Football Shorts

It’s been an interesting Easter weekend of football in West Yorkshire – Huddersfield Town are in the relegation zone, Bradford City’s dying playoff push shows signs of recovery, and Neil Warnock leaves Leeds United.

But first we talk about transfer rumours.

Olympique Newcastle look set to continue with Alan Pardew’s French revolution, as they’re reportedly having a good long gawp at Lille’s Aurelien Chedjou. (Daily Mirror)

Michel “The Octopus” Vorm is reportedly a target for euro-monsters Barcelona, after Victor Valdes is to be on his way out of Camp Nou this summer. (Daily Star)

Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool linked with summer move for £10million Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz. (Daily Express)

Warnock’s exit from the Leeds helm, which has come as a surprise to absolutely nobody, could signal the move for a ‘big name’ – The Telegraph (I know, right?) seem to think Martin O’Neill, who was last seen clearing the Sunderland bank vault for Danny Graham, could be offered the Leeds job. The fact that Leeds never seem to have any money to spend on players could prove tricky for the man who shelled out £12 million for a striker from the Championship last summer, so it’s probably best you take this with a rather hefty handfull of salt. The usual suspects such as Gus Poyet and Owen Coyle have been doing the rounds, but former Reading boss and Matt Lucas-lookalike Brian McDermott has been made favourite for the job by William Hill.

While Leeds continue to flounder in the waters of mid-table mediocrity, Huddersfield Town are in real danger of drowning – as their fight against relegation took a bitter blow at home to promotion-chasers Hull City at the weekend. With teams around them such as Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley and Peterborough showing reasonable form, the Terriers need to improve their ailing form fast.

Bradford City’s recent upsurge in form could well see them playing Huddersfield next season, as a 3-1 win over Torquay yesterday afternoon kept alive their slim hopes of making the League 2 playoffs.

AND FINALLY... After QPR’s first-half meltdown against Fulham last night, £12 million centre-half Chris Samba, who was criticised for mistakes in the build-up to two of Fulham’s goals, has taken to Twitter to offer two match tickets as a ‘sorry’ to fans!