Derby get Frank Lampard era off to perfect start with win at Reading

The stage was set and the script written and the perfect start to life in the dugout delighted Frank Lampard, a stoppage-time header from Tom Lawrence giving him all three points. He discussed having to adapt to the rollercoaster world of management and his maiden 90 minutes on the touchline proved a stern test, with his Derby County side rallying from a goal down to earn their first Championship points of the new season at Reading. Reading 1-2 Derby County: Championship opener – as it happened Read more A powerful Jon Dadi Bodvarsson header had earned Reading a well-deserved lead before Mason Mount, the on-loan Chelsea teenager, found an unlikely equaliser, on a night when not everything went exactly to plan.

It must have been a proud occasion for Lampard’s father, perched alongside Harry Redknapp – his uncle – in the stands. After a warm embrace with Paul Clement, his assistant manager at Chelsea for two years under Carlo Ancelotti, a familiar throng of photographers welcomed him on to unfamiliar ground. Parked in his technical area throughout, Lampard cut an awkward figure hands in pockets, though the echoes of “you’re just a shit Steven Gerrard” courtesy of a section of home supporters midway through a difficult first half may have brought a smile.

He acknowledged how he may be afforded a “tiny honeymoon period” with the Derby job his first but Reading refused to give his side an inch. Lampard handed debuts to two exciting youngsters,

Harry Wilson and Mount, on loan from Liverpool and Chelsea respectively, but it was Reading who made a bigger first-half dent. There were only five survivors from the Derby team that started the play-off semi-final defeat by Fulham in May but four of the back five remained, and a defensive fragility blighted them here, with Richard Keogh’s hospital pass playing his team into trouble inside six minutes, but Bodvarsson’s tame toe-poked effort was kept out by the legs of Scott Carson.

 

Kevin Mirallas to join Fiorentina on season-long loan from Everton

 

Kevin Mirallas is set to swap the Premier League for Serie A

 

This is revealed on Friday a move to the Serie A club was close to being completed.

The 30-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Olympiakos after falling out of favour with Ronald Koeman and not playing under Sam Allardyce.

Mirallas, who joined Everton for £6m in 2012, was sent home from training last term by then caretaker-manager David Unsworth due to a lack of effort.

Forentina narrowly missed out on qualification for European football last season, finishing eighth in Serie A.

 

Manchester City thought Jorginho deal was done, says Pep Guardiola

“Maybe it was a bit late to announce that but if you decide you don’t come, then don’t come”

 

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says the club thought they had signed midfielder Jorginho, who eventually joined Chelsea.

The Italy international was expected to leave Napoli and join the Premier League champions for most of the summer.

However, Jorginho instead opted to reunite with Maurizio Sarri, his former manager in Naples, and move to Chelsea.

When asked how close City had come to signing the 26-year-old, Guardiola said: “We were close but in the end Jorginho decided to stay with Sarri.

“I’ve said before that I want players who want to come here. He didn’t want that. We tried, we believed it was done but at the last turn he decided on Chelsea.

“It’s quite similar to Alexis Sanchez [for whom City were beaten by Manchester United in January]. Nothing to say but good luck at Chelsea. English football has an exceptional holding midfielder.”

Pep Guardiola has not signed a midfielder this summer, despite Jorginho’s decision to turn down a move to the City of Manchester Stadium

 

While he was gracious enough to wish Jorginho fortune in south-west London, Guardiola did suggest the midfielder could have made his decision known sooner.

“Maybe it was a bit late to announce that but if you decide you don’t come, then don’t come,” he said.

“The blow would be to come here when he prefers Chelsea. Nobody put a gun to his head and said, ‘You have to.’”

Unai Emery insists full-back Nacho Monreal still has a chance to face Manchester City in Arsenal’s Premier League opener, despite not featuring in any of his side’s pre-season matches.

Nacho Monreal is yet to feature for Arsenal since returning from the World Cup

 

Monreal is yet to feature for Arsenal since returning from the World Cup and with Sead Kolasinac ruled out for eight to 10 weeks because of a knee injury, Emery is facing a selection headache at left-back.

In the absence of Kolasinac and Monreal, Ainsley Maitland-Niles played the full 90 minutes as the Gunners finished their first pre-season under Emery with a 2-0 against Lazio at the Friends Arena at Stockholm on Saturday evening.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles played the full 90 minutes at left-back for Arsenal against Lazio

 

 “He arrived with no big injuries, but his knee has a little problem and he’s training everyday but not with us,” said Emery.

“He’s doing work alone with the physical coach, and running, and we think maybe on Tuesday he can start training with the team.

“We don’t want the injuries but it’s one of those things that you can’t help.”

If Monreal fails to recover in time Emery is confident Maitland-Niles can step up to the challenge of facing Pep Guardiola’s side at the Emirates Stadium.

Unai Emery is confident in Maitland-Niles if he has to play at left-back against Manchester City next Sunday

 

He said: “We have players like Nacho, but he arrived late from the World Cup and also has a small injury. It’s difficult for him to arrive for the match against Manchester City.

“For us we are trying to help Ainsley play in this position and, for me, I want to give confidence to all my players in their positions, then he can play in this position as best as possible. My confidence in all my players is great.”

 

Jurgen Klopp suggests Liverpool transfer activity may not be over

 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hinted the club’s transfer activity is not over

 

Jurgen Klopp has hinted Liverpool’s transfer window business may not be over as Deadline Day approaches.

The German manager was asked about potential activity in the final few days of the window, which is due to shut at 5pm on Thursday, following a 5-0 victory over Napoli in Dublin.

“We will see what happens,” Klopp replied on the subject of any potential last minute deals.
 

He also confirmed the possibility of exits from the club before Thursday’s deadline, while Divock Origi and Danny Ings are linked with moves away.

“Yes,” was Klopp’s direct answer when quizzed on whether he expected business in or out of the club to occur, before then going on to elaborate.

“I cannot kill your D-day [Sky Sports Deadline Day] show, people sit there in front of the television all day waiting.

Alisson Becker is one of several newcomers and made his debut against Napoli

 

“If any player from my team is available, then in every other situation in my life as a manager I would have bought all of them, to be honest.

“They are all fantastic boys, they are able to play fantastic football.”

Klopp has already overseen the recruitment of midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho, while bringing in Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke and goalkeeper Alisson Becker in a world-record deal from Roma.

The Reds have one final pre-season fixture against Torino at Anfield on Tuesday, before gearing up for their Premier League opener against West Ham United, which is live on Sky Sports Premier League.

 

Everton season preview: Can Marco Silva take Toffees to the next level?

Marco Silva’s arrival has blown away the gloom of Sam Allardyce’s Everton tenure, but can the new man at the helm take the Toffees to the next level?

Last season: 8th
Title odds: 250/1
Relegation odds: 33/1
Major ins: Richarlison, Lucas Digne
Major outs: Wayne Rooney, Ramiro Funes Mori, Jose Baxter, Joel Robles, Conor Grant, Calum Dyson, Sam Byrne, Louis Gray, David Henen, Stephen Duke-McKenna, Tom Scully
Key player: Richarlison

After a dismal season in which transfer spending backfired and Sam Allardyce came and went amid supporter protests and ponderous performances, Everton are starting afresh under Marco Silva. The 41-year-old, coveted by Everton long before his appointment in May, is charged with taking them back into the European places.

Optimism is in the air at Goodison Park, with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford already confirming the team’s ambition to crack the top six this season, but it is a formidable task. Everton finished 14 points behind sixth-placed Arsenal last year, and the Gunners are not the only top-six side to have strengthened their squad this summer.

Richarlison has a hefty price tag to live up to

 

Of course, Everton have made moves of their own. Many observers baulked at the £40m fee they paid to sign Richarlison from Watford, but the Brazilian was outstanding under Silva in the early part of last season. If he can recapture that form on Merseyside, he has the potential to transform a strike force which struggled for goals last season.

Lucas Digne is another exciting addition. The French international, a £20m recruit from Barcelona, brings considerable pedigree to the left-back role and looks like a suitable successor for Leighton Baines, who turns 34 in December and no longer gets up and down the flank with the same intensity he once did.

Intensity is certainly important to Silva. The former Sporting Lisbon boss demands a high tempo from his players and his commitment to attacking football is an exciting prospect for supporters who were so disillusioned by Allardyce’s agricultural approach.

Silva’s task is to get his ideas across to his squad as swiftly as possible, and Everton will also hope he can bring the best out of players who struggled under the old regime. With more additions likely before the transfer window closes, there is at least excitement where there was none before.

 

Jordan Pickford is back at Everton after an impressive World Cup with England
Jordan Pickford is back at Everton after an impressive World Cup with England

Matt Le Tissier’s verdict

I’d expect Everton to be challenging for seventh, eighth. I don’t think they’ve done enough in the window to be competing for the top six but I certainly think they should be challenging for a Europa place.

Silva did well to get a tune out of Richarlison before he left, so if we see the player who started last season like that then he’ll be a great player. If we get the player after December then they’ve wasted a lot of money!

 

Daniel Royer’s brace lifted the New York Red Bulls to a 2-1 win over Los Angeles FC.

 

Royer wheels away after finding the back of the net

LA levelled six minutes into the second half when Diego Rossi scored his seventh of the season, sneaking through New York’s back line to meet Carlos Vela’s pass.After his match-winning assist, Wright-Phillips was honoured at the end of the match, with Red Bulls general manager Marc de Grandpre announcing his number 99 shirt will be retired by the club once he hangs up his boots.

Bradley Wright-Phillips had the number 99 shirt retired in his honour after netting his 100th goal for New York Red Bulls

 

The former Manchester City, Southampton and Charlton player joined the Red Bulls in 2013 and scored his 100th goal for the club on July 25, securing a 1-0 win against Wayne Rooney’s DC United.

 

 

 

 

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