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Arteta seeks PGMOL red card discussion

Mikel Arteta has demanded answers from PGMOL, the Premier League's official refereeing body, about the back of Arsenal's fourth red card in six games. (Author: Gardener)

ArtetaMikel Arteta has demanded answers from PGMOL, the Premier League's official refereeing body, about the back of Arsenal's fourth red card in six games. The Gunners were able to last the final 20 minutes at Wolves without Martinelli to win 1-0 and move up to fifth in the Premier League after top-four rivals Manchester United and Tottenham dropped points earlier in the week. The Gunners have had a long-standing red card problem under Arteta, but with this fourth game in six, the Arsenal boss suggested raising the issue with the group Professional Game Match Officials Limited, which runs refereeing for the Premier League. Wolves 0-1 Arsenal - Match Report How the teams lined up | Match StatsPremier League Matches | Results | Table At his post-match press conference, Arteta said: "I'm not happy with the decisions we've made this season, but that's a discussion I'll have with the officials. "I need an explanation of what happened today. Those discussions will happen soon." Although Arteta was amused by Oliver's decision, he also made it clear that his players must avoid facing similar situations. Asked how he plans to keep his players from being sent off, the said Arsenal manager told BT Sport : "I've run out of ideas." Winning four games like this [after a red card] is extremely difficult. "But today something happened that I've never seen in my career. I'm glad we managed to win the game. "We have to play with 11 players in the last 16 games - that will be the key to give us the best possible chance of winning football games." "I'm proud to be the coach of these lads" Arsenal fought hard throughout the game, which proved to be a rough affair at Molineux against a potential top-four rivals emerged but they dug in to take their first win of the new year and Arteta was delighted with the performance."I'm very happy with the result because it's a great result for us away against a very good team, who makes few mistakes and is very dangerous," said Arteta. "The red card changes the context. Today was another example, but there are so many. I'm proud to be the coach of these players." Situation unhappy with "two strange decisions" Arsenal defender Gabriel's goal proved crucial at Molineux but Wolves demanded it not be allowed. The hosts claimed Alexandre Lacazette fouled goalkeeper Jose Sa in the run-up They also felt hurt when Arsenal's Granit Xhaka headed into his own net, but Raul Jimenez is said to have disrupted the game from an offside position deserved the three points but was let down by the referees."I think we were the better team, the pace we put into the game was very good," he told BT Sport. "In the end we didn't score, but I think we scored [the disallowed goal]. I think it was two strange decisions, both goals. It doesn't justify everything because I think we created a lot of scoring chances. But the situations were very strange, especially our goal. I think the picture is clear. I think it's so clear I don't know if the situation went to VAR. It was a strange decision, I think." Tottenham host Wolves at 2pm on Sunday, while Arsenal are next in action at home against Brentford on Saturday 19 February; kick-off 3pm

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Wright dismisses Arsenal's undisciplined claims and names 'favourites' for fourth place

Ian Wright hit back when it was claimed Arsenal had a "disciplinary problem" after the side beat Wolves, although the 1-0 win made Gabriel Martinelli the fourth player to be sent off in just six games. (Author: Gardener)

WrightIan Wright hit back when it was claimed Arsenal had a "disciplinary problem" after the side beat Wolves, although Gabriel Martinelli became their fourth player to be sent off in just six games in the 1-0 win. Gabriel Magalhaes broke the stalemate midway through the first half at Molineux and the visitors survived a barrage of late attacks to seal all three points with just 10 men on the field, their third away win in the Premier League. The Gunners had to dig deep to secure the win after Martinelli was shown a bizarre red card for two bookable offenses in the same passage of the game in the 69th minute of the clash. The Brazilian's first yellow was for a jab at Daniel Podence and his second came after a foul on Chiquinho just moments later, while Wolves pushed forward in search of an equaliser. It means Arsenal have four players sent off in 2022 and have had a total of 15 red cards since Arteta's reign began in December 2019, seven more than any other Premier League club during that period. Asked if he was concerned about Arsenal's record red card shortly after the win, club legend Wright told Premier League Productions: "Not really, especially when you look at this one and look at what [Granit] Xhaka did. But at the same time you look at them and we're not talking about players flying in and doing dumb challenges and stuff like that. "I think that's what people will try and say, but that's not the case." The result saw Arsenal edge Manchester United into fifth place and Arteta's men are now just a point behind West Ham in the table, but with two games in hand . "It matters a lot because Arsenal are in a place that a lot of people didn't think they were," Wright added. "When the season started with Arsenal signings people said things like, 'He's a waste of money! Why did they spend so much money on him?!” and he kind of has the team … considering how they started, three losses and bottom of the table, and then they started to get it going and the players started to find her feet. 'That was a very, very good performance in terms of digging in and getting a result and now Arsenal just have to do what they do, score a few more goals and see if they can stick with it. "There are people who slip and that's all you can do. Just win your games, if it's 1-0 then it's 1-0. If you go somewhere and play the teams around you, as long as you don't lose, you stick with it and that's all Arsenal have to do now." When asked which club is the favorite for fourth place, Wright replied : 'I'd say West Ham are favourites, because West Ham are right there.' MORE: 'I've run out of ideas!' - Mikel Arteta opens up on Arsenal's lack of discipline after Wolves win

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Mikel Arteta is out of ideas after Gabriel Martinelli picked up the Gunners' fourth red card of 2022

Arsenal held out at Wolves with 10 men for the last 20 minutes to win 1-0 and move up to fifth place; Gabriel Martinelli was sent off for two bookable offenses in the same period; "I've never seen anything like it," Gunners boss Mikel Arteta said after the win (Author: Gardener)

Gabriel MartinelliMikel Arteta admits he has "no ideas" on how to prevent his Arsenal players from being sent off after Gabriel Martinelli was shown the club's fourth red card of 2022. The Gunners were able to last the last 20 minutes at Wolves without Martinelli to win 1-0 and move up to fifth in the Premier League after top-four rivals Manchester United and Tottenham dropped points earlier in the week. Arteta was amused by Oliver's decision and later said he would seek talks about Arsenal's treatment by referees this season, but he also made it clear his players must avoid being put in similar situations. Asked how he plans to prevent his players from being sent off, the Arsenal manager told BT Sport: "I've run out of ideas. "Winning four games like this [after a red card] is extremely difficult. “But today something happened that I have never seen in my career. I'm glad we managed to win the game. I've never seen anything like it." We've got to play with 11 players in the last 16 games - that means that will be key to give us the best possible chance of winning football matches, a discussion I'm going to have with the officials. “I need an explanation for what happened today. Those discussions will take place soon.” Arsenal fought hard throughout the game, which proved a difficult affair against a potential top-four rivals at Molineux, but they dug in to claim their first win of the new year, and Arteta was delighted with the performance. "I'm very happy with the result because it's a great result for us away against a very good team, who rarely make mistakes and are very dangerous," said Arteta. "The red card changes the context. I'm proud to be the coach of these players." Arsenal defender Gabriel's goal proved crucial at Molineux but Wolves demanded it not be allowed. The hosts claimed Alexandre Lacazette fouled goalkeeper Jose Sa in advance. They also felt hurt when Arsenal's Granit Xhaka headed into his own net, but Raul Jimenez is said to have disrupted the game from an offside position. Lage felt his side had done enough to deserve the three points but was let down by the referees. "I think we were the better team, the pace we brought into the game was very good," he told BT Sport. "In the end we didn't score but I think we scored [the disallowed goal]. I think it was two strange decisions, both goals. It doesn't justify everything because I think we created a lot of scoring chances .But the situations were very strange, especially our goal.I think the picture is clear.The striker kicked Jose Sa's hand and they move on and they score after that.I think it's so clear I don't know Whether the situation went to VAR. It was a strange decision in my opinion." Tottenham host Wolves at 2pm on Sunday while Arsenal are next in action at home to Brentford on Saturday 19 February; Kick-off 3 p.m

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The Arsenal star is loved by the club legend and is hoping to play for England at the Women's Euros

Arsenal's Lotte Wubben-Moy is one of those players every fan would want to play for their club. As a childhood fan and proud graduate of th (Author: Gardener)

EnglandArsenal's Lotte Wubben-Moy is one of those players that every fan would want to play for their club. A childhood fan and a proud graduate of the club's Center of Excellence, fans can instantly relate to the 23-year-old defender and she knows exactly what it means to be a gunner. Donning that famous red jersey means a little bit more to her and it won't be long before the chants of "She's one of us" are belted out by the Gunners loyalists. It's fair to say that the England international is living her dream and she also has a famous fan in Gunners legend Ian Wright, who has been a massive champion of both Arsenal and women's football in general. Wubben-Moy hopes more male footballers will follow Wright in the long run. Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, Wubben-Moy said: “My aunt is from Islington; Coming from east London, the London heritage runs deep. “But I'm also a footballer; this is my job. You have to balance your passion as a fan with your motivation and workload as a staff member, and that's the balance I try to find. I love playing for Arsenal and am enjoying this season so far. I don't understand why more male players don't look at the game this way. For me it's just Arsenal and we love it when male fans come to Boreham Wood. "We love it when all the fans come to Boreham Wood because we put on a show and put on a performance that we hope will make the fans proud of us. That's how we live and look at the fans as a whole. We love their support.” It has been a successful season on the pitch for Wubben-Moy so far, with the defender playing regularly under coach Jonas Eidevall, who took over from the outgoing Joe Montemurro last summer. Under Eidevall, Arsenal sit at the top of the Women's Super League ahead of Friday night's top-flight clash against reigning champions Chelsea live on talkSPORT. They have had a promising start to the season with victories against Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United and Wubben-Moy credits Eidevall with their strong start and also the huge impact on their game. She was later selected for England boss Sarina Wiegman's 24-man squad at the inaugural Arnold Clark Cup in February and Wubben-Moy is hoping her performances at club level will help her earn a place in England's squad for this summer's European Championships secure on home soil. "I think if a coach can clearly state what he wants, then that's a recipe for success. He is aggressive and wants to be in the front of the press. I really enjoy playing under him. "I put in the work and the [England's Euros team] is where I want to be. I won't stop working until I get there and I think the performances I'm showing at Arsenal at the moment will help me get there.” Wubben-Moy is already mature beyond her years. “There should be no barriers or obstacles that we as footballers should face. We want to get as many young women into the game as possible and if they watch the game and say 'I can't play because of that' or 'I can't play because of that' then that's the right time it's dangerous for the progress of the game. "We want to make it as comprehensive as possible, and these changes help create the environment and variety that we need in the game. "We still have a long way to go, don't get me wrong. I think one of the biggest things for me is seeing more opportunities for kids around town. There are centers of excellence across the country, but they don't serve the population as a whole. “Female footballers who want to develop their game need to know that there are options and opportunities for them around the corner, rather than two hours away in the car. "That's why I think it's important that we remove the barriers to playing football and progressing the game for young players who want to become players from academies and break through to England." Listen to the full commentary from Chelsea v Arsenal live on talkSPORT, kick-off 7:45 p.m.

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Chelsea v Arsenal is a clash of WSL giants as the Gunners seek revenge for their Cup final defeat

Chelsea and Arsenal are the top two teams in the Women's Super League this season and will go head-to-head in a delicious potential title fight (Author: Gardener)

Chelsea v ArsenalChelsea and Arsenal are the top two teams in the Women's Super League this season and will go head-to-head in a delicious, potentially title-winning clash on Friday. talkSPORT brings you LIVE commentary of the WSL titans clash as the London rivals clash with more than London pride at stake. There will be more incentive for Arsenal as they seek to avenge their recent costly defeat at the hands of their London rivals. The last time the sides met, Emma Hayes' Blues won 3-0 in the Women's FA Cup final in December. Chelsea opened the scoring early as Fran Kirby took advantage of Arsenal's sloppiness and shot their effort into the top corner. Australia star Sam Kerr then scored a second-half brace, including a miss, that secured the club's third FA Cup triumph. Hayes paid tribute to the attacking duo's performance in the game and keeping Blues' goal-hungry forwards calm will be crucial for Arsenal. "I said to Fran I think it's the best thing I've seen play for Chelsea and Sam's confidence is growing. For me she is the best striker in the world. Chelsea currently maintain a strong record against Arsenal since Kerr's arrival at the club in January 2020, winning five of their last seven meetings in all competitions. The Aussie striker scored her first goal for the west Londoners against the Gunners - a header in a 4-1 win that ended Arsenal's dominance in both domestic and cup competitions. Bethany England's brace also helped Chelsea win their first Continental Tires League Cup of the 2019/20 season after they beat Arsenal - the tournament's most successful winner with five - 2-1 in the final. The following season, Hayes' side kick-started their League Cup defense with a 4–1 win over Joe Montemurro's side, lifting the trophy for the second straight season. The Blues also defeated the Gunners 3-0 last February, a result that helped them to the WSL title. Arsenal defeated Chelsea 3-2 in a vibrant opening game this season that kickstarted Jonas Eidevall's tenure as the club's new manager after replacing current Juventus women's head coach Montemurro. The north Londoners put on an impressive league run to secure their place in the last eight of the Champions League before meeting Chelsea in the belated FA Cup final. Since losing the Cup final, Eidevall's side have struggled for consistency - they were eliminated by Manchester United in the quarter-finals of the Continental Tires League Cup and lost seven points in their last five league games. But they go into this game with a two-point lead over Chelsea at the top of the WSL table, which they can extend to five with a win over their rivals, despite the Blues having a game in hand. While Chelsea have Kerr and Kirby, Arsenal have superstar striker Vivianne Miedema in their team, but the Dutchwoman has found it difficult to repeat her scoring streak of the past few weeks - scoring just three goals in nine games in all competitions. Gunners boss Eidevall has introduced his own playing identity, which fans have witnessed, with the side playing some of their best free-flowing attacking football earlier this season. But the 39-year-old manager has demanded time and patience to help his side reach their peak and regain their dominance ahead of this latest showdown at the top of the table in London. "Obviously, I have the belief and imagination that if we start practicing together and honing those relationships, roles and responsibilities, we'll get much, much better together," the boss said. "It's so important to us that we don't think that we're the finished product or a product that can't evolve anymore just because we're halfway through this season. I think we have a never give up mentality... but for me it always starts with belief. Faith creates success. I'm looking forward to it." The London derby offers Eidevall's side an opportunity to resume their best form and could complete a league double against Chelsea as they aim to lift their first WSL crown since the 2018/19 season. Tune in to talkSPORT for LIVE EXCLUSIVE commentary from Chelsea v Arsenal in the Women's Super League: Friday 11 February - kick-off at 19:45

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Gabriel's goal moves Gunners up to fifth despite Gabriel Martinelli's red card in the second half

Match report and free highlights as Gabriel's first-half goal is enough to give Arsenal victory over Wolves at Molineux despite Gabriel Martinelli seeing red (Author: Gardener)

GabrielThe ten-man Arsenal held on to an important 1-0 win at Wolves which saw them fifth thanks to Gabriel's first-half goal. Gabriel Martinelli's red card midway through the second half put heavy pressure on the home side, but Mikel Arteta's men held on to the three points. The goal itself was a convulsive one as Gabriel nudged it over the line from close range after Alexandre Lacazette tangled with Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa. Bruno Lage's side are struggling to form but got renewed hope when Martinelli was sent off in strange circumstances - cautioned twice in the same period. Wolves thought they had leveled instantly when Granit Xhaka put the ball through his own net, but Raul Jimenez had disrupted the game from an offside position. Scoring has been a problem for Wolves all season and could see them sidelined from this race for European places - a race Arsenal now feel well placed to win. West Ham remain the team to call for, but the Gunners are now just a point behind their London rivals with two games in hand. Defensively, Arsenal withstood everything the Wolves threw at them. It's five goals conceded in seven Premier League games for Arteta and his players and with Ben White restored alongside Gabriel the partnership looks particularly strong. They went from cross to cross in the second half, with man of the match Gabriel not afraid to indulge in the dark arts as well - wasting time when it came to getting his team over the line. Only Norwich and Burnley have scored fewer goals than Wolves this season and even those two have caught up with them this week. Wolves had all the territory in the last quarter of the game when Arsenal were down to 10 men. But despite 35 crosses from the open game, they did not break through. Daniel Podence also brought the ball in at pace. Leander Dendoncker is a master at reaching the ball with his head, but lacks the technique to put enough power on the ball. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was proud of Thursday's performance, particularly after being sent off, but has warned his team they must stop losing a man if they want to finish in the top four. He told BT Sport: "It's tough enough playing away against Wolves here and we've made it even harder to play with 10 men again. The result is really positive, we had to win but we suffered in the last 20 minutes.” . "The character, the way we put in, the spirit we showed, how they defended so many difficult situations for so long, I'm really proud of the boys. “We have to play with 11 players in the last 16 games – that will be key to give us the best possible chance of winning football games. Winning games in the Premier League is hard enough, very unlikely with 10 men." Wolves boss Bruno Lage was unhappy with the decisions to allow Arsenal's opener and deny a potential Wolves equalizer after Raul Jimenez was judged to have Interrupting play from an offside position when Granit Xhaka broke his own net."I think we were the better team, the pace we put into play was very good," Lage told BT Sport we didn't score, but I think we scored [the disallowed goal]. "I think it was two strange decisions, both goals. That doesn't justify everything because I think we created a lot of scoring chances. "But the situations were very strange, especially our goal. Tottenham welcome Wolves at 2pm on Sunday, while Arsenal are next in action at home against Brentford on Saturday 19 February, kick-off 3pm.

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Gabriel Magalhaes scores the winning goal as 10-man Arsenal claim victory at Wolves

The Gunners survived a red card shown to Gabriel Martinelli. (Author: Gardener)

Gabriel MagalhaesGabriel Magalhaes breathed new life into Arsenal's Champions League hopes as the 10-man Gunners held on to a dismal win at Wolves. The defender's first-half winner decided a bad-tempered game with a 1-0 win for the visitors. Gabriel Martinelli was sent off for two yellow cards within seconds of two quick fouls in the second half - the Gunners' fourth dismissal in their last six games. However, Wolves failed to capitalize and lost ground in the race for Europe to the visitors, who climbed to fifth in the Premier League. Arsenal overtook Manchester United with their first win since Boxing Day and are now a point behind West Ham with two games in hand. The trip to Dubai in January allowed them to hit the reset button after a chastening few weeks of abandoning the FA Cup and Carabao Cup. The win will give Mikel Arteta renewed confidence that his side can return to the Champions League for the first time since 2016-17. They face a rearranged trip to the Emirates later this month while also playing European hopefuls Tottenham, Leicester and West Ham. Bruno Lage's reserved nature has partly allowed Wolves to sneak under the radar - their stingy defense laid the groundwork for a surprise European attack with goals still elusive. Max Kilman, blocking Ben White's drive, was as good as it got until Arsenal snatched the winner out of the blue five minutes later. Wolves couldn't clear Martinelli's corner and White headed it back over the goal for Jose Sa and Alexandre Lacazette to challenge and collide. The ball then ran to defender Gabriel to score his third goal of the season from five yards out - already his best of a season. Wolves wanted a free-kick but it was more hope than expectation as it was Sa who initiated contact with Lacazette. With four minutes left, Marcal rolled wide, but the Gunners returned fire with the best move of the game. Bukayo Saka charged right and traded passes with Martin Odegaard before switching to Lacazette to shoot straight at Sa. After the restart, Leander Dendoncker missed a header before Chiquinho made his league debut in January as Wolves tried to find the spark that ultimately eluded them. The Gunners were also willing to use the dark arts as they set their sights on victory. Goalscorer Gabriel was cautioned for wasting his time with half an hour to go and a few minutes later the defender, obviously injured, sat down instead of going a meter off the field. But their irritation cost the visitors 21 minutes from time when Martinelli was unnecessarily sent off. The offside flag saved Arsenal from the free-kick, Granit Xhaka turning into his own net only to punish the challenging Jimenez. Despite their disadvantage, the Gunners still created a golden chance to seal the game when Lacazette was sent clear left but curled wide with only Sa to bat. It gave Wolves hope and Ramsdale turned around Romain Saiss' fierce shot as the hosts unsuccessfully lobbed the visitors' goal.

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Martinelli 4/10 almost costs Arsenal vs Wolves

Arsenal have finally scored their first goal of 2022, despite Gabriel Martinelli's error putting three points at risk. (Author: Gardener)

2022Mikel Arteta makes his feelings clear on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's departure from the club to Barcelona. Mikel Arteta makes his feelings clear on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's departure from the club to Barcelona. Arsenal clinched three vital points in the Champions League race on Thursday night as they secured a 1-0 win over Wolves in Molineux. Mikel Arteta's side broke the deadlock after 25 minutes when Gabriel Magalhaes was the first to react to Alexandre Lacazette's pass inside the box after Ben White had initially helped the ball back into harm's way. While Wolves tried to provide a response, they rarely created anything significant until Gabriel Martinelli was sent off after two fouls in one period of play, but the home side saw their potential equalizer from a free-kick quickly go unacknowledged. Arsenal's 10-man side had a great chance moments later when Lacazette picked out a run but the striker could only get the ball wide as he opened up his body. Bruno Lage's side had another promising chance when Chiquinho blitzed the ball over the six-yard box but Rob Holding's clearance helped save a well-deserved clean sheet that night with a win that put Arsenal fifth in the premier league brought league. The Gunners kept the home side at bay despite some impressive exchanges and that laid the groundwork for Arsenal's attack to be able to put the ball into Wolves' territory. Arsenal could have used the ball better in attack. They rarely looked ready to hit the net after their first goal and Lacazette missed his best chance of the second half. Martinelli's dismissal also contributed to Arsenal's disciplinary record that quickly adds up. Mikel Arteta, 7 - Positive team selection saw Arteta field a starting group balanced with a mix of defensive solidity and offensive flair that allowed his game plan to be executed with confidence. The introduction of Emile Smith-Rowe came at just the right time, as did Rob Holding, who excelled when he came on. A save from Romain Saiss was the highlight of his work in the second half, although it was relatively routine. DF Ben White, 6 – White looked composed as he dealt with Wolves' attacks and his shot into the danger area was crucial in Arsenal's goal. DF Cedric Soares, 6 – Struggled at times with the flair of Wolves' wingers, although he didn't make any glaring mistakes that led to a huge chance. DF Gabriel Magalhaes, 7 - The centre-back was under goals after last scoring against Southampton in December and finished the second period from Arsenal's corner well. MF Thomas Partey, 7 - The 28-year-old kept attacks from building up in central areas and was often the man to get out of tackles with the ball. MF Bukayo Saka, 6 – Saka wanted to pressure Wolves and produced some dangerous passes, but struggled to find a steady rhythm through them. MF Martin Ödegaard, 7 - A sharp pass from the Norway international in the attacking third quickly tackled Arsenal's runners, often resulting in a team-mate being able to deliver a ball towards goal. MF Gabriel Martinelli, 4 - Martinelli looked menacing as he made his way away but his final decision resulted in a rally too many times. A red card after two fouls in one phase showed the 20-year-old's inexperience. FW Alexandre Lacazette, 7 - The 30-year-old was isolated for most of the first half but he used the ball skillfully when in possession and provided an important assist for Gabriel to end the ball. MF Emile Smith Rowe, 6 - He ran confidently on the ball but could have used more support up front. DF Rob Holding, N/R - Quick to eliminate danger and read the game exceptionally well when coming on for Saka. FW Eddie Nketiah, N/R - Introduced for Lacazette to add energy up front and help Arsenal maintain a form of press.

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Nottingham Forest fans are divided as Chris Hughton secures a job in Ghana

Former Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton has joined the Ghana national team as an adviser and fans are divided over him (Author: Gardener)

Chris Hughton'Honestly not sure' - Nottingham Forest fans split opinion after news of Chris Hughton surfaced to your inboxSomething went wrong, please try again later. Thanks for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meNottingham Forest fans are divided on Chris Hughton after the former Reds boss landed a new job. Hughton is now technical adviser for the Ghana FA and will start work ahead of next month's World Cup qualifier against Nigeria. The 63-year-old left Forest after the side picked up just one point in their first seven games of the league season. He will now work alongside former Forest midfielder George Boateng for Ghana after being unemployed since leaving the City Ground. Here's what fans had to say after the Hughton news: Me McMe: Given the way Cooper makes him look incompetent, I'm not surprised he's struggling to find work. 1865red : The game has continued since Chris succeeded. Cooper can relate to these young players. Managers like Warnock and Bruce will struggle. MaxT: Steve is doing a great job of making a U-turn and getting out of the relegation zone into the playoffs. What a twist and I hope we really get to grips with it Tricky123 : Honestly I'm not sure what that man was doing at Forest...! Sorry Chris - Great CV but that's about it and all in the past! Nottingham 4444: We had worse managers than Hughton. I'm so glad Steve Cooper came in. That Hughton guy should retire and get away!!!!! stockyred: We've fallen behind under Hughton and might not make the playoffs because of the bad start to the season. Antichrist of attacking football...feel for Ghana. I can't believe he was with Forest this season. Grant Fellows: He was a nice guy but beyond stubborn, he kept playing 4231 with the same tactics, teams didn't even have to research us to win easily. Copper same player and for us from relegation place to promotion contender, good luck to him and good luck to Ghana. Wisheyeddove: Come on folks, show some class. Chris Hughton kept us in that league. He didn't become a bad manager when he joined Forest. Why the players didn't perform for him is almost as big a mystery as where our extra 10,000 backers came from? Maybe the two are related: maybe both only show up when we win. However, the start to this season was as unfathomable as it was unforgivable, especially in light of subsequent events. Hope everything works out for him. How would you rate Hughton's tenure?

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Rice talks about Chelsea's release and how it almost happened again at West Ham

It's well known that Declan Rice was dumped by Chelsea as a teenager, but what many don't know is that West Ham did much the same to him. Less than te (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaDeclan Rice, who was sacked by Chelsea as a teenager, is well known, but what many don't know is that West Ham did almost the same thing to him. Less than ten years ago, Rice wondered what he had done wrong and if he would even have a football career after being sacked by Chelsea as a 14-year-old. All has been going well for Rice, who now plays for West Ham and England, but things could have turned out very differently after telling Gary Neville he was on the verge of being sacked by the Hammers as well. "In the academy it wasn't exactly it was like a basic once or twice a week and they really liked the way I looked and they gave me a six week trial and at the end of the six weeks we played Swindon and Beat they like 9- 1. "Jim Fraser, who was the head of the academy at the time, came up to me and said, 'Look, we want to offer you a contract.' "It was crazy, absolutely incredible, just because I had never played Sunday league football or mini-leagues. "So going from doing nothing to a small full-time program, working out on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and then playing on Sundays was really quite a whirlwind." Over time, Rice was feeling more and more confident in a blue shirt, until one fateful day his Father said that Chelsea was no longer interested in his services. Of course he was upset, but Rice was training with Fulham the same night he heard the news, before leaving for West Ham the next day. "Extremely difficult to be sacked by Chelsea at 14," he added. "[It was] something I didn't expect at all, it was all I ever knew as a kid, it was my whole life going there, training, the buddies I met. "I felt like that was it, I was disappointed, I remember my dad coming home and telling me that was it. "That night I was released, I went and trained with Fulham on Wednesday and on Thursday I was at West Ham. My dad drove me to Chapel Heath and I was devastated but I had to move on and push again." "You know how you tell your friends that Chelsea sacked you?" he added. "That was a tough question... like I said as a kid at Chelsea, it was all I ever knew, so I was like, where am I going to go, what am I going to do from here? "To this day I honestly still don't know exactly why [why they let me go], I wish I had. "I think it was probably because I was tiny as a kid and going through a massive growth spurt at the time. "I think maybe in the end maybe that was what they thought I probably couldn't outgrow it." Rice also revealed that he is now helping those who have been going through the same heartbreak as he has. But just two years after Chelsea's sacking, Rice and West Ham almost parted ways. "It was always very tough for me at West Ham because even they wanted to sack me too," he continued. "I don't think anyone knows. At 16... I don't think I've ever talked about it. "But there were five other guys who got a one-year scholarship and a three-year pro, and I always got a two-year scholarship at the beginning. "When that happened, I knew I had to work to get that pro contract, so I had something I was always pushing for, always pushing me to do better, to do extra work. "And then when I got my first pro contract, I worked so hard for it, I played really well, and I just went on and signed another pro contract within a year. “But I felt like not having that pro contract really helped.

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