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Football / Norwich v Sunderland 7.45 GMT KO
« on: August 24, 2009, 06:54:13 AM »
League Cup this match is on live so should have quite a few links, not EPL so there maybe a chance to see the whole match and not cut off.

Expect to see quite a few changes, if Carlos doesn't get on tonight he really needs to find a new club before the window closes for his own sake & T & T's.

Just Cool

Looks like Bruce will be giving Da Silva his 1st run out tonight, interesting to see him although he will need to adjust and its CCC opposition.

Possible links not confirmed yet, if struggling for a decent picture try a Sopcast link although it will probably not be in English.

Football / Sunderland v Blackburn Sat 3.00 PM GMT.
« on: August 21, 2009, 04:24:15 PM »
Posting this now as I am busy tomorrow.

I don't know why the Chelsea one was merged with Trini in Action thread as it never has been before, hence it took me a couple of days to respond to usual mutterings. 

Even I am not looking forward to this one, you may be able to get a link as a couple of channels are showing the game.  I noticed some of you struggled with the picture, Sopcast seems to be the most reliable format to see the games, but sometimes struggle to find English commentary. 

Possible links (not yet confirmed)

Have a nice weekend everyone

Football / Celtic v Sunderland Friendly
« on: August 01, 2009, 07:58:59 AM »
If anybodies interested you might be able to watch the game via Zattoo as it is on BBC Alba, unfortunately in gaelic.  Kenwyne's starting and Carlos on the bench.

Zattoo can be downloaded here

Its not available in T & T, but you can probably get around it by using a UK proxy which can be found here

Its on Iraqgoals here

Still in Gaelic though

Football / Sunderland v Everton
« on: May 03, 2009, 02:29:32 AM »

KO 4.00 PM GMT

Team news

Sunderland (from): Fulop, Bardsley, Ferdinand, Davenport, Collins, Edwards, Richardson, Tainio, Reid, Cisse, Jones, Malbranque, Whitehead, Leadbitter, Healy, Ben-Haim, Colback, Colgan.

Everton (from): Howard, Hibbert, Lescott, Baines, Osman, Neville, Fellaini, Vaughan, Pienaar, Cahill, Saha, Jo, Rodwell, Nash, Yobo, Castillo, Jacobsen, Gosling, Vaughan.

Its on SS so there should be plenty of links that work, great or crap depending on your perspective, personally anything from the game will be a bonus for me.

Possible Links (not updated yet)

Hope everybody has had a good weekend

Football / WBA v Sunderland
« on: April 25, 2009, 12:35:24 AM »
Must win game really as it is hard to see that many more points this season.

WBA have a poor defence prone to errors especially in the air, so Kenwyne and Cisse should have a good chance of adding to their tallies today. 

It is only showing on 1 channel today so you may find that you can't get any links to work.  I am off early so my apoligies that its all I can find at the minute.
Not updated yet with any prem games showing so just the main site address
as usual no links showing yet as too early.

Have a nice weekend everybody.

Football / Sunderland v Hull
« on: April 18, 2009, 01:04:56 AM »
That time again, simply nothing less than 3 points today will do as far as I can see it.

Team News

Sunderland (from): Gordon, Fulop, Bardsley, Davenport, Ferdinand, Nosworthy, Ben-Haim, Collins, McShane, Tainio, Whitehead, Edwards, Malbranque, Richardson, Leadbitter, Reid, Yorke, Cisse, Murphy, Jones.

Hull are quite poor defensively so Kenwyne & Cisse should have some joy today, especially in the air for Kenwyne.

It is being shown by a couple of sat channels, again these are provisional links so my apologies (or should that be congratulations ;D)  if not working.

Have a nice weekend everybody.

Football / West Ham v Sunderland
« on: April 04, 2009, 03:41:55 AM »
Here are the possible links for those interested, it is being carried by 2/3 foriegn sat channels so should be a working link somewhere.

Both Kenwyne & carlos got back to London yesterday but little point in travelling back to the North East so stayed in a London hotel.  Sbragia has hinted that he will use Cisse but who knows, who really cares. 

The game well haven't a clue, Richardson is back from suspension so thats good news but I gave in a long time ago trying to figure out which "team" will turn up.  West Ham have quite a few injuries to cope with and are shot shy without Cole (who may miss the rest of the season).  Its a winnable game but is it a team with a win in them, hope so don't much care about teh performance, a draw would be OK.  Expect a dull game tbh, I know no surprise.  You never know we might get through a game without another poor ref decision, its the ref who gave Newcastle their "penalty" today so he owes us one, but that goes for nearly every ref now.  McCartney is available after his red card was rescinded against Man City, but not necessarily a good thing. 


KO 3.00 pm GMT

Football / Sunderland v Wigan
« on: March 14, 2009, 05:05:54 AM »
KO 3.00 pm GMT

Richardson (2 game suspension) & Ferninand (hamstring) out.

It is on 1 sat channel so links maybe updated if anybody wants to put themselves through watching it (I have an excuse). I have given in trying to guess what team turns up Sbragia would be happy with a point :o ::) ???, I wouldn't a win is important.

Have a nice weekend.


Football / Sunderland v Blackburn
« on: January 24, 2009, 02:59:11 AM »
Its not on sat any where so unlikely there is any feeds so here is the audio feed.

Wouldn't be surprised if KJ didn't play but Carlos and Dwight do, Blackburn are also likely to field a weakened side.

Ricky Sbragia is without two key midfielders for tomorrow's FA Cup sponsored by E.ON fourth-round clash with Blackburn.

Teemu Tainio serves a one-game suspension after reaching five bookings for the season, and Kieran Richardson will again miss out with an ankle injury. Steed Malbranque returns from his own ban,

Defender Nyron Nosworthy could be sidelined for up to six weeks with a hamstring tear, and Paul McShane is cup-tied after playing in the competition during his spell on loan at Hull.

Danny Collins is available after recovering from concussion and George McCartney could make the bench for the first time since November after undergoing foot surgery.

Keeper Craig Gordon (ankle) is back in full training but the game is likely to come too soon for him. The Scot could return against Fulham next Tuesday.

Sbragia is promising to make changes for the cup game as the Black Cats cast an eye towards next Tuesday's crucial Barclays Premier League game against Fulham.

"We will be making chnages, maybe five or six," said the Sunderland boss. "If we had more time to recover, it might me different. But the fact is they need to be one hundred per cent for Tuesday.

"Don't get me wrong, we want to do well in the Cup but the main priority is to get up the league."

Sunderland (from): Fulop, Colgan, Chimbonda, Ferdinand, Collins, Bardsley, McCartney, Edwards, Malbranque, Leadbitter, Whitehead, Reid, Yorke, Henderson, Diouf, Murphy, Chopra, Healy, Jones, Cisse, Stokes.

Football / Bellamy on Strike?
« on: January 17, 2009, 02:27:57 AM »
Redknapp has got a bit of stick this week from several areas with his transfer tactics and was fairly defensive yesterday with a couple of the press men asking awkward questions.

Bellamy storms out after Hammers reject Tottenham's £12m offer

• Reports say striker has refused to play this weekend
• West Ham complain about Spurs' transfer tactics

Craig Bellamy

The West Ham United striker Craig Bellamy is agitating for a move to White Hart Lane. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Craig Bellamy is unlikely to play for West Ham United against Fulham tomorrow after a "breakdown in the relationship" between the striker and his club which resulted in him turning down a contract extension and angrily walking out before training yesterday, an executive at Upton Park has revealed.

Reports last night said that Bellamy was refusing to play tomorrow and had cleared items from his locker at the training ground after a meeting with Scott Duxbury, the West Ham chief executive, at which the Wales captain was informed of a bid made for him by Spurs and was also offered the contract extension.

The 29-year-old was dismayed to hear that the offer from Spurs had been turned down. And, having rejected the fresh contract, Bellamy's mood was deepened when he was then refused permission to speak with the north London club. He left without training, although that is optional two days before a match.

"The club made it clear that to the manager, Gianfranco Zola, and board he remains a West Ham player," the executive said. "It is clear, at the moment anyway, that there is a breakdown in the relationship. That might change, of course." Would Bellamy play against Fulham? "It's unlikely," he added. "Ultimately that's an issue for the manager but if his head's not right, if it's all over the place, then the view from the training ground is likely to be that he won't be in the team."

Bellamy is said to have taken the matter out of Zola's hands by effectively going on strike in the hope of forcing through a move to Spurs. Despite Manchester City making at least three bids, Bellamy favours White Hart Lane because he believes there will be a guarantee of first-team football at Spurs whose latest offer is thought to have been around £12m. Zola appears increasingly resigned to losing Bellamy, who may well have played his last game for West Ham. "I want to keep him and the club want to keep him," he said. "But if a player wants to go it is difficult."

The Spurs manager, Harry Redknapp, has certainly not given up hope of getting Bellamy. "I hear Bellamy has said he wants to come to Tottenham rather than City so we'll see how that develops," he said. West Ham officials have privately complained that Tottenham's interest has unsettled Bellamy. That follows similar complaints from Sunderland and Middlesbrough, who grumbled about Spurs' transfer tactics, rejecting bids for Kenwyne Jones and Stewart Downing respectively.

"We've done nothing wrong," said Redknapp. "Our chairman rang up their clubs' chairmen and asked if we could buy those players. They said 'No' and that's that. We did it all in private, it's not our fault it got into the public. But that's the way of the world now, everyone's got people they talk to and things always seem to get out."

Jose Mourinho, the Internazionale manager, has made known his interest in Jermaine Jenas but Redknapp said he would not sanction the midfielder's sale: "He [Mourinho] never said that to me but if he did I'd tell him Jenas is not for sale."

Redknapp hopes to strengthen his midfield by signing Wilson Palacios from Wigan. Steve Bruce, the Wigan manager, said the clubs had "virtually agreed a fee", understood to be about £13m, and that it only remained for a payment structure to be settled. However, there are suggestions that Manchester United or their neighbours City will try to hijack the deal.

Tomorrow Spurs host Portsmouth and Redknapp pre-empted the jeers he is likely to get from Pompey fans angry at his defection from Fratton Park to Spurs: "I think most Portsmouth fans know I did a great job there, but you'll always get a few loons who want to shout abuse."

Football / Carlos looks like starting Saturday
« on: January 12, 2009, 11:11:48 AM »

Edwards ready for the task

Ricky Sbragia reckons Carlos Edwards will provide Sunderland with a ready-made replacement for Steed Malbranque.

Malbranque is a Barclays Premier League ever-present for the Black Cats this season, but will miss the home game against Aston Villa this Saturday after reaching five yellow cards for the season.

Edwards impressed when starting against Bolton in the FA Cup 10 days ago and also played in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Boro, replacing Malbranque after the Frenchman suffered a dead-leg.

Malbranque was booked in the first half of the Tees-Wear derby.

"In an ideal world Steed would not miss the Villa game but he has the five yellow cards and Carlos Edwards gives us a quality replacement," said Sbragia, the manager.

"Carlos was excellent against Bolton; he covers a lot of ground and gets us up the field with his pace."

Edwards played eight games for Wolves during a loan spell at Molineux earlier this season and Mick McCarthy, their manager, has made no secret of his desire to re-sign the winger.

"There has been a lot of interest in Carlos but we don't want him to go, he's a Premier League player," said Sbragia.

Football / Boro v Sunderland
« on: January 10, 2009, 03:03:29 AM »
Posted for anybody interested.

Possible Links not updated yet, it is on sat so should be a link somewhere.

Audio Link

Pre - Match

By Nick Alexander

Ricky Sbragia is thrilled at the prospect of experiencing a North-East derby for the first time as a manager.

Sunderland enjoyed wins over local rivals Middlesbrough and Newcastle at the Stadium of Light earlier in the season when Sbragia was part of Roy Keane's back-room team.

The Black Cats face a return match against Boro at the Riverside Stadium tomorrow and this time Sbragia will be in the manager's spot in the dug-out.

"It'll be great to experience a derby as a manager," said Sbragia. "I've done it as a coach but it'll be a little bit different taking them out.

"With the situation both clubs are in, it's an important game. There's a lot at stake but nothing will be decided tomorrow, it's one of 18 big Premier League games we have left to play this season."

Sbragia reckons a point from tomorrow's match would be a decent return to bring back up the A19. "First and foremost, I want to make sure we come away unbeaten," he said.

"It would be great if we could go there, do ourselves justice and come away with at least a point and, preferably, a win.

"We've already taken three points off Boro at home this season and it would be nice to take another point tomorrow - more if we can."

Sunderland go to the Riverside sitting in 15th place in the table, just two points outside the relegation zone. Boro are two places below them and only goal difference is keeping the Teessiders out of the bottom three.

Sbragia added: "It's a game with local pride riding on it but I have to try and put that out of my mind.

"The first goal will be the most important and we have to make sure it is us who take the initiative."

Kieran Richardson should shake off an ankle injury to play while Steed Malbranque and Phil Bardsley are set to return after being rested against Bolton last weekend.

Football / Sunderland v Blackburn
« on: December 26, 2008, 02:10:49 AM »
Important game to put a bit more distance between us today, Fat Sam will make it hard, but Blackburn have a dodgy defence so we will have to wait and see, whoever wins will have to score more than 1 imho. Likely to be unchanged team, again the result more important than the performance.

Hope everybody had a good Christmas Day.

Here are the link pages ( not updated yet, nearer the game), not sure whether it will be on.

Audio Link

Match News

By Nick Alexander

Sunderland are set to name an unchanged side for the third game in succession on Boxing Day when Blackburn Rovers visit the Stadium of Light.

And if Ricky Sbragia uses the same 11 players that started last weekend's 4-1 win at Hull, it will be the first time for nearly three years that the starting XI has been the same for three games in a row.

Sbragia is reluctant to change a winning formula after a god run of form. Wins over West Brom and Hull have lifted Sunderland out of the Barclays Premier League's bottom three.

"We're looking for continuity, we don't want to change the team and we'll look to keep it the same on Boxing Day," said Sbragia.

"The good news is that we have no new injuries or knocks and there is a good chance it will be unchanged."

Sunderland will face a trip to Everton just two days after taking on Rovers, now managed by Sam Allardyce, on December 26.

"Two games in thee days is ludicrous but it's the same for everyone," said Sbragia.

"We might have to change things around for Everton but the focus is on Blackburn at the moment, that's the big one because it's the next one."

Sbragia watched Daryl Murphy, David Healy and Grant Leadbitter play well in Sunderland's 8-0 reserves win over Carlisle on Monday.

"It was good to get the likes of Daryl, David Healy and Grant involved for the Reserves because we might need them over the weekend.

"They had a good workout, we got them involved purely because they needed minutes on the pitch playing football. We need everyone fit and ready to go at this time of the season when games come thick and fast.

"There will be a time during the next two games when we are going to use all the squad and we need them sharp."

Sunderland are looking to record a third successive win. "We mustn't waste the good work we have done," said Sbragia.

Football / Paul Ince Sacked
« on: December 16, 2008, 06:35:03 AM »

Lowly Blackburn sack manager Ince

Paul Ince has paid for Blackburn's poor start to the season

Blackburn have sacked manager Paul Ince after only three wins in 17 Premier League games left the club languishing second from bottom in the table.

Ince, 41, joined Rovers from MK Dons in June but Blackburn's last league win was at Newcastle on 27 September.

Chairman John Williams said: "Three wins in 17 games has seen a squad which finished seventh last season fall to 19th place.

"We are currently in danger of becoming detached from the pack."

The decision to sack Ince was taken after a Blackburn board meeting and Williams made it clear that the need to keep the club in the top flight was behind the move.

Former boss Graeme Souness is an early front-runner to take over, possibly assisted by veteran Blackburn midfield man Tugay.

Williams was publicly critical of Blackburn's display in what proved to be Ince's final game, the 3-0 defeat at Wigan on Saturday.

He added: "The survival of the club in the Premier League is paramount and our focus is on finding a replacement who will be able to maintain our top-division status.

"Paul will bounce back, he is a fighter and we wish him well."

A statement released on the Blackburn website said: "The board, having selected Paul Ince back in June, were desperate for him to succeed and wanted to give him as much time as possible in the unforgiving environment of the Premier League, where time is such a precious commodity."

The Blackburn squad returned to training on Tuesday after their Christmas party in Dublin and they were put through their paces by assistant manager Ray Matthias while Ince met with the board.

Ince was appointed on 22 June on a three-year contract and, despite a promising start to the campaign, saw performances and results begin to deteriorate.

Rovers have lost their last six league games and there have been reports of dressing-room unrest.

Following the defeat at Wigan, Williams told the the Lancashire Telegraph: "After all the signs coming out of Brockhall (Blackburn's training ground) this week, I was led to believe we would get a top performance.

"Without taking anything away from Wigan I have to say I was very disappointed with what I saw."

"The worry is the league table is beginning to stretch out and now we need two wins just to get back among the pack at the bottom."

Football / Beenhakker for Sunderland Manager
« on: December 13, 2008, 03:50:19 PM »
Seen this in the paper, tbf not a clue about him but given the connection any thoughts?

Just paper talk, don't know if there is any truth in it at all

Leo Beenhakker new favourite to replace Roy Keane as Sunderland manager

By Brian McNally 13/12/2008

Leo Beenhakker is set to test his reputation as world football’s most successful trouble-shooter at Sunderland.

In a dramatic, but deeply considered, change of strategy chairman Niall Quinn and his board are looking towards the appointment of a proven global manager as the man to succeed Roy Keane.

Beenhakker, Holland’s answer to Sir Bobby Robson in terms of popularity, longevity and reputation, has been placed at the top of their managerial short-list alongside Gerard Houllier and Alan Curbishley, the former Charlton and West Ham manager.

Beenhakker’s case is being pushed by the Black Cats’ new commercial director Chris Woerts.

The Dutchman recently took up his role alongside Quinn at the Stadium of Light and has impressed with his detailed knowledge of European football. Given the mood of confrontation used by Keane during his time in charge Beenhakker, 66, is seen as the hands-on coach who gets out on the training ground, makes clear demands of his staff and then enjoys a relaxed rapport with fans and the media.

Beenhakker is currently national boss of Poland. He guided them to the Euro 2008 finals, and persuading the Polish FA to release their most successful boss in years will be a challenge for the Black Cats’ hierarchy.

Beenhakker certainly fits Sunderland’s blueprint for their next boss. He has a proven track record for calming stormy waters and turning teams in turmoil into winners – at the highest level.

Although he has never worked in England, Beenhakker will not be a stranger to some Sunderland players.

Dwight Yorke, Kenwyne Jones and Carlos Edwards will all have great memories of their time with the famous Dutchman. During his time in charge of Trinidad & Tobago Beenhakker inspired the

Carribbean stars to the unlikely achievement of reaching the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.

While managing Trinidad, Beenhakker worked alongside Mario Been, another gifted Dutch coach who is recognised as one of the outstanding young talents. Beenhakker may well want to bring Been with him to the Premier League.

The comparison with Geordie legend Sir Bobby Robson is understandable. Both men achieved success at home and abroad and, with his silver grey hair and charismatic character, Beenhakker has also always been a joy to work with for media and the players alike.

In fact, Beenhakker and Robson were international rivals at the 1990 World Cup finals in Italy. Beenhakker was in charge of a Holland team including Ruud Gullitt, Marco van Basten and Frank Rijkaard, while Robson led England, inspired by Paul Gascoigne, to the semi-finals.

Today, 24 clubs and four national teams show up on Beenhakker’s curriculum vitae.

Like Sir Bobby he has the gift of creating a bubbly and warm atmosphere in squads and turning hostile dressing rooms into centres of motivation and enthusiasm.

In his homeland Beenhakker was manager at the country’s biggest clubs – Ajax and Feyenoord. He has also managed Holland – twice. His highest profile time came when he was manager at Real Madrid in the mid-eighties and won the Spanish title three times in a row.

Beenhakker’s powers of communication are legendary. He speaks  fluent English, German and Spanish, and he isn’t frightened to criticise his players when he feels they deserve it.

He branded a crop of Ajax youngsters “the fish and chips generation” and claimed that modern pros do not work as hard as old-time players.

He explained: “They don’t live for their sport. They have fun and would rather live off fish and chips and play a game on a Sunday.”

Clearly Beenhakker may be approaching his retirement but  he hasn’t lost his passion for football and won’t tolerate players who can’t match his commitment and enthusiasm.

Football / Sunderland v Bolton
« on: November 29, 2008, 01:48:01 AM »
Off out early so put up possible links for the match. (Its being shown live in Ireland so links should be available).  Need a win, but really need a CM and to defend or we will get nothing.  Hope the tactics are better this week and Kenwyn is rested, hpe to see him return to some form over the next few weeks.

Audio Link

Stream Links

Football / Sunderland v Portsmouth
« on: November 08, 2008, 06:44:45 AM »
Heres the links for anybody that wants it.

Not put it up for the last 3 /4 weeks as I moved and have been offline, awaiting new connection.

Nice to see Kenwyn back anyway, but still don't expect a great deal from for another couple of weeks or so.

Wonder if the pressure is showing on Keane some really strange decision on starters subs and loans, better players same coaching mistakes. 

Football / Wigan v Sunderland
« on: September 13, 2008, 03:01:26 AM »
It strange how things work out, it appears there is only 1 foriegn Channel showing this match, and its a Comedy channel.

So I don't think there will be any links but you can try here if you want

Ferninand & McCartney are likely to make debuts in defence
So it will be a new look defence probably a choice of

Chimbonda or Bardsley  Ferninand  Nosthworthy or Collins McCartney

Tainio is likely to return to midfield as fit

Carlos & Dwight are unlikely to figure, but who knows.

Whitehead is injured ( 1 blessing at least)

Wigan are playing well at the minute and we don't really look like a team yet - so I expect a defeat.

Football / Sunderland v Man City
« on: August 31, 2008, 06:34:28 AM »
No official team news yet, but Malbranque, Tainio won't be playing.

Ferninand wasn't fit anyway.

No news on Cisse

No news on Dwight or Carlos

possible links

Don't think its going to be a great game, given our midfield.

Football / Spurs v Sunderland
« on: August 23, 2008, 02:43:20 AM »
Team news

Tiainio out - Whitehead likely to replace him
Cisse probably up front.
3.00 pm GMT kick off

links for the games

Football / Sunderland v Liverpool
« on: August 16, 2008, 04:07:53 AM »
The match is 5.30 GMT tonight.

Was fearing the worst with still no CH but Liverpool looked very rusty the other night so who knows, still think anything would be a bonus, since we have no real CF.

Possible Links   
(There are a few on here not sure about quality of this one but there will be others showing it)

Sunderland team news
El-Hadji Diouf, Steed Malbranque, Teemu Tainio and Pascal Chimbonda are set to make their Premier League debuts for Sunderland against Liverpool.

Kieran Richardson (calf), Phil Bardsley (hamstring) and Danny Higginbotham (back) have recovered from injuries and are in contention.

Kenwyne Jones (knee) and Dwight Yorke (eye) miss out.

Roy Keane said: "Apart from a couple of lads, I've got pretty much a full squad to choose from and I'm pleased to have a selection headache."

Premier League teams can name seven players on the substitutes' bench this season.

Sunderland: Gordon, Ward, Fulop, Chimbonda, Bardsley, Nosworthy, Collins, Higginbotham, Liddle, Edwards, Diouf, Tainio, Whitehead, Leadbitter, Reid, Richardson, Malbranque, Miller, Luscombe, Henderson, Chopra, Murphy, Stokes, Waghorn.

Football / Man City Fans - Be Afraid
« on: August 10, 2008, 11:49:31 AM »
All sorts of rumours going around but if the story below is true, the fire sale that has been rumoured has just got very near. 

His £800 Million currently by the frozen Thai government will be taken back, already rumoured he had to borrow money to pay wages and the shit may hit the fan tomorrow.

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has today flown back to London on the eve of facing multiple corruption charges in Bangkok.

The billionaire was due to return to Bangkok after watching the opening of the Olympic Games in Beijing, but MP Pracha Pasobdee told reporters at the airport he had spoken to a Thaksin aide who said the former prime minister would be making a statement 'via the foreign media' at 2am tomorrow from London.

That is the same time that Thaksin, who owns Premier League Manchester City, and his wife are meant to report to courts under bail conditions set in various corruption cases against them.
Thaksin and Pojaman Shinawatra

Thaksin Shinawatra, front, and his wife Potjaman at criminal court in Bangkok. Potjaman was sentenced to three years in jail for tax evasion

If true, his decision not to return to fight a series of cases would signal a significant easing of the political tension that has dogged the government and Thai markets for the last three years.

On Thursday, the stock market rose 4 per cent as rumours circulated that Thaksin and his wife, Potjaman, who is on bail after being sentenced to three years in jail for tax fraud, might not return from their trip to China.

Before the weekend, spokesmen for the couple insisted they would return to Bangkok on the Thai Airways flight today, in time for both to report to the courts on Monday as required by their bail conditions.

But two airline industry officials said they did not get on the plane.

'There is no Shinawatra family member on the flight,' the industry source said.

Thaksin's lawyer and his principal spokesman in Thailand had their mobile phones switched off today.

'If Thaksin really doesn't come back, the conflict in our country will lessen, which implies that our prolonged political trouble will come to an end soon,' Kavee Chukitkasem, head of research at Bangkok brokerage Kasikorn Securities, said.

'The markets should definitely rise tomorrow,' he said.

Thaksin was removed by the army in a coup in 2006 on the grounds of 'rampant corruption', although many analysts suspected the hand of the royalist military establishment moving against what it saw as an arriviste Chinese billionaire.

However, his lingering popularity in the countryside ensured an avowedly pro-Thaksin party won December's general election, allowing him to continue to influence cabinet appointments and decisions.

Since then, however, the courts have accepted a series of corruption cases against Thaksin and his inner circle, and last month's guilty verdict against Potjaman suggested they were not going to be intimidated by his wealth or influence..

Football / Sunderland Friendly link
« on: August 09, 2008, 09:57:19 AM »
possible link for friendly tonight no team news so don't know if Carlos is starting

starts @ 7.30 pm GMT

Football / Kenwyne Good News
« on: August 06, 2008, 01:39:09 AM »
Flex etc sorry for starting a new thread but I know people don't always look at old threads hence a new one.

It is being reported on SSN as breaking news that the club have confirmed that Kenwyn will be out for 6 - 8 weeks after the surgery. 

I will add the anouncement when it appears on

Great news if true, I hope the club take their time with him and he comes back as good as new.  Should make for an interesting season, must admit I was fearing the worst.
Jones back in two months
By: Martin Walker.

Roy Keane has this morning revealed that Kenwyne Jones should return to training inside two months. The Sunderland boss, addressing the media at a press conference to preview the club's trip to Ireland this morning, says the injury is now not as bad as first feared.

Jones suffered a bad knee injury in a friendly for Trinidad and Tobago against England in June. "He had his operation yesterday," Keane said this morning.

"Fortunately, we've avoided major surgery and expect him back in training in the next six-to-eight weeks. "You never know the full story until you go into the knee, that's why we've been open in terms of the prognosis. "But it's great news for everyone at the club - Kenwyne is a big player for us."
Jones could be back by October.
By: Lasana Liburd (Express).

Trinidad and Tobago's 2010 World Cup campaign might have received an unlikely boost from the Sunderland Football Club after their medical staff confirmed yesterday that national striker Kenwyne Jones could return to training in six to eight weeks.

Jones sustained a knee injury in a 3-0 international friendly defeat to England on June 1 and was initially thought to be ruled out for the rest of the year.

However, medical checks revealed that Jones' cruciate ligament remains intact and he can therefore avoid major surgery.

Sunderland manager and former Manchester United star Roy Keane was delighted to have the services of his 2007/08 Player of the Year so soon into the new season after several gloomy forecasts.

"We expect him back in six to eight weeks," Keane told the club website. "He has avoided major surgery and it is fantastic news for everyone. Without going into the gory details about the surgery, the fact he has been in a brace since the injury happened has helped his recovery. 

"We said that we would not know the full extent of the injury until the operation and that has shown he has not done his cruciate."

Whether he likes it or not, Keane's delight at the player's speedy return would be shared by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation's (TTFF) as they prepare for the CONCACAF semi-final phase of their 2010 campaign.

Keane was reluctant to release Jones and compatriot Carlos Edwards for international duty in the past and narrowly avoided a FIFA ban in March when neither player showed up for an international friendly away to Jamaica. The Irishman has already told another Sunderland employee and Trinidad and Tobago's 2006 World Cup captain Dwight Yorke to shelve plans about ending his retirement to help his country's 2010 bid.

Keane's cool feelings towards the TTFF are unlikely to have been helped by the fact that Jones was not fully recovered from a wrist injury when he lined up to face England in June against the club's wishes. The striker was down clutching his knee in pain midway through the first half after a collision with England and Portsmouth goalkeeper David James.

But, once more, Keane would be powerless to prevent Jones from wearing national colours if he is deemed fit.

The powerful 23-year-old attacker will certainly miss the first half of the CONCACAF semi-final stage and games against Cuba (away), Guatemala and the United States (away) on August 20 and September 6 and 10 respectively.

He would have barely restarted training by the time the "Soca Warriors" travel to Guatemala on October 11 and host the US, four days later. However, the TTFF and not Keane will decide if they wish to test the extent of the player's rehabiliation in those crucial qualifiers.

Trinidad and Tobago's last semi-final fixture will be at home against Cuba on November 19.

For now, Keane is happy to focus on the positive side of Jones' health forecast.

"We always talk about how great news it is for us and the supporters," said Keane, "but the best news is for Kenwyne himself.

"He knows now it's just a case of building up the strength around the leg, and hopefully there should not be any problems."

Trinidad and Tobago football's stakeholders would be paying close attention.

Football / KJ Operation Tomorrow
« on: August 03, 2008, 11:34:03 AM »

Roy Keane's verdict on Sunderland's game against Ajax:

"I saw a lot of good stuff today, I'm generally pleased with the game, it was a decent performance against a good Ajax side.

"I thought the new lads did very well. It was El-Hadji's first game at the Stadium of Light and his performance was very, very good.

"All the new players looked very assured, comfortable and they will only get stronger and better. They can all deal with the ball which is the type of player we want at the club.

"It was a decent crowd today. a good turn-out for the '73 lads.

[On Kenwyne Jones]

"Kenwyne's going in tomorrow for an operation and we will know within 24 hours of the exact damage, so fingers crossed.

"I think we need another top striker at the football club and I suppose that was reflected today. We had lots of good play, lots of chances.

"We want Kenwyne back as quickly as possible no matter what we do in the transfer market, but we're looking at a striker and maybe a left-back is on the agenda.

"There's no update on further signings but we're still hopeful of getting two or three more on board.

"Kieran just had a stiff back in the last couple of days, he should be OK, I'll be very surprised if he's not on the flight to Ireland."

Been today, a very tidy midfield KJ will get a lot of good service with them.  Defence is a worry though.  The big discussion around whether he can play aswell facing the goal should be answered if he can get himself back and fighting fit quickly.

Keeping everything crossed the doc doesn't find it too serious tomorrow when he has a look.

Football / Link for Sunderland Friendly
« on: July 30, 2008, 12:09:32 PM »

Link for anybody that is interested starts in about half an hour, quality not great

Football / Robbie Keane signs for Liverpool
« on: July 28, 2008, 12:03:28 PM »,19528,11661_3879397,00.html

Liverpool have announced the signing of Robbie Keane from Tottenham.

The 28-year-old was on Merseyside on Monday for a medical and to discuss personal terms after Liverpool agreed a fee which could rise to £20.3million for the Irishman.

Liverpool have quickly concluded the deal and Keane has signed a four-year deal at Anfield to end his five seasons at White Hart Lane.

Reds boss Rafa Benitez has been chasing Keane all summer as he sees him as the ideal partner for Fernando Torres in attack and the Republic of Ireland international will fill the void created by Peter Crouch's departure to Portsmouth.

Keane is Liverpool's fifth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Philipp Degen, Andrea Dossena, Diego Cavalieri and David Ngog.

Former Leeds and Coventry ace Keane could make his debut for his boyhood heroes in their pre-season friendly with Villarreal on Wednesday, a game that can be seen live on Sky Sports 1.

Liverpool's pursuit of Keane upset Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy with the club reporting Liverpool to the Premier League over their interest in the Irishman.

Spurs were unhappy with Benitez for publicly declaring his interest in Keane earlier this summer believing it unsettled the player.
Complaint withdrawn
Now the move has gone through Tottenham have announced they will not pursue their official complaint to the Premier League, but Levy did reveal Keane had handed in a transfer request in a bid to secure a move to Anfield.

"I was incredibly disappointed when I first heard, not only that Liverpool had been working behind the scenes to bring Robbie to Anfield, but that Robbie himself wanted to go and he submitted a transfer request to this effect," Levy told the club's official website.

"I have already made my opinion clear on the nature of this transaction. I don't regard it as a transfer deal - that is something which happens between two clubs when they both agree to trade - this is very much an enforced sale, for which we have agreed a sum of £19m as compensation plus a potential further £1.3m in additional compensation."

Tottenham also revealed the official complaint was withdrawn after an apology and a donation to the club's main charity, the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation were made by Liverpool.

A club statement read: "Liverpool FC has also acknowledged that the way its website reported comments of its manager, which were widely covered by the media, was inappropriate and in light of that acknowledgement has apologised and agreed to make a donation to our Club's main charity, the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.

"Tottenham Hotspur has therefore agreed not to pursue its official complaint to the Premier League.

Football / Dwight Injury
« on: July 25, 2008, 09:07:07 AM »
Thought you might like to know with T&T coming around.

Yorke suffers suspected cheek fracture

By Nick Alexander

Dwight Yorke faces a spell on the sidelines after suffering a suspected fractured cheekbone in Portugal.

The Sunderland midfielder was struck in the face by Vitoria goalkeeper Nikola Milojevic in Wednesday's 1-1 pre-season draw.

It was thought the Sunderland man had suffered bruising, but the injury appears to be worse than first feared.

The former Manchester United man will now undergo X-rays to determine the full extent of the problem.

Roy Keane said: "We thought it was just a bang on the head but there could be a fracture there, around his eye, he'll be out for a number of weeks."

Football / Spuds Report Manu & Pool for "Grooming"
« on: July 22, 2008, 02:53:55 AM »

Tottenham have submitted a year's worth of evidence to the Premier League to support their complaint over Manchester United's pursuit of Dimitar Berbatov.

A newspaper report quoting United boss Sir Alex Ferguson as saying he expected to sign the striker is understood to be only one of Spurs' concerns.

Ferguson denies making the comments, but the Londoners believe United have broken Premier League rules.

Spurs have also reported Liverpool for their public courting of Robbie Keane.

The next step will see the Premier League board write to all parties before deciding whether to take further action.

Last week, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy accused United of being hypocritical, given that the European Champions reported Real Madrid to governing body Fifa because of their interest in Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo.

Levy said: "The behaviour of both clubs has been disgraceful. We told both clubs very early on that we had no interest in selling Robbie or Dimitar, respectively, and that they should refrain from pursuing the player.

"Both clubs arrogantly chose to ignore this request and we now have evidence that both clubs have systematically been working to prise the players away from us, outside of Premier League rules of conduct."

A national newspaper claimed on 18 July that United had made Tottenham an offer for 27-year-old Berbatov and alleged that Ferguson was confident a deal would go through.

Benitez admitted earlier this month that he was interested in bringing striker Keane, 28, to Anfield this summer.

But it was Ferguson's reported comments that prompted Levy to speak out about the attempts to unsettle his strikers.

"The public comments by Manchester United's manager, announcing that he has made an offer for Dimitar and is confident that the deal will go through with time working in their favour, is a blatant example of sheer arrogance and interference with one of our players," he said.

"It is also probably one of the worst offences by any manager in the Premier League to date.

"As a result, we have made an official complaint to the Premier League about the conduct of Manchester United.

"Benitez made similar comments in respect of Robbie recently and we made an official complaint to the Premier League about the conduct of Liverpool earlier this week.

"I have absolutely no wish to sell either player and to date we have not accepted any offer for either."

The Premier League confirmed they had received Tottenham's official complaints in relation to breaches of the Premier League rules K3 and K8.

United issued a brief response to Tottenham's claims with a spokesman saying: "We are aware of the allegation and will co-operate with the Premier League as necessary."

AF have already been on TV to say he is embarrassed for Spurs as the quotes are from the Sun and he has never made them to the Sun.  Which seems factually correct, but teh comments weren't made to the Sun they were allegedly made to a supporters meeting, which where the Sun is saying has got them from.

Benitez one looks a bit more clear cut as it is based on comments he made on the Liverpool website.

The only way this is going to be stopped is for clubs and agents not allowed to make any comment about players under contract, either confirm or deny speculation and if having found breaking the rules a points deduction rather than a totally meaningless fine.  Tapping up has always gone on but it seems to becoming just a free for all now with clubs / managers becoming more blatant on the rules to see how far they can push it.

It still won't stop clubs using the press to unsettle players though.

Football / Kenwyne - Not that bad?
« on: July 14, 2008, 08:38:38 AM »
2 pictures posted on the smb of KJ at training today, just walking around the pitch by himself, I am not up with injuries but surely this must be a sign that it is possibly not as bad as feared.  On image shack but don't know how to show them here, so posted the links.
(not great pictures)

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