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Royals Part Company With Gomes

READING have announced the sacking of first team manager José Gomes with immediate effect.

A spokesperson on behalf of the Royals issued the following statement:

“Reading Football Club can announce that José Gomes has left his position as first team manager.

Gomes joined the club at the end of December 2018 and successfully steered the club away from the threat of relegation.

However, following just two wins in the first 11 league games in 2019-20, owner Mr Yongge Dai has made the difficult decision to part company with Gomes and make a change at first team level.

We would like to sincerely thank José for his hard work during his tenure as manager at Reading Football Club and we wish him the very best of luck in his future career.

The club will make no additional comment at this time but will provide further updates as soon as possible.”

The news from the Royals comes after reports in the last 48 hours regarding his future at the Madejski Stadium.

Following last weekend’s defeat to Bristol City in the Sky Bet Championship, which left the Royals 22nd in the table, Gomes said he’d be the first to resign if he thought his players had lost faith in him.

Since then rumours of his future had been widespread across social media, but the club have now officially announced the news of his departure.

Reading fans, what do you make to this decision? Who do you want to replace José Gomes? Let us know your thoughts below or on Twitter @247FootballUK.

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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

Powell sacked by Southend United

Sky Bet League One side Southend United have sacked manager Chris Powell this morning (Tuesday).

The Shrimpers sit 20th in the table following a run of eleven games without a victory, after losing 2-0 to Peterborough United on Saturday.

Southend’s poor run of form has seen the club take just four points from the last 33 on offer and are currently above the drop zone on goal difference.

Powell who had been in charge of the club since January 2018 and won 24 of his 66 games in charge of the League One strugglers.

In a statement released by the club this morning read:“It is with regret that the club has this morning terminated Chris Powell’s contract.

“The results over a number of weeks, 11 games without a win, has impacted all concerned and immediate changes needed to be made.

“The club’s interests are paramount but the board are nevertheless disappointed to see Chris Powell leave.

“Head of the club’s highly successful academy, Ricky Duncan, will take temporary charge of the first team squad.”

Southend fans is this the right decision? Who do you want to replace Powell at Roots Hall?

The start of something new?

On Wednesday, Barclays announced the biggest investment ever in UK women’s sport, by revealing their 10 million pound sponsorship deal with the FA Women’s Super League. Barclays will be the title sponsor of the league which will take effect from the 2019-20 season.

The Barclays partnership with The FA will run until July 2020.

With the multi-million pound partnership in place, it will see the league renamed as ‘Barclays FA Women’s Super League’. This incredible investment shows the scope for development in women’s football and how businesses are recognising that this is the future, meaning it is an industry that they would be stupid to not invest in. Over the past 18 years in Europe, women’s football has seen a dramatic rise in participation levels, therefore proving it is becoming a football attraction in its own right. The total number of registered female players, of all ages, currently stands at numbers over 1.270 million, a huge increase compared to the years before.

The new partnership will involve Barclays and The FA working in cohesion to drive the growth of women’s football, starting right from the grassroots level. The deal includes Barclays being the main partner of the FA Girls’ Football School Partnerships, a nationwide mission to help develop the awareness, access and participation levels to girls’ football within schools. Not only this, but a network of hubs will deliver bespoke FA programmes for their local network of schools, which means more girls will be engaged and excited to make football a part of their everyday life. Collaborations with The FA and The Youth Sports Trust will allow for the development to take place.

Jess Staley, Group CEO of Barclays, stated to The FA: “Our commitment to women’s and girls football, at a crucial time in its development, goes beyond pure sponsorship – we believe it can be a key to increasing participation, development and the wider visibility of the female game.”

Currently, the FAWSL is the only professional domestic female football league in Europe, which shows why Barclays had a desire to invest. With the partnership, it means that they can help The FA to develop women’s football in England, giving it the recognition and funding that it needs to change perceptions and advance globally. Not only this, but the deal also includes an annual £500,000 prize fund for the league, which will be distributed regarding final positions of the teams in the 2019-20 season.

Barclays are now advocates of both women’s and men’s football at top tier level and this is something that should be admired. It is clear that Barclays fully understand the direction in which the football industry is heading and want to achieve success for both the business itself and the footballing world.

This groundbreaking deal shows huge steps in the right direction.

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4 signings that could turn the fortune for Manchester United next season

Since Solskjaer took over as caretaker Manager at Old Trafford, United have looked a totally different side in contrast to what they were under Jose Mourinho , playing the brand of football that was always associated with Manchester United. Even though they have had a slump off late against Arsenal and against Wolves in the FA Cup, it is still believed that Solsjkaer is the front runner to take over the permanent job in the summer. The heroics against PSG in the Champions League adding more positives to his claim to take over the Job.
However, the recent loses against Arsenal and Wolves have indicated there are certain departments that need reinforcements and here we look at Four players who could change the fortune next season for the club if Ole was to sign them:

  1. Adrien Rabiot :

United need a Central defensive midfielder as Matic is already in his 30’s and in Rabiot , they can have someone having quite similar traits and who plays in a quite similar position for PSG which Ole has been opting regularly for United. He can even act like a deep lying playmaker, allowing the likes of Herrera and Pogba to play higher up the field.
Rabiot is a top class talent and very young, however the only problem with him could be his attitude, shown by his rejection to play for France and also a fractured relationship with PSG. But, knowing how Solsjkaer nurses young talent, this could be a fresh start for the young Frenchmen, and with his contract running out his summer, it could be a bargain for United.

2. Alex Grimaldo :

     The la Masia graduate, currently playing for Benfica , may have struggled to get into Barcelona first team, but he has now developed into one of the best young left backs in the continent. He is a versatile, technically gifted full back who can be deployed in midfield as well like David Alaba or Joshua Kimmich. Manchester United need a left back to cover up Luke Shaw , because in Ashley Young they don’t really have a specialist to compete with Shaw in the position and Grimaldo could be another astute signing for the Red Devils.

3.    Jadon Sancho :

    United have failed to have a natural right winger for many years now , with both Mata and Lingard  having tendencies to play more off the middle and drift inside. In Jadon Sancho they could have a long term solution for this problem. He has been absolutely brilliant for Borussia Dortmund this year and United could utilize the width he provides on the right side for their attacking play.
He might not come cheap, but with his immense talent and age, United could be ready to pull the trigger in the transfer market for this young English sensation. 

4. Kalidou Koulibaly :

One of the primary problems that United have failed to rectify is a world class player in defense and koulibaly could prove to be just the player they need to sort out all defensive fragilities. Considered as one of the best ball-playing center-backs in Europe, his raw pace and power make him a daunting player to go up against. He is a natural leader, always vocal on the field and can contribute in improving other players playing around him in the defensive line. At 27, he will be entering his peak years and with his experience and leadership qualities, he could prove to be an inspired United signing.