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Football News: Review Of The Day 26th May 2018

Review Of The Day 26th May 2018
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Review of the Day

 

Sunderland Appoint Ross

Sunderland have appointed the Scottish manager of the year, Jack Ross, who had won the Scottish Championship title last season with St Mirren. Ross is the first manager appointed under the new ownership of Stewart Donald. Donald said: "Jack is excited to be a part of the future we are building here. The fact he turned down lucrative offers from elsewhere, including clubs currently in a higher division than ourselves, is testament to his commitment and desire to succeed at this club and his belief in our vision for the future." Sunderland were relegated to League One last season.

 

O'Kane Out Of Ireland Squad

Leeds United midfielder Eunan O'Kane has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad for friendlies against France and the USA. O'Kane, who is struggling with a shoulder injury, was replaced by Brentford's Alan Judge.

 

Lampard Applies For Derby Job

Frank Lampard Jr has applied for the Derby County manager's job. The 39 year old former West Ham United, Chelsea and Manchester City midfielder is amongst 20 applicants under consideration.

 

Second Travel Company Cancels Kiev Flights

Following on from Worldchoice Sports cancelling three flights on Thursday, a second company has now cancelled a flight, citing problems with licensing. Myriad Travel say that the charter provider, Air Partner Ltd, notified them that the plane does not have the correct license to fly and claimed that they were at fault, refusing to provide any assistance or alternative. An Air Partner spokesperson said different: "On Thursday morning, we offered a number of alternative aircraft solutions to the travel agent that contracted us, but they declined them, and we fully refunded the travel agent."

 

Fred Wanted By Both Manchester Clubs

Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian midfielder Fred has claimed both Manchester City and Manchester United want to sign him. Fred said: "There was a possible transfer to City. Shortly after, both clubs - City and United - talked with Shakhtar and with my agents about a possible transfer. If I am not mistaken, there was news on Thursday of a strong bid by United. I am focused solely on the World Cup. My agents are taking care of this. It's an honour to be on the radar of great European coaches. I have a versatility on the pitch and I'm a multi-skilled player able to play in both midfield positions. I believe some coaches need that with their teams."

 

Hughes Signs Three Year Contract

Southampton's short term boss Mark Hughes has now signed a long term deal with the Saints. Southampton avoided relegation on the final day, despite losing to Man City. A Soton statement read: "Mark and his team had a massive impact from the first day on the players, staff and fans alike, and was able to pull together everyone involved with the club to deliver the results needed. It is important now, under Mark's leadership, for everyone to move into the new season with a renewed focus and energy alongside the continued and valuable support of our fans."

 

Transfer Round Up

Stevenage have sold teenage defender Ben Wilmot for an undisclosed fee. While the fee Watford paid is not revealed, Stevenage did say it was a club record sale. Stevenage chairman said: "Watford are getting an outstanding young man and footballer. A record sale is huge news for the club and financially, extremely useful. We will ensure the funds are used sensibly and in the best interests of Stevenage FC."

Colchester United have made a double signing, picking up Brighton & Hove Albion keeper Bailey Vose and Millwall defender Noah Chesmain.

Former Coventry City midfielder Conor Thomas has signed for Cheltenham Town from Indian Super League side ATK. As a youngster, in 2011, he had a loan spell with Liverpool before injury halted a transfer.

Man Utd youngster Joe Riley has moved to Bradford City. The 21 year old had made 2 first team appearances for the Red Devils.

Brighton sign Romanian striker Florin Andone from Deportivo La Coruna for an undisclosed fee.

Bruno Andrade has made the step up from National League side Boreham Wood to join League Two team Lincoln City.

Peterborough United have paid an "undisclosed training compensation package" to take midfielder Mark O'Hara from SPFL side Dundee.

Argentine defender German Conti has left Colon in his home country to join Portugese giants Benfica.

Werder Bremen have signed 30 year old forward Martin Harnik from Hannover 96.

Lokomotiv Moscow have released Vitali Denisov.

 

Bournemouth Defender Wiggins Forced To Retire

At just 30 years of age, Bournemouth's Rhoys Wiggins has had to announce his retirement from playing professional football after 18 months of trying to recover from a second serious knee problem. Wiggins was on loan with Birmingham City when he suffered the injury. Wiggins wrote in an open letter to the Cherries website: "This isn't something I ever thought I would have to write at the age of 30, but due to the injury I sustained I am unfortunately not able to continue with the job I love to do. I have been battling for the last two years, doing everything possible to get back out there, but my knee just won't allow me to do so. I'm absolutely gutted on a number of levels."

 

Rabiot Hits Back At Deschamps

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot has hit back at Didier Deschamps, after the France coach criticised him for refusing to be on the French squad's back up list. Rabiot wrote in an open letter to the French media: "If I decided to withdraw from the list of alternates, it is because I thought the choice of the coach concerning me had no sporting logic. For years the clear message was: performances open the doors to the France team. I suspected that my decision would have an impact, but I resent being caricatured as an immature young player unable to understand the significance of his actions. Wearing the blue shirt is an honour for me, a source of pride. Winning with France, winning for France, is a duty. From the age of 15 I have fought for the French colours in every age group team."

 

Monaco Dispute Emery's Mbappe Claims

Unai Emery had claimed that Kylian Mbappe wanted to sign for Real Madrid or Barcelona rather than PSG, but that claim has now been disputed by Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev. Vasilyev said: "I remember we were training when we got the call from Real Madrid and accepted the €180m offer for Mbappe. Later, I saw him and told him 'we have received an offer that was impossible to refuse from the club of your dreams so tell me your answer'. We never wanted to make the choice for him, it was up to him to make his decision. He told me that he wanted to go to Paris and, after that, there were so many details that had to be resolved that, until the final moments, I doubted the deal."

 

Vidal Charged With Aggravated Assault

Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal and his brother have been charged after a brawl in the VIP Lounge of the Crown's Club in September last year, with prosecutors saying they believe Vidal started the fight. Three men were injured, including one man who had filed charges with police stating that a 3-liter bottle was smashed over his head. The club's video recordings show Vidal striking two other men with punches, despite claims that he had merely sought to calm the fight down. Vidal's brother is alleged to have thrown glasses.

 

Teddy Leaves Dortmund

Wolfgang de Beer, better known by his nickname Teddy, has been with Borussia Dortmund since the age of 22, first as goalkeeper and then, latterly, as goalkeeper coach. The 54 year old has decided to leave the club to look for a new challenge, away from coaching.

 

Korean Player Sues Italian Commentator Over Racist Remarks In Commentary

20 year old Verona forward Lee Seung-Woo scored a goal against AC Milan towards the end of the Serie A match between the two sides on 6th May, which was accompanied on a local Milan radio station with the comment: "Lee Seung-woo will become more famous as a player who eats dog meat for snack, rather than scoring goals against the AC Milan." An angry Lee is now suing the commentator after the commentary was brought to his attention.

Written by Tris Burke May 26 2018 07:07:12

 

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