Portsmouth boost as Plymouth boss surprisingly embraces squad depth Bristol Rovers’ Joey Barton criticizes Fleetwood owner’s ambitions as Sheffield Wednesday defender for Hibs | Tech US News


Here are some of the top headlines grabbing attention ahead of tomorrow’s games.

Schumacher reveals concerns about the team

Plymouth boss Steven Schumacher is concerned his current squad may not have the firepower to retain the League One title.

As a result, he is hopeful that additional funding will be available in January to help sustain the Pilgrims’ impressive start to the season.

The Home Park team currently has a four point advantage at the top of the table.

Until last week’s 5-1 FA Cup defeat by League Two Grimsby, Schumacher’s side were 16 games unbeaten in all competitions.

This game increased the resources of the League 1 leaders.

Plymouth manager Steven Schumacher Picture: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images

With six players ruled out of their trip to Lincoln tomorrow, the Pilgrims boss believes reinforcements must be sought in January.

Schumacher said Plymouth live: “We are doing great at the moment and the young lads who have come in and performed have done well, but I think it is clear to everyone that the team is not the biggest.

“We hope to address this situation in January. Plans are in place to try and strengthen the team if we can.

“I think there is little left in the budget that was originally set. I don’t know if we will have more funds available in January because it is urgently needed.

“Going into the second half of the season, if you have these types of (injuries) and you only have two or three substitutes every week who are experienced players, then it’s not going to be enough.”

Barton claims he is ambitious ahead of the Fleetwood reunion

Joey Barton has spoken to Fleetwood owner Andy Pilley ahead of his first meeting with his former club.

Bristol Rovers welcome the Cod Army to the Memorial Stadium in League One on Saturday.

It will be the first time Barton has faced his former employers since sacking Highbury Stadium in January 2021.

And it seems the former Newcastle midfielder wanted to get something off his mind in the build-up to the game.

Indeed, he claims he had more ambitions for Fleetwood than the owner – and that was a key factor in his departure, which came shortly after Barton rejected the offer of a new contract.

Speaking to the Bristol World, Barton said: ‘He (Andy Pilley) realized I wasn’t going to sign an extension so he decided to fast-track me in January and I accepted that.

I’m probably one of the only managers who was ousted because of bigger ambitions than the owner, and that’s the reality.

‘Looking back I think he did me a favor by firing us, there would have been some very difficult conversations because my ambitions for the group and to be better than the year before would have really let me down.’

In his final full season in charge of Fleetwood, Barton led the Cod Army to the League One play-offs where they were beaten by Wycombe.

Owl Eye Scottish international

Sheffield Wednesday are said to be interested in Hibs centre-back Ryan Porteous.

That’s according to the Daily Record, who claim Darren Moore faces competition from Luton, Stoke and Millwall for the Scotland international.

The 23-year-old is out of contract in the summer and has suspended contract talks with the Easter Road outfit.

However, he can sign a pre-contract with any of the above in January before a free transfer.

Wednesday are currently third in League One – three points behind second-placed Ipswich and seven behind leaders Plymouth.


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