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Ashley Young dreaming of the World Cup after England recall

Ashley Young’s impressive rejuvenation means the full-back is on the cusp of his first England appearance in more than four years – and dreaming of the World Cup. Gareth Southgate could not fail to have been impressed by the 32-year-old’s rebirth as an attack-minded full-back at Manchester United, especially as the Three Lions boss moves to a back three. Young has been one of Jose Mourinho’s side’s most impressive performers this term and is in line to win his first international cap since coming off the bench in a goalless…

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Ashley Williams vows Everton will take the fight to Arsenal despite involvement in controversial Lyon brawl

Ashley Williams has vowed struggling Everton will take the fight to Arsenal, despite being at the heart of the ugly incident which led to a UEFA charge and a life ban for one fan. Williams shoved Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes into the advertising hoardings during Thursday’s Europa League defeat, leading to an angry tussle involving players from both teams and at least one supporter, who has subsequently been identified and banned. UEFA has initiated a disciplinary case against the Toffees for “aggression by supporters against players” and Merseyside Police have…

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Sympathy, scepticism, Shearer – the end of the Ashley era?

Former Newcastle United winger Chris Waddle says he “feels some sympathy” for Mike Ashley, who has put the Premier League club up for sale. Ashley has been a divisive figure since taking over in 2007, with some fans protesting against the businessman for much of the past decade. The Magpies have twice been relegated from the Premier League under Ashley. “He has been there for 10 years and the fans have never taken to him,” said former England international Waddle. “He has not communicated enough with them or the media…

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Newcastle United: Mike Ashley puts Premier League club up for sale

Newcastle United have been put up for sale with owner Mike Ashley hoping to conclude a deal by Christmas. The Magpies have been relegated twice from the Premier League during Ashley’s 10-year reign. After winning promotion last season, Rafael Benitez’s side are ninth in the top flight after eight matches. “Newcastle United requires a clear direction and a path to a bright and successful future,” a club statement said. Ashley, 53, has been a divisive figure at St James’ Park since taking over in 2007, with some supporters regularly protesting…

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Ashley Young targets Manchester United trophy haul

Manchester United’s utility man Ashley Young insists there will be no targeting of one specific competition this season as they have their sights set on winning everything they can. Towards the end of the previous campaign manager Jose Mourinho, knowing his side were not going to qualify for the Champions League via a top-four place, put all his priorities into the Europa League. It paid off handsomely with victory over Ajax in the final securing a return to Europe’s top table. Having also won the League Cup last season Young…

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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley ready to step aside if wealthier investor comes in

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has revealed he would stand aside if a wealthier investor was interested in taking over – but does not expect to be inundated with offers. A rare interview with Ashley was broadcast on Sunday, shortly after the Magpies were beaten 2-0 by Tottenham on their Premier League return, spanning the entirety of the businessman’s 10-year stint at the helm. And while fans will surely have been interested in Ashley’s conciliatory words towards a number of former managers – including Kevin Keegan, Alan Shearer and Sam Allardyce…

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Joey Barton tells talkSPORT power struggle between Mike Ashley and Rafael Benitez at Newcastle is a dangerous game

Former Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton believes the Magpies are in danger of losing manager Rafael Benitez over a power struggle with owner Mike Ashley. In a rare interview, Ashley told Sky Sports he is unable to give ‘enough money’ to Benitez in the summer transfer window because of a lack of club funding. READ MORE: Joey Barton signs for talkSPORT Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT on Wednesday, Benitez admitted his frustration and unhappiness with his team’s recruitment to date – but pledged his future to the club. Despite the departure…

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