Callum Hudson-Odoi contract: Ex-Tottenham star says there should be wage caps for Under-21 players and issues warning to Chelsea starlet

20 Sep

Football chiefs should bring in a new salary cap for young footballers under the age of 21, in light of Callum Hudson-Odoi’s new bumper Chelsea deal.

That’s according to former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara, who insists there is a danger giving so much money to young players.

Chelsea confirmed on Thursday academy starlet Hudson-Odoi had penned a new five-year deal with the London club, ending speculation over his future.

The Stamford Bridge club did not disclose any details on the 18-year-old’s new salary, but various reports claim the young England forward’s pay has increased to well over £100,000-a-week, with some newspapers reporting he is now earning up to £180,000-a-week in wages.

It’s a staggering amount of money for a player who has only made 28 senior appearances so far in his career.

O’Hara believes new measures should be taken to ensure players aren’t given too much too young, and used himself as a warning to Hudson-Odoi and other wealthy youngsters.

Speaking on Friday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “When you’re 18 years of age you’ve got to be so careful now.

“That’s is a hell of a lot of money for a young man to have. If he warrants it, fantastic, fair play to him, but he’s got to have the right people around him to take him forward.

“I think there should be a cap for young footballers under 21.

“It’s a lot of money and it can ruin your life if you don’t have the right support in terms of family and agents.

“You can spiral out of control and get caught up in it.

Chelsea starlet Hudson-Odoi has signed an incredible new contract at Stamford Bridge
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“At 18 years of age, there’s no way in a million years that man knows how to use that much money – you just don’t.

“When I first started at Tottenham and got a new contract I was getting £60,000-a-month into my account. I worked on the basis of 20, 20, 20 – put £20,000 away, allow £20,000 for bills and spend £20,000 however you like. But that was bad advice!

“I was silly with my money, I threw it away. I did silly things, bought cars, bought things I didn’t need. With that sort of money everything is accessible and as a young kid you want to enjoy it.

Jamie O’Hara says he ‘was silly’ with his new-found wealth when he signed his first professional contract at Tottenham
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“I wish I had put the money somewhere, invested it, and have been given an allowance to live from. Someone there to say, ‘here’s this amount and now work off that’. This money has got to last you for the rest of your life, and you think it’s going to last forever.

“Clubs should do more. There needs to be more done with players and their finances, 100 per cent.”

Listen back to a clip of Jamie O’Hara on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast above

Ronaldo at Rangers? Ally McCoist jokes Barcelona, Inter and Real Madrid legend would not have got a game at Ibrox if completed sensational transfer

19 Sep

Ronaldo would not have got near the Rangers team if he joined, as his agent claimed he almost did in 1997.

On the legendary Brazil striker’s 43rd birthday on Wednesday, talkSPORT unearthed an interview with Giovanni Branchini from 2016, in which he revealed the Gers were close to completing the transfer of the century.

He claimed Rangers were one of three clubs chasing Ronaldo in ’97 when he was unhappy at Barcelona, and offered to sign him in a sensational deal worth £20million that stated he only had to play Champions League games and not in the Scottish Premiership.

Ronaldo ultimately decided to join Inter Milan despite very serious interest from Rangers, according to his agent
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But McCoist was having none of it when told about the news on Thursday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast and couldn’t stop laughing at the suggestion he could have been playing alongside – or more likely replaced by – the three-time world player of the year.

After host Brazil read out Branchini’s comments with a grin, McCoist replied: “What?!

“Frankly, I can’t believe that.

“Are you telling me Ronaldo could’ve signed for Rangers before Inter Milan?

“He wouldnae have got a game!”

The Sports Breakfast crew then played out a spoof ‘translation’ of a Ronaldo interview from the same year, in which he appeared to say he was happy to move to Ibrox… until he learned the number nine shirt was already taken.

Ronaldo’s ‘translator’ said: “Glasgow Rangers are a great cub and have great players, like Gascoigne, Laudrup and Guttuso and I was happy to sign for them. Unfortunately I was told the number nine shirt was already taken.

“I can’t remember his name now, but they told me he was a key member of the squad for making the teas and giving Gascoigne a lift to training. It’s a shame, but I’m sure he will win them the Champions League, just like I would have done.”

Ally laughed: “Haha! By the way, you had me going there. I don’t mind telling you that you had me going for 15 seconds.”

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Coisty is a legend at Ibrox, an icon who smashed scoring records during his glittering 15-year stay with the Glasgow club… but he is under no illusions who will win the fight if he was ever compared to the World Cup winner.

He added: “Me and Ronaldo have got one thing in common now – size!

“What a player he was.

Sir Bobby Robson had him at PSV and Barcelona and I remember watching Bobby on TV and he was raving about Ronaldo.

“He was some player. He had this brilliant finish when he always rounded a goalkeeper with his pace.

“If you put him through, 99 times out of 100 he’d use his pace to go round the keeper and stick it in the back of the net.”

Listen back to Ally McCoist on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast above

Ronaldo at Rangers? Ally McCoist jokes Barcelona, Inter and Real Madrid legend would not have got a game at Ibrox if completed sensational transfer

19 Sep

Ronaldo would not have got near the Rangers team if he joined, as his agent claimed he almost did in 1997.

On the legendary Brazil striker’s 43rd birthday on Wednesday, talkSPORT unearthed an interview with Giovanni Branchini from 2016, in which he revealed the Gers were close to completing the transfer of the century.

He claimed Rangers were one of three clubs chasing Ronaldo in ’97 when he was unhappy at Barcelona, and offered to sign him in a sensational deal worth £20million that stated he only had to play Champions League games and not in the Scottish Premiership.

Ronaldo ultimately decided to join Inter Milan despite very serious interest from Rangers, according to his agent
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But McCoist was having none of it when told about the news on Thursday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast and couldn’t stop laughing at the suggestion he could have been playing alongside – or more likely replaced by – the three-time world player of the year.

After host Brazil read out Branchini’s comments with a grin, McCoist replied: “What?!

“Frankly, I can’t believe that.

“Are you telling me Ronaldo could’ve signed for Rangers before Inter Milan?

“He wouldnae have got a game!”

The Sports Breakfast crew then played out a spoof ‘translation’ of a Ronaldo interview from the same year, in which he appeared to say he was happy to move to Ibrox… until he learned the number nine shirt was already taken.

Ronaldo’s ‘translator’ said: “Glasgow Rangers are a great cub and have great players, like Gascoigne, Laudrup and Guttuso and I was happy to sign for them. Unfortunately I was told the number nine shirt was already taken.

“I can’t remember his name now, but they told me he was a key member of the squad for making the teas and giving Gascoigne a lift to training. It’s a shame, but I’m sure he will win them the Champions League, just like I would have done.”

Ally laughed: “Haha! By the way, you had me going there. I don’t mind telling you that you had me going for 15 seconds.”

We’ve heard Ronaldo is a fan of a chocolate digestive or two… packets
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Coisty is a legend at Ibrox, an icon who smashed scoring records during his glittering 15-year stay with the Glasgow club… but he is under no illusions who will win the fight if he was ever compared to the World Cup winner.

He added: “Me and Ronaldo have got one thing in common now – size!

“What a player he was.

Sir Bobby Robson had him at PSV and Barcelona and I remember watching Bobby on TV and he was raving about Ronaldo.

“He was some player. He had this brilliant finish when he always rounded a goalkeeper with his pace.

“If you put him through, 99 times out of 100 he’d use his pace to go round the keeper and stick it in the back of the net.”

Listen back to Ally McCoist on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast above

Fernando Ricksen was a ‘real fighter,’ says Ally McCoist in heartfelt tribute to Rangers icon after his death

19 Sep

Ally McCoist has paid a fitting tribute to Rangers icon and ‘lad full of fun’ Fernando Ricksen, who passed away this week after a battle with motor neurone disease.

The Glasgow club confirmed their former full-back’s passing on Wednesday. He was just 43 and is survived by his wife and daughter.

Ricksen was a key figure at Ibrox during his six-year spell with the Gers, winning two Scottish titles, plus the league, Scottish Cup and League Cup treble in the 2003/04 season. He was also the joint winner of the SPFA Player of the Year gong in 2004/05.

McCoist says Fernando Ricksen was ‘daft enough’ to fit right into Rangers’ nine-in-a-row side of the 90s
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And while he didn’t play alongside him in blue shirt, McCoist had a close friendship with his follow Rangers hero and hailed him as a ‘fighter’ after his tragic death.

“What a fight and what a fighter,” Ally said on Thursday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“He was incredible. He tried to raise as much money as he possibly could, even in the last months of his illness, for others suffering from the illness

“He was a real fighter and I can’t help but think of his wife Veronika and his wee daughter Isabella. It’s a real tragedy.

Hundreds of tributes have been left at the Ibrox gates in tribute to Fernando Ricksen
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“It’s certainly brought Scottish football together, a lot of the clubs up in Scotland came out with some lovely messages.

“It’s very sad.”

McCoist said the highest praise he could pay Ricksen is that he would have slotted right into the all-conquering Rangers side of the 90s alongside himself and Paul Gascoigne that won nine Scottish first division titles in a row.

“The biggest compliment I can pay Fernando – and he was a lad full of fun and there was never a dull moment – is that he was daft enough that he wouldn’t have looked out of place in our squad with Gascoigne and others like that.

“Don’t get me wrong he could play as well. You don’t play for your country if you’re not a player. But some of the stories – he was a real character.”

Watch a clip of Ally McCoist remembering Fernando Ricksen above

‘Arsenal’s front-three can fire them to top four in the Premier League’, says TOTTENHAM legend Clive Allen

18 Sep

Tottenham legend Clive Allen is backing Arsenal to claim a place in the Premier League’s top four this season – although hopefully not at Spurs’ expense!

The Gunners will kick off their third straight campaign in the Europa League this week as they face German side Eintracht Frankfurt in their first group match, and talkSPORT brings you full LIVE commentary of the clash at the Waldstadion.

Unai Emery’s side blew their last remaining chance to seal Champions League football last season as they lost to Chelsea in the Europa League final, after also finishing outside the Premier League top four.

Unai Emery could not win the Europa League for the fourth time as a manager last season
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But former Tottenham striker Allen believes Arsenal’s new-look front three of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette – who is currently on the sidelines with an ankle injury – can fire the club back to Europe’s top table this term.

He admits, however, that it will all depend on whether Emery can fix his issues in defence after a poor start to the season.

“Who will get fourth spot? I think it’s a fascinating question,” he said on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“Liverpool and Manchester City are ahead of everyone else and Tottenham are the best of the rest.

“But fourth spot? I think perhaps it will go to Arsenal because of their firepower.

Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have seven goals between them already this season
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“They’ve got to address their defensive problems, but if they solve that and you look at their attacking firepower compared to the other teams chasing that fourth spot…

“For me, it will be Arsenal.”

Listen back to Clive Allen on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above

Napoli 2-0 Liverpool: Micky Quinn blasts ‘daft’ VAR rule after questionable penalty in Champions League defeat

18 Sep

Boyhood Liverpool fan Micky Quinn has blasted the ‘daft’ VAR rule which meant the penalty decision that sunk the Reds at Napoli could not be overturned.

The Reds looked on course to seal a respectable point at the intimidating San Paolo Stadium on Tuesday night when the hosts were awarded a spot kick in the 82nd minute, which Dries Mertens converted.

The decision was given after Andy Robertson appeared to trip Napoli forward Jose Callejon in the box, but replays suggest the Napoli player was already on his way down before any contact was made.

Andy Robertson and Jose Callejon battled frequently during the Champions League clash in Naples
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Liverpool ultimately lost 2-0 as former Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente also scored in stoppage-time after a rare blunder from Virgil van Dijk.

But Jurgen Klopp was adamant afterwards that the penalty completely changed the game and admitted his frustration over the decision, saying Callejon ‘jumped’ to win the spot kick.

There was confusion over VAR’s role in the verdict on the night, with many claiming video referees should have been able to clearly see the spot kick should not have been given.

However, VAR rules state the on-pitch referee’s initial decisions cannot be overturned if it not a ‘clear and obvious error’ on his part.

And Newcastle legend Quinn was one of the many Reds fans left fuming about the technology, which has come under significant scrutiny throughout the start of its debut campaign in the Premier League.

Quinny said on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I was confused last night, but they explained on the TV that if the referee feels he’s made the correct decision they can’t overturn it

“That is absolutely daft, for me.

“It’s down to his judgement, which is why they let that decision stand.

“It’s nuts!

VAR guidelines on penalty decisions:

From the International Football Association Board (IFAB) VAR handbook:

  • “The role of the VAR is to ensure that no clearly wrong decisions are made in conjunction with the award or non-award of a penalty kick.
  • “Video technology will only be used to correct clear errors and for missed serious incidents in defined match-changing decisions: goal, penalty/no penalty, direct red card and mistaken identity.”
  • “The original decision given by the referee will not be changed unless the video review clearly shows that the decision was clearly wrong.”

“I didn’t think it was a penalty at all, and then you see at the weekend when Joel Matip got dragged over in the penalty box when he was about the head it into the back of the net [during Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Newcastle in the Premier League].

“It’s still a big grey area, I can’t get my head around some of the decisions. Everything is done by the book apparently and not down to common sense!”

Listen back to Micky Quinn on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above

Liverpool news: ‘Jurgen Klopp wants the Champions League AND Premier League titles this season’, says Danny Murphy

17 Sep

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is aiming to lift both the Champions League AND Premier League titles this season, former star Danny Murphy believes.

The Reds get the defence of their European crown underway on Tuesday night away at Napoli, and talkSPORT brings you full LIVE commentary of the clash at the San Paolo.

The European champions kick off their Champions League campaign against Napoli
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Klopp will be hoping his side continue their domestic success so far this season in Italy, with Liverpool currently five points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

It’s the biggest points gap any team has had after five games in the English top flight and, given Manchester City’s defensive woes, many are tipping the Merseysiders to finally end their 29-year wait for a league title this term.

Murphy has told talkSPORT anyone who claims the Premier League title race is already over ‘should be put back in the asylum’.

But the former Red agreed Klopp will be looking to build on his side’s brilliant previous campaign and go all the way in both competitions this season.

Asked what he would consider a successful season for the Reds, the former midfielder told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Winning one of the big ones again, that’s success.

“I would argue that the club is progressing so well that it’s not always about the trophy to gauge success. If they got to the Champions League final again but lost, and also came second in the Premier League, that’s still an amazing season in terms of consistency.

“I think Jurgen Klopp at the minute thinks he can win them both.

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“He’s got such belief in his squad, and what’s incredible is how he gets them all playing with that intensity.

“He’s doing something so right on the training pitch because they’re all at it, they’re all fighting each other for their places and you don’t get people moaning or players in the press whinging about not playing.”

Arsenal players blasted for ‘awful’ performance against Watford – ‘Midfield isn’t good enough and defenders aren’t committed’

16 Sep

talkSPORT hosts Alan Brazil and Ian Holloway have blasted Arsenal for their disastrous performance at Watford and have sent a message to Unai Emery over his ‘play it out from the back’ tactics.

The Gunners blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with the Hornets at Vicarage Road on Sunday.

In truth, Unai Emery’s side were second best throughout the game and home fans would have been frustrated their side didn’t actually claim all three points after their impressive second-half rally.

The free-scoring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was let down by Arsenal’s dodgy defence
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did his job with two well-taken goals but Arsenal were undone once again at the back, as they were punished twice for defensive mistakes.

Tom Cleverly slammed the ball home after the Gunners lost the ball trying to play it out from the back – again – and Watford claimed a point from the spot after David Luiz gave away his second penalty in three Premier League games.

And reacting to the game on Monday’s Sports Breakfast, talkSPORT host Brazil said: “Arsenal’s midfield is not good enough, not classy enough.

“They might sneak into fourth place, but no way will they be first, second or third. Not with that midfield, no chance.”

Continuing the theme, former Premier League manager Holloway added: “The balance doesn’t look right.

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“The manager keeps sticking up for Granit Xhaka, but he goes to ground too easily – you’ve got to stay on your feet!

“I don’t think they really want to play it out from the back, I’m not sure they’re really committed to doing it, but if the manager is going to stick with it they’re going to have to.

“But it looks awful!”

Arsenal’s Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has admitted he was to blame for the 2-2 draw with Watford
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“There are times when you can play out, but when it’s too tight just send it out,” concluded Brazil.

“Knock it into the halfway line and try and find a player’s chest or feet.

“It’s ridiculous! It’s just giving the opposition a glorious chance!”

Watch a clip of Alan Brazil and Ian Holloway on talkSPORT above

‘I can’t see Liverpool slipping up this season’ – Ian Holloway backing Reds to beat Man City to Premier League title

16 Sep

Ian Holloway has told talkSPORT he ‘can’t see Liverpool slipping up’ this season and believes the Reds will finally end their wait for the Premier League title.

Why? Because of two men – Liverpool’s ‘Rolls Royce’ centre-back Virgil van Dijk and Manchester City’s injured Aymeric Laporte.

Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten side went five points clear at the top of the table after five games following this weekend’s action, which saw Liverpool beat Newcastle and title rivals City suffer a shock defeat at Norwich.

ON FIRE – Liverpool have won their opening five matches of the 2019/20 Premier League season
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City were a shambles at the back at Carrow Road as they badly missed top centre-back Laporte, who is facing more than FOUR MONTHS out with a serious knee injury.

And Holloway believes the Frenchman’s absence has swung the title race so far in Liverpool’s favour that he can’t see any other outcome than the Reds lifting their first league trophy in 30 years.

Speaking on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Premier League manager said: “Liverpool are phenomenal.

“Can you see them slipping up? I just can’t see it.

“Their back line with Van Dijk, he’s like a Rolls Royce. Even Joel Matip looks magnificent next to him.

“Whoever you put next to Van Dijk is sensational and I think that could be the bearing on this year.

Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte has been ruled out until the new year through injury
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“Pep Guardiola said Laporte was outstanding last season, and maybe we’re now seeing the fact that Man City’s wonderful team is missing one key element at the back.

“That might [decide] the whole thing.”

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  • Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORT
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  • Leicester vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT
  • Leeds vs Derby (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Everton vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Newcastle vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT
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Watch a clip of Ian Holloway on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast above

Jason McAteer calls out Roy Keane for comments about Jon Walters ‘crying’ over personal struggles

13 Sep

Jason McAteer has called out former Republic of Ireland team-mate Roy Keane over his shameful ‘stop crying’ comments towards former striker Jon Walters.

Keane and Walters – who worked together at Ipswich Town at international level – have been involved in an ongoing spat since last year, when the Manchester United legend was angry at the injured forward for not training with the Ireland squad.

The hot-headed former midfielder was asked about that incident during an event with Irish broadcaster Off the Ball, and used the opportunity to cruelly criticise Walters for ‘crying on the TV about his family situation’ while also ridiculing him about his lack of trophies.

Roy Keane left Nottingham Forest in June
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Last year, 35-year-old Walters – who retired from playing in March – spoke bravely as he opened up on the heartache of losing his mother when he was just 11, losing his brother last year, his wife suffering a miscarriage and his daughter being diagnosed with spinal condition scoliosis.

Keane said at the event: “Jon does a lot of talking, it’s amazing. Imagine if Jon won a trophy. He talks a good game.

“He goes on the TV, on about how he was harshly treated by me, not kicking a ball for Burnley for two or three years, crying about his family situation.

“You know, how about lying low for a while, taking it easy?

“Have a look at his medals – it wouldn’t take long.”

Keane was widely condemned for his insensitive comments, while Walters has also hit back, saying Keane is ‘not a tough guy’ and that he ‘doesn’t know why anybody listens’ to him.

And McAteer, who played against Keane in club football but alongside him for Ireland, has told talkSPORT: “I would rather have mates than medals.”

Speaking on Friday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Liverpool man said: “We all know Roy, he says what he wants and that’s why he’s box office because he says it how he thinks.

“It’s very watchable at times, but unfortunately I do feel he lets himself down with the comments he makes about other players and I was disappointed that Roy come out and said some of the things he did.

“Jonny is a brilliant guy and he’s an advocate for mental health. He’s gone on telly and put himself out on a limb because he feels it’s going to help people, and it is.

Jonathan Walters hung up his boots earlier this year after struggling with injury
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“We need to create more awareness of mental health these days and what people go through, certainly elite sportspeople because it’s a very demanding environment and unfortunately when you come out of it it leaves you with problems sometimes.

“Jonny feels the need to come out and help people, which is fantastic, you take your hat off to him for that. So for Roy to bring him down and suggest he needs to stop crying on the telly, it was a poor comment.

“I think he got wrapped up in the environment, everyone was laughing, there was a lot of people in the audience and he maybe got a little bit too comfortable with his comments and he let himself down.

“As far as of the other comments between them, they are Roy’s opinions and Jonny has come out and said what he needed to say about the situation, and it’s just whose story you believe.

“Roy does like the medals one, but at the end of the day you can’t take the medals down the pub and have a pint with them. They don’t talk back to you.

“I’d rather have a couple of mates than a couple of medals, to be honest.”

Listen back to Jason McAteer on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast