In a bumper edition of Sky’s Sunday Supplement, host Brian Woolnough (Star) welcomed hart-hitters Patrick Barclay (The Times), John Richardson (Express) and Martin Samuel (Daily Mail) onto the show.
John Richardson picked up his EXCLUSIVE story on the back of the Sunday Express, that Roberto Mancini is said to be only a stopgap at Manchester City until either Jose Mourinho or Arsene Wenger. Richardson began by defending his story saying that the six-month break clause available in the Italian’s contract at City shows the temporary nature of the employment. And then came the big statement: “I know for a fact that City are already looking at the likes of Wenger and Mourinho. People may laugh at that and say Wenger wont leave Arsenal. But I’m told that he’s favourable to these talks.”
The subject topic up for dissection saw Martin Samuel rule out the possibility of David Gold and David Sullivan bringing Mark Hughes to West Ham. The scribe theorised that even if the prospective owners managed to buy the Hammers, why would they fire Zola and Clarke (who are on a reported 3 million combined salary a year) and incur such a large compensation bill for a club who are woefully strapped for cash. Samuel later made the point that, in the long term, whilst Zola plays the football that West Ham fans want “you cant just keep the guy because we’d like him to succeed.”
In the final segment the panel discussed the rumours that if Liverpool do not make the Champions League captain Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres will leave the Anfield giants. After eulogising the brilliance of Torres and Gerrard, all three journalists made the case for why the pair would be out of Merseyside, with Patrick Barclay going one step further saying that, in that situation, the Reds may want to sell their best assets to begin the rebuild for their future.