Good evening all,
Here is a quick round up of the goings on in football today. The focus remains on the up-coming transfer window but now with games piling up some managers are starting to feel the pressure from above.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s has hinted today that Jose Mourinho could be the man to replace him at Manchester United when he retires. Mourinho has refused to comment on his future though avoiding any questions on the subject in a press interview.
Manchester City star David Silva has not travelled to Germany for his side’s final Champions League tie due to a hamstring injury. The playmaker is also a big doubt for the Manchester derby on Sunday with manager Roberto Mancini saying: “We don’t know if he can recover for the derby but we will try.”
The president of the Scottish FA has said the national team job is not being limited to Scottish managers although Gordon Strachan remains favourite to get the job. Campbell Ogilvie said they will appoint the best man for the job, no matter where he is from.
Newcastle United front man Demba Ba has apparently turned down the club’s latest contract offer sparking fears he will leave in January.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert, however, is much more confident of keeping his star striker through the transfer window. When asked if Christian Benteke was likely to leave he just smiled and said, “No chance.”
Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson has been given a vote of confidence from chairman Darragh MacAnthony. Despite a poor start to the season MacAnthony took to twitter to say: “Sacking the most successful manager in our recent history would be ridiculous.”
When Roberto Di Matteo was sacked as Chelsea manager just months after winning the Champions League most managers came out to defend the Italian but today West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has stepped out in defence of owner Roman Abramovich. “He’s entitled to do what he wants when he has pumped so much money into the club, if you’re the manager you have to deliver,” Allardyce told reporters.
Adam Lallana said Southampton showed Liverpool too much respect in the 1-0 defeat played on Saturday. In an interview he said: “Maybe the occasion got to a few of us today in the first half, maybe we showed them too much respect.”
Arsene Wenger apparently launched a tirade of criticism at Thomas Vermaelen, Gervinho and Carl Jenkinson after the defeat to Swansea at The Emirates on the weekend.
Yesterday saw the big boys join the FA Cup as the third round was drawn at Wembley by Ledley King and Fabrice Muamba. I have included a list of the full draw below.
FA CUP 3RD ROUND DRAW
|1||Crystal Palace||v||Stoke City|
|2||Brighton & Hove Albion||v||Newcastle United|
|3||Tottenham Hotspur||v||Coventry City|
|4||Wigan Athletic||v||AFC Bournemouth|
|6||Aston Villa||v||Ipswich Town|
|7||Charlton Athletic||v||Huddersfield Town|
|8||Barrow or Macclesfield Town||v||Cardiff City|
|12||Leicester City||v||Burton Albion|
|13||Millwall||v||Preston North End|
|14||Cheltenham Town or Hereford United||v||Everton|
|15||Derby County||v||Tranmere Rovers|
|17||Aldershot Town||v||Rotherham United or Notts County|
|18||Middlesbrough||v||Harrogate Town or Hastings United|
|19||Accrington Stanley or Oxford United||v||Sheffield United|
|21||Queens Park Rangers||v||West Bromwich Albion|
|22||Peterborough United||v||Norwich City|
|23||Lincoln City or Mansfield Town||v||Liverpool|
|25||Nottingham Forest||v||Oldham Athletic|
|26||West Ham United||v||Manchester United|
|27||Hull City||v||Leyton Orient|
|28||Blackburn Rovers||v||Bristol City|
|29||Leeds United||v||Birmingham City|
|30||Bury or Southend United||v||Bradford City or Brentford|
|31||Luton Town||v||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|32||Sheffield Wednesday||v||Milton Keynes Dons|