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Football News: Review Of The Day 5th June 2019

Review Of The Day 5th June 2019
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Review of the Day

 


Contracts

Hannover 96 have given a new 2 year deal to Edgar Prib.

Veteran Cagliari defender Fabio Pisacane has signed a 2 year contract extension.

Barcelona have given Ferran Sarsanedas a new 2 year deal.

Young Werder Bremen centre-back Jannes Vollert has agreed a 3 year contract.

 

Transfers

Right-back Mark Little has signed for Bristol Rovers from Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer.

Gillingham have a new goalkeeper in the shape of Jack Bonham, who has signed on a two year deal after being released by Brentford.

Much wanted striker Luka Jovic is to play for Real Madrid next season. Madrid agreed to pay over £50m for the Serbian forward's services to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Osasuna have released Spanish left-back Carlos Clerc.

Everton have released long-serving captain Phil Jagielka.

Liverpool have let Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno leave on frees.

MK Dons have signed free agent striker Joe Mason.

Callum McManaman will sign for Luton Town on a free this summer after leaving Wigan Athletic.

Ryan Hedges has signed for Aberdeen after leaving Barnsley on the advice of Wales team-mate Danny Ward, who had a spell on loan at the Scottish club.

 

Doncaster Rules Out Strict Liability

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster has ruled out strict liability for clubs in the face of abuse and objects being thrown at players and managers, claiming that it does not work "anywhere in the world". Doncaster said: "There's a misconception about strict liability. Some see it as the answer to unacceptable conduct. If you look at the experience that Uefa have with European competition, it's clear that strict liability doesn't work. You can end up punishing the innocent home clubs and if you start to make away clubs responsible of their fans, very quickly you will see away clubs stopping selling tickets to the away fans, putting greater onus on often smaller home clubs. I've never seen any examples of it working anywhere throughout the world."

 

Celtic Leaks Being Investigated

After a confidential document regarding player retention and summer recruitment was apparently leaked from the club, Celtic are to investigate. The list of transfer targets shown are said to be part of the minutes from a meeting attended by senior figures within the club in April. The poorly spelt document outlines where Celtic are in need of bolstering, position by position, the contract status of first team members, a number of players they are tracking and/or trying to sign and a list of agents. The document is initialled by a number of members of staff, including former head of recruitment Lee Congerton, chief executive Peter Lawell and manager Neil Lennon.

 

Kelly Looks To Move

Despite only joining SPFL side Livingston last summer, Liam Kelly is looking to move on already. The goalkeeper arrived from Rangers and signed a 2 year contract but has now triggered a clause amid interest from fellow SPFL side Celtic and clubs from the English Championship. Livingston manager Gary Holt said: "A few teams from the English Championship are chasing his signature". And that he had "been working extremely hard in trying to keep Liam at Livingston for another year at least", but he "has asked for a transfer release clause in his contract to be triggered allowing him to move on to pastures new. It now opens the door for last season's number two, Ross Stewart, to stake his claim for the number one jersey for next season's Premiership campaign."

 

Comoros Appeal Dismissed

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed an appeal from the Comoros Football Federation. Comoros had been trying to have Cameroon excluded from the 2019 AFCON after having the hosting rights withdrawn from them. Any exclusion for Cameroon would have seen Malawi qualifying instead.

 

Taylor-Fletcher Retires

Former Blackpool and Leicester City striker Gary Taylor-Fletcher, who was part of Blackpool's rollercoaster ride into the Premier League, has announced his retirement from playing at the age of 38. The forward scored in the Championship play-off win over Cardiff City that earnt the Tangerines a place in the Prem back in 2010 and went on to score 6 goals in the Premier League the following season. He also helped Leicester City to return to the top flight in 2014.

 

Swiss Coach Backs Portugal

Switzerland's head coach Vladimir Petkovic has called Portugal the favourites to win the first-ever Nations League, as he prepares his team to face the Iberians in the semi-final. Petkovic said: "Portugal are certainly favourites, not just in this game, but for the tournament as a whole. They're at home and are European champions. Portugal have the pedigree but so many times we've shown, and football has shown, that nothing is impossible. Maybe now Switzerland just need that final stamp, which we can fight for and earn against the top sides, by winning a tournament like this one."
Portugal squad
Goalkeepers: Beto (Goztepe), Jose Sa (Olympiakos), Rui Patricio (Wolves)
Defenders: Joao Cancelo (Juventus), Nelson Semedo (Barcelona), Jose Fonte (Lille), Pepe (Porto), Ruben Dias (Benfica), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Mario Rui (Napoli)
Midfielders: Danilo (Porto), Ruben Neves (Wolves), William Carvalho (Real Betis), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon), Joao Moutinho (Wolves), Pizzi (Benfica)
Forwards: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Joao Felix (Benfica), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia), Rafa Silva (Benfica), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Diogo Jota (Wolves), Dyego Sousa (Braga)
Switzerland squad
Goalkeepers: Yann Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach), Yvon Mvogo (RB Leipzig), Jonas Omlin (Basel)
Defenders: Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund), Loris Benito (Young Boys), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Monchengladbach), Michael Lang (Borussia Monchengladbach), Kevin Mbabu (Young Boys), Jacques-Francois Moubandje (Toulouse), Ricardo Rodriguez (Milan), Fabian Schar (Newcastle)
Midfielders: Edimilson Fernandes (Mainz), Remo Freuler (Atalanta), Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool), Djibril Sow (Young Boys), Renato Steffen (Wolfsburg), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Denis Zakaria (Borussia Monchengladbach), Steven Zuber (Stuttgart), Noah Okafor (Basel)
Forwards: Josip Drmic (Borussia Monchengladbach), Haris Seferovic (Benfica), Albian Ajeti (Basel)

 

Lopetegui Takes Charge At Sevilla

The clearly badly-advised Julen Lopetegui has been named Sevilla manager. The 52 year old was Spain manager until he was sacked 2 days before the 2018 World Cup after announcing his appointment as Real Madrid manager after the tournament ended. He lasted just over 4 months at Madrid before being sacked in the wake of a 5-1 humiliation at the hands of Barcelona.

 

Sarri Admits To Missing Italy

Speculation has been rife regarding Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri's future at the Blues after an up and down season saw them finish third in the league and win the Europa League. With interest aplenty from his home country in his services, and Chelsea fans not really taking to his style of management, often chanting "f**k Sarriball", Sarri has done little to downplay the speculation. Now he has fanned the flames himself by admitting he missed Italy in an interview with Vanity Fair. Sarri, who only arrived at Chelsea from Napoli last summer, said: "For us Italians the call of home is strong. I feel that something is missing. It has been a heavy year. I begin to feel the weight of distant friends and elderly parents I rarely see. But at my age, I only make professional choices. I won't be able to work for 20 years. It's hard work, the bench."

Written by Tris Burke June 05 2019 07:07:56

 

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