Everton top of the league on social media

DAVID Moyes may have moved onwards and upwards to join champions Manchester United, but in social media terms his previous club Everton are top of the league.
New research from RadiumOne shows that while the Toffees may not have the biggest following, their fans engage the most with their posts – for example Aston Villa and Manchester City are working hard to keep their fans up-to-date (making 337 and 287 posts on Facebook in just 30 days respectively) their fans aren’t getting involved with the content, leaving them near the bottom of the table.
After Everton, Norwich City came second, followed by Manchester United, Southampton and Sunderland.
At the bottom of the table, Stoke City, Hull City Tigers and Swansea City would find themselves in the relegation positions as the least socially savvy teams in the league.
Abeed Janmohamed, Commercial Director at RadiumOne, said: “Despite Manchester United having an enormous following, our research goes to show that, in social at least, size isn’t everything.
“What this shows, I think, is that the clubs that have spent decades cultivating a strong community of real football fans are best placed to take advantage of social media, with passionate fans actively engaging with their clubs.”

Bale and Walcott once formed pants partnership

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ONCE imagined, this can never be unseen – Theo Walcott and Gareth bale used to run around with their pants on their head attacking teammates.
While together at Southampton, the now-London-based rivals were once a deadly duo named the ‘underwear bandits’.
In an interview, Walcott confessed: “We’d call ourselves the underwear bandits.
“I have no idea where it came from, but if you were in your room watching a film and someone burst in with their boxers on their head, you knew you were in trouble.
“Sometimes it wasn’t even pillows – it was shoes and stuff like that.
“Luckily I was always quite quick, so I tended to get away with it.”

Flush Saints still criticise Financial Fair Play

DESPITE posting a profit, Southampton’s executive chairman Nicola Cortese has criticised the Premier League’s decision to impose wage and spending controls on clubs.
Saints reported a £0.9m profit for the last six months of 2012, which alongside a wage bill that is 59 per cent of turnover would see Southampton comfortably comply with the new financial regulations
But Italian banker Cortese insists owners should be allowed to run their clubs as they wish: “We believe very strongly that each club should continue to be permitted to run their business – including their pay rolls – as they see fit.
“This is fundamental to the future integrity of football.”

Deadline Day: Riquelme roamin’ to Southampton

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RUMOUR has it – or should that be wild speculation has it – that Southampton’s new manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen to land a big name at the last minute today.
And his former teammate, Aregtinean playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme., could be just the man.
Currently a free agent, the 34-year-old former Villareal and Boca Juniors man is rumoured to be in the process of a last gasp move.

Puncheon takes ‘comfort break’ mid-game

EXTRAORDINARY scenes at St Mary’s tonight, as Jason Puncheon was forced off the field.
Was he subbed?
Was he injured?
No, but it was niggling.
That’s right, Southampton midfielder Puncheon had to leave the pitch half-way through a Premier League match with Everton as he needed the toilet.
Must. Resist. Cheap. Toilet. Humour.

Transfer Deadline Day Deals XI

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NOW the dust has just about settled on an extremely active Transfer Deadline Day, it’s clear there’s been some cracking business done.
It was such a blast, I propose that next summer they let people negotiate football transfers for a whole month or maybe more…
Anyway, to mark some of the best deals that were struck by Premier League clubs on the very last day of dealing – despite nobody picking up the dream partnership of Heskey and Owen – here’s my Transfer Deadline Day Deals XI –
GK – Lloris (Spurs)
DEF – Maicon (Man City), Nastasic (Man City), Oviedo (Eve)
MID – Hernandez (Swansea), Adam (Stoke), Dempsey (Spurs), Mbia (QPR), Sinclair (Man City)
ATK – Berbatov (Fulham), Ramirez (Southampton)

Team GB men’s team announced

FIVE Welsh and 13 English players have been selected for Great Britain’s men’s Olympic squad for London 2012.
Team GB manager Stuart Pearce has not picked any Scottish or Northern Irish players for the tournament.
The announcement of the squad confirmed that David Beckham has missed out with Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards named as the three over-age players allowed – all the others have to be under-23.
Swansea have three players named, the most of any club – Scott Sinclair, Joe Allen and Neil Taylor, while Tottenham defender Steven Caulker, who has also been included, was on loan at the Liberty Stadium last season.
Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge is also chosen, as is Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey and Manchester United Tom Cleverley. Tottenham’s Gareth Bale would have been selected but has been ruled out due to injury.
Pearce said: “It has not been an easy task to finalise my squad for this tournament, and the stature of the competition and uniqueness of the occasion has underlined the importance of every choice I have made.”
The squad in full – Jack Butland (Birmingham), Jason Steele (Middlesbrough); Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Tottenham), Craig Dawson (West Brom), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Neil Taylor (Swansea), James Tomkins (West Ham); Joe Allen (Swansea), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Jack Cork (Southampton), Ryan Giggs (Manchester United), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Scott Sinclair (Swansea); Craig Bellamy (Liverpool), Marvin Sordell (Bolton), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea).