The Weekly Football World Report: Issue #2

Ricky van WolfswinkelPremier League Norwich City have agreed a deal for Sporting Lisbon striker Ricky Van Wolfswinkel. The Dutch international will join the canaries in July for a fee reported to be in the region of £8.5 Million on a 4 year deal.

Clarence Seedorf was sent off in bizarre circumstances this weekend. The Former Dutch international, who now plays for Botafogo in Brazil, was being substituted and heading towards the bench when the referee ordered him to leave the field on the other side of the pitch to save time. As Seedorf protested he received a yellow card and decide to make a quicker jog off the pitch, but the referee proceeded to chase towards him, and issued a second yellow.

Phil Brown has been appointed new manager of Southend. Brown is famous for his on-field half time team talk whilst in charge of Hull during their time in the Premier League, talomg over from Paul Sturrock, who left the League 2 club on Sunday.

Nigel Adkins has been appointed manager of Reading. Adkins, 48, replaces Brian Mcdermott in the Reading hot seat. Adkins was sacked by Southampton in January but has now agreed a contract at Reading until 2016.

Matej Vydra has been named Championship player of the year. The on-loan striker from parent club Udinese has scored 20 goals to date for Watford. Matt Ritchie, who started the season at Swindon town and now is with Bournemouth, won the League 1 player of the year, and Tom Pope of Port Vale, who has 25 goals to date, takes the League 2 award.

Referee Mark Halsey, who failed to send off Wigan’s Callum Mcmanaman for his horrific challenge on Newcastle’s Massadio Haidara, will not referee a Premier League game this weekend unless he is called upon, as he is only the fourth official at the Emirates for Arsenal vs Reading. Halsey will referee Fridays League 1 game between Coventry and Doncaster.

Newcastle United have announced a financial loss for the year up until June 2012. Profits have gone from £32.6 million to £1.4 million. The previous figure of £32.6 million did take in to account the big transfer fee received of £35 Million from Liverpool for the services of Andy Carroll.

Stephen FletcherSunderland’s struggle near the foot of the Premier League table has taken a significant blow. Top scorer Stephen Fletcher, who has 11 Premier League goals to date, has been ruled out for the rest of the season with ankle ligament damage, as well as midfielder and captain Lee Cattermole, who needs surgery on a knee problem that has kept him out since February .

Notts County have appointed Chris Kiwomya as their new manager on a 3 year contract. Kiwomya had been on temporary charge since Keith Curle departed.

Arsenal ladies are through to the Semi Final of the Champions League, having beaten Italian side ASD Torres 4-1 on aggregate. Having led 3-1 from the first leg, a 0-1 victory was enough to see them progress.

Swindon Town have agreed loan deals for spurs trio Nathan Byrne, Dean Parrett, and Massimo Luongo. Byrne who is 20, has yet to play for the first team, whilst Parrett, 21, has made four first team appearances and is a midfielder, and Luongo, also a midfielder, made his debut in the League Cup last season.

Written by ChalkOnYaBoots