& # 39; It's a great club to be with & # 39 ;: England winger Elliot Daly swears to stay with Saracens despite threatened relegation after breaking the salary limit
- The 27-year-old winger insists he has no regrets about participating in Saracens
- Saracens have been found guilty of breaking the salary limit on the eve of his debut
- The ruling Premiership championships will be relegated at the end of the season
Elliot Daly insists he doesn't regret are joining Saracens and has no plans to run away when they are relegated.
The English winger joined Wasps last summer and the club was found guilty of breaking the salary limit on the eve of his debut.
Asked if he is planning to stay, Daly said: & yes, I think so. I still have a contract. I'm just thinking about the next few games with England and when I come back I'll start talking about next year.
It's coming, but we have the rest of the season to figure it out.
& # 39; I don't regret what I did. The way we train, the players there, the coaching staff, it's a great club to be with. & # 39;
While Saracens are hopeful to hold their household lion stars, a number of marginal internationals are ready to leave
The club has subsequently issued a recruitment mandate for squadrones worth £ 50,000 to £ 80,000 per season. Gloucester pair Simon Linsell and Stephen Varney are on a shortlist.
Meanwhile, the British and Irish lions from Warren Gatland are talking to the barbarians, Japan, and New Zealand Maori about a warm-up before the next
Frederic Guilbert is one of eight Aston Villa players who have already tasted relegation, but the defender insists that there will be no tears this season
- Frederic Guilbert was relegated with French side Caen last season
- He joins seven other Aston Villa players who have experienced relegation
- But the defender believes that Villa the necessary & # 39; weapons & # 39; has remained
Aston Villa fans can be alarmed about the number of players who already have relegation on their resume, but defend Frederic Guilbert insists that there are no more tears this season.
Eight Dean Smith players have been trapped at eight different clubs – including Guilbert whose French club Caen fell last season before he signed for Villa.
& # 39; It is true that I cried. We had the chance to survive on the last day, so it was heartbreaking that I hadn't had a club that I loved in Ligue 1 & # 39 ;, the 25-year-old defender admits.
& # 39; Fighting the degegation is a bit similar this season, but I think we have a much tighter and mentally stronger team to resist. I think we have all the weapons we need to stay in the Premier League. & # 39;
Villa, who is confronted with Spurs on Sunday, could view the unfortunate history of their players in two ways. The experience can make them conflict or leave scars in the coming weeks.
Ahmed Elmohamady has been relegated twice from the Premier League with Hull and skipper Jack Grealish is the last survivor of Villa & # 39; s own relegation season in 2016.
Wounded goalkeeper Tom Heaton went down with Burnley and a similar fate has hit Neil Taylor (Wrexham), John McGinn (St. Mirren), Guilbert and Douglas Luiz, whose Spanish side Girona fell out of La Liga last season.
Ezri Konsa was also in Charlton's books when they were relegated from the championship.
Guilbert impressed as a regular in his first season in England and scored an important goal against Leicester who helped Villa reach the Carabao Cup final.
Once covered by France under 21, he did not give up representing senior world champions, but his immediate priority is to take revenge on Spurs who defeated Villa 3-1 on White Hart Lane on opening day. with two Harry Kane goals in the last five minutes.
& # 39; Spurs are a large team with great players. But we have seen that everyone can beat everyone in this competition. So we are ready to play.
& # 39; Playing for Aston Villa is extraordinary with the stadium, the atmosphere and everything. It is special. Of course I had the sea in Caen and live in Birmingham, there is no sun! So from that side it is difficult.
& # 39; The English game is strongly based on the transition between defense and attack. And it is much faster and more intense than France. Maybe that style suits me a bit more. & # 39;
Islam Slimani & # 39; rejected Aston Villa January move because Leicester striker did not want to be in a relegation fight & # 39;
- Aston Villa wanted to loan Leicester striker Islam Slimani in January
- According to reports, Slimani only wanted to become a member of a large English club
- The 31-year-old Algerian international is currently on loan to Ligue 1 side Monaco
Aston Villa may have signed a striker in the transfer window in January, but they were thwarted in their attempt to add another because of their precarious league position.
According to the Express Villa wanted to [LeMesterLeicesterCity Islam Slimani on loan until the end of the season.
However, they report that Algeria international only wanted to return to the Premier League when a big club came to him instead of one fighting relegation.
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The 31-year-old was associated last month with relocations to Manchester United and Tottenham, but neither has taken place.
Slimani is currently on loan to Ligue 1 in Monaco and has scored eight goals in 15 league games so far for them.
Villa was looking to strengthen their front ranks in the light of Wesley & # 39; s seasonal knee injury against Burnley on New Year's Day.
Dean Smith managed to complete the signing of £ 10 million from striker Mbwana Samatta from Genk last month.
The 27-year-old opened his Villa account in their 2-1 Premier League defeat in Bournemouth on February.
Villa, 17th in the Premier League and one point above the drop zone, hosts Tottenham on Sunday afternoon.
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Brighton : Ryan, Duffy, Dunk, Burn (Maupay 57), Schelotto (Jahanbakhsh 73), Propper, Mooy, March, Gross (Alzate 61), Murray, Trossard
Subs : Webster, Button, Bernardo, Connolly
Targets : Mariappa's own goal 78
Booked : Schelotto
Watford: Foster, Mariappa, Kabasele, Cathcart, Masina, Doucoure, Capoue, Pereyra (Pussetto 82), Hughes, Deulofeu (Welbeck 86), Deeney
Subs : Gomes, Dawson, Welbeck, Chalobah, Gray, Holebas,
Targets : Doucoure 19
Posted : Hughes, Mariappa
Referee : Kevin Friend
West Ham is confronted – famously known as the club that won England their only World Cup in 1966 – found himself again at the wrong end of the table after a series of bad results.
But where does everything go wrong at the London Stadium and what causes the fans' rebellion against the club's current ownership? Here, Sportsmail takes a look at heavy criticism that the West Ham hierarchy faces.
SULLIVAN AND GOLD LOST THEIR SHINE
In January 2010, David Sullivan and David Gold acquired a 50 percent stake in West Ham, making them generally operational and commercial control.
At that time, the Hammers were dangerously above the drop zone in the 17th after 20 games played, in uncertain times for the club before the takeover. They finally defeated the decline in that season before relegation to the championship was confirmed in the 2010-11 campaign.
Returning to the top flight, the hammers are in their last seven times sixth 10th or lower seasons but did enjoy a short campaign in the Europa League after seventh place in the 2015-16 season.
Now, a decade after the takeover by Gold and Sullivan, it seems that they are back at the end. West Ham is currently in relegation places a month in the new year.
While many optimistically expect West Ham to fight its way out of trouble, others point out that they should not be there in the first place
An argument can be made that money has been invested by Gold and Sullivan during their tenure as club owners, while others will counter that by claiming that they cannot prove anything for that investment.
And these ears aren't new songs either.
The duo received fierce protests from fans at a home game in When Burnley came to town in 2018, various pitch invasions and objects were thrown into the director's box at London Stadium.
Almost two years later, fans continue to protest in an attempt to make their voice heard.
MOYES DON'T GO TO PLAN
The arrival of Premier League-winning manager Manuel Pellegrini seemed to elevate West Ham and showed that the club had an ambitious plan for the future.
It was not entirely successful and after 64 games that were responsible for the club, the Chilean was released from his position earlier this season.
The man who succeeded Pellegrini, David Moyes, was brought back to send the ship to safer shores – but it just didn't click on him.
Moyes left quickly and won his first two games before losing four of his next six games and being dumped out of the FA Cup.
It is frustrating for a fanbase that the Scot win rate of only 28 as Hammers-boss and h has criticized is confusing tactics which the club dropped even more points on Saturday.
West Ham led home comfortably this weekend 3-1 from Brighton before sending two goals late – an expensive foul attributed to Moyes.
One fan on Twitter insisted: can't defend a 3-1 lead you deserve to go down. Moyes does not improve us defensively, so what is he for? & # 39;
Others regretted his negative tactics while the Hammers cushioned a comfortable two-goal cushion.
& # 39; I see that West Ham had 3-1 yesterday with 15 minutes to go when Moyes decided to take out his attacker for a defender and five went after. They drew 3-3, & another 39 tweeted.
It is clear to see that Moyes is dealing with a team with little morality and low self-confidence, but it is difficult how he can turn the season around with how things are going.
With 13 games to play, it is no wonder that West Ham supporters are pessimistic when we enter the business end of the campaign.
It's grim reading when you watch the club's upcoming matches – with Moyes facing Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea in his next seven games.
Throw into clashes against in-shape Southampton and Wolves along with a London derby against Arsenal and you struggle to see where they will pick up the points.
One fan could not compare the current state of the club with which season seen earlier by saying: & # 39; West Ham fans have seen teams struggle several times over the past 30 years, but this feels different . Is that just me who thinks so? This feels like the worst period I have followed the club. & # 39;
GOLD UNDER FIRE FOR & # 39; LACK OF LAW & # 39;
Gold received criticism this week when it appeared that it seemed to like a & # 39; some idiots from fans & # 39; na & # 39; mentioned Jarrod Bowen securing on Deadline Day.
The tweet of a Hammer who supported the Gold and Sullivan regime was: & # 39; Well done for the three David's. Funny how the idiot contingent has become silent tonight and again in a very competitive market the board has spent a lot.
& # 39; Any signing that looks at the online poison of a dirty minority would stay away. & # 39;
This led one of the club's largest independent supporters' associations to attack gold for firing the fire, especially at a time when large parts of West Ham support have recently protested and are planning keep doing this.
THERE IS NO PLACE AS HOME
The romanticized move from Upton Park to the Olympic Stadium promised to take the club to the next level.
Higher attendance meant more commercial income and would In turn, generate more money for the club.
Although that may have been a major selling point for the move, it just didn't work out in the four years they have been at London Stadium.
The 60,000 seats were specially built for the 2012 Olympic Games – worth a fact because fans are no longer connected to what they should call home.
One fan reveals how a day at the London Stadium & # 39; soulless & # 39; and that the lack of program vendors, stalls and merchandise stands leaves the attendees
They explain: & # 39; It's a home game, but it feels like an off-day, no matter how many times you've done it. & # 39;
The stadium is just another aspect that makes fans feel hurt about what has happened in the last decade and now, the bubble is starting to burst.
PRISONED IN A MEDIA STORM  ] Consultation on relegation has been a sensitive topic for Gold and Sullivan, who have entered into a legal dispute with Sky Sports as revealed by Sportsmail's Matt Hughes last Thursday.
Sportsmail & # 39; s Mike Keegan explained Sunday in his Sports Agenda column how a senior national newspaper football correspondent was banned to beat West Ham matches after his criticism on Sunday supplement .
Keegan revealed that the Hammers' legal representatives had a bizarre debate about what & # 39; relegation combat & # 39; is, where the club's lawyers dispute that they have fought the decline over the past three seasons.
played Sky Sports were forced to deliver an astonishing apology to Gold and Sullivan for & # 39; factual inaccuracies & # 39; just a week later.
] Journalists' criticism of Sunday Supplement initially received applause from fans online before it was briefly followed by confusion as to why Sky Sports would apologize for a matter of opinion.
Although the argument can be made that Gold and Sullivan have put money into the club, a counterpoint that it was not spent wisely is more than justified.
The sad defense of West Ham could cost them dear in the battle for the survival of the Premier League … but Brighton shows real fight
- West Ham gave a lead at home of two goals to Brighton while the parties drew 3-3
- The Hammers' defensive problems could cost them their place in the top flight
- The east side of London was miserably at the back of their draw against Brighton
- However, the David Moyes team has shown that they can offer an attacking threat
- Meanwhile, Brighton showed that they have the qualities to beat the drop this season
Everything had run out at one end of the field search for for West Ham and David Moyes.
For the second time this season, they scored three times in the London Stadium.
Robert Snodgrass had claimed two of the goals, albeit deflected, after the opener of Issa Diop, from his starting position on the right flank.
Michail Antonio, on the other hand, was fit again and proved an infectious force, digging into his reserves to produce moments to West Ham and the crowd to bring them back to life when they had little inspiration and energy.
New signing of the loan Tomas Soucek gave a glimpse of the target threat he will bring from midfield by bombing at every opportunity.
Although he barely threatened Mat Ryan's net, Sebastien Haller also contributed, in a phase that returned and helped look like an improvised left back
All this with the signing of West Ham from the month, talented £ 22m ahead of Jarrod Bowen, yet to add to the mix.
He had an observation letter on Saturday that arrived hours earlier on Hull's transfer deadline day and was presented to the crowd before the kick-off.
It was what happened on the other side of the field against Brighton that would have left all ties with West Ham for fear that their defense, in their scrap to keep up, would be more than capable of to undo the good work that is being done.
It was not only that West Ham granted three times, but the nature of the Brighton goals scored to claim what was a well-deserved and well-deserved point for them.
Two of them had a real slapstick defense. The latter was so bad that Moyes was more irritated with his line than the long VAR review.
For the first goal, Lukasz Fabianski hit the ball against Angelo Ogbonna for his own goal.
The second it was a real horror show. Arthur Masuaku's clearance was poor, Ogbonna and Diop initially left the clarification to each other before the desperate back of the last one was weak and Pascal Gross got the score.
For Brighton third, Masuaku and Aaron Cresswell let Davy Propper cross, Ogbonna, Diop and Ryan Fredericks all failed to cut it out and the ball traveled all the way to the back where Glenn Murray waited to jump.
The end of a transfer window is a time for reflection and looking ahead. West Ham & # 39; s focus in January was on adding more quality in midfield and support for Haller in the front.
They hoped they had enough in central defense, so right back was the only defensive position they tried to improve.
With this horror show that came and went only a few hours after the last opportunity to bring in new players, it was impossible not to wonder if that would turn out to be something they regret.
Of course it is impossible to solve all problem areas in one month, but now Moyes can only work with what he has. The problem is that it is not much that is particularly convincing.
Moyes, whose side fell into the bottom three, said: & We have what we have and need to get better. I will work with them and try to improve it. & # 39;
Although, in a hint about what might be West Ham's best hope for survival, Moyes added: & # 39; We have scored three goals today and we will have to score three goals [in a game, again] between now and the end of the season. & # 39;
Brighton is only two points above the bottom three itself, but at restoring 2-0 and then 3-1 at least it showed that they possess the properties they need to make themselves free of danger.
Manager Graham Potter said: & # 39; You should do that. You have moments in the season where you can talk about good play, but sometimes you have to fight, have character and we have shown that in abundance. & # 39;
Newcastle (4-5-1): Dubravka; Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie; Almiron, Hayden, Bentaleb, Maximin; Joelinton
Subs: Darlow, Lejeune, Schar, Rose, Longstaff, Atsu, Lazaro
Norwich (4-2-3-1): Curl; Aarons, Zimmerman, Hanley, Byram; McLean, Tettey; Cantwell, Duda, Rupp; Pukki
Subs: Fahrmann, Lewis, Trybull, Buendia, Hernandez, Vrancic, Drmic
With a certain amount of dark humor it could be noted this week that the fear and disgust at West Ham ] could be relaxed.
The reason for this is that a banner that caught the cameras in the London stadium only called Karren Brady and David Sullivan for their & # 39; lies & # 39; to take elsewhere, so maybe David Gold has won a few hearts.
Perhaps wishful thinking is possible in a place where desires are becoming increasingly desperate and the need for smart thinking has never been greater.
Saturday's clash at home with Brighton looks so decisive for their fate in the Premier League says just about everything.
Except not, because as always with this club there is so much that can be added.
Many of which were said in that protest fourteen days ago in the Olympic Park, where 900 fans ventured the 10-year anniversary of the ownership of the Davids, Gold and Sullivan.
In the land of Bordeaux and blue, it is often clearly black and white, even when the reality, as usual, is more nuanced.
While many fans see moving the stadium in 2016 as a betrayal of heritage, others see £ 2.5 million a year paying to rent a new stadium without running costs as the bargain of this or a century .
What many people see as a scandal of self-interest, namely that Gold and Sullivan have taken £ 18.6 million in interest payments on their £ 45 million loan, fans of some clubs will be jealous of net spending of £ 214.4 million in players in four years.
If neglect is the biggest sin of a football owner, then it is possible for one burden that is difficult to hold on to Gold and Sullivan (right).
But good decisions? Spend wisely? The installation of sound structures? They have an awful lot to answer in those respects.
This week in particular revealed this revealing, thanks to the publication of the 2018-19 financial results. They showed a pre-tax loss of £ 28.2 million despite increased sales and warned of the nasty consequences of relegation.
We also learned that Brady, the vice-president, received a £ 238,000 bonus and her last annual bonus income was £ 1,136 million. Although that figure is uncomfortable next to the recent fortunes of the club, it is the explanation for the bigger losses that really make you think.
They stem from the 2018 call for an & # 39; world class manager & # 39; in Manuel Pellegrini, an expansion plan where he spent £ 108 million on players that season and a wage explosion, which grew by nearly £ 30 million to £ 135.8 million and increased their wage-to-sales ratio to a potential red zone of above 70 percent.
When wondering what it has bought, it must be recalled the situation of Mark Noble, who is known to have noticed at the age of 32 that he is at an age when his position on the team must constantly threatened and yet it is not.
Where is the challenge between the incoming faces, most of which were midfielders? How could the recruitment operation make it all so wrong?
One story revolves around the signing of Jack Wilshere. The club would have preferred a one-year deal for a midfielder with such a long maintenance history in 2018, but Wilshere wanted three and Pellegrini made it clear that the player was needed. He only has 16 appearances and this week had a hernia operation.
Sources around the club have wondered if ownership was too fast to bend such matters to their former manager.
Finishing 10th last season was no shame, but neither was it a surprise when Pellegrini was fired after Christmas with his team 17th in the table.
In the rearrangement we saw the continuation of a trend of incoherent thinking – from Sam Allardyce to Slaves Bilic to David Moyes to Pellegrini for Moyes again. There is no overlap in style.
If it sounds like a confused thought, it's because it matches what we've seen in the transfer strategy.
From that 2018 season of excess, past Wilshere, Carlos Sanchez flopped, Lucas Perez left after four competition starts and Andriy Yarmolenko is paralyzed by injury.
The 2019 influx included a goalkeeper in Roberto who was already on loan after a curse of poor form and a £ 45m record with Sebastien Haller, a striker who is in a six-game run without a goal.
Tony Henry's departure from the head of recruitment post in 2018 – following comments about African players revealed by his newspaper – has had an impact. But further alarm comes from the suggestion that the club has worked with a small scouting team and, from December, in the football director after firing Mario Husillos.
Sullivan has been accused of too much influence on signings – something he trivializes – and also that the club is too dependent on a few agents.
An anecdote from a recent window reads that a player seduced by less than £ 20,000 a week by a rival Premier League ended up in more than £ 50,000 in West Ham. Not uncommon, but it is widespread that the operation could be sharper.
On the field it could also happen with a cancellation. Since the early promise after the arrival of Moyes, West Ham has been winless in all competitions in all past five games.
But the defense has clearly been tightened and the performance is increasing.
That is something else than you feel it is desperately needed, both on the surface and underneath, where the bigger problems lie.
& # 39; We were very aggressive and it gives everyone faith in what we do & # 39 ;: Aston Villa manager Dean Smith thinks their semi-final victory in the Carabao Cup can boost the Premier League survival heap
Villa has taken a place in their ninth League Cup final – and only since 2010 – via Trezeguet & # 39; s downtime left-footed volley for a 2-1 win in the second leg of their semi-final in Villa Park and a total of 3-2.
Prior to the Wembley confrontation with either Manchester City or Manchester United on March 1, Smith must now focus his players' attention on their league campaign – starting with Saturday's relegation clash on Bournemouth .
Asked if the victory over the Foxes could inspire his side, Smith replied: & # 39; Yes! We had a brilliant January, apart from the Manchester City game (a home game with 6-1). The results and performance since then have been very good.
& # 39; I said last week that the last-minute goal against Watford (in a 2-1 win) would give everyone a jump in the pass. We were very aggressive towards Leicester and it gives everyone faith in what we do.
& # 39; The boys can learn a lot by playing 180 minutes against the third best team in the competition this season. to beat them and go to Wembley. It shows that there is a lot of character and quality in the team. & # 39;
Should Villa be confronted with City, Smith hopes that the embarrassing loss for Pep Guardiola & # 39; s side will provide additional motivation.
& # 39; We helped them get a 6-1 win, "said Smith, who will be the first Englishman since Harry Redknapp with Spurs in 2009 to lead a team in the League Cup final.
& # 39 My players know that, but since then I have had a very good response from my players who went to Brighton to get a draw, beat Watford and now beat Leicester. & # 39;
Smith was also pleased with the debut of the new striker Mbwana Samatta, despite the fact that the Tanzanian international missed a gold-plated opportunity just before he was immersed after 67 minutes, giving Villa a 2-0 lead.
After having played four games played without a recognized attacker, Smith has again options as Keinan Davis replaced Genk's £ 8.5 million signing after three months with a hamstring injury, and the 21-year-old looked sharp.
& # 39 "I thought he did well," said Smith on Sama tta. & # 39; I knew he would get tired after 60 to 65 minutes.
& # 39; He stretched out his defenders and gave (Caglar) Soyuncu and (Jonny) Evans a tough time. He sometimes paired it very well, but he will get better.
& # 39; He probably had to pick his feet in the second half for the chance that Jack Grealish gave him, but he showed us the potential and Keinan Davis came back 25 minutes great. & # 39;
NIK SIMON & GAINE LINE: Saracen rivals hold loan agreements after relegation to the championship
- Saracens want to send a number of borrowed players next season
A negotiating position has emerged between Saracens and Premiership rivals while the degraded club destroys the future of their players.
Saracens want to send a number of players on loan, but potential suitors drag their feet and insist on permanent deals.
Gain Line can reveal that the following players have received interest: Ben Spencer from Bath and Exeter; Alex Lozowski (Gloucester and Sale); Nick Isiekwe (Harlequins); Max Malins (Exeter); Nick Tompkins (Osprey); Matt Gallagher (Munster); Rhys Carre ( Cardiff ); George Cross ( Japan ); Jack Singleton (Leicester).
to become Saracens also faced difficult decisions about the future of Richard Wigglesworth and Brad Barritt, both of whom have no contract this summer.
Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje will remain on semi-sabbaticals. However, foreign stars such as Will Skelton and Vincent Koch more often leave the club on a permanent basis.
Head coach in England touches grim claim
Eddie Jones lost his calm at this week's Six Nations launch over suggestions that players are training camps & # 39; grim & # 39; find.
The coach of England hit a reporter and said: & I don't think they find the camps grim, mate and if they find them grim they don't have to come. Give me their names and they don't have to bother coming. & # 39;
] Moments later, Jones was asked for a theory about why the Six Nations usually end in a Grand Slam after a World Cup year. Jones: & # 39; Is that a fact or fiction? & # 39; Reporter: & # 39; Fact. & # 39; Jones: & # 39; I didn't know that, mate. & # 39; Reporter: & # 39; Well, do you have a theory? & # 39; Jones: & # 39; Why are you being so aggressive? There is something going on. What's the problem? I don't know mate. I knew nothing about that. I apologize. & # 39;
No love lost in Scotland on the hunt for opponent spies
Rumors surfaced at the World Cup in Japan that Scotland's management had a & # 39; lovehotel & # 39; had booked that their training field overlooked opposition espionage. Love hotels are usually fully booked per hour for romantic encounters. Gain Line investigated the rumors at the launch of Six Nations and discovered that the team had sent a guard to the love hotel to look for curious eyes, but no money was exchanged.
Wales head coach Wayne Pivac and Captain Alun Wyn Jones traveled back from this week's First Nations Six Nations launch – but their women's side didn't get the same luxury. Pivac and Jones had a long day with the media at Tobacco Dock and returned to their Vale of Glamorgan base that afternoon. First class tickets were arranged for the pair by the Welsh Rugby Union, but female coach Chris Horsman and captain Siwan Lillicrap were among the regular gamblers.
Will Carling cashed in by organizing a stall at the launch of the Six Nations, but a media joke forbade him to talk about rugby. However, he was free to answer questions about Amazon Web Services. The former captain of England has been contracted by the RFU as a leadership mentor.