Daily Football Round-Up Wednesday 13th March

The FA have decided the FA Cup quarter-final replay between Manchester United and Chelsea will be played on Easter Monday. As a result The Blues will play Southampton a day earlier, on the Saturday, and will now be taken off Sky’s live schedule.

 

Ryan Giggs apparently wants to be Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor when the Scot finally retires, according to ex-player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

 

Danny Murphy looks to have played his last game for Blackburn Rovers after being stripped of his captaincy last weekend. New manager Michael Appleton has apparently told the ex-Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder that he is not in his future plans.

 

Brighton manager Gus Poyet is the latest name to be mentioned in regards to the newly opened Reading job. Some suggestions he will take the position of Director of Football though. Meanwhile the south coast club have announced American Express as their new shirt sponsors as of next season.

 

Paolo Di Canio has said he thinks he is ready for a Premier League job amid the speculation surrounding him taking the job at The Madejski. “I have had nothing but success so far, imagine what I could do with Premier League players,” he confidently touted.

 

Xavi is set to miss Barcelona’s league game against Rayo Vallecano with a hamstring injury but the club are confident he will return for the following game.

 

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has been named the Premier League’s most impressive manager so far in an LMA survey. The Dane has spoken of his delight at the announcement and said it is “something special” to be recognised by the other managers.

 

QPR first team coach Joe Jordan has lauded praise over the club’s January signings insisting that the club needed the extra experience they brought with them. Rangers won their second successive game after beating Sunderland on the weekend and all three goals were scored by new signings.

 

Spanish newspaper AS is almost certain that Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain will be joining Tottenham this summer after the Argentina international’s long term girlfriend got a job with the BBC. After the two club’s agreed to co-exist peacefully after the Luka Modric deal last summer many believe this to be a sweetener in any deal, present or future, involving Spurs’ Welsh wizard Gareth Bale.