And another reunion is on the cards as Wigan chairman Dave Whelan claims Martinez is the favourite to sign striker Arouna Kone from the relegated club despite bids from two other sides. “Roberto has taken who he wants with him,” the Latics chairman told Press Association Sport. “That deal has been done and we have already filled the vacancies.” Whelan said there was no compensation involved as he regarded the settlement he received from Everton for Martinez, believed to be around £1.5million for the Spaniard’s final year of his contract, enough. “We wouldn’t even attempt to (get compensation) for staff who worked with Roberto as we got what was due to us for Roberto,” he added. Kone appears the next in line to join the migration to Goodison Park despite competition from elsewhere. “Three clubs have made offers for him – Everton is definitely one – as he had a clause in his contract that he could go if someone paid £5million,” Whelan added. “It is really up to him where he wants to go now and I think he will go to Everton.” However, Whelan is keen to hang on to his other key players – such as midfielder James McCarthy – to give Martinez’s successor Owen Coyle every chance of getting back in the Premier League. “We have always got interest in one or two lads but we have hopes of holding on to them,” said the Wigan chairman. “We have had people asking of course but we have had nothing serious on the table.” Press Association Assistant Graeme Jones, chief scout Kevin Reeves and goalkeeping coach Inaki Bergara plus a member of the Latics’ medical staff have all followed the Spaniard to the Premier League club. Their arrival was made possible by the departure of Steve Round, Jimmy Lumsden and Chris Woods to Manchester United to link up again with former Toffees boss David Moyes. New Everton manager Roberto Martinez has been reunited with key members of his Wigan backroom staff after a deal was completed to take them to Goodison Park.
Hodgson preferred Tottenham winger Andros Townsend to either of the in-form Swansea widemen when he named his squad for next week’s friendly against Norway and the opening Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland last Thursday. Townsend has yet to start a Premier League game for Spurs this season and Dyer and Routledge responded to their omission by providing the goals as Swansea extended their perfect Premier League start with a 3-0 home victory over West Brom Press Association Garry Monk believes Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge should be in Roy Hodgson’s England squad on current form. Routledge registered with a spectacular 18-yard volley and Dyer grabbed a double to take his goal tally for the season to three. “I’ve talked about it many times and said before you have to watch them to select them,” said Swansea manager Monk. “They can only do what they’re doing and they have to improve and make it difficult for any international manager not to pick them. “On form, yes, I think they should be in (the England squad). But maybe I’m biased because they’re my players. “But we understand that it’s early in the season and it’s not something we talk about much. If it comes great, but we just make sure the football’s as good as possible.” Swansea are certainly doing that with Monk having masterminded four straight victories when also taking the Capital One Cup defeat of Rotherham into account – the club’s best start to a season for 91 years. “It’s a good start but that’s all it is,” Monk said. “There’s a long way to go and a lot more work to do, but it’s good to have the winning habit. “We know what we are. We’ll try to get to that 40-point barrier as quickly as possible, that will always be our target. “It’s only our fourth year in the Premier League and expectations come with winning games but we have to get there as soon as possible.” West Brom boss Alan Irvine lamented Jonas Olsson’s costly slip which handed Dyer his second-minute opener. “It could not have been a worse start,” said Irvine. “You spend a week getting ready for the game, develop a game and somebody slips. “That can’t be legislated for. It makes a tough game an even tougher one and we certainly got rocked by that. “We gave the ball away too cheaply, especially in the final third, but as it was looking as if things were settling down were make another mistake and we’re 2-0 down and desperate for half-time to come.” Irvine admitted many of his players are still settling in at the club after a busy summer of comings and goings at The Hawthorns. “A lot of them are not fit at the moment,” Irvine. “We lost 13 players over the summer and so had to replace all of them. “But the players we’ve signed have taken longer – for a variety of reasons – to get them in. We brought in a number of lads who weren’t attached or weren’t training with their clubs and we’ve got to try to get them up to speed. “We’ve got players who are in desperate need of a pre-season and we’ve got to get them working together as quickly as we can.”
LAUDERHILL, Florida – At Girl Scout Friendship Park, Port St. Lucie vs Lauderhill JammersLauderhill Jammers captain Mark “Soup Bone” Johnson made the correct call and batted first, as his team piled up a massive total of 231 runs for two wickets in their allotted 20 overs. Elvis Watson who opened the batting carried his bat for 114, not out. His total includes eight huge sixes and six fours from 62 balls. He was supported by Simeon Pierre, 51 and Keniel Irvin, 23. Bowling for Port St. Lucie, Elton Tucker Jr. and Anthony Niranjan each taking a wicket for 35 and 42 respectively.In reply, Port St. Lucie were blown away for a mere 42 runs in 13.3 overs with only captain Elton Tucker Jr. getting into double-figures, with 17. Bowling Lauderhill Jammers to a mammoth 189 runs victory, was Durant Dennis with 2 for 7 from his allotted four overs, which included a maiden; while Linford Williams, David Brathwaite and Dwayne Thompson each getting one wicket for 5, 6, 13 respectively. Upcoming Games for Sunday, October 6, 2019, at Lauderhill Sports ParkLauderhill Jammer vs. Southshore at 11: A.M. and Tropics vs. Port St. Lucie at 3: P.M.