The signing of Nick Powell, the former Crewe and Manchester United player, appears to be edging closer and he could become Stoke's first signing of the summer. He will certainly come with an interesting back story, one that suggests that motivation will be key to unlocking his undoubted potential. Elsewhere, other deals remain on the anvil as Millwall striker Lee Gregory and Barnsley goalkeeper Adam Davies are firmly in the spotlight for manager Nathan Jones. Meanwhile, Lou Macari has given us his considered views of Stoke's 18 year-old centre half Nathan Collins, a player he's seen at youth level, following reports of an interest from Manchester United. As for outgoings, Charlie Adam has given us an update and Erik Pieters has had plenty to say for himself. We will bring you all the latest Stoke City debate, news and gossip throughout the day. We would also like to hear from you, so please send us your views via our Stoke City Facebook and Twitter accounts, or have your say by joining … [Read more...] about Stoke City RECAP! Nathan ready to nick first signing
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You probably haven't been able to ignore a 10-year challenge on social media over the past few days and weeks. You might have even done one yourself. The thinking is that people tweet, Facebook or Instagram pictures of themselves now next to snaps dating back a decade. For what exact purpose no one knows. Now it's Stoke City's turn. A lot has changed in 10 years at the bet365 Stadium, which was just the one-corned Britannia Stadium back then, as Stoke were fighting to establish themselves back in the top flight after a dramatic promotion season. A promising autumn, when Tony Pulis's side went on a run of four wins in seven games - including earning the scalps of Tottenham and Arsenal - was followed by a hard winter. A run of 11 matches without a win even featured a League Cup home defeat to Derby. But Pulis struck gold twice in a crucial January transfer window, bringing in Matthew Etherington and James Beattie from West Ham and Sheffield United respecitively. Both would combine to … [Read more...] about The Stoke City 10-year challenge: where are Tony Pulis’s 2009 squad now?
Former England and Manchester United midfielder David Beckham has bought a stake in National League outfit Salford City. The 43-year-old – who had a loan spell with Preston North End at the start of a glittering career – has followed in the footsteps of former United team-mates Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt and secured a 10 per cent stake in the club.With the Class of ’92 major shareholders now at 60 per cent, Peter Lim remains the largest shareholder with the remaining 40.“It’s a proud moment for me to join Peter Lim and the Class of ’92 lads as an owner of Salford City FC,” Beckham said.“It’s a really special club and a special group of people. My early years in Manchester were all spent in Salford. “I grew up there in many ways so to be able to finally join the lads and the club today is a great feeling.” Beckham’s involvement in the club comes five years after the Neville … [Read more...] about David Beckham joins former Manchester United team-mates at Salford City after buying stake in National League club
It is fair to say that Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United players have been a mixed bag as managers. In fact, there are precious few that could call their careers successful. Paul Scholes is the latest of Fergie's fledglings to take flight in management, accepting the reins at League Two Oldham Athletic. The former midfielder has a long association with the club and managed United's reserve team between 2011 and 2014. Where will Scholes fit in to this rundown of former United players as managers? If he doesn't beat Clayton Blackmore he'll be extremely disappointed... 31. Mike Phelan Managed: Norwich, Hull City Phelan was Ferguson’s final assistant at Old Trafford. Upon retirement he moved to coach under Neil Adams at Norwich and took up a caretaker role without taking charge of any games. Sacked by Hull after less than three months in charge, although in fairness he was not supported in the transfer market and the club was a red-hot mess. They were … [Read more...] about Ranking the 31 managers who played under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United as Paul Scholes gets started
PSG’s Brazil ace Neymar fuels speculation over Manchester United move, Bayern Munich target Manchester City starlet and Burnley eye move for Spurs striker. Keep up to date with all the latest speculation and news from the Premier League.Refresh for updates Preston North End LIVE: Stoke build-up, Jayden Stockley, FA Youth Cup, January transfer window latest, Championship updates and more … [Read more...] about Tuesday’s Premier League LIVE: Neymar strengthens Manchester United link