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Paper News and Gossip: Pardew Apology to Pellegrini, Man Utd Value Drops

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterJanuary 13, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: Pardew Apology to Pellegrini, Man Utd Value Drops

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    The fall-out from Manchester City's controversial 2-0 win at Newcastle United dominates the back pages of the newspapers on Monday morning.

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has apologised for insulting his City counterpart Manuel Pellegrini after being infuriated by the referee's decision to disallow Cheick Tiote's strike.

    Manchester United ended their losing run at the weekend, but off the pitch the club's value has plummeted, according to one report.

    Ahead of the Ballon d'Or ceremony, questions have been raised about the validity of Franck Ribery missing out on the award.

    But who else is making the headlines on Monday? Read on to find out more.

Newcastle Manager Alan Pardew Apologises for Touchline Rant at Pellegrini

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    Newcastle manager Pardew has apologised to Manchester City boss Pellegrini for a touchline rant during their Premier League clash on Sunday, reports Simon Bird of the Daily Mirror, among others.

    The Magpies boss was angered by referee Mike Jones' decision to disallow a Tiote strike, which would have cancelled out Edin Dzeko's opener.

    Pardew swore as he insulted Pellegrini during a touchline row, and said sorry after the game:

    I hear that what I said has been picked up a bit and I apologise for my comments.

    It was a heat of the moment thing, words that we always have as managers, to a degree.

    I've apologised and I'm fortunate he’s accepted it.

    But Pellegrini admitted he did not understand the words used, according to the same report.

    It is nothing important.

    I don’t know what he said.

    I know some managers think they will get an advantage if they always complain about decisions.

Manchester United Value Falls Sharply on the Stock Market

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    Manchester United might have ended their run of defeats with victory over Swansea City on Saturday, but their poor season to date has seen the club's share price drop sharply, reports Jonny Fordham of The Sun (subscription required).

    David Moyes' reign at the club has got off to a disappointing start, and the results on the pitch have been followed by a drop in the share price of £250 million last month, according to Fordham.

    Football consultant Keith Harris is quoted in the newspaper as saying:

    The poor on-field results have begun to take a grip—that has cost shareholders of Manchester United just under a quarter of a billion pounds. 

    The value of the business marked by the share price is worth about £250m less than it was just over a month ago.

    The Glazers are more interested in Manchester United as a producer of cash for themselves—this is a significant fall by any measure.

    It’s a huge sum of money. It’s not cash but paper value. It will be something they will inevitably keep their eye on.

    Meanwhile, United defender Nemanja Vidic will be offered a bumper package to join Galatasaray, reports Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail.

    Moyes was among the crowd for the Cagliari vs. Juventus game on Sunday where Arturo Vidal and Davide Astori were among his men to watch, reports David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror.

Franck Ribery Deserves FIFA Award Ahead of Ronaldo and Messi, Say Reports

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    Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is tipped to win the Ballon d'Or on Monday evening, but Rory Smith of The Times (subscription required) claims there is a worthier winner this year.

    Ronaldo is expected to end Lionel Messi's run of wins when the prize is presented at a gala FIFA ceremony in Switzerland.

    However, Smith believes Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery, who has also been nominated, deserves the award on behalf of such a trophy-laden season for the German club.

    Antony Kastrinakis of The Sun (subscription required) also believes the France international has a greater stake to the award than either Ronaldo or Messi.

    Paul Hayward of the Daily Telegraph, though, believes Ronaldo's claim to the Ballon d'Or is "water-tight."

Chelsea on Verge of Re-Signing Nemanja Matic as Man Utd Eye Juan Mata Deal

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    Chelsea are on the verge of re-signing midfielder Nemanja Matic from Benfica for £21 million, reports David Woods of the Daily Star.

    The 26-year-old left Stamford Bridge in 2011 as part of the deal which brought David Luiz to the club, but is now expected to rejoin the Blues.

    Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata is wanted by Manchester United, according to Paul Brown of the Daily Star.

    Inter Milan claim Fredy Guarin may have had his head turned by interest from Chelsea, reports Ed Malyon of the Daily Mirror.

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has thrown goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois' future into doubt by backing Petr Cech, says Gary Jones of the Daily Star.

    The Blues are among three clubs heading the chase for Saint-Etienne defender Kurt Zouma, reports Charles Perrin of the Daily Express.

Bits and Pieces: Raheem Sterling, Lewis Holtby, Gareth Barry, Arsenal

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    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has criticised Liverpool star Raheem Sterling for falling to ground too easily to earn Liverpool a penalty in their win at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday, reports David Anderson of the Daily Mirror.

    The Potters had hauled themselves back into the game after being two goals down when Sterling won a spot-kick for the Reds, who went on to win the game 5-3.

    Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Lewis Holtby is being targeted for a move back to the Bundesliga, according to Darren Witcoop of the Daily Mirror.

    Everton midfielder Gareth Barry has not given up hopes of representing England in the 2014 World Cup finals, reports David Maddock of the Daily Mirror.

    Arsenal are monitoring Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles, claims Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror.

    West Ham United will not axe manager Sam Allardyce this season, says Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror.

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