Claude Puel’s commitment to fielding young talents has been praised by Leicester City supporters after Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray received their first senior England call-ups. Puel has shown faith in the pair this campaign, starting both in every league fixture. Their performances for City, as well as for England’s Under-21s, have earned them a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the friendly against Switzerland. If Chilwell and Gray go on to make their senior debuts at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday, Puel deserves credit, fans have said. @FilbertsWay: “Hats off to Claude Puel for giving Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray the platform to get an England call up by putting his faith in them, when for the most part he's been under huge pressure. Surely that is something even his biggest doubters cannot take away from him.” @Harrylcfc123: “Puel has done a superb job giving young players like Gray and Chilwell their chance to shine and now they're … [Read more...] about Puel praised after Chilwell and Gray’s England call-ups
It’ll be there in black and white. When the teamsheet is handed in at St James’s Park on Sunday, it’ll be a case of spot the difference.The Newcastle United XI which takes on Chelsea won’t be much different to that which faced the club in May.Maybe Salomon Rondon will start. Maybe we’ll see Yoshinori Muto.But the team, more or less, will be the same.Rafa Benitez – who had to sell to buy in the transfer window – feels that he strengthened his squad, but not his starting XI, by “wheeling and dealing” this summer, and that should be clear an hour before kick-off time.Surely even Richard Keys and Andy Gray, and maybe even Dennis Wise, will be able to see it.Benitez’s team, again, will more or less pick itself.Keys and Gray, once the mainstays of Sky Sports’ live coverage, will be watching from Qatar, where they work for Bein Sports. They’ve both had a lot to say about Mike Ashley’s running of the club in recent … [Read more...] about Why can’t Andy Gray, Richard Keys and Dennis Wise see what’s in black and white at Newcastle?
Newcastle United fans should give owner Mike Ashley more credit for bringing Rafa Benitez in as manager, claims TV pundit Andy Gray. In his latest defence of the Sports Direct owner, Gray has questioned the attitude towards Ashley – who has been subject of protests from United fans. After a summer where both Benitez and fans felt the club failed to properly back the manager in the transfer market, discontent towards the owner has begun to once again rise. But Gray, speaking to beIN sports, believes that more credit should be put at the door of Ashley. “I think Mike Ashley has done a really good job with them - they finished 10th last year. “I heard last year that Mike Ashley was riduclous, he didn’t give Rafa Benitez enough money - they were this, they were that - they finished 10th and Rafa then spent more money. “He’s brought more players in and they might finish 9th this year but I don’t know what they want. “Do they want Mike Ashley … [Read more...] about Andy Gray believes Mike Ashley deserves more credit
Andy Gray has launched a fresh defence of Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley. Gray's Bein Sports colleague Richard Keys angered fans earlier this month with comments about Rafa Benitez's dispute over transfer funds with Ashley.And pundit Dennis Wise provoked a backlash from supporters when he waded into the debate last weekend.Now Qatar-based Gray has backed Ashley over Benitez and the club's fans after a summer of dealings which saw the club made a profit of around £20million on transfers.The club has made a profit on player trading, overall, during Benitez's tenure.“You have to be very careful, because Newcastle fans have an expectancy maybe beyond what they should have," Gray told Bein Sports."They haven’t won a domestic trophy since 1955. That’s a long time since they haven’t won any trophy since the Fairs cup in 1968. “Yet they (the fans) still think they are entitled to whatever Mike Ashley has got, whatever his millions are. I think Mike Ashley … [Read more...] about Andy Gray launches bizarre defence of Mike Ashley and questions whether players want to play for Newcastle
James Walton 14 July 2018 9:00 AM 14 July 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp According to the opening captions in Picnic at Hanging Rock (BBC2, Wednesday), ‘the infamous events’ it depicts ‘began whena mysterious widow purchased a mansion out in the Australian bush’. The first few scenes, set in the late 19th century, were then dedicated to proving quite how mysterious she was: Hester Appleyard (Natalie Dormer) wasn’t merely veiled, but also filmed largely from behind and — just to be on the safe side — in the dark. What she might not be, though, is a widow. As she explored her new house, her voice-over dropped a series of dark hints that her mourning dress was a cunning disguise — and that she was in hiding from someone or other after doing somethingor other. Either way, Mrs Appleyard soon turned the mansion into a girls’ school, which, if anything, allowed her to become even … [Read more...] about Po-faced but worth sticking with: Picnic at Hanging Rock reviewed