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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Carrzone: More skirmishing between rivals Koeman and Van Gaal

BARRY MCGUIGAN
BARRY MCGUIGAN
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Will Ronald Koeman's recent remarks about Louis Van Gaal ultimately prove more damaging for Manchester United than the second loss of three points to Swansea?

Describing his one-time boss at Barcelona as "someone who thinks he knows everything", Koeman claims, "The players have a fear for Mister Gaal. That is not always good…Players need a manager who is calmer than Van Gaal."

Those seeking to understand Man United's uncertain performances have been handed a potentially lethal explanation by Van Gaal's bitter former assistant.

Koeman and Van Gaal famously fell out on an Ajax pre-season trip to England. Koeman was head coach. As technical director, Van Gaal attempted to impose himself on Koeman who'd already won two titles.

"From that moment on, it was a real battle between us," he says in his autobiography.

Frampton prepares to storm America after Avalos bout

Bernard DUNNE and David Haye will be on the panel for ITV's live coverage of Carl Frampton's world title defence against Chris Avalos in Belfast on Saturday.

Frampton's manager Barry McGuigan (inset) knows his way around boxing promotion. His own title fight against Eusebio Pedroza in 1985 attracted 18 million viewers. Frampton's bout will be ITV's first live primetime boxing since 2008.

ITV boss Niall Sloane says: "Broadcasters go through periods when some sports work and some don't. The model that Barry proposed works. Carl is an exciting fighter."

Targeting the American market for Frampton, the promoter will also have veteran boxing analyst Al Bernstein at ringside.

US ring legend Michael Buffer, who's earned a reported €350 million from having trademarked his catchphrase "Let's get ready to rumble", will host the big fight and also act as master of ceremonies at the weigh-in at the Europa Hotel at noon on Friday, an event that's open to the public.

 

Bohemians are planning pure poetry this season

If a football club was to appoint a Poet-in-Residence then surely, on name alone, Bohemian FC would be poised to make the perfect match.

Bohemian and poetry go together like Baudelaire and decadence and conjure up images of English beat poet Michael Horovitz compiling the early 1970s epic The Woverhampton Wanderer.

So the appointment of Lewis Kenny as Poet-in-Residence in Bohs' 125th anniversary year presents an exciting challenge for the man who wrote "I remember the war chants of Dalymount Park" in his poem Cabra, which featured on RTé's The Works.

Football and poetry have come a long way from when classical scholar AE Housman wrote "Is my team still ploughing…" Although I suppose Bohs fans will reckon anything's better than the old, "All I've got's my sunny afternoon, in a Milltown Shed."

 

Chelsea champions, official?

It's only February and, currently five points adrift of the leaders at the top of the Premier League, Manchester City don't appear capable of capitalising on a few less than convincing Chelsea performances. City fans probably don't need reminding that a prominent firm of bookies have already paid out on Chelsea as champions. That was in November, after just 11 games. Can City put a challenging run together?

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