Leeds United sack coach Steve Evans, Manchester United target rules out Malmö FF return, and the most ridiculous own goal competition continues in Austria
1. Leeds United have sacked Head Coach Steve Evans after just seven months in the Elland Road hotseat. Owner Massimo Cellino has now sacked six bosses since taking over in 2014.
2. Jon Whitney has been appointed the permanent manager of League One side Walsall after guiding them to the playoffs during his stint as caretaker boss. Whitney has been at the Bescott Stadium for 13 years.
3. Zlatan Ibrahimović has ruled out returning to former club Malmö FF, claiming he is ‘too good for the Swedish league’. He is now odds on to sign for Manchester United after Euro 2016.
4. Belarus condemned the Republic of Ireland to a 2-1 defeat in Martin O’Neill’s team’s last warm-up match ahead of the European Championships. It was only the second time in 14 games that Ireland had lost.
5. Former Chelsea and West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo expects to be named as the next Aston Villa manager in the next 48 hours, according to reports.
6. There has been a long tradition of footballers issuing ‘come and get me’ pleas, but Adebayo Akinfenwa has brought it into the 21st century by asking managers to contact him via a mobile phone app following his release by AFC Wimbledon (Metro).
7. Samuel Eto’o tried to get Jay-Jay Okocha subbed off for being too good during former Everton defender Joseph Yobo’s testimonial. Well, he is so good that they named him twice… (Mirror).
8. Austria’s David Alaba has submitted his entry for the ‘Who can score the most ridiculous own goal’ competition. It’s a contender, but Jamie Pollock is still favourite (WhoAteAllThePies).
9. Republic of Ireland goalkeeper David Forde has shown what a thoroughly decent guy he is. He still went out of his way to sign autographs for fans, despite having just been told he’d be left out of the squad for France (Joe.ie).
10. And finally… Alan Shearer has revealed how Gazza woke the rest of the England squad up every day during Euro ’96 by playing the song “Three Lions” as loudly as he could (BBC).
By Chris Horricks (@chrishorricks31).
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