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Paper Review: AVB vs. Mourinho, Kroenke Keen on Wenger Stay, Shinji Kagawa

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterSeptember 27, 2013

Paper Review: AVB vs. Mourinho, Kroenke Keen on Wenger Stay, Shinji Kagawa

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    The collapse of the relationship between Andre Villas-Boas and Jose Mourinho features heavily in the back pages on Friday.

    The Tottenham manager worked closely as an assistant to his Stamford Bridge counterpart at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan, but Villas-Boas has revealed that the friendship no longer exists.

    Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has voiced his opinion on Arsene Wenger, Mesut Ozil and the pursuit of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez during the summer transfer window.

    Manchester United manager David Moyes believes midfielder Shinji Kagawa still has improvements to make to his game.

    But who else is making the news on Friday? Read on to find out more.

Andre Villas-Boas Reveals Collapse in Relationship with Jose Mourinho

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    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas insists he has not lost sleep over his fall-out with one-time mentor Jose Mourinho, report Paul Jiggins and Rob Beasley of The Sun (subscription required).

    The two men face off on Saturday when Spurs play host to Chelsea, but the two managers have not spoken since 2009, says Villas-Boas.

    Mourinho's assistant had wanted to become more involved in team preparation as part of his scouting role with the Chelsea boss, but the former Real Madrid head coach only saw AVB as an observer, according to the report.

    When Mourinho left Inter Milan, the pair went their separate ways, and Villas-Boas pursued his own managerial career as the Spurs manager explained.

    Our break-up point was because I was full of ambition to give him something extra.

    I wanted to be more involved. If I could have given more to Mourinho at Inter, I would have done, but he didn’t feel it was necessary.

    I wanted further involvement to the job I was doing at that time, which was scouting and match preparation.

    I felt I could give him much more, so my initial idea was to keep on working with him.

    But he didn’t feel the need for somebody near to him or in another position as an assistant.

    And, because of that, we both decided that it was time after Inter Milan to continue our careers. 

Arsenal Owner Stan Kroenke Keen for Arsene Wenger to Stay at Emirates

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    Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke is determined to keep Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    Wenger, who will be out of contract at the end of this season, has not won a trophy since 2005. However, Kroenke believes he remains the right man to take the club forward.

    He knows how we feel, what our philosophy is, what we want to do and I feel like we are totally aligned. I think he wants to do it the exact same way as we do.

    I don’t want to say something about Arsene that is not the way he feels but, to me, he seems to love what he does. But that’s Arsene’s decision.

    Kroenke also lauded the arrival of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid during the summer transfer window and is targeting the Premier League title, says Cross.

    There would be nothing cooler, I’ve never experienced it over here, to win the championship of the Premier League. Some of my American cohorts have  experienced that and we haven’t been able to.

    I’m not getting any younger. It’s something I would like to achieve. There would be nothing more thrilling than to win a championship.

    The Gunners chief also claims his relationship with Liverpool owner John W. Henry remains positive, despite the controversial pursuit of Suarez during the transfer window, as Cross reports. 

Manchester United Manager David Moyes 'takes Swipe' at Midfielder Shinji Kagawa

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    Manchester United manager David Moyes has taken "a swipe" at midfielder Shinji Kagawa after his performance in the Capital One Cup win over Liverpool, according to Gary Jones of the Daily Star.

    The Old Trafford boss believes the Japan international still has some improvement to make to his game, according to Jones, despite a clamour for the former Borussia Dortmund man to have more opportunities this season.

    Moyes insists Kagawa's display against the Anfield club shows he is not at full match-fitness just yet.

    Meanwhile, United defender Jonny Evans claims Moyes used the derby defeat to Manchester City on Sunday to reinvigorate his players for the meeting on Wednesday, reports Martin Blackburn of The Sun (subscription required).

    Moyes is also still monitoring Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera after missing out on the player in the summer transfer window, claims Mark Ogden of the Daily Telegraph

Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers Tells Raheem Sterling to Change Lifestyle

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    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has told Raheem Sterling to "stabilise his life" if he wants to enjoy a successful career at the club, writes Dominic King of the Daily Mail.

    The winger was in court this week where he was accused of assaulting his former girlfriend before the case collapsed, as King recounts.

    However, Rodgers insists the 18-year-old will be wasting a golden opportunity if he does not make changes to his lifestyle.

    Meanwhile, Rodgers has hinted that he could go on another spending spree when the transfer window reopens in January, reports Jack Wilson of the Daily Star.

    The Reds are involved in a chase with Arsenal for Red Bull Salzburg defender Martin Hinteregger, reports Nick Lustig of the Daily Star

Bits and Pieces: Real Madrid Referee, Martin Jol, Lionel Messi, World Cup 2022

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    Spanish referee Cesar Muniz Fernandez might not have been in the right frame of mind when he awarded Real Madrid their controversial late penalty at Elche this week, reports David Kent of the Daily Mail.

    Elche were left furious when Fernandez ruled that Carlos Sanchez had impeded Pepe and pointed to the spot in the 96th minute—three minutes after the injury-time allocation had ended.

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored to deny Elche a hard-fought point.

    The head of Spain's refereeing committee Victoriano Sanchez Arminio admits the official got the decision wrong and may have had other issues in his mind, reports Kent.

    Fulham manager Martin Jol could be the next Premier League manager to be sacked after Paolo Di Canio, reports Gary Jacob of The Times (subscription required).

    Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi will appear in court on Friday over alleged tax evasion charges, reports the Daily Telegraph.

    FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce has called for an immediate investigation into the alleged ill-treatment of immigrant workers on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, reports Owen Gibson of The Guardian.

    Galatasaray could turn to Didier Drogba as caretaker manager after sacking Fatih Terim, reports the Daily Mirror, with Roberto Di Matteo and Roberto Mancini being considered as permanent replacements. 

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