Any games on today?
Meh, not much beyond a few KNVB Beker and Copa Del Rey games. And Palestine plays Kuwait in a friendly. Good luck finding that match on TV.
What’s the big story?
I think a lot of people are sussing out what’s going on at Spurs at the moment. Tim Sherwood seems to be angling for the job, but now everything is uncertain with Tottenham’s 2-1 loss to West Ham last night in the Capital One Cup. Here’s the Guardian:
“The players are professional enough to get on with it and I’ve just tried to steady the ship,” Sherwood said after his team blew a lead by conceding twice in the last 10 minutes. “There’s obviously upheaval when your manager leaves … you’ve been used to him and his voice. It’s a new voice now. It would be good to get it resolved for the football club’s sake and the players’.”
Meanwhile there are credible reports (I’m serious) that Spurs are sniffing out Ajax manager Frank De Boer. And while it is in some ways a fantasy appointment, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy should be aware that De Boer is not a buy and sell type of guy. He’ll need to be on board with Director of Football Franco Baldini in a way that Andre Villas-Boas clearly wasn’t if this is going to work. Then there’s the tricky question of whether De Boer’s right hand man and Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp goes to work at White Hart Lane.
Any other news?
Andres Iniesta will likely see out his career at Barcelona, as the 29 year old gets a contract extension to 2018. Sorry, every other club.
Some signs now that all is not well at Chelsea Football Club under Jose Mourinho. Matt Law reports on some tension in the team over squad rotation and constant tinkering. And after Mourinho cancelled the Chelsea Christmas party, Ashley Cole, who it’s believed was joined by Ryan Bertrand and Andre Schuerrle, was photographed attending Arsenal’s little costume party instead.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has some strong words for Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan: ““My only conclusion when I look from the outside is that you have a business guy, who is operating the club and knows absolutely nothing about football. He is someone who has obviously been a very successful businessman in his life and congratulations, but football is like no other business.”
And Wayne Rooney should be back and fit in time for the holiday schedule, says David Moyes.
Any fun stuff?
Kolarov with a nice hit in training. Not quite as nice as Young’s hit in real life.
Any good reads?
Owen Gibson lauds FIFPro’s move to reform the transfer market, particularly in the area of third party ownership of player economic rights:
Fifpro’s real concern lies with the flaws in a global system that has been warped out of recognition by third-party ownership, in which several individuals or companies can own the economic rights to a player imported from, say, South America or Africa at a young age, and agents who collectively earn more than $750m from the game annually.
Third-party ownership is outlawed in English football but, while Uefa and Fifa have said they are committed to banning the practice, it remains commonplace across Europe.