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New Swansea manager Steve Cooper: ‘Right time to leave England set-up’

Steve Cooper insists the time was right to move into senior football, despite disappointing England manager Gareth Southgate by accepting the Swansea job. Cooper spent six years at the Football Association and in that time led the Under-17s to the European Championship final and World Cup success, with a line-up featuring the likes of Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden and Callum Hudson-Odoi. The 39-year-old Welshman had previously worked as Liverpool’s academy manager overseeing the development of players such as Raheem Sterling, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn, but admitted he had a burning desire to make the step up from age-grade football. “It’s been a lifelong ambition to be a football manager,” Cooper said after being unveiled as Swansea’s sixth permanent ...

Newcastle United ‘monitoring manager situation at Chelsea’

Newcastle United are said to be keeping close tabs on the managerial situation at Chelsea amid speculation that Rafael Benitez could be approached to take over. Newcastle United are said to be keeping a close eye on developments at Chelsea amid speculation that Rafael Benitez could be approached to become their new manager. The Blues are in the hunt for a new boss following the departure of Maurizio Sarri for Italian giants Juventus over the weekend. Club legend and current Derby County manager Frank Lampard is the firm favourite for the job, although Benitez, who served as interim manager at Stamford Bridge in the 2012-13 season, is also in the frame. The Spaniard’s contract with the Magpies runs out at the end of the month – making him available to Chelsea without compensatio...

Ex-Chelsea assistant Angelo Alessio named as new Kilmarnock manager

The 54-year-old Italian replaces Steve Clarke. Kilmarnock have appointed former Chelsea number two Angelo Alessio as their new manager. The 54-year-old has signed a three-year deal to replace Steve Clarke, who left Killie to take over as Scotland boss. Alessio was Antonio Conte’s assistant at Stamford Bridge and during the Italian’s spells in charge of Juventus and Italy. Alessio told Killie’s official website: “It is a real honour for me to be named Kilmarnock manager. “I’ve spent a lot of time researching and gathering information about the club and everyone I spoke to had nothing but positive things to say about Kilmarnock. “I can’t wait to get to work with the players and staff on the training pitch and building on the strong foundations ...

Jonathan Woodgate confirmed as new Middlesbrough manager

Former England defender Jonathan Woodgate has been handed the task of giving home-town club Middlesbrough a new identity after replacing Tony Pulis as head coach. The 39-year-old, who served as Pulis’ first-team coach, has signed a three-year contract following the Welshman’s departure at the end of last season. He will be assisted by former Leeds and Tottenham team-mate Robbie Keane, who will combine his role with a similar position working under Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy. “We want to get fans on the edge of their seat. We want as many fans back in the stadium as we can by playing attacking, exciting football” 🗣️💬 #UTB — Middlesbrough FC (@Boro) June 14, 2019 A club statement said: “Middlesbrough Football Club are delighted to confirm that Jonathan Woodgate will head up a new...

Kilmarnock board ‘extremely impressed’ by new manager candidates

David Moyes, Gary Holt, Simon Grayson and Gianluca Conte have all been linked with replacing Steve Clarke at Killie. Kilmarnock fans could get news on their new boss early next week. The Killie board have issued a detailed update to supporters on a range of topics including pre-season, stadium improvements, season tickets and Europa League draws, but information on their manager hunt was thin on the ground. The statement read: “We’d like to thank supporters for their patience during the search for our new manager and we can assure you that the process is progressing smoothly. “We’ve been extremely impressed by the calibre of the candidates we have spoken to and we hope to be in a position to update you further early next week.” Steve Clarke left to take over as Scotland manager on May 21, ...

Steve Cooper appointed new Swansea manager

Swansea have announced the appointment of Steve Cooper as their new head coach on a three-year contract. The 39-year-old Welshman succeeds Graham Potter, who left the Liberty Stadium to take charge at Premier League Brighton last month. Cooper, who is joined at the Swans by Mike Marsh, led an England Under-17 side – which included Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho – to World Cup glory in 2017. Swansea chairman Trevor Birch said: “We are excited and delighted with the appointment. “Together with Leon (Britton) and Alan (Curtis) we went through a long and thorough interview process covering a lot of very good candidates. “The quality was extremely high, which speaks volumes about the attractiveness of the opportunity and how well respected this football club is within the game. “At the forefront o...

Oldham Athletic appoint former Monaco boss Laurent Banide as manager

Caretaker-boss Pete Wild left his role at the end of the season for personal reasons. Oldham have announced the appointment of Laurent Banide as their new manager. The Latics had been searching for a permanent replacement for Paul Scholes, who quit the Sky Bet League Two club in March – just 31 days into an 18-month contract. Caretaker-boss Pete Wild left his role at the end of the season for personal reasons. “Oldham Athletic can confirm that the club have appointed Laurent Banide as head coach on a one-year-deal,” read a statement on Latics’ official website. “The 51-year-old has managerial experience abroad which includes stints at AS Monaco, Al Nasr and Al-Orobah FC. “Most recently, Banide was in charge at Umm Salal SC in Qatar, before leaving in 2018.” Banide has spent the last decade...

He’s done a really impressive job – Fabregas lauds Lampard the manager

Cesc Fabregas has been mightily impressed by the way Frank Lampard has started his managerial career, as talk of a Chelsea return continues. Maurizio Sarri endured a topsy-turvy first season at the helm of the west London club, whom he led to the Carabao Cup final, a third-place finish in the Premier League and Europa League glory. The Italian is now wanted by perennial Serie A champions Juventus, with Chelsea great Lampard the bookmakers’ favourite to replace him should he leave. Frank Lampard and Cesc Fabregas were never Chelsea team-mates but were opponents when the latter was at Arsenal (Sean Dempsey/PA). The club’s all-time top scorer led Derby to the Sky Bet Championship play-off final in his first season in management and, while they fell just short of promotion, former Blues midfie...

Arsenal manager Unai Emery ‘in contact with Thomas Meunier’

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has reportedly been in contact with Paris Saint-Germain full-back Thomas Meunier on more than one occasion amid speculation over his future. Arsenal manager Unai Emery has reportedly been in contact with Paris Saint-Germain full-back Thomas Meunier on several occasions in recent months. Speculation over Meunier’s future in the French capital continues to grow after he admitted that he would consider leaving the French champions this summer. The Belgium international, who was limited to 22 Ligue 1 appearances last season, claimed that “a dozen clubs” were interested in his services, and one of those is understood to be Arsenal. Emery knows Meunier well having signed the full-back for PSG in 2016, and he now views him as an affordable candidate to ea...

Football pays tribute as Leyton Orient manager Justin Edinburgh dies aged 49

Tributes have been paid to Leyton Orient manager Justin Edinburgh, who has died at the age of 49 after suffering a cardiac arrest. The former Tottenham defender was taken to hospital on Monday, just weeks after guiding Orient to promotion back to the Football League. An Orient statement read: “It is with profound and utmost sadness that Leyton Orient announces its manager Justin Edinburgh has passed away. It is with profound and utmost sadness that Leyton Orient announces its manager Justin Edinburgh has passed away.#LOFC #OnlyOneOrient — Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc) June 8, 2019 “Justin suffered a cardiac arrest last Monday and passed away on Saturday. “All our thoughts are with Justin’s wife Kerri and their children Charlie and Cydnie at this very sad time.” Edinburgh became Orient bo...

Leyton Orient manager Justin Edinburgh dies aged

Leyton Orient manager Justin Edinburgh has died at the age of 49 after suffering a cardiac arrest. The club announced Edinburgh’s death in a statement, saying the former Tottenham defender had died on Saturday, having suffered the arrest on Monday. “We are completely heartbroken by this tragedy,” said Orient chairman Nigel Travis. It is with profound and utmost sadness that Leyton Orient announces its manager Justin Edinburgh has passed away.#LOFC #OnlyOneOrient — Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc) June 8, 2019 “All our thoughts and love are with the Edinburgh family and we know from the messages that have flooded into the club over the last week that the wider football world will share our sentiments.” Edinburgh had just guided Orient to promotion back to the English Football League after ta...

Juventus chiefs to discuss Paul Pogba move once new manager is appointed

Juventus chief Fabio Paratici appears to confirm the Italian side’s interest in Paul Pogba but says no new players will arrive before a head coach is appointed. Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has revealed that the club will discuss a move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba once a new head coach has been appointed. The Bianconeri have been without a boss since Massimiliano Allegri stepped down at the end of the season. Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri has been in talks with Juve about succeeding Allegri and it is believed that his arrival could be announced in the coming days. Paratici says that only then will attention turn towards new recruits, with Pogba – who won eight trophies during his previous spell in Turin – among those being considered, along w...

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