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Bristol City 2-3 Manchester City (Agg: 3-5)

Kevin de Bruyne celebrated signing a new five-year contract at Manchester City with a goal Manchester City reached their first final under Pep Guardiola as the Premier League leaders beat battling Bristol City in the Carabao Cup. Already leading 2-1 from the first leg, goals from Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne at Ashton Gate ensured Manchester City’s place at Wembley on Sunday, 25 February. They dominated the first half and Sane deservedly put the visitors in front shortly before the break, with his deflected shot bouncing in…

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Sean Dyche: Burnley manager signs new contract until 2022

‘For the record, I definitely don’t eat worms’ Burnley manager Sean Dyche has signed a new contract, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2021-22 season. The 46-year-old has been in charge at Turf Moor since 2012, winning 97 of his 245 matches. He has also led the Clarets to two promotions from the Championship into the Premier League. “I am quite young in management terms,” said Dyche. “I am still learning and still improving, I believe, so I think it is the right place to be.”…

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Chelsea striker search: Ex-forward Chris Sutton on Blues’ target man hunt

Wanted: Target man. Must be over 6ft 1in. Premier League experience necessary. Age/mobility not important. Short-term deal considered. Chelsea have not quite gone as far as putting that advert in the window of a west London newsagents this January, but there have been times when their search for a new centre-forward has almost appeared to be that desperate. Andy Carroll, Ashley Barnes, Islam Slimani and Peter Crouch are among the surprise names to have been linked with a move to the defending Premier League champions. The Blues’ approach to finding…

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Manchester United remains football’s top revenue-generator

Image copyright Getty Images Manchester United have topped the table of the world’s 20 richest football clubs for the second year in a row, and tenth time overall, says Deloitte. Its Football Money League, based on season 2016-17, also shows the combined revenues of the 20 clubs has risen 6% to €7.9bn (£6.97bn), a new record. Real Madrid, which held top spot for 11 years, were second and Barcelona third. There were a record ten English Premier League clubs in the top 20. The number in the top 30 was…

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Scotland manager’s job – who’s next after pursuit of O’Neill fails?

Scotland’s players are still waiting to find out who will be their next manager Now the Scottish FA’s high-profile pursuit of Michael O’Neill has ended in disappointment, to whom do they turn next? BBC Scotland looks at a few potential candidates to take over from Gordon Strachan. Alex McLeish Having been in charge once before, Alex McLeish is likely to be linked with the vacant Scotland job McLeish’s last managerial job was almost two years ago, when he spent three months in charge at Egyptian club Zamalek. He’s made no…

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Pep Clotet: Oxford United sack manager

Pep Clotet led Oxford to 12 wins, 11 draws and 13 defeats in his time in charge League One club Oxford United have sacked manager Pep Clotet. The 40-year-old Spaniard, who took over in July, was dismissed following Oxford’s 2-1 loss at home to League One’s bottom side Bury on Saturday. The U’s have failed to win nine of their past 13 league games, including a 7-0 loss at home to Wigan in December. “The board has taken the decision after much consideration, and in the best interests of Oxford…

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Watford: Javi Gracia named head coach after sacking of Marco Silva

What does Gracia have to do to turn Watford around? Watford have named Javi Gracia as their new head coach, hours after the Premier League club sacked Marco Silva. Spaniard Gracia, who has signed an 18-month contract at Vicarage Road, has been out of work since leaving Russian club Rubin Kazan last June. The 47-year-old previously spent two seasons with Spanish La Liga side Malaga, and also worked in Greece. Gracia is the 10th manager to work for Watford under the Pozzo family since 2012. He says restoring confidence will…

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Scottish Cup draw: Celtic host Partick Thistle, Aberdeen meet Dundee United

Celtic face Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup fifth round Scottish Cup holders Celtic will host Partick Thistle in the fifth round of this season’s competition. Hearts are rewarded for their victory over Hibernian with a home tie against Albion Rovers or St Johnstone. Aberdeen meet Dundee United, while Highland League side Brora Rangers travel to take on Kilmarnock. Rangers will travel to Ayr United if they beat Highland League Fraserburgh in their rearranged tie after this weekend’s game was called off. There is potentially an all-Premiership tie if Dundee…

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Gossip column: Ronaldo, Aubameyang, Dzeko, Malcom, Mario

Real Madrid have told Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo that he can leave in the summer, with Paris St-Germain and Manchester United both interested in the 32-year-old. (Yahoo) Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 24, will be a target for Real Madrid in the summer, with the Spanish club prepared to pay £200m for the England striker. (Sunday Times – subscription required) Arsenal have made a £44m bid for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 28, but will have to raise their offer to about £53m to convince the German club to do business….

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan agrees Arsenal move, Alexis Sanchez set to join Man Utd

Mourinho & Wenger on Sanchez latest Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has agreed to join Arsenal, with Alexis Sanchez set to move in the opposite direction in a straight swap. Armenia international Mkhitaryan, 28, will have a medical on Sunday and Monday, while Chile forward Sanchez, 29, will have his on Sunday. The length of Mkhitaryan’s contract, and his salary, is undisclosed. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had earlier said Sanchez would only join United if Mkhitaryan moved to Arsenal. Looking at Premier League data since Sanchez arrived in England in…

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