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15 Apr 2018 13:36:14
Hey Ed, is there any reported interest from English clubs for Napoli's Piotr Zielinski? Looks to be a very special player and would surely be a huge asset for any prem team, especially as he is still young.

{Ed002's Note - Manchester City had a sustained interest in taking Piotr Zielinski early in 2016 as padding for their squad but Udinese didn't want to sell him - and they stepped back from their pursuit of him completely after watching him during the latetr part of his loan at Empoli. A number of other clubs looked at him whilst on loan at Empoli including Brighton, Liverpool, Napoli, Roma, Auxerre, Young Boys and Bayer Leverkusen. Udinese still remaiedn unconvinced about the player and the plan was to pass him off to "sister" side Watford for a season. However, Napoli approached Udinese to see if something could be done and Roma also had a declared interest. Meanwhile, the player said he had been approached directly by Klopp and that they have spoken, but he then retracted that statement and said that Liverpool approached Empoli and not him - which is rather bizarre as he was only on loan at Empoli and they would have needed to approach Udinese. He then corrected himself and again said he had spoken directly with Klopp. Udinese were very, very unhappy about the disruption and tapping up - and wrote to Liverpool copying in UEFA and the matter was put aside after Liverpool spoke to them and backed away from effectively being forced in to a corner of having to buy the player at the full asking price. This damaged his relationship with his club completely and he was forced in to making the move to Napoli, which at the time he didn't want. He pretty quickly established himself as a regular and has done well at Napoli and has a long term contract. Napoli will not want to sell. If they are open to offers, it will take a very large sum of money to attract their serious interest in selling.}

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15 Apr 2018 15:21:30
Outstanding info as always. Cheers Ed.

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02 Apr 2018 13:53:13
George Long is set to return to Sheffield United after his loan spell at AFC Wimbledon.
Lyle Taylor is also confirmed to leave at the end of the season, with several Championship clubs after him.

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20 Mar 2018 16:28:26
Gosport have approached Taunton manager Leigh Robinson about the role at the basement Southern Premier club.

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20 Mar 2018 16:24:37
Central Coast Mariners are set to appoint Australia assistant manager and also current national team under 23 boss Ante Milicic as their new boss on a two and a half year deal.

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20 Mar 2018 16:14:30
The USA national team are set to appoint former Croatia manager and 64 year old Ante Cacic on a two year deal this week.

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20 Mar 2018 16:09:55
The Italian FA have approached former Saudi Arabia manager Edgardo Bauza to be their new boss on a two year deal.
The 60 year old has also recently managed UAE and Argentina.

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20 Mar 2018 15:59:59
Hartlepool United are on the verge of appointing Salford United duo Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley as their new joint managers.

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20 Mar 2018 15:54:24
Wrexham have made an approach for Ebbsfleet United manager Daryl McMahon.
The 34 year old could be set for talks this weekend.

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22 Jan 2018 14:36:39
Tranmere are going to sell Eddie Clarke to Wigan and trying to get ricky Miller on loan.. huge for them.goal machine at that level.had a few off field problems recently but guarantees goals

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16 Jan 2018 04:36:15
Some months ago i askeed why did Neves joined Wolves. days ago, in vacations i could read a little more about Mendez reationship with this chinese owners, so i wanted to ask a few things to you edds, probably edd 002 will have more knowledge if i don't put you in an awkwad position.

1. How far do you think they will get, like, from your point of view do you think they are doing things well and constructing a good model; do you expect them to climb to EPL to play for top4, just to stay at 1 division or to battle to stay in there ala QPR.

2. As they are stakeholders of Mendez company, Is there any kind of ethical issue with the way they are managing the transferences with him.

3. Is there or has been there any other case like this that you have knowledge of?

{Ed002's Note - 1. I expect that nothing will stop promotion this year but top 4 in the PL would be a vast step. In terms of the model, Anzhi followed the same route and that imploded. They cannot continue to spend money they don't earn or expect to be able to bring in players cheaply or just via Jorge Mendes. As such, the investment going forward needs to be managed and they need to become self-sufficient - obviously being in the PL gives that a massive boost from a financial perspective.
2. Strictly speaking no, Fosun can invest in the business and can continue to use Peter Kenyon in whatever capacity they wish. What is not allowed is any third party ownership of players - or, more importantly, third-party influence over players careers (which is a gray area).
3. Anzhi Makhachkala, after the takeover of Suleyman Kerimov, followed a very similar approach.}

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16 Jan 2018 18:10:46
thank you very much Ed002.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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