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Football News: Review Of The Day 27th October 2020

Review Of The Day 27th October 2020
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Review of the Day

 



Contracts

 

 

Transfers

Mark Pugh has re-signed for Shrewsbury Town. The veteran former Bournemouth winger returns to the Shrews 11 years after he left them. He also joins another former Bournemouth player in Charlie Daniels on a short-term deal with the club until January.

Adam Matthews has returned to Charlton Athletic following their takeover. The 28 year old right-back was released in the summer following their relegation but the takeover has provided the funds to bring him back.

Former Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Michel Vorm has retired from playing at the age of 37.

Egyptian international defender Ahmed Hegazi has joined Saudi Pro League club Al-Ittihad on loan until the end of the season when he will sign a permanent deal.

Olympique Marseille centre-back Duje Caleta-Car reveals he had offers to join the English Premier League in the summer. The Croatian told a pre-match press conference: "Yes, I had offers from Premier League clubs. It was a good offer for the club and me. I decided to stay in the Champions League because it was always the biggest dream of my life."

Nigerian former Leicester City striker Ahmed Musa has terminated his contract with Saudi side Al-Nassr. Musa is the most expensive player in the history of the Saudi Arabian Professional League after Al-Nassr paid about £15m for him from the Foxes.

Former Middlesbrough, Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday, Crystal Palace and Manchester United academy player Jacob Butterfield has joined Melbourne Victory of the Australian A-League. Butterfield was a free agent after leaving Luton Town in the summer.

Former Fulham player Luciano Vietto has joined Al-Hilal of the Saudi league after they paid £6.3m for him from Sporting Clube de Portugal.

 


Injury Round-Up

Jurgen Klopp has revealed that his Liverpool team will be likely to have to make do without Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita and Joel Matip for their Champions League game against Danish champions FC Midtjylland.

AC Milan duo Gianluigi Donnarumma and Jens Petter Hauge have tested CV positive.

 


Managerial Changes

St Mirren have brought in two new staff members in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus at the club. Brian Doherty, formerly a Scottish Police Federation chairman, has been appointed as a safeguarding and quality manager, while risk management professional Kevin Pollock has also joined the club. Saints' chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick said: "The postponement of our two games following positive tests amongst playing staff was disappointing. Everyone associated with the club has a paramount duty to do whatever it takes to make sure we absolutely minimise the risk of any infection. That's why we have appointed Brian and Kevin, both of whom have close and longstanding links to the club, to help us tackle this continued very real risk to society and our club."

 


Disciplinary Charges

Wigan Athletic have been fined £1,500 for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion. They accepted the charge but appealed against the standard £2,500 fine, winning a £1,000 reduction. The charge was related to an incident during their 1-0 defeat to Charlton Athletic on 17th October, when a penalty appeal was turned down and Wigan's players confronted referee Ollie Yates.

 


Dalglish Backs Lennon

Former Celtic star Kenny Dalglish has given his backing to under-fire Bhoys' boss Neil Lennon. The Liverpool legend said: "He's proven himself many times. He won't deliver 10-in-a-row himself in isolation, he needs a lot of help from a lot of players. But for me, whether it's 10-in-a-row or it's not, he's still the man who deserves to be in charge. It happened last year, Rangers were top at Christmas, then a complete turnaround and Celtic ran away with it. The people making decisions, from the football club's point of view, will probably be behind Lenny. Surely your career and services to the football club deserve more than three games, when you take into consideration the changes he's had to make and the number of people he's had unavailable. They know what he's done before. They know the success he's had before, and he's been fantastically successful."

 


Berkane Lift African Title

Morrocan club RS Berkane have won their first ever continental trophy after beating Egyptian side Pyramids in the African Confederation Cup final 1-0, despite being reduced to ten men towards the end of the game. Berkane had reached the final last year, but lost on penalties to another Egyptian side, Zamalek. It is only the second trophy the club have won in their history, since formation in 1938, the other was 2018's Morrocan Cup.

 


Celtic Post Small Profit

Celtic's accounts have been published and show the club made a pre-tax profit of £101,000 after revenue fell by £13m over the previous year, due to the affect of the pandemic. Income dropped 15.8% from £83.4m to £70.2m and the profit was down from £11.3m last year, this despite income from player sales of £24.2m, up from £17.7m. Purchases were also increased to £20.7m, from just £6.2m the previous year. Celtic chairman Ian Bankier said: "At the time of writing we, like many football clubs and indeed many businesses, are still grappling with the challenges the pandemic presents including the near term uncertainty. [The impact on financial results] was largely attributable to the value destructive impact of the pandemic across many aspects of our business. Nevertheless, these results are satisfactory in the circumstances at hand. The year ahead is unpredictable and Celtic are not immune to the extent of the challenges that we could face at many levels. Whilst we will continue to invest and not deviate from our strategy, we are also cognisant that we may have to endure the Covid-19 restrictions for longer than we would all hope and therefore must balance our desire to progress the club against long-term sustainability."

 


Former City Youngster Passes Away Aged Just 17

A former Manchester City academy player has died aged just 17. Malawi-born Jeremy Wisten joined City's youth teams in 2016. A City statement read: "The Manchester City family are saddened to learn of the passing of former academy player Jeremy Wisten. We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time."

Written by Tris Burke October 26 2020 21:19:55

 

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