Rangers have appointed Southampton’s director of football operations, Ross Wilson, as their director of football. The 36-year-old will start on Tuesday after four years in the Premier League. Wilson joined Southampton as director of scouting and recruitment, and shouldered more responsibility after the sacking in November of Les Reed, now the technical director at the Football Association, as vice-chairman. Wilson, who was also on the club’s board, was influential in bringing Ralph Hasenhüttl to the club as manager and was central to the arrivals of Virgil van Dijk and the captain Pierre-Emile Højbjerg. The club have largely enjoyed success in recruitment but, more recently, there have been a series of blots, notably the appointment of Mauricio Pellegrino as manager and the £19.2m club-record signing of Guido Carrillo, who has made seven league appearances and is on loan at Leganés. Southampton intend to recruit a football director who will be tasked … [Read more...] about Rangers take Ross Wilson from Southampton as director of football
Mario Mandzukic, without a minute of competitive football since May, is top of Manchester United’s shopping list in January. The Croatian is more out of favour at Juventus than Paul Simon at an Art Garfunkel gig, and seems set to sit on the sidelines until the January transfer window rolls around, having been left out entirely of the Old Lady’s Champions League squad. United, meanwhile, are woefully short of options up top, with Tony Martial injured, Mason Greenwood a bit, um, green, and Marcus Rashford seemingly doing his best work these days off the left flank. Rumours are rampant that United already have a verbal agreement to sign Mandzukic in January, with the 33-year-old commanding a £9m fee and a £85,000-a-week contract. Ed Woodward always gets what he wants. One might wonder why United don’t go after Edinson Cavani, a younger, more prolific striker, who would also be available for zilch come the end of the season once his contract with PSG is up. … [Read more...] about Football transfer rumours: Mario Mandzukic to Manchester United?
Turkey’s players defied Uefa with another military salute in their 1-1 draw with France during a European Championship qualifier on Monday. Uefa was already looking into Turkish players’ salutes during and after Friday’s 1-0 win over Albania. The European football federation prohibits political statements in stadiums. But Turkish players lined up again to show a military salute after Kaan Ayhan’s late equaliser in Paris. Captain Burak Yilmaz was joined by goalkeeper Mert Günok and several other outfield players in giving the salute toward the crowd in an apparent support of the Turkish forces involved in the country’s incursion into Kurdish-held regions in northern Syria. Defender Merih Demiral urged Ayhan to salute, too, leading to what looked like a heated discussion between the pair, but the goalscorer desisted and made his way back to the pitch. Ayhan and Turkey striker Kenan Karaman both play for German side Fortuna Düsseldorf, which had … [Read more...] about Turkey footballers defy Uefa again by celebrating with military salute
Borislav Mihaylov, the president of the Bulgarian Football Union, has resigned after England’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia on Monday was twice halted because of persistent racial abuse from home supporters. Mihaylov’s letter of resignation will be presented to members of the country’s FA Executive Committee on Friday. A statement from the BFU on the morning after the chastening 6-0 defeat against England, read: “Today the Bulgarian FA president Borislav Mihaylov has resigned from his position – his letter of resignation will be presented to the members of the FA’s Executive Committee at this Friday’s meeting. It added: “It comes after the pressure that has been generated over the past few days; a situation that is not positive for Bulgarian football or the Football Union itself. After so many years in the position and because of his network of international contacts, Mr Mihaylov has said he is ready to continue helping Bulgarian football … [Read more...] about Bulgarian football president to resign after racist abuse in England game
In the last seven years, four different clubs have won the Premier League, with the team who now finishes bottom earning £93m, compared to the winners back then who earned £60m. We’ve seen Gareth Bale become the first player to be bought for €100m, a figure which has subsequently been beaten nine times. New laws have also been brought in to change kick-offs, deal with a player who has a head injury, and see when someone is 3mm offside. A lot has changed in football since I went to Serbia with my England Under-21 teammates in October 2012, but, sadly, racism is not one of those things. Having played in similar circumstances to what the England players experienced against Bulgaria on Monday night, it saddens me to see that people are still having to work in that kind of environment. For me this is an incredibly sad depiction of where the world seems to be at the moment. Why one human being can believe that they are superior to another because of skin colour, beliefs … [Read more...] about How can football give racist fans one chance to stop, then another and another?