Something to ponder: Manchester City sack manager Roberto Mancini
Manchester City have finally axed manager Roberto Mancini, a year to the day after Mancini lead City to their first Premier League title in 44 years. After the 72 hour wait for City’s Abu Dhabi-owner’s and 24 hour after Mancini was told he would be shown the door at City by chairman Khaldoon al Mubara, the Italian’s sacking has been confirmed. City’s owners’ claimed Mancini had failed to meet any of their targets or the season (except Chapions League qualification), resulting in the 48-year-old’s sacking.
Mancini’s City future was in doubt after City’s shock 1-0 loss to Wigan in the FA Cup final, meaning City will go without silverware this season. Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini was reported to have been approached by City after their FA Cup defeat, and with Mancini out the Chilean looks set to move to Manchester.
Assistant manager Brian Kidd will take over for City’s remaining two Premier League matches, unless a replacement for Mancini is found before Sunday. Continue reading
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini’s future at the English club is in doubt, with reports suggesting that Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini will replace Mancini over the summer. Reports from Spain claim that Pellegrini has agreed to a contract with City, who will pay his €4 million release clause.
Mancini’s side will play Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final on Saturday, and the Italian still remains popular with City supporters, who will likely chant Mancini’s name against Wigan in a bid to reverse City’s decision to bring in Pellegrini. The Chilean has reportedly told Malaga that he will be leaving at the end of the season to join City, although there has been no confirmation of the deal from either City of Malaga.
David Moyes will succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United
Manchester United have confirmed David Moyes has been new appointed manager of the Red Devils on a six-year contract. Moyes will take over from the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson, on June 31 after he finishes the current season with Everton.
Moyes’ ability to cope with the pressure of succeeding Ferguson had been questioned, but their is no doubt about the fifty-year-old’s talent. He took over at Everton in 2002, and has since done wonders with the side on a very tight budget, consistently earning the Toffes’ a top ten finish in the Premier League. Everton even achieved a top four finish during Moyes’ reign, despite only spending around £131 million during his 11 year spell at Everton, compared to Manchester United’s total of around £393 million during that time. Although Moyes went without a trophy during his time at Goodison Park, his work their impressed Ferguson enough for the 71-year-old to recommended Moyes to be his successor after the Everton manager had been picked as favorite for the job. Continue reading
Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United career: 26 Years, 13 Premier League titles, 10 Community Shields, 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 2 European Cups, 1 Piece of Chewing Gum
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has shocked the world of football after Manchester United announced that Ferguson will retire at the end of the season after a stunning 39-year managerial career. Although the Scot, who has become the most successful manager in British football, will stay at United as a director and ambassador, he will leave behind one of the most successful managerial career’s ever.
Ferguson’s last competitive match as a manager will be played against West Bromwich Albion on May 19th, his 1500th game for United. The 71-year-old took the reigns at United in 1986, and went on to stay at United for another 27 trophy-laden years. United won an astounding 38 trophies during Ferguson’s reign, which will be an almost impossible feat to match by Ferguson’s replacement, who is set to be Everton manager David Moyes. Continue reading
Andre Schurrle is coming closer to his long awaited move to Chelsea
Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Andre Schurrle looks set to join Chelsea over the summer, with Bayer’s general manager Wolfgang Holzhauser suggesting that the German has already signed a pre-contrcat with the English club.
Schurrle has long been linked with a move to Chelsea, and was tipped to move to the English club over the summer. Although the move fell through, Chelsea still have the German international on their radar, and the reigning Champions League champions have reportedly made a bid for twenty-two-year-old, which Scurrle has so far refused to comment on.
Schurrle, who has been capped by the German national team multiple times, rose through the ranks at Mainz, before making his senior debut in 2009. The twenty-six-year-old scored twenty times in his first two seasons with Mainz, earning him a move to Bayer in 2011. He has become an instrumental part of Bayer’s midfield, and has scored fourteen goals in his forty appearances for the club so far this season, also having eight assists. Continue reading
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has yet again hinted that he will re-join his former club Chelsea at the end of the season. After watching Madrid getting knocked out of the Champions League in the semifinals for the third year in a row with a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund (Madrid lost 4-3 on aggregate), the fifty-year old again cast doubt on his Madrid career. The Portuguese manager enjoyed a three year term at Chelsea from 2004 to 2007, and won the English Premier League, and also reaching the Champions League finals during his reign in England. Mourinho has already hinted multiple times that he would like to return to the Blues when he leaves Madrid, which will most likely be this summer.
Wenger has squashed rumors of a move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has rubbished rumors that he would move to French club Paris Saint-Germain over the summer. PSG’s Qatari owners were reported to be confident that they could prise the Frenchman away from Arsenal and the club reportedly offered a £30 million three-year contract to the manager in January, but Wenger has delayed any confirmation of talks with the Parc des Princes club. Continue reading