The soccer news starts with the first managerial change since the start of the 2018-19 Premier League season. Tim Ream and Luca de la Torre have a new manager at Fulham. The club announced that Claudio Ranieri replaces Slavisa Jokanovic. Fulham is in last place in the Premier League with 5 points from 12 games, two points behind 19th-place Huddersfield and three points and a tiebreaker from getting out of the relegation places.
"The objective at Fulham should never be to merely survive in the Premier League," Ranieri said. "We must at all times be a difficult opponent and should expect to succeed. This Fulham squad has exceptional talent that is contrary to its position in the table. I know this team is very capable of better performances, which we will work on straight away as we prepare for Southampton at the Cottage.”
Ranieri spent last season with Nantes in Ligue 1, finishing in 9th-place. He wasn't coaching this season. Ranieri's Premier League return carries with it expectations after winning the title with Leicester City in 2015-16, his first season managing that club. He didn't last through his second season, with the club firing him on February 23, 2017 while trying to stay out of the relegation places. Leicester City was still alive in the Champions League at the time, making it to the knockout round.
Also in the soccer news, Major League Soccer's award season continues with Atlanta United's Tata Martino winning 2018 MLS Coach of the Year. Martino led Atlanta to a 2nd-place finish in the Eastern Conference and Supporters' Shield races, once again making Mercedes-Benz Stadium a tough place to play. Martino announced before the end of the season that he won't be returning to the club, with reports indicating that he will be Mexico's next coach.
Martino won the voting in the Player and Club category with the media preferring LAFC coach Bob Bradley 31.53% to 21.32%. Martino took the overall voting 32.72% to Bradley's 22.34%.
The NY Times' Tariq Panja on the Premier League choosing Susanna Dinnage as CEO. BBC Sport's Dan Roan lists what challenges Dinnage will face, including the super league and Brexit. The Guardian's Sid Lowe's look at what Real Betis is doing in La Liga. Yahoo Sports' Leander Schaerlaeckens has a big picture point from The Football Leaks.
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