Archive for the ‘Managers’ Category

Just shocking news that came at around 1:08 PM PST, Portugal manager Big Phil Scolari has accepted the position of Chelsea manager, effective after Euro 2008 ends. Scolari planned to leave the national side even before the Chelsea job was even in question, but this announcement comes just hours after Portugal beat the Czech Republic 3-1, effectively sealing a quarterfinals position.

This is quite an interesting announcement considering the time of it, but there should be a press release an hour later, ESPN commentator Adrian Healey just announced it. There will be more to come, so Phil Scolari replaces Avram Grant as Chelsea manager.

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Seriously, a loss to a League 1 side in the FA Cup (Barnsley), at home, game winning goal in front of the Kop. Why are you still here Benitez?

BBC Commentator: Simon Brotherton

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Oh well…..at least you didn’t blow a 4-1 lead to Tottenham. Oh wait, well uh….at least you beat Chelsea after that 2-0 head start. No? Umm…..at least you win your home games. Wait umm….yeah, that loss was bad.

So a Mr. Sam Allardyce becomes the umpteenth manager in the Premier League to part ways. Allardyce is yet again unemployed after leaving Newcastle United. The season started out in perfect fashion, dominating Bolton Wanderers, his old club. Since then, Newcastle are in 11th place, and almost lost to Derby County.

See ya Sam! – The Beautiful Game

It’s been a wacky Premier League season as far as managers go. A little less than half of EPL clubs have either had talks about a managerial change, or a managerial change. To give you full analysis, here are all 20 Premiership clubs and what has happened as of today as far as the managers go.

Arsenal- manager at start of season was Arsene Wenger- no changes have been made.

Aston Villa F.C- manager at start of season was Martin O’Neill- no changes have been made.

Birmingham City- manager at start of season was Steve Bruce- current manager is Alex McLeish after Bruce went to Wigan.

Bolton Snoozers- manager at start of season was Sammy Lee- current manager is Gary Megson.

Blackburn Rovers- manager at start of season was Mark Hughes- no changes have been made.

Chelsea- manager at start of season was Jose Mourinho- Jose resigned, and Avram Grant is now manager.

Derby County F.C- manager at start of season was Billy Davies- Paul Jewell is now manager after Davies was let go after a whopping 1 win almost 1/3 into the season.

Everton- manager at start of the season was David Moyes- Moyes is still manager.

Fulham- manager at start of season was Lawrie Sanchez- Lawrie could be gone, but for now he is still with Fulham. Update: BBC confirms Lawrie Sanchez has been fired, making it 8 Premier League managers leaving their teams.

Liverpool- Rafa Benitez is still manager of the Reds.

Manchester United- Alex Ferguson is still there and he may never die.

Manchester City- manager at start of season was Sven Goran-Eriksson- Eriksson is still with the team.

Middlesbrough- Gareth Southgate is somehow still Boro boss.

Newcastle United- manager was Sam Allardyce- Sam remains Magpies boss.

Portsmouth- Harry Redknapp is still manager.

Reading- Steve Coppell remains manager.

Sunderland- Roy Keane is still Sunderland boss.

Tottenham Hotspur- Martin Jol was the manager at the start of the season, later resigned and Sergio Ramos is new manager.

West Ham United- Alan Curbishley is still boss of WHU.

Wigan- Chris Hutchings was the manager at the start of the season, but was let go and Steve Bruce is now manager.

Not even halfway into the season, and 7 8 managers have left their original teams from opening day. And to think, Sam Allardyce and Lawrie Sanchez are still on the hot seat.