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Claude Puel has been sacked by Southampton after one season in charge. The 55-year-old’s position had been the source of speculation and rumour for some time with a section of Saints supporters displeased with their team’s style of play and results under the Frenchman. Thomas Tuchel, the former Borussia Dortmund manager, has been linked with taking over at St Mary’s. The former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri, the recent Alavés manager Mauricio Pellegrino and Reading’s Jaap Stam could also Authentic Jacob Schum Womens Jersey be contenders. Whoever does so will be the club’s fourth manager in a little over four years, following on from Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman. Bayern Munich sign Corentin Tolisso from Lyon in £35m deal Read more A club statement said: “Everyone at Southampton would like to express our thanks to Claude for his hard work and commitment this year. The highlight of the season was a memorable day at Wembley in the EFL Cup final, a day our fans will always treasure. “We wish Claude well for the future. The search for a new management team is underway. We are confident we will find the right fit in line with the long term vision of the club.” Having arrived last June as the successor to Koeman following the Dutchman’s departure to Everton, Puel led Southampton to eighth in the Premier League and to the final of the EFL Cup, where they were somewhat unlucky to lose 3-2 to Manchester United. Despite the positivity around Southampton’s Wembley appearance in February, they lost 16 league games to slip down the table after Koeman had delivered sixth place before moving to Goodison Park. Saints also suffered early exits from the FA Cup and the Europa League. Come the final game of the season, a 1-0 home defeat to Stoke, fans http://www.greenbaypackersauthorizedstore.com/jahri-evans-jersey-elite appeared to have turned against Puel, chanting “You don’t know what you’re doing” and booing the manager. Rumours of player unrest have continued into the summer and, on the day which saw the 2017-18 fixtures released, Puel has departed just 12 months into a two-year contract. Southampton start the season at home to Swansea on 12 AugustLeBron plus four random people you see at the grocery store is enough to win the East. His presence alone on an NBA roster makes his team a super-team. But his current roster in Cleveland clearly isn’t enough to beat the super-team. And while we may all be resigned to a future controlled by our Warriors overlords, there’s no way LeBron James is. No doubt he’s already been on the phone with some of his super-friends – from Dwyane Wade to Carmelo Anthony and Paul George – to try to talk them into joining up. If the Cavs can add a fourth standout player to their team – alongside James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love – to match the star power Golden State has, maybe next year’s Warriors-Cavs Finals can have a different outcome. Or at least a closer outcomeBefore adding Durant, the Warriors were a homegrown team. Steph Curry is a former seventh-overall pick, Thompson an 11th and Green a second-rounder. Those guys won a championship in 2015 and then went 73-9 the year after. Then the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the finals and they went out and got Durant. But building a winner can be done “the right way” with some good fortune. Maybe it’s the Milwaukee Bucks if they can add more young talent around the freakishly talented Giannis Antetokounmpo. Maybe it’s the Sixers if all the talent drafted via The Process can ever get healthy. The pre-Durant Warriors provide some hope to the rest of the league. That said, it’s unlikely any new super-team can rise to prominence in time to stop a Golden State dynastyThe best bet to defeat the Warriors is, unfortunately, injury. Age won’t come for them for at least five years, but injury can happen at any time. Durant has shown that while his game is close to rivaling LeBron’s, his body isn’t as durable; he has only played an average of 53 regular season games over the past three seasons. While Curry has not had Durant’s injury http://www.greenbaypackersauthorizedstore.com/jake-ryan-jersey-elite struggles (although he was hurt during last yer’s playoffs), he has a slight build that can be battered over a long NBA career – or at least can be in the NBA of old where most of the action didn’t occur outside the three-point line. But even the biggest Warriors hater shouldn’t wish injury upon two of the best players in the game. Five years of Golden State sweeping every NBA finals is far better than seeing careers cut short. So here we are: marveling at the greatness of the Warriors while at the same time wondering if they’re so good that they ruined the entire league. That’s some kind of dominance. And maybe giving up hope is actually the way past all this. The Warriors can’t beat anyone if all their opponents just forfeit firstHarry Kane claimed England’s performance was “not good enough” as they succumbed to France, with the manager Gareth Southgate critical of his team’s game management after playing almost all the second period against 10 men. Ousmane Dembélé gives 10-man France 3-2 win despite Kane’s England double Read more The visitors had drawn level courtesy of Kane’s penalty early in the second half, with the Italian officials using the video assistant referees to confirm the award of the spot kick and the dismissal of Rapha?l Varane, who was deemed not to have made an attempt to play the ball. That system is expected to be trialled in the FA Cup and League Cup next season, and Devonta Freeman Womens Jersey could be implemented in the Premier League after the 2018 World Cup. Yet, while neither manager complained at the video officials’ intervention, England’s inability to make inroads against depleted opponents, and tendency to present France with opportunities, left them infuriated. “Scoring twice in France should be enough,” said Kane, who captained the side. “We have got to find a way to win that. We just weren’t good enough. They were getting too much space in vital areas, even with 10 men. We want to be brave and play from the back and mistakes will happen. It’s disappointing. We were in the driver’s seat but we didn’t step it up another gear. Not good enough.” While England remain comfortable leaders of their World Cup qualifying group, they have lost in Germany and France, and conceded two late goals to draw 2-2 with Spain in their high-profile friendlies under Southgate. The manager is using those fixtures as an education for a relatively inexperienced side. “We’ve been competitive in all three games for long periods of time,” he said after seeing England concede three for the first time since late 2012. “But I think we’ve had to play at our absolute limit to stay in all three of the matches, which has shown in the latter stages of those games. The three games have provided a different test. Kylian Mbappé’s rapid rise highlights the youthful promise of Les Bleus Read more “With Spain it was their ability to keep the ball better than us, and we were chasing, chasing, chasing. Today we kept the ball better than France at times but, physically, the demands their players impose on you meant we had problems and that led to tiredness, which is one of the reasons for the mistake for the third goal. Those teams are the best. In the last few years we’ve not got anywhere near those teams when it’s come to tournaments and finals, so that’s why we need to play them. We need to see the reality of where we are, to test yourself against http://www.atlantafalconsauthorizedstore.com/dontari-poe-jersey-elite the best, so you don’t mask where you are in terms of a team. Advertisement “We should have got a result. In the space of 90 minutes we saw the things we’re very good at. With the ball we caused a lot of problems, looked a threat, created good openings, took our first goal very well. And equally saw the things we have to get better at. Defending as a team, and managing the game once France went down to 10. You have to control possession and stay calm, but we looked more anxious while they stepped up. We didn’t manage that period of the game as well as we need to. Part of that was because we tired. We put a huge amount into the game to try and press and deal with the physical capabilities France had, and it was a problem for us all night, their pace and athleticism.” On the use of the video assistant referees, Southgate added: “I’ve not seen it again but, from my initial view, I thought it was the right call. It looked a clear penalty and therefore a sending off. I assume the referee wanted to make sure. If he’s got that technology to do that, then a sensible decision. Clearly, even with video, not every decision will be 100%. You won’t get every decision right. There’ll still be an element of one person’s judgment in that

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