Martin Keown has warned John Stones he will be making a big mistake if he joins Chelsea this summer.The defender is reportedly ready to hand in a transfer request to force through a move to Stamford Bridge after the Toffees rejected the Premier League champions’ latest £30million offer.But Keown, who made more than 100 appearances for Everton during his four-year stay on Merseyside, says the 21-year-old should stay put for another year at least for the good of his career.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former England international said: “He should stay. He still needs to grow as a player and he needs to know he is number one choice.“I don’t think the [Chelsea] manager is completely stable at the moment, he is going through a really difficult period, and he is better staying at Everton for another season.“They adore him, the Evertonians. They got me in the England team because they were so supportive. He needs that warmth for at least another year for his development.“He still has things to work on. I don’t think he is superb from crosses, I don’t think he marks brilliantly, I want to see him being more commanding from set-pieces, and all that comes from being the leader in a group for a team like Everton and then maybe he moves to Chelsea.“He is going to be an outstanding player but I don’t get this massive rush. Just stay where you are and develop and do the job for Everton. It is a huge club there.”
Dwight Yorke says he is ‘amazed’ by the reported lack of interest in the Sunderland job.The Black Cats are searching for their sixth boss in just four years and that statistic, coupled with the club’s woeful start to the season, has left potential top-level candidates reluctant to work under Ellis Short at the Stadium of Light.David Moyes, Sam Allardyce and Sean Dyche are some of the names said to have ruled themselves out of contention to succeed Dick Advocaat.But Yorke cannot understand why managers are not queuing up to take over from the Dutchman.“Sunderland is a wonderful club to be a manager at and, if they can get things right there, the support is immense,” he told talkSPORT.“I’m a bit stunned [why more managers don’t want the job]. The reality is it is a fantastic job and I can’t see why managers wouldn’t want to take it.”Sunderland have yet to win in the Premier League this season and are five points adrift of safety, but Yorke insists they are not a lost cause.“There is enough good players in the dressing room to get them out of that situation. It is a relatively early stage of the season and things can turn around very quickly,” he said.“There is a decent squad there and I am just amazed people don’t want the job.”
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Mauricio Pochettino admits Dele Alli still has a lot to learn after the England international appeared to kick out at an opponent during Tottenham’s Europa League draw at Fiorentina.The 19-year-old was cautioned on the half-hour mark of the 1-1 last-32 first-leg stalemate at the Stadio Artemio Franchi after Nenad Tomovic reacted angrily following a foul from Alli.Replays appeared to show the Spurs man made no effort to jump clear of the defender and instead caught him with a boot.The home players were further incensed when Tottenham were awarded a soft penalty shortly afterwards as Ben Davies went down under minimal contact from Tomovic, with Nacer Chadli stroking home the penalty.Fiorentina earned a draw courtesy of a deflected second-half strike from Federico Bernardeschi and the hosts actually finished the game strongly.Alli kept his place in the Spurs team despite Pochettino making six changes from Sunday’s 2-1 win at Manchester City and, although he was once again the pick of the bunch, it is not the first time the former MK Dons man has courted controversy.Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew accused Alli of stamping on Yohan Cabaye in Tottenham’s 3-1 win over the Eagles in January.And now Pochettino has said he will talk to Alli about that side of his game.“We need to look at the video and try to teach him,” he said.“He is a young player and he has a lot to learn about elite football. It is his first season in the Premier League at Tottenham.“He came from League One, he needs to learn a lot, still learn. But I didn’t see (the incident). Some people say ‘yes’, say ‘no’, so I don’t know.”Pochettino had insisted leading into the contest that he was still taking the Europa League seriously despite now being one of the favourites to claim the Premier League crown.He may have changed over half of his side for the trip to Florence, but he maintains that is a necessity if Spurs are to challenge on three fronts – with an FA Cup fifth-round tie at home to Palace next up on Sunday.“It is important to play with the squad,” he said.“We have a strong squad to try to fight for every competition, we need to use all of the squad. I am happy with all of the players.“Six changes from the City game and I’m happy, it is not important to talk about using the squad. It is important how we compete, we have big motivation.” Dele Alli 1
Ray Wilkins has warned football supporters they will all be punished for the offenses of the minority if fans don’t help the authorities stamp out the throwing of projectiles at matches.This weekend’s FA Cup action was marred but a number of coin throwing incidents.Chelsea have vowed to ban the ‘idiotic and dangerous’ fans responsible for throwing objects at Manchester City players as they celebrated scoring at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.Meanwhile, the Football Association have launched an investigation into the events which saw West Brom winger Chris Brunt hit with a coin thrown from a section of his own supporters against Reading.The Baggies star said he was “disgusted” and “ashamed” by the incident, and former player and coach Wilkins believes fans have the responsibility to turn offenders in.“This has got to stop, it’s just ridiculous,” Wilkins told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Do we want to start seeing football matches from behind fences or netting again? Because that’s where we’re heading.“These are extremely dangerous situations, especially the one with Chris Brunt. The coin hit him just below the eye so that could have been really serious.“I would also say that somewhere along the line, because it is a criminal offence, we’ve got to self-police our grounds as well. Even if CCTV didn’t pick it up, someone is that stadium knows who threw that coin.”
SAN JOSE – Move over, peace and happiness. Computers are what Americans really want nowadays. The machines that feed us infinite and instant information, store our digital memories, give us hours of fun with games, videos or music – and help us do our taxes – outrank peace, happiness and clothes this year as the most wished-for gifts, according to an annual U.S. survey by the consumer electronics industry’s largest trade organization. Last year, the most popular answer to the survey’s open-ended query about respondents’ holiday wishes was clothing, followed by peace and happiness, money and then computers. Such enthusiasm for computers, TVs, as well as other electronics will help drive electronics sales up 7 percent to $48.1 billion in the fourth quarter from $44.8 billion in the year-ago period, according to a forecast by the Consumer Electronics Association. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.By comparison, the overall retail industry is expected to see holiday sales grow 4 percent, according to the National Retail Federation. “We’re looking at a very solid season for consumer electronics, and it’s certainly a bright spot for the economy,” said Joe Bates, CEA’s director of research. For all of 2007, electronics sales are expected to reach $160 billion, up 8 percent from $148 billion last year, according to the CEA forecast. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Letterkenny’s Oatfield sweet factory has finally closed today with the loss of 17 jobs.The announcement was made by the company’s owners Z Candy a short time ago.Local Letterkenny Chamber President John Watson said the news came as no surprise but was nonetheless a blow to the town. “The closure of Oatfields unfortunately does not come as a surprise and this announcement ends the speculation that has been around for a number of months about the future.“Oatfield Sweets is very much an institution in Letterkenny and part of the fabric of the Town that will be missed. The decision to move manufacturing to the base in the UK is very disappointing and a sign of the times as businesses continue to come under pressure to reduce costs.“At this time it is important that we think of the employees who have given many years to Oatfield and we offer any help we can to them. We would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Oatfield Sweets to the business life of Letterkenny and the support we as a Chamber have had from the company over the years.”The move has also been condemned by Labour Party Senator Jimmy Harte who said the owners could have done more to engage with the workers. “Oatfield Sweets are an iconic part of the area and have been employing workers for generations.“Many families have had long links with the company and the loss of 17 is a blow to the local economy“The McKinney family have been making swwets in Letterkenny for 85 years and the new owners Z Candy have now decided to discontinue the tradition which could have been avoided,” he said.He said he spoke to workers reps today who are saddened to get this news but it was something that they were expecting.“I have to say that the owners have been gradually winding down the plant and they have not been active in trying to engage with the local agencies to save the plant. “I would ask that they now give the workers their entitlements and I have spoken with Minister Joan Burton today to ask her assistance with any issues that the staff will require.“The workers in Oatfield have been dignified throughout this period and I hope that they will be looked after now,” he said.EndsOATFIELD’S SWEET FACTORY FINALLY CLOSES WITH LOSS OF 17 JOBS was last modified: April 28th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Guus Hiddink has guided Chelsea away from their early season troubles 2 England’s Grand Slam-winning coach Eddie Jones has revealed how interim Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink steered the Blues away from the foot of the Premier League table.Jones, who guided England to rugby union’s Six Nations title earlier this year, visited Chelsea’s Cobham training base last week to observe Hiddink and his staff’s methods, and gave an insight into the Dutchman’s work.“He inherited a team that obviously wasn’t performing well and there were some factions within the team,” Jones explained, in our sister publication, Sport magazine.“It was how he put that team back together and got them out of the relegation zone – got them playing a Chelsea style of football.“One of the things that resonated with me was that he didn’t go back to what had happened.“He concentrated on what they could do in the future, which was not dissimilar to what we tried to do with England.”SEE THE FULL ARTICLE IN SPORT MAGAZINE THIS WEEKLike Hiddink, Jones took over a struggling team, after England last autumn became the first host nation to fall at the World Cup pool stage. 2 The Australian rugby coach – who watched Chelsea lose 0-3 at home to Manchester City (pictured above) – drew parallels between Hiddink’s approach with Chelsea and his own methods with the England team.“We didn’t go back [to England’s rugby players] and say: ‘These things were wrong, these things were right,’” said Jones.“We just said: ‘This is your opportunity to change it. You’re either part of the problem or part of the solution. If you want to be part of the solution, you start working hard, you start playing for the team, you start understanding that you’ve got to be selfless.’”
Chelsea midfielder Willian wants to play in both the Copa America and the Rio Olympics this summer.The 27-year-old, Chelsea’s leading performer in a woeful season for last term’s Premier League champions, hopes an agreement can be reached between the Blues and the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF).The playmaker has made 50 appearances for club and country this season, but that has not affected his ambitions of representing the South American nation TWICE this summer.“Everyone knows my desire to play in both championships,” Willian told ESPN Brazil.“But of course we do not want to fight and put Chelsea in a difficult situation, and I do not want to fight with the Brazil Football Confederation.“I hope they and Chelsea enter into an agreement (about his release to play in the tournament).” Will Chelsea allow Willian to partake in both tournaments? The playmaker has made 50 appearances this term 1
Dietmar Hamann says it would be a ‘big surprise’ if Jurgen Klopp allowed Adam Lallana to leave Liverpool this summer.Lallana’s former Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino reportedly wants to be reunited with the midfielder at Tottenham, with the north London club plotting a £20m move when the transfer window reopens.The 28-year-old endured a difficult first campaign at Anfield after his £25m switch from the Saints in 2014, but has been in good form since Jurgen Klopp’s arrival.And Hamann hopes the Merseysiders snub Spurs’ interest in the midfielder – as he believes Lallana can be a ‘game-changer’ for Klopp’s men next season.“If Lallana were to leave, it would be a big surprise because he has come good lately and shown improved form under the new manager,” the Champions League-winning former Reds star told talkSPORT.“He is a very talented player. He is one of the players I love to watch and one of the players England has really produced in the last ten to 15 years who has got beautiful balance, uses both feet, has great vision.“Unfortunately he hasn’t done it often enough for Liverpool but I wouldn’t give up the ghost.“If the penny drops, he is a game-changer and with [Roberto] Firmino and [Philippe] Coutinho and either [Divock] Origi or [Daniel] Sturridge he forms a pretty formidable front four.”Another Liverpool player being linked with a summer exit is Christian Benteke, but Hammann would not be surprised if Klopp allowed him to move on.The Belgian striker has struggled to show his best form following his £32.5million move from Aston Villa last summer, scoring just nine goals in 39 appearances, and is understood to be on West Ham’s radar.Hamann added on talkSPORT: “He started the season as the number one or two striker depending on Daniel Sturridge’s fitness but he has gone down the pecking order.“Origi started ahead of him and I don’t see why that will change when he is back fit. If Sturridge does stay at the club then he will be third in the pecking order, which for a player of his talent is obviously not satisfying.“So, I wouldn’t be too surprised if Benteke were to leave.”Dietmar Hamann was talking at a golf day to raise funds for Arms Around The Child, which works to provide a loving home, medical treatment, protection, respect and education for children who have lost their parents or are living in adversity. Find out more here.