No less than four newspapers – The Independent, The Daily Mirror, The Daily Star and the Daily Express – lead their backpages with reports that manager Roberto Mancini is struggling to maintain control of the team's dressing room.
The most respected of those papers is of course the Independent and there headline reads: "Roberto Mancini under pressure as Manchester City's senior players start to turn."
Their story reveals that some of the team's "most experienced players are becoming increasingly sceptical about the manager's methods, with Micah Richards' critical comments about his defensive changes reflective of a wider view within the squad that the Italian has got it wrong.
"The frustrations that some players have about unnecessary changes to the defence are compounded by the fact that Mancini is testing relationships to the extreme with his repeated habit of making negative public comments about players."
Despite the unhappiness of the players, the paper does go on to say that Mancini's position remains 'very secure' but also mentions reports in Spain that former Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain could be about to join the club in a similar capacity to the one he held at the Camp Nou.
A similar story is told in the tabloids with both the Mirror and the Express revealing that Mancini called his players in for an inquest on Wednesday morning despite the players having only returned to Manchester from Amsterdam at 1am.
In other managerial news, Alan Shearer is believed to be keen on the vacant position at Ipswich. (Daily Telegraph)
The former Newcastle striker and manager sees Portman Road as the perfect place to learn his craft as he looks to follow a similar career path to that of his mentor – the late Sir Bobby Robson who had great success with Ipswich in the late 70s and early 80s.
However, he may face competition for the job, the Telegraph reports that: "Shearer is not the only name under consideration, with Mick McCarthy again linked to a Championship job. McCarthy has been out of work since he was sacked by Wolverhampton Wanderers in February, but has already guided Sunderland and Wolves into the Premier League and is regarded as the safest choice by many."
To transfer news and according to the Sun, super-rich Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala are planning to stun the Premier League by making a mega bid for Wayne Rooney.
When asked if Anzhi might bid for Rooney, team director Roberto Carlos said. “Why not? He’s one of the best players in the world and any team would be happy to have him in their squad. He’s still a very young player.
“Of course, I could not say when and if it will happen. It’s not only Anzhi who want to buy him. There are plenty of teams in Italy and Spain, all over the world, eager to have a player like Rooney.”
West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has admitted he would be interested in signing Rio Ferdinand if the Manchester United player came on the market.
"I think it’s highly unlikely that we would consider Rio Ferdinand at the moment," admitted Allardyce.
“But if it’s at the end of the season and he hasn’t got a new contract and he is going to leave Manchester United then we would be interested if we can sustain our Premier League status. It depends entirely on Rio."
Finally, Liverpool have checked on Celtic striker Gary Hooper as Brendan Rodgers looks to get plans in place to bolster his strikeforce during the January transfer window. (Daily Mail)
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