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Who would be a football manager?

Who would be a modern-day football manager, hey?

Okay, so most get paid handsomely. However, like the players, the men in suits – tracksuits if you’re Martin O’Neill – get bombarded with verbal abuse continually – and not just from the fans.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is often labeled a pedophile by a few childish away fans. While former Hull City boss, now gardener extraordinaire, Phil Brown was dubbed “Tango” for most of last season for his rather unusual “tan” which held more than a hint of orange (the colour, not the flavour).

But if you thought that was paticularly distasteful, think again. And again.

After Tottenham lost 1-0 at home to Wigan (the team they tore apart 9-1 less than a year ago) their manager, ol’ Harry Redknapp, had to suffer further heartache when one Sky Sports reporter had the nerve to call him, the boss, the guv’nor, the gaffer…a “wheeler, deeler”!

Thankfully, Redknapp handled the incident with admirable professionalism and with a touch of class.

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David Sullivan and David Gold Complete West Ham takeover

Former Birmingham City owners David Sullian and David Gold have completed the takeover of Premier club West Ham United.

Both Sullivan and Gold are boyhood West Ham United fans, and are thought to have gained control of the east London club with a 50% shareholding.

David Sullivan told Sky Sports News of his delight at finally sealing the deal.

He said: “West Ham is the club we always wanted to own.”

It is understood that funds will be available to West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola in the current January transfer window, whilst Sullivan also confirmed Karen Brady will be vice-chairman of the club.

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Is The Yellow Submarine Sinking?

CAN you name the team that currently sits bottom of the La Liga table?

Here’s a clue. They possess a Brazilian born Spaniard who last summer lifted the European Cup, a former Highbury hero, and an ex Italian Red Devil? Yep – Villareal.

With 4 losses and no wins after 7 games, Villarreal look a shadow of their former self.

Last year saw El Submarino Amarillo receive a number of plaudits for their free-flowing style, as they  finished the season 5th, narrowly missing out on a Champions League place.

They also reached the quarter-finals of the CL, losing to Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal 4-1 over two legs.

Yet manager, Ernesto Valverde, feels its too early to panic, suggesting that a profligacy in front of goal may be the cause of their dreadful start.

The under-fire manager told Reviste: “There is a certain pressure at the club because the expectation is that Villarreal is a club that should be up there with the top sides.

“I think that if we are going to pin down an explanation then perhaps we have lacked a clinical edge in front of goal.”

Deja vue

Sky Sports’ Guillem Balague believes, just like former manger Manuel Pellegrini, the club will keep faith with the ex-Olympiacos coach.

“With Pelligrini in the first year, they were at the bottom and they stuck with him; that’s what Villarreal will do,” he said.

“They’ve got two games at home, Malaga and Tenerife, Lazio in the Europa League and if he gets a couple of results… end of crisis.”

However, despite dominating the preceedings, Valverde’s men lost away to 10-man Lazio in the Europa League.

A late goal by Tommaso Rocchi two minutes into injury time at the Stadio Olimpico condemned the Spanish outfit to a 2-1 defeat, after Sebastian Eguren cancelled out a Mauro Zarate opener.

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