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West Brom on Anelka’s Twitter Qwitting: You can’t quit. You’re fired.


He said he was quitting the Baggies earlier today, but Nicolas Anelka may need a lesson in how contracts work, as he’s been fired by West Brom for “gross misconduct.”

West Bromwich Albion had not heard from the “unprofessional” and out-of-favor striker aside when he posted earlier resignation statements today on Anelka’s Twitter (Or should we say Qwitter? I’ll see myself out, thanks). Now he’s been given his “two weeks notice.”

Anelka took to social media Friday to announce that he had terminated his contract to preserve his integrity. Some would argue he lost most of that during his long and awkward reactions to getting banned for a perceived anti-Semitic goal celebration against West Ham in December, but I digress.

Anelka Tweeted (translated from French):

“In order to preserve my integrity, I’ve terminated my contract with West Brom with immediate effect.”

“Following discussions between the club and myself, certain conditions have been set for me to rejoin the group, which I can’t accept.”

West Brom initially responded:

“The club regards the release of such a statement on social media as highly unprofessional and will make a further statement when appropriate.”

The club later released a statement saying they were giving Anelka his “14 days notice of termination as required by law.”

Gotta say: I understand it’s the Premier League and he’s a world-famous striker, but it’s pretty classless to not speak to your bosses first. It’s a larger scale version of a lazy teenager not showing up to work at the local burger joint and texting his friends to say he quit.

The Frenchman’s not exactly bathing himself in glory, but not sure what we should’ve expected from a man who thought an “inverted Nazi salute” was totally cool and then pretended he didn’t know it was offensive.

EURO 2016: Ireland shock Germany, Northern Ireland qualify

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A recap of Thursday’s action in 2016 European Championship qualifying:

Ireland 1-0 Germany

Southampton striker Shane Long scored the goal that knocked off the defending world champions and pushed Ireland one step closer to next summer’s European Championship in France. Long, who entered the game in the 65th minute, latched onto Darren Randolph‘s ball over the top in the 70th minute, took one touch to settle and fired for the far post, beating Manuel Neuer for the game’s only goal.

With one game still to play, Ireland (18 points) sit third in Group D, level on points with Sunday’s opponent Poland. While the winner of Sunday’s clash could leapfrog Germany (19), they will more likely finish second in the group and qualify automatically. A draw on Sunday could still see both sides qualify automatically through the ranking of third-place finishers (the top third-place finishers from group play earns an automatic berth at EURO 2016).

Northern Ireland 3-1 Greece

Norther Ireland (20 points) topped Greece (3), 3-1 on Thursday to officially book their place at EURO 2016. Steven Davis scored twice and Josh Magennis added the third for Michael O’Neill’s side.

With one game still to play (Sunday, at Finland), Northern Ireland can finish no lower than second. A draw against Finland, or any points dropped by Romania (17) would see Northern Ireland finish top of Group F.

Portugal 1-0 Denmark

Joao Moutinho scored the only goal of the game to secure Portugal’s (18 points from just seven games) place at next summer’s tournament. The defeat sees Denmark remain second in Group I, a point ahead of third-place Albania, who lost to Serbia on Thursday. Having played all eight of their group games, Denmark can go no higher than 12 points, meaning they would fail to qualify if Albania beat Armenia on Sunday. A draw between Albania and Armenia would see Denmark qualify based on tiebreakers.

Elsewhere in EURO 2016 qualifying action

Group D

Scotland 2-2 Poland
Georgia 4-0 Gibraltar

Group F

Hungary 2-1 Faroe Islands
Romania 1-1 Finland

Group I

Albania 0-2 Serbia

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.

PST’s Joe Prince-Wright will be at Anfield on Friday for Klopp’s unveiling, so be sure to follow JPW on Twitter and check back to PST for wall-to-wall coverage of Klopp’s first press conference as Liverpool manager.