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Former England Under-16s coach Dan Micciche appointed new MK Dons manager

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 MK Dons have appointed former England Under-16s boss Dan Micciche as their new manager. The 38-year-old, a former head of academy coaching with the Dons, replaces Robbie Neilson who left the club by mutual consent on Saturday. The club are fourth from bottom of Sky Bet League One after a 2-1 defeat to Northampton. Former Bristol City boss Keith Millen has been named assistant manager while Dean Lewington is player-coach. Micciche told the club’s official site: “I’m so proud to be named manager of MK Dons….

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Northern Ireland boss O'Neill turns down Scotland manager job

Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill has turned down the chance to replace Gordon Strachan as Scotland manager. O’Neill, 48, had been the Scottish FA’s preferred candidate for the role. The former Brechin City and Shamrock Rovers boss said he had “given the matter a great deal of thought and consideration”. “It’s a huge honour to be offered the position however I do not feel that this is the right opportunity for me at this moment in my career,” he said. “I would like to place on record my gratitude to…

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Watford FC: Next manager odds as Marco Silva is sacked by Hornets

Sunday, January 21, 2018 Watford have parted company with manager Marco Silva following a run of one victory in the last 11 matches. The Portuguese was highly rated upon his appointment at Vicarage Road in the summer, and the Hornets started the season in fine form. However, an approach from Everton for Silva has been called the ‘catalyst’ for Watford’s downfall, in a statement released by the Hertfordshire club. The statement read: ‘The club is convinced the appointment of Silva was the right one and had it not been for…

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Listen: Luther Blissett hopes new Watford manager will fix the ‘disconnect’ between supporters and players

Watford’s next manager must be able to fix the ‘disconnect’ that exists between the supporters and players at Vicarage Road, according to Hornets legend Luther Blissett. Marco Silva was dismissed as head coach of the Hertfordshire club on Sunday morning, following a run of just one win in 11 matches that has seen Watford drop from the top five to only three points clear of 17th. Watford’s statement made it clear they blamed Premier League rivals Everton for unsettling Silva, as since the Toffees made multiple approaches for him Watford’s…

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News: Emirates Palace appoints Martin Cramer as new general manager

Emirates Palace has announced Martin Cramer has been appointed as the hotel’s new general manager. With a distinguished career in hospitality spanning over 30 years, Cramer brings a wealth of experience to Abu Dhabi’s iconic property.  “Emirates Palace is a jewel among hotels, a symbol of exemplary luxury and hospitality excellence around the world,” Cramer said following appointment. “It is a great honour and challenge to take on the role of general manager of such a fine property, and I intend to build upon its distinction as one of the…

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Stoke City news: New manager Paul Lambert urges players to not dwell on past results

New Stoke boss Paul Lambert regards the club’s remaining Premier League fixtures this season as “15 cup finals”. The Potters head into Saturday’s home clash against Huddersfield, their first match with Lambert in charge, lying 18th in the table, a point adrift of safety. They have lost six of their previous eight league games, won five out of 23 all season and conceded 50 goals, more than any other club in the division. Lambert, appointed as successor to the sacked Mark Hughes on Monday, said: “It’s like 15 cup finals,…

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill considering future after talks with Scottish FA

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill is reflecting on his future after talks with the Scottish Football Association, Press Association Sport understands. The meeting was described as “productive” by a source close to the discussions and the 48-year-old impressed the SFA delegation. But no timescale has been set over the next stage in the SFA’s pursuit of the former Brechin and Shamrock Rovers boss. Both parties spoke at length about the vacant Scotland manager’s job and Scottish football in general, a subject the Edinburgh-based former Dundee United and Hibernian midfielder knows…

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