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  Vardy back up
Posted by: turkeydinner - Yesterday, 23:19 - Forum: Leicester City - No Replies

Great squad yeah? for many like myself you expect a lot of them next season, all that young talent , maybe even top six?

However if Sir James of the Vardy is injured who will get the goals? It`s a question they never answered and still look short of options up top where Vardy still remains Mr 120% for effort and still integral to the LCFC machine

he need s a back up maybe a successor who has the same mentality?

I`m not saying this guy is the next Vardy but for nothing may make decent back up at least

Now the last guy LCFC got on a free was an Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton who they gave a five year contract to, maybe not Giggs or Hazard but he could put a cross in and still can and won a premier league title

One dosent play for Man Utd without having something, the very many dont make it, some are lucky enough to still play in the EPL after leaving Old Trafford, so the fastest player at OT was a certain James Wilson who is currently a free agent

He is 23 years old, full of pace, not without skill, but scoring record needs improving, as a free transfer on a one year deal its hardly a risk but could a decent manager turn the potential into a good player?

Given the way Leicester utilize Vardy is this not a good or low risk option?

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  Slav's 1st ?
Posted by: Blue Baggie - 14-06-2019, 14:55 - Forum: West Bromwich Albion - Replies (2)

Adrian has been released by WHU -  as good as Johnstone?
Could Slav make him his 1st signing? he is only 32 which is not to old for a keeper. 
Still 4 years left in him.
Johnstone may become surplus, but if we could recoup £6 Million it could be a bit of shrew business?

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  League Cup thread
Posted by: themaclad - 14-06-2019, 11:42 - Forum: Preston North End - No Replies

Can't be far of the draw for this and now the EFL have said good bye to Shaun Harvey can hopefully expect less gimmicks with the draw. Speaking of the aforementioned Harvey there was a wonderful Twitter thread with the Shaun Harvey Appreciation Thread #shat

Whne it's made will lob it on here

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Posted by: themaclad - 14-06-2019, 11:39 - Forum: Preston North End - No Replies

Will appear here

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  Another bold appointment
Posted by: themaclad - 14-06-2019, 11:28 - Forum: Swansea City - No Replies

Got to hand it to the Swans another left of centre appointment

Swansea City have named England Under-17 World Cup-winning boss Steve Cooper as their new head coach on a three-year deal.

Welshman Cooper, 39, has left his post as under-17 coach to take over at the Championship club.

Cooper, who has also worked in the academies at Wrexham and Liverpool, will be assisted at Swansea by former Reds player Mike Marsh.

"I'm really excited about the challenge ahead," Cooper said.

"This opportunity is something I've been working towards my whole life, certainly since I started coaching 22 years ago.

"I have already done a huge amount of homework on the playing style, the squad and plans for pre-season. Now I just can't wait to get started.''

Swansea have been searching for a new boss since Graham Potter left for Brighton in May.

Cooper arrives with a reputation as a high-class coach who wants his teams to play possession football.

Swansea spoke to more than 60 managerial candidates following Potter's exit, with John Eustace, Lee Bowyer, Cameron Toshack and Michael Appleton making the shortlist.

But it is understood Cooper was the unanimous choice of chairman Trevor Birch, adviser to the board Leon Britton and club president Alan Curtis, who then gave their recommendation to Swansea's American owners.

Graham Potter
Graham Potter spent one season in charge at Swansea City before leaving for Brighton
The Football Association did not stand in Cooper's way when it became clear he wanted to take his first job in club management.

"I would like to place on record our thanks to Steve and Mike for their outstanding work and achievements here at The FA," Les Reed, FA technical director, said.

"One of our key objectives is the England senior team being ready to win the World Cup in 2022.

"Both Steve and Mike played a pivotal part in developing players and our teams as we work towards that goal."

The son of ex-Premier League referee Keith, former defender Cooper was on the books at Wrexham as a youngster but did not make the grade in the professional game.

He played for The New Saints, Rhyl, Bangor City and Porthmadog, but began coaching in the Wrexham youth set-up in his twenties.

He had made it to head of youth at Wrexham when he moved to Liverpool's academy in 2008, and switched to the FA five years later.

The likes of Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi were in the squad Cooper led to glory at the Under-17 World Cup in 2017.

Vacancies to fill
Marsh, who worked alongside Cooper at the FA and previously at Anfield, has been named assistant coach.

He will not be the only new member of staff joining Swansea, who have a number of vacancies to fill.

Potter took assistant manager Billy Reid, coach Bjorn Hamberg and head of recruitment Kyle Macaulay with him to Brighton, while analyst Scott Helmich has also moved on this summer.

As well as rebuilding their first-team staff under Pontypridd-born Cooper, Swansea are to assemble a new recruitment team this summer.

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  All things considered .....
Posted by: theo_luddite - 13-06-2019, 21:54 - Forum: Huddersfield Town - Replies (3)

...... was last season really any where near as bad as this?

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Tho' some Saturday afternoons tbh it probably felt like it.

Yeah I know, it's a slow news week and we've not sold or signed anyone yet. Come on chaps - those Spanish chaps are buying everyone we could never afford anyway from right under our noses.

So when were you last up to your wellie tops in it? At Glasto or anywhere similar? I know, I know, behind the Cowshed and the Terrace at the old Leeds Road ground, or the old Wemberlee but sorry, they don't count. We've all been in those paddling pools - well those of us of a certain age.

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  Two Players
Posted by: Devongone - 12-06-2019, 18:25 - Forum: Chesterfield - Replies (2)

John Sheridan has revealed that offers have been made for two players as he continues his quest to strengthen the squad.

In an interview with Spireites Digital, Sheridan said: "I've spoken to players and made offers for two players, but it's still very early days.

"Everyone would like to get their house in order as quickly as they can but most players are still under contract until June 30th. I've got a strong belief that we'll get the right kind of players to make us a better team."

Sheri is at least alive. And he says he sees Liam Mandeville as a new Danny Whitaker ....... which means he's going to be playing behind a front two? Isn't Charlie Carter similar? Isn't Joe Rowley similar too? Two up top, three attack minded, advanced midfielders ....... that would leave a lot of competition for defensive midfield ..... Smith, Wedgbury, Weir (ptaah!!), Maguire ........ Isn't a goalkeeper pretty near the top of our priorities?

And what do we mean by offers? Surely we mean contracts for out of contract players and not transfer offers?

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Posted by: themaclad - 12-06-2019, 16:05 - Forum: National League - General Discussion - No Replies

Apparently reprieved following Gateshead's relegation

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  Another in the what could possibly go wrong scenarios
Posted by: themaclad - 12-06-2019, 15:53 - Forum: Oldham Athletic - No Replies

Oldham Athletic have appointed former Monaco boss Laurent Banide as their new head coach on a one-year deal.

The Latics have been without a manager since former Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes left after just 31 days in March, with Pete Wild taking temporary charge.

Banide, 51, was most recently in charge of Umm Salal in Qatar.

"He brings a lot of experience and I'm looking forward to working alongside him," chairman Abdallah Lemsagam said.

"I believe Laurent is a fantastic coach and is the right man to take this club forward going into the new season."

As a player, the Frenchman began his career with Monaco before moving to Marseille and later returned to Monaco as a coach in 1993.

Banide spent 12 years on the club's coaching staff before he was appointed as their first-team manager in 2006-07.

He later went on to coach at a number of clubs in the Middle East, including Al-Nasr, Al-Orobah and Al-Kuwait and also returned to Monaco for a short spell in 2011.

Oldham finished 14th in League Two in 2018-19.

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  Chris Froome
Posted by: themaclad - 12-06-2019, 15:49 - Forum: Cycling - Replies (3)

Not a great fan but suspect his career may have just finished as he has broken his leg today and is out of the 2019 Tour De France

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