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Football News: Barcelona Unveil Latest Prodigy, Palermo Coach Lasts Just One Month, As Hannover Players Attempt A Casino Heist And More

Barcelona Unveil Latest Prodigy, Palermo Coach Lasts Just One Month, As Hannover Players Attempt A Casino Heist And More
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1. MP claims Fergie believes Poch is the best manager in the Premier League
Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson told MP David Lammy that Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is the best manager in the Premier League. With Spurs currently sitting in second in the Prem, Pochettino is being linked as a potential replacement for Louis van Gaal at United. Ferguson, who is now a director at the Red Devils, is set to have a major role in picking any replacement for van Gaal. "I'm going to let you into a secret," Lammy said on Tottenham podcast The Spurs Show. "About six weeks ago, I sat next to Sir Alex Ferguson at a dinner in support of grassroots football abroad. He said to me, 'I think you guys have got the best manager in the Premier League'. Alex Ferguson said that."

2. Transfer round up
Aleksandr Makarov, CSKA Moscow to Baltika, on loan
Maksim Podholjuzin, banned to Levadia Tallinn
Marko Vukasovic, released by Vasas SC
Liassine Cadamuro, unattached to Servette FC
Georgios Galitsios, unattached to KSC Lokeren
Tomislav Pajovic, released by Vasas SC
Patryk Mularczyk, Sosnowiec to Skra Czestochowa, on loan
Daniel Barbus, Gornik Zabrze to Puszcza Niepolomice, on loan
Mateusz Gul, Grudziadz to Pelikan Lowicz, undisclosed fee
Nebojsa Prljeta, Modrica Maxima to FK Derventa, undisclosed fee
Franjo Cuze, Grude to HSK Posusje, undisclosed fee
Aaron Samuel Olanare, Ghuangzhou R&F to CSKA Moscow, on loan
Maciej Wardzinski, Arka Gdynia to Pogon Lebork, on loan
Levent Gulen, Grasshoppers Zurich to FC Vaduz, on loan
Fabian Hiszpanski, Podbeskidzie to Wisla Plock, on loan
Lorant Kovacs, Universitea Cluj to Szombathely, undisclosed fee
Emir Selimovic, FK Miricina to OFK Gradina, undisclosed fee
Bunyamudin Mustafaev, Chernomorets Novorossijsk to Fakel Voronezh, undisclosed fee
Seyt-Daut Garakoev, Angusht to Fakel Voronezh, undisclosed fee
Robert Mikulic, DJK SV Mauritz to SV Herbern, undisclosed fee
Osman Sow, Heart of Midlothian to Henan Jianye, undisclosed fee
Matic Zitko, Rudar Velenje to Grudziadz, undisclosed fee
Maciej Manka, Gornik Zabrze to GKS Tychy, on loan
Robert Pich, 1. FC Kaiserslautern to Slask Wroclaw, on loan
Laszlo Lencse, Puskas AFC to Ujpest FC, on loan
Edgars Gauracs, Spartaks to FK Liepaja, undisclosed fee
Ryan Gilligan, Umea FC to Kemi Kings, undisclosed fee
Borislav Stoychev, released by Atromitos Athen
Matt Jones, Belenenses to Philadelphia Union, on loan
Thomas Villadsen, unattached to NFC
Ales Mejac, NK Maribor to HNK Rijeka, on loan
Damir Smajlovic, ? To OFK Gradina
Krunoslav Lovrek, Tehnicar 1974 to Dechantskirchen, undisclosed fee
Andras Biro, Zalaegerszeg to Andrashida, on loan
Samir Masimov, Neftchi Baku to NK Domzale, free
Dariusz Zapotoczny, GKS Katowice to Polonia Bytom, free
Oskar Larsson, Gefle IF to Egersunds IK, on loan
Simon Berg, IK Sirius to Akropolis IF, free
Robin Eliasson Hofso, Landskrona to ?
Simone Pontiggia, Monza to Sondrio, free
Enis Ahmetovic, Nykopings BIS to IK Brage, free
Ruslan Zubkov, Real Farma to Zirka, free
Ivan Muchak, Nyva Ternopil to FK Ingulets, free
Zoltan Czirjek, FC Ajka to Vac, free
Yuri Putrash, Stal Dniprodzerzhynsk to FK Oleksandria, free
Oleg Mishchenko, Vorslka to Amkar Perm, free
Wagsley, GAIS Goteborg to Al-Wehdat, free
Dimitar Vezalov, Bansko to Sosnowiec, free
Francisco Usucar, Macara to CA Atenas, free
Mykola Pletenytsky, Nyva Ternopil to FK Ingulets, free
Lukas Tesak, Arsenal Tula to Kairat Almaty, free
Matt Tubbs, Portsmouth to Eastleigh, on loan
Nemanja Tubic, Hajer to FK Haugesund, free
Matt Taylor, Newport County to Bath City, free
Andrey Poryvaev, Schachtjor Karagandy to Isloch, free
Roman Shirokov, Spartak Moscow to CSKA Moscow, free
Mario Gavranovic, FC Zurich to HNK Rijeka, £450,000
Juan Martin Lucero, Independiente to Johor, £2m


3. Celtic unearth new young star

4. Chicharito set to miss Saturday's match
Former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker Javier Hernandez was taken off in the second half of Tuesday's loss to Werder Bremen and now Bayer Leverkusen have confirmed that the Mexican forward will be missing on Saturday.


5. Bolton Wanderers mourn the loss of their chairman
Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside has passed away from cancer. He first became Trotters chairman in 1999 and remained in the post until November when his illness forced him to step down from the role. He had been a member of the board since 1988. Bolton said in a statement on their website: "Bolton Wanderers Football Club is deeply saddened to announce that long-standing club chairman Phil Gartside has died aged 63. Phil has passed away after a short and brave battle with cancer." Bolton vice-chairman Brett Warburton said: "Phil has been a personal friend for over 30 years and this is a very sad day for everybody associated with Bolton Wanderers. On behalf of Eddie Davies, the board and everyone associated with the club we send our deepest condolences to all Phil's family and ask that their privacy is respected during what is a difficult time for all involved."

6. Hannover youth players attempt to rob a casino
Three players have been arrested this week after an attempt to rob a casino in Germany. The trio had planned to rob a casino, and had been en route with balaclavas, air pistols and a car equipped with fake license plates when they got cold feet. However they were spotted by the police who spotted the unmarked registration plates. The three players, though they have remained anonymous, have been confirmed as registered to Bundesliga side Hannover 96 and have played for the club's under 19 side. "In addition to a possible attempted robbery charge, the trio also have forged documents and vehicle registration plate theft to answer to, as the vehicle they used had stolen players attached," said a police spokesman in a press statement.


7. Former Rangers player puts himself forward for fans group role
Richard Gough, employed by Rangers as a global ambassador and a friend of the chairman Dave King, has put himself forward for a seat on the five strong board of a shareholding group, Rangers First. He has given his backing to proposals to merge Rangers First with a number of other fans' groups to create a more unified organisation. Gough said: "I believe in the Rangers Support proposal but it is not me who will decide. My role as a director of Rangers First would be to give our members that chance. By putting members at the heart of the new group and that group at the heart of our club, we can ensure the events of the last few years are never repeated. Our crowd supported me on the playing field. They protected our club in its darkest days. I have faith they will always stand up for the values and desire for success that make Rangers Football Club special." The question that needs to be asked is if he will resign his role as an ambassador, should he get on the board, or he will be unable to act as a true fans representative. Gough will have certain contractual obligations that would conflict with his role on the Rangers First board, even if he is willing to ignore his friendship with chairman Dave King when needed. It would certainly ensure that the group could no longer be considered independent.

8. Palermo searching for another head coach
Under president Maurizio Zamparini, Palermo have averaged over two coaches a season, now they will begin their search for their fourth of the current season after the latest incumbent, Guillermo Barros Scholotto lasted just one month. This time it was not the trigger happy president sacking yet another coach. This time it was because Schelotto failed to get a UEFA coaching license, as the Argentine lacks the experience required to qualify for one. Schelotto was coming from his first job in coaching, head coach of Argentinian club Lanus, after 3 years in charge. The UEFA license requires a minimum of 5 years' experience to qualify. Just makes you wonder why no one at Palermo checked he had the necessary qualifications before employing him! The word shambles just seems apt at this point.


9. Turan's agent dismisses rumours of China offer
With Chinese Super League clubs throwing money around like they have just received a TV deal of the scale of the English Premier League, rumours linking them with every potentially available player in European football are rife. The latest was with Arda Turan, who was being linked with a huge money move from Barcelona to Beijing Guoan. Stories of 100m Euros on offer have now been ruled out by the Turkish star's agent. "It is not true that Arda has received this offer," said Bullut Ahmed. "Neither is Arda looking for a move in the summer."

10. Barca unveil their latest star, 12 year old Cristian Valera
Barcelona youth prodigy Cristian Valera has received an award for being the most promising youngster in Spain:

Leading to the club releasing a clip of the youngster in action, as he slices through what looks to be the entirety of the opposition side:

Written by Tris Burke February 11 2016 04:53:40