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Is this Conte’s last laugh over Mourinho?

By FootballBosses reporters  Antonio Conte emerged victorious for the fourth time against Jose Mourinho yesterday as his team lifted the FA Cup for the eighth time in their history through a 1-0 win at Wembley; making them the joint-third most successful team in the competition.  But despite the scenes of jubilation, the players who took time to be interviewed on … Continue reading “Is this Conte’s last laugh over Mourinho?”

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Official: Paul Lambert leaves Stoke

By FootballBosses reporters Stoke City have released a statement today confirming that they have parted ways with Paul Lambert: “The Club would like to thank Paul for his work over the past four months and wish him well for the future. Whilst he was unable to guide us to Premier League safety after being appointed … Continue reading “Official: Paul Lambert leaves Stoke”

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PREVIEW: FA Cup Final- Chelsea vs Manchester United (19/05/18)

Written by Thomas William Dowling Saturday’s final at Wembley stadium will be the sixth time in two seasons that Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho have faced each other in their current positions and may even be the last with the uncertainty still circulating around the Italian’s future. In the latest fixture at Old Trafford, ending … Continue reading “PREVIEW: FA Cup Final- Chelsea vs Manchester United (19/05/18)”

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Ralph Hasenhüttl leaves RB Leipzig

By FootballBosses reporters After just two years in the role and with another year left on his contract, a mutual agreement between Leipzig and Ralph Hasenhüttl for termination of his contract has been agreed. The reason for this termination seems to be the lack of assurances that Hasenhüttl could be given in the long term over his … Continue reading “Ralph Hasenhüttl leaves RB Leipzig”

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What now for Claudio Ranieri?

By FootballBosses reporters  Leicester City’s title winning manager Claudio Ranieri will be back on the market soon after it was announced yesterday that he will be leaving Nantes by mutual consent at the end of his only season in charge. Despite enjoying an encouraging start, seeing Les Canaries sitting as high as 5th, they now find themselves … Continue reading “What now for Claudio Ranieri?”

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2018 World Cup Profiles: France – Didier Deschamps

By FootballBossess reporters Having steered France to the Euro 2012 final, Didier Deschamps will be looking to repeat this in Russia, with a different outcome once in the final. Deschamps has been managing the French side for six years, and this experience will be beneficial to his side. He has not only these years in … Continue reading “2018 World Cup Profiles: France – Didier Deschamps”

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Motherwell looking to shock Rodgers and Celtic

By FootballBossess reporters Although Celtic go into Saturday’s Scottish Cup final as heavy favourites, Stephen Robinson will know that Celtic are not the team they were last season. Rodgers’ side finished off the season at Celtic past last weekend; yet the final day didn’t go to plan with Aberdeen taking all three points from the … Continue reading “Motherwell looking to shock Rodgers and Celtic”

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Manuel Pellegrini and Rafa Benitez on West Ham shortlist?

By FootballBosses reporters After West Ham released a statement yesterday announcing that David Moyes has left the club with immediate effect, ex Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini and current Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez are being viewed by the bookies as the most likely targets for David Gold and David Sullivan; with the slightly stronger odds … Continue reading “Manuel Pellegrini and Rafa Benitez on West Ham shortlist?”

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Official: Everton part company with Sam Allardyce

By FootballBosses reporters  Everton have announced that after six months in charge, Sam Allardyce has left the club as part of a “longer term plan”, involving major structural changes which will take effect from June.  The Toffees’ Deputy Chief Executive, Denise Barrett- Baxendale, released the following statement on the 63-year-old’s departure:  “On behalf of the Chairman, Board of Directors … Continue reading “Official: Everton part company with Sam Allardyce”

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Southgate set to leave Hart out of England squad

By FootballBossess reporters The first bold call ahead of Gareth Southgate’s squad announcement tomorrow has been reported, with Joe Hart being informed that he has missed the cut. The 31 year old goalkeeper has been capped 75 times for England, being number one for the majority of Southgate’s tenure. However, Hart has struggled for form … Continue reading “Southgate set to leave Hart out of England squad”

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Slaviša Jokanović progresses to Wembley

By FootballBosses reporters Fulham have progressed to the play-off after a 2-0 victory over Derby at Craven Cottage last night. Jokanović’s side overcame a 1-0 deficit from the first leg to avoid the same fate as last season; defeat in the semi-finals. This is only Jokanović’s second full season in charge at Craven Cottage. The … Continue reading “Slaviša Jokanović progresses to Wembley”

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Allardyce expected to leave Everton this week

By FootballBosses reporters   It is being reported that Sam Allardyce will meet with the board in the next few days with the view to end his Everton contract twelve months early; paving the way for the club to approach Marco Silva, who was believed to be The Toffees’ preferred candidate to replace Ronald Koeman when he was … Continue reading “Allardyce expected to leave Everton this week”

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Chelsea said to be monitoring Pochettino situation

By FootballBosses reporters  Sources at Sky Sports report that Chelsea may have placed Mauricio Pochettino at the top of their shortlist to succeed Antonio Conte if the Italian is to leave at the end of the season.  The Blues are said to be monitoring the situation very closely after the Argentinian, in his final post-match press conference of the season on Sunday, revealed that … Continue reading “Chelsea said to be monitoring Pochettino situation”

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Official: Thomas Tuchel signs two-year contract with PSG

By FootballBosses reporters  Despite being one of the worst kept secrets in European football for weeks, ex-Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel has finally been officially named as Unai Emery’s successor at Paris Saint Germain; signing a two-year contract with the seven-time French Champions.  “Thomas is one of the most competitive European coaches to have emerged at the highest level in recent years” said club … Continue reading “Official: Thomas Tuchel signs two-year contract with PSG”

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Ernesto Valverde unbeaten run ends at the penultimate hurdle

By FootballBosses reporters Barcelona’s unbeaten domestic league record came to a thrilling end yesterday at the hands of Levante. The club from Valencia sit 15th in La Liga, with all the safe money on Valverde’s side making it 37 games unbeaten. Valverde rested Lionel Messi but with the likes of Suarez, Coutinho and Iniesta all … Continue reading “Ernesto Valverde unbeaten run ends at the penultimate hurdle”

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Conte needing FA Cup victory to save disappointing season

By FootballBosses reporters Antonio Conte’s Chelsea were humbled by one of Newcastle’s best displays of the season, as the Magpies ran out easy 3-0 winners on Sunday. The defeat left Conte’s side short in their late bid for a Champions League spot; while three points for Benitez’s side meant a top ten in their first … Continue reading “Conte needing FA Cup victory to save disappointing season”

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Ranieri linked with Tottenham as Nantes exit looks imminent

By FootballBossess reporters Before Christmas, Ranieri was eyeing up another unlikely title charge, with Nantes sitting 5th. Since then, The Canaries have gone slightly off the boil. Europe is now out of the question, with Ranieri’s side currently sitting 10th and winless in 7 games. Ranieri only joined the French side in the summer, yet … Continue reading “Ranieri linked with Tottenham as Nantes exit looks imminent”

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2018 World Cup Profiles: Morocco – Hervé Renard

By FootballBossess reporters Morocco come to Russia with the extremely difficult challenge of finishing above either Portugal or Spain to progress to the knockout stages. Hervé Renard is the person who will try to mastermind such a mammoth task, a man who seems to thrive in unlikely situations, as he has proved during his time … Continue reading “2018 World Cup Profiles: Morocco – Hervé Renard”

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Wagner looking for anything from next two games

Although never truly safe, Huddersfield have slipped back into serious contention for relegation in recent weeks. Despite only needing a point from their remaining two games, David Wagner’s side play Chelsea at 7:45 tonight, followed by Arsenal at the weekend. With Chelsea still hunting down both Spurs and Liverpool for the final two Champions League … Continue reading “Wagner looking for anything from next two games”

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2018 World Cup Profiles: Spain – Julen Lopetegui

By FootballBosses reporters Following Vicente del Bosque’s retirement from management he left Spain, having won both the European Championships and the World Cup. The task of following del Bosque was been awarded to Julen Lopetegui in 2016, and he has started the way he’ll wish to continue. Lopetegui was a goalkeeper in his time as … Continue reading “2018 World Cup Profiles: Spain – Julen Lopetegui”

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Lee Bowyer looking for promotion at the first time of asking

By FootballBosses reporters Charlton’s promotion hopes lie with Lee Bowyer, who’s job it is to guide the London side through the play offs. The Addicks finished 6th even with defeat at Rochdale on the final day, and will face Shrewsbury Town on Thursday. Despite Shrewsbury finishing third in League One, Bowyer and his side will … Continue reading “Lee Bowyer looking for promotion at the first time of asking”

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Yuri Semin puts Railroaders back on track

By FootballBosses reporters On Sunday, Yuri Semin led Lokomotiv to their first league title in 14 years after a 1-0 victory over Zenit. Zenit themselves are fighting for a Champions League spot and in a cagey affair, it was a 87th minute Eder goal that separated the two sides; instigating wild celebrations on the Moscow … Continue reading “Yuri Semin puts Railroaders back on track”

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Allegri to hold talks with Juventus over intensifying rumours

By FootballBosses reporters  It is believed that Juventus are seeking to hold serious talks with Massimiliano Allegri over his future with the club when the curtains close on this season, in light of intensifying rumours of him looking to imminently take up an opportunity elsewhere.  Under Allegri, Juve are almost certain to secure a seventh consecutive Scudetto through … Continue reading “Allegri to hold talks with Juventus over intensifying rumours”

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2018 World Cup Profiles: Portugal – Fernando Santos

In over 30 years of management, Fernando Santos has been successful in the majority of his roles. Despite being a project of the Benfica youth academy, he made his senior playing debut for G.D. Estoril Praia. He played as a defender throughout his career, and only ever featured for one other side; Portuguese side Maritimo. … Continue reading “2018 World Cup Profiles: Portugal – Fernando Santos”

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Phil Parkinson’s Bolton pull off miraculous final day comeback

By FootballBosses reporters 86 minutes into the final day of the Championship, Burton looked down and out. They needed two goals in the last four minutes to stay in the second tier of English football, with a draw not being enough to finish above Barnsley, or Burton at the time. However, in truly dramatic fashion, … Continue reading “Phil Parkinson’s Bolton pull off miraculous final day comeback”

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Wenger to supporters: “I will miss you”

By FootballBosses reporters    After his team awarded him with a fitting send-off through a resounding 5-0 victory against Burnley in his last ever home fixture as Arsenal manager, with contributions from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (14″, 75″), Alexandre Lacazette (45″), Sead Kolasinac (54″) and Alex Iwobi (64″), Arsene Wenger addressed a fully packed Emirates Stadium to commemorate the club and its supporters for the very last time:    … Continue reading “Wenger to supporters: “I will miss you””

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Darren Moore aiming to keep giving Albion hope for this season and next

By FootballBosses reporters With West Brom needing to win both of their final games to have even a slim chance of survival, the Midlands club look destined to be a Championship side next season. Avoiding the drop this year would make the 2005 survival seem a walk in the park. Although there seems to have … Continue reading “Darren Moore aiming to keep giving Albion hope for this season and next”

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2018 World Cup Profiles: Uruguay – Óscar Tabárez

By FootballBosses reporters Óscar Tabárez, known due to his former profession as “El Maestro” (the teacher), has been an integral part of Uruguay’s footballing revival over the last decade. Holding the world record for most games managed for one national side, the 71 year old Uruguayan took charge of the national side for a second … Continue reading “2018 World Cup Profiles: Uruguay – Óscar Tabárez”

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Gerrard to Rangers: the move that makes no sense but makes perfect sense

By Richard Adams As Steven Gerrard signs a four year deal with Glasgow Rangers, it begs to ask the question: why? The first impression of this move is that Gerrard is making a foolish, ill-advised decision. Going from Liverpool U18s to Rangers seems a jump even Evel Knievel would deem too risky. But if you … Continue reading “Gerrard to Rangers: the move that makes no sense but makes perfect sense”

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Chris Hughton looking to secure Premier League spot

By FootballBosses reporters Although Brighton look to have avoided the drop, Chris Hughton will still be hoping his side can make it factual this evening, with a point all but confirming Brighton’s survival with two games remaining. They come up against Mourinho’s Manchester United, a team in good form, and a side that have already … Continue reading “Chris Hughton looking to secure Premier League spot”

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Defeat to Atletico reduces Arsene Wenger to bowing out with a whimper at Arsenal

By FootballBosses reporters  Arsene Wenger was understandably dejected in his post-match press-conference after bowing out of his last European campaign with Arsenal with a whimper, following his side’s 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid (2-1 on aggregate) in the Europa League semi-final.  Diego Costa, who was something of a nemesis for Gunners as a Chelsea player, beset them again after holding … Continue reading “Defeat to Atletico reduces Arsene Wenger to bowing out with a whimper at Arsenal”

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Steve Clarke encapsulates the revival in the Scottish game

By Richard Adams In recent times, most people tend to look at Scottish football and disregard all teams that aren’t from Glasgow. With this in mind, an interesting parallel can be made between Steve Clarke’s managerial career, and Scottish clubs like Kilmarnock. With premier league and championship sides continuously sacking managers after what seems to … Continue reading “Steve Clarke encapsulates the revival in the Scottish game”

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2018 World Cup Profiles: Egypt – Héctor Cúper

By FootballBosses reporters 28 years after their last world cup appearance, Egypt will return to the global stage in Russia. With over 24 years of coaching experience, Héctor Cúper will be looking to guide the North African side out the groups for the first time. As a centre back, the Argentine played over 500 games … Continue reading “2018 World Cup Profiles: Egypt – Héctor Cúper”

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Christian Titz’s Hamburg continue to give themselves hope

By FootballBosses reporters With only two games remaining, Hamburg are five points off safety and seem destined to at least play for their Bundesliga status in a two-legged play off. Although this is far from the ideal situation manager Christian Titz would wish to find his side in, it is a much brighter position than … Continue reading “Christian Titz’s Hamburg continue to give themselves hope”

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Marco Rose looking to stun Europe again

By FootballBosses reporters Red Bull Salzburg will need to mount an exceptional comeback this evening for them to reach the Europa League final in Lyon. Marco Rose’s side find themselves 2-0 on aggregate going into their second leg tie with Marseille, knowing even a win by three goals may not be enough to progress. Although … Continue reading “Marco Rose looking to stun Europe again”

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Di Francesco: More belief was needed in the second half

By FootballBosses reporters  In the fallout of Roma’s elimination from the Champions League, due to their insufficient 4-2 home victory against Liverpool last night (losing 7-6 on aggregate), manager Eusebio Fi Francesco has said in his post-match press conference that some more belief in the second half could have completely changed the course of the match:  “Mistakes can make … Continue reading “Di Francesco: More belief was needed in the second half”

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2018 World Cup Profiles: Russia – Stanislav Cherchesov

By FootballBosses reporters The honour of managing the host nation of a world cup this year belongs to Stanislav Cherchesov. Cherchesov played over 400 games domestically as a goalkeeper, beginning his career in 1981, and ending it 21 years later. In this time, he won the majority of his awards in the 1992 season, winning … Continue reading “2018 World Cup Profiles: Russia – Stanislav Cherchesov”

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Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion looks for second miraculous escape

By FootballBosses reporters Burton continued to give themselves hope of remaining in the Championship after a 2-0 win over relegation rivals Bolton. After two successive victories over promotion chasing Derby and then relegating Sunderland, Clough’s side made it three wins in a row, with first half goals from Akpan and Akins. However, Barnsley’s 2-0 win … Continue reading “Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion looks for second miraculous escape”

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Brendan Rodgers looking for the double treble after making it back to back titles with Celtic

By FootballBosses reporters Celtic claimed their seventh title in a row on Sunday afternoon, beating Rangers comfortably at Celtic Park. The hosts ran out convincing 5-0 winners on the day to retain the Scottish title, as they continue to dominant domestically. The treble remains well and truly in sight, with the Scottish Cup final against … Continue reading “Brendan Rodgers looking for the double treble after making it back to back titles with Celtic”

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Carlos Carvalhal: Man City defeat won’t affect confidence

By FootballBosses reporters Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal has stated that his side’s heavy defeat to Manchester City will not affect confidence in their remaining games. When asked directly about the impact yesterday’s 5-0 defeat will have on morale, Carvalhal answered: ‘Zero. Absolutely zero. Fourteen teams this season have conceded more than three goals against them. … Continue reading “Carlos Carvalhal: Man City defeat won’t affect confidence”

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EPL Managerial Round-Up: Wenger inaugurates farewell tour, Lambert laments missed opportunities, Guardiola sails past Swans

By FootballBosses reporters In the noon fixture, Arsene Wenger inaugurated his Arsenal farewell tour in appropriate style with a 4-1 win against West Ham in a near full Emirates Stadium. After a goalless first half the Gunners were still somewhat flat in the early periods of the second, with Nacho Monreal’s (51″) goal being cancelled … Continue reading “EPL Managerial Round-Up: Wenger inaugurates farewell tour, Lambert laments missed opportunities, Guardiola sails past Swans”

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FA Cup: Conte win gives rise to potentially final showdown with Jose Mourinho

By FootballBosses reporters Antonio Conte has set himself up with a potentially dramatic showdown against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United in the FA Cup final, after Chelsea secured a 2-0 victory over Southampton at Wembley this afternoon.  Southampton managed to contain Chelsea’s attacking play in the first half, but this was undone when Olivier Giroud broke … Continue reading “FA Cup: Conte win gives rise to potentially final showdown with Jose Mourinho”

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FEATURE: What send-off does Arsène Wenger truly deserve?

Written by Thomas William Dowling  Fans of any English club will remember where they were upon hearing the news of Arsene Wenger’s departure at the end of the season. Gunners fans were filmed gathering outside to counsel one another in absolution and the story was of such magnitude that Sky Sports News changed the title to commemorate the enormity of the event. He is, after all, the greatest manager in Arsenal’s history; a revolutionary who saw the increasing technicality of the modern game and dared … Continue reading “FEATURE: What send-off does Arsène Wenger truly deserve?”

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Fulham heap the pressure on Warnock

  By FootballBosses reporters Cardiff City have had a strong season and remain in prime position to clinch the second automatic promotion place. Despite this, Fulham have begun nipping at the heels of the Welsh club in recent weeks. After a resounding 3-0 victory at The Den last night Fulham have moved above Warnock’s side, … Continue reading “Fulham heap the pressure on Warnock”

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OFFICIAL: Wenger to stand down

By FootballBosses reporters Arsenal have announced that Arsene Wenger will be stepping down at the end of the season; finishing his 22 year reign at the club. It may come as a somewhat numbed surprise to many fans, with large factions actively boycotting the club in protest of the club’s decline over the last couple … Continue reading “OFFICIAL: Wenger to stand down”

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Wenger endorses Vieira as potential successor

By FootballBosses reporters Arsene Wenger said yesterday that he would back Patrick Vieira amongst other former players to succeed him when his own tenure at Arsenal comes to an end: “He’s a guy who has the potential one day, yes,” said Wenger. “I’ve followed his managerial career and I think he has done very well. … Continue reading “Wenger endorses Vieira as potential successor”

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Could Dyche do the double over Conte?

By FootballBosses reporters  A win against Chelsea at Turf Moor tonight would see Burnley secure their first league double against the Blues in 49 years, since the 1968/69 season in the old First Division.  Antonio Conte’s team began their title defence this season against Burnley at Stamford Bridge in August, but an extremely lacklustre and disjointed performance left them 3-0 … Continue reading “Could Dyche do the double over Conte?”

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Can Maurizio Sarri win the Scudetto showdown?

By FootballBosses reporters  Maurizio Sarri will be determined for his team to utilise the momentum from yesterday’s hard-fought 4-2 victory against Udinese in their clash with Juventus this Sunday.  With the Turin side only securing a 1-1 draw against Crotone, an away win for Sarri’s team would reduce Juventus’s gap to just a single point at the top of Serie A. … Continue reading “Can Maurizio Sarri win the Scudetto showdown?”

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Allegri outlines importance of six point advantage

By FootballBosses reporters In a pre-match interview to Juventus’ match against Crotone tomorrow, Massimiliano Allegri has urged his side not to take anything for granted with Napoli also to play on Sunday: “Wednesday’s match is arguably the most decisive of the whole week. Heading into the Napoli game with a six-point advantage is a big … Continue reading “Allegri outlines importance of six point advantage”

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Injury time goal leaves Lambert staring at Premier League relegation

By FootballBosses reporters Paul Lambert and Stoke City have been left staring down the barrel of relegation after an injury time goal from substitute Andy Carroll denied the Potters a crucial away win against West Ham (1-1), which would have kept them within touching distance of leaping out of the bottom three. Premier League talisman … Continue reading “Injury time goal leaves Lambert staring at Premier League relegation”

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Can Simone Inzaghi keep hold of third place?

By FootballBosses reporters Goalless draws in the Derby della Capitale and Inter Milan’s home game against Atalanta means that Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio remain in the last automatic Champions League position, leading Roma only by goal difference. There remains only a single point between third and fifth, with outsiders AC Milan still not out of the … Continue reading “Can Simone Inzaghi keep hold of third place?”

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Emery wraps up Ligue 1 title in style

By FootballBosses reporters Unai Emery’s Paris Saint Germain wrapped up the title in style yesterday evening by humiliating last years champions Monaco in a 7-1 onslaught, with Giovani Lo Celso and Angel Di Maria securing braces alongside goals from Edinson Cavani, Julian Draxler and an own goal from Radamel Falcao. The Parisian side regained the title … Continue reading “Emery wraps up Ligue 1 title in style”

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Mourinho: ‘We complicated everything’

By FootballBosses reporters Jose Mourinho’s side have mathematically conceded the title to arch-rivals Manchester City after a surprise 1-0 defeat at home to West Bromwich Albion. Jay Rodriguez headed in Chris Brunt’s corner to score the only goal on the 73rd minute in a somewhat dismayed performance that led to Mourinho’s men booed off at … Continue reading “Mourinho: ‘We complicated everything’”

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Nuno Espírito Santo one point from Championship glory

By FootballBosses reporters After becoming the first team to mathematically secure promotion to the Premier League yesterday, Wolves inaugurated the celebrations with a comfortable 2-0 home win over Birmingham City this afternoon, with goals from Diogo Jota (21m) and Benik Afobe (87m). The win means they need  only a single point to guarentee the Championship … Continue reading “Nuno Espírito Santo one point from Championship glory”

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Benitez: Arsenal victory secures safety

By FootballBosses reporters In a post-match interview with the BBC following his sides 2-1 home victory against Arsenal, Rafael Benitez has declared his belief that Newcastle have done enough to secure Premier League football for next season. When asked directly, Benitez answered: “I think so, we have 41 points and 40 was the target” before … Continue reading “Benitez: Arsenal victory secures safety”

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Guardiola three points from Premier League title

By FootballBosses reporters Manchester City are now 16 points clear at the top and only one win away from mathematically wrapping up the Premier League title after a 3-1 win away to Tottenham. Despite enduring a difficult week that saw them fall to three consecutive defeats, City asserted themselves in the first half; putting themselves … Continue reading “Guardiola three points from Premier League title”

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Bayern Munich announce Nico Kovac as Heynckes successor

By FootballBosses reporters On their official website, Bayern Munich have announced that current Frankfurt manager, Niko Kovac, will take over from Jupp Heynckes from the 1st July 2018. The club’s Sporting Director, Hasan Salihamidzic, had a few words to say on the appointment: “We’re very delighted to have secured the services of Niko Kovač as … Continue reading “Bayern Munich announce Nico Kovac as Heynckes successor”

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Mark Hughes loses two goal lead to suffer defeat against Chelsea

By FootballBosses reporters Mark Hughes’ Southampton have missed out on securing a significant win in their battle to avoid relegation after losing grip of a two goal lead against Chelsea; keeping their miserable home record to just three wins this season at St Mary’s. The first goal from the Saints came from a storming run from … Continue reading “Mark Hughes loses two goal lead to suffer defeat against Chelsea”

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Conte: Premier League is still our priority

By FootballBosses reporters In the build up to two consecutive fixtures against Southampton, Antonio Conte has implied in his pre-match press conference that progress in the league has priority over success in the FA cup: “My job is to work with these players and finish the season as strongly as possible” said Conte. “We want to … Continue reading “Conte: Premier League is still our priority”

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Heynckes set for Real Madrid reunion

By FootballBosses reporters Bayern Munich have been drawn against Real Madrid for their Champions League semi-final to mark the first time Jupp Heynckes will face his former club for six years. Under Heynckes, Bayern played Jose Mourinho’s Real in the semi-final in 2012, where the tie was decided in a penalty shoot-out which Bayern won … Continue reading “Heynckes set for Real Madrid reunion”

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Wenger to face Simeone for the first time in Europa League semi-final

By FootballBosses reporters Arsenal have been drawn to play favourites Atletico Madrid in their Europa League semi-final; starting at the Emirates on the 26th of April and returning to the Wanda Metropolitano for the second leg on May the 3rd. In addition to being the first time Arsene Wenger and Diego Simeone have faced each other … Continue reading “Wenger to face Simeone for the first time in Europa League semi-final”

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Wenger and Arsenal survive scare in Moscow

By FootballBosses reporters Arsene Wenger had to come through a scare in last night’s Europa League match before eventually rising up to defeat CSKA Moscow 6-3 on aggregate in a 2-2 draw at the VEB Arena. CSKA went 2-0 up as a result of Petr Cech failing to clear up the loose balls from previous … Continue reading “Wenger and Arsenal survive scare in Moscow”

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Klopp not concerned with Salah transfer rumours

By FootballBosses reporters Jurgen Klopp is not working himself up over rumours that Mohammad Salah could be leaving Anfield, with Real Madrid reportedly expressing an interest. In an interview with ‘Bild’ (a newspaper in Germany), Klopp claimed that Liverpool’s attacking style of play, being perfectly compatible with his qualities as a player, eliminates any reason … Continue reading “Klopp not concerned with Salah transfer rumours”

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Wenger: Our focus is Europe

By FootballBosses reporters Arsenal will be hoping to avoid the kind of European shock that has become a theme of recent weeks. Real Madrid narrowly avoided trouble at the Bernabeu yesterday thanks to a last minute penalty from none other than Cristiano Ronaldo. Their La Liga rivals were not so fortunate in Rome. Arsenal will … Continue reading “Wenger: Our focus is Europe”

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Laurent Blanc linked with Everton

By FootballBosses reporters Reports across Europe are suggesting that Everton may be looking to Laurent Blanc as a potential successor to Sam Allardyce, whose future at the club continues to be without certainty. After taking over from Ronald Koeman in November, Allardyce has succeeded in nurturing Everton out of a relegation dogfight. Despite being under … Continue reading “Laurent Blanc linked with Everton”

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Heartache for Allegri and Buffon as controversial late penalty denies miraculous comeback

By FootballBosses reporters A late penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo has denied Juventus a miraculous fightback in the Champions League quarter final after they looked set to take Real Madrid to extra-time at the Bernabeau. The match ended with the Galactico’s winning 4-3 on aggregate. Allegri’s side turned up in Madrid with fire in their eyes … Continue reading “Heartache for Allegri and Buffon as controversial late penalty denies miraculous comeback”

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Can the underdogs do it again?

By FootballBosses reporters Sevilla will be looking to follow Roma’s example of how to upset the odds in the Champions League, as they take on Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.  The Seville outfit travel to Munich with a task that rivals Roma’s heroics in difficulty, turning around a 2-1 home defeat. While the deficit … Continue reading “Can the underdogs do it again?”

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Mick McCarthy leaves Ipswich

By FootballBosses reporters In a message to the club website, Mick McCarthy states that he has come to a mutual agreement with Marc Evans to leave the club immediately, despite initially intending to see out the season: “I said I would see the season out but it’s been a new experience and it’s not one … Continue reading “Mick McCarthy leaves Ipswich”

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Eusebio Di Francesco jubilant as Roma stun Barcelona on historic night

By FootballBosses reporters In what will be forever stored in memory as an historic evening for the those present to witness it, Roma completed what looked to be an impossible task in a stunning 3-0 win against Barcelona to see them through to the Champions League semi-finals on aggregate (4-4). Eusebio Di Francesco’s men arrived … Continue reading “Eusebio Di Francesco jubilant as Roma stun Barcelona on historic night”

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Guardiola watches on painfully in the stands as sub-par Manchester City knocked out

By FootballBosses reporters Liverpool have advanced to the Champions League semi-finals after a 2-1 victory at the Etihad to secure them a 5-1 aggregate win across the two ties. Manchester City made the perfect start to the game with former Red’s forward Raheem Sterling setting up Gabriel Jesus to give them the lead within two … Continue reading “Guardiola watches on painfully in the stands as sub-par Manchester City knocked out”

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Valverde warns Barcelona: Roma can still turn this around

By FootballBosses reporters Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has sent a warning to his team that they cannot afford to become complacent despite arriving in Rome with a 4-1 aggregate lead. “Mistakes from an excess of confidence can cost us dearly” said Valverde, in his pre-match conference. “We must not approach the game thinking that we … Continue reading “Valverde warns Barcelona: Roma can still turn this around”

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FEATURE: What now for Andre Villas-Boas?

Written by Thomas William Dowling  Andre Villas-Boas spent his early coaching career as a member of Jose Mourinho’s backroom staff at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan; helping his superior deliver five division titles and two Champions League trophies. When opting to go his own way in 2009, his rookie season in management with Academica drew in the plaudits immediately; taking note of his fluid and attacking tactical approach which allowed him to steer his … Continue reading “FEATURE: What now for Andre Villas-Boas?”

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Warnock relishing ‘underdog’ status against Aston Villa

By FootballBosses reporters Neil Warnock has said in his pre-match press conference that his players are raring to bounce back against Aston Villa on Tuesday, after a torturous 1-0 home defeat against fellow promotion chasers and title rivals Wolves. Cardiff had two penalties awarded to them very late in the second half at 1-0, but … Continue reading “Warnock relishing ‘underdog’ status against Aston Villa”

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Champions League race heats up in Germany

Bayern Munich were crowned champions on Saturday at Augsburg, with a 4-1 victory, but the real drama in the Bundesliga is in the hunt for the remaining Champions League places. Seven teams are looking to secure one of only 3 remaining spots. Two of these clubs face off tonight as Ralph Hasenhüttl’s RB Leipzig welcome … Continue reading “Champions League race heats up in Germany”

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Fabio Capello announces retirement from management

By FootballBosses reporters Just as Fabio Capello was being touted for a second spell with the Italian national team, the 71 year old has instead ruled himself out by announcing his retirement from football. Chinese club Jiangsu Suning, who were the Italian’s last employers, called time on his contract by mutual consent in March after … Continue reading “Fabio Capello announces retirement from management”

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Simeone rules out summer exit

By FootballBosses reporters Diego Simeone has played down rumours linking him with an exit from Atletico Madrid in the summer after his sides 1-1 draw with Real Madrid. The Argentinian has been linked with various European clubs, but he was explicit in declaring his intention to remain loyal to the project at hand in his … Continue reading “Simeone rules out summer exit”

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Hughes hellbent on Saint’s survival

Written by FootballBosses reporters. Wenger hammers another nail into Southampton’s Premier League coffin. Arsenal overcame a stubborn Southampton side 3-2 at the Emirates today and in doing so made the threat of relegation loom larger than ever for the Saints. That result means that Arsenal are now only 3 points behind champions Chelsea in 5th. … Continue reading “Hughes hellbent on Saint’s survival”

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Conte ‘frustrated’ as Chelsea give away points again

By FootballBosses reporters Antonio Conte has expressed his disappointment at Chelsea’s lack of conviction on having to accept a 1-1 draw in their home derby against West Ham. The Hammers were lackadaisical compared to the standards they set last week in their win against Southampton, but the typical combination of scoring opportunities going amiss and … Continue reading “Conte ‘frustrated’ as Chelsea give away points again”

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Spalletti misses opportunity with Torino defeat

By FootballBosses reporters Inter Milan have fallen to their third defeat of the season after losing 1-0 away to Torino with a goal from Aden Ljajic in the 36th minute, despite dominating possession throughout the match. It means they miss the opportunity to overtake Roma in third (who lost 2-0 at home to Fiorentina yesterday) … Continue reading “Spalletti misses opportunity with Torino defeat”

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Could Dyche steal ‘Premier League Manager of the Season’ from Guardiola?

By FootballBosses reporters A 2-1 away win against Watford means that Sean Dyche remains on course to deliver Burnley’s highest league finish since 1974, whilst boosting his own prospects to win the Premier League Manager of the Season award. With his side still sat in seventh, Dyche is now openly setting his sights on securing … Continue reading “Could Dyche steal ‘Premier League Manager of the Season’ from Guardiola?”

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Heynckes wraps up fourth Bundesliga title with Bayern

  By FootballBosses reporters Jupp Heynckes has guided Bayern Munich to their fourth Bundesliga title under his leadership, after a 4-1- away victory against FC Augsburg this afternoon. It ensures that Bayern break a new record, winning six consecutive Bundesliga titles. The club legend, whose first stint started in 1987, came out of retirement at the … Continue reading “Heynckes wraps up fourth Bundesliga title with Bayern”

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Mourinho – and Pogba – delay Guardiola’s Premiership celebrations

  Written by FootballBosses reporters. This season has been long and arduous for Jose Mourinho. Early pace setters Manchester City could have clinched the title at the Etihad tonight and with the scoreline 2-0 at half-time in favour of the hosts, it seemed inevitable. Mourinho managed to rally the troops during the break and United … Continue reading “Mourinho – and Pogba – delay Guardiola’s Premiership celebrations”

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Allardyce pleased with clean sheet in Merseyside Derby draw

By FootballBosses reporters It was all square for the second time this season after Liverpool resisted a late surge to secure a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park in the Merseyside Derby. Sam Allardyce has hailed the mettle shown by his side, who succeeded in nullifying Liverpool and securing a clean sheet: ‘The second half was … Continue reading “Allardyce pleased with clean sheet in Merseyside Derby draw”

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Reports: Thomas Tuchel set for PSG

By FootballBosses reporters Considerable reports are suggesting that Thomas Tuchel has agreed terms with Paris Saint Germain and will take over at the end of the season. The forty-four year old German has attracted interest from several European clubs since leaving his role at Borussia Dortmund, where he guided his team to Champions League qualification … Continue reading “Reports: Thomas Tuchel set for PSG”

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Derby win needed for Big Sam to win round Toffee fans.

By FootballBosses reporters. Sam Allardyce is a controversial figure wherever he goes. He was dubbed too direct by West Ham United fans during his time there, a tag that has followed him throughout his managerial career. In a somewhat uninspiring appointment for many fans, Allardyce took over Everton at the end of November – with … Continue reading “Derby win needed for Big Sam to win round Toffee fans.”

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Simeone delighted with Costa

By FootballBosses reporters In the post-match press conference following Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 victory over Sporting CP, Diego Simeone expressed his delight at Diego Costa’s contribution, telling reporters: ‘This was his best game since he came back with us. He’s a beast. He was running all the time, putting pressure on the opponent, breaking his mark’ … Continue reading “Simeone delighted with Costa”

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Could Allegri be heading to Chelsea?

By FootballBosses reporters A number of reports have been emerging in the last few days, admittedly from undisclosed sources across Italy and England, that Massimiliano Allegri may be Chelsea’s primary target to replace Antonio Conte in the summer. Earlier in the week, Allegri declared that he will be finished with Italian football when his time … Continue reading “Could Allegri be heading to Chelsea?”

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Wenger praises Arsenal’s resolve

By FootballBosses reporters Arsene Wenger has praised his teams resolve in recent weeks in light of their impressive 4-1 victory over CSKA Moscow last night. Wenger managed to recapture the Arsenal of old in the first half, with fluid and attacking passages of play; bringing about impressive performances from Mesut Ozil and two goals each … Continue reading “Wenger praises Arsenal’s resolve”

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Wenger: Lacazette available for CSKA start

By FootballBosses reporters Arsene Wenger will be pleased to have a full squad available for the Europa League first-leg tie against CSKA Moscow tonight and has implied in the pre-match press conference that Alexandre Lacazette may be set to return to first team action: ‘I have not decided if he will start or not, but … Continue reading “Wenger: Lacazette available for CSKA start”

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Marco Rose gives Red Bull Salzburg wings.

  Written by FootballBosses reporters. Of all the teams left in the Europa League, Red Bull Salzburg are the most overlooked by far. Considered by many to be a “spot filler”, the Austrian side are not even the best “Red Bull” club in the competition – that honour goes to a RB Leipzig side which … Continue reading “Marco Rose gives Red Bull Salzburg wings.”

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Klopp: ‘celebrate when the party starts!’

By FootballBosses reporters Despite enjoying a stunning 3-0 win at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp has warned that Liverpool cannot become complacent in this margin for the second leg: “Man City didn’t play bad tonight,” said Klopp. “They only didn’t create the normal number of chances. We defended outstandingly good in a lot of moments and put … Continue reading “Klopp: ‘celebrate when the party starts!’”

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Sir Alex Ferguson pays tribute to Ray Wilkins

By FootballBosses reporters Sir Alex Ferguson has paid a leading tribute to the career of Ray Wilkins, who passed away today at the age of 61: ‘I am deeply saddened to hear that Ray Wilkins has passed away. Ray excelled as a player and scored a magnificent goal in the FA Cup against Brighton. He … Continue reading “Sir Alex Ferguson pays tribute to Ray Wilkins”

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Klopp: record over Guardiola is irrelevant

By FootballBosses reporters Jurgen Klopp in yesterday’s pre-match press conference, stated explicitly that his record will have no impact on his teams preparation for their Champions League quarter- final against Manchester City this evening. Klopp’s impressive head-to-head record against Pep Guardiola (with six wins compared to the latter five) has been  widely discussed this week, … Continue reading “Klopp: record over Guardiola is irrelevant”

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Kohfeldt signs contract extension with Werder Bremen

By FootballBosses reporters SV Werder Bremen have announced that head coach Florian Kohelft has committed his future to the club through signing a three year contract extension. He was initially promoted from the second team in October last year on an interim basis to replace Alexander Nouri. Sporting director Frank Bauman emphasises the important role … Continue reading “Kohfeldt signs contract extension with Werder Bremen”

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Montella made to rue early chance

By FootballBosses reporters Despite a promising start, Sevilla will be playing the return leg against Bayern Munich with a 2-1 scoreline to overturn. Pablo Sarabia gave them the lead on the 32nd minute, but turned out to be short lived after a deflected own-goal from Jesus Navas five minutes later. Bayern  sealed the win through … Continue reading “Montella made to rue early chance”

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Murty: Rangers should perform for the fans

By FootballBosses reporters After a disappointing 2-2 draw against Motherwell on Saturday, Rangers manager Graeme Murty has challenged his team in an interview with RangersTV to overturn their winless run of three games for the faith of the supporters: “I know how good these guys can be…the frustration for me doesn’t come from seeing the … Continue reading “Murty: Rangers should perform for the fans”

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No revenge for Allegri against Real Madrid

By FootballBosses reporters Juventus’s prospects of reaching the Champions League semi-final look strained after a thumping 3-0 first-leg home defeat against reigning champions Real Madrid. Massimiliano Allegri’s men endured a poor start to the match with Cristiano Ronaldo opening the scoresheet for Real after only three minutes. Juve responded well by huffing and puffing throughout … Continue reading “No revenge for Allegri against Real Madrid”

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Warnock’s winning run comes to a fruitful end

By FootballBosses reporters Cardiff City’s impressive run of eight consecutive victories came to an end last night in a 1-1 draw against Sheffield United. Despite a sub-par performance in context with their form of late, they still secure what is likely to be a  a crucial point in their strive to secure automatic promotion. The … Continue reading “Warnock’s winning run comes to a fruitful end”

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