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FA CHARGE REFeree Darren DRYSDALE

Following the midweek match between Northampton and Ipswich Town, the FA have charged the referee in charge of that game Darren Drysdale with improper conduct against Ipswich Town’s Alan Judge.

In a statement, the FA said:

“Darren Drysdale has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3 following last night’s EFL League One game between Ipswich Town FC and Northampton Town FC.”

The incident happened right at the end of the game when Judge felt that he should have had a penalty. The Referee Drysdale, however, obviously thought otherwise and awarded a free kick to Northampton Town

Admittedly, after watching the alleged foul, it is unclear if there was contact on Judge, which the player took exception to. What subsequently followed was a face- to-face confrontation between Judge and Drysdale.

It appeared that Judge felt incensed enough to say something at the referee. Whatever was said, neither party has disclosed but it prompted Drysdale to reply in an aggressive manner. Both Judge and Drysdale had to be separated and the match soon finished after the encounter.

Drysdale has since apologised, saying:

“I fully understand that it is important for us as referees to maintain our composure throughout the game and always engage with players in a professional manner.”

For his part, Judge said:

“There was no need for an apology. I wasn’t looking for one or looking for any action to be taken. In football as everybody knows stuff happens in the heat of the moment in a game. We all make mistakes and for me that is the end of this.”

It is not clear yet, whether Drysdale will officiate in any games this weekend.

Currently referees are in the spotlight more than usual with Mike Dean also the subject of some horrific social media abuse over this handling of the incident in the game he was officiating between Fulham and West Ham.

The Three Invincible’s

With the new football season in full swing, the tables are beginning to take shape.

The 92 teams are experiencing the highs and lows of English football; from the thrill of winning to the shared spoils of a draw and to the heartache of defeat.

However, three teams have only experienced the thrill of winning and the shared spoils of a draw so far this season as Liverpool (Premier League), Ipswich Town and Coventry City (both League One) still remain unbeaten.

Liverpool

Liverpool started off the campaign with a load of confidence after comfortable wins against Norwich City, Arsenal, Burnley and Newcastle United. With the formidable trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino in their usual form.

Two of the dynamic trio (Firmino, left and Mané, right)

The question is; will Liverpool remain unbeaten this season? The simple answer is, no.

Since the poor display in their 2-0 UEFA Champions League defeat to Napoli, Liverpool have scrapped wins against Chelsea, MK Dons (in the League Cup), Sheffield United and Red Bull Salzburg (in the Champions League).

It seems like Liverpool have been worked out by teams and thanks to Adrian in goal they have managed to keep an unbeaten record this season, but the signs are showing that a league defeat is on the horizon.

Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town are another team unbeaten this season and are enjoying themselves at the top of League One.

With goals coming in thick and fast from star signing, James Norwood, the Tractor Boys look to dominate League One this season.

James Norwood enjoying his first season at Ipswich

With Paul Lambert’s side facing third place, Fleetwood Town, it could put an end to a terrific unbeaten start to the campaign; but that won’t distract them staying at the top of the table for the majority of the season.

Coventry City

This is the second best start to a season Coventry City have had in their history and are just five games away from the record which was set in 1937.

Under their manager, Mark Robins, the Sky Blues look like a force to be reckoned with.

Mark Robins has put the faith back into the Coventry faithful

Their temporary home, St Andrews is becoming a fortress and already having 11 different scorers in the league so far, City are definitely the team to beat.

The Sky Blues face a tough task away to Rotherham United tomorrow afternoon, if they lose then it would be an end to a brilliant start to the campaign, with all the ongoing issues off the pitch, the players have stayed focussed and now look like real favourites to go up this season.

Carabao Cup: Round One Draw Announced

The Carabao Cup Round One draw was made on Thursday evening from Morrisons, Colindale, North West London.

There were two stand out ties from the draw with AFC Wimbledon playing MK Dons, while newly-promoted Salford City will face Leeds United.

The draw was conducted by two former England internationals in John Barnes and Ray Parlour and was split into two regions – North and South.

Huddersfield Town, the hightest-ranked team in the Northern Section, will face Lincoln City while the highest ranked Southern side, West Bromwich Albion, will face Millwall.

Every club from Sky Bet League One and League Two enter the Carabao Cup in Round One, along with 22 Championship clubs.

Only Cardiff City and Fulham – who finished 18th and 19th respectively in the Premier League last season, will enter in Round Two, alongside the clubs from the Premier League, not in European competitions.

The first round matches are scheduled to take place week commencing Monday 12thAugust, with the final due to take place on March 1, 2020.

Full Round One Draw can be seen below:

North Draw

Tranmere Rovers v Hull City

Grimsby Town v Doncaster Rovers

Wigan Athletic v Stoke City

Port Vale v Burton Albion

Nottingham Forest v Fleetwood Town

Bradford City v Preston North End

Blackpool v Macclesfield Town

Blackburn Rovers v Oldham Athletic

Mansfield Town v Morecambe

Accrington Stanley v Sunderland

Scunthorpe United v Derby County

Rochdale v Bolton Wanderers

Huddersfield Town v Lincoln City

Middlesbrough v Crewe Alexandra

Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United

Sheffield Wednesday v Bury

Salford City v Leeds United

Barnsley v Carlisle United

South Draw

Colchester United v Swindon Town

AFC Wimbledon v MK Dons

Oxford United v Peterborough United

Queens Park Rangers v Bristol City

Plymouth Argyle v Leyton Orient

Wycombe Wanderers v Reading

Charlton Athletic v Forest Green Rovers

Gillingham v Newport County

Stevenage v Southend United

Luton Town v Ipswich Town

Walsall v Crawley Town

Bristol Rovers v Cheltenham Town

Brentford v Cambridge United

Coventry City v Exeter City

Swansea City v Northampton Town

What went wrong at Ipswich Town? Preparing for life in League One

For a younger fan it may come as a surprise to be told that Ipswich Town were once one of English football’s top teams. The club consistently were in the top division since 1961 with the exception of small stints in the second division and boast a Division One championship (1962), a FA Cup (1978) and a UEFA Cup (1981) making them one of the Championship ‘bigboys’ alongside the likes of Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday. Following their relegation from the Premier League in 2002, Ipswich have spent the past 16 seasons stuck in the Championship with little success where making the League Cup semi-final in 2011 and the play-offs twice in 2005 and 2015 were the only highs. But after a long 16 years Ipswich Town look nailed on to finally leave the second division of English football, but against the fans and clubs hopes it’s a downwards transition for the Tractor Boys. This will be the first time Ipswich have dropped into the third tier of English football since 1957.

With a mere 12 games to go Ipswich sit rock bottom of the Championship, 12 points adrift from safety. Even dreamers would find it difficult to argue a case that Ipswich have a chance of staying up and the bookmakers agree, offering odds of 100/1 for the Tractor Boys to survive the drop. If the club were to pull it off it would certainly be one of the most remarkable survival stories.

What went wrong at Ipswich Town?

A huge problem for Ipswich has been transfers and the inability to replace key players who have left the club. Players such as Daryl Murphy, Tom Lawrence, Tyrone Mings, David McGoldrick, Martyn Waghorn and Aaron Cresswell have all been crucial players for the Tractor Boys in recent years who have all departed the club. According to The East Anglian Daily Times the club is in £95m debt owed to club owner Marcus Evans creating difficulties tosign players.

Since taking over in November 2011, Mick McCarthy worked on a shoestring budget and built a team that finished in the top ten between 2013-2016, a great achievement considering the scarce resources. But after two stagnant seasons, falling attendances and fan frustration both parties agreed to not renew McCarthy’s contract in 2018. A decision that many felt was long overdue.

At the start of the current season Paul Hurst was the man to lead the Suffolk club away from the McCarthy era. But the departures of MartynWaghorn, Joe Garner and David McGoldrick in the summer of 2018 made this a daunting task for the young manager. After a tough pre-season and no wins in the first 14 games the McCarthy era didn’t seem so bad after all and on the 25thOctober Hurst was sacked by Ipswich, leaving the team 4 points adrift.

Paul Lambert was the next successor and the current manager of Ipswich, he has previously led a flurry of Championship clubs such as Norwich City and Aston Villa. But Lambert hasn’t been able to help the problem as Ipswich have slumped lower into the relegation zone.

The future of Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town’s relegation reality is now being accepted around the club and they are now preparing for League One football. Paul Lambert is ambitious about moving forward and has said openly to the press that the “club needs a cleanse”. He speaks of a long term vision which involves the academy and sacrificing the transfer budget in order for cheap ticket prices, a move to get the Ipswich fans back onside and through the gates. The use of young talent will be a solution to the transfer problem at Ipswich and it will significantly reduce player wages if they are able to offload some senior players.

The rebuilding of Ipswich Town seems very long overdue and League One may be the perfect place to start.

Are you excited Ipswich fans for the upcoming season?

Ipswich continue to battle survival tomorrow (9th March) at 3pm against West Brom at the Hawthorns.

Three potential​ managers at West Brom

It’s been a torrid season for West Brom this season and in all honesty, I feel so sorry for their fans and what they have had to put up with this season. The club sacked long-standing manager Tony Pulis after a poor run of games and appointed the samba dancing prince that is Alan Pardew.

 

And it hasn’t really worked out for Alan as he has managed just one win out of the 18 games he has taken charge of at The Hawthorns. On top of this, he decided to take the squad to Barcelona for a warm-weather training camp but instead Gareth Barry and some other teammates decided to steal a taxi at 4 in the morning. So unsurprisingly West Brom took the decision to part ways with Pardew and are now looking for their third manager of the season.

 

Here are three potential candidates.

 

  1. Mick McCarthy

 

With McCarthy leaving Ipswich upon the expiry of his contract at the end of the season it may be possible for West Brom to snap his services up now. With The Baggies all but relegated this season McCarthy has great experience of gaining promotion back into the Premier League and if he has the right budget West Brom shouldn’t be down for long.

 

  1. Nigel Pearson

 

The man who uttered the famous words ‘You’re an Ostrich’. Nigel Pearson much the same as Mick McCarthy has great experience in The Championship and should West Brom go down that could prove to be vital. However, Pearson also managed to guide Leicester away from relegation in 2015 which was hailed as a miracle which is certainly what West Brom need this season.

 

  1. Marco Silva

 

Out of the three, Marco Silva is the least likely to end up at West Brom due to his credentials and also his lack of Championship experience. But should West Brom want to be ambitious and change their style of play then Silva would be an extremely positive gamble and one that West Brom fans could get on board with?

 

Who do you think West Brom should hire as their next manager? Let us know in the comments section below.