rss

Author Archive for Paul Doyle

0

Mbwana Samatta: ‘I wanted to play like Drogba, now I watch videos of Harry Kane’

The Premier League’s first Tanzanian had no salary at his first club but Aston Villa’s striker now has his sights set on Manchester City at WembleyMbwana Samatta is the son of a policeman but pays little attention to the law of probability. Good thing,…

0

Mbwana Samatta: ‘I wanted to play like Drogba, now I watch videos of Harry Kane’

The Premier League’s first Tanzanian had no salary at his first club but Aston Villa’s striker now has his sights set on Manchester City at WembleyMbwana Samatta is the son of a policeman but pays little attention to the law of probability. Good thing,…

0

Sabri Lamouchi aims to last the distance with improving Forest | Paul Doyle

Manager is looking long term with Nottingham Forest and wants to take them back to the Premier League this yearThere was one thing Sabri Lamouchi always dreamed of doing when he was a player but had to wait until he hung up his boots to do: the New Yor…

0

Brighton had more points last season – but are in a better place with Graham Potter

Table shows team have gone backwards since Chris Hughton left but there is no cause to abandon a creative revolutionHands up who thinks Brighton are giving off a strong whiff of Crystal Palace? Specifically, of Frank de Boer’s Crystal Palace? Remember …

0

The Fiver | Starting a fight with a clock if they don’t like the look on its face

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Try talking to Weird Uncle Fiver about the latest goings-on in La Liga and he’ll tell you to get a grip, oblivious to the fact that your right hand already has a firm hold of yourself. He, you see, is …

0

The Fiver | Starting a fight with a clock if they don’t like the look on its face

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Try talking to Weird Uncle Fiver about the latest goings-on in La Liga and he’ll tell you to get a grip, oblivious to the fact that your right hand already has a firm hold of yourself. He, you see, is …

0

Football transfer rumours: Ivan Rakitic to Manchester United?

Today’s fluff laughs in the face of deadlinesSenior university lecturers have already begun teaching students about The Richarlison Precedent, which holds that no scenario can ever confidently be dismissed as unrealistic because Barcelona supposedly on…

0

Aston Villa set to play £8.5m signing Mbwana Samatta against Leicester

• Rodgers could risk Vardy for Carabao Cup semi-final second leg• Scores at 1-1 after first leg at King Power StadiumLeicester City’s ambition for this season is to qualify for the Champions League while Aston Villa’s main aim is to stave off relegatio…

0

Kylian Mbappé takes aim at hitting his most creative target yet | Paul Doyle

France superstar stays grounded amid glamour and launches project to change the lives of 98 young ParisiansLast week, to a soundtrack of Michael Jackson’s Heal The World, Kylian Mbappé walked on to a stage in a Paris hotel to unveil his new charity cal…

0

The Fiver | The sort of creativity Manchester United have been crying out for

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Before Manchester United set off for Tranmere Rovers as part of their quest to find a team from Merseyside that they can beat, Ole Gunnar Solskjær held a press conference. It may only be the FA Cup but…

0

Dean Smith aiming to end Aston Villa’s tendency to ‘catastrophise’ | Paul Doyle

Aston Villa manager hopes experienced signings Danny Drinkwater and Pepe Reina can stiffen struggling teamPsychologists say one common symptom of anxiety is a tendency to catastrophise, meaning to expect the worst outcome in every situation. Dean Smith…

0

‘I felt tears in my eyes’ – how tiny Réunion team stunned French football | Paul Doyle

JS Saint-Pierroise, the amateur side from the Indian Ocean island, are the first club from a French overseas territory to reach the last 32 of the Coupe de France in 31 yearsUntil a couple of weeks ago JS Saint-Pierroise were best known, paradoxically,…

0

David McGoldrick is beloved by Blades despite his lack of cutting edge | Paul Doyle

McGoldrick is to Sheffield United what Roberto Firmino is to Liverpool – minus the goals. Seldom, if ever, has a misfiring striker inspired such devotionOf all the special relationships in the Premier League, the one between Sheffield United and David …

0

Rodgers aiming to liberate Leicester against Aston Villa in trophy hunt

Manager wants to avoid a repeat of the 2015 FA Cup semi-final when his much-fancied Liverpool side lost to Aston VillaThe praise is nice. The Premier League points tally is impressive. So, too, that record 9-0 victory over Southampton, which came amid …

0

Rodgers aiming to liberate Leicester against Aston Villa in trophy hunt

Manager wants to avoid a repeat of the 2015 FA Cup semi-final when his much-fancied Liverpool side lost to Aston VillaThe praise is nice. The Premier League points tally is impressive. So, too, that record 9-0 victory over Southampton, which came amid …

0

Rodgers aiming to liberate Leicester against Aston Villa in trophy hunt

Manager wants to avoid a repeat of the 2015 FA Cup semi-final when his much-fancied Liverpool side lost to Aston VillaThe praise is nice. The Premier League points tally is impressive. So, too, that record 9-0 victory over Southampton, which came amid …

0

‘Everybody felt that sadness’: Nuno says Wolves grieved after Cup semi-final exit

• Wolves lost to Watford in painful fashion at Wembley last season• Diogo Jota unfit to face Manchester United with thigh injuryThe Wolves manager, Nuno Espírito Santo, says the “grieving” his team did in the aftermath of their FA Cup semi?final defeat…

0

Liverpool v Sheffield United: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 8pm GMT kick-offListen to the latest Football Weekly Extra podcastYou can get in touch with Paul by email, or on Twitter 7.10pm GMT Klopp and Wilder have fielded their strongest available lineups. Keita is back for Liver…

0

Nuno Espírito Santo says hectic Christmas fixture schedule is ‘absurd’

• Wolves face Liverpool 48 hours after Manchester City victory• ‘All managers and players are concerned. We have to survive’Nuno Espírito Santo has said it is “absurd” his Wolves team must face Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, less than 48 hours after a…

0

Roberto Firmino’s value to Liverpool goes beyond goals, says Jürgen Klopp

• Manager reminds player of his work as team’s ‘connector’• ‘When I think about Bobby I don’t think about scoring’Jürgen Klopp has revealed Roberto Firmino’s recent burst of goals came after the player had to be reassured of his value to Liverpool foll…