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Leicester City ‘still considering Rafael Benitez as their next manager’

A report claims that Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is still in contention to replace Claude Puel at Leicester City ahead of next season. Leicester City reportedly still have Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez in their sights to replace Claude Puel at the end of the season. Puel has come under increasing pressure in his first full campaign at the King Power Stadium, especially on the back of five losses in the Foxes’ last six outings. Benitez was linked with the position last month and, according to The Mirror, Leicester will consider appointing the Spaniard in the summer. United have offered the former Real Madrid and Napoli manager a new contract, but he has yet to sign it and now has just four months to run on his existing deal. David Wagner, who left Huddersfield Town ...

Scholes relieved to get first win as manager of Oldham

New Oldham manager Paul Scholes was relieved to get his career in the dugout up and running with a win. The former Manchester United midfielder, who admitted he had endured a sleepless night just hours before his Monday appointment, oversaw a 4-1 win over League Two strugglers Yeovil in his first match in charge at Boundary Park. Jose Baxter and Callum Lang scored in the space of a few minutes either side of half-time to give him the perfect start. But it required two goals in the final two minutes from Mohamed Mouche and Christopher Missilou to ease the nerves after Bevis Mugabi had reduced the deficit. “It’s a relief and I may get some sleep tonight,” said Scholes, who lives just a few minutes’ drive from his boyhood club. “After the game, I said ‘Well...

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino baffled by diving claims

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino admits that he is perplexed as to why his side have been shown four yellow cards for diving this season. Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he is perplexed as to why his side have received so many yellow cards for diving this season. Son Heung-min became the fourth Spurs player to be cautioned for simulation so far in 2018-19 during today’s 3-1 win over Leicester City, with referee Michael Oliver ruling that he had thrown himself to the ground in an effort to win a penalty. Pochettino was infuriated by the decision and suggested that his side have been unfairly treated by the officials at times this term. When questioned about the Son incident after the game, Pochettino told reporters: “Unbelievable. Unb...

Paul Scholes the latest protege of Sir Alex Ferguson to become a manager

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has taken his first job in club management after being appointed boss of Sky Bet League Two side Oldham. He joins a lengthy list of former United players who have worked under Sir Alex Ferguson and subsequently gone into management, which includes the likes of Phil Neville, Gary Neville, Gordon Strachan, Jaap Stam, Paul Ince, Bryan Robson and Teddy Sheringham. Here, Press Association Sport looks at five more ex-Red Devils who starred under Ferguson before moving into the dugout themselves. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Solskjaer has been a big hit as Manchester United interim manager (John Walton/PA) The Norwegian has had a roller-coaster time in management since stepping into coaching at United, first in charge of the strikers and then the reserve t...

Oldham set to announce Paul Scholes as their new manager

Scholes has limited coaching experience but could be in charge of Oldham’s game against Yeovil on Tuesday night. Former Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes is set to be appointed as Oldham’s new manager. The Sky Bet League Two club have called a press conference for 2pm on Monday at which Scholes is expected to officially launch his managerial career. His appointment had been held up while he awaited clearance from the English Football League (EFL) to take charge. Scholes owns a 10 per cent stake in National League promotion chasers Salford City and the EFL needed to investigate whether there would be a conflict of interest. Oldham sacked Frankie Bunn in December and academy coach Pete Wild has been in caretaker charge while the club looked for a new permanent manag...

Kilmarnock manager Clarke demands greater consistency from referees

Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke surveyed another weekend of officiating controversy in Scottish football and called for consistency. The Killie boss had claimed referee Steven McLean had “no control of the game” on Friday night as his  side lost 2-1 at home to Hearts. However, the four penalties Rangers awarded by Andrew Dallas in the 4-0 win over St Mirren at Ibrox – Gers boss Stevie Gerrard thought his side could have had a fifth – led to much more analysis and criticism. The most disputable of the four spot kicks was given when striker Jermain Defoe went down easily inside the box as Buddies defender Paul McGinn closed in. Clarke also noted that referee Willie Collum booked winger James Forrest for going into the crowd to celebrate his goal against St Johnstone on Sunday wit...

Manchester United ‘will not rush manager decision’

Manchester United will not rush into a decision over their managerial position, according to a report. Manchester United will reportedly not rush into a decision over their managerial position, despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s incredible run since replacing Jose Mourinho as head coach in December. As it stands, Solskjaer will remain in the position until the end of the campaign, at which point the club will appoint a long-term successor for Mourinho. However, the former United striker has led the team to eight wins from his eight matches in charge and there have been calls for the Norwegian to be announced as the club’s permanent manager. According to The Mirror, United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the club’s American owners agree that a decision over Mourinho...

Darren Ferguson returns for a third spell as Peterborough manager

Peterborough have appointed Darren Ferguson as manager for the third time. The League One side confirmed the 46-year-old would be taking over for the remainder of the season, following the sacking of Steve Evans after the 0-0 draw at home to promotion rivals Charlton. Ferguson, the 46-year-old son of former Manchester United boss Sir Alex, was previously in charge at London Road from 2007 until 2009, then from 2011 until 2015. A club statement read: “Darren Ferguson has been appointed as manager until the end of the current season. “With 17 games to go in the Sky Bet League One season, it was important that an appointment of a new manager was done swiftly and with somebody that has knowledge of the football club and has managed in this division. “Everybody at Peterborough United are focuse...

This man was mistakenly named Huddersfield’s new manager live on TV

Lifelong Manchester City fan Martin Warhurst saw the lighter side as a case of mistaken identity led to him being touted as the next Huddersfield boss on live television. Warhurst – chief executive of Martin House, a charity that provides hospice care for children and young people across West, North and East Yorkshire – was attending the John Smith’s Stadium for the first time in his life to watch City take on the Terriers. Sat in the directors’ box, he was alerted to Sky Sports beaming his face around the country, suggesting he might be Borussia Dortmund reserve team coach Jan Siewert, who has been heavily linked with the vacant Huddersfield manager’s job. ?‍♂️@skysports_PatD thought he had found Jan Siewert, the bookies favourite for the #HTAFC job, in the John Smith’s stands…. He ...

Puel wants more upsets as Leicester manager looks to relieve pressure

Under-fire Leicester boss Claude Puel is eyeing more upsets to ease the growing speculation over his position. The Foxes suffered a heartbreaking last-gasp 4-3 defeat at Molineux in one of the games of the season on Saturday. It added to the mounting fan unrest with supporters unhappy with Puel’s style, despite sitting eighth in the Premier League. Puel was left with his head in his hands following Diogo Jota’s last minute winner, which completed his hat-trick, and Leicester face Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham next. But having beaten Chelsea and Manchester City over Christmas he is confident the Foxes can turn things around. He said: “Against good teams, we have had good consistency. I hope we can find this again against the teams and get good results. “We’ve shown good quality...

It’s a hugely exciting time to be England manager, says boss Southgate

Gareth Southgate has been linked to the Manchester United job, but is loving life as England manager and believes the best is yet come. The 48-year-old oversaw a remarkable 2018 at the Three Lions helm, with his side reaching the World Cup semi-finals before qualifying for the inaugural Nations League finals this summer. Southgate’s work on and off the field led the Football Writers’ Association to honour the England manager at its tribute evening at the Savoy on Sunday. @England fans – remember this moment from the World Cup? “Come On!” says @GarethSouthgate – and we will be there at @TheSavoyLondon with him tonighthttps://t.co/qbcOkwjvut… #FWASouthgate pic.twitter.com/AKxlN8SWMU — The FWA (@theofficialfwa) January 20, 2019 The manager has also attracted plenty of plaudits and...

‘I’m not the next Huddersfield manager, I’m Martin from Wakefield’

Lifelong Manchester City fan Martin Warhurst saw the lighter side as a case of mistaken identity led to him being touted as the next Huddersfield boss on live television. Warhurst – chief executive of Martin House, a charity that provides hospice care for children and young people across West, North and East Yorkshire – was attending the John Smith’s Stadium for the first time in his life to watch City take on the Terriers. Sat in the directors’ box, he was alerted to Sky Sports beaming his face around the country, suggesting he might be Borussia Dortmund reserve team coach Jan Siewert, who has been heavily linked with the vacant Huddersfield manager’s job. ?‍♂️@skysports_PatD thought he had found Jan Siewert, the bookies favourite for the #HTAFC job, in the John Smith’s stands…. He ...

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