The manic manager merry-go-round (sorry) was still in full spin today as Manuel Pellegrini confirmed he will leave Malaga at the end of the season. The Chilean manager, previously in charge of Real Madrid and Argentina, is widely expected to be named as Manchester City’s next boss after the sacking of Roberto Mancini.
The other Premier League jobs open are at Everton and Stoke and Roberto Martinez is being linked with the former after David Moyes’ appointment at Manchester United. The Spaniard won the FA Cup this season with Wigan but was unable to emulate that success in the league as Wigan’s long battle for survival finally ended in tears.
Aston Villa have confirmed former captain Stiliyan Petrov will be taking a coaching role at the club after his battle with cancer forced him to retire this season. The much loved Bulgarian will study for his coaching badges ‘over the coming months’ ahead of the role.
As the season has ended the talk now inevitably moves towards transfer rumours, so while we wait for blurry photos of superstars outside Carrow Road and Peter Odemwingie outside…well…everywhere, here is the news being bandied about today.
Gareth Bale has hinted that he will be staying at Tottenham for next season, stating that everyone has to pull together to achieve their targets in the next campaign. Don’t expect this story to go away however, unless he signs a new contract the rumours will be around until the transfer window closes in September. I am going to put my neck on the line, and feel free to quote me on this, by saying Bale WILL be a Spurs player for the whole of next season.
Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas is hoping to add to his squad early this summer, with reports claiming the club have already lodged a bid for Hulk after the Brazilian admitted to not settling in Russia.
Expect to hear that a lot of players are “happy” this summer as the vultures circle looking for any scraps of discontent. The latest players that are happy where they currently ply their trade are Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao. Both of the South American strikers are attracting a lot of attention from a lot of big clubs after impressive seasons for their respective clubs. I imagine both players are kissing their badges as I write this.
Cardiff manager Malky Mackay is also happy where he is, amidst rumours linking him with the vacancy at Goodison Park. I suspect a few of the Everton fans are happy that he’s happy too as they will be hoping for a more high profile figure standing on the sideline next season.
Reports yesterday claimed that West Ham had agreed a deal to sign Andy Carroll on a permanent basis only for Newcastle to step in and try to hijack the deal. Well the Magpies have today denied any contact, leaving the London club unopposed in securing the striker’s signature, for now at least.
Borussia Dortmund striker Mario Gotze has said he won’t play in Saturday’s Champions League final against Bayern Munich due to a hamstring injury. I won’t believe have any cynicism on this one, there is no way this has anything to do with the fact that the frontman is moving to Bayern almost immediately after the Wembley showpiece, no way at all.
Fulham have confirmed two signings today with midfielder Derek Boateng and defender Fernando Amorebieta joining on free transfers. Ghanaian Boateng has signed a one-year deal and Venezuelan Amo…Amar…Amoreb…Fernando has signed a four-year deal after impressing manager Martin Jol last year while playing for Athletic Bolbao.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp insists Andros Townsend and Fabio will be returning to Spurs and Manchester United respectively after loan spells with the club. While admitting he would be interested in extending the stays of both players he conceded a step down to England’s second tier might not be what they want.
Phil Parkinson has signed a new three-year deal at Bradford after guiding them to League One via the play-offs this season. He also led the club to a Capital One final, a remarkable feat despite the 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Swansea at Wembley.
Big news as UEFA are expected to announce that the winners of the Europa League will qualify for the next seasons Champions League. Details of where this position will be taken from are unclear but it is something that I think will rejuvenate the competition massively. The new rule is set to be implemented in 2015.
I finish today on a sad note as former Manchester United, Leeds and England defender Brian Greenoff has died aged 60. He joined United in 1968 and retired from football in 1983 whilst playing and coaching for Rochdale.