Jurgen Klopp is favourite for Liverpool, Jose Mourinho is staying at Chelsea for now, while Sunderland will appoint Sam Allardyce or Sean Dyche.
KLOPP SET FOR LIVERPOOL JOB
According to every one of Monday’s national newspapers, former Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp is Liverpool’s top target to replace Brendan Rodgers as manager at Anfield.
It was claimed before the Reds’ 1-1 draw at Everton on Sunday that Klopp had already agreed a three-year contract to take the job, but The Guardian says Fenway Sports Group are yet to approach the German.
‘FSG intends to use the international break to meet its favoured candidates,’ the newspaper says, mentioning Carlo Ancelotti as the other main candidate.
The Daily Telegraph, meanwhile, says Liverpool will open talks with Klopp ‘in the coming days’, with the 48-year-old viewed as a ‘more likely fit’ for the club than Ancelotti. A decision on the next manager will be based on which of the candidates is most willing to work within Liverpool’s existing structure, the newspaper adds, stating there is ‘no chance’ of the club’s transfer committee being disbanded.
The Independent says FSG were initially advised to be cautious of Klopp but have gradually warmed to the idea of recruiting him, ‘recognising his potential as a coach with a proven track record of getting the best out of a squad where no individual is greater than the sum of its parts’.
The Times says that Ancelotti is under consideration and interested in the position but believes he is second choice to Klopp. Ajax manager Frank de Boer would also like to be considered, the newspaper adds.
Several of the newspapers, meanwhile, reveal that Rodgers was sacked by telephone following the Everton game and that Liverpool are determined to have appointed his successor by the time they play Tottenham following the international break on October 17.
MOURINHO SURVIVES CHELSEA INQUEST
Chelsea held a late-night board meeting at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to discuss the future of Jose Mourinho in which they made the decision to retain the Portuguese manager.
However, the Daily Telegraph says support for Mourinho from the board ‘is not now believed to be universal and is being tested by Chelsea’s form and the manager’s own behaviour’.
‘There is a sense at the club that he needs to find another way to deal with some members of his squad,’ the newspaper adds, with Mourinho heavily critical of certain individuals both in public and behind the scenes this season.
There are said to have been ‘rumblings’, meanwhile, that Mourinho himself was unhappy with the club’s transfer dealings in the summer and especially their failure to sign a commanding young central defender such as John Stones.
ALLARDYCE OR DYCHE FOR SUNDERLAND
While the newspapers are united on the situations at Liverpool and Chelsea, nobody seems to know for sure who Sunderland want to replace Dick Advocaat as manager at the Stadium of Light.
The Independent says that Sam Allardyce is ready to cut short his sabbatical from football to take the job but faces competition from Sean Dyche, while both the Daily Express and Daily Star say it is the Burnley boss that Ellis Short sees as the man who can lead the Black Cats to Premier League safety.
The Express says Allardyce and Manchester City youth coach Patrick Vieira have both indicated they are not keen to succeed Advocaat, leaving former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson as the other contender.
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