Paper Review: Mourinho Set for Roman Collision, Moyes Asserts Authority

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterSeptember 22, 2013

Paper Review: Mourinho Set for Roman Collision, Moyes Asserts Authority

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is on collision course with club owner Roman Abramovich, according to one report in the Sunday newspapers.

    But why are the pair already reportedly heading for a confrontation?

    Manchester United boss David Moyes says he is in charge, not another major figure at Old Trafford, according to another report in the Sunday papers.

    And which club are hoping to offer United striker Wayne Rooney a route out when the transfer window reopens in January?

    Read on to find out more.

Mata, Torres and Azpilicueta Are Centre of Potential Mourinho-Abramovich Fallout

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    Chelsea owner Abramovich is on a collision course with manager Mourinho over Juan Mata, Fernando Torres and Cesar Azpilicueta, report Dean Jones and Dave Kidd of the Sunday People.

    According to the report, Abramovich showed his unity with Mata and Torres when he visited the Stamford Bridge team's dressing room after the Champions League defeat to FC Basel.

    Mata, Torres and Azpilicueta believe they have not been given a chance to show what they can do under Mourinho so far this season, claim Jones and Kidd.

    Mourinho was at his spikey best after the win over Fulham on Saturday evening, with Jason Burt of the Sunday Telegraph reporting how the Chelsea boss rounded on critics of his decision to leave Mata out of the squad as his team went to the top of the Premier League table.

    Mata will also be the subject of interest from Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham in January if he is still sidelined, reports Burt in the same article.

No Interference from Sir Alex at Manchester United Insists David Moyes

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    Manchester United manager Moyes insists his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson is not interfering with his job at the club, reports Joe Bernstein of the Mail On Sunday.

    Ferguson has returned to the spotlight this week following a hip operation and offered an olive branch to Rooney after the pair fell out at the end of last season over the striker's future.

    However, Moyes maintains that the legendary United boss knows from experience that the former Everton manager should be allowed to manage the team in his way, according to the article.

    Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva has urged the Ligue 1 champions to recruit Rooney when the transfer window ropens in January, reports Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror.

Paolo Di Canio Has Just 'Two Matches' to Save His Job at Sunderland

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    Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has just just two matches to save his job, according to Dean Jones of the Sunday People.

    The Wearside club are the only Premier League club not to have won a game this season. They are bottom of the table with just one point after the 3-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

    Di Canio approached the away section at The Hawthorns following the defeat in a show of support with the Sunderland fans.

    But according to Jones, the Stadium of Light club are lining up a move for former Chelsea and West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo if results do not improve under the current manager.

    And the pressure is sure to increase on Di Canio with Sunderland's next two league matches at home to Liverpool and Manchester United before the next international break.

    Sunderland also play host to high-flying League One side Peterborough United in the Capital One Cup this week.

Dennis Bergkamp 'Ideal' to Replace Arsene Wenger If He Can Beat Flight Fear

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    Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp could be the ideal replacement for Arsene Wenger when the Frenchman leaves the club, claims Rob Shepherd of the Mail On Sunday.

    The former Gunners and Netherlands striker is currently working with Frank de Boer at Ajax in a coaching role.

    But Shepherd believes Bergkamp will be a strong candidate to replace Wenger in the future if he can overcome a fear of flying which has hampered him since a flight during the 1994 World Cup finals in the United States.

    Shepherd claims Bergkamp is also being lined up to replace Liam Brady as Arsenal's head of academy and development.

Bits and Pieces: Tom Ince, Andres Iniesta, Anderson, Darron Gibson

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    Blackpool winger Tom Ince has emerged as a surprise target for Inter Milan when the transfer window reopens in January, reports Charlie Wyett of The Sun (subscription required).

    And the Italian club could use a FIFA loophole to snap up the player for just £400,000, claims the report.

    Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has sparked the attention of Manchester City and Manchester United after rejecting a new deal with the La Liga champions, claims Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star Sunday.

    Juventus are targeting a move for Manchester United midfielder Anderson when the window reopens in January, reports Paul Brown of the Daily Star Sunday.

    Everton midfielder Darron Gibson believes the club are better off without David Moyes and that new manager Roberto Martinez can guide the team into the Champions League, claims Paul Brown of the Daily Star Sunday.

    West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is considering a move for Rapid Vienna and United States striker Terrence Boyd, reports the Sunday Express.