8:15 PM EDT, Thu April 17, 2014
Royal Blue Mersey 2 hours ago

Tim Howard signs contact extension, will stay with Everton until 2018

The Blues goalkeeper has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep the US International with the club until 2018. Everton have ensured that Tim Howard will remain with the Blues until 2018 after signing the US international goalkeeper to a contract extension on Thursday. The 35-year-old has been having one of the best season's of his career under first year boss Roberto Martinez, and the club felt it was appropriate to reward him with a new deal. The new contract is a two-year extension on Howard's previous contract, which will keep him at Goodison until the age of 39. With...
Manchester United gain huge advantage ahead of Everton clash as Wayne Rooney is passed fit

Manchester United gain huge advantage ahead of Everton clash as Wayne Rooney is passed fit

Manchester United's hopes against Everton have been greatly boosted by the news that Wayne Rooney will return from injury in time to play the game. Wayne Rooney was rumoured to be potentially missing the rest of the season, but it seems that he will in fact be fit to face Everton in what could be a crucial game for both clubs. Moyes confirmed that Rooney's fit for #MUFC trip to #EFC this weekend. Bruising gone down and X-rays of toe shown no damage — Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) April 17, 2014 With Everton having lost to Crystal Palace, the race for fourth is in Arsenal's hands....
Royal Blue Mersey 2 hours ago

David Moyes confirms Wayne Rooney will be available for Manchester United on Saturday

Things just got a bit harder for Everton with the news that Wayne Rooney is fit ahead of this weekend's match. Everton's task on Sunday got a little bit tougher with the news late on Thursday that Wayne Rooney will be fit and available for this weekend's match. There had been concern that Rooney's injured toe would prevent him from playing, but according to Moyes, the United striker is fit. Oh joy. Moyes confirmed that Rooney's fit for #MUFC trip to #EFC this weekend. Bruising gone down and X-rays of toe shown no damage — Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) April 17, 2014 With or without...

Freedman Implicated in Cardiff/Palace Controversy

Bolton boss thought to have been involved in team leak revelations In a shocking twist of events, Bolton Wanderers boss and former Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman has been implicated in the recent Cardiff City / Palace 'leak' controversy having been named as the man who passed on a text message naming Cardiff's team. In a five page document sent to the Premier League, Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims Palace sporting director Iain Moody sent the text to Freedman, although former Manchester United striker Solskjaer concedes that this took place accidentally. Former Cardiff...
Royal Blue Mersey 3 hours ago
Everton v Crystal Palace: Disappointment as Champions League Hopes Slip

Everton v Crystal Palace: Disappointment as Champions League Hopes Slip

Everton get smacked at home as 4th place and Champions League is now out of our hands The less time we spend with this match report the better... Martinez went with a very attacking and inventive squad that many people (including me) hailed as a great strategy. Unluckily, it backfired. Martinez started Lukaku, McGeady, Mirallas, Barkley, Deulofeu, and Barry along with the normal back line. This led to way too many moving parts for Everton. They held possession quite well (Before the goal by Crystal Palace it was 72% towards Everton) but couldn't do anything inventive with the ball. It...
Cartilage Free Captain 4 hours ago
Erik Lamela will get his chance next year

Erik Lamela will get his chance next year

It was a lost season anyway. Erik Lamela has been injured all spring and we've been holding out hope that he'd return for the end of the season. But Tim Sherwood talked to the press about Lamela today, and he made it sound like we wouldn't see any of him between now and the end of the season. Here's what Tim had to say about Lamela. 'There'll be no chance Erik's fit. I read in the paper, or someone told me, that the hierarchy here are asking for him to get more opportunities. Chance would be a fine thing, he's injured. 'That's still an unknown quantity as far as I'm concerned. I've...
The Busby Babe 4 hours ago
Pochettino admits Shaw decision out of his hands

Pochettino admits Shaw decision out of his hands

Asked about the rumours that Luke Shaw is about to complete a transfer to Manchester United, Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has acknowledged that the matter is beyond his control. It must be a strange life, managing a club in the middle of the Premier League. The big boys above you are constantly attempting to nick off with your best players, and while on the one hand you want them all to stay and play beautiful football together for the betterment of everybody, on the other you know there's very little you can do if the money starts to sing. Take Mauricio Pochettino, manager of...
The Busby Babe 4 hours ago

Market reacts ahead of rumoured half-billion pound kit deal

Manchester United shares rose sharply on Wednesday, causing speculation that a mammoth kit deal is on the horizon. Football isn't just about six days of transfer rumours followed by a game. Oh no. There are also unimportant side issues to be written about, like shares, their fluctuating prices, and what those fluctuating prices mean. Those of you that follow these things may be aware that Manchester United's share prices -- 10% of the club is traded on Wall Street as MANU -- rose 8% on Wednesday, ending the day at $17.65 and sparking all manner of speculation as to what was going on. Over...
7500 To Holte 4 hours ago
Podcast: Can Aston Villa right the ship with Lambert in charge?

Podcast: Can Aston Villa right the ship with Lambert in charge?

Jack and Robert are back to discuss one of the toughest weeks most Aston Villa fans can remember. To put it bluntly, this week has been a miserable one to be an Aston Villa fan. The fourth consecutive loss -- this time to Crystal Palace -- the firing of two of Lambert's assistants, and the general sense of malaise around the club have combined to make this club pretty unlikable right now. And Jack and I are here to talk about it, as we are every week. We will do our best to dissect the debacle that was the loss at Selhurst Park, look at the crazy week we've been through, and try to see any...

Rodgers Won't Get Carried Away

Despite the excitement surrounding Liverpool's title challenge, Brendan Rodgers is keeping his feet on the ground and his focus on the next opponent. As the matches tick away and the end of the season nears with Liverpool still standing top of the table, it's becoming harder and harder not to look ahead. Not to look at the next two games or three games or four and keep the focus solely on just the first one on the horizon. For Brendan Rodgers, though, keeping that single-minded focus is his job—and he plans on doing his job. "We never look too far ahead," he said at his pre-Norwich press...
Cartilage Free Captain 6 hours ago
Tony Pulis is here to save Tottenham Hotspur

Tony Pulis is here to save Tottenham Hotspur

I'm so sorry that someone's job is to write things like this. When sports blogs first started popping up, established media tried to tell us about the dangers of a medium in which anyone with an opinion and a computer could have a platform to express themselves on. As a teenager, I thought this was a pretty ridiculous assertion and pretty obviously a case of sour grapes from a threatened establishment. A decade later, as an employee of a new media company, I've obviously benefitted from believing that those people were insane. I've always thought that it was great that anyone could start a...
Cartilage Free Captain 7 hours ago

Tottenham Hotspur team news: Moose back for Fulham

Mousa Dembele should return for this weekend's match against Fulham. Tottenham Hotspur dropped a bit of good news today, announcing that a few of our previously injured players will be available over the weekend for the match against Fulham. Mousa Dembele played 90 minutes in Under-21 action on Monday and looks fit to start if Tim Sherwood feels like it. Michael Dawson and Roberto Soldado have also returned to training, so there's a good chance that they'll both be available as well. The official team site made no mention of Nabil Bentaleb in their team news post, but he also played in the...
Luis Suarez Wants You to Stay Calm

Luis Suarez Wants You to Stay Calm

As a Liverpool fan, recent weeks may have brought with them a slew of stress related health issues. Luis Suarez wants you to stay calm and stop worrying, and the improving title odds may help with that. Or not. With four games to go, Liverpool lead the Premier League. Already favourites, with Manchester City stumbling against Sunderland last night, the club's best chance of winning its first title in 24 years just improved. Before, Liverpool had to take maximum points in their remaining games to guarantee the title; now, 10 of the 12 remaining points on offer does that. Despite that,...
7500 To Holte 8 hours ago

Aston Villa ready to snap up a Napoli reject?

Young? Check. Cheap? Check. Loads of potential? Check. This sounds like a Paul Lambert special... There's still nearly a month of the Premier League season left to go, but the real season has already begun. Silly season. And truly, it is silly. The latest hot transfer rumor is that Josip Radošević, labeled a "Napoli reject" is on his way from Italy to Aston Villa. This one comes courtesy of talkSPORT, so that right there should tell you exactly what you need to know. But in case you're tempted to believe that Villa really are close to clinching the young midfielder, let's break this...
The Short Fuse 8 hours ago
Injury Report: Gibbs Out, Özil Quite Possibly In

Injury Report: Gibbs Out, Özil Quite Possibly In

Heading toward Sunday's match against Hull (um, AWKWARD), we have some very possibly good news about someone we've been missing in recent weeks. So, there won't be a cup presentation at the end of Sunday's Arsenal-Hull matchup, unlike the one happening a month from now, but it's certainly an important match as Arsenal looks to keep its Champions League streak going, and quite happily, Mesut Özil might very well be a part of it. In today's pre-match press conference, Arsene Wenger hinted that Özil will be available for Easter celebrations at KC Stadium, contingent on a Saturday fitness...
The Short Fuse 8 hours ago
Hello, Hipster!

Hello, Hipster!

So I see you've decided to join the small but elite crowd of tastemakers who like obscure things. Congratulations! You woke up this morning, sun rising over Atlantic Avenue and making the whole world look like the cover of a TV On The Radio album - welcoming, yet exclusive, like it's a joke that only you and three friends get.  You get out of bed and go to the kitchen.  You open the cupboard and think "damn it, I'm out of roof-grown, handmade granola" and you make a mental note to head to Brooklyn Flea later to restock - and while you're at it, to get some of that artisanal, small batch...
The Busby Babe 9 hours ago

Moyes "under pressure" to reach Europa League

It is being reported that the Glazer family, stung by United's European exit, are insisting that the team qualify for the Europa League. Interesting stuff over on ESPN, from the always-worth-reading Miguel Delaney. According to his sources, the Glazers are insisting that David Moyes and Manchester United make every effort to push for Europa League qualification. While sources say the manager has not been given anything like an ultimatum, reaching European competition is now seen by the club's owners as a major target for the remainder of the season. This isn't because Joel Glazer has...
Cartilage Free Captain 9 hours ago

WDR Mailbag - Mailbag on a Plane

Give us your Qs so we can provide the As What time is it? PODCAST TIME! That's right. Cartilage Free Captain's most only podcast is back with another thrilling installment as LE and I tackle the tough questions, like why would a just and righteous God allow Spurs and Is it better to have had Gareth Bale and lost than to have never had Gareth Bale at all? But first we'll talk about the West Brom game and curse a lot. Then we'll talk about the future of our club again cause LOL why not. After that I would expect us to address the current situation at the top of the table, followed by heavy...
Royal Blue Mersey 9 hours ago

Everton vs Crystal Palace: Player Ratings

Another disappointing outing for the bulk of the players. Everton looked off-colour against Sunderland over the weekend but sneaked by with a close win. Against a Crystal Palace side that were up for the challenge, a poor first hour by the Blues was too much to overcome. Tim Howard - 7 Little the American goalie could have done on the day. The first and third goals were beautifully curled around his outstretched fingertips, while the thunderbolt second left him no chance to react. Seamus Coleman - 5.5 Coleman continues to look not at the same pace as the rest of the squad. Too many times...
7500 To Holte 9 hours ago
Aston Villa chasing 20-goal striker

Aston Villa chasing 20-goal striker

Troy Deeney, who began his youth career with Aston Villa, may be a target for Paul Lambert this summer. Sky Sports are reporting that Aston Villa are one of the primary contenders for the services of Watford striker Troy Deeney. The 25-year-old Brimingham native began his youth career with Villa, but was released when he was 15. If the name if familiar to you, it may be thanks to his brother Ellis Deeney, who played with the Villa reserves for a bit longer than did Troy. AVFC transfer news and rumours Be sure to bookmark our transfer hub for all of the latest news and rumours as the...

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