A Yorkshire-centric football update
It may not be Yorkshire Day, but we don't need an excuse to report on the latest goings-on in football; just a neat geographical thread through which to connect each item.
January 24th, 2013
– Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson hailed his players as they clinched a spot in the League Cup Final next month. Despite going down 2-1 at Villa Park, Parkinson’s men held on to achieve a historic 4-3 aggregate victory which will see them face Swansea at Wembley. “I think it’d take some doing for anyone to do this again,” Parkinson said. On their way to the final, the Bantams eliminated Notts County, Watford and Burton Albion before seeing off the top-flight threat of Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa in consecutive rounds. A fourth-tier team hasn’t reached the final since 1952.
– Up the road in Leeds, the news broke this morning that Argentinian striker Luciano Becchio has handed in a transfer request. It’s thought that the season’s top scorer has already had interest during the transfer window, with two foreign clubs having already put in a bid. These bids have so far been rejected according to the Leeds United website, which also cites the 29-year old’s “financial best interests” as a reason to leave. United’s tenth-highest league goal-scorer of all time is already the Championship club’s top earner.
– And finally in Huddersfield, manager Simon Grayson has been shown the door. Further to that lazy metaphor, he’s been asked to walk through it, close it behind him and not to return to work as the Terriers’ manager. Basically, he’s been fired. Town’s website states the following: “Worsening displays have accompanied a run of just six points and no wins from the last 12 League games, including some very heavy defeats, culminating at Watford last Saturday.”
“We brought Simon in with the immediate aim to lead the Club to promotion and he did that at the first attempt. It is an achievement for which we are grateful.”