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Winding-up order for Shrimpers

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Wed, 22 May 2013 16:02:00

Former USA skipper Claudio Reyna has been appointed director of football at New York City FC ahead of their inaugural MLS season.

New York City FC was unveiled as the MLS expansion team earlier this week and is part of a partnership between Manchester City and the New York Yankees.

Reyna, who captained City during his four-year spell in England, is effectively the first employee for the new franchise.

Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano said: "Finding the right person for this role and getting him in place from the start was a priority.

"The football culture of New York City FC will be built from this decision, and we believe Claudio is the man who uniquely understands what New York soccer should mean, and how it can benefit from the relationship with Manchester City FC."

Reyna, who made 87 appearances for City between 2003 and 2007, said: "Having had the privilege of playing both for my country here in the US and for Manchester City, I could not have hoped for a more tailormade opportunity in soccer.

"I am incredibly excited to again wear City's 'Sky Blue' as part of the expansion of the MLS and the growth of soccer in the United States, and am honoured to have been offered this opportunity.

"With a large fan base through the New York area, prime television rights and distribution, sponsorship commitments, and the Yankees as a US partner, the New York City Football Club has everything in place to succeed."

According to reports the Magpies will look elsewhere as they attempt to bolster a strike-force which was severely depleted by Demba Ba's January departure for Chelsea.

Manager Alan Pardew has repeatedly spoken of his willingness to consider bringing the now 24-year-old England international, who was sold to the Reds for ?35million in January 2011, back to St James' Park.

But the club failed in a cheeky attempt to sign him on loan last summer after

it became clear he had little part to plan in Brendan Rodgers' plans at Anfield, and he headed for West Ham instead.

But the club failed in a cheeky attempt to sign him on loan last summer after it became clear he had little part to plan in Brendan Rodgers' plans at Anfield, and he headed for West Ham instead.

The Hammers have made little secret of their hopes of securing the services of the Gateshead-born frontman on a permanent basis and have agreed a fee of ?15million plus add-ons, with the decision now in Carroll's hands.

With Newcastle having let it be known they will not compete for his signature, West Ham's position looks to have been strengthened.

Pardew was due to meet owner Mike Ashley and managing director Derek Llambias today to thrash out the way forward after a desperately disappointing season, which saw the Magpies come within touching distance of the Europa League semi-finals, but also flirt alarmingly with relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

They sold Carroll barely a month after Pardew's arrival on Tyneside after Liverpool made them an offer they simply could not refuse, but the striker struggled to make an impact on Merseyside and Kenny Dalglish's untimely exit heralded a further downturn in his fortunes.

Pardew had no desire to let the player leave - indeed, he had repeatedly insisted he would be going nowhere until the Reds broke the bank to get their man - and whenever asked about a possible return, he has always indicated his willingness to see the 6'3" powerhouse back in a black and white shirt.

When it became obvious that his short-term future lay away from Anfield, Carroll was keen to return to familiar territory, but it was West Ham who eventually managed to reach agreement, with the Reds simply unwilling to deal with the club which had profited so substantially from their initial investment.

But interestingly, Pardew was more coy just last week when asked about Carroll.

He said: "He's a player that anybody in the Premier League has got to be interested in if he becomes available."

The money Newcastle received for Carroll was used to secure the long-term futures of Tim Krul, Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote as well as to sign the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Papiss Cisse and Ba, and it was Pardew's belief that they had moved on.

However, Ba's exit has left them painfully short and Cisse struggled in a lone-striking role during the second half of the campaign.

Newcastle have invested much time in attempting to add firepower after chasing the likes of Luuk de Jong and Loic Remy without success, and that search will continue this summer.

Carroll now appears to be off their wish-list, although it remains to be seen whether that position is maintained or is simply a bargaining ploy or a tacit admission that the Hammers have won the race to sign him.

The League Two club are now facing their sixth in four years over an unpaid tax bill and will go to court on June 24.

The Shrimpers were last facing a petition by HMRC as recently as March when the debt was paid.

Southend are declining to make an official comment on the matter.

The Essex club finished 11th in League Two this season and were Johnstone's Paint Trophy finalists, losing 2-0 to Crewe at Wembley.

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