A busy Football League show sees Geoff Peters joined by a host of top guests.Hull City boss Steve Bruce reflects on their start to the season and tells us how much he still enjoys football management.Rotherham chairman Tony Stewart and new boss Neil Redfearn look at the challenges ahead for the club.Recent £4m signing Jacob Butterfield on how he’s settled into the Derby County dressing room.Cast aside by the previous manager, Neill Collins is back in the Sheffield United first team and gunning for promotion. We also hear about his academic prowess!Scott Barron gives us the lowdown on his former Millwall team mate and current Lions boss Neil Harris.We catch up with Dagenham and Redbridge striker Matt McClure who talks us through their current struggles.And Oxford United loanee George Baldock on why he’s hoping for a double family celebration this season.
1 Jurgen Klopp has criticised his side’s decision-making during their disappointing 1-1 draw with Rubin Kazan at Anfield.The result means Liverpool are second in Group B after three successive draws, four points behind leaders FC Sion.Klopp believes his side were let down by their choices in the final third as they struggled to break the 10 men down, in what was the German’s first game in the Anfield dugout.“It was not frustrating, usually it is, but I am pleased with what we did today – it was better,” he said on BT Sport 2.“The guys tried their best. Of course, we could have won the game.“The team is not full of self-confidence and maybe they got a little bit lost.“But we came back. Against 10 it’s unthinkable sometimes. They had no counters, they stayed deep and we had to find solutions and we couldn’t.“We had lots of shots on goal, 35 I think, but only nine for the goalie. I would say 98 per cent is okay – it’s just the last two per cent, the decision-making per cent.” Jurgen Klopp
Paul Lambert believes Aston Villa’s struggles this season owe much to their decision to recruit so many foreign players in the summer.Tim Sherwood was axed by Villa on Sunday after a run of six successive defeats in the Premier League and his predecessor, Lambert, feels dressing room language issues may have played a big part in his demise.The Midlands club made a host of signings from across Europe in the close season, with French-speaking trio Jordan Amavi, Jordan Ayew and Jordan Veretout and Spaniards Adama Traore and Jose Angel Crespo among the additions.“The dressing room seems to be all mixed languages,” the former Villa boss and one-time Borussia Dortmund star told talkSPORT.“When you get into a dressing room and it’s your culture and there are a lot of foreign lads in there, I think the foreign lads have got to know the language.“When I played in Germany, I thought I am going to have to learn really quickly so I knew the football language on the pitch. Looking at Villa at the moment, I’m not so sure a lot of the lads know what’s hit them.”Remi Garde is the favourite to replace Sherwood in the Villa Park hotseat and Lambert believes the club may have targeted the Frenchman due to the current make-up of their squad.“Whether Remi Garde comes in to get a handle on the French-speaking lads, maybe there is an element of that,” he said.
Injury-hit Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez may need an operation to cure a mystery foot problem.The England international only returned to action this season after 16 months out with cruciate damage but has now been sidelined since mid-October.Manager Ronald Koeman is baffled by the latest injury but Rodriguez could be facing another long spell out.“Jay is not good, we are disappointed,” Koeman said. “We did everything about his feet but looks like it could be surgery next week.“I don’t know what it is, you have to ask the doctor. The medical staff will make the final call about surgery, and if it’s yes I can tell something more about how long (he will be out).“It’s difficult for the player and for everybody, he has no problems about his knee and it’s a different injury. That takes him down mentally, but we will give total support to the player.”Another injury-hit Saints striker made his comeback this week, but Koeman was not entirely impressed with Shane Long’s appearance for Republic of Ireland in their Euro 2016 qualifying win over Bosnia-Herzegovina.Long played most of the second half having trained just once following a five-week lay-off with an ankle problem.“I was surprised,” added the Dutchman.“Of course our doctor had contact with the medical staff of the Irish national team and my information was he still was not 100 per cent fit.“I don’t like to say more because that’s not the way; the way is to contact them and if we are not happy we have to tell them. That’s the first step.“He is now fit because he played 40 minutes! But in my opinion a player needs more training before playing 40 minutes.“I understand it was a very important game, about qualification, but if I’m national coach I don’t put a player in after five or six weeks with only one training session. But that’s my personal opinion.” 1 Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez set for an extended absence after fresh injury set-back
Rafa Benitez had a bad weekend; Real Madrid losing 4-0 to arch-rivals Barcelona certainly wasn’t on the Spaniard’s wish list.Following the heavy defeat, the talkSPORT translator picked up on some exclusive footage from Benitez’s Monday night press conference, but typically has mistranslated a few key phrases.Watch the spoof video above to see Benitez lose it with a Spanish journalist, and give his views on Cristiano Ronaldo moving back to England to play alongside Jamie Vardy.*DISCLAIMER: There is not a single fact in this video.For more translator videos, check out talkSPORT on YouTube!
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was left literally cursing his luck with injuries despite a confidence-boosting 1-0 win over highflying Leicester at Anfield.Christian Benteke clinically turned home a second-half winner to inflict the Foxes first away defeat of the season as the Reds picked up their first win in four games.Benteke had replaced Belgian compatriot Divock Origi after the young striker appeared to suffer a hamstring injury in the first half, and Klopp was left dismayed as he saw yet another member of his attacking department succumb to debilitating knocks.“I did not notice before I came to England about the hamstring – it is the sh*t word of the year for me,” Klopp laughed.“It’s always hamstring, hamstring, hamstring. That’s the intensity of the game and the fixtures.“We will see [how Origi is]. I hope it’s not too serious as we have a game in the next three days and then three days after that.”Klopp opted for Origi ahead of Benteke to spearhead the Reds attack but was impressed by the latter’s match-winning contribution after first justifying his tactics.He added: “We needed his [Origi’s] speed today, he was the player for these runs and plays and he did really good for us.“But when Christian came in he fought really intensively and I don’t know too many strikers who know situations like this [his goal] so well.“It was deserved. We played too complicated at Watford but today we were much better.”
1 Ruben Loftus-Cheek Guus Hiddink believes Ruben Loftus-Cheek can finally fight for regular first team action after firing Chelsea into the fourth round of the FA Cup.Chelsea boss Hiddink has tipped 19-year-old Loftus-Cheek to feature more prominently after opening his Blues account to tie up the 2-0 third round win over Scunthorpe.Highly-rated England Under-21 star Loftus-Cheek had struggled to impose himself under ex-boss Jose Mourinho, but Hiddink accepts owner Roman Abramovich will expect a return on the club’s significant academy investment.“It’s not said by the club but it’s automatically a consequence, that you start using the youngsters under condition that they must learn,” said Hiddink.“We’ll see in the upcoming time we go into now in the Premier League, and while fourth place is still possible it also gives an option for younger players that they can come in more easily.“It’s normal if you have the academy with a lot of investment they must keep up to the level of what’s demanded in the Premier League.“If you see two or three players coming in and then playing I think that’s one of the objectives of the club as well.”Loftus-Cheek swept home the winner after replacing Oscar at half-time, to leave Hiddink impressed.And Hiddink believes Loftus-Cheek has the ability to feature across any midfield role – but admitted he will challenge the teenager to fill roles based around hard graft.“Ruben came in and he had a beautiful goal, not just in the execution but the way he prepared himself, and that was good to see,” Hiddink added.“He can play on either side, but it depends how you play.“He can also play when you play two controlling midfield players and one high on the midfield, he can play up there.“But it’s important he also has a hard-working role.“And if you play number 10 it’s a role where you can maybe get away without so much hard work, but that’s not what we want.”Hiddink admitted midfielder Eden Hazard could miss both Chelsea’s midweek clash with West Brom and next Saturday’s Everton showdown, as the Premier League rolls back into action.“I don’t want him to fall again with muscle problems,” said Hiddink.“I want to be careful with him that he doesn’t start too early.”
8. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) 10. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) 15 15 14. Memphis Depay (Manchester United/PSV Eindhoven) 15 15 15 15. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – Click the arrow, right, to see which player sold the most shirts in 2015 15 11. Luis Suarez (Barcelona) 15 15 15 12. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) 1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 7. Steven Gerrard (LA Galaxy/Liverpool) 15 15 15 15 15 13. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United/Bayern Munich) 15 4. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 5. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) 3. Neymar Jr (Barcelona) 6. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) 2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 9. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) The most sold football shirt in 2015 has been revealed thanks to a study by World Soccer Shop and it is dominated by Premier League stars.Nine of the top 15 represent England’s top clubs, with one from the Bundesliga, four from La Liga and one from Ligue 1.But which star tops the list?Lionel Messi recently won his fifth Ballon d’Or after a 2015 where Barcelona won five trophies, but is his shirt the highest selling shirt of the year?Or is it his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo? The Real Madrid forward is certainly more popular on social media than Messi after garnering more than 40 million followers on Twitter and becoming the popular person on Facebook with more than 100 million ‘Likes’Click the arrow above, right, to find out the best selling customised shirt of the year!
EL MONTE – Council members said Thursday they were unaware that a job-placement program for recently released inmates was located in the city. Officials at the state parole office in El Monte regularly refer ex-felons to the Central San Gabriel Valley Worksource Center on Valley Boulevard, according to El Monte Police Agent Richard Luna. The center finds jobs for ex-convicts with companies that have agreed to hire individuals with criminal records. El Monte Councilman Juventino “J” Gomez asked city staffers for a report on the program during the Nov. 20 council meeting. Gomez said he first learned about it from reading an Oct. 28 article in this newspaper. “I was not aware of this,” said Gomez on Thursday. “The story said there were 80 (ex-inmates) coming to El Monte every month. My concern is that we were not informed whether they are drug dealers, sexual predators or violent offenders.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsCouncilwoman Emily Ishigaki also questioned whether the ex-convicts were being imported to the city from other areas. “I have nothing against helping people get back on their feet,” Ishigaki said. “But we don’t need to be taking in every other city’s problems.” Police officials and those associated with the program said there are restrictions in place to protect the public and others using the program. “Certain sex offenders are not allowed into the program, as well as those convicted of certain violent crimes and drug offenses,” said Luna, an El Monte police agent familiar with the program. “The parole office in El Monte gets about 20 referrals each month, but only two or three actually get accepted because of the criteria and the person’s individual history.” Luna said he had heard of no criminal problems associated with the participants. Gordon Porter, program manager at the Central San Gabriel Valley Resource Center, said an estimate he had given to this newspaper about the number of ex-felons served by the center – about 80 a month – had been too high. “It is about half that,” said Porter, adding that in addition to the parole office, the center gets ex-convicts referred to it from the Employment Development Department office in West Covina as well as veterans groups. “Some people come in off the street, and tell us they have a record,” Porter said. “We help everybody who needs a job, and our special-needs group is only representative of about 10 percent of our funding.” For those who are not referred by the parole office, Porter said the center has its own criteria as to who is allowed to apply for services. “We have a child center here, so we have a prohibition against anyone with sex offenses against children,” Porter said. “We have not gotten any negative feedback on any of the people we have placed. These are people who need a second chance, and in fact they have a higher job-retention rate than some of the others we place.” Luna said that the center’s job is an important one. “They are trying to get these people back into mainstream society,” Luna said, “and in a position where they can have a stable job and stay out of jail.” Luna said the office only gets referrals for individuals convicted within its jurisdiction, which includes El Monte, South El Monte and Baldwin Park. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
4. Fabio Borini – £10million (from Roma) – The ex-Chelsea man showed promise with Swansea City and Roma but injuries and below-par form saw him only score twice in his first season with the Reds. A loan spell at Sunderland had appeared to have kick-started the Italians career but, in 2014/15, Borini the player again struggled for form and fitness and was eventually sold to the Black Cats. 5 Liverpool chief executive officer Ian Ayre will step down in 2017, it has been announced.When he finally leaves Anfield, Ayre will have had several roles at the club in his decade with his hometown side.After joining as a commercial director, the 52-year-old then move to a role as managing director in March 2011 where he gained more power before eventually becoming CEO.Ayre has since played a major role in most transfer deals but some of these switches have gone as well as he would have hoped.Click the right arrow above to see which five deals we believe are his worst at the club… 5 5 5. Lazar Markovic – £20million (from Benfica) – Click the right arrow above to see more awful Liverpool transfers during Ian Ayre’s tenure… – Currently out on loan with Fenerbahce after failing to impress in his first season with the Reds, Markovic could still be a part of Jurgen Klopps plans. He never really showed his true colours after joining from Benfica where he looked like a promising talent. His huge fee makes him a flop for the time being. 3. Iago Aspas – £7million (from Celta Vigo) – After two prolific campaigns with the Spanish side, Liverpool swooped for Aspas but after managing 37 goals in 75 appearances for Celta Vigo he only scored one in 15 for the Reds in one season. 5 2. Christian Benteke – £32.5million (from Aston Villa) – The thought process was that the Belgian, surrounded by, in theory, better players, would score even more goals than he did at Villa Park. Sadly, despite scoring seven times in 24 Premier League appearances, hes not been able to win over fans and pundits with his displays following a mega-money summer move. 5 1. Mario Balotelli – £16million (from AC Milan) – After a tumultuous, title-winning spell with Manchester City, a two-season stretch with AC Milan had seemed to have got the Italian back on track. A £16m move to the Reds followed but the goals didnt. Balotelli looked lazy and managed just one Premier League goal, a winner against Tottenham, and four in 28 appearances altogether.