Jose Mourinho wants the chance to weed out the ‘bad apples’ at Chelsea, but Garry Monk looks set to lose his job at Swansea City this week.
MOURINHO WANTS TO WEED OUT BAD APPLES
Chelsea will not seek a replacement for Jose Mourinho during the international break.
The Blues suffered a third consecutive Premier League defeat on Saturday at Stoke, but the Daily Star says ‘fan power’ is keeping Mourinho in a job for now, though the tabloid says Roman Abramovich and the Blues’ board are ‘concerned at their manager’s erratic behaviour’ as well as the team’s poor form.
Brendan Rodgers, Roberto Di Matteo and Guus Hiddink are potential replacements for Mourinho on an interim basis, according to Sunday’s newspapers, but the Portuguese looks set to be given yet more time to turn around the club’s fortunes.
The Sun says Mourinho has met with Abramovich and asked for the chance to oversee the club’s business in the January transfer window, with the 52-year-old looking to ‘remove the players he considers to be bad apples in the squad’, according to a source.
BUT SIMEONE IS LINED UP FOR SUMMER
Mourinho could yet keep his job for the rest of the season, but Diego Simeone is ready to move to Chelsea next summer, according to the Daily Mirror.
Simeone’s possible move to Stamford Bridge was first reported in the Sunday papers, and the Mirror claims 45-year-old’s assistant coach German Burgos has already learned English in preparation.
However, Simeone is said to have ‘grave concerns’ about Chelsea’s current squad and believes they need major investment – which he wants ‘strong control’ over.
‘It seems certain that the Argentine – who does not currently speak English – will move to the Premier League soon’, the report ends.
MONK SET TO LOSE SWANSEA CITY JOB
Garry Monk is set to be fired as Swansea City manager, according to the Daily Mirror, after a 1-0 defeat at Norwich City on Saturday made it just one win in eight Premier League games for the south Wales outfit.
Huw Jenkins and his board are said to be “disappointed” with Monk and unhappy that he snubbed their proposal to appoint a director-of-football type figure as part of an overhaul of the backroom staff.
Monk rejected the idea because he felt it would have undermined his position, but the 36-year-old now looks set to lose his job altogether, with Jenkins and his fellow directors said to be already considering replacements.
AND THE REST
Pep Guardiola’s future at Bayern Munich will be resolved next month, with growing expectation that he will sign a deal to stay with the German champions (The Times)
Bournemouth sugar daddy Maxim Demin has sold 25 per cent of his shares to an American ice hockey owner who hired Bon Jovi to perform at a private party. As part of the takeover Peak 6 have agreed to fund a spending spree for manager Eddie Howe in January — financing a potential move for QPR striker Charlie Austin (Daily Mirror)
Leeds United are eyeing a loan move for West Brom keeper Anders Lindegaard (The Sun)
Newcastle are set to send Ivan Toney to Barnsley on loan this week (The Sun)
Derby County will make another bid for West Ham forward Michail Antonio in January (Daily Mirror)
Fulham face a battle with QPR to name Nigel Pearson as their new boss after sacking Kit Symons (Daily Mirror)
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