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It was reported in the Italian press earlier today that Mourinho had made up his mind that he wanted the job at Inter, but had issued the club’s President Massimo Moratti a deadline of midnight tonight to make or break the deal.

Moratti, who was said to be having second thoughts about whether or not to keep Roberto Mancini on, has now, according to A Bola, decided that Mourinho is indeed his man.

The 45-year-old has apparently been handed a three-year contract at San Siro, and will earn €9m per-season.

As part of the deal, Mourinho will immediately be allowed to sign former players Frank Lampard from Chelsea, and Deco from Barcelona, while Luis Figo will be handed a one-year extension to his current contract that runs out next month.

The Mancini era, which yielded three successive Scudetti appears now to be over, although it must be noted that there is still no official confirmation.
 

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I think Allardyce or maybe MaClaren to take over City, Sven to go to Mexico I've heard.
As for Chelski it's anyones guess i suppose, i'll say ... Rjkaard though.
 

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Chelsea Inquire After Klinsmann

A fresh new name has been thrown in the fray. Thought you may like to know...


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Chelsea have made an unofficial inquiry regarding the availability of incoming Bayern Munich boss Jurgen Klinsmann…

The Blues, trophyless this season for the first time since 2004, are in need of a new manager after sacking Avram Grant last week.

Klinsmann was a candidate to succeed Jose Mourinho after the Special One left Stamford Bridge back in September, having been interviewed by club owner Roman Abramovich and his cohorts.

The former Tottenham striker eventually turned down Chelsea's approaches, however, as he refused to work under Grant, who then the club's director of football.

The man who took Germany to the semi-finals in the 2006 World Cup has since been targeted by Liverpool co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett as a possible replacement for Reds boss Rafa Benitez – a fact that, when leaked by Hicks, caused uproar at Anfield.

But the west Londoners have rekindled their interest in Klinsmann, even going so far as to inspect the terms of his contract with Bayern to determine if there are any clauses or loopholes that can be exploited.

The deal seems watertight, however, and Klinsmann's representatives have announced that the former Internazionale hitman will definitely start work at the Allianz Arena on July 1.

Inter's sacking of Roberto Mancini has added another name to the fray, although Dutch duo Frank Rijkaard and Guud Hiddink remain the favourites to take the reins at Stamford Bridge, despite the latter's commitments to the Russian national team.
 

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Mancini's Agent Confirms Mourinho To Inter

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Internazionale manager Roberto Mancini's agent Giorgio De Giorgis has confirmed that his client will be dismissed from his post and replaced by Jose Mourinho...

Mourinho has been linked with the Inter post over the past couple of months, since Roberto Mancini's outburst following his side's controversial elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Liverpool.

The coach quit, only to reverse his decision a day later. Seeds of doubt had been planted and despite continuous public backing from president Massimo Moratti since the incident - not to mention another Scudetto win - Mancini is now heading out at San Siro to be replaced by Mourinho, as Goal.com reported yesterday.

The official word comes from Giorgio De Giorgis - Mancini's agent - who has expressed Mancini's dismay at his dismissal, and confirmed that Mourinho will be replacing him as coach of the Italian champions.

"Roberto didn't expect it to finish like this but I always knew that something wasn't right," began the agent.

"However, it has happened and Roberto is very disappointed because he still had alot of work which has not been finished. He could have tried to win other important trophies, like the Champions League.

"Now Mourinho will arrive and he will have the task of trying to repeat what Mancini has done over the last few years."

De Giorgis admitted that pressure has played a large part in Inter's underwhelming second half of the season and that despite the narrow title win, the theatrics after the Liverpool defeat did little to help Mancio's case.

"Looking at Inter's form since January, I believe the pressure from above began to take its toll," he explained. "And then after Liverpool's exit there was an outburst, maybe Roberto could have avoided this."

"I think he made a mistake then, he shouldn't have told anyone he was leaving."

Massimo Moratti is said to be wasting no time in ushering in the new era, with Mourinho in Milan this evening accompanied by Inter technical secretary Marco Branca.

As soon as Mancini's departure is officially processed, the former Porto and Chelsea boss will sign on with Inter on a three-year contract, earning a staggering €9 million per year.

Mourinho, the self-proclaimed Special One, has been out of work since his controversial dismissal from Chelsea in October, and though he expressed an initial willingness to live the quiet life and relax, he has become more and more vocal in the media as months have gone on, sensing that the time is right for a return.

During his time off, he has been linked with every major club in Europe bar Manchester United, Arsenal and of course Chelsea. The links have always been strongest with Inter, city rivals Milan and Barcelona. Mourinho is said to have turned down a "major club" at this time last season - thought to be Real Madrid - and with Barcelona and Milan choosing to keep affairs very much in the family, it is Inter who have stuck their neck out and sacked a league-winning manager after a disappointing end to the season.

With the Inter move having been confirmed by Mancini's agent, now all that is left for the club to make an official announcement. Whether or not the likes of Deco, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Michael Essien and Ricardo Carvalho will follow their beloved ex-boss to Milan as much of the press has speculated remains to be seen. It promises to be an extremely interesting summer for the Nerazzurri...
 

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Internazionale manager Roberto Mancini's agent Giorgio De Giorgis has confirmed that his client will be dismissed from his post and replaced by Jose Mourinho...

Mourinho has been linked with the Inter post over the past couple of months, since Roberto Mancini's outburst following his side's controversial elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Liverpool.

The coach quit, only to reverse his decision a day later. Seeds of doubt had been planted and despite continuous public backing from president Massimo Moratti since the incident - not to mention another Scudetto win - Mancini is now heading out at San Siro to be replaced by Mourinho, as Goal.com reported yesterday.

The official word comes from Giorgio De Giorgis - Mancini's agent - who has expressed Mancini's dismay at his dismissal, and confirmed that Mourinho will be replacing him as coach of the Italian champions.

"Roberto didn't expect it to finish like this but I always knew that something wasn't right," began the agent.

"However, it has happened and Roberto is very disappointed because he still had alot of work which has not been finished. He could have tried to win other important trophies, like the Champions League.

"Now Mourinho will arrive and he will have the task of trying to repeat what Mancini has done over the last few years."

De Giorgis admitted that pressure has played a large part in Inter's underwhelming second half of the season and that despite the narrow title win, the theatrics after the Liverpool defeat did little to help Mancio's case.

"Looking at Inter's form since January, I believe the pressure from above began to take its toll," he explained. "And then after Liverpool's exit there was an outburst, maybe Roberto could have avoided this."

"I think he made a mistake then, he shouldn't have told anyone he was leaving."

Massimo Moratti is said to be wasting no time in ushering in the new era, with Mourinho in Milan this evening accompanied by Inter technical secretary Marco Branca.

As soon as Mancini's departure is officially processed, the former Porto and Chelsea boss will sign on with Inter on a three-year contract, earning a staggering €9 million per year.

Mourinho, the self-proclaimed Special One, has been out of work since his controversial dismissal from Chelsea in October, and though he expressed an initial willingness to live the quiet life and relax, he has become more and more vocal in the media as months have gone on, sensing that the time is right for a return.

During his time off, he has been linked with every major club in Europe bar Manchester United, Arsenal and of course Chelsea. The links have always been strongest with Inter, city rivals Milan and Barcelona. Mourinho is said to have turned down a "major club" at this time last season - thought to be Real Madrid - and with Barcelona and Milan choosing to keep affairs very much in the family, it is Inter who have stuck their neck out and sacked a league-winning manager after a disappointing end to the season.

With the Inter move having been confirmed by Mancini's agent, now all that is left for the club to make an official announcement. Whether or not the likes of Deco, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Michael Essien and Ricardo Carvalho will follow their beloved ex-boss to Milan as much of the press has speculated remains to be seen. It promises to be an extremely interesting summer for the Nerazzurri...
mancini to chelsea,mourinho to inter,then he'll take lampard,drogba and carvalho with him.
 

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Chelsea To Enter Scolari Race

With no real games in the pre-season, speculation has to be the name of the game... for now.

Yet another new name thrown in the fray for Chelsea...


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Chelsea have identified Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari as a prime candidate to fill the recently vacated manager's role at Stamford Bridge, although they face strong opposition for his signature…

Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) vice-president Amandio De Carvalho revealed yesterday that the Blues are chasing the big Brazilian, saying: “I already know that Chelsea are interested in Scolari.â€

The 59-year-old will be out of contract following the completion of EURO 2008, but Portugal are keen to retain his services and are lining up talks to discuss a possible contract extension.

Scolari is on the record as saying he wishes to clear up his future before the tournament in Austria and Switzerland officially kicks off, meaning Chelsea will have to move quickly if they wish to install the man who led Brazil to victory in the 2002 World Cup.

FPF president Gilberto Madial is likely to offer Scolari an increase on his current salary of ₤1.9million-per-year to lure him to stay on.

Scolari knows he could earn considerably more in England, and while Manchester City drop continually further out of the picture as Sven-Goran Eriksson's fate remains unresolved, Chelsea may launch a late bid to bring Big Phil to Stamford Bridge.

Blues owner Roman Abramovich has scouted several possibilities since sacking Avram Grant last week, although the board is yet to reach any consensus regarding their preference to succeed the Israeli.

Blackburn boss Mark Hughes is the only British candidate, although the nature of his contract at Ewood Park means Chelsea would have pay up despite the fact he is on the final year of his deal.

Incoming Bayern Munich manager Jurgen Klinsmann has also been approached, as he was an initial candidate to succeed Jose Mourinho back in September before Grant got the job.

The Blues have inspected Klinsmann's contract with Bayern in search of any loopholes or clauses that could be exploited, but the paperwork is typically watertight.

Roberto Mancini's sacking from Internazionale leaves him as a contender to take the reins, and his agent said recently: "Roberto Mancini is not a person or coach who likes to propose himself to a club, he waits for a club to look after him so we are in that position right now.

"We are not proposing Mancini to any club, but Chelsea are one of the top five clubs in the world so it is more likely, if there will be any talk, for it to happen now rather than then."
 

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Nice work Versa. You done a mighty job of taking over thread I only created as a distraction from the tedium of the off season. Kudos. :)
 

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dlan4327 said:
Nice work Versa. You done a mighty job of taking over thread I only created as a distraction from the tedium of the off season. Kudos. :)
I didn't take over the thread. Just sharing relevant articles as and when. Service with a smile. :)
 

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City hopes high for Hughes unveiling

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Hughes is poised to become Manchester City's new manager after the club agreed a compensation package with Blackburn.

Manchester City, who opened talks with Mark Hughes in London last night, remain highly optimistic that they can unveil him as manager tomorrow, despite the receding chances of Milan's Carlo Ancelotti joining Chelsea, which creates the chance of the London side gazumping them.

At the end of a day of high tension for City, in which the hierarchy is known to have closely followed developments at Stamford Bridge, the club felt their chances of securing Hughes were well above 80 per cent after talks got underway and those privy to discussions with Hughes found him surprisingly undistracted by the prospect of Chelsea offering him a job.

Since Chelsea sources suggested early yesterday, long before Ancelotti appeared to rebuff them, that Hughes and an unnamed foreign manager were their top two candidates, the fallback options remain of significance. Reports from Turkey last night suggested a deal with Zico might be on the cards; Roberto Mancini is seen as a more realistic second choice.

But City were not even discussing second choices last night, despite the physical risks posed by their prospective manager spending the night in London. Hughes, free to talk to City and their new executive chairman Garry Cook after a £5m compensation deal was agreed with Blackburn Rovers yesterday, has given the strong impression that he believes City to represent a challenge in themselves, rather than a stepping stone to a Chelsea or Manchester United.

Whether the former Manchester United player, a boyhood Chelsea fan and former legend at Stamford Bridge, might place Roman Abramovich's side above Thaksin Shinawatra's remains to be seen. The threat of such an outcome was certainly what prompted Cook to fly in from his previous base in the US yesterday intent on wrapping things up within 48 hours.

The only certainty is that Hughes is leaving Blackburn,with Paul Ince emerging as a prime candidate to replace his former Manchester United team-mate last night and possibly a more likely successor to Hughes than Sam Allardyce, who has abandoned a family holiday in Spain to put himself in the frame.

City have been at pains to point out that they are seeking to install a manager earlier in the close season than they delivered Sven Goran Eriksson on 7 July last year. What now remains unclear is whether they are prepared to accept any indecision from Hughes – or proceed straight to their alternative options later this week.

The predicament City find themselves in may raise a justifiable wry smile from Eriksson – who last night agreed a deal that will make him Mexico's national coach.

If Hughes is lost to City, Mancini would appear to be the back-up option. His 17-year-old son, Filippo has been in City's academy since January and both Mackintosh and the club are well known to him.

With Portugal's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari well out of the picture, the manager Thaksin would consider the next best option is Avram Grant – though there are serious questions at City about how able he is to begin coaching in Britain once again, so soon after what he has experienced at Chelsea.

Little did Hughes imagine when he slipped out of the running for the Newcastle United job last season the kind of dilemma which was awaiting him, post season. He is understood to have made it quite clear that he wishes to bring David Bentley with him from Bentley, though not Roque Santa Cruz, as has been suggested.

In the plus column is the near certainty that CSKA Moscow's £18m Brazilian forward Jo will be signing on for next season. The even more extraordinary prospect for a manager well accustomed to moulding talents on a low budget is Cook's intent to pursue Thaksin's interest in Ronaldinho. The view from the Thaksin camp on the player is by no means clear cut: there is a fear that after such a period on the sidelines at Barcelona that the player might not be ready to step in and deliver. In the words of one source, City do not want a "Thierry Henry situation" – an allusion to the Frenchman's poor season at Barcelona – on their hands. But discussions are ongoing and the prospect of the player signing a genuine one.

While Hughes appeared looking relaxed yesterday at his home in Mottram St Andrew, Cheshire, before heading to London, those supporting his potential appointment by City included the club's former boss Joe Royle.

"He certainly has the character you would think to go and try one of those big jobs if he feels it's right."
 

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Man City name Mark Hughes as new manager

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By Ian Winrow and Richard Morgan, 04/06/2008


Manchester City have appointed Mark Hughes their new manager on a three-year contract, the club have confirmed.

City owner Thaksin Shinawatra had claimed last night that Hughes had already agreed to take over at Eastlands following the departure of former coach Sven-Goran Eriksson.

City are believed to have paid Blackburn Rovers £4.6 million in compensation to land the Welshman on a four-year contract, reported to be worth £3m a year.

Hughes, 44, steered Blackburn to a seventh-placed finish in the Premier League last season on limited resources, two places higher than where his new employers finished, and will become City's 13th manager in 22 years.

"He's an outstanding manager who has achieved many things with Blackburn," Thaksin said. "Mark was always the first choice of our new chairman, Garry Cook. Together they will make a great team. They will both prove to be excellent acquisitions, I'm sure.

"These are exciting times for Manchester City and I hope the supporters can understand that I share their goals. That sometimes means making ruthless decisions. Now we can go forward to a new era, with a new management structure and great hope and ambition."

Thaksin is convinced he had to make a change to ensure City can compete with the Premier League's so-called 'top four'.

Hughes, who will be presented to the media at a press conference tomorrow morning, agreed to the move after meeting executive chairman Garry Cook yesterday evening.

Cook himself has only just had his appointment confirmed by owner Thaksin and flew in from the US to seal the deal.

"He made it clear to us from the moment we met that he shared our vision and ambition to make Manchester City one of the top sides in the country," Cook said.

"It's a privilege to join Dr Thaksin here at Manchester City. There is no better opportunity in world football.

"The club intends to invest in new players as well as securing the long-term services of key members of the current first-team squad.

"Mark has already identified some of the players and backroom staff that he wants to see here at City, and we will begin the process of recruiting them immediately."

Hughes will take up his new position with immediate effect.

Monday's dismissal of Eriksson, after less than a year in charge, triggered a formal approach for Hughes who had three years left to run on his Blackburn contract. Rovers chief executive John Williams yesterday reluctantly gave permission for negotiations to begin.

Hughes will take with him four backroom staff: assistant manager Mark Bowen, first-team coach Eddie Niedzwiecki, goalkeeping coach Kevin Hitch****, and reserve team coach Glyn Hodges.

Hughes, though, will face a much tougher task if he attempts to make David Bentley, the Blackburn winger, one of his first transfer targets. The manager will undoubtedly want to sign the £12 million-rated player but, having previously insisted players should be held to their contracts and been given assurances by the Blackburn board that Bentley would be going nowhere this summer, Hughes will discover that Rovers' officials are determined to offer the same guarantees to his successor.

Hughes is less likely to attempt to lure Roque Santa Cruz from Ewood Park, largely because of the impending £20 million arrival at Eastlands of CSKA Moscow's 21-year-old striker, Jo, with whom negotiations have been proceeding for some weeks. Hughes is also aware of Thaksin's unlikely pursuit of the two-times world player of year Ronaldinho, who is believed to be demanding a world record salary of £10 million a year to leave Barcelona.

City officials believe a combination of sponsorship deals and other commercial spin-offs can be put together to help cover the Brazilian's enormous wage demands, but there remains the underlying belief that, at 28, the Brazilian's ambitions extend beyond the Uefa Cup.

Hughes will hope to benefit from a change of heart from club captain Richard Dunne, who has put on hold his plans to quit Eastlands until the new manager is in place.

Dunne, who has one year left on his contract, had grown disenchanted following the handling of Eriksson's departure, but will welcome the arrival of a manager like Hughes and is now expected to reject overtures from Tottenham and Portsmouth and pledge his immediate future to City.

The speed of Hughes' departure has caught Blackburn off-guard and, while the Lancashire club are anxious to make a speedy appointment, as yet no clear favourite has emerged in the Ewood Park boardroom.

Former Bolton manager Sam Allardyce yesterday returned prematurely from a family holiday and is expected to press his claims, but Celtic's Gordon Strachan and Zenit St Petersburg's Dick Advocaat will also figure on a lengthy shortlist.


Sven-Goran Eriksson - Competitive Record at Manchester City 2007/08
Team Joined Left G W D L GF GA W%
Manchester City 01/07/2007 02/06/2008 44 19 10 15 51 58 43.18

Eriksson v Hughes - Premier League 2007/08
Manager Joined Left G W D L GF GA W%
Mark Hughes 16/09/2004 Current 38 15 13 10 50 48 39.47
Sven-Goran Eriksson 01/07/2007 02/06/2008 38 15 10 13 45 53 39.47
 

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Ince emerges as front-runner for Ewood Park post

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A manager in the mould of the outgoing Mark Hughes – Paul Ince – has emerged as the early lead contender for the Blackburn Rovers job as the club begin their unenviable attempt to maintain top 10 status without the Welshman.

The club's chairman John Williams is known to value the idea of developing youthful managers, and proved as much in the Premier League break that he gave Hughes four years ago, and Ince's impressive work at Milton Keynes Dons and Macclesfield Town may have done enough to persuade Blackburn to gamble on recruiting him.

Sam Allardyce remains the bookmakers' favourite to return to Lancashire and his work on a low budget at Bolton demonstrates his credentials. Allardyce cut short a holiday in Spain to place himself in contention and though he is scheduled to leave the country again on Saturday to take up a broadcasting role at Euro 2008, he is understood to be prepared to alter his plans if Blackburn are interested in hiring him.

But the appointment of another of the Sir Alex Ferguson alumni would be the preferred option for many fans. The three consecutive top-10 finishes and Uefa Cup place Hughes achieved at Ewood Park demonstrated that a manager need not have a wealth of top flight experience to succeed and Ince would certainly be a promising prospect. Former England manager Steve McClaren is also understood to have made his interest in the job known, and another man linked to the post is Alan Shearer.

Williams, whose determination to dissuade David Bentley from joining Hughes at Manchester City may present him with a challenging task, has indicated that he will make stability the most crucial aspect of his search for a successor. He said: "We have enjoyed eight years of success and stability with Graeme Souness and Mark and now it is important that we build on our strengths."

Williams, who allowed Hughes to open talks with City last week, paid tribute to the Welshman. It was his success in the transfer market with the likes of Roque Santa Cruz and Ryan Nelsen that marked Hughes out as one of the brightest young managerial talents in Britain.

Williams added: "Mark leaves the club in a strong position with three consecutive top-10 finishes and an excellent squad of players. In turn, we have helped him to establish himself as one of the most sought-after young British managers in the business."
 

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Shearer and Ince on Rovers shortlist

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A four-man shortlist for the job of manager at Blackburn Rovers was drawn up last night, with the club hopeful of having Mark Hughes' successor in place by the end of the week.

Though Alan Shearer has overtaken Paul Ince as the bookies' favourite, Rovers' chief executive, John Williams, indicated yesterday that the pair were neck and neck prior to the interviewing process and that he had no intentions of heading out to the European Championship to meet with the former Rovers striker. The Zenit St Petersburg coach Dick Advocaat is also likely to be on the four-man list, though Sam Allardyce and Steve McClaren seem less likely candidates.

"We've had a good day discussing all interested candidates," Williams said after emerging soon after 3pm from four hours of talks with some of his board members. His club have demonstrated, in the employment of Hughes, as well as Brian Kidd and Kenny Dalglish before him, an inclination to take on youthful managers. This time seems likely to be no different, with Williams conscious that a big name is needed to keep attendances up.

Ince has considerably more experience in his favour and Rovers are only too aware what alumni of the Sir Alex Ferguson school can bring them. For his part Shearer, who is known to be interested, would be an even bigger draw having played a part in delivering Rovers the title in 1995. But he is untested and there is also the question of where his loyalties might lie should Newcastle United find themselves looking for a manager in the next year. The situation at St James' Park remains febrile to say the least.

Allardyce has made no secret of his attraction to the job but he may not be a popular choice among Rovers fans and Steve McClaren also falls into the category of managers who may turn off fans.
 
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