14
Aug

FA Cup history set to be made with 22-year-old manager

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(Image via BBC.com)

What were you doing when you were 22 years old? Perhaps you were finishing up college, or starting a new job, likely mixing in some partying. Highly unlikely you were coaching a soccer team in England’s FA Cup.

That’s exactly what Romsey Town manager James Phillips is set to do, believed to be making history in England’s storied tournament. Phillips is likely to become the youngest manager in FA Cup history when Romsey Town faces Fareham Town on Saturday. The Football Association confirmed to BBC Sport they were unaware of anyone younger.

The youngster’s story and rise starts out predictably enough. He played a lot of video games in his early days, namely “Championship Manager.”

"I was one of those sad people after school who was sat there for hours playing Championship Manager," he told BBC Sport. "I always used to try and take a really small club up through the leagues."

The game piqued Phillips’ interest in coaching, kick-starting his coaching career at age 16 with Lyndhurst Football Club.

Last season, Phillips took the position of assistant reserve-team manager at Romsey Town before taking over for management duo Carl Bennett and John McFarlane. Phillips continued to impress, and named the first-team manager in April.

His ambition doesn’t stop there, either. “My ultimate aim is to work in the professional game in some capacity, whether that be as a coach or a manager, in the future.”

From playing video games to living them, Phillips has it figured out.

"Now I’m doing it in real life. It’s a little bit different with a bit more pressure."

Making history is just a BIT more pressure? Way to keep it cool, kid.

(h/t BBC Sport)

14
Feb

Chelsea could swap Courtois for Costa

It is a long way off the summer transfer period, but already clubs are preparing deals for when the window reopens. According to Friday’s newspaper reports, Chelsea have been approached by Atletico Madrid regarding a proposed swap deal for on-loan keeper Thibaut Courtois and striker Diego Costa. Jose Mourinho is bound to be looking for a striker in the summer and Courtois has impressed whilst at Atletico.

For this rumor and the rest of Friday’s transfer gossip, click here.

9
Feb

Moyes to present United hit-list

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Manchester United boss David Moyes has been promised funds for a huge foray into the summer transfer market. The Red Devils boss is to present the board with a £100 million ($164 million) hit-list. Juventus midfield duo Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba are believed to be on the list, along with Southampton defender Luke Shaw and Everton’s Seamus Coleman.

For this rumor and the rest of Sunday’s transfer gossip, click here.

19
Jan

Man Utd make Cavani top target

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Manchester United continue to be linked with the world’s top targets despite not making a signing in the current transfer window. United are biding their time so far and seem reluctant to overpay for second-rate players. Paris Saint-Germain star striker Edinson Cavani is the latest name to be mentioned as a potential signing. According to Sunday’s newspapers, Cavani has emerged as David Moyes’ number one objective.

For this rumor and the rest of Sunday’s transfer gossip, click here.

18
Jan

Liverpool consider Candreva bid

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Liverpool are set to mould Steven Gerrard into a deep-lying midfielder and could be on the lookout for a more forward thinking player during the transfer window. According to Saturday’s newspapers Liverpool are looking at Lazio’s Italian international midfielder Antonio Candreva.

For this rumor and the rest of Saturday’s transfer gossip, click here.

17
Jan

Mourinho targets Atletico star

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Atletico Madrid have a habit of developing top-class strikers. Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero, Diego Forlan, Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa have all graced the Vincente Calderon in the past seven years. Atletico seem to get a good price for their top talent and then immediately replace with players of equal capability.

Diego Costa could be the next star striker on the way out of Atletico. A host of clubs are known to be admirers and Friday’s newspapers report that Jose Mourinho is set to make him his major summer signing.

For this rumor and the rest of Friday’s transfer gossip, click here.

14
Jan

Al-Ahli manager lashes out at press officer

When a press conference is derailed because the manager gets upset, it’s usually because he takes offense to the line of questioning by the press. But not this time.

Al-Ahli manager Vitor Pereira went berserk on his own over-enthusiastic press officer. Pereira would not have any of it when his PR man tried to control what he said to the media. It doesn’t take long for him to turn on the man who was supposed to be there to help him.

The PR man created his own PR nightmare. Let’s hope they brought in someone else to clean up the mess.

13
Jan

Man Utd keep tabs on Astori, Vidal

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A newspaper today reports that Manchester United manager David Moyes was pictured watching Cagliari defender Davide Astori and Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal over the weekend. The Red Devils bounced back from three straight defeats with victory over Swansea at Old Trafford and now Moyes can turn his attention to reinforcements.

For this rumor and the rest of Monday’s transfer gossip, click here.

12
Jan

Arsenal step up chase for Draxler

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Arsenal added quality to their midfield in the summer with Mesut Ozil moving to London from Real Madrid. Along with Ozil, the reemergence of talent such as Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, means Arsene Wenger doesn’t have to pay over the odds for midfield talent.

According to one newspaper today Wenger is looking to bring in Schalke star midfielder Julian Draxler. The Gunners have reportedly discovered a £40 million buy-out clause in his contract at the Bundesliga club, and are set to swoop in January or the summer.

For this rumor and the rest of Sunday’s transfer gossip, click here.