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Football News: Review Of The Day 13th March 2019

Review Of The Day 13th March 2019
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Review of the Day

 


Contracts

Serie A's Sassuolo have given a pair of their players new deals. 20 year old forward Gianluca Scamacca is now tied down until 2023, while veteran left-back Federico Peluso is contracted until 2021.

Utrecht have given young defender Junior van der Velden a new deal which runs until 2021 with a further year as a club option.

Former Manchester United youngster Liam Grimshaw, now 24, has signed a new deal with Motherwell. His contract has been extended for a year to run until 2020.

 

Transfers

MLS side Orlando City SC have signed Swedish centre back Robin Jansson from AIK of the Swedish Allsvenskan.

 

Karius Having Motivation Problems

According to Besiktas head coach Senol Gunes, on loan Liverpool goalkeeper Lori Karius is not having the best of times with the club. Gunes told the Turkish media: "Things are going wrong, he was unhappy. It did not really work, and we have a problem. Karius was guilty of several goals. Something's wrong with his excitement, his motivation, his enthusiasm for the game." He also said that, if veteran goalkeeper Tolga Zengin were not suspended: "If Tolga were here, I would let him play." Looks like they will not be taking up their purchase option in the loan deal then!

 

Bolton Players Paid Last Month's Salary

Bolton Wanderers have confirmed that February's wages have now been paid to the players, and also that a takeover is on the verge of completion. A club statement read that "all outstanding salaries for players and coaching staff have now been paid in full. The club would now like the focus of attention to be on Tuesday's Championship game against Sheffield Wednesday at the University of Bolton Stadium." Owner Ken Anderson apologised for the delay saying: "Cash flow has always been a problem at the club, both before and since I became involved, and if it wasn't for [former owner] Ed Davies and my limited financial support, I can assure you things would have been far worse. I understand why staff and supporters seem to believe that it's the owner's sole responsibility to just keep on personally topping up the bank accounts and pay everything and everybody, but unfortunately that's not always possible. Business life is just not like that and sometimes I have had to make difficult decisions that obviously don't make me popular and I can assure you that if there had been a viable alternative I would have taken it. That said, paying the staff salaries late once and the players twice in the three years of my ownership certainly did not sit comfortably with me and is not something I would have chosen to do in other circumstances and I apologise unreservedly to all concerned."

 

Giresse Names First Tunisia Squad

Tunisia's new French head coach Alain Giresse has picked his first squad since taking charge in December. Previous incumbent Faouzi Benzarti was sacked just 4 days after taking the country into the Africa Cup of Nations. Giresse expects most of the squad he has picked for the final qualifying match in Group J against eSwatini, to go to the AFCON in the summer. The match is a dead rubber, with both Egypt and Tunisia already having qualified from the group. Giresse said: "This is a preliminary list, but 80-90% of the players on it will be representing Tunisia at the Cup of Nations. I cannot give an exact percentage. It's up to the players to give their best performance and show determination that they want to be representing their team at the AFCON."
Tunisia squad:
Goalkeepers: Farouk Ben Mustapha, Moez Hassan, Ayman Mathlouthi
Defenders: Wajdi Kechrida, Mohamed Drager, Larry Azzouni, Rami Bedoui, Yessine Meriah, Syam Ben Youssef, Dylan Bronn, Ali Maaloul, Oussama Haddadi
Midfielders: Mohamed Amine Ben Amor, Elyess Skhiri, Aymen Ben Mohamed, Ferjeni Sassi, Bilel Saidani
Strikers: Naim Sliti, Anice Badri, Seifeddine Khaoui, Bassem Srarfi, Wahbi Khazri, Taha Yassine Khnissi, Youssef Msakni, Firas Chouat, Yessine Chamakhi

 

Aubameyang Gets Recall

Gabon coach Daniel Cousin has recalled Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the nation's must-win final AFCON qualifying match. Gabon face Burundi with 2 points between them in Group C, with Burundi currently sat in the second qualifying place. Aubameyang withdrew from the previous Gabon squad.
Gabon squad:
Goalkeepers: Didier Ovono Ebang (FC Paris, France), Yves Stephane Bitseki Moto (CF Mounana), Jean Noel Amonome (FC 105 Libreville)
Defenders: Lloyd Palun (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), Johann Obiang (Troyes, France), Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City, Wales), Junior Randal Otoo Zue (Westerlo, Belgium), Wilfried Ebane Abessolo (Lorient, France), Musavu King (Boulogne, France), Aaron Appindangoye (Umraniyespor, Turkey), Gilchrist Nguema (Benfica de Macau, Macau)
Midfielders: Didier Ibrahim Ndong (Guingamp, France), Andre Biyogo Poko (Goztepe, Turkey), Levy Clement Madinda (Umraniyespor, Turkey), Hans Nze Afatoughe (Bourges, France), Clech Loufilou (AS Mangasport), Joha Branger Engone (Oldham Athletic, England), Jim Emilien Allevinah
Forwards: Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, England), Gaetan Missi Mezu (Dunarea Calarasi, Romania), Axel Meye Me Ndong (Qadsia, Kuwait), Denis Bouanga (Nimes, France), Malick Evouna (Santa Clara, Portugal)
Standby: Aaron Boupendza (Tours, France), Cedric Ongo Biyoghe (AS Vita Club, DR Congo), Guelor Kanga Kaku (Sparta Prague)

 

Beardsley Under FA Investigation

The Football Association are investigating accusations of bullying and racism made against him while he was a coach with Newcastle's U23 side. The former England international striker has "categorically denied" the claims but a spokesman for the FA said: "We can confirm that the FA is investigating the allegations made against Peter Beardsley during his time at Newcastle United." Beardsley was also investigated in 2003 due to allegations of bullying against youth players, but the case was dismissed. Beardsley recently left his role at Newcastle United, with neither the club nor him giving a reason for his sudden departure.

 

Duo Could Win First Caps

Uncapped pair Marc Mcnulty and Liam Palmer have a chance to win their first Scotland cap as they were both named in Scotland's squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers against the might of Kazakhstan and the behemoth that is San Marino.
Scotland squad
Goalkeepers: Jordan Archer (Millwall), Scott Bain (Celtic), Jon McLaughlin (Sunderland)
Defenders: David Bates (Hamburg), Scott McKenna (Aberdeen), Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers), Stephen O'Donnell (Kilmarnock), Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), John Souttar (Hearts), Kieran Tierney (Celtic).
Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday), John Fleck (Sheffield United), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Kenny McLean (Norwich City), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), Callum Paterson (Cardiff City), Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen), Oliver Burke (Celtic), James Forrest (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth)
Forwards: Oli McBurnie (Swansea), Marc McNulty (Hibernian), Lewis Morgan (Sunderland), Johnny Russell (Kansas City).

 

Van Gaal Retires

Dutch manager Louis van Gaal has decided to retire from the game at the age of 67. Van Gaal said on Dutch TV on Monday: "I am a pensioner now. I have no ambition to be a technical director or a TV pundit. My wife Truus gave up her job for me 22 years ago and followed me when I went abroad. I told her I would quit as a coach when I turned 55, but instead kept going until I was 65. She is entitled to have a life with me outside of football. I can say she is very happy. I think I could have worked as a technical director." His final job was managing Manchester United. Van Gaal launched the careers of Marcus Rashford and David Alaba in his time in management, as well as Holger Badstuber, Patrick Kluivert, Andres Iniesta, Clarence Seedorf, Jesse Lingard, Xavi, Edgar Davids, Carles Puyol and Victor Valdes.

 

Laca Ban Reduced

Alexandre Lacazette's 3 match ban in European competition has been reduced to 2 following an Arsenal appeal. The French striker was sent off for elbowing BATE Borisov defender Aleksandar Filipovic in February. Lacazette is now elegible to face Rennes on Thursday as the Gunners look to overturn a 3-1 deficit.

 

Rice Wins Young Irish Player Of The Year Award

Despite switching his allegiance to England, West Ham United's young star Declan Rice has won Ireland's Young Player of the Year award, which is voted for by members of the Soccer Writer's Association of Ireland. The vote was completed before Rice decided to become an England, rather than Ireland, international.

Written by Tris Burke March 13 2019 05:51:00

 

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