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  • September 9, 2022

CHELSEA have announced Graham Potter as their new manager.
Potter replaces Thomas Tuchel in the Stamford Bridge hot-seat.
Meanwhile, Wolves are edging closer in completing a sensational deal for former Chelsea striker Diego Costa.
The midlands outfit successfully appealed Costa's initial rejected work permit meaning that the Spanish veteran will undergo his medical.
And Newcastle are shockingly in advanced talks to sign former Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius.
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Jose Mourinho pays tribute to The Queen
Former Chelsea and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to The Queen following the announcement of her death.
When speaking to Sky Sports Italia after Roma's 2-1 defeat to Ludogorets, he said: "I am so sorry to hear this news.
"I am not a foreigner in Britain, it is my home, my family’s home, we’ve lived there for many years.
"She was a wonderful figure. I don’t know anyone who didn’t have respect for her. She was a great lady as well as a Queen."
Premier League clubs expect fixtures to be cancelled
Many top-flight clubs are expecting this weekend's fixtures to be postponed, according to the Daily Mail.
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) are currently meeting to determine what will happen to the rest of this weekend's sporting calendar.
Almost all of Friday's sporting programme was called off on Thursday night as a mark of respect.
Football pays tribute
Football paid tribute to The Queen on Thursday night with a minute's silence and black armbands in memory of Her Majesty.
Buckingham Palace announced Queen Elizabeth II had passed away after the Royal family gathered at Balmoral.
Later in the evening, Manchester United lost 1-0 to Real Sociedad at Old Trafford and West Ham beat FCSB 3-1 at the London Stadium.
And both matches saw fitting tributes paid to The Queen after it was confirmed the games would go ahead.
A statement from Man Utd read: "Following direction from the FA and UEFA, tonight’s UEFA Europa League fixture against Real Sociedad will take place as planned at Old Trafford.
"A minute’s silence will be held before kick-off which will allow the teams, match officials and everyone in attendance to pay their respects to Her Majesty, The Queen.
"Both teams will wear black armbands and the flags at Old Trafford will fly at half-mast as a sign of our utmost respect."
Following the Queen's death, Old Trafford flew their flags at half-mast as fans arrived to the ground.
And supporters already in the stadium watched the coverage on screens in the concourse.
When the teams came out ahead of the game, the black armbands were visible on both sets of players.
And all advertising hoardings around the ground had been blacked out.
At the London Stadium, West Ham adopted the same measures for their match.
And the minute's silence at both stadiums was perfectly respected before kick-off.
Premier League chiefs to make fixture decision this morning
Premier League officials are set to meet at 11am today to determine whether or not this weekend's fixtures will go ahead following the death of The Queen.
This comes after two EFL matches – scheduled to take place today – were postponed.
An EFL statement on Thursday evening read: "As a mark of respect, following the passing of Her Majesty, The Queen Elizabeth II earlier today, the EFL has confirmed that its fixtures scheduled for tomorrow evening (Friday 9 September) – Burnley v Norwich City and Tranmere Rovers v Stockport County – have been postponed.
"A determination regarding the remainder of this weekend’s scheduled fixtures will be made following a review of the official mourning guidance, in addition to further consultation with DCMS and other sports on Friday morning."
The Government is not planning to enforce a shutdown in sport as the UK enters 10 days of national mourning following the passing of the longest-reigning Sovereign in British history.
But Prem chief executive Richard Masters and his board are aware of a potential backlash if they play the weekend’s matches as scheduled.
And another factor is the potential drain on police resources as towns and cities up and down the land pay tribute to The Queen after her 70-year reign.
Full time across the board
Manchester United lost 1-0 in their first Europa League match of the season against Real Sociedad at Old Trafford.
Sociedad scored the winner with Brais Mendez's penalty-kick on 59 minutes after David Silva's shot bounced off Lisandro Martinez's arm.
West Ham, on the other hand, got their Europa Conference League campaign off to a flying start with a 3-1 win over FCSB at the London Stadium
The Hammers went 1-0 down after 34 minutes with Andrei Cordea's opener.
But the East Londoners turned things around in just five minutes with Jarrod Bowen's penalty-kick in the 69th minute and Emerson Palmieri's strike later on.
Michail Antonio sealed the win after 90 minutes for West Ham
Nottingham Forest pay tribute
Nottingham Forest also paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II following news of her death at the age of 96 in Balmoral.
Forest issued the following statement: "Everyone at Nottingham Forest is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
"The club would like to send its condolences to all members of the Royal Family at this sad time.
"May she Rest In Peace"
Man Utd 0-1 Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad have opened the scoring against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
And it is Brais Mendez who breaks the deadlock with a penalty-kick after 59 minutes.
Sociedad got the spot-kick after a shot by David Silva bounced off Lisandro Martinez's arm.
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Wilfried Zaha blow
Crystal Palace have offered Wilfried Zaha a new contract with their star man in the final year of his deal, reports SunSport’s Jack Rosser.
But it is not clear if Zaha will sign the deal because he will be able to speak to overseas clubs about a free transfer from January.
The Eagles have held talks with the forward's camp for over a year as they try to keep their talisman at Selhurst Park.
Approaches from Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton have been rejected in previous transfer windows.
The Ivory Coast international has never hidden his desire to play Champions League football one day
Live scores in Europe
Manchester United are goalless in their Europa League clash against Real Sociedad at Old Trafford.
Cristiano Ronaldo thought he opened the scoring with a header following a cross by Diogo Dalot but was caught offside.
West Ham, on the other hand, are 1-0 down against FCSB at the London Stadium.
The visitors broke the deadlock with Andrei Cordea on 34 minutes.
Second half coming up!
Prem teams pay tribute
Premier League clubs paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II following the announcement of her death at the age of 96 on Thursday evening.
United shared their "sorrow with the entire nation" in a touching statement.
Arsenal, who held a moment of silence at half-time during their Europa League match against Zurich, announced they will be taking time to mourn and reflect on Her Majesty's incredible life.
Chelsea sent their condolences to the entire Royal Family after the news broke.
Tottenham posted: "Tottenham Hotspur joins the nation in mourning the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Club should like to extend its condolences to all members of the Royal Family at this sad time."
Premier League champions Manchester City were also one of the 19 clubs to pay their respects to the Queen and her "exemplary" dedication as well as service
Zurich 1-2 Arsenal
Arsenal's Europa League campaign got off on the right foot as they beat Zurich 2-1 at the AFG Arena.
The Gunners opened the scoring after just 16 minutes with Marquinhos hitting the target on his debut after an assist by Eddie Nketiah.
But the Swiss outfit equalised just one minute before half-time with Mirlind Kryeziu's penalty kick.
But Nketiah and Marquinhos exchanged roles after 62 minutes with the former putting the Gunners back in the lead
Zurich 0-1 Arsenal
Arsenal have opened the scoring against Zurich at the AFG Arena.
And it is summer signing Marquinhos scoring on his debut as he hits the top corner after a cross by Eddie Nketiah on 16 minutes.
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More on Potter deal
Fine details of Graham Potter’s Chelsea deal had to be ironed out overnight and into the morning, including a clause which will allow his coaching staff to leave with him.
A compensation package of at least £20million with Brighton was finalised with further payments to cover the loss of coaches Billy Reid, Bruno, Bjorn Hamberg, goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts and assistant head of recruitment Kyle Macaulay.
All the aforementioned have been with Potter at both Ostersunds in Sweden and Swansea, except for Bruno and Roberts, in the Championship before they all moved to the Amex.
As the final details were sorted on Thursday morning, the 47-year-old tactician headed back to Brighton to bid farewell
Diego Costa medical
Diego Costa is on the brink of a sensational Premier League return.
According to The Athletic, Costa has undergone a medical at Wolves ahead of a free transfer.
The ex-Chelsea star's work permit was initially turned by authorities after spending time playing in Brazil.
But Wolves’ appeal was successful and the striker could be involved in Saturday’s game at Liverpool
Man Utd vs Real Sociedad preview
Manchester United face Real Sociedad tonight in their first Europa League match of the season at Old Trafford.
United manager Erik Ten Hag could be tempted to rest Lisandro Martinez and Marcus Rashford following their early withdrawals in the win against Arsenal.
The out-of-favour pair of Donny Van de Beek and Aaron Wan-Bissaka may need assessing before the match.
Anthony Martial remains sidelined for the foreseeable future because of an Achilles injury.
However, Ten Hag could finally promote Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Maguire and Casemiro to the starting line-up.
Elsewhere, Real Sociedad manager Imanol Alguacil will be spoilt for choice as everyone is fit
Zurich XI vs Arsenal
Here is who Zurich manager Franco Foda chose for his starting line-up and bench.
XI: Brecher, Boranijasevic, Kamberi, Kryeziu, Aliti, Dzemaili, Selnaes, Okita, Krasniqi, Guerrero, Aiyegun.
Subs: Kostadinovic, Omeragic, Santini, Marchesano, Hornschuh, Conde, Avdijaj, Vyunnyk, Rohner, Hodza, Mets, De Nitti.
Arsenal XI vs Zurich
Here's who Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has picked for his starting line-up and bench at Zurich.
XI: Turner, Gabriel, Holding, Tomiyasu, Tierney, Marquinhos, Xhaka, Lokonga, Fabio Vieira, Martinelli, Nketiah
Subs: Ramsdale, Hein, White, Saka, Odegaard, Jesus, Saliba, Zinchenko, Cirjan, Smith, Cozier-Duberry.
Gabriel Jesus pursuit 'frustrated' Tuchel
Thomas Tuchel was reportedly left frustrated over a failed move for Gabriel Jesus this summer.
The Athletic claims the ex-Chelsea boss was encouraged to sign Jesus from Man City by Todd Boehly.
But Tuchel rejected the idea before later changing his mind.
However, this time Boehly did not back Tuchel, who was left annoyed after Jesus made it clear he wanted to join Chelsea over Arsenal.
Behdad Eghbali and Jose Feliciano
"Graham is a football innovator and winner on the pitch and a leader off the pitch.
"He has deeply impressed us with his ideas and approach to football.
"We are thrilled to partner with Graham to build a winning team, one that embodies the culture of collaboration, innovation, teamwork, player development, and a commitment to excellence on and off the pitch.
"We are fortunate to have Graham and his team as our partners in that journey."
Todd Boehly on Potter appointment
"We are thrilled to bring Graham to Chelsea. He is a proven coach and an innovator in the Premier League who fits our vision for the Club.
"Not only is he extremely talented on the pitch, he has skills and capabilities that extend beyond the pitch which will make Chelsea a more successful Club.
"He has had a major impact at his previous Clubs’ and we look forward to his positive impact at Chelsea.
"We look forward to supporting him, his coaching team and the squad in realising their full potential in the coming months and years."
Potter's first words at Chelsea
"I am incredibly proud and excited to represent Chelsea FC, this fantastic football club.
"I am very excited to partner with Chelsea’s new ownership group and look forward to meeting and working with the exciting group of players and to develop a team and culture that our amazing fans can be proud of.
"I would also like to place my sincere thanks to Brighton & Hove Albion for allowing me this opportunity and in particular Tony Bloom and all the players, staff and supporters for their continued support during my time at the club."
Breaking – Chelsea confirm Graham Potter
Chelsea have confirmed the arrival of Graham Potter as their new manager.
The former Brighton boss has signed a five-year deal to take over from Thomas Tuchel.
Potter will take charge of training at Cobham on Friday.
And he will be in the dugout for Saturday's derby against Fulham.
Video – Potter arrives at Chelsea
Graham Potter has pulled up at Cobham this afternoon to pen his five-year Chelsea deal.
The manager continued talks this morning with Todd Boehly before striking a verbal agreement.
And after saying goodbye to his Brighton players, Potter is now putting pen to paper at Chelsea's training ground.
WATCH POTTER ARRIVE AT CHELSEA HERE
Done deal – Redmond to Besiktas
Southampton icon Nathan Redmond has completed his move to Turkish giants Besiktas.
The winger leaves Saints after six glorious years.
It's reckoned Redmond has penned a one-year deal with Besiktas.
And the move will see him link up with Dele Alli.
Tuchel seen after Chelsea sacking
Thomas Tuchel has been pictured for the first time since he was sacked as Chelsea manager.
The German was dismissed as Blues boss on Wednesday morning despite pleading with the new owners to keep him on for longer.
And he took a stroll in the miserable weather on Thursday.
Tuchel looked glum in the rain as Chelsea prepare to announce Brighton’s Graham Potter as his successor.
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