Category Archives: Light Up Football

Chelsea boss Di Matteo eager to make more signings | Transfers | Tribal Football

Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo is looking to add to his squad in the remaining weeks of the market.Di Matteo admits they’re “light on” in several positions.

Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo is looking to add to his squad in the remaining weeks of the market.

Di Matteo admits they’re “light on” in several positions.

The club are looking at Wigan’s Victor Moses and Di Matteo said: “We are probably a little bit light in a couple of positions but we’re always in the market and seeing what’s going on. We’re not sleeping behind the scenes.”

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West Ham fail with bumper bid for Wolves winger Jarvis | Transfers | Tribal Football

West Ham United have failed with a bumper offer for Wolves winger Matt Jarvis.

West Ham United have failed with a bumper offer for Wolves winger Matt Jarvis.

The London Evening Standard says West Ham have had a £9million bid for winger Jarvis rejected by Wolves but are expected to complete the signing of midfielder Alou Diarra from Marseille.

Wolves are holding out for £10m for Jarvis, who is also interesting Fulham. It is understood his former club, Gillingham, are entitled to 10 per cent of any transfer.

Reading management proud of Adam Gemili Olympics success | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Reading are proud of Team GB sprint star Adam Gemili.Gemili will aim to light-up the Olympic Stadium tonight in the 4x100m relay.

Reading are proud of Team GB sprint star Adam Gemili.

Gemili will aim to light-up the Olympic Stadium tonight in the 4x100m relay.

Academy manager Eamonn Dolan remembers the blossoming athlete’s short-lived footballing career with Royals well.

“One Saturday about a month ago I was listening to the radio and they were talking about this new sprint sensation called Adam Gemili,” Dolan told getreading.

“Then, suddenly, all the Academy staff were texting each other and trying to get to the TV to check it out.

“We’re so pleased for him because he’s a lovely lad. Adam did great in his race the other night and I’m sure he will do really well because of his attitude.

“Most boys in an Academy fail, so you like to think they all have positive experiences and can go on and be successful somewhere else – it’s brilliant.

“Adam was picked up by one of our scouts Steve Birchmore and he was rapido. What we look for first is how players deal with the ball, how they move and what their spirit is like.

“This kid had a bit of work to do with what he did with the ball, but moved unbelievable well and had great spirit.

“He was with us for 18-months and was very close to securing a scholarship with us. If he had another year, I think he would have got it. He was a very intelligent boy at school and we also knew he was good at athletics and we always talked about that.

“Adam just missed out with us and then went on to Dagenham, where he played a Johnson’s Paint Trophy game in his scholarship years.

“He just needed to develop a little bit more technically and then he would have flourished because of his pace and attitude. If he wanted to be a footballer, he could have.

“He had the ability and he did it a couple of times when he dribbled through the whole team. He hadn’t played a lot of football and we always wondered how good he could get.

“Adam started as a winger, but ended up at full-back. Sometimes the ball would come off him, but I remember one game against Birmingham, it was like a Ricky Villa goal times 10. He had that in his locker.”

Kightly happy to choose Stoke | Transfers | Tribal Football

Former Wolves winger Michael Kightly is happy with his move to Stoke City.Kightly says he opted for the short trip north to Stoke after turning his back on other interest in his services.

Former Wolves winger Michael Kightly is happy with his move to Stoke City.

Kightly says he opted for the short trip north to Stoke after turning his back on other interest in his services.

“I believe there was a bit of interest from a few other clubs, but I felt Stoke City were an established Premier League club and they are not far from where I live in Birmingham.

“But the main factor for me is that the club is on the up.

“It’s a new era at Wolves because of the new manager coming in and I felt I needed a new era myself. I needed a fresh challenge to freshen things up for myself.”

Norwich signing Butterfield close to seeing action | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has welcomed the return to fitness of new signing Jacob Butterfield.The midfielder has arrived from Barnsley.

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has welcomed the return to fitness of new signing Jacob Butterfield.

The midfielder has arrived from Barnsley.

“The good news with Jacob Butterfield, who is another we took with an injury and knew he was perhaps four or five weeks behind, is that he has now trained with the group,” said Hughton.

Man Utd confirmed as world's most valuable club | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Manchester United are now the most valuable club in the world after floating on the New York Stock Exchange.

Manchester United are now the most valuable club in the world after floating on the New York Stock Exchange.

The Manchester Evening News says United have been confirmed as the most valuable sports club in the world – but will rake in less than expected after they were forced to lower the price of their shares ahead of their US flotation.

The Reds will list on the New York Stock Exchange later today in a move that will see 16.7m shares, 10 per cent of the organisation, up for grabs.

And late yesterday evening the selling price for each share was set at around £8.95 ($14) giving the club an overall value of about £1.49bn ($2.32bn).

Despite putting them ahead of nearest challengers, Spanish giants Real Madrid, top US baseball outfit New York Yankees and the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, the selling price is much lower than the $16 to $20 the Reds had previously hoped for.

Chivas USA signing Shalrie Joseph admits Heaps rift at New England Revolution | MLS News | Tribal Football

Chivas USA signing Shalrie Joseph admits he was happy to leave New England Revolution.Joseph cites differences with coach Jay Heaps for the departure.

Chivas USA signing Shalrie Joseph admits he was happy to leave New England Revolution.

Joseph cites differences with coach Jay Heaps for the departure.

He told thebentmusket.com: “There was a change of direction. He didn’t see me in his future plans. I didn’t like certain things that were going on, I don’t want to be specific. I still want to see the club do well, and I still want both of us to succeed in our careers. The best thing for me was to move on, find a different coaching staff, different team, and move on with my career. For me, it’s all about winning now, not in the future.

“I need a ring in my career, if I’m going to get that it has to be now. Coming down here gives me that opportunity, being in such a great environment, it’s an opportunity to be in the hunt for the playoffs.

“I thought this was the best place for me to be. In the last few days I’ve felt 100% secure in the decision, whether it be the players making me feel welcome or the coaches telling me exactly what they need from me, expecting me to make a huge impact right away.”