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Southampton boss unhappy with Man Utd over Van Gaal

Koeman makes his feeling known about the way Van Gaal was treated. Credit: PA

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has criticised the way Man United handled the dismissal of Louis van Gaal.

Hours after the Red Devils lifted the FA Cup trophy at Wembley, it emerged they would be dismissing their manager following months of endless speculation about his future.

Despite rumours of secret talks between the club and Jose Mourinho's representatives, Van Gaal was reportedly kept in the dark about United's plans to replace him in the summer.

Mourinho has since been confirmed as Van Gaal's replacement in the Old Trafford hotseat and speaking to the Sunday Mirror, Koeman explained:

I have watched the process around Louis and Jose Mourinho from a distance. For months we were all reading that Mourinho was busy with Manchester United. If Louis was not told about getting the sack until after the FA Cup Final, then Manchester United as a club don’t deserve a medal for the way they treated him.

If you know a little bit about the business at the highest level in football, then you know that these kind of deals are not done over night. But Louis has been put under tremendous pressure for months. This is why I admire the way he kept his dignity.

Of course, he had a number of run-ins with the media and there were moments when I thought ‘Louis, you could have dealt with that in another way.’ But Louis is Louis. But looking at the incredible pressure all around him, I think he did a great job winning a big trophy like the FA Cup.

– Ronald Koeman speaking to the Sunday Mirror

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BREAKING: Reading FC sack Brian McDermott

He's gone- McDermott's been 'relieved of his duties' Credit: PA

BREAKING: Reading football club has just announced it has parted company with manager Brian McDermott. In the last few minutes its published a statement on the club website saying it was a 'difficult' decision.

More to follow.

After careful consideration, the board of Reading Football Club have taken the difficult decision to relieve Manager Brian McDermott of his duties.

We would like to sincerely thank Brian for all his hard work since his return to the club in December 2015 and wish him well in his future career.

The board of Reading Football Club will now undertake a rigorous recruitment process over the next few weeks to identify the right man to lead this club forward and into the 2016-17 season. The club will make a further announcement to our supporters in due course

– Reading FC website

Hitting back: Boxer put in coma by Brighton's Chris Eubank Jr launches bitter war of words

The boxer Nick Blackwell has condemned Brighton-based Chris Eubank Junior - and his father - for giving a press conference while he was in a coma.

The 25 year-old suffered swelling to the brain following a fight with Eubank Junior in March.

Blackwell says his family begged them not to talk to the media while he was in hospital. But the Eubank team say public pressure to speak was so huge they felt they had to.

Malcolm Shaw reports.

Boxer slams Eubanks for speaking out while he was in coma

Nick Blackwell is recovering but will never box again Credit: Hennessy Sports

Boxer Nick Blackwell has criticised Brighton-based Chris Eubank Junior and his father for giving a press conference while he was in a coma.

The 25 year-old suffered swelling to the brain following a fight with Eubank Junior in March.

He says his family begged them not to talk to the media while he was in hospital.

The Eubank team say public pressure to speak was so huge they felt they had to speak out.

Team Eubank said they felt they HAD to speak out Credit: ITV Meridian

Blackwell was in an induced coma in hospital for several weeks, suffering from a bleed on the brain.

The bout was stopped in the 10th round after the doctor decided Blackwell was unable to see sufficiently from his left eye.

Nick Blackwell in his hospital bed Credit: Hennessy Sports

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Bruno stays but captain Greer and goal hero Zamora to leave Seagulls

Brighton & Hove Albion have offered new contracts to player of the season runner-up Bruno, and goalkeepers Niki Maenpaa and Casper Ankergren.

But club captain Gordon Greer, Inigo Calderon, Andrew Crofts, Bobby Zamora and Adam Chicksen won't be offered new deals, and will leave at the end of June.

Loan players Steve Sidwell and James Wilson each return to their parent clubs – Stoke City and Manchester United respectively.

Manager Chris Hughton said, "It never gets any easier to make these decisions, or to deliver the news to players – particularly on the back of such a good season.

"In the case of Gordon and Calde, there is the added factor of their standing with the club. They are our two longest serving players in the current squad, and have each achieved so much for this football club.

"Similarly with Andrew Crofts, he has been an excellent servant across two spells here. He's another who's given so much to the club.

"With Bobby, his history with Brighton was written long before I arrived, but he has only added to that in this past season, with his performances, goals and contribution in the dressing room."

Bertrand, Kane, and Townsend chat during training

The football season has drawn to a close for our teams this week - and now fans can turn their attentions to Euro 2016.

This week manager Roy Hodgson announced his 26-man squad ahead of England's pre-tournament friendlies.

Among them is defender Ryan Bertrand - a former member of Gillingham's youth team. He joined the rest of the squad ahead of England's friendly against Turkey on Sunday. Lauren Hall reports

Bournemouth fans head for Old Trafford again

Cherries fans will be back at Old Trafford this evening Credit: ITV

Bournemouth football fans will be making their way to Old Trafford today to finally see their team take on Manchester United.

Many are travelling for free after the first game was cancelled at the weekend due to a bomb scare. Supporters were also given their money back and free entry to today's match.

Free coach travel for Cherries fans travelling to Manchester

Cherries fans are being offered free coach travel Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.

AFC Bournemouth will offer supporters free coach travel to the Cherries’ rearranged fixture against Manchester United on Tuesday 17 May (8pm kick-off).Supporters with a valid match ticket will be eligible for free travel, and can call the ticket office on 0344 576 1910 (Option one, option one) to book their place on the coach.

Coaches will leave Vitality Stadium at 12pm and bookings cease at 8pm on Monday 16 May. Places on the coach are subject to availability, and must be booked in advance.

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