Mauricio Pochettino will get the chance to take charge of one of the best teams in the world due to his efforts at Tottenham, Marcelo Bielsa says.

Spurs sacked Pochettino this week after just five wins in 17 matches in all competitions this season and replaced him with former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

The 47-year-old's departure came less than six months after he led Spurs to their first Champions League final, where they were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool.

Bielsa, who coached Pochettino as a young player at Newell's Old Boys and has been credited with influencing his post-playing career, says reaching that final showed just how well the Spurs side had been constructed even in a season in which no players were signed.

Bielsa now expects Pochettino to be given a chance by one of the world's top clubs.

"I'm going to talk, not about the relationship I have with Pochettino, but for what I have observed in English football," the Leeds United boss said on Thursday.

"The work Pochettino has done is brilliant. In the last year, he put Tottenham in a high level in the world. For any coach, it's a very important achievement. For Pochettino, I think it's even more important because the team that played in the Champions League last year was a team he built very carefully.

"The performance of this team was more linked by collective play rather than top players being bought for them. They didn't buy big players to achieve this. This reality makes Pochettino's work even more important.

"People who work professionally like that earn absolutely deserved credit. Maybe he couldn't enjoy this credit at Tottenham. But he will take this credit and big teams in the world will look to capitalise on it.

"For sure, he is a manager who will lead one of the best teams in the world. He made Tottenham one of the most important teams in the world.

"I have a lot of affection and respect for Mauricio. When something that is not good happens to him, I can't ignore it. If we look at the close effect of the situation, we can be sad. I feel sad.

"But in 15 days, he'll be at the top again, because when you see things from a distance, without looking at recent facts, then you can realise what you've really achieved.

"Now, he leaves a team that is attractive to Mourinho – that has a lot of value. The next team who take him will express again the respect Pochettino has created."

Pablo Hernandez has signed a two-year contract extension with Championship promotion challengers Leeds United.

The winger is now tied to the Leeds until the end of the 2021-22 season.

Hernandez initially arrived at Elland Road on loan from Al-Arabi in August 2016 before signing permanently the following January.

Named Leeds' Player of the Year in each of his two full seasons as a permanent member of the squad, Hernandez scored 12 goals and laid on the same number of assists last term.

His outstanding campaign was not enough to prevent Leeds from suffering agony in the play-offs, though, as they missed out on promotion.

Hernandez has scored two league goals and assisted as many this term, with Leeds again challenging for a return to the Premier League. Marcelo Bielsa's men are third in the Championship, two points behind leaders West Brom.

Cardiff City have appointed former Millwall boss Neil Harris as the club's new manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract following the departure of Neil Warnock.

Harris takes over with the Bluebirds 14th in the Championship after winning just one of their past six matches – a run that culminated in Warnock leaving the club by mutual consent.

During a four-year spell in charge of Millwall, Harris helped the club to promotion from League One via the play-offs in 2016-17, but he resigned on October 3 following a run of seven winless matches.

Cardiff said in a statement on Saturday: "Cardiff City FC can confirm the appointment of Neil Harris as the club's first-team manager.

"The 42-year-old has signed a deal at Cardiff City Stadium running until the summer of 2022.

"David Livermore joins Neil in the dugout as assistant manager, while James Rowberry and Andy Dibble continue in the back-room team as first-team coach and goalkeeping coach, respectively.

"Kevin Blackwell and Ronnie Jepson depart the Welsh capital with the club's sincere thanks and best wishes.

"Neil will oversee training at the Vale Resort on Monday ahead of his first City match away to Charlton Athletic on Saturday, November 23."

Sheffield Wednesday have been charged by the EFL following alleged breaches of financial rules relating to the sale of their Hillsborough stadium.

The Championship club say they are "vigorously defending" the charges, which under EFL regulations could result in penalties including a points deduction or a fine if proven.

The EFL launched an investigation into Wednesday's 2017-18 financial submission under profitability and sustainability rules following the reported sale of Hillsborough to owner Dejphon Chansiri.

Wednesday's accounts showed income of £61.27million "from related parties", which resulted in the club posting a profit.

The league body said in a statement on Thursday: "The EFL has reviewed a large number of documents obtained from the club as part of this process and concluded there is sufficient evidence to justify issuing charges of misconduct.

"The charges are in respect of a number of allegations regarding the process of how and when the stadium was sold and the inclusion of the profits in the 2017/18 accounts."

Wednesday responded by saying: "Sheffield Wednesday note the statement issued today by the EFL and the charges contained within. These charges will be vigorously defended and the club will be making no further comment at this time."

Neil Warnock has left Cardiff City by mutual consent, the Championship club have confirmed.

The veteran manager previously said he would not continue beyond the end of his contract, which was due to expire at the end of the season.

However, Warnock is to leave his post with immediate effect with the Bluebirds – relegated from the Premier League last term – languishing 14th in the second tier.

"Today I am leaving my beloved Bluebirds after over three years of which have been some of the best days in my long football career," Warnock said via a Cardiff statement. 

"I would like to thank Vincent Tan and Ken Choo for their support; Victoria my secretary who has had to look after me over the years; Kevin Blackwell and Ronnie Jepson, my ever-faithful sidekicks and friends; and all the backroom staff on both the coaching and the medical sides who have worked tirelessly to help us achieve the success we have had. 

"A special mention also to all of my players, past and present, who have given me everything. Thank you, you're a great bunch."

Warnock was appointed by Cardiff in October 2016 and led the team in promotion to the Premier League in the 2017-18 campaign.

Bristol City moved back into the Championship's play-off places thanks to a 1-0 Severnside derby win at Cardiff City on Sunday, with Josh Brownhill getting the winner to extend his side's unbeaten run to four.

It was by no means a stroll for the Robins, who were twice bailed out by the crossbar in a full-blooded encounter in Wales.

Junior Hoilett saw a swerving 25-yard drive come back off the woodwork late in the first half, before Leandro Bacuna was denied in similar circumstances just prior to the hour mark.

Bristol capitalised nine minutes later – Brownhill's own long-range effort dipping just under the bar to leave Neil Etheridge helpless - and that proved decisive despite Cardiff's late pressure.

Lee Johnson's men end the weekend in sixth, while Cardiff are seven points back in 14th. 

West Brom maintained their two-point lead at the Championship summit with a slender 1-0 win over Hull City on Saturday.

Preston North End and Leeds United remain within touching distance of the Baggies after wins over Huddersfield Town and Blackburn Rovers respectively.

At the other end of the table, Michael O'Neill inspired Stoke City to a 4-2 win over Barnsley in his first game since taking charge of the club – a result that lifts them above the Tykes at the foot of the table.

Elsewhere, Nottingham Forest edged out Derby County in the East Midlands derby, while there also wins for Fulham, Millwall, Reading and Brentford.

 

BAGGIES STAY TOP AFTER LIVERMORE STUNNER

Jake Livermore's second goal of the season was enough for West Brom to edge out Hull at the KCOM Stadium.

The 29-year-old midfielder finished off a short corner routine in spectacular style after 28 minutes, taking a touch to control the ball 20 yards from goal and unleashing a rocket of a right-footed shot into the bottom corner of the Tigers' net.

Hull started the second half brightly and Kevin Stewart missed crucial chances as Slaven Bilic's side found themselves exposed at the back.

But the visitors should have doubled their lead when Matheus Pereira – their outstanding creative player so far this season – sent a chip narrowly over the crossbar, but Bilic's table-toppers claimed all three points nonetheless.

BAMFORD ON TARGET AS WHITES WIN AGAIN

Leeds went into their clash against Blackburn unbeaten in four matches but striker Patrick Bamford was without a goal at Elland Road since April.

The former Middlesbrough striker ended his home drought after a foul on Luke Ayling earned a dominant Leeds side a penalty, Bamford coolly sending Christian Walton the wrong way as he stroked the ball home.

Bamford had a hand in the Whites' second, touching Kalvin Phillips' floated ball deftly into the path of Jack Harrison, who sent an angled shot in off the far post.

But slack marking allowed Derrick Williams to head Blackburn back into the game five minutes before half-time, the full-back rising to meet Stewart Downing's cross for his third goal of the season from 12 yards.

A combative Rovers side failed to break Marcelo Bielsa's men down, however, as they collected back-to-back Championship wins for the first time since August.

PRESTON TOO STRONG FOR RESURGENT TERRIERS

Huddersfield's recent revival came to a crashing halt at Deepdale as Preston registered a third consecutive league win with a 3-1 victory.

The Terriers were unbeaten in seven league games but never looked like clawing their way back into the game after Jayden Stockley had given the hosts a fourth-minute lead.

Alan Browne doubled that advantage shortly after the half-hour mark, while Paul Gallagher added a third with a penalty five minutes after the interval.

Juninho Bacuna pulled one back for the visitors 16 minutes from time, but it did little to take the gloss off another impressive win for Alex Neil's side.

O'NEILL MAKES INSTANT IMPACT AT STOKE

O'Neill made a superb start to life with struggling Stoke, guiding them to an emphatic win over Barnsley at Oakwell.

A Sam Clucas brace and goals from Joe Allen and Lee Gregory helped the Potters end a run of three consecutive defeats and start life after Nathan Jones in style.

Elsewhere, Lewis Grabban scored the only goal of the game as Forest edged out local rivals Derby, while Fulham registered a 1-0 win at Birmingham City.

Millwall overcame Charlton Athletic 2-1, Reading powered past Luton Town 3-0 and Brentford beat Wigan Athletic by the same scoreline.

In the day's other games, Middlesbrough drew 2-2 away at QPR and Swansea City scored deep into stoppage time to draw 2-2 with Sheffield Wednesday.

Michael O'Neill has been appointed as Stoke City's new manager but will temporarily continue in his previous role as Northern Ireland boss.

Stoke, a Premier League club 18 months ago, are bottom of the Championship with just eight points from 15 matches.

Nathan Jones was sacked last week, but the Potters' poor form continued with a 2-0 home defeat to West Brom under the caretaker charge of former player Rory Delap.

Stoke have now agreed a deal for O'Neill ahead of a clash with fellow strugglers Barnsley, yet he will take on a dual role initially.

The Irish Football Association confirmed O'Neill would oversee Northern Ireland's remaining two Euro 2020 qualifiers and any subsequent play-off matches.

Irish FA chief executive Patrick Nelson said: "We reluctantly agreed to allow Stoke to talk to Michael after they met the compensation requirements. Michael has now agreed terms with the Championship club.

"Naturally, we are extremely disappointed that Michael is leaving us.

"However, we are delighted all parties have agreed Michael will be in charge of the Northern Ireland team for the games against Netherlands and Germany and potential Euro 2020 play-off matches next March."

Northern Ireland are third in their qualification group, three points behind leaders Netherlands and second-placed Germany - their final two opponents.

O'Neill has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with Stoke.

West Brom returned to the top of the Championship with a comfortable 2-0 victory over struggling Stoke City on Monday.

Slaven Bilic's side had watched on over the weekend as Swansea City, Leeds United and then Preston North End all usurped them in the standings, leaving them in fourth at kick-off.

However, the Baggies are once again sitting pretty at the summit after brushing aside a Stoke team who had caretaker boss Rory Delap in charge for the first time.

Matt Phillips put the visitors ahead when he converted Grady Diangana's cross in the eighth minute and they rarely looked in danger of letting their advantage slip against opponents bereft of confidence.

Diangana was also heavily involved in West Brom's second, as he was fouled by Cameron Carter-Vickers inside the penalty area. Substitute Hal Robson-Kanu converted from the spot just six minutes after replacing Charlie Austin.

Defeat means Stoke - who fired Nathan Jones last Friday - remain stuck at the bottom, six points from safety.

Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla has denied a Football Association (FA) charge of racial abuse towards a Charlton Athletic player.

The FA launched an investigation following an incident involving Charlton forward Jonathan Leko during the game between the two Championship clubs at The Valley on September 28.

Casilla has now been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3, with the governing body giving the Spaniard until November 12 to provide a response.

"It is alleged that, contrary to Rule E3(1), the Leeds United goalkeeper used abusive and/or insulting words towards a Charlton Athletic player during an EFL Championship fixture on 28 September 2019," a statement from the FA read.

"It is further alleged that the words constitute an "Aggravated Breach", which is defined in Rule E3(2), as they made reference to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin."

Leeds followed the announcement by releasing a short statement of their own, confirming Casilla denies the allegation and will continue to be considered for selection while he awaits a personal hearing.

"Kiko strenuously denies the allegation and has proactively worked with the FA during their investigation to date," the Yorkshire club said.

"The next step of this process will be a personal hearing, in the meantime Kiko will remain available for selection."

Cardiff City have been threatened with a three-window transfer ban by FIFA if they fail to pay the first instalment of the fee owed to Nantes for the late Emiliano Sala.

The FIFA Players' Status Committee ruled in September that Cardiff must hand over a €6million (£5.3m) payment for club-record signing Sala, who, along with pilot David Ibbotson, died when their Piper Malibu aircraft crashed in January. 

Sala had accepted a move but Cardiff claimed the agreement to pay Nantes £15m was not legally binding because conditions insisted upon by the selling club were not fulfilled.

Cardiff announced in a statement last month that they intend to appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but world football governing body FIFA has outlined its reasons and ordered the Welsh side to pay up.

FIFA confirmed in a 21-page document published on Monday that the threat of a ban, which would run through until the end of the 2020-21 campaign, will be lifted if Cardiff make the payment within 45 days.

Preston North End moved to the top of the Championship table as a Paul Gallagher penalty secured a 1-0 win away at Charlton Athletic on Sunday.

Substitute Gallagher - who had replaced the injured Daniel Johnson in the first half - converted from the spot in the 58th minute after team-mate Jayden Stockley had been hauled down by Jason Pearce.

Charlton goalkeeper Dillon Phillips kept the deficit down to one, denying both Stockley and Tom Barkhuizen in the closing stages before the visitors held on during nine additional minutes.

The result sees Preston - who released a statement on Saturday to end speculation linking manager Alex Neil with the vacancy at Stoke City - climb from fourth to first in the table, knocking Leeds United off the summit.

Neil confirmed his commitment to the club after the game, telling Preston's official website: "There is nothing to talk about really, I am Preston North End manager and I love being here and working with these players."

Struggling Stoke are searching for a new boss after Nathan Jones was sacked on Friday.

Leeds United carved out a 2-0 win against QPR to reclaim top spot in the Championship, while struggling Middlesbrough suffered another defeat to remain in the bottom three.

Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds had been held to back-to-back draws ahead of Saturday's match, but a goal in each half from Tyler Roberts and Jack Harrison lifted them to the summit.

At the opposite end of the division, Jonathan Woodgate remains under pressure following Middlesbrough's 2-0 loss at Derby County, with Tom Lawrence scoring both goals.

Luton Town and Wigan Athletic also remain in trouble after losing to Nottingham Forest and Swansea City respectively on a dramatic day of Championship action.

 

LEEDS KEEP PACE WITH SWANSEA

With West Brom not in action until Monday, the chasing pack knew they had a chance to capitalise.

Swansea were first up in the early kick-off and followed up their 1-0 derby win over Cardiff City last time out with a late 2-1 victory at Wigan to temporarily move top.

Sam Surridge's late header snatched all three points for Swansea after Kieffer Moore had cancelled out Nathan Dyer's opener from the penalty spot.

However, the Welsh side dropped down to second a few hours later following Leeds' home win, Harrison adding to Roberts' first goal of the season.

FOREST CLIMB INTO PLAY-OFFS

Having had their game with Reading called off last week due to bad weather, Nottingham Forest put their fresh legs to good use by opening a two-goal lead at Luton Town.

Callum McManaman pulled one back late on for strugglers Luton, but goals from Lewis Grabban and Sammy Ameobi proved enough to move 2-1 winners Forest from 10th to fifth.

Sheffield Wednesday remain outside the top six after going down 2-1 to Blackburn Rovers, all three goals at Ewood Park coming in the final seven minutes.

Jacob Murphy made the breakthrough for the Owls, only for Tosin Adarabioyo and John Buckley to net in quick succession to end Blackburn's six-match winless run.

 

PRESSURE BUILDING ON WOODGATE

The Championship's lowest scorers fired another blank - their fourth in a row - with Derby winger Lawrence's brace at Pride Park leaving under-fire Woodgate with two wins since becoming Boro boss.

Elsewhere, Huddersfield Town opened up a four-point gap on the relegation zone with a Karlan Grant-inspired 1-0 win at fellow in-form side Brentford.

Grant broke the deadlock just after the hour mark at Griffin Park to snap Brentford's three-match winning streak and continue Huddersfield's resurgence under Danny Cowley.

Meanwhile, Reading beat fellow strugglers Millwall 2-1 through first-half goals from Jordan Obita and Sam Baldock to give themselves some breathing space.

CARDIFF EDGE FIERY ENCOUNTER

Hull City picked up a third league win in a row with a clinical 3-0 victory over out-of-form Fulham, who have won just one of their last five matches.

A first goal in senior football from Josh Bowler gave Hull the lead and further goals followed from Jarrod Bowen and Tom Eaves after the break.

Grant McCann's ever-improving side are now in 11th place, one point better off than Cardiff City, who were 4-2 winners over Birmingham City in south Wales.

Joe Ralls scored a hat-trick in an eventful contest that ended with both teams reduced to 10 men, with Danny Ward and Harlee Dean the players to see red.

Cauley Woodrow scored in the 94th minute as Barnsley recovered from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Bristol City and climb off the foot of the Championship.

Daniel Bentley denied Barnsley twice in the first half of Friday's clash at Oakwell, including one impressive save to turn Conor Chaplin's shot against the post.

But it was play-off chasers Bristol City who took the lead before the interval, some poor defending leaving Ashley Williams free to head home from close range.

Barnsley were given a mountain to climb with 71 minutes on the clock, Andreas Weimann the latest to peel away from his marker to send a looping header past Bradley Collins.

However, Aapo Halme headed home a corner to cut the deficit in half and Woodrow poked home deep into added time to earn his side just a ninth point of the campaign.

Stoke City have sacked manager Nathan Jones with the club second-bottom of the Championship.

Jones succeeded Gary Rowett at the bet365 Stadium in January after excelling in England's lower leagues with Luton Town.

However, having taken over a side that was already falling short of expectations following their relegation from the Premier League in 2018, the Welshman oversaw a continued decline as Stoke won just five of their 34 Championship fixtures under his management.

The Potters' form this season has been dire and, although they won back-to-back games against Swansea City and Fulham last month to briefly spark hopes of a turnaround, defeats in their past two matches against Sheffield Wednesday and Millwall mean they are four points from safety with eight points from 14 games.

Stoke, who host Championship leaders West Brom on Monday, thanked Jones for his efforts in a club statement confirming his departure, along with assistant manager Paul Hart and first-team coach Joaquin Gomez.

Jones added: "I would like to thank John and Peter Coates [Stoke's vice-chairman and chairman], firstly for the opportunity to manage this football club and then for the continued support and patience throughout my time here. I would also like to thank the supporters for their fantastic support. Finally, I wish the club the very best for the future."

Former Stoke midfielders Rory Delap and Kevin Russell have been placed in caretaker charge of first-team affairs along with goalkeeper coach Andy Quy, with the club eager to name a permanent manager "as swiftly as possible".

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