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Harry Redknapp said it wouldn’t be a problem for Birmingham City to finish in the Top Six of this season’s Football League Championship.

Maybe it won’t, but it’s not going to happen under the watch of the gabby Englishman.

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Redknapp, 70, has been fired by Birmingham after another loss, this time a home 3-1 embarrassment against Alex Neil‘s red-hot Preston North End.

Birmingham’s four points are second-bottom in the Championship, and two back of the final safety spot currently held by Sunderland.

Lee Carsley takes over on an interim basis, and will look to sort out a side that landed 14 new players this summer.

Now we wait for the inevitable posts inexplicably linking him to Premier League jobs.

Dybala nets controversial winner to push Juventus past AC Milan

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AC Milan looked like it was on its way to holding the Serie A leaders to a point on Friday afternoon, but Paulo Dybala’s late finish from the penalty spot kept the points away from the visitors.

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Juventus picked up a controversial 2-1 victory over AC Milan at the Juventus Stadium after Dybala converted from 12 yards out deep in second-half stoppage time.

The Argentine international netted his seventh goal of the season in the 97th minute after Mattia De Sciglio was called for a handball inside the Milan penalty area. However, the call appeared to be questionable at best upon replay.

Nonetheless, the goal stood and Juventus now moves 11 points clear of Roma at the top of Serie A following Friday’s win, while Milan sits in seventh place on 50 points.

AC Milan found an equalizer prior to halftime when Carlos Bacca broke through in the 43rd minute.

The hosts opened the scoring on a half hour after Medhi Benatia timed his run in the penalty area to perfection before smashing home a close-range shot past AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

The 18-year-old shot stopper came up big time and time again against Juve, making nine saves throughout the match.

Norwich confirms Alex Neil sacking as club continues slide

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With the team’s hopes of promotion likely over, Norwich City has opted to move on from its current manager.

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The club announced on Friday that manager Alex Neil has been sacked after Norwich slipped to eighth place in the SkyBet Championship as of late.

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“Norwich City can confirm manager Alex Neil’s contract has been terminated with immediate effect,” a club statement read.

“The board has taken the tough but unanimous decision, believing it is in the best interests of the club for a new manager to be in place through a crucial summer transfer window and into next season.”

Norwich looked poised to at least qualify for the league’s promotion playoff several weeks back, but the Canaries have since gone winless in six of its last seven matches in the Championship. The club’s last win came nearly a month ago when Norwich knocked off Nottingham Forest, 5-1, at Carrow Road.

Neil, 35, had managed Norwich since 2015, winning 45 matches in charge of the club. Norwich assistant Alan Irvine will take over the club’s managerial duties in Neil’s absence, with Irvine’s last head coaching position coming in 2014 with West Bromwich Albion.

Irvine lasted under six months with the Baggies after winning five of his opening 22 matches at The Hawthorns.

The Canaries currently sit nine points behind sixth place Sheffield Wednesday, who holds the final spot for this season’s promotion playoff.

Southampton announces signing of Nathan Redmond from Norwich

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Southampton may not have a manager, but the Premier League side has a new player in English U-23 star Nathan Redmond.

Redmond, 22, made 122 starts for Norwich City — 75 in the Premier League — after arriving from Birmingham City in 2013.

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The attacker was a bright spot during Norwich’s relegation-doomed 2015-16 season, and will be a big loss for Alex Neil at Carrow Road.

Reports say the fee was just under $14 million.


Executive Director of Football Les Reed said: “I’m delighted to be able to welcome Nathan to Southampton Football Club.
“Despite being just 22, Nathan has gained plenty of experience in the Premier League with Norwich City, showing his quality at the top level on a consistent basis.”
Slick pickup for Saints, who will certainly need depth when they join the Europa League at the group stage this season. Like Charlie Austin, the price seems somehow cheaper when Saints buy an English player.

Familiar names: Monk, Coyle, Di Matteo take over Championship sides

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Three very different journeys have taken former Premier League managers back to English football, as Garry Monk, Roberto Di Matteo, and Owen Coyle are headed to Championship clubs.

After quitting Houston Dynamo last week, Coyle has found a home at Blackburn Rovers. It’s the 49-year-old’s third stop since his firing from Bolton in 2012.

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Di Matteo won a Champions League-FA Cup double for Chelsea before spending time at Schalke. He’ll take the reigns at Aston Villa as owner Tony Xia looks to boost the Midlands club directly back to the Premier League.

A surprise hiring at Swansea City following the firing of Michael Laudrup, Monk had a strong start to his career as a manager before being fired early this year. The 37-year-old Monk is the latest hire at Leeds United, a club that had seen 7 men at the helm since April 2013.

The Championship will be some story to follow next year, with that well-known trio joining Rafa Benitez, Alex Neil, Chris Hughton and Steven Caldwell as second-tier bosses. Promotion is not a certainty for any club.