Barcelona dealt fresh blow as Pep Guardiola's recommendation rules himself out

Barcelona have been dealt a fresh blow as Pep Guardiola 's reported recommendation to replace Ronald Koeman as manager has appeared to turn down the job. With Koeman struggling to steady the Blaugrana ship post- Lionel Messi 's departure, most recently scraping a 1-1 draw at home to winless Granada, reports in Catalonia suggest the former Everton and Southampton boss could soon be out of work.
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Dennis Bergkamp vs Gareth Bale: Assessing who was better in their prime

North London has seen some outstanding footballers in years gone by, and Dennis Bergkamp and Gareth Bale are both up there among the finest. Bergkamp spent 11 years at Arsenal between 1995 and 2006, effortlessly creating some of the Premier League's greatest highlights of all time en route to winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups.
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Barcelona predicted lineup vs Cadiz - La Liga

If Barcelona's perilous predicament wasn't obvious enough before, it certainly is now. In desperate search of an equaliser against Granada on Monday, Ronald Koeman resorted to throwing centre-backs Gerard Pique and Ronald Araujo up front, while their teammates swung a stream of crosses into the middle. This tactical masterclass did...

Norman Bailey obituary

The generation of British opera lovers who got to know Wagner’s works in the late 1960s and 70s was fortunate indeed that Sadler’s Wells (from 1974 English National) Opera was mounting its Ring cycle under the musical direction of Reginald Goodall. The company of singers he coached was spearheaded by Rita Hunter as Brünnhilde and Alberto Remedios as Siegmund/Siegfried, while the part of Wotan/Wanderer was taken by Norman Bailey, who has died aged 88.

Lionel Messi was ‘a tyrant’ in Barcelona training, says Ronald Koeman

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has said that Lionel Messi was “a tyrant” and “not normal” in training sessions at the club.Koeman took over at the Catalan club last summer and worked with Messi a year before the Argentine left the club for Paris Saint-Germain.While the Dutchman was well aware of the six-time Ballon D’Or winner’s ability, his intensity in training amazed Koeman after the former Southampton and Everton manager was appointed at the Nou Camp.“I knew how good he is, but it’s still nice to see it up close every day,” Koeman explained to Voetbal International.“Everything you would like...

Crystal Palace transfer policy has seen Roy Hodgson favourite thrive after summer switch

Over the summer the Eagles released several first-team players and spent over £50million bringing in the likes of Joachim Andersen, Will Hughes and Odsonne Edouard. Under new manager Patrick Vieira, Crystal Palace have now rebranded their style of football, and are now focused on possession-based play as opposed to the counter-attacking tactics employed by the Frenchman's predecessor.

Under-fire Koeman refuses to answer questions in Barca press conference

Barcelona's under-pressure coach Ronald Koeman delivered a bizarre press conference on Wednesday as he read a pre-prepared statement before leaving without answering questions. Koeman's position is fragile, after Barca followed up a 3-0 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League last week with a 1-1 draw at home to...

Daniel Ricciardo DEFENDS Max Verstappen for his role in crash with Lewis Hamilton at Monza by claiming Dutchman 'wouldn't have turned his back' if he knew his title rival was injured

Daniel Ricciardo has leapt to the defence of Max Verstappen after the Dutchman was accused of failing to check on Lewis Hamilton following their crash at the Italian Grand Prix. Title rivals Verstappen and Hamilton collided for the second time this season when Verstappen's Red Bull vehicle launched from the...

French Riviera: dismantling of a network of burglars

A network involved in about fifteen burglaries for a damage of more than one million euros was dismantled last week in Italy and in the south-east of France, we learned Wednesday, September 22 from the National Gendarmerie. Read also Marseille: prison closed for three police officers after a burglary on...

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman refuses to answer questions in a press conference

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman used his press conference on Wednesday to read out a pre-prepared personal statement regarding the club’s situation, before leaving without answering any questions. Koeman’s message was that the underperforming club were in a period of transition and the process required patience. The Dutchman’s job has been...

Roberto Martinez remains tight-lipped on the Barcelona hotseat despite being lined up to replace the under-fire Ronald Koeman - as the current Belgium boss insists 'there is nothing to comment'

Roberto Martinez insisted 'there is nothing to comment' over Barcelona's interest in him, as the club prepare to wield the axe on the under-fire Ronald Koeman. Koeman has just a few games left to save his job at the Nou Camp, as Sportsmail has reported, and Martinez, currently the Belgium boss, has been tipped to replace him.

special | Koeman provokes the Barcelona administration in the Cadiz...

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman incited to provoke the Barcelona administration during the team’s press conference for tomorrow’s match against Cadiz outside his stadium. The Dutchman surprised everyone at the press conference, as he appeared in the press room, but did not accept questions and then simply read a statement he had written, only to leave the press room later.