Archive | August 9, 2015

Marseille boss Bielsa quits straight after defeat….

Marcelo Bielsa

Marseille boss Marcelo Bielsa announced his resignation minutes after their opening-day Ligue 1 defeat by Caen. The 60-year-old, who was linked to the vacant Mexico job this week, was just starting his second campaign in charge, having finished fourth last season. He handed his letter of resignation to the club’s president before announcing the decision in a news conference. “I have finished my work here, I will return to my country,” the Argentine, who had not told his players, said. Caen won the match 1-0 with Andy Delort, a summer signing from Wigan, scoring in the 27th minute, Bielsa managed several clubs in Latin America before spells as manager of Espanyol, Argentina, Chile and Athletic Bilbao.

Odion Ighalo: A debut and a goal….

Super Eagles of Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo made his English Premiership debut against Everton yesterday. Ighalo came in as a 74th minute substitute replacing Miguel Layun and scored a nice goal in the 83rd minute. The match ended two goals apiece. Mexican Miguel Layun fired Watford ahead on the half-volley in the first half after Everton failed to clear. Ross Barkley’s stunning effort brought the home side level before Odion Ighalo’s composed strike gave the Hornets the lead for a second time. But three minutes later, substitute Kone snatched a draw with an angled finish across Heurelho Gomes. Much of Everton’s play was laboured and ponderous and, despite improving in the second half, they owed their recovery to a moment of brilliance from Barkley. The 21-year-old’s right-footed strike flew high into Gomes’s goal and once Watford’s defence had been breached, the home side seemed to gather momentum where in the first half it would peter out. There was an element of fortune about Layun’s opening goal but there was nothing lucky about but Ighalo’s strike. The Nigerian striker dummied two Everton defenders before coolly slotting home to put Watford back in the lead, only for Kone to rescue the Toffees with just his second goal for the club.

Mourinho angry at Blues medical team….

Jose Mourinho

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho criticised his “naive” medical staff for treating Eden Hazard in their draw with Swansea. The Blues, who had keeper Thibaut Courtois sent off, were down to nine men for a period after staff ran on to treat Hazard following a trip, despite him not appearing to be badly injured. If a player receives treatment, they must leave the field. “I was unhappy with my medical staff. They were impulsive and naive,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “Whether you are a kit man, doctor or secretary on the bench you have to understand the game. “You have to know you have one player less and to assist a player you must be sure he has a serious problem. I was sure Eden did not have a serious problem. He had a knock. He was tired.” Chelsea were already struggling to cope against Swansea’s extra man before Hazard was tripped by Gylfi Sigurdsson with six minutes remaining, leading to Mourinho’s frustration.

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