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‘Yesterday My Dream Died’ – Claudio Ranieri Releases Heartbreaking Statement After Being Let Go By Leicester City

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Claudio Ranieri has released a statement following his parting of ways with Leicester City yesterday and, be warned, it's a real heart-breaker.

The statement, released to the Press Association on Friday evening, begins with "Yesterday my dream died" and gets progressively more emotional from there on out.

Leicester City: Caretaker Boss Craig Shakespeare Denies Rumours ‘Player Revolt’ Led To Claudio Ranieri Sacking

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Infahim, infahim, they all had it in for him!

The first order of business for Leicester City's new caretaker boss wasto deny rumours that Claudio Ranieri was sacked yesterday as the result of a 'player revolt'.

Leading up to the sacking, speculation was rife that Ranieri's squad were up to *here* with his tinkering, with reports even suggesting that a ban on chicken burgers may have been the catalyst for morale tanking over the past few months.

‘Nobody Can Delete Your History’ – Jose Mourinho Pens Lovely Little Commiseration Message For Claudio Ranieri On Instagram

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The reverberations are still being felt today after Leicester City axed Claudio Ranieri on Thursday evening, just nine months after winning the Premier League title.

Sympathy wasn't hard to come by in the aftermath, with several of Ranieri's contemporaries voicing their shock at the supposedly callous nature of his sacking.

Reports: Leicester City ‘Sound Out’ Roberto Mancini As Claudio Ranieri’s Immediate Replacement

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Having parted company with Claudio Ranieri last night, word on the wire is Leicester City are hoping to bringRoberto Mancini back to the club to fill the void.

Aged 36 at the time, Mancini madea small smattering (five) appearances for the Foxes right at the very end of his playing career, becoming something of a cult hero despite failing to score and never once completing a full 90 minutes.

Official: Leicester City Part Company With Claudio Ranieri Just Nine Months After Winning Premier League Title

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Leicester City have just confirmed they've parted company with Claudio Ranieri, the man who delivered untothem the 2015/16 Premier League title just nine short months ago.

The decision was made to pull the plug with the defending champions currently teetering just one place and one point above the 2016/17 relegation zone.

Dreaded Vote Of Confidence: Leicester Owners Declare ‘Unwavering Support’ For Claudio Ranieri In Fight Against Unprecedented Relegation

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Leicester City's owners have declared their "unwavering support" for Claudio Ranieri with the club in very real danger of making two very different types of history in consecutive Premier League seasons.

With the glorious title win of 2015/16 now consigned to history, the Foxes are currently teetering just one point above the relegation zone going into the last 14 games of the 2016/17 season.

Nearly Men: Arsene Wenger Adds N’Golo Kante To Long List Of Players He Almost Signed For Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger has added a new name to the ever-lengthening list of players he's nearly signed for Arsenal over the years.

The player in question is N'Golo Kante, with Wenger revealing that he attempted to pilfer him from Leicester City after their title-winning season only to watch the French workhorse join Chelsea in a £32million deal.

Leicester City: Claudio Ranieri Inducted Into Italian Football Federation Hall Of Fame (Photo)

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Not that he looks overly enthused about it, but Claudio Ranieri has been inducted into the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) Hall of Fame.

Unsurprisingly, Ranieri was honoured for somehow winning the Premier League title last season with a Leicester City team that are currently staving off relegation this time round.

Arsene Wenger

Arsenal: Stray ‘Wenger Out’ Placard Spotted At Anti-Trump Protest Rally In Central London (Photo)

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"Oh come on..."

WhileArsenal were busy seeing off Sutton United on the outskirts of town, aprotest took place in central London on Monday night, with people gathering to call for President Trump's upcoming state visit to be cancelled.

However, one protester seized the opportunity to make his opinionheard on a different topic entirely by bringing his "Wenger Out" placard along for good measure.

‘I Will Manage Next Season, Whether It’s Here Or Somewhere Else’ – Arsene Wenger To Make Decision On Arsenal Future Before End Of Season

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With indignation reaching a pitch once again, Arsene Wenger has gone and put a time frame on his big decision, i.e.whether or not to stay on at Arsenal beyond the end of the season.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Monday's FA Cup game against Sutton United, Wenger also revealed that retirement is not an option at present.

Paul Merson Has Concluded That Harry Redknapp Is ‘Better Tactically’ Than Arsene Wenger

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After studiously crunching the data over a number of sleepless nights, Paul Merson has come to the conclusion that Arsene Wenger is tactically inferior to English football's greatest exponent of the totaalvoetball philosophy, Henry James 'Harry' Redknapp.

Having played under both managers, Merse is well placed to comment and appeared on TalkSPORT to present his findings in seminar form.

Bundesliga

Bayern Munich: Carlo Ancelotti Will Not Be Punished For Giving Gobby Hertha Berlin Fans The Finger (Video)

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The DFB have confirmed that Carlo Ancelotti won't face punishment for sticking his middle finger up at opposing fans duringBayern Munich's Bundesliga tie against Hertha Berlin last Saturday.

The Bayern coach was seenmaking the gesture at Hertha fans as he made his way back to the Allianz Arena dressing rooms following the 1-1 draw.

Bayern Munich: Carlo Ancelotti Admits He Has ‘No Control’ Over His Majestic Eyebrows

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Carlo Ancelotti has bravely addressed the one aspect of his personaland private life that fans have been speculating fervently over for years.

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We are of course talking about his magnificent eyebrows, which are so ridiculously expressive that you'd be forgiven for assuming they were being operated by animatronic puppeteers behind the scenes.

Videos

Pioneering: Tactics Guru Dean Saunders Reckons Arsenal Should Have Used 5-2-4 Formation To Stifle Bayern Munich (Video)

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Dean Saunders appeared on Sky Sports News today to deconstruct Arsenal's 5-1 disembowelling at the hands of Bayern Munich in midweek.

Showing the kind of flair for tactics that has served him well throughout his managerial career, Saunders tore into Arsenal before proffering forth his own suggested tactical approach for keeping the German giants quiet.

Apoplectic: Motherwell Boss Mark McGhee Filmed Swearing After Being Sent To Stands, Threatens Legal Action (Video)

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Motherwell manager Mark McGhee appeared to threaten legal action in the aftermath of his side's heavy defeat against Aberdeen in Scottish Premiership.

However, McGhee wasn't consideringsuing overWell's criminal performance in the 7-2 loss, rather the fact that he was filmed by a fan after getting himself sent to the stands in the latter stages.

Mic Wrecka: West Ham Boss Slaven Bilic Sent To Stands After Taking Frustrations Out On Pitchside Microphone (Video)

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A late Gareth McAuley goal earned West Brom a dramatic draw at the London Stadium on Saturday, after West Ham had looked set to secure a precious three points.

That late goal understandably left Hammers' boss Slaven Bilic tearing his hair (transplant) out, with the Croatian manager taking out his frustrations on a pitch-side TV microphone.

Huddersfield Coach David Wagner Sent Off After Sprinting Length Of Pitch To Celebrate 89th-Minute Winner Against Leeds (Video)

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Huddersfield came out on top in a fractious Yorkshire derby on Sunday afternoon, pippingcross-county rivals Leeds by two goals to one.

Both sides hadtheir managers sent-off after David Wagner and Garry Monk clashed in the wake of Michael Hefele's late, late winning goal.

Indeed, no sooner had the German defender swept home than Wagner set off sprinting across the pitch to celebrate with his players.

‘If You Don’t Know Football, You Shouldn’t Have A Microphone In Your Hand’ – Jose Mourinho Storms Out Of Interview After Frustrating Draw With Hull (Video)

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Manchester United endured a difficult evening against Hull City on Wednesday night, with the Red Devils failing to break down Marco Silva's hardworking side.

After the game, a tetchy Jose Mourinho snapped at a BBC reporter before walking out of the interview.

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Despite creating a number of good chances, United couldn't find their way past an heroicEldin Jakupovic, much to the frustration of Mourinho.

Arsenal: Arsene Wenger Toys With Journalist Over Questions About Alexis Sanchez And Mesut Ozil (Video)

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Like a wily old cat toying with amauled, half-dead mouse, Arsene Wenger used his midweek press conference to trifle with a journalist inquiring intoAlexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, and the respectivecontractual negotiationsthereof.

Having previously flat-out refused to comment, it appeared fleetingly that the Arsenal managerwas about to open and offer an update on the situation, much to the surprise of everybody in the room.

‘Kind, Considerate And Totally Without Ego’ – BBC Radio Presenter Mark Pougatch Delivers Wonderful Tribute To Graham Taylor (Audio)

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Tributes have been flooding in from all and sundry after Graham Taylorsadly passed away on Thursdayat the age of 72.

Shortly after receiving news that his former BBC Radio colleague had gone, Mark Pougatch put together a wonderful tribute in honour of his friend, which he subsequently delivered with aplomb live on air.

Football League

Morecambe Boss Jim Bentley Treats Every Fan To Free Pie And Pint As ‘Thank You’ For Paying Off FA Fine

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As a mark of gratitude, Morecambe fans attending today's against Cambridge will all be treated to a complimentary pie and pint courtesy of manager Jim Bentley.

A couple of weeks ago, Bentley was reduced to tears when Morecambe fans clubbed together to pay off the £1,000 fine he incurred from the FA after being sent to the stands and charged with improper conduct during a game against Cheltenham in December.

Official: Kevin Nolan Pulls Off First Signing As Notts County Manager… 34-Year-Old Kevin Nolan

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Strapped for cash following a tumultuous takeover period, Notts County have resorted to desperate measuresin order to bring in January reinforcements.

Indeed, the big news coming out of Meadow Lane today is that, with the club's transfer embargo being lifted, Magpiesboss Kevin Nolan has finally been able to pull off his first signing as manager.

Charlton’s Roland Duchatelet Voted Worst Owner In English Football Among Poll Of 4,800 Fans

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Charlton Athletic's beloved Roland Duchatelet has been voted as the worst club owner in English football in a poll over almost 5,000 fans.

The poll in question, conducted by Against League 3, saw 4,804 supporters give their overall opinion of their club's owners in the form of a 1-10 rating.

Chelsea

‘You’ve Never Had To Work’ – Patrick Bamford Reveals He Was Teased By Burnley Boss Sean Dyche For Being Privately Educated

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It took him six years, but Patrick Bamford finally escaped the Chelsea loan farm earlier this month when he joined Middlesbrough on a permanent deal.

After enduringa transient (seven loan moves in six seasons) beginning tohis young career, the 23-year-old striker is now hoping to settle at the one club where he actually did himself justice back in 2014/15.

Chelsea: Antonio Conte Breaks Record With Third Consecutive ‘Manager Of The Month’ Award (Photo)

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With Chelsearattling through six successive victories, it should come as no surprise that Antonio Conte has been bestowed with the Premier League Manager of the Month award for December.

Thanks to their streak, the Bluesequalled the Premier League record of 13 consecutive victories in a single season before finally coming unstuck against Tottenham on the 4th of January.

FC Barcelona

Sevilla Coach Jorge Sampaoli Sums Up Peerless Genius Of Lionel Messi With One Great ‘Batman’ Quip

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Always good for a pithy quip, if ever anybody was going to sum up the genius of Lionel Messi in one sentence, it was probably going to be Jorge Sampaoli.

Talking to BeIN Sports,Sevilla's Argentinian coach was asked for a first-hand opinion of his fellow countryman, to which he replied...

Sampaoli en @beINSPORTSes: "Comparar a Messi con el resto es comparar a un gran policía con Batman".

‘I Do Not Think I’ll Return’ – Former Man Utd Boss Louis Van Gaal All But Confirms Retirement

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Louis van Gaal has all but confirmed that he has retired from management after knocking back a potentially lucrative offer to coach in Asia.

The Dutchman has been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United last May, two days after winning the FA Cup.

However, what started as an extended sabbatical is now looking like a permanent retirement from football, with Van Gaal citing "family reasons" (believed to be the recent sudden death of his son-in-law) for not wanting to wade back into the mire at the age of 65.

Watford

Graham Taylor: Watford Fans Pay Respects With Mass Shirt Tribute Outside Vicarage Road (Photos & Video)

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Watford fans used today's home game against Middlesbrough to stage a mass tribute to their former manager Graham Taylor, who sadly passed away in the week.

Supporters laid down shirts, scarves, flowers and hundreds of hand-written messages outside Vicarage Road, which quickly became a yellow and red shrine.

Former England Manager Graham Taylor Dies At The Age Of 72

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Awful news is reaching Pies that former England manager Graham Taylor has passed away today at the age of 72.

A statement issued on behalf ofthe Taylor family confirmed that the ex-Watford and Aston Villaboss suffered a suspected heart attack.

With the greatest sadness, we have to announce that Graham passed away at his home early this morning of a suspected heart attack.

The Rest

Neil Warnock Politely Requests ‘Minute Of Booing’ At Every Football Ground On The Occasion Of His Death

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Whatever your precise opinion of Neil Warnock, the man has most definitely securedhis nicheasone of English football's most persistentpantomime villains.

The Cardiff City boss is loathed by opposing fans up and down the leagues, thanks to hissustained commitment to referee barracking, scowlingtouchline pontification and of course his trademark line in both passive and overtly aggressive post-match diatribes.

Preston Ask 4,700 Fans To Wear Simon Grayson Masks In Honour Of Manager’s Four-Year Anniversary

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Preston North End have announced plans to celebrate the fourth anniversary of Simon Grayson taking charge at Deepdale with a very special tribute to their long(ish)-serving manager.

Having been in situ for an absolute age (in relative, Football League-specific terms), Grayson will be met by the harrowing sight of 4,700 other Simon Graysons staring back at him from the away end before this Saturday's sell-out trip to Wigan.

West Ham: Slaven Bilic To The Rescue As Young Fan Patiently Waits To Meet Andy Carroll In Freezing Cold (Photos)

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While he may be the gravel-voiced scourge of pitchside microphones everywhere, deep down Slaven Bilic is actually a big old softieboots.

Case in point being this lovely little yarn, as regaled by West Ham fan Matt Hill.

‘An Unbelievable Touch’ – Harry Arter Praises Pep Guardiola After Man City Boss Makes Moving Post-Match Gesture

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While there is a tendency to cast Pep Guardiola as some sort of cold, awkward, unfeeling, possession-obsessed android, the Man City manager certainly managed to pass himself off as human in the wake of his side's 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Monday night.

After the final whistle, Guardiola made his way over to Harry Arter in order to deliver a personal message of congratulation to the Cherries midfielder.

Stoke City vs West Brom: Mark Hughes Accuses Tony Pulis Of Calling Ryan Shawcross ‘A Loser’ In Absurd Voicemail Palaver

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The strangest tale is currently brewing betwixt West Brom and Stoke City, all set against the backdrop ofSaido Berahino's recent £12million transfer from the former to the latter.

Shortly before the two sides met in the Premier League last weekend, the press managed to get hold of word thatBerahino served a clandestine drugs banduring his prolonged period of inactivity at the Baggies.

Premier League: Paul Clement Named January Manager Of The Month After Dragging Swansea Out Of Drop Zone (Photo)

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Paul Clement has been named Premier League 'Manager of the Month' for January in his very first month in charge at Swansea City.

Having taken over on 3rd Januarywith Swansea bottom of the league, Clement produced three wins from his first five games to end the month one point outside the relegation zone.

Here’s That Picture Of Sam Allardyce Dressed Up As Cheryl Cole You’ve Always Wanted (Photo)

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Anybody who has read Sam Allardyce'sbook, ‘Big Sam: The Autobiography', will no doubt still be suffering residual effects of the psychological trauma caused by one particularly infamous passage.

While discussing his extra-curricular pursuitsand his penchant for the party, Allardyce fondly reminisced:

I squeezed into some very tight black pants and nailed the Moonwalk.

Aston Villa: Steve Bruce Drops In For Pre-Match Kebab While Wearing Full Training Kit (Photo)

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"Onion rings or chips? Onion rings or chips? ...Both"

Good on Steve Bruce, for thinking nothing of preparing for today's Championship clash against Preston at Villa Park with a nourishing pre-game kebab; the food of kings.

Indeed, the Aston Villa manager was apparently spotted scouring the menu in a local fast food shop on the morning of the match, while wearing his full training gear.

Jurgen Klopp Presented With Giant Cornish Pasty After Seeing Off Plymouth In FA Cup Third Round (Photo & Video)

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For reasons we can't quite fathom, Jurgen Klopp was presented with a rather fantastic souvenir afterlast night's FA Cup third round replay at Plymouth Argyle.

At the behest of Argyle's sponsors, the Liverpool coachwas given an enormous commemorative Cornish pasty, presumably to tide him over on the long trip back home.

Scottish Businessman Pays £150,000 To Become Manager Of Spanish Third Tier Side, Will Be Refunded If He Wins Promotion

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A Scottish businessman has taken the unorthodox step of paying £150,000 tobecome manager of a Spanish third division club on the proviso that he'll get his money back if he manages to get thempromoted.

John Clarkson, who owns a chain of care homes in East Anglia, is set to become the new head coach of CDTudelano after making a "sporting bet" with the club's current president Jesus Miranda.

Africa Cup of Nations 2017 Managers

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A list of the coaches of the participating teams at the Africa Cup of Nations 2017.

Black managers have a hard job getting a look-in at clubs in England, they also have a struggle to manage their own national sides. Only 4 teams at the Africa Cup of Nations 2017 have native African coaches: DR Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal and Zimbabwe.