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Carlisle United sack manager Steven Pressley after 10 months in charge

League Two side, Carlisle have sacked their manager Steven Pressley as the club currently sit 19th in the division.

Pressley left the club following the 3-1 defeat to Morecambe in the Leasing.com Trophy on Monday night.

The previous Friday, they had progressed through to the FA Cup 2nd Round, beating Dulwich Hamlet 4-1.

Carlisle say they had not seen sufficient progress under Pressley since he was appointed In January this year.

Carlisle’s decision does leave the Layman wondering what type of progress they were expecting, because when he was appointed in January, there were only a few months left until the end of the season, which then is followed by pre season and then the season kicking off.

Given that we are only 3 months into the season, it takes any manager a period of time to settle in, see how the team were playing, what adjustments need to be made and then implement them and thats just the theory side.

Add into the mix, financial constraints, injuries and suspensions; which will always hit any team in any league and you wonder quite what the Cumbrians aspirations are.

Either way, Pressley can leave with his head held high, knowing that previous managers and maybe some with a better pedigree than his, have left the club, after finding the same constraints.

He will be back in football soon and a better manager with this experience.

Salford City-a club on the up

After four promotions in five seasons, Graham Alexander’s side are looking favourites to add another one to the tally. The Ammies have made a start to their transfer business by bringing in a selection of players, one stand out being Richie Towell , a regular starter in the Championship for now-relegated Rotherham. The midfielder will join an Ammies side consisting of fellow Irishman, Adam Rooney, who impressed for Aberdeen in the Scottish top flight before dropping down to the National League in the Summer of 2018 for an undisclosed fee.

It is no secret that the strong financial backing of Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim, and the Class of 92 who took over the club in 2014, has transformed this Greater Manchester club completely; they are barely recognisable as the club they were pre-takeover. They even play in a different colour.

 With the National League being a very difficult league to get out of, you might think Salford would try and maintain their place in the football league aiming for a mid table finish but City have shown their newly found fellow League Two teams that they aren’t planning on sticking around, with their transfer business speaking for itself. So the question is why can’t they go up again?

Many lead bookmakers think they can, tipping them as favourites to win the league. However, in football, a hefty budget does help, but it doesn’t guarantee success. The correct decisions must be made, and as Salford attempt to climb up the leagues it will get more difficult for them, coming up against teams with a lot bigger fanbases and large budgets. But with the squad that they are assembling most would predict the Ammies to be there or thereabouts the top end of League Two come the end of the season.

I don’t think anybody really believes that Salford City’s journey will end in the fourth tier and time will only tell how far they can really go.

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

Football Rule Changes Ahead of 2019/20 Season Start 1 June

Football is set for a change in some of their rules across the world in Domestic Football which all start on June 1.

The rules have been introduced and amended by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), who are the self-described “guardian of the laws of the game.”

The new rules come into effect on Saturday 1 June, although, competitions which started before the date can opt to keep the old laws in play until the competition concludes.

We at 24/7 Football takes a closer look at which of the key rules have been altered…

Accidental handball
From next season, any goal which is scored with the arm – accidental or deliberate – will be disallowed. Similarly if an advantage is gained in the build-up to an attack by the use of an arm, a free-kick will be given, however, this doesn’t apply to defenders inside their own box.

If a defender “accidentally or deliberately” handballs inside his own area the decision will still be left to the interpretation of the match officials over accidental or deliberate use.

Penalties
Goalkeepers, as things stand, are supposed to remain on their line during a spot-kick, however, this rule has been altered. The new rule says they must have one boot on the line when the ball is struck, whether this will be enforced correctly will remain to be seen.

Keepers will also not be allowed to touch the frame of the goal (e.g. make the crossbar shake) and aren’t allowed to “feign movement one way” in an attempt to bluff the taker.

Goal-kicks
From 1 June, players will be allowed to receive goal-kicks from inside the penalty area. The old rule stated that the ball couldn’t be touched by a team-mate until it left the area, but this rule makes sense.

Opposition players, however, still won’t be allowed to enter the penalty area until the ball is “live” (once the goalkeeper takes the goal-kick)

Substitutions
In a bid to stop time-wasting, players will now be permitted to leave the pitch at the nearest point when they are being substiuted.

This is instead of making the long journey across the pitch, taking up vital second, normally happens in the closing stages of games.

Drop balls
Instead of a drop-ball situation going forward, the match official will now give the ball back to the team who last had possession before play was halted.

Whether they will return the ball to the opponent if the situation dictates is entirely upto them, as the refree can’t enforce this.

Defensive Wall
If there or more than three defensive players in a wall at any free-kick – so more often than not, any time a shot at goal will be struck – no opposition players will be permitted to join.

The attacking side must remain at least one yard away from the wall, which will put an end to any pushing and shoving when the free-kicks are taken between the two teams.

Coin toss
Instead of just picking ends, the captain who won the coin toss will now be permitted to choose if they want to kick-off or not.

Coaches booked
This rule is already enforced in the EFL and we’ve seen it during the Championship games, head coaches/managers and their staff can now be cautioned with yellow and red cards if their behaviour deems so.

The EFL brought the rule into play at the start of the 2018-19 campaign, however, it will now be used across all of the competitions.

So there we have all the key rule changes, let us here at 24/7 Football know your thoughts on the rule changes. Are you happy with them? Are you unhappy with them?

Five young Championship players who could step up to the Premier League this summer

The quality of the Championship has undoubtedly soared over recent years and as a result their are many young players making a name for themselves in English footballs second tier. With players such as Dele Alli and Harry Maguire beginning their careers outside the top flight and now starring in the Premier League with full international honours, it is clear that there is real talent out there. But which young Championship stars are ready to make the step up now?

Mason Mount, Derby (Loan)- The young loanee from Chelsea has really made an impact at Derby this season and has led them all the way to the play off final. With 11 goals and 6 assists the 20 year old has been in fine form despite a few injury troubles, and with Chelsea’s current transfer embargo Mount could become a key player for Sarri’s side next term. If not he will almost definitely be on loan at another Premier League club after proving he is a cut above Championship level. He has all the key skills a good attacking midfielder needs but is also not afraid to do the dirty work, tracking back and putting challenges in, expect big things from Mount over the coming years.

Daniel James, Swansea- Heavily linked with a big money move to Manchester United, Swansea winger Daniel James has turned heads with his incredible pace, dribbling skills and end product. The 21 year old was close to joining Leeds in January but the deal fell through at the last minute, contrary to many other players who’s form nosedives after a failed transfer, James continued his stellar form and recorded three goals and five assists after Christmas to take his overall tally to 5 goals and 10 assists in 38 games. The Welsh international went viral earlier this season after a goal he scored against Brentford highlighted his immense pace as he sped through the whole defence from just inside his own box and finished well.

Marcus Tavernier, Middlesbrough- Brother of Rangers captain James Tavernier, Marcus has made a name for himself on his own right after a string of promising performances for Tony Pulis Middlesbrough during 18/19. The left winger has broke through this season making 27 appearances and recording four goals and three assists with many feeling he would be the perfect replacement for Ryan Fraser at Bournemouth. Eddie Howe has a reputation for giving football league prospects a chance such as Callum Wilson and David Brooks and a move to the South Coast could be the perfect place for the 20 year old to develop.

Che Adams, Birmingham- The 22 year old striker has just enjoyed the best season of his career with Birmingham and has bagged 22 goals in 48 games, not missing a single League game and finally turning that potential into consistent performances. His finishing has dramatically improved and he is now much stronger, allowing him to hold the ball up much better and bring teammates into play. Premier League clubs such as Burnley, Crystal Palace and Southampton are interested in Adams and it seems inevitable the Leicester born goal scorer will be playing Premier League football next season, the only question is where?

Jarrod Bowen, Hull- Winger Jarrod Bowen has built on a very good 17/18 and upped the ante this term grabbing more goals, assists and playing more games. Playing predominantly off the right hand side cutting inside onto his left foot, Bowen has bewildered many fullbacks this season and almost managed the impossible of carrying a very average Hull side to the play offs. Unsurprisingly he picked up the player of the year, the fans player of the year and the players player of the year at the end of season awards and rumour has it Champions League finalists Tottenham are sniffing around the 22 year old.

Who do you think would have the biggest impact on the Premier League?