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Tue 3rd May
John McDermott will be leaving The FA to take up the position of Academy Director at Tottenham Hotspur FC.
Former Rotherham Manager Ronnie Moore has signed a two-year contract to become the new Manager at League One Club Oldham on a permanent basis after the departure of Brian Talbot on 1 March 2005. John Breckin has also agreed to a two-year contract as his Assistant at Boundary Park.
Tony Smith has resigned as Co-Manager and player from Third Division Club First Team Stenhousemuir, leaving Des McKeown in charge.
Former Ayr United Manager, Campbell Money, has been appointed Youth and Community Coach.
English Nationwide Conference Club, Forest Green Rovers, has dismissed its Manager Alan Lewer following the Club's possible relegation. The Club will be reprieved if Northwich Victoria or Gravesend fail to satisfy the Conference about the quality of ground improvements.
Sporting Director Christian Hochstaetter has resigned as Sporting Director of 1.Bundesliga Club Borussia Moenchengladbach. This comes just three days after the Club's Coach Dick Advocaat stepped down. As of immediate effect, Hochstaetter's successor will be former VFL Wolfsburg Sporting Director Peter Pander.
Japanese J-League first-division Club Vissel Kobe announced the appointment of former Brazil Coach, Emerson Leao, as Manager to take over from Hideki Matsunaga, dismissed after a poor start to the new season.
Joseacute; Caacute;ndido Soto Maior, "Candinho", has resigned as Coach of Campeonato Brasileiro Club Palmeiras following this week's 2-0 defeat by Santo Andre in Copa Libertadores Group 4.
Gerard Buscher has been appointed Manager of French Ligue 1 Club Nice to the end of the season and succeeds Gernot Rohr.
Mons-Bergen dismissed Manager Jos Daerden on Monday, despite a weekend win which moved them off the bottom in the Belgian championship. Assistant-Coach Michel Wintacq will take over the Managerial duties until end of this season, the Club said. Mons-Bergen lie 16th in the 18-strong division with 25 points from 30 matches.
2.Bundesliga Club Rot-Weiss Essen has hired Uwe Neuhaus who so far has been Head Coach of Borussia Dortmund amateurs. The Club has released Head Coach Juergen Gelsdorf and Assistant Coach Johann Rieckhof of their duties after the Club's defeat against Alemannia Aachen.
The Vietnamese Football Federation (VFF) has re-appointed Alfred Riedl as the new Manager of the National Team. It is the third time that the Coach has held the position.
Fri 25th April
Arsenal Football Club has confirmed that Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith has been appointed to the Club's Board of Directors as a Non-Executive Director. Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith, who is the second largest shareholder at Arsenal with 16.8% of the share ownership, is continuing the Bracewell-Smith family's long association with the Club. Lady Nina's husband Sir Charles Bracewell-Smith is the son of the former Arsenal Director Sir Guy Bracewell-Smith, who was on the Board of Directors from May 1953 to September 1976.
Threatened by relegation, French League 1 Club, SC Bastia, has released Coach Francois Ciccolini of his duties. Assistant Coaches Michou Padovani and Eric Durand will take over until a permanent solution is met by the Board.
Dolf Roks replaces Jan Van Dijk as Manager for Netherlands Eredivisie Club RBC Roosendaal.
Former Tunisian defender Tarek Thabet has been named as the reigning African Champions' new Assistant Coach. The Tunisian Football Federation (TFF) made the announcement on Thursday, ending speculation that Nabil Maaloul would return to the post. Maaloul, who was dismissed at the beginning of this week by Club African, gave up his place with the Carthage Eagles earlier this year to Coach the former Tunisian League Champions.
Dick Advocaat has resigned as Coach of 1.Bundesliga Club Borussia Moenchengladbach. The Dutchman steps down after 18 games in charge. The Club will also see the departure of Assistant Coach Verbeek who departs the Club too. Amateur Coach Horst Koeppel will take over for the remainder of the season.
Nick Leeson has been appointed as the new Commercial Manager of Eircom League Division One Club, Galway United.
Former Egypt Manager, Mohamed Abdu Saleh El Wahsh, has replaced Essam Abdel Moniem as the Caretaker President of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA).
South African Trott Moloto has quit his post as Coach of Tanzanian Champions Simba SC due to a leadership crisis within the Club. The former Bafana Bafana Coach, whose one-year renewable contract was due to expire in January next year, jetted out of the country on Saturday night.
J.League strugglers Vissel Kobe has dismissed Manager Hideki Matsunaga just one month into the J1 season. An announcement concerning Matsunaga's immediate successor is due today.
Kurt Jara has signed a deal with the Austrian Bundesliga team SV Wuestenrot Salzburg. Next season the Club welcomes him as Head Coach. His popularity is high and comes less than two weeks after he was released from 1.Bundesliga Club 1.FC Kaiserslautern.
Dutchman Huub Stevens will leave 2.Bundesliga Club 1.FC Koeln as Head Coach at the end of the season, due to private reasons. This was announced in today's press conference at the Club, which is most likely to be promoted to the 1.Bundesliga.
Franky Vercauteren was appointed Anderlecht Coach on a permanent basis on Tuesday after reaching agreement with the Belgian Champions on a two-year contract. Vercauteren, capped 63 times by Belgium, had been Assistant Coach since 1998 before he took over the Club on a temporary basis from the dismissed Hugo Broos in early February. The 48-year-old's contract runs until 2007 when he will either continue in the role or become Technical Manager.
Austrian Club SV Mattersburg has summarily dismissed talented but controversial South Africa Midfielder Jabu Pule. Club Chairman Martin Pucher declared the contract of the 24-year-old Bafana Bafana player was terminated after he was involved in a second drink-driving incident.
Fri 15th April
Alan Perrin has been appointed Manager of Portsmouth FC. His contract is of immediate effect and will keep him at the Club until the summer of 2007.
English Championship Club, Rotherham, has appointed Mick Harford as Manager on a two-year contract. Harford was Assistant Manager at Football League One Club Swindon Town. Harford replaces Caretaker Manager Alan Knill who has been appointed First-Team Coach. His Assistant Mark Robins takes over the Youth Team.
Greg Ryan, 48, has been named the new Head Coach and Technical Director of U.S. Soccer's Women's National Team. Terms of the deal were not released. Ryan was previously named the interim Head Coach after the resignation of April Heinrichs on 15 February 2005.
The Turkish Football Association has appointed Mr Lutfi Aribogan as a new General Secretary.
Dutch Eredivise Club Ajax has announced that General Director Arie van Eijden will step down as soon as a successor has been found. Ajax's Board of Commissioners expects that this will be the case before the end of 2005. Van Eijden will officially retire on 1 April 2006 at the latest.
2. Bundesliga Club SpVgg Unterhaching has confirmed Coach Andreas Brehme has resigned. Assistant Coach Harry Deutinger and Goalkeeping Coach Rainer Berg will maintain the Club until a replacement is found.
The Chicago Fire announced that John Guppy has been named President & Chief Executive Officer of the MLS Club with immediate effective.
St Patrick's Athletic has announced the appointment of former FAI Chief Executive Bernard O'Byrne as Chief Executive with immediate effect. O'Byrne will take charge of all operational aspects of the Club and Commercial and Technical staff will report to him. He will in turn report directly to the Board of Management.
Former World Cup defender Edinho took over as Coach of Atletico Paranaense on Tuesday (12 April 2005) the Club, were runners-up in last year's Brazilian Championship. Edinho, who played for Brazil in the 1986 World Cup, was appointed only two days before his team face a crucial South American Libertadores Cup tie at home to Colombia's America. Edinho replaces Casimiro Mior.
The Board of Directors of the Jamaican Football Federation (JFF) appointed Rudolph Speid as Treasurer of the Federation. Speid, who is Group Financial Controller at the Gleaner Company Limited, is also an Executive of the Kingston & St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA). He replaces Carlton Barclay, whose resignation took effect on 31 March 2005.
Fri 8th April
English Football League Two Club, Chester City, has dismissed Assistant Manager Mark Aizlewood, 45.
Ian Rush has resigned as Manager of League Two strugglers Chester. Rush, at 43, has decided to leave after the Club terminated the Contract of his Assistant, Mark Aizlewood, on Monday.
Neil Sillett, Caretaker Manager at English Nationwide Club Farnborough, has resigned along with his Assistants, Mick Jenkins and Garry Thompson. For the Club's next match against Carlisle, senior players Scott Canham and Mark Rooney will now be assisted by Reserve Boss, Les Ryder and Youth Coach, Stuart Page. Farnborough hope to appoint a new Manager "in due course".
York City has announced that Nigel Pleasants joined as the Club's new Secretary on 1 April 2005. His role will be to supervise all administration at the Club.
Graeme Clark, Manager, and Peter Carey, Assistant Manager, have both resigned from English Unibond Premier League Club, Spennymoor United.
Russell Latapy, 36, currently playing with Scottish Football League Division One Club, Falkirk, has been appointed Assistant Manager for Trinidad & Tobago.
Marcos Alonso has been appointed Coach of Spanish second Division Club, Real Valladolid. The former Sevilla and Real Zaragoza Coach replaces Croatian, Sergio Kresic, who was dismissed on Wednesday.
Dato' Paul Mony Samuel has been offered the position of the AFC Deputy General Secretary. Since 2000 Dato' Paul Mony has been a FIFA Development Officer, based in Kuala Lumpur.
Former FC Zenit St. Petersburg President and Russian Premier League Chairman, Vitaliy Mutko, has been elected President of the Football Union of Russia (RFS).
Romanian Soccer Federation President, Mircea Sandu, is stepping down after 15 years in the job. His successor is not known.
The Caribbean Nation's Football Federation confirmed former Real Madrid, Ajax and Netherlands Coach, Leo Beenhakker, as the new Coach of the Trinidad & Tobago Team. He will replace Bertille St Clair, who was at the Club for one year.
Dennis Booth, 38, Assistant Manager of English Nationwide Conference Club Carlisle has signed a two-year extension of his Contract until June 2007.
Portugal's bottom Team, Beira Mar, named Augusto Inacio to replace Luis de Campos as Coach on Monday. Inacio, who steered Sporting to their first title in 18 years in 2000, takes over from Campos who resigned after Beira Mar lost 3-1 against lowly visitors Penafiel on Sunday.
Scottish Football League Championship First Division Club, St. Johnstone, has dismissed Manager John Connolly.
Hans Jurgen Gede has been relieved of his duties as Uzbekistan Coach and has been replaced by his predecessor Ravshan Khaydarov.
Portugal's Superliga Club, Moreirense, have named Jorge Jesus as successor to Vitor Oliveira. Jesus, who last Season saved Vitoria Guimaraes from relegation, has signed a Contract until the end of the season. He takes over from Oliveira, who resigned following Sunday's 1-0 home defeat by mid-table Belenenses.
Francesc Solanellas has been named the new Director General of Primera Liga Club Barcelona's professional Teams. The 38-year-old's responsibilities include controlling the budget for the Teams and planning purchases in conjunction with the coaching staff. He starts the job on 23 May 2005.
Bundesliga Club FC Kaiserslautern and Coach Kurt Jara have ended their Contract by mutual agreement. Successor will be current amateur Coach Hans-Werner Moser.
Mon 21st Mar
The importance of the right FORMATION!  Are you a coach?  Have a read of this interesting artice that was sent to me by my old mate NEIL.  Its important to get the players that can slot into the various possitions but we will be using something very similar this season with my 2 youth teams
Fri 18th Mar
Kevin Keegan has resigned as Manager of English Premier League, Club Manchester City. 
Stuart Pearce has been appointed Manager of English Premier League Club, Manchester City, provisionally until the end of the season following the sudden departure of Kevin Keegan.
Peter Taylor has agreed to extend his Contract as Manager with English League One Club, Hull City.
 
Chris Wilder, current Manager of Nationwide Conference Club Halifax Town, has signed a two-year Contract extension which will keep him until summer 2008.
Carlton Plamer, 39, has signed a Contract to become full-time Manager at English Football League 2 Club, Mansfield Town.
Alistair Kennedy is resigning as Chief Executive of Scottish First Division Club, Ross County. This is in order to pursue other business interests. He remains with the Club as part-time Director of Football.
Marcel Vulpis, 36, has been appointed Head of the Press Office of an International Sports Rights Company, Media Partners, based in Milan.
Jim Froslid has been appointed to head up North American Soccer Sales and Marketing for an artificial grass company FieldTurf. The post is based in Minneapolis. He was President and General Manager of the Minnesota Thunder Team.
Rob Lythe has resigned as Manager of Welsh Premier League Club, Airbus UK. Assistant Manager, Gary Wynne, has been put in temporary charge of the Team.
Ian McCall has been dismissed as Manager by Dundee United.
Danny Blind has been named Coach of Dutch Eredivise Club, Ajax, replacing Ronald Koeman who resigned after the Club's UEFA Cup elimination by Auxerre.
The recently promoted Manager, Ajax Antonio Lopez of Spanish Primera Liga Club, Valencia, has signed a deal to become Director of Sport until 2007.
Yassin Osman has been appointed National Team Coach of Malawi, at least until the World Cup Qualifiers.
Raymond Hack has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer by the South African Football Association.
Gordon Chisholm has taken over as Caretaker Manager for Scottish Premier League Club, Dundee United, untill the end of the Season following Ian McCall's dismissal.
Bruno Conti has been appointed as Manager by the Italian Serie A side AS Roma. The move comes after his predecessor, Luigi del Neri, resigned.
Belgium III Division Team, KVK, has hired Daniel Nassen as Manager with a Contract expiring in June 2007.
Andy Ford has joined the Coaching staff at Nationwide Conference Club, Stevenage Borough, to work with the First Team and younger players on a Contract at least until the end of the Season.
Colin Macrow has been appointed as First Team Manager at Eastern Counties League Club, Stowmarket Town.
Belgian III Division Club, Racing Mechelen, has appointed Patrick Asselman as Manager until June 2007.
North American A-league Club, the Vancouver Whitecaps, has named John Rocha, a former executive with the NHL Cannucks, as President. He will have special responsibility for Marketing and Sponsorship.
Sat 12th Mar
"There is only 1 GRANT YOUNG!"
Well done Grant Young and AUCKLAND CITY who won the NATIONAL DIVISION play-offs and will now represent the country at the WORLD CLUB tournament.  I got my text from Grant on Friday night informing me that he had left tickets on the gate for me and a couple of friends (Neil) and what a feast of football we were treated too.
As you will have seen throughout the site and read on a number of others about the important missing link in the NZ game - SPEED & PHYSICAL PASSION!  Well this game had it all, what a treat for all to see and great for the sport in the country.
All in all it was a close and tight game, final score 3-2 over local rivals - Waitakere in the local derby.
MR MITRE bagged a brace including the winner.  On the day he also picked-up MAN OF THE MATCH award, well done Grant, one of New Zealands best players and a MUST for Knights sellection.
The only dissapointing ellement of the day were some of the songs sung by a bunch of mindless supporters at the rear of the main stand - NO NEED!  It was a family day with lots of children, I was embarrased to be ENGLISH!  Grow-up your are not at the DEN with the lads from Millwall.
As my mate Neil says - MINDLESS!
Well all the children that we took to the game watched the fixture from start to finnish all all say how much they enjoyed the game - WELL DONE TO BOTH TEAMS
I now find myself looking forward to the up and comming season for the NZ Knights
Fri 11th Mar
English League One Club, Barnsley, has announced that Paul Hart has left his position as Manager by mutual consent.
Steve Evans has signed a new three-year contract with English League Two Club, Boston United.
 
Scottish Premier League Club, Heart of Midlothian, has appointed Phil Anderton as Chief Executive. Anderton is former Chief Executive of the Scottish Rugby Union.
 
The Football Association of Thailand has dismissed Siegfried Held as Coach of the Thailand National Team, and replaced him with Charnwit Polcheewin.
 
Albanian First Division Club, KS Lushnja, has dismissed Sulejman Demollari as Coach.
 
United Soccer Leagues First Division Club, Minnesota Thunder, has appointed Djorn Bucholz as General Manager.
 
Republic of Ireland Premier Division Club, Cork City, has dismissed Pat Dolan.
 
Hecham El Kheshen has resigned as Egypt's 2006 African Cup of Nations Tournament Manager.
Nicolae Manea has stepped down as Coach to the Romanian Under-21 National Team.
Major League Soccer has appointed Alfonso Mondelo as Director of Player Programs.
Australian A-League Club New Zealand Knights has appointed Bill MacGownan as a Consultant.
Srecko Juricic has resigned as Coach to the Bahrain National Team.
Damien Richardson has been appointed Manager of Irish Eircom Club, Cork City.
Winifried Schaefer has been appointed Coach of UAE Club Al Ahli in a two-year contract worth an estimated US$250,000 a year. (This was incorrectly reported as Saudi Arabian Club on (4 March 2005)
Pierre Lechantre has signed an eight-month contract to be Coach of Mali for an estimated US$26,500 per month. He replaces Mamadou Keita who returns to his position as Technical Director.
Denis Obua has resigned as President of the Ugandan Football Association
Bayer 04 Leverkusen have extended the contract with their current Coach, Klaus Augenthaler, until June 2006.
 Frantisek Straka has been appointed Coach of 2.Bundeliga side, LR Ahlen. The Czech's contract will run until the end of this Season.
Zhu Guanghu has been appointed Head Coach of the Chinese National Soccer Team by the Chinese Football Association.
Fri 4th Mar
English Premier League Club Southampton has appointed its former Manager, Steve Wigley, as Director of Youth Football.
English League One Club, Oldham Athletic, has appointed Ronnie Moore as Manager.
Brian Talbot has resigned as Manager of English League One Club, Oldham Athletic. Tony Philliskirk will take charge of the First Team on a temporary basis. 
Neil Sillett has been appointed as Manger of English Conference Club Farnborough Town. Sillett replaces Neil Austin who was dismissed last week.
US W-League Club, Richmond Kickers Destiny, has appointed Jaclyn Raveia as Player / Assistant Coach.
United Soccer Leagues First Division Club, Toronto Lynx, has appointed Lyndon Hooper as Assistant Coach.
United Soccer Leagues First Division Club, Minnesota Thunder, has appointed former Director of Marketing, Djorn Bucholz, as General Manager.
New Zealand Soccer has appointed Ricki Herbert as Coach of the New Zealand Mens Senior National Team - All Whites.
Claudio Ranieri has been dismissed as Coach of Spanish Primera Liga Club, Valencia.
Ronald Koeman has resigned as Coach of Dutch Eredivisie Club, Ajax Amsterdam.
Brazilian International Striker, Ronaldo, has parted company with long-term Press-Secretary Rodrigo Paiva.
Rob Lythe has resigned as Manager of Welsh Premier League Club, Airbus UK.
Australian A-League Club, Sydney FC, has appointed Pierre Littbarski as Head Coach.
Elvis Antoine has stepped down as Head Coach of the Mauritius National Team.
Robert Waseige has been appointed Head Coach of Belgian Jupiler League Club, FC Molenbeek Brussels Strombeek.
Joseph Sayon has been appointed Coach of the Liberia National Team.
Mark Shanks has resigned as Manager of Scottish Second Division Club, Ayr United.
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Fri 25th Feb
English League One Club, Sheffield United, has appointed John Lewis Burnley as Non-Executive Director. 
Scottish Premier League Club Glasgow Rangers has appointed Ian Durrant as Youth-Team Coach.
Northern Ireland Premier Division Club Crusaders has appointed Stephen Baxter as Manager.
April Heinrichs has resigned as Coach of the United States of America's Womenrsquo;s National Team.
Craig Foster has been appointed as Chief Executive of the Australian Professional Footballerrsquo;s Association.
The National Sports Bureau has dismissed Yan Shiduo as Chief Executive of the Chinese Football Association and replaced hom with Xie Yalong.
Greek Alpha Ethniki Club Panathinaikos has appointed Alberto Malesani as Coach.
United Soccer Leagues First Division Club Vancouver Whitecaps has appointed Michael Toshack as Director of Goalkeeping in charge of both the Menrsquo;s and Womenrsquo;s Professional Teams.
United Soccer Leagues First Division Club Toronto Lynx has appointed Dick Howard as Technical Consultant.
The Iran Football Association has appointed Dr Zolfagharnasab as Coach of the National B Team.
Dutch Second Division Club FC Dordrecht has appointed Jurrie Koolhof as Coach.
Spanish Primera Liga Club Albacete has dismissed Jose Gonzalez as Coach.
Emilio Ferrera has been dismissed as Coach of Belgian Jupiler League Club FC Molenbeek Brussels Strombeek.
Marc Wilmots has been dismissed as Coach of Belgian Jupiler League Club K. Sint Truidense VV.
Scottish First Division Club St Mirren has confirmed that Manager Gus MacPherson and his Assistant Andy Millen have signed two-year contract extensions.
Rudolf Zavrl is to continue as President of the Football Association of Slovenia. Zavrl defeated his rival Ivan Simic in a recent Presidential election.
Twahir Muhiddin has been dismissed as Coach of the Kenyan National Team.
Bulgarian Premier League Club CSKA Sofia has appointed Miodrag Jesic as Coach.
Fri 18th Feb
Ian Holloway has signed a three-and-a-half year extension to his contract to manage English Championship Club Queens Park Rangers.
 
George Burley has signed a 12-month extension to his contract as Manager of English Championship Club Derby County.
 
English Conference Club York City has appointed Billy McEwan as Manager after parting company with Caretaker Manager, Viv Busby, by mutual consent.
 
Spanish Primera Liga Club Real Santander has dismissed Lucas Alcaraz as Coach. Former Assistant, Nando Yosu, will take temporary charge of First Team duties.
 
Dr Gerd Niebaum has resigned as Executive Director of German 1.Bundesliga Club Borussia Dortmund.
 
New Zealand Soccer has appointed Senior Womenrsquo;s International player, Maia Jackman, as National Development Officer. Jackman replaces Paul Slack who has been appointed Director of Football with Mainland Soccer.
 
Feacute;deacute;ration Malagasy de Football (F.M.F.) has appointed former internationals Jean Francois Dhebon and Bonaventure Boana as joint Coaches of the National Team.
 
Dragan Kanatlarovski has resigned as Coach of the F.Y.R. Macedonia National Team for the second time in four months.
 
Scottish Premier League Club Glasgow Rangers has appointed Martin Bain as Chief Executive, having previously been the Clubrsquo;s Director of Football Business.
 
Scottish Premier League Club Motherwell has agreed contract extensions with Manager Terry Butcher, Assistant Manager Maurice Malpas and Coach Chris McCart. The trio are now contracted to the Club until June 2008.
 
Former Dutch National Coach Louis Van Gaal will be appointed Coach of Eredivise Club AZ Alkmaar on 4 July 2005. Van Gaal will replace Co Adriaanse who announced last month that he would leave the Club.
 
English Conference Club Gravesend & Northfleet has named Liam Daish as Manager.
 
English Championship Club Watford has appointed Bob Walker as Director of Media. Walker previously worked as Head of Media and Communications at Leicester City, and as a Senior Reporter and Deputy Business Editor at the Leicester Mercury.
 
Georgian Premier League Club Dinamo Tibilisi has appointed Nodar Akobia as Coach.
 
Richard Lorenc has been appointed as National Refereeing Manager at the Football Federation Australia.
ENJOY
15th Feb
Soccer pays its respect to the TSUNAMI desaster with a MASSIVE fixture at the Nou Camp.  View more info for the MATCH of the year on the BBC's website - more details
12th Feb
Another win for AUCKLAND CITY on Sat. 4-2 against local rivals WAITAKERE.  Grant also bangs in another - SEE THE GOLDEN BOOT TABLE
5th Feb
Another win for AUCKLAND CITY but by the reports the better football was played by Wellington.  A close friend of mine, Mr Neil Scanlon said the the football played in the 2nd half by wellington was some of the best he has ever seen played in this country - TYPICAL and I was WORKING!
5th Feb
John Adshead - NZ Knights NEW Coach
We are all excited about John Adshead's appointment as Head Coach of the New Zealand Knights.  After working in the Middle East and returning to NZ his view of the NZ game is summed up as follows:
While encouraged by some of what he has seen in his time here, Adshead said: "For the last few years I have been working with some very good players and when I came back, maybe, in comparison, it was all a bit gentle."
John Adshead makes his point about a recent NATIONAL LEAGUE fixture between WAIKATO & MANAWATU:
"There wasn't a lot to get too excited out there, to be honest. There was a passion that seemed to be missing," he said.
Fri 4th Feb
English Championship Club Nottingham Forest has appointed Frank Barlow as Assistant Manager. Barlow previously held a similar role at League One Club Walsall.
Ronnie Moore has stepped down as Manager of English Championship Club Rotherham United. Moore leaves the Club by mutual consent. Alan Knill will take over on a temporary basis.
Manuel Machado has resigned as Coach of Portuguese SuperLiga Club Vitoacute;ria SC after the 3-1 defeat by Vitoacute;ria FC in the sixth round of the Portuguese Cup.
Andy Ford has resigned as Manager of English Conference Club Gravesend & Northfleet.
Australian A-League Club Perth Glory has appointed Alan Vest as Assistant Coach. This will be Vestrsquo;s second spell at the Club as Assistant Coach.
Vicente Del Bosque has been dismissed as Manager of Turkish Superlig Club Besiktas. Riza Calimbay has been appointed as Del Bosquersquo;s replacement.
Agnaldo de Jesus has been dismissed as Coach of Brazilian Club Paysandu after only three matches in charge. Roberto Cavalo, who last year coached Avai in the Brazilian Championship's second division, will replace de Jesus.
Portuguese SuperLiga Club FC Porto has dismissed Victor Fernandez as Manager after just six months in charge.
Northern Ireland Premier Division Club Crusaders has dismissed Alan Dornan as Manager.
Geoff Lutley has resigned as Manager of English Conference Club Leigh RMI.
Portuguese SuperLiga Club FC Porto has appointed Joseacute; Couceiro as Coach. He replaces Viacute;ctoacute;r Fernaacute;ndez who was dismissed earlier in the week.
US Major League Soccer Club FC Dallas has appointed Marco Feruzzi as Assistant Manager.
Weekend of 29th Jan
Mr Mitre NZ (Grant Young) sits at the top of the pack for the coverted GOLDEN BOOT award
Sat 22nd Jan
Well done GRANT YOUNG of Auckland City, another hat-rick and now equal top of the GOLDEN BOOT award with 12 goals this season.  Some great soccer from our sponsored MITRE MAN who is without a doubt one of the best player in the country at the moment.  Lets hope he it top of the pile to play for the NZ Knights in AUG.  WELL DONE AGAIN GRANT, I said you would bang in 3 - lol
Thanks to SHANE at Phototek for the image (click to link)
Fri 21st Jan
Ramiro Blacut has resigned as Coach of the Bolivian National Team.
Gregorio Manzano has been dismissed as Coach of Spanish Primera Liga Club Maacute;laga CF.
Casemiro Mior has been appointed as Coach of Brazilian Club Atletico Paranaense. He replaces Levir Culpi, who resigned last month.
Louis van Gaal has been appointed as Coach of Dutch Eredivisie club AZ Alkmaar. Van Gaal will officially take on his role at the end of the current season, and has signed a three-year contract. He takes over from Co Adriaanse, who left last week.
Ron Olyslager has been released as Technical Manager at Dutch Eredivisie Club De Graafschap. Johan Tukker has been appointed as Coach on a temporary basis.
Illie Bilaci has been dismissed as Coach of United Arab Emirates Club Al Ahli. Sudanese Coach Fawzy Al Taiesh has succeeded Bilaci, who will stay at the club in the position of Technical Advisor for the remaining period of his contract.
Rudi Voeller has been appointed as Sporting Director of German 1.Bundesliga Club Bayer Leverkusen for a second time. Voeller has agreed a two-year contract with the Bundesliga Club.
Sergei Borovski has been appointed as Coach of Lithuanian Club FK Vetra Vilnius. Borovski has agreed a one-year deal.
NEWS FLASH - 17th Jan
Kiwi makes a mark in the PREM!  Ryan Nelsen makes a full debut and gets off the mark well.  See what the gaffa says (Mark Hughes) and also the BBC "Team Of The Week."
Fri 14th Jan
Jim Hone has resigned as Chief Executive of English Premier League Club Fulham. Hone will be replaced temporarily by current board member Mark Collins, who will fulfil the position on a part-time basis until a permanent successor is found.

David McNally has been appointed as Commercial Director at English Premier League Club Fulham. McNally was previously Sales and Marketing Director at Scottish Premier League Club Glasgow Celtic.

Simon Johnson has resigned from his post as Director of Legal & Business Affairs at the English Premier League. Johnson will officially leave the company as of February 3 2005.

Gary Megson has been appointed as Manager of English Championship Club Nottingham Forest. Megson, 45, takes over from Caretaker Manager Mick Harford, who took temporary charge of the Club when former Manager Joe Kinnear resigned last month.

Peter Reid has left English Championship Club Coventry City by "mutual consent". Adrian Heath will temporarily take over from Reid until a permanent successor is found.

Terry Venables has a signed a contract with Australian A-League Club Newcastle United Jets for one month to aid the Club in its preparations for the forthcoming season.

Pascal Vaudequin has been appointed as the new Manager of Irish League Club Institute until the end of the current season.

Mark Sharman has been appointed as the new Head of Sport at UK commercial broadcaster ITV. Sharman, who left Sky Sports 14 months ago, will replace Brian Barwick, who has taken over as Chief Executive of the English Football Association.

Chris Mann, formerly Editorial Director of Football First and Sport First, the sports-only Sunday newspapers, has joined leading PR and marketing agency Pete Richardson Communications as Director of Business Development.

Arab Azmi Nassar has been appointed as the new Coach of the Palestine National Team. Nassar has agreed a two-year contract.

Co Adriaanse will stand down as Coach of Dutch Eredivisie Club AZ Alkmaar when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Ivo Istuk has been appointed as Coach of Bosnia-Herzegovnian Premier League Club Zeljeznicara. Istuk replaces Jirí Plisek.

Husref Musemic has been appointed as Coach of Bosnia-Herzegovnian Premier League Club Sarajevo.

Sergio Farias has been appointed as Head Coach at South Korean K-League Club Pohang Steelers. Fellow Brazilian Renato Vinhas Antunes has been appointed as Farias' assistant, with both coaches agreeing one-year contracts.

Artur Jorge has been appointed as the new Coach of Cameroon's National Team. Jorge replaces Winfried Schaefer, who was dismissed last November.

Franco Colomba has been dismissed as Coach of Italian Serie A club Livorno. Roberto Donadoni will replace Colomba with immediate effect.

Gigi Simoni has been dismissed as Coach of Italian Serie A Club Siena. Luigi De Canio will replace Simoni with immediate effect.

Pape Diouf has been elected as president of French Ligue 1 Club Olympique de Marseille. Diouf replaces Christophe Bouchet, who resigned last November. Vivian Corzani has been appointed to manage the administrative, marketing and commercial side of the Club, while Phillipe Meurice has been named the Director of Finance, in a three-man board.

Kwak Jung-hwan has been elected as President of South Korea's professional football league. Kwak will hold the position for two years.

Pham Ngoc Vien, secretary-general of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF), has resigned

Fri 7th Jan
David O'Leary has extended his contract as Manager of English Premier League Club Aston Villa. O'Leary committed himself at the Club until May 2008, after assistants Roy Aitken and Steve McGregor also agreed deals to stay on.

Joe Kinnear has resigned as Manager of English Championship Club Nottingham Forest. Mick Harford, the Club's Coach, has taken temporary charge.

Lord Burns has been appointed to oversee the structural review of the Football Association. The former UK Treasury official has been brought in chair the FA's independent review panel at the request of the UK Government, in a bid to implement a code of governance for the sport.

Paul Hegarty has resigned as Player-Manager of Irish Premier League Club Institute.

Jim Smith has been appointed as Assistant Manager at English Premier League Club Southampton. Smith re-unites with Manager Harry Redknapp, who was appointed earlier this month.

Peter Taylor has agreed a two-year extension as Manager of English League One Club Hull City. Taylor will continue in his role as Coach of the England Under-21 National Team.

Peter Ridsdale has resigned as Chairman of English League One Club Barnsley. Chief Executive David Walker has also stepped down at the English third-tier club. Gordon Shepherd has replaced Ridsdale as chairman.

Howard Wilkinson has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director with English League Two Club Notts County.

Dick Campbell has been appointed as Manager at Scottish Second Division Club Partick Thistle. Campbell has signed a three-and-a-half year contract at the Club. Jimmy Bone has been appointed as Campbell's assistant.

Pietro Carmignani has been re-appointed as Coach of Italian Serie A Club Parma. Carmignani replaces Silvio Baldini, who was dismissed earlier this week.

Manuel Cajuda has resigned as Coach of Portuguese SuperLiga Club SC Beira-Mar after only three months in charge.

Oleh Protasov has been appointed as the new Coach at Cypriot Division A Club AEL Limassol. Protasov replaces Henk Houwaart, who was dismissed earlier this week. The new Coach has named Panos Sidiropoulos as his assistant.

Hanoch Barkat has been appointed onto the board at Israeli Premier League Club Hapoel Tel Aviv as Marketing Director.

John Lambie has been appointed as Scottish First Division Club Partick Thistle Manager on a temporary basis, while the co-management team of Gerry Britton and Derek Whyte "consider their options".

Jorge Benitez has been permanently appointed as Argentine Club Boca Juniors Coach, following the team's success in the Copa Sudamericana last week.

Franky Van der Elst has been dismissed as Coach of Belgian Jupiler League Club Lokeren.

Hideki Matsunaga has been appointed as Manager of Japanese J-League Club Vissel Kobe. Matsunaga has signed a one-year deal.

Wanderley Luxemburgo has been appointed as Coach of Spanish Primera Liga Club Real Madrid. Luxemburgo, who resigned as Coach of Brazilian Club Santos to take the role, succeeds Mariano Garcia Remon, who will remain with the Club in a reduced capacity.

Giuseppe Papadopulo has been appointed as Coach of Italian Serie A Club SS Lazio. Popadopulo replaces Mimmo Caso, who was dismissed just before Christmas.

Loic Amisse has been dismissed as Coach of French Ligue 1 Club Nantes. Serge Le Dizet, Amisse's assistant, will take over as Coach.

Johnny Petersen has been appointed as Coach of Danish Superleague Club FC Nordsjælland. Petersen replaces Christian Andersen, who was dismissed just before Christmas. Petersen has signed a contract until June 30 2005.

Adnan Hamad has resigned from his post as Iraq National Team Coach.

Silvio Berlusconi has stepped down as president of Italian Serie A Club AC Milan. A new law concerning conflict of interest, passed in July, has forced the country's Prime Minister to vacate the role. No replacement has yet been named.

Oswaldo de Oliveira has been appointed as Coach of Brazilian Club Santos. Oliveira succeeds Wanderley Luxemburgo, who left the Club to join Spanish Primera Liga outfit Real Madrid last week.

Paul Dolezer has been dismissed as Coach of South African Premier Soccer League Club Mamelodi Sundowns. Angel Cappa has been appointed as his replacement, with Oscar Fullone appointed as the Club's new Technical Director.

FRI 19th Nov
Three Directors from English Premier League Club Manchester United have been voted off the PLC Board at last Friday’s Annual General Meeting. Maurice Watkins, Philip Yea and Commercial Director Andy Anson have not been re-elected.

English League One Club Milton Keynes Dons has appointed England Under-21 Assistant Manager John McDermott to assist with Coaching duties. McDermott will work alongside Caretaker Manager Jimmy Gilligan following the dismissal of former Manager Stuart Murdoch earlier this week.

English League Two Club Mansfield Town has confirmed that Manager Keith Curle has been suspended pending the outcome of an internal inquiry. Carlton Palmer has been appointed as Caretaker Manager for the time being.

English League Two Club Bristol Rovers has appointed Mike Turl as Managing Director.

English League Two Club Oxford United has relieved Graham Rix of his Managerial duties and moved him into a Non-Coaching role. First Team responsibility has been given to former Youth Team Coach Darren Patterson.

English League Two Club Wycombe Wanderers Midfielder Keith Ryan has been appointed as Caretaker Player-Manager. Chief Scout Alan Fogarty has left the Club.

English League Two Club Cambridge United Assistant Manager Dale Brooks has been dismissed. Youth Team Manager Ricky Duncan will replace him.

English League Two Club Shrewsbury Town has appointed Gary Peters as its new Manager. Peters replaces Jimmy Quinn, who resigned last month.

English Conference National Club Aldershot Assistant Manager Stuart Cash has left the Club. Cash has stepped down to become Manager of Conference South Club St Albans City.

German 1.Bundesliga Club BV Borussia Dortmund has elected Dr Reinhard Rauball as President for a third time. Rauball will replace Dr Gerd Niebaum.

Andoni Zubizarreta has stood down from his position as Sports Director of Spanish Primera Liga Club Athletic Bilbao.

Scottish Premier League Club Hibernian’s Chairman Ken Lewandowski has stepped down.

Per Joar Hansen has been appointed as the new Manger of Norwegian Trondheim Club Rosenborg. Joar Hansen replaces Ola By Rise as part of a new-look Coaching Team that will also include Development Officer Rune Skarsfjord and Coaches Nils Arne Eggen and Bjoern Hansen.

Bruce Grobbelaar has been appointed as Coach of South African Club Umtata Bush Bucks. Grobbelaar takes over from former Nigerian International Coach Clemens Westerhof, who has been moved to take charge of the Club's Youth Academy.

Egyptian Club Zamalek has dismissed Coach Dragoslav Stepanovic.

Angolan Club Primeiro Agosto has appointed Jan Brouwer as Coach on a two-year contract.

FRI 12th Nov
English Premier League Club Tottenham Hotspur’s Manager, Jacques Santini, has resigned from his post for "personal reasons". Assistant Coach Martin Jol has been appointed as his successor.

English Premier League Club West Bromwich Albion has appointed Bryan Robson as its new Manager. Robson has agreed a two and a half year contract, replacing Gary Megson who left recently. Nigel Pearson has been appointed as Assistant Manager.

Dave Bassett has resigned from his post as Director of Football at English Championship Club Leicester City. First Team Coach Craig Levein has drafted in Peter Houston to become his new Assistant.

Gary Mills, Manager of English League Two Club, Notts County’s has been relieved of his duties. Midfielder Ian Richardson, the Club’s longest-serving player, has been appointed as Caretaker Manager, with John Gaunt as his Assistant.

John Robertson has been appointed as Manager of Scottish Premier League Club Heart of Midlothian. Robertson replaces Craig Levein, who departed earlier this month.

Football Association of Ireland (FAI) Chief Executive Fran Rooney is to leave his post.

Tony Pignata has been appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of the Australian Victoria Soccer Federation.

English Championship Club Nottingham Forest has confirmed that Mick Harford will join the Club as Coach.

English Championship Club Nottingham Forest’s Coaches, Ian Bowyer and Liam O'Kane, have both left the Club following the arrival of Assistant Coach Mick Harford.

Gabriel Calderon has been appointed as Head Coach of the Saudi Arabian National Team.

The Liberian Football Association has appointed Joseph Sayon as Caretaker Coach for the National Team until March 2005.

Miguel Angel Brindisi has resigned from his post as Coach of Argentine Club Boca Juniors.

New Zealand Soccer has appointed Graham Seatter as its Chief Executive, starting in January 2005.

English League One Club Milton Keynes Dons has dismissed Manager Stuart Murdoch after two and a half years in charge. Assistant Manager Jimmy Gilligan has been placed in charge on a temporary basis, and will be assisted by Player-Coach Steve Palmer.

English League Two Club Darlington’s Chief Executive, Andy Battison, has stepped down from his post. Club owner and Chairman Stewart Davies will take over the role for the immediate future.

English Conference Club York City has announced that Manager Chris Brass has stepped down, but will remain at Bootham Crescent as a Player. First-Team Coach Viv Busby has been appointed as Caretaker Manager.

Francisco Lopez Alfaro has been sacked as Coach of the Spanish Primera Liga Club Numancia. Sporting Director Maximo Hernandez will take over First-Team duties until a suitable successor can be found.

Tony Adams has resigned as Manager of English League Two Club Wycombe Wanderers.

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