After the sacking of Brian McDermott yesterday, Reading owner Anton Zingarevich has said the decision was the hardest he’s had to make in his life. The two are apparently still on good terms, but the reverberations can be heard all over football as condolences have rolled in for the out-of-work manager. Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas said; “I think sometimes you are a victim of the success that you have achieved. You do ever so well to put clubs in the Premier League and then you pay the price when probably given the best conditions to succeed. It’s unfair, but it’s not my decision to make.”
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has escaped punishment for apparently pushing Fernando Torres at the end of the FA Cup tie with Chelsea on Sunday. The FA have reviewed the footage and decided no further action will be taken.
Southampton were not so lucky though, and have been sanctioned by the Football Association for failing to control their players during the weekend draw with Norwich at Carrow Road. Saints’ players surrounded referee Mark Clattenburg after the decision and protests continued after the full time whistle, despite the fact that the penalty was saved. The south coast club have until 4pm on Friday 15 March to respond to the charge.
Arsene Wenger insists his players have not given up on knocking out Bayern Munich in the Champions League. The Gunners need to score at least three goals at the Allianz Arena to qualify for the quarter-finals, something that no club has managed this season. “It can be done, but first of all you need 100% commitment, attitude and things to go your way,” he said.
Wales international goalkeeper Boaz Myhill has signed a new two-year contract with West Brom. The number two ‘keeper will now remain at The Hawthorns until 2016.
Former Liverpool and England goalkeeper David James has cancelled his contract with Bournemouth by mutual consent.
Blackburn Rovers defender Adam Henley is expected to miss the rest of the season after suffering a hamstring injury in Sunday’s game against Millwall.
The biggest speculation over the last couple of days surrounds the effervescent Jose Mourinho, with reports emerging from Spain yesterday that it was official that he was leaving Real Madrid in the summer. Much has been made of the future of the ‘Special One’ in recent times, with rumours intensifying with Chelsea’s inability to name permanent manager after sacking Roberto Di Matteo earlier this season.