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‘Sack Rodgers, Klopp or Ancelotti in!’ John W Henry tweets after Norwich disgrace

first_img1 Liverpool’s dire performance against Norwich at Anfield had Kopites tweeting club owner John W Henry in disgust.Reds supporters contacted the head of Fenway Sports Group demanding the sacking of Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool laboured against the Canaries.Take a look at some of the tweets, below, and join the debate on Liverpool and Rodgers’ future by leaving a comment below… Brendan Rodgers last_img

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Exclusive – Liverpool’s recruitment policy has ‘killed’ Brendan Rodgers, claims Danny Murphy

first_imgFormer Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy claims under-pressure manager Brendan Rodgers has been ‘killed’ by the club’s transfer policy.It’s been a topsy-turvy few months for Rodgers, who, after closing last season with a disastrous 6-1 defeat to Stoke City, was spared the chop by club owners Fenway Sports Group and was backed with a £80million transfer kitty in the summer.But few of the new recruits, including £32.5m striker Christian Benteke and £29m Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino, have made an impact in the early stages of the new season, while a number of signings from the previous year also seem to still be finding their feet at the Merseyside club.With the team currently 13th after just two wins from their opening six Premier League games, Rodgers is once again feeling the heat from fans and pundits, with reports suggesting the Northern Irishman is close to an exit.But Kop hero Murphy claims he is being punished for the failures of FSG’s controversial transfer committee, and has backed the under-fire boss to turn it around at Anfield.“I’ve harped on about the recruitment at Liverpool, and it’s killed Brendan at times, really,” the former England international said on the Colin Murray show.“I think he’s taken the backlash for the owners and the transfer committee.“Yes, he has a say, I’m sure he has an influence with certain players, but I’m sure there are other times where he’s told, ‘no you can’t have him’.“He’s been outspoken in the past of his admiration for Ashley Williams at Swansea, but he wasn’t within Liverpool’s criteria.“Two seasons ago, when Liverpool were close to winning the league, Brendan showed a lot of intelligence in terms of tactics and changes in formation.“He’s shown a lot of bravery at times, maybe too much with changing the systems and personnel.“But it is now at a point when come Christmas, if things haven’t picked up…there is a time for everyone.“But the signings this summer were better than last summer, that’s for sure, so I believe he’s still got enough in that squad, if he can get them on the pitch together, to compete for the top four.“Let’s just see how it is at Christmas.”last_img read more

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QPR midfielder Ben Gladwin re-joins Swindon on loan

first_imgQueens Park Rangers midfielder Ben Gladwin has joined Swindon Town on loan – less than five months after he left the County Ground for good.The 23-year-old was signed by Rangers in May after he enjoyed a superb season for the west country club, which culminated in defeat in the League One play-off final.But he has made just three appearances for his new side with the last one coming on September 12, when he was an 86th minute substitute in QPR’s 2-1 defeat at home to Nottingham Forest.However he has now returned to Swindon on an emergency 28-day loan in the search of more regular first-team football. 1 Queens Park Rangers midfielder Ben Gladwin last_img read more

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Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City in sensational fight for Lionel Messi – transfer rumours

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City are ALL attempting to persuade Lionel Messi to swap Barcelona for the Premier League. Messi, 28, is growing increasingly angry at ongoing issues with the Spanish tax authorities and the English trio believe there could be a real chance of luring the superstar away from the Nou Camp. (The Sun)Everton have made the first move towards securing rising England star John Stones on a new long-term contract after rejecting three bids from Chelsea over the summer. The Blues have opened negotiations over a new deal, and while no timescale has been set on an agreement, the Merseyside club are hopeful they can persuade the defender to commit his future to the club. (Daily Mirror)Italian giants Fiorentina are chasing Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao. They have made enquiries about a January loan switch for the Colombian striker who has struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham are maintaining a watching brief on Thorgan Hazard, brother of Chelsea star Eden. The 22-year-old left Chelsea for Borussia Monchengladbach last summer in a £5.9million deal. He impressed on loan for Monchengladbach last season and has continued his good form during their Champions League campaign. (Daily Mirror)Patrick Vieira is being lined up to take over at New York City FC, according to reports in America. The former Arsenal star, currently coach of Manchester City’s Elite Development Squad, is said to be set to replace sister club’s head coach Jason Kreis after an underwhelming debut season in MLS. (Daily Mail)Liverpool are eyeing a move for their former midfielder Nuri Sahin following Jurgen Klopp’s appointment. Sahin struggled during a loan spell at Anfield in 2012 but impressed under Klopp at Borussia Dortmund and could be reunited with his old boss on Merseyside. (Metro)Crystal Palace could send Patrick Bamford back to Chelsea in January. The striker has barely featured since moving to Selhurst Park on a season-long loan. (London Evening Standard)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Arsenal transfer news: Gunners make last ditch attempt to sign PSG forward Ezequiel LavezziChelsea join Arsenal and Barcelona in race for Celta Vigo star NolitoArsenal, Liverpool and West Ham all chasing Portugal sensation Ruben Neves‘I’d loved to have played with him!’ – Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler on Luis SuarezIlkay Gundogan rubbishes Manchester United and Liverpool links and commits future to Borussia DortmundChelsea and Manchester United told to plump up £35m for Athletic Bilbao star Aymeric LaporteExclusive – Steve Bruce hails Wayne Rooney as a ‘great’ and says he can win the derby for Manchester UnitedNewcastle winger Florian Thauvin already considering future…despite only arriving in the summerSouthampton flop Gaston Ramirez to leave in January, claims agentlast_img read more

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‘What’s that noise? Just Spurs gatecrashing the title race!’ Reaction to 4-1 thrashing of West Ham

first_img1 Tottenham’s 4-1 win at home to West Ham put Spurs four points off top spot, just two points behind Arsenal and Manchester City in fourth and third respectively.Spurs are unbeaten since the opening day of the season, a run of 12 games since they were a tad unfortunate to lose to Manchester United at Old Trafford.The Lilywhites are certainly contenders for the top four places, but can they push on and get in the title mix?Here’s a selection of the reaction on the subject from social media… Spurs players celebrate during the 4-1 win over West Ham last_img read more

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Liverpool legend tells talkSPORT fans should not to compare Klopp with Rodgers just yet

first_imgLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher has urged fans to stop comparing Jurgen Klopp with Brendan Rodgers.The German boss has lost five Premier League games since taking the Anfield job in October, leaving the Reds 11 points off the Champions League places.However, Carragher believes it is unfair to judge the German as he is working with a squad that is not his.He told Drivetime: “When people judge Jurgen Klopp against Brendan Rodgers and how many points they had after so many games.“This is Brendan’s squad that he had been building for three years, it’s nothing to do with Jurgen Klopp, he hasn’t bought a player yet.“Judge Jurgen Klopp against Brendan Rodgers if you want to in three years’ time.“He’s got someone else’s squad. He’s had some fantastic results that gives you that sort of hope for the future and what he can do with this team.“I think Jurgen Klopp has come in thinking the squad is better than it actually is but now he’s thinking there’s going to be a lot more work needed to be done.”last_img read more

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp earmarks Turkey star as summer transfer target

first_img1 Ismail Koybasi [right] in action for Besiktas Liverpool are keeping close tabs on Besiktas full-back Ismail Koybasi.According to reports in Turkey, the Merseyside club have sent scouts to watch Koybasi this term and are considering offering him a deal at Liverpool.The 26-year-old is out of contract in the summer, when he will become a free agent and could be tempted by a move to the Premier League.The left-back, a Turkey international, has played 16 times so far this term as Besiktas battle with Fenerbahce for the Super Lig title.last_img read more

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WATCH: South African star Thabo Rakhale shows off his skills

first_imgOrlando Pirates midfielder Thabo Rakhale is renowned in South African football for his showboating skills and he pulled off some cheeky moves in a recent match. Check them out above.last_img

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500 homes destroyed in San Diego County

first_imgSAN DIEGO – Hundreds of homes were reduced to ashes today as wildfires blown by fierce desert winds raced across a huge swath of Southern California extending from Malibu to the Mexican border, forcing a quarter of a million people to flee. At least one person was killed and dozens injured by more than a dozen blazes that formed a hellish, spidery pattern of luminous orange covering at least 521 square miles of the drought-stricken region. The news got worse as the day wore on: Soon after nightfall, fire officials announced that 500 homes and 100 commercial properties had been destroyed by a fire in northern San Diego County that exploded to 145,000 acres, said Roxanne Provaznik, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry. The fire injured eight people, including seven firefighters, and was spreading unchecked. Firefighters – who lost valuable time trying to persuade some stubborn homeowners to leave – were almost completely overwhelmed as gale-force winds gusting to 70 mph scattered embers onto dry brush, spawning multiple fires in the same area. California officials pleaded for help from fire departments in other states. About 80 miles northeast, in the mountainous Lake Arrowhead area, a two-front fire destroyed 133 homes in the same mountain resort community where hundreds were lost four years earlier. Air tankers that had been grounded because of high winds were back in the air fighting those fires by early evening. One of the planes was a converted DC-10 airliner, the largest air tanker in existence. It quickly went to work laying down a huge curtain of flame retardant. Meanwhile, in Orange County, a 1,049-inmate jail was evacuated because of heavy smoke. The prisoners were taken by bus to other lockups. In San Diego, about 10,000 evacuees ended up at Qualcomm Stadium, home to the NFL’s Chargers. There they huddled in eerie silence on the bleachers, staring at muted TV news reports of the wildfires. A lone concession stand served coffee and doughnuts. Others gathered in the parking lot with their pets, which were banned from the stadium. The sprawling Del Mar Fairgrounds on the coast was also turned into an evacuation center, along with high schools and senior centers. At least one of the fires, in Orange County, was believed to have been the work of an arsonist. A blaze threatening the homes of the rich and famous in Malibu might have been caused by downed power lines, authorities said. The Malibu residents forced to evacuate included Mel Gibson, Victoria Principal and Kelsey Grammer, none of whom lost homes, according to their publicists. By nightfall, burning embers ignited spot fires in the neighboring ultrawealthy suburb of Rancho Santa Fe, north of San Diego. The embers started fires in lemon orchards and smoke choked the air around gated mansions. South of the city, in Chula Vista, authorities issued yet more orders to leave. The blazes in San Diego County and elsewhere erupted one after another over the weekend. Several new fires erupted Monday, while others merged. Parts of seven Southern California counties were ablaze. All San Diego police officers and detectives were ordered to return to work to help move people to safety and handle other fire-related emergencies. Firefighters complained that their efforts to stop the flames were delayed when they were confronted by people who refused to leave their homes. “They didn’t evacuate at all, or delayed until it was too late,” said Bill Metcalf, a fire boss. Tom Sollie, 49, ignored evacuation orders in the city’s Rancho Bernardo area to help his neighbors spray roofs on his street with water. His home was untouched, but he watched a neighbor’s house reduced to nothing but the remnants of a brick chimney. “The house went up like a Roman candle,” Sollie said. He added: “If we weren’t here, the whole neighborhood would go up. There just aren’t enough fire trucks around.” As flames, thick smoke and choking ash filled the air around northern San Diego County’s Lake Hodges, Stan Smith ignored orders to leave, staying behind to help rescue his neighbor Ken Morris’ horses. “It’s hard to leave all your belongings and take off, and the bad thing is you can’t get back in once you leave,” Smith said. Besides, said Smith, “Lots of time the fire doesn’t ever come. It’s come really close before. I’ve seen it so bad you couldn’t even hear yourself talk over the flames and ash blowing everywhere.” Black smoke blanketed much of northern San Diego and nearby suburbs as flames hopscotched around homes in Rancho Bernardo, a community with a large number of elderly people, destroying one of every 10 homes on one busy street. Highways, canals and other features normally act as firebreaks. But the towering flames and flying embers rendered them useless this time. Dozens of motorists gathered on an Interstate 15 overpass in San Diego to watch flames race up a hillside and engulf at least a half-dozen homes. Witnesses said they watched flames jump west over the 10-lane freeway. “The flames were like 100 feet high and it moved up the hill in seconds. It was at the bottom, it was in the middle, and then it was at the top,” said Steve Jarrett, who helped a friend evacuate his home in nearby Escondido. Fire near the San Diego Wild Animal Park led authorities to move condors, a cheetah, snakes and other animals to the fire-resistant veterinary hospital on the grounds of the park. The large animals, such as elephants, rhinos and antelope, were left in irrigated enclosures. The world-famous San Diego Zoo was not immediately threatened. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in the seven affected counties, opening the way for government aid. He also directed the California National Guard to make 1,500 guardsmen, including 200 troops patrolling the border, available to support firefighting efforts. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders said the troops main focus will be to prevent looting and allow “orderly evacuations.” “Its a tragic time for California,” Schwarzenegger said in Malibu, where a church, homes and a mansion resembling a medieval castle were destroyed over the weekend. In Fallbrook, northeast of San Diego, a quick-moving fire that began Monday forced thousands to flee. Marine officials at neighboring Camp Pendleton opened the base to residents fleeing the flames. The San Diego fire closest to the Mexican border was responsible for one death. More than a dozen people were hospitalized with burns and smoke inhalation, including four firefighters, three of whom were listed in critical condition, officials said. Some of the injured were hikers, while others may be illegal immigrants. Among the evacuees were members of a National Guard unit that had to flee its barracks. San Diego County spokeswoman Lesley Kirk said fire crews were stretched thin and were anxiously awaiting reinforcements from other parts of the state. “The winds are up, it’s very, very dangerous conditions,” Kirk said. “Fires are popping up all over the place.” In late October and early November of 2003, 15 fires in many of the same areas killed 22 people and destroyed 3,640 homes. Ten years earlier, in October and November of 1993, 26 fires in those areas killed four people and damaged or destroyed 1,200 structures.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. “It was nuclear winter. It was like Armageddon. It looked like the end of the world,” Mitch Mendler, a San Diego firefighter, said as he and his crew stopped at a shopping center parking lot to refill their water truck from a hydrant near a restaurant. At least 14 fires were burning in Southern California, said Patti Roberts, spokeswoman for the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. “We have literally the perfect firestorm going on,” Roberts said. “We’re a long ways from containment if there is such a thing given these winds.” From San Diego to Malibu, more than 150 miles up the Pacific coast, at least 655 homes and 168 businesses or other structures were destroyed. More than 265,000 people in numerous communities were warned to leave their homes. At least 250,000 residents were told to flee in San Diego County alone. “It’s probably closer to 300,000,” said County Supervisor Ron Roberts. More 200,000 reverse 911 calls – calls from county officials to residents – were made, alerting people to evacuations, he said. Among them were hundreds of patients were moved by school bus and ambulance from a hospital and nursing homes, many still in their hospital gowns and wheelchairs. 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3,000 remain evacuated from Santiago Fire

first_imgAbsent a significant wind event, Orange County fire officials estimated the fire could be fully contained by Sunday. A reward of $250,000 has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever started the fire. Anyone with information about the fire’s origins was urged to call (800) 540-8282. Orange County Fire Authority Chief Chip Prather asked that an estimated 30-40 people who were in Black Star Canyon shooting still photos and video of the fire between 5:55 and 6:15 p.m. Oct. 21 — around the time officials believe it was deliberately set — submit their pictures and footage to investigators. The photos or video may contain images that could help investigators catch whoever started the blaze at two ignition points. Authorities, who said they are investigating some 700 tips about the fire, have also asked for help in tracking down a pickup truck seen in the area when the fire started. The driver of the truck — described as a 1998-2004 white Ford F-150 pickup with chrome tubular running boards — is a “person of interest,” Prather said earlier. In addition to pressing forward in the arson investigation, authorities are also bracing for potentially devastating post-fire erosion, Prather said. “Be patient with us because part of what we’re trying to do is make sure that after this fire is out, the mudslides don’t come,” Prather said. “And so we’re trying to save as much of the vegetation on those hillsides as possible to keep that community safe for the long term.” Prather told reporters his crews had been in a sprint since the fire broke out a week ago Sunday east of Irvine, fueled by fierce Santa Ana winds, and “now we’re in the marathon.” Prather said “that marathon includes trying to prepare the community for the next emergency. And that will be to rehabilitate that area and limit to any extent we possibly can the potential of a mudslide, and threat and risk to people and property in the future.” Meanwhile, firefighters continued trying to block the blaze from crossing a mountain ridge into Riverside County. Now in its 11th day, the fire has blackened more than 28,000 acres of foothills, canyons and mountains, destroyed 15 homes and nine outbuildings, damaged eight residential structures and 12 outbuildings, and forced thousands from their homes. Ten firefighters have been reported injured in the Santiago Fire. There are 1,948 fire personnel assigned to the fire, according to the OCFA. So far, battling the blaze has cost an estimated $11.15 million and fire officials expect that number to rise. ————————————– For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The blaze has continued to threaten roughly 200 homes in Silverado Canyon, according to the OCFA. Silverado Canyon “is the area we are most concerned with,” OCFA spokeswoman Angela Luedtke said yesterday. Steady progress has been made containing the stubborn fire. But the rugged terrain in Silverado Canyon continues to pose problems as firefighters come close — they’re a mile short — to completing the fire’s 38-mile perimeter, the Orange County Register reported. “It’s the worst place for us to be fighting this fire right now,” Stephen Miller of the Orange County Fire Authority told the Register. “Silverado Canyon continues to be our problem child.” OCFA reported last night that the 28,445-acre blaze is about 80 percent contained. But there was concern that the weather, which helped firefighters over the weekend, could turn windy once more, officials said. SANTA ANA – Some 3,000 people remained out of their homes today as firefighters reportedly found themselves still one mile short of completing the encirclement of the arson-set Santiago Fire. The fire was about 80 percent contained, authorities said. More than 3,000 residents have been allowed to return to their homes in the canyon areas of Modjeska, Trabuco, Glen Ranch, Live Oak and Santiago, state fire officials said. However, mandatory evacuations remained in place for the canyon areas of Silverado, Black Star and Baker Canyons along with Joplin Ranch, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. The evacuation order affects some 3,000 people, the Orange Register reported. last_img read more