Southampton have confirmed the appointment of Ralph Hasenhuttl as their new manager. The 51 year old Austrian has put pen to paper a two and a half year deal that will keep him at St.Mary’s till the end of the 2020/21 season. His last coaching assignment was in the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig.
Saints were on the lookout for a new manager after sacking Mark Hughes on Monday, earning Sparky the dubious distinction of becoming the first manager to be sacked by two different Premier League clubs in the same calendar year. Continue reading
Jadon Sancho’s having a whole lot of fun in Germany, and there was plenty of evidence of his talent on show again this weekend in Dortmund’s win over Freiburg. Here’s one such clip, where he gets past several Freiburg defenders with a fantastic piece of skill. Dortmund won 2-0 and are already nine points ahead of defending champions Bayern Munich with over a third of the season gone Continue reading
Promotion hopefuls Leeds United have set their eyes on bringing veteran Spanish striker Fernando Llorente to Elland Road on January. Llorente has never quite been a first team regular at Spurs since his arrival from Swansea in the summer of 2017 and most of his goals for Maurico Pochettino’s side have come from the bench, with Harry Kane preferred upfront. He has only made two league appearances for the Lilywhites this season- four minutes against West Ham, and nine minutes against Watford. Continue reading
The January transfer window is just six weeks away and with the mid-season market fast-approaching, clubs in need of reinforcements will be eyeing up potential additions as they look to finish their seasons as strongly as possible.
Known for being an inflated market in comparison to the summer window however, price-tags can be magnified amongst the desperation of January business, meaning chairmen are perhaps reluctant to part with their cash in some cases.
But amidst the speculation of crazy big-money deals, there are some relative bargains out there particularly when it comes to players whose contracts expire next summer. Continue reading
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