Clyne must improve to play in the Liverpool’s forward line: Steve McMahon

Every former notable bets over his side and always asks youngsters to do lots of hard work to parallel the legacy his side has been carrying for decades. Liverpool is one such side who is of course amongst the top four English sides hence almost every player wants to get associated with them and 24-year-old Nathaniel Clyne is one such player who needs to change his playing style to match the need of his side, this is what is believed by the former Reds skipper Steve McMahon. This is not a secret now that Anfield side paid a huge price for doing some mistakes last year that includes releasing Suarez and since then they are struggling to control the forward line in the field and 53-year-old just expects Clyne to do the hard work for his new side. He as well taunted over Clyne former side Southampton when said St Mary side is nowhere at par with that of Anfield side hence he needs to get out of his past and play for the future. Calling him a young and promising player, McMahon said, “Clyne is a good, young English player with a bright future, but he will find out quickly that Liverpool is a very different kind of club to Southampton. It’s like a goldfish bowl at Liverpool while at Southampton you can a couple of iffy games and nobody pays that much attention.

“(He) will be expected to contribute a lot in an attacking sense while taking care of his defensive job. He will need find his form quickly because Liverpool must start next season well.”

He advises Clyne to help Liverpool improve its attack and play more aggressive soccer which was the weakest point for the side in the last season. Actually, fans are well aware of biggest shortcomings Liverpool has had in the last season when they tried to recoup Uruguayan loss with a battery of new players but nothing could work and they had to rest at number eight on the leaderboard. If we look at new Liverpool squad, it would be having services of four former Southampton players, i.e., Clyne, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, and Rickie Lambert which is surprising for the television pundit. Adding about the internal system of the club that is continuously failing to produce young players, former club pro said, “I think it’s strange that so many Southampton players have joined Liverpool in the last year or so. Why can’t Liverpool own scouting system find these kind of players?”

Betway Hires “The Analyst” for Major Cricket Tournament

Simon Hughes, the award winning journalist, broadcaster and former cricketer, also known as “The Analyst”, has been hired to provide a detailed blog for leading online sports book Betway, on this summer’s Ashes cricket tournament.

Hughes is currently employed at Channel 5, The Times and the BBC, and will dig deep under the surface in order to provide an exclusive, expert review on every aspect of the series, which traditionally pits Australia and England in a struggle for cricket superiority.

Hughes, the former Middlesex bowler, will not only provide complete social media support in order to promote the blog right through the summer, but will also be giving Betway the rights to use his name and image.

The past six months has seen the online sports book sign quite a number of brand ambassadors which include Sky Sports’ Sarah Stirk for golf and Mike Tindall for rugby union.

According to Alan Alger, the Sports Events and Media Relations Manager at Betway, Hughes will be providing the most insightful content out there. Alger also said that he is able to uncover things that most cricket fans would not have even considered and that it is a blog that is not to be missed this summer.

The Ashes is a forthcoming series of Test cricket matches to be played between England and Australia at Lords, Trent Bridge, Sophia Gardens, Edgbaston and The Oval. Sky Sports have exclusive live broadcast rights to the 2015 competition in the UK while the Nine Network via GEM will have exclusive coverage in Australia.

Ladbrokes and Colossus Bets Partner for Australian Expansion


Colossus Bets have announced that it has joined forces with the Australian arm of Ladbrokes that will see it expand its mega jackpots pools services into Australia.

The new partnership will see the sports betting operator launch its “Mega Margin’ pools for mobile in Australia, with the service due to take wagers on Australian Rugby League (AFL) as well as National Rugby League (NRL) matches.

Punters will also be given an opportunity to collect a portion of their winning on live pools tickets with the introduction of Colossus Bet’s “Partial Cash Out” service.

According to Bernard Marantelli, the Chief Executive Officer at Colossus Bets, they are extremely delighted to be partnering with Ladbrokes in order to launch Australia’s biggest bets and the launch of Mega Margin shows again that the combination of their patented Cash Out technology together with multi-million prize pools is a compelling proposition. Marantelli also said that they are looking forward to growing these pools so that they can introduce a $5,000,000 Pick 7 version for the 2016 season.

The Chief Operating Officer of Ladbrokes Australia, Paul Cherry, added that Mega Margin pools will enable their players to shoot for a million dollar Pick 6 prize weekly on AFL as well as NRL. He added that even better is the fact that these products feature Partial Cash Out which means that players can take some money and run, between legs on their live tickets.

Cherry also said that their mobile-led platform is perfectly suited to bet with “on-the-go” Cash Out decisions and life-changing jackpots for their players and that Mega Margin is a great innovation for them.

Paddy Power Extends Sports Betting Partnership with PMU

Internet betting firm Paddy Power has revealed that it has opted to extend its existing partnership with French betting group Pari-Mutuel Urbain (PMU) and has signed a five year extension to the partnership that will see it continuing to provide sports services in France.

Since linking up with the French racing operator in 2010, the Irish bookmaker has provided risk management, event management and fixed-odds pricing services to PMU and Paddy Power will continue to do so during the extension period. Pari-Mutuel Urbain is a huge betting firm in its home country and the two companies have worked together successfully for some time.

Andy McCue, the Chief Executive Officer at Paddy Power, commented on the deal by saying that over the last 5 years they have provided the most extensive sports betting product available in France, enabling PMU to launch and rapidly scale their business. McCue also said that this has been reflected in the results achieved and that they are looking forward to the coming years of partnership.

Alain Resplandy-Bernard, the Chief Executive Officer of PMU, added that when PMU decided to jump into the sports betting adventure, it had no experience in this new business whatsoever. He went on to say that PMU and Paddy Power have worked hand in hand in order to create an offer which would meet the French punters’ needs and expectations and that it has been a huge success. He added that this is why they have decided to renew their partnership with Paddy Power for five more years and that thanks to this renewed agreement, PMU knows that it can look ahead with confidence and keep on delivering innovative solutions to its punters.

Ladbrokes and Gala Coral in Merger Discussions


Ladbrokes, one of the leading bookmakers, has revealed that it is currently in talks with the board of UK betting giant Gala Coral Group with regard to a possible merger.

A potential deal could result in the creation of the biggest bookmaker in the United Kingdom, with almost 4,000 High Street shops.

According to Ladbrokes, it is not yet certain if the talks will lead to a deal and possible terms and timings had also not yet been agreed.

The talks that were announced in a statement by Ladbrokes, could result in Ladbrokes, Eurobet Retail, Coral Retail and Gala Coral’s online betting sites all being merged into one massive firm with the combined businesses listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Jim Mullen, the Chief Executive Officer of Ladbrokes, commented on the talks by saying that since becoming CEO his focus has been on a more aggressive plan to build digital scale and grow their recreational customer base across all channels, which is key to creating a more sustainable and growing Ladbrokes. He added that his plans are well advanced and that he is looking forward to presenting them to shareholders.

Mullen also revealed that a merger with Gala Coral could create a combined business with significant scale and has the potential to generate substantial cost synergies, creating value for both companies’ shareholders. He also said that the firm’s board has yet to decide whether a deal would be “strategically attractive” and whether it could be “delivered to shareholders on appropriate terms”.