AHEAD OF THE GAME: Manchester City fear De Bruyne will be denied award

AHEAD OF THE GAME: Man City fear Kevin De Bruyne will be denied Player of the Year Award with the PFA voting deadline closing before his four-goal masterclass at Wolves… with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah favourite

  • Manchester City are concerned Kevin De Bruyne could miss out on PFA award 
  • Voting for Player of the Year closed last Sunday with awards night on June 9 
  • Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is the short-priced favourite to win the award 

Manchester City players are unhappy with the PFA for closing the voting for their Player of the Year Award last Sunday, which they fear could stop Kevin De Bruyne winning the trophy for a third successive year.

The players’ poll closed well before the end of the season despite voting being conducted online or via an App, and the fact that the awards night does not take place until June 9, when it will again be a virtual event.

Mohamed Salah is the short-priced favourite to win the award for a second time, but City are on course to beat Liverpool to the Premier League title in large part due to the inspirational De Bruyne. 

Manchester City players fear Kevin De Bruyne will miss out on the PFA Player of the Year award

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is the short-priced favourite to win the award for a second time

Manager Pep Guardiola said the Belgium midfielder was having his best season after he scored four times in the 5-1 demolition of Wolves on Wednesday. 

City sources feel De Bruyne’s starring role in the title race would have gained him some late votes to put pressure on Salah, particularly if Liverpool are beaten in the FA Cup and Champions League finals.

The PFA say that the poll closed early due to the logistical challenges of conducting interviews with the winners, although given no-one will be in attendance at the event, some have questioned whether that should have been a priority.


The Manchester United exodus continues with chief of staff Patrick Coyle leaving Old Trafford to become the PFA’s chief operating officer.

Coyle’s appointment is a coup for the players’ union and is set to be confirmed next week.

He joins a lengthy list of senior staff to quit United since the departure of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in February, with chief transfer negotiator Matt Judge and head of corporate finance Hemen Tseayo both working their notice, and chief scout Jim Lawlor and head of global scouting Marcel Bout having left already. 

Patrick Coyle is the latest staff member to follow Ed Woodward (pictured) out of Man United

Director of communications Charlie Brooks has also stepped down and there is turmoil in the coaching ranks, with the futures of Ralf Rangnick’s staff including Chris Armas, analyst Ewan Sharp, psychologist Sascha Lense and long-serving assistant Mike Phelan uncertain when Erik ten Hag takes over.

United have already had one coaching clear-out this season, with Michael Carrick, Kieran McKenna and Martyn Pert leaving after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked in November.


The EFL are planning to overhaul the system of appointing administrators for failing clubs following the Derby County debacle.

Insolvency experts Quantuma have taken more than £2million in fees without yet securing a deal for the sale of the club.

The EFL are planning to overhaul the system of appointing administrators for failing clubs following the debacle at Derby County. Pictured: Former Derby owner Mel Morris

The administrators were appointed by Derby last September, but despite identifying American businessman Chris Kirchner as the preferred bidder last month, the proposed sale remains in the balance as it is contingent upon Derby Council buying Pride Park from former owner Mel Morris. 

Quantuma have been criticised for wasting time and money, particularly in their doomed decision to launch a legal challenge against Derby’s 21-point penalty, which cost over £400,000. 

The EFL are considering a process which would see them compile a shortlist of approved administrators rather than giving clubs free rein. 


Former Crawley manager John Yems has suffered another setback. 

After leaving the club last week following allegations of racist behaviour towards his players, he has this week been dropped by his agent.

Yems had been represented by Superior Sports Management, a Scottish agency who manage a number of SPL players and managers, but his profile was removed from their website this week after they chose to end the arrangement. 

Yems denies using racist language towards Crawley players and having separate changing rooms for black and white players at training. The FA’s disciplinary department are set to interview him next week. 

Ex-Crawley boss John Yems has suffered another setback after he was dropped by his agent

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