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Ratcliffe’s £4.25 Billion Chelsea Bid  Rejected 

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CEO of the Ineos Group, Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s bid to buy Chelsea has been “rejected out of hand”.

However, Sky Sports reports the 69-year-old remains interested in buying the Premier League club.

Ratcliffe, who is widely regarded to be Britain’s richest person, submitted a last-minute £4.25 billion bid to buy the Blues on Friday.

However, it is understood that Ratcliffe has not engaged in the process which has been out by the Raine Group and that makes it difficult for his bid to be considered.

A consortium led by American businessman Todd Boehly has been picked as the preferred bidders by the Raine Group.

They have until the end of this week to finalise the terms of an agreement to buy the club.

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I’m a Liverpool Fan, Not Chelsea – Nnamdi Kanu to Court After Denying Him Bail

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Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Wednesday, informed a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that he has been a fan of Liverpool Football Club since childhood.

Kanu disclosed this when Justice Binta Nyako jokingly asked him his favourite football team.

The IPOB leader said he had been a fan of Liverpool Football Club since he was seven, NAN reports.

The development occurred when Kanu’s lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, complained that the Department of State Services (DSS) had not been allowing him and other counsel enough time to meet with the IPOB leader whenever they visited him in detention.

The trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako, who reminded Ozekhome that he had once thanked the DSS in open court for procuring an orthopaedic mattress, pillow and others for his client, said she had already ordered that the security outfit should give Kanu moderate treatment and care while in detention like food, clothing, medicare, etc.

Then Nyako turned to Kanu and said despite her order for him to change his clothes, the IPOB leader continued to put on the same milk-colour designer wear.

The judge said though Kanu, on his own accord, keeps coming into the court with the same attire, she saw him in the media with other clothes.

The judge then jokingly said she was a Liverpool fan and asked Ozekhome if he was also a fan of a football club, and the senior lawyer answered in the affirmative.

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He said he was also a fan of Liverpool F.C.

Nyako then asked Kanu if he was a fan of Chelsea Football Club, going by the designer’s clothes he keeps wearing to court.

“What is your team?” she asked.

Kanu gently stood up in the dock and said: “My team is Liverpool even from the age of seven”.

The judge then told the DSS legal director, who was in court, to always allow Kanu to watch the matches of his favourite football club.

“You must allow the defendant to watch the matches any day they are playing,” she said, adding that she was going to make an order to that effect.

The DSS official, however, said his office had always given him access to watch.

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Victor Osimhen to Manchester United?

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The race to snap up the Nigerian international from the grasp of Napoli may have been cranked up by the Red Devils

Italian publication La Repubblica (via Napolipiu) claims that Manchester United have made a sensational 100 million euros bid to Napoli for their Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen.

Osimhen is presently the most expensive African transfer after his over 80 million euros move to Napoli from Lille two years ago.

And the former Golden Eaglets star could smash that record should Napoli accept Man United’s offer, which would also make him one of the club’s most expensive signings.

According to the reports, Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has held a secret meeting with Victor Osimhen’s agent Roberto Calenda at the Castel Volturno to discuss the offer. Napoli does not consider Osimhen non-transferable, while the Super Eagles star favours a Premier League switch.

Arsenal and Newcastle United are among the English clubs interested in Osimhen, with the Magpies possessing the financial strength to battle with Man United for Osimhen’s signature.

Osimhen has 16 goals in all competitions for Napoli despite his many injuries and suspensions.

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Few Days After Drubbing By Liverpool, Man U Announce Erik ten Hag As Manager

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Manchester United have appointed Erik ten Hag as their new manager, and he will take charge at Old Trafford following the conclusion of this season.

This comes just two days after the team’s 4-0 drubbing in the hands of most hated opponents in the English Premier league,  Liverpool. 

The Dutch tactician will leave his current position as Ajax boss and become United’s fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club in 2013.

He will replace Ralf Rangnick, who has been interim manager since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked in November.

What teams has Erik ten Hag coached?

In 2012, Ten Hag was given the charge of Go Ahead Eagles, a club in the Eerste Divisie (Second Division in Netherlands). He stayed there for one season and guided the club to its first promotion in 17 years.

In his next assignment, he moved on to Bayern Munich Reserves in June 2013. During this stint, he worked closely with Pep Guardiola, who was then working as the first team manager in Munich.

After spending two years in Germany he returned to Netherlands and took on the role of sporting director and head coach at FC Utrecht. In 2017, he moved to Ajax and guided them to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in 2018-19. His troops beat defending champions Real Madrid at the Round of 16 stage and ousted Juventus in the quarter-finals before falling to Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham in the last four. In fact, Pochettino had also been one of the contenders for the United job.

Team Years managed Games Played Won Drawn Lost GD Win %
Go Ahead Eagles July, 2012- June, 2013 39 18 11 10 +25 46.15
Bayern Munich II June, 2013 – May, 2015 72 48 10 14 +95 66.67
FC Utrecht May, 2015 – December, 2017 111 56 26 29 +70 50.45
AFC Ajax December 2017 – Present 210 156 25 29 +400 74.28

 

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How many trophies has Erik ten Hag won?

Hag has won five trophies in his career so far and all of them have come with Ajax. His first managerial silverware was the KNVB Cup, which he won after beating Willem II in the final. He also won the league and completed the domestic double.

Ten Hag also has the distinction of being the fastest coach to 100 wins in the Eredivisie, as he achieved the milestone in just 128 matches.

Trophy Year(s) won
Eredivisie 2018-19, 2020-21
KNVB Cup 2018-19, 2020-21
Johan Cruyff Shield 2019

What is Erik ten Hag’s coaching philosophy & tactics?

Erik ten Hag likes his team to keep the ball. He is attack-minded and looks to be in charge of the game with lots of possession. He has openly admired Guardiola and admitted that his philosohpies have had an effect on his coaching philosophy.

“I learned a lot from Guardiola,” Ten Hag said in February 2019. “His philosophy is sensational, what he did in Barcelona, Bayern and now with Manchester City, that attacking and attractive style sees him win a lot. “Bayern have become my club. Since Pep, football in Germany is different, I looked at almost every training back then, and I took a lot of methodical lessons on how to transfer his philosophy to the pitch.

“I want to have possession and hurt the opponent. It’s about possession, about movement, about vertical attacking patterns, about pressing, wingers moving into the middle to make room for the full-backs. Everyone is attacking, everyone is defending. It’s this structure that I’ve tried to implement with Ajax.”

In terms of his preferred formation, Ten Hag employed a 4-4-2 – with a diamond in midfield – during the early years of his coaching career before moving on to a 4-3-3.

Now, though, he favours a 4-2-3-1, which will obviously be familiar to United’s current squad, given it’s the same system used by former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the one which interim manager Ralf Rangnick has also belatedly decided upon.

In addition, Ten Hag likes to take into account even the smallest detail, such as the length of grass on the pitch.

“Behind every training session, there was an idea,” Marnix Kolder, Go Ahead’s captain at the time, told the Independent.

“He makes every player better. Tactical, physical. Erik left nothing to chance. He was prepared for every opponent, down to the last detail.”

“Every morning he’d go to the pitch to see if the grass was high enough,” added retired midfielder Sjoerd Overgoor.

Even Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, holds him in high esteem.

“Erik [ten Hag] is rightly regarded as one of the most exciting coaching talents in world football at the moment because of the work he does with Ajax,” Klopp said in December 2020.

“Of course, it is a wonderful club – one of the stellar names of European football – but in this moment it is clear they have outstanding leadership of the organisation and Erik is a big part of that.”

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