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Bouncebackability: a word coined for the play-offs that fits them perfectly

The best preparation a team can have for a play-off final is the experience of losing one the year before By Richard Foster , author of The Agony and the Ecstasy Iain Dowie coined the word bouncebackability in the 2003-04 season when describing how his Crystal Palace team had gone from the fringes of relegation in December to winning promotion through the play-offs in May. Not many managers have been responsible for adding words to the English lexicon but Dowie shared the…

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Manuel Pellegrini’s in-tray: what the new West Ham manager must tackle

The 2014 Premier League winner with Manchester City has to stiffen the defence, rebalance the squad and handle controversial owners Related: West Ham landing Manuel Pellegrini has the look of a managerial coup Continue reading…

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West Ham landing Manuel Pellegrini has the look of a managerial coup

The Chilean has succeeded with a variety of budgets and his attacking style should help to soothe the disquiet at West Ham West Ham United may just have pulled off the summer’s managerial coup by appointing Manuel Pellegrini , affectionately known as This Charming Man. The Chilean’s sobriquet is borrowed from a Smiths ditty and was given by adoring Manchester City fans during the success-soaked years of 2013-16. Pellegrini was, indeed, the epitome of …

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Manuel Pellegrini set to be confirmed as West Ham’s new manager

• Chilean agrees three-year deal after talks with David Sullivan • Pellegrini will be given full control of transfers at London club Manuel Pellegrini is set to be announced as West Ham United’s new manager after holding talks with the club’s co-owner David Sullivan in London on Monday. Pellegrini has agreed a three-year deal worth £10m a year with West Ham, who parted company with David Moyes last week, and it is understood that the Chilean will…

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Crystal Palace make move to sign West Ham’s Michail Antonio

• Roy Hodgson admires Antonio’s versatility • Palace fear West Ham could price them out of move Crystal Palace have made a move for West Ham United’s Michail Antonio, as they look to build on their end-of-season momentum by completing early transfer business. Antonio, 28, can play in wide midfield, up front or even at full-back – versatility that has impressed Roy Hodgson – and the Palace manager would most likely use…

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West Ham ready to approach Newcastle for Rafael Benítez

• West Ham seriously considering paying £6m release clause • Newcastle manager is their first choice to replace David Moyes West Ham are ready to make a formal approach for Rafael Benítez and are giving serious consideration to triggering the £6m release clause in the Newcastle United manager’s contract. Benítez is the first choice to replace David Moyes, with Manuel Pellegrini’s wage demands likely to prove prohibitive, and there is increasing concern at …

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West Ham’s hardball approach to finding a manager already looks risky | Jacob Steinberg

David Sullivan promised a ‘high-profile’ appointment but having already lost out on one, the co-owner has to get it right this time Even as late as Tuesday night, David Moyes had the backing of one of West Ham’s owners. But when David Gold appeared on Sky Sports News to throw his support behind Moyes, his words only heightened the growing uncertainty. A day earlier, after all, David Sullivan had met Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonseca at his …

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David Moyes leaves West Ham after club decide not to extend contract

• West Ham interested in Paulo Fonseca and Rafael Benítez • Club aim to appoint ‘high-calibre’ manager within 10 days David Moyes has left West Ham after the club decided against extending his contract. The former Everton and Manchester United manager was appointed to replace Slaven Bilic in November on a six-month deal and guided them to a 13th-place finish, having taken over with the team in the relegation zone. Related: Sam Allardyce sacked …

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David Moyes set for talks over West Ham future next week

• Former Everton manager’s current deal expired on Sunday • West Ham also looking at other options to replace Moyes West Ham United are aiming to end the uncertainty over their managerial situation in the next fortnight and will give themselves time to pursue other options before deciding whether to offer David Moyes a new contract. An added complication, however, is that Moyes might choose to reject an offer from West Ham. The former Everton …

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Newcastle crush Chelsea, Swansea relegated, City reach 100 points: Premier League clockwatch – live!

Keep up with all the 3pm BST Premier League kick-offs Follow Liverpool v Brighton – live! Latest in-running Premier League table Feel free to email Simon or tweet: @Simon_Burnton 5.22pm BST Stuart James watched as Swansea’s far-fetched hopes of salvation came to nought: There was a funereal feel about this fixture as Stoke, who were already down, condemned Swansea City to relegation and a place in the Championship alongside them. Swansea, in truth, were resigned to their …

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Manuel Lanzini double gives West Ham victory over lacklustre Everton

It spoke volumes that the Everton fans did not spring to the defence of their manager when the locals started having fun at Sam Allardyce’s expense. They simply could not be bothered and are unlikely to shed any tears if this limp defeat marks the end of Allardyce’s unhappy tenure. The former England manager has a year left on his contract but it is difficult to see how he can hope to survive. Leading Everton to eighth place is …

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Karren Brady under pressure to drop Sun column after ‘malcontents’ claim

• West Ham vice-chair wrote of ‘malcontents and keyboard warriors’ • Brady has been repeatedly urged within the club to drop column Karren Brady is facing pressure to drop her weekly column with the Sun after writing that “malcontents and keyboard warriors” have undermined West Ham’s efforts to make improvements to the London Stadium. It is understood that West Ham’s vice-chairman has been repeatedly urged from within the club to end her association with the newspaper, amid weariness at the…

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Premier League 2017-18 fans’ verdicts part two: Man City to West Ham

Featuring: City’s outrageous play, Pogba’s haircuts, Pellegrino’s credentials, and have the Baggies found their Special One? • Part 1: Arsenal to Liverpool Pre-season prediction 1st ; Current position: 1st Related: Premier League 2017-18 fans’ verdicts part one: Arsenal to Liverpool Continue reading…

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for on the final day

A wake is in store in Swansea, Klopp faced with a juggling act and a swansong for Conte and Benítez? Sign up now to The Fiver, our daily football email This feature, you will note, is called ‘10 Things to Look Out For’ rather than ‘10 Things to Look Forward To’. Thank goodness for that, because there might not be much to look forward to at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday. The match between …

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West Ham make point and Manchester United confirm second-place finish

This was the kind of lethargic performance that José Mourinho has in mind when he warns that Manchester United will continue to exist in the shadow of their formidable neighbours next season. They are 19 points behind City and although this forgettable draw ensured that Mourinho’s side will finish second, a club of United’s might can only wince at the distance between them and Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking champions. The gap is vast and it will be a …

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West Ham United v Manchester United: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 7.45pm BST kick-off Sign up now to The Fiver, our daily football email And you can email Simon here , or tweet him here 7.04pm BST So since they lost at Brighton on Friday Manchester United have jettisoned Rojo, Young, Darmian, Mata, Fellaini, Matic, Martial and Rashford, and brought in Lindelof, Jones, Valencia, Herrera, McTominay, Shaw, Lingard and Sanchez. That’s quite the turnaround. 6.47pm BST No changes …

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