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Slaven Bilic rejects chance to become West Brom's new manager

Slaven Bilic has turned down the chance to become West Bromwich Albion’s new head coach. The 49-year-old former West Ham United manager was approached this week to see whether he wanted to hold talks but is understood to have indicated it is too early for him to return to football. Albion's Chinese owner, Guochuan Lai, was interested in speaking to Bilic as he looks to appoint a successor to Tony Pulis, who was sacked on Monday following a dismal run of form and with the fans having turned against him. Albion want to appoint a manager with Premier League experience and Bilic emerged as a possible contender for them. The Croatian is currently spending time with his family after being sacked by West Ham at the beginning of the month and would like to take some time off until the New Year before deciding his next move. Despite losing his job at West Ham, where he was in the final year of his contract, Bilic did well at the club, steering them to seventh in the league in his first season in charge and 11th in the last campaign. However, he endured a difficult start to this season and the pressure eventually told with defeat at home to Liverpool before the last international break. Another ex-West Ham manager, Alan Pardew, is still favourite to take over at West Brom. He has been out of management for 11 months since being sacked by Crystal Palace but had previously worked with Albion's technical director Nicky Hammond at Reading. However, Lai's approach to Bilic indicates that Pardew is not the only candidate who has been considered. Meanwhile, Pulis’ assistant, Gary Megson, is set to take charge of Saturday’s match away to Tottenham Hotspur, which will be his first Premier League fixture in charge since December 2009. Gary Megson takes West Brom training Credit: GETTY IMAGES Megson returned to the game this summer after answering an SOS from Pulis but now finds himself as interim manager. Megson, 58, has admitted he finds the situation uncomfortable as he prepares for this weekend’s trip to Wembley.  “This is absolutely not an audition for me and while everyone aspires to be in the Premier League, this is in the most unfortunate of circumstances,” he told Telegraph Sport. “I’ve obviously been out football for some time and this isn’t something I was expecting to happen earlier this year.  “I was on my way to Corsica on holiday with my wife when Tony called me and asked to come in as his assistant. I wasn’t sure about it as I’d never done the role before.  “Now we’ve had a chain of events that require me to take charge of the team, for however long it is. I’ve taken nearly 700 games as a manager so hopefully West Brom think I know what I’m doing.”  Megson’s last job was at Sheffield Wednesday, with Milan Mandaric controversially wielding the axe in February 2012 after a 1-0 win over their Steel City rivals, with the club third in League One. He spent the next two years applying for managerial posts but struggled to even get an interview.  This weekend, however, he will face Mauricio Pochettino in front of more than 65,000 people hoping to secure Albion’s first league win since August.  “We’ve contrived to get three draws from three games we should have won and that’s why we’re in this position,” he said. “It makes the games against the super powers even harder but we will go there and look to cause them problems.  "There is no such thing as a caretaker manager - you're either the manager or you haven't got one. I'm contracted to West Brom and no matter what happens to me, we've all got a job to do."

Slaven Bilic rejects chance to become West Brom's new manager

Slaven Bilic has turned down the chance to become West Bromwich Albion’s new head coach. The 49-year-old former West Ham United manager was approached this week to see whether he wanted to hold talks but is understood to have indicated it is too early for him to return to football. Albion's Chinese owner, Guochuan Lai, was interested in speaking to Bilic as he looks to appoint a successor to Tony Pulis, who was sacked on Monday following a dismal run of form and with the fans having turned against him. Albion want to appoint a manager with Premier League experience and Bilic emerged as a possible contender for them. The Croatian is currently spending time with his family after being sacked by West Ham at the beginning of the month and would like to take some time off until the New Year before deciding his next move. Despite losing his job at West Ham, where he was in the final year of his contract, Bilic did well at the club, steering them to seventh in the league in his first season in charge and 11th in the last campaign. However, he endured a difficult start to this season and the pressure eventually told with defeat at home to Liverpool before the last international break. Another ex-West Ham manager, Alan Pardew, is still favourite to take over at West Brom. He has been out of management for 11 months since being sacked by Crystal Palace but had previously worked with Albion's technical director Nicky Hammond at Reading. However, Lai's approach to Bilic indicates that Pardew is not the only candidate who has been considered. Meanwhile, Pulis’ assistant, Gary Megson, is set to take charge of Saturday’s match away to Tottenham Hotspur, which will be his first Premier League fixture in charge since December 2009. Gary Megson takes West Brom training Credit: GETTY IMAGES Megson returned to the game this summer after answering an SOS from Pulis but now finds himself as interim manager. Megson, 58, has admitted he finds the situation uncomfortable as he prepares for this weekend’s trip to Wembley.  “This is absolutely not an audition for me and while everyone aspires to be in the Premier League, this is in the most unfortunate of circumstances,” he told Telegraph Sport. “I’ve obviously been out football for some time and this isn’t something I was expecting to happen earlier this year.  “I was on my way to Corsica on holiday with my wife when Tony called me and asked to come in as his assistant. I wasn’t sure about it as I’d never done the role before.  “Now we’ve had a chain of events that require me to take charge of the team, for however long it is. I’ve taken nearly 700 games as a manager so hopefully West Brom think I know what I’m doing.”  Megson’s last job was at Sheffield Wednesday, with Milan Mandaric controversially wielding the axe in February 2012 after a 1-0 win over their Steel City rivals, with the club third in League One. He spent the next two years applying for managerial posts but struggled to even get an interview.  This weekend, however, he will face Mauricio Pochettino in front of more than 65,000 people hoping to secure Albion’s first league win since August.  “We’ve contrived to get three draws from three games we should have won and that’s why we’re in this position,” he said. “It makes the games against the super powers even harder but we will go there and look to cause them problems.  "There is no such thing as a caretaker manager - you're either the manager or you haven't got one. I'm contracted to West Brom and no matter what happens to me, we've all got a job to do."

Then-AC Milan forward Robinho is seen during the Italian Seria A football match against Sampdoria, on September 28, 2013

Then-AC Milan forward Robinho is seen during the Italian Seria A football match against Sampdoria, on September 28, 2013 (AFP Photo/Olivier MORIN)

Then-AC Milan forward Robinho is seen during the Italian Seria A football match against Sampdoria, on September 28, 2013

Former Man City Star Robinho Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault

​Former Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan star Robinho has been sentenced to a nine-year prison term after being found guilty of sexual assault, according to ​reports in Italy. The alleged act took place during the Brazilian's stint with Milan in 2013, with a then 22-year-old Albanian woman accusing him, along with five other men, of indecently assaulting her at a night club. Robinho, who now plays for Athletico Mineiro in his homeland, has been capped 100 times as an international...

Former Man City Star Robinho Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault

​Former Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan star Robinho has been sentenced to a nine-year prison term after being found guilty of sexual assault, according to ​reports in Italy. The alleged act took place during the Brazilian's stint with Milan in 2013, with a then 22-year-old Albanian woman accusing him, along with five other men, of indecently assaulting her at a night club. Robinho, who now plays for Athletico Mineiro in his homeland, has been capped 100 times as an international...

Former Man City Star Robinho Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault

​Former Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan star Robinho has been sentenced to a nine-year prison term after being found guilty of sexual assault, according to ​reports in Italy. The alleged act took place during the Brazilian's stint with Milan in 2013, with a then 22-year-old Albanian woman accusing him, along with five other men, of indecently assaulting her at a night club. Robinho, who now plays for Athletico Mineiro in his homeland, has been capped 100 times as an international...

Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison for sexual assault

An Italian court sentenced former Brazil and AC Milan forward Robinho in absentia to nine years in prison on Thursday after convicting him of taking part in a gang rape of an Albanian woman in 2013. A Milan court ruled that Robinho and five other Brazilians assaulted the woman, who was 22 at the time, after plying her with alcohol in a discotheque. The whereabouts of Robinho's five companions is not known, so their trial has been put on hold. Robinho, 33, who currently plays with Atletico Mineiro in Brazil, pleaded not guilty via his lawyer and never appeared at any of the court hearings in northern Italy. He has a right to two appeals and Italy would only launch extradition proceedings once this legal process is exhausted, a legal source said. The Milan court ordered the victim to receive €60,000 as compensation for her suffering. Robinho, who also played for Real Madrid and Manchester City, has made 100 appearances for the Brazil national team and scored 28 goals. Marisa Alija Ramos, Robinho's agent and lawyer, said: "With regards to the allegations surrounding Robinho, the alleged incident took place several years ago. "I clarify that my client has already defended himself against the charges and maintains he played no part in the incident. All legal steps are already being taken in response to this decision."

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Brazil star Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison for sexual assault

The former Milan player has been found guilty of a group assault of a 22-year-old woman at a nightclub in 2013 by an Italian court

Brazil star Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison for sexual assault

The former Milan player has been found guilty of a group assault of a 22-year-old woman at a nightclub in 2013 by an Italian court

Gary Megson insists he is not auditioning for West Brom hotseat against Tottenham

The last time Gary Megson managed in the Premier League, Sir Alex Ferguson was still at Manchester United and Portsmouth were a top-flight club. Megson is set to take charge of his first game in the top division since December 2009 on Saturday against Tottenham Hotspur, back in the technical area with West Bromwich Albion. He returned to the game this summer after answering an SOS from Tony Pulis but now finds himself as interim manager after Albion sacked the Welshman on Monday. Alan Pardew remains the favourite to take over permanently at the Hawthorns and Megson, 58, has admitted he finds the situation uncomfortable as he prepares for this weekend’s trip to Wembley. “This is absolutely not an audition for me and while everyone aspires to be in the Premier League, this is in the most unfortunate of circumstances,” he told Telegraph Sport. Alan Pardew remains the favourite to take over the role long-term Credit: Reuters “I’ve obviously been out of football for some time and this isn’t something I was expecting to happen earlier this year.  “I was on my way to Corsica on holiday with my wife when Tony called me and asked to come in as his assistant. I wasn’t sure about it as I’d never done the role before. “Now we’ve had a chain of events that require me to take charge of the team, for however long it is. I’ve taken nearly 700 games as a manager so hopefully West Brom think I know what I’m doing.” Megson's last managerial job was at Sheffield Wednesday Credit: Action Images Megson’s last job was at Sheffield Wednesday, with Milan Mandaric controversially wielding the axe in February 2012 after a 1-0 win over their Steel City rivals, with the club third in League One. He spent the next two years applying for managerial posts but struggled to even get an interview.  This weekend, however, he will face Mauricio Pochettino in front of over 65,000 people hoping to secure Albion’s first league win since August. “We’ve contrived to get three draws from three games we should have won and that’s why we’re in this position,” he said. “It makes the games against the super-powers even harder but we will go there and look to cause them problems. "There is no such thing as a caretaker manager - you're either the manager or you haven't got one. I'm contracted to West Brom and no matter what happens to me, we've all got a job to do."

Gary Megson insists he is not auditioning for West Brom hotseat against Tottenham

The last time Gary Megson managed in the Premier League, Sir Alex Ferguson was still at Manchester United and Portsmouth were a top-flight club. Megson is set to take charge of his first game in the top division since December 2009 on Saturday against Tottenham Hotspur, back in the technical area with West Bromwich Albion. He returned to the game this summer after answering an SOS from Tony Pulis but now finds himself as interim manager after Albion sacked the Welshman on Monday. Alan Pardew remains the favourite to take over permanently at the Hawthorns and Megson, 58, has admitted he finds the situation uncomfortable as he prepares for this weekend’s trip to Wembley. “This is absolutely not an audition for me and while everyone aspires to be in the Premier League, this is in the most unfortunate of circumstances,” he told Telegraph Sport. Alan Pardew remains the favourite to take over the role long-term Credit: Reuters “I’ve obviously been out of football for some time and this isn’t something I was expecting to happen earlier this year.  “I was on my way to Corsica on holiday with my wife when Tony called me and asked to come in as his assistant. I wasn’t sure about it as I’d never done the role before. “Now we’ve had a chain of events that require me to take charge of the team, for however long it is. I’ve taken nearly 700 games as a manager so hopefully West Brom think I know what I’m doing.” Megson's last managerial job was at Sheffield Wednesday Credit: Action Images Megson’s last job was at Sheffield Wednesday, with Milan Mandaric controversially wielding the axe in February 2012 after a 1-0 win over their Steel City rivals, with the club third in League One. He spent the next two years applying for managerial posts but struggled to even get an interview.  This weekend, however, he will face Mauricio Pochettino in front of over 65,000 people hoping to secure Albion’s first league win since August. “We’ve contrived to get three draws from three games we should have won and that’s why we’re in this position,” he said. “It makes the games against the super-powers even harder but we will go there and look to cause them problems. "There is no such thing as a caretaker manager - you're either the manager or you haven't got one. I'm contracted to West Brom and no matter what happens to me, we've all got a job to do."

Gary Megson insists he is not auditioning for West Brom hotseat against Tottenham

The last time Gary Megson managed in the Premier League, Sir Alex Ferguson was still at Manchester United and Portsmouth were a top-flight club. Megson is set to take charge of his first game in the top division since December 2009 on Saturday against Tottenham Hotspur, back in the technical area with West Bromwich Albion. He returned to the game this summer after answering an SOS from Tony Pulis but now finds himself as interim manager after Albion sacked the Welshman on Monday. Alan Pardew remains the favourite to take over permanently at the Hawthorns and Megson, 58, has admitted he finds the situation uncomfortable as he prepares for this weekend’s trip to Wembley. “This is absolutely not an audition for me and while everyone aspires to be in the Premier League, this is in the most unfortunate of circumstances,” he told Telegraph Sport. Alan Pardew remains the favourite to take over the role long-term Credit: Reuters “I’ve obviously been out of football for some time and this isn’t something I was expecting to happen earlier this year.  “I was on my way to Corsica on holiday with my wife when Tony called me and asked to come in as his assistant. I wasn’t sure about it as I’d never done the role before. “Now we’ve had a chain of events that require me to take charge of the team, for however long it is. I’ve taken nearly 700 games as a manager so hopefully West Brom think I know what I’m doing.” Megson's last managerial job was at Sheffield Wednesday Credit: Action Images Megson’s last job was at Sheffield Wednesday, with Milan Mandaric controversially wielding the axe in February 2012 after a 1-0 win over their Steel City rivals, with the club third in League One. He spent the next two years applying for managerial posts but struggled to even get an interview.  This weekend, however, he will face Mauricio Pochettino in front of over 65,000 people hoping to secure Albion’s first league win since August. “We’ve contrived to get three draws from three games we should have won and that’s why we’re in this position,” he said. “It makes the games against the super-powers even harder but we will go there and look to cause them problems. "There is no such thing as a caretaker manager - you're either the manager or you haven't got one. I'm contracted to West Brom and no matter what happens to me, we've all got a job to do."

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LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in

Arsenal, AC Milan, Everton, Villarreal, Lazio, Nice, Hoffenheim, Real Sociedad and Marseille are all in Europa League action - follow it all LIVE!

LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in

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Football Manager 2018: AC Milan, PSG & the best teams to manage in the game

Can you bring a minnow from the bottom of the football pyramid to the top? Goal takes a look at some of the best teams to manage in the simulation

Football Manager 2018: AC Milan, PSG & the best teams to manage in the game

Can you bring a minnow from the bottom of the football pyramid to the top? Goal takes a look at some of the best teams to manage in the simulation

Football Manager 2018: AC Milan, PSG & the best teams to manage in the game

Can you bring a minnow from the bottom of the football pyramid to the top? Goal takes a look at some of the best teams to manage in the simulation

Football Manager 2018: AC Milan, PSG & the best teams to manage in the game

Can you bring a minnow from the bottom of the football pyramid to the top? Goal takes a look at some of the best teams to manage in the simulation

Football Manager 2018: AC Milan, PSG & the best teams to manage in the game

Can you bring a minnow from the bottom of the football pyramid to the top? Goal takes a look at some of the best teams to manage in the simulation

Football Manager 2018: AC Milan, PSG & the best teams to manage in the game

Can you bring a minnow from the bottom of the football pyramid to the top? Goal takes a look at some of the best teams to manage in the simulation

Football Manager 2018: AC Milan, PSG & the best teams to manage in the game

Can you bring a minnow from the bottom of the football pyramid to the top? Goal takes a look at some of the best teams to manage in the simulation

Football Manager 2018: AC Milan, PSG & the best teams to manage in the game

Can you bring a minnow from the bottom of the football pyramid to the top? Goal takes a look at some of the best teams to manage in the simulation

Football Manager 2018: AC Milan, PSG & the best teams to manage in the game

Football Manager 2018: AC Milan, PSG & the best teams to manage in the game

Football Manager 2018: AC Milan, PSG & the best teams to manage in the game

Football Manager 2018: AC Milan, PSG & the best teams to manage in the game

Football Manager 2018: AC Milan, PSG & the best teams to manage in the game

Can you bring a minnow from the bottom of the football pyramid to the top? Goal takes a look at some of the best teams to manage in the simulation

Football Manager 2018: AC Milan, PSG & the best teams to manage in the game

Can you bring a minnow from the bottom of the football pyramid to the top? Goal takes a look at some of the best teams to manage in the simulation

Football Manager 2018: AC Milan, PSG & the best teams to manage in the game

Can you bring a minnow from the bottom of the football pyramid to the top? Goal takes a look at some of the best teams to manage in the simulation

World Cup draw is without 10 of top 32 in new FIFA rankings

Italian players react to their elimination at the end of the World Cup qualifying play-off second leg soccer match between Italy and Sweden, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Kaka still unsure about retirement as AC Milan offer role

Kaka still unsure about retirement as AC Milan offer role

Kaka still unsure about retirement as AC Milan offer role

The 35-year-old attacking midfielder is without a club since playing his last game for Orlando City, but has not ruled out continuing his career

Kaka still unsure about retirement as AC Milan offer role

Kaka still unsure about retirement as AC Milan offer role

Kaka still unsure about retirement as AC Milan offer role

The 35-year-old attacking midfielder is without a club since playing his last game for Orlando City, but has not ruled out continuing his career

VIDEO: Steven Gerrard's Cracking Response to Who Won the Champions League in 2006/07

​Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard unleashed a hilarious response when asked who won the Champions League final in season 2006/07. The former Liverpool skipper led his side to a famous and historic Champions League title in Istanbul in 2005, where the Reds made a thrilling comeback from three goals down to defeat AC Milan in a penalty shootout.  .@GaryLineker: "Who won the Champions League in 2006?" Steven Gerrard: "I can't remember, I was probably still drunk from 2005!" ...

VIDEO: Steven Gerrard's Cracking Response to Who Won the Champions League in 2006/07

​Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard unleashed a hilarious response when asked who won the Champions League final in season 2006/07. The former Liverpool skipper led his side to a famous and historic Champions League title in Istanbul in 2005, where the Reds made a thrilling comeback from three goals down to defeat AC Milan in a penalty shootout.  .@GaryLineker: "Who won the Champions League in 2006?" Steven Gerrard: "I can't remember, I was probably still drunk from 2005!" ...

VIDEO: Steven Gerrard's Cracking Response to Who Won the Champions League in 2006/07

​Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard unleashed a hilarious response when asked who won the Champions League final in season 2006/07. The former Liverpool skipper led his side to a famous and historic Champions League title in Istanbul in 2005, where the Reds made a thrilling comeback from three goals down to defeat AC Milan in a penalty shootout.  .@GaryLineker: "Who won the Champions League in 2006?" Steven Gerrard: "I can't remember, I was probably still drunk from 2005!" ...

Success in Europe will help Milan's league form, Montella claims

Vincenzo Montella says AC Milan will be able to mount a stronger challenge in Serie A once they secure Europa League qualification.

Success in Europe will help Milan's league form, Montella claims

Success in Europe will help Milan's league form, Montella claims

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