Newcastle United expect fresh news in the coming days over their bid for Marseille striker Loic Remy. Newcastle United expect fresh news in the coming days over their bid for Marseille striker Loic Remy.The Evening Chronicle says United should know more on their quest for Remy this week.The Velodrome outfit believe that Remy is worth £15million and Newcastle are currently understood to be in negotiations over the fee.
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is confident his players won’t be scarred by their thrashing received at Chelsea. Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is confident his players won’t be scarred by their thrashing received at Chelsea.Dion Dublin, on BBC’s Match of the Day 2, branded it “the worst performance in the history of the club, ever”.”I’ve been absolutely tonked before, as player and manager,” said Lambert. “You just try and win the next game.”It’s about how they react. That’s the mark of good players and a good team. I don’t think it will affect them long-term. It’s up to myself and my back-room staff to ensure it doesn’t.”I won’t have a problem doing that, because they’re really hurt. None of them will be feeling great. I know how to handle it.”
Everton boss David Moyes is tightlipped on offering new terms to skipper Phil Neville.Neville has six months remaining on his current contract. Everton boss David Moyes is tightlipped on offering new terms to skipper Phil Neville.Neville has six months remaining on his current contract.Moyes said: “He’s been a great signing. The best person to talk about (the future) is Phil because I’ve already spoken to him and he just wants to see how his body is.”He’s just back from a knee operation and he would be the first one to say that we should just see how his knee is. I don’t think he sees any great panic in it at this moment in time.”
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert expects an instant response from his youngsters after their thrashing at Chelsea. Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert expects an instant response from his youngsters after their thrashing at Chelsea.Villa are at home to Tottenham on Boxing Day, three days after losing 8-0 at Stamford Bridge – the heaviest defeat in the club’s 138-year history.”They know my feelings on it,” rapped Lambert. “You don’t need to be Einstein to tell them what went wrong. We told them they have a few days to get over it and then get going again.”They’ll come out of the traps against Spurs, I know. I expect a reaction. Whoever’s playing, we have to atone for that.”They’ve done it before. They were beat heavy at Man City (5-0 in November) and then went on that little run. You take the criticism and you bounce back.”There’s no point feeling sorry for yourself. There are too many people coming to watch on Boxing Day. So we have to bounce back.”
Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill insists Ji Dong-won can still have a future on Wearside.Ji has struggled since scoring the winner against Manchester City last season. Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill insists Ji Dong-won can still have a future on Wearside.Ji has struggled since scoring the winner against Manchester City last season.”It’s been tough for him,” admitted the Sunderland boss. “Maybe he thought that goal would be lift-off time but he has found it difficult to cope with the physical aspects.”I have to realise how young and how far away from home he is, but I hope he has the makings of a player. If there was a possibility of a loan spell I will give it some consideration.”
Everton boss David Moyes has paid tribute to skipper Phil Neville.Neville will make his 500th appearance in the Premier League today against Wigan Athletic. Everton boss David Moyes has paid tribute to skipper Phil Neville.Neville will make his 500th appearance in the Premier League today against Wigan Athletic.”People would be amazed by the amount of work and conditioning Phil has put in to get himself right,” said Moyes.”He continually works hard. He is in every morning at 8.30am, he doesn’t leave until late. The rehabilitation work he puts himself through — never at any stage does he complain.”He just continually pushed himself to try and get back. The biggest impact that it should have on everyone is the manner of what he has done.”They might not say it but I think they would all have to have admiration for how he continually prepares himself and the way he goes about playing.”It has helped him recover from this injury. We will have to look after him. He has had a bit of cartilage taken away, so we will have to be careful that it is not bone on bone in his knee. I might need to try to calm him down a bit!”
Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen admits he’s frustrated playing at left-back. Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen admits he’s frustrated playing at left-back.Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has tended to partner Steven Caulker with either Michael Dawson or William Gallas this season and Vertonghen’s versatility has seen him moved out to full-back while Assou-Ekotto recovers from a knee injury.The Belgian said: “Yes (I’m frustrated), and the manager knows. But we needed some height in the team (against Stoke City) for the set plays and he knows I prefer centre-back, but that is enough for me.”He respects me but tells me whenever I need to play left-back. I want to help the team.”I love to attack. I love to go up front. It is a little more difficult than when you are playing centre back. I think my influence is better as a centre back. That is why I want to play.”For the team it is best that I play as a centre back. I like to bring the ball out. You need to move the game quickly and that is one of my qualities as well.”