Paper Review: Hodgson Backs Hart, Zaha to Be Loaned, Gareth Bale Row
Fingers were pointed at Hart following City's 3-1 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich on Wednesday, but his national boss insists the Etihad Stadium No. 1 remains his first choice for the crucial World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland.
Who else is making the headlines on Friday? Read on to find out more.
Roy Hodgson Gives Whole-Hearted Backing to Underfire Joe Hart
England manager Roy Hodgson has given Joe Hart a ringing endorsement, despite the Manchester City goalkeeper's high-profile errors in the defeat to Bayern Munich this week.
Shaun Custis of The Sun (subscription required) is among a number of reporters to note that Hodgson views Hart as one of the reasons England will qualify for the 2014 World Cup finals.
I believe in Joe Hart. I have no doubt he’ll get us through and will put that bad form behind him.
He went through a bad period against Bayern because he let in three and people are suggesting he should have saved two of them.
But we’ve only let in three goals in eight games. Joe has never let me or the team down.
However, Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail reports that Hodgson is concerned that Hart's lack of confidence could be transmitted to other England players.
Meanwhile, Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon believes Hodgson should turn to Celtic No. 1 Fraser Forster, reports Chris Richards of the Daily Mirror.
In other news, Hodgson will become the first serving England manager to appear on Match of the Day on Saturday night, reports Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror.
The former West Brom boss will line up in the studio alongside presenter Gary Lineker, who criticised the England team last month, as Lipton highlighted.
Manchester United Consider Loaning out Winger Wilfried Zaha
The 21-year-old has not featured for the Old Trafford club since the Community Shield win over Wigan Athletic in August.
I can’t put my finger on what has happened. We’ve just not played as well as we can both individually and as a team.
Sir Alex was a great manager and a great influence on the team and the club. You’re going to miss someone like that. But I don’t think that’s an excuse when individuals aren’t playing as well as they can.
We’re not playing well as a team. We haven’t got injury problems as we have had in the past. So there’s no excuse.
Moyes is also monitoring Genk defender Kalidou Koulibaly ahead of the transfer window reopening in January, reports John Drayton of the Daily Mail.
Chris Coleman Criticises Real Madrid Handling of Gareth Bale Fitness
Bale was named in the Wales squad for the final World Cup qualifiers this month, but was then withdrawn by his club due to a thigh muscle problem.
However, Coleman insists he warned the Bernabeu club that Bale was not ready for action last month before the world-record signing made his debut against Villarreal.
I would never criticise another manager – Carlo Ancelotti is a brilliant manager – but La Liga football is a different tempo to the Premier League.
The Premier League is the fastest so maybe Carlo is thinking Gareth can handle it, he’s a super athlete.
But in our last camp he was nowhere near fit. He had a reaction on the morning of the Macedonia game, that is why we used him for only 35 minutes against Serbia last month.
Alan Pardew Says Managerial Role at Newcastle United Is Safe
The Magpies were very poor in the first half of the game at Everton on Monday before staging a fightback in the second period.
Pardew accepts there is pressure on him ahead of the Premier League trip to Cardiff City on Saturday, but his meeting with Ashley and Newcastle director of football Joe Kinnear was a pointer to the future.
It was a meeting about going forward, making sure that we know exactly what we think the weaknesses are in the squad.
Mike and Joe wanted to know how they could help. Joe’s an ex-manager, so he needs to know exactly what the issues and problems are, if we have any.
That’s a general chat that most managers have with their owners.
Bits and Pieces: Bacary Sagna, Ross Barkley, Chris Hughton, Qatar 2022
The Gunners are fortunate that the trip to West Brom on Saturday will be followed by an international break, but Mokbel claims Sagna is facing a race to be fit for the match against Norwich on Oct. 19.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has also suffered a blow in the transfer market with reported target Zakaria Bakkali set to sign a new contract with PSV Eindhoven, claims Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has warned FIFA that moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter without consultation would be "morally reprehensible," reports Owen Gibson of The Guardian.