Had I known, I would have held off on this, but given what had transpired over the last week, Zdenek Zeman seemed destined to go. Today, AS Roma confirmed they’ve parted ways with the 65-year-old, replacing him with interim boss Aurelio Andreazzoli effective immediately.
Zeman took over for Luis Enrique this summer but found his position increasingly untenable amid a winless league run and, perhaps more importantly, a perceived discipline issue within the squad. He leaves his second spell at Roma with a 10-9-4 record and his steal still alive in the Coppa Italia.
Zdenek instilled an attractive style that had Roma atop the Serie A scoring charts with 49 goals in 23 games. But the Giallorossi had also allowed a league-worst 42 goals and had not won in league since defeating Milan at the end of December. Friday’s 4-2 home loss to Cagliari in the wake of a week of turmoil left Zeman in an unsustainable position.
The two frontrunners for the now open job are Laurent Blanc and Marco Giampaolo. Blanc is a former Ligue 1 title-winner at Bordeaux who led France at Euro 2012. Giampaolo head coaching experience includes spells at Cagliari, Siena, Catania, and Cesena.
Seemingly everything he touches turns to
Marcus Rashford scored twice in the first 17 minutes of Wednesday’s League Cup third round match versus Burton Albion at Old Trafford, and the second was a beaut.
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It was a classy little chipped finish that made it 1-0, but Rashford unleashed from outside the 18 to beat a flying goalkeeper and put a jewel on the scoreboard.
Well, not really a jewel, but picture that “2” as real shiny.
Rashford now has five goals in eight matches for Manchester United this season, and 22 in 78 for his career. He turns 20 next month, which is nice.
Wayne Rooney‘s move back to Everton was always going to benefit the Merseyside community, though it wasn’t supposed to be like this.
Everton has fined Rooney two weeks’ wages following his admission earlier this week to a drunk driving charge.
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According to the BBC, “Everton intend to give the entire sum – thought to be about £300,000 – to local projects through their Everton in the Community scheme.”
At a Monday court date, Rooney learned that he would not be allowed to drive for two years. He was also fined and assigned 100 hours of community service.
Rooney has two goals and an assist in nine appearances, all starts, for the struggling Toffees. He is not in the 18 for Everton’s third round League Cup tie versus Sunderland on Wednesday.
Five more League Cup third round games take place on Wednesday with Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton all hosting lower-league opponents.
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Holders Man United welcome Burton Albion to Old Trafford, while Arsenal host Doncaster Rovers, Chelsea welcome Nottingham Forest to Stamford Bridge, Everton clash with recently relegated Sunderland and Manchester City head to West Brom.
On Tuesday five Premier League teams were knocked out of the competition as Liverpool lost at Leicester City, Stoke were upset at Bristol City, Burnley lost to Leeds United on penalty kicks, Brighton lost at Bournemouth and Huddersfield were knocked out by Crystal Palace.
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Below is the full schedule for Wednesday’s League Cup games with all games kicking off at 2:45 p.m. ET unless otherwise stated.
Click on the link above for live updates on all five games, while the fourth-round draw takes place after the games have finished.
Wednesday’s League Cup schedule
Arsenal vs. Doncaster Rovers
Chelsea vs. Nottingham Forest
Everton vs. Sunderland
Manchester United vs. Burton Albion – 3 p.m. ET
West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City – 3 p.m. ET
Rog and Davo break down Arsenal’s draw at Chelsea, Wazza’s return to Old Trafford, and a robotic performance from Pep’s City side. Plus, a musical number at the end.
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