Kiwis coach Maguire backs struggling half Johnson for Test recall

The experienced half were left out of New Zealand's squad to play against Tonga. (Author: Gardener)

KiwisKiwis coach Michael Maguire believes Shaun Johnson did not play his last game for the team, despite the halfback being dropped for the June Test against Tonga. Maguire has named eight potential debutants in a 25-man squad set to gather in Auckland next week. Johnson will have his job cut out to reclaim his place in such a deep squad with plenty of NRL talent. He's been an anchor for the side for the past 10 years but has had to fight his way back to a black and white jersey. Maguire hopes Johnson can overcome his club difficulties as his lack of form for the Warriors in recent weeks has led to reports he could potentially retire later this year. "Whether you're at the beginning of your career or at the other end, you're always challenged, he rises to that challenge and what's ahead," Maguire said. "He wants to try to play a good footy for the Warriors first and the rest will take care of itself, he'd be the first to acknowledge that," Jones said. Maguire expects the 31-year-old Test veteran to bounce back and he's confident fans will still see the best of him. For a player of his caliber who knows what he's capable of, he'll work his way through his next 10 games and find his form," he said. Johnson's omission has opened the door for standout Parramatta Eels halfback Dylan Brown, who is expecting will form an impressive backbone with Melbourne Storm's Jahrome Hughes and hooker Brandon Smith." Joey is a very special talent and I have no doubt that we'll be talking about Joey and the Kiwi shirt for years to come. It's just unfortunate that we haven't had any friendlies in recent years," said Maguire. Maguire admits he has been blown away by the development of his players over the past two years, with eight new faces in the squad marking a fresh start for the Kiwis. "I think everyone can see that there are a lot of players from New Zealand. The depth of what we have within the sections of the Kiwi team continues to grow," Maguire said. “We have a good range of younger players coming in as you can see from the list of players we have there. It's exciting that we have the seniors, but the next generation of young men coming through is pretty exciting. Cronulla Sharks winger Ronaldo Mulitalo is another called up to the Kiwis squad. The twice-eligible Superstar was one of the form players in the NRL. There was quite a bit of noise about which direction he was going in," Maguire said. "Every time I've spoken to Ronaldo, he's been keen to represent the Kiwis and now he's going to get the opportunity.


Spurs agree £30m deal for Bissouma with Brighton

All the latest Tottenham transfer news, rumors and gossip... (Author: Gardener)

TottenhamAntonio Conte clearly has the support of Spurs board, writes Paul Gilmour Wrapping up the Tottenham transfer news, rumors and gossip in summer window 2022. Tottenham agree £30m deal to sign Bissouma Tottenham have a deal worth £30m Pounds agreed to sign Yves Bissouma from Brighton. The midfielder will undergo a medical at Spurs on Thursday. Arsenal, Aston Villa and Everton were among the other clubs interested in signing the midfielder this summer. Spurs interested in Udinese defender Udogie Tottenham are interested in signing Udinese left-back Destiny Udogie, according to Sky Italy. Spurs director of football Fabio Paratici has met with representatives from Udogie, who are currently in London working to lower Udinese's rating. Tottenham still want Inter Milan centre-back Alessandro Bastoni and their chances of signing him could depend on how much money Inter can raise through other sales. Bastoni's agent said the player is staying at the San Siro - and Inter want to keep him. Tottenham are in advanced talks about signing Djed Spence from Middlesbrough. Spurs are among the frontrunners in signing the player and are keen to assert themselves against other contenders to bolster the full-back position. The club are aware that they need to expand their roster of homegrown players. Spurs have already signed two of the expected six or seven new signings this summer in Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster. Kane ready to sign new Spurs deal Harry Kane is reportedly ready to sign a new contract at Tottenham. The England captain pushed for a move to Manchester City last summer and is said to have turned down a contract extension shortly after reluctantly conceding he would stay at Spurs. But the Evening Standard claims Kane is now delighted with Spurs' progress under Antonio Conte and is increasingly hoping he can fulfill his ambitions of lifting a trophy with his boyhood club next season. Kane is yet to hold talks with the club with two years left on his current contract and has been focused on securing Champions League qualification. 'Spurs are clearly backing Conte this summer' "Following the news that Tottenham have invested £150m in equity in the club, the club are clearly backing Antonio Conte in the transfer market this summer. "They will be targeting multiple positions including goalkeeper in center full-back, full-back, central midfielder and a forward. You have to find the right balance with local players. "Conte wants more depth in the squad and he also wants to add experienced players, a shift from recent times when Spurs have been targeting younger players." Fabio Paratici can do no wrong at the club at the moment. Spurs recently turned down a chance to sign a talented Premier League player because their research highlighted concerns he could be a disruptive influence." Raphinha - Leeds United winger Raphinha is reportedly attracting interest from both Arsenal and Tottenham as Barcelona may not be able to fund such a deal Summer (Daily Mail 15 June) Richarlison - Everton want more than £50m for Tottenham's target Richarlison, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are also chasing the Brazilian International team (Daily Mail 13 June) Striker Richarlison in deal worth £51million (Mail on Sunday 12 June) Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are interested in Everton striker Richarlison who has admitted he ponders his future on Merseyside (Daily Mail 31 May) faces an uncertain future ahead of a possible departure from Goodison Park this summer d a Tottenham, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain interested in Brazilians (Daily M ail, May 27); Tottenham could make a treble at Everton this summer, with Antonio Conte reportedly interested in Richarlison, Ben Godfrey and Anthony Gordon (The Sun, May 13). Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has arrived in London to meet with Tottenham and Chelsea over potential transfers (Daily Mail, June 11). “A left centre-back is a priority, but a right-back, a central midfielder and a striker are also targeted – (The Sun, June 10). Marcus Rashford - Manchester United have turned down an offer from Tottenham for England striker Rashford. Gabriel Jesus - Manchester City have offered forward Jesus to Arsenal's bitter rivals Tottenham to thwart Mikel Arteta's summer transfer plans. Alessandro Bastoni - Spurs in talks with Inter Milan to sign centre-back Bastoni (Sky Sports News, June 7); Tottenham's hopes of signing Alessandro Bastoni have been boosted by his representative (Sunday Times, June 5); Bastoni's move to Tottenham has stalled as the defender tries to balance his desire to stay at Inter Milan against a reunion with his former manager Antonio Conte (Daily Express, June 4); Tottenham have been told they need to raise £54m to sign defender Bastoni from Inter Milan (Daily Express, June 1). Christian Eriksen - Christian Eriksen has decided to take on a new challenge as he prepares to wave goodbye to Brentford amid interest from Tottenham and Man United (Daily Express, June 13). A leaked image has revealed that Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are among several clubs with scouts watching Monday's UEFA Nations League game between Austria and Denmark. Both United and Tottenham have been credited with an interest in Christian Eriksen ahead of the summer transfer window (Daily Express, June 7). Raheem Sterling - Sterling is considering letting his contract expire and leaving Manchester City on a free transfer next summer rather than join Tottenham or Arsenal for a fee (Sunday Mirror, June 5). Paulo Dybala - Tottenham are set to turn down the chance to sign Juventus striker Dybala after he demanded £280,000-a-week to join him on a free transfer when his contract expires this summer (Daily Mail, June 4). Gleison Bremer - Torino director Davide Vagnati is preparing to fly to north London this week to discuss a deal with Spurs for defender Gleison Bremer, according to reports (Daily Mail, June 14); Tottenham will turn their attention back to Torino's Bremer, recently named Serie A Defender of the Year, if they fail to secure a deal with Inter Milan's Alessandro Bastoni (Daily Mail, June 3). Milan Skriniar - Manchester United and Tottenham have been dealt a major blow after Skriniar sealed his future at Inter Milan when he outlined his career plan (Daily Express, June 2). Filip Kostic - Tottenham's signing of Ivan Perisic will not stop them from pursuing Eintracht Frankfurt full-back Kostic (The Times, June 1). Nordi Mukiele - Tottenham are one of several clubs keeping an eye on right-back Mukiele, who has already decided to leave RB Leipzig this summer (Sunday Mirror, May 29). Djed Spence - Tottenham will battle Nottingham Forest for the signing of £15m Middlesbrough full-back Spence (Daily Telegraph, June 1); Tottenham will play Arsenal against Spence (The Sun, May 28). Malcolm Ebiowei - Derby starlet Ebiowei is at the center of a four-way battle between Manchester United, Newcastle, Tottenham and Crystal Palace as he moves closer to a decision on his future (Daily Mail, May 27). John McGinn - Aston Villa and Scotland midfielder John McGinn is on a shortlist of transfer targets drawn up by Tottenham (Daily Telegraph, May 19). Martin Terrier - Tottenham have reportedly made a proposal to Rennes striker Martin Terrier as Antonio Conte eyes a prolific replacement for talisman Harry Kane (Daily Express, May 18). Konrad Laimer - Arsenal and Tottenham are said to have 'checked' RB Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer (Daily Express, May 12). Sven Botman - Manchester United and Tottenham are believed to be involved in the race to land Lille defender Botman, a long-term goal for Newcastle United (Daily Express, June 9). Sonny Perkins - Aston Villa, Tottenham and Leeds United are all embroiled in a battle over West Ham's teenage striker Perkins, who is headed for a move after failing to agree on a new contract (The Guardian, June 10). The latest players linked to a Tottenham exit Cameron Carter-Vickers - Carter-Vickers will join Celtic permanently this summer after a successful loan - (Daily Mirror, June 10); The US defender is waiting for Celtic and Tottenham to reach an agreement on his long-term future after personally agreeing a permanent deal with the Premiership champions (Daily Record, June 2). Steven Bergwijn - Bergwijn has admitted he wants to leave Tottenham this summer with a move to Dutch giants Ajax on the horizon (The Sun, June 6); Ajax are set to increase their offer for Spurs striker Bergwijn by offering £18m for the Netherlands international this week (Sunday Mirror, June 5); Tottenham have rejected a £17m offer from Ajax for winger Bergwijn (Daily Mail, June 4); Ivan Perisic's arrival at Tottenham could spell the end of Bergwijn's time in north London, although a move to Ajax may now be out of the question now that admirer Erik ten Hag has joined Manchester United (Daily Express, May 30). Harry Kane - Harry Kane is reportedly ready to sign a new contract at Tottenham (Evening Standard, May 26); Tottenham and England legend Teddy Sheringham expects 'top pro' Harry Kane to remain on the pitch ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar this summer (The Sun, May 18). Jack Clarke - Sunderland are looking to re-sign Tottenham youngster Clarke after his successful loan spell at Wearside (Daily Mirror, June 2). Harry Winks - Sevilla are planning a £20m move for Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks after he was told he would not feature in Antonio Conte's first-team plans (The Sun, May 31). Tottenham have valued midfielder Winks at £25m with the England international set to leave this summer (Daily Mail May 27). What's new on Conte's future? Antonio Conte is preparing for next season at Tottenham after talks with football CEO Fabio Paratici on Friday. Conte has been told that the club are aiming to sign at least six or seven players as Spurs try to back the Italian in the transfer market (Sky Sports News, May 27). Follow the summer transfer window with Sky Sports Who will be on the road this summer when the transfer window opens on June 10th and closes at 11pm on September 1st? Keep up to date with the latest transfer news and rumors on our dedicated Transfer Center blog on Sky Sports' digital platforms.


Tottenham have agreed a £25m deal with Brighton for the midfielder, who will undergo a Spurs medical on Thursday

Yves Bissouma will undergo a medical at Tottenham on Thursday after agreeing a £25m deal with Brighton; Midfielder has one year left on contract at Brighton; the 25-year-old is set to become Spurs' third summer signing; Arsenal, Aston Villa and Everton had all been interested in the Mali international (Author: Gardener)

ThursdayTottenham have agreed a deal worth £25million to sign Yves Bissouma from Brighton, the midfielder will undergo a medical at Spurs on Thursday. The 25-year-old has just a year left on his contract at Brighton but is now set to become Tottenham's third summer signing after goalkeeper Fraser Forster and Ivan Perisic joined earlier this month. Arsenal, Aston Villa and Everton were among the other clubs interested in signing the Mali international this summer after Brighton rejected an offer from Aston Villa for Bissouma in the January transfer window. But Spurs eventually signed Tanguy Ndombele in a club-record deal from Lyon, while Bissouma joined Brighton for around £15m, where he shone after 124 appearances for the Seagulls. Tottenham boss Antonio Conte was particularly impressed with Bissouma following his performances against Spurs last season. Spurs are among the frontrunners in signing 21-year-old Spence, who helped Nottingham Forest climb to the Premier League on loan last season. Tottenham are keen to outperform other rivals to strengthen the full-back position and a decision on his future could come in the next few days once he returns from England Under-21 duty. Spurs are clearly backing Antonio Conte in the transfer market this summer following the news that Tottenham have injected £150m in equity into the club. They have targeted multiple positions including goalkeeper, centre-back, full-back, central midfielder and a forward. Spurs have already completed two of their expected six or seven signings this summer in Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster. Conte wants more depth in the squad and he also wants to add experienced players, a change from the past when Spurs have been targeting younger players. Spurs recently turned down the chance to sign a talented Premier League player because their research highlighted concerns he could be a disruptive influence. It will be an exciting summer for Tottenham with the club backing Conte as they look to overhaul a squad capable of challenging on all fronts next season. New full-backs on the right and left will be a priority for the Italian, with these positions fundamental to his tactical system. Despite the improvement under Conte, doubts remain about right-backs Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty, so a move for Middlesbrough's Djed Spence makes sense after his impressive loan spell at Nottingham Forest. On the left, with Sergio Reguilon out of favor and heading for the exit door, it's no surprise Spurs have signed Ivan Perisic on a free transfer from Inter Milan to provide experienced competition for Ryan Sessegnon. The move for the 33-year-old Croatian allows a large chunk of Tottenham's money to be spent on a high-profile centre-back, with Inter Milan defender Alessandro Bastoni looking to be the early frontrunner for Conte and Paratici. Inter team-mate Milan Skriniar could also be on the shortlist as the club held talks with Inter over the Slovakian two years ago, while Villarreal's Pau Torres is another previously linked with Tottenham. Midfield has been a major problem for Spurs in recent seasons and the club should look to sign at least two new midfielders, most notably Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Harry Winks, who will all depart this summer. But it would be a different story for Southampton's James Ward-Prowse, who would likely prove too expensive, so Conte and Paratici look like they've settled on Brighton's Yves Bissouma. In attack, the future of Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura is uncertain, particularly the Dutchman who has not made an impact since joining from PSV Eindhoven, leaving Spurs needing to sign a striker. The front three of Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son and Dejan Kulusevski are currently untouchable so the club will ideally need to sign a versatile attacker who can fit into any of those positions when needed. Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus is certainly the forward Spurs could use if he is linked with the Brazilian, but he will likely want to leave the Premier League champions to become the star of another team.


Maguire was still focused on the Premier League goal

Michael Maguire has a burning ambition to return to the ranks as NRL head coach and believes he still has what it takes to lead a side to yet another Premiership. (Author: Gardener)

Premier League'I'm not done with the NRL': Maguire still focused on Premiership goal We're sorry, this feature is currently unavailable. We are working to restore it. 'I'm not done with the NRL': Maguire still focused on Premiership goal, register or subscribe to save articles for later. Michael Maguire has a burning ambition to return to the ranks as NRL head coach and believes he still has what it takes to lead a side to yet another Premiership. The Wests Tigers have sacked Maguire after three and a half years at the helm and are now looking for a replacement. The club gave Panther assistant Cameron Ciraldo a tour of its facilities on Monday in hopes he will take the job from next year. The Bulldogs are also vying for his services starting next season. Maguire has thrown himself into his job as Kiwis coach, naming a strong side on Wednesday that includes the spine combination of Jahrome Hughes, Brandon Smith, Dylan Brown and Joseph Manu for next weekend's Test against Tonga. While his main focus is that international and the upcoming World Cup, the Premier League-winning mentor keeps hoping for another crack in the NRL. "Whether it's international or NRL level, [coaching] is something I enjoy doing," Maguire told the Herald. "If I'm fortunate enough to grab another opportunity, I'll get involved, no different than before." I coach now and wherever the coaching journey takes me, it will find itself. "I'm lucky to be able to follow in international footsteps now and that's my next role, we'll see what we can achieve at this level." I love coaching teams and players, building a strong staff, so [the NRL] is something I'm obviously very passionate about doing.” Maguire is one of the few league coaches to have won Premierships in both hemispheres, with Wigan and South Sydney. He believes more Premiership success is possible if he gets another crack. "It's definitely a goal of mine to do it again," he said. "I've tracked it in two countries and I remain hungry to catch it again. It makes so many people form a bond that you have for life. Maguire is the third coach to change this season after Trent Barrett and Nathan Brown parted ways with the Bulldogs and Warriors, respectively. It's a job I do because it's about achievement, it's about achieving. Sometimes the timing of where you are, how things work, the premise of where you are in the organization itself matters. "You have to constantly strive to find a group that's ready to go." Note that he ended up with the Tigers, Maguire said he remains passionate about the work and the game. "That's why I'm jumping straight into what I'm doing now," he said. “I've been able to talk and meet with a lot of the Kiwi players and take a look at what they're trying to achieve. "What they want to achieve, how they want to do things, that's what I like to be around." Stream the NRL Premiership 2022 live for free on 9Now., register or subscribe to save articles for later. Adrian Proszenko is the Chief Rugby League Reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald.


Martin Keown tells Erik ten Hag to have faith in Man Utd's struggling star

Arsenal icon Martin Keown has defended Harry Maguire after the Manchester United captain endured a difficult season off and on the pitch. (Author: Gardener)

Martin KeownArsenal icon Martin Keown has defended Harry Maguire after the Manchester United captain endured a difficult season off and on the pitch. Almost every United player struggled for form in 2021/22 as the club slipped to sixth place and the lowest points in Premier League history, but it was Maguire who was singled out for much of the criticism. The 29-year-old was booed by England fans during internationals in March and received a bomb threat the following month in what the player described as a serious transgression. Keown wholeheartedly agrees, writing in his column for MailOnline: "The criticism of Harry Maguire and the way his career has been picked apart by people who think they know better is disrespectful. "Fans and pundits can offer constructive criticism, but sometimes it feels like comments about Maguire fall more into the abuse category, and that's wrong. 'This is a good player who has taken on the pressure of managing Manchester United and a centre-back who has earned Gareth Southgate's trust by being reliable. "Maguire is more than capable of getting out of this difficult period and enjoying his career again." Maguire will be hoping to get back on form ahead of next season in order to gain the confidence of new Red Devils coach Erik ten Hag , and Keown winning has prompted the Dutchman to play to his captain's strengths. "The way Ralf Rangnick wanted him to play in a pressing system with a high defensive line was different for Maguire and he looked a little uncomfortable with that," he added. "You hope Erik ten Hag will use him correctly when you see United conceding less than a goal per game in the stats and losing only twice if Maguire and Raphael Varane start together." Find more stories like this on our sports page. Follow Metro Sport for the latest news


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Martie Maguire of The Chicks says: "We felt we were making a strong statement with the 2020 name change".

Martie Maguire of The Chicks says: "We felt we were making a strong statement with the 2020 name change". (Author: Gardener)

Martie MaguireMartie Maguire, Natalie Maines and Emily Strayer attend an event before their name change. The Chicks are now all over the place as they promote their first tour since dropping the "Dixie" from their name amid the Black Lives Matter social justice demonstrations in June 2020. At the time, they said in a statement that they wanted to "meet" that moment." In an interview published Tuesday in the Chicago Sun-Times, Martie Maguire reiterated that the three members -- she, her sister Emily Strayer, and frontwoman Natalie Maines -- took a while to move into considered before making it official." While we knew our fans knew us and knew our hearts and knew there was no ill intent, we felt like we were going to make a strong mark as a band [by we're going to make the name change]," Maguire told the newspaper. The Chicks had long explained that their name, which contained this reference to the Civil War-era South, came from the 1973 song "Dixie Ch icken” was inspired by Little Feat. And as Strayer told The Guardian in July 2020, the trio grew suspicious of the "racist rhetoric" thrown around in 2016 as they embarked on their final tour. The Chicks have teased that their new concert tour, which has been postponed because of the pandemic, will get political. While acknowledging in the Sun Times interview that the Chicks are being referred to as "the first people of the break-up culture," Maines said she doesn't believe the group was actually canceled. "It's interesting that people don't really understand the ridiculousness of [cancel culture]," Maines added. Strayer added that if someone says they hate a politician, for example, they are simply expressing their opinion. "For me," Strayer said, "that's unlike how we noticed 12 racist tweets from five years ago before you became famous. I mean people have to be accountable. But at the same time, it's the people with the pitchforks and the 'I'll go get them' attitude that's really annoying."


Maguire was booed by England fans after coming on as a substitute in the humiliating defeat by Hungary

Harry Maguire was sneered at by English fans after coming on as a substitute in the closing minutes of Tuesday night's surprise 4-0 defeat by Hungary at Molineux (Author: Gardener)

HungaryHarry Maguire was booed by England fans after coming on as a substitute in the humiliating defeat by Hungary. Harry Maguire was sneered at by English fans after he was brought on as a substitute in the closing minutes of Tuesday night's 4-0 defeat by Hungary at Molineux. Harry Maguire was booed England fans after coming on as a substitute in Thursday night's 4-0 loss to HungaryFor the latest on the pitch sign up for our football newsletterSomething went wrong please try again later. Thanks for subscribing!We have more newslettersSee meHarry Maguire was vigorously booed by the English fans after coming on as a substitute in the final minutes of Tuesday night's embarrassing 4-0 defeat by Hungary. The result means England's nightmarish start to the new UEFA Nations League season continues, with Gareth Southgate's side still bottom of Group A3. But England failed to find that elusive first win of the new season at Molineux - and instead ended up in shock. England fans were less than impressed by their side's second-half surrender - and they let their frustration boil over when Maguire was introduced by Southgate as a late substitute. The Manchester United captain has been completely out of shape this season and has been booed all around as he jogged onto the pitch. Fans vented their anger at the Three Lions boss both before and after the late move with deafening chants of "you don't know what you're doing" to cap a miserable night for the ex-Middlesbrough boss. How do you rate England's performance against Hungary? It was a night to forget for England and Gareth Southgate After the game, England captain Harry Kane made no apologies for a poor performance. He told Channel Four: "It was a disappointing night. In the first half I thought we created enough scoring chances but so far it's been the story of our Nations League. "But the second half is unacceptable after we were 2-0 down had fallen behind to admit as we did. But there is no time to panic, we need to keep our heads up, look forward to a break and come back stronger in September. It's our first major defeat in a long time. It's a night to forget, but you have to take it seriously."


Johnson fell as Maguire names a newly minted Kiwis squad to play Tonga

The squad features many new names and some glaring absences. (Author: Gardener)

JohnsonKiwis coach Michael Maguire has named eight potential debutants and left some veteran fighters in his squad to take on Mate Ma'a Tonga later this month at Mt Smart Stadium. Maguire has opted for a mix of new blood and older minds in his broader group of 25, with some notable omissions from the side who last played in November 2019 when they beat Great Britain 23-8 in Christchurch. There is no place for 32-Test veteran Shaun Johnson, who has struggled for form with the Warriors in recent weeks, while longtime Kiwi-half Kodi Nikorima has also been left out. Manly Sea Eagles halfback Kieran Foran was recalled and added some Testing experience to the spine, alongside Melbourne Storm ace Jahrome Hughes and Sydney Roosters star Joseph Manu, who is expected to switch from his regular role at centers to full-back. The addition of Brisbane full-back Te Maire Martin takes his remarkable comeback from a brain hemorrhage to another level, with the 26-year-old being rewarded for the key role he played in the Brisbane Broncos' recent form. There is only one Warriors player in the roster, with utility back Dallin Watene-Zelezniak being the only inclusion from the New Zealand side. An injury has forced veteran Jared Waerea-Hargreaves out of the game, while Tohu Harris has been left out to ease his workload on returning from a long layoff for the Warriors. Parramatta Eel's half Dylan Brown will finally get his chance to don the black and white jersey as one of the players to break through in the NRL since the Kiwis last game. The long-awaited return of the national team comes with an upcoming World Cup in England later this year, where the Kiwis will look to claim their second title. "With the quality of Kiwi talent on display across the NRL we are in a strong place as we try to lay a solid foundation ahead of next October's Rugby League World Cup." The numerous changes to the squad , who last played in late 2019, reflect the new breed of Kiwi talent emerging across the NRL, Maguire added. "This squad has an exciting mix of fresh talent and experienced Kiwis who are having some of their best seasons," he said. "We have a strong backbone of leaders throughout the group who play a crucial role in the team, especially when these new guys come through." will be something special.”


Maguire's position is under threat from three Man Utd players including Fernandes as showdown talks with Ten Hag await

Maguire's role at United is under threat from a three-star move, although the defender is hoping showdown talks with the new boss will spare his blush. (Author: Gardener)

FernandesHarry Maguire could be stripped of the Man Utd captaincy with three viable alternatives, although he hopes showdown talks with Erik ten Hag will spare his blush, according to a report. Maguire was named Man Utd captain within six months of arriving from Leicester. The 29-year-old cost a world-record sum for a defender, although his performances last season didn't justify his hefty price tag. Maguire has been as big a factor in their struggles as anyone with his 57 goals conceded conceding another new low in the last 30 years. Erik ten Hag was chosen as the man to lead the reconstruction. Speculation has led to one of his early decisions being to strip Maguire of the captaincy and appoint someone else. Maguire's place in the starting XI is far from secure if Manchester United get a new centre-back. Now, according to the Mirror report, Maguire is set to hold Showdown talks with the new manager over his position as captain of the club. Maguire is currently on international duty and will seek clarification from Ten Hag once he returns to pre-season training. That stems from the long campaign in which he played for both club and country. However, should Ten Hag approve a move, three "viable alternatives" will already be mentioned in the ranks. Experienced trio David de Gea, Raphael Varane and Bruno Fernandes are the three the Mirror claim could make the step up. Maguire's form has plummeted over the past season and doubts have been raised over his suitability for Ten Hag. The Dutchman demands mobility, ball security and one-on-one ability from his defenders. He's not getting any younger at 29 and United need to give Ten Hag time to transform the club in his image. Maguire will no doubt feature in Ten Hag's early seasons at the club, although his long-term viability is another matter entirely. Losing the captaincy would be a bitter pill, especially when the Mirror claim Maguire is keen to keep the armband. But if Ten Hag pulls the trigger, it could be a sign his days at Old Trafford are numbered. Article Maguire position threatened by three Man Utd players including Fernandes as Showdown await Ten Hag talks appeared first on