1 Peterborough have announced the departure of manager Dave Robertson with immediate effect.Robertson was dismissed in the wake of Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Southend which left them 20th in League One.In a statement Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony said: “I would personally like to thank David for stepping in last season when the club was at a low point after the previous manager’s departure.“He steadied the ship, put a smile on everyone’s faces again and worked tirelessly each day to improve the club’s fortunes on the pitch.“Unfortunately after yesterday’s result and the manner of defeat, I felt it was time to take action and make a change as it had become plain to see our young squad was under-performing and playing nowhere near their potential.“Make no mistake, our players must also shoulder responsibility for this awful start to the season which has now led to a great person losing their job.”Robertson had replaced former boss Darren Ferguson in February, initially in a caretaker capacity, before being given the job on a full-time basis in May. Dave Robertson
David De Gea David De Gea has sign a new contract at Manchester United just days after his transfer to Real Madrid collapsed at the last minute.The Spaniard has penned a four-year deal with the option of a fifth, despite being on the cusp of quitting Old Trafford.It’s a deal which is good for all concerned in Manchester as the player gets more money, Louis van Gaal gets to play his best shot-stopper and the club will get a transfer fee next summer should he get his move to Real.And Red Devils supporters are definitely happy with the news… 1
Portuguese youngster Nurio Fortuna surprised even himself, it seems, as he found the net from an incredible distance for Braga B.The 20-year-old couldn’t quite believe it as his speculative long-range effort proved unstoppable against over Farense.Unfortunately – and despite his wild celebrations – the eye-popping drive only proved a consolation, as the reserve side slipped to a 3-2 defeat.Check out the sublime finish in the video above!
David Nugent celebrates his opening goal for Middlesbrough 1 Middlesbrough kept their Championship promotion charge on track with a 3-0 victory over Leeds at the Riverside.Efforts from David Nugent and Diego Fabbrini sandwiched Giuseppe Bellusci’s brilliant own goal as a tame Leeds side left Teesside empty-handed.Middlesbrough headed into the clash knowing victory would move them a point behind leaders Brighton and five ahead of third-placed Reading.And they started like a team on a mission, the hosts flying out of the blocks and taking the lead with their first attack – Nugent opening the scoring in the third minute.Fernando Amorebieta’s searching long ball found Nugent, who flicked on for Cristhian Stuani.The winger ran on to the ball, before beating left-back Charlie Taylor twice and sending a perfect cross to the back post, where Nugent controlled and powered an effort beyond Marco Silvestri.Leeds came back into the game, though, and almost levelled through Mirco Antenucci – the Italian linking up superbly with Gaetano Berardi, only to hit straight at Dimi Konstantopoulos after working a shooting angle.Yet Leeds’ good spell did not bring reward and they were hit by a sucker punch in the 32nd minute, with centre-back Bellusci arrowing a cross into his own net with a wild diving header.Leeds against responded well to the setback, as Stuart Dallas and Alex Mowatt forced saves from Konstantopoulos in quick succession, before Mowatt was again denied from a sweetly struck free-kick.And their frustration turned into anger moments later when Antenucci had a goal harshly ruled out for offside.The visitors thought they had pulled a goal back when Berardi’s long-range volley found its way to Antenucci, who finished neatly.However, a long consultation between referee Neil Swarbrick and his linesman ensued before the latter retrospectively raised the flag.Leeds still looked threatening, with Konstantopoulos again called into action, but the wind was permanently knocked out of their sails after a slip from Sol Bamba allowed Fabbrini to add gloss to the scoreline in the 81st minute.The defender’s attempt to play it out from the back proved costly, as his slip on the edge of the box was pounced upon by the Italian forward, who coolly rounded the goalkeeper before firing high into the net to seal victory for Boro.
1 Lewandowski maintains sensational scoring run with a flicked header BONUS: FK Koln player steamrolls the referee…but doesn’t get a card? Vidal makes it 2-0 from range Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski continued his unreal goal streak with his 23rd of the season as Bayern Munich beat FC Koln 4-0 on Saturday to continue their perfect start to the new campaign.In the process, the German giants become the first team EVER to win all ten of their opening Bundesliga games.I know, we’re surprised they hadn’t done it before, too!It was a superb day all-round for the Bavarians, with Dutch winger Arjen Robben netting on his return from injury to make it 1-0 at the Allianz Arena.Arturo Vidal then doubled their lead with strong finish before a Lewandowski header – his 16th goal in nine games – made it three, while a Thomas Muller penalty completed the rout.Check out the goals below!Arjen Robben opens the scoring on his first game back for Bayern
1 Arsene Wenger has confessed that Arsenal were anxious ahead of their clash with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium before recording a fifth successive Premier League win Arsene Wenger has confessed that Arsenal were anxious ahead of their clash with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium before recording a fifth successive Premier League win.Arsenal coasted to a 3-0 victory after Olivier Giroud had opened the scoring early on in the second half – the 2,000th goal of Wenger’s 19-year reign – but the opening 45 minutes was certainly no easy ride for the Gunners, as the hosts threatened to inflict more misery on the Gunners.The Swans took six points off Arsenal last season, but the north London outfit coped with the early pressure from Garry Monk’s men and ensured that there would be no repeat of last term’s agony.“It’s always a difficult game here and last season they took six points from us,” Wenger said.“We were a bit edgy coming here and the first half was very difficult for us.“But in the second half there was tempo to our game and after we scored the first goal we were a different team.“I rested eight players on Tuesday (in the Capital One Cup defeat at Sheffield Wednesday) so it took us a while to get into the tempo of the game.”There was controversy with Arsenal’s second goal, scored by Laurent Koscielny after 68 minutes. The Frenchman appeared to back into Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski when Hector Bellerin’s cross was deflected into the air.Fabianski was also challenged by Giroud, but referee Kevin Friend felt no offence had been committed, leaving Koscielny to stab the loose ball home.“I didn’t see a foul, maybe I missed something and need to watch it,” Wenger said.“The three points was the most important thing today and it was good to keep a clean sheet.“It was a different game after we scored the first goal.”
1 Eden Hazard Zinedine Zidane, the current coach of Real Madrid Castilla, has spoken out in praise of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, further fuelling speculation of Los Blancos’ interest in signing the winger.‘After Messi and Ronaldo, Hazard is my favourite player,’ Zidane said. ‘I love watching him because he is a player who creates things and it is often spectacular to see him play. ‘Do I see him going to Real Madrid? Ask someone else. I love the player and that’s all.’As has been reported, Zidane was key in luring Gareth Bale to the Santiago Bernabeu two years’ ago, and there are suggestions that the Frenchman could play a key role in enticing Hazard to the Spanish capital, too.And, unsurprisingly, there has been some interesting reaction to his comments.Some Chelsea supporters are hopeful that such words could motivate the under performing Belgian, while others have warned Zidane off their club’s prized asset.
Vitesse were losing 2-1 when Lewis Baker struck from 30 yards to resuce a point against De Graafschap.The 20-year-old is on loan at the Eredivisie club for the season and the point keeps Vitesse in fifth place on 37 points.PSV top the league, but are being run close by Ajax who are four points behind them on 55 with a game in hand.Midfielder Baker, who came through the Chelsea academy, has history of scoring brilliant goals and his effort against Arsenal for the U21s in the 2013/14 season won Goal of the Season.Enjoy, Chelsea fans…
2 This interview appears in the latest edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here. Follow on Twitter @SportMagUK“I wasn’t the toughest of kids when I was younger,” admits Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse. “I needed a bit of help and a kick up the backside.”That kick came from National League South side Havant & Waterlooville, where Ward-Prowse’s dad sent him for some extra training sessions while he was at the Southampton Academy. He was just 13 at the time. “It chucked me into the man’s game at a very young age and made sure I manned up for the journey ahead,” he says.Some eight years on, Ward-Prowse is the one providing helpful advice, albeit with fewer profanities and bruising tackles. We speak with him after he’s finished taking questions from youngsters at a school in Southampton.The 21-year-old is happy to call on his own experiences in his answers. “I’m lucky enough to have had great support around me,” he says. “So it’s nice to be able to try and do the same for others now.”The England Under-21 captain has been at Southampton since he was eight, making his senior debut for the club at 16, when then-manager Nigel Adkins called him into the squad for a League Cup fourth-round tie against Crystal Palace in 2011.“Those sessions with Havant & Waterlooville played a big part in me breaking through to the first team earlier than expected,” says Ward-Prowse. “It was my dad’s idea. He loves football and knows a few people in the game. He used to take me to watch them play as well, thinking it was a good idea for me to watch that level of football to see the aggression and the tackles that went in. I knew that if I wanted to be a midfielder in the Premier League, then I needed to do that.“I was a bit intimidated at first, but that’s normal for anyone thrown into that sort of environment at that age. It wasn’t so much about the challenges flying around, it was the atmosphere – they’re swearing and we’re training on a cold Tuesday night on a bobbly pitch. It was a tough, but it was ideal for me. It opened my eyes to what it would take. I could see the level they were at and I knew I wanted to be higher, so I had to work harder than them to get there.” EXIT EUROPEIt was those Tuesday night sessions, says Ward-Prowse, that enabled him to deal with “the man’s game” at a younger age than some other players. That maturity has also helped him this season, which has presented some challenging times for Southampton. “The start to this season wasn’t the one we wanted,” he says. “We were very disappointed to go out of Europe early on.”Ronald Koeman’s side bounced back from their defeat to FC Midtjylland, losing just once – to Manchester United – in their next 11 games. But then came the slump. Southampton managed just one win in a 10-game stretch, lasting from late November to early January, a run that saw them sink to 13th in the league. “Every team goes through tough periods in the season,” says Ward-Prowse. “That’s when you find out about each other and it’s a case of just sticking together.”Pressed on where the team believed change was needed, Ward-Prowse points to the training ground: “It all starts there. Maybe our levels weren’t quite right in training. We could see we needed to change that, and we have done. That has been the basis of our success lately, and we’re determined to carry it on.”Back in the top half of the table (Southampton were seventh as Sport went to press on Tuesday, before the midweek fixtures), Ward-Prowse says their aim for the season is back in sight: “We want to reach Europe. The whole infrastructure of the club is built around the European stage; we want to do everything we can to get there.”ENGLAND ASPIRATIONSWard-Prowse is equally frank when talking about his personal aims, admitting he would like to start more games – at time of writing, 11 of 24 appearances in the league this season have been from the bench.“It’s disappointing not to start every game, but the competition is very high and the manager makes tactical changes,” he says. “You’ve just got to remain patient and be ready to take the chance when you get it. I feel like I’ve done that this season.”Ward-Prowse knows starting regularly for Southampton would be a big step towards winning a first senior international cap: “If you look around the England squad, they all play regularly in the Premier League. If I can maintain a regular position for Southampton, that’ll give me more of a chance to make the England squad. I believe it will happen when it’s supposed to.”With an unshakeable belief in his ability and the maturity to recognise patience is key at this stage of his career, the school pupils of Southampton would do well to heed Ward-Prowse’s words of wisdom.James Ward-Prowse was speaking at Saints Connect, a Saints Foundation project backed by BT Sport’s The Supporters Club and the Premier League, which helps disadvantaged young people James Ward-Prowse spoke to Sport magazine about club life and his England aspirations 2