Danny Caro

What next for Avram as it appears that nobody wants him

By Danny Caro, February 12, 2009

It’s amazing what a bit of player power can do, isn’t it? It appears that this is what stopped Avram Grant taking charge of Chelsea and presumably Portsmouth with Guus Hiddink and former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson the preferred choice of the senior players. I’m sure that Bill Shankly and Brian Clough will be turning in their graves.

I’m glad Grant did not go back to Chelsea, in any capacity. There is an old adage that suggests you should never go back, that returning to an old haunt is never a sustainable notion.

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Cup games in fixture log-jam

By Danny Caro, February 12, 2009

The JC Cyril Anekstein Cup has been put on hold after the cold snap forced all but one scheduled match in Jewish football to be postponed last weekend.

For the first time in 46 years, the entire MSFL programme featuring 24 league and cup matches was wiped out with pitches deemed unfit as a result of the snow, frozen surfaces and waterlogging.

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Now who's in demand?

By Danny Caro, February 9, 2009

On June 2 last year, I was probably just about the only person who said that Avram Grant would be a tough act to follow after he was sacked as manager of Chelsea, and how right I was.

Many Chelsea fans believed that the grass would be greener under Luiz Felipe Scolari but I wasn’t so sure. He might have led Brazil to the 2008 World Cup but club football is a completely different kettle of fish.

Avram who was the headline when Grant took over at Chelsea but it appears that he’s had the last laugh.

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Grant favourite to replace Adams at Pompey

By Danny Caro, February 9, 2009

Avram Grant is the 6/4 favourite to replace Tony Adams as manager of Portsmouth.

Adams was sacked on Sunday night, following the 3-2 defeat against Liverpool.

A Portsmouth spokesman said: "The priority is for Portsmouth football club to remain in the top flight and we feel the appointment of a new manager will give us the best opportunity to enable us to do this."

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Team of the week: 6th February 2009

By Danny Caro, February 5, 2009

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Green departs as Chigs freshen up

By Danny Caro, February 5, 2009

Chigwell Athletic A have appointed Danny Berg and Greg Bookman as their new management team following the resignation of Russell Green.

Green, who has stood down for personal reasons, was appointed A team manager last summer after leading the B team to the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup final as well as two league titles.

Berg steps up from being assistant-manager of the top-flight high-flyers.

Green said: “Unfortunately I’m unable to continue to give Chigwell my full attention when they need it and that is not good enough for me or the club.

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Yossi attack was the lowest of the low

By Danny Caro, February 5, 2009

I’m sure I wasn’t the only person to vent my anger when Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa put the boot into Yossi Benayoun at Anfield on Sunday. I even leapt off my chair when the Brazilian’s thuggish act marred the closing stages of a hard-fought Liverpool win.

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Smith does mega deal

By Danny Caro, February 5, 2009

Football agent Phil Smith has described the transfer of Zenit St. Petersburg’s Andrei Arsharvin to Arsenal as “the most complex I’ve ever been involved in”.

Smith, a director of First Artist Sport, played a key role in what is believed to be the most expensive move to a British club during the transfer window. The on-off deal went through a minute before the window closed.

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Blink and you’ll miss it. I wish I did!

By Danny Caro, February 5, 2009

I've never been a big fan of ITV's football coverage, well, maybe the Champions League final 2005 apart, but last night's blooper was the mother of all embarrassments.

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Ben Haim joins Sunderland on loan

By Danny Caro, February 2, 2009

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Avram Grant awaits Portsmouth decision

By Danny Caro, February 2, 2009

Avram Grant's imminent appointment as manager of Portsmouth is in doubt after the club's board said it had agreed to give Tony Adams more time to restore their fortunes. Grant, 53, has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea on May 24, just three days after the team lost the Champions League final against Manchester United on penalties. He also helped Chelsea finish runners-up in the League and Carling Cup. Tony Adams, the current Portsmouth boss, insists he will not resign despite the team’s relegation fears.

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Juniors given lifeline but it’s the end of the road for Brady

By Danny Caro, January 29, 2009

There was good news and bad news in the world of Jewish sport this week. The good news is that the future of junior football has been secured by the Maccabi (Southern) Primary Football League after coming up with a rescue package to take in teams from the AJY next season.

The fact that it has taken just a week to put plans into place does not surprise me as I know that there are many key players around who realise the importance of the issue.

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'Clubs must co-operate' says Wolff

By Danny Caro, January 29, 2009

David Wolff, chairman of the JC MSFL, has voiced his concerns about the season being completed after virtually the entire programme was called off on Sunday due to the weather.

Things had looked promising up until the early hours of Sunday morning when a torrential downpour led to matches in North West and East London being postponed at the last minute.

Only three games were played. A full programme has not been played since early December with frozen or waterlogged pitches leaving league organisers with a race against time to get the campaign completed.

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In Rafa we trusted, but now I’m losing faith …. rapidly ….

By Danny Caro, January 29, 2009

On January 16 I posted a blog advising Liverpool’s owners to get Rafa Benitez’s new contract agreed as quickly as possible. As per last season, it has been a very frustrating month for us Liverpool fans and the uncertainty over his and the future of several other key players has seen the team slip off the pace.

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Faithfold master the Lions in the cup

By Danny Caro, January 26, 2009

In the Henry Swerner Maccabi Masters League Cup, sponsored by Tux’n’Tails, the big shock was provided by Faithfold, who raced into an early 3-0 lead against London Maccabi Lions A, then found themselves 5-3 down by half-time. They eventually clawed it back to 5-5 by the end of normal time, and won 4-2 on penalties.

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Game over for Sela

By Danny Caro, January 26, 2009

Dudi Sela’s dream run at the Australian Open came to an end on Saturday.

In a David-versus-Goliath contest, the plucky 23-year-old fell in four sets to last year’s runner-up, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, at Rod Laver Arena.

Playing in his first ever third round match at a grand slam tournament, Sela was broken in the first game of the match, and went on to lose the first set 4-6 in front of 10,000 fans.

The Israeli, buoyed by flags bearing the Star of David in the crowd, was two sets down before he began to claw his way back into the match, taking the third set 6-1.

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Team of the week: 23rd January 2009

By Danny Caro, January 22, 2009

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Kenton call the shots over Highgate

By Danny Caro, January 22, 2009

Goals from Max Gold and Lioz Ahitove kept Kenton Maccabi three points clear at the top of the Under 17 Division with a 2-1 win over
HMH. Daniel Nissenbaum replied.

Nearest challengers Redbridge Jewish Care thumped HIS Hendon United 5-2 with strikes from Ollie Brooks (3), Grant Freedman and David Castle

Under 14 Division leaders HIS Hendon United won a seven-goal thriller against RJC A while Josh Frey, Daniel Kuber and Joseph Woolf earned Stonegrove Park a 3-2 win over Alyth Belsize.

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Match abandoned as Lax breaks leg

By Danny Caro, January 22, 2009

The JC MSFL Division Three match between Pure Orange Function Band and Zig Zag was abandoned after POFB captain Michael Lax suffered a broken leg following a
challenge from Nick Levy.

With no qualified referee available, Zig Zag manager Neal Cohen took charge but halted proceedings after 42 minutes when Levy’s tackle left Lax with a broken tibia and fibula.

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Pulling out the stops to ensure I don’t miss game of my life

By Danny Caro, January 22, 2009

Just days before the biggest game of my life, I received the news that confirms my worst fears. I have osteoarthritis in several parts of my body. I’ve been waking up in pain for the last few months and received the dreaded prognosis that explains so many things, including the fact that I am not a hypochondriac. And even though depression is one of the possible complications, I promise to keep my head up and deal with the ailment to the best of my ability.

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