Leicester players ‘want answers’ over Shakespeare sacking

first_imgHe said he was unable to answer the questions the players had about why Shakespeare was dismissed and did not rule out the possibility of one or more senior players in the group requesting answers from the Thai owners.“Obviously the meeting before we went out to training was a little bit raw,” said Appleton, whose first game as boss is at Swansea on Saturday.“The lads were a little bit cheesed off first thing and a bit down in the dumps in the meeting that we had in the media room. People were disappointed and wanted questions answered but I’m not the person for that.“From my point of view it’s all the questions that are for certain senior members and not myself. I didn’t release Craig and I’m not sure of the reasons why.”Shakespeare was sacked after Monday’s 1-1 home draw with West Brom left 2015-16 champions Leicester without a win in six Premier League matches, languishing in relegation zone in the table’s bottom three.But Appleton said he had not felt any indication from the owners that Shakespeare was under pressure.“No, no there wasn’t,” he said. You would expect some sort of indication, he said, “but I can assure you no there wasn’t”.Appleton hopes any players who feel Shakespeare was hard done by can channel that emotion into helping Leicester to a much-needed win against Swansea.“There’s no doubt about it that Craig had an incredible relationship with everybody at the football club,” he said.“These players want to win games, they want to win games of football for their manager, and if what’s happened over the last couple of days is the motivation that they need to get the three points, then great.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Michael Appleton was placed in charge at Leicester City following the dismissal of Craig Shakespeare (pictured) on Tuesday © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 20 – Leicester City caretaker manager Michael Appleton believes the owners of the former Premier League champions could face questions from players over Craig Shakespeare’s sacking.Appleton was placed in charge following Shakespeare’s dismissal on Tuesday and described the atmosphere among the squad as “cheesed off” and “raw” when he took his first training session.last_img read more

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Hart: Man City felled by ‘killer deflection’ in Bayern Munich defeat

first_img1 England and Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart Joe Hart was left to rue a ‘killer deflection’ which saw Manchester City slip to a last-gasp 1-0 defeat in their Champions League opener at Bayern Munich.The England No.1 was outstanding throughout the tie, keeping City in the contest with save after save against the high-flying Bundesliga champions.And, just as the stopper’s heroics looked to have earned City a brilliant point at the Allianz Arena, Hart was finally beaten by a cruel deflection from former City defender Jerome Boateng’s volley, as the German giants snatched a late victory.“We did okay and looked like we were going to get a result out of it, which would have been a good start to the group away against a good side,” said the goalkeeper, who was delegated team media duties with manager Manuel Pellegrini sat in the stands with a touchline ban.“But it was an unfortunate deflection that ended up going in, and that killed us.“I had a bit to do, but we defended well on the whole and had a few chances. It could have been the perfect performance and we come away with a 1-0 win, but unfortunately we ended up with a loss.”Hart’s performance bore similarities to another outstanding display against Borussia Dortmund two years ago, when he almost single-handedly defied the Germans at the Etihad Stadium.Since then, however, his position has been questioned a number of times with a clutch of errors leading to a spell out of the side last autumn.The England keeper added: “I always seem to have plenty to do when we play in Germany, against good sides, but unfortunately it didn’t affect the result.“I’m not here for headlines – if I was, I would probably have quit. It would have been a good game if we had got the result.“The only way it would be a good game for me would be if we win the group on goal difference.”last_img read more

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Tottenham fans allowed first glimpse inside new stadium at test day

first_img gameday cracker Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The stadium is not far away from completion 6 6 Fans explored the concourse Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Food vendors got a test run A group of Tottenham fans have been given a look inside their new stadium.The supporters were allowed into the ground as part of an ‘orientation day’ prior to the start of the new Premier League season. They were also shown to the seats outside Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January REVEALED 6 REVEALED targets ALTERED no dice They were offered a match day experience and allowed employees to undergo a test run of a operations during a typical league match.Spurs are scheduled to play their first game at the new stadium against Liverpool on September 15.They will play their first official home game of 2018/19 at Wembley against Fulham on August 18.The club uploaded the following images on their various social media pages. gameday 6 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 6 possible standings Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Young fans got the first view of their new home Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Latest Tottenham News Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card They also tested out the turnstiles Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa 6 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT smart causal punished last_img read more

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