Premier League - Paper Round: Guardiola wants to be new Fergie

Tue, 30 Nov 08:55:00 2010

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola wants to take over from Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager, according to reports in Tuesday's papers.

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Guardiola, who saw his Barca team thrash Real Madrid 5-0 on Monday night, had been linked with a move to take the reins at Chelsea over the weekend.

But the Daily Mirror reports that the 39-year-old has no interest in managing the Blues - and instead wants to work with Fergie at Old Trafford.

A Barcelona source told the Mirror that, "Pep would be keen on working with Sir Alex, if that was possible. It would allow him to come to terms with England under the guidance of the best."

Most of the day's back pages lead with the BBC's Panorama documentary about corruption within FIFA - but there are several very different takes on the story.

You'd think that investigative journalists attempting to purge the muck that appears to be pouring through football's corridors of power would garner support from most people.

Not at The Sun, however: the News International-owned Sun takes the opportunity to stick the boot into the BBC, screaming, "SABOTAGE" on its back page, and running a stupendously crass opinion piece written by former England player Ian Wright.

"The BBC is ridiculously unpatriotic," snarls Wright, "It is just laughable. Football seems to be low on their list of priorities and this is the latest proof."

We're not quite sure where Ian Wright bought his dictionary, but if it defines "patriotism" as turning a blind eye to shady practices then perhaps he should return it to Waterstones.

The Times, no doubt under the same pressures to run anti-BBC, pro-Sky stories - but whose Sunday edition ran its own corruption investigation - takes the safe option of completely ignoring the story, while the most of the other papers spin things round to various people trying to save the World Cup dream: "Becks to rescue world dream" (Daily Star), "Save the bid - Price William leads 2018 fightback" (Daily Mail) and, "Cameron to charm Warner in final attempt to save 2018 bid" (Independent).

Back to the day's transfer news, and The Sun runs a story about Tottenham targeting Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

The former Arsenal star did pretty well in his first year at Eastlands but has been largely restricted to bit part appearances this season - and his frustration at a lack of first team opportunities could lead to him heading to White Hart Lane on loan in January.

"There is a real chance we could land Manu in the transfer window," a Spurs source told the paper, though cautioned that Adebayor's 160,000-a-week wages are likely to be a major sticking point.

Former City midfielder Stephen Ireland could be on his way out of Aston Villa just months after joining the Birmingham club, according to the Mirror.

The talented but volatile 24-year-old has failed to impress new Villa boss Gerard Houllier, and is apparently set for "crunch talks" this week to see whether or not the club will try to offload him in January.

And finally, Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia has made a miracle recovery from a broken ankle - thanks to NASA.

The 25-year-old broke his ankle in September and was expected to miss the rest of the season.

But The Sun reports that by using an underwater treadmill designed by the US space agency he has accelerated the recovery process - and could be back in action as soon as January.


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