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  • San Jose Earthquakes name Mikael Stahre ...

    The San Jose Earthquakes have hired Mikael Stahre as the club's new head coach, with Chris Leitch and Alex Covelo, who spent the final four months of the 2017 season as head coach and assistant coach, returning to their former roles with the club.  Stahre comes to MLS after time...

    San Jose Earthquakes name Mikael Stahre as new head coach

    The San Jose Earthquakes have hired Mikael Stahre as the club's new head coach, with Chris Leitch and Alex Covelo, who spent the final four months of the 2017 season as head coach and assistant coach, returning to their former roles with the club.  Stahre comes to MLS after time in the Allsvenskan, the top flight in Sweden, having managed BK Hacken to a top-four finish in his only season with the club. The 42-year-old won a Swedish title with AIK in 2009 and has over a decade of experience as a head coach across Sweden, China and Greece.  “After a thorough evaluation process, we are excited that Mikael will be joining our club,” said Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli in a team release. “What stood out with Mikael are not only the cups his teams won and his consistency over the past 10+ seasons, but also his ability to identify with our players, our coaching staff and most importantly our goals.” A miracle finish saw the Earthquakes claim the final MLS Western Conference playoff spot in 2017, though the club suffered a 5-0 defeat at the hands of the Vancouver Whitecaps in their first postseason match.  Stahre has a solid history of improving clubs, having taken AIK from fifth place to a title and turning IFK into a contender in his time with the club.  “I am very proud to be the new head coach of the San Jose Earthquakes and for the opportunity to work with Jesse Fioranelli and the other members of the organization,” said Stahre. “I'm going to give everything I have to the Quakes and I am very excited about being a part of the future of the club.” The rest of the coaching staff will be announced at a later date. 

  • Klopp hits back at Conte: They have the ...

    Jurgen Klopp rejected Antonio Conte's claims Liverpool have gained an unfair scheduling advantage before their Premier League clash with Chelsea on Saturday. Chelsea head coach Conte lamented the fact Liverpool had a day more to prepare, while his side made an 8,000km round trip...

    Klopp hits back at Conte: They have the best Christmas schedule

    Jurgen Klopp rejected Antonio Conte's claims Liverpool have gained an unfair scheduling advantage before their Premier League clash with Chelsea on Saturday. Chelsea head coach Conte lamented the fact Liverpool had a day more to prepare, while his side made an 8,000km round trip to Azerbaijan, following their respective Champions League fixtures. Although Klopp stated he understood the difficulty of Conte's predicament, he said the difference in preparation time would not be impactful when the two face each other at Anfield. "I really get what Antonio is talking about, I heard about it, but maybe he forgot they had the best Christmas schedule last year," Klopp said. "Everyone played every two days and they had 12 days to play three games. It is the same situation this year and I don't know how the Premier League will explain it. "I really think recovery for a team is important and he is right, but it will not have an influence on this game. Maybe the next one, that is possible." Although Liverpool have not seen defeat since last month's 4-1 hammering at the hands of Tottenham, their defensive struggles once again came to the fore midweek, surrendering a three-goal lead in Tuesday's 3-3 Champions League draw with Sevilla. Saturday's clash with Chelsea could prove pivotal in Liverpool's hopes for a Champions League spot next season, but Klopp maintained his side do not have the upper hand. "Now they [Chelsea] are already back, they flew back to London and have two days to recover and that is a normal situation," he said. "Three days is never a problem, two days is a big problem but obviously nobody wants to hear that."

  • Wenger not bothered by Ozil transfer spe...

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger dismissed speculation that soon-to-be free agent Mesut Ozil is set to sign for La Liga giants Barcelona. Arsenal playmaker Ozil is out of contract at the end of the season and Barca have emerged as a possible destination for the Germany internationa...

    Wenger not bothered by Ozil transfer speculation

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger dismissed speculation that soon-to-be free agent Mesut Ozil is set to sign for La Liga giants Barcelona. Arsenal playmaker Ozil is out of contract at the end of the season and Barca have emerged as a possible destination for the Germany international. However, Wenger is uninterested in speaking about the possibility of a move during the January transfer window, along with the future of Alexis Sanchez. "What kind of control can I have over that [speculation]? All these people have agents who can talk to anybody," Wenger said. "That doesn't disturb people, that happens all through their career. I have no concerns. I am more concerned about the team performance. "Ozil and Alexis are praised when the team is doing well because of them, and when the team doesn't do well they get more criticism. I'm more concerned that the team performances are strong performances." Arsenal's form has been patchy of late, with last Saturday's Premier League win in the North London derby over Tottenham splitting defeats to Manchester City and Cologne. Now having to back up from Europa League competition away to Burnley on Sunday, Wenger is not fazed with Ozil and Sanchez's transfer speculation. "They are honest. I don't question their honesty," he said. "Nobody knows what will happen when the players reach the end of their contracts. "Our worry is to perform on Sunday. That's it."  

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