Real Madrid fire coach Ancelotti – club president

Real Madrid fired their coach Carlo Ancelotti on Monday, club president Florentino Perez said, making the popular Italian pay for a disappointing season without a major trophy.

“The board of directors has taken the decision this afternoon to relieve Carlo Ancelotti of his duties as coach of Real Madrid,” Perez told a news conference at the club’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

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Criticism part of the job says Ancelotti as pressure builds

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has said the intense scrutiny he has come under in recent weeks is part of the job of coaching one of the biggest sides in the world.

Madrid president Florentino Perez called an impromptu press conference on Thursday to deny rumours that Ancelotti could be sacked if the European champions lose El Clasico against Barcelona next weekend.

“I have always understood criticism as part of my job,” Ancelotti said on Saturday.

“Coaching Real Madrid means coaching the biggest team in the world and if you do that then you get the most criticism too. It is an honour for me to coach this club.”

Los Blancos squeezed into the last 16 of the Champions League in midweek despite am embarrassing 4-3 home defeat to Schalke – their fifth defeat in 15 games in 2015.

That run of form has also seen Ancelotti’s men surrender top spot in La Liga to Barcelona for the first time in five months and with little room for error ahead of their trip to the Catalan capital next Sunday.

And the Italian admitted there could be changes for the visit of Levante on Sunday, but insisted he would continue with his same attacking philosophy.

“The president always evaluates the work that we do and some things could change.

“We have looked at what has happened and in an ideal world we will change things, but without losing our identity.

“We have a clear identity and in the past few games we haven’t shown it.”

Ancelotti should be able to recall both Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos back into the starting line-up after long term absences due to muscle injuries.

Meanwhile, full-backs Dani Carvajal and Marcelo will return after being rested in midweek.

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Zidane could be future Real coach – Ancelotti

Zinedine Zidane is shaping up as a future coach of Real Madrid, present incumbent Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday.

Zidane, who is currently coaching the Real reserve side Castilla, “has all the qualities” required to take the the helm of the club, Ancelotti told a news conference.

“I enjoy Zidane’s work, he’s doing very well,” Ancelotti said.

After a difficult start of the season, Castilla are top of Spain’s third tier league.

“He’s doing very well in his first year in charge. He’s taken Castilla to first place and he needs to keep up the good work.

“It’s pretty clear to me he has all the qualities to coach a big team. And that includes Real Madrid,” said the Italian manager, who appointed the French legend last season.

After seeing Castilla lose five of their first six initial games, Zidane has turned things around and his young charges have now lost just once in the past four months.

They could increase their lead when they take on Athletic Bilbao’s reserves on Sunday, a match which could see Norwegian teenage prodigy Martin Odegaard, snapped up from under the noses of many European giants in the transfer window, could make his debut.

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Andres Villa Boaz likely to be Liverpool’s new coach

Liverpool have reportedly sounded out Andre Villas-Boas as a potential replacement for Brendan Rodgers following the club’s below-par start to the season.

While Rodgers’ side have undergone a mini-revival with two wins and two draws from their last four games, Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group are believed to be concerned that the team have gone into regression despite spending £115 million in the summer.

Although the Anfield club’s struggles can be partly attributed to the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, they have looked a long way short of the levels they reached last season, and FSG have begun assessing their options by asking Villas-Boas to outline his managerial philosophy, according to the Sunday Times.

The Portuguese manager endured difficult spells at Chelsea and, to a lesser extent, Tottenham, but is on course to secure the Russian league title with Zenit St Petersburg in his first season at the club.


Avram Grant appointed Ghana coach

Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant has been appointed the new coach of Ghana.

The 59-year-old has signed a 27-month deal to take over from Maxwell Konadu, who had been in temporary charge since  Kwesi Appiah left in September.

He will start work on Monday and his contract will finish at the end of February 2017 – after that year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Israeli Grant has only six weeks to prepare the Black Stars for the 2015 Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea.

The Ghana Football Association have given Grant a target of “doing well” at the upcoming tournament – given his short time with the team – and to win the event two years later.

Ghana, who topped their qualification group for next year’s showpiece, will find out their opponents in Equatorial Guinea when the draw is made on 3 December.

The tournament will be held between 17 January and 8 February.

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Moyes named head coach of Spanish side Real Sociedad

Moyes, who was axed by Manchester United in April following a dismal first season in charge at Old Trafford, has been handed a contract until June 2016 with the Spanish outfit.

“The Royal Society has reached an agreement with David Moyes to be the first team coach until 30 June 2016,” a statement on Sociedad’s official website read.

Moyes left United just 10 months into a six-year contract after being named as the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer of 2013.

At the time of his departure, United, the defending champions, were seventh in the Barclays Premier League and 23 points behind leaders Liverpool.

Moyes also left the 20-time title winners with a host of unwanted records broken during his tenure, including failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in almost two decades.

Moyes, who became the third shortest-serving manager in the club’s history, won 27, drew nine and lost 15 of his 51 games in charge of United.

Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane gets three-month coaching ban

World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane has been suspended from coaching for three months for taking charge of a team without the right qualifications.

The Spanish Football Federation has banned the former France midfielder for leading Real Madrid Castilla, the European champions’ reserve side.

Zidane’s assistant Santiago Sanchez has also received a three-month ban.

Real issued a statement declaring their “absolute disagreement” with the decision, which they intend to fight.

The club said Zidane “has been authorised by the French Football Federation to work as a head coach in the category Real Madrid Castilla currently find themselves in”.

Real’s statement concluded: “Real Madrid will pursue every available legal avenue so that this decision is overturned.”