Featured Matches
Previous
Lille
FC Porto
ESPNDeportes 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
NK Maribor
Celtic
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Standard Liege
Zenit St Petersburg
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Stjarnan
Internazionale
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Fulham
Wolverhampton Wanderers
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Colorado Rapids
Los Angeles Galaxy
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Seattle Sounders FC
San Jose Earthquakes
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
AaB
Apoel Nicosia
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Lille
FC Porto
ESPNDeportes 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
NK Maribor
Celtic
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Slovan Bratislava
BATE Borisov
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Standard Liege
Zenit St Petersburg
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Hajduk Split
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Stjarnan
Internazionale
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Fulham
Wolverhampton Wanderers
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Livingston
Heart of Midlothian
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Colorado Rapids
Los Angeles Galaxy
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Seattle Sounders FC
San Jose Earthquakes
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
DC United
Waterhouse
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
CD FAS
Montreal Impact
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Nacional Potosí
Libertad
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
UTC
Deportivo Cali
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
General Díaz
Cobresal
11:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Peñarol
Wilstermann
11:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Real Espor
Atlético Nacional
1:30 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
River Plate
Colón de Santa Fe
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Guadalajara
Zacatepec
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Puebla
Necaxa
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Altamira
Queretaro
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
At. San Luis
Monterrey
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Veracruz
Lobos BUAP
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Figueirense FC
Botafogo
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Santos FC
Atletico Paranaense
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Sport
Palmeiras
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Bahia
Criciúma
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Coritiba FBC
EC Vitória
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Chapecoense AF
Fluminense FC
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Flamengo
Atlético MG
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Internacional
São Paulo
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Western Sydney Wanderers
Guangzhou Evergrande
9:30 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Pohang Steelers
FC Seoul
10:30 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Free State Stars
SuperSport United
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Bidvest Wits
Maritzburg Utd
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Chippa United
Pretoria Univ
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Moroka Swallows
Mamelodi Sundowns
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Mpumalanga Black Aces
Silver Stars
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Orlando Pirates
Amazulu
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Saprissa
Santos
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Sky Blue FC
Houston Dash
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Next
 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jan 15, 2009

Sbragia would walk if Sunderland sell Jones

Ricky Sbragia has admitted he would walk out of Sunderland rather than sell his best players as Tottenham Hotspur launched a £15million pursuit of striker Kenwyne Jones.

The 52-year-old Scot arrived at work this morning to read reports that Spurs had turned their attention to the Trinidad and Tobago international, while Hull City have tabled an offer for skipper Dean Whitehead.

However, Sbragia told both clubs to forget it and insisted he will not countenance any bids for his key men as he attempts to drag his side away from the Premier League drop zone.

Predecessor Roy Keane voiced the opinion last season that Jones, a £6million signing from Southampton during the summer of 2007, was worth more like £40million.

However, Sbragia is adamant he is not for sale at any price.

He said: ''As far as I am concerned, there is no price because I need him - I need all the players I can get. If I go and sell my best players, I would be better walking, I would be better going out of the door, it's as simple as that.

''I came into the job to try to keep Sunderland up and try to move up the table, and there's one thing I won't do, sell my players.''

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, who worked with Jones briefly on the south coast, has been nothing if not aggressive in his efforts to buy his way out of trouble with the Londoners having slipped back into the bottom three at the weekend.

He has already splashed out £15million to buy back striker Jermain Defoe from Portsmouth, and tabled at least two sizeable bids for Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing despite the Teessiders' stubborn resistance.

If it has anything to do with Sbragia, he will make little headway with Jones, although the Black Cats boss is hoping last season's leading scorer will not be unsettled by the speculation with the Wearsiders only three points better off than Tottenham.

He said: ''I just can't see the point of selling my best centre-forward - or one of them - to a club that's in the same position as us. As far as I am concerned, it was always going to be a 'no', and it always will be a 'no'.

''Whatever Tottenham may do might unsettle the player, that could be a problem. But it's just going to be 'no', it's as simple as that. He is an important member of the team, he is now hitting form, he is scoring goals and Sunderland Football Club need him here.''

Hull boss Phil Brown revealed after Wednesday night's 1-0 FA Cup third-round replay victory at Newcastle that he had made an offer for 27-year-old Whitehead, something he did not mention to his Sunderland counterpart when the pair spoke yesterday over Paul McShane's recall from his loan spell at the KC Stadium.

However, had he done so, the answer would not have been the one he wanted to hear.

Sbragia said: ''At the end of the day, I spoke to him about Paul yesterday and that was as far as it went. Dean won't be going anywhere, it's as simple as that.''

Sunderland's search for defensive reinforcements is ongoing, but Sbragia has insisted McShane has a role to play at the Stadium of Light whether or not that ultimately proves successful, and confirmed the 23-year-old Republic of Ireland international would not be sent out on loan again.

He said: ''No, not at all. The good thing about Paul is he can play right-back or centre-back, so I have definitely got the cover.

''He seems okay about it. I spoke to him about three weeks ago just to find out how he was and how things were going, and he was obviously loving it because he is playing week in, week out.

''But I felt it was just the right time now to bring him back.''

Meanwhile, midfielder Liam Miller has left Sunderalnd and joined QPR for an undisclosed fee.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.