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As you might expect, there's plenty of talk in the morning papers about some job or other that has just come up.

The Guardian leads the way, claiming that Sir Alex Ferguson will be heavily involved in choosing the man to replace David Moyes at Manchester United, presumably because that worked so well before.

The paper reports: 'United are deliberating between Louis van Gaal and Carlo Ancelotti to replace David Moyes after the former Everton manager was sacked in a 7.40am meeting with the club's chief executive, Ed Woodward. Diego Simeone, the Atlético Madrid coach, is also being considered but United are leaning towards a more experienced candidate and their initial discussions, involving Ferguson, have concluded that the job has come too early for Ryan Giggs, even if he exceeds expectations in his four games as interim manager.'

Laurent Blanc has been ruled out, apparently, while The Daily Mirror agrees Fergie will have a say, and that Simeone's credentials are doubted because, among other things, his command of English is limited.

Conversely, The Daily Mail reports that Ferguson will 'little or no say' in who comes in, but that Paul Scholes will be tempted back to lend a hand, with Phil Neville sticking around to help out as well. Crisis over then, eh?

Finally, back to the Mirror, they have spoken to - who else? - but former Forest forward Bryan Roy for some comment on Van Gaal. He said:

"He has definitely still got the hunger. I think he will die on the pitch, because he will never retire. He loves the job too much.

"He will never turn down Manchester United, believe me. I think it's the job he really wants. And he will be a revelation at Manchester United."

Another man who could perhaps be on his way out of Old Trafford is Robin van Persie, whose departure presumably won't be greeted with quite as much relief.

The Daily Express reports that Juventus are trying to scrape together enough cash to make a move for the Dutch striker, as well as Nani.

And how? By selling Paul Pogba, of course. The paper reports:

'Juventus are considering selling Arsenal and Chelsea target Paul Pogba this summer because they believe the £60m the Frenchman's sale would generate would enable them to make moves for Manchester United pair Robin van Persie and Nani as well as Liverpool target Juan Cuadrado.'

PSG are keen, apparently.

Can we just pop our oar in here and say selling Pogba to fund a deal for an admittedly pretty good forward who will be 31 in August, and Nani, would be mental. Mental.

Quick one from The Daily Mirror, who report that Real Madrid are sniffing around Ashley Cole, who despite playing last night, will probably leave Chelsea in the summer.

He's out of contract at the end of the season, and according to the Mirror, Real will offer him a one-year, £3.5million contract.

The paper claims: 'He is aware of the interest, and his representatives are free to discuss terms and sign pre-contracts with foreign clubs.

'The 33-year-old is sweating on his World Cup place after no longer being first-choice left-back at the Blues, although he started Tuesday night's Champions League tie at Atletico Madrid because Branislav Ivanovic's suspension forced Cesar Azpilicueta to switch to right-back.'

Here's Sandro saying his fall-out with Tim Sherwood won't mean he will leave Spurs this summer, for which there's probably a fairly simple explanation.

On being dropped against Fulham at the weekend, Sandro said: "I quietly received the news... I respect him, I have nothing against him, let him speak.

"I will continue working quietly, I'm a professional. I have to work. Everyone loves me at Tottenham, it is my home."

"I'm happy here at Tottenham. If the rival supporters want me to go to their team, I think I'm doing a good job and being recognised.

"Not only rivals, ours too. I just have to thank the fans of Tottenham, they are very dear to me. We have three games and need to work."

There has been talk that Olivier Giroud could take his handsome face and rippling abs away from Arsenal in the summer, but that is not the case, according to the man himself.

He is quoted by French TV station Telefoot as saying: "My contract runs until 2016, of course I'll remain a Gunner next year, this is certainly my will.

"Don't listen to the media. I am happy in London and my future lies with Arsenal."

That's that, then.

Quick line from The Daily Express, who report that Arsenal and indeed Manchester United are set to miss out on German youngster Matthias Ginter, as he closes on a move to Borussia Dortmund.

The paper notes that the 'managerial turmoil at United seems to have ruled out the Manchester club and Arsenal's interest appears to have cooled.'

Which is probably just as well, as the Freiburg defender is on his way to Dortmund for about £8million.

Still think Van Gaal is too old and not the long term option myself, though maybe if he has someone as assistant training to take the reins that might be something. Has Cantona done his coaching badges yet?
- shea666

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