Paul Scholes turns down Manchester United coaching job

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Paul Scholes has turned down the chance to join Manchester United’s coaching staff.

Scholes retired from United (for a second time) following the 2012-13 season and had been widely expected to join former Red Devil teammates Nicky Butt, Phil Neville and Ryan Giggs on David Moyes’ staff. But in a mildly shocking move the former England international has denied the opportunity, citing family reasons.

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Moyes spoke of his desire to bring Scholes into his back-room staff to ensure he maintained significant connections to Manchester United. In recent days the Scot has received some criticism for what some are calling the ‘Evertonisation’ of the Old Trafford club.

“I spoke to Paul Scholes as well,” Moyes explained. “He wants to have some time off with his family.”

The open-ended comment suggests that Scholes could eventually join Moyes’ staff and many believe that may happen sometime following the 2014 Brazil World Cup, where it is believed Scholes may be set for pundit work.

While family reasons or pundit work may be Scholes’ primary motives to deny Moyes’ offer, the 38 year old’s decision also could reflect the notion that United’s staff has too many cooks in the kitchen.

Since arriving at Old Trafford Moyes has hired Neville, Giggs and former Everton coaches Steve Round (assistant manager), Chris Woods (goal-keeping coach) and Jimmy Lumsden (first-team coach).

 

 

Soccer world reacts to the Manchester attacks

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NBC News is reporting that at least 19 people have been killed and another 50 are injured following a possible suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials who are monitoring British authorities told NBC News that preliminary reports indicate that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the train station. The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.

Soccer clubs, players and personalities around the world are reacting to the horrible event.

Juventus purchases Cuadrado from Chelsea

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If you didn’t realize Juan Cuadrado still belonged to Chelsea, you’re forgiven.

The Colombian attacker will complete his second season at Juventus after the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, and won’t be headed back to Chelsea afterwards.

Juve has purchased Cuadrado, and the fee is $22 million, and Juve will pay it over three seasons. Cuadrado, 28, is now signed through 2020 with The Old Lady.

Cuadrado first went on loan to Juve in Aug. 2015, and has eight goals and 18 assists in 83 career appearances with the club.

Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Fiorentina for around $32 million in the January 2015 transfer window, but made just 14 appearances with the club.

Report: Jermain Defoe meeting with Bournemouth

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Sky Sports is reporting that Jermain Defoe may head back to the south of England following Sunderland’s relegation.

Defoe, 34, spent two seasons with Portsmouth between 2008-09, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances.

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The 56-times capped England striker had a clause in his Sunderland contract allowing him to leave the Stadium of Light were the Black Cats to be relegated, as they were this season. He’d have little interest in dropping into the Championship given his desire to stay a part of the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Bournemouth’s strike corps includes Joshua King, who scored the most goals of any player not on a Top Seven side this season. King’s 16 goals were one more than Defoe’s 15, though the latter scored just one goal following a brace against Crystal Palace on Feb. 4.

Chelsea’s Conte wins pair of top managerial honors

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Antonio Conte took league and national honors from the League Managers Association on Monday night.

The Chelsea boss was named Premier League Manager of the Year and Manager of the Year after leading the Blues to the PL title and an FA Cup Final in his first year on the job.

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton nabbed another Championship boss of the year award after leading the Gulls to the Premier League. He also won the honor with Newcastle United in 2010.

The League One winner is Chris Wilder of Sheffield United. Wilder won the honor with Northampton Town last season.

In League Two, Paul Cook of Portsmouth was named the winner.