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Crystal Palace eyes Tim Sherwood to fill manager opening

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Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis quit his job on Thursday, just before the Premier League start, and the club’s jolted management has quickly turned its attention toward finding a replacement.

The Telegraph reported that Palace will interview Tim Sherwood “early next week”, along with former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay. Both men are the Eagles’ top candidates, and the club is looking to move forward with the hiring as soon as possible. Palace plans to sign a couple of players by the end of the month, so they want a manager in office days before the transfer window’s conclusion.

Sherwood, who rejected the opportunity to manage at West Brom this summer, left Tottenham Hotspur in May after they signed him to an 18-month contract in December 2013.

Meanwhile, players and staff alike had no inkling Pulis would exit at this point in time, but in the past, similar scenarios have plagued the Eagles. Above all, assistant manager Matt Millen doesn’t want his players to feel that they had triggered this baffling situation.

“The players are asking why. This has happened now three times what with Dougie [Freedman] leaving and then Ian [Holloway] and now Tony,” he said. “It’s important to reassure them they’ve done nothing wrong…Now all of a sudden they’re wondering who is going to come in and what direction we’re going.”

Klopp to the Kop: Multiple reports say deal agreed at Liverpool

TURIN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 24:  Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp shouts to his players during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Juventus and Borussia Dortmund at Juventus Arena on February 24, 2015 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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Jurgen Klopp is on his way to Liverpool to sign a contract naming him the next coach of the Reds.

The celebrated manager, 48, has been on “hiatus” from football since leaving Borussia Dortmund last season.

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Reports starting emerging earlier today that an agreement was imminent, and now the BBC is among those reporting that Klopp will be rolled out Friday morning.

From the BBC:

No contract has yet been signed but that is viewed as a formality when Klopp arrives in Liverpool later on Thursday. He will be officially unveiled by Liverpool on Friday morning at 10:00 BST.

There’s not much to say besides this: Klopp’s addition to the Premier League will give more color and brilliance to the country’s footballing scene. Only a certain class of manager can be instantly expected to find a better system for an inherited group of players.

This could and should be a game changer on Merseyside.

Appeal rejected! Lionel Messi will face court trial in Spain

VIGO, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 23:  Lionel Messi looks dejected after the La Liga match between Celta Vigo and FC Barcelona at Estadio Balaidos on September 23, 2015 in Vigo, Spain.  (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
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It was a mere 48 hours ago that Lionel Messi looked close to in the clear when it came to tax evasion charges.

Now the question is whether a Spanish court will lock away the greatest active footballer, as a judge rejected the prosecutors’ (!!!) request to drop the charges.

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Messi and his father have already made a $5.5 million corrective payment, but there’s principle in play here. And the judge wants to know how Messi can claim he had no idea what was being done with his money.

From the BBC:

Lawyers acting on behalf of the tax authorities demanded 22-month jail sentences for both defendants.

“There are rational signs that the criminality was committed by both accused parties,” wrote the judge in a court filing, according to the AFP news agency.

Can you imagine one of the world’s richer men ending up in a Spanish prison? It’s very difficult to consider. In some ways it’s more plausible that he would buy his own island and start the “Messi Isle Premiership”.

Still, we won’t laugh off the idea, especially with FIFA apparently going down. Messi in prison. That’s something. Sepp in Switzerland. Lionel in Spain.