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It seems Beckham's manager at LA Galaxy is none too happy with what he has planned for when the MLS season is finished


Los Angeles Galaxy general manager and head coach Bruce Arena has questioned the wisdom of loaning David Beckham to AC Milan in the January transfer window.


The Italian giants have revealed the former England captain is set to join them in the new year, during the LA Galaxy's close season.


With MLS finishing on Sunday for those sides not through to the end-of-season play-offs - which include the Galaxy - Beckham appears to have opted for the San Siro in an attempt to keep his England career from stalling.


But Arena, who appeared bemused by the news of Beckham's impending departure, was not sure how it would benefit the west coast outfit.


"On the surface, it sounds like an odd proposition," Arena said in remarks reported by the Los Angeles Times.


"I don't see where that benefits MLS or the Galaxy.


"The first I heard about it was today (Wednesday)... but I would think [given] the position the Galaxy is in and [the fact that] we're rebuilding our team and trying to have a successful year, it would seem very odd to me if we were loaning out our top players at the start of the season.


"It would seem pretty odd to me to operate that way."


The MLS confirmed late on Wednesday that discussions over a possible switch to Milan for Beckham had taken place, but insisted the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star would return to the US for the start of the 2009 MLS season in March.


"Discussions have taken place between AC Milan and the Los Angeles Galaxy regarding the possibility of a short-term loan agreement that would allow David Beckham to play for AC Milan during the MLS off-season," MLS commissioner Don Garber said.


"Those discussions are ongoing. David remains an LA Galaxy player and will be here for the start of the 2009 MLS season."

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The Bolton chairman Phil Gartside has called for sweeping changes to the Premier League, including dividing the top tier into two 18-team divisions without relegation into the lower leagues. He said the changes are needed to address the increasing lack of competition at the top of the game.


"We have to start considering what the structure of the league is, and it is time to look at two Premier Leagues — Premier League One and Premier League Two — and the way the finance is allocated," he said. "You could have 36 Premier League clubs split into 18 and 18, and that would also solve the problems of the winter break and supporting the England team.


"It would even everything out and it would make it more competitive on that basis. We have already got to the situation where the three clubs that go down from the Premier League are usually the three that come up, although a couple of others might sneak in.


"I don't have the answers but it is certainly time for a debate — perhaps even on not having relegation from a second division of the Premier League."


Gartside believes British clubs ought to be protected from takeovers by foreign owners who, he believes, could damage the integrity of the league. "The traditional types of owner are something of a dying breed. Instead you have the Sheikh of wherever and people like the Glazers coming in.


"Local businessmen like [bolton owner] Eddie Davies, the late Jack Walker [at Blackburn], Dave Whelan [Wigan] and Steve Gibson [Middlesbrough] have given their town teams unbelievable financial backing. They need to be protected in some way from the influx of outside investors with seemingly unlimited funds.


"There is still talk about foreign takeovers of Newcastle, Everton and Liverpool, again, and once we have 14 foreign owners in the Premier League we have a problem," he added. "At the moment we can still muster enough votes against anything that might change the structure for the worse. Come the day when you have 14 foreign owners we won't be able to do that."


With Bolton unable to compete with the likes of Manchester City or Chelsea in either the transfer market or in offering players high wages, Gartside said it is now time to consider salary caps to prevent the gap increasing between the haves and have-nots. "I have been against wage capping in the past but it has come to the point now where we have to look seriously at it. When Manchester City go out and spend £30m on a player and then pay him whatever he wants as a salary, then that raises the bar for us next time we go into the transfer market.


"We have to look to see whether we can bring in a system of wage capping, perhaps like they have in American football or Aussie Rules."


Gartside is one of the most senior figures in the Premier League, having spent 20 years as a director at Bolton and nine as chairman. He claimed, however, that it is time to employ radical thinking — whether it is popular with the lower leagues or not. "It would be revolutionary but I don't think this would be as revolutionary as when the Premier League was set up, and we should open our minds to change. I know a lot of Football League clubs won't like it — but a lot will.


"If the FA and the government are going to start looking at debt structure and financial constraints on clubs then we are going to have to do something."

So his master plan is to destroy 56 league clubs by preventing them from ever being able to be promoted to the top league! I don't see his argument against foreign owners either, every team he mentions is only in the top flight because people ploughed their money into the club, now that people with more money are doing the same it is suddenly unfair?


Burnley are taking 6100 to Chelsea.


Not bad for a 500 mile round trip on a Wednesday night in November during a supposed economic downturn.

Good to hear, your doing very well this season hope you can keep it up! Hopefully if we can get our form sorted out (were amazing at home and crap away, now we are amazing away and crap at home!) and get the mighty Ian Moore scoring then we might join you in the championship next year!

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QPR have sacked manager Iain Dowie just 12 games into the Coca-Cola Championship season.


The 43-year-old, who only took over from previous boss Luigi de Canio in May, leaves Loftus Road with the west London club lying ninth in the table.


Veteran winger Gareth Ainsworth has been placed in caretaker charge ahead of Saturday's trip to Reading.


Im surprised he lasted this long.

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Harry will definitely need to delve into the transfer market come January for a top class striker and holding midfielder, as that is what they desperately need more than anything.


Makes you wonder who Pompey will appoint also. Allardyce? Coppell? Avram Grant? endless names could be mentioned really. Could have been a better time to leave mind as his last game was a stuffing in Portugal. But hey money talks.

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Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been named FIFPro World Footballer of the Year.


It is the first in what is expected to be a host of individual honours for the 23-year-old, who scored 42 goals for United on their way to Champions League and Premier League title glory last term.


Ronaldo had suggested last week he could do no more than he did to be crowned the best player on the planet and peers from over 40 countries are in agreement.


At £12.2 million, Ronaldo has proved to be a bargain since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon in 2003, growing steadily into the most influential player in the United team.


It is anticipated Ronaldo will also scoop the Balon D'Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year award, with the Portugal international - who has also been named in FifPro's world team of the year - keen to remain at Old Trafford for another couple of seasons at least.


"I insist that I am a Manchester United player and now I think that next year I will continue here," Ronaldo told Marca.


Although Sir Alex Ferguson has twice been forced to intervene to keep Ronaldo at the club - immediately after the 2006 World Cup and last summer as Real Madrid made their bid to get him - the player seems committed to helping United win further honours, even if his lack of goal celebrations recently has been the subject of major debate.


Ronaldo admitted Ferguson played a huge part in his decision to commit his immediate future to the Red Devils following this summer's transfer speculation.


"He has been a key person. I respect him a lot, because it was him who signed me and he has played a very important part in all that I have won," said Ronaldo.


"In Lisbon I reached an agreement with him and it was decided that the best thing for all was to continue.


"He listened to my arguments and I listened to his. Now I understand that it was the correct decision. I am with Manchester United body and soul."


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Ronaldo is one of five Premier League players in a FIFPro team of the year that is almost entirely dominated by players based in England and Spain. Milan playmaker Kaka is the only exception.


England centre-backs John Terry and Rio Ferdinand both get the nod, with three of Spain's Euro 2008 winners - goalkeeper Iker Casillas and defenders Sergio Ramos and Carles Puyol - filling out the rest of the back five.


Kaka and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi are considered to be Ronaldo's main rivals for the Ballon d'Or and World Footballer of the Year awards, and both feature in the FifPro side.


Despite patchy form for England, Steven Gerrard's superb Liverpool performances earn him a place in the midfield, and he is joined by club-mate Fernando Torres, who completes a four-man Spanish contingent.


FIFPro team:


Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)


Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)


John Terry (Chelsea)


Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)


Carles Puyol (Barcelona)


Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)


Kaka (Milan)


Xavi (Barcelona)


Lionel Messi (Barcelona)


Fernando Torres (Liverpool)


Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United).

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Soccer megastar David Beckham has blasted the game's bosses - for rewarding young footballers with huge pay packets before they have made it in the game.


The England international - who currently plays for Los Angeles Galaxy - and his former Spice Girl wife Victoria are estimated to be worth £125 million.


Beckham made his fortune at top British club Manchester United and legendary Spanish side Real Madrid.


But he insists the big money deals flooding soccer will ruin the game - because young players are no longer hungry to succeed.


He says, "It used to be that when you got into the first team then the rewards would come, whereas young kids these days are earning so much money at such a young age.


"You want that hunger there, you want the hunger to be rewarded. Unfortunately, that's not the case these days. They can all afford to buy their own cars. That's the bad part - to have that at such a young age."

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Yup, barring any unforseen circumstances - the loan move is confirmed and Becks will get his chance to be match-fit so he can end up with more than 108 caps and perhaps by the time he's done, more than 125 caps?


Good news for Spurs fans - forget about the 2012 Olympic Stadium, Daniel Levy confirms plans for a new 60,000 stadium with shops & museum. So that leaves West Ham & Leyton Orient in the running.

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Pot, kettle, black considering he's the highest paid player in the history of the game, but I do see his point.



That wasn't his point though was it? It was young players who get paid £50,000+ at the ages of 18.


I think unless we're talking the likes of Rooney or Ronaldo it's a fair comment.

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Sir Alex Ferguson has been branded 'senile' and compared to Spanish dictator General Franco by Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon. (The Sun)




and Ramon would have him a his manager in a heart beat

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