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Football News: Review Of The Day 17th February 2018

Review Of The Day 17th February 2018
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Review of the Day

 

Barnsley Appoint Morais

Jose Morais has been appointed as new head coach of Barnsley, on an 18 month deal, to replace Paul Heckingbottom. The 52 year old is probably best known for his time working with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan, but he has worked as a head coach in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey and Greece. Barnsley chief executive Gauthier Ganaye told the club website: "We're really, really pleased to have secured the club's number one target from the start of the process. We invited Jose to the Sheffield Wednesday match and began talks immediately with him and his representatives. The interviewed candidates were all strong contenders, but the unanimous decision was to appoint Jose who instilled the full board with the belief that he is the right man to lead us up the table, whilst bringing excitement back to the club with an attacking style and goals for the fans to enjoy."

 

Villa Reduce Losses

In the 2015/16 season's accounts, while under the ownership of Randy Lerner, Aston Villa posted losses of £80.7m, as they were relegated from the Premier League. Since then the club was bought by Dr Tony Xia's Recon Group UK and, despite being in the Championship, their losses for the 2016/17 season were much reduced to £14.5m. While the salary bill was much lower, turnover also fell, mainly as a result of lower broadcasting revenue, but a much lower net outlay on transfers has seen the club reduce its losses substantially.

 

Howe Manager Of The Month

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has been named manager of the month for January in the Premier League. The Cherries were unbeaten in the month of January, including a 3-0 win over Chelsea that put them 10th in the table at the end of the month after being as low as 18th on Boxing Day.

 

West Brom Players Apologise After Stolen Taxi Incident

Four senior West Bromwich Albion players have got themselves in hot water after an incident in Barcelona. Former England international Gareth Barry (36), Northern Ireland international Jonny Evans (30), England international Jake Livermore (28) and keeper Boaz Myhill (35) have apologised after a taxi was stolen from outside of a fast-food restaurant, allegedly by them. The incident took place at 5:30am, as Alan Pardew admitted the quartet had let him down by breaking a squad curfew imposed. All very worrying for the team propping up the Premier League table when senior pros are acting like youth team lads.

 

Goalkeeper Plays Despite Death Of Son

After Alaa Ahmed's son died on Thursday he said nothing to his teammates or manager and played on Friday in Naft Maysan's draw in the Iraq Premier League. It was only when the final whistle blew that he allowed his emotions to get the better of him and needed to be consoled by team-mates as he sobbed his heart out.

 

Candreva Nearly Joined Chelsea Admits Agent

The agent of Inter Milan's Antonio Candreva has admitted that his player came very close to leaving Inter to sign for Chelsea in the summer. Federico Pastorello also admitted Candreva would love to play in England but that a top 4 finish and Champions League qualification would be enough to keep him at Inter for another season.

 

Mourinho Looking To Sign Midfielder

Manchester United will be looking to sign a midfielder in the summer according to manager Jose Mourinho. "We need to sign a midfield player because we are going to lose Michael Carrick," Mourinho said. "Of course, we need balance in the team. I told you that one or two months ago when we were speaking about the market. When some of you keep saying that we are going to buy that striker, that winger, that left winger, that right winger, I told you two months ago. You can accuse me of many, many things, but you cannot say that I lied to you. When I don't want to say things, I don't say. But I don't take you in other directions. When I told you a couple of months ago that we don't want to sign any striker or any winger and, yes, we are looking and we are going to try to sign a midfield player, I told you that two months ago."

 

Man City Send Diskerud On Loan Again

American midfielder returns to Swedish club IFK Gothenburg on loan from Manchester City, after spending last season with them on loan from New York City FC. Diskerud only signed a 4 and a half year deal with Man City last month after his NYCFC contract was terminated to allow him to do so, in what is a loophole in the transfer system, as Citeh have no intention of the US international ever playing for them.

Written by Tris Burke February 17 2018 05:26:55