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Monk To Potentially Replace Lampard…

As the speculation, grows over whether or not, Frank Lampard will leave Derby to Join his beloved Chelsea as a replacement for Maurizzio Sarri, it was further added to yesterday, when Gary Monk, was sacked by Birmingham, due to differences with the chairman at City.

Almost Immediately, he was linked with Derby County, who themselves were putting out a statement, stating their desire and intent to keep Frank Lampard.

Though Monk, does have history, with leaving football clubs due to disputes with owners over various aspects of the clubs policy combined with transfer budgets, it does open an intriguing possibility should he take over at Pride Park.

The reason for that is this…

Monk has openly stated his desire to both manage a club in the Premiership, but currently finds himself becoming tagged as an EFL high rated coach, with a passion for developing young players, by helping them to break through the ranks and progress to first of all first team football and then moving on to a bigger stage.

Which is why, should Frank Lampard leave Derby, then it might just be, that Derby and Monk, could be an equally good fit. Derby are aiming to return to the premiership and have a very talented young squad, with ‘lots of potential’ which were ironically the words used by Lampard at a press conference, when asked about the Chelsea Job.

At this stage, Both Derby and Chelsea are very quiet on the progress in respects of whether Lampard does make the move.

As for Monk, what is clear is that he has a good track record in management, since taking the Swansea job initially and doing a brilliant job with them, in his first season, before, leaving them, allegedly because of his man management style.

Succesful spells have followed at Leeds, Middlesborough and finally Birmingham.

So watch this space on whether Monk will replace Lampard

Can the Sky Blues still play at the Ricoh Arena?

Last week it was confirmed that Coventry City will be playing their homes games at Birmingham City’s, St Andrews.

However, it turns out that the Sky Blues will be allowed to move back to the Ricoh Arena if the clubs owners, Sisu and Ricoh Arena tenants, Wasps agree a deal.

It was revealed that both parties are still in negotiations over an improved deal. As well as telling supporters that their are only a few terms that both Sisu and Wasps can’t agree on, which is the only reason why the club are not there.

However, Coventry City manager, Marks Robins believes that the Ricoh Arena is for the football club and a rugby team from London have no right to play there.

The Sky Blues gaffer said, “It is a complete and utter disgrace that the Ricoh Arena, which again, was built as the home of Coventry City Football Club, is owned by a Rugby Club that has its roots in Buckinghamshire.

“How can that happen?

“Coventry is ‘City of Sport’ in 2019 – this is an absolute joke.”

He also praised Birmingham for letting the club fulfil their fixtures, “I would like to thank Birmingham City Football Club for their support in helping us to make sure we fulfil our fixtures and exist. Our first priority was to keep the Club going and we have done that.”

For Coventry City now it’s up for the clubs owners to bring the club back to Coventry as soon as possible. When will that happen, who knows?

Are Coventry City heading down the M6 to play ‘home’ games

Where will Coventry City play for the 2019/2020 season? St. Andrews or the Ricoh Arena? The ongoing issues regarding Coventry City are far from over.

On the pitch it’s been nothing but positivity for Mark Robins’, Coventry City, after finishing 8th in League One following promotion from League Two the year before, it is only onward and upward for the young Sky Blues side.

However, off the field it is very different affairs, as the ongoing dispute between Coventry City owners, Sisu; Ricoh Arena owners, Wasps RFC and Coventry City Council; over where the football club will play next season is the question on everyone’s lips.

The football clubs owners, Sisu have made it clear that they have a desire to stay at the Ricoh Arena and were in talks with Wasps RFC.

This was later stopped by Wasps after details emerged that Sisu made a complaint to the European courts over the sale of the Ricoh Arena from the council to the rugby club.

Wasps refused to continue talks with Sisu over this matter and so Sisu have made it clear that a deal has been made for the club to play their 2019/2020 League One home fixtures at Birmingham City’s, St Andrews.

After a statement from the Coventry City owners, it is understood that they have restarted talks with Wasps and are hoping to reach an agreement that suits all parties.

The Sky Blue fans have been very patient over the past year with the negotiations continuing, with fans sparking protests throughout the season, hoping their owners finally leave the club that is loved by thousands.

It looks as though Sisu will not back out and will continue to try and run the club, if that is successful or not, who knows, but since their takeover in 2007, they have done little to help the club move forward.

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?

Birmingham City| 9 point deduction

Birmingham City have been hit with a 9 point penalty for breaching profitability and sustainability rules. The rule was introduced at the start of the 2016/17 season.

Why did this happen?

It’s understood that Birmingham exceeded the £39m allowable losses over a three-year period (up to the end of 2018 financial year).

Under the EFL’s profitability and sustainability rules, Championship clubs are only allowed to lose £39 million over three years.

Birmingham’s accounts for the 2017/2018 campaign showed a loss of £37.5m for that season alone and so the EFL warned Birmingham they were likely to surpass the permitted limits.

It is also understood that Birmingham City were not showing any signs of curtailing their spending as they chased a return to the Premier League.

The club argued that they should not have been given the penalty. However, a three-person Independent Disciplinary Commission heard representatives from the club, and also from a lawyer representing the EFL, who argued that Birmingham’s repeated breaches of the rules deserved the stiffest possible penalty. The conclusive decision was that the club was to be handed a 9 point penalty.

So what does this mean for Birmingham?

They will remain with an ‘Imposed Business Plan’ for the remainder of this season, meaning they have to share and discuss all significant financial dealings with the EFL.

It is understood the club are not now under a ‘soft embargo’ and they will not face a transfer window ban this summer, but discussions about their future will continue with the EFL.

They can also enter into contract negotiations with their captain Michael Morrison for the first time with the ‘soft embargo’ now lifted. Morrison’s current deal expires in the summer.

Birmingham, like all clubs, will have to publish their annual accounts later this year, and if they fall foul of the permissible £39m losses over the previous three years again, they may face further punishment.

The points deduction means that the club have gone from a healthy league position to one which now faces them with a relegation dog fight at the bottom of the league. Given their current form (they lie 23rd in the current form table with 4 defeats in the last 6) gives the Blues’ fans a slight cause for concern, considering that just 6 weeks ago they won 4-3 at QPR and were within touching distance of the play off positions.

On the bright side, it appears Birmingham do have a bright and astute manager in Garry Monk, so is he able to steer the club back up the table and salvage Birmingham’s season?