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6th Jun 2022
Author: Tony Weeks
Tragedy struck the Lancashire-based club this afternoon, as owner Simon Sadler announced that the club would be entering administration and would be relegated from the professional leagues. In an official statement to club media, Sadler explained that “Unfortunately, the financial situation of the club has become untenable and we have been forced to enter administration and surrender our FA license. We will inform the supporters of the future of the club at a later date."
This move comes as a shock to many supporters, who were just celebrating their promotion to the Championship after winning the 2021 League One playoff final under manager Neil Critchley. It seems as though the club cannot escape the irresponsible financial management which was prevalent during their time under the Oystons. The fall of Blackpool represents a disappointing end to a proud footballing institution, and surely raises questions over the role of owners in managing smaller clubs.
Not much is known about the teams that may take Blackpool's spot in the upcoming Championship season. While last year's League One playoff finalists Wycombe Wanderers seem like the obvious choice, rumours abound that a new club will be formed to take the place of Blackpool for this upcoming season.
One thing is for sure, though. The leagues will miss the sunny trips to Lancashire.
12th Jun 2022
Author: Paul Joyce
In a shocking twist of events, the FA have announced that Red Bull GmbH has founded and registered a new team in the English pyramid, which has just obtained the license to participate as the 24th team in the 2022-23 championship season. The spot was previously vacated due to the relegation of Blackpool, owing to the massive financial irregularities within the club.
Such an announcement brings excitement, as fans eagerly await the continuation of the Red Bull project in England. Red Bull-owned teams have established themselves as genuine contenders within their footballing pyramids, with RB Leipzig a regular European contender in Germany, Red Bull Salzburg as perennial champions of Austria and New York Red Bulls winning three MLS Supporters Shields. Many pundits speculate that a similar rise could be seen in England, with the newly established club expected to challenge the elite English football teams within the next decade.
However, this move has also been met with sharp criticism from other corners of the footballing world, with many feeling that the move represents another example of the corruption that runs modern football. Said one anonymous club executive: “The fact that companies like them can spend billions of pounds to found new clubs in place of time-honoured institutions is another representation that the game of football is no longer the game of the people anymore.” Supporters have also been outraged at the move, arguing that teams such as Wycombe were more deserving of a place and that new clubs should not be founded to enter as prestigious a league as the Championship.
While plans have been announced for the construction of a new stadium and facilities based near Harrow School in London, we do not know the new manager or any other details of the club. We shall keep you updated with more developments.
27th Jun 2022
Author: Tony Weeks
Following endless rumours over the new manager at the newly formed club Red Bull London, club executives have announced that formed England, Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole has been confirmed as the new manager at Red Bull Stadium this morning. Cole is the first member of staff appointed by the owners at Red Bull.
Cole possesses an impressive CV, with three Premier League titles and a Champions League Final appearance, as well as 10 goals in 56 caps for England. Widely regarded as one of the most talented players of his generation, Cole had previously been a pundit for BT Sport and a technical academy coach at former club Chelsea. Red Bull's decision to appoint Cole has come with some question marks, considering Milwall boss Gary Rowett was seen as the favourite for the job. Only time will tell whether this risky decision will pay off for the energy-drink conglomerate as they begin their project to conquer English football.
The Red Bull spokesperson also announced that a press conference would be held in a few days time to officially introduce Cole as the new manager of Red Bull London.
28th July 2022
Red Bull Stadium
Steve Wright (The Daily Mirror): Welcome Joe, congratulations on the new job. What's going through your mind as you sit here as the new boss of Red Bull London?
Joe Cole (Manager): To be honest, I can scarcely believe it myself. I was always looking for the opportunity to enter back into football and when this one came up, I jumped at the chance. I'm happy to be here and I'll be even happier once we get down to business.
Stuart Stone (London.Football): Having enjoyed a successful playing career, you must be hoping that your past experience will give you some assistance in commanding the respect of the dressing room?
JC: Not really. While I did play for a lot of Premier League clubs, I was hired here as a manager, not a player. I think that the players are going to observe my ability as a manager rather than what I did during my career. It's up to how I run the team to determine how much the dressing room respects me.
Ally McCoist (ITV Sport): With the founding of this new club also no doubt comes a generous injection of funds. Do you see the club spending more money or adopting a more fiscally conservative approach?
JC: Ally, I believe in signing the best players possible to play for this team. While it would be better to get them for a cheap fee, the fact of the matter is the best players will cost higher prices. We are an ambitious club, and with money at our back, we'd be foolish not to use it.
Emma Jones (BBC London 94.9): What's your long term ambitions for the club?
JC: The Red Bull project has been known across Europe for rising to the top divisions and competing at the highest levels of the game. There is no difference in the ambitions of this club. We aim to reach the Premier League and Champions League and hopefully win some trophies along the way.
Tony Weeks (Sporting Life): One last thing, Joe. As you know, the founding of this club came after the unceremonious relegation of Blackpool, a travesty to the English pyramid. I was just wondering if…….
Millie Green (Press Officer): That's enough questions. Thank you all for coming. We look forward to meeting with you again.
31st July 2022
Red Bull Stadium
Red Bull London 7 - 0 Bristol City
The Championship collectively shuddered today, as the newly formed Red Bull London announced themselves to the world with an emphatic win over Nigel Pearson's Bristol City. In just their second ever official game, the Red Bulls put the Robins to the sword, tearing them apart at every opportunity.
The game was already a foregone conclusion by halftime, with Nicolas de Preville profiting off some wasteful possession by the Bristol defence to score an excellent first half hat-trick. However, the Bulls showed no signs of slowing down in the second half, as Jeremy Sarmiento put away a simple tap-in following an outlandish effort from midfielder Mohamed Ben Romdhane which was barely parried away. Bristol's defensive woes were not helped by Han-Noah Massengo receiving his marching orders with half an hour still left in the game, and RB London gleefully took apart the defence. Nemanja Radoja came alive with two goals in five minutes, following a beautiful screamer with a simple header off a set piece from Kieran Dowell. Dowell himself finished off the rout with a simple finish towards the end of the game.
The defeat has raised questions over the effectiveness of the Bristol defence, while serving as a statement of intent to the rest of the Championship: Red Bull London are here, and they are coming.
2nd September 2022
Author: Emma Jones
With the transfer window drawing to a close, we finally can have a look at what the first Red Bull London squad looks like. With the team having won their first 11 games, it seems safe to say that the famed recruitment of the Red Bull franchise has produced excellent results for the fledging team. Let's have a rundown of the main squad and what we expect to see from them this season:
For a total sum of just £25 million, Cole and his staff have managed to put together a team that currently sits unbeaten atop the Championship. If no one was taking RB London seriously, they have no choice now.