Rooneypalooza, Scudamore, coins and Ranieri’s return – Football Weekly Extra

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Lars Sivertsen and Faye Carruthers to discuss Premier League comings and goings, Wayne Rooney, Gibraltar’s rise, Ryan Giggs, Samir Nasri and forgetful referees

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We look back at the last few days of football news, starting with the first Premier League managerial change of the season, Slavisa Jokanovic, who has been let go by Fulham and replaced by Claudio Ranieri.

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Rooneypalooza, Scudamore, coins and Ranieri’s return – Football Weekly Extra

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Lars Sivertsen and Faye Carruthers to discuss Premier League comings and goings, Wayne Rooney, Gibraltar’s rise, Ryan Giggs, Samir Nasri and forgetful referees

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We look back at the last few days of football news, starting with the first Premier League managerial change of the season, Slavisa Jokanovic, who has been let go by Fulham and replaced by Claudio Ranieri.

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When should a football club retire a player’s shirt number?

Moore, Baggio, Maradona, Maldini and ‘the 12th man’ have all been given the honour but is it really a sign of weakness?

By Ricci Potts for The Gentleman Ultra

Not long ago I was speaking to some Napoli fans about Lorenzo Insigne. He was born in Naples, signed for the club aged 15 and has been running up the wing at the Stadio San Paolo for nearly a decade. I put it to the supporters that, if Insigne helped the club go one better than the second-place finish they achieved in Serie A last season and Napoli finally won their third league title, it might be fitting to reward him with a new squad number. The club retired Diego Maradona’s No 10 shirt after he inspired them to two league titles in 1987 and 1990. If anyone deserved the honour of bringing it out of retirement, surely it would be local boy Insigne?

The Napoli fans responded with an unequivocal “no”. It was nothing against Insigne, they said, but rather the simple acknowledgment that no one ever will deserve the No 10 shirt because no one will ever be Maradona. Insigne will have to stick with the No 24 – his wife’s birth date.

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Steven Gerrard: ‘If I text, call or see him, Jürgen’s always got time for me’

The Rangers manager on why his club is like Liverpool, his craving for pressure and what he thinks now about rejecting Chelsea

“It’s a serious business,” Steven Gerrard says with familiar intensity when he is asked about laughter and football. The former Liverpool captain and enduring icon, who is carving out an impressive new career as the manager of Rangers, considers a memory that belongs to his mother. In Make Us Dream, a feature-length documentary about Gerrard’s 27 years at Liverpool, from the age of eight, his mum remembers how he laughed often as a little boy.

Since then there has been glory and pain, loyalty and agony. I know Gerrard pretty well and, in 2015, just as his emotional final season as a Liverpool player approached the end, we spent a memorable few months working on his autobiography. He was much warmer than his slightly morose public image – and he smiled a lot when recalling the sweetest times. But, with Gerrard also facing his darkest days, laughter was limited.

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Steven Gerrard: ‘If I text, call or see him, Jürgen’s always got time for me’

The Rangers manager on why his club is like Liverpool, his craving for pressure and what he thinks now about rejecting Chelsea

“It’s a serious business,” Steven Gerrard says with familiar intensity when he is asked about laughter and football. The former Liverpool captain and enduring icon, who is carving out an impressive new career as the manager of Rangers, considers a memory that belongs to his mother. In Make Us Dream, a feature-length documentary about Gerrard’s 27 years at Liverpool, from the age of eight, his mum remembers how he laughed often as a little boy.

Since then there has been glory and pain, loyalty and agony. I know Gerrard pretty well and, in 2015, just as his emotional final season as a Liverpool player approached the end, we spent a memorable few months working on his autobiography. He was much warmer than his slightly morose public image – and he smiled a lot when recalling the sweetest times. But, with Gerrard also facing his darkest days, laughter was limited.

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Premier League clubs should oppose £5m Richard Scudamore gift, says FSF

• Football Supporters’ Federation urges clubs to reject plan
• ‘Golden handshake would be hugely unpopular with fans’

The Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) has urged clubs to reject a plan to give the outgoing Premier League executive chairman, Richard Scudamore, a £5m leaving present.

Related: Plan for £5m Scudamore gift shows football no longer the people’s game | Paul Wilson

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Nations League and international football: 10 things to look out for

Crunch time for Germany, history beckons for Mauritania and an O’Neill derby in Dublin

Germany staring down the barrel of relegation – did we ever think we’d see the day? That is the ignominious fate that will befall Joachim Löw’s side in the inaugural Nations League if they fail to beat the Netherlands in Gelsenkirchen on Monday. Indeed, their fate will already be sealed by then if the Dutch beat France on Friday, although one suspects Ronald Koeman’s side would prefer to inflict the humiliation in person. With Mesut Özil in self-imposed international exile and Sami Khedira and Jérôme Boateng both dropped, this is a time of transition for Germany. “I don’t want to just dump the 2014 generation,” said Löw. “But it is now time for further changes.” While his country’s federation have not shown any inclination to sack their long-serving manager, whether or not Löw is around to implement those changes is open to question. BG

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Nations League and international football: 10 things to look out for

Crunch time for Germany, history beckons for Mauritania and an O’Neill derby in Dublin

Germany staring down the barrel of relegation – did we ever think we’d see the day? That is the ignominious fate that will befall Joachim Löw’s side in the inaugural Nations League if they fail to beat the Netherlands in Gelsenkirchen on Monday. Indeed, their fate will already be sealed by then if the Dutch beat France on Friday, although one suspects Ronald Koeman’s side would prefer to inflict the humiliation in person. With Mesut Özil in self-imposed international exile and Sami Khedira and Jérôme Boateng both dropped, this is a time of transition for Germany. “I don’t want to just dump the 2014 generation,” said Löw. “But it is now time for further changes.” While his country’s federation have not shown any inclination to sack their long-serving manager, whether or not Löw is around to implement those changes is open to question. BG

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