Manchester United Eye Steve Walsh as Potential Candidate to Fill Director of Football Role

?Manchester United are discussing the possibility of appointing Steve Walsh as their new director of football, with Sir Alex Ferguson recommending the former Leicester chief scout to the Red Devils.

Walsh previously played a key role at Leicester, where he acted as the club’s chief scout, helping to sign the likes of Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante and Jamie Vardy during his time with the Foxes. 

His previous job saw him act as Everton’s director of football before the two parties parted ways last summer.

Steve Walsh

As ?Manchester United’s hunt for a first director of football labours on, the ?Daily Mail report that the club are weighing up a potential approach for Walsh, with various ‘leading and influential figures’ lobbying for his appointment.

One of those key figures, according to ?Sky Sports, is former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who has recommended Walsh for a consultancy role at the club.

This is in spite of the fact that Walsh’s reputation was seriously damaged at ?Everton, as he was at the centre of a recruitment drive which saw a number of big money signings fail to have the desired impact at the club.

Darren Fletcher

However, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is said to be dismissive of the idea, instead favouring the potential appointment of former player Darren Fletcher in an unspecified role.

The report from the Daily Mail claims Woodward is a ‘big admirer’ of Fletcher, with the Scotsman’s intelligence and connections being viewed as essential to the transformation of the club behind the scenes.

If Fletcher were to be appointed, he would offer an advisory role, with Woodward still ultimately in control of transfer decisions. 


Inter Officially Trigger Options to Buy Matteo Politano and Eddie Salcedo From Sassuolo and Genoa

?Inter have confirmed they have triggered their options to sign Matteo Politano and Eddie Salcedo permanently from Sassuolo and Genoa respectively.

Politano was a prominent member of I Nerazzurri’s first team as the club finished fourth in Serie A and qualified again for the Champions League, while Salcedo featured in Campionato Primavera 1, the youth competition.

Matteo Politano

In separate posts on their website, Inter confirmed the deals. Regarding Politano, they ?stated: “FC Internazionale Milano can confirm that the club has taken up the option to purchase the registration rights of footballer Matteo Politano from U.S. Sassuolo on a permanent basis.”

In an almost word for word statement regarding Salcedo, they ?added: “FC Internazionale Milano can confirm that the club has taken up the option to purchase the registration rights of footballer Eddie Anthony Salcedo from Genoa CFC on a permanent basis.”

Eddie Salcedo

Politano managed five goals and six assists in 36 Serie A appearances during a tumultuous season for Inter, as off field problems with Mauro Icardi impacted their performances on the pitch.


Morgan Reid Column: USWNT Made a Big Statement But They Still Have Plenty of Work to Do

Orlando Pride defender & former United States Under-20 international Morgan Reid will be a columnist for 90min during the Women’s World Cup in France, as Jill Ellis’ Stars and Stripes look to retain their World Cup crown this summer.

The pressure was definitely on the girls heading into the first game.

Yes, we were playing Thailand but expectations have been sky high coming into this World Cup, so it was important to make a statement and get that target off our back.

Many people thought we should win big and luckily we were able to that – it’s important, though, that we keep ourselves grounded and play each and every game on its merits.

Megan Rapinoe

The criticism that’s been aimed at the team for ‘over-celebrating’ and continuing to go for it is a little unfair in my book. We would never intend to be malicious in any way, and I’m sure our opponents wouldn’t have wanted us to pass the ball around the backline, nor downplay celebrating a World Cup goal.

If anything, that feels like it would be more disrespectful rather than playing the game in the right way for the full 90 minutes.

It’s a bit of a lose-lose situation as someone will always have something negative to say, but the girls I know play in the right spirit and would never intentionally cross any lines.

Controversy aside, getting off to a strong start will have been front and centre in the girls minds, because finding your mojo so early in a major competition can be vital – particularly given the amount of games we may end up playing.

The format of the World Cup group stages also means every goal counts, so there wouldn’t have been any thoughts of taking things easy against Thailand, nor looking past them.

We’ve also had my Orlando teammate Marta become the leading goalscorer in World Cup history, and I couldn’t be happier for her. She’s won so many awards over the course of her career, but if you meet her in person, she’s the most humble, soccer loving fanatic.

Resting players for the second game against Chile will have been part of Jill’s strategy, but the depth in our roster is so strong that we can afford to rotate a number of the girls without our performance levels dipping.

We made a number of changes to the starting lineup but you didn’t really see a drop off in our level. We have such a diverse, talented squad and all the players deserve a shot at performing on the biggest stage.

Some of the girls who started against Thailand have supreme athleticism and pose a big aerial threat, whereas we saw a bit more experience and tactical strength against a more established Chile – and having that blend is crucial if we want to go far in this tournament.

Getting minutes on the field and gaining confidence in what you’re doing is fundamental to success, but I know Jill be go back to basics ahead of the Sweden game. Picking her best side and rewarding the players who have done well is what it’s all about, as well as finding that balance to your side.

Alex Morgan

That likely means a recall for Alex (Morgan), who’s one of the best competitors in women’s soccer. A part of her would have loved to have been playing against Chile after scoring five in the first game, but she’s really developed into a leader of the team over the past eight or nine years – and I know she’ll have been aware of the bigger picture.

There’s no doubt in my mind that she’ll come out firing against Sweden, and she’ll be a huge threat – because she’ll definitely have hopes of winning that golden boot.

The Swedes will be really tough opposition in the final group game, and wearing them down with our physicality will be key to getting the result we want. We’ll hope to see a lot of the ball, so remaining patient and waiting for openings will be important.

It will be our toughest match of the group so far, but the fact that we rested some key players against Chile should hopefully play out in our favour.

There is one big winner for me at this World Cup so far, and that’s women’s soccer as a whole. The interest and coverage here in the States has been widespread, and it’s allowing the game to reach a whole new audience – which is fantastic for our game.

Outside of our sphere, this World Cup has been so exciting. England and France have been super impressive and strong so far, and my pre-tournament pick of Australia are looking pretty threatening right now!

Sam Kerr is showing everybody just how good she is in front of goal, and she was in exceptional form against Jamaica.

We’ve also had my Orlando teammate Marta become the leading goalscorer in World Cup history, and I couldn’t be happier for her. She’s won so many awards over the course of her career, but if you meet her in person, she’s the most humble, soccer loving fanatic.

You would never know based on her humility that is she such a legendary figure within our game, and I know that while she’ll have immense pride at breaking the record, she’ll just be focussed on Brazil’s next game and doing all she can to help her country move forward.

We’ve also been kept entertained by VAR and an unbelievable amount of penalties. Having the technology is a huge advancement in the game, but I have seen a couple of examples of really nit-picky decisions.

Nigeria were hard done by against France I felt, because it was such a small infraction by the ‘keeper for that second half penalty. You then have a situation where they’re celebrating still being in the game, only to have that moment taken away.

That’s pretty tough to take and we’ve got to find a way to make sure these decisions and reviews don’t disrupt the flow of the game too much, whilst still ensuring that we do have the right calls being made.

There is one big winner for me at this World Cup so far, and that’s women’s soccer as a whole. The interest and coverage here in the States has been widespread, and it’s allowing the game to reach a whole new audience – which is fantastic for our game.

We’re so far ahead in terms of where we were four years ago at the last of World Cup, and the

latter stages of the tournament will hopefully draw higher viewing figures than what we’ve seen already.

That, along with the incredible support that we’re receiving as a team out in France is amazing for me to see and long may it continue.


Liverpool to Reject All Approaches for Divock Origi This Summer With Contract Talks Ongoing

?Liverpool will not sell forward Divock Origi this summer, even if it means losing the Belgian for nothing next year when his contract expires. 

The former Lille attacker only has a year left on his current deal but proved to be a mightily important member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad towards the end on the 2018/19 campaign, scoring huge goals against both Barcelona and Tottenham in the club’s Champions League success. 

Divock Origi

According to ?ESPN, both parties are happy with the current set of circumstances, despite no new deal being agreed. Origi is happy to stay at Anfield, while the Reds have until January to convince him to put pen to paper on fresh terms. 

With contract talks ongoing, the report claims ?Origi would not avoid a new deal for financial benefit, claiming he has values other things like game time and off pitch stability above his own monetary needs. 

Somewhat luckily for ?Liverpool, they have already recovered over half of the £10m they gave Lille for the 24-year-old, thanks to the loan fees Wolfsburg handed over during the 2017/18 campaign. 

Divock Origi

After netting a brace in Liverpool’s momentous semi final second leg triumph over ?Barcelona, Origi scored the second in the 2-0 victory over ?Tottenham in the ?Champions League final to earn the club’s sixth European Cup. 

Liverpool are not expected to be heavily active with incomings during the transfer window, with Origi and youngster Rhian Brewster tipped to act as cover for first choice trio Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. 


Man Arrested on Suspicion of Manslaughter By Unlawful Act in Relation to Emiliano Sala Death

?A man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act in relation to the death of Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala.

The Argentine lost his life along with pilot David Ibbotson on 21 January after the aircraft taking the pair from from Nantes to Cardiff disappeared off Alderney.

As reported by the ?BBC, a spokesperson for Dorset Police has stated a 64-year-old man from North Yorkshire had been arrested and released while investigations continue. Tthe families of the two men who died have been informed of the arrest.


Det Insp Simon Huxter, of the force’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “As part of this investigation we have to consider whether there is any evidence of any suspected criminality and as a result of our inquiries we have today, Wednesday 19 June 2019, arrested a 64-year-old man from the North Yorkshire area on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act.

“He is assisting with our inquiries and has been released from custody under investigation.”

Sala had joined Premier League side Cardiff on a three and a half year deal for a club record transfer fee in the region of £15m on 19 January. With the move agreed, despite a late bid from a club in the Chinese Super League, Sala was set to fly to Cardiff to join up with his new teammates.


Upon the disappearance of the aircraft carrying Sala and Ibbotson, a search was conducted to find the plane. After three days of unsuccessful searching, the search was called off. 

?Worldwide calls were made to continue the search, with footballers and members of the public donating to allow the search to continue. On 9 February a body was discovered that was confirmed to have been Sala’s, with his former club Nantes subsequently retiring his former number nine jersey.