Sunderland have looked dismal without Sam Allardyce in charge...
There were a few, subtle, lost-in-translation moments during Joe Hart’s introductory press conference for Torino this month. When the club president, Urbano Cairo, hailed his new signing’s physical presence, the interpreter swapped the word “tall” for “high”. Happily, nobody took this honest mistake for a comment on how the player might like to unwind.
Didier Ndong looked utterly bewildered. Sunderland’s French‑speaking Gabon midfielder was receiving instructions about throw-ins from Lee Cattermole and clearly could not comprehend a word the Teessider was saying.
The door opened and there they were, waiting for him: all of Athletic Bilbao’s players and all the staff, the president too, like a secret birthday party.
Newcastle have seen their Championship season stutter slightly in recent weeks with the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa the latest setback.
Pundit says Tottenham Hotspur need Harry Kane back quickly.
West Ham United are struggling in the Premier League at the moment.
It was a funny old occasion at the King Power Stadium as Claudio Ranieri went from reflecting on where things are going wrong for Leicester City in defence this season to looking forward to “continuing the fairytale” in one of the most historic games in the club’s history. In the middle of it all a photograph of Emile Heskey slid off the wall as a dozen or so television crews jostled for position on a platform that was never built with Champions League press conferences in mind.
Watford were beaten 2-0 by Burnley, dropping down to 11th in the Premier League.
Tottenham lost 2-1 against the Italian giants, though there were plenty of positives to take from the match.
With the MLS All-Star Game coming up on Thursday, we hand out some early awards to those who have impressed over the first half of the 2016 campaign.
Arsene Wenger has made his fair share of mistakes in the transfer market during his time at Arsenal.