Just In: Antonio Conte Leaves Tottenham
Antonio Conte has left his role as Tottenham Hotspur manager by mutual consent after 16 months in charge.
Recall Conte had called Spurs players “selfish” and lambasted the club’s culture in a press conference after their recent draw at Southampton.
After the press conference, Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy described Conte’s position as untenable, and has now parted ways with the Italian.
Conte’s assistant Cristian Stellini will step up as head coach for the rest of the season, with former midfielder Ryan Mason his deputy.
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Announcing the decision on Sunday night, Levy said, “We have 10 Premier League games remaining and we have a fight on our hands for a Champions League place,” chairman Daniel Levy said.
“We all need to pull together. Everyone has to step up to ensure the highest possible finish for our club and amazing, loyal supporters.”
Conte’s exit means Spurs are searching for their fourth permanent manager in four years since Mauricio Pochettino left in 2019.
Steve Cooper, Roberto De Zerbi, Olivier Glasner, Luis Enrique and recently-axed Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann are among the coaches who could succeed Conte.
Ighalo Makes Saudi Team Of The Season
Despite his impressive goal record for Al-Nassr striker Cristiano Ronaldo has been omitted from the Saudi Pro League team of the season, as Nigerian striker Jude Ighalo leads the frontline instead.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner also finished as the Saudi Pro League’s fifth top scorer for the season with his 14 goals.
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However, upon their decision to name the league’s Team of the Season, sport statistic gurus OPTA chose not to include Ronaldo.
Instead, former Manchester United and now Al Hilal striker Odion Ighalo leads the attack thanks to his 19 goals in 27 games.
FIFA Releases Women Football Rankings
Nigeria have moved two places in the latest FIFA women’s rankings released by the Federation of International Football Association, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
The Super Falcons, who were ranked 42nd in the world in the ranking released in March, gained three points to move to 40th.
Randy Waldrum’s side maintained their first position in Africa.
The Falcons’ rise in the rankings was largely due to their impressive performance at the exhibition in Turkey.
The Nigeria senior women’s national team won three consecutive games after snapping out of their seven-match winless run to continue their preparations for the FIFA Women’s World Cup scheduled to hold from July 20 to August 20.
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The ranking released by FIFA on Friday is the final before the 2023 Women’s World Cup, which will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand next month.
Nigeria will begin their World Cup campaign against Canada July 21.
Alongside the Falcons, South Africa, Morocco and Zambia will represent Africa at the women’s World Cup.
The next ranking will be published on August 25.
Transfer: Cristiano Ronaldo Reacts As Messi Snubs Saudi Arabia For Inter Miami
Al-Nassr striker, Cristiano Ronaldo has said “the best are welcome in Saudi Arabia.”
Ronaldo was responding to questions about Lionel Messi deciding to move to Inter Miami instead of the Middle East.
Messi also turned his back on his former club, Barcelona, for a new adventure in the Major League Soccer (MLS).
“I don’t want to talk about football – only water.
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“All the best are welcome in Saudi Arabia. Here we have no problems with the league,” Ronaldo said at an event promoting his new water brand.
Ronaldo has however been joined in Saudi Arabia by former Real Madrid team-mate, Karim Benzema.
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