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Rochdale fans feel hard done by following Dan Adshead’s move to Norwich City

It was announced yesterday that Rochdale academy graduate Dan Adshead completed a move to recently promoted Norwich City. Signing a long term contract to play with their Under 23 initially for an undisclosed fee.

He made a total of 16 appearances in his breakthrough season, scoring once in the EFL Trophy against Leicester Under 23s in the group stages. He also managed to make three appearances for England Under 18s and scored on his debut.

The rumoured fee of roughly 300k has been floated around the internet. This hasn’t gone down well with sections of the fan base who believe, he’s worth much more than that. Especially as Manchester United were rumoured to be in for him for £1 Million last season. No doubt the deal for him will contain add ons should certain clauses be met.

Adshead has long been recognised as a promising talent, with former manager Keith Hill even inviting him to train with the first team a couple of seasons ago when he was only 15.

Dan showed a maturity way beyond his years when breaking into the first team last season, and could go on to be the best academy export the club has produced for quite some time. He will be sorely missed but no one can begrudge him the move to a higher level.

Rochdale have to set the achievable goal following quiet preseason

Rochdale’s final UK pre-season fixture was confirmed on Friday with a trip to local neighbours Oldham pencilled in for Saturday 20th July. This adds to Blackburn, Huddersfield and Bradford at Spotland on the 14th, 17th and 27th of July respectively and away trips to Ramsbottom and Hyde on the 24th and 30th of July.

With the new kits released on Saturday ahead of the new season, this is a great time to predict what’s potentially ahead for the Spotland faithful this coming season.

Much is being made about the lack of business or contract news coming from the club so far this summer. Players are still under contract until the 30th of June, and it has become quite common for players to delay contract offers while they or their agents assess all their options and see if a better offer comes in.

It is safe to assume at least half of the players offered deals will sign, namely Matty Done, Jimmy Keohane, Aaron Morley, Kgosi Ntlhe, Ollie Rathbone, Brad Wade, Aaron Wilbraham and the Youth Team’s Lewis Bradley, Harrison Hopper, Florent Hoti and Fabio Tavares.

With Rochdale having a rather large squad last season I do not personally expect an abundance of signings this summer, rather more quality over quantity.

With the right additions, League One can be a lot more comfortable for Rochdale this coming season. A mid-table finish has to be an achievable goal. If they can avoid the many defensive errors and inconsistent performances from certain players that led to Dale struggling last season.

With Brian Barry-Murphy taking the squad to Portugal on July 4th for warm weather training, this will be his chance to assess how well fitness has been maintained over the close season and see where perhaps signings may be needed.

Opinion: Poor season after poor season is set to continue for Man Utd next year – agree?

As a season ticket holder at Manchester United, I have reflected on the season that as just gone by, and like many other Manchester United fans I was greatly disappointed in what I witnessed.

To be honest I’ve witnessed poor season after poor season since 2013 when the great man Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down. I knew when Sir Alex Ferguson departed that there would be a transitional period at the club, but I never thought the decline would be this bad.

So why has it gone so wrong at Manchester United, and will they ever reach the heights of the Fergie era?

To be honest I’m looking forward to next season. To see what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can do once he’s had a full pre-season under his belt, with the squad and of course new signings.

This is the only worry I have about next season because the club has still not appointed a technical director of football. Which means Ed Woodward has full control of the transfers, and in my opinion, this is why Manchester United have failed season after season.

He’s an investment banker who hasn’t got a clue about football, which in turn will make it difficult for the manager. If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gets the transfers he wants and not who Ed Woodward wants, then I myself will be more positive about this coming season.

I think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be the man to help bring the club back into Premier League contention if he gets the right signings to strengthen the squad. However, key players are rumoured to be departing such as Pogba and Lukaku.

I’d like Pogba to stay and build the squad around him, in my opinion, Pogba as endured a very difficult season and took most of the stick. To me, the whole squad should share the blame for the poor form. I don’t think Lukaku will be missed and can be replaced with current squad members such as Rashford and Martial.

I’m interested to see who Ole will bring in because let’s be honest, he needs 3-4 signings at least. I think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can, if he’s given the time, get Manchester United back to where they should be.

However, don’t get me wrong, I don’t think Ole will be challenging for the Premier League title next season.

I’m predicting a 5th place finish in the league, a possible final in the Europa league and again a possible semi-final in both the FA Cup and league cup.

If Manchester United are going to win something next season, albeit a miracle, it’ll be the league cup. However, it’ll depend on the right signings and the signings Ole wants.

Once The Dust Settles, Bury FC Should Be Looking at These 2 Managers to Push The Club Forward

With the ongoing financial problems at Bury still taking place, manager Ryan Lowe had no other option than to leave, which has the Shakers looking for a replacement. 

Ryan Lowe leaving the side to join Plymouth Argyle has put Keith Hill at the top of the list as the favourite to take the job. Hill has been out of work since being sacked by Rochdale and this would be a good move for him. Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley of Chester have also both been linked to the job and, both names have been in speculation but today they have both revealed how they haven’t been in talks with Bury and even though Johnson is a Bury fan himself, he has no intentions to talk to the club.

With administration being a possibility for the Shakers and a high court hearing in place, it’s likely that these problems will have to be resolved before they can appoint a new manager. So who else should Bury look at when the time does come?

Derek Adams

The former Plymouth manager has already been suggested but with the financial problems that Bury have been in, Adams could be a good choice. Some have said it would be like a “manager swap” as Ryan Lowe has now joined Adams’ previous club. If Steve Dale can sell his club and sort the money issues out, maybe a good deal could be put on the table.

Ian Holloway

The 56-year-old is supposedly looking to get back into management after his great run with previous clubs such as Blackpool and seeing as he left QPR last May, he may take an easy offer. Plymouth fans really wanted Holloway to join their side before it was confirmed that Lowe would be joining them, however, maybe Bury would be better suited with him to keep up their on-field performance while their off-field issues are hopefully sorted.

Why Are Fans Shifting From Premier League to Non-League Football?

The National League attendance figures for the 2018-19 season have been released and, what a sight it is for fans of the game outside the Football League.

As more and more fans of ‘The Beautiful Game’ grow sick and tired of the disconnect between professional players, earning more in a week than what some people do in multiple years and themselves. It seems that more of this disgruntled lot are turning their attention to their local clubs, many of which I’m sure will be surprised at the standard on the show.

More and more fans are becoming annoyed at being treat like a number on a piece of paper, as opposed to an actual person, and can you blame them? Once most of these people go to a non-league game, it’s a fair bet that a number of them will end up frequently attending these games due to the feeling around the place.

The family atmosphere is something in Non-League you just don’t get in the Premier League, you feel like you really are part of something and you can genuinely see the rewards for any input you put into the club. Whether that be financial or volunteer hours, your hard earned time and money don’t just disappear never to be seen again.

The main reason I think that Non-League attendances are growing isn’t anything that the clubs below the football league are doing especially, it’s more what the Premier League clubs aren’t doing, they aren’t looking after the support that follows them week in week out.

LOWDOWN: Who is Man Utd Target Ozan Kabak – Could Be a Vital Signing

As any good football fan will tell you, the foundations of any football team are the defence, and you don’t need to be an architect to see that the foundations or once for a better word the ‘defence’ at Old Trafford is crumbling.

In order to achieve a good rebuild and a strong sturdy team you’ve got to start from the ground up, and in terms of a football team that means starting with the defence, and in particular central defence. However, Ed Woodward needs to make sure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the wherewithal to achieve this. Many known defenders have been recently touted to partner Lindelof in the central defence, but I’d say few have heard of Ozan Kabak, and I’ll be honest I’m not one of the few.

The Express are reporting that Manchester United, as well as Tottenham and Arsenal, are all battling to try and seal a £13.2m transfer for the defender. The Turkish born defender started his career at Galatasaray youth academy at the tender age of 11 years old, he progressed through the academy and went on to make 14 first team appearances for the club, as recent as 18/19 season before the 19-year-old teenager sealed his move to the Stuttgart.

Stuttgart’s manager Markus Weinzierl’s has trust in the Ankara native and thrown him into the first team where he has played the full 90 minutes ever since, making him the youngest first-team player for Stuttgart. Kabak’s stats show that the young centre back averages an interception every 8 minutes, and has three goals to his name he also possesses an eye for goal when the opportunity arises.

Kabak as 50 youth international caps, and with having an impressive season under his belt he’s earned himself an international call up to the first team squad, but as yet to make his international first team debut. Kabak can read the game, which in my opinion is a good attribute to have as a defender, he senses danger quickly and possesses a quick turn of pace. It’s been mentioned that his playing style is likened to that of Sergio Ramos, and also as the same bite as the Spanish defender, having committed 15 fouls in his first 11 games for Stuttgart.

This tenacity and bite that Kabak shows is what Manchester United need in defence, a defender who isn’t shy of getting stuck in and take a firm grip in the game. Little is known about the Turkish teenage defender but for £13.2m he could be what Ole needs to strengthen the foundations of the Old Trafford outfit.

OPINION: Salford City Confirm Released List, Is It The Right Move?

Salford City had a really impressive run last season that helped them in gaining promotion out of the National League and into League Two.

The Ammies have a collective set of owners who can put their money into new players ahead of the new season, with Peter Lim having a 40% share and Phil Neville, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham all holding 10% each. Through Salford’s club website, they revealed the players they would be letting go before the start of their new challenge in league two.

Anthony Dudley, Amine Linganzi, Danny Livesey, Gus Mafuta and Jack Redshaw have all been thanked for their hard work and wished all the best but have been released. Tyler Forbes and Dennis Politic have also returned to their parent clubs as their loan deals are over.

Now football fans are wondering what this means for the players that have been let go, some of the players on the list would be a good investment for other clubs. However, with the money behind Salford FC, the replacements for these players won’t be a problem, they’re already looking and signing ahead of the start of the 2019/20 season.

Chester FC have already answered Danny Livesey’s prayers and snapped the 34-year-old defender up before anyone else has the chance. He will officially be a part of the club on July 1st. He has previously captained Barrow AFC which is probably a reason why Chester have shown interest in the defender again.

With his age showing how much experience he’s had, he could be a perfect player to show leadership qualities, if not for the whole team, at least for the back four at Chester. It’s also been reported that the blues could also offer Anthony Dudley a move to the club. The 22-year-old was on loan with Chester last season and, ended up being the clubs leading scorer when he managed to net 11 goals. This could be a great move for him, as the club do appear to be interested and he has also is understood to be just as interested in a permanent move.

There’s some uncertainty in what will happen with Mafuta, Redshaw and Linganzi as of yet. Personally, I think any club would be silly to not show interest in Mafuta, the 23-year-old midfielder started 22 matches for the Ammies last year. He started his career at Colchester but then moved to Bristol City Academy where he captained the Under 21’s. With Gus only being 23 and already having captain experience, surely another club should have a look at signing him soon.

Amine Linganzi however, only managed to get 4 starts for Salford last season and he’s 29 years old. He’s already been around, having played for Blackburn, Preston and Portsmouth in the past. I think Salford didn’t really have a choice letting the midfielder go, as they can bring in fresh young talent but Linganzi could benefit from maybe a struggling club putting in a deal.

Then there’s Jack Redshaw. He’s got such a good stat record. He managed 17 goals out of 36 matches for Salford and he’s got football orientated family too, his brother is Mark Redshaw and his father is Ray Redshaw, all three being strikers in their career.

If you leave that information as it is, you’d be thinking, why hasn’t anyone put an offer in? But the issue the 28-year-old will have to come to terms with is that he was out of action in Salford’s last season due to an injury in preseason. Fans were gutted but now that he’s been released, he may find it hard to find an alternative club. He has played for Rochdale, Blackpool and Morecambe previous to Salford so a club are sure to see the positives in the striker.

Even though these players will be missed by Salford fans, I hope they all have great offers thrown their way.

OPINION: Ryan Lowe Leaves Bury a Legend As He Joins Plymouth Argyle

The vast majority of football people will have heard of the plight that is facing Bury FC, unpaid staff, unpaid players and a club facing financial turmoil with an owner that doesn’t seem to care about the club.

The shining light for Bury, however, was on the pitch, with club legend Ryan Lowe at the helm somehow they managed to gain promotion from League Two. That’s about where the positives end, it seems all the money gained from this promotion has lined the pockets of their owner never to be seen again.

It does really sum up what kind of owner Bury have when the only person at the club who got their wages paid was the departing manager, and that was only so he could leave for a new club at the cost of £150,000, and guess where that money went.

I deeply believe that nobody can hold leaving Bury against promising manager Ryan Lowe, yes it was for Plymouth in a lower division but the man has a family to look after and therefore needs his wages on time.

After everything Lowe has done at Bury, the man in the eyes of most fans is a club legend having contributed to three promotions as a player and manager, plus scoring 71 goals in 180 appearances.

Sadly it seems like Bury will go into administration with none of the staff or players having been paid since March, therefore it’s very likely that they will have to find a brand new squad. Furthermore, Losing the majority of those that won them promotion, and possibly start next year with a points deduction meaning they are very unlikely to stay in League One and all Lowe and the players of last years hard work will be undone.

‘Well Worth The Wait For The Young Manager’ Plymouth Argyle Fans Rejoice as Lowe Signs From Bury

Another kick in the teeth for Bury as their manager, Ryan Lowe has decided to join Plymouth Argyle.

The 40-year-old led Bury to promotion from League Two, but it isn’t new news that Bury have been faced with a lot of off-field problems such as players going unpaid and they received a winding up petition. This has led to the manager taking on a new challenge.

Plymouth were relegated last season but they hope that Ryan Lowe can live up to his expectations, and do with Plymouth what he managed for Bury.

The Plymouth fans have been expressing their delight after the news broke and there are some fans that are already expecting promotion, wins, new signings but the thing that stands out the most on twitter today is the sympathy for Bury FC…

Is Rochdale’s Ryan Delaney A Good Move For Portsmouth?

There are whispers of a move for Ryan Delaney as Portsmouth are apparently interested in the defender.

There hasn’t been a lot of information regarding the interest but if this is true, it could be a nice change for Delaney.

The 22-year-old defender is apparently marketed at the value of £90k so it wouldn’t be too much of an expense to Portsmouth. In my opinion, the best option for Delaney would probably be to go on loan rather than moving permanently. He’s not had a bad run at Rochdale and I think he’d be useful for another year. I think some Pompey fans may disagree but you could have worse in your back four.

In 30 appearances last season for Rochdale, Delaney managed to net one goal and get two assists. In the 2017/18 season, he also managed two goals. It’s not that bad for a defender. He also hasn’t been at too many other clubs so maybe by a loan, or if it comes to it, transferring to Portsmouth, it would be great for the 22-year-old.

Portsmouth have been linked with other transfer talks too such as Adam May interested in a loan move to Swindon. This is another reason why I say maybe Pompey should stick to loaning for the time being to see how their team develops and, if any loan looks promising, maybe they should look into transfer requests at the next window.

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