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Frank Lampard To Become Next Chelsea Permanent Boss As Pressure Mounts On Maurizio Sarri

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DERBY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Frank Lampard manager of Derby County gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Birmingham City at Pride Park Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Derby, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Former Chelsea captain Frank Lampard is the bookmakers’ favourite to become the next permanent boss as pressure mounts on Maurizio Sarri.

Following Sunday’s 6-0 humiliation at the hands of Manchester City, Sarri’s position has been placed under further scrutiny.

Lampard has impressed so far this season with Derby County in the Championship in what is his first job as a manager since ending his illustrious playing career.

Lampard has been installed as 2/1 favourite with a few firms, edging out three-time Champions League winner Zinedine Zidane, who is yet to return to management since leaving Real Madrid.

Jose Mourinho, sacked by Manchester United in December, is out at 12/1 for a return to Chelsea for a third spell.

Impressive Wolves boss Nuno is with Portuguese compatriot Mourinho at 12/1 while World Cup-winning manager Didier Deschamps is at 16/1.

For Chelsea, their drubbing by City has seen them fall to sixth, denting ambitions of a top-four finish.

Sarri was non-committal after the match when asked if his position is now in serious jeopardy.

‘You have to ask the club,’ Sarri said amid growing calls for his removal after a fourth defeat in eight games.

‘I’m worried about my team. I’m worried about the performance. My job is always at risk.’

Pressure is growing on Italian manager Maurizio Sarri after a 6-0 battering by Manchester City

Sarri was asked if he was expecting a call from owner Roman Abramovich, but the answer pointed towards the power structure at Chelsea.

‘If the president calls, I’ll be happy, seeing as I never hear from him,’ he said.

‘To be honest, I don’t know what to expect. I didn’t see my football. At the beginning of the season it worked. Now we need to understand the reasons why it isn’t working. It is not easy.’

Lampard enjoyed a trophy-laden career as a player at Chelsea and would be a hit with supporters if he does one day become first-team manager.

He returned to Stamford Bridge with Derby earlier this season and received a hero’s welcome before his side gave the hosts a scare before losing 3-2.

An under-pressure Sarri must now rouse his players for Thursday’s Europa League knockout tie with Malmo before facing Manchester United in the FA Cup next Monday.

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Courts Have Ordered Indian States To Support Prostitutes

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India’s Supreme Court has ordered states to provide food to thousands of prostitutes whose livelihoods have been blocked by the Koranic curfew.

The judges told the authorities not to press for evidence from the women who would receive the grant.

Activists who spoke to the court said sympathy should be shown to women, who have lost their jobs due to the cholera epidemic.

NGOs working with women said many could not prove their identities because of the stigma attached to their profession.

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Azam TV Completes The Migration Of Its Video Platform From The Eutelsat 7B To Eutelsat 7C Satellite

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Azam TV has completed the migration of its video platform from the EUTELSAT 7B to EUTELSAT 7C satellite, with a multi-year extension of the existing contract and an incremental capacity commitment.

One of Africa’s leading pay-TV operators, Azam will leverage the enhanced performance of Eutelsat 7 C to distribute some 120 channels in a mix of standard and high definition across its footprint covering Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Kenya, and Rwanda.

Commenting on the deal, Patrice Paquot, Deputy Regional Vice President, Sub-Saharan Africa of Eutelsat said: “We are honored to continue to partner with Azam, one of our anchor customers at the 7° East position as it successfully expands it broadcast offer. 7° East has become a new DTH hotspot for Sub-Saharan Africa and a key pay-TV neighborhood for Eastern Africa with some of the fastest growth rates in the region.”

Jacob Joseph, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Azam added: “Every Azam TV household will have the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of local and international programs with excellent signal quality. We are delighted to rely on Eutelsat to leverage the unparalleled reach of its 7° East position.”

About Eutelsat Communications

Founded in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world’s leading satellite operators. With a global fleet of satellites and associated ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients across Video, Data, Government, Fixed and Mobile Broadband markets to communicate effectively to their customers, irrespective of their location. Around 7,000 television channels operated by leading media groups are broadcast by Eutelsat to one billion viewers equipped for DTH reception or connected to terrestrial networks. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat assembles 1,000 men and women from 46 countries who are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of service.

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Didier Drogba Wins The 2020 UEFA President’s Award

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Former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba has won the 2020 UEFA President’s Award.

The 42-year-old is the second African-born winner of the UEFA President’s Award after the great Eusébio, who received the accolade in 2009.

Former Chelsea star, Didier Drogba wins the 2020 UEFA President

The President’s Award recognises outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities.

“Didier is a hero to millions of football fans for his achievements throughout his glittering playing career. He is a leader – a pioneer. I will remember him as a player for his skill, strength and intelligence, but above all for his insatiable appetite to succeed – a trait which is just as present in his desire to help others off the field of play,” said UEFA President Aleksander ?eferin, said in a statement.

“The UEFA Champions League has become the greatest club competition in the world, partly due to our clubs being able to attract the best players from around the world. We have been lucky to have seen the likes of George Weah, Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba play at the very highest level. They in turn, have blazed a trail for African footballers and have given inspiration to a whole new generation who look to follow in their footsteps.” the statement reads.

Drogba, who will collect the UEFA President’s Award in Geneva during Thursday’s UEFA Champions League draw, began his career in France where he played for Le Mans, Guingamp and Marseille. However, it was following his move to Chelsea that he started to establish himself as one of the greatest forwards of the 21st century.

At Stamford Bridge, Drogba scored 164 goals in 381 appearances in all competitions. Arguably his most important strike was his equaliser in the 2012 UEFA Champions League final against Bayern. For good measure, he slotted the winner in the ensuing penalty shoot-out as Chelsea won the competition for the first time.

Born in Abidjan, Drogba is one of the greatest footballers the Ivory Coast has ever produced. He scored his country’s first ever goal in their maiden FIFA World Cup finals appearance in 2006 and would go on to play at a further two tournaments.

“To have won a Champions League, to have played and scored for my country at a World Cup – these are things I could only have dreamed of when I was a child,” said Drogba, who grew up in both his homeland and France.

“There are so many children in the developing world who have the potential to become not only footballers, but also doctors, teachers and engineers. This is why it is so important to help and support our youngsters to let them fulfil their dreams and aspirations.”

After retiring from playing in November 2018, following spells in China, Turkey, Canada and the United States, Drogba returned to education and is currently enrolled on UEFA’s Executive Master for International Players (MIP) programme – a step he considers key to enabling his transition to a successful post-playing career.

“I had been thinking, ‘How can I keep having the same impact without playing, without using my physique, my legs and my heart?’ The best way was to use my brain and think about how to stay in football and go into administration. That is why I am here – to get all the tools and skills needed to improve not only as a person but as an ambitious man who wants to contribute to the development of football.”

Previous winners of the UEFA President’s Award include legendary names such as Sir Bobby Charlton, Eusébio, Raymond Kopa, Johan Cruyff, Francesco Totti, David Beckham and Eric Cantona.

Former Chelsea star, Didier Drogba wins the 2020 UEFA President

Former Chelsea star, Didier Drogba wins the 2020 UEFA President

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