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Leeds s’apprête à limoger Javi Gracia et est en pourparlers avec Sam Allardyce

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Leeds United est sur le point de limoger le manager Javi Gracia et est en pourparlers pour nommer l’ancien patron de l’Angleterre Sam Allardyce en remplacement.

Le directeur du football Victor Orta devrait également quitter le club.
Leeds est 17e de la Premier League, au-dessus de la zone de relégation uniquement sur la différence de buts, avec quatre matchs à jouer cette saison.

Gracia, nommé en février pour succéder à Jesse Marsch, n’a remporté que trois des 11 matches de championnat aux commandes.

Leeds a perdu quatre de ses cinq derniers matches et affrontera le leader Manchester City samedi.

L’espagnol Gracia a rejoint Leeds sur un “contrat flexible”mais le conseil d’administration envisage de faire appel à l’ancien manager de Bolton, West Ham et Everton, Allardyce.

Le joueur de 68 ans est sans travail depuis la fin de la saison 2020-21 lorsque son équipe de West Brom a été reléguée de la Premier League, la première relégation de haut niveau de sa carrière.

Leeds fait sans doute face à la fin de saison la plus difficile des clubs luttant contre la relégation, avec City et Newcastle ensuite avant une visite à West Ham puis Tottenham à Elland Road pour mettre fin à la campagne.

Ils ont concédé 23 buts en avril – un record de Premier League pour un seul mois et le plus de toutes les équipes de haut niveau depuis que Birmingham a également marqué 23 buts en avril 1965.

Après la défaite 4-1 de dimanche contre Bournemouth, le conseil consultatif des supporters de Leeds United a publié une déclaration de défiance envers la direction du club.

L’Espagnol Orta a été nommé par le président de Leeds Andrea Radrizzani en 2017 et était responsable de l’embauche de l’ancien entraîneur-chef Marcelo Bielsa, qui les a conduits à la promotion en Premier League après une absence de 16 ans.

Radrizzani a également fait venir Marsch après le limogeage de Bielsa en février 2022 mais, alors que l’Américain a maintenu Leeds dans l’élite la saison dernière le dernier jour de la campagne, il a été limogé en février.

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Euro 2024: Alan Shearer & David Moyes on Scotland’s exit

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Across the three matches, Scotland had just 17 shots.

Since the Euros group stage was introduced in 1980, that’s the joint fewest by a nation – matching Northern Ireland’s total in 2016.

Their combined expected goals (xG) across the finals was 0.91. Miserable, miserable stuff.

Shearer, the Premier League’s all-time leading scorer, pinpointed the Scots’ injury woes and a limited pool of attacking players.

“I don’t think it was for a lack of effort,” he added on BBC One.

Those points were echoed by former West Ham manager David Moyes, watching alongside Shearer and Scotland captain Rachel Corsie in the studio in Berlin.

But that will struggle to stick with a deflated Tartan Army who watched their side score 17 goals across eight qualifiers to reach Germany.

“We were thrilled when we qualified,” Moyes said. “Steve [Clarke] did a good job getting us here and he took us to the last couple of minutes [against Hungary].

“There’s no shame in it. But we don’t have top, top players to make a difference.”

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‘Scotland stunned, sickened, suckered and out of Euros’

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The footballing gods have had their fun with Scotland again as their Euro dreams die, writes Tom English.

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Football gossip: Silva, Gross, Williams, Yoro, Van Nistelrooy

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Bayern Munich are interested in Bernardo Silva and Borussia Dortmund are close to reaching Pascal Gross agreement, while Arsenal and Chelsea target Nico Williams.

Bayern Munich are interested in signing 29-year-old Portugal winger Bernardo Silva, who has a £50m buy-out clause in his contract at Manchester City, which still has two years to run. (Star), external

Borussia Dortmund are very close to reaching a verbal agreement with Brighton’s 33-year-old Germany midfielder Pascal Gross, who has one year left on his contract. (Sky Sport Germany), external

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta could risk upsetting some of his senior players if the club move for Athletic Bilbao’s Spain winger Nico Williams, because of the 21-year-old’s wage demands. (Express), external

Chelsea are also interested in Williams, although he is among the attacking targets for Paris St-Germain after the departure of France forward Kylian Mbappe, 25, to Real Madrid. (Teamtalk), external

Manchester United and Liverpool have both made bids for Lille’s Leny Yoro but the French defender, 18, wants to join Real Madrid. (Marca – in Spanish), external

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Euro 2024: Hungary’s Barnabas Varga carried off on stretcher against Scotland

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Hungary striker Barnabas Varga was carried off on a stretcher following a mid-air clash with Scotland goalkeeper Angus Gunn in Sunday night’s Euro 2024 match.

The match was held up for nearly seven minutes as Varga received lengthy treatment on the pitch in Stuttgart.

Sheets were held around Varga, 29, as he received treatment on the pitch.

The extent of Varga’s injury after his collision with Gunn is not yet known.

Hungary’s players quickly signalled that Varga was in trouble and helped bring on the stretcher as others gathered round their teammate.

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‘Excellent’ Ndoye goal gives Switzerland lead over Germany

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Dan Ndoye scores an ‘excellent’ sliding volley to give Switzerland a 1-0 lead against Germany in the 28th minute of their Group A match in Frankfurt.

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Euro 2024: England captain Harry Kane says ‘support us in tournament then judge us afterwards’

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England captain Harry Kane urges fans to keep calm and says he hopes the team play with more “energy and enthusiasm without the ball” in their final Euro 2024 group game against Slovenia on Tuesday.

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Euro 2024: Albania’s Mirlind Daku given two-game ban for offensive chants

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Albania forward Mirlind Daku has been banned for two matches after leading his country’s fans in derogatory chants.

Daku addressed his country’s supporters with a megaphone following Albania’s heated 2-2 draw with Croatia in Hamburg.

Uefa also fined the Albania Football Association €25,000 (£21,250) for “transmitting provocative messages not fit for a sports event”.

The Albania FA were charged an additional €22,500 (£19,000) for pitch invasions and the lighting of fireworks by supporters.

The Croatian Federation were fined €28,000 (£23,600) for the throwing and lighting of fireworks.

Uefa added its investigation into “potential racist and/or discriminatory conducts by supporters in this match is ongoing”.

Doku took to social media to apologise on Friday.

Serbia had threatened to pull out of Euro 2024 over chanting between Croatia and Albania fans.

The Serbian team played their match with Denmark a few hours later, drawing 1-1.

Daku’s actions also resulted in the North Macedonia’s football federation demanding an apology.

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Euro 2024: Harry Kane says pundits must remember tournaments are ‘tough’

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Kane, who scored England’s goal against Denmark, was substituted when it was 1-1 and his fitness levels have also been questioned.

Manager Gareth Southgate also said the team aren’t in the physical condition to “press” the opponent how they would like.

“If I’m honest with myself … have I played the best that I know I can? No. But I didn’t score in the group stage at the World Cup, I didn’t score in the group stage at the Euros,” said Kane, England’s record goalscorer.

“So from my point of view, it’s a bonus to be one goal ahead. I’d always judge myself first and I know I can play better and I know a lot of players in the team think the same – that we can all play a little bit better.

“I don’t panic. I don’t get too high or too low. I’ll keep doing what I do and just go onto the next one.”

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Euro 2024: Understanding the third-place teams table

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In the above, WB, WC, WE and WF stands for the winners of Groups B, C, E and F, who are the teams that will play the qualifying third-placed sides.

Who plays who is pre-determined, so the final rankings of the table of the best third-placed teams is irrelevant.

As mentioned earlier, those currently going through, in alphabetical order, are third-placed sides from Groups B, C, D and E.

That would lead to these last-16 ties:

WB v 3E

WC v 3D

WE v 3B

WF v 3C

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