Moyes resigns as Sunderland boss

Sunderland manager David Moyes has resigned following the club’s relegation from the Premier League. The end of the Black Cats’ 10-year stay in the top flight was confirmed when they lost to Bournemouth last month. Moyes, 54, informed chairman Ellis Short of his decision to step down at a meeting in London on Monday. “I wish the players and my successor well in their efforts towards promotion back to the Premier League,” said Moyes. Former Everton and Manchester United boss Moyes took charge in July last year, after Sam Allardyce…

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Arsenal’s not for sale, Kroenke tells Usmanov

Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke says his shares “are not, and have never been, for sale”. The American’s company released a statement on Monday following the recent £1billion bid by Alisher Usmanov to take full control of the Gunners. Kroenke Sports and Entertainment added it was “a committed, long-term investor in Arsenal and will remain so”. The statement comes a day after Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years. Kroenke has a 67% stake in Arsenal. Usmanov owns 30% but is not…

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Zidane’s clever squad rotation key to Real’s title

Real Madrid broke Barcelona’s recent stranglehold on the La Liga title due to their effervescent squad and superior strength in depth compared with their arch-rivals, who delivered in the biggest games but came unstuck against weaker opposition. Luis Enrique’s side earned 14 points from 18 in their six games against the other sides in Spain’s top four, doing the double over Sevilla, winning at Atletico Madrid and beating Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. Barca fared better against the top sides than the champions, who clinched a 33rd title, their first…

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Five games that won Real Madrid La Liga

    Real Madrid’s five-year wait to win La Liga came to an end on Sunday as they edged out rivals Barcelona by beating Malaga 2-0. Here, is a look at five key fixtures that tilted the title race in the European champions’ favour. ATLETICO MADRID 0 REAL MADRID 3, NOVEMBER 19 Zinedine Zidane’s men travelled across the Spanish capital top of the table, but still much-criticised for their performances early in the season and missing a host of key players through injury. Instead of wilting under the intense atmosphere…

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Mourinho snubs media after United stroll

Jose Mourinho refused to talk to the media, including his club’s own in-house television station, after Manchester United ended the Premier League campaign with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. United manager Mourinho had become increasingly angered with sections of the media in recent weeks at coverage of his team’s campaign. With Wednesday’s Europa League Final to come, against Ajax in Stockholm, Mourinho could still end his first season at Old Trafford with two major pieces of silverware after collecting the League Cup. But United’s struggles in the league, and…

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Real win first La Liga title in five years

  Real Madrid won their first La Liga title since 2012 thanks to a final-day victory at Malaga. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a second-minute opener to settle any nerves, with Karim Benzema adding a second after the break. Deposed champions, Barcelona,who would have kept their crown had Madrid not won, came from behind to beat Eibar 4-2 to finish three points behind Real, reports the BBC. LA LIGA RESULTS Atl Madrid 3 – 1 Ath Bilbao Barcelona 4 – 2 Eibar Malaga 0 – 2 Real Madrid Celta Vigo 2 –…

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Juve secure record sixth consecutive Serie A title

Treble-chasing Juventus clinched a record sixth consecutive Serie A title thanks to victory over lowly Crotone. Mario Mandzukic, on his 31st birthday, turned home Juan Cuadrado’s cross from close range to give the perennial champions an early lead. Paulo Dybala curled home a brilliant free-kick and Alex Sandro headed in a third via the crossbar as Juventus won with relative ease. They could have won the title last week but lost 3-1 to second-placed Roma, reports the BBC. Massimiliano Allegri’s side, who beat Lazio 2-0 in the Italian Cup final…

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