Premier League assistant managers: who are they and what do they do?

One shares a flat with his boss, another is known as the manager’s ‘brother’. A run-down of the men who help to shape their clubs’ success Known as Carlos, the 45-year-old Spaniard is building up good relationships with the Arsenal players, even if he is not the type to shy away from confrontation. Fiery and animated, if he feels that something needs to be said, he will say it – even to Unai Emery. Arsenal are the sixth club at which he has worked as Emery’s assistant, following Almería, Valencia, Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and PSG. Carcedo was an uncompromising midfielder, who had spells with Atlético Madrid and Nice but played mainly at second division level. David Hytner Continue reading...

Premier League fans rate the season so far. Part one: Arsenal to Huddersfield

Fans assess the best and worst of the opening stages – top performers, biggest mistakes and the funniest moments
• Part two: Leicester to Wolves Best performance? The chant of “We’ve got our Arsenal back” during the 5-1 flaying of Fulham summed up the season so far. Will we see a better team goal than the skilful combination that ended with Ramsey scoring our third? Continue reading...

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

A call to get tougher on diving, Arsenal are turning up the volume and Everton’s biggest investments are coming good Declan Rice faces a big decision over his international future after once again being left out of the Republic of Ireland squad for the Nations League matches against Denmark and Wales as he ponders switching allegiances to England. The versatile 19-year-old – who qualifies for Ireland through his grandparents – already has three senior caps and represented them at several youth levels but remains eligible for the country of his birth under current Fifa regulations. He performed well in a defensive midfield role despite West Ham’s improved run of results coming to an end against Brighton on Friday and looks like the kind of player who could excel in Gareth Southgate’s young England side if given an opportunity. Manuel Pellegrini said Rice must take his time to decide but the Continue reading "Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action"

Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton Wanderers: match preview

This will be Crystal Palace’s fourth attempt to score a goal on their own patch this season with Roy Hodgson’s side having endured an erratic start to the new campaign. It says everything about their current predicament that the injured Christian Benteke, a player who has contributed only three goals in 34 league games, has been badly missed. Wolves arrive unbeaten in five top-flight games and already ensconced in the top half as they thrive on their Premier League return. Their biggest threat may be complacency. Dominic Fifield Saturday 3pm Continue reading...

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Liverpool’s tiredness could play into Manchester City’s hands, Newcastle should throw caution to the wind and Harry Winks must take his Tottenham chance “It’s a game of small margins,” said Vincent Kompany of the season’s standout fixture to date between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday. If the teams are as closely matched in quality as Kompany thinks then he can only have been heartened by the weary look of many of Liverpool’s players as they struggled with Napoli’s intensity in their 1-0 defeat on Wednesday. Jürgen Klopp’s midfielders create chances by harassing opponents out of possession and shuffling the ball forwards quickly but in Naples they looked heavy-legged. Liverpool’s past three fixtures read: Chelsea, Chelsea, Napoli; high-profile, energy-sapping games. City, meanwhile, have played Oxford, Brighton and Hoffenheim, and though they were made to work hard in Germany, they have not had to dig as deep as Liverpool’s Continue reading "Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend"

Bournemouth’s Junior Stanislas keeps cool to make Crystal Palace pay penalty

Bournemouth left it late, but the nightmarish memory of that defeat at Turf Moor has now been banished. This game was approaching its finale with Crystal Palace level when the hosts rallied. Wayne Hennessey had summoned two fine saves to deny Callum Wilson, clean through on goal, and Dan Gosling, but the Welshman’s luck would not hold. A free-kick swung into the box had the visitors further panicked when Mamadou Sakho swung an arm back into Jefferson Lerma. Mike Dean spotted the offence and awarded the penalty, which Junior Stanislas, only recently introduced to the contest, converted with ease. That undid all the work Palace had put in to recover an early deficit and left Roy Hodgson contemplating a fourth defeat of term. Bournemouth, thrust back into the upper echelons, have re-established their momentum. Continue reading...

Bournemouth v Crystal Palace: match preview

Given that Crystal Palace did not have a point this time last season Roy Hodgson will hardly be panicking but it is safe to say that the underwhelming goalless draw with Newcastle at Selhurst Park has left him worried. Palace have scored only four goals in six games and Wilfried Zaha has three of them, and it is that over-reliance on their star man which is troubling the Palace faithful. Bournemouth have always been more of a collective under Eddie Howe, and the emergence of young talents such as Ryan Fraser, David Brooks and Lewis Cook suggests the south coast club are again finding the right blend to continue their upward momentum. Paul Chronnell Monday 8pm Sky Sports Premier League Continue reading...

Mike Ashley booed by Newcastle fans as Crystal Palace fluff chances for victory

Maybe Mike Ashley should show up a bit more often? On the day that Kevin Keegan revealed he is no longer welcome at St James’s Park after falling out with Newcastle United’s detested owner, it was just like the Sports Direct chief executive to attend his first match for almost 18 months on a damp and dreary day in southeast London. He was treated to a backs-to-the-wall performance that earned Rafa Benítez’s side only their second point of the season but also laid bare the challenge facing their beleaguered manager this season. Continue reading...

Roy Hodgson urges Wilfried Zaha to focus despite anger over fouls

• Crystal Palace striker complained about being fouled
• ‘Wilf has a strong sense of justice,’ Hodgson saysRoy Hodgson has backed Wilfried Zaha’s decision to voice a sense of injustice at the treatment he receives from markers but has stressed to him the need to retain focus and make his own mark on opponents by using his “skill and goalscoring ability”. Zaha went public with his grievance after last weekend’s victory at Huddersfield, when a foul from Mathias Jørgensen earned the defender a caution, though he was quick to cite a worse challenge by Watford’s Étienne Capoue against him last month. The 25-year-old claimed he would have to “get my leg broken” for a marker to be dismissed, adding: “That’s why I lose my head. Why am I getting different treatment from other players?” Continue reading...

Crystal Palace v Newcastle United: match preview

The focus will inevitably be drawn to Wilfried Zaha given his complaints over the treatment he is invariably given by markers. Andre Marriner, who officiates Newcastle’s visit, was once criticised by the then Palace manager Sam Allardyce for not cracking down on Arsenal’s rough treatment of the winger. It will be interesting to see how Marriner deals with the first meaty challenge on the forward this time round. The visitors, who have lost only once at Selhurst Park since 1984, are seeking to kickstart their campaign after a difficult early fixture list. Dominic Fifield Saturday 3pm Continue reading...

‘Fighting my demons alone’: Wilfried Zaha reveals Manchester United ‘hell’

• Crystal Palace forward says he wasn’t given enough support
• Zaha says he has no regrets over choosing Ivory CoastWilfried Zaha has accused Manchester United of failing to give him adequate support following his £10m transfer in 2013, with the Crystal Palace forward admitting that he suffered from depression. Zaha was Sir Alex Ferguson’s last signing before he stepped down as United manager that summer and the then 19-year-old was handed a five-and-a-half-year contract in a deal that took him to Old Trafford at the end of the season. But having made his debut under new manager David Moyes in the Community Shield, Zaha made just two Premier League appearances as a substitute before being allowed to join Cardiff on loan in January 2014. Continue reading...

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Ryan Fraser ran Leicester ragged; Neil Warnock will not tolerate more Cardiff mistakes; and Rafael Benítez needs a new plan Jürgen Klopp was asked to describe his emotions during stoppage time in the 2-1 victory at Tottenham. His dominant Liverpool team had led 2-0 going into it but they conceded to Érik Lamela in the 93rd minute to set up a nervy finale. “I would love to say it is the first time in my life I have been in a situation like that but it happens so often,” Klopp said. “My wife hates it.” The Liverpool manager would not have gone through the wringer if some of his players – Sadio Mané, in particular – had played in a teammate when they ought to have done. If there was one criticism of Liverpool’s best performance of the season it was the lack of ruthlessness and, even, traces of Continue reading "Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action"

Palace end losing run as Wilfried Zaha shows his class at Huddersfield

Sometimes, being forewarned is no help whatsoever. Huddersfield, like the rest of the Premier League, know all about how valuable Wilfried Zaha is to Crystal Palace and the danger he poses to opponents, but they were unable to stop him from determining the outcome of this fierce clash. The home team played well, but Palace made off with all the points thanks to a wonderful solo goal by their most precious player. Continue reading...