• Fleetwood’s style should suit Augusta but his best Masters finish is 14th 
  • Hayes accused Jonas Eidevall of displaying ‘male aggression’ at the weekend 
  • Mail Sport writers were on hand to see wins for both Arsenal and Man City 

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Wednesday’s Premier League fixtures saw big wins for title challengers Arsenal and Manchester City, with Liverpool still to play on Thursday.

Meanwhile, in just over a week’s time, the Masters will be getting underway, and Tommy Fleetwood will have a point to prove after his struggles at Augusta. The Brit has spoken to Mail Sport’s Riath Al-Samarrai ahead of next week’s event.

Also, Mail Sport columnist Simon Jordan has given his thoughts on the controversy surrounding Emma Hayes, after she accused Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall of showing ‘male aggression’ at the weekend. 

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READ: The golfer who should suit Augusta… but his best Masters finish is only 14th. TOMMY FLEETWOOD on his plan for the course that ‘kicks you’

The Masters gets underway at the Augusta National Golf Course in just over a week’s time, and Tommy Fleetwood will be one of many who have a point to prove.

It is a course that has got the better of him in the past – with a best finish of 14th at the Masters – and he has exclusively spoken to Mail Sport about his plan for the course that ‘kicks you’. 

Tommy Fleetwood has never finished inside the top 10 at the Masters at Augusta

Tommy Fleetwood has never finished inside the top 10 at the Masters at Augusta

Tommy Fleetwood has never finished inside the top 10 at the Masters at Augusta

READ:  Emma Hayes’ lazy stereotyping on ‘male aggression’ crossed the line: SIMON JORDAN on women’s football’s risk of a culture war 

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes caused a stir when she pushed Arsenal’s Jonas Eidevall in response to what she claimed was ‘male aggression’ from the Gunners boss.

Mail Sport columnist SIMON JORDAN writes that Hayes bringing gender into the debate diminished her argument, and speaks about how women’s football is at risk of a culture war.

Emma Hayes caused a stir by accusing Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall of showing 'male aggression'

Emma Hayes caused a stir by accusing Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall of showing 'male aggression'

Emma Hayes caused a stir by accusing Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall of showing ‘male aggression’ 

READ: Relentless Arsenal hardly shifted out of second gear as they beat Luton 2-0 to return to the top of the Premier League, writes SAMI MOKBEL… with Emile Smith Rowe front and centre of their best moments 

Arsenal jumped back to the top of the Premier League in a 2-0 victory over Luton – on a night where three points never appeared to be in any doubt against a side struggling to stay in the top flight.

Mail Sport’s Sami Mokbel was in attendance at the Emirates, where the Gunners made a host of changes with Emile Smith Rowe – in a rare start – playing a starring role. 

Martin Odegaard (left) scored the opening goal for Arsenal in a convincing 2-0 win over Luton

Martin Odegaard (left) scored the opening goal for Arsenal in a convincing 2-0 win over Luton

Martin Odegaard (left) scored the opening goal for Arsenal in a convincing 2-0 win over Luton

READ:  PLAYER RATINGS: Emile Smith Rowe had the bit between his teeth and Martin Odegaard produced a leader’s display… but one Gunners defender is a weakness at the back 

Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard starred at the Emirates, in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Luton – as the Gunners produced a performance which shows why they are serious contenders to win this season’s Premier League title.

Mail Sport’s ISAAN KHAN was on hand to give his player ratings, focusing on Mikel Arteta’s title chasing side.

Emile Smith Rowe had the bit between his teeth for Arsenal in their victory over Luton

Emile Smith Rowe had the bit between his teeth for Arsenal in their victory over Luton

Emile Smith Rowe had the bit between his teeth for Arsenal in their victory over Luton 

READ: Phil Foden justifies Pep Guardiola’s bold call to bench Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne with stunning hat-trick, writes JACK GAUGHAN as Man City’s 4-1 win against Aston Villa keeps them in touch with title rivals 

Manchester City kept in touch with their title rivals with a 4-1 victory against Aston Villa, despite benching Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne, as others star came to the forefront.

It was a bold decision by the Spaniard against tough opposition, and Mail Sport’s Jack Gaughan was at the Etihad to write about how they fared without the two superstar players. 

Pep Guardiola's brave decision to drop Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne paid off

Pep Guardiola's brave decision to drop Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne paid off

Pep Guardiola’s brave decision to drop Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne paid off 

READ: PLAYER RATINGS: Phil Foden revels in central role with superb hat-trick as Jack Grealish makes steady progress… but how did Julian Alvarez fare replacing Erling Haaland? 

Phil Foden scored a stunning hat-trick as Manchester City showed no signs of missing Erling Haaland or Kevin De Bruyne in their 4-1 victory over Aston Villa. 

Mail Sport’s Nathan Salt was at the Etihad to provide player ratings for both sides, as Pep Guardiola’s side bounced back from two draws against their title rivals. 

Phil Foden scored a stunning hat-trick as Manchester City thrashed Aston Villa 4-1

Phil Foden scored a stunning hat-trick as Manchester City thrashed Aston Villa 4-1

Phil Foden scored a stunning hat-trick as Manchester City thrashed Aston Villa 4-1

READ: Spurs fizzled and disappointed again at the home of West Ham, writes MATT BARLOW, as David Moyes takes a well-deserved point after resisting the urge to send Kalvin Phillips on 

Tottenham lost two vital points in their push for the Champions League qualification spots, as West Ham came from behind to snatch a point.  

It was a hard-fought point for David Moyes’ side, and Mail Sport’s MATT BARLOW was on hand to provide his analysis of the game. 

West Ham took a hard-fought point from their clash with top-four chasing Tottenham

West Ham took a hard-fought point from their clash with top-four chasing Tottenham

West Ham took a hard-fought point from their clash with top-four chasing Tottenham

READ: PLAYER RATINGS: Two Spurs stars score just 5/10 as scorers Brennan Johnson and West Ham captain Kurt Zouma stand out in 1-1 draw between rivals 

Kurt Zouma cancelled out Brennan Johnson’s opening goal to earn West Ham a point at the London Stadium against Tottenham.

Mail Sport’s Kathryn Batte provided player ratings for both sides, with two Spurs stars in particular struggling during the 1-1 draw. 

Brennan Johnson scored the opening goal but Tottenham couldn't hold on for the victory

Brennan Johnson scored the opening goal but Tottenham couldn't hold on for the victory

Brennan Johnson scored the opening goal but Tottenham couldn’t hold on for the victory

READ: Snatching a late point at Newcastle will feel like a win for Everton and Sean Dyche, writes CRAIG HOPE, while Eddie Howe will need ear defenders if Alexander Isak continues his blistering form

Everton took a massive point on the road with Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring an 88th minute penalty against Newcastle. 

Mail Sport’s CRAIG HOPE was at St James’ Park, where Aleksandar Isak continued to impress by scoring on his fifth consecutive home game for the Magpies.

Alexander Isak will continue to attract interest from clubs given his current vein of form

Alexander Isak will continue to attract interest from clubs given his current vein of form

Alexander Isak will continue to attract interest from clubs given his current vein of form

READ: PLAYER RATINGS: Elliot Anderson stars for Newcastle before Dominic Calvert-Lewin makes a late impact for Everton… but one Toffees flop scores just 4.5/10

Newcastle and Everton clashed in a fiercely contested clash on Tuesday night  – which ended in a stalemate.

Mail Sport’s CRAIG HOPE was at St James’ Park to provide player ratings for both sides, with Elliot Anderson starring and one Everton player in particular struggling. 

Elliot Anderson played a starring role for Newcastle despite the Magpies being held at home

Elliot Anderson played a starring role for Newcastle despite the Magpies being held at home

Elliot Anderson played a starring role for Newcastle despite the Magpies being held at home

READ: Football’s most moving story from Wrexham: Where kids with autism can find refuge – and it’s not just down to Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s investment, writes IAN HERBERT

The fortunes of Wrexham – both as a club and town – have transformed since the arrival of Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds. 

Mail Sport’s IAN HERBERT writes about one of the most remarkable and moving stories from Wrexham, in which the work of Kerry Evans – which started long before the Hollywood investment – helped kids with autism find refuge. 

Wrexham fan Theo Smith, 10, poses with Kerry Evans, right, who established a 120-seat section at the Racecourse Ground for fans with autism and physical challenges to watch football

Wrexham fan Theo Smith, 10, poses with Kerry Evans, right, who established a 120-seat section at the Racecourse Ground for fans with autism and physical challenges to watch football

Wrexham fan Theo Smith, 10, poses with Kerry Evans, right, who established a 120-seat section at the Racecourse Ground for fans with autism and physical challenges to watch football

READ: Why Roy Keane was wrong to label Erling Haaland a ‘League Two player’! CHRIS SUTTON backs ‘the world’s greatest finisher’ after Man City blank

Macaulay Langstaff of Notts County is currently the top scorer in League Two but last season, the 27-year-old from Stockton was being hailed as ‘the non-league Erling Haaland ’ because of the sheer stupidity of his numbers.

Goal-a-game Langstaff said he was thrilled with that comparison at the time, as anybody would be. I’m not so sure Haaland will share in his delight upon hearing how Roy Keane has likened him to Langstaff in a way, saying the Manchester City striker’s all-round performance against Arsenal was like that of a ‘League Two player’.

Erling Haaland was liked to a League Two player after Man City's draw with Arsenal

Erling Haaland was liked to a League Two player after Man City's draw with Arsenal

Erling Haaland was liked to a League Two player after Man City’s draw with Arsenal

READ: The Premier League is heading for self-destruction if owners continue to banish loyal fans in favour of tourist dollar, writes Oliver Holt 

Premier League fans have begun protesting over rising ticket prices, with supporters of Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham among those voicing their concerns.

Mail Sport’s OLIVER HOLT writes how the top flight of English football is choosing to eradicate and erase loyal supporters – with the Premier League heading for self destruction.

Manchester City fans unfurled this banner during their Premier League clash with Arsenal

Manchester City fans unfurled this banner during their Premier League clash with Arsenal

Manchester City fans unfurled this banner during their Premier League clash with Arsenal

READ: The inside story of Kalvin Phillips’ dramatic demise at West Ham – SAMI MOKBEL details what’s gone wrong for the £45m England star

After struggling for starts at Manchester City, many had hoped that Kalvin Phillips would return to the kind of form he produced at Leeds, during his loan spell with West Ham. However, the midfielder has continued to suffer a dramatic demise over the past few months. 

Mail Sport’s SAMI MOKBEL details what has gone wrong for the England star at the London Stadium. 

Kalvin Phillips has endured a torrid loan stint at West Ham after his struggles at Man City

Kalvin Phillips has endured a torrid loan stint at West Ham after his struggles at Man City

Kalvin Phillips has endured a torrid loan stint at West Ham after his struggles at Man City

READ: Arsenal are not going away this season, writes OLIVER HOLT after title tussle ends in stalemate… the gap between Mikel Arteta’s side and the champions has narrowed significantly

Many questioned whether Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal had the capabilities to go toe-to-toe with Man City in their quest for the title – however their performance at the Etihad proved them all wrong. 

The Gunners dug in to secure a point against Pep Guardiola’s side, with Mail Sport’s OLIVER HOLT on hand to analyse all the action from the top of the table clash.

Erling Haaland was shackled superbly by the visitors, with William Saliba standing firm

Erling Haaland was shackled superbly by the visitors, with William Saliba standing firm

Erling Haaland was shackled superbly by the visitors, with William Saliba standing firm

READ: PLAYER RATINGS: Rodri ran the game and Arsenal’s defenders dealt with Erling Haaland… but one Gunners star had a very quiet afternoon

After much anticipation, Manchester City and Arsenal clashed in a fiercely contested top of the table clash on Sunday afternoon – which ended in a stalemate.

Mail Sport’s Jack Gaughan was at the Etihad to provide player ratings for both sides, with Spanish midfielder Rodri shining in the heart of midfield for the hosts. 

Rodri ran the game in midfield but they were unable to find a way through the Arsenal defence

Rodri ran the game in midfield but they were unable to find a way through the Arsenal defence

Rodri ran the game in midfield but they were unable to find a way through the Arsenal defence

READ: Alexis Mac Allister could be the signing of the season at just £35m, writes LEWIS STEELE after the Liverpool magician’s assist for Mo Salah in 2-1 comeback win against his former club Brighton

While Mohamed Salah may take the plaudits for his winning goal against Brighton however those who watched the tie will heap praise on Alexis Mac Allister.

Mail Sport’s LEWIS STEELE was at Anfield as the former Seagulls playmaker shone in the heart of midfield for the Reds, making up for the dithering Darwin Nunez.

Alexis Mac Allister produced a virtuoso performance against his former club on Saturday afternoon

Alexis Mac Allister produced a virtuoso performance against his former club on Saturday afternoon

Alexis Mac Allister produced a virtuoso performance against his former club on Saturday afternoon

READ: PLAYER RATINGS: Alexis Mac Allister reminds old side Brighton what they’re missing with an inspired Liverpool display – but Darwin Nunez’s decision-making continues to frustrate

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool maintained their Premier League title charge with a 2-1 victory over Brighton – with Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz on target.

It wasn’t as straightforward a victory as Klopp would’ve hoped, after Danny Welbeck’s opener put pressure on the Reds. Mail Sport’s NATHAN SALT was on hand to provide ratings for both sides.

Mo Salah salutes the crowd after scoring the goal that sent Liverpool back to the top

Mo Salah salutes the crowd after scoring the goal that sent Liverpool back to the top

Mo Salah salutes the crowd after scoring the goal that sent Liverpool back to the top 

READ: Bankruptcy, head injuries and forgotten by the game: How England failed their 2003 Rugby World Cup heroes 

In devastating news, Phil Vickery was declared bankrupt – forcing the former England captain and World Cup-winner to stand down from several businesses.

Mail Sport’s CHRIS FOY looks at how the 48-year-old’s struggles are far from rare – with so many of his former team-mates having moved on to disparate careers

It is sad to see another of England’s 2003 World Cup winners has fallen after Phil Vickery was declared bankrupt

READ: Proud Bradford are stagnant and in apathy under a trigger-happy yet absent owner full of empty promises who admits football is NOT his thing

Despite securing victory over Tranmere Rovers, there is little to cheer about for Bradford City fans, as yet another disappointing season nears it’s end. 

Having languished in League Two for five years, fans activated plans for protests against owner Stefan Rupp and Mail Sport’s MATT BARLOW was on hand to assess the situation down at Valley Parade.

Bradford have spent five years languishing in League Two and disillusion reigns at the club

Bradford have spent five years languishing in League Two and disillusion reigns at the club

Bradford have spent five years languishing in League Two and disillusion reigns at the club

READ: Shambolic Man United were pummelled and embarrassed by Brentford… this was twice the battering of the 4-0 horror show last season despite the result, writes RIATH AL-SAMARRAI 

It was the wildest of finales at the GTech Community Stadium, that saw two goals between the 96th and 99th minutes, it is necessary to reflect on the craziness that proceeded it. 

Mail Sport’s RIATH AL-SAMARRAI provides an in depth look at how a shambolic Manchester United were held to a dramatic late draw by Brentford on Saturday night in what could be one of the worst defeats in Erik ten Hag’s reign. 

Manchester United were trapped by the realities of their own ineptitude, writes RIATH AL-SAMARRAI, just as they were on the cusp of completing a dramatic smash and grab heist

Manchester United were trapped by the realities of their own ineptitude, writes RIATH AL-SAMARRAI, just as they were on the cusp of completing a dramatic smash and grab heist

Manchester United were trapped by the realities of their own ineptitude, writes RIATH AL-SAMARRAI, just as they were on the cusp of completing a dramatic smash and grab heist

READ: Chelsea’s capacity for chaos and capitulation proved costly again in 2-2 draw with 10-man Burnley – as Mauricio Pochettino’s top-four claim is proven wrong

Bedlam ensued at Stamford Bridge on Saturday as Chelsea gave away their lead twice against a 10-man Burnley side who also had no manager for the majority of the game. It was another rank return for the west London side after an international break, having won none of their first games back in September, October or November.

They have now conceded at least two or more goals in their last five games at Stamford Bridge and Mail Sport’s KIERAN GILL analyses what Chelsea lacked against Burnley and why their fans lambasted their team at full-time.

Kieran Gill delves into why Chelsea having won none of their first games back in September, October or November after they were held to a chaotic 2-2 draw by Brentford

Kieran Gill delves into why Chelsea having won none of their first games back in September, October or November after they were held to a chaotic 2-2 draw by Brentford

Kieran Gill delves into why Chelsea having won none of their first games back in September, October or November after they were held to a chaotic 2-2 draw by Brentford 

READ: RIATH AL-SAMARRAI: The video that has sparked wild speculation around Sandro Tonali. And why Man United should think again about Dan Ashworth

Sandro Tonali’s first appearance for Newcastle against Aston Villa may be something of a collectors item. He delivered a fine goal contribution to help the Magpies win 5-1 – but it would be just one of 12 appearances he’d make this season before he was suspended for 10 months.

It’s ever so easy to be wise after the event, which is why there’s a clip circulating on social media of an unwise yellow card Tonali picked up during that match, writes RIATH AL-SAMARRAI. He has delved into the questions surrounding THAT video and why sporting director Dan Ashworth is being scrutinised after the Italian was charged for fresh betting breaches by the Football Association this week. 

By gambling on football Sandro Tonali has gambled on his reputation, writes RIATH AL-SAMARRAI. He's given breathing room for folk to have a few doubts about what he¿s made of

By gambling on football Sandro Tonali has gambled on his reputation, writes RIATH AL-SAMARRAI. He's given breathing room for folk to have a few doubts about what he¿s made of

By gambling on football Sandro Tonali has gambled on his reputation, writes RIATH AL-SAMARRAI. He’s given breathing room for folk to have a few doubts about what he’s made of

READ: GRAEME SOUNESS: Why Liverpool have it tougher in the Premier League run-in than Man City and Arsenal

To quote Sir Alex Ferguson, it truly is squeaky bum time in the Premier League title race and Liverpool are going to have to deal with unprecendented levels of tension and emotion until the end of the season.

Jurgen Klopp is preparing for his farewell this summer but the pressure to go out on a high will be pressure that Arsenal and City don’t have to deal with, writes GRAEME SOUNESS. He has analysed the title run-in and what he believes is one of the most fiercly-contested scrap for the Premier League in recent memory. 

Liverpool are going to have to deal with an unprecedented level of emotion as Jurgen Klopp heads into his final five home games at Anfield, says Graeme Souness

Liverpool are going to have to deal with an unprecedented level of emotion as Jurgen Klopp heads into his final five home games at Anfield, says Graeme Souness

Liverpool are going to have to deal with an unprecedented level of emotion as Jurgen Klopp heads into his final five home games at Anfield, says Graeme Souness

READ: The quirky secrets of Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal revolution: From a ‘broken club’ to a team ‘smarter than Pep’s’ via training sessions in silence… and pelting players with tennis balls!

When Mikel Arteta first took over at Arsenal, the Gunners were soft. Demotivated. Directionless. Dysfunctional. The Spaniard knew what was wrong, he just had to find a way to fix it. Since then the Spaniard has attempted to create a culture, laying down the law to discipline players and fix the bones of a broken club.

Arteta always has a quirky way of motivating his players and five seasons later his unorthodox methods have lifted Arsenal to the top of the Premier League as he prepares to face his former mentor at Man City Pep Guardiola.

IAN LADYMAN has taken a look at the secrets of Arteta’s revolution at Arsenal and how he turned a club dismantled by Man City into one of their main rivals. 

Ian Ladyman has taken a look at the quirky secrets of Mikel Arteta as the Arsenal boss prepares to go up against his former mentor Pep Guardiola

Ian Ladyman has taken a look at the quirky secrets of Mikel Arteta as the Arsenal boss prepares to go up against his former mentor Pep Guardiola

Ian Ladyman has taken a look at the quirky secrets of Mikel Arteta as the Arsenal boss prepares to go up against his former mentor Pep Guardiola

READ: Inside the mind of The Special One – Mk II: Europe’s most-wanted manager Ruben Amorim is now Liverpool’s No 1 choice to replace Jurgen Klopp… and he loves trash-talking just like his idol Jose Mourinho

Four years on from his appointment, the only madness around Ruben Amorim is that he is not yet at one of Europe’s continental giants. He will be soon. He has scored high on data tests led by Liverpool and will almost certainly get invited to interview for the soon-to-be vacant manager’s job. 

LEWIS STEELE provides an in-depth lowdown on Bruno Amorim – with the in-demand Sporting manager – who openly idolises Jose Mourinho – Liverpool’s prime target to replace the outgoing Jurgen Klopp this summer.

Liverpool's No 1 managerial target Ruben Amorim idolises fellow countryman Jose Mourinho

Liverpool's No 1 managerial target Ruben Amorim idolises fellow countryman Jose Mourinho

Liverpool’s No 1 managerial target Ruben Amorim idolises fellow countryman Jose Mourinho

READ: Inside Chelsea’s power axis: Rumours of a rift between Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali – and what it all means for their transfer plans

Rumours of a split in Chelsea’s American powerbase – strongly denied by club officials – have swirled around Stamford Bridge for months. After March 28’s Mail Sport exclusive, revealing that Chelsea WILL appoint a new chairman to replace under-fire Todd Boehly in 2027, will do little to dispel them. 

However, the reality is that – thanks to the extraordinary agreement struck by Boehly and majority stakeholders Clearlake Capital – a switch five years after the takeover was always likely to happen.

MIKE KEEGAN breaks down what the future holds for Chelsea amid their impending boardroom changes.

Chelsea will appoint a new chairman in 2027 to replace Todd Boehly, Mail Sport understands

Chelsea will appoint a new chairman in 2027 to replace Todd Boehly, Mail Sport understands

Chelsea will appoint a new chairman in 2027 to replace Todd Boehly, Mail Sport understands

READ: Kobbie Mainoo, Jude Bellingham and Phil Foden are England’s reasons to believe. But here’s why Gareth Southgate is worried about the future, writes IAN LADYMAN

We care first and foremost about what these lads do for us on the field. We want them to win. We have waited a long time and once again we feel as though England have an opportunity this summer in the European Championships. We don’t expect these young men to live perfect lives. It is unrealistic. There will be blemishes. But they have been placed on the right path.

Kobbie Mainoo took international football like a duck to water during March’s break – excelling against Brazil and Belgium. IAN LADYMAN writes about that bright spot for England moving forward but warns of the problems that the Three Lions face if things aren’t altered within the domestic game’s structure.

Kobbie Mainoo is the latest example of a star who has broken through from an English academy

Kobbie Mainoo is the latest example of a star who has broken through from an English academy

Kobbie Mainoo is the latest example of a star who has broken through from an English academy

READ: Why Lewis Hamilton should quit this F1 season NOW, writes JONATHAN McEVOY

Lewis Hamilton is preparing for his final season with Mercedes before his big move to Ferrari after the shock news the British racer would be making the switch to the iconic Italian team.

But JONATHAN MCEVOY has argued that Hamilton is ‘out of sorts’ and that it would benefit him to take the rest of the season out of the sport before returning for his stint at Ferrari the following year. 

Lewis Hamilton should take the year out from F1 before returning to action for Ferrari, says Jonathan McEvoy

Lewis Hamilton should take the year out from F1 before returning to action for Ferrari, says Jonathan McEvoy

Lewis Hamilton should take the year out from F1 before returning to action for Ferrari, says Jonathan McEvoy

READ: Why Premier League clubs want to kill off season tickets – is yours at risk?

The price of being a football fan is going up all the time, with clubs constantly raising the costs of their season tickets – and fans, particularly at Arsenal and Tottenham have voiced their opposition. 

But now clubs are starting to move away from season tickets, writes JACK GAUGHAN, who says a feeling festers that those who have contributed to our country’s spectacle and that envied soul are being eased aside. 

Fans are increasingly subject to season ticket price increases and now clubs could be looking to revamp the idea, says JACK GAUGHAN

Fans are increasingly subject to season ticket price increases and now clubs could be looking to revamp the idea, says JACK GAUGHAN

Fans are increasingly subject to season ticket price increases and now clubs could be looking to revamp the idea, says JACK GAUGHAN

READ: What happened to the ghost grounds: How football’s once-great stadiums have been transformed… so can you match the present drone photos with their historic past?

Fans will remember some iconic stadiums of the past that are no longer around having been bulldozed – like the Dell, Upton Park and Higbury. 

IAN HERBERT has looked at how those ‘ghost grounds’ have since been transformed, embarking on a quest to look at their modern day state compared to their glorious past, with help from Mail Sport’s chief sports photographer Andy Hooper.

Ian Herbert and Andy Hooper have taken a look at the current state of 'ghost grounds'

Ian Herbert and Andy Hooper have taken a look at the current state of 'ghost grounds'

Ian Herbert and Andy Hooper have taken a look at the current state of ‘ghost grounds’

Marcus Rashford was an unused substitute for England’s friendly against Belgium, with Gareth Southgate later revealing that his absence wasn’t due to injury.

The striker’s fall from grace has been apparent in recent years and SIMON JORDAN explains why Rashford should leave Manchester United if he is to flourish again on the pitch.

Marcus Rashford should leave boyhood club Manchester United, explains Simon Jordan

Marcus Rashford should leave boyhood club Manchester United, explains Simon Jordan

Marcus Rashford should leave boyhood club Manchester United, explains Simon Jordan

In a sign of the times, Fulham announced audacious plans to include a swimming pool and Michelin-starred chefs in a new hospitality area – which is set to be the priciest in all of English football – at Craven Cottage.

A far cry from the days of bovril and bobble hats, IAN HERBERT charts how the experience for a football-going fan has changed beyond all recognition.

Fulham¿s plans for a new-look Craven Cottage hospitality area ¿ a VIP box with bar and a swimming pool ¿ point to the changing face of football

Fulham¿s plans for a new-look Craven Cottage hospitality area ¿ a VIP box with bar and a swimming pool ¿ point to the changing face of football

Fulham’s plans for a new-look Craven Cottage hospitality area – a VIP box with bar and a swimming pool – point to the changing face of football 

A photo of Fulham's match with Chelsea at a packed Craven Cottage in August 1965 gave the the sense that it was a place for the entire spectrum of society

A photo of Fulham's match with Chelsea at a packed Craven Cottage in August 1965 gave the the sense that it was a place for the entire spectrum of society

A photo of Fulham’s match with Chelsea at a packed Craven Cottage in August 1965 gave the the sense that it was a place for the entire spectrum of society

Raheem Sterling had a weekend to forget in the FA Cup earlier this month after he missed a penalty against Leicester, leading him to being booed by a pocket of Chelsea fans and Mauricio Pochettino substituting him.

And in an exclusive interview with JACK GAUGHAN, Sterling’s Blues team-mate Noni Madueke has blasted those supporters who rounded on him while also providing an insight into all the goings on at Stamford Bridge.

In an exclusive interview with Mail Sport, Chelsea star Noni Madueke (left) has provided a message for the boo-boys who rounded on Raheem Sterling (right) earlier this month

In an exclusive interview with Mail Sport, Chelsea star Noni Madueke (left) has provided a message for the boo-boys who rounded on Raheem Sterling (right) earlier this month

In an exclusive interview with Mail Sport, Chelsea star Noni Madueke (left) has provided a message for the boo-boys who rounded on Raheem Sterling (right) earlier this month

READ: A chink of light for Everton after years of scandalous decline… and dismal 777’s record suggests they should be nowhere near, writes IAN HERBERT

Looking back is something Everton fans are having to do more and more these days, because the future doesn’t really bear thinking about.

Ian Herbert looks at the future of the Toffees as they continue continue to be limbo under current owner Farhad Moshiri and prospective owners 777 Partners’ track record not painting them in the best of light.

Everton's prospective owners have been told to prove access to more than £400m (777 co-founder Josh Wander pictured with Genoa manager Alexander Blessin)

Everton's prospective owners have been told to prove access to more than £400m (777 co-founder Josh Wander pictured with Genoa manager Alexander Blessin)

Everton’s prospective owners have been told to prove access to more than £400m (777 co-founder Josh Wander pictured with Genoa manager Alexander Blessin)

The Premier League's demands are so substantial that 777 will be unlikely to meet them

The Premier League's demands are so substantial that 777 will be unlikely to meet them

The Premier League’s demands are so substantial that 777 will be unlikely to meet them

Any list – your list as well as my list – can become dominated by those who are not on it. But really, it should be about the players who are on it. This list is meant as a celebration of them and of football’s rich, rich history and of what the game means to all of us and of what players mean to us and why they capture something in us. 

Mail Sport’s Oliver Holt counts down his 50-1 greatest male footballer’s of all-time in part two of his top-100 list. Do you agree with his selections? 

Mail Sport's Oliver Holt has compiled his personal list of the 100 greatest ever players

Mail Sport's Oliver Holt has compiled his personal list of the 100 greatest ever players

Mail Sport’s Oliver Holt has compiled his personal list of the 100 greatest ever players 

READ: Why Jude Bellingham is streets ahead of a young Wayne Rooney 

Bellingham won’t win the European Championship on his own but England have got a hell of a lot of a better chance of doing it now that he is at the heart of the team.

Mail Sport’s Oliver Holt explains why the Real Madrid star could lead the Three Lions to tournament glory this summer and surpass a young Wayne Rooney, who could not get his team over the line at Euro 2004. 

Jude Bellingham could be the man to finally lead England to Euros glory this summer

Jude Bellingham could be the man to finally lead England to Euros glory this summer

Jude Bellingham could be the man to finally lead England to Euros glory this summer

READ: At 15 I was the football league’s youngest player. 10 years later I was contemplating suicide 

In the late summer of 2008, Reuben Noble-Lazarus picked up a surprising honour when his 84th minute substitution for Barnsley against Ipswich made him the youngest-ever player to play in English football. 

But as Matt Barlow found out when the pair met, the word he chose after much pondering to describe his playing career was ‘unfulfilled’. 

Reuben Noble-Lazarus hasn't kicked a ball in two years, after once breaking an English record

Reuben Noble-Lazarus hasn't kicked a ball in two years, after once breaking an English record

Reuben Noble-Lazarus hasn’t kicked a ball in two years, after once breaking an English record

READ: Why THIS team should start at the Euros. SAMI MOKBEL picks his England XI for the tournament opener in 84 days

England may not have had a night to remember against Brazil at Wembley on Saturday, but Southgate’s selection allowed for Sami Mokbel to consider the future. 

Mail Sport’s chief football reporter shares his thoughts on the strongest starting XI ahead of the Three Lions’ summer trip to Germany.  

Sami Mokbel believes Phil Foden could play centrally if Jude Bellingham drops back and plays in a box-to-box role

Sami Mokbel believes Phil Foden could play centrally if Jude Bellingham drops back and plays in a box-to-box role

Sami Mokbel believes Phil Foden could play centrally if Jude Bellingham drops back and plays in a box-to-box role 

READ:  Meet the eighth-tier club hoping to become the next Wrexham – and why their 100,000 followers can’t get enough of their ‘soap opera’

The astonishing success of Wrexham after their Hollywood fairytale takeover has left a number of lower-league strugglers open-mouthed in admiration and jealousy. 

But after Farnham received their own big-money investment – and featured in their own documentary – the eighth-tier side are keen to have a run at emulating their meteoric rise, as Matt Barlow found out

Farnham produce their own behind-the-scenes documentary and have 100,000 followers

Farnham produce their own behind-the-scenes documentary and have 100,000 followers

Farnham produce their own behind-the-scenes documentary and have 100,000 followers

READ: Jay Bothroyd reveals the impact of playing football with an epilepsy diagnosis 

The scars on Jay Bothroyd’s body tell a story. Many stories in fact, of searing pain and melting skin, perhaps even one of police brutality. Some of the scars you can see and feel, like the thickened ridges on his arms and legs, or the crack in his skull.

In an astonishing interview with Chris Cutmore, JAY BOTHROYD reveals how he played professional football for 23 years with a secret health battle – and holds an extraordinary record. 

The many scars on Jay Bothroyd's body tell a story, but one that can't be seen could kill him

The many scars on Jay Bothroyd's body tell a story, but one that can't be seen could kill him

The many scars on Jay Bothroyd’s body tell a story, but one that can’t be seen could kill him

READ: Potter’s appointment would be deemed woefully underwhelming to many if he ends up at United… but I would love it

It seems inevitable that Graham Potter’s appointment would be deemed woefully underwhelming to many if he ends up at Manchester United. Same goes for England. Doubly so. But that seems misguided. He is a manager who found Brighton in 17th and took them into the Premier League’s top 10 playing brilliant, attacking football.

Riath Al-Samarrai reveals why Potter really is perfect for Manchester United or England and insists we must forget about what happened at Chelsea’s burning circus. 

It seems inevitable that Graham Potter's appointment would be deemed woefully underwhelming to many if he ends up at United. Same goes for England. Doubly so

It seems inevitable that Graham Potter's appointment would be deemed woefully underwhelming to many if he ends up at United. Same goes for England. Doubly so

It seems inevitable that Graham Potter’s appointment would be deemed woefully underwhelming to many if he ends up at United. Same goes for England. Doubly so 

READ: Gareth Southgate should forget about Manchester United. He’s better off staying with England

England will be the team to beat at the European Championships this summer, but could the tournament be Gareth Southgate’s swansong as Three Lions manager? The 53-year-old is reportedly Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s preferred candidate to replace Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford, should the Dutchman depart at the end of the season.

In his Mail+ Sport column, GRAEME SOUNESS argues Southgate should ignore interest from Old Trafford and remain in charge of England instead. This Three Lions squad have at least two more tournaments in them – going by their age – and he should hang around and enjoy the fruits of that.

Gareth Southgate has been linked with the Manchester United job to replace Erik ten Hag

Gareth Southgate has been linked with the Manchester United job to replace Erik ten Hag

Gareth Southgate has been linked with the Manchester United job to replace Erik ten Hag

READ: How the pit lane turned into a pit of vipers. F1 is mired in backstabbing, sexism, leaks and lawsuits

Everything in Formula One has been real forked-tongue vengeance these past few weeks. It is by tradition a sport beset by – or indeed set alight by – scandal over the years, but arguably never on so many fronts as in 2024. 

JONATHAN McEVOY peels back the curtain on the scandal that have dominated the sport this season, from Christian Horner’s sexting imbroglio to a power struggle involving the sport’s top executives. 

Christian Horner has been involved in a sexting scandal that overshadowed the first month of the Formula One season

Christian Horner has been involved in a sexting scandal that overshadowed the first month of the Formula One season

Christian Horner has been involved in a sexting scandal that overshadowed the first month of the Formula One season 

READ: The murky reason why Brazil’s Beatles haven’t been here more

The 25-year-old Pele cut a bashful figure as he stepped out from a wooden cabin on Scotland’s west coast in the summer of 1966, immaculately attired as the Brazilian football team always were back then, boots polished to a shine, white towel in hand.

From that day to this, there has been something unique and irresistible about having the Brazilians, their samba football and that iconic canary yellow shirt within these shores. Mail Sport’s IAN HERBERT analyses why they haven’t been here more often.

READ: The men who put the F in Formula 1 

The new series of Drive to Survive has provided Formula One fans more content to binge watch with the Netflix cameras already documenting the furore over Red Bull boss Christian Horner.

OLIVER HOLT examines how the modern version of F1 has changed from the swashbuckling Playboy drivers, rebels, lunatics and dreamers from the sport’s heyday. Read his analysis exclusively on Mail+ Sport.

Formula One is a far cry from its heyday, featuring Playboy drivers like James Hunt

Formula One is a far cry from its heyday, featuring Playboy drivers like James Hunt

Formula One is a far cry from its heyday, featuring Playboy drivers like James Hunt

READ: 10 reasons Max Verstappen will stay at Red Bull 

Max Verstappen’s future at Red Bull has been the subject of speculation amid the Horner scandal. The three-time world champion is believed to have toyed with the notion of a move.

JONATHAN MCEVOY outlines the reasons why Verstappen will likely stay put, as well as news of a tribute for the legendary Sir Stirling Moss and the conceited Drive to Survive star who gives clowns a bad name. Read his latest Pole Position column on Mail+ Sport.

Max Verstappen looks set to stay at Red Bull despite the ongoing Christian Horner scandal

Max Verstappen looks set to stay at Red Bull despite the ongoing Christian Horner scandal

Max Verstappen looks set to stay at Red Bull despite the ongoing Christian Horner scandal 

READ: Ange Postecoglou takes on the ‘plastic fans’ trolls

Price rises at Premier League clubs have led to a backlash from some who have claimed overseas supporters are attending matches in place of more local fans. Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou has since spoken in defence of so-called ‘plastic fans’ and highlighted their passion for Premier League clubs.

Mail Sport’s Football Editor Ian Ladyman agrees that critics have an ‘outdated view’ and explains why overseas fans have become key to the Premier League. Read his column exclusively on Mail+ Sport.

Ange Postecoglou has responded to criticism of overseas fans of Premier League clubs

Ange Postecoglou has responded to criticism of overseas fans of Premier League clubs

Ange Postecoglou has responded to criticism of overseas fans of Premier League clubs

READ: Why football is in danger of killing itself

Financial regulation, such as it is, might end up killing the Premier League if we’re not careful. If we are getting to the point where you cannot believe the table until the accountants and lawyers have ruled then the thrill of the competition becomes an illusion.

Delving into the topic is our columnist SIMON JORDAN, explaining what could befall the sport, if we give the suits and lawyers too much of a say. Read his column exclusively on Mail+ Sport

Financial regulation, such as it is, might end up killing the Premier League if we're not careful

Financial regulation, such as it is, might end up killing the Premier League if we're not careful

Financial regulation, such as it is, might end up killing the Premier League if we’re not careful

READ: The unique insight into what makes Jim Ratcliffe tick

There aren’t many who can lay their hands on more gold than Sir Ben Ainslie, but he’s thinking back to the day he found one. It still makes him smile. ‘It was a great gin and tonic,’ Ainslie tells Mail Sport, and with it comes the origin story of his relationship with Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

Sir Ben Ainslie spoke exclusively to Mail Sport’s RIATH AL-SAMARRAI about his close relationship with Sir Jim Ratcliffe, what makes the billionaire tick and what Man United fans can expect him to bring to Old Trafford. Read the full interview on Mail+ Sport now.

Sir Ben Ainslie has spoken to Mail Sport about his experience working with Sir Jim Ratcliffe

Sir Ben Ainslie has spoken to Mail Sport about his experience working with Sir Jim Ratcliffe

Sir Ben Ainslie has spoken to Mail Sport about his experience working with Sir Jim Ratcliffe

READ: The Ineos Wheel behind Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s success

New Manchester United part-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe uses an innovative word compass to help inspire best practices at his INEOS company. The INEOS Compass was created by chairman Ratcliffe as ‘a fun way of attempting to capture how the company works’. 

It contains more than 100 phrases, words and terms that are either heavily encouraged or discouraged inside the company, in order to promote the best possible practices. DOMINIC HOGAN has broken down what is on the compass, which you can read on Mail+ Sport here.

Ineos' compass of words they do and don't like has pride of place in Ben Ainslie's office

Ineos' compass of words they do and don't like has pride of place in Ben Ainslie's office

Ineos’ compass of words they do and don’t like has pride of place in Ben Ainslie’s office

READ: How Newcastle came crashing back down to earth

At Newcastle, the Saudi-backed ownership have got a lot right and they beat modern football convention by taking the club from 19th to fourth in just 19 months.

Except, on closer inspection, they were always likely to slow down. CRAIG HOPE delves into what has gone wrong for Eddie Howe’s side this season. Read his words exclusively on Mail+ Sport here.
Eddie Howe's side, led by captain Kieran Trippier (right) exceeded expectations by qualifying for the Champions League last campaign, but staying there is proving a more difficult task

Eddie Howe's side, led by captain Kieran Trippier (right) exceeded expectations by qualifying for the Champions League last campaign, but staying there is proving a more difficult task

Eddie Howe’s side, led by captain Kieran Trippier (right) exceeded expectations by qualifying for the Champions League last campaign, but staying there is proving a more difficult task

READ: How Barry McGuigan’s son is no longer living in his shadow

When Barry McGuigan turned 63 two weeks ago, he remained the stand-alone undisputed No 1 trainer in his family. Not any more. On St Patrick’s Day, Shane McGuigan – son and protege – won his second British Boxing Board of Control Trainer of the Year title, so it’s now 2-2. And you sense it might not stay that way for long.

Barry and Shane spoke exclusively to Mail Sport’s CHARLOTTE DALY about their family business and how the 36-year-old stepped out of his father’s shadow. Read and watch the full interview on Mail+ Sport now.

Barry and Shane McGuigan exclusively spoke to Mail Sport about their family business

Barry and Shane McGuigan exclusively spoke to Mail Sport about their family business

Barry and Shane McGuigan exclusively spoke to Mail Sport about their family business

READ: Inside story of Kobbie Mainoo’s stratospheric rise 

Gareth Southgate has reversed his decision to leave Kobbie Mainoo out of his senior England squad, promoting the Manchester United youngster to his ranks after another superb display against Liverpool in the FA Cup.

The 18-year-old’s impressive and short career to date has been the story of a gifted boy who has cleared every obstacle put in front of him by some distance. CHRIS WHEELER takes you inside the life of England’s new humble star on Mail+ Sport.

Man United's humble star Kobbie Mainoo earned his first senior England call-up on Tuesday

Man United's humble star Kobbie Mainoo earned his first senior England call-up on Tuesday

Man United’s humble star Kobbie Mainoo earned his first senior England call-up on Tuesday

READ: Why Raducanu has fallen from glory to 288th in the world 

Emma Raducanu was forced to pull out of the Miami Open due to another injury setback – this time a lower back issue – and it seems like a lifetime ago since the Brit shocked the tennis world to win the US Open as an up-and-coming teenager.

Raducanu has battled for the right formula ever since her triumph in 2021, chopping and changing her coaching team, but has struggled to replicate anywhere near the levels she once displayed on the court. NATHAN SALT dives into the questions haunting her declining career.

Emma Raducanu's injury problems have returned as she withdraws from the Miami Open

Emma Raducanu's injury problems have returned as she withdraws from the Miami Open

Emma Raducanu’s injury problems have returned as she withdraws from the Miami Open

READ: How to fix VAR

Did it actually take five minutes and 37 seconds to decide whether Tomas Soucek had handled the ball before scoring what would have been West Ham’s winner against Aston Villa last weekend? Compare VAR in the Premier League to the calm, confident and correct chalking off of two Irish tries in the Six Nations, and football has plenty to think about.

IAN HERBERT proposes a simple fix that would stop VAR ruining football for fans on Mail+ Sport.

The decision to disallow Tomas Soucek's goal took VAR officials five minutes and 37 seconds

The decision to disallow Tomas Soucek's goal took VAR officials five minutes and 37 seconds

The decision to disallow Tomas Soucek’s goal took VAR officials five minutes and 37 seconds

READ: Jordan Pickford is an England great who must be cherished

Not that there was ever really any question, but Nick Pope’s injury-plagued season and Aaron Ramsdale’s fall to the Arsenal bench has made one thing abundantly clear ahead of the Euros: Jordan Pickford will start in goal again for England.

But the Everton star is not without his critics. Pundits ridicule Pickford for his abrasive and mouthy style between the sticks. BRIAN VINER insists on Mail+ Sport that Pickford is an England great who deserves to be praised more.

England No 1 Jordan Pickford can become the Three Lions' most-capped goalkeeper - but still the Everton shot-stopper attracts criticism from a string of pundits and football fans

England No 1 Jordan Pickford can become the Three Lions' most-capped goalkeeper - but still the Everton shot-stopper attracts criticism from a string of pundits and football fans

England No 1 Jordan Pickford can become the Three Lions’ most-capped goalkeeper – but still the Everton shot-stopper attracts criticism from a string of pundits and football fans

READ: How Arsenal are trying to close the financial gulf on Spurs 

It’s a good time to be an Arsenal fan. Sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League table and through to the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in well over a decade, it seems like there’s nothing but good news rolling through the Emirates doors.

But Arsenal are still behind north London rivals Tottenham financially and are working hard to change that. ISAAN KHAN takes a look at how the Gunners are closing the gap.

Arsenal are working behind the scenes to improve their commercial assets and sponsorships

Arsenal are working behind the scenes to improve their commercial assets and sponsorships

Arsenal are working behind the scenes to improve their commercial assets and sponsorships

READ: What victory over Liverpool means for Erik ten Hag

It’s no secret that Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s arrival as Manchester United’s new part owner has ramped up the pressure on Erik ten Hag. The Dutchman is essentially on trial between now and the end of the season.

Beating archrivals Liverpool 4-3 in the FA Cup – and in such thrilling circumstances after an 120-minute epic at Old Trafford – has given Ten Hag something to build on. But what does this mean for his United future? Read IAN LADYMAN’s verdict on Mail+ Sport.

Old Trafford was in a state of pandemonium after Manchester United beat Liverpool on Sunday

Old Trafford was in a state of pandemonium after Manchester United beat Liverpool on Sunday

Old Trafford was in a state of pandemonium after Manchester United beat Liverpool on Sunday

READ: How Nottingham Forest lost the plot

Even when Brian Clough walked the City Ground’s narrow corridors like a colossus, Nottingham Forest were capable of blowing a hell of a lot money in the transfer market to relatively little effect.

Now, after their four-point sanction for breaking Premier League financial rules, Forest find themselves inside the relegation zone ahead of the final international break of the season. IAN HERBERT analyses where it all went wrong over three crazy transfer windows.

Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis had delegated transfer business to his son

Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis had delegated transfer business to his son

Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis had delegated transfer business to his son 

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