Lamine Diaby-Fadiga sacked by Nice after stealing team-mate’s watch

Lamine Diaby-Fadiga
Lamine Diaby-Fadiga has played for France at Under-18 level

French Ligue 1 club Nice have sacked Lamine Diaby-Fadiga after he admitted stealing a watch worth a reported £62,000 from team-mate Kasper Dolberg.

Denmark forward Dolberg, 21, had his watch stolen from the dressing room on 16 September and reported the theft to police.

Striker Diaby-Fadiga, 18, has represented France at Under-18 level.

“Nice and Lamine Diaby-Fadiga parted ways on Tuesday,” said a club statement.

“Following the theft of Kasper Dolberg’s watch from the changing room, and the subsequent admission of the player, the club decided to cancel its contract with the forward with immediate effect.

“Above and beyond all sporting and financial consideration, Nice cannot and will not accept such behaviour that betrays the confidence that unites all the club’s employees and all the members of the Rouge et Noir [Red and Black] family.”

Dolberg moved to Nice from Ajax in the summer, while Diaby-Fadiga had been with the club for three years.

Nice, sixth in Ligue 1, play away at third-placed Nantes on Saturday.

Solskjaer: We should have won by more
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his Manchester United team should have won by a greater margin in their 3-1 success over Brighton.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer purred over his Manchester United side after their “exhilarating” attacking performance against Brighton.

United put Brighton to the sword with a dominant attacking performance full of pace and quality.

The 3-1 scoreline flattered woeful Brighton, who were opened up at will in the final quarter as Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Dan James were in scintillating mood on the counter attack.

Solskjaer hailed the win as United’s “best performance of the season”.

“It was a great performance and we should have won by a bigger distance,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

“We attacked superbly – it was exhilarating, attacking football. The boys were so quick and we created chances. We scored three but it should have been six or seven, especially in the second half.

“It’s a young team and you can see they enjoyed themselves. When you have a young team you need to get into the game quickly.

“We know we’re not in a position we want to be. And we’re far away from where we want to be. We have to keep on improving and challenge for the top four.”

It has been a long 11 months for Jose Mourinho.

Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min celebrate
Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min scored Spurs’ first two goals at the London Stadium

So tepid were West Ham for the first 70 minutes of the game, it is impossible to draw any noteworthy conclusions from Mourinho’s first match in charge.

There were no significant substitutions because Tottenham were already three goals ahead when he started to make them.

Before Son scored the opener, it was interesting to see Mourinho prompt him into nudging a couple of strides backwards to close the gap between him, Andriy Yarmolenko and full-back Ben Davies, who was marking him.

Equally, when Tottenham got their second, Mourinho first yelled at the group of players to his left who were celebrating – then, when he got no response, to Toby Alderweireld 40 yards away to his right, to deliver an instruction.

“I want to do my things and I have started doing my things,” he said afterwards with a glint in his eye. “I hope that you [the media] don’t understand it very well and you don’t speak about it a lot.

“But the positional play is different and very adapted to the players.”

A combination of Mourinho’s managerial history and the hand gestures he was using as he delivered a mini lecture to Davies indicates emphasis was being put on making doubly sure opponents loitering in dangerous positions were being adequately watched and that the ball was being played forward quickly on the counter.

The more interesting stuff, especially about Harry Kane, who is not a battering ram striker in the mould of Didier Drogba or Romelu Lukaku, for which Mourinho is noted, can only be assessed over time.

No histrionics, no controversy

Jose Mourinho, Dele Alli, Tottenham Hotspur
Jose Mourinho shakes Dele Alli’s hand following the England midfielder’s substitution

As was the case at United, the early impressions of Mourinho at Tottenham have been favourable.

He said it was important to hear music pumping in the dressing room after the West Ham game because it meant the players were happy. The choice was down to the players, he said – although it is understood he was stunned to hear them playing 1980s tunes on Friday. Mourinho said there needed to be a change, so Dele Alli has taken over as DJ.

It will take a while for the stain of his last few weeks at Manchester United to be removed and some stereotypes will never disappear. The West Ham lift operator joked before kick-off: “When I have finished doing this I am going to park Jose’s bus.”

There were no songs in the new manager’s honour from the Tottenham support. But there were none for Mauricio Pochettino either.

If those I spoke to beforehand are any guide, while there is huge disappointment to see the popular Argentine leave, there is also recognition that the situation could not be left as it was indefinitely because results and performances were not good enough.

Mourinho has been brought in to change the dynamic. He must do so knowing many of his squad felt a special bond with Pochettino, which will not be erased because he is no longer around.

Nevertheless, Mourinho looked content.

His celebration at Tottenham’s opener indicated an element of relief as he punched the air in front of him. But there was none of the pent-up anger from the night of his last but one victory as a manager, when he smashed a crate of bottles into the ground following a late Marouane Fellaini goal at Old Trafford.

After staying for the final whistle – something he did not always do in Manchester – Mourinho just turned calmly, shook Manuel Pellegrini’s hand, embraced Alli and hugged his backroom staff.

No histrionics, no controversy. Just a man doing what he does best.

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October 2019