February 10th, 2010

HMRC Winding Up Petition decisions

Cardiff and Southend have been given an extra 28 days to settle tax bills, however, Portsmouth's adjournement request has been dismissed and the petition is currently being heard in the High Court.

A decision on whether Portsmouth will be sent into administration or liquidated is due at 2pm (GMT).

Update: The petition has been adjourned until next week, at which time Pompey have to produce a full financial statement to the court.
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i quite like him...

Stephen Ireland fears for his future at Manchester City

Stephen Ireland, the Manchester City midfield player, fears that he could be forced to look for a new club amid concerns that he does not figure in Roberto Mancini’s long-term plans.

Ireland was dropped for City’s Barclays Premier League game at home to Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night, Mancini opting instead to play Adam Johnson, a winger, at the tip of a midfield diamond on his first start for the club since a protracted £8 million move from Middlesbrough.

Although that is Ireland’s favoured position — one from which he scored most of his 13 goals last season en route to being named City’s Player of the Year — he has played there only once since Mancini arrived at the club in December, for 56 minutes in the 3-0 win away to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

That, coupled with the manager’s decision to deploy wide players, such as Johnson, in the role ahead of him and Mancini’s pursuit of two midfield players, Fernando Gago, 23, of Real Madrid, and McDonald Mariga, 22, now of Inter Milan, during the transfer window last month appear to have convinced Ireland that his days at City are numbered.

The 23-year-old hopes that Mancini will give him an extended run in his favoured role, but if the situation does not improve between now and the end of the season, Ireland may consider his options in the summer.

Manchester United have been linked with the player in the past, but it is hard to envisage City allowing him to join their fierce rivals.

He would not leave the club lightly and accepts that competition for places will be intense, but is unlikely to stay if it means fighting a losing battle.


i don't think we'll go in for him but not cause of the rivals thing. i mean michael owen came to united so anythings possible in that respect but he's a good idk why city don't wanna play him more.
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It's not like anything else will be on during this time

Champions League Final to Air on Fox Soccer Channel

NEW YORK (AP) -- The European Champions League final will be televised on a U.S. network for the first time when the May 22 match in Madrid airs on Fox.

The game at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium will be broadcast live starting at 2:45 p.m. EDT. with an airtime 15 minutes earlier, the network said Wednesday. It will be the first soccer match televised by Fox.

The Champions League final is shifting to Saturday for the first time this year. It had been a Wednesday fixture since the tournament began as the Champions Clubs Cup in the 1955-56 season.

ESPN and ESPN2 had televised the Champions League from 1994-95 through last season, when Barcelona's 2-0 victory over Manchester United in the May 27 final was seen by more than a million U.S. households.

This season, the games shifted to Fox's cable networks, primarily the Fox Soccer Channel, under a three-year deal. The final originally had been scheduled to air on FX, which is available in about 95 million homes - about 20 million fewer than Fox.


Champions League final to be on in the middle of the day...on a Saturday...on network television...this is pretty exciting.

eta. for those wondering why this is a big deal, it would have aired on FSC and probably around 1 million people would have watched it. Fox is in every household who owns a television basically...about 130 million homes. Do the math!