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Burnley have a realistic chance of qualifying for Europe for the first time in more than 50 years, says club captain Tom Heaton.
Heaton: Europe a realistic possibility for Burnley
Burnley have a realistic chance of qualifying for Europe for the first time in more than 50 years, says club captain Tom Heaton.
It is looking like qualification for the Champions League is beyond the Blues as they prepare to meet Burnley
Chelsea Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Burnley
It is looking like qualification for the Champions League is beyond the Blues as they prepare to meet Burnley
It is looking like qualification for the Champions League is beyond the Blues as they prepare to meet Burnley
Chelsea Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Burnley
It is looking like qualification for the Champions League is beyond the Blues as they prepare to meet Burnley
It is looking like qualification for the Champions League is beyond the Blues as they prepare to meet Burnley
Chelsea Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Burnley
It is looking like qualification for the Champions League is beyond the Blues as they prepare to meet Burnley
Burnley vs Chelsea prediction and team news: Betting odds, tips, TV and live stream details for Premier League fixture
Burnley vs Chelsea prediction and team news: Betting odds, tips, TV and live stream details for Premier League fixture
Burnley vs Chelsea prediction and team news: Betting odds, tips, TV and live stream details for Premier League fixture
Burnley vs Chelsea prediction and team news: Betting odds, tips, TV and live stream details for Premier League fixture
Burnley vs Chelsea prediction and team news: Betting odds, tips, TV and live stream details for Premier League fixture
Burnley vs Chelsea prediction and team news: Betting odds, tips, TV and live stream details for Premier League fixture
Burnley's Sean Dyche has Arsenal in his sights ahead of Chelsea game
Burnley's Sean Dyche has Arsenal in his sights ahead of Chelsea game
Burnley's Sean Dyche has Arsenal in his sights ahead of Chelsea game
Burnley's Sean Dyche has Arsenal in his sights ahead of Chelsea game
Burnley's Sean Dyche has Arsenal in his sights ahead of Chelsea game
Burnley's Sean Dyche has Arsenal in his sights ahead of Chelsea game
Sean Dyche has worked wonders at Burnley this season, but Chelsea's Antonio Conte reckons it is easier to stand out away from the top six.
Chelsea boss Conte: It's easier for Dyche at Burnley
Sean Dyche has worked wonders at Burnley this season, but Chelsea's Antonio Conte reckons it is easier to stand out away from the top six.
The Blues boss thinks that his opponents for Thursday have done well, but that you can't compare their season to that of his side
Conte: It's easier to manage Burnley than a top club like Chelsea
The Blues boss thinks that his opponents for Thursday have done well, but that you can't compare their season to that of his side
The Blues boss thinks that his opponents for Thursday have done well, but that you can't compare their season to that of his side
Conte: It's easier to manage Burnley than a top club like Chelsea
The Blues boss thinks that his opponents for Thursday have done well, but that you can't compare their season to that of his side
Antonio Conte claims Sean Dyche has it easy at Burnley compared to Chelsea job
Antonio Conte claims Sean Dyche has it easy at Burnley compared to Chelsea job
Antonio Conte claims Sean Dyche has it easy at Burnley compared to Chelsea job
Antonio Conte claims Sean Dyche has it easy at Burnley compared to Chelsea job
Antonio Conte claims Sean Dyche has it easy at Burnley compared to Chelsea job
Antonio Conte claims Sean Dyche has it easy at Burnley compared to Chelsea job
The Blues boss thinks that his opponents for Thursday have done well, but that you can't compare their season to that of his side
Conte: It's easier to manage Burnley than a top club like Chelsea
The Blues boss thinks that his opponents for Thursday have done well, but that you can't compare their season to that of his side
Antonio Conte says Sean Dyche has an easier job at Burnley compared to those managers competing at the top end of the table and backed by bigger transfer budgets. Dyche has earned widespread praise for his success in steering Burnley to seventh place – they could move ahead Arsenal into sixth if they beat Conte’s Chelsea at Turf Moor this evening – putting them in sight of qualification for next season’s Europa League. The Lancashire club’s success has been unexpected and achieved on a budget a fraction of that of Chelsea and the other leading clubs. Conte, though, maintains Dyche is working in a very different environment to the managers in charge of the established top six who, he claims, operate to a much broader definition of failure. “I think he is doing an important job,” said Conte, whose side lie fifth and face a daunting task if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League. “He is doing a great job this season. But if you start the ­season to fight to avoid the relegation zone it is more simple. It is more simple also if you have a small budget because you can count on a team that in the past reached qualification to play again in the league. “It is more difficult when you have to prepare the transfer market to win something because only one team wins. The others must see the other team win.” But Conte wouldn't want to swap places with Dyche Credit: Getty Images Expanding on why he believes Dyche has it easier, the Italian added: “It is more simple because you have to avoid the last three places at the bottom and then you can stay between 10 teams. You can play only for this target. “Then, if you have a good base and in the previous season played very well, you can count on this. You have to fight only to avoid this. “It is difficult if you have to play to win because only one team wins and if the other doesn’t win you are the first to speak about a failed season. If you don’t win the FA Cup, the league, the Carabao Cup, the season is a failure and, for this ­reason, it is more difficult to play for this target.” Who is your Premier League manager of the year? Our writers have their say Not that Conte would like to swap places. The Italian experienced relegation from Serie B in his first job, and said: “In my life, my career I fought to avoid the relegation zone. I didn’t start with ­Juventus, I started with Arezzo, [at] the bottom.” Burnley face Conte’s side on the back of five successive victories and will be hoping to repeat their opening-day success at Stamford Bridge, when they secured a 3-2 victory against the recently crowned champions, having been 3-0 up at half-time. “It was definitely one I hadn’t planned on,” Dyche said, going on to explain his half-time team-talk. “We had a little meeting with the staff and they said, ‘What do you think?’ I said: ‘I don’t know. What do you want me to tell them? They’re 3-0 up at Chelsea’. Then we just waffled on and kept our fingers crossed and we managed to get that one over the line. “The big thing looking back on that game, it’s not just a great result against a top side, everyone waits for their first win and it makes a story if you don’t get it in a number of games, well that’s gone immediately. And an away win. It doesn’t guarantee anything but it changes the immediate feel of the season. We’ve not really looked back.”
Antonio Conte claims Sean Dyche has it easier than other managers competing near top
Antonio Conte says Sean Dyche has an easier job at Burnley compared to those managers competing at the top end of the table and backed by bigger transfer budgets. Dyche has earned widespread praise for his success in steering Burnley to seventh place – they could move ahead Arsenal into sixth if they beat Conte’s Chelsea at Turf Moor this evening – putting them in sight of qualification for next season’s Europa League. The Lancashire club’s success has been unexpected and achieved on a budget a fraction of that of Chelsea and the other leading clubs. Conte, though, maintains Dyche is working in a very different environment to the managers in charge of the established top six who, he claims, operate to a much broader definition of failure. “I think he is doing an important job,” said Conte, whose side lie fifth and face a daunting task if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League. “He is doing a great job this season. But if you start the ­season to fight to avoid the relegation zone it is more simple. It is more simple also if you have a small budget because you can count on a team that in the past reached qualification to play again in the league. “It is more difficult when you have to prepare the transfer market to win something because only one team wins. The others must see the other team win.” But Conte wouldn't want to swap places with Dyche Credit: Getty Images Expanding on why he believes Dyche has it easier, the Italian added: “It is more simple because you have to avoid the last three places at the bottom and then you can stay between 10 teams. You can play only for this target. “Then, if you have a good base and in the previous season played very well, you can count on this. You have to fight only to avoid this. “It is difficult if you have to play to win because only one team wins and if the other doesn’t win you are the first to speak about a failed season. If you don’t win the FA Cup, the league, the Carabao Cup, the season is a failure and, for this ­reason, it is more difficult to play for this target.” Who is your Premier League manager of the year? Our writers have their say Not that Conte would like to swap places. The Italian experienced relegation from Serie B in his first job, and said: “In my life, my career I fought to avoid the relegation zone. I didn’t start with ­Juventus, I started with Arezzo, [at] the bottom.” Burnley face Conte’s side on the back of five successive victories and will be hoping to repeat their opening-day success at Stamford Bridge, when they secured a 3-2 victory against the recently crowned champions, having been 3-0 up at half-time. “It was definitely one I hadn’t planned on,” Dyche said, going on to explain his half-time team-talk. “We had a little meeting with the staff and they said, ‘What do you think?’ I said: ‘I don’t know. What do you want me to tell them? They’re 3-0 up at Chelsea’. Then we just waffled on and kept our fingers crossed and we managed to get that one over the line. “The big thing looking back on that game, it’s not just a great result against a top side, everyone waits for their first win and it makes a story if you don’t get it in a number of games, well that’s gone immediately. And an away win. It doesn’t guarantee anything but it changes the immediate feel of the season. We’ve not really looked back.”
Antonio Conte says Sean Dyche has an easier job at Burnley compared to those managers competing at the top end of the table and backed by bigger transfer budgets. Dyche has earned widespread praise for his success in steering Burnley to seventh place – they could move ahead Arsenal into sixth if they beat Conte’s Chelsea at Turf Moor this evening – putting them in sight of qualification for next season’s Europa League. The Lancashire club’s success has been unexpected and achieved on a budget a fraction of that of Chelsea and the other leading clubs. Conte, though, maintains Dyche is working in a very different environment to the managers in charge of the established top six who, he claims, operate to a much broader definition of failure. “I think he is doing an important job,” said Conte, whose side lie fifth and face a daunting task if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League. “He is doing a great job this season. But if you start the ­season to fight to avoid the relegation zone it is more simple. It is more simple also if you have a small budget because you can count on a team that in the past reached qualification to play again in the league. “It is more difficult when you have to prepare the transfer market to win something because only one team wins. The others must see the other team win.” But Conte wouldn't want to swap places with Dyche Credit: Getty Images Expanding on why he believes Dyche has it easier, the Italian added: “It is more simple because you have to avoid the last three places at the bottom and then you can stay between 10 teams. You can play only for this target. “Then, if you have a good base and in the previous season played very well, you can count on this. You have to fight only to avoid this. “It is difficult if you have to play to win because only one team wins and if the other doesn’t win you are the first to speak about a failed season. If you don’t win the FA Cup, the league, the Carabao Cup, the season is a failure and, for this ­reason, it is more difficult to play for this target.” Who is your Premier League manager of the year? Our writers have their say Not that Conte would like to swap places. The Italian experienced relegation from Serie B in his first job, and said: “In my life, my career I fought to avoid the relegation zone. I didn’t start with ­Juventus, I started with Arezzo, [at] the bottom.” Burnley face Conte’s side on the back of five successive victories and will be hoping to repeat their opening-day success at Stamford Bridge, when they secured a 3-2 victory against the recently crowned champions, having been 3-0 up at half-time. “It was definitely one I hadn’t planned on,” Dyche said, going on to explain his half-time team-talk. “We had a little meeting with the staff and they said, ‘What do you think?’ I said: ‘I don’t know. What do you want me to tell them? They’re 3-0 up at Chelsea’. Then we just waffled on and kept our fingers crossed and we managed to get that one over the line. “The big thing looking back on that game, it’s not just a great result against a top side, everyone waits for their first win and it makes a story if you don’t get it in a number of games, well that’s gone immediately. And an away win. It doesn’t guarantee anything but it changes the immediate feel of the season. We’ve not really looked back.”
Antonio Conte claims Sean Dyche has it easier than other managers competing near top
Antonio Conte says Sean Dyche has an easier job at Burnley compared to those managers competing at the top end of the table and backed by bigger transfer budgets. Dyche has earned widespread praise for his success in steering Burnley to seventh place – they could move ahead Arsenal into sixth if they beat Conte’s Chelsea at Turf Moor this evening – putting them in sight of qualification for next season’s Europa League. The Lancashire club’s success has been unexpected and achieved on a budget a fraction of that of Chelsea and the other leading clubs. Conte, though, maintains Dyche is working in a very different environment to the managers in charge of the established top six who, he claims, operate to a much broader definition of failure. “I think he is doing an important job,” said Conte, whose side lie fifth and face a daunting task if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League. “He is doing a great job this season. But if you start the ­season to fight to avoid the relegation zone it is more simple. It is more simple also if you have a small budget because you can count on a team that in the past reached qualification to play again in the league. “It is more difficult when you have to prepare the transfer market to win something because only one team wins. The others must see the other team win.” But Conte wouldn't want to swap places with Dyche Credit: Getty Images Expanding on why he believes Dyche has it easier, the Italian added: “It is more simple because you have to avoid the last three places at the bottom and then you can stay between 10 teams. You can play only for this target. “Then, if you have a good base and in the previous season played very well, you can count on this. You have to fight only to avoid this. “It is difficult if you have to play to win because only one team wins and if the other doesn’t win you are the first to speak about a failed season. If you don’t win the FA Cup, the league, the Carabao Cup, the season is a failure and, for this ­reason, it is more difficult to play for this target.” Who is your Premier League manager of the year? Our writers have their say Not that Conte would like to swap places. The Italian experienced relegation from Serie B in his first job, and said: “In my life, my career I fought to avoid the relegation zone. I didn’t start with ­Juventus, I started with Arezzo, [at] the bottom.” Burnley face Conte’s side on the back of five successive victories and will be hoping to repeat their opening-day success at Stamford Bridge, when they secured a 3-2 victory against the recently crowned champions, having been 3-0 up at half-time. “It was definitely one I hadn’t planned on,” Dyche said, going on to explain his half-time team-talk. “We had a little meeting with the staff and they said, ‘What do you think?’ I said: ‘I don’t know. What do you want me to tell them? They’re 3-0 up at Chelsea’. Then we just waffled on and kept our fingers crossed and we managed to get that one over the line. “The big thing looking back on that game, it’s not just a great result against a top side, everyone waits for their first win and it makes a story if you don’t get it in a number of games, well that’s gone immediately. And an away win. It doesn’t guarantee anything but it changes the immediate feel of the season. We’ve not really looked back.”
The Blues boss thinks that his opponents for Thursday have done well, but that you can't compare their season to that of his side
Conte: It's easier to manage Burnley than a top club like Chelsea
The Blues boss thinks that his opponents for Thursday have done well, but that you can't compare their season to that of his side
The Blues boss thinks that his opponents for Thursday have done well, but that you can't compare their season to that of his side
Conte: It's easier to manage Burnley than a top club like Chelsea
The Blues boss thinks that his opponents for Thursday have done well, but that you can't compare their season to that of his side
It is harder to manage Chelsea than Burnley, claims Antonio Conte
It is harder to manage Chelsea than Burnley, claims Antonio Conte
It is harder to manage Chelsea than Burnley, claims Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte believes it is tougher to manage a club like Chelsea who are expected to challenge for trophies.
It is harder to manage Chelsea than Burnley, claims Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte believes it is tougher to manage a club like Chelsea who are expected to challenge for trophies.
It is harder to manage Chelsea than Burnley, claims Antonio Conte
It is harder to manage Chelsea than Burnley, claims Antonio Conte
It is harder to manage Chelsea than Burnley, claims Antonio Conte
Interest in Sean Dyche is sure to rise with Burnley on the brink of European qualification, and Tom Heaton recognises the manager's value.
Burnley boss Dyche could manage England, says Heaton
Interest in Sean Dyche is sure to rise with Burnley on the brink of European qualification, and Tom Heaton recognises the manager's value.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte hasn't had too much to smile about at Stamford Bridge in recent weeks with the club fighting to land a Champions League spot this season. The ongoing speculation over his future in west London and talk of who is likely to succeed him is unlikely to have helped his mood either. But for a brief moment during his press conference this afternoon, the Italian couldn't keep the smile off his face. Conte was speaking to reporters ahead of tomorrow night's Premier League clash with Burnley when his phone began to ring in his pocket. Looking at the screen, he admitted the caller was his wife and apologised for the interruption. Antonio Conte said he should be fined for his phone going off in the press conference Credit: PA "It was my wife. Always in the worst moment. I'm sorry," he said. "You can give me a fine! I'm sorry because I would be annoyed if it happened to one of you." Chelsea face an uphill task to qualify for next season's Champions League as they trail fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur by eight points, even if Mauricio Pochettino's side have played a game more. Conte accepts the odds are stacked against his team but has urged his players to fight for a top-four spot until it's mathematically impossible. Who is your Premier League manager of the year? Our writers have their say "We have to try until the end to reach this target," the Italian manager added. "If we want to be realistic with five games to go, it's not simple to reduce the gap, but we must have the will to fight, the desire to take this target. Why not? "We have an important game against Burnley, a really strong team having a fantastic season, and it won't be easy to get three points."
Antonio Conte's press conference interrupted by wife's phone call
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte hasn't had too much to smile about at Stamford Bridge in recent weeks with the club fighting to land a Champions League spot this season. The ongoing speculation over his future in west London and talk of who is likely to succeed him is unlikely to have helped his mood either. But for a brief moment during his press conference this afternoon, the Italian couldn't keep the smile off his face. Conte was speaking to reporters ahead of tomorrow night's Premier League clash with Burnley when his phone began to ring in his pocket. Looking at the screen, he admitted the caller was his wife and apologised for the interruption. Antonio Conte said he should be fined for his phone going off in the press conference Credit: PA "It was my wife. Always in the worst moment. I'm sorry," he said. "You can give me a fine! I'm sorry because I would be annoyed if it happened to one of you." Chelsea face an uphill task to qualify for next season's Champions League as they trail fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur by eight points, even if Mauricio Pochettino's side have played a game more. Conte accepts the odds are stacked against his team but has urged his players to fight for a top-four spot until it's mathematically impossible. Who is your Premier League manager of the year? Our writers have their say "We have to try until the end to reach this target," the Italian manager added. "If we want to be realistic with five games to go, it's not simple to reduce the gap, but we must have the will to fight, the desire to take this target. Why not? "We have an important game against Burnley, a really strong team having a fantastic season, and it won't be easy to get three points."
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte hasn't had too much to smile about at Stamford Bridge in recent weeks with the club fighting to land a Champions League spot this season. The ongoing speculation over his future in west London and talk of who is likely to succeed him is unlikely to have helped his mood either. But for a brief moment during his press conference this afternoon, the Italian couldn't keep the smile off his face. Conte was speaking to reporters ahead of tomorrow night's Premier League clash with Burnley when his phone began to ring in his pocket. Looking at the screen, he admitted the caller was his wife and apologised for the interruption. Antonio Conte said he should be fined for his phone going off in the press conference Credit: PA "It was my wife. Always in the worst moment. I'm sorry," he said. "You can give me a fine! I'm sorry because I would be annoyed if it happened to one of you." Chelsea face an uphill task to qualify for next season's Champions League as they trail fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur by eight points, even if Mauricio Pochettino's side have played a game more. Conte accepts the odds are stacked against his team but has urged his players to fight for a top-four spot until it's mathematically impossible. Who is your Premier League manager of the year? Our writers have their say "We have to try until the end to reach this target," the Italian manager added. "If we want to be realistic with five games to go, it's not simple to reduce the gap, but we must have the will to fight, the desire to take this target. Why not? "We have an important game against Burnley, a really strong team having a fantastic season, and it won't be easy to get three points."
Antonio Conte's press conference interrupted by wife's phone call
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte hasn't had too much to smile about at Stamford Bridge in recent weeks with the club fighting to land a Champions League spot this season. The ongoing speculation over his future in west London and talk of who is likely to succeed him is unlikely to have helped his mood either. But for a brief moment during his press conference this afternoon, the Italian couldn't keep the smile off his face. Conte was speaking to reporters ahead of tomorrow night's Premier League clash with Burnley when his phone began to ring in his pocket. Looking at the screen, he admitted the caller was his wife and apologised for the interruption. Antonio Conte said he should be fined for his phone going off in the press conference Credit: PA "It was my wife. Always in the worst moment. I'm sorry," he said. "You can give me a fine! I'm sorry because I would be annoyed if it happened to one of you." Chelsea face an uphill task to qualify for next season's Champions League as they trail fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur by eight points, even if Mauricio Pochettino's side have played a game more. Conte accepts the odds are stacked against his team but has urged his players to fight for a top-four spot until it's mathematically impossible. Who is your Premier League manager of the year? Our writers have their say "We have to try until the end to reach this target," the Italian manager added. "If we want to be realistic with five games to go, it's not simple to reduce the gap, but we must have the will to fight, the desire to take this target. Why not? "We have an important game against Burnley, a really strong team having a fantastic season, and it won't be easy to get three points."
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte hasn't had too much to smile about at Stamford Bridge in recent weeks with the club fighting to land a Champions League spot this season. The ongoing speculation over his future in west London and talk of who is likely to succeed him is unlikely to have helped his mood either. But for a brief moment during his press conference this afternoon, the Italian couldn't keep the smile off his face. Conte was speaking to reporters ahead of tomorrow night's Premier League clash with Burnley when his phone began to ring in his pocket. Looking at the screen, he admitted the caller was his wife and apologised for the interruption. Antonio Conte's wife interrupts his @ChelseaFC press conference with a phone call ���� (�� @HaytersTeamwork) pic.twitter.com/uZoesxgWAP— Dugout (@Dugout) April 18, 2018 "It was my wife. Always in the worst moment. I'm sorry," he said. "You can give me a fine! I'm sorry because I would be annoyed if it happened to one of you." Chelsea face an uphill task to qualify for next season's Champions League as they trail fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur by eight points, even if Mauricio Pochettino's side have played a game more. Conte accepts the odds are stacked against his team but has urged his players to fight for a top-four spot until it's mathematically impossible. Who is your Premier League manager of the year? Our writers have their say "We have to try until the end to reach this target," the Italian manager added. "If we want to be realistic with five games to go, it's not simple to reduce the gap, but we must have the will to fight, the desire to take this target. Why not? "We have an important game against Burnley, a really strong team having a fantastic season, and it won't be easy to get three points."
Antonio Conte's press conference interrupted by wife's phone call
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte hasn't had too much to smile about at Stamford Bridge in recent weeks with the club fighting to land a Champions League spot this season. The ongoing speculation over his future in west London and talk of who is likely to succeed him is unlikely to have helped his mood either. But for a brief moment during his press conference this afternoon, the Italian couldn't keep the smile off his face. Conte was speaking to reporters ahead of tomorrow night's Premier League clash with Burnley when his phone began to ring in his pocket. Looking at the screen, he admitted the caller was his wife and apologised for the interruption. Antonio Conte's wife interrupts his @ChelseaFC press conference with a phone call ���� (�� @HaytersTeamwork) pic.twitter.com/uZoesxgWAP— Dugout (@Dugout) April 18, 2018 "It was my wife. Always in the worst moment. I'm sorry," he said. "You can give me a fine! I'm sorry because I would be annoyed if it happened to one of you." Chelsea face an uphill task to qualify for next season's Champions League as they trail fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur by eight points, even if Mauricio Pochettino's side have played a game more. Conte accepts the odds are stacked against his team but has urged his players to fight for a top-four spot until it's mathematically impossible. Who is your Premier League manager of the year? Our writers have their say "We have to try until the end to reach this target," the Italian manager added. "If we want to be realistic with five games to go, it's not simple to reduce the gap, but we must have the will to fight, the desire to take this target. Why not? "We have an important game against Burnley, a really strong team having a fantastic season, and it won't be easy to get three points."
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insists he has a harder job than Burnley boss Sean Dyche
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insists he has a harder job than Burnley boss Sean Dyche
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insists he has a harder job than Burnley boss Sean Dyche
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insists he has a harder job than Burnley boss Sean Dyche
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insists he has a harder job than Burnley boss Sean Dyche
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insists he has a harder job than Burnley boss Sean Dyche
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insists he has a harder job than Burnley boss Sean Dyche
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insists he has a harder job than Burnley boss Sean Dyche
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insists he has a harder job than Burnley boss Sean Dyche
An in-depth preview of the Premier League clash between Burnley and Chelsea.
Burnley v Chelsea: Premier League preview
An in-depth preview of the Premier League clash between Burnley and Chelsea.
An in-depth preview of the Premier League clash between Burnley and Chelsea.
Burnley v Chelsea: Premier League preview
An in-depth preview of the Premier League clash between Burnley and Chelsea.
An in-depth preview of the Premier League clash between Burnley and Chelsea.
Burnley v Chelsea: Premier League preview
An in-depth preview of the Premier League clash between Burnley and Chelsea.
An in-depth preview of the Premier League clash between Burnley and Chelsea.
Burnley v Chelsea: Premier League preview
An in-depth preview of the Premier League clash between Burnley and Chelsea.
Nick Pope's form has earned the goalkeeper an England call-up, but club captain Tom Heaton wants his Burnley place back.
Heaton relishing Burnley battle with Pope
Nick Pope's form has earned the goalkeeper an England call-up, but club captain Tom Heaton wants his Burnley place back.
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Manchester City vs Burnley - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - January 6, 2018 Burnley manager Sean Dyche reacts Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: FA Cup Third Round - Manchester City vs Burnley
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Manchester City vs Burnley - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - January 6, 2018 Burnley manager Sean Dyche reacts Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff/File Photo
Roman Abramovich is being urged to consider a change of direction as Chelsea weigh up how best to replace head coach Antonio Conte. While Chelsea have remained silent on his future, Conte is expected to leave the club at the end of the season and owner Abramovich and his advisers have been besieged by suggestions for the Italian’s successor. Many of Europe’s leading managerial names, such as Luis Enrique, Max Allegri, Maurizzo Sarri and Leonardo Jardim have been put forward to Chelsea, and Abramovich is most likely to pick from that list. There is also the fall-back of asking Carlo Ancelotti to return. But Telegraph Sport understands that some close allies of Abramovich have also suggested a new approach that would see Chelsea try to find the next big thing, rather than going for a proven winner or star name. Mauricio Pochettino would be the Blues’ ideal choice to replace Conte, but there is recognition there is little chance of prising the Argentine away from Tottenham Hotspur this summer. Mauricio Pochettino would be Chelsea's ideal candidate Credit: Reuters The admiration for Pochettino has sparked an effort by individuals close to Chelsea to try to identify the most promising coaches who have the potential to become the very best. That has thrown up names such as Roma’s Eusebio Di Francesco, Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann and even Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner. While it is rated unlikely Chelsea would source their next manager from Huddersfield, there is a feeling they need to take a new route to the top and one way could be to appoint a fresh, dynamic coach who is committed to modern, attractive football and is willing to promote young players. Chelsea can no longer outspend their rivals, as Conte has found out, or have a squad of players fully committed to or capable of immediately making the Blues winners again. On the one and only previous occasion Abramovich tried something different it backfired spectacularly, as Andre Villas-Boas lasted only nine months. David Wagner's name has been mentioned in discussions Credit: Reuters The Portuguese came in with a real desire to promote Chelsea’s young players and set about implementing a long-term strategy, but the dressing-room, at that time, proved too powerful for him. Things are different now, however. There are not the characters of Petr Cech, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba to rule the dressing-room and pick up the phone to Abramovich. To some degree that leaves Chelsea in a tougher position than in the past. Terry and co were quickly able to regroup under a new manager, but the current squad look like a collection of players that need motivating and careful direction. But the fact Abramovich talks to his head coach, rather than the players, when he visits Cobham these days should provide Conte’s successor with encouragement that it is his opinions that will be listened to. Just over two years ago, Chelsea spoke with Eddie Howe as they considered how best to replace Jose Mourinho and whether or not it was time for a change of approach. In the end, Abramovich went for tried and tested. He is naturally drawn to winners and chose Conte ahead of Jorge Sampaoli, believing the Italian could pick up where Mourinho had left off after clinching the title, before the customary third-season meltdown. Who is your Premier League manager of the year? Our writers have their say The theory worked and Conte moulded Chelsea back into champions, but a familiar scenario is now playing out. With Conte set to leave, does Abramovich go back to the start of what has become a two-to-three-year cycle by going for another big name or does he commit to a new direction? Howe was considered last time out because Chelsea were aware that the majority of the managers they had been hiring fulfilled Abramovich’s demand to win, but did not necessarily fit the overall direction the club wanted to follow. The key is whether or not Abramovich is prepared to take a risk and accept that his next appointment may need more time to deliver success. He could decide that Enrique and Jardim fit both his briefs, in that they have both achieved great success but are young enough to adapt their approaches and start a new project. Much could also depend on which European competition Chelsea qualify for. They can keep their slim Champions League hopes alive by beating seventh-placed Burnley on Thursday night, but a first full Europa League campaign would require a bigger squad and potentially less youngsters loaned out. What happens at their rivals across Europe will also impact Chelsea. Paris Saint-Germain are speaking to Thomas Tuchel, whose volatile nature would represent a risk for the Blues, while a change at Real Madrid would free up Zinedine Zidane.
Chelsea to consider new style of manager with Antonio Conte's replacement
Roman Abramovich is being urged to consider a change of direction as Chelsea weigh up how best to replace head coach Antonio Conte. While Chelsea have remained silent on his future, Conte is expected to leave the club at the end of the season and owner Abramovich and his advisers have been besieged by suggestions for the Italian’s successor. Many of Europe’s leading managerial names, such as Luis Enrique, Max Allegri, Maurizzo Sarri and Leonardo Jardim have been put forward to Chelsea, and Abramovich is most likely to pick from that list. There is also the fall-back of asking Carlo Ancelotti to return. But Telegraph Sport understands that some close allies of Abramovich have also suggested a new approach that would see Chelsea try to find the next big thing, rather than going for a proven winner or star name. Mauricio Pochettino would be the Blues’ ideal choice to replace Conte, but there is recognition there is little chance of prising the Argentine away from Tottenham Hotspur this summer. Mauricio Pochettino would be Chelsea's ideal candidate Credit: Reuters The admiration for Pochettino has sparked an effort by individuals close to Chelsea to try to identify the most promising coaches who have the potential to become the very best. That has thrown up names such as Roma’s Eusebio Di Francesco, Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann and even Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner. While it is rated unlikely Chelsea would source their next manager from Huddersfield, there is a feeling they need to take a new route to the top and one way could be to appoint a fresh, dynamic coach who is committed to modern, attractive football and is willing to promote young players. Chelsea can no longer outspend their rivals, as Conte has found out, or have a squad of players fully committed to or capable of immediately making the Blues winners again. On the one and only previous occasion Abramovich tried something different it backfired spectacularly, as Andre Villas-Boas lasted only nine months. David Wagner's name has been mentioned in discussions Credit: Reuters The Portuguese came in with a real desire to promote Chelsea’s young players and set about implementing a long-term strategy, but the dressing-room, at that time, proved too powerful for him. Things are different now, however. There are not the characters of Petr Cech, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba to rule the dressing-room and pick up the phone to Abramovich. To some degree that leaves Chelsea in a tougher position than in the past. Terry and co were quickly able to regroup under a new manager, but the current squad look like a collection of players that need motivating and careful direction. But the fact Abramovich talks to his head coach, rather than the players, when he visits Cobham these days should provide Conte’s successor with encouragement that it is his opinions that will be listened to. Just over two years ago, Chelsea spoke with Eddie Howe as they considered how best to replace Jose Mourinho and whether or not it was time for a change of approach. In the end, Abramovich went for tried and tested. He is naturally drawn to winners and chose Conte ahead of Jorge Sampaoli, believing the Italian could pick up where Mourinho had left off after clinching the title, before the customary third-season meltdown. Who is your Premier League manager of the year? Our writers have their say The theory worked and Conte moulded Chelsea back into champions, but a familiar scenario is now playing out. With Conte set to leave, does Abramovich go back to the start of what has become a two-to-three-year cycle by going for another big name or does he commit to a new direction? Howe was considered last time out because Chelsea were aware that the majority of the managers they had been hiring fulfilled Abramovich’s demand to win, but did not necessarily fit the overall direction the club wanted to follow. The key is whether or not Abramovich is prepared to take a risk and accept that his next appointment may need more time to deliver success. He could decide that Enrique and Jardim fit both his briefs, in that they have both achieved great success but are young enough to adapt their approaches and start a new project. Much could also depend on which European competition Chelsea qualify for. They can keep their slim Champions League hopes alive by beating seventh-placed Burnley on Thursday night, but a first full Europa League campaign would require a bigger squad and potentially less youngsters loaned out. What happens at their rivals across Europe will also impact Chelsea. Paris Saint-Germain are speaking to Thomas Tuchel, whose volatile nature would represent a risk for the Blues, while a change at Real Madrid would free up Zinedine Zidane.
Roman Abramovich is being urged to consider a change of direction as Chelsea weigh up how best to replace head coach Antonio Conte. While Chelsea have remained silent on his future, Conte is expected to leave the club at the end of the season and owner Abramovich and his advisers have been besieged by suggestions for the Italian’s successor. Many of Europe’s leading managerial names, such as Luis Enrique, Max Allegri, Maurizzo Sarri and Leonardo Jardim have been put forward to Chelsea, and Abramovich is most likely to pick from that list. There is also the fall-back of asking Carlo Ancelotti to return. But Telegraph Sport understands that some close allies of Abramovich have also suggested a new approach that would see Chelsea try to find the next big thing, rather than going for a proven winner or star name. Mauricio Pochettino would be the Blues’ ideal choice to replace Conte, but there is recognition there is little chance of prising the Argentine away from Tottenham Hotspur this summer. Mauricio Pochettino would be Chelsea's ideal candidate Credit: Reuters The admiration for Pochettino has sparked an effort by individuals close to Chelsea to try to identify the most promising coaches who have the potential to become the very best. That has thrown up names such as Roma’s Eusebio Di Francesco, Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann and even Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner. While it is rated unlikely Chelsea would source their next manager from Huddersfield, there is a feeling they need to take a new route to the top and one way could be to appoint a fresh, dynamic coach who is committed to modern, attractive football and is willing to promote young players. Chelsea can no longer outspend their rivals, as Conte has found out, or have a squad of players fully committed to or capable of immediately making the Blues winners again. On the one and only previous occasion Abramovich tried something different it backfired spectacularly, as Andre Villas-Boas lasted only nine months. David Wagner's name has been mentioned in discussions Credit: Reuters The Portuguese came in with a real desire to promote Chelsea’s young players and set about implementing a long-term strategy, but the dressing-room, at that time, proved too powerful for him. Things are different now, however. There are not the characters of Petr Cech, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba to rule the dressing-room and pick up the phone to Abramovich. To some degree that leaves Chelsea in a tougher position than in the past. Terry and co were quickly able to regroup under a new manager, but the current squad look like a collection of players that need motivating and careful direction. But the fact Abramovich talks to his head coach, rather than the players, when he visits Cobham these days should provide Conte’s successor with encouragement that it is his opinions that will be listened to. Just over two years ago, Chelsea spoke with Eddie Howe as they considered how best to replace Jose Mourinho and whether or not it was time for a change of approach. In the end, Abramovich went for tried and tested. He is naturally drawn to winners and chose Conte ahead of Jorge Sampaoli, believing the Italian could pick up where Mourinho had left off after clinching the title, before the customary third-season meltdown. Who is your Premier League manager of the year? Our writers have their say The theory worked and Conte moulded Chelsea back into champions, but a familiar scenario is now playing out. With Conte set to leave, does Abramovich go back to the start of what has become a two-to-three-year cycle by going for another big name or does he commit to a new direction? Howe was considered last time out because Chelsea were aware that the majority of the managers they had been hiring fulfilled Abramovich’s demand to win, but did not necessarily fit the overall direction the club wanted to follow. The key is whether or not Abramovich is prepared to take a risk and accept that his next appointment may need more time to deliver success. He could decide that Enrique and Jardim fit both his briefs, in that they have both achieved great success but are young enough to adapt their approaches and start a new project. Much could also depend on which European competition Chelsea qualify for. They can keep their slim Champions League hopes alive by beating seventh-placed Burnley on Thursday night, but a first full Europa League campaign would require a bigger squad and potentially less youngsters loaned out. What happens at their rivals across Europe will also impact Chelsea. Paris Saint-Germain are speaking to Thomas Tuchel, whose volatile nature would represent a risk for the Blues, while a change at Real Madrid would free up Zinedine Zidane.
Chelsea to consider new style of manager with Antonio Conte's replacement
Roman Abramovich is being urged to consider a change of direction as Chelsea weigh up how best to replace head coach Antonio Conte. While Chelsea have remained silent on his future, Conte is expected to leave the club at the end of the season and owner Abramovich and his advisers have been besieged by suggestions for the Italian’s successor. Many of Europe’s leading managerial names, such as Luis Enrique, Max Allegri, Maurizzo Sarri and Leonardo Jardim have been put forward to Chelsea, and Abramovich is most likely to pick from that list. There is also the fall-back of asking Carlo Ancelotti to return. But Telegraph Sport understands that some close allies of Abramovich have also suggested a new approach that would see Chelsea try to find the next big thing, rather than going for a proven winner or star name. Mauricio Pochettino would be the Blues’ ideal choice to replace Conte, but there is recognition there is little chance of prising the Argentine away from Tottenham Hotspur this summer. Mauricio Pochettino would be Chelsea's ideal candidate Credit: Reuters The admiration for Pochettino has sparked an effort by individuals close to Chelsea to try to identify the most promising coaches who have the potential to become the very best. That has thrown up names such as Roma’s Eusebio Di Francesco, Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann and even Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner. While it is rated unlikely Chelsea would source their next manager from Huddersfield, there is a feeling they need to take a new route to the top and one way could be to appoint a fresh, dynamic coach who is committed to modern, attractive football and is willing to promote young players. Chelsea can no longer outspend their rivals, as Conte has found out, or have a squad of players fully committed to or capable of immediately making the Blues winners again. On the one and only previous occasion Abramovich tried something different it backfired spectacularly, as Andre Villas-Boas lasted only nine months. David Wagner's name has been mentioned in discussions Credit: Reuters The Portuguese came in with a real desire to promote Chelsea’s young players and set about implementing a long-term strategy, but the dressing-room, at that time, proved too powerful for him. Things are different now, however. There are not the characters of Petr Cech, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba to rule the dressing-room and pick up the phone to Abramovich. To some degree that leaves Chelsea in a tougher position than in the past. Terry and co were quickly able to regroup under a new manager, but the current squad look like a collection of players that need motivating and careful direction. But the fact Abramovich talks to his head coach, rather than the players, when he visits Cobham these days should provide Conte’s successor with encouragement that it is his opinions that will be listened to. Just over two years ago, Chelsea spoke with Eddie Howe as they considered how best to replace Jose Mourinho and whether or not it was time for a change of approach. In the end, Abramovich went for tried and tested. He is naturally drawn to winners and chose Conte ahead of Jorge Sampaoli, believing the Italian could pick up where Mourinho had left off after clinching the title, before the customary third-season meltdown. Who is your Premier League manager of the year? Our writers have their say The theory worked and Conte moulded Chelsea back into champions, but a familiar scenario is now playing out. With Conte set to leave, does Abramovich go back to the start of what has become a two-to-three-year cycle by going for another big name or does he commit to a new direction? Howe was considered last time out because Chelsea were aware that the majority of the managers they had been hiring fulfilled Abramovich’s demand to win, but did not necessarily fit the overall direction the club wanted to follow. The key is whether or not Abramovich is prepared to take a risk and accept that his next appointment may need more time to deliver success. He could decide that Enrique and Jardim fit both his briefs, in that they have both achieved great success but are young enough to adapt their approaches and start a new project. Much could also depend on which European competition Chelsea qualify for. They can keep their slim Champions League hopes alive by beating seventh-placed Burnley on Thursday night, but a first full Europa League campaign would require a bigger squad and potentially less youngsters loaned out. What happens at their rivals across Europe will also impact Chelsea. Paris Saint-Germain are speaking to Thomas Tuchel, whose volatile nature would represent a risk for the Blues, while a change at Real Madrid would free up Zinedine Zidane.
Roman Abramovich is being urged to consider a change of direction as Chelsea weigh up how best to replace head coach Antonio Conte. While Chelsea have remained silent on his future, Conte is expected to leave the club at the end of the season and owner Abramovich and his advisers have been besieged by suggestions for the Italian’s successor. Many of Europe’s leading managerial names, such as Luis Enrique, Max Allegri, Maurizzo Sarri and Leonardo Jardim have been put forward to Chelsea, and Abramovich is most likely to pick from that list. There is also the fall-back of asking Carlo Ancelotti to return. But Telegraph Sport understands that some close allies of Abramovich have also suggested a new approach that would see Chelsea try to find the next big thing, rather than going for a proven winner or star name. Mauricio Pochettino would be the Blues’ ideal choice to replace Conte, but there is recognition there is little chance of prising the Argentine away from Tottenham Hotspur this summer. Mauricio Pochettino would be Chelsea's ideal candidate Credit: Reuters The admiration for Pochettino has sparked an effort by individuals close to Chelsea to try to identify the most promising coaches who have the potential to become the very best. That has thrown up names such as Roma’s Eusebio Di Francesco, Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann and even Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner. While it is rated unlikely Chelsea would source their next manager from Huddersfield, there is a feeling they need to take a new route to the top and one way could be to appoint a fresh, dynamic coach who is committed to modern, attractive football and is willing to promote young players. Chelsea can no longer outspend their rivals, as Conte has found out, or have a squad of players fully committed to or capable of immediately making the Blues winners again. On the one and only previous occasion Abramovich tried something different it backfired spectacularly, as Andre Villas-Boas lasted only nine months. David Wagner's name has been mentioned in discussions Credit: Reuters The Portuguese came in with a real desire to promote Chelsea’s young players and set about implementing a long-term strategy, but the dressing-room, at that time, proved too powerful for him. Things are different now, however. There are not the characters of Petr Cech, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba to rule the dressing-room and pick up the phone to Abramovich. To some degree that leaves Chelsea in a tougher position than in the past. Terry and co were quickly able to regroup under a new manager, but the current squad look like a collection of players that need motivating and careful direction. But the fact Abramovich talks to his head coach, rather than the players, when he visits Cobham these days should provide Conte’s successor with encouragement that it is his opinions that will be listened to. Just over two years ago, Chelsea spoke with Eddie Howe as they considered how best to replace Jose Mourinho and whether or not it was time for a change of approach. In the end, Abramovich went for tried and tested. He is naturally drawn to winners and chose Conte ahead of Jorge Sampaoli, believing the Italian could pick up where Mourinho had left off after clinching the title, before the customary third-season meltdown. Who is your Premier League manager of the year? Our writers have their say The theory worked and Conte moulded Chelsea back into champions, but a familiar scenario is now playing out. With Conte set to leave, does Abramovich go back to the start of what has become a two-to-three-year cycle by going for another big name or does he commit to a new direction? Howe was considered last time out because Chelsea were aware that the majority of the managers they had been hiring fulfilled Abramovich’s demand to win, but did not necessarily fit the overall direction the club wanted to follow. The key is whether or not Abramovich is prepared to take a risk and accept that his next appointment may need more time to deliver success. He could decide that Enrique and Jardim fit both his briefs, in that they have both achieved great success but are young enough to adapt their approaches and start a new project. Much could also depend on which European competition Chelsea qualify for. They can keep their slim Champions League hopes alive by beating seventh-placed Burnley on Thursday night, but a first full Europa League campaign would require a bigger squad and potentially less youngsters loaned out. What happens at their rivals across Europe will also impact Chelsea. Paris Saint-Germain are speaking to Thomas Tuchel, whose volatile nature would represent a risk for the Blues, while a change at Real Madrid would free up Zinedine Zidane.
Chelsea to consider new style of manager with Antonio Conte's replacement
Roman Abramovich is being urged to consider a change of direction as Chelsea weigh up how best to replace head coach Antonio Conte. While Chelsea have remained silent on his future, Conte is expected to leave the club at the end of the season and owner Abramovich and his advisers have been besieged by suggestions for the Italian’s successor. Many of Europe’s leading managerial names, such as Luis Enrique, Max Allegri, Maurizzo Sarri and Leonardo Jardim have been put forward to Chelsea, and Abramovich is most likely to pick from that list. There is also the fall-back of asking Carlo Ancelotti to return. But Telegraph Sport understands that some close allies of Abramovich have also suggested a new approach that would see Chelsea try to find the next big thing, rather than going for a proven winner or star name. Mauricio Pochettino would be the Blues’ ideal choice to replace Conte, but there is recognition there is little chance of prising the Argentine away from Tottenham Hotspur this summer. Mauricio Pochettino would be Chelsea's ideal candidate Credit: Reuters The admiration for Pochettino has sparked an effort by individuals close to Chelsea to try to identify the most promising coaches who have the potential to become the very best. That has thrown up names such as Roma’s Eusebio Di Francesco, Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann and even Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner. While it is rated unlikely Chelsea would source their next manager from Huddersfield, there is a feeling they need to take a new route to the top and one way could be to appoint a fresh, dynamic coach who is committed to modern, attractive football and is willing to promote young players. Chelsea can no longer outspend their rivals, as Conte has found out, or have a squad of players fully committed to or capable of immediately making the Blues winners again. On the one and only previous occasion Abramovich tried something different it backfired spectacularly, as Andre Villas-Boas lasted only nine months. David Wagner's name has been mentioned in discussions Credit: Reuters The Portuguese came in with a real desire to promote Chelsea’s young players and set about implementing a long-term strategy, but the dressing-room, at that time, proved too powerful for him. Things are different now, however. There are not the characters of Petr Cech, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba to rule the dressing-room and pick up the phone to Abramovich. To some degree that leaves Chelsea in a tougher position than in the past. Terry and co were quickly able to regroup under a new manager, but the current squad look like a collection of players that need motivating and careful direction. But the fact Abramovich talks to his head coach, rather than the players, when he visits Cobham these days should provide Conte’s successor with encouragement that it is his opinions that will be listened to. Just over two years ago, Chelsea spoke with Eddie Howe as they considered how best to replace Jose Mourinho and whether or not it was time for a change of approach. In the end, Abramovich went for tried and tested. He is naturally drawn to winners and chose Conte ahead of Jorge Sampaoli, believing the Italian could pick up where Mourinho had left off after clinching the title, before the customary third-season meltdown. Who is your Premier League manager of the year? Our writers have their say The theory worked and Conte moulded Chelsea back into champions, but a familiar scenario is now playing out. With Conte set to leave, does Abramovich go back to the start of what has become a two-to-three-year cycle by going for another big name or does he commit to a new direction? Howe was considered last time out because Chelsea were aware that the majority of the managers they had been hiring fulfilled Abramovich’s demand to win, but did not necessarily fit the overall direction the club wanted to follow. The key is whether or not Abramovich is prepared to take a risk and accept that his next appointment may need more time to deliver success. He could decide that Enrique and Jardim fit both his briefs, in that they have both achieved great success but are young enough to adapt their approaches and start a new project. Much could also depend on which European competition Chelsea qualify for. They can keep their slim Champions League hopes alive by beating seventh-placed Burnley on Thursday night, but a first full Europa League campaign would require a bigger squad and potentially less youngsters loaned out. What happens at their rivals across Europe will also impact Chelsea. Paris Saint-Germain are speaking to Thomas Tuchel, whose volatile nature would represent a risk for the Blues, while a change at Real Madrid would free up Zinedine Zidane.
Britain Football Soccer - Burnley v Manchester United - Premier League - Turf Moor - 23/4/17 Burnley's Joey Barton signs his autograph for fans as he arrives Action Images via Reuters / Jason Cairnduff Livepic
Burnley's Joey Barton signs his autograph for fans as he arrives
Britain Football Soccer - Burnley v Manchester United - Premier League - Turf Moor - 23/4/17 Burnley's Joey Barton signs his autograph for fans as he arrives Action Images via Reuters / Jason Cairnduff Livepic
Joey Barton will take his first steps as a manager with League One side Fleetwood Town after it was announced he will take charge of the team before the start of next season. Barton is currently serving an 18-game ban from football for betting offences and has been working as a radio pundit during his time out of the game. The 35-year-old has agreed a three-year contract which will begin on June 2, when his ban ends. The former Manchester City, Newcastle United, QPR, Marseille and Burnley midfielder has been given the opportunity to launch his managerial career by Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley, who will be keen for one of the game’s most controversial characters to raise the club’s profile. Fleetwood are one of the of the most ambitious clubs in the lower leagues, having enjoyed a meteoric rise through non-league football, but have failed to get out of League One. "I'm very excited by the challenge," said Barton, who, although is renowned for his combustible personality has always held coaching ambitions and has earned praise for his leadership skills as a senior player at both Newcastle and Burnley. ✍️ | Fleetwood Town can confirm an agreement has been reached for @Joey7Barton to become the club's new Head Coach as of June 2nd. Full details: https://t.co/ZPz5vAaCODpic.twitter.com/cQ3BbjqrR7— Fleetwood Town FC (@ftfc) April 18, 2018 "It's a club I've known for a long time, and a chairman I already have a very good relationship with. "My first job in management was always going to be a big decision and I'm delighted. I'm joining a club with big ambitions." John Sheridan, who replaced Uwe Rosler as Fleetwood manager in February, will leave at the end of the season. It is understood there are to be no changes to the backroom staff at Fleetwood, who are 14th in League One, but have ambitions of reaching the Championship. Premier League and Football League relegation, promotion and play-offs “This is a huge appointment for Fleetwood Town Football Club and one I’m very excited about,” said Pilley. “Joey not only brings a host of experience and profile, but I also feel he has the potential to become one of the best in the new generation of coaches.” Barton could go head-to-head with his former Newcastle United teammate and close friend Kevin Nolan next season. Nolan is currently in charge of League Two promotion chasers Notts County, who are currently fifth in the table.
Joey Barton appointed Fleetwood Town head coach for next season
Joey Barton will take his first steps as a manager with League One side Fleetwood Town after it was announced he will take charge of the team before the start of next season. Barton is currently serving an 18-game ban from football for betting offences and has been working as a radio pundit during his time out of the game. The 35-year-old has agreed a three-year contract which will begin on June 2, when his ban ends. The former Manchester City, Newcastle United, QPR, Marseille and Burnley midfielder has been given the opportunity to launch his managerial career by Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley, who will be keen for one of the game’s most controversial characters to raise the club’s profile. Fleetwood are one of the of the most ambitious clubs in the lower leagues, having enjoyed a meteoric rise through non-league football, but have failed to get out of League One. "I'm very excited by the challenge," said Barton, who, although is renowned for his combustible personality has always held coaching ambitions and has earned praise for his leadership skills as a senior player at both Newcastle and Burnley. ✍️ | Fleetwood Town can confirm an agreement has been reached for @Joey7Barton to become the club's new Head Coach as of June 2nd. Full details: https://t.co/ZPz5vAaCODpic.twitter.com/cQ3BbjqrR7— Fleetwood Town FC (@ftfc) April 18, 2018 "It's a club I've known for a long time, and a chairman I already have a very good relationship with. "My first job in management was always going to be a big decision and I'm delighted. I'm joining a club with big ambitions." John Sheridan, who replaced Uwe Rosler as Fleetwood manager in February, will leave at the end of the season. It is understood there are to be no changes to the backroom staff at Fleetwood, who are 14th in League One, but have ambitions of reaching the Championship. Premier League and Football League relegation, promotion and play-offs “This is a huge appointment for Fleetwood Town Football Club and one I’m very excited about,” said Pilley. “Joey not only brings a host of experience and profile, but I also feel he has the potential to become one of the best in the new generation of coaches.” Barton could go head-to-head with his former Newcastle United teammate and close friend Kevin Nolan next season. Nolan is currently in charge of League Two promotion chasers Notts County, who are currently fifth in the table.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche says he has Arsenal in his sights ahead of Chelsea clash
Burnley manager Sean Dyche says he has Arsenal in his sights ahead of Chelsea clash
Burnley manager Sean Dyche says he has Arsenal in his sights ahead of Chelsea clash

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