There seem to be conflicting reports among journalists. Or maybe there is some kind of maneuvering between PSG, Spurs, and Poch because the manner of his departure might have implications for how his contract is terminated and who pays who.Just a few hours later, and there's news out there that Poch wants out.
Barca likely have no interest in Conte. Barca want something very specific from their managers and it's not what Conte's offering. The managers they would be interested in right now are Ten Hag and...Xavi? Honestly, with Nagelsmann off the table, there's not many that fit the description of Barca's manager. Koeman is a counter example of sorts, but he was hired by the previous Board. In any event, I think Barca stand pat or give the reins over to Pimienta (Barca B) for a season, until they can get the finances back in order and roll out the red carpet for Xavi.Carlo to Real Madrid looks to be happening (sorry OCST).
The amount of managerial turnover in the past few months is pretty crazy in top level football. So far we have:
Mourinho sacked by Spurs, takes the Roma job.
Nagelsmann leaves RBL for Bayern.
Rose leaves Gladbach for BvB.
Hutter leaves Eintracht Frankfurt for Gladbach.
Flick leaves Bayern, will manage Germany after the Euros.
Zidane leaves Real Madrid, apparently looking for a job.
Allegri goes to Juve, which sacks Pirlo.
Conte leaves Inter, still looking for a job.
Inzaghi leaves Lazio to take the Inter job.
Sarri reportedly tipped for the Lazio job.
Ancelotti seemingly set to leave Everton for Real Madrid.
Garcia leaves Lyon, replaced by Bosz.
Galtier leaves Lille, destination unclear.
So clubs without managers or who still may hire new ones include:
PSG - Claim to be sticking with Poch, but may be pursuing Conte or Zidane.
Spurs - Seemingly trying to get Poch out of PSG, not sure what they plan is if that doesn't work.
Everton - What do they do now? Potter makes a lot of sense IMO.
Barcelona - Are they really wedded to Koeman if someone like Conte is available?
Lille - Not often that you win the league in amazing fashion then your manager immediately resigns without anything else lined up.
It's all good. Really a testament to how much I enjoy this place that I have to keep myself away in order to get some short term important stuff done, same way I can't keep peanut butter in the house without eating the whole jar at once and weighing 400 pounds.I was wondering where you went. Shame this is what brought you back.
This also means Levy is being pushed out of his footballing role, which is big. He has been a transformational figure for the club in every aspect - cementing them as part of the Big 6, new stadium, new practice facilities, productive youth pipeline, and on and on. No doubt, he would still be involved in the business-side of things, but seeing him leave the sporting-side is eye-catching. Levy couldn't survive Jose.I will refrain from thinking too much about it until its official, it's silly season after all.
The similarities to Mou are strong and that makes me uncomfortable; Tottenham need a manager with a longer term approach as the core has gotten older and players have fallen off the form that they were in during the peak Poch years. I don't think this roster is good enough to win-now, even if they keep Kane, and I would be surprised if they spent a lot of money without selling Kane. We need to move on from a lot of players in bring in younger faces, and that is not Conte's style.
That being said, the difference between Conte and Mou would be that Conte appears to still be at the top of his game. The problem with Mou wasn't his attitude, it was that his teams didn't win and his philosophy was outdated, and there was evidence that was the case when he was at United but Spurs hired him anyway. Conte appears to still be a successful manager capable of winning trophies, which Mou really wasn't by the time he got to Spurs.
I can't quit youze.I'll be gutted for West Ham fans if Moyes goes back to Everton, if those rumors are credible. I'm not sure that is the right move for either the team or Moyes.
Heard it being kicked around on the Everton podcasts. This is the right answer. Potter's squad was solid and disciplined front to back this season, they just couldn't finish. If there had been a Maupay-for-Calvert-Lewin trade at the start of the season, Brighton would have pushed for Europe and Everton would have flirted with the drop.I haven't seen him linked to the job yet but I'd like to see what Potter could do at Everton.
another Mendes client to boot.Bruno Lage: Wolves set to confirm former Benfica boss as the club's new manager after Nuno Espirito Santo exit | Football News | Sky Sports
Bruno Lage to Wolves, sticking with the Portuguese influence
I hope so too!Has any EPL player caused his club’s supporters from frustration and irrepressible “fuck me!” shouts over the past 5 years? Hope he keeps up his most recent form for you, Candy.
(The Athletic link)Thomas Tuchel has signed a new three-year contract at Chelsea.
Tuchel was only appointed as Chelsea manager earlier this year following the departure of Frank Lampard, and signed an 18-month deal with the west London club.
(The Athletic link)Chelsea have announced that Olivier Giroud's contract has been extended until summer 2022.
The striker's current deal was set to run out at the end of the 2020-21 season but Chelsea triggered an option in April to extend that contract. He will now stay in west London for a fourth full season.
(The Athletic link)Chelsea have exercised the option to extend Thiago Silva’s contract by one year.
The 36-year old joined from Paris Saint-Germain as a free transfer last August on a one-year deal with the possibility to stay for a further 12 months.
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Confirmed. AC Milan have just communicated to Chelsea they’re triggering €28.5m clause in order to sign Fikayo Tomori on a permanent deal. The agreement will be completed and announced next week. Contract until June 2026.
Exciting to see Villa making big investments in the squad. It’s tough for Norwich to lose their key man, but they nabbed him for £1.6m 3 years ago. That’s incredible business.Ornstein says Buendia to Aston Villa for about 30 million:
seeing €23m for Soumare & £15m for Eduoard.Depending on prices, of course, but this is some crazy good business from Leicester.
Wonder if getting Soumare means they're going to cash in on Ndidi?
That would be a brilliant hire. But the cynic in me wonders what else Mendes is negotiating here. Palace have a lot of open roster spots and Mendes has uh...a lot of clients.Looks like Nuno to Palace is getting close:
I can see Palace overpaying perhaps in salary (they reportedly have one of the highest wage bills in the league), but they are pretty tightfisted with transfer fees. I seem to recall that they are around zero or even a net credit on fees in the Hodgson era. But they absolutely are going to have to part with some money before the start of the season. And like the talk about Kane earlier in the thread, I wonder if this is the right time to move Wilf? I’d lean towards “no” on that because he’s probably critical to have a chance to stay in the league, and there is a lot of financial uncertainty about going to the Championship, especially these pandemic-ish days. But there is an argument to be made. I’m just not sure if Doogie Freedman is the right guy to replace all that Wilf brings to the table.That would be a brilliant hire. But the cynic in me wonders what else Mendes is negotiating here. Palace have a lot of open roster spots and Mendes has uh...a lot of clients.
I've seen Townsend do quite a bit of TV work. Are we sure he isn't looking forward to his second career soon?I can see Palace overpaying perhaps in salary (they reportedly have one of the highest wage bills in the league), but they are pretty tightfisted with transfer fees. I seem to recall that they are around zero or even a net credit on fees in the Hodgson era. But they absolutely are going to have to part with some money before the start of the season. And like the talk about Kane earlier in the thread, I wonder if this is the right time to move Wilf? I’d lean towards “no” on that because he’s probably critical to have a chance to stay in the league, and there is a lot of financial uncertainty about going to the Championship, especially these pandemic-ish days. But there is an argument to be made. I’m just not sure if Doogie Freedman is the right guy to replace all that Wilf brings to the table.
I’m near certain that Andros Townsend will be back given the situations with Eze and Zaha.
I didn’t know that about him. His dad is a reasonably frequent guest on the Palace podcast though, and seems pretty polished for media, so I guess I can envision that for him too. Andros is only 29 though (soon to be 30) so it seems a little early to be hanging up his boots.I've seen Townsend do quite a bit of TV work. Are we sure he isn't looking forward to his second career soon?
oh well View: https://twitter.com/SkySportsPL/status/1402578720309878791That would be a brilliant hire. But the cynic in me wonders what else Mendes is negotiating here. Palace have a lot of open roster spots and Mendes has uh...a lot of clients.
Fifield is very plugged into Palace - looks like Nuno to Everton (@OCST )