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McClaren points accusing finger at referee Harrington for latest defeat

An angry Steve McClaren blamed poor refereeing decisions for QPR’s fifth successive Championship defeat. The Rangers boss went on to the pitch at the final whistle to remonstrate angrily with referee Tony Harrington after watching Famara Diedhiou net a stoppage-time winner from the spot after he was impeded by Darnell Furlong. McClaren said: “Their penalty was ridiculous, and when the referee sees it again he will realise what a big mistake he has made. “The foul was on Furlong, not the other way around. The fact that he took five seconds to give the penalty showed the doubt in his mind. “We should have had at least one penalty at the other end. What the controversy shouldn’t detract from is an excellent performance from ourselves. “It is a second kick i...

Paul Scholes the latest protege of Sir Alex Ferguson to become a manager

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has taken his first job in club management after being appointed boss of Sky Bet League Two side Oldham. He joins a lengthy list of former United players who have worked under Sir Alex Ferguson and subsequently gone into management, which includes the likes of Phil Neville, Gary Neville, Gordon Strachan, Jaap Stam, Paul Ince, Bryan Robson and Teddy Sheringham. Here, Press Association Sport looks at five more ex-Red Devils who starred under Ferguson before moving into the dugout themselves. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Solskjaer has been a big hit as Manchester United interim manager (John Walton/PA) The Norwegian has had a roller-coaster time in management since stepping into coaching at United, first in charge of the strikers and then the reserve t...

Frank Lampard refuses to address Marcelo Bielsa’s latest press conference

Frank Lampard refused to comment on Marcelo Bielsa‘s latest press conference as the spying row between Leeds and Derby continued to unfold. Bielsa gave a lengthy presentation to journalists on Wednesday evening while making the frank admission that Leeds had “observed all the rivals” in training sessions prior to playing them in the Sky Bet Championship this season. It comes after a staff member of Leeds was caught by police at the Derby training ground attempting to gain information ahead of the Friday night fixture, which Leeds subsequently won 2-0, and prompted accusations of spying. Bielsa went to extreme lengths on Wednesday to show all the detailed analysis he does of opponents aside from covertly watching them train, but Lampard refused to be drawn on the topic onc...

Kane is latest star to suffer World Cup injury hangover

Several Premier League players who competed in Russia have suffered setbacks. Harry Kane’s injury continues the World Cup hangover which has seen several players sidelined already this season. For the third straight season, Tottenham will be without the England captain for several weeks due to an ankle injury after he limped off following Sunday’s defeat to Manchester United. Of the 11 Premier League players with the most playing time at last summer’s World Cup according to fifa.com, Kane is the eighth to miss time with an injury this season. Dejan Lovren played more at the World Cup than any other Premier League player (Martin Rickett/PA) Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, whose 650 minutes for Croatia were the most of any Premier League player in Russia, did not feature for his club until ...

Ernesto Valverde hails latest Lionel Messi masterclass

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde hailed “extraordinary” Lionel Messi after his brilliant free-kicks helped set up an impressive 4-0 win at derby rivals Espanyol. Seville had earlier seen hopes of keeping the pressure up on the leaders dented after conceding a stoppage-time equaliser at Valencia. Barcelona capitalised to move three points clear, and never looked in danger at the RCDE Stadium, where they were 3-0 ahead by half-time. Messi, who finished fifth in this year’s Ballon d’Or vote, opened the scoring with a fine free-kick before picking out Ousmane Dembele to double the lead after 26 minutes. Luis Suarez scored from the tightest of angles just before half-time, with the Barcelona captain then curling in another superb dead-ball strike after 65 minutes to cap a fine individual and te...

Romelu Lukaku ‘latest Manchester United star who wants out of Old Trafford’

A report claims that Romelu Lukaku has joined Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez in growing disillusioned with life at Manchester United. Romelu Lukaku is reportedly eyeing up a move away from Manchester United after becoming the latest player to have grown unhappy under Jose Mourinho. The Belgian striker has been left out of the Red Devils’ starting lineup for a couple of key games in recent weeks, including the 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday night. According to The Sun, the 25-year-old has joined fellow big-name recruits Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez in becoming frustrated. Lukaku has scored five goals in 18 Premier League and Champions League matches this term, leading to concerns from under-fire boss Mourinho. Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have been used in tandem up top in ...

Benitez hopes latest takeover talk does not affect Newcastle players

Rafael Benitez is hoping the latest whirl of takeover speculation will not distract his Newcastle players. Just as it did 12 months ago, Tyneside will approach Christmas bathed in uncertainty following owner Mike Ashley‘s revelation on Monday evening that his 14-month quest to finally sell the club he has owned for 11 and and half fractious years could come to fruition within weeks. Fans who have heard it all before could be forgiven for greeting the latest news with scepticism less than a year after Amanda Staveley‘s PCP Capital Partners failed to prise the Magpies from Ashley’s grasp. But manager Benitez will carry on regardless in the hope that all the apparent activity behind the scenes does not coincide with the kind of form which saw his side go nine Premier League ...

Taylor frustrated by manner of Burnley’s latest defeat

Burnley defender Charlie Taylor bemoaned more sloppy goals conceded as the Clarets’ struggles continued with defeat by Newcastle at Turf Moor. Sean Dyche’s side sit 17th in the Premier League table but only one point off the bottom after the 2-1 defeat made it six games without a victory. Federico Fernandez opened the scoring in the fourth minute via a big deflection off Ben Mee and Ciaran Clark headed in a corner 19 minutes later. Sam Vokes pulled a goal back before half-time and Burnley had several chances to equalise but also might have lost by more, with Matt Ritchie missing an open goal and Joselu hitting a post. Left-back Taylor told Press Association Sport: “We’re disappointed. It was a game we wanted to get three points from being at home and against a team that was near us. We con...

Ben Foakes the latest to get a century on debut for England

Ben Foakes became the 20th Englishman to score a century on debut against Sri Lanka. The wicketkeeper-batsman resumed his innings at the start of the day on 87 and found the boundary in the sixth over of the day to reach three figures. Press Association Sport takes a look at five other English cricketers who have scored a century on debut. Keaton Jennings, India v England, Mumbai, 2016 England’s Keaton Jennings batting at the Oval (John Walton/PA) Jennings made 112 on his debut in the difficult Indian subcontinent conditions, and was hailed as the solution to England’s opening problems. The then-Durham player helped the side to 117 for one in Mumbai, and to 288 for five at the end of the opening day. Since then Jennings has struggled, averaging just 22 from his 12 Test matches. Jonathan Tr...

Murray makes Montpellier latest addition to 2019 schedule

The former world number one will play in the Open Sud de France for the first time. Andy Murray has added another tournament to his 2019 schedule after signing up for the Open Sud de France in Montpellier in February. The former world number one only played six tournaments this year following hip surgery before calling an early end to his season in September in an effort to play a fuller schedule next year. He will begin his campaign at the Brisbane International, the tournament he pulled out of in January before deciding to go under the knife, as a warm-up to the Australian Open. The event in Montpellier begins on February 5, while the tournament director of the Open 13 in Marseille later in the month revealed last week that Murray will also play there. Murray wrote on Facebook: “Lots of ...

Brendan Rodgers confident Celtic can still qualify despite latest setback

Boss Brendan Rodgers believes Celtic are “still in with a great chance” in the Europa League despite the 2-0 defeat to RB Leipzig in the Red Bull Arena. Hampered by injuries or suspension to several of his top players, the Northern Irishman brought in Cristian Gamboa, Jozo Simunovic, Eboue Kouassi, Ryan Christie and Lewis Morgan. But after an encouraging start to the Group B match, the visitors were punished for defensive lapses, first on the half-hour mark by striker Matheus Cunha and again four minutes later by attacker Bruma. The home side cruised their way through the second half to leave the Scottish champions in third place with three points from nine, with leaders Salzburg on nine and RB Leipzig second with six. Defeat for #CelticFC in Germany.#RBLCEL #UEL pic.twitter.com/gl3jxr14iG...

Rugby clash the latest case of kits not fit to wear

European rugby chiefs were left red-faced following a clash of kits in Cardiff Blues’ Heineken Champions Cup 29-12 defeat to Glasgow. Cardiff’s Wales international Gareth Anscombe labelled it “a disgrace” and both coaches were highly critical of tournament organisers European Professional Club Rugby’s gaffe after the teams turned out in light blue. Here, Press Association Sport looks at five other kit controversies that made the headlines. Fergie fury down at The Dell Eric Cantona wearing the grey shirt which Manchester United changed at half-time (Fiona Hanson/PA) Sir Alex Ferguson famously blamed his Manchester United side’s 3-1 Premier League defeat at Southampton in 1996 on their light grey change strip. United had won 11 of their previous 12 games, but found themselves 3-0 down after ...

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