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.