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Author Archive for Barry Glendenning

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Ajax v Real Madrid: Champions League – live!

Last 16 first-leg updates from the 8pm (GMT) kick-off in AmsterdamTottenham v Borussia Dortmund: Champion League – live!Email your thoughts to Barry, or tweet him @BGlendenning 7.22pm GMT So, Gareth Bale starts for Real. As does Vinicius Junior. Meanwh…

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Football transfer rumours: Barcelona to trump Chelsea for Luka Jovic?

This morning’s guff is walking on byMove along. There’s little or nothing to see here. The eagerly awaited return of the Champions League means transfer tittle-tattle takes a back seat in today’s back pages, although speculation does abound over how mu…

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The Fiver | A name scribbled into the now customary Chelsea statement

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!So fond of a cigarette he gets through three or four lighters a day, The Fiver shudders to imagine how many coffin-nails Maurizio Sarri sucked down to the butt as he subjected himself to the torment of…

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Football transfer rumours: Juventus to bid £175m for Liverpool’s Mo Salah?

Today’s tell-all is more tangled Slinky than coiled springWith their nerves already jangling thanks to the white-knuckle ride that is the title race, Liverpool fans will be further traumatised by rumours suggesting Juventus have their beady eye on Moha…

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Football transfer rumours: Spurs target Christian Eriksen replacement?

Today’s fluff is punctualTottenham are worried that mild-mannered Dane Christian Eriksen might leave for pastures new in the summer and have inked the name of Leicester City midfielder James Maddison on their Big Whiteboard O’Potential Replacements. Re…

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The Fiver | More nervous than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!When Liverpool took just one point from the three available against Leicester last week, their more optimistic fans fell over themselves in the rush to view what others might consider a setback as a hu…

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Chelsea v Huddersfield, Everton v Wolves and more football – live!

Goal updates from the afternoon kick-offs in the UK and beyondLive scores: all the goals from Saturday’s matches around EuropeEmail Barry or tweet @bglendenning 2.13pm GMT Premier League: They’ve been knocking on the door for some time and Spurs have f…

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Football transfer rumours: Idrissa Gueye to leave Everton for PSG?

Today’s tittle-tattle is watching that window inching shut A £7.6m signing from Aston Villa in August 2016 at the beginning of the ill-fated Ronald Koeman era, tough-tackling midfield interceptor Idrissa Gueye is wanted by Paris-Saint Germain. Sky Spor…

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Accrington Stanley v Derby County: FA Cup fourth round – live!

Live updates from Wham Stadium, kick-off 12.30pm (GMT)Behind the scenes at AccringtonFeel free to email Barry or tweet @BGlendenning 11.32am GMT 11.31am GMT Accrington are without midfielder Sam Finley, who has been given a five-game ban for violent a…

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The Fiver | Pontificating about the Corinthian spirit of fair play

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!One of the few benefits of being related to this tea-timely email’s book-writing, cricket-playing, pyramid-inverting, tactics-obsessed Wearside cousin Mackem Lobanovskyi 4-2-3-1 False Nine Wilson Fiver…

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Football transfer rumours: Emerson Palmieri to leave Chelsea for Juventus?

Today’s tittle-tattle has never known more about Derby County Not content with having a name that makes him sound like two-thirds of a 1970s London prog rock band, Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri is now the subject of interest from Juventus. A bit-p…

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The Fiver | Cech, mate

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Unlike say, a certain couple of Fulham players, it is difficult to imagine Petr Cech ever clashing with a teammate during a yoga class. While it is easy to imagine the Arsenal keeper trying somebody’s …

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David Wagner can hold head high after end of Huddersfield love affair | Barry Glendenning

The German will not struggle to find another job given the miracles he produced at the John Smith’s StadiumWhen football clubs and their managers part by “mutual consent” the consent is invariably a lot more mutual on the part of one side than the othe…

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The Fiver | A lament about theEU that might well have been entitled You Lost, Get Over It

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Traditionally more famous for his rants about referees than referendums, Neil Warnock has cut an uncharacteristically chilled out figure since securing promotion to the Premier League with Cardiff City…

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Football transfer rumours: Callum Wilson to Chelsea for £75m?

The mind of today’s tell-all is well and truly boggled Bournemouth have decided they’ll happily sell striker Callum Wilson to longtime admirers Chelsea, but only if Roman Abramovich sanctions the payment of a mind-boggling £75m transfer fee. Wolves are…

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Football transfer rumours: Gonzalo Higuaín to Chelsea?

Today’s tell-all is a footballing shame tailspin Having scored two goals, ostentatiously appealed for VAR in a match in which it wasn’t being used and missed an absolute sitter only to have his blushes spared by the linesman’s flag, Álvaro Morata had a…

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Football transfer rumours: Michy Batshuayi to Crystal Palace?

Today’s rumours ponder: ‘You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish … it was so fragile’Following his side’s stirring win at Molineux on Wednesday, Roy Hodgson confirmed that Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke will not b…

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Football transfer rumours: Pulisic in, Hudson-Odoi out at Chelsea?

Today’s rumours are sniffling, snuffling and sweating out 2018Not long now. At 12.01am, as the final drunken renditions of Auld Lang Syne echo through the dark winter UK night (other time zones are available) and assorted folk make life-improving resol…

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Solskjær prepares for Cardiff return: weekend football countdown – live!

Latest football news and Wolves v Liverpool buildupPremier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendMail Barry, tweet @bglendenning or comment below 9.22am GMT Solskjær on whether or not he’ll have any input into January transfers:I hope Woodward …

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Football transfer rumours: Patrick van Aanholt to Roma? Isco to Chelsea?

Today’s fluff is feeling the burnAn undeniably good player he may be, but Mesut Özil currently appears to have acquired the status of square peg at Arsenal, where he is apparently unable to fit in any of the round holes on Unai Emery’s tactics board. H…