The soccer news starts in the Championship. Cameron Carter-Vickers will have a new manager with Stoke City dismissing Nathan Jones along with the club's assistant manager and first team coach. Jones had been with the club since January, 2019. Stoke is in 23rd-place in the Championship, tied on points with last-place Barnsley. Back-to-back losses followed back-to-back wins in October. Stoke City did not officially name an interim manager. Carter-Vickers is on loan to the club from Spurs.
"I would like to thank John and Peter Coates, firstly for the opportunity to manage this football club and then for the continued support and patience throughout my time here," Jones said in a press statement. "I would also like to thank the supporters for their fantastic support. Finally, I wish the Club the very best for the future."
When to fire the manager is an old issue across soccer, with the timing running alongside the likelihood of change. Sending a statement that results aren't good enough doesn't make sense if the next manager can't improve on them. It's still the first day of November, 14 games into the 46-game Championship season. Stoke City is now the sixth Championship club to make a change so far, underlining the reality of a quick results oriented business.
For Stoke City, the issue is keeping up the appearance of a relegated Premier League club. That took somewhat of a hit with a 16th-place finish in last season's Championship, their return to the second division after 10 seasons in the topflight. What Stoke is working against is similar to other former Premier League clubs that couldn't mount a quick return. Are they a Premier League team in waiting, or another date on the schedule for the better Championship teams?
Also in the soccer news, Kenny Saief wasn't in the squad for Anderlecht's 3-3 home draw with KAA Gent. Yari Verschaeren put Anderlecht up in the 17th minute with Gent equalizing in the 25th. Kemar Roofe converted a 68th minute Anderlecht penalty and scored again in the 70th. Gent pulled a goal back in the 85th and equalized four minutes into stoppage time. William Yarbrough was on the bench for Club Leon's 1-0 loss at Cruz Azul. The game's only goal came in the 52nd minute.
The Independent's Miguel Delaney explains the issues with the soccer calendar and fixture congestion. FourFourTwo's Seb Stafford-Bloor asks about Jose Mourinho's future in the Premier League. iNews' Daniel Storey looks at Newcastle United's attendance issues. Bundesliga.com previews the Berlin derby. BBC Sport tells the story of Union Berlin.
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