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Lower-league clubs face punishment if they rest 10 or more players during matches towards the end of the season following a toughening up of rules on weakened teams. English Football League sides on Thursday agreed a definition of what constituted a full-strength line-up after Huddersfield Town made 10 changes for their fixture at Birmingham City in the closing weeks of last term. EFL Regulation 24 already states that clubs are required to play “full strength” teams in all matches “unless some satisfactory reason is given”. But Huddersfield escaped punishment over their line-up in a game which followed them confirming a place in the Championship play-offs. Birmingham won the match 2-0 and went on to avoid relegation at the expense of Blackburn Rovers, who had criticised Huddersfield’s selection. The new policy, which comes into effect from next month, states: “For any league match played on or after the fourth Thursday in March, any team sheet for a league game should include at least 10 outfield players who featured on the team sheet for the league match before.” The EFL added: “In the event any club breaches the threshold, they may be charged with a breach of Regulation 24 and the matter will be referred to a disciplinary commission.” As revealed by Telegraph Sport, the 72 clubs also voted to follow the Premier League’s lead by shutting its transfer window early. But it was a close call, with less than 58 per cent of those polled agreeing a switch that will see lower-league teams prevented from buying players from 5pm on the Thursday after the start of their season. The timing was chosen to harmonise the closure of their window with that of the Premier League, whose clubs voted in September for a cut-off the Thursday before they kick off. That date will fall on August 9 next season.
EFL introduce new rules to stop teams playing weakened sides
Lower-league clubs face punishment if they rest 10 or more players during matches towards the end of the season following a toughening up of rules on weakened teams. English Football League sides on Thursday agreed a definition of what constituted a full-strength line-up after Huddersfield Town made 10 changes for their fixture at Birmingham City in the closing weeks of last term. EFL Regulation 24 already states that clubs are required to play “full strength” teams in all matches “unless some satisfactory reason is given”. But Huddersfield escaped punishment over their line-up in a game which followed them confirming a place in the Championship play-offs. Birmingham won the match 2-0 and went on to avoid relegation at the expense of Blackburn Rovers, who had criticised Huddersfield’s selection. The new policy, which comes into effect from next month, states: “For any league match played on or after the fourth Thursday in March, any team sheet for a league game should include at least 10 outfield players who featured on the team sheet for the league match before.” The EFL added: “In the event any club breaches the threshold, they may be charged with a breach of Regulation 24 and the matter will be referred to a disciplinary commission.” As revealed by Telegraph Sport, the 72 clubs also voted to follow the Premier League’s lead by shutting its transfer window early. But it was a close call, with less than 58 per cent of those polled agreeing a switch that will see lower-league teams prevented from buying players from 5pm on the Thursday after the start of their season. The timing was chosen to harmonise the closure of their window with that of the Premier League, whose clubs voted in September for a cut-off the Thursday before they kick off. That date will fall on August 9 next season.
What is it? It is the first major final of the English season as Manchester City face Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final. When is it? The final is at Wembley on Sunday afternoon. What time is kick-off? The match will get under way at 4.30pm, with a possibility of extra time and penalties. What TV channel is it on? The Carabao Cup final is part of a triple-header Super Sunday on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Coverage begins at 11am, with Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur first up before Man Utd vs Chelsea at 2.05pm and then the big final. Sit back and enjoy, or bookmark this page and return on matchday to follow every kick at Wembley with our live blog. Get a NOW TV Sky Sports Day Pass for just £7.99 and stream Arsenal vs Man City live from 4.30pm on Sunday What is the team news? The fitness of Aaron Ramsey is Arsenal's principal injury concern as they head to Wembley. The central midfielder missed their 1-0 defeat to Spurs with a 'minor' groin injury but Arsene Wenger revealed last week he had not progressed as quickly as anticipated. The Arsenal manager is expected to respect his policy of starting second-choice goalkeeper David Ospina in cup competitions, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan is cup-tied. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is available again after sitting out Arsenal's back-to-back Europa League games. Pick your Arsenal XI to start against Man City Pep Guardiola will have to pick his Wembley left-back with Fabian Delph suspended following his straight red card in the FA Cup upset at Wigan. Leroy Sane has returned from injury, while Kevin De Bruyne will be restored to the starting XI after his rest at the DW Stadium. Claudio Bravo has been City's goalkeeper throughout the competition, but Guardiola could recall first-choice goalkeeper Ederson. Playmaker David Silva has missed games for family reasons but is back in the fold, while Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi are available. Gabriel Jesus remains sidelined. Pick your Man City XI to face Arsenal How have they made it to Wembley? Arsenal Third round: Arsenal 1 Doncaster Rovers 0 Fourth round: Arsenal 2 Norwich City 1 Quarter-final: Arsenal 1 West Ham 0 Semi-final: Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1 (aggregate) Man City Third round: West Brom 1 Man City 2 Fourth round: Man City 0 Wolves 0 (3-1 pens) Quarter-final: Leicester City 1 Man City 1 (3-4 pens) Semi-final: Man City 5 Bristol City 3 (aggregate) What is the history of both clubs in the League Cup? Arsenal have won the FA Cup a record 13 times, but have only won English football's other domestic cup twice. The last time was in 1993, when Steve Morrow scored the winner against Sheffield Wednesday. Arsenal captain Tony Adams then dropped Morrow during the post-match celebrations who spent the next day in hospital with a broken arm. Arsenal have lost two finals under Wenger - to Chelsea in 2007 and Birmingham City in 2011. Where will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fit in at Arsenal? City have won the cup on four times, including in 2014 and 2016. The 2014 victory over Sunderland was famous for two sumptuous strikes from Samir Nasri and Yaya Toure, while Wily Caballero was the hero in 2016 in a penalty shootout triumph over Liverpool. What are the odds? Match odds Arsenal 18/5 Man City 8/13 Draw 14/5 To lift the trophy Arsenal 2/1 Man City 4/11 What is our prediction? Arsenal have a fine Wembley record in cup competitions, but we cannot look past the champions elect. To have success against City, you either need to press intensely to stop their build-up play from the back or retreat into a deeper defensive shape and look to frustrate them. Arsenal do not really look suited to either strategy, and while Wenger's side have enough attacking talent to score we cannot see them halting the waves of light blue attacks. Verdict: Arsenal 1 Man City 3
Arsenal vs Manchester City, Carabao Cup final 2018: When is the match, what TV channel is it on and what are the latest odds?
What is it? It is the first major final of the English season as Manchester City face Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final. When is it? The final is at Wembley on Sunday afternoon. What time is kick-off? The match will get under way at 4.30pm, with a possibility of extra time and penalties. What TV channel is it on? The Carabao Cup final is part of a triple-header Super Sunday on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Coverage begins at 11am, with Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur first up before Man Utd vs Chelsea at 2.05pm and then the big final. Sit back and enjoy, or bookmark this page and return on matchday to follow every kick at Wembley with our live blog. Get a NOW TV Sky Sports Day Pass for just £7.99 and stream Arsenal vs Man City live from 4.30pm on Sunday What is the team news? The fitness of Aaron Ramsey is Arsenal's principal injury concern as they head to Wembley. The central midfielder missed their 1-0 defeat to Spurs with a 'minor' groin injury but Arsene Wenger revealed last week he had not progressed as quickly as anticipated. The Arsenal manager is expected to respect his policy of starting second-choice goalkeeper David Ospina in cup competitions, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan is cup-tied. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is available again after sitting out Arsenal's back-to-back Europa League games. Pick your Arsenal XI to start against Man City Pep Guardiola will have to pick his Wembley left-back with Fabian Delph suspended following his straight red card in the FA Cup upset at Wigan. Leroy Sane has returned from injury, while Kevin De Bruyne will be restored to the starting XI after his rest at the DW Stadium. Claudio Bravo has been City's goalkeeper throughout the competition, but Guardiola could recall first-choice goalkeeper Ederson. Playmaker David Silva has missed games for family reasons but is back in the fold, while Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi are available. Gabriel Jesus remains sidelined. Pick your Man City XI to face Arsenal How have they made it to Wembley? Arsenal Third round: Arsenal 1 Doncaster Rovers 0 Fourth round: Arsenal 2 Norwich City 1 Quarter-final: Arsenal 1 West Ham 0 Semi-final: Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1 (aggregate) Man City Third round: West Brom 1 Man City 2 Fourth round: Man City 0 Wolves 0 (3-1 pens) Quarter-final: Leicester City 1 Man City 1 (3-4 pens) Semi-final: Man City 5 Bristol City 3 (aggregate) What is the history of both clubs in the League Cup? Arsenal have won the FA Cup a record 13 times, but have only won English football's other domestic cup twice. The last time was in 1993, when Steve Morrow scored the winner against Sheffield Wednesday. Arsenal captain Tony Adams then dropped Morrow during the post-match celebrations who spent the next day in hospital with a broken arm. Arsenal have lost two finals under Wenger - to Chelsea in 2007 and Birmingham City in 2011. Where will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fit in at Arsenal? City have won the cup on four times, including in 2014 and 2016. The 2014 victory over Sunderland was famous for two sumptuous strikes from Samir Nasri and Yaya Toure, while Wily Caballero was the hero in 2016 in a penalty shootout triumph over Liverpool. What are the odds? Match odds Arsenal 18/5 Man City 8/13 Draw 14/5 To lift the trophy Arsenal 2/1 Man City 4/11 What is our prediction? Arsenal have a fine Wembley record in cup competitions, but we cannot look past the champions elect. To have success against City, you either need to press intensely to stop their build-up play from the back or retreat into a deeper defensive shape and look to frustrate them. Arsenal do not really look suited to either strategy, and while Wenger's side have enough attacking talent to score we cannot see them halting the waves of light blue attacks. Verdict: Arsenal 1 Man City 3
Championship roundup: Brentford blast five past Birmingham City while Aston Villa miss chance to go second
Championship roundup: Brentford blast five past Birmingham City while Aston Villa miss chance to go second
Championship roundup: Brentford blast five past Birmingham City while Aston Villa miss chance to go second
Championship roundup: Brentford blast five past Birmingham City while Aston Villa miss chance to go second
Championship roundup: Brentford blast five past Birmingham City while Aston Villa miss chance to go second
Championship roundup: Brentford blast five past Birmingham City while Aston Villa miss chance to go second
Championship roundup: Brentford blast five past Birmingham City while Aston Villa miss chance to go second
Championship roundup: Brentford blast five past Birmingham City while Aston Villa miss chance to go second
Championship roundup: Brentford blast five past Birmingham City while Aston Villa miss chance to go second
In the case of Alex McLeish’s appointment as Scotland manager, it seems - if one may plunder an immortal line from Casablanca – that destiny has taken a hand. The Tartan Army remain to be persuaded, to judge by the predominantly negative social media reaction to the 59-year-old’s return to the job he quit in 2007 to move to Birmingham City, but McLeish does not see himself as third choice, although Michael O’Neill and Walter Smith rejected advances by the Scottish Football Association before the governing body turned to him. “It feels a bit surreal but I believe I’m the guy for the job,” McLeish said. “When I looked at other guys who have gone back to take charge of their national teams for a second time - like Dick Advocaat and Louis Van Gaal - I thought ‘Yeah, that could be on for me some time’. “The opportunity arose and I felt I had to go for it, because I believe it was my destiny.” Asked how he had reacted to the invitations extended to O’Neill and Smith in the aftermath of Gordon Strachan’s departure, along with their subsequent rejections, McLeish said: “One was ‘Ya beauty!’, the next one was ‘Oh, Walter is getting it.’ “When Walter abdicated I thought, ‘I’m in again’ but, honestly, I felt it was fate. It was meant to happen. Michael was the first choice, let’s not make any bones about that, but I have always felt I was the right guy to be the next Scotland coach.” Scotland’s first outing under McLeish will be the home friendly with Costa Rica on March 23 but he faces formidable opposition from Tartan Army supporters who have expressed disapproval of his decision to move to the Premier League in England 11 years ago, in the aftermath of the Scots’ narrow failure to qualify for Euro 2008. “Listen, of course I can understand it,” he said. “You get divided opinion. The only way to change it is by performing well and getting good results. That is the cure for dissent. “I had seven months to wait before the next tournament started. I would have been a professional supporter, watching all the games, watching all the players up and do the country, but I really missed the day to day stuff. “There was an element of thinking that I was still young enough to go and take that challenge on. To be asked to go to the Premier League is an ambition that a lot of managers would have taken, probably the majority. “If we had just qualified there is no way that I would have left. I would have seen us right through to the finals, ambition or not. “I would probably have been offered something after the finals. I was so gutted that we missed it by a whisker. Faddy (James McFadden) had a wee chance at 1-1 in the final qualifier against Italy, when the ball came across the box and he slid at it. Your life flashes in front of your eyes.” With no active interest in this summer’s World Cup finals and the Euro 2020 qualifiers not scheduled to begin until March next year, McLeish will have to get the best from a programme of six friendlies and two home-and-away Nations League meetings with Albania and Israel. His political skills will be tested by the demands of two challenge matches arranged for the close season, one against Peru in Lima on May 29 and the other against Mexico in the Azteca Stadium on June 2. Celtic provided the core of Scotland’s strength during Strachan’s unbeaten run of seven games last year, with Craig Gordon, Kieran Tierney, Stuart Armstrong, Scott Brown, James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths all named for the final World Cup qualifiers against Slovakia and Slovenia. Celtic, however, completed a clean sweep of the domestic honours last season and are on course to repeat the feat but must negotiate four round of Champions League qualifiers if they win the Scottish title again this time around. McLeish was unveiled on Friday at Hampden Park Credit: Getty Images The prospect of sending players to South America after another draining club season has not enchanted Brendan Rodgers, the Celtic manager. McLeish acknowledged the concerns, while comparing current circumstances with his own career as a central defender with Aberdeen. “Back in my day if we had been promised a trip to Peru and Mexico in the summer we’d have been ecstatic,” he said. “It would have been, ‘Hallelujah, brilliant’ but, yeah, I can understand the clubs’ stance with the way European football is now mapped out. “I do understand that they maybe feel it wasn’t appropriate timing, but it’s there, we are going to go and it may be a good opportunity for other players. We are borrowing their players to turn out for the national team. “We have to address that nearer the time. I have to have a rapport with the clubs. We will talk, we’ll communicate and see what kind of answers we get.” McLeish has already begun the task of assembling a backroom staff – “I’ve made some phone calls and I’m hopeful of announcing that maybe some time next week” – before he returned to his opening theme. “I feel I’m a better manager now. The common-sense factor grows and you see things from a different way. In terms of destiny, I just feel it’s the right time for me.”
Eleven years after quitting, returning Scotland boss Alex McLeish aims to quieten Tartan Army dissent
In the case of Alex McLeish’s appointment as Scotland manager, it seems - if one may plunder an immortal line from Casablanca – that destiny has taken a hand. The Tartan Army remain to be persuaded, to judge by the predominantly negative social media reaction to the 59-year-old’s return to the job he quit in 2007 to move to Birmingham City, but McLeish does not see himself as third choice, although Michael O’Neill and Walter Smith rejected advances by the Scottish Football Association before the governing body turned to him. “It feels a bit surreal but I believe I’m the guy for the job,” McLeish said. “When I looked at other guys who have gone back to take charge of their national teams for a second time - like Dick Advocaat and Louis Van Gaal - I thought ‘Yeah, that could be on for me some time’. “The opportunity arose and I felt I had to go for it, because I believe it was my destiny.” Asked how he had reacted to the invitations extended to O’Neill and Smith in the aftermath of Gordon Strachan’s departure, along with their subsequent rejections, McLeish said: “One was ‘Ya beauty!’, the next one was ‘Oh, Walter is getting it.’ “When Walter abdicated I thought, ‘I’m in again’ but, honestly, I felt it was fate. It was meant to happen. Michael was the first choice, let’s not make any bones about that, but I have always felt I was the right guy to be the next Scotland coach.” Scotland’s first outing under McLeish will be the home friendly with Costa Rica on March 23 but he faces formidable opposition from Tartan Army supporters who have expressed disapproval of his decision to move to the Premier League in England 11 years ago, in the aftermath of the Scots’ narrow failure to qualify for Euro 2008. “Listen, of course I can understand it,” he said. “You get divided opinion. The only way to change it is by performing well and getting good results. That is the cure for dissent. “I had seven months to wait before the next tournament started. I would have been a professional supporter, watching all the games, watching all the players up and do the country, but I really missed the day to day stuff. “There was an element of thinking that I was still young enough to go and take that challenge on. To be asked to go to the Premier League is an ambition that a lot of managers would have taken, probably the majority. “If we had just qualified there is no way that I would have left. I would have seen us right through to the finals, ambition or not. “I would probably have been offered something after the finals. I was so gutted that we missed it by a whisker. Faddy (James McFadden) had a wee chance at 1-1 in the final qualifier against Italy, when the ball came across the box and he slid at it. Your life flashes in front of your eyes.” With no active interest in this summer’s World Cup finals and the Euro 2020 qualifiers not scheduled to begin until March next year, McLeish will have to get the best from a programme of six friendlies and two home-and-away Nations League meetings with Albania and Israel. His political skills will be tested by the demands of two challenge matches arranged for the close season, one against Peru in Lima on May 29 and the other against Mexico in the Azteca Stadium on June 2. Celtic provided the core of Scotland’s strength during Strachan’s unbeaten run of seven games last year, with Craig Gordon, Kieran Tierney, Stuart Armstrong, Scott Brown, James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths all named for the final World Cup qualifiers against Slovakia and Slovenia. Celtic, however, completed a clean sweep of the domestic honours last season and are on course to repeat the feat but must negotiate four round of Champions League qualifiers if they win the Scottish title again this time around. McLeish was unveiled on Friday at Hampden Park Credit: Getty Images The prospect of sending players to South America after another draining club season has not enchanted Brendan Rodgers, the Celtic manager. McLeish acknowledged the concerns, while comparing current circumstances with his own career as a central defender with Aberdeen. “Back in my day if we had been promised a trip to Peru and Mexico in the summer we’d have been ecstatic,” he said. “It would have been, ‘Hallelujah, brilliant’ but, yeah, I can understand the clubs’ stance with the way European football is now mapped out. “I do understand that they maybe feel it wasn’t appropriate timing, but it’s there, we are going to go and it may be a good opportunity for other players. We are borrowing their players to turn out for the national team. “We have to address that nearer the time. I have to have a rapport with the clubs. We will talk, we’ll communicate and see what kind of answers we get.” McLeish has already begun the task of assembling a backroom staff – “I’ve made some phone calls and I’m hopeful of announcing that maybe some time next week” – before he returned to his opening theme. “I feel I’m a better manager now. The common-sense factor grows and you see things from a different way. In terms of destiny, I just feel it’s the right time for me.”
In the case of Alex McLeish’s appointment as Scotland manager, it seems - if one may plunder an immortal line from Casablanca – that destiny has taken a hand. The Tartan Army remain to be persuaded, to judge by the predominantly negative social media reaction to the 59-year-old’s return to the job he quit in 2007 to move to Birmingham City, but McLeish does not see himself as third choice, although Michael O’Neill and Walter Smith rejected advances by the Scottish Football Association before the governing body turned to him. “It feels a bit surreal but I believe I’m the guy for the job,” McLeish said. “When I looked at other guys who have gone back to take charge of their national teams for a second time - like Dick Advocaat and Louis Van Gaal - I thought ‘Yeah, that could be on for me some time’. “The opportunity arose and I felt I had to go for it, because I believe it was my destiny.” Asked how he had reacted to the invitations extended to O’Neill and Smith in the aftermath of Gordon Strachan’s departure, along with their subsequent rejections, McLeish said: “One was ‘Ya beauty!’, the next one was ‘Oh, Walter is getting it.’ “When Walter abdicated I thought, ‘I’m in again’ but, honestly, I felt it was fate. It was meant to happen. Michael was the first choice, let’s not make any bones about that, but I have always felt I was the right guy to be the next Scotland coach.” Scotland’s first outing under McLeish will be the home friendly with Costa Rica on March 23 but he faces formidable opposition from Tartan Army supporters who have expressed disapproval of his decision to move to the Premier League in England 11 years ago, in the aftermath of the Scots’ narrow failure to qualify for Euro 2008. “Listen, of course I can understand it,” he said. “You get divided opinion. The only way to change it is by performing well and getting good results. That is the cure for dissent. “I had seven months to wait before the next tournament started. I would have been a professional supporter, watching all the games, watching all the players up and do the country, but I really missed the day to day stuff. “There was an element of thinking that I was still young enough to go and take that challenge on. To be asked to go to the Premier League is an ambition that a lot of managers would have taken, probably the majority. “If we had just qualified there is no way that I would have left. I would have seen us right through to the finals, ambition or not. “I would probably have been offered something after the finals. I was so gutted that we missed it by a whisker. Faddy (James McFadden) had a wee chance at 1-1 in the final qualifier against Italy, when the ball came across the box and he slid at it. Your life flashes in front of your eyes.” With no active interest in this summer’s World Cup finals and the Euro 2020 qualifiers not scheduled to begin until March next year, McLeish will have to get the best from a programme of six friendlies and two home-and-away Nations League meetings with Albania and Israel. His political skills will be tested by the demands of two challenge matches arranged for the close season, one against Peru in Lima on May 29 and the other against Mexico in the Azteca Stadium on June 2. Celtic provided the core of Scotland’s strength during Strachan’s unbeaten run of seven games last year, with Craig Gordon, Kieran Tierney, Stuart Armstrong, Scott Brown, James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths all named for the final World Cup qualifiers against Slovakia and Slovenia. Celtic, however, completed a clean sweep of the domestic honours last season and are on course to repeat the feat but must negotiate four round of Champions League qualifiers if they win the Scottish title again this time around. McLeish was unveiled on Friday at Hampden Park Credit: Getty Images The prospect of sending players to South America after another draining club season has not enchanted Brendan Rodgers, the Celtic manager. McLeish acknowledged the concerns, while comparing current circumstances with his own career as a central defender with Aberdeen. “Back in my day if we had been promised a trip to Peru and Mexico in the summer we’d have been ecstatic,” he said. “It would have been, ‘Hallelujah, brilliant’ but, yeah, I can understand the clubs’ stance with the way European football is now mapped out. “I do understand that they maybe feel it wasn’t appropriate timing, but it’s there, we are going to go and it may be a good opportunity for other players. We are borrowing their players to turn out for the national team. “We have to address that nearer the time. I have to have a rapport with the clubs. We will talk, we’ll communicate and see what kind of answers we get.” McLeish has already begun the task of assembling a backroom staff – “I’ve made some phone calls and I’m hopeful of announcing that maybe some time next week” – before he returned to his opening theme. “I feel I’m a better manager now. The common-sense factor grows and you see things from a different way. In terms of destiny, I just feel it’s the right time for me.”
Eleven years after quitting, returning Scotland boss Alex McLeish aims to quieten Tartan Army dissent
In the case of Alex McLeish’s appointment as Scotland manager, it seems - if one may plunder an immortal line from Casablanca – that destiny has taken a hand. The Tartan Army remain to be persuaded, to judge by the predominantly negative social media reaction to the 59-year-old’s return to the job he quit in 2007 to move to Birmingham City, but McLeish does not see himself as third choice, although Michael O’Neill and Walter Smith rejected advances by the Scottish Football Association before the governing body turned to him. “It feels a bit surreal but I believe I’m the guy for the job,” McLeish said. “When I looked at other guys who have gone back to take charge of their national teams for a second time - like Dick Advocaat and Louis Van Gaal - I thought ‘Yeah, that could be on for me some time’. “The opportunity arose and I felt I had to go for it, because I believe it was my destiny.” Asked how he had reacted to the invitations extended to O’Neill and Smith in the aftermath of Gordon Strachan’s departure, along with their subsequent rejections, McLeish said: “One was ‘Ya beauty!’, the next one was ‘Oh, Walter is getting it.’ “When Walter abdicated I thought, ‘I’m in again’ but, honestly, I felt it was fate. It was meant to happen. Michael was the first choice, let’s not make any bones about that, but I have always felt I was the right guy to be the next Scotland coach.” Scotland’s first outing under McLeish will be the home friendly with Costa Rica on March 23 but he faces formidable opposition from Tartan Army supporters who have expressed disapproval of his decision to move to the Premier League in England 11 years ago, in the aftermath of the Scots’ narrow failure to qualify for Euro 2008. “Listen, of course I can understand it,” he said. “You get divided opinion. The only way to change it is by performing well and getting good results. That is the cure for dissent. “I had seven months to wait before the next tournament started. I would have been a professional supporter, watching all the games, watching all the players up and do the country, but I really missed the day to day stuff. “There was an element of thinking that I was still young enough to go and take that challenge on. To be asked to go to the Premier League is an ambition that a lot of managers would have taken, probably the majority. “If we had just qualified there is no way that I would have left. I would have seen us right through to the finals, ambition or not. “I would probably have been offered something after the finals. I was so gutted that we missed it by a whisker. Faddy (James McFadden) had a wee chance at 1-1 in the final qualifier against Italy, when the ball came across the box and he slid at it. Your life flashes in front of your eyes.” With no active interest in this summer’s World Cup finals and the Euro 2020 qualifiers not scheduled to begin until March next year, McLeish will have to get the best from a programme of six friendlies and two home-and-away Nations League meetings with Albania and Israel. His political skills will be tested by the demands of two challenge matches arranged for the close season, one against Peru in Lima on May 29 and the other against Mexico in the Azteca Stadium on June 2. Celtic provided the core of Scotland’s strength during Strachan’s unbeaten run of seven games last year, with Craig Gordon, Kieran Tierney, Stuart Armstrong, Scott Brown, James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths all named for the final World Cup qualifiers against Slovakia and Slovenia. Celtic, however, completed a clean sweep of the domestic honours last season and are on course to repeat the feat but must negotiate four round of Champions League qualifiers if they win the Scottish title again this time around. McLeish was unveiled on Friday at Hampden Park Credit: Getty Images The prospect of sending players to South America after another draining club season has not enchanted Brendan Rodgers, the Celtic manager. McLeish acknowledged the concerns, while comparing current circumstances with his own career as a central defender with Aberdeen. “Back in my day if we had been promised a trip to Peru and Mexico in the summer we’d have been ecstatic,” he said. “It would have been, ‘Hallelujah, brilliant’ but, yeah, I can understand the clubs’ stance with the way European football is now mapped out. “I do understand that they maybe feel it wasn’t appropriate timing, but it’s there, we are going to go and it may be a good opportunity for other players. We are borrowing their players to turn out for the national team. “We have to address that nearer the time. I have to have a rapport with the clubs. We will talk, we’ll communicate and see what kind of answers we get.” McLeish has already begun the task of assembling a backroom staff – “I’ve made some phone calls and I’m hopeful of announcing that maybe some time next week” – before he returned to his opening theme. “I feel I’m a better manager now. The common-sense factor grows and you see things from a different way. In terms of destiny, I just feel it’s the right time for me.”
Krystian Bielik claims he hit glass ceiling in Arsenal youth setup as he eyes Birmingham City return
Krystian Bielik claims he hit glass ceiling in Arsenal youth setup as he eyes Birmingham City return
Krystian Bielik claims he hit glass ceiling in Arsenal youth setup as he eyes Birmingham City return
Krystian Bielik claims he hit glass ceiling in Arsenal youth setup as he eyes Birmingham City return
Krystian Bielik claims he hit glass ceiling in Arsenal youth setup as he eyes Birmingham City return
Krystian Bielik claims he hit glass ceiling in Arsenal youth setup as he eyes Birmingham City return
Krystian Bielik claims he hit glass ceiling in Arsenal youth setup as he eyes Birmingham City return
Krystian Bielik claims he hit glass ceiling in Arsenal youth setup as he eyes Birmingham City return
Krystian Bielik claims he hit glass ceiling in Arsenal youth setup as he eyes Birmingham City return
Driven by a fervent atmosphere in a packed stadium, Villa extended their hot streak to seven straight Championship wins to maintain their dominance over their Second City rivals and move into an automatic promotion place for the first time under Steve Bruce, whose emotions bubbled over on the touchline after a tough few days off the field. The 57-year-old Villa manager had until Saturday been on compassionate leave following the death of his father last Tuesday, the pain of that experience compounded by fears for his mother, who has herself been battling serious illness. Villa, loaded with experience, were the better side and goals by Albert Adomah and Conor Hourihane in the second half made for an appropriate scoreline. Bruce stood in his own space on the edge of the technical area throughout, as if striving for privacy amid the hullabaloo. After initially celebrating the opening goal, he turned away and his face visibly creased. “He is a hard-working, experienced manager and he controlled everything terrifically well,” his assistant, Colin Calderwood, said. “But he is a very family-orientated man and when you have that joy of the moment as a professional it seems to bring a reflection on your personal circumstances at the same time. “It has been a tough week for him but he picked the team and spoke to the players in the way he always does before the game and this win will be a shaft of light, a moment of happiness for him.” Bruce had been on compassionate leave this week following the death of his father Credit: pa Birmingham, who have looked lately like a team capable of finishing the season out of danger after a poor start, put up some fight and had Cheikh Ndoye sent off in stoppage time for a second yellow card. They should have sneaked a half-time lead, striker Sam Gallagher hitting the woodwork and then lofting the rebound over the bar after a stumble by John Terry left him clean through. But overall, Villa made the better chances. Scott Hogan hit the bar in the first half and there were other close calls before the in-form Adomah, given time to set himself and shoot in low off a post, gave Villa the lead on the hour with his 14th goal of the season. Jack Grealish, excellent throughout in the No10 role, supplied the pass. Captain John Terry celebrates the win Credit: Getty images Nine minutes from time, after chesting down a poor headed clearance by Harlee Dean, Hourihane hit a dipping left-foot volley over the head of David Stockdale to ensure the points were won and extend their unbeaten sequence in Second City league derbies to 12 matches, including eight wins. “I think the difference was quality, experience and belief,” the Birmingham manager, Steve Cotterill, said. “Villa had more of all of those.”
Aston Villa 2 Birmingham City 0: Emotional Steve Bruce ends tough week with Second City Derby victory
Driven by a fervent atmosphere in a packed stadium, Villa extended their hot streak to seven straight Championship wins to maintain their dominance over their Second City rivals and move into an automatic promotion place for the first time under Steve Bruce, whose emotions bubbled over on the touchline after a tough few days off the field. The 57-year-old Villa manager had until Saturday been on compassionate leave following the death of his father last Tuesday, the pain of that experience compounded by fears for his mother, who has herself been battling serious illness. Villa, loaded with experience, were the better side and goals by Albert Adomah and Conor Hourihane in the second half made for an appropriate scoreline. Bruce stood in his own space on the edge of the technical area throughout, as if striving for privacy amid the hullabaloo. After initially celebrating the opening goal, he turned away and his face visibly creased. “He is a hard-working, experienced manager and he controlled everything terrifically well,” his assistant, Colin Calderwood, said. “But he is a very family-orientated man and when you have that joy of the moment as a professional it seems to bring a reflection on your personal circumstances at the same time. “It has been a tough week for him but he picked the team and spoke to the players in the way he always does before the game and this win will be a shaft of light, a moment of happiness for him.” Bruce had been on compassionate leave this week following the death of his father Credit: pa Birmingham, who have looked lately like a team capable of finishing the season out of danger after a poor start, put up some fight and had Cheikh Ndoye sent off in stoppage time for a second yellow card. They should have sneaked a half-time lead, striker Sam Gallagher hitting the woodwork and then lofting the rebound over the bar after a stumble by John Terry left him clean through. But overall, Villa made the better chances. Scott Hogan hit the bar in the first half and there were other close calls before the in-form Adomah, given time to set himself and shoot in low off a post, gave Villa the lead on the hour with his 14th goal of the season. Jack Grealish, excellent throughout in the No10 role, supplied the pass. Captain John Terry celebrates the win Credit: Getty images Nine minutes from time, after chesting down a poor headed clearance by Harlee Dean, Hourihane hit a dipping left-foot volley over the head of David Stockdale to ensure the points were won and extend their unbeaten sequence in Second City league derbies to 12 matches, including eight wins. “I think the difference was quality, experience and belief,” the Birmingham manager, Steve Cotterill, said. “Villa had more of all of those.”
Driven by a fervent atmosphere in a packed stadium, Villa extended their hot streak to seven straight Championship wins to maintain their dominance over their Second City rivals and move into an automatic promotion place for the first time under Steve Bruce, whose emotions bubbled over on the touchline after a tough few days off the field. The 57-year-old Villa manager had until Saturday been on compassionate leave following the death of his father last Tuesday, the pain of that experience compounded by fears for his mother, who has herself been battling serious illness. Villa, loaded with experience, were the better side and goals by Albert Adomah and Conor Hourihane in the second half made for an appropriate scoreline. Bruce stood in his own space on the edge of the technical area throughout, as if striving for privacy amid the hullabaloo. After initially celebrating the opening goal, he turned away and his face visibly creased. “He is a hard-working, experienced manager and he controlled everything terrifically well,” his assistant, Colin Calderwood, said. “But he is a very family-orientated man and when you have that joy of the moment as a professional it seems to bring a reflection on your personal circumstances at the same time. “It has been a tough week for him but he picked the team and spoke to the players in the way he always does before the game and this win will be a shaft of light, a moment of happiness for him.” Bruce had been on compassionate leave this week following the death of his father Credit: pa Birmingham, who have looked lately like a team capable of finishing the season out of danger after a poor start, put up some fight and had Cheikh Ndoye sent off in stoppage time for a second yellow card. They should have sneaked a half-time lead, striker Sam Gallagher hitting the woodwork and then lofting the rebound over the bar after a stumble by John Terry left him clean through. But overall, Villa made the better chances. Scott Hogan hit the bar in the first half and there were other close calls before the in-form Adomah, given time to set himself and shoot in low off a post, gave Villa the lead on the hour with his 14th goal of the season. Jack Grealish, excellent throughout in the No10 role, supplied the pass. Captain John Terry celebrates the win Credit: Getty images Nine minutes from time, after chesting down a poor headed clearance by Harlee Dean, Hourihane hit a dipping left-foot volley over the head of David Stockdale to ensure the points were won and extend their unbeaten sequence in Second City league derbies to 12 matches, including eight wins. “I think the difference was quality, experience and belief,” the Birmingham manager, Steve Cotterill, said. “Villa had more of all of those.”
Aston Villa 2 Birmingham City 0: Emotional Steve Bruce ends tough week with Second City Derby victory
Driven by a fervent atmosphere in a packed stadium, Villa extended their hot streak to seven straight Championship wins to maintain their dominance over their Second City rivals and move into an automatic promotion place for the first time under Steve Bruce, whose emotions bubbled over on the touchline after a tough few days off the field. The 57-year-old Villa manager had until Saturday been on compassionate leave following the death of his father last Tuesday, the pain of that experience compounded by fears for his mother, who has herself been battling serious illness. Villa, loaded with experience, were the better side and goals by Albert Adomah and Conor Hourihane in the second half made for an appropriate scoreline. Bruce stood in his own space on the edge of the technical area throughout, as if striving for privacy amid the hullabaloo. After initially celebrating the opening goal, he turned away and his face visibly creased. “He is a hard-working, experienced manager and he controlled everything terrifically well,” his assistant, Colin Calderwood, said. “But he is a very family-orientated man and when you have that joy of the moment as a professional it seems to bring a reflection on your personal circumstances at the same time. “It has been a tough week for him but he picked the team and spoke to the players in the way he always does before the game and this win will be a shaft of light, a moment of happiness for him.” Bruce had been on compassionate leave this week following the death of his father Credit: pa Birmingham, who have looked lately like a team capable of finishing the season out of danger after a poor start, put up some fight and had Cheikh Ndoye sent off in stoppage time for a second yellow card. They should have sneaked a half-time lead, striker Sam Gallagher hitting the woodwork and then lofting the rebound over the bar after a stumble by John Terry left him clean through. But overall, Villa made the better chances. Scott Hogan hit the bar in the first half and there were other close calls before the in-form Adomah, given time to set himself and shoot in low off a post, gave Villa the lead on the hour with his 14th goal of the season. Jack Grealish, excellent throughout in the No10 role, supplied the pass. Captain John Terry celebrates the win Credit: Getty images Nine minutes from time, after chesting down a poor headed clearance by Harlee Dean, Hourihane hit a dipping left-foot volley over the head of David Stockdale to ensure the points were won and extend their unbeaten sequence in Second City league derbies to 12 matches, including eight wins. “I think the difference was quality, experience and belief,” the Birmingham manager, Steve Cotterill, said. “Villa had more of all of those.”
Driven by a fervent atmosphere in a packed stadium, Villa extended their hot streak to seven straight Championship wins to maintain their dominance over their Second City rivals and move into an automatic promotion place for the first time under Steve Bruce, whose emotions bubbled over on the touchline after a tough few days off the field. The 57-year-old Villa manager had until Saturday been on compassionate leave following the death of his father last Tuesday, the pain of that experience compounded by fears for his mother, who has herself been battling serious illness. Villa, loaded with experience, were the better side and goals by Albert Adomah and Conor Hourihane in the second half made for an appropriate scoreline. Bruce stood in his own space on the edge of the technical area throughout, as if striving for privacy amid the hullabaloo. After initially celebrating the opening goal, he turned away and his face visibly creased. “He is a hard-working, experienced manager and he controlled everything terrifically well,” his assistant, Colin Calderwood, said. “But he is a very family-orientated man and when you have that joy of the moment as a professional it seems to bring a reflection on your personal circumstances at the same time. “It has been a tough week for him but he picked the team and spoke to the players in the way he always does before the game and this win will be a shaft of light, a moment of happiness for him.” Bruce had been on compassionate leave this week following the death of his father Credit: pa Birmingham, who have looked lately like a team capable of finishing the season out of danger after a poor start, put up some fight and had Cheikh Ndoye sent off in stoppage time for a second yellow card. They should have sneaked a half-time lead, striker Sam Gallagher hitting the woodwork and then lofting the rebound over the bar after a stumble by John Terry left him clean through. But overall, Villa made the better chances. Scott Hogan hit the bar in the first half and there were other close calls before the in-form Adomah, given time to set himself and shoot in low off a post, gave Villa the lead on the hour with his 14th goal of the season. Jack Grealish, excellent throughout in the No10 role, supplied the pass. Captain John Terry celebrates the win Credit: Getty images Nine minutes from time, after chesting down a poor headed clearance by Harlee Dean, Hourihane hit a dipping left-foot volley over the head of David Stockdale to ensure the points were won and extend their unbeaten sequence in Second City league derbies to 12 matches, including eight wins. “I think the difference was quality, experience and belief,” the Birmingham manager, Steve Cotterill, said. “Villa had more of all of those.”
Aston Villa 2 Birmingham City 0: Emotional Steve Bruce ends tough week with Second City Derby victory
Driven by a fervent atmosphere in a packed stadium, Villa extended their hot streak to seven straight Championship wins to maintain their dominance over their Second City rivals and move into an automatic promotion place for the first time under Steve Bruce, whose emotions bubbled over on the touchline after a tough few days off the field. The 57-year-old Villa manager had until Saturday been on compassionate leave following the death of his father last Tuesday, the pain of that experience compounded by fears for his mother, who has herself been battling serious illness. Villa, loaded with experience, were the better side and goals by Albert Adomah and Conor Hourihane in the second half made for an appropriate scoreline. Bruce stood in his own space on the edge of the technical area throughout, as if striving for privacy amid the hullabaloo. After initially celebrating the opening goal, he turned away and his face visibly creased. “He is a hard-working, experienced manager and he controlled everything terrifically well,” his assistant, Colin Calderwood, said. “But he is a very family-orientated man and when you have that joy of the moment as a professional it seems to bring a reflection on your personal circumstances at the same time. “It has been a tough week for him but he picked the team and spoke to the players in the way he always does before the game and this win will be a shaft of light, a moment of happiness for him.” Bruce had been on compassionate leave this week following the death of his father Credit: pa Birmingham, who have looked lately like a team capable of finishing the season out of danger after a poor start, put up some fight and had Cheikh Ndoye sent off in stoppage time for a second yellow card. They should have sneaked a half-time lead, striker Sam Gallagher hitting the woodwork and then lofting the rebound over the bar after a stumble by John Terry left him clean through. But overall, Villa made the better chances. Scott Hogan hit the bar in the first half and there were other close calls before the in-form Adomah, given time to set himself and shoot in low off a post, gave Villa the lead on the hour with his 14th goal of the season. Jack Grealish, excellent throughout in the No10 role, supplied the pass. Captain John Terry celebrates the win Credit: Getty images Nine minutes from time, after chesting down a poor headed clearance by Harlee Dean, Hourihane hit a dipping left-foot volley over the head of David Stockdale to ensure the points were won and extend their unbeaten sequence in Second City league derbies to 12 matches, including eight wins. “I think the difference was quality, experience and belief,” the Birmingham manager, Steve Cotterill, said. “Villa had more of all of those.”
Soccer Football - Championship - Aston Villa vs Birmingham City - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - February 11, 2018 Birmingham City's Cheick Ndoye clashes with Aston Villa's John Terry as he is sent off Action Images/Matthew Childs
Championship - Aston Villa vs Birmingham City
Soccer Football - Championship - Aston Villa vs Birmingham City - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - February 11, 2018 Birmingham City's Cheick Ndoye clashes with Aston Villa's John Terry as he is sent off Action Images/Matthew Childs
Soccer Football - Championship - Aston Villa vs Birmingham City - VIlla Park, Birmingham, Britain - February 11, 2018 Aston Villa's John Terry applauds the fans after the match Action Images/Matthew Childs
Championship - Aston Villa vs Birmingham City
Soccer Football - Championship - Aston Villa vs Birmingham City - VIlla Park, Birmingham, Britain - February 11, 2018 Aston Villa's John Terry applauds the fans after the match Action Images/Matthew Childs
Soccer Football - Championship - Aston Villa vs Birmingham City - VIlla Park, Birmingham, Britain - February 11, 2018 Aston Villa's Conor Hourihane celebrates with Robert Snodgrass and Ahmed Elmohamady after scoring their second goal Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Championship - Aston Villa vs Birmingham City
Soccer Football - Championship - Aston Villa vs Birmingham City - VIlla Park, Birmingham, Britain - February 11, 2018 Aston Villa's Conor Hourihane celebrates with Robert Snodgrass and Ahmed Elmohamady after scoring their second goal Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - Championship - Aston Villa vs Birmingham City - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - February 11, 2018 Aston Villa's Albert Adomah in action with Birmingham City's Carl Jenkinson Action Images/Matthew Childs
Championship - Aston Villa vs Birmingham City
Soccer Football - Championship - Aston Villa vs Birmingham City - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - February 11, 2018 Aston Villa's Albert Adomah in action with Birmingham City's Carl Jenkinson Action Images/Matthew Childs
Soccer Football - Championship - Aston Villa vs Birmingham City - VIlla Park, Birmingham, Britain - February 11, 2018 Birmingham's Cheikh NDoye is shown a second yellow card and then a red card by referee Peter Bankes Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Championship - Aston Villa vs Birmingham City
Soccer Football - Championship - Aston Villa vs Birmingham City - VIlla Park, Birmingham, Britain - February 11, 2018 Birmingham's Cheikh NDoye is shown a second yellow card and then a red card by referee Peter Bankes Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - Championship - Aston Villa vs Birmingham City - VIlla Park, Birmingham, Britain - February 11, 2018 Aston Villa's John Terry in action with Birmingham's Jermie Boga Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Championship - Aston Villa vs Birmingham City
Soccer Football - Championship - Aston Villa vs Birmingham City - VIlla Park, Birmingham, Britain - February 11, 2018 Aston Villa's John Terry in action with Birmingham's Jermie Boga Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - Championship - Aston Villa vs Birmingham City - VIlla Park, Birmingham, Britain - February 11, 2018 Birmingham City's Cheick Ndoye (L) walks off dejected after being sent off Action Images/Matthew Childs
Championship - Aston Villa vs Birmingham City
Soccer Football - Championship - Aston Villa vs Birmingham City - VIlla Park, Birmingham, Britain - February 11, 2018 Birmingham City's Cheick Ndoye (L) walks off dejected after being sent off Action Images/Matthew Childs
Aston Villa 2 Birmingham City 0: Emotional Steve Bruce ends tough week with Second City Derby victory
Aston Villa 2 Birmingham City 0: Emotional Steve Bruce ends tough week with Second City Derby victory
Aston Villa 2 Birmingham City 0: Emotional Steve Bruce ends tough week with Second City Derby victory
Aston Villa 2 Birmingham City 0: Emotional Steve Bruce ends tough week with Second City Derby victory
Aston Villa 2 Birmingham City 0: Emotional Steve Bruce ends tough week with Second City Derby victory
Aston Villa 2 Birmingham City 0: Emotional Steve Bruce ends tough week with Second City Derby victory
Aston Villa 2 Birmingham City 0: Emotional Steve Bruce ends tough week with Second City Derby victory
Aston Villa 2 Birmingham City 0: Emotional Steve Bruce ends tough week with Second City Derby victory
Aston Villa 2 Birmingham City 0: Emotional Steve Bruce ends tough week with Second City Derby victory
Jack Grealish produced the star performance as Aston Villa saw off rivals Birmingham City at Villa Park.
Aston Villa 2 Birmingham City 0: Grealish stars as Bruce's men go second
Jack Grealish produced the star performance as Aston Villa saw off rivals Birmingham City at Villa Park.
Aston Villa extend unbeaten league run against arch-rivals Birmingham City to move up to second
Aston Villa extend unbeaten league run against arch-rivals Birmingham City to move up to second
Aston Villa extend unbeaten league run against arch-rivals Birmingham City to move up to second
Aston Villa extend unbeaten league run against arch-rivals Birmingham City to move up to second
Aston Villa extend unbeaten league run against arch-rivals Birmingham City to move up to second
Aston Villa extend unbeaten league run against arch-rivals Birmingham City to move up to second
Aston Villa extend unbeaten league run against arch-rivals Birmingham City to move up to second
Aston Villa extend unbeaten league run against arch-rivals Birmingham City to move up to second
Aston Villa extend unbeaten league run against arch-rivals Birmingham City to move up to second
Aston Villa extend unbeaten league run against arch-rivals Birmingham City to move up to second
Aston Villa extend unbeaten league run against arch-rivals Birmingham City to move up to second
Aston Villa extend unbeaten league run against arch-rivals Birmingham City to move up to second
Aston Villa extend unbeaten league run against arch-rivals Birmingham City to move up to second
Aston Villa extend unbeaten league run against arch-rivals Birmingham City to move up to second
Aston Villa extend unbeaten league run against arch-rivals Birmingham City to move up to second
Aston Villa vs Birmingham City and the story of a football rivalry characterised by its glorious, gleeful pettiness
Aston Villa vs Birmingham City and the story of a football rivalry characterised by its glorious, gleeful pettiness
Aston Villa vs Birmingham City and the story of a football rivalry characterised by its glorious, gleeful pettiness
Aston Villa vs Birmingham City and the story of a football rivalry characterised by its glorious, gleeful pettiness
Aston Villa vs Birmingham City and the story of a football rivalry characterised by its glorious, gleeful pettiness
Aston Villa vs Birmingham City and the story of a football rivalry characterised by its glorious, gleeful pettiness
Aston Villa vs Birmingham City and the story of a football rivalry characterised by its glorious, gleeful pettiness
Aston Villa vs Birmingham City and the story of a football rivalry characterised by its glorious, gleeful pettiness
Aston Villa vs Birmingham City and the story of a football rivalry characterised by its glorious, gleeful pettiness
Aston Villa vs Birmingham City and the story of a football rivalry characterised by its glorious, gleeful pettiness
Aston Villa vs Birmingham City and the story of a football rivalry characterised by its glorious, gleeful pettiness
Aston Villa vs Birmingham City and the story of a football rivalry characterised by its glorious, gleeful pettiness
Aston Villa vs Birmingham City and the story of a football rivalry characterised by its glorious, gleeful pettiness
Aston Villa vs Birmingham City and the story of a football rivalry characterised by its glorious, gleeful pettiness
Aston Villa vs Birmingham City and the story of a football rivalry characterised by its glorious, gleeful pettiness
Villa Park is the venue for the Birmingham derby clash as Steve Bruce's men lock horn with Steve Cotterill's cross-town rivals
Aston Villa vs Birmingham City: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview
Villa Park is the venue for the Birmingham derby clash as Steve Bruce's men lock horn with Steve Cotterill's cross-town rivals
Villa Park is the venue for the Birmingham derby clash as Steve Bruce's men lock horn with Steve Cotterill's cross-town rivals
Aston Villa vs Birmingham City: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview
Villa Park is the venue for the Birmingham derby clash as Steve Bruce's men lock horn with Steve Cotterill's cross-town rivals
Villa Park is the venue for the Birmingham derby clash as Steve Bruce's men lock horn with Steve Cotterill's cross-town rivals
Aston Villa vs Birmingham City: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview
Villa Park is the venue for the Birmingham derby clash as Steve Bruce's men lock horn with Steve Cotterill's cross-town rivals
This June, it will have been 50 years since sewing machinists at Ford’s Dagenham plant halted production, walked out and transformed the lives of working women forever. Led by Rose Boland, Eileen Pullen, Vera Sime, Gwen Davis and Sheila Douglass, the 1968 strike began when the machinists – who predominantly made car seat covers – were informed their jobs were considered ‘less skilled’, while men at the plant were considered skilled workers. That inequality was reflected in pay: women were receiving 15% less than the rate given to men. As anybody who has seen the film or musical Made In Dagenham will know, the actions of those women eventually led to Barbara Castle’s creation of the Equal Pay Act in 1970. It was a landmark moment for industry, but as is becoming clearer and clearer by the day in 2018, it didn’t get close to consigning salary sexism to history. Red sky at night, inequality in plain sight Credit: Reuters This morning, Tesco is the latest industry goliath shamed for mistreating its female workforce. Britain’s largest private sector employer is facing a potential equal pay claim of £4bn. On behalf of nearly 100 shop assistants who claim they are paid up to £3 an hour less than their male warehouse workers, law firm Leigh Day has lodged what would be Britain’s largest ever claim. Leigh Day said the most common rate for women was £8 an hour whereas for men the hourly rate can be as high as £11 an hour. If successful, up to 200,000 staff could be paid up to £20,000 in back pay over six years. From actors to sportspeople to BBC presenters, equal pay disputes have dominated the news over the past few weeks, and they won’t go away. By April, all UK companies with more than 250 employees are legally required to publish their gender pay gap data, making the matter a talking point in workplaces around the country. What has happened so far? Tesco is not the first major supermarket to find itself accused of rife salary sexism. Building over the last four years, Leigh Day has brought a claim against Asda on behalf of 17,000 former and current employees, arguing that work in stores is of equal value with jobs carried out by men in distribution centres, and should therefore be paid equally. The case has been dubbed “Made In Dagenham for the 21st Century”. In Asda’s owner, Walmart, the women involved in the case are taking on the world’s largest company, one with unlimited legal funds, and it isn’t proving easy. Walmart’s prestigious team of lawyers (which has included Lord Falconer QC) is appealing every single win by an Asda employee, delaying an overall result by months. An appeal hearing is due for the Asda women in October. Should they win, female workers at Sainsbury’s will feel better about their own case. Originally lodged in 2015 by three Sainsbury’s workers, nearly 1000 employees have now joined the action – also lodged by Leigh Day – that demands the same thing: for shopfloor jobs (mainly held by women) to be judged as of equal value to distribution centre jobs (mainly held by men). Equal Pay Day shows slow progress for the gender pay gap Away from the retail sector, in 2013 Birmingham City Councilsettled an equal pay claim from women employed as cleaners, cooks and carers, who were paid far below men working as bin collectors and road workers. The council, which is the largest local authority in England, is liable for over £1 billion. As a result it was forced to sell the National Exhibition Centre and make dramatic cuts across the authority. Further north, last month that Glasgow City Council confirmed it would negotiate and settle around 6,000 equal pay claims from female workers, potentially concluding more a decade of legal battles. Female carers, cleaners, catering staff, classroom assistants and clerical workers were among the employees who said they were paid £3 per hour less than their male colleagues. Councils across Scotland were ordered in 1999 to “harmonise pay for employees and address historic inequalities,” though all but one of the 32 authorities missed the imposed 2004 deadline. In 2017, 13 years on, The Accounts Commission said around £750m had been spent settling claims, but more than 27,000 remained active. Edinburgh sold off land and spent £20 million of reserves to meet its bill, while South and North Lanarkshire both settled claims worth more than £70 million respectively. In Berkshire, it was reported last month that Reading Borough Council has spent more than £3 million on payouts for women – mainly care workers, admin staff and cooks – working in their authority, after claims dating back to 2003. More are expected. And, in the most high-profile case so far, the BBC has reportedly received around 230 individual pay claims in recent months, though it is not known how many grievances were related to sexism. An independent audit of on-air talent published earlier this month revealed a 6.3% pay gap but “no evidence of gender bias.” Off-air, a report in October found the gap was 9.3%. In January, BBC journalist Carrie Gracie resigned from her role as China editor after discovering she was earning 50% less than two male counterparts. She told a parliamentary select committee that bosses justified the discrepancy by telling her she was “in development”, belittling the work of one of the corporation’s longest-serving reporters.
Equal pay disputes: which employers have been forced to pay up so far?
This June, it will have been 50 years since sewing machinists at Ford’s Dagenham plant halted production, walked out and transformed the lives of working women forever. Led by Rose Boland, Eileen Pullen, Vera Sime, Gwen Davis and Sheila Douglass, the 1968 strike began when the machinists – who predominantly made car seat covers – were informed their jobs were considered ‘less skilled’, while men at the plant were considered skilled workers. That inequality was reflected in pay: women were receiving 15% less than the rate given to men. As anybody who has seen the film or musical Made In Dagenham will know, the actions of those women eventually led to Barbara Castle’s creation of the Equal Pay Act in 1970. It was a landmark moment for industry, but as is becoming clearer and clearer by the day in 2018, it didn’t get close to consigning salary sexism to history. Red sky at night, inequality in plain sight Credit: Reuters This morning, Tesco is the latest industry goliath shamed for mistreating its female workforce. Britain’s largest private sector employer is facing a potential equal pay claim of £4bn. On behalf of nearly 100 shop assistants who claim they are paid up to £3 an hour less than their male warehouse workers, law firm Leigh Day has lodged what would be Britain’s largest ever claim. Leigh Day said the most common rate for women was £8 an hour whereas for men the hourly rate can be as high as £11 an hour. If successful, up to 200,000 staff could be paid up to £20,000 in back pay over six years. From actors to sportspeople to BBC presenters, equal pay disputes have dominated the news over the past few weeks, and they won’t go away. By April, all UK companies with more than 250 employees are legally required to publish their gender pay gap data, making the matter a talking point in workplaces around the country. What has happened so far? Tesco is not the first major supermarket to find itself accused of rife salary sexism. Building over the last four years, Leigh Day has brought a claim against Asda on behalf of 17,000 former and current employees, arguing that work in stores is of equal value with jobs carried out by men in distribution centres, and should therefore be paid equally. The case has been dubbed “Made In Dagenham for the 21st Century”. In Asda’s owner, Walmart, the women involved in the case are taking on the world’s largest company, one with unlimited legal funds, and it isn’t proving easy. Walmart’s prestigious team of lawyers (which has included Lord Falconer QC) is appealing every single win by an Asda employee, delaying an overall result by months. An appeal hearing is due for the Asda women in October. Should they win, female workers at Sainsbury’s will feel better about their own case. Originally lodged in 2015 by three Sainsbury’s workers, nearly 1000 employees have now joined the action – also lodged by Leigh Day – that demands the same thing: for shopfloor jobs (mainly held by women) to be judged as of equal value to distribution centre jobs (mainly held by men). Equal Pay Day shows slow progress for the gender pay gap Away from the retail sector, in 2013 Birmingham City Councilsettled an equal pay claim from women employed as cleaners, cooks and carers, who were paid far below men working as bin collectors and road workers. The council, which is the largest local authority in England, is liable for over £1 billion. As a result it was forced to sell the National Exhibition Centre and make dramatic cuts across the authority. Further north, last month that Glasgow City Council confirmed it would negotiate and settle around 6,000 equal pay claims from female workers, potentially concluding more a decade of legal battles. Female carers, cleaners, catering staff, classroom assistants and clerical workers were among the employees who said they were paid £3 per hour less than their male colleagues. Councils across Scotland were ordered in 1999 to “harmonise pay for employees and address historic inequalities,” though all but one of the 32 authorities missed the imposed 2004 deadline. In 2017, 13 years on, The Accounts Commission said around £750m had been spent settling claims, but more than 27,000 remained active. Edinburgh sold off land and spent £20 million of reserves to meet its bill, while South and North Lanarkshire both settled claims worth more than £70 million respectively. In Berkshire, it was reported last month that Reading Borough Council has spent more than £3 million on payouts for women – mainly care workers, admin staff and cooks – working in their authority, after claims dating back to 2003. More are expected. And, in the most high-profile case so far, the BBC has reportedly received around 230 individual pay claims in recent months, though it is not known how many grievances were related to sexism. An independent audit of on-air talent published earlier this month revealed a 6.3% pay gap but “no evidence of gender bias.” Off-air, a report in October found the gap was 9.3%. In January, BBC journalist Carrie Gracie resigned from her role as China editor after discovering she was earning 50% less than two male counterparts. She told a parliamentary select committee that bosses justified the discrepancy by telling her she was “in development”, belittling the work of one of the corporation’s longest-serving reporters.
Birmingham City 1 Huddersfield Town 1; aet 1-4: Premier League side survive scare to set up FA Cup tie with Man Utd
Birmingham City 1 Huddersfield Town 1; aet 1-4: Premier League side survive scare to set up FA Cup tie with Man Utd
Birmingham City 1 Huddersfield Town 1; aet 1-4: Premier League side survive scare to set up FA Cup tie with Man Utd
Huddersfield manager David Wagner is hoping that another FA Cup victory over Championship opponents can spark a revival in the Premier League after eight games without a win. Extra-time goals by Steve Mounie, Rajiv van La Parra and Tom Ince earned Huddersfield Town a fifth-round tie at home to Manchester United after coming from behind to end Birmingham City’s hopes. The Yorkshire side, who overcome Bolton in the fourth round, have slipped into the bottom three after five straight defeats, but Wagner said: “It is good to have the feeling of winning again, which we needed to build up momentum for the Premier League. “We are very happy to be at home to Manchester United in the next round but our first focus is to take the momentum of this win into the game against Bournemouth on Sunday.” Mounie headed in an Aaron Mooy cross four minutes into the additional half-hour before Van La Parra ensured they would progress by driving home the rebound after Birmingham goalkeeper David Stockdale had kept out a strike by Ince, who rifled home his side’s fourth goal in the second period of extra time. FA Cup fifth round draw Birmingham had gone ahead through Che Adams after 52 minutes before a powerful shot by Ince, parried by Stockdale, brought an equaliser nine minutes later, helped over the line by Marc Roberts’s attempted clearance. Huddersfield lost at Old Trafford last Saturday, but can look back for inspiration on their win over Jose Mourinho’s team at the John Smith’s Stadium in October, ending United’s unbeaten start to the season. Match details Birmingham City (3-5-2): Stockdale; Morrison, Roberts, Dean; Jenkinson (Dacres-Cogley 71), J Lowe (Lakin 101), Gardner, Ndoye (Jota h-t), Bramall; Jutkiewicz (Boga 85), Adams. Substitutes: Trueman (g), Colin, Seddon. Huddersfield Town (4-4-2): Lossl; Smith (Hadergjonaj h-t), Jorgensen, Kongolo, Malone; Sabiri (Van La Parra 56), Billing, Mooy, Ince; Quaner (Scannell 99), Mounie. Substitutes: Coleman (g), Whitehead, Hefele. Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire). Attendance: 13,175.
Birmingham City 1 Huddersfield Town 1; aet 1-4: Premier League side survive scare to set up FA Cup tie with Man Utd
Huddersfield manager David Wagner is hoping that another FA Cup victory over Championship opponents can spark a revival in the Premier League after eight games without a win. Extra-time goals by Steve Mounie, Rajiv van La Parra and Tom Ince earned Huddersfield Town a fifth-round tie at home to Manchester United after coming from behind to end Birmingham City’s hopes. The Yorkshire side, who overcome Bolton in the fourth round, have slipped into the bottom three after five straight defeats, but Wagner said: “It is good to have the feeling of winning again, which we needed to build up momentum for the Premier League. “We are very happy to be at home to Manchester United in the next round but our first focus is to take the momentum of this win into the game against Bournemouth on Sunday.” Mounie headed in an Aaron Mooy cross four minutes into the additional half-hour before Van La Parra ensured they would progress by driving home the rebound after Birmingham goalkeeper David Stockdale had kept out a strike by Ince, who rifled home his side’s fourth goal in the second period of extra time. FA Cup fifth round draw Birmingham had gone ahead through Che Adams after 52 minutes before a powerful shot by Ince, parried by Stockdale, brought an equaliser nine minutes later, helped over the line by Marc Roberts’s attempted clearance. Huddersfield lost at Old Trafford last Saturday, but can look back for inspiration on their win over Jose Mourinho’s team at the John Smith’s Stadium in October, ending United’s unbeaten start to the season. Match details Birmingham City (3-5-2): Stockdale; Morrison, Roberts, Dean; Jenkinson (Dacres-Cogley 71), J Lowe (Lakin 101), Gardner, Ndoye (Jota h-t), Bramall; Jutkiewicz (Boga 85), Adams. Substitutes: Trueman (g), Colin, Seddon. Huddersfield Town (4-4-2): Lossl; Smith (Hadergjonaj h-t), Jorgensen, Kongolo, Malone; Sabiri (Van La Parra 56), Billing, Mooy, Ince; Quaner (Scannell 99), Mounie. Substitutes: Coleman (g), Whitehead, Hefele. Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire). Attendance: 13,175.

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