Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wants AC Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti to replace the axed Luiz Felipe Scolari. The Italian has an agreement to leave the San Siro Stadium at the end of the season. (The Sun)
“Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich” tried to talk Ancelotti into the Chelsea job last summer. Carlo Ancelotti didn’t bite then nor do I see him jumping ship mid season to manage Chelsea now.
Roberto Mancini and Frank Rijkaard head the managerial shortlist as Chelsea only want an experienced coach currently out of work, allowing them to take over immediately. (Daily Telegraph, Times)
Roberto Mancini down fall with Inter Milan was the same as Avram Grant at Chelsea. Both failed to win the Champions League. Despite that little fact Mancini is a fine coach in his own right. Remember saying last summer Rijkaard was the man Chelsea should of looked to all long. His Barcelona teams played “beautiful football” while winning titles in Spain and more importantly the Champions League. Also up until the bitter end Rijkaard did a masterful job managing the massive egos that comes with coaching a club like Barcelona.
Scolari’s agent says Chelsea’s failure to sign Robinho contributed to his downfall. “He wanted Robinho but Chelsea didn’t want to spend the money,” said Acaz Felleger. (Daily Mail)
It didn’t help, that much is certain. Also losing Steve Clarke was a factor. Finally selling Wayne Bridge for 11 million pounds and not being able to spend it on another player all sealed Scolari’s faith.
Portsmouth are lining up former England and Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson to replace Tony Adams at Fratton Park. (Various)
Even with his shaky standing as the Mexican national team coach it’s doubtful Sven will want to save Portsmouth from the mess they’re currently in.
Ex-Chelsea boss Avram Grant and Alan Curbishley, the bookmakers’ favourites, do not figure prominently in Portsmouth owner Alexandre Gaydamak’s thoughts. (Daily Telegraph)
Grant is another case of a manager unlikely to be interested. Curbishley would be good in this spot. During his time at Charlton were always comfortably mid table. Looking how far Charlton has fallen since he has left? Currently they are last in the Championship with a one way ticket to the third tier of English football. Plus he somehow managed to keep West Ham up in 2007. Then again he also had Carlos Tevez to call upon back then.
Liverpool striker Andrey Voronin, currently on loan at Hertha Berlin, says he would go back to Anfield to ease the striker crisis after the departure of Robbie Keane. (Various)
Don’t think many Liverpool fans are going “If we have Andrey Voronin we’d be top of the table.” Out of sight, largely out of mind.
Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce is backing keeper Paul Robinson to become England’s number one once again, despite missing out on Fabio Capello’s squad to face Spain. (Express)
Despite Paul Robinson’s miss against Croatia which clouds things, he wasn’t really that bad of a number one for England.
Steven Gerrard’s wife Alex says the credit crunch has put a stop to extravagant spending by WAGs. (The Sun)
A rise in legal fees thanks for Gerrard’s recent arrest doesn’t help matters either. (Hey sorry the joke was there)
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