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Alex Neil talks up Callum Robinson importance after Ipswich rout

Preston boss Alex Neil saluted the quality of forwards Callum Robinson and Lukas Nmecha after they tore already-relegated Ipswich apart in a 4-0 hammering at Deepdale. Both men scored two, with Robinson also assisting both of Nmecha’s goals, as North End kept their Sky Bet Championship play-off hopes mathematically alive and ended a four-game losing streak. Republic of Ireland international Robinson rifled home the opener from the edge of the box after six minutes before volleying into the top corner midway through the first half. The 24-year-old then saw his 56th-minute effort saved by Bartosz Bialkowski, only for Nmecha to slot home the rebound, before the rout was complete when Robinson intricately teed up the Manchester City loanee for his second goal 15 minutes from time. “...

Scotland looking to revive Euro 2020 hopes after sacking Alex McLeish

The Scottish Football Association is looking for someone to revive Scotland‘s chances of automatic qualification for Euro 2020 after ending Alex McLeish‘s second spell in charge. McLeish has ultimately paid the price for last month’s 3-0 defeat in Kazakhstan in their opening European Championship qualifier. Despite securing a guaranteed play-off spot after topping their Nations League group, the SFA stated it had not seen the performances it expected. McLeish and the players but more so the SFA hierarchy came under fire at an uninspiring 2-0 victory over San Marino on March 24 in what proved to be the 60-year-old’s final match. The SFA board, who met on Thursday, will now be under pressure to make a more popular appointment after McLeish was recruited 14 months ago ...

George Burley: Sacking Alex McLeish “ridiculous”

Former Scotland manager George Burley believes the Scottish Football Association has unrealistic expectations and branded the decision to dispense with Alex McLeish as “ridiculous”. McLeish’s second spell as national team boss ended with the sack following just 12 games in charge after SFA board members gathered for a meeting at Hampden on Thursday morning. Burley, who managed his country between 2008 and 2009, feels Scotland have a shortage of top-quality players and thinks both McLeish and his predecessor Gordon Strachan have been harshly treated. “I don’t know what the SFA are expecting. Unfortunately over the last 10, 20 years Scotland has hadn’t the squad strong enough to win regularly at international level and that’s the reality,” Burl...

Alex McLeish sacked by Scotland

Alex McLeish’s second spell as Scotland manager is over. The Scottish Football Association announced McLeish would be leaving his role “with immediate effect” after board members gathered for a meeting at Hampden on Thursday morning. SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell said in a statement: “The decision to part company was not an easy one, especially given Alex’s status as a Scotland Hall of Fame member, earning 77 international caps, having played in three World Cups and taken charge of the national team for two spells. NEWS | Alex McLeish to leave Scotland National Team.https://t.co/yedPQgsmlq — Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) April 18, 2019 “It was only taken after full consideration by the board and after an honest and respectful conversation between myself and Alex earlier in the week. “Ultimat...

Real Madrid ‘begin Alex Grimaldo talks’

Real Madrid open talks with Benfica over a deal for full-back Alex Grimaldo, according to a report. Real Madrid have reportedly opened talks with Benfica over a deal for Alex Grimaldo. The 23-year-old has been in fine form for Benfica during the 2018-19 campaign, contributing seven goals and nine assists in 48 appearances in all competitions. A number of clubs have been linked with the full-back, but according to reports in Spain, Madrid president Florentino Perez is negotiating a deal for the former Spain Under-21 international. Los Blancos have had problems at left-back this season, with neither Marcelo nor Sergio Reguilon convincing for long spells. Grimaldo came through the youth system at Barcelona and made close to 100 appearances for the club’s B team before leaving for Benfic...

Dejan Lovren, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain absent from Liverpool training

Captain Jordan Henderson did train after being forced off on Sunday. Defender Dejan Lovren and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were absent from Liverpool‘s training session ahead of their Champions League quarter-final second leg in Porto. However, captain Jordan Henderson – forced off in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Chelsea with an ankle problem – was able to join his team-mates on Tuesday at Melwood. Lovren, who played in last week’s 2-0 first-leg victory, would have been in contention for another start at the Estadio do Dragao, although he may yet travel with the squad when they fly out to Portugal later in the day. Oxlade-Chamberlain has been training with the first team regularly now since coming back from serious knee injury sustained a year ago but, although he played ...

Alex Neil signs new three-year Preston deal

Neil had been linked with the vacant role at West Brom. Preston manager Alex Neil has signed a new three-year deal with the Sky Bet Championship club. The 37-year-old arrived at Deepdale in July 2017, just under four months after leaving Norwich. He led the club to a seventh-place finish in his first season and a run of eight wins from 12 unbeaten games had put the Lilywhites on course for a play-off place this term. However, four straight defeats since then have left them eight points adrift with four games remaining. Neil had been linked with the vacant role at West Brom and was pleased to end speculation by signing a new contract at Preston. “It has been a difficult few days working in a situation where the club and I had no control over what has been said, but I am absolutely del...

Transfer Talk Daily Update: Sadio Mane, Alex Grimaldo, Daniel James

Sports Mole rounds up the latest confirmed transfer news and speculation from across the footballing world. All transfer business is done and dusted for this season, but that doesn’t stop clubs from preparing ahead for next season. Thursday morning’s headlines: Guillem Balague: ‘Sadio Mane will not be joining Real Madrid’Liverpool have no interest in selling Senegalese forward Sadio Mane to Real Madrid, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague. Read more. Report: Arsenal, Man United want Benfica defender Alex GrimaldoBenfica left-back Alex Grimaldo is reportedly on the radar of Arsenal and Manchester United, as well as Italian giants Juventus. Read more. Manchester City after Swansea City youngster Daniel James?Swansea City winger Daniel James is a rumou...

Report: Arsenal, Man United want Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo

Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo is reportedly on the radar of Arsenal and Manchester United, as well as Italian giants Juventus. Premier League rivals Arsenal and Manchester United are reportedly both in the running to sign defender Alex Grimaldo from Benfica. Italian giants Juventus are also believed to be keen on the 23-year-old, who has appeared more than 100 times for the Primeira Liga since arriving from Barcelona in December 2015. Grimaldo has performed well at left-back for Benfica over the past few seasons and, according to Tuttosport, his displays have not gone unnoticed as Arsenal and Man United are closely monitoring him. Benfica supposedly want around £35m for the former Spain Under-21s international, with Barcelona due a percentage of that share due to a clause written into hi...

Alex McLeish: ‘Poor Scotland form will make us stronger’

Alex McLeish admits Scotland have to improve and overcome the negativity that surrounds their Euro 2020 campaign after a “nervy” 2-0 win over San Marino. The Scots got off to the start they craved after a shock opening defeat in Kazakhstan when Kenny McLean headed home inside four minutes, but the tempo tailed off and slackness grew. Some of the near 3,000 away supporters chanted against the Scottish Football Association and booed during and after the match, and manager McLeish admitted his players were affected by the restlessness. Scotland’s Marc McNulty acknowledges the fans (Simon Cooper/PA) Johnny Russell settled fears of another shock by netting in the 74th minute but McLeish knew a 2-0 win against the lowest ranked team in the world was never going to begin the pro...

Result: Alex McLeish booed as Scotland scrape past world’s worst team San Marino

Scotland made slow headway along the road to redemption as they followed up defeat in Kazakhstan with an uninspiring 2-0 victory over San Marino. Alex McLeish‘s side failed to immediately build on Kenny McLean‘s headed fourth-minute opener against the worst-ranked national team in the world. Many of the near 3,000 visiting fans therefore vented their disapproval towards the Scottish Football Association board, even after Johnny Russell doubled the lead in the 74th minute. FULL TIME | San Marino 0 – 2 Scotland Kenny McLean and Johnny Russell score their first goals for Scotland in our second UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifier.#SMRSCO pic.twitter.com/MSjfCgP8Jp — Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) March 24, 2019 Skipper Andy Robertson admitted on the eve of the match that Scotland could ...

Alex McLeish admits Scotland team “all hurting” after shock defeat

Manager Alex McLeish has vowed to keep trying to make amends for Scotland‘s shock defeat in Kazakhstan – and claims there will be twists and turns in their European Championship qualifying group. McLeish and his players have come under fire after a 3-0 loss against the world’s 117th-ranked team in their opening Group I encounter, with their chances of automatic qualification already written off in many quarters. Scotland have only once reached a major tournament after losing their opening qualifier, when they recovered from defeat against then European champions Czechoslovakia to make the 1978 World Cup. Nations League success has earned Scotland a guaranteed play-off place should they fail to finish in the top two of a group also containing Belgium, Russia, Cyprus and San Mari...

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