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Manchester United have sacked Jose Mourinho

Manchester United have sacked Jose Mourinho @jamesmarshphoto

Off to it’s worst start to a season in 28 years; Manchester United fired infamous Manager Jose Mourinho. Michael Carrick will serve as interim coach vs Cardiff City on Saturday, however the big question is who will manage their Champions League game vs. PSG.

According to the Telegraph, former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a “leading candidate” to succeed Mourinho on a temporary basis.

The Red Devils won just seven of 17 EPL games to start the season and currently sit in sixth place on the table. Way behind Liverpool and Manchester City and on the outside looking in for 2019 Champions League (top 4 qualify).

One of five managers to have won league titles in four countries, Mourinho joined United in 2016 after successful runs with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, and Real Madrid. The self declared the “special one” won the Europa League title in his first season but took a step backwards in his second, and this year’s slow start has come about despite his spending of $500 million in the transfer market.

The main culprit, French midfielder Paul Pogba, who rejoined Manchester United right before Mourinho’s first season with the club after it paid Juventus a then-record $113 million transfer fee. The two were rumored to clash most of this season after Mourinho stripped Pogba of his second captaincy.

Let the coaching rumors fly!

LEICESTER CITY’S OWNER CONFIRMED DEAD BY CLUB, FOLLOWING HELICOPTER CRASH OUTSIDE STADIUM

LEICESTER CITY’S OWNER CONFIRMED DEAD BY CLUB, FOLLOWING HELICOPTER CRASH OUTSIDE STADIUM @icfc

The Leicester City Football Club has finally broken their silence on the helicopter crash of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, taking to Instagram late Sunday with the following statement:

“It is with the deepest regret and a collective broken heart that we confirm our Chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was among those to have tragically lost their lives on Saturday evening when a helicopter carrying him and four other people crashed outside King Power Stadium. None of the five people on-board survived. The primary thoughts of everyone at the Club are with the Srivaddhanaprabha family and the families of all those on-board at this time of unspeakable loss. In Khun Vichai, the world has lost a great man. A man of kindness, of generosity and a man whose life was defined by the love he devoted to his family and those he so successfully led. Leicester City was a family under his leadership. It is as a family that we will grieve his passing and maintain the pursuit of a vision for the Club that is now his legacy. A book of condolence, which will be shared with the Srivaddhanaprabha family, will be opened at King Power Stadium from 8am on Tuesday 30 October for supporters wishing to pay their respects. Supporters unable to visit King Power Stadium that wish to leave a message can do so through an online book of condolence, which will be made available via lcfc.com in due course. Both Tuesday’s First Team fixture against Southampton in the EFL Cup and the Development Squad fixture against Feyenoord in the Premier League International Cup have been postponed. Everyone at the Club has been truly touched by the remarkable response of the football family, whose thoughtful messages of support and solidarity have been deeply appreciated at this difficult time.”

 

Leicester’s next scheduled match on Tuesday at King Power Stadium against Southhampton in the Carabao Cup has been postponed.

CRISTIANO DENIES RAPE ALLEGATIONS

CRISTIANO DENIES RAPE ALLEGATIONS @cristiano

Cristiano Ronaldo has taken to social media again to deny allegations he sexually assaulted a woman in Las Vegas in 2009.

The 33-year-old called the allegations “fake news” on Instagram on Sunday, and on Wednesday in a Twitter post, Ronaldo wrote that rape is “an abominable crime,” and he believes an investigation will clear his name.

The accuser, 34-year-old Kathryn Mayorga told Las Vegas police in June 2009 that a man had raped at the Palms Hotel and Casino but did not name the alleged attacker, who was later revealed to be Ronaldo. The two parties subsequently agreed to a $375,000 settlement to prevent the allegations from becoming public. She is seeking to void that deal in her lawsuit.  Meanwhile, the LVMPD says they’ve reopened the investigation — but Ronaldo has not been charged with a crime.

Mayorga’s legal team have announced a press conference for Wednesday in which they will reveal more details.

RONALDO’S RED CARD MELTDOWN

RONALDO’S RED CARD MELTDOWN @intothetopcorner

UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary body has to decide whether or not to discipline Cristiano Ronaldo for his red card in the 29th minute of Wednesday’s match against Valencia, Juventus won 2-0.  The 33 year-old Juventus forward was sent off for tugging the hair of Valencia defender Jeison Murillo.  For his actions Ronaldo will serve an automatic one-match Champions League suspension,  Juventus hosts Young Boys on Oct. 2, according to ESPN.  

It is reported that it is unlikely the former Real Madrid star will serve a two or three game suspension making him available to play his old club Manchester United at Old Trafford on Oct. 23.

UEFA will meet on Sept. 27 to determine if further disciplinary action is necessary.

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