Sam Allardyce biggest casualty as number of sacked managers in England soars

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Sam Allardyce has been an unpopular figure among Everton fans.

Fifty-four managers were dismissed in the English professional game in the 2017/18 season, the second-highest total ever.

Data published on Monday by the League Managers Association also showed that the managers relieved of their duties last term had an average tenure of 1.18 years – a slight improvement on 2016/17 (1.16 years) but still the second-lowest average in the six seasons for which data was published.

The 15 managers sacked in the Premier League was the highest total on record going back to 2005/06, beating the mark of 12 from 2013/14 and 2015/16.

That included two apiece at West Brom and Swansea as both clubs suffered relegation while of the 20 clubs in the 2017/18 Premier League, only half will begin the new season under the same manager.

Thirteen managers lost their jobs at Championship level, 16 in League One and 10 in League Two.

The LMA said the average tenure of all current managers was 1.53 years and listed Paul Tisdale as the longest-serving manager in the professional game at 11.94 years, following Arsene Wenger’s resignation from Arsenal.

The study, though, ran only up to May 31 – Tisdale quit his post as Exeter boss the following day to leave Jim Bentley, who had reached just over seven years at Morecambe by the end of May, as the longest serving.

The average tenure of Premier League managers come the end of the season was slightly higher at 1.70 years, with the Championship and League One languishing at 1.10 and 1.22 respectively.

The League Two average – boosted by Tisdale, Bentley and the now second-placed Gareth Ainsworth at Wycombe – was highest at 2.12 years.

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England captain Harry Kane 'excited' after signing new contract at Tottenham

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Harry Kane has signed a six-year contract extension at Tottenham.

England captain Harry Kane is excited to be part of Tottenham‘s future after signing a new six-year contract.

The 24-year-old striker’s agreement commits him to Spurs until 2024 and follows manager Mauricio Pochettino extending his own deal until 2023.

Kane’s decision to stay put comes as a welcome boost for Spurs, who made the announcement with footage of their new stadium.

Tottenham are due to return to White Hart Lane next season, after a season as tenants at Wembley.

“I’m really excited, it’s a proud day,” Kane said on tottenhamhotspur.com.

“Obviously it’s been a great few seasons and I’m looking forward to the future.

“I’m looking forward to the new stadium first and foremost and just to keep progressing as a club.

“It’s been fantastic to consistently get in the Champions League so I’m really excited to have another go at that and with the Premier League and FA Cup, we’ll look to go as far as we can.

“For us as a club, it’s just about keeping improving and we’ll work hard to do that.”

Kane scored 30 goals in the recently completed Premier League season, when Spurs finished third, and finished with a total of 41 goals in all competitions. He has passed 20 goals in each of the last four seasons.

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Harry Kane signs new six-year Tottenham deal until 2024

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Staying at Spurs: Harry Kane

England captain Harry Kane has committed his future to Tottenham by signing a new six-year contract.

The 24-year-old striker’s agreement sees him extend his stay with Spurs until 2024 and follows manager Mauricio Pochettino extending his own deal until 2023.

Kane’s commitment comes as a welcome boost for Spurs, who made the announcement with footage of their new stadium.

Tottenham are due to return to a redeveloped White Hart Lane next season, after a season as tenants at Wembley.

Tottenham said on Twitter: “We are delighted to announce that @HKane has signed a new six-year contract with the Club, which runs until 2024.”

Kane scored 30 goals in the recently completed Premier League season, when Spurs finished third, and finished with a total of 41 goals in all competitions.

He has passed 20 goals in each of the last four seasons.

Kane has previously been linked with moves to Manchester United and Real Madrid, but the latest agreement shows he sees his immediate future at Spurs.

Pochettino has also been linked with Real, with his five-year deal signed a week before Zinedine Zidane announced his departure from the Bernabeu.

Born in Walthamstow, north London, Kane is a product of Spurs’ academy.

He made his debut in an August 2011 Europa League tie with Hearts and has had loan spells at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester.

He is now Tottenham’s leading scorer in the Premier League era, surpassing Teddy Sheringham’s club record of 97.

He netted 56 goals for Spurs and England in the 2017 calendar year.

That saw Kane break Alan Shearer’s calendar year record for Premier League goals, with 39, including back-to-back hat-tricks against Burnley and Southampton at the end of the year.

He has scored a total of 108 goals in 153 Premier League appearances. Kane was last month named England captain for the Russia 2018 World Cup.

He made his England debut in March 2015 against Lithuania and has scored 13 goals in 24 England appearances. All five of Kane’s appearances as captain have come under Gareth Southgate.

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