1) Leeds first summer transfer to happen soon
Leeds United are hoping to have some business done in the near future, David Hockaday has revealed in an interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Hockaday was confirmed, controversially, as the new Leeds head coach last week and is now determined to prove his doubters wrong.
One thing that will be crucial to him being able to do this, is bringing in the standard of player required to improve the first-team squad.
Leeds have been linked with numerous players, based in England and Italy, in recent weeks, but have still yet to do any concrete transfer business.
However, that is all set to change and Hockaday has confirmed the club’s desire to be active in the transfer window this summer.
He said: “We are working very hard and as soon as we can make announcements, we will let the fans know as soon as possible. But we will be adding to the squad.”
2) McCormack happy at Leeds, says Hockaday
Ross McCormack has been linked with a move away from Elland Road for much of the summer, but Dave Hockaday has confirmed that he is happy at Leeds.
McCormack was the side’s top scorer last season and one of the few players in the squad to come out of the disappointing campaign with any credit.
Since he has been touted with a move away from the club, but it appears as if he is set to stay and Hockaday is looking forward to linking up with the club’s star man, as he begins his role as head-coach.
“Ross is a Leeds United player who signed a four-year deal and has put it out that he is really happy here,” he said.
“The chemistry is right and when that is right for a player and he gets on well at the club and the club get on well with him, that’s great.
“He’s obviously an important Leeds player. But they are all important Leeds players and I am looking forward to coaching Ross and working with him.”
3) No bids for Harry Maguire
Much of the news of Sheffield United’s transfer window so far has been centred around Harry Maguire.
The young centre-back is considered one of the finest players in the Football League and, as such, he has been the source of much interest – with the likes of Hull City, Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers all linked.
However, BBC Sheffield have revealed that Blades have not received any bids for their star-man.
The news will serve as a boost for Nigel Clough, who has previously stated his desire to keep Maguire at the club, as they aim for promotion to the Championship this season.
4) Sheffield Wednesday pre-season training to be ‘tough’
Sheffield Wednesday manager, Stuart Gray, has revealed that The Owls’ pre-season training camp will be a test of his players’ fitness levels.
Gray had given each player a training regime to complete over the summer and says he will be able to identify those who have stuck to it, and those who haven’t when they return to training on 1st July.
“Pre-season has come around quickly. It will be tough and a bit of everything,” the Wednesday boss told the club’s official site.
“I’m a great believer in you train how you play and play how you train. Pre-season will be a high intensity. We will be pressing and closing teams down.
“Come 1 July, we will know who has and hasn’t done their programmes. Anyone who hasn’t done them will stick out like a sore thumb and they will be doing extra training.”
5) Championship relegation cost Doncaster David Cotterill
Former Doncaster Rovers man David Cotterill has said that it was the club’s return to League One meant that he had to move this summer.
Donny were cruelly relegated in the last minute of the final day in the Championship, consigning them to a swift return back to League One.
The wide-man’s contract expired at the end of last season and he has since signed for Birmingham City, stating the fact that Rovers were now playing third-tier football as the reason for his departure.
“It ends on good terms. They want me to do well,” Cotterill said to The Sheffield Star. “It’s just that I don’t want to go down to play in League One again.
“Birmingham are a massive club. They get a lot of fans week in week out and it’s got great ambition as well.
“Being in the Championship and being closer to home made sense to come here.”