Villarreal sack Coach Fran Escriba after thrashing by Getafe

Villarreal have sacked head coach Fran Escriba after a 4-0 thrashing at his former side Getafe that left the club 14th in La Liga.

The Yellow Submarine finished fifth last season, but an indifferent start to the new campaign has seen Escriba lose his job.

With the club beaten 4-0 at Getafe on Sunday, the manager has paid the price and fired after just over a year in charge.

Coincidentally, he suffered the same fate at Getafe in April 2016 after a defeat to Villarreal.
Fellow coaches Josep Alcacer and Jose Mascaros have also departed the club.
Villarreal delayed training on Monday ahead of the expected announcement of Escriba’s replacement later in the day.


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Neymar reportedly wants his PSG team-mate Edinson Cavani sold after the pair argued during the weekend win over Lyon.

Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck will miss at least the next three weeks with a groin injury, manager Arsene Wenger confirmed on Tuesday.

Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will be out until January after surgery on his broken left foot.

Former Manchester City youngster Jadon Sancho is still waiting for clearance to play for new club Borussia Dortmund.
Sancho, 17, cost Dortmund around £10mwhen he joined from City on transfer deadline day at the end of August.

Manchester City have opened talks with Gabriel Jesus’ entourage over a new contract.

City are attempting to sign 17-year-old goalkeeper Berke Ozer from Turkish club Altinordu.

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 29, is yet to accept a new contract offer as his advisers hold out for an improved deal.

United are concerned about losing Angel Gomes, with the 17-year-old forward yet to sign his first professional contract.

Manchester United are tracking the progress of Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini in addition to his team-mate Radja Nainggolan.

Chelsea are interested in signing Genoa ace Pietro Pellegri.

Pellegri became the youngest player ever to score a Serie A double – reducing his father, Marco, to tears in the process.

Luke Shaw, 22, is set to make his first competitiveManchester Unitedappearance of the season whenBurton Albionvisit Old Trafford in the EFL Cup on Wednesday.

Atletico Madrid defender Jose Maria Gimenez is set to disappoint his suitors by signing a new contract at the club.

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli, 21, is not in negotiations with the club over a new contract, according to Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs have joined the race to sign Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun.

Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery must reach the Champions League semi-finals this season if he wants to stay in his job.

Real Madrid are looking at Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa as a potential long-term replacement for Keylor Navas following their protracted pursuit of Manchester United’s David de Gea.

Dani Carvajal has credited the exit of Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid as the turning point in his career after he signed a new deal to 2022.

Barcelona failed in a €140m offer for Antoine Griezmann this summer after Atletico Madrid insisted he would only leave for his €200m exit fee.

Barcelona also failed in an effort to prise Saul Niguez from Atleti.
Barca apparently bid €80million for Saul, with the player’s release clause set at €150million.

Chelsea star Eden Hazard keeps calling Real Madrid president Florentino Perez over sorting him out a move to Spain.

Manchester United are amongst a raft of Premier League sides — including Liverpool, Man City and Everton — looking to capitalise on the closing down of Huddersfield Town’s youth academy.

Jack Wilshere is set to run down the final year of his Arsenal contract and look to seal a move to West Ham.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he has renewed his contract with the Spanish champions, although the deal has not yet been announced officially.

AC Milan have targeted a move for Udinese midfielder Seko Fofana.

Liverpool target Stefan De Vrij is not nearer to signing a new contract at Lazio.

Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United are facing the threat of legal action after leading clubs were told they should “hang their heads in shame” at breaking a collective promise to meet minimum standards for disabled fans.

Portuguese newspapers claim that Everton scouts attended Saturday’s league game between Boavista and Benfica to check on Raul Jimenez.

Sunderland and Everton players will wear the logo of the Bradley Lowery Foundation on their shirts for Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup third-round clash between the clubs.

Derby County could make a move for midfielder Joe Ledley, 30, who is a free agent after leaving Crystal Palace in the summer.

Brendan Rodgers says Dedryck Boyata is the next Celtic player he wants to secure on an extended contract.

Jay Heaps has been fired as the manager of the New England Revolution, the MLS club confirmed on Tuesday.
Heaps was let go with five games remaining in the regular season after spending six seasons in charge of the Revs, compiling a regular season record of 75-81-43.

Tab Ramos has agreed to an extension with U.S. Soccer to remain coach of the United States under-20 team and youth technical director.

Caribbean Football Union (CFU) president Gordon Derrick has been banned from all football-related activities for six years by FIFA’s ethics committee.

La Liga club Alaves sack coach Luis Zubeldia

Alaves head coach Luis Zubeldia, 36, became La Liga’s first managerial casualty

Alaves are bottom of the Spanish top flight after losing their opening four games during which they failed to score a goal.

Alaves assistant coach Javier Cabello has been named as interim manager after the exit of Zubeldia, who was hired in June to replace Mauricio Pellegrino, now in charge of Southampton.

Rene Weiler sacked by Anderlecht

Belgian champions Anderlecht have sacked head coach Rene Weiler nine days before they face Celtic in the Champions League.

Assistants Thomas Binggeli, Nicolas Frutos and David Sesa will take over from the 44-year-old temporarily.

Anderlecht trail Club Brugge by nine points in the Belgian First Division A.

Anderlecht host Celtic in the Champions League on 27 September, having lost their opening Group B game 3-0 to Bayern Munich last week.

A statement on Anderlecht’s official website thanked Weiler – the man who led the club to their 34th league title last season – “for his commitment, his services and his professionalism”.

Wolfsburg sack Andries Jonker – appoint Martin Schmidt

Wolfsburg have sacked Andries Jonker, a former Arsenal academy boss, and replaced him with former Mainz manager Martin Schmidt.

The Dutchman became the first manager to be sacked in Germany’s top flight, having secured only one win from four games in the Bundesliga this season.

A statement on the club’s official websitesaid the decision was made following a “perception of stagnated development”.
“The decision to make a change of head coach at this early stage of the season wasn’t easy for any of us,” the statement said.

Later Wolfsburg sporting director Olaf Rebbe said on his club’s website: “I’d like to thank Martin Schmidt for agreeing to take over at such short notice. We are convinced that, with his experience and strengths, he will fit right in.”

Birmingham sack Harry Redknapp after 13 games

Birmingham City have sacked manager Harry Redknapp, hours after the Blues lost 3-1 at home to Preston North End in the Championship.

The club also revealed that Lee Carsley, Blues Head Professional Development Coach, will step in as Caretaker Manager.

The 70-year-old took charge of the club with three games remaining last term, winning the final two to avoid relegation from the Championship on the final day.
The former Tottenham and Portsmouth boss then signed a one-year deal in May to stay on as Blues boss.

Carsley, 43, who was previously head coach at Brentford on an interim basis in 2015, steps up from the role of development squad manager at Birmingham.

Redknapp’s assistant Kevin Bond has also left St Andrew’s, but coaches Paul Groves and Kevin Hitchcock are set to stay.

A Blues statement said:

“Unfortunately due to the poor start to the campaign which sees the club second from bottom of the Championship, we are left with no choice but to terminate the contract of the manager with immediate effect.
“We thank him for all his efforts and wish him good luck for the future. There will be no further comment at this time.”

Birmingham signed 14 players during the summer transfer window, but six defeats from their first eight league games in 2017-18 saw Redknapp become the first managerial casualty of the Championship season.

Birmingham are 23rd in the table after their first eight league games, above only winless, newly-promoted Bolton Wanderers.

Speaking after the loss to Preston but before his departure was announced, Redknapp told BBC WM 95.6: “Fans deserve better and that was my motivation to carry on this season.
“I do not come to work because I need the money, I enjoy the job and leaving home at 5.15 every morning. I would love to be the manager to bring some success to Birmingham.”

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Antione Griezmann and Gareth Bale are Manchester United’s top two summer targets.

United are keeping their number seven shirt free for 26-year-old striker Antoine Griezmann, whom they believe they can eventually sign from Atletico Madrid for £100m.

Thomas Muller says he was given the chance to sign for Manchester United two years ago, but is happy at Bayern Munich.

Manchester United are close to finalising a new contract with Ander Herrera.

United are still interested in pursuing €35m-rated defensive midfielder Leander Dendoncker.

Manchester City have secured a deal to sign highly-rated Sporting Kansas City defender Erik Palmer-Brown.

Barcelona have beaten Manchester City to the signing of Palmeiras starlet Yerry Mina.

Lionel Messi still has many more years to give to Barcelona before he moves on, says Luis Suarez.

Chelsea are targeting Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid Atakan Akkaynak, but will have to beat Barcelona to his signature to get him.

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has hit out at Robert Lewandowski for his criticism of the club’s transfer policy.

Bayern Munich legend Stefan Effenberg believes the German champions should think about selling Robert Lewandowski after the striker “attacked the philosophy” of the club in the media.

Bayern Munich legend Stefan Effenberg believes the German champions should think about selling Robert Lewandowski after the striker “attacked the philosophy” of the club in the media.

Bayern have offered Arturo Vidal a new contract to stave off interest from Chelsea and AC Milan.

Chelsea and Liverpool are vying to sign Uruguayan teenager Sebatstian Caceres.
The centre-back, who is just 18, has broken into the first team at Montevideo club Liverpool FC in Uruguay.

Roma will battle Arsenal in a January race to sign Atletico Madrid defender Jose Maria Giminez in January.

Arsene Wenger has sensationally admitted he turned down the chance to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United in 2002.

Still-improving N’Golo Kante is the best player in the Premier League insists Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Phillipe Coutinho is in contention to feature in Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Sevilla on Wednesday.

Liverpool will appeal against the length of Sadio Mane’s three-match ban for his dismissal against Manchester City.

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has been offered to AC Milan.

Tottenham were interested in signing Inter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanovic this summer.

Mino Raiola admits he can see Juventus forward Paulo Dybala playing for Chelsea, Man Utd, or Man City in the future.

Raiola has also hinted Marco Verratti could leave PSG next summer – putting Barcelona and Manchester United back on alert.

Raiola believes AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was very close to leaving the club. The Italy international was linked with a move away from the club throughout the summer before eventually signing a new contract. “There is nothing personal with them, but the problem is I do not believe in their project,” says Raiola.

Massimiliano Allegri wants Italy to follow England’s lead and shorten the summer transfer window. “I hope we will do the same thing,” said the Juventus manager. “That would be good news, not just for me, but for everyone.”

Monaco have explained why they decided to keep Arsenal target Thomas Lemar this summer.
“Along with Fabinho, he [Lemar] is particularly important to us and has many qualities,” said their manager Leonardo Jardim. “In addition, they have a strong mentality and are very regular over a season. I’m glad they stayed.”

French forward Odsonne Edouard impressed for Celtic against Hamilton, but the on-loan PSG attacker will have to continue his good form if he’s to convince PSG he has a future with them. Celtic have the option to buy the player at the end of his loan, so even if he plays well it will be up to the player to decide whether he stays in Scotland or returns to France.

Former Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Basler claims Carlo Ancelotti may have signed a contract with a Chinese club – and could leave in January.

Sevilla insist they received no serious offers for reported Manchester City transfer target Steven N’Zonzi. “We were not going to sell any major player for less than their release clause,” said Sevilla president Jose Castro. “His father has had attempts through his representative to move clubs, but the player is still here, we have done the necessary work to keep him.” Chelsea and Juventus had shown interest in the former Blackburn midfielder this summer.

Schalke forward Donis Avdijaj is still seeking a move after missing out on a transfer to Turkey. The Kosovo international striker could still move to Portugal, whose window remains open until September 22.

La Liga president Javier Tebas has announced that the first league Clasico of the season will be played on Saturday, Dec. 23, at 1 p.m. CET with Real Madrid hosting Barcelona.
The top game of the 17th round of La Liga fixtures was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Borussia Dortmund have nabbed another promising youngster from Manchester City in Denzeil Boadu. The former Arsenal academy star has been given the No 30 shirt.

Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev claims full-back Benjamin Mendy would not have left to join Chelsea this summer and Man City were the only club he was interested in joining.

FC Porto rejected a £9million deadline day bid from Crystal Palace for striker Moussa Marega.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, 29, is open to a move to Arsenal as a way out of La Liga.

Arsene Wenger believes Neymar’s decision to leave Barcelona for Paris St-Germain was based on money not ambition. The Gunners’ boss says the decision shows the 25-year-old does not want to play with the best team-mates.

Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk was reportedly convinced his projected move to Liverpool was all agreed in the summer transfer window.

Leeds United are lining up a January move for Japanese midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi.

Qarabag boss Gurban Gurbanov insisted his side are unfazed by facing Chelsea in their Champions League debut on Tuesday night.

Crystal Palace are preparing to appoint former Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson as manager after sacking Frank de Boer.

Sam Allardyce is also being linked with a return to Palace.

But Sam Allardyce has reiterated he does not want to return to Selhurst Park, despite saving Palace last season.

Frank de Boer’s sacking has come as a shock to many Crystal Palace fans.

A number of Crystal Palace fans have threatened to boycott Saturday’s home game against Southampton following Frank de Boer’s sacking as manager.

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes could face a fine for pushing Jose Mourinho on the touchline during his side’s draw with Manchester United on Saturday.

Sacked Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer disappointed with club’s decision

Frank de Boer has spoken of his disappointment after losing his job at Crystal Palace.

The Dutchman lost his job on Monday after four defeats and no goals since taking charge during the summer.

Speaking on his Instagram account, De Boer said:

“Very disappointed about the decision but never the less I want to thank the players, staff and the fans for their support. Good luck for the future.”

Former England boss Roy Hodgson is the favourite to replace De Boer, with an appointment expected possibly within the next 24 hours.

Crystal Palace sack manager Frank de Boer – set to appoint Roy Hodgson

Crystal Palace have sacked Frank de Boer after just 77 days as manager, with Roy Hodgson set to replace him at Selhurst Park.

De Boer had received the backing of Palace chairman Steve Parish on Sunday after suffering a fourth consecutive defeat to start the Premier League season wthout scoring any goal, making them the first team in England’s top division to do so without scoring since Preston 93 years ago, but the club confirmed his departure in a statement on Monday.

A club statement read: “Crystal Palace Football Club have this morning parted company with Frank de Boer.
“We would like to thank Frank for his dedication and hard work during his time at the club.
“A new manager will be appointed in due course and we wish Frank the very best of luck for the future.
“There will be no further comment at this time.”

On Saturday they host Southampton before league games against Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea in the coming weeks. De Boer had overseen losses to Huddersfield, Liverpool and Swansea prior to the latest setback at Turf Moor.

De Boer’s only competitive win came against Ipswich in the Carabao Cup.

His departure from the club follows a similarly short stint at Inter Milan, who sacked him only 85 days after his appointment.

Former West Ham striker Carlton Cole sacked by Indonesian club Persib Bandung

Former England striker Carlton Cole was sacked by his Indonesian club Persib Bandung on Wednesday after failing to score during the 2017 season.

The ex-West Ham United front man was given limited opportunities, playing in only five matches, often as a substitute.

With his former Premier League rival Peter Odemwingie shining — he’s the equal top scorer with 13 goals for top-of-the-table Madura United — patience has run out with the 33-year-old who joined at the start of the season along with ex-Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien.

“We have decided to let [Cole] go because he has failed to perform as expected,” manager Umuh Muchtar told DPA.

“Maybe he was injured before joining but he wasn’t honest about it.”

Earlier in the week, Muchtar had elaborated on his issues with Cole. “It’s the management’s decision to dismiss him, we will have a new player in the second round of the season,” the Persib boss said, according to Sky Sports.

“He plays very badly compared to the other [foreign players] who have joined Persib. He had the worst performance.”

Persib, 2014 Indonesian champions, are 14th on the Liga 1 table, with 21 points from 17 matches.

Before his dismissal, Cole had lashed out on social media at Muchtar, and complained that he had not been treated fairly.

“I have only started two games out of, I think, 16 games, because he has not wanted to play me,” Cole said.

“So I have come on three times and I have only started two games. Me and Michael Essien, we didn’t have a preseason, so we have had to try and play catch up.

“We are in a bad position anyway, so he is just trying to point fingers, [rather than blame] his bad management.”

According to reports, Cole’s import spot could be taken by an unnamed Brazilian striker, playing in the second tier in Portugal.

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.

Leonardo Bonucci have medicals at Milan ahead of shock €40m move from Juventus

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci appears poised to complete a shock move to Serie A rivals AC Milan.
Bonucci was seen arriving at the Casa Milan headquarters on Friday, with his car greeted by around 200 excited fans as it drove past.
It marks a return to San Siro for Bonucci, who began his career with Milan’s foes Inter, but he made only one substitute appearance in the league along with a handful of Coppa Italia matches.

An agreement between the two clubs over a fee believed to be €40 million was reportedly struck in the early hours of the morning, paving the way for one of the most unexpected transfers in recent Serie A history.

Only a few weeks ago, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said that Bonucci would be the “leader of the Juventus dressing room.”

That no longer seems the case, however, with Bonucci now in Milan for a medical and to discuss personal terms, which could reportedly make him Serie A’s highest-paid player amid suggestions of a €7.5m annual contract.

A day earlier the Lazian centre-back – a 70-time Italy international – sparked intrigue among Juve fans by tweeting: “Back to work. I’m ready to start again!”

Their initially faint fears appear to be well-founded as the player for so long part of a solid three-man defence alongside Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli is about to depart the Allianz Stadium.
He had loan spells at Serie B sides Treviso and Pisa before he joined Genoa in 2009. However, he was almost immediately transferred to Bari in a co-ownership deal.

He was ever-present in his one season with Bari, forming a strong central-defensive partnership with Andrea Ranocchia, before being snapped up by Juve.
Bonucci has won Serie A in each of the last six seasons with Juve, and also won the league title with Milan’s city rivals Inter in 2006.

Sunderland’s assistant manager Paul Bracewell resigns

​Paul Bracewell has left his role as assistant manager of Sunderland with immediate effect.

The 54-year-old, who had three spells with the Black Cats as a player, returned to the club in a coaching capacity in 2013, taking up a role within the academy.

Bracewell was promoted to the first-team coaching staff in 2015, becoming assistant to then-manager Dick Advocaat.

He also served in that role under Sam Allardyce and David Moyes.
“It has been a great honour to serve Sunderland AFC as a player, coach and assistant manager for a combined total of 10 years,” Bracewell told the club’s website.

“I would like to thank the club and its staff, but also the supporters for the great backing I have received throughout my Sunderland career.

“I now look forward to the next challenge in my football career.”

Spanish youth coach sacked after 25-0 win

The coach of a Spanish youth team has been sacked after a 25-0 win – because the club’s management decided the margin of victory went against the spirit of the game.

After defeating fellow Valencia side Benicalap C on 3 June, Serranos B’s under-11 manager was removed from his position.

“We believe in encouraging respect for your opponents. After the result, we decided that the manager should leave,” Pablo Alcaide, who helps run the side, told El Pais.

However, the Spanish newspaper also published comments from the manager’s lawyer, who insisted his client had not pushed players to score as many as they could.

The manager instead instructed his side “to pressure only in their own half” in the eight-a-side game, but Benicalap C “continued to attack and left spaces in behind”, the lawyer said.

The game was Benicalap C’s final match of the season. They finished bottom of the league with zero points and 247 goals conceded from their 30 matches.

El Pais reports that such one-sided scores are not infrequent in Spanish youth football, but many clubs stop counting once they have scored more than 10 goals.

Southampton sack manager Claude Puel 

Southampton have sacked manager Claude Puel after one season.

The 55-year-old Frenchman’s future had been in doubt despite Saints finishing eighth in the Premier League and reaching the EFL Cup final, having succeeded Ronald Koeman who left St Mary’s for Everton last summer.
And a club statement on Wednesday read: “Southampton can today confirm that it has terminated the contract of Claude Puel with immediate effect.

“Everyone at Southampton would like to express our thanks to Claude for his hard work and commitment this year. We wish Claude well for the future.
“The search for a new management team is underway. We are confident that we will find the right fit in line with the long-term vision of the club.”

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.”

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.”

Garry Monk resigns as manager of Leeds United

Garry Monk has resigned as manager of Leeds United, with the club “shocked and disappointed” by his decision.
A statement issued by Leeds on Thursday afternoon added that Monk’s resignation was “reluctantly accepted” by chairman Andrea Radrizzani.

The former Swansea manager was only in charge at Elland Road for one season, after replacing Steve Evans last summer, but guided Leeds to a seventh-place finish in the Championship, missing out on the play-offs by five points.

After such a promising campaign, he was expected to sign a contract extension to remain with Leeds but Monk has decided against it.

His departure comes just a day after the controversial ownership of Massimo Cellino came to an end.

In a statement, the club said: ”Leeds United can confirm that we have received Garry Monk’s resignation from his role as first team manager.

“We are shocked and disappointed by Garry’s decision but his resignation has been reluctantly accepted by chairman Andrea Radrizzani.

“Andrea made it clear to the media yesterday that his intention was to exercise the club’s option to extend the manager’s contract for another 12 months and immediately begin negotiations for a longer term deal.

“Mr Radrizzani has met with Garry twice since taking over at Elland Road earlier this week and during the second meeting yesterday it became clear that Garry was considering life beyond Leeds United, as at no time did Garry wish to discuss terms for a longer contract.

“Following that meeting yesterday Garry’s agent requested that the option was not exercised and his resignation was received this morning.
“Whilst we are deeply saddened by Garry’s decision, there is no individual bigger than our club and we will now begin a process to identify and appoint a new head coach to take the club to the next level.

“We thank Garry for his contribution during his time at Leeds United, we are disappointed that we could not continue on this journey together.”
Ex-Boro boss Aitor Karanka is the favourite to replace Monk at Elland Road.

Marco Silva leaves relegated Hull City

Hull City have confirmed that head coach Marco Silva has left the club.

Silva departs Humberside, along with assistant head coach Joao Pedro Sousa and goalkeeping coach Hugo Oliveira, after rejecting the opportunity to remain at the KCOM Stadium.

Silva had been at the club for four and a half months, after replacing Mike Phelan, and a statement from Hull reads: “Although disappointed by Marco’s departure, we would once again like to place on record our appreciation of his efforts and those of his support staff.

“Despite only being in charge for a short period of time, the 39-year-old became a firm fans’ favourite and will be forever remembered for his efforts to maintain our Premier League status.”

“The Club will now undertake a thorough and considered recruitment process to appoint a replacement.”
Silva has been widely linked with a move to take over Porto, but sources told ESPN FC earlier on Thursday that Crystal Palace are attempting to scupper the move and bring him aboard to replace Sam Allardyce, who resigned on Tuesday.
Tigers vice-chairman Ehab Allam told Sky Sports News: “The way the contract was structured meant there would be one year left on his contract had we stayed in the Premier League — but with relegation unfortunately he had the option to go.

“He’s been fantastic for us but I accept he’s a better calibre manager than the Championship. I understand why he wants to stay in the Premier League or go to a big European club with the prospect of Champions League football. We’d love him to stay. We’re very sad to lose him but I respect why he’s taken the decision.”

The news is a bitter blow to Tigers fans, who made it clear they wanted Silva to stay during and after Sunday’s 7-1 rout by Tottenham.

Ernesto  Valverde leaves Athletic Bilbao with Barcelona appointment imminent 

Ernesto Valverde has left Athletic Bilbao and could replace Luis Enrique as Barcelona coach.

According to multiple reports, Valverde has already agreed a deal to replace outgoing boss Luis Enrique in the managerial hot seat at the Nou Camp for next season, with the Catalan giants set to reveal their new coach next Monday.

Valverde’s contract with Athletic Club was already set to expire.
A brief club statement read: “Ernesto Valverde will not continue as coach of the first team of Athletic Club in the 2017/18 campaign.

“The coach, accompanied by president Josu Urrutia, will hold a press conference on Wednesday, May 24 at 1200 (local time) at San Mames.”
Valverde, who helped Barca win the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and Copa del Rey during his two-year spell at the club, had impressed since taking charge of Athletic for a second time in 2013.

He led the club to four successive top-seven finishes, a Copa del Rey final and the quarterfinals of the Europa League.

The former Espanyol, Olympiakos, Villarreal and Valencia boss also helped Athletic lift their first silverware in three decades when he masterminded a 5-1 aggregate defeat of Barca to win the 2015 Spanish Super Cup.
Ernesto Valverde’s exit from Athletic Bilbao has been confirmed a week before Barcelona will announce their new head coach.
The confirmation will arrive two days after the team’s Copa del Rey final meeting with Alaves on Saturday.

Sam Allardyce quits as manager of Crystal Palace  – hints  at retirement 

​Sam Allardyce has left his job as Crystal Palace manager after just five months in charge at Selhurst Park, stating that he has “no ambition to take another job” in football.

Allardyce told Palace owner Steve Parish of his desire to leave the club during a meeting in central London on Tuesday.

The 62-year-old signed a two-and-a-half-year deal when he was appointed as Palace boss in December – less than three months after leaving his role with England – and managed to keep the club in the Premier League, lifting them from 17th to 14th.

“In some ways, this has been a very difficult decision to make but in others it has been a simple one,” Allardyce said in a statement released by his representative.

“I will always be grateful to Crystal Palace and Steve Parish for giving me the opportunity to go out with my head held high having helped keep the club in the Premier League.

“More than that, they gave me a chance of rebuilding my reputation after what happened with England. I felt I needed another shot at being a Premier League manager and showing that I still had the ability to achieve something significant. As I said last weekend, Palace gave me the chance of rehabilitation.
“That’s why it’s hard walking away now. I believe the club are heading in the right direction with a hugely supportive board of directors, a great squad of players and some of the most passionate fans I’ve ever met. It’s been a privilege to have worked for them for the past five months.

“But there comes a time when you have to take stock of what direction you want your life to take – and that’s been the simple part for me.

“I want to be able to savour life while I’m still relatively young and when I’m still relatively healthy, even if I’m beginning to feel all my 62 years.

“While I’ve got the energy, I want to travel and also spend more time with my family and grandchildren without the huge pressure that comes with being a football manager. I owe that to my wife and family.

“This is the right time for me, I know that in my heart. I have no ambitions to take another job, I simply want to be able to enjoy all the things you cannot really enjoy with the 24/7 demands of managing any football club, let alone one in the Premier League.
“Steve Parish has been superb during our conversations today. I know it came as a shock to him that I would walk away but our discussions have been incredibly civilised with no recriminations and no fall-out.

“This is not about transfer targets, club finances or anything along those lines. This is me taking the decision I believe is right for my family and myself.

“I would like to thank everybody for their messages of support since the news broke. I’ve no doubt I will miss management but I certainly have no regrets at this decision.”

The former England manager was appointed as Alan Pardew’s successor, with the Palace languishing in 17th place and just a point above the relegation zone.

It was a swift return to management for Allardyce, who had been out of work since leaving his post as England boss by mutual consent at the end of September after 67 days and just one game following a newspaper investigation.

Allardyce inspired Palace to six wins from eight matches, including victories over Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, to help them preserve their top-flight status with a 14th-place finish.

In doing so, Allardyce maintained his record of having never been relegated from the Premier League.

Inter sack Stefano Pioli; Vecchi to take charge

​Inter Milan have sacked coach Stefano Pioli after six months in charge.

Pioli, who replaced Frank de Boer in November on an 18-month deal, has paid for Inter’s poor recent form which has seen the Nerazzurri pick up just one point from their last six games.

Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at relegation-battling Genoa left Inter in seventh place in Serie A, nine points adrift of fifth-placed Atalanta, and proved the final straw for the club’s board.
Youth team coach Stefano Vecchi will take charge of the first team for the rest of the season.

Vecchi also took interim charge of Inter for two games following De Boer’s departure, before the club appointed former Lazio boss Pioli.

A club statement read: “Inter Milan announces that it has parted ways with coach Stefano Pioli and his technical staff.”
“Inter thanks Stefano and his team for the dedication and hard work carried out at the club over the last six months in what has proven to be a difficult season.

“The club will begin planning now for the next season.”
Pioli has previously coached 11 teams including Lazio, Parma and Bologna.

Netherlands appoint Dick Advocaat as Manager for the third time; Gullit to assist

​The Netherlands have appointed Dick Advocaat as head coach for a third time.

The former Rangers and Sunderland boss announced in March he would be leaving Turkish side Fenerbahce at the end of this season.

Advocaat, 70, who will be assisted by ex-Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit, replaces the sacked Danny Blind.

Blind lost his jobafter a 2-0 loss to Bulgaria left the Netherlands fourth in their World Cup qualifying group.

The team also failed to reach last summer’s European Championships.

The Dutch Football Association (KNVB) confirmed the appointments of Advocaat and Gullit at a news conference on Tuesday.

Fenerbahce are third in the Super Lig, eight points behind leaders Besiktas, with four games to go.

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Roma have allegedly sacked Rudi Garcia, though the club will not announce the news today due to officials being present at the Ballon d’Or ceremony. Luciano Spaletti is being touted as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.

In search of a successor for Rudi Garcia, Roma are said to have made contact with former Milan boss Leonardo Araujo. Reports suggest the 46-year-old could take over in Rome before the end of the season.

Pep Mel has been sacked as coach of Real Betis after a 1-0 loss at Getafe on Saturday left the club 15th in La Liga, five points outside the relegation zone.

Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward will make another £90 million bid for Gareth Bale in the summer having been turned down by Real Madrid in 2015.

Louis van Gaal is facing a fight to keep his Manchester United job with the Glazer family reportedly ready to sack the Dutchman.

Van Gaal has hit out at the “negative” press and told disgruntled Manchester United fans to be “happy” with their recent form.

Chelsea have tabled a £30m bid for Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Alex Teixeira, 26, who has scored 26 goals in 26 games this season.

The Blues are also eyeing a deal for AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca, 29, and are willing to meet the £30m asking price.

Jurgn Klopp says players are beginning to return from injury and also rules out a move for Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato.

Earlier reports claimed that Liverpool have sealed an £11m deal for Brazilian winger Pato,26, who currently plays for Corinthians.

Klopp has told outgoing Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola to prepare himself for football, football, footballn and he will need a squad of 35 players to cope with the fixture demands if he come to the Premier League.

Thomas Muller has said that his new contract at Bayern Munich shows that “you don’t leave FC Bayern, even when England offers a lot.”

Manchester United will be without the injured Bastian Schweinsteiger when they face Newcastle United on Tuesday.
Schweinsteiger, 31, suffered a knee problem in the closing minutes of Saturday’s 1-0 win over Sheffield United in the FA Cup.

United are said to have sent a party to Madrid to begin negotiations for Atletico midfielder Saul. The Premier League side are willing to pay up to €20 million for the 21-year-old, whose quick progression has been catching the eye.

Everton will make a £21m offer for Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko, 26, and they have completed the sale of Steven Naismith, 29, to Norwich.

Newcastle have renewed their £18m bid for unsettled West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 22.

The Magpies have also made a move for 23-year-old Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.

Henri Saivet has spoken of his excitement at joining Newcastle after making a £5million move from Bordeaux and becoming their first signing of the January window.
The 25-year-old Senegal international has joined the club for an undisclosed fee, understood to be in the region of £5million, on a five and a half-year contract.

Besiktas are interested in Ludovic Sane and are looking to teste Bordeaux’s resolve with a January bid for the Senegalese centre-back.

Eskisehirspor are in talks with Lyon over a move for Bakary Kone. Reports claim the French side are open to letting the centre-back leave.

Before signing Martin Hinteregger, Gladbach wanted to bring in Tottenham’s Kevin Wimmer. Wimmer, however, turned down the offer due to having played for Koln, the club’s arch-rivals.

Serie A champions Juventus have joined the race to sign Valencia’s Andre Gomes. Los Che are reluctant to sell the midfielder, however, who is valued in the region of €25-30 million. Napoli and Man City are also said to be interested.

AC Milan, Besiktas and West Bromwich Albion are all interested by the Olympique Lyonnais left back Henri Bedimo, who will be a free agent in June.

Basel midfielder Mohamed Elneny, 23, is set to complete a £7.4m move to Arsenal within the next 24 hours.

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink believes 19-year-old midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek can challenge for regular first-team action at Stamford Bridge.

Former Hull City striker Dame N’Doye is undergoing a medical at Sunderland ahead of a loan move to the Stadium of Light.

Highly-rated prospect Danny Ward has been recalled by Liverpool and could now rival Adam Bogdan to be the club’s second-choice goalkeeper.

Liverpool’s new signing Marko Grujic almost did not go through with the transfer – because he was so scared of getting in the MRI machine for his medical.

Aston Villa duo Joleon Lescott, 33, and Brad Guzan, 31, allegedly swore at their own fans after drawing against Wycombe in the FA Cup.

Stoke forward Peter Crouch, 34, has suggested he may have to leave the club after failing to start a Premier League match all season.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has said the Hammers are no longer interested in signing QPR striker Charlie Austin in the transfer window

Bournemouth made it two strikers in as many days as they snapped up Lewis Grabban from Norwich for an undisclosed fee, believed to be £7m.

Valon Beharmi and Alessandro Diamanti are set to leave Watford in January having failed to make an impact on the first team.

Former Swansea forward Michu says he was more nervous making his debut for Spanish fourth-tier side Union Popular de Langreo this weekend than he was when he played at Old Trafford and Anfield in the Premier League.

A groom whose wedding speech went viral after he dedicated it to Mesut Ozil has received a personal invite to the Emirates from the Arsenal midfielder on Twitter- along with his new wife.

Oxford United manager Michael Appleton has warned Newcastle off midfielder Kemar Roofe, 23, after he played a starring role in the FA Cup win over Swansea.

Zidane replaces Benitez as Real Madrid boss

Rafael Benitez has left Real Madrid after just seven months in charge, with Zinedine Zidane immediately unveiled as the new head coach.

Benitez replaced Carlo Ancelotti in June, signing a three-year contact with his home-town club, but he has lasted only 25 competitive games in charge of the Spanish giants.

The announcement at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium comes a day after a 2-2 draw at Valencia kept Madrid from moving closer to Barcelona and leaders Atletico Madrid in the Spanish league.

The former Valencia, Liverpool and Napoli coach never won over a dressing-room which had been vocal supporters of Ancelotti — and has been under serious pressure since late November’s 4-0 Clasico home defeat to Barcelona.

Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez did not waste time making the announcement at Monday evening’s press conference at the Bernanbeu.
“Hello and welcome. I invite you all here today to announce that we have terminated the contract of Rafa Benitez,” said Pérez.
“I would like to make it clear that he is a great professional.”
The 55-year-old found himself under increasing pressure due to some indifferent performances and damaging defeats, most notably the 4-0 home loss to Barcelona in November– and on Monday evening Madrid confirmed they had parted company with the Spaniard.

Benitez’s final game in charge was Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Valencia, a result which left Madrid in third spot in the Primera Division table, four points adrift of leaders Atletico Madrid.

Benitez won 16 of his 25 games in charge, drawing five and losing four.
Three of those defeats came against Barca, Sevilla and Villarreal in La Liga, while the other was when Copa del Rey opponents Cadiz were awarded a walkover victory due to Madrid – who actually won the game itself 3-1 – fielding an ineligible player.

Benitez, who was born in Madrid and worked as an assistant for the club in 1994-95, has won 12 titles with five clubs since 2001, but he hasn’t won a league title since 2004.
Benitez has managed 12 different teams in his career with only two of those stops spanning more than three calendar years — 2001-04 with Valencia and 2004-10 with Liverpool. He leaves Real Madrid with a .740 win percentage, his best at any club since 2001. However, for the first time since 2001, Benitez failed to win a trophy with a team since he did not have an opportunity to play in any finals as Real Madrid manager.

Madrid have struggled in big games under Benítez, recording just one point in three matches against the other teams in the top four of La Liga this season (Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Villarreal).
Real Madrid have not won La Liga since 2011-12. If the club fail to win the league this season, it would be their longest drought without a league title since 1990-94 (also four seasons).

Perez called the decision to replace Benitez “difficult.”
“I am here to say that the board has just decided, a difficult decision, especially for me, to end the contract of Rafa Benitez as first team coach.” Perez said. “He is great professional and a magnificent person and we thank him for his work during these months.
Perez said he felt confident Zidane would know how to manage the club.
“He knows more than anyone what it means to lead the Real Madrid squad, and knows how difficult it can be,” Perez said. “He also knows these players as worked with many as assistant coach and won La Decima [2014 Champions League]. Through all his life he has taken on the biggest challenges in football with bravery and talent.
“Zinedine Zidane this is your stadium, your club, you have all our confidence, madridismo is at your side. As president I am proud to have you by my side. I know for you the word impossible does not exist.”

No manager has lasted longer than three seasons at Madrid while Perez has been in charge. Of the six permanent managers hired by Perez, four have failed to make it to their second season.

The 10-time European champions have now made former player Zidane – who was in charge of the club’s B side Castilla – their 14th coach in the last 13 years.
Zidane was Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant in 2014 when Madrid won the Champions League.

“I’m going to do everything I can to make the best for this club,” Zidane said. “It’s a very important day for me. What I can tell you is that I will give everything or this club. We have the best fans in the world and the best club in the world and I’ll do everything to win.”
“Tomorrow I will be with the team — and get to work. Thanks to everyone. This is an important day for me — like all new coaches I have emotion, more than as a player,” he said. “But from tomorrow it will be something else. I will give all the heart I have for this club. And try for everything go come out well.”

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Real Madrid have taken the decision to sack Rafael Benitez and will employ Zinedine Zidane as his successor.

Before offering the role of head coach to Zidane, Real first approached Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who rebuffed the opportunity.

Manchester United are set to meet Barcelona and Brazil forward Neymar’s £140m release clause after the 23-year-old’s contract talks stalled.

Real Madrid are weighing up a move for United defender Marcos Rojo as they look to add competition for Marcelo at left-back.

United will let will let midfielder Nick Powell, 21, go out on loan to a Championship club for the rest of the season.

Manchester City are ready to offer €55 million for Schalke forward Leroy Sane, making the 19-year-old the most expensive player in German history, ahead of Mesut Ozil.

Leicester have completed the signing of Demarai Gray from Birmingham after activating the winger’s £3.75million transfer release clause.

Arsene Wenger says the club could complete a signing within 10 days.

But the Gunners have been told by Bayer Leverkusen’s sporting director Rudi Voller to forget about trying to sign Mexico and former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.

Chelsea and Serbia defender Branislav Ivanovic, 31, is a transfer target for AC Milan after being linked with rivals Inter Milan.

The Blues are considering a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey in the January.

AC Milan are keen to take Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini on loan in a bid to bolster their midfield.

Chelsea are considering joining Manchester City & Juventus in the battle to sign Isco having begun talks with Alex Teixeira over a £30 million move from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Lazio want to sign Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen as they look to solve the defensive issues that have plagued their season so far.

Borussia Dortmund have made Everton striker Romelu Lukaku their primary target to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if the Gabon international leaves the club.

Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff is close to joining Sunderland, with the Black Cats set to pay €1 million.

Marseille have told Belgium forward Michy Batshuayi, 22, he is going nowhere in January, despite interest from Tottenham and Newcastle.

Southampton will not sell Senegal forward Sadio Mane, 23, or Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama, 24, during the January transfer window, and manager Ronald Koeman has told the pair to focus on their football.

Wanyama has apologised for his red card against Norwich City on Saturday, calling it “reckless and irresponsible” on Instagram.

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure, who is out of contract at Anfield in the summer, is a target for Serie A club Lazio.

Tottenham have emerged as the favourites to sign Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi ahead of the likes of Arsenal.

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores has not ruled out making a move for Emmanuel Adebator, who is a free agent after leaving Tottenham in September.

Crystal Palace are set to bid for Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey after the England international was again left out of the matchday squad by Alan Curtis.

Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins will ask Alan Curtis, 61, to stay on as interim manager at the Liberty Stadium until the end of the season.

Swans defender Angel Rangel, 33, has admitted he dived to try to win a penalty against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Stoke chairman Peter Coates says Bojan Krkic will not be sold this month. The 25-year-old Spaniard reportedly has a £10m release clause in his contract.

Arsenal are not in talks to sign Dinamo Moscow striker Aleksandr Kokorin in the January transfer window.

West Brom want to bring Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy to the club on loan with Serge Gnabry set to be recalled by the Gunners, and will look to offload Gnabry to the Championship on a temporary deal.

Leicester City are set to hold talks with Sampdoria’s teenage full-back Pedro Pereira over a January transfer.

West Ham have joined Everton and Tottenham in showing an interest in AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic wants striker Andy Carroll, 26, to forget about England and Euro 2016 this summer and focus on his fitness instead.

Corinthians forward Alexandre Pato is on the verge of agreeing a move to Chinese team Tianjin Songjiang

Chelsea have offered Newcastle the chance to re-sign Loic Remy on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Norwich City are keen to take Tottenham midfielder Alex Pritchard on loan when he returns from injury before the end of January.

Cardiff striker Kenwyne Jones is a target for coach Sven-Goran Eriksson at Chinese club Shanghai SIPG.

The investigating judge in charge of the blackmail case rattling France’s football team has denied Karim Benzema’s request for a face-to-face meeting with Mathieu Valbuena.

United’s kit manufacturer Adidas has added to the criticism of Van Gaal by implying his style of play is unattractive.

Jose Mourinho ‘sacked’ by Chelsea

Chelsea have sacked manager Jose Mourinho after an abyssmal campaign that has seen the reigning champions sitting one point above the relegation zone in the Premier League, the club have confirmed.

Speculation has been rife in recent weeks that owner Roman Abramovich was losing patience with Mourinho with Chelsea having lost nine of their opening 16 league matches, and 12 of their past 25 games in all competitions.
The final straw was after losing 1-0 to newly promoted Bournemouth two weeks ago and 2-1 to table-topping Leicester on Monday night.

Furthermore, there have been reports of a dressing room revolt against the Portuguese, who led the Blues to the Premier League title only seventh months ago.
The 2-1 defeat to Leicester City on Monday nightwas the final straw for the hierarchy at Stamford Bridge, who reportedly met on Wednesday to discuss the 52-year-old’s future.

Spanish sports newspaper AS had said earlier on Thursday that the agent of former Sevilla and Tottenham boss Juande Ramos was in London negotiating with Chelsea.
Ramos has been tipped to take charge on an interim basis until the end of the season, though Telegraph journalist Sam Wallace reported Guus Hiddink is set to return.

Former Holland boss Hiddink – who was named interim manager following the sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari in 2009 – is reportedly set to return to Stamford Bridge as caretaker manager.

The club confirmed Mourinho’s departure on Thursday afternoon, releasing the following statement on their official website:

“Chelsea Football Club and Jose Mourinho have today parted company by mutual consent.
All at Chelsea thank Jose for his immense contribution since he returned as manager in the summer of 2013.
His three league titles, FA Cup, Community Shield and three League Cup wins over two spells make him the most successful manager in our 110-year history. But both Jose and the board agreed results have not been good enough this season and believe it is in the best interests of both parties to go our separate ways.
The club wishes to make clear Jose leaves us on good terms and will always remain a much-loved, respected and significant figure at Chelsea. His legacy at Stamford Bridge and in England has long been guaranteed and he will always be warmly welcomed back to Stamford Bridge.
The club’s focus is now on ensuring our talented squad reaches its potential.
There will be no further comment until a new appointment is made.”

Following the loss at the King Power Stadium, Mourinho claimed he felt betrayed by his players, which is understood to have been fueled by a suspicion that one of his squad leaked his team to Portoahead of the Champions League clash with his former side.
It is possible Chelsea’s hand was forced by the fact Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola – who Abramovich is known to be a big fan of – is expected to announce he will leave the German champions at the end of the season.

Monk “reluctantly” sacked by Swansea

Swansea have announced they have parted company with manager Garry Monk – with Brendan Rodgers the early favourite to replace him.

Club chairman Huw Jenkins toldSwansea’s official websitethe decision had been made “very reluctantly and with a heavy heart”.

Monk’s departure, though, is no surprise, given Swansea’s miserable Barclays Premier League form. What turned out to be his last game in charge was a 3-0 home defeat against Leicester five days ago, meaning the club had only collected one win in their previous 11 Premier League games.

After the game, Monk admitted he would fight on at the club, but accepted he wasn’t sure what else he could do to lift spirits.

The club has already been linked with Rodgers, Mark Warburton and Walter Mazzarri, with former Swans boss Rodgers the early 9/4 favourite with bookmakers.

Monk took training as usual with the team on Tuesday, but his departure from the Liberty Stadium had been widely expected ahead of next Saturday’s trip to Manchester City.

Monk guided the Swans to an eighth-place finish in the top-flight last season, but their form has nose-dived during this campaign.
Reflecting on Monk’s exit, Jenkins told the Swansea City website: “The decision has been made very reluctantly and with a heavy heart.
“To find ourselves in our current situation from where we were in the first week of September, and considering the drop of performance levels and run of results over the last three months, it has brought us to this unfortunate decision today.
“Garry took on the job 22 months ago with the backing of everyone at the club.
“And when you take into account the excellent campaign we had last season when we broke all club records in the Premier League, nobody foresaw the position we would be in at this moment in time.
“Bearing that in mind, and the current uncertainty around the club, we felt the situation needed clarity to move forward.
“It was not a decision we took lightly, especially given Garry’s history and standing within the club.
“And it goes without saying that we wish Garry all the very best for the future and thank him for his tremendous service, not only as a player over the last decade, but also as our manager. He will always have a warm welcome at this football club.”
Jenkins added that it was hoped to appoint a replacement “as soon as possible.”

There is no news at this stage on the future of Monk’s Swansea assistant Pep Clotet.
Monk joined Swansea – then in League Two – in 2004 on a free transfer from Barnsley, but he went on to be a part of three promotion-winning campaigns, in addition to winning the Capital One Cup and Championship play-off.

He made 270 appearances for the Swans, then took over as interim first team boss in February last year following Michael Laudrup’s departure.

Swansea were just two points above the relegation zone at that time, but Monk kept them up and he was then confirmed as manager in May 2014.

He subsequently led Swansea to an eighth-placed Premier League finish last term with a record 56 points, while this season began with wins against Manchester United and Newcastle. However, Swansea’s form then dropped off dramatically, and they currently lie 15th.

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Sociedad sack Moyes


David Moyes and his assistant Billy McKinlay have been sacked at Real Sociedad.

The former Everton and Manchester United boss moved to San Sebastian, Spain, looking to revive his coaching career in La Liga after being sacked by the Red Devils just seven months into his contract at Old Trafford.

There have been reports over the last few months that Moyes, 52, was set to get the boot and on Sunday the speculation intensifiedand now he has been shown the door one year after taking charge of La Real.

A statement from the Basque outfit read: “Real Sociedad has decided to rescind the contract of the coach of the first team David Moyes.

“The club wishes to thank David Moyes as well as Billy McKinlay for the contribution, professionalism and dedication that they have shown during the time in charge of the first team.

“We wish them the best of luck in their professional and personal futures.”

Friday’s 2-0 away defeat to Las Palmas was La Real’s fourth loss in their last five league games and left them in 16th place with nine points from their opening 11 league games – the same position the club was in when Moyes took over.

Under Moyes, Real Sociedad have won just twice this season.

Moyes, whose contract was set to expire in June 2016, won 12 games out of 38 to guide La Real to a 12th-place finish in the 2014-15 campaign.

Former Barcelona assistant coach Eusebio Sacristan is the favourite to replace Moyes.

The Spanish tactician has been out of a job since being dismissed by Barca’s reserves in February 2015.

Eusebio, 51, coached Celta Vigo in the Segunda Division in the 2009-10 campaign but has yet to guide a Primera Division side.

Real Sociedad host Sevilla in Anoeta after the international break before travelling to the Nou Camp to face defending Spanish champions Barcelona on November 28.