Lunchtime Football Round-Up 26th March

Afternoon all,

Former Southampton boss Nigel Adkins has today been confirmed as the new manager of Reading, and has signed a contract until the Summer of 2016. Since he was sacked by Southampton in January, Adkins was one of the favourites for the Reading job, along with Brighton manager Guys Poyet and former Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio. But after talks with Poyet broke down, Reading opted for Adkins who showed numerous qualities in his time at St.Marys where he guieded the side to successive promotions. Andy Crosby  who was Adkins’ assistant at Southampton is also set to become his assistant yet again at Reading

QPR midfielder Ji-Sung Park is set to retire from football come the end of the season. Park, who joined the R’s from Manchester United in the Summer for £2 million has failed to find the form he had whilst at United which saw him win four Premier League titles and the Champions League once. Park has also struggled with keeping fit and has said that it’s difficult for him to continue playing as his current playing time is so inconsistent

England manager Roy Hodgson has claimed that the mood inside the England camp still remains upbeat ahead of their World Cup Qualifier against Montenegro tonight. Many people have stated that if England fail to win tonight then they will struggle to qualify automatically for the World Cup in 2014. But Hodgson disagrees with this and claims that although England will eb at a huge disadvantage, the morale will still be sky high going into the last four games

Montenegro captain Mirko Vucinic believes that the centre backs in the current England squad are the weak links because they don’t play for their clubs according to the striker. Although England are currently short on defensive options, they still have the likes of Chris Smalling and Joleon Lescott who play for Manchester United and Manchester City respectively

West Ham midfielder George Moncur has signed a two year deal with the club, with an option fo a third if his performances continue to impress. Moncur made his debut for the club in the Capital One Cup win over Crewe earlier in the season. Since then, Moncur has ben progressing well in the clubs development squad which has finally shown the management that he is deserved of a new contract. Many of you may remember Moncur’s father John Moncur, who played 205 times for the Hammers in his nine years at the club. And i’m sure his son George will be eager to follow in his footsteps

Tottenham and Wales midfielder Gareth Bale has been declared fit for Wales’ World Cup qualifier against group leaders Croatia tonight. Bale was substituted at half time during their win over Scotland on Friday, after he had been struggling with a virus all week. Luckily for Spurs fans, Wales manager Chris Coleman has declared that he will be taking no risks with Bale during tonights game

West Brom midfielder Claudio Yacob has expressed his pride in playing for the Midlands club and has also stated that he is proud of his own performance this season. Yacob made the move to the Baggies last summer from Spanish side Racing where he played 147 games and scored seven goals

Yeovil have signed QPR striker Angelo Balanta on loan until the 28th April

Shrwsbury have extended the loan deal for Bolton striker Tom Eaves until the end of the season

Stoke City striker James Alabi has extended his loan with League One side Scunthorpe until the end of the season



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