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Charlton appoint Israeli Guy Luzon as Head Coach

Guy Luzon has signed a contract until the end of next season. Credit: PA

Charlton have appointed the former Standard Liege manager Guy Luzon as their new Head Coach. The club have been without a Head Coach since Bob Peeters was sacked on Sunday.

Apart from managing in Belgium, Luzon has also been in charge of the Israeli Under-21 team.

I am happy to have joined Charlton and will work as hard as I can to try and make the club successful. We have talented players in the squad and it is my job to try and bring the best out of them. It is important to have a positive spirit in the team and I want to ensure the entire group is fighting together for the good of the club. I look forward to taking training for the first time and getting my ideas across to the players.

– Guy Luzon

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Pardew hopes the pitch will help Palace beat Spurs

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew believes the new pitch might help his side win against Tottenham Hotspur.

The London derby takes place at Selhurt Park on Saturday.

The Eagles are going into the game as the underdogs currently placing third from bottom in the table, while rivals Tottenham are fifth, their highest position since the start of the season.

Chelsea assistant coach doubts the club will be signing Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has been voted the world's best player four times. Credit: PA

The Chelsea assistant coach Steve Holland has said he thinks it's impossible that Chelsea would sign the Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi from Barcelona. Messi is reported to be unhappy in Spain and to have fallen out with the club's coach Luis Enrique. However, at today's press conference, Holland said the Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was happy with his current squad and the cost of buying Messi would contravene financial fair play rules.

Jose has made it quite clear his expectations are that nobody comes and nobody goes during the transfer window. We're perfectly happy with what we have. It's not a decision I personally would make. When you look at the numbers being mentioned around Messi, I would think it's an impossible deal for any club working within the financial fair play rules.

– Steve Holland, Chelsea Assistant Coach
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