2000– Claudio Ranieri as Chelsea manager makes Slovisa Jokanovic his first signing
2018– Slovisa Jokanovic is replaced as Fulham manager by Claudio Ranieri
Fulham have relieved Slovisa Jokanovic of his duties and appointed Claudio Ranieri as their new manager. It seems a tad harsh upon the Serb, who guided the Cottagers back to the top flight, but such is the competitive nature of Premier League football that owner Shahid Khan felt compelled to act, with his side bottom of the table after nearly a third of the season. Continue reading
Newly promoted Cardiff City ended a run of six straight defeats across all competitions as they beat Fulham 4-2 to claim their first win of the 18/19 campaign. The Bluebirds had scored ONLY four goals in the eight league games leading up to this clash against Slavisa Jokanovic’s men, and DOUBLED their tally in a single game, helped by some truly atrocius defending from the visitors, which will almost certainly lead to more calls among Cottagers fans for their Serbian gaffer to be sacked. The result took Cardiff to five points and saw them leapfrog Fulham in the league standings Continue reading
Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has inked a new deal that will keep him at Old Trafford till 2024. Shaw’s contract was due to expire at the end of the 18/19 season and he had spoken of his desire “to earn a new one” after being a peripheral figure under Jose Mourinho and the subject of his direct criticism several times over the last couple of seasons.
However the ex Southampton star has had a stellar year, scoring his first goal of the club, being named their Player of the Month for both August and September, and earning a recall to the England squad as well. The new deal will see his wages nearly double, from £100,000 a week to £195,000 a week. That is some turnaround for Shaw, who before this season would’ve been described as a squad player at best- a backup to Ashley Young.
The news was officially confirmed by Man Utd on social media today. Continue reading
The eighth gameweek of the Premier League, the last before the international break, saw a three way tie at the top of the table after Chelsea beat Southampton 3-0 at St.Mary’s and Liverpool and Manchester City played out a goalless draw. The Blues, the Reds and the Citizens all have 20 points after 8 games, but Jurgen Klopp’s side have slipped to third on goal difference.
Both Liverpool and Man City had conceded only three goals each in their previous 7 games, and seemed intent on not letting that figure change. Fans might have expected a high scoring encounter (like the 4-3 from last season), but had to be content with a goalless stalemate.
At the other end of the table, Cardiff remained rooted to the bottom, while Newcastle were within 20 minutes of potentially rendering Jose Mourinho jobless before the Red Devils got their act together and managed to win 3-2 Continue reading