Leicester City Eyeing Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos But Face Stiff Competition Across Europe

?Leicester City are the latest Premier League team to be linked with Rangers’ hot-headed star striker Alfredo Morelos. 

The Foxes are now added to a long list of clubs interested in the Colombian, which includes other Premier League clubs like Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa, as well as some European clubs including Atlético Madrid, Sevilla and Inter. 

Morelos has been in fine goalscoring form for Steven Gerrard’s side, the Ibrox man notching 29 strikes in 46 appearances this season. 

??Goal? report that ?Leicester City can expect to spend around £35m to secure the signature of the 23-year-old. With the possibility of ?Champions League football in the offing, the Foxes are looking to bolster their squad to be competitive in two competitions. 

As the club prepares for the substantial windfall from Europe’s premier competition, Morelos has been identified to add crucial goalscoring assistance for ?Jamie Vardy. 

Rangers appear resigned to losing their player even though Morelos has a contract running until 2023. The Colombian’s representatives have made it clear that he intends to leave, and had attempted to engineer a move in January.

Alfredo Morelos

The Gers have shortlisted a selection of players to replace the hole that the striker is certain to leave. Some of the more eye-catching names that have been reportedly selected by the Scottish club include ?Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster and Bordeaux’s Josh Maja, formerly of Sunderland.

Ever since Morelos’ move from Finish side HJK in 2017, the Colombian has showcased a level of goalscoring that will be difficult to replace for the Scottish side. A key aspect of Morelos’ play is the player’s continual development season on season. The striker managed 18 goals in his first season in the SPL, followed by 30 in the next.

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7 of the Best Players to Have Become Terrible Managers

Football is a sport where certain fads and trends suddenly appear in the public consciousness before fading out of the spotlight for the next vapour rub or nose strips to come along. 

The last few seasons have seen clubs, often when scrambling around for a replacement on short notice, turn to former ‘legends’ of the game as their new manager. 

However, unlike snoods, this idea that former greats will be able to replicate their success on the field from the technical area has been going on for decades, but recently a slew of clubs have turned to those who ‘know the club’ in quick succession. 

Yet, it’s by no means a foregone conclusion that these brilliant players become successful managers, in fact, often it’s quite the opposite. So, let’s take a look at some the game’s greats who haven’t quite made the transition smoothly.


Pippo Inzaghi

Filippo Inzaghi

Inzaghi may have lacked some of the technical qualities most professionals take for granted, but the Italian striker had an innate ability to score goals. Whether they flew in off his knee while he was looking the other way or cannoned in off his backside, Inzaghi, more often than not, found the back of the net. 

Unfortunately, that goalscoring touch didn’t exactly translate to his last managerial stint in ?Serie A

After 21 games of the 2018/19 season Bologna parted ways with Inzaghi as the club sat in the relegation zone. They had scored just 16 goals and picked up 14 points. The incoming Siniša Mihajlovi? saved them from the drop as they netted 32 in their final 17 games. 

It would be unfair to brand Inzaghi a terrible manager solely for his performance at Bologna and while he has had success with clubs in the lower leagues, it seems that his six months in Emilia-Romagna prove you can’t teach a player to be in the right place at the right time. Or, at least, Inzaghi couldn’t. 


Jürgen Klinsmann

Jurgen Klinsmann

As a World Cup and European Championship winner, not to mention runner-up in the 1995 Ballon d’Or, Jürgen Klinsmann’s status as a great player isn’t in doubt. 

How he’ll be remembered as a manager is less clear cut. 

Admittedly, he led Germany to a third-placed finish at the 2006 World Cup but the influence of his assistant Joachim Löw (who would win the trophy eight years later as the main man) in that run casts some doubt over Klinsmann’s importance. 

He didn’t last a full season at ?Bayern Munich as the club finished third in 2009, with captain Philip Lahm brandishing Klinsmann’s time in Bavaria a ‘failure’ and revealing the players had to have additional tactical meetings in the coach’s absence. 

Then, after ten games (which brought three wins) in charge of Hertha BSC in 2019/20, Klinsmann spent almost £70m in the January transfer window before surprising everyone (including the club’s board) by resigning via Facebook Live. Quite the managerial CV. 


Thierry Henry


As a player, Thierry Henry charmed England with his elegance on the pitch, gliding across the grass with ease as he went some way to defining the modern forward. 

However, his time has a manager has been anything but easy. During his three months at Monaco, Henry oversaw just four victories in 20 games, with two of those coming in cup competitions they subsequently exited. 

But his managerial spell in the principality will be remembered most for the scolding he gave Benoît Badiashile when the 17-year-old forgot to tuck in his chair. 

From the toast of the ?Premier League who could actually pull off a catchphrase as laughable as ‘va va voom’ to the role of a pernickety teacher, this is what management can do to the game’s greats.


Gary Neville

Gary Neville

While Gary Neville himself will be the first to admit he perhaps wasn’t the nation’s most technically gifted player in his prime, eight Premier League trophies, three FA Cups and two Champions Leagues are nothing to be sniffed at. 

After four successful years as a TV pundit Neville swapped the studio for the dugout when he joined his brother Phil to become manager of Valencia in December 2015. 

This surreal move soon turned into a nightmare and after four months at the Mestalla, Neville parted ways with Valencia before returning to punditry. 

The former England international managed three wins in 16 league games and while the Copa del Rey had acted as some light relief, Barcelona soon made sure Valencia’s cup run was swiftly ended with a 7-0 rout in the stadium Neville had completed the 1999 treble with ?Manchester United. 


Tony Adams

Tony Adams

Tony Adams was one of the greatest captains ?Arsenal have ever had and the skipper who led England to the semi-final of the 1996 Euros, the furthest the country has ever gone at any major tournament since 1966. 

Adams couldn’t replicate the leadership he possessed wearing the captain’s armband from the touchline. His year at Wycombe Wanderers saw them relegated to the fourth tier, but was arguably his most successful managerial spell. 

He won four of 22 matches at Portsmouth and despite taking them over in seventh place, he was sacked with the club a single point above the drop. 

His final managerial spell came at the helm of Granada, when Adams took over the ?La Liga side on the brink of relegation with seven games to go. He lost all seven by an aggregate margin of 17-3 and against Real Madrid, Isco was caught likening the Premier League winner to a waiter whilst chuckling on the bench. 


Bobby Charlton

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One of the greatest players to have turned out for Manchester United or England, Bobby Charlton defined his era as one of the game’s greatest goalscoring midfielders (fittingly his first two goals for United came against Charlton Athletic). 

After two decades at Old Trafford ?Charlton left to become manager of Preston North End in the second tier. His single season at the helm saw the club relegated, the same year Manchester United would drop a division and his brother Jack would get promoted as manager of Middlesbrough. 


Diego Maradona

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There is perhaps no greater example of a someone doing the best to ruin their extraordinary legacy as player with their managerial career. 

Arguably the ?greatest the game has ever seen, Maradona’s itinerant career after football has taken him from Mexico to Saudi Arabia, although he seemed to have found his ideal position as chairman of Belarusian club Dynamo Brest. 

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His time as Argentina’s national manager saw them qualify for the 2010 World Cup (just) with an unbelievable squad including the likes of a 22-year-old ?Lionel Messi and Sergio Agüero. 

Yet, they flattered to deceive and, after training had been moved to midday to accommodate Maradona’s nightlife, crashed out of the quarter-finals following a 4-0 battering from Germany. 

A recent stint at Argentinian club side Gimnasia de La Plata saw them assigned to relegation and when football eventually returns, the Maradona roadshow will undoubtedly take the former great to another corner of the globe.


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FIFA Could Increase Men’s Football Age Limit at Tokyo Olympics

?FIFA could raise the age limit for the men’s football tournament at the Tokyo Olympics from 23 to 24 when the event is held in 2021. 

The Olympic Games were originally scheduled for summer 2020 and the men’s football tournament is open to players 23 years old or younger, with three overage players permitted, the 2016 edition won by a Neymar-inspired Brazil. 

Neymar

The Olympics, along with the men’s European Championships, were ?postponed in March due to the outbreak of coronavirus while the women’s Euro 2021 was also ?pushed back a year to avoid congestion of the sporting calendar. 

As reported by the ?BBC, football’s governing body have recommended that the age limit be moved so that players eligible for this year’s competition will still be able to enter the rescheduled event. However, this decision is yet to be approved by the FIFA Bureau. 

If the amendment does take place, players born on or after 1 January 1997 will be allowed to play along with three overage participants in the men’s competition. 

There is no age restriction for the women’s football tournament, which was won by Germany at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. 

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The likes of France, Germany, Spain, Argentina and Brazil have already qualified for the men’s tournament in Tokyo, with Japan automatically assured of a place as hosts. 

PSG forward Kylian Mbappé had planned to go to ?both Euro 2020 and the Olympics this summer before the competitions were postponed and as a 21-year-old, the World Cup winner would still qualify as an underage player even if the rules are not altered. 

Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos had also ?voiced a desire to represent his nation in Tokyo this summer but by the time the rearranged event rolls around the controversial Spain international will be 35 years of age. 

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Mario Gotze Deals Premier League Suitors Blow in Pursuit by Picking Ideal Summer Destination

?West Ham have registered an interest in Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze and want to bring him to the club in the summer.

However, the prospect of this deal occurring has taken a major hit due to another party’s interest, with AS Roma keen to tempt the German abroad, according to a recent report from Corriere dello Sport in Italy. 

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The five-time Bundesliga winner wants to remain in Europe and will reject big-money moves to the MLS or Qatar, with the peak years of his footballing career theoretically still left to play.

German outlet ?SportBild claims that the 27-year-old would rather move to the Serie A than the Premier League, where Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton have also been linked with attracting Gotze’s services to Goodison Park. 

Consequently, the ?Hammers will need to be at their persuasive best to attract the player that scored the winner in the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina. 

Sergio Romero,Mario Goetze

Since winning the prestigious international trophy, the silky midfielder’s career has gradually declined. This is partly due to his myopathy diagnosis in 2017 – a rare muscle disorder – which caused a slight setback in his footballing career, but he has managed to slowly recover. 

In 12 appearances for ?Dortmund this season, the former Bayern Munich man has bagged three goals, although he’s slipped behind some of their young stars in the pecking order. With his contract coming to an end in June, Gotze may leave the Signal Iduna Park for a second time searching for a new challenge. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping Europe, a free transfer presents a very appealing option for teams looking to limit their summer transfer spending.

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Alan Shearer Reveals Just How Close He Came to Joining Manchester United in 1996

Newcastle United legend and Premier League all-time top scorer Alan Shearer has confessed that he had decided to join Manchester United back in 1996, only for then-Magpies manager Kevin Keegan to convince him to move to St James’ Park instead.

At that time, Shearer had managed to lead Blackburn Rovers to the Premier League title and was an established England international, with both Newcastle and United fighting to win the race for his signature.

Alan Shearer

Obviously, it was ?Newcastle who eventually managed to lure Shearer back to his hometown, but the striker confessed to ?BBC Sport that ?there was a point when he had settled on a move to Old Trafford.

“I sat down with Kevin Keegan and Sir Alex [Ferguson] on the same day,” he explained. “I saw Keegan in the morning and talks had gone really, really well. 

“Then the ?United contingent came in. His first question to me was: ‘Am I seeing you first or am I seeing you second?’ I told him I had seen Kevin in the morning and I won’t tell you his words. He said basically I’ve got no chance, then. He wanted to see me first.


“But I thought the talks went extremely well. I was very impressed with what he had to say. I had to go and make a decision. At one point, I was going to Manchester United. 

“But then, I sat down and I got a call from Kevin who asked to see me a day or two later. And I thought: ‘You know what, I’m going to go back to Newcastle. It was the club I always supported and wanted to play for.”

The Magpies landed a then-world record £15m deal for Shearer, while United failed to find an alternative and instead had to make do with a young Norwegian by the name of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who had joined the club earlier that summer.

As you can imagine, Ferguson wasn’t best pleased to lose out to rivals Newcastle.

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“I thought: ‘I’ve got to ring [Ferguson],” Shearer continued. “I rang him but there was no answer. I thought I couldn’t leave a message. I rang him again but there was still no answer. I left him a message after the third time and no surprise, I never got a call back!

“I’ve got no regrets, I’d do the same again.”


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