Author Archives: Matt Heath-Smith


Pochettino hits back at Trippier over claims he forced defender out of Tottenham

By | 12th September 2019

MAURICIO POCHETTINO took a swipe back at Kieran Trippier by insisting: He was a Second Division player when I signed him. The England star last week accused Spurs boss Poch and chairman Daniel Levy of forcing him out of the club in the summer to Atletico Madrid. Spurs signed Trippier from Burnley for £3.5million following […]


England 5 Kosovo 3: Kane, Sancho and Sterling magnificent in attack but Southgate will worry about Three Lions shaky defence

By | 10th September 2019

THERE are three nailed-on starters for England’s Euro 2020 opener next summer. The other eight are up for grabs. To score five before half-time, to treat St Mary’s to a performance of genuine shock and awe was something special. The problems begin when England’s front three do not have the ball. Defensively, with Harry Maguire […]


Gareth Southgate says ‘work in progress’ Marcus Rashford is not a striker despite leading the line for Man Utd

By | 8th September 2019

GARETH SOUTHGATE insists Marcus Rashford is not a No 9. The England boss also claimed Manchester United’s forward remains “a work in progress”. Rashford has played up front for United at times this season since Romelu Lukaku’s Inter Milan move. But Southgate said: “For a long time we have almost wanted Marcus to be that option […]

Man Utd boss Casey Stoney urges WSL not to arrange fixture clashes with men’s team after 31,000 watch derby loss to Man City

By | 8th September 2019

CASEY STONEY says fans should never have to choose between their men’s and women’s team. The Manchester United boss saw her side lose 1-0 at rivals City. A record 31,213 fans watched the first-ever Manchester derby in the Women’s Super League on Saturday. Elsewhere, 24,564 watched Chelsea beat Spurs, figures boosted by the lack of […]

Paddy Power hits out at FA for being soft on racism after slapping £50,000 fine on Huddersfield for fake sponsored shirts

By | 5th September 2019

PADDY POWER hit out at The FA’s racism stance after Huddersfield Town were fined for their shirt sponsorship stunt. The Terriers wore jerseys with a huge sash featuring the bookmaker’s logo for a friendly in July in what was later revealed as a wind-up. 1st August:The FA fine Millwall £10,000 for supporters’ racist chanting. 5th […]

EFL must save Bury today and probe Steve Dale as he demands £810k pay-off for club he bought for only £1 as it sits on verge of extinction

By | 23rd August 2019

SUNSPORT stands with Bury fans to demand the EFL give the club a stay of execution today. And we can also expose the staggering financial requirements of owner Steve Dale to sell. Dale, who bought the Shakers for just £1 in December, wants up to £810,000 for his “hard work” at the crippled club as […]

Paul Pogba suffers vile racist abuse and death threats after missing penalty in Man Utd’s draw with Wolves

By | 20th August 2019

PAUL POGBA suffered vile racist abuse and death threats on social media after missing a crucial penalty for Manchester United against Wolves. The French midfielder pulled rank over Marcus Rashford with the scores tied at Molineux but his effort was saved by keeper Rui Patricio. It was the fourth spot-kick the £89m man has missed […]

Roy Hodgson admits £80m Wilfried Zaha could still leave Crystal Palace this summer amid Dortmund and Napoli transfer interest

By | 16th August 2019

ROY HODGSON admits Wilfried Zaha could still leave Crystal Palace this summer. The Ivory Coast international was wanted by both Arsenal and Everton before the domestic transfer window shut last week. Zaha, 26, even handed in a transfer request to force through an £80million move one of Palace’s Premier League rivals. The Eagles refused to […]

Harry Maguire already established as leader in Man Utd’s dressing room just two weeks after £80m transfer from Leicester

By | 16th August 2019

HARRY MAGUIRE is already emerging as Manchester United’s leader —   less than a fortnight after joining. The £80million defender has had a massive impact in the dressing room, according to club sources. Maguire, 26, shone as a United side, with an average age of just 24, crushed Chelsea 4-0 on Sunday. And boss Ole Gunnar […]

Wolves 4 Pyunik 0 (8-0 agg): Watch Jota’s stunning scissor kick as Nuno’s side set up Europa League showdown with Torino

By | 15th August 2019

WOLVES will have to pull off The Italian Job to progress to the group stages of the Europa League. Second half goals from young guns, Pedro Neto, Morgan Gibbs-White, Ruben Vinagre and a sensational Diogo Jota scissor kick set up a tasty tie against Italian aces Torino, who lie in wait at the Stadio Olimpico […]