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Bray Wanderers Players Release Statement Confirming Strike Action

Bray Wanderers’ playing staff have released a statement via the PFAI confirming their plans for industrial action. The Seagulls’ players have not been paid since May 25th as, for the second year running, financial problems have been a major issue at the Carlisle Grounds. Chairman Gerry Mulvey informed the players last week that they would be free to leave the club …

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How Paul Pogba Used The World Cup To Reinvent Himself

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 11: Paul Pogba of France poses for a potrait at the team hotel during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

When it has come to observing praise of the individual stars of this France World Cup team, Paul Pogba’s name has generally been conspicuous by its absence. So often the centre of attention (though not always for the right reasons), it has been fascinating to see the Manchester United midfielder take more of a back seat role while the likes …

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Chelsea Finally Confirm The Sacking Of Manager Antonio Conte

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Chelsea Head Coach / Manager Antonio Conte applauds the fans at the end of the Emirates FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on May 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

Chelsea have officially confirmed the departure of head coach Antonio Conte. The Premier League side had, by all accounts, informed Conte and his coaching staff that they were no longer employed at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, but have waited nearly 24 hours to make the information public. A short statement on Chelsea’s website gave a brief account of Conte’s two-year spell …

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Danny Ward Emerges As Liverpool First-Choice Goalkeeper Contender

MUNICH, GERMANY - AUGUST 02: Danny Ward, goalkeeper of Liverpool gestures during the Audi Cup 2017 match between Liverpool FC and Atletico Madrid at Allianz Arena on August 2, 2017 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Liverpool’s messy goalkeeper situation has taken another twist, with reports suggesting that the could soon have a new number one. However, rather than making a new signing, said reports have suggested that current third-choice Danny Ward could be set for a huge promotion ahead of the new season. According to the Liverpool Echo, so impressed has Klopp been with the …

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Antonio Conte’s Chelsea Departure Looks Set To Turn Ugly

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 27: Coach Antonio Conte of Chelsea FC reacts during the UEFA Champions League 2017-18 match between Atletico de Madrid and Chelsea FC at the Wanda Metropolitano on 27 September 2017, in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images)

Chelsea haven’t even announced Antonio Conte’s departure yet, but the saga looks set to run for that bit longer. The Premier League side, by all accounts, parted company with Conte on Thursday as they look to have former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri appointed as their new head coach in the very near future. Indeed, the likes of John Terry and …

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Xherdan Shaqiri Set For Liverpool Medical As Deal Agreed With Stoke City

during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia.

Xherdan Shaqiri looks set to become a Liverpool player this weekend, with strong reports of a medical due for Friday. The Telegraph have reported that the Premier League side have agreed a fee with Stoke City for the Swiss international, with the implication being that they have, in fact, triggered the Swiss international’s £13.75m release clause: Xherdan Shaqiri set for …

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Dundalk Make Winning Start To Their Europa League Campaign

UEFA Europa League First Qualifying Round First Leg, Kadriorg Stadium, Tallinn, Estonia 12/7/2016 Levadia Tallinn vs Dundalk Dundalk's Dylan Connolly with Dmitri Kruglov of Levadia Tallinn

Dundalk made a fantastic start to their 2018 Europa League campaign with a 1-0 victory over Levadia Tallinn on Thursday. The Estonian side, no stranger to League of Ireland sides after their 6-2 aggregate defeat to Cork City in the same round last year, were looking to give a better account of themselves this time around. After a slow start …

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England’s Attacking Bluntness Was Exposed By Superior Croatia

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 11: Kieran Trippier of England looks dejected at the end of extra time during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between Croatia and England at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

For all of the talk of “football coming home” this month, it will instead be lining out in the streets of Paris or Zagreb after this weekend. England’s dream, which had gathered momentum and volume exponentially over the last couple of weeks, was shattered into a million pieces as giddy euphoria gave way to a hefty dose of realism. Croatia …

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