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Football: Wolfsburg turn to Labbadia in relegation fight

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Berlin (AFP) – Wolfsburg on Tuesday appointed Bruno Labbadia as their new head coach in their fight to avoid relegation from the Bundesliga.

The 52-year-old Labbadia has stepped in after Martin Schmidt resigned from the 2015 German Cup winners on Monday after just five months in the job.

Football: Wolfsburg turn to Labbadia in relegation fight

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Berlin (AFP) – Wolfsburg on Tuesday appointed Bruno Labbadia as their new head coach in their fight to avoid relegation from the Bundesliga.

The 52-year-old Labbadia has stepped in after Martin Schmidt resigned from the 2015 German Cup winners on Monday after just five months in the job.

Rowett signs new contract to dash Stoke’s hopes

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London (AFP) – Highly-regarded English manager Gary Rowett ended relegation-threatened Premier League club Stoke City’s hopes of him taking over when he signed a new contract with second tier Derby County on Tuesday.

The 43-year-old’s stock has risen in his stewardship of two Championship sides, firstly with Birmingham City and then Derby.

Rowett signs new contract to dash Stoke’s hopes

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London (AFP) – Highly-regarded English manager Gary Rowett ended relegation-threatened Premier League club Stoke City’s hopes of him taking over when he signed a new contract with second tier Derby County on Tuesday.

The 43-year-old’s stock has risen in his stewardship of two Championship sides, firstly with Birmingham City and then Derby.

Arsenal held by improving West Ham

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London (AFP) – Arsenal lost ground on their rivals for a Premier League top-four place after a 0-0 draw at London Stadium on Wednesday that left West Ham United stuck in the relegation places.

The Gunners bossed possession but created few clear chances and are now seventh in the table, still below Burnley and now behind Tottenham Hotspur, having dropped seven points from their last three games.

Arsenal held by improving West Ham

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London (AFP) – Arsenal lost ground on their rivals for a Premier League top-four place after a 0-0 draw at London Stadium on Wednesday that left West Ham United stuck in the relegation places.

The Gunners bossed possession but created few clear chances and are now seventh in the table, still below Burnley and now behind Tottenham Hotspur, having dropped seven points from their last three games.

Bastia double relegation appeal rejected

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Bastia (France) (AFP) – Bastia failed in their appeal against their demotion to the French third division on Wednesday, having been relegated a second time on financial grounds after finishing bottom of Ligue 1.

“The club is going to immediately appeal this decision to the CNOSF (French Olympic Committee),” Bastia said in a brief statement on the club’s website.

Bastia double relegation appeal rejected

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Bastia (France) (AFP) – Bastia failed in their appeal against their demotion to the French third division on Wednesday, having been relegated a second time on financial grounds after finishing bottom of Ligue 1.

“The club is going to immediately appeal this decision to the CNOSF (French Olympic Committee),” Bastia said in a brief statement on the club’s website.

Bernat nets as Bayern relegate Darmstadt

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Berlin (AFP) – Spain defender Juan Bernat netted the only goal of the game as champions Bayern Munich beat Darmstadt 1-0 on Saturday, a result that confirmed their opponents’ relegation.

Bayern, Bundesliga champions for the fifth year in a row, were made to work for victory at the Allianz Arena and Torsten Frings’ Darmstadt might have snatched a point, but Hamit Altintop’s late penalty was saved.

Hull claim spoils in relegation shoot-out

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Kingston upon Hull (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Hull climbed out of the bottom three of the Premier League for the first time since October and pushed Middlesbrough closer to relegation with a vital 4-2 home win on Wednesday.

Marco Silva’s side trailed to Alvaro Negredo’s opener, but Lazar Markovic equalised before Oumar Niasse and Abel Hernandez put Hull in control at the KCOM Stadium.

Hull claim spoils in relegation shoot-out

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Kingston upon Hull (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Hull climbed out of the bottom three of the Premier League for the first time since October and pushed Middlesbrough closer to relegation with a vital 4-2 home win on Wednesday.

Marco Silva’s side trailed to Alvaro Negredo’s opener, but Lazar Markovic equalised before Oumar Niasse and Abel Hernandez put Hull in control at the KCOM Stadium.

Shakespeare warns Leicester to beware sting in tale

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Craig Shakespeare refused to declare Leicester’s survival battle won despite leading his team into the top half of the Premier League table.

Shakespeare’s team moved to 10th place after a 2-0 victory against Sunderland on Tuesday that left beleaguered Black Cats boss David Moyes looking doomed to relegation.

Allardyce’s Crystal Palace edge Middlesbrough in relegation scrap

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London (AFP) – Former England boss Sam Allardyce oversaw just his second Premier League win in nine games as Crystal Palace edged relegation rivals Middlesbrough 1-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Injury ravaged Palace started the day level bottom with Sunderland on 19 points, but climbed clear of the drop zone by leapfrogging Hull, Leicester and Boro as they snapped a five home-game losing streak.

Allardyce’s Crystal Palace edge Middlesbrough in relegation scrap

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London (AFP) – Former England boss Sam Allardyce oversaw just his second Premier League win in nine games as Crystal Palace edged relegation rivals Middlesbrough 1-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Injury ravaged Palace started the day level bottom with Sunderland on 19 points, but climbed clear of the drop zone by leapfrogging Hull, Leicester and Boro as they snapped a five home-game losing streak.

Ranieri pays the price as Leicester fairytale turns sour

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London (AFP) – The anguished tone in Kasper Schmeichel’s voice told the story of the turmoil gripping Leicester as the Premier League champions slumped into a relegation crisis that triggered Claudio Ranieri’s brutal sacking on Thursday.

“We’re the reigning champions and quite frankly it’s been terrible.

Ranieri hopes Cup success revives Leicester

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Claudio Ranieri hopes Leicester’s FA Cup victory against Derby can provide a springboard to ease the spluttering champions’ relegation fears.

Ranieri’s side got a welcome boost as they moved into the last 16 of the FA Cup with a 3-1 win in a fourth round replay at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday.

Saviour Galca released by Espanyol

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Madrid (AFP) Espanyol escaped relegation from La Liga this season but have decided against prolonging the contract of Constantin Galca, the interim coach that saved them, the Spanish club said on Friday.

Galca took over from Sergio Gonzalez last December with the club mired in a relegation struggle, and eventually lifted them to a 13th place finish, five points above relegation.

Saviour Galca released by Espanyol

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Madrid (AFP) Espanyol escaped relegation from La Liga this season but have decided against prolonging the contract of Constantin Galca, the interim coach that saved them, the Spanish club said on Friday.

Galca took over from Sergio Gonzalez last December with the club mired in a relegation struggle, and eventually lifted them to a 13th place finish, five points above relegation.

Ashley vows to make amends for Newcastle’s relegation

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London (AFP) Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has written an open letter to his relegated club's supporters in which he promises to restore them to the Premier League at the first attempt.

The Magpies were condemned to the Championship on Wednesday for the second time in Ashley's tenure after a dismal season on Tyneside.

Ashley vows to make amends for Newcastle’s relegation

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London (AFP) Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has written an open letter to his relegated club's supporters in which he promises to restore them to the Premier League at the first attempt.

The Magpies were condemned to the Championship on Wednesday for the second time in Ashley's tenure after a dismal season on Tyneside.

Sunderland

Following firing of manager Simon Grayson, Lynden Gooch faces uncertainty at Sunderland

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The English soccer system is notoriously cruel for up-and-comers, especially when it comes to the lower leagues. The threat of relegation, the constant turnover and the consistent pressure on short-leashed managers often leads to very short-term thoughts at the expense of nurturing some of the system's brighter talents.

Down to the Wire.

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The Hammers cowardly capitulation at the hands of Liverpool has put a slight dampener on tonight's challenge, but as Micky rightly points out, the Fat Lady has yet to sing.

I have never experienced the depression of relegation with Arsenal, neither have you. We have no idea what it must be like to feel like Sunderland fans and probably never will, for that we must be thankful.

‘Yes, I’ll Be In Charge Next Season’ – Sunderland Fans Rejoice As David Moyes Vows To Honour Contract

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Smashingnews for fans of miserable football being played by miserable people, David Moyeshas all but guaranteedthat he'll be staying on at Sunderland next season.

The Black Catshad their relegation to the Championship confirmed last weekendcourtesy of a dour 1-0 home defeat against Bournemouth, but Moyes insists he retains the backing of owner Ellis Short.

English Premier League

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.

Middlesbrough and Sunderland in the Championship

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Tuesday's soccer news starts with Middlesbrough's relegation. A 3-0 loss to Chelsea made their drop to the Championship official with two games left to play. That fills two of the three relegation spots in this season's Premier League, with 18th-place Hull City still battling to stay up at the expense of 17th-place Swansea, 16th-place Crystal Palace, or an unlikely scenario involving the 14th or 15th-place teams.

Newcastle ‘devastated’ at relegation, apologise to fans

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London (AFP) Newcastle United's managing director issued an apology to fans after relegation from the Premier League, saying the club were "devastated" and "truly sorry".

Bitter north-east neighbours Sunderland's 3-0 win at home to Everton on Wednesday was enough to put Newcastle in the Championship as they were consigned to the dreaded drop alongside Norwich City and Aston Villa.

Newcastle ‘devastated’ at relegation, apologise to fans

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London (AFP) Newcastle United's managing director issued an apology to fans after relegation from the Premier League, saying the club were "devastated" and "truly sorry".

Bitter north-east neighbours Sunderland's 3-0 win at home to Everton on Wednesday was enough to put Newcastle in the Championship as they were consigned to the dreaded drop alongside Norwich City and Aston Villa.

NBCSN’s new video celebrates the drama of relegation [VIDEO]

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Relegation is not for the faint of heart. It can be a cruel mistress. But, for the neutral, it's a fascinating part of the world's most beautiful sport that adds so much suspense in the final weeks of a season.

Not surprisingly, NBC Sports Group has latched on to the interest in the race to avoid relegation by releasing a brand-new commercial to promote its coverage.

NBCSN’s new video celebrates the drama of relegation [VIDEO]

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Relegation is not for the faint of heart. It can be a cruel mistress. But, for the neutral, it's a fascinating part of the world's most beautiful sport that adds so much suspense in the final weeks of a season.

Not surprisingly, NBC Sports Group has latched on to the interest in the race to avoid relegation by releasing a brand-new commercial to promote its coverage.

Videos

Tea Leaf: Hamburg Fan Steals Entire Goalpost After Watching Team Escape Relegation Zone On Final Day (Photo & Video)

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An 88th-minute winner fromLuca Waldschmidt was enough to keep Hamburg out of the relegation pictureon the final day of the Bundesliga season.

The club have never been jettisonedfrom Germany's top tier, though they've comeperilously close in recent years, twice having to win the relegation play-off game (in 2013/14 and 2014/15) to stay up by the skins of their collective teeth.

Retro Football: Alan Ball Drops Monumental Clanger That Sees Man City Relegated From Top Flight, 1996 (Video)

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'Twas on this day in 1996 that Man City manager Alan Ball suffered a fateful instance ofnominative determinism by dropping a bollock so dense and decisive that it ultimately saw his side jettisonedfrom what was then known as the Premiership.

Having left Southampton in slightly acrimonious circumstances to take over at City the summer previous, cruel fate subsequently ensured that Ball found himself vying against his old team as the 1995/96 relegation battle went down to the wire.

Let’s Hear It For… Hull City Coach Marco Silva!

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Hull City were rock bottom of the league when little known, little fancied Marco Silva (forren) replaced Mike Phelan (British) at the beginning of January.

All the usual apprehensionwas expressed over the 39-year-old Portuguese coach'sappointment his tender years, his supposedly iffygrasp of English, his relatively limited prior experience, and of chief concern for Paul Merson and his ilk the fact that if we've never heard of 'im, how could 'epossibly know the league, Jeff?

The Rest

Some Soccer News for Jan 30, 2018

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It's Day 30 of 2018.


AMERICANS ABROAD

Steve Cherundolo has been hired as an assistant coach at Stuttgart by new head coach Tayfun Korkut. They are currently in 14th place and 3 points above relegation in the Bundesliga.

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LOS LOONS

The players have to be happy about being in Florida and training on actual grass.

How Newcastle’s Record Compares With Relegation Season Two Years Ago

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After doing do well in the first 9 games of the season, Newcastle are in free fall right now and our record is slightly worse than it was two years ago after [...]

Persiba Fall Short And Face The Drop

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Persiba's brave bid to avoid relegation ended in tears as they were cruelly defeated 4-3 at home by Madura United on Sunday when two late goals from the visitors guaranteed them the points and the home side the drop.
The Honey Bears battling qualities were never in doubt right till the end. Against Madura United they had some from 1-0 down to lead 3-2 with 12 minutes remaining.

‘It’s The Worst Moment Of My Life’ – Ben Gibson, Middlesbrough’s Homegrown Captain, Takes Relegation Extremely Hard

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While it hardly came as a turn up for the books, Middlesbrough were relegated from the Premier League after getting themselves steam-rollered by Chelsea on Monday night.

The result, coupled with a season of lamentably insipid displays, appears to have taken it's toll on Boro's homegrown captain, 24-year-old defender Ben Gibson, who was understandably beside himself by the end of the evening at Stamford Bridge.

Which midfield pair will Arsenal start against Hull?

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You might think that Arsenal should be thinking about all out attack for the home match against| Hull City in the Premier League tomorrow. Even though the relegation threatened club have been on the up recently and have won games against both Liverpool and Man United in the last few weeks, their success has been [.

Potential Sounders targets on European relegation chopping block

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This weekend marks the grand finale for several top leagues across Europe wherein championships are crowned, and basement dwellers are relegated to a lower division.

Happy MLS Transfer Deadline Day! Or, MLSTDD! And how better to celebrate such an exciting occasion than by pointing out the misfortune of the few, the sad, the relegated!

Chelsea Manager continues to focus on the possibility of relegation this season than the mistakes he has made.

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I am getting increasingly frustrated and becoming bored of Guus Hiddink and his press conferences ahead of our games now. The reason I say that is because he continues to harp on about how he saved our season and guided us away from relegation rather than focus on the mistakes he has made in the biggest games of our season.

‘It Lies At My Feet And Nobody Elses’ – Aston Villa Owner Randy Lerner Issues Statement Taking Full Responsibility For Relegation

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Aston Villa's much-loved owner Randy Lerner has issued a statement to the fans today in which he takes full responsibility for the club being relegated from the Premier League in such dismal fashion.

Posted on the official Villa website and titled 'Note to Supporters', Lerner's statement reads thus:

A nagging sense of inevitability set in against Leicester City despite the late lead we enjoyed.