Daily Football Round-Up 18th February

Paolo Di Canio has resigned as manager of Swindon Town. The Italian was angered by the sale of Matt Ritchie without his consent, and the situation was topped off by the prolonged negotiations to sell the club. He had hoped to sign a new deal today but the potential buyers haven’t been given approval by the football league to take charge.

 

Arsene Wenger has hit out at claims that a deal is in place to extend his contract with the club beyond 2014, when his current deal expires. He feels the rumours were meant to ‘harm’ and feels he deserves more respect after 16 years in the job.

 

Paul Ince has been announced as Blackpool manager today on a one-year rolling contract. The former Manchester United midfielder is delighted to be in charge of the club that his son, Tom, currently plays for.

 

Chelsea captain John Terry has said he is more than happy to sit on the bench if it is best for the team. He conceded that after four month out a spell on the side lines is to be expected, and is willing to fight for his place in the first team.

 

Following Liverpool’s 5-0 drubbing of Swansea yesterday manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted he and his team are eyeing up a top four place this season. While he conceded it will be tough he is adamant that if his team continue to work hard they have a real chance.

 

Kevin Mirallas is confident manager David Moyes will extend his contract at Everton beyond this season. The Belgian international said that Moyes is popular with the players, fans and the board so would be surprised if he decided to leave for other reasons.

 

Wolves have completed the signing of Liverpool defender Jack Robinson on loan until the end of the season. The England Under-21 international has been brought in to offer competition for George Elokobi.

 

Simon Grayson has signed as the Preston North End manager with immediate effect following Graham Westley’s departure. Grayson was sacked by Huddersfield after a tough start to the season but Preston are confident he is the right man for the job.

 

Manchester United and Barcelona are expected to battle it out for German defender Mats Hummels this summer, with both expecting key defenders to take a step back after this season ends. Borussia Dortmund may struggle to hold on to their very best players, with the world’s biggest clubs sending scouts to almost every game.