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Date: Wednesday, September 25 Venue: St James’ Park Kick-Off: 19:45
Newcastle will be hoping to put their embarrassing weekend defeat to Hull behind them as they take on Leeds United in the third round of the Capital One Cup tonight.
Magpies boss Alan Pardew is set to be without Yohan Cabaye after the midfielder sustained a groin injury in the weekend defeat to Hull.
Jonas Gutierrez and Massadio Haidara are available for selection, but Shola Ameobi and Steven Taylor are doubts after sustaining a knock and a hamstring injury, respectively.
Leeds are hoping to have Sam Byram available after the starlet returned from injury against Burnley at the weekend.
The fullback will have hit fitness assessed ahead of kick-off but otherwise manager Brian McDermott has a fully-fit squad to choose from.
Newcastle were knocked out at this stage of last season’s League Cup, »
- Joseph Dempsey
When the 2012/2013 Premier League season fixtures were announced, many fans started their careers as Mystic Meg replacements. Who would win the League? Who would go down? Many said Reading were in there ‘doomed’ three. Written off before the season had been played out and I’m sorry to say to Reading fans for good reason. I have nothing against Reading and I really enjoyed watching their run in the Championship under Brian McDermott, whom I respect as a Manager; although I do believe they were doomed from the outset.
When Reading were promoted from the Championship, it’d be fair to say that a surge of wins got them there. They were rated at 12/1 to be promoted, not win the Championship but for promotion. The Bookies thought that West Ham, Leicester & Birmingham were better bets for promotion. So in reality, they were outside the ‘main’ three teams of who the bookies thought would go up. »
- Adam Warren Heayns
Sunderland have officially named Paolo Di Canio as their new manager following the recent dismissal of Martin O’Neill.
The former Swindon Town boss took the Robins into League One last year, gaining promotion from League Two in only his first year in management.
He left the County Ground in February however after growing disillusioned with life at the club, and was quickly installed as the bookie’s favourite to replace O’Neill following his dismissal on Saturday.
The Black Cats are without a Premier League win in eight games and Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Manchester United leaves them sitting just one point above the relegation zone.
Earlier today, we reported Italian Di Canio had travelled to Wearside for official talks regarding the Sunderland vacancy, with owner Ellis Short keen to nail down a replacement as soon as possible with just seven league fixtures remaining.
Ellis said of »
- Joseph Dempsey
Updated: Sky Sports announced on TV during Aston Villa vs Liverpool that according to their sources Paolo Di Canio is on his way to the North East for talks with Sunderland over the managerial vacancy.
Espn earlier today reported that Di Canio was the early bookies favourite for the job.
Original report follows;
Sunderland Chairman Ellis Short will announce the successor to axed manager Martin O’Neill within the next 48 hours, according to the Mirror.
The Northern Irishman was sensationally fired last night on the back of 8 games without a win, and with the Black Cats teetering on the edge of the relegation zone, Short handed the former Leicester City manager his marching orders.
It is understood former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo, former England manager Steve McClaren and former Manchester City coach Mark Hughes are the front runners for the vacancy, however, it is former Swindon Town manager Paolo »
- Joseph Dempsey
Sunderland surprisingly sacked manager Martin O’Neill last night, with just seven games of the Premier League season remaining.
The Black Cats are without a league win since January 19th when they prevailed 3-2 over Wigan, and have suffered an eight-game spell without victory. That has led to a dangerous slump toward the bottom three and with a relegation scrap well and truly on their hands, the Sunderland board have decided it is now time for a change in direction.
O’Neill replaced Steve Bruce at the helm a little over a year ago but becomes the fifth Premier League manager to lose his job this season following Roberto Di Matteo, Mark Hughes, Nigel Adkins and Brian McDermott’s dismissals.
Sunderland are currently 1 point above the relegation zone having played a game more than those below them, and will be without star striker Steven Fletcher for the rest of the campaign. »
- Joseph Dempsey
Sunderland have announced on their official website that they have parted company with manager Martin O’Neill with immediate effect.
The announcement, which came after the Black Cats’ home loss to Manchester United in the Premier league this afternoon read as follows:
The club has parted company with manager Martin O’Neill.
Sunderland Afc has announced that it has parted company with manager Martin O’Neill this evening.
The club would like to place on record its thanks to Martin and wishes him well for the future.
An announcement will be made in the coming days regarding a successor.
No further information is yet forthcoming on the news, but it is expected that O’Neill was sacked in direct response to the sides poor form, and the quality of performances put in this season, which now sees Sunderland hovering perilously close to the Premier League drop zone.
O’Neill took »
- Simon Gallagher
Reading will unveil former Southampton boss Nigel Adkins as their new manager at a news conference this morning, according to the BBC.
Adkins replaces sacked manager Brian McDermott at the Madejski Stadium and was set to be officially confirmed in the job at a conference at 9:15 GMT, at the time of writing.
The Royals are currently seven points adrift of safety in the Premier League and are sitting second from bottom with only eight games left to play. Adkins’s first home game in charge of his new club will come against his former employers Southampton, who controversially dismissed him in January and replaced him with former Espanyol coach Mauricio Pochettino.
Adkins had guided the club to back-to-back promotions and his side were sitting three points clear of the relegation zone at the time of his sacking, while his predecessor Brian McDermott guided Reading into the Premier League last season, »
- Joseph Dempsey
Both sides go into today’s Premier League meeting at Old Trafford a little worse for wear than they ought to be. United, still dealing with the pain of being dumped out of the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid, and surrendering what looked to be an unassailable two-goal lead to Chelsea in the Fa Cup last weekend, and Reading, who are undoubtedly still shaken by the shock dismissal of their manager Brian McDermott just four days ago.
United could come away from Old Trafford with a gargantuan 15-point lead atop the Premier League, if bitter rivals Manchester City slip up in the early kick-off against Everton at Goodison Park. That should be motivation enough to pick up Sir Alex’s side after two wholly disappointing results in their last two games, and would surely all but guarantee them a record 20th League title.
One of the biggest »
- Adam Fishwick
Being a manger can be both the best and the worst job in football
When their team is playing well, winning matches and of course, winning trophies a manager can become almost god-like. Untouchable. Unstoppable. Then it is the best job in the world.
But when things go wrong, when the team starts losing and the trophies start to dry up (depending on the team of course) then it’s hell. There’s nowhere to hide- the once adoring fans become their biggest critics, and almost inevitably, sooner or later the manager finds himself out of work.
Every now and then however a manger can be successful or popular and still find himself getting the sack for a whole multitude of reasons ranging from greedy owners to over ambitious fans. In the wake of the shock sacking of Brian McDermott by Reading, here’s a list of 10 Premier League managers »
- Robert Dunleavy
Reading’s unceremonious sacking of Brian McDermott on Monday has been met with derision from across the footballing world, as figures from the game, journalists and fans alike bemoan another potentially short-sighted decision to let go of a good manager in an attempt to stave off relegation late in the day. It’s an increasingly common occurrence in the Premier League – but does it ever actually pay off?
The lack of sentiment shown by Reading majority shareholder Anton Zingarevich was apparent. In his time in charge of Reading since the end of 2009, McDermott had taken a struggling Championship side and over-achieved, steadying the ship before taking them back into the top flight, where they have fought a brave battle against relegation despite having the weakest squad in the Premier League. But that wasn’t enough for Zingarevich, though, and the axe fell on McDermott with just nine games remaining this season. »
- Dave Hedley
We’re in the 4th week of the 2013 Super League season, but that won’t matter to the defending champions the Leeds Rhinos, as they prepare to face Nrl premiers Melbourne at Headingley Carnegie on Friday night, to decide who will be crowned the best club team on the planet. On paper, it’s not even a contest; Melbourne have the far stronger spine, as it is unarguably the best in the club game, housing 3 of the world’s best players in their respective positions. But we all know, sport isn’t played on paper, and that’s why you really can’t write Leeds off for this encounter.
During Brian McDermott’s tenure as coach at Headingley, Leeds have had a tendency to peak for the big game, winning last year’s World Club Challenge 26-12 against Manly, and winning the last 2 Super League Grand Finals after finishing 5th after the weekly rounds, »
- Sean Mills
Tom Ince is “unlikely” to join Liverpool before the transfer window closes today, according to the BBC.
The youngster, who began his career as a youth-team player at Liverpool, has been linked with a return to Anfield this month, but manager Brendan Rodgers has ruled it out as “unlikely”.
Rodgers was hoping to add to the capture of Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan and Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea, but it appears as though his transfer business has ended in the current window.
“Ince was one where we could have made a deal but it looks like it’s a bit complicated,” he said.
“I don’t think there will be any more coming in now.”
Speaking after the 2-2 draw at Arsenal, Rodgers added:
“It will be difficult [to sign Ince]. It is also about affordability as well.
“If Tom stays at Blackpool it doesn’t mean he will never come to Liverpool »
- Joseph Dempsey
Venue: Madejski Stadium Date: Wednesday, 30th January K/o: 20:00 Team News
Reading striker Noel Hunt faces a late fitness test on an unspecified injury he picked up during the win over Sheffield United in the Fa Cup at the weekend.
Fellow forward Jason Roberts is definitely out while new signing Daniel Carrico is unlikely to feature.
Chelsea still have concerns over the fitness of goalkeeper Petr Cech and defender David Luiz, while Eden Hazard serves the second of his three-match man for kicking a ball boy.
Reading have responded in fine form to a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham at the start of the month by going on a run of four straight victories, knocking Crawley and Sheffield United out of the Fa Cup and beating relegation rivals Newcastle in the process.
Brian McDermott’s men may still occupy a relegation place in the Premier League table but »
- Joseph Dempsey
13 items from 2013