Championship

Sunday’s Championship transfer talk: Knockaert, Maupay, Assombalonga

© Reuters Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for the Championship on Sunday, July 14 ahead of the 2019-20 campaign. Sports Mole rounds up all of the latest transfer news in the Championship on Sunday, July 14. Sunday morning’s headlines: Report: Three teams battling for Middlesbrough striker Britt AssombalongaScottish champions Celtic are reportedly one of three clubs in the running to sign Britt Assombalonga from Middlesbrough. Read more. Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Ivan Cavaleiro joins Fulham on loanThe Championship club have the option to make the deal permanent. Read more. Fulham make move for Anthony Knockaert?Fulham reportedly make contact over Brighton & Hove Albion winger Anthony Knockaert, who could be available for £15m this summer. Read more. West ...

Saturday’s Championship transfer talk: Phillips, Crouch, Macleod

© Reuters Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for the Championship on Saturday, July 13 ahead of the 2019-20 campaign. Sports Mole rounds up all of the latest transfer news in the Championship on Saturday, July 13. Saturday morning’s headlines: Tottenham Hotspur make £30m bid for Kalvin Phillips? A report claims that Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is the subject of a £30m offer from Tottenham Hotspur. Read more. Lewis Macleod joins Wigan Athletic from BrentfordThe 25-year-old scored three times in 18 appearances for Sky Bet Championship rivals Brentford last season. Read more. Sheffield United secure club-record signing of Callum RobinsonThe newly-promoted Premier League club have already brought in Luke Freeman and Phil Jagielka this summer. Read more. Pete...

Friday’s Championship transfer talk: Kent, Phillips, Sessegnon

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for the Championship on Friday, July 12 ahead of the 2019-20 campaign. Sports Mole rounds up all of the latest transfer news in the Championship on Friday, July 12. Friday morning’s headlines: Peter Crouch announces retirementThe 38-year-old started his career at QPR and went on to play for nine clubs. Read more. Leeds United, Rangers fail with bids for Liverpool winger Ryan Kent?Leeds United and Rangers reportedly fail with loan offers for Liverpool winger Ryan Kent, who could now spend the first half of the season at Anfield. Read more. Five clubs showing interest in Fulham winger Ryan Sessegnon?Five clubs – including Manchester United – are reportedly considering making an offer for Fulham winger Ryan Sessegnon. Read...

Thursday’s Championship transfer talk: Bielik, Maupay, Konsa

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for the Championship on Thursday, July 11 ahead of the 2019-20 campaign. Sports Mole rounds up all of the latest transfer news in the Championship on Thursday, July 11. Thursday morning’s headlines: Aston Villa sign Brentford defender Ezri KonsaKonsa worked with current Villa boss Dean Smith at Griffin Park. Read more. West Bromwich Albion join race to sign Arsenal youngster Krystian Bielik?West Bromwich Albion reportedly join the race to sign Arsenal youngster Krystian Bielik, who may be allowed to leave on loan this summer. Read more. Aston Villa to win race for Brentford defender Ezri Konsa?Aston Villa are reportedly closing in on the signing of Brentford defender Ezri Konsa. Read more. Stoke City interested in Sheffield United ...

Championship player to come out as gay in near future?

A man who claims to play for a Championship club says he is set to publicly come out as gay in the near future. ‘The Gay Footballer’ Twitter account, which was created last week, has over 6,500 followers and is purported to belong to a second-tier player. There are no active professional male footballers in England who are openly gay. Thank you to all those who have sent supportive messages. Please understand that I only came out to my family in the last few days, I want/need the opportunity to prepare myself, and those around me, before going public. Please be patient with me. — The Gay Footballer (@FootballerGay) July 7, 2019 A statement posted from the account on Sunday said the player’s identity would be revealed once he has prepared himself for the announcement. R...

Sunday’s Championship transfer talk: Jansson, Maupay, Rondon

© Reuters Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for the Championship on Sunday, July 7 ahead of the 2019-20 campaign. Sports Mole rounds up all of the latest transfer news in the Championship on Sunday, July 7 . Sunday morning’s headlines: Leeds United agree to sell Pontus Jansson?Defender Pontus Jansson will reportedly leave Leeds United for a fee of £5.5m in the next 48 hours. Read more. West Ham United ‘revive Salomon Rondon interest’West Ham United reportedly revive their interest in West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon after being knocked back in their pursuit of Maxi Gomez. Read more. Sheffield United ‘plot £15m swoop for Neal Maupay’Sheffield United are reportedly plotting an audacious swoop to sign Brentford striker Neal Maupay fo...

Friday’s Championship transfer talk: Fletcher, Maupay, Rondon

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for the Championship on Friday, July 5 ahead of the 2019-20 campaign. Sports Mole rounds up all of the latest transfer news in the Chanpionship . Friday morning’s headlines: West Ham United ‘revive Salomon Rondon interest’West Ham United reportedly revive their interest in West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon after being knocked back in their pursuit of Maxi Gomez. Read more. Sheffield United ‘plot £15m swoop for Neal Maupay’Sheffield United are reportedly plotting an audacious swoop to sign Brentford striker Neal Maupay for what would be a club record £15m fee this summer. Read more. Manchester United ‘locked in battle to sign Nathan Collins’Manchester United will have to battle Werder Br...

Championship: Pre-season fixtures 2019-20 – Sports Mole

Details of every pre-season fixture for the clubs competing in the 2019-20 Premier League season. With the clock ticking down to the new season, Championship clubs are about to embark upon a series of friendly games both home and abroad as they gear up for a return to competitive action. Keep track of every club’s pre-season schedule with Sports Mole‘s comprehensive guide below. Jump to: Barnsley / Birmingham City / Blackburn Rovers / Brentford / Bristol City / Cardiff City / Charlton Athletic / Derby County / Fulham / Huddersfield Town / Hull City / Luton Town / Leeds United / Middlesbrough / Millwall / Nottingham Forest / Preston North End / Queens Park Rangers / Reading / Sheffield Wednesday / Stoke City / Swansea City / West Bromwich Albion / Wigan Athletic BARNSLEY July 3,...

Leeds, Wigan and Preston aim to maintain rare Championship opening-day streaks

The EFL fixtures for the new season were announced on Thursday – but what can we expect from the first round of matches? In contrast to the Premier League, where Manchester City have won their last eight opening fixtures, Manchester United four in a row and Liverpool five of their last six, only three Championship teams can even boast winning starts in each of the last two seasons. Leeds, who start at Bristol City, beat Bolton 3-2 and then Stoke 3-1, while Wigan – who host Cardiff in the opening round of 2019-20 fixtures – defeated MK Dons 1-0 and then Sheffield Wednesday 3-2. Liam Cooper, second right, celebrates scoring for Leeds in last season’s opening win against Stoke (Nigel French/PA) Preston, who open at Millwall, have had 1-0 wins over Wednesday and QPR, but prior to 2017-18...

Liverpool ‘rule out Championship move for Harry Wilson’

Liverpool reportedly decide against sending young winger Harry Wilson back out on loan to a Championship side. Liverpool are thought to have ruled out Harry Wilson going back out on loan to a Championship club next season as they look to step up his development. The 22-year-old winger impressed on loan at Derby County under the tutelage of Frank Lampard last season, scoring 15 goals in 40 games to help mount their push for promotion. As a result a slew of second-tier sides are interested in his signature for the upcoming campaign, including the Rams and promotion rivals Leeds United. According to the Birmingham Mail, Liverpool have now decided that Wilson will be sent back out on loan next term but only to a Premier League side as they are keen for him to experience regular first-team foot...

Aidy Boothroyd backs England for European Championship glory

England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd insists his Young Lions have what it takes to win Euro 2019. The manager named his squad for next month’s tournament in Italy and San Marino on Monday, with 11 of them having previously won a World Cup with England. Manchester City star Phil Foden, who won the Under-17 World Cup in 2017, makes the squad, along with nine Under-20 world champions, including Dominic Solanke, Kieran Dowell and Jonjoe Kenny. Wolves midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White, who also won the Under-17 tournament, has been called up for the first time. England face France, Romania and Croatia in Group C, with their opening game against France on June 18 in Cesena. Boothroyd said: “This group have also won a lot at youth level and know the work and application that it takes. ...

Result: Charlton Athletic promoted to Championship with last-minute winner

Patrick Bauer scores a 94th-minute goal to earn Charlton Athletic a 2-1 comeback win against Sunderland in the League One playoff final at Wembley Stadium. Charlton Athletic have sealed a return to the Championship after a three-season absence thanks to a late 2-1 comeback win against Sunderland in the League One playoff final this afternoon. The Addicks trailed to a calamitous own goal from Naby Sarr five minutes in, but they hit back before half time through Ben Purrington‘s close-range finish. Just when the match looked to be going the distance, Patrick Bauer converted in the fourth minute of added time to break Sunderland hearts at Wembley for the second time in two months. Charlton can now look forward to a first season of second-tier football since 2016, while Sunderland will r...

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