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After sacking Javier Aguirre, Japan is looking to get a new coach slotted in sooner rather than later as the team is to play a couple of games later this month.
As has been Japan’s policy in the recent past, they are believed to be going to go with an overseas guy once again for the top post.
But, at this stage of the year, it’s very difficult to find an experienced coach.
Japan will probably have to wait for the domestic season to get over in different European countries.
There are not enough options for them at this point in time as all the experienced coaches seem to be employed somewhere.
If they want, they can appoint an interim coach for the time being.
Yesterday, one of the top brass officials of the Japan Association hinted about the possibility of a temporary appointment.
In the words of that official, “If we get it done in the next couple of weeks, that would be ideal, but, there is no rush really. We will have to make sure that we bring in the right personnel even if that takes a bit more time.” Read more »
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Paris St Germain head Nasser Al Khelaifi says that the supporters of the club should get behind the players if they are to get a positive result in the first leg of the Champions League knockout match against Chelsea.
The French outfit have been struggling for form in the league. Despite being overwhelming favourites for the title at the start of the campaign, Laurent Blanc has been able to get the team only to third position so far. The biggest ambition for the club, though, will be to progress to the latter stages of the Champions League.
The club has not been beyond the quarter-finals and this was achieved last season when they were eliminated by Chelsea. Revenge will certainly be on the minds of the French club, but they will have to perform extremely well in order to get a result against the Premier League table leaders. PSG have not won in the last two matches, but they can take confidence from the fact that they are undefeated in the last five. Even though they are third in the table, only two points separates them from the table leaders Lyon. Blanc will see this as a manageable difference and the season can only progress with a good result against Chelsea. Read more »
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The Premier League and the Major League Soccer both will be looking to expand their exposure in television by having more matches televised and broadcasted by more channels in 2015.
The Premier League is working on introducing regular Friday night live matches and have a total 168 live matches available per season for a fan to be able to watch on their household.
Even some major technology companies such as: Apple and Youtube are believed to be thinking about bidding to buy digital rights for matches where they could have the liberty of uploading certain matches to their online platforms.
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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has provided a disappointing news for his team’s supporters after admitting that summer signing Diafra Sakho is a doubt for the weekend’s match against Stoke City. West Ham will be making the trip to Stoke looking to continue their good run of form, which has seen them win three matches on the bounce. The latest of their victories came against reigning champions Manchester city at Upton Park. Allardyce labelled this is the best performance of West Ham this season, but they would be aware that those three points would be meaningless if they lose against Stoke.
Many feared for West Ham at the start of the season after star striker Andy Carroll was ruled out for several months with a long-term injury. Allardyce was also under immense pressure to deliver attacking and beautiful football. Despite spending a huge sum of money, not many were positive about West Ham’s chances. Sakho was one of the names to come to Upton Park in the summer. Along with Valencia, has set the league on fire. He was one of the scorers against City last weekend, but Allardyce says that the player is struggling with a shoulder injury suffered against City.
West Ham recently got Carroll back from the sidelines, but he is still far away from full fitness. “Sakho is touch and go for Saturday. We will see what he’s like on Friday and make a decision from there. Andy has to go through what for him is the final part of a pre-season after recovery, and ease himself slowly into games. I’ve sensed the joy around the camp and the buzz that hits the day to day work around the team when you’re doing well. I think we’re surprised at how well we’ve hit the level of performance consistently,” said Allardyce.