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Q: 2018/19 Wolves (H)
a. At last we have a win now let's make it two, Win
b. A win against 10 men and two leagues below us is fine, but this will be much harder I'll take a point, Draw
c. Who are we kidding, a win against Wimbledon and all is rosy, forget it we're getting our arses kicked in this one, Lose
d. It's at times like these when you really do miss Love Island
e. I was all over this game until I found out it's not on the box, the broadcasting companies really don't care about us hard core fans do they, I might pop off to Thorpe Park for the day instead, obviously in my WHU shirt

Alan 12:33 Wed Oct 25
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea are considering Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri, 58, as a replacement for manager Antonio Conte, 48. (Football Italia, via Daily Star)

Michael Appleton is set to step down as caretaker-manager at Leicester as the Foxes close in on the appointment of former Southampton boss Claude Puel. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United have not made a move for Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil - but are one of three clubs the 29-year-old Germany playmaker would be willing to leave the Gunners for. (Manchester Evening News)

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insists "signing Harry Kane has not passed through my head" after the European champions were linked with a move for the 24-year-old Tottenham and England striker. (Daily Mirror)

QPR are facing the biggest fine in football history, £40m, after failing in their legal challenge to accusations they broke financial fair play rules to gain Premier League promotion in 2014. (Daily Mail)

Former captain Wayne Rooney won't have the chance to sign off his England career by featuring in next month's friendlies with Germany and Brazil. (The Sun)

Pedro Caixinha is odds-on to be sacked as Rangers manager before the next Old Firm meeting in December. (Daily Record)

Reported Everton target Carlo Ancelotti, 58, is in talks to join Chinese Super League team Guangzhou Evergrande, according to Chinese media. (Daily Mirror)

Senegal forward Diafra Sakho, 27, says he wants to leave West Ham. (Claude Atcheba)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte rules out the possibility of 21-year-old midfielder Charly Musonda being allowed to leave the club in January on loan. (Daily Express)

The agent of Southampton midfielder Sofiane Boufal, 24, claims Italian sides Fiorentina and Inter Milan wanted to sign him during the summer. (SFR Sport via Talksport)

Former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel, 44, has not ruled out the option of becoming the new Everton manager if he is approached. (Sky Sports)

More than 1m football fans tried to purchase tickets for Wednesday's Under-17 World Cup semi-final between England and Brazil in Kolkata, leading to the meltdown of Fifa's online ticketing system. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City staff spent several minutes chasing a squirrel on the loose at Etihad Stadium prior to Tuesday's Carabao Cup match against Wolves. (Daily Mail)

Netherlands great Patrick Kluivert has given his backing to compatriots Frank de Boer and Ronald Koeman after the pair were both sacked following poor starts to the season. (Talksport)

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has refused to blame his summer signings after the defeat at home to Brighton last Friday. (Evening Standard)

Torino coach Sinisa Mihajlovic said at a pre-match news conference he had not heard of Anne Frank. The Italian football federation has announced a passage from her diary would be read before forthcoming matches in response to acts of anti-Semitism by Lazio fans. (Calciomercato.com - in Italian)

The United States is considering potential host cities for its 2026 World Cup bid. (Washington Post)

The best of Tuesday's gossip

Crystal Palace are interested in signing Liverpool outcast Danny Ings, 25, on loan in January but face competition from three Premier League clubs. (News Shopper)

Or, the Liverpool forward may be set for a January loan move to the Championship with Leeds United or Hull City. (The 72)

Manchester United and Arsenal are monitoring Marco Reus' situation at Borussia Dortmund. (Sky Sports Germany, via Daily Mirror)

Liverpool will make a move for Paris St-Germain forward Julian Draxler if Philippe Coutinho leaves Anfield. (Daily Star)

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says it would take 250m euros (£223m) to buy Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane, 24. (Calciomercato)

Former Everton defender Alan Stubbs thinks Ross Barkley will leave Goodison Park but would struggle to get into either Arsenal or Tottenham's team. (Daily Star)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

He may have steered Southampton to an eighth place finish in the Premier League last season, but in doing so Claude Puel seemed to leave regulars at Saint Mary’s decidedly underwhelmed by the manner in which he went about his work. The Frenchman’s on-pitch tactics were widely reported to be a reflection of his personality off it: quietly efficient but decidedly dull. Ultimately, they cost him his job in the summer, despite the decent league position and an appearance in a League Cup final Southampton were unlucky not to win. Nevertheless, it seems Leicester City are of the opinion that Puel’s is the safe pair of hands the club needs to steady a ship that had begun listing under Craig Shakespeare and he has emerged as a surprise contender to take over at the King Power Stadium. The 56-year-old is the new odds-on favourite to be next manager of Leicester and is reported by several newspapers to be in talks about who would make up his backroom team, a state of affairs that suggests the job is his to turn down.

Antonio Conte’s future as Chelsea manager looks increasingly bleak, with reports in Italy suggesting the club have already sounded out Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri as a potential replacement for the man who won the title last season. With Napoli leading Serie A, Chelsea could offer Sarri €12m a year to abandon his tilt at the title, while Milan are understood to be monitoring Conte’s situation after their poor start to the season. Having been binned off by Bayern Munich, Carlo Ancelotti was linked with the Milan gig, but he could be off to China to replace Luis Felipe Scolari, who is ready to leave his post at Guangzhou Evergrande.

German newspaper Bild say both Manchester United and Arsenal are mulling over the possibility of bringing Marco Reus to the Premier League. Having raised eyebrows with his surprise decision to snub Bayern Munich for Borussia Dortmund when leaving Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2012, the German winger’s career has been severely disrupted by injuries that were directly or indirectly responsible for him missing out on World Cup 2014 and Euro 2016. The 28-year-old winger is currently out until around March with a cruciate knee ligament injury and it is thought Dortmund might cash in on him next summer, rather than let him run down his contract and let him leave for a free a year later.

ESPN have been scanning the Spanish press and note that the Barcelona-based newspaper Sport has made some bold but not entirely implausible claims about life at Liverpool. They say the relationship between Philippe Coutinho and Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp is fractured beyond repair after the latter blocked the former’s move to Barcelona during the summer. Reporter Joaquim Piera also claims that Klopp threatened to resign if the Liverpool board agreed to sell Coutinho and that the club subsequently fabricated the back injury cited as the reason for the Brazilian’s absence from their Champions League play-off against injury in order to give both parties a chance to spend time apart and cool down. You remember it; the one that cleared up just in time to allow Coutinho to play for Brazil and score a splendid goal against Ecuador in a World Cup qualifier. Sport go on to say that Coutinho remains eager to leave Liverpool for Barcelona and would ideally like to do so in January.

No longer in the Porto first team and with the club eager to get him off their wage bill, former Real Madrid skipper Iker Casillas could be available to interested parties for a small fee in January and might constitute a good bit of business for a Premier League club. West Brom, Watford and Newcastle are all in the market for a goalkeeper and are understood to be interested in Wayne Hennessey, who is not enjoying the best of times at Crystal Palace.


London Stadium owners could go bust

E20 Stadium Limited Liability Partnership, the owners of the London Stadium could be forced into administration through the massive losses incurred by the partnership.

The Limited Liability Partnership is jointly owned by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) and Newham Legacy Investments (NLI) which is wholly owned by Newham council. In a London Assembly budget committee last week LLDC admitted they had injected £4.9m of working capital last year to the ailing LLP. It remains to be seen whether Newham council will continue to invest more taxpayers money into running the stadium and should they refuse to provide more funding to E20 that could put the partnership at serious risk of administration.

It is rumoured that costs to move the seats back and forward over the summer for the Athletics world championship topped an eye-watering £12m

West Ham’s contract with E20 Stadium LLP includes a direct undertaking from LLDC for continued use of the stadium and ownership would most likely change to the legacy public body if E20 was wound up. Should LLDC be disbanded in the future as widely expected those guarantees automatically transfer to the new public owner of the stadium thus guaranteeing West Ham’s agreement for the next 97 years.

Last week outgoing LLDC CEO David Goldstone hinted a possible change of structure, ownership and operating model by telling a London Assembly budget committee: “We are not actively marketing it at the moment because of issues around future structure, ownership and operating model and what its really going to look like which will come out of all the decisions we have been touching on”

Report to blame West ham agreement for Stadium losses

A long overdue report into the London Stadium commissioned last year by the London Mayor, Sadiq Kahn will blame the ‘onerous’ 99-year agreement the public body entered into with West Ham when the report is released at the beginning of November.

Moore Stephens were paid £140,000 to produce an independent report on the narrative explanation of the history of the London Stadium, understand key decision points and investigate the ongoing financial viability of the stadium.

The draft report is understood to be around 230 pages long but pinpoints the two tender processes and agreements with West Ham as the significant reasons why the London Stadium is not financially viable.

In a recent London Assembly budget monitoring committee, Martin Clarke from LLDC said the Moore Stephens report would concentrate on pivotal decisions around ending the first failed stadium disposal process in which West Ham were initially awarded the stadium with Newham before a state aid complaint scuppered it and the second disposal process in which West Ham were awarded the 99-year tenancy. “They are two key milestones they are focussed on” Clarke confirmed.

West Ham insists no-one from Moore Stephens contacted them during the investigation despite making themselves fully available.

A senior source close to West Ham told Claret and Hugh “We were surprised that no one from Moore Stephens has contacted us, despite us making ourselves available to them as we have operated stadiums for 25 years profitably”

Inevitably the press will turn on West Ham after the publication of the report rather than the politicians and public officers who the miscalculated stadium running costs and mismanaged the stadium disposal that offered the Hammers the so-called ‘deal of the century’


Slaven Bilic admits West Ham players do not run enough in games
• Bilic: ‘Our numbers of running is not what it should have been’
• West Ham manager insists he can turn the club’s form around

Jacob Steinberg

Slaven Bilic’s training methods have come under further scrutiny after West Ham United’s manager accepted that he cannot hide from statistics indicating his players are failing to run enough during games.

While Bilic retained his job following talks with the West Ham co‑owner David Sullivan after the home defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion last Friday, figures showing his team have covered the least distance and made the fewest sprints in the Premier League this season have lent weight to concerns about a lack of intensity in training.

There is a feeling within the first team that they were not worked hard enough in pre-season and that it is too late for them to drastically increase their fitness levels with the season in full swing. Bilic, who is under heavy pressure before Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup tie away against Tottenham Hotspur, spoke about the need to add more dynamism to his team at the end of last season, but his admission the numbers are not lying offered an alarming insight into West Ham’s disappointing start to this campaign.

“You are looking at the stats,” Bilic said. “Many times you don’t need the stats to have a feel of the game. Very rarely they are not as your feeling is. Especially at home, our numbers of running is not what it should have been.

“In general it is OK but we need to do more running that counts and that is high‑intensity running and sprints. We need to do more of that. We are fit, we are training. We are measuring them in training. It’s good. But sometimes it doesn’t happen.”

Bilic explained that the stats had been slightly skewed by the size of the London Stadium. “If you compare with our opponents, they are not very different,” he said. “You can compare the West Ham v Brighton game with the Liverpool v Spurs game, there is a difference. But between West Ham and Brighton, there is not a huge difference. The ball in play at our stadium is less than it is at smaller stadiums. There is not such a big difference between us and our opponent when we play them or when we played away at Burnley.”

Although the defeat against Brighton left West Ham out of the bottom three on goal difference, Bilic believes he still enjoys the support from the board and insisted that he has not considered resigning. “I never walked away in my life. There is no problem with my motivation and dedication for the club.”

With Bilic’s contract up at the end of the season, West Ham have shied away from sacking him on several occasions in the past year, but their relegation fears will grow if they lose at Crystal Palace on Saturday. Bilic was asked if he considers himself fortunate after seeing Everton fire Ronald Koeman on Monday.

“A lot of people think I should consider myself lucky,” he said. “But a lot think differently and that I deserve to be here. The only way that I can turn it in that direction is if we start to get better results.”

Evening Standard

Mark Noble: West Ham shouldn’t lose 3-0 to Brighton with all the talent available

EXCLUSIVE: Club captain tells Standard Sport of his determination to bounce back at Wembley


In the 13 years since Mark Noble made his senior debut for West Ham, he has seen five managers arrive and depart and — if the intelligence is accurate — it will be six if it all goes wrong for Slaven Bilic at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

During that time, the Canning Town-born midfielder and now club captain has suffered and survived many lows and some highs and you can see, as he sits in an interview room at the club’s training ground, that the current predicament hurts him more than most.

Noble looks certain to play in West Ham’s Carabao Cup tie against Tottenham at Wembley on Wednesday after being forced to sit and suffer with the rest of the West Ham home faithful when he was a substitute for last Friday’s 3-0 defeat by Brighton.

What you see is what you get with Noble. Born and bred in the East End, he tells it how it is, as some of his club-mates will testify after he called a players’ meeting earlier this week.

“We did have a meeting but it wasn’t just me who said stuff,” said Noble.

“Listen, even if we didn’t have a manager at all, the talent in this club should mean that we don’t lose 3-0 to Brighton. What shape we play, what tactics we employ, that’s almost immaterial.

“You can lose games, of course you can, but whether Slaven [Bilic, the manager] is here or not, whether Sir Alex Ferguson was our boss or Jose Mourinho, we shouldn’t be getting beat 3-0 by Brighton.”

West Ham missed Noble on Friday, for the battling qualities he brings to the side. If ever his manager needed some spirit and character in his team, it’s right now.

“I’ve been lucky in my career because I’ve not had to sit on the bench a lot but sitting there on Friday was hard because you can’t affect anything,” he said.

“Do I think that, if we had scored when we were on top, it would have been an entirely different game? Yes, I do but you have to score.

“Defensively Brighton were set up well and they’re good from set-plays. If I’m Brighton’s manager and I’m coming to West Ham and they are struggling, what is the perfect scenario? Score an early goal from a set-play, quieten the crowd, defend and hit us on the counter. They had the perfect game plan.”

Noble, 30, understands the modern game and the sort of pressure a manager comes under if their team loses a few games.

“I try and be as honest as I can without shooting myself in the foot for saying things I really mean but the way it is now, pundits probably don’t get on the television if they’re not controversial,” he said.

“A lot of them have played the game, so they will know what it feels like to be criticised. Once you’re in front of the camera or behind the microphone, though, you’re fine.

“Once there is the momentum of suggesting managers could get the sack, it’s not normally long before it happens. You’ve just seen that with Ronald Koeman.

“Five or six years ago, would he have had more time? Definitely — but football is much more of a business now.

"The first year was a dream for Slaven because everyone was playing well but the past two years have been really tough for him.

“You are going to lose games but it’s how you lose them. If we had won on Friday night, nothing gets said, we’ve lifted off and Slaven gets a break for a couple of weeks.

“If we lose after that, though, it comes back again and I think that, once that box is open, then it’s very hard to close it again.”

One of the accusations aimed at Bilic and his team is that they lack fitness, after statistics revealed they are bottom of the Premier League in both sprints and distances covered.

“Do I think we’re fit enough? Yes,” said Noble. “We train hard but sometimes you have really got to want to run to do it.

“When you’re 2-0 up and you lose possession, you sprint back. So much of it is down to confidence — it’s really down to really wanting to make that run.

“This cup match against Spurs is probably a good game to play at the moment. If I’m honest, the game against Crystal Palace on Saturday is more important.

“We need to put Friday behind us as soon as possible, though. Spurs are flying at the minute, though, and we are going to have to be at it. At the end of the day, we need to fight and wear the shirt with pride.”

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Thanks Alan 8:22 Wed Oct 25
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Takashi Miike 12:41 Wed Oct 25

COOL HAND LUKE 8:02 Wed Oct 25
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheets Al...

Pissed about Sarri, thought we might get a shot at him. I suspect he'll come into the PL and be an exciting win for somebody...

Oh, and it is pointless all these porkies about fitness... everyone can see they are not fit enough, and everyone can see them blowing out of their arses on 60 minutes. Hence the stats...

Takashi Miike 12:41 Wed Oct 25
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

The Stoat 12:37 Wed Oct 25
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Hope things are going OK for you

BRANDED 12:37 Wed Oct 25
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Liverpool run around all day and lose loads.

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