Good evening all,
The ruthless world of football doesn’t rest over the Christmas period, as many teams show the exit door to managers and players alike. The last few days has seen Henning berg sacked by Blackburn Rovers with Mark Hughes emerging as the favourite to replace him and Sean O’Driscoll replaced as quickly as you could blink by Alex MacLeish at Nottingham Forest.
The FA has written to managers Harry Redknapp and Roberto Mancini regarding the comments they made after the Boxing Day clashes. Both were unhappy with decisions made, or not made, by match officials and weren’t afraid to vent their anger to the media in the post-match interviews.
Radamel Falcao has crushed the hopes of his many suitors ahead of the transfer window by saying he expects to stay at Atletico Madrid until the end of the season. He said the club have worked very hard to keep hold of him and is more than happy to finish the current campaign in Spain before he moves.
Arsene Wenger has said he is still considering whether or not to sign Thierry Henry on loan in January. He stated that he is worried it could be ‘one too many times’ although refused to completely rule out the move for the talismanic frontman. Wenger seems intent on signing a striker in January and has also been linked with Barcelona star David Villa and Newcastle’s want-away striker Demba Ba.
Leicester City have agreed a deal for West Brom striker Chris Woods for an undisclosed fee. The deal is expected to be finalised in the next few days just in time for the start of the New Year.
Barnet joint head coach Mark Robson has left the club leaving Edgar Davids in sole charge.
An un-named Russian club have met the £250 million buy-out clause of Lionel Messi and offered him around £450,000 a week but the Argentinian has, perhaps inevitably, turned down the offer. While the club haven’t been officially named the talk in the back rooms point firmly at FC Anzhi Makhachkala, who are currently captained by another ex-Barcelona star, Samuel Eto’o.
Carlo Ancelotti has rubbished reports that Paris Saint Germain are preparing a January swoop for Real Madrid superstar Christiano Ronaldo. He has continually been quoted as saying he will only sign Lucas Moura in January but also admitted that the Portuguese ace would be too expensive for almost every club on the planet.
Neymar da Silva is planning on moving to Barcelona according to his father, but not until after the World Cup in 2014. His current contract has been reduced in length by a year in preparation for a move to Europe but he is determined to stay in Brazil to help the league continue to grow.