Brendan Rodgers targeting Arsenal or Chelsea job, claims ex-Celtic star Kris Commons

first_imgRodgers controversially left Celtic before the end of the season (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAdvertisementAdvertisement‘I think he proved that at Liverpool and he proved that at Celtic.‘It wasn’t so long ago he was linked with the Arsenal job, and I think that’s the sort of thing that Brendan wants.‘He wants to be winning titles.‘Whether this is a stepping stone, a couple-year job, [before] he looks at the likes of Arsenal, or maybe a Chelsea – I think that’s more in Rodgers’ mind right now.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Comment Brendan Rodgers targeting Arsenal or Chelsea job, claims ex-Celtic star Kris Commons Brendan Rodgers has become Leicester City’s new manager (Getty Images)Brendan Rodgers will have plans to manage Arsenal or Chelsea in the next few years, according to former Celtic star Kris Commons.Rodgers has made the surprise move to ditch Celtic before the end of the season and has replaced Claude Puel as manager of Leicester City.Rodgers, who came close to winning the Premier League title with Liverpool, has been linked with several Premier League jobs during his time in Scotland.And Commons believes the 46-year-old has ambitions to move on to a more high-profile club than Leicester City.‘Leicester have got a top coach – a proven manager – but I think Brendan’s better than Leicester,’ Commons told Sky Sports. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 27 Feb 2019 2:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linklast_img read more

Poyet expects to remain in charge

first_img Nathan Dyer fired Swansea ahead with a deft seventh-minute finish from Wayne Routledge’s pass and Marvin Emnes doubled their advantage when he turned John O’Shea and blasted home with just 14 minutes gone. Fabio Borini’s 10th goal of the season five minutes after the restart gave the Black Cats hope, but Wilfried Bony ensured his side left with all the points with another fine strike. Swans boss Garry Monk, who was taking charge of his first game since being appointed manager on a permanent basis, was delighted with a performance which ensured his side finished 12th. He knows his honeymoon period will have ended by the time the new campaign starts, but he is relishing the opportunity to test himself once again. Monk said: “It’s been great for me. This past three and a half months, or whatever it’s been, has a learning process and a taste of what is to come. “But then I guess from next season, I will be judged more harshly on my own merits and every single move that I make. “But I know that, I accept that and I’m not worried about that. It’s how you have to live your life, so I am just looking forward to it. “I am looking forward to being judged, being doubted. When you have got a point to prove and you have done that your whole career, there’s nothing better than trying to prove people wrong.” Monk’s first task could be to attempt to keep the likes of Bony and Jonjo Shelvey out of the grasp of potential suitors, although that is not something he fears. He said: “They will be an attraction for everyone. But we are lucky, we are in a position where we don’t have to sell anyone, it’s up to us.” The 46-year-old Uruguayan has been linked with potential vacancies at both West Ham and Southampton in recent days, but has also found himself the subject of rumours that he could walk out of the Stadium of Light because of a power struggle behind the scenes. However, as a remarkable season drew to a close with a 3-1 home defeat by Swansea, crucially with the Black Cats still a Barclays Premier League club, Poyet insisted he was going nowhere. Asked if he expected to be in charge in August, he said: “Yes,” before adding with a smile: “You are scaring me now. What do you know that I don’t know? “The rumours are natural, there are so many rumours all the time. But that means you are doing something special or you are being recognised for something, whatever it is. “It could be the way your team plays, or it could be the achievement that you made or it could be that before I didn’t have on my CV Barclays Premier League experience and now I do in a very difficult situation.” Poyet, who revealed he is in talks with “three or four” of the club’s 11 out-of-contract and loan players, revealed he had already met owner and chairman Ellis Short to discuss the way forward, and will do so again after a short break, but was adamant there was nothing sinister about those talks. He said: “Every single manager in the world when he finishes the season has a meeting with the chairman of the football club, winning the league, going down, in the middle, having been named somewhere else, with contract, without contract – it’s natural. “Every now and then when a manager says, ‘I need to meet with the chairman to see where we are going’, you all start to think, ‘He’s leaving’ or ‘He’s not happy’ or ‘There’s a problem’, but it’s nothing. “Yes, I want to know where we are going, if it’s possible not to make the same mistakes that we have made in the last couple of years because I don’t want to go through another year like this one.” Sunderland ended the season in 14th place after a defeat in which they were up against it from the off. Press Association Gus Poyet is confident he will still be Sunderland’s head coach next season amid fevered speculation over his future. last_img read more

Washington Capitals’ Alexander Ovechkin once again skipping All-Star Game

first_imgSporting News: Ovechkin and the NHL All-Decade team | NHL Athlete of the DecadeDue to NHL rules, the Capitals captain will be forced to sit out either the last game prior to the All-Star break or the first game back — but he’s not too worried about that.”The most important thing is not the regular year, it’s the playoffs,” Ovechkin said.”You don’t want to miss the game, but the rules are the rules,” Gulitti’s thread continued. “I’m healthy, thank God, and I just made this decision because I have to be in good shape and I have to be ready and good in the playoffs.”MORE: Sporting News’ top 10 hockey stories of the 2010s Washington Capitals star forward Alex Ovechkin has opted to sit out of this year’s All-Star Game for the fourth time in his career.”I have to get ready for the second half of the year,” Ovechkin said after his team’s 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, per NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti. “I have to be healthy and focus on different things.” Your #NHLAllStar Division Captains will be as follows:Atlantic Division – David Pastrnak (@pastrnak96)Central Division – Nathan MacKinnon (@Mackinnon9)Metropolitan Division – Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8)Pacific Division – Connor McDavid (@cmcdavid97) pic.twitter.com/YuU9ypQT4c— NHL (@NHL) December 22, 2019Ovechkin was voted Metropolitan Division captain and once again thanked the fans for voting him in yet again, saying: “It’s a hard decision, obviously, being the captain and missing the All-Star Game, but have to do best for me and for my team.”In 2012, Ovechkin skipped the event while serving a suspension and in 2016 he sat out to tend to a lower-body injury. Last season, he sat out to rest up for the playoffs, making the 2020 All-Star game the second-consecutive time he has withdrawn.Now 34-years-old, the star forward is averaging just under a point-per-game for the first time in three seasons (36 points in 38 games). The back-to-back Rocket Richard trophy winner currently ranks fourth in goals with 23.last_img read more