Football News: Review Of The Day 4th May 2018

Review Of The Day 4th May 2018
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Review of the Day


Lambert Dismisses Butland Transfer Fee

Stoke City boss Paul Lambert has laughed off reports of a £35m fee for keeper Jack Butland amid rumours of a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Despite Butland conceding 58 goals in his 33 appearances Lambert said: "Is that for one glove? With the way the modern market is, I think you might get one glove for that! When it becomes a little bit probably more realistic with the modern-day transfer fees then wait and see. I obviously know people at Wolves and get on well with those guys. But I think that would probably get you Jack's right hand."


New Deal

Crewe Alexandra midfielder Callum Ainley has signed a contract extension with the club to see the academy graduate through to the end of the 2020-21 season. Ainley has 51 appearances for the Railwaymen this season.


Kenya Appoint Migne

Kenya have replaced Belgian coach Paul Put, who resigned in February, with French manager Sebastien Migne on a 3 year deal. Migne quit as head coach of Congo Brazzaville at the end of March.


FA Set To Investigate Crowd Disturbances In Boro-Millwall Match

Following Middlesbrough's 2-0 win over Millwall, Boro fans invaded the pitch and ran to the away end to goad Millwall fans. Both sets of supporters threw missiles at each other as stewards and police tried to separate them. Middlesbrough, whose fans should have been happily celebrating their team confirming a play-off place, are attempting to identify those supporters who took to the pitch. A Boro statement read: "We are working to identify those fans that entered the playing area intending on provoking visiting supporters. That type of behaviour is not acceptable. Using our extensive CCTV footage, we are working to identify those people with the aim of bringing them to justice. We are awaiting the response of the FA before establishing the full range of measures that we will have to implement but it is clear that any repeat of the incident at the Millwall game could have serious consequences. We are requesting the cooperation and assistance of all genuine Boro supporters to prevent the type of behaviour that can damage the club's reputation."


Besiktas Boycott Resumed Cup Tie

Besiktas stood by their word after saying they would not take part in a Turkish Cup tie against Fenerbahce that had been abandoned after their head coach, Senol Gunes, was hit on the head by an object thrown from the crowd. Turkey's football federation had ordered the game to be played behind closed doors from the moment the game was stopped on the 57th minute, but Besiktas refused to take part and the game was awarded to Fenerbahce. Besiktas have also been banned from next season's competition and ordered to repay their prize money they had won in this season's cup. The 65 year old Gunes had needed five stitches in his head after being taken to hospital. Fenerbahce's coach Aykut Kocaman said: "Besiktas made a difficult decision. I would have preferred to lose instead of winning this way."


Koscielny World Cup Doubt

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny may miss this summer's World Cup after suffering an Achilles injury during the Europa League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid. The 32 year old had to be taken off just 12 minutes into the game and manager Arsene Wenger said: "It doesn't look very good. You can always hope that the scan will say something different but the first signs aren't very good. It looks like it could be ruptured although I'm a bit cautious - no-one can say that clinically at the moment." Wenger also confirmed that a rupture would rule Koscielny out of the World Cup.


Hertha Confirm Dilrosun Signing

Manchester City youngster Javairo Dilrosun will leave them in the summer to join Hertha Berlin on a free transfer. The 19 year old's contract expires at the end of the season and he had rejected all offers of a contract extension after 3 years with the Premier League champions. Hertha director Michael Preetz told the club's website: "We have been watching him for a long time and have followed his development closely. He is technically and tactically trained at a high level at Ajax and Manchester City, is fast and physically strong. We are very happy that we were able to get him to Hertha despite serious competition."


Hoeness Hits Out At Mourinho

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has criticised Jose Mourinho, claiming the Portugese manager is too focused on himself to take Manchester United forward. Hoeness told Playoff (a German basketball magazine of all things): "You have to make sure that you do not have the superstar as a coach, but someone who integrates into the group. I take now an example from football: Jose Mourinho at Manchester United is a superstar. But he has not brought the club a bit further. Everything is always focused on him."

Written by Tris Burke May 04 2018 07:13:56