Tom Lainchbury

North East based freelance writer, long-suffering fan of Leeds United.
Digital Content Editor at University of Sunderland.

Blackpool boss linked with Sunderland role

Blackpool boss Neil McDonald is being linked with a potential reunion with Sam Allardyce following his appointment as the new Sunderland manager, according to the Blackpool Gazette. Allardyce replaced outgoing Dick Advocaat at Sunderland, and is rumoured to be considering offering McDonald a role as part of his backroom staff at the Stadium of Light. Having been an assistant for many years to Allardyce at Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Blackpool and, most recently, West Ham United, McDona

Wolves manager may consider utilising loan market

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett might consider utilising the loan market after an injury to defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell leaves him short of defensive cover, according the Express & Star. The defender could face up to four months on the sidelines after sustaining a stress fracture in his left foot, which would leave Wolves short of cover behind first-choice centre-back pairing Danny Batth and Kortney Hause. Wolves have made a mixed start to the season, but find themselves in nin

Coventry City eager to keep hold of prolific striker

Sky Bet League One side Coventry City are hopeful of securing the services of in-form striker Adam Armstrong beyond January, according to the Coventry Telegraph. The 18-year-old striker, on loan from Premier League outfit Newcastle United, has scored eight goals in nine games to become the club’s leading scorer so far this season, but he is due to return to his parent club in the middle of January. Sky Blues technical director Mark Venus is understandably eager to extend his loan deal until th

Blackburn Rovers manager keen to keep loan star

Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer is keen to keep hold of Tom Lawrence beyond the conclusion of his loan deal, according to the Lancashire Telegraph. The 21-year-old, formerly of Premier League giants Manchester United, is currently on loan from top-flight outfit Leicester City, and Bowyer has conceded that his level of performance at Ewood Park may well convince his parent club that the young forward can perform at the top level. This could lead to a recall back to the King Power Stadium when

Former Brighton forward stunned by Seagulls departure

Striker Adrian Colunga has spoken of his confusion about his departure from Brighton & Hove Albion this week, reports the Argus. Colunga had his contract terminated by mutual consent earlier this week having failed to make an appearance this season for the Championship side, but the Spanish striker was still convinced that he had the ability to play at the top end of the second tier. The 30-year-old scored four goals in 21 appearances for Brighton last season, before ending the campaign back i

In-form Reading FC striker seeking contract extension

In-form Reading striker Nick Blackman is keen to extend his stay at Madejski Stadium, according to Get Reading. Blackman has scored eight goals in his last eight appearances to help fire the Royals to third in the Championship table, but with his current deal set to expire in the summer, the 25-year-old is keen to sort out his future as soon as possible. Blackman has admitted he is very happy at Reading and has no doubts about wanting to commit his future to the club. Speaking to Get Reading,

Wolves boss bemoans timing of international break

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett has admitted his frustration over the timing of the current international break with his side having hit a good run of form, according to the Express & Star. The Championship side recently enjoyed back-to-back 3-0 victories over Fulham and Huddersfield, which have propelled Wolves to 9th in the table, just three points away from the play-off places. However, due to international fixtures, the Midlands side have a short break before their next fixtu

West Bromwich Albion preparing deal for Blackburn Rovers midfielder

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis is interested in signing Blackburn Rovers midfielder Jason Lowe, according to Clubcall. The former England under-21 international, who is currently injured, is thought to be interested in a potential January move, and the Premier League side are believed to be willing to pay up to £4 million for the 24-year-old. However, Blackburn might not be too keen on selling the midfielder, who has made over 100 appearances for the club and helped them to a ninth pl

West Ham United set to lockhorns with Newcastle United for clinical Championship star

Premier League sides West Ham and Newcastle United are set to do battle over the signature of Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin, according to the Brentwood Gazette. After plenty of transfer speculation over the summer, Austin made the decision to decline an offer of Premier League football and remain in the Championship to help QPR to promotion, but with his contract expiring at the end of the summer, questions over the prolific striker’s future are beginning to resurface again ahead o

Wolverhampton Wanderers striker denies claims of diving

Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Adam Le Fondre has denied claims he dived during the Midlands side’s 3-0 victory over Huddersfield, according to the Express & Star. Le Fondre thought he had won a penalty when he attempted to go past Huddersfield goalkeeper Jed Steer after latching on to a back-pass, but after going down in the area, the striker was booked by referee Christopher Kavanagh. The decision shocked the home crowd who had expected a penalty and a red card, as well as Steer who had beg

Carlos Carvalhal plans to wake ‘sleeping giant’ Sheffield Wednesday

Owls manager Carlos Carvalhal is keen to wake the ‘sleeping giant’ that is Sheffield Wednesday, according to The Star. The Portuguese manager only joined the Championship side in the summer, but believes that the Yorkshire club are beginning to find their feet and a return to the glory days of the Premier League isn’t too far away. Sheffield Wednesday have been outside the Premier League for 15 years, but three successive wins in the Championship have given Carvalhal and his side renewed confi

Hull City winger Robert Snodgrass close to return to first-team action

Hull City midfielder Robert Snodgrass is nearing a return to first-team action at the KC Stadium following an injury on the opening day of last season, according to the Yorkshire Post. The midfielder dislocated his knee on his Tigers Premier League debut against Queens Park Rangers last year, just a month after joining the club from Norwich. Snodgrass has failed to really live up to the sort of form he showcased during his time at Leeds United, and Bruce will no doubt be hoping to see the Scot

Reading FC dealt massive injury headache ahead of Middlesbrough game

Reading have been hit with an unfortunate double injury blow ahead of Saturday’s game with Middlesbrough, with Matej Vydra and Stephen Quinn both likely to miss the top of the table clash, according to Get Reading. Both players were absent for Reading’s victory at Burnley last weekend, but were expected to be able to return in time to welcome Middlesbrough to the Madejski Stadium. However Reading boss Steve Clarke has rated both players as extremely unlikely to return in time for the match, wh

Leeds United striker eager to be offloaded on loan

Leeds United summer signing Lee Erwin is eager to take the opportunity of a loan move to improve his long-term chances at Elland Road, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post. The 21-year-old is yet to make a first-team appearance for the Championship side despite impressing for the under-21’s, and is reportedly happy to take the opportunity of a loan move to gain some first-team experience in English football following his move from Motherwell. Erwin scored two goals in a 3-3 draw with QPR’s

Reading FC captain looking forward to ‘tough test’ against Middlesbrough

Reading captain Paul McShane is looking forward to his side’s top of the table clash with Middlesbrough this Saturday, according to the club’s official website. The Royals welcome second placed Middlesbrough to the Madejski Stadium this weekend knowing that the visitors are on an impressive run that has seen them pick up seven victories from their last seven games. Reading are in fine form themselves however, climbing to third place after last weekend’s 2-1 victory over Burnley gave them a fou

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino heaps praise on Uwe Rosler

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has reiterated his support for current head coach Uwe Rosler following the Yorkshire side’s 3-0 defeat to Middlesbrough at the weekend, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post. Cellino has been quick to criticise previous Leeds managers, and has sacked no less than four in the 13 months he’s spent as owner of the club, but has taken the uncharacteristic step of speaking of his support for current head coach Uwe Rosler. The German manager is four months into h

West Bromwich Albion plotting £3.5 million swoop for Championship star

West Bromwich Albion are expected to make a move for Birmingham City youngster Demarai Gray in January, after Baggies boss Tony Pulis watched the 19-year-old against Aston Villa last week, according to the Telegraph. Gray is highly rated at Birmingham, having joined the club’s academy as an under-11, and the winger has enjoyed a growing reputation within the game having also represented England at under-18, under-19 and under-20 levels since breaking into the first team at St Andrew’s. Pulis r

Struggling League One side Blackpool demand compensation over protests

Blackpool fan Stephen Smith has been threatened with legal action from the League One side over his alleged involvement in a fan protest that led to the club’s final match of last season being abandoned, according to the Blackpool Gazette. Blackpool were fined £50,000 in July for failing to control spectators following the pitch invasion in the club’s final league game against Huddersfield, a game that was consequently abandoned after 48 minutes. The club are now seeking compensation from Step

Fulham defender frustrated after League Cup defeat to Stoke

Fulham defender Tim Ream told the club’s official website that he was frustrated after the Championship side went out of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night following a 1-0 defeat to Premier League side Stoke City. The 27-year-old was eager to to take positives from the game in which Fulham had plenty of chances, but a first-half goal from Peter Crouch on only his second start of the season for Stoke, was enough to get the Potters a victory. A second-half onslaught from Fulham meant a nervy f

Leeds United boss praises ‘magnificent’ defender amid Manchester United interest

Leeds United boss Uwe Rosler sang the praises of Leeds United left-back Charlie Taylor after his first goal of the season gave the Whites a 2-1 victory over MK Dons this weekend, stating that “the sky is the limit” for the 22-year-old, according to the Daily Star. Taylor is highly rated at Leeds having come through the club’s academy alongside fellow academy products Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Sam Byram. Having previously had loan spells with Bradford City, Fleetwood Town and York City, Taylo
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