Daily Archives: January 4, 2017

Hull City parts company with manager Mike Phelan

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Hull City has confirmed that the Premier League strugglers have parted company with manager Mike Phelan after the 3-1 defeat by Watford on Monday.

City were leading 1-0 against Watford at half-time, but capitulated in the second half, falling to a fifth defeat in seven games.

“The club can announce it has parted company with head coach Mike Phelan,” Hull confirmed via Twitter.

“We would like to thank Mike for his efforts both as assistant manager and head coach over the last two years. The search for a replacement has begun and an announcement will be made in due course.”

Phelan, 54, stepped in as caretaker manager shortly after Steve Bruce left the club in the summer, and became a permanent appointment in October.

Hull won their first two matches under his leadership, first against last year’s champions Leicester City and subsequently against Swansea City, but has been unable to build on that strong start following defeat in their third fixture which had been against Manchester United.

But after picking up just three points from their last nine games firm bottom at the table, Hull is left rock bottom at the Premier League table. A 2-1 victory for fellow strugglers Swansea over Crystal Palace also kept them three points adrift of safety.

Nonetheless, the new manager at Hull will have the benefit of an open transfer window, although it would be not easy bringing players straight into a relegation battle, in addition to their poor run of form – Hull’s last victory had came on 6 November against Southampton.

Chapecoense to sign on 20 new players

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Chapecoense will sign up to 20 new players for their upcoming new season after the Brazilian football club devastated by an airline crash.

The club would also preserve the jerseys of surviving players of the club.

Nineteen players and coaching staff were killed in November last year when their plane crashed in Colombia whilst en route to the final of the Copa Sudamericana.

Chapecoense was awarded the trophy, while their Colombian opponents Atletico Nacional were accorded a fair play award.

“We are resorting to a lot of loans,” said director of football Rui Costa. “That is a tool for bringing together quality, speed and budget. Many clubs are being partners in this.”

“We looked at 90 players, we whittled that down to 50 and finally had a list of 38 players that got down to the number of players we have today.

Costa also added that defenders Neto and Alan Ruschel – two survivors of the air disaster – are “expected” to return to the club and put on their jersey once more. Reserve goalkeeper Jackson Follmann also lived but had to have part of his leg amputated.

“No player this season will use the shirts that were worn by Jackson Follmann, Neto or Alan Ruschel,” Costa said.

“More than a tribute, we expect Alan and Neto to come back and wear them. Follmann sadly won’t be able to but he will certainly be back here with us in some capacity.”

Chapecoense, who will begin pre-season training on Friday, start the domestic season on 26 January with a home game against Joinville. They have also rejected proposals that would have granted them immunity from relegation for three years.

Arsenal rescues point in 3-3 draw against Bournemouth

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Arsenal mounted a dramatic comeback from three goals down to rescue a point from a spirited Bournemouth side.

The hosts started with vigor, scoring twice in the opening minutes, taking an early lead as Charlie Daniels cut inside Hector Bellerin and stroked a shot past on-rushing keeper Petr Cech.

Callum Wilson then converted a penalty to extend Bournemouth’s lead and Ryan Fraser sent a shot through Cech’s legs for the Cherries’ third just before the hour.

The Gunners had looked set to leave Dean Court empty handed and appear headed for their third consecutive defeat away from the Emirates stadium. Bue when the 70th minute came Alexis Sanchez headed in at the far post from an Olivier Giroud flick.

The game appeared to have a dramatic shift entirely to Arsenal’s favour with Sanchez’s goal, and by riding the momentum, Arsenal bagged their second just five minutes later when substitute Lucas Perez volleyed into the far corner.

With eight minutes left, Simon Francis went into a full-blooded challenge with Aaron Ramsey that referee Michael Oliver deemed harsh enough for a straight red. Down to 10 men, Bournemouth, who was retreating deeper and deeper, desperately tried to hang on.

As the hosts slowly buckled under Arsenal’s pressure, the game went into the 92nd minute when Granit Xhaka delivered a cross that Giroud, towering above Steve Cook, headed beyond Artur Boruc.

Their defending flaws notwithstanding, Arsenal displayed strength in character as they managed to muster resilience that kept them fighting – with extra credit given that this was their second fixture in the space of two days.

Thanks to their spirited comeback, the Gunners would also earn a precious point – although it appear an almost pointless gain as Chelsea equaled their record of 13 Preimer League wins and continue to stretch their lead at the top the Premier League table.