Nina to have operation

first_img Carberry was replacing her brother Paul on Noel Meade’s Another Palm in the Ulster Grand National, but the grey only got as far as the second fence before unseating his pilot. Speaking on Thursday afternoon, Meade said: “Nina’s going for an operation on her shoulder tomorrow. They are going to put a pin in her collarbone. I don’t know at this stage how long she will be out for. Thankfully she’s not in that much pain now and we’ll know a lot more after the operation.” Press Association Nina Carberry is facing an operation on her shoulder after a nasty incident at Downpatrick on Wednesday.last_img read more

Royals target new training base

first_img “Bearwood is one of a number of sites we have looked at and of course there is a long way to go before anything is confirmed or any work can begin. “As a club we aim to build, evolve and succeed so we need to move away from the current site at Hogwood, which we have outgrown. “With the plans we have in place for the first team facility, and our desire to have the best possible academy, this is a vital step and if all goes well then it can only be of benefit to the football club.” The Royals’ return to the npower Championship was decided with three games to spare, but owner Anton Zingarevich remains committed to improving the club on and off the field. “We are striving to improve all aspects of the football club and have agreed in principle a contract with Bearwood to purchase land and build a new training ground, subject to planning permission,” chief executive Nigel Howe told the club’s official website. Press Associationcenter_img Relegated Reading are pressing ahead with plans for a new training ground, with a deal agreed in principle with Bearwood Golf Club.last_img read more

Dunne sits out training

first_img Goalkeeper David Forde and full-back Marc Wilson trained in the gym as they continued to nurse knee and hamstring problems respectively, but both are expected to return on Wednesday. Press Association The 33-year-old, who Trapattoni said on Monday is “90 per cent” certain to start Friday’s World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands, looked on as his team-mates went through their paces. However, assistant manager Marco Tardelli later revealed he was rested as a precaution after making his first appearance for a year against Georgia on Sunday. center_img Richard Dunne sat out Ireland training on Tuesday as manager Giovanni Trapattoni maintained a cautious approach.last_img read more

Pardew defends lack of movement

first_img The 52-year-old went into the final days of the transfer window desperately hoping to land at least one attacking player, but ultimately had to be satisfied with just the arrival of loan signing Loic Remy, who had turned down Tyneside for QPR seven months earlier. A statement released on his behalf was a masterpiece of diplomacy, acknowledging both owner Mike Ashley’s January investment in Mathieu Debuchy, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran, and Kinnear’s ultimately unsuccessful efforts to bolster his squad further. Pardew said: “We are delighted to have brought Loic Remy to the club in this window and we believe he will form an exciting and effective partnership with Papiss Cisse. “Joe has worked hard on numerous targets, particularly an additional offensive player. However, some of the options that were available within our financial means were not as good as the players we already had and there is no point bringing in new players unless they can improve us and take us forward. “We did the majority of our business in the January window, signing five excellent first-team players. With the strong squad we have we should all approach the season in a positive, optimistic frame of mind.” However, Pardew’s attempts at conciliation are likely to cut little ice with fans who were furious at Kinnear’s appointment in June and little short of apoplectic at his performance since. Mark Jensen, editor of online fanzine www.themag.co.uk, said: “Basically if anybody still believes that Joe Kinnear was brought in to co-ordinate incoming transfers, then their glass isn’t half-full, it’s overflowing because clearly I don’t think there’s been any real intention of bringing any players in unless it was an absolute bargain or if they had sold somebody. “Exactly what his role is is a good question. I’m guessing his role was to come in and shake things up, and instantly you saw [managing director] Derek Llambias walk out of the door. “I don’t think you will find too many fans who don’t believe Mike Ashley is attempting to use Joe Kinnear to get Alan Pardew out of the door.” Kinnear has repeatedly insisted he is no threat to Pardew and that the pair enjoy a good working relationship. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has moved to defuse a backlash against director of football Joe Kinnear after his failure to make a single permanent summer signing. The 66-year-old has also claimed the manager agreed that the current squad was strong enough to finish in the top half of the table during their early discussions, but Pardew was at pains to make it known during the final days of the window that he wanted to strengthen further, although to no avail. Jensen said: “I had the lowest expectations possible for this transfer window, and have got to say that Mike Ashley has exceeded those very, very low expectations. “I was telling people before it all kicked off in June that I didn’t expect Newcastle to sign many, maybe one or two players, maybe one or two if we sold somebody. “But I never thought we would be in the mad position of basically buying nobody and in reality having a smaller squad than last year, when we struggled. “We have got people now on the bench who would have been behind the likes of James Perch and Danny Simpson last season. “The thing that strikes me more than anything is that the margin for error is so minute. “We all know there is a small handful of players who make or score goals or are capable of doing so. We saw last season when [Yohan] Cabaye and [Hatem] Ben Arfa were injured that we struggled to create chances and score goals, especially with Demba Ba out of the door. “In one word, ‘disbelief’ sums it up. But on the other hand, you almost take it for granted now that at a time when every single club is spending the extra money they are getting from the TV deal, Newcastle stand out like a sore thumb. “It could backfire massively. Last season, they had the safety net of making money available in January and we got out of jail. Who’s to say it would work out a second time?” Pardew can at least take consolation from Yohan Cabaye’s continued presence at the club after Arsenal failed to meet Newcastle’s valuation despite weeks of speculation. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ivanovic looking ahead

first_img “Arsenal are doing well at the moment, but the season is a long one.” Chelsea appeared set to cruise to victory at Norwich when Oscar fired the visitors into a fourth-minute lead, but the hosts struck back and equalised through Anthony Pilkington. The Blues were under pressure and broke from a corner for Eden Hazard to score a late second, followed moments later by Willian’s first Chelsea goal, a sublime curling effort from the edge of the area. “To take the three points from this game was for us very important,” Ivanovic added. “You see we tried to do our best, we tried to do everything to take the three points from this game, and in the end it was very important.” Both Hazard and Willian, along with Samuel Eto’o, came off the bench in a display of Chelsea’s firepower. Ivanovic believes there is more to come from Willian and Eto’o, who have both started life at Stamford Bridge slowly following their moves from Anzhi Makhachkala. “Both guys add fantastic quality,” Ivanovic said. “Willian showed he can improve and he can impress all the guys more, and we expect from him a lot. His goal is very important for him for confidence and for motivation. “Eto’o is a guy who is still new in our team, in our squad, and we have tried to help him to settle as quickly as possible.” Ivanovic has been Mourinho’s first-choice right-back this term, but knows no-one at Chelsea is guaranteed a place. Ivanovic added: “With our manager you have to impress him every day. You have to show him every day especially the small details. All of us.” Press Association Branislav Ivanovic hopes Chelsea can kick on following the international break after a start to the season in which Jose Mourinho’s men have remained in contention despite leaving plenty of room for improvement. “When we’re back from the national team we have the very tight schedule of games,” Ivanovic said. “I think we have to work very hard to be top, and use all the squad for these kind of games that are coming up for us. “I think we are (heading) in the right way.” The run of matches includes a game with Arsenal, just two days after the clash with City. However, the Emirates Stadium fixture comes in the Capital One Cup and Mourinho has already suggested he will select an under-21 team due to the proximity of crucial Premier League and Champions League matches. Ivanovic believes the key to the Premier League title race will be to accumulate points when not playing well, as Chelsea did at Carrow Road in their 3-1 win. “This year is going to be a very tough, a very difficult league,” the Serbia defender added. “Every team will have a bad period and a good period. The important thing is in the bad period to take the points, and to stay (in contention). Chelsea enter the international hiatus in third place in the Barclays Premier League, two points behind leaders Arsenal, after claiming a first away win of the league season at Norwich. When club action resumes, Chelsea play seven games in 21 days, beginning with Cardiff, Schalke and Manchester City. last_img read more

Pulis: No Palace return for Zaha

first_img But a move back to Palace, who sit 18th in the table, is not on the cards according to Eagles manager Pulis. “We’ve spoken to David Moyes about Zaha and I don’t think he’s too keen on him coming back to London,” he told talkSPORT. “It’s not a problem for us, he’s a Manchester United player. We don’t think it’s a goer, although we were very keen if there was a possibility to take him on.” With his only competitive start for United coming in the 4-0 Capital One Cup last-16 clash with Norwich, Zaha is likely to be allowed to leave on a temporary basis. And while Zaha will not be back at Palace, Pulis has several other targets. “There are irons in other fires and we’re working hard to bring other players in,” he said. “It is what we need to do. I said when I came here that this window was important. If we can have a good window that gives us a better opportunity of staying up.” Tony Pulis claims Wilfried Zaha will not return to Crystal Palace as Manchester United boss David Moyes wants to avoid sending the player back to London. Zaha signed for the Red Devils 12 months ago but stayed at Selhurst Park and helped the Eagles back into the Barclays Premier League. The 21-year-old England international has played in just two league games for United so far this season and Moyes confirmed that several clubs have enquired about a loan deal. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Downing excited by Mel appointment

first_img Assistant head coach Downing has done a stellar job steadying the ship since Steve Clarke’s sacking last month and will aim to bow out on a high at St Mary’s, before Spanish coach Mel takes over next week after signing an 18-month contract on Thursday. Albion sit 14th in the Barclays Premier League, four points above the relegation zone, after a creditable run of three draws and a win under the likeable Downing. Press Association “My Spanish is worse,” he said. “It’ll be an interesting time. We’re aware he’ll need some help in terms of translations but football is a ‘universal language’ and we look forward to some different ideas.” The caretaker boss admits Mel’s appointment is a gamble – but no more so than any other. “Any appointment is a gamble, you’re never sure,” he said. “I always look at the positives. There will be new ideas, his own slant on it and it’ll be exciting times.” Mel was an early frontrunner following Clarke’s sacking but reportedly fell from favour due to disagreements over his backroom staff, with the Spaniard apparently keen to bring in his own team while the club wanted Downing and goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely to remain in their roles. The matter appears to have been settled and the pair’s future looks secure, although reports in Spain claim Mel still may bring in his own men in some capacity. “I’m not aware of that,” Downing said. “I know there are rumours flying around but I trust the club to do what they have over the last five or six years. I’m here to support the football club.” Downing will be without full-back Billy Jones again for his last game in charge. Jones has had an operation on a recent injury to his eye while fellow defender Goran Popov (neck) is out. Recent absentees Youssouf Mulumbu and Victor Anichebe are back in training but unlikely to feature. Mel’s appointment is an intriguing one, with the 50-year-old having never worked outside of his native Spain. However, the former Real Betis boss fits Albion’s criteria due to his history as a coach, rather than a traditional British manager, and his reputation for playing attractive football. “It’s exciting times and an appointment that’s gone full circle,” Downing said. “I’m pleased it got settled and there’s someone in place on an 18-month contract, which brings the stability that’s needed. “It’s been unsettling, particularly in the last week with a lot of rumours flying around. The players try to get on with things and I wasn’t sure if I was focusing on the Southampton game or whether the appointment was going to be made earlier.” He added: “I haven’t had chance to meet Pepe yet, I’m going to meet him over the weekend. I’m aware he is going to be at the game against Southampton and then we’ll crack on next week. “I’ve heard good things about the job he did at Real Betis, when he got them up into La Liga and stabilised them. The Spanish press like him. It’s a name I wasn’t aware of until a few weeks ago but he plays exciting, attacking football.” Much will be made of Mel’s reported lack of English but Downing foresees no major problems. Keith Downing is relishing “exciting times” for West Brom as he prepares to hand the reins over to new head coach Pepe Mel after Saturday’s trip to Southampton.last_img read more

Cardiff land young Norway star

first_img Solskjaer said: “I am pleased to announce we have signed Mats from Molde, we had some competition and I’m glad to say he has chosen to come to Cardiff instead of going back to where he was before. “He had talks with United, they had the option to bring him back as part of the deal with Molde but he has decided to come here and that shows his desire to do well here.” Solskjaer believes Daehli can become one of the best midfielders in the Premier League, and revealed he had been a target for his predecessor Malky Mackay. “He is an outstanding talent. He wil be 19 in March, he has just made his debut for Norway so he will give us energy, enthusiasm and good ball control,” he said. “I don’t want to liken him to too many players and put pressure on him but he is a central midfielder, he likes to work between the lines and take people on. He is a player of the future. You see the Samir Nasris and David Silvas, in a few years you never know where Mats might end up.” He added: “I know about Mats and all the scouting reports here said to sign Mats Daehli. He has been scouted by the club before and they would have gone in for him anyway apparently. “They had been watching him before, they went to the Norwegian cup final, they had seen him a few times, but obviously I did not need to go and watch him as I had worked with him close up.” Daehli put his decision to join the south Wales club down to the chance to continue working with Solskjaer after their time together at Molde. “Of course it was difficult to say no to Manchester United,” he said. “I had good years there but I wanted to play for this manager. He said he wanted to take me here. I am delighted to sign and I want to help the team.” Solskjaer had already brought in Magnus Wolff Eikrem from Heerenveen and 18-year-old Norway international Daehli becomes the latest addition. The Cardiff boss did not reveal how much the teenager had cost, but explained Daehli rejected the chance to return to Manchester United, who had the chance to buy him back after selling him to Molde last summer. Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made his second signing in the space of a week after confirming the arrival of Mats Moller Daehli from Molde.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

De Fanti leaves Sunderland

first_img The Italian, who oversaw a summer overhaul of the squad under which 14 players were brought in under former manager Paolo Di Canio, is set to leave with two weeks of the current transfer window still to run. A club statement said: “Sunderland AFC has announced that the club has parted company with director of football Roberto De Fanti. “The club would like to place on record its thanks to Roberto and wishes him well for the future.” Sunderland’s director of football Roberto De Fanti is to leave the club after owner Ellis Short decided to dispense with his services.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Dann the man for Palace

first_img The 26-year-old has been at Ewood Park since 2011 and made 106 appearances, scoring seven goals. Dann has now completed his move to Palace, signing a three-and-a-half year deal with the south Londoners. Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Blackburn defender Scott Dann for an undisclosed fee. Press Associationcenter_img The Eagles announced the centre-back’s arrival on Twitter, while Blackburn released a statement shedding light on the terms of the deal. “Rovers defender Scott Dann has this evening completed a deadline-day move to Crystal Palace,” read the statement on www.rovers.co.uk. “The 26-year-old joins the Barclays Premier League club for an undisclosed fee, signing a three-and-a-half-year deal.” Dann becomes Palace’s third signing of deadline day, following moves for Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and Jason Puncheon, whose loan from Southampton was made permanent. Blackpool’s Tom Ince and Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley are still on Palace’s radar, while Nurnberg have signed Jose Campana on loan with a view to a permanent move. The Eagles have yet to officially confirm that deal, but did announce the mutual termination of Wales defender Darcy Blake’s contract. last_img read more