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Jordi Cruyff: Barcelona sporting director role 'only rumours'

Jordi Cruyff says the timing must be right if he is to return to Barcelona as the club's sporting director in the future.

Diario Sport reported in April that Cruyff, the son of Barca legend Johan, has been lined up by the Catalan club to work alongside general manager Pep Segura.

Barca's current sporting director is Robert Fernandez but he is out of contract in the summer and president Josep Maria Bartomeu recently said his position would be "analysed" at the end of the season

Cruyff, 44,...


Steve McClaren leaves role as Maccabi Tel Aviv coaching consultant

Steve McClaren spent five months at Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Former England boss Steve McClaren has left Maccabi Tel Aviv after a five-month spell as the club's coaching consultant.

McClaren, who worked alongside head coach Jordi Cruyff, said his time at the Israeli club had been "a wonderful experience."

He told the official Maccabi website: "It's with much regret I have to return to England and leave my role at Maccabi Tel Aviv.

"I would like to thank so many people for making my time at Maccabi such a wonderful experience. The loyal, hard-working staff...


Steve McClaren joins Maccabi Tel Aviv as coaching consultant

Steve McClaren's second spell in charge of Derby ended after less than one season.

Steve McClaren has joined Maccabi Tel Aviv's coaching staff as a consultant, the Israeli Premier League club have confirmed.

The former England manager has been out of work since leaving Derby in March 2017 and will assist Maccabi manager Jordi Cruyff, whom McClaren knows from his time as a coach at Manchester United in 1999-2001.

"It's a pleasure to start working with Jordi at his new role as coach at Maccabi from his previous one as sports director," McClaren told the club's official website....


Iran government bars Masoud Shojaei, Ehsan Haji Safi after they faced Israelis

Iran has barred two players from national team duty for life after they faced an Israeli club in the Europa League, a government official said on Thursday.

Iran captain Masoud Shojaei and midfielder Ehsan Haji Safi each played 90 minutes in Greek club Panionios' home leg of the third-round qualifier against Maccabi Tel Aviv last week, after sitting out the first leg in Israel.

That violated Iran's longstanding prohibition on athletes facing opponents from Israel, a nation that is not recognized by...

 By PA Sport

Jordi Cruyff named new Maccabi Tel Aviv manager

Jordi Cruyff became sporting director at Maccabi Tel-Aviv in 2012 before becoming their manager in 2017
Jordi Cruyff has worked as Maccabi Tel Aviv's sports director since 2012.

Maccabi Tel Aviv have appointed former Barcelona and Manchester United midfielder Jordi Cruyff as their new manager.

The 43-year-old has worked as the club's sports director since 2012 and will be hoping to improve on their second-placed finish in the Israeli Premier League next season.

Cruyff told Tel Aviv's official website: "I am happy and excited to be appointed coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv FC.

"Entering my sixth year at the club I am very aware of the owners' and fans' expectations. I am more...