Manchester City & Mark Hughes

Manchester City Football Club is an English Premier League football club based in Manchester. Leslie Mark Hughes, OBE (born 1 November 1963), is a former Welsh international footballer and the current manager of Queens Park Rangers having joined on 10 January 2012. As an international footballer, he made 72 appearances and scored 16 goals. 5.0/5

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A round-up of football stories and transfer gossip from today's morning newspapers. Daily Mirror Arsenal are trying to beat Real Madrid to the signature of Brazilian wonderkid Lucas Silva, 21, from Cruzeiro in January. Spanish reports claim Arsene Wenger has had a £11.9million bid accepted by the Brazilian Serie A club for the midfielder dubbed as the new Kaka. The Gunners are also set to bid for Ipswich defender Tyrone Mings, 21 in January. Stoke boss Mark Hughes has joined the race to sign Arsenal forward Joel Campbell. Sam Allardyce has claimed it will take a bid of £20million for West Ham to sell Winston Reid in January. Ronald Koeman has told Arsenal and Tottenham that Southampton will not let Morgan Schneiderlin go in January. Fernando Torres, 30, currently on a two-year loan at Milan from Chelsea, is to offered for free around the Premier League clubs in January by the Rossoneri - only four years after costing the Blues a British record £50m. THE SUN Everton and Newcastle are locked in a three-h ...
y Miguel Delaney Stoke 3 Arsenal 2 On a frantic afternoon at the Britannia when there was so much to criticise about Arsenal, one stark fact stood above all others. It was not that they conceded after 18 seconds, or were 3-0 down by half-time because of the most basic errors. It was that, when Mark Hughes took one look at their team-sheet, he knew his Stoke City side had a big opportunity. That’s what Arsenal looked like: a roll-over. It was exactly what they were. “Yes,” Hughes bluntly answered when asked if he fancied his chances after seeing Arsenal’s back five. “We expected (Laurent) Koscielny to play to be perfectly honest, so that was no surprise for us. “When you’ve had changes in the back four, as we’ve had to deal with in recent weeks too, it can upset you and the balance of your team. It takes a while for guys to get used to play with each other.” The bigger issue for Arsenal is that they never seem to get used to such problems at any point. Or, at the least, Arsene Wenger show ...
SATURDAY'S PAPER TALKS THE SUN Louis Van Gaal wants to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester United. Alan Pardew today steps into a cauldron of hate at St James' Park, declaring: "I'm not scared". Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes Manchester City should have been stripped of the Premier League title or banned from the Champions League for breaching Financial Fair-Play rules last season. Steve Bruce has revealed he is ready to give an "aye" to the Tigers even if Alan Pardew gets the bullet at Newcastle. Hatem Ben Arfa has revealed just how desperate he was to get away from Alan Pardew. Fulham are picking up the pieces in the wake of Felix Magath's 'blinking mad' regime. Manuel Pellegrini has urged Manchester City supporters to lay off Yaya Toure - as he is still getting over the death of his brother Ibrahim this summer. Harry Redknapp has blamed Mark Hughes for the broken squad he inherited at QPR. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is ready to gamble on Diego Costa's fitness against Manchester City tomorro ...
Mr Predictor September 20th ENG   QPR vs Stoke – Saturday 20th September – Premier League   Mark Hughes returns to Loftus Road to face his old side with Stoke. In their relegation season, QPR were beaten on both occasions by Stoke, but the year before that the West Londoners did the double over the Potters. These encounters are never the most thrilling, but they are close affairs. Looking at their recent Premier League history, only one in four matches between the pair ended with a more than one goal winning margin and only one had over 2.5 goals. It’s safe to say this will be a low scoring affair, between two teams who are in poor form and I can’t separate the two.   Mr Predictor’s Verdict: QPR 1 vs 1 Stoke (Long List selection 3)   West Ham vs Liverpool – Saturday 20th September – Premier League   West Ham welcome last year’s runners-up Liverpool in a game that is likely to produce goals. The Hammers have struggled recently against the Anfield club, having won only two out of the ...
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Stoke City registered their first Premier League victory in Manchester as Mame Biram Diouf's fine solo effort stunned the champions. Man City 0-1 Stoke Diouf 58′ The Senegal international and former United striker raced 70 yards before slotting under Joe Hart. The hosts could have had a late penalty but Yaya Toure was booked for diving. Stoke had lost all 12 previous league matches at the Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford and manager Mark Hughes will savour this victory at his former club. The odds were stacked against the visitors who had not even scored at Manchester City in the Premier League By contrast, Manuel Pellegrini's men had failed to hit the net in just one of their last 70 home matches and the Chilean started with Sergio Aguero, who had taken just 23 seconds to score off the bench against Liverpool, up front. The Potters had failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 12 league matches but a resolute performance from Hughes's side saw them do just that and Diouf's second-half strike capped a . ...
Latest Paper Talk •Arsene Wenger twice rejected the chance to sign Mario Balotelli before the Italian striker's £16 million move to Liverpool was in place. •Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal will make a double swoop on his former Netherlands stars Nigel De Jong and Daley Blind before the end of the transfer window. •Chris Smalling is in talks over a lucrative new deal with Manchester United that could pay him more than £18m. •Tottenham remain interested in PSV winger Memphis Depay despite him signing a new deal with the Dutch club. •Reading have slapped an £8m price tag on keeper Alex McCarthy, who is wanted by QPR. •Manuel Pellegrini is in no rush to follow his star players and sign a new deal at Manchester City. •Ajax are set to step up their efforts to sign Manchester City striker John Guidetti. •Mark Hughes last night insisted Stoke City's transfer kitty is bulging - despite spending next to nothing this summer. •Tottenham misfit Sandro has a four-year deal on the table from N ...
Ireland delighted to be part of the Stoke City family STEPHEN IRELAND has lavished praise upon Stoke City Manager Mark Hughes and the Club's supporters for making him feel wanted again after pledging his long-term future to the Potters. The 27-year-old's career stagnated during an unsuccessful spell at Aston Villa prior to his summer switch to the Britannia Stadium. However, he has since rediscovered the form he showed at Manchester City after reacquainting himself with Hughes for a second time and had no hesitation in signing a three-year contract which commits him to the Club until the summer of 2017. Speaking exclusively to stokecityfc.com shortly after penning his long-term agreement, he said he would be forever grateful to both the manager and the fans for helping him to rejuvenate his playing career, and is aiming to pay them back by helping secure a landmark top-half finish this term. "It's important for every player to feel wanted and to be a part of a family and to be honest I haven't had that fo ...
Brendan Rodgers of Liverpool,Manuel Pellegrini of Manchester City,Mark Hughes of Stoke City & Roberto Martinez of Everton have bin nominated 4 E.P.L manager of the month of March award.Rodgers or Martinez will win it bcoz both of dem won all dia matches in the month of March.
Chelsea vs Stoke City: Previews, Lineups, Predictions A 1-0 loss in the Premier League against Crystal Palace side have raised chances of Liverpool and Manchester City to table top the Blues side in this season’s Premier League. Similar with the Premier League defeat Jose Mourinho’s men were outnumbered in the first leg of their quarterfinal clash against Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League as they were defeated with a 3-1 scoreline. On the other side, Mark Hughes team have been playing good football and having won four out of their five last matches, Stoke City are in safe position at the top half of the table. Stoke City will surely be aware of the Top Flight record of having never lost a game at the Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho’s management. The Portugese coach is well known to the fact that his side should not slip up points now if they are to aim for the top spot this season in the Premier League. With lack of an absolute goal scoring striker in the team, Diego Costa is linked he ...
FUTBOLL LATEST Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood wants to sign Red Bull Salzburg's Senegalese winger Sadio Mane, 21, but faces competition from Chelsea, Manchester City and Newcastle. Nicklas Bendtner's Arsenal career thrown into further doubt after being pictured watching FC Copenhagen. Southampton prepare £2million bid for Brazilian defender Andre Ramalho. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers warns Premier League title rivals: 'You're scared of our firepower'. Manchester City's Joe Hart admits he has not come to terms with being dropped by Manuel Pellegrini. Arsenal's Per Mertesacker blames early kick offs after string of poor results away from home. Stoke City Manager Mark Hughes says Potters striker Peter Crouch, 33, has the "international class" to make a return to the England squad. Arsenal's 20-year-old midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain twice told referee Andre Marriner he had mistakenly sent off Kieran Gibbs, 24, in Saturday's 6-0 Premier League defeat at Chelsea. Manchester United will be offered the ...
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Here's a question for debate. Is it money that makes a manager successful or is it all down to good management? I'm just asking this question because for years David Moyes whilst at Everton used the ''Pauper card''. However he's not exactly pulled up any trees having spent 64 million net this season. That's second to Manchester City on 85 million. That's 46 million more than Brendan Rodgers spent net at Liverpool. 18 million net. The realty is, Rafa Benitez at Valencia and Jose Mourinho at Porto, spent a fraction what Moyes did at Everton and were successful. In fact, Rafa Benitez at Chelsea won the Europa League having spent a mere 7 million in his 8 months. Moyes had 11 years at Everton, you would think he would have won the Carling Cup at least once if he was as good a manager as he thinks he is. Steve McClaren, Mark Hughes and Alex Mcleish who are poor managers managed that. Even the tactically inept Harry Redknapp won the FA Cup. All in all, it's good management that makes managers successful. That's ...
Manchester City have made some stunning progress as a club ever since their financial takeover by Sheikh Mansour, on the pitch and off it. In terms of reaching out to their fans via social media, the club is second to none in terms of providing fans a detailed insight of how the club operates on every level. The weekly ‘Inside City’ feature details the team’s training, the clubs charity work and social calendar events. It is this fly on the wall stuff that really brings the fans closer to their club. The cutting edge academy and training complex has been documented on a regular basis keeping everyone in the loop, no matter where they reside on the planet. The clubs expansion overseas with the New York City franchise and woman’s team have shown that the club really are investing in all the right areas, ensuring they are rooted for a long time to come in every possible aspect. All of this information can be accessed via the social outpourings that come from the club, a comprehensive and continuous f ...
Mark Lawrenson predictions for weekend BBC pundit picks wins for Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City With another weekend just around the corner, it's time to take a look at Mark Lawrenson's weekend predictions! Chelsea 2-0 Everton "Chelsea have never lost at home in the Premier League under Mourinho, going back to his first spell at Stamford Bridge, and I am backing them to win here to extend that impressive record." Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland "I don't think Sunderland are good enough to go to the Emirates Stadium and get anything." Cardiff City 1-1 Hull City "I am not so sure about Cardiff, although they should get a draw on Saturday." Manchester City 3-0 Stoke City "It is always interesting to see Stoke boss Mark Hughes going back to his former club, but I don't think the Potters will be able to keep Manchester City out." West Brom 2-0 Fulham "West Brom look a bit short of firepower up front but I am still backing Pepe Mel to get his first win as Baggies boss." West Ham 1-1 Southampton "Overall, though, t ...
FACE MANCITY TUESDAY, SOOO AS USUAL WE LOOK AT THEIR STADIUM AND A FEW THINGS. Aguero is injured. Maybe its good for us. The 2001 to 2011 history of the club has been marked by stability, with the club establishing itself as a Premier League regular since 2002. The club was taken over in 2007 by Thaksin Shinawatra , who invested a considerable portion of money into the club with Sven-Göran Eriksson. After being arrested for political corruption in the summer of 2008, Shinawatra had to sell the club. 2008 The Abu Dhabi United Group become the new owners of Manchester City. Former Wales, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester United star Mark Hughes becomes the new City Manager (Dont underestimate Hughes next time you see him). The club break the British transfer record for the second time with the £32.5m signing of Robinho from Real Madrid. 2009 Roberto Mancini, former manager of Inter Milan became manager. From there we know what happened. L'ding...
Just a side point before the window closes, from the Mirror: Mark Hughes has had clear-the-air talks with John Guidetti over his outburst about not starting for Stoke. The on-loan Manchester City striker claimed he was "angry" at seeing a total of just 12 minutes from the bench in his first three games with the Potters and that he had questions. Hughes spoke to Guidetti and the embarrassed Swedish Under-21 hitman claimed he meant he needed to question himself. Hughes' No 2 Mark Bowen said: "Mark spoke to John about it and the way he explained it to Mark was that if he wasn't playing, he had questions of himself: Could he do more of this or that? Could he work harder? "People thought when he said questions he was going to ask questions of Mark about why he was not playing. "Mark spoke to him and said he has to understand that he had come to the club and gives us something we have not got - that fox in the box, a goal-scorer - but that it's about getting him into that system of play. "I don't think it's fai ...
Yesterday's 1-0 win over Stoke saw the Blues set up an intriguing FA Cup fifth round tie away at Manchester City, butMark Schwarzer believes thoughts surrounding that game now need to be put on hold as attention turns back to the Barclays Premier League.Schwarzer deputised for Petr Cech during the victory over Mark Hughes's side, our seventh in a row in all competitions, secured courtesy of a brilliant Oscar free-kick.The draw saw the top four in the Premier League table all paired together, with Arsenal hosting Liverpool in another standout tie, and while Schwarzer is desperate for us to progress in the competition, our immediate focus must now be geared towards the four tricky league encounters which precede the next round of the cup.'It's obviously a very tough draw and if you look at our game, and Arsenal against Liverpool, people maybe expect that to happen later in the tournament, but that's the way the FA Cup is, it's the luck of the draw,' said the Blues goalkeeper.'We've got a lot of football to ...
THE SUN Manchester United's value has plummeted by a quarter of a billion pounds in just one month. United boss David Moyes has joined the battle for Atletico Madrid teenager Saul Niguez Chelsea have prepared a £20m bid to lure Nemanja Matic back to Stamford Bridge. Daily Mirror Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to move for Nottingham Forest's young centre-half Jamaal Lascelles. Sam Allardyce has been assured he will be West Ham manager for the rest of the season. Everton boss Roberto Martinez will have to pay £7m immediately to sign top target Michy Batshuayi from Standard Liege. Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is keen to sign Norwich's Anthony Pilkington. Lewis Holtby is wanted back in Germany - less than a year after joining Tottenham. Daily Mail Stoke manager Mark Hughes is poised to sign John Guidetti from Manchester City. Norwich are closing on a £3m deal for Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez. Galatasaray are hoping to complete an ambitious double swoop for Manchester United centre-back Nema ...
Manchester City hitting their stride at right time Posted by David Mooney It's nothing unusual to wake up with a horrible hangover on New Year's Day. However, waking up at 4 a.m. with a horrible hangover in order to make it to a bus leaving for Swansea in time for a 12.45 p.m. kickoff on Jan. 1 will be a brand-new experience for Manchester City fans. Never mind, though, because there was also torrential rain to add some freshness to the cold, January morning! Happy New Year, everyone! The trip home, however, will have been much better received. A good hangover cure (so I'm told, I'm a nondrinker) is a decent away performance and a 3-2 win to go top of the table, albeit temporarily. - Pellegrini pleased with City The haul of four wins from four games over the Christmas holiday is City's first 100 percent record in the festive period since 2009 (encompassing Mark Hughes' final match and Roberto Mancini's first three), so the job that Manuel Pellegrini has done to turn the Blues around should not be underest ...
Stoke What they need in a nutshell: To increase their attacking options. Window shopping: This Stoke side already feels more like Mark Hughes's team despite the fact he has not had much money to spend since taking charge in the summer. For me they are another team that needs a striker, or at least a clever player in an advanced position. They are still a little bit predictable going forward at the moment. Linked with: Joe Hart 26, GK (Manchester City), Joleon Lescott 31, CB (Manchester City), Jed Wallace 19, CM (Portsmouth), Nick Powell 19, AM (Manchester United), Wilfried Zaha 21, FW (Manchester United), Luuk de Jong 23, CF (Borussia Monchengladbach), Ivica Olic 34, CF (Wolfsburg), Mame Biram Diouf (26), CF (Hannover), Michael Mancienne 25, CB (Hamburg).
On this day: Mark Hughes sacked after Manchester City beat Sunderland
On this day in 2009, Mark Hughes was sacked as Manchester City manager, despite witnessing his side record a 4-3 victory over Sunderland.
Latest Football News & Transfer Gossips :- - Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists Reds must buy in January after claiming his small squad is to blame for defeat at Hull. - West Bromwich Albion midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu is reportedly a January transfer target for Premier League leaders Arsenal. - Leeds want Chelsea’s England Under-21 cap Nathan Chalobah at the end of his current loan deal with Championship rivals Nottingham Forest. - Arsenal have emerged as favourites to sign Chelsea and Manchester United target Julian Draxler from Schalke. - Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed talk of in- form Sergio Aguero heading to Real Madrid in January. - Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has revealed that Everton beat him to the loan signing of Gerard Deulofeu in the close season. - Manuel Pellegrini has set his Manchester City stars a target of being Premier League leaders at Christmas time. - Andre Villas-Boas has accused Danny Welbeck of fooling referee Mike Dean to earn Manchester United an "unf ...
(Rumours) & INTERNATIONAL LATEST UPDATES • Manchester City may buy a defender in January if captain Vincent Kompany, 27, continues to struggle with injury. • Cardiff forward Craig Bellamy, 34, has revealed Manchester United made a bid for him when he was at Manchester City in 2010. • Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the imminent returns to fitness of forwards Theo Walcott, 24, and Lukas Podolski, 28, means he will not need to buy a striker in January. • Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini, 31, remains determined to make a move back to his native Argentina. • Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 21, hopes a good performance in Saturday's derby with Everton will boost his chances of being named in Brazil's 2014 World Cup squad. • West Brom manager Steve Clarke, 50, wants to extend his stay at the club beyond the end of the season when his current deal expires. • Stoke manager Mark Hughes, 50, believes the British Government has cost his club £10m after they denied forward Juan Agudel ...
Premier League News : Arsenal are closing in on a £22m January deal for Real Madrid star Karim Benzema. (Mirror) Jack Wilshere has been put on a special fitness programme to sort out his injury problems. (Mirror) Manchester United are watching a Fulham wonderkid they believe could be the new Didier DrogbaMoussa Dembele. (Mirror) Stoke boss Mark Hughes will make a cut-price move for Manchester City’s Joleon Lescott in January. (Mirror) Newcastle are closely monitoring Ola Toivonen’s contract talks with PSV. (Mirror) Liverpool have lined up England new boy Jay Rodriguez as a replacement for Luis Suarez. (Mirror) Crystal Palace have pulled off a coup by landing Iain Moody as their new Sporting Director. (Mirror) Former England skipper David Beckham is set to be knighted. (The Sun) Roy Hodgson has told Joe Hart his England place is under threat if he remains frozen out at Manchester City. (The Sun) Malky Mackay praised Crystal Palace for appointing his ally Iain Moody – and refused to deny he coul ...
7(SEVEN) BITTER TRUTH U NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CURRENT EPL TITLE CHASE..1. Chelsea yet to convince as potential champions Having ended up in the stands after the 2-1 win over Manchester City last week, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho cut an altogether more bedraggled figure in watching his side slip to an insipid 2-0 loss at Newcastle United. Mourinho rightly lamented his side's performance after blowing the chance to go top of the Premier League before Arsenal hosted Liverpool later in the day. Mourinho had used all his substitutes by the 70th minute to suggest all wasn't well. A baffling and saturated day for Mourinho in Geordieland. 2. Begovic goal highlights Stoke problems Asmir Begovic joined a select band of goalkeepers to score in the Premier League when his wind-assisted clearance from the Stoke area managed to somehow elude Artur Boruc before bouncing over the Southampton goalkeeper in the opening minute. Southampton recovered to earn a 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium. The problem Mark Hughes' St ...
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The Five Top Worst Spending Sprees Based on the Following Season’s Results 1. Manchester City 2008 Man City, with Mark Hughes as manager, spent about a £140m in 2008 when they signed numerous players including Brazilian international Robinho for a £32.5m from Real Madrid. When the January transfer window opened they paid £18m for Nigel De Jong £12m for Wayne Bridge and another £14m for Craig Bellamy. The team ended the season in 10th place after buying a total of 13 players. 2. Manchester City 2009 After forking over £140m in transfer fees the previous year, City followed it up by spending another £130m in 2009. This time Hughes bought players such as Roque Santa Cruz for £18m and then paid £25m for Emmanuel Adebayor another £16m for Kolo Toure, £25.5m for Carlos Tevez and £24m for Joleon Lescott. Hughes took them to fifth place and was sacked. Roberto Mancini took over and they finished the campaign still in fifth. 3. Manchester United 2001 Man United shelled out a total of £75.5m in 2001 ...
Leicester City's reward for defeating Fulham is a Capital One Cup quarter-final tie at home to Manchester City. The Foxes, who are the one remaining non-Premier League side in the competition, will host Manuel Pellegrini's charges at the King Power Stadium in the week commencing 16 December. Elsewhere, Mark Hughes faces a reunion with his former side after Stoke City were drawn at home to Manchester United. Tottenham, who like Stoke required penalties to reach the last eight, are at home to London rivals West Ham United. The Hammers were 3-0 winners when they visited White Hart Lane earlier this month in the Premier League. Sunderland and Southampton meet next week in the one remaining fourth round tie, knowing that victory will earn them a plum home draw against Chelsea.
Saturday Paper Review THE SUN UEFA want to put 'racism spotters' in grounds to identify abusive fans. Manuel Pellegrini has told Jose Mourinho: 'You won't get to me.' David Moyes has hammered rumours of a rift with Robin Van Persie. Arsene Wenger is not convinced he has seen the last of Alex Ferguson. Sepp Blatter wants to reduce England's chances of future World Cup glory. Jose Mourinho has been branded a hypocrite by furious Cardiff chief Malky Mackay. Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti says he sold Mesut Ozil to Arsenal because Angel Di Maria has more character. Daily Mirror Patrice Evra fears football will never win the war on racism. Struggling Sunderland have recruited the Pope in a desperate bid to escape relegation. Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti says the world is about to see the best of Gareth Bale. Jose Mourinho says Manchester City should face the same "bought the title" jibes he suffered in his first spell at Chelsea. Mark Hughes reckons Manchester United's dodgy home form has nothing to do w ...
Premier League preview Black Cats host Magpies; Blues tackle City; Eagles face Gunners The Wear-Tyne derby between Sunderland and Newcastle United takes centre stage this weekend, as Crystal Palace begin life without Ian Holloway. Elsewhere, title hopefuls Chelsea and Manchester City lock horns and Steve Clarke, Mark Hughes and Malky Mackay take their current sides out on the road against former employers. The Premier League action kicks off at Selhurst Park, with managerless Crystal Palace charged with the task of kick-starting their season and derailing Arsenal's pursuit of the top-flight crown. Holloway packed his coaching bags on Wednesday, with a larger-then-life character revealing that he was too 'tired' to embark on another basement battle. Filling the void in the dugout is a top priority for Palace, but so is generating results on the field - with three points taken from a possible 24 on offer. In contrast, Arsenal already have 19 in the bag and have opened up a two-point lead at the summit. Thei ...
Manchester City trio of Vincent Kompany, Martin Demichelis and Jack Rodwell are set to miss City's Champions League trip to Russia to face CSKA Moscow. Borussia Dortmund head coach Jürgen Klopp believes Arsenal are favourites to win their UEFA Champions League clash on Tuesday in London. Arsene Wenger has confirmed Mathieu Flamini will miss the Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday. Flamini suffered a concussion in Saturday's 4-1 Premier League win over Norwich. Marseille are yet to register a point in the UEFA Champions League but head coach Elie Baup still believes they can qualify for the last 16. Fabricio Coloccini is out of this weekend's Tyne-Wear derby. Alan Pardew has wasted no time in ruling out the Argentine defender and will instead look to Steven Taylor to fill the void left by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa following his red card against Liverpool. Mark Hughes will make another bid to sign Former Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf in the January transfer window West Hammanager ...
Stoke boss Mark Hughes believes his side are ready to consign their reputation as long-ball merchants to history by matching the big guns in the goalscoring stakes. The Potters' solid start to the new Premier League season is still yet to entirely convince the critics, after yielding just four goals from their first five league games. But Hughes reckons the tactical revolution he has overseen at the Britannia Stadium since replacing Tony Pulis in the summer will soon pay off - starting with Sunday's visit of struggling Norwich. Hughes said: "I am convinced that at some point things will turn and we will score a greater amount of goals. "We are certainly creating chances and that is encouraging. I think it is only a matter of time until we really take the game to somebody and score quite a few goals." Despite being tipped by many as relegation candidates, Hughes' men have impressed in their opening encounters having been unfortunate not to beat Manchester City before a tough loss at Arsenal last week. And ...
Written by Mike Pejic It would be great to think Arsene Wenger, that arch critic of Stoke City in recent years, might have one or two compliments to pay us after tomorrow's game. He certainly won't be seeing the rugby team he once unfairly referred to.The times they are a changing at Stoke City and I saw that for myself last week. Not just during the game against Manchester City, which was impressive enough, but after the game too. You often see substitutes and squad players being put through their paces in shuttle runs and the like down on the pitch 10 minutes after the final whistle.But what I saw last week was something new for me. For a good 45 minutes, the fringe players were involved in an intense short-sided game which looked challenging, enjoyable and rewarding. The aim of the game was to not only keep the ball at the right times, but also look for a penetrative pass when the chance came.To me, the signal was obvious to those players – and the starting 11. It is that Mark Hughes has subs ready, ...
London Evening Standard article. With this headline: Gooners are in for a shock … Mark Hughes’ Stoke play football Oh yes we do, and here we come!! (Ray) Arsenal supporters who have never cared for either Stoke or Mark Hughes may be in for a surprise if they are prepared to put prejudice aside at Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Since replacing Tony Pulis in the summer, Hughes has been keen to moderate the team’s direct style and his implementation of a passing game has not only been well received by the club’s fans but has brought results, too. After defeat on the opening day at Liverpool, when Jonathan Walters missed a penalty in the last minute, Stoke have beaten Crystal Palace and West Ham and had much the better of a goalless draw at home against Manchester City. “I’m just really pleased that what we’re trying at the moment seems to be working and the team are buying into it,” said Hughes. Fans delighted with promotion to the Premier League in 2008 were initially happy to accept the Pulis ...
411 HEADIES: • Sunderland are "very disappointed" with FA chairman Greg *** after he criticised the amount of foreign players signed by the club. • Southampton's Victor Wanyama says being away with Kenya's national side has helped him to overcome a 'tough' start to Premier League life. • Alan Pardew felt Hatem Ben Arfa was "unplayable" during his goalscoring display in Newcastle United's 2-1 win at Aston Villa on Saturday. • Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini was pleased with a point after a tough 0-0 draw with Stoke. • Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has expressed disappointment at the way his side defended in their 2-1 loss to Newcastle United. • Jordan Rhodes' late intervention saw Blackburn Rovers secure a 1-1 draw away to fierce Lancashire rivals Burnley on Saturday. • Arsene Wenger praised Aaron Ramsey for his dramatic improvement over the past year, as his brace helped Arsenal to a 3-1 win at Sunderland. • Mark Hughes praised his Stoke City side for their battling display a ...
Elsewhere, Tottenham cruised to victory over Norwich, Manchester City were held to a frustrating draw by Stoke -- and their former City boss Mark Hughes -- Newcastle recorded a second successive league win, at Aston Villa, Fulham drew with West Brom and Cardiff earned a point at Hull.Former City boss Mark Hughes was left the happier, with neither side able find the winning touch. City took time to settle and were reduced to long range efforts as Alvaro Negredo curled one over from 25 yards. At the other end, Stoke grew in confidence as Kenwyne Jones capitalised on a Samir Nasri mistake. However, Joe Hart was equal to the shot and spared Nasri's blushes. New Stoke signing Marko Arnautovic almost netted on his debut, but his deflected shot was again well saved by Hart before Robert Huth was left out cold after suffering a knee to the head when challenging for a header with Negredo. Both sides continued to probe for a late winner, but the home side did more than enough to earn a share of the spoils. Aston Vi ...
Stoke City boss Mark Hughes reckons he can kick-start midfielder Charlie Adam’s career this season. Former Potters manager Tony Pulis signed Adam from Liverpool last August in a £4 million deal. But the Scot rarely hit the heights and also had to face recovering from the death of his father in December. Now Hughes believes he can transform Adam after a disappointing season at the Britannia Stadium. Hughes wants to see ex-Blackpool star Adam, 27, making the most of his ability after netting just three times last season. The former Manchester City, Blackburn and Fulham boss said: “Charlie’s a good player. “I know his quality and he can affect a game in all manner of ways by the strength of his ability. “I’m looking forward to working with him day in day out and it’ll be an exciting time. “We’ll get to know each other on a number of levels. “It’s about getting the best out of him and finding the best position for him to be most effective for the team.” Hughes reckons one of his stren ...
Wayne Rooney fears Manchester United fans will boo him when the Premier League season kicks off next month. Everton boss Roberto Martinez has joined the race for Celtic's £12m-rated midfielder Victor Wanyama. Arsenal will step up their interest in Freiburg midfielder Matthias Ginter, 19, with Borussia Dortmund also interested, while the Gunners are also keen on Manchester City and England midfielder Gareth Barry. Stoke City are interested in Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, 30, as Mark Hughes looks to reunite the England striker with Peter Crouch. Burnley striker Charlie Austin will have a medical at Hull City on Monday ahead of a £4.5m move. Liverpool hope to land Valencia defender Aly Cissokho for around £4m due to the Spanish club's financial problems. Meanwhile, the Reds have turned down Bolton's request to take winger Raheem Sterling on loan, but England U21 defender Andre Wisdom could be sent out to Wigan, with Fulham also interested. Juventus have offered Manchester City a £1.2m loan fee for de ...
Done Deals of 2013-14 Summer (updated) ? Neymar Joins FC Barcelona ? Steklenberg Joins Fulham ? Moutinho and James Rodriguez complete move to Monaco. ? Mario Gotze will be joining Bayern in the summer. ? Rafa Benitez new Napoli Manager ? Sascha Riether, Derek Boatng, Fernando Amorebieta have completed their free transfers to Fulham FC ? Ricky Van Wolfswinkle has signed for Norwich ? Razvan Rat has completed his move to West Ham United ? Yaya Sanago Has completed his free transfer to Arsenal ? Fillipe Santana from Dortmund to Schalke ? Werder's Sokratis Papastathopoulos joins on 5-yr contract with Dortmund ? Riccardo Saponara, Gherson Veghara & Cristian Zapata to Milan ? Icardi (Sampdoria) and Campagnaro (Napoli) join Inter Milan ? Kolo Toure joins Liverpool FC ? Falcao joins Monaco for a fee of ?60m ?Andre Schurrle to chelsea? Manuel Pellegrini confirmed as Manchester City manager ? Carvalho joins Monaco on a free Transfer. ? Mark Hughes is the new Stoke City Manager. ? Mario Gotze signs for Bayern Munche ...
Roque Santa Cruz is ready to snub Mark Hughes and sign for Bologna. Potters boss Hughes was interested in being reunited with Santa Cruz at Stoke – having worked with the striker at Blackburn and Manchester City. But the Paraguayan, who is a free agent, says he hopes to sign for Bologna. Santa Cruz, who also had talks with Hamburg, told Corriere dello Sport: "We are one step away from a positive solution."I think the talks with Bologna will have a positive ending. I have every confidence there will be no major problems."I have already told the German club that my first choice is Bologna. "I like their offer and the economic aspect is not essential for me. I'm more interested in the way of life for me and my family, and Bologna is a beautiful city. "I've also had an offer from Turkey, but I have chosen Italy and I hope a deal will be closed in the next few hours."
Stoke's move for Roque Santa Cruz could be back on after his wife vetoed a proposed switch to Hamburg. talkSPORT told you on Tuesday that the Bundesliga side had issued the free agent forward an ultimatum - agree to a move by Wednesday or face the collapse of the deal. And the former Bayern Munich man’s return to Germany has fallen through after his wife Giselle opposed the move. Hamburg sporting director Oliver Kreuzer told the Hamburger Morgenpost: "Roque would have loved to come and play for Hamburg but his wife, for personal reasons, opposed the transfer. "It is really a shame because Roque would have fitted in very well with us, but we have to accept the decision." Santa Cruz, who was released by Manchester City this summer following a hugely disappointing four-year spell at the Etihad Stadium, is wanted by Stoke boss Mark Hughes, who signed him at Blackburn Rovers and at City. But Serie A side Bologna have also emerged as candidates to land the 31-year-old - but it remains to be seen whether his w ...
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Latest EPL News & Transfer Gossips [ 3/07/2013 ] :- - Wayne Rooney still wants Alex Ferguson to publicly admit he didn't make an official transfer request before he will commit to staying at Manchester United. - Manchester City are ready to move for Brazil striker Fred if they don't sign Edinson Cavani. - West Ham have their fingers crossed that Chelsea manage to buy Edinson Cavani - as they hope his arrival will help their chances of signing the Blues' Romelu Lukaku on loan. - But Chelsea will have to smash the British transfer record again if they are to land prime target Cavani. - Tottenham are set to turn their attentions back to Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke. - New Stoke boss Mark Hughes has made his second signing of the summer, bringing in Barcelona defender Marc Muniesa. - Swansea have signed their third Spaniard in a week after confirming a deal with midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo from Real Betis for an undisclosed fee. - Nicklas Bendtner is set to end his Arsenal career this week with a £ ...
Gary Neville has told Wayne Rooney not to quit Manchester United. Blackpool have accepted Cardiff's £8m offer for Tom Ince. Pavel Pogrebnyak has not ruled out quitting relegated Reading. Peter Crouch has no idea if he has a future at Stoke under Mark Hughes. Swansea have beaten West Brom to land Gregor Zabret from NK Domzale. David Moyes officially starts at Manchester United today and he has been given the green light to sign Benfica's Ezequiel Garay in a £17m swoop. Danny Murphy will end his unhappy spell at Blackburn this week. Spurs are closing in on a £15m deal for Dinamo Zagreb's Alen Halilovic and Tin Jedvaj. Dwight Gayle will join Crystal Palace this week for £6m. Tottenham want Dinamo Zagreb teenager Alen Halilovic. Wigan are looking at Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing while goalkeeper Scott Carson is in talks over a move from Bursaspor. Danny Murphy is close to a deal to quit Blackburn. Chelsea have offered £42.5m to Napoli for Edinson Cavani and want Manchester City target Bruma. Swansea ...
Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is keen on Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry. The England veteran is entering the final year of his current City deal. The Daily Star Sunday says Barry is being eyed by new Stoke boss Hughes, his former City Manager, but is looking to stay at the Etihad.
Transfers: Latest news, rumours and gossip for every Premier League club during the summer 2013 transfer window. • Rumour of the day: Manchester City want to bring in Real Madrid centre-back Pepe to partner captain Vincent Kompany at the heart of their defence. • Long shot of the day: Brendan Rodgers is considering making a move for Real Madrid winger Jose Callejon. Related Articles⁠ Premier League Transfer Talk interactive • Done deal: Defender Erik Pieters has become new Stoke manager Mark Hughes's first signing after moving from PSV Eindhoven on a four-year deal. Latest Arsenal Arsenal will sign Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar, but are unwilling to meet the wage demands and transfer valuations for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini and Swansea centre-back Ashley Williams (Daily Mail) Arsenal will start the bidding war for Wayne Rooney and are ready to bid £25 million. (Manchester Evening News) Swansea City defender Ashley Williams, 28, might not be moving to Arsenal after all a ...
Andy Carroll has failed to push through his £100,000-a-week wage demands despite agreeing a six-year contract with West Ham. Barcelona are monitoring Juan Mata's position at Chelsea and may make a bid for the Spanish midfielder. West Ham have smashed their transfer record to capture Andy Carroll in a deal worth £55m. Newcastle have lurched closer to meltdown after Alan Pardew snubbed his new boss Joe Kinnear. Stuart Pearce has been sacked as England U21 boss. Manchester United have emerged as favourites to sign Barcelona's Spanish wonderkid Thiago Alcantara. Chelsea's Kevin De Bruyne wants to quit Chelsea for Germany with Borussia Dortmund keen on a move for the Belgian. Cesc Fabregas says Real Madrid would be foolish to bid £100m for Gareth Bale. Shola Ameobi is to be offered the chance to join Birmingham and call time on his 13-year career at Newcastle. Jermaine Pennant has become Mark Hughes' first signing at Stoke. Scott Sinclair is to be given a Manchester City lifeline by new boss Manuel Pellegri ...
Just speculation at the moment folks: Mark Hughes could be set to delve into the free transfer market to bring in two familiar faces. Hughes favourites` Roque Santa Cruz and David Bentley are available on free transfers after being released by their clubs in the summer. The Stoke manager is looking to add more goals and creativity to a team that had the second worse strike force last season. The former Blackburn manager believes Santa Cruz, who spent last season on loan at Malaga, could be the man to help the team to just do that. The 31-year-old striker has just been released by Manchester City after spending 4 years at the Etihad Stadium. The Paraguayan striker was in fact brought by Mark Hughes for £17.5 million from Blackburn Rovers, whilst he was at the helm in Manchester. The Welshmen had initially purchased the South American striker for Blackburn from Bayern Munich and could face competition for his signing from Bundesliga outfit Hamburg. Another Hughes favourite, David Bentley has been released ...
Southampton have kicked off talks with Celtic for a potential record £10million-plus deal for Victor Wanyama. The Premiership outfit made contact with the Hoops at the start of the week and are hoping to strike a quick agreement for the midfielder. But the Saints’ move could also now spark a fierce transfer scrap with other English clubs and potentially some abroad. Arsenal have been trailing the Kenyan over the last year and put him on a shortlist of targets. New Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is another admirer, having failed with an offer at the start of last season when he was in charge of QPR. Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool have also been scouting Wanyama, whose storming displays in the Champions League led UEFA to list him as one of the best talents in Europe. The 21-year-old – who has been on World Cup qualifying duty — has so far resisted attempts by Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell to extend a contract which still has two years to run. Wanyama has publicly stated his sat ...
Mark Hughes on Pennant staying with Stoke “I’ve admired Jermaine from afar and there is no question about his ability”, Hughes told his club’s official site. “I am looking to introduce more creativity and attacking options to the side, qualities Jermaine can certainly offer us.” “I had a very positive meeting with him and it’s now up to him to show everyone what he is capable of doing”, the Welshman added. Pennant moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers on a three month loan deal in October last year. He clocked up a total of 15 appearances for Wolves in the Championship, assisting once. However, at Stoke he appeared just twice under former manager Tony Pulis, upon returning from his loan spell. He has made more than 70 appearances for Stoke, and also started the game for the Potters in the 2011 FA Cup final – in which they lost 1-0 to Manchester City.
Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is lining up an audacious move for Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt. The Morocco international spent a year under Hughes at Loftus Road, and the new Potters chief is a known admirer of his talents. Hughes has been told to change the current long-ball style of football at the Britannia Stadium – and wants Taarabt to spearhead his new fluid game. The star has also been linked with a number of Europe’s big hitters – with AC Milan and Manchester United both credited with an interest. But ex-Manchester City manager Hughes is now weighing up a swoop of his own. QPR’s relegation has seen a number of players made available for transfer – with Loic Remy and Christopher Samba also set to leave. Taarabt is also on the list, and he would jump at the chance to play Premier League football once more. The 24-year-old, who scored five goals in 31 Premier League appearances last term, is valued at around £7 million by the Loftus Road outfit. However, his asking price could ...
STOKE City Manager Mark Hughes is set to unveil his new backroom staff this week. His fellow Welshmen Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki are expected to be among the appointments, having worked with Hughes at his five previous managerial postings with Wales, Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham and QPR. Stoke have been in contract talks with the new backroom team, having cleared the way for the arrivals by releasing Tony Pulis's former coaches. Stoke announced last week that former assistant manager Dave Kemp had left the club, along with coaches Mark O'Connor, Adrian Pennock, Paul Maxwell, Dave Kevan and Gerry Francis. Bowen, aged 49, was voted into a Norwich all-time XI as part of the club's centenary celebrations in 2002. The left-back or left midfielder also played for Tottenham, West Ham and Charlton, and won 41 caps for Wales alongside Hughes. He began his coaching career under Steve Bruce at Crystal Palace and then Birmingham before linking up with Hughes, pictured below. Bowen was in the Norwich team ...
Manuel Pellegrini takes charge of Manchester City this week and will ask Etihad chiefs to sanction a £30m move for Real Madrid forward Angel Di Maria. Chelsea are ahead of Manchester United in the race to sign Porto's Eliaquim Mangala. Jermain Defoe believes Tottenham are trying to force him out with Fulham the latest club to be linked with the striker. Phil Neville may snub the chance to join David Moyes' backroom team at Manchester United in order to become a manager in his own right. Roy Hodgson is hoping for big things from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at Arsenal next season. Roberto Martinez is convinced that Marouane Fellaini will stay at Everton despite his £24m buy-out clause. Mark Hughes is confident he can rescue Charlie Adam's Stoke career. Robin Van Persie says Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to retire shocked the players to the core. Southampton want Getafe midfielder Diego Castro. Sunderland hitman Stephane Sessegnon wants to leave Wearside. Hull want released Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer. Victor ...
Mark Hughes and Stoke - A match made in heaven? Will Mark Hughes revive his personal fortunes at Stoke City? When Mark Hughes received his marching orders from QPR back in November a lot of people wondered where he would go next. He has certainly had his fair share of decent positions from managing his home country to taking the helm at a series of Premier League clubs. I for one thought his next step would be down into the Championship or below, similar to Steve Bruce's path. However after growing pressure from Stoke City fans, who want a bit more flair and beauty at the Brittania, Tony Pulis departed the club and left behind what could well be the perfect hotseat for Hughes. If you look at his recent record it is easy to think that Hughes is not a good manager, he was replaced by Mancini at Manchester City after only two wins in a run of 11 games, he walked away from Fulham after it appeared that his relationship with club owner Al Fayed broke down and then he was sacked by QPR in the middle of a season ...
happy" with the job he is doing for misfiring England - THE SUN Lukas Podolski is a summer transfer target for Borussia Dortmund - THE SUN Mark Hughes has revealed how a pep talk from Sir Alex Ferguson helped him climb off the scrapheap - THE SUN Ralf Rangnick has played a trump card in his bid to become Everton boss - THE SUN Swansea aim to make a £2m raid for Aston Villa's Barry Bannan - THE SUN John Heitinga has urged Fenerbahce to make a fresh bid to end his Everton *** - THE SUN Kasper Schmeichel's £4m price tag will not frighten off Premier League new-boys Hull City - THE SUN Chelsea's Yossi Benayoun wants a move to the MLS - THE SUN Manuel Pellegrini is planning a secret meeting to thrash out his Manchester City blueprint - Sunday Mirror Rene Meulensteen is set to become the new manager of Wigan this week - Sunday Mirror Louis Van Gaal says he wants to join a Premier League club next summer - Sunday Mirror Mark Hughes hopes to make Holland international Erik Pieters his first big signing at Stok ...
Rumours around transfers - Stoke City chairman Peter Coates wants to see his team finally finish inthe Premier League’s top ten under new boss Mark Hughes. - Former Stoke City Manager Lou Macari has told Mark Hughes that he will have to win over Potters fans - just like Rafa Benitez did at Chelsea. - Tim Howard claims only 'stupid' money would tempt Everton to sell Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines this summer. - Denis Suarez's agent has told talkSPORT the Manchester City youngster won't be used as a make-weight in a deal to take Jesus Navas to the Etihad Stadium. - Kurt Zouma is set to become the latest starlet to join the Russian revolution at Anzhi Makhachkala. - Arsenal and Tottenham target Younes Belhanda is desperate to endhis Montpellier nightmare. - Chelsea will have to fork out £30m to take Portodefender Eliaquim Mangala to Stamford Bridge. - Bayer Leverkusen general manager Wolfgang Holzhauer has revealed the club have an agreement in place to sell Andre Schurrle to Chelsea. ^Asante^
Five ways Pellegrini must improve Manchester City Manuel Pellegrini has ‘confirmed’ he will over at Manchester City following the sacking of Roberto Mancini earlier this month. The Chilean coach recently revealed he would be leaving Malaga and, following increased speculation he would be the man appointed to take charge at the Etihad this summer, it seems he will indeed be Manchester City manager next term. “City have shown a lot of interest in me becoming their new coach,” said Pellegrini. “My agent has spoken at length with them.” “There is nothing signed still so I cannot say that I am their coach but I don’t see that there will be any problems. I have a verbal agreement and I hope that it can be executed,” he added. 59-year-old Pellegrini will inherit a strong squad of players at Eastlands, most of which were brought in by Mancini and his predecessor Mark Hughes. However, it is still likely he will bring in his preferred personnel from Malaga – the backroom staff and perhaps even a ...
FRIDAY FOOTBALL HEADLINES ***German coach Ralf Rangnick has joined the race to be Everton’s new manager. The club have reportedly spoken to former Schalke 04 coach Ralf Rangnick about the vacant manager's position at Goodison Park. ***Espanyol midfielder Mubarak Wakaso has said that he is flattered by the recent speculation that has linked him with Everton and Juventus. ***Stoke City new manager Mark Hughes said working at a stable, well-run club will help restore his sanity after his experience at QPR. ***England's friendly with Brazil has been suspended by a judge due to safety concerns over the Maracana Stadium. But the Rio state government says it will appeal the ruling. ***Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has been suspended for nine months after being found guilty of pushing a referee. ***Outgoing Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini has vowed to transform Manchester City and turn them into one of Europe’s most stylish clubs with his approach. Pellegrini is set to be officially announced a ...
Top 20 News :- 1)Real Madrid will make Cristiano Ronaldo the highest-paid star in the world to stop him returning to Manchester United. - (Daily Star) 2)Monaco want to take Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa back to France - (Daily Star) 3)Tottenham are looking at a new £30m strike force of David Villa and Leandro Damiao to fire them into the top four - (THE SUN) 4)Manchester City are facing competition from Real Madrid for Seville's Jesus Navas - (Daily Mail) 5)David Luiz wants showdown talks with Jose Mourinho about his Chelsea future after being told Barcelona want to sign him - (Daily Star) 6)Mark Hughes is likely to be appointed as new Stoke boss in the next 48 hours - (Daily Telegraph) 7)Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara has refused to be drawn on rumours that Manchester United are considering a summer move for his services. 8)The agent of Martin Skrtel has quashed rumours linking the defender with a move to play under former manager Rafael Benitez at Napoli. 9)Arsenal youngster Kyle Ebecilio has agree ...
Stoke City supporters’ club chief Bryan Shaw has expressed his discontent at the potential managerial appointment of ex-Manchester City boss Mark Hughes. The Potters are believed to be close to naming Hughes as the successor to Tony Pulis – who left the Britannia Stadium last week. But Shaw, who is head of the Stoke branch of the supporters' club, has revealed his disappointment at the potential appointment. Speaking exclusively to SportsDirect News, he said: “He wasn’t my first choice and I don’t think he’d be many people’s first choice. “When you think of his record you think of Queens Park Rangers and City, where he spent a lot of money and achieved very little. “But, saying that, not many people wanted Pulis when he returned to the club [in 2006] and he won the detractors round. “However, he lost supporters last season because he was playing people out of position, the results weren’t great and it looked like he was putting round pegs in square holes. “And we’ve got the same ...
Today's Gossip package is brought to you by Icelander: Newly appointed Napoli manager Rafa Benitez is looking to bring in Javier Mascherano & Edin Dzeko to strengthen the squad for the upcoming season, Edinson Cavani has been under Manchester City's radar for quite sometime & City are ready to pay 40 Million Pounds + Dzeko to get the striker. Owen Coyle is the newest Manager to join the mix for the Everton Head coach post. Roberto Martinez, Malky Mackay & Stuart Pearce are amongst the favorites to capture the job. Mark Hughes will be appointed Stoke City's manager this week, Hughes will be bringing in Julio Cesar from QPR & Adam Le Fondre from Reading to help the team achieve it's ambitions. Stefan Jovetic has now caught the eye of Tottenham, The Spurs will be fighting Arsenal for the player. Tottenham have made a bid for around 27 Million Pounds & is the offer likely to be accepted. AS Monaco have shopped in 3 players for the summer: Joao Moutinho, Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez & Ricardo Carvalho. The ...
LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 1. Internacional president Giovanni Luigi insists he is currently not in talks with any club about star striker Leandro Damiao. 2. Manchester United young player of the year Adnan Januzaj has extended his contract to stay at MUFC. 3. Manchester City are interested in Galatasaray's Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo, 29, according to the player's agent. 4. Manchester United target Thiago to address future after Euro U21 Championship. 5. Official: Tomorrow Eric Abidal and Barcelona president Rosell will give a press conference. 6. Juventus will offer €7m + Quagliarella (€12m) + 50% of Luca Marrone (€5m) for Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetić. [TuttoSport] 7. Mark Hughes is expected to be confirmed as the new manager of Stoke City. 8. Gennaro Gattuso is reportedly in contention to make a return to Italian football this summer as Palermo’s new Coach. 9. Ibrahimovic: "If Ancelotti goes away I don't know if I will remain, here it's not like it is at Milan" 10. Wilfried Zaha could mis ...
TRANSFER GOSSIP: -Tottenham have opened talks over a £10m move for Barcelona striker David Villa, 31, and have renewed their interest in 23-year-old Leandro Damiao, a long-term target. -Queens Park Rangers playmaker Adel Taarabt, 24, could be on his way out of Loftus Road - with United Arab Emirates side Al Ain plotting a move. -Aston Villa will offer Andreas Weimann, 21, a bumper pay-rise this week to fend off interest from Newcastle, Sunderland and Norwich. -Former Wales, Blackburn and Manchester City boss Mark Hughes, 49, is close to sealing his return to management after holding further talks with Stoke City in the past 48 hours. -Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane has heaped praise on Tottenham winger Gareth Bale, 23, in an attempt to lure him to the Bernabeu. -Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway has suggested that Manchester United manager David Moyes might be willing to allow forward Wilfried Zaha, 20, to return to the club on loan again next season. -Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes, 31, and Atletico ...
Latest EPL News & Transfer Gossips :- - Wayne Rooney is an Arsenal target with Arsene Wenger ready to smash wage structure. - Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke given reality check following interest from Tottenham, Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund. - Christian Atsu is wanted by Liverpool but prefers Tottenham move if he is to leave FC Porto. - Manchester City's Sergio Aguero insists he is staying and not leaving for Real Madrid. - Joao Moutinho is poised to snub Spurs and join Monaco instead. - Mark Hughes is interested in succeeding Tony Pulis at Stoke City. - Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois is worried return could cost him World Cup place having been on loan at Atletico Madrid. - Everton are planning to make an official approach for Wigan boss Roberto Martinez. - Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is a summer target for Real Madrid, with rivals Atletico also interested. - Fenerbache and Besiktas are interested in a swoop for Arsenal duo Nicklas Bendtner and Gervinho. - West Ham are targeting a move for Liverpool ...
Bets i have made this season All separate bets of course. Bayern Munich to win the Treble Manchester United to win the PL Chelsea to win the League cup Bayern treble , Dundee United Scottish cup winners and Leicester City play off winners Manchester City to win the F.A. Cup Juventus to Win Serie A Manuel Pelegrini to be city boss Brendan Rodgers , Alan Pardew , Roberto Mancini , Martin Jol , Mark Hughes and Martin O Neil to be fired Arsene Wenger to resign :)
Jose Mourinho is considering bringing goalkeeper Diego Lopez with him from Real Madrid to Chelsea to provide stronger back-up to first-choice Petr Cech next season - London Evening Standard Martin Jol wants to emulate Wigan Athletic's giant- killing exploits and taste cup glory next season - FULHAM CHRONICLE QPR warned Mark Hughes about signing Jose Bosingwa but their former manager did it anyway - FULHAM CHRONICLE Roberto Mancini was just not good enough for the standards expected at Manchester City, says chief executive Ferran Soriano - Manchester Evening News Former Manchester United striker Andrew Cole insists Wayne Rooney does have a long-future at Old Trafford - Manchester Evening News Liverpool chief Tom Werner says FSG are excited about the future' after Brendan Rodgers' first season in charge - LIVERPOOL ECHO Former star Jan Molby has backed Liverpool's pursuit of Kolo Toure and Kyriakos Papadopoulos this summer - LIVERPOOL ECHO West Ham are lining up a summer move for Liverpool midfielder Jonjo ...
Hey Football fans be updated about todays FOOTBALL NEWS Paper Talk: Spurs eye new strike pair Tottenham will spend £36million on strikers Leandro Damiao and Roberto Soldado, Napoli want Fernando Torres, and Leeds are in for Kevin Doyle. Manuel Pellegrini is expected to start work at Manchester City on June 3. Darren Bent has been told he can leave Aston Villa. Stoke are completing a shortlist of targets to replace Tony Pulis with Roberto Martinez, Roberto Di Matteo, Gus Poyet and Mark Hughes all under consideration. Wigan chairman Dave Whelan is confident Roberto Martinez will stay on as manager. Newcastle are not prepared to pay Liverpool the £15m transfer fee agreed with West Ham for Andy Carroll. Gareth Bale has given his clearest hint that he will stay with Tottenham next season. Real Madrid are preparing to approach Jupp Heynckes about the possibility of replacing Jose Mourinho. Athletico Bilbao's Fernando Amorebieta and Dnipro's Derek Boateng have joined Fulham on free transfers. Arsenal want Thom ...
Remember when Manchester City had players like Jo, Benjani and Richard Dunne? Pepperidge Farm remembers. Remember when Roque Santa Cruz was one of the best strikers in the Premier League? Pepperidge Farm remembers. Remember when it seemed like Mark Hughes would just sign a random assortment of players? Like Gareth Barry, Sylvinho and Stuart Taylor? Pepperidge Farm remembers. - Biscuit.
Manchester City vs Chelsea: Top five connections 1-Shaun Wright-Phillips Famously let go by Nottingham Forest for being “too small”, Shaun Wright-Phillips certainly proved that size doesn’t matter after breaking through City’s Academy to make more than 150 appearances for the Blues between 1999 and 2005. He broke City hearts by joining Chelsea in 2005 but after three years in the capital found he made a hero's return under Mark Hughes in 2008. 2-Daniel Sturridge City Academy product Daniel Sturridge won the FA Youth Cup in 2008 and made 16 appearances for the first-team before joining Chelsea on a tribunal in 2009. Despite flashes of his prodigious talent in four years at Chelsea, Daniel was never really able to cement a place in the first-team, despite a goal-laden loan spell at Bolton in 2011. 3-Scott Sinclair Summer acquisition Scott Sinclair joined Chelsea shortly after he became Bristol Rovers’ second youngest debutant at the age of 15 years and 277 days. The pacey winger made his debut for ...
  Managerial league table 2012-13: Who leads the way?   Ever wondered how your favourite football club's boss would fare in a league table of managers? Has changing the man in charge made a difference to their fortunes this season?   A study by BBC Sport has analysed the number of points returned per game from each full-time managerial spell since the start of the season.   And while the top man, Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson, may come as little surprise, there are some intriguing results elsewhere.   The successful reunion between Eddie Howe and Bournemouth accounts for second spot on the table. Malky Mackay, who has guided Cardiff to the top of the Championship, is next in the manager's list ahead of Manchester City's Roberto Mancini.   At the opposite end of the table, Mark Robson's spell at Barnet, where he collected just three points from 11 matches is the worst managerial spell this season and he is the only manager below Queens Park Rangers' former boss Mark Hughes.   The table also ...
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge feels he never got a proper chance to prove himself at Manchester City after their new-found wealth brought a major change in transfer policy. However, the 23-year-old harbours no hard feelings towards his former club and has no regrets about moving to Chelsea, where opportunities were also limited. Sturridge started training with City's first team aged 17 and made his debut in February 2007, only for his season to soon be curtailed by a hip injury. The takeover by former Thailand prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in the summer of 2007 took the transfer budget up a level as then manager Sven-Goran Eriksson brought in Rolando Bianchi, Valerie Bojinov, Felipe Caicedo and Benjani during the season. When Eriksson was replaced by Mark Hughes the following campaign - and the mega-rich Sheikh Mansour assumed control of the club -Jo, Robinho, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Craig Bellamy were all brought in. Sturridge was named City's young player of the season in May 2009, but by the ...
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge hopes the beginning of a “telepathic” understanding with Luis Suárez will make their partnership one of the most lethal in Premier League history. Sturridge already has his sights on matching pairings that have entered English folklore such as Andy Cole with Dwight Yorke, or Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry. Liverpool’s trip to Manchester City on Sunday also offers an opportunity to offer the champions a reminder of what they missed when Sturridge walked out as a 19-year-old to join Chelsea in 2009. At the time, the club – then managed by Mark Hughes – felt his wage demands were excessive for a teenager. Having stalled at Stamford Bridge, the move to Anfield offers a chance for the 23-year-old to start afresh, banishing the suggestions of materialism which have shadowed him at previous clubs. With three goals in five appearances, Sturridge is confident he has already proving his value. “It’s always a weight off your shoulders if you start quite well. It h ...
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Can Mancini retain his job? by Sunday Oliseh 03/04/2012, 09:49 Roberto Mancini, manager of the world’s richest club, Manchester City, is definitely having sleepless nights these days! Why? His job and future as manager of this, now world renowned club, is threatened to say the least! Manchester City lie second in the Premier League, 5 points behind eternal Rivals Manchester United. Thanks to their 3-3 home draw vs. Sunderland whilst Manchester United came off at Blackburn with a 0-2 victory. Who could have thought this possible just a few months ago when City lead the pack, at one point with as much as 9 points! Man City is arguably littered with world class players, bought expensively and in large numbers. The players who sit on the bench of this team are easily regulars in most teams around the world today. Sami Nasri (ex Arsenal) Carlos Tevez, Dzeko just to name a few! It boasts of talented players like Silva, Ballotelli, Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure, Sami Nasri , Gareth Barry, Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and ...
QPR confirm that Technical Director Mike Rigg has left the club. Rigg joined the Premier League strugglers from Manchester City last season to renew his partnership with then Rangers boss Mark Hughes. But following Harry Redknapp's appointment as Hughes's successor last month the club have opted for a further change.
Top 13 Unlikely things in the EPL this season 13former United captain Mark Hughes to replace Fergie 12 Arsenal winning the Premier League 11 RDM to be back as chelsea’s coach 10. Harry Redknapp interviewed in anything outside of a car window 9. Africa-style TV blackout. What would we all do? 8. Luiz Suarez joining Manchester United in January. Or at any other time. Evra would choke him at the signing ceremony. 7. John Terry getting a man-hug from Wayne Bridge. 6. John Mikel Obi scoring a hat-trick. 5. A Chelsea manager surviving 5 bad results under Roman. 4. Manchester City making a cheap, bargain signing. And don't even mention Joe Hart. That was before the madness. 3. Spurs finishing in Top 2 AND ahead of Arsenal. The DVD would be out before the stadium was empty. 2. Arsenal signing a player for a League record. Wanted to say British record, but the heading says 'unlikely' not impossible! 1. Sir Alex Ferguson getting sacked in the morning. Shouldn't that be in the realms of the impossible?
boss Mark Hughes is planning to snap up Manchester City striker John Guidetti in January.
Mourinho backs Manchester City for future Champions League success. The two-time European Cup winner Mourinho will guide his side against the Premier League champions in their opening Champions League match on Tuesday evening and the Portuguese has likened City’s investment-fuelled progression to that of his former club Chelsea’s after Russian billionaire Roman Abramovic took control of the West London outfit. Mourinho told reporters: "I don't think it is very different to Chelsea. “Since Roman bought the club, [Claudio] Ranieri was the first coach, then I came and we won the first league, some cups and some more titles. Carlo [Ancelotti] then came and they continued to win and finally they won the Champions League. "With City it started off with Mark Hughes, they started spending money and buying good players. "Then Roberto [Mancini] came and he has done a very good job. He has created a great squad, the first cup then the first title arrived. "I don't know if it is this season or next season with ...
Robert Mancini took the Manchester City job after Mark Hughes failed to win any silverware. Since the Italian took the job, City have won an FA Cup, a Community Shield and the Premier League. Three trophies in two years sounds good but is it good enough to be unsackable?
Football: Premier League kicks off! Arsenal host Sunderland as a new mouth-watering Premier League season kicks off today. With the nation still catching its breath after the Olympics, it's time for football to regain control of the backpages with champions Manchester City welcoming newboys Southampton on Sunday. Arsene Wenger is confident his new-look Gunners will cope despite offloading his striker Robin Van Persie to rivals Manchester United. After losing out to City with the final kick of last season, Sir Alex Ferguson wants to wrestle the trophy back from his noisy neighbours and is adamant United's four-pronged attack will deliver. While Van Persie and Co. have the weekend off ahead of Monday's opener at Everton, there are six other top-flight matches today. Michael Laudrup's Swansea welcome Mark Hughes' QPR, Championship winners Reading host Stoke and Brendan Rodgers begins his Liverpool rein with a visit at West Brom. Chris Hughton takes his new Norwich side to Fulham, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce ...
Liverpool have told Manchester City that defender Daniel Agger, 27, will cost at least £22m after City made an informal inquiry for the Dane. TRANSFER GIST. Juventus are interested in Liverpool's Luis Suarez as they fear that Robin Van Persie will decide not to join them. Santi Cazorla's move from Malaga to Arsenal has not been officially announced, but the midfielder is already training with Arsene Wenger's squad at a camp in Germany. Paris St-Germain are said to be in pole position to sign Moura Lucas Moura is said to be favouring a move to Paris St-Germain rather than Manchester United, with the 19-year-old rumoured to consider Manchester "boring". Inter Milan chairman Massimo Moratti claims his club are out of the running for Moura because PSG have already made Sao Paulo a huge offer to sign him. Cardiff City are keen to sign Craig Bellamy from Liverpool, although Mark Hughes would like to add the Welshman to his QPR squad. Bologna are demanding a fee in the region of £16m for Gaston Ramirez, 21, a ...
Former England international midfielder Owen Hargreaves is training with Queens Park Rangers following his release from Manchester City, the London club confirmed on Saturday. The 31-year-old, who has 42 caps for England, moved to Manchester United from Bayern Munich for a fee believed to be around £17million in 2007 but he has been plagued by injuries over the last four seasons. Hargreaves moved to Manchester City on a one-year deal last August, but was released by the club at the end of last season. Hoops boss Mark Hughes told www.qpr.co.uk: "Owen is training with the group. There is no obligation for either party. "He is keen to retain his fitness and we are more than happy to help him by allowing him to train with us and use our facility at Harlington." Hargreaves had surgery on both knees in 2008 and 2009 during his injury-hit spell at Manchester United. His last outing came in the 3-2 FA Cup third-round defeat to United on January 8 when he played the final eight minutes. Only last month the Canadi ...
Morning Headlines & Transfers - Manchester City target Edinson Cavani has been warned by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis that he will be left to "rot on the bench" if the he makes exorbitant wage demands to remain at the San Paolo. - Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says that he expected Wayne Rooney to struggle to make an impact for England at Euro 2012. - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his side can still compete for the Premier League title despite not being able to match the financial power of their rivals. - Thorgan Hazard looks set to join his older brother Eden Hazard at Chelsea, after Lens sporting director Antoine Sibierski admits the club are resigned to losing the player. - Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher feels that there is a lot he can learn from the club's new manager Brendan Rodgers. - Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz has paid tribute to former boss Mark Hughes and refused to rule out linking up with the Welshman at QPR. - Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku in ...
QPR owner: Transfer business shows we are serious The West London side are close to making Park Ji-Sung the next of signing of a busy summer and Tony Fernandes believes the additions show the club is moving forward The Rs avoided relegation on the final day of last season, as Bolton's draw with Stoke consigned it to the Championship despite Mark Hughes' men's defeat at Manchester City. The West Londoners have been busy in the transfer market already, capturing Robert Green, Andy Johnson, Ryan Nelsen and Samba Diakite, with a deal for Manchester United's Park Ji-Sung also understood to be near completion. And the Malaysia-born businessman revealed his delight with the signings and insisted the future is bright at Loftus Road. "We have done some good business already - five signings, good business and I think we have been the most active," Fernandes said. "It's been sensible business, we have gone step by step and we have made progress on the training ground, the one we are in, and we have got a new one com ...
The Chelsea skipper was the man Mark Hughes wanted to lead his revolution at Manchester City and there was an uncomfortable few weeks at Stamford Bridge until 20120410
BARTON FUTURE TO BE DECIDED Sorry about this, because we imagine you'd forgotten about Joey Barton a bit, but The Daily Mail reports that QPR will decide on his future once the club's investigation into his final day brainstorm at Manchester City is done. The paper claims the result will be known by Monday at least, but could be as soon as today. The Mail reports: 'Mark Hughes wants Barton out of the club ahead of the new season and has already decided not to name him in his 23-man Premier League squad if he remains at Loftus Road. 'Club officials have looked into the possibility of sacking Barton for gross misconduct - but it is understood QPR have been advised doing so could leave them in a difficult legal position. 'It is more likely that Barton will face a heavy fine and be stripped of the club captaincy.'
Italy's players claim England blundered by getting rid of manager Fabio Capello. Rangers owner Charles Green is putting together an emergency plan to move the Glasgow giants to England as he battles for the club's future. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is pressing ahead with his deal for Jan Vertonghen. Arsene Wenger has insisted Robin Van Persie will not move to Juventus because he doesn't rate Serie A. Brendan Rodgers faces his first major battle as Liverpool boss with Manchester City ready to move for defender Martin Skrtel. Blackburn are making a £2million bid for Newcastle striker Leon Best. Arsenal are battling Chelsea to sign Hatem Ben Arfa. Victor Moses has been urged by Dave Whelan to think about his future rather than his agent. QPR boss Mark Hughes is in talks with Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy. Birmingham are giving Lee Clark a second interview this week after being put on hold by Roy Keane. Norwich boss Chris Hughton is in the bidding for Jack Butland - to open the door for Paul Lambert to ...
Manchester City and Newcastle United fired Mark Hughes and Chris Hughton respectively. Look at both clubs now. Hope it is the same for us
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Manchester City 3-2 QPR Manchester City scored twice in stoppage time to be crowned champions for the first time in 44 years by beating Queens Park Rangers to win the Premier League on goal difference amid almost unbearable drama. City's hopes of claiming the title looked to slipping away as QPR - already safe after Stoke City beat Bolton - held on desperately to an unlikely lead and Manchester United led at Sunderland. City, needing three points to clinch the prize, led through Pablo Zabaleta at half-time but Djibril Cisse levelled for QPR just after the break. QPR lost Joey Barton after he was shown a red card following a clash with Carlos Tevez but then stunned the Etihad Stadium into silence as Jamie Mackie headed them in front. City set up permanent camp in QPR's half but looked to be condemned to misery as QPR keeper Paddy Kenny produced a string of saves to ensure Mark Hughes' side held firm. Then, as the clock ticked into five minutes of additional time, City and their supporters were transported ...
Come on Manchester United!!! And go Queens Park Rangers!!! Mark Hughes please help your old club and beat Manchester City!!
Djibril Cisse has revealed he nearly signed for Manchester City when Mark Hughes was their manager, before he joined Marseille.
Queens Park Rangers please upset Manchester City..we as Manchester United we need ths Champioship more than they do..Mark Hughes select the winning squad this time..Super Sunday in Manchester..UK..
Adel Taarabt: "Mark Hughes looks more focused than ever ahead of vital Manchester City clash."
Roberto Mancini says Sunday's title decider against QPR is bigger than either him or Mark Hughes. The Italian replaced Hughes at Manchester City in December 2009 and has taken the club to within one win of their first championship since 1968. Barring a record Manchester United success at Sunderland, victory will secure the Premier League for Mancini's men, but with Rangers fighting relegation
As we count-down to English Premier League Showdown which shall decide 2011/2012 EPL winner. With one match left; Manchester City and Manchester United will go into the final day of the season level on points. City recorded a huge 2-0 win at Newcastle before United beat Swansea by the same scoreline, leaving Roberto Mancini's men with an eight-goal advantage ahead of next week's game with QPR. Alex Ferguson has called on Mark Hughes to kill off Manchester City’s title bid — and avenge his “unethical” sacking. The desperate United boss knows only an upset by Sparky’s QPR next Sunday could let the Red Devils retain their crown. Fergie’s side took the title race to the final day with a win over Swansea. Fergie’s side must now go to Sunderland and win to have any chance. Another report says; Anton Ferdinand has received begging phone calls from his brother — for QPR to beat leaders Manchester City. Rangers are fighting for their Premier League survival and will need to get something from the E ...
Alex Ferguson on Mark Hughes, whose QPR could deny Manchester City the title: 'He was a warrior as a player. I wish he was still playing'
Midfielder Yaya Toure wants to lead Manchester City to world domination. THE SUN Manchester United have told the FA Ryan Giggs is the only over-age player they will release for the Olympics. THE SUN Roman Abramovich is refusing to accept defeat in his attempts to persuade Pep Guardiola to be the next Chelsea manager. THE TIMES Mark Hughes is in line for a £1m bonus if he keeps QPR in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday with a result that could also stop his former club Man City winning the title. Daily Mail Stale Solbakken to be named the new manager of Wolves. The sacked Cologne coach met owner Steve Morgan for an interview and has agreed to become *** McCarthy's successor. Daily Mail Kop chiefs are ready to let Kenny Dalglish carry on as Liverpool boss - but with a vastly- reduced budget for signings. Daily Mirror Yaya Toure has claimed that Manchester City are capable of becoming "bigger than any club in the world" if they secure their first league title in 44 years on Sunday. TELEGRAPH Police in P ...
ManUtd.com's Adam Marshall hopes for a favour from Mark Hughes as he takes his QPR to face Manchester City on the final day of the 2011/12 Barclays Premier League title race.
Manchester United legend Teddy Sheringham has warned Manchester City the title is not yet decided.Sheringham feels QPR are capable of upsetting City on Sunday. and you ? do you still believe it ? “Who knows. QPR need to get a result to make sure that they are safe. Bolton could quite easily go to Stoke and win and overtake QPR, so they have to have the mindset to go to Man City and try to get a draw. “Mark Hughes is the manager and he won’t want to see Man City lift the title in front of his very own eyes. He’ll be fighting very hard for QPR to get a result so we’ll keep our fingers crossed that there might be one more little twist in the tale.” - Sheringham
Djibril Cisse has backed QPR manager Mark Hughes to take sweet revenge by denying Manchester City the title on Sunday.
Djibril Cisse eyes 'sweet revenge' for QPR boss Mark Hughes at Manchester City
Djibril Cisse is hoping to deny Manchester City three points on Sunday to give manager Mark Hughes "sweet...
Djibril Cisse has called on QPR to deliver Mark Hughes some ‘sweet revenge’ by denying Manchester City the title and ensuring their own survival at
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The England international is hoping Queens Park Rangers cause a major upset at Manchester City next weekend and the Reds win at Sunderland to keep hold of the championship. "It's disappointing we didn't score more goals as it looked like we could've done but we've still got to have faith QPR can do us a favour," stressed the winger to MUTV. "It comes down to the last day now and of course it will be disappointing, especially if it goes down to goal difference, and we lose it. I don't want to think of any negativity, we've got to think positively. Fingers crossed, QPR will do us a favour and we will win the title. "I'm sure Mark Hughes doesn't want to go there and lose as they have to get a point for safety. So I'm sure he'll set his side out in the week to go there and do the best they can and hopefully they'll do that for us.
Mark Hughes has warned old club Manchester City that QPR’s survival is written in the stars. Rangers boss Sparky takes his relegation-threatened side back to the Etihad on Sunday with implications for both ends of the table. Leaders City will be looking for a win to seal their first Premier League crown, while Hughes’ Hoops know a point guarantees them survival. In fact, Rangers could even lose at City and still stay up IF Bolton fail to beat Stoke. Hughes was City boss for 18 months before the club’s Arab owners callously replaced him with Roberto Mancini in December 2009. Sparky said: “It would be just fantastic to go there and get something. They are going for the title and we’re trying to stay in the league. When I took over at QPR, I looked at the fixtures and that one lurked ominously in the distant future. It does feel a little bit fated for them and for us.”
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