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Why I didn’t do well at Everton – Rafa Benitez
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Why I didn’t do well at Everton – Rafa Benitez

Rafael Benitez has given reasons for his failure to do well at Everton. The Spaniard was sacked by Everton on Sunday after recording just seven wins in 22 Premier League games. Everton’s last victory in the league was since September, being one of the reasons he was relieved of his duties at Goodison Park. The former Liverpool and Chelsea boss said he did not know the magnitude of the task when he was appointed Everton manager. On why he accepted the Everton job despite having managed their city arch rivals, Liverpool, Benitez said it was due to his love for the city of Merseyside. “From the very first day, my staff and myself worked as we always do, with commitment and full dedication, we didn’t only have to get results, but we also had to win over people’s hearts,” the S...
Everton sack manager Rafa Benitez after just six-and-a-half months in charge following Norwich defeat
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Everton sack manager Rafa Benitez after just six-and-a-half months in charge following Norwich defeat

Everton have sacked manager Rafael Benitez after just six-and-a-half months in charge following Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Norwich. The Toffees have won just once in the Premier League since September and are 15th in the table, six points above the relegation zone and on January 15 lost to lowly ranked Norwich. Benitez, a former manager of Liverpool (Everton's city rivals) was appointed Everton boss last summer but the Spaniard has failed to win over the Goodison Park faithful with his style of football or results. Everton fans displayed a banner calling for his exit during Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Norwich. The same banner was also unfurled at their 3-2 FA Cup third-round win at Hull. Everton have lost nine of their past 13 league games, including a 4-1 home defeat by Merseysid...
Everton board meeting to discuss Benitez future
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Everton board meeting to discuss Benitez future

The Everton board are discussing Rafael Benitez's future this evening after the club's 2-1 defeat at Norwich. The Toffees have won just once in the Premier League since September and are 15th in the table - six points above the relegation zone - and Sky Sports News understand that Saturday night's meeting is the latest in a series between the board and owner Farhad Moshiri. Former Liverpool manager Benitez was appointed by Moshiri as Everton boss last summer but the Spaniard has failed to win over the Goodison Park faithful. Everton fans displayed a banner calling for his exit during Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Norwich. The same banner was also unfurled at their 3-2 FA Cup third-round win at Hull. Everton have lost nine of their past 13 league games, includ...
Queen Elizabeth ‘could be asked to help fund a settlement between Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts in sex abuse suit
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Queen Elizabeth ‘could be asked to help fund a settlement between Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts in sex abuse suit

The Queen would reportedly be asked to help fund a potential settlement that her son Prince Andrew pays to his accuser Virginia Roberts. This is coming after it emerged this week that Prince Andrew could settle out of court with Ms Roberts to avoid the case going to trial. If he does decide to offer his accuser a payoff, which allegedly could exceed £5million, the Queen would be asked to contribute alongside his own input, The Telegraph reported. The monarch has been funding the Duke's legal fees since last February, when he first appointed a solicitor. Ms. Roberts, who now uses her married name of Giuffre, claims that the prince had sex with her three times after she was trafficked by paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Prince Andrew has consistently denied the allegations. The f...
Ghislaine Maxwell to ask for Retrial after Juror Revealed he was a Victim of Sexual abuse
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Ghislaine Maxwell to ask for Retrial after Juror Revealed he was a Victim of Sexual abuse

Ghislaine Maxwell’s conviction could be thrown out as prosecutors called for an inquiry after one of her jurors admitted he was sexually abused. The move has left the British socialite’s legal team almost certain to launch an appeal against last week's guilty verdict potentially leading to a mistrial being called, Mirror.co.uk reports. In their request for an inquiry, Maxwell’s prosecutors said if an inquiry is to be carried out, juror Scotty David should be asked “whether he would like counsel to be appointed in connection with it”. On Wednesday, Jan 5, US prosecutor Maurene Comey wrote to trial judge Alison Nathan asking for an inquiry to be held. She wrote: “While the Court instructed jurors that they were free to discuss their jury service with anyone of their choosing, s...
Manchester United players regret appointment of Rangnick, demand new manager
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Manchester United players regret appointment of Rangnick, demand new manager

Manchester United players have admitted that the club should not have appointed Ralf Rangnick as the club’s interim manager. A section of the squad is of the opinion that the club made a huge mistake in not bringing in Tottenham’s boss, Antonio Conte as their new manager. Reports in England said another crisis is brewing in the club’s dressing room under Rangnick. The German is currently facing a divided dressing room at Old Trafford, with his own methods and tactics being questioned. The Sun reports that behind the scenes, the German has developed a reputation for being ‘aloof and overconfident’. The players are regretting the missed opportunity to bring in Conte before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked. Rangnick was appointed to take charge at Old Trafford until the end...
Campbell names right manager to take over from Rangnick at Manchester United
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Campbell names right manager to take over from Rangnick at Manchester United

Former Arsenal striker, Kevin Campbell has identified Paris Saint-Germain coach, Mauricio Pochettino as the right manager to succeed Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford. Campbell believes Pochettino is ‘ready-made’ for Man United, adding that he will get the best out of the Red Devils’ squad. Rangnick was appointed as Manchester United interim manager last year following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The 63-year-old German agreed to a six months contract before he will then take up a two-year consultancy role at the club and speculation surrounding his successor has already begun. “I think it is been geared towards Pochettino this whole time. Just the way he can get the whole club together and really galvanize the whole place, it would do Man United the world of good,” Campb...
Pep Guardiola names Arsenal’s most important player as ex-Man United coach takes charge of Gunners
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Pep Guardiola names Arsenal’s most important player as ex-Man United coach takes charge of Gunners

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has claimed Arsenal will be without ‘their most important player’ when both side in the Premier League on Saturday. Mikel Arteta will not be on the touchline against Manchester City as he is self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19. He will watch the match from his London home, with former Manchester United coach Albert Stuivenberg set to fill in for him on the touchline. Arteta was Guardiola’s assistant for three years at the Etihad before being appointed to take his first steps into management with Arsenal in December 2019. Arsenal will also be without former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang against City but Guardiola feels Arteta’s absence is the most significant. “I would say Mikel is the most important player they have,”...
Rangnick warned to stop using 4-2-2-2 formation after 1-1 draw with Newcastle
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Rangnick warned to stop using 4-2-2-2 formation after 1-1 draw with Newcastle

Ex-Manchester United defender, Gary Neville, has told interim manager Ralf Rangnick to abandon his preferred 4-2-2-2 system. Rangnick was appointed in late November after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked at Old Trafford. The German won both of his Premier League fixtures 1-0 against Crystal Palace and Norwich. However, United battled to a 1-1 draw against an impressive Newcastle side on Monday night. Neville feels Rangnick may soon be forced to change the tactical set-up to get the most out of his players. He said: “The problem with this system is twofold. One is that ultimately you don’t have the balance at times. When you’re defending, you actually become a 4-4-2. The issue you’ve got is you’ve got to have a partner for Ronaldo. “It will be interesting to see him ditch...
This style is strange to us – Rashford speaks on Rangnick
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This style is strange to us – Rashford speaks on Rangnick

Marcus Rashford has said that the style of play being introduced at Manchester United by interim boss, Ralf Rangnick is strange and totally different from what Manchester United have ever played before in their history. Following the sack of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Rangnick was appointed to take charge of the team for six months. United have not lost a game since the 63-year-old, known as the ‘Godfather of Gegenpressing’, took charge at Old Trafford. The Manchester giants could move up to fifth place in the table with three points away to Newcastle this evening. “He’s done a good job…” Rashford told Sky Sports. ‘It’s tough but it’s fun. But it’s good, it’s what it takes to win big games. “This style of play that we’re playing right now is different to anything that we’ve ...
Why we appointed Ralf Rangnick to replace Solskjaer – Man United
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Why we appointed Ralf Rangnick to replace Solskjaer – Man United

Manchester United football director, John Murtough has revealed why the club appointed Ralf Rangnick on an interim basis after the sack of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Solskjaer, a Man United legend, was sacked early last month after a series of bad results that saw the Red Devils swatted 4-1 by relegation battling Watford. Murtough explained that Rangnick’s appointment was to afford United hierarchy the time to conduct a search for a long-term successor to Solskjaer. Erik ten Hag of Ajax, Mauricio Pochettino of Paris Saint-Germain and Leicester City boss, Brendan Rodgers are top on the list of managers waiting to be called upon for the United job. “By bringing in Ralf, we can now take time to run a thorough process for our next permanent manager,” Murtough said, according to Metro....
Pinnick confirms NFF met Mourinho for Super Eagles job
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Pinnick confirms NFF met Mourinho for Super Eagles job

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has confirmed that they held talks with Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, as they search for a new Super Eagles head coach. Pinnick revealed this during a media parley with sports journalists in Lagos on Wednesday. The NFF boss also said the national team would get a new coach “within the next week or so”. Austin Eguavoen was appointed on an interim basis, after Gernot Rohr was sacked earlier this month. But the federation is in advanced negotiations for a permanent replacement for Rohr. “We have spoken to three top coaches. Peseiro, whose name has been going around, is one of them and I can tell you he is a top coach. “We also talked to Mladen (Krstajic). But after talking to him, he got a job with a top club...
Man City top at Christmas after win over Newcastle
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Man City top at Christmas after win over Newcastle

Manchester City will be top of the Premier League at Christmas after they breezed past Newcastle 4-0 with Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling scoring the goals. Newcastle made City's task far easier than it should have been by gifting them the opening goal - scored by Dias on five minutes - after a comical mix-up between Ciaran Clark and goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. Cancelo then netted his first Premier League goal of the season on 27 minutes with a rasping drive from the edge of the box. Newcastle had a strong penalty appeal waved away moments later when Ederson wiped out Ryan Fraser but a comeback never looked likely, especially when Mahrez tucked home City's third on 63 minutes following a VAR review. Sterling added a fourth late on, scoring City's 11th goa...
Ipswich appoint McKenna as new manager
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Ipswich appoint McKenna as new manager

Ipswich Town have appointed Kieran McKenna as their new manager after he left his position as Manchester United first-team coach. McKenna, 35, succeeds Paul Cook to become the 19th manager in the club's history after signing a three-year deal. The Northern Irishman has worked in the first-team coaching staff at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before he remained in his position following the arrival of interim manager Ralf Rangnick earlier this month. Prior to his appointment to the first-team set-up at United, he was in charge of the club's U18 side. Former Portsmouth and Wigan boss Cook was sacked after a nine-month spell in charge of Ipswich, which ended following a run of two wins in the last nine matches of his tenure. ...
Adepoju reacts to sacking of Rohr, appointment of Eguavoen
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Adepoju reacts to sacking of Rohr, appointment of Eguavoen

Ex-national team star, Mutiu Adepoju has said that the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, may have timed the sacking of Super Eagles Coach, Genort Rohr wrongly. He said this is majorly because the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) begins in a few weeks. The NFF announced the sack of Rohr over the weekend and Adepoju told NAN on Monday that the sacking of the Franco-German coach had been expected long before now. Following Rohr’s sacking, the NFF appointed former Eagles Captain, Augustine Eguavoen, on interim basis pending the appointment of a permanent boss. “This decision is something that has been expected. Fans are not satisfied with what the results of the team despite the fact that we have good and young players,” the former Super Eagles star said. “I am not also sure if...
Rohr sacked as Super Eagles coach, NFF appoints Eguavoen
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Rohr sacked as Super Eagles coach, NFF appoints Eguavoen

Gernot Rohr has been sacked as the coach of the Super Eagles by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). The NFF has also appointed its Technical Director, Augustine Eguavoen, to take charge of the team on an interim basis. “This is with immediate effect, and follows the termination of the relationship with Franco-German Gernot Rohr, who has been in charge of the three–time African champions for the past 64 months, and is Nigeria’s longest–serving manager,” an official statement on Sunday read. The decision was taken during a virtual meeting of the NFF Executive Committee on Sunday. Eguavoen will work with Salisu Yusuf, Paul Aigbogun, Joseph Yobo, Dr Terry Eguaoje and Aloysius Agu. Former captains Augustine ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Garba Lawal will provide techni...
You were lucky to Man United manager, no one else wanted you – Sherwood to Rangnick
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You were lucky to Man United manager, no one else wanted you – Sherwood to Rangnick

Former Tottenham star, Tim Sherwood has said Ralf Rangnick does not possess the credentials to be appointed Manchester United’s manager. According to Sherwood no other club wanted to appoint the German coach, who took over the reins at Old Trafford at the end of November. Sherwood believes Rangnick does not have the level of experience needed to manage the Old Trafford outfit despite the German overseeing back-to-back 1-0 Premier League wins over Crystal Palace and Norwich. Speaking on Sky Sports, he said, “I just think Manchester United fans need to relax a little bit. If they play the way he wants them to play against the top teams, then you can give him credit. “I think he’s earned the right to be where he is, but I think he’s lucky to be the Manchester United manager, I r...
Gary Neville reveals Man United only target this season, rules out Premier League title
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Gary Neville reveals Man United only target this season, rules out Premier League title

Manchester United hero, Gary Neville has insisted that a top four finish and a trophy this season would be deemed a ‘great success’ for the Red Devils. With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being sacked and Ralf Rangnick appointed for six months, United fans are hoping the second half of this campaign will be much better. Manchester United returned to sixth position in the league table with 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace in Rangnick’s first match on Sunday which proved a good start. “I think if you are being sensible then top four is the target,” Neville told Sky Sports. “What has happened already this season means they cannot win the league. I don’t think they are good enough anyway. “But I think they can certainly have a good season and finish in the top four. It would be incredibl...
Man United set to appoint sacked RB Leipzig manager, Marsch
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Man United set to appoint sacked RB Leipzig manager, Marsch

Manchester United want to appoint sacked RB Leipzig manager, Jesse Marsch. Newly appointed interim boss, Ralf Rangnick wants Marsch in a coaching role at Old Trafford, according to The Times. Marsch was appointed as a replacement for Nagelsmann at RB Leipzig but managed to pick up just five wins in 14 league games. He was sacked on Sunday after just four months in charge and with the side sat in 11th place in the table.. Rangnick has known Marsch since 2015 is ready to offer him a place in the United backroom team. After bringing in Chris Armas and Sascha Lense Rangnick still wants at least one more coach and Marsch would be far cheaper and easier to bring in. Rangnick first employed Marsch at the New York Red Bulls six years ago, the German gaffer also took the America...
Buhari was a Product of Southern Arrangement Made in 2015 and not North’s Candidate — Northern Groups
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Buhari was a Product of Southern Arrangement Made in 2015 and not North’s Candidate — Northern Groups

Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has described President Muhammadu as a product of "Southern arrangement" made in 2015. The coalition in a statement released by its spokesperson Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, stated that President Buhari was not the candidate for the North in 2015 and was presented by Southern politicians in 2015 as an alternative to former President Goodluck Jonathan. They added that Buhari was packaged by southern political forces right from the merger that produced All Progressives Congress (APC) to his victory at the primaries. According to the CNG, the North was being terrorised by insurgents at that time and it had no option but to accept Buhari. Suleiman who admitted that Buhari's administration appointed more northerners into critical positions than southe...
Bruno Fernandes names two things Rangnick wants from Man Utd players
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Bruno Fernandes names two things Rangnick wants from Man Utd players

Manchester United midfielder, Bruno Fernandes, has named the two things manager, Ralf Rangnick wants from the Red Devils’ players. Recall that Rangnick was appointed as Man United’s interim manager last week. The German took charge of the team as they defeated Crystal Palace 1-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday. Fred netted the only goal of the game to give Rangnick’s side all three points against Crystal Palace. Speaking after the game, Fernandes revealed that Rangnick wants ‘more pressure’ and ‘more aggressiveness’ from Man United players. “It depends on the game,” Fernandes told Premier League productions after Man United defeated Palace. “Sometimes you have to press a little bit more, sometimes you have to press less and everyone knows that it is one of the things that t...
I’m Ready now : Erik ten Hag tells Man United
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I’m Ready now : Erik ten Hag tells Man United

Ajax boss, Erik ten Hag has said he is ready to become Manchester United permanent manager. The Dutchman, alongside Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino, former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane and Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers are all linked to the permanent job at Old Trafford. Ralf Rangnick, who was recently appointed on a interim basis, will.only spent six months at Old Trafford in his managerial position when the club hopes to then hand over the reigns to the next permanent manager. Multiple reports in Europe suggest that Ten Hag is among several leading candidates for the role. Ten Hag has now openly admitted that he is ready to leave the Netherlands to take on a new challenge. “I think I’m ready for it. I would be happy to take on that challenge,” he told de...
Oldest Kano Kingmaker Dies at 95
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Oldest Kano Kingmaker Dies at 95

Sarkin Ban Kano and first Commissioner of Education in Kano Kano state, Alhaji Mukhtar Adnan is dead. The District Head of Dambatta died in the early hours of Friday December 3. His death was announced by the Dambatta youth group on its social media handle. Deposed Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi I appointed Mukhtar Adnan as Sarkin Bai in 1954 to succeed his father. Adnan who is the longest serving member of the Kano Emirate Council since the establishment of the Emirate in the 19th century, was born in 1926, attended Dambatta Elementary School, Kano Middle School and Zaria Clerical School and later started working with the Kano Native Authority where he served in various capacities before his elevation to the position of Sarkin Bai. He served for 63 years as District h...
Czech Republic President infected with Covid appoints Prime Minister from inside glass box
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Czech Republic President infected with Covid appoints Prime Minister from inside glass box

The president of the Czech Republic was forced to swear in the country's new prime minister from inside a plexiglass box after testing positive for Covid. Pictures shared online showed Milos Zeman greeting Petr Fiala from inside a cubicle during a ceremony at his residence near Prague on Sunday November 28. Mr. Zeman, 77, who was wheeled in by a medic in full protective gear, caught Covid during a six-week stay in intensive care for unrelated issues. Mr. Fiala, 57, who leads a bloc of five centre and center-right opposition parties that won an election in October, has called on people in the Czech Republic to get vaccinated. The new government will have to tackle a new wave of Covid infections that is threatening to overwhelm hosp...
Rangnick hasn’t done enough to deserve Man United job – Kanchelskis
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Rangnick hasn’t done enough to deserve Man United job – Kanchelskis

Former Manchester United star, Andrei Kanchelskis has blamed the club for not allowing Michael Carrick to continue in charge of the club until the end of the season. Carrick was given the caretaker role after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the club’s manager and led the club to a 2-0 win against Villarreal in the Champions League on Tuesday. The former midfielder is expected to be in charge when Man United take on Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday as they prepare to hire an interim boss. However, Kanchelskis feels Rangnick has not done enough at his current job at the Russian top-flight club to be appointed manager at Old Trafford. Rangnick is currently the Sporting Director at Lokomotiv Moscow and Kanchelskis thinks his work so far at the club has not been too ...
What I told Rangnick about becoming Man United Manager – Nagelsmann
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What I told Rangnick about becoming Man United Manager – Nagelsmann

Bayern Munich manager, Julian Nagelsmann has said that he sent a message to Ralf Rangnick, telling him it’s ‘great’ that he is being appointed as the interim manager at Manchester United. All is set for Rangnick to be announced as the next manager at Old Trafford on an interim basis until the end of the season. This is following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last Sunday. The Norwegian was sacked after he led the team to a 4-1 defeat to lowly Watford. Nagelsmann was one of the managers inspired by Rangnick with his pressing philosophy. “I texted him and told him I think it’s great,” Nagelsmann told a press conference on Friday. “He will do United very well with the way he plays football. “I believe that United will play good games in the next few week...
Petr Cech issues strong to Chelsea players ahead of Man United clash
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Petr Cech issues strong to Chelsea players ahead of Man United clash

Chelsea legend, Petr Cech has issued a strong warning to Blues’ players ahead of the Premier League with Manchester United on Sunday. Cech, a legendary Blues’s goalkeeper, warned that it is very tricky to play a team under new management. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked on Sunday, less than 24 hours after the Red Devils’ humbling 4-1 defeat to Watford. Former senior team coach, Michael Carrick was called upon to feel the managerial space until an interim manager is appointed. “We have a saying in Czech: ‘the new broom sweeps better’,’ wrote the west London club’s technical and performance advisor Cech in his column for Chelsea’s website. “It’s always tricky when you play teams with a new manager. That’s what our next opponents Manchester United will be hoping for on Sund...
Sweden’s first female prime minister resigns less than 12 hours after being installed
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Sweden’s first female prime minister resigns less than 12 hours after being installed

Sweden’s first-ever female prime minister, Magdalena Andersson has dramatically resigned less than 12 hours after being installed over suffering a budget defeat in parliament and then losing her coalition partner in a two-party minority government. Ms. Andersson said a decision by the Green Party to quit the two-party coalition had forced her to resign but added that she had told the parliamentary speaker she hoped to be appointed prime minister again as the head of a single-party government. The Green Party said it would leave the government after the coalition’s budget bill was rejected by parliament. “For me, it is about respect, but I also do not want to lead a government where there may be grounds to question its legitimacy,” Ms Andersson told a news conference. She ad...
Luis Enrique picked as next Man United manager
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Luis Enrique picked as next Man United manager

Former Barcelona manager, Luis Enrique has been identified as the best option for the vacant seat at Manchester United. Former Manchester United midfielder, Owen Hargreaves, pointed out Enrique, who is currently with the national team of Spain for the position. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked on Sunday after a disappointing run of results including a 4-0 loss to Watford on Saturday. Michael Carrick was installed as caretaker boss until either an interim manager, or permanent head coach, has been appointed.. Asked about the main contenders to take over at United, Hargreaves told BT Sport: “I think [Pochettino] commands respect, I think he demands work from the players. But all these names are great names. “Brendan has great experience in the league. Zidane, surely the langu...
Messi predicts what’ll happen to Xavi at Barcelona
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Messi predicts what’ll happen to Xavi at Barcelona

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi has predicted that Xavi Hernández will make Barcelona grow. Messi said this while breaking his silence on Xavi’s return to Barcelona. The Argentine captain, who played alongside Xavi during their time at Barcelona, said the Spaniard knows the Blaugrana very well. The PSG number 30 said this ahead of his side’s Champions League clash with Manchester City on Wednesday. “Barcelona will grow with Xavi,” Messi told MARCA, adding “he’s a coach who knows a lot and knows the club well.” Recall that Xavi was appointed as Barcelona’s new manager a few days ago following the sacking of Ronald Koeman last month. Speaking at his unveiling, Xavi had said that Messi, his former teammate, texted him and wished him the best of luck as Barca mana...
Gov. Umahi Redeploys three Permanent Secretaries
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Gov. Umahi Redeploys three Permanent Secretaries

Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State on Saturday redeployed three Permanent Secretaries in the state. The Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Barr. Uchenna Orji disclosed this while briefing journalists on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting. Orji equally pointed out that a 40-year-old female civil servant in the state, Williamson Mfom Christian, an indigene of Rivers State, had been appointed Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development. According to him, “In a bid to ensure greater efficiency in Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the state, the Governor in the Executive Council directed the redeployment of the following Permanent Secretaries. “Mr. Ugama, who was previously Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finan...
Ten Hag breaks silence on taking over at Man Utd after Solskjaer’s exit
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Ten Hag breaks silence on taking over at Man Utd after Solskjaer’s exit

Ajax manager, Erik ten Hag, has claimed he has “heard nothing” about the Manchester United job, after he was asked about replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Ten Hag is believed to be one of the leading contenders to be Solskjaer’s successor at Old Trafford. Solskjaer has been fired following the 4-1 defeat at Watford. Reports insisted Ten Hag was “100% interested” in the job, but the Dutch manager has now poured cold water over the rumour. The 51-year-old was asked if he could make the switch to Manchester United following Ajax’s 5-0 win over RKC Waalwijk. He told ESPN: “My focus is on Ajax, the rest only distracts.” Asked if he will remain the Ajax manager, he replied: “It’s a weird question. I heard nothing about it [Man United job], so I can’t think about it.” Michael...
Rodgers advised to get rid of Cristiano Ronaldo immediately Man United appoints him
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Rodgers advised to get rid of Cristiano Ronaldo immediately Man United appoints him

Former West Ham striker, Carlton Cole, has told Brendan Rodgers to get rid of Cristiano Ronaldo once he is appointed as Manchester United boss. Cole believes this is one of the first things the Leicester City manager should do if given the nod. Many followers of football believe Solskjaer’s reign at Old Trafford is over and reports in England point to Rodgers as the immediate replacement. Many people believe United should not be suffering after bringing in Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, World Cup and multiple Champions League winner, Raphael Varane and goal machine, Cristiano Ronaldo. But the Red Devils went 12 points behind league leaders, Chelsea on Saturday after falling 4-1 to lowly rated Watford at Vicarage Road. “Leicester fans are going to hate me for this one...
Three EPL jobs Lampard has missed since Chelsea sack revealed
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Three EPL jobs Lampard has missed since Chelsea sack revealed

The Aston Villa job is the latest Frank Lampard has missed out on, according to the UK Sun. Lampard got as far as the interview stage, but eventually lost out to his ex-England teammate Steven Gerrard. Villa sacked Dean Smith on November 7 and appointed Gerrard four days later. Dean Smith was fired as Villa boss on 7 November and the club were swift to find a replacement, confirming Gerrard as their new manager just four days later. However, here was enough time to interview Lampard for the role as well. Lampard, who was sacked by Chelsea in January, is clearly very much in the thoughts of Premier League owners, having also been interviewed for the Norwich City job, after Daniel Farke was fired. He ruled himself out of the running for that after speaking to director Stu...
Xavi tells Barcelona to sign Liverpool star, Thiago
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Xavi tells Barcelona to sign Liverpool star, Thiago

Newly appointed Barcelona manager, Xavi Hernandez, has told the Catalan club to re-sign Liverpool midfielder, Thiago Alcantara for the Camp Nou landlords,” according to Sports. Thiago, a Barca youth team product, was once tipped to be Xavi’s long-term replacement at the heart of the club’s midfield. But he left the club and Bayern Munich where he won major honours during his seven years before joining Liverpool last summer. The Spanish sports outlet reports that Xavi, who was appointed Barca coach last week, is now keen on bringing him back. Xavi has already brought back veteran defender, Danny Alves to Camp Nou and has already discussed the plan to bring back Thiago with Barcelona president Joan Laporta. Thiago is said to be very much interested in going back to Barcelona...
Barcelona manager, Xavi puts up 3 players for sale [Full list]
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Barcelona manager, Xavi puts up 3 players for sale [Full list]

Barcelona new manager, Xavi Hernandez, is reportedly set to get rid of three players in the January transfer window. Xavi was appointed as Barcelona’s new manager last Friday following the sacking of Ronald Koeman last month. The former midfield maestro was unveiled by Barcelona on Monday at Camp Nou. The 2010 World Cup winner signed a two-and-half-year deal with Barcelona after saying his goodbyes to Qatari side, Al-Sadd. According to Fichajes, the three players Xavi wants Barcelona to offload are Samuel Umtiti, Luuk de Jong and Neto, as he looks to bolster his squad. The report added Xavi has communicated his plans to sell the trio to Barcelona president Joan Laporta, hoping that their sales would create room on the wage bill to bring in a few players of his liking. U...
Barcelona new coach Xavi reportedly Sacks two Barcelona Physios hired by Former boss Ronald Koeman
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Barcelona new coach Xavi reportedly Sacks two Barcelona Physios hired by Former boss Ronald Koeman

New Barcelona coach Xavi has reportedly sacked two members of the club's physio department in one of his first decisions less than 24-hours after becoming the new boss. The legendary midfielder was finally appointed as Barcelona's new boss at the weekend before being officially unveiled to 10,000 supporters at the Nou Camp on Monday. The decision to sack the club's physio follows the ongoing injury crisis causing rifts between players and staff behind the scenes, while the team lags well behind their title rivals in LaLiga. It was gathered that players are getting fed up with the alarming amount of injuries and are beginning to point the blame for the growing list of injuries on the club's fitness coaches, believing their problems began in pre-season and have continued since. ...
Eddie Howe reacts to his appointment as Newcastle Utd’s new manager
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Eddie Howe reacts to his appointment as Newcastle Utd’s new manager

Eddie Howe has reacted to his appointment as Newcastle United’s new manager. Newcastle appointed Howe as their new manager on Monday, following the sacking of Steve Bruce last month. Howe has been out of work since he left Bournemouth last year following their relegation from the English Premier League, EPL. Reacting, Howe admitted that there is ‘a lot of work’ ahead for Newcastle to remain in the Premier League. Newcastle is currently in the 19th position on the Premier League table with five points from 11 matches. “It is a great honour to become head coach of a club with the stature and history of Newcastle United. It is a very proud day for me and my family,” Howe was quoted by Newcastle’s official website as saying. “This is a wonderful opportunity, but there is al...
Conte can’t change things at Tottenham, Harry Kane may dump club – Paul Merson
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Conte can’t change things at Tottenham, Harry Kane may dump club – Paul Merson

Former Arsenal star, Paul Merson, has warned new Tottenham Hotspur manager, Antonio Conte, that he has ‘no chance’ of taking the club back into the Premier League top-four this season. Merson also warned that Tottenham striker, Harry Kane, will ‘walk away’ if they miss out from the Champions League football for another season. According to him, Conte was appointed by Tottenham to get them back into the Champions League spot, but the Italian doesn’t have the players to do so. Tottenham were a regular in Europe’s top competition under Mauricio Pochettino, who is now the current manager of PSG. Spurs even reached the Champions League final in 2019, when they lost to Premier League rivals, Liverpool. But they have slipped out of the Champions League this season and have found ...
Villas-Boas tells Conte who to avoid at Tottenham
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Villas-Boas tells Conte who to avoid at Tottenham

Former Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has told Antonio Conte that it would be very difficult for him to work with the club’s Chairman, Daniel Levy. The Portuguese alerted the Italian that Levy would be his only obstacle to success at the North London side and he has to learn how to deal with him. Conte, a former Chelsea manager, was appointed Spurs’ new manager on an initial 18-month deal following the sacking of Nuno Espirito Santo on Monday. Villas-Boas spent an 18-month stint that ended in 2013 after a fall-out involving the Director of Football, Franco Baldini. “I think he [Conte]can be a good fit, depending on that link up with the top,” Villas-Boas said at Web Summit in Lisbon. “In football, you always reach stages where that link up to the top has to be there a...
Gary Cahill tells Tottenham players what to expect from Conte
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Gary Cahill tells Tottenham players what to expect from Conte

Former Chelsea defender, Gary Cahill, has told Tottenham Hotspur players to expect a lot in training from their new manager, Antonio Conte. Cahill, who played under Conte, during their time at Chelsea, said this while reacting to the Italian’s appointment as Tottenham’s new coach. According to the England centre-back, Conte is very intense and would demand a lot from every Tottenham player. DAILY POST reports that Conte was appointed Tottenham’s new manager following the sacking of Nuno Espírito Santo on Monday. “The guy’s successful. I have got a huge amount of respect for him. He was great with me in the time that I had with him,” Cahill, who currently plays for Bournemouth, told Sky Sports. “You just have to look at his record – when he was in Italy and what he did ther...
Why Victor Moses, Conte may reunite at Tottenham
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Why Victor Moses, Conte may reunite at Tottenham

Following the appointment of Antonio Conte as Tottenham Hotspur’s new manager on Tuesday, DAILY POST highlights why Spartak Moscow’s Victor Moses may reunite with the Italian in the near future. DAILY POST reports that Conte was appointed Tottenham’s new manager following the sacking of Nuno Espírito Santo on Monday. Moses and Conte worked together during their time together at Chelsea and Inter Milan. However, two major possible reasons why Moses could be reunited with Conte in the upcoming transfer windows are as follows: 1. Moses’s love for Conte: Moses had recently described Conte as the most important manager he’s ever worked with in his career. The former Super Eagles forward said that the Italian football tactician and former Juventus manager left a mark on his c...
Tottenham appoint Antonio Conte as manager
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Tottenham appoint Antonio Conte as manager

Tottenham Hotspur have announced the appointment of Antonio Conte as manager. This is coming barely 24 hours after the sacking of Nuno Espirito Santo who formerly held the position. “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Antonio Conte as our Head Coach on a contract until the summer of 2023, with an option to extend,” the announcement read on the club’s website. Before the appointment, Conte had led Inter Milan to its first Serie A title in the 2020/2021 season, ending Juventus’ run of nine successive Scudettos. Speaking after signing with the club, Conte said, “I am extremely happy to return to coaching, and to do so at a Premier League club that has the ambition to be a protagonist again. “Tottenham Hotspur has state-of-the-art facilities and one of the...
Xavi asks Barcelona president, Laporta to sign Pogba, three others
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Xavi asks Barcelona president, Laporta to sign Pogba, three others

Barcelona legend, Xavi Hernandez, has handed the club’s president Joan Laporta the names of four players to sign, El Nacional reports. Xavi looks set to become Barcelona’s new manager this week after Laporta sacked Ronald Koeman last week. Recall that Laporta sacked Koeman last Wednesday and appointed Sergi Barjuan as interim manager. The Spaniard has now demanded Barcelona to make four signings for him. The first name on Xavi’s wishlist is that of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, who is currently in the final year of his contract with the Premier League giants. Another player on Xavi’s wishlist is Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, who is arguably one of the best young strikers in the world. The third player is RB Leipzig’s Dani Olmo, while the fourth player i...
Nuno sacked by Spurs; Conte talks in final stages
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Nuno sacked by Spurs; Conte talks in final stages

Nuno Espirito Santo has been sacked by Tottenham less than five months after being appointed as head coach. Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who Spurs targeted before appointing Nuno in the summer, will fly into London for talks with the north London club on Monday, according to Sky in Italy. Talks between Tottenham and the Italian, who has been out of work since leaving Inter Milan in the summer, are already well advanced, with negotiations understood to be in their final stages. Tottenham are eighth in the Premier League, 10 points off leaders Chelsea, after the 3-0 home defeat to Manchester United on Saturday. Image:Antonio Conte is due in London on Monday for talks with Spurs Nuno, 47, signed a two-year contract in June following a protracted search to fi...
How Barcelona players reacted to Ronald Koeman’s sack
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How Barcelona players reacted to Ronald Koeman’s sack

Some Barcelona players have taken to social media to pay tribute to Ronald Koeman after being sacked by the club. Recall that Barcelona President, Joan Laporta, sacked Koeman following Barca’s LaLiga 1-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday night. Barcelona eventually appointed Sergi Barjuan as interim manager on Thursday. Reacting to the development, Barcelona captain, Sergio Busquets, was one of the first players to say goodbye to Koeman via Instagram. Busquets wrote, “Thank you for everything mister. Good luck for the future.” Similarly, Gerard Pique was quick to follow suit. He tweeted, “It has been a great pleasure to be at your service Ronald Koeman. I wish you all the luck in the world in the future. A big hug mister.” Also, Frenkie de Jong wrote, “You are a gre...
Solskjaer fighting to save job as Man Utd players turn on him, Conte on standby
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Solskjaer fighting to save job as Man Utd players turn on him, Conte on standby

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is fighting to save his job, as a number of his squad members have already lost faith in him. ESPN reports that even before the 5-0 mauling in the hands of Liverpool on Sunday, the players had turned on Solskjaer. United’s hierarchy is also aware that former Chelsea and Inter Milan manager, Antonio Conte, is on standby and prepared to return to management at Old Trafford. Solskjaer was appointed as interim manager following Jose Mourinho’s sack in December 2018. However, the 49-year-old has now lost five of his last nine fixtures. It has reduced his support in the dressing room to the core of United’s British players and a small number of the foreign players. The defeat against Liverpool only helped to cast an air of resi...
Man Utd announce new appointment ahead of Leicester City clash
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Man Utd announce new appointment ahead of Leicester City clash

Manchester United have appointed Dominic Jordan as its first Director of Data Science to drive forward the club’s use of data to help staff and players deliver success on the pitch. Man United made the announcement in a statement via their website on Friday ahead of their away Premier League clash with Leicester City on October 16. Jordan, an experienced data scientist, with a background in geospatial analytics, will be tasked with improving the way Man United connect and analyse the vast amounts of data generated across their football operations. Welcoming Dominic to Man United, John Murtough, the club’s Football Director, said the appointment reflected the growing importance of data science across a range of areas within the Red Devils and its potential to provide a competitiv...
NPA appoints port managers for ​Calabar, Onne, ​Tin Can, redeploys officials
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NPA appoints port managers for ​Calabar, Onne, ​Tin Can, redeploys officials

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has appointed three new port managers and redeployed others. Acting Managing Director, Mohammed Bello-Koko made the announcement on Friday. A statement by Olaseni Alakija, NPA spokesman said the rejig was to improve efficiency in the quest to become Africa’s maritime hub. Yitnoe Stanley Magaji, MD’s Technical Assistant on Marine and Operations, is the new Onne Port Manager. Buba Jibril, formerly Traffic Manager, LPC, moves to Tin Can Island Port as Port Manager. Similarly, Ovbude Nelson Uwaifo, the Traffic Manager at Dangote Jetty is now Calabar Port Manager. Former Port Manager, Tin Can Island Port, Yunusa Ibrahim Anji moves to the headquarters as Assistant General Manager, Port Engineering. Dantsoho Abubakar, former Onne Port Manage...
Luis Suarez brutally slams Ronald Koeman over the 40 seconds phone call which ended his Barcelona career
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Luis Suarez brutally slams Ronald Koeman over the 40 seconds phone call which ended his Barcelona career

Luis Suarez has brutally criticised Ronald Koeman, accusing the Barcelona coach of 'lacking personality'. The former Liverpool striker was allowed to join Atletico Madrid in a £5.5million transfer from the Catalan giants last year following a phone call with the then newly-appointed Dutch boss. The 34-year-old Uruguayan came back to haunt his former club last weekend, scoring the second goal to inflict a first league defeat of the season on Barcelona. Suarez denied that the phone call gesture after scoring was directed at Koeman, but he has now criticised the 58-year-old publicly, insisting the Dutch coach did not make it clear if it was him or the club who wanted him gone. The Koeman phone call to tell me that he was not counting on me lasted 40 seconds, it is not the ...

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