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Football News: Review Of The Day 10th January 2019

Review Of The Day 10th January 2019
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Review of the Day

 

Transfers

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that on-loan midfielder Lewis Baker has left the club after having his loan from Chelsea cut short. The legendary Argentine said: "It's not official yet, but it's something true. It was something in the contract. Obviously Chelsea and Baker chose to use this article to go back. He was always inside the group. Even if it's true he hasn't played a lot. Maybe he felt we did not value him at the right level. The only time I talked to him about this subject I not only told him I wanted him to stay with us, I told him even into the next year I wanted to keep him, but I understand he took another decision." Baker has already joined Reading following his recall.

After being released by San Jose Earthquakes back in February, Simon Dawkins has been looking for a team to take him on. The 32 year old former Derby County player has found a club at last, as struggling Ipswich Town have offered him a deal until the end of the season, with a club option to extend by a further 12 months.

Goalkeeper Connor Ripley has been sold for an undisclosed fee by Middlesbrough to Preston North End. Ripley had spent the first half of the season on loan at Accrington Stanley.

Chelsea have also recalled Kasey Palmer from his loan with Blackburn Rovers and sent him out to Bristol City for the rest of the season.

Gregg Wylde has signed an 18 month deal with Livingston following his release by Plymouth Argyle.

Burnley defender Jimmy Dunne has gone straight back out on loan after returning from spending the first half of the season with Hearts in Scotland. The 21 year old will spend the second half of the season with Sunderland.

Shrewsbury Town have signed midfielder Brad Walker from Crewe Alexandra on an undisclosed fee. Walker is ineligible to play for the Shrews after playing for both Crewe and Wrexham on loan already this season, and so he will go back to Wrexham on loan for the second half of the season.

Morecambe have completed the signing of central defender Ritchie Sutton on an 18 month contract from Tranmere Rovers.

Teenage forward Connor Simpson has joined Carlisle United on loan for the rest of the season from Preston.

Bayern Munich have announced (finally) that they have agreed a deal to sign France international defender Benjamin Pavard from Stuttgart. The deal is to be completed in July.

Former Arsenal youth player Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has signed for Thai League side PTT Rayong.

After an unsuccessful loan spell with Rangers was ended early, AS Roma's Nigerian forward Umar Sadiq has joined Serie B side Perugia on loan.

Ecuadorian winger Billy Arce has returned to Brighton & Hove Albion at the end of his loan spell with Spanish second tier side Extremadura.

Manchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira has returned to the club after his loan with Portugese side Vitoria Setubal ended.

 

Contracts

Philadelphia Union right-back Raymon Gaddis has signed on for another season with the Major League Soccer side.

Luke Mulholland has signed on for the 2019 season with Real Salt Lake City.

Wigan Athletic have given Nathan Byrne a new deal which runs until 2021.

Young Kilmarnock midfielder Iain Wilson has signed a 1 and a half year deal with the SPFL team.

 

Anderson Claims Vince Is Just After Publicity

Bolton Wanderers chairman Ken Anderson's public feud with Forest Green Rovers' chairman/owner Dale Vince has taken a new twist as Anderson replied to Vince's decision to sell t-shirts with 'No Ken Do' as the slogan and to offer free pints to Bolton fans. After Anderson said: "I won't lower myself to respond to his disrespectful and misleading comments", he then proceeded to respond to them. Anderson continued: "I have to say that I found the T-shirts FGR are selling quite humorous. I'm sure the Supporters' Trust will greatly receive the funds they generate. We are thinking about printing our own which will say 'Yes We Ken' and we will donate all proceeds to those employees of Ecotricity (a green energy company owned by Vince) who were made redundant." Anderson also questioned how Vince's offer of a free pint "fits in with his green philosophy" and added "I can only imagine it's his way of getting his 15 minutes of fame and as much free publicity as possible. He's probably achieved more air time and press coverage over the last few days than ever before. Good luck with that and well done." Anderson then addressed the matter which caused the friction in the first place, when he discussed the collapsed deal for Christian Doidge: "I have read and heard his [Vince's] recollection of our telephone conversations and have given them the credit they deserve and promptly dispatched them into the bin. The truth of the matter is that it's probably sour grapes as he knows he negotiated a poor deal in August 2018. He foolishly tried to renegotiate the terms last Friday and bring an additional £250,000 forward to August/January this year and next. As I have previously said this was flatly refused and remains the position now. What I can say is that he knows what he agreed in August 2018 and I have made it clear that we are still prepared to make the first payment, as always agreed from the outset, next week when we receive the EFL distribution monies. If this is not now acceptable, then so be it, but don't go blaming me for disappointing Christian as we have made it absolutely clear that he is welcome here. I understand that the only reason he won't be here is because of Dale and that's a shame as he is unable to play at any other clubs this season apart from FGR or us."

 

Stoke Turn To Jones

Stoke City have appointed Luton Town boss to replace Gary Rowett, who was sacked on Tuesday. Luton, who are second in League One, have agreed a compensation package with the Potters. Jones star has been on the rise for some time and now he is stepping up to take charge of a team with genuine potential to be a Premier League regular, which is well-deserved for a man whose team have not lost in the league since 13th October.

 

Rodgers Calls For Full-Time Match Officials In Scotland

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers believes Scottish referees should be full-time professionals to cut down on mistakes. Rodgers said: "They're being judged as professionals and they're not. To improve and standardise everything, I think being full-time would certainly help. You can devote your time to it, you can analyse, you can have different relationships. It would be a starting point."

 

Cardiff Move For Tameze Falls Through

Cardiff City's attempt to sign Adrien Tameze from OGC Nice has failed. The 24 year old was targeted to improve the Bluebirds midfield but they will now be looking elsewhere after walking away from the deal.

 

Brighton Ban Fan For Offensive Online Comments

After a Brighton & Hove Albion fan posted offensive comments online about West Bromwich Albion legend Cyrille Regis, following Brighton being drawn to face the Baggies in the FA Cup, the fan was banned for 5 matches by the south coast club.

 

Sheridan Back At Chesterfield

National League side Chesterfield have appointed John Sheridan as manager for a second time. Sheridan led the Spireites to League One and a Johnstone's Paint Trophy triumph in his first spell with the club.

Written by Tris Burke January 10 2019 08:32:03

 

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