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Football News: Earnshaw Retires, Bicycle Kick Goal For Feyenoord, And Much Much More

Earnshaw Retires, Bicycle Kick Goal For Feyenoord, And Much Much More
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1. Clement to turn to Ancelotti for advice to beat United
Derby County manager Paul Clement is planning on turning to his mentor, Carlo Ancelotti, for advice on how to beat Manchester United, as the two clubs meet in an FA Cup tie at the weekend. Clement joined the club in the summer, after several years as an assistant to Ancelotti at Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, before he stepped up to the number one role with the Rams. "I am in touch with Carlo a lot and if I really need him I know he will be there for me. I will speak to him before the game on Friday," he said. "You have to take the advice of those close to you and block out the noise. He said he was coming to our training ground a while ago, and he said he was coming to the United game, and now says he can't. He has obviously got better offers at the moment. He's super calm. He will tell me to work with the players, get close to the players and ignore everything else. He always used to say 'control what you are in control of.'" Derby are, like their opponents Man Utd, in patchy form in recent weeks, with no wins in their last five games.

2. Van Gaal's biographer says he is used to the criticism
Maarten Meijer, the author of 'Louis van Gaal: The Biography', a book title about as inspiring as van Gaal himself, has told the Manchester Evening News that the criticism he is facing in nothing new to him. The writer said: "In some ways, his experience at Manchester United is nothing new. At Barcelona and at Bayern he was variously criticised as a dogmatist, out of step with the club culture, or a lunatic, out of touch with his players. Given time, he proves his mettle and pulls his teams through the doldrums to title wins." Being criticised over these things is obviously normal for van Gaal, mainly because the criticisms have a lot of truth to them.


3. Sebastian Coates heads to Portugal
Sunderland have sent Uruguayan central defender Sebastian Coates out on loan for the remainder of the season, with a loan to buy. Coates joined the Black Cats initially on loan from Liverpool before completing a permanent move in the summer. He made 32 appearances for the Mackems in his short time there.

4. Leeds midfielder heads out on loan
Serie B side Ascoli have moved to clinch the signing of Leeds United midfielder Tommaso Bianchi on loan for the rest of the season. The 27 year old Italian will wear the number 30 shirt while on loan. "Ascoli SpA announces the temporary purchase of Leeds midfielder Thomas Bianchi. The player had his first training with the team this morning, and today at 17:30 he will be presented to the media at the head office of Corso Vittorio Emanuele. The player will wear the jersey No. 30," said Ascoli in a statement.


5. Vardy acclaims puppetmaster Drinkwater
Leicester City are flying high at the top of the Premier League with various players getting the plaudits, in particular the league's top scorer Jamie Vardy. At other times tricky winger Riyad Mahrez has got the plaudits or Marc Albrighton, but Vardy has pointed to another of the Foxes' players, midfielder Danny Drinkwater, as the 'puppetmaster' of the side, the one who makes them all tick. "I'm delighted for him. We heard that it was his first goal in his 150th game so that's brilliant for him and it's our first outside the box, so it just shows that everyone across the team will share the goals," Vardy told Foxes Player HD. "He's brilliant. He's got great vision for a pass and he keeps us ticking - he tries to get everyone going and pulls all the strings it's as simple as that. I think that (the assist for Vardy's goal) was lucky for Drinky! It was on his left foot and I think it was a swing and hope it goes in the right direction. But fair play to him - it was a brilliant ball over the top and I've managed to round the keeper and slot in from a tight angle."

6. Hammers teen heads out on loan
At the start of the season 17 year old Reece Oxford, then aged just 16, became the second-youngest player to start a Premier League match as he slotted in to midfield against Arsenal with an excellent performance as West Ham United won 2-0. Despite playing well, only conceding possession once all game, Oxford has struggled for game time since, only getting seven more first team appearances. Now the youngster has joined Charlton Athletic for the rest of the season on a loan move.


7. Dawson on trial
Chris Dawson left Leeds United after 15 years with the Whites, the 21 year old midfielder was out of contract in the summer but agreed a mutual termination of his contract in the January window. Now he has gone on trial with Rotherham United, the struggling Championship side. Dawson made his first team debut in 2013 in what would turn out to be Neil Warnock's final game in charge of Leeds, a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Derby County. Injuries had held back Dawson's career, hampering his progress as he made just 3 appearances last season.

8. Earnshaw announces retirement
Former Wales striker Robert Earnshaw has announced his retirement from playing football, he will take up a position in the coaching department of Vancouver Whitecaps. "Football taught me how to be a man on and off the field and to be a better person," Zambia-born Earnshaw wrote on the official Whitecaps website. "After 579 matches and 236 goals later in my 19th year, I can now say this chapter is turning to give me a chance to start a different role and give back what I've learned and experienced. I've always been scared to see the end of my playing days and now that it's here I'm sad. But I'm also excited that Vancouver Whitecaps FC have given me a chance to become the head coach of the U-14 Pre-Residency team, as well as the club's strikers coach." Earnshaw scored 16 goals in 59 appearances for his country and began his career with Cardiff City in Wales, before moving to Scotland on loan with Morton. His career took him to West Bromwich Albion, Norwich City, Derby County, Nottingham Forest, then back to Cardiff before he headed off to Israel for a loan spell with Maccabi Tel Aviv. Then he headed to the MLS and Canada but Toronto FC before a return to English football for a short spell with Blackpool. In 2014 he returned to Major League Soccer with the Chicago Fire before joining Vancouver last year and ending his career there.


9. Transfer round up
Robert Earnshaw retired
Bruno Teles, Vasco da Gama to Mogi Mirim, free
Juan Arango, Tijuana to New York Cosmos, free
Issiar Dia, GFC Ajaccio to Al-Kharitiyat, free
Andres Schetino, Fiorentina to AS Livorno, on loan
Bengali-Fode Koita, Blackburn Rovers to Kasimpasa, £224,000
Miroslav Radovic, released by Hebei China Fortune
Francesco Bardi, Inter Milan to Frosinone, on loan
Deniss Rakels, Cracowia Krakow to Reading, £350,000
Gonzalo Papa, CA Fenix to Arsenal de Sarandi, on loan
Enis Nadarevic, Trapani to Novara, on loan
Tommaso Bianchi, Leeds United to Ascoli, on loan
Gerhard Tremmel, Swansea City to Werder Bremen, on loan
Scott Golbourne, Wolverhampton Wanderers to Bristol City, undisclosed fee
Andrea Ranocchia, Inter Milan to Sampdoria, on loan
Marco Borriello, Carpi to Atalanta, free
Renan Oliveira, Atletico Mineiro to Nautico, on loan
Zsolt Kalmar, Red Bull Leipzig to FSV Frankfurt, on loan
Paulo Roberto, GO Audax to Bahia, on loan
Rochdi Achenteh, Vitesse Arnhem to Willem II, free
Roger, Levante UD to Real Valladolid, on loan
Mauricio Lemos, Rubin Kazan to US Las Palmas, on loan
Diogo Goiano, Coimbra to Botafogo, on loan
Jacopo Dezi, SSC Napoli to Bari, on loan
Frederic Brillant, KV Oostende to New York City FC, undisclosed fee
Nildo Petrolina, Arouca to Moreirense, undisclosed fee
Thievy Bifouma, Granada to Reims, on loan
Sambou Yatabare, Olympiacos to Werder Bremen, £1.75m
Guido Kocer, Genclerbirligi to Alima Yeni Malatyaspor, on loan
Demba Camara, released by Gaziantepspor
Diogo Salomao, Sporting to RCD Mallorca, free
Kermit Erasmus, Orlando Pirates to Rennes, undisclosed fee
Giedrius Arlauskis, Watford to Espanyol, on loan
Maciej Makuszewski, Lechia Gdansk to Vitoria Setubal, on loan
Jonathan de Guzman, SSC Napoli to Carpi, on loan
Alfredo Ortuno, US Las Palmas to RCD Mallorca, on loan
Felix Kroos, Werder Bremen to Union Berlin, on loan
Ovidiu Herea, released by Skoda Xanthi
Hiltinho, released by Nautico
Elvis, Tombense to Criciuma EC, on loan
Yrondu Musavu-King, Granada to FC Lorient, on loan
Fernando Neto, Fluminese to Vila Nova, on loan
Luca Marrone, Juventus to Hellas Verona, on loan
Lindsay Rose, Olympique Lyonnais to FC Lorient, on loan
Stephane Mbia, Trabzonspor to Heibei China Fortun, £2.8m
Tiago Luis, Cianorte to America MG, on loan
Paolo Hurtado, Reading to Vitoria Guimaraes, on loan
Joe Mason, Cardiff City to Wolverhampton Wanderers, £2.73m
Federico Bravo, Boca Juniors to New York City FC, on loan
Gonzalo Rios, Boca Unidos to CA Temperley, on loan
Luis Ricardo, released by Sao Paulo

10. Bicycle kicks always look good
Anass Achabar scores with a bicycle kick for Feyenoord against Heerenveen:

Written by Tris Burke January 29 2016 04:13:05