Sam Allardyce sacked by Everton after six months as manager

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Everton have sacked Sam Allardyce less than six months after appointing him to get them out of trouble, the club have announced.

While the 63-year-old achieved his initial target of steering the club away from the threat of a relegation fight quite early in his reign, the rest of the season has not gone so well.

He was an unpopular choice with supporters at the time and a growing section of the fanbase became increasingly opposed to him continuing in the role, leading to a toxic atmosphere at Goodison Park in the latter stages of the campaign.

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Eden Hazard challenges Chelsea to strengthen squad over summer

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Eden Hazard has challenged Chelsea to match his ambitions with new signings to bolster the squad.

The 27-year-old Belgium playmaker is under contract until 2020 and is reportedly mulling over an extension.

Chelsea pulled off a coup in signing Hazard in the summer of 2012, but the club’s transfer business has been more circumspect since.

Asked what would persuade him to sign, Hazard said: “I’m waiting for new players next season. I want good players because I want to win next season the Premier League.”

Hazard acknowledges this is likely his last lucrative, long-term deal. But he made it clear he was in no rush to leave amid persistent rumours linking him with Real Madrid.

He added: “That’s why I’m taking my time. It’s something big. I need to think about a lot of things.

“One thing I’m sure is that I’m happy here.”

Any supporters seeking reassurance that Saturday’s FA Cup final with Manchester United would not be Hazard’s last match for Chelsea could take some encouragement from his words on Tuesday.

“I think it’s not my last game. It’s the last game of the season, that’s it,” he added.

“For me in my mind I’m here. I have one week to play now. Saturday is a massive game. I just want to win.”

Hazard, who will go to the World Cup with Belgium this summer, said he was not sure when his future would be resolved.

He also insisted the uncertainty surrounding Antonio Conte’s position as head coach has had no impact on the squad.

Conte’s future has been the subject of speculation all season, with many expecting the Italian to leave this summer.

Hazard added: “We don’t think about that. We’re just focused on the game. We have one game to play and then we’ll see what happens at the end of the season.”

Hazard announced his arrival at Chelsea after their memorable Champions League win six years ago.

And if Chelsea can lift the FA Cup on Saturday then the European Cup will be the one major honour to elude him during his time at Stamford Bridge.

“I need two more trophies, Champions League and FA Cup. That’s it,” Hazard said.

Chelsea won the Premier League in Conte’s first season as head coach for Hazard’s second championship winners’ medal in England.

But the Blues finished fifth this term and have failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

“We’re Chelsea. We need trophies at the end of the season,” Hazard added. “At the moment we have nothing. We have not qualified for the Champions League. So the season has been bad.

“If we can’t be in the Champions League we need the trophy.

“It’s up to us to save the season with the FA Cup. I’ve never won the FA Cup. I hope this year is for me and for Chelsea. We will give everything.”

Chelsea and Hazard face a familiar foe in Jose Mourinho, who had two spells as Blues boss.

Hazard added: “We know how he will play. We all know that. That’s why we need to be ready.”

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Man City boss Pep Guardiola named Premier League Manager of the Year

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been voted the Premier League Manager of the Year by the League Manager’s Association.

Spaniard Guardiola saw his side set a new Premier League points record of 100, scoring 106 goals along the way.

Guardiola collected his accolade at the LMA Awards dinner in London on Tuesday night, having 24 hours earlier enjoyed celebrating City’s triumph with an open-top bus parade around Manchester.

Elsewhere, Cardiff boss Neil Warnock received an LMA Special Achievement Award to mark a record eighth career promotion after taking the Welsh club up in second place in the Sky Bet Championship.

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo picked up the LMA Championship award, having seen his side secure the title.

The LMA League One Manager Of The Year award went to Shrewsbury’s Paul Hurst, whose team finished third behind Blackburn and champions Wigan. The Shrews saw off Charlton to book their place in the play-off final at Wembley, where they will face either Scunthorpe or Rotherham.

John Coleman collected the League Two award after Accrington Stanley claimed the title with 93 points.

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes won the FA Women’s Super League award after leading her side to a league and cup double.

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