McNamara named Tannadice boss
Blackburn have signed Everton striker Anton Forrester on a free
The 18-year-old has agreed a deal to keep him with the
Championship side until 2015 after a successful trial period.
Forrester joined the Toffees’ academy aged nine and went on to
feature regularly for the Under-16s and Under-18s.
More recently the youngster had been on the fringes of Alan
Stubbs’ development squad, making seven appearances for the
Under-21s this season.
The 24-year-old, sidelined for the last eight matches due to an
ankle ligament injury, was poised to return earlier but missed out
last week through illness.
“Josh Walker is back training and we’re delighted with that,”
manager Brian Laws told the club’s official website.
“He’d been ill, but he’s back now and is fighting for a spot in
the side. He strengthens us at a time when the squad isn’t the
Laws has also received a boost with regards to the fitness of
another midfielder, Damien Mozika, and defender Christian Ribeiro,
who have both been out with hamstring injuries sustained earlier
“Damien and Christian are about a couple of weeks away and are
progressing really well,” Laws added.
“It would be nice to get them back over this next couple of
weeks because we have a lot of games and our resources are
stretched to the maximum.”
League One Pompey have confirmed on their official website that
the hearing, which was due to be held on Thursday morning, will now
take place on February 14.
Two postponements have already been agreed to allow further
discussions between the administrator, PKF, and the club’s former
owner, Balram Chainrai.
Fans’ group the Pompey Supporters Trust want to take over the
club but their bid hinges on PKF gaining permission to sell the
Fratton Park ground, which is controlled by Chainrai.
The High Court case will set a valuation for the ground, with
both parties currently unable to agree on a price.
Portsmouth have been in administration since last February and
face a 10-point deduction if and when they exit.
Dundee United have unveiled Jackie McNamara as their new manager
on a three-year deal after the departure of Peter Houston.
The former Celtic captain has moved to Tannadice with assistant
Simon Donnelly after United agreed a deal with Partick Thistle.
McNamara replaces Houston, who left the club on Monday.
McNamara was unveiled at 4pm, two hours later than scheduled, as
the remaining legal issues of the contract were ironed out.
Partick Thistle, who sit second in the Irn-Bru First Division,
confirmed last night they had given United permission to speak to
In a statement, McNamara said “I am thrilled and proud to be
named manager of Dundee United and believe I have been handed a
“This is an established Scottish Premier League Club with a
fantastic playing squad, infrastructure and youth set up and I
cannot wait to start working with the players.
“When I spoke to the board of directors, we shared the same
vision and belief with regards to how Dundee United should
“This club has very strong foundations with the majority of the
first team squad under contract beyond this summer and a very
strong youth structure in place.
“I am sure the Dundee United supporters will appreciate how I
like to play the game and I look forward to working with everyone
connected with the club to take us forward.”
McNamara will begin his United career with the eagerly-awaited
William Hill Scottish Cup fifth-round clash against Rangers at
Tannadice on Saturday.
United chairman Stephen Thompson added: “It was important that
we moved quickly to appoint a new manager, but it was equally
important that we undertook extensive homework to ensure the
“We have worked on this for some time and after receiving great
interest in the position and undertaking a rigorous interview
process, it was clear to the board of directors that Jackie was the
outstanding candidate to take the club forward in the manner we