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Pep Guardiola

Man City: Flawless Month Sees Pep Guardiola Named Premier League Manager Of The Month For September (Photos)

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Pep Guardiola has been named Premier League 'Manager of the Month' for September after steering Man City through a flawless month.

Indeed, City won all four of their September league fixtures, beating Liverpool, Watford, Crystal Palace and Chelsea, scoring 17 goals without conceding once at the other end.

Real Madrid dominance proves Zidane is the man

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After retiring from an illustrious playing career, one which is still overshadowed by his ‘head over heart’ moment in the World Cup, Zinedine Zidane completed his coaching badges in France and went to visit coaches such as Marcelo Bielsa and Pep Guardiola. These visits reinforced his desire to step into the coaching side of things.

Scottish football

Official: Gordon Strachan Leaves Role As Scotland Manager After Missing Out On Two Major Tournaments In Succession

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Not that there was ever much doubt, but Gordon Strachan has today left his post as Scotland manager with immediate effect after failing to qualify for his second major tournament in succession.

A 2-2 draw in their final qualifier against Slovenia last week was enough to see the Scots fall short of reaching Russia 2018 on goal difference, with Strachan left to rue his side's genetic deficiencies in the aftermath.

‘Physically, We Have A Problem’ – Gordon Strachan Left Blaming Genetics As Scotland Fail To Qualify For Yet Another World Cup

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Scotland were left to rue lapses earlier in their qualifying campaign as a 2-2 draw against Slovenia in their final outing saw them miss out on Russia 2018 by the narrowest of margins.

A victory in Ljublana would have seen the Scotsenter into the play-offs as one of the eight best second-placed teams, but Slovakia's 3-0 win over Malta elsewhere saw them edged down into third place (and out of the running) on goal difference.

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.

Bundesliga

Canine Intervention: Jupp Heynckes, 72, Reveals He Returned To Bayern Munich Because His Dog Told Him To…

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After previously bowing out with a treble in 2013, Jupp Heynckes has once again been coaxed back for a fourth tour of duty at Bayern Munich.

Speaking after saying his last round of farewells at Bayern five years ago, the veteran coach seemed fairly definite about wanting to get out of the managerial racket:

I will never say 'never', but I can assure you that I have no intention of coaching again.

‘My Son Has Better Training At His Youth Team’ – Arjen Robben Not Fully Complimentary In Assessment Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich Tenure

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About a week after pointedly refusing to defend his manager in the aftermath Bayern Munich's 3-0 humiliation against PSG in the Champions League, Arjen Robben has offered a scathing micro-assessment of Carlo Ancelotti's freshly-terminated tenure at the Bavarian side.

Official: Bayern Munich Sack Carlo Ancelotti After Slumping To Worst Champions League Group Stage Defeat In 21 Years

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It's being reported this afternoon with a certain degree of certitude that Bayern Munich have sacked manager Carlo Ancelotti.

That should raise a few eyebrows in Bavaria.

Anyway, BILD (among many other well-placed sources) have confirmed that Ancelotti has left his post in the wake of Bayern's abject defeat against PSG in the Champions League on Wednesday night the club's heaviest defeat in a group stage fixture for 21 years.

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.

Manchester United

Man Utd Boss Jose Mourinho Has Street Named After Him In Hometown Of Setubal, Portugal (Photo)

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Granted a fortnight of freedom by the ongoing international lull, Jose Mourinho returned home to Portugal to receive a special honour on Tuesday.

In gratitude for his services to football, the Manchester United manager now has a street named after him in his hometown of Setubal.

‘I Don’t Like Flicks And Tricks’ – Jose Mourinho Admonishes Man Utd For Complacent ‘Playstation Football’ In Win Over Basel

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Ever the pessimist, Jose Mourinho still found something to moan about after watching his Manchester United side cruise to a straightforward 3-0 victory over Basel on their return to the Champions League group stage on Tuesday evening.

You'd think the only blot on the copybook would be losing Paul Pogba to injury in the early stages of the match but no, after the final whistle Mourinho was left griping about the precise manner in which his team sauntered to a comprehensive win.

Transfer window changes to benefit Manchester United?

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After the English summer transfer window had reached it’s end and the absolute drudge of an International break had gone, football fans up and down the country could get back to watching the crème de la crème of English football.

But one more transfer related twist was still to come. At around 3 o’clock this afternoon, news broke that Premier League teams had voted for the closure of the summer transfer window before the season’s opening fixture.

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.

‘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.

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‘At Some Stage, He Needs To Go To The Next Level’ – Arsenal Legend Ian Wright Backs Burnley Boss Sean Dyche To Take Over From Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal hero Ian Wright has suggested that Sean Dyche should be considered a prime candidate to take over from Arsene Wenger as and when the wiry Frenchman vacates his post at the Emirates.

Discussing Dyche's merits after Sunday's 1-0 win over Everton elevated the Clarets to sixth in the table, Wright was asked if he'd be happy to see the Swarfega-gargling copper-top given a chance to manage his beloved Arsenal in the future.

‘He Has My Total Support’ – Everton Majority Shareholder Gives Ronald Koeman What Sounds Suspiciously Like Dreaded Vote Of Confidence

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Everton's majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has spoken out in support of manager Ronald Koeman after a less-than-stellar run of results has left the Dutchman's expensively-assembled side just two rungs above the relegation zone.

The Toffees laboured to a 1-0 home defeat against Burnley on Sunday afternoon, their fourth defeat in seven league games so far this season.

League One: Clarence Seedorf Interviewed As Candidate For Oldham Athletic Managerial Vacancy

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This is not a drill. REPEAT: This is not a drill. Clarence Seedorf is close to being appointed as the new manager of Oldham Athletic.

According to the Daily Mirror, the Dutchman was interviewed by Latics chairman Simon Corney on Thursday before being given a special VIP tour of the fitness facilities at Boundary Park.

Official: Crystal Palace Appoint Roy Hodgson As New Manager On Two-Year Deal (Photo)

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Amid all the Champions League hubbub, Crystal Palace chose Tuesday night to officially appoint Roy Hodgson as their new manager.

The 70-year-old replaces Frank de Boer, who was sacked just four matches into his tenure and becoming the first ever manager in Premier League history to lose his job without seeing his side score a single goal.

Play-Loving Football Idiots: Chester FC Inundated With ‘Football Manager’ CVs After Advertising Manager Vacancy On Twitter

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With the club currently squatting down at the bottom of the National League, Chester FC parted company with managerJon McCarthy on Wednesday following a disappointing 2-0 defeat against fellow stragglersSolihull Moors the night before.

The Blues then installed Tom Shaw as caretaker manager while they began the hunt for a new first-team coach.

‘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.

Videos

‘After 17 Years, This Is The Next Step’ – Xabi Alonso Announces Intention To Move Into Management

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Having retired from active service at the end of last season, Xabi Alonso has announced that he now intends to move into the world of football management.

The Spanish midfielder bought his impeccable playing career to an end by winning a Bundesliga title at Bayern Munich before sauntering off into the sunset with a suitably poetic requiem: "Lived it, loved it.

Twang: Valencia Coach Marcelino Pulls Hamstring While Celebrating Simeone Zaza’s Winning Goal Against Real Sociedad (Photo & Video)

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Valencia coach Marcelino is set for a spell on the sidelines (although that's where he spends the majority of his time anyway, thinking about it...) after doing himself a mischief while celebrating Simeone Zaza's late winner against Real Sociedad on Sunday evening.

With the scores locked at 2-2, Zaza popped up in the 85th minute to thrash one past Sociedad 'keeper Geronimo Rulli and nab all three points for the away side.

Wipe Out: Rangers’ Josh Windass Floors Own Manager Pedro Caixinha Three Minutes Into Old Firm Derby (Video)

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Rangers slumped to yet another Old Firm defeat as Celtic extended their domestic winning streak into a 58th game.

The Gers got things underway in foreboding fashion when, with less than three minutes on the clock, Josh Windass managed to deck his own manager, Pedro Caixinha, with an accidental sliding tackle.

Retro Football: Brian Clough’s Quartet Of Classic Adverts For Shredded Wheat, 1991/92 (Video)

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As he made a point of telling everybody all the time, Brian Clough really wasn't one to suffer flashy prima donna players gladly.

So it might come as something of a surprise that Cloughie dabbled in a few endorsement shills over the years, including a starring role in this series of adverts for Shredded Wheat from 1991 and 1992.

Official: Steve McClaren To Work Under Jordi Cruyff As ‘Coaching Consultant’ At Maccabi Tel Aviv

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Good news everybody! Steve McClaren is once again being given the opportunity to dispense his coaching wisdom in a professional setting, having joined the staff at Maccabi Tel Aviv.

McClaren had been strongly tipped to take over from Ian Cathro at Hearts, but it would appear he's decided to try his hand on foreign soil once again one of the few English coaches who appear to relish doing so.

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.

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace Almost Lost Their Footing For A Moment There, But Now Everything’s Nice And Predictable Again

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After trying and systematically failing to transform Crystal Palace into a working facsimile of the 1974 Holland side in the space of four matches, Frank de Boer's micro-tenure at Selhurst Park is today officially at an end.

Did he take on too much, too soon in attempting to impress an expansive 3-4-3 formation upon a team long-steeped in the dreary brine of Tony Pulis, Neil Warnock, Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce?

Official: Frank De Boer Sacked As Crystal Palace Manager Just Four Games Into His Football Revolution

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They've done it, they've actually gone and done it. Crystal Palace have sacked Frank de Boer just four league matches into the Dutchman's tenure at Selhurst Park.

With the team winless and goalless so far this season, chairman Steve Parish has given the order to fire the very man he brought in to completely overhaul and revitalise Palace's footballing philosophy.

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.

Arsenal

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.

The Rest

Out Of The Blues: Birmingham Sack Harry Redknapp After Just Five Months In Charge

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After a dismal run of six consecutive defeats, Birmingham City have sacked manager Harry Redknapp.

Redknapp, 70, helped the Blues dodge relegation at the end of last season after taking over with just three games to go.

However, after penning a new one-deal in the summer and signing no less than 14 new players, the former Tottenham and Portsmouth boss oversaw a terrible start to the new season, with his side losing six of their eight games.

Shit Lookalikes: Leonid Slutsky & Dexter Fletcher

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Anybody else see it?

The jowly chops, the baggy eyes; the blank, gone-out expression of a man who has inexplicably found himself living and working in Hull?

Actually, that last one only really applies to Slutsky but you get the picture.

Got a Shit Lookalike for Pies? Ping it over to us at waatpies@gmail.

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).

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.