Author Archives: Jake Lambourne

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Spies, cockroaches and three bottles of vodka… how Ipswich signed a Soviet

By | 19th January 2019

WHAT started as a transfer negotiation soon turned into something straight from a John Le Carre novel. Played out in Moscow towards the end of the Cold War, the move to bring the first ever Soviet Union footballer to Britain included espionage, cockroach-infested hotels and a vodka-fuelled lunch. Next Monday marks 30 years since Sergei […]

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Brighton ace Pascal Gross hopes to keep up his favourite hobby… scoring against Manchester United

By | 18th January 2019

THERE is a German saying Pascal Gross swears by: Make your hobby your job and, if you can, be thankful. And he is never happier than when scoring for Brighton against Manchester United. The Red Devils squad seemed less than grateful to be doing the thing they love professionally under Jose Mourinho. Now they are […]

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says third place finish will strike fear into hearts of Liverpool and City in Manchester United rallying cry

By | 18th January 2019

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER challenged his Manchester United team to claim third in the Premier League. United are out of a two-horse title race between City and Liverpool. But the interim boss told players hitting his target will strike fear into the hearts of rivals for next season. SunSport can reveal Ole issued his rallying cry […]

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says third place finish will strike fear into hearts of Liverpool and City in Manchester United rallying cry

By | 18th January 2019

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER challenged his Manchester United team to claim third in the Premier League. United are out of a two-horse title race between City and Liverpool. But the interim boss told players hitting his target will strike fear into the hearts of rivals for next season. SunSport can reveal Ole issued his rallying cry […]

Fury as Rangers’ Scottish Cup clash with Cowdenbeath postponed due to frozen pitch

By | 18th January 2019

COWDENBEATH director Tom Ewing has vented his disappointment after his side’s Scottish Cup fourth round clash against Rangers was postponed. A local referee called off the match three hours before tonight’s scheduled 7.45pm kick-off due to a frozen pitch at Central Park. The fixture will now be played on Wednesday, January 30, but the League […]

Nice star Allan Saint-Maximin plays entire game wearing a Gucci headband… that costs £180

By | 18th January 2019

ALLAN SAINT-MAXIMIN stole the show for Nice last week after he not only netted the winner against Bordeaux… but also wore a Gucci headband worth £180. The 21-year-old luckily escaped the wrath of Ligue 1 chiefs after he covered up the logo with white tape. The French top-flight’s regulations prohibit the display of non-sponsoring brands, while […]

Chelsea to offer Callum Hudson-Odoi £70k-a-week deal to snub £35m Bayern Munich move

By | 17th January 2019

CHELSEA are set to make a last-ditch attempt to keep Callum Hudson-Odoi at the club by offering him a bumper new deal. The teenage starlet desperate to join Bayern Munich this month, who are willing to fork out £35million on the 18-year-old. But according to the Daily Mail, the Blues are prepared to offer the […]

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set for formal Man Utd job interview to present long-term vision for club

By | 17th January 2019

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER will soon have a formal interview for the ­Manchester United manager’s job. In front of Ed Woodward and the increasingly-influential figure of director Matt Judge, the interim boss will be able to put forward his case for the long term. He has done a good job so far, stringing together a record […]

Jose Mourinho in swipe at Paul Pogba and Manchester United board in blast over structure and player power

By | 17th January 2019

JOSE MOURINHO appeared to take a swipe at Manchester United’s board over their management structure after opening up for the first time since being sacked. The 55-year-old also took aim at Paul Pogba, with the Special One involved in a number of public fallouts with the French World Cup winner. Mourinho was given his marching […]