Arsenal playmaker poised to pen £100k-a-week contract renewal

London Evening Standard understands that Arsenal playmaker Jack Wilshere, who’s current contract at is set to expire in the summer, is allegedly poised to pen a renewed 3 year deal worth £100k-a-week, as the north-Londoners prepare to usher in a new era without Arsene Wenger’s command. Wilshere’s future appeared to reside away from the Emirates, […]

Arsenal managerial candidate not ‘tough’ enough to steer club’s helm

Former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has surfaced as a potential candidate to take the batten from Arsene Wenger in the north-Londoners’ dugout, although Henry Winter – speaking on The Sunday Supplement – is under the impression that Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City assistant isn’t ‘tough’ enough to man the club’s vacant helm. Arteta, 36, has fine-tuned […]

Ray Wilson obituary

Pacy, mobile left-back who gave an extra attacking drive to the England World Cup-winning team of 1966Ray Wilson, who has died aged 83, had the lowest profile of any player in England’s 1966 World Cup final-winning team, and generally liked to keep it that way. He was a fast, skilled, mobile left-back who was capped for his country 63 times, played in every England game in the 1966 finals, and was one of the best defenders his country has produced. Yet he kept firmly out of the limelight and, unlike most of his peers, made no attempt to make a living from football after retiring from the game – preferring instead to pursue a career as an undertaker. Wilson was an important member of the 1966 World Cup team, not only for his resilient defensive qualities, his pace and his powers of recovery, but for the extra drive Continue reading "Ray Wilson obituary"

Everton set to let Sam Allardyce go and target Marco Silva as successor

• Portuguese was preferred candidate back in October
• Board to meet about Allardyce and Rooney in midweek Sam Allardyce is set to leave Everton this week with the former Watford and Hull City manager Marco Silva a leading candidate to replace him. Allardyce is scheduled to meet Everton’s major shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, in the coming days and his departure is expected to be announced by the end of the week. Allardyce is six months into the 18-month contract he secured in November and oversaw an eighth-place finish in the Premier League. But fierce opposition to his management style among the club’s supporters, allied to the hierarchy’s desire for a fresh start following a dreadful season, is likely to result in the 63-year-old leaving with a final year’s pay-off of around £6m. Continue reading...

Manuel Lanzini double gives West Ham victory over lacklustre Everton

It spoke volumes that the Everton fans did not spring to the defence of their manager when the locals started having fun at Sam Allardyce’s expense. They simply could not be bothered and are unlikely to shed any tears if this limp defeat marks the end of Allardyce’s unhappy tenure. The former England manager has a year left on his contract but it is difficult to see how he can hope to survive. Leading Everton to eighth place is unlikely to satisfy Allardyce’s bosses. Not when they assess this joyless performance. Continue reading...

Everton’s Sam Allardyce braced for boos from both sides at West Ham

• Former Hammers manager still uncertain of future at Goodison
• Allardyce was unpopular with fans during his spell in east LondonThese are difficult times for Sam Allardyce, who is not only aware of the speculation that suggests he may be preparing an Everton side for the last time but readying his tough exterior for the possibility that he might be jeered by both sets of supporters at the London Stadium on Sunday, writes Paul Wilson. The former West Ham manager has waited in vain for public backing from Everton’s owner that he will be allowed to see out the second year of his contract, with the result that while other managers are looking forward to a break he is waiting to discover whether he gets the thumbs up or thumbs down from Farhad Moshiri. Continue reading...

Premier League of stasis still has a compelling magic all of its own | Barney Ronay

Somehow, with no title race since 2014 and Manchester City all but wrapping up this one in October, it has still been enthralling
And now the end is near. And so we face the final curtain or at best a rather demob-happy, oddly tension-free final flutter of a curtain that fell some time ago for most of English football’s top tier. Sunday’s final fixtures of the Premier League season will be played out in the usual conjoined fashion, simultaneous kick-offs designed to offer last-day drama and a level playing field to the final jostle for air and space. Continue reading...

West Ham United v Everton: match preview

David Moyes and Sam Allardyce face their former employers knowing that they could both be out of a job soon. Wayne Rooney, who has received an offer from DC United, is unlikely to feature because of a knee injury, so fans may have missed their chance to pay tribute to a legend. Moyes and Allardyce, on the other hand, are unlikely to be mourned if they are shown the door by West Ham and Everton respectively. Jacob Steinberg Sunday 3pm Continue reading...

Premier League: 10 things to look out for on the final day

A wake is in store in Swansea, Klopp faced with a juggling act and a swansong for Conte and Benítez? This feature, you will note, is called ‘10 Things to Look Out For’ rather than ‘10 Things to Look Forward To’. Thank goodness for that, because there might not be much to look forward to at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday. The match between Swansea and Stoke is likely to be a wake, with both clubs wondering how the hell they got into this mess. A number of players will be making their last appearance for both sides, seeing no contradiction in the belief that they are far too good to play in the Championship. Swansea could still stay up, but they need snookers, a miracle and, most unlikely of all, at least one goal. RS Continue reading...

Wayne Rooney wants Everton manager clarification before deciding future

• DC United offer on the table for former England captain
• Rooney unhappy at lack of playing time under Sam AllardyceWayne Rooney will await clarification from Everton on the club’s future management situation before deciding whether to end his Goodison Park comeback after only one season. The 32-year-old has an offer from DC United to move to MLS in July, with the Washington club willing to give the former England captain a two‑year contract. DC United have held talks with Rooney’s representative, Paul Stretford, but are one of several overseas opportunities available to the boyhood Evertonian. Continue reading...

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

Aubameyang can revive Arsenal, Butland lays bare Stoke’s shameful truth and West Ham would be foolish to ditch Moyes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang might not be a classic Arsène Wenger signing because he cost a lot of money and is already close to his peak but at 28 he is certainly a man who can lead the next incarnation of Arsenal. Alongside Alexandre Lacazette the duo showed how exciting Arsenal can still be even if Burnley looked like a team packed for their summer holidays as they made up the numbers, offering less energy than the post-match speeches, in what was effectively a testimonial at the Emirates. Wenger might rue the fact he missed bringing the Gabonese international Aubameyang to England earlier – a striker not deemed good enough by Milan in his youth would have made the perfect project for the outgoing manager – but he is still leaving behind something Continue reading "Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action"

Tom Davies strikes late for Everton to dent Southampton hopes of staying up

Southampton were denied a huge step towards Premier League survival when Everton denied them a second successive league victory through a last-gasp equaliser from Tom Davies. The visitors must have thought they had dome enough to win, with Nathan Redmond even bringing a late save from Jordan Pickford when Southampton had been reduced to 10 men, but when Ryan Bertrand gave the ball away with just seconds remaining Davies crashed in a shot from Idrissa Gueye’s square ball, deflecting home off Wesley Hoedt. The only consolation for Southampton is that they still managed to move out of the bottom three and above Swansea in the table, ahead of the all-important meeting in South Wales on Tuesday. There was also another reprieve for West Bromwich, who would have been relegated by a Southampton victory, but little respite for Sam Allardyce. Continue reading...