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Hammers, Lions told to keep cool
HANDS UP ... a Hammers fan at 2009 Carling Cup tie
WEST HAM and Millwall have been told to cool celebrations tomorrow — or risk a repeat of their last clash at Upton Park.
In the Carling Cup three years ago, serious crowd trouble marred the Hammers' extra-time win.
There were running battles outside and inside the ground, with one man stabbed near the stadium.
Now Chief Superintendent Sean Vickers has warned: "We appreciate a healthy rivalry between the clubs but anything that deviates from this will be dealt with quickly and robustly.
"There will be no excuses. If you are intent on trouble, you will be targeted by our officers and dealt with appropriately."
Vickers, one of London's top cops, has been working with his team of officers for two months to make sure the London derby goes off without any trouble.
He will speak to match ref Steve Jones, remind him of the responsibilities players have and demand his message be passed on to both dressing rooms.
Vickers added: "I don't personally speak to the players but I will talk to the referee about the club rivalries and the players are told to manage their goal celebrations, so they do not cause any risk to anyone in the crowd.
"The match is a 12.30pm kick-off and the agreed time for the pubs to open around the ground is 4pm. There is a direct correlation between alcohol and violence and we want to reduce any risk.
"Since 2009, West Ham has seen very, very little disorder. It has the lowest arrest rates of any London club and the lowest ejection rates as well.
"It has been a very successful partnership between police and the football club in the last two or three years."
In addition to the late pub openings, anyone drinking in the streets will be arrested, mounted police will back up uniformed officers and plain-clothes detectives will mingle with the crowd.
Vickers said: "Local people have been reassured we will provide a safe environment for them."
Nicky: I’m sorry City
NICKY MAYNARD has said sorry to Bristol City fans for the way he quit the Ashton Gate club.
The striker, 25, joined West Ham on deadline day for a cut-price £2million and admitted he had become unpopular among some City supporters.
He was out of contract in the summer and Bristol City faced the prospect of losing him for nothing.
But Maynard said: "I always had a good relationship with the fans and I regret how things ended."
Maynard was even booed when he came on as a late substitute in his last match at Reading.
He added: "That was a blow but the chance to join a massive club like West Ham was too good to turn down."
Last time out: The sides drew 0-0 at The Den in September
West Ham and Millwall players warned about goal celebrations ahead of derby
West Ham and Millwall players will be warned to rein in their goal celebrations as part of a police operation aimed at ensuring Saturday's Championship derby passes off without incident.
Police have been working with both clubs for months to try and avoid a repeat of the disgraceful scenes which marred the Carling Cup tie at Upton Park in August 2009.
Chief Superintendent Sean Vickers said: ‘I will talk to the referee (Mike Jones) about the club rivalries and the players are told to manage their goal celebrations so that they do not cause any risk to anyone in the crowd. It’s about having personal responsibility.’
Can Morrison Turn His Life And Career Around At West Ham?
Losing talented players is never an easy thing for football clubs to do with. Over the years of course Manchester United and all the top clubs in Europe have been used to bringing in talented youngsters who seemingly have bright futures in the game.
However they very rarely let such talent go which they have nurtured and have hoped to mould into a superstar of tomorrow. For reasons which have been well documented United have let the enigmatic enigma who is Ravel Morrison go.
Whether or not Morrison will emerge from his dark clouds that hanged over him which he had in Manchester and mature as a person and as a footballer at West Ham, only time can tell, but it may not sound a bad move for him.
Sam Allardyce has worked wonders with players who have had bad reputations as being trouble-makers. You may not like him, but he has to be respected. Here is a man who got the best out of that wonderful chap named El-Hadji Diouf twice at both Bolton and at Blackburn
Allardyce has a knack of working with tainted players and you can bet that Sir Alex Ferguson would not have sold one of his good friends a damaged egg, so to speak in Morrison if he didn’t think it was in his friend's best interests.
Morrison has certainly created a bad perception and the move to London and the Championship will give him a chance to lie low and get back to playing football, which right now given all the negative press he's been getting will be the best thing for him.
Whether or not he will fall back into the same dark circles again or not, is something only time will be able to tell us. It’s now up to him to prove Sir Alex wrong, becoming the player and person that everyone at Old Trafford wanted him to be. If he does that, it will be some story to say the least.
big sam on millwall
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new signings welcomed
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squad numbers confirmed
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Carlos Tevez's agents are believed to want to hold talks over a move from Manchester City to Russia, where the transfer window does not close for another three weeks. Oil-rich Anzhi Makhachkala are interested in the Argentina striker.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 25, has emerged as a surprise transfer target for Juventus. The Italian giants want Suarez to replace 37-year-old veteran striker Alessandro Del Piero, who will leave the club in the summer.
Real Madrid want to fund a bid for Sergio Aguero by selling Gonzalo Higuain to Chelsea this summer.
Manchester United target, 20-year-old Basel midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, is still wanted by Zenit St Petersburg.
Arsenal striker Andrey Arshavin, 30, is poised to turn down a Russian return with Anzhi Makhachkala, opting to remain at Arsenal.
Full story: Daily Mail
Suarez is serving an eight-match ban
Striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, 26, claims he turned down a move to Everton during the transfer window, and insists he would only consider leaving Marseille for a club like Manchester United.
Manchester City have confirmed their interest in signing 21-year-old Lille forward Eden Hazard, with manager Roberto Mancini calling the Belgian an "enormous talent."
Mancini has also admitted that he is keeping an eye on a number of players in French top division, Ligue 1, with Paris Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho, 21, one the Italian has picked out.
: Inside Futbol
Jose Mourinho is ready to make a return as Chelsea manager - but he would want full control of team affairs.
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas says he allows player power at the club because he is such a young coach.
Sir Alex Ferguson has been handed a boost before Manchester United's game against Chelsea on Sunday with Wayne Rooney, Nani and Phil Jones all likely to return.
the Times (subscripton only)
West Ham and Millwall have been told to cool celebrations on Saturday - or risk a repeat of the trouble at their last clash at Upton Park.
Liverpool may have let the January window pass them by but Kenny Dalglish already has plans in place for the summer, having been in contact with Udinese over a deal to bring Chile international utility man Mauricio Isla, 23, to Anfield.
Wolves captain Roger Johnson says changing manager Mick McCarthy is not the answer to end the club's current bad run of form.
Midfielder Andrew Surman, 25, admits the belief that has turned Norwich into a Premier League outfit will be key when they step out against a rejuvenated Bolton side at Carrow Road on Saturday.
Eastern Daily Press
Striker Louis Saha, 33, says Everton manager David Moyes saved his career by believing he could still perform in the Premier League despite being dogged by injuries.
Hargreaves has made one appearance for Man City
Midfielder David Pizarro's arrival at Eastlands could push Owen Hargreaves out of Manchester City.
Manchester Evening News
Striker Nikica Jelavic, 26, insists he did not force his transfer to Everton despite claims from Rangers chairman Craig Whyte that he had no choice but to sanction their top goalscorer's exit on transfer deadline day.
Midfielder Yaya Toure, 28, says Manchester City will remain in control of the Premier League title race despite his absence.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez believes the Latics have enough strength in their squad to drag themselves clear of relegation danger after deciding not to draft in reinforcements on transfer deadline day.
Arsenal fans are planning to use bin-bags to protest against the club's poor run of results. Fans will highlight the number of empty red seats at Emirates Stadium during Saturday's match against Blackburn by covering them with black bin liners.
babe oif the day
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they owe us after dipswich
That is now stuck in my head for the rest of the day!
Players being told 'cool celebrations' I do hope after whoever tells the players to cool down celebrations walks out the dressing room Kevin Nolan pipes up with 'forget everything they just said, let's just ****ing do this'
And yet , due to the Met being unable to police a few hundred idiots from Millwall my entire match day experience is ruined , local residents who may wish to pop down to their local for a pint are unable to , and hard pressed traders on Green St will be pulling their shutters down .
West Ham United's youth team train near Romford in Essex watched by their academy director Tony Carr MBE, right. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian
Tony Carr has seen many young hopefuls pass through in his 39 years on the coaching staff at the academy of football. On 15 February he will oversee West Ham United's under-18 side in a fifth-round FA Youth Cup tie against Chelsea. The team are not yet on a level with the 1999 class, headed by Joe Cole and Michael Carrick, who won the competition; or the Frank Lampard-Rio Ferdinand crop who lost the 1996 final to Liverpool. But they have a chance, according to Carr.
An impressive 84 scouts attended the previous round to see a side featuring Daniel Potts, son of the Hammers legend Steve, and Elliot Lee, offspring of the former Newcastle United midfielder Rob, take apart Brighton & Hove Albion 4-1.
Already the 17-year-old Potts, a left-back like his father, and the forward Robert Hall, 18, have made it into Sam Allardyce's first team. Potts has started three of his four appearances, while Hall has been a replacement on four occasions.
When was the last time Carr's coaching alchemy transformed two youth-teamers into West Ham senior XI personnel in the same season? "That would be in the Cole and Carrick days, and the Ferdinand and Lampard days," says Carr, the club's youth director, who is careful to avoid trite comparisons with those two vintage intakes.
"We were in the Premier League then and now we're in the Championship. With respect, it's a little bit easier to break into the first team as a Championship side.
"No one gets carried away at this stage. It's when they've played 50 games that we think that we've done the job."
Here we see a message to Potts, Hall and their fellow pretenders that they are still a million miles from making it. "Robert Hall and Daniel Potts have done very well and we feel there are a couple of others who in a year or so could break into the first team. We've got two other England players in the squad with Matthias Fanimo and Blair Turgott. We've also got Leo Chambers, who is the under-17 captain, playing at the back, and Kenzer Lee, a centre-back, so we feel there's potential.
"Rob Lee West Ham youth academy One youngster is floored in training, while the opposition celebrate. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian 's son, Elliot, is only a first-year and he's our leading goalscorer – we hope in the next year to 18 months he'll be another knocking on the door. The difficult thing about youth football is that sometimes the potential doesn't realise itself."
Carr offers a further illustration of the fragility of the professional game. From that all-conquering 1999 side, less than half achieved longevity: "Cole, Carrick, Richard Garcia now at Hull, Stephen Bywater [Sheffield Wednesday], and Adam Newton, who played for West Ham, and other clubs."
Hall had his own stark reminder of the tough career path when he came on as a substitute at Ipswich Town in the Championship on Tuesday evening during West Ham's 5-1 defeat.
Despite the realism, Carr will concede the achievement. "It doesn't happen every year to have two players getting into the first team. It's something you hope for but it doesn't always happen. We feel that's a very good achievement."
Carr believes that, in Allardyce, West Ham have a manager who can see the line from youth to senior player and who understands the value of a club being holistic in approach. On most Fridays Allardyce has the youth team line up against the senior players in training. "We go down there and the manager likes to re-enact the formation of the opposition the next day, do some match preparation. We try to mimic the opposition," Carr says.
This was how Allardyce spotted Potts and Hall. "He has a close look at the players at that time and gives his opinion," Carr adds. "It's massive that the manager shows that interest. It shows the players there is a pathway, that we're not a team in isolation, we're a football club and everybody's important, and with Potts and Hall you can still be a youth-team player and make your way into the first team."
Against Chelsea Carr's latest group of highly talented cadets will be led by the captain Potts, who overcame illness as a child and who signed a first professional contract of two and a half years in December. "At 12 he was diagnosed with leukaemia and he spent two years out of the game," Carr says. "He's done remarkably well to carve a living out of pro football."
Carr exp West Ham youth academy The life of a young footballer isn't always glamorous. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian ects another sizeable turnout of scouts for the Youth Cup tie at Staines. "At West Ham-Chelsea there will be an equal number because it sounds a very attractive tie – we've got players who can hurt them and they've got players who can hurt us.
"We have a philosophy of the way we want to play, and how we try to bring up players off the field. We like an expansive game, and try to encourage players to express themselves. We're not team-builders, we're trying to develop players – that's the key element of what we do. As they grow older, you start to teach them about learning to win.
"The side that won the Youth Cup [in 1999] was outstanding. If this team get anywhere near emulating them they'd have done very well. That's not to say they're not as good. For this side the challenge is there, isn't it?"
Too true Pinky, I know it's Millwall but with all the measures put in place for this game I get the feeling it could just be a dull day/game.
Hopefully tomorrow will be different to how I think it might be...hopefully.
I also believe our 'lowest ejection rate' is due to our pretty decent/understanding stewards that we have more than anything as they are far from OTT like some clubs.
The month of February is to transfer rumours what new year's resolutions are to the rest of us. A period of big ideas that starts with a resolve to make things dramatically better at the first available opportunity, followed by the realisation of how much work that actually entails, which leads to whatever crazy chemes were bouncing around quickly descending into some half-baked idea involving a short-term loan deal for Yakubu, a plan to run a 10k at some unspecified point later in the year in preparation for next year's marathon, and a decision that three of your five-a-day is probably good enough to attain a level of health you would be content with.
But things are different down Stamford Bridge way. They have bigger plans afoot there after José Mourinho only went and said he would like to return to Chelsea as manager. Yep. That's right. You saw it regurgitated here first. But what about his tempestuous relationship with Roman Abramovich you may be wondering? Well fear not because one of his "closest confidantes" has told The Sun: "He would say 'Roman, you are the owner and I am the boss here. Let's work together and the power is in our hands'. For José that would be the perfect partnership." This seems odd because that was the exact same partnership the last time out when Mourinho, as boss, learned that the power was very much in the hands of the owner, Roman Abramovitch.
Of course there is the other (small) problem that Chelsea already have a manager in André Villas-Boas, someone who was bandied about as "the new special one" last summer on account of having learned his trade under the original "special one", Mourinho, so bringing back the old "special one" doesn't actually sound that enticing unless of course the 'new special' one isn't all that special and it was just made it up for a cheap soundbite, but that doesn't sound like some thing the media would do.
And Mourinho may not be the only Madridista pitching up in west London in the summer. Real Madrid hope to offload Gonzalo Higuaín to Chelsea which will free up room for an audacious move for Higuaín's Argentina team-mate and Manchester restaurant lover Sergio Agüero. Manchester City may yet have something top say about that particular deal, but might be distracted by trying to tie up a move for everyone's favourite Belgian (apart from Poirot, Tintin and Jean-Claude Van Damme) Eden Hazard, with manager Roberto Mancini calling the 21-year-old an "enormous talent." Mancini will have to bash heads will Chelsea to get his hands on Hazard. The Blues have gone to watch him play for Lille 20 times and figure this commitment will be enough to swing the deal in their favour. Or land them with a stalking charge. Either, or.
Elsewhere Juventus are planning a shock move for Luiz Suarez. The Old Lady want the Liverpool striker to replace their Old Man, Alessandro Del Piero, who will leave the club in the summer. Liverpool want to keep their South American quota up and are eyeing a move for Udinese's Chile midfielder Mauricio Isla. They reckon £12m in hard cash will persuade the Italians to sell.
Manchester United are smitten with Basel 20-year-old pop sensation Xherdan Shaqiri. Sir Alex Ferguson has kitted his bedroom, lunch box and school bag with pictures of Shaqiri, but may still face competition for his signature from Zenit St Petersburg.
North London must be a lovely place as Arsenal's favourite substitute Andrey Arshavin will turn down a move to Anzhi Makhachkala because he wants to stay at the Emirates, while a few miles away Heurelho Gomes has decided he would rather sit on the bench at Tottenham than move to CSKA Moscow.
Oh, and Carlos Tevez is wanted by Anzhi Makhachkala who have three more weeks of their transfer window remaining, because Russia don't play by the rules. But we all know that this particular saga has about as much chance of ending soon as any of the rest of us have of seeing through any resolutions, other than the short-term loan deal for the Yak, obviously.
Real Madrid want to fund a bid for Sergio Aguero by selling Gonzalo Higuain to Chelsea in the summer.
Andrey Arshavin will turn down a move to Russians Anzhi.
Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes rejected a move to CSKA Moscow on deadline day.
John Terry is expected to be stripped of the England captaincy for a second time after the 14-strong FA board held emergency talks yesterday.
Sir Alex Ferguson may lose another of his youngsters after defender Ezekiel Fryers turned down a new deal worth a basic £1,500 per week.
Udinese's Mauricio Isla has emerged as a summer target for Liverpool, who are ready to offer around £12million for the 23-year-old Chile midfielder.
Jose Mourinho is ready to make a spectacular return as Chelsea manager.
Andy Johnson is closing in on a new deal at Fulham.
David Weir has joined Sheffield United on a non-contract basis.
John Terry faces D-Day today over whether he will be England captain at Euro 2012.
El-Hadji Diouf has signed a new deal at Championship side Doncaster until the end of the season.
Rio Ferdinand is set to snub John Terry and not shake hands before their showdown at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Carlos Tevez may yet get the move he craves - with the Russian transfer window still open.
Blackburn boss Steve Kean is refusing to ask Chris Samba to help rectify Blackburn's defensive woes.
Belgian superstar Eden Hazard has alerted clubs he wants a Premier League move this summer - and will choose between Man City and Chelsea.
El-Hadji Diouf and Habib Beye have handed struggling Doncaster a huge boost by agreeing new deals.
Furious Rio Ferdinand yesterday branded the FA a "joke" for their stance over John Terry's race charge.
John Terry could be stripped of the England captaincy for a second time following FA talks over his racism trial.
A furious war of words between Rangers and Nikica Jelavic erupted last night over the Croatia star's switch to Everton.
City admit they want "enormous talent" Hazard
Tevez agents set for talks over Russian move
Arshavin to snub Anzhi move, says agent
We want Drogba, admits MLS boss
Spurs complete Nelsen deal
No way back for Samba at Blackburn
Bentley in line for shock Tottenham return
Johnson 'close to signing new Fulham deal'
Higginbotham: I'm finished at Stoke
Real Madrid want to fund a multi-million pound bid for Manchester City star Sergio Aguero by selling Gonzalo Higuain to Chelsea this summer. (Daily Mail)
Liverpool star Luis Suarez has emerged as a surprise transfer target for Juventus . (Daily Star)
Chelsea have stepped up their bid to land Lille winger Eden Hazard — with their French spy watching him 20 times. The Blues will battle Manchester City who are also keen on the star. (The Sun)
Udinese's Mauricio Isla has emerged as a summer target for Liverpool , who are ready to offer around £12million for the 23-year-old Chile midfielder. (Daily Mail)
Daniele De Rossi is edging closer to Manchester City - after failing to sign a new deal with Roma. World Cup winner De Rossi is now free to sign for any club as he is in the final six months of his contract at the Serie A outfit and talks about a new one have collapsed. (Daily Star)
Manchester United may miss out on Basel star Xherdan Shaqiri, who is now top target for Zenit St Petersburg, according to reports in Russia. (talkSPORT)
Andre-Pierre Gignac claims he turned down a move to Everton during the transfer window, and insists he would only consider leaving Marseille for a club like Manchester United . (Metro)
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LINDEGAARD BLOW FOR MAN UNITED
Man Utd goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard will be out for at least a month with an ankle injury.
DROGBA COULD STAY AT CHELSEA
Didier Drogba has refused to rule out the possibility of staying with Chelsea.
Blades consider Weir swoop
League One promotion hopefuls Sheffield United are weighing up a move to sign former Rangers defender David Weir.
SWANSEA TRIO BACKED FOR ENGLAND CALL
Brendan Rodgers thinks Leon Britton, Scott Sinclair and Nathan Dyer would shine for England.
MANCINI CONFIRMS HAZARD INTEREST
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini could be considering a summer move for Eden Hazard.
DUO RETURN FOR FULHAM
Team news for Saturday's clash between Manchester City and Fulham.
GOODWIN BACK FOR BUDDIES
Team news for Saturday's Scottish Cup clash between St Mirren and Ross County.
SAMBA MISSING FOR ROVERS
Team news for Saturday's clash between Arsenal and Blackburn.
TRIO IN LINE FOR HIBS BOWS
Team news for Saturday's Scottish Cup clash between Hibernian and Kilmarnock.
O'NEILL PRAISED BY BARDSLEY
Sunderland full-back Phil Bardsley is full of praise for new manager Martin O'Neill.
BLADES CONSIDER DAVID WEIR DEAL
Sheffield United are weighing up a move to sign former Rangers defender David Weir.
VILLAS-BOAS: I CAN'T BE DICTATORIAL
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas admits he cannot run the club as a dictatorship.
PARDEW WANTS 'SOMETHING SPECIAL'
Alan Pardew has admitted that Newcastle are aiming for a Champions League spot.
RIDGEWELL COULD FEATURE FOR BAGGIES
Team news for Saturday's clash between West Brom and Swansea.
AGBONLAHOR WORRY FOR VILLA
Team news for Sunday's clash between Newcastle and Aston Villa.
DIAME BACK FOR WIGAN
Team news for Saturday's clash between Wigan and Everton.
REPORT: TERRY 'TO LOSE CAPTAINCY'
It is understood John Terry will lose the England captaincy due to his racism trial.
JAY SPEARING SETS WEMBLEY GOAL
Jay Spearing wants to secure a regular Liverpool place in order to be able to play at Wembley.
PER MERTESACKER ISSUES CHALLENGE
Per Mertesacker has challenged Arsenal to lay down an early marker with victory over Blackburn.
ROGNE: CELTIC STILL FACE FIGHT FOR TITLE
Celtic defender Thomas Rogne says the SPL is still a tough league to win.
Non-stop news today, nice one CH!!
This made me laugh...
Never heard it called a healthy rivaly before!!
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