Report shares what West Ham protesters that want fan ownership are planning

Report shares what West Ham protesters that want fan ownership are planning – originally posted on Sportslens.com
West Ham United have been owned by chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan for 10 years, and it appears the majority of the fans have had enough of them.
One of the club’s supporters groups Hammers United organised a protest where more than 8,000 supporters marched to the London Stadium last month, and this came after two other protests held this year.
The Hammers United committee has a long-term goal in mind – West Ham being owned by its fans – and planning remains underway, according to The Athletic’s Roshane Thomas.
The supporters’ group have been researching extensively on fan ownership and have been in contact with a handful of fan groups across Europe.
Fans are the majority shareholder at the likes of Portsmouth, Exeter City and Swansea City, and it remains to be seen if West Ham could follow suit in the coming years.
Hammers United are looking at a model where the club can have transparent engagement with the supporters, make West Ham a community asset that ensures it is well-protected and not bought and sold at will.
They are also hoping to have fans present at board level and are thinking of a formula that would allow investment from a private company and investment in the club.
The lack of communication from vice-chairman Karren Brady, Gold and Sullivan is eating up West Ham fans, and a majority of them definitely want new owners.
It will be interesting to see what happens going forward, but the “SGB out” protests aren’t likely to end anytime soon and they are bound to resume when Premier League action restarts.
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'He won’t do something amazing' – Player with €1billion buyout clause lays into Chelsea star

'He won’t do something amazing' – Player with €1billion buyout clause lays into Chelsea star – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud was laid into by Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema during an Instagram Live video yesterday, with the Champions League winner dubbing his countryman a go-cart.
The Blues forward currently leads the line for the French national team, and he was a key part of the 2018 World Cup-winning squad.
Benzema last played for France at Euro 2016 after getting dropped for allegedly blackmailing Mathieu Valbuena, but the Madrid star still believes he is far better than Giroud, and he wasn’t having it when a fan compared both of them during a live chat on Instagram.
“You don’t confuse Formula 1 with karting, and I am being nice. Next… I know that I am Formula 1,” Benzema fired at the Chelsea striker.
“He has his career, he does what he wants, scores the goals he wants. He is in his lane, I am in my lane, I don’t think about him. Aside from that, his style of play suits the French national team well. It works because he is there, that is the only reason. He is good because there are players like Mbappé or Griezmann who are fast and who play in the channels and pivot around the centre-forward.
“Him, up top, he weighs on defences, which allows the two others to move a lot and show a lot. He blocks and it works. It won’t be spectacular, he won’t do something amazing, but he has his thing… Aside from that, does everyone like how he plays? I don’t know. But it works well for the French national team.”
Giroud is currently France’s third-highest scorer of all time, with 39 goals in 93 games to his name, while Benzema grabbed 27 goals in 81 appearances for Les Bleus.
While the Madrid man has had a splendid season with his club, scoring 14 goals and assisting six others in 26 league games, his Chelsea counterpart struggled for playing minutes during the first-half of the campaign and has played just nine league games this term, scoring twice.
Without a doubt, Benzema is a better striker than Giroud and it’s why he has a release clause of €1 billion, but is he the better human?
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'That would massively appeal to me' – Aston Villa star reveals future desire

'That would massively appeal to me' – Aston Villa star reveals future desire – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Aston Villa star Tom Heaton has revealed that he would be open to a coaching role in future.
The goalkeeper outlined his connection with Burnley and explained that he would be tempted to return to Turf Moor as a coach.
Before his move to Villa, Heaton spent six years at Burnley and he played 200 games for them. His desire to return to the club in some capacity is quite understandable.
He has been quoted saying by LancsLive: “I think staying in football, hopefully, it will five or six years down the line, but I think it would be difficult to come away from. It is all I have ever done it; I absolutely love it. Coaching and management or something down that line would be great.
“I have got a connection with the football club (at Burnley) and if it is in and around there in the future then that would be fantastic. You never know but it is something that would massively appeal to me.”
Currently, Heaton is recovering from his knee injury and he is expected to be out of action until the start of the next season.
The 33-year-old has been a key player for Dean Smith’s side and Villa have missed him a lot so far. Pepe Reina has been brought in as his replacement but the Spaniard has been inconsistent.
It seems highly unlikely that Heaton will return to action before the end of this season even if the remaining games are delayed for a considerable period of time.
Aston Villa are currently in the relegation zone and Heaton will be hoping that his teammates can beat the drop this season.
He won’t want to play Championship football next season.
It will be interesting to see if Aston Villa can finish the season strongly when football is safe to resume.
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Opinion: UEFA chief's update outlines potential nightmare for Wolves and Leicester

Opinion: UEFA chief's update outlines potential nightmare for Wolves and Leicester – originally posted on Sportslens.com
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has recently claimed that the current football season could be lost if the matches do not resume by the end of June.
Football across the globe has been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic and it will be interesting to see when the European leagues return.
If the season is declared null and void it would be damaging for plenty of clubs who are vying for promotion, trophies and Champions League places.
The likes of Leicester City and Wolves are currently involved in the top four race and they will be thoroughly disappointed with the decision.
Similarly, the likes of Sheffield United could clinch a place in the Europa League and Leeds have a good chance of securing promotion.
None of these clubs will want their hard work this season to go to waste. Playing behind closed doors would be the ideal option if things do not improve soon.
It will be interesting to see what happens in the coming months. Wolves and Leicester City fans will certainly hope that the remaining games are played out regardless of the delay.
Missing out on a top-four finish would not only cost them financially, but it would also affect their transfer plans as well. They are unlikely to attract top quality players without the offer of Champions League football.
Furthermore, they might struggle to hold on to key players like Maddison, Jimenez etc without Champions League football.
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Report: Newcastle ‘would love’ to sign 22 y/o Celtic man, could cost £30m

Report: Newcastle ‘would love’ to sign 22 y/o Celtic man, could cost £30m – originally posted on Sportslens.com
According to Ian Murtagh of the Daily Star, Newcastle United ‘would love’ to bring Odsonne Edouard to St James’ Park and may have to pay £30m to procure his signature.
The 22-year-old initially joined Celtic on a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 and turned the move permanent a year later. He’s gone on to make 126 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating 91 goals.
This season, Edouard has contributed 46 goals in 45 games across the board, 33 of which have come in 27 Premiership outings. His form has led to interest from Newcastle, Olympique Lyonnais and Everton, but Celtic are desperate to keep him in Scotland.
Newcastle are keen to sign Edouard as they’ve struggled for goals this season. The Magpies are the lowest scorers in the division, netting only 25 times in 29 games, while the likes of Andy Carroll, Joelinton and Dwight Gayle only have one goal between them.
Before the season was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, United’s top scorer was Jonjo Shelvey (5). Their second-highest scorer only has two goals.
Steve Bruce has been in talks with his recruitment team and is understandably desperate to complete a deal for the Edouard, but the Daily Star say it may take a £30m bid to sign the Celtic striker.
Stats from Transfermarkt.
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'Levy is destroying the club' – Some Spurs fans fuming after Kane makes admission

'Levy is destroying the club' – Some Spurs fans fuming after Kane makes admission – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has admitted that he could leave the North London club if he doesn’t see them progressing.
The England international was on a Q&A session with Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp on Instagram, and he was honest when answering a question about his long-term future at Spurs.
“I get asked this question a lot, it’s one of them things, I couldn’t say yes, I couldn’t say no,” Kane said.
“I love Spurs, I’ll always love Spurs, but it’s one of them things I’ve always said if I don’t feel like we’re progressing as a team or going in the right direction, I’m not someone to stay there just for the sake of it.
“I’m an ambitious player. I want to become a top top player, so it all depends on what happens as a team and how we progress as a team. So, it’s not a definite I’m going to stay there forever but it’s not a no either.”

Harry Kane says he may leave Tottenham! Wow #thfc pic.twitter.com/eW1yF2nYuW
— Terry Flewers (@terryflewers) March 29, 2020

Kane has been routinely linked with a Tottenham exit since he established himself as one of the most prolific goalscorers, and the likes of Real Madrid, Juventus, Manchester United and Manchester City have all been said to be interested in him.
Premier League legend Alan Shearer reckons the Spurs star could leave if the side don’t win silverware next season, and the player himself has hinted at it.
Kane’s transfer admission has got many Tottenham fans worried, and here is how some of them reacted to it on Twitter:

Levy is destroying the club
— AMD (@7amanikom) March 29, 2020

He’s going, and it’s Levi’s fault!..
— DEANO (@WCGdeano) March 29, 2020

I don't blame him tbh
— Luna (@xsonydays) March 29, 2020

Don’t blame him. Club doesn’t have the same ambition. Levy won’t go 100% for the title. So why should he compromise?
— Amit Patel (@amitsense) March 29, 2020

We won’t show ambition under ENIC and Levy so may as well sell him in the summer
— Moura that (@KJudd82) March 29, 2020

Thats an @ levy saying show some ambition
— Sir Daniel (@StingyLevy) March 29, 2020

He wants to win the PL and we missed our 1 chance, Harry owes us nothing and deep down we know that unless ENIC sell us we have zero chance of any success, Bet Levy is already counting the money he can add to his own wages from the Kane sale, 1 more season of Kane at best
— Andy THFC (@AndyTHFC14) March 29, 2020

Levy has blood on his hands
— nodnod (@Poupoundja) March 29, 2020

We have him for one more season tops. If we haven’t won anything in then next 12 months and we haven’t shown any progression then he will be looking to leave and who could blame him. The ball is in Levy’s court now
— Shay (@ShaySpurs) March 29, 2020

100% agree, hope levy takes it as an opportunity to strengthen around him rather than cash in.
— Lucas Mouras Bald Patch (@leeUkUfc) March 29, 2020

With 136 goals in 198 Premier League appearances for Tottenham to his name, the 26-year-old will definitely not be short of suitors once he becomes available, and the onus is now on chairman Daniel Levy to provide boss Jose Mourinho with the needed funds when the summer transfer window opens.
Spurs are still a couple of signings away from becoming regular title challengers, and how they fare in the next transfer market will have a huge say on their campaign next term.
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'Please come back' – Jesus Perez's tweet has got many Spurs fans talking

'Please come back' – Jesus Perez's tweet has got many Spurs fans talking – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Former Tottenham Hotspur assistant manager Jesus Perez got many fans talking yesterday after putting up this tweet:

If you are a football person please join the challenge of posting a football photo. Just one picture, no description. Please copy the text in your status, post a picture and look at some great memories/pictures. Missing football so very much! pic.twitter.com/jbSa53WFFv
— Jesus Perez (@jesus_perez) March 28, 2020

Unsurprisingly, Mauricio Pochettino’s former right-hand man went with a picture of him and the Argentine manager during their Spurs days, and here is how some of the club’s fans reacted to it:

Legends! pic.twitter.com/FANu9T3kaQ
— Daily Hotspur (@Daily_Hotspur) March 28, 2020

Hope all is well, Jesus #COYS
— Talking THFC (@TalkingTHFC) March 28, 2020

Hope you guys are well 🤍 pic.twitter.com/vduwkTcKrn
— Noz Ahmed (@NozAhmed) March 28, 2020

You guys will always be a part of us. pic.twitter.com/I3WmHrMS4n
— Last Word On Spurs (@LastWordOnSpurs) March 28, 2020

PLEASE COME BACK
— Bazza (@TheGiologist) March 28, 2020

Hope you and Poch are keeping well Jesus! #COYS
— The Spurs Web (@thespursweb) March 28, 2020

Cheers…. I'm crying
— Trevor Lloyd (@Trevorlloyd92) March 28, 2020

I miss you & Poch and the team so much. Hope you’re all keeping well and safe. 🤍
— Georgia (@8winks) March 28, 2020

Hope you guys are well, and staying safe. pic.twitter.com/4MrhMl8yfb
— Harry Hotspur (@HarryHotspurWHL) March 28, 2020

Please come back! I miss u so much
— DT (@KingKane__10) March 28, 2020

The 49-year-old was with Pochettino during his five-year spell at Tottenham, and the duo definitely remain adored by the fans.
Despite not winning silverware at Spurs, both of them led the side to the League Cup and the Champions League, and it won’t come as a surprise if they return to the dugout at one of Europe’s biggest club when next season resumes.
Jose Mourinho has since replaced Pochettino at Tottenham, with 31-year-old Joao Sacramento his assistant.
Both will hope to succeed where Perez and Poch failed, and it will be interesting to see if they can help Spurs win their first piece of silverware since 2008.
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Report: Chelsea star ready to jump ship – summer move to Italy beckons

Report: Chelsea star ready to jump ship – summer move to Italy beckons – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud says he nearly left the club in January and has hinted that a summer exit to Italy could be on the cards.
The 33-year-old has struggled for game time this season, starting just five times for the Blues in the Premier League.
Giroud was tipped to move to Serie A during the last transfer window, with both Inter Milan and Lazio interested in signing him.
The French star ended up remaining at Stamford Bridge, but he has hinted that he could leave the club this summer.
“For me the most interesting project was that of Inter – I had already spoken to (Antonio) Conte who had trained me at Chelsea,” he told TF1.
“I lived six difficult months and I wanted a change, but my club imposed a condition to find a replacement before letting me go.
“I hoped until midnight on January 31st to move to the Nerazzurri or Lazio that came here to London to talk to the club.
“In the end I had to resign myself to the idea of staying. Postponed until June with Inter – who knows?”
Giroud’s contract at Chelsea expires at the end of the season and a parting of the ways looks inevitable with the club being repeatedly linked with other forwards.

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Premier League under pressure to end season, money worries for major clubs

Premier League under pressure to end season, money worries for major clubs – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Major clubs across Europe are working hard to limit the financial impact caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Player salaries are the biggest area of concern, with the top five European leagues paying out around €9 billion annually.
La Liga champions Barcelona have already announced salary cuts for its playing staff, with Atletico Madrid and Espanyol quickly following suit.
Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to lower his annual salary by €3.8m to help the Serie A club pay the wages of other staff.
Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have also cut player salaries as they strive to navigate safely through the crisis.
Premier League clubs will hold a meeting next week to discuss the situation, with a wage deferral one of the issues on the agenda.
Another topic for discussion amongst top flight clubs in England will be whether the current season should actually be completed.
According to The Athletic, some senior officials are pushing for the season to be ended immediately and replayed in full when the coronavirus issue is resolved.
“You look at the people sitting around the Premier League table by Skype – their egos cannot sustain a mirror being held up to them,” said one club official.
“The fact is they are not as important as a Tesco delivery driver at this time. We run a game. No more, no less. There is no place for sport at the moment.”
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Big blow for Arsenal as summer transfer kitty takes a sizeable hit

Big blow for Arsenal as summer transfer kitty takes a sizeable hit – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Arsenal’s hopes of revamping their squad this summer have been dealt a big blow with the news that Mesut Ozil intends to see out his contract at the club.
The 31-year-old still has 15 months left on his £350,000 per week deal and his agent says his client will stay at the Emirates Stadium until it ends.
“I have said it before and I am saying it again that he (Ozil) is really happy where he is at Arsenal,” Erkut Sogut told Goal.
“He still has a contract to go and there is no change. We will see what the future holds when the contract ends but, for now, there is nothing I can say,”
Sogut’s comments are sure to leave manager Mikel Arteta feeling frustrated as he strives to improve Arsenal’s fortunes.
Arteta almost got Ozil off the wage bill during January, but the move was vetoed as Arsenal were unable to sign a replacement.
Ozil has been hugely frustrating during his time at Arsenal and hasn’t come close to justifying his huge salary.
The German playmaker has scored just once in 23 appearances this term, but it appears that Arsenal are going to be stuck with him until the summer of 2021.
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