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Football News: Review Of The Day 20th August 2019

Review Of The Day 20th August 2019
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Review of the Day

 


Contracts

Lecce have given forward Filippo Falco a 3 year deal.

Teenage Nigerian midfielder Kingsley Michael has a new 5 year contract with Bologna.

Sheffield United's exciting right wing back George Baldock has signed a new 3 year deal at the Blades.

 


Transfers

Coutinho joins Bayern Munich on an initial 1 year loan from Barcelona. Bayern will pay an 8.5m euros loan fee and his wages for the first year and have an option to make the deal permanent for a 120million euros fee.

Oxford United make a double loan signing in the shape of Matty Taylor from Bristol City and George Thorne from Derby County.

Charlton Athletic have signed Tomer Hemed on a free transfer from Brighton & Hove Albion after Brighton release him.

Former Barcelona and Stoke City defender Marc Muniesa has moved to Qatari side Al Arabi from Girona for around £1m.

Luca Pellegrini has joined Cagliari on loan from Juventus.

Udinese goalkeeper Simone Scuffet has joined Spezia on loan.

Ghana midfielder Godfred Donsah has left Bologna on loan to Cercle Brugge.

Leyton Orient have taken George Marsh on loan from Tottenham Hotspur until January.

Ipswich Town have made a double signing. Anthony Georgiou has arrives on loan from Spurs until January and Kane Vincent-Young for an undisclosed fee from Colchester United.

Former AFC Fylde, Salford City and Manchester United goalkeeper Jay Lynch has signed for Rochdale on a free transfer.

Free agent former Arsenal defender Stephan Lichtsteiner has signed for Augsburg.

Sierra Leone forward Musa Noah Kamara has quit Swedish club Trelleborgs after just one week. The 19 year old found Sweden too cold to cope with.

 


Injury Round-Up

Not really an injury as such but Juventus's former Chelsea and Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri is undergoing treatment for pneumonia. The 60 year old was initially thought to have flu and missed the weekend's friendly with Triestina as he rested.

 


Poch Wants Return To Uniform Transfer Window

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has called upon the Premier League to bring its transfer window back in line with the rest of Europe's top leagues. Two years ago Premier League clubs, including Spurs, voted to shut the transfer window so that it ended before the season kicked off. Pochettino said: "I wasn't in agreement (with the decision) but at that moment they believed that was best for the clubs. But I think he (Spurs chairman Daniel Levy) and a lot of people now realise it was a massive mistake. I hope that we fix the problem for the next season. I think we need to go back and operate in the same way that they operate in Europe because I think it's massive when you go to compete in the Europa League or Champions League. It's a problem for a team like us and it's so clear that I cannot be happy as a coach that in the last three weeks clubs from Europe can unsettle your team. For me it's not common sense and we need to go back quick, hope they have a good conversation at the Premier League and go back quickly."

 


Stags Suspend Two Players

"An alleged serious breach of club discipline" has seen Mansfield Town duo Dion Donohoe and Jacob Mellis were released on bail following an incident in the town centre which led to their arrest for assault on Friday. Two other men were hurt, one requiring hospital treatment, in the incident.

 


McMahon Gets EFL Job

Macclesfield Town have appointed Daryl McMahon as their new manager to replace Sol Campbell, who left the club on Thursday by mutual agreement. McMahon had previously managed in the National League with Ebbsfleet.

 


Trotters Unilaterally Call Off Match

Bolton Wanderers have called off their League One match with Doncaster Rovers, which was due to be played tonight, much to the surprise of the English Football League and Doncaster Rovers. A Bolton statement read: "Whilst the threat of further sanctions is obvious, nothing can be allowed to impact on the welfare of such a young group. It is with real regret and a deepening sense of frustration that we have been forced to postpone tomorrow's fixture. But after consultation with the club's medical staff, it is obvious that to call on them for another match without an adequate break would be detrimental to both their welfare and development, which cannot be allowed. Following recent events, the legal position of various parties has altered which means a delay in completion [of the club's takeover]. In this situation, it is very difficult to attract available players to the club. I will be discussing the implications with the EFL but, in the meantime, I would call on all parties involved with the acquisition of the club and hotel to end this intolerable delay and secure once and for all the future of Bolton Wanderers." An EFL statement confirmed their surprise at not being consulted, stating that it "understands the challenging position the club currently finds itself in whilst negotiations continue over its purchase. However, it would have expected the club to have first interfaced with the EFL, giving it an opportunity to consider the application to postpone, and consulted with the club's opposition Doncaster Rovers before making a public announcement. The EFL remains acutely aware of the ongoing risks this challenging and complex situation has to the integrity of the competition." Doncaster revealed an unhappiness with only finding out via social media: "Bolton Wanderers have postponed this game without the agreement of Rovers or the EFL, and we were surprised to learn of the news via Bolton's social media. We have a lot of sympathy for Bolton's plight, but we've prepared for this game as normal and fully expected it to go ahead. We will work with the EFL to understand this situation and keep supporters as informed as we can when we are able to say more."

 


Sredojevic Follows In Uncle's Footsteps

Serbian coach Milutin Sredojevic has taken charge of Egyptian side Zamalek a day after quitting South African club Orlando Pirates. His uncle, Dusan Nenkovic, was in charge of Zamalek in the 1980s and also coached the Egyptian national side. Sredojevic has replaced former Tottenham manager Christian Gross as Zamalek head coach.

 


Compliance Officer To Investigate Boyd Comments

Comments made by former Celtic captain and now club ambassador Tom Boyd on Celtic TV are to be reviewed by the Scottish FA's compliance officer. Boyd referenced a sighting of Scottish Premiership referee John Beaton in a Rangers pub singing Rangers songs, which was widely shared on social media and turned out to be a lookalike and not actually the referee. Boyd said, after Beaton turned down a penalty appeal from Celtic players: "If he doesn't know that's a penalty he should not be in the middle of the park refereeing a football game. He'll probably be welcomed down his pub tonight again. Old law, new law, no matter what kind of law, that is a penalty. How John Beaton hasn't given that... we've seen it before from referees like this. John Beaton not giving us penalty, absolutely stunning decision... standing alone there, I wonder what his thoughts are. I'm mystified... I'm not mystified. John Beaton as though it was a pre-meditated decision not to give that penalty because it was so late in the game, I'm not sure. It's come off his arm. Regardless of players down or whatever, he's not given a drop ball. So he's seen it hit the hand of the Dunfermline player and it should be a penalty. Outrageous decision from John Beaton. We've not played well, but once again a decision from a referee may cost us in this game, hopefully we'll go on and beat not the 10 men, not the 11 men of Dunfermline, but the 12 men."

Written by Tris Burke August 20 2019 05:56:30

 

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