Manager Tony Pulis has left Stoke City following talks with chairman Peter Coates on Tuesday. Pulis’s future has been in doubt for some time and he has been told the club feels the time is right for him to leave after seven years in charge. The 55-year-old was appointed Potters boss for a second time in 2006, and two years later he guided the club to the top flight after a 23-year absence. Stoke have just finished 13th in their fifth Premier League campaign. The Potters have not yet commented on the news or confirmed Pulis’s departure.
Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney and wife Coleen have announced the birth of their second son. Klay Anthony Rooney’s birth at 02:11 BST was announced by his mother on her Twitter feed. She wrote he weighed 7lb 11.5oz (3.5kg) and “we’re all so happy and doing well”. The United striker also announced the birth on Twitter, writing that “both Klay and Coleen are fine [and] we’re all delighted”. Klay is the younger brother to the Rooneys’ first son, Kai, three, who was born in November 2009. Rooney missed Manchester United’s last game of the season against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday to be with his wife.
Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was named the Ligue 1 Player of the Year as the Swede and his team-mates dominated the awards. Ibrahimovic, 31, has scored 29 top-flight goals on the way to the ambitious capital club winning their first French title since 1994. Salvatore Sirigu was given the best goalkeeper title, with Carlo Ancelotti jointly named best coach. In total, seven PSG players featured in the Team of the Year. The Player of the Year award had been won for the past two seasons by winger Eden Hazard, who left Lille for Chelsea in a deal reported to be worth £32m in June. Ibrahimovic joined PSG from AC Milan last summer for a reported £15.7m. Their title victory was the eighth of his trophy-filled career – with a further two stripped because of a match-fixing scandal with Juventus.
Sir Alex Ferguson was named the League Managers’ Association Manager of the Year after guiding Manchester United to a 20th title. Cardiff City’s Malky Mackay was the top Championship manager, while Yeovil Town’s Gary Johnson was honoured as League One Manager of the Year. Gillingham’s Martin Allen won the League Two manager’s award. “In a way I am glad it is all over now because it has been hard work,” said the retiring Ferguson. Manchester United drew 5-5 with West Brom in Ferguson’s 1,500th and final game in charge of United. The 71-year-old, who won 38 trophies in a 26-year reign at Old Trafford, will be succeeded by Everton’s David Moyes, who takes over on 1 July.
Real Madrid have announced that head coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge of the Spanish giants. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez broke the news at a packed news conference on Monday. The 50-year-old Mourinho, who has been linked with a return to Chelsea, won the league and Copa del Rey at Madrid. “Nobody’s been sacked, it’s a mutual agreement,” said Perez. “We’ve decided to bring our relationship to an end.” Real are currently 13 points behind Barcelona in the league and were beaten by city rivals Atletico in the Spanish Cup final last Friday. They also lost in the semi-finals of the Champions League in each of their three seasons under former Porto and Inter Milan boss Mourinho. Real Madrid have two games left this season. They are away at Real Sociedad on 26 May before Mourinho takes charge at the Bernabeu for the final time on 1 June against Osasuna.
Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has announced a 25-man roster for the upcoming friendly match against the Mexican national team on May 31. The match will be played at the Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.
The invited players are:
Goalkeepers: Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers), Austin Ejide (Hapoel), Vincent Enyeama (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
Defenders: Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves), Efe Ambrose (Celtic), Elderson Echiéjilé (Sporting de Braga), Kenneth Omeruo (ADO Den Haag), Godfrey Oboabona (Sunshine Stars), Solomon Kwambe (Sunshine Stars), Francis Benjamin (Heartland), Odunlami Kunle (Sunshine Stars)
Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Ogenyi Onazi (Lazio), John Ogu (Academia de Coimbra), Obinna Nwachukwu (Heartland), Sunday Mba (Enugu Rangers), Michael Babatunde (Kryvbas Kryvyi), Reuben Gabriel (Kilmarnock)
Forwards: Joseph Akpala (SV Werder Bremen), Brown Ideye (FC Dynamo Kyiv), Anthony Ujah (FC Koln), Nnamdi Oduamadi (Varese), Kalu Uche (Kasımpaşa Spor Kulübü), Gambo Muhammad (Kano Pillars).
David Beckham is to retire from football at the end of this season after an illustrious 20-year career. The former England captain made 115 appearances for his country and 394 for Manchester United, winning six Premier League titles and the Champions League. Beckham, 38, signed a five-month deal at Paris St-Germain in January. “I’m thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level,” he said. He is the only English player to win championships in four countries – England (Manchester United), Spain (Real Madrid), USA (LA Galaxy) and France (PSG).