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Sean Dyche has been sacked :(
I'm sure that'll end well.
Where does it say it? I bet he isn't appointed today. I bet you £40. We haven't even called a press conference, ffs.
Mike Ashley is the genius
of all the strikers we produced, the only one that is worse is McGoldrick
It's really annoying that you can't place a next manager bet on a job that isn't vacant.
It's been in the press for a couple of weeks.
Harsh. Can't say it makes Zola live up to his cuddly image - it's been open knowledge for a couple of weeks that he'd be taking the job and they're only just sacking Dyche now.
Paul Ince, Martin Allen and Steve Tilson favourites to get the job.
Which would be really unfortunate, i think.
Wouldn't surprise me if Mancini replaced him, to be honest. He's the outstanding candidate for the job, he's said throughout his career that if his country came calling he'd never turn them down, and the other likely favourite is his big pal Ancelotti, and the two seem pretty competative.
Would be disappointing to lose him given the undeniably brilliant job he's done, but i don't think we could stand in his way. His father's critically ill, as well, meaning that he gets a private jet back to Italy every week, so that may be a factor, if indeed anything does unfold.
Probably why we're so keen to get him to sign this new £6m a year contract (that some of the press thought was already inked). Weirdly, the broadsheets seem in unanimous agreement that Wenger's the highest-paid manager, not only in Europe, but the world - up to £7.25m-a-year! That's a lot of money for a man who prides himself on his employers being so financially prudent.
Win/win for us, i think. Either Mancini stays and we bang out another couple of titles, or Pep cuts his holidays short and stage two of tika-taka dominance commences.
AVB's been appointed then?
Wasn't that supposed to be something mental like £12m a year?
Maybe the Whinger's only the second highest paid manager on the planet?
Either way, it doesn't really add up.
Behind Mourinho, Ancelotti and Ferguson, but £7m-ish sounds right.
Does seem high considering our supposed tightness, but I'm fairly happy he's proved value for money. That figure's going to be partly down to sheer longevity too; new contracts & pay rises start to add up over 16 years.
He's also turned down a lot of big offers from other clubs/countries in that time, including the France job last week. As much as he loves Arsenal, he's not going to keep turning the likes of Real down if he's earning relative peanuts here.
Can't see why Man Utd'd need to make Ferguson the highest paid manager given that he never gets linked with other jobs and clearly has no intention of walking away until he retires. Ridiculously high wages only really happen when a club's scared the manager'll walk...
more chance of him leaving as he's frustrated about the limited coaching time he gets with his players, won't be sacked though
the Italian press seem to think he might be sacked.
i'm not joking, you'd be brilliant at it.
Da Silvas have signed new five year contracts. cool. Fabio has gone on loan to QPR. injuries have taken their toll, he was always supposed to be the better of the two. i really hope he can have a full season at QPR, hopefully on the left.
We can't go into the season with only one LB in the squad (and one who's been below par for two seasons now)
Neither Baines nor Evra would play second fiddle.
Much more likely Clyne will act as backup to Evra.
As long as Baines signs think he's going to be first-choice and Evra keeps thinking he can keep the left-back spot then United'd be sorted 'til Christmas at least. It might be that after that Evra wants out but Ferguson could probably deal with that. He'd be stupid not having competition for places and Evra's not really done enough to keep being the unchallenged first-choice left-back.
it'll be interesting to see how much United! get "£20m wouldn't get him" Baines for.
he has a £15m clause in his contract firstly. he has one year left i believe. £12m would get him.
don't recall having ever heard of a release clause before either
City being quoted £20m+ last summer, and the Manchester Evening News suggesting United might get him for £6m (after a very good season).
Everton, like Spurs, seem to sometimes pride themselves on doing business with United.
clubs say "no"
SFA say clubs will cease to exist.
clubs say "so? integrity!"
spl says "we might let them into the SPL"
Dily Records keeps printing utter shite.
but i think people would respect them more if they just manned up and knuckled down for a couple of years.
Their youth team, with a few canny experienced freebie buys, would sail through the SFL.
are some of the most brazen attempts at scare-mongering i've ever seen
it's quite amazing.
actually lays bare some of his rampant inconsistencies and makes a few pretty decent points about scottish football journalists in general - http://wingsland.podgamer.com/ranging-far-and-wide/
last week he tried threating clubs with the creation of SPL2 if Sevco weren't parachuted in Division 1, today he's crying about how £17m of tv deals will be lost if Sevco aren't in the SPL for the 2013/14 season. BARGH
Chelsea obviously have a predilection for firing managers and it's not exactly my favourite thing about the club, but the guy had utterly ballsed it up. He had a difficult, probably impossible job, but still made a real fuck up of it. He was, quite simply, a shit Chelsea manager. Doesn't necessarily mean he's *a* shit manager though.
Spurs can expect to see a lot of public and media good will disappear once he starts giving press conferences. For all his faults, Redknapp at least knew how to get the press on side and keep some of the pressure off. Everyone in the press already hates Villas-Boas and unless he's had a personality transplant, I can't see that changing.
Obviously I don't follow the Portuguese press especially closely, but he was seen as a bit of a Billy Big Bollocks deserter then. Probably helps that he's back on side with Porto's owner. Personally, I always quite liked that he was mouthy and defensive in press conferences.
Can't wait for him to give a press conference and call the season the randomised attainment acquisition procedure period or some bollocks like that.
The issue at Chelsea was that there were too many big characters in the squad. Spurs don't really have any. Worst case scenario is Adebayor stops playing a bit, but they coped with that alright last seaon, to be honest.
you've been sitting on that one for days :)
That's the THING - he rarely needed to be defensive with the press when he was at Porto. And he'll rarely need to be at Spurs. COYS!
Quite the contrast with Ancelotti
Loads of Arsenal fans are getting all stroppy and calling it disrespectful, forgetting of course that we've tried some outrageous low-ballings over the last few years
They better not break Ben Arfa just when Pardew has him settled.
Weird how the French press would wait until after the tournament to reveal that there were several other players involved.
After Macheda I'm not falling for the *He's from Utd, he MUST be good!* fallacy again
Will absolutely do your head in with how regularly he'll fail to complete matches for absolutely nothing injuries.
i don't think he is positionally suspect as ant seems to suggest, and if he is going to QPR then his games/red card average wouldn't be that high. he's very, very comfortable on the ball, and has played a couple games without looking out of place on the left wing.
he started a champions league final. he's no macheda.
he does have massive problems with cramp and hammys though.
everyone else at QPR, right?
Zola's not exactly a guaranteed success either...
João Moutinho (Porto) to Man Utd or Spurs
Demba Ba (Newcastle) to Liverpool or Tottenham
Luis Suárez (Liverpool) to Juventus
Robin Van Persie (Arsenal) to Juventus, Man City, Paris St-Germain or Anzhi Makhachkala
Luuk de Jong (FC Twente) to Newcastle
Douglas (FC Twente) to Newcastle
Steven Naismith (free agent, formerly Glasgow Rangers) to Everton, West Ham, Blackburn or Stoke
Stephen Pienaar (Spurs) to Everton
Luka Modric (Spurs) to Real Madrid, Man Utd or Chelsea
Nuri Sahin (Real Madrid) to Spurs
Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea) to Spurs
Oscar (Internacional) to Spurs
Tom Huddlestone (Spurs) to Fulham
Hugo Lloris (Lyon) to Arsenal
Rod Fanni (Marseille) to Wigan
Luke Shaw (Southampton) to Chelsea
Markus Rosenberg (free agent, formerly Werder bremen) to West Brom or Swansea
Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea) to West Ham
Dejan Stankovic (Inter) to West Ham
Axel Witsel (Benfica) to Chelsea or Man Utd
Rafael van der Vaart (Spurs) to Hamburg
Joel Campbell (Arsenal) to Real Betis
Dimitar Berbatov (Man Utd) to Galatasaray
Jamie Ness (free agent, formerly Glasgow Rangers) to Stoke
Maicon (Inter) to Chelsea
Mathieu Debuchy (Lille) to Newcastle or Chelsea
Jean Alain Boumsong (Panathinaikos) to West Ham
Danijel Pranjic (Bayern Munich) to Everton
Think Arsenal will break the bank to keep him at the last minute, tbh.
Certainly don't think he'll go to Russia or France, Juve are looking elsewhere, Arsenal wouldn't sell to Chelsea or United, and he's not good enough for Real or Barca.
giving up are we?
I've said since day one that i don't think van Persie's the sort of player we need. Too old, too injury prone, too expensive.
Brilliant last season, there's no denying that, but he's not better than Aguero, Tevez or even Balotelli. A slight improvement on Dzeko, given.
If we can get him for <£12m-ish, i wouldn't be completely against it, but there are plenty of better forwards out there, almost all of whom would be delighted to play for the best team in England.
beautiful stuff. tevez :D
Boumsong playing for West Ham or Rod Fanni playing for anyone.
Especially for the t-shirts.
Even Fernando Torres had scored
we're signing him, apparently.
Looking forward to the football now.
I'm not convinced he's what you need if you go back up. But I think him and Keith Andrews are the kind of solid signings you need this season.
tbf it's good to have bodies in, what with wheater still recovering from his knee-knack, Ream still learning his trade and the only other first team CB being Zat Knight *shudders*
I'm quitely optimistic now. Promotion would be fantastic but I would like a fun season.
In which case yes, definitely one of the best in the Championship. Surprising Saints didn't go back for him, he was captain of all our youth teams
Can see him fitting right into the Championship :/
Was class back in the day, mind you.
lovely bit of writing.
Feeling quite positive, just want the season to start now..
quite impressed/surprised that it didn't drag our longer.
He gave an interview saying they offered more money that QPR and Fulham and the owners gave their vision of *doing a City*.
Guess that makes a little bit more sense why they want to spunk £7m on Jay Rodriguez
Liebherr group is pretty huge
Modric for Higuain swap deal. Personally I'd jump at the chance, but obviously this will not happen.
My dad told me that Grant Holt once punched Colin Calderwood (the new assistant at Norwich). Brilliant.
Apparently Norwich wanted to offer 1 year less than Holt wanted, but glad it's been sorted now.
Hate that fat cunt SO MUCH
coyle, stop it.
I think this sort of thing should become standard practice. It symbolises his commitment to the national team too.
We robbed them of a Champions League place and we've now stuck them with a Grade A berk of a manager. It'll be a lively but short reign.
they're losing but they've got some fight in them.
not bad, Serbia are getting smashed
France might've been three nil up at half time but the ref really has put an end to this game
gary lineker seems to be.
Twitter also tells me he's going to see a Berthold Brecht play tonight. wtf?
Although I have you to contend with on here. Don't know what his excuse is.
Spurs unveil their new club crest:
wowooooooo! director of football time yeahhh!!!!!
(actually could be quite good).
AVB was manager, not head coach, at Chelsea.
What sort of remit does Michael Emenalo have?
He isn't a direct replacement, in name at least, for Arnesen who was apparently a far more traditional Sporting Director/Director of Football figure. In the club's own words he 'supports the work of the first team manager, leading the club's international and domestic scouting network, and assists in driving the technical programmes of our Academy and international youth network', which isn't a particularly illuminating description, particularly if we're supposed to see a 'Technical Director' as somehow distinct from a 'Sport Director'.
I remember at the time of AVB's Chelsea appointment that the word 'manager' had been used rather pointedly- his predecessors were explicitly Head or First Team coaches on our official website. In his short time here, he certainly seemed to take some very decisive decisions on personnel.
*Not actually what I was gonna say, but it popped up in autofill and I thought 'why not?'.
The REAL important thing is that Chelsea get to keep Eva Carneiro.
On both counts.
and there are rumours flying around that he may have meningitis?? Not nice.
Wouldn't read too much into the rumours just yet- it's contract renewal time so it's likely his agent is just being a busy boy. He usually is. Pretty standard for a club with a new manager to be erroneously linked with anyone and everyone they've ever worked with before.
Think they've got Spain next, should be tasty*
*not in a paedo way
Really enjoyed the bit where the Estonian guy ran the length of the pitch with the ball on a counter attack and then panicked when there wasn't an obvious pass and clunked the ball with his standing foot.
"Andre was previously at Porto and led them to an undefeated season in the league, winning four trophies and becoming the youngest manager ever to win a European title in the process, before joining Chelsea and extending his run to 39 games undefeated." :DDDDDD