Month: December 2018

Joe Gomez out for up to six weeks with a fractured leg

Liverpool and England defender Joe Gomez could be out for up to six weeks after fracturing his left leg in his side’s 3-1 win over Burnley on Wednesday.

Burnley captain Ben Mee made the challenge that saw Gomez come off in the 23rd minute. Clarets boss Sean Dyche said that is was “fantastic tackle”, however Jurgen Klopp complained about the nature of some of the opposition’s tackling.

“We won the game but the challenges from the beginning, the sliding tackling on that wet ground, I really think the referee should have said something earlier. The injury threat is massive. That was hard.”

“You get the ball, nice, but it’s like bowling because you get the player as well. It happened four or five times. The first three or four challenges everybody likes it. I know that. It’s part of football but it lead to the situation. OK, no foul but Joe Gomez is injured.”

A statement released by Liverpool said that the “initial indications” were that Gomez would be out for up to six weeks “though this is dependent on how his treatment and rehabilitation programmes progress”.

Out of the 15 league games Liverpool has played this season Gomez has been a part of 13 so the impact on the squad, who are yet to lose in the league this season, could be massive.

Green Bay Packers fire coach Mike McCarthy after 13 years in charge

The Green Bay Packers have fired head coach Mike McCarthy after 13 years in charge. McCarthy’s fate was sealed after their 20-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, leaving his side third in the NFC North division with a poor 4-7-1 record.

The Wisconsin-based team won Super Bowl XLV in 2010 under McCarthy but have struggled in recent seasons, failing to make the playoffs last year breaking a streak that went back to 2009.

McCarthy arrived in 2006, replacing Mike Sherman, following stints at the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints as the offensive coordinator. His greatest achievement didn’t happen until his third season, however, when departing quarterback Brett Favre was replaced by first-round draft pick Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers proved himself to be an incredibly influential player as he led the Packers to the Super Bowl XLV championship in 2010. He was named Super Bowl MVP as the Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in the most-watched program in American television history at that time. The game is also notable for having perhaps the worst ever halftime show, performed by the Black Eyed Peas featuring Usher and Slash.

Since then, the Packers have failed to return to the Super Bowl, twice losing the NFC Championship game in 2014 and 2016. This season has been the worst under McCarthy with his side unable to win a single game on the road, as well as losing five out of their last six games.

Team president and Chief Executive Mark Murphy, therefore, made the decision, with four games of the regular season left, to fire McCarthy. “The 2018 season has not lived up to the expectations and standards of the Green Bay Packers,” he said. “Mike has been a terrific head coach and leader of the Packers for 13 seasons, during which time we experienced a great deal of success on and off the field.”

Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin has been named as the interim head coach for the final games of the season. The chances of Philbin turning this season around and gaining a spot in the playoffs is incredibly slim, with all four games needing to be won as well as favourable results everywhere else just for the chance of being a wild-card qualifier.