Coaches

Former England Manager Graham Taylor Dies At 72

Former Aston Villa, Watford and England manager Graham Taylor has died of a suspected heart attack. He was 72.

Taylor is best known for managing England in the 1992 Euros, in which England failed to get out of their group, and throughout qualifying for the 1994 World Cup. He also led Watford from the fourth division to the first division in just five years and made the 1984 FA Cup final.

Former Watford owner Sir Elton John paid tribute to his late friend on Instagram:

Claudio Ranieri Wins FIFA Coach Of The Year After Leicester's EPL Title

Claudio Ranieri, Leicerster City's twinkly-eyed Italian grandfather, er, manager, has been named the 2016 World Manager of the Year by FIFA. After leading the Foxes to the Premier League title, overcoming 5,000-1 odds, we'd have a hard time seeing anyone else getting the award.

Ranieri's 2016-17 Premier League season hasn't been as successful, with Leicester City mired in 15th, six points above the relegation zone. They are, however, in the Champions League knockout stage, where they have a good chance to advance past Sevilla to the quarterfinals.

Marcelo Gallardo Is About To Become Europe's Next Big Manager

When the casual soccer fan is asked who he believes are the best coaches in the world right now, the answers are usually concentrated. Names like Pep Guardiola, Diego Simeone, Joachim Low, and Jose Mourinho are mentioned. Those names come to mind because they have the most national and international exposure. These coaches are all monumental in their own way, but if you look a little deeper you’ll find there are coaches at every level of soccer setting records and cementing their place in their clubs’ histories. In this context, let me introduce you to Marcelo Gallardo.

These 32 Players Are Bruce Arena's First USMNT Squad

Bruce Arena's first USMNT squad probably won't tell us much. The Europe-based players are unavailable because it isn't an international break, and the USA-based players aren't in shape because the MLS doesn't start for a while. Also, the games won't be anywhere near competitive international matches.

That said, it is his first squad and therefore people will wildly speculate on what his team selection means. Maybe we'll learn something about the type of player Arena is looking for. More likely we won't.

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