Daily Football Round-Up Tuesday 26th March

Yesterday I announced that Reading were close to appointing Nigel Adkins as their new manager, well today they have done exactly that. The 48-year-old was axed by Southampton in January and many said it was an unfair dismissal. Royals’ owner Anton Zingarevich was obviously one who agreed and has signed the Englishman on a deal that until 2016.

 

Jose Mourinho has added to speculation that he will return to the helm at Chelsea next season but insisted he is focussed fully on Real Madrid this season. “I cannot deny that, despite this weather, I love it here,” he said after Brazil’s game against Russia at Stamford Bridge last night.

 

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted the lead his Manchester United team hold over rivals City is a surprise. He also said he expected Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham to push harder than they have this season but refuses to admit the title race is over with nine games remaining.

 

QPR midfielder Ji-Sung Park has said he plans to retire from football at the end of next season, no matter what division the club are in.

 

Bayern Munich are emerging as favourites to secure the signature of Luis Saurez next season following the striker’s admission that he will consider a move away from Liverpool. Barcelona and Juventus are also linked with the diminutive Uruguayan.

 

According to the Daily Mail Fenerbahce are readying an ambitious bid for Chelsea captain John Terry in the summer.

 

Tonight sees England play a crucial World Cup Qualifier against Montenegro and the mood in the camp is high, according to manager Roy Hodgson. The match is being touted as the game that will settle the automatic qualification place in the group if our boys lose. So good luck England.