Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 25th 2015 Contents A60
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, May 25, 2015
Hull s season ended in painful frustration
as the Tigers were relegated from the Pre-
mier League after being held to a goalless
draw by Manchester United yesterday.
Steve Bruce s side had several chances
but could not make the breakthrough against
a United side who will have Marouane Fel-
laini suspended for the first three matches
of next season after the Belgium midfielder
was sent off for a studs-up challenge on
Victory would have been in vain anyway
for the Tigers as relegation rivals Newcastle
beat West Ham 2-0 to confirm their top-
There were some nervy moments for the
Magpies before Moussa Sissoko s far-post
header gave them the lead and Jonas Gutier-
rez made it 2-0 late on.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers troubled
season ended in disaster with a 6-1 thrashing
Rodgers left Raheem Sterling on the bench
after another week of negative headlines
and saw his side slump to 5-0 down by
half-time in Steven Gerrard s last game for
Two goals from Mame Biram Diouf started
the rout before Jon Walters, Charlie Adam
and a stunning strike from Steven Nzonzi
left Liverpool shell-shocked.
Gerrard was given a standing ovation by
the Stoke fans after making it 5-1 but Anfield
old boy Peter Crouch came off the bench
to intensify the agony with a header.
Arsenal were also rampant with a 4-1
win at home to West Brom, where Theo
Walcott grabbed a first-half hat-trick to
put himself firmly in the frame for the FA
Jack Wilshere also did his Wembley
chances no harm with an excellent per-
formance and a superb strike as the Gunners
raced into a 4-0 lead by the break.
Gareth McAuley s header regained some
respect for the Baggies but Aaron Ramsey
hit the woodwork twice as the match ended
Champions Chelsea came back from a
goal down to win 3-1 at home to Sunder-
Substitute Diego Costa levelled from the
spot after Steven Fletcher had put the visitors
Costa had replaced Didier Drogba, who
was carried shoulder-high from the pitch
by his team-mates after his final perform-
ance in a Chelsea shirt. Loic Remy then
scored twice to ensure a positive end to the
There were some farewell flourishes else-
where in the Premier League too---Frank
Lampard found the net in his last match
for Manchester City as the runners-up saw
off Southampton 2-0, with the league s top
scorer Sergio Aguero heading the second.
Danny Ings scored at Aston Villa in what
is likely to be his last game for Burnley as
the striker is out of contract in the sum-
The relegated Clarets ended their season
with a flourish, winning 1-0, while Villa
looked to be focused on next week s FA Cup
Leicester s astonishing run of form con-
tinued right to the end of the season as the
Foxes defeated relegated QPR 5-1.
Jamie Vardy celebrated his England call-
up with a goal before Marc Albrighton struck
to make it 2-0.
Leonardo Ulloa grabbed a third after the
break and Argentina international Esteban
Cambiasso fired in for 4-0.
Charlie Austin, also called up for the Eng-
land squad this week, headed a consolation
for his 18th of the season but Andrej Kra-
maric made if five for Nigel Pearson s side.
Harry Kane made it 21 league goals for
the season as Tottenham took the lead at
Everton and held on for a 1-0 win and fifth
place in the table.
Marouane Chamakh ended a barren run
of 1,008 minutes without a goal as he drove
home to open the scoring for Crystal Palace
against Swansea. The 1-0 success saw Alan
Pardew s side finish the season in the top
half of the table.
Bilic odds-on for
West Ham job
Slaven Bilic was made odds-on to be the next
West Ham manager after the club parted ways
with Sam Allardyce yesterday.
Allardyce s spell in charge came to an end with
a 2-0 defeat at Newcastle, which saw the Geordies
survive at the expense of Hull who could do no
more than draw 0-0 with Manchester United.
West Ham announced immediately after the
game that Allardyce s contract would not be
renewed, which bookies think paves the way for
former Upton Park centre-back Bilic to take over.
Bilic, who is due to leave Besiktas, was made
4/9 favourite by Sky Bet.
The Football League sponsors made Hull their
10/1 favourites to win the 2015/16 Sky Bet Cham-
pionship and quote 3/1 that they gain promotion
back to the Premier League at the first attempt.
Chelsea meanwhile head the betting for the
2015/16 Premier League title at 6/4 from Man-
chester City at 3/1.
Manchester United are 9/2 and a point bigger
than Arsenal at 11/2 while Liverpool---whose
2014/15 season came to an end with a humbling
6-1 defeat at Stoke---priced at 14/1.
Advocaat to make
Dick Advocaat plans to make a swift decision
over whether he accepts Sunderland s offer of
a new contract after guiding the Black Cats to
Barclays Premier League survival.
The Dutchman, who revealed the offer on Friday,
said a two or three-year contract was on the table
following Sunday s 3-1 loss at Chelsea.
"I have to be honest to myself and to everybody
about what I will do for the future," said Advocaat,
who was emotional after sealing survival with
Wednesday night s goalless draw at Arsenal.
"They offered me already two or three years."
Asked when he will make his decision, Advocaat
added: "As quickly as possible, because the club
must know. They have to go on as well. One way
or the other way.
"There s no sense to discuss it now. Let s wait
until next week and then I ll make the decision."
Advocaat may have a say in his successor, if he
chooses to move on.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley says he will not
sell the club until they win a trophy or qualify
for the Champions League.
The Sports Direct tycoon has often been crit-
icised by sections of the Magpies support for put-
ting profit ahead of on-pitch performances, with
the club going into their final Premier League
match of the season facing the threat of relega-
But Ashley, who has rarely if ever spoken to the
media on sporting matters, broke cover to pledge
his determination to improve matters at St James
He told Sky Sports: "I will continue my policy
of investing in the football club.
"I shan t be selling the club until we win some-
thing. Not at any price. When I say win something,
if we get in a position of Champions League that
equals winning something."
INSIDE THE EPL
Hull City's Nikica Jelavic, centre, fights for the ball against Manchester United's Phil Jones during the English Premier League soccer
match between Hull City and Manchester United at the KC Stadium, Hull, England, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Hull falls as thrilling
EPL season ends
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Man Utd 0
Man City 2
West Ham 0
C Palace 1
A Villa 0
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Manchester United 38 20 10 8 62 37 70
Tottenham Hotspur 38 19 7 12 58 53 64
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W Bromwich Albion 38 11 11 16 38 51 44
Newcastle United 38 10 9 19 40 63 39
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