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Premier League 2018-2019

Post by PeteC » Tue May 22, 2018 6:58 am

What do you think about this Bamboo, RZR, and other Arsenal fans? Pete :cheers:

Unai Emery set to be appointed new Arsenal manager replacing Arsene Wenger https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/44203679

Arsenal are set to appoint Unai Emery as their new manager.

Manchester City assistant manager and former Gunners captain Mikel Arteta was strong favourite to succeed Arsene Wenger.

Emery emerged as the unanimous choice following a recruitment process in which all candidates were spoken to.

The 46-year-old Spaniard is available after leaving Paris St-Germain where he won one Ligue 1 title and four domestic cups in two seasons in charge.

Previously he guided Sevilla to three consecutive Europa League triumphs between 2014 and 2016.

Meticulous, experienced, successful - and still a risk: Phil McNulty on Arsenal's surprise choice
Emery announced last month he would leave French champions PSG when his contract expired at the end of the season. He was replaced by former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel, who had also been linked with the Arsenal job.

Emery's English is not completely fluent but the language barrier is not expected to be a problem.

An announcement and news conference are expected later this week.

After Wenger's departure was announced, the betting odds on Emery replacing him were at one stage as long as 66-1 - placing him behind the likes of former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood.

Other candidates included Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri and former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, as well as former Arsenal players Arteta, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira.

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The recruitment process was led by Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat - though the final decision would be down to majority shareholder and owner Stan Kroenke.

Wenger, 68, left the Gunners at the end of season after 22 years in charge, during which he won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, including two Doubles.

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What's going on at Arsenal? Where's Unai Emery come from? I can't get it out of my head.

You'd have thought that by now they would have known exactly what's going on.

Emery has had loads of money to spend at Paris St-Germain and now has to come to Arsenal with £50m with a bunch of players who have been playing in second gear.

His coaching ability will have to get going instantly and he will have to find some gems instantly.

I wouldn't be disgruntled as an Arsenal fan about Unai Emery, I think the fact he's come out of left field when everyone's thinking 'it's going to be Arteta', that's the only problem. If we do see a difference in intensity, drive and consistency everybody will get onside and that's all Arsenal fans want to see.
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Post by redzonerocker » Tue May 22, 2018 9:06 am

Quite surprised to be honest, his appointment has really come out of nowhere and he's barely been mentioned in AFC blog land.
He's young and has a decent CV and I think there will be a bit more cash available than the £50 million mentioned in the report.
He's certainly got his work cut out from day one, that's for sure . . . . . . . . onwards and upwards :cheers:
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Post by Bamboo Grove » Tue May 22, 2018 10:09 am

Early days to say anything, yet. Surely he had more money available at PSG than he will at Arsenal. That 50 mil. is not a transfer cash, it is what will be winnings after the season from salaries etc. Transfer kit will be more but nearly as much as at PSG. Whoever comes in will not have an easy task. Hope for the best but if you look at ManU, it's not an easy thing to replace someone who's been in charge for more than 2 decades.
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Post by Henry 14th » Tue May 22, 2018 11:29 am

A better option than Arteta I think. He managed Valencia well on a shoestring budget so I guess he has experience on that front.

Plus he’s a Europa League specialist. Since we are a long way off being a top 4 club at the moment his experience there will no doubt bode well.

The main thing is that the club now seems to have a modern football management structure in place. Whilst these changes will certainly take time, there is no doubt that the club can move forward again without being held back by Wenger and his stubborn ways.

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Post by PeteC » Tue May 22, 2018 5:26 pm

West Ham: Manuel Pellegrini named new manager at London Stadium https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/44163423

West Ham have appointed one of the world's "most respected" football coaches in Manuel Pellegrini, according to joint chairman David Sullivan.

Pellegrini, 64, has signed a three-year deal at the London Stadium.

The former Manchester City and Real Madrid manager left his job with Hebei China Fortune over the weekend and succeeds David Moyes.

"I am excited about this project. My mentality is always to have a winning mentality," said Pellegrini.

"I think that West Ham had a difficult season last season and I hope that next season we are going to play football that will delight the fans. I always play attacking football and we must try to reach important targets in the season.

"I am sure that, with the players we have in this moment in the squad, and bringing maybe another four or five in, we are going to have a strong team."

Chilean Pellegrini, who had been a priority target from the start of West Ham's search for a new manager, will be joined at London Stadium by assistant Ruben Cousillas.

He replaces former Everton and Manchester United manager Moyes, who was appointed West Ham boss in November 2017 but released at the end of his contract after guiding West Ham to 13th place.

"Manuel brings a reputation for attacking football and getting the best out of his players," said Sullivan.

"We believe he will attract new talent to the London Stadium as well as improving the current squad.

"Manuel is the first West Ham United manager to have a Premier League title on his CV, and we believe his experience, quality and proven record of taking teams forward quickly will ensure that he is successful here."

West Ham had explored the possibility of hiring Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez, however they quickly concluded it would be hugely difficult for the Spaniard to leave St James' Park.

Pellegrini, who was on a huge contract in China, has agreed to take a pay cut but it is anticipated he will become the highest paid manager in West Ham's history.

Sullivan had previously said he intended to hire someone who had experience at the highest level.

Pellegrini won the 2013-14 Premier League title and two EFL Cups during his three years at Manchester City, in addition to taking the club to the Champions League semi-finals.

West Ham have experienced huge problems during their first two seasons after leaving Upton Park.

They won just seven home Premier League games this season, a campaign which was marred by crowd trouble at London Stadium.

Five fans were banned for life by the club for running on to the pitch during their home fixture with Burnley on 10 March.

Other fans were also banned for life for throwing coins or objects "with intent to injure or harm"......
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Post by PeteC » Mon May 28, 2018 5:43 am

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Fulham have been promoted to the Premier League after beating Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/44178427

They were up for 13 straight years last time. Let's hope they match or exceed that record.

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Post by PeteC » Mon May 28, 2018 2:18 pm

To me Craven Cottage is the most beautiful football ground in the UK. What a setting and history! Fulham FC has received permission to tear down the riverside stands and build a two tier stand increasing the seating from 25,700 to 29,600. Construction to start summer of 2019.

What history the place has. Long before the stadium being built and becoming Fulham FC home stadium in 1896, it was part of Anne Boleyn's hunting grounds. :shock: Full read here if interested. Pete :cheers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craven_Cottage#Pre-Fulham

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Post by Zidane » Mon May 28, 2018 4:29 pm

Congrats to Fulham.They play some nice football and its good to see them back in the Premiership.
There manager,Slavisa Jokanovic,has done an excellent job there.He took Watford up a few years back and was then sacked because he asked for a pay rise.....I wonder how Watford would be doing now if they had kept him on ?

OK,I know this isn't the Premiership but it made me laugh...... :D
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Post by PeteC » Mon May 28, 2018 4:53 pm

2018/19 Premier League fixtures released on 14 June

"The dates of all 380 matches in the 2018/19 season will be published at 09:00 BST on Thursday June 14.

The dates for all 380 Premier League matches will be published on premierleague.com, allowing supporters to start making plans.

The 2018/19 season will begin on 11 August with three new teams in the competition."
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Post by PeteC » Mon May 28, 2018 4:55 pm

If I'm not mistaken the 3 teams coming up get a baptism of fire by being matched with the top 3 teams from the previous year. Maybe I'm just imagining it but I remember something similar happening last season? Pete :cheers:
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Post by Zidane » Mon May 28, 2018 6:20 pm

Coincidence....
Brighton played Man City who came 3rd the season before....Newcastle played the Spuds who came 2nd....but Huddersfield played Crystal Palace who came something like 14th or 15th,I think.
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Post by caller » Mon May 28, 2018 11:59 pm

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My Great Uncle used to own a house in the road on the left (Finlay Street) heading away from the ground to Fulham Palace Road (both sides of my family are from Fulham) and when I was younger, in the days when grounds opened their gates at half time, I'd visit him with a mate for a cuppa and then nip into the ground to watch the 2nd half. But only when Chelsea were away and before I was allowed to travel to away games.

It's also good that as a result of the redevelopment of the Riverside Stand, that the stretch of river there will open to the public.

And to think, if Fulham had accepted Gus Mears offer to relocate the club to the nearby newly developed Stamford Bridge, Chelsea would never have existed. They didn't and the rest is history!
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