When Leeds United take on Derby County at Elland Road on Friday night, the focus, for once, will not be on the ghosts of Don Revie and Brian Clough, those two sons of Middlesbrough locked in eternal rancour. Nor will the well-worn footage of Norman Hunter looming out of the Baseball Ground mud and murk to trade haymakers and uppercuts with Francis Lee merit another airing to define the two rivals by their glorious and sometimes ignoble past. Leeds, still two points clear at the top of the Championship despite back-to-back defeats, are a club that have been liberated from nostalgic infatuations and ceaseless turmoil since relegation from the Premier League in 2004 by material progress towards promotion under Marcelo Bielsa. Derby, in sixth, are a far more mature and cohesive side now than the one Leeds trounced 4-1 at Pride Park in the second match of the season. “I’m really looking forward to it,” says Eddie Gray, Leeds’ most graceful player who also … [Read more...] about Special report: Leeds, a city united again after years in football’s wilderness
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PUBLISHED: 10:26 06 July 2018 Chris Lakey Dan Goffin, part of the new management team at Norwich United Picture: Archant Norwich United have named Garth Good and Dan Goffin as joint first team managers as they attempt to return to Step 4 football at the first attempt. They take over at Plantation Park following the shock resignation of Steve Eastaugh, which was announced to the players after the new season’s opening training session last Saturday. The Planters – relegated from the Bostik League North Division – moved quickly, with the first friendly next Tuesday, away at Caister (6.45pm). Both Good and Goffin have extensive coaching and management experience, including working with the Norwich City Academy, and impressed United with a passionate and enthusiastic approach to the sport. After yesterday’s announcement, Goffin tweeted: “Delighted to be given the opportunity to become joint first team manager of @NorwichUtd. Excited to get started and … [Read more...] about Norwich United name new men in the hot-seat
They say it's coming home but many Manchester United supporters hope Cristiano Ronaldo is the one coming home. A year after Ronaldo was described as 'very sad and really upset' amid accusations of tax fraud, his future is topical again. Only Juventus have submitted a €100million (£88m) offer to Real Madrid. "If I’m valued at €100m then they do not love me," Ronaldo said in January. Much has changed since David Moyes and Ed Woodward were led down the garden path in 2013. "Sky Sports News' quiet week-saver," was how a high-level United suit described last summer's Ronaldo reports. United have previously said they are 'wary of the Portuguese media trying to sell players'. Nicolas Gaitan 'still sends shivers down my spine', a United source admitted. Whenever Ronaldo is unhappy in Spain he tugs on United fans' heartstrings but the club has become less gullible in the transfer market since the days of Cesc Fabregas and Neymar. "I am not going to get my club to waste … [Read more...] about Is Cristiano Ronaldo coming home to Manchester United?
Newcastle United youth coach convicted of abusing young players BelfastTelegraph.co.uk A predatory paedophile who worked with Newcastle United’s youth set-up has been convicted of sexually abusing boys as young as 11 over almost 25 years. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/newcastle-united-youth-coach-convicted-of-abusing-young-players-37076647.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/article37076642.ece/0a186/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_781cdae2-0aa1-4251-ac0e-067c882449fa_1 Email A predatory paedophile who worked with Newcastle United’s youth set-up has been convicted of sexually abusing boys as young as 11 over almost 25 years. In the 1970s and 1980s, George Ormond coached at a prominent junior club in the city before assisting at the Premier League side in the 1990s, and he used his power over his victims’ football futures to prevent them from speaking out. He was convicted at Newcastle Crown Court of 35 charges of indecent assault and one of … [Read more...] about Newcastle United youth coach convicted of abusing young players
Manchester United have entered the race for Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez. The 27-year-old is well known to manager Jose Mourinho, who managed him during his time in charge at the Bernabeu Stadium, although he was in the European champions' C and B teams back then. Arsenal and Liverpool are also keen on signing the Spanish international and the report - in the Manchester Evening News , via Marca - claims he is considering his options at the club in case he can't force his way into the first-team next season. Meanwhile, United could be thwarted in their attempts to sign Cristiano Ronaldo with the Portuguese subject to a multi-million pound bid from Juvenyus. That is according to The Mirror , who source Tuttosport as reporting the Italian champions are considering an audacious swoop for the 33-year-old, who bowed out of the World Cup with Portual at the weekend following a 2-1 defeat to Uruguay. Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, was integral to securing Joao Cancelo’s … [Read more...] about Manchester United join race for Vazquez and hold Rabiot talks