Ed Aarons

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Name: Ed Aarons
Date registered: September 27, 2014
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/football/arsenal

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  1. Sam Allardyce looks to Crystal Palace chairman to keep Wilfried Zaha — March 19, 2017
  2. Managers suffer time deprivation in Championship that never sleeps | Ed Aarons — March 17, 2017
  3. Champions League quarter-finals: Leicester City to face Atlético Madrid — March 17, 2017
  4. Leicester covet reluctant Guus Hiddink to replace Claudio Ranieri — February 26, 2017
  5. Arsenal’s Arsène Wenger worried about Sutton’s artificial pitch for FA Cup — February 19, 2017

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Mar 19

Sam Allardyce looks to Crystal Palace chairman to keep Wilfried Zaha

• Winger has not agreed new contract, with Tottenham believed interested
• Manager describes his Ivory Coast winger as ‘genius’

Sam Allardyce is hopeful the Crystal Palace chairman, Steve Parish, can persuade Wilfried Zaha to stay at Selhurst Park next season after his “genius” winger inspired a third successive victory for the former England manager.

An own goal from the Watford captain, Troy Deeney, put the seal on another resilient defensive display led by the resurgent Mamadou Sakho as Palace eased their relegation worries before a treacherous run-in that includes matches against all of the top six. But, while they won without mustering a single shot on target in a game that was desperately low on quality, Zaha was by far the most potent attacking force on show.

Related: Troy Deeney’s own goal against Watford gives Crystal Palace rare home win

Related: Sam Allardyce leaves ‘dream’ England manager job after one game in charge

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/19/sam-allardyce-crystal-palace-chairman-keep-wilfried-zaha

Mar 17

Managers suffer time deprivation in Championship that never sleeps | Ed Aarons

Derby County’s quickfire turnover symptomatic of the alarming hire-and-fire culture in the division that has seen 14 managers leave their posts this season

Gary Rowett must know he does not have long. Around 18 weeks, if the Derby chairman’s form is anything to go by. Just ask Paul Clement. Or Nigel Pearson.

Derby are in their ninth consecutive season in the Championship and their appointment of Rowett to replace Steve McClaren this week means that when they face their bitter rivals Nottingham Forest on Saturday the fixture will feature two new faces in the dugouts for a fifth time in succession – a run that stretches back to January 2015. On that occasion, McClaren – then in his first spell at Pride Park – lost out to Stuart Pearce 2-1 before gaining revenge almost two years later in his second spell with a 3-0 win over Philippe Montanier.

Related: Mark Warburton admits Nottingham Forest’s scorching hot seat is a risky job | Nick Miller

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/mar/17/managers-time-deprivation-championship-derby-county

Mar 17

Champions League quarter-finals: Leicester City to face Atlético Madrid

• Holders Real Madrid drawn against Bayern Munich
• Borussia Dortmund v Monaco; Juventus v Barcelona

Leicester will face 2016 runners up Atlético Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, with Bayern Munich facing holders Real Madrid.

The Premier League champions, who beat Sevilla in the last-16 thanks to a 2-0 victory in the second leg at the King Power Stadium, have twice been drawn against Atlético in the first round of the 1961 Cup Winners Cup in 1961 and the Uefa Cup first round in 1997, losing both ties. Leicester will continue their remarkable run by travelling to the Spanish capital for the first leg in the week beginning 10 April, with the second match taking place the following week.

The last time Atlético Madrid won in England (vs. Leicester, 1997) Ian Marshall ate some paella: pic.twitter.com/WfJTbTnbKv

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/17/champions-league-quarter-final-leicester

Feb 26

Leicester covet reluctant Guus Hiddink to replace Claudio Ranieri

• Return of former manager Nigel Pearson thought to be unlikely
• Caretaker Craig Shakespeare could get job on permanent basis

Leicester City are hopeful of persuading Guus Hiddink to take over from Claudio Ranieri until the end of the season, although the Dutchman is understood to be reluctant to take on the role at such short notice, meaning the Premier League champions could turn to caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare on a permanent basis.

Representatives of Hiddink, who has been out of work since leaving his second spell as Chelsea’s interim manager last May, are believed to have been approached over the weekend by Leicester officials to gauge whether the 70-year-old would be interested in succeeding Ranieri after the Italian was sacked last week. However, having indicated several times during his second spell at Stamford Bridge that he was intent on retiring after nearly three decades in management, it remains to be seen whether he can be persuaded to change his mind.

Related: Claudio Ranieri thanks Guus Hiddink and Chelsea in emotional phone call

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/26/leicester-covet-reluctant-guus-hiddink-replace-claudio-ranieri

Feb 19

Arsenal’s Arsène Wenger worried about Sutton’s artificial pitch for FA Cup

• ‘Ideally we would like to play on a normal pitch’ in fifth-round tie
• Arsenal have practised on 3G pitch before visit to non-league side

Arsène Wenger has admitted he is concerned about facing Sutton United on the National League side’s artificial 3G pitch and warned his Arsenal players not to take the FA Cup fifth-round tie lightly in a week in which he has come out fighting over increased scrutiny of his position.

Arsenal, 12 times the FA Cup winners, travel to Gander Green Lane on Monday evening in their first match since the devastating 5-1 defeat by Bayern Munich in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie to face Sutton, who have beaten Colchester United, Cheltenham Town, AFC Wimbledon and Leeds United to reach this stage of the competition.

Related: Arsenal’s ‘Wenger out’ crowd should look at Manchester United’s labours | Daniel Taylor

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/19/arsenal-arsene-wenger-sutton-artificial-pitch-fa-cup

Feb 17

Sutton deny banning fans who opposed FA Cup sponsorship from the Sun

• Supporters claim thread on unofficial forum was removed at request of club
• Sutton face Arsenal on Monday night in fifth round tie

Sutton United have denied accusations they have censored a group of supporters from a club forum after they voiced their opposition to The Sun’s sponsorship ahead of the National League side’s FA Cup fifth round tie against Arsenal on Monday night.

Earlier this week, Sutton announced a deal with the Sun that is understood to be worth a considerable five-figure payment that will see Sun Bets replace their usual sponsor, Green Go Waste, for the historic match against Arsene Wenger’s side at Gander Green Lane. That was greeted with scepticism by some supporters after the agreement came within days of Liverpool’s decision to ban the newspaper from their Anfield stadium and Melwood training ground over its notorious coverage of the Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 Liverpool supporters were unlawfully killed.

Related: FA Cup fifth round: 10 things to look out for this weekend | Daniel Harris and Barry Glendenning

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/17/sutton-united-fa-cup-sponsorship-the-sun

Dec 04

Slaven Bilic bears burden of expectation as West Ham’s bubble bursts

The West Ham manager is confident the club can turn around its disappointing start to the season in time but realises the clock is ticking

“I try to be very open,” sighed a weary looking Slaven Bilic. “I try to be honest as I always am. It ain’t helping if we are trying to wrap things in paper and to hide. We can’t continue like this. We can’t.”

As brutal self-assessments go, the West Ham United manager’s mea culpa – including an apology to his pet dog – in the bowels of the London Stadium after his side’s 5-1 capitulation against Arsenal was hard to beat. A crestfallen Angelo Ogbonna, shoulders slumped after his mistake handed Mesut Özil the opening goal to silence further a strangely muted atmosphere for the first London derby in the Premier League to be played in their new home, was just as frank.

Related: Alexis Sánchez hits hat-trick as Arsenal put five past West Ham

Related: West Ham, Arsenal and lessons for football clubs who move grounds

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/dec/04/slaven-bilic-west-ham-london-stadium

Nov 18

Premier League to ban unregulated offshore firms from lending to clubs

• Everton and Southampton among clubs to have taken loans with Vibrac Corp
• Such borrowing to be outlawed from the 2018-19 season

The Premier League is to introduce a ban on clubs borrowing money from unregulated offshore finance firms from the 2018-19 season.

Everton, West Ham United and Southampton are among the clubs to have taken out loans with Vibrac Corp – an entity based in the British Virgin Islands which has provided funds against future broadcast money. Despite lending more than £150m between 2011 and 2013, Vibrac’s owners have never been revealed – a situation the Football Association chairman, Greg Clarke, was questioned over by the Chester MP, Chris Matheson, in last month’s culture, media and sport select committee on the governance of English football.

Related: England and Scotland likely to challenge Fifa on poppy disciplinary action

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/nov/18/premier-league-offshore-loans-ban

Oct 19

Frank de Boer feeling the heat at Inter as new era falls flat | Ed Aarons

The Nerazzurri face Southampton in the Europa League on Thursday with their manager under increasing pressure after just two months in charge

For Frank de Boer, Tuesday’s edition of the Gazzetta dello Sport would not have made comfortable reading. Fresh from the home defeat against Cagliari on Sunday that left Internazionale marooned in mid-table, the famous pink paper reported that the Dutchman’s future at San Siro is already under major scrutiny from the club’s new Chinese owners just over two months after he was appointed.

“Many of the Suning society cannot wait any longer,” read the editorial. “De Boer is under examination and it is time to show that he deserves to be on the Nerazzurri bench.”

Related: Mauro Icardi v Inter’s Ultras: an unhappy chapter in his ongoing San Siro saga

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/oct/19/frank-de-boer-inter-era-europa-league-southampton

Oct 14

Bradley Wiggins ‘failed whereabouts test’ three months before Olympics

• Daily Mail alleges British cyclist ‘provided insufficient information’
• Wiggins previously criticised Lizzie Deignan for missing three tests

Sir Bradley Wiggins was facing renewed questions on Friday night after it was alleged that Britain’s most successful Olympian committed a “whereabouts failure” in May – less than three months before he won gold in Rio.

Team Sky and Wiggins have been under pressure after his therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) became public knowledge, leaving the first British winner of the Tour de France open to accusations he had behaved unethically by injecting the powerful corticosteroid triamcinolone in 2011, 2012 and 2013, before his most important race of those seasons. They insist the TUEs were medically necessary to deal with a pollen allergy that aggravates Wiggins’ asthma condition.

Related: Lizzie Deignan urges world governing body to clarify rules on TUEs

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/oct/14/bradley-wiggins-failed-whereabouts-test-rio-olympics

Oct 04

Tyson Fury: I took cocaine but don’t want to live any more

• World heavyweight champion opens up on his mental illness
• ‘It’s been a witch-hunt ever since I won that world title’

Tyson Fury has admitted taking cocaine as he battles bipolar disorder, with the world heavyweight champion once again casting doubt on whether he will box again.

Fury, who backtracked from his pledge to retire from the sport on Monday, is receiving professional help for mental health issues that have arisen as a result of what he called a “witch-hunt” against him following his victory against Wladimir Klitschko in November last year.

Related: Tyson Fury is having a laugh – a sad and lonely one | Kevin Mitchell

The everyday racist behaviour in 2016 pic.twitter.com/XX8G8KgQcc

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/oct/04/tyson-fury-cocaine-live-anymore-boxing

Oct 03

Tyson Fury: world heavyweight champion reverses boxing retirement

• Fury had initially stated his fighting career was over
• ‘U think you will get rid of the GYPSYKING that easy!!! I’m here to stay’

Having first announced he was retiring from boxing on Monday, Tyson Fury then claimed he was “here to stay” just hours later after an apparent change of heart.

The reigning world heavyweight champion, who last month pulled out of his proposed rematch with Wladimir Klitschko citing mental health issues, tweeted on Monday that he will retire despite never having defended his titles.

Boxing is the saddest thing I ever took part in, all a pile of shit, I’m the greatest, & I’m also retired, so go suck a dick, happy days.

Hahahaha u think you will get rid of the GYPSYKING that easy!!! I’m here to stay. #TheGreatest just shows u what the Medea are like. Tut tut

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/oct/03/tyson-fury-retirement-boxing-twitter

Nov 27

Nasser Hussain calls for increased safety after Phillip Hughes’ death

• Former England captain wants improved helmets
• ‘This will send shock waves through every cricketer’
• Mike Selvey: a dangerous kind of complacency
• Phillip Hughes dies two days after being hit by ball
• Australia captain Michael Clarke leads emotional tributes

The former England captain Nasser Hussain has called for cricket helmet manufacturers to consider new methods of protecting players after the death of the Australia batsman Phillip Hughes.

Hughes, who was 25, died on Thursday, two days after being struck by a bouncer while batting for South Australia against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/nov/27/phillip-hughes-death-safety-nasser-hussain