Monday, June 18, 2012
Powell the next Ronaldo?
Welcome to The Trawler, your weekly submersion through the teeming waters of life in the Championship, League One and League Two. You might be surprised what you find down there.
Powell the next Ronaldo
As expected, Manchester United completed a deal for teenage Crewe Alexandra midfielder Nick Powell last Tuesday. The 18-year-old, who scored in Crewe's League Two play-off success at Wembley in May, reportedly cost United an initial £3 million, with a further £3 million in add-ons written into the contract.
"He is an exceptional talent and has been schooled well at Crewe," said United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who has been tracking Powell's progress for at least a year.
Meanwhile, former Crewe manager Dario Gradi did his best to quell the weight of expectancy. "He [Ferguson] threw the challenge down to [Cristiano] Ronaldo when he came as a kid, and Ronaldo rose to it, so why not [Powell]?"
No pressure then, kid.
Former Tottenham, Middlesbrough and West Ham striker Mido could be on his way to the Championship, with rumours linking the journeyman former Egypt international to Barnsley.
Mido is a free agent after leaving Egyptian top-flight club Zamalek, and several sources have claimed a deal is virtually in place to seal the 29-year-old's return to England.
Jarvis under the Hammers?
Championship fans hoping for a glimpse of Wolves winger Matt Jarvis next season may be disappointed after reports emerged suggesting that West Ham are preparing a £4 million offer to keep the England international in the Premier League.
The Sun says Hammers manager Sam Allardyce is targeting Jarvis as a potential summer addition to strengthen his promoted squad before the new campaign.
Derby County plan to introduce a high-tech new ticketing system next season which will see prices fluctuate based on a number of variables. These will include the team's form, the appeal of the opposition, the proximity to kick-off and the weather.
"It's a new way of selling tickets as far as football in the UK is concerned," Derby's operations manager John Vicars told the BBC. "Most people will be familiar with the concept when they are booking flights and hotel rooms. It's the same principal."
In theory, those who come under the label of "fair-weather" Derby supporters are about to pay the price for their fickle fandom.
Cardiff owners announce spending plan
Cardiff owner Tan Sri Vincent Tan has unveiled plans to invest a further £35 million in the club over the next 12 months, with £12 million earmarked to increase the club's stadium capacity by 8,000 to 35,000, and £10 million to go towards developing Premier League-standard training facilities at Cardiff.
"With a contingency provision of another £2.2 million, our total investment will reach £100 million," Tan said in an official statement.
Saints stopper joins County
Bartosz Bialkowski has joined League One Notts County from Southampton, with the former Poland Under-20 international targeting a regular starting spot with the Magpies next season and a return to international colours.
"I came here because I want to play football and I will do my best to prove that I can be a top keeper," Bialkowski said. "I have not given up on the national team - I still want to play for Poland."
New deal for Deano
Former Wimbledon and Bolton striker Dean Holdsworth has signed a new two-year deal as the manager of League Two Aldershot, who he led to an 11th-placed finish last season.
"I am highly ambitious and I am enjoying management," Holdsworth said. "The excitement of managing Aldershot just seems to be getting better and better. There is a buzz around the place and I want to help create more of that. I enjoy working at the club and there is a tremendous team spirit here."
Di Canio corner
Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio has reacted excitedly to his team drawing Championship Brighton in next season's Capital One Cup (the old Carling Cup, for the uninitiated) - with the first round of matches to take place before the start of the new Football League season.
"Gus Poyet is a manager who likes his team to play attractive football and they finished tenth in the championship last season," Di Canio said. "This will be the first official test for us. My pre-season will be tough again and we have plenty of time to be ready for the cup fixture and for the new league season."
2012-13 Football League fixtures released
By the time this Trawler finds your eyes, the complete Football League fixtures for 2012-13 will be out there for consumption. Take a look through your team's fixtures right here and expect some reaction next week.