Premier League - Managers: Mancini hopes to keep Given

Eurosport - Sat, 14 Aug 19:24:00 2010

A round-up of all the managerial reaction from the opening day of the Premier League season with Roberto Mancini keen to keep onto Shay Given.

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Tottenham 0-0 Manchester City

Harry Redknapp: "I couldn't have asked any more from the players. We came out, did everything we worked on Friday morning - in the hour that we had with the players this week. We were determined to press all over the park and that's what we did. When we won possession, I thought we moved the ball about with great style and created lots of chances. Their keeper was fantastic and some days it goes like that."

Roberto Mancini (on keeping Shay Given after Joe Hart's man-of-the-match performance): "At this moment, Joe plays but because we have four competitions, we need Shay. I hope (a bid for Given) doesn't arrive. I hope that Shay can stay here with us. We have time, another 20 days, until the end of the market. I respect every decision but I hope that Shay stays here."

Wigan Athletic 0-4 Blackpool

Roberto Martinez: "We have to find solutions within the squad but it was quite clear we never had the simple ingredients you require when you go onto the football field. We have not finished in the market because we are very light in number. The demands of the Premier League are really high and we will work extremely hard to get our squad completed before September 1."

Ian Holloway: "I will take a photograph of the table and then retire. It has been a horrible summer and I am quite worn out. This is quite a scary place to be. Hopefully the chairman might help us out with a few more players because reality tells me we need so many new players it is scary. Marlon (Harewood) has signed a two-year deal and is going to be pivotal for us. I need a big, powerful unit up front and when we go to the huge places with tradition, Marlon has been there, seen it and done it. That is vital for my young lads."

Chelsea 6-0 West Brom

Carlo Ancelotti:  "I am very happy because we played a good game, we showed good football. We were not happy about the four defeats in pre-season, but we started well and that is the most important thing."

Roberto Di Matteo: "The second goal was a bad time, if we can go in at 1-0 there is still a chance for us, so we have to learn quickly. We know there is quality, so we will keep working on it and we will improve. We will pick the players up, this is a tough place to come."

Aston Villa 3-0 West Ham

Caretaker Kevin McDonald: "I saw (club owner) Randy Lerner. He came in to see me and was obviously delighted with how the team played. He said to get preparing now for Thursday's game. It's too soon after the game to say I want the job (full-time). I'm still on that high because we won 3-0. Tomorrow I might not have enjoyed it as much as I should have done. It can only get worse after winning 3-0 - maybe I should retire now!"

Avram Grant: "I am not pleased with the performance or the result. We didn't play well. We made changes at half-time and started the second half well. We had two big chances. But they scored and the game was finished. My players want to succeed very much, but they (Villa) were better than us today. There's a long way to go and we will get better."

Sunderland 2-2 Birmingham

Steve Bruce (on referee Anthony Taylor who sent off Lee Cattermole for two yellow cards): "He was out of his depth. The first yellow card, nobody in the ground knows what it's for. ameron Jerome fell over and made a meal of it but apparently he hasn't booked him for that but for Catts kicking the ball away. I've seen it and he never kicked the ball away, he passed it to them. You could say Catts was naive on the second one but in my opinion the referee, I think it's his second or third game, he was out of his depth and if you're going to fast-track people through they have to be exceptional."

Alex McLeish: "There's 37 games to go and I would hate to go through every game watching that. It was a tough game for us. We didn't pass it the way we can. I felt we were lacking a little bit of sharpness in one or two areas But we showed in the end the fantastic resilience and spirit that the players have got."

Blackburn 1-0 Everton

Sam Allardyce: "We asked the players to start today where they left off last season and I'm glad to say that every man and the two substitutes that came on did their job very, very well today. What we've done is that defensive unit has now become united in the belief that scoring one goal, particularly at Ewood, is enough to win us a game of football now. And it's not just the defence and the goalie, it was the whole team that last 15 minutes that made sure we stayed at 1-0 and won the game."

David Moyes: "We didn't have too much good forward play. We passed the ball quite nicely round the centre circle but we never had any effect near their box. We need better penetration and to find a way to get more people in and create more chances."

Wolves 2-1 Stoke City

Mick McCarthy (on keeping goalscoring hero David Jones): "The situation hasn't changed. I want him to stay and he wants to stay. But he knows it's not going to change my opinion on him. I'm going to play him and pick him, which I've done. And he'll continue to play for me like he has done this afternoon so we're not losing anything."

Tony Pulis (on record signing Kenwyne Jones who went off injured): "He'll (Jones) have an X-ray and we'll find out what the problem is. It's disappointing on quite a few fronts, we started brightly enough and then Kenwyne went off which was a massive blow for us. It just took the wind out of our sails, we gradually got deeper, dropped off and let Wolves play the sort of football they wanted to play. It was really poor.

Bolton 0-0 Fulham

Owen Coyle: "We probably did enough to win the game, but Fulham are a very good side. A clean sheet was positive for us, and if we can just sharpen up in the final third, that will serve us very well. We've made a conscious effort to make sure we have a good shape to us, but we have to do it on a weekly basis.

Mark Hughes: "When you play Bolton you have to compete and stand up to the challenge, and I thought we did that. The confidence exuded by David Stockdale, who came in for Mark Schwarzer and did very well, filtered right through the team. Mark obviously sees an opportunity (to go to Arsenal), and has expressed a wish to take it if he can, but he understands our situation. We're in possession of an exceptional goalkeeper, and we want that situation to remain."


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