Liverpool and Chelsea receive 5,000 tickets for UEFA Super Cup final at 38,000-capacity Vodafone Park

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Liverpool and Chelsea have been allocated just over 5,000 tickets apiece for August’s UEFA Super Cup final in Istanbul.

On Monday UEFA issued a statement confirming 78 per cent of tickets at Besiktas’ 38,000-capacity Vodafone Park would be made available to fans of both clubs and the general public.

Less than 24 hours later Liverpool confirmed their allocation as 5,257 for the match in Turkey, although they noted confirmed ticket numbers may change slightly.

Both clubs had ticketing issues for their respective recent finals, with Liverpool given just 16,600 of the 64,000 tickets available for their Champions League victory over Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid earlier this month.

Chelsea were given 5,800 tickets for the other all-Premier League clash against Arsenal in the Europa League final in Baku, although travel issues meant demand was nowhere near as great.

Super Cup tickets, now on sale on, range in price from £45 to £135.

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Arsenal select club legend as new assistant first-team coach

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Freddie Ljungberg is to become Arsenal’s new assistant first-team coach, switching roles with Steve Bould who will take charge of the club’s under-23 team.

Former midfielder Ljungberg steps up from his position with the under-23s to work with head coach Unai Emery.

Arsenal said the changes, which come into effect from July 1, are designed to help “create a ‘transition team’ which will collectively manage a player’s development through some of the hardest and most challenging periods of their professional lives”.

Former Sweden international Ljungberg, 42, was part of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ side under Arsene Wenger and had also been in charge of the club’s under-16s squad since starting his coaching career.

“I’m really excited by this opportunity to continue helping develop and work with some of the great young players we have coming through in the first-team environment and to work alongside Unai and his coaching team to help Arsenal win trophies,” Ljungberg said on the Arsenal website.

“I’m looking forward to working in this new structure and to pass on my experience and knowledge about what is needed to succeed at this level.”

Bould, meanwhile, is to take up a new role back in the Academy, which he ran for 11 years before becoming Wenger’s assistant manager in 2012 and he stayed on to work alongside Emery last season.

The former Arsenal defender, 56, will also help oversee the under-23s and under-18 ‘phase programme’ with current Arsenal Academy manager Per Mertesacker.

“I have always had a deep commitment to developing young players and am delighted to be back working in an area which is so important to the future of our club,” Bould said. “We have great young players and my job will be to help them maximise their potential.”

Arsenal also confirmed first-team goalkeeping coach Sal Bibbo would take on additional responsibilities to help lead the transition of the club’s young goalkeepers on into senior football. Loan manager Ben Knapper, meanwhile, will continue in his position to help player development by “identifying and recommending third-party clubs”.

Head of football Raul Sanllehi said: “Identifying, recruiting and developing young players is a key part of our strategy. We have some great talent coming through our younger age groups and, like all top clubs, the challenge is to help them make the most of their abilities.

“The hardest part is always the transition from academy football to senior football. We already have good programmes in place, but these staff changes will ensure our plans are even more robust and clear for every single player.

“I’m confident it will make a significant difference to our ability to bring players through to the first team.”

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Frank Lampard favourite to replace Maurizio Sarri at Chelsa

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Frank Lampard is the overwhelming favourite to take over as Chelsea manager after Maurizio Sarri’s much-anticipated move to Juventus was confirmed on Sunday.

The Blues’ record goalscorer, tipped for a return to Stamford Bridge with increasing force amid Sarri speculation in recent days, was rated at 25/1 on for the job overnight.

With former Chelsea bosses Rafael Benitez and Jose Mourinho, at around 9/1 and 16/1 respectively, being the next options, the 40-year-old appeared to be the only name in the frame.

Lampard, who scored 211 goals for the Londoners in a glittering spell from 2001 to 2014 that included three Premier League titles and a Champions League win, is currently manager at Championship Derby.

After just one year in the post, his experience is limited but he impressed by guiding the Rams to the play-off final and close to promotion last season.

It would be a bold appointment by the club and a big step for Lampard but it would be a hugely popular move with supporters.

Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin told Sky Sports News: “We know Frank is very intelligent and knows the game. He’s done OK so far at Derby but it’s much, much different at Chelsea because the expectations are much higher.

“I’d be stunned if he turned it down if it was offered. Big jobs don’t come around that often.

“Then again, actually it’s Chelsea – so it’ll probably come around very quickly!”

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Sarri’s successor will be the 14th different manager employed at Chelsea since owner Roman Abramovich took over in 2003.

The 60-year-old Italian was in the position for just one year after succeeding countryman Antonio Conte last summer. He guided the team to Europa League success, third place in the Premier League and the Carabao Cup final.

But the former investment banker failed to win over all Chelsea fans, with frustration at his regimented tactics and an apparent reluctance to play homegrown talents Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Form was also inconsistent at times and, with Sarri hankering after a return to Italy, the club decided not to stand in his way when Juventus expressed interest. A compensation package understood to be in excess of £5million was agreed with the Serie A champions.

Nevin, however, felt it was a shame Sarri’s spell had ended.

He said: “It’s no surprise he’s gone but I’m very disappointed he’s gone. I could see what he was trying to do. I liked the way he was trying to build. It takes a while.”

In a statement confirming his departure, Chelsea added a message to congratulate Sarri “on securing the role as big as any in Serie A and to wish him the best of luck for the future”.

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