Daily Archives: September 28, 2016

Sam Allardyce leaves England job after just one game

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Sam Allardyce has left his job as England manager by mutual consent after just one match in charge.

Allardyce, 61, was appointed to his posts just 67 days ago. He would end his brief stint as England boss with a 100% record after the Three Lions defeated Slovakia by 1-0 in their first World Cup qualifying match.

His departure came after a newspaper investigation by the Telegraph alleged that Allardyce had negotiated for a fee of £400,000 to represent an overseas firm that was hoping to profit from Premier League transfers, before he had even named his first squad.

It was also claimed that Allardyce also offered advice on how to “get around” the FA’s own regulations on third-party ownership, was disparaging about his predecessor Roy Hodgson’s speech impediment, said that assistant Gary Neville should “sit down and shut up”, and criticised the FA’s “stupid” -Wembley redevelopment.

Following emergency meetings between Allardyce, Football Association chief executive Martin Gleen and chairman Greg Clarke, the news soon came that a “deeply disappointed” Allardyce had agreed to quit by “mutual consent”.

Gareth Southgate, manager for England U-21s, will replace him in England’s next four matches against against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain. He could take the job on a permanent basis if he impresses.

The FA has since issued a statement: “Allardyce’s conduct, as reported today, was inappropriate of the England manager. He accepts he made a significant error of judgment and has apologized.”

“However, due to the serious nature of his actions, the FA and Allardyce have mutually agreed to terminate his contract with immediate effect.”

Allardyce had also offered a “sincere and wholehearted apology” for his actions.

“Although it was made clear during the recorded conversations that any proposed arrangements would need the FA’s full approval, I recognise I made some comments which have caused embarrassment,” Allardyce said.

“As part of today’s meeting, I was asked to clarify what I said and the context in which the conversations took place. I have co-operated fully in this regard.”

Allardyce had succeeded Roy Hodgson in July after England’s disastrous Euro 2016 campaign in France, but the duration of his time as England coach meant that he will be the shortest serving manager for the national side.

Leicester sees off Porto to win Champions League home debut

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Leicester City has sealed their historic home debut in the Champions League with a victory after defeating Porto by 1-0.

The Premier League champions’ record signing Islam Slimani scored the only goal of the match in the first half with a header thanks to a cross supplied from his Algerian compatriot Riyad mahrez.

From that point on the Claudio Ranieri’s men stayed disciplined and organized to protect their lead. Danny Drinkwater and Daniel Amartey worked tirelessly in central midfield and used the ball intelligently, while Vardy’s pace gave Leicester the chance to stretch Porto at times.

At the other end of the pitch, Kasper Schmeichel, returning after a three-match absence, made some important saves during the nervy moments towards the end of the game.

Thanks to their resolute defense and control in the game, Leicester managed to soak up the pressure and hold on to a victory celebrated with huge cheers at the final whistle.

It was relief as much as pride in those celebrations at the end of a momentous occasion, especially for a club hosting their first Champions League matches only seven years after they won the League One title.

More importantly, they stand unrivalled on top of Group G with 6 points, and are just a few points away from challenging the knockout stages in what was already a historic moment for them.

“I am very happy, it’s the first match at home in the Champions League in 132 years, and it was important to win against Porto,” Ranieri said after the game.

“We showed very good character, attitude and personality. But now it’s important to clean our minds and go back to the Premier League.”

Dortmund’s late equalizer denies three points for Real

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Andre Schurrle struck late for Borussia Dortmund to draw 2-2 with Real Madrid, denying the Spanish giants 3 points in Group F of the UEFA Champions League.

Real took a surprising lead with a Cristiano Ronaldo strike at the 17th minute following a fine counter. The Portuguese man was also lucky that referee Mark Clattenburg did not spot his clear handball in the area while defending a free-kick.

However, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang still managed to level the scores for the Bundesliga club following keeper Keylor Navas’s error.

Raphael Varane put Zinedine Zidane’s team ahead again by tapping home, before Schurrle scored the final goal of the game.

The German international came off the bench and drilled high into the net at the 87th minute from inside the box.

Within the same Champions League group, Sporting Lisbon picked up their first win after defeating beat Legia Warsaw by 2-0. Bryan Ruiz and Bas Dost were on the scoresheet for the Portuguese side.

The match results meant that Dortmund and Real now both have four points, but the German club leads by goal difference. Sporting Lisbon stands at third with three, while Legia Warsaw remains without a point.