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  1. Coventry have confirmed that police have begun an investigation into racist abuse aimed at a Sky Blues player. An investigation has been launched, after Coventry City confirmed that they had reported an incident of racism during their Championship game against Blackpool. "Lancashire Police are investigating an alleged racist hate crime", read The Sky Blues statement. "It was reported a racist comment was made by a fan towards a Coventry City player taking a throw-in close to the dug-out during the second half." In a statement by Blackpool, they confirmed that they would also be assisting in the investigation. The alleged incident reportedly took place in City's 1-0 Championship win at Blackpool., comments was heard from an individual in the West Stand in the 69th minute and reported by members of the Coventry travelling party. "zero-tolerance policy on all forms of discrimination" Blackpool have also added and, will take the "strongest possible action" should any individual be found guilty. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  2. Arsenal has reportedly enquired about signing Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard on a permanent transfer. The 22-year-old, who spent the second half of last season out on loan at the Emirates, is believed to be worth the region of £30m. Odegaard, who joined Real Madrid back in 2015, had only made eight league appearances for the Spanish giants, and had also spent time out on loan with Heerenveen, Vitesse and Real Sociedad before his move to Premier League side Arsenal. The deal is believed to be in advanced negations, however, much work is needed to be done in order for the Gunners' to sign the Norway international. He has made 20 appearances and scored two goals in all competitions for Mikel Arteta's side last season. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  3. Roma have completed the signing of English striker Tammy Abraham from Chelsea for a fee of £34m. Abraham finished as joint top scorer for Chelsea last season. He joins Serie A club Roma on a five-year-deal. He rejoins former Chelsea boss José Mourinho, and it is understood the 23-year-old England international includes a buy-back clause set at £68m. Speaking regarding the transfer, Tammy Abraham said: "You can sense when a club really wants you - and Roma made their interest clear immediately." "Roma is a club that deserves to be fighting for titles and trophies. "I've had the experience of winning major trophies and I want to be in those competitions again - so I want to help this team to achieve that and get to the level where Roma should be. "It's a massive honour to be the number nine at this club and I just can't wait to get started and to help the team." Abraham has had spells with Bristol City, Swansea City and Aston Villa. He flew to Italy on Sunday for a medical after Roma agreed to purchase the player from the European champions over the weekend. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  4. Nottingham Forest have bid for 23-year-old Reggie Cannon, who is currently playing for Portuguese side Boavista. He is a United States international who came from FC Dallas academy. The 23-year-old made 73 appearances for FC Dallas before moving to Boavista in 2020. he's made 32 appearances for the Portuguese side. Cannon has made 22 appearances for USMNT, winning the Nations league and the Gold Cup, scoring once for them. Another Championship team has bid for Reggie Cannon as well as Forest. He is still training for Boavista in Portugal. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  5. The 23-year-old joins Wigan from Stoke City on a one-year deal. McClean made 29 appearances and scored 2 goals last season. James McClean has been with Stoke City for 6 years after signing from Wigan. He is in training at Wigan Athletic. McClean has made over 300 appearances in the Premier League and Championship and has joined Wigan for an undisclosed fee. Wigan hope that McClean will be ready to play in their match against Charlton on Saturday. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  6. Aston Villa have loaned winger Tyreik Wright to League Two club Salford City on a season-long basis. The 19-year-old enjoyed a half-season stint in the bottom tier with Walsall last season, making 16 appearances. While the Republic of Ireland under-21 international is yet to make his senior bow, he has been a regular at under-23 level for Premier League Villa. "It's a big club, big ambitions for the season, absolutely delighted to be here," Wright said. "It's kind of a new group, so it's going to take a while to gel together, but the ambition for the season is definitely to get promoted." Wright's experience of League Two was a positive one with the Saddlers, despite a 19th place finish in 2020-21. "I played out of position too, so it's a different kind of experience for me," he added. "What I've learned is that it's a very physical league, demanding as well, and there's no easy game here. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  7. Lincoln City have completed the signing of Tottenham Hotspurs defender TJ Eyoma following a successful loan spell the past two seasons. The 21-year-old has made 53 appearances for the Imps and scored his first goal in a 1-0 win at Burton Albion in April. Eyoma did not play a senior game for Spurs, but played five times for their Under-21 side in the EFL Trophy. He could be in the Lincoln squad for Saturday's League One match away at Wycombe Wanderers. Neither club has revealed whether there was a fee involved for Eyoma and details of the length of his contract with Lincoln are also undisclosed. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  8. Tamworth has completed the signing of midfielder Jim Kellerman on loan until January 2020. The 25-year-old arrives from National League side Chesterfield and has only recently signed for the Spireites. However, Kellerman has been sent to the Lambs to gain first team experience and improve his overall fitness. He left National League North side Kidderminster Harriers having joined Chesterfield, where he had been since March 2020. A former Kidderminster Lions and Stourport Swifts player as a junior, he was snapped up by Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2010, where he spent six years before his move to Aldershot. He made 68 appearances for the Shots and scored 8 goals before journeying to Scotland to sign for St Mirren in May 2018. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  9. Pep Guardiola has claimed that Manchester City will be judged "failures" if they do not win the Champions League. A point away at Lyon on Tuesday night will guarantee qualification for the knockout stages while victory will ensure they progress as Group F winners. Guardiola's side have won both their away fixtures in the competition so far, but he believes it is not enough to satisfy their critics. "For the people who don't love us too much, who use money as an argument, then we have failed if we don't win the Champions League," he said. "For the other people, especially our fans, the people who say, 'OK, we enjoy watching our games, we are happy with what the guys are doing', I am pretty sure they don't have regrets about what these guys are doing for the last 12, 14, 15 months every three days. "That is the best compliment, the best success a team can have. "But we want to qualify [for the last 16], continue that level in the Premier League, being solid away and at home, and arrive in the best condition possible [at that stage] with everyone fit and [ready to] compete. "Then - OK, try it again, why not? And if we go to the quarter-finals and maybe you are lucky to go forward. After that, the competition it speaks for itself. A lot of desires, a lot of wishes we can have at the end. "The competition is so tough, so clinical, to say if you are better you are going to win, if you don't, you are going home." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  10. Mick McCarthy has been confirmed as Republic of Ireland manager. The Football Association of Ireland [FAI] turned to McCarthy after Martin O'Neill stepped down last week following a run of one win in 11 games. He will be assisted by former Wolves boss Terry Connor and Ireland's record goalscorer Robbie Keane, who made his debut under McCarthy during the 59-year-old's first spell in charge. A former Ireland captain who won 57 caps and played at Euro 1988 and the 1990 World Cup, McCarthy succeeded Jack Charlton as Irish manager in 1996. After missing out on qualification for two major tournaments following play-off defeats to Belgium and Turkey, McCarthy led Ireland to the 2002 World Cup. He has signed a two-year contract and will be succeeded by Stephen Kenny after the Euro 2020 finals - Kenny has left his post with Dundalk and take charge of the Ireland U21s. "I'm honoured and excited to be back with the Republic of Ireland. I am delighted that the FAI board and CEO have given me this opportunity to lead the team to Euro 2020," said McCarthy. "I have been involved in club football for the last 15 years, so this will be a new challenge but one that I know well. I'm delighted to have Terry Connor, a trusted colleague and excellent coach, and Robbie Keane, one of the finest players who I had the pleasure of managing, helping me as assistant coaches. "I am looking forward to getting started and embracing this challenge to qualify for Euro 2020, where it would be fantastic to play in front of the Ireland supporters in Aviva Stadium." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  11. Maurizio Sarri has admitted that he doubts Chelsea would keep him as head coach if he went four years without winning a trophy at Stamford Bridge. Sarri's Tottenham counterpart Mauricio Pochettino has managed precisely that feat, with the two coming up against each other for the first time in the Premier League on Saturday. They both share the unwanted distinction of not having won any silverware in their managerial careers, but Sarri admits that his drought probably needs to end if he is to remain in his post. Asked if he would be afforded four years at Chelsea without a trophy, Sarri told Sky Sports: "I don't think so, but I don't know. "It's up to the club - if it's more important to win, or more important to improve the players. "I want to win something, just to avoid this question. Sometimes there are the conditions for winning. Sometimes not. "It's clear he (Pochettino) is a very important coach, with a trophy or without a trophy." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  12. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has categorically ruled out making any signings during the January transfer window. The Spaniard confirmed on Friday that Benjamin Mendy will miss the next 10-12 weeks following surgery. Asked if that might prompt him to look at reinforcing his squad in January, Guardiola said he would not be making any further additions to his squad. "In January, no window. No, no," Guardiola told Sky Sports. "We're not going to spend anything. I am so happy with the squad and the people that are coming back. No, no. "When we created the squad at the beginning of the season it was [so that we] don't go to January [and make transfers] except if you have problems. but I have enough in the squad. I trust all of them. "We are not going to go the market in January, no way." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  13. Paco Alcacer has signed a permanent contract with Borussia Dortmund after impressing on loan from Barcelona. The 25-year-old moved to BVB on a season-long loan in the summer but has now signed a contract until 2023. Alcacer has been instrumental in the Bundesliga outfit's impressive start to the season, scoring nine goals in all competitions so far. "I'm very happy in Dortmund, at BVB and in this wonderful team," Alcacer told the club's website. "Borussia Dortmund was and is exactly the right decision for me. I'll do everything I can to say thank you for your trust!" Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  14. Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante has signed a new contract which will take him to 2023. The France international has put pen to paper on a new five-year deal, the club confirmed on Friday. Kante signed for Chelsea in the summer of 2016, following a debut season in the Premier League which ended with a title medal with Leicester City. "I'm happy to extend my time with Chelsea, it has been two beautiful years and I wish for more to come," Kante told Chelsea's official webiste. "Since I came, I completely improved as a player, challenged myself and got some awards I never thought about. I like the city, I like the club and I am happy to be here for more time." Kante won another Premier League title in his debut season with the Blues, before going on to lift the World Cup with France in Russia this summer. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  15. Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton has stated that he is not interested in taking over as Republic of Ireland manager. Martin O'Neill left his role as ROI manager on Wednesday after a disappointing Nations League campaign. Hughton, who played 53 times for Ireland between 1979 and 1991, has been in charge at Brighton since 2014 and has guided them to 12th in the Premier League so far this season. The 59-year-old also worked as Ireland's assistant manager for two and a half years under Brian Kerr. When asked if he was interested in the Ireland manager's job, Hughton said: "No. What I am very interested in is the job that I am doing here. "I have got a group of players that have worked very hard to get into this division and that is where all my thoughts and concentrations are." Under O'Neill, Ireland managed just one win in 11 games since last November and were relegated from Nations League group B without winning a single match. Speaking about Ireland's current poor form, Hughton added: "I think it is probably the normal challenges that come with international football. "You are always going to get periods of time when the squad is particularly strong but over the last few years there have been changing dynamics of the squad. "At international level it is always about qualifying for major championships and that will be the job for the next manager." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.

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