Monday 18 December 2017

Matthaus sacked as Bulgaria boss

Lothar Matthaus was yesterday sacked as Bulgaria coach after a dismal Euro 2012 qualifying campaign. Bulgaria have taken just five points from seven games.

Matthaus, who enjoyed a glittering playing career, has failed to cut it as a coach. The 50-year-old struggled in charge of Hungary in 2004/05 and also failed to make an impression in numerous club jobs.

Mourinho to donate award to charity

Real MADRID manager Jose Mourinho has donated his most prestigious personal trophy, the FIFA Ballon D'Or World Coach of the Year 2010, to be auctioned in memory of his former Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona mentor Bobby Robson.

It will be sold to the highest bidder in an online auction next month, with proceeds going to the Bobby Robson Foundation and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Valencia hoping for inspiration

Early La Liga pacesetters Valencia have said they will honour former coach Rafa Benitez before hosting Barcelona tomorrow night, perhaps seeking inspiration for a genuine title challenge this season.

Benitez led Valencia to the Spanish league title in 2002 and 2004 before leaving for Liverpool and is the only coach to have denied Real Madrid and Barca the title in the last 11 years.

Houllier unlikely to return as manager

Gerard Houllier has confirmed he is unlikely to return to management after revealing he is only "85pc" recovered from his latest heart scare.

Houllier was forced to quit Aston Villa after only one season in charge after being admitted to hospital in April suffering from chest pains. The 63-year-old, who underwent open-heart surgery in 2001, admitted he was not right five months after this setback.

Redknapp warns Spurs over Modric

HARRY REDKNAPP has warned Tottenham's executives to raise Luka Modric's wages to reflect his quality or risk losing him to another club.

Having seen off a £40m summer pursuit of the midfielder by Chelsea, Redknapp said Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy must now sit down with Modric and "convince him that his future is here".

The Tottenham manager said: "If he is worth £40m then life tells you you've got to be paid accordingly. You can't say he's worth £40m and then pay him the wages of someone who's worth £5m.

"We've got to convince him that his future is here and make it right for the boy.

Modric is thought to be currently paid around £40,000-a-week.

Irish Independent

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