Lunchtime Football Round-Up 27th March

Afternoon all,

England manager Roy Hodgson has claimed that his reluctance to change the team during the World Cup qualifier against Montenegro last night was down to the options he had on the substitute bench. Hodgson made just one change during the game, which was that of Ashley Young just after Montenegro scored their equaliser in the 77th minute. Hodgson has also said that there was no one on the bench who was able to change the outcome of the game, so he didn’t see the point in making the changes

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has claimed that he is close to agreeing a new contract with the club. Allardyce has been in charge of the Hammers since 2011, after he was sacked by Blackburn. But a lapse in form this calendar year has left some fans wonderinf if Allardyce is deserved of a new contract. It has been confirmed that negotiations between the club and Allardyce are in full flow with a deal nearly being agreed

Reading owner Anton Zingarevich has admitted that his reluctance to spend during the summer has led to the departure of Brian McDermott. McDermott was sacked after he had failed to steer Reading away from the relegation zone and are now seven points from safety, with only eight games left. New manager Nigel Adkins has been assured by Zingarevich that he will make funds available for him in the sumer, even if the club is relegated

QPR midfielder Shaun Derry has admitted that the side have missed Joey Barton this season as he believes that not all of the players have given 100% this season and Derry knows that Barton would have. Barton has spent this season on loan at French side Marseille, who currently sit 2nd in Ligue 1

Everton captain Phil Neville has said that he is prepared to drop down the divisions to prolong his playing career. Neville, who is 36 has enjoyed an impressive 17 year career which has seen him play over 250 games for both Manchester United and Everton has admitted that his career is coming to a close but has indicated that he still wants to play for a club in the 2013/14 season, even if it isn’t Everton, where his contract runs out in the summer

Blackpool winger Tom Ince has stated that he will only make a move to the Premier League when he feels he is ready to do so. Ince has generated a huge amount of interest from Premier League clubs this season, such as Liverpool and Swansea, with Liverpool believed to still be interested in the 21-year-old and look set to make a bid for him in the summer

Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has dismissed reports linking him with a move to Reading’s Premier League rivals West Ham and Southampton in the future. Since joining on a free transfer last summer, Pogrebnyak hasn’t been able to prevent the clubs current position in the league where they sit 19th and only off the bottom by goal difference

Bolton Wanderers have confirmed that they will not be offering striker Kevin Davies a new contract come the end of the season. Davies has been with the Trotters for 10 years and his release has been a surprise to some fans, who believe that Davies should be given a new contract in the summer

Crystal Palace have signed free agent Aruna Dindane on a deal until the end of the season. Some of you may remember Dindane back from the 2009/10 season, where he was on loan at Portsmouth and was one of the key players that saw them reach the FA Cup final

Dagenham & Redbridge have completed a one month loan deal for Barnsley winger Toni Silva


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