Southampton get back to work following Mauricio Pellegrino sacking
Southampton had to put the confusion regarding their managerial situation to one side as they trained ahead of Sunday's trip to Wigan.
Pellegrino's assistant manager Carlos Compagnucci and assistant first-team coach Xavier Tamarit have also left the club but the squad had to get back to business on Tuesday ahead of the quarter-final clash at the DW Stadium.
Cedric Soares in action during the Southampton training session on Tuesday morning
Nathan Redmond attempts to control the ball during the session at the Staplewood Campus
Soares (left) attempts to close down Sofiane Boufal during a practice match
The players looked focused on the task at hand as they took past in a number of drills before playing a practice match on a cloudy day at their Staplewood Campus.
'From the beginning I tried to do my best every single day, I tried to give back to the club and tried to represent the club with pride,' he said.
'Some moments we managed this, some moments we couldn't, but we have been living a difficult season for many reasons. The manager is the face of a lot of decisions and actions, but I always tried to put the club first with my technical staff and the board behind me.
Left0back Ryan Bertand plays a pass as his team geared up for Sunday's trip to Wigan
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg dribbles with the ball ahead of Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final clash
'I feel so sorry to leave the club in this situation, but when you don't get results I understand the decision the club has to take.'
Former Saints player Mark Hughes has emerged as the shock front-runner to become their new manager.
Southampton moved quickly to approach out of work Hughes after axing Pellegrino with the final details set to be completed by Wednesday.
The Welshman is expected to be joined by his management staff Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki.
Southampton sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino after Saturday's loss at Newcastle
Mark Hughes is set to become Southampton's new manager after Pellegrino's departure
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as a potential championship contender over the last couple of seasons with Red Bull.</p><p>But 28-year-old Ricciardo refused to rule out the possibility of driving for another team in 2019.</p><p>Speaking to motorsport.com earlier today, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner warned Ricciardo away from a move, suggesting that the grass is not always greener on the other side.</p><p>"The situation with Daniel is there's an intent on both sides to move forwards," Horner said at today's French GP press conference.</p><p>"The first thing was to close the situation with the engine. That's now done, Daniel understands the engineering rationale behind that.</p><p>"Let's not forget he's been in a car that the last couple of grands prix [Monaco and Canada] has been lapping the cars to our left.</p><p>"It would be a fairly bold decision to step out of a car he's won two grands prix in this year and is a championship contender.</p><p>"I would be surprised if he was to leave the team because it's a good fit between himself and Red Bull but it's Formula 1."</p><p>Earlier this week, the team announced they would be competing with Honda engines next year after splitting with Renault.</p><p>The decision was welcomed by Max Verstappen, who told reporters: “You have Honda basically working for Red Bull and Toro Rosso only, so it's purely designed around your car.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
nce again on his return to grass during his clash with Australian Ebden on Friday.</p><p>However, the Swiss superstar did enough to overpower Ebden 7-6(2) 7-5 to book his place in the semi-finals and he played some stunning backhands in the process.</p><p>The nine-time Halle champion, who saved two match points to beat Benoit Paire in the second round, edged a tense opening set against 60th ranked Ebden in the tiebreak with a backhand winner.</p><p>Ebden was leading 5-3 in the second set against the 36-year-old before the Swiss fought back to secure four consecutive games to set-up a semi-final against American Denis Kudla.</p><p>Federer extended his grasscourt streak to 19, which includes the Stuttgart title and last year's triumphs at Wimbledon and Halle.</p><p>"It was a tough job, because Matthew played very well," Federer said.</p><p>"I had to fight a lot, find my rhythm and did not get into the game well.</p><p>"In the second sentence it went a bit back and forth and sometimes it was frustrating.</p><p>"You have to react well and I think I've mastered it well in the end."</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
other tonight they will advance to the last 16.</p><p>Serbia have made one change to their starting line-up for their World Cup Group E clash.</p><p>The sole adjustment from the 1-0 win over Costa Rica on Sunday saw Filip Kostic come in for Adem Ljajic.</p><p>Switzerland kept the same first XI from their 1-1 draw with Brazil, with Valon Behrami, who had limped off in that contest, passed fit to play.</p><p>Valon Behrami, who suffered a knock in that game, plays in midfield in a 4-2-3-1 formation and Petkovic kept faith with struggling striker Haris Seferovic.</p><p>Serbia, who beat Costa Rica 1-0 in their first game, made one change with coach Mladen Krstajic including Filip Kostic in place of midfielder Adem Ljajic.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
ess publishing pictures of Steve Holland displaying the England team of the Panama match on Sunday.</p><p>“I’m sorry Gary Neville, but you’re wrong to say we’re wrong to report it,” Matt said.</p><p>“Fans around the world want to know. In fact media from around the world were in the same training session, so the fact that Steve Holland allowed his notebook to be photographed is a mistake that could have been picked up by anyone around the world.</p><p>“Us England media, while we’d love the team to do well, don’t necessarily have a duty to protect mistakes that the England set up have made.</p><p>“Now I don’t think it’s the end of the world, it’s something that Gareth’s very previous about - his team selection.</p><p>“The former manager Sam Allarydce’s first thing when he arrived was to say ‘well I’m going to tell you what my team is and we’ll go on and take whoever we play’.</p><p>“Gareth’s not like that and we understand that. But on reporting these things I think it’s important for the media to make one step away. For instance there’s a working room in the media centre. That’s what we’re here to do. This is great but we’ve also got our job to do.</p><p>“So Gary, you’re part of the media now. I think you need to think about that and if you’re going to have a foot in both camps perhaps think whether or not it’s best to concentrate more on the management career that you’ve started along or perhaps commit to the media and think you’re job now is to inform people and to give analysis with the best intelligence available, and that’s simply what we’ve been doing here.”</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
hat I had at my disposal and what they had, it was a good effort. They are one of the best teams in the world,' said Ramirez.</p><p>Costa Rica coach Oscar Ramirez believes his team gave their all despite their elimination</p><p>'We had a plan, a strategy, and an idea for how to control the opponents with and without the ball and in the first half we had enough possession and opportunities.</p><p>'We knew Brazil's strengths and we wanted to minimise them and we managed to do so for nearly 91 minutes,' he added.</p><p>Brazil coach Tite brought on Douglas Costa for Willian on the right at halftime and then threw on an extra striker in Roberto Firmino.</p><p>The Costa Rica players were left dejected as defeat to Brazil saw them knocked out </p><p>Ramirez, whose side lost 1-0 to Serbia in their opening game, said those switches had made the difference.</p><p>'They made changes that made our life difficult. My players made a huge effort, they defended well and whenever we had the chance to attack their goal they did. But unfortunately, in the end, we weren't able to finish.</p><p>The Costa Rica coach rejected the criticism that he had been too cautious with his tactics.</p><p>'I think we have seen several games in this World Cup that the results are very tight and things are decided by fine margins.'</p><p>The second goal was a consequence of players being a little tired. You have to know when to risk and when not if you are up against a very, very good team.</p><p>'International games are played very differently. I thought we managed the game well against a very strong national side,' he added.</p><p>Ramirez denied that his team were unable to compete physically with top-level opponents but said they lacked the finishing touch they showed four years ago in their surprise run to the quarter-finals.</p><p>'We run, look at FIFA stats and they show we run a lot -- I don't think less strong in that area. It was other things which failed -- remember we were playing against a team with brilliant players.</p><p>'Unfortunately it was not like in 2014, we were not able to finish when we had opportunities -- unlike against Italy in Brazil where we had two chances and won 1-0.' </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group</p>
oup stage for the first time since 2002 after their embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Croatia.</p><p>Nigeria's victory over Iceland will have been celebrated vehemently by Argentina</p><p>Argentina can qualify for the last 16 if they beat Nigeria on Tuesday and Iceland fail to win</p><p>Argentina can also progress if they and Iceland win but their margin of victory is larger</p><p>After two games, Nigeria have three points, while Argentina and Iceland both have one. Leaders Croatia, on six, have reached the last 16 with a match to spare. </p><p>Crucially, Iceland's goal difference is marginally better than Argentina's - minus two, while the South Americans are on minus three.</p><p>Goal difference is the primary decider of group ranking at the World Cup, after points, unlike in the Champions League where head-to-head takes precedence. </p><p>The final games in the group kick-off at 7pm UK time on Tuesday, with Argentina playing Nigeria in Saint Petersburg, while Iceland face Croatia in Rostov. </p><p>Iceland require a win and for Argentina to beat Nigeria, but for the margin to be narrower</p><p>Argentina must win their match, and at the same time better Iceland's result against a Croatian team who may rest players, given their knockout spot is secure. </p><p>So for example, if Argentina win 3-0 and Iceland win 1-0, then Argentina qualify on goal difference. If they win 2-0 and Iceland win 1-0, then Argentina would also go through - both sides would have four points and minus one goal difference, but Messi and co would have scored three goals to Iceland's two.</p><p>Of course, if Iceland draw or lose and Argentina win, then Messi's hopes of being a world champion can continue. </p><p>However if both sides win 1-0, then Iceland knock Argentina out, as their goal difference would be minus one to Argentina's minus two. </p><p>Nigeria will qualify with a win over Argentina - and with the right results a draw will suffice</p><p>Iceland therefore require not only a win and for Argentina to beat Nigeria, but for the Argentina winning margin to be the same or narrower than theirs.</p><p>Nigeria meanwhile will progress if they beat Argentina, or if they draw and Iceland fail to win by more than two clear goals.</p><p>Nigeria would also be likely to progress with a high scoring draw, regardless of the Iceland result, as number of goals in all group matches follows goal difference in deciding the rankings.</p><p>So, should Nigeria draw 2-2 and Iceland win 2-0, for example, they would have the same number of points and goal differences of zero - but Nigeria would have scored four goals to Iceland's three, and would progress. </p><p> The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group</p>
sia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, according to Bundesliga expert Lee Price.</p><p>He said: “The German star is out of favour at Borussia Dortmund, and wants to test himself in England, plus would command a relatively modest fee in today’s hyperactive transfer market. “Most Premier League clubs would take the star, but Liverpool would be his top choice, largely because of the Klopp factor – who he worked with at Dortmund.</p><p>“Klopp thinks he can revitalise the player’s career, unearth a bargain, and add strength in depth to his squad.”</p><p>17:30: Galatasaray have reportedly made a bid for Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic.</p><p>Turkish outlet Fotomac claim Galatasaray have approached the Reds about Grujic, who is out of favour at Anfield.</p><p>Grujic is currently at the World Cup with the Croatian national team.</p><p>17:00: Ex-Stoke player Chris Kamara believes Xherdan Shaqiri is good enough to fight for a place in the Liverpool squad if he joins the Champions League finalists.</p><p>Kamara told the Daily Star: “Shaqiri is a brilliant player, absolutely fantastic.</p><p>“If Stoke manage to keep him in the Championship then that would be a miracle because he’s top class.</p><p>“He would perform in a Liverpool team, that’s for sure. There is always room [in the team] for top-class players.</p><p>“You play so many games throughout the season and someone like Shaqiri would earn his stripes in terms of performances.”</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
emier League this summer.</p><p>United and Tottenham are said to be battling to sign the 29-year-old left-back.</p><p>Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is on the lookout for a new left-back, with the Special One publicly slamming Luke Shaw.</p><p>Alba, whose contract with Barca runs until 2020, has a £132m (€150m) release clause in his current deal.</p><p>And the bookies say United are the favourites to land the Barca defender ahead of Tottenham this summer.</p><p> Man Utd transfer news Jose Mourinho could sign Barcelona star Jordi Alba </p><p>BetStars spokesman Ian Marmion said: “Manchester United and Tottenham could be set to battle for the signature of Jordi Alba in what would represent one of the more sensational transfer sagas of the summer.</p><p>“Alba has been an integral part of Barcelona’s successes over the past few years, but the odds suggest the defender could be on his way to the Premier League this summer.</p><p>“We have Manchester United as the 4/1 favourites for the 29-year-old’s signature, whilst Tottenham are not far behind at 5/1.</p><p>Spanish newspaper Sport claim Manchester United have a 10-man shortlist for the summer transfer window</p><p>“Juventus may look to move for Alba if their current left-back Alex Sandro, himself linked with Manchester United, moves on this summer. Currently though, the Serie A champions are priced as outsiders at 8/1 to sign the Spaniard.</p><p>“Manchester City are also in the running, but their odds of 12/1 suggest Pep Guardiola is not prioritising a move for the Barcelona defender.”</p><p>Juventus and Manchester City are also in the running for Alba, priced at 8/1 and 12/1 respectively.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
n their World Cup Group F clash?</p><p>Mexico are in prime position to qualify from Group F following their shock 1-0 win over Germany.</p><p>A win for Mexico will all-but-see Juan Carlos Osorio’s side through, particularly if Germany take points off Sweden.</p><p>The veteran coach has a reputation for shuffling his quad, although the likes of Miguel Layun and Lozano are likely to be exempt from rotation.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
5), 7-6(3) victory against the defending champion to set up a clash with top seed Marin Cilic who breezed past Sam Querrey.</p><p>Kyrgios has his detractors, and his volatile temperament has frequently landed him in hot water with the game's authorities.</p><p>Nick Kyrgios of Australiaserved 32 aces in just two sets at the Fever-Tree Championships</p><p>But on his day, when his mind does not wander and he lets his racket do the talking, there are few players who can electrify a tennis court quite like him.</p><p>He finished off Lopez with his 32nd ace on Friday, matching the total he landed against Briton's Kyle Edmund on Thursday, having also served 18 against Andy Murray on Tuesday.</p><p>So far his favourite weapon has delivered £4,100 this week to a London children's hospital, which benefits to the sum of £50 for every ace fired down on the Queen's centre court.</p><p>With two more matches still possible, few would bet against Kyrgios adding his name alongside a prestigious list of winners here, that donation looks set to swell.</p><p>Feliciano Lopez, the defending champion, was unable to cope with the excellent serving</p><p>'I can't remember a specific time when I've served at this level back to back,' Kyrgios, who was narrowly beaten by Roger Federer in Stuttgart last week, told reporters.</p><p>To bracket Kyrgios purely as a serving machine, however, would be inaccurate. On Friday against the cultured left-hander Lopez he illustrated just how many weapons he has at his disposal -- including the logic-defying trick shots.</p><p>His jabby double-handed backhand, delivered with almost no backswing, gave him the first mini-break in the first set tiebreaker, and he followed that with a backhand passing shot off a low skidding Lopez approach.</p><p>An exquisite lob gave him daylight in the tiebreaker and then he ended the first set by feathering a crafty drop shot.</p><p>Playing classical serve and volley tennis, Lopez exerted pressure on Kyrgios in the second set but there was no hint of the meltdowns that have occurred in the past.</p><p>Kyrgios celebrates after sealing his victory in the second-set tie break to make the semi-finals</p><p>At 3-4 Kyrgios was down 15-40 but conjured a 134mph second serve on his way to holding. The world number 21 then faced a set point at 4-5 but Lopez was powerless as another ace flew by.</p><p>Kyrgios got steamed up early in the tiebreak, yelling at his entourage. But he remained calm enough to claim victory with yet another bamboozling first serve.</p><p>The day's earlier match was a snooze fest by comparison as Cilic beat Querrey 7-6(3) 6-2 in little more than an hour.</p><p>Cilic failed to convert a set point in the 10th game but once he had taken the opening tiebreaker he was untroubled.</p><p>The big Croat, winner of the prestigious Wimbledon warm-up event in 2012 and runner-up in 2013 and last year, was ruthless as he won nine points in a row on his way to a 4-0 lead and was untouchable on serve as he sealed victory in 78 minutes.</p><p>Lopz and Kyrgios shake hands at the net after the Australian seals a 7-6, 7-6 victory at Queen's</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group</p>