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Former England head coach Steve McClaren was unveiled as the new Nottingham Forest manager at a press conference at the City Ground this morning.
Germany midfielder Michael Ballack's international career was ended by coach Joachim Loew today after he told the 34-year-old he was no longer in his plans because of the impact of the squad's younger players.
Jack Pitt-Brooke explains the thinking behind England's tactical overhaul and sees a strong German influence in a more fluid set-up
Luiz Felipe Scolari has revealed he tried to offload Didier Drogba while Chelsea manager and confirmed the pair had "conflicts" during his short reign at Stamford Bridge.
Carlo Ancelotti, the Chelsea manager, claimed yesterday that Didier Drogba remains part of the club's future, and not just a major figure in the recent past, following the £50m signing of Fernando Torres.
Chelsea breathed a huge sigh of relief today as it was confirmed Frank Lampard's calf injury is not as serious as first feared.
Roman Abramovich certainly pays his managers handsomely, and Carlo Ancelotti is no exception with an annual salary estimated to be £6.5m. However, that does not mean the job is always a comfortable existence, as Ancelotti has found in the past 10 days.
New blow to manager's authority as Abramovich revealed to be behind cost-cutting clear-out
One defeat does not constitute a crisis at Chelsea these days, not even an emphatic 3-0 beating by Sunderland at Stamford Bridge. However the manner of the defeat, the way the Double winners were so comprehensively outplayed, hints at deep-seated problems within the club that cannot be fixed with double sessions on the training ground.
Germany captain Michael Ballack claims Bastian Schweinsteiger is ready to follow the examples of Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil by moving abroad next summer.
Michael Ballack has been left out of the Germany squad for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Belgium and Azerbaijan.
Michael Ballack has warned Bayern Munich defender Philipp Lahm he fully intends to captain Germany in the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign. The 33-year-old, who joined former club Bayer Leverkusen on a free transfer in the summer, was ruled out of the World Cup by an ankle injury suffered on his last appearance for Chelsea, in the FA Cup final at Wembley in May.
The £18.3m deal to sign the Brazilian midfielder Ramires has still to be completed but the return of Michael Essien to full fitness could prove a more telling development for Chelsea, come the end of the season.
Germany coach Joachim Low has defended his captain Philipp Lahm ahead of their World Cup semi-final encounter against Spain in Durban later today.