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Frank Lampard on the chopping block? Chelsea boss set for Roman Abramovich wrath unless results improve – reports

Frank Lampard could be the next casualty to land on the Premier League managerial scrapheap amid reports that owner Roman Abramovich is considering a change as stuttering Chelsea continue to stagnate.

Further pressure was heaped upon Lampard by his side’s 2-0 defeat to Leicester City this week, the team’s fifth defeat in eight league games – a run which has left big-spending Chelsea rooted in eighth position in the English top flight.

The run of poor form has been compounded by the considerable spending spree overseen by Abramovich prior to the start of the current Premier League campaign, which saw Lampard bring in a host of top talent including highly-regarded German internationals Kai Havertz and Timo Werner. 

Neither have hit the ground running, leading to concerns that Abramovich may opt to cut his losses on novice manager Lampard and look to steady the Stamford Bridge ship by installing one of Europe’s more experienced coaches. 

Lampard sprung to the defence of his “transitional” side following their defeat to Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester, but admitted in his post-match interview that his future at the club at which he is the all-time top goalscorer is out of his control. 

Chelsea’s outlay, including the additions of England defender Ben Chilwell, former Ajax creator Hakim Ziyech, Brazil captain Thiago Silva and ex-Rennes shot-stopper Edouard Mendy, saw the club part with more than $200 million during the summer transfer window. 

Chelsea’s promising start to the campaign led to suggestions that the team could be realistic challengers for the Premier League title but the slump in performances appears to have ended talk of that possibility. 

Names being linked include former Juventus boss Max Allegri and Thomas Tuchel, the German who was recently replaced at Paris Saint-German by Mauricio Pochettino.

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard and club director Marina Granovskaia. © Action Images / Reuters
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However, Abramovich and Chelsea are only thought to be considering a change if they believe that a new boss could engineer improved performances from the club’s galaxy of stars.

Lampard’s fellow Premier League managers Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and Mikel Arteta have also endured prolonged periods of poor form during their tenures but recent evidence suggests that they have managed to reverse their fortunes – leading to suggestions that Lampard should be afforded similar time to turn things around.

Chelsea’s upcoming games with Luton Town in the FA Cup and Wolves and Burnley in the Premier League are thought to be crucial for Lampard’s future with the club, lest Abramovich decide to make a change at the top and install what would be his 13th manager since he purchased the club 18 years ago.

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Football boss Zinedine Zidane watched Real Madrid lose to Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey © Twitter / PremierSportsTV | © Juan Medina / Reuters
Knockout blow: Zidane raises a wry smile as Real Madrid suffer cup humiliation – then insists shock exit is ‘not a shame’ (VIDEO)

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Mongolia’s PM resigns after mother and newborn weren’t given warm clothes during Covid-19 hospital transfer in freezing weather

Mongolia’s Prime Minister Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh has announced his resignation, after a woman who had just given birth wasn’t given warm clothes as she was being transferred for Covid-19 quarantine.

“Two days ago, a woman was transported to the National Center for Communicable Diseases in an irresponsible and inhumane manner,” the PM said on Thursday, apologizing for the incident. “I am a father. It was a heartbreaking experience for me as father and prime minister.”

Khurelsukh said he had been planning to work with “the whole team” in the cabinet, but that had become impossible after both the country’s deputy prime minister and health minister resigned on Wednesday. 

“Therefore, the Prime Minister should assume the responsibility upon himself and accept the demand from the public,” Khurelsukh said.

According to the Montsame news agency, on Tuesday, a television crew filmed a woman and her newborn baby being transferred from a maternity ward to an infectious diseases hospital where she would be quarantined.

The public was outraged that the woman was wearing only a hoody, sweatpants, and slippers as she was being transported in freezing weather to the ambulance by a medical worker in protective gear. The woman had been diagnosed with Covid-19 earlier that day.

The video quickly went viral, prompting people to stage a rally in the country’s capital Ulaanbaatar to demand that officials were held accountable for her treatment.

The hospital has apologized to the woman and her family.

Sparsely populated Mongolia has had only 1,584 cases of the coronavirus and two deaths. 

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Knockout blow: Zidane raises a wry smile as Real Madrid suffer cup humiliation – then insists shock exit is ‘not a shame’ (VIDEO)

Under-fire Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane told reporters to ask his players if they believed in him after their stunning cup exit to third-tier hosts, as the likes of Eden Hazard and Karim Benzema failed to prevent a huge upset.

Disbelieving fans turned on Zidane on social media after the Spanish giants crashed out of the Copa del Rey in dramatic fashion at numerically disadvantaged Alcoyano, who play in the Segunda Division B.

Supporters and experts had already been stunned by the underdogs’ equalizer with 10 minutes of normal time remaining, only for the lowly home side – who were reduced to 10 men when they had a man sent off – to score the winner five minutes from the end of extra time.

Hazard, who has been massively underwhelming since arriving from Chelsea for a fee that could rise to $206 million, was introduced to no avail as a substitute, and top scorer Benzema also failed to find the net after coming off the bench.

Despite winning the Champions League three times as Madrid boss, Zidane has never come close to winning the domestic cup, leading to accusations that he does not treat the competition seriously.

The manner of the defeat, coming in a season when his side have lost to Shakhtar Donetsk twice in the Champions League and are four points off Liga leaders Atletico having played two games more, has intensified the pressure on the France legend.

Zidane was seen smiling as Alcoyano scored their second and defended his players afterwards. “I am the coach, the responsibility is mine and I am going to assume it,” he responded.

“The players have tried. The responsibility is mine. It is difficult because we play against a Segunda B side and we have to win the game.

“It’s not a shame, nothing like that. These are things that happen. We don’t like to lose, we’re not going to go crazy.

“We will think and we will continue working. I think the players believe in me, you have to ask them.”

Madrid lost to Athletic Club in the Supercopa Espana last week and have won one of their last five matches.

“We worked, we tried,” claimed Zidane. “Apart from the last games, we have played good games this season.

“Now we have to concentrate on the league and the Champions League. When you lose, things are always talked about.

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“I take responsibility and what will happen will happen. When we are on the field we try to win the game, but sometimes different things happen.”

A trip to Alaves, who are a place and a point above the relegation zone, looks like an ideal opportunity to win a first away match in four when Madrid return to Liga action on Saturday.

“Think of it as the person who is currently managing Real Madrid,” said one fan, encouraging others not to be swayed by Zidane’s remarkable record of success at the club.

“If this continues, no-one deserves to stay as manager of the club – regardless of the name.”

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Messi escaped with a two-match ban but Barcelona have said they will appeal it. © Reuters / Twitter
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‘Get your act together’: Conor McGregor slams Novak Djokovic and whinging Australian Open tennis stars over quarantine complaints

UFC star Conor McGregor has issued furious criticism at Novak Djokovic and other tennis aces complaining about their quarantine requirements ahead of the Australian Open, telling the pampered players to “get their act together.”

McGregor is days away from his return to the UFC octagon, where he will rematch former foe Dustin Poirier on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi.

The Dubliner has completed several periods of isolation in advance of being cleared to fight, and says that that top level sports stars shouldn’t complain about their quarantine requirements – particularly ahead of a such a prestigious tournament.

World number one Novak Djokovic was among the players to petition authorities for a reduction of the mandated two-week period of isolation designed to inhibit the spread of Covid-19.

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The Serb also asked that players be allowed quarantine in private homes, and with access to tennis courts and their coaches.

Vanessa Sierra, the Instagram influencer girlfriend of Bernard Tomic, was also the target of social media rage after she released a vlog during her isolation alongside Tomic in which she complained, among other things, about having to wash her own hair.

McGregor isn’t having any of it.

I am surprised the tennis players would be kicking up,” the Irishman said on Wednesday to Australian television.

We have got to correct ourselves here, you know. There is a lot going on. There is a lot at risk. It is everyone’s duty here on this Earth to do what they can.

To get to compete in such a prestigious tennis tournament or any tournament, a two-week lockdown prior – they should welcome that with open arms.”

McGregor has been a vocal supporter of methods designed to curb the spread of the deadly virus since it emerged last year. Upon the first lockdown in his native country, he released a video message asking for patience and for his fans to obey the strict measures introduced by the government. 

He bought more than $1.2 million of medical equipment for Irish frontline health workers, ranging from personal protective equipment to ventilators.

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Ahead of his first fight since global sport was ravaged by Covid-19 last year, McGregor says that the complaining tennis players should realize the privileged position that they are in.

I would urge the tennis players to get their act together and also embrace it and relish it and be happy they get to compete,” he said.

People can’t go to work and children can’t even go to school. Professional athletes are complaining about a bit of isolation? Come on, guys.”

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Tennis star Novak Djokovic has been in quarantine ahead of the Australian Open  © AAP Image/Morgan Sette via Reuters | © Action Images / Jason O'Brien via Reuters
‘I genuinely care about my fellow players’: Tennis No1 Novak Djokovic hits back at critics to defend his Australian Open ‘demands’

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We’re all going to be trillionaires because US dollar has no bottom & bitcoin has no top – Max Keiser

Hosts of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert, look at the very large stimulus package the Biden Administration hopes to pass. The $1.9 trillion economic and healthcare relief plan was revealed last week.

This is said to be the largest economic response in US history, Stacy notes. “They are just throwing money while everybody is in lockdown an at home, the economy is in shambles, all the small businesses we think are closed, we have no more price signals,” she says. 

Max agrees, saying: “They’ve been arguing there won’t be inflation, now they are saying they will print some money.” He adds: “We are all going to be trillionaires because fiat has no bottom. The dollar has no bottom and bitcoin has no top. So contemplate this.”

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Trump says he ‘will be back in some form’ & wishes Biden’s administration luck in farewell ceremony

Donald Trump has delivered his final speech as US president, praising his administration for laying the foundation for future success for Joe Biden and promising to stay in American political life.

The outgoing US president and first lady spoke to a group of supporters on the day of Joe Biden’s inauguration as Trump’s successor in the White House. Trump, who decided to snub the ceremony, asserted that his administration had been a success and claimed credit for the future successes of President Biden.

“The future of this country has never been better. I wish the new administration great luck and great success. I think they’ll have great success, they have the foundation to do something spectacular,” he said.

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‘Big show every day’: China says damage done to Washington’s image by Pompeo will be ‘hard’ to repair

Beijing has said that the tenure of outgoing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has brought “a lot of fun,” but made a dent in America’s prestige and credibility on the world stage.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying was asked at a daily press briefing on Wednesday whether Pompeo will be missed in China.

“Of course,” Hua said in English. She then switched back to Mandarin: “He brought us a lot of fun. We were watching a big show every day.”

But I think he has caused damage to himself, his country’s image, and the credibility of the United States. It will be hard to repair. I think it is very sad for the American people.

Hua accused Pompeo of spreading “lies” during his time in office, saying that “history will give him a fair trial.”

Chinese diplomats often sparred with Pompeo and were scathing in their criticism, calling him “Mr. Liar,” among other things.

A former CIA chief, Pompeo assumed office at the helm of the State Department in 2018. He directed Washington’s pressure campaign against Beijing, advocating restrictions against Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, and sanctions on Chinese officials over the treatment of protesters in Hong Kong and the Uyghur ethnic minority in Xinjiang.

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Pompeo’s successor says Trump was right to be tough on China as Beijing dismisses Washington’s ‘lies’ about Uighur repression

In one of his final acts as America’s top diplomat, Pompeo accused China of committing “genocide” against the Uyghurs, and urged international courts to “promote accountability for those responsible for these atrocities.”

Beijing responded on Wednesday by dismissing the accusations as “outrageous lies” and “poison,” adding that genocide had “never happened in the past, is not happening now, and will never happen in China.” 

In his farewell tweet on Tuesday, Pompeo wrote: “Serving as your Secretary of State has been a privilege and an honor. I’m immensely proud of the achievements we’ve had in the past four years.”

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UK PM Johnson says he 'doesn't know' how many arrest records accidentally deleted in 'outrageous' wipe of police database

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he doesn’t know how many criminal cases have been affected by a huge security error that has seen hundreds of thousands of records deleted from the Home Office-run national police database.

Some 150,000 arrest records and thousands of fingerprint and DNA files were initially reported to have been mistakenly erased from the Police National Computer (PNC) in a “tech blunder” during the week ending January 10.

“We don’t know how many cases might be frustrated as a result of what has happened,” Johnson told Parliament on Wednesday as he was grilled over the issue by opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer.

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The PM admitted that “of course it is outrageous” that data had been lost, but said that the government is “working around the clock” to retrieve the files, while adding that he did not know how long the issue would take to resolve.

Johnson broke down the numbers in Parliament, explaining that the deletion included 213,000 offence records, 175,000 arrest records and 15,000 personal.

Starmer claimed the incident had already impacted live investigations and that 26,000 DNA records and 30,000 fingerprint records had also been deleted, including records of the most serious offenders, citing a letter from the National Police Chief’s Council.

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“This isn’t just a technical issue, it’s about criminals not being caught and victims not getting justice,” the Labour leader warned.

Home Secretary Priti Patel, whose department operates the PNC, said earlier on Wednesday that a “coding issue” was behind the accidental deletion of up to 400,000 records, although she clarified that the number could be less than that.

The data is reported to have been deleted during the government’s weekly “weeding” session to get rid of old data, according to the Times.

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‘Pharmacy of the world’: India exports first Covid-19 vaccines to neighboring nations

India’s Ministry of External Affairs has exported its first batches of Covid-19 vaccines to partner nations Bhutan and the Maldives. The first jab New Delhi is shipping is the AstraZeneca one.

Anurag Srivastava, the spokesperson for India’s Ministry of External Affairs, announced on Twitter that the country has begun supplying domestically manufactured Covid-19 vaccines to neighboring and partner nations, including Bhutan and the Maldives, confirming their arrival on Wednesday morning.

Bangladesh is set to receive two million doses on Thursday, with a further 30 million on order, allowing it to begin inoculating its residents. Other countries, including Brazil, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka have requested support from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.

Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar explained how doses will be delivered to low- and middle-income developing nations, with India providing support to medical staff abroad to ensure they are trained to roll out a smooth vaccine distribution program. 

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The government is currently only exporting the AstraZeneca vaccine, produced by the Serum Institute of India, under the name Covidshield. As the world’s largest vaccine manufacture, India currently makes around half of the world’s vaccine supplies, according to the Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance.

India has authorized the use of two vaccines domestically, including the AstraZeneca and Bharat Biotech jabs. The country is expected to sign off on the use of two other vaccines in the next few months. As such, the government is looking at expanding its export program.

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2 people in India die after receiving Covid jab as Bharat Biotech says vaccine too risky for some

India has reported over 10.5 million cases of coronavirus and more than 152,000 fatalities since the start of the pandemic. Around 670,000 people have so far been vaccinated in the country, with those inoculated mainly being frontline workers.

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