All three Premier League giants suffered disappointing defeats this weekend and look light-years away from challenging at the top of the table…so the Drivetime boys want your thoughts.Cast you votes here… Man United react to Sunday’s defeat to Swansea 1
Liverpool have been rocked by the news striker Danny Ings is likely to miss the rest of the season through injury.Ings, who joined the Reds from Burnley in the summer, ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in training on Wednesday and is facing around six to eight months on the sidelines.That timescale will also leave him fighting to be fit for next summer’s European Championship finals, having made his debut for England against Lithuania earlier this week.The news comes as a further blow to new Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp, who has already lost Joe Gomez to a serious injury this week.Ings’ hopes of being involved in Roy Hodgson’s squad for next summer’s tournament in France are now in serious jeopardy.He will definitely miss the friendlies with Spain and France next month and is unlikely to be available for the clash with Germany next March. 1 Danny Ings
Paul Sturrock Paul Sturrock has left his role a Yeovil Town manager after less than eight months in charge, with the club languishing at the bottom of the League Two table.Former Southend boss Sturrock replaced acting manager Terry Skiverton in April but Yeovil have gone 12 games without a league win following last Saturday’s defeat at Northampton.First-team coach Darren Way has been appointed interim manager and he will be assisted by Skiverton.“We are very sad that the board had to reach this decision and we thank Paul for his hard work during his time at Huish Park,” chairman John Fry in a statement on the club’s official website.“We wish him well for the future, however we all felt that in the light of recent results we had no alternative. We will now begin our search for a new manager.”Sturrock took charge of his eighth different club – he has had two spells as Plymouth manager – when installed at Huish Park and has won promotion five times, but was unable to save the club from relegation in May.Yeovil finished bottom of League One last term and have never recovered from a poor start this season after losing five of their first six matches. 1
9 9 9 4. Thomas Muller is paid a €13.5m salary by Bayern – Bayern clearly want to keep Muller in the Bundesliga if his reported salary is anything to go by. 9 9. Angel Di Maria and Gareth Bale are paid €11m annually by PSG and Real Madrid – Di Maria is earning big bucks since leaving Man United for the riches of PSG and he is one of four players from the French side on this list, as reported by Diario de Noticias. Bale, meanwhile, is the most expensive player in the world, but he still earns less than his more celebrated team-mate, Cristiano Ronaldo. In January details of the £85m man’s contract were leaked. 9 7. Wayne Rooney: The Man United and England captain has a €11.5m salary – Rooney is the only Premier League player on here and the striker has been richly rewarded for his services to Man United. 6. Thiago Silva: Top defender earns €12m-a-year at PSG – The PSG and Brazil defender is considered to be one of the best in his position. 2. Lionel Messi is on €20m a year at Barcelona – First and second place was always going to be between Messi and Ronaldo… 5. Jackson Martinez’s new contract at Guangzhou Evergrande in China will net him €12.5m annually – Martinez only joined Atletico Madrid last summer, but could not find the kind of goal scoring form that made him such hot property during his time at Porto. Evergrande paid around £32m for him in the winter transfer window and his huge contract puts him among football’s top five earners. Kerching! Jackson Martinez is in the money after he joined Guangzhou Evergrande from Atletico Madrid.The Chinese club shelled out £32m to prise him away from Spain where he has had an unhappy spell since leaving Porto.Here, talkSPORT has looked at what the striker’s salary looks like – healthy – compared to other top earners in football.Have a look at the 10 best paid players *according to Portuguese news outlet Diario de Noticias. 9 1. Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid forward is on a tidy €21m-a-year – Ronaldo became Real Madrid’s record goal scorer earlier in the season and at the age of 31, is there room for one last payday? 9 9 10. Edinson Cavani: PSG striker earns €10m-a-year* – click the arrow above, right, to see the world’s highest paid players – Jackson Martinez’s transfer to Guangzhou Evergrande in China has propelled him into the list of top earners in football. According to Portuguese news outlet Diario de Noticias, Martinez will earn a huge sum of money after leaving Atletico Madrid and here, talkSPORT looks at the top 10 highest paid men, beginning with Edinson Cavani, who earns 10m annually scoring for PSG. 9 3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic: PSG striker’s salary is €16m – Ibrahimovic has played for Juventus, Milan, Inter, Barcelona and is still one of the world’s best strikers, which is reflected by his salary at PSG.
4. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United) – Schweinsteiger was injured towards the end of the Red Devils 1-0 FA Cup victory over Sheffield United on 9th January. He hasnt featured since, with Louis van Gaal remaining coy on his expected return. Reports from Germany, however, claim that the midfielder isnt expected to return until the end of February suggesting that it could be touch and go whether he is ready to face Arsenal on the 28th of this month. 5. Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) – Wilshere hasnt yet made an appearance for the Gunners this season after suffering a hairline fracture in his left fibula six months ago, in an accidental training clash with Gabriel Paulista. Other setbacks have extended his stay on the sidelines, but the midfielder himself revealed this week that Im back on the pitch and Im just trying to build my fitness up Im working on it and Im slowly getting there. Wenger also said that he is looking good and informed England manager Roy Hodgson that he could be available in four weeks. 3. Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) – Rosicky, who made his first appearance in seven months in Arsenals FA Cup victory over Burnley last weekend, was forced off with a thigh strain and it has confirmed that hell be out of action for the next three months. The 35-year-olds contract expires in the summer, and given injuries continue to rule him out for lengthy periods, his career at the Emirates could be wavering. 11 11. Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – After breaking his leg in a Champions League clash with PSV Eindhoven in September, the former Southampton man was expected to be out of action for the remainder of the campaign. However, the Daily Mail report that he has stepped up his recovery and could feature before May. 11 6. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) – Recent reports have claimed that Sturbridge is considering an Anfield exit in the summer having grown frustrated by criticism of his injury record since joining the club. Klopp has dismissed such speculation and insists that the striker is fully committed to Liverpool. He is back in full training, and while he isnt expected to feature in their next game against Sunderland, he could be back for their FA Cup replay versus West Ham next week. 11 8. Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) – Cazorla, who suffered an injury around the same time as Francis Coquelin at the end of last year, remains on the sidelines, with his return set to come in March. Providing an update on yet another injured player, Wenger revealed that the Spaniard is progressing well and is at least a few weeks away. 7. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) – The striker hasnt played for Arsenal since last April, after sustaining a knee injury which later required surgery. The England international, however, is nearing a return after featuring for the clubs Under-21 side, playing an hour against Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday. Wenger recently stated that he needs to play two or three games before thinking about coming back into the first team, adding I think in the next three weeks he should be available. 11 11 11 There are some major players nearing a return to fitness.Arsene Wenger has provided updates on Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Santi Cazorla, while other casulaties from Liverpool and Manchester United have made progress, too.So, talkSPORT has taken a look at the latest reports on the above, and more.Find out how the likes of Wilshere and Welbeck, and others, are getting on in their rehabilitation process by clicking the arrow above, right. 10. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – The Belgium international was stretchered off during Citys League Cup victory over Everton at the end of January, and it was later confirmed that he had suffered tears in his knee and ankle ligaments and will miss 10 weeks of action. He is set to make his return in April. 2. Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) – Manuel Pellegrinis side have missed their captain hugely, with his influence and ability to organise his troops on the field. Earlier this week, City revealed that the Belgian had returned to full training by posting images of the defender in action. Hes played just nine minutes over the past three months, but looks to be on course to make his return by the end of this month. 1. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – read the latest on the Brazilian below, then click the arrow above to catch up on the progress of 10 other injured Premier League players – The Brazilian has been sidelined since sustaining a hamstring injury in the clash with Newcastle United on December 6, but is nearing his return. The 23-year-old has returned to full training and could be back for Liverpools FA Cup replay with West Ham. 11 11 11 11 9. Danny Ings (Liverpool) – The England international, signed by Liverpool in the summer, has been out of action since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament last October, and the injury was thought to be season-ending. He has, however, stepped up his recovery progress, moving from the gym to light training earlier this week thus suggesting that he could be seen in a Reds shirt before the end of the campaign. Klopp recently said, Hes still a long way away from being available but hes here. 11
Arsenal fans are fed up with manager Arsene Wenger (centre) Arsenal were beaten 2-0 by Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League last 16. Lionel Messi’s second-half double put the game to bed after the Gunners failed to take their chances in front of goal. Arsene Wenger brought on Mathieu Flamini on eight minutes from time and the Frenchman committed the foul which allowed the Catalan giants to take a 2-0 lead from the penalty spot. The north Londoners now face a mammoth task to turn the tie around at the Nou Camp, with Barca also taking two away goals back with them. If they crash out of the competition, it will be the sixth consecutive year they have failed to get past the last 16. But Arsenal are two points behind leaders Leicester in the Premier League, so they remain firmly in the title race with 13 games left to play. Despite this, fans STILL feel it is time for a change – see below! 1
West Brom striker Saido Berahino has broken his silence and admitted he regrets his strike threat. The forward has apologised for his actions after trying to force a move away from The Hawthorns last year.He issued the warning to chairman Jeremy Peace on Twitter after Albion rejected two deadline-day bids from Tottenham. In September he tweeted: “Sad how I cant say exactly how the club has treated me but I can officially say I will never play Jeremy Peace.”In total the Baggies rejected four bids from Spurs in the summer – the final one rising to £23million – while Newcastle also made an offer in January. But now the England Under-21 international has said sorry for his misguided tweet.“It is something I look back and I really regret. I should never have said that. I am human like you know,” he said.“I make mistakes and I hold my hands up and I say it was a mistake from me and I just apologise to all the fans out there that have always supported me and also the club that has always believed in me.“I have missed a lot of football and I am just trying to get myself back into match fitness and sharper again like I was last season so my focus is mainly on getting back to what I was last season and finishing really on a high.”Berahino has scored six goals in 25 games for Albion this season with boss Tony Pulis critical of his form and fitness.He netted 20 times for the Baggies last term and Berahino believes the goals will return.He told the club’s official YouTube channel: “They are bound to go in sooner rather than later so it is all about getting yourself into good positions and not trying to think too much about scoring, and are you going to miss or not. I am patient with it. I know if I get myself in a good position the goals will come.“So I just stay patient and work hard for the team and try and push on.” 1 Saido Berahino regrets last year’s strike threat
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.It also chided Mozilo for selling huge amounts of Countrywide stock as the crisis at the Calabasas-based company deepened and noted that the Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into those transactions. “His continued presence is a distraction and an impediment to Countrywide’s recovery,” the letter said. Countrywide officials did not return a call seeking comment. This is the second demand for Mozilo’s firing since in a week. On Saturday, the Associated Press reported that a pension plan that owns Countrywide shares also called for Mozilo’s dismissal. Washington, D.C.-based American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which has about 1.4 million members, asked the board to replace Mozilo with two independent directors. That demand came in a six-page letter sent to the company late Thursday. It also wants Countrywide to replace its executive compensation committee with people who have not played a role in the committee’s actions. CtW also said Mozilo has been “grossly” overpaid during his tenure and noted he netted over $300 million in recent years through his stock sales. “Mr. Mozilo’s compensation is far out of line with his peers in the financial services industry,” the company’s letter said. For example, last year he received a total compensation package of more than $48 million. In comparison, CEOs of much larger financial institutions such as Bank of America, Citigroup and J.P. Morgan Chase were paid $28 million, $26 million and $39 million, respectively. And in a Forbes 2007 report on CEO compensation, Mozilo ranked seventh in the country total compensation for 2006. “As if this compensation package weren’t harmful enough to shareholders, Mozilo, apparently sensing the imminent collapse of Countrywide’s share price, has engaged in massive sales of company shares while the stock price was inflated,” Patterson wrote in his letter. The two letters to Countrywide’s board are the latest shots at the company and its founder by shareholders angered by the stock slide. Per Olstad, an attorney with CtW, said Countrywide stock has lost about 60 percent of its value since January. The company’s stock closed Monday at $15.68, up 45 cents, or 2.45 percent. But that is well off the 52-week high of $45.26 reached Jan. 26 and just 68 cents off the 52-week low of Aug. 16. The company also has been the target of shareholder lawsuits claiming it has misrepresented its financial condition. And two weeks ago North Carolina’s state treasurer asked for an SEC probe of Mozilo’s stock sales. With the Countrywide board’s approval, Mozilo has been trading shares under terms of what is known as 10b5-1 trading plans. The criticism came because those plans were changed several times in late 2006 and early 2007 to increase the number of shares he could sell each month. Countrywide reports third quarter earnings Friday and already has said it expects to take a pre-tax charge of $125 million to $150 million stemming from its plan to slash thousands of jobs amid rising mortgage defaults and foreclosures. Countrywide said in early September it would cut as many as 12,000 jobs, or about 20 percent of its workforce. As far as Patterson is concerned, it all means Mozilo has lost control of the company. “While Mr. Mozilo played an instrumental role in building Countrywide into the nation’s largest mortgage lender,” he wrote, “he has failed to provide leadership as the company attempts to navigate its way.” [email protected] (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CALABASAS – Pressure continued to build Monday for Angelo Mozilo’s ouster as the head of Countrywide Financial Corp., with the company’s stock price plunging with the real estate market. The latest demand came from Washington, D.C.-based CtW Investment Group, which works with pension funds sponsored by unions that hold about 3.5 million shares of Countrywide stock. CtW stated its case in a letter to Harley W. Snyder, Countrywide’s lead director. “We call upon the Countrywide Board of Director’s to immediately secure the resignation of Angelo Mozilo, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer,” wrote William Patterson, CtW’s executive director.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He’s 83 and just had hip replacement surgery in January, but that isn’t keeping former President George H.W. Bush from skydiving. Bush celebrated the grand reopening of his presidential museum on Saturday with a surprise skydive, his sixth and his first since 2004, when he jumped to celebrate his 80th birthday. Bush jumped on Saturday strapped to an expert from the Army Golden Knights parachute team, as he did three years ago. His first parachute jump was in 1944 when his plane was shot down over the Pacific island of Chi Chi Jima. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The 69,000-square-foot museum, described by the former president as the “centerpiece of my library,” has been mostly closed since April for an $8.3 million face-lift. The museum and library opened 10 years ago this week on the Texas A&M University campus College Station, Texas.