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Barcelona’s transfer ban suspended by FIFA pending appeal outcome – meaning club CAN sign players this summer
Neil Warnock: Steve Bruce must be a contender for Manager of the Year after brilliant transformation of Hull, crowned with a place in the FA Cup final
When members of the League Managers’ Association choose their Manager of the Year, they don’t just go for whoever’s won the Premier League but look a little deeper. This year there would be some excellent choices, even if we just look at the top flight. Brendan Rodgers has done a fantastic job at Liverpool, as has Roberto Martinez at Everton, and what Tony Pulis has achieved since taking over Crystal Palace has been near-miraculous.
His club manager has compared him to the Barcelona and Spain stars Iniesta and Xavi, and the debate about his England prospects is no longer about his seat on the plane to Brazil but whether he should be in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup starting XI. But Adam Lallana is taking nothing for granted – even his place in the national squad. “No way,” he says.
Eoin Morgan does not have a bad word to say about Kevin Pietersen, a team-mate he says has been “always supportive and a pleasure to play with”. Yet the 27-year-old Dublin-born Middlesex batsman admits that the moment he heard that Pietersen’s England days were over he began plotting the revival of his own stalled Test career.
The way Woody Allen tells it, the world is populated by good guys who sleep well and bad guys who have a lot more fun when they’re awake. Bath spent the first seven months of this season on the side of the angels before rising one day last month to find everything in pieces: their unbeaten home record blown to smithereens, their best player crocked, their stadium modernisation plans rejected by a judicial panel. It was then that they went in search of the devil inside themselves.
Wigan ended the 100 per cent Super League record of neighbours St Helens in a derby of high quality at Langtree Park yesterday. Liam Farrell produced two devastating finishes to score two of the Warriors’ five tries and former St Helens scrum-half Matty Smith kicked six goals and a drop goal in a 33-14 victory. Wigan’s fifth win in a row takes them to within four points of their table-topping rivals.
His insistence on wearing sunglasses despite the overcast, smoggy skies and low temperatures, which characterised the Shanghai International Circuit yesterday, immediately earned the new Ferrari team principal, Marco Mattiacci, the nickname “Hollywood”, after his colourful Nineties predecessor Cesare Fiorio.
Players like the Davis Cup because it offers team competition in what is usually an individual sport but Andy Murray is doing his best to turn Britain’s World Group quarter-final against Italy into a one-man show. The 26-year-old Scot yesterday put his team into a 2-1 lead in Naples by winning his opening singles rubber against Andreas Seppi 6-4 7-5 6-3 and then partnering Colin Fleming to a 6-3 6-2 3-6 7-5 victory over Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli.
England’s summer test: How to rebuild the team after Ashes humiliation, Graeme Swann’s retirement, Jonathan Trott’s burnout and Kevin Pietersen’s…
Jack and Arnie went to the first tee shortly after 7.30am, leaving behind them a trail of footprints on polished turf saturated by dew. On the clubhouse balcony golfing grandees gathered to watch the ceremonial start to the Masters. Among their number a cherubic tyro leaned across the balustrade with a sweater tied around his shoulders to protect against the early April nip