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Pep Guardiola

Man City: Pep Guardiola Named Premier League ‘Manager Of The Month’ For Record Third Time On The Bounce (Photo)

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After Man City took four victories from four and set a new Premier League record for a single-season winning streak in the process, it probably comes as little surprise to learn that Pep Guardiola has been named Manager of the Month for November.

Guardiola's team beat Arsenal, Leicester, Huddersfield and Southampton to maintain their flawless run throughout the month, with their manager duly picking up his third consecutive Manager of the Month award on the back of it the first ever Premier League coach to do so.

Carabao Cup: Pep Guardiola Blames ‘Unacceptable’ Mitre Matchball For Man City’s Failure To Break Down Wolves In 120 Minutes

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Pep Guardiola was full of excuses after Wolves became the first team to prevent Man City from scoring inside 90 minutes since April.

Since then, Guardiola's side have scored 57 goals in 17 matches but it still took 120 minutes and a penalty shootout for them to squeeze past their Championship opponents and into the fifth round of the Carabao Cup.

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Retro Football: Young Nigel Clough Laughs At His Dad’s Brighton Team Losing 8-2 Against Bristol Rovers On ‘The Big Match’, 1973 (Video)

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As he was prone to do throughout his career, Brian Clough caused a ruckus in November of 1973 when he fell out without absolutely everybody, resigned from his post after six good years with league champions Derby County and subsequently took over at Brighton & Hove Albion down in the Third Division just six weeks later.

Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp Gets Narky With Interviewer After Wayne Rooney Penalty Earns Everton Share Of Points (Video)

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A wintry Anfield hosted a somewhat disappointing Merseyside derby on Sunday, with the game ending in a 1-1 draw after Mohamed Salah's first-half goal was cancelled out by a contentious Wayne Rooney penalty.

That decision to punish Dejan Lovren for a push on Dominic Calvert-Lewin on the box irked Reds' boss Jurgen Klopp, who lost his cool with a Sky interview after the game.

Champions League: Shakhtar Donetsk Coach Keeps Promise To Dress Up As Zorro After Reaching Knockout Phase (Photo & Video)

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Shakhtar Donetsk registered an impressive win over Man City in their final Group F fixture to slip into the knockout phase as runners-up to Pep Guardiola's side.

The Ukrainians beat a depleted City side 2-1 in Kharkiv to secure themselves a spot in the next round, leaving head coach Paulo Fonseca with a wager to uphold.

‘I’ve Had A Few Cans, I Just Fancy A Chat’ – Tipsy Sunderland Fan Rings Radio Phone-In For Pleasant Natter With Chris Coleman (Video)

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Two games into his tenure as Sunderland manager, Chris Coleman appeared on BBC Newcastle's Total Sport radio phone-in on Thursday night to discuss his start to life at the Stadium of Light.

However, Coleman had the limelight stolen when a Sunderland fan by the name of Steve rang in for nothing more than a chat with the new Black Cats boss.

Everton: David Unsworth Receives Standing Ovation At Goodison Park After Final Match As Caretaker Manager (Video)

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It hasn't exactly been plain sailing, but David Unsworth brought his stint as Everton caretaker manager to a close with a rousing win over West Ham on Wednesday evening.

With Sam Allardyce watching on, Unsworth's side shook off a couple of dreadful results against Atalanta and Southampton as a Wayne Rooney hat-trick provided the catalyst in an redemptive 4-0 victory against the Hammers.

‘I Should Have Sacked Ventura At Half-Time!’ – Italian FA President Carlo Tavecchio Announces Resignation, Goes Out With Bang (Video)

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As the fallout from Italy's failure to reach a World Cup finals for the first time in nigh-on 60 years continues to churn, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) have announced that they are now looking for a new president, as well as a new national team coach.

While he initially refused to budge, manager Giampietro Ventura resigned a few days after the Azzurri saw their final shot at earning a place in Russia go up in smoke with a two-leg defeat against Sweden in their World Cup play-off.

Retro Football: Sir Matt Busby Discusses Brian Clough And George Best, Among Other Things, On Parkinson, 1973 (Video)

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Plucked from the BBC Archives, here's a snippet of Sir Matt Busby's appearance on the Parkinson chat show in 1973.

Busby had retired as Manchester United manager and from football management altogether some four years prior, admitting in his chat with Parky that he'd begun to fall out of love with the game as the vim and vigour of the 1960s gave way to the muddy clod-hopping of the 1970s.

Manchester United

Manchester Derby: Daily Mail Produce Stunning Play-By-Play Infographic Of Old Trafford Tunnel Skirmish (Photo)

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Two days on and details of the wee bout of fisticuffs that followed Sunday's Manchester derby at Old Trafford are still filtering through as the finger of blame continues to be wafted around willy-nilly.

The skirmish was allegedly sparked when Jose Mourinho went wading into the Man City dressing to reprimand goalkeeper Ederson about having the gall to celebrate his side's victory.

‘I Have A Feeling’ – Man Utd Boss Jose Mourinho Hints Zlatan Ibrahimovic Could Be Back In His Pack Before End Of Year

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It sounds like Zlatan Ibrahimovic might be back among the Manchester United fold sooner rather than later despite suffering an cruciate injury that may well have ended the career of lesser 35-year-old's just six short months ago.

Ibrahimovic signed a short-term deal in September that will see him rejoin United as and when he returns from injury and the Swede was even included in Jose Mourinho's 25-man Champions League squad in expectation.

Arsenal

Europa League Last 32 Draw: Arsenal Pitted Against Ostersunds, The Only Team Left In Europe With An English Coach

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The draw for the first knockout phase of the Europa League has also taken place at UEFA headquarters in Nyon today, with Giorgio Marchetti and Eric Abidal doing the honours.

There are a few interesting fixtures amid the dross, with Arsenal pitted against the only English coach left on the European stage this season (after David Unsworth and Everton bowed out): Ostersunds of Sweden, managed by Graham Potter.

‘Arsenal Need To Drop Their Two Best Players’ – Charlie Nicholas Hatches Infallible Plan To Beat Tottenham By Binning Off Ozil And ‘Sulky’ Sanchez

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After finishing beneath Tottenham for the first time in Arsene Wenger's 21-year reign last season, many Arsenal fans are a little angst-ridden heading into the first North London derby of the season this Saturday.

Thankfully, ex-Gunner and noted tactical shaman Charlie Nicholas has spent all of two minutes concocting a foolproof dossier for Wenger to help quash Mauricio Pochettino's side at the Emirates.

Heckles, Loud Boos And Slow Hand-Claps: Arsenal’s Annual Shareholders Meeting Once Again Lives Up To Expectations…

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As if it wasn't already eagerly marked in your diary, today saw the Arsenal annual general meeting take place at the Emirates, giving around 200 fans and shareholders the opportunity to voice their concerns and grievances directly to the club's board.

Things got off to a suitably rocky start whenSir Chips Keswick and Stan Kroenke Jr were both re-elected to the board despite the majority of fans loathing the pair of them.

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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.

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Chinese Super League: Andres Villas-Boas Quits As Shanghai SIPG Coach To Take Part In 2018 Dakar Rally

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After securing a second place finish in the Chinese Super League this season, Andre Villas-Boas has reportedly quit as head coach of Shanghai SIPG.

However, the former Chelsea and Tottenham boss will not be looking to take the reigns at another football club, at least not for the foreseeable future.

Use Your Delusion: Tim Sherwood Accepts Own Plaudits For Leaving ‘Steady Ship’ Behind For Mauricio Pochettino To Build On At Tottenham

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Tim Sherwood has been at it again, flagrantly accepting self-administered plaudits for providing the sturdy framework on which Mauricio Pochettino has built his Tottenham team, launching the careers of several stars therein and *that* sodding win rate.

Having been originally hired by Harry Redknapp, Sherwood had already been on the Spurs' coaching staff for five years when he stepped into Andres Villas-Boas' breach in December 2013 on caretaker terms.

Transfers & Rumours

Reports: Alan Pardew To Be Appointed New West Brom Manager At Some Point Today

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West Brom have identified the man they want to haul them back up into the safe confines of mid-table, and that man is Alan Pardew.

According to just about every prominent source, Pardew is set to be appointed as the Baggies new manager at some point on Wednesday, meaning he'll take charge of his first game against Crystal Palace this coming Saturday.

Reports: Leicester City Approached Claudio Ranieri To Return As Manager Eight Months After Sacking Him

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Reports are emanating in the Italian press that after dismissing Craig Shakespeare earlier this month, Leicester City went cap in hand back to Claudio Ranieri and asked him if he'd like to manage them again, eight months after sacking him nine months after winning the Premier League title.

Harry Redknapp Claims He Has No Idea Why QPR Are Being ‘Picked On’ After Club Land Record £40m Fine For FFP Breaches

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As you may have heard, QPR are currently being taken through the ringer to the tune of around £40million after being found guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

The club were accused of spending way, way beyond their permitted limit in their attempts to secure promotion to the Premier League, which they duly did at the end of the 2013/14 season, before manipulating their accounts to make it appear otherwise.

Eduardo Berizzo

Champions League: Sevilla Confirm Players Were Made Aware Of Eduardo Berizzo’s Cancer Diagnosis ‘Few Days’ Before Liverpool Match, Not At Half-Time

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Sevilla have confirmed that their players were told of coach Eduardo Berizzo's prostate cancer diagnosis "a few days" before last night's Champions League tie against Liverpool not at half-time, as was widely reported in the wake of the match.

Reports emanating in the Spanish press claimed that having gone in 3-0 down at the break, Berizzo informed the Sevilla team of his illness during the interval, only to watch them battle their way back to a heroic 3-3 draw at theRamon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Champions League: Sevilla Coach Eduardo Berizzo Revealed Prostate Cancer Diagnosis To Players At Half-Time Of 3-3 Draw Against Liverpool

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Whether it was intended as a motivational tool is a matter of debate, but Sevilla coach Eduardo 'Toto' Berizzo reportedly informed his players that he's been diagnosed with prostate cancer diagnosis at half-time in their topsy-turvy 3-3 draw against Liverpool in the Champions League.

International football

Reports: Italy Coach Gian Piero Ventura ‘Refuses To Resign’ Despite Overseeing Calamitous World Cup Failure

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As you may have heard, Italy came up short in their attempts to reach the 2018 World Cup after failing to breach Sweden's defence in the second leg of their play-off at the San Siro on Monday night.

The Azzurri racked up 76% of the possession and mustered 27 shots as they grew increasingly desperate, but still the evening ended with Gianluigi Buffon weeping down the camera like a grieving walrus his magisterial 20-year, 175-cap international career petering out with the most meagre of dull splutters.

‘Of Course, It’d Be Fantastic’ – Harry Redknapp Expresses None-Too-Subtle Interest In Taking Vacant Scotland Job

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Harry Redknapp has casually tossed his cloth barrow boy's cap into the ring by saying that "of course" he'd be interested in becoming the new Scotland manager.

Previous incumbent Gordon Strachan was released back into the wild earlier this month after the Scots fell short in their attempts to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Championship

Championship: Sunderland Sack Simon Grayson Less Than 20 Minutes After End Of 3-3 Draw Against Bolton (Photos & Video)

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Sunderland are once again about to begin the process of hiring a new manager after sacking Simon Grayson less than 20 minutes (17 mins, to be precise) after Tuesday night's 3-3 draw against bottom side Bolton.

Grayson leaves the club without winning a single home game during his largely dismal 18-game stint.

‘I’m A Boring Old Big Nose Fart With Sh*te Football’ – Mick McCarthy Delivers Tour De Force Press Conference After Ipswich Beat Burton Albion

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We're a little late on the uptake here so forgive our tardiness, but somehow we managed to miss Mick McCarthy giving one of the finest press conferences of his career after Ipswich's 2-1 win over Burton Albion at the weekend.

The crux of McCarthy's griping was Bersant Celina, the 21-year-old winger on loan from Man City, who emerged off the bench to score a last-minute winner for the Tractor Boys.

The Rest

Ligue 1: Lille Finally Sack Marcelo Bielsa, Thus Bringing Overdue End To Protracted Dismissal Melodrama

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It's been in the pipeline for several weeks now, but Lille have finally officially parted company with head coach Marcelo Bielsa, thus bringing to a conclusion one of the most torrid, protracted sacking sagas in recent memory.

Bielsa was installed by new Lille owner Gerard Lopez back in May, the Chilean intended to be the beating heart and smoking nostrils of a brand new club ethos, with the impetus on turning Les Dogues into a petri dish for honing effervescent young talent that, in turn, would be eventually sold on at a vast mark-up.

Burnley: Local Pub Promise To Change Name To ‘The Dyche’ If Clarets Go On To Qualify For Europe This Season

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With Burnley riding high in the Premier League after an impressive start to the campaign, the club's fans have started to entertain thoughts of qualifying for European football for the very first time.

The Claretsare currently dangling up in sixth place (and one point off the top five) with 14 games, leading a local pub have taken the opportunity to up the ante by making a wager with manager Sean Dyche.

Official: Tony Pulis Sacked As Manager Of West Brom, Gary Megson Left In Charge Until Further Notice

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West Brom have rung the changes by terminating the contract of manager Tony Pulis as the club teeter just one point above the relegation zone.

Rumours that Pulis might not be long for this world job have been circulating for weeks, with a4-0 home barrelling from Chelsea on Saturday afternoon proving to be the embarrassing result that broke the camel's back.

EFL Trophy: Wycombe Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth, 44, Names Himself In Latest Matchday Squad

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Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth has named himself in the matchday squad for Tuesday night's Checkatrade Trophy tie with Swindon Town.

The decision was made due to the Chairboy's extensive list of injuries, with eight senior players currently ruled out through various knocks and knacks.

Retro Football: Rough, Tough Barcelona Defender Ronald Koeman Dresses Up As Tintin For Magazine Photoshoot, 1993 (Photo)

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Long before he was Everton's latest former manager, Ronald Koeman was a damn fine, imposing centre back with skin pale as milk and hair of the finest spun sunlight.

During his time at Barcelona in the early 1990s, Koeman aquired the nickname 'Tintin' due to the physical similarities he supposedly shared withHergé's courageous cartoon creation of the same name.