Boro striker shows how not to repay your manager’s loyalty

Southgate backs Alves, Alves talks about moving clubs

Afonso Alves

When Middlesbrough decided to make Afonso Alves the most expensive signing in their history by splashing out over £12 million on him, they were probably expecting more than four league goals in his first full season.

But rather than [...]

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Daily Democracy

Vote: Should the transfer window be scrapped?

Current system comes under criticism from Prem gaffers

Transfer window

At 11.55pm on Monday night, Harry Redknapp should be tucked up in bed dreaming of money in his opulent Dorset mansion. Instead, he will undoubtedly be manning the phones, and furiously making sure a last-minute transfer deadline deal [...]

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Fatherly Advice

Stewart Downing must leave Middlesbrough, says his dad

Left winger’s old man believes it will be good for his career

Stewart Downing

Gareth Southgate and Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson are adamant that none of their players will be sold during the January window, but the part-time DJ is one of approximately 6,000 players on Harry Redknapp’s [...]

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Transfer Talk

Juve target Arsenal star, Stuart Downing on his way to London

The very latest transfer rumours, gossip and damned lies

William Gallas

He may have “checked out” already, but in less than three weeks time, Former Arsenal captain and RVP hater William Gallas should get the opportunity to move on. Here’s the latest contender for his signature…

William Gallas to [...]

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Five reasons why Paul Ince’s Blackburn days are numbered

Ince’s managerial career about to contract a deadly virus: statistics

The Spoiler is very much an admirer of Paul Ince and believes that a great deal of silverware lies in his future. His fondness for pale grey suits might not do him any favours and most schoolchildren can knot a tie more elegantly than [...]

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Quote of the day

Gareth Southgate demonstrates a keen understanding of international football


But a poor grasp of the English language

When asked for a comment concerning Fabio Capello’s appointment in today’s Guardian, Gareth Southgate revealed a subconscious hatred of all things foreign:

“I don’t understand the point of international football if the manager, coach, kit man, etc are not all English [...]

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