Marcel Brands and Marco Silva will be unveiled as Everton's new management team at Finch Farm today - but are already aware they will face a race against time to perform a squad revamp this summer. The World Cup kicks off next Thursday, the day the fixtures for the new Premier League season are announced, and a combination of the tournament in Russia and the Premier League transfer window shutting early will make deals difficult to get done this summer. The transfer window closes on August 9 this summer, the day before the new campaign kicks-off. And Sam Allardyce had already warned of the transfer difficulties facing Everton this summer before he was sacked the day before the transfer window opened on May 17. He explained: “It’s the biggest and hardest job we have today, moving players out and bringing players in. I don’t think we could’ve picked a worst season for anybody, not just Everton, to do business on the fact that it’s a World Cup and the … [Read more...] about Transfer window problem Everton must overcome this summer
Christmas has come and gone and the transfer window is open, so what's happening at Leicester City? Claude Puel may well be looking to strengthen his squad with new signings, particularly at the back. However any new players will need to be funded by departures and it's with departures where most of the Foxes' business will come duringthis window. So let’s first look at the likely departures and their chances of leaving. What’s going on with Riyad Mahrez? The Algerian has made it clear that he would like a move, but - and there are some very big buts – a deal is going to be difficult in this short transfer window. Aside of the massive European clubs such as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain, the 26-year-old is understood to favour a move to another Premier League club and there is a limited number likely to have the money, be interested and interest Mahrez. Mahrez has admitted talks with Arsenal last summer, but no bid came in for him and any likely deal … [Read more...] about What might Leicester City do during the transfer window?
A car has smashed into the glass windows of a Northumberland Asda store - for the second time in just a few months. The front of the white Ford Fiesta courtesy car cracked a glass panel but stopped short of breaking through into the supermarket. The car had been hit by a blue VW Polo near to the disabled car parking bays and then crashed into the front of the store. Neither of the two drivers are believed to be hurt. Police and firefighters were called to the scene at around 2.20pm on Thursday and cordoned off the area. A police spokesperson said: “At about 2.20pm, today, police received a report of a collision on Lintonville Terrace, Ashington. “A white Ford Fiesta and blue VW Polo have been involved and a shop window of the Asda has also been damaged in the collision. “Emergency services attended the scene and it is believed neither driver sustained any injuries.” A spokesperson for the Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service said: “Northumberland Fire … [Read more...] about Car crash into Asda supermarket window for second time in six months
Chris Coleman will seek a face-to-face meeting with Ellis Short this summer and ask him to loosen the purse strings if there is no sign of a change of ownership at Sunderland. Incredibly, despite having spent more than four months in charge at Sunderland, Coleman and US-based owner Short have yet to speak, with the manager dealing only with chief executive Martin Bain who has been left to run the club on a day-to-day basis. Short is actively seeking a buyer for the club, so far without success, and stories that emerged at the beginning of the week that former chairman Niall Quinn was involved in a potential bid were incorrect. While a number of parties have expressed interest in the club, no sale is imminent and that means there is every chance that Short will still be in control beyond the summer - by which time the Black Cats could be in League One, if they lose their fight for Championship survival. When asked a fortnight ago about his own future beyond the end of the season, … [Read more...] about Chris Coleman to seek talks with Ellis Short if Sunderland’s ownership remains unchanged
International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said euro-area integration “is still short of what is needed” and must be advanced by progress in banking union, capital-markets union and a central fiscal capacity.Speaking on Bloomberg Television during a visit to Berlin Monday, Lagarde said the euro area is already close to a capital-markets union and “almost there” on a backstop for the bank resolution fund, a part of banking union. The central fiscal capacity, proposed by the IMF on Monday, is “more difficult,” she said.There is a window of opportunity to make political progress on deeper integration, including a “rainy day fund,” by the end of the year as the euro area economy is enjoying good times, Lagarde said. … [Read more...] about Lagarde Says Euro-Area Integration Still Falls Short of Needs