City losses show the cost of trying to buy success

Whereas Chelsea have been able, in recent years, to slim down their wage bill and the amount spent on transfers, Manchester City have apparently been looking to set new records when it comes to outspending a club’s incoming

This was highlighted on Friday when the club announced that they had managed to achieve a spectacular £121 million loss for the 12 months to May 31st 2010. Perhaps more worrying was the fact that City not only managed to achieve this staggering loss, but wages also exceeded the club’s total turnover. Take into account when you read this stat that most clubs consider it extremely bad form if they manage to spend more than half of their turnover on wages. The Manchester City betting suggests they are primed for glory this season, but their financial situation seems unsustainable without the backing of the owners.

Although it was clear a massive amount of money would be needed to help City meet their ambitions, the recent news has emphasised the massive difference between the best and the rest in the Premier League, something that is worrying to say the least. With Blackpool currently have a £10,000 per week salary cap in place and the fact that City can offer ten times that amount goes to show that the Premier League may need to act fast if it is to stop the competition becoming a two-tiered competition. The two clubs meet next weekend and the Blackpool betting suggests they will come away with nothing.

Despite UEFA introducing new rules which mean that clubs will be required to stay within the limits of strict financial rules if they wish to take their place in European competition, fans are already beginning to worry that sides with mega-rich owners are going to find ways around the plans which are supposed to introduce a level playing field.

Spurs feel at home in Champions League

Considering it was their first home game in the European Cup for 40 years, Spurs made it look incredibly easy at White Hart Lane on

FC Twente, the Champions of Holland, were dismantled as Harry Redknapp´s men romped to a 4-1 victory thanks to goals from Rafael Van Der Vaart, Gareth Bale and two from Roman Pavlyuchenko.

The result leaves them lying second in Group A on goal difference behind Inter who hammered Werder Bremen 4-0.

The result means they can go into the Inter game knowing they don’t have to win in order to keep qualification hopes alive. Of course three points would be welcome, but the two games against the Italian champions and current Champions League holders will be their stiffest test yet.

But even if they lose both games they know Bremen, a side they drew with in Germany two weeks ago, and Twente are beatable opposition. A repeat of their performance of Wednesday against both of those teams and qualification for the knock-out stages will be likely. The Champions League betting suggests they have every chance of making it through.

Extending their Champions League adventure into the new year will not only prove beneficial for the players, who will get to test themselves against even better opposition, many believe the Champions League only really gets going after Christmas, but the prize money starts to escalate. They won’t be anyone’s football tip to win the competition, but they have every chance of doing well.

A run in the groups will only increase Spurs´revenue by around 10 per cent, not to mega riches many people assume Champions League qualification brings. But a run into the knock out stages and beyond could net in excess of £25 million.

Given the way Spurs have taken to their group games, that golden ticket is well within their grasp.

Can Houllier Can Reignite Heskey Fire?

It is difficult to think of a more heavily criticised international forward in the modern era than Emile Heskey. Despite the importance placed on him by both Steve McClaren and Fabio Capello and the improved form at international level he was able to coax out of both Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney, Heskey has long since been labelled as a flop and a striker who should be nowhere near the international team.

His retirement from international duty after the 2010 World Cup Finals means that his critics will indeed get their wish and Heskey will play no part of England’s Euro 2012 qualifying campaign. At club level though, Heskey still has a major part to play as his experience is a key component of a Villa side which is full of young attacking startlets such as Ashley Young, Gabby Agbonlahor and Martin Albrighton.

There have been times during Heskey’s career where he has almost been forgotten about before suddenly reinventing himself and reminding us just what he is capable off. During his time at Wigan, he was largely influential in helping establish the Lactics as a Barclays Premier League side, winning over a number of his doubters and earning an international recall. It was form he has sadly not carried into his Villa career, scoring just 6 goals in 46 games, but all Villa fans will be hoping his reunion with Gerhard Houllier can help the striker turn the corner.

Indeed, it was under Houllier that Heskey enjoyed his best ever season, notching 22 goals and forming a potent partnership with Michael Owen, a man who Villa will be strongly linked with come January. It may come as no surprise then that Emile gave one of his best performances in a Villa shirt as the ink was still drying on the French manager’s contract, with a match turning performance and goal in the Carling Cup victory over Blackburn.

Then, at Molineux on Sunday, as Villa tried their best to throw away the three points, Heskey rose majestically to bullet home an unstoppable header and give Villa three vital points over their rivals. It was a result which, despite the shaky start to the season in the aftermath of Martin O’Neill’s departure, has left Villa 5th in the table, just a point outside of the top four and with a head start on European rivals Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

It was a goal which reminded us just what Emile Heskey is capable of. Sadly, for whatever reason, it is a capability that has been maximised all too infrequently throughout his career, but those of a Claret and Blue persuasion will be hoping that Houllier is the man to help him unlock it on a more regular basis, because an on-form Emile Heskey may just well be exactly what Aston Villa Football Club needs.

Written by Colin Hill, a sports writer who blogs about .

Houllier gives Villa fresh impetus

It was a perfect start for new Villa boss Gerard Houllier, as his new team swept aside Blackburn in the Carling Cup on Wednesday. The Villans went behind in the first half to a Gael Givet rocket, but came out fighting after the break and when Houllier introduced Emile Heskey mid-way through the second half, he made an instant impact by neatly finishing in the corner. It is starting to look like Heskey may eventually justify his £3.5 million move from Wigan last year, and it is hard to remember him making such an impact on any game before this week.

Heskey was the catalyst for the advancing Villa, who took a two goal lead in under a couple of minutes after a great performance yielded a brace for the lively Ashley Young. The Aston Villa betting now makes them among the favourites for the cup.

Villa desperately need a bit of magic from the Houllier, after a tough start to this season, which was clear last weekend when they were booed off by their own fans. If anyone can turn around the club’s fortunes it should be Houllier, his impressive record includes bringing through such players as Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher and he is shrewd with the cheque book. His style is much more continental, and should bring out the best in Agbonlhor, Friedel, Ashley Young and youngsters like Albrighton, Delph, Clark, Bannan, as well as under-utilised players such as Reo Coker and Sidwell. The rumour mill has also linked Villa with players including Michael Owen.

If Villa can maintain their recent run of finishing up in sixth it will be an achievement this season. The tectonic plates of English football are rearranging themselves slightly, and fourth is now open to Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool and Villa. This would be good news if it weren’t for the fact that those other teams have more world-class players and better track records. October will be a tough month for Villa who face both Spurs and Chelsea, if they can put together some decent performances and even stick some points on the board they should be confident in having a good crack at fourth.?

Road to redemption starts here for England

Battered reputations and bruised egos can at least begin to recover this week when England get their Euro 2012 qualification campaign underway.

The side remains under a dark cloud, weighed down by their dismal failure in South Africa and no doubt the memories of how the last European Championship campaign finished.

Manager Fabio Capello understandably bears the majority of the pressure heaped on the side going into the double header against Bulgaria and Switzerland. The experienced Italian was heavily criticised for his authoritarian and rigid approach in South Africa which culminated in a 4-1 hammering by Germany. The FA have since backed their man, but lingering doubts about whether that was  down to the potentially high cost of sacking him remain.

I think he deserves the chance to dig England out of this hole. His track record speaks for itself and he is perhaps a victim of raised expectations. Just as before every major tournament the players and Capello were put on a pedestal they perhaps never deserved to be on and were ruthlessly knocked off when they failed to meet those expectations. The European Championship betting suggests England should qualify with ease, but they have a long way to go if they are to make an impact in the finals of the tournament.

The lack of new faces will also put many people off tuning in on Friday, with some supporters feeling South Africa was one let down too many by this so-called golden generation. Still, in Theo Walcott and James Milner we at least have two young stars in great form and the way Steven Gerrard is talking we should see some inspiration from him and the woefully out of form Wayne Rooney.

A 2-1 friendly win against Hungary last month kept the critics at arm’s length, but the narrow win was a bare minimum, with the crowd reaction when Hungary went ahead a stark warning to the players going into the Bulgaria match. There they face a similar no win situation – three points are expected and given what England fans endured in South Africa some goals would go down well too. England are most people’s Euro 2012 tips to top the group, but they will need to put in some convincing performances in the coming months.

A defeat though and the FA, with former England target Martin O’Neill now a free agent, could well double check the cost of Capello’s severance package.

Can Harry spur his side on to success in the big time?

Having endured a rather more uncomfortable experience than they would have liked in the qualification round of the Champions League, Harry Redknapp is aware that he now faces a far more challenging task as he attempts to defy the Champions League odds lead his side beyond the group stage of this year’s Champions League.

With striker Jermain Defore previously announcing that he believes Tottenham Hotspur can outperform their North London rivals Arsenal in this season’s competition, the Spurs players clearly believe they are capable of mixing it up with the big boys. However, with Harry Redknapp showing a distinct lack of tactical nous in Spurs’ away tie at Young Boys (a relatively easy side to play away against in Europe, despite their artificial pitch), he will be aware that their upcoming tie at the San Siro against Inter Milan will require him to make the step up to the Champions League level both quickly and successfully.

Should Harry fail to make this step up, his squad could well find themselves wishing that they had failed to qualify for this year’s competition if they find themselves embarrassed on their European tour.  However, if Harry makes the step up by realising that 4-4-2 away from Europe doesn’t work, as well as learning to balance his squad so that he can be successful in both the Premier League and the Champions League, Spurs fans could well find themselves enjoying this season more than any other since the creation of the Premier League.Roblox HackBigo Live Beans HackYUGIOH DUEL LINKS HACKPokemon Duel HackRoblox HackPixel Gun 3d HackGrowtopia HackClash Royale Hackmy cafe recipes stories hackMobile Legends HackMobile Strike Hack

With most Football betting sites noting that the financial reward for taking part in the Champions League always massive, and the prestige of competing with Europe’s elite huge, Spurs fans will be hoping that this season is not the only one during which they get to enjoy the magic of the Champions League.

Woodgate’s career may end in tragedy

Although Jonathan Woodgate was once heralded as a player destined to be first choice for both club and country, a recent admission by Harry Redknapp, his manager at Spurs, has suggested that the 30-year-old’s career is hanging in the balance.

Reports earlier in the season had suggested that Woodgate would be be included in Spurs’ 25-man Premier League squad, but this now looks less likely than Sol Campbell returning to the club. Although it is clear that the player has undoubted talent, his few performances for Spurs showing why they decided to take a chance on him, the player has been plagued by injuries throughout his career.

However, with Woodgate having now searched the globe to find a doctor who can help to fix his groin problem, Redknapp has suggested that the player is going to have one final operation to attempt to cure his injury and if it fails, it would almost certainly put an end to his once promising career.

With Spurs already having signed William Gallas as defensive cover and the squad enjoying a successful start to the season, Woodgate’s misfortune seems unlikely to impact on Spurs’ chances of improving on their fourth-place finish last season. The Betfair Football betting suggests they should do well again. However, with Tottenham already having to manage Ledley King’s long-term injury, the signature of Gallas, a man who missed large chunks of last season with injury, may not be enough for Spurs.

Fans of rival teams may not wish Spurs well, but supporters of all sides would be disappointed to see Woodgate’s career end in such a tragic manner.

Meanwhile, the Sunderland Betting suggests they are in for another tough season.

They will have to do well to avoid a relegation scrap and they seem to lack firepower so they could face problems.

Warnock the right man for QPR

Having seen Queens Park Rangers start the season in perfect fashion, with his side earning a maximum nine points and a plus nine goal difference, manager Neil Warnock might finally be the man who can guide QPR to the Premier League.

Having gone through five different managers last season, and many more than that since their headline-grabbing takeover in 2007, QPR players had once joked that they didn’t bother to learn their new manager’s name, in order to avoid confusing it with the next man who came in.

However, with Warnock having both the experience and the required nous to work with difficult owners, Rangers fans may be forgiven for believing that he can get the club to the promised land of the Premier League. The Betfair football predictions suggest that could be the case.Streaming and download Froning: The Fittest Man In History (2015)

Although he has not always won fans with his abrupt style, Warnock has certainly shown himself to be capable of overcoming the odds as well as getting the best out of his sides, a fact exemplified by his masterminded victory over Premier League giants Arsenal while in charge of Sheffield United.

The factor that may be bringing the most confidence to Rangers fans is the honesty of Warnock when assessing his squad’s current ability to challenge for a place in the Premiership. Having identified that his squad currently requires a couple more strikers to move from being a top ten side to contenders for the title, Warnock has also sought to act on his feeling by attempting to bring experienced striker Jason Roberts on loan to the club.

With Warnock aware that the price for failing to deliver success may well be a swift dismissal, he will know that he will need to continue his side’s form while carrying on improving his squad.

Meanwhile, the Portsmouth betting suggests the side could be relegated two seasons running.

The club has yet to fully recover from the turmoil it suffered last term.

Blackburn set for big money takeover?

They were the originally Premier League big spenders in the early 1990s but those heady days could return to Blackburn thanks to a proposed takeover.

Back in the early days of the Premier League local businessman-made-good Jack Walker pledged to turn his local side, then still in the old division two, into the champions of England.

He transformed the ramshackle stadium into one of the country’s finest and funded the signings of Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton as Rovers burst into the top division and finally topped the tree back in 1995.

The club have never come close to scaling those heights since, even dropping into the Championship for two years at the turn of the century. But they have since cut their cloth accordingly, establishing themselves in the top flight as a solid well run outfit.

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Ferguson: No more signings

It’s hardly the most shocking piece of news to break this summer, but Manchester United will not make anymore new signings this transfer window.

According to manager Sir Alex Ferguson he is happy with the squad he has at his disposal and as such will not be bringing anyone else in to assist their premier league tournament odds.

United have only made two signings this summer – Chris Smalling who came from Fulham and Javier Hernandez who joined from Mexican side Chivas.

Although these two players are unlikely to break into the first time next season, it seems Ferguson thinks his side have what it takes to remain competitive in the Premier League, even if the likes of Manchester City are spending tens of millions.

He said: “I cannot speak about other clubs. We are comfortable with the squad we have got.”
Whether United fans feel the same way remains to be seen. Last season the side mainly relied on Wayne Rooney to keep them in the title race, with his superb form carrying the side even when they looked to have lost their way.

However, most outsiders and even those who normally concentrate on championship winning odds felt that Ferguson would need to attract fresh faces if his side were to challenge again and, given the lack of activity, there are bound to be those who doubt United’s ability to battle for silverware this season.

Admittedly, Chelsea are yet to make any high-profile signings this summer, but it seems likely there will be at least one big name arriving at Stamford Bridge before the end of August.

United though, will have to rely on an aging squad – the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes are surely on their last legs. If Rooney is unable to regain his form of last season or, worse, gets injured then Ferguson could face a real struggle.