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Rafa Benitez press conference: Chelsea manager defiant

Rafa responds! Defiant Benitez insists he wants the fans to back him and the team

: West Brom 1 Chelsea 0 (Gareth McAuley, 82)

The Portuguese was supposed to be given the freedom to overhaul an ageing squad, but with a place in the top four and Champions League football slipping from Chelsea's grasp, Villas-Boas was given his marching orders in early spring. Di Matteo was brought in and delivered the FA Cup and Champions League trophies.

ROBERTO DI MATTEO

November 17, 2012: West Brom 2 Chelsea 1 (Shane Long, 10, Peter Odemwingie 50; Eden Hazard 39)

After leading Chelsea to a first Champions League title while interim boss, the Italian's permanent appointment was short-lived. A 2-1 loss at the Hawthorns, the team's first away defeat of the league season, was followed by a European defeat at Juventus which sealed Di Matteo's fate and saw Benitez drafted in.

Kenny Dalglish lined up for Liverpool return

Liverpool line up offer to bring King Kenny back to Anfield – as an ambassador

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

00:04 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

09:43 GMT, 10 January 2013

Liverpool are hoping to lure Anfield legend Kenny Dalglish back in an ambassadorial role.

Dalglish was sacked in May following an 18-month spell as boss, having taken over from Roy Hodgson in January 2011.

Although Dalglish took up a similar position before his appointment as manager – and was involved in the club's academy – it is unclear whether he would be open to the idea of a return.

Tempted Kenny Dalglish could be on his way back to Anfield as an ambassador

Tempted Kenny Dalglish could be on his way back to Anfield as an ambassador

Since being replaced by former Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers, the 61-year-old has only been to Anfield once this season to watch Liverpool in action.

Dalglish, who played more than 350 times for the club, has always been held in high esteem by the supporters.

And Liverpool are keen for him to help attract lucrative sponsorship deals, according to the Daily Telegraph.

After his departure last summer, Dalglish gave the impression that he was warm to the idea of returning to Liverpool.

He said at the time: 'I said when first approached about coming back as manager that I would always be of help if I can at any time and that offer remains the same.'

Liverpool owner John W Henry also hinted he would have his former manager back, describing Dalglish as 'part of the family'.

New boy: Brendan Rodgers (right) took over from Dalglish (left) last summer

New boy: Brendan Rodgers (right) took over from Dalglish (left) last summer

Dean Saunders to speak to Wolves

Saunders set for quick Wolves appointment as Doncaster boss heads for talks

– Mick McCarthy

Feb 2012 – Jul 2012 – Terry Connor

Jul 2012 – Jan 2013 – Stale Solbakken

Their defeat by Luton Town was the final straw following a series of incidents which have suggested all is not well at Molineux.

Paint was tipped over Solbakken's car last month and he openly admitted having fierce discussions with Wolves' players in the dressing-room following a series of defeats both before and after Christmas.

A club statement read: 'Wolves have announced Stale Solbakken has left the club with immediate effect.

'The club has also terminated the contracts of Johan Lange, assistant manager and Patrick Weiser, first-team coach.'

Kevin Thelwell, head of football development and recruitment, will take charge of first-team training until Saunders is appointed.

Wolves were out-battled against Luton

Overwhelmed: Wolves were out-battled against Luton

Sven-Goran Eriksson loses out to Mykhailo Fomenko for Ukraine job

Eriksson misses out on squaring up to England after Ukraine turn to Fomenko for top job

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UPDATED:

15:31 GMT, 26 December 2012

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has been overlooked for the Ukraine national team job after losing out in a unanimous vote.

The country's football federation instead opted for Mykhailo Fomenko, an experienced 64-year-old former Dynamo Kiev defender and manager of several Ukrainian sides, as the successor to Oleg Blokhin who resigned in late September.

Out of work: Eriksson is available for a return to management

Out of work: Eriksson is available for a return to management

Before Fomenko's appointment at a
meeting today – at which Eriksson was not present having previously
discussed terms regarding a potential contract – new QPR manager Harry
Redknapp had also been under consideration.

It means Eriksson has been denied a reunion with England, who are in the same qualifying group in the race for the 2014 World Cup.

Redknapp: QPR can survive the drop and must start against West Brom

Redknapp: We still stand a 'big chance' of survival, and our escape will start against West Brom

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UPDATED:

13:44 GMT, 24 December 2012

Harry Redknapp believes QPR still stand a 'big chance' of securing survival despite suffering their first loss since his appointment away to Newcastle on Saturday.

The Hoops on Boxing Day host West Brom who on two points from third are exceeding expectations but with only 10 points from 18 games Redknapp knows there is little time left for QPR to save their own top-flight status.

'We’ve still got a big chance,' Redknapp said. 'That was our first defeat at the weekend since I’ve arrived.

Not over yet: Redknapp believes survival is still within QPR's grasp

Not over yet: Redknapp believes survival is still within QPR's grasp

'We defended for our lives and looked like we were going to come away with a good point which would have been vital.

'We didn’t quite make it but we’ve got two big games at home to come and we’ve got to try and pick some points up out of those now.

'If we can do that and bring one or two [players] in January then we’ve got a chance.

New arrival: And Redknapp is hoping new players will follow him to Loftus Road in January

New arrival: And Redknapp is hoping new players will follow him to Loftus Road in January

'If 40 points is the magic number then really you’re looking at hitting top six form.

'But it can happen. You can go on a run and do that. We’ll give it a good go.

'It’s going to be hard but I still believe we can do it.'

Rising force: Under Clarke, West Brom are challenging in the top half of the table

Rising force: Under Clarke, West Brom are challenging in the top half of the table

That QPR are at home is one of the reasons Redknapp – for all of his respect for Steve Clarke's work – is confident ahead of West Brom's visit. Given their victory over Fulham in the previous fixture at Loftus Road, Wednesday's game represents a chance for them to build some momentum there and to inspire a potential platform from which survival could be achieved

'They’ve done really well,' he said. 'Steve Clarke has done an excellent job.

'They’re a side that’s been building for years and has got better every year.

Obstacle: West Brom stand in the way of QPR's pursuit of three vital points on Boxing Day

Obstacle: West Brom stand in the way of QPR's pursuit of three vital points on Boxing Day

'But we’re at home, we won our last home game against Fulham and we’ve got to be ready now for West Brom and Liverpool.

'The crowd were great for the last home game and they’ve got to show the same passion again, as have the players, and if we do we’ll be hard to beat.'

It was for the Fulham fixture that Jose Bosingwa refused to be a substitute, and it could be that his brief QPR career is at an end after Redknapp revealed how 'disturbed' he felt by the Portuguese's lack of professionalism.

'Disturbing': Bosingwa refused to be a substitute for QPR's victory over Fulham

'Disturbing': Bosingwa refused to be a substitute for QPR's victory over Fulham

'It disturbed me when a player doesn't want to sit on the bench when you are bang in trouble,' he said.

'We are all in trouble. The owner and the fans see their team losing every week and suddenly you get someone who doesn't want to sit on the bench.

'He [Bosingwa] said: “I don't want to sit on the bench.”

'He thinks he is too good to sit on the bench. That is what disturbs me in this game.

'I have seen one or two incidents that have disturbed me.'

Harry Redknapp plans QPR shake-up as Mike Rigg leaves

Redknapp hopes to add Ferdinand to backroom staff as Rigg leaves QPR

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10:44 GMT, 21 December 2012

Harry Redknapp is stepping-up a shake-up of his backroom team after technical director Mike Rigg was on the brink of leaving the club yesterday.

Rigg arrived at Queens Park Rangers shortly after Mark Hughes' appointment as manager in January, but he is set to be the latest member of the sacked Welshman's staff to depart Loftus Road.

Shake up: QPR boss Harry Redknapp is planning to change his back-room staff

QPR boss Harry Redknapp is planning to change his back-room staff

And Redknapp, who replaced Hughes in November, will now look to install trusted aide Ian Broomfield as his new chief scout.

The 65-year-old is also closing in on former QPR striker Les Ferdinand, who he wants to join his coaching team.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed Redknapp's interest in both Ferdinand and Broomfield.

Redknapp (right) with trusted assisstant Kevin Bond, is looking to add les Ferdinand and Ian Broomfield to his staff

Redknapp (right) with trusted assisstant Kevin Bond, who has been with Redknapp at several clubs, is looking to add ex-QPR striker Les Ferdinand and Ian Broomfield to his staff

Mark McGhee sacked as Bristol Rovers manager

McGhee sacked as Bristol Rovers manager after defeat at York

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UPDATED:

19:01 GMT, 15 December 2012

Mark McGhee has been sacked as Bristol Rovers manager after this afternoon's 4-1 defeat at York City.

The result leaves Rovers second bottom in League Two, having won just four of 22 matches so far. They have not won a match since November 10.

Chairman Nick Higgs said in a club statement: 'We had hoped that the appointment of Mark McGhee would give the club some stability and long term progress, but unfortunately that has not been the case.

Sacked: Mark McGhee and Bristol Rovers parted company after today's 4-1 defeat at York City

Sacked: Mark McGhee and Bristol Rovers parted company after today's 4-1 defeat at York City

'We have decided that we can no longer continue with the current situation and had to make the difficult decision to part company with Mark. We decided we had to act now before it was too late.'

The Scot, who had previously managed Leicester City, Wolves, Millwall, Brighton, Motherwell and Aberdeen, was appointed in January following the departure of Paul Buckle.

Just yesterday, McGhee spoke of his 'embarrassment' at the side's lowly position in League Two.

He told BBC Radio Bristol: 'I think all the other managers in this league would agree – you don't want to be in the bottom division of your league tier.

'On behalf of the fans, we should feel embarrassed to be in this league and to be in this position.'

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas impressed by record of David Moyes

Spurs boss Villas-Boas impressed by record of rival Moyes

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UPDATED:

18:19 GMT, 8 December 2012

Andre Villas-Boas has revealed his
deep respect for Everton boss David Moyes as he prepares to do battle
with the man many thought deserved to become the next Tottenham manager
in the summer.

Bookmakers installed Moyes as the
odds-on favourite to replace Harry Redknapp in June, but Daniel Levy
appointed Villas-Boas ahead of the Scot despite his excellent record at
the Merseyside club.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas

Everton had come dangerously close to relegation through the back end of the 1990s, but Moyes' appointment in March 2002 signalled a huge turnaround in the club's fortunes.

The Scot, whose only previous experience in management had come at Preston, led the Merseysiders to fourth in 2005 and has only finished outside the top eight twice during his nine full seasons in charge.

Villas-Boas, who takes his team to Goodison Park, thinks Everton would be in a much worse position had the 49-year-old not taken the helm 10 years ago. 'He has done tremendously well,' the Tottenham manager said.

'He has changed the mentality of the club. They went through incredibly difficult situations financially and has always built strong teams.

Everton manager David Moyes

Everton manager David Moyes

'His scouting is perfect, his training is perfect, the way he motivates his players also makes a difference as you see them on the pitch and they are extremely competitive.

'His teams always seem to improve year after year and that is not always the case. Going to Goodison Park is one of the toughest games.'

Villas-Boas has bad memories of visiting the Toffees. Last season his Chelsea team lost 2-0 at Goodison Park and little over three weeks later the Portuguese was sacked.

But after a shaky start, Villas-Boas has started to rebuild his reputation at Tottenham, who are now firmly in the hunt for a Champions League place following a run of three straight Barclays Premier League wins.

Confidence is high in the Spurs squad, but Villas-Boas knows it is vital his team maintain their good form going into the festive period.

'The Premier League is very, very tight between third and 10th,' the former Chelsea boss said.

'Obviously we want to do well at Everton but understand that it is going to be extremely difficult.

'It is one of the most difficult grounds to go to, they are fully rested, but we have played in midweek.

'But we want to do well and take something out of there and continue with the momentum we have going.'

Everton have only lost one of their last 10 games, although their last three results have been draws.

Marouane Fellaini's eight-goal scoring spree from midfield has played a big part in Everton's good form this season, and Spurs defender Kyle Walker knows shackling the Belgian will be key to the visitors' chances of success.

'Marouane Fellaini is a real handful,' the England right-back said.

'He's mobile for a big guy, gets the ball down and they go through him.

'They've good players, lots of internationals and it will be difficult. Ever since I've played in the Premier League, Everton is always one of the tough games.

'But our centre-backs Jan (Vertonghen) and Steven (Caulker) are fantastic and hopefully if we can keep a clean sheet then Jermain (Defoe), Emmanuel Adebayor or Clint (Dempsey) can go and get us a goal.

'If we continue playing how we've been playing and those three keep scoring, then we've got every chance.'

Villas-Boas looks set to recall Hugo Lloris in goal after giving Brad Friedel a run out in Tottenham's Europa League win over Panathinaikos on Thursday.

Gareth Bale is unavailable due to a hamstring injury and Michael Dawson also looks unlikely to play due to a similar concern.

Dempsey will probably start in Bale's place on the left, leaving Adebayor and Defoe free to resume their partnership up front.

Avram Grant rules out Chelsea return

I've got other things to do, says Avram as he snubs return to Chelsea with Benitez

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UPDATED:

16:12 GMT, 6 December 2012

Avram Grant has ruled out returning to Chelsea to either replace or work alongside interim manager Rafa Benitez.

The Spaniard has been under fire since his controversial appointment at Stamford Bridge last month, with his unpopularity amongst fans in large part down to comments he made about the west Londoners and their fans whilst Liverpool boss.

Benitez has hardly done much to inspire faith with two draws and a defeat in his opening three Barclays Premier League games – scoring just one goal in that time – to slip 10 points behind leaders Manchester United.

Not on: Avram Grant (right) won't be replacing or working with Rafa Benitez

Not on: Avram Grant (right) won't be replacing or working with Rafa Benitez

There are already reports that owner Roman Abramovich is looking to replace Benitez but Grant shot down rumours linking him with a return to the club he guided to the Champions League final in 2008 and added the former Valencia boss needs to be fully supported by the Blues.

'Nobody from Chelsea has offered me this job,' the Israeli told BBC Radio 5 Live.

'I heard a rumour but I think this is not what's important. What's important is Chelsea have a manager and the club need to support him and not look for any other things.'

When asked if he would consider working alongside Benitez, Grant responded: 'I don't think it's the right idea for the moment. I don't like to speak about myself now because I have other things to do at this stage.

'I think Benitez is a very experienced coach and manager and I don't think a few weeks after they give him the job he will leave and I don't think it will be right.

'He needs to use all experience to take the club in a different direction and they need to do everything to support him and not to look around.'

Off the mark: Fernando Torres scored as Benitez registered a first victory

Off the mark: Fernando Torres scored as Benitez registered a first victory

Benitez did at least claim his first victory with the Blues although a 6-1 Champions League win over FC Nordsjaelland was not enough to seal a passage to the knockout stages following Juventus' 1-0 win at Shakhtar Donetsk.

Chelsea instead became the first holders of the Champions League crown to drop out of the tournament at the group stage.

Grant, who was last in charge of Partizan Belgrade, believes Chelsea need to carry on winning in order to convince the club's supporters Benitez is the man for the job.

'Any winning is good and what Rafa needs is a good win and good football really to convince the supporters that they need to support him,' he added.

'But I think more than this the club needs to support him then it will be easy for him because it's not easy times for Chelsea.'

Benitez: This job is much tougher than I thought (sorry Rafa, but we could have told you that)

Benitez: This job is much tougher than I thought (sorry Rafa, but we could have told you that)

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UPDATED:

22:07 GMT, 1 December 2012

Rafa Benitez remained defiant in the
face of continued fans' protests against his appointment at Chelsea –
but admitted that the size of his challenge at the club is greater than
he had imagined after the European champions slumped to a 3-1 defeat at
West Ham.

Chelsea are without a win in seven
Barclays Premier League games while Benitez has collected just two
points from his first three fixtures.

Chelsea fans again abused their new
manager, displaying banners in support of sacked boss Roberto di Matteo
and calling for Benitez to go.

Lots to work on: Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez

Lots to work on: Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez

But the Spaniard insisted he would remain unaffected by the ongoing hostility.

'We know that we have to win games to change things around,' said Benitez. 'My concern is to improve the team to analyse what is wrong on the pitch. If we improve the team and start winning, it will be easy to turn things around.

'We have to improve on the pitch and the fans will be happy. If we improve on the pitch it will be easier for everyone.'

At the moment, though, Chelsea are suffering their worst League start in the Roman Abramovich era – 26 points from 15 games.

Making their point: Chelsea fans unveil a banner

Making their point: Chelsea fans unveil a banner

Their run of seven Premier League games without a win is their longest in the top flight since February 1995, when they went 10 games without victory.

Benitez did concede that the task of saving Chelsea's season is more difficult than he envisaged.

Asked if the job was a tougher challenge than expected, Benitez said: 'It could be . . . in terms of this being a top side and it being the middle of the season and obviously the results were not the best.'

Chelsea led through a Juan Mata goal but were then stunned by a second-half West Ham comeback and goals from Carlton Cole, Mohamed Diame and Modibo Maiga, leaving Benitez perplexed at his team's capitulation.

Hammer time: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce reacts after West Ham score their third goal

Hammer time: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce reacts after West Ham score their third goal

'It's difficult to explain when you are so good in the first half,' he added. 'How can you not manage in the second half

'Everyone has seen in the first half that we could have scored two or three goals and finished the game. But we didn't do it. We were giving the ball away easily, not winning first balls, seconds balls, not comfortable in possession.

'We had been a bit better in defence, with two clean sheets, and today we were a lot better in attack. Now we have this situation in defence where we have to improve again.'

Out of sorts: Chelsea's players are not performing

Out of sorts: Chelsea's players are not performing

He does not expect the fans' backlash to affect his players.

'I hope that would not be the situation,' he added. 'Why Because we have experienced players, so they know that they have to manage and cope.'

Asked if the negativity and bad results might even end his seven-month interim appointment, Benitez insisted: 'Again I would say it depends on things that we can do on the pitch. We improve on the pitch it will be easier for everyone.'