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    I want Villa to win, but if Derby go up, we will see how good a manager Lampard is, without borrowing all his mates players.

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    On the radio this morning saying promotion is worth 170 Mil and if you stay up its 300M over three years with parachute payments - still sadly didn't do Bolton any good.

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    Talking about telephone numbers - here's the latest in Abu Citeh...I do hope its not true


    Manchester City say they are "disappointed, but regrettably not surprised" after being referred to Uefa's financial control body adjudicatory chamber.


    BBC Sport reported this week that Uefa investigators want City to be banned from the Champions League for a season if they are found guilty of breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.


    Chief investigator Yves Leterme has made his recommendation but it is not known if he supports a ban.


    City said "the accusation of financial irregularities remains entirely false".


    Former Belgian prime minister Leterme, chairman of the investigatory panel of Uefa's independent financial control board (CFCB IC), his team looked at evidence first uncovered in a series of leaks published by German newspaper Der Spiegel last year.


    The reports alleged that City broke FFP regulations by inflating the value of a multimillion-pound sponsorship deal. City were fined 49m in 2014 for a previous breach of regulations.


    It understood Leterme's fellow board members firmly expressed the view at a recent meeting that a season-long ban would be a suitable punishment if City are found guilty.


    Uefa said Leterme, "after having consulted with the other members of the independent investigatory chamber", decided "to refer Manchester City FC to the CFCB adjudicatory chamber following the conclusion of his investigation".


    European football's governing body said it "will not be making any further comment on the matter until a decision is announced by the CFCB adjudicatory chamber".


    City, who won the Premier League for a second year in succession last Sunday, have denied any wrongdoing.


    "The leaks to media over the last week are indicative of the process that has been overseen by Mr Leterme," read a City statement.


    "Manchester City is entirely confident of a positive outcome when the matter is considered by an independent judicial body.


    "The CFCB IC referral ignores a comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence provided by Manchester City FC to the chamber.


    "The decision contains mistakes, misinterpretations and confusions fundamentally borne out of a basic lack of due process and there remain significant unresolved matters raised by Manchester City FC as part of what the club has found to be a wholly unsatisfactory, curtailed, and hostile process."


    It is unlikely any punishment for City will apply to next season's Champions League because they could appeal, and even take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.


    City could also soon face a transfer ban, with the Football Association, Premier League and Fifa investigating the club over the signing of youth players.

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    It would save them the embarrassment of being knocked out in the group stages though.

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    They weren't knocked out? They were robbed

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    They should do what they did to Rangers. Relegate them to the bottom league and let them work their way up.

    It would be good for these minnows, as they would get mammoth crowds for their home games, especially in Colchester and Billericay.

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    The fans will migrate to the only true team from Manchester, Salford.

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    Gossip

    England striker Marcus Rashford, 21, wants assurances about Manchester United before agreeing to a new contract. (Sun)


    Manchester United have made initial contact with Fulham over the potential signing of defender Ryan Sessegnon, 19 on Saturday, who has been a long-term target for Tottenham. (Sky Sports)




    Juventus have approached Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri after Massimiliano Allegri's impending departure was announced. (SNAI, via Express)


    Juventus are also interested in Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. (Express)


    Sarri will push for a prompt decision from Chelsea regarding his position after the Europa League final as all of his coaching staff are out of contract and need clarity on their own futures. (Times)


    Manchester United are still in contention to sign Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt, 19, even though they cannot offer Champions League football next season, with sources in Amsterdam suggesting the defender remains interested in a move to Old Trafford. (Telegraph)




    Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri, 22, has a formal offer on the table from Manchester City. (AS)




    Chelsea are considering Ajax's Brazilian forward David Neres, 22, because they are hopeful of having their two-window transfer ban frozen by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. (Star)


    Wayne Rooney has accused Manchester United's players of "always finding someone to hide behind" both on and off the pitch and says the squad needs to start fearing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. (Mirror)


    Liverpool have warned any supporters found selling Champions League final tickets through secondary ticketing sites face being banned from attending matches at Anfield. (Liverpool Echo)


    Arsenal want 18-year-olds Tyreece John-Jules and Xavier Amaechi to sign new contracts, amid interest in the English duo from Bayern Munich and other German clubs. (Goal.com)


    Norwich are monitoring Hannover captain Marvin Bakalorz, the 29-year-old German midfielder. (Eastern Daily Press)


    Aston Villa have appointed former Notts County boss Ian McParland as their new senior scout. (Birmingham Mail)

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    The fans will migrate to the only true team from Manchester, Salford.
    Surely Newton Heath?

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    Is that FC United Of Manchester?

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    Can't wait.

    Tiz gonna be another brilliant season.


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    Brighton have hired Graham Potter from Swansea to improve on Hughton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Brighton have hired Graham Potter from Swansea to improve on Hughton.
    Hired?

    This isn't a thread for seppoball, you know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    Is that FC United Of Manchester?
    That's in Moston, a few miles away.
    Were all the hardcore Man utd fans went when the Glaziers took over.
    Newton Heath is were Manchester Utd were based until they got bombed by the Germans in WW2 and had to seek temporary residence at Main Road the spiritual home of the only team from Manchester.
    Hence the name "Rags" as they were destitute with no home, untill they've moved out of town to Trafford.
    Salford FC is a different story altogether and worthy of a thread in its own right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Hired?

    This isn't a thread for seppoball, you know?
    You're an idiot. It sums it up perfectly.

    hired

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    You're an idiot.
    Wouldn't go that far.

    Just a bit stuck in a bygone age.

    And who can blame him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Wouldn't go that far.

    Just a bit stuck in a bygone age.

    And who can blame him?
    True enough. The Brighton bloke will probably last longer than Ole. He is more of a "Temp".


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    When it comes time to sack OGS, surely they will realize a/the major problem is above managerial level.

    As poisonous as JM was, you wonder if they'd have finished 6th had he gotten what he said he needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    When it comes time to sack OGS, surely they will realize a/the major problem is above managerial level.

    As poisonous as JM was, you wonder if they'd have finished 6th had he gotten what he said he needed.

    A great manager with squad chemistry is very hard to find. I mean look at the tiny totts, how many managers did they go through in the last 30 years, and now they finally get a decent one, you just know he's talking Spanish behind their back to either Real Madrid or Barca.

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    CHELSKI Transfer News - some smart early transfer work there, dunno if that means Sarri is staying?

    Chelsea's new 58m forward Christian Pulisic wants to reach the same level as Stamford Bridge favourite Eden Hazard - and hopes he gets a chance to play in the same side as the Belgian next season.


    Pulisic signed a five-and-a-half year contract with the Blues in January but was immediately loaned backed to Germany to finish the campaign at Borussia Dortmund.


    The 20-year-old United States international has just spent a couple of days in England getting to know his new surroundings and, in an interview with BBC Sport, made it clear the size of the expectations he places on himself.


    "It is incredible to see what Eden can do," he said. "He is a guy to look up to and what I would love to become.


    "It is definitely a goal. Any player would be dumb not to want to be in the same team as him."


    Pulisic may not get his wish given Hazard's likely move to Real Madrid after Chelsea's Europa League final with Arsenal on 29 May.

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    More Gossip. Best news all week if Pogba stays

    Arsenal and former Czech Republic keeper Petr Cech, 37, will return to Chelsea this summer in a new sporting director role. (Sky Sports)


    The Gunners will look to sign Dynamo Dresden and Germany Under-21 goalkeeper Markus Schubert, 20, on a free transfer this summer as a replacement for Cech. (Bild - in German)


    Manchester United are close to agreeing a 15m deal to sign Swansea's Wales winger Daniel James, 21. (Mail)


    United face paying 50m for Crystal Palace's English full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 21, who manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified as his ideal first-choice right-back for next season. (Mirror)


    Spain and United goalkeeper David de Gea, 28, has turned down a new contract with the club, with his existing deal expiring at the end of next season. (Sun)


    Meanwhile, United midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, will be offered the captaincy role in an effort to convince the Frenchman to stay at Old Trafford. (ESPN)


    Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, 60, is a target for Juventus as they look to replace Massimiliano Allegri, with Roma also interested in the Italian. (Sky Sports)


    The Blues will not stand in the way of Sarri if Juventus offer to pay up to 5m in compensation to take him back to Italy. (Telegraph)


    Tottenham have ended their interest in signing Crystal Palace winger Wilfied Zaha, 26, after being put off by the Ivory Coast international's 100m valuation. (Evening Standard)


    But Spurs have held talks to sign Celta Vigo's Uruguayan striker Maxi Gomez, 22, who has a 43m release clause in his contract. (Star)


    Newcastle and West Ham are interested in signing Club Brugge Brazilian striker Wesley Moraes, 22. (Mirror)


    Antonio Conte has won his legal battle against Chelsea and the Blues must now pay their former Italian manager 9m in compensation after sacking him last summer. (Times - subscription required)


    Derby County manager Frank Lampard will try and sign his former Chelsea team-mate Gary Cahill if the Rams beat Aston Villa in next Monday's Championship play-off and win promotion to the Premier League. England defender Cahill, 33, did not make a Premier League start in 2018-19. (Mirror)

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    Who's going to sign that Soton winger?

    I wouldn't mind getting shot of Iwobi and Miki and signing him instead.

    The fees from those two ought to cover...




    Oh.

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    Chelski have to pay GBP9m to Conte for sacking him.

    Which is nice.

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    Like the potential Goalie move by Arse but i just wish they'd sort the fukin defence out. Got a feeling with Ramsey going they'll fixate on a midfield replacement as Ozil only turns up in leap years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    Like the potential Goalie move by Arse but i just wish they'd sort the fukin defence out. Got a feeling with Ramsey going they'll fixate on a midfield replacement as Ozil only turns up in leap years.
    Yes but word is Bouldy might be on his toes to be replaced by Freddie.

    Let's face it, Bouldy has been a crushing disappointment.

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