Football: What happened to Clive Clarke made me sit up and think ... I've got to take every chance that I get now says Cats' pounds 6m man Kenwyne Jones; Kenwyne Jones became Sunderland's third most expensive player when he completed his pounds 6m move from Southampton this week, but his sizeable transfer fee does not concern a striker with more important things to think about.
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THE misfortune Clive Clarke For the English footballer, born in 1940, see Clive Clark (footballer). For other persons with similar names see Clive Clark(e) (disambiguation)
Clive Richard Luke Clarke has encountered this week has touched all in English football, Sunderland's on-loan Irishman having suffered double heart failure during the half-time break in Leicester's Carling car·ling
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[Middle English, from Old French calingue and from Old Norse Cup second-round tie at Nottingham Forest.
A shocking episode that has affected different people in different ways. For supporters in the East Midlands The East Midlands is one of the regions of England and consists of most of the eastern half of the traditional region of the Midlands. It consists of the combined area of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and most of Lincolnshire. , Clarke's collapse ensured that fighting for local pride paled into insignificance in·sig·nif·i·cance
The quality or state of being insignificant.
Noun 1. insignificance - the quality of having little or no significance
unimportance - the quality of not being important or worthy of note , while for Roy Keane Roy Maurice Keane (born 10 August, 1971 in Mayfield, Cork City, Ireland) is an Irish former professional footballer and the current manager of English Premier League club Sunderland. it put another pitiful performance into perspective.
For Kenwyne Jones, the defender's plight demonstrated that in football, as in life, opportunities must be taken. As the 22-year-old admitted last night, Clarke's horrendous health problems have suggested that he was correct to pursue a controversial career path.
"What happened to Clive made me sit up and think," said the Black Cats' latest signing, who told Southampton officials that he did not want to be considered for last week's Championship fixture against Stoke having been told he would not be allowed to leave the South Coast club.
"As a sportsman, a footballer, you assume that you will be healthy for a long time. But then things like this happen and it makes you think. It made me realise that I've got to take every chance I get. It's everybody's dream to play in the Premier League and when you see players having to retire and players dying (Sevilla's Antonio Puerta Antonio José Puerta Pérez (26 November 1984 – 28 August 2007) was a Spanish international football midfielder. He played for Sevilla FC in La Liga. Affected with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, he died on 28 August 2007, three days after suffering a series of this week met such an end after suffering a cardiac arrest cardiac arrest
Abbr. CA A sudden cessation of cardiac function, resulting in loss of effective circulation.
A condition in which the heart stops functioning. during a game against Gefate), you realise that you have to take your opportunities when they come. The time came for me and I had to take the chance."
Keane - who learned about Clarke's troubles during this week's Carling Cup defeat at Luton - could not disguise his distress when informed. The Black Cats boss was last night attempting to speak to the recovering defender, while chairman Niall Quinn
Niall John Quinn (Honorary) MBE (b. October 6, 1966 in Dublin, Ireland) is a former Irish international footballer, and the current chairman of Sunderland AFC. is planning to visit him in hospital this morning.
Although their Sunderland careers have not overlapped, Jones has given Clarke's condition much thought in recent days and, like all in the footballing world, what has happened to Puerta has prompted profound thought.
Seven days ago, a player who had handed in a transfer request at St Mary's was making unfortunate headlines having effectively gone on strike. One week on, perspective has been discovered.
"What happened at Southampton was taken out of context," explained the Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago (trĭn`ĭdăd, təbā`gō), officially Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, republic (2005 est. pop. 1,088,000), 1,980 sq mi (5,129 sq km), West Indies. The capital is Port of Spain. international, who forced George Burley's hand with his refusal to take part against Stoke last weekend. "It's gone now and I'm just pleased to be here at Sunderland. It was a bit of a saga, it dragged on for a week or two, but what's done is done.
"I left Southampton on good terms. I have no ill feelings towards anyone there, I've been there for three years and everyone down there's a friend. Everyone down there - regardless of the circumstances - is pleased for me. I think people are pleased that I've made a step towards the pinnacles of my career."
Jones is perhaps naive to think that all at St Mary's are pleased with the manner in which he departed the Championship club, although satisfaction should be sought in the deal that ensured a protracted pro·tract
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1. To draw out or lengthen in time; prolong: disputants who needlessly protracted the negotiations.
2. transfer progressed. To sign a striker with a mere two Premier League appearances to his name, Keane spent pounds 6m, with Stern John Stern John (born October 30, 1976 in Trincity, Trinidad and Tobago) is a Trinidadian football player who currently plays for Southampton. He is a centre forward.
John moved to the United States to attend Mercer County Community College in 1995. joining Southampton as part of the deal. The Saints paid the Trinidad club W Connection just pounds 100,000 to sign Jones three years ago.
Other than Craig Gordon Craig Sinclair Gordon (born 31 December 1982 in Edinburgh, Scotland) is a Scottish footballer, currently a goalkeeper for both Sunderland and the Scotland national team. Club career
Hearts and Tore Andre Flo, no player has cost the Black Cats more, but although a staggering transfer fee will bring understandable pressures, Jones has no concerns.
"The price tag doesn't bother me," said a striker who is expected to make his debut in tomorrow's televised fixture at Manchester United. "No matter what league you're playing in, you're going to be under some pressure, but I won't be worrying about the transfer fee. I'll just be doing the best I can.
"Players have no input in what their price tag might be, it's no one's fault.
Southampton wanted to get a good price and, to be fair, they've been in the Championship for two years and don't have much cash. It's not a concern for me.
I'm just pleased it has been done."
Keane has been as outspoken as ever this summer and earlier this month the Irishman criticised players for refusing to head north and for being obsessed ob·sess
v. ob·sessed, ob·sess·ing, ob·sess·es
To preoccupy the mind of excessively.
v.intr. with living near London. Having bucked the trend, a player prepared to uproot had no qualms about making such a big move.
"It wasn't an issue," said Jones, who has joined compatriots Dwight Yorke This article is about Dwight Yorke, the football player. For the black supremacist, see Dwight York.
Dwight Eversley Yorke (born November 3 1971 in Canaan, Tobago) is a Trinidad and Tobago football player. He currently plays for Sunderland A.F. and Carlos Edwards on Wearside. "I moved 4,000 miles from Trinidad and Tobago to join Southampton so moving here wasn't a problem at all. I just want to be playing in the Premier League.
"It was a simple decision to make and it always helps when you've got friends at a club. Dwight and Carlos being at Sunderland wasn't a major factor for me, but it was a factor.
"I was speaking to them two or three times a week even before all this started to happen and they were always joking and saying, 'When are you coming up here?' Them being here is the icing on the cake for me.
"Regardless of what they've told me, everyone in England can see that Sunderland Football Club has great ambition. What happened last year showed that. People know what Sunderland is about. You don't need words to persuade you to come here."
"I've never set goal targets, I set performance targets. The aim is to be better each day, whether that's in training or in games. I hope those performances will help me to score goals in the games.
"Everyone's different and when you come to the Premier League you just have to find your own way and play how you play. I hope the way I play will enable me to be a success."
The price-tag does not bother me ... I'll do the best I can
DIFFERENT FORTUNES: Kenwyne Jones, top while with Saints and right following his move. Above, Clive Clarke, who collapsed this week.