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Football News: Review Of The Day 19th December 2018

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

 

Bye Bye Mourinho

So I have one day off doing the news review and it all goes mad! I think Manchester United were waiting for this to get it all done quick, just to give me loads to do when I came back. Just to get this right, Man Utd sacked manager Jose Mourinho, Paul Pogba's Instawotsitchatbook posted up an auto message which everybody jumped on as an excuse to blame him, the club then announced they only wanted an interim manager until the summer and then appointed former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as interim manager. Did I miss anything? Oh yes and another former Alex Ferguson man is coming back, in the form of his former assistant manager Mike Phelan who is back to help Solksjaer.

 

Cambridge Turn To Calderwood

League Two relegation battlers Cambridge United have appointed Colin Calderwood, the former Nottingham Forest manager, as head coach on an 18 month contract. Calderwood left Aston Villa in October, where he had worked as assistant to Steve Bruce. Calderwood has not been a manager since November 2011, when he was sacked by Hibernian.

 

Brentford To Get Tenants At New Stadium

Rugby side London Irish will leave Reading's Madejski Stadium from the summer of 2020 to play their home games at Brentford's new Community Stadium. So now they will have the pitch like a turnip field for home games, instead of Reading.

 

Transfers

German defender Jens Hegeler has been released by Bristol City after a host of knee and muscle injuries. Brizzle manager Lee Johnson said: "Jens has been a fantastic personality. He is a highly intelligent footballer and human being. I believe he is going to take some time out from playing to concentrate on his football analytics business and we wish him well in that venture. Jens will always be welcome at Bristol City, whether at matches or just to pop in and see us at the training ground."

Colorado Rapids have made a number of moves. Keegan Rosenberry has joined from Philadelphia Union, while Kelyn Rowe arrived from New England Revolution before being traded to Sporting Kansas City in exchange for Diego Rubio.

LA Galaxy have also strengthened by signing free agent Brazilian midfielder Juninho (no not that Juninho, and no, not that Juninho either).

 

Balogun Joins Common Goal Campaign

Brighton & Hove Albion's Nigerian defender Leon Balogun has joined the Common Goal campaign to donate 1% of his salary to charity. There are now 68 male and female players signed up from 6 continents. Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Juan Mata was the first player to join the campaign. Balogun said: "I feel we could be doing more to help those who are less fortunate. As football players, we enjoy a high place in society and so we have a very important role to play. Joining Common Goal gives me the opportunity to actively help and support people in their communities and open up doors to a better life. This gives me so much joy because as footballers we can do a lot to make social impact around the world."

 

Spurs Banana Skin Thrower Banned

The Tottenham Hotspur fan who threw a banana skin, during the North London derby, has been banned for 4 years and fined £600 as well as ordered to pay £135 in costs. Averof Panteli denied that there was a racial element to the decision to throw a banana skin, but the magistrates failed to agree with his claim. Panteli has also been handed a lifetime ban by Spurs.

 

GFF President Banned For Corruption

The former president of The Gambia Football Federation, Seedy Kinteh, has been banned for 4 years after being found guilty of corruption by FIFA. With a name like Seedy, he does sound corrupt! Kinteh was named in a 2014 investigation as taking payments from former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam. Kinteh was also fined US$200,000. Surely corruption should be a lifetime ban??

 

Zola Confirms Chelsea Have Wilson Interest

Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has confirmed the London club are interested in signing Bournemouth's England striker Callum Wilson. Zola said: "I'm sure there are a lot of players linked with us. Callum is doing well and is of interest not only for us but for many. He's strong, fast, and he sees the goal. I like him because he's also strong in the air, which is a very important quality, but I don't want to go into it too much. He's doing very well and I'm pleased for him." Cherries manager Eddie Howe has ruled out letting Wilson leave during the January transfer window: "Callum's our player and very, very focused on us. I think you could see that with his performance."

 

Vertonghen Gets Spurs Contract Extension

Tottenham Hotspur have activated an option to extend Jan Vertonghen's contract by a year. The 31 year old Belgian defender's contract now lasts until 2020.

 

R.I.P. Bill Slater

Former Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Bill Slater has died at the age of 91 after losing his battle with Alzheimer's disease and illness. Slater was a large part of Wolves 3 league titles in the 1950s and lifted the FA Cup in 1960. Slater was the last amateur player to play in an FA Cup final, when he was part of Blackpool's 1951 side, as well as being the only part-time player to be Footballer of the Year in 1960 while studying for a BSc degree at university.

 

Barca Midfielder Rafinha Faces Huge Fine For Not Wearing Adidas Boots

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha has claimed that he thought his Adidas sponsorship deal ended in the summer and started wearing blacked out Mizuno boots instead. Adidas sued him and a Dutch court sided with the German sportswear company, with the judge saying: "Although he is no legal expert, he knows how sponsor deals work." Rafinha had alleged that Adidas had buried the 5-year extension in his contract and that they had not supported them during 2 serious injuries in his career. The Brazilian is currently out injured for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Rafinha has been ordered to pay court costs and a fine of 10,000 euros per day he refuses to honour his contract.

 

Alli Hit By Bottle

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli was hit on the head by a plastic bottle thrown from the crowd at the Emirates Stadium. Alli responded by reminding the fans of the 2-0 scoreline which Spurs were winning by at the time. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said: "In a different country, maybe they close the stadium for a few games. It's lucky it wasn't a big problem but I think people need to be careful, and we need to try and avoid this type of action. Some people behave very bad."

Written by Tris Burke December 20 2018 06:26:27

 

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