The big news of the day is the announcement that Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement at the end of the season. The Manchester United manager is the most successful in English football history and his presence will be felt across the game. The talk now moves to his successor, with bookies placing Everton boss David Moyes as the firm favourite. The other notable name in the frame is Jose Mourinho, but the Real Madrid manager is widely expected to take the Chelsea job once he leaves the Spanish giants.
The knock-on effect of this is that Everton may be finding themselves needing a manager too, and Wigan’s Roberto Martinez is expected to lead the race should the position open up.
Anything else happening in football today has taken a back seat, even though we have a crunch match at the top of the table tonight. Chelsea take on Tottenham at Stamford Bridge in a tie that is set to shape the countries representatives in next year’s Champions League. Chelsea have been handed a major boost with Eden Hazard set to play after sitting out Sunday’s game. Spurs are hoping Aaron Lennon will be fit to start too after he was taken off during the win against Southampton.
FIFA has announced that it will take no disciplinary action against the FA for the alleged racist chants during England’s game in San Marino in March. They have warned the FA that further action will be taken if preventative measures aren’t taken for future fixtures.
Queens Park Rangers have fined midfielder Stephane Mbia following some controversial tweets he sent to Joey Barton. He was seen asking if Barton ‘wanted to swap clubs’ after the London outfit were relegated. Mbia claimed the tweets were the result of his account being hacked but Rangers officials were having none of it and have fined the player.
Celtic are being linked with a move for Wolves striker Kevin Doyle after the midlands club were relegated to League 1.
Liverpool have insisted the rumours linking goalkeeper Pepe Reina to Barcelona are just that and that no bids have been made.
Reading have announced that following their relegation from the Premier League the season ticket prices are set to drop to, from £525 to £395.
Birmingham City have signed midfielder Olly Lee on a one-year contract after impressing during his loan spell.