Premier League - Paper Round: Moyes 'ignored' Ferguson plea

Today's papers report that David Moyes ignored Sir Alex Ferguson's pleas not to axe his Manchester United backroom staff; Newcastle will have to pay £7 million to sign their PSV target; plus former England boss Steve McClaren and Tony Pulis are believed to be vying for the Sunderland job.

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Moyes ignored Ferguson plea over staff: Manchester United boss Moyes snubbed a request from his predecessor, Ferguson, to retain his backroom staff at Old Trafford, according to a report in The Sun. When Fergie departed the club he is understood to have pleaded with Moyes to keep his existing staff in place, only for the former Everton boss to instead bring in his own men.

Paper Round’s view: With Moyes already under pressure following a shaky start to the season, it is little surprise that stories such as this are now emerging. Ferguson probably did instruct his successor to keep his staff in place, but Moyes was entirely justified in bringing in his trusted men to support him at Old Trafford. Still, this is likely to be nothing compared to what is to follow when Ferguson’s latest book comes out.

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Newcastle quoted £7m to sign PSV target: Newcastle United will need to pay £7m if they want to sign PSV Eindhoven goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet in January, according to the Newcastle Chronicle. The 22-year-old’s value has soared since interest from the Magpies in the summer after PSV made a strong start to the season, with the Dutch U21 star keeping four clean sheets in seven matches.

Paper Round’s view: After Newcastle were linked with the PSV goalkeeper over the summer but reportedly failed to make a bid, it seems unlikely that owner Mike Ashley would be happy to sanction a deal for him with his price tag only set to continue rising between now and January. That is despite the fact that the man who said “your career never just unfolds the way you would like it to” when asked about the speculation may not even wish to make the move anyway.

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West Brom want loan star to sign permanent deal: West Brom are reportedly desperate to make on-loan Marseille midfielder Morgan Amalfitano sign a permanent contract after he starred against Manchester United at Old Trafford, according to the Daily Mirror. France international midfielder Amalfitano joined for the season from Marseille last month, and has made a stunning start with his new club, starring with a goal and an assist against the champions.

Paper Round’s view: Amalfitano has been lauded for his performances so far at West Brom and it is hardly a surprise that the club wish to make his deal permanent before interest comes in from bigger clubs. Scoring a wonderful solo goal and setting up the winner for the club against United on such a big stage is hardly going to make a permanent deal simple for the Baggies, however.

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McClaren and Pulis join list of candidates to replace Di Canio: Sunderland owner Ellis Short has former England boss McClaren and ex-Stoke manager Tony Pulis on his list of candidates for the vacant hot seat at the club. Following the sacking of volatile Italian Paolo Di Canio, Short is believed to be keen to consider McClaren or Pulis to take over as the fifth manager in less than five years at the Stadium of Light, according to the Daily Mail.

Paper Round’s view: Former Brighton boss Gus Poyet remains the favourite with the satchel swingers, but Sunderland fans have seemed less than overjoyed at the men on the club’s reported short list for the vacant manager’s position. McClaren is hardly going to be a popular choice if he rises to the top of Short’s shortlist, while it’s hard to imagine a packed stadium welcoming Pulis to the club. Still, both have achieved more than Poyet from the dugout to date.

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