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Today’s News: 28/05/07. Derby, Keane, Liverpool+more


 Matt Oakley, Derby County win Championship Play-Off, FOOTBALL - 0

 Derby County have secured their passage back to the dizzy heights of the Premiership this afternoon, with a 1-0 victory over West Brom. The goal came courtesy of Stephen Pearson, the former Celtic winger blasting home in the 61st minute to decide what the press had been calling the most lucrative play off final in historythanks to the new and improved TV revenue package that will come into place next year. Congratulations to all Derby fans, theFC100 always likes when the team that finishes third wins promotion. Commiserations to Baggies fans who will certainly be in the shake-up next year.

Derby boss Billy Davies:

It is a fantastic effort from these players and it is great credit to everyone at the football club. It is an unbelievable achievement.”

                     Robbie Keane has signed a new five year deal to remain at the club with the strangest forward rotation system in the Premiership. Defoe and Keane don’t play together as Martin Jol feels, justifiably, that they are too similar, both in stature and style of play. However, Keane, regular captain of the side in place of Ledley King this season, is effectively committing to a future of play badly and you’re out. Now Spurs do look like a side going places. But haven’t they looked that way for a while now? Can they really break into the top four? Keane’s 22 goals last season are impressive, but Berbatov’s 23 (from more appearances) and Defoe’s 18 (from less appearances) are equally impressive. With Mido looking like an increasingly peripheral figure, expect Martin Jol to reinforce his options up front this summer. Jermaine Defoe will also surely not settle for another season playing third fiddle, so it will be very interesting to see how this little threesome works out.

                      Jermaine Pennant, Mohammed Sissoko, Craig Bellamy and Peter Crouch have all commented on their futures at Liverpool today. Both Pennant and Crouch stated their belief that Rafa Benitez retains faith in them.

Pennant: “Starting in the Champions League Final proves that i’m doing something right in the boss’ eyes“.

Crouch: He’s told me i’m part of his plans and that’s good enough for me“.

Meanwhile Sissoko sounded slightly less convincing when he stated how strange it was that at the start of the season he was always playing but recently he’d been getting less of a regular run-out. What’s Malian for ‘Mascherano’? However, Sissoko still sounds reasonably confident:

I know he has confidence in me. I’d like talks to stay longer and we have a meeting arranged with my agent.

However, Wales’ poster-boy Craig Bellamy sent out a below-radar ‘come and get me’ to Martin O’Neill and Aston Villa when he stated:

There was talk of Aston Villa wanting me within a couple of months of me arriving at Liverpool and that situation doesn’t seem to have gone away“. So…you do want to stay then Craig? Craig….?

                      Elsewhere….Owen Hargreaves is expected to complete his £17 million move to Man Utd on Tuesday…Marseille have revealed they will hold talks with Liverpool over the future of Djibril Cisse who is back in the good books after scoring 14 times in 26 appearances since December….Liverpool have signed two young Hungarian starlets. Krisztian Nemeth, 18, and 17-year-old Andras Simon, who both starred for their country in last year’s UEFA Under-17 championships, will move to Merseyside from MTK Hungaria….Luca Toni has been told he can leave Fiorentina….Hernan Crespo says he’s confident he’ll be allowed to stay at Inter Milan….Udinese remain confident that Sulley Muntari will complete his move to Portsmouth despite there appearing to be a stumbling block over his personal terms. A fee of £7million has been agreed between the clubs….Patrick Berger has completed an unlikely turnaround at Villa Park by being offered a new one-year deal. Berger who was loaned out to Stoke earlier this season after a row with Martin O’Neill has expressed his delight. Stoke must have been a nightmare….

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