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Football News: Review Of The Day 9th February 2019

Review Of The Day 9th February 2019
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Review of the Day

 

Contracts

The rest of the Premier League can celebrate as Manchester United have handed Phil Jones a new contract until 2023, guaranteeing at least one mistake a game.

 

Transfers

Birmingham City keeper David Stockdale has joined Coventry City for his third loan spell of the season. He has already been on loan at Wycombe Wanderers and Southend United.

Former Celtic and Hibs defender Efe Ambrose has gone on trial with Derby County. The 30 year old is a free agent after leaving Hibernian in January.

Mexican midfielder Marco Fabian has left Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt to join Major League Soccer. The 29 year old has signed for the Philadelphia Union.

Chilean winger Jeisson Vargas has been loaned out by Montreal Impact to CDUC in Chile.

 

EFL Are To Continue Spying Investigation

Despite Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa admitting sending scouts to watch other teams train, and there being no actual rule against it, the EFL are to continue their pointless investigation into something that broke no rules or laws. An EFL statement said: "Following a comprehensive review of all available evidence, it was determined that there remain a number of areas that require further exploration and clarification. These investigations will take place at the earliest opportunity." In other words they have not found anything it contravenes so need a bit longer to make something up. Shame they do not put as much effort into stopping the racist abuse or growing hooligan element in the game.

 

McGregor Charged

Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor faces a ban after being charged with violent conduct. The 37 year old appeared to kick out at Lewis Ferguson when coming out to claim a ball ahead of the Aberdeen player. Hibernian defender Darnell Johnson has also been charged with violent conduct for his challenge on Celtic full-back Emilio Izaguirre which saw the Celtic player taken off on a stretcher.

 

Espanyol Claim TV Audience Of Over 40 Million

Spanish La Liga side Espanyol have received a bonus from their signing of Wu Lei from Shanghai SIPG as his debut appearance off the bench drew a TV audience of 40m people in China, just over 39.8m more than watched the same match in Spain. In fact, according to figures from Spanish TV companies, viewing figures for all their 17 league games combined was 17 million. Espanyol have targeted expansion in the Chinese market since Chinese billionaire Chen Yansheng bought them.

 

Monthly Awards Handed To United

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and striker Marcus Rashford have won the monthly Premier League awards for January. Solksjaer has won the January manager of the month away, while Rashford has been given the player of the month equivalent. Despite winning 9 games out of 10 since taking charge, Solskjaer has said that Man Utd are 2 years away from a title challenge, but does not feel the squad needs an overhaul. Seems an odd thing to say, if the squad does not need an overhaul surely they can challenge next season then?

 

Morelos Appeal Fails

Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has had his appeal against a red card, shown to him against Aberdeen, rejected. The 22 year old striker will now miss 3 matches.

 

Poch Complains About Scheduling

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has become the latest manager to complain about the Premier League not doing enough to help his team in European competition. Pochettino said: "We are not receiving help. It's a massive disadvantage to play with one day less to prepare.
"The Premier League must care about teams involved in the competition." However, he did say he had not even asked if the league game could be played a day earlier!

 

Scholes Cleared To Manage Oldham

Despite owning a 10% stake in Salford City, who are only a division beneath Oldham Athletic and look likely to win promotion this season, Paul Scholes has been cleared to become manager of the Latics. Personally I find the whole idea ridiculous and no one should be allowed, in my opinion, any kind of shareholding in any other club, but particularly one as large as 10%. We have all seen the nepotism with Alex Ferguson loaning players to his son in the past, what is to stop Scholes doing something similar? It may not cause any issues, but it opens up the possibility and that is something that should be closed off before it happens, like any other legal loophole.

 

Liverpool Announce Massive Profit

Liverpool have announced a profit of £106m for the 12 months up to May 2018, with a run to the Champions League final alone earning around £72m. It is a record for a football club, beating the previous mark of £80m which Leicester City set during their season in the Champions League. Chief operating officer Andy Hughes said: "What we have seen is a stable and sustained improvement in the club's financial position over recent years. This growth and increase in revenue has enabled us to significantly reinvest both in the playing squad and the football operational infrastructure. Financial results do fluctuate depending on player trading costs and timing of payments, but what's clear in these latest results is the further strengthening of our underlying financial footing and profits being reinvested in the squad and infrastructure." The figures do not include the summer signings of Fabinho and Alisson Becker.

 

Becks To Become The Latest Footballer To Get An Undeserved Statue

No longer are statues reserved for club legends who achieve greatness at a club, these days they just seem to be handed out to anyone, including David Beckham who is set to get one at LA Galaxy's stadium, despite being heavily criticised by their fans for missing large chunks of a couple of seasons on loan with AC Milan. Beckham did spend 6 years with Galaxy, winning 2 MLS Cups towards the end of his time there, so he did achieve something, to be fair. It just seems to be not enough to deserve to be the first Major League Soccer player to receive a statue.

 

10 Die In Flamengo Fire

A fire at the youth team training centre of Flamengo, one of Brazil's most well-supported clubs, has killed 10 teenage players. A dormitory caught ablaze, according to one teenager from their youth teams, due to an air conditioner unit. The ten were aged between just 14 and 16 years of age.

 

Spanish Footballer Faces Extortion Charges

Levante's Tono, who only signed a new deal with the La Liga club during the week, has been arrested on suspicion of extortion. Tono is one of seven people arrested.

Written by Tris Burke February 09 2019 05:14:27

 

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