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Football: Nuremberg sack coach Verbeek after 184 days

Bundesliga strugglers Nuremberg announced on Wednesday they had sacked coach Gertjan Verbeek after just 184 days in charge. The decision to fire the 51-year-old Dutchman follows Sunday's 4-1 home to defeat to Bayer Leverkusen that kept the club second bottom of the league and set to be relegated. "After a run of defeats for the club, we have decided to take the necessary steps to get back to winning ways while we still have three matches to play," general manager Martin Bader said.

Football: Nuremburg sack coach Verbeek

Bundesliga strugglers Nuremburg announced on Wednesday that coach Gertjan Verbeek has been sacked. The decision to fire the 51-year-old Dutchman follows a 4-1 home to defeat to Bayer Leverkusen last weekend that left the club second bottom of the league and facing relegation. "After a run of defeats for the club, we have decided to take the necessary steps to get back to winning ways while we still have three matches to play," general manager Martin Bader said.

Football: Nuremberg sack coach Verbeek

Bundesliga strugglers Nuremburg announced on Wednesday that coach Gertjan Verbeek has been sacked. The decision to fire the 51-year-old Dutchman follows a 4-1 home to defeat to Bayer Leverkusen last weekend that left the club second bottom of the league and facing relegation. "After a run of defeats for the club, we have decided to take the necessary steps to get back to winning ways while we still have three matches to play," general manager Martin Bader said.

Van Gaal installed as favorite to replace Moyes

(Reuters) - Netherlands head coach Louis Van Gaal was quickly installed as the bookmakers' favorite to succeed David Moyes as Manchester United manager after the English Premier League club announced the end of the Scot's ill-fated spell in charge on Tuesday. Van Gaal, who has coached Barcelona, Ajax Amsterdam and Bayern Munich in a distinguished career, has already said he will step down from the national team after the World Cup in July and had been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur.

Football: Man Utd sack manager David Moyes

Manager David Moyes has been sacked by Manchester United, the club announced on their Twitter account on Tuesday. "Manchester United announces that David Moyes has left the club," United said. "The club would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role." News of Moyes's exit comes a day after widespread reports in the British media that he was facing the sack, just 10 months after succeeding Alex Ferguson as manager of the world-famous club.

Football: English Premier League leading scorers

Leading scorers in English Premier League after Monday's match: 30: Suarez (Liverpool) 20: Sturridge (Liverpool) 18: Toure (Man City) 16: Aguero (Man City) 15: Rodriguez (Southampton), Rooney (Man Utd) 14: Bony (Swansea), Giroud (Arsenal), Hazard (Chelsea) 13: Gerrard (Liverpool), Lukaku (Everton), Remy (Newcastle) 11: Dzeko (Man City), Lambert (Southampton), van Persie (Man Utd) 10: Adebayor (Tottenham), Benteke (Aston Villa)

Football: Ajax crushed 5-1 by Zwolle in trouble-hit Dutch Cup final

Ajax suffered a 5-1 humiliation in Sunday's Dutch Cup final at the hands of unheralded Zwolle with the match held up when angry fans of the Amsterdam giants pelted the pitch with smoke-bombs and fireworks. PEC Zwolle, based 120km to the north-east of Amsterdam, were a goal down after just three minutes before sprinting into a 4-1 lead at the break on their way to their first Dutch Cup triumph. But the game was twice held up -- including for half an hour just after the start -- when Ajax fans hurled flares on to the pitch and play was delayed to allow smoke to clear.

Football: English Premier League leading scorers

Leading scorers in English Premier League after Sunday's matches: 30: Suarez (Liverpool) 20: Sturridge (Liverpool) 18: Toure (Man City) 15: Aguero (Man City), Rodriguez (Southampton), Rooney (Man Utd) 14: Bony (Swansea), Giroud (Arsenal), Hazard (Chelsea) 13: Gerrard (Liverpool), Lukaku (Everton), Remy (Newcastle) 11: Dzeko (Man City), Lambert (Southampton), van Persie (Man Utd) 10: Adebayor (Tottenham), Benteke (Aston Villa)

Football: English Premier League leading scorers

Leading scorers in English Premier League after Tuesday's match: 29: Suarez (Liverpool) 20: Sturridge (Liverpool) 18: Toure (Man City) 15: Aguero (Man City), Rodriguez (Southampton), Rooney (Man Utd) 14: Hazard (Chelsea), Giroud (Arsenal), 13: Gerrard (Liverpool), Lukaku (Everton), Remy (Newcastle) 12: Bony (Swansea) 11: Dzeko (Man City), Lambert (Southampton), van Persie (Man Utd) 10: Adebayor (Tottenham), Benteke (Aston Villa) afp

Dutchman Willems ruled out of World Cup

(Reuters) - Netherlands fullback Jetro Willems will miss the World Cup after picking up a knee injury in PSV Eindhoven's league defeat by Feyenoord at the weekend, his club said on Tuesday. The 20-year-old, the youngest player to appear at a European Championship tournament two years ago, suffered a cartilage tear, PSV said in a statement on their website (www.psv.nl). A scan on the knee revealed damage that will keep him out for "several months," the statement added.
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