Hull City’s Steve Bruce among candidates at Southampton

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According to Saturday’s reports, Southampton has a six-man list of candidates to replace Mauricio Pochettino, though given philosophies of the man Saints lost to Tottenham, one of the names being considered may surprise supporters at St. Mary’s. In the wake of the intense, possession-based style the 42-year-old brought from Espanyol, Southampton management is willing to consider somebody whose teams have typically embodied an entirely different approach. Steve Bruce, who took Hull City to this year’s FA Cup final, is among the names on Saints’ list.

Southampton has also reportedly spoken to Ronald Koeman, who left Feyenoord in the Eredivisie last month. According to The Guardian, the Dutch defending icon may be Southampton’s favorite, with Bruce giving the club the option of hiring somebody with experience in England.

From the report:

Southampton … want to make an appointment by the end of week and Bruce has emerged as the English option because of Hull’s considerable improvement under his management …

Bruce regards Southampton as an upgrade, even at a time when the club is being threatened by an exodus of their best players. However, it is understood he is not the front-runner for the job, with Koeman meeting Southampton officials during the week.

Koeman left Feyenoord last month and the 51-year-old appeals to Southampton because of his philosophy of bringing through young players and adopting an attacking playing style.

Bruce’s style wouldn’t readily be called “attacking,” particularly relative to Pochettino or Koeman’s. His approach also doesn’t particularly emphasize possession or technical play, perhaps a function of the talent Bruce has had around him. In charge of the players his clubs have bought, however, the teams Bruce has built bear few similarities to what we’ve seen from the Saints since their Premier League return.

Wouldn’t somebody like a Michael Laudrup be a better fit? He eventually flamed out with Swansea, but his style of play would be a better fit. What about Roberto Di Matteo, or perhaps placing a call to Sunderland to see if Guy Poyet may be available. If you are going to go for somebody with a wealth of experience in England, that guy who just left Old Trafford would probably be a better option, too (not that he’d take the job). Why is Bruce on this list?

Ultimately, it may not matter. After success at Feyenoord, Koeman seems a near-perfect fit with the Saints. Even if it’s unclear why he’s been targeted before others, Bruce may only be a backup play at Southampton.

Stampede at stadium in Honduras kills multiple people

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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) Officials in Honduras say thousands of soccer fans trying to force their way into a stadium for a championship match stampeded in panic when police fired tear gas, and at least four people and an unborn fetus were killed in the crush and 25 others were injured.

A spokesman for University Teaching Hospital says the victims died from suffocation and multiple broken bones from being trampled Sunday. Spokesman Miguel Osorio says a fetus died when its mother suffered severe injuries.

The stampede happened at the National Stadium as fans tried to push their way into the jammed venue to see the game between Motagua and Honduras Progreso.

About 600 police officers were guarding the stadium and used water cannon and tear gas trying to push back the crowds.

LIVE, at the half: Huddersfield miss glorious chances v. Reading

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It is tough to explain how Huddersfield Town aren’t ahead at half time of the Championship playoff final at Wembley Stadium on Monday.

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The Terriers had two glorious chances early on but Michael Hefele headed wide and then Izzy Brown — on loan from Chelsea — somehow put his effort wide from a yard out.

Reading only had a few forays forward but Jaap Stam’s men held firm with the score locked at 0-0 at the break.

Will David Wagner’s Huddersfield live to rue those missed chances?

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LIVE: Playoff final – Huddersfield v. Reading for PL spot

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The richest game in world soccer is here.

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Huddersfield Town and Reading clash at Wembley Stadium in the Championship playoff final, one win away from the Premier League with the final promotion spot up for grabs after Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion clinched automatic promotion.

Whoever wins this match will alter the path of their club for the foreseeable future.

The winner will not only receive a place in the PL but also a huge sum of $218 million for next season and if they stay up for just one season in the Premier League it is estimated to be worth $372 million.

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VIDEO: Watch Francesco Totti’s emotional Roma farewell

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After a 25-year career at AS Roma, Francesco Totti was handed a fitting farewell on Sunday.

The hometown hero, now 40 years of age, called time on his incredible Roma career and looked overwhelmed.

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Coming on for the 786th and final appearance of his stunning career, the all-time leading scorer for Roma (307 goals in all competitions) helped his team secured a dramatic last-gasp 3-2 win over Genoa to seal second place in the Serie A table and an automatic spot in the UEFA Champions League next season.

Totti spurned big money moves to Real Madrid and Barcelona where he could have won the biggest trophies and individual titles in the game to stay at Roma. He won just one Scudetto with Roma but famously said that was worth 10 league titles had he played for another team.

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Following the game it was all about Totti as his teammates and manager broke down in tears, and so too did Totti as he went on a lap of honor with his wife and children at a sold-out Stadio Olimpico.

Rome’s favorite son said goodbye and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Watch the emotional farewell in the videos below.

I know. I have something in my eye too…