12:45 AM EDT, Thu May 26, 2016
Bitter and Blue 1 hour ago

New Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti says Pep Guardiola will change Manchester City

The man who will succeed Pep Guardiola in Germany is confident he will do a great job in England. New Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti spoke in an interview about his expectations for Guardiola's new assignment, Manchester City. The Catalan will take over in five weeks, and the Italian has no doubts that Pep can have the same success in implementing his philosophy as he did at Barcelona and Bayern in the past. "Every manager brings his style, his methodology and Guardiola will do the same. When Guardiola left Barcelona, people said, ‘Ah he is not able to repeat the same style of...

Ink & Needle: Loris Karius' Tattoos Explored

The ink is dried on his Liverpool contract, and now we take a close look at the ink in Liverpool's new goalkeeper's skin. Liverpool has a long and proud history of signing players who make immense contributions to the club's UEFA Tattoo Coefficient rankings and the arrival of German goalkeeper Loris Karius further solidifies the club's place in the elite of tattooed teams. At first glance, Karius looks like he earns top marks for his efforts, but let's dive a bit deeper to take a much closer look at what's going on on that heavily inked skin. Let's break down the individual components that...
Bitter and Blue 3 hours ago

Report: Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho battling over John Stones transfer

One of the hottest transfer targets in football has sparked a bidding war between the Manchester giants. According to reports in England, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, who will take over Manchester City and Manchester United this summer, have both shortlisted Everton center-back John Stones as a summer target, and are prepared to bid over £45 million to sign the 21-year-old. Guardiola wants to build his new team starting from the defense, and Stones would be the main piece of the new back four along with Athletic Bilbao prospect Aymeric Laporte. Both are great defenders with good...
Lion Of Vienna Suite 4 hours ago

Our Euro 2016 Predictions: Alastair

The host of the not so fortnightly Talking Trotters and southerner Alastair Sledge is first up to discuss his predictions. Over the coming weeks, the LOV team will put their reputations on the line and share their predictions for the Euros. First up, it's Alastair. How far will England get? The last 16Your England Starting XI: Hart, Cahill, Smalling, Clyne, Rose, Dier, Drinkwater, Alli, Milner, Vardy, Kane (4-4-2)Who'll score more, Kane or Vardy? Doubt either will score many, but Kane just.Will Hodgson remain as manager after the Euros? As this is the best England squad in a while, a...
The Liverpool Offside 8 hours ago

Karius: Klopp "Big Factor" in Joining Liverpool

In his first interview as a Liverpool player, Loris Karius shed light on why he decided to join the Reds. Unreasonable. Unfair. Enchanting. Chiseled from the stoutest oak. All perfectly accurate descriptions of Loris Karius' jawline. Since he joined the club yesterday, the handsome German has become - still only 22 and in all likelihood with much growth yet to come - one of the biggest Liverpool transfer deals in recent years, in terms of online attention, in large part due to his mesmerising appearance. There is much more to the man than meets the eye, though, and he revealed some of it in...
The Short Fuse 8 hours ago

Arsenal have very little debt, lots of money

Preliminary figures! Exciting! Because everything in sports is about money these days, the Guardian has released some high-level financials for each club in the Premier League. These figures are for the season ending in May 2015, so these numbers are a year old. I would assume at some point that the always excellent Swiss Ramble will cover Arsenal's current finances in more detail, but for now, here's a few highlights: - Arsenal's net debt is (debt minus cash held at the bank) is £6 million, with annual interest (presumably stadium construction) payments of £14 million, for a total debt...
The Liverpool Offside 9 hours ago

Joachim Löw Puts Liverpool's Dream of Signing Mario Götze to Bed

In predictable fashion, reporters at Joachim Löw's press conference asked him to comment on rumors regarding the future of his young star striker, and he did so, dashing the hopes of Reds across the globe. Just in case anyone was wondering whether May and not April might be the cruelest month, today Germany's World Cup winning manager weighed in on the future of the baby-faced assassin many Liverpool fans hoped would reunite with Klopp in Merseyside, confirming that he, too, has had telephone conversations with Liverpool target Mario Goetze. It's day 8 of Germany's pre-Euro training camp,...
Royal Blue Mersey 9 hours ago

Jose Mourinho interested in Seamus Coleman

The likely-to-be-announced manager at Old Trafford eyes the Irish right back. While not yet officially proclaimed as the new manager at Manchester United, it looks like Jose Mourinho has already started making more than a few targets on the disgruntled Everton squad. When captain Phil Jagielka expected double digit numbers of players to exit the squad we knew names would be flying rampant. The Red Devils will be looking at right backs this summer and well, one thing leads to another. Seamus Coleman has been targeted often in his time with Everton. Originally signed for just £60,000 when he...
The Short Fuse 10 hours ago

Where is Granit Xhaka's best fit at Arsenal?

Now that he's here, let's figure out how to use him. The signing we've all been waiting for has happened. Granit Xhaka is an Arsenal player. That's the easy part. Now, we need to figure out where he works best in the Arsenal side he currently has with him. Well, "we" don't need to figure it out - Arsene doesn't crowdsource, and there's no world in which we're coaches or Premier League level squad builders. I guess the better way to put that question is, where would you like to see Xhaka play? Do you see him as a strictly defensive midfielder, disrupting opposition attacks and starting...
Coming Home Newcastle 10 hours ago

Who should be the backbone of Rafa's Newcastle United?

Should Newcastle seek to return to the Premier League at the first attempt, they must keep these players Newcastle United's relegation in 2009 was met with much greater anger and frustration than the one we've had to endure just seven years later. A large part of the optimism that surrounds are current predicament centers on whether Rafa Benitez, the Spanish gentleman who almost saved our bacon, will stay. But what if he doesn't? What if he decides to take his managerial talents, excellent goatee and criminally under-appreciated fashion-sense (the man wears Cartman's 'respect my authoritay'...
Noel C / The Liverpool Offside 11 hours ago

Liverpool Reportedly Ready to Listen to Jordon Ibe Offers

According to local reports, Liverpool are open to hearing offers for young winger Jordon Ibe, a bright talent but a player whose development has stalled. There were always going to be players who left at the end of the season, players like Kolo Toure, who isn’t expected to be given a new deal by the club despite that he was their best performer in the Europa League final. Similarly, there were always going to be players who were sold. There always are. The only question there ever is is who. A surprise contender for Liverpool’s first senior player sold this summer has arrived today in...
Coming Home Newcastle 12 hours ago

Rafa is Staying. Our club is healing.

Rafael Benitez is staying with Newcastle United. This move indicates that the changes that need to be made for our club to heal are being made. It has been a long time coming and there are many who would have been forgiven in thinking that the situation would stretch out until it was too late to have any kind of positive impact before it was already too late. We've seen that situation before. This year is looking to be different. Today, Preferred Media Partners™ BBC have reported that it is all over but the signing. Rafa Benitez will be staying. The ramifications of this move are...
The Short Fuse 12 hours ago

Granit Xhaka: I played under Arsene in PlayStation

Granit talks about his move, his life, and his happiness with the move. An interview was published today on Swiss website Blick with Arsenal's newest signing, Granit Xhaka. Oh wait I should have said Arsenal signed Granit Xhaka because you probably didn't know that by now what with the relative paucity of stories about that, right, I'm sorry. Anyway. There's a lot of good stuff in this short-ish interview, like Xhaka's thoughts about joining Arsenal (all quotes pre-mangled by Google Translate): It's a dream come true. Since I saw as a boy the first game of the English league, England was...
7500 To Holte 12 hours ago

WATCH: Dr Xia discusses his plans for Aston Villa with CNN

Tony X appeared in front of the eyes of the world to discuss Villa today, Watch what happened! Tony Xia is a shy man, but he's not exactly afraid to talk about Aston Villa in front of the world's media. And that's exactly what he's doing, as shown by the below interview with CNN. What do you think? Is he compensating for something? What is going on? Can Xia follow through and get Villa back on top? Let us know below. Thank you for reading and following along with 7500 to Holte! If you'd like more like this be sure to check out the Wasted Corner hub that we've set up. Goals, videos,...
The Busby Babe 13 hours ago

Chelsea own the name of Manchester United's next manager

Another day, another story that makes Manchester United look vaguely ridiculous. Just when you thought thing couldn't any stupider at Manchester United. José Mourinho's appointment as Manchester United manager is being held up by negotiations over image rights -- he has different watch, car and casino partners to the club, because modern football is amazing -- and, while it should all get sorted eventually, there's one wrinkle that is worth dwelling on. It appears that Chelsea own the rights to "José Mourinho". His name. As such, United won't be able to use J*** M*******'s name on, for...
Noel C / The Liverpool Offside 13 hours ago

The Liverpool Offside 2015-16 Season Review, Part 3: The End of the Brendan Rodgers Era

In the third part of our 2015-16 season review, we look back at the end of Brendan Rodgers’ tenure as manager of Liverpool Football Club. Part 3: The End of the Brendan Rodgers Era After an end of season heart-to-heart about the state of the team, Liverpool’s owners chose to keep Brendan Rodgers on as manager for 2015-16. Fans were split as to whether he should have been let go in May vs. whether he deserved one last chance to deliver on his vision. Where did it go wrong for the manager, who was eventually fired in early October? Noel Where it all went wrong wasn’t this...
7500 To Holte 13 hours ago

Villa linked with possible Ayew replacement?

Aston Villa have been linked with a Championship striker, and he could be a replacement for Jordan Ayew. It has been reported in a couple of places this week that Aston Villa, alongside Newcastle United and Norwich City are in the running for Fulham striker Ross McCormack. McCormack, who signed for fellow Championship side Fulham in a mouthwatering £11M deal two summers ago has set the division alight since joining the London club, scoring 38 goals in two seasons. Of course, with that kind of goalscoring output, the Scot would fit right in to a Villa side that was the lowest scoring in...
The Short Fuse 15 hours ago

Is this Francis Coquelin's new kit number?

A new video on Arsenal player drops a hint. The big news out of Arsenal FC today is, obviously, the signing of Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach. But, have they slyly released Coquelin's new kit number as well? Many Arsenal fans already know that Xhaka's preferred kit number is 34. Arsenal fans likely also know that number is currently occupied, by one Francis Coquelin. Xhaka joked as far back as January that he'd already spoken to Coquelin about changing numbers, should he join Arsenal. In fact, Xhaka even has a tattoo of the number 34 on his back: ⚽️3️⃣4️⃣⚽️...
The Short Fuse 15 hours ago

Cannon Fodder News and Links: The Xhakaning

It's just Granit Xhaka today, Wednesday May 25 2016. Breaking Down What Granit Xhaka Will Bring to Arsenal | Bleacher ReportIn the past, Arsenal have been criticised for dragging their heels in the transfer window. This year, not so much. Arsenal agree deal with Granit Xhaka | News Archive | News | Arsenal.comSwiss international becomes the club's first signing of the summer after agreeing to join on long-term contract Arsenal announce Granit Xhaka signing - The Short FuseIn a single stroke, Arsenal's midfield is reinforced. How to pronounce Granit Xhaka's name - The Short FuseHear from...
Noel C / The Liverpool Offside 15 hours ago

Liverpool Prepared to Pay £45M for Yacine Brahimi

According to reports out of Portugal, Liverpool are prepared to pay a massive fee to secure the signing of FC Porto winger Yacine Brahimi. With it appearing likely that Mario Götze will remain at Bayern Munich for one more season, either to prove his worth at Germany’s biggest club or to set up a free transfer next summer, Liverpool look set to miss out on their top attacking target of the summer. If so, they aren’t wasting time moving on to Plan B. Reports from Portugal’s generally reliable A Bola claim that Liverpool have already made the approach for FC Porto’s versatile winger...

EPL Player News

  • 3 Nathan Redmond

    Nathan Redmond

    Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond on target again for England U21s in Toulon

  • 2 Simon Mignolet

    Simon Mignolet

    Loris Karius tipped to be Liverpool's new first choice ahead of Simon Mignolet

  • 2 Rickie Lambert

    Rickie Lambert

    Rickie Lambert: I never got up to West Brom speed

  • 2 Joey Barton

    Joey Barton

    New challenge awaits Joey Barton after fairytale season

  • 2 Jack Colback

    Jack Colback

    Jack Colback on why Rafa Benitez staying will give Newcastle great chance of promotion

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