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Breaking: Another English Team Coach Sacked



Chris Wilder has been sacked by Middlesbrough after only 11 months in charge at the Championship club.

The decision was taken following the 1-0 defeat at bottom-of-the-table Coventry, which left Middlesbrough languishing in the bottom three of the table. Boro have won only two of their 11 Championship matches this season.

A club statement read: “Middlesbrough Football Club have terminated the contract of manager Chris Wilder with immediate effect. Leo Percovich will take over first team affairs in the interim basis, assisted by Craig Liddle, Mark Tinkler and Lee Cattermole. The club would like to place on record its thanks to Chris and his staff for all their hard work over the past 11 months.”

Wilder, appointed as Neil Warnock’s replacement in November 2021 when Boro were 14th in the table, narrowly missed out on guiding them into the play-offs last season.

The 55-year-old had won promotion with previous clubs Oxford, Northampton and hometown side Sheffield United, who he steered from League One to the Premier League in three seasons.

Boro fans felt Wilder’s proven record and a raft of summer signings promised much for the current campaign and they had been installed among the promotion favourites. But they made a poor start as they failed to win any of their first five league games and their latest defeat was their fifth of the season. They have yet to win on the road.

Wilder, who signed a two-and-a-half year deal when he arrived at the Riverside, said he was committed to the job when he was recently linked with the Bournemouth vacancy.

The caretaker manager, Percovich, has worked in two spells at Middlesbrough, since 2013 as a goalkeeping coach under Aitor Karanka and then, after a short time at Fuminense, from 2019 as assistant to Jonathan Woodgate and then Wilder.

Boro’s next match is on Wednesday at home against Birmingham City, who sit only three points above them in the table.

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EPL: Klopp warns Man Utd about Sunday’s clash



Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has warned Manchester United that his team will give them a “big fight” on Sunday.

The Reds beat Wolves 2-0 on Wednesday night, thanks to goals from Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah.

That result ensured they moved up to sixth in the Premier League table.

Klopp’s men are still 10 points behind United ahead of Sunday’s clash at Anfield.

The Red Devils are looking to do the double over Liverpool having won 2-1 at Old Trafford in August.

But Klopp told Premier League Productions: “It’s a big game against a team in form.

“We have to be ready, and we will give them a big fight.”

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Breaking: Arsenal fans arrested in Uganda after celebrating Manchester United victory



At least eight Arsenal fans have been arrested in the Ugandan city of Jinja after celebrating the club’s win against Manchester United in the English Premier League.

The fans were wearing the club’s red jersey and carrying a symbolic trophy.

Police said they didn’t have a permit to hold the procession which is a public order offence.

Arsenal scored a dramatic last-minute goal to win 3-2 in Sunday’s match against a fierce rival.

The result gave the Gunners a five-point cushion at the top of the table, giving hope to fans around the world that the club could end its 19-year wait to win the English Premier League.

The Arsenal fans were travelling in a convoy of five vehicles on Monday morning when they were intercepted by police. One of them was carrying a trophy they had bought at a local store.

“I don’t know what we have done but we were simply celebrating our victory over rivals Manchester United,” Arsenal fan Baker Kasule is quoted as saying by the local Daily Monitor news site.

James Mubi, the regional police boss and a self-declared Arsenal fan, told the BBC he had not reviewed the fans’ charges but wondered why they were celebrating when only half of the matches in the season had been played.

“What would happen if an altercation with rival fans broke out? They did not inform police to provide security for their procession,” Mr Mubi said, dismissing the suggestion that the arrest was linked to the frequent arrest of members of an opposition party who also wear red.

Rights groups say the Public Order Management Act has given police discretionary powers that have been used to stifle citizens’ rights.

Agather Atuhaire, a lawyer and rights activist, told the BBC that Uganda’s police continue “to be high-handed even after the Constitutional Court nullified all the draconian provisions that gave them unfettered powers to restrict the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of association and assembly”.

Arsenal and Manchester United enjoy huge support in Uganda, and across Africa, and when they play makeshift video halls in Uganda are always packed to the rafters.

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EPL: Chelsea To Unleash Big-Money Mudryk against Liverpool



Chelsea may hand a debut to Mykhailo Mudryk as Joao Felix serves the second of a three-match ban. Mudryk is poised to become the second Ukrainian to make a Premier League appearance for Chelsea, after Andriy Shevchenko. Wing-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell have both returned to training this week but are unlikely to feature.

Both sides have been incredibly inconsistent this season and it is impossible to know what they will do next. Liverpool for a while now, have shown lack of energy and legs in midfield, and their defeat at Brighton last weekend was not even that big a surprise.

It is a similar story with Chelsea, but nobody know which Blues team will turn up at Anfield. They got an important win over Crystal Palace last time out, but they needed some big saves from Kepa Arrizabalaga to get over the line.

A win would be a huge boost in confidence for both teams but it is hard to make a case for either of them to take the three points.On head-to-head, Liverpool have lost just two of the past 15 Premier League meetings (W6, D7). The two sides could draw three consecutive league games against each other for the first time.

The last time they met in the Premier League while both being outside the top eight was October 2015 – Liverpool won 3-1, their first league victory under Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool could lose their opening three league matches in a calendar year for the first time since 1953.The Reds may concede in nine straight Premier League games for the first time since May to October 2016.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have let in 25 league goals, just one fewer than in the whole of last season. If they fail to win this game, Liverpool will have their lowest points tally at the halfway stage of a Premier League campaign since 2014-15.

Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez have scored 10 of Liverpool’s last 11 goals at Anfield in all competitions, excluding own goals. Chelsea have only won twice in 10 Premier League fixtures (D3, L5).

The Blues are without a win in five successive away league games (D2, L3). It’s their worst such run since 2015. Chelsea’s tally of 22 goals is their fewest at the halfway stage of a Premier League season since 1995-96.


Culled from BBCSports

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