Daily Football Round-Up Tuesday 19th March

Today’s biggest news came from the Championship as Blackburn Rovers sacked manager Michael Appleton after just over two month in charge. The 37-year-old joined the club on January 12 from Blackpool after only 65 days in charge there.

 

Michael Owen has announced he will retire from football at the end of the season. The striker played 89 times for England as well as playing for Liverpool, Manchester United and Real Madrid but said it is the “right time to retire”.

 

Petr Cech has moved to distance himself from the rumours surrounding a potential move to London rivals Arsenal in the summer. “It is an interesting piece of news but it is such speculation that I think it’s not even necessary to comment on it,” Cech told isport.blesk.cz.

 

Stoke manager Tony Pulis has hit out against claims that he is ready to quit the club due to a feud with the owners. He moved to praise the work of chairman Peter Coates and his family saying it would be disrespectful to say they have done anything but good for the club.

 

Wigan forward Callum McManaman will not be charged for his horror tackle on Newcastle’s Massadio Haidara. An FA statement said no further action can be taken as “at least one of the match officials saw the coming together, though not the full extent of the challenge”.

 

The FA has announced that Everton captain Phil Neville will join the England U21 coaching staff for European Championships this summer.

 

Barcelona left-back Eric Abidal played his first game on Tuesday after being cleared to continue playing following having a tumour removed in March 2011. He started training again last October but was only given the green light to play again on February 21 this year.

 

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has been handed a one-match-ban and a £3,000 fine for a gesture he made towards Leeds fans during the 2-2 draw on March 9.

 

Brazilian striker Hulk has spoken of his desire to move the either the Premier League or Serie A this summer, with Inter Milan his first choice.