Chelsea Appoint Hiddink As Interim Manager

Chelsea Appoint Hiddink As Interim ManagerTwo days after Chelsea sacked Jose Mourinho, the Blues have confirmed that Guus Hiddink will take over as manager until the end of the season.

The 69-year-old also managed the Blues on a temporary basis for the final three months of the 2008-2009 campaign.

The Dutchman left his role as Netherlands Manager during their unsuccessful European qualifying campaign.

Chelsea sacked Mourinho seven months after he led them to the Premier League title.

The 52-year-old Portuguese had been in his second spell at the club as the Blues are currently 16th on the EPL table.

Chelsea finished eight points clear last season and also won the League Cup, but have endured a terrible start to their defence, losing nine of their 16 league games so far.

Chelsea Fire Coach Jose Mourinho

MourinhoChelsea have finally sacked manager, Jose Mourinho, seven months after he led them to the Premier League title.

The 52-year-old Portuguese had been in his second spell at the club as the Blues are currently 16th on the EPL table.

Chelsea finished eight points clear last season and also won the League Cup, but have endured a terrible start to their defence, losing nine of their 16 league games so far.

The former Porto manager’s final match with the Blues was Monday’s 2-1 loss to Leicester City.

Pep Guardiola, Guus Hiddink, Brendan Rodgers and Juande Ramos have all been touted as possible successors.

Mourinho Will Turn Things Around At Chelsea – Ferguson

fergusonFormer Manchester United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, has backed Jose Mourinho to turn things around at Chelsea.

The Premier League champions have made a bad start to the season, losing eight times already in 15 games.

However, despite his current travails, Ferguson believes Mourinho will eventually find a solution to the poor run of form.

Chelsea are 14th on the log with 15 points and travel to face league leaders, Leicester City on Monday, December 14.

Mourinho had earlier admitted that Chelsea may have to accept that a top-four finish is beyond them.

Manchester United To Play Watford Without Martial, Rooney

ManchesterAnthony Martial and Wayne Rooney will miss Manchester United’s trip to Watford on Saturday through injury and illness respectively.

Michael Carrick had earlier sustained an ankle injury while on duty with England and Marouane Fellaini, who has been deployed as a forward, has still not recovered from a knock sustained in the UEFA Champions League victory over CSKA Moscow.

The Manchester United manager’s plans for the trip to Vicarage Road had been disrupted by sustained by

Manager Louis van Gaal has hinted that James Wilson, who has made one league appearance this season, as a late substitute in the 3-0 defeat at Arsenal, is in line to play some part against Watford.

“He can play but he cannot play a whole match because he doesn’t have the rhythm of the game,” he told MUTV.

Jesse Lingard and Memphis Depay are also in the frame to go up front.

Lingard scored his first Premier League goal against West Bromwich Albion last time out, while Depay has watched United’s last three league matches from the bench.

A victory against Watford would help United move into the top spot at least until Manchester City, Arsenal and Leicester City, play later on Saturday.

Watford have no new injury worries and captain Troy Deeney says Man Utd’s visit to Vicarage Road will be a great occasion for the promoted side.

“Now it’s a different manager, a different style of football, but it’s still Man United,” Deeney told Premier League TV. “It’s still one of the biggest clubs of the world coming to little, old Watford.

“So it’s going to be a great occasion for the fans, and for someone like myself. Not too long ago I was paid £10 a week to play, so if I’m now playing against Man United I’m just going to enjoy it.”

We Can Be Dangerous Against Anybody – Wenger

WengerArsène Wenger believes Arsenal’s “relentless” attack earned them a hard-fought victory against Watford.

The Gunners scored three times in 12 minutes as Alexis, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey were on target in the 3-0 win at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Arsenal have found the back of the net 13 times in their last four games and Wenger is encouraged by that.

“I like that we continued to attack relentlessly until the end and to finish with it was a convincing win,” he told Arsenal Player.

“We scored five at Leicester, we scored three against Watford today, who had only conceded one [at home], so that tells you we can score goals and we can be dangerous against anybody.

“We faced a team that was very well organised, very strong in their challenges and very direct as well. It took us a while to adjust to that level of commitment and when we did it in the second half we dominated the game and after the first goal you could see that mentally and physically they got the blow.

“Sometimes the first goal changes the game. When they had to come out it was much easier for us. We know once we are in full power, we are quick in transition and we can kill teams off with our pace and that is what happened.”

What Is Important Is Good Football – Wenger

WengerArsène Wenger believes that Arsenal are getting better with every passing week and he wants the team to continue with their style of football.

The Gunners followed on their midweek Capital One Cup win at Tottenham with a 5-2 victory at Leicester City on Saturday.

Having ended the Foxes’ unbeaten run, Wenger feels his side are close to repeating the form shown in the second half of last season.

“It has been two weeks and the league is tight again,” he said. “You have to be consistent and that is what we focus on.

“I feel like the quality of our game is getting better week by week. Overall we are finding the level back that we showed at the end of the season.

“We came to Leicester who have not lost this season and the fact that we came here and won in a convincing way was important for the confidence as well.

“I’m just glad I did my job for the team and the fans. I’m not too concerned about the result. I have had 30 years of football and I know what is important and that is good football.

“What you want is to manage a team that enjoys to play together and gets better every week.”

Sanchez Is Hat-Trick Hero As Arsenal Trash Leicester City 5-2

sanchezAlexis Sanchez scored a hat-trick as Arsenal outclassed Leicester City 5-2 in their English Premier League match on Saturday.

The Gunners were one goal down with a strike from Jamie Vardy in the 13th minute of the game, before Theo Walcott made a balance with his 18th minute goal.

Sanchez made his hat-trick with goals in the 33rd, 58th and 81st minute.

Jamie Vardy scored his second goal in the 89th minute, making the scoreline 4-2, before Olivier Giroud scored the 5th to put the game beyond doubt.

Aston Villa Part Ways with Manager Paul Lambert

villaAston Villa’s Paul Lambert has emerged the fifth manager to depart in this current Premier League season, after Neil Warnock (Crystal Palace), Alan Irvine (West Bromwich Albion), Alan Pardew (Newcastle United) and Harry Redknapp (Queens Park Rangers).

According to a statement from Aston Villa, Lambert was shown the way out of the club after a run of ten winless games took them into the English Premier League relegation zone.

The forty-five year old took over at Villa Park in 2012 and led the Midlands club to 15th-place finishes in his first two seasons, but the former Scotland midfielder had come under pressure from fans following a poor run of recent form.

Villa’s 2-0 defeat to Hull City on Tuesday night was the last straw for the club’s board. The defeat saw them slip into the relegation zone for the first time this season – they were third from bottom ahead of Wednesday night’s Premier League fixtures.

A lack of goals has been Villa’s primary problem all season – they have managed just 12 in 25 league matches and have not won in 10 games.

A statement on the club’s website read: “Aston Villa Football Club has parted company  with manager Paul Lambert. First-team coach Scott Marshall and goalkeeping coach Andy Marshall will continue to prepare the squad for Sunday’s FA Cup tie with Leicester City at Villa Park.

“The club would also like to place on record its thanks to Paul and take this opportunity to wish him every success in the future.

“The club will announce a new manager in due course. There will be no further comment from the club at this stage.”

Many of Villa’s travelling fans at Hull made it clear they wanted Lambert to be sacked.
After Tuesday’s defeat Lambert remained in defiant mood, saying: “I was aware of it (fan unrest) months ago. I just try to do my best.

“We have a massive fanbase behind us, and they want to see the team doing well. It was a disappointing result.
“We are in a fight. I have said it to the lads in the dressing room. They know it. There is still a lot of football to be played. We just have to go out to win the next game.”

Lambert replaced Alex McLeish in June 2012 after two years with Norwich City. He signed a new contract extension in September last year, shortly after a 1-0 win over Liverpool took them to second place in the table. They won three of their opening four matches of the season, drawing the other.

But Villa’s season soon collapsed – they have won just two of their last 21 games, including a dismal run of 659 minutes without a Premier League goal which ended in a defeat to Chelsea earlier this month.
Nevertheless Villa chiefs showed every sign of resisting the growing unrest among Villa fans and keeping faith in the Scot despite their plunge into the relegation zone.

Villa have been knocked out of the League Cup by third-tier Leyton Orient, but have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup.