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Football News: Toulouse Hand Out Sick Notes For Fans Roma Sack Coach And More News

Toulouse Hand Out Sick Notes For Fans Roma Sack Coach And More News
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1. Oldham given Sheridan permission
League One side Oldham Athletic have been given permission by League Two Newport County to talk to their manager John Sheridan about taking charge of the Latics. Oldham sacked their previous manager David Dunn just yesterday. "Following last night's emergency board meeting, the board of directors can confirm they have given formal permission for John to discuss the current vacant managerial position at Oldham Athletic," said a Newport statement on their website. "The directors are keen to stress that they wish to conduct this process in a professional manner. The club is not currently seeking any applications for any potential vacant managerial positions."

2. FIFA sack Valcke
FIFA's suspended Secretary General Jerome Valcke has been fired, amid allegations of corruption. No reasons were given for the dismissal, but Valcke had been heavily embroiled in the corruption scandal that has engulfed the federation. Valcke was placed on leave by FIFA in September, before being suspended for 90 days in October, the suspension was extended for another 45 days last weekend. This is the second time Valcke has been fired by FIFA, having been sacked in December 2006 after his part in botched sponsorship negotiations with credit card firms MasterCard Inc and Visa Inc.

 

3. Charlton players to refund fans after Huddersfield thrashing
Charlton Athletic fans have been vocal in their disappointment with the club this season, with a protest movement growing against the owners, while their dissatisfaction with the team itself is also growing. The Addicks are struggling along in 23rd place, looking assured of relegation to League One, they were put out of the FA Cup by a League One side, Leyton Orient, with barely a whimper, then humiliated 5-0 last night by Huddersfield Town. The players clearly realise how badly they are letting the fans down and so have offered to reimburse those who made the trip to Huddersfield to support them.



4. Rahman admits Chelsea frustrations
Chelsea's summer signing Baba Rahman has admitted he is unhappy with how things have gone since he joined the London club in the summer. The left back has not managed to break into the team since joining from Bundesliga side Augsburg. With the club confirming they will not be sending him out on loan, Rahman has admitted that it has been a very frustrating six months for him. "Of course it's frustrating for any footballer to sit in the stands. It's not something I've experienced a lot of," Rahman told German magazine Bild. "As a young player, of course, you have to get used to such a big club and a world-class league. For me the first half of the season was pretty okay but in the second half I really want to play more. Chelsea are one of the best clubs in the world."

 

5. Ronaldo's sister in bizarre Syria rant
A statue of Cristiano Ronaldo in Madeira, where the Real Madrid superstar is from, has been defaced with graffiti. The statue was daubed in red paint to spell out the message 'Messi 10', just hours after the former Manchester United forward missed out on the Ballon D'Or to Barcelona's Lionel Messi. Ronaldo's older sister, Katia Aveiro, was fuming about the graffiti, saying: "I am angry, sad, disappointed and speechless at this so disrespectful lack of maturity. It is disrespectful for the tourists. We all know how proud I am of this person - I could spend hours talking about his acts of goodness and qualities. As a Portuguese I am left sad and ashamed. People who have no respect and do not know how to live in society." She also told the vandals they deserve to 'live in Syria' for their actions.



6. Bent faces jail time
A former Everton, Ipswich Town and Charlton Athletic striker is facing up to the possibility of going to jail after pleading guilty to affray, having already pleaded guilty to possessing a class A drug, cocaine. Marcus Bent, who is not 37 years old, was charged after an incident in which he was reportedly tasered by the police who were responding to reports of a break-in at his home. Two charges of possession of bladed articles, a kitchen knife and a meat cleaver, will be left on file. He was released on unconditional bail with sentencing set for 12th February. Bent had played for 14 different clubs in a career that also saw him play for England's U21s, as well as Crystal Palace and Blackburn Rovers.

 

7. Pelle back to fitness
Ronald Koeman has confirmed that Southampton striker Graziano Pelle is back to full fitness following his knee injury. The Saints have had to manage without their top scorer for four games and they have been struggling without his presence. The Italian international has scored 11 goals this season, but has not netted since the 1st November. Koeman admits that Pelle had been playing with the knee problem for a few weeks. "Maybe he did too many sessions on 60 or 70 per cent and that's sometimes difficult because then I believe you start to play the weekend also at 60 or 70 per cent," Koeman said. "That was the big decision ... to put him out to give him the time to recover and then he is back at 100 percent, and what he needs to play on his level."

8. Pennant to become the highest paid player in Singaporean history
Jermaine Pennant is set to sign with S-League team Tampines Rovers in a deal that will make the former Arsenal winger the highest paid player in Singapore football. The 33 year old left Wigan Athletic at the end of last season and had struggled to find another club, resulting in his one week trial with Rovers. Despite the record deal, Pennant is still set to take a 70% pay cut from the wages he earnt in the Championship, "I knew before I flew here I would have to take a big pay cut but you must look at the bigger picture. Furthermore, there are other things here in Singapore that I value much more than money," he told TODAY. As well as playing for England U21s in the past, Pennant has also been at Stoke City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Real Zaragoza, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Birmingham City, Leeds United, Watford and Notts County.

 

9. Roma sack Garcia
AS Roma have sacked their coach Rudi Garcia after a poor run of form, ending in a 1-1 draw with AC Milan. Roma were top of Serie A in the early part of the season and had managed two second place finishes in a row. Roma are currently 5th in the table, 7 points behind leaders Napoli, with just one win the last ten games. "AS Roma confirms that Rudi Garcia, and his assistants Frederic Bompard and Claude Fichaux, will cease to manage its first team with immediate effect," read a statement on the club's website. "Given recent results... the club have decided to move in a new direction."

10. Toulouse provide official sick note
Toulouse have an early kick off today, so have provided fans with an official sick note they can use to miss work.
Sick note

Written by Tris Burke January 13 2016 14:18:29