Comment & analysis round-up
Quote of the day: “It’s a great honour to be asked to be the next manager of Manchester United. I am delighted that Sir Alex saw fit to recommend me for the job. I have great respect for everything he has done and for the football club and I know how hard it will be to follow the best manager ever. But the opportunity to manage Manchester United isn’t something that comes around very often and I’m really looking forward to taking up the post next season. I have had a terrific job at Everton, with a tremendous chairman and board of directors and a great set of players. Between now and the end of the season, I will do everything in my power to make sure we finish as high as possible in the table.” – David Moyes.
Runner-up: “At the end of the day, I want to play at the highest level possible and be playing against the best teams in the world. The club is going in the right direction. All our objectives are the same, we just have to try and achieve them now.” – Gareth Bale.
David Moyes: Manchester United’s Manager
Forget the Special One, Moyes is the right one for United (Martin Samuel, Mail) By appointing Moyes and giving him the opportunity to be successful, United are establishing a new method of evaluation. They are stating, rightly, that worth in a modern football world so dominated by a financial elite cannot simply be assessed on the pages of record books. That what Moyes has achieved at Everton is, if anything, more impressive than another league title at Porto, where the last five managers to serve a full season have all delivered the championship… It is not just that Moyes deserves this appointment, English football deserves it, too. It deserves to be taken seriously. It deserves to matter. United are saying that what happens at Everton is significant. The alternative was not to reject one man, but the worth of the entire game in this country.
Manchester United stayed true to their faith and instincts by choosing David Moyes to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson (Paul Hayward, Telegraph) United might have taken the safe course and appointed a name to placate the masses. A handful of coaches float through Europe with platinum credentials. They are risk-free hires. Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti or Jurgen Klopp would have been pretty much guaranteed to win a trophy or two in a three-year cycle. But United leaned the other way, towards 1986, when they saw in the young Alex Ferguson a manager to build not just a starting XI but a culture.
Moyes wants Neville to follow him to Old Trafford for new United backroom team (Chris Wheeler, Mail) Phil Neville is in line for a return to Old Trafford as part of new manager David Moyes’s backroom team… Neville, 36, could also be joined by Everton’s reserve-team coach David Weir, although both men may yet feature prominently in the search for Moyes’s successor at Goodison Park.
Moyes wants Baines and Fellaini in £39m deal (Phil Thomas, Sun) One of his first targets will be a £15million move for England left-back Baines — with the prospect of making it a £39m double swoop for Fellaini too.
Man United’s new boss David Moyes plans £40m double raid on Everton (David McDonnell, Mirror) [Moyes] wants to sign left-back Leighton Baines from his current employers in a £40million double raid. Midfielder Fellaini – who can also operate as a striker – has a £23m buy-out clause in his contract, and the Toffees are already prepared for his departure this summer.
Exit Wayne Rooney, Maybe
Wayne Rooney ready for a U-turn after Manchester United install David Moyes (Ian Herbert, Independent) Wayne Rooney is prepared to consider staying at Manchester United under David Moyes, who has been appointed manager on a remarkable six-year deal, but having made his second request to leave in three years he will find the odds stacked against him in his attempts to win over supporters and Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor… Rooney, who has two years to run on his current contract, is understood to welcome the chance to speak to the manager who gave him his Premier League debut in 2002.
Mourinho ready to come calling to bring old foe Rooney to Chelsea as his new Drogba (Neil Ashton, Mail) Chelsea are Mourinho’s next destination and the Portuguese coach wants to resurrect Rooney’s career when he returns to Stamford Bridge. In Rooney he sees similarities to Didier Drogba. Mourinho wants a muscular presence up front as Chelsea chase the Barclays Premier League and Champions League.
Rooney exit looks likely (Duncan Wright, Star) David Moyes has told his new Manchester United bosses: Make signing Robert Lewandowski our No.1 priority… With Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Bayern all showing an interest, Rooney’s future increasingly looks as though it lies away from Old Trafford.
United lose Lewandowski battle as Dortmund hitman lined up by Champions League rivals Bayern (Mail) While it will come as a blow to United, and their newly-appointed manager Moyes, the prospect of Lewandowski spearheading Bayern’s attack will make the Champions’ League finalists more formidable than ever under Pep Guardiola next season.
‘Off Roo go’ blast by Man United yobs (Richard Moriarty, Sun) A United hooligan group yesterday said they would be glad to see want-away striker Wayne Rooney leave the club. A 20-strong mob from the Men In Black group paid Rooney, 27, an intimidating visit when he first asked to go in 2010. But the gang told The Sun they would not try to “persuade” the £250,000-a-week forward to stay this time. A ringleader called Paul said: “We’d be glad to see the back of him. He’s not exactly set the world alight in recent times.” Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are tipped to sign him.
Everton’s New Manager Search
Everton face £10m ‘transfer fee’ to replace David Moyes with Swansea’s Laudrup (David Maddock, Mirror) Everton could be forced to stump up as much as £10million if they want to tempt Michael Laudrup away from Swansea… Other names on the radar include Celtic boss Neil Lennon and Porto coach Vitor Pereira, while Phil Neville is also an intriguing prospect.
Everton in £5m hunt for successor to David Moyes (Gordon Tynan, Independent) Mark Hughes, who is out of work and would come without a battle with another club, signalled his interest in the forthcoming vacancy. But Malky Mackay, in charge at newly promoted Cardiff City; Swansea’s Michael Laudrup; and Roberto Martinez at Wigan are also strong contenders and would come at a significant cost.
What’s Next For Andy Carroll?
Liverpool and West Ham set for Carroll talks – but Spurs and Newcastle fancy hitman too (Mirror) West Ham are set to open talks with Liverpool over a permanent move for loan striker Andy Carroll – and hope to clinch a deal in the next few weeks. But Sam Allardyce’s men could face a battle to bag the 24-year-old centre-forward from the Anfield giants, as he also interests Tottenham and his first club, Newcastle.
Spurs Seek Reinforcements
Sevilla’s Botia could be next for Spurs revolution as AVB looks for defensive cover (Mail) Tottenham are showing interest in Sevilla centre-back Alberto Botia. The 24-year-old former Barcelona trainee is on the wishlist at Swansea and Wigan also but Tottenham are considering a deal with concerns over Steven Caulker’s future and William Gallas set to leave. Andre Villas-Boas was keen on Ajax’s Toby Alderweireld but Roma are close to finalising a deal for him.
Andre Villas-Boas’ a massive David Villa fan (Paul Brown, Star) Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas ill swoop for £12.6m Barcelona misfit David Villa… Sources in Spain claim Spurs have already bid £10m for Villa, who is under contract until June 2014 but will be allowed to leave.
Piszczek & Pjanic For Arsenal?
Arsenal line up Sagna replacement as Polish star Piszczek could join Dortmund exodus (Simon Jones, Mail) Arsenal are set to test Borussia Dortmund’s resolve to hold onto another of their other stars, Lukasz Piszczek. The Gunners have identified the Pole as a replacement for Bacary Sagna if they are unable to resolve the Frenchman’s contract dispute. Feyenoord right-back Daryl Janmaat has also been identified as a potential signing.
Pjanic eyed by Arsenal, Man City and Spurs (Tony Little, Sun) Roma superstar Miralem Pjanic is on the radar of a host of top Premier League clubs. Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal are all keen on one of Europe’s hottest talents.
Can BT Challenge Sky?
BT vs Sky: A fight not to be missed (Robin Scott-Elliot, Independent) The promises in the Olympic Park, where BT will be based, were of “changing the face of sports broadcasting”. Which makes it difficult to see where Tim Lovejoy presenting a Saturday morning show fits in. BT’s match presentation will be different. A studio audience will be involved, as will a section of a pitch for pundits to demonstrate their analysis. It is an innovative and interesting move, one that James is particularly keen on. BT’s other strength is Humphrey himself, an adept and easy-mannered broadcaster (ditto Clare Balding, who will present a chat show). In contrast, Sky will maintain its policy of not having a particular frontman – arguing that it’s the pundits who are key.