Comment & Analysis round-up
Quote of the day: “We need to stay calm and work hard. We will win the title (but) I agree it is more difficult the second year. We have conceded only two goals more than last year. Maybe we score less than last year after five games but we have had a problem with [the injury to striker] Sergio [Aguero]. I am sure now we will start to not concede a lot of goals and to score more”. – Roberto Mancini
Runner up: “I don’t think it’s unsettled the team. We had a very successful time during the whole process. There isn’t any sense [of an adverse reaction from team-mates following the judgment], no. Not as far as I know and as far as I can see. He’s going to be available against Arsenal and, from our point of view, there is no change [in terms of his captaincy].” – Roberto Di Matteo
Kean Quits Blackburn
Steve Kean ‘forced’ to resign as Blackburn Rovers manager (Guardian) After two turbulent years under the owners, Steve Kean has resigned, leaving Blackburn in third place after a strong start to the season. His tenure included numerous protests from disgruntled fans and relegation from the Premier League.
Kean quits! Blackburn boss ‘forced out’ after Venky’s try to interfere with team (Mail) After 22 turbulent months at the helm Kean felt ‘forced’ to walk out as the Indian owners were trying to interfere in his selection For Saturday’s game at Charlton.
Nani punches youngster Petrucci
Ferguson fumes at Nani after winger punches reserve midfielder Petrucci (Mail) Nani appears to be nearing the Old Trafford exit after an incident which involved him punching young midfielder Davide Petrucci. Sir Alex is said to be fuming at the winger’s actions. After a poor start to the season, in which he was unable to get the four year contract he wanted, Nani could find himself on the transfer list in January.
Nani in bust-up (Sun) Nani is believed to have struck Davide Petrucci after an initial verbal confrontation. The 25 year old winger’s United career is certainly in the balance after a disappointing start to the season.
Tottenham players unhappy with AVB
Spurs in turmoil (Sun) Spurs players are rumoured to have held talks with new manager Andre Villas-Boas over his training and tactics. His intense training and negative tactics are believed to be causing unrest in the dressing room at White Hart Lane.
Spurs stars furious with Villas-Boas as manager faces squad backlash (Mail) With the North London club lying in 8th Villas-Boas finds his position under early pressure after complaints from his players that his training schedule left them too tired for Premier League matches.
Ferguson excited by RVP and Rooney combination
Sir Alex Ferguson views Van Persie-Rooney partnership with relish (Guardian) Ferguson is relishing the prospect of finally pairing his two star players together. With four world class strikers the United boss confessed he is yet to establish the best combination.
Rooney in fight for place alongside Van Persie (Telegraph) Wayne Rooney has been told by Sir Alex he must prove his worth to partner Robin Van Persie. Ferguson is happy with the healthy competition up front, comparing it the famous squad of 1999.
Terry affair continues
Chelsea’s John Terry continues as captain despite racism ruling (Guardian) Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has insisted that, despite the court ruling, John Terry will retain the captain’s armband. Di Matteo quashed any ideas of anger within the squad.
John Terry faces testing time on and off the pitch as Chelsea close ranks ahead of Arsenal showdown (Telegraph) John Terry and the whole Chelsea team are expecting a world of abuse as they visit their London rivals Arsenal. Terry was handed a four game ban as well as a £220,000 fine after being found guilty of making racist remarks to Anton Ferdinand.
The great escape: Race ban is lenient, Ferguson tells Terry (Mail) Sir Alex Ferguson has made it clear he believes John Terry got off lightly for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand. Ferguson compared the punishment to Luis Suarez’s eight game ban for a similar offence against Patrice Evra.