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Savarese to take up Cosmos role

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 20, 2012

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FORMER Swansea City striker Giovanni Savarese has been appointed the first head coach of the New York Cosmos.

The former Venezuela international, 42, spent the 2000-01 season at the Vetch, scoring 14 goals in all competitions as the Swans were relegated from the third tier.

Famous in America for his spell with New York MetroStars, Savarese will lead the Cosmos during the 2013 North American Soccer League season.

It is a reincarnation for the Cosmos, who will compete in a league for the first time since 1985.

Prior to their disbanding in 1985, the Cosmos had signed the likes of Pele and Franz Beckenbauer in an attempt to popularise football in North America.

Meanwhile, Liverpool chairman Tom Werner insists the club have no intention of selling Luis Suarez.

The Uruguay forward has been linked with a big-money move to Manchester City although Blues manager Roberto Mancini has dismissed such speculation.

Suarez has become a match-winner for the Reds, his two goals in the 3-0 win against Wigan on Saturday taking his total to 10 to become the leading scorer in the Premier League this season.

And ahead of Saturday's clash with Swansea, Werner has guaranteed fans he will not be selling the player

Asked if Suarez could be sold in the immediate or longer term, Werner said: "Absolutely not. He's a beautiful player to watch and, as a Liverpool fan, I hope I'm watching him for many years to come.

"We made a long-term contract with him and we are going to see a lot of his play at Liverpool."

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