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Review Of The Day 29th January 2018
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Review of the Day


Stuttgart Sack Wolf

Despite bringing Stuttgart into the Premier League last season, in his first season in club management, the Bundesliga strugglers have sacked Hannes Wolf. Following a 2-0 loss to Schalke at home on Saturday they sit 15th out of 18 teams and have lost 12 of 20 games. "We all came to the conclusion that the danger of turning the corner under the current structure was too great," said sports director Michael Reschke.


Dons Rule Out McKenna Sale

After rejecting three bids from Hull City for Scott McKenna, Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has reiterated that the defender is not for sale in January. "The phone is off the hook regarding him for the next few days," he said. "We spoke to Hull again yesterday [Friday] and reinforced the message that he won't be sold, certainly not in this window."


Masuaku Apologises For "Despicable" Spit

West Ham's Arthur Masuaku has made a public apology for the spitting incident which saw him sent off in his side's FA Cup defeat to Wigan. The 24 year old reacted after a challenge from Wigan's former Man Utd midfielder Nick Powell by spitting at him, a reaction that was branded despicable by his manager David Moyes. Masuaku tweeted: "I let down my team-mates, the manager, coaches, board and the fans". He added: "I am very sad because the manager and coaches have put a lot of faith in me, but I will work very hard to win try and win that back. It was in the heat of the moment and out of character for me, but I know it was totally unacceptable and I will learn from the first red card of my career."



Roma Evaluate Dzeko Offers

Following a 1-0 defeat at home to Sampdoria, Roma's chief executive Umberto Gandini has admitted they are considering offers for the former Man City striker. The 31 year old is a target for Chelsea and Gandini has now admitted that the player is causing the hold up. "There are offers, we are talking and evaluating, but it takes three parties to reach an agreement and at times also with those who are around the player," Gandini told Sky Sport Italia. That will not help the atmosphere around the club, which has been toxic lately with fans protesting over the anticipated sale of key players. Mock dollar bills were distributed around the club with James Pallotta's face printed on them.


Gracia Admits Watford Job Is Dangerous

After losing his first game in charge, new Watford head coach Javi Gracia has admitted that the job is very unlikely to last long. "You are on fire, we say in Spanish, meaning there are many risks and you are in danger. And I don't see any big difference here to other countries currently," said Gracia. His first job will be to sort out the ill-feeling between players and fans which saw stewards forced to intervene between spectators and Watford players Christian Kabasele and Jose Holebas.


Remy On The Move Again

French forward Loic Remy has moved yet again after joining Las Palmas in the summer, he will now spend the rest of the season on loan with Getafe. Remy joined Las Palmas following his Chelsea contract expiring and scored 5 goals in 12 games, but had not played since the 20th December. He had reportedly fallen out with manager Paco Jemez.


Pochettino Fury At Players' Lack Of Winning Mentality

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has hit out at his players for a lack of winning mentality as they were just 8 minutes away from going out of the FA Cup to League Two Newport County and now face a replay in the middle of a packed schedule of games. "We can talk at the end about tactical, positional games or shape," Pochettino said afterwards. "The most important, from the beginning of the game, was to try to show more desire, or the same desire as them, the same motivation. To challenge, to have a winning mentality. It's not an easy game."



Pep Calls For Better Protection For Players

Pep Guardiola has hit out at the lack of protection from referees for players faced with an overly physical approach to the game following a nasty challenge injuring Leroy Sane in Man City's FA Cup tie against Cardiff City. The end of the game saw Guardiola involved in an on-pitch argument with the officials at the end of the game as the referee awarded just a yellow card for a challenge by Cardiff fullback Joe Bennett which forced City to substitute Sane and will now see the German winger missing for a few weeks. "I have said many times, all the referees have to do is protect the players - not just the Manchester City players, all players," Guardiola said afterwards. "It's not because one player is more brave to kick. The only thing the referees can do is to protect the players. It kept happening. So for the football in general and the players - because they are the artists - we need to care of them. I've said it many times but they need to protect them." To reinforce Guardiola's point, Bennett also made another bad challenge at the end of the match to receive a second yellow card, but he should have seen red long before. Cardiff manager Neil Warnock, who has a long history of previous offences for sending out his teams to hurt opponents, defended Cardiff's approach by saying: "He's in England. They (City) did a few as well." It is worrying that Warnock does not even know what country Cardiff are in, only last time I looked it was the capital of Wales and not in England!


Lazio Hit Out AT VAR Error

VAR has once again come under fire in Italy, this time it was from Lazio head coach Simone Inzaghi who was furious that the system failed to spot a handball in AC Milan's first goal as Lazio lost 2-1 to the Milanese. Television replays showed that the ball hit Patrick Cutrone's arm as he scored and even opposing coach Gennaro Gattuso admitted the goal should not have stood. Inzaghi has complained about the system for a while and claims it is ruining the game as well as costing his team points. "I would like to lose for once without VAR in the middle," he said. "It's incredible. Their first goal should have been disallowed. They will have to explain this one as well. A free kick which was diverted with the use of the arm; it's unbelievable," Inzaghi added.


Rahman Move Revealed By Schalke Player

The return to Schalke of Chelsea defender Baba Rahman was revealed on Schalke forward Breel Embolo's Instagram account. Rahman has previously spent time on loan in Gelsenkirchen and will now be on loan there for the next 18 months. Rahman has struggled to force his way into the Chelsea team following his move from Augsburg in 2015.

Written by Tris Burke



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