Shortly after today’s draw with Atlético Madrid, Barcelona head coach Gerardo Martino he is leaving the club, quickly slapping the “former” title onto a head coach who was hired 10 months ago. After one season on the job at the Nou Camp, the Argentine boss leaves the club be mutual consent, as confirmed by the club’s Twitter account in the wake of today’s result:
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Martino’s team drew 1-1 today in Catalonia, giving Atlético the title at Barça’s expense. Had the club overcome a visiting team that played most of the match without its two best attackers (Diego Costa, Arda Turan), Barcelona would have claimed its fifth Spanish Primera Division title in six years. Instead, Atleti wear their first crown since 1996, handing Barça a loss that leaves the club without a major trophy for the first time since 2007-08.
Moving from Argentina’s Newell’s Old Boys on July 22, Martino joined Barcelona late in the offseason after illness prevented Tito Vilanova from resuming his role as head coach. Within four weeks of assuming the job, Martino was managing his first Liga game, winning his Primera debut against Levante, 7-0.
Barcelona would go undefeated through Martino’s first three months before losing back-to-back games in late November and early December, ruining the team’s unbeaten marks in Champions League (Ajax) and Spain (Athletic Bilbao). A rocky winter and spring ended with La Liga’s holders in second place with 87 points – 13 less than last year’s mark .
With the team also falling short of the Champions League semifinals for the first time in seven years, speculation had grown as to Martino’s future with the club. Today, that speculation ends. Shortly after failing to produce the home win that would have retained Spain’s title, Barcelona has parted ways with its coach.
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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To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Premier League we thought it would be great to count down our top 25 moments from a quarter of a century of action.
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Each week we will release our best moments and you can keep track of the full list here.
Below are numbers 12-10 as we enter the top 10 moments in PL history.
12. Sir Alex Ferguson retires as Manchester United’s manager
11. Alan Shearer becomes Newcastle’s all-time leading goalscorer
10. Sheikh Mansour buys Manchester City in 2008
The English Football Association announced on Wednesday that the head coach of the women’s team, Mark Sampson, has been fired as their boss.
Sampson, 34, led the Lionesses to both the semifinals of the 2015 World Cup and the 2017 European Championships, their best-ever finishes on the international stage and also their highest-ever world ranking of third.
However, amid uproar regarding allegations of racist abuse and bullying from current England forward Eni Aluko, something Sampson has been cleared of by two separate investigations, the FA now cite safeguarding allegations from 2014 as the reason for firing Sampson.
His previous job was as the manager of Bristol Academy women’s team from 2009-13 and the FA say it was “unacceptable behavior by a coach.”
Below is the statement from the English Football Association in full.
The Football Association can confirm that Mark Sampson’s contract as England Women’s head coach has been terminated with immediate effect.
Prior to taking charge of the national team in December 2013, Sampson was manager of Bristol Academy. In 2014, safeguarding allegations were made against him about his time with Bristol Academy. The safeguarding assessment was that he did not pose a risk working in the game.
However, the full report of that investigation was only brought to the attention of the current FA leadership last week and it is our judgement that it revealed clear evidence of inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour by a coach.
It is on this basis that we have acted quickly to agree a termination of Sampson’s contract. In respect of investigations into specific allegations made by Eniola Aluko in 2016, The FA stands by the findings of the independent barrister Katharine Newton’s investigation.
Sampson has denied all of the accusations put to him and no evidence of wrong-doing was found. We will continue to support the independent investigation as it reviews the recent evidence presented to it and publish any new findings and recommendations.
It is still early in the season but the player Power Rankings are already becoming increasingly familiar.
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Players from Manchester City dominate our top five, while plenty of stars from Manchester United are also in the top 20 as Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola work their magic. There are also plenty of new entries as new signings find their feet across the league.
Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League.
Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections of the top 20 players in the PL right now.
- Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – Even
- Nemanja Matic (Man United) – Up 11
- Sergio Aguero (Man City) – New entry
- David Silva (Man City) – Up 11
- Romelu Lukaku (Man United) – Up 4
- Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United) – New entry
- Harry Kane (Tottenham) – Down 5
- Gabriel Jesus (Man City) – Even
- Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) – New entry
- Juan Mata (Man United) – New entry
- Pascal Gross (Brighton) – Down 7
- David De Gea (Man United) – New entry
- Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City) – New entry
- Mario Lemina (Southampton) – New entry
- Cesar Azpcilicueta (Chelsea) – Down 3
- Jack Butland (Stoke City) – Down 11
- Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) – New entry
- Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth) – New entry
- Laurent Depoitre (Huddersfield Town) – New entry
- Shokdran Mustafi (Arsenal) – New entry