Archive | May 23, 2015

Terry unsure about management….

John Terry admits he is unsure whether he wants to become a manager despite once being keen on the idea. The Chelsea defender will lift the Premier League title for the fourth time on Sunday after his side’s clash with Sunderland, and is currently on a one-year rolling deal. The 34-year-old has enjoyed a fine season at Stamford Bridge, and is currently juggling playing with a coaching course. But, in a revealing interview with Soccer AM’s Tubes, Terry admits he may not want to be in that pressurised environment every day. He said: “I’m doing my badges at the minute. It’s long, it’s difficult at the minute while I’m still playing, with not many days off and Champions League football and everything. “But I’m getting there and it’s something I want to look into doing, but I’m not sure. I was keen for three of four years… I’ve got to later on in my life now where I’m 50/50. “I don’t know whether I want to be in that every day. “My dream was to manage Chelsea, it was, it really was, but the more I’ve been doing it, I don’t know.” Terry has been at Chelsea for his entire career, and while admitting he wants to stay beyond his retirement from playing, it may not be in a managerial role. “Maybe a role within the club would be more up my street,” he added. “The pressures of playing all my career, to kind of throw myself back in that for the rest of my life. “And also you can’t start at Chelsea, you can’t start at the very top. You have to go out and learn your trade.”

Barca players to wear ‘thank you Xavi’ shirts….

Xavi

Barcelona players will wear special shirts in their final league game of the season to honour Xavi as he ends a 24-year association with the club. The midfielder will get a special send off against Deportivo La Coruna at the Nou Camp on Saturday. Xavi, 35, who will earn his eighth La Liga medal , announced on Thursday that he would leave Barcelona at the end of the season to join Qatari side Al Saad. “I couldn’t have had a better career,” he said. “It was a tough decision.” He could still win this season’s Champions League and the Copa del Rey to add to his 23 club trophies. The former Spain international, who is the most decorated player in the country’s history, has won three Champions Leagues as well as two European Championships and a World Cup. Players will don shirts that will say “Thank you Xavi” before Barcelona celebrate their 23rd La Liga title with Xavi – who joined the club aged 11 – set to lift the trophy.

Xavi man and boy

Barrow picks The Gambia over Sweden….

Modou Barrow

Swansea forward Modou Barrow has committed his international future to The Gambia. The 22-year-old was also eligible to play for Sweden, where he lived from the age of 11. He is set to make his competitive debut for The Scorpions in June’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in South Africa. “I am pleased to say that I have decided to finally play for the Gambian national team at senior team level,” he said. “I believe even though Sweden have some very big and great players, I’ll be able to be part of history in The Gambia, the country I was born in, and help it achieve its aims of an African Nations Cup and World Cup appearances,” he added. “I know my decision would be a disappointment for some who expected me to play for Sweden but believe me, it is something I have thought about and I do hope people understand my decision. “Sweden has been a country that has given me my chance in professional football and it’ll always be in my heart and be my second country. “Thank you and looking forward to playing my first match with Gambia!” He becomes the second British-based player to commit his international future to The Gambia in recent weeks after Middlesbrough’s Mustapha Carayol made a similar move earlier this month.

Mourinho will not walk away from Chelsea….

Jose Mourinho and Roman Abramovich

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he would not choose to leave the Premier League champions but is prepared to manage another English club. Mourinho, 52, began his second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge in 2013. His first stint, from 2004-2007, ended after his relationship with owner Roman Abramovich became strained. “I see myself coaching another club, yes, but I love Chelsea and I am in Mr Abramovich’s hands and until then I am here,” Mourinho told Football Focus. “The day Mr Abramovich thinks I am not good enough for Chelsea, I want to work, and if possible in England too.” In September 2007, the former Porto boss left English football after Chelsea suffered an indifferent start to the season. He went on to manage Italian side Inter Milan where he won the league, cup and Champions League treble, before joining Real Madrid, capturing the La Liga title and domestic cup in his three-year spell in the Spanish capital. After returning to Chelsea, the Portuguese boss – who has been named manager of the season – led the club to their fourth Premier League title this season – a third under him – as well as winning the League Cup. “Until Mr Abramovich says, I don’t see myself going,” added Mourinho. “Any club comes to me now and offers me a fantastic project, offers me twice my wages in the contract at Chelsea, no chance.” He also told Football Focus that periods of “clear domination” enjoyed by Manchester United and his previous Chelsea side are no longer possible.

Coach Didier Six banned from Cosafa Cup….

Didier Six

Mauritius coach Didier Six has been banned from the rest of the Cosafa Cup and fined $2,000 for poor behaviour. The Frenchman, only months into the job, was sent off during his side’s 2-0 defeat by Namibia on Tuesday. That followed a warning over his refusal to talk to media after a 2-0 loss to Zimbabwe in their opener. Also, Cosafa officials said Six had “thrown a tantrum” at a pre-tournament meeting over the non-registration of two of his players. The 60-year-old appeared in front of a disciplinary committee on Thursday – the first time of such a hearing in tournament history. Cosafa general-secretary Sue Destombes said: “We are disappointed in his behaviour, his general attitude and conduct was not can be expected of an experienced and senior coach. Cosafa will tolerate this sort of behaviour.” Six was shown a red card on Tuesday following a running argument with officials from virtually the start of the game at the Moruleng Stadium in South Africa’s North West province. He ordered all his substitute back into the change room midway through the second half after Namibia had been awarded a controversial penalty. Accusing officials of a conspiracy, Six also stormed off the bench and headed down the tunnel, had a cigarette and then sought to return – only to be promptly sent packing by Lesotho referee Osiais Kote. The day before he had been called in by tournament officials after refusing to talk to the media after Mauritius first game at the southern African championship. They had to remind him of regulations that insist coaches give a brief television interview one hour before kick off, speak to the cameras immediately after the final whistle and then attend a post-match press conference. Six did talk to television after the warning ahead of Tuesday’s match against Namibia but after his red card was absent again. Cosafa also insisted that Six’s anger at the the fact two of his payers were not registered for the tournament was misdirected, insisting the Mauritius Football Association is to blame. Six won over 50 caps for France and played at Marseille, VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga and for one season at Aston Villa as a sprightly left winger. He was Togo’s coach when they reached the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa two years ago.

Renard quits as Ivory Coast coach….

Herve Renard

Herve Renard has resigned as coach of Africa Cup of Nations winners Ivory Coast to pave the way for a move to French Ligue 1 side Lille, the Frenchman announced on Friday. The 46-year-old led Ivory Coast to only their second Nations Cup title in Equatorial Guinea in February, defeating neighbouring Ghana in a dramatic penalty shootout, just two years after Renard had won the title with Zambia. Renard cited a new challenge as the reason for his departure. “My adventure with Ivory Coast was exceptional. And I sincerely think that the best moment to end our collaboration is after such a success,” he told reporters in Abidjan. “In all likelihood, I’m going to Lille barring a catastrophe.” Rene Girard, the current Lille coach, will end his two-year stay at the Ligue 1 side following Saturday’s match against Metz. Lille are sitting in eighth place in the league. For Renard, a move to club football opens up fresh opportunities. “I hope that my future club will allow me to advance to another level, and I hope, like any self-respecting coach, to one day participate in the European Champions League,” Renard added. Ivory Coast signed Renard on a two-year contract in August 2014, setting him the task to improve the fortunes of a side including the likes of Yaya Toure, Wilfried Bony and Didier Drogba – although the Chelsea forward retired before the 2015 Nations Cup. “We thank Mr Renard for our collaboration, for the work he did at the head of the national team,” said Pierre Gondo, spokesman for the Ivorian Football Federation. “We expressed to him our regret to see this collaboration end so soon.” Renard did not offer details concerning the intricacies of the termination of his contract, saying only that there would be discussions between his future club and the Ivorian Football Federation.