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Football news 2021, SPFL, Hibernian vs Ross County, scores, results, ladder, video, highlights, Martin Boyle, Socceroos

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Australia’s Martin Boyle was sent off following Hibernian’s 1-0 loss to Ross County on Wednesday just days after his hat-trick sent the Edinburgh club into the Scottish League Cup final.

Boyle’s brilliant treble was the centrepiece of Hibs’ 3-1 semi-final win over Rangers at Hampden Park on Sunday that secured an appearance in next month’s final against Celtic, the other half of Glasgow’s Old Firm.

But it was a different story on Wednesday as Hibs suffered a fifth consecutive loss in the Scottish Premiership.

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Blair Dingwall’s 72nd-minute goal separated the teams at Dingwall after the substitute’s cross evaded everyone before finding the back of the net.

To make matters worse for Hibs they had Christian Doidge sent off after he appeared to rake his studs down the leg of David Cancola, with Boyle seeing red for comments made towards referee Gavin Duncan after full-time.

“I know it’s for something the referee said Martin said to him, which Martin says he didn’t,” Hibs manager Jack Ross told BBC Radio.

“It’s one person’s word against the other. Unfortunately, it usually seems to be the referee wins in that case.

“I think the referee believes it was directed towards him, while Martin’s opinion was it was an appraisal of his performance,” he added.

“Two very different things. We will see how we deal with that.”

Boyle had six goals in eight league games prior to the clash, and 16 goals for club and country this season.

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In the meantime, Ross said there was no excuse for Hibs’s league form.

“We are not on a good run in the league. It’s not acceptable for a club of our ambition and standing,” said Ross.

“We need to be better … The performance level was OK but it needs to be better than OK to win games and we need to get back to that as quickly as possible in the league.” Ross County manager Malky Mackay was delighted by his side’s first home league win of the season.

“Overall to a man I asked them at half-time to go out and give the same effort and energy,” he said. “By doing that, it meant we got on the ball and it allowed us to play our football, which I knew was going to be good.”

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EPL news 2021, Manchester United next manager, Michael Carrick, Mauricio Pochettino, five man shortlist, latest updates, fixtures

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He may have got off to a winning start, but it looks like Michael Carrick won’t be at the wheel for much longer as Manchester United look to appoint an interim manager as swiftly as possible following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Carrick oversaw a 2-0 win away to Villarreal on Wednesday morning (AEDT) to see Manchester United qualify from their Champions League group as winners with Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho scoring the decisive goals.

And he will likely also be in charge for the game against Premier League leaders and Champions League holders Chelsea over the weekend.

However, that is likely to be his last game in the dugout as manager, with United hoping to appoint one of the names on their five-man shortlist to replace him as interim boss before the game against Arsenal on Friday morning (AEDT).

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The Telegraph is reporting that the five names on the shortlist are Ralf Rangnick, Ernesto Valverde, Lucien Favre, Rudi Garcia and another unnamed foreign manager.

Rangnick is currently head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow and is recognised as one of the founding fathers of the “gegenpress” philosophy so successfully implemented by Jurgen Klopp.

Former Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde and former Lille coach Rudi Garcia have both won domestic titles before with Valverde having experience of managing big-name stars, although he is not a strong English speak like Garcia is.

Lucien Favre is the fourth name on the list and managed £73m investment Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund for 18 months until he was sacked last December. He’s another who favours a pressing style of football.

They are hoping that one of them can oversee the type of turnaround that Rafael Benitez and Guus Hiddink did when completing the same role at Chelsea in the past.

However, the report also claims that Manchester United have not approached PSG over the availability of Mauricio Pochettino, despite the former Tottenham coach’s interest in succeeding Solskjaer at Old Trafford.

Manchester United reportedly believe there is very little chance of a club of PSG’s stature letting their manager go midway through a season so they are pressing on with their plan A of appointing an interim boss.

Pochettino will certainly be a large part of the conversation of who takes the reins permanently at the end of the season, although there is little to suggest that he is the front-runner for the role.

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Manchester United may have to wait until the summer for their primary managerial target.

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