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By Timothy Akintola

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FSG plans to make new Liverpool restructure as swift as possible.

Liverpool owners, FSG have commenced preparation for a new era, with Klopp’s imminent departure edging closer. With Sporting director, Jörg Schmadtke leaving at the conclusion of the January transfer window, Liverpool is looking to bring back Michael Edwards who left the club in 2021. Reports state that there has been contact between the parties but FSG will be willing to look into other options in March if their final contact with Edwards yields no positive outcome. The Sporting Director role is crucial to Liverpool’s restructure and as such, will be working to resolve that before appointing a new manager.

NBA to assess rules to implement offensive and defensive balance.

The National Basketball Association is witnessing a record-setting offensive season in its history with multiple players hitting 60-70 points and more than six players averaging 30 points per game. However, the league’s competition committee has started an official review of the game, to assess whether the rules have made the offense more advantageous compared to the defence, with an intent of implementing necessary changes to propel the needed balance. NBA fans have expressed concerns as regards the defensive 3-second rule and soft calls amid other defensive restrictions.

Erik ten Hag gives injury updates on team fitness ahead of FA Cup game.

Manchester United’s defeat to Fulham in last week’s PL clash was not only the heartbreaking loss in the game. Some of the team’s most important players also suffered injuries, adding to the misery of an already depleted squad. The manager has confirmed that defender, Harry Maguire will not feature in the clash against Nottingham City. Doubts were also raised over the fitness of club captain, Bruno Fernandes and Raphaël Varane. Casemiro, who suffered a head injury in the Fulham clash has however been deemed available.

John O’Shea appointed interim coach for Northern Ireland national team.

Former Manchester United player, John O’Shea has been named the interim head coach of Northern Ireland’s national team. Former coach, Stephen Kenny’s contract exporting last November, the country’s football federation is working on appointing a permanent manager. Former Chelsea and Bayern Munich assistant manager, Paul Clement is among the names in consideration. O’Shea will manage Northern Ireland’s two friendlies in March against Switzerland and Belgium. He will be assisted by Paul McCarthy.

Bayern Munich confirms that Mathys Tel will stay at the club.

Over the last month, a cloud of doubts was warped around Mathys Tel’s future at Bayern Munich. The youngster, who has continued to show glimpses of his potential has scored eight goals and four assists in only 805 minutes this season. However, after a long meeting with his agent, the club has just confirmed that the talented forward will remain at the club next season. Tel has also disclosed his desire to stay at the club as he dreams to be a Bayern Munich legend.

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