Paper News and Gossip: Sir Alex Blamed for Man Utd Woes, Mourinho to Be Wenger

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterMarch 19, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: Sir Alex Blamed for Man Utd Woes, Mourinho to Be Wenger

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    Current Manchester United manager David Moyes might be under increasing pressure, but his predecessor has been blamed for the malaise at Old Trafford this season, according to a poll reported in one newspaper on Wednesday.

    Sir Alex Ferguson is considered to be the man behind the appointment of Moyes from Everton after announcing his retirement last season.

    Despite his successes at United, a majority of polled supporters believes Ferguson is responsible for the team's demise this season.

    Elsewhere, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed his desire to follow the example of Arsene Wenger after his team progressed to the Champions League quarter-finals.

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

Twice as Many Manchester Utd Fans Blame Sir Alex Than David Moyes for Club Woes

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    A majority of Manchester United supporters blame Sir Alex Ferguson for the team's current problems under David Moyes, according to a poll in Red Devils' fanzine Red Issue, reports David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror.

    McDonnell points out that the poll indicates twice as many fans blame Ferguson rather than his successor for the malaise at Old Trafford this season.

    McDonnell writes:

    A poll of fans conducted by United fanzine Red Issue has revealed 40.57 percent of the supporters quizzed hold Ferguson, who hand-picked then-Everton boss Moyes as his replacement and insisted on the former Everton manager's appointment, responsible.

    United owners, the Glazers, have been blamed by 32.55 percent of those canvassed, while 17.45 percent feel it is Moyes' fault that Premier League champions United being in seventh spot, 18 points adrift of leaders Chelsea.

    A further 4.25 percent feel it's down to United's players while, somewhat surprisingly, only 3.77 percent consider chief executive Ed Woodward to be responsible for the club's current plight.

    In the same newspaper, chief sports writer Oliver Holt dismisses any notion that Moyes can save his job with United but concedes the former Everton boss stood little chance in replacing Ferguson.

    But Moyes is refusing to rule out restoring United as a force in the game ahead of the Champions League tie against Olympiakos, as Gary Jones of the Daily Star reported.

Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho Wants to Be Arsene Wenger

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants to follow the lead of Arsene Wenger and take charge of his team for 1,000 games, reports Jack Wilson of the Daily Star.

    The Arsenal boss will reach that milestone at the weekend when the Gunners line up against Chelsea in the Premier League.

    After progressing to the Champions League quarter-finals, Mourinho now wants to follow that example.

    Chelsea will not mark the landmark on Saturday, and Mourinho explained:

    Because the best present is to have 1,000 matches in the same club.

    If Chelsea gives me the chance to arrive to 1,000 matches, I'll be the happiest man there is in the world.

    Meanwhile, Mourinho saluted his team as one of the best in the world after they defeated Galatasaray in the Champions League, reports Andrew Dillon of The Sun (subscription required).

    Inter Milan are stepping up their bid to sign Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, claims Matt Barlow of the Daily Mail.

Brendan Rodgers Rules out Liverpool Summer Transfer Spending Spree

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    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will not be demanding a summer transfer spree, reports Chris McKenna of the Daily Star.

    The Anfield boss has overseen a hugely successful season for the Reds, with Champions League qualification looking assured.

    But Rodgers does not believe spending big money necessarily equates with success and is quoted as saying:

    Once you put your ideas in place and once the players start to crack it, then we will have success. Money can't buy that.

    Teams spend a billion quid and it does not guarantee anything.

    We will be in the market for good and top players but there is more to it than that.

    However, Liverpool have been linked with a move for PSV Eindhoven starlet Zakaria Bakkali, reports Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.

    Alex Richards of the Daily Mirror claims Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo is a summer target for the Reds.

Cazorla and Ramsey Sign New Arsenal Deals as Bendtner Demands £104,000 Per Week

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    Arsenal had a double reason to celebrate on Tuesday as midfielders Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey signed new deals at the club, reports Alex Richards of the Daily Mirror.

    Ramsey has penned a contract extension to keep him at the Emirates Stadium until 2018, while Cazorla has agreed a deal until 2017.

    Coupled with those deals, Arsenal youngster Gedion Zelalem, 17, has also signed his first professional contract at the club.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner will be looking for £104,000 per week from his next club when he leaves North London in the summer, reports Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror.

Manchester City Captain Vincent Kompany Cleared to Face Neighbours United

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    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has been cleared to face neighbours and rivals Manchester United, reports Colin Harvey of the Daily Star.

    The Belgium international was dismissed in the 10th minute of the Premier League win at Hull City on Saturday for his last-man foul on Nikica Jelavic.

    The defender reacted furiously to the red card, kicking the players' tunnel wall as he left the KC Stadium pitch and also allegedly made a gesture which could be viewed as offensive, to the fourth official.

    However, the Football Association has ruled that a one-match suspension for the straight red card will suffice, leaving Kompany free to face United on March 25.

Everton to Offer Seamus Coleman New Deal to Ward off Interest

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    Everton are preparing a lucrative new contract for Seamus Coleman to stave off interest from Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United, reports David Maddock of the Daily Mirror.

    The Republic of Ireland international has been in fine form for the Blues this season, leading to interest from major Premier League clubs, claims the article.

    But Everton manager Roberto Martinez is determined to keep the right-back at Goodison Park for the future, along with Ross Barkley, John Stones and James McCarthy:

    We won’t offer encouragement to any club over Seamus. He is on a long-term contract and we want to ensure we grow together and we need players like Seamus.

    Yes, it is the intention to offer him a new contract. We are already thinking about Seamus, Ross (Barkley) and John Stones. We want to reward them, even James McCarthy.

    That is something we will look at this summer. They are players with long-term contracts. It is not a decision just to keep them at the club; it just highlights the next step of their development and rewards them for their performances.

    Seamus has got a long-term contract. James and Ross are the same. But we want to reward them.

Bits and Pieces: Calls for 2022 World Cup Vote Re-Run, Daniel Levy, Begovic

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    FIFA is facing calls to re-run the vote for the 2022 World Cup, report Holly Watt, Ben Bryant, Claire Newell and Ben Rumsby of the Daily Telegraph.

    According to the article, senior MPs say the world-governing body should investigate claims in the Telegraph that former FIFA official Jack Warner and his family received $2 million from a firm linked to Qatar’s successful campaign.

    The MPs also claimed that FIFA should consider stripping Qatar of the tournament, according to the report.

    Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail has offered a spirited defence of Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy.

    The White Hart Lane chief was the subject of a protest by some supporters before the home defeat by Arsenal on Sunday, but Ashton believes Levy deserves credit with Spurs punching above their weight in the Premier League.

    Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic insists transfer speculation and the forthcoming World Cup with Bosnia will not distract him for the rest of the season, reports Dave Armitage of the Daily Star.