Paper News and Gossip: David Moyes and Man Utd 'Shame', Wenger Deal 'Soon'
It would be fair to say Manchester United manager David Moyes has endured one of the more eventful weeks of his life.
The low of last weekend's Premier League defeat to Liverpool was followed by overturning a two-goal deficit against Olympiakos to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals.
The United manager was clearly relieved to face the media on Friday on the back of that win and admitted he had been "ashamed" of some United performances this season.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will celebrate his 1,000th game in charge on Saturday, and he insists his new deal is forthcoming.
But who else is making the headlines on Saturday? Read on to find out more.
David Moyes Admits Being 'Ashamed' of Some Manchester United Displays This Year
Manchester United manager David Moyes believes the midweek win against Olympiakos allowed him to look his fans in the face, reports David Anderson of the Daily Mirror.
The former Everton boss has endured a tortuous first season in charge after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson, and admitted he had been "ashamed" of some of the team's displays this year.
However, the midweek European win has eased the burden, and Moyes is quoted as saying:
The big thing was that I could look the supporters in the face after the game on Wednesday night because I thought that we had given them something to shout about and we had nothing to be ashamed of in our performance.
In some of the other games I’ve felt ashamed, because the team haven’t played well enough and I haven’t got a team out that has got a good enough result.
I said on Wednesday night I thought it was great that I could applaud the supporters. They have always been applauding, but I think deservedly [in Wednesday's case] because they saw the team performing well.
I was pleased I could give the supporters something to shout about.
Robin Van Persie and Sergio Aguero out of Manchester Derby for United and City
While Moyes and United were relieved to be in Friday's Champions League draw, there was bad news later in the day when striker Robin van Persie was ruled out for up to six weeks.
And Neil Custis of The Sun (subscription required) noted that means the Holland international's knee injury could see him miss the remainder of the season, including the Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich and next week's Manchester derby.
However, City will also be without their star forward Sergio Aguero for the Premier League match at Old Trafford on Tuesday due to a hamstring problem, as Martin Blackburn of The Sun reported.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini is quoted as saying:
We still don’t know about Sergio.
Maybe next week he will start working with the squad again. Maybe not the whole week but by the end he can maybe be back with us.
I’m not sure about Arsenal, we’ll see when he comes back but no chance for United.
Arsene Wenger Prepares for 1,000th Game for Arsenal with New Deal Due 'Soon'
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will celebrate his 1,000th game in charge of the team at Chelsea on Saturday, and the Frenchman says his new deal at the club is nearing, reports Neil McLeman of the Daily Mirror.
Wenger's current contract with the Gunners ends this summer, but he maintains a new one will be signed shortly.
He is quoted as saying:
My commitment is full.
I do not want to look somewhere else. I want to stay here. There shouldn’t be any uncertainty at all.
My desire is to stay. It will be done soon, but I want now to focus on the end of the season.
Wenger's landmark match at Stamford Bridge drew a compliment from long-time adversary Jose Mourinho, albeit a back-handed one, reports Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror.
The Chelsea boss is quoted as saying:
The club is fantastic in the way they support the manager, especially in the bad moments, and especially when the bad moments were quite a lot.
They are different, for the better. One thing is to keep their philosophy of nice football, of keeping the ball and controlling the game through possession.
But they are not the attacking team they were before. They are a very good defensive team. They defend well and quite a lot.
This is not the Arsenal of last year, two years ago or three years ago. They are a completely different side, for better, going a bit against their ideas of attacking football.
Another former rival, Sir Alex Ferguson, also added his praise for Wenger, according to Neil McLeman of the Daily Mirror.
I congratulate Arsene in reaching this momentous landmark. Having also reached the same milestone at one club, I cannot emphasise enough the level of dedication, resilience as well as sacrifice required and for that I have for the utmost admiration.
Over the years we enjoyed some fantastic battles and you could say we had survived together and respected each other’s efforts to play good football.
I always enjoy watching Arsene’s sides, Arsenal play the right way. Perhaps the biggest compliment I could give Arsene is that I could never be anything other than competitive with my rival for 17 years.
John Terry Opens Negotiations with Chelsea over a New Contract
But the article warns that the former England international might have to take a pay-cut to extend his playing career at Stamford Bridge.
The 33-year-old's current deal expires at the end of this season, and Terry had become frustrated at the lack of talks, claims Law.
However, the report claims talks have now begun with both parties confident of reaching agreement.
Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has vowed to fight the FA charge levelled against him after his dismissal at Aston Villa last weekend, reports Andrew Dillon of The Sun (subscription required).
Brendan Rodgers Building a New Empire of the Kop at Liverpool
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is eyeing the formation of a new dynasty at Anfield, reports Phil Thomas of The Sun (subscription required).
The former Swansea City boss has enjoyed a successful second season in charge, with Liverpool still heavily involved in the Premier League title race.
Rodgers is quoted as saying:
We can be better than this, absolutely. This is only the beginning.
The club have been serial winners. You look at the team that last won the league here in 1990 and there was an expectancy on them because they were serial winners. Those guys churned out trophies and that would be our aim.
Our vision is simple — to win trophies, to play attacking, exciting football with many young players from our Academy base. If we can put something in place which rolls them out over a number of years, then that’s why I was brought in. It was to create that.
I am not just looking at this season. I have found a home here where, hopefully, I can be for a long time. It is about educating players and developing the whole club.
Whatever happens this year I believe we will be even better next year — that is the plan.
Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Tim Sherwood Looks at Anger Management
Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood is considering a touchline ban for himself to keep his emotions in check during matches, reports John Percy of the Daily Telegraph.
The Spurs boss chose to sit in the stands for the Europa League tie against Benfica in Portugal on Thursday after a touchline row with Jorge Jesus in the first leg at White Hart Lane.
Sherwood also threw down his gilet in anger during the Premier League loss to Arsenal last weekend, and he is quoted as saying:
I’m my own man and I’m not going to be anyone different and that’s absolutely right. If I can try and be a bit calmer and not manage on emotion too much, I think it would help.
My kids have never seen me angry. They know I’m embarrassing. But because I was allowed to sit up there and take a few notes against Benfica you see a different game up there. I’d never give a ball away by sitting up there.
Will I sit in the stands against Southampton? Possibly, I might try that, just to calm me down and it just maybe gives the boys a chance not to get a headache.
The chairman is very calm and I think it bred to me. I’m sure he’s kicking every ball and he really does care but I’m not sure I could be as calm as that. I’m not an actor.
Bits and Pieces: Sunderland Want Fabio Borini on Permanent Deal, Steve Bruce
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is hoping to convince Fabio Borini to join the club on a permanent basis when his loan deal from Liverpool ends, reports Colin Young of the Daily Mail.
But the former Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder admits he is facing an uphill battle in tempting the forward to stay.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce is keen to sign a new contract with the KC Stadium club, reports Michael Morgan of The Sun (subscription required).
Arsenal and England have been boosted by the news that Jack Wilshere could return to action in mid-April, reports Tom Bellwood of the Daily Mail.
Wilshere, Michael Dawson of Tottenham and Scott Parker of Fulham played their part in the Sport Relief charity fund-raising by taking part in a special football edition of BBC quiz show Mastermind, as Laurie Whitwell of the Daily Mail reports.
Chelsea and Liverpool are considering a transfer move for Barcelona starlet Seung Woo Lee, reports Gary Jones of the Daily Star.