Former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson named coach of Belgian club OH Leuven

Former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has been named head coach of Belgian second-tier side OH Leuven.

King Power International own both clubs so Pearson, 54, will again be working with the Srivaddhanaprabha family, who sacked him as Foxes boss in June 2015.

His Leicester exit came one month after he had guided them to unlikely Premier League safety in the 2014-15 season.

Since then, his only other job has been a 14-match spell in charge of Derby County between May and October in 2016.
OH Leuven sit fourth in the eight-team Belgian First Division B.

They have won only two of their six league matches this season and Pearson replaces Dennis van Wijk, who had been in charge since January.

Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, chief executive of King Power International, said: “Nigel is an incredibly good manager with a wealth of knowledge, good people skills and a strong winner’s mentality. He will put OHL on track for the next few years.”

Pearson added: “I know how to develop the club and I’m looking forward to contributing to it. The club has many good players and a good staff that guides them. I can not wait to work with them and achieve our goals.”

During his career in England he also managed Carlisle United, Southampton, Hull and was in charge of Leicester for 289 matches over two spells.


In his second stint as Foxes boss, he guided the club to the Championship title in 2013-14 and Premier League survival the following season, but was then dismissed with a club statement saying “fundamental differences in perspective exist between us”.
He was involved in several high-profile incidents, including calling a journalist an “ostrich”and clashing with Crystal Palace’s James McArthur.

Pearson was replaced by Claudio Ranieri, who took the side Pearson had largely assembled to the Premier League title in his first season with the Midlands club.

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Crystal Palace appoint former Liverpool and England manager Roy Hodgson as Frank de Boer’s replacement

Crystal Palace have confirmed the appointment of Roy Hodgson as their new manager in place of the sacked Frank de Boer.

De Boer departed on Monday, only 77 days into a three-year contract, after Palace became the first team in England’s top division to lose their opening four league fixtures without scoring since Preston 93 years ago.

At 70 years and 34 days old, Hodgson is the oldest man to be appointed as a permanent manager in the Premier League.

Ray Lewington, a former Palace caretaker boss, who worked with Hodgson at England and Fulham, has been named as his assistant.

A new first-team coach will be announced shortly.

Hodgson, who was also approached when Sam Allardyce was appointed to succeed Alan Pardew at Palace in December, takes on his first managerial role since resigning from the England post after Euro 2016.

The 70-year-old last worked in the Premier League with West Brom in 2012 before leaving to become England manager.

A year earlier he had inspired them, as he did similarly relegation-threatened Fulham in 2007-08, to survival.
Between his time at Fulham and West Brom, Hodgson had an unsuccessful spell at Liverpool that lasted only six months.

The Croydon-born Hodgson will be returning to the club with whom he began his playing career in 1965.

He spent three years on Palace’s books as a young defender in the 1960s before leaving without making an appearance.

He will take charge for Palace’s Premier League game against Southampton on Saturday at Selhurst Park.

Palace represent Hodgson’s fifth Premier League appointment of his managerial career, after Blackburn, Fulham, Liverpool and West Brom.

He told the official Palace website:

“This is very much the club of my boyhood, and I remember in my youth watching the club from the terraces at the Holmesdale Road end which gave me such fond memories.
“In those days I had dreams of playing for the team, then as a coach you think about coaching the team, and a lot has happened in between times.
“It is very rewarding to find myself here now, in different times, as the Palace manager at a club that I have always loved and admired with a huge potential.
“We are the club of south London, with an enormously large fanbase. The ambitions here are realistic, there is an enormous potential for growth and I hope we can achieve our goals.”

Hodgson was adamant his new side can shrug off their dismal start to the season.
He said:

“I don’t honestly believe that there is necessarily a lot that needs to be done.
“You can always get off to a bad start, [but] what we’ve got to remember is our fate will be decided after 38 games, not four.
“We’ve got to work hard to get back on track but I know that my attitude is shared by the players and it is my job to let them know what I want from them.”

Bayern Munich appoint Hasan Salihamidzic as new sporting director

Bayern Munich have named former midfielder Hasan Salihamidzic as the club’s new sporting director.

The 40-year-old Bosnian’s appointment on a three-year deal was announced in a news conference on Monday.

Salihamidzic made over 350 appearances for Bayern during a nine-year spell between 1998 and 200 , winning six Bundesliga titles and one Champions League trophy.

The German champions have not had a sporting director since Matthias Sammer left the club last summer 2016.

Former club captains Philipp Lahm and Oliver Kahn had been among those linked with the role.

“When I was asked if I wanted to I knew immediately that I would,” said Salihamidzic. “When I was here as a player I always gave 100 per cent in every training session and every game, and I’ll do the same now as sporting director. I’ll be available for the players 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I’m really looking forward to the task.”

“Hasan knows Bayern well, he was here as a player for several years,” said Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “He’s a person I wouldn’t have liked to play against because he always worked hard and gave his all. He’s a very loyal and he speaks five languages, so he can speak to all of our players. He’ll be responsible for football and he’ll be the link between the coach and the team and the coach and the club.”

He had subsequent spells at Juventus and Wolfsburg before retiring as a professional in 2012. He has since worked as an ambassador for Bayern and travelled with the club on their recent trip to Asia as part of the Bundesliga World Tour 2017.

Former USA and Swansea manager Bob Bradley appointed manager of LAFC

Expansion club Los Angeles Football Club has appointed Bob Bradley as its first ever manager ahead of the side’s first season in Major League Soccer in 2018, the league confirmed on Thursday.

News of Bradley’s hire broke on Thursday afternoon, when it was first reported by Goal.

It will be Bradley’s first time in MLS since 2006, when he was in charge of now-defunct Chivas USA.

The 59-year-old left the club for the U.S. national team in 2006, a position he held until 2011. Bradley returns to MLS after a six-year stint overseas, most recently with Swansea City.

The New Jersey native spent less than three months in South Wales before being sacked, earning five points in his 11 matches in charge of the Swans.

Prior to his Premier League stint, Bradley narrowly missed out on promotion to Ligue 1 in his 11-month tenure at French second-division Le Havre, and oversaw Norwegian club Stabaek qualify for the Europa League in his two seasons in Baerum.

He also managed the Egyptian national team from 2011 to 2013.

Bradley’s success in MLS dates back to his time in charge of the Chicago Fire, with whom he won an MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup double in 1998, and picked up a second Open Cup in 2000.

Sigi Schmid replaces sacked Curt Onalfo as coach of LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy have sacked head coach Curt Onalfo with immediate effect, and have replaced him with former LA coach Sigi Schmid, the club confirmed on Thursday.

Onalfo has overseen a dismal run of form as the club sit ninth in the Western Conference on a five-game losing streak with the news of his sacking first reported by the LA Times.

Schmid will sign a contract through to the end of 2018 and will take his first training session on Thursday.

Schmid, who was fired by Seattle Sounders months before they won the MLS Cup under Brian Schmetzer, took charge of the Galaxy for five years from 1999-2004 and won the MLS Cup in 2002.

He has also won the MLS Coach of the Year Award twice, first in 1999 and then again in 2008 when he won the MLS Supporters’ Shield/Cup double with Columbus Crew.

Schmid also won the MLS Supporters’ Shield and four U.S. Open cups with Seattle before he was fired. Onalfo’s assistant Ante Razov will remain with the club but in a different role.

Roma Legend Francesco Totti confirms his retirement and new director role


Francesco Totti has confirmed his retirement as a player by accepting a directorship role with Roma.

The 40-year-old Roman, who represented the Giallorossi for 24 years as a striker, played his last game for the Serie A club in May but his status since had been uncertain as he fielded offers.

In an interview published on Roma’s official website on Monday evening, Totti admitted his illustrious on-pitch career was a thing of the past and that a new life in football management awaited him.

He said: “The end of my playing career was May 28, 2017. That for me was an historic day.

“I’ll carry it with me forever. It will be hard to explain to people the feelings and emotions I felt that day.

“The first part of my life, as a player, has ended but now I’m heading into an equally important part as a manager, hoping to do as well as I did on the field.”

Totti made his debut as a 16-year-old in 1993 and won the Scudetto once, in 2001. His 786th and final appearance for Roma was as a substitute in a 3-2 league win over Genoa at the Olimpico.

He was reportedly close to making a swansong switch to China or Major League Soccer but has instead hung up his boots.

“I never wanted that game to end, that day to end,” said Totti, who is Roma’s all-time leading goalscorer with 307 in all competitions.

“For me it was too important, too significant, too exciting.

“The game has given me so much and I tried to give so much back to the people who have showed me so much love day after day.

“Now I’ll try to make myself available at all 360 degrees, from the youth team to the president. It might take six months, a year, two years… I don’t know how long it will take to find the role I prefer.”

Teddy Sheringham named coach of Atletico de Kolkata; Rene Meulensteen, Steve Coppel get new manager jobs in ISL


Former Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham has been named head coach of Indian Super League (ISL) franchise Atletico de Kolkata.

The 51-year-old has replaced Spaniard Jose Francisco Molina, who led the club to their second title in three years in his only season as coach.

Sheringham, who won three Premier League titles and the Champions League with United, lasted eight months in his first managerial role with League Two side Stevenage before leaving  the club in February 2016.

Atletico de Kolkata, owned by a consortium including Spanish club Atletico Madrid and ex-India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, won the first ISL competition in 2014.

Meanwhile, Jamshedpur Football Club, one of the two new entrants, have named another former England and Manchester United player, Steve Coppell, as their manager for the upcoming season. The 62-year-old took Kerala Blasters to the ISL final against Kolkata last year.

And former United assistant coach Rene Meulensteen has been appointed as head coach of Kerala Blasters.

Last week former Aston Villa boss John Gregory  was named in charge of  Chennaiyin FC, succeeding World Cup winner Marco Materazzi who had been in the role for three years.

This year’s revamped five-month competition starts on October 1 with two new teams making it a 10-team league.

Michael Carrick named Manchester United captain


Michael Carrick has been confirmed as the new captain of Manchester United following Wayne Rooney’s exit.

All-time top scorer and captain Rooney’s return to boyhood club Everton after 13 years was confirmed on Sunday.

United boss Jose Mourinho has moved quickly to name a new skipper, with long-serving midfielder Carrick handed the captain’s armband.

“It feels great and it is such a huge honour to captain such a great club,” he told MUTV.

“It is my 12th year now and I came as a 25-year-old. I never thought I could be here for so long and achieve so much.

“Now, to lead the boys and look after the young boys, to guide them in some ways, it is a nice thing and a real pleasure.

“I came to this club as a footballer and I am now a huge fan. I have grown to love the club over the years and to be in this position is very special for me.”
Carrick joined United from Tottenham in 2006 and his contribution was recognised in a testimonial last month.

The 35-year-old is the longest serving player at Old Trafford following Rooney’s exit, although he looked set to leave the club last summer.
A change in management saw Carrick handed a one-year deal, then a further contract extension this summer.

“I will just be myself,” he said of his style of captaincy.

“You can’t change and it is wrong to come into the role and then suddenly change, shouting and screaming at everyone, telling them what to do.

“I am not like that. I will speak when I need to speak but I am quite laid back and chilled out really. I will try to lead by example.”

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Xabi Alonso rejects assistant manager role at Bayern

​Former Liverpool favourite Xabi Alonso has rejected the chance to become Bayern Munich’s assistant manager.

The 35-year-old hung up his boots at the end of last season after three seasons at Bayern.

Carlo Ancelotti had offered Alonso the chance to be his assistant but that the midfielder, along with Bayern legend Philipp Lahm, snubbed the offer.

Alonso and Ancelotti spent two seasons together at Real Madrid before teaming up again for more success at the Allianz Arena and the Italian was keen to keep his former charge alongside him.

As Bayern returned for pre-season, Ancelotti formally unveiled Frenchman Wlily Sagnol as his new lieutenant but revealed he was not first choice for the position.

Ancelotti said: “I wanted an assistant who knew the club. I tried to convince Philipp Lahm before the end of the season, I also tried to convince Xabi Alonso. They refused.

“Willy suits perfectly, he has the right profile, he has been successful at Bordeaux, and he knows the players like Coman or Ribery, and he will improve our trainer team.”
As for Alonso, he has not yet committed to any new role since his retirement although he told theLiverpool Echoa few months ago that a visit to Liverpool with his son Jontxu was definitely on the cards for next season.

“That’s 100% sure,” he said.

“We are really looking forward to going back. I have heard great things about the new Main Stand

“My son is desperate to go. He’s Liverpool born and always asks: ‘Dad. when are we going to Liverpool?’

“I say: ‘Okay, but at the moment I have busy weekends! We will go, don’t worry.’”

Scott Parker  returns to Tottenham as a coach


​Scott Parker has returned to former club Tottenham as their new U18s coach and a club ambassador.

The 36-year-old  announced his retirement from playing last week  after the end of his  contract at Fulham, and returns to the club where he spent two years and played in the Champions League.

The former England international has been taking his coaching badges and Parker helped Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic in a coaching role while out injured last season.

Th ex-footballer will begin work immediately at Hotspur Way and said: “I’m delighted to be back and look forward to immersing myself in the job.

“Obviously it wasn’t an easy decision to call time on my playing career, though I’m looking forward to this new chapter and I am grateful to Spurs for handing me this opportunity at such an exciting time in the club’s history.

“It is a great honour to represent the club both as a coach and ambassador.”
His appointment follows those of Wayne Burnett as U23s boss and Perry Suckling as an academy coach on Thursday.

Tottenham’s head of coaching and player development  said: “Scott will need no introduction in terms of his playing credentials.

“He’s been planning a career in coaching for a number of years and during his time here he was not only completing his coaching qualifications but dealing with players in real life situations.

“Scott’s role within the Academy will be to manage the Under-18s players and to instil the standards required to be an elite international and Premier League player.

“I know how passionately Scott feels about the personal qualities Mauricio needs from players to be a success in our first team and I know he will develop these qualities in our players on and off the training pitch.”

Sunderland’s new manager  Simon Grayson 

Simon Grayson has a signed a three-year contract to take over as Sunderland manager.

The 47-year-old leaves Preston to take over at the Stadium of Light and brings with him his assistant Glynn Snodin.

The 47-year-old replaces David Moyes, who resigned in May following the Black Cats’ relegation to the Championship.
The ex-Huddersfield and Leeds boss has signed a three-year deal on Wearside.

After agreeing to leave his four-year spell at Deepdale and move to Wearside, Grayson said: “I’m delighted and excited by the opportunity to manage this club.
“I want to bring the good times back. Sunderland are so fortunate to have such tremendous support and I want to give these fans a team they can be proud of.”
Black Cats chief executive Martin Bain said: “From the outset he demonstrated a tremendous enthusiasm for the job and his desire and ambition to make this football club better shone through.”

Having led Preston to promotion to the Sky Bet Championship in 2015 and two successive 11th-place finishes, the club said: “We would like to place on record our thanks to Simon and Glynn for their hard work and service over the past four years.

“Current first team coach Steve Thompson will continue to look after first team affairs whilst this process in undertaken.”

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard holds talks with Oxford United over vacant manager position

Frank Lampard has spoken to Oxford about their vacant manager’s position.

Lampard is just one of a number of candidates along with Pep Clotet, who was Garry Monk’s assistant at Swansea and Leeds, and more interviews are scheduled.

But it is understood the League One club are seriously considering offering the former England midfielder a first job in management.

Oxford are looking for a new boss following Michael Appleton’s departure for Leicester, where he will work as Craig Shakespare’s assistant.

Lampard announced his retirement from playing in February after a career which brought three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a Champions League with Chelsea.

The 39-year-old also won 106 England caps and scored a club record 211 goals during his time at Stamford Bridge.

Another former Chelsea player Hasselbaink, who has been out of work since his sacking at QPR in November, is understood to have held talks with Oxford United last week.

Crystal Palace appoint Frank de Boer as manager 

Frank de Boer has been appointed as Crystal Palace’s new manager on a three-year contract, the club have announced.

The Dutchman, 47, succeeds Sam Allardyce at Selhurst Park after the former England boss resigned at the end of last season having kept Palace in the Premier League.

De Boer, who was unveiled at the club’s Beckenham training ground on Monday afternoon becomes the club’s first full-time foreign boss, although Attilio Lombardo had a brief spell in caretaker charge in 1998.

The former Dutch international is confident he can have an impact on the English top flight, having seen his tenure at Inter Milan cut short in November after just 14 matches in charge.

“I am thrilled to be appointed as manager of Crystal Palace Football Club,” de Boer said in a statement. “It is a great honour to take charge of such an historic club, a club that is known around the world for its hugely proud and passionate fan base.

“I had a good feeling about the club and the prospect of managing a team in the Premier league was exciting,” the former Ajax, Barcelona and Rangers defender said at a press conference flanked by Palace chairman Steve Parish.

De Boer is confident he can help Palace look up the table.
“The club can still grow further and further, because every year English clubs spend a lot of money, so it is possible to do something well.

“There is a lot of prospect to be a solid Premier League club,” the Dutch coach said.

“I have to see the players first, but I have my ideas, maybe one or two signings.

“We want to be a solid Premier League club, not a team which struggles for relegation, this is the target.

“If we can do more, then that is nice, but first is to be a very solid Premier League club.

“I have confidence with the team who is around me and the players that we can build a solid club.”
The 47-year-old was previously boss at Ajax, where he won four straight Dutch league titles between 2011 and 2014.
The Dutchman, though, hopes he can last the distance at Selhurst Park.

“I am focusing on this job right now, not what happens in the future, that is unimportant,” he said.

“I am just concerned with making Palace a solid Premier League club.

“I signed for three years, so normally I want to stay for three years, which normally means it is going well.”

Crystal Palace  set to confirm Frank de Boer as new manager

Crystal Palace will announce their new manager, expected to be Frank de Boer, later today.
He will succeed Sam Allardyce, who left after helping Palace avoid relegation from the Premier League last season.

De Boer, 47, has been out of work since he was sacked by Italian side  Interin November after only 85 days in charge.

Palace are ready to back new boss Frank de Boer with a move for Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho.

Southampton appoint Argentine Mauricio Pellegrino as new manager

Southampton have confirmed the appointment of Mauricio Pellegrino as the new Southampton manager on a three-year deal.
The 45-year-old takes over the reins at St Mary’s from Claude Puel, who departed the club earlier this month.
Despite guiding Saints to eighth in the Premier League and the EFL Cup final in his first season, frustrations behind the scenes and in the stands led to Claude Puel’s sacking last week.

“I think my philosophy and the culture of the club will work well together. We have to be a team on and off the pitch; I want to make the supporters proud of the players and to feel part of the game every week.

“I want to win matches, be successful and develop a team spirit where everyone gives 100 per cent and supports each other.

“I am excited and passionate about what the future holds for us and look forward to meeting the players and beginning our preparation for the new season.”

Pellegrino becomes Southampton’s second Argentinian manager, with Mauricio Pochettino previously at the helm.
The former Argentina international also served as head coach at Valencia, as well as managing Estudiantes and Independiente in his home country.

Former Ajax and Inter Milan  boss Frank de Boer offered Crystal Palace manager job

Frank de Boer has been offered the Crystal Palace manager’s job.

Palace have been looking for a manager since Sam Allardyce resigned last month after five months at Selhurst Park.

Former Ajax, Barcelona and Rangers defender De Boer has been out of work since he lost his job at Inter Milan in November last year.

De Boer won the Dutch title four times while managing Ajax between 2010 and 2016.
Argentine Mauricio Pellegrino had also been linked with the Eagles position, but Palace officials believe he is heading to Southampton to replace Claude Puel, having impressed the St Mary’s hierarchy during his interview.

Former Wigan and United coach Warren Joyce appointed new coach of Melbourne City


Melbourne City have officially unveiled Warren Joyce as their new head coach, with the experienced boss welcomed to the City Academy on Monday.
Melbourne City are part of the City Football Group, run by Manchester City’s Abu Dhabi-based owners.

Joyce, 52, has experience both as a player and later a manager in England and Belgium, including a spell coaching Leeds United’s reserves, two years at Royal Antwerp, eight years at Manchester United reserves, and as manager for Wigan Athletic in the Championship.
Joyce, 52, has been out of work since being sacked by the Latics on 13  Marchafter four months in charge.
The former Bolton, Preston and Hull midfielder arrives in Melbourne as players begin their pre-season training, and will work alongside assistant coaches Michael Valkanis, Joe Montemurro and goalkeeping coach Joey Didiluca.
“I am delighted to be joining Melbourne City Football Club at this time in its evolution,” Joyce said of his appointment.
“The people at the club, their vision and their values together with the opportunity to help develop and build this team to its full potential meant that this was an offer which was impossible to turn down. I can’t wait to get started.”

Simon Pearce, vice-chairman of Melbourne City, added: “In Warren Joyce, we have a manager with a long and distinguished footballing career, who has proved himself, in many different environments, as both a pragmatic manager and a versatile, driven coach.

“His career achievements, and the many coaching partnerships he has had in the past, suggest an ideal cultural and tactical fit for Melbourne City.”
Melbourne City won the Australian Cup last season but sacked coach Michael Valkanis after a poor A-League play-off campaign ended with elimination by Perth Glory.

Florentino Perez stay on as Real Madrid president


Florentino Perez will stay on as Real Madrid president until 2021 after no other candidates presented a bid to rival the incumbent before Sunday’s deadline.
Perez, who first held the position in 2000, won uncontested, the Spanish and European champions announced on Monday.
The 70-year-old has overseen a period of continued success at Madrid, who claimed their third Champions League in four seasons in 2016-17.

Ajax appoint Marcel Keizer as new coach

Ajax have appointed Marcel Keizer as their new head coach on a two-year deal, with the option of another season.
Keizer was in charge of Jong Ajax last season and replaces Peter Bosz, who departed to take charge of Borussia Dortmund.
The 48-year-old will officially begin his new job on July 1, having led Jong Ajax to second place in Holland’s second tier last season.
“From the moment we started looking for another coach, Keizer was the most suitable candidate,” Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar said.

“It’s appropriate for Ajax to look internally for a replacement, in the past many coaches have been appointed from within their own club.

“He knows the players, the set-up and is behind the philosophy of the club. In addition, he has shown great promise last season with some excellent play.”

Meanwhile, Ajax also confirmed former Everton and Netherlands defender John Heitinga has replaced Aron Winter as the club’s under-19 coach.

Former Leicester City coach Claudio Ranieri  appointed manager of French club Nantes

Former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has agreed a two-year deal to manage Ligue 1 side Nantes.

The Italian, who led the Foxes to the Premier League title in 2016, has been without a club since being sacked by the Foxes in February.

“FC Nantes is pleased to announce the arrival of Claudio Ranieri at the head of his professional group,” a statement on theclub’s official websitesaid.

Ranieri had to be granted approval from the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) to manage Nantes due to him being at the 65-year age limit.

The much-travelled coach lists Monaco, Juventus and Chelsea among his former clubs and replaces Sergio Conceicao, who recently took charge at Porto.
“At 65 years old, the former defender has a very good experience as a coach – and an impressive record – at the highest level,” the statement added.
Nantes, who have won the French title eight times, finished seventh in Ligue 1 last season.

Leeds appoint Thomas Christiansen as their new manager 

​Leeds have appointed Thomas Christiansen as their new head coach.

Former APOEL Nicosia boss Christiansen, 44, is set to be installed as a replacement for Garry Monk, who resigned last month, within the next 24 hours.

The Danish-born former Spain striker steered APOEL to the last 16 of the Europa League and to the Cypriot first division title last season, but was released by the club on the same day that Monk departed Elland Road.

The Whites have been linked with the likes of Aitor Karanka, Claudio Ranieri and Quique Sanchez Flores, but it appears the club’s new chairman Andrea Radrizanni has caused a shock by tasking Christiansen with the job.
Christiansen had not been mentioned as a name in the frame for the role in any media and his appointment comes very much from left field.
“We are delighted to make this announcement today as it successfully concludes what has been a thorough and extensive search, following a huge level of interest from all over the football world,” said Leeds United Managing Director Angus Kinnear.

“We wanted to appoint someone who can help us create a winning culture at the club and unite everyone connected with Leeds United, from the players to the supporters, ultimately taking the club back to where we all feel we belong.
“Thomas was someone who had been on our radar from the very early stages of the process and quickly established himself as the outstanding candidate.

“We are confident we have found a man with who can work with us to take the club to the next level.”
His only previous managerial experience comes in the Cypriot league, as he managed AEK Larnaca between 2014 and 2016, before taking charge at Apoel Nicosia last season.
Christiansen also spent a short time as assistant manager at Abu Dhabi-based club Al Jazira in the United Arab Emirates in 2013, under Luis Milla.

Milan legend Christian  Abbiati return as new club manager 

Christian Abbiati has returned to AC Milan as their new club manager, just a year after the former goalkeeper left the club.

The 39-year-old former goalkeeper ended his playing career a year ago, after eight seasons with Milan. He previously spent seven years with the club, making a total of 380 appearances and winning the Champions League, three Serie A titles and one Coppa Italia.

He will now be the liaison between the team and the club, according to a statement published on the club’s official website.

“Christian Abbiati is back home,” the statement said. “A true AC Milan legend, he played 15 seasons in Red & Black, winning six Italian trophies and two international titles. Today he has been named as club manager. He will report directly to the club’s sporting and technical director Massimiliano Mirabelli and will be the liaison between the team and the club.

“The strong bond between AC Milan and Abbiati started in summer of ’98, when Christian joined the team — coached by Alberto Zaccheroni — as second reserve goalkeeper behind Sebastiano Rossi and Jens Lehmann.

“A few months later, on 24 January 1999 he made his debut and he had a key role in helping AC Milan win the 16th red & black Scudetto in Perugia. That bond lasted for 15 seasons, until the day Christian said goodbye to the red & black fans in San Siro, on 15 May 2016. This bond is stronger than ever today, the day of Christian’s return. Good luck Abbia!”

Shenzhen sack Sven-Goran Eriksson, by poem, after six months

Sven-Goran Eriksson has been sacked by Chinese second-tier side Shenzhen after just six months in charge.

The Swede replaced ex-Netherlands midfielder and AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf as Shenzhen boss in December.
And the Guangdong-based side announced his successor in poem form before they had even confirmed Eriksson’s departure.

They have now documented the former England boss’ departure after a poor run of form to add to their earlier ditty.

The 69-year-old was appointed in December and  tasked with getting the club into the Chinese Super League but they failed to muster a promotion charge and he has been axed after a run of five wins in 13 games.

“The negotiations between the two sides were very smooth, leaving only some details to be completed by lawyers,” read a statement on the club’s website.

Before that though a poem was posted on their website welcoming former coach Wang Baoshan, it read:

“Eleven years ago, you led Shenzhen football and never let us down.

“Nine years ago, you took over responsibilities and saved Shenzhen football.

“Memories of fighting together have never gone away, and now we recall the legend.

“For Shenzhen, we are reunited, starting a new trip together.

“Coach Wang, welcome home.”

Fabio Capello ‘goes’ to China

Former England manager Fabio Capello is the latest high-profile coach to move to the Chinese Super League, signing a contract with Jiangsu Suning.

The 70-year-old, who led England for four years before resigning in 2012, joins former Premier League managers Luis Felipe Scolari, Andre Villas-Boas, Gus Poyet and Felix Magath in China.
A Jiangsu statement confirmed: “We have signed a working contract with Mr Fabio Capello. He will be the head coach. Welcome Fabio!”
Capello made his name at AC Milan in the 1990s, winning four Serie A titles and the Champions League. He went on to win two La Liga titles in separate spells with Real Madrid and another Italian league crown with Roma.
He also won Serie A twice with Juventus but both were revoked and they were demoted to the second division for their involvement in Italy’s match-fixing scandal.

Schalke sack Markus Weinzierl, appoint 31 year old Dominico Tedesco 

Schalke sacked coach Markus Weinzierl one season into his three-year deal on Friday and appointed Dominico Tedesco in his place.

Weinzierl, 42, departs after the Bundesliga club failed to reach a European competition for the first time since 2009.

Dominic Tedesco, who arrives from second-division side Erzgebirge Aue, signed a two-year contract

The 31-year-old only joined the then-rock-bottom club from Hoffenheim’s academy in early 2017, but secured them another year of football in the 2. Bundesliga with 20 points from 11 matches. He previously coached the junior ranks at Hoffenheim and Stuttgart.
Tedesco becomes the second-youngest manager in Europe’s top five leagues, after Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsman, who is 29. They are followed by 37-year-olds Manuel Baum of Augsburg and Alexander Nouri of Werder Bremen, giving the Bundesliga the four youngest managers among the top leagues.
“Tedesco does not yet have a lot of experience in the professional field, but he convinced us in the talks about how he wants to shape the sporting future at Schalke. Like many other clubs, we are settling on a very young and very innovative coach,” sporting director Christian Heidel said.
“We examined the whole season to establish the basis for a possible successful coming season for Schalke. The result of our deliberations is that we must make changes to drive the development we want,” said Heidel, who said the decision against Weinzierl was “not easy.”

Inter Milan appoint former Roma coach Luciano Spalletti as new head coach

​Inter Milan have confirmed the appointment of Luciano Spalletti as their new coach on a two-year contract.

Spalletti left Roma last month and has now committed to Inter until 2019 after meeting with the club’s owners in China earlier this week.

Inter announced the news on Friday, adding that Spalletti will be unveiled as their new boss on Wednesday.
An Inter statement read: “F.C. Internazionale are delighted to announce that Luciano Spalletti has been appointed as head coach of the first team.
“The new coach, who has signed a two-year contract, will be unveiled at a media conference at Suning Training Centre in memory of Angelo Moratti next Wednesday at 12:00 CEST. He will take his first training session with the team on Monday 3 July.

“Luciano Spalletti has been involved in more Serie A matches than any other coach currently employed in Serie A — 406 and counting. On a personal level, he won the prestigious Panchina d’Oro award in 2004-05 and was named Coach of the Year by the Italian Footballers’ Association in 2006 and 2007.

“Best of luck in the new job, Luciano!”

Former Russia and CSKA Moscow boss Leonid Slutsky appointed as Hull City new manager

Hull City have named former Russia manager Leonid Slutsky as their new head coach.

The 46-year-old will arrive in England next week subject to international clearance having guided CSKA Moscow to three Russian Premier League titles before resigning last December.
“I am delighted to become the head coach of Hull City and I am very much looking forward to the challenge of guiding the club back to the Premier League,” Slutsky, told the club’s official website.

“I already know that this is an important club with a big and loyal fanbase, I’ve had a good feeling about it ever since meeting the Allam family and I can’t wait to get started next week.”

Hull announced they will make further coaching appointments soon.

Vice chairmain Ehab Allam added: “I am delighted to welcome Leonid as our new head coach. After a thorough recruitment process, Leonid’s attention to detail, thoughts on playing style and his ambition made him the stand-out candidate.

“The club has made plans for preseason training and friendlies, with some exciting fixtures to be announced next week, and squad planning with Leonid is already underway. Leonid has enjoyed success at both club and international level and I am excited about his plans for guiding us back towards the Premier League.”

Slutsky has been living in London as a guest of Roman Abramovich since January.

Middlesbrough  set to name Garry Monk as new boss

Garry Monk has agreed to take over as Middlesbrough manager and is set to be appointed later today.

Monk, 38, left Leeds on 25 May after being unable to “reach an  agreement”with new owner Andrea Radrizzani.

He managed Swansea City in the Premier League between 2014 and 2015 before guiding Leeds to a seventh-placed finish in the Championship last season.

Middlesbrough were relegated from the Premier League after a 19th place finish.

Monk will replace Steve Agnew, the caretaker coach, who took over after Aitor Karanka was sacked.

Craig Shakespare named Leicester City permanent Manager

​Leicester City have confirmed Craig Shakespeare as their new full-time manager on a three-year deal.

The Foxes had been in talks with Shakespeare since the end of the season last month and have now struck a deal after he took over on a short-term basis in February.
Shakespeare took interim charge following Claudio Ranieri’s departure in February and was later appointed full-time boss until the end of the season.

Ranieri’s former assistant, who also worked under the Italian’s predecessor Nigel Pearson, steered the champions to a comfortable mid-table finish.

The Foxes eventually finished 12th with Shakespeare winning eight of his 16 games in charge in all competitions, losing five and drawing three.
Shakespeare told the club’s official site: “This is a really exciting opportunity for me to continue along this new path in my career and to continue to work with a club and a group of staff I’ve grown extremely close to. I’m grateful to the owners and the board of directors for their continued faith and support.”
He also helped them into the quarter finals of the Champions League, beating Sevilla 2-0 in their second round second leg to win 3-2 on aggregate.

The Foxes lost 2-1 on aggregate to Atletico Madrid in the last eight.

Leicester City vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: “Craig has shown all the qualities in leadership, motivation and talent management that are required to be successful in this role.

“Those qualities, aligned with his first class coaching acumen, his knowledge of Leicester City and its philosophy, and the respect he has earned at every level of the club make him the ideal choice to help take us forward.

“Our primary objective for the coming years is to successfully translate the extraordinary experiences of the last two seasons into lessons that will strengthen and enhance the club’s pursuit of its long-term vision of sustainable success.

“Continuity is among the key elements to making such a process work.

“Over the last nine years, Craig has built a unique insight into the catalysts for success at Leicester City, its impact on our personnel and the conditions needed to ensure its longevity.”