Month: January 2014

Taarabt signs for Milan

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Moroccan Midfielder Adel Taarabt has completed his loan move to Italian giants AC Milan with the view to a permanent deal in the Summer.

Taarabt joined QPR in 2009 from and was a key member in their promotion to the premier league in 2012, captaining the side.

The Tottenham youth product has been on loan at Fulham since last Summer but now joins Milan until the end of the season.

He made seven Premier League starts for the Cottagers this season but his only goal came in a Capital One Cup game away at Burton.

He won Championship player of the year in 2010-11 in QPR’s title-winning season but couldn’t keep up his form the following season and QPR were relegated as the league’s bottom club.

Tom Ince set for Palace talks

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Want-away winger Tom Ince of Blackpool is having talks with Crystal Palace over a possible loan move to the Premiership club.

Ince, 22, has met with a host of premier league clubs this transfer window with the likes of Swansea, Stoke, Sunderland and Hull all chasing his signature.

The loan deal will run until the end of the season and then the Blackpool man will leave Bloomfield Road as his contract expires in the Summer.

Clubs are unwilling to pay a fee for Ince due to his contract situation and Blackpool are keen to let him go.

The Son of Manchester United legend and former Blackpool manager Paul Ince has scored 31 goals in 100 games for the Tangerine army.

Karl Robinson blasts Dons players

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MK Dons manager Karl Robinson launched a scathing attack on some members of his playing staff following Tuesday’s 3-0 loss away to Carlisle.

The result left the Dons 10th in League 1, 10 points off the play-off places.

Robinson was furious with his players following the final whistle in Cumbria, ”I gave them a chance. No more. The players have no excuses. They’ll have individual meetings on Wednesday,

And some will be told they might have played their last game for me.”

He went on to say ”I can’t put that team back on the pitch again together.”

The Dons have suffered  dent to their squad in recent days as Shaun Williams, Jordan Spence and Patrick Bamford have left he club. Williams was sold to Millwall, while Spence and Bamford ended their loans at Stadium:MK. Spence is back at West Ham while top scorer Bamford moved up a division to Steve McLaren’s Derby.

Fans are calling for chairman Pete Winkleman to invest in the club to get the Milton Keynes club challenging for the play-off places this season.

Boss Robinson revealed he wants “to bring four in” with the emphasis on defence.

The MK Dons manager has been at the club three seasons, two successive 5th place finishes ended in back to back play-off semi final defeats while they finished 8th last season.

Leon Clarke has “let down” Coventry

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Want-away striker Leon Clarke has “let down” Coventry according to boss Steven Pressley as the 18 goal man looks set to leave the club.

Clarke, 28, is subject to interest from home town club Wolves who have made two bids for the Sky Blues’ top scorer as they look to secure an automatic return to the Championship. 

The Coventry striker missed Tuesday’s trip to Leyton Orient due to a “foot injury” picked up in their 4-0 loss at Arsenal in the FA Cup last Friday. 

This isn’t the first time Clarke has caused controversy. The Wolverhampton born front man was infamously involved in a touchline spat with Paolo Di Canio when the pair were together at Swindon. Clarke never featured for the Robins again.

Coventry have also lost their second top scorer Callum Wilson as he picked up a shoulder injury earlier in January that rules him out for two months.

The League 1 club lost their top scorer in the January window a year ago as well when, David McGoldrick returned to parent club Nottingham Forest to be sold on to Ipswich Town. McGoldrick also had 18 goals when he left the Ricoh Arena.

Steven Pressley will have to move quickly to sign a new striker should Clarke leave the club as the January window slams shut on Friday.

 

Wickham recalled by Sunderland

Sheffield Wednesday have lost loanee Connor Wickham to Sunderland as the Premier League club have recalled him.

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The former Ipswich man, 20, netted 8 goals in 11 starts at Hillsborough and this loan termination will be a big blow to the Owls’ fight against relegation.

Wednesday are now 19th in the table following an increased run of form under caretaker boss Stuart Gray who was appointed full time boss Saturday.

This was Wickham’s second spell in Sheffield after his last stint in a Wednesday shirt came last season where he scored 1 goal in 6 games.

The Englishman signed for Sunderland from Ipswich for £8.1 million back in 2011 but has only made 9 league appearances for the Black Cats.

Striker Doyle in talks with Middlesbrough

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Wolves striker Kevin Doyle is in talks with Championship side Middlesbrough over a possible loan move.

The Republic of Ireland International has scored 30 goals in 155 league games for the League 1 promotion chasers but isn’t in top scoring form this season, netting just 3 in 16.

Middlesbrough are set to let Lukas Jutkiewicz leave on loan to fellow Championship side Bolton which frees up space for Doyle to join the Riverside. Wolves signing Nouha Dicko from Wigan has also played a big part in Doyle leaving the club.

Wolves meanwhile have rejected a bid from Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic for fellow striker Leigh Griffiths. 

The Scotland International joined Molineux in 2011 from Dundee but spent two successful seasons at Hibernian before returning to Wolves this Summer. He has 13 goals to his name this season and Kenny Jackett is keen to hold onto him.

Northampton appoint Wilder

Northampton Town have announced that Chris Wilder is their new manager, following his resignation from Oxford United.

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Wilder replaces Aidy Boothroyd who was sacked by the Cobblers after two years at the club. Boothroyd led Northampton to last year’s play-off final (a 3-0 loss to Bradford) but failed to achieve success this season and Town are currently bottom of the league.

The decision from Chris Wilder to join Northampton will surprise people, none more so than U’s fans after the Sheffield born boss guided Oxford from the Conference to the football league in two seasons and leaves them in the League 2 play-off places.

Alan Knill will be the new assistant at Sixfields, Knill himself recently left a League 2 club, Torquay, by contract termination following a less than impressive start there.

Wilder’s first game in charge will be at home to Rochdale on the 28th

Training ground is “Top priority” – Portsmouth Chief Executive

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Mark Catlin, the chief executive of Portsmouth FC insists a new training ground is the club’s top priority as  the Pompey Supporters’ Trust make a final push to sell shares.

Fans of the League 2 club have until mid April – a year after the trust took control – to buy a £1,000 stake in the club.

Pompey have had difficulty with training grounds in recent history due to their very public off the field financial problems.

The club used to be based King Edward VI School in Eastleigh but were forced to leave due to lack of funds and they are now using the local University at Langstone sports campus.

Portsmouth are also struggling on the field this season, with their 20 new faces over the course of this current campaign (14 over the Summer) failing to gel and the pre season title favourites currently sit in 21st, just 2 points above the bottom two.

Relegation this season would be their third successive in their ugly fall from grace, winning the FA Cup just 6 years ago.

The South Coast club next visit play off chasing Morecambe at the Globe Arena on Saturday.

Accrington Stanley fined over Beattie’s lack of qualifications

League Two side Accrington Stanley have been fined £20,000 due to Manager James Beattie’s qualifications were found to be below the standard required for the division.

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The 5 time capped former England International was appointed Stanley boss in May 2013 in what is his first ever management job.

Beattie’s fine comes because he does not hold a UEFA B License, the qualification required in Leagues 1 and 2.

Accrington Stanley are forced to pay £5,000 as soon as a decision is agreed (Stanley have 14 days to appeal should they see fit) and then the remaining £15,000 must be paid if Beattie fails to achieve the neccessary qualifications by May 1st.

Stanley currently sit in 18th following Saturday’s 1-2 away win over Cheltenham, and are 3 points clear of the drop zone and they host Bury next, on the 25th.