Daily Football Round-Up Wednesday 27th March

As the result in Montenegro last night has left me in a bad mood I’ll start with bad news today, as Sunderland confirm two players will miss the remainder of the season through injury. Steven Fletcher sustained an ankle ligament injury while on international duty with Scotland and club captain Lee Cattermole has undergone surgery on the knee injury that has dogged him all season.

 

Roy Hodgson has attempted to calm the fans after last night’s disappointing draw by reminding everyone that automatic qualification is still in England’s hands. Montenegro are still due to travel to Wembley in what will now surely be a crunch match.

 

Sam Allardyce has said he is close to agreeing a new deal with West Ham and claimed the delay is down to standard negotiations. His current deal expires at the end of the season, and many believed his reluctance to sign a new deal to be related to the team’s performance in its return to the Premier League.

 

Robin Van Persie has admitted he is so happy at Manchester United that he may end his career with the club. Talking to Dutch magazine Voetbal International he said; “For the next few years I will be at Manchester United – and maybe longer. United could be my last club.”

 

Notts County have announced Chris Kiwomya has now taken the manager’s position on a permanent basis following a successful stint as caretaker boss. The former Ipswich Town and Arsenal striker took the temporary role after Keith Curle left the club but has impressed the owners with his ‘passion for the game’.

 

Sporting Lisbon midfielder Ricky van Wolfswinkel is excited about his move to Norwich City next season saying the club is ‘going places’. The Holland international has agreed terms on a four-year deal with the Norfolk club after they thrashed out a deal with the Portuguese giants believed to be in the region of £8 million.

 

Yeovil Town have agreed a deal that will see Fulham’s Dan Burn remain at the club for the rest of the season.

 

Massadio Haidara is hoping to return from injury in time to play in Newcastle’s Europa League game at Benfica on April 4th. He also thanked fans for their support during his time on the sidelines.

 

QPR coach Joe Jordan has insisted the club have enough firepower to escape relegation this season. He said the performances have been improving steadily and with Bobby Zamora and Loic Remy up front they have enough in the team to beat anyone.

 

Frank Arnesen has criticised Chelsea’s transfer policy by saying their reliance on buying in players rather than focussing on youth development is the reason they have fallen away from the title fight in the last few seasons.