Paul MacInnes

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Drills, travels and tactics: the keys to Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham success | Paul MacInnes

‘The Manchester City of the Championship’ take on Villa in the play-off final with much to thank their Serbian manager forWhen Neil Warnock described Fulham as “the Manchester City of the Championship” he was not talking about the transfer fees. Fulham…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/may/26/fulham-slavisa-jokanovic-aston-villa-championship-play-off-final

Romelu Lukaku’s fitness only cloud on José Mourinho’s horizon before final

• Striker has until ‘last moment’ to recover from ankle injury• Manager says he is ‘curious’ about Antonio Conte’s futureThe fitness of Romelu Lukaku is José Mourinho’s sole matter of concern as the Manchester United manager prepares for the FA Cup fin…

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Mourinho will wait until ‘last moment’ to decide if Lukaku is fit for FA Cup final

• Romelu Lukaku to get last-minute fitness check, says Mourinho• Mourinho promises ‘entertaining’ final against ChelseaJosé Mourinho has said Romelu Lukaku will undergo a last-minute fitness test on an ankle injury before deciding whether Manchester Un…

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Fulham out to make up for lost time in Championship play-off with Derby | Paul MacInnes

Slavisa Jokanovic takes his team to Pride Park for a semi-final first leg on Friday evening and with a big duck to breakThe Fulham juggernaut hit a pothole last weekend. A team unbeaten in 23 Championship matches got turned over by 20th‑placed Birmingh…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/may/10/fulham-championship-playoff-semi-final-derby-slavisa-jokanovic

Trusting himself lets Mark Williams perform at his peak when bums turn squeaky | Paul MacInnes

Williams’ triumph at the Crucible, and Charlie Austin’s performance for Southampton, showed how top performers shrug off pressure by concentrating on what they do bestOn Monday evening I stood adjacent to history. Waiting for the delayed evening sessio…

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Mark Williams shows youngsters naked truth about snooker’s veterans

By winning a third world title at 43, in a thrilling final against the 42-year-old John Higgins, Mark Williams showed millennials the older generation still have what it takesTuesday morning and in the cafes of Sheffield’s Millennium Square, talk was s…

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Advantage Cardiff but Fulham still hope Reading can lend a hand

Cardiff need only a home win against Reading for automatic promotion to the Premier League on Sunday but Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic is undauntedThree weeks ago Slavisa Jokanovic joked that Cardiff City, his main rival for promotion, would drop po…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/may/04/cardiff-fulham-promotion-premier-league-championship

Gary Cahill tires of having to show Chelsea he is still the main man

• Centre-half says he has nothing to prove at Chelsea• Cahill: ‘Wining the FA Cup would rescue our season’Gary Cahill hopes his return to the Chelsea starting XI can bring about a happy end to the season for himself and his club but admits it is tiring…

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Barry Hearn ups stakes in attempt to solve mystery of the missing maximums | Paul MacInnes

A lack of financial reward for a maximum 147 break has been touted as a reason for the recent gold rush not spreading to the world championshipThe 2018 snooker world championship has gone off like a rocket. Mark Selby, the champion of the past two year…

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Mark Hughes tells Southampton players to ‘get details right’ to survive

• Hughes bemoans failure to hold on for win against Chelsea• Saints five points from safety with five games leftMark Hughes has not had much time to get to know his players at Southampton and he does not have much left either if he is to effect a trans…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/15/mark-hughes-southampton-players-details-right-survive

Premier League clubs vote against introducing VAR next season

• Decision follows meeting to discuss VAR trials• Premier League agrees testing of system will continueVAR will not be used in the Premier League next season after clubs voted to extend trials for another year.A decision to defer implementation of the …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/13/premier-league-video-assistant-referees-var-vote-against

Harry Kane will learn from his mauling on social media, says Pochettino

• Goal award attracted comment from Golden Boot rival Mo Salah• Fans of other clubs will have killed him, Spurs manager addsMauricio Pochettino believes Harry Kane will “learn a lot” from the controversy over Tottenham’s second goal against Stoke last …

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Delia Smith hails Norwich’s new direction to improve academy

Norwich’s majority shareholder Delia Smith has taken influence from Guy Roux at Auxerre in rebuilding the club with an emphasis on youth“It’s really simple for us. We’re a self-funded club. So we know where we are, we know our expectations,” Stuart Web…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/06/delia-smith-hails-norwich-new-direction-improve-academy

Wenger ready to see best of Lacazette as he weighs up Europa League start

• ‘I realise now he was not himself for a while’• Arsenal manager calls Europa League tie against CSKA 50-50Alexandre Lacazette’s Arsenal career has been tainted by lingering injury, according to the manager, with the striker hoping to force his way i…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/04/arsenal-cska-moscow-europa-league

Serena Williams is now a mother, but don’t expect the hate to stop | Paul MacInnes

The greatest champion of the modern era has had to achieve it all to a backdrop of thinly veiled racism and unjust criticism – sadly, her having a baby is unlikely to change anythingWould someone please give Serena Williams a break? Two weeks into her …

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José Mourinho praises ‘fantastic comeback’ but rues earlier mistakes

• Manchester United manager hails ‘intensity’ of second-half display• Mourinho admits that injury-hit Crystal Palace ‘did very well’José Mourinho praised his team’s intensity in recovering from two goals down against Crystal Palace but conceded their l…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/mar/05/jose-mourinho-manchester-united-quotes-crystal-palace-roy-hodgson