February 28, 2009
It has been a while since Manchester City dominated the papers, so good to see the English media fill their boots this weekend.
It's a veritable lottery of City gossip, but we have to begin with the news that City are looking to offer their Brazilian winger to Chelsea, in return for John Terry.
February 27, 2009
Despite Guus Hiddink's protestation to the contrary the Daily Mail insist that Chelsea are close appointing the Dutchman as their permanent manager after it emerged Dick Advocaat is being lined up to succeed him as coach of Russia.
Hiddink has rejuvenated Chelsea since his arrival as interim boss, with two high-profile wins against Aston Villa and Juventus, but has always maintained he will leave Stamford Bridge in the summer to concentrate on his full-time, international job.
February 26, 2009
The morning newspapers in England are of course dominated by Rafael Benitez's "defiant" cries of unity and commitment as he says he won't walk away. However, you can read that on ESPN Soccernet and every other news source on the planet so we won't repeat and bore.
Another big boss is having a good moan though, and it hasn't taken Guus Hiddink long to begin ripping into the bones of Luis Felipe Scolari's tenure.
February 25, 2009
Despite a history of health problems that currently sees him recuperating from a triple heart bypass, despite FA charge after FA charge, despite the occasional expletive laden tirade and the small matter of failing to steer the club clear of a relegation battle, it is reported in the Daily Mail and the Sun that Joe Kinnear’s job is safe.
February 24, 2009
With Victor Anichebe recovering from Kevin Nolan's tackle and news that Mikel Arteta will miss the rest of the season, the papers are full of Everton gossip and it looks like a bad time to be a Toffee fan.
Obviously the club can't replace Arteta as the transfer window is closed, but that doesn't stop the Daily Mail from speculating that they will reignite their interest in Sporting Lisbon's Joao Moutinho.
February 23, 2009
Jose Mourinho believes he should be given the credit for transforming World and European Champions Manchester United into the dominant side they have become.
The former Chelsea manager told The Sun that he raised the bar so high with successive Premier League titles during his time at Stamford Bridge that United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was forced to build an even better team.
February 22, 2009
Ah, the UK's Sunday papers where scandal, tittle-tattle, speculation and sporting fact meet to give us all something to talk about on Monday morning.
The two big stories - which is exactly what they might turn out to be - come to us from those effortlessly charming folks at the News of the World where it is claimed that Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has thrown his toys out of the pram big-time and threatened to quit the club.
February 21, 2009
The next time you struggle to catch what Wayne Rooney has just said in a post-match interview spare a thought for England manager Fabio Capello, who has admitted that he is having difficulty understanding what the northerners in his squad are saying because of their accents.
The Guardian picked up on an interview Don Fabio gave to Italian TV in which he also said that while he doesn't sing the national anthem - all though he could if he wanted - he did admit that "God save the Queen" gives him goosebumps.
February 20, 2009
All it takes these days is a special goal, one moment of magic, and suddenly everyone is talking about you. Evidently quite a few people were watching CSKA Moscow draw with Aston Villa in the UEFA Cup this week as the colourful Vagner Love has been attracting some attention.
Everton boss David Moyes will claim the Brazilian has been on his radar for ages (in fact he was at Villa Park on Wednesday to watch him), and will be even more keen to seal a deal for the dreadlocked hitman, say the Sun, although he might have to beat off Man City with a large stick.
February 19, 2009
Real Madrid manager Juande Ramos has told Liverpool counter-part Rafa Benitez that he made a big mistake in letting a "top striker" like Robbie Keane leave Anfield.
Speaking ahead of next week's Champions League last-16 clash with the Reds, Ramos told The Sun: "You can't tell me Robbie will not score goals at a top club."
February 18, 2009
Remember The Invincivles, the unbeaten Arsenal side of 2003-04 season? Now say hello to The Untouchables, because they've won the Premier League title.
In moment of what feels like unprecedented candour from Gunners' boss Arsene Wenger the oft-myopic manager has admitted that not only are Arsenal's title hopes over for the season but labelled Manchester United as "untouchable right now" and anointed then Champions in waiting.
February 17, 2009
The rumour mill is turning again as Manchester City get themselves back in the game, but it's one player who could be leaving Eastlands that dominates the headlines.
After their attempts to sign Chelsea skipper John Terry, who by the way the Guardian claim could still be on his way in the near future, it looks like Micah Richards could be on his way out.
February 16, 2009
Egotistical Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner has arrogantly claimed he is the number one striker at the club and deserves to "to start every game and play every minute" ahead of last season's top scorer Emmanuel Adebayor and Dutch international Robin Van Persie.
The Danish hit-man, who regularly comes on as a substitute wearing pink and green boots, is already unpopular with Gunners fans, largely due to the high opinion he has of himself, and has yet to offered a new contract despite only having 18 months to run.
February 15, 2009
The transfer window may be shut, but that doesn't stop those hacks down on Fleet Street from conjouring up a few rumours regarding Manchester City.
The weekend it's all about a couple of links with Chelsea. The first of which sees John Terry allegedly swapping the Champions League regulars to be an also-ran at Eastlands. Surely things can't be that bad in west London?
Most of the press have this little tale, some claiming it ot be an exclusive of course, and you can check it out in the Sunday Express and the Daily Star Sunday.
February 14, 2009
It's a troubled time down at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have a part-time manager, disfunctional players and are no longer in possession of the fear factor true top teams must have.
And it could get worse after the horrible financial figures announced on Friday. The Daily Telegraph has revelaed the new full time boss will not be able to splash the cash like previous managers have. It seems it will be a sell to buy policy in the summer.
February 13, 2009
With the £7.5m compensation sorted Luiz Felipe Scolari has had his say on what went wrong at Chelsea and surprise, surprise the Brazilian is taking the tried and tested "It's not my fault" approach.
A number of UK tabloids, including The Daily Star and The Daily Mail have picked up on an interview given by Scolari to France Football two days before he was sacked.
February 12, 2009
Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse for Newcastle news reaches us this morning that Bryan Robson - to management what Bernie Madoff is to banking - is being lined up to takeover from Joe Kinnear.
With Kinnear facing heart bypass surgery his Toon tenure is effectively over, opening the way for Newcastle to pull another name out of their comedy time vortex. First there was Denis Wise, then Joe Kinnear and now, according to The Express, Robson is next.
February 11, 2009
Chelsea, of course, dominate today's news agenda. Guus Hiddink is incoming and the UK hacks have plenty to say about that. And it's a combination of speculation about what went wrong at Stamford Bridge for Big Phil and what the Dutchman will be paid.
The Sun lead on Hiddink trousering £2.5m from Chelsea for just four months' work. Nice. Meanwhile the Daily Express says he's getting £4m. Stable-mates the Daily Star also say he's getting £2.5m. Someone is wrong. Maybe all of them. Do they not chat at Desmond Towers?
February 10, 2009
Remember the TV show 'The Contender'? Where a collection of wannabe boxers all slug it out over the course of a few weeks to find out who will get a professional contract?
Well there's a similar situation unfurling at Stamford Bridge after the sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari. Perhaps Roman Abramovich should just gather his shortlist, hand out the gloves and come back in a few hours to see who's left standing.
February 9, 2009
David Beckham is desperate for it to happen. In fact, most LA Galaxy fans are praying the deal goes through too. But there is the danger of an impasse between Milan and the MLS side over a transfer fee,
It's believed that Milan had a bid of £6.7m rejected over the weekend and Galaxy are looking for £15m. Quite a fee for a player who will be 34 before too long.
February 8, 2009
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has been told he needs to win the Premier League title to save his job by club co-owner George Gillett, according to the Sunday Express.
On a rare visit to Merseyside Gillett let it be known that he blamed Rafa's rant against Sir Alex Ferguson for Liverpool's slump in form and has demanded that the Spaniard rectify the situation.
February 7, 2009
Nicolas Anelka has delivered a scathing assessment of Chelsea's title chances, saying his team are not good enough to overcome the Premier League's big guns.
The league's top marksman told The Sun that the Blues have become clueless against the big teams. Asked about Chelsea's costly 2-0 defeat at Liverpool last Sunday Anelka said: "We just didn't know how to play against Liverpool."
February 6, 2009
The paper talk today has more transfer speculation for the summer window, with Wigan winger Antonio Valencia ''inevitably'' going to Man Utd for £18m.
Various tabloids report Latics boss Steve Bruce's outpouring of grief over losing yet another of his top stars, but at least he'll get a cool bit of cash to spend on more South American unknowns.
February 5, 2009
Well, it's official, David Beckham says he wants to leave the L.A. Galaxy and join up with Milan on a permanent deal. Looks like he's persuaded Vicky as well!
The Daily Mirror claim that if the Italian club are just a little bit patient, then they can snap up the Spice Boy for free! For free! In November.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail have the unsurprising news that Becks is ready to take a paycut in order to play at the San Siro. So cash-strapped Milan aren’t willing to pay him £125m over five seasons then.
February 4, 2009
It's hardly been 24 hours, but already some of the papers have turned their attentions to who will be moving in the summer - Carlos Tevez, Ricardo Quaresma, maybe even Dimitar Berbatov if Spurs continue to turn the clock back.
First up, is the Daily Star who have Carlos Tevez moving to Real Madrid. As he’s only on loan at Man Utd it would mean the two clubs wouldn’t have to reignite their war of words after the Cristiano Ronaldo saga and, after United apparently didn’t take up their option on the striker, Madrid are ready to swoop with a £25m bid.
Quite what he would do at a club already sporting the likes of Raul, Klass Jan Huntelaar, Gonzalo Higuain and Ruud Van Nistelrooy remains to be seen. He’ll probably just end up sitting on the bench again.
February 3, 2009
Tuesday morning's newspapers seem torn between leading with Robbie Keane's safe return to Tottenham Hotspur from Liverpool and speculating about whether Andrei Arshavin's on-off transfer from Zenit St Petersburg to Arsenal will go through.
The Guardian seem the most confident that Ashavin's "extra-time" deal will get clearence. The Premier League has apparently confirmed that the transfer will be amongst a number of others that will be signed off on Tuesday.
But it wasn't easy; the Russian's agent claimed that it was an incredibly difficult deal to finalize. "It was completed in extra-time but we must wait for confirmation," said Dennis Lachter. "In 16 years this has been the most difficult transfer ever."