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Michail Antonio’s brilliant performances are giving David Moyes a headache

AHEAD OF THE GAME: Michail Antonio’s brilliant performances are giving David Moyes a transfer headache as no striker wants to move to West Ham to become a substitute.

  • David Moyes is struggling to sign a forward due to Michail Antonio’s good form
  • Newcastle shareholder Jamie Reuben was key to Eddie Howe’s appointment
  • Steven Gerrard’s replacement at Rangers will be asked to reduce the club’s salary bill.


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Antonio’s brilliance is giving Moyes a transfer headache

David Moyes is struggling to sign the forward he thinks he needs to boost West Ham’s Champions League qualifying offer in the New Year, due to Michail Antonio’s good form.

Forwards from other clubs are reluctant to move to London Stadium as a substitute to sit on the bench.

West Ham held talks with seven different forwards last summer without completing a transfer and has yet to sign a direct replacement for club record signing Sebastien Haller, who was sold to Ajax for £ 20 million last January.

Antonio’s excellent performances this season have ironically made West Ham’s recruiting plans more difficult as the 31-year-old has become inescapable and Moyes is reluctant to deviate from a successful game plan of playing solo. one in front.

Michail Antonio's good form has deterred other forwards from signing for David Moyes's team

Michail Antonio’s good form has deterred other forwards from signing for David Moyes’s team

Minority shareholder Jamie Reuben was a pivotal figure in Newcastle’s appointment of Eddie Howe this week.

The former QPR director argued strongly in favor of a British coach with Premier League experience given that they face a relegation battle as opposed to a renowned foreign coach, the approach initially favored by the club’s Saudi owners.

It is understood that Reuben took polls from Jamie and Harry Redknapp, who know Howe well due to their association with Bournemouth, and provided glowing references.

While negotiations were lengthy and at times difficult, Howe impressed Newcastle with the loyalty he showed to his assistant Jason Tindall, and the 43-year-old refused to sign his contract until the club increased the salaries offered to him. back room. team.

Newcastle minority shareholder Jamie Reuben (center) was key to Eddie Howe's appointment

Newcastle minority shareholder Jamie Reuben (center) was key to Eddie Howe's appointment

Newcastle minority shareholder Jamie Reuben (center) was key to Eddie Howe’s appointment

New Rangers boss will cut salaries

The new Rangers manager will be asked to cut the club’s payroll and work with a smaller backroom team than outgoing Steven Gerrard, and the looming period of financial downsizing is a factor in the former England captain’s decision to go to Aston Villa this week. .

The payroll increased by 80 per cent to 48 million pounds a year during Gerrard’s three and a half years at Ibrox, but the club was badly affected by the pandemic and announced annual losses of 23.5 million pounds a week. last, which made cuts inevitable.

Gerrard’s coaching staff of Gary McAllister, Michael Beale, Tom Culshaw and Jordan Milsom have followed him to Villa Park and his replacement may be forced to work with smaller numbers.

President Tracey Crouch MP is expected to recommend the establishment of an independent soccer governance regulator

President Tracey Crouch MP is expected to recommend the establishment of an independent soccer governance regulator

President Tracey Crouch MP is expected to recommend the establishment of an independent soccer governance regulator

The government fan-led review on soccer governance will finally be released the week after next, and President Tracey Crouch MP is expected to recommend the establishment of an independent regulator.

The former sports minister, who has been working on the review since April, may also make recommendations on the overhaul of the parachute payment system and give fan groups a veto on so-called heritage issues, such as stadium relocations, but It wont be available. to the Government to put them into practice through parliamentary legislation.

The release of the review was timed to coincide with the Premier League’s introduction of a new Owners’ Charter to guard against the threat of future leaks, which clubs are expected to finally sign in the same week.

Premier League clubs that have vaccinated 85 percent of their players and coaching staff will be able to abandon social distancing measures at their training camps and return to travel to away games in a single coach.

Under new protocols agreed at this week’s shareholders’ meeting, emergency measures can be relaxed upon reaching the 85 percent threshold, although clubs are free to maintain them if they wish.

In addition, clubs will also be able to resume pre-match press conferences in person, but this will not be mandatory and will depend on the facilities and space available at each training ground.

Agent Barry Silkman insists that he has been inoculated against Covid-19 despite previously stating that he was opposed to being prodded and had no faith in the vaccine.

The former Leyton Orient midfielder repeatedly criticized the government’s vaccination program on his Facebook page earlier in the year and has expressed doubts about its effectiveness.

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