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Man City: Fabian Delph ‘amazed’ by ‘unbelievable’ Pep Guardiola

Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph says he has learned more from new boss Pep Guardiola in three weeks than he had done in his entire career before.

Delph, 26, has made 129 Premier League appearance in a career about to enter its second decade.

Delph has had Martin O’Neill, Paul Lambert and Manuel Pellegrini as bosses – but says Guardiola is different.

“The first three weeks have been amazing. I’ve learned more than I have throughout my whole career,” he said.

“It is a big statement but it is the truth.”

Guardiola has earned his reputation for being one of the finest coaches in the modern era through his work at Barcelona – where he won two Champions Leagues and three league titles – and Bayern Munich, who were champions in each of his three years in charge before he left Germany to join City this summer.

“It is the way he simplifies things. His way of playing. The way he sees things. You will see what he is trying to do in the forthcoming games,” explained Delph.

After an injury-hit and stalled start to life at Manchester City, Fabian Delph is looking for a more solid 2016-17 campaign.

Steep learning curve

Guardiola has had Delph training in defence as he starts to understand the capabilities of his squad.

Delph is not anticipating it will lead to a Javier Mascherano-style switch to centre-back as Guardiola implemented at Barcelona.

Nevertheless, a need to understand different roles is part of the new City manager’s philosophy.

“The manager has a lot of different systems and it is all about learning different positions,” said Delph.

“I am on a big learning curve. If that can keep going I would be very happy. I don’t think I will be a centre-back but you will be pleasantly surprised.”

Delph – who missed Euro 2016 with injury – is hoping to feature in new England boss Sam Allardyce’s plans

‘The future is bright for England’

Delph was named in England’s provisional Euro 2016 squad but was not considered for selection in Roy Hodgson’s final 23-man party as he was suffering from a groin injury.

The tournament proved to be the end of Hodgson’s time in charge after England were embarrassed by Iceland at the last-16 stage.

Sam Allardyce was confirmed as Hodgson’s successor on Friday and Delph, who won all his nine caps under Hodgson, does not feel the situation the new boss inherits is as bad as many think.

“The future looks bright, regardless of what you guys in the media say,” he said.

“I am slightly disappointed for Roy Hodgson because he brought me into the squad but we have a young group of players with a very experienced and good manager.

“The players wear their hearts on their sleeve. They are dedicated to their craft. If we pull together we will be fine.”

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Jul 232016
 
Moyes left Real Sociedad with the club 16th in La Liga

David Moyes has been appointed Sunderland manager on a four-year deal.

The former Everton and Manchester United boss, 53, takes charge at the Stadium of Light after Sam Allardyce left to become England manager.

“I have taken over a big British club, with a great support, and I’m looking forward to working in the Premier League again,” said Moyes.

The Scot has been out of work since being sacked by Spanish club Real Sociedad in November.

Allardyce was confirmed as Roy Hodgson’s successor with the national team on Friday.

Moyes was ‘number one target’ – chairman

Sunderland chairman Ellis Short said Moyes was “by far and away first choice” to take control of the Black Cats and that he had tried to recruit him several times before.

“He is a man whose football pedigree speaks for itself and is someone I have long admired,” said Short.

“I have spoken with him on many occasions and I have always been hugely impressed.

“He was my number one managerial target for the last five appointments, but his desire to honour existing contracts meant we were not able to bring him to Sunderland previously. To be able to finally welcome him as our manager is fantastic news for the club.”

Managerial awards – but tough times at Old Trafford

Moyes, who started his managerial career at Preston North End, was voted LMA Manager of the Year three times during an 11-year spell at Everton.

He succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United boss on his fellow Scot’s recommendation when he retired after a trophy-laden 26 years in charge at Old Trafford.

But despite signing a six-year deal with the then Premier League champions, he was sacked 10 months later and went on to manage Real Sociedad in Spain.

Moyes was tipped to take over at Aston Villa earlier in the summer but ruled himself out of the running and the job went to Roberto Di Matteo.

“I look forward to continuing the good work done by Sam,” said Moyes of the Sunderland role.

He will be the club’s fourth manager in less than three years, following Gus Poyet, Dick Advocaat and Allardyce.

Former Bolton, Newcastle and West Ham manager Allardyce joined Sunderland in October 2015, with the club second bottom in the Premier League and winless in their opening eight games.

But they recovered to finish 17th, one place above their relegated north-east rivals Newcastle United.

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Moyes – from ‘Chosen One’ to sacked

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Jul 232016
 
Moyes left Real Sociedad with the club 16th in La Liga

David Moyes has been appointed Sunderland manager on a four-year deal.

The former Everton and Manchester United boss, 53, takes charge at the Stadium of Light after Sam Allardyce left to become England manager.

“I have taken over a big British club, with a great support, and I’m looking forward to working in the Premier League again,” said Moyes.

The Scot has been out of work since being sacked by Spanish club Real Sociedad in November.

Allardyce was confirmed as Roy Hodgson’s successor with the national team on Friday.

Moyes must ‘hit ground running’ – Sunderland fan Steve Cram

Moyes was ‘number one target’ – chairman

Sunderland chairman Ellis Short said Moyes was “by far and away first choice” to take control of the Black Cats and that he had tried to recruit him several times before.

“He is a man whose football pedigree speaks for itself and is someone I have long admired,” said Short.

“I have spoken with him on many occasions and I have always been hugely impressed.

“He was my number one managerial target for the last five appointments, but his desire to honour existing contracts meant we were not able to bring him to Sunderland previously. To be able to finally welcome him as our manager is fantastic news for the club.”

Managerial awards – but tough times at Old Trafford

Moyes, who started his managerial career at Preston North End, was voted LMA Manager of the Year three times during an 11-year spell at Everton.

He succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United boss on his fellow Scot’s recommendation when he retired after a trophy-laden 26 years in charge at Old Trafford.

But despite signing a six-year deal with the then Premier League champions, he was sacked 10 months later and went on to manage Real Sociedad in Spain.

Moyes was tipped to take over at Aston Villa earlier in the summer but ruled himself out of the running and the job went to Roberto Di Matteo.

“I look forward to continuing the good work done by Sam,” said Moyes of the Sunderland role.

He will be the club’s fourth manager in less than three years, following Gus Poyet, Dick Advocaat and Allardyce.

Former Bolton, Newcastle and West Ham manager Allardyce joined Sunderland in October 2015, with the club second bottom in the Premier League and winless in their opening eight games.

But they recovered to finish 17th, one place above their relegated north-east rivals Newcastle United.

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Moyes – from ‘Chosen One’ to sacked

Analysis – BBC Sport’s Simon Stone

“David Moyes will benefit from the structure and order Sam Allardyce brought to Sunderland and will look to get a full understanding of the club and its players.

“Cautious by nature, Moyes is an evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, coach. He knows Allardyce well enough to be aware of the problems England’s new manager was having trying to buy players.

“It is also worth remembering that after an excellent first full season at Everton, the second had them flirting with relegation.

“History suggests if Sunderland owner Ellis Short is patient with Moyes, he will be rewarded. Yet patience is a commodity in short supply virtually everywhere in football these days.”

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Kolo Toure is in Glasgow for a medical ahead of his move to Celtic

Celtic should complete the signing of former Liverpool defender Kolo Toure on Saturday.

The 35-year-old worked under Brendan Rodgers at Anfield and comes in to provide much needed defensive cover.

If he passes a medical, he will be available for Wednesday’s Champions League qualifier against FC Astana.

Toure, who played 26 times for Liverpool last season, would become Celtic’s second summer signing after the arrival of Moussa Dembele.

The deadline for signings ahead of Wednesday’s third round Champions League qualifier was 21 July, but clubs are allowed one “wildcard” signing up to 24 hours before kick-off.

Toure, who has been capped 118 times by the Ivory Coast, arrived in British football at Arsenal in 2002, becoming part of the club’s famous “Invincibles” side who remained unbeaten en route to winning the 2004 Premier League title.

He joined Manchester City for £14m in 2009, winning another Premier League title in 2012, before Rodgers took him to Liverpool in 2013.

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