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Thomas Mallows

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  1. Premier League ‘a million miles away’ from lower leagues

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport

    Aldershot captain Jamie
    Sendles-White remains hopeful that the Premier League can come up with some form of bail-out for lower league clubs struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    “I feel like the Premier League is in their own bubble, they are a million
    miles away from where we are and don’t realise the financial situation that a
    lot of clubs lower down the league might be in,” he said.

    “I don’t know how much they
    could put towards it, but something so small would be a massive help to clubs
    down at National League level.

    “You have to look out for
    the clubs lower down because there are players who will make the step up and
    the bigger clubs will want them, so you have to look out for the clubs that are
    producing younger talents.”

  2. Clubs to vote on curtailment plans

    Premier League clubs are holding a virtual shareholders meeting today where they willvote to decide how the season would be endedif it cannot be completed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Clubs agreed in principle on the main points of action if it is cut short at their last meeting in August.

    The wording of the new rule has been developed over the past few weeks.

    If the motion is passed, it will be written into the Premier League rules.

    Another vote would then take place at a future date on how many matches will need to have been played for the rules to be applied.

    Liverpool celebrating with the Premier League trophy

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    SMS Message: Not an Arsenal fan but I love Arteta. There is something really great about how honest and circumspect he is – his post-match thoughts treat fans as intelligent human beings that can grasp there is a way to go, but they are definitely on the way. So much better than the usual cliches and platitudes that seem to be designed just to placate rather than inform. from Kirsty, London

    Not an Arsenal fan but I love Arteta. There is something really great about how honest and circumspect he is – his post-match thoughts treat fans as intelligent human beings that can grasp there is a way to go, but they are definitely on the way. So much better than the usual cliches and platitudes that seem to be designed just to placate rather than inform.

  4. Gustavsson named Matildas coach

    Swede Tony Gustavsson is the new head coach of the
    Matildas, the Australian national women’s football team.

    He was assistant coach to Jill Ellis for the United States
    at the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, both won by the US.

    His contact starts on 1 January 2021, although he will
    oversee a training camp in November.

    Australia will co-host the 2023 Women’s World Cup with
    New Zealand.

  5. Burnley pursuit of Harry Wilson drags on

    Burnley v Man City (Wed, 19:45BST)

    It is building up towards an interesting week at Burnley.

    James Tarkowski was the subject of a £30m bid from Leicester last week and they are expected to come back before the 5 October deadline.

    Meanwhile, Clarets boss Sean Dyche is interested in Liverpool midfielder Harry Wilson, who was also linked with Leeds.

    However, so far, there has been no agreement over the fee.

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    SMS Message: Somehow a forearm to the shoulder has transformed into an elbow to the face. Maybe that has something to do with Tierney’s somewhat over-the-top reaction. Of course it wasn’t a red. Now let’s focus on more important things like Klopp putting Roy Keane in his place. from Monty, Milton Keynes.

    Somehow a forearm to the shoulder has transformed into an elbow to the face. Maybe that has something to do with Tierney’s somewhat over-the-top reaction. Of course it wasn’t a red. Now let’s focus on more important things like Klopp putting Roy Keane in his place.

    SMS Message: Surely if Mane is so small it shows he must have raised his elbow higher than normal, meaning it should have been red NOT yellow? from R Brown

    Surely if Mane is so small it shows he must have raised his elbow higher than normal, meaning it should have been red NOT yellow?

  7. ‘If the season doesn’t start, we are not getting paid’

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport

    Aldershot skipper Jamie
    Sendles-White has been speaking to BBC Sport about the financial worries
    players have at National League level if the season doesn’t go ahead this
    Saturday.

    “People think that footballers earn
    thousands and thousands of pounds a week, but when you filter down to League
    Two or National League, you don’t earn that sort of money where you are
    financially stable,” he said.

    “The general feedback is that
    we are worried that if the season doesn’t start then we are not getting paid.
    We are in and training every day so we have to try as professional as possible
    and keep our mindset that the season is starting and we don’t have to worry
    about finances.

    “But its only natural to worry about these things when you have
    bills to pay or might be worried if you have kids or have a mortgage to pay,
    it’s an actual worry, but you try and stay as positive and professional as you
    can.”

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    Ash Williams:How much has Pep spent on defenders and still can’t get it right? Regarded as a great coach but can’t coach his defence. Just goes out and buys another 2-3.

  9. Football’s fears for the future

    I have just been speaking to a CEO at an EFL club, who was
    outlining his fears for the game unless some kind of rescue package is put
    together pretty quickly.

    National League clubs are due to start their seasons on
    Saturday with no idea where the money to pay their players is going to come
    from and the EFL are already three games into their new campaign.

    Without fans, the situation is unsustainable, yet the
    growing feeling is of resistance from the Premier League clubs to help out as
    they try and navigate their way through their own financial nightmare.

    Yet the CEO I spoke to pointed out that the Premier League
    still gets many of its players from the EFL – a Premier League source told me
    it is around £175m during this transfer window so far – and both sides need
    each other just as much.

    The growing fear is that without either funding – or fans –
    clubs will start to go bust very quickly. And that, the CEO said, could have
    major impacts on communities across the country given the work most EFL clubs
    do on a variety of social initiatives.

  10. BreakingBaggies bring back Krovinovic

    West Brom have re-signed midfielder Filip Krovinovic on a season-long loan from Benfica.

    The Croatian made 43 appearances for the Baggies last season as Slaven Bilic’s side secured promotion back to the top flight.

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    SMS Message: What Mane did was not a red card. It was aggressive enough to warrant a yellow nowadays, but the only reason it may have looked like a red is because he’s a shorter than most players and is used to pushing them away. In this case it meant he hit Tierney in the face. Yellow absolutely the appropriate decision, dishing out red cards for that would ruin football even more than it has been. from Calum in Glasgow

    What Mane did was not a red card. It was aggressive enough to warrant a yellow nowadays, but the only reason it may have looked like a red is because he’s a shorter than most players and is used to pushing them away. In this case it meant he hit Tierney in the face. Yellow absolutely the appropriate decision, dishing out red cards for that would ruin football even more than it has been.

  12. Mane could have seen red – Campbell

    Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell was also asked about the Sadio Mane incident at the start of the game, which saw the Senegal forward booked for catching Kieran Tierney with his arm.

    “I don’t want to see players get red cards but we have
    seen, for incidents similar to that, players get sent off,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

    “I know it was early on but an incident like that could have
    changed the game, but the referee chose not to do anything about it.

    “But maybe that is something that will be looked at because we’ve
    seen other players get penalised for it.”

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  14. Liverpool win well deserved – Campbell

    Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell has been speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live about last night’s game and says the Gunners can have few complaints with the result.

    “It was well deserved, Liverpool were the better team,” he said. “It was
    always going be a gauge for Arsenal.

    “We have seen Arsenal improve aspects of their game but you
    cannot start so sloppily and let Liverpool get at you because they will make
    the most of it.

    “I think this was the test for Arsenal to see exactly where
    they were.

    “For a long period in the second half both teams had
    chances so sometimes that’s the fine margins you are working with.

    “We know Arsenal need improvement; they need that midfield sorted
    out, but I think there’s an upward curve. I’m not too down about it.

    “But all the Arsenal fans know
    better players need to come in and then they can be moving up that table.”

  15. Fulham vice-chairman Tony Khan promises new signings

    Fuham 0-3 Aston Villa

    Fulham vice-chairman Tony Khan has apologised to the club’s fans for their start to the season and has promised to sign new players.

    Full-backs Antonee Robinson and Kenny Tete were the permanent summer arrivals in Scott Parker’s squad against Villa, while goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, who started on Monday, was one of three loan signings.

    “I promise players in and better efforts from this squad,” Khan tweeted.

    “I should and will apologise repeatedly for that performance. I’m sorry everybody. We all need to do a better job.”

    Read the rest of what Khan had to say here.

    Fulham players looking dejected

    Copyright: Getty Images

  16. Fulham will be passengers without new signings – Parker

    Fulham 0-3 Aston Villa

    Three games, three defeats. It’s been a dreadful return to the top flight for Fulham so far.

    Cottagers manager Scott Parker says his side need new signings in order to compete or they risk being “passengers” in the Premier League after their 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

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    Video caption: Fulham’s Scott Parker says his side need new signings to compete in the Premier League
  17. ‘Mane’s escape to victory’

    The back pages

    The Times focuses on Sadio Mane and asks whether he was lucky only to receive a yellow card for his flailing arm into the face of Kieran Tierney early on. Mane made the most of the reprieve with a man-of-the-match display.

    Times back page

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  18. ‘Reds rise again’

    The back pages

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  19. ‘Jota’s on the spot’

    The back pages

    Liverpool’s win against Arsenal dominates the back pages, with the Mail and The I focusing on home debutant Jota.

    Mail back page

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    The i back page

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  20. New signings taking pressure off Grealish – Smith

    Fulham 0-3 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa boss Dean Smith says Jack Grealish is a “special talent” benefiting from new signings at the club taking some of the pressure off, after his captain played a starring role in their 3-0 win against Fulham.

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    Video caption: Dean Smith says Jack Grealish has benefitted from new signings “taking the pressure” off