Daily Football Round-Up Friday 12th April

Brian McDermott has been announced as the new Leeds United following the departure of Neil Warnock last week. The former Reading manager has signed a three-year deal and everyone at the club is hoping he can emulate his success at the Madejski by getting United into the Premier League.

 

After beating Tottenham on penalties in last night’s Europa League quarter-final Basle will now have to overcome Chelsea if they are to reach the final. The other semi-final tie see’s Fenerbahce take on Benfica.

 

In the Champions League semi-finals we are left with the two biggest teams in Germany and Spain and all four have been kept apart from their compatriots. Bayern Munich will take on Barcelona and Real Madrid face Borussia Dortmund as they aim for Europe’s biggest club prize.

 

In the wake of last night’s defeat Clint Dempsey believes Spurs’ season should be deemed a failure if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

 

Andrey Arshavin has refuted claims he is ready to retire from football at the end of the season, but admitted he will definitely leave Arsenal.

 

Harry Redknapp has insisted that he hasn’t given up hope of QPR avoiding the drop just yet, although he conceded defeat in their next game would almost certainly kill off any hope.

 

Hatem Ben Arfa has revealed he is 100% committed to Newcastle despite speculation linking him with a move away from the club in the summer.

 

Arsenal and Liverpool are reportedly interested in Swansea’s Ashley Williams after a string of impressive performances this season.

 

Manchester United winger Ashley Young will be out for two weeks due to the ankle injury he suffered at the end of the Manchester derby, according to manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

 

Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has reassured fans that his players can handle the fixture congestion and win two cups this season, as well as qualifying for next seasons Champions League.

 

As you have probably heard by now, goal line technology has been given the go-ahead for use in the Premier League as of next season, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger still believes more needs to be done about the games other controversial decisions, in particular offside.

 

Everton manager David Moyes has confirmed that Phil Jagielka will replace Phil Neville as the club’s captain next season. Jagielka is the natural successor as he currently deputises in Neville’s absence.

 

Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim has been handed a nine-match ban by the Turkish Football Federation following a furious outburst against the referee during Saturday’s game against Mersin Idmanyurdu.