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Watford news: Boss Marco Silva calls for his side to be calm about bad form going into Leicester game

Watford manager Marco Silva has admitted that the club’s recent poor form is cause for concern. The Hornets head to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday with just one victory from their last 10 matches in the division. Despite a strong start to his tenure at Vicarage Road, Silva’s side have slipped to 10th and are only six points above the relegation places. And the Portuguese knows his under-performing side must turn the tables in order to act upon their recent troubling displays….

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Arsenal boss Wenger called referee Dean 'not honest' and 'a disgrace' after West Brom draw

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger called referee Mike Dean “not honest” and “a disgrace” after the Gunners’ 1-1 draw at West Brom on New Year’s Eve, the Football Association has revealed. Dean gave a controversial late penalty, which the Baggies scored in a 1-1 draw. Wenger entered the officials’ changing room and confronted Dean, according to a disciplinary panel’s reasons for the manager’s three-match touchline ban. The referee said Wenger was “very aggressive”. Written testimony from Dean, his assistant referees and the fourth official are contained in the report and give…

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Ten-man Leicester hold lacklustre Chelsea – but Foxes boss questions red card

Leicester boss Claude Puel said the decision to send off Ben Chilwell at Chelsea was “harsh” as his side drew a match they probably should have won. The Foxes dominated possession for large periods and created the better chances but had the sting taken out of their display when defender Chilwell was shown two yellow cards in the space of five second-half minutes. He was shown no mercy by referee Mike Jones in the 68th minute when he brought down Victor Moses, shortly after fouling Willian. “At the end the…

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Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez backs captain Jamaal Lascelles to continue improving

Rafael Benitez has told Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles he could make it to the World Cup finals with England if he continues to develop as he has in the Premier League. The 23-year-old centre-back has emerged as a pivotal man in Benitez’s team having grown as both player and leader since captaining the Magpies to the Sky Bet Championship title last season. England boss Gareth Southgate has already seen Lascelles in action this season, and Benitez is convinced he can make the grade if he carries on his top-flight education…

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Brighton boss Chris Hughton gives thumbs-up to FA decision to adopt 'Rooney Rule'

Brighton boss Chris Hughton has welcomed the Football Association’s decision to adopt its own version of the ‘Rooney Rule’. The FA announced on Tuesday that it will interview at least one applicant from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background (BAME) for future roles in the England set-up. Hughton, who has been with Albion for just over three years, is one of only five BAME managers currently in charge of one of the 92 Premier League and Football League clubs and believes the news is a step in the right…

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Espanyol boss Flores is Stoke's first choice for job

Stoke City have made Quique Sanchez Flores their preferred choice for the manager’s job – and are waiting for an answer from the Espanyol boss. The Potters sacked Mark Hughes on Saturday, with the club in the Premier League relegation zone. A Stoke delegation has met ex-Watford boss Flores, whose side go to Levante in the Copa del Rey on Thursday. The 52-year-old is under contract with La Liga side Espanyol until 2019, but has a release clause in his deal. Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is still in…

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Bristol City boss Lee Johnson proud of players and insists Carabao Cup tie with Manchester City is far from over

The two managers exchanged friendly words at the end of the game Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Bristol City boss Lee Johnson said Pep Guardiola was very complimentary of the Championship side as Manchester Cityedged to a 2-1 win in the Carabao Cup semi-finals first leg at the Etihad Stadium. The Robins held off some early City pressure and went into half-time leading against the Premier League leaders thanks to Bobby Reid’s low penalty after he was fouled by John Stones. Kevin De Bruyne levelled the game ten minutes after the…

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