Wednesday, January 19

Tag: Managers

It’s no longer in my hands – Top Premier League boss speaks on being sacked
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It’s no longer in my hands – Top Premier League boss speaks on being sacked

One of the most experienced managers in the English top-flight, Rafa Benitez, has said his future as Everton boss is no longer in his hands. Norwich entered the Premier League survival hopes with a 2-1 victory over Everton on Saturday heaping more pressure on Benitez. Michael Keane’s own goal in the 16th minute and Adam Idah’s strike two minutes later got Norwich ahead while Recharlison came off the bench to score a consolidation goal for the visitors. The Toffees boss is now under pressure following the latest setback with Everton, having won just one of 13 league games. Asked if he is fearful of being sacked given Everton’s record under majority shareholder, Farhad Moshiri when it comes to hiring and firing, Benitez told Sky Sports, “I’m a professional and I have enough exp...
Man Utd vs Aston Villa: Rangnick speaks on team selection for FA Cup clash
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Man Utd vs Aston Villa: Rangnick speaks on team selection for FA Cup clash

Manchester United interim manager, Ralf Rangnick, has vowed to put out his “best possible team” against Aston Villa on Monday. The Red Devils begin their FA Cup campaign with a home tie against the Midlands club on Monday. United have not lifted a trophy since lifting the Europa League under Jose Mourinho and Rangnick will be eyeing this competition as a possible route to silverware. “I’ve always been a big fan, supporter and admirer of the FA Cup. “For me it’s a very important competition. We will definitely try to play with our best possible team in that game and a strong team. We take the game as seriously as we can and hopefully get one round further ahead but in order to do that we have to be successful against Aston Villa. “We know it will not be an easy game because...
Chelsea captain Azpilicueta assures fans: I’m really committed here
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Chelsea captain Azpilicueta assures fans: I’m really committed here

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has assured fans of his commitment as his contract runs down.   The Spaniard recently passed 450 Blues appearances and started his 300th Premier League game in the draw with Brighton last week. He has said his focus is fully on achieving his short-term goals at the club, which includes winning silverware this season. "As I always said, I feel I have the trust and confidence of the club and now I am focused on every game," Azpilicueta told the club's website. "They are very tough games, and I am enjoying the moment. Eventually the moment will come, but I am fully focused on hopefully getting as many trophies as we can and then we will see. "I cannot say anything more than that I am really committed and have a lot of things ahead in the...
Arsenal give Barcelona, Coutinho Conditions to sign midfielder
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Arsenal give Barcelona, Coutinho Conditions to sign midfielder

Arsenal are interested in signing Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona this January, but only on their terms, according to SPORT. The Gunners are looking to reinforce their midfield, with the team firmly in the fight for top four places in the Premier League. However, Mikel Arteta will not be arm-twisted in the winter transfer market. Arsenal want a loan deal for Coutinho without an obligation to buy the Brazilian. Also, they have asked that Barca pay part of the player’s salary or Coutinho lowers his wages to make the move happen. The 29-year-old left Liverpool in January 2018 to join Barcelona for £142 million, but has failed to meet expectations. His time in Spain has been blighted by injuries, constant changing of managers and a loss of form.
They already made their decision – Conte slams Premier League after crucial meeting
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They already made their decision – Conte slams Premier League after crucial meeting

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Antonio Conte, has branded Thursday’s crucial meeting between the Premier League and its managers a ‘waste of time.’ Conte criticized administrators of the Premier League for ignoring mounting concerns over the Christmas fixture schedule. All 20 managers in the Premier League held a virtual meeting to discuss player welfare and fixture congestion amid the Omicron variant of COVID-19 that is spreading faster across the globe. Several managers, including Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, have expressed fears over the risk of injury to players exposed to playing three matches in seven days over the traditionally hectic festive period. But Conte is now saying that any calls for change fell on deaf ears, insisting that the English top-flight league administrator...
Ian Wright names Arsenal Player Troubling Arteta after Leeds win
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Ian Wright names Arsenal Player Troubling Arteta after Leeds win

Arsenal legend, Ian Wright, has said Emile Smith Rowe has given Mikel Arteta a new problem, after his goal against Leeds United on Saturday. The Gunners saw off their hosts comfortably in a 4-1 win, to consolidate their grip on the fourth place spot in the Premier League table. Alexandre Lacazette led the line for Mikel Arteta’s men while Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli (2) on either flank both grabbed the goals in the first half. It meant Smith Rowe had to start from the bench, before being introduced for Saka on 78 minutes. Just six minutes later, the 21-year-old got on the scoresheet, scoring his seventh league goal of the season. “At the moment what he’s doing is brilliant. “What you’re seeing with Emile Smith Rowe is “Ok I’m out of the team but whe...
Patrick Vieira Advises Mikel Arteta on Arsenal’s next Captain
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Patrick Vieira Advises Mikel Arteta on Arsenal’s next Captain

Crystal Palace boss, Patrick Vieira believes his former club, Arsenal should be looking for a ‘positive leader’ as their next captain He said Arteta should go for a player who will ‘set an example’ for the rest of the squad after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was relieved of the club’s captaincy duties. Aubameyang was accused of disciplinary breach and was omitted from Arsenal matchday squad for their 3-0 victory over Southampton. Kieran Tierney, Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White and Alexandre Lacazette are all in contention to take over as Gunnars captain. The issue of who becomes Arsenal’s next captain was raised at Vieira’s pre-match press conference ahead of Crystal Palace’s clash with Southampton and the Frenchman outlined what he feels managers should be...
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...
Why I’ll not speak with Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel – Ralf Rangnick
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Why I’ll not speak with Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel – Ralf Rangnick

Manchester United boss, Ralf Rangnick has said that there is no need speaking with Liverpool and Chelsea managers about life in England. Rangnick said he hasn’t and is not looking forward to reaching out to Klopp and Tuchel for advice because they are ‘busy enough’ in their own jobs and he already got experience of living in England. Rangnick was given his work permit on Wednesday and he watched from the stands as his new club defeated Arsenal 3-2 at Old Trafford on Thursday. He is now set to oversee United’s next game which comes up on Sunday against Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace. The 63-year-old, nicknamed the ‘Godfather of Gegenpressing’, arrives in Manchester with a stellar reputation among Europe’s coaching elite. Rangnick is widely regarded as a mentor to Julian Na...
Timo Werner will leave Chelsea – Cascarino
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Timo Werner will leave Chelsea – Cascarino

Former Chelsea striker, Tony Cascarino has insisted that the German striker would leave the club soon. According to him, the club’s board is already running out of patience for the striker who now needs to save his Blues career. Cascarino was reacting to Werner’s latest struggles in the recent draw with Premier League rivals, Manchester United. Werner moved to Chelsea in a £47.5m deal from RB Leipzig in 2020 with expectations high but wayward finishing has been a common theme in his Chelsea career to date. Cascarino described the German as a ‘problem’ for Chelsea and has tipped his former club to replace him. “Chelsea should have put Manchester United away but they have a problem in Timo Werner, whose touch just isn’t top level, and whose finishing is worse,” Cascarino tol...
Man Utd interview five managers to replace Solskjaer
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Man Utd interview five managers to replace Solskjaer

Manchester United have spoken to at least five managers as they seek Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s replacement. Solskjaer was fired after a 4-1 defeat at newly-promoted Watford. It means United are on a poor run of five defeats from seven league outings. Michael Carrick, a former player and an assistant to Solskjaer, has been installed as temporary manager and oversaw the 2-0 win at Villarreal in the Champions League on Tuesday night. United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and managing director Richard Arnold chose not to travel to Spain for the game, instead interviewing candidates for the role. Some of the coaches they have spoken to include former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde, Ralf Rangnick who is currently the head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow, ex-Boru...
Three top players Pochettino would bring along to Man United revealed
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Three top players Pochettino would bring along to Man United revealed

Three players Mauricio Pochettino could sign for Manchester United if he finally takes over at Manchester United have been revealed. The Red Devils could be set for big changes in the January transfer window if Pochettino arrives immediately. Pochettino, a former Tottenham manager, is now in the frontline of managers shortlisted to take over at Old Trafford. According to talkSPORT, the Argentine could leave Paris Saint-Germain right now for the Red Devils. United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday after a series of losses that saw them sitting in eighth place in the league, 12 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea after 12 games. Solskjaer brought in Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus, Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund and Raphael Varane from Real Madrid in the su...
Flying full-backs and Klopp-style pressing: What Aston Villa can expect from Gerrard
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Flying full-backs and Klopp-style pressing: What Aston Villa can expect from Gerrard

The former Rangers boss has taken influence from managers he's worked under in the past, but will also lean on a close ally for tactical detail There is something particularly enticing about Steven Gerrard becoming the new Aston Villa manager. Beyond the pairing of a Premier League legend with an historic English club, this is a match with huge risks but with potential rewards on both sides. Villa and Gerrard are each stepping into the unknown, gambling on one another’s promising position in their respective development.  
Erik Ten Hag takes decision to replace Solskjaer at Man Utd
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Erik Ten Hag takes decision to replace Solskjaer at Man Utd

Ajax manager, Erik Ten Hag is not interested in replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United should the Premier League giants eventually sack the Norwegian. Ten Hag has been linked with a move to Man United as Solskjaer is currently under pressure at the Red Devils following the club’s recent poor form. The 51-year-old Dutchman was among four managers tipped to replace Solskjaer at Man United. Recall that Man United have lost five of their last nine matches. Solskjaer’s side are currently in the 6th position on the Premier League table with 17 points from 11 games. According to The Sun, Ten Hag does not want the Man United job and has distanced himself from it. The report added that there was a ‘cool reception’ from the Ajax coach, who did not want to discuss ‘hy...
Neil Warnock names 3 Premier League Managers better than Alex Ferguson
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Neil Warnock names 3 Premier League Managers better than Alex Ferguson

Former Middlesbrough manager, Neil Warnock has named three past and present managers in the Premier League who are better than Manchester United icon Sir Alex Ferguson. This is despite the fact that Ferguson remains the most decorated manager in the history of the English top flight. While at Manchester United, Ferguson won a record 13 top flight titles and two Champions Leagues during his 27 years at Old Trafford. Ever since he left Old Trafford back in 2013, the Red Devils have failed to win a single Premier League trophy. But, Warnock still believes he was the best in the league and thinks three other managers have brought more to the Premier League than he did. “Since the Premier League started if I was picking my top five managers… I would pick Arsene We...
​Ex-Chelsea coach Lampard undecided on Norwich decision
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​Ex-Chelsea coach Lampard undecided on Norwich decision

Former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is pondering the Norwich City job. The Canaries parted company with Daniel Farke, as they sit bottom of the Premier League. According to respected journalist Fabrizio Romano, Lampard met with Norwich City board members, but has not made a decision regarding his future. The club has three names on their list of possible managers, and Lampard is one of them. The ex-England midfielder may have concerns about his ability to keep the team in the Premier League, considering their present circumstances. Need a VPN? Or seeking to switch? Then support Tribal Football by clicking here to sign up with our official partners NordVPN. Not only will you receive the best VPN experience, but also great discounts by signing up via Tribal Football. Thanks for ...
Tottenham vs Man Utd: Nobody can survive bad results – Guardiola warns Solskjaer
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Tottenham vs Man Utd: Nobody can survive bad results – Guardiola warns Solskjaer

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has warned his Manchester United counterpart, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, that “nobody can survive bad results”. According to Guardiola, managers at Old Trafford come under twice as much pressure. Solskjaer is facing increased speculation over his future following the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool, with United sitting in seventh place in the Premier League. He has reportedly been given three games to avoid the sack, starting with Saturday’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur. Guardiola who took one year off after leaving Barcelona, knows about the intensity surrounding coaching top clubs. “If I don’t have good results, I’ll be treated the same. Every manager. Nobody can survive bad results, no one. So expectations are so high at United, you have to win. ...
Barcelona shortlist three managers to coach club after sacking Koeman
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Barcelona shortlist three managers to coach club after sacking Koeman

Barcelona have shortlisted three managers to coach the club after sacking Ronald Koeman. Recall that Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, sacked Koeman following Barcelona’s LaLiga 1-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday night. “FC Barcelona have relieved Ronald Koeman of his duties as first-team coach. “FC Barcelona wishes to thank him for his service to the Club and wishes him all the best in his professional career,” Barcelona’s statement read. The Catalan club have made a woeful start to the season under Koeman, winning just four of their opening 10 LaLiga games. The Blaugrana are also struggling in the UEFA Champions League group stage as they were beaten by Bayern Munich and Benfica before they secured a 1-0 victory over Dynamo Kyiv last week. However, according t...
You’ll never be at their level – Carragher names three EPL managers greater than Solskjaer
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You’ll never be at their level – Carragher names three EPL managers greater than Solskjaer

Former Liverpool player, Jamie Carragher, has hit out at Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, ahead of the Reds’ Premier League clash with the Red Devils on Sunday. Carragher said Solskjaer would never be at the level of his immediate rivals at Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea. This is coming less than five days after Solskjaer hit out at Carragher, claiming the former defender was trying to destabilize Man United ahead of their clash with Liverpool. “John Terry was taller than me and was always going to be better in the air. Rio Ferdinand was quicker and stronger,” Carragher told The Telegraph. “I maxed out with what I had, but nothing I could do was ever going to supplant the two of them. It is the same with Solskjaer up against Klopp, Guardiola and Tuchel...
Why Conte will not replace Solskjaer at Man Utd
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Why Conte will not replace Solskjaer at Man Utd

Former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville, has explained why Manchester United will not replace their manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with Antonio Conte. Solskjaer’s position at Old Trafford has come under threat as Man United dropped out of the top four on Saturday following their 4-2 defeat to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. His teams have not won in their last three Premier League games, with reports linking Conte, a former Chelsea and Inter Milan coach, to replace the Norwegian at Man United. However, Neville does not believe Solskjaer’s position at Man United is under threat despite losing to Leicester and has played down links with Conte, who is currently a free agent. “Conte won’t be the manager at Manchester United I don’t think,” Neville said during an ...
Romania’s FCSB left with 13 players and no coach as owner Becali insists he doesn’t ‘forbid’ Covid-19 vaccinations
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Romania’s FCSB left with 13 players and no coach as owner Becali insists he doesn’t ‘forbid’ Covid-19 vaccinations

The Romanian giants will have to call on youth players and a temporary manager to guide them through Saturday's game Romanian club FCSB have been left with just 13 players available for Saturday's match against Mioveni after their side was ravaged by Covid-19. As many as 14 players have tested positive for Covid-19, meaning the Liga I side will have to call on youth players to step into the starting XI. Meanwhile, the entire coaching staff have contracted the virus, too, so Edward Iordanescu will not be allowed to lead his team from the dugout.
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...
Roy Keane rates Chelsea, Liverpool’s title chances this Season
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Roy Keane rates Chelsea, Liverpool’s title chances this Season

Manchester United legend, Roy Keane, has given his verdict on Chelsea and Liverpool’s Premier League title chances this season. Keane believes Chelsea and Liverpool “will do well” to beat Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to the Premier League title this term. He, however, said that Man City are the team to beat this season ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool. Chelsea are currently on top of the Premier League table with a point ahead of Liverpool (second position) and two points ahead of Man City (third position). “It’s about the managers as well, Pep Guardiola’s track record is mind-boggling, he knows how to win football matches, ” Keane told Sky Sports. “They are a hard team to beat. Liverpool will no doubt be in the mix because they have lots of goal scorers. ...
Cavani breaks silence on Solskjaer’s decision to drop him, Ronaldo’s arrival
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Cavani breaks silence on Solskjaer’s decision to drop him, Ronaldo’s arrival

Manchester United striker, Edinson Cavani, has opened up on what has been a tough start to the season for him. Cavani made his first start this term in the 1-1 draw with Everton on Saturday, after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the decision to bench Cristiano Ronaldo. The Uruguayan, who became United’s first-choice striker last season, has now slipped down the pecking order following Ronaldo’s arrival. Cavani even gave up his no.7 shirt for the 36-year-old Ronaldo. “In football, you have to always be ready. It’s one of the keys at the top level. “Sometimes you play more, sometimes you play less, managers make decisions, but that doesn’t stop the work to always be competitive. “The league has just started and I need to be, not quite like last year, but I’m there to be a part ...
EPL: Keane, Carragher name team to beat this season
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EPL: Keane, Carragher name team to beat this season

Former Premier League stars, Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher, have identified Manchester City as the ‘team to beat’ in the English top-flight league this season ahead of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United. Keane and Carragher stated this following Man City’s Premier League 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday. “It’s about the managers as well, Pep Guardiola’s track record is mind-boggling, he knows how to win football matches,” Keane told Sky Sports. “They are a hard team to beat. Liverpool will no doubt be in the mix because they have lots of goal scorers. “They conceded three against Brentford and two today, so that doesn’t look great, but they have got brilliant players going forward, world-class players. “I still think all of these teams, Chelsea included, wi...
EPL: Mark Lawrenson predicts outcome of Chelsea vs Man City, Arsenal vs Tottenham, Man Utd fixtures
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EPL: Mark Lawrenson predicts outcome of Chelsea vs Man City, Arsenal vs Tottenham, Man Utd fixtures

Former Liverpool star, Mark Lawrenson has predicted some of the English Premier League, EPL, fixtures that will be played this weekend. Manchester City will tackle Chelsea in an away Premier League tie on Saturday afternoon at Stamford Bridge, while Manchester United will host Aston Villa at Old Trafford. Arsenal will face Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium in Sunday’s Premier League tie. Providing his predictions, Lawrenson told BBC Sport, “The last time Manchester City went to Stamford Bridge, in January, they took Chelsea apart with three goals in the first 35 minutes, but that was before Thomas Tuchel took over and this is a very different Chelsea side now. “Chelsea are going very well and brushed Spurs aside in the second half on Sunday but I can’t see t...
EPL: William Gallas names club to win Premier League title this season
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EPL: William Gallas names club to win Premier League title this season

Former Chelsea and Arsenal star, William Gallas, has said that the Blues are in pole position to win the Premier League this season. He said that Thomas Tuchel’s side will comfortably win the league title this season, adding that the west London side are just getting ‘stronger and stronger’ under Thomas Tuchel. Chelsea have recorded four wins and one draw so far this season and are currently top on the Premier League log with a head-to-head advantage over Liverpool and superior goal difference over Manchester United. Tuchel’s side became stronger with the addition of Romelu Lukaku and Saul Niguez to their already star-studded squad from last season. Gallas, who played 159 times for the Blues believes Tuchel’s team has all it takes to win the league and admitted that he can’t se...
Man Utd list three Managers that Could Replace Solskjaer
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Man Utd list three Managers that Could Replace Solskjaer

Manchester United have identified three managers that could replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to the UK Mirror. The Norwegian is under pressure following a 2-1 defeat to Young Boys in the Champions League. Solskjaer’s decisions during the match have been widely criticised, as he took off Jadon Sancho for Diogo Dalot after Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off. Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes were substituted with 20 minutes left, when the game was still 1-1. United have now lost seven of their 11 Champions League matches under Solskjaer and there are already calls for the Norwegian to be replaced. And there are three obvious candidates who could be available. They are: Antonio Conte, Zinedine Zidane and Brendan Rodgers. Conte and Zidane are immedia...
Kwara condemns poor performance of wastes managers in Ilorin metropolis
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Kwara condemns poor performance of wastes managers in Ilorin metropolis

The Kwara State Environment Commissioner, Remilekun Banigbe, has condemned social wastes managers for their poor performance in the evacuation of wastes within Ilorin metropolis. Speaking at a meeting with the social wastes managers in her office in Ilorin, the commissioner said despite several warnings to the wastes managers to be alive to their responsibilities, the reverse has been the case. She said the state government could no longer tolerate the lackadaisical attitude of the wastes managers. Banigbe charged them to synergize with the ministry of environment as a team to make the state hygienically safe for the citizens. “Let us do things right by working within the time frame, be proactive by giving your team the terms for adequate execution of the job,” she advised. ...
Pastor Adeboye Sells Off Helicopter Over Maintenance Cost Worth N123million
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Pastor Adeboye Sells Off Helicopter Over Maintenance Cost Worth N123million

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has reportedly sold his helicopter with registration marking 5NEAA. It was stated that the helicopter was purchased in September 2020 to ferry the Pastor and other officials of the church across the world for the preaching of the gospel. The helicopter was, however, suspended from flying by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in April 2021 over alleged expired documents and spare parts which needed to be replaced. According to Church Gist, the total cost of maintaining the helicopter for a single month was about $300,000 (N123 million). This has caused the renowned gospel preacher to sell off the aircraft, the news site reported. It was also stated that the managers of the aircraft c...
UEFA announces final three-man shortlist for Men’s Coach of the Year [Full list]
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UEFA announces final three-man shortlist for Men’s Coach of the Year [Full list]

UEFA, on Thursday, announced their final three-man shortlist for Men’s Coach of the Year. They are: Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, Italy’s Roberto Mancini and Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel. One of the three managers will be named UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year. UEFA made the announcement in a post through their official website. The award winners will be announced at the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League group stage draw ceremony, which will take place on Thursday 26 August at the Haliç Congress Center in Istanbul, Turkey. Guardiola led Man City to win the English Premier League last season, while Mancini won the Euro 2020 with Italy and Tuchel won the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup with Chelsea.
Leicester City vs Man City: All you need to know about Community Shield clash
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Leicester City vs Man City: All you need to know about Community Shield clash

The 2021/2022 Premier League season will be heralded by Saturday’s Community Shield game between Leicester City and Manchester City. The Foxes defeated Chelsea to win the FA Cup, while Pep Guardiola’s men stormed to the league title. Today’s fixture will mark the return of capacity crowds at Wembley, as the UK returns to some normality post-pandemic. With six substitutes permitted, there will almost certainly be a stop-start feel to the second-half as both managers try to build match fitness. City have been boosted this week by the arrival of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa in a British record transfer. But the playmaker is likely to start from the bench. The game kicks off 5.15pm WAT and will be beamed live on ITV and ITV Hub. Guardiola will be trying to c...
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Van Gaal Accused of hating Brazilian Players

Former Manchester United defender, Rafael, has claimed Louis van Gaal asked him to leave the club because he “hates” Brazilian players. In the past, Rafael described Van Gaal as “one of the worst” coaches he has ever worked with. The season before Van Gaal took over, the 31-year-old had been a fairly regular starter at United. But in the Dutchman’s first season in 2014/2015, he was reduced to just 11 first-team appearances. Van Gaal then sold him to Lyon in 2015, ending Rafael’s seven-year stay at Old Trafford. Rafael’s twin brother Fabio also left United in 2014, the year van Gaal arrived. “I never got an explanation. When Van Gaal arrived, he just said: “OK, you leave”. “He came in with an idea of the players he wanted, and didn’t want, and set about making those c...
Five Managers Fight to Replace Zidane as Real Madrid Head coach
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Five Managers Fight to Replace Zidane as Real Madrid Head coach

  Real Madrid will be looking for Zinedine Zidane’s replacement this season, with the Frenchman set to leave the club. It is understood Zidane has informed his players that he will not be in charge next term. Five managers are in the race to replace the 47-year-old in the Santiago Bernabeu hotseat. According to the UK Mirror, they are: Max Allegri, Raul, Joachim Low, Antonio Conte and Carlo Ancelotti. Allegri won the Serie A five times and added the Coppa Italia on four occasions while he was at Juventus, before he went on a sabbatical. Raul spent almost two decades at the Bernabeu before leaving in 2010 but is now back coaching the club’s B team and youth ranks. Florentino Perez has shown his willingness to promote from within having hired Zidane when he was B t...
Europa League: Arteta Gets Warning to either win Trophy or be Sacked
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Europa League: Arteta Gets Warning to either win Trophy or be Sacked

  Former Tottenham Hotspur striker, Darren Bent, has warned Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, that he could be sacked if he fails to win the Europa League this season. The Gunners are struggling to qualify for Europe through the Premier League, as they currently sit ninth place and four points behind Spurs who occupy the last spot. However, they could qualify for the Champions League if they win the Europa League outrightly. “Yes, this season has been really inconsistent. But I don’t want Arsenal to become a club where they keep sacking managers. At some stage you’ve got to give someone a little bit of time. “The FA Cup win papers over a lot of cracks and if Arsenal go out of the Europa League and finish 10th or 11th, I think he could be out of a job,” Bent told talkSP...
‘It’s not up to me’ – Salah says Liverpool future out of his control as transfer rumours swirl
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‘It’s not up to me’ – Salah says Liverpool future out of his control as transfer rumours swirl

The Egyptian forward remains noncommittal about his status with the Reds Mohamed Salah has declined to pledge his future to Liverpool, saying a potential move elsewhere as soon as this summer is "not up to me". Though still prolific in front of net this campaign, the 29-year-old has endured his most difficult stretch with the Reds as the club has dropped to seventh in the Premier League, and perceived friction from that experience has led to speculation about a possible exit. Salah has at times appeared at odds with Jurgen Klopp, most recently showing disdain at being subbed off against Chelsea three weeks ago. The Egyptian, who has netted 17 league goals this year, described his relationship with the manager as "professional" but stopped short of a full endorsement.
Our Country is on life support but the managers of our affairs are worsening the situation by their financial rascality – Peter Obi
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Our Country is on life support but the managers of our affairs are worsening the situation by their financial rascality – Peter Obi

Former Anambra state governor, Peter Obi, has described the recent approval by the Federal Executive Council FEC to spend $1.5 billion to carry out repairs on the Port Harcourt refinery as a huge waste. According to the former governor, Nigeria is currently on life support but those managing the country's affairs are ''worsening it by their financial rascality.'' ''The news of the planned expenditure of a whopping $1.5 billion for Port Harcourt refinery repairs is worrisome to well-meaning Nigerians. In light of our precarious economic situation, it is a huge waste. Our country on life support, but sadly the managers of our affairs are worsening the situation by their financial rascality. -PO
Steven Gerrard Opens up on Replacing Klopp as Liverpool Manager
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Steven Gerrard Opens up on Replacing Klopp as Liverpool Manager

  Rangers boss, Steven Gerrard, has admitted it would be his “dream” to become Liverpool manager, but added he wants Jurgen Klopp to remain in charge for years to come. Klopp’s future has become a source of speculation in the last weeks, following the poor form of the Premier League champions. The Reds currently sit in eighth place and are in danger of missing out on the Champions League. Gerrard has been linked with a sensational return as manager to Anfield, following his Scottish Premiership title triumph with Rangers. When quizzed on his aspirations to manage his Liverpool, Gerrard told ITV: “We should not talk about this, we have one of the best managers leading our club at the minute, I love him. I hope he stays for a few more years. “Liverpool is my club. ...
I Would ‘Die’ For Klopp – Ilkay Gundogan Compares Guardiola to Liverpool Manager
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I Would ‘Die’ For Klopp – Ilkay Gundogan Compares Guardiola to Liverpool Manager

Manchester City midfielder, Ilkay Gundogan, has compared head coach, Pep Guardiola, to Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp. Gundogan, who has been in excellent form this season, has been managed by both the Man City and Liverpool managers. The 30-year-old worked with Klopp at Borussia Dortmund before linking up with Guardiola at the Etihad. The Germany international revealed that Guardiola is the best tactician he’s ever played for but said he would ‘die’ for Klopp on the pitch. Asked if Guardiola is the best manager he’s played for, Gundogan told Sky Sports ahead of Man City’s clash with West Ham on Saturday afternoon: “True. It’s probably a bit easier for me to name a difference [between Guardiola and Klopp] because I feel like tactically Pep is the best I have ever seen to be h...
Why it’s Always Difficult for Man City to Play Liverpool – Guardiola
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Why it’s Always Difficult for Man City to Play Liverpool – Guardiola

Manchester City head coach, Pep Guardiola, has insisted that it’s always difficult for his team to play against Liverpool because the Reds is a top club with history, players, managers and backroom staff. Guardiola’s men will face Liverpool in a Premier League tie on Sunday evening at Anfield. Man City head to the match after beating Burnley 2-0 in their previous Premier League clash on Wednesday. Speaking at a pre-match press conference on Friday, Guardiola said: “Of course it would be important to win. “If you beat Liverpool, United, – it is important to beat them, I cannot deny it. It’s always difficult against Liverpool. “It’s a top club, top history, players, manager, backroom staff. Always difficult.” He added, “It’s not about how many years (since City’s last w...
US House impeachment managers request former President Donald Trump testify at his trial over January 6 riots at the Capitol.
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US House impeachment managers request former President Donald Trump testify at his trial over January 6 riots at the Capitol.

The US House impeachment managers on Thursday requested Donald Trump testify at his upcoming Senate impeachment trial over his role in the January 6 riots at the Capitol. Lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin sent a letter to Trump's attorney Thursday requesting that the former US president testifies before or during the upcoming impeachment trial, which begins next Tuesday, arguing that his testimony was needed after he disputed the House's allegations that he incited the insurrection at the Capitol. "Two days ago, you filed an Answer in which you denied many factual allegations set forth in the article of impeachment," Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, wrote. "You have thus attempted to put critical facts at issue notwithstanding the clear and overwhelming evidence of your consti...
Chelsea ‘Looking At Experienced Managers’ To Replace Frank Lampard
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Chelsea ‘Looking At Experienced Managers’ To Replace Frank Lampard

Chelsea are reportedly looking at experienced managers to replace Frank Lampard as the pressure continues to ramp up on the Blues boss. A limp sixth defeat of the season at Leicester on Tuesday night left Chelsea in eighth place, despite a summer spend of £230m that was expected to see them challenge for the title. And alternatives with more nous at the top level are being lined up to rescue Chelsea's season, according to The Athletic. First-half goals from Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison at the King Power Stadium lifted Leicester to the top of the Premier League — nine points clear of Lampard's men, who are now five points adrift of the Champions League places. Luck was not on Chelsea's side: they were awarded a penalty with the score at 1-0, only for the spot-kick to be ...
Nicolas Anelka Names Best Managers he ever Worked With
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Nicolas Anelka Names Best Managers he ever Worked With

A former Chelsea and Arsenal striker, Nicolas Anelka, has named Arsene Wenger and Sam Allardyce as the best managers he ever worked with. Anelka played under Wenger, Allardyce, Carlo Ancelotti, Vicente Del Bosque, Guus Hiddink, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Kevin Keegan during his career. But the former France international has described Wenger and Allardyce as managers who know how to get the best out of him. “For me, I take into consideration football, attitude, my understanding with the coach, mentality and how he used me on the field and because of this, there are only two names: Big Sam and Arsene Wenger,” Anelka told Bolton’s official website. “They knew how to use my qualities to get the best out of me.” Anelka is currently wo...
‘The goalkeeper was in the stands!’ – Sheffield United baffled as Hawk-Eye apologises for Aston Villa error
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‘The goalkeeper was in the stands!’ – Sheffield United baffled as Hawk-Eye apologises for Aston Villa error

The Blades were denied a win because goal-line technology was obstructed, much to their manager's frustration Chris Wilder was left frustrated after Sheffield United were denied a goal against Aston Villa on Wednesday, with Hawk-Eye apologising "unreservedly" for its technology's failure to notify the referee that the ball had crossed the line. Wilder’s side thought they had taken the lead in the first-half when goalkeeper Orjan Nyland fell into the net with the ball in his hands, carrying the ball over the line. Although social media went into a frenzy over what appeared to be a clear goal, referee Michael Oliver did not award one and the match went on to finish 0-0.
First Virtual Conference With Strategic Managers Of The Force Held By IGP Adamu
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First Virtual Conference With Strategic Managers Of The Force Held By IGP Adamu

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has ordered strict enforcement of the national curfew and inter-state movement restriction orders emplaced by the Federal Government as part of measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The IGP gave this directive to the Zonal Assistant-Inspectors General of Police and State Commissioners of Police during a virtual conference held on Tuesday, 19th May, 2020. The conference availed the Force leadership the opportunity to engage the strategic managers, assess the security situation in the country, review operational strategies and take decisive measures aimed at evolving customized security solutions to cope with crime trends and other security challenges relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. The IG...
Botafogo chief Rotenberg declares Toure, Obi Mikel back in talks
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Botafogo chief Rotenberg declares Toure, Obi Mikel back in talks

Manchester City great Yaya Toure could yet play on next season. Talks with Botafogo have been revived with the Ivory Coast veteran, just weeks after it appeared the deal had fallen through. Botafogo chief Ricardo Rotenberg says they're also continuing talks with Chelsea Champions League winner John Obi Mikel after he broke his contract with Trabzonspor. He told ESPN: "Last week I talked to both players and their managers. "Negotiations are continuing and only the part of their wages has not been finalised yet
Bielsa & Guardiola are the Best Managers in the World – Laporte
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Bielsa & Guardiola are the Best Managers in the World – Laporte

The French defender worked under the enigmatic Argentine at Athletic and is now enjoying his time with a former Barca boss Marcelo Bielsa and Pep Guardiola are “the best two managers in the world”, says Aymeric Laporte, with the Leeds and Manchester City bosses considered to “know everything”. The man currently calling the shots at the Etihad Stadium has made no secret of his admiration for an enigmatic coach looking to lead fallen giants back into the Premier League. For Guardiola, Bielsa has shown how success can be enjoyed while sticking to the principles which make football so entertaining.
How meticulous Carrick has defied his Man Utd critics
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How meticulous Carrick has defied his Man Utd critics

Questions were raised over the quality of the backroom staff employed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but they have successfully proved their worth Barely anyone has avoided criticism at Manchester United since they last lifted the Premier League trophy in 2013; the players, the board, the owners, managers, backroom staff - the list is endless. And as United struggled at the end of Jose Mourinho’s reign - and after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was given the job on a permanent basis - questions were raised over the quality of the club’s coaching staff. The departure of Mourinho’s right-hand man Rui Faria led to the promotion of Kieran McKenna and Michael Carrick on the first-team bench and Solskjaer stuck with the duo, in addition to bringing Sir Alex Ferguson assistant Mike Phelan back.
Premier League clubs are targeting a return to training on May 9
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Premier League clubs are targeting a return to training on May 9

Premier League clubs are targeting a return to training on May 9 as English football bids to get back underway, according to reports. Managers across the top flight are said to have held talks with players about plans to get back to the training pitch ahead of a proposed restart to the season following over a month of suspension due to coronavirus, the Sun reports. Teams such as Bournemouth, West Ham, Sheffield United and Crystal Palace are all lining up the date with clubs eager to get players back up to scratch after being forced to monitor their fitness levels remotely from home. Chris Wilder's Sheffield United had initially planned to get back on the training pitch as early as May 4 but have now adjusted the date to May 9. At a Premier League meeting on Friday, clubs committed to f...
Man Utd legend Neville: I’d want Klopp as my manager
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Man Utd legend Neville: I’d want Klopp as my manager

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has heaped praise on Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. Neville was asked who he would want to play for among current Premier League managers. "I would probably say Jurgen Klopp," the former Manchester United man told Sky Sports. "I just look at the way his teams play at the moment. They are adaptable, they do play with possession, but they also counter-attack and they are also competitive. "They are not one trick ponies and I think it just looks like he is full of energy, belief and confidence. "Always feels like he wants to attack, obviously other great managers in the Premier League, Pep Guardiola is one of the greatest managers of all time. "But I feel Jurgen Klopp would be someone great to play for."

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