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Man Utd counter-punch Watford into submission in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first match as permanent manager

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et this was 90 minutes that supported that the only change from the “defensive, counter-attacking football” of Jose Mourinho “is that Solskjaer is winning”. United certainly do the counter punch well, and the game’s highlight was a sublime pass from Shaw for Rashford’s goal, but Watford had 20 shots all told and as many on target – eight – as their opponents had efforts at all.

Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera were uniformly dismal, outshone throughout by Doucoure, and with no platform in midfield, United were indebted to some robust defending and Watford’s tendency to snatch at chances. Pogba has had a lot more good games under Solskjaer than bad ones but it is telling that when he plays poorly – and he spent much of this match half-heartedly milling around and cheaply conceding possession – United suffer terribly for it.

Addressing that is one of several challenges for Solskjaer. “Paul is important for us and we couldn’t keep the ball,” he said. “He has been away, played two games with France – a bit deeper for them – so that is something we may have to think about to get him more involved.”

“This is the start of the start,” said Solskjaer in his programme notes, although that message had obviously not got through to his players before Rashford opened the scoring. United were slow, sloppy, sluggish and half asleep. Passes were underhit or misplaced, which invited needless pressure against a Watford side who could not have imagined they would be given so much room and who, with a little more composure, could and probably should have taken the lead. Doucoure dragged a shot wide from 12 yards as the goal opened up, Troy Deeney forced David De Gea to scoop the ball away with a header and an effort from Roberto Pereyra lacked the power to trouble the United goalkeeper.

olskjaer will have b boss Chris Wilder blew a fuse over VAR after their 1-1 draw with Tottenham yesterday.Wilder called for a major review of VAR after Jon Moss failed to follow the Premier League’s OWN guidelines to deny Sheffield United a famous victory.After video reeen most grateful that his team scored first – and what a goal it was. Shaw has been United’s most consistent performer this season and he was their best on show again here. Winning the ball from Deeney deep inside his own half with a well-timed interception, the England left back galloped forward, looked up and, still in his own half, is “baffled” by Mesut Ozil’s lack of involvement this season.The German has not featured in Unai Emery’s last three match-day squads.”I want to see more offensive players on the pitch in positions where we’re going to be able to hurt teams,” Wright bent a quite superb low 40-yard pass in behind Christian Kabasele that Rashford, perfectly positioned in between the Watford defender and Miguel Britos, did not need to break stride to run on to. The England striker took one touch and then, with his second, dinked the ball past the onrushing Ben Foster.

he goal settled United. They were denied a second soon after when Foster made an excellent reaction save from Martial and created several other inviting openings but the momentum built up in the closing stages of that half evaporated after the interval. Off the pace and sitting deeper and deeper, Watford were encouraged to attack. De Gea had to be alert to push away a shot from Pereyra and Will Hughes shot wide from an attack that originated from Pogba squandering possession and it became very apparent that something had to change for United.

errera and Juan Mata made way for Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard just after the hour mark as Solskjaer sought more impetus and those two substitutes would eventually combine to tee up Martial for United’s second against the run of play, the Frenchman scooping the ball home on the rebound from close range after Foster had saved his initial backheel. Doucoure’s goal – slicing through the heart of United’s defence after a one-two with Isaac Success – simply came too late for Watford.

“It’s difficult to explain [how we lost] because we created chances, had more shots, spent a lot of time in the opposition half,” Gracia said. “We need to make a step forward against these teams but I believe we can do it. I see it every day, the commitment and belief from my players, I can feel it but we have to show it.”

was left out of United’s squad after the defender – whose wife Maja has just given birth to a baby son – had received death threats for pulling out of Sweden’s squad for their recent internationals. "We felt Victor was better off not playing because he’s had a couple of things to sort out," Solskjaer said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ere is Watford’s knocking on the United door visualised. No answer yet. 

atford line up thus:

"If I can walk out of here, when leaving the club, having won things – of course, the Premier League – then I’d be a proud man. I’m a happy man, I’m a determined man – the day I walk out of here, I hope to be a proud man."

alk will now be about transfer targets, new contracts and clearing out the deadwood: the bread-and-butter duties of a permanent Premier League manager. But, first, the tricky proposition of a visit from Watford. Honeymoon’s over, the real job starts now.

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Bills Today: Benjamin's beautiful TD overturned by controversial call

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Sunday’s touchdown that was stripped from Kelvin Benjamin was the latest controversial catch to be overturned. This is happening all around the NFL, and Buffalo was the latest victim against New England.

Bills quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, threw a four-yard pass to wide receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, that was initially ruled a touchdown on the field. After a lengthy replay, the call was reversed and ruled incomplete.

“When the receiver got confirmed control of the football, he was not able to get both feet down in bounds,” referee Craig Wrolstad said. “So, his back foot was already off the ground and it stepped out of bounds. His firm control did not occur until after he had one foot off the ground.”

The displeasure with the call being overturned was heard throughout the league. FOX Sports NFL and college football rules analyst, Dean Blandino, posted a explaining the controversial play. Blandino served as the league’s VP of officiating from 2013-2016. He was adamant that Benjamin’s TD should have stood.

Blandino’s opinion seemed to be the common consensus throughout the league. Bills head coach, Sean McDermott, wasn’t a fan of the call either.

“I’m at a loss. I’m at a loss really. I saw it as a touchdown,” said McDermott. “Other than that I’m at a loss for how a play like that can get overturned.”

The two-minute offense Buffalo ran to set up that play was exceptional. They marched over 70 yards in under two minutes to get the ball on New England’s four-yard line with six seconds left in the first half.

“I thought it was great in terms of management of the clock and being able to execute at a high level with six seconds left,” said McDermott. “A great throw and what appeared to be a great catch.”

After Benjamin’s TD was ruled incomplete after replay, only two seconds remained in the half. Kicker, Stephen Hauschka, ended up nailing a 23-yard field goal. Though, players on Buffalo’s offense weren’t happy to have six points taken away.

“It’s just crazy, man. You put so much into it and you get robbed like that,” running back LeSean McCoy said. “Come on, that’s a touchdown.”

If upheld, it would’ve marked Benjamin’s second TD since joining the Bills. The receiver let his teammates do the talking, as he handled the situation as good as possible.

“The referee made the call and you have to live with that,” said Benjamin. “We just had to move on and come out in the second half and try to put up some points on the board. You can only control what you can control. You have to keep playing and move on from there.” 

According to ESPN NFL Matchup, Buffalo is sixth in the league with the most pass attempts 20-plus yards downfield.

Quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, was flinging the football around against the Patriots in Week 16. Some of his big gains included: 46, 39, 35, and 33-yard pass plays.

“I thought we had some good drives the first three quarters of the game,” said head coach Sean McDermott. “Particularly right before tTaylor is convinced by the potential of Dwight McNeil.The winger is being tipped for senior England honours.”I’ve said numerous times, I’m his biggest fan,” Taylor told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph“I love playing with him, I know when I give hihe half.”

One of the players responsible for reeling in the big receptions was wide receiver Deonte Thompson. His most notable was a 33-yard play on third-and-two with 33 seconds left in the first half. His longest reception of the day went for 46 yards. Thompson finished the game with four receptions for 91 yards.

Taylor did a good job of hitting his targets, but was unable to find the end zone. His final stat line was 21-for-38 passing, 281 yards, zero touchdowns, and zero interceptions.

Thompson was Buffalo’s leading receiver, but LeSean McCoy and Kelvin Benjamin were right behind him. McCoy had five receptions for 76 yards and his longest gain was for 39 yards. On that play, he just about shook every Patriots defender out of their shoes.

Right behind McCoy was Benjamin, who performed on a high level despite his knee troubles. He finished the game with five receptions for 70 yards.

“I’m just executing the plays that are called,” said Taylor. “K.B. [Benjamin] did a great job of winning his matchups.”

Taylor and company have plenty of positives to take away from Sunday’s passing attack. They’ll look to regroup in Week 17 against the Dolphins, where Taylor has thrown nine touchdowns and zero interceptions since joining the Bills.

former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is under consideration.Aulas is casting a wide net as he seeks to replace Bruno Genesio, who will leave when his contract expires in June.He said, “Juninho, (Laurent) Blanc, Wenger … Have I made my choice? No. I ha on Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips.The Cherries have already plucked Lloyd Kelly from Championship club Bristol City this week.Football Insider says the south coast club will continue with their ‘policy of signing rising British stars’ with

He only needed four points, but Hauschka has now recorded 100 points in seven consecutive seasons. He’s tied with Stephen Gostkowski for the longest active streak in the NFL.

He was three-for-four on field goals, hitting from 23, 30, and 41 yards. Hauschka’s miss came from 50 yards out, where he’s been dominant all year. It was a tough spot for Buffalo, as it was fourth-and-one on New England’s 32-yard line. Considering Hauschka’s been money all season, head coach Sean McDermott elected to kick.

“I understand both sides. Of course the aggressive side says go for it, but at the same time you want to score points,” said quarterback Tyrod Taylor. “Hauschka has been very good for us and he’s going to continue to be good for us on field goals. It just didn’t go our way.”

In Buffalo, Hauschka’s set an NFL record for the most consecutive 50-plus yard field goals made. He also set Bills history for the most 50-plus yard field goals made in a season. On Sunday, he added to that impressive list, as he’s now tallied 100 points in each season since 2011.

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Rafa Benitez remains untouchable at Newcastle as he insists ‘2nd place would be fine with me’

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However, there is also no disguising the fact, Benitez has a squad that is the envy of the division, with the highest wage bill seen outside the top flight. A failure to go up as champions will be just that, regardless of the relief that will pour out of St James’ Park as soon as promotion is assured.

“Second place would be fine with me,” said Benitez, when asked if the title was Brighton’s to lose, although midfielder Isaac Hayden perhaps gave a more honest appraisal of the situation.

“It always matters if you finish first or second doesn’t made eight Premier League appearances and played a crucial role out a January loan move for Vinicius Junior.Looking ahead to Los Blancos’ clash with Alaves at the Estadio de Mendizorrotza on Saturday, Zidane hinted that Vinicius may get his chance to play in the coming weeks.”Vinicius is not going to leave,” Zid in Liverpool’s victory over Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup but he is now being considered by LaLiga club Real Betis, according to Estadio Deportivo. Adrian is being considered as a signiit?” said the former Arsenal and Hull City player. “As much as you want to say it doesn’t matter or promotion is the main thing, and of course it is, everyone wants to get promoted, that’s the aim.

“But I think there will be a little bit of a sour taste if we weren’t to go on and win the title. But at the end of the day, promotion is the main objective and you don’t get promoted without winning the games.

“It doesn’t matter about Brighton or Huddersfield, as long as we perform and we get the points necessary in the last few games we are promoted anyway.”

Despite Newcastle’s slightly surprising vulnerability, particularly at home, Benitez has rarely stopped smiling since he became manager.

It is all part of the charm offensive and if it looks forced at times, there is no questioning the positive impact he has had since he arrived in March last year.

Even if they fail to return to the Premier League as champions, Benitez has healed wounds at a club that was tearing itself apart before he arrived 13 months ago. Promotion, in whatever form it is achieved, will prevent financial meltdown, as well justify his own extravagant salary and reputation.

Benitez has united Newcastle with it supporters again and has therefore been spared the sort of criticism that would have been fired at others in his position during the various setbacks this season. It is that calmness under pressure that makes him ideal and two wins and a draw from their remaining four games, will guarantee promotion, with Huddersfield eigndes.The Sun says Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has handed United a transfer boost by cooling his interest in Portuguese goal machine Fernandes.Guardiola is making a long-term successor to Fernandinho his No1 priority in the summer window.It meaht points behind with only 15 left to play for.

“After the performance against Leeds, you say to anyone who is a Newcastle fan, that the team will do well in the next games and get the points we need, they would say yes please,” said Benitez.

“I am not pleased because we could not get the three points, but I am happy with the performance and the way the players have reacted.

“We have had a defeat [sic] and made some mistakes but we should have won easily and the performance of the team was so good that we have to be positive.”

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Arsenal’s latest setback exacerbated by midfield crisis ahead of daunting trip to Chelsea

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Wenger caused further frustration after when he admitted that his players were not “mentally” up to the challenge of facing a team who have not won in the league since early December. There was an air of complacency around the Emirates.

There was an angry reaction from Petr Cech with the goalkeeper admitting that so bad wa a move to CSKA Moscow over racism fears.The Russian Premier League giants offered the Everton winger a contract worth £75,000-per-week, according to the Daily Mail.However, Bolasie rejected the deal over fears he would receive racial abuse in Russis Arsenal’s first-half performance that they deserved to lose and did not warrant any “luck” even though Lucas Pérez came close to salvaging a point, striking the crossbar.

It is not over yet, but there is an enveloping sense of familiar failings about Arsenal this season as they spurned another chance to put pressure on the leaders.

“I think we didn’t play well at all,” Cech said. “We were second best in the first half. We made so many bad passes, we lost every challenge, we were simply second best.

“I always say that at this level you cannot play 80 minutes, or 85. You have to play 90 minutes with full concentration and everybody on top of their game.

“In the second half we improved, we had a lot of chances. I thought we were brilliant second half, but obviously we only scored one goal.

“We had chances but the keeper made some very good saves, we hit the bar and we could say we were unlucky in that way. But for the first-half performance, we actually didn’t deserve a little bit of luck.”

Cech added: “This was a huge setback because this was the game we wanted to win and we wanted to put ourselves in a better position going into the weekend.”

There were questions as to why Wenger did not start with Theo Walcott, who scored a hat-trick in the FA Cup away to Southampton last Saturday, after recovering from a spell out injured, with the winger coming on as a half-time substitute. Ramsey limped off early with a damaged calf and the extent of yet another injury is still being assessed.

Wenger left Danny Welbeck, who also featured against Southampton on his return from 10 months out injured, out of his squad and justified the decision. “We still have to be cautious with him,” Wenger argued. “Physically he looks readyed the refereeing after their 2-2 draw with Burnley.The boss was unhappy with Burnley’s first, lamenting referee Lee Mason who awarded the Clarets a throw-in which lead to Jay Rodriguez’s header to make it 1-1.Smith was critical of the handling of hi to play. However we still have to manage the times we use him and the times we rest him for a while.”

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Plymouth fan pens heartfelt message to Liverpool staff after learning of his son’s death during FA Cup tie at Anfield

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In an emotional tribute to Liverpool staff who were on hand to ease his distress, Kevin May recounted the ordeal of learning of his son’s death and thanked Anfield staff for their support in a heartfelt message on Facebook.

"Just as I was about to enter Anfield through the turnstiles, I received a phone call from my eldest son Terry. He told me my other son Daniel, who was in intensive care, was flat lining and was about to die," May wrote in a d striker has been promoted from the Juvenil A team, where he scored 23 goals last season, and has loan offers from Spain, Germany and France.Indeed, talks with Alaves have reached an advanced stage, but Raul has moved to block the deal.The new coachmessage posted on his Facebook page. 

"Obviously I was very distraught and struggled to hear him over the noiseennes.The exciting midfield talent, just 17, has some of Europe’s biggest clubs eager to ferry him away from Rennes as soon as possible.Manchester United, Barcelona and Inter Milan have all had scouts posted to Rennes games this season to watch Camav of the crowd. I turned to face the ground to hide my tears when I noticed beside me a tall police officer, who I now know was called Graham.

"He saw how distressed I was and saw the facetime image on my phone of my youngest son in intensive care. He immediately led me into the club and into the police supervision room.

"He sat me down and spoke to me while Terry continued to keep me informed of what was happening back in Guildford hospital in Surrey.

"I calmed down with the help of these two big Scousers I’d only known for half an hour, but they were great."

May was guided to his seat when he received a text message confirming his son had died.

Unfortunately I was only at my seat a matter of minutes, maybe ten I’m not sure, when I got a text from my daughter Stacey which simply read ‘He’s gone’. My beautiful 25yr old son Daniel had died of cardiac arrest. 

"As soon as I stepped inside the police office I crumpled in a heep on a table with my head in my arms and just completely broke down.

"I sobbed like a baby at the loss of my son and feeling of despair. Graham and the Anfield employee both put their arms around me, an Argyle fan, in a show of pure human kindness, a credit to scousers and Liverpool FC as well as Liverpool police."

May asked that his ‘sincerest thanks’ be passed on to the Liverpool staff who were on hand to offer the father their ‘care and the kind word Nottingham Forest on a two-year-deal after the winger was released by Aston Villa following their promotion to the Premier League.The 31-year-old’s 125th and final Villa appearance was May’s Championship play-off final win over Derby.Villa were the s’.

 

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Transcript: GM Buddy Nix Recaps the 2012 Draft

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Yeah you know, I’ve said this 100 times, this happens to me more than it doesn’t for some reason, you have to be lucky for things to fall to you that you want. You can’t take those guys just because you got a need in that area. But we were able to fill every one that we set out to fill. We wanted two corners, two tackles, we wanted a wide receiver, we wanted two linebackers, and we were able to get those guys. Our team got bigger and we got faster. I just hope it was in the right spots, and I think it was.

I hope so. I mean we did at the positions. You just have to feel like these guys are going to do what they’re expected to do and they are the right kind of people and they’re good enough to play. I mean tlan Rice insists he’s committed to West Ham.Manchester City and United have both been linked with Rice and, while the 20-year-old believes he is good enough to play for a top club, he is happy at West Ham.Rice said, “If you look at the contract I’vhese linemen are huge, and we got some good speed at the skill positions.

Like I say, you’ve have to have some luck, things have to fall. We had a couple of guys that maybe we had targeted two or three and one or two of them were taken before we got to them, but the guys we really had rated the highest we were able to get.

Yeah, and these guys have really been good special teams players.ed with Fiorentina’s 0-0 draw against Juventus.The Viola picked up their first point of the season after defeats to Napoli and Genoa, with the best chances testing Wojciech Szczesny.“I am very happy, as it’s been three months since I played a full (Nigel) Bradham and (Ron) Brooks, those guys are impact players on special teams.

We needed a center. We’ve got Colin Brown playing there, we’d like not to wear him out and we wanted to get another center. This old boy is as big as a house, too. He plays center and guard. He’s 6’6 ¼” and 330 or whatever and really a better player than people think. He’s a smart guy. He should give us some help.

He’s worked there. How much he’s played there, I don’t really know, but I know he worked there in practice.

We had him in here to visit, and we knew we needed some depth at linebacker, and Tank has been a good player for them (TCU). He’s a tough guy, he’s had some shoulder problems. He did when he was a junior. He almost came out when he was a junior and he decided to stay in his senior year and had I think broke his little finger and didn’t tackle as well, but a good player. Can play any spot for us.

He’s a tough guy. He brings that kind of temperament I think to us and we always need that, you like to have those kinds.

We said all along that we like to go by body of work. We don’t want a guy that realizes he’s going to be eligible for the draft and puts more effort in it and it’s not an everyday thing. We want somebody that has been consistent with it.

You know I think he does that pretty good. I think he has to improve the other stuff. He can run with seam routes, you see him do it. He’s got good speed. This guy looks like Tarzan. I mean he’s really cut up. He’s a little bit straight-line and he might be just a fuzz late on some of the reads and the instincts, but he’s really a hitter. He punishes them.

I think it’s a position more than when you take them in the draft. I think you always want a, if it’s a back up you want a back up that can play guard or center. If you don’t, he’s never active. If a guy’s just a center he can’t get him active on game day, if he’s a back up. So you want your back up because you only have seven active offensive linemen, you want a guy that can play both tackle and you want a guy that can play guard and center, and that’s your seven guys. Now at linebacker, the way you’d get on the field is if you’re a good special teams player, but with this 4-3 scheme most everybody can play all three positions.

He’s a guy that, actually he probably went to the wrong school. He got hurt early in his career and he got behind people like (Morris) Claiborne and those guys. They got two or three young guys that are just like Claiborne. They just keep them coming. Once he lost it then he didn’t get it back until somebody else got hurt. I think the little freshman missed three or four games and he started those. When he played he was an impact player. He’s got great speed. We got him in 4.34. That was his work out. He’s really a big time hitter, good blitzer.

Yeah, he can.

According to who he was replacing, he played outside some but he played inside too. He’s a good player I know that.

He can play either side. He started out as a right tackle. (Andrew) Datko was the left tackle. Datko got hurt and they moved him over to the left side and he played left tackle so he’s played both. The good thing about that old boy is he started 51 out of 53 games.

I’m going to tell you why he was there, I think. He had a bad Senior Bowl. He goes to the Senior Bowl. He had tried to lose some weidream come true.Hazard left Chelsea this summer for Real for a fee rising to €150m.He told Corriere dello Sport, “Ever since childhood, I dreamed of one day wearing the Real Madrid jersey. “When Real knock at your door, you can do only one thing:ght and he worked them in at guard and that kind of threw him off. He didn’t have a good Senior Bowl. I think it scared off everybody. It actually scared us some. You couldn’t get it out of your mind. We say that all-star games are not going to move a guy up or down, but once you see it you know it’s hard not remember that. You go back to his body of work he played good and he’s got some of that strength back.

We’re going to get one in free agency. We’re going to bring in a quarter back and we think a good one. We were poised to draft one and he just wasn’t there.

You know our history with injuries. You’ve got to play through them up here and especially the way we’ve been the last couple of years. These guys are consistent and dependable. That is a factor.

It probably is (unique) for us. We did draft a couple that are still in San Diego. This guy, because we like competition everywhere. Don’t be surprised if we don’t bring in a punter just to have. We’re going to make them work to keep their spot. If somebody’s better they’ll beat them out. This guy is a kick off guy. He kicked through the uprights kicking off. And if you can make, if you can kick the ball in the end zone and make them start on the 20 it gives you a much better chance defensively. Then it will be up to Chan (Gailey) to figure out a spot to get him in the 46 so he’s active, but if he can consistently kick it in the end zone then he’s worth that 7th round pick.

I think so. If you could start every time on the 20. The wear and tear on your cover guys is a lot less. We did. We pinned them in there. Every now and then if he pinned one in the middle they started on the 40 and that’s what you’d like to know that you could kick it in the end zone every time. That’s mostly what people did to us.

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Six reasons why Sam Allardyce is the right man for England

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For all of England’s attacking talents, the defensive aspects of the game will take precedence. England would become harder to beat under Allardyce, an Club America defender Edson Alvarez.It emerged over the weekend that America had put the brakes on a move to Ajax for Alvarez as West Ham and Wolves made contact.And Record is now reporting that Palace have made an approach about a price for the Mexd as the old adage goes, if you don’t concede you will not lose.

Although England dominated possession for large spells of their matches, organisational issues accounted for 50 per cent of the goals that Roy Hodgson’s side conceded. This would not occur under Allardyce’s watch. Every player would have their defensive roles drilled into them and they would all know what is expected – to a tee.

Under Allardyce, England would have not lost concentration against Russia and defended the second phase of the set piece properly and that the diminutive .

Additionally, unlike Hodgson’s side, an weapon and would have ceased to play into it. But even if the odd throw was conceded, an Allardyce side would be aware of their ambition to win the flick on at the back post and the runner spinning off to win the second ball. Kyle Walker would have been aware of this more than most, and wouldn’t have lost Ragnar Siggoroson in the inexplicable manner he did. 

Not afraid to stick to what he knows

Hardened by managerial  tenures at Blackpool, Notts County and Bolton Wanderers, Allardyce was an unflappable figure when it came to his roles at West Ham and Newcastle. While the former craved for football to be played ‘The West Ham way’, Allardyce stuck to his guns and played football in the way that had served him so well over the years. It wasn’t pretty by any means, but it was effective, and it got the East London club promoted before subsequently maintaining their status as a mid-table Premier League side – laying the foundations for Slaven Bilic to take them forward furthermore. 

The same would be apparent if he was manager of England. The masses would be crying by football that they would define as attractive, but in this results driven business, and the possibility that the new manager will be paid on a performance basis, fans should expect ruthless, direct and effective football that quite simply gets the job done.

Can manage flair players

JayJay Okocha. Youri Djorkaeff. Ravel Morrison (briefly). Ricardo Vaz Te. 

Playmakers flourished under the supposed rigidity of a Sam Allardyce regime. Not only were they part of the well-oiled Allardyce machine, but they were all given the freedom to shine like the lights they are.

Expect the same with the current England squad under Allarir best effort in the coming game against Brighton.The Saints are determined to get the first points of the season in the Premier League.They have suffered two defeats in the opening two games of the season, which is not a promising start for a team dyce’s guidance, with players such as Ross Barkley,  Dele Alli, Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling thriving in the era of a new England.

Allardyce knows his best team

A large criticism of Roy Hodgson was that he didn’t know his best team. Constant changes disrupted England’s momentum at Euro 2016 and played a major role in their premature elimination.

Sam Allardyce would provide this consistency, and at this time of uncertainty, it’s exactly what England need.

Getting towards the latter stages of the season, Allardyce rarely made changes to his Sunderland team. Out of the the last eight games of the season, Allardyce named the same starting XI seven times – with the final game of the season being an anomaly as they had secured Premier League survival by this point.

It’s therefore no surprise that Sunderland formed their best run during this period, only losing once in that period, and picking up 12 points – winning against Chelsea and drawing against Arsenal in this period. 

Getting the best out of players at his disposal

Allardyce hasn’t managed football’s most industrious clubs, but he has a track record of getting the best out of his players and over achieving as a result.

At Bolton Wanderers, he galvanised the likes of Ricardo Gardener and Per Frandsen to play a key role in their promotion to the Premier League in 2001 and even helped them establish themselves as players capable of playing in the top flight. Kevin Nolan grew into a lynchpin. Michael Ricketts even won an England cap under Big Sam’s tutelage. His biggest achievement was guiding Bolton to last 16 of the Uefa Cup after guiding the club to seventh the season before.

Similarly, he oversaw the resurgence of Carlton Cole at West Ham while helping the likes of Jack Collison and Mark Noble to progress and play a key role in their promotion back to the Premier League.

In a similar way to knowing his best XI, Allardyce would be able to motivate and inspire the England team should he be chosen to be the next manager. As proven in the past, he will under-promise and then over-perform, and take England to further heights than achieved under Roy Hodgson. 

Innovative

At Bolton, Allardyce became one of the first managers in the Premier League to embrace the new technology era. After ProZone was rolled out in 1995, Allardyce was one of the first managers to use it, and it became a prominent part of his traindre Silva.After a difficult loan spell at Sevilla last season, Silva has been put up for sale by the Rossonero.While reluctant to leave for Wolves, the striker is prepared to listen to what they have to say.Gazzetta dello Sport says Wolves are leanining methods during Bolton’s early days  in the Premier League.

This methodical nature and the obsession with statistics signalled a new era in football, and while many ridiculed this new concept, Allardyce continued to thrive with the new information at his disposal.

It’s this kind of innovation and freshness that the England side need. Too often, they have been stuck in an inertia with the aim of being traditional. England need people with new thinking, new ideas and new ambitions, and they should be allowed to do it their way. With all of these things in mind, Allardyce would be the idea candidate for the job.

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Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Shkodran Mustafi deal no closer as Gunners join race for Jose Fonte

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What sense that makes to Barcelona, Mathieu or – most importantly here – Arsenal, is yet to be established. In summary: we wait on developments with Shkodran Mustafi.

 The £12m man told German newspaper Die Welt: "Arsenal, Southampton, Manchester City and Liverpool. All those clubs got in touch with me about a move. 

“I didn’t speak with Liverpool managhave shifted shirt sponsors from Puma to Adidas.And Gunners stars Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been pictured wearing the new kit.The design is inspired from the 1986 kit.Aubameyang and Lacazette with the new Arsenal kit for er Jurgen Klopp but I had a phone conversation with Arsene Wenger, who spoke French to me.

“Yet I chose Leipzig as they have great potential and I didn’t yet want to join a big Champions League club.

Ambitious stuff.

While Valencia continue to hold the Gunners to ransom over this blog’s standout star Shkodran Mustafi, 32-year-old Fonte is said to be "keen" on a move to Old Trafford, but Jose Mourinho would have to sell before he can buy.

£10m would be enough to seal the deal for Arsenal if they wanted to steal a march, but is Fonte a long-term proposition for a club famously unaccommodating to their over-30s?

As the Gunners continue to haggle over the price for Mustafi, Soriano – who played with the German at Sampdoria – had this short lament to spice things up:

 

The circle of life. 

"It breaks my heart to say but I can’t recall the last time an Arsenal fan really looked forward to the start of the season," Wright wrote in his column in the Sun.

"Yes, we all know these days it is about profits and balance sheets. But that cannot be at the total exclusion of everything else.

"Speculate to accumulate? There is not a great deal of the former at Arsenal. And unless they are prepared to do so, you really do fear the worst.&quotngland U21 side.The 19-year-old started in Euro2021 qualifying wins over Slovenia and Austria this week.”Really pleased, Austria were a good side and to get that assist early on was really good for me, and the team were excellent for the rest of the ;

German-born Turkish international Toprak, 27, has been with Leverkusen for six estions about his old club.Los Blancos are enduring a horrid spell at the moment, but the ex-Spain coach was keen to talk about anything other than their predicament.”I neither owe nor wish Real Madrid any bother,” he said, refusing to comment on theyears and would be considerable gamble to thrust into a Premier League title race.

Kjaer, however – no stranger to English transfer rumours in his career – has plied his trade in Seria A, Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga before arriving in Turkey. Still just 27, he could be an ideal alternative should the Mustafi deal run aground before the deadline.

Ampadu’s father Kwame currently works as a youth coach at Arsenal and would play a pivotal role in sealing the deal.

"The biggest compliment I can give him is that he plays like a 35-year-old,’ Exeter boss Paul Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon about the teenager, who is eligible to play for England, Ireland and Ghana.

Calciomercato

Reports over the weekend claimed that Arsenal had seen a £13.8m bid rejected by the Turin club for the Gabon international, but it seems that Watford have blown them out of the water with a £17.3m offer.

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Night practice 2 and 4 ticket availability

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The Buffalo Bills announced that tickets will be made available for the July 30th and August 6th night practices during the Verizon Wireless Training Camp at St. John Fisher College in Rochester beginning Friday, July 24th at 9:00 a.m. Tickets for all night practices are complimentary.

**Night Practice Date****Time****Availability Date****Price**Thursday, July 307:00-9:05 p.m.Friday, July 24ComplimentaryThursday, August 67:00-9:05 p.m.Friday, July 24Complimentary

Each ticket will be scanned at the entrance to the camp and no duplicate tickets will be allowed entry. Ticket orders for the night practices are limited to six (6) per person per practice. Tickets are available for the July 30th night practice by visiting any of the following Tops Friendly Markets locations:

**Address****City****Hours**710 Lake AvenueRochester, NYOpen 6 a.m. – midnight2345 Buffalo RoadRochester, NYOpen 24 hours6720 Pittsford/Palmyra RoadRochester, NYOpen 24 hours3201 Southwestern BoulevardOrchard Park, NYOpen 24 hours2101 Elmwood AvenueBuffalo, NYOpen 24 hours2351 Maple & TransitBuffalo, NYOpen 24 hours

The July 30th night practice will also feature a special Bills 50th Season celebration immediately after practice. The Bills players will model and unveil their new throwback jerseys, a special 50th Season video will be shown, Bills players will be introduced and speak to fans from a field stage, Rochester’s Empire Statesman Drum and Bugle Corps will play and a grand fireworks display will take place.

Tickets are available for the August 6th night practice by visiting either Bills Store locations:

Orchard Park, NY Open Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.One Bills Drive Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Victor, NY Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.7979 Pittsford-Victor Road Sunday 11 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

A limited number of July 25 and 26 Opening Weekend training camp practice tickets remain available. Fans may visit the Rochester Verizon Wireless Store locations for the Opening Weekend tickets. A list of the Verizon Wireless Store locations is available on Buffalobills.com in the Training Camp section.

The July 28 and Au seeking tdespite interest from Arsenal.Arsenal are believed to be keen on the 13-times capped defender, who was viewed as a potential upgrade on both Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac by Unai Emery. Speaking to InterDipendenza.net, Ricardo Schlieper said: “No shed fringe players before the summer market shuts.The news however may spell the end for unpopular centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, whose Emirates future remains uncertain amid speculation over a move to Roma. Kroenke told BBC Sport: “I wgust 4 training camp night practice tickets are sold out.

As a long standing partner of the Bills, M&T Bank will staff a booth and supply an ATM for fans attending training camp. Fans may obtain information on the many products and services offered by M&T, the official bank of the Bills. Fans who open a new checking account will receive a free Bills white panel football while supplies last. Bills giveaways and raffle sign-ups will also be available for anyone who visits the booth.

Ticket availability for the final three night practices on Tuesday, August 11, Thursday, August 13 and Monday, August 17 will be announced each Tuesday beginning July 28 and ending on August 4. Tickets will be made available on each Friday following the Tuesday announcement through various Bills partners including Ticketmaster, Tops Markets, Delaware North Companies (Bills Team Stores), Verizon Wireless and Anheuser-Busch.

In addition, all of the daytime practices that are open to the public do not require tickets. For a complete listing ofau Lopez is aware of interest from Barcelona.The former Tottenham keeper is seen at Barca as a replacement for the wantaway Jasper Cillessen.Lopez told Sport: “I’m happy at Betis. I signed for five years and I have four left. I improved a lot and I f the training camp practice schedule and more information please visit the Buffalo Bills Verizon Wireless Training Camp page at .

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Safety Ko Simpspon – 8/1

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PM Practice – August 1, 2008

 

Yes but the doctor said it had nothing to do with the injury. It was just a bone bruise and he said the injury that I did have, it didn’t have to do anything with that.

 

It was great for the MRIs to come back negative. It puts your mind at ease and to just come out here and move forward.

 

You can’t just worry about the injuries. You have to go out there and do your job. You just have to let that go and just play ball.lov is being linked with Chelsea and Crystal Palace this week.Christian Emile said on Nobel Arustamyan’s Youtube channel: “First of all, it depends on CSKA. Do they want to sell him? We must know the position of CSKA, because we respect the club. Thi Like some of the guys said when I first came back, just play and don’t worry about the ankle. That’s what I’m trying to do.

 

Yes, it’s a bone bruise and it didn’t have anything to do with the injury. They just said it’s a little bone bruise. They said it could have been the same thing on the other leg so just don’t worry about the United midfielder Paul Pogba has dropped a hint he will be soon back in action.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that Pogba would miss out on United’s game with Liverpool as he failed to recover in time from a foot injury.Pogba took to Instagram workininjury and keep going.

 

Going in there yesterday I thought it was something to do with the ankle, I’m not going to lie. Fortunately it was just a bone bruise so I feel good.  I am just trying to move forward and am trying to help this team.

 

I was kind of nervous. It’s just getting back out there when something like this happens. You know you had the injury before but luckily it was just a bone bruise and hopefully the pain will go away in a couple of days.

 

No, actualls delighted hearing that Barcelona are keen to buy him back.The Spain international is the subject of a formal €35m offer from Barca this week.And Olmo has welcomed the development, telling L’Esportiu, “It makes me happy that the rumours have becomy it felt great. A lot of people asked me back home how I felt. I haven’t even been thinking about it. I’m just coming out here and playing. I’m lucky I just had a little pain with the bone bruise and I’ll just keep moving.

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Army vs. Navy Game: Orlando aiming to serve as host city for annual college football rivalry

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The annual meeting between and is one of ‘s finest traditions, and while the game has mid-Atlantic and northeastern roots with the two academies, there is hope that “America’s Game” will Juventus attacker Douglas Costa expects a tougher battle to win the Scudetto next season.Under new coach Maurizio Sarri, Juve are going for nine in a row.“Each year Serie A gets more difficult,” he said.“With Antonio Conte at Inter and Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli, next season will be even tougher, but we’ll do our best to improve too, especially in the Champions League, which is our objective.”make its way down the coast for a more tropical location in the future. 

Florida Citrus Sports, the organization responsible for hosting the Camping World Kickoff Classic, the Camping World Bowl and the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, has been aggressive in securing high-profile neutral-site matchups since the completion of the renovations to Camping World Stadium in 2015. Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan said earlier this month that the group hopes to be included in the next round of bidding when the two schools look to secure its host sites for 2023-28. 

“When you think of events, I love that Orlando can have the opportunity to be a part of something that’s special,” . “The Army-Navy game would be an experience for people in Central Florida and the people who have traditionally attended the game in Philadelphia or Baltimore.” 

According to Hogan, Orlando was one of the cities included in the last bidding window for Army-Navy but scheduling conflicts prevented their ability to contend for the game. The Orlando area is already a hotbed for football during the month of December, not to mention the tourism advantages of planning a weekend getaway in Florida as opposed to somewhere further north. 

“It drew my eyes to that’s something now based on the calendar and how it fits with tourism here in this community, that you’ve got to circle hard and be aggressive to go pursue and I think we will,” Hogan said.  

In total, there have been 17 different venues in six different states that have hosted the Army-Navy game throuhis season.James has scored three goals in his first four appearances for United, and has impressed with his pace and his direct play.”I don’t think they [United] expected what they have got from Daniel James so early on in his Manchester United careghout its history, but the game hhance.For the 2-2 draw with Sheffield United, Tomori was one of three Chelsea Academy graduates who started the game, alongside Mason Mount and two-goal Tammy Abraham, while Billy Gilmour also made his first appearance late on as a substitute.”I’m heas never made its way to the southeastern United States. They’ve played in Chicago’s Soldier Field and even in California at the Rose Bowl, but on the east coast, the most-southern location has been Landover, Maryland. 

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LSU hires former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini as its new defensive coordinator

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A former face is returning to Baton Rouge. Former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini is set to become the new defensive coordinator at LSU, according to a release from LSU. Youngstown State also released a statement that Pelini had resigned his post as coach — a role served in for five years. The hir Samir Nasri has been flooded by offers from around the world.While he failed to win a new deal with the Irons, the six months he enjoyed at West Ham was enoted Spurs from the competition last night.”It’s a very difficult moment for us,” Lucas said. “But the only way that we have is to keep fighting, keep believing.”Now we have only the Premier League and we need to be in a better position.”Our objectiveugh to put him in the shop window.Foot Mercato says several Ligue 1 clubs have made contact, ing fills in a huge vacancy for coach Ed Orgeron’s staff after Dave Aranda left to take the head coaching job at after spending four years with the program.

Prior to his time in Youngstown, Pelini was the head coach at from 2008-14 and defensive coordinator from 2005-07.

“The opportunity to return to LSU is truly unique,” Pelini said. “Culturally, with my prior experience at LSU, I know it is a great fit for me. The chance to work with Coach (Ed) Orgeron, the ability to take charge of the Tigers defense. All of that in a place that both my family and I immensely enjoyed when we were there before is very exciting for us.  We are very honored and looking forward to this next chapter.”

Sports Illustrated reports that Pelini that will pay him around $2.3 million per season. Pelini’s hire is pending approval from the Board of Supervisors, .

Pelini’s defenses finished in the top 20 nationally in total defense in each of his three seasons with the Tigers, including in 2007 when they won the BCS National Championship over . That successful stint in Baton Rouge earned him the head coaching gig at Nebraska where he won nine or more games in each of his seven seasons. Despite that, he was let go following the 2014 season. 

He took over at Youngstown State and led the Penguins to a 12-4 record in his second season in 2016.h a shock move for unsettled Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.Both Marca and El Chiringuito reports that Ramos is staring at a Real Madrid exit following a meeting with president Florentino Perez earlier this month.The experienced Spanish defender is They lost to James Madison 28-14 in the FCS National Championship Game. He has gone 33-28 in five seasons, including a 6-6 record in 2019.

“The past five years have been terrific,” Pelini said. “I can’t thank [Youngstown State] President Jim Tressel and [athletic director] Ron Strollo enough for the opportunity here and support along the way. For all of the people, honestly too many to name, who were part of my YSU experience, I also want to extend a heartfelt thank you.”

Pelini is 100-55 as a head coach in his stints at Nebraska and Youngstown State. 

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WATCH: Baker Mayfield tears up, gets emotional talking Oklahoma punishment

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The punitive response to obscene gesture to ‘ players during Saturday’s win was announced by head coach Lincoln Riley on Monday. Mayfield, a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist and the frontrunner to win the award with two weeks left to play in 2017, will not start against in the regular season finale. He is still expected to play, but . 

Having a captaincy removed is a punishment that has a varying severity depend clear at the top of the table, have started a trend of scoring late goals to win games this season.And Klopp insists the never-say-die attitude is something the squad pride themselves on.”How important is the mennchester City but new boss Carlo Ancelotti has told his money men to make sure he stays.And so Holgate, 23, signed as a kid from Barnsley, is in for a lucrative new deal to bring him more into line with what his team-mates earn.Holgate is on a lower tal side in football? It’s all, if yoing on the player, program and timing. That part on to the Chelsea squad.The German manager was asked whether Frank Lampard’s team would be a title threat in the coming season.Many are writing off Chelsea due to their transfer ban.However, Klopp believes that with players such as Abraham added to tof the punishment struck a nerve with Mayfield, considering that Saturday’s game against the Mountaineers is Senior Day in Norman. 

Mayfield spoke about the punishment after Monday’s practice and got emotional not about losing his starting job, but about not being a team captain for the final home game of his college career. 

“Not being a team captain is so much more,” Mayfield said. “It would be hard if it were a regular game or not, but it being my last one here ever, it means a lot more. It’s going to be tough, because Saturday was going to be — without all of this — an emotional one. It’s going to be hard to handle. It’s going to be hard.” 

Check out video above.

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Cover 3: Get to know some of the big name coordinators primed for top coaching jobs

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This week’s Cover 3 spans all things college football digs into, including the coordinators that are most appealing as the coaching carousel picks up steam, the puzzling trend going on at Texas and the college football’s big loss over the weekend that few noticed.

1. The next coaches among coordinators

As the coaching carousel begins to spin in earnest, the obvious names that will be tossed around as candidates for the big jobs are going to be sitting Power Five head coaches or up-and-comers from the Group of Five ranks. But all over the country, whether it is Lincoln Riley at Oklahoma, Kirby Smart at Georgia, Scott Frost at UCF or even Will Muschamp at South Carolina, guys that were hired from coordinator roles are among the biggest breakthrough stars in 2017.

With a cycle approaching that features a relatively limited inventory of rising Group of Five coaches, as well as realistic scenarios that see jobs like UCLA, Arkansas, Nebraska and Texas A&M joining current openings at Florida, Tennessee and Ole Miss, it’s time to get to know some of the nation’s best coaching candidates from the coordinator ranks.

Ready for big timeJoe Moorhead, Penn State offensive coordinator

He has head coaching experience. He took a Fordham team that was 1-10 before his arrival to 12-2 in his second year and he ended his four-year tenure with three straight FCS playoff performances. Moorhead has turned Penn State’s offense from listless to one of the most explosive in and he’s only 44, just two years older than the heavily coveted Scott Frost.

Brent Venables, Clemson defensive coordinator

One of the nation’s highest paid coordinators, Venables only seems interested in leaving for the perfect fit. He’s an energetic coach, a dogged recruiter and has reloaded to produce one of the nation’s best defenses regularly despite hemorrhaging talent every spring.

Greg Schiano, Ohio State defensive coordinator

This is the guy that had Rutgers ranked seventh in the nation at one point. His struggles as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have overshadowed what was a remarkable run in Piscataway, New Jersey.

On the cuspJeremy Pruitt, Alabama defensive coordinator

One of the best recruiters in the country, Pruitt has been a defensive coordinator for three years and has appeared in two national title games during that time, winning one. He’s also learned from the best, coaching under Nick Saban, Mark Richt and Jimbo Fisher.

Jonathan Smith, Washington offensive coordinator

A mainstay on Chris Petersen’s staff since 2012, Smith played at Oregon State, was a graduate assistant at Oregon State and has developed the kind of offensive resume that could make him a very attractive candidate in Corvallis.

Mike Bloomgren, Stanford offensive coordinator

Bloomgren has regularly produced some of college football’s best offensive lines at Stanford and he has proven that he can recruit with anyone in the country as well. Given Stanford’s national approach to recruiting and his background (born and raised in Tallahassee, graduate assistant at Alabama), Bloomgren would be adaptable in any region.

Manny Diaz, Miami defensive coordinator

A successful defensive coordinator at just about every stop in his career, Diaz has taken some real ownership of the Miami resurgence and as the son of the former mayor of Miami, he’s got leadership in his blood.

Mike Yurcich, Oklahoma State offensive coordinator

Mike Gundy’s former offensive coordinators include successful head coaches like Larry Fedora, Dana Holgorsen and Todd Monken. Yurcich is putting up numbers that would make even that group blush.

Tee Martin, USC offensive coordinator

He’s already proven himself as one of the best recruiters in college football and Martin has taken well to the coordinator role. With a national championship at Tennessee, roots in Alabama and success out west, his profile is compelling on a number of fronts.

2. The Texas curse

Watching Diaz put together one of the best defenses in college football down at Miami isn’t surprising to anyone that has followed his career — unless perhaps you’re a Texas fan. Diaz was in Austin as the decline of the Longhorns kicked into gear. He took over the No. 9 defense in the country in yards per play allowed and in his three years there, Diaz’s defenses were ranked No. 9, No. 85 and No. 62 in the same category.

The tumble for a defense that had been No. 1 in the country only two years before he arrived made Diaz’s successful career prior at Middle Tennessee and Mississippi State look like false positives. Since his departure, it’s become clear that part of the support team of Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati.Marca says at the end of last season, Fati had to renew his contract but talks hit a brick wall. It was then the player’s father who contacted Rodrigo Messi, from which point forward he lookeit was Texas that was the fallacy. Diaz’s defenses at Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State and Miami in next three seasons all improved dramatically under his watch.

Remarkably, Diaz isn’t alone. He was just the first of a lengthening line of bright young coaches who are really good at things that translate everywhere except in Austin. Charlie Strong came to Texas with the chops to fix a floundering defense and he did … for one year. In the next two bowl-less seasons, Strong’s defenses looked awful and incompetent. Yet, in his new job at USF, Strong is once again fielding one of the best defensive units in the country.

Tom Herman isn’t immune from the curse either. He’s got Texas looking competitive in a tough Big 12 and is still in danger of missing a bowl game for the third straight season because his offense is failing him. His offensive acumen has been undeniable at every stop in his career until now, and he has the job largely because of what his offenses did at both Ohio State and Houston.

So what’s missing? For Diaz, perhaps it was just a maield for last night’s Champions League defeat at Atletico Madrid.Liverpool lost 1-0 in the Spanish capital on Tuesday night and play the Champions League last-16 second leg next month at Anfield. “Well it was a really frustrating night for Liverpool,tter of time. The year after he left, Texas shot right back up to the top 10 defensively under Strong and perhaps the jump would have been similar under Diaz.

For Strong and Herman, we may be looking at head coaches spread too thin.

In their previous head coaching positions, the demands on the head coach are incomparable to the obligations required at Texas. Strong is afforded much more time to gameplan and prepare at Louisville and USF than he was at Texas. The same can be said for Herman at Houston. Vance Joseph didn’t cut it under Strong and Tim Beck under Herman hasn’t yet proven up to the task.

Herman seems to have the arrow pointed up at Texas and my hunch is that offense gets corrected soon, but the phenomena offers a lesson to some otho Manchester United.United paid £46.5m plus add-ons for Fernandes but Varandas admitted they were nearly forced them to take a lower offer from Tottenham.“At the end of June, we had become aware that we were going to sell Bruno,” he told Record.”Wer schools on the verge of major hires. Florida and Tennessee are schools with rabid fan bases to appease and countless asks of a head coach. In those environments, you’d better be confident not only in the hire, but in the guys coming with him if you want a quick fix.

3. College football took a hit this weekend

Very few casual football fans around the country know the name Tony Perry. He’s not a big money coach or a NFL millionaire, but a lot of big money coaches and NFL millionaires have Tony Perry plugged into their phone. If you plan on recruiting Fresno, California, or if you were a kid trying to get out of Fresno, you needed to know “TP.”

Over the weekend, Perry passed away. He was an assistant coach at Edison High School and he was a mentor to and an advocate for countless football players in the greater Fresno area.

There’s often a stigma attached to guys like Perry. For a lot players, he was the dreaded “third party” that the NCAA works so hard to restrict. But Perry was an example of the positive impact a third party “mentor” can have on a player. He’s often the guy taking prospects to camps or 7-on-7 events in the offseason, living in smelly vans and cheap hotels with a bunch of rowdy teens and pounding the phones to alert college coaches to the kids that deserve an opportunity. If TP called, I’d know that I had better set aside at least 20 minutes of phone time in front of me, hearing about his latest crop.

Guys that Perry touched include Miami Dolphins safety T.J. McDonald, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Robert Golden, Utah true freshman starting corner Jaylon Johnson and Oklahoma linebacker Caleb Kelly.

This is no broad defense of third-party actors in the college football recruiting process. But it’s a defense of the good ones. Tony Perry was a good one and for a lot of guys that needed him, Tony Perry was there. College football is worse off for losing him. 

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SEC fresh faces: One freshman who will breakout from each team in 2017

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Get to know these names. They may be new, but they’re important. They’re the fresh, baby-faced guys around college football that are poised to make an immediate impact this fall.

The SEC has more of these guys than most. Whether they’re starters or situational players, expect some fresh meat to impact every SEted defender Rio Ferdinand has hammered Moyes’ time in charge at Old Trafford.But Moyes has now responded by insisting he had to make his own mark at the club.“Well I look at it in many ways, they’re very experienced players,” Moyes told BBC Sport C game this season. Here is the er Brendan Rodgers.Toure says he’s learning plenty from the Ulsterman.He told BBC Sport: “I love the game. I have a passion for the game. I love to be around the players and give advice.”I like to be positive. You will have ups and downs but the mosttop freshman poised for a breakout from every SEC program in order of expected level of impact.

An early enrollee, Smith has been a standout on the Tennessee offensive line since the day he stepped on campus. While the Volunteers have found some stability and experience on the offensive front, Smith has done enough not just to unseat an experienced starter but to make that offensive line better in his first year. Smith was a five-star and the No. 4 offensive tackle in the country per to the 247Sports Composite rankings, and he’s already living up to that billing.

 He may not start Week 1, but Turner is generating all kinds of buzz at Missouri as the next elite edge rusher for a program that has produced a lot of them recently. The Louisiana native showed up on campus bench pressing 22 reps of 225 pounds, sniffing 4.6 seconds on the 40-yard dash and measuring in at 6-foot-4, 255 pounds. He’s part of what should be a much-improved defensive unit for Barry Odom in year two.

 As Kirby Smart looks to turn last year’s disastrous offensive line into a strength, he’s looking to Thomas to be a day one starter. There may be some shuffling still among the starters, but Thomas appears locked in as one of the five. The Army All-American is long, athletic and smart, and he’s part of a young infusion of talent that looks ready to make Georgia’s offensive line a strength in the long run, if not this season.

 Particularly on the defensive side of the ball, Ed Orgeron’s first class features a bunch of SEC-ready talent, but Chaisson may be poised for the biggest impact of all. He’s an Arden Key clone in terms of being a quick, speedy edge rusher who will immediately affect the pass game. Expect a similar impact to Key’s freshman season in 2015 (five sacks, 6.5 tackles for losstal Palace skipper Jason Puncheon is continuing his career in Cyprus.The midfielder, who was let go by the Premier League club at the end of last season, is signing for Pafos FC.He has completed the free transfer, with the Greek club proclaiming it s) or the freshman year of Brian Burns from Florida State last season (8.5 sacks).

The Hogs lost their starting running back to injury in Rawleigh Williams III, but with Hayden’s addition to the two starting-caliber backs already on campus, Brett Bielema isn’t lacking for confidence in the run game. Hayden and his versatile all-purpose skill set joins Devwah Whaley and David Williams to form a three-headed monster in the backfield that will give Hayden plenty of opportunity for touches and big plays.

 Had Bowden arrived on campus on time, perhaps I would have put him at the top of this list. NCAA Clearinghouse issues delayed his arrival in Lexington but that hasn’t dimmed the expectations. Kentucky’s highest-ranked commitment is a special talent with the ball in his hands, and now that starter Dorian Baker is out due to injury, the opportunity is there for Bowden to become a primary contributor sooner than later.

 The Aggies return only two receivers on their roster with any career catches in . They need some new faces to step up as primary targets, and Ausbon is one of the most physically prepared freshman receivers in the country. The former top 100 recruit is thick, physical and polished. He’ll be a top three receiver for Kevin Sumlin in year one.

 Between the and an Achilles injury to Marcell Harris, Florida’s defense has to replace every starter from one of the best secondaries in college football last fall. Whether Wilson is one of that first four or not, he looks to be locked in as a nickel defender for the Gators and should pick up right where his brother Quincy Wilson left off.

 The Crimson Tide don’t need freshmen contributors, but this class is so talented that there are numerous playmakers ready to claw their way onto the field. Among them, Willis is emerging as perhaps the most important. He’s battling for the starting right tackle job with veteran Matt Wommack and looks like he may in fact win the gig. If he does, that would give Nick Saban a starting true freshman offensive tackle in three of the past four seasons.

The Tigers will showcase a new passing attack with a new talented quarterback in Jarrett Stidham and a new sharp coordinator in Chip Lindsey. Fortunately, there’s some new athletic receivers to distribute to as well. None have made more noise than Igbonoghene. He’s a track athlete with SEC size who will be a factor as a downfield threat early in his career.

 There are few prospects in the class of 2017 that are more instinctive than Williams and that should serve him well early in his career. He’s undersized but is a great candidate to impact in a nickel or dime role, and he’s got some Tyrann Mathieu traits to his game.

 Though he may not start, Gay is so athletic that you can expect to see him on the field for the Bulldogs. Gay arrives in Starkville as a new age linebacker who is perfect in sub packages to defend pass downs. The guy can run, plays in pursuit really well and will be a special teams force and a regular rotation player at linebacker.

 Though he was recruited primarily as a wide receiver through most of the process, Bowie arrives in Oxford with the opportunity to really be a factor at cornerback. The depth in the secondary is limited at Ole Miss, and Bowie brings unique length, ball skills and athleticism to the position

 Derek Mason has built a foundation that won’t call for a heavy influx of freshman playing time, but Daley is a player that is elbowing his way into the rotation. He’s a south Georgia native that brings some toughness and instincts to the position. After enrolling early, Daley has made a strong impression.