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Just like that, Zdenek Zeman’s gone at Roma

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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.

Jurgen Klopp announced as new Liverpool manager

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Enough with the speculation and reports already, because it’s finally officially official: Jurgen Klopp has been appointed the newest manager of Liverpool Football Club, the Merseyside club announced on Thursday.

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Klopp will be unveiled to the world at an introductory press conference at Anfield on Friday.

According to early reports, Klopp’s three-year contract could pay him as much as $10 million per season.

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The 48-year-old German has been out of work since stepping down at Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund following a seventh-place finish to the 2014-15 season. Klopp’s seven seasons in charge of Dortmund weren’t without success and silverware, though, as he led Der BVB to back-to-back league titles in 2011 and 2012, a German Cup triumph in 2012 and a UEFA Champions League final appearance in 2013.

Mourinho “working like never before” to turn Chelsea around

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Jose Mourinho got the dreaded much-needed vote of confidence from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich last weekend, seemingly giving the Portuguese manager a temporary stay of execution despite the Blues’ worst start to a season in 37 years.

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Speaking this week, Mourinho has revealed that while he’s thankful to have been kept on at the club for which he regularly professes his love, he still thinks it was no-brainer for Abramovich. In other words, Mourinho’s not backing down from his incredible, seven-minute rant to one question following Saturday’s defeat to Southampton.

Mourinho, on what he’s doing to turn Chelsea around — quotes from the Guardian:

“It shows the confidence of Abramovich in the manager who has won three Premier League titles with this club. I thank him and I keep working.

“What’s going on? I do not know. The results with Chelsea at the moment have been really bad. I cannot hide that reality, and I don’t want to. And I struggle to find an explanation. But I assure you: I’m working like never before and we will come out of this. And there is also the Champions League that we will not neglect, for certain.”

What did you expect from Mourinho? Well, you know, I should probably be fired, but thanks to Mr. Abramovich for not realizing this and keeping me employed? It’s simultaneously interesting and the least surprising thing ever, though, that Mourinho claims to not know what’s wrong with Chelsea at the moment. Of course he has a theory (or five), and of course he’s “working like never before” to correct it.

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The most fascinating thing about Chelsea’s sluggish start to the season is to see, hear and read Mourinho speaking from a position of powerlessness. Always the clever one, the one dictating where the discussion goes, the one in charge of every press interaction, Saturday’s rant felt like watching a desperate Mourinho grasping for anything by which to pull himself back up.