Sunday 22 October 2017

Andrews' baggies lifeline

KEITH ANDREWS could still have a future at West Brom despite his appearance on a Premier League list of released players yesterday.

The circular from the top-flight authorities caused some confusion, as the small print revealed that it related to players who were out of contract at the end of the season -- and hadn't agreed a new deal by the third Saturday of May.

Paul Scholes was listed, even though he has subsequently agreed an extension to his Manchester United career. A lengthy list from West Brom is down to the fact that the departure of Roy Hodgson has left a number of players in limbo, including Andrews.

But West Brom have indicated they might be willing to retain Andrews and Paul Scharner, provided that meets with the approval of the new boss.

With the Dubliner in Euro 2012 mode, it's entirely possible that his fate won't be decided until after the finals, with Celtic also interested in his services.

Meanwhile, the FAI yesterday confirmed their plans for beyond events in Poland and Ukraine. Ireland's next friendly will be a trip to Serbia on August 15.

The Serbs were Giovanni Trapattoni's first opponents as Irish boss -- a 1-1 draw at Croke Park in May, 2008. They will visit Dublin again in March, 2014.

Irish Independent

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