French club Paris Saint-Germain has rejected Real Madrid’s bid for their current boss, Carlo Ancelotti. According to PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi, the Spanish club had contacted him to speak with the coach, a request he quickly denied.
“I told them: ‘If you want to have Carlo, you need to know that he has a year left on his contract, so please respect the contract,'” he was quoted by FoxSports.com. “”He apologised and told me he had thought Ancelotti’s contract was expiring but I told him that was wrong and that Carlo has another year with us. He told me they would take that into account.”
The claim makes clear Real Madrid have realised the small chance they have to retain Mourinho, as he’s all but confirmed reports he will be heading back to his former club, Chelsea. The relationship between Mourinho and the club has soured in the past few weeks, as an embarrassing exit from the Champions League by Borussia Dortmund was followed by a public falling out with club stars Iker Casillas and Pepe.
Current Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez and Spurs coach André Villas-Boas are favorites along with Ancelotti to take the job.
Roberto Mancini was upset heading into Saturday’s FA Cup final between Wigan and Manchester City, believing his club hadn’t done enough to deflect reports of him being replaced. It turns out there was reason behind the club’s actions.
Mancini was sacked on Monday, despite his outspoken confidence that he would remain the Blues manager following City’s disappointing loss to Wigan. His firing only served to strengthen the position of floating rumors that Málaga’s current coach, Manuel Pellegrini, would take his place.
However, Pellegrini publicly came out and denied the reports following his team’s match against Sevilla. “I categorically deny that I am the new Manchester City coach,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate enough, and very proud, that every year the big Clubs are interested in me. I have an agreement with Málaga not to talk to anyone and nothing has been agreed with any other outfit.”
Despite his statement, it is widely believed that an agreement has already taken shape and Malaga will soon be in the running for a new manager.
“You would back Manchester City to beat us nine times out of ten,” Roberto Martínez told MARCA in an exclusive
interview given a few hours before Wigan contested the FA Cup final at Wembley. Not even the coach himself held out much hope of his team beating the all-powerful Citizens. But miracles do happen. Continue reading Elementary, my dear Watson→
Cristian Tello is a player who is highly sought after by a number of European clubs, given his potential and the fact that he only has a €10 million release clause. Liverpool is one of those clubs.
It already tried to pick him up last summer when Barcelona was considering the possibility of a loan. The English club would have no problem paying his release clause. The player does not want to leave Barcelona, but he is waiting for the club to confirm its intentions.
If Cuenca remains at Ajax, it looks like Tello will not leave.
Sir Alex Ferguson has announced he will retire as Manchester United manager at the end of the season. The most successful manager in English football history will bow out after the West Bromwich Albion game on 19 May and join the football club board.
Announcing his decision to retire, Sir Alex Ferguson has said “The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly. It is the right time. It was important to me to leave an organisation in the strongest possible shape and I believe I have done so”.
“Going forward, I am delighted to take on the roles of both Director and Ambassador for the club. With these activities, along with my many other interests, I am looking forward to the future.”
Finally he has thanked United fans: “To the fans, thank you. The support you have provided over the years has been truly humbling. It has been an honour and an enormous privilege to have had the opportunity to lead your club and I have treasured my time as manager of Manchester United”.
Everton coach David Moyes, who Ferguson is a vocal admirer of, is believed to be the United manager’s preferred choice to replace him.
Amidst the confusion and internal and public reprimands at Real Madrid, Florentino Pérez’s intervention was crucial. With only 12 days left until the Spanish Cup final, the club’s president isn’t going to put up with any more in-fighting.
The players, particularly the captains want a truce that re-establishes social and sporting harmony at the club. Winning the only title they are still playing for is important, not only for the players’ self-esteem, but also so that the club’s hierarchy can confirm that they have enough quality in the squad not to warrant a wholesale clearout in the summer.
The mutiny inside the Real Madrid dressing room began on Friday. José Mourinho vented on the eve of the game against Valladolid, pointing a finger at Casillas and Cristiano Ronaldo, which was seen as both scornful and disrespectful to the club’s two talismen.
The game against Valladolid captured the anxiety, nervousness and tension that have built up inside the coach. Mourinho, who remained seated in the dugout throughout the game, did not speak to his players. Neither did he do so at the break. He delegated that to Karanka, whilst he left the dressing room prematurely for the second half. He appeared disillusioned, indifferent and aloof.