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How Luton lost a manager but continue to soar under Mick Harford

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Luton are unbeaten in League One in five months and on target for as second straight promotion as the Championship beckonsAfter Luton secured promotion from League Two last season their defender Alan Sheehan made some bullish predictions. “The manager has built this squad for League One,” he said. “We’re not going into League One fearing anybody. We’ll go into every game thinking we can win it.” Nathan Jones, the Luton manager, declared his side were “ready for the next league and that’s the best thing about it”.And so it has proved. Though Sheehan has not made the step up so convincingly – a mainstay of that promotion push he has been largely confined to the bench, starting three league games – his team have continued to excel. They find themselves five points clear at the top with

Birmingham City deducted nine points by EFL for financial breaches

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• Birmingham left five points above relegation zone• Club breached profitability and sustainability rulesBirmingham City have been hit with a nine-point penalty by the Football League for breaching financial regulations. The deduction leaves the club five points above the Championship relegation zone.The rules state that if clubs exceed losses of £39m over a three-year period they will face a penalty from the EFL of up to a 12-point deduction. Continue reading... Source: Football News Link : Birmingham City deducted nine points by EFL for financial breaches

‘Everyone seems a bit happier’: Mick McCarthy starts again with Ireland

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McCarthy begins his second spell as Republic of Ireland manager in Gibraltar. A nation wants and needs him to do wellNo matter how much Mick McCarthy says it is not about completing unfinished business, his second coming as Republic of Ireland manager demands a happier ending than his first.Nearly 17 years ago, after “fighting a war I never wanted” with Roy Keane and suffering a bad start to the qualifiers for Euro 2004, McCarthy recognised he was still being scalded by the fires of rage ignited by the conflict with Keane so terminated his six-year reign. On Saturday, in Gibraltar, he starts anew, with time and increased exposure to Keane having softened many people’s views of McCarthy. A nation wants and needs him to do well. Continue reading... Source: Football News Li

The Fiver | Humiliation calculated as Kazakhstan = 1978 x (Costa Rica + Uruguay)²

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Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Shortbread McFiver woke up at 2.59pm on Thursday afternoon. “Oof och ooyah ma heed!” the Fiver’s increasingly unacceptable stereotypical cousin from north of Brexitland yelped. Po’ Shortbread was recovering from an evening during which he’d sunk seven bottles of Fistfight, the 87.32%ABV whisky-flavoured turps beverage, one bottle of turps (87.33%ABV) found at the back of Granny Fiver’s sideboard, and, to keep it all down, 18 piping-hot bowls of Cullen Skink. “Ah well, at least this is the worst I’ll feel all day,” chuckled Shortbread, making the best of a bad lot. Oh Shortbread! Continue reading... Source: Football News Link : The Fiver | Humiliation calculated as Kazakhstan = 1978 x (Costa Rica + Uruguay)²

The Joy of Six: classic Germany v Netherlands encounters | Paul Wilson

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From the 1974 World Cup final to a Nations League hammering, we pick half a dozen great matches between the two giantsHistorians disagree over the extent to which the five-year occupation of the Netherlands by Germany in the second world war was responsible for the enmity that built up between the nations, but what is certain is that this World Cup final was the first competitive meeting between the teams since 1945. The Netherlands side featuring Johan Cruyff was still an emerging force, they did not really expect to beat their all-powerful opponents, although they did believe the English referee Jack Taylor was conned by Bernd Hölzenbein for the penalty that allowed West Germany to equalise, before Gerd Müller scored the winning goal. Continue reading... Source: Football New

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