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Gennaro Gattuso Named As New Napoli Manager

Gennaro Gattuso has been confirmed as the new boss of Napoli following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti.

The former Milan boss has been given a six-month contract, with provision for an additional year if certain results are achieved, such as qualifying for the Champions League.

Gattuso took training on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after his former AC Milan mentor departed.

The club have struggled in recent weeks and they are winless in seven Serie A games in succession, sitting seventh in the table and 17 points off leaders Juventus.

On joining, Gattuso said:

Napoli Sack Carlo Ancelotti

Napoli have sacked manager Carlo Ancelotti less than three hours after he guided them into the Champions League knockout stages.

The Serie A club had not won in nine games in all competitions until Tuesday’s 4-0 success at home to Genk.

Ancelotti was in his second season in charge of Napoli but they sit seventh in the league after that poor run.

They are the only team to beat Liverpool in 90 minutes this season, defeating the Reds 2-0 in September.

Last month the manager and Napoli players were in a high-profile dispute with president Aurelio de Laurentiis.

Antonio Conte

Different manager but same result. Twelve months ago, Inter under Luciano Spalletti were knocked out the Champions League after failing to beat PSV in their final group match at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium.

Fast forward twelve months. Two record signings, and a new manager in Antonio Conte, and Inter were in the same situation as a year ago. Win on matchday six and qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.

And once again, Inter failed, losing 2-1 at home to Barcelona reserves, a result that will see Inter play in the Europa League in the new year.

Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe ‘has shown no intention’ of wanting to sign a new contact at Paris Saint-Germain as Real Madrid lead the chase for the sought-after forward.

PSG are desperate to persuade the 20-year-old to extend his current deal beyond 2022 and are unwilling to enter into negotiations with any suitor next summer.

But, according to Spanish newspaper Marca, PSG are having difficulty managing Mbappe’s ambitions and are worried about his attitude in recent games.

Mbappe was substituted off by PSG coach Thomas Tuchel in their last two Ligue 1 fixtures against Nantes and Montpellier, reacting badly on both occasions.

Pep Guardiola

Despite having the most expensive squad in world football, Pep Guardiola says Manchester City “might not be able to compete” with the best teams in Europe and have to “accept that reality”.

City lost 2-1 to local rivals Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday and trail leaders Liverpool by 14 points.

Last season, City won the domestic treble and retained the league title but have lost four games in 2019-20.

“We have to improve and accept it and move forward,” said Guardiola

“[Manchester] United have the quality to defend and the quality to attack on the counter-attack and you have to accept that,” he added.

Big-spending Real Madrid must rake in a huge €200 million from player sales if they are to balance their books for the financial year, according to reports in Spain.

The Bernabeu outfit were one of the most active clubs in the summer transfer window, spending big to appease returning manager Zinedine Zidane.

Los Blancos spent €350 million on the signings of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo Goes in the summer transfer window.

They made €150 million of that back with the sales of Marcos Llorente, Keylor Navas, Raul de Tomas, Mateo Kovacic and Theo Hernandez.

Glazers Tell Ole His Job Is Safe

OGS Man United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been assured by the Glazer family that they are fully behind him at Manchester United and that he will have money to spend in January.

The United manager has had to quell speculation about his future, particularly with Mauricio Pochettino available following his sacking by Tottenham and a run of below par performances in November.

United have maintained Solskjaer’s position is safe and they have patience for his project, however, it is understood Joel Glazer spoke to Solskjaer in person to underline the owners’ belief in his plans for the club and to reiterate he had their full support going forward.

Liverpool will host Everton in the third round of the FA Cup, while Championship promotion hopefuls Leeds United will travel to Arsenal.

Holders Manchester City will welcome League Two side Port Vale and Manchester United go to Wolves in a repeat of last season’s quarter-final.

National League side AFC Fylde, the lowest ranked team definitely through to the third round, will travel to Premier League Sheffield United.

The ties take place from 3-6 January.

Boston, of the sixth-tier National League North, will host Premier League opposition in Newcastle United, if they can come through a replay against Rochdale on Tuesday, 10 December.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer jumped up to second in the bookmakers’ list of managers next in line to leave their job following Manchester United’s disappointing 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on Sunday evening.

But while it’s obvious that results have not been good enough this season, the problems at Old Trafford go way beyond the pitiful amount of points United are currently picking up.

The draw against Villa took them to 18 for the campaign from 14 games – their fewest since way back in 1988-89, a staggering 31 years ago.

Manchester United Are Now A Mid-Table Club

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Jose Mourinho will return to Old Trafford for the first time as Tottenham manager on Wednesday night, and the former Manchester United boss could be forgiven for asking just how much has changed since he was axed a year ago this month.

United’s 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on Sunday left Mourinho’s successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with 18 points from 14 games and in ninth place in the Premier League table.

At the same stage last season, Mourinho’s side had 22 points and were in seventh after a 2-2 draw with Southampton. Even so, the Portuguese coach was two weeks away from the sack.