People on the move: Appointments, sackings and loans

With professional football slowly but surely resuming around different corners of the world, Dortmund's golden boy Erling Braut Haland continuing his spectacular goal-scoring form and the Premier League's bizarre rules for #ProjectRestart; here is a list of appointments and sackings that you most likely missed right before COVID-19 halted the world of sports: 



  • Eredivisie strugglers ADO Den Haag appointed Alan Pardew as coach and Chris Powell as his assistant.


  • Former spain boss, Robert Moreno was appointed as the head coach of Monaco after sacking Leonardo Jardim.


  • Barcelona dismissed the services of Ernesto Valverde and replaced him with former Real Beltis coach Quique Setién
Mikel Arteta Arsenal
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  • Former Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta joined Arsenal and became the Premier League's youngest manager at 37 years of age. Carlo Ancelotti took charge of Everton, while David Moyes returned as West Ham boss after they dismissed Manuel Pellegrini. 


  • Malta appointed former Italy U-21 chief Devis Mangia as their new man in-charge.


  • Guiseppe Iachini was appointed coach of Fiorentina, who sacked Vincenzo Montella. Genoa made Davide Nicola their THIRD coach of the season.


  • Dejan Stankovic stepped down from his tole at the Internazionale youth academy to take charge of Serb side- Red Star Belgrade.


  • Braga, despite being in the last 32 of the Europa League sacked their manager Ricardo Sa Pinto and Ruben Amorim as his replacement.


  • Kilmarnock appointed Alex Dyer as manager until the end of the Scottish Premiership season after the dismissed Angelo Alessio.


  • Abelardo Fernandez replaced Pablo Machin as coach of Espanyol with the side bottom of La Liga.



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  • Victoria Conteh became the first woman to coach a men's team in the Sierra Leone Premier League after joining East End Tigers.


  • Former Croatia coach Ante Cacic took charge of Egyptian side Pyramids.


South America

  • Jordi Cruyff was appointed as the national coach of Ecuador


  • Rafael Dudamel stepped down as coach of Venezuela to take over at Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro
  • Diego Forlan was named coach of Penarol after announcing his retirement as a player at the end of last year. The former Manchester United, Villareal and Atletico Madrid striker won the 2016 Uruguayan championship with Penarol in his only season as a player with the club.


  • David Beckham's new MLS side Inter Miami named two-time CONCACAF Champions League winning boss- Diego Alonso as their first coach. Former Celtic manager Ronny Diela left Valerenga in his Norwegian homeland to take charge of New York City FC.


  • Vancouver Whitecaps paid a club record fee for Canadian striker Lucas Cavallini, with reports suggesting the Mexican side Puebla received $6million.


  • Former Bahrain and New Zealand national coach- Anthony Hudson took charge of the USA's under-20 side.


  • Giovanni Van Bronckhorst was appointed coach of Chinese side Guangzhou R&F.


  • Li Tie was named coach of China, while Serbian Ivan Jovanovic took charge of the United Arab Emirates.




  • Relegated from Ligue 1, Toulouse FC sacked coach Antoine Kombouare. Now in Ligue 2 they've appointed former French professional football player Denis Zanko as their new head coach for next season.


  • Mark Van Bommel was sacked by PSV after a run of just two wins in eight games in the Eredivise. Earnest Faber took over as interim coach until finally being replaced by Roger Schmidt as the new permanent coach for next season as the dutch league has been cancelled without a champion following the events of the novel coronavirus.



  • Newcastle Jets FC fired coach Ernie Merrick after a poor start to the A-league season. After a month of speculation and exploring their options, the Jets finally decided to appoint Welshman Carl Robinson on a three-and-a-half-year deal.


South America

Daniele De Rossi Boca Juniors
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  • Italian World Cup winner Daniele De Rossi announced his retirement at the age of 36 after leaving Argentinian side Boca Juniors, who he joined last summer. Prior to joining Boca, 36 year old De Rossi spent his entire career at Serie A club AS Roma making 616 appearances.



  • Kwesi Appiah's second stint with Ghana came to an end. They appointed former Ghana national team captain Charles 'CK' Akonnor whose first competitive games in-charge won't be until the 2022 World Cup qualifiers until March.


  • French coach Sebastien Desabre who led Uganda at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, parted ways with Egyptian Premier League side Pyramids.



  • After 135 appearances for his country, Oman keeper Ali Al Habsi announced his international retirement, aged 38.

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