Manchester City are looking to strengthen in a number of positions in the summer transfer window, but a number of decisions will revolve around backup roles. For all Pep Guardiola is looking to improve his first team, a number of squad roles will also need addressing. The manager likes to work with a small group of players and relies on keeping them happy with minutes across the different competitions, but there are a few potential headaches lying ahead. With Claudio Bravo injured last season, Aro Muric was recalled from a loan spell at NAC Breda and played in the league cup while sitting on the bench in other competitions. Bravo still has a year left on the deal that he signed back in 2016, and is fit again having excelled as an experienced backup to Ederson in the 2017/18 season. Neither would relish being a No.3, so City must decide which player they would rather have on the bench and which one is better off elsewhere - either on loan or sold. The full-back situation appears to … [Read more...] about Four backup roles that will inform Man City transfer strategy
Blackpool captain Jimmy Ryan says the Seasiders finally feel like a “proper club” again. The 30-year-old missed all but 45 minutes of this season’s campaign with a knee complaint.He made his long-overdue return in the second half of the final game of the season, almost 12 months to the day since his last taste of the action.But Ryan has remained in and around the club during his long, drawn-out recovery and has noticed the upsurge in positivity around the club since February.That was when the club was placed into receivership, something that was celebrated by Blackpool supporters at the time as it spelled the end of Owen Oyston’s hated tenure at the club.“You’ve got to say it’s been a good season, not just on the pitch but off the pitch with the fans,” Ryan told The Gazette.“Last time I was playing here there were 2,000 fans, so it was nice to have a crowd in for the Gillingham game.“This season had a lot to do with the fans … [Read more...] about Jimmy Ryan hails the transformation around Blackpool FC
DAVID BECKHAM admits beating bitter-rivals Liverpool was the key to Manchester United winning the 'Treble' in 1999. By Jeremy Cross, Chief Sports Writer/Published 25th May 2019 Manchester United won the treble in 1999 (Pic: GETTY) Former England and United superstar Beckham will return to Old Trafford on Sunday to take part in a special reunion game against Bayern Munich.Beckham will be joined by a host of former players from both sides who were involved in that famous Champions League final in the Nom Camp two decades ago.United famously scored twice in injury time through Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to secure a stunning win as Sir Alex Ferguson claimed his first European Cup win as a boss.The night in Spain has become the stuff of legend as United added the Champions League to their Premier League and FA Cup triumphs. Related Articles SIX set for Man Utd exit as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer draws up EIGHT man wanted list Romelu Lukaku fears Man Utd will ruin dream summer … [Read more...] about David Beckham reveals why Liverpool were key to Man Utd treble
PUBLISHED: 05:27 25 May 2019 Katy Sandalls The future of the Oyster Inn remains uncertain Picture: GREGG BROWN Fears remain over the future of a rural Suffolk pub after potential new owners failed to come forward. The Oyster Inn at Butley closed its doors suddenly on May 12, with its owners announcing that the pub would remain shut for the foreseeable future. In a statement on the venue's Facebook page, the owners revealed they had been approached by someone in the village to buy the property and were hoping to see it taken on by the community. "We view this as a gap rather than a closure," said Judi Newman, one of the pub's owners. The pub had been looking to take on new staff shortly before it closed its doors.At the time Mrs Newman said they were mindful of the situation and had not wanted to hire new people if there was going to be uncertainty over future ownership.She added that she had been happy to renovate the pub and run it for the past two … [Read more...] about What is going to happen to Butley’s Oyster Inn pub?
PUBLISHED: 05:30 25 May 2019 Mark Langford Mark Harris, 24, from Bury St Edmunds, died on January 11, 2016 Picture: SUPPLIED BY FAMILY Archant Ambulance bosses say they have changed procedures following the death of a man who hanged himself as police waited unsure whether to act because they had been given the wrong name. An inquest jury concluded that Mr Harris had not intended to take his life and recorded a verdict of death by misadventure Picture: SUPPLIED BY FAMILYSuffolk coroner Jacqueline Devonish had called for East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAS) to take action following the death of Mark Harris at the home of his former partner in Bury St Edmunds.Mr Harris, aged 24, who had a history of suicide attempts, was found hanged at the flat in College Mews on January 11, 2016.His ex-partner Laura Manning had called the police after Mr Harris texted her saying he was going to kill himself.But in her Report to Prevent Future Deaths to EEAS … [Read more...] about Ambulance bosses change procedures after man’s death