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Here's what's coming up.
Out of the blue this morning,
Watford have sacked manager
Marco Silva and blamed an "unwanted
approach from a Premier
It's on - only the medicals to wait
for now for Alexis Sanchez
and Henrikh Mhkitaryan ahead
of their swap.
Normal service resumed
for Manchester City thanks
to Sergio's hat-trick.
And the perfect start
for Paul Lambert as Stoke
get their first win since Christmas
to move out of the bottom three.
In terms of the papers...
The Sunday Times -
"Who needs Sanchez
when you've got Sergio?"
Also Spurs fight Real over world
record bid for Kane -
the Spanish side apparently ready
to offer £200 million.
The Sunday Mirror -
"Heir of the Pog" -
saying Paul Pogba could demand
to double his wages to match Alexis
And the Sunday Express -
"Pierre we go" - Arsenal can sign
Borussia Dortmund striker
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
if they pay £55 million.
Big surprise this
morning from Watford.
They've sacked manager Marco Silva.
A club statement this morning said:
"This has been a difficult decision
and one not taken lightly.
The Ccub is convinced
the appointment of Silva
was the right one and had it not
been for the unwarranted approach
by a Premier League rival
for his services we would have
continued to prosper
under his leadership.
The catalyst for this decision
is that unwarranted approach,
something which the board believes
has seen a significant deterioration
in both focus and results
to the point where the long-term
future of Watford FC
has been jeopardised.
For the security and success
of the football club,
the board believes it has
to make a change."
The BBC's senior football reporter
Ian Dennis joins us now.
What has been going on behind
the scenes at Watford?
For it to get to this point?
approach from Everton, I think was
mid-November, I do not think it has
been right since Watford turned
enter the £8.5 million. I don't
think it went unnoticed with the
hierarchy that he never killed it.
You compare his stance to that of
Sean Dyche when he has been linked
with jobs and Sean Dyche... Would
say he is fully focused on
concentrating on the job, Silva
never did that. I think the owners
believe he lost focus,
they have seen the spirit ebb away
from the club. Admittedly a
crippling injury list has not helped
Silva, but I believe he has been
quite stubborn from a tactical point
of view. He said he wanted one
player upfront and the wide players
providing the pace. Those who watch
Watford regularly say those tactics
were fine when players were fresh
but now they are not so fresh and
perhaps they need to go two upfront,
which has not happened.
I have said for a while that Watford
are sliding, perception is
everything because last year people
would say they were struggling, and
Marco Silva, who made a good start,
everything is fine. But the hard
facts are that Watford form points
worse off than at this stage last
Who next, or is it too early?
are looking for a temporary manager
that McGregor have been working
under eight MP manager to work under
the Pozzo family for years. But
there is no instability in the
boardroom. There is a clear focus,
Watford have a track record of
acting swiftly. I believe they have
a manager lined up, I expect them to
make an appointment in a matter of
days. The bookies' favourite is the
Malaga coach, Jose Manuel Pozo the
slope is, I understand Watford are
looking elsewhere but I am trying to
find to that is. I think it will
happen in days and I would expect
him to be in charge for Southampton
FA Cup try next weekend.
Thank you, Ian Dennis. Michael
Appleton has stuck the final sword
into Marco Silva's site?
that to me! I am a little surprised,
if I am honest. Yesterday the result
was good from our point of view. I
think the game was much tougher than
you would probably suggest if you
felt someone or add team was under
pressure. Yesterday they did not
play like a team that was not
playing for the manager, I assure
I remember hearing earlier this
season that Manchester United were
looking at him in the long-term,
they are impressed at what he has
done. Chelsea had an eye on him. He
has gone from everyone talking about
how good his coaching was, to within
seven months a relegation and a
sacking, incredible. Some of this, I
do wonder, is that almost a
consequence of what would are as a
club. They are transitory club now
and which so many players come
through and leave within a year,
they have had so much chain chain
over with managers. One of the
reasons they appointed Silva was to
improve profile, the issue of
perception that you brought up. And,
to a degree, when someone like
Everton comes in for your manager,
it will Foster the situation that
you are seen as a stepping stone. I
wonder if that led to the spell
being broken between him and the
players, given how good results were
before. I wonder how you feel about
There were lots applauded some
praise for him at the start of the
season, but as it has gone on, the
link to Everton came, the results
have not got any better. It is funny
their reason for sacking him, and
see what they do now. Will they
potentially trailer another team and
poach their manager? It is all right
for them to say that there was the
press for Silva from Everton, but
there is another manager at another
He was sacked that Olympiakos
are not wearing the club suit, he
was not wearing his seat yesterday.
We're used to seeing him so well
polished, so it was a bit
surprising. But going back to the
way they have come to the decision,
you do not know what messages he has
been Bremain back to the players
within the group. He did not come
out at the time and deny that there
was not an interest from Everton in
this approach, but we do not know
the type of conversations taking
place between him and his players.
If he was dismissing it there and
then, I cannot see it having that
much of an effect on the group. It
can go both ways. I have been in the
position when I have managed a
certain club band that has been
interest from other clubs, it can
help you. -- managed a certain club
and there has been interest.
Sometimes it can bring the best out
It is interesting to see who they
will replace him with, but in terms
of the approach and going back to
when the approach happened, I am not
Let's listen to Marco Silva, this
was his last interview as Watford
coach after defeat against Michael
Appleton's Leicester yesterday.
Of course you want to win, you want
it taken of points for us.
it taken of points for us. This is
the attitude and the commitment that
I saw against Southampton as well.
If you achieve the results, the team
confidence and belief will be
better. We need to keep going and
keep working hard. The Premier
League is like this. All the games
are really hard to win and we need
to keep going and to work, everybody
fights to take points and they need
to do the same.
You have been getting in touch, keep
your messages coming. You can get in
touch on social media using the
hashtag #bbcfootball. One person
until Twitter says farewell, you had
the potential to be one of our
greatest bosses and Graham Taylor
after a terrific start to the
season. Sadly you try to jump ship
as soon as a better offer came along
and things have never been the same.
Matt Smith says go and get Marco
Silva now, hashtag Saints. Damian
says Marco Silva deserve the sack,
what the's drop has been mad, they
were five points behind Man Utd in
November and now it is 27 points.
That is insane, man, says Damian.
Miguel Cummins tens of Marco Silva,
is there an argument that this has
damaged his stop? -- Miguel, in
terms of Marco Silva? Has he thrown
his toys out of the pram after not
getting the Everton job?
It is hard
not to get the feeling that he tried
to make too many gems too quickly.
Having just come to England, he
improved their performances, the
relegation was inevitable, he could
not stop that. That was already
January, and already he is looking
at a club with a lot of money and
lots of history, they have won more
titles than almost any club in
England, Everton. To make that jump
so quickly and to be so ready. I
heard in October and November that
some people around him advised him
to give it a full season at a club
to show you can build, if you jump
ship too readily, who will want to
invest in you?
After that, if you do
well at Everton, potential
speculation of going to a bigger
club and they are like, can we trust
Gary Ward on Twitter says clubs
will never progress if you keep
sacking manager when times get a
little bit challenging. James says
Marco Silva was not good enough.
Shocking decision. Michael, do
players think I could not get my
move, I will sell can not put in as
Absolutely not, it is crazy to
-- Michael, do managers
Premier League is a difficult
place, it is difficult to manage. As
an assistant now I see the pressures
put on managers these days, the
expectations of results. You look at
the Premier League as it is at the
moment and could argue there are
three leagues but there are two,
there is the top six on the other 14
teams fighting it out to make sure
they keep their Premiership status.
I do not think you have time to soul
can't feel sorry for yourself in the
Premier League. It is cut-throat. --
time to sulk and to feel sorry for
yourself. He has paid the cost for
not winning enough games over a
period of time, rather than a short
period. The those who mentioned
Watford could get sucked into this,
it is so tight from around 20th,
if you are thinking would I go there
as a manager, why would I go there
was so much change?
As a manager you
will back yourself, there you have
the ability to get them out. Roy
Hodgson saw and felt that with
Crystal Palace and has done that so
far this season. I am sure there are
managers confident enough to get a
Watford out of trouble.
We will talk
about Alexis Sanchez now.
As first reported last night
by the BBC's David Ornstein,
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has agreed
to join Arsenal, with Alexis Sanchez
going to Manchester United.
It's a straight swap - no additional
transfer fee for Arsenal.
The medicals are happening
today and tomorrow.
Who's getting the best of this deal?
I would say United, they are
bringing in a player that everyone
seems to want. And they are getting
rid of a player that just was not
working with Mourinho. I do not
think Arsenal got a bad deal in the
circumstances, they had a difficult
situation with Sanchez. He is a
brilliant player but clearly they
were not getting the best out of him
this season with everything
happening and he was going to go for
free. They have a player that I
think be quite suited to Wenger, he
has lots of talent. He has something
to prove. Because did not work at
United does not mean he will not add
Played at the highest the
majority of his career, technically
very good. Libertarian is very good,
hopefully he will do well.
Arsenal's best work is done in and
around the opposition box. I think
the best work we have probably seen
from libertarian at United was in
those areas. Wenger has probably
thought if we can get the best out
of him and what he does best, in the
team they have with the amount of
talent they have, it could be a good
fit for both.
You always hear that Mourinho puts
defensive demands on players like
that and Wenger does not, would you
Wenger is probably known
for putting his arm around players
too much, making them feel loved.
Mourinho is a bit harsh. But I'm
sure he will benefit from this.
Miguel, the stall in this deal, it
has moved quickly but it stalled
over the last few years. I read your
piece for the Independent online
about Mino Raiola, the agent, who
has a huge say in this both the
Sanchez and Mickey Terry on?
last two years he was quite
well-known but now he is one of the
board's biggest movers. He was
involved in Paul Pogba's transfer,
and now Mickey Terry and's. The
United and Sanchez deal were agreed
on Wednesday night, but the idea was
how it would be constructed. The
issue is whether Arsenal could meet
Henrikh Mkhitaryan's wages. And
because he had not settled at
United, he preferred to return to
Dortmund, where he had done so well.
A client has that position, an agent
like real's view is that they are
not compromising. -- and agent like
Ray Ola's view. A lot of this is
stalling, I heard on Wednesday could
be organised by Thursday apart from
the facts about Mino Raiola is
involved. To be fair, he is getting
a deal for his clients.
have that much say? In your life and
your career? If Pep was saying we
will not pay the money, there must
be times when you think what is
Obviously he has made
the decision, his agent has made the
decision to go to Arsenal or Man
United, in terms of Mike Cherry and
his agent works for him, he doesn't
work for Manchester United or
Arsenal so he needs to get the best
for his player and his client. As I
said, both players were negotiating
on free contracts so there will be
some details in there that need to
be ironed out.
Where does he fit
into this Manchester United side?
Still a big fan to be fair and it
will be interesting to see who makes
way for him. I suppose as a British
coach, an English player, the amount
of time that Lingard is having in
the team at the minute, and
obviously it's exciting that Marcus
Rashford is just behind him.
Worrying from an England point of
That does worry me, these
players have come through in the
last 12-18 months that have excited
everyone and Marcus going into the
England setup and setting the
international scene alight, that
would be a worry from the
Englishman, but if you were a
Manchester United fan it's very
no-brainer, one of the most exciting
players in the Premier League and to
go with that the workrate you have
talked about, fantastic work rate
and he is a team player.
was at Burnley for the united win
and Mourinho said after the game
with Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has been
injured and may not be fully fit
before what happened to him last
season, he argued he only has four
players in three positions upfront
and he wanted to sign a winger and a
striker as well. With all the games
they have got it might not be too
damaging for Rashford in that way
because of rotation but ultimately
he might not be the main starter as
You have been getting in
touch, David says not was Alexis
running down his contract but his
attitude has been stinking at the
club since the Bayern Munich games.
Imagine if he had been forced to
stay, so it could have been worse
for Arsenal fans. Stevens says,
terrible deal for both clubs and
both players who end up at clubs
they didn't want to join in the
first place, sums up what is wrong
with the modern game. David says it
a player easily worth £100 million,
if Coutinho was worth £140 million,
just because of age Sanchez is
better and swapping him for a player
they struggle to get four to £40
million from a great deal for
Manchester United. In terms of
Arsenal, they didn't struck without
Alexis Sanchez yesterday. Four goals
in 22 minutes against Crystal Palace
and there is lots of chat about
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Where is
that one sitting at the moment, with
Arsene Wenger last night being asked
about him and he said he didn't want
to talk about it and commented on
Mkhitaryan more than Aubameyang.
was a bit coy on it, from what I've
heard, basically because of the
disciplinary issues Aubameyang has
had at Dortmund, to be fair it is
worse than the Sanchez situation at
Arsenal in that regard but they
eventually want to do business, so I
can see that happening before the
end of the window. Although I'm not
sure it's as far along as maybe some
of the impressions given. I thought
yesterday it was very Arsenal that
win, in the sense that you always
get the sense over the last five or
six years with them that every time
they are about to... When it looks
like things are going well and there
are about to make a jump to get to
the next level they lose a big game
and have some sort of calamity but
every time it is about to get really
bad they get a win like that.
result didn't surprise me yesterday.
The result surprise me but the
manner of the result did. Looking at
the two goals from the corners, I
was quite shocked, and Roy will be
disappointed. I worked with Roy in
my days at West Brom his attention
to detail is as good as anybody's in
the game, no doubt about that. For
them to score two goals from
corners, as they did yesterday, is
probably the only surprise, two
goals coming from set plays.
were nodding along in agreement.
Yeah, you are surprise, but going
back to the Pierre-Emerick
Aubameyang situation there must be
issues off the field because a
player of that quality in today's
market is worth more than 55
million. Those numbers being talked
about, it is a lot of money, but the
market is outrageous at the moment
so you would accept, expect him to
get close to 200 million.
played in that team with him at
Dortmund and we have seen how great
Aubameyang on his day is at
Dortmund, here's some player.
remember watching him against Spurs
in the Europa League in 2015-16 and
the build-up to the game was about
two rising teams, especially just
before Spurs' first title challenge
under Pochettino and Dortmund were
brilliant, they linked up superbly.
Mkhitaryan is a player we have not
seen at your did enough, apart from
against Spurs last season. If Arsene
Wenger can bring that out. You
touched on it earlier, Mourinho has
a harder edge, whereas one of the
issues at Arsenal that Wenger
indulges players too much but maybe
these are two plays that need that.
Suk-Man Joleon Lescott, that's the
voice of Miguel Delaney if you're
listening on 5 live, Michael
Appleton, Leicester Assistant
Manager with us in the studio.
Joleon Lescott, if Arsenal end up
getting Aubameyang, and it's a big
if, but if they end up with Nick
Terry and Aubameyang and they have
got rid of Sanchez, and ended that
saga, they have come out of it
pretty well, haven't they?
business from Arsenal's point of
view, if you look at it and say they
have spent 55 million and got two
players who have played at the
highest level, for me that's a good
Absolutely, yeah. If you
look at the league he is coming from
as well, it's quite important. The
German league is probably the
closest out of the European leagues
to the Premier League in terms of it
all stop so he is used to that
robust style we see sometimes in the
Premier League. The defenders. I
agree with Joleon that I think it's
good business all round and I think
it is one where Mourinho and Wenger,
the sooner it is done and dusted and
out of the way everyone can get on
with their lives and we can move on
journalists can move on.
In terms of
Arsenal, looking at the squad they
put out against Bournemouth last
week, is this the most mediocre
Arsenal squad in Wenger's time at
the club? To get these two players,
even if they've had a few
difficulties, it immediately adds
that extra gloss.
Manchester City wanted was Alexis
Sanchez, but it didn't work out and
the Samantha haven't got him in
January. They seemed to cope all
right with him yesterday, they have
man called Sergio Aguero who'd
Joleon Lescott knows well, his 11
Patrick for Manchester City beating
I remember last time you were on
match of the dude Dominic Day two
extra, can you believe there is some
sort of chap that he might go at the
end of the season -- Match of the
Day 2 Extra? He is one of the best
strikers in the Premier League and
as a city fan and affiliated with
the club I'd like to see a player of
Sanchez's quality, but if it's at
the expense of Sergio Aguero I'm
glad he hasn't come. So, it must be
a personality clash between
Guardiola and him.
be a question of the player, can it?
Not in his performances because he
scores goals regularly and in terms
of his personality it might be that
but knowing Sergio Aguero like that
I doubt it is the case. Obviously
managers have ideas of the way they
want to play on who they see in
those positions and maybe Sergio
doesn't fit the criteria he has for
Yeah, I'd agree, I have to
say, Pepo obviously once these
forwards to lead the line, in terms
of defending from the front and
pressing from the front -- Pep
Guardiola. Were touched on it a bit
off air, but with Aguero it
sometimes feels like he's one of the
strikers who conserves his energy to
be absolutely deadly when an
opportunity arises. The other side
of it is that since Guardiola has
been at the club that has was been
this kind of moments where it looks
like... All of the rumours and
speculation come out about Aguero's
future and they put in such an
effort to try and kill it but it
never quite goes away and it always
off-the-peg. Fosters this
Yesterday seen reports
about Pep Guardiola saying there was
no words to describe Sergio. Just
say he is brilliant, or say
something more Sylhet convinces
everyone. It's like you don't want
to say what we Olmo and feel about
What is it? No one else is
listening, it's just you and me,
what is he like? Is he a good lad,
easy to get on with?
Of course he
is, he is great.
Does he have any
I don't know anyone who has
issues with Sergio. Even the
incident when he was in Holland and
involved in a car accident, it
wasn't a negative story, there was
nothing negative about Sergio
Aguero, he is professional, loves
his craft and loves to score goals
and he does that pretty much every
Looking at Manchester City and
the goals they scored most weeks
against most teams, they almost like
the perfect goal, 5-a-side goals,
getting to the byline, six yard box,
penalty spot, pull it back, bang,
goal. What he has got her mind what
you've got with Aguero, is if the
game is tight and they can't get
those goals and they can't get in
behind teams he scores any type of
goal and scores goals from areas and
parts of the pitch.
You have said
all that, Michael, educate me as
someone watching football, when I
see Sergio Aguero doing all that,
what more does Pep Guardiola want
from him if he's already
transitioned him into everything?
Maybe he wants to motivate him,
there are different ways of
motivating players and it's clearly
Aguero is around 30 and he
plays with that instinct in terms of
scoring. Can you be educated player
that late in their career, do you
reckon, as a coach?
I think you can.
I think you can, there is no doubt
that younger players probably learn
quicker in terms of whether its
technical work you are doing. But in
terms of educating older players in
terms of styles and areas you want
them to get into, their own
experience will pick up on that very
quickly with a group of intelligent
players. So I don't think you can
never stop learning, it's the same
with coaches and managers, and
certainly with players. We see it
year in year out and week in and
week out in the Premier League
anyway, lots of the time when you
get to 28, 20 ninth that is where
you come into your own anyway so he
is in the prime of his career
really. -- 20 eight, 29. For me some
things happen for a region and
sometimes you get a bit of luck down
the line -- happen for a reason. Him
staying at the possibility of
Sanchez not going to the club could
work out well for him.
getting in touch, Jon on Facebook
says Aguero is one of the best in
the Premier League, one of the best
the Premier League has seen. Jon
Wilde says he's in the top five
worldwide. Wonderful to watch for
stubborn if you are a Newcastle fan
watching this morning, this
afternoon, more frustration for
Newcastle fans. That Amanda Staveley
deal looks dead in the water, or
does it? We hear different things
everyday. This is Alan Shearer
talking on Match of the Day last
The reason I think Newcastle fans
want change, and most of them want
change, is that they are not getting
value for money and this is the
reason why. Every club in the
Premier League over the last two or
three years has broken their
transfer record. Newcastle's
transfer record 2005 was Michael
Owen £60 million. Another reason,
nine of the players who played today
were in the Championship last
season. The other two, Manquillo
were at Sunderland and possibly at
Stoke, that's the reason Newcastle
fans want a change of owner.
You were nodding along to some of
that. You can understand the
Newcastle fans' frustration that
this has gone on again, and at the
end of another window when they will
not get the quality they need to get
in and potentially be down in the
foremost the size of the club and
the amount of interest that we all
have with that football club, even
if you are not associated with it,
it is a hotbed part of the country.
It is probably a little bit
different to most clubs in terms of,
you know, how compact it is and you
walk into the city and that's the
only thing that people talk about,
the football. I was shocked last
night when I was watching Match of
the Day and I saw those figures Alan
was talking about, their record
signing £16 million. I was honestly
astonished. For a club that big. I
can understand certain frustrations.
Even before that Alan Shearer was 15
million and that was nine years
before that, so it wasn't like it
was 4 million up to 15, it was still
moderate figures considering the way
the market has gone over the last
The way they spend money
actually puts a real figure on this
feeling that they are kind of just
treading water. That is the great
frustration with Newcastle. I
suppose for any supporter and anyone
involved with the club, the great
thing about football is the hope,
the idea that you can do more and
something else will happen. But with
Newcastle it feels there is always
this sealing there.
it's a businessman running the club,
he doesn't have that much
affiliation with Newcastle in his
heart. That's probably the reason
why he's running at more so as a
As a devil's advocate,
it's his business and he does what
he likes with it, Newcastle fans
will not like that. We have breaking
news, Miguel, Tommy what you mean,
think of this. Javi Gracia, is
affected to be the next Watford
manager, formerly of Rubin Kazan.
One thing about Spain, I remember
talking to an executive of a Premier
League club recently, the reason
they still like young players from
Spain and Germany in England is
because of how good the coaching is
and Javi Gracia is the latest in
that. Malaga have had their own
issues in the last few years. He's
kind of helped stabilise the club.
I'm not too familiar with him but it
fits the profile for Watford.
Michael Appleton is set to be his...
I wouldn't do that you live on BBC
Two! Let's move on and talk about
Stoke and maybe Huddersfield. Paul
Lambert's first game in charge. Huge
the new manager effect, isn't it?
Interesting to see on Match of the
Day that they mentioned last night,
the sprint stats were higher than
they have been all season under Mark
Hughes from the Stoke players. That
must infuriate Mark Hughes but
delight Lambert who's off to a great
I watched the show last
night, even though the sprint stats
to hire it was just marginally. It
is very marginal.
I would not read too much into it.
There will always be an effect when
a new manager comes in, and they
have good footballers. Yesterday
they had three or four micro top
performers, they performed on the
day and it from the highlights that
there would only be one winner. --
and it looked from the highlights.
The fact that Paul came in, only had
three or four days, he will take the
plaudits, rightly so. It will be
interesting to see how it develops
over the coming weeks.
I think anyone can do with the one
game, that is the criticism of
Stoke, their top performers give it
maybe once a month. It is keeping
them motivated for long periods. No
disrespect, the fixture help them.
So you think that Stoke could be
dragged into it?
I do not think
anybody outside the top six feels
they are not vulnerable.
amazing what has happened, mid-table
obscurity has essentially been
obliterated, it does not exist any
more. With Stoke in 2008 or clubs
like Swansea, they got into the
Premier League, consolidated, had a
few years where they sat around
eight to around 30 for 14th, trite
things, got used to the league, it
does not happen now. -- eighth to
around 13th or 14th, trite things.
Paul Lambert was with me in the 5
live studio about ten days ago when
Mark used that all his eggs in the
Newcastle basket, lost the game and
I was like, you are in! You said I
will never manage in the Premier
League again, he did not expect the
Premier League job, then years.
he will look to take his
opportunity. He will be thankful
that the opportunity. There was a
lot said that he was 15th choice or
whatever, he says he did not care if
he was 50th, he was given an
opportunity, he has Premier League
managerial experience. On the point
the lads were making about how tight
he is, the Premier League has almost
become like a two Elite League. --
on the point the lads were making
about how tight it is. It was Claude
Puel's side, Southampton, finished
seventh or eighth on 46 points,
Watford were 17th on 40. There were
six points between ten or 11 teams.
On that subject...
Leicester City moved up to seventh -
or top of the "other table",
as Gary Lineker put it on Match
of The Day last night - with a 2-0
win over Watford yesterday.
What exactly has
Claude Puel done to turn things
around at Leicester?
Along with you.
There is no doubt, we have three or
four Micro lads in the side at the
moment who are on top form. They are
at the top of the game. It was
highlighted over the last couple of
weeks of how well Riyadh Mahrez has
played, and obviously Vardy has come
into his own. There has been
speculation around Harry and Man
City. They are positive things for
Leicester City. We have players in
goods spirits. Over the last three
we have gone into Jamie a lot
quicker and sometimes too quick at
but as a club it has been very
Won the Premier League.
But what he has try to instil into
the players is on the transition, on
the turnover, if you cannot do it in
one it might be
three or four Micro
What is Puel like as a guy?
He seems like a thinker to me? Is he
different to your style?
The fact he
is French and I am English, we had
You meet in the
He is very calm and
calculated. But he is a winner, you
can tell that on a Saturday or a
Tuesday on the side of the pitch, he
is very passionate and knows what he
wants, if he does not get it he
makes them aware of it.
From an media perspective he seems
quite quiet and relaxed? It is hard
to imagine him suddenly going
I think you find that with
lots of managers. There is an image
certain managers have because they
are in front of the cameras, in
front of 40 or 50,000, trying to
keep themselves in check. If you are
losing your emotions too much you
are not watching what is going on on
the field, not watching of the
opposition has changed formation,
certain players are affecting the
game more than others. Also behind
that I think most managers and most
people who go into the game as a
manager have that bite, and when
they needed they bring it out.
were lots of Leicester fans, I don't
know if you listen to the likes of
606 when you're driving home, saying
Claude Puel, why we ended up...?
Because of what happened at
Southampton. He did an incredible
job at Nice, look what he has done
with you guys in a short space. He
deserves more credit?
He would be
the first to say... We spoke about
it after the game yesterday, there
were people talking, you have got up
to seventh, that is OK now, as long
as the seventh after 38 games, he
said. He is very good at keeping
things under wraps a little bit. The
reason I say that is the Marco Silva
stuff, you can do well over a short
period but ultimately the season is
judged and 38 games.
experience must have played a bit,
he finished seventh for Southampton,
got to the cup final, should have
won, he ended up leaving the club.
I'm sure he is aware not to be
carried away and just to be
It is almost like they punished him
for what happens to lots of
mid-table clubs, the season starts
with nothing you can go fall under
peters out a little.
lots of speculation. If Michael
Appleton is putting his mortgage on
the line, will he be there in
I would not gamble my
mortgage on anything! I expect him
You can see why everyone
The boss has said he will
be here on the 1st of February, that
is good enough for me. He is in a
really good place, fantastic form.
He is in a dressing room, a
fantastic dressing room with really
good lads, he is a big part of it.
Emotional scenes across
the Premier League but particularly
at Goodison Park where
Cyrille Regis' former club West Brom
played Everton, less than a week
after he passed away.
Joleon, a Midlands lad, a black
Midlands lad growing up, poignant?
Absolutely, I think Cyrille was my
kind of footballer. Being from
Birmingham, everyone was aware of
how important he was to the city, it
was a shame to see him go. I know
him personally. I worked for Jason,
his nephew. He could not talk any
more highly Cyrille.
He was a
pioneer for black players in the
Premier League, not particularly of
your era but more like Jason's era?
He broke barriers, made lots of
differences for black players coming
through after him. Not only that, he
was a top player, he did not just
play in an era where black players
were not allowed to play, he played
at the highest level under severe
circumstances. Let's remember his
impact on the pitch. Double out --
he was slightly before my era when I
started watching football, but even
watching Match of the Day last
night, some of the footage shown, he
was ahead of his time in the force
of his play and the movement, the
range of it as well.
James McCarthy has been struggling
with injuries and has come back, a
double fracture, it was horrible.
Freak but horrible?
I feel for
James, he has been injured for so
long already this season. For
something like that to happen, you
do not wish that on any player. I
have been injured myself, it cost me
my career back in the day. Rondon, I
felt Rondon. He was in bits, it was
completely accidental. -- I felt for
Rondon. The little bit I know about
James, he is mentally strong and he
will need to be. It is a fantastic
football club with good people and I
am sure they will get him back and
playing very soon.
Such a pity, it is the first time he
has played five consecutive games
for Everton in two or three years.
It has been such a struggling time
for him. But as well as that, one of
the big criticisms of his career is
that maybe given his talent he does
not impose himself on games, but he
seemed to be doing that through
He came on and Allardyce
picked him out, said that is what we
want people to do.
We have four
Micro or five minutes left. I want
to talk about the 4pm kick-off,
Southampton against Tottenham. We
will keep you updated on 5 live.
Spurs fight Real over world-record
bid for Harry Kane. We have heard a
lot of this over last few months.
The Spanish club ready to offer £200
million, a new Kane deal key,
Pochettino could be a target for
Euro giants, what is your take on
the Kane story?
Spurs have been
quick to deny they have received
interest. I think there is no doubt
by Real Madrid have looked at him.
Real Madrid have an issue, their
main stars are getting... We have
seen the Ronaldo speculation, they
are getting to the tail end of their
careers. Peres, they have had a bad
season in terms of results, even
though they won the Champions League
last year. That has brought Zidane
under pressure, which has brought
the president under pressure. They
had another issue, because of all
these players like Reynaldo and
Benzema on such high wages, this is
the case of both of the Spanish
clubs, Real and Barcelona, their
cash flow is not as strong as
England or PSG. I wonder if they
would be able to raise the fees to
extract a player like Kane from
Spurs, to make the sort of fee that
would be considered.
I do not
believe it is due to the figure, Dan
Leavy is not selling Harry Kane 200
million, it will be a lot more than
anyone has ever been sold for in the
past. I feel Real Madrid potentially
need to reinvest in younger players.
To get Harry Kane will cost a lot
With Real, they have changed
strategy. The whole Galacticos thing
for a few years, but because of that
and be influx of money from
broadcasting in England and what has
happened PSG, this changed strategy
to sign a next generation of
players, the best at 20 to
24-year-olds, like Asensio. Kane is
coming out of that age bracket.
John Smith onto it says why would
Harry Kane stay if a big club
called? Mike Dean says buying his
boots only for that price. Ten games
without a win for Southampton -- ten
games without a win. They are in the
bottom three, worrying for them and
It is a tough time, no
doubt. Last week at Watford, two up
at half-time, you would probably
expect them to win the game. It did
not happen for them. A big game
today, I would imagine that
certainly team they will have to get
after Tottenham. There is no point
sitting back and trying to let them
dictate the game.
Given what happened over Christmas,
you would expect Southampton to set
back a bit, but if Spurs win
That says it all.
Thanks to Joleon,
Michael and Miguel.
That is it for now.
Highlights of Southampton v Spurs
on Match of the Day 2 tonight -
Mark Chapman's at St Mary's.
Whatever you are doing on the rest
of this Sunday afternoon, thank you
for joining us and have a good one.
See you soon.
Mark Chapman and guests analyse the talking points from Saturday's Premier League games and look ahead to Sunday's fixture between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur.