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West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke has been scouring the transfer market for new additions for his squad for some time now and the club has made enquiries for several players from all over Europe. There are also a number of names that are due to be leaving the club this summer even though Clarke is attempting to keep all his best players at the Hawthorns for the foreseeable future.
The club had their first disappointment of the summer yesterday as their deal to bring talented midfielder Tongo Doumbia in from Rennes after the player refused to agree to personal terms set out by West Brom. The Mali international has stated he has a huge desire to play in the premier league and would have loved to arrive at the Hawthorns but after extensive talks the two parties could not agree on personal terms so unfortunately for West Brom fans the player will remain with his current club next season unless the baggies come back with a more suitable offer.
Blackburn are also in talks to bring West Brom striker Simon Cox to Ewood park after the player has struggled to nail down a first team spot with the baggies ever since arriving from Swindon in 2009. The player has now fallen even further down the pecking list behind Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie and now it looks all but certain that the player will be departing the Hawthorns in the summer months.
A major coup for the manager this summer is the year long loan signing of Belgian international Yassine El Ghanassy after the talented winger made his arrival from home club Gent. Clarke has seen the player as an exciting addition to his squad and hopes that he will be able to reinforce his front line with the player who has been terrorizing Belgian defences for the past three years.
‘He embodies the spirit of the club and the spirit of what we are’
Former defender has not been a full-time manager before
West Bromwich Albion have appointed Darren Moore as their manager after his successful stint in interim charge.
Moore took over in April following the sacking of Alan Pardew and oversaw a striking improvement in results, winning three and drawing two of his six matches to give West Brom hope of survival where there had seemingly been none.
A dramatic final day saw Mo Salah win the golden boot, Swansea’s relegation confirmed, and Manchester City grab a 100th point with the last kick of their campaign
And with that, I’m gone. It’s been chaotic. Thanks for being there. Bye!
And Louise Taylor was at Newcastle to see Chelsea get emphatically beaten:
Antonio Conte began the afternoon in highly animated form in the technical area and, for a while, became almost hysterical before his mood finally morphed into sulky acceptance.
Long before the end, Chelsea’s manager’s had become oddly static as he stood arms folded, expression disconsolate, on the touchline. Maybe they were saving themselves for the FA Cup final but Conte’s players never looked remotely like a side which kicked off harbouring outside hopes of a top four place.
David Hytner was served with a slap-up goal feast at Wembley:
The Tottenham Hotspur support chanted that they were going home and there is certainly excitement among their number at the prospect of returning to the rebuilt White Hart Lane next season. Yet what a send-off they gave to Wembley.
Antonio Conte talks after Chelsea’s dismal performance at Newcastle.
We lost the game and I think deserved to have this defeat. I don’t know, for sure Newcastle look more determined than us. I think this. For sure, we didn’t lose a place in the Champions League today, or on the last two games. The chances were zero. But I think to finish the season this way, it’s not good. It’s not good for the team, not good for the players, not good for the fans. Now we have six days to prepare for the FA Cup final, and for sure we have to change. Our start today wasn’t good.
When there is this situation, the first person to answer for this must be the coach. Because if in this game we had this spirit, this will, this desire, I think that I’m the first person to answer for this. You’re talking about the other team being more determined. I think today I wasn’t able to transfer that determination to my players.
Stuart James watched as Swansea’s far-fetched hopes of salvation came to nought:
There was a funereal feel about this fixture as Stoke, who were already down, condemned Swansea City to relegation and a place in the Championship alongside them. Swansea, in truth, were resigned to their fate on Wednesday night, after Huddersfield grabbed an unlikely point at Chelsea, meaning that Carlos Carvalhal’s side needed a footballing miracle on the final day of the season.
Dominic Fifield saw Crystal Palace climb to 11th place in the league, and West Brom slip back to the bottom:
This game ended up a celebration of Roy Hodgson, with the affection bellowed by both sets of supporters. The home support in the Holmesdale end waited until early in the second half to unfurl their banners of appreciation, with the ground then united in chorusing the former England manager’s name. He looked almost sheepish acknowledging the adulation.
At Southampton, Dusan Tadic hasn’t just taken off and given away his shirt – his vest, shorts and socks have gone as well, and he’s walking off the pitch in a jockstrap.
Jacob Steinberg was at the London Stadium, where West Ham won and Everton were rubbish:
It spoke volumes that the Everton fans did not spring to the defence of their manager when the locals started having fun at Sam Allardyce’s expense. They simply could not be bothered and are unlikely to shed any tears if this limp defeat marks the end of Allardyce’s unhappy tenure.
Andy Hunter witnessed Mo Salah’s latest goalscoring exploits at Anfield:
Liverpool may have left it typically late to seal Champions League qualification but their farewell to the Premier League season and warm-up for Real Madrid was otherwise faultless. Mohamed Salah began a comprehensive win over Brighton with a record 32nd league goal of the campaign and Kop favourite Andy Robertson capped it with his first for the club. Anfield could only admire the exhibition in between.
Jamie Jackson watched Michael Carrick’s Old Trafford farewell:
Michael Carrick’s 464th and final Manchester United appearance featured a vintage moment via a sweet pass that created Marcus Rashford’s first-half winner. The midfielder had walked out to a guard of honour and on 80 minutes strode off the turf for a last time to a standing ovation.
Ben Fisher was at St Mary’s to see Manchester City smash another record:
How fitting that Manchester City would finish an extraordinary season with a bang. Gabriel Jesus, a substitute here, hoisted a wonderful dinked effort into the net with only seconds of the Premier League season left after meeting a flighted Kevin De Bruyne ball to earn the champions’ 32nd win of the campaign, attaining a landmark and record-breaking century of points in the process.
The match reports are trickling in now. This from Paul Doyle at Huddersfield:
Arsène Wenger’s powers may have dwindled in recent years but at least his last match at Arsenal ended in the same way his first one did in 1996, with his team taking three points. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Frenchman’s last major signing at the north London club, made sure of that detail by stabbing into the net from close range in the 38th minute.
This one is very special. As I said before many times, it’s always on my mind to help with the team. Now we’re in the Champions League and I won the award, so I’m very proud to do it. It’s always in my mind to succeed in England, with 100% to give more to succeed here. I had a great season. I’m trying to improve every year. I’m very happy. I improve year after year, I’m very proud about that.
Arsene Wenger’s final post-match TV interview concludes:
I believe I had an impact on the club as a whole, because the club today is in a strong position. A new stadium, a new training ground, they’re all paid basically. We played 48 games unbeaten, it’s difficult to imagine. I’m very proud as well for winning seven FA Cups. I see a bright future for my successor, the team has a good attitude and good quality. We need two or three additions, and after that I believe the club will compete for the championship.
On the pitch at Anfield, Mo Salah has brought out all of his individual awards for this ridiculous, over-achieving season, and is being presented with one more – the golden boot.
And here’s the league table:
So the scorelines in full, and if nothing much was in the end decided today, at least everyone had fun not doing it. 31 goals! Thirty-one! Unless I’ve miscounted, which I probably have.
Burnley 1-2 Bournemouth Crystal Palace 2-0 Bournemouth Huddersfield 0-1 Arsenal Liverpool 4-0 Brighton Man Utd 1-0 Watford Newcastle 3-0 Chelsea Southampton 0-1 Man City Swansea 1-2 Stoke City Tottenham 5-4 Leicester West Ham 3-1 Everton
A ludicrous match comes to an end at Wembley, and the 2017-18 Premier League season is over!
Callum Wilson grabs a late winner for Bournemouth at Turf Moor. The only game still in progress is at Wembley – was that the final Premier League goal of the season?
Guardiola goes absolutely wild as that goal goes in. Remarkable scenes.
The referee indicated three minutes of stoppage time and the game was in the final second of those three minutes when De Bruyne lifted the ball over the Southampton defence, Jesus ran onto it, controlled and lifted over the keeper and into the net! A brilliant goal, and City win their 100th point with the final kick of the season!
It’s all over for Swansea, and for Stoke, in a number of ways. Stoke head to the Championship buoyed by their first win in 14.
“It’s looking like 42 points for West Ham, same as in 2003 under Roeder/Brooking,” writes Mark Jelbert. “Relegation that year, looking like 13th this.”
“Conte’s team selection had a distinct whiff of a farewell sabotaging of the fourth place jig and now they’re parking the bus and conceding possession at 0-3,” writes Eamonn Maloney. “This is bordering on breach of his contract.” It does appear to have been an abysmal performance.
Table movewatch: as it stands, West Ham are going up two places, and Southampton and Stoke are going up one place each. The top 12 places are unchanged.
A hard, low cross from the left wing is diverted away from goal by a defender but rolls straight to Robertson, who slams it in!
Another lovely goal! From the edge of the area Lanzini curls the ball across Pickford, who gets a hand to it but can’t stop it nestling inside the far post!
Massive applause at Crystal Palace as Pape Souare comes on for his first appearance since the car crash that nearly ended his career in 2016.
Palace have scored some lovely goals in recent weeks, and here’s another. Three players exchange rat-a-tat passes outside the area, bemusing the West Brom defence, and then the ball is played through to Van Aanholt, who takes it past the keeper and scores!
Kane has the ball outside the area. Choudhury comes to close him down, and Kane ghosts past him with a nice drop of the shoulder and then curls a lovely shot into the far post from 18 yards!
The ball is crossed into the area, there are a succession of largely aimless headers, and then Niasse brings it down, spins beautifully and scores from close range. That is a really classy goal!
Vardy is played into the penalty area and crashes a lovely left-footed shot inside the near post!
Defoe’s low shot is saved but Burnley don’t clear their lines, Bournemouth get it back into the penalty area and King, from out to the left, cuts onto his right foot and curls into the far corner!
Loftus-Cheek brings the ball forward from halfway before finding Van Aanholt to his left, and his cross is well turned in by Zaha with his left foot, a finish which was made to look a lot easier than it was.
At Wembley, Lloris saves well to deny Iheanacho. Not a lot of good defending going on there, with Spurs in particular finding all sorts of space in the final third, and surely more goals to come.
Arnautovic collects the ball with his back to goal, spins past Keane and lashes a shot goalwards from 20 yards. It’s so hard that Pickford decides not to get his hands in the way of it – or perhaps it moved a lot in the air – and it whistles straight past him!
Yeah, 39 minutes. I know.
Shelvey’s free kick from the right goes across goal, the ball is volleyed back into the mixer and Perez bundles it in!
Walker-Peters presents Lamela with another tap-in at the end of another break. His second goal has been given to Fuchs, so it’s not a hat-trick (yet).
Shelvey’s low shot from outside the area goes straight to Perez, who gets a slight touch to send it inside the far post! Chelsea have been awful today, and deservedly trail by two. The visitors have come close to scoring since the break, but Giroud’s header was brilliantly saved by Dubravka.
Liverpool should have had a fourth, but Firmino, set up by Salah, shoots too close to Ryan, who saves. They are 3-0 up, but it could have been six.
Rose crosses from the left, Lucas Moura backheels the ball to Lamela, and his shot flies off Fuchs and ends up in the top corner!
It’s saved! Fabianski dives low to his right, and Shaqiri’s shot goes right to him!
Stoke have a penalty at Swansea, as Pieters crosses, Crouch chests down, flicks the ball up and the ball hits Olsson’s raised hands.
Solanke scores his first goal for Liverpool at the end of a swift break from the other penalty area. Salah gets an assist this time, running into the centre from the right before playing in Solanke, who crashes the ball high inside the near post!
Goaltastic! Spurs zip a few passes about, work the ball from left to right, and Walker-Peters’ low centre presents Lamela with a tap-in from six yards.
“For the few people not watching the Baggies’ last appearance in the Premier League for a while,” writes JR, “their only highlight of the first half was a drilled diagonal pass by Chris Brunt in added time. Oof.”
I’d like to thank all the eagle-eyed readers out there for reminding me that Liverpool are playing Brighton rather than Bournemouth, and that Manchester City are playing Southampton rather than Brighton. It’s just all so dizzyingly exciting, isn’t it?
It’s half time everywhere, and you’re up to date with all the scorelines. I’m going for a brief breather. Back in a tick.
“Rashford is nowhere to be seen on your pre-match teamsheet,” notes Matt Loten, “but somehow has nabbed the opener?”
Blame the Press Association. Well, and me I suppose. A bit. If you have to. They sent the wrong team, and then I missed the subsequent team amendment notice, and the line-ups in fact (I think) were these:
At Old Trafford, Richarlison has produced his mandatory ludicrous miss, planting a free header straight at Romero.
And with that the crazy, far-fetched dream is surely dead. At Southampton, Manchester City haven’t even had a shot on target.
Arsene Wenger’s farewell might not exactly be a fairytale, but it’s at least a bit jolly. Aaron Ramsey with the assist, I’m told.
Four teams just scored in the space of about 30 seconds, which annoyingly means I missed some of them. This was one. Apparently there was good work from Marko Arnautovic.
A corner is cleared back to the left flank, Robertson centres, and Lovren slams in the header!
Newcastle should have had a penalty, as Azpilicueta drags down Perez but the referee ignores it.
A simple, long pass from – guess who? – Carrick rips a ragged Watford defence apart. Mata runs through, controls excellently, taps inside to Rashford, and United lead!
Stoke break, Shaqiri takes the ball down the right, cuts onto his left and then dinks over the defence to Ndiaye. Ball and run are timed perfectly, and Ndiaye controls and then lifts the ball over Fabianski. And with that, any chance Swansea had of winning the game 9-0 to storm to safety is over. Manchester City still haven’t scored, so they’re not exactly helping.
Mané has another one-on-one chance. This time he doesn’t shoot, instead rolling the ball to Salah to his right – but the keeper anticipates this, and Salah is a bit too close to Mané, and he gets in the way! Salah eventually wrestles the ball back, but his shot is blocked on the line!
So Salah has now scored 32 league goals, a record for a 38-game Premier League season.
Newcastle have had nine shots so far against Chelsea, who haven’t had any.
He’s scored another one! The ball is poked into the box – Salah was expecting it to his right but it comes instead to his left, so he checks back that way and hits a low shot into the corner of goal from the penalty spot!
I’ve not had much to tell you about the game at West Ham, but here’s some Hammer-related news:
And moments later it might have been two – Shelvey runs onto another Ritchie pass, makes his way into the box and then slams a shot just wide from 15 yards.
Ritchie’s nice ball into the box finds Murphy, whose header loops into the air but is dipping goalwards until Courtois dives across to palm it away – and straight to Gayle, who nods in!
Meanwhile Salah was just brought down in the penalty area, but the referee mystifyingly ignores it.
Chance for Liverpool! Mané is played in, runs into the area, has only the goalkeeper in front of him and thumps the ball straight into him!
This is ding-dong stuff. Iheanacho dribbles into the area and passes to his left, Vardy is blocked but the ball runs to Mahrez, and he sweeps it home first time!
King’s shot from outside the area hits a defender, but his appeals for a penalty are turned down. No matter, as 30 seconds later Ayew knocks the ball down and King runs into the box and slides the ball into goal with enormous cool.
Now Ince shoots wide from the edge of the area. Arsenal are clinging on here.
40 - Harry Kane is the first Spurs player to score 40+ goals in a season in all competitions since Clive Allen in 1986-87 (49). Whirlwind.
Huddersfield are absolutely thrashing Arsenal 0-0 at the moment. It is hilariously/awfully one-sided, depending on your perspective.
What a chance for Huddersfield! Pritchard breaks the offside trap, runs into the right side of the area and then pulls the ball back excellently for Ince, who takes a touch to control the ball and then blasts over. That should have gone in!
Save! And another save! First Courtois beats away Shelvey’s driven shot, and then a matter of seconds later he dives to his right to keep out Diamé’s long-range shot.
At Old Trafford United are struggling a bit, and Rojo has just been booked for fouling Richarlison, 30 yards from goal.
Leicester have the ball in their own half, but the pass is hit into Eriksen and rebounds into the path of Kane, who spins, sprints into the area and, from the left of goal, slams a left-foot shot inside the near post!
Meanwhile there’s a goalmouth scramble at Huddersfield, where a corner leads to a few moments of chaos but not, in the end, a goal. Meanwhile an aeroplane flies over the stadium carrying a “Merci Arsène” banner.
Simplicity and quality: Leiester win a free kick on the left wing. Mahrez sends in a beautiful curling, dipping cross, and Vardy’s header at the near post sends it angling perfectly inside the far!
And they’re off!
Three minutes to three – out come the teams!
Here’s another significant footballing figure who will be leaving us after today: John Motson, a giant of his profession, will be taking his extraordinarily long finger into retirement.
Talking about Huddersfield giving away shirts, they have been doing a lot of that today – every home fan has got one:
Forget half-and-half scarves, Huddersfield have made a half-and-half shirt. Wisely, they have given it away.
“Huddersfield away couldn’t be a better-scriped end to Arsène’s time,” suggests Charles Antaki. “The hullabaloo is over, the affectionate tears shed, and reflections reflected upon; now it all ends in what is effectively a friendly game against likeable opposition. The team will probably lose again, but that, too, might help ease the gears down to a slow coast off into the sunset. Once more, and for the last time, merci Arsène - et adieu.”
Arsene Wenger does a pre-match chat:
Well we want to finish well, you know. And overall, I want as well to do my job as well as I can until the last minute. The last weeks have been a bit more difficult, with less focus on what you want to focus on. I had to deal with that and I will try to finish well. There’s nothing at stake apart from winning the game, but I want it to be a happy day and a happy day is a winning day. They have done a miracle. They had to finish with Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal. You have to congratulate them, and their manager has done a miracle.
Interesting shin pad size comparison here:
Antonio Conte talks about his line-up to Sky:
I think it’s right to make rotation and try to make the best decisions. But if you don’t like our starting XI I can change it. I have time.
“Allardyce is just taking the mick with today’s team selection,” rages John Traynor. “5-3-0-0-2 formation. Five defenders starting and three more on the bench. ‘You want hoofball, here’s some hoofball for you!’ he yells in the faces of the Everton fans.”
Team news is starting to trickle in. Hold on to your hats …
So here we are. The final day. It has been a long journey, and today we reach our destination. It may seem as if, with the trophy already handed out, two teams relegated and a third awaiting only the coup de grace, there is little to play for today, but in fact only four teams – Manchesters City and United, Arsenal and Burnley – have already decided their finishing position and every single match could change something. Nothing very exciting, sure, but something.
This game ended up a celebration of Roy Hodgson, with the affection bellowed by both sets of supporters. The home fans in the Holmesdale end waited until early in the second half to unfurl their banners of appreciation, with the ground then united in chorusing the former England manager’s name. He looked almost sheepish acknowledging all the adulation.
Somehow, with no title race since 2014 and Manchester City all but wrapping up this one in October, it has still been enthralling
And now the end is near. And so we face the final curtain or at best a rather demob-happy, oddly tension-free final flutter of a curtain that fell some time ago for most of English football’s top tier.
Sunday’s final fixtures of the Premier League season will be played out in the usual conjoined fashion, simultaneous kick-offs designed to offer last-day drama and a level playing field to the final jostle for air and space.
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