Paper Round: Terry ban could be increased

John Terry's four-match ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand could yet be increased, according to a report in The Sun.

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The paper quotes a source from the FA saying that football's governing body can appeal against the punishment imposed by the independent commission, exactly as Terry can himself appeal.

Both the FA and Terry's representatives are awaiting the official written report from the commission which will outline their reasoning, and the FA will apparently consider whether to appeal after that.

"Admittedly it is something that is done very rarely but it is an option open to us," the FA source told the paper.

There is plenty of Champions League reaction in the papers, though with Chelsea having hammered an unfancied Scandinavian team and Manchester United having successfully avoided a Romanian banana skin there is little controversy to get Fleet Street fired up.

Pick of the stories is from the Daily Mirror, claiming that United boss Alex Ferguson was absolutely livid with Patrice Evra after Cluj went 1-0 ahead, Fergie admitting that the goal was "a shocker, an absolute shocker." The paper claims that Evra will be in for the full hairdryer treatment when the team arrive back in Manchester.

Writing in The Times, Tony Cascarino is equally scathing of United's performance despite their 2-1 away win, particularly in their inability to win the ball back.

"Manchester United used to be great at it, but now they’re mediocre and it’s this factor that lies at the heart of their frailties this season," he writes. "United are a shadow of the team that used to seize possession in so many good areas... Football has moved on, but they have not moved with it."

Paul Ince's son Tom Ince is set to follow in his father's footsteps by signing for Manchester United, according to The Sun.

The Red Devils are apparently lining up a £4 million deal for the 20-year-old, who is currently lighting up the Championship with Blackpool having scored six goals in eight matches.

Tom's current deal runs out at the end of the season, but Alex Ferguson apparently wants to bring him in this January rather than wait.

Ince Jr is not the only signing that United are considering: the same paper reports that Red Devils scouts are keeping a close eye on Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund with a view to a £16m transfer next summer.

A strong new candidate has emerged for the vacant managerial position at Blackburn, according to The Times: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The former Manchester United legend is set to take over as boss at Ewood Park if Rovers chiefs cannot agree a deal with former Blackburn skipper Tim Sherwood.

The Daily Mirror also puts forward a new candidate, claiming that Roy Keane is interested in managing Blackburn despite a big-money offer - of £1.4m a year - on the table from Turkish side Kasimpasa.

Bobby Zamora has lifted the lid on why he was so keen to leave Fulham in the summer: manager Martin Jol.

The former Fulham striker - now at QPR - told the Daily Telegraph that, "I left because I didn’t see eye to eye with Martin Jol. I think that is the case with the vast majority of players there now. A lot of the lads aren’t happy."

And finally, Arsenal have enlisted an intriguing new coach to help their team: Olympic legend Michael Johnson. The former gold medallist and world record holder at 200m and 400m is helping the Gunners with their sprint training, according to the Daily Mirror.

Johnson isn't officially on the Gunners' books, but Arsene Wenger is sending his players to Johnson's sprinting school if and when he believes they need to pick up their pace.

"If a player needs to work on some aspects of his physical side, we send them there for preparation. It is a fantastic school, but he is not directly involved with our team," said the Arsenal boss.

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