Good evening,

 

The news today has been dominated by Chelsea’s sacking of Roberto Di Matteo, and the reactions from the other managers. Most of the other news is about tonight’s Champions League games, as the other half of the teams play their penultimate group games. Here is a quick roundup of the other news in football today.

 

Harry Redknapp is inevitably being linked with the newly available position at Chelsea today, but appears to be distancing himself from the rumours, stating that he is seriously considering the Ukraine national team position. His representatives are apparently in talks over a big-money move to a country that Harry has said are ‘an up and coming football country with some very good young players’. He went on to say ‘I will talk to them and see if we can sort something out. I’m definitely interested, without a doubt’.

 

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has today stated that although he feels he has a very good team he is worried about the depth of the squad. His concern seems one mirrored by the board also so we can expect a few new players joining The Magpies in January. France international defender Mathieu Debuchy seems to be one of their main targets.

 

The long awaited take over seems to be a done deal at Elland Road, with Dubai based investment bank GFH Capital becoming 100% shareholders subject to Football League approval. Leeds  current owner Ken Bates will continue as chairman at the club until the end of the season, when he will become president. Manager Neil Warnock has been promised funds to strengthen his team in the hope of pushing for promotion.

 

Didier Drogba has asked FIFA for permission to move on loan outside the transfer window as the Chinese Super League is in preseason. Chelsea are apparently interested in a loan move for the talismanic striker, but are sure to face plenty of opposition for the Ivorian forward.

 

Athletic Bilbao’s Europa League game with Hapoel Kiryat Shmona has been postponed due to the recent violence in Tel Aviv. The situation has pushed UEFA to ask England to be prepared to host next month’s U21 European Championship just in case the trouble escalates further.

 

Arsenal seem to have made some progress in the Theo Walcott saga, with the player agreeing to slightly lower his wage demands and the club promising to give the player more chances to play in a more central role. The England international has called for patience on the matter claiming he is leaving the negotiations to his agents and will tell the fans as soon as anything is decided.

 

Premier League club West Ham have joined the race for David Beckham with chairman David Gold saying it would be a ‘fantastic statement’ if they could secure the midfielders signature. The move may appeal to Becks as it would see him return home for what is surely the last leg of his career.

 

Aston Villa has been handed a one match ban and an £8,000 fine for ‘improper conduct’ in relation to ‘language and/or behaviour’ for his reaction to the 5-0 hammering at the hands of Manchester City.  He will miss the game with Arsenal as a result.

 

Great news for Tottenham Hotpur fans as Scott Parker has resumed light training and hopes to be back in action as soon as possible. Manager Andre Villas Boas doesn’t want to rush his recovery though, stating ‘We’ll build up his fitness and then we can look at the options for him’.

 

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