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  1. Millwall have re-signed veteran attacking midfielder Tim Cahill on a deal until the end of the season. The 38-year-old came through the ranks at The Den after leaving his native Australia and became a cult hero at the club, scoring 57 goals in 251 appearances between 1997 and 2004. Cahill subsequently made the step up to Premier League side Everton, spending eight years with the Toffees before spells in the USA and China, and rejoins the East Londoners having left Melbourne City last month. “It’s hard to put into words [what it feels like to wear a Millwall shirt again] – I’m still taking it in now," the Australia international told the official Millwall site. "The first thing I wanted to do with Neil [Harris, the manager] was to walk on the pitch and in the tunnel and have that feeling again that brings back so many memories. “Once you go over that white line, you get a nervous sensation back that I had when I was a 16-year-old when I first signed here. The romance of the story is definitely not lost on me. I’ve always said that if I came back to England, I’d come home. Millwall is where I learnt my trade and it was the most important learning period of my life – my apprenticeship in understanding football. “To come home to where it all started, it’s emotional, but it’s happy emotions, because you wish for it to happen, you want it to happen, but when it finally comes to fruition, it’s the perfect move.” 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. Joe Jones

    Tim Cahill leaves Melbourne City

    Tim Cahill has left A-League side Melbourne City with a view to getting more first-team football ahead of the 2018 World Cup. The former Everton midfielder, who turned 38 today, admitted he would need regular game time after helping Australia qualify for next summer's tournament in Russia. Cahill could become the fourth player to score at four World Cup finals, after goals at Germany 2006, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014. "Playing in the domestic league in Australia was always an important career goal for me, and my experience here has been fulfilling from start to finish," Cahill told Sky Sports. "Qualifying for the World Cup has been a great adventure, and it would be a massive honour to represent my country in Russia. That will be my focus in the coming months." Melbourne head coach Warren Joyce added: "Having players of Tim's stature in the dressing room can only help develop a squad's ambitions, and his impact on the team and for the club is well known, particularly with the younger players in the squad. "In the period that I've worked with Tim, I have appreciated the contribution he has made both on and off the field and the dedication he has shown in training. We all wish him the very best on the next stage of his career." 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. Australia manager Ange Postecoglou has resigned from the role less than a week after leading the Socceroos to their fourth consecutive World Cup. The 52-year-old, who has been linked with the vacant manager's position at Rangers earlier this month, stepped down after weeks of speculation about his future. Postecoglou had come under pressure for not guiding Australia to the finals in Russia directly, but succeeded in getting them there via a 3-1 play-off win against Honduras. He is quoted by Sky Sports as saying: "After a great deal of thought and soul-searching, I've decided that the journey for me ends as Socceroos coach. "As I've said many times, it's been the biggest privilege of my life and probably not the ending I had envisaged when we started. "But at the same time, I know it's the right time for me and the right decision. I'll always have a sense of unfinished business, but that would probably have been the case whenever I left. "It has been a privilege for me to coach my country's national team, to lead them at the 2014 World Cup, to win the Asian Cup in 2015 and now to have qualified for the World Cup next year. "I said we would do it and we have done it. All this, however, has taken a toll on me both personally and professionally. It is with a heavy heart that I must now end the journey." 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. The Saudi Arabia Football Federation has been forced to apologise after members of their team failed to observe a minute's silence in honour of the victims of the London terror attack in their World Cup qualifier against Australia. Footage showed the Australian team lined up in the middle of the pitch, with the Saudi players choosing to finish their pre-match warm-up instead, and the Saudi substitutes did not stand for the silence either, prompting criticism on social media. An official statement read: "The Saudi Arabian Football Federation deeply regrets and unreservedly apologises for any offence caused by the failure of some members of the representative team of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to formally observe the one minute's silence in memory of the victims of the London terrorist attack on 3 June 2017, prior to the World Cup Qualifying match against Australia in Adelaide. "The players did not intend any disrespect to the memories of the victims or to cause upset to their families, friends or any individual affected by the atrocity. "The Saudi Arabian Football Federation condemns all acts of terrorism and extremism and extends its sincerest condolences to the families of all the victims and to the Government and people of the United Kingdom." 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. Fulham defender Cameron Burgess has signed for League One side Oldham Athletic on loan until January 5th. The 20-year-old centre-back, was apart of Celtic's youth academy before making a switch to Aberdeen, until he moved to Australia with his family. After which he became available to switch to representing Australia at international level and has since featured for their Under-23 side. Oldham's manager Stephen Robinson told the official clubs website: "Cameron is a left sided centre half who will give us a lot of physique and experience." "He has a big presence, he’s left footed and will provide good competition at the back."

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