English Championship

Neil Harris deserves more time as Cardiff City manager

There are many issues I have with the modern football fan. The fickle nature and impatience can be intolerable. Taking the helm at Cardiff City on 16th November 2019, Neil Harris has succumbed to such fan behaviour. But are the fans justified?  Uninspired appointment? After suffering relegation from the Premier League, fan favourite Neil Warnock left his role as Cardiff City manager on 11th November 2019. It would be a difficult task for any manager to take the reins at the club, with Warnock being such a popular figure in the Welsh capital. Many fans were indeed underwhelmed, with the news breaking just five days following Warnock’s departure, that former Millwall boss Neil Harris was appointed the new Cardiff City manager. Not a glamourous or adventurous appointment by any means, it...

Tammy Abraham responds to Aston Villa tweet about Nottingham Forest game

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has responded to Aston Villa’s post on Twitter about a match against Nottingham Forest back in 2018. On November 28, 2020, Villa played out a 5-5 draw with Nottingham Forest at Villa Park in the Championship. Abraham was then on loan at the Villans from Chelsea, and the England international striker was superb on the day. The 23-year-old scored as many as four goals, finding the back of the Forest net in the 11th, 14th, 36th (penalty) and 71st minute. Villa have posted a video from that game today on Twitter, and Abraham has responded to it. Felt like only yesterday! 😅🤯 — Tammy Abraham (@tammyabraham) November 28, 2020 Tammy Abraham’s Aston Villa spell Abraham spent the 2018-19 campaign on loan at Villa from Chelsea and played an important role...

FIFA Men’s Coach of the Year Nominees Announced

The shortlist for the 2020 FIFA Men’s Coach of the Year award has been released. Five managers from Europe’s top leagues have been selected for the award, which has been running since 2010. Some of the world’s biggest names have been excluded from the shortlist, including Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho, and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone. Here’s a closer look at the five nominees. Hans-Dieter Flick (Bayern Munich) Hansi Flick is the favourite for the award The obvious favourite for the award is Bayern Munich boss Hans-Dieter Flick. The German took over from Niko Kovac in November 2019, with his side in fourth place. After a mixed start, Flick helped turn the Bavarians’ fortunes around massively, embarking on an incredible 32-game unbeaten run f...

Marcelo Bielsa up against Madrid and Bayern – who was the best manager in 2020?

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp have been named on the five-man shortlist for 2020 FIFA men’s coach of the year. Bielsa and Klopp have joined the elite company of Hansi Flick (Bayern Munich), Julen Lopetegui (Sevilla), Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid) for this prestigious award. How did they fare last season? Flick guided Bayern to their seventh consecutive Bundesliga title but winning the Champions League will go down as his finest achievement. The German giants were a class above the rest, with their imperious 8-2 victory over Barcelona at Camp Nou demonstrating how good they had been. At Real Madrid, Zidane returned once again after brief spells from Santiago Solari and Lopetegui and won the La Liga title for the second time in his managerial c...

Cardiff City 3-0 Barnsley Match Review

Cardiff City eased their way to a 3-0 victory against an in form Barnley on Tuesday night. Cardiff City had not won any of their 4 previous home games this season, whilst Barnsley had won their last 2 matches under new manager Valerien Ismael. Cardiff City were quick out of the blocks playing with real intensity and purpose. Barnsley were finding the new 4-4-2 style too hot to handle as Cardiff took an early lead. There was a possible penalty shout for a challenge on Junior Hoilett just before left-back Joe Bennet swung in a cross which Hoilett controlled nicely to slot away. It was the Canadian’s first goal of this campaign and his 50th in English football. This would prove to be bad news for Barnsley as they had lost their last 60 EFL Championship encounters when conceding the first goal...

Who are promotion contenders in the Championship?

The Championship is acclaimed to be one of the most competitive leagues in the world; a league where anybody can beat anybody. But 7 games in, who are the early promotion contenders? Reading have been the surprise package this season so far and they have established a 5-point-lead at the top of the Championship league table. A dramatic turn around in fortunes to last season when under the management of Mark Bowen, they succumbed to a mediocre 14th place. However this season, there is a new man in the dug-out: Veljko Paunovic. The Serbian manager had never previously managed in English football. But, clearly, he is doing something right as Reading are unbeaten and have won 6 out of 7 matches. Reading have only played in the Premier League for three seasons and two of those ended in relegati...

Report: Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose rejected Watford move on deadline day

According to Football Insider, out-of-favour Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose rejected the chance to move to English Championship outfit Watford on Friday’s domestic transfer deadline day. The Hornets were keen on the 30-year-old last summer after he was left out of Spurs’ pre-season tour to Singapore and told he was not part of erstwhile manager Mauricio Pochettino’s long-term plans. However, their bid was knocked back as the North Londoners held out for £20 million. Rose himself was at Watford’s training ground on summer transfer deadline day last summer, but the move fell through and he returned to Tottenham, featuring in 12 Premier League games during the first half of the campaign. #WatfordFC transfer update Rose has now departed TG after two bids rejected by Spurs. https://t.co...

Deadline Day 2: The Biggest Deals in the Championship

Deadline Day 2 has finished and fans of two Championship clubs certainly have plenty of cause for celebration after completing some excellent deals. Blackburn Rovers can be particularly pleased with their business, bringing in four new players as they strive to mount a serious challenge for promotion. Harvey Elliott’s arrival on a season-long loan from Liverpool grabbed most of the headlines and the winger is undoubtedly an exciting addition the Championship. Rovers also sealed loan deals for Tom Trybull (Norwich City) and Barry Douglas (Leeds United), while goalkeeper Aynsley Pears was signed from Middlesbrough on a four-year contract. It was also a busy day for Swansea City, with four new signings compensating for the £15 million sale of Joe Rodon to Tottenham Hotspur. Ryan Bennett joine...

Journalist claims how much Norwich want for Leeds United target Todd Cantwell

The Sun journalist Alan Nixon has claimed on Twitter that Norwich City want £25 million as transfer fee for Todd Cantwell amid interest from Leeds United. The well-known and well-respected journalist has suggested that Premier League outfit Leeds do not want that much for the Championship midfielder. According to The Daily Star, the West Yorkshire club are expected to complete the signing of the 22-year-old from Championship side Norwich before the summer transfer window in England closes on Friday. The Whites’ director of football Victor Orta has told The Yorkshire Evening Post that the club are interested in the youngster. NORWICH. Want 25 for Cantwell. That’s keeping LEEDS at bay for now. — Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) October 13, 2020 Todd Cantwell Stats Cantwell has played ...

Journalist claims Derby County want Liverpool 23-year-old this week

The Telegraph journalist John Percy has claimed on Twitter that Derby County, Nottingham Forest, Cardiff City and Norwich City are interested in signing Harry Wilson from Liverpool before the summer transfer window in England closes on Friday. The well-known and well-respected journalist has stated that Championship clubs Derby, Forest, Cardiff and Norwich all want to secure the services of the Wales international winger on a loan deal. The 23-year-old winger is away on international duty with Wales at the moment. #lfc winger Harry Wilson is a loan target for a number of Championship clubs before Friday’s deadline. #dcfc – who had him on loan for the 2018/19 season – are keen to re-sign him but face competition from #nffc, #Cardiff and #Norwich. Wilson currently with the Wales squad — John...

Report: Two clubs now looking to sign ‘impeccable’ Leeds player…offer made already

Championship clubs Watford and Blackburn Rovers are showing keen interest in signing Leeds United left-back Barry Douglas this summer. According to The Sun on Sunday (print edition, page 61, October 11, 2020), Watford are looking to sign the Leeds defender before the summer transfer window in England closes on Friday. Douglas was heavily linked with a move to Scottish champions Celtic earlier this summer, but the Bhoys didn’t pursue with the deal. The Sun claims that the Championship club have made an offer to Leeds to sign the Scottish left-back on loan. The report claims that Watford are hoping that Leeds would consider their offer. Blackburn Rovers are also interested in signing the 31-year-old. Douglas has not played a single minute in the Premier League so far this...

‘Exceptional’ player drops hints on Instagram amid rumour Leeds could bid for him

Norwich City midfielder Todd Cantwell has suggested on Instagram that he does not plan to leave the club, amid reported interest from Leeds United. Cantwell has expressed his love for Norwich, with the 22-year-old having come through the academy and now starring in the first team. Described as “exceptional” by former Norwich striker Chris Sutton on BBC Radio 5 Live in June 2020, the youngster has been linked with a move to Leeds. According to The Yorkshire Post, Leeds could still turn to Cantwell and make an offer for him before the summer transfer window closes on Friday. Todd Cantwell making it pretty clear where he sees his future… Would he be a good signing for Leeds?#lufc #alaw #mot pic.twitter.com/exRMVBCzFn — LeedsUnited.News (@LeedsUtd_News) October 10, 2020 Todd Cantwell Todd Cant...