Niall Horan jokes about Sam Allardyce replacing Chelsea target Frank Lampard at Derby

14 Jun

Niall Horan has joked about Sam Allardyce replacing Frank Lampard at Derby this summer.

The Chelsea legend has been heavily linked with the Stamford Bridge job as Maurizio Sarri looks set to join Juventus.

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Lampard is hugely popular at Derby after guiding them to the Championship play-off final in his debut managerial season.

When asked who the boyhood Rams fan and former One Direction singer would want to replace Lampard, Horan told talkSPORT: “Big Sam’s free, I wouldn’t mind that! He could get us out of a bit of trouble.

“I don’t know. You want someone young again, we’ve got a young squad with a good mix of young and old [players].

Sam Allardyce has a reputation of getting clubs out of trouble
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“It would be a shame to see it go to waste, but I’d like to see someone young be given a go again.”

Allardyce has been out of work since being sacked by Everton last May.

The former England manager has won promotion to the Premier League with Bolton and West Ham in the past.

Reports have linked Charlton manager Lee Bowyer with the Derby job if Lampard leaves for Chelsea.

The 42-year-old’s reputation is growing after ending the Addicks’ three-year exile from the Championship in his first full season as a manager.

Niall Horan will be playing in Soccer Aid for Unicef, which will be broadcast live on ITV on Sunday June 16, starting at 6.30pm. To donate to Unicef, visit socceraid.org.uk

Chelsea manager latest: Niall Horan admits Derby boss Frank Lampard won’t be able to turn down Blues job

14 Jun

Boyhood Derby fan Niall Horan believes Frank Lampard will not be able to turn down the Chelsea job.

The Blues legend has been heavily tipped to replace Juventus-bound Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge this summer.

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Lampard excelled in his debut managerial season with Derby as he guided the Rams to the Championship play-off final.

And former One Direction singer Horan insists Derby will miss the former England midfielder if he leaves for Chelsea.

He told talkSPORT: “It’s a sad prospect. You can’t turn down the Chelsea job, can you? I don’t think the fans fans would be very upset if he came back.

“If he does leave Derby, we’re going to miss him. I’ve been a Derby fan since I was a child, and I haven’t seen anything he’s done to the club since Jim Smith in the early 2000s.

“If you saw it at Wembley, I’ve never seen a crowd wait around after a play-off final [defeat]. He got a standing ovation, he walked around with the crowd – you can’t ask for more really.

Niall Horan is desperate for Frank Lampard to stay at Derby
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“We’ll see what happens next season if we spend a few quid, we might be there or thereabouts again.

“If we do it again, it’ll be our sixth play-offs in about eight seasons, I don’t know if I’m able for it anymore, but it is what it is.”

Lampard won every major honour during a hugely successful 13-year spell with Chelsea.

The 40-year-old is widely expected to leave Derby if his old club come calling.

When asked if he’d wish Lampard well in the Chelsea hotseat, Horan said: “Of course. Frank is a good mate of mine and it was amazing that one of my mate’s was managing my boyhood club.

“It was an amazing feeling to chat to him about who’s fit, who’s not fit and results and stuff like that.

“If he comes to Chelsea, he’s going to be welcomed here with open arms.”

Niall Horan will be playing in Soccer Aid for Unicef, which will be broadcast live on ITV on Sunday June 16, starting at 6.30pm. To donate to Unicef, visit socceraid.org.uk

Conor McGregor and Niall Horan throw support behind Katie Taylor ahead of unification lightweight bout on Anthony Joshua undercard

1 Jun

Conor McGregor has shown his support for Katie Taylor ahead of her undisputed lightweight clash in New York.

While the world will be waiting to see Anthony Joshua defend his heavyweight titles against Andy Ruiz Jr in his US debut, that is not the only championship action taking place at Madison Square Garden.

Taylor will defend her IBF, WBA and WBO belts against experienced Belgian WBC holder Delfine Persoon as she aims to unify the division.

Former two-division UFC champion McGregor attended her bout against Cindy Serrano in October 2018 and the pair have been good friends since.

”This is one of my favourite pictures! ‬‪What an experience it was to watch this woman fight live! ” he wrote, with the image from backstage after that fight.

“If I was not in a cast from my own fight preparations, I would be ringside for this fight 100%! ‬Back this woman all the way!

“Aiming to become the Unified World Boxing Champion this weekend!

“The first boxer male or female from the Emerald Isle to ever reach this coveted position! Ireland’s Katie Taylor! What a woman.”

The 2012 Olympic gold medallist, will be aiming to win her 14 straight fight since turning professional in 2016 and has called Persoon her ‘toughest’ opponent to date.

Katie Taylor is taking on Delfine Persoon to become the undisputed lightweight champion
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“I feel great right now,” Taylor told Sky Sports. “It’s great to get the weigh-in over and done with. I know all the hard work is done and I’m definitely ready for tomorrow night.

“Delfine is a formidable champion, she’s a great champion. I know that it’s going to be my toughest fight to date but I am ready for this.

“I’ve put myself through the trenches for these last few months and I can’t wait to get in there tomorrow night.”

Also reminding her how much support Taylor had was Niall Horan, formerly of One Direction and partner in crime of Alan Brazil and Ally McCoist on talkSPORT.

Leeds United troll Niall Horan, Frank Lampard and Derby County after Rams lose Championship Play-Off Final to Aston Villa

27 May

Leeds United wasted no time in mocking Derby County after their Championship Play-Off Final defeat to Aston Villa.

The Rams battled bravely at Wembley on Monday afternoon, but could not overturn a two-goal deficit.

Frank Lampard salutes the Derby County fans after their Play-Off Final defeat
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Despite Jack Marriott’s late strike in the capital, Villa hung on to claim a 2-1 win and a return to the Premier League.

For Derby, it is another season in the Championship – where they will lock horns with rivals Leeds United once again.

And it seems as though their rivalry has become even more personal.

And following the full-time whistle, Leeds immediately posted a brutal Tweet to Lampard.

Leeds United even took aim at Derby fan Niall Horan
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They quote-Tweeted Rams fan and Sports Breakfast listener Niall Horan’s post with the following caption: “Hopefully you performed better than @dcfcofficial! See you next season! #StopCrying.”

In the semi-final first leg between the two sides, the Whites supporters used Oasis’ ‘Stop Crying Your Heart Out’ to sing ‘All of our spies are hidden away… Stop crying Frank Lampard’, in reference to the ‘spygate’ scandal.

Leeds were fined £200,000 after being caught spying on Derby earlier in the season and, asked if the song bothers him, Lampard said: “No, of course not, it is good fun,” though he did manage a little jab at his rivals.

“I think being a Chelsea player there was always a rivalry with Leeds. I didn’t play them that much because we were in the Premier League, but that comes with it.

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“I certainly will take the song all day long. My worry is what the players do on the pitch.”

While it remains to be seen if Lampard will stay at Pride Park after failing to secure promotion, fans will surely be hoping the former England midfielder does so as to give fans more excitement.

The second leg of the semi-final at Elland Road produced one of the greatest games in Play-Off history.

Derby vs Leeds: Rams players mock Championship rivals with ‘I spy’ tweets and Niall Horan makes Wembley joke after play-off win

16 May

Derby County made sure Leeds knew they were beaten.

In the Elland Road changing room following a brilliant 4-2 win, the players sang a song created by Leeds fans to mock manager Frank Lampard, which makes numerous references to the ‘spygate’ scandal that erupted earlier in the season.

Frank Lampard celebrates Derby’s sensational play-off victory against Leeds
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And on Twitter, along with Derby fan and talkSPORT regular, Niall Horan, players laughed at their Championship rivals.

Mason Mount and Martyn Waghorn were among those who tweeted ‘I spy with my little eye something beginning with W’, while Horan tweeted United between him and his beloved Rams, they’d played more times at Wembley than them in the last 12 years!

 

Derby will now play Aston Villa for a place in the Premier League when they contest the Championship play-off final on Monday 27 May, which will be live on talkSPORT at 15:00.

Norwich City, as division champions, and Sheffield United have already secured their place in the top flight and Lampard said after the celebrations, focus will turn to Villa.

“It’s easy to say we shouldn’t celebrate because there is another game but we need that,” he said.

“When they perform like that, and when fans travel here into this hostile atmosphere, then we deserve our moment. Thank you to the fans because we can’t do it without you.”

Leeds United go top of the Championship and get one over on Derby County and ex-One Direction member Niall Horan

25 Oct

Leeds beat Ipswich 2-0 to move top of the Championship and if that wasn’t enough they also ‘won’ Twitter with one simple tweet.

“No one likes Leeds,” Niall Horan, formerly of One Direction, posted after being asked if he could send Marcelo Bielsa’s boys some luck following a gushing tweet about his beloved Derby’s style of play under Frank Lampard.

Leeds’ good-natured response? “No one likes your solo career” and then calling for One Direction to be reformed.

Niall Horan has been on talkSPORT as a guest presenter previously where he has discussed his love of Derby County before heading to the pub with Alan Brazil

Victory moved Leeds from fourth to first as Middlesbrough and Sheffield United both drew on Tuesday and West Brom were battered 4-1 by Derby on Wednesday.