Sunday 20 October 2019

In Brief: Jones apology for Whelan

Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones has apologised to team-mate Glenn Whelan after smashing his car windscreen in a mistaken act of retribution for a training-ground prank which went wrong.

Jones revealed he had spoken to team-mates yesterday, including Whelan, after he found a pig's head wrapped in his clothes at the club's training ground on Friday. The 28-year-old reacted by smashing Whelan's windscreen, but he was left to apologise and offer to pay for the damage after the Republic of Ireland international insisted he was not involved.

CARRAGHER IN COACHING HINT

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher will bring the curtain down on a 16-year playing career today, but he has not ruled out making a return to the game in a coaching capacity.

The 35-year-old, due to lead the side out on his 737th appearance for the club against QPR, will become a television pundit next season.

However, he accepts nothing will ever replace the buzz of the dressing-room, and the only job which will come close would be as a coach.

"I am sure I will [miss it]. I love the dressing-room and getting yourself up for big games,'' said Carragher. "There is nothing better than being successful and achieving things with your mates – they were great times for us.

"It is very difficult to replace that whatever job you go into. The closest is probably coaching and managing, so I suppose if I do miss it so much I will look to get back in at some stage.''

ALLARDYCE KEEN TO KEEP CARROLL

WEST HAM manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed he is keen to retain the services of on-loan Liverpool striker Andy Carroll and hopes a deal can be finalised as soon as possible.

Carroll joined the Hammers from Liverpool on a one-year loan deal in August.

"He has shown everybody what he can do and he has massive potential to grow into a very good player if he ends up back here with us," Allardyce said ahead of today's clash with Reading.

SWANS AIM TO BE BEST OF REST

Michael Laudrup has urged his Swansea side to remain motivated and claim a victory against Fulham which could see them finish best of the rest in the Premier League.

"Winning could get us eighth position, which in my world is winning the championship because we cannot really touch the seven teams above us,'' said Laudrup.

O'BRIEN COULD STAY WITH BLUES

Waterford United have announced that they accepted the resignation offered by manager Paul O'Brien before Friday night's Airtricity League Division One

game against Wexford Youths.

But he could remain within the club in a coaching role. A further announcement on an interim manager will be made in the coming days.

HUMMELS IN RACE FOR FINAL

Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels will be battling to be fit for the Champions League final against Bayern Munich after limping off in the 2-1 Bundesliga defeat to Hoffenheim in yesterday's season finale.

"For the Champions League final, there are concerns about Hummels,'' said manager Jurgen Klopp.

Dortmund are already battling to get midfielder Mario Goetze fit in time with the player recovering from a muscle injury picked up in the semi-final against Real Madrid.

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