Blackburn Rover manager Owen Coyle believes his team can head into Christmas happy with a win over Reading on Saturday.
Blackburn Rovers who play Reading in what would be their last home game of 2016, would be looking to win having tasted defeat twice this week.
The midweek loss to at Brighton see Blackburn Rovers return once again into the relegation zone; hence, the manager knows that a win over Reading on Saturday would give them a much needed boost to move up the table. Coyle said: “In the build-up to Christmas it would be great to sign off with a win; so it is an opportunity now to look, to bounce back quickly and go and look to win a tough game against Reading.”
Coyle praised reading for investing in their team and believes their form can be attributed to the fact that the club spent money to bring in players than can improve the team’s overall performance. He went on further to describe reading as a good technical team who like to pass and move the ball around. Continue reading 'COYLE: PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT IF WE WIN'»
According to the head coach of the League One club Southend United, Phil Brown believes that Chris Hughton has what it takes to become the manager of the England national football team which is currently without any coach following allegations of malpractice which forced Sam Allardyce to resign his managerial position after only 1 game in charge.
Sam Allardyce was named as the manager of the England national side on July 22 of 2016 and he led the team to a 2018 qualification FIFA World Cup victory over Slovakia but a series of events occurred which resulted with Allardyce stepping down from coaching that team and now the Football Association (FA) is in search of someone who can calm things down and become a long term solution for everything that has been going on in recent weeks.
Phil Brown is the manager of Southend United and he has stated that Chris Hughton of Brighton & Hove Albion is a viable option.
“Chris Hughton comes to mind for me because of the great job he’s been doing in the English game. He’s a tactician and a technician and he’s been at some big clubs both as a player and as a manager.He knows how to deal with the stature of the players but there are a lot of good managers out there.Sean Dyche is another one but whoever gets the job has to be squeaky clean and if there are any skeletons in your closest then don’t apply.” Phil Brown stated. Continue reading 'Can Chris Hughton take charge of the English national side?'»
English Championship sides Norwich City, Brighton and Hove Albion, and new joiners Aston Villa are fighting for Uruguayan striker Diego Rolan, according to reports. Aston Villa are keen on returning to the Premier League as soon as possible.
They have gone lengths that hint that Roberto Di Matteo could have a chance, but other Championship sides wouldn’t have it. Rolan has been attracting interests from several clubs across Europe but after his brilliant start in the new campaign, French News outlet RMC Sport claim that representatives from Norwich, and Brighton and Hove Albion were watching the player in a game
recently with the hope to sign him.
Rolan plays for Bordeaux in the French Ligue 1, and he has scored two goals in three games so far. Aston Villa were linked to the player all summer. The report says they are still interested in the 26-year old forward. However, they would have to battle their Championship counterparts to land the player this summer, or in the next.
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English Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the signing of Ben Hall ahead of the coming season, according to a report from the BBC Sports.
The club didn’t disclose the transfer fee of the player. Hall, who is 19 years old, made 19 appearances for the Scottish Premiership side Motherwell in the last campaign. His new deal with Brighton is for two years, but he is set to play in Albion’s under-21 squad initially.
The player is a Northern Ireland Under-19 international and the Seagulls’ coach claims he would join the first team of the club with time. Chris Hughton told the website: “Ben is an excellent young prospect. His challenge is not only to progress but to be ready to make that step up into the first-team squad.”
Motherwell claim the player was offered several different deals to remain at Fir Park, which he joined form Dungannon Swifts in 2013, but he refused the deals to join Albion. Manager Mark McGhee told his club website: “We have been in discussions with Ben for the best part of five months,” “However, we have always been conscious that this may happen and, as such, have been working on a replacement, which we hope to announce soon.” Continue reading 'BRIGHTON SIGNS BEN HALL WHILE LUTON BUYS GLEN REA'»
English Championship side Brighton have resigned Bournemouth striker Glenn Murray on a season long transfer deal.
The player joined Bournemouth for £4 million in the last campaign on the deadline day as a matter of fact but he could only garner seven starts all season. When he was with the seagulls he netted 56 times in his three and half year stay. His effort and goals helped the club win the League One title back in 2011. He had joined the club back then from “Rochdale but made a major impact that convinced the club to give a second chance despite his poor statistics last season
Club boss Chris Hughton said: “Everyone at the club, and the supporters, know what Glenn will offer us. He is a proven goal scorer and an excellent addition to the squad.”
The player who has played for Barrow, Carlisle, Stockport, Crystal Palace and Reading will join other additions Steve Sidwell and Ben Hall as new arrivals when the season kicks off. They hope to feature when the new season begins on August 6th. They are billed to start the forthcoming Championship season with a trip to Derby County. Continue reading 'BRIGHTON RESIGN BOURNEMOUTH STRIKER'»
Aitor Karanka is calling for the strongest possible referee for Boro’s last day promotion shoot-out against Brighton to help manage the crucial game well.
No doubt, the game would involve high pressure and high stakes in a game worth £100m plus to the victors.
This necessitates the call by the Boro coach to ask for the coolest, calmest and most experienced officials that the Football League can call on. They are still fuming about the mistake by inexperienced linesman Tom Nield at Birmingham that ruled out what would have been a winner for Dani Ayala. He said:
“I would like to have the very best referee.
“The Championship is one of the best leagues in the world and we are both playing to get promotion. I am going to put the best team possible on the pitch and Chris Hughton will put his best 11 on the pitch too.
“And so this game needs the best referees, the best linesmen, the best fourth official – not for Brighton, not for Middlesbrough but for the league.
“This game is being watched all around the world and for the best of the league we need the best officials possible. If a referee makes one mistake the implications are huge – but even a Premier League referee can make mistakes and I prefer not to think about that.
“I can only think about my players and how we play, I can’t control the other things. That is not in my hands.”
Acknowledging how the match might go, Karanka added: Continue reading 'KARANKA: BORO VS BRIGHTON GAME NEEDS A STRONG REFEREE'»