SportsNet - March 2013
Former Southampton boss Nigel Adkins was today appointed to take over from Brian McDermott as manager of Premier League strugglers Reading. With eight games to go and seven points adrift of safety, the likelihood of Reading avoiding relegation still appears slight.
Banking on an immediate reaction and a quick accumulation of a large quantity of points appears a tall task, even for a manager as talented as Adkins who was surprisingly dismissed by Southampton in January.
Adkins first game in charge will be a difficult trip to the Emirates Stadium against an Arsenal side pushing for a Champions League place, who will be buoyed by their impressive display away to Bayern Munich. His first game at home will see the visit of his old club to the Madejski Stadium.
The appointment in the long term is a good one and one that Reading owner Anton Zingarevich will need to invest patience in. However he has applied some pressure early on saying “"We have a good chance to stay in the Premier League as we have winnable games left." While that might be true, it’s the long term that Zingarevich needs to be looking at.
1. Kansas City Chiefs:
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
This pick now looks like it will be between Joeckel and Eric Fisher and the preference is for Joeckel. Branden Albert is on the trading block according to sources and the Chiefs are going to work out Joeckel privately to see if he is ready for the demands and pressure of the NFL. He has the potential to be an elite protector and should give Alex Smith enough time to show if he was worth the high price the Chiefs paid for him. This pick is pretty common knowledge at this point and may even be announced before the Draft.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars:
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah.
Real Madrid coach, Jose Mourinho, today admitted to Sky Sports News that he would love a return to England and The Premier League, further cementing the belief that his time in the Spanish capital is coming to a close this summer.
The two time Champions League winner, who is closing in on a third success with Los Merengues, has been the subject of many stories throughout this season indicating that his relations with the players and supporters are not what they could be as Real have made a mess of their La Liga title defence.
During the interview, conducted on a cold London street today, Mourinho declared, “One day I have to be back to another English club or Chelsea”.
He further added, “ I have big emotional connections with Chelsea. Chelsea is in my heart”.
Despite his huge success both in Italy with Inter and in Spain with Real Madrid, it is well known that the Portuguese coach enjoyed his time at Stamford Bridge more than any since. It also seems apparent that his relationship with Blues owner, Roman Abramovich, may be repaired. The two fell out over Mourinho’s sacking in 2007.
Roy Hodgson’s England side take the field in Podgorica on Tuesday evening to take on current Group H leaders, Montenegro.
The clash between the two nations will go a long way to determine who progresses automatically to next year’s finals in Brazil. Both countries remain unbeaten in their qualifying campaign so far with the former Yugoslav republic holding a two point lead over the Three Lions.
The tiny Balkan nation have impressed to date in their fixtures and came good with a late winner in Friday’s trip to Moldova to maintain top spot in the group. England come into this game on the back of an eight goal mauling of perpetual whipping boys, San Marino-the first time they’ve bagged as many goals in one game since 1987.
Hodgson took the opportunity to rest some of his key personnel for the game on Friday evening in preparation for this crucial fixture. The players who came in such as Leighton Baines and Kyle Walker came in and gave impressive performances but it is expected that the England boss will ring the changes to ensure his side don’t slip up in this tricky game.
Stevan Jovetic just can't get out of the headlines - the Fiorentina talisman has been in the news for quite some time, having been linked with moves to Juventus, Arsenal and Manchester City and it seems all but certain that the Montenegrin will be in a new club this summer.
Here is the latest surrounding the Serie A star:
Current teammate and compatriot, Stefan Savic has suggested that Jovetic join Manchester City.
"Jovetic can play for one of the top clubs. I hope he does because he is one of my closest friends. I would recommend City to him. I think City’s a rising team, one of the best clubs in Europe. They will win trophies and be in the Champions League every year. It was hard for me there because I came straight from the Serbian league. I won a league title but, after one season, I knew I had to play regularly to improve as a player, so I left. It was my decision. It is different for Stevan. He has five years experience, he could play straight away with Sergio Aguero or Carlos Tevez."