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Football News: Review Of The Day 14th June 2018

Review Of The Day 14th June 2018
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Review of the Day

 

Transfers

The Tangerines of Blackpool have made a double signing as they clinch the signature of free agent Chris Taylor on a one year contract. They have also taken Rangers' former Leicester City striker Joe Dodoo on loan for the season.

Kidderminster Harriers winger Emmanuel Sonupe has moved to Stevenage for an undisclosed fee.

Prolific midfielder Erhun Oztumer has stepped up to the Championship to sign for Bolton Wanderers. The 26 year old had been with struggling Walsall in League One for the last two seasons, scoring 32 goals in 95 games for the Saddlers.

Jonson Clarke-Harris is set to return to Coventry City. The 23 year old came through the academy at Coventry, becoming their youngest ever player to play for the club at the age of 16 years and 21 days. He returned on loan last season but has now made that a permanent deal as he leaves Rotherham United.

Preston North End have paid an undisclosed fee for Republic of Ireland international forward Graham Burke from Shamrock Rovers.

Connor Goldson has moved to Rangers for an undisclosed fee. The 25 year old was looking to leave Brighton & Hove Albion for regular first team football after returning to full fitness following preventative heart surgery in February 2017.

National League side Gateshead have lost striker Danny Johnson to Scottish football. The 25 year old has signed a two year deal with Motherwell.

Preston defender Greg Cunningham has moved up to the Premier League to join Cardiff City. The Bluebirds have paid an undisclosed fee for the Republic of Ireland international, as they look to strengthen their team to avoid a quick return to the Championship.

Valencia have picked up young Serbian midfielder Uros Racic from Red Star Belgrade (Crvena Svezda).

Chievo have picked up Serbian forward Filip Djordjevic on a free transfer from Lazio.

Montpellier have signed striker Petar Skuletic from Turkish side Genclerbirligi.

Spanish forward Miguel Angel Guerrero has left Leganes on a free transfer and joined Olympiakos.

 

Lovenkrands Back At Rangers

Former Rangers forward Peter Lovenkrands has returned to Ibrox to become a reserve team coach. He had been coaching at Auchenhowie previously but has now signed a contract to formalise his position.

 

Bunn Returns To Oldham

Former Oldham Athletic striker Frankie Bunn has returned to the Lancashire club to take up the vacant managerial role there. 55 year old Bunn has never managed in the EFL before, his last role being as a development coach at Huddersfield Town. Bunn replaces Richie Wellens, who was sacked following Oldham's relegation to League Two last season.

 

Forest Set To Splash Out

After a number of years struggling to make ends meet under previous owners, Midlands club Nottingham Forest are set to splash the cash this summer after they agreed a club record £13m+ deal for Benfica midfielder Joao Carvalho. They have also agreed a loan deal for his Benfica team-mate Diogo Goncalves. The pair are both 21 years old. Both deals were brokered by Portugese super agent Jorge Mendes, who is looking to spread his wings even further since setting up most of the transfers for last season's Championhip winners Wolverhampton Wanderers.

 

Bologna Appoint Inzaghi

Former Italy striker Filippo Inzaghi has been appointed as new manager of Serie A side Bologna. This is the 44 year olds fourth management role after AC Milan and Venezia. While his time at Milan was not successful, they were in turmoil at the time he took charge, a turmoil that has shown no signs of going away. He then led Venezia into Serie B, only to miss out on promotion to Serie A this summer when they lost in the play-offs.

 

PSG Need To Sell This Month

Paris Saint-Germain have until the end of the month to sell 60m euros worth of players if they are to comply with FFP regulations. UEFA have cleared them of breaching FFP rules already but are keeping them 'under close scrutiny'. In Turkey, champions Galatasaray were found to have breached the rules and have been fined 6m euros with a requirement to reach full compliance by 2021-22 or receive further fines. In France Marseille have been fined 100,000 euros for a minor breach and Isaeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv have to enter "settlement agreements" to meet FFP rules. I still do not get why teams are being fined for overspending. How does that make any sense? Especially a team like PSG, who are happy to throw money at everything anyway.

 

Spain Sack Manager On Verge Of World Cup

After Real Madrid announced that Julen Lopetegui would be the man to succeed Zinedine Zidane as head coach next season Spain reacted with anger over the timing and dismissed him from his place as coach of the national team. With just two days before the World Cup started, there was no time to hunt for a long term replacement so Spain's sporting director Fernando Hierro has stepped into the breach and taken charge for the tournament. Such a bizarre thing to do, under normal circumstances, sack the manager on the verge of the World Cup, even if he had been out of order to discuss terms and agree a contract with Madrid without informing them. However the Spain camp was not a happy place and it may actually have helped by giving the players something to focus on, other than their internal divisions. Just depends on if Hierro is capable of getting the players focused on the right things now.

 

Martial's Agent Claims Forward Wants Move

Manchester United's French forward Anthony Martial wants to leave Old Trafford, at least according to his agent he does. Agent Philippe Lamboley has told RMC Sport: "After thinking about all the factors and possibilities, Anthony wants to leave Manchester United," Lamboley told French news outlet RMC Sport. "There are lots of factors, and right now it's too early to talk about them. I think that when United, the most powerful club in the world, do not find an agreement after eight months of negotiations then they do not really want to keep such an important player in their squad. That's why this decision has come - it's a well-thought-out decision. Everyone will have their opinion but I think he needs to resume his career. The time has come."

 

Joint Bid Gets 2026 World Cup

There have been no surprises in the selection of the hosts of the 2026 World Cup as yet another country with a dubious record on human rights led by a tinpot dictator has won the hosting rights. This time the USA will share the tournament with Mexico and Canada, in a bizarre choice of partners, as neither Mexico nor Canada are currently on particularly good terms with their neighbours and the distances involved are ridiculously huge. FIFA have yet to make a decision on whether all three teams get automatic places in the tournament, as is traditional for the host country. This is the fifth time Morocco have failed to win hosting rights and their campaign had been hit by a serious of dirty tricks as FIFA themselves made completely unjustified claims regarding family links between their own secretary general and the Morocco bid. Claims which were quickly shown to be little more than mudslinging and completely unfounded, based on a common surname being shared.

 

Nantes Appoint Cardoso

FC Nantes have appointed Portugese manager Miguel Cardoso on a two year contract. Cardoso was managing Rio Aves in the Portugese Primeira Liga, who he led to 5th place in the league. Prior to that he had been an assistant at teams such as Shakhtar Donetsk and Sporting CP. He replaces Claudio Ranieri in the role.

Written by Tris Burke June 14 2018 07:32:23

 

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