kicked off at 15:00 with the Hammers coming close to opening the scoring in the first four minutes. A through ball from Reo Coker to Repka opened up the Preston defence, but Repka’s
shot hit the outside of the post. The Hammers continued in the same vein, with both Zamora and Harewood going close. Preston had done the double over the Hammers in the League, however it
was the boys in claret and blue who enjoyed the early possession, passing the ball around nicely in Cardiff and going close through Matthew Etherington. The two sides went in 0-0 at the break, with
the second half being more of the same. Preston struggled to maintain possession, but managed to create chances through well worked set pieces, with Cresswell’s effort being cleared off the line. The Hammers then should have been 1-0 up following Reo-Coker’s pass through to Harewood, who saw his shot saved excellently by Carlo Nash and Zamora’s rebound cleared off the line.
The Hammers took the lead in the 57th minute when Bobby Zamora slotted home from six yards from Matthew Etherington’s cross, cue 35,000 West Ham fans in the stadium to erupt and
thousands more around the country. It was no more than the Hammers deserved after their early dominance, who faced a nervy last half an hour, which turned out to be longer than they thought.
Zamora could have made it 2-0 and put the result beyond any doubt, but his header from Etherington’s free kick went over the bar. Billy Davis’ Preston didn’t give up and could have levelled
through both Nugent and Cresswell. The Preston side changed to 4-3-3 to try and grab a goal back and West Ham tried to maintain the lead, with Dailly replacing goal scorer Zamora.
With West Ham fans biting through whatever was left of their fingernails, Jimmy Walker handled outside the area and in the process, injured his knee. Walker left on a stretcher, with Stephen
Bywater replacing him for the last 10 minutes. The first job for Bywater was to save the free kick from McKenna, which he did with ease.
The Lilywhites were throwing everything they had at the Hammers and they had further hope when the referee added on an extra seven minutes of injury time, however the Hammers held on
to secure promotion to the Premier League, after a 2 year absence. “I’m forever blowing bubbles” was heard in every pub in East London and around the Millennium Stadium, as the players and fans began to celebrate a remarkable return to the English top flight. For Preston, they were left with the thought of what might have been and their 44 year absence set to continue.
Barnsley: Vaz Te move ‘right time’ to sell, says Keith Hill
BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill has stressed the timing of selling players will be a key factor to the club’s chances of success next season - and in the future, writes Neil Goulding.
The Reds are safe from Championship relegation with two games to spare, but Hill believes if they had managed to keep leading scorer Ricardo Vaz Te, then their season might have been a lot more rosy. However, with a tight budget at Oakwell, Hill has defended the club’s decision to sell Portuguese hitman Vaz Te to West Ham on transfer deadline day.
“It was a Catch 22 with Ricardo; we wanted to keep him but it was the right time to sell him,” Hill said. “It was good money for the football club and allowed us do one or two things, but of course we’ve missed his goals and what he brought to the team.
“Losing players like Ricardo and Jacob Butterfield can take away a little bit of belief from the squad - and I think that’s what ultimately happened. Unfortunately we lost three of our most valuable assets at a crucial stage in the season. It really affected our performances.”
Manchester United loan ace Danny Drinkwater was offered a permanent contract with Leicester City, with the Reds’ robbed of his talents.
And with Butterfield sidelined halfway through the campaign with a knee injury, Hill was forced to shuffle his pack and use the loan market to recruit talent. The Star understands that most, if not all, of the loan players will move on at the end of the season, with Hill talking to them over the next fortnight.
Hill said: “The selling of players is crucial to the success of this football club. But we’re looking to build a long-term future for this club and keeping the best players is going to be important.”
David Moyes has led calls for a clampdown on diving and called for cheats to be banned retrospectively.
Fabrice Muamba has been told by doctors they are baffled by what caused his heart to dramatically stop in the middle of a match.
Also: Roberto Mancini has accused referees of being biased towards Manchester United.
Roberto Mancini has blamed poor refereeing for putting Manchester United on the brink of a 20th title.
Also: Arsene Wenger has given Robin van Persie a 72-hour deadline to resolve his Arsenal future.
Sir Alex Ferguson has ordered Ashley Young to stop diving.
Arsene Wenger has set Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis a four-day window to sort out the future of Robin van Persie at the end of the season.
The Football Association faces a complex legal and financial battle to extract Harry Redknapp from his Tottenham Hotspur contract if they want him to be the next England manager.
Also: Roberto Di Matteo defended Didier Drogba last night against accusations of play-acting during the Champions League semi-final first-leg win over Barcelona on Wednesday and insisted that Chelsea are a fair team.
Arsene Wenger wants to resolve Robin van Persie's future before the Euro 2012 finals.
Also: Roberto Di Matteo has fended off speculation that he made a compelling case to be appointed as Chelsea manager on a permanent basis with a pragmatic 1-0 victory over Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final.
Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham manager, admits he understands why the Barcelona hierarchy has identified Gareth Bale as the perfect long-term replacement for left-back Eric Abidal.
Roberto Di Matteo yesterday defended Didier Drogba against charges of diving.
Also: Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham manager, yesterday admitted that his squad is inferior to Chelsea's - but he is still backing his players to finish above them in the Premier League, come the end of the season.
Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests