Archive for August, 2011

Queens Park Rangers have today announced that they have signed Joey Barton from Newcastle United on a four-year deal, Barton was in London yesterday and after passing a medical with QPR and Barton announced earlier twitter page that he would make a decision today regarding his future.

Joey Barton said on twitter, “Going to have to make a decision today, it’s only fair to all parties.”

Barton has endured a turbulent time at St James’s Park recently, being fined for his outburst towards the clubs hierarchy and was forced to train with the club’s youth team.

Joey Barton has always maintained that he would of like to stay with Newcastle and has also said he loves the club, but it became hard for him to remain a player there after Newcastle owners we’re looking to off-load the former Manchester City midfielder.

Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez will miss this weekend’s Community Shield against neighbours Manchester City at Wembley, the Mexican has been able struggling with concussion which he received during United’s pre-season tour of the USA.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson doesn’t want to take any risk with striker and has opted to rest Hernandez for the game on Sunday, the Mexican had an explosive start to his Premier League career last season but Fergie feels Hernandez won’t be ready until the end of the month.

Ferguson said: “Chicharito won’t be involved for maybe another two or three weeks – considering he had a concussion some years ago we are just playing safe with that but he should be back by the end of August.”
Sunday’s Community Shield sees United face City for only the second time, but Ferguson suggest he won’t get too carried away with the occasion.

He said: “I have always viewed the Community Shield as a stepping stone to the first game of the season.
“It’s very easy to get emotional about this type of game but I don’t think we will be changing our policy. There may be two or three players who need the game on Sunday.”

Delon Armitage has insisted that his bad boy days are behind him as he looks to cement his place in England’s World Cup squad, Armitage has been selected to play for England against Wales this weekend and the player would like to resurrect his career with England.

Armitage was banned twice last season, including an eight week suspension for shoving and abusing an anti-doping official which ruled him out of the RBS Six Nations, the player enjoyed a successful start to his England career in 2008-09 season and the England management kept faith in him.

Although the player was banned, the 27-year-old was allowed to train with the England squad and on Saturday will get his chance to start a Test for the first time in 17 months and press his claims for World Cup selection.

“It is no secret I have found it hard to manage by emotions,” admitted Armitage.

“I play the game with passion and sometimes with a little bit too much. That is what I have been working on. I like playing on the edge; it just needs to be a little bit controlled sometimes.

“The last year didn’t go as well as I wanted it to. I am just glad I am here with an opportunity to get back in the squad.

“I want to play for England and nothing is going to stop me getting where I want to get. It has been a long wait for me.

“What happened happened. I felt really bad about it but now I am back focused on playing well for England and trying to get into the World Cup squad.”

Gavin Henson has admitted that his move to Saracens was a mistake and has confirmed that he would like to return to Osprey’s after the Rugby World Cup,  the Welshman took a 18-month break from Rugby before joining Saracens.

Henson has since struggled to settle with the English side and had moved onto French side Toulon, the Welshman stay in France was short-lived after some disciplinary problems and has now admitted he would like to return to Wales.

Gavin Henson has been included in the Welsh World Cup squad but will miss out on the friendly match against England this weekend, once the World Cup in New Zealand is over he says he would like to return to his former side Ospreys.

“Well I want to come back to Wales because of my kids,” Henson told Blokely magazine.
“I’m just waiting to see what happens with the Welsh rugby, how I get on and whether I go to the World Cup or not and as soon as that comes to an end, whether that’s soon or after the World Cup, I will get employment.

“Hopefully that will be the Ospreys if they will have me back but I will have to wait and see.”
He added: “I think it probably wasn’t a great decision going to Saracens. I don’t want to be a part-time player.

So I didn’t like the feel of it there and then suddenly I had an opportunity then to go to Toulon.”
Speaking about his problems with Toulon, it was reported he was involved in a brawl and criticising Jonny Wilkinson.

“Jonny wasn’t even out,” he added. “So no, nothing to do with Jonny Wilkinson. No it was plain that this individual thought I’d said something about Joe Van Niekerk.

“Me and Joe Van Niekerk, from day one, since I had been there he was my closest friend at the club. We didn’t do it in public, we went down the beach, we went down there together and we sorted it out man to man and that was the end of that really.

“We both went our separate ways but carried on and still had a good night but then it obviously got back to the club and the press managed to get hold of it and you know what the press are like. They blew it out of all proportion and then suddenly it was an issue for the club to deal with.”

Source: http://blokely.com/sport/gavin-henson-interview/

USPGA champion Martin Kaymer is the latest player to announce his delight at seeing Tiger Woods return to Golf, the former World no1 has been out of the game since May 12 because of a Knee and Achilles tendon injury.

Woods is set to make his comeback at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on the Firestone course in Akron, Ohio where he has won the title seven times.

Kaymer has expressed his delight at Woods return, he said; “I really hope that he will play well. We need him – we really need him,”

“Obviously what Rory did at the US Open was huge, but Tiger has been so successful over the years and it will be great if he comes back and shows us all or proves that he’s the best player who ever played the game.”
Tiger Woods himself suggest he hasn’t feel this great for years, “I’m excited – excited to compete, to play and hopefully win the golf tournament.” He added.

Tiger has won 14 major titles, but he’s last major came 38 months ago and his last tournament win being 21 months ago.

The American will be keen to do well at WGC Bridgestone.

Newcastle United contract rebel Joey Barton has threatened to run down his contract at St James’s Park, the board at Newcastle made Barton available on a free transfer on Monday and now the midfielder has suggested on his twitter page that may sit tight and let his contract run down.

Barton wrote on his twitter page: “Just because ur told to jump, it does not necessarily mean u have to. I may choose to stand perfectly still. It’s my right…just a thought.”

Barton was forced to train alone yesterday and there has been some strange going-ons at Newcastle recently, selling their best players.

Newcastle saw Andy Carroll sold to Liverpool last season for £35 million and Kevin Nolan joined West Ham in the Championship this summer.

It is also reported that Jose Enrique could be on his way to Liverpool, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and his board seem hell-bent on sending Newcastle down this coming season by off-loading their best players.

Barton, a former Manchester City player was voted Newcastle’s player of the season last year and to place him on a free transfer seems madness.

Arsenal, Celtic and Tottenham are all reportedly interested in securing the services of Joe Barton.

Barton was yesterday fined two-weeks wages for voicing his opinions on twitter at Newcastle owners.

You have to feel sorry for the Newcastle fans watching their club being ripped apart.

What could be next?