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Ryan Giggs’ Final Team Talk As Man Utd Manager Was As Hilariously Underwhelming As You Might Imagine (Video)

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Ryan Giggs' appointment as Wales manager has received a mixed reaction from fans – and it's not difficult to see why.

The Manchester United legend has spent much of the past two years complaining about the lack of Premier League managerial opportunities afforded to him, despite boasting little to no experience.

Reports: Man Utd Legend Ryan Giggs Set To Be Named New Wales Boss

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Ryan Giggs is expected to be named the new Wales boss after the Welsh FA called a news conference for Monday afternoon in Cardiff.

The Manchester United legend was one of four people interviewed for the job, along with Craig Bellamym Osian Roberts and Mark Bowen.

Bundesliga: Bayer Leverkusen Coach Heiko Herrlich Fined €12,000 For Pathetic Touchline Dive Against Borussia Monchengladbach (Video)

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Bayer Leverkusen coach Heiko Herrlich has been stung with a hefty €12,000 fine for diving during a DfB Pokal match against Borussia Monchengladbach back in mid-December.

Down on the touchline, Herrlich collapsed to the floor in spectacular fashion when Gladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria strayed into his general vicinity to pick up a loose ball.

‘He Will Go Down As A Phenomenal Player, Not Pundit’ – Jose Mourinho Claws At Paul Scholes After Man Utd Legend Dares To Criticise Recent Performances

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We've reached the point in the entirely-predictable Jose Mourinho toxic shock cycle where, under pressure due to waning performances and frayed morale, he starts lashing out with forked tongue and anybody who dares criticise him in public.

Manchester United were nothing short of bereft during the goalless first half of their 2-0 win over Everton on New Year's Day, with many exasperated onlookers drawing parallels with the plodding, regimented, unimaginative football that came to exemplify Louis van Gaal's tenure at Old Trafford.

Official: Swansea City Appoint Freshly-Sacked Sheffield Wednesday Boss Carlos Carvahal As New Manager (Photo)

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Straight out of the far end of the left field, Premier League rest-of-table-propper-uppers Swansea City have entrusted Carlos Carvahal with the responsibility of delivering them from relegation this season.

Those not instantly familiar with the name might twig when we tell you Carvahal was the coach recently sacked by Sheffield Wednesday after last weekend's1-0 victory over Middlesbrough.

Official: Swansea Put Leon Britton In Temporary Charge For Weekend Fixture Against Crystal Palace

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After parting company with Paul Clement last night, Swansea have filled the gap by putting veteran midfielder Leon Britton in temporary charge of first-team coaching affairs.

The 35-year-old, who has been with the Swans since their Third Division days, will take the helm on a caretaker basis going into Saturday's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.

Swansea Sack Paul Clement As Planets Align For Tony Pulis To Step Into Breach

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Swansea have sacked manager Paul Clement with the team currently propping up the rest of the Premier League having won just one of their last 10 matches.

Clement was appointed last January the Swans' third manager of the season and duly delivered them from relegation.

Pep Talk: Guardiola Launches Angry Tirade At Nathan Redmond After Man City Enjoy Last-Gasp Win Over Southampton (Video)

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Manchester City needed a last-gasp Raheem Sterling goal to secure a hard-fought 2-1 home win against Southampton, a victory which extends their incredible winning streak to 12 Premier League games.

However, at the final whistle, City boss Pep Guardiola decided to confront Nathan Redmond with what looked like a very angry tirade against the Saints winger.

Reports: Sam Allardyce Agrees Deal To Take Over At Everton On Seminal Day For Proper Football Men™ Everywhere

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In what is turning out to be a jolly good day for Proper Football Men™ that Know The League™, it's being reported that Sam Allardyce has agreed to take over at Everton, a little over two weeks after initial talks between the two parties dwindled to nothing.

At the time, Everton were chucking increasingly silly amounts of money at Watford in the vain hope of luring Marco Silva to Merseyside, with Allardyce withdrawing his application after tiring of the dilly-dallying.

Official: Alan Pardew Is West Brom’s Exciting New Manager For An Exciting New Age

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There you have it. The deed is done. Alan Pardew is officially the latest chapter in West Brom's ongoing 10-year commitment to hiring utterly uninspiring managers.

Pardew has been appointed on a two-and-a-half year contract, replacing Tony Pulis, who replaced Alan Irvine, who replaced Pepe Mel, who replaced Steve Clarke, who replaced Roy Hodgson, who replaced Roberto Di Matteo, who replaced Tony Mowbray, who replaced Bryan Robson, who replaced Gary Megson.

‘If It Doesn’t Work Out Then I’ll Go Elsewhere’ – David Moyes Is Already Working His Motivational Magic At West Ham

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Sunderland were rock bottom of the table when David Moyes drew deep from the well of his warrior ancestors to send a blood-curdling battle cry across the neighbouring valleys of the Premier League last January.

Knowing only a Herculean expenditure of gutturalbrawn would be enough to stave off the drop, Moyes stood astride a mighty windswept tor, undaunted, genitals exposed by flapping kilt, and roared forth unto his troops:

I'll be finding ways to try to balance the books the best I can.

Official: West Ham Appoint David Moyes As New Manager On Six-Month Contract (Photos & Video)

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West Ham have appointed David Moyes as their new manager after sacking previous incumbent Slaven Bilic yesterday.

The Hammers did there best to fudge the figuresa little while welcoming the 54-year-old Scot on board:

Moyes arrives with tremendous experience and pedigree, having managed in the Premier League for 14 seasons, with eight of the last nine ending in top eight finishes.

West Ham Sack Slaven Bilic After Slipping Into Relegation Zone, David Moyes Sidles Into Frame

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It's been coming for a while but Saturday's 4-1 home defeat against Liverpool proved to be the final straw, with West Ham confirming this morning that Slaven Bilic has been relieved of his duties.

The club have pumped out a statement confirming Bilic's departure, in which they thanked the Croat for his input over the last two-and-a-half years before iterating that the board now feel that "a change is now necessary" in order to arrest the vague malaise that has descended upon the London Stadium so far this season.

‘I Couldn’t Care Less What He Says’ – Everton Caretaker David Unsworth Gives Joey Barton’s Crass Weight Jibes The Merit They Deserve

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Everton caretaker manager David Unsworth has reacted to Joey Barton's recent jibes about his fitness both for purpose andbodily by refusing to take any notice whatsoever.

Barton delivered a couple of little barbs in Unsworth's direction while discussing on TalkSPORT the Toffees' ongoing hunt for a new permanent boss.

Reports: Leicester City Poised To Appoint Claude Puel As New Manager ‘Within Next 48 Hours’

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If whispers on the wind are to be believe, then Leicester City are within a day or so of appointing a successor to Craig Shakespeare.

The man(ager) in their sights is reported to be one Claude Puel, the charisma-less Frenchman who just sort of came and went at Southampton a while ago.

Reports: Phil Neville And Ryan Giggs Wish To Be Considered For Everton Managerial Vacancy Despite Not Really Being Managers

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Phil Neville is reportedly interested in stepping into the vacant managerial vortex at Everton, following Ronald Koeman's departure on Monday.

We suspect Neville is interested in the same way Pies would like to discover an envelope stuffed with folding money on our doormat every morning, but let's press on.

Official: Everton Confirm That Ronald Koeman Has Left The Club With Immediate Effect

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October 2nd, 2017: Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri gives his "full and total support" to Ronald Koeman after spending £140million over the summer and overseeing a less than impressive start to the season, including a 1-0 defeat to Burnley the previous day.

Not To Be, That Is The Answer: Leicester City Sack Craig Shakespeare Just Four Months Into Permanent Tenure

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Looks like that half-and-half scarf was the final straw. Leicester City have sacked Craig Shakespeare as manager with the club lingering down in the Premier League relegation zone.

No official line has been forthcoming from the Foxes themselves as yet, but Matt Lawton, the Daily Mail's chief football scribe, seems fairly adamant.

‘At Some Stage, He Needs To Go To The Next Level’ – Arsenal Legend Ian Wright Backs Burnley Boss Sean Dyche To Take Over From Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal hero Ian Wright has suggested that Sean Dyche should be considered a prime candidate to take over from Arsene Wenger as and when the wiry Frenchman vacates his post at the Emirates.

Discussing Dyche's merits after Sunday's 1-0 win over Everton elevated the Clarets to sixth in the table, Wright was asked if he'd be happy to see the Swarfega-gargling copper-top given a chance to manage his beloved Arsenal in the future.

‘He Has My Total Support’ – Everton Majority Shareholder Gives Ronald Koeman What Sounds Suspiciously Like Dreaded Vote Of Confidence

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Everton's majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has spoken out in support of manager Ronald Koeman after a less-than-stellar run of results has left the Dutchman's expensively-assembled side just two rungs above the relegation zone.

The Toffees laboured to a 1-0 home defeat against Burnley on Sunday afternoon, their fourth defeat in seven league games so far this season.

League One: Clarence Seedorf Interviewed As Candidate For Oldham Athletic Managerial Vacancy

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This is not a drill. REPEAT: This is not a drill. Clarence Seedorf is close to being appointed as the new manager of Oldham Athletic.

According to the Daily Mirror, the Dutchman was interviewed by Latics chairman Simon Corney on Thursday before being given a special VIP tour of the fitness facilities at Boundary Park.

‘After 17 Years, This Is The Next Step’ – Xabi Alonso Announces Intention To Move Into Management

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Having retired from active service at the end of last season, Xabi Alonso has announced that he now intends to move into the world of football management.

The Spanish midfielder bought his impeccable playing career to an end by winning a Bundesliga title at Bayern Munich before sauntering off into the sunset with a suitably poetic requiem: "Lived it, loved it.

Official: Crystal Palace Appoint Roy Hodgson As New Manager On Two-Year Deal (Photo)

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Amid all the Champions League hubbub, Crystal Palace chose Tuesday night to officially appoint Roy Hodgson as their new manager.

The 70-year-old replaces Frank de Boer, who was sacked just four matches into his tenure and becoming the first ever manager in Premier League history to lose his job without seeing his side score a single goal.

Play-Loving Football Idiots: Chester FC Inundated With ‘Football Manager’ CVs After Advertising Manager Vacancy On Twitter

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With the club currently squatting down at the bottom of the National League, Chester FC parted company with managerJon McCarthy on Wednesday following a disappointing 2-0 defeat against fellow stragglersSolihull Moors the night before.

The Blues then installed Tom Shaw as caretaker manager while they began the hunt for a new first-team coach.

‘I’m Prepared To Work For Free’ – Sol Campbell Willing To ‘Start In Gutter’ Of Non-League Football To Kick Off Management Career

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Sol Campbell has found it incredibly difficult to break into the world of management a plight that has become so desperate that he's using the national press to tout himself for jobs.

In a lengthy interview/covering letter inthe Guardiantoday, Campbell has basically let it be known that he's so eager to land a coaching role that he's willing to work for free just to get his foot in the door.

Football Tat: All Pies Want For Christmas Is An Unofficial Lincoln City Danny Cowley Action Figure (Photo)

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What better way to reenact Lincoln City's remarkableFA Cup run of 2016/17 than with your very own, fully-poseable Danny Cowley action figurine?

Indeed, if the following photo is anything to go by, it would appear that a (presumably unofficial) toymodel of the Imps boss is available to purchase somewhere out there in the weird yonder.

Ouch: Wrexham Boss Dean Keates Suffers Accidental Injury On First Day In New Job

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Havingmade well over 150 appearances and even captained the side as a player, Dean Keates was appointed as Wrexham's new manager on Tuesday.

The decision to hire the 38-year-old on a permanent basis was made just hours before the Welsh club's National League game against Barrow.

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Arsenal: Alexis Sanchez Scores Twice As Gunners Down Crystal Palace In Festive Cracker At Selhurt Park (Video)

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His time at Arsenal may be coming to a close, either in January or next summer, but Alexis Sanchez once again showed his worth to the Gunners by netting a match-winning brace at Selhurst Park on Thursday.

The game saw Arsene Wenger equal Sir Alex Ferguson's record for most Premier League games managed (810), with the Frenchman looking to get one over on fellow coaching veteran Roy Hodgson.

Classic Moments: MSV Duisburg Coach Norbert Meier Goes Down Like Ton Of Bricks After ‘Headbutt’ From Cologne’s Albert Streit, 2005 (Video)

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Bayer Leverkusen coach Heiko Herrlich's am-dram dive against Borussia Monchengladbach may well have been laughably risible, but it's not entirely without precedent in German football circles.

Allow us, if you will, to whisk you back to a truly baffling passage of play well, play-acting that occurred during the closing stages of the fantastically ill-tempered Bundesliga tie between Duisburg and Cologne in December of 2005.

Retro Football: Graeme Souness Plants His Enormous Galatasaray Flag In Fenerbahce’s Centre Circle, 1996 (Video)

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We can scarcely believe it, but it's now 21 years to the very day that Graeme Souness became an eternalGalatasarayfolkhero by driving their club colours into the centre circle at Fenerbahce's stadium.

Having been out of work for over a year, Souness took charge at Gala for the 1995/96 season and promptly guided the side to a fairly disappointing fourth-place finish in the Super Lig, or 1.

English Premier League

Neil’s confidence misplaced as Norwich sack him

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London (AFP) – Norwich sacked manager Alex Neil on Friday hours after the Scot stated he was the right man to take the second tier club forward in the long term.

The 35-year-old - who will be replaced in the interim by first team coach Alan Irvine - lost the confidence of the board with the Canaries nine points off the Championship play-off places.

World class PL winning target tells friends he is joining Man United this summer

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Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has informed his close friends that he is confident of succeeding Louis Van Gaal as the next Manchester United manager.

The Portuguese manager was sacked last year due to a poor start and wants to return to management with another Premier League club this summer.

Liverpool up, Chelsea down

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Jurgen Klopp's long-awaited first victory as Liverpool manager came with a 1-3 away win against the defending champions of Chelsea. This will surely put expectations even higher for Liverpool, who looked confident and organized. There is much work to do though, and while I firmly believe that Klopp is the right man to make Liverpool better over the next year, I do not believe in immediate short

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Temuri Ketsbaia Announced as Manager

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Ketsbaia, the Georgian manager and ex-player who played for AEK between 1994 and 1997, has been announced as our new manager. He signed a contract for two years and while I didn't see this coming, I can't say I'm disappointed. I had high hopes for Montanier, but I'm probably even more excited now that Ketsbaia will be leading the team.

Panionios 1-0 AEK

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A disappointing end to what has been a very disappointing bunch of playoff games for AEK. I knew going into it all that we'd be pretty tired and worn out, but I was hoping for better than 4th place but what can you do? Honestly I can't complain, I'd rather see us win the Cup and finish 4th rather than finish 2nd but not win the Cup.

AEK 5-1 Iraklis

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Despite all the events of the past week, AEK managed to rebound in the best possible way. Not only did we manage to get the three points from the win, but we did it by playing some great football and scoring the most goals we've scored in one game for many years now.

I was somewhat nervous about the game for a few reasons.

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Chelsea: Diego Costa Once Again Reiterates He Would Really, Really, Really Like To Return To Atletico Madrid If It’s At All Possible, Thank You

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Coming precisely one day after Diego Costa confirmed his desire to rejoin former club Atletico Madrid, the AWOL Chelsea striker has re-confirmed his desire to rejoin former club Atletico Madrid.

After being informed via text message a couple of months ago that he was no longer part of Antonio Conte's plans, Costa has hunkered down in his hometown of Lagarto, Brazil, where he apparently intends to remain until his demands are met.

Christiansen named new Leeds manager

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London (AFP) – Former Spanish international Thomas Christiansen is the new manager of fallen English football giants Leeds United, the second-tier club announced on Thursday.

The 44-year-old - born in Denmark but who qualified to play for Spain through his Spanish mother - replaces Garry Monk, who shocked the club by rejecting a new contract last month.

No to a celebrity Manager at Arsenal

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Let me have a stab in the dark here. There will be cries, or more probably crying, for a Manager who still has a team in the Champions League, after all, you can only be a winner in the here and now. It's the nature of short termism, but hang on, things get worse.

I smell something fishy. Well, to be more precise, the pong of John Paul Gautier's "Homme", or whatever his latest odour is called.

Ancelotti admits United interest

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Carlo Ancelotti has admitted "every manager" in the world would be interest in managing Manchester United, adding he is likely to return to management in the summer.

The former Chelsea manager has been without a job since he was sacked by Real Madrid at the end of last season, despite leading the Spanish giants to a 10th European Cup in the 2013-14 campaign, and has been among the managers linked with a move to United once the Louis Van Gaal era comes to an end.