Monthly Archives: January 2010

Andy Murray cries for a nation

It is no shame to lose a Grand Slam final to world No1 Roger Federer. Concerns of not being able to win one in the future should never enter the mind of Andy Murray. The 22-year-old is continuing to improve his game and is now ranked the world No3 after reaching the final of the Australian Open – with only Rafael Nadal and nemesis Federer ahead of him.

There is no doubt that the precocious Scot still has the best sporting years ahead of him and is more than capable of winning at least one of the Majors.  The Swiss certainly has no doubts, so neither should Murray.

A Major final will undoubtedly bring added pressure, particularly to a player who is yet to lift a coveted Grand Slam trophy. But it is a little alarming to see a player with the ability and age of Murray break down as he did, after losing out in straight sets to a man who has won 16 Grand Slams – more than any other player.

Murray had fantastic support throughout the tournament both in Melbourne and back in Britain, and was clearly conscience of it. It seemed the guy had taken the 74-year-old wait for a British male Grand Slam singles champion selflessly to heart.

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Senderos heading to Celtic on loan

Philippe Senderos: Heading to Parkhead?

Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos could move to Celtic later this week after the player and his manager, Arsene Wenger, said a deal would favour all parties.

The 24-year-old is desperate to gain regular first-team football to help his chances of making the Swiss national squad for this year’s World Cup Finals in South Africa.

Arsenal last week resigned Sol Campbell and Wenger admitted it may be beneficial for Senderos to seek regular football elsewhere with Celtic showing interest.

“There is an interest from Celtic, yes. It may happen,” he said.

“We have Sol Campbell and we have four centre backs.

“Philippe needs to play. He has not played for a long time and he needs to if he wants to go to the World Cup.”

Reports suggest Celtic manager Tony Mowbray is looking to strengthen his defence further, after capturing Dutch centre-back Jos Hooiveld from AIK Solna last weekend.

Senderos said he was honoured to be linked to the Glasgow team and said it would be perfect if a deal could happen between the clubs.

“I am very honoured that a big club like Celtic are interested in me and a loan deal right now would suit me perfectly,” he said.

“My main priority is to get back playing regular football. I really miss that.

“The World Cup this summer is a really big thing for me. I know that if I’m not playing regularly my chances of playing in South Africa will be badly affected.

“It would be my second World Cup and I want to get the best possible build-up to it.

“Unfortunately, I haven’t played a lot of football recently and that’s why I feel I have to leave Arsenal.

“Hopefully something will be in place over the next few days but I’ll wait and see.”

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David Sullivan and David Gold Complete West Ham takeover

Former Birmingham City owners David Sullian and David Gold have completed the takeover of Premier club West Ham United.

Both Sullivan and Gold are boyhood West Ham United fans, and are thought to have gained control of the east London club with a 50% shareholding.

David Sullivan told Sky Sports News of his delight at finally sealing the deal.

He said: “West Ham is the club we always wanted to own.”

It is understood that funds will be available to West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola in the current January transfer window, whilst Sullivan also confirmed Karen Brady will be vice-chairman of the club.

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