POCHETTINO FOR CHELSEA
With at least five current Premier League clubs expected to change their manager this summer, and most wanting to do it before the World Cup begins, Tuesday’s gossip is crammed full of rumours about who ends up where.
The most interesting – and most unlikely? – shout comes from The Sun. An exclusive from Neil Ashton claims that Chelsea want to make Mauricio Pochettino their new manager.
Ashton describes how Pochettino is ‘at loggerheads with Spurs chief Daniel Levy over transfer funds’. Given that they only spoke about the issue two days ago, that seems a bit much. We’re also told how Pochettino ‘admitted that his future was uncertain’. We must have missed that bit of the press conference.
To be honest, this sounds like absolute rot. There are 15 managers available at shorter odds than Pochettino to be Chelsea’s next manager, and that includes John Terry.
ALLARDYCE SACKED IN NEXT TWO DAYS
One story we can believe is that Sam Allardyce will soon be relieved of his duties as Everton manager. Allardyce spent part of his press conference last week insisting that he will be staying on until next season and had already discussed his transfer targets with the board. Nobody really believed him then and nobody really believes it now.
The Daily Mirror say that Allardyce will be sacked in the next 48 hours, which is why he pushed so hard for the extra year on his contract. Come feel that sweet pay-off love.
The Mirror add that Marco Silva is the favourite to take over from Allardyce. Having chased him so hard in mid-season that’s perhaps no surprise, although Silva’s subsequent decline at Watford must worry them a little.
AND IT’S FONSECA FOR MOYES AT WEST HAM
Paulo Fonseca was one name strongly linked with Everton, but West Ham might just get in there first. Late on Monday evening, the Daily Mail had the exclusive that Fonseca had been interviewed by West Ham less than 48 hours after Moyes had managed what will surely be his last game.
Can I just say now that Fonseca has an absolutely majestic face? He looks like a cross between David Gandy and the one all the girls like in a lighthearted American cop comedy-drama.
Anyway, he’s been managing Shakhtar Donetsk very nicely indeed and has made no secret of his desire to manage in the Premier League. Can this be the guy to tame the lions at the West Ham circus?
MAN UNITED AND FRED NOT A DONE DEAL
We had kinda assumed that Manchester United signing Fred was one of the done deals of the summer. Both Manchester clubs had harboured an interest, but when City pulled out in favour of signing Jorginho from Napoli, United seemed to have a free run.
Maybe not. The Manchester Evening News reckon that Paris Saint-Germain also quite fancy paying Fred’s £53m release clause, which could scupper United’s own plans.
‘PSG are considering bidding for Fred to reinforce a midfield in need of another mobile defensive midfielder overly reliant on Adrien Rabiot,’ say the MEN in a sentence that makes absolutely no sense. ‘Vice-captain Thiago Motta is 35 and could leave at the end of the season while Lassana Diarra is 33 and joined on a free transfer from Abu Dhabi club Al-Jazira in January.’
He doesn’t play quite the same role, but they do also have Marco Verratti.
Still, watch this space.