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Arsenal is in line for Community Shield – EVEN if they lose to Man City in the FA Cup semifinal

AHEAD OF THE GAME: Arsenal Queues for Community Shield – EVEN if they lose to Man City in FA Cup semifinal

  • The FA is determined to host Community Shield in Wembley in late August
  • If City of United reaches a match, they may have to stop if they are in the European final
  • FA’s preferred alternative team option is Arsenal as the most successful in history
  • Elsewhere, FA cannot afford Jill Ellis, their main target for the job of the English women

Arsenal could play in the Community Shield even if they lose the FA Cup semifinal to Manchester City next Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s side – and Manchester United, who will face Chelsea in the other game – may not be available to champion Liverpool next month due to European obligations.

Determined to stage the Community Shield, the traditional curtain raiser between champions and FA Cup winners, in late August to avoid paying a discount to broadcasters, the FA is reviewing contingency plans like City of United for the Wembley final .

Arsenal last won the Community Shield in 2017 and is lining up for this year's draw

Arsenal last won the Community Shield in 2017 and is lining up for this year’s draw

Arsenal could replace Manchester City if the Pep Guardiola's squad reaches the Champions League final

Arsenal could replace Manchester City if the Pep Guardiola's squad reaches the Champions League final

Arsenal could replace Manchester City if the Pep Guardiola’s squad reaches the Champions League final

If City reached the Champions League final on August 23 or United reached the Europa League final two days earlier, they would not be able to contest the Shield on the proposed date of August 30.

The FA’s preferred option when the cup winners aren’t available is to invite the most successful club in Shield history, Arsenal, who has won the trophy 15 times.

The Gunners were the last club to refuse to participate in what was then the Charity Shield in 1971, when they staged lucrative friendly matches after winning the Double, leading to second place in the FA Cup in Liverpool and beating Division Two champions Leicester.

Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott lift the shield after defeating Chelsea in the 2017 edition

Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott lift the shield after defeating Chelsea in the 2017 edition

Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott lift the shield after defeating Chelsea in the 2017 edition

Burnley chairman Mike Garlick’s determination to keep the club’s payroll under control is reflected in the way he hardballs in contract negotiations with Academy players.

Promising striker Max Thompson has yet to make a new deal with Burnley and his representatives are said to be negotiating more than a few hundred pounds a week.

Burnley’s thrift has become a major source of tension between Garlick and manager Sean Dyche, who was frustrated with the club’s failure to agree multi-player contract renewals for the duration of the project restart and is dissatisfied with his limited transfer budget .

Mike Garlick plays hardball in contract negotiations with Burnley's academy players

Mike Garlick plays hardball in contract negotiations with Burnley's academy players

Mike Garlick plays hardball in contract negotiations with Burnley’s academy players

FA cannot afford a top target

The FA has suffered a setback in its search for a successor to English women’s coach Phil Neville, with two-time World Cup-winning coach Jill Ellis giving herself up for her job.

Team USA’s successful coach at the 2015 and 2019 World Cups reportedly wanted a salary of over £ 700,000 to move to England, which the FA cannot achieve, especially in the current climate of major job losses and job losses.

Ellis’ US contract expires in October, so she would be well placed to succeed Marcel, especially as her former assistant Dawn Scott joined the FA as a senior high-performance coach for women last year.

However, the FA is now looking elsewhere, with Dutch coach Sarina Wiegman and Casey Stoney of Manchester United the leading candidates.

Jill Ellis (right) has priced herself to become the next England Women head coach

Jill Ellis (right) has priced herself to become the next England Women head coach

Jill Ellis (right) has priced herself to become the next England Women head coach

The expected introduction of salary limits in the Football League next season will lead to pay increases for young players, which will be exempt from the new limits.

Players aged 21 or under are not counted towards the new annual wage limits, which are entered in Championship, League One and League Two for £ 18 million, £ 2.5 million and £ 1.5 million respectively.

Agents have already pushed for the new heightened competition for young talent, which has led to wage inflation for young people in all three divisions.

Spurs now want card money

Tottenham has become the first Premier League club to charge season ticket holders for next season, despite the great uncertainty of whether fans can even attend matches. The club has set existing ticket holders a deadline of August 7 to pay 20 percent of their ticket price to keep their seat for the 2020-21 season – although this doesn’t even guarantee them access to matches.

There is little chance of stadiums running at full capacity when the government allows spectators to return, so Spurs plans to hold ballots for subscribers to attend matches.

Tottenham has become the first top racer to charge next year's subscriptions

Tottenham has become the first top racer to charge next year's subscriptions

Tottenham has become the first top racer to charge next year’s subscriptions

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