Sportingo.com’s Mark Apostolou brings daily coverage of the Premier League’s hot gossip.Â
The footballing press has a habit of holding up players, especially young talents, and making comparisons with the greats of the game. Apparently Sir Alex Ferguson has landed an Irish wonder kid by the name of Rob Brady, and lo and behold he is being touted as the next George Best (Sunday People).
Few players have ever rivalled the late Manchester United legend and If 19-year-old Brady is indeed destined for greatness, drawing parallels such as these can end up doing more harm than good. Still, I am sure Old Trafford fans will be keen to see his talents on display some time soon.
Arsenal and Tottenham are continuing to keep Blackburn Rovers midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen on their collective radars (various). The Norwegian star has had a poor season and started yesterday’s match at Sunderland on the bench. It seemed during the summer that Mark Hughes was thwarting approaches for 26-year-old Pedersen; now it appears that the Welshman may be erring towards letting the player go.
Rovers have started the season well but Pedersen himself hasnâ€™t had the best of starts and should a decent offer arise in January I think it is likely he may be free to leave. The usually consistent midfielder could do a good job for either north London side and a fee of aroundÂ Â£10m would probably secure his signature. His creative talent would be welcomed, especially at White Hart Lane, where goal-scoring midfielders are somewhat lacking. Watch this space.
Aston Villa and Everton are both tracking Ipswich midfielder Danny Haynes (Sunday People). Haynes is something of a hero at Portman Road and scoring against hated rivals Norwich helped no end in that respect. Now it appears that scouts from the Premier League are watching his every move.
The Academy at Ipswich has created many talents in recent years, from Darren Bent to Kieron Dyer. Haynes, who started his career at Charlton, now seems likely to make the big move into the top-flight. Both Villa and Everton are moving in the right direction and have inspirational managers at their helm, but making a decision between the two clubs would be a tough one to call.
Persistent rumours surround Jose Mourinho and his next managerial post. According to some he is still being lined up to replace Martin Jol as Spurs manager next season (Sunday Mirror). Even though the controversial former Chelsea boss has insisted he will probably be managing outside the UK, there is enough smoke to fuel the fire that Jol will be supplanted with the Special One in a matter of weeks. However, my money is on this not happening. I fear we will not see Jose back in the Premier League for some time, which is a shame.
Staying at Stamford Bridge, it seems that’s not what Chelsea assistant manager Steve Clarke will be doing! He could be heading for the door in a clear-out at Stamford Bridge, according to the Sunday People. Roman Abramovich is in danger of putting his West London side back five years; his tinkering is causing much unrest at the club and if Clarke is axed, I fear that many players will follow him out the door. In some waysÂ former Chelsea defender Clarke is even more important to the club than his former boss, Jose.
The wily Scotsman has been part and parcel of the club for the best part of 20 years. He may see this as the right time to move on, or indeed he may be sick and tired of interference from the boardroom. Either way I would see it as a huge mistake for the club dispense with Clarkeâ€™s services.
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