Saturday 4 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C


This week
29th January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# Transfer
'I was adamant to come here' - Michael Obafemi delight at finally sealing Burnley move
The Ireland striker joins on loan until the end of this season, with an option to make it permanent.
# Comment
Footballers' lives: A relentless storm you must stay in the eye of to survive
After spending last weekend in England speaking to various figures in Irish football, The42 left with a mixture of jealously, sympathy and admiration for the nature of their lives.
Last week
22nd January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# Transfers
Burnley sign South Africa striker as uncertainty over Michael Obafemi deal grows
Vincent Kompany has so far seen attempts to bring the Ireland international to Turf Moor rebuffed by Swansea City.
Last month
January 2023
# duo
Rivals for a night: Cullen and Molumby's battle as Burnley take step closer to Premier League
The heart of Ireland’s midfield for Euro 2024 qualifying went head to head on a bitterly cold night in Lancashire.
Michael Obafemi's Swansea exile continues as Burnley go six points clear
Josh Cullen looks to be heading to the Premier League while West Brom’s Ireland duo are central to revival under new manager.
Last year
# Progress
1,000 minutes and counting for Dublin teenager emerging in League One
Lincoln City’s Seán Roughan boasts an appearance record this season that owes as much to his own mentality as his mother’s fitness plans.
EFL looks to on-pitch audio and dressing room footage to expand TV coverage
The Championship is the third most attended division in Europe, behind only the Premier League and the Bundesliga.
# Irishfortunes
Wigan fans show support for McClean while Dublin teen Armstrong shines for table toppers QPR
There was late heartache for John Egan’s Sheffield United as they conceded a late penalty at Coventry, while Scott Hogan scored for Birmingham.
# New Deal For Football
Premier League and EFL looking at ‘new proposals’ to settle financial dispute
A new deal on distribution was reportedly discussed at a Premier League shareholders’ meeting this week.
# High hopes
'He's a huge talent' - Rooney wants to keep Irish teen Ebosele amid Udinese interest
The 19-year-old has put in a string of fine performances for the Rams this season.
# Wrong result
EFL not planning to investigate Liverpool's false positive Covid-19 outbreak
As many as 40 Reds players and staff tested positive for coronavirus, leading to the postponement of their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal.
All time
# Unacceptable
Wigan write letter to rival clubs over abuse of James McClean
The Ireland international re-joined the Latics from Stoke last week.
# other options
EFL open to moving play-offs to allow Champions League final at Wembley
The all-English Champions League final between Man City and Chelsea is currently scheduled to take place in Istanbul on Saturday, 29 May.
# Record Breaker
'It’s been a long time coming' - Paddy Madden becomes League One club's all-time EFL top goalscorer
The 30-year-old Dubliner was on target in Fleetwood Town’s win over Doncaster Rovers last night.
# Financial Aid
Premier League agrees €277m rescue package to help Football League clubs in danger of going bust
The news follows months of negotiations between the two governing bodies.
# Rams
Abu Dhabi royal agrees €66m Derby County takeover after failed Newcastle bid
Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan, a cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour, has passed the EFL’s owners’ and directors’ test.
# Bailout
Premier League's insufficient rescue package rejected by EFL clubs
‘The conditional offer of £50million falls some way short,’ said a statement issued by the EFL.
# Shake Up
'A new beginning' - Radical plans would see the Premier League reduced to 18 teams
EFL chairman Rick Parry insists Project Big Picture will protect the future of clubs.
# uncertainty
Premier League is not immune from cost of pandemic, says CEO
The UK government is reviewing the 1 October date for the return of spectators to sports venues amid a rise in coronavirus cases.
# On the box
EFL in talks to broadcast all matches live during 2020-21 season
Good news for fans as the action remains behind closed doors.
# State of Play
Promotion implications for Irish players as League One and League Two clubs vote to end season
Coventry City and Rotherham United are back in the Championship.
# Deadline
Southampton CEO hopeful Premier League will be completed by June
English football is currently suspended until 30 April due to the coronavirus pandemic.
# postponements
English football suspended until 30 April but committed to finishing 2019/2020 season
A joint statement from the Premier League, the EFL and the FA has been released this afternoon.
Rooney takes his place on bench for Derby as their Ireland U21 international Jason Knight looks for inspiration
Elsewhere in the Championship, the honeymoon is over for new Stoke City manager Michael O’Neill after another defeat while Shaun Williams hits a stunner for Millwall.
# Investigation
Liverpool risk EFL Cup expulsion over ineligible player
The EFL has confirmed it is looking into whether the Reds fielded an ineligible player during their midweek tie at MK Dons.
# crisis
Bury FC on verge of extinction over unpaid debts
The club’s 134-year history could come to an end by midnight tonight.
# crisis
'I'm on the verge of losing everything': Dublin footballer pleads with Bury chairman over unpaid wages
Stephen Dawson and chairman Steve Dale clashed on the airwaves as the League One side face a crisis.
# under-representation
English Football League adopts 'Rooney Rule' to address lack of ethnic minority managers
The measure has been taken in the hope of giving BAME coaches more opportunities.
# Boycott
EFL confirm Bolton Wanderers must complete league fixture schedule
They also confirmed that the club has been charged with misconduct after the suspension of Saturday’s game.
# Punishment
Birmingham City deducted nine points as club is thrust into Championship relegation scrap
Birmingham City have dropped from 13th place to 18th in the Championship following Friday’s ruling.
# spygate
Leeds fined £200,000 by EFL for 'spygate' incident involving Frank Lampard's Derby
Marcelo Bielsa sent a member of his staff to watch a Derby County training session in January.
# Championship
Big-spending Wolves lay down early promotion marker
Elsewhere, Sheffield United marked their return to the Championship with a win over Brentford.
Sean Maguire starts for Preston in Championship opener
Preston face Sheffield Wednesday at Deepdale this afternoon and there is plenty of Irish interest.
# New Years Honours
3 Irish players named in the EFL Team of 2016
Trio Keiren Westwood, John Egan and Graham Carey make the cut.
# gone
Another English language school closes - and says there is an "ongoing crisis in the industry"
Dublin School of English, located on Harcourt Street, was one of the first English schools to be established in Ireland.