Paper News & Gossip: AVB Future in Doubt, Manchester United Plane Scare

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterNovember 27, 2013

Paper News & Gossip: AVB Future in Doubt, Manchester United Plane Scare

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    The future of Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is under the spotlight in one report in Wednesday's newspapers.

    The White Hart Lane boss oversaw a 6-0 drubbing at Manchester City on Sunday after a multi-million spending spree during the summer.

    Elsewhere, Manchester United were involved in a dramatic landing on their way to the Champions League tie against Bayer Leverkusen, according to newspaper reports.

    Who else is making the headlines on Wednesday? Read on to find out more.  

Future of Andre Villas-Boas in Question as Jermain Defoe Lines Up MLS Move

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    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is "clinging" to his job at the North London club, reports David Hytner of The Guardian.

    Spurs were on the wrong end of a six-goal drubbing at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, which comes after a major spending spree in the transfer market this summer.

    Martin Samuel of the Daily Mail believes Villas-Boas is shifting the blame for his team's failings so far this season.

    Meanwhile, Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is on the verge of a move to the MLS with Toronto FC, reports Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror.

    The England international has agreed a £90,000 per week deal with the Canadian club, where former Spurs defender Ryan Nelsen is head coach, claims the article.

Manchester United Caught in Champions League Flight Drama

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    Manchester United were involved in a scare as their pilot was forced to abandon a landing at Cologne airport at the last minute, reports David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror.

    The Old Trafford team were travelling to Germany for the Champions League tie against Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday night, but their pilot had to react quickly after another plane blocked their runway landing.

    United defender Rio Ferdinand described it as a "choppy landing" on his Twitter feed, as the Mirror noted.

    Meanwhile, United will challenge Liverpool for the signature of Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan, reports David Wright of the Daily Express.

    Paul Hayward of the Daily Telegraph is one of a number of reporters to highlight the potential influence of the "Class of 92" on the current United team.

Mathieu Flamini in Shirt Row with Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger

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    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has castigated Mathieu Flamini for cutting the arms off his long-sleeved shirt ahead of the Champions League win over Marseille, reports Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail.

    The Gunners midfielder did the same for the Premier League game at Manchester United, prompting a row with kit staff, claims Mokbel.

    Now Wenger has joined the debate and says he will not allow Flamini to flout the club tradition again.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was praised by Gary Chappell of the Daily Express for scoring the fastest goal by an Englishman in the Champions League.

    Wolfsburg midfielder Diego has voiced his desire to join Arsenal or Southampton, reports Charles Perrin of the Daily Express.

Joe Hart Going Nowhere Maintains Manchester City Manager Manuel Pellegrini

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    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists goalkeeper Joe Hart will not be leaving the club, reports Martin Blackburn of The Sun (subscription required).

    The England international is expected to play in the Champions League tie against Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday after being replaced by Costel Pantilimon for City's last five matches.

    Pellegrini is in no mood to entertain offers for Hart, and dismissed links with moves for potential replacements.

    Meanwhile, former City defender Kolo Toure has hit out at the Etihad Stadium club for letting him leave in the summer, reports Carl Long of The Sun (subscription required):

    I was better than certain players at Manchester City but I was left on the bench.

    Before I left the club I told the people in charge that they would regret letting me go. People said I was finished and that I could never get back to my former level.

    But now I am at Liverpool — and I am sure that City must be kicking themselves when they see how I am performing. 

Bits and Pieces: Joe Cole, Yohan Cabaye, Wes Brown, Nicklas Bendtner

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    West Ham midfielder Joe Cole is on the verge of quitting the Upton Park club after being substituted before half-time during the home defeat by Chelsea, reports Geoff Sweet of The Sun (subscription required).

    Liverpool are considering a move for Uruguay teenager Kevin Mendez after the Penarol player received a glowing review from Luis Suarez, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has hinted that he may leave the club for a Champions League team, claims David Coverdale of The Sun (subscription required).

    Sunderland defender Wes Brown has had his red card from the weekend defeat at Stoke City rescinded, reports Niall Hickman of the Daily Express.

    Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has apologised to his neighbours over damage caused at the luxury flats where he lives, reports the Daily Express.

    Chelsea are closing in on the signing of striker Jackson Martinez, reports Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.