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Jun 24

West Bromwich Albion ‘very keen’ to trial safe standing in Premier League

• West Brom director Mark Miles impressed by rail seating on trip to Celtic Park
• ‘Our position remains that we would be very keen to be involved in a pilot’

West Bromwich Albion have responded positively to the Premier League’s letter asking the 20 teams about their interest in re-introducing standing sections in stadiums on a trial basis.

English clubs are legally required to have all-seater stadiums since the 1990 Taylor Report into the Hillsborough disaster recommended the change but the league’s governing body is keen on re-opening discussions about the matter.

Related: Safe standing a step closer after Football League’s green light for rail seats

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/24/west-bromwich-albion-very-keen-trial-safe-standing-pilot-scheme

Jun 24

‘Harry Kane scores goals but you can’t stop him doing it’

Clive Allen saw something in a raw 16-year-old striker who just wanted to practice, practice, practice back at our old Spurs Lodge training ground in 2009 and 2010.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/clive-allen-feature-on-harry-kane-240617/

Jun 24

Fosu-Mensah recalls his school days

United defender Tim Fosu-Mensah discusses attempting bicycle kicks on the street as a kid.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.manutd.com/en/News-And-Features/Exclusive-Interviews/2017/Jun/school-days-tim-fosu-mensah-recalls-life-as-a-young-footballer.aspx?newsid=C86C7D85-C45D-4FDA-B4B1-559D8E71D262

Jun 24

Herrera in awe of United’s US support

Ander Herrera recalls how it felt to play in front of America’s biggest-ever soccer crowd.

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Jun 24

Mauricio Pellegrino, the complete coach who hates losing and frets when he wins | Sid Lowe

Southampton’s new manager, highly regarded for his man-management and tactical nous, obsesses about the damage victory can inflict on players’ hunger

There were around 40 people on the coaching course Mauricio Pellegrino took when he was a player at Valencia in 1999 and he wanted to know what it was that moved them to be there, so he did something he has done ever since football took him from his home in the Argentinian pampas: he asked and he listened. There were all sorts of reasons but surprisingly few matched his. For some, it was just something to do. For others, it was about money, just a job. Not for Pellegrino. He asked a friend there whether he would take it if a tiny third division club came for him. “No,” he said. “Coaching’s not your vocation, then,” Pellegrino replied.

It is Pellegrino’s. “Had it not been for football I would never have left home,” he once said. He was a little introverted, at least to start with, and one former team-mate says football is his life while he told a player who worked under him that through football he found a way to express himself. Especially through coaching, his calling. He has emerged and evolved over the years but even as a player he was a manager. Louis van Gaal once said: “He’ll make a great coach.” Although Pellegrino was not pleased, joking that meant the Dutchman did not think he was much of a centre-back, Van Gaal is not a man given to handing out compliments and he knew he was right.

Related: Southampton appoint former Liverpool coach Mauricio Pellegrino as manager

Related: Antonio Conte urges Chelsea to sign Leonardo Bonucci or Virgil van Dijk

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/jun/24/mauricio-pellegrino-complete-coach-southampton-manager

Jun 24

World Cup winner Arbeloa retires aged 34

Former Liverpool, Real Madrid and West Ham defender Alvaro Arbeloa is retiring from football at the age of 34.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40390991

Jun 24

Sunderland: Takeover could go through next week and Germans have own ideas for a manager

THE German consortium looking to take ownership of Sunderland is pushing to get a deal tied up early next week, when the players will be preparing for a return to pre-season training.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/sport/football/sunderland/news_articles/15368133.Sunderland__Takeover_could_go_through_next_week_and_Germans_have_own_ideas_for_a_manager/?ref=rss

Jun 23

Pau keeps Serbia at bay at Under-21 Euros

Pau Lopez kept a clean sheet to help Spain Under-21s round off their group stage campaign at the European Under-21 Championship with a 100 per cent record on Friday night.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/pau-lopez-spain-u21s-serbia-win-230617/

Jun 23

England’s Demarai Gray steps from bench to seize centre stage

After a season on the periphery at Leicester the forward has made an impact for England in the European Under-21 Championship

It seemed Demarai Gray had been waiting to answer the question for some time. Clutching the boots which had just helped England reach the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship on Thursday night for the first time in four attempts, the forward who learned his trade in the junior section of Cadbury Athletic – the non-league club in Birmingham’s south-western suburbs, affiliated to the world-famous confectioners, that produced Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge – twiddled his headphones in his hands and thought for a second.

“It is all about opportunities,” he finally replied when asked about the key to his development. “Playing at first-team level is how you progress the best. You learn about the real game. Managers have to trust you and give you a chance. If they do, we will have more English talent coming on show.”

Related: England sail past Poland to reach European U-21 Championship semis

Related: Nathan Redmond winner completes England comeback against Slovakia

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/23/englands-demarai-gray-steps-from-bench-to-centre-stage

Jun 23

Southampton appoint former Liverpool coach Mauricio Pellegrino as manager

• Pellegrino left Alavés in May after reaching the Copa del Rey final
• ‘I am excited and passionate about the future,’ says Argentinian

Mauricio Pellegrino has expressed his excitement after being appointed Southampton’s new manager and the Argentinian is confident his way of working will help the club be successful.

Pellegrino has signed a three-year contract at St Mary’s having been confirmed as Claude Puel’s successor on Friday. Puel was sacked after guiding Southampton to the EFL Cup final and eighth in the Premier League. Pellegrino chose to leave Alavés in May after a campaign with similarities to Southampton’s: he led the Spanish club to the Copa del Rey final and ninth place in his only season.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/23/southampton-appoint-former-liverpool-coach-mauricio-pellegrino-as-manager

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