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Paris (AFP) – Lucien Favre’s extended honeymoon on the Cote d’Azur pits his surprise Ligue 1 leaders Nice against Lorient this weekend, while Lyon host bitter foes Saint-Etienne in the Rhone derby. Favre, who replaced Southampton-bound Claude Puel in the summer, has overseen a remarkable start to his tenure at the Allianz Riviera with Nice the league’s sole remaining unbeaten side. “To have 17 points after seven matches is magnificent,” said Favre, following Sunday’s 1-0 victory at Nancy that kept Les Aiglons a point clear of neighbours Monaco.
London (AFP) – Premier League chiefs will hope attention returns to on-field matters this weekend after an uncomfortable few days in the spotlight for English football. Sam Allardyce’s one-game career as England manager came to a shock end after just 67 days on Tuesday following controversial comments made to undercover reporters, which continued Thursday with Southampton assistant manager Eric Black filmed offering alleged advice on giving bribes to officials at other clubs.
Southampton assistant manager, Eric Black during his time as Aston Villa caretaker boss. By Jack Martorana Friday, September 30th, 2016 00:01 Eric Black exposed The Telegraph, who exposed Sam Allardyce in their undercover sting investigation earlier this week – costing the England manager his job – have tonight exposed Southampton’s assistant manager, Eric Black.
Other than the disappointing League Cup exit at the hands of Southampton, the Eagles travel to Goodison Park in good spirits. After a slow start to the season, Palace now find themselves on a four game unbeaten run of form going into the match up and Alan Pardew will be The post Premier League Preview – Everton appeared first on TheEaglesBeak.
Southampton manager Claude Puel hailed a “good point” as his side drew 0-0 at Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the Europa League. The Saints had been on a four-game winning run, but could find no way through their confident hosts, who had previously won at Inter. However, a fifth consecutive clean sheet meant Puel’s men did not go home empty-handed, and he was pleased with a solid performance that made it four points from two games in Group K.
Southampton have launched an investigation following allegations that assistant first-team manager Eric Black offered advice on giving bribes to officials at other clubs to a company that wanted to represent footballers. Black was filmed by an undercover Daily Telegraph reporter believing they worked for a Far East firm and the former Coventry City boss allegedly suggested that a colleague at a different club might be persuaded to pass on information about players for payment. Such payments are prohibited by the Football Association