19
Apr

Blackpool coach sent to stands after hitting his own player

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In a matter of just three years, Blackpool have gone from a Premier League side to possibly dropping to England’s third division. And after just two wins in their last 25 Championship games, tempers are beginning to boil over at the crisis-stricken club.

During the opening minutes of Friday’s game against Burnley, angry fans tossed dozens on dozens of tennis balls onto the pitch in protest, temporarily delaying the match. Signs asking for the removal of club chairman Owen Oysten littered the stands. And to top it all off, assistant coach Bob Malcolm was sent to the stands in the second half after smacking one of his own players.

Malcolm appeared to take offense at something substitute Steven Dobbie said, and in response struck the forward before promptly receiving his marching orders from the officials.

Check out the slap:

Things are quickly going from bad to worse for Blackpool, who after the 1-0 loss to Burnley now find themselves in the relegation zone with three matches to play.

Image provided by Reuters.

10
Apr

Liverpool unveil kits for next season

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A year after releasing the travesties known as Liverpool’s away and third kits, the Reds’ official kit supplier Warrior have apparently stepped their game up!

If these leaked images are indeed the team’s new kits for 2014/15, then Liverpool supporters can look forward to playing in the Champions League in style.

Images via Twitter/@Kop305

5
Apr

Man gets taped to Newcastle lamp post in Sunderland kit on stag night

Chances are, this is not how you would envision your bachelor night to go.

A groom-to-be was taped up to a lamppost by his friends in the middle of Newcastle this weekend, wearing, of all things, a full Sunderland kit. (The outfit was complemented by a cartoonish helicopter cap, a nice touch.)

The brave stag, who remains unidentified, thus spent his last night of “freedom” getting honked at and ridiculed by hundreds of strangers in Newcastle. Sounds fun!

H/T Pies

27
Mar

Man United fans expand efforts on #MoyesOut campaign

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A group of agitated United fans has raised enough funds to fly a plane over Old Trafford towing an anti-David Moyes banner. It’s the latest attempt by supporters to voice frustration over the first-year manager, who has led United to their worst season in the Premier League era.

According to The Guardian, the banner will likely read: “Wrong One - Moyes Out,” a cheeky response to the “Chosen One” banner that has hung at the Stretford End since the start of the season. The banner has increasingly drawn the ire of fans, for obvious reasons. In fact, after Tuesday’s derby loss to Man City, a whole ring of stewards had to guard it from potentially hostile fans:

In a related story, the Manchester Evening News came up with a brilliant idea that might come in handy for us all: the “David Moyes Random Excuse Generator!”

Just like the Moyes, we all need a good excuse once in a while, and sadly, “the dog ate my homework” just doesn’t cut it anymore these days. Luckily, “Digital David” is now here to help us. You can test out the Excuse Generator here!

20
Mar

Ray Parlour dishes on Kolo Toure’s outrageous trial with Arsenal

Here we have Arsenal legend Ray Parlour in an interview with talkSPORT shedding light on Kolo Toure’s trial with Arsenal in 2001, and man, it is great.

Apparently, young Kolo was eager to impress Arsene Wenger and the Gunners … a bit too eager.

Parlour notes how Toure smashed into Thierry Henry with a two-footed tackle during the trial.

"It could have been a red card in a normal game," Parlour recalls. Wenger, obviously upset that his best player is rolling around on the ground from a tackle in a trial, tells the Ivorian to stop tackling.

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What does Toure go and do after apologizing? He does it again, but this time takes out Dennis Bergkamp. Rinse and repeat with the scolding and the apology.

Then, a popped-up ball winds at the feet of Wenger. In comes Toure with yet another two-footer, sending Wenger to the medical room. A crestfallen Toure can’t believe what he’s done.

In the medical room, Wenger eventually tells Parlour, “‘I know he didn’t mean it, I like his desire. We’re signing him tomorrow.’”

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And that’s that. All’s well that ends well!

(h/t Reddit)

8
Mar

David Moyes’ open letter beautifully condensed by The Sun

You could read the entirety of David Moyes’ open letter to Manchester United fans about his and the Red Devils’ shortcomings, but who has time for that?

Leave it to The Sun to put it succinctly:

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Short, sweet and to the point. Perhaps Moyes should have focused less on being verbose and more on how he’s going to get United back to respectable footing.

7
Mar

Chelsea’s Willian suggests he’s cutting off his afro. We have hairstyle suggestions

Willian has had a strong debut in the Premier League for league leaders Chelsea, but every player knows there are edges to be gained.

Perhaps after studying aerodynamics, Chelsea’s speedster realized an afro isn’t the most streamlined look. On Friday, he posted the photo below on Instagram, suggesting that his afro would be no-more:

That got the FOX Soccer Blog crew thinking: What kind of looks could Willian opt for? With some help from our crack photo team (and some inspiration from Andy Warhol), we came up with a few possibilities:

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Yikes. Here’s to hoping his barber knows what he’s doing.

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17
Feb

English papers damage trust between clubs and media with sensationalized headlines

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Why do managers and football players hate the media? A look at today’s newspapers in England offers a lesson.

A little background: I’ve now spent about ten days in England in now, and seen almost a game a day. That’s a good eight games, between sixteen and twenty press conferences, and more seats built for midgets than I can count. Every day, I’m surprised to open the papers the following morning and find out that I apparently missed the press conferences. The ones I was at bear little relation to those that made it into print.

To wit: a survey of Monday’s Guardian, the Mail, the Telegraph and Sun present a rather different picture of how Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers acted at their press conferences Sunday night.

Most papers led today with a variation on the following: “Rodgers fumes over ‘blatant’ penalty denied by ref Webb” (that’s the Guardian.) Except, Rodgers wasn’t fuming, or raging (the Mail) or doing much else of the kind. Yes, he thought it was a penalty not given and said so. But he was also laughing and joking with the press corps and had the air of professional resignation about him. This, perhaps, was due to the fact that he knew he was lucky to finish with ten men on the field after one of his players unwisely put his hands on the ref’s chest and another committed a second bookable offense.

Then there was Wenger, said to be “furious” over Jose Mourinho’s statements last week. Was he? Maybe, but that’s supposition. He showed signs of it, as he too was joking with the media – even during the one truly uncomfortable part his press conference, when he was forced to address Olivier Giroud’s apparently acknowledged infidelity. (Courteously, the Mail ran a series of photographs of the young woman in question today alongside pictures of Giroud in action.)

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