Brendan Rodgers: Newcastle right not to sack Pardew

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has praised the decision of Newcastle club owner Mike Ashley for not sacking club manager Alan Pardew. Newcastle fans had been recently calling for the dismissal of Pardew for having done 26 league games in a row with only five victories.

The Magpies have however, recently come back to force by winning their last three games which included away wins against Tottenham and Manchester City. Rodgers believe that for this reason, Newcastle was right to persevere with Pardew.

The Liverpool manager further spoke about Newcastle by giving credit to the directors for not putting so much pressure on Pardew. He knows the pressure that you receive when you are not winning games and that can be hard to handle.

Pardew has over 700-odd games in his career and has been able to get the team to pick with an outstanding performance against Manchester City. He has brought in young players and is hoping to get their performance to improve.

As for Liverpool, five absentees are expected for future games. Ex-Manchester United left-back Jose Enrique has a knee issue and this made him miss the Red’s winning match against Swansea on Saturday. Jon Flanagan, Suso, Sturridge and Mamadou Sakho remain sidelined.

Liverpool has entered an important week in the season with a travel to Madrid for the Champions League and home match against Chelsea in the Premier League. Rodgers, who has recently received nine transfers for this season, affirmed that he would have to develop strength within the team.


Johan Cruyff Not Happy About Ronaldo’s Ballon d’Or Win

Johan Cruyff has recently voiced out that he found it “absurd” that Real player Cristiano Ronaldo has won the coveted Ballon d’Or award. This feeling is brought by the player’s performance while playing for Portugal at last year’s World Cup in Brazil. A former Holland player, Cruyff had landed that prize for three years and two of them were consecutive in 1971, 1973 and 1974. He feels that the trophy should have rewarded a player who not only excelled individually but who also contributed to bringing his team to a successful World Cup performance. As such, he believes that Toni Kroos would have been more apt to deserve the award.

In a column attributed to him in De Telegraaf, the Netherlands legend wrote that this prestigious football award depends on a combination of individual talent and achievements. He further added that considering this point of view, it is “absurd” that a player be given this award for the second consecutive year while his performance was not excellent and his team did not win the most trophies.

Cruyff compared the situation to 2013 when even though Bayern Munich had won almost every trophies, Ronaldo had still won the Ballon d’Or instead of a Bayern player. Now in 2014, Kroos played exceptionally well and was contributory to his team winning the World Cup and yet his name does not feature on the the final three nominees. Cruyff further added that Ronaldo’s performance was almost anonymous at last year’s World Cup. He even admitted that he would not be taking this Fifa award seriously anymore.