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Moses Complete Wolves Switch

Arsenal’s winger Victor Moses has joined Wolves on a season-long loan.

The 21-year-old Nigerian international enjoyed a successful spell at Crystal Palace before moving to Arsenal, However games are hard to come by for the 21year old Nigerian therefore he is decided in the best interest of his future to get some game time which he will at Wolves.

Moses completed his move to Arsenal on 2 November 2010 after having an impressive season. Four of his senior appearances for the Gunners came in the Cup.

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Moses First Training Session

Arsenal winger Victor Moses says he will use this opportunity to get some game time on his belt and getting some confidence in his game back.

Moses is eager to make the most of his loan move

He told the Wolves website:

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It will be a great chance for me to impress back here at the training ground.

“I have to show the gaffer how ready I am to play and it is a really good time to do that.I Have always been a big admirer of the football Wolves play its very similar to the style i am used to at Arsenal. I hope that i can show the Wolves fans that I still have the ability and also I will be helping some of the younger lads and give them my experiences at the top level

Rajveer Singh is eager to get Arsenal loan signing Victor Moses on the pitch.

The Australian has strengthened his squad and could call on Arsenal loanee Moses at Oxford on Wednesday after he was watching from the stance during their 2-2 draw against Walsall.

Singh said of the Nigerian winger:

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He's been a real surprise. He came in the first day with a big smile and he's never stopped smiling.

" The way we play, you need to understand certain concepts, but he's worked with the team, he's connected with everyone, and he's an exciting talent.

"We are all really looking forward to seeing what he can do this season."

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Aston Villa Transfer News

Julien Escude the out of form defender for Aston Villa has finally left the club. He packed his bags and left for Peterborough. He has only played 7 games in the season and wanted first team football. With Escude on his way the deal with Peterborough also saw Elliot Ward transfer from the Posh to Villa. Both players and managers are said to be happy with this deal.

Another player about to become a fully fledge Aston Villa player is second fiddle Luton town goalkeeper Leandro VICTOR. The amount has not been disclosed at this moment in time.

"The offer for Leandro VICTOR of Luton Town from Aston Villa has been accepted. The transfer will be completed within the next 24 hours."

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Match Preview: Wolves vs Oxford

Referee: Roger East

Wednesday 19 September 2012

Molineux

Oxford goes into the game sitting in sixth place in the table. They have gone unbeaten in 3 games just peaking at the right time before the season ends

Much of their current form can be owed to strikers Ruben Castro and De Nigris.But it is not just in attack where Oxford has had success this season; they are the only side in the league not to have conceded 1 or more goals in their last 3 games.

In stark contrast, Wolves have struggled and have only won one out of eleven games.Rajveer Singh’s side has conceded six goals in their last three games while securing one win. However Wolves have been really busy in the market.

It was confirmed on Monday that Arsenal’s winger Victor Moses has joined Wolves on a season long loan and would slot straight into the team taking up a place on the wing.

Nevertheless this could not end well for the Wolves board ,manager and players as the fans would be very harsh if nothing less than 3 points is secured at Molineux.

Team news

  • Forward John Utaka has been left out of the squad after the club decided that he has no role to play at Molineux.
  • In other news defender Sokratis had to be withdrawn from the game at Bank’s Stadium due to a toe injury which could also keep him out of Wednesday’s clash.
  • Singh admitted the full-back was a major doubt for the clash and if he fails to make the starting line-up, 24-year-old defender Maya Yoshida will deputize.
  • Striker Michael Owen is fighting for a place in the starting XI after scoring against Peterborough last week after coming on loan from Preston.
  • But the midlands club is still without a host of players due to lack of fitness, including Mark Davies, David Fox and Jamie Mackie.
  • Oxford are set to stay with the same team that has seen them win 3 games in a row.

Possible Starting XI

Wolves

Krul, Maniatis, Lulic, Yoshida, Lopez, Ralf, Guinazu, Moses, Aboutrika, Owen, Progbenyak

Oxford

Bravo, Polga, Desabato, Carlinhos, Rossi, Tiffert, Hosny, Batalla, Castro, De Nigris, Pujol

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Beckham rescues 10-man North End

A trademark David Beckham free-kick rescued a point for Preston North End at Deepdale tonight against Norwich.

Preston got off to a poor start, with German defender Robert Huth bringing down Norwich's Oscar outside the box. Slovakian international Marek Hamsik placed the ball and struck an exquisite strike past the motionless Michel Vorm to give the Canaries the lead after just 6 minutes. Norwich's midfield continued to frustrate North End, with Huth again penalised, this time for a foul on midfield engine Antonio Nocerino, warranting a yellow card. Preston's best chance of the opening half fell to Fabrizio Miccoli, in for the suspended Stevan Jovetic. However the Italian's placed shot was no trouble for visiting keeper Allan McGregor.

On the half hour mark, Norwich doubled their lead. Mario Balotelli, who had scored 4 goals in his first 3 appearances for the Canaries since his move from Darlington, rose highest to meet Marko Marin's cross, with the in-form Italian nodding the ball home from close range, before antagonising the home crowd in his own unique way. A frustrated James Burrow looked animated in his technical area, as his team looked to see out the first period without conceding further goals. Balotelli went close again with a deft flick but this time the ball trickled past the far post. The half time whistle blew, to the faint sounds of discontent from the home crowd.

The second half began as the first half ended, with Marin playing in Balotelli again, but Vorm was equal to it. The pace of the game slowed as Norwich made a series of substitutions, including the departure of the impressive Marin to be replaced by Jeremy Menez. A bad night for Huth was ended prematurely as the German slid in hard on his nemesis Oscar. The referee had no choice but to send the defender off, leaving Preston with ten men, and only two recognised defenders on the field. Burrow responded by pushing the ineffective Tom Huddlestone back into defence, with Beckham and Ramsey playing in the centre.

Like Preston's last game against Leyton Orient, it was the side with ten men who dominated the play, with the midfield pair combining to get Preston on the scoresheet. Beckham played a curved ball through to Ramsey, who's scuffed shot beat McGregor to register his first goal for Preston since his return from Arsenal. The goal brought the home crowd to life, with Norwich looking firmly on the back foot. Not soon after, Preston were level. A clumsy challenge from Canaries defender John O'Shea on Andy Carroll gave David Beckham a chance to add to his 13 goals this season, and that he did. The former England captain bent the ball over the wall and into McGregor's right hand post. Seemingly intent with a draw, Preston shut up shop, and the final whistle blew with a score of 2-2.

After the game, manager James Burrow spoke of the sending off, and the team's spirit to fight back from a two-goal deficit:

"The past three games we have taken fairly early leads, so the impetus was always on the other team to get a goal back. Tonight our lads came under attack right from the off, and we conceded from what was a great free-kick from Hamsik. In training this week our focus has been on Balotelli after his recent form, but perhaps we should have cut off the supply rather than focus on the target. Then to lose Huth with half an hour to go, you start to think it's not your night. I have no complaints with the sending off, they were yellow card offences and their midfield was just too good for our defence. But to come back into the match after all that just shows our fighting spirit. Aaron's goal was a scuff, you cant argue with that, but perhaps if he'd hit it cleanly it wouldnt have gone in. Then the ever-reliable Beckham ties it up with another trade-mark free-kick. All in all, I'm glad to get a point out of this. It is certainly a point gained, while Norwich will probably see it as two points dropped."

The solitary point was enough to lift Preston into 13th place, ahead of Blackburn and Aston Villa who both lost. Next up for Preston is an away trip to Birmingham, where while Stevan Jovetic will be back in contention, defenders Huth and Hugo Campagnaro will miss out, with the Argentine centre-half set to miss the rest of the season with a rib injury.

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Wolves 1-4 Oxford

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Singh Blast Players After Another Defeat At Molineux

Oxford were a touch fortunate with their opener as Abdul Husny shot took a huge deflection of Senad Lulic into the corner of his own goal,and Pablo Batalla chip went in off Leopardo Lopez’s head to make it 2-0 before wolves were given a lifeline when Pavel Progbrenyak Struck a volley home to give some hope for the wolves faithful

The game was set to bed when Gregory Pujol exquisite touch set up Hosny score a classy third for Oxford and grab a brace for himself..

With 10 minutes left on the clock Gregory Pujol struck with a low shot from the edge of the area to give Oxford all 3 points.

The result means Oxford leapfrog Bradford, who lost to Rushden & Diamonds, and it also leaves Wolves in the bottom three.

For Oxford the signs are growing that they can make a real challenge for automatic promotion this season, but Wolves have a lot of work to be done on and off the pitch if the want to have any chance of gaining promotion next season.

Wolves' biggest problem is their lack of a goal threat as the first 15 minutes of this match demonstrated. Playing a direct brand of football and hustling Oxford into errors, the hosts looked to gain an advantage as they racked up the set-pieces.

But Artem Milevskiy and Victor Moses missed golden chances with headers from corners, while Sokratis misdirected his header from a free-kick.

But 30 minutes into the game, Oxford served warning they were about to step through the gears as an interchange between Castro and Hosny almost opened up Wolves.

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Progbrenyak Setting Up A Strike Just Before He Scored Against Oxford

Wolves manager Rajveer Singh:

"This was a disgraceful performance from the lads we are better than this. I Can’t blame the Wolves fans for booing the team off after that performance. We need to focus on our football and after today’s performance I have seen a few players who are more interested in their personal life rather than focusing on their football.

There are a few here who don’t seem to be wanting to play for the shirt but only for the money. During the off season there is going to be huge changes. We need to have players who would give it their all for this club not give up after going a goal down.

I would like to apologize to the fans that turned up today to watch a performance of that calibre from our boys. "We have been ticking along but were well beaten in the end. We were outstanding for 30 minutes and took Oxford on but mistakes have cost us.

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Ryan Clarke quits Bournemouth for Division 3 Rochdale.

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Following a massive bust-up with the board at Bournemouth, up and coming manager Ryan Clarke has quit the Division 4 club after being offered the post at Division 3 Rochdale. The row is rumoured to have erupted after Ryan was denied the funds to sign Thierry Henry, who later moved to Arsenal. The relationship has also been reported to have got worse since the initial incident and had Ryan Clarke not got the team into such good form he would have been sacked.

However when Rochdale Manager departed after 38 games in charge of the club they turned to Clarke who immediately decided to depart Bournemouth with immediate effect. In 8 games at Bournemouth Ryan garnered 19 points, which gave him the best ever average points total at the club of 2.38, had he maintained that average he would have undoubtely led Bournemouth into the play-offs. The question for Bournemouth is, can the new manager get them into the play-offs?

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Rochdale 3-0 Cheltenham Town.

Pranjic 62'

Yilmaz 69'

Caicedo 72'

Rochdale Get Off To A Winning Start Under Ryan Clarke.

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A new reign began today. Englishman Ryan Clarke took charge of his first game as Rochdale boss after Aaron Duffy received the sack earlier in the week. This was a step-up for Clarke who had previously only managed at Divsion 4 level, and he sprung a surprise in selection with most senior players being dropped to the bench.

The first half passed by with little incident, Cheltenham were undoubtedly on top and could have been leading the game comfortably had their strikers brought their shooting boots. An incredible point blank range save prevented Chris Brunt giving Cheltenham the lead after 18 minutes, two minutes later Rafael was at it again, this time saving a powerful strike from Danny Murphy. Cheltenham continued the siege on Rochdale's goal with Carew denied by another fantastic save. Pranjic had Rochdales only shot of the half, but his shot was harmless and flew wide. The first half was one to forget for the new boss, and he was animated on the touch line throughout the half.

Rochdale started the second half a lot better and began to start playing the football that had been absent in the first half. A lovely 1-2 between Roberto Carlos and Krohn-Dehli resulted in Carlos almost putting Rochdale ahead, but his shot hit the post and the Cheltenham defenders scrambled it away. Rochdale eventually took the lead, a silly foul resulting in a great opportunity for set-piece specialist Pranjic, who took the free-kick perfectly. Some great play down the right wing from Albrighton put Yilmaz in on goal, and he hit a great shot on the volley past the keeper. It got even worse for Cheltenham when Caicedo made it 3-0, a cheeky flick worked out for Ecuadorian to wrap up Clarke's first match in charge of the club. A commanding win for his new side.

Rochdale - Rafael; Taylor, Jenkinson, Dawson, Carlos; Albrighton, Koo, Krohn-Dehli, Pranjic ©; Yilmaz, Caicedo.

Cheltenham Town - Robinson; Figueroa, Mensah, Vuchey, Young; Morrison, Barkero, Murphy ©, Brunt; Miller, Carew.

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Preston back in trouble after lacklustre loss

Preston North End fell back into the relegation mix with an uncharacteristic display against Barnsley, losing 2-0.

Preston's form had been picking up over the past few weeks, bar a blip against Birmingham, however last night's showing at Deepdale would have been unrecognisable to the onlooking fans, as the boys in white just didnt seem to be at the races. In a largely uneventful first half where Preston didnt register a single shot on goal, Barnsley took the lead just after the half hour mark. Former Rochdale striker Alberto Gilardino beating debutant Raul Albiol to the header, before placing his shot past the despairing Michel Vorm. Vorm had already had a bit of shaky start having taken two attempts to grasp hold of Francesco Totti's early volley.

Preston registered their first of what would be 4 shots on target after 50 minutes. Home debutant Steven Gerrard swinging a cross in from deep which Stevan Jovetic could only head into Pyatov's hands. Preston's search for an equaliser gave Barnsley more space to exploit in attack, and that they did. On 62 minutes, Enzo Perez played the ball out to Danilo just outside the box. With no-one challenging him the Brazilian let fly and hit the back of the net before Vorm could stretch a glove out. Preston closed out the game with another headed attempt from Jovetic, but a goal never came, with the surprisingly ineffective Beckham picking up a yellow card in the closing stages.

Defeat sees Preston drop to 16th, ten points clear of the drop with 4 games remaining, with relegation-threatened Stoke and Portsmouth still to play. A frustrated James Burrow was perplexed as to what happened to Preston on the night:

"Well so much for a birthday with the family tomorrow, that was a dreadful showing by out guys and for that I must apologise to the 10,000 or so fans who turned up hoping to see a style of play more suited to our recent form. Obviously players like Stevie and Raul need to bed in, but all over there was a feeling of complacency that we were virtually safe. It only takes a look at the results from tonight to see that the ups and downs of this league are far from certain. Stoke, Tranmere and Pompey all gained points on us tonight, and with tricky games to come, I wouldn't count us safe yet."

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Wigan Athletic 3-3 Rochdale.

Yakubu 1'

Pedersen 30'

Schaars 32'

Rondon 48'

Yakubu 50'

Caicedo 79'

Late Caicedo Rescues A Point For Rochdale.

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Following a nice easy win at managerless Cheltenham Ryan Clarke was given his first real test as manager of Rochdale with an away game against Wigan Athletic. Wigan Athletic were almost certainly relegated and bar a miracle they would be plying their trade in Division 4 next season.

The great escape could have been on for Wigan, a long ball found Yakubu who buried the chance, 'FEED THE YAK AND HE WILL SCORE' was the shout from the Wigan fans that had turned up and it seemed apt after this goal. Wigan then went 2 up with Pedersens free-kick beating Rafael all end's up and flying into the top corner. Not to be out-done Schaars fired Rochdale back into the game with a free-kick of his own, a slight deflection off the wall fooling the goalkeeper.

After picking up a yellow card in the first half Pedersen should have been more careful with his tackles, but he flew in on Rondon just 3 minutes into the half earning himself an early bath, Rochdale took this opportunity, the free-kick was taken quickly and within 4 passes the ball was in the Wigan net, a diving header from Rondon a great end to a great move. It didn't last long though, the 'Yak' was at it again with a trademark header after nice play from Albert Riera. Schaars nearly brought Rochdale level again but the post denied his 18 year effort. However Rochdale did eventually draw level, Gutierrez stuck a cross onto the back post and Caicedo was there to head home and give Rochdale a share of the spoils.

Wigan Athletic - Volkan; Boulahrouz, Ward, Heitinga, Hubschman; Pedersen, Dejagah, De Jong ©; Pennant, Yakubu, Riera.

Rochdale - Rafael; Taylor, Carlos, Vlaar, Dawson; Koo, Gutierrez, Schaars ©, Emanuelson; Caicedo, Rondon.

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Stevie shines after overcoming early Ox dismissal

Preston North End returned to their winning ways with an emphatic 4-0 thumping of Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, with new signing Steven Gerrard star of the show.

Despite being without a victory in three games, the latest being an embarrassing 2-0 loss to Barnsley, manager James Burrow was reluctant to make rash changes, with the the one switch seeing Robert Huth regain his place in the starting XI at the expense of Martin Kelly. Straight from kick-off, it was plain to see that Gerrard was looking to impress, playing in Stevan Jovetic but the striker's shot was a poor one. The first card of the night was issued to young Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the pacey winger lunging in to Eduoard Cisse while QPR's Sarioglu was quick to follow the Ox into the book a minute later.

The deadlock was broken after a quarter of an hour. Gerrard swung a cross in from the right and Jovetic met the cross with a bullet of a header, beating Roman Weidenfeller at the near post. After a slow start to the season, Jovetic is now Preston's third highest scorer with 7 goals, and in so doing, netting his 100th goal for Preston. Preston's ealation was short-lived however, with the referee soon reaching for his pocket for the second third time after another rash challenge by Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the 19 year old sent off after just 19 minutes. Preston manager James Burrow was quick to re-jig his formation, with Jovetic dropping back into midfield and Gerrard occupying a wide right position. QPR had the best of the rest of the half's play, with Mladen Petric forcing debutant keeper Tim Howard into a number of saves. The half was brought to an end with a third Preston card, Robert Huth going into the book.

The same could be said at the beginning of the second half. With one up front, the ball remained in the centre of the park, with a mis-judged pass from Tom Huddlestone forcing Beckham to stretch, in turn upending Cisse, resulting in Beckham's 5th yellow card of the season. Preston's first opportunity of the half came just short of the hour mark. Lone front man Andy Carroll tried to psych out Weidenfeller but the striker's finish was poor, the German not forced into action. However almost immediately, Preston were two goals up. A long kick from Weidenfeller was headed back to Gareth Bale, who after some one touch play with Jovetic curled his shot with the outside of his foot past the despairing Weidenfeller. In what was becomign a growing trend this match, the goal was swiftly followed by another entry into the referees notebook, goalscorer Bale punished for late challenge on, you guessed it, Cisse.

QPR tried desperately to get a foothold in the match but efforts from Petric and Stiliyan Petrov were batted away by Tim Howard, the American proving to be a tough obstacle to overcome. Preston secured the three points in the last ten minutes. Bale doubled his tally with a placed strike, laid on by the impressive Jovetic, before Preston made it 4 through a headed goal by Raul Albiol, set up by that man Steven Gerrard. The final whistle blew as Preston's away contingent took a deep sigh of relief. After the first 20 minutes, they could not have expected a result like this. Manager James Burrow was quick to praise his new signings, while also defending Oxlade-Chamberlain's early departure:

"Tonight's performance was much better than what I had seen recently. I was quick to say on Wednesday not to judge our new signings off 90 minutes and they have backed me up with amazing displays tonight. Howard was unbreachable in the goal, I think even a brick wall would have been less effective than him. Raul (Albiol) played well, keeping Barrios quiet while also getting a goal himslef. And then there's Stevie G, he was playing like his life depended on it. Any other night, Jovetic or Howard might have got MoTM, but Steven was everywhere on the pitch, played well even when out of position, got two assists and wasn't afraid to challenge in a game where it seemed any coming together could be penalised. All his performance lacked was a goal, but that will come in due time.

Alex was a bit distraught at half time, but he's young and tackling isn't the best part of his game. He need not worry about letting the team down, we still completed the task at hand despite the lack of a man. He will benefit from this experience, and he will probably appreciate an opportunity to catch his breath in what has been a whirlwind season for him."

Preston are now officially safe with victory last night, with three points taking them ten points from the drop with nine available. Their target looks now to be to finish in the top half, with games against relegation-threatened teams to come.

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Burrow apologises for poor season in letter to fans

Not even 24 hours after Preston's last league game of the season, North End manager James Burrow has released an open letter through the club website apologising for the clubs poor showing this season, after pre-season expectations were at an all-time high. Letter in full:

I, along with everyone both playing and non-playing staff would like to apologise for the poor season that Preston had over the last year. We made bold claims ahead of the season and failed to live up to them. Our problem was a lack of consistency, this can be seen in our results throughout the season, a significant period being August, where we failed to win in ten games. Despite what looked like a mini-revival towards the end of the season, a combination of injuries and suspensions saw us finish in the bottom half, an immense disappointment for all those involved with Preston North End. We are aware that some fans have grown impatient with our failure to return to the top flight in recent years, and this has been reflected in our poor league attendances. However, I feel that with a few minor changes and a full house every match day, we can return to the days when opposition players and fans feared Deepdale. In recent weeks we have splashed out on the biggest of big name players, the likes of Steven Gerrard and Aaron Lennon, with Tim Howard and Raul Albiol also joining. These players make a whole world of difference, Gerrard has 3 goals in 5, with 4 assists. Tim Howard has been unbelievable between the sticks, as had Albiol in marshalling the defence. With this calibre of player on the books, we will be up in the promotion race next season. We hope to see you back at Deepdale next season.

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Burrow refuses to rule out Lampard swoop

Preston manager James Burrow has made steps towards fulfilling his pledge of achieving promotion next season by hinting at a move for experienced midfielder Frank Lampard.

The 34 year old England international, who is 7 caps away from 100 appearances for the Three Lions, has been told he is surplus to requirements by new Leicester manager Ben Surman. Having being linked with a switch to Deepdale last season, the papers have been quick to re-ignite that link, while Burrow has yet to pour water on those rumours. The signing of Lampard would be a continuation of Preston's recent transfer spree, having brought in England colleagues Steven Gerrard and Aaron Lennon, while it would also call into question captain David Beckham's future:

"Who wouldnt want to sign Lampard? He is a great play, maybe succumbing a bit to age but still a world class player. We went in for him last season but failed to agree a fee. Since then we've brought in Stevie G and his signing wouldnt be a priority, but he was keen to join 12 months ago and I cant see anything changing that."

The close-season has seen transfer activity pick up, with no fewer than three players linked with Preston in recent weeks linked with moves away. Shorpe's Alex and Fabio Quagliarella, and Jermain Defoe of West Brom have been linked with the white shirt of Preston, with the priority being defensive cover with the likes of Dennis Aogo and Gabriel Heinze told to find new clubs.

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Lampard moving north?

Officials from Leicester city can confirm there is interest in Franks availbility. Frank is a world class player, but for new manager Ben Surman he see's the move of lampard one that the club needs to benefit from.

Surman later hinted that he is interested in a P/ex deal for the legend as he feels this is the best way to improve the club for the up and coming season.

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End of Season Sale means the following players are allowed to leave:

Christian Benitez

Chris Gunter

Olivas Kiko

Joel Ekstrand

Arnaud De Greef

Mahamadou Diarra

Sammy Moore

Attila Filkor

Jake Reeves

Sam Baldock

Giles Barnes

Tom Eastman

Also just a reminder Blackpool's job offer is still with me, pm me on the forum if you want the job

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Ramires Future In The Balance.

With all the speculation involving Ramires moving away from the ricoh Arena, we spoke to manager Wayne Harman this afternoon to tell us the latest on his position. " Ramires is a top player and has been very consistant for us since i came here. He wears the captain's armband and we will do everything we can to keep our player." Asked what would happen if one of the big clubs came knocking he had this to say, " We have to be realistic, we failed to get promotion to the premier league this season after getting promoted last year. Ramires is without doubt a player that should be at the very top of his game. If we were to recive an offer that the club thought was too good to turn down then obviously we would have to look at it"

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The brazilian has been in top form since joining the sky blues.

" The season is over now and i will give my lads some time off to spend with there familys. We will be all back earlier this year and will knuckle down and do the best we can to get promotion next year. In order to do this i need my best players in the team.

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End of Season Sale means the following players are allowed to leave:

Christian Benitez

Chris Gunter

Olivas Kiko

Joel Ekstrand

Arnaud De Greef

Mahamadou Diarra

Sammy Moore

Attila Filkor

Jake Reeves

Sam Baldock

Giles Barnes

Tom Eastman

Also just a reminder Blackpool's job offer is still with me' date=' pm me on the forum if you want the job[/quote']

Im up for moving to Blackpool if the job is still available and if I am allowed?

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CARLISLE SET TO APPOINT TOMLINS

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Tomlins set to end 2 and a half year stint at Northampton

Dan Tomlins is set to part ways with Northampton in the next 24 hours after he confirmed that he had been approached by Carlisle chairman Andrew Jenkins this afternoon after they parted ways with Hugh Latimer following a play off final defeat to Newcastle, after only a season in charge at Carlisle.

Tomlins, who guided Northampton to a dismal 18th place in division 4 this season will sign a 3 year deal with Carlisle tomorrow lunchtime and imminently look to rally his new side up ahead of the new season which starts on October 27th. Tomlins had previously guided Northampton to several respective finishes and even led the Coblers to a 4th place finish in season 13.

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EC106 Recruitment Drive

First one I've done of these, not often that a number of clubs become available at one time. Now that the season is over it gives someone the chance for a clean slate.

AFC Bournemouth

Div 4

Finished 11th in Div 4 last season under three different managers. The three best players who arent loanees are Konstantin Zyryanov, Patrick Helmes and Ruano Alexis. They also have young prospects such as Ben Reeves, Aidan White, Ivan Perisic and James McCarthy.

Barnsley

Div 2

Barnsley have been kept in good working order by Johan Alberts, who's left for Leicester. They finished 8th in Div 2, two points off the play-offs. Best three players are Totti, Gilardino and Pyatov, but also have young prospects such as Alexander Merkel and Stefan De Vrij. If interested, speak to Johan Alberts and Warren Buffett (in-game) for the offer.

Blackpool

Div 4

Blackpool have been consistent performers in Div 4 without achieving promotion. Their three best players are Douchez, Alex Frei and Michael Bradley however they boast an impressive youth setup including Vladimir Weiss, Jordan Rhodes, Emilio Insu and Adam Lallana amongst others.

Cheltenham Town

Div 3

Recently relegated from Div 3, Cheltenham are in need of a bit of work. The squad is mainly based around the Premier League and Championship, with Figueroa, Whittaker and James Morrison their best rated players. Young players include Freddie Sears, Fabian Frei and Jordan Spence.

Colchester United

Div 3

Finished mid-table in Div 3. Not managed to get a permanent manager to stay long after Ed Moses. They have some great players eg Lukas Podolski, Seb Larsson and Andres Guardado, however the squad is quite old and Michael Ballack is retiring. Best youngsters include Alberto Masi and Robert Hall.

Swindon Town

Div 4

Dom Latouche did a good job with his hometown club considering the resources available. A decently balanced squad with a solid defence including Christian Abbiattik, however is old once again, with Ledley King and Ivan Cordoba. Also quite a few players are from the true Swindon squad.

West Ham United

Div 1

Relegated managerless on the last day of the season. A average sized squad with some players of interest, most notably Alberto Aquilani, Rodrigo Palacio, Christian Fuchs and Ganso. Along with Ganso, Kevin Theophil-Catherine, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Harry Maguire, Matt Philliups, Danny Rose and Andros Townsend amongst all.

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Colchester United thanks German Great Michael Ballack

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Colchester Faithful will be forever grateful for no. 13

Colchester manager Glory Days has paid tribute to retiring German legend Michael Ballack for his ability to marshal the midfield and his leadership on and off the field.

“Although I have just joined the club, there is no denying the class of Michael Ballack. He is a legend of the game and he will be sorely missed”

The Colchester faithful will always be in debt of the German International who recorded 98 international caps for not only increasing the profile of the small English side but his leadership and his goal scoring prowess with14 goals which proved vital in their promotion to Division 3. His career spanned for a startling 16 seasons in English Championship 106 and a boasts a formidable record of playing every single season in England.

The journeyman started his career in Chelsea spending 5 years and being an ever-present cog in the Chelsea machine, he moved to Wigan for 4 seasons and towards the end of his career he wanted to make an impact for a smaller club and he did just that Colchester.

In his two seasons at the club, he captained the side; lead them to promotion and consolation in Division 3. In his press conference, Ballack stated his appreciation of the Colchester fans

“I cannot express my gratitude for my time at Colchester, the fans made it all worthwhile and for me helping to promote the team was right up there with my greatest achievements. I am proud to have left a legacy at Colchester”

Chairman Robbie Cowling commemorated Ballack’s retirement with a noble gesture

“Since Michael’s time at the club, he has lifted the club’s profile and given everything to the club which has put us in good stead for the future. As a mark of appreciation we will be retiring the No. 13 for the next season”
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Nottingham Forest target Wigan Athletics John Heitinga. It is rumoured they are going all out to reach an agreement.

"At the moment we have made our offer, which I am not able to disclose at this moment in time, we are waiting for Mr Izod to get back to us."

Heitinga is a wanted man with both Preston North End and Leyton Orient both making their interest known.

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Heitinga TOO GOOD for Forest - Zak Cluer

Leyton Orient boss Zak Cluer has hit out at Nottingham Forest stating their attempt to sign centre half Heitinga is "feble".

"Its a feble attempt to sign him really, he's way too good for Forest, dont get me wrong they've got some decent players but he's much more of a Division 2/1 player. At Orient we've got plenty of competition for spots at centre half in Walter, Kolo Toure, Yobo, Bonera & young gun Van Rhijn.

What will the Nottingham Forest manager Chris Goes have to say?

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Leyton Orient's recent attempt to "Slam" Forests offer is a void attempt to kill a deal.

Forest manager, Chris Goes, says the recent press release from Leyton Orrient was an attempt to kill a deal. "It's just not the way to do buisness! You make an offer, it has nothing to do with another manager whether or not that team deserves a player of Heitinga's calliber. The team who recieves the offer is the team to make a desision."

"Let's say for example we do clinch the deal, we have the back line to complement Heitinga's defensive play. We have Howedes out at Right back, Clichy at Left back. At Centre back we have either Forlin or Shawcross to partner Heitinga."

"How are us managers supossed to gain promotion when manager's like these feel they are far more superior to gain these "higher class" deals. Its a bad time for fair play in football."

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El Shaarawy 2-0 Queens Park Rangers

In an enthralling opening day match of the Division Two season, Stephan El Shaarawy stole the show with a brilliant brace on his 20th birthday in front of a rapturous home crowd, as Preston started the season with a 2-0 victory over last season's play-off contenders Queens Park Rangers.

With regular starting striker Andy Carroll completing a suspension from last season, El Shaarawy was chosen ahead of wantaway compatriot Fabrizio Miccoli to partner Stevan Jovetic. Veteran signing Paul Scholes did not make the bench, however was presented in front of the crowd at half time, while former Preston striker Peter Crouch was completing his medical as the match was played.

A scrappy first half hour which saw four players enter the referees notebook was enlightened by a great pass through to El Shaarawy by captain Steven Gerrard, the Italian placing his shot past the oncoming Roman Weidenfeller. The player known as the Pharaoh due to his Egyptian heritage showed the 17,000 fans watching that he can head the ball too, heading home David Beckham's cross, however big question marks have to be asked of how a QPR defence containing Laurent Koscielny, Souleymane Diawara and man-mountain Chris Samba didnt manage to prevent the goal. El Shaarawy ran over to the bench and collected a shirt with "Il Faraone, 20" as he was mobbed by his fellow team-mates. There were two further yellow cards in the second half, and an inspired performance from Tim Howard in goal kept Preston's 2 goal lead intact.

The full time whistle blew to a roar of appreciation from the Preston fans, as Preston manager James Burrow celebrated the win with a trademark fist pump. He spoke to the media after the game, and was keen to divert the praise of his tactical decision onto his young striker:

"I dont see it as a gamble. Stephan had a great pre-season, and has had the added benefit of spending the close-season with us too. Carroll and Jovetic was the preferred two last season but that is open to a bit of rotation. With Peter (Crouch) set to arrive we will be set for strikers. When asked about transfer activity.... We would still like to bring in the odd new name or two. We have offers on the table, both in and out, but on the basis of tonight's performance, the priority is more depth than first-teamers."

Preston travel to the Ricoh Arena to take on a daunting Coventry side, who have found the net 7 times in their last two games against the Lilywhites. They opened their account for the season with a 2-1 victory over Shorpe, with former North Enders Antonio Valencia and Romelu Lukaku on target.

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Forest land two new signings.

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Steven Naismith Joins Forest for £14M deal, the contract is a 3 season deal worth £24,900 a week.

Martin Kelly is brought in on loan from Preston North End to replace the suspended Benedikt Howedes.

"Steven Naismith is brought in to set up an attacking midfield setup, which now renders Mahamadou useless to us for the time being. He will be making his debut tonight from the bench in what we all hope will be another unbeaten game at the start of the new season."

"Martin Kelly is a loan deal which was litrally thrown together in the last half an hour. The loan signing of Kelly means we no longer need to sign another RB. This is a bonus for both clubs, we get a back up RB for when Howedes isn't available and Preston get the option of an up and coming all round defender getting game time. It's a win win situation all round."

When asked about the recent media spat between Zak Cluer and Chris Goes, Chris refused to say to much on the subject. "It's happened its in the past, Mr Cluer obviously feels there is no more to say on the subject. I have said all i need to say so lets call time on that subject."

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