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Chelsea 2-2 Nottingham Forest: Steve Cooper’s side edge towards Premier League safety



In-form Taiwo Awoniyi says Nottingham Forest have “two cup finals” left to secure their Premier League status after his two goals earned a valuable point against Chelsea.

Awoniyi, who scored twice in Monday’s 4-3 win against Southampton, got in front of recalled Blues goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to head in Renan Lodi’s first-half cross.

Raheem Sterling equalised after the break by sweeping home Trevoh Chalobah’s cutback then seven minutes later the England forward turned inside Felipe and curled the ball beyond Keylor Navas.

But Frank Lampard’s side led for just four minutes as Nigeria striker Awoniyi flicked home Orel Mangala’s delicate lob to secure an impressive draw at Stamford Bridge.


It ended a run of seven successive league away defeats for Steve Cooper’s men and leaves them three points above third-bottom Leeds United with two games remaining.

Forest have taken seven points from their last four games and are within touching distance of securing successive seasons in the top flight.

But Awoniyi, the first Forest player to score two goals in consecutive Premier League games since Bryan Roy in 1995, maintains there is still work to be done.

“We came here with spirit and togetherness and had a plan that worked. When they score two quick goals you feel bad, but we believed in ourselves and got the point,” said the 25-year-old.

“We now have two finals to go, the next one is Arsenal and from there we will see what happens.”


Forest, who had taken just six away points from a possible 51 this season before the Chelsea game, face the title-chasing Gunners at home next Saturday before travelling to Crystal Palace on the final day.

The draw leaves Chelsea, now winless in seven home games in all competitions, in 11th and with the prospect of playing three of the top four within a week – Manchester City, Manchester United and Newcastle United – to end their miserable season.

Chelsea must find right blend

Chelsea’s season has had little riding on it for more than a month now, since the awful run of results during the end of Graham Potter’s reign and the beginning of Lampard’s caretaker tenure.

A mid-table position for a squad that has had multi-million pound investment in the past two transfer windows is massive under-achievement by any measure.

The draw against Forest was symptomatic of a chaotic season characterised by disjointed performances from a collection of highly priced players yet to be moulded into a winning blend.


But while few of the £550m worth of signings made under the Todd Boehly regime have been an unqualified success, the Blues have unquestionably acquired a squad of serious talent with significant potential.

In a first season to forget under new ownership, the Blues have given starts to 31 players in the top flight, the most of any club, and have made a league-high 128 changes to their starting line-up.

Further recruits might therefore seem like unwise excess, but despite their outlay, the squad still has patent weaknesses.

A true defensive midfielder to partner Argentina conductor Enzo Fernandez would give much-needed balance while a goalkeeper who imbues the defence with confidence rather than uncertainty would increase stability at the back that was missing whenever Forest crossed the ball.

The need for a goalscorer – Chelsea have scored only 36 times in the league this season – to add incisiveness was again demonstrated against Forest, as Lampard pointedly noted.


“We were too slow in the first half at the top end. Too sideways and safe. That’s intrinsic in us – a lot of passes but not passes to break lines and threaten,” he said.

“We need players who are willing and hungry to get in the box. Tactics are irrelevant if you don’t do it with pace. The difference with forward passes and forward runs was there to see.

“It doesn’t count for much if you are not clinical. Raheem was clinical, some players are developing that a bit.”

The return of Romelu Lukaku from his loan at Inter Milan may save Chelsea’s new manager another newcomer to integrate.

The identity of that new boss has yet to be confirmed, although former Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino has been heavily linked with the position.


What is clear is that the appointment must have the charisma and nous to manage such a large number of superstar players and strike the right alchemy between them.

Loyalty to Cooper close to reaping reward

The wisdom of Forest’s decision to stick with Cooper when all around them at the bottom were changing managers – sometimes more than once – will be determined with the outcome of their final two fixtures.

Before the Chelsea game, they had won two of their past three matches – but that was after going 11 without a victory, a period when the Forest board must have been tempted to make a change as all four clubs below them had.

Cooper has found a golden touch at just the right time. Forest have been lamentable in London this season, losing all five previous Premier League visits to the capital by a 16-2 aggregate.

But he turned that form around by frustrating the home side by recalling defender Joe Worrall in place of forward Brennan Johnson and switching to a back five.


His reward was real defensive resolve combined with an eagerness and ability – especially through the aerial prowess of Awoniyi – to capitalise on the weak points of the star-studded hosts.

One more victory, or even two draws, might well be enough to preserve their top-flight status and reward the Forest board for sticking with their man.

Player of the match

AwoniyiTaiwo Awoniyi


  1. Squad number17Player nameSterling

  2. Squad number29Player nameHavertz

  3. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

  4. Squad number11Player nameJoão Félix

  5. Squad number22Player nameZiyech

  6. Squad number23Player nameGallagher

  7. Squad number12Player nameLoftus-Cheek

  8. Squad number31Player nameMadueke

  9. Squad number67Player nameHall

  10. Squad number14Player nameChalobah

  11. Squad number5Player nameFernández

  12. Squad number4Player nameBadiashile

  13. Squad number16Player nameMendy

  14. Squad number8Player nameKovacic

Nottingham Forest

  1. Squad number9Player nameAwoniyi

  2. Squad number32Player nameRenan Lodi

  3. Squad number10Player nameGibbs-White

  4. Squad number38Player nameFelipe

  5. Squad number28Player nameDanilo

  6. Squad number12Player nameNavas

  7. Squad number22Player nameYates

  8. Squad number4Player nameWorrall

  9. Squad number5Player nameMangala

  10. Squad number19Player nameNiakhaté

  11. Squad number24Player nameAurier

  12. Squad number20Player nameJohnson

  13. Squad number21Player nameKouyaté

  14. Squad number15Player nameToffolo



Formation 4-3-3

  • 16Mendy
  • 14Chalobah
  • 6Thiago SilvaBooked at 73mins
  • 4Badiashile
  • 67Hall
  • 8KovacicSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 45+1′minutes
  • 5Fernández
  • 23GallagherBooked at 79mins
  • 31MaduekeSubstituted forZiyechat 73′minutes
  • 11João FélixBooked at 69minsSubstituted forHavertzat 73′minutes
  • 17Sterling


  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 10Pulisic
  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 15Mudryk
  • 22Ziyech
  • 27Fofana
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 29Havertz
  • 33Fofana

Nottm Forest

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 12Navas
  • 4Worrall
  • 38Felipe
  • 19Niakhaté
  • 24Aurier
  • 5Mangala
  • 22YatesSubstituted forKouyatéat 85′minutes
  • 32LodiBooked at 83mins
  • 10Gibbs-White
  • 28DaniloSubstituted forToffoloat 90+1′minutes
  • 9AwoniyiSubstituted forJohnsonat 81′minutes


  • 11Lingard
  • 13Hennessey
  • 15Toffolo
  • 16Surridge
  • 20Johnson
  • 21Kouyaté
  • 23Freuler
  • 30Boly
  • 34A Ayew

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Old Trafford redevelopment: Sir Jim Ratcliffe wants ‘national stadium in the north’



New Manchester United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe says his “preference” is to build a new stadium for the club that can also “serve the north of England”.

United have played at the 74,310-capacity Old Trafford since 1910, but Ratcliffe acknowledged it had become “tired and in need of refurbishment”.

A new stadium could be built next to the existing ground in Trafford Park.

“It’s about time someone built a national stadium in the north of England,” said the British billionaire.


Ratcliffe added the potential project could be a “catalyst for regeneration” in south Manchester and would therefore warrant a “conversation” with the government about using taxpayers’ money.

In his first broadcast interview, with BBC sports editor Dan Roan, since completing his deal to buy 27.7% of the club, Ratcliffe added: “If it can be achieved, it would clearly be my preference.

“I would be very excited for the north of England.”

Ratcliffe spoke about the potential for the new stadium to host England games and FA Cup semi-finals, both of which are played at Wembley in London, as well as the Champions League final.

He said there was “significant bias in terms of major investments being in the south”.


Old Trafford has not been chosen to host games at Euro 2028, and last staged a Champions League final in 2003 when AC Milan beat Juventus on penalties.

Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium
Old Trafford has been Manchester United’s home since 1910

Manchester-born Ratcliffe, 71, completed a deal for a stake in the club worth about $1.6bn (£1.25bn) on Monday. The deal includes $300m (£237m) for future investment in the club’s stadium.

Ratcliffe said the option of refurbishment would create an 80-90,000 seater stadium, but it “won’t be perfect” because of the age of the ground.

Speaking about building a new stadium, he said: “Trafford Park is where the industrial revolution began. If you look at that region of Manchester today – only a mile from the centre – it is tired and neglected and parts are quite run down.

“There is quite a big argument, in my view, for regenerating that whole south side of Manchester. The nucleus of it would be building a new world-class state-of-the-art stadium which could take England games, the FA Cup final, Champions League finals. It could serve the north of England.

“There is a bias in the UK in terms of where national stadiums have been built – they are all in the south. There is a lot of talk about levelling up. HS2 has been cancelled and all that is going to be spent on the rail network in London. The people in the north pay their taxes just as the people in the south.


“Why shouldn’t there be a venue in the north of England for England to play at? Why does everyone in the north have to go to the south for the semi-finals of the FA Cup?”

Ratcliffe said an “an arms-length taskforce” would be put together to look into the feasibility of a new stadium and that he had spoken to former United captain Gary Neville.external-link

When asked if public funding would be used, he added: “I think, as part of a regeneration project, there has to be a conversation with the national government.

“The north deserves some thought as well as the south, I think, if it is a national stadium.”

Trafford Council has developed a 15-year draft plan for regenerating the area around the stadium, which is set to go out to public consultation. It said the work would create “a high-quality setting for Manchester United as they develop their plans for a world-class football stadium”.


Earlier this week the club, which was consulted on the plans, said the proposal was “tremendously exciting”.

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It’s not a simple fix at Man Utd – Ratcliffe



Manchester United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe speaks to BBC sports editor Dan Roan after buying a 27.7% stake in Manchester United.

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La star de l’Inter Miami, Lionel Messi, fait face à une réaction violente suite à une vidéo adressée aux fans



Lionel Messi a été confronté à d’énormes réactions négatives à la suite d’une vidéo expliquant pourquoi il n’a pas joué pour l’Inter Miami lors d’un match amical à Hong Kong.

L’Inter a effectué une tournée de pré-saison en Extrême-Orient et au Moyen-Orient avant la nouvelle saison de MLS, y compris un match contre un onze de Hong Kong le 4 février.

Les Herons se sont imposés 4-1, avec Robert Taylor, Lawson Sunderland, Leonardo Campana et Ryan Sailor tous cadrés.

Messi, cependant, était un remplaçant inutilisé et n’est pas entré dans la mêlée.


Il a été annoncé plus tard que l’octuple Ballon d’Or souffrait d’une blessure musculaire.

Cependant, Messi a fini par jouer un match amical au Japon quelques jours plus tard, à la grande colère de 38 323 supporters qui avaient payé jusqu’à 500 £ pour être présents au stade de Hong Kong.

En l’absence de Messi, l’Inter a été accusé d’avoir rompu une clause contractuelle et des appels ont même été lancés pour qu’il soit banni de Hong Kong.

Messi a abordé la question et a qualifié de “dommage” qu’il ne puisse pas jouer.

Il a ensuite ressenti le besoin d’ajouter une explication supplémentaire dans une vidéo partagée sur le site de médias sociaux chinois Weibo.


“J’ai lu et entendu beaucoup de choses qui ont été dites après le match à Hong Kong. Je voulais enregistrer cette vidéo et vous donner la vraie version afin que personne n’ait à continuer à lire de fausses histoires”, a déclaré Messi.

“J’ai entendu des gens dire que je ne voulais pas jouer pour des raisons politiques et bien d’autres raisons qui sont totalement fausses.

“Si cela avait été le cas, je n’aurais même pas voyagé au Japon ni visité la Chine, comme je l’ai fait à plusieurs reprises.

“Depuis le début de ma carrière, j’entretiens une relation très étroite et particulière avec la Chine.

“Comme je l’ai dit lors de la conférence de presse, j’avais un adducteur enflammé et je n’ai pas pu jouer lors du premier match en Arabie Saoudite, et c’est à ce moment-là que je l’ai ressenti”, a-t-il déclaré.


“Lors du deuxième match, j’ai essayé de jouer un peu, mais la situation a empiré. Puis, la veille du match [à Hong Kong], j’ai essayé de m’entraîner et j’ai fait un effort pour tous ceux qui étaient venus assister à l’entraînement.

“C’était un peu mieux quelques jours plus tard et c’est pour ça que j’ai joué un peu au Japon pour me préparer physiquement à tout ce qui allait arriver car j’avais besoin de jouer et de me remettre à niveau.”

Selon Esport3, la vidéo a accumulé plus de 2 millions d’interactions, mais la colère des fans est toujours présente.

Le gouvernement de Hong Kong a prévu la non-présentation de Messi, ce qui a conduit les organisateurs,

Tatler Asia a annoncé un remboursement de 50 % sur les billets.


De plus, deux prochains matches amicaux contre l’Argentine, qui devaient se jouer en Chine, ont tous deux été annulés.

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Brentford explore new investment opportunities to safeguard future



Brentford owner Matthew Benham (left) and manager Thomas Frank
Brentford were in League One when Matthew Benham bought the club in 2012

Brentford are exploring new investment in the club to continue its quest for progress.

Brentford have established themselves in the Premier League after promotion from the Championship in 2021.

The Bees were in League One when owner Matthew Benham took over in 2012.

But it is thought that Brentford have employed bankers Rothschild to analyse the current situation and explore new investment interest that could lead to a full or partial sale.

Benham feels that greater investment is needed and Rothschild recently acted for the Glazer family around the partial sale of Manchester United to Sir Jim Ratcliffe.


The bank is also working with West Ham director Vanessa Gold around the part sale of her stake in the east London club, and also advised Tottenham’s independent directors around a £150m capital injection in 2022.

A Brentford spokesperson said: “Given the recent rise and growth of our club and the changing shareholder landscape within the Premier League, it’s no surprise that there has been interest in investment opportunities at Brentford FC.

“While Matthew Benham’s commitment to the club remains as strong as it ever was, it is only natural, and perhaps even essential, for us to carefully explore what new investment could potentially mean for the future of Brentford FC.

“We must not stand still and we remain absolutely determined to safeguard the long term future of Brentford FC and to remain competitive in the world’s most challenging and successful league.”

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Le PSG prêt à dégainer pour António Silva ?



Le Paris Saint-Germain lorgne du côté de Lisbonne et plus précisément sur le défenseur du SL Benfica, António Silva. Le club de la capitale française serait prêt à formuler une offre pour le jeune talent portugais, mais rechigne à s’acquitter de sa clause libératoire fixée à 100 millions d’euros.

Silva, âgé de 20 ans seulement, s’est imposé comme l’un des défenseurs centraux les plus prometteurs d’Europe depuis son arrivée dans l’équipe première du Benfica la saison dernière. Ses performances remarquées ont attiré l’attention de plusieurs cadors européens, tels que le Real Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea et le Bayern Munich.

Le PSG, particulièrement séduit par le profil de Silva, envisagerait de passer à l’offensive et de soumettre une offre concrète pour le joueur. Cependant, l’idée de payer la totalité de sa clause libératoire, qui ferait de lui le défenseur le plus cher de l’histoire, semble freiner les ardeurs parisiennes.

Benfica, de son côté, n’est pas pressé de vendre Silva et entend bien tirer profit de l’intérêt suscité par son jeune prodige. Les dirigeants du club lisboète, conscients de sa valeur marchande, espèrent obtenir une indemnité de transfert conséquente avoisinant les 80 millions d’euros.


Reste à savoir si le PSG sera prêt à mettre le prix pour s’attacher les services de Silva. Le club parisien, habitué à casser sa tirelire pour recruter des stars, pourrait néanmoins se montrer hésitant à l’idée de réaliser un investissement aussi important pour un défenseur.

Le feuilleton Silva promet d’animer le mercato estival et il sera intéressant de suivre de près la destination du jeune talent portugais.

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Manager ins and outs – February 2024



Nathan Jones on the touchline
Charlton will be the fourth club Nathan Jones has managed full-time

BBC Sport tracks all the manager ins and outs, as well as listing all the current bosses in the Premier League, Scottish Premiership, Women’s Super League, English Football League and National League.

All of the managerial movements for January will appear below, followed by the full list of each club, league by league.

To read the list for January, visit the ins and outs page.

Club Manager Appointed Predecessor
Arsenal Mikel Arteta 20 Dec 2019 Unai Emery
Aston Villa Unai Emery 24 Oct 2022 Steven Gerrard
Bournemouth Andoni Iraola 19 June 2023 Gary O’Neil
Brentford Thomas Frank 16 Oct 2018 Dean Smith
Brighton & Hove Albion Roberto de Zerbi 18 Sept 2022 Graham Potter
Burnley Vincent Kompany 14 June 2022 Mike Jackson (interim)
Chelsea Mauricio Pochettino 1 July 2023 (announced 29 May 2023) Graham Potter
Crystal Palace Vacant Roy Hodgson
Everton Sean Dyche 30 Jan 2023 Frank Lampard
Fulham Marco Silva 1 July 2021 Scott Parker
Liverpool Jurgen Klopp 8 Oct 2015 Brendan Rodgers
Luton Town Rob Edwards 17 Nov 2022 Nathan Jones
Manchester City Pep Guardiola 1 July 2016 Manuel Pellegrini
Manchester United Erik ten Hag 21 April 2022 Ralf Rangnick (interim)
Newcastle United Eddie Howe 8 Nov 2021 Steve Bruce
Nottingham Forest Nuno Espirito Santo 20 Dec 2023 Steve Cooper
Sheffield United Chris Wilder 5 Dec 2023 Paul Heckingbottom
Tottenham Hotspur Ange Postecoglou 6 June 2023 Antonio Conte
West Ham United David Moyes 30 Dec 2019 Manuel Pellegrini
Wolverhampton Wanderers Gary O’Neil 9 Aug 2023 Julen Lopetegui
Club Manager Appointed Predecessor
Aberdeen Neil Warnock 5 Feb 2024 Barry Robson
Celtic Brendan Rodgers 19 June 2023 Ange Postecoglou
Dundee Tony Docherty 29 May 2023 Gary Bowyer
Hearts Steven Naismith 9 April 2023 Robbie Neilson
Hibernian Nick Montgomery 11 Sept 2023 Lee Johnson
Kilmarnock Derek McInnes 4 Jan 2022 Tommy Wright
Livingston David Martindale 26 Nov 2020 Gary Holt
Motherwell Stuart Kettlewell 11 Feb 2023 Steven Hammell
Rangers Phillipe Clement 15 Oct 2023 Michael Beale
Ross County Derek Adams 20 Nov 2023 Malky Mackay
St Johnstone Craig Levein 5 Nov 2023 Steven McLean
St Mirren Stephen Robinson 22 Feb 2022 Jim Goodwin
Club Manager Appointed Predecessor
Arsenal Jonas Eidevall 28 June 2021 Joe Montemurro
Aston Villa Carla Ward 20 May 2021 Marcus Bignot (interim)
Brighton & Hove Albion Melissa Phillips 7 Apr 2023 Jens Scheuer
Bristol City Lauren Smith 22 June 2021 Matt Beard
Chelsea Emma Hayes 14 Aug 2012 Matt Beard
Everton Brian Sorensen 8 Apr 2022 Jean-Luc Vasseur
Leicester City Willie Kirk 3 Nov 2022 Lydia Bedford
Liverpool Matt Beard 13 May 2021 Amber Whiteley (interim)
Manchester City Gareth Taylor 28 May 2020 Nick Cushing
Manchester United Marc Skinner 29 July 2021 Casey Stoney
Tottenham Vicky Jepson (interim) 13 Mar 2023 Rehanne Skinner
West Ham Rehanne Skinner 20 July 2023 Paul Konchesky
Club Manager Appointed Predecessor
Birmingham City Tony Mowbray 8 January 2024 Wayne Rooney
Blackburn Rovers John Eustace 9 Feb 2024 Jon Dahl Tomasson
Bristol City Liam Manning 7 Nov 2023 Nigel Pearson
Cardiff City Erol Bulut 3 June 2023 Sabri Lamouchi
Coventry City Mark Robins 6 Mar 2017 Russell Slade
Huddersfield Town Andre Breitenreiter 15 Feb 2024 Darren Moore
Hull City Liam Rosenior 3 Nov 2022 Shota Arveladze
Ipswich Town Kieran McKenna 16 Dec 2021 Paul Cook
Leeds United Daniel Farke 4 July 2023 Sam Allardyce
Leicester City Enzo Maresca 16 June 2023 Dean Smith
Middlesbrough Michael Carrick 24 Oct 2022 Chris Wilder
Millwall Vacant Joe Edwards
Norwich City David Wagner 6 Jan 2023 Dean Smith
Plymouth Argyle Ian Foster 5 Jan 2024 Steven Schumacher
Preston North End Ryan Lowe 7 Dec 2021 Frankie McAvoy
Queens Park Rangers Marti Cifuentes 30 Oct 2023 Gareth Ainsworth
Rotherham United Leam Richardson 11 Dec 2023 Matt Taylor
Sheffield Wednesday Danny Rohl 13 Oct 2023 Xisco Munoz
Stoke City Steven Schumacher 19 Dec 2023 Alex Neil
Southampton Russell Martin 21 June 2023 Ruben Selles
Sunderland Mike Dodds (interim) 19 Feb 2024 Michael Beale
Swansea City Luke Williams 5 Jan 2024 Michael Duff
Watford Valerien Ismael 10 May 2023 Chris Wilder
West Bromwich Albion Carlos Corberan 25 Oct 2022 Steve Bruce
Club Manager Appointed Predecessor
Barnsley Neill Collins 6 July 2023 Michael Duff
Blackpool Neil Critchley 23 May 2023 Mick McCarthy
Bolton Wanderers Ian Evatt 1 July 2020 Keith Hill
Bristol Rovers Matt Taylor 1 Dec 2023 Joey Barton
Burton Albion Martin Paterson 11 Jan 2024 Dino Maamria
Cambridge United Neil Harris 6 Dec 2023 Mark Bonner
Carlisle United Paul Simpson 23 Feb 2023 Keith Millen
Charlton Athletic Nathan Jones 4 Feb 2024 Michael Appleton
Cheltenham Town Darrell Clarke 29 Sep 2023 Wade Elliott
Derby County Paul Warne 22 Sept 2022 Liam Rosenior
Exeter City Gary Caldwell 24 Oct 2022 Matt Taylor
Fleetwood Town Charlie Adam 31 Dec 2023 Lee Johnson
Leyton Orient Richie Wellens 9 Mar 2022 Kenny Jackett
Lincoln City Michael Skubala 13 Nov 2023 Mark Kennedy
Northampton Town Jon Brady 8 May 2021 Keith Curle
Oxford United Des Buckingham 16 Nov 2023 Liam Manning
Peterborough United Darren Ferguson 4 Jan 2023 Grant McCann
Portsmouth John Mousinho 20 Jan 2023 Danny Cowley
Port Vale Darren Moore 13 Feb 2024 Andy Crosby
Reading Ruben Selles 26 June 2023 Paul Ince
Shrewsbury Town Paul Hurst 24 Jan 2024 Matt Taylor
Stevenage Steve Evans 16 Mar 2022 Paul Tisdale
Wigan Athletic Shaun Maloney 28 Jan 2023 Kolo Toure
Wycombe Wanderers Matt Bloomfield 22 Feb 2023 Gareth Ainsworth
Club Manager Appointed Predecessor
AFC Wimbledon Johnnie Jackson 16 May 2022 Mark Bowen (interim)
Accrington Stanley John Coleman 18 Sept 2014 James Beattie
Barrow Pete Wild 27 May 2022 Phil Brown
Bradford City Graham Alexander 6 Nov 2023 Mark Hughes
Colchester United Danny Cowley 4 Jan 2024 Matthew Etherington
Crawley Town Scott Lindsey 11 Jan 2023 Matthew Etherington
Crewe Alexandra Lee Bell 4 Nov 2022 (as interim – 1 Dec 2022 on permanent basis) Alex Morris
Doncaster Rovers Grant McCann 12 May 2023 Danny Schofield
Forest Green Rovers Steve Cotterill 25 Jan 2024 Troy Deeney
Gillingham Stephen Clemence 1 Nov 2023 Neil Harris
Grimsby Town David Artell 23 Nov 2023 Paul Hurst
Harrogate Town Simon Weaver 21 May 2009 Neil Aspin
Mansfield Town Nigel Clough 6 Nov 2020 Graham Coughlan
MK Dons Mike Williamson 17 Oct 2023 Graham Alexander
Morecambe Ged Brannan 27 Nov 2023 Derek Adams
Newport County Graham Coughlan 22 Oct 2022 James Rowberry
Notts County Stuart Maynard 18 Jan 2024 Luke Williams
Salford City Karl Robinson 5 Jan 2024 Neil Wood
Stockport County Dave Challinor 2 Nov 2021 Simon Rusk
Sutton United Steve Morison 6 Jan 2024 Matt Gray
Swindon Town Gavin Gunning (interim) 15 Jan 2024 Michael Flynn
Tranmere Rovers Nigel Adkins 2 Nov 2023 Ian Dawes
Walsall Mat Sadler 18 May 2023 Michael Flynn
Wrexham Phil Parkinson 1 July 2021 Dean Keates
Club Manager Appointed Predecessor
AFC Fylde Chris Beech 22 Dec 2023 Adam Murray
Aldershot Town Tommy Widdrington 2 Apr 2023 Ross McNeilly
Altrincham Phil Parkinson 28 Apr 2017 Jim Harvey
Barnet Dean Brennan 20 Sept 2021 Harry Kewell
Boreham Wood Luke Garrard 14 Oct 2015 Ian Allinson
Bromley Andy Woodman 29 Mar 2021 Neil Smith
Chesterfield Paul Cook 10 Feb 2022 James Rowe
Dagenham & Redbridge Ben Strevens 10 Mar 2023 Daryl McMahon
Dorking Wanderers Marc White 1 Aug 2000 n/a
Eastleigh Kelvin Davis 19 Feb 2024 Richard Hill
Ebbsfleet United Danny Searle 13 Feb 2024 Dennis Kutrieb
Gateshead Vacant Mike Williamson
FC Halifax Town Chris Millington 28 May 2022 Pete Wild
Hartlepool United Kevin Phillips 20 Jan 2024 John Askey
Kidderminster Harriers Phil Brown 10 Jan 2024 Russ Penn
Maidenhead United Alan Devonshire 5 May 2015 Johnson Hippolyte
Oldham Athletic Micky Mellon 13 Oct 2023 David Unsworth
Oxford City Ross Jenkins 9 Mar 2022 David Oldfield
Rochdale Jim McNulty 12 May 2023 Jim Bentley
Solihull Moors Andy Whing 28 Jun 2023 Neal Ardley
Southend United Kevin Maher 20 Oct 2021 Phil Brown
Wealdstone David Noble 26 Jan 2024 Stuart Maynard
Woking Michael Doyle 17 Dec 2023 Darren Sarll
York City Neal Ardley 6 Sept 2023 Michael Morton
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L’agent de Jurgen Klopp met fin aux rumeurs l’envoyant au Bayern Munich



L’agent de Jurgen Klopp a insisté sur le fait que l’Allemand ne deviendra pas le nouvel entraîneur-chef du Bayern Munich à la fin de la campagne 2023-24.

Le mandat de Thomas Tuchel en tant qu’entraîneur de l’Allianz Arena prendra fin cet été, les deux parties décidant de se séparer une fois la saison en cours terminée.

Klopp quitte Liverpool cet été, et il a été suggéré que le joueur de 56 ans pourrait être dans le cadre pour remplacer Tuchel.

Cependant, Marc Kosicke, qui est l’agent de Klopp, a insisté sur le fait que l’actuel entraîneur-chef de Liverpool bénéficierait d’un congé de 12 mois une fois la saison terminée.


“Jürgen Klopp n’entraînera aucun club ou équipe nationale pendant un an après la saison en cours. Cela reste inchangé”, a confirmé Kosicke à Sky Allamagne.

Klopp a débuté sa carrière professionnelle au Mayence 05 en Allemagne, où il a passé sept ans à la tête du club avant de rejoindre le Borussia Dortmund, où il a connu un énorme succès.

L’entraîneur a remporté deux titres de Bundesliga, une Coupe d’Allemagne et deux Supercoupes d’Allemagne au cours de son séjour au BVB, en plus d’atteindre la finale de la Ligue des champions en 2012-13.

Klopp a ensuite déménagé à Liverpool en octobre 2015 et il a remporté la Premier League, la FA Cup, la Coupe EFL, le Community Shield, la Ligue des champions, la Super Coupe de l’UEFA et la Coupe du monde des clubs pendant son séjour à Anfield.

Le Bayern risque de terminer cette saison sans trophée, puisqu’il est à huit points du leader de la Bundesliga, le Bayer Leverkusen, alors qu’il traîne la Lazio 1-0 lors de ses huitièmes de finale de Ligue des champions.


Klopp ne déménagera pas à l’Allianz Arena cet été, le patron de Leverkusen, Xabi Alonso, étant considéré comme la cible numéro un du club.

L’Espagnol est également recherché par Liverpool pour remplacer Klopp, tandis que Barcelone sera un autre grand club européen à la recherche d’un nouveau manager cet été, alors que Xavi se prépare à démissionner.

Il y a eu des affirmations selon lesquelles Klopp accepterait le poste en Allemagne à son retour au football, mais un rapport récent a affirmé qu’il avait plutôt les yeux rivés sur le poste du Real Madrid ou de Barcelone.

Le Real Madrid a actuellement Carlo Ancelotti à la barre, l’Italien ayant récemment signé un nouveau contrat jusqu’en juin 2026, il est donc difficile d’imaginer que ce poste soit ouvert l’été prochain.

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Football Firsts: Wolves’ Max Kilman on futsal, friendships and Gary O’Neil



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Vitinha : Arsenal à l’affût, le PSG veut le prolonger



Le jeune milieu de terrain du Paris Saint-Germain, Vitinha, attire les regards. En effet, Arsenal surveillerait de près la situation du joueur portugais de 24 ans.

Arrivé au PSG l’été dernier en provenance du FC Porto, Vitinha s’est rapidement imposé comme un élément important du onze parisien. Ses performances n’ont pas échappé aux Gunners, qui seraient à la recherche d’un renfort dans l’entrejeu.

Cependant, le PSG n’a pas l’intention de laisser filer Vitinha si facilement. Le club de la capitale française compte bien prolonger le contrat du joueur, qui expire en 2027. Des négociations devraient débuter à la fin de la saison pour étendre son bail jusqu’en 2028/2029.

Arsenal devra donc faire face à une forte concurrence s’il souhaite s’attacher les services de Vitinha. Le joueur himself n’a pas encore exprimé de préférence, et il faudra attendre l’issue des négociations avec le PSG pour connaître son avenir.


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Livingston: David Martindale says saving side from relegation would be ‘biggest achievement’



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David Martindale says it is probably the most significant period of his career

David Martindale says steering Livingston away from relegation after “three years of hell” would be his “biggest achievement” as a coach.

The Scottish Premiership’s bottom side have narrowed the gap to three points on Saturday’s opponents Ross County.

But Martindale believes their position would be less precarious if not for ongoing litigation between the club and former board members.

“Half a million pounds it’s cost over the last three years,” he said.

“That budget coming away from the football department through litigation has made the job extremely hard.”


Livingston lost £800,000 in the last financial year, adding to debts of more than £1m, and the court battle has deterred interested parties from investing in the club.

“The club would be in a far better place if it wasn’t for outside parties blocking everything the current regime are trying to do,” Martindale said.

It has also piled more workload on a manager who would otherwise be concentrating on putting a team on the park.

“It’s been three years of hell, dealing with a lot of adversity in the building, dealing with lawyers, emails,” Martindale said. “I am fortunately or unfortunately the main constant at the club.

“I have been here for 10 years. I’ve known 99% of the background. So they have relied on me to help the club through that difficult moment.”


Poor results on the park led Martindale to suggest earlier this season that he was willing to stand down if it would help his side avoid relegation.

“There’s been some dark moments and I like to be honest with media,” he said. “But I’m fairly resilient. I am used to adversity. Probably half an hour later, I’m sitting with my staff saying ‘let’s go again’.”

Livingston have responded with a Scottish Cup over Partick Thistle and a league defeat of St Mirren before their vital trip to Dingwall this weekend.

“We are under no illusions about how big a game it is,” Martindale added. “Probably the most significant period of my managerial or coaching career.

“If I can keep Livingston in the Premiership, it is the biggest achievement I’ve had at the club and that includes winning League One and getting promoted from the Championship and getting to a cup final.


“I think I was very vocal at the start of the season speaking about how difficult a season it was going to be. Granted, I didn’t think it was going to be this difficult.

“It would be a monumental achievement for the players and staff and the club. Not me – everybody collectively.”

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