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Football News: Review Of The Day 19th May 2018

Review Of The Day 19th May 2018
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Review of the Day

 

Daws Set To Take Scunny Job

Scunthorpe United's caretaker manager Nick Daws has confirmed he has accepted the club's offer to become permanent manager. Daws took over from Graham Alexander in March after a run of 8 matches without a win and kept them in a play-off place, where they lost to Rotherham United. He has already chosen to release 6 players, Neal Bishop, Tom Hopper, Luke Williams, Andrew Crofts, Jonathon Margetts and Jack Dyche, ahead of next season.

 

Asamoah To Leave Juve

Ghanaian midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah is set to leave Juventus in the summer. The 29 year old has been with the 'Old Lady' since 2012 but has decided to move on. Asamoah's open letter on social media read: "Neither words nor actions could express the difficulty in taking this decision because I am immensely proud of my time here. Even though Juventus offered me a new contract, I humbly and respectfully opted to commit myself to a club elsewhere. I played with legends and some of the best players in the world, in a golden Juventus generation and will miss them all. To the two great coaches I worked under - Massimiliano Allegri and Antonio Conte - and their support staff, I say thank you for making me a better player. Every single person at the club will forever have a special place in my heart, from the coaches to my teammates, through to the staff and most importantly the wonderful and vociferous fans. The unflinching emotional support I received from the fans, even in my worst injury times was so amazing that I feel deep love for this club and will forever appreciate the kindness shown to me."

 

Rogic Says Rodgers Was Key To Decision To Stay

After Australian midfielder Tom Rogic signed a five year deal to stay with Celtic, despite interest from the English league, he has credited manager Brendan Rodgers with influencing his decision to stay. Rogic said: "Obviously in the last couple years we've been very successful and the manager has been a big part of that. I think I've certainly played my best football under this manager. Working under him (Rodgers) is very intense, it's very challenging. Every day is a new opportunity to learn and become better as a person and as a player as well. I feel as though I'm in the right place to keep progressing. I just want to be here as long as I can, play as many games as I can for the club and keep winning trophies."

 

QPR Appoint McClaren

Steve McClaren has returned to management once again with Championship club Queens Park Rangers. He had previously coached at the club under Harry Redknapp in 2013. McClaren said: "It's great to be back - and it's a challenge that I'm excited by. I must admit that I've followed the club closely over the last five years, because of the three months I had here. I've seen the progress, work and changes that have gone on. I like to play attractive, attacking football. The priority is to win matches - but we want to win them in a certain style."

 

Transfer Round Up

League One club Charlton Athletic have released five players, while midfielder Johnnie Jackson, who has retired, has taken up a coaching role with the South London club. Jordan Beeney, Matt Carter, Arche Edwards, Brandon Hanlan and Louis-Michel Yamfam were the five to be allowed to leave.

Bristol City have let four players move on at the end of their contract this summer. The four released by the Championship side are Gary O'Neil, Luke Steele, Scott Golbourne and Arnold Garita.

Derby County have released eight players following their failure to win promotion to the Premier League, including three veteran players. Five youngsters, Alex Cover, Emil Riis Jakobsen, Kyron Stabana, Matthew Taylor and Ayomide Jibodu have been let go, as well as Darren Bent, Chris Baird and Jason Shackell.

Promotion to the Championship has not worked out for all of the Wigan Athletic squad as they have released five players who were out of contract. Donervon Daniels, Reece James, Andy Kellett, Luke Burke and Sam Stubbs are the five to be let go.

Birmingham City have released out of contract midfield pair Jason Lowe and Andrew Shinnie, both of whom struggled to hold down a first team place with the Midlands side. Veteran defender Paul Robinson has also left the club following his decision to retire from playing football.

Long serving midfielder David Meyler is amongst four players released by Hull City. The other three, Greg Luer, Greg Olley and Josh Clackstone, are academy graduates. Meyler is probably best remembered as being the player Alan Pardew headbutted when the Tigers were in the Premier League.

The Tykes have let three go after dropping into League One. Goalkeeper Nick Townsend and defender Matt Mills have joined Adam Hammill in being let go. Andy Yiadom had already agreed to move on to Reading at the end of his contract.

Gillingham have released three players including club captain Lee Martin. Scott Wagstaff and Jake Hessenthaler are the other two released players.

Ryan Broom has signed for Cheltenham Town on a one year deal. The 21 year old midfielder had been released by Bristol Rovers.

Rangers have completed a permanent deal for Jamie Murphy. The Scottish winger had been on loan at the SPFL side from Brighton & Hove Albion since January.

Non-league defender Cameron Norman has joined Oxford United. The 22 year old came through the youth academy at Norwich City but had been playing for King's Lynn until Oxford stepped in.

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Keanan Bennetts becomes the latest in an increasingly long line of young English talents to move to the Bundesliga in the last few years. The 19 year old winger has agreed a four year deal with Borussia Monchengladbach.

Dundee have signed two players, adding French midfielder Kharl Madianga from FC Lokomotiv GO to their other new signing Elton Ngwatala (also French) from Kidderminster Harriers.

 

Platini Alleges Trickery Involved In 1998 World Cup Draw

Former UEFA president Michel Platini claims that the 1998 World Cup schedule was set up to favour a France-Brazil final. It has long been believed by many that draws are fixed by FIFA and UEFA and the former France international has just provided more ammunition for the belief after telling a French radio station: "When we organised the schedule, we did a little trickery. France-Brazil in the final, it was the dream of everyone. If we finished first in the group and Brazil finished first, we could not meet before the final. We did not spend six years organising the World Cup to not do some little shenanigans. Do you think other World Cup hosts did not?" Platini is currently serving a ban from all football-related activities after being found guilty of ethics breaches. Platini maintains his innocence, though his admittance to being involved in this breach of ethics, however minor, does suggest his claims of innocence to be spurious at best.

 

Carvalhal Leaves Swans

Despite his desire to discuss a longer stay, Carlos Carvalhal has parted company with Swansea City, after the relegated club decided not to take up their option for an extension to his deal. Chairman Huw Jenkins said: "We'd like to put on record our thanks to Carlos for his enthusiasm, hard work and commitment since arriving at the club in December. Naturally, we are all disappointed with the club's relegation from the Premier League, and following discussions with Carlos, we felt it was in the best interests of both parties that we move in a new direction. We will now be looking to appoint a new manager in readiness for the 2018-19 season."

 

Potters Begin New Manager Search

Another failed manager leaves the club he did nothing to improve, as Paul Lambert has left relegated Stoke City. The Scot won just 2 out of 15 matches as he, if anything, made the team even worse than they were before his arrival.

 

Moore Given Permanent Baggies Job

Caretaker manager Darren Moore has been given the West Bromwich Albion job on a permanent basis. WBA were relegated despite his best efforts, which were little short of remarkable. Moore picked up more points in his 6 games last season than Tony Pulis had managed in double the number of games and Alan Pardew in triple the number! He was just appointed too late to save the Baggies from the drop.

 

Ronaldo Will Be Fit For Final

Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for the Champions League final against Liverpool, according to Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane. The 33 year old was injured in the draw against Barcelona earlier this month and has not played since. Zidane said: "Right now he is 120%. He is fine. If Cristiano is 120% that's fine with me."

 

Hart Joins Wilshere In Delusions Of Grandeur

Following Jack Wilshere's assertions on social media that he should have been in the England squad, despite his performances on the pitch proving otherwise, Joe Hart has also joined him in the bizarre claims that he deserved to go. Taking time out from blaming David Moyes, as the on-loan Manchester City keeper claims that Moyes not picking him for West Ham United's team lost him his chance, Hart has said he should have been on the plane to Russia. Perhaps someone should explain to Hart that not playing made him look better, as each time he played he moved himself further away from selection with his abject performances.

 

Lyon Complain About Damages

Olympique Lyonnaise have filed complaints about damages caused by Marseille fans during the Europa League final, which was held at Lyon's ground. The Lyon complaints include 105 damaged seats that have to be replaced, stolen goods from food and merchandise shops and distress flares damaging the roof of the stadium and pitch. A Lyon statement read: "Video footage has been given to the police, in order to identify the people responsible for the damage among the Marseille supporters."

Written by Tris Burke May 20 2018 20:54:43

 

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