Bolton Match Called Off After Players Threaten Strike

Bolton Match Called Off After Players Threaten Strike

 

Troubled Bolton’s Championship match against Brentford on Saturday was called off just hours after the relegated club’s players threatened to go on strike.

Furious at repeated problems with unpaid salaries, Bolton’s frustrated players issued a statement making it clear they were willing to take strike action.

The cash-strapped club, relegated to the third tier last week, are in the process of completing a takeover.

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“Bolton Wanderers Football Club regrettably confirms that Saturday’s Championship fixture against Brentford has been called off,” the Bolton statement read.

“The club would like to apologise for the inconvenience this will cause.”

Second-bottom Bolton have two games remaining this season, with their last match against Nottingham Forest next weekend.

Earlier in the day, a statement released on behalf of Bolton’s players laid bare the extent of the crisis.

“The long-running financial crisis at our club has been well documented. As has the fact that we, the playing staff have yet to receive our March salaries,” the statement said.

“Five of our coaching staff are also yet to be paid for March. We thought that the prospective takeover of the club would provide a solution, but difficulties in its completion has left us no further forward.

“This situation is creating mounting mental, emotional and financial burdens for people through no fault of their own.”

The English Football League said it had decided to “suspend” the fixture and deems Bolton to be guilty of misconduct, adding in a statement it will now consider whether or not the fixture will be played.

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North Korea Slams Bolton For Remarks On Stalled Denuclearisation Talks

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A senior North Korean official slammed US National Security Advisor John Bolton on Saturday, accusing him of making “stupid” comments on stalled denuclearisation talks and warning “nothing good” would come of them.

Bolton is the second, top-ranking US politician to be criticised by Pyongyang in recent days, after it labelled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as “reckless” Thursday, demanding his removal from talks over the North’s banned nuclear programme.

Those comments came hours after the isolated state claimed to have tested a new kind of weapon.

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Pyongyang and Washington have been at loggerheads since the collapse of a summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump earlier this year.

In an interview with Bloomberg published Wednesday, Bolton urged Pyongyang to give a “real indication” it is willing give up nuclear weapons.

In comments cited by North Korea’s official KCNA news service, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui said Bolton’s remarks may have showed a “lack of understanding about the intentions of the two leaders”.

But, “they all sound uncharming and stupid to me”, she said.

“Nothing good would come to you if such insensitive remarks persist.”

In the Bloomberg interview, Bolton said that for a third Trump-Kim summit to take place, “a real indication from North Korea that they’ve made the strategic decision to give up nuclear weapons”, would be needed.

He said US Trump was “fully prepared” for his next summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, adding the Trump administration was ready for “the big deal”.

Trump ‘Disappointed’ By North Korea Test, Says Bolton

Trump Reveals Direct North Korea Contacts, Okays Peace Talks
US President Donald Trump 
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Donald Trump’s national security advisor said Sunday that the US president would be “pretty disappointed” if North Korea conducted a new missile test, but he refused to confirm reports that such a test may be near.

John Bolton appeared notably cautious when asked on ABC’s “This Week” about a report that satellite imagery appears to show preparations at a North Korean site for the possible launch of a missile or space rocket.

“I would rather not get into the specifics on that,” he said. “I’m not going to speculate on what that particular commercial satellite picture shows.”

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On Friday, the website of NPR posted a satellite image that the public broadcaster said showed intense activity around the North’s Sanumdong site, where missiles and satellite-launching rockets have previously been assembled.

NPR quoted an expert on the North’s weapons programs, Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, as saying, “When you put all that together, that’s really what it looks like when the North Koreans are in the process of building a rocket.”

Trump, who once warned Pyongyang of “fire and fury” if it threatened the US, has been trying to negotiate the North’s denuclearization with its leader Kim Jong Un, but their recent Hanoi summit ended in failure.

Since then, Trump has been cautious in his prognostications, continuing to suggest a deal remains possible.

He said Kim promised in Hanoi that he would do no more missile or nuclear testing, adding, “I take him at his word.”

Bolton declined to say whether the US was aware at the time of the Hanoi summit of any suspect satellite imagery from North Korea.

But he sent a strong signal to the North that it cannot escape US scrutiny.

“We see exactly what they are doing,” he said. “We see it unblinkingly, and we don’t have any illusions about what those are.”

Bolton said he was “not aware of any” contact with the North since the Hanoi summit but was expecting an update Monday from his South Korean counterpart.

He said time remains on Washington’s side, adding that the president “is not under pressure to make any deal. He wants to make the right deal.”

With North Korea still under economic sanctions, “the leverage is on our side right now, and not on North Korea’s.”

Khashoggi Murder Tapes Don’t Implicate Crown Prince – Bolton

 

Audio linked to Jamal Khashoggi’s murder inside Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate does not implicate Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, US National Security Advisor John Bolton said Tuesday, citing others who have heard the tapes.

Turkey has previously said it shared recordings linked to the murder of Khashoggi — a Saudi dissident and fierce critic of the crown prince — with officials in Riyadh, Washington and other capitals.

Khashoggi was last seen entering the consulate on October 2 to obtain documents for his forthcoming marriage.

After repeated denials, Saudi Arabia finally admitted the 59-year-old had been murdered at the mission in a “rogue” operation.

Bolton, speaking to reporters in Singapore ahead of a regional summit, was asked whether it was right to say the audio contained nothing that implicated the crown prince.

“I haven’t listened to the tape myself but in the assessment of those who have listened to it that’s right,” he said.

Khashoggi’s brazen murder has caused intense speculation over what, if anything, Crown Prince Salman might have known about the operation.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the order to murder Khashoggi came from “the highest levels” of the Saudi government and pointedly failed to absolve Crown Prince Salman of responsibility.

The New York Times reported that a member of the team at the consulate had told a superior by phone to “tell your boss”, suspected to be the crown prince, that the operation had been accomplished.

The Trump administration embraced the young prince as a reform-minded ally, but the murder of Khashoggi — a US resident — has soured that narrative.

Bolton emphasised that Trump has demanded a full investigation from the Saudis and for those responsible to be held accountable.

“The president has made it very clear that he expects we’re going to get the truth from the Saudis — and the king and the crown prince, in the conversations they’ve had with the president, have committed to that,” he said.

But Trump has also emphasised America’s important commercial, strategic and national security relationships with the petro-state as well as lucrative arms contracts.

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Sunderland Relegated To Third Tier For First Time In 30 Years

 

 

Sunderland were relegated to England’s third tier for the first time in 30 years on Saturday as the Championship’s bottom club lost 2-1 to fellow strugglers Burton.

Chris Coleman’s side have crashed into League One only a year after being relegated from the Premier League.

They have played only one season outside the top two tiers of English football in their entire history, winning promotion from the old Third Division in 1987-88.

Burton striker Darren Bent returned to haunt his former team with an 86th-minute equaliser to cancel out Paddy McNair’s opener on 34 minutes at the Stadium of Light.

Liam Boyce headed second-bottom Burton in front in second half stoppage-time before Sunderland had a late equaliser disallowed to provide a fitting finale to their wretched season.

Sunderland are six points from safety with only two matches left and the remaining fixtures of their relegation rivals make it mathematically impossible to avoid the drop.

Promoted Wolves celebrated their ascent to the Premier League by clinching the Championship title with a 4-0 win at lowly Bolton.

Needing one point from their final three matches to be crowned champions, Wolves got the job done thanks to goals from Barry Douglas, Benik Afobe and Diogo Jota plus a Conor Coady penalty.

Wolves are two points shy of 100 for the season with games against Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland still to come.

Lewis Grabban netted twice as Aston Villa kept their slim automatic promotion hopes alive with a 4-0 victory at 10-man Ipswich.

Conor Hourihane and Henri Lansbury were also on target at Portman Road, where Ipswich midfielder Grant Ward was shown a red card for a rash tackle in the 42nd minute.

Goals in either half from Mo Besic and Britt Assombalonga ensured Middlesbrough beat play-off rivals Derby 2-1 and consolidated their place in the top six.

David Nugent converted a last-minute penalty for Derby, who are one point off sixth-placed Millwall.

Brentford are level on points with Derby following a 2-1 win over west London rivals QPR at Griffin Park.

Bristol City let a 4-2 lead slip as they drew 5-5 with Hull, while Preston were held to a 0-0 draw by Norwich.

Birmingham came from behind to boost their survival hopes with a 2-1 victory over Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday beat Reading 3-0.

Third bottom Barnsley remain in the relegation zone after losing 2-1 at a Leeds side managed by their former manager Paul Heckingbottom.

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Bolton Trash Peterborough To Clinch Championship Return

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Bolton on Sunday joined the group of teams promoted to the next league, but this time to the Championship.

The Wanderers sealed an immediate return to the second foremost league in England, following a comfortable 3-0 win over Peterborough at the Macron Stadium.

Jem Karacan had set the hosts on the lead before David Wheater and Adam Le Fondre sealed Bolton’s the win and automatic promotion from League One.

The upgrade is coming after Brighton & Hove Albion, and Newcastle United advance to the English Premier League.

Sam Allardyce Steps Down As England Manager

Sam AllardyceSam Allardyce has stepped down as England manager after just two months on the job.

The former Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers boss was forced out after a newspaper sting filmed him telling undercover reporters how to bend rules on third party ownership of players.

He is alleged to have met the bogus consortium of Far East businessmen seeking advice on the English Premier League’s billion pound transfer market.

During meetings with undercover reporters from the Daily Telegraph, Allardyce is reported to have criticised his predecessor Roy Hodgson, saying he “hasn’t got the personality” for public speaking.

The former Bolton Wanderers, West Ham United manager is also alleged to have said England’s players were underperforming because they had a “psychological barrier” and “can’t cope”.

He was also accused of using his position to negotiate a £400,000 deal.

An FA statement said Allardyce’s conduct “was inappropriate” and Gareth Southgate will take temporary charge for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia next month.

“He accepts he made a significant error of judgement and has apologised,” the FA said.

“This is not a decision that was taken lightly but the FA’s priority is to protect the wider interests of the game and maintain the highest standards of conduct in football.

“The manager of the England men’s senior team is a position which must demonstrate strong leadership and show respect for the integrity of the game at all times.”

Sam Allardyce Has Been Appointed England Manager

Sam AllardyceSam Allardyce, has been appointed as the new coach of the English national team.

The English Football Association announced this in a statement on Friday after what it called a comprehensive and structured process.

The 61-year-old has signed an initial two-year contract and takes up the position with immediate effect following a successful spell retaining Sunderland’s status in the Premier League.

Allardyce’s first match in charge will be a friendly fixture at Wembley Stadium on Thursday September 1.

The FA said he was a unanimous choice of its three-man selection panel, comprising FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn, Technical Director Dan Ashworth and acting Chairman David Gill.

“Alongside his primary target of qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Allardyce has a mandate to shape a strong, purposeful team identity and maximise the performance potential of a young, talented England squad at a major tournament.

“Allardyce is also charged with helping Ashworth integrate and strengthen The FA’s elite performance and coaching programme across the England senior and development teams at St. George’s Park,” the FA stated.

Allardyce said: “I am extremely honoured to be appointed England manager especially as it is no secret that this is the role I have always wanted. For me, it is absolutely the best job in English football.

“I will do everything I can to help England do well and give our nation the success our fans deserve. Above all, we have to make the people and the whole country proud.

“While my main focus will be on the senior team and getting positive results, I want to add my influence to the great work being done across the development teams at St. George’s Park – a facility I have used with my previous clubs.

“I know we have talented, committed players and it is time for us to deliver.”

FA chief executive Martin Glenn has expressed confidence that Sam Allardyce is the right man for the England job.

“His excellent managerial credentials, including his ability to realise the potential of players and teams, develop a strong team ethos and embrace modern methods that enhance performance, made him the outstanding choice.

“That was underlined when we sat down to talk and we could not help but be energised by his personal perspective on England’s future and how it complemented the extensive work that we are looking to build on at St. George’s Park.

“Dan Ashworth, David Gill and I have carried out a thorough process in the last three weeks and ultimately we could not look beyond Sam as the ideal candidate.”

The former Sunderland Manager will select his first England squad towards the end of August ahead of the friendly on 1 September and the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Slovakia in Trnava three days later.

English FA To Confirm Sam Allardyce As New England Coach

Sam AllardyceSunderland Manager, Sam Allardyce is set to be named as the new coach of the English national team, after an FA board meeting at Wembley.

Outgoing FA Chairman, Greg Dyke, confirmed to Sky Sports outside Wembley ahead of Thursday’s board meeting that the three-man panel entrusted with appointing the new England manager have recommended Sam Allardyce.

“The three-man group are convinced (Allardyce) is the right man, and I would agree with them,” Dyke said.

The FA board are currently holding a meeting at Wembley, where the panel – Martin Glenn, David Gill and Dan Ashworth – presenting the case for Allardyce to the board.

“You’d have to ask them but as far as I understand it that’s the discussion. We appointed a three-man committee to go out and look at the candidates and they’ve come back with a decision about who they think is the best man.

“We want to integrate the England team closer into St George’s Park and we’ve planned to do that for the past two years,” Dyke concluded.

Allardyce will replace Roy Hodgson, who quit in June after England’s surprise defeat by Iceland in the last 16 of Euro 2016.

The 61-year-old will leave Sunderland after nine months at the Premier League club. He has also managed West Ham, Newcastle, Bolton and Notts County.

Relegation-bound Bolton needing a saviour

The game at the Reebok Stadium proved nothing for Bolton Wanderers and Swansea City as Scott Sinclair and Chris Eagles made it all square with 1 point apiece today.

Swansea will be the happier side definitely as Bolton wanderers will be licking their wounds for they still remain at the 19th position with possibility of being relegated if nothing changes with the next games ahead.

From the blow of the whistle, Swansea looked the more comfortable side as they took the game to Bolton and true to plan it wasn’t too long for Chris Sinclair to put his club into the driving seat as he cut in off the flank before curling the ball into the top corner on six minutes.

Bolton Wanderers realising what would hit them if they do not fight back woke up from their slumber and at the 14th minute a clinical finish was produced when Martin Petrov pulled the ball back for Eagles and he buried it to keep Bolton’s hope alive.

Danny graham and Chris Sinclair continually became a threat to the defence of Bolton wanderers all through the second half as the visitors gathered so much dominance of the game which could be proved by the percentage of possession.

Swansea had everything to break even as they were so unlucky in the second half with a 75th minute effort by Graham but it hit the woodwork unfortunately and that set Bolton to immediately change their tactics to a defensive one.

Saha warns Arsenal on title run

Tottenham Hotspurs’ famous man Louis Saha blew loud horns over table positioning in the English Premier league stating in clear terms that Arsenal should be careful as Tottenham can still knock off the Gunners to third place on the EPL table.

This came after Tottenham Hotspurs slided into the FA cup semi-final, setting up Chelsea as their opponent as they walloped Bolton 3-1 on Tuesday at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham has not been impressive for a while as it just got a second win in their last eight games,whle Arsenal has clinched unto their third place position with a seven-match winning run which Saha said he is very sure Spurs can make a change and overtake their neighbours.

Saha scored the final goal which sealed the victory for Tottenham Hotspurs against Bolton saying in football, things can happen quickly as he believes that Hotspurs can equal what Arsenal has in a bit.

Although,Saha admitted that the club has been at optimal performance which is responsible for their sharp drop during the past weeks but the club is making progress in terms of performance believing that interms of experince they have got good players like Vander Vaart,Adebayor and Gallas.

Wolves’ Coach Terry Connor hails team spirit

Wolves Coach;Terry ConnorCoach Terry Connor is upbeat concerning his palyers attitude and fighting spirit as they struggle to be above the waters of relegation from the English Premier League.

Presently,Connor’s Wolves are at the bottom of the table as the club is fighting hard to notch up four points so as to be safe from relegation after winning just one game in their last 10 matches.

As Wolves meet Bolton who are also not far away from being relegated on Saturday in a must win-game at Molineux,Connor assured that the attitude his players are carrying has shown that they are hungry to earn victory begining with Saturday’s game.

Connor said all 20 players he has in his kitty to choose from are all fired up as they report for training on time, eager to play and those returning from injuries want to prove that they are worthy of making a change to the squad’s recent performance.

The coach however promised that amidst the trove of players he has who are all willing to play against Bolton come Saturday he would be working really hard to make the best selection to come up against Bolton and score victory against them at Molineux.

Connor could have his options boosted this weekend with Karl Henry, Dave Davis and Stephen Hunt back in training, while Michael Kightly has shaken off the knock which forced him off against Norwich during the 2-1 defeat on Saturday.