Monday, July 23, 2012
O'Driscoll move, Owls in for Barton
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.
O'Driscoll leaves Crawley for Forest
League One Crawley have lost another manager. First they said goodbye to Steve Evans, who left for Rotherham in April, saying he felt he'd taken the club as far as he could. And now, just three months into his tenure and fresh from sealing promotion, his successor Sean O'Driscoll has repeated the trick to join the revolution at Nottingham Forest.
O'Driscoll is being billed as a surprise choice but, when you consider that he spent half of last season as assistant manager to Steve Cotterill at Forest, he represents a known commodity with a thorough understanding of the club. "It was an easy decision to make a return to Forest," he said. "I enjoyed my time with the players and even in sometimes difficult circumstances, the fans gave the kind of support you don't often see any more."
Presumably Crawley can go back to the pile of applications they received when Evans left and pick another candidate as their next manager. They may also be looking a new director of football, with reports suggesting that Steve Coppell is being considered for a job by the ambitious Al Hasawi family at Forest.
Wednesday want Barton
Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones is considering a loan move to bring QPR's troubled midfielder Joey Barton to the Championship, despite the fact Barton is suspended for the first 12 games of the season following his final-day red card for violent conduct against Manchester City.
"He's got a reputation, but then so have a number of players we've got at this club and it wouldn't be something that would put us off bringing a player of Joey's calibre to the club," Jones said. "We wouldn't have him for 12 games, and that would be something we'd have to consider."
Zola on recruitment drive
New Watford manager Gianfranco Zola has been busy hiring support staff. The Italian has brought in eight new men to work around him, including ex-Juventus coach Giancarlo Corradini and former Napoli coach Dodo Surmani.
Pompey on the brink
As reported by ESPN's Harry Harris, Portsmouth could be two weeks away from liquidation if a number of senior players don't agree to leave or accept substantial pay cuts.
Administrator Trevor Birch has set a temporary salary cap of £5,000-a-week and the mooted takeover of the club by former owner Balram Chainrai could be dependent on players either accepting it or moving on elsewhere. The situation is not being helped by Nwankwo Kanu's demands of £3 million owed to him in back pay.
United defender sent to Coventry
Manchester United defender Reece Brown has joined League One Coventry City on a 12-month loan deal. The 20-year-old, whose older brother is former United man Wes, is still to make a senior appearance for the club and will be given some vital first-team experience with the Sky Blues in League One.
"This is another really good signing for us," said Coventry manager Andy Thorn. "Reece is a massive talent and we're delighted to bring him here. The fact that we looked after Ollie Norwood so well last season has stood us in good stead with Manchester United and we are grateful that Sir Alex Ferguson and his staff have put their faith in us to do exactly the same with Reece."
Trundle joins Preston
Lee Trundle is back in English football after agreeing a one-year deal to join Preston in League One. The 35-year-old, who gained cult status for his showboating prowess and penchant for spectacular goals during his time at Swansea City, arrives in League One as a free agent after Welsh club Neath went under at the end of last season.
"I'm delighted to join a massive club," Trundle said. "Although we are in League One, the club should be a lot higher and I am looking forward to being a part of this season and getting the club promoted."
Di Canio corner
Swindon Town striker Raffa De Vita believes his manager Paolo Di Canio has found his peace this summer. "The gaffer last year was kind of a different person," De Vita told the Swindon Advertiser. "He was a bit stressed about the people he had to bring in, he didn't know anyone, we had so many trialists and I used to wake up with butterflies in my stomach because I knew it was going to be another hard day in training.
"This year everything is more relaxed and I think he's got the right players in, they're all brilliant signings and I think he's a bit more relaxed." The Trawler awaits the reaction to the first refereeing decision to go against Di Canio in League One before making a judgement.