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Q: Manuel Pellegrini - What should we do
a. A good man & a good coach we should stick with him
10%
  
b. A busted flush & he's outstayed his welcome, time to go
37%
  
c. What difference does it really make who's in charge while the current owners are still in control
53%
  



Alan 12:53 Wed Nov 27
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Unai Emery as Arsenal manager. (Mail)

Arsenal staff believe manager Emery will be sacked, but he is still expected to be in charge for Thursday's Europa League match against Eintracht Frankfurt. (Goal)

Failure to beat Frankfurt, and Norwich City on Sunday, will lead to Emery losing his job. (Express)

Barcelona and Real Madrid are ready to move for Arsenal's 30-year-old Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (Mirror)

Spanish champions Barcelona are leading the race to land Aubameyang. (Star)

Everton could look to replace manager Marco Silva with Flamengo boss Jorge Jesus, who led the Brazilian club to Copa Libertadores victory. (Telegraph)

Everton face a fight from West Ham to secure David Moyes as their next manager. (Mirror)

Manchester United believe they remain the frontrunners to sign Borussia Dortmund's 19-year-old England forward Jadon Sancho next year. (Telegraph)

United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodard says there was "a difference of opinion on one or two players" between the club and former manager Jose Mourinho. (Mirror)

England forward Raheem Sterling's new Manchester City contract could lead to the 24-year-old earning more than the £350,000-a-week deal signed by the club's current top earner Kevin de Bruyne. (Sky Sports)

The agent of City's German winger Leroy Sane has met with Bayern Munich, but the Bundesliga champions will wait until the summer to sign the 23-year-old. (Goal)

Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool are among the clubs competing to sign Peterborough United's 17-year-old English striker Ricky-Jade Jones. (Mail)

Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is not an option for Bayern Munich, who will allow caretaker boss Hansi Flick to stay on until the end of the season. (Goal)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane remains desperate to sign Manchester United's France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, despite club president Florentino Perez offering instead to bring in Tottenham's Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, or Napoli's 23-year-old Spaniard Fabian Ruiz. (Mirror)

Real have no plans to sell Brazil forward Vinicius Junior, 19, despite a lack of first-team appearances over recent weeks. (Marca)

Red Bull Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch is hopeful of keeping 19-year-old Norwegian striker Erling Haaland at the club until at least the end of the season. (CNN, via Manchester Evening News)

But Manchester United are expected to launch their bid to sign Haaland when the transfer window reopens in January. (Times - subscription required)

Offers for Haaland are expected to start at around £60m - although the Norwegian's final price could rise to as much as £85m. (Sun)

Liverpool Under-23 coach Neil Critchley will take charge of the club's Carabao Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa while manager Jurgen Klopp travels to Qatar for the Club World Cup. (Times - subscription required)

Tottenham have identified Schalke's German goalkeeper Alexander Nubel, 23, as a potential target. (Talksport)

Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow says the club are under no pressure to sell England midfielder Jack Grealish, 24. (Mail)

Arsenal are eyeing a January move for Nottingham Forest's 22-year-old English defender Joe Worrall. (Football Insider)

Manchester United are set to trigger 21-year-old Dutch defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah's one-year contract extension. (Sun)

Chinese electronics company Haier has denied it has agreed a £70m-a-year deal to become United's new shirt sponsors. (Mirror)

Rangers have ruled out selling Colombia striker Alfredo Morelos, 23, in the January transfer window amid interest from Leicester City. (Star)

Following his side's Champions League semi-final defeat by Liverpool last season, Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 32, sent a WhatsApp message to Paris St-Germain's Brazil striker Neymar, 27, asking him to return to the Spanish club and "take my place" when he departs. (France Football - in French)

Barcelona's France forward Antoine Griezmann, 28, has admitted he does not yet understand the style of fellow attacking team-mates Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele following his summer move from Atletico Madrid. (Radio Montecarlo, via Sport)

Has Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic revealed his new club? The former Manchester United and LA Galaxy striker, 38, has posted an image featuring his name on the back of of a Hammarby shirt on Twitter.





Guardian Rumour Mill

Niall McVeigh

At time of writing, Unai Emery is still the Arsenal manager, but it’s not looking good. The Spaniard’s office has been relocated to a trestle table in the basement, and Granit Xhaka is using his parking space. Metaphorically speaking, of course. Today’s tabloids reckon anything less than a win at Norwich on Sunday will see Emery permanently relocated at a travel tavern.

Details of the shortlist to replace him are sketchy, but the Mail report that the Wolves manager, Nuno Espírito Santo, is at its summit. Nuno’s rigid philosophy and surly post-match demeanour would be a refreshing change at the Emirates, but why he would take a sideways move at this stage is up for debate. If the club want a company man instead, they could turn to former players Mikel Arteta or Freddie Ljungberg.

Whoever replaces Emery, they will surely have a shot at reviving Arsenal’s top-four ambitions with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in the squad. Ah, hold on, what’s this? Aubameyang is interesting Real Madrid and Barcelona, and the 30-year-old doesn’t fancy winding down in the Europa League. Quite where he’d fit in Barça’s ageing forward line-up, we’re not sure, although he could find himself coming off the bench for Neymar next season.

Lionel Messi still wants the Brazilian back at Barcelona, and PSG are more concerned about keeping Kylian Mbappé, with the French forward currently the subject of a relentless pursuit by Zinedine Zidane. Where would that leave PSG? Well, the Mill is just spitballing here, but Lacazette also wants Champions League football, and he would get a guaranteed eight games per season in Paris.

You know sacking season is in full swing when Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjær isn’t among the top three managers under pressure. Instead, he’s making plans for January. Plan A is an audacious, unlikely-to-actually-happen £180m double swoop for Erling Braut Haaland and Jadon Sancho. Plan B also focuses on young talent, but is a little more thrifty. Atlanta United playmaker Ezequiel Barco, Valladolid centre-back Mohammed Salisu and Reading forward Danny Loader are the latest names for United fans to furiously Google.

We’ve got pretty far into this thing without mentioning José Mourinho, but the Spursy One is an inevitable presence in the back pages. Despite Christian Eriksen changing the game against Olympiakos, his chances of staying still look slim. Real Madrid are ready to thrash out an agreement in January, but Juventus are about to enter the fray. Mourinho is prioritising defensive recruits, with Nice right-back Youcef Atal and Schalke keeper Alexander Nübel on his wish-list. Peterborough forward Ricky-Jade Jones is also interesting Spurs, United and Liverpool.

The Mill are as guilty as anyone else of sleeping on Leicester City, not a paid-up member of the ‘big six’ but the only club that look capable of catching Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers is planning to hit the north in search of January recruits, and wants to bring Celtic centre-back Kristoffer Ajer and explosive Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos over the border to join his title-chasing party.

In other news, Milan want shot of striker Krzysztof Piatek, who has scored a not-completely-terrible three goals in 13 games so far this season. United and Chelsea have been linked, but a loan move to a team drifting towards trouble (let’s go with West Ham) seems a better fit. Speaking of which, Zlatan Ibrahimovic might also be available for a dangerously expensive loan move. The striker has bought a 50% share in Swedish side Hammarby, but may still take his playing talents elsewhere.







C&H

Roberto has form for bad days in the office

Roberto is not new to press scrutiny on his performances. Five years ago he was slammed for his performance in the Champions League against Atletico Madrid.

Five years ago to the day the then Olympiakos keeper let in four goals in a Champions League performance that was described as awful.

The Metro reporting on the game at the time said “We have all had bad days at the office but spare a thought for Olympiakos keeper Roberto who has had a total shocker. Indeed the gloves men produced such as awful howler during the Champions League match with Atletic Madrid that people accused him of match-fixing on twitter and the internet”

During the game played on 26th November 2014 Roberto, under pressure in his own penalty area, passed straight to an Atletico player who setup Raul Garcia to score the easiest goal of his life.

Despite this checkered history, Roberto was put forward as West Ham’s number one keeper last summer before Fabiaksi was signed.

Eddie Howe and the West Ham connection

Recent reports have suggested that Eddie Howe and his backroom team could be interested in joining West Ham should Manuel Pellegrini resign or be sacked.

However, neither side can make any formal formal approach until the West Ham’manager position becomes officially vacant.

At that point permission can be sought to speak with the 41 year old who so far has shown no desire to leave the club of which he has now been manager for 12 years over two spells.

Howe is understood to have a contract with the Cherries until next summer although there is thought to be a two year option attached.

Despite being the fan’s favourite to replace Pellegrini, Howe would not come cheap and it would take a top package to prise him from away from the south coast were he to want out.

Meanwhile it turns out that his number two, Jason Tindal, comes from a West Ham family.

The 42-year-old eastender was born in Mile End and his father Jimmy Tindal founded the Sunday League football team Senrab F.C. based at Wanstead Flats in Forest Gate, East London.

Jimmy was also a West Ham youth development officer at the club for many years. Senrab players included John Terry, Bobby Zamora and Ledley King.

Jason was an apprentice at Charlton but after his release joined Bournemouth playing over 173 senior games for the Cherries.

In 2008 Tindal was appointed as assistant manager to Jimmy Quinn at A.F.C Bournemouth when Quinn was sacked in 2009 he stayed on to become Howe’s number two.





Milan News (Translation)

West Ham polls for Kessie

There is not only Wolverhampton on the trail of Franck Kessie, but another Premier team has also begun to show interest in the Ivorian. Cutrone's formation in the summer had tried Kessie without being able to convince him, and for the month of January we will also try West Ham, which however is not going through a good time in the league. The London club could invest in Kessie, knowing that Milan will leave him with a 20-25 million euro offer.





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