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Everton name Ferguson as caretaker coach

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Everton have appointed Goodison Park legend Duncan Ferguson on a caretaker basis following the board’s decision to sack Marco Silva in the wake of Wednesday night’s crushing defeat to Liverpool.

The former Toffees striker will lead the team into Saturday’s Premier League clash against with Chelsea at home.

The Toffees sacked their manager, Marco Silva, on Thursday evening, following a dire start to the season which sees them languishing in the relegation zone.

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After recent defeats at home to Norwich and away at Leicester, the final straw was a humiliating 5-2 Merseyside derby defeat to Liverpool in midweek.

Silva’s departure has left a void ahead of their clash against Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime, which is set to be filled by Ferguson.

In an official club statement released on Twitter, he was named as interim manager for the Goodison Park clash.

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It’s as yet unknown how long he will be assuming the role for, but the club have expressed their intention to secure a permanent successor to Silva as soon as possible.

Ferguson had a short but dramatic stint with Rangers in the early 1990s, following a multi-million-pound move from Dundee United.

He scored a hat-trick in Cup competition but only managed 14 league appearances amid controversy for being found guilty of headbutting an opponent at Ibrox in 1994.

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It’s remarkable that a player once known for being so volatile has just been handed the reins at a big Premier League club. Yet, Ferguson is an established member of the Everton coaching staff, having been part of the first-team setup there since 2014.

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Barcelona defender, Umtiti, tests positive for COVID-19

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Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti has tested positive for coronavirus, the club confirmed on Friday.

Umtiti, 26, is currently recovering from his latest injury setback after once more suffering discomfort in his left knee, which has kept him out of action since July.

And he has now joined fellow defender jean-Clair Todibo in catching the virus,  although without showing any symptoms or health problems.

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Dutch boss Wiegmann to replace Neville as England coach

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Sarina Wiegman is to replace Phil Neville as head coach of the England women’s football team next year, the Football Association announced on Friday.

The 50-year-old Dutch woman will take charge of the Netherlands in next year’s Olympics before assuming control of England.

The former Dutch international defender will be in charge when England hosts the 2022 Euros, the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and the following Euros in 2025.

Wiegman was the FA’s preferred choice ahead of reportedly two-time World Cup-winning former USA coach Jill Ellis.

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Ellis’s second World Cup triumph came at the expense of Wiegman’s Dutch side last year.

“I’m delighted and honored to join England Women next year,” Wiegman said in a statement.

“England is the cradle of football and the major developments in women’s football globally over recent years have been led by the FA.

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“I’m very much looking forward to contributing my experience and expertise to this ambitious team.”

Under Wiegman, Holland won the 2017 European Championship as hosts

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Matuidi joins Beckham’s Inter Miami

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France’s World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi will join David Beckham’s Major League Soccer club Inter Miami, the American club announced Thursday.

Matuidi, 33, has left Italian champion Juventus by mutual consent after three years, for the club co-owned by Beckham, his former Paris Saint-Germain teammate.

Matuidi joined the Turin giant from PSG in 2017 and had one year left on his contract.

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The move comes less than a year before the European football championship, postponed this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Matudi played in the 2018 World Cup final when France beat Croatia 4-2.

Matuidi won three Serie A titles, one Italian Cup and the Italian Super Cup at Juve, where he played 133 games in all competition.

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He helped the club to a ninth Serie A title in a row this season, but the Italian giant crashed out of the Champions League in the last 16.

He also won four Ligue 1 titles during six years at PSG, having previously played for French clubs Troyes and Saint Etienne.

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