Sacked QPR boss Hughes didn't see it coming | Transfers | Tribal Football

Sacked QPR boss Mark Hughes didn’t see the axe coming yesterday. Sacked QPR boss Mark Hughes didn’t see the axe coming yesterday.No sooner had he arrived at the training ground, he was met by chief executive Phil Beard and shareholder Kamarudin Meranun to be told his contract was being terminated, says The Sun.Incredibly, Rangers announced the sacking on Twitter before releasing an official club statement.The tweet read: “QPR has today terminated the contract of manager Mark Hughes with immediate effect. Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki will take charge of the R’s trip to Manchester United.”It had been a long week for Hughes but he was confident he had received assurances that he would at least be given the game at Old Trafford to try and turn it around.

West Ham join Arsenal interest for FC Copenhagen striker Andreas Cornelius | Transfers | Tribal Football

Danish strike whizz Andreas Cornelius is attracting major Premier League interest. Danish strike whizz Andreas Cornelius is attracting major Premier League interest.The Sun says West Ham United have watched Cornelius in his last two games for FC Copenhagen and are ready to fight Arsenal for his signature in January.Inter Milan have also shown interest in the £3.5million-rated 19-year-old.Cornelius has 10 goals in 17 matches.

West Ham boss Allardyce: Spurs suffering without Redknapp, Modric | Premiership News | Tribal Football

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce feels Tottenham have been weakened by the sale of Luka Modric to Tottenham. West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce feels Tottenham have been weakened by the sale of Luka Modric to Tottenham.Allardyce reckons rivals Spurs were a bigger threat with Modric playing under old boss Harry Redknapp.When asked whether Tottenham are as dangerous as last season, Big Sam said: “They’re without Luka Modric, who is a top-quality midfield player.“And I used to listen to Harry talking about Luka Modric as one of the top midfield players in the world today.“So when you take a loss like that then that is then difficult to replace.”

West Brom boss Clarke insists Long not for sale | Transfers | Tribal Football

West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke insists Shane Long is not for sale.Seven-goal striker Long, 25, has been in red-hot form for West Brom. West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke insists Shane Long is not for sale.Seven-goal striker Long, 25, has been in red-hot form for West Brom.But Baggies chief Clarke rapped: “He’s our player and he’s not going anywhere.“If anyone comes in for him in January — the answer’s NO.”

Man City ace Yaya Toure up for African Player of Year | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is up for African Player of the Year.Toure, 29, heads a five-man shortlist for the 2012 award. Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is up for African Player of the Year.Toure, 29, heads a five-man shortlist for the 2012 award.He is joined by fellow Ivorian Dider Drogba, Cameroon’s Alex Song, Senegalese striker Demba Ba and Ghanaian Andre Ayew in the final five contenders.Only Ayew, who plays for French Ligue 1 side Marseille, did not play in England last season.The winner will be announced in Ghana on December 20.

Man Utd boss Ferguson not surprised Benitez grabbed Chelsea chance | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson isn’t surprised Rafa Benitez grabbed the Chelsea job. Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson isn’t surprised Rafa Benitez grabbed the Chelsea job.Benitez, who got to two Champions League finals with Liverpool, winning once, has agreed to take the job until the end of the season initially.And he has a chance to lead the Blues to World Club Championship glory in Japan next month. Ferguson said: “It has proven that someone always wants a job. Rafa Benitez is prepared to take it short term.“It shows you his eagerness to get back in. Football people are like that.“They want to get back in, they want to manage even though they know there are pitfalls.“It is not an easy job today. Expectation levels are never met.”

Ramsey welcomes fully-fit Wilshere back to Arsenal | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Aaron Ramsey has welcomed Jack Wilshere back into the Arsenal team.But e warns Wilshere, 20, must be given time to get back to his best. Aaron Ramsey has welcomed Jack Wilshere back into the Arsenal team.But e warns Wilshere, 20, must be given time to get back to his best.Ramsey told The Sun: “Jack scored a great goal against Montpellier but he still needs time.“It will take him a while to get his match fitness back along with his full sharpness. People have to be patient with him.“Of course, he’s shown already what he is capable of and I am sure he will be back to his very best soon.“He had been out for a bit longer than me and had some complications.“He is a very determined character and I thought he came through everything well and hopefully he can now stay injury free.”