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Poyet Chosen To Steady Sunderland Ship

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Sunderland have today announced Gustavo Poyet as their new manager with the former Brighton supremo tasked with keeping the Black Cats from relegation following the acrimonious departure of Paulo Di Canio.

The 45 year-old has agreed a two year contract at the Stadium of Light and will take charge of the Black Cats with immediate effect.

The Uruguayan began his coaching career in England in 2006 at Swindon Town, before joining Leeds United as assistant manager. After a year at Elland Road, Poyet returned to his former club Tottenham Hotspur as First Team Coach, before becoming Assistant Manager to Juande Ramos. Continue reading

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Margaret Thatcher Dies Following Stroke At 87

Britain’s Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher has died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87.

Speaking to Sky News, spokesman and friend Lord Bell, who announced her death this morning, said: “We’ll never see the like of her again. She was one of the great prime ministers of all time and transformed people’s lives.”

He described the former prime minister, who served three terms in office between 179-1990, as the greatest leader of the Conservative Party with the exception of Winston Churchill.

Mrs Thatcher was the longest-serving British prime minister in the 20th century, holding office from 1979-1990 and in doing so she became the first conservative leader to emerge victorious from three successive elections. Continue reading

Super Sunday Should See United Pull Clear As City Slip Up

Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal of the gameTwo huge games on Sunday see four of the biggest names in the Premier League come up against each other. Liverpool travel to Old Trafford to play the table toppers at 1.30 and at 4pm Arsenal host Man City. Man United should come out on top of the earlier tie, the match at the Emirates is harder to call. Yaya Toure’s departure to the African Cup of Nations is going to leave a massive hole in the City team over the next few fixtures, and Arsenal can prosper from this. However, Arsenal’s defensive frailties should be exposed by Man City’s attacking threats. The bookies are offering shortened odds on the draw for this match, and I can’t help but agree that both sides will earn a solitary point.

We’re going to invest our accumulator interest in the Saturday fixtures however, starting at the Madejski Stadium. Fulham stuffed West Brom and so too our bet in the previous round of Premiership matches, and I don’t think the Baggies’ away tie against Reading will be a fruitful endeavour either. They come into this game on the back of three games without a win and are seriously depleted; Youssouf Mulumbu and Claudio Yacob are unavailable and the sad news that Zoltan Gera will miss the rest of the season will resonate like a death bell for Albion. Reading on the other hand are showing signs that they have shored up their defence. Narrowly beaten by a late Gareth Barry header against City, their next two home games saw them preventing both Swansea and West Ham from scoring. If they can continue this sort of defensive performance on Saturday, I think that 9/4 are generous odds for the home side to earn a draw.

Next off to Carrow Road, where two teams on a dismal run of form come up against each other. Both teams have lost their last three Premier League games but there can be no doubt which side are cowering in the darker realms of depression. Languishing two points above the drop zone, injury ravaged, knocked out of the FA Cup by Brighton for the second year running and having just lost their one beacon of hope light to Chelsea, Newcastle’s season just seems to relentlessly continue to go from bad to worse. The one lonesome positive of the winter is the signing of French right-back Mathieu Debuchy, but I can’t see him dragging his new teammates to victory on Saturday. Chris Hughton will be out to get one over on his former club who senselessly sacked him months after he had inspired the Magpies to promotion back to top flight football. His Canaries should overcome their opposition whose hopes now rely on Papiss Cisse, who may prosper from his fellow countryman’s departure. Norwich are available at 6/5 to win.

The final leg of our accumulator finds us focusing on the match between Sunderland and West Ham, two teams who are looking somewhat busy during the current transfer window. The Hammers have welcomed back one of their many long lost sons in the figure of Joe Cole and he made an instant impact in his homecoming match, creator of both goals in a 2-1 victory over Norwich. West Ham will be heartened by their 2-2 draw with Man United in the FA Cup, whereas Sunderland’s identical result with Bolton should have the opposite effect. The home side are lacking in defense but still pose a threat up front with the exciting Stephane Sessegnon and Steven Fletcher always dangerous. I think this one will end up in a draw; it’s available at 9/4 and means that this week’s accumulator packs odds of about 22/1.

Injury blow for Fenlon as Stack misses final

Pat Fenlon has been dealt a huge blow with the news that first choice goalkeeper Graham Stack will miss the Scottish Cup Final against city rivals Hearts on May 19 due to an injury picked up during Saturday’s win over Aberdeen.

The former Republic of Ireland under 21 international was forced to leave the field having suffered a thigh injury and had his worst fears confirmed by a specialist following a scan which revealed the muscle had been torn from the bone.

Stack is likely to be out of action for three months, which puts a question mark over his Easter Road future as he is out of contract in a few weeks.

He broke the news to Hibs fans via Twitter and said: “I’m devastated, completely crushed. I knew at the time it felt bad but you’ve always got that feeling of hope it might be okay.

“I went for a scan in the morning and was given some hope. The doctor told me it didn’t seem as bad as he thought, so I felt pretty positive. Then I got the call about five o’clock to tell me the bad news.

“It’s the worst game I could have missed. It’s a huge game and I won’t be anywhere near it. It’s the worst possible news I could have had. I’ve been told that I’ve detached my quad from the bone and will be out for ten to 12 weeks.

“After staying injury free this season, apart from a slight calf strain, and starting 35 games I felt I was in the best physical condition possible. It looks like I will have to take a back seat and watch from the stands while my pals stay in the SPL and win the Scottish Cup.

“It was meant to be the best and biggest day in my career and it’s been taken away from me. I might not be out there with a strip on but I will be with the lads every step of the way, including the ones at Hampden.”

“Missing it is bad enough but to be injured when I am out of contract as well couldn’t be worse. My whole summer, my whole life is up in the air. The only thing that fixes it is rest, there’s no operation for it. I now face a long hard summer of rehab and trying to get fit.”

The former Arsenal and Brighton player was signed by John Hughes and fought off competition from Graeme Smith and Mark Brown to secure the number one jersey.

Meanwhile Fenlon has admitted that the semi-final victory had already been consigned to memory, and as the Hibs fans celebrated through the night, Fenlon was back in Ireland planning for the future.

He said: “When you win things, even matches on a week-to-week basis, you enjoy it for about half an hour. Even if it has been league titles or cup finals in Ireland, I’ve had about a day of enjoyment and then it’s back to work. It’s straight on to the next job and developing the next plan.

“The time for looking back and savouring days or achievements come when your career is over. You’ll have plenty of time then.

“After the semi we needed to get straight into doing a couple of things on Sunday. I needed to watch a couple of players and it was important to start moving on immediately.

“The Cup Final is further down the road and we have so many big games and things to do before then. We know it’s Hearts and we’ll be able to do our work on that nearer the time but there are more pressing matters at hand.

“We have to focus on staying in the SPL and developing the entire club because that is the job me and my staff were appointed to do. From day one when we faced Cowdenbeath I said that anything achieved in this Scottish Cup run was a major bonus. The be all and end all is staying in the SPL, so it’s important we make sure we do the job we set out to do when we first walked into the club.”

“We want the players to take some belief out of what they have done in the Scottish Cup. They have reached the Final and that’s a fantastic achievement from anyone’s point of view.

“There are many good, good players who have graced Scottish football and never managed to reach that final. That has to give confidence and instil the belief that they are a good side.

“We have proved that in the Scottish Cup, now it’s up to us to get safe as soon as possible in the SPL.

When Fenlon arrived at Easter Road, the lack of confidence amongst the players was apparent for all to see, and seldom did the team leave the field without a chorus of boos from the stands. Since then, there has been a large turnover of personnel and although results at home have not improved, there is no doubt that the relationship between the players and fans has improved dramatically.

The former Bohs manager said “There are people in our group who had been battered from all angles for eight months and that has a draining effect on people. We brought in some new guys to try to change that.

“Questions were asked as to why so many new faces arrived in January but we felt we needed individuals who did not have the mind-set that had set in already. The senior players we have brought to the club have been important on and off the pitch.

“That’s been important because there are a lot of good young players at the club but they need some guidance and to get some confidence.

“That doesn’t just come from the management; that has to come from fellow players to help on the park.”

“There is so much to play for now and the players will realise they need to perform between now and the Scottish Cup Final to have any chance of featuring at Hampden.”

“There is new belief among supporters over the past few weeks and I hope they see enough to get a belief in the people who are running their football team.

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