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Football News: Review Of The Day 13th March 2018

Review Of The Day 13th March 2018
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Review of the Day

 

Walsall Sack Physio Turned Manager

League One's Walsall have sacked manager Jon Whitney. Whitney, who has been with Walsall since 2003, initially starting out as a physio, spent 2 years as the manager at the Banks's Stadium. Walsall are currently 14th in the table, 6 points clear of the drop zone but 10 points behind the play off places.

 

Warnock Hits Out At Fixture List

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock is to write to the EFL over the 'pathetic' fixture his side face after the international break. Six of his team could possibly be in action on Wednesday for their countries before a Friday night game in the Championship. "I think we're going to have to write to the Football League," said Warnock. "No team going for promotion should play on a Friday coming back off the international break, it's pathetic. We've got lads playing on the Wednesday night and we're playing Burton on the Friday night? It's absolutely ridiculous. I wish those people would come and train with me while they're [arranging] that. They haven't got a clue what they're doing. I know we're ruled by television, but they've got to [have a] bit of common sense. I've got lads coming back from Hungary on a Wednesday night and then they're playing Friday night. You wouldn't put your animals through that. It's ridiculous."

 

Scotland Call Up Six New Faces

New (old) manager Alex McLeish has named his first squad since returning to take charge of the Scottish national team and it includes six uncapped players. Swansea City striker Oli McBurnie, Hibs midfielder Dylan McGeouch, Wolverhampton Wanderers Barry Douglas, Hearts keeper Jon McLaughlin, Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna and Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay are the new boys.
Scotland squad
Goalkeepers: Jordan Archer (Millwall), Allan McGregor (Hull City) Jon McLaughlin (Hearts)
Defenders: Barry Douglas (Wolves), Grant Hanley (Norwich City), Russell Martin (Norwich, on loan at Rangers), Scott McKenna (Aberdeen), Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers), Callum Paterson (Cardiff), Andrew Robertson (Liverpool), Kieran Tierney (Celtic).
Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Celtic), James Forrest (Celtic), Tom Cairney (Fulham), Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth), Kevin McDonald (Fulham), Kenny McLean (Aberdeen), Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian). John McGinn (Hibernian), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Scott McTominay (Man Utd), Jamie Murphy (Brighton, on loan at Rangers), Matt Ritchie (Newcastle), Ryan Christie (Celtic, on loan at Aberdeen)
Forwards: Oli McBurnie (Swansea, on loan at Barnsley), Jason Cummings (Nottingham Forest, on loan at Rangers), Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion)

 

West Ham Fans To Vote On New Protest March

The West Ham United Independent Supporters Association are set to vote this month on whether or not to reinstate plans for a protest march against the club's owners. They had previously had one planned to take place on Saturday, but cancelled it after talks with Karren Brady. The decision was claimed to be one of the major factors behind the crowd trouble against Burnley at the weekend. The group are set to ballot members on the 31st March whether or not to once again plan a protest march.

 

Brown Back In Management

Phil Brown left Southend United in January but is already back in management with Swindon Town. Swindon are in 9th, two places off the play-offs, in League One. "We have a 10-game season now," Brown said. "It's really a snapshot of what football is all about. This is an opportunity to get the club promoted. The lure of the play-offs and possible promotion was a big attraction for me, as was the sales pitch from the chairman. Lee Power outlined what he wants for the club and the ambition. Swindon, as a club, have been a sleeping giant for years now. They have a fantastic history with some great names to have played or managed here."

 

Greek Super League Suspended After Gun Toting President Invades Pitch

Following PAOK Salonika's president Ivan Savvidis's pitch invasion while carrying a gun, the Greek league has been indefinitely suspended. Local police are currently searching for Savvidis to arrest him. FIFA had threatened to suspend the Greek FA if they had failed to take appropriate measures. Deputy sports minister Giorgos Vasiliadis announced the decision to suspend all top-flight matches saying: "It won't start again unless there is a clear framework, agreed by all, to move forward with conditions and rules. Such extreme phenomena demand courageous decisions."

 

Sigurdsson Set For Knee Specialist

Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is set to see a knee specialist amid fears his season is over and that he may have to miss Iceland's trip to the World Cup. His brother told Icelandic media that Gylfi had damaged the joint of his knee, damage which he may well have worsened after continuing to play on after first picking up the injury in the win over Brighton.

 

Radrizzani Continues His Complaints About Wolves

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has written to the FA, Premier League and EFL to ask for clarification on the link between Wolverhampton Wanderers and super agent Jorge Mendes. Radrizzani has questioned the link on social media following his team's thrashing at the hands of Wolves. "They are playing great football and they are managed by a very good coach so they deserve to be top of the league regardless of money or investment," he said. "It's an opportunity for me to clarify the rules because I want to build a successful team on the pitch like Wolverhampton. To do it I might need to have five or six players on loan from an important agent or important clubs in Europe. I need to understand if it's practical as I would like to do the same."

 

Carrick Confirms Retirement

Man Utd midfielder Michael Carrick has announced his long-expected retirement at the end of the season. The Geordie has an offer on the table to take up a coaching role with the first team at the end of the season and he said it was 'looking likely' he would take up that offer. "There comes a time when your body tells you it is time to stop. That is where I am at," Carrick said.

 

Pellegrino Sacked By Saints

With just one win in their last 17 Premier League matches and a 3-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Newcastle United at the weekend, it has come as no surprise that Southampton sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrini. The Argentine was appointed in June as the replacement for Claude Puel and leaves the club just one point and one place above the bottom three places. Saints had not finished lower than 14th in their previous six seasons in the Prem. The sacking takes the total to 9 Premier League managers who have lost their job this season.

 

Transfer Round Up

Free agent midfielder Valeri Fedorchuk has joined Lativan side Virsliga.

Tobias Schattin has stepped up from FC Winterthur of the Swiss Challenge League to join Swiss Super League side FC Zurich on loan.

In Brazil, Rithely has left Sport Recife to join Internacional on loan.

Real Murcia have added a free agent signing in Hervin Ongenda.

 

Mourinho Hits Back At De Boer

Former Crystal Palace manager Frank De Boer had criticised Jose Mourinho's handling of young Man Utd starlet Marcus Rashford, saying it was a 'pity' for Rashford to be playing under Mourinho. Mourinho hit back in his press conference during the build up to the Champions League match against Sevilla. "I read something, some quote from the worst manager in the history of the Premier League," said Mourinho. "Frank de Boer - seven matches, seven defeats, zero goals - where he was saying that it was not good for Marcus Rashford to have a coach like me because the most important thing for me is to win. If he was coached by Frank, he would learn how to lose because he lost every game."

Written by Tris Burke March 13 2018 05:57:01