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The Daily Dirt: Europe's coaching carousel kicks into high gear

Madrid makes its move.

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Chelsea and Liverpool have already fired managers this season, and now Spanish giant Real Madrid has followed suit. Rafa Benitez is out of a job, roughly half a season after he opened his tenure in Madrid. For Benetiz, Madrid is the third stop in his coaching career, following Inter Milan and Chelsea, where he's lasted less than a year.

Madrid are moving on by promoting club legend and head-butt specialist Zinedine Zidane to the manager role. Benitez's future is more murky, but former Liverpool star Steven Gerard, who played six years an won the Champions League under Benitez, says the manager could be in line for a Premier League return.

Pep Guardiola: Bayern Munich boss wants to coach in England [BBC]

Confirming what everyone already knows, Guardiola has made his Premier League intentions clear. "I want to experience a new city and I want to work in England," Guardiola told the BBC. "I have several offers from England but I haven't signed anything yet. I have an opportunity to work in England. I'm at the right age and I feel it is the right move for me."

Stoke City 0, Liverpool 1: Hamstrings and Slender Leads [The Liverpool Offside]

Liverpool is dealing with injuries all over the field, but the reds are 90 minutes from the Capital One Cup final. Jordan Ibe scored the winner in the first leg of the semifinal tie after he came on for an injured Philippe Coutinho.

What's happening in The A?

There's no telling if the Braves will be any good in two years, but the franchise is confident SunTrust Park will be the best of the best.

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The Hawks lost their second straight game to the New York Knicks, falling 107-101 at Philips Arena Tuesday night. New York led most of the way, and a late Atlanta comeback attempt came up short as the Hawks ran out of gas.