Pepe Mel Appointed West Brom Head Coach

Posted by adminNo CommentsJan 13, 2014
Pepe Mel Appointed West Brom Head Coach

West Brom head coachAfter a turbulent time of managers hiring and firing managers, Pepe Mel has finally been confirmed as the new West Brom head coach. The whole of the footballing world was shocked when West Brom fired previous head coach Steve Clark after an impressive 8th placed finish last season, however, the backroom staff at the Hawthorns thought differently and sacked him after some disappointing results.

Pepe Mel has been given an 18th month deal at West Brom. Pepe Mel’s previous job was in Spain where he was the manager of Real Betis. Pepe Mel is known for his attractive style of football and will try and incorporate this into the West Brom team. Talks with Felipe Mel have been ongoing since December, however, the announcement has now been made, and Mel will work with assistant coach Keith Downing, and goalkeeper coach Dean Kiely.

Mel takes over with the club in 14th position, with West Brom being 4 points off the dreaded relegation zone. West Brom’s sporting director Richard Garlick stated : “I’m delighted to welcome Pepe to the club. His appointment concludes an extensive recruitment process during which we have cast the net far and wide to identify the most suitable candidate top take the club forward.”

“Pepe was a strong contender from the outset due to his impressive achievements and has emerged as our number one candidate.”

“He is a forward thinking coach whose teams are renowned for playing attractive and positive style of football.” Garlick concluded.

As with many new appointments, Pepe Mel may make a positive impact on the West Brom team, however, West Brom are another example of a team who has replaced a British manager with a foreign manager. There are a number of English managers who have lost their jobs to foreign managers. Last season Southampton sacked manager Nigel Adkins. The decision seemed surprising, however, Southampton are one of the in form teams in the Premier League and a formidable force. West Brom will be hoping for the same result with the appointment of Pepe Mel and it will be interesting to see how the Midlands club fair.

Pepe Mel will take over for his first match will be against Everton on the 20th of January and many fans will be watching with intrigue to see how West Brom cope.

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The 92 Challenge

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The 92 Challenge

The 92 challenge has become popular for many football fans up and down the country. The 92 challenge involves football Macclesfield Town stadiumfans visiting all 92 grounds in the football league. There have been many different charity campaigns that have incorporated the 92 challenge. In 2011 a group of fans raised money for grass roots football by taking part in the 92 challenge. This article explains the 92 challenge and the great memories and experiences that are created whilst watching your team away.

There are a number of different teams up and down the footballing ladder that watch their team home and away. Due to the relegation system in football, many teams get promoted and relegated every season providing new grounds for football fans to visit. Every team has loyal fans that travel up and down the country to watch their team and many fans never turn down the opportunity to watch their team in action. The thrills and spills of football are second to none and as a football fan myself, I can confidently say that there is no better feeling than winning away.

There are many fans up and down the country who have a variety of different lists of the away grounds that they want to visit. And the prospect of playing away is exciting for many fans up and down the country.

The memories and experience when watching football are unrivaled. Each football ground that you visit has it’s own character, experiences and memories, and away games are loved by many football fans.

For all of your away day information be sure to check out Awaydays.com for the latest up to date information regarding the different stadia in then UK.

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Pressure on Sam Allardyce As West Ham Struggle

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Pressure on Sam Allardyce As West Ham Struggle

West Ham ManagerWest Ham United are one of the biggest clubs in London, however, they have recently struggled to find form in the Premier League this season and find themselves in a relegation battle, in order for them to maintain their premiership status. Over recent weeks the pressure has been rising on West Ham boss Sam Allardyce with the West Ham manager being favourite for the sack amongst bookies.

West Ham’s last points in the league came on December the 28th after a 2-2 draw with fellow relegation battlers West Brom. Since then West Ham have endured painstaking defeats against struggles Fulham, An F.A cup loss to Championship side Nottingham Forest, and a league cup semi final defeat against Manchester City. The pressure is firmly on Sam Allardyce and this weekends match against Cardiff City is a must win for West Ham United.

A lot of the press are suprised that the West Ham manager has survived this long, as many of the other managers in the league have lost their jobs and find themselves higher in the league. Managers such as Malkey Mackay and Steve Clarke, have lost their jobs in the premiership for much less. The situation at West Ham is a lot different as the board of directors offered Allardyce a two year deal last year. The contract is reported to be worth an astonishing 5 million pounds.

There is no denying that Sam Allardyce faces a battle to save his job in the coming weeks the clubs next run of fixtures may determine his fate. A lot of eyes will be on Big Sam this weekend and it will be interesting to see how West Ham perform against Cardiff City and their new manager Ole Gunnar Solsker.

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Transfer Window Opens

Posted by adminNo CommentsJan 03, 2014
Transfer Window Opens

2013 has come to an end which means that the January transfer window is now open. The January transfer window always provides a large amount of different surprises and the window has now officially opened. The January transfer window provides a large amount of thrills and spills and no more so than this year. Throughout the season there have been a large amount of rumours and it will be interesting to see who goes where this transfer window.

The last transfer January transfer window saw Liverpool recruiting Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea and Coutinho from Inter Milan. January also saw Newcastle add to their French imports with 5 players being brought in from abroad. The transfer window also saw Queens Park Rangers spend heavily on players as they tried to stay in the Premier division.

The January transfer window can change seasons for a clubs as Liverpool found out last season. The arrival of Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge made an instant impact on Liverpool’s season and certainly helped them during there run a fixtures. The transfer window can also go the other way. Last season Queens Park Rangers got relegated from the Premiership after a large amount of money was spent to try and save the club from relegation.

Overall, it will be interesting to see what transfers take place this January and there will be eyes on the different dealings around the different English club. There are a number of different amount of available options that are available.

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End Of Year Sees Close Premier League

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End Of Year Sees Close Premier League

As 2013 has draw to a holt the Premier League is as close as ever with a large selection of teams battling for the top spot. At the end of the year it was Arsenal who finished top of the division followed closely by Manchester City and Chelsea. During the start of the season there have been many shock results including Arsenal’s 1-2 defeat to Aston Villa, Chelsea’s 2-4 defeat against Stoke City and Manchester City’s loss to newly promoted Cardiff City.

There have been arguably more surprises in 2013 than any other year and it will be interesting to see what is in store for 2014. However, January is usually a time to reflect, and I have devised a list of the top footballing moments in 2013. A lot of thought and consideration has taken place into the list. The following shows the top moments of 2013:

Sir Alex Ferguson Retires 
Sir Alex Ferguson
There is no doubt that Sir Alex Ferguson is a footballing legend. After taking over at Manchester United Sir Alex Ferguson brought an ethos to the club, creating one of the dynasties in world football. Sir Alex Ferguson will be remembered as the worlds greatest coach. Sir Alex Ferguson lead Manchester United to the title in 2013 and enjoyed his last match in a 4-4 draw against West Brom. However, the title was already won and Sir Alex lifted the Premier League trophy with his team. Sir Alex stayed at Manchester United for 26 years, and him retiring will be remembered forever.

England Qualify for Brazil 

After a long and arduous qualifying campaign England managed to reach Brazil by topping their group. Roy Hodgson’s men managed to finish top of their group giving the whole nation something to cheer for in 2014. 2014 will see the England team travel to Brazil. A World Cup provides a boost to the whole nation and is certainly something to look forward to in the new year. 2013 also saw the group that England will be faced with in the world cup. England have been draw against Italy, Uruguay, and Costa Rica. This group is difficult and the national team will have to play their best in order to get out of the group.

Bayern Munich Win the Champions League 

Another landmark this year saw Bayern Munich beat German rivals Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at Wembley. Bayern Munich had previously lost in the final of the Champions League to Inter Milan in 2011, and to Chelsea in 2012, however, 2013 was the year for Bayern Munich as they finally become the Champions of Europe.   

Wigan Win the F.A Cup 

2013 was a year full of ups and downs for fans of Wigan Athletic. After a battle against relegation Wigan managed to make the F.A Cup final where they defeated Manchester City 1-0 in the cup. The 2013 F.A cup final was extremely memorable for all Wigan fans. However, they were unable to stay in the division and got relegated to the Championship.

Overall, there was a lot of shocks in the footballing world last year. This year will undoubtedly be the same, and it will be interesting to see what the year has in store, especially with a world cup taking place this year in Brazil.

 

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