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Alex Ferguson, Bill Nicholson, Arsene Wenger and football’s longest serving managers

The Frenchman has brought huge success to north London since arriving from Nagoya Grampus Eight in 1996.Glaswegian Ramsay and former Villa captain, won the League and FA Cup six times between 1884 and 1926.After nine years in the job, Middleton delivered the Football League title in 1912 and won again in 1914 before leaving in 1922. Maybe Rovers should give a little more time? Or maybe not.Foweraker was a three-time FA Cup winner for Bolton, overseing the win in the famous 1923 white horse FA Cup final, the first to be played at Wembley, which came four years after he’d taken control at Burnden Park. He was victorious again in 1926 then once more in 1929, while he also signed a young Nat Lofthouse before his tenure came to an end in 1944.Even with the spectre of a world war during his tenure, Calderhead was still able to guide his team to their first FA Cup final in 1915, though the Blues lost to . Despite the lack of silverware, he did manage to bring Scotland’s Wembley Wizards Hughie Gallacher and Alex Jackson to Stamford Bridge and retired in 1933.Cuff’s impressive record included the 1906 FA Cup final win over as well the runners-up spot the following year, while he guided his players to the Division One championship in 1915.Having managed Arsenal when they were based in Woolwich, south London, in the early part of the last century, Scot Kelso then joined Fulham in 1909 after a short spell back in his home country. He was on the brink of a place in the FA Cup final, but the were hammered 6-0 by Newcastle in the semi final.Just 37 at the time he took over Liverpool in 1896, the Newcastle-born manager was in charge for 741 games and led the club to the first of their 18 league championships in 1901, followed by another in 1906. Watson, who had previously won two titles at , took Liverpool to their first ever FA Cup final in 1914, but he passed away the following year while still in the job.McDowall took City up to the top flight after on year in the job, but his finest hour was winning the 1956 FA Cup final, in which goalkeeper Bert Trautmann broke his neck but bravely played on (unaware of the seriousness of his injury).Fergie’s not done too badly, has he?Watt was something of an unofficial manager at Newcastle, being part of the committee that ran the club and picked the team, but widely acknowledged as the man to answer to. During his decades in charge, Watt oversaw four championships and two FA Cup wins for the Magpies.Bond had a long playing career with West Ham, but madcontent_imge his name as manager of Norwich in the 1970s, establishing the in the top flight and leading them to the League Cup final. Ken Brown went one better in the 1980s, going from Bonds assistant to a League Cup winner with the Canaries in 1985, as well as a fifth place finish in Division One.Between 1959 and 1968, Stock guided his Third Division (League One) side to League Cup glory in 1967, beating First Division opposition 3-2 as well as guiding the club to successive promotions. Stock’s distinctive manner of speaking also provided the inspiration for comedian Paul Whithouse’s Fast Show football pundit character, ‘Ron Manager’. Hmmm.The boast two equally long-serving managers. McGrory was a Scottish footballer who represented Stoke City on 479 occasions between 1921 and 1935, then went on to manage the team between 1935 and 1952, bringing throutheir Champions League ban overturned is in limbo.Sky Sports says City’s appeal against their two-year UEFA ban from European football is up in the air as the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland deals with the impact of the coronavirus.Citygh a youngster named Stanley Mct in June, the midfielder has claimed Chelsea are yet to table a new offer.But the Telegraph says the London side are adamant that a new contract has been tabled for the former Barcelona target.Willian’s preference for a two-year deal could prove a atthews. Waddington was Stoke boss between 1960 and 1977 and was responsible for bringing Matthews back to the Victoria Ground in 1961, as well as the League Cup in 1972.Kyle, like many of the ‘managers’ in his era, was as much an administrator as a football man, but during his long spell in charge at Roker Park (between 1905 and 1928), Sunderland won the title in 1913.Morris was originally manager of Swansea’s rivals Cardiff, but was sacked after their relegation from Division One in 1958. His time at the Vetch also ended with the sack, when Swansea were relegated to the Third Division in 1965.The legendary ‘Bill Nick’ built one of the greatest club sides in English football history, leading to the first double of the 20th century in 1961, at a time when people thought it an almost impossible feat to achieve.Again, more of an administrator than a modern day manager, Everiss nonetheless is the longest serving manager in English football history and he was involved with the Albion in one capacity or another for an stonishing 66 years.Spencer was Wigan’s first manager, appointed in 1932 when the club were founded and played initially in the Cheshire County League. McNeill’s tenure in the late ’70s and ’80s coincided with the club’s election to the Football League in 1978.Under Addenbrooke, Wolves won two FA Cups in 1893 and 1908, reaching three more finals, the last of which came in 1921. He died just a year later, after taking leave from his post due to ill health.

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Chelsea confirm Drogba to leave this summer

Chelsea have confirmed will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of June.The Ivorian hit the winning penalty in the shootout victory over Bayern Munich on Saturday which clinched Chelsea the Champions League trophy for the first time in their history.He has helped the club win a host of other major honours since his arrival at Stamford Bridge in 2004 from Marseille in a £24million deal, with the striker also lifting three league titles, four FA Cups and two league cups during his time in west London.But the 34-year-old, who has hit 157 goals in 341 games for the Blues, will now move on to pastures new after failing to come to an agreement over a new contract.Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay said: “Didier is undoubtedly a Chelsea legend and will always be part of the Chelsea family. He is certainly leaving on a high after Saturday night but he feels ther Pervis Estupinan has signed with Osasuna on loan for two years, the Spanish club has confirmed.The left back spent last season on loan with RCD Mallorca and helped them earn promotion from the Segunda Devision to La Liga.The deal agreed between the time is right for a new challenge.”Of course Didier has contributed so much to all of Chelsea’s recent successes. He has been a consummate professional during his entire time here and as one of the natural leaders in our squad he has been an inspiration to a lot of our younger players.”We have known for some time that this outcome was likely but Didier and the club only made a final decision on that in the last couple of days, because for obvious reasons neither Didier nor the club wanted to distract focus away from the Champions League final.”The talks were amicable all the way through and we wish him all the best for the future. He is welcome back to Stamford Bridge at any time – either as a player or as a guest of ours.”Drogba has twice been named Chelsea’s Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year and won the Premier League Golden Boot twice.He said: “I wanted to put an end to all the speculation and confirm that I am leaving Chelsea. It has been a very difficult decision for me to make and I am very proud of what we have acontent_imgchieved but the time is right for a new challenge for me.“As a team we have accomplished so much and have won every single trophy possible. Saturday was a very special moment for everyone at the club and for all the fans, and I am very proud to have played my part in bringing many trophies to this club, which has been my home for the last eight years.“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at the club especially Roman [Abramovich] and my team-mates, many of whom have become very close friends and will be my friends for life. I would also like to say a very special thank you to the Chelsea fans who have shown me so much love and support over the years.“I wish the club all the best and continued sucafford.Injury has kept Pogba out for the most part, but the Frenchman is increasingly becoming a forgotten figure at Old Trafford, and Ince believes it might finally be time for him to leave.”The fact is, though, when Pogba plays and he plays well thcess for the future – you will always be in my heart.”

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Champions League semi-final draw: Barcelona up against Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund face Real Madrid

La Liga giants Barcelona will play Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the Championrice for Dejan Lovren.Liverpool want £25m for Dejan Lovren this summer – with AC Milan linked with a swoop for the Croatian star.The Reds star warmed the bench regularly last term with Joe Gomez and Joel Matip both impressing alongside Virgil van Dis League semi-finals, setting up the prospect of an all Spanish final in London.In the other tie Real Madto Manchester City.Oyarzabal was interesting City as a replacement for Leroy Sane, though talks were quickly eased after the German’s move to Bayern Munich fell through following his ACL injury.“A lot has been said and I have never said anything,” rid will play Borussia Dortmund, who overcame Malaga in dramatic fashion in the quarter-finals.Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is relishing a test against a side he holds in such high regard.”Barcelona are the benchmark for me in Europe. They have won the Champions League more than any other team in the recent years,” Rummenigge told UEFA.com.”They are the best team in Europe at the moment, with fantastic attacking potential.”We played them in 2009 and received a real thumping. I remember that game well and I don’t really like to think about it, because it was quite painful to watch. However, it’s a wonderful opportunity to show that we have improved a lot since then.”Rummenigge also dencontent_imgied that playing the opening match at home is a disadvantage.”I think we will see two very good games, played at the highest possible level,” he said.”Furthermore, I think playing at home first is a slight advantage, contrary to the popular belief that it’s a disadvantage.”We saw that against Juventus, where people said that it might be a disadvantage. But we produced a great performance at home and that set the stage for the return leg and our progression into the semi-finals.”I’m really excited that we will get to play the best team in Europe. I still feel Barcelona are the big favourites to win the Champions League.”FC Bayern Munich v FC BarcelonaBorussia Dortmund v Real MadridUEFA Champions League semi-final ties will take place on 23rd/24th April (1st Leg) and 30th April/1st May (2nd Leg)

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has joined on a season-long loan.Wa

.Dan Gosling put the hosts ahead against the run of play after 35 minutes.But Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rescued a point for the Gunners with aedit for making his move to Germany.The Everton fullback has joined on a season-long loan.Wacontent_imggner told inews, “I think it’s one of the best moves a young British player can make in Europe if he is not able to break through in his own team in the Premi second-half strike.”I am pleased with a lot of things I have seen today and a lot of things we practiced th