Daniel Taylor

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Name: Daniel Taylor
Date registered: September 27, 2014
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/football/manchester-united

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  1. Jamie Vardy: I got death threats over Claudio Ranieri sacking at Leicester — March 20, 2017
  2. Romelu Lukaku’s ambition is the same as Ronald Koeman’s | Daniel Taylor — March 18, 2017
  3. José Mourinho left trailing by calmed-down Antonio Conte | Daniel Taylor — March 11, 2017
  4. Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester exit a tale of deceit and discourtesy | Daniel Taylor — February 25, 2017
  5. Leicester sack Claudio Ranieri less than a year after Premier League title — February 23, 2017

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Mar 20

Jamie Vardy: I got death threats over Claudio Ranieri sacking at Leicester

• England striker says his family have been targeted
• He insists players had no problem with Italian former manager

Jamie Vardy has claimed he received death threats because of his alleged involvement in the dressing-room mutiny that undermined Claudio Ranieri and said the backlash against the players who won the Premier League title with Leicester City last season has led to his family suffering a number of “terrifying” ordeals.

Vardy denied he had been responsible in any way for Ranieri’s sacking but admitted the incident had crystallised the impression of him as someone “football fans don’t seem to like”. He said the repercussions had also threatened his family’s safety, featuring a number of alleged road-rage incidents involving his wife, Rebekah, as the victim.

Related: Cesare Prandelli: I said no to Leicester over treatment of Claudio Ranieri

Related: Leicester’s Craig Shakespeare basks in new high after win over Sevilla

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/20/jamie-vardy-death-threats-leicester-claudio-ranieri

Mar 18

Romelu Lukaku’s ambition is the same as Ronald Koeman’s | Daniel Taylor

Everton manager has readily changed clubs to further his own career and this response to Lukaku’s desire to move shows an all too common double standard

They were nine games into the Eredivisie season when Valencia came calling for Ronald Koeman in October 2007. PSV Eindhoven, the team he had led to the Dutch title, had won seven and drawn two and were enjoying the view from the top of the table. Yet Koeman had always wanted to manage in Spain and the relevant people at PSV were candid enough to realise Valencia was an upgrade. Jan Reker, PSV’s general director, would later say: “Our question to Valencia was: ‘Can’t this wait until next year?’”

The answer was a polite no. Valencia’s information was that Koeman wanted to go. He signed a three-year contract at the Mestalla and there was no attempt from PSV to block the move. Koeman wanted to advance his career and he went with their best wishes. “Ronald has always said he dreamed of coaching a top club in Spain,” Reker explained. “We respect that. This is a dream club for him and they didn’t want to wait. It’s a pity for PSV but the ultimate challenge for Ronald. I was a coach myself and when you have a dream, you must take it when it comes.”

Related: Romelu Lukaku maintains Everton hot streak with brace in 4-0 defeat of Hull

Related: Koeman criticises Lukaku and warns Everton will not be held to ransom

Related: Happy birthday, Theo, you’re dropped – England bombshell for Walcott

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/mar/18/romelu-lukakus-ambitiousness-is-the-same-as-ronald-koemans

Mar 11

José Mourinho left trailing by calmed-down Antonio Conte | Daniel Taylor

Chelsea’s manager, whose team host Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Monday, has got under his predecessor’s skin by winning games rather than by goading

In Italy, they know it isn’t actually true that Antonio Conte – contrary to the impression he might have given during his first season at Chelsea – is immune to the kind of sniping that leaves the distinct impression he has already burrowed his way under José Mourinho’s skin.

Those who remember Conte’s work at Juventus might certainly be surprised by his newly acquired restraint given he previously had a habit of taking great offence, with hair‑trigger sensibilities, when managers or pundits talked about his team, even sometimes if what they said might have seemed perfectly innocuous.

Related: Antonio Conte will stay exuberant when Chelsea face Manchester United

Related: José Mourinho facing Chelsea selection conundrum with Rostov looming

Related: Antonio Conte and Chelsea set to agree new contract beyond 2019

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/mar/11/jose-mourinho-antonio-conte-chelsea-manchester-united-fa-cup

Feb 25

Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester exit a tale of deceit and discourtesy | Daniel Taylor

The Foxes’ title-winning manager deserved better from Leicester’s players and the club’s ungracious owners

It was the headline in Gazzetta dello Sport that jumped out from the news stands on the morning after the kind of newsflash that made it easy to understand what Gareth Southgate meant when he talked about loving the sport but not necessarily liking it. Claudio Ranieri had become another managerial statistic and it was quickly becoming apparent there were players at Leicester City who would be glad to see the back of him. “Inglesi Ingrati,” was the verdict in capital letters on the front page of Italy’s biggest-selling sports daily.

A touch rich, you might think, in the country where some of the more trigger-happy football club owners are known as mangia-allenatore –translation: manager-eaters – and, strictly speaking, the decision to overthrow Ranieri was taken from Bangkok rather than Braunstone or Beaumont Leys.

Related: Claudio Ranieri: my dream died with Leicester sacking

Related: Jamie Vardy denies Leicester players plotted to oust Claudio Ranieri

Related: Claudio Ranieri sacking: two Leicester City fans give their verdicts

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/feb/25/claudio-ranieris-leicester-exit-a-tale-of-deceit-and-discourtesy

Feb 23

Leicester sack Claudio Ranieri less than a year after Premier League title

• Italian informed of decision on return from Sevilla tie
• Roberto Mancini is early favourite to succeed Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri, the manager who led Leicester City to one of the more implausible success stories in history, has been sacked only nine months after taking a team of 5,000-1 outsiders to the Premier League title and a football miracle.

Related: Claudio Ranieri faces growing unrest among Leicester players and staff

Related: Leicester City’s triumph: the inside story of an extraordinary season | Stuart James

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/23/claudio-rainieri-sacked-leicester

Feb 20

Manchester City warned of Monaco ‘killers in the box’ with Falcao revitalised

• Pep Guardiola reminds players of Barcelona’s Champions League capitulation
• ‘The way Monaco play is perfect for Radamel Falcao. That’s why he’s back’

Pep Guardiola has warned his Manchester City players to note what happened to Barcelona against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and be aware that Monaco, the top side in France, have “killers in the box” now Radamel Falcao has recovered from dismal spells at Manchester United and Chelsea.

Related: Pep Guardiola a big fan of Monaco and wary of their Champions League threat

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/20/manchester-city-warned-monaco-killers-in-the-box-radamel-falcao-pep-guardiola-champions-league

Feb 20

Pep Guardiola a big fan of Monaco and wary of their Champions League threat

French league leaders have grown in stature at home and in Europe and can cause Manchester City problems in their Champions League round of 16 tie

As a measure of why Pep Guardiola spoke so effusively about Manchester City’s latest opponents in the Champions League, it is worth bearing in mind Monaco’s achievements this season eclipse those of the Paris Saint-Germain side who just had the temerity to win 4-0 against Barcelona and knock the throne off football royalty.

Monaco are not only looking down on PSG from the top of the French league but, to put it into context, they have scored 76 goals from 26 games compared with 50 for the Qatari-funded team who gave Barça one of their worst chasings for many years.

Related: How Monaco fashioned a table-topping team from their own academy | Igor Mladenovic

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/20/manchester-city-monaco-champions-league

Feb 18

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

The struggles to replace Sir Alex Ferguson is a cautionary tale that ought to be heeded by those who want Arsène Wenger to leave Arsenal

It probably won’t surprise anybody who has followed the life and times of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to know that when he was rich enough to afford the house of his dreams in Malmo – a mansion, painted pink, “as big as a castle” – it didn’t particularly bother him that somebody was already living there. Ibrahimovic, as you may have gathered, is not short of self-confidence and turned up one day with his partner, Helena, to knock on the door and introduce himself. “We’re here because you’re living in our house,” was one way to break the ice.

It did the trick, though. The neighbours could be a problem – “It’s all posh people,” he once complained, “there’s nobody who speaks like me, who says stuff like ‘the wickedest house’ and that” – but they bought the place a few months later and on the first day Ibrahimovic hung a framed portrait of two dirty feet inside the main entrance. Friends would visit and ask why he would hang such an unsightly picture in such a beautiful house. “You idiots,” he would reply. “Those feet have paid for all of this.”

Related: Arsène Wenger admits Arsenal ‘mentally collapsed’ during Bayern Munich rout

Related: Thiago Alcântara and Bayern Munich leave Arsenal staring into the abyss

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/feb/18/arsenal-wenger-out-manchester-united

Feb 17

Michael Keane: ‘It was always United for me … but I don’t regret leaving’ | Daniel Taylor

Thriving under Sean Dyche at Burnley, impressing Gareth Southgate, and with an FA Cup tie against Lincoln on Saturday, Keane speaks about leaving his boyhood club and the bond with his twin brother Will, now of Hull City

“I always felt I would be a Manchester United player,” Michael Keane says of the circumstances that explain why a player Sir Alex Ferguson, and many others at Old Trafford, regarded as one of their great hopes is now in the claret and blue of Burnley. “The coaches used to say to me that sometimes they would send other players out on loan to help them get a move but that was never the case with me. They saw it as experience for me because they thought I was good enough to get in the first team when I came back. But then obviously Sir Alex left and it all changed.”

For Keane, one of the players prominently in Gareth Southgate’s thoughts, there will always be a tinge of regret about what happened next, even if this talented, ambitious centre-half is also keen to emphasise how the move to Turf Moor has helped all that rich potential to flower.

It’s a special bond [with twin brother Will], like best friends, and weird things do happen. We might speak at exactly the same time and say exactly the same thing – little things like that.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/17/michael-keane-burnley-manchester-united-fa-cup-lincoln-city

Feb 11

Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola must use his head over Joe Hart | Daniel Taylor

The failings of the exiled Joe Hart’s replacements, Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero, surely demand a rethink from Pep Guardiola for next season

It is probably safe to assume Pep Guardiola did not appreciate the impertinence of being asked at his latest press conference whether, six months into the season, he could understand why so many football people were questioning whether the decision to marginalise and replace Joe Hart had shown even the greatest managers can make mistakes.

A similar question was asked of Sinisa Mihajlovic, the manager of Torino, earlier this season and you didn’t have to read too far between the lines to find a thinly disguised layer of scorn from the man who took Hart to Serie A. “Guardiola says Hart isn’t the best with his feet, but from what I’ve seen he has decent feet,” Mihajlovic noted. “If Guardiola wants someone like Guardiola in goal, that’s going to be tricky … but if he has any other players he’d like to hand over, we’ll gladly take a look.”

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/feb/11/pep-guardiola-joe-hart-claudio-bravo-joe-hart

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