The news broke today that Sunderland has appointed former Bolton Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson, following the dismissal of Jack Ross last week.
Parkinson arrives with Sunderland in 9th in League One and one win in the last four league matches.
Parkinson has a rich history of lower league promotions with Bolton, Colchester and Bradford City. Surely the Black Cats will be hoping things go the same way and they refind themselves in the Championship next season.
In true Twitter style, there as been plenty of reaction today and not surprisingly plenty of backing for the new man in charge…
Bolton Wanderers faced a fourth-placed Sunderland today and managed to get a 1-1 draw out of it.
After Keith Hill’s side managed to get a point on Tuesday against Oxford, they were hungry for some more points today. An unchanged starting eleven was put out by the new manager and fans were excited.
Fans were then extremely surprised to see that Jack Hobbs had put Bolton 1-0 up in the second half, and it then became a battle to try and get all three points. Like me, many Wanderers fans were celebrating as if we had just won the league at 90 minutes. However, the 5 minutes added on proved too much, as Yoan Zouma gave away a penalty with Justin minutes to go and Sunderland equalised.
I’m not saying I’m angry or disappointed because we’ve got a point from a team in the top quarter of the table, and that proves that things are working. However, that could have easily been three points today if the defence could have stayed strong instead of panicking and giving away a goal inevitably.
Bolton managed to take their second point of the season from a goalless draw against Oxford this week. Keith Hill’s team will be looking to perform just as well against Sunderland this weekend.
Bolton had only managed to get one point so far this season and that took them to -11. On Tuesday night, they took on Oxford at home and managed to get another point. This seems like it’s the start of the season now for Bolton.
Keith Hill’s first game in charge saw Bolton go 1-0 up only to lose 6-1 against Rotherham. Now that we’ve have seen what the Bolton team is capable of against Oxford, there will be happier fans in the stadium this weekend. Sunderland currently sit 4th in the league on 15 points so this will be tough.
With the 0-0 draw in mind, clearly the Trotters defence delivered a brilliant game and that showed when their two centre backs, Jack Hobbs and Jake Wright made the FLW League One Team Of The week.
These two will have to start against Sunderland in order to stand a chance. Josh Emmanuel also has been performing well at the back so should remain in the starting line up. Liam Bridcutt has been going out as Captain and this seems to be working well. He’s another player who fans and the league are keeping an eye on as he looks promising.
Thibaud Verlinden is enjoying his time with Bolton and got his professional goal for the club against Rotherham. He will be looking to get another in front of the home fans. Dennis Politic is also remaining in that starting line up which is something I’ve wanted despite having new signings.
Despite being 4th in the league, they only drew their last game against Rotherham 1-1. They’ve also suffered losses to Peterborough and the majority of their wins have been 2-1 score lines.
I think if Bolton plays as they did against Oxford, especially at the back, they might be able to give them a game. I’m not sure if a win will be on the cards but I’m hoping they can go out to get another point.
Rochdale’s unbeaten opening to the season came to an end on Tuesday night, when they were beaten 2-1 by title favourites Sunderland, at Spotland.
Aiden McGeady gave Sunderland the lead against the run of play before Callum Camps levelled five minutes later. The Dale dominated large spells of the second half, bringing out the best of ‘keeper Jon McLaughlin. However, Charlie Wyke finished well in the 58th minute to see Sunderland earn back-to-back wins.
Brian Barry Murphy’s side played very well, outplaying a side with a wage budget probably 10x the size. On another day, with better finishing, they could’ve easily won the game. Let’s pinpoint a couple of positives from the game, for Rochdale fans…
Callum Camps have started the season like a house on fire. A lot of pressure was put on Ian Henderson last season to score their goals, with Camps chipping in, it gives Rochdale a different attacking threat. Camps was brilliant on Tuesday night and took his goal very well. The Northern Irishman has two assists and three assists in just five games this season, which will please Murphy.
The young manager has his side playing attractive, impressive football. Rochdale didn’t just kick Sunderland off the park last night, they outplayed them and opened up their defence a number of times. The Sunderland keeper was excellent, without him and a few better finishes, Rochdale could’ve easily scored three or four last night. If The Dale is mixing it with Sunderland, they’ll win a lot of games this season.
If Rochdale keeps the spine of their team fit, I think they’ll finish in the top six, certainly dark horses.
Man Utd youth have to be ready to step up this season as Solskjaer lacks depth in his squad.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a mountain to climb this season with Manchester United. The Reds face this season with a weakened squad, demands of European football and a target of top four.
This Man Utd team have a strong enough first team to finish top four. However, and injury to Paul Pogba, or Aaron Wan-Bissaka or Harry Maguire puts the Reds miles off any success this season.
Unfortunately for the manager, he has found himself with a squad which is a mixture of visions between the previous coaches. What he does have are a very committed squad and extremely talented youth, and it looks like he might need to utilize that this season.
Man Utd’s under 18s have already produced Tahith Chong, Mason Greenwood, James Garner and Angel Gomes for Solskjaer this season. All look as if they will get variations of game-time this season.
Its looks as though up and coming talent may feature for a busy Man Utd this season.
Solskjaer, Carrick and other coaching staff members were congregated on the side of Man Utd Under 18s recent 3-0 victory over Sunderland.
Here are two players that stood out to us, and most definitely to the coaching staff too, and may feature for Man Utd this season should any injuries or upsets occur…
17-year-old Swedish forward Anthony Elanga scored 3 and assisted 5 goals in 21 appearances last season. In his first game back, he has scored 1 and assisted 1 already.
He is capable of playing across the forward three positions, something that Ole will certainly be looking for in his new system where the front line is versatile. He also demonstrates speed, strength, and intelligence in attacking situations.
The Man Utd academy is known for producing top talent, Elanga is definitely one to watch.
The summer of transfer speculation ended in disappointment for all Red Devils. They expected at least one world-class midfielder to take place of Ander Herrera. Should an injury occur to Pogba or McTominay, Solskjaer would need a midfielder capable of playing in a high pressing side.
Luckily, there is James Garner, but 17-year-old Charlie McCann might have a shot too.
McCann played as a number six, controlling the midfield and focussing on defensive duties. He made a goalline clearance, tucked away a penalty and contributed to both the attacking and defensive success the team had in the game. An all-round game for an all-round player.
Man Utd favour characters who are moldable and can stick closely to a manager’s method and system. Scott McTominay and Michael Carrick are perfect examples.
The youth of Old Trafford is a fountain of talent, fortunately for Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. He is keen on integrating youth into his squad and homegrown talent can be expected to blossom under his reign.
Rochdale could improve their squad ahead of the 19/20 EFL League One campaign, for free!
Rochdale will be looking to progress from last season’s position, where they finished 16th in League One. The Dale narrowly escaped relegation by four points in the congested bottom half of the table.
Manager Brian Barry-Murphy will be well aware of the faults and strengths of his squad. Rochdale fans are due a successful and competitive league run, and next season could be the one.
In an inflated market, purchasing players can be a difficult task. Especially for lower league clubs.
In comes the concept of free transfers, players who have let their contract run down in hopes to seek a new challenge, and here are two that could solve Rochdale’s problems.
Cattermole has been with Sunderland for the past 10 years. This summer, his loyalty to the club came to end as his contract ran out. The 31-year-old defensive midfielder saw Premier League, Championship and League One action with the North-East club.
In the 18/19 League One season, Rochdale conceded the most amount of goals in the campaign, at 87. The introduction of Cattermole would provide an experienced and solid midfielder who’s priority is the defence.
His knowledge of the game, partnered with leadership qualities, could see Rochdale’s defence become much more organised. The vocal Englishman would sit ahead of them, ultimately resulting in a more solid structure and fewer goals will be conceded.
Currently injured, but set to be available in August. Grant Ward is a 24-year-old wide midfielder who has 134 games worth of experience at Championship level. With 10 goals and 18 assists in the competition.
Should Ward have a season of full fitness in a league slightly less quality than he is used to, he can provide Rochdale with the spark they need to turn defence into attack.
By bringing in defensive-minded leader Lee Cattermole, and a hungry to prove himself, Grant Ward, the balance of Rochdale could be massively improved come the start of the EFL League One campaign.
Lee Cattermole is closing on a move to Sheffield Wednesday, following the termination of his contract at Sunderland.
The midfielder is believed to be on around £40,000 a week, and with Sunderland failing to win promotion from League One last season, it’s not sustainable to continue to pay his wages. Another top earner Bryan Oviedo is also rumoured to be on the move.
He made 27 appearances last season, scoring a career-high seven goals in a season. The goal machine. He’ll be due a testimonial after completing 10 years at the Stadium of Light and has been a top servant for a great club.
Cattermole will be looking for a move back to the Championship, and a reunion with former boss Steve Bruce at Sheffield Wednesday looks on the cards. Bruce managed Cattermole at both Wigan and Sunderland.
Now 31, it’s fair to say his best years are probably behind him. He didn’t stand out a mile in League One last season. Nevertheless, he’ll always give 100%, offer that leadership and stability, while smashing through a few opposition players each game.
After the news of his release, some Wigan fans were expressing their desire to sign him. I personally wouldn’t want Cattermole back. I loved him at Latics, passionate, hard-working and a ‘****house’, we simply wouldn’t match his wage requirements. Most of our players will be on between £5,000 and £10,000. Cattermole was on eight times that in League One.
I’d rather see Wigan sign a young, ambitious midfielder on a quarter of his wages. Plus, Cattermole has no resale value at 31, you may get two solid years from him – after that, he’s of no value.
The Manchester United legend Roy Keane has left his post as assistant manager for Championship side Nottingham Forest and is seeking a new challenge as a manager.
Roy Keane has managed Sunderland, playing a big part in their Championship title victory in 2007. He then managed Ipswich Town who had mid to low table results throughout his reign.
Since Keane has been assistant manager to Martin O’Neill for his national side; Ireland. Whilst having the same role under Paul Lambert for Aston Villa for 13 games in 2014. He was also under Martin O’Neill for Nottingham Forest in his most recent occupation.
Bolton Wanderers will be losing their 27-year-old winger Sammy Ameobi after their demotion to League One, and Nottingham Forest have signed him. Perhaps Keane will be heading in the opposite direction, as Bolton Wanderers face financial difficulties and Football Ventures are set to take them over, their current manager Phil Parkinson may not hold onto his position.
With the new League One side looking to turn over a leaf and get back to the Championship. By employing a man who won it with Sunderland and survived it with Ipswich, his experience of the contest should allow them to return to it and remain in it.
Bolton defeated Sunderland during Roy Keane’s period as manager, resulting in ultimately costing his job. Now, he could be the man to drag Bolton Wanderers out of the gutter.
Yes…. Wycombe wanderers stadium, Adams Park, has an away capacity of 1800. That NEEDS to be sold out and for us to get behind the new regime and our new heroes, who have been man enough to either stay or join us in our great rebuild. #coywm#BWFC
There are a good number of gems to be found in the lower divisions if clubs can be bothered to look for them and one of the brightest of them, Oldham’s George Edmundson is currently being sought by several clubs including Scottish Premier side Glasgow Rangers.
It’s always a blow to a club’s supporters to lose an integral member of the team but given Oldham’s league status, diminishing support and financial uncertainty the chance to cash in on a player is a pill that has to be swallowed.
The question as to whether Edmundson can make the step up to a higher division has already been answered, by the clubs who have shown an interest in him. Originally that consisted of the likes of Scunthorpe and Fleetwood but Edmundson will surely be aware that he can set his sights much higher, and that he would be seriously undervaluing himself if he didn’t aim for the best option available to him.
Although Latics fans would miss the young defender, they can surely not deny him the chance to possibly play in the Europa League next season and also experience the delight of a Glasgow derby!
Oldham have lost players to bigger clubs in the past and that is a burden we have had to carry. Another ex-Latics defender who began his career with us is James Tarkowski, who is now with Premier League Burnley and in the England squad.
It could be (but is highly unlikely) that the promising centre back might be persuaded to stay with Oldham until his contract runs out next season, however ‘cashing in’ on him now makes more sense as far as the club’s financial situation. The figures being reported are close to the £500,000 mark, and that is a figure we can’t afford to turn down no matter how much people think he will be worth in the future.
Should Edmundson go, it is to be hoped that he finds his way into the first team as soon as possible, rather than become lost in the club’s reserves. It will hopefully give a chance to one of Latics other youngsters to step up to the mark in his place.