Impact Stub: Bayern Munich’s New Sporting Director Has Banned Carlo Ancelotti From Smoking On The Job

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Bayern Munich recently appointed Hasan Salihamidzic as their new sporting director and the former Champions League-winning midfielder's first order of business was a decidedly risky one.

In an effort to promote a more wholesome, healthy image, Salihamidzic approached head coach Carlo Ancelotti and asked him to stop smoking on club premises, be that sneaking out for a ciggie during training sessions or enjoying a crafty bifter round the back of the bins at the Allianz Arena on matchdays.

Hoffenheim Coach Julian Nagelsmann Erects Big Screen At Training Ground To Work On Errors In Real Time (Photo)

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Julian Nagelsmann became the youngest coach in Bundesliga history when, aged just 28, he was thrustby Hoffenheim into their senior management role.

The gifted young coach successfully staved off relegation in his first half-season before guiding Hoffenheim to Champions League qualification last season, defying all expectations to finish fourth behind Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund.


Champions League: Alexander-Arnold Scores Excellent Freekick As Liverpool Take Narrow Lead In Play-Off Against Hoffenheim (Photo & Video)

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Liverpool will take a 2-1 aggregate lead into the second leg of their Champions League group stage play-off against Hoffenheim at Anfield next week, thanks largely to a flash of inspiration from teenage right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The 18-year-old, making his debut in European competition, wrapped his foot around a beautiful low freekick to put Jurgen Klopp's side ahead against the run of play in the 35th minute.

Pies Classics: Top 25 Sir Bobby Robson Quotes

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As mentioned previously, today marks the eighth anniversary of the death of the late and indisputably great Sir Bobby Robson.

While a dab hand at the practical side of the game, Sir Bobby also possessed a bewitching way with words, even if he didn't always get them in quite the right order.

Dead Ball Specialist: Sinisa Mihajlovic, 48, Casually Scores Freekicks For Fun During Torino Training Session (Video)

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While there were aspects of his game (and personal beliefs) that were perhaps most politely described as 'dubious', Sinisa Mihajlovic was undeniably a grand player in his pomp.

A viciously tenacious defender, the ex-Sampdoria and Lazio star also boasted a mean line in set-piece dispatchery.

‘We Just Couldn’t Handle Their 37 Forwards’ – Inverness Boss Gives Brilliant Deadpan Interview After Losing Heavily To Team Of 100 Children (Video)

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Just as Dundee did a day or so ago, Inverness Caledonian Thistle kicked off their pre-season itinerary with a novelty fixture against 100 local kids.

Alas, Caley's first XI suffered an embarrassing defeat against the throng of young opponents, conceding an avalanche of goals in a 20-5 drubbing.

Fumata Bianca: Crystal Palace Hint At Frank De Boer Appointment With Inventive ‘Papal Smoke’ Tweet (Video)

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Crystal Palace have hinted at the imminent appointment of a new head coach by utilising some bang on-trend religious imagery.

With Frank de Boer reportedly waiting in the wings, the club took a leaf out of the Vatican City's book alerting the faithful by sending white plumes of smoke into the air above Selhurst Park.

‘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.

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.

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Non-League: Billericay Town Owner Glenn Tamplin Unveils Dressing Room Overhaul, Complete With Tasteful Lion-Themed Mural (Photo)

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Love him or loathe him, Glenn Tamplin is pouring an awful lot of money into Billericay Town as he continues in his quest to spend his way up into the Football League.

As well as hiring a battalion of ex-Premier League players on exorbitant wagesto play against blokes with 9-5 jobs, Tamplin is also in the process of completely redeveloping Billericay's New Lodge stadium, far beyond the demands of a team who currently play in the Bostik Premier League (seventh tier).

‘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.


Pies’ Massive, Bloated, Dangerously Swollen Predictions For The 2017/18 Premier League Season

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It's that time of year again. Time for Pies to wade into the mire with a great big clanging sack full of Premier League predictions for the inbound 2017/18 campaign.

As always, there's no need to go back and check our predictions for 2016/17 as they were all 100% spot-on as per usual.

Premier League winners: Man City.

Dépêche Mode: Arsene Wenger Wears Funky Custom Arsenal Trainers For Bayern Munich Friendly (Photos)

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This very week, Arsene Wenger officially became the longest-serving manager in Premier League history.

As of Monday, Wenger has outlasted the 7,582 days that Sir Alex Ferguson spent in charge of Manchester United in the Top Flight™, though of course the Scot did spent over five years at the United helm before football began in 1992.

Arsenal: Per Mertesacker To Take Over As Academy Manager From Start Of Next Season

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Arsenal have confirmed that Per Mertesacker is to become the new manager of the club's academy come the start of next season.

With his knees beginning to creak and that trademark pace beginning to wane, the veteran centre-halfhas agreed to move into the backroom staff as of 2018/19, by which time he'll be 33.

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.

Manchester United

‘I’d Like To Thank Some Of The Coaches I Worked With At Man Utd’ – Adnan Januzaj, Subtle As You Like

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Six years after joining the club as a 16-year-old, Adnan Januzaj has left Manchester United in the hope of getting his faltering career back on track at Real Sociedad.

The 22-year-old Belgian winger signed for Sociedad in an £8million deal on Wednesday having made just five appearances for United in the past two years, enduring less-than-stellar loan stints at Borussia Dortmund and Sunderland in the mean time.

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.

Crystal Palace

De Boer War: Crystal Palace Get Frank Mixed Up With Ronald While Welcoming Their New Manager (Photo)

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In the rush to announce new signings, managers and other news over social media, football clubs can perhaps be forgiven for getting a few minor details wrong here and there.

However, in the case of Crystal Palace theywent and announced the wrong man entirely for their newly-filled managerial spot.

Official: Crystal Palace Get Frank De Boer On Board As New Head Coach (Photo)

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It's done. Frank de Boer is the new head coach of Crystal Palace and will be, all being well, for the next three years.

The Dutchmanwas sworn in on what Palace called a 'historic day' for the club, being that they also revealed their brand new shirt sponsor a Chinese betting company, you might have guessed.

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.

Leonid Slutsky

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.

The Rest

Official: West Brom Appoint Old Boy Gary Megson As Assistant To Tony Pulis

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Great news for fans who despise passing and prefer all goals to be scored from corner kicks, West Brom have appointed Gary Megson as assistant manager to Tony Pulis.

Megson was first appointed as manager of the Baggies 17 years ago, first skirting clear of a relegation to Division Two and subsequently leading them to their first ever promotion up to the Premier League in 2001/02.

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers Fields His Son In Pre-Season Friendly Against Austrian Side BW Linz

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Many Celtic fans were puzzled to see a new, unfamiliar name on the teamsheet for Wednesday's pre-season friendly against Austrian side BW Linz.

Actually, perhaps 'unfamiliar' isn't an entirely accurate description, as the surname in question was one shared bytheir manager, Brendan Rodgers.

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.

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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‘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.