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Assombalonga rejects Peterborough for Middlesborough

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Assombalonga's preferred choice was to play in Division 2

After many days of intense speculation surrounding the "Hot prospect" Britt Assombalonga, it has finally been confirmed that he has decided to continue his football career at Middlesborough. It was a 2 horse race for the young English forward between Middlesborough and Peterborough but the idea of being able to feature in Division 2 was too flattering for the Englishman to turn down. It is believed that Peterborough missed out on signing him by just £57,000. Blackburn had decided to pull out from the race to sign him although they had been scouting him for many months. There was a lot of speculation saying that (if given the choice) Britt would turn down Middlesborough as he wouldn't be one of the first choices to play upfront at the club but the idea of being tutored by one of the best strikers in the world will help him develop as a striker. His medical concluded not too long ago and the paper work was finalized and he should be able to participate in some of the upcoming friendlies for Middlesborough. But, there is a lingering feeling of disappointment as he has been touted to become one of the next big strikers for England in the coming years. We have been awaiting official confirmation for many days now and we are sure that Peterborough will have to look elsewhere if they are going to find a new striker to play upfront with Germán Denis. Manager Jose Mourinho is expected to answer a few questions later tomorrow afternoon regarding Assombalonga.

In other news, Jose Mourinho lead Peterborough to a winning start in the Pre-Season friendlies after a 4-0 victory against Cardiff City, Argentinian forward Germán Denis bagged 2 goals while Camara and Yobo were also on the scoresheet, a report will feature of these friendlies in the coming days.

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MILAN CZECHS OUT OF GRIFFIN PARK

Milan Baros, he will be a legend around Griffin Park for many a season to come. The Czech strikers future lies in Turkey after Brentford accepted his wish for more regular first team football and agreed a £4m deal with Antalyaspor.

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Emotional Farewell

Baros has been a mainstay in Brentford since season 11 when Richardson splashed out a deal worth over £13m to get his man from Ajax. 248 appearances and 111 goals have repaid a lot of the fee and faith Richardson and Brentford put into him. With the likes of Cacau and Kuranyi staking their claims ahead of him and players like M'Baye Niang waiting in the wings, Baros is best served heading for pastures new. No matter what happens though, he is sure to be missed by the Brentford faithful.

It's a sad day for this football club. Milan has been an important player for us over the years and he has been brilliant. There have been critics of his performances but he has never let us down despite what anyone might say, a professional goalscorer and a brilliant guy as well. He will be missed both on and off the pitch and I only hope some of your younger lads have learned how to finish like he does. I wish Milan all the very best in Turkey and I hope Antalyaspor appreciate the quality of player they are getting.

Baros had this farewell on his official web page.

It is with a heavy heart that I must say goodbye to Brentford. It has been a special club with special fans to me over the last seven or eight seasons. You made me feel like a special player and I wanted nothing less than to score goals for you and make you as happy as you made me. I will never forget you. I must also thank Darren Richardson as well, his faith in me was outstanding and his passion and determination to succeed with Brentford is something that will stay with me forever. I have learned so much from you all and I will be back as a fan soon.

Baros will be sorely missed, it will be interesting to see the impact this transfer has on the squad that is already under pressure after three straight defeats so far this season.

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Lack of transfer activity frustrates Preston boss

Preston manager James Burrow has spoke of his frustration in the transfer market, after a poor start to the Division Two season.

Preston finished sixth last season, losing in the play-off semi-finals to Southend United. Fans and players alike were filled with optimism after Preston remained unbeaten in pre-season, beating Division One sides Darlington and Manchester City, yet despite an opening day win over Queens Park Rangers, Preston have lost two consecutive games 1-0, to both Carlisle United and Norwich City. Burrow refused to place the blame on his players, rather the lack of activity on the transfer front, with only striker Gary Hooper joining on a permanent deal:

"It's incredibly frustrating when the ball is not in our court regarding transfers. I'm not suggesting that clubs must accept our bids, but even just acknowledgement of the bid would be good. Since the turn of the season we have probably made around 20-30 offers for players, and I'd hazard a guess that 50% of them went unanswered. Last season's squad took us to 6th, will Gary Hooper make us league champions? He's a good player, but by himself, we are no better than we were last season when we had Borini on loan. We managed to secure the loan of Wijnaldum, Ljajic and Muriel early in pre-season which is a bonus, but we can't build a team around players who without warning could return to their parent clubs."

England international winger Aaron Lennon has been linked with a move away, having not played so far this season, while rumoured moves for Jordan Henderson, Hatem Ben Arfa and Theo Walcott have failed to materialise. Preston travel to Brentford on Wednesday night hoping to kick-start their faltering season.

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Dyer Signed For One Reason Only!

With the sale of Craig Bellamy all but compleat for his return to Preston North End the quick signing of Nathan Dyer came in, the English born winger was on hand to see Reading beat Portsmouth away from home on Saturday night 1-0 and has said he is very impressed with the work rate of some of the clubs key players and he hopes to make a big impact to the squad. The 24 year old has signed a three year contact with the option of another on top worth 24,000 a week, the cost is expected to have been around the eight million pound mark and Reading coach Mattuie Beckett has said it was money well spent on a true up and coming English star. Also to join the League One side was italian Goal Keeper Marco Storari, the 36 year old cost just under three million and has signed a two year deal worth 28,000 a week this will be his second spell in English football after playing 205 games for fellow League One side Colchester United, the old gard has said he is very keen on making a impact and hopes he can prove to everyone he still has what it takes to be a top class keeper in English football.

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Another Big Spend From Reading!

Today Reading have came to a deal reported to be around the 18 million pound mark for Ola Toivonen witch comes six million pound short of there club record witch is yet to be broke in Mattuie Becketts rain as manager of the League One club witch tomorrow hits its 137th game in charge. The young coach who has had a up and down time as the manager has said he hopes to brake the standing record at 185 games, he has said he has a lot yet to give and this signing comes after the sale of Craig Bellamy to raise the funds for a top class signing. Ola Toivonen who has three years left on his contract at Briton has said he is sad to be ending a six year spell at the Championship side and even doe he is making a drop to League One he is predicting that Reading will be back in the Championship next season. Reading who right now sit joint first in the league after five games have said on the club website they hope for the Striker to make a quick impact and hope he can become a fan fav within the season ahead.

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Dean Bryant appointed England manager by FA

Dean Bryant has been appointed England manager on a long term contract.

The Derby County boss succeeds James Burrow after talks with the Football Association on Sunday. This is also means that Bryant has officially left Japan national football team after 1 year in charge of the Samurai Blue.

"Let's hope we can get everybody behind us and make certain that we work as a team and help team get the results everyone in England expects and wants," said Bryant.

Bryant has also mentioned his admiration of his predecessor James Burrow, who led the Three Lions to their second successive World Cup win in China. "James Burrow has done a marvelous job with the National team, winning their second World Cup in China. It's a definitely a big loss for England following Burrow's retirement in international stage and I hope I can continue to bring England more success."

England have won their first World Cup under Sean Fitzpatrick back in 2010 and are now top of Group 7 in the World Cup Qualifiers and will host Australia and Romania on 11 and 25 October respectively. The Football Association said in a statement it was "delighted" to announce the appointment of Bryant, who will lead England in 2014 World Cup in France.

"Bryant has coached the national teams of Uruguay, Belgium, Italy and Japan. Along with his vast experience of international and English football, Bryant is one of the few managers who have been around in English Championship 106 for 10 seasons. One of his major successes in English football is the promotion of Charlton Athletic to the top flight."

The FA announced on Saturday it had approached Bryant for the job despite widespread speculation linking Cheltenham Town boss James Chettle with the vacancy after James Burrow quit on early Monday.

Bryant guided Belgium and Uruguay to the World Cup Finals back in 2011 and 2012 respectively. His former clubs include Carlisle United, Charlton Athletic and Chesterfield. Bryant will still continue his full-time job with Derby County and will work closely with England assistant manager Ray Lewington in their hunt to defend the World Cup trophy.

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Records broken as Preston thrash Port Vale!

Preston North End extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to eight games with an emphatic 5-1 victory over struggling Port Vale, with debutant Luis Muriel making a little piece of history.

Preston made one change from the weekend's 1-0 victory over Sheffield United, with striker Luis Muriel making his debut after joining on loan from Arsenal, replacing the suspended Adem Ljajic. Port Vlae had failed to win in six games previously, and were without injured captain Arda Turan.

Preston had the first chance of the match, with Enrique's weighted cross falling on the head of Muriel, but the Colombian striker couldn't find the net. Shortly afterwards, full-back Glen Johnson found himself in an advanced position and hit a first time shot which David DE Gea palmed away for a corner. Port Vale registered their first shot on target in the 12th minute, Miguel De Las Cuevas with a curling effort which Vorm had to stretch to turn around the post. The remainder of the first half would fail to yield a goal, but it wasn't for a lack of effort, Preston registering a three shots on goal, with Jose Enrique almost scoring an unlikely goal for the defender.

After the half-time break, Port Vale emerged with more vigour, and after a spell of dominance, they took the lead, Fernando Belluschi and Jo playing a one-two which cut through the defence, resulting in Belluschi netting his first goal of the season. Full-back Felipe Luis almost made it two just a minute later, but Michel Vorm was equal to it. As Preston's bench began their warm-up routines, they gained a foothold back into the game after Paulao fouled Glen Johnson. Gareth Bale stepped up to the free-kick, and curled it past De Gea just inside the far post. Preston were now the more likely team to score, and manager James Burrow made that even more so by throwing on attackers Giorginio Wijnaldum and Kevin Mirallas for full-backs Johnson and Enrique.

After an hour, captain Steven Gerrard played in Muriel, who tried to chip De Gea, but his shot had just too much power and hit the roof of the net. He tried to make amends a minute later, however De Gea dived down well to smother the shot. In the 69th minute, Muriel was at it again, this time a header from Gerrard's cross sailing over the bar. On the touchline, Burrow looked frustrated, his side seemingly unable to convert the pressure into goals. Substitute Wijnaldum was next to try his luck against De Gea, but again the Spanish keeper was equal to the task. Preston should have been out of sight by now!

When the break-through finally came, it was from an unusual source. Kevin Mirallas played a floated cross into the box, which James McCarthy smashed home on the half-volley. This break-through seemed to open the flood-gates, with the home fans at Vale Park looking dejected. In the 76th minute, Muriel fianlly netted his first goal for the club, perhaps the hardest chance he had gotten all night. The Colombian curled his shot past De Gea with the outside of his boot. Two minutes later he made it two for himself, with some good play from Michu. He completed his hat-trick two minutes later, a toe-poke from close range. His hat-trick in four minutes is a new record for Division Two. It was nearly 6-1, with Muriel's header clearing the bar. The final whistle blew on an entertaining match, with Preston fans chanting well into the night. We spoke with Preston manager James Burrow after the game, here's what he had to say:

"Well what a game! When we went a goal down I was really frustrated as we'd been by far the better side. Once Gareth's free-kick went in I thought it would open the flood-gates, but credit to the lads for persevering. As for Muriel, I was about to take him off! He took his three goals for his hat-trick very well, but arguably he missed the easier chances. He's not the best in the air, but the other two were good chances. We've won the game this time, and by a margin, but when it's not as easy, you have to make sure you find the net."

Preston move up to 4th, with a superior goal difference to their rivals. They face Chelsea next at Deepdale. Port Vale face a trip to Brentford, hoping for the win to take them out of the bottom three.

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Division Two Recap

Middlesbrough are now outright leaders of Division Two after a thrilling 4-3 victory over Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road. Boro' fell behind three times but two late goals from Junior Hoilett and Mario Mandzukic took three points back to the North-East. Jefferson Farfan scored a brace for the away side, while a double from Ideye Brown and a goal for Lucas Barrios was not enough for Riece Monro's QPR, who remain in the bottom three.

Tranmere Rovers and Norwich City lose ground on first place after they drew 1-1 at Carrow Road. Cesar Azpilicueta gave the away side the lead after just five minutes, but after the break, Mateo Musacchio's headed goal gained Norwich a share of the points, however leaving them without a win in three games.

Preston North End's five match winning streak is at an end after they lost 2-1 to Chelsea at Deepdale. An early goal from Didier Drogba left Preston on the back foot, and despite an equaliser from Stevan Jovetic just before the break, a calamitous mix-up between Hugo Campagnaro and Michel Vorm resulted in the Argentine defender putting through his own net. Preston drop a place to 5th, with Chelsea leapfrogging them into 4th.

Port Vale's wretched run of seven games without a win extended to eight games after a 1-0 loss to Brentford at Griffin Park. Granit Xhaka scored for dominant Brentford, who are now just two points outside the play-offs. Port Vale remain in 18th.

Newcastle United left it late to record a comfortable win over Brighton at the AMEX Stadium. Diego Tardelli's second goal of the season came with twenty minutes to go, before a double from Tomas Pekhart sealed the victory. The Magpies stay in 9th, one of five teams all on 17 points. Leicester drop to 17th, level on points with Crystal Palace.

Carlisle United made it three straight wins courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Antony Mounier and Pirmin Schwegler scored for Carlisle, who remain in 11th, but only two points shy of the play-offs. Crystal Palace actually move up a place to 16th by virtue of goals scored.

Gillingham came out on top in a surprisingly tight game considering the scoreline, the Gills triumphing 3-0 away to Leicester City. Stefanos Athanasiadis opened the scoring for Gillingham, before goals from Vlad Chiriches and Elkin Soto sealed a flattering victory.

Ten-man Southend salvaged a 2-2 draw with Chalrton Athletic with a late goal from captain Sebastian Kehl at Roots Hall. Kehl gave Southend the lead early in the first half, however goals from Ezequiel Lavezzi and Juan Mata, plus the dismissal of Mexican Andres Guardado for shirt pulling seemed to have ended all hope of gaining a point until Kehl scored his second of the game. Southend rop a place but remain in the play-offs in 6th. Charlton stay in 15th after their fourth straight draw.

Barnsley remain bottom of Division Two after a 3-1 loss to Wycombe at Oakwell. Moussa Sow gave Wycombe the lead after just two minutes, before full-back Luis Danilo equalised for Barnsley. Wycombe killed the game off with two quickfire goals after the break, a second for Sow and a first goal of the season for Bruno Soriano. Wycombe remain 10th.

Aston Villa were one of only two home winning teams this turn after a 2-0 victory over Sheffield Utd. Goals midway through the first and second half from Neves Denilson and Olivier Giroud secured victory for Villa, who remain in 8th place. Sheffield Utd drop to 13th, without a win in three.

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TUG OF WAR FOR RICHARDSON

March 9th 2009. An insignificant date for most of the population, however a date that is anything but for Brentford boss Darren Richardson. It was on this date, over five years ago that he became manager of his beloved Brentford side that has now been his home for 588 games. There have been some massive highs such as the club record 18 match unbeaten run, the long awaited promotions and the classic matches. Whilst there have been a fair amount of low points, you always had the impression Brentford would come through the other side so long as Richardson was at the helm. A reliable stalwart loyal to the Brentford cause for so long, loyal to his players and a mastermind of working on a shoestring budget.

Such quality players have come and gone through the doors at Brentford under his watchful eye without ever really spending big money. Club captain Blaise Matuidi being the exception with his exceptionally good £12m cost from Newcastle who has gone on to become one of the finest players in his position in Europe and undoubtedly one of the best Brentford have ever had. Nurturing youthful talent into first team regulars has been a success story for Richardson as well with the likes of Alex Sandro, Granit Xhaka and Marcos Rojo all coming from relative unknown backgrounds to become established and sought after players with all giving huge credit to their boss.

Now the moment Brentford have been dreading, the one thing that could come along to break up this fantastic relationship between them and Richardson. Another date that will seem insignificant to many in years to come but could be a date that lives long in the memory of Brentford fans, November 24th 2014. The day Brentford were forced to call Richardson in and inform their beloved boss of an SOS call coming from Division One. A call that normally would be met by a smile from Richardson and a reassuring conversation with the board that he was going nowhere and he would be off to deal with Brentford business. This time though, there was no smile from Richardson. This time, there was a nod and thanks for the information and that he needed to go home to think things over. That's because the SOS was sent from Chelsea Football Club, whom Richardson supported as a boy.

The Blues have turned to a man they know if they can get to leave Brentford, will be at Stamford Bridge to build a dynasty until he is told he is no longer wanted. The question is, what does Richardson decide? There is a tug of war going on in London with Richardson stuck in the middle of it. The man himself hasn't been since being told of the request by Chelsea to speak with him. Brentford have said they hope the best manager to ever grace Griffin Park will stay but cannot stand in his way of Chelsea if he chooses to go, such is the respect they have for him.

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The world of EC106 was in mourning this weekend as Blackpool unveiled Sir Sean as their new manager.

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The Crewe legend (who also won a world cup with England I'll have you know;)) makes his 15th return to the greatest ever setup in SM history with what can only be described as a pitiful excuse of a team at Blackpool.

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After the unveiling, Blackpool Chairman Karl Oyston said:

"After spending extensive time looking for the right manager, we eventually gave up, and just accepted the first application who could spell Blackpool correctly.

However we do firmly believe Sean can take us to the top, I mean you only have to look down the road at Preston to see that it doesn't take an ounce of skill to guide your team to division 1."

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