MADRID (AP) Athletic Bilbao says Ernesto Valverde will not remain as the team’s coach next season, clearing the way for his expected move to Barcelona. Athletic said Tuesday that the coach will give more details about his departure in a news conference on Wednesday. The Mundo Deportivo newspaper reported that Valverde has already reached a deal with Barcelona to replace Luis Enrique, who announced earlier this year that he would not continue with the Catalan club. Barcelona ends its season after the Copa del Rey final against Alaves on Saturday. The 53-year-old Valverde reportedly will sign a two-year contract with Barcelona, with an option for a third season. The announcement is expected next
Swansea City striker Jordan Ayew is over the moon - and obviously relieved - to have scored his first goal for the club. The Ghanaian joined the Jack Army in January, but after drawing blank in 13 matches, made amends on the last day of the season with his side's equalizer in Sunday's 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion. "The only thing I could do to pay them back was to score a goal, so I am really happy I could do that against West Brom.
Lincoln City’s amazing run in the FA Cup plus their successful season in the National League, where they gained automatic promotion and won the league, is the thing of fairy tales. Sean Raggett might be in for an even more exciting fairy tale, as he is rumored to be in for a transfer to the Premier League and West Ham United. The Hammers have links to the Imps, having hosted them before their match against Arsenal, and with the management team at Lincoln, the Cowley brothers, having been boyhood West Ham fans from Essex. The 24 year-old central defender would be jumping from the 5th division in English football to the top division, one of the most competitive and physically demanding leagues