Inter Milan: Antonio Conte parts ways with Nerazzurri by Mutual Consent

Antonio Conte led Inter Milan to their first Serie A title since 2008. Photo by Sky Sports

Antonio Conte has left the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza by Mutual consent, with Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi likely to replace him as head coach of the Serie A winners.

Conte has agreed a deal with the clubs owners which will see paid €7m (£6m) for the last year of his deal.

The former Juventus and Chelsea boss guided Inter to their first Serie A title in over a decade, however he was involved in a dispute with La Beneamata’s owners after they suggested a downsizing of his  Internazionale squad.

Conte is departing the Italian champions following a dispute with the clubs owners

Inter chairman Steven Zhang reportedly asked Conte to cut his wage bill by 15 to 20 per cent and quite possibly sell players worth up to £70m during this summer’s transfer window.

Zhang arrived at Inter’s headquarters to continue talks with senior staff on Wednesday morning.

Current Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi could replace Conte at the Lombardy based outfit

Conte was keen to keep hold of up to eight players, who he sees as ‘untouchables’ which include Milan Skrinar, Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez.

Lukaky is happy at Inter, however Conte’s departure, coupled with the club needing to cut costs due to their financial issues, has cast doubt over his status at the club.

Could Lukaku follow Conte out of Inter Milan?

The club’s strategy, could include the sale of one of the club’s main players and shift the focus on developing young talent within the sides academy.

Lazio manager Inzaghi is waiting in the wings to replace Conte at the San Siro. The former Italy striker has been in charge of the Rome club since 2016 and led them to a sixth-place finish this season, finishing six points above ferocious local rivals Roma.

England Cricket: Ben Foakes out, Haseeb Hameed and Sam Billings called into hosts’ squad for Test Series against New Zealand

Ben Foakes (left) averages 31.53 in his eight England Tests, Haseeb Hameed (centre) has two fifties in his three Tests and Sam Billings (right) is yet to receive a cap at Test level. Photo by BBC Sport

England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes will miss the two Tests against New Zealand in June after picking up a hamstring injury, whilst opener Haseeb Hameed and keeper Sam Billings have both been included in England’s squad.

Foakes, who plays for Surrey, slipped in the dressing room following their County Championship match against Middlesex on Sunday.

Nottinghamshire’s Hameed played three Tests in 2016, during England’s tour of India before several inclined years but has impressed for his county so far this season.

Kent’s Billings is a regular in the limited-overs sides but remains uncapped at Test level.

England face New Zealand in two Tests, with the first Test starting on 2 June at Lord’s, followed by the second Test on 10 June at Edgbaston.

Foakes’ injury means that Gloucestershire’s James Bracey is expected to make his Test debut as England’s wicketkeeper at Lord’s a week on Wednesday.

Bracey, 24, was acting as both the keeping and batting reserve in the initial 15-man squad, but with him now more than likely to be in the starting eleven, Chris Silverwood’s side required cover for both.

Foakes, 28, is expected to be out of action for at least three months and it means that he is yet to play a Test on home soil, having made a Test ton on debut in Sri Lanka in 2018 before playing in the West Indies and India.

England’s next Test series will be against India, which commences on 4 August.

Hameed, 24, became the youngest debutant to open for England in a Test in the first match against India at Rajkot in November 2016, when aged just 19.

He scored his maiden Test fifty in that game and a second half-century in the second innings of the third Test, despite breaking his finger in the first innings, which forced him to miss the rest of the tour.

He later struggled at Lancashire, before signing for Nottinghamshire for the 2020 season.

This year Hameed has scored 474 runs at an average of 52.66 in the County Championship, including back-to-back centuries in the same match against Worcestershire last month.

Kent captain Billings, 29, has played 22 one-day internationals and 30 Twenty20 internationals for England since making his debut in 2015.

He has six first-class hundreds, however Billings has played only one County Championship match for Kent so far this campaign, scoring just 11 runs against Glamorgan earlier this month.

Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow were all omitted, having only recently returned from the cancelled Indian Premier League.

Ben Stokes (broken finger) and Jofra Archer (elbow) are both injury absentees.

Updated England Squad: Joe Root (Yorkshire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Sam Billings (Kent), James Bracey (Gloucestershire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Zak Crawley (Kent), Haseeb Hameed (Nottinghamshire), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Jack Leach (Somerset), Craig Overton (Somerset), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Olly Stone (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).

European Super League: UEFA opens proceedings against Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid over breakaway league plan

Real Madrid, Juventus and Barcelona have not rejected the ESL. Photo by BBC Sport

Uefa has opened disciplinary proceedings against Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid over their involvement in the planned European Super League.

The clubs were part of the 12 ‘founding’ members of the breakaway league, which later fell apart.

The other nine clubs abandoned the project but Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid have declined to follow suit.

Uefa said proceedings had been opened against the three “for a potential violation of Uefa’s legal framework”.

In an official statement released on Tuesday, Uefa said: “Following an investigation conducted by Uefa ethics and disciplinary inspectors in connection with the so-called ‘Super League’ project, disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus for a potential violation of Uefa’s legal framework.

“Further information will be made available in due course.”

The other nine clubs who were set to be involved in the breakaway league – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid – have been penalised by European football’s governing body for their association with the ESL.

They have agreed to make a combined 15m euro (£13.4m) goodwill contribution to benefit children’s and grassroots football across Europe.

They will also have 5% of Uefa competition revenues withheld for one season, starting in 2023-24, and this money will be redistributed, including in the UK.

Each has also committed to Uefa and its competitions, with the clubs facing fines of 100m euros (£86.9m) apiece if they seek to join an unauthorised competition in the future. They will be fined half that if they breach any other terms of the declaration.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who was appointed as chairman of the European Super League, said recently that the 12 clubs that agreed to take part in the project all having “binding contracts” and “cannot leave”

England name provisional squad for Euro 2020: Ben White, Ben Godfrey, Aaron Ramsdale and Sam Johnstone all included

Gareth Southgate has named his provisional squad for the summer’s European Championships

The uncapped quartet of Ben White, Ben Godfrey, Sam Johnstone and Aaron Ramsdale have been named in England’s 33-man provisional Euro 2020 squad, while Trent Alexander-Arnold is also included.

Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins is also named in the squad, however Leeds United’s Patrick Bamford misses out completely.

Gareth Southgate will name his final 26-man squad for the Euros on Tuesday, 1 June.

Leicester City midfielder James Maddison, Tottenham Hotspur defender Eric Dier and injured Burnley keeper Nick Pope are all left out of Southgate’s side.

One of the huge debates had been about Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was omitted completely from Southgate’s last squad in March.

With Atletico Madrid’s La Liga winner Kieran Trippier, Manchester City’s Premier League champion Kyle Walker and Chelsea’s Reece James also in the provisional squad, one of them is highly likely to miss out of Southgate’s final 26-man side.

Goalkeepers Ramsdale, of Sheffield United, and West Brom’s Johnstone, plus centre-backs Godfrey of Everton as well as Brighton’s White, are all hoping to win their first caps for their country, if they make the final cut next week.

Brighton’s Ben White, Everton’s Ben Godrey, West Brom’s Sam Johnstone and Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale are all vying for their first international caps been included in Southgate’s provisional squad for the Euros. Photo by BBC Sport

Two teenagers are included and they are; – Borussia Dortmund’s 17-year-old midfielder Jude Bellingham as well as Arsenal’s 19-year-old winger Bukayo Saka.

England come up against Croatia (Sunday, 13 June – 14:00 BST), Scotland (Friday, 18 June – 20:00) and the Czech Republic (Tuesday, 22 June – 20:00) in Group D with all of the Three Lions’ matches taking place at Wembley.

England’s provisional 33-man squad in full:

Germany: Hansi Flick to take over from Joachim Low after delayed Euro 2020

Hansi Flick has signed a contract with German national team, which expires in 2024

Departing Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick will take over from Joachim Low as Germany manager after this summer’s European Championships.

Low is stepping away from the role following the delayed Euro 2020, having been in charge of the Die Mannschaft since 2006.

Joachim Low is stepping down as Germany boss after 15 years at the helm. Photo by Sky Sports

Flick has signed a contract to be Germany manager until the summer of 2024.

“I am hugely excited, because I see the class of players, and especially young players, which we have in Germany,” said 56-year-old Flick.

Germany national team director Oliver Bierhoff added: “He was top of my wish list from the very start.”

Flick said in April that he was leaving Bayern at the end of the season and will be replaced by RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann.

Flick was Low’s assistant with Germany from 2006 to 2014, stepping down from the role after they won the World Cup in Brazil.

He joined Bayern as Niko Kovac’s assistant in the summer of 2019 and took over as interim boss when the former Croatia international was sacked the following November.

Flick then oversaw a dramatic upturn in fortunes, winning the Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League in the 2019-20 season, earning him a permanent three-year contract.

Bayern also won the Club World Cup in February, Flick’s sixth trophy in his first 16 months in charge of the Bavarian giants.

However, this season he became frustrated with the lack of new signings and, despite holding onto the Bundesliga title, they were knocked out of the Champions League by Paris St-Germain at the quarter-final stage.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Manager Nuno Espirito Santo to leave Molineux after four years at the helm

Wolves enjoyed their best-ever Premier League finishes under Nuno – seventh in the 2018/2019 season as well as the 2019/2020 season. Photo by Sky Sports

Portuguese manager Nuno Espirito Santo will depart Wolverhampton Wanderers at the conclusion of the season by mutual agreement.

The former goalkeeper left Portuguese giants Porto to take charge of the West Midlands side in 2017 and led Wolves to the Championship title in his first season in charge.

After finishing seventh in the Premier League over the course of the last two seasons, the 47-year-old penned a three-year contract extension last September to 2023.

Wolves are 12th going into the final game of the 2020/2021 season, which is at home against Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

“Since the first day we arrived at Compton [training ground], our ambition was to make a positive change and push this football club forward,” said Nuno.

“I am proud to say that we did that every single day. We achieved our goals, we did it with passion and we did it together.”

“Sunday will be a very emotional day but I am so happy that the fans will be back in Molineux and we can share one last special moment together, as one pack.”

Wolverhampton Wanderers chairman, Jeff Shi added:

“Nuno has brought us some incredibly special moments at Wolves that will never be forgotten but every chapter comes to an end.

“His loyalty and dedication over the last four years has been immeasurable and we cannot thank him enough for the progress he has made for Wolves.

“Sunday was already going to be a very special day, welcoming our supporters back for the first time in more than a year, but it will also now be a fitting goodbye for someone who will forever remain an important part of Wolves history.”

Jeff Shi has thanked Nuno for his four-year cycle at Molineux. Photo by Wolverhampton Wanderers

Leicester City: Captain Wes Morgan to retire at the end of the season

Wes Morgan has been at Leicester City since January 2012. Photo by Getty Images

Leicester City’s title-winning captain Wes Morgan will retire at the conclusion of the 2020/2021 campaign.

The 37-year-old led the Foxes in their successful 2015/2016 season and came on as a late substitute when they lifted the FA cup for the first time in the clubs history on Saturday.

Wes Morgan (right) was captain as Leicester won the Premier League in an unforgettable season for the Foxes. Photo by BBC Sport

Former Jamaica international Morgan has made 324 appearances for Leicester in all competitions since joining the club from Nottingham Forest in January 2012.

Manager Brendan Rodgers said: “Firstly, in terms of what Wes has given me since I’ve been here, it’s been immeasurable really. I always knew it was going to be important for my senior players and, in particular, my captain to be on side in terms of the vision of how we wanted to go forward.

“He’s provided me with fantastic support. On the pitch, his career was obviously coming to an end, but he still played a very important role for me, even though he wasn’t playing every single week. He has a warrior sprit.

“He really sets the example on the pitch for the other players. Then, off the pitch, he’s a real good guy. A lot of the younger players can go to him and talk to him. He’s very calm. In moments where there’s pressure or stress, he’s a guy who’s just calm and focused.

“From my own perspective, he’s been a huge part of what I’ve done in this two-and-a-half years at Leicester City. His career as a whole, it’s been an incredible journey. I’d seen him playing when he was at Forest and came up against him in the play-off semi-final for Swansea City.

“It’s important for captains to be selfless. They have to think of everyone, not just themselves. They’re huge influences for the young guys. You really have to take care of the team, that’s your job as the captain and he’s done that remarkably well.

“He’s the type of captain who’s an old-school British captain, where they’re very inspirational. He’s a centre-half who leads by example. He wins his headers. He puts his body on the line. There’s no questions asked. He gives his all for the manager and he takes care of the team. 

“When he joined the Club, it probably wasn’t an easy move, going from Nottingham Forest to another Midlands team. There’s very few players that could make that transition and be loved by both teams, but he’s certainly that guy.

It was great for me to get to know him. I’d known of him for a number of years without knowing him personally, but when I arrived in here, I’ve seen what he’s given the Club. 

“I’ll always be forever grateful for his support during my time here.”

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers (left) has paid tribute to the retiring captain Wes Morgan (right).

Leicester, who are aiming for a Champions League place for next season, conclude their campaign against Tottenham on Sunday afternoon and their match kicks off at 16:00 BST.

Morgan joined Leicester from Nottingham Forest in January 2012 and was appointed captain for the 2012/2013 season.

He played every minute in the Foxes’ Premier League-winning season, during the 2015/2016 campaign and scored a header in a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford, which moved Leicester closer to the title.

He also represented Jamaica 30 appearances between 2013 and 2016.

Morgan will remain involved at the King Power Stadium and will also keep his role on the Professional Footballers’ Association’s board.

“To come to Leicester has been one of my best choices and I can always look back on the memories,” Morgan said.

“The fans have always been good to me. I always played my heart out for them.”

Leyton Orient: Kenny Jackett appointed new manager of East London side

Leyton Orient have announced Kenny Jackett as their new manager on a one-year rolling contract

Leyton Orient have named former Watford, Millwall and Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett as their new manager.

The 59-year-old, who has agreed terms on a one-year rolling contract at The Breyer Group Stadium, comes in after the O’s opted against giving interim boss Jobi McAnuff the job on a permanent basis.

The veteran winger, who has recently retired from playing had been in charge of Orient since Ross Embleton departed the League Two side at the end of February.

Following his appointment Jackett said: “I’m really excited by the challenge.

“I want to build on the good work that’s been put in here, coming out of the Conference [National League] and stabilising in League Two.

“My own personal ambition is to then push on and compete at the top end of League Two.

“I certainly feel Leyton Orient is capable of it, traditionally and with the structure and the set-up that they currently have.

“It’s a big challenge for the new season, but that’s what’s attracted me here.”

Orient director of football Martin Ling added:

“You need a captain of the ship and I feel the captain is here in terms of Kenny.

“It was a long process, it was a process that we went through thoroughly.

“Kenny was the first person that I spoke to actually, regarding the possibility of coming here and when I spoke to Kenny part of me was thinking ‘will Kenny drop to League Two?’

“But once I spoke to him about the club and gave our side of things, Kenny bought into that and he remained the main candidate throughout and I’m delighted that Kenny is sitting here.”

Orient director of football, Martin Ling is delighted that Kenny Jackett has joined Leyton Orient as their new manager

Jofra Archer: Sussex and England pace bowler to have surgery on elbow injury

Archer was holding his troublesome elbow during Sussex’s game against Kent. Photo by BBC Sport

England pace bowler Jofra Archer will undergo surgery on his troublesome right elbow on Friday.

The 26-year-old had an injection for the long-term problem in March and has only managed to play two matches in that time.

He bowled only five overs in the second innings of Sussex’s draw with Kent last week.

During Sussex’s draw with Kent, Archer bowled a total of 18 overs, 4 maidens, 3 wickets for 43 runs. Photo by Charlie Crowhurst

A timespan on his recovery is yet to be confirmed in a year that includes the Twenty20 World Cup as well as an Ashes series in Australia.

In a statement the England and Wales Cricket Board said: “Jofra Archer has been reviewed by a medical consultant in respect of his right elbow soreness. He will now proceed to surgery tomorrow.

“Further updates will be released in due course.”

Archer has played 13 Tests, 17 one-day internationals and 12 T20s for England, and was part of the England that won the 2019 World Cup on home soil.

He missed a few matches of England’s tour of South Africa at the beginning of 2020 with the elbow problem, and was then ruled out of the fourth Test against India earlier this year due to the same the same issue.

The Barbados-born bowler sat out the cancelled Indian Premier League, during which time he under went an operation to remove a piece of glass from his hand, an injury he sustained when cleaning his fish tank at home.

He made his return from injury this month, firstly in the Sussex second team then against Kent in the County Championship – and it was revealed on Saturday he had told Sussex captain Ben Brown he was not fit to bowl.

In total, his bowling comeback has consisted of less than 50 overs.

Sol Bamba: Cardiff City defender announces that he is cancer free after Non-Hodgkin lymphoma battle

Sol Bamba has said that he is cancer free after undergoing treatment for Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Photo by Sky Sports

Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba has revealed that he is free of cancer just over four months after it was announced that he had undergone treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Bamba, 36, had chemotherapy after his cancer diagnosis.

He returned to action as a 95th minute substitute during the Bluebirds’ draw with Rotherham United on 8 May, Bamba says he is now clear of the disease.

Sol Bamba’s sub appearance for Cardiff against Rotherham on 8 May was his first outing since 16 December

“Hey everyone, just a quick message to inform you that I’m now cancer free,” the ex-Leeds United, Leicester City and Hibernian player wrote on his Instagram page.

“It is of course incredibly heart-warming news for my family and I, we are over the moon right now.

“Thank you to all my family, my friends and of course the club and everyone in the football industry that has helped me facing this challenge.”

Cardiff manager Mick McCarthy said that Bamba’s short appearance against Rotherham on the final day of the 2020/21 season had incited delight throughout the Championship club.

“He has been a big part of the club and everybody loves him,” McCarthy said following the game.

Bamba, who has been at the Cardiff City Stadium since 2016, had spoken of his “pure joy” at returning to training in April, although he did say at the time that there was “still a long way to go” in his recovery.

 Côte d’Ivoire international Bamba, has made 118 appearances for the South Wales based outfit since joining the club from Leeds United in 2016, sees his deal run out this summer.

The club are in negotiations over the possibility of a new contract with the experienced centre-back.