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Arsenal fans’ groups hit out at Stan Kroenke and call for “change”

A group of influential Arsenal supporters’ organisations, fanzines and blogs have joined forces to call for “better leadership” of the club and hit out at Stan Kroenke‘s “passive ownership”. A total of 16 signatories published a statement on Monday morning demanding change as the Gunners prepare for a third successive season without Champions League football. Under a heading of ‘#WeCareDoYou’, it criticised the imbalance of the Arsenal board, “soulless” atmosphere at the Emirates Stadium and a lack of transfer strategy. #WeCareDoYou Some #Arsenal fans have got together to seek answers from Stan Kroenke and KSE about the running of Arsenal football club… pic.twitter.com/C5W3sz1k8p — AST (@AST_arsenal) July 15, 2019 “As ...

Derek McInnes admits late away goal could change tie

Aberdeen boss knows they have it all to do but is confident of progression. Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes admits his side have it all to do after the loss of a stoppage-time goal turned what should have been a comfortable Europa League lead over RoPS Rovaniemi into a far more fragile one. The Dons were heading for a 2-0 win in the first leg of the first qualifying round after goals from Niall McGinn and Sam Cosgrove either side of half-time. With more sharpness they could have had a more emphatic win but they lost a poor away goal with almost the last kick of the game as Tommi Jantti netted for the Finns. McInnes said: “You kind of dwell on that at the end of it, because I should be coming in here talking about how it was such an assured performance at this stage of the season against ...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: ‘United won’t change overnight’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted “the next few years are going to be massive” for Manchester United as they seek to reestablish themselves among the European elite. United were comprehensively outclassed at the Nou Camp as they crashed out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage, with Barcelona’s 3-0 win on the night sealing a 4-0 aggregate triumph. Lionel Messi’s first-half double – the first a trademark finish, the second courtesy of a blunder from David De Gea – plus Philippe Coutinho’s 61st-minute wonder goal gave a stark reminder of the difference between the two sides. Solskjaer will now turn his attention to the domestic front, where United will vie for a top-four spot in the Premier League, but the Norwegian knows he faces a major rebuilding job this summer and beyond. He s...

Change of manager leaves Hibs defender Hanlon feeling nervous

Paul Heckingbottom has replaced Neil Lennon as head coach at Easter Road. Hibernian defender Paul Hanlon admits he is always anxious when a new manager arrives. The Hibs vice-captain is in his testimonial year but is not immune to the concern over his place in the team after Paul Heckingbottom replaced Neil Lennon as head coach. Hanlon started in Heckingbottom’s first game, a 2-0 win over Hamilton, and will continue trying to impress his new boss when Hibs take on Dundee in the Ladbrokes Premiership on Friday night. Hanlon said: “There’s obviously a bit of anxiety involved with everyone, not just players, staff, everyone. “Manager comes in with new ideas, you need to be able to adapt, adjust to what he wants and obviously try and impress, so there’s always the slight doubts like he might n...

Mark Wood hopes to take Test chance if England chose to change bowling attack

Mark Wood might not boast the powerlifter’s physique of Shannon Gabriel but he is confident he can bring the same raw pace to England‘s bowling attack. England need to find a new formula in St Lucia next week as they look to salvage some pride from a series that has seen them mercilessly thrashed in the first two Tests, and Wood is in contention for a recall. The Durham man admits it would be “harsh” to change the bowlers when more fundamental problems exist in the batting, but with the West Indies seamers consistently quicker than England’s it is a valid point of discussion. Shannon Gabriel has impressed in the series (Ricardo Mazalan/PA) The strapping Trinidadian Gabriel has been the most menacing paceman on either side, with a fastest ball of almost 94mph, ...

We won’t change our style to stifle free-scoring Spurs, says Wolves boss Nuno

Tottenham have won their last two games 6-2 and 5-0. Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has no intention of parking the bus at Wembley, despite Tottenham’s goal-scoring form. Spurs have rattled in 11 goals in their last two matches, thumping Everton 6-2 on Sunday before hitting five without reply against Bournemouth on Boxing Day. Facing Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Christian Eriksen and co currently looks a fearsome prospect for any side, let alone one only promoted last season. But Portuguese coach Nuno insists he will not ditch his preferred style of play in a bid to stifle Spurs. “We’ve played already many games against top teams where we have shown that we don’t change our identity,” he said. “We are trying to build something, so when you try to build you do not look at the game like, ‘Wha...

Konta hopes change of direction leads to successful 2019

Johanna Konta heads into what she hopes will be a more positive 2019 season buoyed by two new men in her life. After the high of reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals in the summer of 2017 and climbing to fourth in the world rankings, it has been a rocky 18 months for the British number one. Her Wimbledon success was followed by a dramatic burn-out which saw her win just two more matches that season and she ended an inconsistent 2018 campaign with her ranking having dropped to 37. Konta won only two grand slam matches all season, and it was no surprise when her coaching relationship with Michael Joyce came to an end after less than a year. But 2018 had a positive ending in October when Konta put together her best string of results to reach the semi-finals in Moscow during a trial week with Fr...

Guardiola hails ‘incredible’ Sterling and calls for change

Pep Guardiola has hailed Raheem Sterling as an “incredible human being” for confronting the issue of racism in football. Sterling was subjected to alleged racial abuse during Manchester City’s Premier League defeat at Chelsea on Saturday. The player later issued a statement accusing the media of fuelling racism in the way it reports certain stories about black players. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been praising Raheem Sterling (Martin Rickett/PA) Speaking for the first time since, City manager Guardiola said: “I was concerned with what happened but he made a statement on Instagram and was quite clear about his thoughts. “He’s an incredible person, an incredible human being. “It’s tough in the 21st century to still be in this position, to have problems with diversity. We have t...

‘Racing Point’ to change name again for 2019

Force India’s new name for 2019 is not yet set in stone. Force India‘s new name for 2019 is not yet set in stone. On the official 2019 entry list, the FIA revealed that following the buyout by Lawrence Stroll, the Silverstone based team is now known only as ‘Racing Point’. But the name will change again prior to the start of the new season, La Gazzetta dello Sport claims. “After 10 years, F1 has said goodbye to the name Force India, but it will also say goodbye to Racing Point, which is destined to disappear before the start of the 2019 world championship,” read a report by the Italian sports daily. Read Next: Billionaire Stroll not in F1 ‘to lose money’ >

Gareth Southgate calls for change as English contingent in Premier League slumps

England manager Gareth Southgate has called for urgent action to address the “incredible” fall in the number of English-qualified starters in Premier League teams. Only 54 of the 220 starters in the Premier League last weekend could have been selected by Southgate, a new low after the previous weekend’s tally of 56. This means the average number of English-qualified starters has fallen from about one in three to one in four in the space of a year and Southgate is wondering when the decline will stop. Gareth Southgate is concerned at the falling numbers of English-qualified starters in the Premier League (Steven Paston/PA) He said: “It it is incredible – it was 33 per cent on average last season, then it went below 29 per cent (at the start of this season) and this weekend it was below 25 p...

Form can change so quickly, says St Johnstone boss Wright

St Johnstone have won five and drawn one of their last six league games. St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright has pointed to his own team as an example of why banking on Hearts’ poor recent form can be fraught with danger. Since losing 6-0 at home to Celtic on October 7 in their fourth successive defeat, the Perth side have won five and drawn one of their last six Ladbrokes Premiership fixtures. Craig Levein’s team, by sharp contrast, have lost five and drawn one of their last six games and are now just two points ahead of fifth-placed Saints having played a game more. However, ahead of their meeting at MacDiarmid Park on Wednesday night, the Northern Irishman said: “Form can change so quickly. “People would have said playing us after Celtic beat us was the perfect time and look what happened. “...

Howard Webb’s take on how VAR technology will change the Premier League

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will be used in the Premier League in the 2019-20 season after the governing body announced its introduction earlier this month. It is already in use in leagues around the world and has been a success, but what impact will it have on the game in this country? The penalty award in favour of Tottenham in Sunday’s north London derby was a further example of a decision which VAR may have overturned. Press Association Sport spoke to 2010 World Cup final referee Howard Webb, who oversaw the introduction of the system in Major League Soccer and is now general manager of the Professional Referee Organization (PRO), about how the game has changed with the use of VAR and what we might expect to see happen in the Premier League. Changes in officiating VAR has been tr...

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