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Bird signs new deal with Derby

Last Updated: 22/03/19 2:00pm

Max Bird has committed his future to Derby

Max Bird has committed his future to Derby

Promising midfielder Max Bird has signed a contract extension with Derby County that keeps him at the club until 2022.

The 18-year-old has made seven appearances for Derby in the Championship this season, starting two games.

Bird has been with the club since the age of nine and Derby boss Frank Lampard is excited he will continue his development at Pride Park Stadium.

Lampard said: "Max is a really good young man and an excellent young professional here at Derby County.

"He wants to learn and take in information and, ever since the first time I called him up to train with the first-team, he has been impressive.

"He has improved this year and he will also keep improving too because of the attitude that he has got.

"He has improved this year and he will also keep improving too because of the attitude that he has got."

Frank Lampard on Max Bird

"The attitude of a player is always critical but even more so as a young player at such an important stage of their development as they try to make the jump from the youth ranks to the first-team. That's why the attitude of a player is just as important as the quality we see on the pitch.

"I have no worries at all with Max that he will continue to work hard but, with any young player, they need guidance along the way and we'll continue to give him that as a management team and also with the senior professionals we have in the dressing room.

"With the ability Max has got and how he goes about his work, it's only a matter of time until we see more of him in the first team."

Bird is the second Derby player to agree a contract extension in as many days, following Tom Huddlestone, who agreed a new deal on Thursday until the end of the 2019/20 season.

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Birmingham handed nine-point deduction

Birmingham drop to 18th in Sky Bet Championship, five points above relegation zone

Last Updated: 22/03/19 12:46pm

Birmingham City have been handed an immediate nine-point deduction by the EFL for breaching Profitability and Sustainability rules, Sky Sports News understands.

Birmingham are understood to have exceeded the £39m allowable losses over a three-year period (up to the end of the financial year, 2018). The club's accounts for the 2017/2018 campaign showed a loss of £37.5m for that single season.

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It is understood the EFL felt there was no attempt to curtail spending and the club's losses thereafter, so these have been listed as aggravating factors in the EFL's case against Birmingham.

Prior to the deduction, Birmingham were 13th in the Championship table with 50 points. Losing nine points would drop them five places to 18th with 41 points and leaves them five points above the relegation zone with eight games remaining.

Any punishment would be the first under the EFL's new Profitability and Sustainability rules that were introduced at the start of the 2016/17 season.

It would be seen as a landmark ruling and one that will set a precedent for any future punishments for other clubs who fall foul of the EFL's financial rules.

Sky Sports News understands Birmingham feel harshly treated under the sanctions already imposed.

A nine-point deduction will drop Birmingham to 18th in the Championship table

A nine-point deduction will drop Birmingham to 18th in the Championship table

Under the old Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, QPR agreed a £42m settlement with the EFL in January 2018 and accepted a short-term transfer embargo, after overspending in the 2013-14 season. Bournemouth and Leicester have also reached cash settlements for breaching FFP regulations.

Sky Sports News understands Birmingham will remain with an "Imposed Business Plan" for the remainder of this season, which means they have to share and discuss all significant financial dealings with the EFL.

It is understood the club are not now under a 'soft embargo' and they will not face a transfer window ban this summer, but discussions about the future will continue with the EFL.

Birmingham will be able to enter into contract negotiations with their captain Michael Morrison for the first time with the 'soft embargo' now lifted. Morrison's current deal expires in the summer.

Birmingham, like all clubs, will have to publish their annual accounts later this year, and if they fall foul of the permissible £39m losses over the previous three years again, they may face further punishment.

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Deadline Day to be moved for L1 & L2

Last Updated: 21/03/19 2:05pm

Will Grigg joined Sunderland from Wigan in the January transfer window

Will Grigg joined Sunderland from Wigan in the January transfer window

League One and Two clubs will get three extra weeks to sign players in August, after the EFL backed a plan to split the closure of the summer transfer window.

Prior to this season, the window stayed open until the end of August, three weeks into the new campaign. This meant English football was in line with the rest of Europe but it greatly annoyed managers who claimed it disrupted their plans, unsettled players and led to panic buys.

As a result, the Premier League narrowly voted to close the summer window before the start of the season, with the EFL following suit soon after, which meant clubs had until August 9 to complete their business last year.

That, however, upset clubs in Leagues One and Two, who said the shortened window, coupled with their smaller scouting budgets, did not give them enough time to make signings and it put them at a disadvantage with other leagues.

It now appears those complaints have been heeded.

In a statement, EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey said the league will close the window for Championship clubs on August 8, in line with the Premier League, but keep it open for tiers three and four until the end of the month.

"By adopting this approach, EFL clubs have been given the opportunity to determine the direction of travel, with our priority ensuring that everyone has a clear understanding of the arrangements as soon as possible so as to ensure plans can be put in place for next season," said Harvey.

"This week's vote indicates strong support for a difference in approach across the Championship and Leagues One and Two and proposals will be finalised ahead of a formal vote at an extraordinary general meeting in April."

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Redknapp: B’ham trouble not my fault

"I don't think any of the signings were mine," says former Birmingham manager

Last Updated: 21/03/19 8:57am

Harry Redknapp guided Birmingham to safety on the final day of the 2016-17 Sky Bet Championship season

Harry Redknapp guided Birmingham to safety on the final day of the 2016-17 Sky Bet Championship season

Harry Redknapp has denied responsibility for Birmingham City's overspending, which could see the club deducted 12 points.

Birmingham signed 14 players during Redknapp's 13-match spell in charge, which saw him save the club from relegation to League One on the final day of the 2016-17 season - only to be sacked a month into the following campaign.

The transfer spend contributed to losses of £37.5m in the 12-month period before the end of June 2018, which could see the club punished this week after Birmingham bosses faced an EFL disciplinary commission for breaking profit and sustainability results.

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A decision is expected before their game at West Bromwich Albion a week on Friday, live on Sky Sports, with a potential 12-point deduction seeing them fall to only two points above the relegation zone.

"It's surely down to the people who run the club, like the chief executive and the chairman, or whoever, to know if we've got any money to spend," Redknapp told The Daily Telegraph.

"I didn't know anything about Financial Fair Play. I was never warned by anyone at the football club that there was going to be a problem with that.

I didn't know anything about Financial Fair Play. I was never warned by anyone at the football club that there was going to be a problem with that.

Harry Redknapp

"There were three lads from Brentford that came in [Jota, Harlee Dean and Maxime Colin] - they were all good players but they weren't on my shopping list.

"I'd never even see any of them play, they were brought in by other people above my head.

"We bought in Isaac Vassell for £1m [from Luton Town], and he will be worth massive money in my opinion. He was an absolute bargain, but I can't even take credit for that because he was nothing to do with me, to be truthful.

"I don't think any of the signings were mine. I was taking John Ruddy on a free transfer from Norwich and instead they brought in David Stockdale from Brighton. The director of football [Jeff Vetere] wasn't brought in by me either."

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Prutton’s predicted Champ table so far

David Prutton

Football Expert & Columnist

We take a look at how the Sky Bet Championship table would look if all David Prutton's predictions had come true...

Last Updated: 20/03/19 12:24pm

All season we have been asking our resident Sky Bet EFL expert David Prutton to predict every Championship match, but how has he been getting on?

We tallied up all his predictions so far and put them into a league table, and you can compare it with the actual Championship table below...

Prutton's predicted table

Here is what the Sky Bet Championship table would look like if all David Prutton's predictions this season had come true, including each side's position difference (PD) with the actual table...

Current Sky Bet Championship table

Here, Prutton explains some of his predictions so far..

"I massively rate the jobs that Marcelo Bielsa and Chris Wilder have done and for most of the season I have felt that these are the two class sides in the division," he said. "They are pretty hard to ever back against and that probably shows in why I have given them so many points!

"I am sure that Leeds, having been beaten by Sheffield United last weekend, would take a 20-point gap to third right now! Norwich's transfer business in the summer went a little bit under the radar. They didn't start particularly well either and I think they have caught everyone, including myself, off-guard with their remarkable rise.

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"Daniel Farke has them playing in a wonderful way and it probably took me a bit of time to cotton on! If they had looked this good from the start of the season then I would definitely have had them right up there in terms of points.

"Middlesbrough have done a little better than I was expecting so far clearly, although I probably tip them for a few too many low-scoring draws because of the way they play under Tony Pulis.

"Aston Villa I've got right on the money but they should clearly be doing better, and Derby's dramatic drop-off has also taken me a little by surprise.

"Blackburn are probably the one major outlier and I must admit I probably didn't anticipate the slide they have suffered in 2019.

Leeds and Sheffield United would be top two according to Prutton's predictions

Leeds and Sheffield United would be top two according to Prutton's predictions

"I thought Wigan would have done better too and have probably given them a bit too much credit occasionally on the road, when they have been dreadful away from home!

"I've also done Bristol City a little bit of a disservice so apologies to Lee Johnson and their fans!

"Further down I definitely remember backing Ipswich a lot at the start of the season because of how highly I rated Paul Hurst and what he did at Shrewsbury. In truth I was expecting them to do better, but you can see now that they haven't been good enough.

"On a sliding scale of how dramatically unpredictable this level of football is, over the course of the season I'm pretty delighted with that table! It is more accurate than I thought it would be at this stage!"

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