Mourinho set to receive £24m pay-out from Man Utdby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have to fork over a massive sum of money to part ways with manager Jose Mourinho.With the Portuguese boss losing his position on Tuesday, news of his payout soon came out as well.Per the Evening Standard, the total sum will be £24 million, which is the amount of money that was left on his contract.It is now the third manager United have sacked since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.They will hope to appoint someone as caretaker in the next 48 hours, followed by a permanent boss in the summer.Mourinho left United in 6th place in the Premier League, 11 points off the top four positions. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
REVEALED: Man Utd due Mourinho windfall if Real Madrid return madeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will be due a tidy windfall should Jose Mourinho return to Real Madrid.The Sun says Real will be hit by a £10m bill from United if they make Jose Mourinho manager for a second time.Mourinho and his agent Jorge Mendes have negotiated the Portuguese boss’ £15m severance payment after he was sacked by the Old Trafford club before Christmas.As part of Mourinho’s departure deal from Chelsea in December 2015, compensation was due to the Stamford Bridge club if he joined another club within 12 months.If Mourinho joined a Premier League rival, the payment was to be £15m, with the fee set at £10m if the Portuguese joined a club in another league.And it is understood United chief Ed Woodward drafted a similar clause in Mourinho contracts and release agreement to ensure United would not catch a financial cold if the sacked boss walks into another job. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kieran Tierney: Arsenal deserve to be in the Champions Leagueby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKieran Tierney was delighted to be part of Arsenal’s Europa League win over Standard Liege.Arsenal have not competed in the Champions League since 2015-16.Speaking after the win on Thursday, Tierney said: “The club is a massive club and deserve to be in the Champions League.”We know the ambitions of the club and the supporters and we’re all in it together and hopefully we can do that.”We’ve got the potential, we’ve got the ability.”Tierney is yet to feature in the league, but is staying positive as he looks to impress manager Unai Emery enough to earn himself a spot.”I’m just doing my best every day, I work hard, the manager trusts me and I’m giving 100 per cent,” he said.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd cop mixed injury news ahead of Liverpool clashby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are hoping for a fitness boost before Sunday’s visit of Liverpool.Star midfielder Paul Pogba is definitely out of the match with an ongoing ankle issue and David De Gea pulled up with a groin complaint on international duty that is likely to sideline him, says the Mirror.However Anthony Martial and Aaron Wan-Bissaka could return against Liverpool on Sunday, while Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard have also stepped up their respective injury comebacks.But question marks hang over the likes of Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot and Mason Greenwood.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes sits on the sideline during the first quarter of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Buckeyes defeated the Fighting Irish 44-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The most famous Ezekiel currently living in Ohio is the Buckeyes’ star running back, Ezekiel Elliott. There are plenty of other Ezekiels currently running around the Midwest, though, and not all of them are humans. Ezekiel, “Zeke” for short, has become a very popular dog name for Ohio State fans following the impressive performance of the Buckeye tailback during his program’s national title run this past season. Many Buckeye faithful have been tweeting pictures of their newly-named canines at Elliott. @EzekielElliott ZEKE getting bigger! All my Nikes bleed Scarlet & Gray! pic.twitter.com/ADI323KcUa— Josh Salapack (@OilOperator154) January 30, 2015@EzekielElliott our new puppy Zeke! Pretty sure he’ll love to hunt ducks! #BuckeyeNation pic.twitter.com/nDXv1MZqXQ— Q.J. McDowell (@joey_56) January 30, 2015“@MichaelFess55: Had to name this little guy Zeke after @EzekielElliott. #BuckeyeNation pic.twitter.com/a5CMtFO9gZ”— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) January 28, 2015@EzekielElliott my best friend got a new puppy and named it after you!! Meet Zeke the Shiba Inu! pic.twitter.com/HlT894SGpd— Stacy Marie (@StacySothard) January 25, 2015Hey @EzekielElliott we named our puppy zeke after you! Now bring us that ship!!! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/CnoF4dxlfN— Nate Nealon (@NateNealon) January 3, 2015S/O to @EzekielElliott though. Absolutely killed it and you have the cutest puppy in the world named after you #Zeke pic.twitter.com/dQhq9YMxw8— Caitlin Curtis (@caitlincurtis12) January 2, 2015Winning a national championship is nice, but nothing is greater than having a bunch of cute puppies named after you.
ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 01: Jake Butt #15 of the Michigan Wolverines has some fun talking to Jabrill Peppers #5 during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 1, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan tight end Jake Butt is getting in on the Odell Beckham Jr. impression game. The New York Giants’ wide receiver posted a video of himself making some crazy catches while lying down earlier this week. Butt has attempted to replicate the video. It’s pretty impressive. A little work from today.. pic.twitter.com/jOmzgujgmg— jake butt (@JBooty_88) July 9, 2015Not bad, Jake.
After beating Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City in the race to sign Frenkie de Jong, Barcelona are taking all necessary precautions to ensure they do not end up losing their incoming star for a cut price in the future.The Catalan side struck a deal with Ajax that sees a long transfer saga come to an end as 21-year-old midfielder De Jong will head to Camp Nou in the summer for an initial €75 million (£65m/$85m) which could rise to €86m (£75m/$98m) depending on performances.AdChoices广告Speculation surrounding the Netherlands international’s future had been circulating for over a year, with PSG, City and Barca all seemingly determined to land him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But he will complete a “dream move” to the Spanish champions at the end of the season after assessing all of his options.”The fact that they were so serious about getting me and that I have a good chance of getting playing time made the decision a bit easier,” De Jong said. “It’s not like I’m going to Barcelona as a tourist to watch Messi in action. I am not going to say that I will bench Sergio Busquets or anything! But I think I have a good chance of getting plenty of minutes.”Just as De Jong is determined to make the best of his time in La Liga, though, his new club are hoping to prevent the young star from being lured away by one of his many suitors.Perhaps still feeling the sting of being forced into selling Neymar to PSG in 2016, Barca have handed De Jong a contract that will run for five years and Goal understands it comes complete with a €400m release clause.Indeed, only a few Blaugrana players have bigger release clauses than that. Lionel Messi’s is the biggest at €700m, while the likes of Gerard Pique, Busquets, Sergi Roberto and Samuel Umtiti have theirs set at €500m.De Jong will become the 20th Dutchman to represent La Liga giants Barca, and he admits he has long wanted to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Johan Cruyff and Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman.”I already watched Barcelona as a kid and then when I was a bit more aware of the game you had the Guardiola era with all their successes,” he said.”That turned me into an even bigger fan. I have always been a big fan of Messi, although I liked the entire team.”
Mexico manager Tata Martino has watched the film. He’s analyzed Haiti’s strengths and weaknesses – as well as those of his own team.Martino’s calculus for Tuesday’s semifinal, however, is relatively simple. Give Haiti an opening, and it will take it. Les Grenadiers have trailed in three of their four Gold Cup matches. They’ve won all four, including a stunning come-from-behind victory against Canada in the quarterfinal, making the first semifinals for the first time in Gold Cup history.Mexico’s task is making sure there are no openings for Haiti to exploit. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “The first thing I have to say is Haiti is a tremendously effective team that has taken advantage of the chance the opponent has given them to get into the game,” Martino said at a news conference Monday. “Costa Rica allowed it, and they took advantage. They turned it around. Canada let them get into the game, with a mistake on a ball played back and later a penalty, and they took advantage. “So, it occurs to me that it’s an opponent against which you have to play the 90 minutes with a lot of intensity and attention because the smallest concession you give to the opponent they’re going to take advantage.”Focusing for a complete match hasn’t always been easy for Mexico. In friendly matches this season, El Tri have scored a minimum of three goals in each match. But their only clean sheet to this point in eight games during Martino’s tenure. That was against Cuba.Haiti is a team who can take advantage of a team’s errors. It’s not always apparent exactly where Haiti will attack from, with six different goalscorers during the tournament and no goal quite alike.”It’s a really powerful team. Honestly, they’re also a bit disorganized but with that disorganization, they can generate big chances,” Mexico defender Cesar Montes said Monday. “They came back in three games, and that’s a fact you have to keep in mind.”The winning goal against Canada, a chaotic symphony of a counter-attack that started with a ball won in their own half, a long cross to spring the attack and a fantastic if fortunate finish, is an example of the type of goal Haiti could find against El Tri.While Martino’s initial reviews of his team have generally been positive in the first six months, the manager recognized his team is vulnerable in moments of transition. Some of it is, as the coach points out, simply down to playing style. Put the fullbacks as high up the field as he wants them, and there will be space. Other times, “We’ve got an attacking position with a lot of players, so we can take charge of the game,” Martino said. “While we do prepare well for the moments in which the opponent can pressure us or command the match, don’t forget the first goal in the Martinique game, we also prepare to go to the space and the reality is we play a lot of time in the opponent’s half with possession of the ball, putting a lot of players into the attack. What we have to do is slow down the quick exits the opponent makes. “With the way we play, there really aren’t that many chances teams create on us with counter-attacks, with how much time we spend in the opponent’s half. Even so, we have to analyze them, realize and fix the situations that were conceded in every one of the matches.”Martino’s side have dominated most matches in which he’s coached them. Even the contest against Costa Rica was controlled by El Tri. The Gold Cup finalist isn’t decided by who controls the game, though. Mexico will win the possession battle. It will have more talent on the field. But Martino rightly recognizes Haiti is a team who will take advantage of any error possible. Every team makes mistakes, but Mexico has had matches (including one against a French-speaking island eager for an upset, sound familiar?) in which it has made mistakes and been punished.A cleaner match is needed in the semifinal, even if Haiti isn’t as much of a traditional power in the region as the Ticos were in the last round. As it should be in the semifinal, there is little room for error.
Hoffenheim coach Alfred Schreuder has admitted that Joelinton is leaving the club amid reports he is close to completing a move to Newcastle.The Premier League side have been linked with the striker since the beginning of this year while RB Leipzig were also said to be interested.The Magpies are reportedly advancing on a €40 million (£36m/$45m) move for Joelinton, 22, which would set a new record transfer fee for the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Hoffenheim left the Brazilian out the squad for their friendly with Jahn Regensburg on Wednesday and confirmed that he was “in concrete negotiations with a club from the Premier League”.And Schreuder has now revealed that the star is on the way out, admitting he is sad to see his side lose a key player.”Of course it is a pity that he’s leaving,” he told Kicker. “It’s not my decision, that’s what the club does. “It’s always the same in football: when players leave, it also opens up room for other players, and of course it’s a shame he’s leaving, but it’s also a matter of philosophy.”The attacker joined Hoffenheim from Brazilian side Sport Receife in 2015 but was loaned to Rapid Vienna for two seasons, scoring 21 times in 79 games.He returned from Austria last summer went on to make 35 appearances for the German outfit in 2018-19, scoring 11 times and setting up a further nine as they finished 10th in the Bundesliga.Joelinton will be Newcastle’s first signing of the summer in what has been a busy close season for the St James’ Park side.They have already seen star attacker Ayoze Perez leave for £30m ($38m) to join Leicester City and striker Joselu depart for Spanish side Alaves, while Salomon Rondon’s loan from West Brom came to an end.Meawnhile, Newcastle have also undergone a change in manager, seeing Steve Bruce appointed to the role this week, replacing fan favourite Rafael Benitez, who left after guiding them to 13th in the English top-flight.
Leicester’s midfield marvel James Maddison is the man to take Liverpool to the next level, Jamie Carragher believes.The talented playmaker continues to catch the eye for the Foxes and created 100 chances last season, more than any other player in the Premier League.Maddison has started where he left off this term, whipping in the corner for Wilfred Ndidi to head home in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Reds legend Carragher insists Maddison is the player Liverpool should look at to bolster their midfield ranks.“I think he is the one player outside of the top six who Liverpool should be looking at,” he said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.“People have been talking about Coutinho coming back, but obviously that hasn’t happened as he’s gone to Bayern Munich, but if you’re looking in the Premier League, yes he will cost a lot of money, but he should be the one Liverpool are looking at if you’re going to that next step up.”Fellow pundit Gary Neville is another big fan of the attacking midfielder and even went as far as comparing him to two Premier League greats.“I think he’s outstanding,” he added. “No 10s aren’t as fashionable nowadays, it’s more about wide strikers who score the goals.“It used to be about the [Gianfranco] Zolas and [Eric] Cantonas, and he is a genuine creative player who will go on to play for England and be involved in the European Championship. I think he is fantastic.”The 22-year-old started his career at hometown club Coventry City before moving to Norwich in 2016.Maddison spent two seasons at Carrow Road, netting 16 goals in 53 matches in the Championship while also spending a spell on loan at Aberdeen.Having lit up the second tier, Maddison sealed a switch to Leicester and took to the Premier League with ease. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web