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Brunt to leave West Brom

Brunt: "I should make it clear that my entire focus over the next few weeks will be on doing everything in my power to get us back to the Premier League."

Last Updated: 04/06/20 5:44pm

Chris Brunt has had two separate spells as club captain at West Brom since 2011

Chris Brunt has had two separate spells as club captain at West Brom since 2011

Chris Brunt will leave West Brom when his contract expires at the end of the season after 13 years at The Hawthorns.

The midfielder, who joined from Sheffield Wednesday in 2007, will not have his contract renewed.

He has been limited to nine appearances this term and held talks with Albion's technical director Luke Dowling about his future this week.

"It has been the honour of my career to have played for this great football club for the last 13 years but today I must begin saying goodbye," said Brunt, who is aiming to win a third promotion with the Baggies this season.

"Before I go any further, I should make it clear that my entire focus over the next few weeks will be on doing everything in my power to get us back to the Premier League, to where this club and its fans belong.

"Though it may not come as a massive surprise to many, I thought it best we clarify the situation now, before we begin playing the final nine games of the season. We cannot afford to have any distractions from our goal."

Brunt insists he is still focused on helping West Brom achieve promotion to the Premier League before he leaves

Brunt insists he is still focused on helping West Brom achieve promotion to the Premier League before he leaves

Brunt is one of only 16 players to have made more than 400 games for the Baggies and holds the record of Premier League appearances, 269, for the club.

In total he has played 419 times for Albion, scoring 48 goals, and has also earned 65 caps for Northern Ireland.

Dowling added: "In one sense it was a difficult conversation to have with Chris because I knew we were saying goodbye to a genuine club legend.

"But it was also made easy by Chris's professionalism and acceptance of the situation. In this day and age, to have stayed 13 years and logged more than 400 games, most of them at the highest level in the country, is astonishing.

"But football always moves on, Chris accepted that. He is disappointed not to have played more this season but he has not given up yet on making a contribution over these last nine games and has committed to finishing off the campaign doing everything he can to help us achieve our aims."

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Robson-Kanu: My flavour for West Brom success

Hal Robson-Kanu was part of the West Brom squad relegated from the Premier League in the 2017–18 season

Hal Robson-Kanu was part of the West Brom squad relegated from the Premier League in the 2017–18 season

Hal Robson-Kanu is on the cusp of a return to the Premier League with West Brom. Ahead of the proposed resumption of the Championship season later this month he is determined to drive his club's promotion charge.

The forward, a hero among Wales fans for his individual brilliance in scoring during their stunning victory over Belgium in the quarter-finals at the Euro 2016 finals, is now enjoying his most prolific campaign in front of goal.

At 31, under the management of Slaven Bilic, he has scored a career-best 10 goals from 31 Championship appearances this season.

Two years on from their relegation to the second tier of English football and following what will be a three-month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic, second-placed Baggies face a nine-game run-in to decide what division they will feature in next season.

June 20 - when Championship football will resume - is fast approaching.

"It is a quick turnaround," Robson-Kanu says. "This week I think we will be playing 11 vs 11 friendlies and as of this weekend we will be two weeks away from the resumption of the season.

"But we are going to be back into the thick of things quite quickly given the time frame that we have to complete the games.

0:43 Hal Robson-Kanu has confidence in the protocols being put in place and feels safe returning to action, as the Championship gets set to resume on June 20

Hal Robson-Kanu has confidence in the protocols being put in place and feels safe returning to action, as the Championship gets set to resume on June 20

"Players and the staff are doing everything we can to prepare in as best a way as possible. It is obviously an unprecedented situation in terms of managing it and trying to prepare our bodies mentally as well to get back into that level of intensity. But we will certainly be ready."

But it could have all been so different.

At 15, shattered by the reality of ruptured knee ligaments, he was told the prospect of playing at the elite level of English football would be out of the question.

While playing in the Reading youth team he was left devastated by serious damage to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Not once, but twice and in quick succession.

His surgeon, at the time of his two reconstructions of his knee over a two-year period, advised him to consider a new career.

It was definitely a lightbulb moment for me at the time - being a teenager - the impact nutrition can have.

Hal Robson-Kanu

After what he describes as two years of swelling, constant pain and side effects following reactions to playing, the former Arsenal schoolboy puts his eventual recovery and subsequent success in his career down to, of all things, turmeric.

"It was definitely a lightbulb moment for me at the time - being a teenager - the impact nutrition can have," he says.

Along with the help of his father, he created a blend of natural ingredients which he confidently says helped save his career and sparked the launch of his business The Turmeric Co.

"It was certainly a journey where I was dedicated and determined to get back playing, but when I did, two years after the surgery, I was constantly hampered with the pain, niggly injuries," he recalls.

"My knee would constantly swell up and a lot of the prescription medication, which I was taking at the time, the anti-inflammatory drugs I was having adverse effects to them."

London-born Robson-Kanu, unlike many of his peers, has been directly involved in helping NHS staff and frontline workers during a period of great emotional distress across the country.

He says around 5,000 of his shot drinks have been delivered to key workers, including to staff at the St Pancras Hospital along with other care package deliveries to ambulance crews.

Amid an uncertain picture during the pandemic, Robson-Kanu admits there were concerns within the West Brom camp ahead of returning to day-to-day training, but such fears have since been allayed.

Now, the focus switches to ensuring the club, lying second in the table and six points clear of nearest chasers Fulham, finish what the squad started last summer under the leadership of Bilic - securing Premier League football.

"That is the goal without a doubt," he says.

"It has turned into a mini-season almost with nine games to go. We will be focused to hit the ground running from the first game.

Will West Brom maintain their position inside the Championship's automatic promotion spots?

Will West Brom maintain their position inside the Championship's automatic promotion spots?

"It is going to be very intense, but we have shown it all season. We have been up in the top two for the whole season and we have shown that we are deserving of having a place there, so now it is about getting back to that and finishing the season strong.

"Our ambition, ultimately, is to finish the season in the top two places."

West Brom, who trail league leaders Leeds by one point, will resume the season later this month with a West Midlands derby meeting against Birmingham City at The Hawthorns.

Robson-Kanu is under no illusions that his side must hit the ground running, having gone two games without a win prior to the suspension of the division on March 13.

"That is part and parcel of being at the top of the league," he adds. "You will always have teams chasing you and it is important that we hit a run of form as soon as we start back.

"The first game is going to be massive in terms of picking up points on the board. But ultimately, we have to make it a continuation of our season."

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‘Football must first look after itself’

Last Updated: 04/06/20 1:18pm

Oliver Dowden says resuming the season behind closed doors is 'the most important first step'

Oliver Dowden says resuming the season behind closed doors is 'the most important first step'

Football should "first look after itself", a Government minister has said, after calls were made for a state-backed plan to help English Football League clubs avoid insolvency in the coronavirus pandemic.

A plan co-authored by Sunderland co-owner Charlie Methven and former Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee chair Damian Collins has called for the establishment by the Football Association of a Football Finance Authority (FFA), underwritten by the Government, which would provide funds to keep clubs affected by the coronavirus outbreak afloat.

Collins argued there may only be a few weeks "to save professional football as we know it", with League One and Two clubs in particular stretched by the complete loss of matchday revenue.

0:43 Grimsby manager Ian Holloway believes the League Two club could go bust by September and describes the decision to release nine players to help the club stay afloat as the worst day of his life

Grimsby manager Ian Holloway believes the League Two club could go bust by September and describes the decision to release nine players to help the club stay afloat as the worst day of his life

He asked the current Secretary of State for DCMS, Oliver Dowden, what support will be available from Government, to which Dowden replied: "The most important first step is to get sports going behind closed doors because that helps secure revenue, so we've got the Premier League and then the Championship.

"I would look first to sports to look after themselves and I'm meeting extensively with the EFL and Premiership and FA. But of course we'll continue to work on this."

1:42 Former Leeds manager Kevin Blackwell says Leeds may struggle to play without fans at Elland Road, but believes they deserve to be promoted to the Premier League

Former Leeds manager Kevin Blackwell says Leeds may struggle to play without fans at Elland Road, but believes they deserve to be promoted to the Premier League

The Government has already pledged a £16m loan to help keep rugby league in England going.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters did not rule out further support from the top flight to the EFL and further down the pyramid, but indicated the first priority was to complete the 2019-20 season.

0:43 West Brom striker Hal Robson-Kanu has confidence in the protocols being put in place and feels safe returning to action, as the Championship gets set to resume on June 20

West Brom striker Hal Robson-Kanu has confidence in the protocols being put in place and feels safe returning to action, as the Championship gets set to resume on June 20

"Until we have been able to get back playing, until we have a clear plan to start season 2020-21, we are dealing with our own situation," he told Sky Sports.

"At the moment we have made good all our solidarity contributions to the pyramid for 2019-20 and indeed we have forwarded a big chunk of next year's revenue, and we are committed to completing that.

"What we have to get ourselves into is a position where we are sure of the Premier League's financial situation at a time when clubs are suffering significant revenue (losses), before we can return to that topic."

0:33 Premier League chief executive Richard Masters says he is optimistic supporters will be allowed to attend matches in the competition on a phased basis in the 2020/21 season

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters says he is optimistic supporters will be allowed to attend matches in the competition on a phased basis in the 2020/21 season

The Premier League has set a provisional restart date of June 17, and Masters has previously put the cost of curtailing the current season at over £1bn.

The Championship is set to resume on June 20. Nine individuals connected to six different clubs tested positive for coronavirus in the latest round of testing, announced on Wednesday.

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Harris predicts salary caps across the EFL

"Salary caps into League One and Two, in the Championship salary caps will, I believe, come into play. Players demanding salaries are going to completely change"

Last Updated: 04/06/20 1:01pm

Neil Harris says the goalposts will change for all managers looking to recruit in the summer

Neil Harris says the goalposts will change for all managers looking to recruit in the summer

Cardiff manager Neil Harris believes salary caps will have to be introduced throughout the EFL in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

EFL chairman Rick Parry warned last month that clubs faced a £200m financial hole by the end of September.

Salary cap proposals were sent to clubs in Leagues One and Two while Parry told the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee that a salary cap and other cost control measures were "absolutely essential".

"I think the reality is that economics are going to hit," Harris told Sky Sports News. "It's hit the industry already and I think it's going to continue to hit.

"Even the agents are getting hit at the moment.

"Football is going to change, maybe not at the top level immediately but in the leagues below certainly.

"Salary caps into League One and Two, in the Championship salary caps will, I believe, come into play. Players demanding salaries are going to completely change."

English Football League chairman Rick Parry has warned clubs face a £200m financial hole by September

English Football League chairman Rick Parry has warned clubs face a £200m financial hole by September

Cardiff are currently focused on the return of the Championship season which is set to resume on June 20.

The Bluebirds were just two points off the play-off places when the campaign was suspended, leaving them with realistic hopes of promotion to the Premier League.

Harris admits that puts them in a very difficult position when it comes to planning in the current financial climate.

"What division are we going to be in next year? We've got a chance of being in the Premier League so we would look at that and think two drastically different budgets," he added.

"If we are in the Championship then I think like 95 per cent of Football League clubs we are going to have to adjust accordingly.

"The chairman has already spoken about it publicly and I think all football managers understand that the goalposts are going to move in the summer."

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Taylor: I don’t expect sympathy from Charlton fans

Taylor: "I'm gutted at the way it's finishing, but I don't expect people to care. I know that once the damage is done it's irreparable and I don't really expect any sympathy"

Last Updated: 04/06/20 8:04am

2:19 In an exclusive interview, Lyle Taylor has told Sky Sports News he is struggling to sleep over his decision to refuse to play for Charlton once the Championship season restarts

In an exclusive interview, Lyle Taylor has told Sky Sports News he is struggling to sleep over his decision to refuse to play for Charlton once the Championship season restarts

Lyle Taylor hopes Charlton fans can find it in their hearts not to "hate" him, following his decision not to extend his contract and finish the 2019-20 season with The Addicks.

Lee Bowyer revealed earlier this week that his top scorer has decided to protect his career by deciding against extending his contract by a month when the season resumes.

Sky Sports News reported in December that Taylor was attracting interest from a handful of Championship clubs, including Swansea, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield Wednesday, with Scottish Premiership giants Rangers also keeping a close eye on the situation.

But in an exclusive interview, Taylor told Sky Sports News about his fears that the life-changing move he has worked his entire life for would be scuppered if he injured himself in the remaining nine games of the season.

The striker has already missed a large chunk of the season after injuring his knee badly while on international duty with Montserrat in September.

He revealed: "I've sat in my living room staring at a blank TV screen for hours on end these last few weeks. I've not eaten or slept properly. I've been up 'til 5am listening to the birds chirping thinking about it.

"Then I finally came to the decision together with the manager that he has openly spoken about. He said to me 'Lyle I can see how cut up this has made you'. But this is a time nobody has had to deal with before - lockdown has been difficult for everyone.

"I'm gutted at the way it's finishing, but I don't expect people to care. I know that once the damage is done it's irreparable and I don't really expect any sympathy.

0:38 Charlton boss Lee Bowyer says that, although he's disappointed Taylor has made himself unavailable for selection when the Championship returns, he does understand the decision

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer says that, although he's disappointed Taylor has made himself unavailable for selection when the Championship returns, he does understand the decision

"We are the first ones able to go back so that's difficult for footballers and football clubs. My reasons and concerns stem from my knee injury - it plays on the mind.

"It makes me think what would happen if I had an injury now that threatened the rest of my career. I'll be honest with you, it scared the life out of me.

"That's my honest reasoning. I know it won't sit well with people but it's been a very hard decision to make.

"I want to play to keep this team in the league; we have worked so hard to get here. But there is something in the back of my head that says if you get a serious injury the chance you have worked and dreamed of since you were six-years-old is gone. I'm not 26 or 27 - I'm 30 years old. The way I play, it puts me in positions that I could get seriously injured at any time."

Taylor signed for Charlton in 2018

Taylor signed for Charlton in 2018

Taylor has been something of a lower-league journeyman in England and Scotland - until he started hammering in the goals for Charlton after signing from AFC Wimbledon in 2018.

This season is his first in the Championship, and his goals have as many as eight clubs vying for his signature. He has made just a modest living from the game.

He added: "I hope people can look at this and not hate me. I'd like to think people will listen to this with more of an open mind and look into my journey and where I've came from.

"I've played at every level from the Championship to step four of non-league football. There is no doubt I have gone the longest route around to get to where I am today.

1:20 A Portuguese consortium have told Sky Sports News they are in talks to buy Charlton and say they have a five year plan to return to the Premier League

A Portuguese consortium have told Sky Sports News they are in talks to buy Charlton and say they have a five year plan to return to the Premier League

"I've been released by three clubs, sold by two more who didn't want me. I've been told I'm not good enough to be a professional footballer, not good enough for League One - or to step up the Championship.

"All I've done is try to prove them wrong and make the best of my opportunities. At the age I am, should I get seriously injured I'll never get another opportunity like those I currently have.

"I'm sure not many people will be sympathetic simply because I do the job that I do. I'm not okay with that but I'll have to live with that.

"But this is a special set of circumstances and I'll maybe have to think about looking about myself, my body and my livelihood this time.

"I have to be maybe a little more worried about myself and my future than what someone else feels they can say about me on radio, TV or social media.

Taylor celebrates Charlton's play-off win

Taylor celebrates Charlton's play-off win

"I know I won't be remembered at Charlton like I did at Wimbledon: that was someone who went out there giving everything and had to be dragged off the pitch after giving my all in every game.

"I might be remembered as a money-grabber or a let-down, but I would like to think some people will look beyond that and remember the good times I shared with the manager and my team-mates and Charlton Athletic.

"Hopefully the Charlton fans can look on it more fondly than with hatred or disgust."

Despite the failure to sign a contract extension to finish the season at The Valley, Taylor says his relationship with manager Bowyer goes further than football.

He said: "I have had good relationships with three managers and sets of fans. Those are Neal Ardley, Steven Pressley and Lee Bowyer.

"The love and respect I have for Bow is probably different to most other players. He's put his arm round my shoulder these last few years and hopefully I've repaid him with goals.

"I'd like to think that Bow and my team-mates know and understand and maybe at some point people might say 'we don't like it but we understand why he's done it'. Maybe in time there will be some acceptance.

"It's their right to criticise my stance. But at the same time, I have feelings and concerns like everyone else - I am only human."

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