Owen Farrell remains with Saracens, despite relegation to the championship, after being assured that he will still play for England next season while international stars prepare for the & # 39; sabbatical & # 39; years prior to the Lions tour
- Owen Farrell and a number of players from England from Saracens want to stay in club
- . They are planning to have a lighter workload when it comes to playing for Lions tour
- Punishment may benefit Warren Gatland with newer players
- Saracens want to lend prospective players to Premiership parties
After conversations with the English head coach Eddie Jones Farrell belongs to a group of international stars who are going to make a sabbatical & # 39; year – play a limited role in the championship campaign of Saracens and stay fresh. for next year's Lions tour.
Farrell, Maro Itoje, Elliot Daly and Jamie George held one-on-one meetings at the club this week and agreed to stay. And on the day Premiership Rugby agreed to publish the full, explosive salary ceiling report about Saracens cheating, their coach Mark McCall began defeating plans for the bewildered second-row club.
McCall said: & # 39; The international players had a very clear idea of what they wanted to do – all of them – and luckily that coincided with what we wanted.
& # 39; Eddie is generally happy to select players who are based and Lions coach Warren Gatland is the same. Many of our players are proven international players and you have seen players from New Zealand sabbatical seasons. It would be like that.
& # 39; I think Warren would like to bring as fresh a Lions team as possible to South Africa and our situation, in a funny way, will certainly help him.
& # 39; They are at that stage where they have been on this treadmill for 10 years and they see it as a positive where next year can be one where they are refreshed, physically recovered and get well, play enough rugby and go on a Lions tour at the end of it, which is not normal. & # 39;
The English team will fly to Portugal on Thursday for their Six Nations warming-up camp and Farrell said on Wednesday-evening that there are clear-the-air conversations with rival club players.
The skipper said: & If we coming together it will be clear, because we are very good at being honest and open about bringing things out and figuring things out if necessary. We will see if it is necessary. & # 39;
The Saracen hierarchy has already had discussions with three-quarters of their team and has divided the players into three categories.
Senior players such as Farrell only play bit-part roles in the championship, with the club exploring the option of various showcase matches in South Africa.
A second part of the players plays most of the club's championship and is likely to consist of older club members and developing talent.
Younger players from England, such as Ben Earl and Max Malins, are probably on loan and interim chief Ed Griffiths has already opened discussions with rival clubs.
& # 39; There is a group of players who are in a phase of their career where they need to maintain momentum by playing at the highest level, so those are the players who may be looking for opportunities to by continuing to play in the Premiership & # 39 ;, said Griffiths, who has added that wage cuts have not been discussed.
I have received several phone calls from Premiership clubs last week. The phone calls always start with saying, "Um, sorry for the phone," and I said, "Don't worry, you're not a vulture, you're a lifeboat." We will ensure that players who need momentum in their career to play at the highest level are given that opportunity.
& # 39; When other clubs said that X or Y would be available, it was not the English players – the ones who are the rock stars – they were interested in. Many clubs have decided that the best way to put together a competition team is not to hire English players because they are expensive and often absent. & # 39;
Griffiths supported the club's call to investigate the salary cap after President Neil Golding told PRL that they wanted the & # 39; fully & # 39; was released.
& # 39; There has probably been too much intrigue and some transparency could help & # 39 ;, said Griffiths.
& # 39; Nothing has been set in stone & # 39 ;: Owen Farrell REFUSES to confirm whether he will stay with Saracens after a salary limit scandal, but supports the club to come back & # 39; & # 39; despite Premiership relegation
England Captain Owen Farrell refused to commit to stay in Saracens after their degradation of the Premiership for breaking the salary limit.
The ruling Premiership and Champions Cup winners start in the second row next season after refusing to open their books for forensic auditing, have already docked 35 points and fined £ 5.3 million for violating the rules for the salary limit.
Farrell told BBC Sport: & # 39 Nothing is set in stone yet, as I said, I am not here to talk about the details because I am unable to.
& # 39; A lot is going on behind the scenes and we have enough clarity that we are excited to be here with England and to continue with the Six Nations. & # 39;
The 79-cap fly-half insisted that the team would not be affected by the fall-out of the scandal and were fully focused on the challenges ahead.
Farrell added: & # 39; Clearly disappointed with what happened, but I support the club to come back knowing how strong the club is.
& # 39; In terms of details, I am not in a position to talk about it, I am here to continue with what awaits us, which is enormously exciting to be with England and the Six Nations.
& # 39; It is our job as a player to play at the weekend and to train hard and improve ourselves and that is what we have done.
& # 39; It is disappointing for all involved and I am returning the club to come back from this. & # 39;
After boss Eddie Jones proposed that England should have open air conversations between players, Farrell insisted that he be as honest as possible with his international colleagues.
He said: & We will see what I do know that I am behind us o Be open and honest about it and have it sorted if necessary.
& # 39; If we do it brilliantly, and if we don't do it right, we will continue with rugby. & # 39;
When asked what he had to say to fans about the offenses, Farrell said: & I don't need to say anything, I think the club has taken a position, we apologized and we have our punishment and I support the club to bounce back stronger. & # 39;
Six Nations to remain on free-to-air TV … with BBC and ITV delivering record ratings when they see the challenge of Sky and BT
- The Six Nations seems likely to remain on free-to-air TV in the UK via BBC and ITV
- The current deal is worth £ 90 million and provides record number of view numbers
- Last year's Wales victory drew an audience of 8.9 m
- Sky Sports or BT Sport could still bid high for one of the packages offered
New Investors CVC Capital Partners had hoped to win a larger contract by bringing part or all of the tournament to satellite television, starting with reclaiming part of their proposed investment of £ 300 million.
But the purchase of a 15 percent stake in the Six Nations has yet to be completed prior to the approaching auction of rights.
CVC & # 39; s long-term strategy is the bundling of all natio National and international competitions from the home countries together in one rights package to increase value – their discussions with the Six Nations follow previous investments in the Gallagher Premiership and the Pro14 – but that plan may have to wait.
Although the domestic rights for the autumn internationals, Six Nations, Premiership and Pro 14 are all available from the 2022 season and will all come on the market at the same time, such a bundle is also likely to be complex, given the need for a deal in the coming months.
The power brokers of Six Nations are also largely satisfied with the existing deal with BBC and ITV, which is worth between them £ 90 million and yields a record viewing figures.
As a result, the broadcasters are confident that they will retain the rights they currently share, although Sky Sports or BT Sport may still try to outbid them for one of the packages.
Wales & last year's win over England in Cardiff drew a peak audience of 8.9 m over the BBC, more than a FA Cup draw between Manchester United and Chelsea in the same week.
Covering the Celtic countries is especially important for the BBC, as it contributes to fulfilling their task of being a national broadcaster, fundamental to maintaining funding with license fees. live rights to the fall series of England, through which the Six Nations leave for terrestrial canals.
Wilfried Zaha happy to stay at Crystal Palace until summer because Tottenham and Chelsea refuse to equal his £ 80m rating in January
- Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha is likely to be in the club stay until the end of the season
- Super agent Pini Zahavi was asked to organize a transfer for Zaha
- Tottenham and Chelsea are interested but Zaha & # 39; s £ 80 million valuation
Crystal Palace have received a big boost with Wilfried Zaha who told the club that he is willing to stay until the end of the season.
The Ivory Coast had sought a move this month, and as Sportsmail revealed a fourteen days ago, super agent Pini Zahavi appointed to mediate a transfer.
But he has accepted that no club is willing to win Palace & # 39; s £ 80 million appreciation and will not try to force an exit.
Zaha, 27, was unhappy because he was not refused to move to Everton last summer, but is more optimistic about being forced to spend the rest of it stay in Palace during the season.
Tottenham and Chelsea have shown interest in him this month, but both clubs give priority to recruiting a backup striker and cannot get anywhere near Palace & # 39; s appreciation for a broad player.
Palace & # 39; s dogged negotiating position is based on Zaha's importance to the party, the fact that he has three and a half years left on his contract and the strength of his relationship with management and executives in the club.
Gareth Southgate is not someone to release the hair dryer, but he delivered a strict message Wembley on Tuesday five days earlier.
Some players from England emerged after the game to suggest that they were still among the best teams in the final. Southgate just didn't buy it.
& # 39; There were good moments and some not so good moments, but that's the development in football, & # 39; said Southgate. "You have to go through some of those setbacks.
" For me, the greatest reminder among seniors was that we should always have humility.
& # 39; We play a country like Romania, I don't know if we thought we were better, but they had some really good players.
& # 39; I thought they were a good team, they had a stadium full of support. I didn't like that our boys came and thought they were still the best team in the tournament.
& # 39; That may not be the case. But that is a bit up to their age. They must recognize it and learn from it.
ENGLAND SQUAD IN FULL
Goalkeepers : Tom Heaton (Aston Villa), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley)
 ] Defenders : Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Leicester), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Kieran Trippier (Madrid Atletico), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United)
Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), James Maddison (Leicester), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Declan Rice (West Ham), Harry Winks (Tottenham)
Forwards : Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)
] & Frankly, I've had 30 years in soccer and those guys have had three, so they won't know all those things. They were a little misleading if that was their thinking process. & # 39;
It is a point that Southgate seems to be impressed by its players. The boss of the national team has one of the most exciting generations of football players in Europe to choose from. It is not often that we can be so positive about the English game.
Indeed, Thursday's call-ups for James Maddison, Mason Mount, Aaron Wan-Bissaka – all part of that Under 21 squadron – and Tyrone Mings are a good example.
But it takes more than talent. Ego & # 39; s must be left at the door. Keep your head down and graft. At least, that's what Southgate will tell its players when they sign up for training at St George's Park on Sunday.
With Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo on the horizon, imagine that there are a few in the team who believe that that is six points in the pocket. Of course they are probably right.
Southgate, however, does not stand for such arrogance.
We play Kosovo in the second game here and they are a good team. They have some really good players and the pride of a new nation, & he said.
& # 39; We cannot underestimate such games. They are undefeated in 12 to 15 games, so we would be naive to think that it will be easy.
& # 39; We now breed young, confident players who have great confidence in their technical skills. But what makes a top player? Technical excellence?
& # 39; Yes, the ability to incorporate and execute tactical discipline, with and without the ball. And mental resilience – not just mental self-confidence, but real mental resilience.
& # 39; And then the physical properties: to live with the game at the speed it is now playing and thrive on those high athletic levels. So there's a lot that needs to come together for all these guys. Of course he does. You just have to look at the courage of the English manager when selecting another team full of youth and relative inexperience.
But Southgate does not doubt itself for a second. He is convinced that it is the right decision to leave 48-cap Kyle Walker out of his team.
Southgate said it is important to understand the reason for dropping a player.
"It is especially important that the player understands why you do that – what Kyle does," the manager of England said.
"For a long period of time we have been brave in some of those decisions and we" we have many good things and we would support ourselves. We watch the games enough and do our due diligence. We know where the team has to go. & # 39;
And if the young people who enter the team or those who knock on the door doubted how they could get there, they are not now.
From renting out the club car park to hosting WAKES: Bath City FC faces a fight to stay afloat amid £ 100,000 a year losing … and now former Premier League striker Bobby Zamora has the fight
- Bath City FC, National League South side, loses around £ 100k every year
- The club must find a way to blame of £ 1 million to be played back by 2022
- They are forced to host wakes and rent their cars to raise money
- A crucial council meeting scheduled for February 12 will determine their future GMT, January 17, 2020 |
Former Premier League striker Bobby Zamora takes part in the struggle to save his former club tied with money.
The National League South side – losing £ 100,000 a year – may go down if Bath & North East Somerset Council rejects the planning request to develop the land at an important meeting on February 12.Bobby Zamora has returned to his former club Bath City FC to help them out of trouble
Zamora told the Times: & Bath gave me a chance at men's football. It was a baptism of fire, the then Dr. Martens Premier, who kicked lumps out of me.
& # 39; I have had great memories of Bath. The fans were great, the real hardcore set, always vocal. I was there for six weeks, played eight games, scored 11 goals and could go back to Bristol Rovers and look into Ian Holloway. & # 39;
Bath is desperate to raise money. They rent out the parking lot, use some spaces as a fitness room and – around the corner from Haycombe Cemetery and Crematorium – even receive wakes.Bath City loses £ 100,000 a year and must come up with a solution to stay afloat
The club has partnered with Greenacre Capital for a redevelopment that introduces business facilities, increases stadium capacity and adds a 3G field, with student accommodation built on site to generate revenue for it finance project
Jerry Gill, manager of local Bath, said: & # 39; Redevelopment is an absolute problem. We have to get it over the line.The club hopes to redevelop their site to generate higher incomePlans include building student residences and developing the nearby high street
& # 39; If we don't get a schedule, I think we might have to sell the land for supermarkets, for housing, because a debt of £ 1 million must be repaid by 2022. & # 39;
Saturday's home game against Hemel Hempstead Town would raise awareness of increase the club's situation prior to the council meeting on 12 February.
Zamora concluded: & # 39; I would like to think the council will support Bath. They have the option to save the club.
& # 39; Twerton Park is a beautiful site with a lot of history. Bath is a community club, most of Bath. It would be a shame to see it go. & # 39;
Bath City FC asks fans and residents for their opinion on the development plans. If you suffer from this problem and want to have a voice you can do this here.
& # 39; I have great faith in Ross & # 39 ;: Frank Lampard insists that Ross Barkley stays in Chelsea this month despite interest on loans from West Ham
- Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley will not move that in January
- Frank Lampard wants the Englishman in his team for the rest of the season
- The Blues boss praised Olivier Giroud looming up with a move to Inter Milan
- Grady Diangana lent the first half of the season to West Brom
- The winger made an impression, scored five goals and set up five in 16 starts
- There is, however, a fear that the 21-year-old might be recalled by West Ham
- Mesut Ozil enjoyed of a return to the starting line-up of Arsenal in the past month
- The German midfielder was frozen by Unai Emery and was looking forward to leaving
- . He has announced his intention to view his current deal until 2021
- Edinson Cavani of Paris Saint-Germain is associated with relocation from club
- Boss Thomas Tuchel wants the 32-year-old attacker in Parc des Princes remains
- Cavani has struggled for playing time this season and is currently causing an injury
Lampard criticizes Barkley & # 39; s professionalism he is & # 39; happy & # 39; with him
Barkley has just shaken off a nagging foot injury and pushed his way back to Chelsea & # 39; s first team photo, and impressed in the 3-0 Premier League victory of the Blues over Burnley
Lampard criticized the 26-year-old earlier this season for lack of professionalism after a taxi driver in Liverpool but has now insisted that Barkley remains central to his plans for Stamford Bridge.Frank Lampard has insisted that Ross Barkley be in West London this season West Ham was interested in a loan
, where Barkley had an eight-lane season like a blue one
Asked about Barkley connected to a West Ham switch, Lampard said: & # 39; Ross Barkley is not going anywhere ; he is our player.
& # 39; He has played the last few games and has done very well. I have a lot of faith in Ross.
& # 39; That was news that I heard just like everyone else, but I have absolutely no feeling for this.
Inter Milan is supposed to push hard to sign Olivier Giroud this month, but Lampard insisted that no agreement was made with Chelsea.Lampard threw Barkley earlier this season for lack of professionalism
Former Blues manager Antonio Conte wants to pair with Giroud in Milan, but Lampard again praised the professionalism of the World Cup winner in Stamford Bridge.
& # 39; If all is well, it can happen, but it isn't, so while it's not our player, & # 39; said Lampard.
& # 39; And the great thing about Ollie is that he has gained a lot of experience and professionalism, and he has been nothing but great with us. & # 39;
Reece James signed a new Chelsea deal this week and pledged his home club until 2025.
And Lampard greeted th and the 20-year-old full-back signature as a big coup for the long-term future of the Stamford Bridge club.
& # 39; I appreciate it very much, I knew him as a youth player in the academy here, & # 39; said Lampard.Barkley bounced back from a spell from the side with a goal against Nottingham Forest
& # 39; I saw him on loan last year where he did a fantastic job in Wigan.
& # 39; I tried to get him to Derby, but he couldn't come mid-season. But I admired him a lot. And then working with him, I feel the same, and even more so, now that he has his foot in the first team.
& # 39; I think a lot more comes from Reece James, a truly talented player.
& # 39; Like many younger players, he wants to learn, improve, train and do the right things. And he has that talent, so it's great for the club that he has signed so long. & # 39;
Lampard also revealed that Chelsea is not on the verge of gaining in January, despite the club looking for new recruits this month. .Lampard has kept faith in Barkley, even though the midfielder is occasionally wrong fallen away
There is nothing lurking, no people waiting in the wings I know nothing about, or you know nothing about it; so there is no news in that area, "said Lampard.
" I will not be ashamed of what is about to happen; There is nothing.
& # 39; What remains the same is that the window is open and if there is something that can do us better, then we will try to do it. We are working on that, but I am also very aware of how I want the team to be and how much we should focus on what our work is, winning competitions.
& # 39; We will continue to work and there may be news. I don't close the door as such, but it must be right in January. & # 39;
Grady Diangana desperate to stay on loan to West Brom and help them earn promotion amid fears West Ham will remember winger to help the relegation of the fight
Grady Diangana wants to stay in West Brom For the rest of the campaign – although West Ham has the option to get him back.
The winger has been a key figure for Albion since joining a season-long loan last summer, scoring five times and registering five assists in 16 starts, helping them get to the top of the championship after 27 games.
That led the Hammers fighting to survive in the top flight, I consider bringing him back to the London stadium. Yet Sportsmail understands that Diangana prefers to stay with West Brom and help them win promotions.Winger Grady Diangana stays in West Brom for the remainder of the campaign
Albion himself would like to avoid a repeat of Leicester's Harvey Barnes loan last season. The attacker made an impression in the first half of the campaign, but was recalled by his parent club for the second half.
West Brom faced Monday at home opposite Stoke with the aim of ending a series of five games without winning in the championship – although they remained at the top of the table due to the fragmentary shape of their closest challengers Leeds .
Boss Slaven Bilic would really like to add another attacker during the window, although he already has Charlie Austin, Hal Robson-Kanu and Kenneth Zohore.The West Ham borrower scored five times and five goals made in 16 start this season
Mesut Ozil swears to stay in Arsenal until 2021 because he reveals that he will see a huge deal of £ 350,000 a week after reviving under Mikel Arteta
& # 39; It's better to have our goals, to have him & # 39 ;: PSG boss Thomas Tuchel wants striker Edinson Cavani to stay in the club amid interest of Arsenal, Man United and Atletico Madrid
Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel would like the Edinson Cavani striker to stay at the Parc des Princes.
Cavani, who has been in the Ligue 1 club for six and a half years, has fought for this season's game and is currently injuring. [Saint-Germain-strikerEdinsonCavaniislinkedtoaParisSaintGermain-strikerEdinsonCavani
relocation of Ligue 1 club]PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is excited for the 32-year-old to stay forward at the Parc des Princes
The setback saw him PSG's 4-1 win over Monaco miss Wednesday night and Tuchel spoke about the future of Cavani after the game.
& # 39; If there may be departments and arrivals in the group? It can still be in football, I can't say, & Tuchel told Canal + .
& # 39; Cavani? We have to ask Edi the question. He is wounded. He felt something in training and he couldn't be there. If I want him to stay? It is better to reach our goals, to have him, yes. & # 39;
Uruguay's current international deal with PSG ends in the summer and has just made six starts this season.
Cavani & # 39; s campaign 2019-2020 has been hampered by injuries to Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Mauro Icardi have a star in attack.
Cavani has been struggling for this time and is currently sustaining an injury