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Hertha Berlin shoot down Lampard's Kalou interest

Hertha Berlin general manager Michael Preetz has dismissed speculation of Salomon Kalou linking up with his former Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard at Derby County.

Lampard was appointed as new Derby boss earlier this month, and Sport Bild reported he wanted to lure Kalou, his 2012 Champions League-winning teammate, to England as he prepares for his first season as a manager in the Championship.

Kalou, 32, bagged 12 goals and three assists in 31 Bundesliga games last season for the capital city side....


Championship fixtures: Lampard's Derby open 2018-19 season at Reading

Frank Lampard's first match as a manager will open the 2018-19 Championship season when his Derby County side travel to Reading, while Marcelo Bielsa begins his time in charge of Leeds United against Stoke City.

Lampard took over at Derby from Gary Rowett after the Rams once again fell short in the playoff race last season, and the former Chelsea midfielder will come up against one of his former coaches at Stamford Bridge, Paul Clement, when he takes his side to the Madejski Stadium on Friday, Aug....

2018-19 Championship: Full fixtures

Wolves celebrate promotion to Premier League after win over Birmingham
Wolves celebrate winning the Championship last season.

Check out the full fixture list for the 2018-19 Championship season. All fixtures will be subject to change for television coverage, to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Friday, August 3, 2018
Reading v Derby County

Saturday, August 4, 2018
Birmingham City v Norwich City
Brentford v Rotherham United
Bristol City v Nottingham Forest
Ipswich Town v Blackburn Rovers
Millwall v Middlesbrough
Preston North End v Queens Park Rangers
Sheffield United v Swansea City
West Bromwich Albion v Bolton Wanderers


Ex-Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa appointed new manager at Leeds United

Marcelo Bielsa
Former Argentina and Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa has been hired as Leeds United's manager.

Leeds United have appointed former Argentina and Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa as their new manager.

Bielsa, who signed a two-year deal, has been praised by several coaches, including Manchester City's Pep Guardiola and Tottenham Hotspur's Mauricio Pochettino, as one of the best tactical coaches because of his attacking style.

"My admiration for Marcelo Bielsa is huge because he makes the players much, much better," Guardiola said at a news conference before City faced Monaco in the Champions League...

 By Reuters

Stoke City sign Wolves' Benik Afobe on loan with view to purchase

Benik Afobe

Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Benik Afobe has joined second-tier side Stoke City on a six-month loan ahead of a permanent move in January -- just days after signing for the Premier League club, Wolves said on Tuesday.

DR Congo international Afobe joined Wolves on a loan from Bournemouth in January and scored six goals in 17 appearances as the Molineux outfit finished top of the Championship last season and sealed promotion to the top flight.

But after making his transfer permanent on June 1, Wolves...