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Manchester United want Jose Mourinho as Van Gaal slumps

jose manchester unitedNo longer working in English football, Jose Moutinho continues to be the main news story. The Mail leads with a picture of Louis Van Gaal, the hammer-headed Manchester United manager, and asks a question: “Time To Call Jose?”

The answer must be a resounding ‘no. Of course, Mourinho wants the United job – it’s the biggest in British football. But United’s dealmakers are shy of recruiting a man with a reputation sullied by bitchiness and division.

ESPN says Mourinho craves the Old Trafford job. The Independent says United are giving serious consideration to hiring Jose.

But, as the Star notes, the only people linking Mourinho with the Manchester United boss Van Gaal’s job in public, other than the media, are the Norwich City fans who teased the Dutchman by chanting “Jose Mourinho – he’s getting your job!” as the mighty Canaries defeated United 1-2.

The Mirror adds that “fans everywhere are convinced Mourinho is headed to Old Trafford” – which, of course, they are not. The news has been thick with stories of Jose to Real Madrid.

As for Van Gaal, well, he says: “I think I can turn the situation around. My record suggests I am a very successful manager, although maybe now I should say I was a very successful manager.”

The Guardian adds a little more on the shadow of Jose:

Mourinho is a manager United considered as a successor to Sir Alex Ferguson, before passing over him in favour of David Moyes. That decision did not end well and, now the recruitment of Van Gaal is also becoming problematic, many supporters would like to see the club bite the bullet and reverse their original decision. It would cost a lost of money, with Van Gaal in mid-contract, though compared to the £250m the club has spent on players with no visible improvement the expense could be borne if the directors have the desire and the courage.

Man United have the money, but surely not Jose.

Posted: 20th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Chelsea, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Muller wants Manchester United but snubs them

Manchester United can forget about singing Thomas Müller. The Times says the talented German “put an end to Manchester United’s hopes” by signing a new deal with Bayern Munich until 2021. The Times calls this a “snub” to Old Trafford.

The news also makes you wonder what the Daily Mirror was talking about when it declared in August: “Thomas Muller wants to join Manchester United”.

Posted: 19th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea: Daily Express and Daily Mirror in tabloid Q and A

What role did Eva Carneiro, the former Chelsea club doctor who left her post in controversial circumstances, play in Jose Mourinho’s downfall. In a word: none. The Spiky One was was sacked because Chelsea were losing matches and flirting with relegation.

But the tabloids turn Dr Eva v Jose into a front-page debate.

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Question asked. Question answered.

Posted: 18th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Chelsea, Reviews, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea balls: that Jose Mourinho redundancy package in full

Jose Mourinho has been sacked as Chelsea manager. But how much did he have stuffed inside his pockets as he sauntered off?

The Mail: £10m.

 

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The Sun: £18m.

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The Express: £10-£40m.

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The Mirror: £45.5m.

 

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In other words: they have no idea.

Posted: 18th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Chelsea, Money, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea balls: Harry Redknapp knew and didn’t know Mourinho was being sacked

Now that Jose Mourinho has been sacked by Chelsea (again), Harry Redknapp can tell everyone he felt it coming.

In today’s Evening Standard, the former Spurs manager opines:

Jose Mourinho isn’t special any more. He can’t have any complaints if he is sacked.

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This is the same Harry Redknapp who told Evening Standard readers on October 29:

Everyone wants to kick Mourinho when he is down

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Mad and sensible.

Football. It’s all about consistency.

 

Posted: 17th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea balls: Jose Mourinho gets the sack (again)

Farewell, then, Jose Mourinho, sacked at Chelsea for the second time.  You were the self-styled Special One. You were then ‘The Happy One’. Now you are ‘Taxi For One’.

 

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The Daily Mail never saw it coming. Its back page today stated that Jose was “safe”.

 

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He’s gone.

Posted: 17th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Chelsea, Sports | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Man City pay Guardiola £84m but Chelsea say ‘name your price’

Guardiola daily mirrorPep Guardiola has moved “one step closer” to Manchester City says the Mirror. The paper leads with news that Pep Guardiola  is “poised to join his old Barcelona mates and quit Bayern Munich for Manchester millions”.

It seems odd that a man at the top of football would be in it for the money, as the Mirror implies. Does he really want to live in Manchester? Would he not prefer to wait for a London club, say, Arsenal, where his style of football would be an easy fit?

The Sun says Arsenal would suit Pep, but they have less money to spend on top players and Arsene Wenger is not leaving.

As for the wages, Marca says Bayern have offered Pep £14.5m (€20m) a season. He’s not exactly shy of big-money offers. So why City? Well, he has worked with The Citizens’ chief executive, Ferran Soriano, and the director of football, Txiki Begiristain. Those are his “Barcelona mates”.

So much for the headlines. But reading on in the Mirror we learn that Pep is not poised to join City. He has simply announced that he will make his decision on whether or not to remain at Bayern Munich in the next week. However German magazine Kicker does say he is definitely on his way out.

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Guardiola is in the final year of his contract with Germany’s champions. What he’s going to do next is largely a matter of media guesswork. The Guardian says “his availability next season would also appeal to Manchester United and possibly Chelsea”. The Times says Chelsea is not an option because Pep was “unsettled by Roman Abramovich’s relentless pursuit while he was enjoying time away from the game in New York”.

The Sun returns to the Pep pay packet, saying Chelsea will pay him the most. They want him to “name his price”. City will offer him £84m over four years. Chelsea will top that and throw in a glitzy life in London.

Pep has options. That much is clear. But the Mirror says he’s on his way to City for sure. In fact, he’s already “lined up stars” to play for him at the Etihad, players like Paul Pogba and John Stones.

Well, maybe.

 

Posted: 17th, December 2015 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Chelsea, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea balls: how much it costs to sack Jose Mourinho

What would it cost Chelsea to sack Jose Mourinho?  The newspapes know.

The Daily Mail says “Roman Abramovich will be forced to pay Jose Mourinho more than £40million“.

The Mirror says sacking Mourinho “could cost £40m“.

The Express says it would cost a “staggering £37.5m“.

The Independent says, “If Mourinho were to be sacked then he may insist on his compensation being paid in full, a package that could cost Abramovich above £30m.”

The Telegraph says “Jose Mourinho due £10m compensation if he is sacked”.

Such are the facts.

 

Posted: 16th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Chelsea, Money, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Back pages: laughing at Chelsea, mocking Manchester United and dreaming of Leicester

the sun chelseaIn today’s tabloid football round-up, we look first at the Sun, which leads with news of “Revolt” at Manchester United and “Blue Murder” at Chelsea.

“Chelsea’s flops are turning on boss Jose Mourinho,” write Andrew Dillon and Shaun Curtis. A “source” tells us that Jose is being “SLAYED IN CHELSEA”. We’re then asked to wonder if Jose is morphing into Rafa Benitez, a man not all that popular at Stamford Bridge. But unlike Rafa, Jose’s job is safe because there are no “viable alternatives”.

In “no fight club”, Chelsea fan Rory Jennings says the team are “soft”. He evokes players like Ron Harris, Dennis Wise and John Terry to emphasise just how tough Chelsea used to be. He omits to mention that before Roman Abramovich’s billions, Chelsea were losers who sold cars by the side of the pitch and pulled in smallish gates as one of the Second Division’s larger clubs.

Chelsea fans moaning about their “crisis” is laughable. But, then, for most current Chelsea fans their support began when dad took them to a padded seat at the Bridge on their way to the rugger.

After three pages of what’s wrong with Chelsea, football fans get one page of what’s right with Leicester City, who sit top of the Premier League after victory over Jose’s overpaid dullards. News is that Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy will not be sold in January. Good. Of course, should a huge offer come in for one or either, Leicester might be tempted.

Returning to the Sun’s Manchester United’s scoop, the story is that some players at Old Trafford have found reason to think Louis Van Gaal’s tactics are a bit plodding. Which they are. A few players have told him where he’s going wrong. The odds on the hammer headed Dutchman listening to their advise is thinner than Jose’s smile.

The Star leads with more Chelsea news. Readers learn that Roman Abramovich will “NOT sanction a Chelsea spending spree next month”.  This is the same Roman who made Chelsea what they are today with a £1bn interest-free loan. One page on and we lean that the Blues have £40m for Everton’s John Stones. The Blues buy players. It’s what they do.

The Express’s lead story is that Stones is gong nowhere. Yet.

The Mirror leads with news of players leaving Chelsea. The back page has Jose telling Eden Hazard “I should have sold you in the summer”. He’s right. One year ago, Hazards was being talked about as one of the game’s greats. This season he’s a busted flush, trying but lacking inspiration and zip.

Over two pages, the Mirror looks at Leicester city. It invites seven of the game’s names to answer the question: “Will Leicester in the Premier League?” All of them say…’no’.

Or as it reported yesterday:

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So much for the glory game.

 

Posted: 16th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Luis Suarez to Manchester United and other Arsenal and Liverpool clickbait

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Transfer balls: and now for a Daily Star masterclass is utter tosh:

Luis Suarez to Man Utd, Real eye all-star Arsenal duo, Liverpool deal close

 

Story 1: Suarez to Manchester United:

BuzzSport report, United bosses are concerned they will fall short in their pursuits of the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo or Paul Pogba.

Unable to sign any of those players, United will – get this – swoop for Luis Suarez.

…they are looking into the possibility of a move for Suarez, hoping he could be tempted by a return to the Premier League.

Possible. Hope. Could.

Story 2:  Ozil and Sanchez to Real Madrid

Reports from Spanish press Don Balon claim that the La Liga giants want the Gunners’ star duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

Facts to support the Spanish magazine’s claim: zero.

Story 3: Liverpool deal

 

Simon Mignolet is set to be handed a new deal by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp despite his latest blunder.

Liverpool fans must be overjoyed.

Posted: 16th, December 2015 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Liverpool, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Sun takes on Leicester City – and loses

A few words from The Sun’s Charlie Wyett, who has noticed that Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City are top of the Premier League. Can they win the thing?

Writes Wyett:

Ranieri continues to build something special in a different part of England. It is proving to be one of the truly great Premier League stories.

 

Or as he put it before a ball was kicked:

Charlie Wyett

 

Spotter: WAATP

Posted: 15th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Sports, Tabloids | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Former Chelsea player finds cure for baldness

Former Chelsea player David Luiz is worried about going bald. He’s been researching how it can be prevented. Short of dying young with his ringlets still inserted in his scalp, he could do as as other have done and walk about Los Angeles with a hat on for some months, enjoying the city where the likes of fellow beanie hat wearers Brad Pitt and David Beckham hang out. It is an established fact that anyone wearing a beanie hat in the LA sunshine is prevented from every going bald. See also: being in The Rolling Stones.

But David Luiz had found a new method. Speaking in an interview with Journal du Dimanche, PSG’s Brazilian centre-half announced:

I know I look crazy but I am not! It is just hair… Yes, my father is bald. But I found a way to save my hair.

I met with a doctor in Brazil, who has developed a special treatment. It takes some cells from here (your hip) and then relocates then.

I will do it. In ten years it will be the solution for people who have lost their hair. You should try it!

Nice of David to offer everyone cells form his hop, but best to wait until his playing days are open lest he become lopsided and take to running around in circles like the current Chelsea defence.

Posted: 15th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Reviews, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Manchester United and Chelsea start bidding war for Everton’s John Stones

The Daily Express says this January Chelsea will return with a £40m bid for Everton’s John Stones. This is, of course, a complete guess, based on the Chelsea’s failed moves for Stones over the summer. 

The Blues failed with £40m in the summer, and a combination of their bad form and Everton’s consistency and optimism will will surely only necessitate and much higher bid.

A few days ago. the Independent said Manchester United will offer £50m for Stones.

Simon Jones ups the ante, telling Daily Mail readers that Barcelona are also after the English defender. There were noises linking Stones to Barcelona before, but the Catalans instead bought Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia for £14.5m and Thomas Vermaelen from Arsenal for £15m.

Right now Stones is earning £30,000 a week at Everton. If he’s worth £50m, then surely his wages will have match the £200,000-a-week Manchester City pay their £50m striker Raheem Sterling. That surely leaves Arsenal out of the running – and Everton unable to hold onto their star.

 

 

 

Posted: 15th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Chelsea, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Arsenal swap Calum Chambers to Everton’s John Stones

Rumours abound that Arsenal are making moves for Everton’s John Stones. The Sunday People adds a layer to the story by claiming Everton manager Roberto Martinez is keen on replacing Stones with Arsenal defender Calum Chambers.

The paper’s Tom Hopkinson writes:

Chambers has featured in less than half of the fixtures the Gunners have played this season, with Hector Bellerin keeping him out at right-back and Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista all ahead of him in the centre.

Chambers as a right back was something Arsenal were forced into last season when injuries bit. He was less than brilliant, getting skinned alive by Swansea’s Jefferson Montero as Arsenal lost to Swansea City.

As a centre-half, Chambers has promise, but it’s in central midfield where his future at Arsenal lies. Indeed, in August 2014, the Express opined:

Ultimately, the Arsenal manager sees Calum Chambers more as a holding midfielder. For now, he is making a remarkably mature fist of being a centre-back.

Chambers has the potential to be a terrific and versatile player. Stones is the player all the top clubs covert. The Metro says Manchester United are readying a £50m offer for him. Would Arsenal compete with that? And Wenger’s not in the habit of selling young English talent.

 

Posted: 13th, December 2015 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea boss Mourinho repeatedly linked to Real Madrid return

In an “exclusive” the Sun says Real Madrid want to re-sign current Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. The Real players and fans might not like Mourinho, but the Sun says the club’s president, Florentino Perez, is a big fan.

A source says the pair share a relationship that “goes way beyond the professional”. As your heads spin with images of the pair taking long walks in the rain and sharing rooms on away days, readers soon learn that no approach has been made to Mourinho. The story is based entirely on that unnamed source.

Cynics might wonder if this is more PR puffery than actual news.

And it is news we’ve heard before:

Sky Sports: “Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho could return to Real Madrid, says Ramon Calderon” – Nov, 11

Daily Mirror: “Real Madrid want Jose Mourinho BACK – and they want him to bring Eden Hazard with him” – October 30

Daily Express: “Chelsea in shock as boss Jose Mourinho set for stunning return to former club Real Madrid” – October 21

Number of words from Jose or Perez: nil.

Posted: 11th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal name 4-man shortlist of five names

The Mirror says Arsenal have made Southampton’s Victor Wanyama their “winter window priority”. The Kenyan is Arsenal’s “Number 1 target” this January.

 

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The Bleacher Report says the Arsenal shortlist features four players:

A club “recruitment source” reportedly informed Football Insider’s Wayne Veysey that William Carvalho of Sporting Lisbon, Lazio’s Lucas Biglia, Villarreal midfielder Bruno Soriano and Porto’s Ruben Neves are “all on the radar.”

No mention of Wanyama, there.

And no mention of him over at the Metro, where the Gunners’ main target is said to be Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann.

Such are the facts.

 

 

 

Posted: 10th, December 2015 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool: Sturridge defies Klopp’s diagnosis

Daniel Sturridge is injured. The Liverpool striker is dogged by injuries. The Sun quotes Jurgen Klopp, Sturridge’s manager at Liverpool: He says: “We need to look at how we bring him into shape.”

It’s all a far cry from what the Sun declared On November 28:

 

Klopp the sun injuries

 

The Guardian agreed:

Jürgen Klopp has told Daniel Sturridge he must start to play through the pain barrier to address the problems that have blighted the Liverpool striker’s career. The manager said Sturridge needed to learn “what is serious pain or what is only pain”.

 

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Looks like Sturridge’s pain isn’t all in the mind, after all – and Klopp is fallible.

 

 

 

 

Posted: 10th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal: Giroud remains rubbish as Olympiakos rival Liverpool

The plaudits are fulsome for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, whose hat-trick in Greece secured more Champions’ League football for his club.

The Mirror leads with ‘Our Hero’, praising the “much-criticised Frenchman.

John Cross praises the “sensational” Frenchman, before cranking up the tabloid-obot: this was a “Greek tragedy” for Olympiakos (you just know he’d have used the same cliche had Arsenal lost); Giroud exhibited “Gallic flair”, as all French players who score must.

The Sun calls Giroud a “GREEK GOD”, although which one is unsaid. We’d go for Morpheus, what with his having sent Arsenal into “dreamland”.

Charlie Wyett evokes May 1989, when Arsenal had to defeat Liverpool by two clear goals to win the title. I was there – and beating Olympiakos by a similar margin comes nowhere close to that magic night. Olympiakos are an ordinary team playing in a weak Greek top flight; Liverpool ’89 were mighty.

Back then Arsenal had Alan Smith up front. Was he better than Giroud? Did ‘Smudger’ play with Continental flair or English grit?

Wyett adds that that Arsenal “cannot win the Champions League”. But, of course, they can. You have to be in it to win it, and they are. Odd that having evoked that unlikely night in 1989, Wyett should dismiss the underdog’s chances.

In a column called ‘Five Things We Learnt”, the Sun says Giroud will “never be a world-class striker”. Readers are then told that Hector Bellerin has been “Arsenal’s stand-out player for the past 18 months” – which he hasn’t been. The Spaniard has been good, often remarkably so, but to say he’s made more of an impact that Sanchez or Ozil is absurd.

And you can add Giroud to that list of top Arsenal players.

Posted: 10th, December 2015 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Van Gaal damned but stays beyond 2017

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Who can be blamed for Manchester United crashing out of the Champions League in the group stages? It’s worth noting that this is an improvement on last season, when United failed to even qualify for European football’s biggest tournament.

The Mail says the buck starts and stops with United manager Louis Van Gaal, who is “hammered for his abysmal tactics”. Martin Samuel says United lost “because they could not not pick ip an old-fashioned big lad in the penalty area at set-pieces”.

As Van Gaal admits to his side going “backwards”, Chris Wheeler says United’s owners, the Glazer family, want to extend his contract beyond 2017.

No evidence that they do. But just saying it is enough to start that most wanted to tabloid aims: a heated debate.

Overall, though, the papers are split between leading with a dejected Van Gaal…

 

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…or a his over-paid, under-talented side:

 

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Any United fans in need to a laugh – or at best a distraction – can look to the Mirror, where David McDonnell delivers a tortuous intro:

And so it proved Emission Impossible for Manchester United as their Champions League campaign spluttered to a halt.

Wolfsburg may have been rocked by the emissions scandal that has engulfed sponsors Volkswagen, but last night it was the Reds who were left on the hard shoulder of European football.

As you wince at that, better, perhaps, to turn to the Times, where Henry Winter is in his pomp:

Embarrassing. Manchester United deservedly departed the Champions League because they defended like amateurs, not like elite professionals. They were drawn in an easier group than Manchester City yet find themselves in the Europa League. Welcome to Thursdays. Excruciating.

And Van Gaal?

Van Gaal’s reputation was damaged here. For United’s biggest game of the season, he took two eye-catching decisions. Guillermo Varela, the 22-year-old Uruguayan who made his debut against West Ham United on Saturday, started at right back; he made a couple of good tackles, but betrayed his inexperience by getting dragged into the centre, gifting André Schürrle space outside.

More controversial was Van Gaal’s decision to field Marouane Fellaini alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger with Michael Carrick kicking his heels on the bench and having to wait until 20 minutes from time for his 70th Champions League appearance. Fellaini lost the ball twice in the opening five minutes and did little to stop Wolfsburg’s counterattacks.

Which can all be summed by two words from the Sun:  “Van Damned.”

Posted: 9th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Broadsheets, manchester united, Reviews, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Manchester United have £144m for Neymar (and anyone else)

Transfer balls: The Daily Telegraph says Manchester Untied are ready to splurge £143,9m on Neymar.

So incredible is the story that Neymar appears to point to it, laughing:

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The paper reports:

It would be a staggering and eye-watering deal if Manchester United could pull it off but the likelihood of Neymar joining Old Trafford remains extremely slim.

How slim is slim?

Even though the Barcelona forward insists he’s happy at the Nou Camp and doesn’t see his future anywhere else, that does not seem to stop reports surfacing that United will up the ante in an attempt to persuade the seemingly unpersuadable.

Is “reports surfacing” code for ‘reports being made-up’?

Today reports are doing the rounds that United are preparing a quite preposterous £143.9 million offer to sign the Brazilian next month.

See: Daily Telegraph.

…But for all the money United appear willing to splash out in an attempt to land Neymar, the player is not for budging. Barca, however, may be willing to sell – in order to balance the books.

The Tele doesn’t bother to link to the source of its story.

The Star says the story emerges from Old Trafford.

 

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The Star gives its source as The Metro:

 

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The Metro says the story is rooted in Spain.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale have been linked, but Fichajes says United are preparing a £143.9m move for Neymar.

Over there, we’re told nothing of that nutzoid fee being quoted across the UK Press. But we do learn that United have €200m so invest and “the Brazilian international will not hear talk of the Red Devils…. Neymar currently wants to establish itself as the absolute star of the Spanish league and follow in the footsteps of Lionel Messi as Barca”.

Such are the facts.

 

Posted: 8th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Reviews, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Swansea City balls: Gary Monk sacked and Brendan Rodgers returns

Farewell, Gary Monk, manager of Swansea City, soon to be the Swans’ ex-manager. The papers all agree that the affable young Englishman is to be replaced by former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Daily Express says Rodgers return to Swansea is a sure thing. The Guardian says Monk, 36, will be given his P45 when Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins returns from collecting his OBE in London.

But let’s not shed a tear for Monk. The Sun says he’s in line for a£3m payoff to Monk., That’s not too shabby.

Posted: 8th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Reviews, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United go for Ancelotti (who fishes for Arsenal and Chelsea)

carlo man unitedCAROLO Ancelotti is vying with Pep Guardiola for the Manchester United job. The Sun leads with “CARLO SEES RED – I’d love to be boss of United.”

The Sun shows Ancelotti looking huge and vibrant, massive, hulking presence over Louis Van Gaal, the current Man United manager, who appears tiny, looking down and rubbing his nose.

This scoop is based on what Ancelotti told the Independent:

 

“I will continue to wait. If I don’t find a club with a good project, I can wait. What will I do? Watching games, fishing, all these things. But let us see next summer. I will not take a job in mid-season, but I would like to work again next summer.”

The Sun suggests Man United.

“Of course, for every manager, they would all think of managing Manchester United.”

Ancelotti has been on the media rounds. He’s looking for a top job, letting everyone know he’s available. Just get a load of these stories in the Daily Mail:

Ancelotti to Arsenal would be perfect. Why have the wheels not already been set in motion?!’ – Daily Mail, March 2015.

‘Liverpool make contact with Carlo Ancelotti as pressure mounts on Brendan Rodgers’ – Daily Mail, September 2015.

‘Chelsea plan for Jose Mourinho exit with Carlo Ancelotti waiting in the wings’ – Daily Mail, October 2015.

‘Carlo Ancelotti has now set his sights on his next coaching role. He wants the Bayern Munich job if Pep Guardiola decides to leave’ – Daily Mail, December 2015.

Via: MediaWatch

 

 

Posted: 8th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Reviews, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Ferguson fears Liverpool boss Klopp and forgets himself

Sir Alex Ferguson says he’s worried at the impact Jurgen Klopp will have at Liverpool. The former Manchester United manager says of Klopp:

“I’m worried about him because the one thing United don’t want is Liverpool to get above us. He’s a fantastic personality, with those big white teeth always showing…”

And then Ferguson spoke about working with the media:

“You have to win twice on a Saturday. You have to win the game and you have to win the press conference. Some managers fail, simply because they lack experience or they’re emotional. You have to gather yourself. I used to wash my face before a press conference…. You have to give a message to your fans because they’re watching. They want to see their manager come out with a positive attitude and not a beaten man… You’ve got to handle the press. It’s a very difficult part of it.”

That would be the Alex Ferguson who for seven years refused to speak to the BBC after they dissed his son.

Posted: 7th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Liverpool, manchester united, Reviews, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea lose to Bournemouth in Russian billionaire battle

Yesterday Bournemouth beat Chelsea 0-1 at Stamford Bridge. It was cracking result for the south coast club playing for the first time in the Premier League.

But in the Times, Rory Smith has a word to the wise:

 

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Bah, humbug!

Posted: 7th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Broadsheets, Chelsea, Reviews, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool balls: Skrtel aims for the own-goal record

Martin Skrtel’s own-goal for Liverpool in their 2-0 defeat 1t Newcastle takes the player’s tally of shots-in-the-wrong-goal to 7, leaving him level with fellow Red Jamie Carragaher in the most top-division own goals table.

Skrtel is now only three hits behind the Premier League’s leading own-goal getter, Richard Dunne, who scored 10 times between 1997 and 2015.

 

Posted: 7th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0