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Alan 11:32 Sun Nov 5
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David Moyes is in pole position to take over at West Ham until the end of the season, should Slaven Bilic be sacked. (Sunday Telegraph)

Bayern Munich have ruled out re-entering the race to sign Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez, 28, because they believe he has already decided his next destination. (Metro)

Midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 30, has confirmed he wants to sign a new contract at Chelsea despite interest from Manchester United. (London Evening Standard)

Real Madrid are considering a move for Tottenham duo Harry Kane, 24, and Dele Alli, 21, after their impressive displays against the Spanish giants in the Champions League. (Marca)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has also been linked with Real Madrid but says he is at the "best club in the world". (Observer)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte could be a target for AC Milan if the Italian club decide to sack Vincenzo Montella. (Sunday Express)

Alvaro Morata says he had the chance to join Manchester United over the summer but the forward, 25, chose Chelsea because they "demonstrated to me that they really wanted me". (The Independent)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants a £3m-a-year pay rise on his current deal at the club. (Sunday Mirror)

Real Betis are preparing to make another move for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25, after the La Liga side failed with a summer bid for the player. (Sun on Sunday)

Midfielder Fernandinho, 32, is set to sign a new 12-month contract at Manchester City. (Daily Star)

Arsenal face competition from north London rivals Tottenham for Schalke's 22-year-old midfielder Leon Goretzka. (Sunday Mirror)

Everton have joined Manchester City in seeking to sign West Brom centre-back Jonny Evans, 29. (Sun on Sunday)

Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier, 23, says he has "always been so happy at Tottenham" and of a rumoured summer move to Manchester United he says "never did it turn my head". (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen believes he will not be sacked before the club's next game against Middlesbrough, who have the Elland Road club's former manager Garry Monk in charge. (Sunday Express)

England manager Gareth Southgate has criticised the country's Under-17 players for turning their shirts around to show their name on the front as they celebrated winning their age group's World Cup. (Observer)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says it was a "miracle" he won the title last season with the same players who struggled under Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho and finished 10th in the previous season. (Mail on Sunday)

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has told the club not to let their academy flame burn out. (Manchester Evening News)

United boss Jose Mourinho says he should be shown more respect for being a serial winner. (Daily Star)

West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart, 30, was trending on Twitter on Saturday after a calamitous mistake during the warm-up before the defeat to Liverpool. (The Sun)

Referee Bobby Madley had to substitute himself during the game between Stoke and Leicester on Saturday with what appeared to be a thigh injury. (Mail on Sunday)

The best of Saturday's gossip

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte's future could be in doubt if his side lose to Manchester United on Sunday. (Times - subscription required)

Conte has confirmed that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich attended a recent training session amid growing reports the billionaire owner is running out of patience with the Italian. (Metro)

Real Madrid are ready to compete with Barcelona to sign Liverpool and Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 25. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Spanish giants Real are also interested in Tottenham's 21-year-old England midfielder Dele Alli. (Marca)


David Moyes in pole position for West Ham job should Slaven Bilic be sacked

Matt Law Sam Wallace, Chief Football Writer

David Moyes is in pole position to take over at West Ham United until the end of the season should the club’s board bring the curtain down on Slaven Bilic’s time in charge after another embarrassing home defeat, this time to Liverpool.

The 54-year-old Moyes is regarded by the club as the best immediate option to shore up West Ham despite taking Sunderland into the Championship last season, one that ended with him resigning from the club. Bilic’s contract is up until at the end of the season and he restated his belief that he could turn around the team’s fortunes – no wins in their last four league games – after they lost 4-1 to Liverpool amid another defensive shambles.

West Ham owner David Sullivan has traditionally been unwilling to sack managers mid-season, or pay compensation to appoint replacements and Moyes would be available without a cost. Faith in the team among the club’s support is shaken with thousands in the 56,961 crowd leaving early and booing at the end of the first half and at half-time, although Bilic was not personally targeted.

The club face Watford when they return from the international break which gives Sullivan and co-chairman David Gold some time to consider their decision. Asked whether he still believed he was the man to lead West Ham with the team one point outside the relegation zone, Bilic said: “Of course I believe in myself and my staff and my team and my character.

“I’ve been a long time in football and I’ve come so far from a small country, first as a player then as a manager. I’m a big fighter. And I definitely don’t feel a broken man. I’m very, very strong. On the other hand the situation for West Ham is not very good. But the club is about every individual and that includes me.

“I believe in myself and I’m the one taking the bullets. What I don’t question is whether I’m a strong character or not. Otherwise I would not have come so far. But, are we playing well? No we are not. And it’s not only my job and my duty, the way I want to be is to take responsibility. But that also shows how strong I am.”

Asked when he would speak to the West Ham board, Bilic replied “When they call me. I’m always facing the situation, facing the consequences. I’m strong and was always strong and I’m not hiding behind anything.”

This Is Futbol

Moyes and Neville to head new West Ham manager partnership

West Ham are set to appoint David Moyes as their new manager with Phil Neville as his number two, according to a reliable journalist.

Daily Mail sports editor Lee Clayton reported on his personal Twitter account on Sunday morning that the former Manchester United, Everton and Sunderland boss is “coming in” at the London Stadium with ex-defender Neville “alongside him”.

West Ham have a managerial succession plan in place in the wake of the team’s 4-1 Premier League home defeat against Liverpool on Saturday evening that left Slaven Bilic’s job in jeopardy.

Bilic remained defiant afterwards, claiming that he would not hide from responsibility and was ready to talk to owners David Gold and David Sullivan whenever they wished.

The Croatian manager admitted that things looked bleak, but insisted he had the strength of character to fight back as the start of the international break gives West Ham’s board time to consider options.


West Ham fans are unlikely to be doing cartwheels at the prospect of Moyes taking over as manager. The Scot’s reputation has nosedived since he quit Everton for Manchester United, culminating in a horrendous spell at Sunderland last season that ended in relegation. Moyes is available at no compensation cost, and the sense is that he will be hired because he is the cheap option. There will be no prizes for imagination should this appointment be made.


Liverpool pile pressure on West Ham with Mohamed Salah double

Jacob Steinberg at the London Stadium

After another drubbing in the new home that was supposed to take this underachieving club to unimaginable heights, and after another night when the initial mutiny in the stands had given way to resignation long before the final whistle, Slaven Bilic can have no complaints if it turns out West Ham’s patience has finally snapped.

It was another shambles on live television, the 10th time that West Ham have conceded at least three goals at home since last season’s move to the London Stadium and another game when the best way to beat the rush outside was to stay in your seat until the bitter end. Bilic wore a grim, haunted look as his team suffered the latest in a long line of humiliations.

The sole positive for West Ham’s manager was that Liverpool were not more ruthless, which is a funny thing to say after a 4-1 win that moved Jürgen Klopp’s side into sixth place, below Arsenal and Chelsea on goal difference.

Inspired by Sadio Mané , who created both of Mohamed Salah’s goals, Liverpool strolled to a third consecutive victory, while West Ham provided further evidence they are destined for a long scrap against relegation. They are crying out for extensive reconstructive surgery and the international fortnight offers David Sullivan and David Gold, the club’s owners, a chance to act.

And what more do they need to see before putting Bilic out of his misery? It had been a fortnight since West Ham’s last home game, that chaotic 3-0 defeat to Brighton, and a week since the second-half capitulation in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace, and this was a mess against opponents who also have a habit of making life needlessly difficult for themselves.

Liverpool fell apart on their last visit to London, losing to Tottenham Hotspur in a manner that raised further questions about Klopp’s approach, and they needed time to adjust to a new system that saw Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right and Salah operating in the hole behind Roberto Firmino, with Mané a constant roving menace on his surprise inclusion after a month out with an injured hamstring.

It did not help that Jordan Henderson was missing with a muscle problem but the impact of the midfielder’s absence was minimised by Gini Wijnaldum’s late recovery from an ankle injury.

There was an early sense that West Ham’s forwards fancied their chances against Ragnar Klavan and Joël Matip. The hosts almost took an early lead when Manuel Lanzini’s deflected pass ran kindly for Andre Ayew, only for the forward’s post to hit the woodwork.

West Ham would rue Ayew’s miss. “We started well,” Bilic said. “We were not allowing them space in behind.” But then came the three-minute spell when the game spiralled out of West Ham’s control midway through the first half, a collapse sparked by a soft opening goal.

It beggared belief that Aaron Cresswell found himself confronted by three Liverpool attackers after a West Ham corner was cleared. Bilic insisted his team were set up well but it did not take much for Mané to burst through the middle and feed the ball to Salah, who slipped a low finish past Joe Hart and into the net. “We are conceding too many goals in that manner,” Bilic said.

The loss of shape was bewildering – Bilic spoke about naivety – and so was the defending that allowed Matip to double Liverpool’s lead. Salah’s low corner hit Mark Noble and although Hart showed sharp reflexes, Matip turned in the rebound.

Liverpool were not at their most fluent in the first half but they hardly needed to be. Yes, West Ham had selection issues in defence, with Sam Byram, James Collins and José Fonte injured and Pablo Zabaleta suspended, while the absence of the hamstrung Michail Antonio deprived them of attacking dynamism. Their problem, however, is a recurring inability to perform the basics and they were incapable of containing Liverpool, even after Lanzini had hauled them back into the contest early in the second half.

Bilic’s response at the break was to introduce Andy Carroll in place of Edimilson Fernandes, who struggled at right wing-back, and switch from 3-4-1-2 to a gung-ho 4-2-4. Carroll’s height unnerved Liverpool and an increasingly direct approach paid off when Ayew’s deep cross reached Lanzini, who steered his shot past Mignolet.

Perhaps West Ham were still feeling giddy after Lanzini’s goal, though. “That third goal was very naive because we needed a moment of calmness,” Bilic said. “We were very open to their counterattacking.”

Liverpool’s response was immediate, Firmino releasing Oxlade-Chamberlain, who beat Hart at the second attempt. It was a lovely moment for the winger after his exclusion from the England squad.

Klopp had said Mané was ready to play for 20 minutes. After watching him in training, however, he threw the forward in from the start. Philippe Coutinho was out but Mané was superb – “a little machine,” Klopp said – and he made another for Salah near the end after a weaving run. The Egyptian’s driven, low finish emphatically sealed Liverpool’s superiority.

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cockney hammer 6:13 Sun Nov 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
stay strong mate i had a nasty scare last week so have bit of a idear what you are ging through

be lucky mate steve

Alan 1:31 Sun Nov 5
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Cheers Cockers.
So far so good.

cockney hammer 1:22 Sun Nov 5
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thanks alan hope things are going well mate

lars 1:08 Sun Nov 5
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Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 12:22 Sun Nov 5
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Takashi Miike 11:36 Sun Nov 5

Tomshardware 11:38 Sun Nov 5
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Thanks Alan.

Takashi Miike 11:36 Sun Nov 5
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Thanks Alan

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