The sporting director state of play: Who’s on the move? Who’s staying put? Who’s in demand?

Tom Burrows Harry Redknapp once branded them a “joke” while Sir Alex Ferguson declared that “the most important person at the football club is always the manager”. However, those views now belong to a bygone era. Sporting directors are now prized commodities that excite a fanbase and garner as much attention as any new player. […]

Premier League team news: Latest injury updates on Haaland, Onana and White ahead of matchweek 13

Luke Bosher The final international break of 2023 is over and that means almost non-stop Premier League action for the next four months. But with injuries before and during the domestic break, numerous clubs are likely anxious about the fitness of crucial players leading up to the 13th matchweek of the 2023-24 season.  The weekend’s […]

Why a plan to ban related-party January loans failed, how clubs voted, and what’s next

Jacob Whitehead, David Ornstein and more There was less than two minutes until the scheduled 10.30am start time of the Premier League shareholders’ meeting when Newcastle United co-owner Amanda Staveley rushed into The Churchill Hyatt Regency hotel. This was a gathering which had her club at its heart and her arrival fit that narrative — […]

Premier League injuries state of play: Rise in absences and hamstring problems

The Athletic Staff But as the breakdown shows, both Manchester United and Newcastle United have had the worst luck with injuries this season. This probably explains why both have struggled for form, sitting sixth and seventh in the Premier League table respectively. There is a caveat to this, though, with Manchester United and Newcastle among the […]

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