Legendary promoter Bob Arum told Josh Taylor that he is ready to take on the challenge of giving him the fight of his dreams at Edinburgh Castle.
Negotiations for dual world champion Taylor & # 39; s next match with IBF mandatory challenger Apinun Khongsong are almost at a conclusion, with Friday being the date set for wallet bids unless a late deal can be pulled out.
Arum signed the 29-year-old Scot in his Top Rank roster two weeks ago and has potted a super lightweight unification conflict with WBC and WBO kingpin Jose Ramirez for later this year, as well as a future collision with welterweight star – and stablemate – Terence Crawford.
Boxing promoter Bob Arum says he would like an Edinburgh Castle fight for Josh Taylor wants to deliver
Taylor joined Arum after a controversial farewell to roads with Cyclone Promotions
The 29-year-old won the World Boxing Super Series with victory over Regis Prograis
Taylor has his ambition to put his titles on the esplanade in front of the castle and Arum assumes that everything is possible.
We would absolutely look at that, & he said. "I can't really talk about (the castle) because it is up to my technical people, but I assume there would be no problem that can't be solved.
" We promote Mick Conlan from Northern Ireland and played a match at the Belfast exhibition grounds last year. A huge crowd emerged and it was a great evening.
Taylor now wants to be united champion of the super lightweight division in 2020
Featherweight Conlan defeated Argentinian Diego Alberto Ruiz last August for a 10,000-plus outdoor crowd at Falls Park in Belfast, with Arum admitting that the success of the promotion gives him extra appetite for another special show with WBA and IBF belt holder Taylor in Scotland.
& # 39; We have the Conlan fight & # 39; Sent back to the United States in the afternoon and we would like to promote a fight in Scotland, & he said.
We are returning to Northern Ireland in May with Carl Frampton fighting for a £ 130 title and I love promoting fights on the other side of the pond.
& # 39; The truth is that the best fans in the world now come from the UK. Taylor was spotted in Dubai with Tyson Fury & # 39; s old trainer Ben Davison as he plans his future after a split between Shane McGuigan and Cyclone Promotions.
Meanwhile, the Prestonpans hunters team in Top Rank continues to talk to undefeated Thai Khongsong & promoters – a deal with Arum optimistic to prevent the contest being offered by the IBF on Friday.
& # 39; We are working on that, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I think we will find a solution for that. & # 39;
& # 39; Yesterday I was walking around in my home town with COWS … now I am here in Barcelona & # 39 ;: Quique Setien admits taking Nou Camp hot-seat & # 39; wildest dreams & # 39; exceeds, since he strives to secure the third consecutive LaLiga title
Quique Setien was introduced to the media as the new Barcelona manager
The former Real Betis manager has come to replace Ax Ernesto Valverde
He was joking that he was surrounded by cows on Monday before taking up the job
Quique acknowledged that he was in his hometown & # 39; walking with cows before the call offered him the Barcelona job.
The 61-year-old followed training on Tuesday morning before signing a contract until June 2022.
Speaking in the media after signing his contract, Setien said: & I ran yesterday around my hometown with cows around me and now I am here in Barcelona to manage the best players in the world.
I want to thank this institution for giving it a chance. Even in my wildest dreams I could have imagined this. I have to thank the club.
& # 39; I am enthusiastic about this challenge and this project. That is the biggest thing I have to pass on to the players. I have to show the players that and normally it's not too complicated for me to pass it on. & # 39;
When asked why the decision was made to abolish Valverde's mis-season, President Josep Bartomeu said: & # 39; The dynamics in the team could be improved, we are in the next round of the Champions League and the Copa del Rey and we thought it was a dynamic that we could improve.
& # 39; We often talked about this with Valverde, very openly with him, and we have always been very close to Ernesto Valverde with a good relationship and always talking about what could be improved. & # 39;
Michael Obafemi talks about a boat trip on the Solent with Ralph Hasenhuttl when a hooded figure appears at the window.
& # 39; He loves sailing, & # 39; the young attacker begins. & # 39; So we went sailing as a team. & # 39; Staff versus players, it was an attempt by the manager of Southampton to build morale and unity among his team.
The staff won and on this day the prankster also gets his way. Obafemi's concentration drifts away Nathan Redmond distracts his teammate with comical gestures. & # 39; I'm laughing at him, sorry, & # 39; says Obafemi.
Michael Obafemi has set his sights on pursuing the best of Southampton
In the short 19-year-old senior career, Redmond has become a kind of mentor and older brother. He advises the Republic of Ireland internationally on & # 39; simple things & # 39 ;, such as where he should be on the field and what he should eat from it.
On Boxing Day they combined Chelsea, nets on both sides – time to secure a valuable three points on Stamford Bridge.
& # 39; It was certainly a sweet feeling & # 39 ;, says Obafemi Sportsmail . & # 39; It was incredible to have such an important goal for the team. It was a huge win for us. I was so happy for Nathan, because he had a big influence on me. & # 39;
It was Obafemi & # 39; s second Premier League goal – and his first for more than a year.
The striker scored a stunner to help Southampton home away from home last month
Redmond also offered a helping hand when Obafemi opened his account against Huddersfield in December 2018. 18 years and 169 days old, that made him the youngest Premier League scorer in the history of his club and country.
& # 39; I will never forget that day & # 39 ;, he thinks. & # 39; I remember as if it were yesterday. Rescuers won the ball and cut it back, I took a touch, the defender slipped, I placed it nicely. & # 39; Given the flow of young talent that has come through Southampton in recent years, it is a record to keep. The club's ability to feed people like Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana was an important factor in convincing Obafemi to become a member of Leyton Orient in 2016.
& # 39; Look at their record of service, & # 39; he says. & # 39; I just thought: this is the club for me. If they can, why not me? & # 39;
Obafemi revealed that Nathan Redmond has become a mentor and brother for him
The 19-year-old photo celebrated his first Premier League goal with Redmond (R) in 2018
Now the attacker, who after a year had stopped playing released by Watford, is under it. "I want to continue, make my family proud and do as much as I can."
Obafemi, who is only 20, has always been in a hurry.
& # 39; I remember that when I was at the day care center, all the other kids were always cycling around, but I just sprinted in circles around & # 39 ;, he says. "I think I knew I was fast then."
At least high school students tried to participate. "We used to do small 100m races and I remember having a broadcaster on my sports day," he remembers before posing for her high tone.
"When I sprinted, she was like:" Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Michael Obafemi! "& # 39;
Gareth Bale came through the Southampton Academy before going went to play for Real Madrid
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is another high performer who came out of the youth system of Saints
In his midst, he was crowned the fastest boy in his municipality with a time of 10.8 seconds. For context, when Dina Asher-Smith broke her own British championship record in August, she ran 10.96sec.
I never trained. I used to show up & # 39 ;, Obafemi admits. That was until football became his only focus.
Hasenhuttl gave Obafemi and other young players crucial game time, even while the club fought to stay in the Premier League. Now, after an injured year, he is firmly back in the manager's plans.
& # 39; He has had a major impact on my career. He believed in me, he thinks I'm a "cool guy" like he said to the media, & # 39; says Obafemi. Would he return the compliment? & # 39; Yes, & # 39; Obafemi laughs. "I'd say it, we have a good relationship!"
However, last month the Saints boss warned his young indictment that the road is long. "He still has a lack of professionalism throughout his life," Hasenhuttl said.
Obafemi is hopeful to go as his predecessors, but gives admit he still needs to learn a lot
Ralph Hasenhuttl wants him to be more professional , but he says their relationship is good
I know I'm not 100 percent as professional as i k could be, & # 39; Obafemi admits. "I'm still young, I still have to learn certain things."
An area where he has made steps is in the kitchen. Obafemi has moved out of club excavations to a flat where he lives alone and occasionally cooks. His specialty? & # 39; A rice wok, it's not bad. & # 39; More often, however, he takes home meals prepared by the club chef.
Saints & # 39; try & # 39; let him eat more vegetables and on the training field Obafemi learns from Danny Ings and Shane Long. Their most important advice? Stay calm – something that the young person has paid attention to in life and in football.
& # 39; (I was) hyper, I was everywhere and always bounced on the walls & he said. But I think I've calmed down a lot. Last season I was just a kid. I still am, but then I didn't really know when to use my speed. I would use it all the time and then just blow it up. & # 39;
He would also sustain injuries. Players are always at the mercy of accident when it comes to protecting their body. But after two hamstring injuries had blocked his progress, Obafemi took special measures.
He does more stretching exercises and runs more. And with good reason. Recent football history is littered with fast players such as Michael Owen, whose caretakers were derailed by repeated muscle injuries.
The young person takes special measures to protect his body after injuries blocked his progress
Although he admits that he is still a child, Obafemi believes that he is has some growing up recently
& # 39; It was clear in my mind, & # 39; Obafemi admits. & # 39; Will this continue? & # 39;
It bears witness to the medical staff of the saints and Obafemi's determination that his career is back on track. Now his focus is on cementing a place in Saints that is starting to elevate – and satisfies its most dedicated fans. every match. & # 39; To be honest, my mother does that too. She says, "Come on, Michael, come on, shoot or something," and I'm like, "Yes, Mom, I'm trying!" & # 39;
The whole family awaits that elusive first goal of the St Mary's crowd.
Obafemi has already viewed this moment – and how it will celebrate. "If it happens, that's when the fans will see," he says.
Under Hasenhuttl, the saints recover after a bad start to the season. The results have improved in recent weeks with the victory over Spurs on New Year's Day with Saints-mid-table thanks to 10 points from four games.
Obafemi still has to score at St Mary & # 39; s but has already planned his party for when he does
He also talked about trying to satisfy his most devoted fans – his mother and brother
[1 9459002] & # 39; We sit together, hold ourselves strong and focus on ourselves, & # 39; Obafemi ve Veals. "It's easy to get caught up in what people are saying on the outside, but we are convinced that we focus on what we do, we will get the best results that we can."
For Obafemi, that also means his displays for saints who act as a springboard for the world stage.
He grew up in London, but his international future lies with his birthplace, Ireland.
& # 39; Of course I want to be consistent gigs here to ensure that I can come back to the team (Ireland) & # 39 ;, he says. "Hopefully to the Euro 2020 play-offs and possibly even a hero."
Had he listened to that sports day announcer, then Obafemi could still run with dreams about Toyko and beyond. But this is the course he has chosen and there is wind in his sails again.
Chelsea star Pedro could come to the MLS this summer with Inter Miami and LA Galaxy circles
The Spaniard can hardly be seen by Frank Lampard & # 39; s side this season, staying on the couch
The Spaniard make to be part of some of the biggest teams ever at the No u Camp during his seven-year stint for the first team and to win the Champions League three times.
He is loved in Catalonia after rising through his youth, but going back to the fold of La Liga seems unlikely – with brand reporting that the MLS seems more likely destination.
Inter Miami would like to land the 32-year-old as they prepare for their first season since forming, where LA Galaxy is also interested.
Pedro hoped for a return to boy's club Barcelona, but that seems unlikely
He still has a lot of quality and shows his familiar scorching pace and lightning-fast decision-making at the few times that he has stepped out of the shadow of Chrisian Pulisic and Willian this season.
He has won everything that can be won in football, and 321 games for Barcelona and 193 games for Chelsea, he has built an unparalleled experience.
Miami has already taken on their first coach, former Monterrey manager Diego Alonso, and are now building their team.
David Beckham & # 39; s Inter Miami build their team for their first season and are interested
Giannis Antetokounmpo helped Milwaukee Bucks to an emphatic 117-89 win the Indiana Pacers – then gave an early Christmas to one of his fans.
The NBA star handed his shoes to the lucky supporter after the game and invited her to the field to pose for photos.
The girl was clearly overwhelmed by emotion when she held the huge boot in size 16 in her arms.
Giannis Antetokounmpo gave young fan an early Christmas gift by handing over his shoes
The supporter covers her eyes while her guardian holds the shoes after the game
Antetokounmpo also enjoyed a ges layered night on the field and added 18 poi nts, 19 rebounds and nine helping his side won the victory against former teammate Malcolm Brogdon.
& # 39; Lucky for him, & # 39; said Antetokounmpo about Brogdon. & # 39; We had the chance to talk a little before the game. Keep getting better, man.
Wesley Matthews scored 19 points for NBA-leading Milwaukee, who has now won three in a row since a 120-116 loss before Dallas stopped an 18-game win series.
The girl could not hide her shock because the current MVP after the game approached
Antetokounmpo was widely praised for his actions in surprising of the young audience member
Brogdon was drafted by Milwaukee and spent his first three seasons with the Bucks before being taken over by Indiana in a sign-and-trade deal in the summer. He was welcomed back with cheers and a tribute video and finished with 10 points on 5-of-19 shots and 10 assists
& # 39; It was great to be back in Fiserv (Forum) & # 39 said Brogdon. & # 39; These fans have been great to me. They were great for me tonight. They have been great to be the last three years. Simply incredibly grateful for them. & # 39;
Antetokounmpo contributed 18 points, 19 rebounds and nine assists to Milwaukee Bucks won
The 6-foot-5 Brogdon was elected in 2017 to NBA Rookie of the year. He became the eighth member of the 50-40-90 club of the competition last season (shoots at least 50% from the field, 40% from 3-point range and 90% from the free-throw line)
& # 39; I would have loved (continuing) to play for this team if they had wanted me, if they had appreciated me as the Pacers I appreciated, & Brogdon said before the game.
Brogdon scored his first points on a layout with 10:28 to play in the second quarter, giving the Pacers a 26-24 lead. Donte DiVincenzo made a layout to give Milwaukee a 56-55 lead with 53 seconds to go in the first half, and the Bucks never followed again.
Milwaukee defeated Indiana 58-34 in the second half and had a 48-34 advantage in points in the paint.
On his return to Milwaukee, Malcolm Brogdon could not prevent Indiana Pacers
from really losing their lives best to let you collapse in the paint so hard to get some of those floaters and medium-range shots up, & # 39; Pacers said ahead of Doug McDermott. & # 39; So it was a bit of an adjustment. You have to hit three if you want to beat these guys and we haven't hit enough. & # 39;
Sabonis Domants had 19 points and 18 rebounds for Indiana, and McDermott finished with 15 points.
The Pacers shot 12 for 40 from a 3-point range. De Bucks made 15 3-pointers, including five in the fourth.
& # 39; I felt we could make plays, & # 39; said Antetokounmpo. "Once you see someone come in and someone makes a piece for the man next to him, it makes the game a lot easier and gives everyone momentum."
Brook Lopez and George Hill each had 17 points for the Bucks. Hill scores an average of 16 points from the bench during the last three games.
& # 39; I think we would probably be in a hole without him & # 39 ;, said Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer about Hill. & # 39; He bore us in half. He does it every night. & # 39;
When it comes to the problems that Everton drag into an unthinkable relegation battle, the execution of Marco Silva was just the tip of the iceberg.
The ax finally fell on the Portuguese on Thursday evening, but in the way this was a fierce reaction to the thump of the previous evening on Anfield.
It was a decision that had been coming on and off for ten months, with Silva staggering the edge of the bag more than once because of the wildly inconsistent shape and results on his part.
Everton manager Marco Silva was fired Thursday with the club in 18th place
Silva was a good man. A man who did his best and managed to get some promising impressions from his players at the beginning and the end of last season.
The problem was what came between those periods and what we've seen for most of the current campaign – largely lifeless executions, without attack power and full of defensive errors. Not a good mix for any side, especially with high ambitions such as Everton.
This was the season in which Farhad Moshiri's ambitious plan finally got back on track after three and a half years of mistakes and false dawn.
The Iranian billionaire arrived in Goodison Park in 2016 with a dream to bring the club back to the Champions League and build a stunning new £ 500 million home on the River Mersey. Only half of his plan seems to come true.
It was hoped that Silva would be the man to build the team – with the help of football director Marcel Brands – to crack the established order of the Premier League and break the trend of short-term appointments.
Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce lasted just over two years between them with Moshiri in charge, and there was a real desire, both among the leaders and the fans, to see that Silva and his staff succeed where those before them did not have.
Everton Ahead Richarlison looks dejected after it suffered a 2-0 defeat by Norwich last month
There were reservations about his lack of experience in England, which led to a ultimately failed relegation battle with Hull and a few up and down months at Watford, but his personality and style of football were a big improvement. on his predecessor Big Sam.
He was not a manager who focused his words on supporters, or someone who could attract the very best players with his reputation, but the first few months of his reign suggested that he could linger longer than the three men for him.
Then Jordan Pickford made that mistake at Anfield, allowing Divock Originated to score a 96th minute winner, and all confidence seemed to run away from a team looking for a return to Europe.
Silva was lucky enough to keep his job in the miserable period that followed, but another loss in Anfield – this time on 5-2 thrashing on Wednesday night – made Moshiri, Brands and the Everton the last straw plate.
Confidence reduced after Jordan Pickford's goal was donated to Liverpool & # 39; s Divock Origi last season
The former boss of Sporting Lisbon had looked like a dead man who had been walking since a terrible 2-0 home defeat against when bottoming out Norwich last month. It was, simply put, one of the worst performances I can ever remember in Goodison – and there have been a few over the years.
Silva & # 39; s problems, however, went far beyond a single result. The defense of his team – especially from set pieces – had always been messy, while Michael Keane and Co were constantly caught against Liverpool by long balls.
The Portuguese also struggled to get the best out of its attacking players, with Everton's attackers often appear mindless when they are somewhere near the opposition's 18-yard box.
Silva had bad luck this season with VAR decisions and injuries and missed at least a few players, namely Abdoulaye Doucoure and Mario Mandzukic, whom he wanted to add to his team last summer.
Silva looked like a dead man who has been walking through the Canary Islands since a terrible 2- 0 home defeat
But no matter how you look at it, the talent in the Toffees team should have been enough to keep the club free from the relegation zone. Instead, we are 18th Saturday after 15 games.
He had failed to find a system to get the best out of what he had available and continued to exist with out-of-shape stars such as Gylfi Sigurdsson and Morgan Schneiderlin for too long There are many questions about his ability to motivate and effectively drill his players.
The players also retain a hefty debt, including Keane, Seamus Coleman and Pickford, among those who have performed less well this season. The rest of them has not been much better either.
But if someone behind the scenes at Goodison thinks that a new manager is all it takes to get the club out of its current malaise and to get it back to where it is, they are seriously mistaken.
This was supposed to be the season to be in which Farhad Moshiri's ambitious plan finally got back on track
Everton's problems are deep, with confusion about policy transfer and who really makes the biggest decisions:
Now the front runners for the task seem to be Shanghai SIPG boss Vitor Pereira, who was interviewed by Moshiri five years before Brands arrived on Merseyside, and Carlo Ancelotti, a manager more associated with managing superstars then turn over a club that threatens to drop a division.
David Moyes is also waiting in the wings for a return, in case President Bill Kenwright manages to make his voice heard.
Everton became 5-5 on Wednesday 2 beaten by Liverpool, but Silva & # 39; s resignation was imminent
The philosophies and ideas of those three all differ greatly, indicating a confused mindset among Everton's decision makers. It has been the case for more than three years now.
Koeman, Allardyce and Silva all had different ways of playing and wanted to buy different types of players to suit their style, just like former football director Steve Walsh, and the man who now has the final say on transfers, Brands.
It has meant that despite an incredible amount of money – about £ 400 million since 2016 – Moshiri has an unbalanced team with huge earners. Losing flops such as Yannick Bolasie, Omar Niasse and Sandro Ramirez has proved extremely difficult.
The new man in charge comes in with his own plans and transfer goals and the buying cycle, loaned out, selling at great loss, threatens to continue.
Everton has wasted huge amounts of money under the unfortunate Walsh, and although Brands' transfer activities have looked more sensitive, the club cannot afford to keep throwing money down, considering the FFP rules and their limited income from sponsorship and advertising activities.
It is time for Toffees director of football Marcel Brands (right) to deliver and deliver this time
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Moshiri cannot afford to miss his next appointment either, since he was the driving force behind the recruitment of both Koeman and Silva. He will have spent nearly £ 40 million paying compensation to redundant managers when he receives his pay-off.
It is time for Brands, because the only person with any real football to accumulate on the board of Everton and release this time, even if it means that he puts his foot down against Moshiri, who is known as both impulsive as stubborn.
He must decide what Everton wants to be, how they want to play and who is the right man to implement that vision. It is simply the most important managerial appointment of the club in a generation.
Plans for the club's new stadium are on schedule, but the project is not feasible if the team plays in the championship instead of the Champions League.
Get this decision wrong and fail to solve the multitude of problems at management level, and that is a scary but very real proposition.
It was the Old Trafford Manchester derby last April that provided proof, if necessary, that the stadium they like & # 39; the & # 39; Theater of Dreams is worn out, unloved and completely outdated.
Rain poured in flowing currents through the roof and on the seats for the kick-off. This was such an obvious metaphor for the structural defects of the Manchester United team, which lost 2-0 that the leaks were prominent in competition reports.
Nothing seems to have changed since then. The seats are soaked again this season.
Rain poured in torrents through the roof and on the seats for Manchester derby in 2017
In a career as a mining engineer with precision and care, 80-year-old John Whale had expected better from his beloved club. Images of the man who left for Old Trafford for the December 2017 derby – immaculate cream-colored jacket and pressed shirt – suggest a person for whom attention to detail was important.
But the outdated, narrow contours around the bottom of the stadium and the grim toilets were only part of the world of penny-pinching to which he would be subjected.
United is also one of many clubs that have high costs, reducing their spending on Greater Manchester Police so much that nowadays not even patrol officers Sir Matt Busby Way, who runs next to the stadium,
United managers did not foresee that this would happen. It was a belief article for Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson that Old Trafford would be the best football theater in the country.
The cash machine keeps calling for the owners Avi Glazer, left , and his brother Joel Glazer
Busby recalls Sir Matt's mission to build it, while Sir Alex often spoke about the need for architectural balance. As one grandstand was built, the others should follow.
But the stadium has not changed since the work on two quadrants began in 2005-06.
The club has outgrown the brick dugouts that Ferguson has sanctioned so that some of the coaching staff are now among the fans in adjacent seats.
It is the way other aspiration clubs leave United so far behind, making this a painful source of discussion for supporters desperately seeking some signs of dynamism amid club record revenues of £ 627.1 million this year.
United fans have long criticized the business transactions of the American club owners
Tottenham have raised the bar, of course, and Arsenal before them, while the Commonwealth and Olympic stadiums gifted to Manchester City and West Ham also show that modern modernity looks like.
There is a majesty about the way Barcelona embraces a beautiful shell around the Nou Camp, the new without leaving the old behind.
Private indicates United that the costs of developing and expanding their old, untouched South Stand to create a 90,000 stadium are not feasible and impossible within the financial model on which the Glazers leveraged their £ 790m acquisition closed in 2005.
Some sources estimate the cost of developing the stand at £ 200m. It is a diabolical logistical mystery – which entails an expansion on and over the adjacent railway line.
United would also need an alternative stadium while working, although Spurs did not find the Wembley-type option.
Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson wanted the best football theater for their players
Some with a great deal of knowledge of the United deliberations say that building a new stadium on land adjacent to Old Trafford has been proposed as financially more feasible. That would be an anathema for millions of fans.
Those same supporters will argue that money should not be an object for a club of commercial power, which should represent a long-term future in which they set the architectural, digital and entertainment standard.
But this anachronistic, outdated club does not seem to have such a vision. The cash machine keeps ringing for the Glazers, the business partners remain silent, but the owners are wary of spending.
Sources have indicated that an unexpected level of transfer and labor costs in recent years has made redevelopment less viable
No one needs to be reminded that Liverpool has shown the way. Faced with a difficult logistical problem of their own, they extended Anfield's main grandstand upwards and are now in possession of a beautiful, light-hearted structure for watching football.
Old Trafford has not changed since work started on two quadrants nearly 14 years ago
Of course the family of John Whale will have a special desire for a modern Old Trafford. They just wanted a stadium where their husband and father, who retired after a long career, could go to safety. If there is anything that the public can take away from the tragedy, it is their right to tell stewards to block their exit.
The details of Mr. Whale's trial – stewards watching the game instead of doing their job, a lack of stewardship regulations, no post-death accident report – are a scandal. There would be no secrecy about it in the days when the court press banks of coroners were full. Local reports would have made immediate demands to know what the club was planning to do.
Instead, an investigation was started to uncover this tragedy and last night there had been no word of public apology at the Whale Family for what they experienced. Simply & # 39; condolences & # 39 ;.
United has blessed the past six years in the glory of Ferguson's success, although it was stone and death and was often meant in discussing complacency, which he detested.
& # 39; I always tried to remove the least trace of it, & he said. "It's like dry rot or woodworm. You only notice the damage if it is too late. & # 39;
& # 39; Do you play a man with one club or win trophies? & # 39; he asked for the kick-off. & # 39; Harry Kane is probably thinking about it and those questions need to be answered quickly. He is 26 and you only have a small opportunity window. They come and go very quickly. & # 39;
It paid off. Ferdinand won six Premier League titles and the Champions League at Old Trafford. Leeds fell through two divisions.
They remained a large club even in the championship, but Ferdinand knew that Manchester United was even bigger. Just as Wayne Rooney chose them over Everton, and Robin van Persie chose them over Arsenal. In the time of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United was able to take players from some of the major clubs in the area because their potential was just huge.
& # 39; I thought I had a better chance elsewhere, & # 39; Ferdinand explained. & # 39; I made a very quick decision to win trophies. & # 39; But if Kane thought the same thing, where would he go now? Manchester United
Unlikely. An ambitious player who wants a trophy cupboard like that of Ferdinand would not put his career in the hands of United at the moment.
Times are changing. There have been times in history that Everton, Leeds, Arsenal and even Tottenham were considered the best destination. However, that certainty can be given up quickly, and it is quickly lost by United. Kane would not follow Ferdinand if his ambition was to win trophies in English football. They have no greater chance of success than his current club. Indeed, it seems that players are starting to see United as Ferdinand Leeds did.
Paul Pogba spent most of the summer restless for a way out. And while it is easy to blame his agent, Mino Raiola, would that have happened if United had still taken his position at the height of English football?
Ferdinand took a Similar decision to leave a club that promised a lot but failed
This summer. United invested in young British players, Daniel James, Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Continue like this, especially if the rebuilding of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the three-year project that many believe, and how long before they feel like Ferdinand in 2002? That best chance to achieve ambition is somewhere else?
Take James. As a Swansea player, how could he resist last summer? He almost signed for Leeds in the championship in January, so Old Trafford represented the chance of his young life.
Maybe it's still. It can be anything he dreams of, if he can be patient and Solskjaer is the manager to restore the greatness of United. But again, how long does he wait? As Ferdinand says, career opportunities are volatile. What if, at the end of all that serenity, United is still just another Everton, Leeds or Arsenal – a big club but not a successful one?
James is 22 next month so, could be argued, has enough time. Yet Raheem Sterling, another player who also showed enormous potential at a young age, was only 20 when he decided that Liverpool would not compete quickly with Manchester City.
But if Kane thought the same thing, where would he go now? Manchester United?
Career movements often take place on hunches. N & # 39; Golo Kante thought Leicester could never replicate their title success and left for Chelsea. Christian Eriksen would have dumped Tottenham this summer if he could.
Almost a quarter of a century before they won their first Premier League title, Manchester United was just another football club. They could always attract players because they had cachet and wealth, and that will never change, but they were not necessarily where players with a burning ambition went.
Kenny Dalglish for example, or John Barnes, or Peter Beardsley
Solskjaer's summer signings fit in well, but James is the outbreaker because many saw him as one for the future, a player which it was hoped would later mature in the Premier League. Instead, he immediately impressed and made comparisons with the teenager Ryan Giggs.
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba spent the biggest part of the summer restless for a way out
He may not have had that opportunity in Manchester City or Liverpool, but that also says something about the status of United. And a player younger than James has already won the Champions League with Liverpool. Trent Alexander-Arnold is 20. Ferdinand was 23 when he decided he could no longer wait in Leeds.
Now that we are looking at the United Kingdom, it is hard to see how Solskjaer can reform them to compete for the title even in 12. months time. And what if he is not the one? Then the process starts again, with a different coach and a different philosophy.
There is no guarantee that it will be Mauricio Pochettino. United could throw the dice again.
AC Milan did not think that a title from 2011 would be their last. The same with United in 2013. Large clubs can shrink very quickly in the modern game. James, Maguire and Wan-Bissaka come to Old Trafford for the same reasons as Rooney, Ferdinand and Van Persie, but that journey is no longer guaranteed.
If Kane wants to win trophies, Ferdinand is different from staying where he is.
James came to United for the same reasons as many, but that journey is no longer guaranteed
Compromised BBC must do better
In the light of the verdict of Alberto Salazar, few are as bad as Barbara Slater, head of BBC Sport .
It was a brilliant BBC Panorama investigation that greatly helped the fall of Salazar, but Slater has consistently given her employees airtime to denounce it as a witch hunt, the sentence used by Steve Cram, hopelessly compromised as ambassador for Nike for Nike.
Paula Radcliffe is sponsored by Nike and her husband, Gary Lough, is the coach of Mo Farah. However, this conflict was not even mentioned, because it stated about the costs and the duration of the investigation by the American anti-doping authority.
Slater should be able to find better, independent voices. And if she can't do that, the BBC has to find someone who can.
Few have come so badly from the verdict of Alberto Salazar as BBC Sports Head Barbara Slater
Fabianski blows so expensive
That Lukasz Fabianski could be out until January could cause a roadblock in the West Ham season.
Fabianski is the best they've had since Phil Parkes, who was the most expensive goalkeeper when he signed with QPR in 1979. Fabianski is even better. He has become an exceptionally accomplished and commander figure, and was equally excellent in Swansea, despite relegation in his last season.
Last year he made more saves than any keeper in the league. Adrian was his very capable substitute, but he left for Liverpool this season and the jury is on Roberto, the husband of Manuel Pellegrini. He was poor in Oxford in a 4-0 defeat and unconvincing in Bournemouth when Fabianski went off.
A slow-motion replay of one save – a powerful shot, but straight at him – showed that Roberto had not tried to capture, or even parry, but crossed his hands to protect his face. He will need a clear improvement if he wants to send West Ham to New Year, still in conflict with Europe. The ability to ride injuries to key players is what keeps the elite in place.
That Lukasz Fabianski might come out until January West Ham & # 39; s season
Empty seats in Doha speak the loudest
Qatar has no love for athletics, no sense of athletics and has no interest in using the sport as something that goes beyond a soft power play on the world stage. There is absolutely no reason for the IAAF World Championships to be beyond the obvious. And clearly, great athletes like Dina Asher-Smith more than the echo of footsteps in an empty stadium.
Yet as a metaphor for a sport in crisis, and the reasons why, it's perfect. Indeed, it would be a heart of stone not to laugh at Lord Coe, reduced to choosing a fight with Gabby Logan to justify a decision that is so overly rude and wrong that his foolishness is becoming daily all over the world broadcast.
Currently, commentators no longer have to denounce Coe and his allies about this. A simple panoramic image of the empty seats says more than words.
The World Athletics Championships are plagued by a bad atmosphere and presence
Emery has no captain , so he had to choose 5!
Granit Xhaka wasted his team on his captaincy skills: a dive under Scott McTominay's shot when Manchester United took the lead on Monday against Arsenal.
But as soon as Unai Emery announced that the club had a captaincy group of five, it was clear that there was a problem. Armor required in the surf of leaders when Tony Adams had the bracelet, or Patrick Vieira. Chelsea didn't need anyone outside of John Terry and Manchester United looked no further than Bryan Robson or Roy Keane.
A long list is not a sign of strength. Emery has no captains; that's why he found it so hard to choose one.
Unai Emery has a group of five captains announced, but the Arsenal boss has no real leaders
Give fans reason to cheer, Pep
A frequently heard complaint from Pep Guardiola is that Manchester City has the support of their fans in Europe. This is not true. City may not be completely sold out at home, but far from alone.
Likewise, resentment against UEFA is part of the identity of the City fans – but that doesn't mean the place won't go wild for a win.
The drama of their last-minute-defused goal against Tottenham last season was the juxtaposition of extremes, elation, and deflation. Precisely because the roof came from the place, the VAR intervention was so amazing. City fans were certainly not muted when they thought Raheem Sterling had won the final kick.
Last year City was played by Liverpool in Anfield, which again is hardly the fault of the fans. The fact that the national anthem of the Champions League gets a footwear does not mean that the locals don't care. There is a difference between a healthy contempt for UEFA and the team selling short.
Group campaigns are a procession for City now UEFA's seeding at final rewards title winners. The actual tournament starts in the knockout phase, where the recent record of Guardiola is eliminated by the first good team he plays. If he gives the fans something to shout about, he finds them anything but non-appreciative.
A complaint from Pep Guardiola is that Man City received no support from their fans in Europe
Cardiff has dressed it up in many ways, from a simple search for clarity to a big ethical crusade, but withholding the transfer fee for Emiliano Room always seemed to be little save more than £ 15 million.
The fact that they were ordered by FIFA to pay Nantes the first installment of £ 5.3 million suggests that Cardiff will be liable for the full amount over time. So now there is a challenge to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and more cool hassle.
FIFA believes the deal was closed and Sala was Cardiff & # 39; s responsibility at the time of his death. That should be the end of this tragic affair, but what will follow next is depressingly predictable. Here is little to constructive, assuming Cardiff will continue to follow the same, sorry path to his bitter end.
World Cup in China? Well, money talks
The World Cup centenary in 2030 should return to South America where it started, but this seems increasingly unlikely.
A British and Irish joint bid is being prepared, as a nod to the origins of the sport – even if these islands were very late for the FIFA party – and yet higher FIFA managers are increasingly open for a World Cup in China.
Would you like to change the rules for tournament rotation, because Asia will act through Qatar in 2022 and face an authoritarian government – but when did that bother them? So China will certainly be.
FIFA will dress this up as bringing the tournament to a new region, you know, for the good of the game, but we understand the true motivation. A friend who keeps a close eye on the TV rights world cup that China predicted years ago. Just follow the money, he says. He is rarely wrong in that regard.
The centenary World Cup in 2030 should return to South America , but this seems unlikely
Daley Thompson, who is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his Olympic decathlon gold next year, is one of the most outspoken critics of London's legacy in 2012.
& # 39; We have not made the best of it & # 39 ;, he says. & # 39; Instead of saying we should have the most beautiful stadiums, we should have asked how we could influence the roots. & # 39;
But politicians also want inheritance. No one will remember a thousand valuable but small contributions about the basics of sport when they can watch a beautiful new stadium.
That is why the prime minister is big in building bridges – the literal, not the metaphorical. What remains of London is a monument to the egos of Ken Livingstone, Lord Coe and Tessa Jowell. Enjoy.
Published: 09:19 BST , October 2, 2019 Updated: 09:48 BST, October 2, 2019
It has been suggested that you will be hit by a meteorite rather than making it as a professional soccer player, but while the proverbial door slams in the face of many children chasing their dreams, it turns out that exactly what Victor Osimhen needed.
& # 39; I was not really for someone in particular, but when [John] Terry missed his punishment … I was so annoyed that I ran out of the bar.
Lille ahead Victor Osimhen prepares for Chelsea in the Champions League this week
OSIMHEN & # 39; S 2019-20 STATS
Goals: ] 6
Yellow cards: 1
& # 39; A lady simultaneously opened the door. Smash! I took it right in my face, I bled a lot
& # 39; My eyelid was split open … (laughs). I said to myself when they attached: & # 39; If I don't become a professional football player with the passion I have for this game, I will never forgive myself … & # 39; The road has been long. & # 39;
The idea that you're most likely to be hit by a meteorite than making it as a professional football player comes from a book written by Michael Calvin called & # 39; No Hunger In Paradise: The Players . The journey The Dream & # 39 ;, which looks at the number of young people in England that would probably go pro.
But Osimhen did not grow up in England with academies with four soccer fields, dozens of youth coaches, sports sciences and dentist centers.
The 20-year-old was born in Nigeria, where he sold bottled water in the middle of the busy streets of Lagos at a young age, while his brother distributed sports newspapers and his sister traded oranges so that they had enough money on the table to to survive.
Osimhen was so angry that John Terry missed a punishment in 2008 inspired him to go pro
The mother of the Lille forward died when he was very young and his father lost his job just a few months after her death so that Osimhen and his brothers and sisters had to take care of the family.
In his free time, the striker scrambled over open dumps for shoes to play football.
& # 39; Sometimes you see that you had a Nike on the right foot and then you went looking for the other foot. And finally you will find the left foot and it is a Reebok! My sister patched everything up and it was good, "It was survival, Osimhen told France Football.
Osimhen grew up at a lake-based academy called the Ultimate Strikers. It was here where he got people's attention
He was called by Nigeria for the Under-17 World Cup in 2015, where he scored 10 times to lead his country to a record fifth title.
Osimhen grew up selling bottles of water to provide money for his family
Osimhen & # 39; s performances did not go unnoticed and Bundesliga side Wolfsburg promised to sign him up just after he turned 17.
His promise did not seem to materialize, however. He failed to score in one of his 16 appearances with Wolfsburg during his first season.
Osimhen & # 39; s first campaign ended with a shoulder operation before he had summer trials with Belgian clubs Zulte Waregem and Club Brugge while looking for loan moves.
But the then 18-year-old was hit by malaria and it affected his physical condition that impeded his chances of securing a move and prevented the two Belgian clubs from signing him.
Osimhen's dream was about to come to the rescue of another Belgian side, Charleroi, that summer and to offer him a seasonal contract.
Osimhen is now one of the most popular young prospects in Europe in Europe after his good start in Ligue 1
This was the breakthrough Osimhen craved, and he seized the opportunity with both hands – scored 20 goals and set four for his teammates in all competitions.
This warned Bel 1 side Lille, who was about to lose the talisman Nicolas Pepe to Arsenal.
The manager of the French outfit, Christophe Galtier, found what he saw in Osimhen and signed the attacker for £ 10.6 million in the summer.
That brings us to today, where Osimhen is now one of the hottest young prospects in Europe.
He scored six in his first eight league games, making him the fastest that Lille signed to reach that number in more than 50 years – faster than the former Chelsea star and now Real Madrid Galactico, Eden Hazard .
Next for Osimhen is the former side of Hazard on Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. That is a world away from selling bottled water in Lagos.
Osimhen from Nigeria poses with starting the golden boot during the FIFA U-17 Men's World Cup in 2015