Sunderland hero BANNED by the club

first_img Gray has warned footballers to be more careful on holiday 1 Sunderland legend Micky Gray has been banned from the club after scathing remarks made about chairman Ellis Short, who disputes his claims he has lied to the fans.Gray spent 12 years with the Black Cats and witnessed their poor performance against Norwich first-hand last week as a part of talkSPORT’s commentary team.He later delivered a damning assessment of the players and Short, but it has now been revealed he is ‘no longer welcome’ at the club following the tirade, while the chairman would like him to ‘admit he was wrong.’Short has hit back at criticism of his stewardship of the club and a claim that he has been “lying” to supporters in his programme notes for their game against Swansea City.Sections of the home crowd chanted “Are you watching, Ellis Short?” during last Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat by Norwich, while former defender Gray later accused the American of failing to see through promises to invest in the squad.However, Short refuted claims that he lacks ambition for the club and insisted he has not short-changed fans.Writing ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Swansea, Short said: “Regarding last Saturday’s match, to answer the question asked of me, yes, I was watching. Also, like many of you, I ‘left early’, turning off the TV after the third goal and going for an angry walk.“I normally don’t respond to criticism, but based on some recent comments, I feel that there are some points I need to address for the benefit of the fans.“First of all, no one who knows me or knows anything about me would say that I have no ambition for the club. That ambition certainly has not been realised yet, but it does not mean that I don’t have it.“Secondly, the assertion that I have been unwilling to spend money to fulfil the ambitions of the club and its fans is completely wrong. Every penny that comes from TV income and other commercial activities is spent on operating the club – that is, buying players, wages, and other associated costs.“I have never taken money out of the club. In fact, I have funded significant shortfalls each and every season.”Indeed, Short claimed that without his cash, Sunderland would have been in even worse trouble.He said: “Since I have been involved, the good news is that my investment has kept us in the Premier League for nine consecutive seasons. The bad news is, for the amount of money spent, we should be better than we are and no one knows that more than me.“Has the money been spent effectively? No – that much is clear and ultimately that is my fault. But it is not a result of a lack of ambition or commitment.“To date this summer, we have committed £21.5m in transfer fees and remain hopeful that there is still more business to be done before the window closes on September 1.“Finally, Michael Gray made quite a serious accusation claiming that I have lied to supporters. I have not. Michael Gray should admit that he was wrong.”last_img read more

Women’s Soccer Holds Minnesota To 0-0 Draw

first_imgBox Score DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer team held the Minnesota Gophers scoreless for a 0-0 draw, that was played in three, 30-minute periods on Saturday evening at the Cownie Soccer Complex in the Bulldogs’ final exhibition game. “We spent a large portion of the game on defense, but I think we did a really good job if one person got beat everyone else recovered for them,” said Drake head coach Lindsey Horner. “I thought we were organized and were hard to break down. Overall, we got better as the game wore on and gained valuable game fitness.” The Bulldogs open the regular season on Friday, Aug. 19 when they travel to North Dakota State. “North Dakota State always does well in its conference so it will be a good even match to start the season and one that we will have to be prepared for,” said Horner. The Bulldogs had one last chance to score the game-winning goal in the final minute but Ali Smith’s header off an excellent corner kick by Hurt went just wide. The Bulldogs had one of their chances to get on the board in the 47th-minute but MU’s Tarah Hobbs saved a shot from Mariah Northrop.After 60 minutes of action the game remained scoreless with a combined three shots taken in the second period.  Print Friendly Version The Gophers came out aggressive, tallying six corner kick and four shot, but the Bulldog defense handled the pressure extremely well to end the first period scoreless, 0-0. Drake’s lone shot of the period came from Kasey Hurt which ended up going wide. In the final period, the Gophers managed to put more pressure back on the Bulldogs’ defense. Brooke Dennis came up with five saves to keep Minnesota off the board.last_img read more