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Bury owner reveals “incurable leukaemia” is hampering sale of club

Bury owner Steve Dale claims an incurable form of leukaemia and the degenerative condition acute osteoarthritis leave him “unable to leave my bed, let alone home some days”. However, following increasing criticism from supporters and an open letter from Bury players urging him to sell quickly, Dale insists he will do all he can to save the club. In a statement on Bury’s website, he wrote: “I thought it common knowledge I have an incurable form of leukaemia as well as acute osteoarthritis. This renders me unable to leave my bed, let alone home some days. “I do however work tirelessly till all hours on my computer and phone to save our club.” Dale, though, confirmed manager Ryan Lowe, who guided Bury to promotion to Sky Bet League One, is in talks with Ply...

Manchester United to face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s hometown club in pre-season

The Reds will take on Kristiansund at Oslo’s Ullevaal Stadium on July 30. Manchester United will travel to Norway for a pre-season friendly against manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s hometown team Kristiansund on July 30. United were assured of a Europa League group stage place – so avoiding the headache of the qualifying phase which would start towards the end of July – following Manchester City’s FA Cup final win over Watford last weekend. It has now been announced that Solskjaer’s side will take on Kristiansund at the Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo. #MUFC are heading to Oslo this summer for pre-season friendlies! 🇳🇴 — Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 23, 2019 United’s newly-promoted women’s side are also set to travel to the Norwegian capital, where they will fa...

Preview: Newport County vs. Tranmere Rovers – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday’s League Two playoff final clash between Newport County and Tranmere Rovers, including team news and predicted lineups. The English Football League playoff finals begin on Saturday with Newport County taking on Tranmere Rovers at Wembley Stadium in the League Two edition. Just two points separated the sides at the end of the regular campaign and both teams upset the odds to advance through tough semi-final ties, but something has to give this weekend. Newport © Reuters Newport’s dream of promotion to the third tier of English football for the first time in more than three decades would not have been possible had it not been for a late Jamille Matt goal on the final day of the regular campaign. Matt found a way through three minutes from time to sna...

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink wants Chelsea to sign Wilfried Zaha, Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink thinks that Chelsea will raid Crystal Palace for Wilfried Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka if they are given the green light to sign new players. Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has tipped his old club to move for Crystal Palace pair Wilfried Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The Blues are still awaiting to find out if they can add to their squad in the summer, having lodged a fresh appeal against the two-window ban handed to them by FIFA. Should the Court of Arbitration for Sport rule that Chelsea can sign new players, Hasselbaink hopes that they table offers for Palace’s in-demand duo Zaha and Wan-Bissaka, who are both coming off the back of impressive individual campaigns. “If Chelsea don’t have a transfer ban, I think they will target two Cr...

Report: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to axe four Manchester United players

Romelu Lukaku is one of four players Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to offload in the summer transfer window, according to a report. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly finalised the list of Manchester United players that he wants to get rid of this summer. The Red Devils head into the transfer window on the back of another disappointing campaign that ended with them sixth in the Premier League and without a trophy. A massive overhaul is expected at Old Trafford over the next few months and, according to The Mirror, Solskjaer has already made up his mind about who should stay and who should go. Matteo Darmian, Marcos Rojo, Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku are all rumoured to be on their way out of the club after failing to win over Solskjaer. Mata is due to become a free...

Manchester United ‘to assemble three-man transfer committee’

Rio Ferdinand may reportedly be appointed by Manchester United as part of a three-man transfer committee to lead the club’s search for new players. Manchester United are reportedly tempted to assemble a transfer committee made up by three former players to help identify new targets. The Red Devils have been on the lookout for a new technical director for a number of months to lead their search for recruits. Rio Ferdinand and Darren Fletcher are two ex-United players to have been strongly tipped to take up the newly-created position and, according to The Sun, both men could yet be appointed. The report indicates that the idea was discussed at Carrington earlier this week, while Nicky Butt‘s name was also mentioned. Butt currently works with United’s academy players, but it...

Tottenham Hotspur identify Dani Ceballos as Christian Eriksen replacement?

A report claims that Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has been identified by Tottenham Hotspur as a possible replacement for Christian Eriksen. Tottenham Hotspur will reportedly turn to Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos if they lose Christian Eriksen to the Spanish giants. Eriksen is rumoured to be on Madrid’s list of summer transfer targets, along with the likes of Paul Pogba, Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic. The Denmark international is out of contract at the end of next season, which could force Tottenham to cash in on one of their prized assets. Spanish outlet AS suggests that plans are already in place should Eriksen move on, with Ceballos being identified as an adequate replacement. Ceballos has slipped under the radar at the Bernabeu, starting just 17 La Liga matches over th...

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale: ‘Footballers are treated like robots’

Gareth Bale opens up on the downsides of being a professional footballer as questions continue to be asked of his future at Real Madrid. Real Madrid ace Gareth Bale has suggested that footballers ‘are treated like robots’ as he admits to the downsides of life as a footballer. The Welsh forward has spent the past 13 years playing professionally, having started out at Southampton as a 16-year-old and since gone on to represent Tottenham Hotspur and Madrid. Bale has cut a frustrated figure in recent times, however, with his future at the Bernabeu in major doubt following comments made by Zinedine Zidane last weekend. Asked in an interview with BT Sport if he understood why retired players claim they get their lives back after retiring from football, the 29-year-old said: “Ye...

How Barcelona could line up against Valencia

Sports Mole looks at how Barcelona could line up in the Copa del Rey final against Valencia. Barcelona will be looking to complete a domestic double when they face Valencia in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday night. Barca once again stormed to the Spanish title, ultimately finishing 11 points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid at the summit. Ernesto Valverde‘s side were eliminated by Liverpool in the semi-final stage of the Champions League, but securing yet another double would have to be considered a successful season. The Catalan giants have won the Copa del Rey in each of the last four campaigns, while they have lifted the trophy on 30 occasions, which is a competition record. Here, Sports Mole looks at how Barca could line up against Los Che this weekend. Out: Luis Suarez ...

Celtic boss Lennon wary of favourites tag

Neil Lennon has warned Celtic not to get sucked in by the triple treble hype as they prepare for their final push. The Ladbrokes Premiership and Betfred Cup champions stand on the brink of completing a third domestic clean sweep in a row ahead of Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup final with Hearts. But Lennon is worried his team could let their place in history slip by taking their eye off the ball. He said: “Hearts are a very difficult obstacle for us to overcome so there’s no point me sitting here telling you how I’m going to feel when we win the cup. “That will hopefully all come at half past five on Saturday. “In the meantime, I’m just wary of everyone talking about treble trebles and bus parades. “We’ve got to play the game and ...

Leonardo Jardim: ‘Monaco must play with rigour to survive’

The visitors require a point from Friday’s trip to guarantee their Ligue 1 survival. Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim has stressed the importance of his side’s final game of the season at French Riviera rivals Nice. The visitors require a point from Friday’s trip to guarantee their Ligue 1 survival. The Red and Whites began the campaign in the Champions League after finishing last season as runners-up to Paris St Germain, but have been embroiled in a relegation battle this time round. They are three points and seven goals better off than third-bottom Caen, but there is still an outside chance they could be relegated. “We have an important game on Friday,” manager Leonardo Jardim told a press conference. “We need to (draw with) Nice to stay up and keep our des...

Dean Smith: ‘Wrong to leave Championship playoff final until last’

Villa lost in last season’s Sky Bet Championship play-off final to Fulham. Aston Villa boss Dean Smith wants the Sky Bet Championship play-off final to be given top billing. Villa face Derby in their promotion showdown at Wembley on Monday, after the Sky Bet League One and Two play-off finals. Tranmere face Newport on Saturday before Charlton and Sunderland play for the right to return to the Championship on Sunday. The winner of Monday’s match will net £170million even if they finish bottom of the Premier League next season and Smith feels it deserves to be first. He said:  “It’s a long time to wait. It’s a little bit wrong in my opinion that – given the prize which is on offer – and we’re the third game on at Wembley over the weekend. “But the pl...

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