West Ham boss Pellegrini confident club and fans now behind himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is confident the club and fans are now united behind him.Hammers supporters sung their manager’s name for the first time since he took over in the summer as they made it four wins on the spin at Fulham last weekend.”Maybe we are starting some good days at West Ham, and we have to try and keep it that way until the end of the season,” said Pellegrini.”For me, having this good moment in the middle of the season is important for everyone.”The fans are loud in the stadium and the players are playing with more trust, but what is important is that we finish the season in the spot that this club deserves with the amount of people behind this club.”The London Stadium is now always full with fans and we need to feel that in every game. That is what we are trying to do now.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Newcastle boss Benitez again blanked questions about transfersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez has blanked questions about transfers after defeat to Manchester United.He has again indicated that “big money” players are the difference for Newcastle United in their battle against the top six in the Premier League.Benitez stated for the fourth Press conference running that he would not talk about transfers – sending out a worrying message to Newcastle fans.When asked if he knew how much he had to spend, Benitez said: “I will not talk about transfers.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Southend chairman confirms interview for Ex-Man Utd, Celtic striker Larssonby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Celtic and Manchester United striker Henrik Larsson is meeting with Southend chairman Ron Martin about the club’s managerial position.Larsson was in attendance as the Blues lost 1-0 to Accrington in League One at the weekend.While there are other managers interested in the job, including Kevin Bond and caretaker Gary Waddock, Larsson is the high profile option.”We know the qualities within the manager that we are looking for but the combination of those characteristics or persons are not always available and it’s right we carry out, as we are, proper due diligence in arriving at the right choice,” Martin said to reporters.”Henrik Larsson is obviously one of the individuals that we have been interviewing but he is not the only candidate and no decision has been made as I write this statement.”I am going to Stockholm in the morning, back in the afternoon, to meet potential ‘back room staff’ but that’s it, gathering information. There are five shortlisted candidates and Gary Waddock is certainly included.”It’s sometimes difficult for the assistant to step into the shoes of the manager but in this instance Gary has had very considerable experience and he is well-placed to stamp his authority.”
TagsOpinionAbout the authorEli Rubenstein SturgessShare the loveHave your say Team of the Week: Longstaff stuns Man Utd; Liverpool rolling; Abraham scores againby Eli Rubenstein Sturgess17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveIt was certainly a weekend of football that proved that the Premier League is still alive and the big clubs are getting too complacent.Losses for Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham headlines the weekends results, with Liverpool picking up a dramatic late penalty to send them 8 points clear.Dream debuts for both Aaron Connelly and Matty Longstaff warmed the TVs and hearts of viewers all around the world.We here at tribalfootballlook at the top performers from Matchday 8 in the Tribal Football Team Of The Week.GOALKEEPER – DEAN HENDERSON (Sheffield United)The Manchester United prodigy responded in the best possible way after a disappointing mistake last week against Liverpool.Despite a bleak afternoon between the sticks at Vicarage Road on Saturday, the Englishman stood up when needed making two brilliant saves to salvage a point for the Blades.The first a terrific one-on-one stop from Danny Welbeck, and the second a superb reflex save from a header from point-blank range deep into stoppage time.CENTRE-BACK – WILLY BOLY (Wolverhampton Wanderers)Wolves’ astonishing win away at Manchester City extraordinarily included a clean sheet, achieved primarily through the heroics of Willy Bolly.The Frenchman was dominant in the backline, winning 5 aerial duels, making 2 interceptions as well as a colossal 12 clearances.It isn’t a mean feat to keep a City side of Sterling, Aguero, Mahrez and Silva with 18 shots on goal to 0 goals.CENTRE-BACK – LEWIS DUNK (Brighton & Hove Albion)In Brighton’s shock demolition of a dispirited Tottenham side, it was the captain who held the fort at the back, keeping a clean sheet.Restricting the dangerous Kane and Son to only 1 shots, Dunk was everywhere defensively recording a whopping 10 clearances.To cap of a strong performance, in the 65th minute the skipper played a long ball through to Connolly, who scored the Seagulls third, confirming all 3 points.RIGHT-BACK – ADAMA TRAORE (Wolverhampton Wanderers)Another star performer in the historic Wolves win, the powerful Adama Traore was the headline act, punishing the City defence with his pace and strength.The Spaniard started the game at wing-back where he curtailed the likes of Raheem Sterling, making 2 tackles and interceptions.However his move into the middle of the ground paid dividends as he was on the spot to cooly finish both goals past Ederson, gifting Wolves a surreal 0-2 victory.LEFT-BACK – JETRO WILLEMS (Newcastle United)The pacey and powerful Dutchman finds himself in the team of the week after an all-round impressive performance in Newcastle’s shock 1-0 win over struggling Man Utd.Defensively, Willems kept the likes of Pereira and Dalot toothless (0 key passes and only 1 dribble), making 3 tackles and 2 interceptions.Offensively, Willems combined terrifically with the exciting Saint-Maximin, constantly bombing down the wing to support attacks. In total, he registered 3 successful dribbles and 3 key passes, one of which the clever assists to Longstaff’s winner.CENTRE-MIDFIELD – MATTY LONGSTAFF (Newcastle United) [Moment of the Week]No need for a moment of the week this article as you won’t find a better story than Matty Longstaff’s dream debut against Manchester United.The 19-year-old local lad, lined up for his beloved Newcastle for the first time alongside his brother, the stage was set.From the moment the referee blew his whistle to start the game, Matty Longstaff looked at home in the Premier League. Pinging Long range passes and harassing the Manchester midfield, he added an important element to the Newcastle.With both him and Sean pulling the strings, Newcastle were on top for the match, however the best was yet to come.After hitting the crossbar with a terrific volley in the first half, Longstaff was goal hungry, and in the 72nd minute, the ball rolled out to him on the edge of the box.The debutant struck the ball sweet and fizzed it past De Gea, sending the Gallowgate into hysteria. His goal gifted the magpies a well-deserved 3 points, capping off a dream night under the lights of St James’ Park.CENTRE-MIDFIELD – JAMES MILNER (Liverpool)The experienced Liverpool veteran, put in a mature performance as the Reds scraped past Leicester with another tight victory.Operating at a pass accuracy of 87.3%, Milner was the attacking spark for the Liverpool side when he played a beautiful weighted long through-ball that put Mane in on goal, who accordingly made the score 1-0.When awarded a penalty in the dying moments of the game, it was of course the cool-headed Milner who again showed terrific composure to tuck the penalty away, pulling Liverpool 8 points clear at the top.CENTRE-MIDFIELD – CONOR HOURIHANE (Aston Villa)In Aston Villa’s 1-5 destruction of Norwich at Carrow Road, despite many star performers in midfield, it was the Irishman who emerged as the Villians top performer in the centre of the park.In the 30th minute, Hourihane made a run into the box and fizzed in a cross, putting the ball on a plate for Wesley to tap home.Again in the 61st minute, he picked the ball up outside the box and after a solitary touch, smashed the ball into the back of the net.CENTRE-FORWARD – WESLEY (Aston Villa)Aston Villa’s record signing flexed his muscles with a damaging performance against Norwich.The number 9 set the tone in the opening twenty minutes with two clinical finishes, showing terrific control and goal sense. Late in the game, Wesley also picked up an assist to cap of an imposing performance.In total, Wesley had 5/6 shots on target and won 3 aerial duels.CENTRE-FORWARD – RAUL JIMENEZ (Wolverhampton Wanderers)It was an unusual role for the Mexican striker, who found himself having the be at the ready for the rare dangerous forays that Wolves would experience in the City half.And ready he was, constantly a threat with both his dribbling and pace making the city defence look very shaky.Jimenez registered 5 dribbles and 3 key passes, including assists for both goals. He showed class and composure when charging past city defenders and playing through Traore deftly with the outside of his foot.CENTRE-FORWARD – AARON CONNOLLY (Brighton & Hove Albion)Another heartwarming story from the weekend as academy graduate Aaron Connolly tore through Tottenham in his first Premier League start.The Irishman was lively up top, having 6 shots on goal, making 2 key passes and despite being the shortest player on the pitch, won 4/4 aerial duels.However his goals were what put his name up in lights, the first, after his deft flick from a cross was saved, he was first to react turning in the rebound for 2-0. The second after receiving a long ball, Connolly charged towards goal and curled the ball past Gazzaniga from long range.MANAGER OF THE WEEK – NUNO ESPIRITO SANTO (Wolverhampton Wanderers)After what has been a dreadful start to the campaign for last years emerging team, Manager Nuno Espirito Santo has seemed to have turned this ship dramatically over the past week.Recording a relieving 2-0 win over Watford last matchday, and then picking up a colossal 3 points away at Besiktas mid-week in the Europa League, Wolves pulled off the best one of them all with a historic win over the 2x Premier League holders Manchester City.Playing with five at the back, Wolves were defensively solid all game but still had counteracting volatility with both Jimenez and Cutrone. However, his decision to move Adama Traore from right-wing-back to up forward proved most decisive, as he possessed the ability to damage City with his pace and power, something he did twice in their 0-2 win.GOAL OF THE WEEK – TAMMY ABRAHAM (Chelsea)Video Courtesy of LiveChelseavn
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Paul Elliott happy many ex-teammates now working at Chelseaby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaul Elliott is delighted seeing many of his Chelsea teammates now working with the club.Elliott played for three years with the Blues.He told the club’s website: “I saw Dennis Wise not so long ago at the FA, he looks great, he is lighter now than when he was playing! I see Tony Cascarino periodically, he is a good lad Cas. I have not seen Andy Townsend for a while but I have seen Frank Sinclair. Eddie Newton is still doing some really good work at the club, and Andy Myers, and I am pleased the club has kept those players involved. That is very important and they are good role models for younger players.”Jason Cundy was another young player when I was at Chelsea. “I tried to help them along and they had a thirst for knowledge and a good attitude.”
Florida Softball Mother DanceAnyone who’s ever been to a college softball game knows that there is a lot of cheering and a lot of taunting. But one Florida softball fan (presumably the mother of a player on the team) took it to the next level Wednesday night.In the sixth inning, with Florida leading Michigan 4-1 in the championship game of the Women’s College World Series, the Wolverines intentionally walked Gators star Lauren Haeger both to avoid her and set up a potential double play. It did not sit well with everyone in attendance.Nice chicken dance, Florida Mom. https://t.co/dUaJUGKMRU— Drew Hallett (@DrewCHallett) June 4, 2015The move did eventually pay off, as Michigan got out of the inning without any damage. But Florida still won the title. We’ll assume this woman was happy with the overall result.
BATON ROUGE, LA – NOVEMBER 11: The LSU Tigers play the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)We’re a little more than two months away from the start of the 2016 season. LSU opens up against Wisconsin in Green Bay.If you’re a Tiger fan and you want to know what jersey numbers the freshmen will be wearing this fall, the program released them all today. Initial jersey numbers for the 2016 #LSU Signing Class. View the preseason roster: https://t.co/TcpUJD370t pic.twitter.com/HSX6RoJT0P— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) June 20, 2016LSU fans, which freshman are you most looking forward to seeing?
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes waits for a play on the field in the second half of their game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Urban Meyer has now been on paid administrative leave as Ohio State’s head football coach for more than two weeks. The Buckeyes placed the three-time national champion head coach on leave on Wednesday, Aug. 1.Ohio State announced a two-week timetable for its investigation into Meyer on Sunday, Aug. 5. Here is the latest on the investigation.So far this week, both Zach Smith and Courtney Smith have reportedly met with Ohio State’s investigative committee.Jeff Snook also reported on Wednesday that the mothers of both Zach and Courtney Smith met with the committee.“Attorneys representing the six member investigative committee looking into Ohio State’s and Urban Meyer’s handling of the allegations of domestic violence against former receivers coach Zach Smith, interviewed Smith’s mother Lynn Bruce and Courtney Smith’s mother Tina Carano today,” he reports.Snook has published multiple reports in which the mothers have come to the defense of the former Buckeyes’ assistant coach.“I wanted to stay out of this mess,” Courtney Smith’s mother said. “But I can’t take it anymore. I can’t take all of these lies that are being written. I just want the truth out there once and for all. What’s right is right. It’s been horrible for me to see the lies that were being written about Zach when he didn’t do what he was accused of doing.“He lost his job over something that didn’t happen.”Meanwhile, Ohio State’s investigation into Urban Meyer is expected to come to an end by the end of this week. Most experts are predicting a final decision to be announced by the end of this week or on Monday.Stay tuned.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Week 1 of of the college football season is over. This weekend we learned Alabama and Clemson might be even better this year than last year – even with new quarterbacks under center.Following the weekend of college games, the AP released its new top 25. LSU, Virginia Tech, and Notre Dame saw significant jumps after their impressive wins against Miami, Florida State, and Michigan respectively.Meanwhile, the top two teams remained the same – no surprise there. Alabama and Clemson sit at No. 1 and No. 2 once again. The Crimson Tide received 48 first-place votes while the Tigers came in second with 12.That left one vote out there for a different team. It went to Wisconsin. 1 Alabama (48)SECRecord: 1-0PV Rank1Points1,5112 Clemson (12)ACCRecord: 1-021,4673GeorgiaSECRecord: 1-031,3504Ohio StateBig TenRecord: 1-051,2625 Wisconsin (1)Big TenRecord: 1-041,258Never mind Georgia and Ohio State, one AP voter likes the Badgers as the No. 1 team in the country. Wisconsin opened its season with a 34-3 win over Western Kentucky in which star running back Jonathan Taylor ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns.The Badgers face off against New Mexico next weekend.
AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 20: A general view from high in the stadium as the LSU Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 20, 2008 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Week 6 of the 2018 college football season was a brutal one for top 10 teams, with three highly-ranked squads falling in upsets.LSU, Oklahoma and Auburn all lost on Saturday.How many of them remain in the College Football Playoff hunt?According to ESPN’s College Football Playoff predictor, Auburn had basically already been eliminated. The Tigers’ chances were minimal before Saturday and now they’re non-existent.LSU, though, had a chance. The Tigers were undefeated heading into October and had a winnable game against Florida.Now, though, ESPN has eliminated them. LSU’s chances to make the College Football Playoff are less than 1 percent. The Tigers are done.Oklahoma, meanwhile, has an outside chance. The Sooners have a 12 percent chance, per ESPN’s predictor.You can view the full predictions here.