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Eddie Howe to celebrate 500th game as manager

Eddie Howe is “very grateful for the opportunity” to be Bournemouth boss as he prepares for his 500th game in management. Howe, who is in his second spell with the Cherries, will reach the milestone during Saturday’s Premier League game at home to relegated Fulham. The 41-year-old initially managed the south-coast club between 2008 and 2011 before returning to the Vitality Stadium in October 2012 following a spell with Burnley. He is the youngest manager to reach 500 matches in English football and has guided Bournemouth from League Two to the top-flight in that time. “I only just found out it was 500 and my initial reaction was, ‘where has the time gone? Where have the games gone?’,” Howe said at his pre-match press conference. “It doesnR...

Joey Barton “emphatically denies” claims he assaulted Barnsley manager

Fleetwood manager Joey Barton says he “emphatically” denies all allegations made against him following Saturday’s defeat at Barnsley. Barnsley striker Cauley Woodrow tweeted that Barton allegedly confronted Reds manager Daniel Stendel after the game. South Yorkshire Police are investigating an incident in the tunnel at Oakwell have bailed a man who was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated offences. With regards to the alleged incident on Saturday following our game against Barnsley, I emphatically deny all the allegations made. Given this matter has not been formally closed, it would be inappropriate for me to make any further comment. — Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) April 18, 2019 “With regards to the alleged incident on Saturday following our game against Barnsley, I emphatically de...

Uche Ikpeazu urges Hearts fans to support “brilliant manager” Craig Levein

Uche Ikpeazu told Hearts fans to get behind boss Craig Levein after the Jambos booked their place in the William Hill Scottish Cup final with a 3-0 win over Inverness. The Gorgie gaffer came in for stinging criticism from a section of the home support after losing to Hibernian in the Edinburgh derby last week. However, it was all smiles at Hampden Park after 24-year-old Englishman Ikpeazu hammered in the opener early in the second half before racing to celebrate with Levein. Defender John Souttar added a second in the 66th minute and substitute Sean Clare made it 3-0 from the spot in the 74th after Inverness goalkeeper Mark Ridgers had fouled Ikpeazu, securing a final meeting with either Aberdeen or Celtic. Afterwards, the former Cambridge United player, who joined the Ladbrokes Premiershi...

Johan Mjallby tips Neil Lennon for permanent Celtic manager

Johan Mjallby says Celtic would be taking the safer bet by giving Neil Lennon the Parkhead job full-time. Roberto Martinez and Andre Villas-Boas have leapt to the top of the bookmakers odds to become Brendan Rodgers’ permanent replacement in recent days and Mjallby is happy to admit neither would be a major gamble for chief executive Peter Lawwell. However, with the Hoops faithful desperate to realise their 10-in-a-row dream, Mjallby – who spent four years assisting Lennon during his first stint in the Celtic dugout – knows where he would put his money. And so long as Lennon does not let this season’s treble treble target slip through his fingers against Aberdeen in Sunday’s William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final, the former Parkhead defender believes his old team-mate is w...

Report: Queens Park Rangers approach Troyes manager Rui Almeida

Championship side Queens Park Rangers reportedly step up their search for a new manager by contacting Troyes manager Rui Almeida. Queens Park Rangers have made contact with Troyes boss Rui Almeida about becoming their next manager, according to a report. The Championship side sacked Steve McClaren earlier this week following a poor run of form since Boxing Day, winning just one of their 16 games since then. Football.London suggests that QPR have stepped up their search for a new boss by turning to Almeida, though they have so far only inquired as to his availability. Almeida has worked with a small budget at Ligue 2 side Troyes, who have performed above expectation this season, currently sitting fifth and on course for a return to the top flight of French football. The 49-year-old has prev...

Claudio Ranieri admits “difficult” start to role as Roma manager

Roma coach Claudio Ranieri admits his side are “going through a tough period” after they suffered a heavy home defeat to Serie A rivals Napoli. Ranieri has lost two of his three games in charge since being re-appointed as Roma boss, this time a 4-1 reverse to their high-flying visitors. Arkadiusz Milik opened the scoring with a fine second-minute strike, with Roma levelling on the stroke of half-time through Diego Perotti’s penalty. But Napoli pulled clear after the interval as Dries Mertens, Simone Verdi and Amin Younes secured a clear victory for Carlo Ancelotti’s men. Roma now sit sixth in the table and Ranieri conceded it is difficult for him to get a tune out of his squad at present. “We’re doing everything,” he told reporters after the game. ...

West Brom sack manager Darren Moore

West Brom have announced the dismissal of head coach Darren Moore just hours after a 1-1 draw against Championship bottom club Ipswich. The result dealt a further blow to the Baggies’ faltering promotion hopes and prompted what the club said was an “enormously difficult” decision. Despite sitting in fourth place,  a run of just four wins in their last 12 games has seen the Baggies cast adrift in the battle for automatic promotion. A statement from West Bromwich Albion Football Club.#WBAhttps://t.co/lnZZhpBg2j — West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) March 9, 2019 Chief executive Mark Jenkins told the club’s official website: “This has been an enormously difficult decision for a club which will always hold Darren in such high regard. “He took over at a very difficult time last season and reunited the ...

Berwick Rangers use social media to reveal unusual insult directed at manager

The Twitter account of Rangers read: “Ugly scenes in the dugout as Cowdenbeath’s manager has just told Johnny Harvey to ‘take his face for a s****’.” Berwick Rangers produced one of the season’s most striking tweets from an official club Twitter account by accusing Cowdenbeath manager Gary Bollan of launching an unusual insult at his opposite number. The Ladbrokes League Two club posted an update of a touchline argument during the 1-1 draw between the teams at Shielfield Park. After Berwick had Declan Kane sent off, the club account wrote: “Ugly scenes in the dugout as Cowdenbeath’s manager has just told Johnny Harvey to ‘take his face for a s****’.” Ugly scenes in the dugout as Cowdenbeath’s manager has just told Johnny Harvey to “take his face for a sh*te” #...

Benitez: Newcastle experience has made me a better manager

Rafael Benitez insists he is a better manager now than he has ever been as he prepares to celebrate an eventful three years in the Newcastle hotseat. The 58-year-old Spaniard arrived on Tyneside on March 11 2016 and has lived every minute of the soap opera the Magpies have become on and off the pitch since. Whether Benitez will extend his stay any further remains to be seen with his contract due to expire at the end of this season but, whatever happens, he is adamant that his experiences in the north east have improved him. Asked if he was a better manager now than when he won LaLiga with Valencia, he said: “Yes, for sure. “Now you are learning and you try to manage sometimes in the same way, sometimes in a different way. Now it is easier to watch and analyse games, but still we are doing ...

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 ...

Change of manager leaves Hibs defender Hanlon feeling nervous

Paul Heckingbottom has replaced Neil Lennon as head coach at Easter Road. Hibernian defender Paul Hanlon admits he is always anxious when a new manager arrives. The Hibs vice-captain is in his testimonial year but is not immune to the concern over his place in the team after Paul Heckingbottom replaced Neil Lennon as head coach. Hanlon started in Heckingbottom’s first game, a 2-0 win over Hamilton, and will continue trying to impress his new boss when Hibs take on Dundee in the Ladbrokes Premiership on Friday night. Hanlon said: “There’s obviously a bit of anxiety involved with everyone, not just players, staff, everyone. “Manager comes in with new ideas, you need to be able to adapt, adjust to what he wants and obviously try and impress, so there’s always the slight doubts like he might n...

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...

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