Kovac

By Chip Kidger
22nd May 2018 at 10:10am

Hot and Cold: Kovac’s Catch-22 Cup Final

Here’s our weekly look at who’s hot and cold in the world of sport…

 

HOT AND COLD BLOG

 

 

HOT

 

Antonio Conte

The fiery Italian is widely expected to part ways with Chelsea this summer, but if the FA Cup Final does prove to be his last hurrah, it’s not a bad way to sign off.

Antonio Conte

With a Premier League title and FA Cup to show for his two years in English football, Conte will likely have his pick of elite jobs.

 

Vegas Golden Knights

A Leicester City story from across the pond. NHL newbies Knights have become the first expansion team in 50 years to reach the Stanley Cup finals in their first season.

Vegas Golden Knights

 

Niko Kovač

A weekend of mixed emotions for the Croatian, who lifted the DFB-Pokal in his final match in charge of Eintracht Frankfurt – against his next employers Bayern Munich. All the more impressively, that trophy was Frankfurt’s first in 30 years.

Once the frustration at throwing away a domestic double subsides, Bayern fans will be excited to see if Kovač can continue to be innovative with a bigger budget at his disposal.

 

Brendan Rodgers

A solid 2-0 victory over Motherwell was enough to ensure Rodgers a second consecutive treble.

With the Arsenal job seemingly out of reach, and many Scottish pundits already talking about an extended stint at Parkhead to complete the fabled ’10 in a row’, will the Northern Irishman have the appetite to go on and on?

 

Simon Yates

A weekend stage win indicates the 25-year-old Bury-born cyclist shows no signs of letting up in the Giro D’Italia, with overall victory now tantalisingly close.

 

Livingston

It’s back-to-back promotions for David Hopkin and his Livi side, who made the most of their upwardly mobile momentum in the pressure-cooker environment of a Premiership promotion/relegation play-off. They held firm to seal their place in the top tier and send Partick Thistle packing in the process.

 

COLD

 

Lazio

It was disappointment for the Biancocelesti as they squandered a place in the 2018/19 Champions League at the expense of closest rivals Inter Milan.

Lazio only needed a draw at home to Luciano Spalletti’s side but late goals from D’Ambrosio and Icardi swung the pendulum Inter’s way. The Nerazzurri will now play in the Champions League for the first time since 2012.

 

Luis Enrique

The former Barca boss has been linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs this summer but rumours of excessive wage demands suggest the 48-year-old may have overplayed his hand and ruined his chances of securing a top job.

Luis Enrique

A Premier League move now looks unlikely, with both Chelsea and Arsenal reportedly now opting to look elsewhere.

 

Eddie Jones

2018 has not been a good year for the abrasive England rugby coach, and his forward planning has just been made that little bit harder with the loss of defence coach Paul Gustard. The 42-year-old has opted to take the Head of Rugby post at Harlequins.

It leaves Jones with a major headache, without a defence or attack coach on his coaching staff as the run-up to next year’s World Cup edges ever closer.

 

Lee Selby

Heavy favourite Lee Selby suffered a shock split-decision upset against Josh Warrington as the Leeds-born underdog made the most of home advantage.

Selby v Warrington

Warrington boxed like a man possessed in the early exchanges at Elland Road and held his nerve to unexpectedly secure the IBF World Featherweight title.

 

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