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POLL: Who will finish higher in League Two… Oldham Athletic or Salford City?

Before League Two starts again, both Oldham Athletic and Salford City will be looking to gain promotion this season.

With both teams having a challenging season ahead, it’s time to decide who will have the more successful League Two campaign. One side are newly promoted and looking for another promotion after last season’s playoff win in the National League. The other side finished 14th last season after another turbulent campaign under three different managers.

With fixtures being released, new signings in mind and pre-season friendly’s to come, who will have a better 2019/20 campaign?

Salford City

Newly promoted last season and they’re already causing a fuss with other teams by being one of the most highly anticipated teams of the season. They’ve been picked to go on Sky for their opening game and the Class Of 92 want them to have a successful season. Can they?

Oldham Athletic

With a new man in charge starting next week alongside starting their transfer campaign by signing defender Zac Mills. Oldham are on the hunt to finish higher this season.

Latics have also picked out Salford as one of their key dates. If they can get on top of their team and style of play before the start of the season, can they manage a higher league finish?

Who will finish higher in League 2

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“It’s Time To Vote With Our Feet”. Newcastle Utd Fans React to Losing Benitez

One of the most unlikely partnerships in football between Rafael Benitez and Newcastle Chairman Mike Ashley has come to an end. The long-suffering Toon fans have taken to social media to express their disgust, and plan what action they intend taking next.

The presence of Benitez who has never been shy of tackling those in charge of a club, and a Chairman renowned for his rhino-thick skin and unmovable ego was always going to be a pot ready to boil over.

Despite his belief that he is untouchable and always right. Ashley cannot have foreseen the rise of Benitez to hero status, and it is perhaps that which has driven a wedge between them.

It is money that has caused Benitez to depart. He believed that in order to compete in the top 10 of the Premier League, he needed a huge measure of control over the club he manages but it would surely not have come as a huge surprise that Ashley was slow to give ground.

Obviously sickened and aiming to step up the protests against Ashley, Newcastle fans vented their frustrations on social media.

Ashley who has also faced heavy criticism in the past for the ‘Victorian working conditions‘ at his Sports Direct factories, may well think that he can ride his way out of this latest drama. However, he may well find that the Tyneside fans have the determination to hit him where it hurts most – in the pocket.

Nottingham Forest fans mixed reaction to signing Bolton Wanderers’ Sammy Ameobi

Nottingham Forest have signed Bolton Wanderers winger, Sammy Ameobi.

The 27-year-old is a product of Newcastle’s youth teams. He’s been at Middlesbrough and Cardiff on loan spells in the past but signed for Bolton in 2017. Ameobi went to Bolton on loan originally and did want to stay with the club. However, at the start of the Trotters off-pitch problems, they had a transfer embargo which wouldn’t allow them to have the winger. Nevertheless, once that was sorted, he signed for the Wanderers and has been there for the past two years.

Even though Bolton are supposedly taking back control of their financial struggles, I would not blame any player for looking at other options. I am a Bolton fan myself and have met Sammy quite a few times as he used to come into a restaurant I worked at. He is one of the most humble and nicest footballers I’ve met. I wish him all the best but Forest fans are having mixed reactions…

Liverpool and Man Utd set eyes on promising target Junior Firpo

Real Betis are open to offers for their 22-year-old left-back Junior Firpo, Manchester United and Liverpool are leading the race for him.

Both Manchester United and Liverpool have their eyes on Junior Firpo, whilst he is currently partaking in the under 21 Euros for Spain.

Last season, Firpo proved his place in Real Betis as the young full-back enjoyed 29 games, getting himself 3 goals and 5 assists in all competitions. Compared to Luke Shaw’s 1 goal and 5 assists over 40 appearances last season in all competitions.

Firpo has 34 career games in the left-midfield position and 12 career games at centre-back. Which not only demonstrates his versatility, but also his ability to attack and defend, an important trait needed in Premier League full-backs.

Manchester United and Liverpool are both seeking the left-back in order to provide support and competition to the men who start in that position for each club; Luke Shaw and Andy Robertson.

However, Liverpool may be willing to out-spend Man Utd on this occasion as, according to Liverpool Echo, Liverpool aren’t set for huge signings with ‘Klopp happy to merely tweak a squad‘ that won the Champions League last season. Whereas with Manchester United, Solskjaer and his fans in red are hoping for a huge £200million overhaul of their currently failing squad, meaning there may be other priorities for him and his budget.

2 reasons why Buffon joining Leeds United actually might happen

Gianluigi’s Buffon’s contract with PSG has come to an end this summer. With the 41-year-old not ready to retire, one lucky club could gain his services for free.

This man needs no introduction, Gianluigi Buffon has been regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers in modern football, with seventeen years between the sticks at Juventus and one for PSG.

Buffon has recently said the following:

‘Ernest Hemingway wrote that there are only two places in the world where people can live happily: at home and in Paris. Today onwards, this will also apply to me: Paris, in some way, will always remain my home.’

Regarding this, it seems that the world-famous goalkeeper would be truly happy in either Paris or Italy. However, the three clubs involved with him currently are Fluminense of Brazil, Portuguese giants Porto, and the historically acclaimed Leeds United who should be pushing for promotion to the English Premier League next season.

Out of these three clubs, Leeds may be the most appealing option to Buffon, and here are two reasons why…

Close to Home

Buffon clearly wants to be close home – Paris or Italy. Which could eliminate a move to the South American club Fluminense.

Leaving Porto, who finished 2nd in the Portuguese Primeira Liga last season, and Leeds United, who came 3rd in the Championship last year, narrowly missing a promotion.

The Challenge

Gianluigi Buffon is a 41-year-old goalkeeper who is still going strong, and he has been one of the most respected players at very successful clubs. As he closes in on the end of a very long career, he may be interested in a new type of challenge.

With FC Porto and Leeds United left to entice him, he may consider the Portuguese league with Porto as an ‘easier’ option. Whereas he could go down in English football history by securing promotion for Leeds United to the Premier League.

Hot Prospect: Real Zaragoza Mateo Mejia could be worth big money for Man Utd

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer out to build Man United’s youth and first-team squad this summer, he could be about to sign a bargain. 

It looks like Mateo Mejia could be the next Old Trafford arrival. He is only 16 years old but has built up a reputation of being a goal scorer at Zaragoza. If the signing goes ahead, the transfer fee that’s apparently set in stone is only £600,000. Mejia has had interest from not only English teams, but La Liga teams too and United seem to have beaten everyone to the youngster. 

The Spanish wonder-kid will be hoping to prove his potential in the Red Devil’s youth squad first of all, but he could easily and quickly break into the first team. This will make Mejia the second summer signing before the new season starts. 

With United beating potential other clubs in signing the 16-year-old, they could have an exciting investment on their hands. With the goal scorer being so young, United could now build him up to be a great player, and the other teams who missed out on signing him for such a good fee will get a chance to see him develop and see how he turns out.

Imagine if he becomes a great member of the United team, there’s a chance that he could become worth a lot more than what Solskjær agreed for him.

‘Have I actually just booked and paid for Morocco away in a pointless preseason game? Yes, yes I have’ Oldham Athletic fans looking to take over Morocco

Oldham’s pre-season preparations usually involve trips to local non-league sides, but they are heading much further afield in the next few weeks.

Owner Abdallah Lemsagam has organised a 10-day training camp in his home country of Morocco, culminating in a friendly game with Raja Casablanca on Sunday 14th July.

It is not unusual for clubs to take a squad to Europe or further afield as part of pre-season training. However, Oldham has tended towards the Isle of Man, Scotland and a break from tradition with a trip to Lloret de Mar about 50 years ago.

They did win a trip to the Seychelles in the early ’90s for being the club with the best disciplinary record in the Premier League. Striker Ian Olney spoiled the trip somewhat, by elbowing one of the Seychelles team in the face in the first five minutes of the ‘friendly’ game organised by the islands football association. They must have been wondering what they’d let themselves in for.

The Moroccan trip came out of the blue and has given Latics fans very little time to decide whether they are going to make the trip or not. For some, it’s a no brainer:

The club is running a three-day trip out to Agadir for the game, and given that Moroccan football doesn’t get a lot of coverage in the UK, Latics fans will probably have been searching the net to find out more about Raja Casablanca and their fans.

What they will have found is a passionate bunch of supporters, who managed to sell out their 70,000 capacity Stade Mohamed V on 5 occasions last season. The game will take place at the 45,000 capacity Stade Adrar however where Latics will be based.

Moroccan football appears to be everything UK football isn’t with choreographed chanting, massed banks of supporters in a huge stand, flares, smoke bombs and general madness. It looks fantastic.

For Latics supporters and players used to the library like atmosphere of Boundary Park, it will no doubt be an amazing experience if not a little intimidating to say the least.

Arsenal in for PSG’s Christopher Nkunku, Is he a good option?

It has been reported that Arsenal are to try and sign Paris Saint-Germain’s Christopher Nkunku.

It’s been said that Arsenal hasn’t got a lot of money to spend on players this summer although, Nkunku’s expected price and actual price are massively different. Previous claims state that he was worth £30 million. Now it is believed that Arsenal will only have to bid £13.5 million for the midfielder and that could be enough to secure his services at the Emirates. Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig has also shown some interest in signing the Frenchman, so Arsenal will have to bear that in mind. 

The now 21-year-old, started his youth in 2003 with AS Marolles and was there six years until 2009. He then spent a year at RCP Fontainebleau before joining PSG in 2010. He’s been there ever since. 

In the 2015-2016 season, Nkunku played for PSG’s B team and made 27 appearances. He managed five goals that season also. He’s since had 55 appearances for PSG and eight goals, although not a great return but Nkunku is still young.  

The player’s current contract doesn’t expire until 2020. However, he’s made it quite clear that he wants regular football. It’s something that Arsenal could offer him as they look to change their dynamics under Unai Emery, with the former PSG manager knowing a little more than the rest about Nkunku. The midfielder could also be a great option for cash struck Arsenal. 

Plymouth Argyle looking to cherry pick Bury’s best players

Ryan Lowe is set to raid former club Bury for a number of players to join Plymouth. After a number of off-field problems, Lowe opted to switch Gigg Lane for Home Park, now he’s hoping his former players will follow suit.

It’s reported that Plymouth will target the attacking trio of Danny Mayor, Jay O’Shea and Nicky Maynard who combined to help Bury achieve promotion from League Two last season. The manager clearly knows how to get the best out of the players, why change something that isn’t broken?

Sign all three and do what they did last season, bobs your uncle, promotion sorted. If only life was that easy.

O’Shea, 30, played an integral role for The Shakers last campaign, scoring an impressing 16 goals in 50 appearances. Striker Maynard managed 21 goals, which ultimately proved the difference between Bury being promoted and finishing in the playoffs. The situation surrounding Mayor is different, as his contract expires at the end of the month.

Bury fans will probably be frustrated that Lowe is looking to return to Gigg Lane for signings, however, he’s Plymouth manager now. Forget the past, he has a new challenge and job. If he got the best out of players that resulted in promotion, it’s common sense to want to work with them again.

‘Shocking behaviour from the Cameroon team, the ref had zero control of the match #Lionesses’

Just in case you didn’t catch the Lionesses in arguably their most controversial match yet, Phil Neville’s team managed to win 3-0 and bag a place in the quarter-finals where they will play Norway.

Last night’s match broke viewing records for a Women’s game and with the win, this should have been a great moment for the movement in Women’s football. However, if you didn’t catch it, you should definitely have a look at the highlights to see how you think England handled the game.

VAR has been a huge part of this World Cup with referees not being able to make decisions. I wrote about how I thought Steph Houghton would have to lead the England team into the next rounds, by keeping us out of arguing with the referee and getting into VAR debates.

Last night saw England players get spat on, tackled awfully and then, have VAR goals awarded but the Cameroon players were refusing to play, crying, screaming at Steph Houghton when she was on the floor injured. Although it is good to see that there’s a lot of people behind them as though go into the next stage.

If you do get a chance to see the game, it’s worth listening to what Phil Neville has to say afterwards too. He basically stated that the game didn’t feel good, and it was being broadcasted to many young people who should be inspired, instead of getting a negative representation of football.

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