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Noon Ticker: City Attempt To Recall Hart, Solano Arrested On Rape Suspicion, More


Manchester City Attempt To Recall Joe Hart From Birmingham City

Manchester City’s lack of a proven goalkeeper is putting their Champion’s League hopes in serious doubt. City approached the Premier League yesterday to request special permission to execute an emergency loan deal to bring in a keeper for the final two weeks of the season. First-choice keeper Shay Given went down with a dislocated shoulder in City’s 0-0 draw with Arsenal on Saturday. Stuart Taylor is still out injured and back-up Joe Hart is on loan with Birmingham City until the end of the season. This leaves Faroe Island International Gunnar Nielson as City’s last option. Nielson, the first Faroe Island player to take the field in the EPL, had not played before last Saturday and the lack of experience is cause for great concern from Roberto Mancini.

The BBC is reporting that Manchester City has approached Birmingham City about returning Hart for the last two matches of the season. Birmingham City has no obligation to return Hart and even if Birmingham agrees to the move it must be ratified by Premier League board.  Aston Villa, Tottenham and Liverpool refuse to rule out an opposition to the move if Birmingham agrees to the return. But Birmingham is unlikely to cut the loan deal short and Hart doesn’t believe he will be returning.

“As far as I know, that’s the way it is – I will be staying here,” said Hart, in a statement to the BBC. “I really enjoy what I’m doing with the boys at Birmingham and in training and just try to repay their efforts with my performances.”

City have approached Sunderland in an effort to sign Marton Fulop on an emergency loan deal. Fulop, who has appeared in 14 games this season, has fallen to third in the depth chart for Steve Bruce and gave up seven goals to Chelsea in his last appearance. Fulop says it would be an “enormous honor” to play at Eastlands until the end of the season. City is still waiting on approval from the Premier League to sign another keeper but the motion is widely expected to pass.

Solano Arrested On Suspiscion Of Rape

English police have arrested Peruvian International Nolberto Solano on suspicion of rape early Monday morning. Solano, 35, has appeared for Newcastle and currently plays for Championship side Leicester. The name of the accuser has not been released but police say she’s a 22-year-old woman from Newcastle. Solano has been released on bail and no comment has been made from the midfielder or his legal team.

Capello To Allow WAG’s At World Cup

England Manager Fabio Capello is set to do a 180 and allow England players to bring along their wives and girlfriends to the finals in South Africa. Capello had previously stated that he would not allow players to bring along their significant others because it would provide a distraction to the team but recent behavior by the England players suggests the watchful eye of the WAG’s might benefit the Three Lions.

“The spirit of the group is really important,” Capello was quoted as saying in the Independent. “With [Marcello] Lippi we talked about Italy when they won last time, when the players had free days the players and their families stayed together.” Lippi famously had cookouts with his players and their families and the sense of community the Italian skipper promoted helped the Azzuri put the scandal raging at home behind them to win the World Cup despite being far from pre-tournament favorites. England came under fire in 2006 because Errikson allowed players vast amounts of leniency and freedom. Capello’s greatest challenge for 2010 is to unite an English side that has still not gotten over the John Terry fiasco of last winter.

“Leadership is vital, you can’t buy it. You need to have it to be successful. The players will follow a strong leader, you need to be able to convince the players of your methods and ideas at all times and you can only do this by being a good leader,” said Capello.

Sullivan Refuses To Assure Zola Of Employment

West Ham United has all but survived a relegation scare and will be playing the EPL next season but it is not clear whether Gianfranco Zola will stay on as manager. West Ham co-owner David Gold has offered support to the embattled skipper. “I would hope Franco stays,” Gold said yesterday. “He has been through hell and back. It has been a very difficult season for him.”

But Zola’s future has been thrown back into doubt as West Ham’s other co-owner, David Sullivan, “Franco has indicated he doesn’t want to discuss his position until the end of the season, and that’s fine by us, said Sullivan. “We shall ask him what he has in mind, we will see what he wants to do.” Zola has been in constant clashes with administation this season and was fortunate to avoid relegation.

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  1. barry

    April 27, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    @ wozza – so we should only ever talk about players currently playing in the EPL? Alan Shearer, for example, should never be spoken of again?

    • wozza

      April 27, 2010 at 2:55 pm

      I think I’ve said all I need on that. I just prefer not to have that sort of story on a site like this – I’m more intersted in the sport. Of course I can ignore it, no problem. No need to get worked up.

  2. aol

    April 27, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Solano features for a Leicester side that are 5th in the Championship and will play for a chance to move to the Premier League next season. In my mind, that’s quite relevant. And besides, it took up five lines of space on the page. Go whine about something else, please.

  3. Mark Thomas

    April 27, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Thanks for that wonderful insight Mr. McCauley – you could have just agreed with my post though or at least read it. Pillock.

  4. Kevin McCauley

    April 27, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I think that Joe Hart in net vs. Nielson or Fulop in net will be the difference between 4th and the Europa League for Manchester City, which is probably a difference of £15-20m in revenue for the club, not counting new sponsorship deals that would probably come up if they qualified for the Champions League. City needs to do whatever it takes to get Joe Hart back.

  5. Christazjones

    April 27, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    There’s not much gets past our Wozza is there? “Solano isn’t even an EPL player”, he observes.
    I am really glad he cleared that up for me because, I was wandering what John Boschini meant by his comment “(Solano) currently plays for Championship side Leicester”.

    • wozza

      April 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm

      Ooh, sharp, Christazjones. All I’m saying is this is an EPL blog and that story is about a non-EPL player and it isn’t even a story about the sport.

      I’m sure there are readers who want to read that kind of story on this site – I’m just not one of them. Sorry if a difference of opinion (and my expression of it in a comment) is a problem for you CJ.

  6. Mark Thomas

    April 27, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Manchester City’s bargaining with Birmingham to let Joe Hart return to Eastlands leaves a lot to be desired. Birmingham would agree to return Hart if he was allowed to play another season at St. Andrew’s. Why has this not been offered? Apparently Manchester officials are saying he will enhance his reputation if he plays against Villa, Tottenham and West Ham which are ‘high profile’ games what the hell? Birmingham have two games to play as well against Burnley, and Bolton. They might not mean as much or be the most glamourous of opposition but I struggle to see how Hart would boost his chances of becoming England No. 1 by playing against these teams. Capello’s already stated Hart needs international experience something Manchester City can’t offer. Manchester City should come to Birmingham with a serious offer or it’s Fulop who let in 7 goals the last time. Why don’t Manchester City go for Birmingham’s second choice Maik Taylor anyway? He’s got to be better than Fulop.

  7. hank

    April 27, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    sensationalism? I thought this was a straight forward summary of some headlines (which I found interesting).

    • wozza

      April 27, 2010 at 12:32 pm

      I mean the Solano story is sensationalism, not really football related (and not EPL related any more)!

      The other stories are more what I’d expect to find a EPLTalk.

  8. wozza

    April 27, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    To be honest, I could do without the sensationalism here. And “Nobby”(!) Solano isn’t even an EPL player any more. Just keep to the sport please.

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