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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

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3 potential replacements to succeed Darren Moore

Subsequently a discouraging draw to Ipswich Darren Moore has been sacked. The Englishman was appointed as head coach in May 2018 after a remarkable end to the season despite West Brom’s relegation. The Baggies have played glamorous football at times this season averaging 1.9 goals per game. A considerable amount of West Brom fans have deemed the sacking harsh , however others have argued that their home form has been less than impressive. Here are 3 potential replacements that could succeed Darren Moore.

David Wagner

The German-American has previously managed 2 clubs , Bourissia Dortmund II and Huddersfield Town. Wagner , 47 , is most commonly known for the wonders he worked at Huddersfield Town. David Wagner took charge of the Terriers for 154 games across 4 seasons. In 16/17 Wagner miraculously won promotion with Huddersfield via the play offs. Additionally preserving Huddersfields Premier league status the following season. However it could be said that Wagner couldn’t cut it in his second season of premier league football winning just 2 games before he left the club by mutual consent in January. Notwithstanding when David Wangner left Huddersfield he stated that he wanted a break from management.

Slaviša Jokanović

Slaviša Jokanović is reportedly the leading contender for the West Brom job. The Serbian has managed a number of clubs , first managing in 2007 for FK Partizan Belgrade and most recently Fulham , Jokanović has managed a total of 309 games. Jokanović had his contract terminated with Fulham in November 2018 after gaining promotion , likewise via the play offs earlier in 2018. He was recognised for possession and attacking football while in the championship. However Jokanovićs style of play didn’t cut it in the Premier league and his side were found leaking goals. The Serbian has had managerial success in his home country winning the Serbian league twice and additionally the Serbian cup twice.

Carlos Carvalhal

The final and most experienced manager on this shortlist is Carlos Carvalhal , his managerial career has spanned over two decades the majority of which being in Portugal. Carvalhals time in England has seen him manage two clubs , Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea. His time at Sheffield Wednesday saw him manage 131 games , unlike the previous two managers he was incapable of gaining promotion to the Premier league despite being just one game away in 2016 when his side were beaten 1-0 in the Championship play off final. Alike the alternative managers Carvalhal has had experience in the Premier league nonetheless Carlos was only in charge for 25 games before leaving by mutual consent following Swanseas relegation form the Premier League.

Will we see West Brom go for a more experienced defensive manager likeCarlos Carvalhal or alternatively a more attacking style manager with attractive football like Slaviša Jokanović. Its no doubt that the Baggies will look to replace Darren Moore in a swift fashion as they still potentially could be promoted.

Who do you think West Brom will appoint?


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.

3 players that will leave West Bromwich Albion if they are relegated

  1. Jonny Evans

Evans has had many transfer speculations written about him even when the Baggies were doing extremely well. It was believed that Arsenal and Manchester City were willing to offer north of £30m for the Northern Ireland defender. However, Tony Pulis rejected this. It may turn out to be a mistake financially as it is believed that he may be able to leave for £3m if West Brom go down, with West Ham interested and others. So it’s not looking good for Evans staying if he has to play in the Championship.

2. Salomon Rondon

The Venezuelan has been majestic for the Baggies since his arrival. Although not performing excellently as a number nine all throughout this campaign, he is still a fan favourite and has scored eight goals. His play is fierce and ferocious and as a big scary number nine, would be perfect for the Championship, like Aleksandar Mitrovic is at the minute for Fulham, but with his displays and style, it’s fair to say that many clubs will be eyeing him up in the summer.

3. Kieran Gibbs

Signed for just shy of £7m last summer from Arsenal, Gibbs has been impressive as a left-back this season despite the Baggies’ position in the Premier League table. Still, at 28 years old, he has a lot to offer and has performed well in the Premier League and even Champions League with the Gunners. He may stay on, but with Gibbs being a high quality player, some Premier League clubs may see him as an easy buy in the upcoming transfer window.

West Brom fans do you agree that these 3 players will leave your club if you are relegated? Do you think anybody else will depart? Let us know in the comments section…

3 centre backs that Man City should look at signing?

Manchester City have been absolutely brilliant under Pep Guardiola so far in the 2017/18 Premier League season. Blasting past opponents and suffering only one defeat in all competitions so far, City find themselves 12 points clear of Manchester United, in second place, with a game in hand.

 

However, City have been without skipper Vincent Kompany for most of the season and the City man only lasted ten minutes against Newcastle, suggesting that Guardiola can’t count on the Belgian for long periods of time. City have John Stones and Nicolás Otamendi who have been solid this season but with Mangala as their only reliable back up Guardiola may need to bolster his defensive options. We have out lined three that they should be looking at.

 

1. Aymeric Laporte

Laporte reportedly snubbed a move to both Chelsea and Manchester City in the summer but Guardiola may be keen to back to the young centre back. The Athletic Bilbao defender would be the perfect long term partner for John Stones as he is only 23 years of age and loves to play on the ball which is exactly how an City like to play. Laporte, who is yet to be capped by France, won’t come cheap and with rumours that both Real Madrid and Barcelona are keen City will have a fight to land him.

 

2. Inigo Martinez

Another defender from the Spanish La Liga that could tickle Guardiola’s fancy is Real Sociedad star Inigo Martinez. City again require a centre back who is comfortable playing the ball out from the back and Martinez certainly fits the bill, with the versatile defender also able to play at left back – another problem position at the Etihad.

3. Johny Evans

Another player who has constantly been linked with the blue side of manchester although he is a product of Manchester United’s academy. It seems that Evans could be available for a lot less than in the summer with his contract expiring in just 6 months time. The West Brom defender would be perfect and reliable cover for Pep Guardiola and he shouldn’t wouldn’t push the wage bill up by too much.

Who do you think City should sign to cover their defenders?