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Oldham's manager calls for togetherness as the club looks to move forward after a troubled year

Oldham Athletic's manager Darren Kelly says he's delighted with the way his first pre season at the League One side is going.

The 36 year old from Northern Ireland is urging togetherness at the club after a troubled year.

The Latics attracted unwanted publicity after trying to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans, while their new manager received death threats within days of starting the job.

But they're ready to start this season with a clean slate and in a new-look stadium.

As David Chisnall reports.

Burnley sign striker Chris Long from Everton

Burnley have signed striker Chris Long from Everton on a three-year-deal.

Long told Burnley's official website: “I’m absolutely buzzing to have officially signed and I can’t wait to get started.

“I can’t thank Everton enough for what they did for me, but I think it’s time to start a new chapter in my life and I can’t wait to get started with Burnley.

“I’ve proved that I can score goals in the Championship and I only had two starts. I would have started more without injuries and I’m looking forward to scoring goals for Burnley.

“I’m fresh, young and eager to succeed to be honest and I just want to show the Burnley fans what I can do.”


Rodgers: No need for Raheem replacement

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers say there is "not a need" for a direct replacement for Raheem Sterling.

Brendan Rodgers says there is 'not a need' for a direct replacement for Raheem Sterling Credit: PA Images

Sterling became the most expensive English player when he joined Manchester City for £49m.

The Reds had already secured the services of Brazilian Roberto Firmino who was touted as a like-for-like replacement, but Rodgers seemed to deny this.

Speaking to Liverpool's official website on the club's tour of Australia, Rodgers said:

It's not so much [about] a direct replacement for Raheem, it's just about improving the squad. We've brought in a number of really good players and you add that to what we've already got and the balance in the team looks strong. There's not a need, I didn't feel, for a direct replacement for Raheem.

– Brendan Rodgers, Manager Liverpool

Man Utd goalkeeper's 'respect' tweet

Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes has tweeted a cryptic message after allegations he refused to play in reserve games.

Valdes has been left out of the club's pre-season trip to America, when asked why, Utd Boss Van Gaal said: "He is not selected because he does not follow our philosophy.

"When that is the case, there is not a place for a player.

"Last season, he refused to play in the second team and there are other aspects you need as a keeper at United.

"When you are not willing to follow those principles, there is only one way and that is out."


Man City close in on Aston Villa captain Fabian Delph

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Manchester City are closing in on their first signing of the summer in the form of Aston Villa captain Fabian Delph.

The 25-year-old only signed a new four-and-half-year deal in January but included in that agreement was an £8million release clause which appears to have been triggered by the two-time Premier League champions.

Delph did not fly out with the rest of the squad on Thursday for their training camp in Portugal and the arrival of Lille midfielder Idrissa Gueye late on Friday increases the chances of a swift conclusion to any transfer.

Bury wonder kid scores at Barcelona's Nou Camp

Crobyn Murray from Bury is already being compared to David Beckham after curling a free-kick into the top corner at the Nou Camp. The youngster is only 7 years old.

The goal at the world famous stadium in Barcelona came whilst he was playing for his team Woodbank Juniors in a specially arranged tournament for British youth teams. It's just one of a number of performances which have turned the heads of many of the Premier League’s top clubs.

And the Whitefield youngster already has several long-term offers on the table as North West giants battle each other for his signature.

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