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Rejoice People, For Leyton Orient Are Finally Under New Ownership After Three Years Of Abject Misery!

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After suffering through three years of rudderless misrule under Francesco Becchetti, Leyton Orient are finally finally! under new ownership.

In just three short seasons, self-anointed president Becchetti managed to guideThe O's from the League One play-off final to, as of the culmination of the 2016/17 campaign, relegation from the Football League entirely via failed reality television shows, financial mismanagement, chronic under-funding, unpaid wages, frequent issues with HMRC, thephysical assaultof staff, the public insultingof fans, etc, etc.

Official: Crawley Town Appoint Harry Kewell As New Head Coach

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Coming straight out of the wide blue yonder, Crawley Town have appointed Harry Kewell as their new head coach.

The League Two side made their big announcement via a statement issued on their official websiteat around midday.

NEWS | The club are delighted to announce the appointment of Harry Kewell as our new Head Coach.

Manchester United

‘We Were Expecting Someone Glamorous’ – New Melbourne City Coach Warren Joyce Receives Excruciatingly Cold Reception From Local Press (Video)

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Melbourne City have a new manager, and that man is Warren Joyce and it would appear that Melbourne City fans aren't overly excited.

Indeed, the former Wigan boss received arather surly 'welcome' from local journalistsafter being unveiled by City on Monday morning.

Come the very first question in his very first press conference, the 52-year-old was confronted with this ice cold passive-aggressivebarb:

Warren, a lot of people were expecting a big name, glamorous, well known manager and you arrived.

Manchester United legend keen on Southampton managerial post

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Manchester United legend and former winger Ryan Giggs is eager to take up the vacant managerial position at Southampton, according to the Daily Mail.

The Saints sacked Claude Puel on Thursday after a disappointing run of results towards the end of last season when they managed only one win in their final eight league matches and scored one goal in the last six games.

Southampton: Claude Puel Sacked By Saints After Just One Season In Charge

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After just one season in charge, Claude Puel has been sacked by Southampton.

The 55-year-old Puel steered Saints to a decent eighth-place finish in last season's Premier League, as well as leading them to a League Cup final appearance, where they pushed eventual winners Manchester United all the way.

Man Utd: Jose Mourinho Gives 20-Second Press Conference In Empty Room After Red Devils Beat Crystal Palace 2-0 At Old Trafford (Video)

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A youthful Manchester United side finished off a rather disappointing Premier League campaign for the club with a 2-0 win against Crystal Palace, withdebutanteJosh Harrop and Paul Pogba both getting on the scoresheet.

Indeed, Harrop's opener was quite a cracker..

‘It’s Nothing Short Of Embarrassing’ – Roy Keane Shares Thoughts On Jose Mourinho’s First Season With Man Utd

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If you can fathom such a thing, Roy Keane has delivered a terse, negative assessment of Jose Mourinho's first season in charge of Manchester United.

With United sixth in the Premier League, some 19 points behind champions-elect Chelsea and almost solely reliant on winning the Europa League to qualify for the Champions League next year, Keane has written off Mourinho's debut campaign as "nothing short of embarrassing.

‘We’re Like Starving Peasants Begging For Your Scraps’ – Accrington Stanley Chairman Criticises Premier League For ‘Obscene’ Over-Spending In Astonishing Twitter Diatribe

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Accrington Stanleychairman Andy Holt has becometangled up in a quarrel with the Premier League aftercriticising the sheer amount of money being sloshed around up in the top flight.

Prompted by a recent leak that claimed agent Mino Raiola pocketed£41million after facilitatingPaul Pogba's transfer to Manchester United last summer, Holt released a series of tweets on Tuesday afternoon barracking the Premier League for allowing such "disgraceful largesse" to manifest.

International football

‘We Believe In Respecting Your Opponents’ – Spanish Youth Coach Sacked After Guiding His Team To 25-0 Victory

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If further proof were needed that the world is a cold, cruel place and you are doomed to fail, then here it is.

Spare a thought for the coach of Serrano B's Under-11 team, who was given el booto after leading his young charges to a 25-0 drubbing of Valencia-based youth sideBenicalap C.

Chinese Burn: Sven Goran Eriksson Sacked By Shenzuan FC, Replacement Coach Announced With Poem

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Sven-Goran Eriksson is once again out of a job after being sacked by Chinese second-tier side Shenzhen FC this week.

Shenzhen are currently fourthin China League One, with a run of five wins from 13 games costing Eriksson his job after just six months in charge.

The club are now preparing to re-hire one of their most beloved former coaches, Wang Baoshan, and took the unorthodox step of announcing their managerial chop-and-change in the form of a poem.

Leicester City

‘Don’t Worry Leicester, We’ll Take Care Of Him’ – FC Nantes (Finally) Swear In Claudio Ranieri As New Head Coach

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Claudio Ranieri has sidestepped that odd bit of Ligue 1 regulation to formally join FC Nantes as their new head coach.

Ranieri's appointment was held up after it was discovered he may have been too old to take the job, but the French club have now obtained a derogation from the French Football Federation to allow the Italian to take charge on a two-year contract.

Ex-Leicester Boss Claudio Ranieri Agrees Deal To Manage Nantes, May Be Too Old To Take The Job

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Unemployed since February, it looks like Claudio Ranieriis about to sashayback into the management racket after agreeing to take over at Nantes.

However, despite a deal beingin place between the two parties, the ex-Leicester City boss may see his appointment scuppered by a strange decree that exists inthe Ligue 1 rule book.

Full-Time Job: Leicester City Appoint Craig Shakespeare As New Permanent Manager On Three-Year Deal

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There's no official word from the club as yet, but it's being widely reported that Leicester City have given Craig Shakespeare a three-year deal to become their new full-time manager.

Shakespeare took over as caretaker when the Foxes dismissed Claudio Ranieri in February and, over the course of 13games, guided thedefending Premier League champions from one point above the relegation zone up into the relative comfort of 12th place.


Championship Suitors Lining Up As Harry Redknapp Claims John Terry Has Received ‘Good Offer’ To Join Birmingham City

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Harry Redknapp has revealed that Birmingham City have presented John Terry with a 'good offer' to join the Championship club.

As you well know, Terry had his 22-year association with Chelsea brought to an end in Mayand, keen to play on, is now assessing his options.

Aston Villa reportedly made an approach to sign the 36-year-old free agent last week, with their cross-city rivals now following suit.

Chelsea: Spanish Newspaper Claim To Have Intercepted The Text Message Antonio Conte Sent To Diego Costa

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It very much looks like Diego Costa's timeat Chelsea is at an end, with manager Antonio Conte apparently informing his top goalscorer that his services will no longer be required via text message.

Speaking to reporters while on international duty with Spain, Costa revealed that he's now "looking for a way out" after being told by Conte that he won't be "counted on" for next season in the most ruthless manner imaginable.

‘He Told Me He Doesn’t Count On Me For Next Season’ – Antonio Conte Ends Diego Costa’s Chelsea Career By Text Message

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Diego Costa has revealed that he is hoping to leave Chelsea this summer after seeing his relationship with manager Antonio Conte deteriorate to the point of non-existence.

Indeed, the 28-year-old striker claims he received a text message from Conte after Spain's 2-2 draw with Colombia on Wednesday to inform him that he will not be considered as part of the Italian's plans at Stamford Bridge next season.

Chelsea: Antonio Conte Becomes First Manager To Land His Own Twitter Emoji

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In the wake of Chelsea's title win, Antonio Conte has been bestowed with the highest honour his profession has to offer.

Indeed, as of today, the Blues boss has been given his very own Twitter emoji, la Paul Pogba before him.

Basically, whenever anybody tweets #ChelseaChampions, a little image of Conte in his trademark celebratory pose will appear.

Chelsea Are Premier League Champions: Blues Wrap Up Title Courtesy Of Michy Batshuayi’s First Shot On Target In Seven Months (Photos & Video)

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It took 82 minutes of toil, but Chelsea finally broke down West Brom's barricades to secure the win they needed to wrap up the 2017/18 Premier League title.

The Blues' 28th victory of the season leaves them10 points clear of second-place Tottenham, who only have three games left to play.

The decisive goal was prodded home by Michy Batshuayi, who hasn't started a single Premier League game this season.


Reports: Arsenal Decide Against Hiring New ‘Director Of Football’ After Stern Resistance From Arsene Wenger

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In the wake of Arsene Wenger agreeing his new two-year contract extension, Arsenal fans were promised a full review of the club's on and off pitch activity to "identify areas for improvement to build a sustained title challenge."

The review was taken as the"catalyst for change" as promised by shareholderAlisher Usmanov a month or so prior, with Arsenal as an organisation appearing to finally twig that something had to change in order for their fortunes to improve likewise.

General Election: Arsenal Fans Chase Big Social Media Points By Using ‘Wenger Out’ Meme To Spoil Ballot Papers (Photos)

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What better way to exercise you democratic right to vote than to use your ballot paper to score cheap social media banter points?

That's exactly what a few 'Arsenal fans' (we use the term loosely) did while voting in Thursday's UK General Election, spoiling their ballots by adding their own meme-tastic 'Wenger Out' box to the bottom and then tweeting photos of their handiwork.

Official: Arsenal Confirm Arsene Wenger Has Signed New Two-Year Contract Extension To Stay On As Manager

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It's official. Arsene Wenger has signed a new contract extension that will see him stay on as Arsenal manager for at least the next two years.

After reports circulated yesterday, the club have now confirmed that Arsene is there man for the foreseeable...

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Reports: Arsene Wenger Has ‘Agreed Terms’ Over New Two-Year Contract At Arsenal, Formal Announcement Due In Next 24hrs

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Arsene Wenger has reportedly agreed the terms of a new, two-year contract at Arsenal and is poised to sign it within the next 24 hours or so.

Citing sources inside the club, ESPN FCclaim that the deal was tentativelyagreed possibly as early as November with a formal announcement now due after Tuesday's board meeting at the club.

Official: Thomas Tuchel Leaves Borussia Dortmund Just Three Days After Winning German Cup

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Borussia Dortmund have confirmed that Thomas Tuchel has lefthis position as head coach of the club, just three days after winning the DFB Pokal.

According to DW Sports, Tuchel had a meeting with the board on Tuesday morning that lasted just 21 minutes.

This was the outcome...

Ich bin dankbar für zwei schöne, ereignisreiche und aufregende Jahre.

Arsenal: Alisher Usmanov Lodges (And Reportedly Fails) With £1bn Bid To Buy Out Stan Kroenke

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It's being reported that Alisher Usmanov, the Russian billionaire who owns a minority stake in Arsenal, has lodged a $1.3billion (approx. £1billion) bid to buy out his rival shareholder, Stan Kroenke.

Usmanov currently owns 30% of the club as opposed to Kroenke, who owns a controlling 67% stake in the Gunners.

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Official: Hull City Appoint Leonid Slutsky As Head Coach On Two-Year Deal

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As was foretold in the prophecy, Hull City have entrustedLeonid Slutsky with the job of getting them promoted back up into the Premier League at the first attempt.

The former CSKA Moscow and Russia coach has been officially sworn in at the KCOM Stadium today on a three-year contract, thus becoming the very first Russian coach to take charge of an English club.

Reports: Hull City Keen To Appoint CSKA Stalwart Leonid Slutsky As New Manager

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Hull City are reportedly close to appointing former CSKA Moscow coach Leonid Slutsky as their new manager.

After losing previous incumbent Marco Silva to Watford a week or so ago, Hull's owners, the Allams, met with Slutsky recently to discuss the Russian stepping into the breach.

Former Russia and CSKA Moscow coach Leonid Slutsky is set to become Hull City's new manager.


10 Footballers/Managers Who Lost Their Job Via Text Message Or Email

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The cynical, impersonal inner machinations of modern football rear their ugly head once again – human beings being bought, sold and paraded like prize cattle, mere commodities in a world gone cold.

With news of Diego Costa being informed his time at Chelsea is at an end via the medium of a text message from his manager, here's several more footballing folk who have suffered a similar fate over the past few years.

Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp Tries His Hand At Aboriginal Dancing In Sydney (Photo & Video)

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After beating Sydney FC 3-0 in a post-season friendly on Wednesday, the Liverpool entourage spent the following day hanging around the city and taking in a few of the sights before jetting off to Hong Kong.

Ever the eager beaver, bossJurgen Klopp got himself involved with some of the activities on offer, which included a spot of Aboriginal dancing (and didgeridoo honking) in the sun.

2. Bundesliga: Arminia Bielefeld Coach Gives Immense Team-Talk Before Watching His Side Haul Themselves Out Of Relegation Zone (Video)

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Entrenched down in the 2. Bundesliga relegation zone going into their penultimate fixture of the season, Arminia Bielefeld faced the daunting proposition of having to take points of third-placed Eintracht Braunschweig on Sunday to keep their survival hopes alive.

However, it transpired that they had a secret weapon ready to deployin times of crisis, and that weapon was assistant coach Carsten Rump.

Tottenham Hotspur

‘What A Story!’ – Benoit Assou-Ekotto Refutes Harry Redknapp’s Claim That He Is Intent On Becoming A Pornstar

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Unfortunately for all concerned, Benoit Assou-Ekotto has moved to address recent speculation that he's intent on giving up professional football in favour of becoming a pornstar.

The spurious reports stem from a quote given in jest by Harry Redknapp, who claimed his attempt tosign Assou-Ekotto for Birmingham City was hindered by the fact that the former Tottenham left-back was "more interested" in making the move into adult entertainment.

Tottenham: Flawless Streak Sees Mauricio Pochettino Named ‘Premier League Manager Of The Month’ For April (Photo)

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A spotless record over the course of the month has seen Mauricio Pochettino named Barclay's Premier League Manager of the Month for April.

Tottenham racked up six successive winsin 29 days, scoring 16 goals and conceding just once, before seeing their mini-streak halted by a 1-0 defeat against West Ham in the first league fixture of May.

Crystal Palace

Official: Watford Appoint Marco Silva As New Head Coach On Two-Year Deal

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Watford have appointed Marco Silva as their new head coach, thus replacing Walter Mazzarri in the hot seat.

The Portuguese, who formally left his post at Hull City on Friday afternoon, has signed a two-year deal to take over at Vicarage Road.

OFFICIAL: #watfordfc is delighted to confirm the appointment of Marco Silva as Head Coach.

Marco Silva Triggers Hull City Break Clause ‘With Immediate Effect’ As Crystal Palace Continue To Pitch Woo

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Not that it was ever going to pan out any differently, but Marco Silva has today official resigned his post at Hull City.

The Portuguese coach spent 139 days in charge at the KCOM Stadium, taking a lost cause and hauling them up off the bottom of the tableonly to eventually come up short in the struggle to stave off relegation.

Reports: Sam Allardyce Quits As Crystal Palace Manager Five Months Into The Job After ‘Ending On A High’

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Sam Allardyce has reportedly quit as Crystal Palace manager just fivemonths into the job at Selhurst Park.

While nothing has been confirmed by the club, the Telegraphreckon that the decision has already been made and an official statement is now forthcoming.

Corpulent Samuel took over the Eagles in December with the team languishing in 17th.

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Serie A: Crotone Manager Keeps Promise To Cycle Entire Length Of Italy After Team Avoid Relegation (Photo)

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Back in May, it looked like the writing was scrawled large on the wall for FC Crotone, with their debut season in Serie A looking all but certain to end in relegation.

So certain was coach Davide Nicola that his side would be jettisoned back to the second tie that he vowed to cycle the entire length of Italy if they managed to stay up.

Official: Middlesbrough Appoint Ex-Leeds Boss Garry Monk As New Manager

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Garry Monk has been named the new Middlesbrough manager and is set to be unveiled by the club on Monday.

Middlesbrough FC are delighted to confirm the appointment of Garry Monk as our new manager.

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Official: David Moyes Resigns As Sunderland Manager, Agrees To Leave Without Compensation

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Sunderland have confirmed that David Moyes has resigned as manager after finishing rock bottom of the Premier League this season.

The clubstatedMoyes advised them of his decision ata meeting with chairman Ellis Short in London on Monday morning.

David Moyes has resigned from his position as manager of #SAFC

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Official: Walter Mazzarri To Leave Watford At The End Of The Season

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Watford have confirmed this afternoon that they will not be retaining the services of manager Walter Mazzarri past the end of the current season.

Following a meetingbetween the two parties on Wednesday morning, Hornets chairman Scott Duxbury issued the briefest of statements to announce the upshot:

After the board discussed with Walter Mazzarri the club's future goals and aspirations, it was decided he will be stepping down from his position as the club's Head Coach after the final game of the 2016/17 season.

Ultimatum: Everton Boss Ronald Koeman Gives Ross Barkley One Week To Sign New Contract

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Everton boss Ronald Koeman has issued a one-week ultimatum to Ross Barkley as the midfielder continues to deliberate over signing a new contract with the club.

Barkley has had a lot to endure from a personal standpoint in recentweeks, and has also found himself chopped and changed in and out of the first-team.

‘I Put Him In A Head-Lock’ – Eintracht Frankfurt Coach Robert Kovac Chases Down Man Who Mugged 72-Year-Old Pensioner

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Eintracht Frankfurt coach Robert Kovac is being heralded as a hero after chasing down and apprehending a ne'er-do-well who mugged an elderly man outside a bank.

According to the Kicker, Kovac witnessed the thief steal money from a 72-year-old man as he left the savings bank and then proceeded to chase down the criminal.