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Manchester derby in China cancelled due to weather

Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho Credit: Press Association

The hotly-anticipated reunion between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola has been delayed after Monday's International Champions Cup game between Manchester United and City was cancelled.

United boss Mourinho and new City manager Guardiola, who were fierce rivals while coaching Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, were due to face off for the first time in almost three years when the Manchester clubs met in a friendly fixture at Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium.

But heavy rain in the Chinese capital has rendered the pitch unplayable, with United revealing on Twitter that "tournament organisers and participating clubs have decided to cancel" the encounter.

Big Sam confirmed as England boss with two-year contract

Sam Allardyce Credit: PA

Sam Allardyce has been appointed as England's new manager, the Football Association has announced.

The FA said Sam Allardyce has signed an initial two-year contract. Sam Allardyce has signed an initial two-year deal to become England's new manager, the Football Assocation has announced.

The 61-year-old boss knew the job was his on Wednesday but a compensation package with his club Sunderland needed to be finalised before the announcement could be made.

Allardyce, who begins work immediately, said:

I am extremely honoured to be appointed England manager especially as it is no secret that this is the role I have always wanted. For me, it is absolutely the best job in English football.

– Sam Allardyce
  1. David Chisnall, ITV News

Looking back on the Glory Days with Sir Bobby, Roger Hunt and Jimmy Armfield

Roger Hunt, Sir Bobby Charlton and Jimmy Armfield at the exhibition. Credit: ITV News

Now England are up in the Euro's in France tomorrow but in Manchester a special exhibition is looking back at the 1966 World Cup glory days.

The biggest collection of memorabilia has gone on show at the National Football Museum marking the 50 years since England won the tournament.

Three members of that winning squad from our region were the guests of honour as the exhibition opened to the public.

David Chisnall went to see them:


Football League fixtures announced

Wigan Athletic celebrate promotion back to the Championship Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The fixtures for the 2016/17 Football League season have been announced. Find out who our North West teams face on the opening games of the season right here.

Saturday August 6th


  • Blackburn v Norwich
  • Bristol City v Wigan
  • Reading v Preston
New Bolton manager Phil Parkinson begin his reign at the club at home to Sheff United Credit: Steven Paston/PA Archive/Press Association Images


  • Bolton v Sheff United
  • Bury v Charlton
  • Millwall v Oldham
  • Northampton v Fleetwood
  • Rochdale v Peterborough
Gary Bowyer starts life as Blackpool manager with a home game against Exeter Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/Press Association Images


  • Accrington v Doncaster
  • Blackpool v Exeter
  • Grimsby v Morecambe
  • Stevenage v Crewe

Premier League fixtures announced

Mourinho meets Guardiola on September 10th

Jose Mourinho Credit: Press Association

Jose Mourinho will begin life as Manchester United manager in the Premier League on the south coast at Bournemouth.

The new season's fixtures which were announced on Wednesday morning saw Mourinho's United given a trip to face Eddie Howe's men on the weekend of August 13.

But that is far from the most eye-catching fixture on a first day of a new season that has several sub-plots.

A block-busting opener between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates catches the eye, while champions Leicester start at promoted Hull.

New Manchester City boss and an old adversary of Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, will have his first taste of English football at home to Sunderland.

In a tasty-looking London derby Antonio Conte's first assignment as Chelsea manager is a home game with West Ham.

Two former Southampton bosses go head-to-head at Goodison as new Everton manager Ronald Koeman plays host to Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham, while new boys Burnley are at home to Swansea and Middlesbrough welcome Stoke to the Riverside.

Finally on the opening day, Southampton - now looking to replace Koeman - are at home to Watford and Crystal Palace at home to West Brom.

It is a show-stopping opening weekend in the Premier League and the anticipation drips into subsequent weekends, with the second round of games pitting last season's first against second against each other as Leicester host Arsenal.

But although Leicester are worthy champions, plenty of fans will be heading straight for Manchester United's fixtures to see when Mourinho will come up against not only Guardiola but his old club Chelsea.

Mourinho and the Blues were synonymous with each other for a number of years as he won three Premier League titles at the Bridge, but after they sacked him for a second time in December, he decided it was time to manage another English club.

He will return to Chelsea on October 22, with Chelsea in Manchester on April 15, while he and Guardiola will meet on September 10 (Old Trafford) and February 25 (Etihad).

Other notable derby games put Everton and Liverpool against each other on December 17 (Goodison) and April 1 (Anfield), with Arsenal and Tottenham meeting on November 5 (Emirates) and April 29 (White Hart Lane).

The festive period sees games on Boxing Day and New Year's Eve, with Guardiola spending his first Christmas Day in England preparing for a December 26 clash at Hull.

Liverpool host Manchester City in a fine-looking game to see out 2016, while on the same day Mourinho will take on his former assistant in the shape of Aitor Karanka and his Middlesbrough side.

The season runs through to May 21 with reigning champions Leicester closing against Bournemouth, Manchester United at home to Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Watford.

Arsenal will hope there is something riding on theirs closer at home to Everton, as will Chelsea at home to Sunderland while Spurs finish things off at Hull.

Elsewhere on the last day, Burnley face West Ham, Liverpool play Middlesbrough, Southampton host Stoke and Swansea take on West Brom.

Koeman's Twitter Makeover

It looks like new Everton boss Ronald Koeman is excited about his move to Merseyside. The Dutchman has wasted no time in giving his official Twitter page a makeover.

Ronald Koeman's marking his move with a Twitter makeover Credit: Twitter

The former Southampton manager has signed a three year deal at Goodison Park, and takes over from Roberto Martinez who was sacked earlier this year.

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