PEOPLE ON THE MOVE
Appointments, sackings and loans
Genoa named IVAN JURIC as coach for a third time after sacking Davide Ballardini. Serie B side Venezia appointed former Italy keeper WALTER ZENGA.
THIERRY HENRY left his assistant role with Belgium to replace Leonardo Jardim as coach of Monaco (See Headliners, page 26). VAHID HALILHODZIC took over from Miguel Cardoso at Nantes. Milan announced a deal to sign LUCAS PAQUETA, with the 21-year-old joining the Italian side from Flamengo for € 35m in January (See Headliners, page 28).
FRANCISCO replaced Leo Franco as coach of Huesca with the side bottom of La Liga. Former Augsburg and Schalke coach MARKUS WEINZIERL replaced Tayfun Korkut at Bundesliga strugglers Stuttgart.
DAN ASHWORTH will step down as FA technical director in the new year and take up a similar position with Brighton & Hove Albion in the spring.
Three days after announcing his playing retirement, JOHN TERRY rejoined Aston Villa as assistant manager after Brentford boss DEAN SMITH replaced Steve Bruce in charge of the Championship club.
MATHIAS POGBA, the older brother of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, signed a short-term contract with French third-tier side Tours.
DIETMAR KUHBAUER left St Polten and replaced Goran Djuricin after Rapid Vienna suffered three successive defeats in the Austrian Bundesliga. Former Scotland skipper BARRY FERGUSON was named manager of non-league Kelty Hearts, while JIM MCINTYRE replaced Neil McCann at Premiership bottom side Dundee. Cypriot side APOEL Nicosia appointed Italian PAOLO TRAMEZZANI as coach.
Czech coach PAVEL HAPAL took charge of Slovakia’s national team after Jan Kozak quit following successive defeats in the UEFA Nations League.
Former Uruguay international GUSTAVO MATOSAS was named coach of Costa Rica.
MATIAS ALMEYDA, who led Mexico’s Guadalajara to this year’s CONCACAF Champions League title, will coach MLS side San Jose Earthquakes next season.
RENE GIRARD was named coach of Moroccan club Wydad.
Former Croatia coach SLAVEN BILIC took charge of Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad. V SUNDRAMOORTHY was appointed coach of Laos’ national team.
Having led Jeonbuk Motors to their sixth K League title, CHOI KANG-HEE took over at China’s Tianjin Quanjian.
MARCO VAN BASTEN left his post as FIFA’s technical director. Arsenal and France defender LAURENT KOSCIELNY retired from international duty.
Russia keeper IGOR AKINFEEV quit the national team after more than 100 appearances for his country. Slovenia sacked coach TOMAZ KAVCIC after one win in seven games.
Tunisia sacked coach FAOUZI BENZARTI four days after qualifying for the 2019 African Nations Cup. AHCENE AIT-ABDELMALEK and ADEL AMROUCHE quit after one game each in charge of South Sudan and Libya.
Australia’s captain at the 2014 and 2018 World Cup finals, MILE JEDINAK retired from international football at the age of 34 after making 79 appearances and scoring 20 goals.
New pair...Dean Smith (left) and John Terry
Stateside... Matias Almeyda