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Football News: Review Of The Day 15th October 2019

Review Of The Day 15th October 2019
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Review of the Day

 



Transfers

Michel Vorm has finally found a new club by rejoining his old one. The 35 year old Dutch goalkeeper was released by Tottenham Hotspur in the summer and has now returned to the club.

Mexican left-back Omar Esparza has retired.

Bradford City have signed free agent winger Chris Taylor on a short term deal. The 32 year old former Oldham Athletic winger was released by Blackpool at the end of the season.

 


Injury Round-Up

Brazil's Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar picked up a thigh injury in the 1-1 draw with Nigeria. He is now a doubt PSG's next few games.

Inter Milan have lost Alexis Sanchez for a while after the forward, on loan from Manchester United, picked up an ankle injury playing for Chile. The 30 year old has suffered "dislocated tendons" in his left ankle.

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has been ruled out of action for four weeks by his thigh injury.

Inter Milan defender Danilo D'Ambrosio has suffered a broken toe during Italyu's Euro 2020 qualifying win over Greece.

 


Hassall Sells Crewe Stake

The majority owner of Crewe Alexandra, Norman Hassall, has agreed to sell his stake in the League Two club to a group of local business owners and investors. The club explained: "Gresty Holdings (Crewe) Limited, which holds the controlling interest in Crewe Alexandra, is pleased to announce that it has reached agreement to sell all of the latter's shares to a group of local investors and supporters. The agreement has the support of Norman Hassall and his family, The Railwaymen supporters' society, and the Crewe Alexandra board of directors. The agreement ensures that ownership will remain with local people, who have Crewe Alexandra and the community at heart. Following the restructure. No single shareholder would own more than 12.5% of the shares." Hassall had owned 51% of the club since 2006.

 


Latics Go For Dreyer

John Dreyer has been brought in as Oldham Athletic assistant head coach to work alongside Dino Maamria once more. Dreyer previously worked with Maamria at both Stevenage and Preston North End. Maamria said: "John is a person I have worked with over the years and trust. He is fully committed in helping me create a winning team the town can be proud of."

 


More Trouble For Bury

According to supporters' group Forever Bury, another prospective buyer for Bury has ended their interest in buying the club after doing due diligence on it. The club are facing a winding-up petition on Wednesday and Forever Bury have withdrawn the legal defence they were intent on making as they say there is no longer "adequate evidence" to put forward a "meaningful case". It leaves Bury facing liquidation in the High Court. A Forever Bury statement read: "The interested party who has been working with Forever Bury on a proposed bid to buy the club has confirmed this is no longer a viable prospect for them. As matters have unfolded and the necessary due diligence has been undertaken, the complex, complicated and financially distressed situation at Bury Football Club has resulted in their decision to stand back from further discussions."

 


Bowen Takes A Turn At Reading

Reading have decided to appoint their sporting director Mark Bowen as manager. Bowen has spent most of his coaching career assisting Mark Hughes before joining Reading in March, initially in a consultancy role. Reading chief executive Nigel Howe said: "In the relatively short period of time that Mark has already spent at Reading, he has commanded respect and admiration from all who have worked alongside him. He came in at a critical period last season to help us retain our Championship status and had an immediate impact."

 


Wilson Quits Saints To Become A Ranger

Ross Wilson, who rejected Rangers 2 years ago to stay at Southampton, has quit Saints to become Rangers' sporting director. The 36 year old is replacing Mark Allen, who announced his decision to leave last month. Wilson said: "This job, at this stage in my career, was one I felt I had to take. I am both excited and determined to ensure that in working together with the board, Steven [Gerrard, Rangers manager] and all of our staff we can continue to build an excellent, modern football infrastructure and a winning Rangers."

 


Investment Will See Leeds Compete With Man City

According to Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani, the Yorkshire club will be capable of competing on level terms with Manchester City if the proposed investment goes through. Radrizzani is in talks with three parties interested in investing in Leeds, one a Leeds fan based in America, one an owner of an Italian club and the final one is Qatar Sports Investments, the owners of Paris Saint-Germain. Radrizzani told The Times: "The option of Qatar Sports Investments and Nasser (al-Khelaifi) - first of all they are friends, we have had a good relationship for a long time. They have the possibility to bring this club to compete with Manchester City, so for the fans that could be a fantastic opportunity. The most important thing for me is to make this club big again. When I will open the door to others I don't know, hopefully when we are in the Premier League. The financial support would be more important in the Premier League."

 


UEFA Investigate Turkish Salutes

UEFA have said they are investigating after the Turkish players made a military salute following Everton's Cenk Tosun's goal against Albania. A photo of the salute was posted by Tosun on social media with the caption: "For our nation, especially for the ones who are risking their lives for our nation." Political gestures are banned by UEFA and their spokesperson Philip Townsend said the salute "could seem like a provocation. I can guarantee that we will examine this situation".

 


Levy Admits Spurs Could Not Offload Players

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has told a meeting with representative of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust that the club struggled to sell players. Levy said: "In 90% of instances either a buyer couldn't be found for a player or the player didn't wish to join a club that had expressed an interest." Levy was attempting to defend the manager and get the fans behind the team after a disappointing start.

 


Toulouse Appoint Kombouare

Ligue 1 side Toulouse have appointed Antoine Kombouare as their new manager to replace Alain Casanova. Casanova had left the club following a number of death threats sent to him and his family. Kombouare has previously managed Paris Saint-Germain, Guingamp and Dijon.

 


Lyon Turn To Garcia

Olympique Lyonnais have appointed former Marseille manager Rudi Garcia as their new manager. Garcia was voted the best coach in Ligue 1 in 2011, after guiding Lille to the title and a French Cup double.

 


St Pauli Sack Sahin

German club St Pauli have released Turkish midfielder Cenk Sahin for his social media post in support of Turkey's invasion of Syria. A club statement read: "The internal review of Cenk Sahin's Instagram post on the deployment of the Turkish army in Syria has been completed. After further talks between club officials and the player, Cenk Sahin has been released from his training and playing duties with immediate effect. The prime factors in reaching the decisions were his repeated disregard for the club's values and the need to protect the player. After numerous discussions with fans, members and friends whose roots lie in Turkey, it has become clear to us that we cannot and should not attempt to gauge nuances in perceptions and attitudes from other cultural backgrounds in detail. That we reject acts of war is not open to doubt or discussion, however. These acts, and the expression of solidarity with them, run counter to the values of the club." The club's fans had released a statement asking for the club to offload the Turk due to his Instagram post.

 


Schalke Terminate Tedesco's Contract

FC Schalke 04 have terminated former head coach Domenico Tedesco's contract so that the 34 year old can take up a role with Spartak Moscow. Tedesco was removed as head coach in March with Schalke in danger of being relegated, though they did reach the last 16 of the Champions League.

 


England Game Halted Twice Over Abuse

Racist abuse caused England's 2020 against Bulgaria in Sofia to be stopped twice and very nearly abandoned due to racist abuse. Tyrone Mings, who was making his debut, was the subject of most of the abuse and was heard asking the assistant referee if he heard it. That prompted England manager Gareth Southgate to speak to UEFA officials about the monkey chants. Despite a warning read over the tannoy system, home fans continued to abuse Mings every time he touched the ball. Bulgaria's captain, Ivelin Popov appealed to fans to stop the chants at one point. With Nazi salutes and abuse continuing from the Bulgarian crowd, the game was stopped once more, just before half time. However, despite UEFA's 3 step protocol, the 3rd step of abandoning the game never happened. An FA statement read: "The FA can confirm that England players were subjected to abhorrent racist chanting while playing in the EURO 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria. This is unacceptable at any level of the game and our immediate focus is supporting the players and staff involved. As we are sadly aware, this is not the first time our players have been subjected to this level of abuse and there is no place for this kind of behaviour in society, let alone in football. We will be asking UEFA to investigate as a matter of urgency."

Written by Tris Burke October 15 2019 00:10:18

 

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