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Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has left the Premier League club, it has been announced.  The news brings to an end his three-and-a-half year tenure, having joined the club in November 2013. Karanka guided Middlesbrough to promotion last summer as they finished second in the Championship, but his team have struggled in the Premier League, currently sitting 19th with just four wins from 27 games A statement on the club’s official website stated. ”Middlesbrough Football Club can today confirm the departure of Head Coach Aitor Karanka. Following discussions, both parties have agreed that it is in the best interests of the…

London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham have been drawn against each other in the FA Cup semi-finals. Arsenal, who will play in a record 29th FA Cup semi-final, face Manchester City in the other last-four tie. Both semi-finals will be played at Wembley on the weekend of 22 and 23 April. Chelsea knocked out holders Manchester United in a hard-fought 1-0 win on Monday, with Spurs thrashing League One side Millwall on Sunday. Arsenal, who lifted the trophy in 2014 and 2015, proved too good for non-league Lincoln City in a 5-0 home win on Saturday. Manchester City are playing in…

Westham United manager Slaven Bilic says he will use Barcelona’s stunning UEFA Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain to educate his own players. The manager was among the millions who watched on as the Spanish giants overturned a 4-0 Round of 16 first-leg deficit by winning 6-1 at the Camp Nou, scoring three goals in the final seven minutes to complete a remarkable comeback. While the vast majority of viewers and pundits focused on Barcelona’s unforgettable performance, Bilic says he would also use the French side’s implosion as an example. “Of course I watched it,” he confirmed. “It has to…

Antonio Conte and N’Golo Kante have been named Manager and Player of the Year at the 2017 London Football Awards. The pair are each enjoying incredible debut seasons with Chelsea, Kante having arrived as a Premier League champion from Leicester City and Conte after joining us from his position with the Italian national team. The Italian has taken us 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League, as well as guiding us into the FA Cup quarter-finals. A huge part of that success has been the performances of Frenchman Kante in central midfield. His non-stop running and ability…

Stoke striker Wilfried Bony says his exclusion from the team is a “crazy situation” after he turned down a move to China in the winter transfer window. The 28-year-old Ivorian joined the club on loan from Manchester City in August, but has scored just twice in 11 games and has not played since 27 December. His contract allowed him to be sold to Chinese Super League clubs in January, but he choose to stay at Stoke. “When you hear everything is fine and you don’t play, it’s crazy,” he said. Speaking to the BBC’s World Football programme, the Ivory Coast…

Sir Alex Ferguson  admits he got it wrong about current Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho and insists he is now the right man to succeed him at Old Trafford. The Special One was one of the names in the mix to replace the Scot when he retired in 2013, but the club hierarchy had doubts about Mourinho’s suitability for the United hot seat. Fergie had concerns about Mourinho’s confrontational approach, while club legend Sir Bobby Charlton also expressed doubts amid fears the club’s worldwide reputation could be damaged. Mourinho  then rejoined  Chelsea after three years at Real Madrid, while United chose…

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane insists the knee injury he picked up in their 1-0 Europa League defeat to Gent on Thursday is not serious. The England international started in Belgium on Thursday night and managed to complete the full 90 minutes, although he did suffer the knock late on in the match. Kane was reportedly seen walking out of Ghelamco Arena without any trouble, but there were suggestions he would be a doubt for the weekend’s FA Cup clash with Championship side Fulham. However, speaking after the game Kane reiterated that he was fine ahead of Sunday, although manager Mauricio…

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a hat-trick as Manchester United put one foot in the Europa League Round of 16 with a 3-0 win over Saint-Etienne at Old Trafford. The striker netted a deflected free-kick, scored from close range and converted a late penalty to seal his first treble for the Reds, taking his tally to 23 goals in all competitions this season. It ensured Jose Mourinho’s men have a comfortable advantage heading into next week’s second leg in France. Watch Zlatan’s goals and the rest of the action from the Round of 32 first leg in the video above by http://twii.edgeboss.net/download/twii/manutd/video_mufc_20170216_HLStEtiene.mp4…

Jordan Ayew is pledging to deliver for the fans as he finds his feet at Swansea City. Signed from Aston Villa at the end of January, Ayew is still getting used to his new surroundings having arrived in Wales just a week ago as a result of the Africa Cup of Nations. But the Ghana star has already heard his name being sung at the Liberty Stadium. Ayew made his Swans debut in last Sunday’s 2-0 win over Leicester City, coming off the bench for the final 18 minutes. And within seconds of Ayew’s arrival on the pitch, the Jack…

Ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Arsenal on Saturday, Eden Hazard met with Thierry Henry, who asked Hazard how Mourinho and Conte compared as coaches. Manchester United and Arsenal are Chelsea’s biggest Premier League title rivals, according to Eden Hazard. The Blues currently sit top of the table, nine points ahead of the Gunners who they host at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, live on Sky Sports 1HD, and 15 points clear of sixth-placed United. Ahead of the clash, Hazard sat down with one of his international coaches and former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, who quizzed the Belgian on who could rival…