Rene Meulensteen’s hiring at Fulham has definitely cost Martin Jol responsibilities

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With new Fulham head coach Rene Meulesteen speaking to the media for the first time since his appointment under manager Martin Jol, some things have been made painfully clear:

Martin Jol has lost some responsibilities to his new inferior.

“Martin is obviously a very experienced manager in the game,” Meulensteen told Sky Sports. “I think it comes to a time in his life – as a manager as well – when he has got experience and he wants to step back a little bit and let the groundwork over to somebody like myself. I think we can work perfectly well together.”

It is unclear exactly what “groundwork” Meulensteen is referring to, but given his background as a training and tactical expert, one could speculate that Meulensteen will take over most of the training duties as well as probably much of the tactical instruction and decision-making on matchday as well.

Martin Jol’s main responsibilities will most likely be headlined now by more figurehead duties as well as those in the transfer market and headlining decisions.

Jol’s connections and persuasive abilities were most likely too valuable with the January window coming up for owner Shahid Khan to part with.

Despite a relatively disappointing summer window for the Cottagers considering the vast amount of holes they needed to fill, Jol still has the power to lure players such as #1 Dutch keeper Maarten Stekelenburg to the Cottage, just like he did with Dimitar Berbatov over a year ago.

However, with the club struggling on the pitch to perform up to the standards they’ve set the last few years with strong mid-table finishes, and the danger of relegation looming, something had to be done to shore up Jol’s static tactics on matchday.

Meulensteen has already made his coaching debut with Fulham, on the staff that saw Fulham beat Crystal Palace 1-0 in a friendly behind closed doors.  The match served as work for those who were not selected for international duty, and probably helped to experiment with some fresh tactics and ideas brought in by the newly-hired Dutchman.  Adel Taarabt was the lone goalscorer in the match.

Transfer news: James to Everton; Meunier to Man United

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The latest transfer news continues across the Premier League and here’s a look at some of the juiciest rumors.

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First up, Everton are said to be interested in signing James Rodriguez from Real Madrid. The Colombian star previously played for Carlo Ancelotti at Real and Bayern Munich, as he helped the former win the UEFA Champions League in 2015-16 and 2016-17 after arriving from Monaco following a sensational 2014 World Cup.

According to Marca, James is keen on a move to England and Real want to sell him this summer as he has just one year left on his contract. Per the report Ancelotti tried to sign James last summer when he was in charge at Napoli and although Arsenal and Wolves are also interested, Everton are the frontrunners.

James spent two seasons on loan at Bayern Munich before returning to Real for 2019-20 where he has been a bit-part player for Zinedine Zidane.

His quality on the ball is undoubted and at the age of 28 he is hitting his prime and Ancelotti certainly knows how to get the best out of James, who put up his best numbers at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2014-15 (17 goals in 46 games in all competitions) under the Italian coach.

Where would he slot in at Everton? Probably as the second striker or No. 10 which would mean stiff competition for Gylfi Sigurdsson who has become the chief creator for Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has not been shy in splashing the cash and Ancelotti has had a huge impact during his first few months in charge of the Toffees, strengthening his case to be given money to spend in the next transfer window to improve his young, raw squad.

Time to add the duo of Ancelotti-James to Mourinho-Matic, Redknapp-Defoe and Moyes-Fellaini manager-player partnerships.


Switching the focus from Merseyside to Manchester, another piece of transfer news has been reported that Man United are keen on signing Belgium international Thomas Meunier.

Meunier, 28, has yet to sign a new contract at Paris Saint-Germain and according to French outlet Le Foot, the Red Devils have joined AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund in ‘keeping a lookout’ on the right-sided player who becomes a free agent this summer.

An attacking right back, Meunier is just as comfortable playing as an out-and-out winger and his arrival would not only give them cover at right back for Aaron Wan-Bissaka but also give them an option at right wing. His experience with Belgium and PSG is undoubted and his quality passing and crossing from wide areas will surely provide Man United’s star attackers plenty of service. Meunier previously said his main aim is to stay at PSG, where he’s been since arriving from Club Brugge in 2016 as he’s won eight domestic trophies with the reigning French champions.

Meunier has also previously stated in the Belgian media that he is a fan of Man United, so perhaps that gives Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side the edge. He would fill a need and a free transfer would certainly be welcome after splashing out over $280 million to sign Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes and Wan-Bissaka over the last 12 months.

VIDEO: Arlo White’s best Premier League calls

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Arlo White’s voice has been missed by Premier League fans across the USA in recent weeks, so this video of his best calls will keep you going for a while.

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Click play on the video above as some of the craziest goals and moments in the Premier League have been beautifully described by NBC’s lead soccer commentator.

His magical command of the English language is on full show across 15 minutes of Arlo commentating on plenty of wild Liverpool goals, Leicester City’s incredible title win and plenty of upset victories from the last seven seasons of the Premier League.

Enjoy a trip down memory lane with Arlo and in the comments below let us know your favorite calls from his time behind the mic with NBC Sports over the last few years.

Son could complete military service in South Korea

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Tottenham striker Heung-min Son is currently in his homeland of South Korea and could complete a four-week military service program if the Premier League season is suspended further.

Son, 27, previously became exempt from the mandatory 21-month military service as he captained South Korea to gold medal glory at the 2018 Asian Games but there is also a four-week stint he needs to complete in the army.

Currently the Premier League season is suspended until April 30 but ahead of the latest club meeting on Friday it is expected that the 2019-20 campaign will be suspended until May.

ProSoccerTalk understands that although Son is currently in South Korea as he continues his rehabilitation from a broken arm he suffered in February, he may not just be able to complete his military service at the drop of a hat.

The South Korean government would have to accept his military service application at short notice and it would not be as simple as Son waiting for any further PL suspension on Friday to then arrange for his military service to take place.

Of course, it would be ideal for Son to wrap up his military service now as South Korea has handled the coronavirus pandemic much better than most nations and if he is set to be in his homeland for an extended period of time, this is a way for him not miss games with Tottenham in the upcoming years.

A new rule which arrived in 2018 means that men in South Korea must enlist in the military by the age of 28 and Son turns 28 on July 8.

The Tottenham and South Korean star is not exempt from military service due to being an athlete as previous exemptions given to the 2002 World Cup squad (if they reached the last 16) didn’t go down well.

Son will remain in South Korea in the coming weeks and once the situation becomes clear with regards to the 2019-20 season resuming or being delayed, he can then make a decision about military service.

Report: Germany line up Liverpool boss Klopp

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Jurgen Klopp will be a man in demand for a very long time and a report claims that Germany want him to become their new boss.

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The current Liverpool manager signed a new contract at the Merseyside club in 2019 which runs until 2024 but has openly admitted on several occasions that he doesn’t plan to coach for the next few decades.

Per the report from the Daily Mirror, Klopp, 52, is said to be Germany’s ideal successor to Joachim Low and the former Mainz and Borussia Dortmund manager is keen on making the move to international management when he feels like the time is right to move on from Liverpool.  

He’s previously said he thinks Liverpool will be his last job in the club game and although there’s no indication he will leave the Reds anytime soon, there’s a growing sense that Klopp will be Germany’s main target in the summer of 2022 after Low’s current deal runs out.

Klopp’s previous Liverpool deal was due to run out in 2022 but he extended that by two years in December and is contracted to the Reds until 2024 and there is no break clause or release clause in that deal.

Liverpool have won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup over the last 12 months and currently sit 25 points clear atop the Premier League table with nine games to go as they close in on their first league title in over 30 years.

Klopp’s methods and personality are perhaps better suited to the club game than the international level as his charisma rubs off on his players day-to-day. Liverpool would of course like him to be their Sir Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger, staying at the club for over 20 years, but Klopp has always been very open that he doesn’t plan on doing that.

Low has spent the past 14 years in charge of Germany and led them to the 2014 World Cup title, the semifinals of the 2010 World Cup and the final of the European Championships in 2008. After a rough 2018 World Cup where the defending champs were knocked out in the group stage, Low rebuilt his national team and they breezed throughout qualifying for EURO 2020 which has now been pushed to the summer of 2021. He is still expected to coach Die Mannschaft through the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to complete an incredible 16-year spell in charge of the national team.

Klopp would obviously be Germany’s first-choice candidate and if he fancies leaving Liverpool in the summer of 2023, it looks like the stars could be aligning for him to head straight to the national team job. He rose to national prominence in Germany as a TV pundit during the 2006 World Cup and Klopp could well see out his managerial career by leading Germany.