Interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez believes he has more support among Blues fans than might be apparent.
The Spaniard has found himself under fire from sections of the Chelsea faithful since his appointment in November due to his prior association with Liverpool. But the 52-year-old says he has also received backing from many supporters which will not have been noticed. He told Spanish newspaper Marca: “I have to say the fans are very good to me in the street. Many stop me and tell me to keep on working and not to listen to the critics. I have a lot more support than is shown.”
Record £15.9m profit for Swansea
Swansea City have announced a record profit of £15.9million for the six months up to the end of November 2012. The profit announced by the club is almost £10m more than for the same period in 2011. The Swans returned a profit of £14.6m for their first season in the Premier League. The profit before tax of £20.4m was made up of a £5.6million profit from operations, while a further £14.8m came from player sales, including those of Joe Allen to Liverpool and Scott Sinclair to Manchester City. Turnover, with the exclusion of player sales, has also risen to £28.5m, a growth of 11.5 per cent from the £25.5m for the previous six months.
Le Tissier to pull on boots again at 44
Former England and Southampton forward Matt Le Tissier could make his comeback on Sunday, more than a decade after hanging up his boots, to help non-league side Guernsey FC get through a fixture logjam. The 44-year-old, now a television pundit, was born on the Channel Island of Guernsey and is the honorary president of the club, while his brother Mark is a director. Le Tissier retired as a player in 2002 after 541 appearances for Southampton and eight caps for England, and was registered by Guernsey earlier this season.