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Former Man City star in talks to join Smalling at Roma

According to the Daily Mail, Jack Rodwell could be on his way to Roma. The former Man City and Blackburn player is currently a free agent and is in need of a new home.

The Daily Mail have explained how the midfielder will now undergo a series of fitness tests before the decision is made in his future.

Rodwell has been without a club since he left Blackburn earlier this year. Now it looks like an unexpected move to Italy will be on the cards.

Roma are seeking free agents to help with their injury crisis. The 28 year old could now be their next addition.

Chris Smalling

If Rodwell does pass fitness tests and negotiations are made, he will be joining Man United’s Chris Smalling.

Smalling went out on loan to the Italian side this year. Both players are known centre backs and Rodwell will have someone to guide him while he’s there.


Rodwell started his career with Everton. He then had spells at Man City, Sunderland and Blackburn.

He’s also got international cals to his name for England. However, he’s only ever played for these Premier League sides so a move to Italy will be a bug change.

Two Oldham Athletic players that need to shine for Binade against Blackburn Rovers

Laurent Banide could find a pass this season if he can take his team far in the Carabao Cup. But he needs these two Oldham Athletic players to show up to see them past Blackburn Rovers…

Oldham Athletic was keen on beginning the season under new manager Laurent Banide, as the Frenchman looks to take Oldham Athletic to the other end of the table.

Unfortunately for the Latics, they currently find themselves on zero points after two games in League Two. They have played both home and away and have been outplayed on both occasions, suffering from less possession and fewer passes than their opponents.

Banide’s side was dominated by a strong Forest Green. But was also easily bested by a Crewe side who was recently obliterated by Plymouth Argyle. This shows that Oldham is unable to match not only the top teams but the fairly average teams also.

Regardless, Banide’s Latics will go toe to toe against Championship’s Blackburn Rovers. They currently find themselves on zero points after two games. Though they have faced very fierce opponents in Fulham and Charlton.

Should Oldham cause an upset in this game, they would need moments of brilliance from the quality they have, as it appears the reigns of Banide aren’t controlling much thus far.

The Football Manc Cave bring you the two players who can lead Oldham Athletic to victory in this big League Cup tie…

Scott Wilson

Banide has started Wilson upfront in both games of the league so far. It appears that he is in favour with the manager and that the Latics believe he can be their goalscorer. The 26-year-old Englishman Scott Wilson scored 14 and assisted 5 for Macclesfield in the 17/18 National League, and continued with 10 goals and 2 assists for the same side in the 18/19 EFL League Two.

Now in the Oldham Athletic strip, Wilson needs to take his game up a level and live up to the trust placed in him by the manager. A winning goal in a cup game against a tough opponent would kick start his career with Oldham.

Chris Eagles

Another recent acquisition for the side is ex-Man Utd and Burnley man Chris Eagles. The 33-year-old is still kicking it. Against such a tough opponent, Oldham Athletic must utilize the experience and quality they have in Eagles.

He has faced teams of all strength and sizes and will be able to set the bar for his teammates against a team who, on paper, beat them with ease.

Blackburn Rovers will be hoping their Rochdale loanee comes back with these two qualities

Rochdale have revealed that they have signed defender, Tyler Magloire from Blackburn Rovers. The Football Manc Cave is exploring what he will bring to the Dale.

The 20-year-old has joined the Rochdale side on a loan deal from Blackburn. Magloire has stated how, when he heard of the interest that Rochdale had shown, the move was put to the top of his list.

The defender has been with Blackburn Rovers since he was 9 years old, and has worked his way up to the first team from the academy ranks. This loan should give him some experience on the pitch and we are looking at the qualities he will bring to the Dale…


Obviously, Blackburn Rovers are in the Championship and Magloire has had experience in that league. He should bring a different level of football experience with him and be able to keep up in League One. He’s got a long term plan with Rovers that sees his contract run until 2022, so the plan looks like it could be to send him out on loan for a year then he will be ready to step back up into the Championship. The youngster comes as a highly rated defender and Brian Barry-Murphy will help him settle into the squad.


The product of Blackburn’s youth has pushed himself through the ranks of the club, and even managed to earn the Captain’s armband of the under 23’s squad. He’s also made a couple of first-team appearances with the Rovers which will give him the confidence he needs to join Dale. Obviously he will not be the Captain as he joins Rochdale, however, his past leadership experience will help him as he slots into the defence that will need to communicate at the back throughout the season.

Tyler will take the number 21 shirt for his season ahead. We’re sure this move will benefit not only Rochdale, as they get a new defender, but also the 20-year-old who will be able to make a name for himself and gain some recognition.

‘It’s great to see Bolton Wanderers in transfer talks with ex-Blackburn Rovers striker, we just want the takeover to happen’

According to Bolton Wanderers News, the club has missed out on signing because of the ongoing take over issues.

Apparently, ex Blackburn Rovers and Celtic man, Anthony Stokes, was linked with a move to the Whites, until the slow takeover took its toll and had an impact on the 30-year-old striker’s decision. There’s not a lot of information on the actual rumour of him supposedly being in talks with the club, however, fans learning of this news are getting increasingly frustrated.

Stokes has now joined the Turkish side, Adana Demirspor. As I’ve said since the start of this transfer window, I would’ve been surprised at any player wanting to stay a club that wasn’t paying them, so I’m not surprised that a player would want to make a move to that same club.

Transfer talk

Although it’s nice to see Bolton being linked with transfer talk again and being ambitious, I think it’s safe to say that everyone is awaiting this take over to be completed so that the club can welcome new players. While free agents might be the most sensible option when the deal has been signed and sealed, the club seriously needs to start getting their squad sorted out.

When you look at the remaining senior squad members, you’ll see there are only around 13 players on the books. Only a handful of these, however, are senior members, the remainder is youth team scholarships who don’t have much if any, league or senior squad experience.

If the club wants to stand a chance at League One football, they need to make the most out of the remaining days of the summer. If the take over happens too late and it doesn’t give Phil Parkinson long enough to try and negotiate a few deals, even the signing of any free agents, then the club needs to seriously develop their youngsters and prepare them for what’s to come.

I feel massively sorry for the fans, and I am a Bolton fan myself. I feel for the club as a whole and I’m even starting to feel for Phil Parkinson before the season has even started. Some might disagree but I know that Parkinson will get the blame for everything that goes wrong on the pitch now. You have to put yourself in his shoes and think that all the financial problems and the take over should have been sorted by now. There’s such little time left to the start of the season and I bet he’s getting just as frustrated as the fans.

I really hope the youth can come through and show the energy that’s needed in League One. Otherwise, we are in serious trouble.

Bolton Wanderers join the battle with Blackburn Rovers & Birmingham City for Huddersfield Town’s free agent

Bolton is up against Blackburn and Birmingham in a bid to seal the deal with ex-Huddersfield man Jack Payne.

Jack Payne recently enjoyed a season-long loan at Bradford in EFL League One, where the 24-year-old attacking-midfielder got nine goals and seven assists in 47 appearances.

Payne joined Huddersfield in 2016 from Southend United and has since been loaned on several occasions. Hence why he is now looking for a permanent move.

Bolton Wanderers have found themselves in the EFL League One after demotion last year. Coupled with many players departing from the club and crippling financial woes, they cannot go into League One assuming that they will easily regain their spot in the Championship.

Payne has proven to be of League One standard by standing out amongst a very troubled Bradford City squad, who finished dead last in the league last year.

In the current state of the Wanderers, they need to acquire players who are free or very cheap. Alongside coping with the demands of League One and help the side push towards promotion back into the Championship.

According to reports, a long list of clubs are aiming for Payne’s signature, clubs involved are Birmingham, Blackburn, Lincoln, Bolton, Oxford and MK Dons. The standard of the clubs looking to add Payne to the side hangs around the lower end of the Championship, to mid-high table teams in the EFL League One. This suggests that Payne is a suitable player for clubs looking to achieve Championship status or even help clubs retain Championship status; exactly the requirements of Bolton Wanderers.

With Bolton Wanderers failing to pay staff throughout last season, it could be unlikely that players will jump at the chance to join the side. However, if players are promised that Bolton will be fighting for promotion, perhaps they could be convinced.

Curzon Ashton signed Salford City’s Askew, what can he bring to the Nash

Josh Askew has joined Curzon Ashton on a season-long loan to get some first team action in the National League North.

Starting out in the Blackburn youth setup, Askew joined Salford City on a free transfer in the summer of 2017, after a loan spell with Ramsbottom.

The now 21-year-old left-back may not be ready for the big leagues right now. As Salford City finds themselves in the EFL League 2 after a fantastic season in the National League, where they found promotion via the playoffs.

As a result, Josh Askew has been sent to gain experience two tiers below his contracted club; Salford City. He will be a loan player for the National League North side Curzon Ashton, who finished 18th out of 22 clubs in the sixth tier of English football last season.

The Nash conceded the most amount of goals in the league above the relegation zone, at 71.

Askew will be subjected to a lot of defensive experience, as he joins a fairly struggling squad who have shots and attacks thrown at them throughout the entire season. Meaning that he will be a much more prolific defender after the experience. However, if he can prove himself by drastically lowering the number of goals the club concede, he would be benefiting his temporary club, as well as his own chances of joining Salford City once again as a player contending for first-team football.

With owners such as Peter Lim, Phil Neville, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham, Salford City are a club with very high goals, and would not be giving loan opportunities to players that they don’t see as part of their future. With this in mind, Askew should be one of the more entertaining players to watch for Curzon Ashton next season, as he is potentially a future League Two player with possibilities of pushing even further, with or without Salford City.

Oldham Athletic fans react to the Carabao Cup ‘We might as well have fun on our journey to the National League, lighten up’

The Carabao Cup Round One draw has been released, and here is was Twitter has to say about it.

Oldham Atheltic has drawn Blackburn Rovers away in the first round of the Carabao Cup, taking place on August 12th 2019.

It seems as though Oldham fans aren’t filled with confidence about the draw, whilst Blackburn Rovers fans seem complacent by presuming the tie will be easy for them.

There seems to be a big difference in the confidence of the fans.

If Banide’s Latics can pull off a fantastic performance against Championship side Blackburn Rovers it could signify a new era Oldham Athletic, and if they lose the tie, it seems as though nobody would be shocked.

How can Stewart Downing benefit Blackburn Rovers

The well-known Stewart Downing is set to play under former Middlesborough captain and manager Tony Mowbray as Blackburn Rovers seek to sign the 34-year-old free agent.

Stewart Downing starting his career in 2001, and has accumulated over 650 appearances altogether at the top end of English and European football. Paying service to clubs such as Middlesborough, Sunderland, Aston Villa, West Ham and even joined Liverpool in 2011 for a fee of around £20million.

Tony Mowbray has a big history at Middlesborough, as does Stewart Downing who has spent well over 10 years of his playing career at the club, creating a strong bond between the two from the off. As well as both men being highly experienced at the top of English football throughout the years.

Blackburn Rovers finished 15th in the Championship, while Middlesborough finished 7th. By obtaining Downing, Rovers have increased the quality of their squad as well as the overall experience they have in the dressing room. Therefore, Downing won’t only add goals and assists to his new side, but will also be a beacon of knowledge and example for the younger players coming through.

This shows us that Mowbray isn’t only looking to improve next season, but is seeking quality and experienced players to help their youth thrive and solidify a promising future for a club who may one day return to the Premier League.

‘Not a bad run into the end of the season if we’re battling relegation’ Wigan Athletic fans plan ahead following fixture release

Wigan will start their season against recently relegated Cardiff at the DW Stadium, on August 3rd. The Latics will then travel to Lancashire rivals Preston, before returning home to face Leeds.

It’s a tough start for Paul Cook’s men, who will be hoping for the same flying start they got last season. Wigan have a derby to look forward to over the Christmas period when they visit Blackburn at Ewood Park, then will return home to play Frank Lampard’s Derby on Boxing Day.

Their final game of the season will be at home to Fulham, a must-win game to avoid relegation or sneak into the playoffs? I’d certainly take the latter.

Lets see if the Latics fans are happy with their fixtures…

2 Salford City players that need to leave for the sake of their own careers

The Ammies has an amazing season that saw them promoted from the National League to League Two. 

Salford were promoted when they won their playoff match against Flyde. The class of 92 now have a League 2 season to compete in, and the club have recently put out their list of players they are releasing alongside who they’re keeping on contract.

With that in mind, I’ve had a look at two players I would have also let go or just send out on loan. 

Max Crocombe

The 25-year-old goalkeeper signed for Salford in 2017 after he wasn’t offered a scholarship by Luton or MK Dons, and he’d tried his best to get into other teams so decided to get into non-league football.

In 2017, Crocombe played for Salford against Bradford but he ended up getting sent off after he was seen urinating at the side of a stand. It would be fairly easy for Salford to recruit a replacement whether it be temporary or permanent.

He isn’t their first choice and maybe the Ammies should let him go on loan somewhere while he gets some more appearances, and learns to wait till half or full time to go for a wee. 

Josh Askew

Askew may benefit from going elsewhere also. The 21-year-old defender has had 41 appearances and 2 goals since 2017, but he’s no stranger to loans or other clubs.

He spent nine years at Blackburn before joining the Ammies. At Rovers, he signed his first professional contract in 2016 however, that same season, he went on loan to Ramsbottom. Admittedly he did come away with player of the year but then he ended up at Warrington. Maybe the defender would be better suited somewhere else. 

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