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SOUTHGATE ENDS INTERIM MANAGEMENT POSITION

England interim manager Gareth Southgate has ended his short-term deal with the Football Association after supervising a 2-2 draw with Spain on Tuesday in an international friendly clash.

The former Under-23 manager took over the senior side after the FA ‘mutually agreed’ to end the deal with former manager Sam Allardyce.

England were set to get a win over Spain until a loss of concentration allowed Spain get a draw in the international friendly affair. The final international window in 2016 saw Southgate end his short time in charge on a good note. He recorded decent achievements during his time as the national team boss. England defeated Malta 2-0 and played a goalless draw against Slovenia away last month in a European World Cup qualifying campaign. In addition, the Three Lions comfortably defeated Scotland 3-0 in the same World Cup qualifier before the result against Spain. (more…)

Is Gareth Southgate the Man to Lead England to International Glory?

Gareth Southgate has exceeded all expectations since his appointment as the temporary manager of the England national team and he has now been linked with the role on a permanent basis.

Southgate has led the Three Lions to victory in two of their three World Cup qualifying fixtures but England’s collapse in the dying embers of the friendly with Spain could give the FA reason to re-think any potential contract offer. (more…)

SPURS AND CITY: NO FINANCIAL COMPARISON

Tottenham Hotspur boss, Mauricio Pochettino is of the belief that his team should not and cannot be compared to Manchester City.

His reason was due to the difference the two clubs had especially in the area of financial powers.

While Spurs spent barely £70m on new players during the transfer window last summer, City used almost £175 million on new players, more than times two of Spurs total spending.

While City’s lineup sports a number of star players, Tottenham on the other hand, has turned their eyes towards their academy. This is particularly as the club’s financial power is limited considering the new Spurs stadium being built. (more…)

Mauricio Pochettino Brands New Stadium as ‘One of the Best’

Mauricio Pochettino believes that Tottenham Hotspur will have the best stadium in the world when the construction work on their brand-new stadium completes in a couple of years.

Spurs will be moving into a new stadium, with a capacity of 61,000, for the 2018-19 campaign. Constructed at a cost of £750 million, it will be one of the world’s most expensive stadiums. It surpasses the Emirates stadium by several hundred million, while it is also slightly more expensive than the Wembley which can hold 90,000 fans. The stadium will make the club on par with West Ham and Arsenal in terms of stadium capacity. (more…)

ADEBAYOR MOVING ON AGAIN

Emmanuel Adebayor has confirmed that he will be leaving Crystal Palace at the end of the campaign. The Togo international joined the club only in January on a free transfer after having left Tottenham.

However, there was a lot of speculation about his future given that he signed only a six-month contract at the club. Crystal Palace may also have had reservations about the striker, who has had various disciplinary issues over the last five years. Barring a couple of good years at Arsenal, Adebayor has failed to reproduce his best form at clubs like Manchester City, Tottenham, and now at Crystal Palace.

He scored just one goal in nine appearances for the club and has confirmed that the FA Cup final against Manchester United will be his last game. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace have received good news in the form of manager Alan Pardew deciding to sign a new contract.

Even though the club only narrowly avoided relegation (and if you had used this bonus code you could have got as high as 10/1 on them to stay up), they seem to be aware that Pardew will be good for the club in the long haul. The former Newcastle manager achieved brilliant things with his former club on a limited budget. He now has the chance to get success with Crystal Palace almost immediately by winning the FA Cup.

“The journey will stop in May, but that’s not the end of my journey. It is just a stop. It will continue, wherever I go to. I will always wish this club well. It doesn’t matter if I start the Manchester United game on the bench or the gaffer decides to put me in the stands — at the end of the day we want to win it. This club wants to win it. Every player, whether they start or not or are not even in the squad of 18, want the club to win the FA Cup. It is as simple as that,” said Adebayor.

France and the road to European glory on home soil

This summer, France will host the 2016 European Championship – with matches set to be played at 10 different venues across the city. Didier Deschamps’ “golden generation” are well fancied ahead of the competition and many believe it is France’s destiny to the win the tournament on home soil. We take a look at France’s group stage games and why they could emerge victorious on July 10th.

France vs Romania (Stade de France)
France will get the tournament underway on June 10th in front of an adoring crowd at the Stade de France. The hosts will want to get off to a good start and the likes of Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann could lead France to victory in the opening game of the competition.

At the time of writing, Coral are offering 4/11 in their Euro 2016 betting markets on Les Bleus to pick up all three points in this clash. And who knows, Deschamps’ men may be back there on July 10th to close out the competition and lift the title in front of an 80,000 capacity crowd…

France vs Albania (Stade Velodrome)
Home to Marseille, the Stade Velodrome is one of France’s oldest football stadiums and it is certainly a ground worthy of hosting the potential tournament winners. It has a capacity of 67,394 and France’s ardent supporters will all be desperately trying to get a ticket for this encounter.

Albania are widely regarded as one of the weakest sides in the competition and many believe France could score a hatful of goals – in fact, many may compete with a few of these crackers in Coral’s latest Euro 2016 preview. If nothing else, supporters should see France, priced at 3/1 in Euro 2016 betting markets, in full flight as they take another step towards the European crown.

France vs Switzerland (Stade Pierre Mauroy)
And in France’s final group stage encounter, they will face Switzerland in what could be a bit of a meaningless game. By this stage, both nations may already have secured their place in the next round of the competition but the French will be looking to inspire their supporters ahead of the knockout stages.

The Stade Pierre Mauroy is a spectacular sight and is home to Lille – who have faced Premier League side Everton in recent years. The stadium itself is rather old-fashioned but it remains a breath-taking sight and France are set to light it up with free-flowing, offensive football, especially if their place in the last-16 is already secure.

Euro 2016: Where will you be watching?

France will be aiming to capitalise on playing on home soil to triumph at Euro 2016. The last time Les Bleus played in front of their countrymen they were inspired to victory in the 1998 World Cup.

Didier Deschamps captained his team to glory and now as manager will know the benefit of having vociferous support behind his men.

In the latest Euro 2016 odds, France are backed at 3/1 to clinch the tournament on home soil.

Ten stadia will be used by the 24 teams in the tournament, which will host some enticing matches.

Stade de France, Saint-Denis (Capacity 81,338)
This was the stage of France’s 3-0 triumph over Brazil in the 1998 World Cup when a brace from Zinedine Zidane and late strike from Emmanuel Petit secured the victory for Les Bleus.

The stadium holds over 80,000 and will be where all 32 teams are vying to compete in the final on July 10. It will also hold the opening match of the competition when France take on Romania in Group A, while the Republic of Ireland and Germany will also play group matches in the venue.

Should England reach the final they will hope to avoid the fate of their rugby union compatriots, who were defeated at the stadium in the World Cup in 2007 against South Africa.

Stade Velodrome, Marseille (Capacity 67.394)
The Stade Velodrome is one of the stadia that has been renovated ahead of the competition, which saw the capacity raised by 9,000 in 2014.

England will begin their campaign at the venue when they take on Russia on June 11, with Roy Hodgson’s men eager to make a positive start to the tournament. The Three Lions have struggled in recent major competitions, so their performance there will be an excellent chance to dispel any doubters of their crown-winning credentials.

France will also play at the stadium, while it will also host the first quarter-final contest and a semi-final match in July.

Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon (Capacity 59,186)
The Parc Olympique Lyonnais is the newest stadium that will feature in the competition, which was only completed in January.

Home of Olympique Lyon, Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette scored the first goal at the ground in his side’s 4-1 win over Troyes and he will be hopeful of adding further strikes for his country pending selection at the tournament.

The first game hosted by the stadium will be an enticing contest when Belgium take on Italy in their Group E clash on June 13, while Northern Ireland will also be in action against the Ukraine. Crowds will also flock to see a round of 16 match on June 26, while it will also be the stage of the opening semi-final.

Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens (Capacity 41,233)
Home of Racing Club de Lens, the stadium was renovated ahead of the tournament and now holds up to 41,233.

The venue will host one of the most intriguing matches of the tournament when England battle Wales on June 16. It will be the first time the sides have meet since 2011 when the Three Lions defeated Wales twice in their Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Chris Coleman’s men will be determined to defy the odds to defeat England when they come to their showdown in Lens.

English teams have a solid history in the stadium as Glenn Hoddle’s team defeated Colombia 2-0 in 1998, while the rugby union side enjoyed a 28-10 victory over the USA in the 2007 World Cup. The Three Lions will be hopeful the venue will be just as good to them this time around.

Allardyce warns Sunderland players

Sunderland is one of the clubs that is fighting for Premier League survival as they are at risk of being relegated from the top tier English league after only being able to collect 27 points from 32 league games, Sam Allardyce and his team are in need of securing more points and fast if they want to have any chance to continue performing in the Premier League for at least another season.

It’s clear that this season has been a fairly underwhelming one for Sunderland as they have suffered 17 defeats, 9 draws and only 6 victories from their opening 32 league matches and all of these losses have taken a toll on the squad.

There are rumours being spread around suggesting that certain players might leave Sunderland if the club does get relegated but Sam Allardyce stated that even if a few of his own players do decide or have any intention of leaving the Stadium of Light, things won’t be any easier or better in any other club.

“My career will take whatever way and whatever form it needs to take; the players, most of them will never get a club better than this, in my opinion, with its facilities and its supporters, playing in the top league in the world, and they really need to realize that. I can’t see you lads getting a better club than this one, so let’s stay in the Premier League and let’s make the club even better. That’s their big challenge in the next six games.” Sunderland’s Sam Allardyce said.

He also offered to take the players to the Tropicana Casino if they manage to avoid relegation, although another season of Premier League wages may be a bigger bonus!?

Sam Allardyce is hoping that even if his squad does suffer relegation, most of his players will decide to stay performing in Sunderland as this can make things easier for him in the upcoming season as the English coach is not going to need to replace as many players.

Tim Cahill wants to become a coach after retiring

Tim Cahill has a playing career which extends for over 15 years. The Australian player is currently 36 years old but he continues performing at a competitive level with the Chinese outfit Hangzhou Greentown FC. Even at his elevated age, Cahill is not only a consistent performer for his club but also for his national team Australia.

Every player reaches a point in their career where they know that the time to retire arrives and Cahill recently revealed what he is planning to do after hanging up his boots and the Australian player stated that his plans is to become a coach as the veteran player said:

“I’ve pretty much done everything I wanted to do in football. I’ve played in the Premier League in England for more than 15 years. Shanghai have just signed Obafemi Martins for about £14million and he’s on the bench. I want to help these players and help them improve. When I eventually leave here I want to have left some sort of legacy” he told the Finnish PAF casino, whom he has been working for on-and-off for a number of years now.

“I am even thinking of going into management at some point and would like to do it here because this is an exciting country to be right now. They are spending a lot of money on bringing in star players but at the same time are doing it in a respectful way. It is all designed to help their own players develop and I want to be very much part of that and to have left a legacy once I hang up my boots.”

The veteran Australian player emphasized in saying that he wants to help players in China progress. Tim Cahill is one of the most recognized players in the world of football and he is highly praised for everything that he has accomplished throughout his playing career. It doesn’t really matter what Cahill decides to do after retiring, he will probably be supported and helped out if he does decide to embark on a new chapter in his life.

Tottenham finances could be dealt a serious blow

Tottenham finances could be dealt a serious blow if there are no substantial reductions in the cost estimates for the upcoming new stadium.

It was originally thought that the new 61,000 seater stadium will cost around £ 400 million. Just like arch rivals and neighbours Arsenal, Spurs were planning to get much of the funding done through the sale of sponsorships and loans. The sale of the property where the White Hart Lane – the club’s existing ground – is located could also fetch a sizeable amount required to build this new stadium.

However, just days after the club received planning permission from the City Council to go ahead with construction, it has been revealed that the cost of construction will stretch to £ 750 million. This will make the new ground one of the most expensive footballer arenas in the world. It would be even more expensive than the new Wembley, which can seat close to 90,000. Tottenham believe that they have a substantial demand for season tickets and this could ultimately lead to the club securing a major boost in finances once the construction has been paid up for.

Tottenham are hoping to move into the brand-new stadium for the 2018-19 season, although some bookmakers think it will take them a little longer – if you use a William Hill promotional code you can bet on this happening and get odds of upto 10/1. They are fighting along with Chelsea in order to secure Wembley as their temporary home. Chelsea are also going through a period of stadium improvement, which will see the Stamford Bridge capacity expanded to 61,000 from the current 42,000. The smaller capacity of the White Hart Lane has been one of the primary reasons behind Spurs failing to compete with the likes of Arsenal especially in the transfer market. It remains to be seen if the huge construction costs will hit the club in the transfer market for the time being. This was a major problem for Arsenal.