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Steve Evans 1 Rotherham United have parted company with manager Steve Evans.Evans had been in the job for three-and-a-half years, leading the Millers to back-to-back promotions from League Two to the Championship.He penned a new contract only last summer and went on to guide the club to safety in the Championship.But he has now departed his post nine games into the new campaign, along with assistant Paul Raynor, with the club stating both parties “wished to head in a different direction”.Evans leaves Rotherham on the back of an impressive 2-0 win at Birmingham, which moved them up to 20th in the table.First-team coach Eric Black has been appointed interim boss while the club search for a permanent replacement.A club statement read: “Following a meeting between the chairman and manager (on Monday) morning it was decided Rotherham United Football Club would part company with first-team manager Steve Evans and his assistant Paul Raynor.“During the said meeting it became clear that both parties at the present time wished to head in a different direction.“The meeting was at all times positive, constructive and straightforward. It was clear that the chairman and the management team only wanted what they felt was best for Rotherham United Football Club.“The club would like to place on record our thanks to Steve and Paul for their huge contribution over the last three and a half years, it has been simply an incredible journey.“Moving on Eric Black will assume first team duties for the time being.“It has all come as a surprise but Rotherham United must move forward and the search for a new first-team manager will begin immediately. Replacing Steve Evans and Paul Raynor will indeed be a strenuous task for the board.“Rotherham United Football Club will always welcome Steve and Paul whether as an opposition management team or as supporters of our fantastic football club.”Evans was the second Championship manager to leave his post on Monday, after Brentford dispensed with Marinus Dijkhuizen.
Alan Brazil went to meet Rod Stewart earlier this week to chat all things Celtic and Scottish football.And the pair couldn’t resist a cheeky duet as they got together for a fantastic rendition of ‘Maggie May’.Listen to that here, and you can hear the full interview on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast from 8am on Thursday morning
Kyle Lafferty 1 Palermo have contacted Norwich City about a January move for Kyle Lafferty.Despite helping Northern Ireland qualify for Euro 2016, the forward is out of favour at Carrow Road and hungry for a move away.Leeds United were close to a loan deal back in November but that fell through at the 11th hour.And now, according to Sky Italia, the Championship club could be pipped in their pursuit of Lafferty by Palermo.The 28-year-old spent a season with the Serie A side during the 2013/14 campaign and impressed with 11 goals in 34 matches.Palermo are now keen to bring Lafferty back to Italy and have contacted Norwich about striking a deal when the transfer window opens next month.
Louis van Gaal has dismissed reports of dressing room unrest at Manchester United.The Dutchman has found himself under heavy fire from fans, with United without a win in five games and having endured an early Champions League exit last week.There have been various reports in this week’s newspapers that Van Gaal’s ‘rigid approach’ has led to discontent among the senior players.But when asked if the chemistry between him and his players was fine, Van Gaal insisted: “Yes, it’s fine – but I’ve said that already more than once.“I have seen articles that it’s not like that. It’s a bit crazy I think, but that is this world.”Van Gaal saw his former prodigy Jose Mourinho axed by Chelsea on Thursday.He appears confident he will not follow the Portuguese’s lead, but accepts that United must get back to winning ways.“I have the full confidence of my board and my players, I feel,” he said.“But we have to get results. We have to win, and we know that – the players know it, I know it and my staff know it.“We have to win because when you lose too much, also for me it’s the end of the world.”United have drawn four of their last six home games 0-0 and some United fans have been voicing their frustration at matches with boos and shouts of “attack, attack, attack”.Asked about that disgruntlement and whether he felt the supporters were still with him, Van Gaal said: “It’s always like that when you lose.“The board of directors can see what you can do as a manger in practice but the fans cannot see that, so when you lose you need the belief of the fans, and that is a question for the fans not the manager to answer.” Louis van Gaal 1
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Louis van Gaal is facing the biggest game of his Manchester United tenure, away to Liverpool on Sunday, with the club’s hierarchy increasingly concerned about the prospect of being cut adrift in the race for Champions League qualification. Defeat could spell the end for the Dutchman. (The Times)Manchester United have joined the chase for Algerian hotshot Islam Slimani. Old Trafford scouts have been watching the Sporting Lisbon striker for the last two months. The 27-year-old has scored 13 goals in 16 league games this season and would cost around £12million. (The Sun)Chelsea have offered £40m for Toni Kroos. The Germany midfielder is said to be unhappy about a lack of playing time at Real Madrid and the Blues are ready to pounce. (Daily Star)Schalke centre-half Joel Matip is set to join Liverpool on a free transfer. A deal has already been agreed in principle with the Cameroonian international. Matip, 24, is out of contract in Gelsenkirchen, and wants a new challenge. (Daily Mirror)Edinson Cavani could be shown the door at Paris Saint-Germain with manager Laurent Blanc unwilling to bow to the Uruguayan’s demands to be the club’s first-choice striker. Blanc has admitted Cavani’s behaviour has been a problem and that if Cavani, who’s been linked to Arsenal and Manchester United, wanted to go elsewhere he wouldn’t be stopped. (Daily Mail)Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal have won the race to sign Nigerian wonderkids Kelechi Nwakali and Samuel Chukwueze. Arsenal have agreed a combined £3m fee with the Diamond Football Academy in Umuahia, Nigeria, and are expected to complete the deal this month. (Daily Mirror)Remi Garde is ready to make Bordeaux defender Lamine Sane his first signing. Frenchman Garde, fresh from his first victory in 11 attempts as Aston Villa boss, has backing to bring in players on loan to boost the club’s fight against relegation. Bordeaux’s chairman Jean-Louis Triaud has confirmed the Ligue One club are in talks with the rock-bottom Villans about a deal for Sane. (Daily Mirror)Everton have moved ahead of West Ham in the race to sign Leeds’ Sam Byram after Roberto Martinez sent one of his chief scouts to watch him last night. (Daily Mirror)Watford believe they are in pole position to sign Malaga keeper Carlos Kameni. Bournemouth are also interested in 31-year-old Cameroon international Kameni , butthe Hornets feel he will be attracted to their bid for a shock European place. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Arsenal blow! Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rubbishes claims he is set to leave Borussia DortmundChelsea transfer news: PSG forward Ezequiel Lavezzi’s agent reveals talks with BluesBristol City ready to rival Aston Villa for Lyon striker with £5m moveZinedine Zidane wants £80m Chelsea and Manchester City target to be his first Real Madrid signingWatford FC transfer news: Alessandro Diamanti ready to cancel Hornets loanNewcastle United transfer rumours: Deal for £18m striker could still go through in JanuaryTransfer report: Manchester United planning stunning £30m swoop for 16-YEAR-OLD sensation
John Stones is top of the list – John Stones remains Van Gaals top target, having had Manchester United scouts at every Everton game this season to watch his progress. The club are now fully convinced he is a future United player and are willing to table a £45m offer for the England central defender. However, United will have to battle Chelsea for his signature with the Blues set to reignite their interest in the summer. Interest in Felipe Anderson ‘cooling’ – Van Gaals interest in Lazios Felipe Anderson has reportedly cooled after his dip in form in recent weeks. Andersons attitude has worsened as he has tried to force through the move but Lazios asking price is thought to be the main thing putting the Red Devils off the move for the winger. All major transfers cancelled, or are they? Click the arrow, right, to see more Manchester United rumours – Manchester United have put all of their major transfers on hold due to increasing speculation surrounding Van Gaals future at Old Trafford. Reports earlier in the week suggested the Dutchman would leave in the summer, cutting his three-year contract short by a year. As a result they will commit to any transfers until Champions League football is confirmed. 5 United trial for 15-year-old goalkeeper – United have taken 15-year-old goalkeeper Bartosz Mrozek on trial from Lech Poznan and will spend a few days being put through his steps by the coaches at Carrington. The club had been following his progress for 12 months before making a formal approach in December. Manchester United are still yet to sign any mid-season reinforcements, despite a season full of criticism and indifferent form.Goals are still few and far between but an improved performance against Newcastle followed up with a crowd pleasing 1-0 win against Liverpool last weekend has relieved some of the pressure on Louis van Gaal.However, while his position seems safe for the moment, whether or not he will be in the Old Trafford hotseat next season is a different matter.Click the arrow above, right, to see the latest rumours and reports about the future of Van Gaal and any possible new recruits. 5 Secret Pep Guardiola meeting – Van Gaals future has been cast into further doubt with reports emerging from France that Manchester United officials had been spotted in Paris for a secret meeting with Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola. The club have officially denied these rumours, however it is unlikely they will give up on their pursuit of the former Barcelona boss until an announcement about his future is made. 5 5 5
Ballybofey & Stranorlar has been given a timely economic boost following the opening of a brand new furniture interior store on the Letterkenny Road, Stranorlar. The news will come as a great boost for residents in the Twin Towns, as it is expected that a number of new jobs will be created by the furniture store opening.Stockhouse Furniture has over 20 years experience in the business of furnishing homes, placing an emphasis on good quality furniture to suit all budgets. It boasts a free interior design service, and a free delivery over a wide area.It is an Irish owned furniture interiors company and it hopes to create up to at least three new jobs.JOBS BOOST AS NEW FURNITURE STORE OPENS IN STRANORLAR was last modified: May 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyBoostBusinessEconomicFeaturesjobsNewnewsStockhouse FurnitureStranorlar
1 Watford captain Troy Deeney Watford captain Troy Deeney admits it is inevitable some of Watford’s squad will leave the club this summer.The striker has been an integral part of Watford’s success under Quique Sanchez Flores this season and has been tipped by some for a place in England’s Euro 2016 squad.The Hornets were one of the favourites to go down this term but that have been one of the surprise packages so far.Watford are currently 12 points clear of the drop zone and booked their place in the FA Cup semi-finals with a 2-1 win over holders Arsenal at the weekend.Their success has resulted in the likes of Deeney and strike partner Odion Ighalo, who have scored 25 goals between them this term, being linked with big-money departures.And, although Deeney insists there is no reason to leave the progressive club, he says he expects some of the squad to depart.Speaking to IFL TV, he said: “This is the way football works – not everyone will be there.“But I would be surprised if, out of the 25-man squad, if we didn’t have 18 of them still here next year then I’d be surprised.“But why leave? We’ve got a great team, we’ve got loads happening at the training ground and stadium. Obviously it’s only the first season as well so you have to prove yourself again.”
Colchester United have parted company with manager Kevin Keen.The 49-year-old, a former coach at West Ham, Reading and Liverpool, had only been in the role since December.He took over with the U’s sitting bottom of League One but failed to inspire a turnaround in fortunes and did not taste a first victory until March.Relegation to League Two was confirmed by last week’s 3-0 home defeat to Burton and Colchester claimed just five wins from 24 games under Keen.A statement on the club’s website read: “After a meeting with the owner, Robbie Cowling, over the future direction of the club, Kevin Keen has decided to leave Colchester United with immediate effect.“Kevin has worked tirelessly to try and turn around the fortunes of the club this season. We wish Kevin all the best in his future career.“David Wright has agreed to take the team for the remaining two games of the current season.” Kevin Keen 1