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Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini rules out becoming Italy's next manager

Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini rules out becoming Italy's next manager

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Roberto Mancini Friday, November 17, 2017Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has no plans to become the new manager of Italy.The Azzurri are on the hunt for a new head coach after sacking Giampiero Ventura following their failure to qualify for next summer's World Cup in Russia.Mancini has been linked with taking over, while the likes of Antonio Conte and Carlo Ancelotti have been touted as viable replacements too.But Mancini has now revealed he is happy at Zenit St Petersburg and looking to succeed with them."I am not surprised my name has been mentioned on the list, seeing as they also discussed colleagues with experience who won in various different countries," Mancini told Russia TV channel Match TV."But I am happy at Zenit and in St Petersburg, so I am not thinking about the N...
Young fans 'need more help' to go to matches – Stoke boss Hughes

Young fans 'need more help' to go to matches – Stoke boss Hughes

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Media playback is not supported on this device Young fans need "more help" from clubs to be able to go to matches, says Stoke City boss Mark Hughes.A BBC poll found that 82% of 18 to 24 year olds said the cost of tickets was an obstacle to them going to more games.That's despite the BBC's Price of Football study revealing most ticket prices were frozen or reduced this season."It's probably an area that needs to be looked at," Hughes said.Asked if clubs risked losing a generation of fans, he added: "Money is tight, everyone understands that. Maybe they need a little more help."How much could you pay? Enter your team in the calculatorAnalysis: What does it mean for clubs and fans?Premier League cuts or freezes majority of pricesTake the Pr...
‘He wants to stay here’ – Atletico Madrid president plays down Antoine Griezmann exit reports

‘He wants to stay here’ – Atletico Madrid president plays down Antoine Griezmann exit reports

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Antoine GriezmannThursday, November 16, 2017Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has played down reports of an imminent exit for Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann.As talkSPORT told you this week, reports in Spain have claimed that Barcelona have agreed a 'deal in principle' to sign the Frenchman for £90m at the end of the season.This had come as a huge blow for United who came close to signing Griezmann in the summer and have not yet given up hope of luring him to Old Trafford.However Cerezo insists the 26-year-old forward is happy at Atletico and has no intention of walking out."He wants to stay here," Cerezo told Europa Press."That is what he is saying and nowhere has he said he wants to leave us, in fact he has said the opposite."He has a contract with Atletico."Let's block
Chris Robshaw is feeling the love with England again thanks to ‘special’ Eddie Jones

Chris Robshaw is feeling the love with England again thanks to ‘special’ Eddie Jones

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Chris Robshaw has pointed to his close network of family and friends as the key reason behind his ability to put World Cup disappointment behind him.The former England captain led the host nation to a pool-stage exit in 2015 after deciding not to attempt a late penalty against Wales that would have salvaged the campaign.Eddie Jones replaced Stuart Lancaster as boss before stripping Robshaw of the captaincy and appointing Dylan Hartley as his successor.And Robshaw feels he has come a long way since seeing his three-and-a-half-year tenure as England captain come to an end.“A lot of that is down to the support I’ve had,” Robshaw told talkSPORT.“Having Camilla [his wife] at home, my family, my friends, my teammates – Eddie [Jones] himself – just gives you the confidence and support to go out t
'Disappointed' O'Neill to discuss Republic future after play-off defeat

'Disappointed' O'Neill to discuss Republic future after play-off defeat

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Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill will speak to the country's football association about his future after failing to reach the World Cup.The Republic were trounced 5-1 by Denmark in the play-offs. In October, O'Neill and assistant Roy Keane agreed contract extensions to remain until the Euro 2020 campaign."I thought there was an agreement. I'll speak to [FAI chief] John Delaney - I've not spoken to him since we spoke about the new contract," said O'Neill.O'Neill and Keane were appointed in November 2013 after the departure of previous boss Giovanni Trapattoni.They guided the Republic to Euro 2016, losing to France in the last 16.Match report: Republic or Ireland 1-5 DenmarkRelive Denmark's victory over the Republic of IrelandWhich teams have qualified for the World Cup?What you ne...