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Derry: Barton comments 'unwise'

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Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:12:00

Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes has revealed the penalties defeat by Chelsea in last season's Champions League final has helped drive them to the brink of a return to the final this campaign.

Heynckes' men were technically at home in a Munich final last year but their dreams were shattered when the Premier League side prevailed in a penalty shootout.

However, they have shown remarkable powers of recovery and are now armed with a 4-0 lead going into the second leg of their semi-final clash against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.

"When you experience a final like we did against Chelsea, then you understand all the consequences," Heynckes said.

"Some clubs give up, but everyone at Bayern reacted in a very positive way. We made changes, signed good players, modified some things, and strengthened the team spirit."

Bayern are not expected to be overturned by Barcelona but Heynckes is determined not to abandon the attitude he has developed at the club and insists they will not merely sit back and defend their first-leg advantage.

"We have to take into account the rival. We have our philosophy on football and this season we have proved that Bayern is a great team playing top quality football," he said.

"We have our culture and we are capable of scoring goals tomorrow at the Camp Nou.

"We can't think too much about the first-leg result. After the match we can evaluate things, but I cannot say which team is the better one.

"Barcelona have played at such a high level for so many years. Bayern want to prove that the match in Munich wasn't a one-off."

Academy manager Bentley has left after 14 years of service while Jules, who also played for the Spireites, has had a 17-year association with the club.

Chesterfield chief executive Chris Turner paid tribute to the pair.

He said: "Dave and Mark have both provided the club with tremendous service over the years and I'd like to thank them for their efforts.

"It's always a sad day when people leave after being at a club for a long time. I'd like to wish them both all the best for the future.

"Supporters can be assured that we're still as committed as ever to developing homegrown talent."

Bentley and Jules follow Paul Cook's former assistant manager Tommy Wright, reserve-team coach Mark Crossley, development coach John Dungworth and kit man Kurt McDermott through the exit door at the Proact Stadium as the League Two club reshape their backroom staff.

Goalkeeper Rhys Evans, defender Kevin Amankwaah, midfielder Mark Molesley and striker Guillem Bauza will not be retained while negotiations are ongoing with key trio Matt Oakley, John O'Flynn and Jamie Cureton.

"Unfortunately I can't afford to keep them here," he told the club's official website.

"There are others that I'm in negotiations to keep, if I can find the right amount of money - Jamie Cureton, John O'Flynn and Matt Oakley are all players I would like to keep.

"Amankwaah was one of the toughest decisions I've had to make and one of the most difficult conversations I've had.

He has been fantastic for us, so that has been particularly difficult.

"I've been impressed this year with Rhys Evans. He's definitely good enough to play league football and I'd have loved to have kept him.

"Guillem's had an unusual two years with us.

He and I will both be disappointed that he's not done more. He's been blighted with injury and never got a run in the side.

"Mark came in late in the season. On another day or another year, he'd have been a very good player to have in the squad going into next year."

The 23-year-old Frenchman has impressed for the Saints as they battled to stay in the Barclays Premier League and has been linked with a big-money summer move to Arsenal.

Schneiderlin, who was signed from Strasbourg in the summer of 2008 and has helped the St Mary's club bounce back from relegation to npower League One with successive promotions, has his sights firmly set on another impressive campaign in the top flight.

"I am happy because I have improved in every way, but I know that I still have steps to progress," he said in an interview with the official Southampton matchday programme.

"This year I have had a good season, but next year I want to be even better. For me, next year is going to be the real thing.

"I want to prove myself to everyone again, and to get even better.

"In football, if you stop improving then you'll automatically go backwards."

Despite all the attention, the young Frenchman intends to keep grounded.

Schneiderlin added: "I am not going to lie and say that I am not happy that people are speaking about me and my games, but there is no point in me having a good season and then disappearing the year after.

"The main thing for me is to keep this going and to be able to be better in every game I play.

"I don't like to judge myself - that is down to other people - but I know that I have the capacity to play in the Premier League and I want to spend the rest of my life playing here."

Arsenal are said to be ready to make a ?10million summer move for Schneiderlin, whom they would view as a replacement for injury-prone Abou Diaby.

However, Schneiderlin only recently signed a new contract extension in February, which ties him to the Saints until at least 2017.

The midfielder believes the south coast club can continue to progress under Mauricio Pochettino, whose side remain seven points clear of the relegation zone in 13th place following Saturday's disappointing 3-0 home defeat by West Brom.

He added: "I am sure that big things are going to happen to Southampton, and that next season is going to be a big step once again.

"Hopefully this season we can finish in the top 10 because that's our target, and next year we can take another step, maybe to reach the top six.

"Maybe people will say there is no chance of us doing that - I am sure they will think that. I say to them: keep laughing. We will see who laughs last."

Schneiderlin added: "Only the people who are around the squad and the city know what's going to happen to us.

"We have a training ground that is going to be unbelievable and we have players who are very good so it is a matter of time until Southampton reaches the top in England. The future is bright."

Southampton, meanwhile, this afternoon paid tribute to former defender Kevin Moore, who died on Monday at the age of 55 following a long-term battle against Pick's disease, a form of dementia. Moore joined the Saints from home-town club Grimsby in 1987, scoring in the 1992 Zenit Data Systems final defeat against Nottingham Forest at Wembley. He made 185 appearances for Southampton, with 13 goals, before leaving to join Fulham in 1994.

The versatile defender has trained with Graham Turner's squad in recent weeks, impressing the Shrews boss while featuring for the reserves following his release from Bolton.

The 20-year-old is yet to make his professional debut but is hoping to make an impact next season.

He told the club's official website: "It's exciting to have something sorted out for next season.

"I spoke to the manager and everything seems really positive. I can hopefully crack on now and get a few games under my belt.

"I've played a few games in the reserves already so got to know the staff and the players. They've all been welcoming."

The striker, 25, who scored 20 league goals for the Minstermen in two-and-a-half years, has not been handed a new deal.

Jason Walker, Paddy McLaughlin, Scott Kerr, Ben Everson, Jon Challinor, Michael Potts, Chris Doig and Lee Bullock will also leave Bootham Crescent.

Meanwhile, Lanre Oyebanjo, Daniel Parslow, David McGurk, Chris Smith and Tom Platt have all been offered new contracts.

Barton wasted no time in delivering a damning verdict on QPR's relegation on Sunday afternoon, describing some members of the squad as "maggots" and "w******" shortly after the team's 0-0 draw at Reading.

Derry, one of the players who helped Rangers earn promotion to the top-flight two years ago, conceded the season had "horrible", but admitted that Barton's blast was ill-advised.

"I know Joey. I know him on a different level and I know that when things go against him personally he comes out with some unbelievable comments," the QPR midfielder told talkSPORT.

"Deep down he's a fighter, but at the same time, when you're down and you're really at the bottom of what's been a horrible season perhaps it wasn't the wisest thing."

Club owner Tony Fernandes, who celebrated his 49th birthday with a big QPR cake, met with manager Harry Redknapp yesterday to formulate a plan to try to get Rangers back in to the Barclays Premier League at the first attempt.

Fernandes was happy that Redknapp was willing to continue as manager, but he was in a far less joyous mood when asked about the performances of some of his players this season.

The Malaysian businessman will likely try to clear out some of those players in the summer, including Barton, whose loan at Marseille expires in the summer.

Midfielder Esteban Granero has hinted that he would be willing to remain at Loftus Road, but Loic Remy, Djibril Cisse, and Julio Cesar appear to be considering their future.

Remy, who has scored five goals since joining from Marseille in January, revealed he wants to playing the top flight again next season.

When asked whether Premier League football suited him, the French striker told FIFA.com: "I feel like it is, in every way.

"You get less time to read the game in this league. There's more pressure and there's more contact, though there is more space too.

"It's great for a player like me. They play deep here and I like that. It feels like the perfect league for me."

Brazil Goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who moved to Loftus Road from Inter Milan last summer, is another player who is considering his future at the club, according to his agent Josias Cardoso.

"There is nothing concrete yet," he told Calcio Mercato.

"In two weeks I plan come to Europe to talk to Julio.

"I do not think (he will go back to Brazil.

"If QPR were to decide to sell Julio Cesar, I still see him for a European future."

Djibril Cisse appears to be eyeing a move back to Marseille after admitting playing in the npower Championship with QPR appears "complicated".

Cisse, whose loan spell at Qatari club Al Gharafa expires at the end of the season, told France Football: "Given how it has gone for them from a sporting viewpoint, (a return to QPR) does seem complicated."

Cisse would relish a switch to Marseille, a club he joined on loan from Liverpool in 2006 before making the move permanent.

"It would be a dream to go back," said Cisse, "or play for any club which can make me shine."

Cisse is hoping a move back to Europe can enhance his chances of representing France at the World Cup finals next summer.

"I have Les Bleus in my heart," he said.

"If I'm in a good team and if I do a good job I think it's possible.

"I have a crazy mind and when I have a goal in mind I do everything to achieve it."

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