OFFICIAL: Crystal Palace sign Adebayor

The Eagles have scored only one goal – an own goal – in their last six Premier League matches but have now bolstered their attack with the arrival of the Togo striker

OFFICIAL: Crystal Palace sign Adebayor

Crystal Palace have signed free agent Emmanuel Adebayor on a six-month contract.

The Togo international was released by Tottenham in September and has been without a club since, but has now signed a deal with the Eagles until the end of the season.

Palace boss Alan Pardew has made clear his desire to sign a striker this month and the club have also been linked with the likes of Nicklas Bendtner, Loic Remy and Emmanuel Emenike.

Palace’s only goal in their last six Premier League games was an own goal scored by Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen on Saturday.

Adebayor was reportedly close to joining Aston Villa in the summer but was eventually let go by Spurs having failed to find a new club, and has not played since May 3 of last year.

The former Arsenal and Real Madrid player will wear the No.25 shirt at Selhurst Park.

Ferguson reveals reasons for keeping ‘amazing’ Cantona after kung-fu kick

The former Manchester United star was suspended for eight months for kicking a supporter, with his former manager admitting he felt duty-bound to keep him

Ferguson reveals reasons for keeping 'amazing' Cantona after kung-fu kick

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed the reasons behind his decision to keep Eric Cantona at Manchester United after his infamous kung-fu kick on a Crystal Palace supporter in 1995.

Cantona was banned for eight months after the incident, which led to widespread calls for Ferguson to sell him.

The long-serving United boss decided to keep him at the club, however, admitting that he felt compelled to fight his player’s corner.

“Jesus, you know, he was done and it was a problem for the club because it got such headlines,” Ferguson told the BBC. “It was front page and we decided to have a meeting at Alderley Edge the next night.

“On the way I get a phone call from Richard Greenbury, who was chairman of Marks and Spencer at the time, Richard, a big United fan.

“He says ‘well, don’t let Cantona go. He’ll give you great moments of joy.’ I said ‘I know that.’ But you know it was the mood of the board, so I had to fight the case, look we must keep him, we can’t let him go, we can’t give in to the mob and we decided to suspend him for four months and the FA at the time were happy with it, but somehow they added to it.

United signed Cantona for around £1.2 million from Leeds in 1992, with the France international playing a key role in the Red Devils’ title wins in 1993 and 1994.

And Ferguson insists he had no idea that Cantona would ever react to a fan’s provocation in such a dramatic manner.

“He’d never given us any indication that explosion was there. But I decided to approach it this way: I would speak to him every day, I would talk to him about football all the time and he loved it.

“That’s why the other players said he was my prodigal son. But I think he needed different attention, you needed different ways of dealing with him, he was a different guy from everyone else. He’s an amazing human being.

“No. There was something in me that said I need to stand by him because the world is after him. And it was a bit like, no one’s there to help him and I says well it’ll have to be me because I’m his manager.”

Liverpool slump is my responsibility, admits Rodgers

The Reds took an early lead at Crystal Palace through Rickie Lambert but went on to lose their fourth consecutive match and the manager says that confidence is low

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits that he is ultimately responsible for the club’s slump in form this season after another costly Premier League defeat, this time by Crystal Palace.

Last season’s runners-up endured another afternoon to forget at Selhurst Park on Sunday, having thrown away a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 on the same ground last season in a result that ultimately proved crucial in the title race.

This time, they could not even escape with a point as goals from Dwight Gayle, Joe Ledley and Mile Jedinak overturned Rickie Lambert’s second-minute opener as the game ended 3-1.

It marked a fourth consecutive loss for Rodgers’s side, who find themselves in the bottom half of the table, and the Northern Irishman concedes that they are suffering from a crisis of confidence.

“It was bitterly disappointing,” he told reporters. “It was nowhere near the level that we would expect. We started the game as you would want but I think you saw a team low on confidence.

“We’re not quite together as a team, which is what we pride our work on. We need to find a solution very quickly because it was very disappointing.

“It’s my responsibility as the manager, ultimately. I picked the team and put the team out there and I pick the best team I think can win us the game.

“We made mistakes that you would not expect to see at this level for a team that wants to be challenging. We go 1-0 up and then we fail to manage the game. Overall, there’s that intensity and togetherness that’s not quite there in our game. When you don’t get the results, that is affected.”

Rodgers will have little time to reflect as he bids to mastermind a turnaround. Liverpool face a must-win trip to Ludogorets in the Champions League on Wednesday before returning to Premier League action at home to Stoke City.

Defeat in both games could leave them looking to only the domestic cup competitions for a realistic chance of silverware this term but Rodgers insists that they can still turn around their season.

“We need to find a way because we’ve seen over the last couple of years as we have seen this group develop that they are very talented players,” he added, “but it’s been a new phase this season and we’ve had a lot of games, a lot less preparation time in terms of coaching and injuries that were key for us.

“But we can’t complain. We just have to get on with it and find ways of getting results because that’s what Liverpool is about.”