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Xabi Alonso 'set to become Borussia Monchengladbach head coach'

Xabi Alonso 'set to become Monchengladbach head coach'
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Xabi Alonso is reportedly set to become Borussia Monchengladbach's new head coach at the end of the season, replacing Borussia Dortmund-bound Marco Rose.

Xabi Alonso is reportedly set to become head coach of Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer, which would see him make his first step into a top managerial role.

The former Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder is currently in charge of Real Sociedad B, guiding the Spanish club's reserve side to top of the Segunda Division B.

Monchengladbach will be left without a manager when Marco Rose replaces Lucien Favre at Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season.

According to the Daily Mail, the Bundesliga club have lined up Alonso as Rose's replacement.

The German side have recently been on a poor run of form, losing eight of their last 10 games including being knocked out of the Champions League by Manchester City, making the chances of European football next season unlikely.

Monchengladbach currently sit 10th in the Bundesliga with eight league games to play.

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ROWING
· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
· Caeleb Dressel of the USA has been touted by some as the successor to Michael Phelps, and he has the chance to notch up a fourth Olympic gold in the men's 100m freestyle final (3.37am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

HOCKEY
· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
· Most eyes will be on the women's showdown between the two nations, though, as Netherlands - the world's best team - look to gain revenge on GB for defeat in the 2016 Olympic final (11am)

CANOE SLALOM
· Mallory Franklin takes part in the women's canoe semi-final, and will hope to do enough to qualify for the final later in the day (6am-8.45am)

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· With Simone Biles now out of the women's all-around final, the competition has been blown wide open. Team GB twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are among those taking part (11.50am-2.05pm)

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