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Championship ‚Äď teamtalk.com 24 Mar 18:33

Leeds announce net loss of £8.9million for financial year 2015/16

Leeds have announced a net loss of £8.9million for the financial year 2015/16.

The figure is an increase of £6.3million on the previous year, which the club put down to a reduction in profits generated from player sales.

Leeds revealed the extent of the loss after filing their financial statements for the period ending June 30 2016 at Companies House.

The club saw their total turnover rise by £5.7million to £30.1million, and gross profits generated also increased by £4.3million to £24.7million.

In a statement on the club’s website, Leeds say they have “continued to carefully manage (their) operating cost base effectively”.

They revealed first-team playing wages represented 50 per cent of the turnover, compared to 71 per cent during the previous financial year.

Leeds are currently battling for promotion back to the Premier League after 13 years, lying fourth in the Championship with an eight-point gap to Fulham, who are one place outside the play-off spots.

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Championship ‚Äď teamtalk.com 24 Mar 09:46

Washington reveals disdain he had for Hasselbaink

Northern Ireland striker Conor Washington held “contempt” for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s vision for him at QPR and credits the Dutchman’s successor Ian Holloway for his renewed confidence.

The striker signed for QPR in January 2016, saying at the time that working with former Chelsea striker Hasselbaink was a “massive pull for me”.

Yet he returned only two goals in 31 appearances under Hasselbaink, who often deployed Washington on his own up front or on the wing.

Hasselbaink was replaced by Ian Holloway in November and both Washington and QPR have since found their form, with the 24-year-old netting four times in his past 10 appearances and the Hoops winning five or their past seven in the Championship.

Washington has therefore arrived on international duty with Northern Ireland this week with a spring in his step again, having admitted he was left with a post-Euro 2016 hangover working with Hasselbaink.

“Within the year I’ve gone from the highest point to the lowest point back to where I am now,” said Washington, who made his international debut exactly a year ago on Friday.

“It’s so important to have that confidence and it’s mad how quickly things can change. Things like that, it’s strange how much of an effect it had on me.

“It was a really tough time after the Euros to be honest. Going from playing and scoring and being the main man at Peterborough and coming to QPR and having a few disagreements with the manager, not really understanding how he wanted me to play, his style of play, it was really tough.¬†It was an even bigger comedown coming off the summer.

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“It was not so much disagreements as miscommunication, maybe, probably from both of our parts.

“I didn’t really understand the job he wanted me to do within the team and I’ve always found playing up top in my own in the system we were playing doesn’t really suit me particularly well. There was a lot of contempt on my part in that.”

All that is in the past now that Holloway has arrived, even if a younger QPR squad has left Washington playing with the seniors when training consists of older players versus younger players.

One of the first things Holloway told Washington, a former non-league player who only turned professional in October 2012, was that he would have signed him had he been in Hasselbaink’s shoes.

Holloway then had his staff put together a compilation of Washington’s goals for club and country to restore the confidence he displayed during goal-laden spells with Newport and Peterborough.

“It wasn’t that long… like 10 minutes of video, with the celebrations as well,” Washington said, ahead of Northern Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Norway on Sunday.

“It was one of the first things he said to me – ‘Nothing’s changed, you’ve just lost that little bit of confidence’.

“I totally agreed with him. Little things like that have really helped me. He got the video guys to put together something and it’s nice to look back and see what you’ve done and achieved.

“It wasn’t so much watching those goals, it was what those goals meant, especially the ones against Slovenia and Belarus, they were really important in terms of the bigger picture and getting into the (Euros) squad.

“When I was on a good run at Peterborough, it meant I was going to get the move to QPR. It was really important and reminded me, ‘Okay, I am good enough to play at this level’.”

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Championship ‚Äď teamtalk.com 23 Mar 19:02

Huddersfield chairman expecting ?stampede? for season tickets

Huddersfield chairman Dean Hoyle is expecting “a little bit of a stampede”¬†after the club announced season tickets would cost¬†less than ¬£200 for the 2017/18 campaign regardless of whether they win promotion.The Terriers, on course for a return to the top flight for the first time since 1972, have announced 17,000 adult season cards will go on sale on April 6 for ¬£199 in all home areas of the John Smith’s Stadium.

Season cards for fans¬†aged eight to 17 will cost ¬£79 and ¬£29 for those under eight, with the prices fixed until the club’s divisional status for next season is confirmed.

“The prices will stay the same no matter what division Town are in next season if they’re bought before the deadline,” Hoyle told the Huddersfield Examiner.

“Don’t hang around because we expect the 17,000 to go very quickly.

“Last season I think we sold 11,000 within three days, so there might be a little bit of a stampede.”

Town sold 15,000 season tickets for the current campaign after cutting prices last summer and expect to comfortably hit their target.

“Last year was a real success,” Hoyle added. “We sold 15,000 and we finished 19th. This season we’ve had a more successful season, so I would expect us to sell more.”

Head coach David Wagner has steered the Terriers to third place in the Sky Bet Championship, six points behind the second automatic promotion place, currently held by Brighton, with a game in hand and nine left to play.

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Championship ‚Äď teamtalk.com 22 Mar 15:14

Huddersfield activate clause to sign attacker Kachunga

Huddersfield Town have triggered their clause to complete the permanent transfer of Elias Kachunga.

The 24-year-old was initially on loan from Bundesliga side FC Ingolstadt 04, with a view to a permanent deal which has been activated in advance.

Kachunga will join permanently¬†on 1 July 2017, with the Club paying the German side ‚ā¨1.3 million (¬£1.127 million).

The former Paderborn man is currently the Terriers’ top scorer with 11 goals, playing predominantly on the right side.

Huddersfield have enjoyed a successful season so far, sitting third in the Championship table and not out of reach in the race for the top two spots.

Head Coach David Wagner commented:

“I said in the summer that this move was perfect for the Club and the player, as the loan gave everyone the chance to see how Elias would adapt to English football. I think it‚Äôs now correct to say he has adapted well!

“His style of play suits the English style perfectly. He has shown that he has learned from some early experiences in his career to become a better player.

“It‚Äôs more remarkable that he came to us as a competitor at number nine, but has made the place on the right of midfield his own through his performances.

“I know he is a very popular man with the players and fans, so completing this move is a great day for the Club. The most exciting thing is that I believe, at 24 years old, there is still more to come from Elias!”

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Championship ‚Äď teamtalk.com 21 Mar 12:44

Rumour Mill: Arsenal hunt German; Man Utd keeper blow

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is desperate to get his hands on a Roma star, while Chelsea and Manchester United are on the trail of a Serie A midfielder, according to Tuesday’s rumours.

ARSENAL

Arsenal are reportedly monitoring the situation of £15.6million Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka (Express)

Arsene Wenger is to stay on as Arsenal boss and then bid to sign Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland (Stoke Sentinel)

BURNLEY

Liverpool have reportedly joined the race for Burnley defender Michael Keane (The Sun)

CHELSEA

The race to sign Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie is well and truly on, with Chelsea and Manchester United showing interest (Calciomercato)

Chelsea target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is about to commit his immediate future to Lazio (Calciomercato, via Teleroma 56)

CRYSTAL PALACE

Crystal Palace have their eyes on Napoli defender Ivan Strinic (Calciomercato, via Sky 24)

EVERTON

Wayne Rooney remains likely to return to Everton this summer despite West Ham registering an interest (Independent)

Everton are about to step up their chase for Genoa striker Giovanni Simeone (Calciomercato, via SportMediset)

Tottenham are leading the race to sign Ross Barkley from Everton (Daily Mail)

Liverpool have reportedly joined the race for Burnley defender and Everton target Michael Keane (The Sun)

Ross Barkley would be willing to join a London club in the summer if Everton decide to sell him (London Evening Standard)

Watford are closing in on a permanent move for Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley (Daily Express)

Everton are eyeing La Liga pair Cedric Bakambu and Willian Jose as potential replacements for Romelu Lukaku (The Sun)

FULHAM

Newcastle United are set to launch another raid for Fulham talisman Tom Cairney in the summer (Daily Mail)

LIVERPOOL

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is determined to seal a summer deal for Roma star Leandro Paredes (Daily Star)

Liverpool have reportedly joined the race for Burnley defender and Everton target Michael Keane (The Sun)

MANCHESTER CITY

Nicolas Otamendi could be bound for Real Madrid (Daily Mail)

MANCHESTER UNITED

Antoine Griezmann, who has been heavily linked with Manchester United, has confirmed he will not be leaving Atletico Madrid this summer (Daily Mirror)

Wayne Rooney remains likely to return to Everton this summer despite West Ham registering an interest (Independent)

The race to sign Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie is well and truly on, with Chelsea and Manchester United showing interest (Calciomercato)

AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, a target for Manchester United, has said that he intends to remain with the Serie A club

NEWCASTLE

Newcastle United are set to launch another raid for Fulham talisman Tom Cairney in the summer (Daily Mail)

STOKE

Arsene Wenger is to stay on as Arsenal boss and then bid to sign Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland (Stoke Sentinel)

SUNDERLAND

Sunderland will make a move for Hibernian striker Jason Cummings in the summer (Herald Scotland)

TOTTENHAM

Tottenham are leading the race to sign Ross Barkley from Everton (Daily Mail)

Ross Barkley would be willing to join a London club in the summer if Everton decide to sell him (London Evening Standard)

WATFORD

Watford are closing in on a permanent move for Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley (Daily Express)

WEST BROM

The president of Udinese believes Napoli will make a decision on the future of forward Duvan Zapata, a West Brom target, in the summer (Sport Witness)

WEST HAM

Wayne Rooney remains likely to return to Everton this summer despite West Ham registering an interest (Independent)

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