1) Benito Carbone reportedly sacked from Leeds
Benito Carbone has reportedly been sacked from his role as ‘special consultant’ to the board at Leeds United.
Carbone was appointed by Massimo Cellino after his takeover of the club to provide advice and guidance to the Leeds hierarchy, but a report today from the chief football writer in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Phil Hay, suggests that he has been removed from his post.
Hay says that the relationship between the two Italian men had become strained over recent times and, as a result, their working relationship appears to have come to an end.
Lots asking about Carbone. I'm told he was sacked yesterday but that's not confirmed. Relationship with Cellino has been fraught recently— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 2, 2014
2) Hockaday pleased after Leeds United friendly victory
Leeds United head coach David Hockaday was delighted with his side’s performance in their 2-0 friendly victory over Dundee United yesterday.
Leeds ran out 2-0 winners against their Scottish opponents, with goals from Steve Morison and Dominic Poleon providing them with the win.
It was an encouraging performance ahead of Leeds’ first game of the season against Millwall, which takes place on August 9, and Hockaday said he was pleased with the performances he saw.
“There were plenty of positives today,” he said.
“I have promised the fans that every player who pulls on the Leeds shirt - whether it be white, gold or navy blue, whatever it is - will put in a shift and honest performance.
“I know that is the bare minimum Leeds United fans will expect. But I believe that the players have more quality than even they maybe believe.
“I believe in the players and we are getting better.
“Although we have loads to work on still. But we showed we are a honest team today with all the tracking back we did and tackling back. All the bare essentials that a good team needs.”
3) Robins hints at more additions
Mark Robins has hinted that Huddersfield Town will make more additions before the season starts.
The Terriers manager was speaking after his side’s 3-1 defeat to Oldham in their friendly match yesterday and he says that his squad are light on players that can play in the system he wants to utilise.
“It did show that we are a little short on personnel in that formation,” he said. “There is plenty of thinking and work to be done ahead of Bournemouth next week.
“We controlled the game for large parts but they have scored with their first shot, which is becoming a bad habit. It is the same personnel and we are getting the same result; they need to step up to the plate and be men.”
4) Paul Raynor excited by Rotherham United strike-force
Rotherham United assistant manager, Paul Raynor, was full of praise for the side’s new strike-force after their 2-1 friendly win over Doncaster Rovers yesterday.
Matt Derbyshire and Jordan Bowery both impressed in the fixture – with the former bagging the Miller’s first goal of the match.
Rumours over the weekend have seen Kieran Agard linked with a move away from the New York Stadium to Bristol City, with the Championship new-boys reportedly keen on taking Stevie May as his replacement, but Raynor is clearly excited by the attacking options already at the club.
"Matt missed the start of pre-season so we are easing him back in and he’ll feel the benefit of having 75 minutes today,” added Raynor.
“He’s getting there, we have another seven days to get him ready for Derby, but his working very hard and he is getting sharper and sharper,” Raynor said. “He’s a predator in the box and he works very hard for the team, closing people down from the front.
“We were particularly pleased with a great performance from Jordan Bowery as well, we saw more of him today than we have in recent weeks. He seems to be understanding how we want to play and how we want to utilise his strengths and I thought he put in a powerful performance today.”