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Football News: Review Of The Day 17th May 2018

Review Of The Day 17th May 2018
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Review of the Day

 

Deal For Cambridge Keeper

Young Bulgarian keeper Dimitar Mitov has signed a new three year contract with Cambridge United. The 21 year old acted as understudy to David Forde but did start the last three league games of the season. Mitov said: "I didn't hesitate in agreeing because I have really enjoyed my first year at the Abbey. I now feel ready to push on and compete even more for the number one spot, and look forward to getting back to work in pre-season."

 

Al Ahly Coach Resigns After Shock Defeat

Hossam El Badry, the coach of Egyptian club Al Ahly, has quit following the 8 times African champions surprising loss to KCCA of Uganda in Group A of the African Champions League. The defeat has left them bottom of the group after the first two matches, though they did win the Egyptian league title this season.

 

McGregor Returns To Ibrox

Six years after leaving Rangers to join Besiktas, Allan McGregor has returned to the club. The 36 year old was Hull City's player of the year this season, but rejected their contract offer to return to Scotland. McGregor said: "I can't keep the smile off my face. When the chance came, it was an absolute no-brainer. I started training here when I was 12 years old and it's incredible to be back. We need to make this place [Ibrox] a fortress where nobody wants to come, we need to win games, no matter who you are playing. If you keep doing that, that's what wins you titles."

 

All Change At Everton

Everton have sacked Sam Allardyce, his coaching staff and Steve Walsh as they look to relaunch their fresh start under Farhad Moshiri's ownership. Marcel Brands is the first in the door as the replacement for Walsh as director of football. The 56 year old Netherlander was previously sporting director at PSV Eindhoven. The changes also came higher up the scale with a new chief executive, Denise Barrett-Baxendale, replacing Robert Elstone, who has left to perform a similar role in one of the rugby codes.

 

Southgate Announces England Squad

There were few surprises in Gareth Southgate's England squad for the World Cup next month. The biggest surprise was probably the inclusion of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who spent the season on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea.
England Squad:
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley).
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United).
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea).
Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).
Standby: Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jake Livermore (West Brom), James Tarkowski (Burnley).

 

Sporting To Play Cup Final

Despite being attacked by a large group of fans at their training ground, Sporting's players have said they will play in the Portugese cup final. The team all signed a statement which said that they will "honour their status as professionals" even though they "do not have the psychic and psychological conditions" needed to play. The players have also said they will take legal action, which could see them leave on frees, costing the club hundreds of millions of euros.

 

R.I.P. Ray Wilson

The oldest starter in England's 1966 World Cup final team, Ray Wilson, who was 31 at the time, has passed away aged 83. The left back began his career with Huddersfield Town before joining Everton, where he had a memorable 1966 as he also won the FA Cup a few weeks before the World Cup.

 

Maradona Gets A New Role

Just a few weeks after he resigned his job as head coach of UAE club Al Fujairah when they missed out on automatic promotion to UAE's top flight, Diego Maradona has signed a 3 year deal to be the chairman at Belarusian top flight side Dinamo Brest. His Fujairah side won promotion through the play-offs after his resignation.

 

Moyes Leaves The Hammers

Just a few months after he stepped in to replace Slaven Bilic, David Moyes has left West Ham United, having steered them to Premier League survival. Joint West Ham chairman David Sullivan said: "When David and his team arrived, it was the wish of both parties that the focus be only on the six months until the end of the season, at which point a decision would be made with regards to the future. We feel that it is right to move in a different direction. We aim to appoint a high-calibre figure who we feel will lead the club into an exciting future for our loyal supporters within the next 10 days."

 

Swindon Release Five

Perma-tanned Swindon Town boss Phil Brown has released Reice Charles-Cook, Donal McDermott, Tom Ouldridge, Ben Purkiss and Tom Smith. The League Two side did offer new contracts to six others, as well as taking up options to extend the contracts of Luke Norris, Kyle Knoyle and Scott Twine.

 

Luton Also Release Five

Following the club's promotion to League One, Luton Town have announced the release of five of the players that helped them achieve the step up. Captain Scott Cuthbert, Johnny Mullins, Jordan Cook, Lawson D'Ath and Kavan Cotter will all now be searching for new clubs. The Hatters did give one-year contract extensions to seven other players.

 

Nantes Confirm That Ranieri Will Leave In The Summer

Claudio Ranieri signed a two year deal as head coach of French Ligue 1 club Nantes but is set to leave this summer, after just one year in charge, the club's president has announced. Waldemar Kita said: "We can't hide anything. We had a meeting with the sponsors, he thanked everyone. He has to be thanked for all the work he has done. It has not always been easy, there are regrets, but this is life and there is no anger."

 

Hasenhuttl Quits Leipzig

The head coach of Bundesliga side RB Leipzig has left the club after two years of a three year contract. Ralph Hasenhuttl had led them into their first-ever Champions League campaign but decided to leave when the club refused to consider a contract extension. Hasenhuttl said: "The club are well within their rights not to offer me an extension, but we also stressed that going into the final year of a contract without a clear long-term future plan wasn't ideal. I thought it was important for the future of the club and I would have liked to have been given a reassuring yes rather than a resounding no. That's why I asked for my contract to be terminated early. I'd like to thank everyone at the club for an unforgettable time." The 50 year old Austrian has been linked with Arsenal as a replacement for Arsene Wenger in recent weeks.

 

Werder Jump Into Transfer Market

Werder Bremen have dipped their toe into the waters of the transfer market early this summer as they announced the signing of Japanese international Yuya Osako from fellow German club 1. FC Koln for an undisclosed fee. The Green-Whites also moved on young left back Leon Guwara, who is currently on loan at Kaiserslautern, but will be an FC Utrecht player next season.

 

Hutter Replaces Kovac

With Niko Kovac leaving Eintracht Frankfurt to take charge of Bayern Munich, Frankfurt have announced the appointment of Adi Hutter as his replacement. The Austrian coach has just broken FC Basel's stranglehold at the top of the Swiss Super League when he led Young Boys to their first league title since 1986.

 

Heracles Sign New Keeper

Dutch Eredivisie side Heracles Almelo have signed Janis Blaswich from Borussia Monchengladbach. The 27 year old has signed a three year contract saying: "I am pleased that this move has gone through. My goal has always been to play at the highest level possible. The Dutch Eredivisie is one of the best European leagues and now I want to prove what I am capable of at this level."

Written by Tris Burke May 20 2018 20:52:53

 

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