Mark Dobson

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Name: Mark Dobson
Date registered: March 12, 2015
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/football/manchestercity

Latest posts

  1. Watford close in on Marco Silva as Crystal Palace weigh up Sean Dyche — May 26, 2017
  2. Wilfried Zaha signs new five-year contract with Crystal Palace — May 25, 2017
  3. Sir Alex Ferguson: Manchester has fantastic people, there’s great unity — May 25, 2017
  4. Liverpool to rename Centenary Stand after legend Kenny Dalglish — May 3, 2017
  5. Claudio Ranieri hints at plotters behind his sacking at Leicester — April 10, 2017

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May 26

Watford close in on Marco Silva as Crystal Palace weigh up Sean Dyche

• Former Hull City head coach holds talks with Vicarage Road club
• Silva had also been linked with Palace and Porto

Watford are closing in on their No1 managerial target after holding talks with the former Hull City head coach Marco Silva.

Silva, who has also been linked with a move to Porto and Crystal Palace, is understood to be close to agreeing a deal with the Vicarage Road club, who are looking for a swift replacement for the departed Walter Mazzarri.

Related: Wilfried Zaha signs new five-year contract with Crystal Palace

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/26/marco-silva-watford-hull-city-crystal-palace-sean-dyche-burnley

May 25

Wilfried Zaha signs new five-year contract with Crystal Palace

• Winger commits future to Eagles to end transfer speculation
• Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City had shown interest

Wilfried Zaha has ended speculation over his future by signing a new five-year deal with Crystal Palace.

The Ivory Coast winger has committed to Palace despite interest from Tottenham Hotspur after helping the club win their relegation battle. After putting pen to paper on the new contract, the 24-year-old told the club’s website: “Palace is in my heart and I don’t think the story is over.”

Related: Blinkered criticism of Wilfried Zaha shows startling insularity | Barney Ronay

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/25/wilfried-zaha-five-year-contract-crystal-palace

May 25

Sir Alex Ferguson: Manchester has fantastic people, there’s great unity

• Former manager pays tribute to United following Europa League win
• ‘We’re all proud of them, it was a great achievement’

Sir Alex Ferguson has praised Manchester’s unity in the wake of Monday’s terrorist attack and underlined the significance of United’s Europa League success over Ajax.

Manchester City and United have come together to pledge £1m to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund on a day the city prepared to offer up a defiant message that it is open for business.

Related: How Manchester United can be improved to compete with the elite | Jamie Jackson

Related: Wayne Rooney: ‘I’ve made my mind up on my future and have lots of offers’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/25/alex-ferguson-manchester-arena-terrorism-united-ajax-europa-league

May 03

Liverpool to rename Centenary Stand after legend Kenny Dalglish

• Club say former player and manager needed to be recognised
• ‘His values are Liverpool’s values,’ adds owner John W Henry

Liverpool’s Centenary Stand will be renamed after Kenny Dalglish in recognition of his immense contribution to the club.

The 66-year-old has been associated with Liverpool since 1977, following his £440,000 move from Celtic, and during his time as a player and two separate occasions as manager he won eight league titles, three European Cups, two FA Cups and five League Cups, scoring 172 goals in 515 appearances.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/03/liverpool-kenny-dalglish-stand-centenary-john-w-henry-anfield

Apr 10

Claudio Ranieri hints at plotters behind his sacking at Leicester

• Former manager refuses to blame his Leicester players
• Ranieri says it was difficult to motivate his champions

Claudio Ranieri has offered a passionate defence of his former Leicester City players, denying they forced him out.

Ranieri was sacked in February, less than a year after transforming a team of 5,000-1 outsiders into Premier League champions and, following his exit, rumours of a dressing-room mutiny were rife. However, while speaking to Sky Sports during the Monday Night Football show, the Italian refused to blame the players but did admit they were difficult to motivate following their title glory.

Related: Leicester and Atlético Madrid meet again – in a third European competition

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/10/football-claudio-ranieri-speaks-out-leicester-sack-players-premier-league

Mar 31

Martin O’Neill and Ronald Koeman lash out over James McCarthy

• Ireland manager labels Koeman ‘master tactician of blame game’
• Everton manager Koeman responds to criticism via Twitter

Martin O’Neill has hit back over the Republic of Ireland’s handling of James McCarthy, labelling Ronald Koeman a “master tactician of the blame game”. O’Neill came under attack from the Everton manager after the midfielder returned to Merseyside injured following the international break and Koeman accused the Ireland coach of “not protecting the player”.

However, O’Neill released a statement which read: “The Everton manager, master tactician of the blame game, has struck out in his comments today, criticising both myself and James McCarthy. Perhaps a review of Everton’s pre-season programme might provide some enlightenment.”

Related: Joel Robles confident Everton will end Liverpool’s Anfield derby dominance

James McCarthy began his pre-season three and a half weeks after Ireland were knocked out of the Euros. From the master tactician

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/31/martin-oneill-republic-of-ireland-james-mccarthy-everton-hamstring-injury

Mar 21

Jürgen Klopp fumes at Chris Coleman over Ben Woodburn’s Wales call-up

• Liverpool manager unhappy 17-year-old is thrust into spotlight
• Klopp was expecting a phone call from the Wales manager

Jürgen Klopp has revealed his exasperation over Chris Coleman’s decision to call up Liverpool’s Ben Woodburn to the Wales squad.

The 17-year-old striker, who was an unused substitute at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday where Liverpool drew 1-1 with Manchester City, has played for the Wales’ Under-19s and was propelled into the senior squad by Coleman following only seven first-team appearances at club level.

Related: Jürgen Klopp vows to protect Liverpool record-breaker Ben Woodburn

Related: Ben Woodburn’s rise no surprise despite Klopp’s kid-gloves approach at Liverpool | Andy Hunter

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/21/jurgen-klopp-ben-woodburn-liverpool-wales-chris-coleman

Mar 20

Olivier Giroud: Arsenal players want Arsène Wenger to stay on

• Striker says the players hope manager will renew his contract
• Wenger digging in after vicious criticism from pundits and fans

Olivier Giroud believes the Arsenal players are right behind manager Arsène Wenger and want him to stay on at the club despite mounting fan unrest and a poor run of form.

Wenger is determined to continue and, with a two-year contract on the table, says an announcement will be made “very soon”.

Related: Secrecy over contract will do little to silence Arsène Wenger’s detractors | Paul Doyle

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/20/olivier-giroud-arsenal-players-backing-arsene-wenger-contract

Mar 14

Romelu Lukaku tells Everton he will not sign a new contract

• Striker wants summer move to play Champions League football
• Everton informed after training session

Romelu Lukaku is set to spark a summer transfer scramble after telling Everton he will not sign a new contract at Goodison Park.

The 23-year-old’s agent Mino Raiola has insisted Lukaku would put pen to paper on lucrative new terms and claimed he had agreed “99.9%” of the £100,000-a-week deal which would have made him the best paid player in the club’s history.

Related: Rejuvenated Ross Barkley reaps benefits of Everton’s midfield makeover

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/14/everton-romelu-lukaku-contract-sign-champions-league-chelsea

Mar 02

Video review system could be used in English football next season

• International Football Association Board to discuss video reviews on Friday
• Southampton’s Manolo Gabbiadini had goal disallowed in EFL Cup final

English football could see video technology introduced next season as early as the Community Shield with FA Cup ties also being targeted as possibilities for its trial use.

The International Football Association Board is set to discuss live trials of video reviews, in matches scheduled by the Football Association, during its annual general meeting on Friday.

Related: Southampton’s Manolo Gabbiadini grabs the limelight but is denied final glory | David Hytner

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/02/video-review-system-international-football-association-board-english-football-manolo-gabbiadini