“At the meeting we ended up saying we have to stay together and we shook hands,” said Laudrup. “[Jenkins] said ‘thank you very much because you want to help the club’.
“Later that morning I received a mail that said ‘due to a breach of your contract, with immediate effect, it’s terminated’.
Laudrup said he called the club for an explanation on “the breach,” but failed to get a reply. His belongings were delivered, and he then asked if he could speak to his players and staff, to thank them for all they’ve done. He was denied.
“I said ‘could I speak to the staff and players?’ He called me back and said ‘the chairman thinks that’s a bad idea’. I still have not said goodbye to anyone.”
Losing your job is rarely a good time, but Laudrup’s consternation is pretty amped up. But posited in Richard Farley’s sprawling essay comparing Laudrup to Don Draper of TV’s “Mad Men,” it’s never as simple as it looks from the outside. Sure, he may claim to have backing from Sir Alex Ferguson and Gary Lineker — and be considered a lock for a solid job somewhere in Europe — but for nearly every great coach, there’s likely someone above him who’s sick of his schtick.
After failing to qualify for the playoffs in each of their first eight seasons, 2015 saw the Reds venture into the postseason for the first time ever, only to be thumped in the knockout round, 3-0, by their 401 derby rival Montreal Impact, of all sides.
This is the year, though, or so we’ve said and been told all season long. While it remains to be seen how deep of a run TFC can muster in 2016, they’ll always have the Jozy Altidore‘s terrible first touch; Altidore’s wayward second and third touches; Altidore’s overhead cross; and Sebastian Giovinco’s strike, all of which you can watch in all its hilarity glory below.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) United States international Julian Green scored in his first official start as title holder Bayern Munich eased to a 3-1 win over Augsburg to reach the third round of the German Cup on Wednesday.
Green’s first goal in a competition match for Bayern came in the 42nd minute with a header off a cross by Thomas Mueller.
The 21-year-old American winger played in the previous German Cup round, coming off the bench in a 5-0 win over Carl-Zeiss Jena. Green has been in coach Carlo Ancelotti’s squad several times this season but this was his first start.
Manchester United will take on West Ham United at Old Trafford, while Arsenal will welcome Southampton to the Emirates Stadium. All quarterfinal fixtures will be played the week commencing Nov. 28.
As for the other two matchups, Liverpool host Leeds United at Anfield, and Hull City will face one of the three clubs they replaced in the PL this season, recently relegated Newcastle United, at the KCOM Stadium.
Full EFL Cup quarterfinal draw
Liverpool vs. Leeds United
Manchester United vs. West Ham
Hull City vs. Newcastle United
Arsenal vs. Southampton