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ESPN FC News 20 Nov 21:45

West Brom look to Nigel Pearson, Alan Pardew to replace Tony Pulis - sources

Nigel Pearson and Alan Pardew head West Bromwich Albion's shortlist to replace the sacked Tony Pulis, sources have told ESPN FC, with the

ESPN FC News 20 Nov 20:00

Singapore football in mess due to 'appalling' leadership - Steve Darby

Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson discuss the new rule that will make S.League sides more youthful and examine the future of the national team. Singapore's Irfan Fandi discusses his preferred position and looks ahead to his side's Asian Cup qualifier against Bahrain. Tampines Rovers and Singapore winger Hafiz Sujad looks ahead to The Lions' Asian Cup qualifier against Bahrain. Hanoi-based ex-Thailand assistant coach Steve Darby has won league titles in Singapore and Malaysia. Twitter: @DarbySteveCoach It is sad to see the perilous state of Singapore football. Forget the FIFA rankings as they are not the key issue. More important is the record of the national teams because professional football is a results' game. We've also seen the decline of the S. League in terms of crowds, sponsors and quality of players. Appalling leadership, including a fixation on an ASEAN Super League that was never going to happen, has seen Singapore go from a leader in Southeast Asia to one of the worst in the region...

ESPN FC News 20 Nov 18:53

Matildas will aim to attack vs. China says coach Alen Stajcic

Australia won the inaugural Tournament of Nations with their third and most decisive victory of the competition over Brazil. Coach Alen Stajcic wants the Matildas to not only overcome China, but beat them in style in Wednesday night's international at Melbourne's AAMI Park. The Australian women's national team will close their accounts for the year with two friendlies this week against the Asian heavyweights in Melbourne and Geelong. A memorable year saw breakthough success in July's Tournament of Nations saw the Matildas defeat the United States, Japan and Brazil in quick succession, becoming the world's number six-ranked...

ESPN FC News 20 Nov 18:10

Richarlison attracting Chinese Super League interest; Ozil back to Schalke?

With the January window on the horizon, there's plenty brewing in the transfer market. All the latest deals and potential deals can be

ESPN FC News 20 Nov 17:45

Singapore midfielder Hariss Harun to benefit from MSL rule at JDT

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Dez Corkhill discuss Kelantan's great escape from relegation and prospects for the 2018 season. The Malaysian Super League (MSL) is following Thailand's lead by introducing a squad place for an ASEAN player, in addition to three foreigners and one Asian. After the Football Malaysia LLP (FMLLP) endorsed the change in policy on Sunday, the new rule will come into effect from the 2018 season, and will be in place for at least five years. The previous statute allowed for four foreign players and one from Asia, so the new ruling is very much designed to encourage Malaysian teams to import the...

Bristol City – 7 Nov 14:44

EXCLUSIVE: Prem trio hover as Bristol City bid to tie down star

Bristol City are desperately trying to tie down midfield ace Bobby Reid to a new long-term deal amid interest from four clubs, sources have told TEAMtalk.

The 24-year-old has started the season in spectacular fashion with eight goals in 16 games.

His current contract expires at the end of the season, although City have a 12-month option on him.

But City – like Reid- are aware of the increasing interest in the player, who has come through the ranks at Ashton Gate.

Leicester, Brighton, Burnley and Middlesbrough are all taking a close look at his situation and could make a move when the transfer window reopens in January should the midfielder not cement his future to the Championship’s surprise package this season.

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Bristol City – 26 Oct 19:03

Man Utd head to Bristol City; Arsenal host West Ham in Carabao Cup

Manchester United will head to Bristol City in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup, with West Ham’s prize for beating Tottenham is a trip to Arsenal.

The draw was intended to be shown live at 16:00 BST, however after four announcements explaining the delay, it was finally shown as a pre-recorded video.

Both the English Football League (EFL) and Twitter apologised for the one-hour-and-45-minute delay.

A statement from the EFL read: “The EFL has received an apology from Twitter UK for the delay which is believed to have occurred as a result of a faulty encoder.

“The EFL has requested a full explanation into the events that led to this afternoon’s unacceptable delay.”

A Twitter spokesman said: “We’re sorry for the issues that led to the delay of today’s round five draw. We would also like to apologise to the thousands of supporters who had been patiently awaiting news of who their team would be playing.”

Carabao Cup quarter-final draw:

Chelsea v Bournemouth

Arsenal v West Ham

Leicester v Manchester City

Bristol City v Manchester United

The ties will be played the week commencing 18 December.

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Bristol City – 24 Oct 20:10

Palace stunned by Bristol City as troubles continue for Hodgson

Crystal Palace suffered more embarrassment as they suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat at Ashton Gate in the fourth-round of the Carabao Cup against Bristol City. 

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Bristol City – 16 Oct 12:30

Monday Verdict: Abraham can break Chelsea mould; Mourinho rage wrong

We question the price of Manchester United success under Jose Mourinho in this week’s Monday Verdict, and also have thoughts on Man City, Pochettino and Chelsea’s bright young hope.



The goalless draw between the Premier League’s two biggest teams at the weekend was, as usual, a major disappointment. The hype before the game was, as per, far bigger and better than the actual event itself, while afterwards you were left with that unerring fear that you’d just wasted the last two hours of your life!

But should we surprised? No, not really….

With Jose Mourinho, you know exactly what to expect during these tricky sort of away games.

Ironically, the phrase “parking the bus” was coined by the United boss during his Chelsea days after Spurs had come to the Bridge back in March 2012 and eked out a 0-0 draw. But yet the Portuguese has, more than most, become the absolute master of this dark art of the modern game.

Some call it unattractive; some say it’s anti-football; occasionally others accuse it of killing football; others simply settle on the fact that it’s the Jose Mourinho way.

However, surely we should come to expect more from Mourinho, and especially more so given the fine start United had made to the season?

There are those who will counter that had Mourinho played more expansively, then United simply would have been beaten by Liverpool. Yet that belies the fact that United have both the weapons and the confidence to hurt a Liverpool side, who have looked desperately short of those key attributes themselves in recent weeks.

More importantly, is this truly fitting in with the Manchester United way?

Their key stats from the clash at Anfield were not pretty.

There’s very few managers United would trade Mourinho for these days, and the two trophies he delivered in his first season at the club are testimony to his methods.

Yet traditionalists will argue that United should see better. It’s both unfair and unkind to compare Mourinho, or any United manager, to the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson. But one thing the Scot always did was to try and build a team that provided entertainment. Even when they weren’t winning, they were at least great to watch. The Manchester United way, some would say….

Mourinho set his side up to, first and foremost, ensure they weren’t beaten. And for the second straight season, the masterplan paid off.

And while the point could prove vital come the end of the season, it was for the similar anti-football that eventually contributed towards his downfall at Real Madrid. Just one year before his exit, Mourinho had delivered a first La Liga title in four years for Los Blancos. But the style with which they did it frustrated many.

While Mourinho is clearly a manager who delivers, at what price should that be sacrificed?

The master of the dark arts, yes; the master of fine football, only sparingly….



Napoli defender Raul Albiol has claimed that Manchester City as ‘the best team in Europe’ at the moment.

City continued their impressive league form with a 7-2 demolition of Stoke on Saturday, extending their lead atop the Premier League table.

Their next fixture sees them up against a fellow free-scoring side in Serie A leaders Napoli, and Albiol has admitted that they enter the game in good shape.

The Spain international told Mediaset Premium: “We are happy to have won a tough game, as it’s always difficult away to Roma.

“There’s a long way to go yet, we must stay calm and focus on recovering our energy to face the best team in Europe right now, Manchester City.”

But is he right?

Just two Premier League teams in history have ever scored more than 100 goals in a season, and City are currently on pace to rack up 137 if they keep up their current quota.

So far, the idea that pragmatism is the most important ingredient in a potential title success has been blown out of the water. Pep Guardiola has said, simply, that his team will score more than any opponent.

Looking at the players at the Spaniard’s disposal, it is easy to see why. Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne, David and Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling highlight a fast and hard working attack full of skill and intelligence.

As has already been proven, there are few teams (if any) in world football who could handle this City side on their day. An average of 3.625 goals per league game already is a testament to that.

Their win at Chelsea showed that the Sky Blues are ready to topple the big guns too and not just pick off lesser sides. Essentially, it all appears to be falling into place thanks to a combination of patience and a ruthless game plan.

But what does this all mean? Well, it means that Pep has no excuses any more. The City owners have invested heavily once again and the manager has the squad at his disposal to wreak sheer havoc.

The end result quite simply has to be trophies, be it the big one in the Champions League, the Premier League or both. The time is now for Guardiola to deliver some silverware into that trophy cabinet.



Chelsea’s youth system has again been in the news this week after Charly Musonda used social media to criticise the club’s failure to significantly hand first-team chances to their youngsters.

Since Roman Abramovich took charge at Stamford Bridge in 2003, the Blues blooded plenty of young stars in their side; sadly very few of them have made the grade and gone on to establish themselves as regulars.

The likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku have been cast aside without being afforded meaningful chances to prove themselves; both players going on to command £130million worth of transfer fees between them and becoming vital cogs in their title rivals’ sides.

But are there finally signs that the mould at Stamford Bridge is changing?

Andreas Christensen, who impressed during his two years with Borussia Monchengladbach, has been afforded opportunities this season, while you’d not rule out Ruben Loftus-Cheek returning from Crystal Palace to play a part in the Blues’ long-term plans.

However, it young striker Tammy Abraham who perhaps provides the biggest hope….

The young striker may only have two Chelsea appearances under his belt to date, but his form at Swansea (and before that Bristol City) is already leading to some suggesting he deserves a shot at Stamford Bridge.

“His movement and workrate is first class,” Ian Wright told Match of the Day, who then suggested the 20-year-old was a better option for Chelsea than Michy Batshuayi during the absence of Alvaro Morata.

That was followed up by Swansea midfielder Leon Britton, who has witnessed at first hand the brilliance of the England U21 striker.

“Tammy is a very good finisher. If you give him those chances, he will score the goals,” Britton said after the weekend win over Huddersfield, in which Abraham netted a double.

“He has come here to prove that he can do it in the Premier League with a team who are not the standard of Chelsea. If he does that, I don’t see any reason why he can’t go back to Chelsea, break through and have a long career there.”

And the stats back up the bluster around Abraham too. Five goals in 10 games for Swansea so far is a fine return – and sits nicely with his career record (31 goals from 60 games) which currently reads just about better than a goal in every other game.

Chelsea will continue to monitor Abraham’s development closely, but with or without Chelsea, Abraham looks capable of enjoying a long career in the Premier League.

After Lukaku and De Bruyne, it’ll be interesting to see if lessons be learnt at Chelsea? Time will tell, but Abraham looks as capable of anyone….



Mauricio Pochettino is a fine manager – easily one of the best in the Premier League – but good lord he needs to give the persecution complex a rest.

Last week, he blasted Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola for ‘not being a gentleman’ by insinuating Spurs are a one-man team due to Harry Kane’s exceptional form.

“I think it’s a sad comment because the players laugh about that,” he moaned. “If you’re a manager you must show more, no? To be above this type of comment.

“It’s sad and it’s not right in football. Today we want to show respect, fair play and everything.”

It’s not the first time, either. Over the summer, he demanded more “respect” from Chelsea’s Antonio Conte for him questioning Tottenham’s ambitions following a lacklustre transfer window that even had their own fans in relative uproar.

But football is not really about respect, is it? Certainly not at the level Tottenham are now at. It’s about winning.

Perhaps, then, Pochettino would be well-advised to learn from his colleagues and drop the nice-guy act? Maybe it’s time he started to drop a few needles himself and wind up his rivals ahead of big games?

After all, for all Pochettino is a fine manager, he is not a proven winner of trophies – unlike those from whom he is making a habit of demanding respect from.



We hate to brag, but at least this column can say we didn’t warn Arsenal they had it coming….

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Bristol City – 13 Oct 22:54

Bristol City and Burton hit stalemate at Ashton Gate

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Bristol City sign defender Pisano

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Oxford label found on Bristol City kit

A Bristol City fan finds an Oxford United label on the inside of his new Robins away kit, prompting an investigation.

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Tomlin 'still in Bristol City's plans'

Playmaker Lee Tomlin remains in Bristol City's plans, insists the Championship club's head coach Lee Johnson.

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