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Mar 26

Ireland’s Martin O’Neill says surgery on Séamus Coleman’s leg was a success

• ‘It’s a double break but it has been pinned up now and screwed in’
• O’Neill reluctant to put timescale on right-back’s recovery

The surgery on Séamus Coleman’s broken leg has been a success. The Republic of Ireland right-back suffered a double break of his right leg in a tackle with Wales’ Neil Taylor during the World Cup qualifier in Dublin.

The Republic captain was given oxygen before being carried off in Friday’s goalless draw at the Aviva Stadium and was taken to St Vincent’s University hospital.

Related: Séamus Coleman’s horrific injury demands rethink of misplaced tolerance | Daniel Taylor

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/26/seamus-coleman-martin-oneill-surgery-broken-leg-successful

Mar 26

Jesse Lingard: ‘England is like a family. We’re not going to let others bully us’

The Manchester United midfielder has taken the long route to the top and believes Gareth Southgate’s young squad can compete with the world’s best

Everything is happening in a hurry for Jesse Lingard. First picked in a Manchester United matchday squad by Sir Alex Ferguson at the age of 18, he waited nearly three more years to make his debut, which was curtailed by injury after 24 minutes, and was a couple of months short of his 23rd birthday before he made a second first‑team appearance for United. Those four years brought four loan spells and enormous uncertainty about his future at the club of his childhood dreams – but then the doors started to open. And they kept opening.

Within a year of that second match he had played 46 more, scored an extra-time winner in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace and another goal on his return to Wembley for the Community Shield, and made his full international debut. Now he has played in four of England’s past five games (he was an unused substitute in the other) and is expected to win a fifth cap against Lithuania on Sunday afternoon. He says of footballing success that “it can come quick, but other times you’ve got to be patient and wait for your chance” and it is a lesson borne of personal experience. “Marcus [Rashford] got straight in and then stayed there,” he says of his friend and team‑mate. “Others like myself had to take the long route.”

Related: Gareth Southgate lets England players and Eddie Jones do the talking | Dominic Fifield

Related: England veteran Jermain Defoe set to return from international wilderness

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/26/jesse-lingard-england-manchester-united

Mar 26

Premier League fans’ verdicts – the run-in, part 1: Arsenal to Manchester City

With eight weeks to go, fans assess the season so far, and what lies ahead
• Click here for part 2: Manchester United to West Ham

What’s the mood among fans? With all the uncertainty about Arsène Wenger’s intentions and the increasingly likely exit of our two world-class talents, the ‘end of days’ mood around N5 couldn’t be stronger. Fans of most clubs would be delighted with a Wembley semi and a continued push for the top four – but we’re just dreading the prospect of an extended 10-game wake. And then there’s having to turn my phone off for the entire summer, should we end up finishing below our neighbours for the first time in 22 years.

I can’t believe there’s a single Burnley supporter who isn’t fully behind Sean Dyche

Sadio Mané has been Liverpool’s player of the season – he’s a joy to watch

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Mar 26

Premier League fans’ verdicts – the run-in, part 2: Manchester Utd to West Ham

With eight weeks to go, fans assess the season so far, and what lies ahead
Click here for part 1: Arsenal to Manchester City

What’s the mood among fans? The games are coming thick and fast – you expect that when you end up in the Europa League but belong in the Champions League. Most fans would take winning in Stockholm over fourth place but both are attainable. Then for some big work in the summer: we’re still in transition, so José Mourinho will have to add to the squad again and ship out the dead wood, regardless of their previous status.

We’ve seen Southampton at the San Siro and at Wembley, but there’s a nagging sense of underachievement

Mauricio Pochettino is providing Tottenham fans with the best football for 30 years

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Mar 25

Séamus Coleman mental strength will help recovery, says Martin O’Neill

• O’Neill admits to being ‘pretty shaken’ after defender suffered broken leg
• Wales manager Chris Coleman says Neil Taylor ‘devastated’ after tackle

At the end of a tense night in Dublin, where emotions were still running high long after the final whistle, Martin O’Neill sounded like a man in a state of shock as he reflected on the awful moment when Séamus Coleman reached out to hold on to his broken right leg. “I was pretty shaken by it,” the Republic of Ireland manager said.

It was a reckless challenge from Neil Taylor, the Wales left-back, and it was easy to see why television companies decided against showing a replay. O’Neill had not seen the tackle again and the last thing he wanted to hear was that there was a picture of the lower part of Coleman’s leg pointing in the wrong direction. He was informed that it was similar to the awful photograph that circulated after Henrik Larsson broke his leg while playing for Celtic, the year before O’Neill became the club’s manager. “Don’t tell me that,” O’Neill said.

Related: Séamus Coleman’s leg break a huge blow to club and country, says Martin O’Neill

Related: Séamus Coleman’s horrific injury demands rethink of misplaced tolerance | Daniel Taylor

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Mar 25

Rogues’ gallery: English football’s worst owners, from Becchetti to Bates | Barry Glendenning

Leyton Orient fans believe their owner is leading them to oblivion but Hicks and Gillett, and Peter Ridsdale at Leeds remind us feckless owners are nothing new

In just two and a half seasons as owner, the waste-management magnate has taken Leyton Orient from the verge of the Championship to the brink of relegation from the Football League and possibly even extinction. Since buying the club from Barry Hearn for £4m, the Italian has overseen nine managerial changes and faced repeated claims of interference in team affairs. In December 2015, he earned himself a six-match ban for kicking Orient’s then assistant manager, Andy Hessenthaler, following a win over Portsmouth. Last week, Orient survived a winding-up order at the high court and Becchetti was given until 12 June to either sell the club or pay off its debts. Waltham Forest council are among the creditors, for providing health and safety advice, as is the company that provides match-day stewards and the official club photographer. If Becchetti fails to either pay or sell up, Orient – bottom of League Two and seven points off the last safe spot – risk going into liquidation and out of existence.

Related: Leyton Orient facing the full fury of a spiteful owner scorned

Related: Blackburn approach visit of Manchester United under cloud of Venky’s turmoil | Andy Hunter

Related: Ken Bates’s career traced change in football from game to big business

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/25/becchetti-bates-venkys-10-awful-owners-football-clubs-leyton-orient

Mar 25

Arsenal and Manchester United likely to be crowded out by the top four | Paul Wilson

The teams in the top four appear favoured by form and the fixture list while Arsenal and Manchester United have too much to do despite games in hand

When the Premier League returns after the international break it does so as if making up for lost momentum; a full midweek programme follows this coming weekend’s fixtures and by the time everyone has played twice in four or five days the remaining games will be down to single figures and the run-in will be under way.

Chelsea’s 10-point lead means they are universally regarded as a shoo-in for the title, though by that reckoning Arsenal have no chance of overhauling Tottenham, who are nine points ahead of their London rivals. While Arsenal have a game in hand, they also have a testing match coming up with the visit of Manchester City.

Related: If Arsène Wenger stays we can expect a comedy of analogy errors | Marina Hyde

Related: José Mourinho thinks Premier League power is too divided, but is he right? | Paul Wilson

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Mar 25

Leroy Rosenior: ‘There were 5,000 Leeds fans shouting Sieg Heil at us, hatred in their eyes’

In an exclusive book extract, the former Fulham, QPR and West Ham forward recalls the racism he faced in the 1980s, including being spat at by a schoolboy

I remember going to play at Leeds for Fulham in 1984. Playing there is never dull and on this occasion, the locals were in particularly boisterous mood. We got a throw-in down at the big Kop end that housed the fanatical home support. Paul Parker and I were closest and looked to get our attack back on track. As we got to the corner flag any thought of launching that attack went from our minds as we were met in the corner by thousands of fans with hate in their eyes, intent on unsettling these two young black footballers who had dared to come to their town to play a game of football.

Usually there were the monkey chants, the “ooh-ooh-ooh” noises that all black players had been subject to at the time. There were the chants about shooting niggers and the bananas that fell from the terraces of 1980s football stadiums – local greengrocers of that era owe us black footballers a fortune if you ask me – with increasing regularity. What happened was none of the above.

Related: Howard Gayle: I needed mental resilience to survive as Liverpool’s first black player

Related: Forty years after black footballers entered the game, racism is still a huge problem

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/25/leroy-rosenior-leeds-united-fans-shouting-sieg-heil

Mar 25

Séamus Coleman’s leg break a huge blow to club and country, says Martin O’Neill

• Republic of Ireland and Everton full-back injured in draw
• Wales coach Chris Coleman defends ‘devastated’ Neil Taylor

Martin O’Neill described Séamus Coleman’s broken leg as a huge blow to the Republic of Ireland and Everton after the right-back suffered a horrific injury that overshadowed the goalless draw against Wales. Neil Taylor received a straight red card for the reckless challenge that led to Coleman leaving the field on a stretcher and being taken to hospital.

Taylor tried to apologise to Coleman after the game but the Ireland defender had already left the stadium.

Related: Séamus Coleman broken leg sours Republic of Ireland draw with Wales

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/25/seamus-coleman-martin-oneill-republic-of-ireland-everton

Mar 24

Everton’s Coleman suffers broken leg in Republic draw

Republic of Ireland skipper Seamus Coleman suffers a broken leg in his side’s goalless draw with Wales at the Aviva Stadium.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39388290

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