Real Salt Lake wasted little time in hiring a new manager to replace Jeff Cassar, introducing Mike Petke as his successor on Wednesday. Petke, who coached the New York Red Bulls to the MLS Supporters' Shield in 2013, had initially joined the RSL organization as manager of the USL Real Monarchs, but with Cassar shown the door after an 0-2-1 start, the opportunity presented itself for Petke to rejoin the MLS coaching ranks.
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United has a big challenge thanks to injuries and a club with far more international participants than the weekend’s Premier League rival. It has the manager asking, frankly, why the friendlies? While Phil Jones and Chris Smalling were injured in England training, not the friendly against Germany nor the World Cup qualifier versus Lithuania, Mourinho wonders why the national teams need to play relatively meaningless matches in the middle of club season. Mourinho says he is being careful not to be too vocal about his disappointment given that he’ll probably one day need those friendlies as an international boss. From Sky Sports: “A couple of weeks before the Euros or
Tottenham Hotspur won’t be getting an Erik Lamela boost any time soon. The 25-year-old winger will undergo surgery on his ailing hip this Saturday, costing him availability for Spurs’ stretch run and Argentina duty. Lamela has been missing since Oct. 29, and left Spurs lineup with the team unbeaten in the Premier League (5W-4D). He registered a goal and an assist in PL play, adding a goal and four helpers in the side’s first two rounds of the EFL Cup and two assists in three Champions League matches.