Ap­point­ments, sack­ings and loans

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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

Task...Pavel Hapal

State­side... Ma­tias Almeyda

Quit...Igor Akinfeev

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