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Football News: Review Of The Day 7th January 2019

Review Of The Day 7th January 2019
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Review of the Day

 

Transfers

Moroccan international striker Khalid Boutaib has joined Egyptian side Zamalek for an undisclosed fee from Yeni Malatyaspor.

Rangers have completed the double loan signing of Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis. The 36 year old Defoe joins on an 18 month deal from Bournemouth, while 34 year old Davis arrives from Southampton on a 6 month deal. Both players were out of favour at their parent clubs.

Manchester City continue to show their commitment to developing youth players for their first team by selling Spanish teenager Brahim Diaz to Real Madrid for a fee of over £15m.

 

Eagles In Striker Hunt

Roy Hodgson has admitted that Crystal Palace desperately need a striker in the January transfer window as Jordan Ayew struggles to hit the side of a barn from two inches away, and he is the best of the lot they have. Hodgson said: "Getting a striker is obviously something we would like because as we've seen once again, we can't do much more in terms of dominating games. It's pretty obvious that if we had that person who score goals from nothing, or scores goals from half-chances, we'd be a lot higher up the Premier League and would have won our FA Cup game a lot earlier. It's early days in the transfer window and everybody knows this is a tough transfer window because clubs aren't eager to let players go if they're good enough. You're looking for the rare pearl - someone who is good enough who will make us better who at the same time for some reason is being released by their club."

 

Rowett Dismisses Speculation Over His Future

Stoke City manager Gary Rowett has dismissed speculation about his future at the Championship club, despite protests by the fans, unhappy with results and the dire performances of his team. Rowett, whose style of football makes Tony Pulis's football seem like open, expansive attractive attacking football, has had to sit through negative songs and chants all aimed at him in recent weeks, but is far too pigheaded to even bother to think about changing the the anti-football his team plays. Rowett said: "We're not in the position we want to be but in the last 18 games we've lost three matches. I'm here to do the best job I can and I like to think I'm trying to do that. Whether that's being defined as anywhere near a success by anyone is not down to me. We know we can do better, but ultimately it's noise. If people are going to chant negative songs what do you do about it? I'm not going to sit on the sideline being bothered. The negativity is just all from outside. We're not negative inside the dressing room. You can see a side there still fighting to try to win games. Whatever decision is made by anyone else has got nothing to do with me."

 

Spurs Keeper Joins Hibs Training Camp

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Tom Glover is in Dubai to join Hibernian's mid-winter training camp as Hibs' manager Neil Lennon is considering signing him on loan for the rest of the season. Hibs have three keepers struggling with injuries, Adam Bogdan, Ofir Marciano and Ross Laidlaw. 21 year old Australian under-23 international Glover has been with Spurs since 2014 but has not yet made a first team appearance.

 

Nigeria Want Moses U-Turn

The president of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, is to try and persuade Victor Moses to reverse his international retirement decision. Moses quit international football in the summer to focus on his club career, but has since struggled for first team football under new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri. Pinnick said: "I have arranged to meet him and his agent in England. I believe the way Moses left the national team was unexpected and sudden. I want to speak to him and make him understand how important it is to return. I'd love for us to get him back. We'll see what will happen. Moses comes with a lot of experience and has won the Nations Cup by playing an important role. We have a talented young squad but he can make significant contribution as an experience player. It will be his decision at the end of the day, but even if he has to leave - then we have to honour him like England did with Wayne Rooney. I still believe he can change his mind and continue to wear the national colours with pride, that is what I will be hoping for when we meet."

 

World Cup Coach Leaves Club Job

The coach who led Tunisia to the 2018 World Cup before resigning afterwards, Nabil Maaloul, has now left his job with Qatar's reigning champions Al Duhail Sports Club by 'mutual consent'.

 

Pirates Appoint Coughlan

Caretaker manager Graham Coughlan has been given a permanent 2 and a half year contract to manage Bristol Rovers after he left the League One side out of the relegation places with 3 wins in 5 matches. The role is Coughlan's first in management.

 

Ribery Handed Heavy Fine

Bayern Munich have handed a "heavy fine" to veteran French winger Franck Ribery after his profanity-laden angry replies to criticism of him sharing a video of him being served a steak coated with gold in a restaurant run by a celebrity chef. In the video, the celebrity chef, who is one of those complete knobbers that wears sunglasses indoors, makes a flamboyant (and quite frankly embarrassing) show of preparing the meat in front of diners in his restaurant. After the video was described as ostentatious by social media users, with good reason, Ribery hit back and went on a rant about being free to spend his money how he liked in a series of posts laden with profanity. Bayern's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said: "He used words that we... cannot accept and that Franck does not have the right to use, as a role model and player. I had a long talk with Franck and I let him know that we would impose a heavy fine on him and he accepted it." Salihamidzic also said that Ribery was a guest as part of an advertising campaign and did not pay the bill in the restaurant. Ribery had told critics: "For 2019, let's dot the i's and cross the t's... Let's start with the jealous, the haters, those only born because a condom had a hole in: f**k your mothers, your grandmothers and even your family tree." Team-mates at Bayern have given their backing to Ribery, claiming he is attacked a lot, presumably referring to the fact that he is often given stick for being arrested, and charged, for sleeping with an under-age prostitute. I just hope those condoms had no holes in them....

 

Rooney Makes Excuses For Being Arrested Drunk....Again

At least this time he was not behind the wheel trying to get his leg over while the missus was away. Well probably not anyway. After being arrested for public intoxication, which led to a fine and the paying of court costs, Wayne Rooney has begun to make excuses for his stupidity. Already serving a driving ban in the UK for drink-driving, the former England captain has claimed he was disorientated after taking sleep tablets while drinking on a flight. Those sleep tablets that quite clearly say not to be taken with alcohol is now his excuse for being arrested. A Rooney spokesman said: "During the flight Wayne took a prescribed amount of sleeping tablets mixed with some alcohol consumption and consequently was disorientated on arrival. He was approached by police who arrested him on a minor misdemeanour charge. He received a statutory automatic fine and was released shortly afterwards at the airport. The matter is now at an end. Wayne would like to put on record his appreciation for the manner he was treated by all involved." If brains were shhh.... well you know the rest!

Written by Tris Burke January 07 2019 05:24:35

 

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