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Football managers: What are their job interviews really like?

"We see that you've had nine jobs in the past five years. Can you tell us why you left your last position?"

"Well, the fans were chanting for me to go, we were staring at relegation, we hadn't won in nine games and the players had stopped listening to me..."

Ever wondered what actually goes on in a football manager's interview? How different, or not, they are to those carried out in the 'real' world?

Do managers like Sam Allardyce, Mark Hughes and David Moyes have to provide references and a CV? Do they even have to apply?

Tax fraud: Mourinho accepts jail term

Former Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has accepted a year’s prison sentence for defrauding the Spanish state of 3.3 million euros (2.8 million pounds).

A Spanish court filing revealed this on Tuesday, although the Portuguese will not serve any jail time.

The filing said the tax ministry and Mourinho’s defence team had agreed to exchange the 12-month prison sentence with a daily fine of 250 euros for 24 months, equivalent to 182,500 euros, as under Spanish law jail terms under two years can be served under probation.

Mourinho Lands Job as TV Pundit

Jose Mourinho has secured his first job since being sacked as Manchester United coach after joining BeIN Sports as a pundit, the broadcaster announced on Thursday.

‘The Special One’ will be an analyst for Chelsea’s Premier League trip to Arsenal on January 19 as well as Qatar and Saudi Arabia’s Asian Cup group-stage tie on January 17 on the Qatari channel’s broadcasts in the Middle East and North Africa.

Pet Projects: FIFA’s Infantino Ignites New Opposition

FIFA President Gianni Infantino is set to ignite new opposition Friday in Kigali, Rwanda over his ambition to introduce two money-spinning pet projects.

The projects are a revamped global club cup and a bold new international championship.

Infantino’s Saudi-backed plans, which have already been harshly criticised, are on the agenda of Friday’s meeting of FIFA’s ruling council.

It is unclear whether the council’s 37 members will vote on the projects, giving world football’s governing body authorisation to implement them.

Most Valuable Club in Europe

Manchester United has again been named most valuable European football club, being worth about €3.25bn (£2.9bn) says business services group KPMG.

The English club tops KPMG's study of top sides' "enterprise value", ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona, BBC reports.

The study, based on the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, studied profitability, broadcasting rights, popularity, sporting potential and stadium value.

Champions League finalists Liverpool are in eighth place in the rankings.

More Medals for Team Nigeria

Amusan Wins Gold for Nigeria
Nigeria’s Oluwatobiloba Amusan has made history as the first Nigerian to win 100m hurdles at commonwealth games.

20-year-old Amusan representing Nigeria at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia on Thursday, advanced to the final with 12.73seconds while her compatriot, Grace Ayemoba clinched fifth position.

Amusan, who competed in lane two of Heat one, was the only athlete to clock a sub 12 in the heat.

Commonwealth Games: Ezuruike, 3 Others Win Gold in Powerlifting

Photo/NAN: Roland Ezuruike (middle) and three others win gold medals for Nigeria in Australia.



Ibrahim Abdulazeez, Roland Ezuruike, Esther Onyema and Ndidi Nwosu made it a clean sweep of gold medals for Team Nigeria in the Para-Powerlifting event on Tuesday at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Abdulazeez emerged tops in the men’s heavyweight category with a lift of 191.9kg to finish ahead of a field of 10 contestants.

1.7m World Cup Tickets Sold –FIFA

FIFA says almost 1.7 million tickets have been sold for the World Cup in Russia after some 400,000 were snapped up in the latest sales stage which ended on Tuesday.

The ruling body FIFA said that 394,433 tickets were sold during a first-come, first-served window since March 13.

Russians dominated by buying 216,134 of them, followed by fans from the not qualified U.S. (16,462), Argentina (15,006), Colombia (14,755) and Mexico (14,372).

Heartland FC Strikes Deal with Dana Air

Heartland FC of Owerri has bagged a multi-million naira sponsorship with Nigerian carrier, Dana Air, which is also the operator of Imo Air.

The season-long sponsorship deal which is part of the airlines’ support to the newly-promoted Imo-based team’s 2018 league campaign, will see the airline get shirt sleeve branding and lots of other branding opportunities with the club.

The airline confirmed the development in a statement on Monday in Lagos by its Communications Manager, Mr Kingsley Ezenwa.

Egypt's Salah named African Footballer of the Year

Egypt forward Mohamed Salah was named African Footballer of the Year for 2017 on Thursday, finishing ahead of his Liverpool team mate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Salah, 25, polled 625 points from a voting panel made up of national team coaches and captains, plus a selection of officials and journalists, to win the award.

Mane finished second on 507 with Aubameyang third on 311.

Salah helped Egypt reach the African Nations Cup final and qualify for this year’s World Cup.

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