Watford paid tribute to Graham Taylor, the club’s “greatest manager of all-time”, ahead of their Premier League match against Middlesbrough at Vicarage Road.Taylor, who enjoyed two hugely successful periods with the Hornets, Fans laid flowers, scarves and club shirts outside the stadium while “There’s only one Graham Taylor” was chanted prior to kick-off, and throughout the one-minute applause, with some fans in tears. The Middlesbrough supporters also sang Taylor’s name.Watford played a collection of Taylor’s favourite songs ahead of the Premier League clash and a black and white picture of the former England manager also adorned the front cover of the programme. “The greatest Watford manager of all-time,” accompanied the image.Supporters in the Rookery Stand joined together to hold placards ahead of the game which spelt out “GT” with a heart symbol.Scott Duxbury, the club’s chairman and chief executive, honoured Taylor in his programme notes.“Good afternoon and welcome to Vicarage Road,” Duxbury wrote. “As one, together as a club, we were all utterly devastated to learn of Graham’s passing on Thursday.“His achievements at this club remain unsurpassed – and they weren’t just on the field as Watford supporters everywhere will be aware.“Watford still enjoys the reputation of being the original pioneers of the family club – a club so deeply rootWolves have completed the signing of Raphael Nya from PSG.The young defender 19, has signed a three-year deal at Molineux.Nya was part of PSG’s Uefa Youth League side last term.Indeed the stopper captained the team under PSG youth coach Thiago Motta.ed in its community because of the drive and commitments to see this happen from Graham.“That the club remains the heartbeat of the town today is testament to the way Graham shaped things in his image; warm-hearted, caring, inclusive and with a will to succeed and progress at all times.“Together with Sir Elton John, Graham built Watford FC. We will treasure the legacy he created and honour him by continuing to develop this wonderful football club. Please join us today by paying tribute to Graham.”During his first stint in charge at Watford, Taylor took the club from the Fourth Division to a second-placed finish in the top flight. He also guided Watford to to buy the Arsenal defender.Monaco have enquired about buying the Gunners’ error-prone centre-back , who the club value at There has been some interest from Serie A giants Roma, according to reports in Italy.But father and representative Kujtim Mustthe only FA Cup final of their history – a 2-0 defeat against Everton in 1984 – and European football.Taylor left for Aston Villa, and latterly England, before he returned for a second spell at Vicarage Road to take them back to the Premier League.A stint as Watford chairman followed while the Rous Stand at Vicarage Road was renamed after him in 2014.Taylor took charge at Villa following their relegation to the Second Division. He won promotion at the first attempt and two years after that, in 1990, they finished runners-up to Liverpool in the First Division.That achievement was instrumental in securing him the England position. Years later, in 2002, he came out of managerial retirement for a second spell at Villa.He also had a spell as manager at Wolves and later became a respected pundit with the BBC and BT Sport.Two of Taylor’s former clubs – Wolves and Aston Villa – met in the Sky Bet Championship at Molineux in Saturday night’s late kick-off with the flags flying at half mast.Villa and Wolves both unveiled a flower memorial in the shape of the club kits on the pitch before kick-off – either side of one in England colours – as they paid tribute to their former boss ahead of the match, while a photograph of Taylor adorned both clubs’ official Twitter accounts.The two Championship teams stood either side of the centre circle, with the three flower tributes in the middle, as the stadium joined in a minute’s applause for Taylor.The singing of “there’s only one Graham Taylor” started ringing out from the stands in a fitting tribute to the former England manager before play got under way.
The FA Cup may not be what it once was, but the video below proves magic does still exist in the competition.After a rather boring third round, hopes were high for a fourth round draw which threw up some great matches.However, it was again mostly uninspiring except for a few clashes featuring Premier League sides coming up against outfits far down the Football League pyramid.And one of those ties sees Tottenham Hotspur host Wycombe Wanderers of League Two – something the Chairboys are vs jumped to the defence of Pedro Chirivella.Ahead of their Champions League clash with RB Salzburg, Klopp also spoke about the risk of his team being kicked out of the Carabao Cup because they fielded an ineligible player in the last round against MKery much looking forward to.In fact, they were so happy with the draw that they celebrated, as shown by a vittish Premiership clubs made loan attemps for Newcastle United winger Tom Allan last month.The Evening Chronicle says Newcastle turned down two loan offers from the Scottish Premiership for flying forward Allan in January.New U23 coach Chris Hogg saydeo posted to Twitter byParis Cowan-Hall.It does show that magic still does exist in the cup, even if only on rare occasions.You can check out the video below…
Barcelona have been linked with a shoalkeeper played second fiddle to Alisson last season and wants to see more action.But Klopp says: “I think he will stay, yes. “I have had many conversations with him. The last months, the last years. Before he left on vacation, we had a good converck move for Stoke defender Glen Johnson.The Catalan giants are expected to reinforce their backline in January and a new right-back is their priority.And now Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo has claimed that Johnson could be on their radar ahead of the transfer window.It has been suggested that Barca may turn to Johnson as a ‘low-cost option’, who would also appeal to them because he will not bte the 20-year-old winger having previously said he would not sign a new deal amid apparent interest from Italian side Lazio and former club Barcelona.Adekanye, signed from the Catalans in 2017, hasn’t featured for Liverpool’s under-23 since Novembere cup tied in Europe.Johnson has entered the final year of his contract at Stoke, where he has played 28 Premier League games since arriving from Liverpool in 2015.
Even though there are no Premier League teams in the Champions League semi-finaManchester United are interested in AS Roma sensaving up on his Gunners career just yet.The Argentine, who made 18 appearances for the Royals last campaign, admitted that he had doubts whether his career at the Emirates will ever take off, but he decided to fight for his place. “I had a great seasotion Nicolo Zaniolo.Il Messaggero says United are keen for Roma to include the midfielder in negotiations for the sale of Chris Smalling.On-loan for the season with Roma, Smalling is wanted by the Gialls, a number of the players involved are still being eyed by England’s bigger sides.Here, talkSPORT looks at a number of them, beginning with Monaco’s 22-year-old midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, who will reportedlycost £35m.
Even when Arsenal are not playing, they are being embarrassed.But this time, the Gunners have been shown up by their own ladies’ team!After losing 3-1 to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon, the mens’ side saw Arsenal Ladies beat local rivals Tottenham 10-0.And fans have ripped into Arsene Wenger’s side – saying the ladies’ team have more heart and character than their male counterparts.Wess to Tottenham Hotspur.Steven Bergwijn was brought down in the box by Bjorn Engels on the stroke of half-time, but referee Martin Atkinson initially signalled of City’s Champions League meeting with Shakhtar Donetsk, conceded the striker has endured a frustrating time with Sergio Aguero, now injured, selected ahead of him.He said, “It’s not easy for Gabriel, there’s no other striker at this level who can for a goal kick.However, VAR overturned the decision and Heung-min Son converted from the nger’s men cannot even go a day without being the subject of social media criticism… but it is totally understandable this time.You can see some of the best social media reactions below…
Alan Pardew expects Yannick Bolasie to be in Crystal Palace’s squad for their opening Premier League fixture on Saturday against West Brom.The forward is reportedly on the verge of concluding a £30million transfer to Everton, but his club manager has insisted he will be available for selection at Selhurst Park.Pardew also revealed he plans to sign two new forwards as well as “some other positions”, depending on “how that evolves”.Asked if Bolasie had been training, was in Palace’s squad for the visit of West Brom and in the right frame of mind, the manager replied: “Yes. He’s been great. He’s been great.”Two of the summer departures from Palace have included Emmanuel Adebayor and Dwight Gayle, so it is perhaps little surprise Pardew believes he requires two forwards.The 55-year-old also spoke of his belief a lack of squad depth had contributed much to Palace’s poor run during the second half of the last season, and said he intended on replacing any further players who may leave.“I will be looking to sign two forwards and also some other positions,” he said. “We will have to wait and see how that evolves.“It was a positive (summer) for our club because we had Steve (Mandanda) and Yohan (Cabaye) in the final (of Euro 2016, with France).“We had Jonny (Williams), Wayne (Hennessey) and Joe (Ledley) in the semi-finals. It was brilliant for us. We enjoyed watching it, the Welsh exploits: it was fantastic.“They’re going to take that confidence into the season. Why wouldn’t you? It’s going to be a big benefit for us. Our physio works for Wales too, so it was the perfect crossover.”Should Bolasie leave, or Pardew prove unable to recruit the forwards he has targeted, it is likely Jason Puncheon will continue to vie for selection in the final third.A pre-season experiment featured him playing in a deeper-lying more central role, and of his potential there the manager said June, the 35 year-old former England international is attracting interest from MLS.However, Ancelotti has made it clear to Baines he’s a wanted player for next season and the veteran is leaning towards signing on for another 12 months.LA Galaxy are : &# thrashing by Napoli.Spalletti admits the manner of defeat should never be acceptable.“It can happen to lose against Napoli, not like this, but the next match really is a Final. We can’t get that wrong,” he told Sky Sport Italia.“We’ve had some g8220;He is a player like Paul Scholes, who ended as a deep midfield player but started as a striker, who has great technique and ability with the ball.“I don’t want to take that away. He can be an influence in many positions. There are some games where I have looked at him in pre-season and he has played a deep role.“Whether he plays that this week, you will have to wait and find out. It is now an option. He has produced in pre-season; he can play that number eight role.”
Danny Kelly is joined by Mark Langdonto take a look at all the bigfootballnews from the continent.They discuss Torsten Frings’ struggles at Darmstadt – taks squad.The 23-year-old was withdrawn after 53 minutes during the 0-0 draw against Chile and looks likely to miss their match with Mexico on Wednesday. Lo Celso told reporters: “My problem was only a blow. It is not something to worry about.”We desere in action from France, Spain and Portugal, and hnk Lampard is demanding a new striker be signed this week.The Sun says Lampard is pressuring Blues chiefs to sign a new striker before Friday’s transfer deadline. The former Chelsea star has urged technical director Petr Cech and director Marina Granave a chat with talkSPORT’s very own Mike ‘Porky’ Parry about the latest Premier League transfer targets.This week’s European cult hero is the formerManchester Unitedand France striker Eric Cantona, and there’s also time to chat about the Africa Cup of Nations with expert Alexander Bertin.Listen above, or.
John Barnes has urged Daniel Sturridge to stay at Liverpool, insisting it’s just a matter of time before he wins back his place.Sturridge is reportedly ready to quit the Merseyside club in January having grown frustrated with life under Jurgen Klopp.After an injury-hit couple of years, the 27-year-old returned to full fitness this term but has found first team opportunities hard to come by.Roberto Firmino is currently Jurgen Klopp’s first choice frontman and that looks unlikely to change in the near futurewith the Brazilian – and Liverpool – in such good form.But Barnes is not convinced the versatile Firmino will be used as a central striker under Klopp in the long term and believes Sturridge will get back his starting sp just nine months in charge of the Championship club.Welshman Jones, 46, was brought in from then League One Luton Town in January to replace the sacked Gary Rowett.But Stoke have won six times in 38 games under Jones and, despite back-to-back wins iot if he sticks it out.“Obviously we know what a quality player he is,” said the Reds legend, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He has had his injury problems in the last couple of years, Liverpool are playing well at the moment, and Jurgen Klopp feels that the 11 he has out there are the right people for the job. But I believe in thelong term,Daniel Sturridge will be the next number nine for England and also for Liverpool if he stays.“If he chooses to go because he is frustrated then that is a feature of modern football. In the old days I suppose you would stay and fight for your place and you didn’t feel you have a divine right to playtball Awards on Sunday night. Mbappe spoke of moving on to a “new project” if he isn’t handed greater influence at the club.PSG boss Thomas Tuchel, sitting in the audience, was left stunned by the £160million star’s declaration, while there also a. But if Daniel feels that then he will have to make that decision, but I don’t think he should [go].“He has had his problems and the team Jurgen Klopp has picked has been doing the business so you are not going to leave out Firmino.“I don’t necessarily feel that Firmino is going to be the centre forward, the number nine, long term because he plays in different positions, but at the moment he is playing really well, everything is going well, the harmony within the team, the cohesion, the movement, so why change a winning formula?”
American business magazineMainz are battling to keep Jean-Philippe Mateta away from Premier League clubs.L’Equipe says Southampton have become the fifth Premier League club to have a bid for Mateta rejected by Mainz.Forward Mateta is worth €40m to the German side, but have only received offers between €20m and €25m so far.Everton, Newcastle, Cardiff and Watford have also seen their interest rebuffed. has revealed which side is the richest in football.There are six Premier League cllayers despite their 1-0 loss to Liverpool on Sunday.Sadio Mane’s 42nd minute goal was enough to decide the match.Speaking after the game, Nuno said: “In terms of performance, we did very well.”We didn’t start the game very well, but we were in contrubs in the top 10, while West Ham and relegated Newcastle make the top 20, though lucrative sponsorship and television deals means the top 20 are collectively worth 24 per cent more than they were last year.Amazingly, the no.1 footy club is still lagging behind American football’s Dallas Cowboys, the richest sports team in the world and worth $4bn.Here, though, talkSPORT is looking at those money bag football teams, so click the arrow above, right, to see them.
This week’s episode starts with four members of the Sport magazine team picking one sporting event they could not miss in 2017.Deputy editor Alex Reid hosts as editor Tony Hodson, features editor Sarah Shepard and staff writer Charlie Morgan go through their highlights.The team touches on the upcoming Australian Open, the women’s feel burdened with the title of reigning Champions League winners.The Reds start off their defence of last season’s win by facing Napoli in Italy.”We don’t feel the burden because I don’t know exactly how that should feel to be honest,” said the GermEuropean Championships, a compelling Britis Branthwaite.The Everton-target-Jarrad-Branthwaite-rejecting-Toffees-bid-week.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail says Carlisle want around £800,000 for Everton target Branthwaite.The League Two club rejected an offer of £500,000 plus add ons from Eveh and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, the denouement of the Premier League season and the next steps for England’s cricket side.Next, they discuss the cover star of issue 481, sprint star Dina Asher-Smith.Then we have some passionate, expletive-punctuated thoughts on the expansion of the World Cup and finally some predictions on Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United.
Eddie Howe was left bemoaning the performance of his BournemoEverton are close to completing a deal for Andre Gomes.Mundo Deportivo says the Toffees have agreed a €25m fee with Barcelona.Portugal international Gomes spent last season on loan at Goodison Park, where he made 29 appearances and scored one goal.The 25-year-old currently has two years left on his contract at Camp Nou.uth side after his decision to field fringe players backfired in a shock EFL Cup defeat to Preston.Simon Makienok scored a hat-trick for the Championship side as they The Denmark international grabbed his first goal for Preston on 11 minutes but Bournemouth rallied in the second half.Lewis Grabban scored his first goal since returning to the Cherries in January as he converted a penalty following a Ben Pringle handball before Dan Gosling added a second to set Howe’s side on an apparent course to the fourth round.But Makienok struck again, levelling with a header to take the tie into extra time, where the Palermo loanee then tucked away the winner with nine minutes left.Howe made 11 changes to his team with the likes of Jack Wilshere, Callum Wilson, Jordan Ibe and Simon Francis nowhere to be seen in the Bournemouth squad – but it is a sign of the changing times at the club that the starting XI named here stillcost in excess of £40million.But Howe, who saw his side jeered off by a small number of fans following the defeat, was left deflated by the performance of those who came into his team.“I don’t give these opportunities lightly,” he said. “I give them because I believe in the players and think they deserve that by how they train and their attitude day to day.“But very early in the game I think it was evident that there was something not right with us tonight. It disappointed me immensely. We have let them (the fans) down.“It was very disappointing from start to finish. It was unlike us. I felt we were lethargic. We didn’t play with our usuarton midfielder Darron Gibson is training with Salford City.The Manchester Evening News says the Ammies have no plans to offer Gibson a contract at the moment as he seeks to resurrect his career, having been without the club since leaving Wigan Athlel energy and enthusiasm. We got what we deserved.”Preston boss Simon Grayson made 10 changes after a weekend thumping by Brentford.And he reserved special praise for Makienok, who has been limited to four substitute appearances in the league this season.“He shown what he is capable of doing again,” Grayson said of the former Charlton striker.“He’s had a stop-start season with us and delighted with him. Any striker who scores goals it will give them a boost for their confidence.“He is more than just a target man. You saw him even at the end running the channels. He has fantastic hold-up play, a good touch and brings people in and allows us to play a different way.“We signed him because we thought he could give us something different. He has just been waiting for an opportunity and Simon has shown what he is capable of doing.”
Former Barcelona and Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o has snubbed an audacious offer from Hull City.The 35-year-old is currently plying his trade with Turkish side Antalyaspor, but he can reportedly leave on loan during the January transfer window.That has sparked interest from seveirmino.The attacker, who is the fulcrum of Liverpool’s devastating front line, has enjoyed a fine start to the season.As the Reds sit on top of the Premier League table, Klopp admits Firmino is a big reason for their success in recent seasons.”Hopefural clubs around Europe, including Premier League strugglers Hull.The Tigers are currently languishing in the relegation places and they had been linked with a move for Eto’o in attempt to bolster their attacking options.But, ac forced off during the 2-2 draw against Champions League opponents Club Brugge.Courtois left the pitch complaining of a sore belly, though had been jeered by the home support after conceding twice.Alphonse Areola could now start for Real against Grancording to Tutto Mercato, the Cameroonian has rejected the chance to move to the KCOM Stadium for the rest of the season.Eto’ois reportedly reluctant to join a side in a relegation scrap and he is expected to now listen to offers from Marseille and Sampdoria.
Tottenham have confirmed Clinton Njie has undergone knee surgery.The Cameroon forward suffered a ligament injury during Tottenham have not said how long Njie, who signed from Lyon on a five-year deal this summer, will be out for.A club statement read: “Our medical staff will monitor Clinton’s progress during his rehabilitation to determine when he will be ready to return to traistone has offered advice to Moise Kean about winning over the Goodison support.Pistone,elsea manager Frank Lampard admits his side face a tough test in the Premier League opener.The Blues travel to Old Trafford on Sunday to face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United. Speaking after a 2-2 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach on Sunday, who played for the Toffees 113 times between 2000 and 2007, believes that maximum effort is the minimum Everton fans will expect from their £27.5million signingining.”Njie has made 13 appearances, but is yet to start in the Premier League, for Spurs this season and is also yet to score.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has hinted at more player exits from White Hart Lane before the end of theeulofeu is again being linked with a big club move away after a superb run of recent form.”You could say my career has been a bit irregular,” he admitted. “One thing is certain – I will never go back to Barcelona. You need to find calm and I have transfer window.The Argentine allowed defender , and there are continued reports that Aaron Lennon, Emmanuel Adebayor and Parighton boss Graham Potter couldn’t fault his players’ application in their goalless draw against Newcastle United at St James’ Park.The Seagulls produced a dominant display in front of the Sky Sports cameras, enjoying 71% of the possession, but neitulinho could also leave Spurs by the end of January.With Tottenham challenging in four competitions, the former Southampton boss is keen to keep his squad together.But Pochettino conceded the situation could change in the next week if a player insists he wants to leave or if Spurs receive an offer they cannot refuse.He said: “I am happy with all [the players], but the situation like Kyle Naughton maybe happens next week. In football, you never know.”
Manchester United managing director Richard Arnold is proud that he will soon be welcoming more disabled fans to Old Trafford, with the planned structural changes seeing the overall capacity reduced to between 72,500 and 73,000.Over 300 new positions for disabled supporters are to be built by August in line with the Accessible Stadia guide, following consultation with the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Manchester United Disabled Supporters’ Association.As the changes are being phased in, the design will incorporate reversible platforms and from next season 100 of the 300 new positions created will be used for Premier League and some cup games.However, the plans mean 2,600 season ticket holders will need relocating as the current East Stand accessible platform is to be extended across and into the Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton Stands.Uol star Danny Murphy believes Jordan Henderson is the only midfielder guaranteed a spot in England’s Euro2020 starting XI.The Three Lions booked their place in the tournament after beating Montenegro 7-0 at Wembley on Thursday night.”Jordan’s always nited group managing director Arnold confirmed Old Trafford’s overall capacity will be reduced from 75,643 to between “72,500 and 73,000” as a result of changes he is proud to help implement.“We’re really pleased to be able to announce the provision of the facilities in time for the start of next season,” Arnold said.“To have the compliant number of spaces available is a great achievement and something we not only believe was the right thing to do, but are proud to be able to be provide to the disabled community.”Asked about the financial hit of the changes, the United managing director said: “Money hasn’t been a factor in looking at this issue. It is something we felt was the right thing to do.“We wanted to make sure we were compliant for the start of next season and we wanted to make sure that we did this in a way that was sensitive to the existing fans in those seats.“I think what you’ll see is that it underlines that commitment we’ve made to the disabled community over the last 25 years.”Arnold says the relocation of supporters has “weighed very heavily” on their mind and is behind United’s three-year phased programme.The managing director also points to a goodwill package that includes covering ticket price differences for the first season and free cup tickets for all home ties, but there are naturally disgruntled supporters and some have raised concerns over the number of cheaper tickets that will be lost as part of the changes.“This location for us was chosen because it was the fastest way of implementing this and minimised the number of seats affected,” Arnold said.“What you will see is that the phasing of the relocation we are doing is actually the most expensive seats will be moved first from the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand, giving us the maximum amount of time to find an equivalently-priced seat for those in the cheaper seats.“So I think within the context of needing to move fans – which is something we are always reluctant to do given how long so many of our fans have held their seats – we think that we have found a fair way of looking after those fans, who ultimately are making that sacrifice for what is obviously the right thing to do in terms of expanding the capacity we have for disabled fans.”The Manchester United Supporters Trust has called for the club to extend the one-year price freeze to the 2,600 relocated as “no supporter who is compulsorily relocated should suffer any financial loss”.The trust also said it will be making a “strenuous argument” for the general expansion of Old Trafford, not only reclaiming the lost seats but making the ground’s capacity “the largest in Europe.”“We are in a very fortunate situation in terms of the capacity we have, the low churn we have, but also the situation we find ourselves in with regards to the waiting list,” Arnold said when asked about expansion plans at Old Trafford.“You’ll be aware of the complexity of any further changes to the stadium in terms of the impact of the railway line and consequence need for any work to overhang the pitch.“So whilst we continue to look at the long-term vision for the stadium, what we’re focused on today is delivering this platform and the associated expansion in capacity for our disabled fans.”The stadium accessibility plans were welcomed by Penny Mordaunt, Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, and disability charity Scope, which has called for “more clubason, reports, /.The two parties first teamed up in 2015, with Nexen expanding the deal to become the first sleeve partner for an English soccer club two years later.The new deals sees the Korean tyre manufacturer retain its playing shirt sleeve brans to follow suit”.However, Level Playing Field – a charity promoting good access for all fans and one of the stakeholders United worked with – has mixed emotions about the plans.“Level Playing Field would like to express disappointment at the news that Manchester United are set to miss the Premier League pledge to achieve Accessible Stadia minimum standards by August 2017,” he said.“The club have confirmed that whilst Old Trafford will have the infrastructure in place to achieve the minimum standards required by the deadline, they will be using a phased approach to minimise the disruption caused by relocating existing season ticket holders.“It is anticipated that all planned wheelchair user spaces will be in full use by the 2020/21 season.”