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FORWARD THE GAME: PFA ready to drop opposition to salary caps in League One and League Two

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AHEAD THE GAME: PFA ready to drop opposition to salary caps in League One and League Two… as Gareth Southgate leaves Qatar trip in December

  • The PFA is ready to reconsider their opposition to EFL salary caps this year
  • The restrictions in League One and League Two were prevented earlier this year
  • The rules would have forced the huge range of quality in League One to be equal
  • PFA CEO Maheta Molango has hinted at a more sophisticated way of cost control

The PFA is poised to reconsider their opposition to salary caps, despite winning a landmark legal ruling that prevented their introduction to League One and League Two earlier this year.

The players’ union successfully argued before an independent arbitration panel that the EFL had broken the rules by pushing for the introduction of salary caps without proper consultation this season, leading to the planned wage cost caps of £2.5m and £1.5m in League One and Two are scrapped respectively.

In addition to displeasure at the changes being made during the pandemic, the PFA’s initial hostility was based on their opposition to a fixed cap, which would have forced Sunderland to have the same wage bill as Fleetwood in League One, for example.

The PFA, led by CEO Maheta Molango (above), could reconsider their opposition to the salary cap

The introduction of salary caps in League One and League Two was prevented earlier this year

The introduction of salary caps in League One and League Two was prevented earlier this year

New chief executive Maheta Molango has visited all 72 EFL clubs since his appointment this summer and has indicated that the union could support a more sophisticated form of cost control, such as a flexible cap based on a percentage of each club’s turnover.

Sol is still aiming for the dugout

Sol Campbell has not given up on his management ambitions despite being out of work for 15 months.

The former England defender plans to visit Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and AS Roma in the coming months for tailor-made coaching clinics as he looks to increase his experience before returning to the dugout, a glamorous route that is a long way from his previous jobs at Southend and Macclesfield.

Sol Campbell goes on coaching clinics at Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and AS Roma

Sol Campbell goes on coaching clinics at Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and AS Roma

The Ruben rollover

Newcastle are the third club to receive the backing of new director Jamie Reuben, who has taken up his seat on the board following the completion of the Saudi Arabia-funded £305 million takeover.

The 34-year-old son of billionaire real estate investor David Reuben was a regular at Chelsea’s East Stand Executive Club before becoming a director at Queens Park Rangers, where he spent two years on the board before stepping down while takeover talks in Newcastle were underway. intensified last year.

Reuben Brothers now owns 10 per cent of Newcastle, with Saudi’s Public Investment Fund holding 80 per cent and Amanda Staveley the other 10 per cent, and Jamie will represent the family’s interests in the Northeast and be quick to ‘Howay the Lads! after the acquisition was completed.

A web of question

Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber is attracting interest from a host of leading clubs as he has yet to commit to remain at Carrow Road after the end of the season.

Webber chose not to sign an extension when head coach Daniel Farke signed a new four-year deal at the end of the season, and he plans to make a decision about his future by the end of the season.

Webber recruited Farke from Borussia Dortmund’s reserve squad shortly after arriving in Norwich four years ago and impressed by putting together two promotion-winning squads from the championship on a tight budget.

Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber is attracting interest from other clubs this year

Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber is attracting interest from other clubs this year

Qatar plans scrapped

Gareth Southgate has abandoned his plans to attend the Arab Cup in Qatar in December as part of a reconnaissance mission ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

The England national team coach has not been to Qatar since he attended Liverpool’s World Cup win for clubs over Flamengo two years ago, but has chosen to delegate the World Cup scout mission to backroom staff, who will advise on possible venues for training camps and hotels.

Southgate will instead scout matches in early December and attend the draw for next year’s Nations League, which clashes with the later stages of the Arab Cup.

Gareth Southgate has abandoned plans to attend December's Arab Cup in Qatar

Gareth Southgate has abandoned plans to attend December’s Arab Cup in Qatar

Textor’s dream…

Crystal Palace’s new shareholder John Textor has quickly become an influential figure behind the scenes of Selhurst Park, with his innovative business practices that will play a decisive role in shaping the club’s future.

The American businessman’s £90m investment in Palace last summer helped facilitate a £65million spending wave that saw seven new players join the club at the end of the season, with Textor taking a keen interest in the recruitment plans of Patrick Vieira.

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