Video assistant referees (VAR) set to be used in Premier League next season

Video assistant referees are set to be used in the Premier League next season after clubs agreed in principle to the move. The Premier League will now make a formal request to the International Football Association Board and Fifa. VAR was used at the 2018 World Cup, is in operation in Italy and Germany’s top divisions, and has been utilised in some FA Cup and Carabao Cup games. The Premier League has been carrying out “non-live” trials this season. VAR will also be used in the Champions League from next season. There…

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Fulham sack embattled Jokanovic and hire Ranieri to stop slide

Fulham have sacked manager Slavisa Jokanovic and replaced him with Claudio Ranieri, who guided Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016. Jokanovic makes way with the Cottagers sitting bottom of the Premier League table with five points from 12 matches. Italian Ranieri, 67, has been given a “multi-year” contract by the Londoners. “Making a change without having the right answer or succession plan was not an option,” said Fulham chairman Shahid Khan. Shahid Khan today announced that he has appointed Claudio Ranieri as Manager of Fulham Football Club, replacing…

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Premier League clubs asked for £250,000 towards £5m bonus for outgoing Scudamore

All 20 Premier League clubs have been asked for a £250,000 contribution so that the league’s outgoing executive chairman Richard Scudamore can be given a £5m farewell gift. The clubs were asked for the money before a meeting on Tuesday. It is expected they will agree to Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck’s request. Scudamore, 59, who is reportedly paid £2.5m per season, is stepping down next month after 19 years at the organisation. The league’s UK television rights were valued at around £670m when he joined, and the last deal was worth…

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Borussia Dortmund teenager Jadon Sancho gets England squad call

Borussia Dortmund teenager Jadon Sancho was a surprise selection when England manager Gareth Southgate named a 25-man squad on Thursday for this month’s Nations League matches away to Croatia and Spain. Mason Mount and James Maddison were also given their first senior England call-ups by Southgate as it was announced that the 48-year-old had signed a new contract that will keep him with the national side until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The 18-year-old Sancho was called up having already played in the Champions League for German club Dortmund, with…

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Fulham seal sensational Seri swoop for club record fee

Fulham have completed the signing of Jean Michaël Seri from Nice for a club-record fee in the region of £25m, on an initial four-year contract with a further option for one year. The west London club have beaten off stiff competition from several European clubs to sign Seri, who was on the verge of a move to Barcelona last summer. Chelsea, West Ham, Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal were thought to be interested in the Ivory Coast international but Slavisa Jokanovic’s side have acted decisively to make him their first summer…

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Championship season review – Cardiff, Derby, Fulham, Huddersfield

Cardiff City: 12th Few managers thrive in the Championship more than Neil Warnock. Taking over at Cardiff in October with the club seemingly headed for a serious fight to stay in the division, he drew upon his vast experience to lift them well clear of danger and an eventual top half finish, an achievement which looked way beyond them at the outset. With previous boss Russell Slade having been moved aside in the summer and then choosing to leave his new role as Head of Football, Paul Trollope led the Bluebirds…

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Promising Championship season kicks-off

Two Champions League-winning managers plying their trades in the second tier of any football league is unprecedented. However, this will be the reality for the Championship this season as Newcastle United and Aston Villa will be managed by Rafa Benitez and Roberto Di Matteo respectively. Everyone football fan is buzzed about the competitiveness of the Premier League, but the Championship promises to be equally competitive and boosts some big names in football management this season. Leeds United have appointed former Swansea City manager Gary Monk as their new manager while Reading have…

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Championship Season Review – Charlton, Derby, Fulham, Huddersfield

Charlton Athletic: 22nd (relegated) A season which began in encouraging fashion soon became one to forget as Charlton descended into turmoil, suffering relegation to the third tier after four seasons back in the Championship. It was never in doubt once the downward spiral began, with results on the pitch eventually marred by the sheer weight of protests towards the club’s Belgian owners. After a mid-table finish in 2015 there was optimism around in South London and that was enhanced by an opening day victory over Queens Park Rangers. Further positive results…

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Top 10 most important strikers in The Championship

With almost three quarters of the season behind us, it’s time to look at some of the most remarkable statistics in The Championship, England’s second tier football league. Hull City is leading the way, being trailed shortly by Burnley, Middlesbrough and Brighton, while also Derby and Sheffield Wednesday are not done contending for promotion to the Premier League. At the bottom, three clubs are in serious trouble, as Charlton, Bolton and Rotherham have to make up a lot of ground to avoid being relegated to the League One. But who has…

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Former Premier League star interviews…himself after being sent off

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We all remember Dimitar Berbatov. The Bulgarian striker had all the talent in the world to become one of the best at his craft, but only showed flashes of brilliance in the Premier League. The striker from CSKA Sofia was noticed at Bayer Leverkusen, before joining Tottenham. He moved to Manchester United in the summer of 2008 and also played for Fulham, before leaving England to join Ligue 1 giants Monaco. The 34-year-old is currently playing in Greece, with PAOK Saloniki. Berbatov enjoyed a bad weekend, as his team lost to…

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Chelsea news: More competition for Isco’s signature, and Pedro set to snub Blues

Here is Saturday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea: Chelsea will have to beat off competition from Manchester City, and now Arsenal if they wish to sign Real Madrid midfielder Isco, according to the Daily Express. The 23-year-old is expected to cost around £35m. The Blues look set to miss out on Barcelona winger Pedro, after the Daily Star suggested that he is on the verge of completing his move to Manchester United. The Spaniard will move to Old Trafford for £22.8m. The Premier League champions are expected to complete a…

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Liverpool gossip: World Cup winner linked, while striker set for medical

Here is Monday’s news and gossip concerning Liverpool: The Reds are planning an audacious bid for Bayern Munich star Mario Gotze, who reportedly wants to leave the Allianz Arena, according to the Metro. The World Cup winner is valued at £49.6m, which may tempt the Merseyside outfit as they received £49m for Raheem Sterling. Meanwhile, Christian Benteke will undergo his medical later this afternoon ahead of his move from Aston Villa, Sky Sports reports. The Belgian will move to Merseyside for £32.5m. Despite Benteke’s arrival, Brendan Rodgers remains keen on…

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Manchester City confirm the signing of starlet striker Patrick Roberts

Manchester City have announced the arrival of highly-rated teenage striker Patrick Roberts. Manchester City are delighted to announce the signing of @patrick7roberts from @FulhamFC. #mcfc pic.twitter.com/Gg9pm7Kh7S — Manchester City FC (@MCFC) July 19, 2015 The 18-year-old’s arrival follows hot on the heels of the signings of fellow English players Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph, who both joined the club last week. City’s need to more homegrown players has been well documented and they have bolstered their ranks with three in the space of seven days. The Daily Mail claim that…

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Chelsea gossip: Pedro deal AGREED, but striker set for quick exit

Here is Wednesday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea: The Blues are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign Barcelona winger Pedro, according to the Metro. Chelsea have supposedly triggered the 27-year-old’s £22m release clause, and have offered the Spain international a four-year deal. Loic Remy may be on his way out of Stamford Bridge however, with the Daily Express reporting that he is close to joining Crystal Palace. The arrival of Radamel Falcao has made his chances of first-team football look even more slim than they were last year.…

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Former Man United legend Sir Alex Ferguson named as Premier League’s most influential figure

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been named as the most influential person in Premier League history. READ MORE: Manchester United Transfer News Ten unstoppable players Manchester United almost signed Man United would lucky to sign key target, says ex-Real Madrid chief In a list compiled by the Daily Mail, the veteran tactician saw off competition from the likes of Roman Abramovich, Rupert Murdoch and Richard Scudamore to exert his influence on the top flight. Current Premier League managers Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho also featured amongst the…

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The Premier League’s best forward trios EVER: Surprising name at the top

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The Daily Mirror have taken the 20 teams that have spent the most seasons in the Premier League, and put together a list of who they deem to be their top three strikers from down the years. READ MORE: Alexis Sanchez on international duty Diego Simeone says Man United can have striker Six key battles for Premier League’s opening weekend Let us know whether you agree with their selections:     20) West Brom – Peter Odemwingie, Geoff Horsfield, Robbie Earnshaw This poll has arguably come a little too early…

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Young Championship XI that Premier League clubs should be looking at

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With a promotion race that remained a four-horse race right until the final couple games of the season, the Championship retained its reputation as one of the most competitive leagues in Europe this year. While Bournemouth, Watford, and Norwich can look forward to playing in the top flight next season – as can some of the loan stars that shone – there are a number of young players who will, at the moment anyway, be plying their trade at this level for another year. Here is an XI made up…

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Manchester City planning bid for £10m Championship starlet

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Manchester City will look to freshen up their ageing squad by making a summer bid for Fulham prospect Patrick Roberts, who the Cottagers value at £10m. READ MORE: Manchester City News and Goals According to the Daily Mail, the move is also motivated by City’s desire to boost their number of homegrown players, having watched both James Milner and Frank Lampard leave the club this summer. However, Kit Symons is keen to hold onto the winger, with the Mail reporting that the Championship side have offered him a new contract…

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Championship season review: Charlton, Derby, Fulham, Huddersfield

Charlton Athletic: 12th The Addicks were one of the favourites to struggle, having needed a late upturn in results to avoid the drop in 2014. The man who masterminded that escape was not kept on, as Jose Riga made way for fellow Belgian Bob Peeters, who took his first managerial job in England. And in the early weeks they were the surprise package, with dynamic striker Igor Vetokele grabbing the goals that had been so elusive the previous season to secure home wins over Wigan Athletic and Derby County. High-flying…

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Fulham agree deal for Leeds striker McCormack

Fulham have agreed a deal with Leeds United for the signing of their striker and captain Ross McCormack, who will sign a four-year contract, according to Sky Sports. The Cottagers, relegated from the Premier League last season, had initially made an opening offer of £5m, which was rejected by the Yorkshire club. However, after lengthy negotiations, the Scot now looks set to move to West London, but for a fee of £11m. Leeds owner Massimo Cellino was originally adamant that McCormack would not be joining another Championship club, but was…

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Fulham prepare big bid for Leeds captain McCormack

Fulham are still in pursuit of Ross McCormack, despite having previous bids for the Leeds United captain turned down, reports The Yorkshire Post. The Leeds squad departed for a two-week training camp in northern Italy yesterday, however McCormack did not travel with them, fuelling speculation that a transfer may be imminent. The 27-year-old Scottish international is rumoured to have had a meeting with Leeds owner Massimo Cellino in which he told of his wish to leave Elland Road. However, Cellino will not allow his captain to leave on the cheap.…

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Fulham vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Fulham end their 13-year stay in the top flight of English football with a home clash against London rivals Crystal Palace on Sunday. A surprisingly abject performance at Stoke City sealed the Cottagers’ fate, but in reality the damage was done before Felix Magath took charge, as on the whole, performances have been more encouraging since the German arrived. Magath will continue in the role next season, so given his pedigree, Fulham will be among the frontrunners for an immediate return, but for now they will want to end this…

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Fulham confirm Magath will stay

Fulham have announced that manager Felix Magath will stay at the club despite their recent relegation to the Championship, Sky Sports has reported. The club lost their Premier League status on Saturday after a 4-1 defeat away to Stoke City, with Magath proving unable to save them after becoming their third permanent manager of the season after Martin Jol and Rene Meulensteen had both been sacked. Performances under Magath have been much improved on the whole, and the German has always stated that he would remain at the club should…

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Magath will use youth to battle back

Fulham manager Felix Magath has said that he plans on using the club’s youth players to inject new life into his Fulham side after they were relegated from the Premier League, Sky Sports reports. The Cottagers suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Stoke on Saturday and were condemned to relegation along with Cardiff leaving them with the prospect of Championship football next season. Despite the drop, Magath has insisted he wants to stay at Fulham and help rebuild and earn promotion to the Premier League and he will…

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