Premier League - Papers: Jose 'to be United boss'

Fri, 15 Apr 08:50:00 2011

"Jose: I'll Be Next United Boss" – it is quite a back page headline and it is what greeted readers of The Sun on Friday.

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If you were to scan the article for an actual quote from Mourinho where he says those exact words you would be left sorely disappointed but the paper claims in its "SunSport exclusive" that "The Special One wants to take over as Manchester United boss at the end of next season - and reckons he will get the job."

They add: "He has told close pals he believes the way will be open for him in the summer of 2012."

The paper also publishes recent quotes from current boss Sir Alex Ferguson who said: "Jose is a great friend of mine. We've spoken many times about his future and I understand his wish to return to England.

"But it's difficult for me to say when my position will be available. It will be my health that decides."

Mourinho has three years left on his Real Madrid contract but he has had a tempestuous relationship with the club's board since joining from Internazionale last summer, which could see him make an early return to England.

The Sun claims that United chiefs have earmarked Everton boss David Moyes as Fergie's replacement but that the prospect of having Mourinho at Old Trafford would be hard to resist.

Rumours of who might take over at Chelsea continue abound as the papers continue to work on the presumption that Carlo Ancelotti will not be at Stamford Bridge next season.

Most papers run the story of how the Turkish FA will resist any attempts from the Blues to prize away their manager Guus Hiddink.

The Daily Star meanwhile, talks about how Frank Rijkaard is "ready" to return to management and so obviously links him with a move to Chelsea.

There is a worrying story in the Guardian for Birmingham City fans as the paper claims that they face the threat of being denied their licence to play in Europe next season if they cannot convince the Premier League and the FA that their finances are not a major cause for concern.

The paper says that: "The Premier League is set to hold discussions with the Birmingham board this month before deciding in conjunction with the FA whether they should be granted a UEFA licence and allowed to play in the Europa League, for which they qualified after winning the Carling Cup."

In transfer news, Schalke's Christoph Metzelder has claimed that Manchester United tried to sign his team-mate Raul this season. (Daily Mail)

Stephen Warnock is set to leave Aston Villa in the summer after further talks with Gerard Houllier failed to broker a truce between the pair. (Daily Mail)

Aston Villa and Sunderland could both be interested in former Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland, who will be allowed to leave Wigan in the summer. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham have finally lost patience with Heurelho Gomes after the goalkeeper's latest howler on Wednesday night against Real Madrid. Gomes's Brazilian compatriot, Diego Alves, 25, of Almeria, Dynamo Kiev teenager Maksym Koval, and Manchester City's Shay Given are all touted as potential replacements. (Daily Mail)

Stoke City are keen on signing Preston midfielder Adam Barton for around £1.25m in the summer. (Daily Mirror)

Finally, the Mirror claims that Coventry City will try and make Barnsley boss Mark Robins their new manager in the summer. (Daily Mirror)

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