Redknapp says he’s not thought about transfers

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HARRY Redknapp says despite his reputation as a ‘wheeler dealer’ he has not considered any potential transfer targets for QPR this January.
It had been assumed owner Tony Fernandes would fund new signings when the transfer window opens, but the new QPR boss insists potential targets have not even been discussed.
He said: “I’m not looking at January. It’s about now. There are games between now and the window that will decide where we’re going.
“If we don’t pick up some points and wins in that period, what’s the point of putting yourself in trouble trying to buy players?”
Since arriving at QPR less than a week ago Harry Redknapp has been linked with Darren Bent, Michael Dawson, Joe Cole, Scott Parker, Loic Remy, Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane, Nicholas Anelka, Yoan Gouffran and David Beckham.
I repeat, less than a week ago.

Goaltastic Fantasy Football League – Gameweek 14

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WHILE the top two teams maintain their positions, a bumper midweek haul from several sides sees plenty of movement in the Goaltastic league.
On the up are Beats Chess (3) and Rochester United (4), while lower down Ashletico – as in, Goaltastic’s team – enters the top 10.
Watter team (92) is this gameweek’s top performer overall, with a bumper 76 points.

Becks appeals to Redknapp

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NEW QPR boss Harry Redknapp has wasted no time in eyeing up transfers in to the Rs – with David Beckham first on his shopping list.
The 37-year-old midfielder announced recently he was to leave the LA Galaxy, with suggestions he could have one last hurrah in Australia’s A-League.
But Redknapp has said he thinks Goldenballs could still shine in the Premier League: “I’m sure he could still play in the Premier League.
“I’ve not discussed it with the chairman so we’d have to look at that.
“He’s a top fantastic player, we had him training at Tottenham and it was amazing round the place. He is absolute class.
“David could still be a great asset to anyone. Just having him round the place, showing people how to train and look after yourself. His professionalism is second to none.”

Tulisa giving Newcastle man The X-Factor

NEWCASTLE full back Danny Simpson says that his relationship with popstar Tulisa is giving him the X-Factor on the pitch.
The WAG – or should that be WAF – has given the footballer a love of life he hasn’t had this season, he says.
The player said: “The papers are the papers and they say what they want. But everybody around me knows the truth.
“Sometimes when all of that is going on around you, it is the best time to play football. You go on the pitch and you can forget about everything.
“If anything, in the last couple of games I have really enjoyed it. I feel like I am getting back to my old self from last season. I am pretty pleased with that.”
It’s a unique form of coaching, for sure, but still, Tulisa for QPR manager, anyone?

Perspex purchase following Wolves manager’s rampage

WOLVES are auctioning a unique piece of history on Friday in aid of the Royal British Legion – the hole put in the dugout by manager Stale Solbakken’s fist.
The Norwegian smashed his fist through the dugout after being incensed by a refereeing decision in the 3-3 home draw with Brighton.
Wolves Community Trust is an initiative that raises money for charities through the auction of Wolves related goods, and to support the cause Solbakken has signed the piece of broken plastic.
Take a look at the auction here.

Di Matteo gets the Chelsea sack

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CHELSEA have sacked Roberto Di Matteo just hours after their Champions League defeat to Juventus.
The club have reacted swiftly to the 3-0 loss in Italy last night which took their hopes of reaching the last 16 out of their hands, and put them at risk of becoming the first holders to fail to reach the subsequent knockout phase.
The Blues have also failed to win any of their last four Premier League games, a run which has seen them slip from top to four points behind leaders Manchester City.
A club statement read: “Chelsea Football Club has parted company this morning with manager Roberto Di Matteo.
“The team’s recent performances and results have not been good enough and the owner and the board felt that a change was necessary now to keep the club moving in the right direction as we head into a vitally important part of the season.”

Goaltastic Fantasy Football League – Gameweek 12

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IT WAS a blockbuster of a gameweek in the league this week, with big hitters both firing and failing in equal measures.
As a result there’s a shuffling of the pack – but league leader FormOnly remains in top spot and an impressive 709th overall in the game.
Below them Rumford Rovers (2), Rochester United (5), Hazard A Guess (6), SE13 (8), Trad Bricks (9) and Ruff Tuff Bluff Stuf (10) all climb.
Two teams shared the top score this week – Machiavelli Calcio (51) and Super Imps (=81) both registered 91 points.

Legends Reunited in Loughborough

AN EVENING of football banter with Alan Birchenall and Archie Gemmill takes place in Loughborough on December 6.
The evening at the Swan in the Rushes kicks off at 8pm. The evening will also include a charity auction for Rainbows Hospice, one of Alan Birchenall’s chosen charities.
Legends Reunited spokeswowan Sarah Roberts said: “We’re really pleased to bring Scotland , Forest & Derby County legend Archie Gemmill to Loughborough in conjunction with Foxes favourite Alan ‘The Birch’ Birchenall.
“We presented an evening with them earlier in the year and they were really comical together – two very different careers and achievements , making them an interesting combination
“Archie talks openly about his famous goal in the 1978 World Cup against Holland , the hope and expectation on the Scottish nation but also about his club success with both Forest and Derby.”
Tickets are £10 each from the venue or from 07967 714224

Gassy Joe Hart’s Swedish heatball

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SWEDISH journalists have reported that despite conceding four Zlatan Ibrahimovic goals in this week’s friendly, Joe Hart came up trumps – by passing gas mid-game.
The match was played under a roof, and comments were made by British television about the atmosphere, but it wasn’t noticed that the England stopper hadn’t exactly helped proceedings…
According to national newspaper Aftonbladet, the crowd at the first match to be played in the new Swedish national stadium “was so quiet you could even hear when Joe Hart farted at the start of the second half”.
Pardon me, Joe – or as the Swedish would say, ursäkta mig.