Managers

England

‘I’ve Never Regarded Myself As A Celebrity’ – Roy Hodgson Reveals He Turned Down ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Offer

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Roy Hodgson has been speaking to the Big Issue, covering such diverse subjects as literature, alternative vocations and why the bloody hell he stuck Harry Kane on corner duty at Euro 2016.

As well as naming his Top 10 favourite books (which consisted of just six), Hodgson also revealed that he knocked back an offer to appear on Strictly Come Dancing, chiefly on the basis that he doesn't consider himself to be a celebrity:

I'd have been another Ed Balls!

Gareth Southgate Reveals Theo Walcott Threw Wobbler After Being Excluded By England On His Birthday

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Gareth Southgate has revealed that Theo Walcott threw a bit of a wobbler when he learned that he'd missed out on a place in the latest England squad and on his birthday of all days.

While there were surprise call-ups for the likes ofMichail Antonio, Michael Keane, Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowseand Jake Livermore, Southgate decided against including Walcott, who was busy eating jelly and ice-cream and playing pass the parcel when the call came from the England boss.

Bundesliga

Hoffenheim’s Prodigious 29-Year-Old Boss Julian Nagelsmann Wins ‘German Coach Of The Year’ Award

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Despite being little more than a foetus in a body-warmer, Julian Nagelsmann has been named Trainerpreis des Deutschen Fussballs 2016 German Coach of the Year after a sterling first full season in the Hoffenheim hotseat.

Nagelsmann was only 28 when he was fast-tracked intothe Hoffenheim management rolelast February, becoming the youngest head coach in Bundesliga history in the process.

Renaissance Man: Carlo Ancelotti Cooks Carbonara On Bayern Munich’s New 24-Hour TV Channel (Video)

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As you well know, Carlo Ancelotti is a man of many talents, having already conquered the realms of football and bit-part Hollywood acting and you can now go ahead and add 'celebrity cheffing' to that impressive repertoire as well.

Followingthe launch of Bayern Munich's 24-hour television channel last month, Ancelotti appeared on a cooking segment with famous Bavarian restaurateur (and Bayern team chef)Alfons Schuhbeck.

Delicious: Bayern Munich Mark Carlo Ancelotti’s 1,000th Game As Coach By Presenting Him With Enormous Pretzel (Photo)

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Sunday saw Carlo Ancelotti preside over the 1,000th game of his managerial career a milestone that Bayern Munich saw fit to honour in fitting style.

Not only did Ancelotti get to sit back and watch his1,000th starting XI well and truly trounce Hamburg 8-0, but the Italian also went home with a tasty, salty little souvenir.

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.

Arsenal

Arsenal: Plans To Fly ‘Anti-Wenger’ Banner Over Stadium Scuppered By Bad Weather In West Bromwich

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Due to their collective and ranklack of perspective, a group of fans were planning to fly an 'anti-Arsene Wenger' banner over Arsenal's game against West Brom this coming Saturday afternoon.

A crowdfunding campaign was used to raise the £2,500 necessary to stage the aerial protest, which included the hiring of a plane, the printingof a huge"Wenger Out: No New Contract" banner and an assortment of boards, balloons and beach balls to wave about in the crowd at the Hawthorns.

Steady On: Dimwit Arsenal Fan Seriously Draws Parallel Between Arsene Wenger And Robert Mugabe (Video)

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Here we see the precise moment thatthe anti-Arsene Wenger movement (and football in general) began toeat itself as onedimwit fan likens Arsene Wenger's rather successful 21-year reign at Arsenal to the untold bloodshed and tyranny Robert Mugabe has inflicted on Zimbabwe over the past three decades.

MLS: ‘Wenger Out’ Campaign Goes Global As Solitary Sign Spotted In Crowd At Minnesota United Match (Photo)

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Sunday proved to be a glum old day for the 35,000 or so hardy Minnesota United fans that braved the freezing snow to attend their side's MLS game against Atlanta United.

Minnesotawound up on the wrong end of a 6-1 battering from a newly-formed team thathad only played one previous competitive match in their entire history.

Arsene Wenger Insists Arsenal Are In ‘Great Shape’ Despite 10-2 Bayern Munich Humbling

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Arsene Wenger has insisted that Arsenal are in "great shape" despite getting themselves eviscerated by Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League... again.

Bayern inflicted a merciless 5-1 defeat upon Arsenal for the second successive game to send them plummeting out in the second round for the seventh year straight.

Arsenal: Alexis Sanchez Dropped For Liverpool Match After ‘Storming Out Of Training’ Midweek

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Not that it took a wild leap of imagination to guess, but it has emerged Alexis Sanchez was dropped from Arsenal's starting line-up for their match against Liverpool as punishment for storming out of a training session in midweek.

According toDavid Hytner in the Guardian, Wenger decided to start with Sanchez on the bench after the Chilean instigated a "dressing-room slanging match" with some of his teammates.

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.

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.

‘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.

Pep Guardiola

‘I Couldn’t Convince Them To Attack’ – Pep Guardiola Left To Rue Flaccid Performance As Man City Sent Packing By Monaco

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Despite fielding a very top-heavy starting XI, Pep Guardiola was left to rue his side's inability to attack convincinglyas Man City were knocked out of the Champions League by Monaco last night.

Carrying over a 5-3 lead from the first leg at the Etihad, City lacked the necessary aggression to kill off the encounterin the second eventually slumping to a fairly meek 2-1 defeat at the Stade Louis II, thus losing out on away goals.

‘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.

Claudio Ranieri

Champions League: Leicester Fans Unfurl Huge Banner Of Craig Shakespeare Riding A Rottweiler (Photo)

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Claudio who? Leicester City fans saluted theirnew hero ahead of last night's Champions League second-legger against Sevilla with an enormous banner unfurled in the stand behind the goal at the King Power Stadium.

It depicted Ranieri's replacement, Craig Shakespeare, fully suited and riding into battleon the back of a giant rottweiler.

Workhorse: Claudio Ranieri’s Premonition Comes True As N’Golo Kante Gets On The End Of His Own Pass (Video)

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If there's one thing N'Golo Kante does more of than anybody else in the Premier League, it's cover ground.

Indeed, the Chelsea midfielder makes it his sole business to relentlessly swallow up space, hassle and harangue, chase around and close down.

So high was his work rate at Leicester City last season, that manager Claudio Ranieri was moved to make the following prediction:

[Kante]never stops running in training.

‘I’m Staying’ – Nantes Coach Sergio Conceicao Creates Twitter Account To Scotch Rumours Linking Him With Leicester City

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With Claudio Ranieri's recent exit leaving Leicester City with an important vacancy to fill, the rumour mill has coughed up several possible candidates over the past few days.

One of those mentioned in passing was Nantes coach Sergio Conceicao, with several press reports even suggesting that Leicester had contacted the former Portugal international to offer him the job.

‘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.

English Premier League

‘For Me, It Doesn’t Matter’ – Pep Guardiola Positively Elated At Winning Premier League Manager Of The Month For February (Photo & Video)

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Pep Guardiola has been named Premier League Manager of the Month for February and can't you just tell from the joy in his eyes?

The Man City boss took the trinket for making it through last month with three wins from three games, against West Ham, Swansea and Bournemouth.

Why Klopp May Be Destined to Follow in the Footsteps of Brendan Rodgers

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Back in 2014, former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers took the Reds to the brink of their first Premier League title since 1990, while playing a thrilling brand of football that was spearheaded by the attacking trident of Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and a young Raheem Sterling. The Reds ultimately fell short of their goal following a harrowing home defeat against Chelsea at Anfield, of course, while Rodgers’ tenure unravelled and came to an abrupt end just 18 months later.

Rangers Manager hunt: Assessing the top five candidates for the job

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Following the departure of Mark Warburton in early February, Rangers are yet again in a state of flux. The Light Blues have been under the stewardship of their Under-20s coach Graeme Murty since, and results haven’t been too impressive under the 42-year-old.

Last evening’s last-gasp win over St Johnstone was the Gers’ first in the league under Murty.

FC Barcelona

‘I Left Some Ligaments On The Pitch’ – Luis Enrique Admits He Injured Himself During Wild Celebrations At Camp Nou

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Luis Enrique admitted that he did himself a bit of a mischief while celebrating Barcelona's incredible comeback victory over PSG in the Champions League last night.

With Sergi Roberto scoring the winner in the 95th minute, the final whistle sparked a deafening cacophony of celebrations at the Camp Nou, with Enrique hurtling out of his technical area to hug absolutely everybody in sight.

Barcelona Brewery Launch New Beer Inspired By Ronald Koeman’s Golden Hair (Photo)

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Light, pale, frothy and almost entirely eyebrowless, Ronald Koeman is soon to have a beer named in his honour.

Indeed, a Catalanartisan brewery have created the "Golden Koeman" lager with which to toast the 25th anniversary of Barcelona's 1992 European Cup Final triumph, in which the Dutch defender scored the only goal of the game a thumping freekick in extra time.

The Rest

Sunderland: David Moyes Dropped Didier Ndong Against Burnley Because He Wanted ‘More Britishness’ In Midfield

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Rock bottom of the Premier League, Sunderland once again went into Saturday's game against Burnley desperately needing to take something from the fixture.

They managed a 0-0 draw at the Stadium of Light but David Moyes was criticised for his selection after dropping Didier Ndong to the benchin favour of Jack Rodwell, thus stodging up his midfield in an attempt to hamper the Clarets.

Official: Middlesborough Sack Aitor Karanka As Spectre Of Relegation Looms Large

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Somewhatunsurprisingly, Middlesbrough have relieved Aitor Karanka of his duties following the team's slide into the Premier League relegation zone.

The news was broken today, with Karankaultimately paying the price for having not mustered a win in the league since mid-December.

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‘Nothing Short Of Scandalous’ – Notts County Owner Tears Into John Sheridan Over Ex-Manager’s Decision To Appeal Dismissal For Gross Misconduct

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Notts County owner Alan Hardy has torn into John Sheridan, the manager he sacked in January, over the latter's decision to appeal his dismissal for gross misconduct.

Having first heard of the appeal through the League Manager's Association (LMA), Hardy has now openly accused Sheridan of attempting to ride roughshod over the "concept of respect in football" after canning the 52-year-old for embarking on an extraordinary, expletive-laden tirade at the match officials during County's defeat against Wycombe back in mid-December.

Rangers Managerial Search: Young Scottish manager distances himself from Ibrox job

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Norwich City manager Alex Neil has dismissed speculation linking him to the vacant Rangers job.

It has been more than a fortnight since Mark Warburton and Rangers parted ways, and any replacement for the departed ex-Brentford manager hasn’t been found yet.

Woe Is Klopp: Even The Greater Manchester Police Force Are Mocking Liverpool On Twitter

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Having registered just one Premier League win since the turn of the year, it's safe to say that morale has dipped at Liverpool of late.

Looking a tadknackered after a rollicking opening half of the campaign, Jurgen Klopp's beleaguered side have now lost five of their last seven fixtures in all competitions.

End Of An Era: Palermo President Maurizio Zamperini Steps Down After Hiring (And Firing) 40 Coaches In 15 Years

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Palmero president Maurizio Zamparini has announced that he is stepping down after 15 fun-filled, zany years in the role.

In that relatively short time, Zamparini has made roughly 40 coaching changes even sacking the same manager three times in the same season last year.

With the side currently 18th and three points off the bottom of Serie A, the 75-year-oldhas announced that he is officially done and that a new owner will be in place "within 15 days".

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.

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.

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.